12 of the World's Most Peaceful and Beautiful Cabins

The best of the best.

In this day and age, who doesn't want to run away and live in a cabin in the woods?

It's a tempting, undeniably romantic idea: to leave the neon rush of the modern world behind for a life lived close to nature, to wake up each morning to birdsong and the smell of woodsmoke, sage, rosemary, and thyme... Ever since Thoreau wrote his Walden, and Justin Vernon created For Emma in a tiny Wisconsin cabin, we've been glamorizing these little wooden shelters to no end, envisioning them as portals out of our busy, chaotic, capitalist reality.

That said, our love of cabins has created a veritable industry in and of itself, generating countless books and providing design inspiration for the most luxurious of NYC apartments and upstate getaways.

While there are millions of lovely cabins in the world, here are 12 particularly beautiful ones, meticulously handpicked to inspire you and fill your heart with peace and the scent of pinecones. Among the criteria that these selections had to fulfill: They have to evoke a feeling of acute nostalgia, they must glow in some way, and they must possess some unique and magical X factor, be it environmental consciousness or architectural brilliance.

Of course, you don't need to buy a night at one of these cabins in order to escape capitalism. If you're feeling impulsive, what do you really have to lose? Let these cabins inspire you to start that woodland retreat of your dreams. After all, we might all have to move into sustainable eco-villages at some point in order to survive and subvert climate change, so we might as well make them aesthetically pleasing.

1. Inverness A-Frame​, California

Tucked away in West Marin, California is the A-frame to end all A-frames. Your wallet will take a hit from a night here, but the place was designed to be a sanctuary from city life, and it was carefully orchestrated to ensure an idyllic retreat. It can hold up to 6 people and can be booked on airbnb today.

2. AI Space Factory Cabin, Upstate New York

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This cabin is still under construction, but it'll definitely be worth the wait. Created by AI Space Factory (which is also designing homes intended for Mars), not only is this cabin actually 3D printed: It's made of a material stronger than concrete that also happens to be recyclable. It'll be built by the Hudson River, and it's going to be a zero-waste, carbon-neutral structure. It'll be available to rent for one year starting in fall 2020. Then it will be recycled and reprinted in a different location.

3. Mono Cabin

At $22K, this cabin-frame from Drop Structures can be placed anywhere. At 12 feet high and 16 feet across, it's tight quarters—but so is your Brooklyn apartment. Imagine watching the sun rise every morning from within this thing.

4. Cascade Creek Resort, New Zealand

This is technically a chalet, not a cabin, but who's checking? Located in total seclusion among the rolling hills of New Zealand, you can't really ask for much more from a log cabin.

5. The Willow Treehouse, Vermont

This sublimely lovely Vermont cabin is also a treehouse, so it may actually stand a chance for when the oceans and rivers flood due to all the glaciers melting

This house is one of five cabins in the Treehouse Village Inn collection, nestled at the feet of the South Newfane mountain range in Vermont. The property also doubles as a wedding venue and offers access to many secluded rivers, snowy mountains, and other breathtaking vistas that will catapult you away into an alternate universe of peace and soft nature sounds.

6. The Glass House, Candlewood Cabins, Wisconsin

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These absurdly atmospheric cabins look straight out of a Tumblr nature blog's wildest fantasies, but they're real and open for booking. Wisconsin's Candlewood Cabins is a collection of five secluded wooden homes, located deep in the woods. The standout is definitely the Glass House, with its huge windows that let candescent light pour out into the shadowy surrounding forest. Sadly, this cabin appears to be booked quite literally through 2021, so, if anything, you'll have to live vicariously through photos.


7. Getaway Houses

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The company Getaway Houses offers cabins in a multitude of locations, and many are within a day's journey of Brooklyn. At $150 or $175 a night, they're relatively affordable in comparison to many others on this list (why accommodation is so expensive in the first place is another story); plus, they're ultra-modern and stylish, making for the perfect and perfectly minimalist glamping experience. The company also plants a tree every time you book a house, which might not mean anything significant for the environment in the long run, but it's still a nice touch.

Intentionally designed with huge windows and designed to fit into the woods rather than contrast with them, these cabins riff off the Tiny House movement and offer Frank Lloyd Wright-esque architectural stylings, along with the opportunity to spend a night close to the land.

8. Release Wanaka Chalet, New Zealand

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New Zealand knows how to build a good cabin (sorry, chalet). This one takes a little more effort to get to than most of the others on this list, though: Located at 1750 meters above sea level, the Release Wanaka Mountain Top Chalet is just a short helicopter ride away from base camp. Perfect for skiers and hikers, the venue offers unparalleled alpine views.

9. Tintaldra Cabin, Australia 

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This cabin is the perfect example of what a futuristic, environmentally synced existence could look like. It's completely off the grid, runs on solar panels, and utilizes rainwater tanks and a wood-burning stove to minimize its footprint on the landscape. Designed by Modscape, it's proof that people can design homes that work in tandem with the land instead of trying to dominate and counteract its life-giving influence.

10. Bonnie Bell Cabin, Colorado

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Located in the heart of the San Juan Mountains in backcountry Colorado, this dreamy cabin is absurdly pricey—you might be better off camping nearby—but it does look incredibly magical against that wide-open galaxy. Let's all gaze in awe and think about a posthuman future wherein humans live in harmony with the planet, take only what we need and give as much as we take instead of relentlessly trying to destroy the natural world and all of our futures.

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12. Shipwreck Lodge Cabins, Namibia

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Ever heard of the post-apocalyptic sublime? If there ever was a place that embodied that concept, it might be these cabins, inspired by the hundreds of shipwrecks found off the Atlantic coast of Namibia. Called the Skeleton Coast, this bleached stretch of land is home to a variety of animals such as hyenas, giraffes, and lions. Each cabin is designed with sustainability and ecological harmony in mind, so you can take comfort in knowing that although the ships that inspired them didn't make it very long, these lodgings just might last the test of time.

BONUS: A45, Upstate New York

This cabin, designed by the architecture firm BIG, riffs on the typical A-frame and acts as a mirror and a window to the trees. Inspired by concepts of Nordic minimalism and coziness, the house overlooks a seemingly endless stretch of forest, and it's the perfect place to contemplate the inevitable ephemerality of the human race, or whatever you do to chill out.

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Finally, we are done with 2020! Between all the highs and lows, it felt like 5 years packed into one, so I'm excited to start fresh in 2021. I'm taking my New Year's resolutions to the next level: cook more, read more, and get back to things I truly love like arts & crafts and morning runs (okay, most likely walks).

Honestly, I could go on forever about the new year, new me thing but actually getting started is my biggest hurdle. I realized that my motivation comes from my mood which directly relates to my environment … and for the past year, my house has been my habitat. So, it's not looking too great after all the wear and tear. The dirt and the mess have accumulated right under my nose.

It's not that I'm bad at it, I just feel so overwhelmed. When my house is clean, I feel much more in control and motivated, and right now it's far from it. When I was venting about my cleaning woes the other day, my friend recommended Handy.

Handy allows you to book local professional cleaners and sign up for monthly, bi-weekly, or weekly plans. Plus, you can schedule appointments at a time that works for you with availability 7 days a week from 7am-11pm. So to get me in the right headspace to tackle my goals, I'm going to be signing up for Handy. I'm looking forward to letting the experts take over.

Although having people in your home may sound a bit strange right now, Handy has rolled out the Handy Safety Standard to help promote the health and safety of the customers and professionals who use their platform. Some of these measures include requiring Pros to wear face coverings during bookings and mandatory daily in-app check-ups to verify they are in good health before claiming a booking. They even have a section on their site dedicated to keeping customers and professionals updated on the latest CDC health and safety guidance.

To top everything off, all of the Cleaning Pros booked through Handy are vetted and background checked. And you can even check out each Pro's ratings and reviews before you book.

Once my house is in order, the fresh feeling will have a domino effect on so many other areas of my life:

✔ Read More

Lying on my cozy couch without inhaling all the dust I'd chosen to ignore, despite my clear uptick in sneezing the last few months. My reading list is chock-full of thrillers and fantasy. And with my new clean slate, I've even added some books about organization.

✔ Get Cooking

Nothing makes cooking more enjoyable than a sparkling kitchen. I'm inspired by a clean space and all the new recipes I'll be whipping up in 2021 already have me drooling.

✔ More Exercise (aka walking!)

I won't feel guilty getting out for a walk on-the-daily when I know I'm not neglecting any household chores thanks to Handy. And when I come home I'm not greeted by any reminders to clean.

You can specify exactly what you want to be cleaned before your Pro arrives and if you like them, you can request to have the same Pro come every time. I can already imagine how exciting it will be to walk into my spotless space.

I cannot wait to book my cleaning through Handy so I can get my 2021 resolutions rolling. My New Year is all about my wellness and my environment plays such a big part in it. I'm signing up for bi-weekly appointments. But their plans are super flexible and if I need, I can always change to a weekly or monthly cleaning plan — sometimes they even have bookings available as soon as the next day!

With Handy, I'm leaving that rough 2020 in the dust and jumping into 2021 feeling fresh and ready-to-go.

Update: Handy is offering a limited time discount for our readers! Follow this link today to get a special offer on your first time cleaning plan.

This perfect low-key vacation is not your average camping experience.

Locations

Atlanta, Austin & San Antonio, Boston, Charlotte & Raleigh, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh & Cleveland, Portland, and Washington, DC.

Getaway's outposts are a maximum 2-hour drive from these major cities.

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Why Getaway?

It's an escape for the always on. Leave your work, technology and worries at home, and lean into an experience that allows you to reconnect and center yourself in nature.

Each cabin features 1 (or 2) queen-sized bed as well as a full indoor bathroom, both heat and a/c, and reliable electricity. The kitchen is stocked with food staples and cookware and there is a fire pit and outdoor seating. All cabins are family-friendly and dogs are permitted.

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Booking & Price

Book through the Getaway site. Cabins fit 1 - 4 guests and cost as low as $129 a night.

Safety

Cabins are already distanced (50-150' feet apart) from one another and go through a deep disinfection process between guest stays. Check-in is contactless, and each guest accesses their cabins through a personalized key code.

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UPDATE: Plan Your Winter Escape Today With Getaway! Take $20 Off Your Stay With Code Winter20!

Given the nature of the pandemic, it can be tough to find the best ways to spend the usual festivities that New Year's Eve brings.

Luckily, if you're comfortable enough to step outside for the occasion, there are great places still open and worth visiting. Although you should always keep COVID-19 safety precautions in mind, here are three of the most stunning places to spend Near Year's Eve in the U.S.

New York City (New York)

No guide to stunning places to spend New Year's Eve in the U.S. would be complete without the presence of New York City, New York. The Times Square ball drop is a must-see annual event, though this year it will be a bit different due to the pandemic. Thankfully, the city will still be throwing an event for all to enjoy that will keep social distancing in mind and focus on bringing people together virtually.

While there might be live events for some to enjoy, none have been officially announced just yet. Even if you're enjoying the festivities virtually, there are few better places to spend this special occasion than at the tip of the NYC skyline.

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Lake Travis (Texas)

Lake Travis is a brilliant body of water in Texas that provides a versatile collection of ways to enjoy its beauty. If you'd prefer to keep your party secluded due to the pandemic, you can enjoy the evening on a boat in the waters of this lake, which is home to the famous "Devil's Cove" party destination.

If you're comfortable spending the evening in a venue that practices COVID-19 safety precautions, consider relaxing on one of the three decks on display at The Oasis. Even if you don't stick around to ring in the New Year, viewing the sunset from The Oasis is an incredible experience in itself.

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Cape Cod (Massachusetts)

If you're looking for a quainter way to ring in the new year, consider visiting Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Aside from the cool weather and stunning scenery, when spending New Year's Eve in Cape Cod you can visit places such as the Belfry Inn & Bistro. This lovely location has a focus on good dining, stylish and comfortable living, and COVID-19 safety, all of which they put on display via their website.

If you'd prefer not to spend too much time in a restaurant or bar, you can indulge in the incredible appearance of areas like Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket. Simply wandering around the area and taking in the scenery before enjoying an intimate evening inside makes for an unforgettable adventure.

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Due to the ever-changing nature of certain venues during the pandemic, be sure to regularly check-up on any venues you wish to visit. That way, you can remain in the loop on their availability, activities, and safety precautions upon arrival.