There is nothing quite like an escape to a rustic cabin in the woods during the summer. A cabin provides an ideal home base as you spend a long weekend exploring surrounding hiking trails, swimming in a refreshing river or lake, or sampling wines throughout the region.
Northern California is filled with a number of cabins, from Lake Tahoe to the Pacific coast, and everywhere in between. If you’re not quite ready to purchase a cabin of your own in Northern California, you might consider a more short-term option — like booking your stay at one of these dreamy summer cabin rentals in Northern California. And if you’re planning ahead for a winter getaway, there are so many romantic, cozy lodges in the area. No matter what time of year it is, there are so many exceptional cabins in Northern California!
Far Meadow | Yosemite National Park
Embark on an adventure to Far Meadow, a collection of cabin rentals in the heart of Yosemite National Park. In addition to a “base camp” property, a black A frame, a red A frame, an ultra-modern A frame, teepee tents and a trailer, Far Meadow offers a rustic log cabin available to rent. There is something for every adventurous spirit, group size, and budget at this spectacular site situated 7,500 feet above Bass Lake in the High Sierras.
The log cabin is located on 20 acres surrounded by lush trees and forest land. When Far Meadow was discovered, this classic American log cabin was already there, and it received a facelift, including a modernized roof and updated interior. It’s similar to the A frames on site and yet, in a world of its own. The cabin is accompanied by a large wooden deck, providing the perfect place to enjoy your coffee before a hike through Yosemite, or a BBQ after an afternoon spent dipping in a nearby river or lake.
Meeks Bay Resort is situated along the western shore of Lake Tahoe. Accommodations include a range of options, from an expansive mansion to various RV and tent sites. Meeks Bay also offers several knotty pine cabins available for rental, which are located just steps from the lake. Each cabin comes with a picnic table, a BBQ, a fire pit, and a full kitchen with all the necessities and basic appliances. Each cabin enjoys picturesque lake views, visible both inside and out. A visit to Meeks Bay Resort provides a retreat to the woods, although you are never far from the refreshing waters of Lake Tahoe!
Photo Courtesy of Russian River Getaways
This tranquil cabin is situated on Sunrise Mountain in Cazadero, just a few miles east of the coast. The property encompasses 1.3 fenced acres, and includes a hot tub, a roomy deck and a picturesque cabin surrounded by towering redwoods. The cabin has a living room, which opens to a dining area, a kitchen and a bathroom. A loft bedroom is overhead, providing a cozy setup with natural light streaming through large windows surrounding the bed. This beautiful cabin for two is located just a short drive from the California coast, making it the perfect retreat for summertime fun. Plus, your well-behaved dog is welcome to stay with you at Dreamcatcher!
For over 90 years, Kit Carson Lodge has been providing a superb Silver Lake Lodge experience in the Sierras. Both rustic and elegant, the seasonal resort operates from the first Friday in June through early October. Kit Carson Lodge is located at an elevation of 7,300 feet just a 45 minute drive from South Lake Tahoe. They have a variety of accommodations, including a number of cabins, which vary in size to accommodate 2–8 people. All cabins are constructed with cedar exteriors and knotty pine interiors. They each contain a full kitchen, a charcoal grill, private baths with showers, and an outdoor deck for lounging. Cabins are also equipped with a wood-burning stove and a propane wall heater, and the resort provides wood during your stay, should the nights become chilly enough for a fire.
Photo Courtesy of Sorensen’s Resort
In addition to being one of the best romantic winter lodges in Northern California, Sorensen’s Resort is an ideal destination during the summer. It is tucked away on the eastern edge of the spectacular Hope Valley not far from Lake Tahoe. The historic settlement offers cozy cottages, log cabins, and mountain home vacation rentals, providing a range of accommodations no matter the size of your group. During your summertime retreat at Sorensen’s, enjoy fishing, rafting, horseback riding, hiking, bicycling, or simply relaxing in a hammock with your favorite book and a glass of wine. There is so much to do in the area throughout the spring and summer!
Camp Richardson is an idyllic destination along the shore of South Lake Tahoe, offering nonstop fun all summer long. Step outside your private cabin surrounded by tall pines to reach the shore for swimming, boating and sunbathing. Camp Richardson has year-round cabins with a gas fireplace, and a full kitchen equipped with a microwave, coffee maker, toaster and utensils. Their summer-only cabins are reminiscent of the ‘20s and ‘30s, offering a taste of history and a more casual, rustic lodging option. They have studio and one-bedroom units available for their summer-only cabins. Retreat to your very own cabin along South Lake Tahoe this summer at Camp Richardson!
Photo Courtesy of Kim Carroll Photography via Evergreen Lodge
Embark on an adventure to Yosemite National Park and make Evergreen Lodge your home base this summer. This 20-acre property hosts a myriad of attractive cabins situated amongst towering pines. They have options for couples, families, individuals, or large groups. Their deluxe cabins are perfect for an individual or couple and the one-bedroom cottages can accommodate a couple or small family. Larger groups and families can opt for the family cabins or the spacious John Muir house. Evergreen Lodge even offers vintage cabins for the more budget-conscious travelers and custom camping, which includes a fully furnished, set-up tent site. The cabins are warmly furnished with comfortable beds, air conditioning units, historic artwork, gourmet coffee brewers, private decks, and even Alexa devices for in-room entertainment and music.
Photo Courtesy of Faith Echtemeyer via Alegria Oceanfront Inn & Cottages
For a change of (traditional cabin) scenery, head to Alegria Oceanfront Inn & Cottages, situated along the ocean shore in Mendocino. This charming bed and breakfast inn offers a wide selection of accommodations, including a number of suites, private cottages, a treehouse, and more. Guests staying in the main house and cottages may enjoy a full breakfast in their oceanview dining room, or out on the deck if the weather is nice! The garden cottage has a cozy, rustic feel, as it has wood panelling, a wood stove, and a spacious deck. The driftwood cottage is a private A-frame cottage with a sleeping loft, a full kitchen and a private garden and patio. No matter where you stay at Alegria, you are just steps from the sparkling ocean!