Sure, you can stay in a hotel while traveling -- there might even be free Wi-Fi and a continental breakfast. But to unplug from the digital grind, reconnect with family, a partner, friends, kids, yourself, or the natural world, there is no substitute for a cozy, old-world cabin. No matter where you are in the country, there's a cabin ranging from bare-bones shelter to luxurious lodges, and often for less than the price of a room in a motel. (And don't panic: Many of these rustic retreats also come with high-speed Internet.)
ALABAMA: CRANE HILL
ARKANSAS: LAKE DARDANELLE
COLORADO: BEULAH VALLEY
A stay at the "lovely" and "quaint" Windy Top Cabin means traveling back in time. The 1930s cottage, built of stone by a businessman for the servants who vacationed with him, has an English country house feel aided by the lack of TV (though there's Wi-Fi) and a library of old books and magazines. Views around the cabin are stunning.
Located 40 feet from Bethea Lake, this log cabin is peaceful, relaxing -- and crowded. You won't see many people, but deer, wild turkeys, raccoons, ducks, waterfowl are all regular visitors to the lake. (Alligators stop by too.) "Nature at its best," raved one reviewer.
GEORGIA: BLUE RIDGE
IDAHO: COEUR D'ALENE
MINNESOTA: SOUTH HAVEN
NEVADA: SOUTH LAKE TAHOE
The hand-crafted copper front door of this knotty pine cabin, built in the traditional Tahoe style, signals there will be special touches in this comfortable cabin, including its hot tub and massive leather couches. A well-stocked galley-style kitchen and breakfast bar complement the cabin's creature comforts, and nap-inducing Adirondack chairs will keep visitors comfortable on the front porch.