- 1 Getaway New York, Catskills, NY
- 2 The Suttle Lodge & Boathouse, Sisters, OR
- 3 Dunton Hot Springs, Dolores, CO
- 4 El Capitan Canyon, Santa Barbara, CA
- 5 Cedar Lakes Estate, Port Jervis, NY
- 6 Rimrock Ranch, Pioneertown, CA
- 7 Briar Patch Inn, Sedona, AZ
- 8 Point-No-Point Resort, Shirley, BC
8 Rustic Cabins for the Perfect Fall Weekend Getaway
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.
A Brooklyn-based writer and editor, Chelsea's work has appeared in Matador Network, The Huffington Post, the TripAdvisor blog, and more. When not planning her next trip, you'll usually find her drinking way too much iced coffee (always iced—she’s from New England) or bingeing a Netflix original series.
Getaway New York, Catskills, NY
For East Coast-based travelers, Getaway New York is a go-to. The Catskill Mountain retreat promises a tiny house within two hours of Manhattan—they have 12 available—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 comes 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 into the Suttle Lodge & Boathouse. The 11-room, 16-cabin retreat borrows 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 within 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 German businessman 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 dance hall. Ranging from one to five rooms, the luxe cabins feature wood-burning stoves, king size beds, and rustic antique accents. Though there are six places to enjoy the land’s naturally-heated hot springs—they’re a toasty 85°F to 106°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, the laidback cabins are all equipped with willow beds, down-style duvets, soaking tubs, and western-inspired furnishings. In need of supplies? The resort’s Canyon Market 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 along the region’s sloping lawns and cedar wood forests. Not far from High Point State Park, the 500-acre estate—which was previously a 1920s summer camp—offers rustic-chic cabin and cottage accommodations, complete with four-poster iron beds, antler chandeliers, tufted leather sofas, and cowhide butterfly chairs. 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, retrofitted Airstream trailers, a lodge, and the Hatch House—a honeymoon suite named for its display of original Hatch Show Prints—the ranch is the poster child of desert-eclectic design. Cabins work with original 1940s knotty pine paneling, Aztec rugs, framed black-and-white Old West prints, and vintage wall-mounted guitars for added style.
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 and are done up with faux-fur chairs, wood-burning fireplaces, and private patios. If that’s not cozy enough, pop over 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, you'll find the romantic Point-No-Point Resort. The 25-cabin retreat dates back to 1952, but accommodations are well-kept, with 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.
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