What Do People Look for in a Cabin Rental?

When you’re planning a vacation, accommodation is just as important as the destination. Hotels and resorts are traditional choices but can leave your trip feeling a little generic and repetitive. There are many reasons why renting a cabin could be a great choice like plenty of space and privacy, especially for larger groups, luxury amenities, and opportunities to engage in outdoor activities. Many cabins also allow pets, making it possible for furry friends to join you on  vacation.


Cabins come in various sizes, from cozy one-bedroom retreats to larger cabins suitable for families or large groups. With multiple bedrooms, spacious kitchen and dining areas and outdoor spaces to explore, cabin rentals provide plenty of privacy and space for everyone to relax and have fun and are a great option for families and groups of friends who want to spend quality time together. Whether you're cooking meals, playing board games, taking in the night sky from a hot tub, or roasting marshmallows around a campfire, a cabin rental provides opportunities you just can’t get with other types of lodging. 

Many people seek out a cabin that offers a picturesque or secluded setting, such as being nestled in the woods, by a lake, or overlooking mountains. Proximity to outdoor activities like hiking trails, skiing, fishing spots, or national parks is also a plus. Cabins usually provide all the comforts of home in a unique and relaxing setting. Most cabins are fully equipped with amenities so you can enjoy all the conveniences of home while still being surrounded by nature. Plus, if it happens to rain you can snuggle under a cozy blanket and relax indoors versus hunkering down in a tiny tent or camper. 

Some guests are drawn to the rustic charm of cabins, including log or wood construction, exposed beams, and cozy interiors with comfortable furnishings. Privacy and seclusion: Some might also be seeking a private and secluded experience, away from crowds and noise. Unlike hotels and resorts that may be crowded and noisy, cabins are often nestled in quiet and peaceful locations surrounded by nature. Whether you want to spend your days hiking through the woods, reading a book on the porch, or just enjoying the tranquility of nature, a cabin rental is the perfect place to unwind.


The best season to rent a cabin will depend on personal preferences and the type of experience you're seeking. Each season offers its own unique charm and possible activities, and some seasons tend to be busier than others; here's a little breakdown of what to expect during different times of the year.


  • High Demand: Summer tends to be a popular time for cabin rentals, especially in areas with lakes, rivers, and outdoor activities.
  • Activities: Ideal for hiking, swimming, fishing, boating, and enjoying outdoor events, and longer daylight hours allow for more exploration.
  • Crowds: Expect more crowds and higher prices, especially in sought-after vacation spots.
  • Weather: Warm temperatures and pleasant weather make it perfect for outdoor adventures.


  • Scenic Beauty: Often considered one of the best times to rent a cabin due to the stunning foliage and vibrant colors.
  • Outdoor Activities: Great for hiking, scenic drives, apple picking, and enjoying fall festivals.
  • Quieter: Depending on the location, it might be less crowded compared to summer.
  • Cooler Weather: Crisp, cooler temperatures make for cozy evenings around a firepit or indoors.


  • Ski Season: For cabins in ski areas, winter is prime time with popular activities like skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing in season.
  • Holiday Season: Cabins can be in high demand during the holidays due to the cozy atmosphere and potential for snow.
  • Romantic Getaways: It's also a popular time for romantic getaways due to the cozy ambiance and potential for activities like sleigh rides or hot tubs in the snow.
  • Cold Weather: Be prepared for snow and cold temperatures, which might limit outdoor activities.


  • Off-Peak Season: Often considered an off-peak time for cabin rentals, making it less crowded and potentially more affordable.
  • Wildlife and Nature: Spring brings blooming flowers, budding trees, and the awakening of wildlife, making it a great time for nature lovers.
  • Milder Weather: Generally milder temperatures than winter, making it suitable for outdoor activities like hiking or birdwatching.

Ultimately, the best time to rent a cabin depends on the type of experience you're looking for and where you’re heading. Consider factors like weather, activities, crowds, and the ambiance you desire when deciding which season aligns best with your ideal cabin getaway.

Are you looking for a secluded mountain cabin escape in Tahoe? Explore Old Greenwood in North Lake Tahoe’s premier golf community. We offer stunning vacation rentals year round in some of the top ski destinations in the U.S.  Call us at 888.598.6353 with questions or email reservations@eastwest.com for help planning your next adventure.