When it comes to a getaway, spending some time getting to know the rustic charm that epitomizes the Poconos cabins should be high on your list. The Poconos tops the list for many East Coasters (and beyond); less than a three-hour drive from New York City and chock full of natural sights like the Delaware River, Lake Harmony, the namesake Mount Pocono and Pocono Lake, Lehigh Gorge State Park, and more. Not only is this Pennsylvania hot spot is big on outdoor adventure; it also appeals to all travel preferences whether you’re looking for a log cabin rental, a romantic chalet, or a hotel with a pool table, game room, and early check-in.
We rounded up our favorite mix of vacation rentals, from resorts that cater to all ages and properties with lakefront access to Poconos cabins.
The Lodge at Woodloch
With 58 luxe guest rooms (and a private veranda for each), The Lodge at Woodloch is a cozy hideaway with luxury on the mind. One of the best unofficial amenities may be the access to over 500 acres of trails and woodland scenery. The hotel offers walking sticks and umbrellas for those looking to explore and the spa awaits when you’re ready to head inside and do some major relaxing with a massage or facial. In addition to hiking, visitors are also invited to explore the grounds by bike, partake in disc golf, or take on some geocaching. But back to the indoor activities: The on-site restaurant often hosts tastings, seasonal garden dinners, and demonstrations, as well as a full menu at the Tree Restaurant and Bar. It’s also a great spot to stay if you have the kids in tow—this hotel perfectly rides the line between family-friendly and elevated living.
Skytop Lodge in Skytop
Filled with traditional style, The Skytop Lodge has three accommodations to choose from: The Lodge, The Cottages, and The Inn. All visitors have access to a swimming pool, hot tub, kiddie pool, and guest-only hiking trails. The interiors are luxe, with velvet couches and chairs adorning communal areas and spacious guest rooms with sprawling beds and ornate headboards. The vibe is traditional and the service is next-level—the staff are always happy to help plan special moments, whether it’s putting together a picnic or setting up afternoon tea and cookies.
Although the interior decor, location, and service make a stay at Hotel Fauchère memorable, it’s the art collection that will leave a lasting impression. From fine art to contemporary work, the hotel has work from prominent names like photographer—and dear friend of Andy Warhol—Christopher Makos around the property. The hotel is pet-friendly and each room has its own Apple TV, Frette linens, and a Nespresso machine. On-site, enjoy a meal at the The Delmonico Room restaurant before heading to Bar Louis for a nightcap.
The Harry Packer Mansion Inn
Located in the historic village of Jim Thorpe (hello, Victorian architecture!) the Harry Packer Mansion Inn is a trip back in time. The interiors reflect the age when it was built, featuring marble fireplaces and fixtures, gilded mirrors, and luxe textiles. For some adventure, you’re a quick trip from white water rafting, boating, horseback riding, mountain biking, and more. Visitors have the option of staying in the main house or in a carriage house room. All accommodations have queen size beds, Wi-Fi access, private bathrooms, air-conditioning, and luxe linens. Fun fact: This very home served as the inspiration for Walt Disney World’s Haunted Mansion ride—but don’t worry, your stay will be far from spooky.
Head toward Promised Land State Park and you’ll find a micro hotel oasis by the name of The Rex. This 10-room accommodation marries big city style—think bright wooden accents, subway tile throughout the bathrooms, and luxe linens—with the au naturel vibes of a hideaway in the woods. There are hiking trails located right off of the property and there are plenty of activities for those who want to get off the path: golfing, biking, wine tours, and more. The rooms and suites are small, but serve as the perfect base for those looking to get out and take in the massive silence of the forest.
Minimal Retreat in East Stroudsburg
Relax among the treetops at this minimal hideaway, where 180-degree views of the surrounding Pocono mountains and forests will greet you every day. With high ceilings, exposed beams, two outdoor decks, and tons of natural sunlight, this vacation home checks all of the boxes if you’re looking for a base with cozy cabin vibes for your Poconos adventures. The location is fantastic, with nearby access to kayaking, hiking, biking, snowmobiling, zip-lining, waterfalls, and plenty of antique shopping. This four-bedroom home has plenty of room for you and eight of your closest friends and family members.
Cloud Nine Cabin in Lake Harmony
Aptly named, this Scandinavian-inspired, three-bedroom cabin has plenty of modern amenities. The deck is optimal for stargazing after a long day of skiing, snowboarding, swimming at Big Boulder Lake, hitting the greens at one of the nearby golf courses, or an afternoon at the water park. Opt for s’mores at the firepit or cozy up with a blanket and a movie next to the fireplace in the living area. It may not technically be a lake house, but its proximity to both waterside and land activities makes it a great option for when you want, well, options.
Yellow Cottage in Pocono Pines
Located two hours from New York, the one-bedroom Yellow Cottage is perfect for a solo traveler or couple looking to recharge for a few days. The rental is located on Camp Pocono Pines, a 100-year-old property with six cabins that’s within 20 minutes of the iconic Camelback Resort and all of its amenities. You’re also a quick trip from Hickory Run State Park, Jim Thorpe (great for shopping and dining), Lake Naomi, Kalahari Resort, and Big Pocono State Park. The cabin is owned by a designer and the interiors are a modern take on the log cabin vibe. The wooden floors feature graphic patterns, bold wallpaper sets the tone in the kitchen, and the bedroom is outfitted in calming, muted tones. You’ll find a great mix of adventure and relaxation in this nostalgic setting.
Oak Cabin at Pocono Mountains
Although you’d be hard pressed to find a room or nook that isn’t the definition of cozy, it’s the sheer number of places there are to relax that clocks in as the most appealing part of this three-bedroom Poconos vacation home. The interiors are rustic and bright and the main living area is situated in front of a massive window, perfect for watching the day pass by when you aren’t outside enjoying the scenery. When you’re ready to head out for an adventure, you’ve got access to all the best skiing, kayaking, and hiking the Poconos has to offer.
Located in the heart of the mountains, this Poconos cabin is the perfect setting for a romantic getaway. The two-bedroom Bushkill House is owned by designers, so you know the interiors are spot-on. Rustic and intimate, each room feels like a welcoming hug, and the patio is the perfect place to sip your morning coffee with a side of fresh air. This home is located near ski resorts, as well as the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, which has ample hiking, fishing, swimming pools, tennis courts, and more.