The cabin is an icon. Think of the legendary mountain man Jeremiah Johnson building his own home in the Rocky Mountains, or the teams of lumberjacks that once shared a meal after a long day of work in the forests of Eastern Canada. The log cabins built by those settling the Oregon Trail were the symbols of a life on the edge of the frontier, and as far back as the viking age, the massive wooden structures were the centers of family and community life. Even today, cabins evoke a sense of comfort and freedom, representing a refuge from the stresses of modern life and serving as a symbol for shelter against the harsh elements of nature. Moreover, cabins are popular across the globe — the perfect lodging for both summer and winter vacations. Below are some of the coolest cabins around, all of which mesh the function of an everyday shelter with unique design.
Photographer Nick Olsen and his partner Lilah Horrowitz of Milwaukee, Wisconsin built this cabin as their retreat from their busy lives. Nestled in the West Virginia mountains, the getaway features an impressive wall of windows for taking in the view of the sunset.
An open-air design built from an old photography platform offers breathtaking views of the South African landscape. This cabin is a part of the Lion Sands Game Reserve, and it has everything you’d want from vacation housing — a fully furnished bedroom, bathroom, and all manner of predators just a few feet below you.
This luxurious cabin, built by Blue Forest in Sussex, England looks like something out of a fairy tale. However, not only is it very real, you can book it for your next vacation.
City life is busy, hectic, and finding a moment away from it all is hard. This tiny cabin, built in a Brooklyn, New York backyard, makes finding a little piece of the great outdoors in the concrete jungle a little easier.
Timber Moose, this enormous fortress-like cabin, is the largest privately owned cabin in the US. It features a swimming pool, massive kitchen and dining areas, a crow’s nest, and enough room to accommodate you and 60 of your friends.
While exorbitantly expensive, the Manta Resort’s tiny floating lodging is unlike any other cabin on this list — or the world for that matter. Situated just off shore, the cabin still provides the astonishing views one would hope for, but of the clear blue sea, instead of verdant green woods.
Scotland’s Eagle Brae resort has several cabins available for vacationers to take advantage of. These log homes are the real deal: log frames, turf roofs, fur carpets, taxidermied game, and all manner of expertly crafted wood furniture. The Loxia cabin unit as pictured above.
It seems obvious that the Nordic countries would be have some of the most impressive cabins in the world. This Finnish home has a modern look that manages to blend contemporary aesthetics with its woodland surroundings.
This subtle cabin is part of a Norwegian mountain resort, Juvet. Like many other contemporary cabins, the design is minimalist and more about taking in the views than standing out against them.