A Room With a View

Remote, Rural Cabin Retreats

On our road trips in the USA, I love staying in rather remote cabins. Usually short drives from the nearby towns. I fully enjoy the privacy, the nature views and wildlife diversity. The choices of accommodations range from lavish to historical to rustically rugged. The settings vary from river and lake front views to the peaceful forest to verdant mountainsides. Here are a few of my favorite places.

Yin-Yang Cabin – Magnet, Indiana

After a full day and night on the road, we reached one of the Colucci cabins along the river, operated by the colorful and very helpful Mr. Colucci. Our patio there looked across the Ohio River at Kentucky. We had a special nighttime treat: a huge, not often seen Luna moth—which we first mistook for a bat—fluttered around an outside lamp and then landed on our window.

The cabin itself is rustic, comfortable and simple.  The exterior has a firepit beside the river. This place is all about the incredible views of the Ohio River as large boats pass on the river all day and well into the night. You can sit back on the deck, or in the hot tub, and watch the stars and enjoy the boats drift by.

A short distance from our cabin is a very simple and moving Civil War memorial. Four months after the war ended, a boat was bringing young men home when its boiler exploded. Ten men died and are buried where their boat grounded. The row of simple headstones is oddly eloquent.

Mac Point Cabin – Little Hocking, Ohio

This lovely cabin offers privacy, seclusion, and unique wildlife you can see from the wraparound deck. Beavers have homes close by. We had never seen beavers in the wild and were fascinated watching them build their lodges. We also saw loads of birds, among them a King Fisher diving for food off the dock by our deck. We didn’t know coyotes roamed so far east, but we heard their familiar howling in the night.

The views from the porch are astonishing. Except for rivermen driving their barges up and down the Ohio, we never saw another person. Also romantic is the sound of the train several times a day passing by across the river.

The cabin is comfortable, with all the amenities, and well furnished. The rooms are contemporary with a traditional twist. The bed was comfortable with an amazing view of the Ohio. Parkerville, about a 20-minute drive, has fine restaurants and shopping.


Broken Bow Cabin – Broken Bow, Oklahoma

Broken Bow is in southeast Oklahoma and full of natural wonders.

Tourists come for the hiking, fishing, and boating at lovely Beaver Bend State Park, notable for its huge lake. Countless cabins are available for rent. We stayed at Dancing Bear Lodge. Views from the windows are amazing. We saw no bears, but lots of birds and small animals. After bears, the animal most frequently mentioned on business names and logos is Big Foot. Perhaps the most memorable is a filling station named “Gasquatch.” We really loved this cabin pressed up against a hill with loads of privacy and beautiful trees. It is well appointed with comfortable beds and fire pit outside. All the furnishings looked fresh and were well maintained.

Owl Nest – Jasper, Arkansas

You may fall in love with the Owls Nest, with its peace and privacy in the Buffalo River wilderness. This cabin is the perfect getaway on 25 private acres. From the small exterior screened-in room at sunset, you will be amazed seeing and hearing the countless birds with the stunning views of the Ozark mountain plateaus and the river valley in the distance.

The cabin is new and beautifully furnished with contemporary rustic style decoration. There is a main floor bedroom with two full baths as well as a loft bedroom with two more baths and a jetted tub.

We absolutely loved the solitude and the views of nature from this well-equipped cabin.


Click here to view full gallery