Are you looking for the best cabins in Iowa?
Iowa is a Midwestern state and bordered by the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers.
The Hawkeye State, known for its rolling plains and myriad of cornfields, offers many unique opportunities to those fortunate enough to explore it.
As a midwestern girl myself, here are 10 of the coziest Airbnbs in Iowa I recommend you visit.
10 Cozy Cabins In Iowa
Hidden Hollow – The Perfect Getaway
If you are looking for a scenic and peaceful getaway, this recently renovated farmhouse deserves your attention!
Located in the bluff country of northeast Iowa, this Iowa cabin rental sleeps up to 6 guests, in 3 bedrooms with 1 bathroom. It is on a private setting on 158 acres.
The interior has the classic farmhouse feel, with a fully-stocked country kitchen and spacious open-space living. The rooms are spacious and updated.
Have your morning coffee out on the upscale well-landscaped patio, or glass of wine at the end of the day gazing at a sky full of stars.
Make smores around the firepit to add even more memories of your exceptional experiences. Or explore the pond (swimming, anyone?) or the myriad of hiking trails on the property.
With so many amenities, options to relax, and outdoor activities galore, Hidden Hollow is one of the best Iowa cabin rentals!
There are so many midwest weekend getaways if you are interested to broaden the scope of your trip!
South Shore View Cabin In Clear Lake
For outdoor enthusiasts, the location makes this lakefront property one of the best cabins in Iowa on a lake!
It is located on the south shore of popular Clear Lake Iowa.
Able to accommodate up to 8 guests, in 4 bedrooms, with 3 baths, South Shore View has it all. Simply epic views of Clear Lake can be seen throughout the cabin.
A spacious three-season room with ample windows makes you feel part of the lake! The deck and dock are just a few steps away.
The bedrooms are very spacious as is the updated kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances and amenities you will need to cook memorable meals for your family.
South Shore View is one of the best cabins in Iowa on a lake and really offers so many options of things to do!
Cozy Cabin By The Pond
Located 9 miles west of Dubuque, and close to a myriad of activities to choose from, this charming cabin with a pond is a great place to relax and unwind.
Able to sleep up to 4 guests, with 2 bedrooms and one bath, there is a large deck for relaxing and soaking up the view.
Fresh breakfast items are available and the kitchen has most amenities you come to expect.
Get your daily dose of exercise in by walking the trail around the lake. You can also visit the local wineries or shops and restaurants.
This cabin in Iowa on a lake has so many options you will never lack for things to do!
The Edelweiss Cabin is waiting for you to come relax and unwind.
Able to host 6 guests, in two bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, this cozy cabin even has its own pond!
The interior gives off the log cabin vibe and the open plan living-dining space has a cathedral ceiling giving that area an even more spacious feel.
There are lots of windows throughout to showcase the nature outside, and a screened porch for relaxing with nature.
Have your favorite beverage in the hot tub, or make memories around the campfire. Or explore the adjacent hiking trails.
With so many options to choose from, this is one of the best Iowa cabin rentals.
Iconic Iowa – A 1920 Built Country Cabin
There is so much to choose to do when you stay at this cozy Americana-style1920s cabin 25 minutes outside of Des Moines
Able to sleep up to seven people with two bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, there is even a cute one-bedroom mini-cabin on property (for an additional charge.)
Situated at the beginning of the Madison County Covered Bridges Scenic Byway you will have 2 country acres to explore. For amenities, West Glenn is just 10 minutes away.
This charming cabin has a large deck to relax and view nature, and a firepit to cook smores at the end of a busy day of exploring all that the local area has to offer.
Including the Great Western Bike Trail which is only 2.5 miles away.
The rooms, especially the well-equipped kitchen, are welcoming and spacious and while updated, give off the cozy vibes.
With all the amenities both indoors and out, this is one of the best Iowa cabin rentals to look into.
Cozy Cabin On Lake Cornelia
Looking for the ultimate lake retreat? Look no further than this cozy cabin on Lake Cornelia!
Able to sleep 4, with one bedroom and one bathroom, it is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream location.
Situated right on the shores of Lake Cornelia, there are two decks, and you can walk out to enjoy the lake views right on your back deck!
There are knotty pine touches throughout the cabin. The kitchen is spacious and equipped with all amenities needed to make and meals if you desire.
There is a walking trail around the entire lake just steps from the cabin.
What makes this one of the best lakefront cabins in Iowa are the epic sunsets! Step out onto the back deck with your favorite beverage and enjoy the nightly views.
Twin Springs Lodge
The location of this rustic lodge makes it one of the best cabins in Iowa for a family getaway.
Located in northeast Iowa not far from downtown Decora, it can sleep up to 10 guests, with 4 bedrooms and 1 bathroom.
The spacious eat-in kitchen is perfect if you have a large group, but cozy enough if there is not.
The gas fireplace makes for a cozy evening with your favorite beverage. As does the outdoor patio where you can view nature up close.
Take advantage of hiking and running trails at the nearby Twin Springs Park.
Close enough to all the amenities of Decorah yet situated right in nature this is rustic getaway is one of the unique Iowa cabins to look into.
Big Spirit Lake Cabin
If you are searching for an Iowa cabin rentals for a lakeside adventure, this may be the one for you!
Located directly on Big Spirit Lake, this four-bedroom cabin has a spacious backyard, two decks, and a boat dock.
Available year round, you can swim and boat when it is warm, and ice fish during the winters.
Have your meals out on the back patio overlooking the lake and dock, or enjoy a warm fire in the large stone fireplace inside.
Located close to shopping and restaurants, this is one of the coolest cabins in Iowa on a lake!
Cozy Dry Run Cabin
If location is a priority, then this cozy log home is worth investigating!
Located a mere two miles from all the downtown Decorah amenities, and even closer to the popular Trout Run Trail, this spacious cabin offers 1,700 square feet of log cabin living!
With 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms it can accommodate up to 8 guests.
The main level has the spacious kitchen with an eat-in large picnic-table style table. Outside there is a wraparound deck, perfect for viewing all that northeast Iowa has to offer.
A large loft holds the master bedroom with ample space to overlook the spacious main living area below.
Great for a couples getaway, or for the entire family, Dry Run Cabin is one of the most cozy cabins in Iowa!
Moonlight Marion, A Cabin With A Lake
Looking for a lake retreat? This two bedroom log home is one of the best lakefront cabins in Iowa.
Able to accommodate 4 guests in its 2 bedrooms with one full bath, it has plenty of amenities for they comfortable stay you expect.
With hardwood floors throughout, a stone fireplace, and fully appointed kitchen with what you need to make your meals, this is one of the best cabins in Iowa for its gorgeous views.
With large windows throughout you can marvel at the wildlife.
Have your favorite morning beverage out on one of the decks, or stargaze at the end of your busy evening on the balcony.
With so many options you will never run out of things to do here!
Packing List For Visiting Iowa
If you will be traveling, either by plane or by car to Iowa, here are some tips on how to pack lightly.
A concealed travel pouch may be one of the most important items you bring along when staying at the best Airbnbs in Iowa. It is always important to protect your personal information. Identity thieves are everywhere.
This unisex RFID blocking concealed travel pouch is lightweight and comes in several colors. It has lots of organization to give you peace of mind. You can place it under your hiking clothes next to your body to carry your ID safely.
If you have a pouch already that does not come with the RFID protection, as I do, these RFID sleeves are the perfect solution.
This configuration comes with enough credit card sleeves that the entire family would be protected. They are slim too, so they will easily fit into your pouch or wallet.
If you are planning on taking a lot of pictures with your phone you will definitely want to consider an external charging battery. This Anker high-speed phone charging battery is the exact one I carry with me on all of my trips.
It can be used on a variety of phones, not just an iPhone like I have. And wow is it fast!
I like that it holds its charging capabilities for several uses so I do not have to worry about it while out and about, and if I forget to recharge it at night, it will still be good to go the next day.
My daughter gifted me with this FugeTek selfie stick and tripod setup for my birthday. I absolutely love it! It is made of lightweight aluminum and so easy to use.
It has Bluetooth connectivity and is a breeze to use for taking selfies with all those nature shots while visiting Hocking Hills.
Hydration is so important when on vacation. You want to remain hydrated throughout your Ohio weekend getaway to support your immune system which in turn will be stronger to fight off any germs you will encounter during your travels.
You will want to bring your own refillable water bottle with you.
I never leave home on a trip without my Bobble filtration bottle. The 18.5-ounce size is perfect for hiking and it fits nicely in the pocket of a backpack.
When filled with water, it is not too heavy to carry. And the charcoal filter ensures fresh clean water whenever you fill the Bobble.
You can find filter replacements here.
Perhaps you are traveling a long distance and packing space is a premium in your suitcase, or in your car. Then this set of collapsible silicone foldable water bottles would work well for you. Would not take up much space at all.
You will want a backpack or daypack with you to store snacks, your water bottle, phone, extra clothes, etc.. when celebrating Christmas in Ohio. No matter the time of day or evening.
This foldable water-resistant backpack would be great.
It is very affordable and is available in many color options for you to choose from. The fact that it folds down into a zippered pouch will make it easy to pack!
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Here I have listed 10 of the best cabins in Iowa for your consideration. Have fun!
Let me know how much you loved staying in any of my suggestions while relaxing, hiking, bird watching in the Hawkeye State!