Great Places To Enjoy a Cottage Vacation


If you are planning your summer vacation and want something unique…perhaps away from the crowds and congestion of the typical beach resort or the hectic activity of those bustling tourist destinations…you might want to consider renting a cottage in a secluded coastal village along the Maine coast or the Oregon shoreline.

For generations, families have been packing up the kids and heading to the lakes of Michigan and Wisconsin to a cozy cottage set in the woods, where they have enjoyed a few weeks of outdoor adventure filled with hiking, fishing, and boating.  

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Cottage vacation in Maine

Of course, if you are one of those people for whom a vacation is not complete without room service, a five-star restaurant and days of unending pampering, a rustic cottage might not work for you.  However, there are a growing number of cottage-style communities that offer a more complete package of creature comforts, along with the privacy and seclusion of a smaller, more intimate setting.

Whether you prefer an amenity-filled resort-style community like Florida’s Steinhatchee Landing or the captivating charm and romance of Cabot Cove Cottages, nestled quietly in one of Maine’s beautiful waterside settings, a cottage vacation offers a sense of nostalgia and a relaxing escape from the stress and pressure of today’s hurried lifestyles.

Cottage rentals on the Maine Coast
Ocean view from a cottage in Port Townsend, Washington

Top: Steinhatchee Landing, Florida  Left:  Bayside, Maine

Above Left: Cabot Cove Cottages, Maine   Above Right: Port Townsend, Washington


Dotted all across the landscape of America, you will find a varied collection of small towns and communities that have for generations been known as “cottage towns”…resort destinations that lie dormant in the off-season and then spring to life as families descend and take up residence in small, often dated cottages where parents can escape for a few days to hike nearby woods, fish pristine lakes and gurgling streams or, perhaps, just relax on a screened porch and enjoy the summer breezes.

Meanwhile, the kids are free to swim, go canoeing or, maybe, hop on their bikes for a short expedition down to the neighborhood ice cream shop.  Meals are usually pretty casual affairs…sometimes a family gathering on the deck or grilling the day’s fresh catch on the barbeque.

The outdoor environment and the style of the cottages may vary from locale to locale, but whether it’s the ocean views near Port Townsend, Washington, the sweet marsh air of the Carolina Low Country, the quaint charm of a Maine fishing village, the picturesque small towns of the California wine country, a cottage neighborhood in historic Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts or a wooded cabin on a Michigan lake, the objective of a cottage vacation is the same anywhere you go…to rest, relax and enjoy a gathering of family and friends in a peaceful and pleasure-filled setting.



Vacation cottages at Bayside, Maine
Honeymoon Cottages at Seaside FL
Maine vacation cottage
Unique cottage design at Butterfly Gap
View from Tennessee lakeside cottage
Cottages on the bay at Sanibel Island FL

Top, L to R: Cottage community at Bayside, Maine, Honeymoon cottages at Seaside FL, Secluded getaway in the Maine woods

Bottom, L to R:  Romantic Smoky Mountain retreat, Tennessee lakeside, Waterfront cottages on Florida’s Sanibel Island.


Ocean view from cottage near Port Townsend WA
Historic cottage neighborhood in Oak Bluffs MA
California wine country at Aurora Park Cottages
cottages of Harborside Maine overlooking docks

Top to bottom: Ocean view from Port Townsend WA cottage, Historic cottage neighborhood in Oak Bluffs MA, Vista of California wine country at Aurora Park Cottages, Harborside Cottages ME


Some of our favorite cottage getaways

Cabot Cove Cottages, Maine

Cabot Cove Cottages, Maine
Quintessentially Maine, this enclave of Kennebunkport cottages offers a relaxing coastal retreat in one of  New England's premier villages.  Request more details.

cottage vacation rentals at Steinhatchee Landing, FL

A cottage resort that blends the essence of Old Florida with the unmatched conveniences of today. For more info...

cottage rentals in Port Townsend WA

Morgan Hill Getaways
These romantic guest cottages offer an exquisite and affordable choice of lodging near the Victorian era town of Port Townsend WA. Request more details…

Norris Lake Cottages

These lake cottages and condos provide the perfect choice for your summer vacation on East Tennessee's most pristine lake.  For more details...


Cottage vacations at Serenbe near Atlanta GA

These delightful cottages have a distinctively pastoral character, but yet are part of a new community with great restaurants and a full activity schedule. For more info..