5 Magical California Cabin Rentals—From Big Sur to Lake Tahoe
Located on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe, the "Hygge Barn" has cozy amenities including a wood-burning fireplace, heated bathroom floors, and a yoga room. (Courtesy of Airbnb)

5 Magical California Cabin Rentals—From Big Sur to Lake Tahoe


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.

Hygge Barn, Lake Tahoe

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Ski days at Homewood are just a few miles from home when you camp out at the Hygge Barn just outside Tahoe City. Named for the Danish art of coziness, this sweet little cabin in the woods has two bedrooms and everything you'll need for hygge vibes on chilly nights and mornings—think a wood-burning fireplace, plush rugs and blankets, a Chemex coffee maker, record player, and even heated floors in the remodeled bathroom. // Around $450/night with a varying minimum stay; airbnb.com

Things to Do Nearby

If you're going to play in the snow but not a downhill skier, plan a cross-country skiing or snowshoeing adventure. Plus, don't miss our 50 Fun Things to Do in Tahoe This Winter.

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." // Around $285/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.

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. // Around $770/night with a four-night minimum, airbnb.com

Things to Do Nearby

Big Sur is a place of jaw-dropping beauty. Experience it up close with our guide to the area's best restaurants and most beautiful attractions.

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. // Around $599/night with a two-night minimum, airbnb.com

Things to Do Nearby

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

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. // Around $720/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, and shopping at the Mill Valley Lumber Yard.

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