12 Charming North Carolina Mountain Rentals

Immerse yourself in the beauty of western North Carolina, the Land of Waterfalls, with a home away from home. Whether escaping with your significant other or planning a family reunion, discover a cabin that's perfect for exploring the stunning Carolina outdoors and getting away from it all.

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Breathtaking Mountain Views

Enjoy breakfast surrounded by picturesque windows overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains. This cozy cabin nestled in the Nantahala National Forest is a delightful getaway no matter the season. Grab your hot cocoa and snuggled up next to the stone fireplace in the winter or sit back with a cocktail on the expansive porch in the summer. With three bedrooms and room for six guests, the cabin is a fun choice for planning a mountain excursion with your family or friends. BOOK IT: Nightly rates starting from $305

Room for a Crowd

From the loft-like bedroom and woodsy living room to the banquette breakfast nook and fun-filled game room, this cabin comprises of three levels of living space ready to house up to 10 guests. It's a short drive to nearby Cashiers and Sapphire, but with two acres of hiking and fishing, you don't even have to leave the property to have a jam-packed trip of activities or relaxing. BOOK IT: Nightly rates starting from $314

A Fishing Sanctuary

Let your cares melt away with the river and get fishing. Sitting right on the Thompson River, this secluded cabin has direct access to four trout fishing holes and is just short hikes away from other outdoor escapades, including swimming lagoons, waterfalls and hiking trails. All you have to do is step outside for your North Carolina adventure to begin. Or simply chill out on the deck or covered pavilion with Adirondack chairs to relish in the sounds of the river waters running by. BOOK IT: Nightly rates starting from $295

Luxury in the Mountains

Perched at 4,300-feet elevation, this lavish home gives you no reason to rough it while appreciating nature's beauty. Whether indoors or out, you're living in luxury — from the cathedral ceiling living room with two-story stone fireplace to the immense wraparound porch with incredible unobstructed views of the mountains. Each bedroom and bathroom (the home accommodates up to 12 guests) is beautifully appointed with weathered finishes, woodsy appeal and country charm. BOOK IT: Nightly rates starting from $345

Serene Retreat

Plan a family reunion or a large friend vacation at this grand cabin with comfy rustic bedrooms that sleep up to eight adults and extra sleep quarters for up to six children, including a bunk bedroom. A spacious deck wraps around the log cabin to enjoy the wooded surroundings and allows you to keep an eye on kids playing in the yard. Inside, multiple living spaces ensure plenty of space to spread out for cozy conversations by the stone fireplace or to play pool in the game room. BOOK IT: Nightly rates starting from $320

Designer-Worthy Lakeside Cottage

Plan a couples' weekend at this Highlands, N.C., cottage located on Mirror Lake. Retreat into two ensuite bedrooms with king-sized beds and full bathrooms, complete with heated floors for cool mornings. Comfortable living areas from this bright and airy sunroom to the lakeside breakfast nook and custom-designed kitchen will make you feel right at home. The town of Highlands is just a two-minute drive or less than a mile walk away — ideal for local shopping or dining. BOOK IT: Nightly rates starting from $285

Woodsy Hideaway

Experience complete privacy after you check in to this rustic cabin that's surrounded by towering trees. Up to six guests will find plenty of room to spread throughout the vast wraparound deck and open floor plan. The bright and airy kitchen is ideal for making delicious meals at the cabin, or if you don't want to spend your time off cooking, it's just a short drive to locally owned restaurants in nearby Sapphire, Brevard and Cashiers. BOOK IT: Nightly rates starting from $215

Laid-Back Living on Vacation

Built in the 1940s, this updated cabin still retains its original charm with beautiful architectural details, such as cathedral ceilings and exposed wood beam. Two master suites make it optimal for a couples' getaway or a small family trip. Settled amongst the Nantahala National Forest, the oversized deck and stone fit pit gathering spot are just right for nature lovers to take in the great outdoors. Plus, it's less than a mile walk to the Highlands, so you can live like a local while on vacation. BOOK IT: Nightly rates starting from $333

Back to Nature

Tucked away amidst the pine trees, this log cabin takes its cue from the natural environment. Branches and tree log columns make for wow-worthy porch and stair railings. Inside, four peaceful bedrooms accommodate up to eight guests, and comfortable living areas are excellent for watching TV, relaxing with your companions and even playing ping-pong. In addition to the kitchen, there's a gas grill for cooking out on the wraparound deck. BOOK IT: Nightly rates starting from $334

Bird's Eye Lodging

View the mountains from the clouds (or a 3,400-foot elevation!) and relax on this large deck while taking in the panoramic scene. The knotty pine cabin sleeps up to eight guests and has multiple living spaces complete with big cushy furniture and a stacked stone fireplace. Linger over carefree meals as you dine al fresco or inside the Old World-inspired dining room, which features picturesque windows so you don't have to sacrifice your view of the mountains. BOOK IT: Nightly rates starting from $289

Romantic Haven for Two

Escape with your significant other to this intimate one-bedroom cabin right on the Horsepasture River. Hole up in the cabin for a quiet vacation or get out and explore the Land of Waterfalls. Western Carolina gets the moniker because it boasts over 200 waterfalls, including one right off the deck of this cottage. Plus, the cabin is just a two-minute drive to Sapphire Valley Resort, which has tons of outdoor adventure, including ziplining, golf and mini golf, pools and tennis. BOOK IT: Nightly rates starting from $164

Family Lakefront Retreat

Take an adventure with your kids. Situated on a peninsula on Lake Soquilla, this cabin is completely stocked for the whole family with toys for all ages, including foosball, ping pong and yard games. Sleeping quarters are available for your youngest to oldest with a crib, pack-and-play and big kid bunk beds. With tons of fun to be had at the cabin and an entire lake for adventures, you'll never want to head back to reality. BOOK IT: Nightly rates starting from $440

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