Asheville’s been called a lot of names: Beer City, Bee City, Land of the Sky, Paris of the South, San Fransisco of the East. They all add up to a place that celebrates the natural beauty of its surrounding mountains as well as the culture of the people living there, past and present.
With Smoky Mountain National Park, Pisgah National Forest, and the Appalachian Trail in its backyard, Asheville can serve as both your playground and sanctuary. Let the fresh mountain air seep into your pores through hiking, fly fishing, biking, rock climbing, foraging, paddling, forest bathing, meditation, and more.
A burgeoning destination for lovers of food, art, music, craft beer (and all things outdoors), Asheville has an undeniable charm that will pull you in and replenish your soul. With unparalleled fall foliage, stunning snow-capped peaks in the winter, wildflowers in the spring, and French Broad River summer floats, there’s a reason to visit for every season.
Any one of these 20 cabins make an idyllic basecamp for exploring all that the area has to offer.
Vibe: Norwegian Wood
In a wooded pocket along a calming creek in East Asheville, Modcabins offers three Scandinavian-inspired cabins. Minutes from downtown and even closer to some scenic hiking trails, each pet-friendly pad sits on an acre with its own hot tub, hammock, firepit, s’mores kit, and yard games. This cabin’s mirror twin in the same development boasts an identical aesthetic with different finishes.
Vibe: R&R Ready
You'd never know from the outside that this secluded A-Frame, which sits in a small clearing at the end of a long driveway, has a fully finished interior equipped with all the essentials needed to check out for a weekend or longer. It has a full kitchen and sleeps six with two bedrooms and a pull-out in the living room. At night, have a campfire in the nearby fire pit.
Vibe: Hygge Hideout
Another Scandi stunner, we could spend all day in front of the wood-burning stove on that Instagrammable covered porch. The largest Modcabin was designed for families, featuring a second covered deck with a cozy swing bench, a full kitchen, and twin beds in the loft. Souvenirs with soul: All proceeds from the Modcabins shop go toward fighting homelessness.
Vibe: Bookworm’s Oasis
Situated atop a ridge, this cozy A-Frame provides incredible views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and excellent access to hiking from the nearby Rhododendron Ridge Trail. For longer adventures, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is about an hour away. And if an afternoon indoors is what you're after, the space is stocked with plenty of books to dig into
Vibe: Maker Magic
Practically everything you touch in this tiny-but-doesn’t-feel-tiny home was handcrafted or sourced locally—and you can feel the love. Cozy spaces including a tea loft (featuring local teas), entertainment loft, nest-like sleeping nook, indoor swing, and outdoor tub serve up serenity in a delightfully detailed package. Hop on the Blue Ridge Parkway just eight minutes from here for a scenic ride and some of the area’s most popular vistas and hikes.
Vibe: Fairytale Treetop Sanctuary
With fairytale charm, incredible mountain views, and charming decor, this rustic treehouse is hard to beat. Suspended amongst white oaks, this home's picturesque views are year-round thanks to multiple decks and picture windows.
Note: This property books up quickly—the calendar for 2022 has been released.
Vibe: Stay ‘n’ Sway
Off-grid and off-ground, this Seussian structure will speak to your inner child, while comforts like a fireplace and queen-size bed will speak to your outer adult. Perched on a 40-acre wilderness wildlife preserve, it’s a wondrous place to disconnect from the digital world. Animal lovers keep your cameras handy for chance sightings of bears, bobcats, foxes, deer, turkey, hawks, falcons, grouse, and owls.
Vibe: A Conscious, Vintage Traveler
This twenty-seven-foot converted 1974 Airstream is permanently parked amongst a garden of rhododendron within the Blue Ridge Mountains. Enjoy the sound of the trickling creek nearby from the trailer's tastefully vintage interior, or from its attached deck. Or, if you’re looking for a little more action, this rental is only 15 minutes away from Asheville's dining and nightlife. It's pet-friendly too, so bring Fido along for the trip.
Vibe: Mad Men Minimalism
Many claim this is the best AirBnB they’ve ever stayed in… will you agree? Pastoral and mountain views abound from every room including the double walk-in shower. We just want to crank open those walls, kick back in an Eames chair with a bourbon and a good book, and let the world fall away. Asheville and its adorable small town neighbor Black Mountain are just 10 minutes away.
Vibe: Small but Mighty Cabin
With an open layout, large windows, and sloped ceilings, this brand-new tiny house has big-home feelings. The cabin sits in privacy on 5.6 acres of land and offers access to plenty of outdoor activities like hiking and biking in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and downtown Asheville is only 15 minutes away.
Vibe: Retro Farmhouse
Don’t be fooled by the log exterior...this updated cabin checks all the right boxes. It’s in Asheville, yet has enough privacy to make you feel away from it all. The bright interior gives way to comfy (but not stuffy) furnishings with whimsical, nostalgic touches like the red Galanz fridge. After gallery hopping or brewery hopping, your crew can relive the day’s adventures around the firepit, gazing out over the mountains.
Vibe: A Tiny House for Two
This brand new tiny house was carefully crafted for those looking to have close access to Asheville, which is four minutes away, from their own private, tree-filled space. With an open concept, intentional details, and a forest in your backyard, this quiet getaway is ideal for a couple, or as an artist retreat. The back porch overlooks a small ravine, making it the perfect spot to relax and enjoy a can of Asheville’s finest craft beer.
Vibe: Boho Industrial
This semi-off-grid cabin sitting on a 125-acres combines modern comforts like electricity, heat and a/c, with rustic unplugged charm (read: an outdoor solar shower and outhouse). Pull up the garage door, pull down the bug screen, play some records, and let the fresh mountain air do the rest. The property has its own hiking trail, or take a short drive for 360-degree views atop Mount Pisgah.
Vibe: Babbling Brookside
Recently renovated, this classic A-Frame log cabin supplies modern comforts from its secluded perch in the woods. It's an ideal base from which to enjoy wandering wildlife, dazzling stargazing, or a trip down to the creek for those fly fishing enthusiasts. When the day is done, take a dip in the hot tub or light up a campfire in the fire pit.
Vibe: Uplugged Opulence
Designed with couples in mind, this luxury glamping dome offers a unique setting to connect with nature and each other. You’re literally in your own bubble with all of the amenities and comforts of a boutique hotel. With no TV or Wi-Fi, the only thing to binge-watch is the view from your own private hot tub and firepit. Take tranquility to another level on the swing couch by the creek.
Vibe: Luxury In the Woods
Calling this home a cabin understates all its modern comforts. It was recently renovated with a brand new deck and lower-level addition that opens out to the Swannanoa River, which is literally steps away and stocked with trout. With Asheville and the Blue Ridge Parkway minutes away there's plenty to do, though the home has pool, darts, shuffleboard, and more to keep you entertained during a day indoors.
Vibe: Off-Grid Overlook
One of the most desirable aspects of cabins in and around Asheville is the privacy of escaping to the mountainsides. This off-grid, handbuilt, tiny home is no exception. Tucked in amongst the trees, this incredible home has remarkable natural light, and a porch for you to take in the crisp mountain air. This cabin also features a new fire pit, and a glass garage door facing a panoramic view of the mountains.
Vibe: Skier's Haven
Take away its modern kitchen update and this is about as traditional as a log cabin gets. With outdoor seating, a grill, and a stone fireplace, it's an ideal place to come back to and unwind after a full day of exploration. Wolf Ridge Ski Resort is only 30 minutes away, making it an ideal base for winter visits too.
Vibe: Modern and Minimal
This small yet sleek home sits on a compound with two other cabins but has access to 22 forested acres for plenty of solo exploration. Its interior is outfitted with modern fixings, including a small kitchen and a wood stove, while outside are raised bed gardens and a chicken coop built in matching style, and you can count herbs, veggies, and fresh eggs among its included amenities.
Vibe: A Scandinavian Dream
This brand new Scandinavian-inspired cabin is conveniently located where you can take your pick from hiking, biking, or exploring Asheville's food and drink scene. Inside, you'll find a full kitchen and a comfortable space to lounge and get your hygge on.