Best Places For A Cabin Weekend Near Washington, D.C.

November 1, 2014 8:00 AM

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Everyone deserves a relaxing weekend getaway, and there’s something especially cozy about a woodsy cabin. Their rustic charm and peaceful surroundings put us at ease and bring us closer to nature and back to appreciating the simple things like fresh air, scenic views and quiet time. Here are a few great places to enjoy your next cabin weekend.

Cast-a-Way Cabins
6808 S. Page Valley Road
Luray, VA 22835
(540) 244-1477

“Cast” your cares aside at this rustic riverside retreat. Cast-a-Way Cabins is situated between the George Washington National Forest and the Shenandoah River and offers a relaxing getaway where you can spend a day on the lake fishing for small mouth bass, or enjoy a tranquil stroll or hike through the woods. The log cabins are equipped with two bedrooms and a loft as well as a fireplace and an outdoor fire pit that’s perfect for warming the chilly night air as your family and friends gather around to roast hot dogs and marshmallows or tell scary stories late into the night. The surrounding attractions include sightseeing tours, biking, zip-lining, antique shops, fine art galleries and lots of restaurants.

Old Rag Mountain Lodge
547 Red Gate Road
Syria, VA 22743
(301) 385-5934

Don’t be fooled by the name. Old Rag Mountain Lodge is quite the destination. This Adirondack-style home has a Great Room with an amazing 33-foot ceiling, and the ridge upon which the lodge sits provides sweeping views of the surrounding forests and mountains. The spacious structure is complete with a wrap-around porch and rocking chairs, perfect for delving into a good book or stargazing. Window seats invite you to get lost in a daydream. A cozy stone fireplace in the main living space, and bedrooms outfitted with hickory log furniture, evoke the essence of cabin lodge living. It doesn’t get much better than this.

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River Woods Retreat
437 River Oak Drive
Bentonville, VA 22610
(703) 335-1987

Perched on Massanutten Mountain, River Woods Retreat is surrounded by six acres of forestry that wraps its residents in a private mountain getaway. This woodsy escape offers plenty of space to spread out with its 1,900 square feet of accommodations that include a Great Room with a two-story wood-burning fireplace, a reading and game loft, a gourmet kitchen with granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances, three well-appointed bedrooms and 2.5 baths. There is also a deck and an outdoor fire pit perfect for taking in some fresh air, or spending a cozy evening beneath the stars. This retreat is conveniently located; Shenandoah National Park, Skyline Caverns and Luray Caverns are all just minutes away.

Country Acres Retreat
562 Foxtown Road
Accident, MD 21520
(301) 245-4143

This cozy place just begs for you to take a seat on its porch, or on your private deck, with a mug of coffee or hot chocolate and let your worries drift away into the 60 acres of farmland that surrounds it. The Country Acres Retreat is nicely outfitted with features like maple hardwood floors and hickory cabinetry and is equipped with three bedrooms and three baths, a pavilion with picnic tables and a serene two-acre lake. Amenities in the area provide numerous year-round activities that include things like shopping and biking, as well as plenty of great places to eat.

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