Mountain, hill, or lake, a cabin getaway guarantees intimacy and romance. After all the excitement of your wedding, whiling away the hours together in a quaint cabin could be just what the doctor ordered.
To help you find, plan and book your perfect cozy cabin honeymoon, we turned to two travel experts, Kristin Braswell and Corinne Hogge, who know a thing or two about outdoor travel and wonderful honeymoons.
Meet the Expert
- Kristin Braswell is a travel journalist and founder of CrushGlobal, a travel agency that creates authentic experiences by connecting travelers directly with businesses around the world.
- Corinne Hogge is the director of marketing at Pack Up + Go, a surprise travel agency that plans train and plane trips, road trips, outdoor road trips, and staycations. The catch? Your destination is a surprise until the day you depart!
How to Choose Your Honeymoon Cabin
According to Braswell, couples should consider the location of their cabin in relation to other things they may need to access as well. "A more secluded environment with beautiful scenery will give you the privacy and wow factor that you deserve on your special getaway,” she says. “However, if you love to eat out, for example, consider whether or not where you’re staying has access to restaurants. If you want to be completely away from the world, are there grocery stores nearby to cook and the amenities you’ll need?”
If you’d like to indulge in spa treatments, it will be best to stay at a cabin located on a hotel property.
Hogge adds, “Cabins now include a multitude of modern amenities and comforts so keep in mind that accommodation providers may have different definitions for cabins and cottages, and be sure to confirm that the details align with your vision before booking." She also recommends setting parameters as you begin your search to avoid being overwhelmed by all the different options.
Honeymoon Cabin Cost
As with most accommodations, cabin costs will vary based on season and location but the average price for more luxury cabins will start at $700 per night, per Braswell. This tends to include activities like horseback riding and wine tasting. If you want to just get off the grid and are looking for non-resort options, some cabins start as low as $200 per night.
Best Time to Book a Cabin
Hogge recommends planning a few months in advance if you are hoping to take an outdoor honeymoon getaway as summer tends to be the busiest season for outdoor cabins. “As more travelers are opting to explore the great outdoors, we have seen both new options for accommodations popping up all the time as well as increased competition for booking these options.” She adds that autumn is a beautiful time to explore the outdoors in many parts of the country that have changing fall foliage and crisp weather that’s perfect for hiking and curling up next to a cozy fire.
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Read on for 15 delightful honeymoon cabins where you’ll want to linger longer.
Fulfill your woodland romance fantasies at Brasada Ranch, a gorgeous 2,000-acre stretch in Central Oregon. After partaking in the many spoils of the wild (horseback riding, hiking or swimming, and more), the resort’s Romance at the Range package will fête you with one dozen long stem roses, a bottle of Oregon champagne, chocolates, and bath bombs for quality time in your luxury cabin.
You can peek out from a scene-stealing A-frame cabin onto the Catskill Mountains at Eastwind Hotel & Bar. This year-round boutique escape is best suited for couples seeking seclusion and style. Eastwind is a former hunting lodge dating back to the 1920s with Scandinavian design and 26 cabins and suites for an outdoor glamping experience. Snuggle under Faribault wool blankets and sip on cocktails from the full-service bar, a classy place to let time unspool.
Gatlinburg is blessed with its fair share of romantic cabins. One set that deserves your attention is the family-run Stony Brook Cabins, which has various one to 16-bedroom rentals near the Great Smoky Mountains. You can snuggle up and watch on-screen romances as great as yours in the Luxury Lookout Cabin’s private theater while other Stony Brook cabins have heart-shaped bathtubs, gazebos, and fire pits dotted all around.
Big Cedar Lodge has a habit of collecting awards for everything from the most romantic restaurant to being one of the very best hotels in Missouri. Located in the heart of the Ozark Mountains, this picturesque destination combines multiple activities with aplomb. Honeymooners can luxuriate at the 18,000-square-foot Cedar Creek Spa cottage, splash about in five swimming pools and six hot tubs, rove around Dogwood Canyon Nature Park, a 10,000-acre nonprofit wildlife preserve, soak in dreamy views at Ozark’s Top of the Rock and pinch themselves at color riot sunsets.
Magee Homestead is an adults-only great American west playground surrounded by prairies, creeks, rivers, and mountains. Saddle up and channel your inner cowboy, head to the grotto soaking pool, or embark on a guided ranger tour. This all-inclusive property sits on the award-winning 30,000-acre Brush Creek Ranch, an actual working cattle ranch thus providing boundless opportunities for coupled-up adventures.
If the four private treehouses at Treehouse Utopia feel like a cozy home away from home, it’s because they were outfitted with antiques from owner Laurel Waters’ personal collection acquired while traveling through France. If the name sounds familiar, you might recognize it from Animal Planet’s Treehouse Masters. Each of these elevated love shacks is wholly unique. Biblioteque is a bibliophile’s dream with bookshelves, a fireplace, and leather chairs to sink into a great read. Carousel is playful and bright with an eye-catching antique carousel horse chandelier. Chateau is the largest treehouse, a castle in the sky with not one but two decks, and finally, the chapel-like Chapelle treehouse has a spa-like walk-in shower that you’ll never want to leave.
What could be more romantic than seeing the northern lights from the comfort of your own luxe wilderness chalet? Sheldon Chalet is a once-in-a-lifetime experiential stay that’s in prime position for the best views of lunar eclipses, super moons, and dancing aurora in Alaska’s Denali National Park. Out here, it’s just you, your love, and the stars!
Seek serene solitude at Half-Mile Farm, which is set on 14 beautiful acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Private cabin guests at this adults-only resort can enjoy rustic-luxe décor, gold-plated shower rods, daily farm-fresh breakfasts, jacuzzi dips, and alfresco picnics on the handsome grounds and gardens. When you need to turn up the tempo, there’s always couples yoga, fishing, stand-up paddleboarding, and canoeing on the private lake.
Triple Creek Ranch is a Relais & Châteaux adults-only property hidden away in Montana’s Bitterroot Valley. One of the most popular cabins, Castle Rock, is outfitted with all the essentials you need and the extras you’ll love: a log post king bed, indoor whirlpool tub, and two decks to take in the wild, climactic vistas. All gourmet meals are included and can be savored at the vaulted-ceiling dining room or at the rooftop lounge. If you’d rather not peel yourselves from your comfortable nest, in-cabin dining is also possible at no extra expense.
Stay at Blackberry Mountain’s Watchman Cabins for an irresistible invitation: watching the sun rise in one state and set in another. Owned and run by the Beall family, Blackberry Mountain is set on over 5,200 acres of scenic Smoky Mountain terrain of which more than half is dedicated to land conservation. With countless outdoor pursuits up for grabs, adventurous honeymooners will love it here. Later, you can catch up on beauty sleep in your scenic floor-to-ceiling window cabin.
Dining is always an immersive pleasure when your hotel is operated by a Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef. Alaska natives Kirsten and Carl Dixon own and run Within the Wild, two highly regarded adventure lodges in America’s last frontier. Winterlake Lodge is one of the few Alaskan fly-in lodges open nearly all year and Tutka Bay Lodge has six cabins that offer big adventures near the historic Herring Islands and the village of Seldovia. The Within the Wild family of cabins is accessible by helicopter and seaplane and both offer the opportunity to unwind, find restoration through nature, and truly engage with the Alaskan wild.
Awe-inspiring and all-inclusive, Twin Farms is a beloved New England resort in Vermont’s Green Mountains. The hotel was once owned by Nobel Prize-winning writer Sinclair Lewis. He purchased it to appease his then-fiancée who sought a farm with “delicious air.” Come enjoy that fine breeze and more and compose your own great romance. Invite zen into your cabin with an in-room couples massage then toast your love with the extensive sommelier-curated wine list. With some 150,000 bottles, oenophiles are well catered for here.
For more than a century, the resplendent Castle Hot Springs resort and spa has welcomed presidents, celebrities—and romance-seeking couples just like you. It’s tucked against the Bradshaw Mountains just 50 miles outside of Phoenix and it’s a beautiful backdrop for romance with rows of towering palm trees that have stood the test of time. Luxurious accommodations include sky view cabins, spring bungalows, and The Historic Cottage where the Vanderbilts, Rockefellers, and Roosevelts have all rested their heads. You’ll leave feeling better than you came after dips in the mineral-rich geothermal waters, nature-driven activities, and lust-worthy wellness programming. Don’t forget your camera!
Welcome to Candlelight Forest, where sun-splintered coves connected to hiking trails and mountain roads, sparkling mountain lakes—and adorable cabins—await. This charming resort is located less than 20 minutes away from downtown Chattanooga on the outskirts of Cloudland Canyon State Park. This peaceful retreat has three inviting options for your romantic stay: This Old House, Sophie’s Roost, and Le Petit Chateau, a charming treehouse.
The quintessential cabin gets an upgrade at Urban Cowboy, a romantic mountain retreat two and a half hours from New York City in Catskill Park. The artfully designed rooms have bold patterns and Americana antiques that dazzle, and the hand-built Estonian sauna and 75-foot spring-fed pool are certainly worth getting out of bed for. Urban Cowboy is a great place to bask in each other and appreciate one of life’s greatest pleasures: nature. While each room has complimentary WiFi, there’s no cell service here to interrupt your romance. Come here with your love for marital bliss á deux.