Go ahead and let everyone else think it rains all the time in the Pacific Northwest. It does rain there, but that’s what rain jackets are for. Besides, you’re going to hang out in a cozy cabin—that’s almost more fun if it’s miserable outside. But the truth is, when the sun comes out in Washington—Washington State, that is—the landscape shimmers and you realize: This might be the most gorgeous place on Earth. (It's also worth mentioning east of the Cascades is a high desert with plenty of year round sunshine.)
From the jagged peaks of the North Cascades to the picturesque San Juan Islands, not to mention Olympic National Park and Mount Rainier National Park, Washington is an adventure-lover’s dream. You can hike, ski, and surf here, then collect oysters from the beach and enjoy them around a campfire. The cabin scene is strong in this state, from snowy A-frames in ski towns like Leavenworth and Glacier to coastal cottages on islands you can only reach by ferry.
Here, we’ve rounded up 17 of our favorite Washington cabin rentals to retreat to, no matter what the weather is doing.
17 Best Vacation Cabin Rentals in Washington
Vibe: City Staycation
You may be right in the city, just north of downtown Seattle, but you wouldn’t know it from this carefully decorated four-bedroom A-frame cabin a block from Matthew’s Beach on Lake Washington. Your kids (or adult Lego fans) will appreciate the Lego-themed kitchen, complete with a scavenger hunt activity for willing participants. Everyone will enjoy the backyard outdoor space, set in a quiet forested lot.
Vibe: Hansel and Gretel
Post up at this four-bedroom woodsy Airbnb if you’re going skiing at world famous Mt. Baker Ski Area (home to the World Record of snowfall during a single winter season set in 1998-99 with 95 feet of snowfall!!) right up the road, or just looking for a quiet weekend getaway. The cabin is in the sleepy town of Glacier, a 45-minute drive east of Bellingham, and a short walk to the locals’ favorite pizza and après-ski spot, Chair 9. A quirky spiral wood block staircase brings you to the second-floor bedrooms, and a mighty Douglas fir tree shoots up through the center of the front deck. Out back, there's a private hot tub.
Vibe: Sunday Morning Waffles
You like the idea of cabin life—wood-burning fireplace, trees everywhere, cozy bedding—but you also appreciate perks like high-speed internet, a good coffee maker, and easy access to world famous mountain biking, hiking, and skiing/snowboarding. We get that. This three-bedroom, three-story Bellingham cabin with mountain views and nearby Lake Whatcom in the foreground has the best of both worlds, with modern furnishings including a full kitchen (there's also a propane grill on the deck) but a sleep-in-till-brunch kind of feel.
Vibe: A Recluse’s Dream
It’s a short ferry ride from Seattle across the Puget Sound to Vashon Island, but it feels worlds away. This tiny, rustic, no-frills log cabin makes for a brilliant hiding spot. (And you can bring your furry friend—dogs are allowed here.) Set on 10 private acres of classic PNW forest, you’ll park below and cart your things into the cabin. There, you’ll find a wood stove, a basic but well-stocked kitchen, and an outdoor fire pit. A separate bathhouse houses a clawfoot tub and composting toilet.
Vibe: Backcountry Hut
The nine solar-powered, off-grid backcountry cabins that make up Alpine Lakes High Camp aren’t exactly easy to get to. Located eight miles up a private road in the Cascade range’s Alpine Lakes Wilderness, you can’t drive your own car in, but the lodge provides shuttles in and out for guests. Once you’re there, you won’t want to leave. Mountain biking and hiking in the summer or backcountry skiing in the winter are right out the door. BYO sleeping bag and food, and don’t miss the wood-fired sauna.
Rate: From $235/night
Vibe: A Place to Unplug
Getaway builds tiny-home cabin retreats not far from major cities. Their first PNW outpost was in southern Washington, two hours from Portland, Oregon. This second Northwest location, on 36 acres in the Skagit Valley, an hour and a half from Seattle, opened in late 2021. You’ll check into one of 36 tiny homes and put your phone in a lockbox (there’s a landline for emergencies). There is intentionally no WiFi here. Should you want to explore, North Cascades National Park is an hour's long road trip away.
(Use discount code FIELDMAG for $25 off any booking)
Rate: From $129/night
Vibe: Scandinavian Meets Northwest
This historic Whidbey Island inn, which dates back to the early 1900s, underwent a major overhaul when it was purchased in 2018 by brothers Mike and Matt French, the hoteliers behind California’s high-desert charmer, the Pioneertown Motel. Captain Whidbey has lodge rooms plus four waterfront cabins overlooking Penn Cove set on six acres near the town of Coupeville, a two-hour drive (plus ferry ride) from Seattle. Cabin design came with collaborations with iconic PNW brands like Filson, Glasswing, and We the Nomads.
Rate: From $365/night
Vibe: Architect-Approved Glamping
Designed by one of our favorite Seattle architecture firms, Olson Kundig Architects, these 200-square-foot steel-and-wood luxury cabins in Washington’s stunning Methow Valley are elevated off the ground, on wheels, to tread lightly on the meadowy grasslands below. Six side-by-side huts face the mountains, with bathrooms and showers located in a nearby communal barn. Bring your own sleeping bag or blankets. Lake Chelan is a short drive away, and local outfitters can provide all you need to know about mountain biking, skiing, rafting, kayaking, horseback riding, fishing, and more. It's not quite wine country, but Lost River Winery is also nearby.
Vibe: Woodsy Mid Century
On your way from Seattle to Stevens Pass, you’ll drive the scenic Highway 2 right through the town of Skykomish. It’s a worthy place to stop and spend a few days, and it’s just 16 miles shy of Stevens Pass ski area. This two-bedroom midcentury vacation home has all the trappings for a quiet weekend in: board games, fireplace, French press. If you don't want to stay in, you can always go out hiking in search of waterfalls.
Vibe: Backyard Bliss
If you were that kid who always wanted a backyard treehouse, you finally get to fulfill those wishes at Treehouse Point, a retreat center about 30 minutes east of Seattle. The property’s seven elevated treehouses are nestled into an old-growth spruce forest. There’s a two-night minimum for lodging, and a home-cooked breakfast comes included and is served in the main lodge.
Rate: From $375/night
Vibe: Hot Cocoa for Days
You can leave the skyscrapers of downtown Seattle and less than an hour later, be at this homey four-bedroom chalet in the mountains. That convenience is the real beauty behind Snoqualmie Pass, the snow-covered mountain pass on Interstate 90, just east of Seattle, that’s home to four neighboring ski areas and summertime hiking and biking. Home base is this four-bedroom slopeside house, on the second floor of a duplex, with plenty of stay-here-now touches (think: wood stove, private sauna, reindeer pillows). If you feel like it, you can hike a short of the Pacific Crest Trail, which meanders through the area on its way up to Canada.
Vibe: Captain’s Quarters
Sure, it’s a different kind of cabin (sorry, couldn’t help ourselves), but if you’ve dreamed of living on a boat, here’s your chance to try it for a night or two without having to actually, you know, operate a ship on the open seas. This historic 75-foot tugboat, built in 1927 and lovingly restored by its owners, is moored on Salmon Bay, minutes from downtown Seattle, in between the Ballard Locks and the Fisherman’s Terminal. It’s a bit of an industrial zone, so consider yourself warned there, but it's about as close to beachfront as you can get in Seattle, and you’re minutes from Ballard’s hip restaurants and shops. As for the boat itself, it sleeps two and has plenty of outdoor living space.
Vibe: Grandpa’s A-Frame
Just 20 minutes from Mt. Rainier National Park, this quintessential A-frame has all the charm of a woodsy getaway but with a few modern amenities (like WiFi that’s fast enough for Zoom calls). This is the kind of place where vintage Life magazines live on the coffee table and music streams from old-school speakers. Spend your days hiking the trails out the door, and by evening, take a load off in the cedar hot tub while listening to the tumbling sounds of Coal Creek. Bonus: Pets are allowed at no extra cost. If Little Owl is booked, check out the additional vacation rentals by the same owner, Chateau Marmot and the Pine Marten Cabin (with two more on the way!), which are located in the same region.
Rate: From $289/night
Vibe: Modern Treehouse
Elevated above the ground, this sleek, high-end A-frame almost looks like it’s floating in the evergreen forest it's set in. Some A-frames feel dark inside, but not this one, thanks to generously sized skylights and windows that let the sun pour in. Located 30 minutes from Stevens Pass ski area along Highway 2, this riverfront cabin is perfectly situated for exploring the western slope of the Cascades. Self check-in is available, and a tiny two-person hot tub awaits you on the ground level. Proceeds from this Airbnb booking benefit local non-profit organizations, including the Sierra Club, Washington Trails Association, and the Tulalip Foundation, which supports programs of the Tulalip Tribes. We also included this cabin as one of our favorite treehouse rentals in Washington.
Vibe: In it for the Views
Designed by two Portland residents with backgrounds in home building and design, this elevated two-bedroom home—20 feet off the ground in a stand of Douglas firs—is near the town of White Salmon, just over the Columbia River from the kitesurfing mecca of Hood River, Oregon. It’s just 500 square feet, but it feels larger thanks to views of Mount Adams through the massive windows. Love this house? We do, too. Which is why we had to learn even more about it.
Vibe: Hygge Haven
A fishing cabin from the 1970s has been thoughtfully restored as your new favorite weekend retreat, complete with an interior hammock, a record player, a stainless steel French press for morning coffee, and a crackling wood stove. It’s a short drive (less than an hour) north of Seattle to reach the town of Granite Falls, which is sandwiched between two rivers and surrounded by hiking trails. Two additional cabins nearby—of similar taste and style—are rented out by the same property owners, who are designers from Glasswing.
Vibe: Spa Day
As the only property on this list that sort of qualifies as Eastern Washington, Sagecliffe Resort, set along the Columbia River Gorge, offers guests everything from a heated yurt to a room with a cave-like entrance. But we particularly like the Sagecliff Ridge condos, a collection of modern-looking, glassy cabins that overlook the Columbia River and have floor-to-ceiling windows. There’s a pool, restaurant, and spa on site, if, you know, you’re into things like wood-fired pizza or hot-stone massages right out the door.