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In The Know  •  March 31, 2023

11 Best Lakeside Vacation Rentals in California

Danielle Vito
Danielle Vito

As Senior Social Media Manager, Danielle manages AvantStay's social media platforms and writes content for the Atlas blog. Previously, Danielle was the Social Media Producer at The Points Guy where she ran TPG's Instagram and wrote articles on the most social media-worthy destinations, and tips on hacking your travels by using credit cards.

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California is renowned for its breathtaking natural landscapes, and what better way to experience them than by staying in one of the best lakeside cabins the state has to offer? Whether you’re looking for a group getaway with friends or a fun-filled family vacation, AvantStay’s California lakeside vacation homes provide a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Among the top destinations for lakefront cabins are Lake Tahoe, Big Bear, and Lake Arrowhead, where visitors can soak up the stunning scenery, indulge in various outdoor activities, and unwind in the peacefulness of nature.

In this article, we will take you through the 11 best lakeside cabins in California, showcasing each cabin’s unique features and amenities to help you plan your next unforgettable vacation.

1. Lake View Lodge — Big Bear, California

Experience a sensational cabin stay at Lake View Lodge, a pristine property located in the prestigious Castle Glen Estates of Big Bear Lake. This 2-story home offers 4 bedrooms and 3 baths, and a wrap-around deck with stunning 180-degree views of the lake, mountains, and ski slopes. Unwind in the 6-person hot tub on the oversized deck and admire the sunset as it reflects across the lake. The home provides an expansive view of the entire 7-mile lake from the deck, living room, and primary bedroom. The first floor has a 3-car garage, great room, fireplace, dining area, and one bedroom, while the second floor offers 3 more bedrooms and a large living room perfect for kids to enjoy.

2. Lakeview — Lake Tahoe, California

Welcome to Lakeview! Take in breathtaking panoramic views of Lake Tahoe at this exceptional lakefront home. Enjoy the rustic yet modern interior with high-ceilings and large windows (perfect for stargazing from your couch), along with entertainment options like pool, shuffleboard, and foosball. Outside, take in stunning sunrises and sunsets from the hot tub out on the wrap-around patio. Nearby activities include kayaking, paddle boarding, horseback riding, dining at Jax At The Tracks, beer tasting at Fiftyfifty Brewing Company, and skiing at Northstar Resort.

3. Lakefront Lodge — Big Bear, California

Lakefront Lodge is a luxurious cabin in Big Bear with direct access to Big Bear Lake and beautiful mountain views. It’s just a quick walk to Holloway’s Marina and a few minutes drive to skiing, shopping, and entertainment. The upper entry-level features a dining area, cozy living room, and pool table with incredible lake and mountain views, along with a large deck and hot tub. The spacious gourmet kitchen is fully equipped for cooking, and there’s a dining table, BBQ, and hot tub on the first-floor deck.

4. Cedar Pointe — Lake Arrowhead, California

Step out to Lake Arrowhead from your own backyard at Cedar Pointe by AvantStay. This cabin-style waterfront vacation rental includes a stone fireplace, foosball table, dart board, board games, and plenty of other activities to keep you entertained. Guests can enjoy sunset views from Adirondack chairs or dine alfresco by utilizing the outdoor grill. The Lake Arrowhead Brewery and Village are within walking distance for additional entertainment and dining options.

5. Lagunita Shores — Big Bear, California

BYOB (Bring your own boat)! The backyard at Lagunita Shores boasts a wind-protected deck with unobstructed lake views and a dock for boats and watercraft. It also features a large hot tub, gas fire pit, BBQ area, and lounge chairs for relaxation. Inside, the two-story family room and adjacent dining room have easy access to outside decks. The first floor has a media room, separate bedroom with an ensuite bathroom, and a small office nook perfect for remote workers. Upstairs, the primary bedroom has access to a second-floor deck and a triple-sized master bath, plus four additional bedrooms.

6. Water’s Edge Estate — Big Bear, California

Water’s Edge Estate is a luxurious 6-bedroom cabin located near Big Bear Lake, with direct access to the water and a new custom dock that can accommodate up to two boats and three jet skis. Guests can enjoy various activities such as relaxing on the water, in the spacious backyard, or in the extra-large hot tub. The upper level features three bedrooms with beautiful views of the trees and lake, while the lower level includes a living room, kitchen, and movie room. The spacious outdoor deck offers dining and a natural gas BBQ, and the fully-equipped gourmet kitchen includes high-end appliances, cookware, and breakfast bar seating.

7. Tahoe Edge — Lake Tahoe, California

Tahoe Edge is a modern retreat located just steps away from the northern beaches of Lake Tahoe. It features a large patio with a grill, a fire pit, and a dining table, allowing for al fresco meals and beautiful views of the lake. The common area has huge windows offering plenty of natural light and a great water view. The house has three comfortable bedrooms, a fireplace, and is located near convenient grocery stores. Tahoe Edge is the perfect place to enjoy an incredible waterfront view and an unforgettable experience.

8. Shoreline Lakehouse — Big Bear, California

Enjoy a tranquil stay at Shoreline Lakehouse—this well-equipped 4-bedroom lakefront cabin with direct access to Big Bear Lake. Spend your days fishing, playing beach volleyball, or soaking in the hot tub, and your evenings curled up by the fireplace or toasting s’mores by the fire pit. With five bedrooms, including a private master suite and a bunk bedroom, this cabin can accommodate up to 9 people and is perfect for large families and groups. The living room boasts a river rock fireplace and stunning lake views, while the downstairs game room offers a bar and a poker table. Ideal for year-round mountain getaways.

9. Waterfront Breeze — Big Bear, California

Waterfront Breeze is a lakefront property located at Boulder Bay in Big Bear, offering a relaxing getaway and various outdoor activities such as kayaking, paddle boarding, and fishing. The property features a cozy living room with a wood-burning fireplace, a well-equipped kitchen, and three bedrooms with TVs, including a primary bedroom with an ensuite bathroom. Outdoor amenities include a private dock, gas fire pit, gas BBQ, and SmartTV on the back deck. Garage parking for an SUV and two driveway parking spots are available.

10. Atkinson — Lake Tahoe, California

Check in to Atkinson and experience the breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe and surrounding mountains. This large vacation home is perfect for groups and welcomes up to 10 guests. Spend your days on the water and evenings grilling on the balcony while watching an epic sunset. Add some friendly competition with a game of shuffleboard and jam out to music from the record player.

Classic Lake House — Big Bear, California

Classic Lake House is one of the original lakefront homes on Big Bear Lake. Located on a double-wide lot that offers a cozy and comfortable retreat for families, the home has four bedrooms, including a bunk room for 4-6 kids. The property is perfect for fishing, skiing, and exploring. The expansive backyard features a new hot tub, swing set, horseshoe pit, and deep water dock for water toys, making it an ideal place for relaxation and fun.

Danielle Vito
Danielle Vito

As Senior Social Media Manager, Danielle manages AvantStay's social media platforms and writes content for the Atlas blog. Previously, Danielle was the Social Media Producer at The Points Guy where she ran TPG's Instagram and wrote articles on the most social media-worthy destinations, and tips on hacking your travels by using credit cards.

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