9 Best A-frame Cabins You Can Rent on Airbnb

From the Catskills to California, there’s a hygge-ready shelter for your next fall adventure
October 8, 2019Words by Brooke Vaughan

When we’re looking to escape the city for a weekend (or longer), any old cabin, tent, or van is A-ok. But landing the perfect a-frame feels like you’ve struck the motherlode. Lucky for you, we’ve done some of the heavy lifting, scouting all over the country for the perfect porches and most dapper designs, panoramic views that’ll leave you speechless, and hygge vibes that will take your trip from an average outdoor getaway to a Walden-esque dream come true. Plus—all these listings are designated as Airbnb Plus homes or run by superhosts, so you know you’re only getting the best of the best. 
 



The Sustainable A-Frame in the Catskills


The Sustainable A-Frame

Kerhonkson, New York


Newly renovated and solar-power modified, this little catch in the corner of the Catskills is the perfect way to get back to nature on your next holiday. The house sleeps four across two bedrooms, but the majority of your time will likely be spent outdoors, where a screened-in gazebo, spring-fed pond, fire pit, and picnic table make for a cozy setting among family and friends. The catch: There is no air conditioning. The good news: Summer temperatures hover around 70 degrees, so open windows and a light breeze will do you some good. Swing by one of the local fruit farms to whip up a pie or jam in the chef’s kitchen or venture down the road to dip in one of the swimming holes, including Otter Falls, Kaaterskill Creek, and Peekamoose Blue Hole—all within an hour of the house. (While you’re in the Catskills, don’t forget to visit Brushland Eating House and Wild Orchard Cider Company.)

Rent: from $255 per night

The Sustainable A-Frame in the Catskills
 



The Storybook Cabin in North Carolina


The Storybook Cabin

Boone, North Carolina


You and your closest friends will feel right at home in this super cozy cabin that’s perched on the side of a mountain just outside Boone. The interior is complete with a wood-burning stove and expansive windows that provide natural light and scenic views of the surrounding forest. When the warm weather rolls around, post up on the porch while listening to the creek rush through the yard. Head down the road to link up with the Blue Ridge Parkway, one of the most-visited areas in the National Park Service and home to countless lookouts, hiking trails, and autumn colors during fall. Farther afield, visit Grandfather Mountain, one of the highest peaks in the Appalachians, where you can traverse America’s highest suspension footbridge or hit the Grandfather Mountain State Park backcountry for more difficult treks across rugged peaks.

Rent: from $110 per night

The Storybook Cabin in North Carolina

The Storybook Cabin in North Carolina



The Family-built Haus in Utah


The Family-built Haus

Heber City, Utah


Fresh, clean, and immaculately decorated, the A-frame Haus will take your wintry weekend to the next level. Built by the owner’s grandfather some 30 years ago, the home balances its original charm with modern updates, including an open kitchen-living room floor plan that is ideal for entertaining. It’s set on 20 acres in the mountain valley town of Heber City; with a nickname like Little Switzerland, you’re pretty much guaranteed incredible views—what’s better is that stunning vistas are available from all three of your private balconies. There’s plenty of space to roam right outside your door, but you can also head 30 minutes down the road to hit the slopes in Park City or skirt down the Guardsman Pass Scenic Backway full of wildlife- and wildflower-viewing for a warm-weather activity.

Rent: from $239 per night

The Family-built Haus in Utah



The Canopy House in Vermont


The Canopy House

Stowe, Vermont
 

There’s a reason it’s called the canopy house—lush greenery and charming decor mix with the home’s woodsy foundation, making for a choice Northeast getaway. The canopy sleeps eight people across three bedrooms, and it’s well equipped common spaces are ideal for mingling with guests. Even during the coldest of months, you won’t have to sweat the chill thanks to an indoor fireplace and six-person outdoor hot tub. And if those two don’t keep you warm enough, downtown Stowe—just two-minutes up the road—can provide the alcohol blanket (if you catch our drift). Stop in at one of the local breweries, which include Idletyme Brewery, von Trapp Brewing, and the critically acclaimed Alchemist. But first put your ski skills to the test on Mount Mansfield, the tallest mountain in Vermont. (If you’ve got your sights set on Stowe and the Canopy House is booked, this 150-year-old farmhouse makes for a worthy alternative.)

Rent: from $345 per night

The Canopy House in Vermont

The Canopy House in Vermont



The Great Lakes Wine Country Getaway in Michigan


The Great Lakes Wine Country Getaway

Stevensville, Michigan


Midwesterners don’t have to travel far for a quality retreat. You can spend your days indulging in Michigan’s robust wine region (yes, Michigan has a wine region) and evenings unwinding in an idyllic cottage that is equal parts polished and woodsy. And we’re not just talking just any kind of wood. The exterior of this modern A-frame is decorated in wood reclaimed from the Silver Beach roller coaster, a staple of the Silver Beach Amusement Park just north of Stevensville that shuttered its doors in the early-70s. Inside, you’ll find space and natural light are easy to come by throughout the open floor plan, perfect for a six-person group. Lake Michigan is best visited in summer, when you can kick back on a patio for a wine tasting or head up to St. Joseph for a stroll around the lighthouse or a splash on Silver Beach. 

Rent: from $189 per night

The Great Lakes Wine Country Getaway in Michigan

The Great Lakes Wine Country Getaway in Michigan
 



The Mid-century Modern in the Hudson Valley


The Mid-century Modern

Milan, New York


The Brady Bunch goes 21st century in this mid-century masterpiece set in the Hudson Valley. Owned by a Brooklyn-based fashion designer duo, the home has undergone a modern renovation complete with Danish furniture and unique globally-sourced decor. With two bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms, the home sleeps up to six people and features a fireplace, smart TV, and game console. Even more, the gang will enjoy the seclusion of this six-acre lot, and the nearby apple, pumpkin, and cherry farms ripe for picking throughout the year. Just down the road, the historic towns of Rhinebeck and quieter Red Hook offer a couple blasts from the pasts of their own. Catch a show at the critically acclaimed indie theater Upstate Films, or chow down at Historic Village Diner before biking around town to check out the pre-Civil War-era architecture.

Rent: from $210 per night

The Mid-century Modern in the Hudson Valley

The Mid-century Modern in the Hudson Valley
 



The Oceanside Oasis in Oregon


The Oceanside Oasis

Oceanside, Oregon


If you want to kick back and take things ultra-slow, an oceanside A-frame is undoubtedly the way to go. In addition to floor-to-ceiling window walls that overlook a panoramic stretch between Cape Meares and Cape Lookout, the house features a spacious deck, wood-burning stove, and a quintessential beach house feel. The best part: You can watch the waves roll in from the loft bedroom. The home, which hosts five guests in two bedrooms, is part of a duplex. For larger groups, you can combine your reservation with the lower unit, also available on Airbnb. You’re just a short walk from Oceanside Village and the beach, so if you’re looking for true West Coast vibes, book a surf lesson with one of the local companies.

Rent: from $147 per night

The Oceanside Oasis in Oregon

The Oceanside Oasis in Oregon
 



The Alpine Oasis in California


The Alpine A-frame

Big Bear City, California


Situated in an alpine oasis amid the Southern California desert, this stunner sure does the trick. Dating from the early 1960s, this A-frame cabin is about as thoughtfully designed as they come, with a mid-century wood-burning stove—and matching French doors—in fire-engine red as the home’s striking focal point. The deck, shaded by towering pines, provides respite on the warmest of days; you’re also mere minutes from the shores of Big Bear Lake if a swim or kayak are on the agenda. There’s plenty of opportunity to ski or hike, depending on the season. 

Rent: from $120 per night

The Alpine Oasis in California
 



The Hygge Hut in Colorado


The Hygge Hut

Grant, Colorado


The Danish concept of hygge implies coziness and well-being. The Danish strive to achieve hygge in their everyday life, and now you can too, smack dab in the center of Colorado. Nestled at an altitude of 9,000 feet in the Rockies, the Scandinavian-inspired design provides everything you need for peak contentment, including an outdoor Finnish steam sauna, decks with arresting mountain views, a hammock, and other creature comforts. Less than 15 miles from the house, you’ll find Guanella and Kenosha passes, spectacular mountain passes that feature scenic lookouts and vibrant autumn hues come fall. You’ll also be just an hour from Denver, where craft beer, rock-climbing, and other outdoor activities are abundant. 

Rent: from $130 per night

The Hygge Hut in Colorado
 



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