With its dense forests and mountainous terrain, Vermont is an oasis of wilderness on the busy East Coast. Getting off the beaten path is a breeze in this sparsely populated state; enjoy a quiet fall color tour, hike tall peaks in the summer, or spend a week on the slopes when the snow falls. No matter what activity you pursue, cabin rentals in Vermont create the perfect cozy spot to kick back after an adventurous day. For the best selection of charming cabins, check out these popular locations.

1. Killington

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Enjoy endless mountain views from your vacation rental’s back deck in Killington. This popular ski town sits near two ski resorts, providing opportunities for skiing and snowboarding in the winter and hiking and mountain biking in the summer. Thanks to the area’s popularity, cabin rentals are plentiful. If you’re planning to hit the slopes, search for log cabins near the Killington or Pico Mountain ski resorts. To get off the grid, look in the mountains west of town. Once you’re unpacked, book a tee time at the nearby Green Mountain National Golf Course, or grab your tackle box and head for Kent Pod to fish for largemouth bass.

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2. Burlington

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Soak in the New England charm in Burlington, an adorable town on the banks of Lake Champlain. Start your trip with a stroll through the picturesque downtown; the area is particularly beautiful on winter evenings when Christmas lights glow against the snow. For the full Burlington experience, rent a cabin along the banks of the lake or the nearby Winooski River and enjoy fishing and kayaking in your back yard. The city comes to life in the fall, when visitors flock here to see the local trees burst into color as the seasons change.

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3. Stowe

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Ease into the mountain lifestyle in Stowe. Best known as the home of the Stowe Mountain Resort, this small town is popular with skiers and snowboarders. In the summer, load a day pack with snacks and hike to the summit of Mt. Mansfield, or take advantage of the resort’s adventure rides. The best spot to search for cabins is near the ski hill. Alternatively, look near the Stowe Recreation Path, which is great for running and biking. In the winter, the path is groomed for easy cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Don’t miss a trip to Smugglers‘ Notch State Park for caving, ice climbing, bouldering, and mountain biking.

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4. Bennington

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Take advantage of city comforts and easy wilderness access in Bennington. This welcoming small town sits within minutes of forested hills, so you can get out into nature in no time. Explore the forest with a hike down the Long Trail, which feels remote and rugged despite its proximity to town. For fishing, you can’t beat the beautiful Roaring Branch Walloomsac Brook. For the classic cabin getaway, look at vacation rentals just out of town in the forests to the east and south. Nearby, the Green Mountain and Finger Lakes National Forests provide a wealth of outdoor adventures, including hiking, skiing, paddling, and fishing.

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5. Woodstock

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When it comes to small-town charm, Woodstock is hard to beat. Here, historic homes sit on large lawns, covered bridges span lazy streams, and the downtown area looks stunning in every season. In the winter, take a sleigh ride through town after a day on the slopes at the Suicide Six ski area. Fall brings vibrant leaves and an abundance of farm tours. During the spring and summer months, try fishing in the Ottauquechee River. Thanks to Woodstock’s abundant natural and man-made beauty, it’s hard to go wrong with a cabin rental anywhere in town. Riverfront properties have a relaxing vibe, while properties in the hills provide views of downtown.

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6. Cavendish

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Step out of your everyday hustle and bustle in Cavendish, a tiny hamlet rich in history. The undisputed star of the local area is the Okemo Mountain Resort, which brings in visitors year-round for skiing, hiking, mountain biking, and golfing. A variety of wilderness areas sit within a short drive of most cabins near Cavendish, so you can create a varied itinerary. Go bear-spotting or hunting in the Hawks Mountain Wildlife Management Area, snowshoe along the Healdville Trail in the Okemo State Forest, or head to the Knapp Brook Wildlife Management Area for fishing and snowmobiling. Most cabin rentals sit near Highway 131 south of Cavendish; many are tucked into the woods, creating a remote, peaceful escape.

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7. Grand Isle

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Spend your vacation surrounded by water in Grand Isle, which is located on South Hero Island in the center of Lake Champlain. Settle into island life by renting a kayak and paddling along the shoreline. Alternatively, enjoy excellent fishing from the shore. To make the most of the location, look for a waterfront cabin; rentals on the west side feature spectacular sunsets. Bring your bike to pedal around town, and stock up on firewood for a backyard bonfire at the end of the day. In Grand Isle State Park, you can swim in the summer and snowshoe in the winter. When the lake freezes over, try ice fishing or outdoor ice skating.

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