A Far Meadow A-frame cabin. (Courtesy of Boutique Homes)

7 Magical California Cabin Rentals—From Big Sur to the Sierra


As the cozy season arrives, we have a hankering for warm drinks and fuzzy blankets—wouldn't it be nice to camp out in a sweet rustic cabin for the weekend?

Whether you're itching for a by-the-sea escape, an off-the-grid spot, or a redwood retreat, there's a cabin for rent in Northern California to suit every style and occasion.

Serene Redwood Cabin in Mill Valley

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Serene Gem in the Redwoods

With the original hardwood floors refinished throughout the house, a Kohler farmhouse sink, vintage restored gold-lined bathtub, three outdoor decks, and lavender growing around the property, this gorgeous Mill Valley rental house is magazine-cover-ready. Be sure to bookmark this rental for your next group getaway—the four-bedroom, two-bathroom property can sleep six, and is a peaceful retreat with hikes directly from the house to Mt. Tam and Muir Woods, as well as walking paths to the town square of Mill Valley. // $495/night at Airbnb Plus

Things to Do Nearby

Take 7x7's guide to A Perfect Day in Mill Valley for coffee at Equator, a hike or bike ride on Mt. Tam, tacos at Parranga, and shopping at the Mill Valley Lumber Yard.

A Goat Farm Cabin in Big Sur

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A Goat Farm Cabin With Ocean Views

A goat farm might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a Big Sur getaway, but that's what makes this cozy two-bedroom cabin (sleeps five) so unique. Set on a private working ranch with goats, chickens, horses and cows, the stay provides guests the opportunity to milk the goats and learn how to make goat cheese during their stay. Of course, you'll also enjoy the cabin's sunny reading nook and the ocean view from its spacious decks. // $796/night, airbnb.com

Things to Do Nearby

Big Sur is a place of jaw-dropping beauty. Experience it up close with our guide to The Best Hiking, Camping, Beaches, and Waterfalls.

Rustic Creative Cabin in Mendocino

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Handcrafted Hideaway Near Mendocino

This peaceful refuge in the Mendocino redwoods is perfect for couples looking for some silence in their lives, or for the writers looking to hole away and finally finish that manuscript. This rustic getaway comes with a queen-bed up on the loft, a wood burning stove, a handcrafted oak table designed for your creative juices to flow, and a southern-exposure deck perfect for stargazing at night. All that you'll hear at night is "a breeze in the top branches of the redwoods" or "frogs, an owl, or the red-tailed hawk who soars nearby." // $232/night, airbnb.com

Things to Do Nearby

Don't miss our guide to ever-so-quaint town of Mendocino with its charming shops and farm-to-table eats. You can also drive a little further out to the scenic wine country of Anderson Valley—we love the Burgundian-style pinots at Toulouse Vineyards.

Upscale Log Cabin at Mt. Shasta

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Upscale Log Cabin With Mt. Shasta Views

This isn't your run-of-the-mill ole log cabin. This expansive hideaway situated on a two-acre-property facing the Shasta Cascade Mountains comes with a home theater, a sauna, pool table, and a soaking tub for two. Each of the four bedrooms and loft comes with its own TV, guaranteeing you can Netflix and chill after a day of hitting the slopes at Mt. Shasta Ski Park or embarking on an alpine hike. // From $494/night, glampinghub.com

Things to Do Nearby

Mt. Shasta is a bit removed, but well worthy as a destination in its own right. Here are 10 reasons to visit Mt. Shasta.

Luxury Cabin with Japanese Teahouse in Guerneville

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Luxury Cabin with Japanese Teahouse

Look no further for a trio couples getaway or trip with the homies—this two-unit luxurious cabin with three bedrooms comfortably fits up to six visitors. The couple needing to reconnect can have more privacy and stay in the custom-built Japanese teahouse, which comes with a king-sized bed, its own gas fireplace, slate floors, and windows with views of the lush wildlife of Sonoma County. Others can stay in the main cabin, with two bedrooms with queen beds. With a flat-screen TV that comes with cable and a DVD player, a hot tub right in the backyard, and a gas barbecue grill for your alfresco dining desires, it's hard to imagine why you'd ever leave this relaxing haven. // From $333/night with a 3-night minimum stay, glampinghub.com

Things to Do Nearby

For terrific restaurants, homemade pie and ice cream, and quirky shops, downtown Guerneville is a must. In warmer months, you can plan a float trip down the Russian River. The Sonoma Coast is glorious year-round—take our guide to its most scenic hikes and beaches, wine tasting rooms, and restaurants.

Stylish Rental Cabins in the Sierra and Tahoe

A Far Meadow A-frame cabin. (Courtesy of Boutique Homes)

Far Meadow Cabins in Yosemite and Sierra National Forest

Far Meadow is the perfect balance of contemporary design and classic cabin. Design connoisseurs and hoteliers Heinz Legler and Veronique Lievre have given a completely modern makeover to the A-frame cabin, utilizing minimalist interiors and the best of the Sierra's natural light to create spaces that are both comfortable and chic. Set at a private property 14 miles above Bass Lake that spans 20 acres, Far Meadow offers three A-frame cabins and a log cabin for visitors looking to explore the Sierras or Yosemite National Park. (They've also recently added teepees and a trailer to their offering of funky stays.) Furry friends are highly encouraged to come as well. // The log cabin is $250/night for 2-3 people, while the A-frame cabins range from $260-$275/night for 2-3 guests with a 3-night minimum stay; farmeadow.boutique-homes.com.

Chic Lakefront Cabin in South Lake Tahoe

Make sure to bookmark this lakefront cabin for your next big group trip to Tahoe. With five bedrooms, a loft, and two-and-a-half bathrooms, this luxurious property fits up to 14 people and has amenities appropriate for everyone. It's the perfect resting place after a long day at the slopes—Heavenly Mountain Resort is just around the corner—whether you choose to snuggle under the covers with Netflix on the large HDTV flat screen or warm yourself up in the hot tub outside. Did we mention there's a foosball table? // From $272/night plus cleaning and hot tub fees, glampinghub.com

Things to Do Nearby

You mean, besides ski or snowboard all day? Go tubing or sledding, or take a hike with killer views.

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