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It's easy to see why so many vacation homes are on the water. The locale is almost guaranteed to be beautiful, and entertaining activities abound. We’ve searched Airbnb high and low to peek inside some of the best waterfront cabin rentals available. Here are a few on our bucketlist.
Quick Facts: 8 guests · 3 bedrooms · 4 beds · 2 bathsWhere: Hayden Lake, Idaho
This house is a dream come true with a double deck balcony offering sprawling views of Hayden Lake. You can spend your days jumping off the dock or wakeboarding on the crystal clear waters. This four bed, two bath rental is just a 10 minute drive from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, home to the world's largest floating boardwalk. Rent the cabin here.
Where: Crystal Bay, Nevada
If you can’t choose between water and mountains, this rental is for you. From every room in the house you can see the Sierra Nevada mountains and Lake Tahoe. There are two bedrooms and one and a half baths. We love the antique wood burning stove. Rent it here.
Quick Facts: 4 guests · 1 bedroom · 2 beds · 1 bathWhere: Grand Marais, Minnesota
This tiny cabin has mighty views of Lake Superior. Eight giant windows and a cathedral ceiling make the 16'x20' frame feel airy and modern. Watch freighters pass by right from your window, or relax by the fire pit. This cozy cabin is the perfect lakeside retreat! Rent it here.
Quick Facts: 6 guests · 3 bedrooms · 4 beds · 1.5 bathsWhere: Traverse City, Michigan
Are you ready for a vacation filled with kayaking and days on the pontoon? This lakefront cabin in Traverse City has it all. Spend time relaxing on the dock or take a ride around the lake, the decision is yours! There are three bedrooms and one and a half baths, making this a perfect family space. Rent it here!
Quick Facts: 4 guests · 1 bedroom · 2 beds · 1 bathLocation: Lake Havasu City, Arizona
This rental is located in the coveted Lake Havasu City. The deck is literally over the water and provides amazing views from every angle. There is a private spot to tie up boats in front of the house, as well as docks available to rent for a small fee. Rent it here.
Quick Facts: 6 guests · 3 bedrooms · 4 beds · 2 bathsWhere: Grand Lake, Colorado
This cabin is one of the few rentals available that is directly on Grand Lake. Behind the cabin is endless national forest and to the front is beautiful Grand Lake. Plus–this cabin gives you access to just about any outdoor activity you can think of, whether you're into skiing, hiking, fishing, to swimming! Rent it here.
Quick Facts: 8 guests · 3 bedrooms · 7 beds · 1.5 baths
Where: Manson, WashingtonThis cabin boasts 140 feet of waterfront property along with a dock and boat buoy. It’s just minutes away from wineries, casinos and golf courses. If you’re looking to soak up the sun during the day and play in the evening, this rental is just what you’re looking for! Rent it here.
Quick Facts: 6 guests · 2 bedrooms · 4 beds · 2 bathsWhere: Lake Lure, North Carolina
This rental overlooks stunning Lake Lure. And if the amazing waterfront deck isn’t enough, how does access to a paddleboard, canoe, kayaks and a sailboat sound? The house is a quick drive to popular tourist destination Asheville, NC. You can’t lose with this amazing lakefront rental! Rent it here.
See also: Tips for Buying a Waterfront Cabin
Gina Valente lives in Ferndale, Michigan and runs the cabin blog, Moody Cabin Girl. She has a love for unique dwellings, adventures, and all things whimsical. Follow her cabin adventures on Instagram here. When not running around renting cabins, she is trying new restaurants in the Detroit area and posting about them on her Instagram account, Girls Gone Hungry.