Whether nestled high up in the mountains or perched on a cliff by the sea, there’s no doubt that a cabin makes a profoundly romantic setting. No matter the season, you’re bound for an unforgettable trip at one of these 15 breathtaking destinations. Plus, when you book a vacation rental, you get unparalleled privacy and fantastic amenities like a hot tub and patio. That said, take a look at the top spots to enjoy a romantic cabin getaway.
1. Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Gatlinburg is an elevated resort town at the border of the Great Smoky Mountains. Outdoor recreation includes hiking, fishing, camping and wildlife sightseeing, and attractions in town range from theater, arts, museums, mini golf and even a theme park. There really is something for everyone here. During the winter months, ski resort Ober Gatlinburg opens its eight trails to skiers and snowboarders. During the summer, you can join a guided waterfall hike of the Great Smokies National Park. Get the most out of your romantic getaway by getting a vacation rental in the hills, where you’ll you’ll be close enough to experience downtown’s tourist-friendly scene, yet secluded enough to embrace Mother Nature.
2. Jenner, California
Only a couple of hours away from San Francisco, Jenner is a coastal village located on a rugged stretch of California coast where the Russian River meets the sea. This romantic destination offers stunning vistas, spectacular sunsets, and a chance to connect with nature and your loved one along the Sonoma County coast. Goat Rock State Beach is perfect for seal-spotting, beach-combing, and ocean-gazing, or you can head in town and dine at a restaurant on the coast. Known for its peace and quiet, head to Jenner for a much needed getaway.
3. Ruidoso, New Mexico
This romantic mountain resort town is perched in the Sierra Blanca mountain range and is known for its scenery as much as its downtown attractions. Home to one of the best hiking trails in the nation, Ski Apache, Ruidoso also offers skiing and snowboarding in the winter and boat rides around Mescalero Lake in the summer. If you’re looking for a fun night out, head to Inn of the Mountain Gods, which boasts a casino, top-tier musical performances, busy restaurants and lively pubs. Looking for something more low key? Enjoy the breathtaking views of the White Mountain Wilderness as your ride a gondola high above Lincoln National Forest.
4. Saugatuck, Michigan
There’s something magical about the twin cities of Saugatuck and Douglas. There’s endless fun in the sun, sand and water. Chill out on Oval Beach, one of Conde Nast’s “Top 25 Beaches in the World.” Browse the art galleries in a town named on of the best art towns in America by Expedia. Take in the spectacular views of the everchanging lake while you hike across 173 acres of dune land and shore at the Saugatuck Harbor Natural Area. Or, really get away and just split your time between the beach and your vacation rental.
5. Blue Ridge, Georgia
Blue Ridge, located in the Appalachian Mountains is a hidden gem perfect for your next intimate getaway. Hike for hours while you spot countless deer and crashing waterfalls. Go tubing in the summer or frolic in the snow during the winter. No matter what you fill your day with, top it off in your log cabin with a hot tub and fire pit to relax and unwind.
6. Manitou Springs, Colorado
Manitou Springs is known for eight naturally carbonated mineral spring fountains thought to have healing benefits. All eight fountains run free in the historic town for any and all who wish to test the waters for themselves. For a true romantic getaway, take in the views of the Great Plains from the Pikes Peak Cog Railway where the highest cog train in the world takes you up through a romantic landscape of rocky terrain and pine forests.
7. Big Sur, California
For the couple’s trip of a lifetime, head to one of the world’s most unforgettable stretches of coastline. Big Sur is roughly a 90-mile-long stretch of redwood and fog-trimmed waterfront between Carmel-by-the-Sea and Hearst Castle. If you take the classic drive through Big Sur, definitely make a stop at Bixby Bridge which you might recognize from countless car commercials.
8. Aspen, Colorado
Aspen is a tried and true mountain vacation and a great choice for your next romantic cabin getaway. While it’s a well-known ski destination, there’s plenty to do in Aspen year-round. Take a horse and carriage ride, ascend the mountain on the Silver Queen Gondola for awe-inspiring views, or book a spot in Aspen Cooking School’s culinary course for couples.
9. Sevierville, Tennessee
Another gem in the Great Smoky Mountains is Sevierville. There are a lot of great outdoor activities. Take a helicopter tour above the Great Smokies, try a zipline tour from Foxfire Mountain Adventures, or explore the rocky crevices and grottos of the Forbidden Caves. Tennessee is home to over 8,000 registered caves, the most in the United States, and Forbidden Caves is definitely a must-see!
10. Lake Tahoe, California
This world-famous ski town sits in the gorgeous Sierra Nevada. Book a ski-in ski-out vacation rental to hit the slopes right out your front door. Or, visit during the summer for activities on the largest alpine lake in North America. Take a leisurely sightseeing cruise on lovely Emerald Bay or just get lost on one of Lake Tahoe’s many hiking trails.
11. Blowing Rock, North Carolina
Known as “Crown of the Blue Ridge,” Blowing Rock, North Carolina, is a quaint storybook mountaintown with popular attractions ranging from unique downtown shops and outlets to hiking, biking, spelunking and bouldering. Relax a little too by indulging in a spa treatment or dining at an award-winning restaurant.
12. Lake George, New York
Lake George is America’s Original Vacation. Travelers began wandering through the Adirondack Mountains over two centuries ago, and today, Lake George is still a thriving vacation destination. Spend your mornings hiking and then sunbathe on the beach or cool off in the water during the afternoon.
13. Leavenworth, Washington
This charming Bavarian village offers everything from horse-drawn carriage rides through town in the spring to sleigh rides through the snow in the winter. No matter what the season is, Leavenworth is a top destination for couples who are looking for a special romantic getaway. Enjoy locally-crafted and award-winning wines paired perfectly with chocolates, meats and cheeses. Turn up the heat with roaring fireplaces and crackling campfires, and soak up the small-town hospitality and charm. Whatever you choose, your vacation will be one-of-a-kind.
14. Sedona, Arizona
You might not find many traditional “cabins” in sunny Sedona, but you’ll forget all that once you see your vacation rental tucked in between the pine forests and imposing red rocks. Enjoy the striking Arizona landscape on a jeep tour or hit the town and visit art-filled plazas and parks. Sedona is one of the Southwest’s premier art communities and a paradise for collectors and buyers. Take home a unique souvenir so you’ll never forget this romantic vacation.
15. Estes Park, Colorado
Estes Park is the base camp for Rocky Mountain National Park and known for some of the most scenic landscapes in the country. Take an early morning hike or get a bird’s eye view from an aerial rope course at the Open Air Adventure Park. Colorado is always popular during the winter months for snowy recreation activities, but temperatures in the 60s and 70s, clear skies and crisp air make Estes Park perfect during the summer. Amazing adventures await you on your romantic mountain getaway!
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