Last New Year’s, we rented a cabin in the middle of the woods in Georgia for what seemed like an absurdly low amount of money. We enjoyed it so much (not only the price) that we’re doing it again in July, a little further North. So what’s all the hype about?
What’s a cabin?
This is a decent example of what’s available out there. The cabin we stayed in most recently was more modest than some of those, but equally as fun.
Our cabin had two bedrooms, with two queen-size beds each, two large bathrooms, a generous living room and dining room, and a fully-stocked kitchen (stocked with equipment, plates, etc., not food!). We also had our own screened-in patio and a charcoal grill.
Because it was on a campground, our cabin was in a grouping of 8-10 others and as a result had little “privacy” for those who want a true getaway. I’m sure some of the others out there are a bit more secluded.
Why are they so cheap?
The cabin we stayed in rents for as little as $150 a night. That sounds like a typical hotel room, but when you start spreading the cost over 8-10 people, $20 a night per head sounds much more appealing.
The price was mostly due to these factors:
- The cabin was operated by a public park/preserve.
- We were in the middle of nowhere.
- There is no maid service, and you have to clean up when you leave.
- In general, staffing is limited to helping you check in and out.
- You bring all of your own food (no need—and in most cases ability because of remoteness—to go out).
I understand that’s pretty typical for most other cabin sites as well.
What can you do while you’re there?
Of course, this depends entirely on where you rent a cabin. Most are either in the mountains or in wooded areas, so there’s usually plenty of nature to explore.
The park we stayed in had an interpretive center, playground, three trails, and kayaking down a river. The one we have planned for July offers whitewater rafting (winning!).
What should you bring?
The nice thing about how many of these cabin rentals are set up is that much of what you’ll need is already there. You need to bring your own food and a few other things you use on a daily basis. Some of the things on our list are:
- Baby needs
- Paper products (paper towels, napkins)
- Aluminum foil
- Medicine/first aid kit
- Movies/white sheet/projector—yes, really.
- Bug spray
- Air mattress for extra sleeping room
- Sports equipment
It’s a lot of fun, and the more you go, the more you learn how to pack exactly what you need in exactly the right amounts.
Have you done it?
Have you ever rented a cabin for the weekend or an extended vacation? What was your experience like?