12 Best Cabins In Southern California, USA - Updated 2024

Tonie Rose
Tonie Rose 
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There are more than just movie stars in Southern California. SoCal is an exciting destination full of amazing places to visit, such as deserts, beaches, mountains, and museums are nestled. Exciting outdoor activities like hiking mountains, boat sailing, and surfing are waiting for you at Lake Tahoe. You can also find several spots for waterfall hikes in Southern California. Get to experience a hot air balloon trip to Napa Valley, where the best wines in the world are found. Drop by the large coastal city, San Diego, which is the place for fabulous beaches and outstanding climate. Start planning your trip and check out our list of the best cabins in Southern California, USA.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) Superhost status, recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and amenities. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on July 07, 2024.

1. Historic cabin for a romantic getaway, Lake Arrowhead (from USD 168)

With its rich history tied to the Hershey family and its picturesque location, the Historic Hershey Cabin next to Lake Arrowhead is a perfect destination for a couple.

The redwood walls, rock fireplace, and porcelain tile floors create a vintage atmosphere inside the cabin. Step out of the cabin’s cozy bedroom to find a wrap-around deck with outdoor furniture, allowing you to relax and take in the beautiful forest views.

During your stay, you can explore the stunning natural surroundings by going on hikes in the San Bernardino Forest. If you’re fond of fishing or swimming, you can head to nearby Lake Gregory and Big Bear Lake which offer these activities. For an enjoyable evening out, you can visit The Tudor House, located just 2.3 miles (3.70 kilometers) away.

Stayed at this property?
Lake Arrowhead, California, United States
69.98 km (43.5 mi) from Mount San Jacinto State Park
cabin 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
The dinning table separating the kitchen and the main room was a nice touch
It was comfortable and cozy
It is comfortable immaculate and stocked with whatever cooking tool you need or desire
The parking space easy to use entrance stairs and spacious deck just enhanced our stay
I really enjoyed the bedroom as it felt like you were in a tree house with the large windows tree views
Cleanliness:
very clean and well kept
Hershey Cabin was everything as described
A full kitchen comes in very handy
The cabin was perfectly decorated and well stocked
Clean quite and homey The best place to stay with your loved ones
Host:
so You will love it too
Paul was very responsive to my questions and all directions For the TV etc were clearly marked
When I tried to contact the owner prior to arriving
as well Owner thinks of everything to make your stay the best Will absolutely be returning
We had to make a trip to the store for more ground coffee and half and half All in all
Location:
The Hershey Cabin is the "Ritz Carlton" of VRBOs
I did not get any responses
but it is still a nice night
but it was surprising seeing a massive one walking between houses
A great place to get away and relax yet close to shops and restaurants Loved the wrap around deck and waking up to the picturesque view
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2. Modern cabin in Idyllwild (from USD 199)

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

The Naughty Pines cabin in Idyllwild is a great choice for a small group getaway, and the fact that it’s pet-friendly makes it even more appealing. The cabin offers a range of amenities to ensure a comfortable stay, including a barbecue grill, a fireplace, and seating areas at the back where you can enjoy views of the creek and treetops.

One of the highlights of staying at the Naughty Pines Cabin is the abundance of activities in the surrounding area. You can embark on hiking or mountain biking adventures in the nearby San Jacinto Mountains. If you’re interested in bird-watching, the Idyllwild Nature Center is a short six-minute drive from the cabin.

When it comes to dining options, The Idyllwild Brewpub, Idyllwild Pizza Co, and Mile High Cafe are among the establishments where you can indulge in delicious meals and drinks.

Stayed at this property?
Idyllwild-Pine Cove, California, United States
3.67 km (2.3 mi) from Mount San Jacinto State Park
cabin 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
3 of us plus two small dogs were very comfortable
Cleanliness:
it was clean and comfy
everything is so well organized and clean
Location:
the location is wonderful the property is beautiful and paul is a pleasure to work with
this was an excellent experience in a beautiful and peaceful location and just what we were looking for
naughty pine cabin is perfectly place for rejuvenating
if you are looking for peace and quiet this is your place
it's a very quiet nice place
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3. Peaceful retreat with a splash pool in San Diego County (from USD 210)

This cabin is an ideal destination if you’re craving a peaceful retreat. This rental is located in a secluded lot, so you can expect to find tranquility during your stay. Aside from that, there are several nature trails nearby, so you should go on a hiking trip and discover the local flora and fauna. If you’re not the outdoorsy type, then you might enjoy lounging on the porch instead. With the beautiful scenery all around you, you’ll feel immersed in nature.

The cabin’s interior is just as lovely. Inside, you can find all the comforts of home — a well-equipped kitchen and two beds that can sleep up to three people. For entertainment, you can use the provided WiFi to stream something on the television. You might also want to take a refreshing dip in the private splash pool.

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78.28 km (48.7 mi) from Mount San Jacinto State Park
31 reviews   Wifi Available
cabin 3 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 3
Minimum Nights: 2
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 14 days before check-in.

Top guest reviews
Host:
our host micah was beyond accommodating kind and genuine
the host micah is incredibly kind and helpful
micah the host was very kind and accommodating
micah is the most gracious host sharing his work of love that is his artfully designed gorgeous cabin
Location:
this was a wonderful place to get away for a couple days
it is absolutely stunning and the perfect location to simply do nothing
it was quiet and peaceful and yet we were close to good restaurants and activities within 15 minutes
the quiet was wonderful and really helped set the mood for writing
the lookout was the perfect place to truly get away without traveling far from our san diego home
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4. Rustic mountain cabin nestled in the hills of Fern Valley (from USD 115)

With one bedroom, this rustic mountain cabin can comfortably accommodate two people, making it an ideal choice for solo travelers and couples. This rental also comes with a complete kitchen, so you can prepare delicious meals with ease. The internet connection here is incredibly fast — around 100 Mbps — which means you’ll be able to enjoy a movie marathon on your preferred streaming service without any lags. Parking is also available here.

Since this cabin is nestled in the hills of Fern Valley, you’ll get a chance to explore nature during your stay. Find trails nearby and go on a hike. You might also want to stop by beautiful natural landmarks, such as Lily Rock and Tahquitz Peak. For more fun, you can travel to other well-known attractions, such as Idyllwild Park and the Palm Springs Art Museum.

Stayed at this property?
Idyllwild-Pine Cove, California, United States
1.85 km (1.2 mi) from Mount San Jacinto State Park
Wheelchair accessible Visual Aid: Braille
cabin 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
it's private and has a cute little patio with chairs and a large table
it's an older cabin that's been well cared for and updated - a nice studio apartment
Cleanliness:
the linen and towels smelled clean and fresh
the cabin is quaint clean and inviting
inside the little cabin it is kept clean and has everything you need
Host:
the hosts were awesome
the hosts were very friendly and helpful
) and our hosts even gave us awesome take-home gifts to help us remember our wonderful stay
Location:
cabin was immaculate and in a beautiful location
the location the feel and it was so lovely
to start it's located away from the main street so you can really enjoy the peace and quiet
it's a very comfortable and peaceful place a short drive from a nice friendly village
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5. Cozy cabin with stunning mountain views (from USD 179)

Boasting stunning mountain views and a serene environment, Getaway Big Bear is the ideal location for your next vacation. This Outpost comes with two kinds of cabins — one with a single queen-size bed and another with two queen-size bunks. For this reason, all types of travelers are welcome here. Your dogs are even welcome to join in the fun as well.

No matter which cabin you pick, you’ll receive the same amenities. The kitchenette has cooking utensils, a two-burner stove, a sink with drinking water, and a mini-fridge — so you can cook all the delicious meals you want. There’s also a private toilet with hot water, as well as an air conditioning and heating system.

Outside, you can find a picnic table with chairs and a fire pit. This is the perfect place to hang out at night — making s'mores while enjoying the view.

Stayed at this property?
Running Springs, CA
63.9 km (39.8 mi) from Mount San Jacinto State Park
outpost

6. Secluded romantic hideaway in Joshua Tree (from USD 186)

This romantic cabin in Southern California has three patios offering three different views to fall in love with. It has one lovely bedroom for a honeymoon featuring a queen-size bed and a library. This lovers’ nest has a fully equipped kitchen, a dining area, and a bathroom with a whirlpool for a relaxing soak. We are located in a secluded place where hawks love to soar. And don’t forget to bring binoculars to enjoy the wildlife sightings.

If you’re bringing a car, then you’d be delighted to know there’s free parking here.

Stayed at this property?

58.56 km (36.4 mi) from Mount San Jacinto State Park
239 reviews   Wifi Available
cabin 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 2
Minimum Nights: 2
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 30 days before check-in.

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
great trails or just watch the wildlife from the cozy comfort inside
private yard was great house was comfortable
Cleanliness:
super clean great art on the walls
Host:
paul and linda are amazing hosts
paul was very helpful and attentive
paul was also very helpful and responsive
paul was very kind and eager to help in any way
the hosts were super helpful and provided great suggestions for sightseeing eating and hiking
Location:
its also so close to the park which is great
the location of this property is ideal for those who want seclusion and the ability to connect with nature
their cabin is the perfect location for a relaxing getaway
a great place to relax
secluded clean and very close to the national park
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7. Rustic cabin in a private forest on Palomar Mountain (from USD 145)

If you seek privacy and serenity, this vintage cabin is just right for you. The cabin is nestled in a mountain surrounded by nature. The stunning view of the cedar and pine trees can be enjoyed on the upper deck of the cabin. While inside, there is a modified living area where a stone fireplace, a sofa, and a flat-screen TV are to be enjoyed. It also has a kitchen, equipped with a propane stove, microwave oven, and refrigerator. Wake up from a sound sleep in the master bedroom with a queen bed, or in the loft with two twin beds.

Parking is also provided to guests with cars.

Stayed at this property?
Palomar Mountain, California, United States
50.28 km (31.3 mi) from Mount San Jacinto State Park
cabin 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
lots of scenery to see great view from the deck cozy accommodations
kitchen was fully stocked with all amenities beds were comfortable
comfy cabin wonderful deck bbq and fully equipped kitchen
the property was as promised with a phenomenal site huge deck warm rich comfortable décor and amazing view
it was quaint comfortable and had the amenities to make it a great stay
Cleanliness:
very clean and nicely decorated
very clean and comfortable
quiet clean & unique cabin
this cabin is amazing very clean and very very quite
the property was cozy and clean
Host:
would recommend to owner a string of red lights for night vision while gazing
Location:
it’s a great place to go to get away from the city
long walks and hikes are fantastic
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8. Luxurious getaway with panoramic views near Lake Arrowhead (from USD 119)

This lake cabin in Southern California is best for a romantic getaway. It features a room for two with a king-sized bed, entertainment amenities, reading lamps, and an en-suite bathroom. While downstairs, a kitchen with all stainless-steel appliances is usable to prepare for a lovely intimate dinner. It also has a lounge on the large deck where lovers can enjoy the panoramic views of nature in the morning and stargaze at night.

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72.82 km (45.3 mi) from Mount San Jacinto State Park
129 reviews   Wifi Available
cabin 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2
Minimum Nights: 2
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 30 days before check-in.

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
it was great amazing view and cozy feeling felt like i was home
it would have been nice to have basic tv to get some news
easy communication and check in process great views super cozy little cabin
Cleanliness:
the towels and sheets felt very clean
the place is very cozy clean and comfortable
cozy clean and perfect for a get away with your loved one
Host:
the owners are very kind and they're always a phone call away
the owners were very good about specific instructions and communications
vince and candice are very helpful if you have any questions
the owners have thought of everything you could need and instructions are very clear
candice was very helpful with keeping us updated with weather and road conditions overall great experience
Location:
the view is beautiful and the location is ideal
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9. Family-friendly cabin rental in Big Bear Lake (from USD 205)

This cabin welcomes group travellers of eight. It boasts a fully equipped kitchen, beautifully organized den, a lovely wooden set, two huge bedrooms with queen beds, a large bedroom with four bunk beds, and well-stocked bathrooms. What’s even more exciting here are its two decks. There’s a deck in the front yard facing the beautiful garden and street, and a backyard deck with relaxing seats. Complimentary WiFi is also provided for a happier experience.

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57.82 km (36.0 mi) from Mount San Jacinto State Park
138 reviews   Wifi Available
cabin 8 Guests 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 8
Minimum Nights: 2
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 30 days before check-in.

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the kids liked their room stocked with video games bunk beds and foosball table
lots of fun family games in the living room and the foosball table was good entertainment as well
Cleanliness:
linens were clean and soft
clean and nice change of scenery during these pandemic times
not much to say except that this place was clean cozy and perfect for my family
Host:
james was responsive and attentive
he was a great host
responsive and kind owners
owner had neighbor come help fix it
thanks for being awesome hosts
Location:
all around good location minutes from stores and food
the cabin was the best location being really close to everything we needed
great location and lovely place to stay
the neighborhood was nice safe and in a great location
the happy place is a great place to relax and is close to town and outdoor activities
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10. Piute Trail Lodge near Lake Cuyamaca (from USD 162)

Piute Trail Lodge is a gem near Lake Cuyamaca that offers a lot of to-do-activities in the winter, spring, summer, or fall seasons. The cabin boasts its deck where uninvited animal visitors come to rest sometimes. The living area with a fireplace and two huge bedrooms are just right to accommodate eight adventurous guests. It also has a split area with a fully equipped kitchen and a lovely dining area.

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84.96 km (52.8 mi) from Mount San Jacinto State Park
286 reviews   Wifi Available
cabin 8 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 8
Minimum Nights: 2
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 14 days before check-in.

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
great place to getaway and disconnect although there is wi-fi if you absolutely need to connect
Cleanliness:
cabin is clean and comfortable
house was very clean and had all we needed
we really enjoyed our stay the house is spotless and well stocked
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11. Bears Lake Cabin (from USD 185)

3Bears Lake Cabin in Crestline is just a five-minute walking distance from Lake Gregory where guests can enjoy boating, fishing, and exploring the water park. While inside the cabin, there is a lot to indulge in. It features a den where lots of gaming equipment, like a pool table, foosball table, giant connect four, and giant Jenga, are found. The kitchen here is fully stocked and it has a dining table for 10. The yard is fenced-in, don’t worry about your privacy and security.

Stayed at this property?
Crestline, Ca, United States
75.17 km (46.8 mi) from Mount San Jacinto State Park
cabin 6 Guests 3 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
extremely comfortable had everything we needed
fun games for the whole family pool pink-pong foosball lots of board games
Cleanliness:
the cabin is beautiful clean and spacious
we loved the cabin very clean and cozy
Host:
the owner did a great job of decorating for christmas
owner very responsive overall great trip
Location:
this property has it all the location is perfect to walk to stores and restaurants
good restaurants and a market within walking distance
this cabin was perfect lots of room for everyone within walking distance of grocery store restaurants and the lake
walking distance to lake grocery store and a delicious pizza place down the street( road house)
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12. Spacious retreat at a great price near Lake Arrowhead

Why leave your dog if they are welcome? This cabin is a pet-friendly home for travellers. Its location is best for many snow games during winter. Inside the cabin, there is a game room stocked with Monopoly, Scrabble, poker and more games for fun. It also features a kitchen that’s fully equipped with dining ware, cookware, baking dishes, a coffee maker, a dishwasher, a blender, and a refrigerator for guests’ convenience. The 4 bedrooms with comfy huge beds accommodate up to 10 guests. There are two well-stocked bathrooms, one bathroom has a hot tub just enough for the tired and stressed body.

Stayed at this property?

63.98 km (39.8 mi) from Mount San Jacinto State Park
82 reviews   Wifi Available
cabin 10 Guests 4 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 10
Minimum Nights: 2
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 30 days before check-in.

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
backyard was great for sledding and enough room for the dogs to really stretch their legs
Cleanliness:
it was a very clean and comfortable property my family and i had a wonderful time
her cabin is amazing and it's always clean
the house was clean in great location and had everything we needed
i had a great time at this home it was very clean and spacious and i loved the neighborhood
Host:
i absolutely love staying at this cabin and i can't say enough on susan she is a great host
susan was very helpful as always and we love their cabin
Location:
it was a well equipped cabin close to big bear 19 miles however it needs to be cleaned better
great place to go for a little fun in the snow
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Endless adventures

Prepare yourself for endless adventures in the mountains, creeks, bluffs, beaches, waterfalls, and lakes of Southern California. Stay at the best cabins to make the most of your time in this region.

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