Log Cabin Getaways and More: 5 Woodsy Spots for Romance
Whether rustic or luxurious, there's something enchanting about spending time alone with your significant other in a cabin. Usually tucked in scenic locales presided over by towering trees and surrounded by panoramic vistas, cabins provide unique opportunities to reconnect without the distraction of modern hustle and bustle. Make your getaway extra special with one of these romantic cabin getaways.
Tuck into Hobbit Holes and Treehouses
Don't let yourself feel guilty about doing this one without the kids: Indulge your grown-up sense of wonder at fantasy-come-true cabins at the adults-only Eureka Springs Treehouses, Caves, Castles, and Hobbits (526 W. Van Buren, Eureka Springs, AR). Although the outside facades look rustic, expect all the modern amenities inside like climate control and flat-screen TVs. Book a stay in a Kauai Grotto or Enchanted Forest Cavern with a Jacuzzi tub for two and fireplace. Add on a romance package, so that candlelight, rose petals and champagne await you when you return for the evening.
Step Back in Time
At first glance, you might think you stepped back into the Old West at Dunton Hot Springs (52068 Rd. 38, Dolores, CO). Log mining cabins at the springs look historically accurate from outside, but they roll out fully modern luxury within. The restored mining town boasts the Saloon serving up gourmet fare using local ingredients, and a spa with a full menu of treatments. Bubble away stress in a private hot spring or gaze into the fireplace while enjoying views of the Colorado mountains in the Well House Cabin.
Savor Luxury in the Wilderness
Tuck into a log cabin in the Teton wilderness at Fireside Resort (2780 N. Moose Wilson Rd., Wilson, WY). Contemporary cabins reflect the heritage of local homesteading cabins, artfully incorporating reclaimed materials into recycled barn wood ceiling fans, Douglas fir deadwood floors and siding crafted from I-80 snow fencing. Enjoy watching the sunset sky from your private deck, cozy up next to the fireplace and snuggle into a king-sized bed at day's end.
Hunker Down in a Modern Hut
Contemporary one-room cabins hug the Methow River with views of the Cascades at Rolling Huts (18381 WA-20, Winthrop, WA). Rough it easy with an indoor fireplace, Wi-Fi, refrigerator, microwave, dishes and silverware. Each cabin has a portable toilet outside, but there are flush toilets and showers in a nearby barn. Enjoy year-round sports close by, including mountain biking, river rafting, horseback riding, golf, fishing and skiing.
Get Away from It All
The National Forest Service maintains cabins across the U.S. where you can spend one-on-one time with a minimum of distractions. Drive-up and hike-in cabins, lookout towers and cottages usually once served as quarters for personnel and deliver experiences ranging from basic modern amenities to completely rustic. Head off to an Alaskan adventure in Tongass National Forest where nearly 100 cabins nestle along lakes and rivers in remote parts of the forest. Or tuck into a stone cabin along Oak Creek in the red rock scenery of Sedona, Ariz., at Crescent Moon Ranch (300 Red Rock Crossing Rd., Sedona, AZ).
- Eureka Springs Treehouses, Caves, Castles & Hobbits
- Fireside Resort: Wyoming Cabin Rentals
- Sunset: 24 Cozy Winter Lodges (Fireside Resort)
- Rolling Huts
- National Forest Service: Cabin and Lookout Rental How-To's
- U.S. Forest Service: Some of the Cabins and Lookout Towers You Can Rent
- U.S. Forest Service: Everyone's Cabin in the Woods
- U.S. Forest Service: Crescent Moon Cabin
Indulging her passion for vacation vagary through the written word on a full-time basis since 2010, travel funster Jodi Thornton-O'Connell guides readers to the unexpected, quirky, and awe-inspiring.