United States Iowa The 5 Best Iowa Cabin Rentals The Dry Run Cabin on Airbnb is our top choice By Stefanie Waldek Stefanie Waldek Instagram Twitter Stefanie Waldek is a Brooklyn-based travel writer with over six years of experience. She covers various destinations, hotels, and travel products for TripSavvy. TripSavvy's editorial guidelines Updated on 02/20/23 Fact checked by Jillian Dara Fact checked by Jillian Dara Instagram Emerson College Jillian Dara is a freelance journalist and fact-checker. Her work has appeared in Travel + Leisure, USA Today, Michelin Guides, Hemispheres, DuJour, and Forbes. TripSavvy's fact-checking Share Pin Email We independently evaluate all recommended products and services. If you click on links we provide, we may receive compensation. Learn more. Getty Images / James Pintar The Rundown Best in Decorah: Dry Run Cabin – See Rates at Airbnb "This spacious log cabin provides a great home base for exploring area attractions, including hiking trails and downtown Decorah." Best Waterfront: Lake Cornelia Cabin – See Rates at Airbnb "Take in the views from the upper-level balcony or the large private dock, which is right outside the door and has a picnic table." Best in Bluff Country: Hidden Hollow – See Rates at Airbnb "Enjoy 158 private acres of Bluff Country land, including a private pond, at this three-bedroom cabin in McGregor." Best Historic Stay: Trout River Log Cabin – See Rates at Airbnb "While the cabin has been updated with electricity, there’s no TV or WiFi—guests are encouraged to go hiking in the area and swim." Best for Activities: The Patriot at Whispering Meadows Resort – See Rates at Airbnb "Don’t be fooled by the cabin’s single bedroom—there’s actually 1,500 square feet of space and enough beds for 10 guests." Best in Decorah: Dry Run Cabin Airbnb Buy on Airbnb.com Bedrooms (3) 1 Queen 1 Double 4 Twins 8 guests Amenities Fireplace Outdoor dining Cable TV WiFi With three bedrooms, including one in a loft, a kitchen, a double-height living room, and a wrap-around porch, there’s plenty of room for your entire group at this spacious log cabin in Decorah, Iowa, a town in the northeast end of the state. Guests rave about the kitchen, in particular, since it's well-stocked with equipment like an oven, microwave, and full cutlery. If you're cooking for a lot of people, the provisions here are sure to be handy. The rental has a classic log-cabin aesthetic, with homey decor warming up the space. The cabin's wealth of windows helps to light up the open plan of the bottom floor and they provide a much needed indoor-outdoor connection. The cabin provides a great home base for exploring area attractions, from the Trout Run Trail, which loops around the historic city, just a mile away, to the downtown area’s art, music, wine and beer, and dining scenes, just two miles away. Best Waterfront: Lake Cornelia Cabin Airbnb Buy on Airbnb.com Bedrooms (1) 1 Queen 1 trundle bed 4 guests Amenities Private dock Full kitchen Laundry WiFi Set right on the waters of Lake Cornelia in Clarion, a town about 90 minutes from Des Moines, this cozy cabin has all-wood interiors featuring one private bedroom, a loft, a small kitchen, and a living room. Take in the views from the upper-level balcony or the large private dock that's right outside the door. That means you'll have super easy access to the water, which is perfect for a summertime cool-down. The rental is just a short walk from Lake Cornelia Park, a public ground that has a playground and a beach if you want to get away from your private side of the lake, and a short drive from hiking and snowmobiling trails. The cabin also provides a great educational opportunity to learn about the history of the state and its agriculture, as it sits right nearby Clarion's Heartland Museum, where kids can learn all about the history of midwestern farming, play around on tractors, and explore the plains. Best in Bluff Country: Hidden Hollow Airbnb Buy on Airbnb.com Bedrooms (3) 1 Queen 2 Double 6 guests Amenities Wood-burning 3 kayaks Soaking tub Fire pit Enjoy 158 private acres of spacious Bluff Country land in northeast Iowa at this three-bedroom cabin in McGregor. This rental even comes with its own private pond, if you're keen to fish nearby or just relax by taking a dip in the water. With decor that combines rusticity with a touch of whimsy, plus details like a soaking tub and an elegantly landscaped back garden, Hidden Hollow is perfect for meditative retreats or a quiet weekend away. There are stone and rock features that help create an open backyard, meaning you'll have plenty of space to relax and enjoy the forest wilderness. If you feel like being adventurous, you can explore the many hiking trails throughout the property. Dogs are welcome here, too! Most Historic Stay: Trout River Log Cabin Airbnb Buy on Airbnb.com Bedrooms (1) 1 Queen 1 Single 3 guests Amenities Front porch Air conditioning Board games Fire pit Take a trip back in time with a stay at Trout River Log Cabin, built in the 1850s by Norwegian immigrants. Norwegians have a long history in Iowa, having been pushed out of their home country due to economic pressures, immigrating to the midwestern United States to become farmers. While the cabin was originally a Norwegian-Lutheran parochial school, it’s since been converted into a lovely vacation rental, with a small kitchen, an upstairs bedroom, and a split bathroom (there’s a toilet downstairs and a shower upstairs). Just outside Decorah, the cabin is a great escape and an opportunity to unwind and disconnect, and even though it's updated with electricity for maximal comfort, there’s no TV or WiFi. So, guests are encouraged to go hiking in the area and swim in the Trout River and reconnect with nature. Best for Activities: The Patriot at Whispering Meadows Resort Airbnb Buy on Airbnb.com Bedrooms (1) 4 Queens 1 Double 10 guests Amenities Fishing pond ATV trails Jetted bathtub The listing for this one-bedroom cabin at Whispering Meadows Resort in Spragueville can be deceptive, but there’s actually 1,500 square feet of space and enough beds for 10 guests. The cabin's insides feature copious lofted space for extra sleeping room, and decor ranges from colorful quilts to an ornamental tree stump erupting out of the floorboards. While the interior of the cabin is large and you're likely to never run out of things to do during your stay at The Patriot, you’ll still probably be spending the majority of your time elsewhere on the 200-acre property and adjacent lands. With ATVs, snowmobiling, hiking trails, and a fishing pond, there is so much to do in the surrounding area and in the resort that you won't want to stay home. Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! Submit Continue to 5 of 5 below.