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13 Coolest Iowa Cabin Rentals & Unique Stays

Looking for the Iowa Cabin Rentals or a unique stay for an upcoming getaway? Well, you’re in the right place, as I’ve compiled this list of 13 amazing different properties that I know you’ll love!

A weekend spent in Iowa is not a bad idea, in fact, it could be one of the best road-trips you can experience. 

Iowa is located between Missouri and Mississippi and a short distance from Midwestern cities. This quaint and quirky state offers a surprisingly diverse landscape for road trips. It is filled with picturesque waterways, lush city parks, amazing collections of art, history, and culture. Iowa has some of the greatest attractions and activities that both you and your family should not miss experiencing. 

Let me help you start your fun-filled adventure in Iowa. Book the best accommodation that will fulfill your vacation needs. I have listed 13 vacation homes that offer wonderful experiences while in Iowa. 

Also, be sure to read my guides on Treehouse Rentals in Illinois, Treehouse Rentals in Minnesota, and Treehouse Rentals in Michigan for more nearby stays!

Lake MacBride Cabin & State Park!

Location: Solon, Iowa

Price: $310+ night

This incredible property is perfectly located just next to Iowa City, Cedar Rapids and Amana, allowing for convenient access to everything – from parks, the beach, grocery stores, and outdoor activities like hiking, cross-country skiing or snowmobiling. 

The cabin offers comfortable accommodation to a large group of visitors, up to 15 guests. It has 3 bedrooms equipped with large comfortable beds, 3 baths, a sleeping loft, a large deck, full kitchen, and plenty of parking space. Large windows around the cabin bring in a lot of natural light and allow you to make the most of the beautiful views of the lake and the park. 

Iowa Cabin


Location: Penn, Iowa

Price: $375+ night

Perfectly positioned on the waterfront of North Liberty, this cabin boasts luxury amenities like echo dot speakers, surveillance cameras around the property, 3-car parking space, and an outdoor tub with the view of the river. The cabin features a full kitchen with quartz countertops and stainless steel appliances, a cozy sunroom with daybed, office space, a family room with entertainment, and a spacious living area with indoor fireplace. The deck has plenty of seating where you can cozy up with the family while grilling up a BBQ. 

Top things to do during your stay, kayaking, fishing, going on a picnic on the rocky riverside, hiking or boating directly from the property. If you want to explore the city, Iowa is just a 15-minute drive from the cabin. 


A writer’s retreat, a couple’s haven, refuge from urbanity…

Location: Indianola, Iowa

Price: $109+ night

This lovely mid-century cottage provides a wonderful retreat for guests who want to have their peace and quiet to recharge. The cottage provides a full kitchen with open layout living space, a private room with queen-size bed, large walk-in closet, and a full bath. 

There are plenty of amenities available for guests, including a good supply of good books and games that they can enjoy playing on the patio; while a walk to the beautiful garden is relaxing. Guests don’t have to worry about what to have for breakfast as farm fresh eggs, coffee & tea, and pastries are provided by the hosts. Drive in town and visit these highly recommended places – La Casa, The Groggy Dog, and West hill Brewing Co.

Modern Cottage

Lakefront cottage on Big Spirit Lake with dock, hoist and large yard

Location: Spirit Lake, Iowa

Price: $190+ night

Looking for the perfect lake getaway? Book this cottage in Big Spirit Lake for the ultimate lake experience. Come here if you enjoy fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming, or if you simply want to relax. 

The cottage features 3 bedrooms with full beds and comfortable linens, a full bathroom, washer and dryer, and a full kitchen where you can make big meals for your picnic. You have access to the cottage’s private dock, and a deck with seating where you can enjoy your vacation reading, having meals, and soaking in the beautiful scenery. 

Lakefront Cottage on Big Spirit Lake With Dock, Hoist and Large Yard

Tiny Home with Big River View

Location: Bellevue, Iowa

Price: $150+ night

This tiny home located by the Mississippi River in Bellevue Iowa is peaceful and quiet – away from the busy streets of the city but not too far to drive downtown. Designed as a tiny home but offers the comforts of a standard home to ensure you have a pleasant stay. It features a sleeping loft with a queen bed, a kitchenette, bathroom, and living room with a pull out sofa for extra sleeping space. This tiny house is perfect for couples but can accommodate 4 guests including children and your fur babies! 

For activities, go on a picnic in your own private lawn, play in the go fishing, kayaking, or boating. You can also check out the Bellevue State Park or go tubing in Maquoketa. 

Iowa Tiny Home

Private 10 acre Family Friendly Cabin w/zipline minutes from Mississippi River!

Location: Lansing, Iowa

Price: $193+ night

This cabin nestled in a private 10 acre land can sleep up to eight guests, making it the perfect choice of accommodation for families or friends who love adventures. The cabin features three bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a spacious living room, and a full kitchen. Linens and towels are also available for guests to use. There are two fire pits (perfect for the winter season) and a gas grill that guests can access.  

A stay in this cabin will keep you and your children entertained, with 2 playgrounds, a zipline, boating and fishing activities, picnic areas, hiking trails, and many more! No matter what time of the year you visit, there is something that you can do in the property. 

Family Friendly Cabin in Iowa

Cozy Log Cabin On Secluded Acreage ~ Located Outside Of Fort Atkinson, Iowa

Location: Fort Atkinson, Iowa

Price: $160+ night

For a romantic break, stay in this cozy log cabin located just outside of Fort Atkinson, Iowa. The details of the cabin’s interior includes vaulted ceilings, log beams, and floor-to-ceiling limestone fireplace, with the beautiful and serene surroundings making your stay fairytale-like. Thus, a great option for couples. Having 3 bedrooms and a large space, this cabin also accommodates up to 8 guests.

Aside from comfortable bedrooms, Knotty Pine Guest House also features spacious living space, a fully equipped kitchen, and a beautiful bathroom with tub/shower combo. There are plenty of activities to experience in the area that make it a great-value stay including biking, hiking, fishing, snowmobiling, kayaking, museums and shopping. 

Secluded Log Cabin in Iowa

Relax in the hot tub while watching the lake from our deck!

Location: Nashua, Iowa

Price: $165+ night

For that much needed quick weekend getaway, this lake house with a traditional interior but modern level of comforts is perfect. 

The house offers an impressive range of facilities including a bedroom with comfortable linens and mattress, a walk-in shower and bathroom, fully equipped kitchen, and dining area with the view of the lake. Guests have full access to the 2 kayaks, 2 bicycles, a canoe, fire ring, and laundry. End your fun day soaking in the outdoor tub with a glass of wine listening to the sound of the water by the lake. 

Lakefront Cabin Iowa

Thornwood Cottage is the perfect little get away

Location: Lansing, Iowa

Price: $75+ night

This beautifully wood-crafted space, Thornwood Cabin, offers a serene getaway for an affordable price. 

Thornwood Cabin offers a private space including a living area with queen sleeper sofa that serves as extra sleeping space, a small kitchen, and a loft bedroom. The newly renovated bathroom is located just outside the cabin. Both the cabin and the house has hookup to charge guests’ fishing boats. There is also a fire pit just a few steps from the cabin where you can enjoy a quiet night while making smores and sipping a hot chocolate, enjoying each others company.  

Unique Cabin in Iowa

Burnett Cottage at NewBo District 

Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Price: $179+ night

Explore Cedar Rapids and come home to this luxurious cottage – Burnett Cottage. Located in downtown Cedar Rapids, close to many attractions and great bars, restaurants and shops. While it is very close to the train tracks and the sound can be a bit loud, the host can assure that the rest of your stay in this cottage will be comfortable and memorable. 

The cottage features a fully equipped kitchen, coffee bar, washer & dryer unit, a designated parking space, and modern technologies including smart locks, smart lights, nest thermostat. There are two bedrooms with a total 3 beds that can sleep up to eight guests. You get hotel-like amenities in the comforts of your own cottage!

Burnett Cottage Iowa

Timber Creek Cabin

Location: Keosauqua, Iowa

Price: $82+ night 

Nestled on the edge of timber overlooking the Des Moines River, this cabin provides the perfect atmosphere for your trip, whether it be a wild adventure, a family outing or a romantic getaway.

It’s tucked into the woods but still close to town. The Timber Cabin features amenities to provide guests a comfortable stay – an open layout kitchen and living area, a queen bed, clean bathroom, and parking space. During warmer months, you can enjoy the cool breeze off the river or cozy up by the indoor fireplace in the colder season. You pay less than 100$ a night but you get a beautiful experience staying here.  

Timber Creek Cabin

The Milk House at Lucky Star Farm

Location: Iowa City, Iowa

Price: $155+ night 

The Milk House is one of the most fun and relaxing vacation homes you can find in Iowa. This 700 sqm house is designed with leisure and comfort in mind which includes amenities like 2 bedrooms with comfortable beds, a full-sized bathroom, a full kitchen, dedicated workspace, WiFi, and other essentials. 

Both adults and children will enjoy the farm life here. For activities, you can meet the animals, swim or padThe Milk House at Lucky Star Farm is the perfect choice if you want to give your children that farm life experience.

Unique Farm Stay Cabin in Iowa

Grain Bin Getaway

Location: Missouri Valley, Iowa

Price: $150+ night 

A stunning sight and a unique experience – this grain bin was renovated to provide a relaxing stay to the guests. It has been updated to provide all the modern comforts like air conditioning, WiFi, washer & dryer, an outdoor firepit. The grain bin offers 2 beds and sleeps 4 guests, a full kitchen, clean and modern bathroom, and a spacious living room. 

Conveniently located just 30 minutes from downtown Omaha, as well as within a quick drive to numerous state parks. Guests have access to 20 acres of Loess Hills hiking on our property. 

Grain Bin Getaway Iowa

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Monday 16th of August 2021

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