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What is a cabin?

Cabins are standalone autonomous accommodation options that offer a stay in nature. You'll find cabins in all sorts of wild places, from lakesides to beaches to mountain ranges. Most are small and cozy, and traditional, letting you channel your inner explorer as you gaze out across babbling riverways or pine-studded valleys. Romantic cabins are wonderful for couples as they come with warm beds and sharing space with cracking fires and maybe even a hot tub.

Why should I stay at a cabin?

There's no doubt the main draw of a cabin is its setting. These little boltholes can land you between forested hills or right on the edge of a glimmering lake, sometimes even with a private porch to enjoy the sunset.

Whether cabins on the lake or cabins in the mountains (think Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge), these stays can be romantic. Some luxury cabins have the most sumptuous interiors and elegant design.


Where do you find cabins?

Pull on the hiking boots and get ready to go off-trail, because cabins and cabin resorts are typically found in the wilder reaches of the world.

There are moss-gathering log cabins sat in the middle of American national parks. There are cabins for rent in snow-doused ski destinations (like Aspen), sometimes even with ski-in access.

Others are river cabins that put gushing waterfalls and canoe routes on the doorstep, or jungle cabins with hooting monkeys swinging overhead. You really can pick from all sorts of destinations around the globe.


How much does it cost to stay in a cabin?

You can choose to keep things budget-friendly with cheap cabins. They typically mean settling for just a simple room and, occasionally, shared bathroom facilities.

Midrange cabin rentals are abundant, with family options that come with multiple beds and even self-catering kitchen facilities.

Then come the upscale choices, with remote locations and heartwarming interiors that are bound to get the romance flowing – naturally, they cost the most.

What do cabins offer?

If you're pining to pull on the hiking boots or skis, swim in wild lakes or go canoeing in the morning, a cabin's location presents a perfect choice. Aside from the abundance of nature, cabins can also offer plenty for families. Take cabin resorts, which often have pools, playgrounds and on-site restaurants. Or, look to larger cabins with multiple bedrooms and kitchens.


Cabins vs lodges

It's natural to wonder what's the difference between a cabin and a lodge. While both cabins and lodges offer a gateway to national parks (Hocking Hills, anyone?) and safari parks, it's worth noting that the former tends to promote privacy and remoteness a little more than the latter.

While lodges can have hotel-style services in the form of room cleaning and even on-site pools, cabins offer you a hideaway to call your very own for the duration of a vacation. Cabins can also be even more remote than lodges, nested deep in forests or high in mountain ranges.


How to book a cabin

No matter if you're after luxurious cabins in Colorado ski resorts or budget-friendly cabin rentals in the misty jungles of Thailand, you can go about booking that stay just as you would a normal hotel.

Simply sort your search results to list only this particular type of accommodation, and remember that opting for cabins together with flights and car rental could help save a heap.