As Americans continue to avoid large crowds and practice social distancing, planning a summer getaway isn’t as easy as it used to be. However, isolated vacations are growing in popularity, which means cabins and cottages are in high demand this season. They tend to be quieter and cleaner with little to invade your personal space. As we gradually return to business as usual, make the most of remote destinations with the scenery and activities to match your lifestyle.
Vrbo, a company owned by Expedia, is a great resource for booking cabins this summer. Searching the site is easy and convenient for finding the best nearby cabin for your summer vacation. Reservations include an option to cancel if needed. If you need a few suggestions, check out our top 5 picks for a safe, summer cabin getaway — and how to book them.
Soak in the beauty of South Lake Tahoe with a 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom cabin. Standing three-stories tall and perched on a short hill, the getaway has sweeping views of the lake’s crystal blue waters from a wraparound terrace that includes a hot tub and BBQ grill. Located in quiet Zephyr Cove in the Nevada side of the border, you’ll enjoy a vacation away from the crowds that dominate busy tourist areas. You’re a quick walk to beaches, parks and walking trails. The casinos of Stateline and the Heavenly ski resort are also just a short drive away. Bedrooms, two of which have access to the terrace, are comfortable and spacious with room for 8 people total. Add in a kitchen, laundry room, and separate dining room, and all the bases are covered. Learn more about booking this South Lake Tahoe cabin.
Estimated nightly fee: $471/night
This 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom cabin is a true retreat in the Arizona woods near Flagstaff. At 1,440 square feet, it’s an intimate vacation rental but sits on an ample acre of land with an affordable price point. Breathe in the fresh air from a forest of pine trees at a high elevation. An arched ceiling with large windows attracts lots of natural light. Kids will love the backyard playground, while adults take a turn at the horseshoe pits. The cabin was recently renovated and has a “like-new” feel without losing any rustic, mountain charm. Learn more about booking this Arizona cabin.
Estimated nightly fee: $266/night
Enjoy the comforts of home with an enchanting location on Suttons Bay in Northern Michigan. Weather is mild and breezy during the summer, making it a great option for escaping the heat. With 4 bedrooms and an open floor plan, the 1,800-square foot vacation home maximizes space, although a wood-burning brick fireplace adds a sense of coziness. Perched on a small hill, the house is directly on the water with an extended patio and dock for enjoying incredible sunset views. The kitchen has a balcony, serving as another vantage point overlooking the bay. Take a swim and hang out on a small private beach while roasting marshmallows over a fire pit. The restaurants, shops, and art galleries of the charming Village of Suttons Bay is less than three miles away. Learn more about booking this Suttons Bay cottage.
Estimated nightly fee: $700/night
Take your summer vacation to new heights in the historic mountains of Gatlinburg, Tennessee. This bright and enticing 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom cabin has scenic views that overlook the bustling downtown area. Watch the sunrise above the Smoky Mountains each morning from an extended second-level deck. You even have an up-close view of a chairlift traveling up and down the mountainside. Rooms are clean and spacious with plenty of room and privacy. Although the cabin is a relatively modest 1,801 square feet, the kitchen is large and comfortable with an island and long granite countertops. The entire interior has been remodeled with stylish furnishings. The walk-in showers in the bathrooms are a welcome touch. Learn more about booking this mountainside cabin.
Estimated nightly fee: $278/night
Enjoy the beauty and serenity of Cedar Creek Lake in Texas with this 5-bedroom, 3-bathroom country-style vacation home. About an hour drive south of Dallas, this remote destination is perfect for those who love to boat, jet ski, and kayak. A screened-in patio doubles as a game room with a foosball table. At more than 2,000 square feet, the cabin has enough room for up to 16 people, including a kids’ room with two sets of built-in bunk beds. When not enjoying the beauty of the lakefront, relax for a while and take a nap in a hammock. Learn more about this waterfront cabin.
Estimated nightly fee: $291/night