Autumn ushers in all of our favorite things: fiery foliage, spiced lattes, and crisp sweater weather. What better way to enjoy the season than spending a weekend away in a secluded cabin? Here, just a handful of our favorite rustic retreats.
Getaway New York, Catskills, NY
For the East Coast-based spontaneous travelers amongst us, Getaway New York is your go-to. The Catskill Mountain retreat promises a tiny house within 2-hours of Manhattan—they have 12—but the exact location won’t be divulged until a few days before your trip. What we do know is that the custom-designed cabins convene on a 20-acre forested site, and each come with a picnic table and fire ring. Don’t feel like packing your own provisions? You can opt to dip into the cabin’s stockpile of snacks, pour-over coffee, pasta, popcorn, and s’mores ingredients. Like a hotel minibar, you’ll just be charged for what you use.
The Suttle Lodge & Boathouse, Sisters, OR
The hotel group behind Portland’s trendy Ace Hotel brought a bit of PDX panache to Sisters when they revamped what was once the Lodge at Suttle Lake. After opening in August 2016, it was apparent that the 11-room, 16-cabin retreat borrowed heavily from the Ace’s ethos. The main, Northwestern-style timber lodge harbors a lobby cocktail bar from Sean Hoard of Portland’s Teardrop Cocktail Lounge, the Boathouse restaurant from chef Joshua McFadden of Ava Gene’s, and lots of communal spaces, while cabins are done up with all the trappings of your beloved childhood summer camp: felt blankets, log bunk beds, and quilted wall tapestries. With a prime location inside Deschutes National Forest—and with trail access to Black Butte, Round Lake, and Cache Mountain—hiking, kayaking, fishing, biking, and snowshoeing expeditions are all in easy reach.
Dunton Hot Springs, Dolores, CO
Established in 1855, Dunton—in Colorado’s lawless wild west—was a mining camp with a population of less than 50 people. Fast-forward, and by 1918, the settlement was a ghost town. It remained that way until 1994 when Christoph Henkel bought all 1,600-San-Juan-mountain-acres and set out on a seven-year renovation that brought it to its current cabin camp glory. Today, the collection of fully restored, hand-hewn cabins sit in a circle around the retreat’s 19th-century saloon and dancehall. Ranging from one to five rooms, the luxe cabins feature an assortment of wood-burning stoves, king size beds, and rustic antique accents. Though there are six ways to enjoy the land’s naturally-heated hot springs—they’re a toasty 85°F to 107°F—the best, in our opinion, is taking a dip in the original bathhouse.
El Capitan Canyon, Santa Barbara, CA
On Santa Barbara’s Pacific Coast, El Capitan Canyon unfolds across 300 beachfront acres. The rugged resort consists of 108 cedar cabins with front porches and peaked ceilings, all grouped in small villages with names like Stone Pine, Peace Tree, Lone Stone, and Shaded Creek. Decked out in rustic-chic decor, laidback cabins are all willow beds, down-style duvets, soaking tubs, and western-inspired furnishings. In need of supplies? The resort’s Canyon Market—housed under a corrugated tin roof and behind a barn door—carries organic groceries, Santa Barbara wines, and aromatherapy oils, and their onsite kitchen serves lattes and a breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu.
Cedar Lakes Estate, Port Jervis, NY
Seventy miles from Manhattan, in New York’s pastoral Hudson Valley, Cedar Lakes Estate sets up camp among the region’s sloping lawns and cedar wood forests. Not far from High Point State Park, the 500-acre estate—which was previously a 1920’s summer camp—offers rustic-chic cabin and cottage accommodations of which four-poster iron beds, antler chandeliers, tufted leather sofas, and cowhide butterfly chairs are just the start. Cabin-bound foodies will also be delighted to find gourmet meals from canapés and market brunches, to plated dinners and elevated BBQ (think: char-grilled sirloin burgers with aged NY state cheddar, crispy bacon, watercress, and chipotle mayonnaise on a sesame seed brioche bun).
Rimrock Ranch, Pioneertown, CA
Just outside Joshua Tree National Park—two hours from LA and 40 minutes from Palm Springs, Rimrock Ranch hunkers down on 11-acres of scenic SoCal valley. With four rustic cabins, retro-fitted airstream trailers, a lodge, and the Hatch House—a honeymoon suite done up in showy Hatch Show Prints—the ranch is the poster child of desert-eclectic design. Cabins work with original 1940’s knotty pine paneling, Aztec rugs, framed black-and-white Old West prints, and vintage wall-mounted guitars.
Briar Patch Inn, Sedona, AZ
At Sedona’s Briar Patch Inn, there’s no shortage of Southwestern charm. Nineteen cabins—with names like Quail, Wren, and Sycamore—rest along Oak Creek Canyon’s lush pastures and wildflower fields, done up with faux-fur chairs, wood-burning fireplaces, and private patios. If that’s not cozy enough, belly up to the lodge's daily breakfast buffet for homemade muffins and breads, granola, quiche, and herbal teas—and make sure you come back in the afternoon when hot mulled cider and fresh baked cookies are rolled out.
Point-No-Point Resort, Shirley, BC
Stretched across 40 rugged-coastal-bluff-acres along Vancouver Island’s southwest coast is Point-No-Point Resort. The 25-cabin retreat dates back to 1952, but accommodations are well-kept and guests will find full kitchens, fireplaces, and enviable views across the Strait of Juan de Fuca all the way to Washington state’s Olympic Peninsula. When it comes to downtime, hike nearby trails, relax with a book in an Adirondack chair, follow Jacob’s Creek along the western edge of the resort, or see if you can spot a killer whale or porpoise pod from your table at the onsite restaurant—there are plenty of binoculars to go round.