If you’re itching to get in tune with the great outdoors this summer, consider renting a cabin from TripAdvisor. Here are 15 cabin vacation spots that won’t break the bank.
Whether you’re an active trailblazer or a midnight stargazer, these summer cabin vacations are perfect for a fun, affordable getaway. America is home to some of the world’s most beautiful natural wonders, from lakes, mountains, and national parks to craggy peaks and stunning sunsets. Renting a summer cabin means having top-notch outdoor recreation at your fingertips—hiking, biking, fishing, rock-climbing, ziplining, and more—and a cozy refuge to retreat to at the end of the day.
Enjoy perks like an outdoor patio with a BBQ grill (al fresco dining, anyone?), a game room for the kids, or a fire pit for roasting marshmallows and trading stories under the stars. Couples might even like to try one of TripAdvisor’s romantic tiny house cabin rentals…talk about a unique experience!
While popular cabin vacations like Gatlinburg and Lake Tahoe rightfully get their due, we’ve rounded up a slightly different list for folks with money-saving in mind. These scenic spots are more affordable, partly due to their “hidden-gem” appeal. But don’t just take our word for it. Start planning your summer cabin getaway today with TripAdvisor Rentals!
And once you decide on a destination, you can book all your tours, activities, and attraction tickets right on TripAdvisor, too. Our new 24-hour cancellation policy means you can pre-book activities before arriving, but still have the flexibility to cancel if your itinerary changes.
“We had a fantastic time…the view of the lake is breathtaking.” — TripAdvisor Reviewer
Take your pick of outdoor activities in this Union County town, known in the 18th century to have the purest gold in the mountains. You’ll feel like you’ve struck gold when you book a top-rated cabin vacation in Blairsville. There are horseback riding tours with Trackrock Stables, hiking on Brasstown Bald Mountain, and leisure strolls through Vogel State Park. Enjoy stand-up paddleboarding on Lake Nottley, and then “wined” down with a tasting at Odom Springs Vineyards. No matter how you spend your adventures, there’s an affordable cabin ready to be your home away from home.
“We visit Angel Fire at least once a year and it can be any season. My family of four thoroughly enjoyed this cabin.” — TripAdvisor Reviewer
This popular ski resort town is a budget-friendly destination even after the slopes close. Nearby state parks—including Cimarron Canyon and Eagles Nest Lake—offer outdoor activities from fishing and four-wheeling to biking and horseback riding. The zipline excursions are labeled “a must-do” summer activity, while the 76-degree average summer temps keep things comfortable. Grab a pint from Enchanted Circle Brewing and end the night gazing at stars on your cabin’s—or casita’s—patio.
“We were so pleased upon entering the property, very clean, spacious, well arranged and a taste of art! Hot tub was so relaxing after a long travel [day].” — TripAdvisor Reviewer
Waynesville may not be a household name, but the largest town west of Asheville is our kind of summer cabin vacation. A vintage, small-town vibe characterizes local businesses like the Barber Orchard Fruitstand (opens for the season on August 1st) and Balsam Spa, a favorite spot for pampering. Downtown boasts art galleries and specialty shops, while the golf course at Lake Junaluska is great for intermediate-level players. Consider a summer cabin home in Waynesville with a hot tub, BBQ grill, and majestic mountain views.
“We had an amazing time at this gorgeous destination. The cabin is even more beautiful in person” — TripAdvisor Reviewer
Thanks to Davis’ elevation—3,200 feet above sea level—the area maintains a comfortable climate year-round. Summer months bring 75-degree days to the mountains in this West Virginia sanctuary. The main attraction is Blackwater State Falls, which TripAdvisor reviewers have called “a bucket list must-see.” The park offers wonderful hiking trails surrounded by wildlife, plants, flowers, and gorgeous waterfalls. The WVHighlands Artisan Gallery, also worth browsing, showcases local displays of arts, crafts, and jewelry. Summer cabin homes in Davis range from classic log cabins and cozy cottages to magnificent lodges fit for large groups.
“The cabin’s absolutely divine! Tastefully decorated, with comfortable couches and beds. We enjoyed watching the birds at the bird feeder, the view of the mountain in the distance, the beautiful sunrises and sunsets…” — TripAdvisor Reviewer
There’s nothing cozier than a family cabin rental in the woods, where nights are spent around the fireplace drinking hot cocoa and enjoying each other’s company. Banner Elk offers this in spades, with two-bedroom summer cabins available for an average $768 per week. This Blue Ridge Mountain getaway is close to major attractions like Grandfather Mountain, Blowing Rock, and the Appalachian Trail, so there’s no shortage of challenging hikes and spectacular outlooks. The wine and beer scene won’t disappoint, either, with Banner Elk Winery, Grandfather Vineyard, and Flat Top Brewing Company offering delicious grapes and suds.
“Convenient to everything in Wears Valley or towards Townsend or Pigeon Forge. Great views of the mountains and sitting out by the fire pit was awesome.” — TripAdvisor Reviewer
Welcome to “The Peaceful Side of the Smokies,” known for its preservation of Southern Appalachian culture. Affordable summer cabin homes in Townsend offer guests serene mountain views and convenient amenities like fireplaces, full kitchens, and wraparound decks. Daytime activities include ATV off-roading, ziplining, and exploring the Tuckaleechee Caverns (great for kids). Be sure to visit Cades Cove Cellars, a local “hidden treasure.” Pro tip: grab a take-home bottle of the blackberry and raspberry wines to enjoy with dinner at your cabin rental.
“This cottage was perfect for a girls getaway. It was close to everything but felt isolated with mountain views and privacy for hot tub under the stars.” — TripAdvisor Reviewer
Charming city life meets secluded mountain retreat in Hendersonville. Neighboring Asheville might be the next craft beer capital, but this small town boasts its own stellar vineyard and brewery scene. Some of TripAdvisor’s top-rated are Burntshirt Vineyards, Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards, Sanctuary Brewing Company, and Flat Rock Cider Works. While parents enjoy the food and drink, Hendersonville was practically built for families with little ones (and not just because many summer cabins come with game rooms!). Kid-friendly activities include the Elijah Mountain Gem Mine and Apple Valley Mode Railroad Club, where volunteers will even help children run the trains.
“Cozy little house that truly felt like a home the second we walked in. Had small amenities and essentials with plenty of in-house entertainment. Every day we were there we saw multiple deer and had a beautiful stream that gave great ambient sound while outside.” — TripAdvisor Reviewer
Ruidoso is a mountain resort town known for its scenery as much as its downtown attractions. Perched in the Sierra Blanca mountain range, Ruidoso is home to the Rim Trail, considered one of the best hiking trails in the nation. Summer visitors rave about the boat rides around Mescalero Lake. Spend an evening at the Inn of the Mountain Gods for a full casino, top-tier musical performances, busy restaurants, and lively pubs. The most memorable experience in Ruidoso? A gondola ride high above Lincoln National Forest featuring breathtaking views of the White Mountain Wilderness and its eccentric wildlife. Visitors to Ruidoso should embrace the natural beauty with a chalet in the hills or quaint cottage in the woods.
“Imagine hundreds of fireflies, tree frogs babbling, luscious green trees providing a canopy in the back sun deck…and every show, restaurant, and activity you can imagine blocks away! That’s what makes this Branson cabin unlike others.” — TripAdvisor Reviewer
Branson is known for its array of shows and live entertainment: there’s a reason it’s called the “Live Music Show Capital of the World,” after all. In a town of 50+ theaters, you’ll find world-class entertainment on any given night—but don’t think you can’t “get away from it all” here. Charming summer cabins are aplenty, given Branson’s location in the Ozark Mountains. While the downtown scene is worthwhile, travelers wanting peace and quiet will be pleased with the secluded rental selection. Outdoor recreation abounds like ziplining, fishing tours, kayaking, and hiking.
“Have you ever been to a place that makes you feel like you’re home? And like YOUR home? Well this was it for us. From the moment we drove up the winding driveway we felt like we were within nature. Secluded within the woods of Deep Creek. Once we stepped in, we were in awe over the amazing space.” — TripAdvisor Reviewer
There’s no denying the allure of Bryson City when it comes to great outdoorsy destinations. There’s rafting and kayaking on the Nantahala River, boating and fishing on Fontana Lake, and mountain biking on the popular Tsali trails. All of this and more just steps from your Bryson City summer cabin home.
“A picturesque haven and perfect place to escape to…can’t wait to return.” — TripAdvisor Reviewer
Pagosa Springs claims to be “refreshingly authentic,” and the small-town atmosphere supports that. A popular ski destination, Pagosa Springs becomes a scenic, less-crowded gem during summer months. It’s a bit off the beaten path—the nearest airport is in Durango, 60 miles away—but isn’t that the point of a summer cabin getaway?
“Furnishings were comfortable, and the cabin was just a couple of minutes from summer activities at Giant Steps Lodge and the reservoir.” — TripAdvisor Reviewer
Book a Brian Head cabin and you’ll be spending plenty of time at the local resort. A massively popular ski area, Brian Head Resort’s summer activities are equally as enticing. Day passes are available for mountain biking, ziplining, archery courses, climbing walls, scenic lift rides, and more. Don’t hold back, either, because your cabin rental is the perfect place to relax after an exhausting day.
“Our favorite part, after going on adventures during the day then enjoying the North Conway downtown, was to retreat back to the chalet and sit around the fire pit as a family and enjoy the beauty of Cathedral Ledge right from the backyard.” — TripAdvisor Reviewer
Home to the Northeast’s tallest peak (Mt. Washington), North Conway has no shortage of world-class hiking. As you trek through more than 700 acres of White Mountain National Forest, stop for a cooling dip in the renowned Diana’s Baths waterfalls. As our reviewer puts it, the best part of staying in North Conway is having a cozy cabin home base after the day’s activities. For just $1,161 on average for a weekly stay, the price tag doesn’t hurt, either.
“This cabin lived up to the reviews on it. Very cute and cozy. All the amenities you would need. We cooked breakfast each morning.” — TripAdvisor Reviewer
Big Bear’s tourism board claims, “When you’re 7,000 feet closer to the sun, the stress just melts off.” It’s a fitting motto for this San Bernardino Mountain getaway. You know what is stressful? Spending a fortune on your summer vacation. That’s why the affordable cabin rentals on Big Bear Lake are perfect for cost-conscious travelers, whether you’re planning a family reunion, friends trip, or couples retreat. You’ll find yourself hiking the Castle Rock Trail one day and kayaking, canoeing, or fishing on the next. Nights in the cabin might consist of barbecuing, playing board games, or relaxing by the fire pit.
“Simply perfect rainforest treehouse.” — TripAdvisor Reviewer
On the Island of Hawai’i lies one of America’s most stunning natural phenomenons, Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. Book a summer cabin in the aptly named area of Volcano and you’ll be right nearby. That means less time getting there and more time exploring with knowledgeable guides like those from Epic Lava Tours. Consider this unique rainforest treehouse retreat or the top-rated Dancing Bamboo cottage.
*Weekly rates reflect the average cost of a two-bedroom cabin rental in that destination during July 2017, according to TripAdvisor data. Destinations needed at least 10 available cabin rentals on TripAdvisor to be considered.