While you may lean more towards the beach getaways for your summer group vacations, the mountains of Virginia offer a quiet beauty in the summer months that provide an appealing alternative. There is plenty to see and do in the region: serene hiking trails end in breathtaking views of the Virginia landscapes and wildlife, and hidden pathways lead to secluded waterfalls that speak to the beauty of the Commonwealth. Plan a summer getaway with your friends or family and stay at one of these mountain vacation rentals to experience an unforgettable Virginia trip.

Pebble Beach River Cabin—Luray

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Located on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River, the Pebble Beach River Cabin in Luray sleeps eight people, with three bedrooms and three bathrooms. The cabin sits on 9.5 acres of pristine rural land and from the hot tub, you can get a clear view of the George Washington National Forest. This cabin rental is located right on the river so you have prime access to swimming, fishing, canoeing, and kayaking at any time (the rental even includes free use of the on-site kayak and canoe). Roast marshmallows or warm up on a chilly evening at the fire pit. There is also a propane grill on the porch if you want to have a barbecue during your vacation. The Pebble Beach River Cabin is pet friendly and starts at $345 per night. Book your stay

River Haven Cabin—Elkton

This charming cabin in Elkton has room for up to eight guests, with two bedrooms, a loft area with a sleeper sofa, and one bathroom. The huge deck on the River Haven Cabin overlooks the Shenandoah River, and the rental property includes a private boat dock and outdoor grill. With rates starting at $99 per night, this cabin is an affordable option for guests looking for a pet friendly rental. Book your stay

Laurel Point Cottage—Meadows of Dan

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Sleeping two to four people, the Laurel Point Cottage at Meadows of Dan is great for couples looking for a private mountain retreat. The cottage has a full-length covered back deck that offers sweeping views of the surrounding mountains, as well as a smaller covered deck attached to the front of the house. Pets are allowed, and rates start from $230 a night. Book your stay

Hilltop Log Cabin—Shenandoah

Hilltop Log Cabin has all the comforts of home without the distractions and busy schedules! This cute log cabin comfortably sleeps up to six people, with two bedrooms, a futon, and a sleeper sofa. The home has two full bathrooms with a Jacuzzi tub and shower. There is a large outdoor hot tub and a campfire area on the property, and the cabin accepts pets on a case-by-case basis. Average of $163 per night. Book your stay

Retreat at the Reserve at Fairystone—Stuart

If you book the Retreat at the Reserve at Fairystone in Stuart, be aware that the rental property may come with some wildlife neighbors popping up from time to time. Deer, turkey, and other wildlife are common sights at this two bedroom, one bath log cabin. The cabin is small but cozy, and is the perfect destination for an outdoors-loving couple looking for an intimate Virginia getaway. There is plenty to do at nearby Fairystone State Park and Philpott Lake, where guests can hike, swim, kayak, canoe, and more. The Blue Ridge Parkway is only minutes away, allowing visitors to enjoy a relaxing drive with unforgettable scenic views of the Virginia Mountains. Rent this cabin from $100 per night. Book your stay

Bear’s Lair Cabin on the New River—Austinville

The Bear’s Lair Cabin (say that three times fast!) on the New River has three bedrooms and two full bathrooms. This Austinville gem is wrapped with more than 400 square feet of deck and has over 300 feet of easily accessible waterfront. Guests can spend their time fishing canoeing, hiking, or biking on the New River Trail. Rates from $189 per night. Book your stay

The Cabins at Crabtree Falls—Tyro

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With five unique, fully furnished cabins available to rent, the Cabins at Crabtree Falls provide an excellent base camp for those looking to hike the nearby Crabtree Falls trails or surrounding trails in the Blue Ridge Mountains, or a scenic place to rest for those traveling down the nearby Blue Ridge Parkway. Every cabin has an outdoor fire pit and charcoal grills, and occupancy ranges from four to eight people for each cabin. Book Your Stay

Cottage on Craig—Eagle Rock

Wake up to sunlight in the country every day of your amazing vacation at the Cottage on Craig. This home has glass walls in the bedroom, but is far enough off the beaten path to still have plenty of privacy. Walk right out the back door and jump right into Craig Creek, where you can swim, tube, canoe, and fish (While you have to bring your own fishing tackle, this rental includes use of inner tubes, kayaks, and a canoe). The cabin has two bedrooms, with two queen beds, two twins, and a full sofa bed, and two bathrooms. From $160 per night, this charming country cabin in Eagle Rock is a secluded Virginia paradise. Book your stay

Lydia Mountain Log Cabins—Stanardsville

This 122-acre property has a total of fifteen cabins available for rent that range from one to five bedrooms to accommodate groups of every size. These cabins are all pet-friendly so that you don’t have to leave your four-legged family members behind. Located in Stanardsville, the Lydia Mountain Log Cabins are near Skyline Drive, Charlottesville, and plenty of wineries along the Monticello Wine Trail. Prices range from $175 (1 bedroom) or $350 (5 bedroom) per night. Book your stay

Breaks Interstate Park Cabins—Breaks

HA13080103V_184.TIF Visit the “Grand Canyon of the South” at the Breaks and stay at the Breaks Interstate Park Cabins. You can rent either the lakefront or woodland cabins. The cabins are ideally suited for groups of six or less and do not allow pets. The grounds around the cabins have an Olympic-size pool, a lake with paddleboats and fishing, hiking trails, picnic areas, a visitor center and gift shop, playground equipment, a restaurant and an amphitheater. With so much to do, you will always find ways to fill your time at the Breaks Interstate Park. The cabins are available to rent from $160 per night (prime season minimum is one week). Book your stay A little exploration can reveal a side of Virginia not often seen. Whether you want to be surrounded by the quiet beauty of the mountains or are looking for an active getaway complete with mountain biking and long hikes, a vacation in the Virginia Mountains gives you access to everything you need to create a fantastic summer trip in 2016. Want more options? Find a Virginia State Park cabin that suits your budget, style, and size.