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9 Magical Cabins From the Sierra to Big Sur


Big Sur

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Goat Farm Cabin: 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 so unique. Set at a private working ranch with goats, chickens, horses and cows, guests have the option to milk the goats and learn how to make goat cheese during their stay—of course, on top of enjoying the cabin's sunny reading nook or lounging around the cabin's spacious ocean view decks. // $600/night, airbnb.com

What to do in the area: Pffeifer Beach is only a five-minute drive away, so make sure to take long beachside walks with your boo while you're there. Afterwards, indulge in a long drive and check off all the hidden spots on the California coastline. For morning pastries, Big Sur Bakery, a fifteen-minute walk from the cabin, will surely hit the spot.

The Emerald Triangle

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Owl Tree Cabin: 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." // $160 a night, airbnb.com

Upscale Log Cabin: This isn't your ol' run-of-the-mill log cabin—this expansive hideaway situated on a 2-acre-property facing the Shasta Cascade Mountains comes with a home theatre, a sauna, a 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. // $588.50/night, glampinghub.com

Half-Moon Cabin: An off-the-grid getaway for one, coming right up! This cozy, hand-built cabin is situated in Maitreya Mountain Village, an eco-village that spans 160 acres and focuses on creating a community of sustainable living at Six Rivers National Forest. This experience is definitely not for the faint of heart—the cabin comes with no electricity, only a wood stove to keep you warm, and no cellphone service or WiFi. But if you're a nature lover looking to unplug, you'll truly enjoy the wilderness Smith River Canyon has to offer, whether that be through hikes, the nearby swimming hole, or even encountering a black bear or two. // $76/night, airbnb.com

What to do in the area: The ever-so-quaint town of Mendocino has always been near and dear to our hearts, so make sure to check out their charming downtown stores like Honey and Ro and Dot and Twine. You can also drive a little further out to the scenic wine country of Anderson Valley—try out Handley Cellars or Golden Eye for a pinot noir tasting or two.

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