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Still not ready to be around people? Rent one of these Airbnb cabins and get off the grid.
As the Delta variant continues to complicate international travel plans into this fall, opting for an off-the-grid getaway in the United States may be just as appealing as it was a year ago. But not every outdoorsy traveler likes to sleep in a tent. Thankfully, Airbnb lists hundreds of cabins throughout the nation where you can explore the forest by day and relax in front of a fireplace or in a hot tub on the deck at night.
Whether you’re looking for a place near Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, or Ohio’s Hocking Hills State Park, there’s something here for every type of trip, including rustic log cabins fit for romantic getaways to midcentury-modern A-frames that are great for your entire family.
Even better? Nearly half of these Airbnb cabins cost $200 or less per night to rent. So go ahead—pack your weekend getaway bag and take some time to disconnect from it all.
Located just over an hour’s drive southwest of Indianapolis, this Airbnb (pictured above) has room for six people to sleep across three queen-size bedrooms—two in the main log cabin and one in the smaller guesthouse on the other side of the driveway. While the main log cabin has a traditional rustic design, you’ll find modern amenities like heated flooring, a renovated kitchen, and a hot tub on the large wraparound deck. The guesthouse, decorated in a modern farmhouse style, comes with its own living room, kitchenette, and bathroom. Fishers take note: the pond that the deck overlooks is fully stocked—just BYO fishing poles.
Although the southern Ohio listing says it can accommodate up to four guests, the open concept design of this unique cabin is best suited for couples (i.e., there are virtually no doors between the bedroom, shower, living room, and kitchen in this circular space). Guests have access to the property’s four acres of woods to explore and can also enjoy the outdoors from the patio or firepit at the house. If you’d like to go to dinner in town, it’s only a 10-minute drive to Portsmouth, located on the Ohio River at the Kentucky border.
This Airbnb cabin is a top option for year-round getaways. In the summer after a hike, you can relax in one of the hammocks in the tree house built off the side of the house. In the cooler months, gather around the wood-fired fireplace in the living room or soothe your muscles in the hot tub after skiing at one of the nearby resorts in the Poconos.
Built by hand using local Tennessee wood, this tiny house isn’t so tiny. In addition to a spacious patio downstairs, there’s a roof deck off the bedroom loft that’s great for stargazing. (The sofa in the living room downstairs folds out into another bed for an additional two guests.) Located just outside of Knoxville in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, this Airbnb is about a 45-minute drive from Dollywood and around 30 minutes from the national park entrance in Townsend, Tennessee.
This one-bedroom cottage is located on a working farm about a 30-minute drive east of downtown Portland. During their stay, guests are welcome to help out with the farm duties—like collecting fresh eggs—or simply relax. There’s also a stone crofters cottage and a nordic A-frame Viking house that visitors are allowed to use during the day as a space to write, read, or meditate.
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Far from rustic, this modern cabin is located in a forest of ‘ōhi‘a trees only a five-minute drive to Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. After a day of hiking, relax on the private lanai that is equipped with an outdoor hot tub and firepit. To access the area’s spectacular black-sand beaches at MacKenzie State Recreation Area, drive down the Puna Coast along Route 137, also known as the Red Road.
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This brand-new cabin located near Ohio’s Hocking Hills State Park is a great base for hiking the area’s popular trails. (Plus, there’s an outdoor hot tub for easing your muscles posthike.) Even though this cabin has only been accepting reservations since April 2021, it’s already very popular and fully booked up through the end of 2021. With room for 10 to sleep between three bedrooms and a windowed loft, this beauty is worth planning ahead for your next large group trip.
About 100 miles directly east of downtown Los Angeles, Big Bear Lake and the surrounding National Forest land is a popular year-round getaway for Angelenos. This two-bedroom cabin is only 200 feet from the closest trailhead, making it an ideal spot for those who prefer their posthike relaxation to take place underneath a rain shower or in front of a large stone fireplace rather than in a tent.
After a 30-minute drive east from Burlington and a 10-minute hike from this off-the-grid log cabin’s driveway, you’ll find yourself surrounded by trees and little else. There is no electricity at this rustic spot, but there are battery-powered lights. During long summer days, maximize your time in the open air with the outdoor solar-heated shower and wood cook stove. On colder nights, there’s a wood stove indoors to keep you cozy and a clean and comfy bed up in the loft. It’s a secluded spot, but once you arrive you can easily hike to Libby’s Look for panoramic views or walk to the nearby swimming hole.
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Fans of the modern farmhouse aesthetic (think white subway tile in the bathroom and lots of shiplap everywhere else) will fall in love with this 300-square-foot tiny house just minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway. Despite its small footprint, this cabin has room for a queen bed in the loft and three bunk beds in the bedroom.
For those who want to go truly off the grid, this cabin on the banks of Kenai Lake is about as remote as you can get in southern Alaska without spending the night in a tent. While you won’t have electricity or running water, you’ll have access to propane lights, a wood stove, and a hand-pump well for water. There’s also a lakeside sauna a few steps away that guests can enjoy during their stay.
Located about two hours north of New York City in the village of Tivoli on the Hudson River, this converted barn features a loft-like open floor plan spread across three levels that is great for groups of friends traveling together. In warm weather, you can enjoy the outdoor shower and a firepit, which is perfect for s’mores. Once the leaves change, a wood-burning stove in the living room keeps things cozy. Be sure to make the five-minute walk into town to explore Tivoli’s charming main street.
This whimsical tree house is located on an 88-acre organic farm just a 20-minute drive south of Waterbury, Vermont (aka the home of the Ben & Jerry’s factory). Accessible via a rope bridge, the tree house features a queen bed and fold-out couch on the main floor, with additional beds in the two separate sleeping lofts. The amenities are rustic (compost toilet, outdoor shower, no Wi-Fi), but there’s also a spring-fed pond for swimming on the property so you won’t hear us complaining about anything.
According to Airbnb, this three-room tree house connected by rope bridges is its most wish-listed property in the world. This comes as no surprise, considering the number of times it’s gone viral over the years. Its location, however, is a shock: Minutes from downtown Atlanta, this one-bedroom urban cabin is tucked into the trees to make you feel like you’ve traveled much farther away from it all. The tree house’s popularity means you’ll have to plan ahead to stay here—the next available dates are in December 2022.
If your design sensibilities skew modern, this spacious three-bedroom house 30 miles east of Portland is about as far from rustic as you can get while still being surrounded by five acres of forest. Spend your days here exploring the nearby Columbia River Gorge and Mount Hood. Then in the evenings, return to the cabin to relax in the six-person hot tub on the deck. For an additional $100, you can access the glassed-in outdoor dining area some 200 feet from the main house, where you can host a dinner for up to 12 people.
Built in the 1970s and located about an hour’s drive from Denver in the Rocky Mountains, this bright-teal A-frame cabin was recently remodeled and features clean, light-filled interiors that are reminiscent of Scandinavian minimalist design. The ultimate hygge touch is the barrel-shaped steam sauna sitting outside the cabin’s front door.
This rustic A-frame is about a two-hour drive south of Seattle and less than 20 minutes from the entrance to Mount Rainier National Park. After a full day exploring the area’s hiking trails, you can relax in the hot tub in the cabin’s backyard.
This 250-square-foot tiny house dubbed “the Starling” may feel isolated, but in reality, it’s only a 15-minute drive from Asheville and 7 minutes from Pisgah Brewing Company. Built on top of a ridge overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Starling is a great home base for some of the best local hikes. Plus, its back porch is perfectly situated for sunset views. The amenities here are fairly basic: a sleeping loft up a ladder with a full-size mattress, a single butane burner and a wood stove for cooking, and a outhouse located 50 feet down the trail. You’ll also want to keep in mind you’ll need to park your car and then hike 400 feet (about two to five minutes) uphill to the cabin.
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Overlooking Pere Marquette River in western Michigan’s Manistee National Forest, this two-bedroom cabin has central air-conditioning and heat to keep things comfortable no matter the season. But the lack of TV and Wi-Fi means you can enjoy your time in nature away from digital devices. Instead, take advantage of the canoe, tandem kayak, and fishing poles that are free for guests to use. Another highlight? The floor-to-ceiling windows on three walls of the living room that let the outdoors in long after you’ve gone inside for the day.
This article originally appeared online on July 19, 2019; it was updated on May 12, 2021, and again on September 7, 2021, to include current information.
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