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Best on Deep Creek Lake: Rocky Knoll II – See Rates at airbnb.com
"Just across the street from the house is a private dock and boat slip that is free for guests to use."
Best Chesapeake Bay: Waterfront Cabin on Susquehanna Flats – See Rates at airbnb.com
"Theres a grill and a picnic table outside on the patio, as well as a hot tub and Adirondack chairs for relaxation."
Best Near Baltimore: Blacksmith Cottage – See Rates at airbnb.com
"Originally built as a blacksmith shop in 1855, this building has since been converted into a rustic two-bedroom cabin."
Best for Families: Cozy Cabin in Swanton – See Rates at airbnb.com
"The community has lake access, so you can spend the day on the water, or you can go golfing at the nearby golf club."
Best for Large Groups: Stonegate – See Rates at airbnb.com
"In the winter, you can go skiing or snowboarding at nearby Wisp Resort, and in the summer, you can hike through Deep Creek Lake State Park."
Best for Romance: Lake Cabin with Hot Tub – See Rates at airbnb.com
"The cozy rental features a living room with a stone fireplace and a smart TV, with a spiral staircase leading to a lofted en-suite bedroom."
Best View: Patriot’s Retreat – See Rates at airbnb.com
"Soak in the scenic Allegheny mountain range views from the front porch of this charming cabin on Dan’s Mountain in Cumberland."
Best Tiny House: The Original Hob – See Rates at airbnb.com
"If you’re looking to disconnect for a while, this is the place to do it, as there’s no Wi-Fi or TV here."
Best Glamping Pod Cabin: Pod at Cherry Hill Park – See Rates at airbnb.com
"A huge perk to the minimalist accommodations are the shared resort facilities: two pools, a hot tub, a sauna, and even a splash park."
Our Top Picks
Best on Deep Creek Lake: Rocky Knoll II
1 bunk bed
Set on a hillside overlooking Deep Creek Lake, the largest lake in Maryland, this large cabin is anchored by a sprawling great room with floor-to-ceiling windows and a fireplace. The cabin also features two wrap-around porches, a gas grill, and rocking chairs for outdoor relaxation.
Just across the street from the house is a private dock and boat slip that is free for guests to use – and private. At the dock, guests can set off on kayaks or canoes to explore the lake, or even just circle the lake's edge to explore the flora and fauna.
The house is located near Deep Creek Lake State Park and the restaurants and shopping in McHenry like Black Bear Wine and Words for a meal with a wine pairing, or Funland for mini-golf.
Best Chesapeake Bay: Waterfront Cabin on Susquehanna Flats
Guests can take in prime views of the Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in the United States, from this three-bedroom cabin. Located in North East, Maryland, the community is host to a private beach, a boat ramp, and its own pier.
The rental is great for those interested in fishing or crabbing, as there’s a fish cleaning station, a grill, and a picnic table right outside on the patio. Likewise, there's also a hot tub and Adirondack chairs, for more beach-side activity and relaxation.
The cabin itself is designed around an open living room and antique furniture, with a lofted bedroom to add even more sleeping space.
The downtown area of North East, home to excursions like wine tastings at Turkey Point Vineyard Tasting Room, and craft shops in West Street Village, is just seven miles from the cabin. Guests can also take a day-trip to D.C., which is just two hours away.
Best Near Baltimore: Blacksmith Cottage
Originally built as a blacksmith shop in 1855, this historic building has since been converted into a rustic two-bedroom cabin, to great effect. The rough-hewn wood beams that hold up the airy rooftop are made of thick tree branches, adding a sense of natural craftsmanship to the home.
The wood-burning stove and covered porch are just more amenities that call back to the middle of the 19th century when cabin life was common. So, if guests are looking for a trip back in time, this relic is a perfect destination.
It’s located just a short drive from downtown Ellicott City, which is just 20 minutes outside of downtown Baltimore, the largest city in Maryland. The cabin is a lovely retreat from the city, but close enough to enjoy its activities.
Best for Families: Cozy Cabin in Swanton
Located in the Sky Valley community of Deep Creek Lake, this three-bedroom cabin is perfect for families with kids, thanks to a fun game room with foosball and air hockey. There’s also a hot tub and a fire pit surrounded by Adirondack chairs that is perfect for nighttime cookouts and for watching the sunset.
The private community has lake access, so you can spend the day on the water, or you can go golfing at the nearby Thousand Acres Golf Club, which is so close that guests can walk there.
Deep Creek Lake is also great for guests looking to explore some of the best restaurants in the Mid-Atlantic area, like Ace's Run Restaurant & Pub for fresh salads and seafood, or Honi-Honi Bar for American food and drinks.
Best for Large Groups: Stonegate
With six bedrooms, this rustic-style, dog-friendly cabin is ideal for large groups looking for a place to stay in the scenic Deep Creek Lake area.
The cabin is built out of warm, light wood, and brightened by the large windows throughout the space. With simple, comfy furniture, the centerpiece of the home is the living room where guests gather to watch TV.
The spacious rental is located across the street from the lake, where guests can find a private dock — visitors can bring chairs for sunbathing, or can use it as a jumping-off point for a swim.
There’s also a hot tub on the property. If guests visit in the winter, they should head to nearby Wisp Resort for the region's best skiing and snowboarding. In the summer, however, a hike through Deep Creek Lake State Park is one of the most scenic escapes in the state.
Best for Romance: Lake Cabin with Hot Tub
This traditional log cabin in the Yellowstone Village community of Deep Creek Lake is an excellent location for a romantic getaway. The cozy rental features a living room with a stone fireplace and a smart TV, a spiral staircase leading to a lofted en-suite bedroom, and a soaking tub for added intimacy. There’s a hot tub on the back patio, too, if guests want to spend a cold night relaxing under the stars.
The famously lush Deep Creek Lake State Park is just about a mile away, while McHenry’s restaurants and shops are a 12-minute drive away. Likewise, guests love nearby Adventure Sports Center International for a thrill ride to spice up their trip, and Swallow Falls State Park is also a popular destination for its tranquility and its waterfalls.
Best View: Patriot’s Retreat
1 sofa bed
Soak in the scenic Allegheny mountain range views from the front porch of this charming cabin on Dan’s Mountain in Cumberland, just south of the border with Delaware.
The quaint rental, outfitted with rustic decor, features a well-equipped kitchenette that opens into a living room with DirecTV, a private bedroom, and a loft bedroom. The cabin is decorated eclectically, with hunting trophies, antiques, relics, and fun American art dotting the walls. The cabin itself harkens back to the time of fur trappers, and it takes guests back to the history of the state.
If guests want to be more contemporary, they can find ATV trails nearby, and dining and shopping in Allegany Grove and Crespatown, where you can find live comedy and American grill food at Lashbaugh's Bar & Grill.
Best Tiny House: The Original Hob
The Original Hob is a rustic one-room cabin on a shared property with another cabin, the super modern (but also tiny) Molly that can be rented separately or together. The two cabins each have a Queen bed plus some seating, and they share a third building that houses a small kitchen and a full bathroom.
The cabin is quite small, so guests should prepare to live closely, although it is decorated in a classic American style to be quite cozy, with black and white tiled floors, bright windows, and antique wicker furniture.
If you’re looking to disconnect for a while, this is the place to do it, as there’s no Wi-Fi or TV here. Instead, you can enjoy nature, with beaches and hiking trails to be found nearby.
The cabin is located in Oakland near the most western edge of the state, but there's still plenty to do and see in town, including a visit to the Garrett County Museum of Transportation to learn about the history of this part of the state, and how its infrastructure was built.
Best Glamping Pod Cabin: Pod at Cherry Hill Park
Private fire pit and picnic table
Shared resort amenities
The family-style pods at Cherry Hill Park, located in College Park, just 30 minutes outside of Washington, D.C. and home to the University of Maryland, are essentially a hybrid of tent and a tiny house, offering four walls, a floor, and a roof, true beds, climate control, and electricity.
They’re great for families or groups who are interested in camping but want a bit of comfort. A huge perk to the minimalist accommodations are the shared resort facilities, with two pools, a hot tub, a sauna, a splash park, mini-golf, an arcade, a gym, a camp store, and a café, among other amenities.
There’s also a two-bed version of the pods with a small kitchenette and dining area, should guests need a bit more space and flexibility.