Some vacations are frenetic excursions of extended travel to far-off locations, complete with a long itinerary of things to do, attractions to visit and souvenirs to buy.
If you’ve ever come home from a vacation feeling exhausted from the whirlwind and like you need another vacation to recover from the one you just took, you may want to consider the relaxed, easy pace and lazy comfort of a cabin rental vacation. Read on for reasons why renting a cabin, sometimes also marketed as a chalet or a cottage, can lead to the best, most relaxing vacation you’ve ever taken.
Enjoy Nature at Your Own Relaxed Pace
Generally, cabin rental vacations are popular in regions where the main attraction is the Great Outdoors. Lakes, oceans, woods, waterfalls, mountains, canyons, wildlife habitats — you’ll never need a reservation to feast your senses on Mother Nature’s best offerings. Oftentimes you won’t even need to venture out of your cabin to catch the show. Simply roll out of bed, stretch, and open the curtains.
Should you want to interact with nature on this, your most relaxing vacation ever, many cabin rental destinations feature outdoor activities a short hike or drive from your cozy accommodations. You’ll usually find hiking trails, boat rentals, livery stables for horseback riding, and unpopulated beaches for swimming or fishing nearby. In the wintertime, pack your skis for cross-country or downhill skiing. The under-developed areas that host vacation cabins also frequently feature magnificent stargazing, far from city lights.
Avoid the Stress of Airports
The United States includes many millions of acres outside of the nation’s metropolitan areas that are still largely unspoiled or only minimally developed. That being the case, nearly every American lives within a day’s drive of a prospective cabin rental retreat area.
Simply perform an Internet search of “your state” plus “cabins” or “cabin rentals” to get started in your search for a vacation cabin rental. Depending on where you live, you may want to broaden or narrow your search to find a suitable cabin within a reasonable driving distance. To broaden your search you may try something like “east coast cabin rentals” or “Great Lakes cabin rentals.” To narrow your search, you might try “Smoky Mountain cabin rentals,” “Lake Michigan cabin rentals,” or “California wine country cabin rentals.”
You’ll generally be able to book your vacation cabin online, just as you can book airline tickets, however cabin proprietors don’t require you to stand in line for a security screening nor do they limit how much luggage you can bring.
Keep Your Suitcase Light
Speaking of luggage, you might worry that packing for a cabin vacation will require you to include too many things you needn’t pack when staying at a hotel.
While it’s true that you will most likely have to pack groceries, most vacation cabin rentals now include many or all of the comforts of home. In many cases, cabin proprietors will supply linens and towels, paper products, kitchen and cook ware, hand soap, hair dryers and the like. Some cabins are even outfitted with washers and dryers, as well as dishwashers, and the appropriate detergents for each.
Make sure that you are well aware of what your rented cabin includes when you are booking it. If there is a not a list of furnished items on the cabin’s website, contact the proprietor and ask for one.
The Price Is Right
Cabin rental prices vary according to region, just as hotel rooms or airplane flights do. They will also vary according to the size of the cabin, as some are designed for only two guests while other cabins can accommodate up to a dozen or more people.
What you will find, though, is that many vacation cabins are available for a nightly rate that is comparable to what it would cost your party to stay in a good-to-excellent hotel in the same region. A cabin rental may be even cheaper per person if you’re vacationing with a larger, family-sized group, making a cabin vacation the best, most relaxing vacation available on a modest budget.
You can expect to pay a little more during peak vacation season, but prices should still be competitive with hotel costs, and cabins offer many more amenities than typical hotel rooms provide.
Relax as a Couple or a Family
A vacation cabin built for two is often the perfect, romantic couple’s getaway. Imagine soaking in an outdoor hot tub under the stars, secluded in a woodsy setting with no one else around except for maybe a deer or an owl or two. Afterward, dry off in front of your cabin’s gas or wood-burning fireplace.
Larger cabins are an excellent venue for a family vacation. Cabin proprietors that cater to families and other large groups may arrange their cabins in a more resort-style setting, with the cabins closer to one another for a more socially interactive atmosphere. Cabin vacationers may share communal beach fronts or swimming pools, fire pits, outdoor grills, board games and assorted sports equipment for rent; or each individual cabin may be outfitted with some of those things.
Each cabin, chalet or cottage you come across in your search for a vacation cabin rental will be slightly different from the next, so don’t be afraid to keep looking until you find the perfect place that will indeed host the best, most relaxing vacation you’ve ever taken.