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Considering a cabin of your own? Book a getaway at one of these rental retreats and sample the lifestyle for a weekend.

Written by Cabin Life Editors


 Photo by Steven Wallace Media


Camp Summer of ’69

Pocono Pines, Pennsylvania

This time capsule of a cabin transports guests back to summers where things were simpler. “It’s about playing cards or a game of checkers and getting outside,” says former owner Michael Dembinski, who’s responsible for the cabin’s renovation. The A-frame is the place to be in any season, with skiing in the winter and Lake Naomi right down the road for warmer weather.

Guests: 5

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 1

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Roaring Fork Lodge

Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Bring the whole family because this lodge has room — and amenities — to spare. Step out onto one of the many sprawling porches at the Roaring Fork Lodge, and you’ll see how the getaway got its name. This log lodge is perched high above one of the Great Smoky Mountains’ fastest and largest streams known as the Roaring Fork, and offers amenities like a hot tub, a home theater, a pool table and more.

Guests: 20

Bedrooms: 6

Bathrooms: 3 full, 3 half

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 Photo courtesy of property owner


Spring Creek Canyon Timber Frame

Rapid City, South Dakota

This 1,200-square-foot cabin, built with local Black Hills timbers, will give you a taste of the timber frame lifestyle. With a custom stone woodburning fireplace (also made from local materials) and a large deck featuring a hot tub and grill, you should be set for the weekend.

Guests: 6

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 2

Book it:, Property #708729


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Harman’s Log Cabins

Cabins, West Virginia

With 21 charming cabins available for rent, Harman’s Log Cabins has come a long way since it got its start in 1939, when the current owner’s grandparents first bought the property. Today, the cabins range from one to four bedrooms, but all come with luxury touches like private outdoor hot tubs, full kitchens, Wi-Fi and more, not to mention the fact that most cabins overlook the water.

Guests, bedrooms and bathrooms: Varies by cabin

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 Photo courtesy of property owner


Airy and Bright A-Frame

Lake Arrowhead, California

Sisters Nikita and Jade tackled a long laundry list of renovations to get this A-frame-style cabin into the coveted rental it is today. Now, the retreat boasts an airy paint job, fresh furniture and quirky amenities, plus a sprawling private deck amongst a beautiful woodland setting. It has all the makings for a total rustic getaway, but with all-modern amenities.

Guests: 7

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2

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See Also: Considering Using Your Cabin as an Airbnb? Read This First

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