At least once a year, I get the urge to sneak away to some cabin in the woods and indulge in my inner Thoreau. The appeal isn't hard to understand, what with the constant chorus of pings and beeps and chimes telling us we have mail or a text or maybe someone liked our Instagram! And while yes it is nice that someone (even if it is a complete stranger) thought the bread you baked this morning looked good, it's also exhausting.
I am exhausted just thinking about it — aren't you? If the answer is yes, then one of these five cozy cabins may be for you. Running the gamut from charmingly barebones to minimalist and modern, they all come in at $100 per night or less.
1. Log Cabin on Lovely Mountain Pond, $79 per night
If you're looking to get away from it all, look no further than this sweet one-room log cabin in Newry, Maine. It's less than a two-hour drive from Portland, but you'll feel as if you're completely removed from civilization, with wildlife to keep you company as you sip your coffee by your own private mountain pond.
2. Cozy Log Cabin on Lookout Mountain, $89 per night
Rustic without roughing it is the idea behind this luxe getaway outside Chattanooga, Tennessee. The location on Lookout Mountain gives you easy access to hiking and biking trails, but you're just eight miles from Chatanooga if you're feeling the city life. There's an organic farm on property and you can even get a farm breakfast cooked to order.
3. Water Tower Loft, $100 per night
Proof that cabins aren't all rugged and rustic, this minimal, modern escape is set amid redwoods, just a few miles from the Pacific Coast. There's a daybed for lounging inside, a hammock for lazing outside, and a record player if you're in need of entertainment. WiFi isn't available and cell service is spotty — but getting off the grid is kind of the point, right?
4. Little House in the Woods, $73 per night
This tiny house off the coast of Nova Scotia measures just 320 square feet, but there are 20 acres of land to explore, plus the Bay of Fundy is a short hike away. Previous guests rave that this cabin is "magical," and we can certainly see why.
5. Ruedi Creek Gem, $98 per night
This Colorado cabin will charm you with its quirky and colorful decor, not to mention the newly remodeled, state-of-the-art kitchen. Oh, did we also mention that it's set on 6.5 acres of aspen, fir, and spruce trees, with a creek nearby? Yes, you'll want to book this right away.