You’ve heard that things are always bigger in Texas. Well, the cabin experiences are no exception—the state boasts solar homes in the middle of the desert, wineries in the Texas Hill Country, tricked-out treehouses in the woods, and so much more. It might surprise some out of town folks how much nature (and diversity in landscape) Texas has to offer, and we're convinced that a cabin vacation rental is the best way to explore the Lone Star State, whether you're booking a family vacation, weekend getaway, or just an overnight stop on a cross-country road trip.
The Texas landscape that most people who have never been probably have in their heads is that of the far west, and Big Bend National Park. This national park follows the Texas-Mexico border along the Rio Grande River and includes vast open desert, tumbleweeds, and, yes, cowboys, but also the verdant Chisos Mountains. Big Bend has enough archaeological history packed into its layers to make even the casual geologist amongst us giddy.
If desert exploration and dino hunting isn’t your thing, you can take a trip a little further inland to the Texas Hill Country, a region surrounding Austin and San Antonio. Known for its wineries and swimming holes, this area is beautiful all year round. If you visit during spring, though, the entire landscape is transformed into vast fields of bluebonnets, Texas' state flower, and you won’t want to miss Enchanted Rock—a pink granite mountain located just outside of Austin. You can hike (or climb) throughout the region, but be advised to travel with ample water during the summer months.
The further east you go, the more green Texas gets. Once you pass Hill Country you get into the coniferous forest aptly named Land of the Pines. Here you can escape the heat (trade it for humidity) and discover vast beautiful woods. Relax next to the many lakes that are in this region, or hike on nature trails through the loblolly pines. Regardless of which biome suits you, these cabins allow nature to meet modern luxury all while exploring the Lone Star State.
The 13 Best Texas Cabin Rentals
Vibe: Relaxing Hill Country Retreat
Set on 17 acres outside of Fredericksburg, this Modern A-frame cabin is the perfect place to relax while remaining close to town (and a stand out on our list of America's best A-Frame rentals). Sleeping arrangements consist of a king size bed and an additional loft upstairs. Relax inside in the living room full of natural light, or hang on the deck complete with its own mini-pool and a gas grill onsite.
Vibe: Modern and Sleek
Located in the middle of the Texas desert, this modern solar paneled Airbnb cabin is not one to be missed. It comes decked out with a full cooks kitchen making it a perfect spot for a desert dinner party. Being kind of out there in the middle of nowhere, excellent stargazing is a guarantee on clear nights. In addition, it is 20 minutes away from the Chinati Hot Springs for a more relaxing kind of vacation. For those wanting a bit more adventure, Big Bend National Park is just a short drive away.
Vibe: Cute and Charming
Nestled in the treetops of the Lost Pines Forest, known for its 6,000 acres of loblolly pine trees, The Hobbit’s Nest is the perfect retreat for a cozy—and pet friendly!—getaway. You can have a relaxed weekend wandering the many nature trails in Bastrop State Park or visit the lake and swimming pool. For a longer excursion, rent kayaks and paddle down the six-mile El Camino Real Paddling Trail.
Vibe: Luxury Desert Camping
Tucked away right next to Big Bend National Park, Rafiki Ridge offers a panoramic view of the mountains while providing modern luxuries. And when we say modern luxuries, we mean it: amenities include king size beds, electric car charging, a BBQ grill, and your very own private pool, from which you’ll be able to enjoy unobstructed views of the Chisos Mountains. The retreat makes for the perfect jumping off point for exploring the Big Bend National Park, especially knowing you can come home to an outdoor bathtub and fire pit. Rafiki Ridge tends to book up fast, but Base Camp Terlingua has other cozy cabins to choose from that are equally rustic and luxurious.
Vibe: In the Trees
Surrounded by 50 acres of native live oaks and cedars and seasonal creek-this is the perfect serene hill country getaway. The tents come fully equipped with your basic kitchenette as well as a private deck with outdoor seating and picnic tables where you can enjoy the sounds of nature. For an even more immersive stay, guests can rent the Nest, which is a hybrid between a cabin and a bungalow. Guests can climb from their comfy cabin into a bungalow tucked away in the cedar trees.
Rate: $260/night (min 2 night stay)
Vibe: Disconnect from Technology
Being based in NYC, we were excited to see this tiny home rental company make it down to Texas. Designed for city folks who need an escape to nature, each tiny cabin comes equipped with all the basics, including a lockbox for your phone so that you can fully disconnect. The company has over 300 cabins in 10 different areas nationwide making camping more accessible, and this one is pet friendly with an additional cleaning fee.
Use discount code FIELDMAG for $25 off your Getaway stay.
Vibe: Period Piece
This 1800’s style cabin will really transport you back in time, and the fact that it is located in the historical town of Fredericksburg only adds to that. Luckily the amenities are of this century: Wifi, air conditioning, a TV, and a private hot tub are all present and accounted for. Fredericksburg is also in the heart of wine country and there are several vineyards worth checking out nearby, while Canyon Lake and Guadalupe River State Park make good drive-to excursions. This Cabin is part of a series of four Hadianna Homes at Lost Creek property, each one separated by seven and a half acres of private land to explore.
Vibe: Back to Nature
Perfect for a private romantic getaway, this luxury cabin is tucked away in the woods to the east of Houston in Lumberton, Texas. With a bedroom set among large windows and a private outdoor shower and private hot tub, it makes the perfect place to reconnect with nature and your travel companion. The hanging bed is a funny and maybe great addition to make you feel like you’re swingin in the trees.
Vibe: Bygone Era
Flapper girl cosplay aside, the pet-friendly Moonshiner Cabin is a unique hand-built Hill Country VRBO cabin complete with plenty of modern amenities. Just 45 minutes from Austin, visitors to Wimberley, TX can escape from the hectic pace of city life. Enjoy the sights and sounds of this beautiful area while soaking in the hot tub, or whip up a fancy dinner in the fully stocked kitchen.
Vibe: Step Back in Time
Surrounded by the Chisos Mountains and Big Bend National Park, this renovated mining ruin will really slingshot you back in time. Perfect for more adventurous folks, this is a great jumping off point for exploring the desert landscape (and maybe the ghosts) of west Texas. As an almost glamping-like property, there is no Wifi (a nearby coffee shop has it) and the bathroom is separated from the rest of the house, but there is central air conditioning.
Vibe: Cozy Treehouse
Enjoy the Texas wine country from this elevated base in Fredericksburg. The light-filled Sycamore Treehouse on Honey Tree Farm boasts amazing views in a natural setting, complete with Wifi, AC, a walk-in rain shower and a full kitchen. We understand if you never wander off-property during your stay.
Set in the Texas Hill Country, the homey Salvation Cabin is the perfect place to kick back, relax and maybe do some bird watching. There are a few swimming holes nearby and hiking trails to make you feel like a kid during summer again, and an expansive outdoor deck living space complete with a freestanding fireplace for when you get back.
Vibe: Eclectic Treehouse
Although maybe more of a treehouse than a cabin, this property was too wild not to include on this list. Bauhaus contemporary meets rural rustic with this handcrafted home tucked away in a forested canopy. The massive living room windows provide the perfect outdoor view but you'll want to wander out the door, across the deck and the footbridge to check out the garden, complete with its own pond. You’ll feel secluded in the woods but remain a short drive away from Dallas should you need to fulfill any urban desires.