Hiking, nature watching, or simply strolling through the woods, there’s no better time to #visitPA than during fall foliage season. With rustic log cabins and luxurious farmhouses, you and your loved ones will find no shortage of unique properties to enjoy the best views of those famous autumn colors during a fall weekend getaway in the Northeast. Disconnect and reconnect at these 29 secluded cozy cabins and rustic retreats, furnished with all the modern amenities!
1. The Alpine A-Frame
An autumn adventure awaits only a few minutes from Camelback Ski Resort at the Alpine A-Frame, designed to surprise and delight at every turn. From a private hot tub overlooking a babbling brook to a spiral staircase, a mezzanine catwalk, fully equipped kitchen, and a floor net lounge, this property provides a truly unique fall retreat.
2. Coolspring Cabin
A genuine log cabin nestled along the banks of Little Sandy Creek in rural Jefferson County, Coolspring Cabin offers guests a unique and tranquil getaway with a private backyard and wood-burning fireplace. Visitors will love its scenic location right on the waterfront. The property is also adjacent to the historical Coolspring Power Museum and only 10 miles from the world-renowned Gobbler's Knob, home to Punxsutawney Phil.
3. Double Bore Ranch
You get the best of both worlds with a stay at the Double Bore Ranch‘s lodge – a beautiful, rustic setting with 200 scenic acres overlooking beautiful woodlands and all the luxury and comforts of home. Amenities include a wood-burning fireplace, game room, bar area, pool table, and music center. Explore the great outdoors with hiking, canoeing, kayaking, and biking. Only a 10-minute drive from the ranch, you can enjoy wining and dining in the town of Clarion.
4. Fallen Branch Cabin
Get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life in a peaceful cabin just minutes from Cook Forest and the Allegheny National Forest. With a cathedral ceiling opening to a loft and beautiful forest views from every window, Fallen Branch Cabin makes a great escape for outdoor lovers. Explore the wondrous wilds and then return to a cozy cabin with two porches, a charcoal grill on the back deck, and an outdoor bonfire.
Outdoor enthusiasts will love a stay at Heartwood. Located on seven acres in the Allegheny National Forest, this gorgeous, three-bedroom lodge offers guests natural beauty, tranquility, and cozy comforts. Enjoy this scenic getaway with plenty of outdoor fall activities, including hiking, biking, hunting, and even star-gazing available right outside the back door.
6. The Lodges at Gettysburg
Located just 5 miles from downtown Gettysburg surrounded by 35 acres of beautiful woodlands, The Lodges at Gettysburg offer beautiful, picturesque views of the historic battlefield and plenty of trails to stroll along or bike throughout the property. The property boasts a variety of private modern lodges, each with fully equipped kitchenettes, fireplaces, heating, private porches, vaulted beam ceilings, flat-screen televisions, and Wi-Fi.
7. Brewhouse Mountain Eco-Inn
Looking for a truly unique experience in beautiful southcentral PA? A nature lovers’ paradise awaits at Brewhouse Mountain Eco-Inn. Located on four acres of forestland in the Conewago Mountains, listen to the symphony of nature as you curl up with a book in front of the wood stove after a day playing paintball at the Roundtop Mountain Resort or simply enjoying the great outdoors at Gifford Pinchot State Park. This rural, retro getaway boasts all the modern amenities and contains an expansive and unique collection of antique and vintage brewery advertising posters as well as vintage beer cans from around the world.
8. Burnhead Grazings
Enjoy a full farm experience with a stay at the secluded Burnhead Grazings – a 68-acre, working sheep farm with North Country Cheviot sheep, horses, donkeys, chickens, and adorable border collies. Stay the night at the farm’s quaint, two-bedroom, old Spring House or a room in the main farmhouse. In the morning, wake to a delicious farm-to-table breakfast featuring free-range eggs, in-season veggies, and their natural grass-fed lamb sausage and free-range pork, making this the perfect fall getaway in PA.
9. Bugle Hollow Lodge
The stunning Bugle Hollow Lodge vacation rental home is surrounded by trees and nestled in the heart of the Endless Mountains. Located in a prime elk and deer viewing area, this spacious five-bedroom, 4.5-bathroom rental includes a full kitchen, private wildlife viewing area, and deck to take in the breathtaking view. Spend a beautiful fall weekend exploring Elk State Forest or take a kayak down the Sinnemahoning Creek.
10. Sylvania Mountain Lodging
Just steps away from the 250-acre Kooser State Park with its hiking trails, beautiful woodlands, and stunning trout stream that flows the full length of the park, Sylvania Mountain Lodging is in the heart of fall foliage fun in the Laurel Highlands. Take your pick from two cottages — the two-bedroom Sylvania Mountain Lodge or the three-bedroom Rockcliffe Cottage — each offer a fully-equipped kitchen, dramatic stone fireplace, and outdoor fire pit.
11. Gateway Lodge
Gateway Lodge is a Cooksburg retreat so remote it eludes GPS. But the search pays off with a bevy of accommodation options including two-story Luxury Cabins, low-key rustic Heritage Cabins, family-friendly Black Bear Cabins, cozy Fireside Suites, and charming Gallery Rooms. Visitors looking to explore what’s dubbed the “Black Forest of Pennsylvania” won’t be disappointed here; kayak along the Clarion River, ride horseback under the falling leaves, or reel in a trophy brown trout.
12. Wapiti Woods
Wapiti Woods – Guest Cabins invites visitors to explore the Moshannon and Elk State Forests from one of its 10 cabins. The cabins all feature wood-burning fireplaces, full kitchens, and fire rings. Enjoy the breathtaking foliage in a variety of ways: hiking to area waterfalls, biking along the area’s nature trails, and spending time exploring the nearby lakes and rivers.
13. Lakeview on the Lake
If fishing is on your wish list, make the trip to Erie where you’ll find Presque Isle Bay — known for its abundance of yellow perch, bluegill, crappie, and steelhead — as well as West Basin Pond, a trout-stocked lake within the park. Stay just minutes away from the fishing action when you book one of the waterfront romantic suites or mini-cottages at Lakeview on the Lake, offering a cozy and budget-friendly home base.
14. The Alder House
Though a modern cabin, the décor of The Alder House is deeply rooted in Pennsylvania Dutch heritage featuring many pieces of authentic Shaker furnishings dating back to the 1800s. A mountain escape in the heart of the Pocono Mountains, the serene, two-bedroom cabin can sleep up to seven people and includes a large dining room, sunroom, fully equipped kitchen, an indoor fireplace, and outdoor fire pit. The nearby Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area offers lots of exhilarating outdoor adventures.
15. The Green Forest Retreat
The thoughtfully remodeled Green Forest Retreat with its warm wood floors, hand-crafted ceramic tiles, extra comfortable beds, and custom artistic details has a unique and luxurious feel. The retreat offers a spa-like bathroom, fire pit, wood burning fireplace, washer and dryer, and fully equipped kitchen. Enjoy colorful nature walks among the leaves, then afterwards relax and unwind in the hot tub or custom-built Finnish-style sauna.
16. Ohiopyle Treehouse
You are never far from chirping birds and the peaceful sounds of nature as you unwind on one of the three covered porches at this one-of-a-kind Ohiopyle Treehouse, just a short drive from Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater and Ohiopyle State Park. Located more than a quarter mile off the road, the secluded, ADA-accessible treehouse is equipped with all the modern amenities including heating and air conditioning, a fully equipped kitchen, in-ceiling speaker system, and Wi-Fi. In the evening, roast marshmallows over the custom, hand crafted fire pit, then cap off your stay with a dip in the wood-fired hot tub surrounded by the serenity of a cozy fall night.
17. The Lure
Originally built in the 1930s as a fishing cabin, The Lure has been remodeled into a luxurious waterfront property. Sit on the deck and watch the sun reflect off the quiet and serene glacial "round pond" or snuggle up in the outdoor jacuzzi. This delightful destination will lure anyone looking to do it all or absolutely nothing!
18. Magnolia Streamside Resort
Nestled into the pine trees of the Pocono Mountains, the six cabins of Magnolia Streamside Resort offer spacious layouts and distinctive geography, from streamside cottages to garden retreats. Zipline, tube, or check out the mountain coaster at nearby Camelback Mountain and Shawnee Mountain Ski Area or spend time exploring trails through the Pocono Mountains.
19. Clarion River Cabin
Enjoy a delightful autumn weekend getaway at beautiful, recently built, riverfront log cabin located directly along the wild and scenic Clarion River. Located in the middle of the Allegheny National Forest, the Clarion River Cabin’s prime location offers plenty of opportunities to bike, hike, fish, hunt, paddle, or just simply relax all within a few miles of the homebase. Bring the whole family to bask in the cool fall breeze and enjoy beautiful views of the river from the cozy cabin’s wrap around deck.
20. Mimm's Farmhouse
Escape the hustle and bustle of daily life at the tranquil Mimm's Farmhouse. Located on a Christmas tree farm set within the rolling hills of Schuylkill County, the six-bedroom farmhouse comes fully equipped with a large, naturally lit kitchen, expandable dining table for hosting groups of up to 11 guests, a sitting area with a flat screen TV, bed linens and towels, and a fire pit. Hike, bike, and explore the surrounding property, which comes complete with rescue cats, chickens, ducks, and blacknose sheep. Don't forget to grab the property’s blanket and basket for the perfect on-site fall picnic!
21. Hilltop Haven A-Frame
Located just 10 minutes from Little Buffalo State Park, relax and rejuvenate as you enjoy the expansive views and private setting of Hilltop Haven. Surrounded by trees & nature, this unique home sits atop a ridge that takes full advantage of the sprawling autumn scenery with oversized windows that let you enjoy the surrounding mountain terrain from essentially every corner of the first floor. After enjoying your morning coffee or tea on the back deck, spend the day exploring 30 acres of woodland or play some tennis or basketball on the haven’s on-site courts. The home’s lounge area features a gas fireplace and 50" smart TV, while the deck comes complete with a propane grill, gas fire pit, and seating area.
22. The Corner at St. Luke's
Housed in a former country church that dates back to 1871, the Corner at St. Luke’s provides a peace-filled sanctuary. Resplendent with 14 of the church’s original, stunning stained-glass windows, this picturesque four-bed, six-bath lakeside villa provides everything you could possibly want in a deluxe getaway. There are smart TVs in every room, a fully stocked game/theatre room, a dock and boat slip, paddleboat and rowboat, gas grill, gas fire pit, canoe, kayak, bicycles, and all the modern amenities. Enjoy hiking, leaf peeping, and even wine tasting at the nearby Tannersville Cranberry Bog Preserve, Camelback Mountain Resort, and Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.
Named after the owner’s great, great, great grandmother, Crescentia, rent the entire, beautifully renovated 1884 Victorian home in the heart of St. Marys or one of the two floors, each with its own private entrance. Conveniently located in the downtown, the Crescentia-A two bedroom unit is within walking distance of St. Marys’ quaint cafes, coffee shops and the iconic Straub Brewery. Fall is the perfect time to take a short drive to spy some elk in the outlying area or hike, bike, or walk along all or part of the 19.5-mile West Creek Recreational Trail connecting St. Marys and Emporium.
24. Lynn Hall's Architects Suite
Throughout the mid-20th century, noted Pennsylvania architect Raymond Viner Hall designed 122 private homes based on the Usonian concept of incorporating wood, stone, and other materials native to a home’s area. Carved from the mountain overlooking the Allegheny River, you can experience his work firsthand at the one bedroom, one bath The Architect’s Suite at Lynn Hall. This unique, historic property has a kitchenette and includes Ray Viner Hall’s original architectural studio. The solarium is thoughtfully decorated with original renderings and items that would be found in his studio. Relax by the beautiful and unique fireplace and enjoy scenic views from the window-filled home.
25. Whimsy in the Woods
Located just 20-minutes from Hershey, the three-bed, cabin retreat Whimsy in the Woods is unlike anything you've likely ever seen. With colorful hand-painted furniture and eccentric artwork, the cozy 2,100-square-foot space is perfect for a fun group or family looking for a fall getaway. Fish in the property’s duck pond, relax in the hot tub, and spend the cool fall nights warmed by the gas fire pit.
26. The Silo House
Escape to the peace and tranquility of a working flower and lavender farm at the refurbished farmhouse known as The Silo House. The charming farmhouse has a French country feel with social animals that roam the property and where you can sit on the front porch and watch the clouds go by. Be sure to check out some of the local attractions including the National Apple Museum, located just down the road and housed in a restored, pre-Civil War era bank barn. With the coming of fall, Adams County is brimming with apple-themed festivals and fun!
27. Ohiopyle Hobbit House
The Ohiopyle Hobbit House is a dream come true for Lord of The Rings fans and fanatics. Built hobbit-style into the side of a hill, this unique house can accommodate up to 10 fans who are sure to enjoy the massive Gandalf statue “guarding” the front door. The house is filled with cute and charming touches throughout, including medieval-looking doors with operable speak easy look-throughs and even whiskey barrel cabinets. If you can drag yourself away from this slice of hobbit-land, visit nearby Ohiopyle State Park to enjoy some of the best fall foliage views around while exploring the park’s trails and beautiful waterfalls.
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