15 Best Cabin Rentals in California, USA (2022 Edition)


Beautiful Cabin Rental in California, USA
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When it comes to diverse geography, California pretty much takes the cake. From stunning mountain ranges to glistening lakes and sandy shores, there is certainly no shortage of scenic stays in the Golden State. 

Renting a cabin is one of the best ways to explore California’s beautiful scenery and exciting opportunities for outdoor recreation. For that reason, we’ve compiled this list of the best cabin rentals in California, all of which are listed on Airbnb. To ensure that these cabins are truly the best of the best, all of the listings are presided over by superhosts – hosts with a proven track record of providing exceptional hospitality. 

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Wine Country Retreat 

First on our list is a cozy California cabin nestled in the peaceful hillside of Paso Robles wine country. 

Characterized by tin ceilings, exposed beams, and elegant furniture, this former military bunker has been thoughtfully renovated to offer a romantic modern retreat. Ideal for a solo traveler or a couple, the studio space is furnished with one king-size bed, leather armchairs, and a two-person dining table. There is also a full kitchen and a full bathroom, and additional modern amenities include Wi-Fi, TV, and air-conditioning. 

Relax in the scenic outdoor space that offers patio furniture, a firepit, and a grill. The property is shared with the owners’ home, another rental unit, a friendly ranch dog, and a few cats. Guests are also welcome to bring their own pets. Truly a wine lover’s paradise, the cabin is surrounded by stunning rolling hills and several wineries, four of which are just a short walk away. 

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Rustic Cottage in Sonoma

Enjoy a fairytale getaway with this incredible rental cabin in California surrounded by redwoods. 

Thoughtfully decorated to create a Zen atmosphere, this beautifully converted chicken coop sits on two acres of magical gardens in Sonoma county. The interior offers rustic exposed wooden beams and a cozy environment warmed by a woodstove. Furnished with a queen-size bed, the space is ideal for one or two guests and offers a minifridge and a well-stocked coffee bar. A great choice for a true nature lover, the rental offers an outdoor kitchenette, and the bathroom and shower are also located outside of the cabin. 

There is a spacious covered patio great for relaxing or dining and a cozy firepit where you can gaze at the property’s majestic 2,000-year-old redwood tree. The Airbnb is pet-friendly, and guests will also have access to an outdoor hot tub, a private sauna, and a 900-square-foot labyrinth nestled among the trees. When you feel like venturing off the property, there are several restaurants and beaches nearby, and the bustling city of San Francisco is just a short drive away. 

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Redwood Treehouse in the Mountains 

For a one-of-a-kind experience with beautiful natural scenery and easy access to popular attractions, check out this magical handcrafted treehouse. 

The rental boasts a majestic interior with nature-themed décor and live trees growing through the common areas. Two guests can stay in the cabin, which is furnished with an elevated bed, a small sofa, and a two-person dining table. The space is modern and comfortable with a full bathroom and a full kitchen, and additional amenities include a cozy woodstove and a TV. Relax among the trees on the front porch or take a relaxing soak in the private hot tub. No matter how you spend your time in the treehouse, you’re sure to be impressed with this incredible Airbnb. 

Nestled in the stunning Santa Cruz Mountains, this unique California cabin for rent is surrounded by the redwood forest and is located just a short drive away from the Monterey Bay area. Guests can enjoy easy access to world-famous restaurants, golf courses, galleries, and music and entertainment venues. The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is also nearby as are several hiking trails and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. 

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High Mountain View Getaway

With 380 acres of private land, one mile of riverfront shores, and easy access to a famous national park, this fantastic accommodation truly has it all. 

Furnished with a queen-size bed and a two-person dining table, this California cabin offers a studio layout ideal for couples and solo adventurers. The interior is warm and inviting with wood planks throughout and a cozy woodstove in the living space. There is also a full kitchen with stainless-steel appliances and a full bathroom with a walk-in shower. 

Guests can enjoy hiking, swimming, and boating right on the property or go fishing in any of the several ponds. There is a lovely front porch great for enjoying the scenic mountain views, and there are no neighbors visible from the property. The cabin is peaceful and completely private while still conveniently located just 15 minutes away from the entrance to Sequoia National Park. 

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The Enchanted Lookout 

Few rental cabins in California offer the luxurious amenities and stunning views of this impressive vintage lookout. 

With exposed wooden beams, high-end furnishings, and red accents throughout, the interior boasts a tasteful combination of contemporary style and traditional rustic features. When you first enter the home, you’ll be in awe of the gorgeous living room, which is furnished with a brown leather couch, a vintage dining table, and a tree stump coffee table. Feel free to grab a book from the massive library stocked with the classics and cozy up in front of the traditional woodstove. The brand new kitchen offers an impressive selection of appliances with a retro-inspired style, and the full kitchen features an antique porcelain soaking tub. There is one bedroom with a king-size bed and one with a double bed and a washer and dryer, and both rooms offer stunning chandeliers and wall-mounted TVs. 

Outside you’ll find a massive patio with an outdoor dining table, a grill, and a luxurious hot tub. Elevated among the trees, the cabin boasts panoramic views of the surrounding forest and the gorgeous Volcan Mountain. Located in the historic town of Julian, the cabin feels completely secluded but is actually less than two miles away from bustling streets and exciting attractions. 

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River Cabin on a Ranch

This charming home is set on a historic 360-acre cattle ranch near Yosemite National Park and definitely deserves its ranking as one of the best cabin rentals in California. 

Offering warm touches and a ton of character, the unique accommodation has belonged to the host’s family for generations. The interior is bright and beautiful with colorful accents, rustic wood ceilings, and vintage artwork. The cabin’s common areas are cozy and spacious with a large living room, a formal dining area, and a separate full kitchen. Up to six guests can stay in the cabin, which offers three bedrooms with a queen-size bed and two double beds. The screened-in porch overlooking the river is the focal point of the cabin, and although there is a modern full bathroom inside, guests can also enjoy a private outdoor shower. Additional amenities include Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, and an indoor woodstove.

Guests are welcome to explore the massive property in its entirety, which offers cows, horses, and endless hiking opportunities through old mining country. Although there are plenty of rivers, springs, mountains, and canyons on the property itself, Yosemite Park is also just a 25-minute drive away in case you feel like venturing out. 

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Beautiful Cabin With Stunning Views

Located four miles away from the main entrance of Sequoia National Park, this quiet cabin is another great option for a solo traveler or a couple. 

The California cabin rental is surrounded by a gorgeous fenced-in garden that overlooks the Great Western Divide, local wildlife, and the property’s rescue horses. The interior offers a cozy studio space with picturesque windows that provide stunning views of Moro Rock, Eagle Rock, and Alta Peak. There is also a small kitchenette and a full bathroom, and the well-decorated living space is furnished with a king-size bed, a sofa, and a small dining table. Guests can also enjoy a slew of comfortable amenities, including Wi-Fi, TV, central air-conditioning and heat, and complimentary breakfast. 

The cabin shares the property with the host’s main house, where guests have access to a luxurious in-ground pool. Pets are allowed in the cabin, and the property offers a convenient space for feeding and resting horses. 

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Unique Creekside Home

If you’re looking for a unique and sustainable rental surrounded by nature, this cozy solar-powered cabin might be the one for you. 

Handmade from local materials and decorated with work from local artists, this lovely California cabin rental is truly one-of-a-kind. Marvel at the stone accent walls and beautiful stained glass windows as you enter the spacious living room featuring cozy seating and a TV. Another great place to sit and relax is the sunroom, where you’ll find walls of windows and bamboo furniture shipped from Bali. There is also a full kitchen with copper countertops, a full bathroom, and a separate dining area with glass doors that open onto a balcony. 

Up to five guests can stay in the cabin, which offers one bedroom with a queen-size bed, one bedroom with a single bed, and a sofa bed in the living room. The backyard boasts a luxurious private hot tub, and additional modern amenities include Wi-Fi, a dishwasher, and a washer and dryer. 

The cabin is surrounded by a crystal clear creek and a beautiful forest filled with bay, oak, and fir trees. The Golden Gate National Recreation Area is just two miles away, and guests can take a short walk to the Inverness Park Market and the Tap Room down the street. The area is perfect for anyone interested in outdoor recreation and offers easy access to beaches for swimming and surfing as well as parkland for hiking and mountain biking. 

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Romantic Cabin With a Hot Tub 

Next on our list is a handcrafted California cabin that boasts breathtaking scenery, a luxurious interior, and Airbnb Plus status. For those unfamiliar with it, Airbnb Plus is an exclusive distinction reserved for stylish Airbnbs that have been verified by in-person inspection. 

Inside the cabin, classic wood-planked walls and vaulted ceilings meet elegant furnishings and modern amenities. The one-bedroom cabin is furnished with a queen-size bed and offers all of the comforts of home such as high-speed Wi-Fi, a Smart TV, air-conditioning, and a washer and dryer. There is a spacious living area furnished with a sofa bed and a formal dining table, and the room is made warm and cozy by a classic woodstove. The full kitchen is well equipped with appliances and utensils, and the cabin offers a full bathroom with a soaking tub. 

Glass doors in the living room open onto a spacious terrace, which features a luxurious hot tub, outdoor furniture, and a grill. Surrounded by redwoods in Sonoma county, the cabin offers guests the best of both worlds with a peaceful and private retreat just a few miles from Guerneville and the Russian River. Your hosts also provide two bicycles and beach gear, so you can take full advantage of the area’s fantastic outdoor recreation. 

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Modern Cabin in Whispering Pines

For a contemporary cabin that offers a woodsy retreat close to urban amenities, you can’t go wrong with this peaceful getaway in Whispering Pines. 

The one-bedroom California cabin can accommodate two guests with a queen-size bed and one full bathroom with a walk-in shower. The space is sure to keep you comfortable with amenities such as high-quality linens, plush towels, air-conditioning for the summer, and a woodstove for the winter. Guests can also enjoy modern touches, including Wi-Fi and TV, and your host will even provide beach gear in case you decide to visit the nearby pool or hot springs. The home’s interior is cozy and bright with picturesque windows, forest green cabinets, and high wood-planked ceilings. There is also a convenient full kitchen and a spacious living room with a cozy sofa. 

Nestled in the surrounding dogwood trees, the cabin is in a rural neighborhood with a few other homes nearby. Creating a secluded atmosphere is the spacious deck, which faces the forest and offers a luxurious outdoor shower. When you venture off the property, you’ll find that there are several amenities just a short drive away, including hiking trails, golf courses, wineries, restaurants, and grocery stores. 

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Cozy Log Cabin Near Lassen National Park

Situated in a quiet upscale neighborhood, this newly built log cabin comes with three acres of private land filled with towering trees and diverse wildlife. 

The cabin does not offer Wi-Fi, making it a great choice for anyone looking to unplug and relax. For entertainment, your host thoughtfully provides books, board games, and a TV with a great selection of DVDs. The interior offers a rustic design with modern furnishings, and the huge wall of windows provides stunning views of the surrounding nature. There are two full bathrooms and two bedrooms with queen-size beds, the larger of which is lofted above the common areas and features a private balcony. The open-concept living space boasts a full kitchen with granite countertops, stainless-steel appliances, and a breakfast bar as well as a living room with cozy seating, a woodstove, and a formal dining table.

Directly behind the property, you’ll find several hammocks hung among the trees and miles of walking trails to explore. Ideally located, this convenient California cabin rental is also just a short drive away from nearby grocery stores, lakes, and Lassen National Park. 

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Quiet A-Frame Cabin in the Woods

If you’re looking for a lake cabin for rent in California, check out this Twain Harte getaway with access to a private lake. 

The cabin is stunning from the inside out, featuring a classic A-frame design, a forest green exterior, and a rustic yet stylish interior. Gorgeous furnishings and a woodstove make the living room warm and inviting, and there is a large wall filled with sliding glass doors that open onto a deck. Up to six guests can stay in the two-story cabin, which offers two full bathrooms, one bedroom with a king-size bed, one with a queen-size bed, and one with two single beds. There is also a full kitchen and a formal dining table, and additional amenities include Wi-Fi, TV, and a washer and dryer. 

Located in a wooded area of Twain Harte, the cabin offers a tranquil atmosphere close to downtown attractions and Sonora. Upper Crystal Falls Lake can be seen from the cabin’s deck, and guests can take a short drive to the shore for private waterfront access. 

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River Cabin in California, USA
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Rustic Riverfront Cabin

For an unforgettable romantic retreat, rent a cabin in California that offers a luxurious spa and private river access. 

This modern cabin features a cozy and elegant interior with ample space for a solo traveler or a couple. There is one full bathroom and one bedroom with a queen-size bed, and high quality linens and plush towels are included in your stay. Whip up a home-cooked meal in the spacious full kitchen or enjoy the complimentary Wi-Fi and TV from the cozy living room complete with an indoor fireplace. 

The focal point of the cabin is the generous outdoor space, which offers a large deck with a private hot tub, patio furniture, and a firepit overlooking the river. Feel free to go fishing or kayaking with private river access or just relax on the shore and enjoy the view. With Sequoia National Park just five miles away, this Three Rivers getaway truly has it all. 

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Private Cabin in Monte Rio

Another fantastic cabin with a private hot tub is this relaxing retreat surrounded by redwoods. 

The luxurious home is tastefully decorated with charming antiques, and the huge windows and French doors bring breathtaking views and beautiful natural light to the cozy interior. Four guests can stay in the home, which offers one full bathroom, one bedroom with a queen-size bed, and one bedroom with a double bed. For when you feel like staying in, there is a massive living space and a full kitchen with a four-person breakfast bar. Outside you’ll find a wrap-around deck elevated into the trees, giving the entire home a treehouse feel. Follow the path leading into the woods for access to the outdoor shower and the luxurious hot tub, which is perfect for soaking in the daytime as well as stargazing in the evening. 

Located within walking distance of the Russian River, this California cabin is perfect for anyone interested in swimming, kayaking, or canoeing. The charming town of Monte Rio also offers a local market, great dining options, and a historic theater. 

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A-Frame Cabin in California, USA
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Peaceful A-Frame Getaway

Wrapping up our list is a California cabin for rent with beautiful scenery and exciting recreation available year-round. 

The interior offers rustic wood-planked walls, exposed brick accents, and enough space for up to four guests. There is one full bathroom and two bedrooms furnished with a king-size bed and a double bed. Children are welcome in the cabin, and there is also a twin-size pullout couch and a booster seat available upon request. For entertainment, the home is equipped with Wi-Fi and TV, and your host will provide board games and DVDs. The full kitchen is well equipped for serious cooking, and guests can enjoy meals at the dining table, the breakfast bar, or on the spacious deck. 

Located a short drive away from several nearby beaches and three fantastic ski resorts, this cabin offers easy access to a diverse array of outdoor activities. The area is also home to great dining options, and the Lake Tahoe Golf Course is just a mile away. 

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There you have it, the best cabin rentals in the Golden State. Whether you’re looking for riverfront activities, wine tastings, or a simple relaxing retreat, you can’t go wrong renting a cabin in California. 

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