It's National Log Cabin Day! Tour 10 Rustic-Luxe Retreats

It’s mountain terrain meets glamour, folks.

Imagine this: Lavish log cabins tucked away in the mountains and surrounded by 360 degrees of incredible views. I'll take one (or ten), please! After watching hours of HGTV’s 'Log Cabin Living,' I'd say I am ready to trade in the city life for my own mountain retreat.

In honor of National Log Cabin Day, get cozy and check out these extravagant log homes — they’re not your everyday cabins.  

Lot Mansion

Lot Mansion

This stunning log mansion's round design offers panoramic view of the natural setting.

Log Cabin Great Room With Stone Fireplace, Vaulted Ceiling and Craftsman Accents

Log Cabin Great Room With Stone Fireplace, Vaulted Ceiling and Craftsman Accents

Craftsman pendant lights and a stone fireplace add warmth to this expansive log cabin great room with vaulted ceilings. The expansive windows allow views of the mountains.

Photo by: Jarvis Photography

Jarvis Photography

Laid-Back and Luxurious Cabin Porch

Laid-Back and Luxurious Cabin Porch

Proof that you can mash up rustic and elegant, this Cashiers, North Carolina porch featured in The Southern Rustic Cabin is distinguished by its antler chandelier.

Photo by: Emily J Followill

Emily J Followill

Covered Porch: Luxe Lakefront Cabin in Tiger, Ga.

Covered Porch: Luxe Lakefront Cabin in Tiger, Ga.

The huge covered porch with its incredible tree-trunk beams and posts acts like an outdoor great room and includes a large stone fireplace, multiple lounging areas and a dining table.

Photo by: Harry Norman Realtors, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Harry Norman Realtors, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Log Home in Loveland, Colorado

Log Home in Loveland, Colorado

©2014 Zillow

2014 Zillow

Log Home: Rustic Lakeside Estate in Chilko, British Columbia, Canada

Log Home: Rustic Lakeside Estate in Chilko, British Columbia, Canada

Located on 25 acres of deeded land with a private 10-acre lake, the Huston Family Estate offers an unparalleled atmosphere with breathtaking views of the majestic Chilko Valley. This log home is one of seven individually crafted and fully furnished log homes included in the estate.

Photo by: Macdonald Real Estate Group Inc., a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Macdonald Real Estate Group Inc., a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Tower House Exterior: Rustic Lakeside Estate in Chilko, British Columbia, Canada

Tower House Exterior: Rustic Lakeside Estate in Chilko, British Columbia, Canada

Located on 25 acres of deeded land with its own 10-acre private lake, the Huston Family Estate offers unparalleled luxury in the heart of the pristine and mythic Chilko Valley in British Columbia, Canada. The tower house is a 2,450-square-foot log structure constructed with a three-story attached tower. Its log cabin design creates a sense of homeyness amidst the estate's upscale amenities.

Photo by: Macdonald Real Estate Group Inc., a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Macdonald Real Estate Group Inc., a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Living Area: Rustic Lakeside Estate in Chilko, British Columbia, Canada

Living Area: Rustic Lakeside Estate in Chilko, British Columbia, Canada

The tower house at the Huston Family Estate features a spacious, open living area with log walls and large windows boasting stunning views of the outdoors. Cozy leather armchairs fit perfectly with the rustic design aesthetic.

Photo by: Macdonald Real Estate Group Inc., a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Macdonald Real Estate Group Inc., a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Loft Bedroom: Rustic Lakeside Estate in Chilko, British Columbia, Canada

Loft Bedroom: Rustic Lakeside Estate in Chilko, British Columbia, Canada

The second floor in the tower house is a 750-square-foot loft bedroom with a bathroom and walk-in closet. The balcony matches the gorgeous log beam and denim pine ceiling, which is a focal point of the home.

Photo by: Macdonald Real Estate Group Inc., a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Macdonald Real Estate Group Inc., a member of Luxury Portfolio International

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Doory2014-2951-High-Point-Drive-Whistler-BC-Canada-Living-Room

From the natural woodlands outside to the crisp post and beam construction inside, elegance is ingrained in this four bedroom, five bathroom property. Haddington stone and stunning wide plank oak set this property apart, while the terrace, complete with hot tub and pool, offers stunning valley views of Alta Lake and the Northern Range. Within the exclusive Kadenwood neighborhood, it offers ski-in / ski-out access to dedicated gondola service and the conveniences of Creekside, including dining, nightlife, retail and grocery. Features include: 3 fireplace(s), security system, intercom/music system, two car garage, zoned cooling for entire home, geothermal in floor/radiant heating system, climate controlled glass wine cellar. Interior features include: solid timber pivot front door, floor to ceiling Haddington stone fireplace, wide plank european white oak hardwood, steam shower, soaring vaulted ceilings with Douglas fir beams. Amenities include: heated outdoor pool, outdoor hot tub. Built in 2009. 3 stories, 5,000 approximate square feet. Clear Western Red Cedar. Cedar Shake roof.Architectural style: Contemporary Log Home. 20343 sq ft lot dim. Property features for 2951 High Point Drive, Whistler, BC. V0n 1: 4 Bedrooms, 6 Bathrooms. x - Master Bedroom, Upper Level, Carpeting. x - Bedroom 2, Main Level, Carpeting.x - Bedroom 3, Upper Level, Carpeting. x - Bedroom 4, Upper Level, Carpeting. x - Living Room, Main Level, Hardwood Floor. x - Dining Room, Upper Level, Hardwood Floor. x - Kitchen, Main Level, Hardwood Floor. x - Office, Lower Level, Carpeting. x - Media Room, Lower Level, Carpeting. x - Master Bath, Upper Level, Heated Flooring. x - Steam Room, Lower Level, Heated Flooring. x - Wine Cellar, Lower Level, Other. x - Laundry, Main Level, Other.

Photo by: The Whistler Real Estate Co., a member of Luxury Portfolio International

The Whistler Real Estate Co., a member of Luxury Portfolio International

See Pop Culture's Coziest, Craziest and Creepiest Log Cabins

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1. The Great Northern Hotel from Twin Peaks

As Special Agent Cooper advised Sheriff Truman in the televised cult classic, “Every day, once a day, give yourself a present. Don’t plan it, don’t wait for it, just let it happen.” In his case, that gift is a gimme: He spends the entire series living in a damn fine example of Pacific Northwest chic. It isn’t always the safest place to be, but as far as locations in David Lynch productions go, it’s a fairly solid choice.

2. The Ingalls Family’s Little House on the Prairie

Little House on the Prairie has reportedly been on the air on a continuous basis somewhere in America since it first aired in 1974. It was also a smash hit in Spain in the late ’70s and early ’80s, which speaks, one could argue, to how people of all ages and backgrounds want Michael Landon to build them a house.  

Photo By: Michael Ochs Archives

3. Abraham Lincoln’s Birthplace

The logs from the cabin in which the 16th president was said to have been born ended up functioning, as the story goes, much like the miniature Lincoln Logs you can buy in toy stores today. They were taken apart and reassembled many times as exhibition replicas all over the country. 

4. Henry David Thoreau’s Cabin on Walden Pond

Though Thoreau is one of American history’s most celebrated loners (and he spoke lovingly of “that glorious society called Solitude”), he wasn’t actually much of a hermit. The one-room cabin in which he lived in for two years was just a mile away from the town of Concord, Massachusetts—and he had frequent visitors, including Ralph Waldo Emerson, Louisa May Alcott and Nathaniel Hawthorne. Call it New England’s foremost minimalist literary salon.

Photo By: Nick Pedersen

5. Johnny Castle’s Cabin in Dirty Dancing

Nobody puts Baby in a corner, but young Jennifer Grey was more than happy to curl up in Patrick Swayze’s humble quarters at Kellerman’s Catskills resort. Their interlude could be the most romantic scene ever filmed on a set that consisted mostly of bug screens.

6. Dollywood

Speaking of romantic scenes in the woods, Season 8 of The Bachelorette took Emily Maynard and one of her suitors to Dolly Parton’s rustic theme park in the Great Smoky Mountains (where Dolly sang a special song about how “love finds a way” and pulled Emily aside for girl talk). Dollywood isn’t all rough-hewn facsimiles of 19th-century grist mills, but Ms. Parton also saved an entire cabin full of orphans from an evil witch in A Smoky Mountain Christmas (1986) —which, one could argue, makes her a patron saint of the lifestyle.

Photo By: Jeff Greenberg

7. The Shining’s Overlook Hotel

The Torrance family thought they hit the jackpot when they got the opportunity to spend the winter at the Overlook, and it’s easy to see why. Room 237 is best avoided and the elevators are a little temperamental, but the resort is Rocky Mountain living at its most luxurious. Who would want to leave?

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8. Hunter S. Thompson’s Colorado Cabin

At Owl Farm, Hunter S. Thompson’s 42.5-acre spread near Aspen, Colorado, the gonzo journalist raised a flock of peacocks, hosted movie stars and accidentally shot his assistant. He also spent more than 30 years pounding away at a typewriter in the basement office of his two-story log cabin (which is now a part-time museum for his fans).

9. Black Larsen’s Cabin in The Gold Rush

Charlie Chaplin’s 1925 silent movie about the Klondike Gold Rush is the textbook definition of “cabin fever.” When his Lone Prospector character is snowed in with two other fortune-seekers during an Alaskan blizzard, he is forced to cook and eat one of his own shoes, then mistaken for a giant chicken (and attacked and nearly devoured by one of his roommates). And you thought spotty cell service in the mountains was rough.

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10. Calamity Jane’s Cabin

In the 1953 musical western Calamity Jane, Doris Day became the subject of what was probably the first filmic cabin makeover. As Calamity, she submits herself (and her shabby Deadwood bachelorette pad) to her new roommate’s “woman’s touch.”  DIY enthusiasts: Note that “with a tack tack here and a tack tack there  / and a hand around a hammer / with a mop mop here and a mop mop there / you can give a cabin glamour.” 

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11. Ash and Friends’ Spring Break Cabin in The Evil Dead (and Sequels)

Sam Raimi’s classic horror franchise established several important rules for young people looking to vacation in safety in remote cabins: Don’t read from books which appear to be bound in human skin, for one thing; don’t trust people when they try to convince you they’re no longer possessed by demons, for another; and finally, and most importantly, you’re going to need a chainsaw.

Photo By: Fred Duval

12. Johnny Cash’s Tennessee Lake House

A sprawling property made of everything from local stone to old barn wood, Johnny Cash’s home on Old Hickory Lake was a palace for country royalty. What the nearly 14,000-square-foot home lacked in humility it more than made up for in authenticity: Cash wrote many of his songs at the house, and he and June hosted everyone from his neighbor Roy Orbison to Billy Graham and Bob Dylan there.  

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13. Howard Hughes’ 'Summertide'

On the other side of the country, the reclusive tycoon Howard Hughes (once ridiculed for developing the “Spruce Goose,” a massive plane made of wood) nursed his raging hypochondria in an Adirondack-style timber hideaway on the Nevada shore of Lake Tahoe. Built in 1934, the property has a detached four-car garage that’s as large as a log cabin itself. It was reintroduced to the market last fall for a cool $19.5 million. (The Spruce Goose, now at a museum in Oregon, is not for sale.)

Photo By: Chase International, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

14. The Majestic Yosemite Hotel

Known until March of 2016 as The Ahwahnee, The Majestic Yosemite Hotel was built in the 1920s and has hosted Queen Elizabeth II, JFK and Charlie Chaplin (who presumably preferred it to the log cabin where he ate his shoe in The Gold Rush). It’s considered a masterpiece of national park architecture and was declared a national historic landmark in 1987. The “redwood” exterior beams are actually poured concrete stained to look like wood, so the elegant hotel might not technically count as a log cabin. But it’s nestled at the center of one of America’s most beautiful natural spaces, it’s open to the public and as far as anyone knows, it’s not haunted. What more can you ask for, really?

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