With everyone getting a little stir crazy these days, you might want to head to a cabin in the woods so your family can enjoy some time in nature. These Northern California cabins are just a short drive from the Bay Area and will take you to some of our favorite spots where you’ll feel totally away from it all. Out list has over a dozen options including Lake Tahoe cabins and cabins near Yosemite and Big Sur. Combat the cabin fever with an Airbnb cabin rental today!
Mid-Century Modern Cabin on Tahoe's West Shore—Homewood, CA
This recently-renovated A-frame is perfect for your next trip to Tahoe. There are three sleeping areas and two bathrooms, plus a massive deck with a hot tub waiting for you to come back from your winter adventures.
Cozy Log Cabin Near Lassen National Park—Shingletown, CA
You'll love this little log cabin in the woods as a winter retreat for your family. It has a wood stove to keep you cozy at night and plenty of woods to explore nearby. Head to Lassen Volcanic National Park if you want some additional hiking options or check out the trails nearby.
Quiet A-Frame Cabin in the Twain Harte Woods—Twain Harte, CA
We totally love this adorable cabin that's only a 30-minute drive from Dodge Ridge Ski Resort. You'll love the kid-friendly amenities like puzzles, board games, toys, a high chair and a Pack and Play. A five-minute drive will get you to the quaint town of Twain Harte and you'll also have access to two private lakes (Upper Crystal Falls and Lower Crystal Falls Lakes).
The Swiss Chalet—Arnold, CA
Located in the mountain town of Arnold, The Swiss Chalet is just a 2.5-hour drive from the Bay Area and the easiest way to check out some snow with the kids. You'll find there's plenty of room to spread out with two master bedrooms and two additional bedrooms with bunk beds. The main room boasts a magnificent cathedral ceiling, a stone hearth with wood burning stove, and lots of cozy seating options. The kitchen is fully equipped and comes with a raclette grill, if you’d like to experience a traditional Alps meal during your stay. Staying here feels like a step back in time, with modern amenities for your enjoyment: powerful furnace, high speed internet, Smart TV, top of the line stereo system. There is a wide selection of board games and a foosball table.
Lucky Bend Lookout—Guerneville, CA
Your kids will feel like woodland creatures—and you’ll feel like a travel-planning wizard—when your family settles into this mid-century modern cabin, tucked into a dense stand of redwoods beside the Russian River in Guerneville. Your family will love the open floorplan and kid-proofed details as well as the pack n' play, highchair, potty chair and more that come ready for you to use. Cook up a tasty dinner in the kitchen to dine al fresco, or book the services of a local chef who can make the meal for you. You'll definitely want to come back and visit when the days are warm so you can take advantage of the property's river access dock for kayaking and canoeing.
Cost: $250/night and up
The Nest at Big Trees—Arnold, CA
A visit to this cabin in Arnold will have your thinking of vacations past in the best sort of way. Right next door to Calaveras Big Trees State Park, a large, wood burning fireplace; a modern and well-supplied kitchen; a comfortable living space for the family to spread out; front and back decks; as well as a chest stocked with games, puzzles and toys.
The Navarro House—Albion, CA
The Navarro House is situated on the Mendocino coast with an unobstructed view where the Navarro River reaches the Pacific Ocean. This extraordinary cabin has been recently updated featuring an expansive deck and access to a hot tub and BBQ/ Fire pit area shared with the guest house. Dogs are welcome!
Yosemite A-Frame Cabin—Groveland, CA
The fresh mountain air welcomes you immediately upon arrival at this gorgeous cabin just 25 minutes from Yosemite's Big Oak Flat entrance. With three bedrooms and two bathrooms, your whole crew will have plenty of space to spread out. Spend the day hiking nearby and enjoy the hot tub at night.
Carmel-by-the-Sea Cabin—Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
If your ideal cabin includes easy access to a nearby beach, this is the spot for you. Just a 10-minute drive will get you to beach from this cute cabin. You'll have a BBQ to grill up some fish after your busy day and plenty of beds to sleep 6.
Cathedral in the Redwoods—Guernville, CA
This is a tranquil escape is located in a quiet grove of Redwood trees, but just 2 miles from the town of Guerneville and minutes away from all that the Russian River has to offer. The cabin has three bedrooms and two bathrooms. In the backyard, there's a grill, firepit, a 6-person hot tub, picnic table and a hammock. There's also a koi pond with 7 koi and 3 goldfish that the kids can feed.
Cabin in the Redwoods—Felton, CA
This cozy little cabin is the perfect Bay Area escape without much of a drive. Located just two miles from downtown Felton, you'll love enjoying your coffee on the deck and cozying up by the fire at night. There's even a mini gym in the basement.
Dog-Friendly Cabin in South Lake Tahoe—South Lake Tahoe, CA
You'll love this log cabin that's perfectly located near the South Lake Tahoe action. It comes with a Pack n' Play and highchair for the kids, plus a private hot tub for relaxing after a busy day. Bring your pup as there's a fenced back yard.
Cascade Cabin—Nevada City, CA
Cascade Cabin is a cozy and comfortable, yet newer, sophisticated log home on one and a half bucolic and manicured acres, just a five minute drive to downtown Nevada City. The house is located directly on the Cascade Canal trail, offering 4.5 miles (one way) of virtually flat hiking through the peaceful forest along a beautiful gold rush-era waterway. Direct access to the canal and trail is literally 15 feet outside the back door. A large sunny lawn in front of the house is ringed by cedars and there is a small separate deck seating area near the canal and fenced vegetable garden.
Point Reyes Creekside Cabin—Point Reyes Station, CA
About an hour from San Francisco, you'll love all the details in this solar-powered home. With nearby access to hiking trails, biking paths and tons of watersports, you'll love coming back home to the quiet solitude that the property offers. Stroll down to the Inverness Park Market and Tap Room at the end of the street and enjoy some of the best food and drink in the area with a very local vibe.
Tahoe Donner Basecamp—Truckee, CA
You will love the hygge vibe at this cozy cabin in the Tahoe Donner community. You'll find tons of spots for everyone to sleep and a fire pit for nights under the stars. The kitchen has everything you'll need to cook for your crew and there's even extra winter clothes if you've forgotten something. The kids will especially love the game room in the basement.
Gold Country Round House with Waterfall—Grass Valley, CA
This brand-new house is going to be your new favorite family destination. It's unique round shape provides views for miles of the five acres property. You'll find a rushing creek, a pond and waterfall, plus a hot tub on the deck. Cook up a meal in the gourmet kitchen and enjoy all the Gold Country beauty.
Arnold House in the Trees—Arnold, CA
This spot would be a great option to bring your whole crew as it comfortably sleeps up to 14 people. The two-story deck will be everyone's favorite and the newly renovated kitchen has everything you need. Nearby attractions include the Stanislaus River, quirky town of Murphys, Bear Valley ski area and Big Trees State Park. There are tons of tubing spots nearby in the winter and the cabin has gear you can borrow.
Editor’s note: Rental prices were accurate at time of posting but they do fluctuate. Check cancelation policies before you book. Photos courtesy of Airbnb.