Many people plan a getaway to the mountains during the winter for snow sport adventures, dreaming of sipping hot chocolate by a roaring fireplace after a long day on the slopes, but some of the most enjoyable activities can be found in the mountains during the summer months. From hiking along the Appalachian Trail to festivals and concert series in the Blue Ridge Mountains, you’ll discover that the scenery of Virginia’s mountains is even more unbelievable in the summer. Book one of these beautiful cabins for a summer vacation that will make you fall in love with the mountains of Virginia.
Shadow Mountain Escape—Luray
The timber frame cabins at Shadow Mountain Escape provide a romantic retreat for couples looking to explore Shenandoah National Park, Luray Caverns, or the Blue Ridge Whisky Wine Loop, all within a short drive of the cabins. Choose from four unique cabins, each with patios that look out on stunning views of the surrounding landscape and comfortable accommodations for two people (additional guests must be approved prior to booking). In addition to scenic views, you’ll often catch wildlife roaming the pristine property at Shadow Mountain Escape during the summer months, including deer, turkey, a wide array of birds, and even the occasional fox or black bear.
Rates: From $175/night
Fariss Farms Cabins—Allisonia
Located in the famed Blue Ridge Mountains, Fariss Farms Cabins offer so much more than just a place to stay. The cabins are a tranquil retreat on a renovated farm and vineyard, and the Iron Heart Winery tasting room opens May 7, 2017, just in time for a wine getaway into Virginia’s mountains. The property has four cabins, so whether you are planning a cozy trip for two or looking for a place to hold a family reunion for 30 people, Fariss Farms has everything you need. The rentals are close to the Blue Ridge Parkway, the New River, Claytor Lake, and Foster Falls, making it a prime spot for those interested in exploring the great outdoors in Virginia’s mountains, and you can even bring along dogs to stay at these gorgeous mountain cabins.
Rates: From $140/night
Old Rag Mountain Lodge—Syria
Only 90 miles southwest of Washington DC., the Old Rag Mountain Lodge property overlooks hundreds of acres of apple orchards and mountains. Like the name suggests, Old Rag is just up the road, giving you easy access to one of Virginia’s most well-known hikes. Start and end your days on the wrap-around porch, furnished with rocking chairs and a hammock. Beautiful gardens and landscaping encircle the wood paneled home, a three bedroom, two bathroom that sleeps up to eight people.
Rates: From $350/night, minimum of two nights
Lily Ridge Cabin—Whitetop
The Lily Ridge Cabin is a quiet secluded rental that sits on 50 acres just up the road from outdoor gems like the Virginia Creeper Trail, the New River, Whitetop Station, and Grayson Highlands State Park. The property showcases almost 360 degrees of breathtaking mountain views from the cabin’s three porches. Up to twelve people can fit in this four bedroom, two bath retreat, making it ideal for a group getaway, and pets are welcome at the Lily Ridge Cabin.
Rates: From $195/night
Winding Ridge Lodge—Hot Springs
Winding Ridge Lodge is a mountain rental property on 175 acres, with scenic vista views in every direction without another house in sight. Only four miles from the Homestead Resort, you can take advantage of all the amenities of the resort while staying at the cabin, including the golf course, tennis courts, spa, swimming pools, exercise room, and trails for horseback riding and hiking. The sprawling 2,700 square foot cabin has three bedrooms and three bathrooms, accommodating up to nine people.
Rates: $750 for two nights, additional night $250
Rebels Roost is a two bedroom, two bathroom cabin that sleeps four, with a covered front porch and back deck that looks out onto the mountains. If you’re into fishing, the Smith River and Philpott Lake are both close by, and you can find plenty more outdoor activities at Fairy Stone State Park. The cabin is just a few miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway’s most visited spot, Mabry Mill, and Floyd Country Store, where you can catch live Appalachian music on the weekends.
Rates: From $125/night
Indian Creek Cabins—Willis
Indian Creek Cabins sit on 80 acres of land perched 2,700 feet above the surrounding area, giving you a quiet mountain retreat complete with scenic views. The two pet-friendly cabins, Cougar Ridge Cottage and Bobcat Bungalow, each sleep four people, and the properties are encircled by hiking and horse trails that let you explore the landscape without leaving the property. While you can enjoy the seclusion of the Indian Creek Cabins, you need only drive less than 30 minutes to reach popular outdoor destinations like the Blue Ridge Parkway, the New River, or Rocky Knob Recreation Area.
Rates: From $150/night
The Cabin at Magic Tree Sanctuary—Meadows of Dan
Stay at Magic Tree Sanctuary’s cabin rental for a private nature retreat surrounded by 53 acres of Rhododendron-filled woods, bubbling creeks, spring-fed ponds, and rolling pastures. The property has several walking trails on-site, and the owners offer guided programs in meditation, yoga, art, and more. The rental sleeps four and is just off the Blue Ridge Parkway near attractions like Fairy Stone State Park, Primland Resort, and Chateau Morrisette Winery. Small pets are considered on a case-by-case basis for a $25 per pet fee.
Rates: From $175/night, two night minimum stay
Just a few minutes from the James River, Terrapin Cabin is a log-style lodge with a wrap-around porch, beautiful blooming gardens, and sweeping views of Terrapin Mountains. The rental is in the Jefferson National Forest, right off the Blue Ridge Parkway, and sleeps six people.
Rates: From $150/night and $750/week, 2 night minimum
Shenandoah Mountain Chalet—Elkton
The Shenandoah Mountain Chalet accommodates up to four adults and two kids, providing the perfect family retreat in the Blue Ridge Mountains that is near both Skyline Drive and Shenandoah National Park. Experience the mountain views from the two decks attached to the rental. The Great Room inside the cabin has a modern, Swiss-style fireplace that adds a décor element when not needed during the summer months. Sore after a long day of hiking? End the day in the electric massage chair at the cabin, where your soreness and fatigue will slowly melt away.
Rates: From $338/three nights
Journey Cabin on Clinch River Farms—Pounding Mill
The Journey Cabin on Clinch River Farms is totally off the grid and almost completely self-sustainable, with no public utilities running to the rental. Instead, the cabin utilizes solar electricity and a rainwater collection system for its utilities, along with a gas stove for cooking. The rental’s top porch overlooks the Clinch River, making it a great cabin for those interested in fishing or other water sports, and the lower porch has a hot tub where you can relax after a day on the river. A private bedroom sleeps two and up to nine people can fit in the loft area of the cabin.
Rates: From $100/night
Cair Paravel Farm’s Tumnus House—Stanardsville
Photography Credit: Mia Artz
Cair Paravel Farm’s Tumnus House isn’t just a rental property, it is a complete Appalachian vacation experience. Guests share the grounds with some very cute residents, including goats and chickens, and the woods surrounding the cabin invite guests to wander through Virginia’s mountain country. Lie back and enjoy the peace and quiet in the hammock on the screened-in porch or experience a soothing bath in the seasonal salt water pool or year round hot tub. Cair Paravel Farm encompasses 58 acres of open rolling pastures and shady woods, with several walking trails on the property and Shenandoah National Park’s back country just a ten minute hike away. The Tumnus House rental sleeps up to eight people, with two bedrooms and two bathrooms.
Rates: From $185/night
Cardinal Springs Guest House and Farm—Sperryville
In the Blue Ridge Mountains, Cardinal Springs Guest House and Farm is a veritable paradise for nature lovers, with 130 acres of forest, pastures, gardens, ponds, and mountains on the property. Guests swim, canoe, and fish in the fully stocked 3-acre pond and hike in Shenandoah National Park, just a few minutes away from the cabin. Make reservations for a world-class meal at the nearby Inn at Little Washington to sample some of the finest fare in Virginia. This pet-friendly cabin is a two bedroom, two bathroom rental and sleeps up to seven people in the 1,800 square foot space.
Rates: From $330/night, minimum 2 nights
Book one of these beautiful cabins and explore Virginia’s epic mountains this summer. Find more cabin rentals for a memorable Virginia getaway here.