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The vacation rental options for an unforgettable getaway in North Carolina are many. This state is not only home to breathtaking beaches in the Outer Banks, but spectacular mountains that include the highest peak in the East, Mount Mitchell, at nearly 6,700 feet. It can also boast the highest waterfall east of the Rockies, countless sparkling lakes, and rushing rivers. No matter what you’re looking for in that idyllic escape, these top-rated cabins are sure to make for the perfect home base.
If you’re looking for more of a glamping experience complete with seclusion and magnificent mountain views, this cabin offers lots of charm, nestled in the woods on a 125-acre private gated mountain top property. Just four miles off Blue Ridge Parkway, you’ll have easy access to hikes in Pisgah National Forest while being able to return to a space immersed in nature, accessed via a 150-yard trek. Perfect for a solo traveler or couple, it’s totally off-grid, with solar panels for limited electricity, propane heaters for warmth, an outdoor shower and an outhouse. You’ll also have a three-burner propane cooktop, a sink with a water dispenser for drinking water, board games, a hammock, and a comfy queen bed.
Located just minutes from downtown Asheville, this tiny house/cabin offers big views and plenty of privacy along with convenient access to the Blue Ridge Parkway, Biltmore Estate, breweries, hiking, and more. It comes with all the necessities and then some, like a functional kitchen with a Keurig coffeemaker, an HDTV, a spacious bathroom with a shower, and a queen bed with luxury linens.
Enjoy the perfect spot for tranquility and seclusion in the mountains, including a river view, while being just a few minutes from downtown Mars Hill and a 20-minute drive from Asheville by booking a stay at this riverfront cabin. It accommodates four guests in one bedroom and includes a fully stocked kitchen with basics for cooking like oil, salt and pepper, along with coffee and tea. There’s a small charcoal grill on the deck, with charcoal and lighter fluid provided upon request. You’ll have a fire pit and a washer/dryer too.
Treetop Mountain Vista is tucked among the trees, surrounded by spectacular views and an abundance of wildlife, within easy reach of Asheville, Blue Ridge Parkway, Mt. Pisgah, and the Biltmore Estate. It accommodates two in one bedroom with a king bed where you can look forward to waking up to a dazzling view. You’ll have a flat-screen satellite TV, wood-burning stove, a reading nook with books, a full kitchen and a gas grill that sits on a partially covered deck. There’s an outdoor fire pit for marshmallow roasting and a bubbling hot tub for soaking with that gorgeous vista too.
Ideal for families or a small group of friends, this two-bedroom cabin accommodates up to six. Newly built, it sits right at the edge of Nantahala Lake and comes with a private dock for fishing and swimming, or bring your own kayak, canoe, or boat to get out there and explore. You’ll have a large screened-in porch that overlooks the lake, an outdoor fire pit and picnic area, basic HughesNet Satellite Internet, a full kitchen, and a washer/dryer.
An ideal base for those who want to enjoy a ski vacation, Little Elk Cabin is nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains just minutes from both Ski Sugar and Ski Beach, as well as for hiking during the warmer months. It accommodates two in one bedroom and offers all the comforts of home with especially picturesque scenery. Enjoy highlights like a gas log stove, fully stocked kitchen and living room with a 50″ TV. A charcoal grill and fire pit are included too.
There’s plenty of room for the whole family in this beautiful log cabin. It includes three bedrooms, sleeping up to six, with a peaceful, secluded mountain setting yet close to everything. It was built using authentic western red cedar logs and boasts a stone fireplace and a wrap-around porch with views of the woods and mountains. The master suite includes a bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub and in the loft there’s a TV so the kids can enjoy their own for watching movies (a movie library is included) or playing games on Gamecube. A main, large HDTV and multiple DVD players along with a hot tub are just a few of the other highlights.
This romantic lake view cabin is just what the name belies. It accommodates up to four but it’s perfect for a couple’s getaway, complete with a view of Nantahala Lake. Spend your days hiking and paddling – you’ll find a canoe down at the dock for guest use. The cabin also includes a full kitchen and charcoal grill, but when you want to dine out, a local cafe is within walking distance. Other highlights include indoor and outdoor areas for a cozy fire and a soothing hot tub.
The name says it all, with amazing 180-degree views of the mountains from nearly every room in this luxurious lodge/cabin. It sits at 4,750 feet in the heart of the high country, meaning you’ll see birds like hawks soaring below from the glass-walled great room, sun room, or large covered deck. It accommodates up to eight in four bedrooms and includes a spacious great room with a stone fireplace and 55″ Smart HDTV with access to Netflix and Pandora as well as a game room with an X-box, darts, and more. The gourmet kitchen includes stainless steel appliances, while the large, furnished screened-in porch enlcosed with plexi-glass for year-round enjoyment.
As the host explains, this studio cabin was used for botanical and natural history illustration and life drawings for 20 years before opening to guests as a rental. You’ll enjoy plenty of privacy for two with a queen bed plus a ship’s ladder that leads to a single mattress in the loft. It includes radiant heating, a/c, and a kitchen with a mini-fridge, microwave, electric kettle, and coffeemaker. Homemade granola and Wi-Fi are provided too. The cabin overlooks a pond where guests can fish, canoe, swim, and relax in the hammock or Adirondack chairs overlooking the water.
This cozy one-bedroom cabin really does look as if it came straight from Mayberry and it happens to be located just a short drive from the Andy Griffith Museum in Mount Airy. It sits on a farm surrounded by a property with miniature donkeys and pygora goats and provides lots of special extras, such as muffins or breakfast bread, milk, and orange juice, candy from Opie’s Candy Shop, and fresh eggs from the chickens when available. It includes a kitchen, Wi-Fi, a satellite TV, and a fireplace.
This log cabin is less than a mile from downtown Winston-Salem, providing a quiet setting that includes a backyard surrounded by the woods and a privacy fence while putting you close to the city. It includes a hammock, fire pit and grill for cookouts, and every guest can enjoy a free brewery tour too. Inside you’ll have a Smart TV with access to Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu and other apps, a Blu-ray player and Xbox 360.
This fun little cabin is perfect for horse lovers and small families with children, accommodating up to four in a studio space with a full bed and bunk beds. It’s located on a horse farm, allowing guests to get to know the animals while enjoying a comfortable stay that includes a full bathroom, mini-fridge, TV, and porch swing. Plus, it’s pet-friendly so Fido can come along too.
This log cabin sits along the banks of Big Elkin Creek looking as if it stepped out of a painting. It sits on a 26-acre property and can accommodate up to four in one bedroom and includes all the comforts of home, plus a back deck with a hot tub and a garden swing by the creek. Other highlights include a fireplace, Wi-Fi, satellite TV, kitchen, and even a stocked “catch and release” fishing pond.