7 Ruggedly Awesome and Remote Cabins You Can Actually Stay In

We’ve wasted more afternoons than we’d like to admit clicking through page after page of Cabin Porn, looking at the hearty structures nestled along rivers or perched on mountaintops, wondering: Who lives there? The answer: It could be you—at least for a night or two—if you book a stay at one of these utterly enviable cabins. Just promise you’ll send us a photo.

Amazing Views Retreat—outside Gatlinburg, TN

This five-bedroom cabin has high-end touches both expected (gas grill, king beds, gorgeous vaulted ceilings) and unexpected (home theater with 12-foot screen, air hockey and foosball tables). But as the name suggests, the view is the true luxury: Perched on a hillside, the cabin has a panoramic outlook on the surrounding Smoky Mountains. Enjoy it from the row of rocking chairs on the porch—or the outdoor Jacuzzi. (Pro tip: Ignore the fully stocked kitchen and venture into nearby Gatlinburg, where fluffy pancakes and newly legal moonshine are the local specialties.)

Cottage for Mr. Seth C. Peterson—Mirror Lake, WI

In the late 1950’s, Frank Lloyd Wright agreed to design this small home in the Wisconsin Dells for Seth Peterson and his bride-to-be. The slanting roof tops thick walls of Wisconsin sandstone, and large windows face out onto the surrounding woods. Fans of Wright’s organic architecture style can experience it here firsthand starting at $250 per night (canoe rental for the nearby lake included).

Dunton Hot Springs—Dolores, CO

This Rocky Mountain settlement has gone through several incarnations: first as a mining village, then as a ghost town, and now as an exclusive, high-end resort. Each of its dozen log cabins was built by hand (and in some cases, restored from the miners’ original homes) with a doting attention to old-timey-esque detail that makes it endlessly Instagram-ready. The resort is free of cell phones, but don’t worry: It’s loaded with plenty of fancy tech (like choppers for heli-skiing) to keep your mind off your iPhone.

Hidden Pond—Kennebunkport, ME

Cabins in the woods don’t have to be rustic: This Maine resort brings in renowned interior designers to decorate its two-bedroom cottages with freshened-up takes on classic New England style. Pick the cottage that suits your taste (we’re partial to Lazy Days, with a rustic hammock hanging near the modern four-poster master bed), then clamber up to the treetop spa for a massage or pick veggies from the resort’s organic garden to roast on your grill.

Cedar House & River Lodge on Little St. Simons Island—St. Simons Island, GA

Visitors to this lodge are the only occupants of this pristine, marshy island off the coast of Georgia. The Cedar House, a cabin away from the main building, gives you the sense of having a swampy kingdom all your own. Its many terraces overlook a small river and the surrounding marshes, all adorned by moss-draped live oaks. When the humidity gets you down, the stately, high ceilinged rooms, overstuffed furniture, and fully stocked wet bar make for a welcome retreat.

Ultima Thule Lodge—Chitna, AK

This rustically luxurious resort in Alaska is 100 miles from the nearest road. Each cabin is handmade from local timber, and decorated in frontier style. (Lumber in every stage of finishing, leather, hunting trophies, and snowshoes all feature prominently.) A stay in one costs $1,700 per person per night—but that includes daily bushplane flights, for recreational adventures and to and from the resort itself.

Urban Cowboy B&B—Brooklyn, NY

No need to head out into the wilderness to find your dream cabin: Just hop on the subway. In the backyard of this New York City B&B is a freestanding cabin, decorated in a mix of East Coast, American West, and urban eclectic styles: Native-American-inspired textiles, Adirondack frame bed, an old trunk standing in as a coffee table, and an antler chandelier. (Admittedly, we’re a little biased—we shot a recent Birchbox Man sneak peek here.) In true Brooklyn style, it’s a cozy studio, but there’s plenty of room to set up camp and relax—whether by chopping wood outside your front door or soaking in the B&B’s hot tub.

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