Unplug & Reconnect with Our Top 5 Romantic Cabin Getaways

There’s something so cozy and romantic about spending quality time with your better half in a charming cabin surrounded by the great outdoors. Maybe it’s the smell of pine trees or the old-school charm of a crackling wood-burning fireplace. Maybe it’s the sweeping mountain views or the blissful peace and quiet you get from being amidst the trees. 

Whatever it is, a secluded cabin has just the magic touch any couple would need to slow down and enjoy Mother Earth’s natural beauty. In an age where technology dominates our lives, it’s important to find a special hideaway that’ll remind you of what truly matters: each other. 

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A romantic getaway at a cabin in the woods sounds like a true fantasy…

But we’re here to make that fantasy a reality. Hi! As travel experts on all things romantic, we understand the fear of “expectations vs. reality.” That is why we curated this fantastic list of our top 5 romantic cabin getaways that will meet and exceed all of your expectations.

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With that, we’ve got the top 5 most romantic cabin getaways for you and your sweetheart to cuddle up under the stars. From private cabins in the mountains of North Carolina to luxury hideaways in Washington State, these little slices of paradise are just waiting to be explored. So grab your love, and let’s go! 

Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Hot tub on deck of cabin in the woods.
Photo Credit: Sugar Bear Cabin

Gatlinburg is home to plenty of Great Smoky Mountains cabins for couples. With only an 18-minute drive to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you and your special someone can effortlessly explore the park’s lush forests and picturesque mountain views. Our favorite of the Gatlinburg romantic cabin getaways is the Sugar Bear, a beautiful cabin nestled in the woods with a cozy outdoor hot tub.

Although you could easily spend your entire trip exploring The Smokies, there’s plenty to do in this Appalachian small town. From delicious BBQ eats and ziplining to the Ober Gatlinburg Amusement Park and Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smoky’s, you’ll never be bored. For a romantic evening out, the Parkway in downtown Gatlinburg offers an array of great restaurants and shops to choose from. 

Getting to Gatlinburg is easy as well, with several airports nearby. Knoxville’s McGhee Tyson Airport is about an hour’s drive away. And major interstates like I-40, I-75, and I-81 are all convenient routes to take into town if you’re driving your way there.

While Gatlinburg is a beautiful place to be all year round, we recommend visiting in the fall for the most romantic experience. The foliage colors are gorgeous, making it easy to find an incredible cabin in the woods with amazing autumn views. Plus, the town celebrates Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival in October. Here, you can get your ultimate fall fix with hayrides, pumpkins, and apple cider. 

Asheville, North Carolina

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Photo Credit: Wildberry Lodge

Asheville is a hip, eclectic city that combines the beauty of art and nature to create a fun and vibrant experience like no other. Located in the foothills of North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, the Asheville cabin rentals for couples are some of the most romantic hideaways in all of the Southeast. Our favorite luxury cabin is the Honeymoon Sweet, equipped with a full kitchen, spa shower, and a stunning view of the Smoky Mountains seen through a 20-foot wide bay of glass.

Asheville is known for its art and music scene, making it the perfect romantic city to explore for those who appreciate culture. Whether you’re checking out the urban street murals or attending a local show at The Orange Peel, you’ll never run out of things to do here. Asheville also offers plenty of outdoor activities, like hiking trails, biking paths, and whitewater rafting. 

Asheville Regional Airport is the closest and most convenient airport for flying. The city is also easily accessible by car, located at the intersection of I-26 and I-40. We recommended visiting in the spring when the flowers are at peak bloom or in the fall when the foliage paints the city with color. In the summertime, the Asheville Wine & Food Festival hits the streets for a weekend of local cuisine, music, and art. There are also plenty of festivals such as this year round!

Lake Tahoe, California 

Guest room with floor to ceiling windows overlooking mountain view.
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Visitors to Lake Tahoe will be swept away by its crystal blue waters and majestic mountain backdrop. With plenty of lakeside cabins for couples to choose from, you won’t have trouble finding somewhere romantic to stay. We recommend Stargazer, the Lakefront studio in Crystal Bay. It has easy access to the sandy beaches, floor-to-ceiling windows, and an indoor gas fireplace.

What’s great about staying at Lake Tahoe romantic cabin rentals is that it’s a destination you can enjoy all year round. During the winter, you can hit up the ski slopes and cozy up by one of the many fireplaces. They also hold ski competitions and celebrate the annual Snowfest. Summertime is great for outdoor adventures like stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, and lounging on the beach. This is a great time of year to catch outdoor concerts and the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival.

If you’re planning to fly into Lake Tahoe, Reno-Tahoe International Airport is the closest, being only 45 minutes away by car along U.S. Route 50. If you’re driving in from another state, take I-80 East to Highway 89 South for North Lake Tahoe or Highway 50 East for South Lake Tahoe. 

Wherever you decide to go, Lake Tahoe’s beauty and diverse range of seasonal romantic activities will always make it a top destination for a cozy cabin getaway. It’s one of those special places that draws you in and gets the sparks flying!

Tips for Your Cabin Trip

  • Make sure to pack cozy clothes and blankets for snuggling up by the fire.
  • Bring some of your favorite romantic movies or books to enjoy together.
  • Don’t forget to bring ingredients for a special candlelit dinner in your cabin’s kitchen.
  • Plan out activities and adventures ahead of time, but don’t be afraid to go off schedule and just relax with each other.  
  • Take the time to disconnect from technology and fully enjoy each other’s company. Leave the outside world behind for a little while.
  • Indulge in some couples massages or spa treatments for an extra dose of relaxation and romance.  
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Hocking Hills, Ohio

Small cabin with a hot tub and grill on front deck surrounded by trees and greenery.
Photo Credit: Cedar Hill Lodge

Hocking Hills is a nature-lovers paradise. With its enchanting forests, caves, and waterfalls, this area offers some of the most romantic log cabin experiences in the Midwest. Not only is it a wonderful place to explore, but you and your sweetheart can stay at the secluded romantic cabins in Hocking Hills couples cabins at Cedar Hill Lodge. With an onsite fishing pond, outdoor fire pit, hot tub, and panoramic porch view of the rolling Hocking Hills, you really can’t go wrong!

During your time here, the outdoors is your playground. Nature lovers will be in awe of the park’s trails and waterfalls, while adventure seekers can go rock climbing and ziplining nearby. If you want to get out of the cabin for a bit, try one of the region’s delicious restaurants or take in the local artists at one of the many galleries and craft shops.

If you’re flying in for a romantic getaway, Columbus International Airport is the closest airport to Hocking Hills. It’s about an hour’s drive away. If you’re road-tripping there, take U.S. Route 33 and then turn onto State Route 374. This will take you through Hocking Hills’ scenic byway for some breathtaking views! 

We suggest visiting Hocking Hills during the Spring and Fall as these seasons offer pleasant temperatures and gorgeous foliage. The local events are also worth checking out. In May, Hocking Hills is home to the annual Indian Run, which features traditional song and dance performances of various Native American tribes. There are also plenty of nature hikes and bird-watching events to enrich your stay.

Estes Park, Colorado

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Photo Credit: The Romantic Riversong Inn

Get a front-row seat to the spectacular Rocky Mountains in Estes Park, Colorado. With a variety of Rocky Mountain cabin rentals and outdoor activities, it’s a great place to reconnect with your beau. Our pick for the best Estes Park romantic cabin getaways has to be The Romantic Riversong Inn. Nestled on 26 acres of breathtaking scenery, this cozy cottage emanates rustic charm.

Spend the day hiking and marveling at the native wildlife in Rocky Mountain National Park. Moose, elk, and bighorn sheep are frequent in the area, so keep an eye out for some four-legged friends! Make sure to set aside some time to check out the town. There are plenty of quaint shopping and dining options along Elkhorn Avenue that are worth a visit.

Denver International Airport is the closest airport for arrival. If you’re driving in, you can take the scenic drive up U.S. Route 36 for easy access to Estes Park. You’ll want to plan your visit during the summer months when temperatures are mild, the animals are out, and there are lots of sunshine. During this time, there are plenty of wildlife viewing tours and mountain climbing events.

Come October, Estes Park hosts the annual Estes Park Wildlife Festival. This fun event features over 10 days of education and entertainment. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast or just looking for a peaceful retreat, Estes Park is the perfect place for a romantic cabin getaway.

Must have item on your cabin getaway:

Mosquito repellent! You don’t want pesky bugs ruining your romantic evening under the stars! We recommend using a natural option like citronella or essential oils, as they are safer for you and the environment. 
Pro tip: You can spray your hiking gear ahead of time before getting dressed and getting outside.

Mosquito repellent. Woman spraying insect repellent for skin outdoor in nature forest using spray bottle.
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How to book a cabin for a romantic getaway?

Booking your romantic cabin rental is super easy — Google is your friend! Just search for cabins in the area you and your partner are visiting. Then, narrow down your search results by amenities, budget, location, etc. 

From there, decide together on the cabin that best fits your needs and book it directly on the website or through a third-party platform like Airbnb or VRBO. Be sure to compare prices! One may charge more than the other. 

What should we pack for a cabin getaway?

Romantic cabin getaways are typically pretty low-key, so casual attire is your best bet. You also want to pack clothing that’ll be good in the elements if you plan on hiking, fishing, or doing any other outdoor activities. 

Since these locations are usually at higher elevations or near bodies of water, it’s also a good idea to bring plenty of layers. Comfortable shoes, a few pairs of jeans/sweatpants, as well as t-shirts, sweaters, and a jacket or two, should have you covered. You also want to be sure to pack the essentials like toiletries, medication, chargers, and a camera for capturing all the memories!

How to ensure privacy during our cabin stay?

The last thing any couple wants to deal with is a noisy family in a cabin next-door or loud partygoers in the area. To ensure you and your love feel peaceful and secluded during your stay, book a cabin rental that is known for its privacy, or that has plenty of space apart from other cabins in the area. 

For added privacy, look for a cabin rental that has a fenced yard or is surrounded by trees and foliage. You can easily find out information like this when you go on their website or look up reviews from past guests.

How to make our cabin getaway more special and romantic?

We get it. You’re in a gorgeous cabin with the love of your life, so why not go the extra mile and make it the ultimate romantic getaway? A good place to start is by sprucing up the cabin with some romantic decor and lighting. Candles, flowers, and soft music can all set the mood. 

If your cabin comes with a hot tub or Jacuzzi, you can make it extra special by adding some petals and bubbly! You can also look for a cabin that comes with an outdoor fire pit, as this is the perfect spot to snuggle up with your partner. 

One of our favorite romantic ideas is to plan an intimate picnic or dinner in the woods (or on the porch of your cabin). You could also arrange an evening of horseback riding if the area provides it. Whatever you decide to do, there’s no doubt your romantic escape will be one to remember! 

Couple of travelers sit, embracing in an alpine meadow and admiring the panorama of the mountains on the horizon.
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The Mountains Are Calling

Beaches are great and all, but nothing compares to the fresh mountain air, cozy campfires, and sweeping mountain views of a romantic cabin getaway. You and your one and only can cuddle up in a rustic cabin under the stars and explore the area’s many hiking trails, wildlife, galleries, craft shops, and more. 

We hope our top five picks have made your decision-making process a little easier. But wherever you decide to go, just remember that as long as you’re together, that’s all that matters! So stuff your suitcase and get ready for a vacation filled with adventure, romance, and beautiful views.

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