*As each state and county across America continues to approach re-opening differently, be mindful that traveling right now increases your risk and the risk of those around you. So, please, use your noggin and observe local COVID-19 restrictions, stock up on supplies and fuel close to home, wash your hands, WEAR A MASK, and practice social distancing with locals. Your safest bet: bookmark this article for 2021.
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 or lakefront vacation home, 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: Ranch House in the Sky with Cacti
If you were looking for a desert-ranch inspired treehouse somewhere in Pennsylvania, this is it—stop, 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 picture yourself in 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: 60's Chalet
With an inviting wooden interior and colorful accents, this woodland cabin is great for a small group or family. Take the cabin’s canoe out for a spin on Arrowhead Lake or take advantage of the community basketball and tennis courts. Austin T. Blakeslee Natural Area is nearby to explore or spend your stay at the cabin soaking in the cheery vibe.
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: Boho Hunting Lodge
This boho-inspired, wood-paneled cabin is a great spot for the adventurous homebody. Curl up in the living room and watch some nature happen through the large front windows or survey your domain from the loft reading nook. The house and kitchen comes well stocked with board games and supplies for indoor adventures, but if you are going out, plenty of restaurants are nearby as well as Cambelback Resort, and the usual hiking and outdoor activities the Poconos have to offer.
Vibe: Shaker Chic
Serving up 1800s, candlelit vibes, this house is furnished throughout with antique pieces and rustic wood accents. Off the beaten path, cozy up with a book in the loft and sunroom, or birdwatch from the porch and deck. Community amenities offer up a swimming pool and skiing, but if you’d rather do your own thing, drive the short distance to the quaint town of Stroudsburg.
Vibe: Rustic Modern
Somewhere at the intersection of modern, rustic, and fun design, spend a fall weekend cozied up with some friends, your boo or your doggie in this cozy pet-friendly cabin. A jacuzzi out back is a fine place to rest after a day of exploring the Pocono region—or if it’s too chilly, fire up the main room projector for some movie-watching and vegg out.
Vibe: Eclectic Chalet
Spend your whole stay inside this A-Frame enjoying all its fun architectural features. From a net bed, to the lofted walkway to get to said net bed, to the spiral staircase, to the fireplace—its all happening. This Pocono cabin is also close to a variety of classic attractions like Camelback Mountain, Jack Frost Big Boulder, Lake Harmony, Pocono Raceway and a variety of whitewater rafting centers. It's pet-friendly too—making this a perfect spot to take the entire fam. Relax in the backyard hot-tub after a long day of the outdoor activity of your choosing. You deserve it.
Vibe: Humble Abode
Tucked away in a hemlock forest near the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area is this down-to-earth, homey cabin. With colorful exterior trimming and a plain, although cozy, interior, this cabin is perfect for reconnecting with nature. Roast some weenies in the fire-pit area out front, drive to nearby Bushkill Falls, ski at Shawnee Mountain in the winter or explore the many quaint towns along the Delaware in both Pennslyvania and New Jersey, full of antique shops, bakeries, dining, and more.
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: Down on the Farm
For the solo traveler or couple looking for a true Pennsylvania experience, there’s this tiny house in the middle of a farm. Built and decorated by the owners, the quaint listing delivers a real homey experience. With fields to walk around, a lake to float on, a central fire pit, and barnyard animals to visit-goats! chickens!-the farm itself offers up plenty to do. A bit On and a bit Off grid, this place is a good option if you’re looking for a rustic experience and don’t want to break the bank.