UPDATED SEP 1, 2020
We’ve got a different type of cabin fever. We’re obsessed with folksy treehouses, quirky cabins in the middle of nowhere, and bougie safari tents. When the walls of your cramped apartment start closing in, book one of these magical escapes.
There’s a reason these tiny cabins fill up at least two months out. All the essentials (read: bath products, firewood, coffee) are included. And your extremely soft bed is in front of a huge window overlooking the woods near Shenandoah National Park. So book early, pack light, and prepare to unplug.
“Treehouse” is a loose term. With amenities like a walnut staircase, gas fireplace, outdoor hot tub, and complimentary kayaks (it’s directly in front of North River in Bridgewater, VA), we’re putting this in the “high-end cabin” category. But our favorite perk is the owners’ pets — two Jack Russells named Daisy and Cooter and a cat, Mable. If you’re lucky, they’ll stop by for a visit.
This glamping experience is equal parts relaxation and adventure. You’ll have a private, eight-acre lake and houseboat all to yourself. Plus, complete isolation. In the morning, sip coffee and watch the sunrise from the boat deck. And during the day, check out the five miles of area hiking trails, put in the kayak, or float on the water with a cold one.
This is the nicest cabin you’ll ever stay in. Tucked away in Lost River State Park, expect a stylish, two-story hideaway with a full kitchen, a washer/dryer setup, and massive windows with insane forest views. But the real draw? The wood-fired tub on the back deck.
A hobbit house might seem quirky, but don’t write it off. The handcrafted wooden furniture adds a touch of charm. And the heated floors? They’re a game-changer. Add in the stunning Blue Ridge Mountain views and this makes for the ultimate peaceful escape.
Say hello to the bougiest tipi retreat in Virginia. Every tipi has central A/C and heat, a bathroom that will put your apartment’s to shame, and décor that belongs in a boutique showroom. Did we mention there’s also a heated swimming pool and a zipline park?
A night spent at this glamping dome is unforgettable. The dome itself is super cozy, with views of the countryside. And when the sun sets and the string lights turn on, it’s magical. Book in the fall when the leaves are changing — the Virginia landscape is never more stunning.
Savage River Lodge in the mountains of Western Maryland is truly impressive. Your stay is a Mongolian-style yurt surrounded by 14 miles of hiking trails and a restaurant with an unbeatable charcuterie board. Explore during the day, then relax on your private deck with a glass of vino. Just be up in time for the morning muffin delivery.
We can’t get over the effortless charm of this place. The tiny cottage couldn’t be more adorable and lounging by the saltwater pool — total resort vibes. The kitchen even has a build-your-own-waffle bar. And because it’s situated on an animal sanctuary, you’ll have donkeys, pigs (like the potbelly, Winston), and other friends to keep you company.
This off-the-grid stay is pretty close to classic camping. Except you’ll be sleeping on a cushy queen bed inside a spacious safari-style tent. You’ll need to bring a cooler for food and firewood for late-night s’mores. But it’s a fair trade-off for the private waterfall and swimming hole nearby.
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