We’ve had our April Showers and while we’re waiting on those May Flowers, it’s time to start thinking about where you want to go for your summer vacation. While it may be the only time you have off, summer is the worst possible time to head to amusement parks and other popular attractions – they’re full of people who are also on their summer vacation and most of them are in very hot climates, making it too warm to enjoy yourself. Why not plan a summer cabin getaway instead?
Here are 8 awesome cabin getaways in places that you might not otherwise think to visit.
- Angel Fire, New Mexico
Angel Fire is a ski resort town, but if you’re visiting in the summer it is a phenomenal place to rent a cabin and see all that New Mexico has to offer. These aren’t traditional cabins – instead, brick or concrete casitas dot the landscape. The stone walls offer better insulation against New Mexico’s hot, dry summers. Plus, during the summer you can get a unique view of the landscape thanks to the unbeatable zipline tours that carry you down from the top of Agua Fria Peak.
- Willow Point Resort, Buchanan Dam, Texas
Lake Buchanan is one of the most popular bodies of water in Texas. This lake, created by the Buchanan Dam, sits an hour outside Austin and is a great place to rent a boat, go fishing, ride jet ski’s or just swim in the cool fresh water. In addition to comfortable cabins that face the lake, the campground rents pontoon boats and jet skis so you don’t have to go too far to get everything you need to enjoy the lake.
- Jellystone Park Camp-Resort, Luray, Virginia
Camping is great, but it can be hard to take all the comforts of home with you. Even glamping can only go so far – and why would you want to sleep on an air mattress when you can enjoy a comfortable cabin? This campsite, in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, offers tent sites, RV hookups and cabins that can fit between 4 and 16 people. You’re also not too far from the stunningly beautiful Luray Caverns, which can take all day to explore. It even has an organ – yes, a musical instrument – that uses stalactites and stalagmites in the cave as its pipes.
- Cabins in Branson, Missouri
Branson might be the Live Music Show Capital of the World, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t find the perfect summer getaway here. It’s easy to find cabins that are nestled in the mountains, close enough to downtown Branson that you can easily stop in for a show or two, but far enough away that you can enjoy the stunning mountain views and fall asleep to the sound of bullfrogs and nighttime birds.
- Pagosa Springs, Colorado
This summer getaway cabin is well off the beaten path – the closest airport is 60 miles away in the city of Durango. Pagosa Springs is another ski-resort during the winter months, but during the summer it’s a great way to enjoy the beautiful Colorado countryside without worrying about finding somewhere to stay in one of the busier cities.
- Townsend, Tennessee
Tennessee has a ton of great cities to visit and popular attractions, all of which will be packed to the gills with people during the summer months. Instead, enjoy a cabin a little off the beaten path, but within easy driving distance of Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and Cherokee. Closer to your home away from home, you’ve also got the Tuckaleechee Caverns to explore, as well as ATV trails, zip line paths, and other awesome ways to enjoy the beautiful Appalachians.
- Elk Horn Ridge RV Resort and Cabins, Spearfish, South Dakota
We can’t neglect the western half of the country on our list here. Spearfish, South Dakota is one of the most amazing places to stay in the state, with fully furnished cabins that are perfect for the entire family. The whole resort is paved too, so pack the scooters and bicycles to help you get around. There is also a swimming pool, hot tubs and even a tennis court for you to enjoy so there’s something for everyone.
- Brian Head, Utah
During the warm summer season, ski resorts tend to be a great place to plan your vacation, and Brian Head, Utah is no exception. Book a cabin just a couple of minutes from the local reservoir, and you’re in for plenty of fun in the sun. You can also purchase day passes for a host of different activities, from mountain biking and ziplining to archery and rock climbing.
You don’t have to break the bank when you’re planning your summer getaway – and you don’t have to sweat away your vacation in a tent either. These cabins are some of our favorites, but we’ve just scratched the surface. There are literally hundreds of different places that you can visit – and cabins that you can rent – this summer for the ultimate summer vacation.