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A cozy cabin can be the perfect base for a romantic getaway in North Carolina, and the state is full of them. Whether you want to be by a lake, nestled among forested mountains, or by the beaches, there are cabin rentals for just about every type of couples’ retreat. From the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Outer Banks, these are some of the top picks.
This off-grid cabin is a dream and one of the coolest Blue Ridge cabin rentals in North Carolina. Backing to the Pisgah National Forest on a private 125-acre gated property, it offers easy access to scenic drives on the Blue Ridge Parkway and to the many shops, restaurants, breweries, and various attractions in Asheville too. A glamping experience, it has a solar generator for lights and charging phones, a propane heater and 2-burner cookstove, and a water cooler for drinking and washing. You’ll also have a grill and a fire pit ideal for cozying up to under the stars. You can continue to stargaze right from the comfy queen-size bed by rolling open the glass garage door.
Look forward to some of the best views around by booking this cabin in Blowing Rock that boasts an unobstructed view of the gorge and surrounding mountains, as well as both sunrise and sunset. Enjoy it all from the porch or while you’re inside. Features include a flat-screen TV, A/C, a full kitchen, and a BBQ grill for cookouts.
This captivating mountain cabin is nestled in the woods next to DuPont State Forest in western North Carolina. There are waterfalls so close that you can hear them right from the front door, setting the scene for blissful tranquility, while world-class hiking and biking is only a half-mile away, and all of the best Hendersonville attractions are nearby too. The cabin has a covered porch ideal for reading, napping, or just enjoying the scenery. It also comes with Wi-Fi, a TV with all the streaming channels, a full kitchen, and a washer/dryer.
The Artist’s Studio, one of the best cabin rentals in North Carolina, offers a countryside setting among serene grounds less than 20 miles from Durham. It was formerly the studio of a visual artist and garden illustrator, used for botanical and natural history illustration and life drawings. It offers ideal light for photography and all sorts of creations, along with a peaceful vibe and opportunities to nap in a hammock overlooking the on-site pond. Fishing, canoeing, and swimming are all possible too. Inside, you’ll have kitchenette items like a microwave, mini-fridge, electric kettle, and coffeemaker, with homemade granola supplied. Air-conditioning and strong Wi-Fi are included too.
Nestled in a magical setting just 20 minutes from Asheville or 10 to Old Fort, this secluded and dreamy North Carolina treehouse rental sits on 14 acres, providing plenty of privacy, perfect for a romantic couples’ stay. It’s accessed via a swinging bridge and includes quite a few extra-special features aimed at sparking romance, like a hot tub and couple cards that can help you get to know your significant other even better. There’s an LED fireplace, cable TV, strong Wi-Fi, and a kitchenette with a microwave, cooktop, and fridge too.
A secluded retreat near Fontana Lake, Camryn’s Hideaway is nestled in the trees, offering a mountain-chic, loft-style setting with a partial wrap-around deck, a hot tub, and a fire pit, providing plenty of ways to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. Inside, you’ll have a gas fireplace that provides a lovely ambiance, a 48″ TV with Roku and standard cable, a full kitchen, and a washer/dryer. Up to two of your furry friends are welcome at this pet-friendly North Carolina cabin rental too.
Majestic Overlook is an aptly named cabin with enchanting mountain and lake views in Bryson City where there’s plenty of fun things to do nearby. Made to create an ideal space for honeymooners, it includes a covered deck facing Lake Fontana and the mountains, as well as a large, open deck on the side that features a private hot tub. Plush bathrobes are provided too. Inside, enjoy relaxing on the high-end leather furniture in the living room, which includes a fireplace and flat-screen cable TV. The kitchen is fully stocked with all you need to make your own meals, and you’ll have a BBQ grill for cookouts too.
One of the most unique Airbnb rentals in North Carolina, Treefrog Tower offers a romantic treehouse stay in the Outer Banks. Tucked into a nine-acre pine forest, you can walk down the driveway to access 450 acres with hiking trails, beaches, and opportunities for kayaking, kiteboarding, and more. You’ll be just minutes from great local restaurants yet enjoy total privacy with lots of windows for bringing in the sunshine through the trees. It has a bohemian vibe, with everything handcrafted and built by the host’s artist husband. It includes all the essentials, with a kitchenette, Wi-Fi, and an HDTV. Plus, you can enjoy your morning coffee and evening wine from the shady porch.
A secluded 18th-century cabin in a tranquil garden setting, this rental is filled with character, complete with hand-hewn timbers and a fireplace. Despite its age, you’ll enjoy plenty of modern features, including a 70″ HDTV with Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. It comes with central heating and A/C, and a full kitchen too. The outdoor fire pit provides the perfect spot to cuddle up under the stars.
Located in the Wild Acres neighborhood in the heart of Maggie Valley, Bella’s Mountain Hideway is a top-rated Maggie Valley cabin rental that offers spectacular views of Walker Bald Mountain. Enjoy the view with the sounds of a bubbling creek while relaxing in the rocking chairs on the front porch. It’s the perfect spot to wake up with your morning coffee, with Keurig coffee pods along with teas and cocoa all supplied in the kitchenette. An electric wine bottle opener and wine and beer glasses are provided for your evening drinks too. Other notable features include an electric fireplace, a 42″ TV with Roku, and a DVD player, along with an extensive selection of DVDs for movie nights.
This adorable historic log cabin is surrounded by the woods offering lots of privacy and a view of a large pond. Enjoy it while sitting on the front porch in one of the rockers and perhaps take advantage of the opportunity to fish or canoe too. It includes a bathroom with a romantic clawfoot tub, an eat-in kitchen, Wi-Fi, and a TV.
A tiny cabin perfect for two, this tiny house North Carolina Airbnb is nestled in a hillside surrounded by nature while offering mountain views. Enjoy the tranquility while being just a couple of miles from downtown Asheville. You’ll also be close to scenic hiking trails off the stunning Blue Ridge Parkway and the famous Biltmore Estate too. The kitchen is basic, with kitchenette items like a toaster oven, hot plate, microwave, a small fridge, and a Keurig coffeemaker, but the hosts are very hospitable and even provide extras designed for a romantic stay like a welcome bottle of wine and chocolate. A 60″ HDTV with Roku, Wi-Fi, and central A/C are all included too.
A postcard-perfect cabin in the woods, O’Conner’s Retreat offers a secluded location near the famous Blowing Rock formation and a hot tub that overlooks Grandfather Mountain, one of the best places in North Carolina to go leaf peeping in the fall. You can hike right out the door to the top of the Rocky Knob, and there are multiple waterfalls and streams in the area too. There’s a covered front deck and an extended porch that wraps around the entire house, making it ideal for unwinding with a good book, and you’ll have a picnic table for alfresco dining. Cook up your meals on the gas grill or the fully equipped kitchen. There’s a fireplace, Wi-Fi, and a TV too.
As the name belies, this is a fabulous North Carolina lake house rental for a romantic couples’ escape, complete with a view of Nantahala Lake while offering easy access to scenic hiking trails and paddling. In fact, a complimentary canoe will be waiting at the dock. After a day of play, come back and soothe sore muscles in the hot tub and then cozy up next to the fire under the stars. You’ll have a full kitchen and a charcoal grill for making your own meals, but when you want to dine out, there’s a great local cafe within walking distance.
Set along the banks of Big Elkin Creek, Deer Run is that quintessential log cabin, and it comes complete with an outdoor hot tub and a garden swing by the creek. It sits on a 26-acre property, ensuring plenty of privacy while including all the comforts of home and then some. You’ll even have a stocked catch-and-release fishing pond. Inside, enjoy the gas fireplace, a satellite TV, and a full kitchen.