Bumper-to-bumper traffic, loud neighbors, and the unrelenting drip, drip, drip of headaches from your boss can sometimes be unavoidable parts of modern life.
It’s enough to make a grown person run screaming into the wilderness. Luckily, there’s plenty of wilderness left in this crazy 21st century world. Escaping the “real world” for some relaxation and fresh air is becoming somewhat of a staple in many people’s modern lives to comfortably recuperate from today’s madness. Here are 15 incredible cabin retreats that offer serious piece of mind when you get the urge to free yourself from the daily hustle.
15. William Brown Cabin (Hankins, NY)
A cozy modern hideaway awaits your just two and a half hours outside of New York City. This cabin has everything you need to decompress for the weekend. It has a fully furnished living area with a bed, a bathroom, and 130 acres of quiet solitude crisscrossed with trails and speckled in fishing/swimming holes.
14. Crystal Cove (Newport Beach, CA)
In the heart of Orange Country, Crystal Cove State Park offers over 3 miles of scenic coastline, including coastal bluffs and sandy beaches. Nestled in that serene setting are the recently restored beach shacks that Hollywood-types used to escape to during the golden era. Surfs up dude.
13. Candlewood Cabin Glass House (Richland Center, WI)
Midwest charm and nature-infused R&R meet just about an hour outside of Madison, Wisconsin at this impressive glass cabin. Natural lighting abounds with wall-to-wall-to-wall-to-wall floor-to-ceiling windows. (There are curtains for privacy. And just a short footbridge separates vacationers from a modern bathroom and kitchenette that features four solid walls.)
12. Dixie Daisy Airstream (Wimberley, TX)
This futuristic Airstream trailer sits on 12 acres of Texas Hill Country and is a blast from the past. A short drive from Austin, this weekend getaway features all the modern retro-inspired conveniences that can fit in an aluminum bubble.
11. Far Meadow A-Frame (Far Meadow, CA)
At over 7,500 feet above sea level and lightyears from civilization, this sharp A-frame gives you a pet-friendly base of operations for exploring Yosemite National Park. But with 20 private acres of pristine High Sierras to explore, why leave the property?
10. New England Outdoor Center (Millinocket, ME)
This humble, traditional cabin tucked away smack dab in the middle of Maine, offers a far less than humble view of Mount Katahdin, the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail and highest point in Maine. From whitewater rafting on the Penobscot, to snoozing on the shore of Millinocket Lake, this sleepy former mill town offers something for all nature lovers.
9. Rolling Huts (Mazama, WA)
While it may seem like a strange take on the term “mobile home,” these ultra-modern moveable cabin retreats look more like scrapyard sculptures than the incredible natural getaways they are. Technically, you could roll you hut around on its giant steel wheels, but maybe you should leave that to the folks that run the place?
8. Eiseman Hut (Vail, CO)
Grab up to 15 of your closest friends and start climbing. This majestic alpine cabin gives you unspoiled skiing in the winter (without ski lifts, sorry!) and summertime mountain splendor. This cabin is perched well above the tree line (at over 11k feet), giving you one hell of a view in all directions.
7. Deer Isle Hostel (Deer Isle, ME)
Want all the charm of Bar Harbor, Maine but without the tourists? Deer Isle offers that same rugged Downeast Maine coastline but with a wallop of tranquility. By the way, the night sky outside your private hut is about as good as it gets on the East Coast.
6. Garnet Mountain Fire Lookout (Big Sky, MT)
The cabin retreats on this list offer many spectacular panoramas. But this fire lookout tower managed by the Forest Service might just take the cake. Situated at the very apex of Garnet Mountain, this rugged refuge offers no electricity, water, or even trash service. But it certainly makes up for these deficits in alpine grandeur.
5. The Hemloft (Whistler, B.C)
If you spied this wooden orb dangling from a tower hemlock, you might guess that it is inhabited by elves. Beneath the megahomes of Whistler, one of the hottest ski destination in the world, is this strange cabin constructed from 100% free materials. (The finished product is obviously priceless.)
4. Forest Camp (Cardigan, Wales)
Live like the Welshmen of yesteryear in this summer camp for adults. The simple pleasures of rustic Wales will fill your senses as you stay in a teepee or geodesic dome. Maybe these aren’t exactly cabins. But this place sure sounds like a good time.
3. Callisto Canyon Cabin (Seward, AK)
If the weather and tides are on your side, you might just be able to get to this secluded cabin on the Kenai Peninsula of Alaska. Because this retreat is only accessible by boat, you can expect the ultimate in privacy, unless you feel shy around the throngs of bears, wolves, and other creatures that call the area home.
2. Refugio Frey (Bariloche, Argentina)
Some of these cabin retreats offer more solitude than others. At this stout stone hut you’ll be packed in among plenty of fellow hikers, climbers, and mountaineers. But at least you can share the staggering mountain views and maybe a tale or two about your adventures on the ascent up from the local ski area.
1. Treetop Huts (Ringsaker, Norway)
If you happen to find yourself trekking through the woods between Lillehammer and Hamar, Norway, look up! You just might spot one of these robust treehouses. Perched within the canopy of mighty evergreens, this isn’t the treehouse of your youth. This is one of the ultimate cabin retreats. Features like skylights, wood burning stoves, and ample insulation keep this inviting dwelling habitable year round. But you might want to make sure the fire in your stove is extinguished before calling it a night.
These truly are some of the most intriguing wilderness escapes available for rent that allow you to take a break from it all. Are there any we missed? Tell us what you think – “Click to Comment” below.