Cabins in New York are perfect for both romantic getaways and large groups. Depending on where you stay, you’ll enjoy breathtaking mountain views, dreamy days on some of the best lakes in New York, and simple evenings in your cozy living room.
If you would rather rejuvenate in a different kind of venue, other tempting getaways might include stays in spa resorts in upstate NY, hotels, and even tiny houses. Each one of these stays offers its own unique amenities and features, each tailored to make your trip the best it can be.
Just a short drive from NYC, consider these 24 best upstate NY Cabin rentals for your next vacation.
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I. Western New York – Best Cabin Rentals
1. Luxury Chalet with Sauna & Fire Pit ★
If rustic isn’t your thing, consider one of the more luxurious cabins in Upstate New York – like this one near Ellicottville, NY. The Apres Chalet is really stunning, offering beautiful accommodations over 3000 square feet of living space.
There are six bedrooms and four bathrooms, all for less than $1000 a night. One of the building’s most stunning features is the wall of large windows overlooking the surrounding mountains.
Other spectacular features include a hot tub and robes, new linens and towels, and a mudroom. The mudroom makes this a great base camp for your ski getaway in Holiday Valley.
Don’t forget the outdoor sauna, either. This unique structure is next to the hot tub, just steps from the building on the delightful patio. It’s large enough for about 4 adults to relax their muscles after a long day on the slopes.
2. Ellicottville Log Cabin on a Private Pond
One of the best cabin rentals upstate NY, this rustic cabin is home to 100 acres of land, next to a small pond. The cabin has a perfect little porch that offers a relaxing view of this pond, where bass fishing is easy.
Imagine enjoying your coffee on this sweet porch while watching the wildlife, and later enjoying a meal that was never further than your doorstep. If your private 100 acres aren’t enough, explore the 2200 acres of state forest just next door.
Inside this cozy cabin, you’ll find beautiful amenities, a fully equipped country kitchen, and a private shower. The bedroom is hidden in a loft, nestled atop a spiral staircase. This vacation rental is the perfect spot for a romantic getaway or a trip for a small family.
II. Central Upstate New York – Beautiful Cabins
3. Log Cabin on Lake Ontario
Do you want to have a vacation on one of the Great Lakes? Choose to stay at this log cabin on Lake Ontario. They offer a fully equipped kitchen, recently updated bathroom, towels, and linens. A comfortable back porch overlooks the lake and has lawn chairs, a fire pit, and a grill.
Your hosts have also provided outdoor games, like corn-hole, and indoor games like giant Jenga. The cabin hosts six guests, but an outdoor picnic table will seat up to twice as many guests. Finally, the best part about this log cabin is the sunsets, which will fall beneath the waves of this large lake every evening.
4. Camp Garoga Lodge With Jacuzzi (Caroga Lake) ★
This Adirondack Mountain property is perfect for a friend’s getaway or a small family trip. It’s small- with only 600 square feet between two bedrooms, a bathroom, kitchen, living room, and dining area. It is also connected to another property.
But, these are minor downsides to otherwise amazing upstate NY cabin rentals. This property also has a jacuzzi within a screened-in porch, spiral metal staircase to a lofted bedroom, outdoor fire pit, and gas grill.
The biggest attraction nearby? There are dozens of acres of hiking and snowshoeing trails right off of the property. This is one of the dreamiest cabin rentals in Upstate New York!
5. Tug Hill Cabin Near Salmon River
This is one of the best lakefront cabin rentals upstate NY for extreme sports. Tug Hill Cabin near Salmon River in Oswego County has a snowmobile and ATV trail directly out its front door. This is perfect because the area gets an average snowfall of about 300 inches each year.
Besides snowmobiling, guests can get the most out of the area by snowshoeing, skiing, fishing, boating, hunting, and more.
As if the outdoors weren’t enough, the interior of this cabin is also wonderful. Four bedrooms and two full bathrooms welcome up to nine guests. Covered in light wood and furnished with new sofas and chairs, you and your guests will be cozy here.
III. The Finger Lakes – Best Cabins in New York
As many of our readers know, we absolutely ADORE the Finger Lakes region. Check out our guide to the best things to do in the Finger Lakes for the full rundown on why this region is well worth a visit.
6. Traditional Cabin near Seneca Lake by Watkins Glen ★
If you’re hoping to stay just a short distance from Seneca Lake and Watkins Glen, this adorable cabin will send you back in time. The special thing about this cabin is its unique porch which wraps around most of the cabin. Keep in mind, this cabin also has an outdoor shower, so you may want to visit in warmer months.
From its walls to exposed wood beam ceilings, and wood fireplace settled in stone, you’ll love this lake house upstate NY.
7. Log Cabin on Keuka Lake
Of all lakefront cabin rental upstate NY, this log cabin is one of the best. It sleeps up to eight adults, who will love exploring both the 1,100 square foot interior and the hills that surround Keuka Lake below.
In the basement, you’ll find a ping-pong table and air hockey table for rainy day activities. Otherwise, large windows, a lofted bedroom, a fireplace, and a full kitchen make this place special.
This property also has a large deck with a seating area and grill that looks out over a large grassy lawn to the lake. Just a few miles in that same direction lies Penn Yan, one of our favorite upstate NY small towns.
8. Cayuga Lake Rustic Cabin Retreat
Another highly rated cozy cabin in New York, this vacation rental has direct access to the shores of Cayuga Lake. There are two bedrooms, making this a brilliant choice for a couples retreat or family getaway, but keep in mind there is an additional fee for a fifth, sixth, or seventh guest.
This cabin is in a great location to leap into the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail, or simply hike into the beautiful forests surrounding it.
On the hunt for cabin rentals upstate NY pet-friendly? Look no further than this. Your pups will love playing in the waters and you’ll enjoy having your favorite furry companion.
9. Cayuga Lake Island Home
Have you ever stayed on your own private island? This “almost-an-island” will get you close. The shining waters of Cayuga Lake surround this absolutely stunning property. Enjoy the view from the cozy patio area, or soak in a private hot tub with your guests. The cabin sleeps seven people in three bedrooms and two bathrooms.
The owners provide a variety of materials for activities, no matter the weather. For sunny summer days, they have included sit-in kayaks, sit-on-top kayaks, a stand-up paddleboard, and a canoe. For rainy days, the cabin has games and puzzles. In the winter, you and your guests will love the chilly, white views of the frozen lake.
10. Cute Rustic Cabin Home with Fireplace
Are you participating in the Keuka Lake Wine Trail? If so, you need to choose one of the best vacation rentals along with this popular attraction. This rustic cabin overlooks a vineyard, has a quaint patio, and sprawling backyard living space.
The true charm of this property is its location. Besides the Keuka Lake Wine Trail, it is also close to many other epic Finger Lake wineries (like the Seneca Lake Wine Trail). This cabin is also close to the small town of Hammondsport (antique shopping), and the beautiful Watkins Glen State Park (one of the best state parks in New York).
If wine isn’t your thing, check out the nearby breweries like LyonSmith Brewing, Abandon Brewing, and Steuben Brewing.
IV. The Catskills – Best New York Cabin Rentals
11. Relaxing Catskills Cabin with Fireplace
Up in the Catskills, this cabin sits on a 35-acre lot on top of a mountain. We love its large, open-concept living space, with multiple places to entertain during a family or large group dinner. It also has a home office, making it a great place for workcations. A large porch offers a grill, hammock, and serene woodland views.
Only 90 minutes from NYC, consider this cabin rental for your next getaway.
12. Eastwind Hotel (Tiny Homes)
Hidden in the Catskill Mountains, the Eastwind Hotel and bar is the most unique on this list of romantic cabin getaways in NY. Why is that?
Well, while they have Scandinavian designed rooms available in a King, Suite, and Writer Studio. But, the hotel’s big draw is its tiny houses. These homes provide a true New York glamping experience – with Frette linens, Pendleton robes, and Zenology bath products. The larger of the two cabins have a private deck and an outdoor fire pit.
The Eastwind is only 0.6 miles from the Windham Path, a beautiful hiking trail with magnificent views for a tough workout.
13. Bearsville Cabin (Woodstock, NY)
This might be the coziest of cabins in our collection of cabins upstate NY. You will have this entire home to yourself, from its real stone fireplace to its open loft.
The cabin is in Woodstock and was built in the 1970s, which really makes the vibes of the area come to life. Just take a visit to Woodstock’s downtown to see the hippie-inspired art to really feel put back in time.
This cabin has a large porch and an even larger patio, and access to a small, bubbling creek. When you visit, you might be lucky enough to see various wildlife cross the property.
14. A Black A-Frame (Kerhonkson, NY)
The special thing about this AirBnB in Upstate NY is that it is highly sustainable. Therefore, you can feel very good about your visit here. Its black exterior is striking and trendy, making for great photo opportunities.
Inside, you’ll be greeted with warm tones and soft surfaces, perfect for relaxing in front of the large A-frame windows. A gorgeous fireplace and lovely kitchen area ensure that guests have everything they need. Finally, you’ll love the warm, inviting backyard, stocked with wood for a cozy mountain fire.
Special note: This spot is also just a short distance from Peekamouse Blue Hole.
15. Scribner’s Catskill Lodge
We love the next in our collection of cabin getaways NY. Even though this location isn’t a cabin itself, it certainly feels just like the other rustic locations on this list, without having to leave the comfort of a hotel. The mountain lodge has a locally inspired restaurant and 20 acres of its own mountainside for guests to explore.
Rooms are full of unique and natural textures while maintaining a soft, relaxing palette. They range in size from a 250-square-foot room to the 600-square-foot Scribner Suite, which has three beds, a mountain view, and a terracotta tile rain shower.
16. Gather Greene
Thinking about tiny house rental upstate NY, needed in conjunction with a special event venue? Look nowhere else than Gather Greene. This property is home to a one-of-a-kind pavilion intended for grand gatherings, and tiny cabins that make you feel one with nature.
These romantic cabins upstate NY are the perfect spot for wedding guests to retreat after your big event. Each tiny house is its own hotel room, with a king-sized bed, closet, and mini-fridge. Note that an entire wall of the cabin is made of glass so that while you lay in your soft bed, you can look out over the mature forests.
17. Urban Cowboy Lodge ★
While many upstate New York vacation rentals sport the simple, clean, Scandinavian decor style, the Urban Cowboy Lodge is anything but. Its contracting patterns and deep colors only add to its unique feel.
Found on 68 acres of land in the Big Indian Wilderness of the Catskills, this boutique hotel has spectacular amenities, like soaking tubs, an award-winning restaurant, an Estonia sauna, and its own swimming hole.
Not that you will want to leave, but if you do, visit any of the hiking trails through Balsam Mountain, McKenley Hollow, and Slide Mountain.
18. Casa Magda (Windham, NY)
Once an untouched time capsule to the 1980s, Casa Magda is now a spiritual retreat. One of the most nurturing cabins in New York, the solitude of this area is unmatched on nine acres of pristine upstate NY land. From a lovely deck and outdoor fire pit to white trendy interiors (white includes a cozy loft) this location is worth a visit.
Of course, the Catskills are ripe with amazing hikes and other one-of-a-kind experiences. When you stay at Casa Magda, Hunter Mountain, Tannersville, Woodstock, and Phoenicia are all a quick trip away. Experience craft breweries, local wines, and more when you base your Catskills adventure at Casa Magda.
V. Hudson Valley – Cozy Cabin Rentals in NY
19. Hudson Valley Log Cabin on Lake ★
When searching for lakefront cabin rentals upstate NY, consider this somewhat rustic yet elegant log cabin from the 1950s. They renovated it in 2015, and so provides modern conveniences and vintage charm. One of its unique features is that they built it on a rock, the perfect place to suntan during the summer.
Inside the cabin, you’ll find cozy accommodations and a wood stove for heat. A sweet seating area mimics both a dining room and a patio. Grill on the deck, or hit the water in a provided kayak or paddleboard.
This Hudson Valley cabin is close to Nuclear Lake, which is part of the Appalachian Trail, and Breakneck Ridge.
VI. Rochester – Best New York Cabin Rentals
20. Luxury Lakeside Retreat in Rochester
Another excellent choice of cabins in upstate New York, this Rochester retreat has plenty of room for large groups. In fact, this home can sleep 12 people.
Host an entire family reunion here, and enjoy serving wonderful dishes from your full kitchen. This kitchen has a massive countertop that allows those cooking (and those relaxing) to look out over the waters of Lake Ontario.
Your party will have access to this lake from the home, and there is also a pond on the south end of the property. What’s the best part? This New York state vacation rental is incredibly cheap, averaging about $235 per night. That’s less than $20 per person.
21. An Affordable Tiny House Cabin
If you want something cost-effective but not as large as the luxury Rochester retreat, consider these tiny house rentals upstate NY. Each of the three rustic tiny houses is only $75 a night and sits on the Keuka Lake Wine Trail.
Outside the 240 square foot accommodations are an outdoor fire pit, seating, and a picnic table. Inside you will find simple commodities like a camp stove and a real mattress. Truly, this is a rustic experience, but a welcome respite from tent camping.
When you’re ready to re-enter civilization, Keuka Lake and Hammondsport are just a short drive away.
VII. Adirondacks – Cabin Rentals in New York
22. Lake Clear Lodge – Editor’s Favorite ★
Lake Clear Lodge is one of the best upstate New York lodges at any time of year. In the summer, enjoy a private beach on the 1,000-acre Lake Clear. In the fall, you’ll be immersed in fall foliage and have the chance to experience fresh harvest foods. During the winter, the lodge offers sleigh rides through the snow.
They built this holistic experience on over a century of history, and provide a series of retreats to inspire a natural “re-set”. Experiences include wellness cooking classes, training on nutritional energetics, and more.
When searching for hotels in upstate NY, look no further than Lake Clear Lodge. This is also one of our favorite towns in the Adirondacks to visit.
23. Log Cabin on the Hudson (Lake George)
The next on our list of cabin rentals Upstate NY includes a classic cabin only 20 minutes from Lake George. You’ll still have the feeling of lake house rentals upstate NY here, as the building sits on the banks of the Hudson River.
When you enter the log cabin, you’ll notice three bedrooms and two bathrooms, offering camping accommodations for ten people. A full kitchen, gorgeously large windows, a hot tub, and a fireplace put this location over the top.
Don’t miss our guide to the 5 easy ways to travel to Lake George from NYC.
24. Lake Colby Waterfront Moose Cabin (Saranac Lake) ★
When cabin camping upstate NY, this charming house is one of the best lake house rentals upstate NY. Decorated with moose pictures, pillows, and antlers, this lake house almost feels like it should be in the north woods. Amenities include two bedrooms and two bathrooms, each with a shower. Your hosts provide all towels and linens.
The hosts also provide boating experiences on Lake Colby in the warmer months, through the use of rowboats, canoes, and kayaks. When you’re done on the water, visit nearby small town Saranac Lake for dining and shopping.
25. Adirondack Spruce Lodge
Hidden in the Adirondack mountains, the next on our list of upstate New York lodges is the Adirondack Spruce Lodge which offers both a comfortable stay and an adventurous setting. This is the perfect place to spend days hiking or skiing, as certain rooms include elevator tickets for two adult skiers. After all, Whiteface Mountain is only 4.3 miles away.
Nights can be spent around the outdoor fire pit, and warm inside your hotel room. In the morning, enjoy continental breakfast, and head out for another day of fun.
26. The Whiteface Lodge ★
If you’re headed up to New York state for a weekend getaway, consider the luxurious Whiteface Lodge in Lake Placid. This is one of the best resorts in Upstate NY by far and is located only a mile and a half from both Lake Placid and Mirror Lake.
A perfect place to relax, this resort has a breathtaking outdoor pool and hot tub area. An on-site spa provides massages and other salon services, while every suite has its very own spa bath. Glorious mountain views really make this lodge a wonder.
27. The Wilderness Inn: Chalets
The Wilderness Inn Chalets offer some of the best cabin rentals near Wilmington, which is also located near both the Whiteface Lodge and Adirondack Spruce Lodge. They are in a wooded lot, similar to a campground.
But these chalets are a step up from tent camping. Each chalet has a living area with a sofa and flat-screen TV. There is also a kitchen and a private bathroom with a shower. The location also has its own restaurant and bar, which makes going out just as good as staying in.
Keep in mind that Flume Falls is just a few miles south of the Chalets, which is an excellent spot for a photo and brief adventure.
28. Adirondack Log Home – River & Mountain Views
Possibly our favorite on this list of cabins in upstate New York, this log home has spectacular views of both the Ausable River and Whiteface Mountain. In fact, this property even has access to the Ausable River, but you’ll have to descend 110 steep stairs to reach it.
Extensive porches set this home over the top, as well as the live-edge wooden kitchen island. The master bath also has a jacuzzi tub and vessel sinks, making this cedar room feel like your own personal spa.
VIII. Our Other Upstate New York Travel Guides
- 31 Beautiful Places to Visit in Upstate New York
- 23 Refreshing Hikes in New York State
- 21 Best Upstate New York Lake Getaways
- 31 Cutest Towns in Upstate New York to Visit
- 31 Amazing Things to Do in the Fall in Upstate New York