When planning a vacation in the United States, you’ve got way more options than city hotels and roadside motels. Cottages in the USA are quaint, quiet and convenient. Set against the gorgeous forests, deserts and mountains of North America, chalets in the USA offer both luxurious retreats and modest yet marvelous accommodation. Discover these cottages and chalets in the US that will feel like home, bookable on Culture Trip.
Flock to the West Shore of Lake Tahoe and unfurl your wings at Cedar Crest Cottages. Your large group will have a hoot in the four-bedroom Owl cottage while the one-bedroom Chickadee is ideal for two lovebirds seeking a quiet place to roost for a few days. With gourmet kitchens in each, the only time you’ll have to fly the nest is when you want to use the lake as your birdbath or find a quiet place among the trees.
It’s a golf getaway even your spouse and kids can get behind at Cottages at Bay Harbor. You could crash in a cottage by the golf course, but you may be outvoted in favor of the lakeside retreat. Your family will be too busy playing in the game room, hanging by the pool, or cruising around the beach on a bike to know that you turned your “quick 18” into a day of 36 holes. Hopefully you won’t let your secret slip over s’mores by the fireside.
Surrounded by century-old trees and foggy coastlines, the Hidden Haven cottages on the Olympic Peninsula define “picturesque”. These five intimate lodges are tucked into the forest, giving you the privacy and pleasure you need, as unspoiled as your surroundings. Skylights make a super spot for stargazing, though your eyes may be elsewhere when you’re in the two-person jacuzzi whirlpool.
Think chalets in the USA can’t hold a candle to those found abroad? Steamboat Springs invites you to sit a spell at the Porches and see why this area of Colorado is known as Ski Town. Rustic four-and-five-bedroom homes are as unique and timelessly beautiful as each surrounding mountain. Ski valet service and private shuttles will take you where adventure leads, but the all-season hot tubs, steam room and poolside fire pit at the Barn will keep you on site for days at a time.
Lovers of craft beer and mountainside chalets won’t find better cottages in the USA than in Asheville. This North Carolina city knows that good brews pair perfectly with great views. Full kitchens, private hot tubs, gas fireplaces and a welcome basket of treats are included in every one-bedroom cottage. All you need to do is pick up a pack of IPAs and relax.
Explore the tinier side of life with Sheltered Nook’s pint-sized rentals. These miniature chalets in the USA are in the heart of the Tillamook Coast, contrasting your cozy confines with unlimited access to the great outdoors. Each of these tiny homes are packed with everything you desire, including private decks with barbecue grills, a full-size walk-in shower, electric fireplaces, and vaulted ceilings that make even the beds in the loft feel ultra-spacious.
The moment your kids step into the Enchanted Cottage on Glen and are challenged with a fun treasure hunt, you’ll know that this family vacation will be one for the scrapbook. As they root around the house following clues, they’ll think that the Pop-Tarts in the fully stocked kitchen are the prize. That is, until they stumble upon the DVD collection. Set the mood for their search by walking your fingers along the the dining room piano.
We don’t mean to sound cheesy, but one night at this Mission Springs lake house will make you fall in love with America’s Dairyland even if you’re lactose intolerant. The hand-cut stone fireplace is almost as warm and cozy as the jacuzzi soaker tub, though some will claim that the best place to snuggle up is in the Grand Room, where winter views of Lake Superior’s Chequamegon Bay are best appreciated under a fleece blanket.
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Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.
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