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8 Tranquil Cabin Rentals in Connecticut

by Dustin Christensen
Updated June 16, 2022

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Connecticut’s harbors and historic towns may not bring to mind epic cabin getaways, but a handful of chic rentals in the Constitution State can make for a surprisingly memorable weekend in the woods.

Most of Connecticut’s best places to stay are historic inns, quaint bed and breakfasts, and cottages lining the low coastal hills. But throughout the state you’ll find cabins and small chalets with killer views, nearby hiking and access to local parks, lakes and rivers.

Here are 8 of the coolest cabin rentals you’ll find in Connecticut, from modern tiny homes to rustic farm stays in the countryside.

Coolest Stay

1. Getaway Machimoodus

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Photo: Getaway

Why you should stay: modern tiny cabins near a scenic state park.

  • Location: Moodus
  • Sleeps: 2-4
  • Minimum Stay: 1-2 nights
  • Rates from: $149/night

Getaway Machimoodus, one of the newest of Getaway’s Outposts, is named after nearby Machimoodus State Park, a 300-acre swath of beautiful woodlands on the Salmon River.

It’s the perfect place to spend the day hiking and wildlife watching, and Getaway is an ideal basecamp for disconnecting from the world at large. The one- and two-bed tiny cabins here are modern, minimalistic and designed to help you connect with nature while winding down screen time.

Each cabin comes with all the necessities and no more, so the focus is on a mindful stay that’s peaceful and based on the natural surroundings. The 86-acre grounds are clean, safe and designed to become a sort of wellness routine for guests, so once you’ve booked once, don’t be surprised if you find yourself back every few months.

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Best Lakeside Stay

2. Cabin at White Gate Farm

Cabin at White Gate Farm
Photo: VRBO

Why you should stay: rustic cabin with views on a locally renowned organic farm.

  • Location: East Lyme
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum Stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $362/night

A large living room window in this cabin opens up to Lake Pattagansett, so you’ll get serene lake views here whether you’re inside or outdoors. The grassy shore and nearby dock offer plenty of places to relax, play and swim during the summer, and sunsets on the lake are as peaceful as they sound.

The cabin’s located on White Gate Farm, a 100-acre property on the northeast side of the lake that slings organic produce, eggs and other foods — and offers farm-to-table dinners and classes throughout the year. If that doesn’t sound like a healthy retreat, we don’t know what does.

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Best Vibes

3. The Little Lake Cabin

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Photo: Airbnb

Why you should stay: clean aesthetics and cozy spaces make for a mesmerizing getaway.

  • Location: New Fairfield
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum Stay: 4 nights
  • Rates from: $269/night

Let’s cut to the chase: The Little Lake Cabin is a vibe.

But it wasn’t always that way: the 1940s-era home underwent major renovations to become the chic place it is now, and today it’s one of the highest-rated Airbnb cabins in Connecticut.

The home’s tucked into a small community near Candlewood Lake, a great place to spend the day on the beach or kayak. There’s also nearby Squantz Pond State Park, and no matter what your itinerary, The Little Lake Cabin’s cozy setup will be a welcome bookend to the day.

“We could not be more grateful for the time we spent at this sweet cabin,” said Airbnb guest Ben. “It was above and beyond in terms of cleanliness, comfort, and attention to detail.”

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Best Treehouse Cabin

4. Treehouse at Bluebird Farm

Treehouse at Bluebird Farm
Photo: VRBO

Why you should stay: treehouse home on a working farm in northeast Connecticut.

  • Location: Willington
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum Stay: 1-2 nights
  • Rates from: $221/night

Bluebird Farm’s property includes a treehouse, a renovated 1918-era barn with a rentable loft, and beautiful grounds that serve as a picturesque event background.

And if you’re not staying for a wedding, the treehouse still makes for a fun, casual weekend getaway. Part cabin, part tiny home, the treehouse makes great use of its space and creates a cozy atmosphere in any season. Add the farm’s animals — pigs, goats, sheepdogs, chickens — and its friendly hosts, and you get a cabin stay that’s uniquely Connecticut.

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Related read: 12 Best Airbnbs in Connecticut for the Ultimate Getaway

Best Camping Cabins

5. Connecticut State Park Cabins

Connecticut State Parks cabins
Photo: Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

Why you should stay: budget-friendly cabins scattered around the state.

  • Location: Statewide
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum Stay: 2+ nights
  • Rates from: $50/night

Eight Connecticut State Parks offer cabin rentals, including Housatonic Meadows State Park, Kettletown State Park, Black Rock State Park, Lake Waramaug State Park and more.

These camping cabins don’t have bathrooms or kitchens, but they’re located on scenic lots with outdoor fire pits and picnic tables for outdoor cooking and dining. They’re cheap and rustic, but if all you need is a solid shelter while exploring some of the state’s best parks, you won’t need much else.

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Best Luxury Stay

6. Winvian Farm

Winvian Farm cabin connecticut
Photo: Winvian Farm

Why you should stay: posh farm retreat with award-winning amenities and comfort.

  • Location: Morris
  • Sleeps: 2-5
  • Minimum Stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $799/night

To call a getaway at Winvian Farm a “farm stay” is a disservice to what the experience really is, something Departures called “113 acres of Norman Rockwell meets Alice in Wonderland.”

The farm’s five-star dining options, spa services and luxurious gardens — where produce goes from farm to table daily — adds up to an unforgettable retreat for the senses. The property includes 18 cottages and one suite, nearly all of which have been designed by different architects.

The log cabin is a lux take on the traditional lodge-style chalet, and if that one’s booked, you can’t go wrong with any of Winvian’s accommodations. You’ll find each space blurs the line between cottage and cabin, indoors and outside, with themes that are whimsical without feeling novelty.

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Best Group Cabins

7. Laurel Island

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Photo: Laurel Island

Why you should stay: rustic island cabins on Lake Pocotopaug.

  • Location: East Hampton
  • Sleeps: up to 39
  • Minimum Stay: 1 nights
  • Rates from: $400/night

Laurel Island’s 5 acres are home to a lodge and five cabins, making it the perfect place to hold private events like reunions or work retreats. Each cabin has its own quiet spaces, but large gathering spaces inside and out make it ideal for large groups.

The cabins include access to kayaks, canoes and paddleboards, and each cabin has its own dock and room to explore the lake. The hosts also offers day trips for those looking for island picnics without the overnight stay.

“The island is very private, the views are great, and the place has a very authentic outdoorsy feel,” said guest Holly Girard.

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Best Modern Stay

8. Casa Yamagoya

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Photo: Airbnb

Why you should stay: renovated mid-century home in a quiet suburb.

  • Location: Northford
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Minimum Stay: 5 nights
  • Rates from: $649/night

Casa Yamagoya, named after a Japanese mountain hut, isn’t your typical cabin — which is exactly why it’s so special. The chalet was originally designed by an architect who studied under Frank Lloyd Wright, and a recent renovation by designer Alex Fawcett now makes it one of the most interesting cabin-esque stays in Connecticut.

A post-and-beam construction highlights Fawcett’s zen-influenced aesthetic, creating a modern atmosphere that focuses on the landscape and clean interior spaces. It may not be a cabin in a traditional sense, but the chalet’s surrounded by trees, many of which are framed gorgeously in the home’s many windows.

“Nestled at the end of a very quiet street, it is very much in the woods,” said Airbnb guest Ralph. “Huge windows afford wonderful, peaceful views.”

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