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5 Budget Cabins Perfect for a Quick Escape

Plus: one private island bungalow worth the splurge

The Lodge at Little St. Simons Island in Georgia is one of our top choices for a log cabin getaway. (Cassie Wright Photography)
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Plus: one private island bungalow worth the splurge

Give us a cabin with a wood-burning fireplace, a cozy chair to read a book, some good coffee, and maybe an evening nip of whiskey, and we’re happy. Give us hiking and biking trails, backcountry ski runs, old-growth forests, or loaner canoes and kayaks—plus no cell service or internet, so we can truly get away—and we may never leave.  

The Sky and Timber Loft Cabin

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Cheshire, Oregon

Jason Williams, a bike mechanic, and his partner, Shasta Brewer, a freelance designer, spent three years restoring their log home on a five-acre property just 15 minutes outside Eugene, Oregon. Then they tackled their Sky and Timber guesthouse cabin, up the hill, which is where you’ll stay. It has a high-beam ceiling of exposed logs, a record player, and a stovetop espresso maker, plus thoughtful extras like birding books, binoculars, and board games. There’s no Wi-Fi and limited cell coverage. Instead, guests explore forest trails before lounging around the outdoor fire pit or the living room’s cast-iron wood stove. $108

Fariss Farms

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Allisonia, Virginia

In the Blue Ridge Mountains, you’ll find Fariss Farms and Iron Heart Winery, a 990-acre property and vineyard that’s part of the state’s booming wine scene. Choose from three cabins, one of which dates back to 1882 and each of which were recently renovated with newly timbered and reclaimed logs. A trail leads from your front porch to a swimming hole on Little Reed Island Creek, or bring a canoe to paddle New River and a bike to cycle the 57-mile New River Trail, which follows an abandoned railroad. From $155

Starfire Cabin

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Sandpoint, Idaho

George and Kristina Orton spent three years milling trees from their own property to build the 800-square-foot Starfire Cabin. It sleeps up to four in a bedroom and an upper loft, and comes stocked with firewood. Kayaking on Lake Pend Oreille, skiing at Schweitzer Mountain, and exploring the waterfront town of Sandpoint are all options a short drive away, but the log cabin feels remote, with limited cell-phone service, no Wi-Fi, and stargazing through a skylight. Kristina occasionally shows up with homemade pies and cookies. $150 

Sherman Log House

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Ludlow, Vermont

Located five miles from Okemo Mountain Resort, the Sherman Log House, from vacation rental company Vacasa, has walls of shiplap planks, hardwood floors, and three bedrooms with enough room for up to ten people. You’ll play board games in front of a wood-burning fireplace and enjoy views of the snow-covered Green Mountains from the large jetted bathtub. When you’re not skiing at Okemo, which is on the Epic Pass as of this winter, head to the nearby Crowley Cheese Factory for a tasting tour, or spend some time in the charming village of Ludlow (population 811), 30 miles away. $143

The Hunt Hill Log Cabins

Sarona, Wisconsin

The Hunt Hill Audubon Society rents out two cabins that overlook 600 acres of old-growth forest, bogs, and four glacial lakes in a protected nature reserve. The cabins are rustic, but you’ll have access to 13 miles of trails and a canoe to spot ospreys and otters from the water. Built in 1917, the Frances Andrews Cabin sleeps up to six and sports views of Big Devil and Upper and Lower Twin Lakes. The Log Cabin, constructed in 1930, has a stone fireplace and a loft and bedroom that sleep up to four. It’s open all year. $120

The Lodge on Little St. Simons Island

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(Cassie Wright Photography)

Little St. Simons Island, Georgia 

This privately owned island is only accessible by boat, has seven miles of secluded coastline, and accommodates a maximum of just 32 guests. Book a room in the lodge or one of the five hunting-camp-inspired bungalows and your stay includes boat transfers, meals, and guided outings with local naturalists. Fall and winter bring cooler temperatures and fewer bugs and people, making it an ideal time to visit. If that still sounds too crowded, you can rent out the entire island. From $575, all-inclusive      

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San Marcos, Texas

Billed as the world’s toughest canoe race, the Texas Water Safari, held each June, is a four-day, 260-mile jaunt from the headwaters of the San Marcos River northeast of San Antonio to the small shrimping town of Seadrift on the Gulf Coast. There’s no prize money—just bragging rights for the winner. Any boat without a motor is allowed, and you’ll have to carry your own equipment and overnight gear. Food and water are provided at aid stations along the way. Entry fees start at $175 and increase as race day approaches.

The Ring

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Strasburg, Virginia

The Ring is a 71-mile trail running race in early September along the entire length of Virginia’s rough and rocky Massanutten Trail loop. To qualify, you need to have run a 50- or 100-mile race before the event and win a spot through the lottery system. Entry is free. Complete the run and you’ll become part of the tight-knit Fellowship of the Ring and be eligible for the Reverse Ring, which entails running the trail backwards in the middle of winter.

Plaza2Peak

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Santa Fe, New Mexico

Each spring, competitors gather in Santa Fe’s historic plaza with a simple goal: be the first to reach 12,308-foot Deception Peak, 17 miles and 5,000 feet of elevation gain away. Competitors run or bike the first 15 miles to the local ski area before transitioning to their waiting ski-touring setups for the final push to the top. Time stops only when they’ve skied back down to the tailgate in the resort’s parking lot, which is funded by the modest entry fee of around $25. To add to the sufferfest, some participants sign up for the Expedition category, in which they strap their skis, skins, boots, and poles to their bikes for the long ride up. Start dates vary depending on snow conditions, but look for the event page to be posted on Facebook in late March or early April.

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