Sometimes it’s just nice to get away. We all need a break from real life every now and again, however, many of us are under the impression that memorable, luxurious, and fun vacations are out of reach. Fortunately, this just isn’t true.
We’ve found 20 of the most amazing and unique getaway spots that offer the experience of a lifetime. The best part is that there are plenty of affordable vacations out there for every budget, so don’t fool yourself into thinking that you could never afford to go on a fabulous trip. What’s more, these unbelievable getaways are unique, from fabulous cabins to magical tree houses, there is something for every taste. With these cozy cabins and exciting getaways, you’ll never forget the experience.
So, sit back, relax, and start dreaming of your stay at one of the 20 of the most beautiful, dream-like, off-the-grid getaway spots out there.
Cheyenne Reservation Teepee
Have you ever wanted to go back to the days of the early Americas and live how Native Americans did? In Billings, Montana, you will be immersed in a cultural experience you’ve never imagined could happen today.
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Led by a Cheyenne spiritual leader, you will learn how to raise a teepee, cook traditional Native American foods, forage for plants, learn to speak the language and practice traditional crafts like beadwork. At night, listen to stories by firelight, gaze at the heavens above, and learn about Cheyenne life, history, and religion. Prices for this stay range between $2297 and $2797 and guarantees an adventure of a lifetime that will fill your soul.
Castle Hotel And Spa
Located only 30 miles from Manhattan in New York, Castle Hotel and Spa is the place to go if you want to be treated like royalty. Built in 1897, the castle was home to wealthy businessman General Howard Carroll who named it “Carrollcliffe.”
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Carroll and his wife were notable figures in high society and used their grand home to host extravagant parties where they invited only the most dignified and well-known people like Andrew Carnegie and J.P. Morgan. Now a destination boasting exquisite food and modern amenities, it still has the old world comfort of a cozy, historic castle that is perfect for a romantic getaway. Enjoy the spa and take advantage of the many services offered including massage, facials, waxing, and spa jacuzzis.
Tall Pines and Croft Yurts
On the edge of the Boundary Waters in Minnesota lies a wild world of tall trees, beautiful waters, and all the wildlife you can imagine. To be fully enveloped in the beauty of the outside and experience nature up close and personal, you can stay at the Tall Pines Yurt where you will spend your days canoeing on secluded waters, fishing, and hiking the trails just outside the door.
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The yurt is fully furnished and heated with a wood stove and fireplace. For those looking for the ultimate in remote leisure activities, there is a Finnish sauna close by that guarantees utmost relaxation. The prices are very affordable and range from $90 to $105 a night with special packages offered for groups and long stays.
Tree House at Kilauea Volcano
This may be one of the most magical getaways you could ever take. Hidden in the rainforest, this tree house is right outside Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. This tree house was custom-built and has been featured on several television programs like the Ellen Show and Extreme Cribs.
The tree house is completely off-grid meaning that the toilet is a compost toilet and there is no real kitchen except for a microwave and hot plate. There is, however, a hot tub on the second-floor balcony and an outdoor shower. The views are spectacular with hiking trails just outside the house where you can meander through to Volcano Village to taste the cuisine and shop the art galleries. The cost for this extraordinary stay is $295 a night.
Two Wolves Lodge
The Two Wolves at Teton Village is a grand vacation rental perfectly situated in a forested spot by the mountains in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The elegant and cozy home features fireplaces throughout, a fully-stocked kitchen and a hot tub to soak in, among many other amenities.
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The mountains are just outside providing beautiful views everywhere you look. Though this exquisite cabin will cost you about $3,300 each night, the concierge service assists in planning your stay to make it exactly what you’re looking for and guarantees that you will not be disappointed. Their motto is, “Anything you can think up, we can make happen!”
Magical Moose Cabin
The Magical Moose offers one of a kind, panoramic views of the beautiful Smoky Mountains. Located in Sherwood Forest in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, this cabin promises a relaxing escape.
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The lodge features a game room with a pool table, foosball, and even a home theater with comfortable, reclining chairs. The gourmet kitchen comes fully stocked for your convenience or you can visit the nearby Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge attractions and choose from the many restaurants in town. The 4,000 square foot lodge comfortably sleeps 18 and provides everything you need to get away, relax, and enjoy the company of the ones you love.
Morningside Ocean Estate
This relaxing and serene getaway was designed to reflect Frank Lloyd Wright’s style and is one of the premier vacation rentals on Vancouver Island. Nestled between the mountains and the sea, this secluded home features at least 100 windows to bring you both the feel of being one with the outdoors while enjoying the sophisticated and elegant indoors.
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One of the best ways to spend your time while staying at the Morningside Ocean Estate is by visiting the Butchart Gardens. These beautiful gardens include a premier Japanese garden on the seaside, a quiet Italian garden, and an exquisite rose garden. If you aren’t the meandering-in-a-garden type, Morningside boasts not only a beautiful view, it has hiking trails, a hot tub, a pool, or jump on an eco boating tour.
Dunton Hot Springs
Ever feel like going back in time and living like a cowboy? Well, this unique getaway is for you! Right across from Dunton Springs Resort in the middle of the San Juan Mountains of the Colorado Rockies sits a historic ghost town that features all you could ever want in rugged, authentic living.
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These cabins were hand built (some by the original miners themselves) and are decorated with historic artifacts. All are full of Old West character and charm. Though the camp is cell phone-free, each cabin gets high-speed internet. Mosey on over to the saloon and then stop at the dance hall for a night of fun or take a restoring soak at the hot springs.
Moose Walk Cabin
This two-story log cabin in Alaska is the perfect spot for a romantic and memorable getaway. Cuddle up in front of a warm, cozy fire while watching the magical Aurora Borealis dance across the sky outside the huge picture window. This place is guaranteed to get you feeling close to the Alaskan wilderness while keeping you warm and toasty inside.
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When you’re ready to go outside, enjoy all kinds of winter sports including ice skating, hockey, fishing, and snow skiing, or visit the downtown area only a few miles away for shopping, nightlife, and restaurants. Experiencing this matchless getaway will set you back about $189 a night.
Bella Vista Lodge
This beautiful property sits among the Smokies for a once-in-a-lifetime view. Enjoy the diverse shopping or lively nightlife of downtown Gatlinburg only two miles away and then return to a quiet, secluded cabin surrounded by fresh air and tall trees.
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Relax in luxury as you enjoy the panoramic views of the nature surrounding you. For an average of $231 per night, you can take time away to renew your mind, body, and soul. Indulge in the hot tub, home movie theater, and the beautifully stocked kitchen. This is one grand, indulgent way to fully escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Located in Rhododendron, Oregon, this charming cabin boasts everything you’re looking for in a peaceful, relaxing getaway. Hidden in the middle of 24 acres of protected wilderness, this Swedish Stuga is the perfect place to disconnect for a magical, romantic getaway.
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Featured in Portland Monthly Magazine as one of the “Best Secret Mount Hood Hideouts,” it even has private trails for cross-country skiing and snow shoeing. Depending on when you want to stay, this cozy stuga will cost between $115 and $195 a night. We promise, you will never want to go back to real life after staying at this picturesque little cabin.
Hobbit Hole Cabin
In what can only be described as an enchanted forest, lies the most spellbinding little cabin ever. Built in a private 20-acre forest in Mendocino, California, this charming cabin looks like it came straight from one of Grimm’s Fairy Tales.
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With the architecture of the home being so distinct on it’s own, the inside also features so much unique decor and fun splashes of color that this place will certainly take you to another world. When you’re finished exploring the diverse village of Mendocino, escape to this magical Hobbit Hole Cabin. Getting away to a whimsical place like this will cost an affordable $140 a night.
Sundance Tree House Lodge
For those of you who want to be close to nature and love the idea of staying in a super cool treehouse fort but also like the idea of having a toilet that actually flushes and more modern day conveniences, this is the place for you. Located in the beautiful city of Sundance in Utah, this cabin is nestled right into the trees.
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The inside of the cabin is everything you’ve ever wanted in an authentic treehouse cabin with its beautiful rustic wood furnishings and cozy stone fireplace, not to mention the picturesque landscape and peaceful stream flowing nearby. Comfortably sleeping 11, this awesome treehouse costs about $425 per night.
Unique Artist Mirrored House
What is black, white, and reflective all over? Well, it’s this unique, artsy home of course! Located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, this home was decorated by two artists with an eye for the intriguing. While the exterior of the home is covered in reflective surfaces and interesting details that catch the eye, the inside of the home has even more mirrors.
Staying in this home is an experience for those who love something different. After walking the poshly decorated home and taking in all its distinctive character, adjorn to your room where you can relax with a big screen television, free WiFi, and a sunken tub among other amenities or visit the house’s home theater. Experience a stay like no other for about $165 a night.
Survival Cave near Madrid
Nothing sounds more like a relaxing getaway than Survival Cave, right? While this isn’t for the faint of heart, this is one of the most unique ways to unplug. Located outside of Madrid, the closest town is Belinchón and is a good trek away so all you have around you are animals and the Great Outdoors (and the hosts of course.)
The cave is painted a bright white, and is much like a real cave, featuring almost no decor or furnishing. The hosts are upfront about the amenities, saying that this is a vacation spot for those looking for pure rest and don’t mind the lack of electricity or running water. Costing a very affordable $24 a night, the hosts are helpful and friendly.
Located in Kehena, Hawaii, right on the edge of the beach is an interesting vacation rental that will have you never wanting to get on another plane to your hometown again. Featured on HGTV’s Off Beat America, the Concrete Boombox is shaped much like an oversized boombox from the 90’s.
The tall, rectangular structure features large, round windows to enjoy the vast ocean views. The nearby black sand beach is “clothing optional” but offers spectacular views of whales and the crashing waves of the ocean. Staying in this extraordinary house will cost about $186 a night, but we’re pretty sure you’ll never want to stay in a “regular” hotel again after experiencing this exotic home.
The Shire of Montana
Hobbit homes seem to be pretty popular, and why wouldn’t they be? These unique homes offer more than just a place to get away — they provide an opportunity to escape to a whole new world and this particular hobbit house does exactly that. The owners poured through the pages of J.R.R Tolkein’s The Hobbit and The Lord Of The Rings books while the house was under construction.
Built into the side of a mountain, the house stays a perfect 55-70 degrees and is full of cozy charm. Get lost in the whimsical world of the Shire by walking through the real mini Shire called Hobbit Lane and the Elven Village that comes to life at night and surround yourself with the 200 dragonflies that emerge at dusk. This other-worldly experience comes at a $295 per night price tag.
The Sweet Escape
Now this is luxury at its most fun. The Sweet Escape House is a private, 5-acre, gated property that you and your friends and family get all to yourself. You won’t believe the amenities the house comes with including outdoor poolside movie theaters, a Hershey’s chocolate water slide, a massage room with a sauna, and a huge “ice cream social nightclub” with karaoke, disco lighting, arcade games and more!
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There is interactive fun for the whole family to get involved in. Go outside to participate in a human-sized game of Candy Land or Checkers or enjoy the miniature golf course and traditional carnival games. Everywhere you turn, there is fun.
Walla Walla Wine Barrel
If you enjoy very small spaces, this is perfect for you! Visit the beautiful city in Washington featuring more than 100 wineries and plenty of fun activities for the family, and when you’re all finished with your wine tastings, come back to this contemporary home.
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You have access to the large in-ground pool and the gourmet kitchen, and if you’re brave enough, you have the opportunity to sleep in a 1,000 plus gallon wine barrel. This lovely barrel is all decked out with a soft, comfortable bed and can easily provide a good night’s rest for two people. This fun getaway will cost an average of $308 a night, and don’t worry if you’d rather sleep in a real bedroom — that’s okay too!
Pod Up North
Have you ever thought to yourself, I’d love to stay in a space ship? Well, if so, your dreams can become reality. Though this isn’t exactly a space ship, it definitely has the feel of one without the aliens.
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This kitschy, 1960’s spaceship-esque pod sits in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. The rental gives you the opportunity to escape to a beautiful, quiet lake with your own private access to a soft sand beach. For $85 a night you also get a paddle boat and canoe for your own personal use as well. This is certainly an other-worldly way to get closer to nature, but the owners guarantee you will feel refreshed and renewed when you return.