Editor’s note: This article was originally published in October 2017 and has since been updated with the most recent information.
Rustic, cozy, and usually located in the countryside, A-Frames are the perfect summer respite from the city.
Fortunately, small towns around Philly are home to a few of these A-Frames, and a number of them are available to rent right now or throughout the summer.
From A-Frames in Lancaster’s countryside, to a cabin in the Poconos, there are plenty of options all within a two hour’s drive of the city. While most of these places are rentable year-round, they’re an especially good choice in the summer: many have proximity to nearby lakes or streams, some have the opportunity to check out Amish Country just a short drive away, and they all feature great spots for lounging outdoors and taking in some sun.
Lokal, which has boutique hotels in Old City and Fishtown, is branching out into the country a little bit, with this stunning A-frame just an hour away from Philly in Dorchester, New Jersey. The cabin has undergone a top-to-bottom renovation and is decked out in Scandinavian and modern interiors and furnishings. Water lovers will like the fact that it’s located right on the Maurice River, making for easy canoe or kayak access, and great for a relaxing summer getaway. It’s a popular spot, though, so if you’re eager to rent you should check it out soon. Rates start at $250 per night.
Here’s a renovated A-Frame located in Lancaster’s Amish country. It manages to sleep four: There’s a main bedroom on the first floor and a loft with a sleeper sofa. There’s also a full kitchen sans dishwasher, plus a fire pit near the deck for those cooler summer nights. Prices start around $109 per night.
Just south of Lancaster at Historic Sickman’s Hill is this oversized A-Frame overlooking a large creek. It sleeps nine, and there are two decks that face the water. Sickman’s Hill, a 19th-century flour and grist roller mill, is just a short walk away. It runs $150 per night.
Less than two hours from Philly is the Acorn Cottage in White Haven, Pennsylvania. It’s a modified A-Frame that sleeps six. There’s a large deck and two state parks to explore nearby—but you’ll have to bring your own linens and blankets. It starts at $95 per night.
Another Amish Country-adjacent home, this A-frame sits just east of Lancaster and about 1.5 hours out of Philly. But the drive is worth it: the home offers a rustic, all-wood interior, with a stone fireplace and a loft area. It’s a country getaway, with a chance to take a horse and buggy ride or enjoy nearby farms and a creek. It runs about $100 per night.