5 Charming California Cabin Rentals – From Big Sur to Lake Tahoe

With the arrival of the cozy season, we’re craving warm beverages and fuzzy blankets — wouldn’t it be nice to camp out in a beautiful, rustic cabin for the weekend?

Whether you want a beachfront getaway, an off-the-grid getaway, or a redwood retreat, there is a Northern California cabin rental for every taste and occasion.

Huggie Barn, Lake Tahoe

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Homewood ski days are just a few miles from home when you camp at Hygge Barn just outside of Tahoe City. Named after the Danish art of comfort, this lovely little cabin in the woods has two bedrooms and everything you need for a healthy stay on chilly nights and mornings – think wood-burning fireplace, plush rugs and blankets, and a Chemex coffee maker, atelier Registers, and even heated floors in the remodeled bathroom. // About $450 per night with varying minimum stays; airbnb.com

Things to do nearby

If you’re going to be playing in the snow and not a downhill skier, plan a cross-country skiing or snowshoeing adventure. Plus, don’t miss these 50 fun things to do in Tahoe this winter.

Creative rustic cabin in Mendocino

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Handcrafted hideaway near Mendocino

This quiet retreat in the Mendocino redwoods is perfect for couples looking for some silence in their lives, or for writers looking to get away and finally finish that manuscript. This rustic retreat comes with a queen-size bed upstairs, a wood-burning stove, a handcrafted oak table designed to get your creative juices flowing, and a south-facing deck perfect for stargazing at night. All you’ll hear at night is “a breeze in the top branches of a redwood” or “a frog, an owl, or a red-tailed hawk flying nearby.” // About $285 per night, airbnb.com

Things to do nearby

Don’t miss our guide to the very quaint town of Mendocino, with its charming shops and fresh cuisine. You can also drive a little further to the picturesque wine country of the Anderson Valley – we love the Burgundian-style pinot at Toulouse Vineyards.

Goat Ranch Hut in Big Sur

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Goat farm cabin with ocean view

A goat farm may 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) unique. Set on a private working farm with goats, chickens, horses and cows, the property offers guests the opportunity to milk goats and learn how to make goat cheese during their stay. Naturally, you’ll also enjoy the cabin’s sunny reading nook and ocean views from its spacious decks. // About $770 per night with a four-night minimum, airbnb.com

Things to do nearby

Big Sur is a place of stunning beauty. Experience it up close with our guide to the best restaurants and most beautiful tourist attractions in the area.

Luxury cabin with Japanese cafe in Guerneville

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Luxury cabin with Japanese café

Look no further for a triple couples vacation or a trip with your companions – this luxurious two-unit cabin with three bedrooms comfortably sleeps up to six visitors. A couple needing to reconnect can enjoy a little more privacy and stay at the custom-designed Japanese teahouse, which comes with a king-size bed, its own gas fireplace, slate floors, and windows overlooking Sonoma County’s lush wilderness. Others can stay in the main cabin, which has two bedrooms with queen beds. With a flat-screen cable TV and DVD player, a hot tub right in the backyard, and a gas grill to satisfy your outdoor dining cravings, it’s hard to imagine why you’d leave this relaxing haven. // About $599 per night with a two-night minimum, airbnb.com

Things to do nearby

For great restaurants, homemade pies, and funky shops, downtown Guerneville is a must. The Sonoma Coast has gorgeous coastline year-round – take our guide to the best hiking trails, scenic beaches, wine tasting rooms, and restaurants. In the warmer months, you can plan a float trip down the Russian River.

Quiet Redwood Cabin in Mill Valley

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A quiet gem in the red forest

With refinished original hardwood floors throughout the house, a Kohler farmhouse sink, a gold-lined bathtub, three outdoor decks, and lavender growing around the property, this gorgeous Mill Valley rental home is magazine cover ready. Be sure to bookmark this rental for your next group vacation – the four-bedroom, two-bathroom property can sleep six, and is a peaceful retreat with direct hikes from the house to Mount Tam and Muir Woods, plus walking trails to Mill Town Square Valley. // About $720 per night Airbnb Plus

Things to do nearby

Take your 7×7 guide to a perfect day in Mill Valley for coffee at Equator, hiking or biking Mount Tam, and shopping at Mill Valley Lumber Yard.

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