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Located in the northeast corner of Pennsylvania, this delightful modest mountain range is known for its varied terrain of lakes, farmland, rolling hills, lush forests, and quaint towns. The Poconos provides space for a bevy of outdoor attractions from waterparks, golf courses, and ski areas to horseback riding, whitewater rafting, and more.
Home to many a log cabin, lakefront vacation home, and places like this massive Recreation Barn, the mountain range is a great option for vacationers who want to escape New York City, Philadelphia, or Central Pennsylvania. Each season offers its own style of natural beauty, making for a great escape any time of year—to swim, kayak, snowboard, ride around on a four-wheeler, whatever.
In more remote areas, there’s an appreciation for nature that you can’t ignore yourself and best of all, the Poconos are if anything, underhyped—meaning prices are right, stars are BRIGHT, and you can find the R&R you’ve been needing. The following are our top six picks for best Poconos rental cabins on Airbnb.
Vibe: Desert in the Woods
The Little A is furnished and decorated in a southwestern style, with bright colors and cozy textiles strewn about a warm timber interior. A woodstove centers the main living space in front of a quaint kitchen while a cozy sunroom provides all the space for chatting or cat naps in the sun. Surrounded by trees, enjoy the changing colors of the seasons from the hammock out back or drive to Promised Land State Park for hiking trails, docks, a beach, fishing and boating.
Vibe: Shipping Container 2.0
Spanning a small stream, this Mid-Century home was too unique not to share. Outfitted with some standard furniture, the decor is pleasant enough, but it’s the home itself that really takes center stage. When you’re done checking out all it’s interesting spaces, hang out in the outdoor hot tub or fire up the BBQ out back.
Vibe: Ranch House in the Sky with Cacti
If you were looking for a desert-ranch inspired treehouse somewhere in Pennsylvania, this is it—look no further. With a carefully curated interior somewhere between color-popped Mid-Century, summer camp, and greenhouse, this place is a treat to both look at online and visit IRL. The citrusy color palette with terra cotta tiles and warm wooden interior throughout are an instant mood booster and with floor-to-ceiling windows wrapped entirely around this octagonal house, its tree views all day. Explore the surrounding nine acres of private forest or cross the PA/NY border to Narrowsburg for a leisurely day in town. Head here for a romantic getaway with your boo or a few friends in the summer when the auxiliary guesthouse is available.
Vibe: Sweet n' Simple
If you’re looking for a reliable, comfy log cabin experience-this is it. This homey cabin fits six comfortably and is a short drive to Elk Mountain for a group ski weekend. The home sits on 21 acres of property, so whatever season you visit, you’re sure to be immersed in the beauty of rural PA.
Vibe: Hot Tub Time Machine
Not our usual decor pick, but the indoor hot tub pushed this one on to the list. This contemporary cabin can fit up to eight people and has access to Lake Naomi, where you can fish, boat, or simply chill. After a day out, hang out in the spacious living areas and sunny decks, or cook in the fully stocked kitchen.
Vibe: Light and Bright
Get your self-care on in this peaceful little Mid-Century furnished A-Frame. Recently renovated, cook up a meal in the full chef’s kitchen, lounge amoung cozy linens in the spacious bedrooms, spend time on the deck, or explore nearby amenities like lakes and an outdoor pool. Drive to nearby Hawley or Honesdale for a slow walk through town, sipping coffee, feeling rejuvenated.
Vibe: The Big Comfy House
Accomodating an impressive 11 guests, Heidi’s Lodge is a great year-round option for a larger quarantine crew or even a post-pandemic family reunion. The large deck and new hot tub are perfect for outdoor chillin, or spend time inside the light-filled living space and game room. The "World Famous" Pocono Raceway is nearby as well, if you’re looking for a real unique experience (yep, that's NASCAR, baby).
Vibe: Anything Goes
Certainly unique, for all you water lovers, this little cabin sits right on the banks of the Delaware. There’s plenty of space outside to hang out and the house itself is a somewhat eclectic mixture of mid-century and cottagecore. Make sure you check out the upper-level jacuzzi tub.
Vibe: 1630's Chic
While this place does carry the ambiance of the ‘The Witch’ to some degree, it also looks like a great place to take a peaceful nap. Meant to inspire creativity, cook a meal in the unique kitchen, hang out by the woodstove or relax on the charming porch. A short walk into town, you’ll be secluded but within short reach of coffee shops and restaurants.
Vibe: Riverside Retreat
This modern cottage sits right on the banks of the Delaware, with great views and a large, peaceful backyard. Wake-up and go for a dip then rinse off in the outdoor shower before making breakfast. An outdoor fire pit is the perfect place to soak in the stars, or head out to do some hiking.
Vibe: Sporty Cottage
With a homey blend of modern, antique and rustic vibes, this little A-Frame is good for two. Relax in the large soaking tub, eat out on the deck, or underneath the pergola, or start up a fire in the woodstove and outdoor fire pit. Close to the Delaware Water Gap, there’s plenty of nature to explore in the area as well.
Vibe: Antique Charm
With a unique blend of antiques, this home is formal but serene, sitting on the edge of wetlands that meet the Delaware River. Soak in Master bedroom tub, or hang out on the large backyard deck. The house is right in town too, so you can leave your newfound oasis for a quick trip to the shops.