There is nothing more appealing once the weather turns cold than a weekend getaway in a cozy cabin. Whether you’re looking for a peaceful mountain retreat or a quiet coastal cottage, Virginia’s got the perfect place for you. Check out these 12 cottages and cabins that offer all the comforts and amenities you need to create a memorable fall experience in Virginia.
MONTFAIR RESORT FARM COTTAGES—CROZET
Montfair Resort Farm has eight eco-friendly cottages available for guests, all overlooking a small mountain lake in Albemarle County. Just 15 minutes from Charlottesville, the property is convenient to a wide array of travel destinations, including dozens of wineries and breweries, historic sites like Monticello, and the world-famous Shenandoah National Park. Hiking trails wind through the estate’s woodlands, open fields, and three ponds, and you’ll spot a variety of wildlife during your treks through the property. The two bedroom, pet-friendly cottages sleep up to six guests, with a pull-out couch in the living room suitable for kids. Two canoes, kid’s bicycles, and adult mountain bikes are available for your use during a stay at the farm’s cottages.
YONA MOUNTAIN LODGE—MAX MEADOWS
A getaway location with impressive views and serene surroundings, Yona Mountain Lodge is a three bedroom, four bathroom cabin with endless entertainment for the whole family (even the four-legged family members, as the cabin is pet-friendly). A recreation room is a prime spot for the kids to hang out, with a pool table, foosball, ping-pong, and darts. Adults will enjoy the two stone fireplaces, a wrap-around covered porch with a hot tub, and a screened-in porch off the master bedroom that provides privacy along with gorgeous scenery.
A RUSTIC RIVER CABIN—MASSANUTTEN
On the Shenandoah River, the Rustic River Cabin is warm and inviting, with a gas fireplace in the living room and an enclosed sunroom overlooking the scenic waters below. For days that aren’t too cool, an upper level balcony provides an additional view of the river, and outdoor activities like hiking and fishing are still popular, even during the fall and winter months. A hot tub on the deck and a fire pit in the yard below provide outdoor respites from the chilly air. The cabin is pet-friendly, allowing you to bring along your four-legged friends for a fall Virginia adventure.
The Riverside View cabin is a 900 square-foot mountain retreat nestled in the small town of Damascus. With the Appalachian Trail running through the center of the town and the Virginia Creeper Trail just a few blocks away, the small two-bedroom cabin is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts. If the weather permits, spend some time on the balcony to enjoy the scenic beauty of the Laurel River, which runs along the property.
THE FISHEL COTTAGE—MARTINSVILLE
Built in the 1930s, the Fishel Cottage has since been renovated with all the modern amenities you would expect for a relaxing getaway. The pet-friendly log cabin sleeps up to six, with a queen bedroom, fold-out sleeper sofa, and a twin bed in the back room for kids. An enclosed back porch offers a comfortable place to unwind with a beautiful backdrop, and on cool nights, light a fire in the brick fireplace to keep warm. The rental is within walking distance of the Virginia Museum of Natural History, along with plenty of walking trails for hiking through the surrounding countryside.
HAWTHORN COTTAGE—COLONIAL BEACH
Coastal Virginia is a popular summer vacation spot, but the off-season frequently means you’ll get cheaper rates and less crowded beaches. The Hawthorn Cottage is a three bedroom, one-and-a half-bath rental located in the small yet charming town of Colonial Beach in Virginia’s Northern Neck. Only a block from the waterfront, the cottage is within walking distance of the town’s restaurants, shops, and fishing pier. Rent a golf cart during your stay to tour this peaceful community like the locals.
RIVER WOODS RETREAT—BENTONVILLE
River Woods Retreat sits on six acres of wooded property at the base of Massanutten Mountain, with the Shenandoah River running below. The retreat has three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and one half-bath, accommodating groups of up to six people. With Massanutten Resort right around the corner, the rental attracts many skiiers and snowboarders during the winter season, but in the fall, hiking and mountain biking trails are open for outdoor enthusiasts to explore the mountainside, as well as several zip lines that showcase the incredible views of the fall foliage below. Spend the cool evenings warming up by the fire pit, and wake up in the morning to the idyllic sounds of nature on the cabin’s outdoor deck. Two stone gas fireplaces inside the home will keep things cozy as the weather turns chilly, and a luxuriously large bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub, gas fireplace, and walk-in shower will have everyone in your group vying for the expansive master suite.
MEADOW VIEW CABIN—LEXINGTON
A two bedroom, two bath rental that sleeps up to four people, the Meadow View Cabin is six miles from Historic Downtown Lexington off of a private country lane. The panoramic window wall affords pastoral views of the scenic landscape outside, and the wooden wraparound deck is a great place for a cup of coffee first thing in the morning.
NATURAL RETREATS ANASTASIA COTTAGE—WARM SPRINGS
Natural Retreats Anastasia Cottage is only a few minutes from several notable destinations, including Douthat State Park, the Waterwheel Restaurant, and the historic Omni Homestead Resort. The log cabin was built around 1840 and while the antique logs and woodwork have been carefully preserved, the interior has been updated with period antiques and modern amenities. Up to five people can comfortably stay in the cabin, with two queen, one full, and one twin bed, but there are also an additional two sleeper sofas in the cottage. A fireplace and a screened-in patio create a comfortable setting for cool or inclement weather.
If you’re looking for a picturesque retreat just outside of Richmond, rent the Cottages at the Mill at Fine Creek in Powhatan, located twenty minutes outside the capital city. These thirteen cottages are individually designed and decorated; there are seven one-bedroom, five two-bedroom, and one three-bedroom layouts, making the cabins ideal for family and group retreats, although they also rent out single units if available. Rustic chic country décor furnishes each cottage, connected by a series of walking trails between manicured yards and mulched gardens. Guests receive complimentary breakfast each morning at the on-site General Store.
PAPA BEAR’S RIVER CABIN—LURAY
Handcrafted by the owner using wood from his own sawmill just down the road, Papa Bear’s River Cabin accommodates up to eight people. The wooded acres of the property sit along the Shenandoah River in the Blue Ridge Mountains, making it an ideal getaway site for outdoor enthusiasts looking to fish and hike in Virginia’s mountains. This three bedroom, two bathroom cabin has an outdoor fire put with hand-hewn log chairs and a six-person hot tub on the patio, as well as a gas log fireplace inside the house. In addition to the outdoor activities available on-site, the house is minutes away from Luray Caverns, Shenandoah National Park, and the Blue Ridge Whiskey Wine Loop, featuring more than ten wineries, distilleries, and cideries.
Patricia Keppel Anderson
Patricia Anderson is the Content Manager for the Virginia is for Lovers marketing team, and her passion for travel continuously inspires her to write about the great experiences found in Virginia. After more than eight years working at Virginia Tourism as the head writer, she has visited countless destinations and communities and found something to love in each and every one, but her favorite type of vacation would always include hiking a quiet trail in the mountains followed by a leisurely outing to a nearby winery or brewery.