It’s hard to imagine a vacation destination that’s cozier than a cabin. Whether it’s a remote cottage, an elegant chalet, or a rustic villa—a cabin-based getaway is hard to top, especially during the calendar’s coldest months. Cabins are, in fact, so incredibly cozy that sometimes just looking at them can make you feel like you’re on vacation. When a getaway simply isn’t on the menu, pulling up photos of Airbnb’s prettiest cabins can serve as its own kind of escape. Spend an afternoon fawning over their delightfully rustic decor—with a cup of hot cocoa in hand, of course—and you’ll feel like you just took a trip to the forest, the mountains, or some particularly woodsy corner of your neighborhood.
When most of us envision a cabin vacation, we imagine ourselves in the mountains—or at the very least, in some remote portion of the woods. But spend a few minutes perusing Airbnb’s cabin selection, and you’ll quickly realize that cozy getaways are available just about anywhere. You can find creekside retreats in the Catskills, treehouse apartments in the Appalachian mountains, and cozy adobes in the Southwestern United States. Even beach houses—when visited out of season—can be surprisingly restful. (And few sights are prettier than a snow-lined beach with absolutely no one on it.)
Cozy cabins abound. And if you’re willing to expand your sights a little, you’re bound to find one within driving distance of you. Sure, jet-setting to Chamonix with a suitcase of apres-ski clothing in tow may not be in the cards anytime soon. But that doesn’t make the vacations that are available to you any less idyllic. And if you simply can’t swing a trip right now, embrace the joys of a virtual getaway. Lose yourself in a cozy Airbnb cabin rabbit hole for a few hours. Who knows? You might emerge with a few new rustic decor ideas to implement in your own home.
The Gashes Flush Haus is an Asheville farmhouse that feels more like a European escape. The home is lined with details that make it feel at once rustic, antique, and absolutely idyllic. Think: textured plaster walls, tied-up linen curtains, and framed vintage photographs.
Boasting 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, Kingston’s Private Creekside Retreat is larger than many traditional cabins. But it offers all the rustic charm you’d expect upon seeing its log-lined exterior. Every room in the house comes with hardwood floors and exposed-beam ceilings. And an array of plush textiles add an extra dose of coziness to the space.
Jackson’s Tadasana feels at once modern and rustic. This combination can be tough to manage. But with its sturdy wooden furniture, strikingly modern art, and ample natural light, the Tadasana masterfully pulls it off.
Hudson’s Rustic Designer Space is a quaint, vintage dream. Much of its furniture is distressed, unassuming, and in excellent shape for its age—the kind of thing you’d be ecstatic to find at a flea market. These personality-filled pieces are paired with fresh linens and plush couches, giving you the precise blend of character and comfort you crave in a cabin.
Jackson’s Urban Rustic Cabin lives up to its name. With its minimalist aesthetic and sleek furniture set, it feels decidedly modern—while offering just enough rustic detailing to remind you you’re in Wyoming.
Beach houses may seem like a strange choice for a cabin getaway. But this Elk Rapids escape feels (and looks) incredibly rustic, despite being feet away from the sand. Crafty wooden furniture and cozy textiles pervade the space—accented by details like cowhide lounge chairs. Pay the home a visit during the fall and winter, and you’ll forget you’re not isolated in the mountains somewhere.
Santa Fe’s Modern Adobe Villa offers a Southwestern take on the classic rustic cabin. The home’s ceilings are lined with exposed wooden beams, which are complemented by each room’s array of cozy printed textiles. Step outside, and you’ll see flowers instead of firs—a surprise that may feel welcome in the dead of winter.
Woodstock’s Historic Artist Estate is about as romantic as getaways come. The home is filled with vibrant furniture and stunning vintage accents—details that look stunning alongside the house’s wood-lined floors, walls, and ceilings. Step into the kitchen, and you’ll see pots, pans, and glasses hanging overhead. Venture outside, and you’ll be greeted with a peaceful view of a nearby creek.
The Pine Hill House offers fun and rustic appeal in equal measure—a blend that’s readily apparent in every corner of the house. The living room is littered with fun accents, like mounted rocking horse heads and a wooden swan figurine. And the home is filled with classic antique pieces, like farmhouse sinks, clawfoot tubs, and distressed dressers.
Greenwood Lake’s Spectacular Lake Views proves that minimalism and coziness are far from mutually exclusive. The home is filled with natural light, which bounces off the white wood-paneled walls—and onto the rustic stone fireplace, the textured throws, and the mahogany exposed beams lining the ceiling. Step outside, and you’ll see trees, water, and mountains—a trifecta that’s incredibly hard to beat.
Morganton’s Urban Rustic Treehouse Apartment is small, snuggly, and incredibly thoughtfully decorated. Rustic wood accents pervade the space, forming desks, shelves, ceilings, floors, doors—and everything in between. The vibrant, modern furniture makes a welcome addition to the space, bringing excitement to the otherwise comfort-driven environment.
Though Geyserville’s Design Meets Refuge is technically a cottage, it’s more of a rustic studio. The wall between the snuggly, wood-paneled bedroom and the cozy, minimalist living room is just a suggestion; only a narrow window separates the spaces. Step outside, and you’ll find hay bales, goats, horses—and a line of stunning California trees.
Flagstaff’s Crisp Air blends rustic furniture with Southwestern accents to create a space that’s both warm and inviting. The floors are lined with hardwoods, and each room gains texture from printed red and blue rugs. Sturdy leather couches ground the living room, inviting you to spend all day there—though you may find yourself tempted to explore the firepit in the home’s tree-lined yard.
The Tanager House is filled with plush linens, printed throws, and sturdy, rustic furniture. But perhaps its greatest asset is its window-lined living room, which offers ample views of the Montana snow. Cozy up by the fireplace on the home’s massive couch, and take in some of Big Sky’s prettiest landscapes.
Taos’s Secluded Boho Adobe is full of rustic charm, done the Southwestern way. The home drips with craftsmanship. The ceilings are lined with exposed beams, which find a complement in the home’s hardwood floors. Plush textiles abound. And there’s even a hammock for you to escape to inside the house, if you ever feel like taking a very idyllic nap.
Saugerties’s Lavish Woodland Cottage offers cozy appeal inside and out. Cozy up by the fireplace in the living room, and explore the home’s massive record collection. Or step outside and spend the afternoon in the all-too-inviting hot tub. Whether you’re relaxing on the paradisiacal patio or snuggling up in one of the home’s incredibly cozy beds, you’re sure to have a time that’s worth the drive, flight, or train ride to the cottage.
Hillsborough’s Relocated 1915 Cottage is head-to-toe delightful. The home’s wood-paneled walls are painted a fresh, modern white, while the doors are aged and distressed. The furniture offers the same blend of antique and contemporary: The vintage hardwood floors are layered under a rustic cowhide rug, which is topped with a shiny, metallic coffee table. Each room features the same expertly balanced array of new and old—an interplay that feels cozy and inviting at the same time.