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Best Places For A Cabin Weekend Near Los Angeles

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With a crisp cool finally in the air as Los Angeles typically enjoys fall weather late in the season, locals like to get out of town for a bit to enjoy autumn at its best. Cabins are available for hire not far from the City of Angels. Consider the following five woodsy options and get ready to unplug yourself from your usual very busy world.

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Big Cat Cabin
P.O. Box 2408
Julian, CA 92036
(760) 765-0765

South of Los Angeles and east of San Diego, Julian is the ideal setting for tranquility, made so partially due to its environs overlooking the stunning mountain peaks called Cuyamaca. Enter Big Cat Cabin, an aesthetically pleasing Craftsman retreat erected in 1929 by acclaimed Southern California-based architect Richard Requa. Period touches like a Wedgewood range and imposing stone fireplace make this particular accommodation shine, as does a Great Room where everyone in your party will convene during their visit as often as possible. This stylish space is that cozy.

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Rimrock Ranch Cabins
50857 Burns Canyon Road
Pioneertown, CA 92268
(760) 369-3012

Expect knotty pine paneling, rustic furniture and a chiminea fireplace outdoors when you book cabins 1, 2 or 4 at Rimrock. A two-night stay is required for getting to stay at any of these Yucca Valley digs, but you'll probably want more time to enjoy all of the offerings on tap, from a campfire fire pit edged by rocks to a communal deep pit barbecue on these celebrated grounds. Each of the three cabins mentioned sport outdoor patios and all are priced for budget travelers, with the smallest currently priced at just $82.40. Also on the premises as an alternative to your standard cabin is an Airstream trailer that accommodates two with a king-sized bed and bathroom disconnected from the rig, but very handy.

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Acorn Lodge
54660 Jameson Drive
Idyllwild, CA 92549
(619) 507-7920

Mature pine trees, a welcoming front deck and a barbecue grill come with a booking at Acorn Lodge, a lovely retreat ideal for when the weather turns cold. Situated in Idyllwild, this two-level, two-bedroom cabin is both homey and filled with fun things to do, thanks in part to its downstairs game room complete with a regulation pool table, its extensive collection of board games and puzzles and even a dartboard. Ready to get out and explore? Idyllwild turns everyone into a rock star with its many climbing options for all levels of participants, from beginners to experts.

Related: Best Luxury Hotels in Los Angeles

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Big Bear Cool Cabins
40375 Big Bear Blvd.
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
(909) 366-5613

Into the woods and on the edge of the lake in Big Bear means staying in a variety of cabin types, from simple one-bedroom affairs to lodging that look like Swiss chalets and that can cater to your entire extended clan. Once settled in and ready to explore, pick your activity from among a slew of options, including horseback riding to hiking to boating and fishing. Note that some Big Bear Cool cabins are animal friendly, so if you're including your best furry friend on this foray, ask for one of these accommodations

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Arrowhead Pine Rose Cabins
25994 CA-189
Twin Peaks CA, 92391
(909) 337-2341

Book an accommodation that suits your personal needs, from rustic studios to expansive lodges. All are ready to serve with barbecue grills outside each cabin, movies to watch gratis after the sunsets or on a lazy afternoon and kitchens with all kinds of gear, including microwaves and toasters. Oh, and if you don't want to remain unplugged for your entire visit, you can depend on free wi-fi connecting you without having to leave your temporary digs.

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os Angeles freelance travel writer Jane Lasky, contributes to publications such as Travel + Leisure, Vogue and Esquire. Her weekly sojourning column ran in 40 newspapers for 20 years. Jane is anything but an accidental tourist. Check out her articles on


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