The Good Kind of Cabin Fever + A Giveaway

If you were to ask me to describe my ideal getaway, I would describe a picturesque log cabin in a mountain forest. Beautiful walking paths through the woods. A babbling stream nearby. Perhaps even a waterfall within hiking distance. The cabin itself would be cozy. Lots of wood features and fuzzy blankets with western/antique decor. But my practical side insists on having the Internet (pretty essential for a writer). And since I’ve never really been much of a “roughing it” type camper, I would prefer it have all the modern amenities. Let’s give it a hot tub, too, while we’re at it.

You see, if I’m going to have cabin fever, I want it in the best possible way. I want to create a place so cozy and comfortable that I won’t want to leave. So, I decided to go online and do some research, and I think I found the log cabin that I would be glad to be stranded in.

The home is called Pine Haven, and it was designed by Teton Heritage Builders. If you feel the urge to drool, you should definitely check out their website. There’s plenty of room in this cabin if anyone would like to join me for a feverish getaway.

(All photos credited to Roger Wade Photography)

Love those wood beams and chinking.

Main living area – gorgeous windows to let in natural light and an astounding view.

Master bedroom with fireplace and balcony – so romantic!

Upstairs hall with so much light and fun look-overs.

Bedroom for my guest – that’s you!

Gorgeous kitchen with all the amenities. Might as well have good food while we’re stuck here.

And since everyone knows that the best way to deal with cabin fever is to get lost in a great book, I’m handing out a dose of cure today. Leave a comment to be entered for a chance to win an autographed copy of Short-Straw Bride, a book featuring a secluded cabin in the Piney Woods of Texas housing four brothers who never leave their land. Until the right woman comes their way.

  • So what do you think? Want to share some cabin fever with me at Pine Haven?
  • How would you describe your ideal place to get cabin fever? (An actual cabin is not required.)
Karen Witemeyer
For those who love to smile as they read, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer offers warmhearted historical romance with a flair for humor, feisty heroines, and swoon-worthy Texas heroes. Karen is a firm believer in the power of happy endings. . . and ice cream. She is an avid cross-stitcher, and makes her home in Abilene, TX with her husband and three children. Learn more about Karen and her books at:


  1. Pine Haven sounds like a place to be! The pictures of the “cabin” are way over the top for me. I would like a much simpler smaller open spaced cabin in the woods. Reading would fill my time, so at least electricity for lights would be appreciated. I am not a survivalist.

    1. A small cozy cabin sounds perfect for some alone time, Jerri, or as a romantic getaway with the hubby. This over-large luxury cabin feels more like a resort, I agree. But if I could fill it with other readers/writers, it could be a lot of fun. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. that would be my ideal home. I have always wanted one like that.

    1. Isn’t it gorgeous??? Can’t hurt to dream. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Wow! Pine Haven looks wonderful! I hope it comes with its own cleaning crew.
    My ideal cabin fever cabin would be single level (no stairs), have all the modern conveniences, at least two bedrooms, and it must come with a caretaker that will do all the cleaning and maintenance. I may as well wish for a cook while I’m dreaming. Maybe I should have a smaller cabin for the household staff.

    1. Love how you think, Andrea. A little cabin out back for the caretaker and his wife, the cook/housekeeper. Perfect!

  4. I could be very happy in that cabin.

    1. Me, too. So many lovely nooks to cuddle up with a book and still have plenty of natural light. I always think of log cabins as being dark, but this one has so many windows that the light is everywhere. Love that!

  5. Karen, what fun! I could get used to that house in a hurry.
    I HAVE cabin fever, not the good kind, it has been a rough winter in New England.
    Please enter me in drawing.

    1. You are entered for sure, Kathy. ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t even image how long your winters are up there, especially this year. A friend send me a picture of the many feet of snow still in her yard when I sent a photo of spring flowers. Hang in there! Spring is coming.

  6. I would say your idea is not really a cabin its more a very nice home and I could get use to that. I kind of like the modern things myself these days.

    1. You are so right, Quilt Lady. It has the outer aesthetic of a log home, but the inside is more of a modern luxury home. But it does have lots of wood elements which I like. Just enough to give it the log cabin feel. Some of the other cabins on the site I was looking at were decorated with animal heads on nearly every wall. Like an upscale hunting cabin. I like rustic, but I prefer my woodland creatures alive, thank you very much. Ha!

  7. What an amazing place to have cabin fever in! I would settle for a smaller cabin—with all the amenities.

    1. Me, too, Estella. A little cozy getaway that still had everything one would need to be comfortable. Maybe someday . . .

  8. Oooh, count me in! That is exactly where I’d like to live and the house/cabin I’d like to live in. ๐Ÿ™‚ I love quiet and nature – so it would be perfect to me. Currently I live on Piney Woods road – so I’m close, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. You absolutely are close, Susan! I’d love to live on a street with that name. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    I would love to have cabin fever with you in that home! I’ll do the cooking if someone else will do the clean up. My kind of cabin. Can we have a nice swimming hole close by? I agree internet is a must unless I have a well stocked library of books I haven’t read. I’m accustomed to staying in most of the time, especially in the summer because I have MS and can’t handle heat. I do not go on very many adventures other than in books. I love the opportunity to read your book. A giveaway is an awesome way to find a new author to add to my go to authors list. I live on the edge of the piney woods in East Texas so I want to read this book.

    1. Wonderful, Stephanie! You can have the spare bedroom. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Great blog, Karen; and the pix are beautiful. I’d totally join you and other writers there for a retreat or even quiet time! Thanks for blogging on our special Cabin Fever week! Hugs, Phyliss

    1. I wish this home was available for vacation rental. I’d be booking it for a P&P retreat right now. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. That is beautiful… wow!

    1. Isn’t it? I admit, I drooled a bit when I found it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Great pictures! Thank you. I confess though that were I there I’d likely be in one of the beds or in a chair in front of a fire. ๐Ÿ™‚ (Yes, that means the views would be lost on me since I’m still hibernating!)

    Good luck for the drawing and congrats to whomever gets Short-Straw Bride. It’s one of my favorites.

    1. Thanks, Eliza. A good hibernation is good for the disposition. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. I would rather rough it. Just make sure I have enough batteries for the lamps, a camping stove. Wood for the fire place and A room full of books and I would be set for at least a few months. Now in the winter I would want all the comforts of modern times but in the spring and summer roughing it is way better.

    1. You have a wonderful pioneer spirit, Kim!

  14. The NC mountains. They have beautiful cabins and the scenery is breathtaking. Sometimes I just like to unplug and enjoy the simple things like books and board games with family.

    1. That sounds lovely, Kaitlyn. I’ve never visited NC. One of these days, I’m going to have to change that. What you describe sounds heavenly. Especially with the books and family board games, two of my favorite relaxation activities.

  15. My ideal get-away would have to be at the beach, but this cabin gives me second thoughts for sure! What a beautiful place! Thanks for the giveaway.

    1. Isn’t it funny how some people are beach people and some are mountain people? I grew up near the beach in CA and never really appreciated it, always longing for the mountains. Although the one time my hubby and I got to go to Hawaii, I got the best of both worlds. Mountains and beaches. I understand why they call it paradise.

  16. Iโ€™d just love a little cozy garden area out back of that immaculate cabin! You could garden to your hearts content and read in all the cute cozy places you created of course ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. That sounds beautiful, Jessica.

  17. I love log cabins and the views from this one are awesome. I’ve always wanted to live in one. We’ve stayed in a few on vacation in the mountains and I always pack a book and/or buy some while there. I already have the book – my favorite series of yours.

    1. Thanks, Linda. A quiet cozy cabin just seems like the perfect place to curl up with a good book.

  18. That place looks perfect!!! You definitely described my dream destination!

    1. I have to admit to falling in love with this place, Leigh.

  19. Oh my goodness! This is one of my bucket list faves, to receive a signed copy of this particular book! Thank you for this opportunity!!!! I love cabins, itโ€™s my husband and my dream to own our land and build a cabin! Even said I can have a pet cow!

    1. A pet cow??? How cool, Cor! You’ll have to talk to Mary Connealy about cows. She always posts the cutest pictures of her spring bovines. ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. I’d love a cozy cabin getaway! These photos are beautiful! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. I have to admit they make it hard to concentrate on work here the real world. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  21. My husband and I stayed in a remote cabin in southern Missouri, and we absolutely loved it! I don’t need anything too fancy as long as I have some trails to hike and some peace and quiet. And
    a good book, of course!

    1. That sounds perfect, Kristina! I love hiking and reading and cuddling with my hubby. Lovely!

  22. We bought 40 acres about 45 minutes away. Our son is building on 5 acres if it . Inknow hubby would like to put a cabin out there but it would take a lot of work and we arenโ€™t getting any younger.
    I love all the wood and windows in your pictures. I wouldnโ€™t want to leave! Just snuggle up and read!

    1. How nice that you will have your son so close, Paula! That will be nice no matter if there is an actual log cabin or not.

  23. Wow talk about dreamland! Forget getaway though, I want one full-time! My FAVORITE homes are log cabins. I’ll have to wait till heaven when my budget can afford it though LOL

    1. I never thought about having a log-cabin mansion over the hilltop, Becca-Rae. That sounds even better than all the silver and gold. ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Wow! Pine Haven is stunning, Karen!
    Thatโ€™s my idea of a vacation…Iโ€™m not very good at โ€œroughing itโ€ either…we are on the same page!
    The kitchen looks ideal for baking…in case you need a snack break from writing. ?

    1. Always! I can smell the cookies baking even now. Yum!

  25. Beautiful! I would love to go on a vacation and stay in a cabin like this one.

    1. It would be big enough to accommodate an entire family reunion, I think. ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Growing up in the west, Iโ€™d say anywhere where I can see the trees and not another building for a ways off is perfect!! Iโ€™d love to be confined to a cabin near a stream after a soft snowfall (and a jacuzzi tub wouldnโ€™t hurt!)

    1. You and I are sisters of the heart, Laura!

  27. I would definitely agree that Pine Haven is fantastic! Iโ€™d love to curl up by the fireplace with one of your fun books. If you happen to need a guest, Iโ€™m available, LOL.

    1. I’ll give you a call as soon as I move in, Perrianne. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  28. Wow, the pictures of this place are amazing.

    1. Might as well dream big, right, Cheryl? ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. Pine Haven looks wonderful! I have always loved cabins.
    My ideal cabin fever cabin would be a cabin with plenty of windows to let in natural light and fresh air. Iโ€™d also have a reading nook of sorts and perhaps a loft. Oh, and a great view is a must! Perhaps something overlooking a lake.?

    1. Yes! Maybe a big, cushiony window seat.

  30. Such a gorgeous cabin!! Oh to have a getaway like this. ?? Adding this to my ever growing โ€œwish/goal listโ€.

    1. If only we had a few million dollars lying around with nothing to do. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  31. My dream of to build a small cabin on the property where my grandmother use to live (she has since passed on). Itโ€™s back on the woods and just wonderfully. Thereโ€™s a babbling brook right down the hill, so you could look out the windows and see it or sit on the porch and listen. ๐Ÿ™‚ Itd be a small cabin, one bedroom, I like to be alone lol ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Sounds beautiful, Liz! And so meaningful, too, with the connection to your grandmother.

  32. I married into a family with a simple cabin for vacation time- only a generator, water from a spring, and the first outhouse only had a canvas flap- Brr in November when the ice is cracking across the lake! During cabin fever we would read, break out the Scrabble game, or just visit and tell family stories. At night we would always have “Pun Wars” (hard to fall asleep when you are laughing so hard or trying to come up with the next pun). The best thing about the cabin was the people in it. (I did miss my curling iron though, as I have the flattest hair!)

    1. Pun Wars! I’ve got to try that. My son and I love puns! Usually everyone else in the family roll their eyes at us, but we crack ourselves up. So fun!

  33. This is the ultimate in glamping. Glamorous camping. I would love to spend time here.

    1. Exactly! Even a long weekend would be fabulous.

  34. The Pine Haven cabin you posted looks a little too intense for me. Iโ€™d like something more simple, but still have electricity, hot water, and the internet. Iโ€™d want my cabin to be on one floor, with easy access with an open floor plan. Iโ€™d like to have lanterns and kerosene heaters for when and if the power goes off.
    Iโ€™d want it to have someone else to cook and clean, but not ever see them. Would love to win your book, Karen since Iโ€™m handicapped and rarely go to the library.

    1. That sounds wonderful, Linda. Simple yet everything you need. Especially the invisible housekeeper and cook. I need to get me some of those. ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. Omg! Thatโ€™s an awesome cabin! Rustic but homey with a touch of elegant… I would love to have that cabin fever there with you! I think itโ€™s the perfect place to have a book reading marathon! I would also love to walk and hike in the woods! And if there is a lake nearby, that would be the cherry on the top!!

  36. Yes! A book reading marathon party with breaks to hike so our muscles don’t atrophy. Got keep the blood pumping in order to read more books!

  37. I would love to join you at Pine Haven. My ideal place would be somewhere quiet with lots of nature around me. Any getaway is great for me. Thank you for an opportunity to receive a copy of Short Straw Bride.

    1. Quiet. Nature. Two of my favorite things. ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. I would love to be there with you. I would even love to cook our dinner in that gorgeous kitchen!

    1. You’re hired as retreat cook, Theresa. With a name like Kitchen, I expect amazing things! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    I think sharing a cabin with you would be a blast! As long as there is indoor plumbing, Iโ€™m pretty easy to please!

    1. Indoor plumbing is a must, Elizabeth! I might write historical, but I appreciate my modern conveniences. ๐Ÿ™‚

  40. That โ€œcabinโ€ is beautiful! I prefer a bit smaller and more rustic looking but still with all the amenities. Smaller to me has quieter places to be alone or with someone special enjoying the surroundings.

    1. Smaller cabins are certainly more cozy and romantic, Rachelle. ๐Ÿ™‚

  41. That cabin is gorgeous!! I don’t see the Asher’s living there, too modern for them! But I love the Asher’s! Short Straw Bride is one of my favorite books.

    1. Thanks, Sharon. You’re right. This is not an Archer-style cabin. I can see Travis huffing about all the wasted space and moaning about how hard it would be to keep the place heated with so many windows. Ha!

  42. For my honeymoon we stayed in a log cabin. It was clean cozy and had a great view. Somewhere with family and nature sounds good to me.

    1. What a lovely honeymoon getaway, Taylor! That sounds perfectly romantic. Love it!

  43. We would get away to a chalet in the mountains when I was younger. There would be anywhere from 10 to 20 of us, my Sunday school class. Nice size kitchen and dining room, hot tub on the balcony. Not as nice as yours, but we always had a good time.

    1. That sounds wonderful. And how fun to share the experience with your Sunday school classmates. A great way to bond and build fellowship!

  44. Sounds like my kind of place! If you are going to have cabin fever might as well be some place beautiful!! Add some snow, a big fire with a good book!

    1. A fireplace and a good book are definite musts, Sarah!

  45. Your getaway sounds heavenly. I would gladly join you. And, I would love to have an autographed copy or Short Straw Bride.

    1. I might have to look into log cabin retreat centers. ๐Ÿ™‚

  46. That sounds amazing! A resort like cabinesque retreat with other readers and writers? How much fun would that be? In college, my roommates and I went up to her family’s cabin. (Once I got to be the chaperoning third wheel for my college roommate and her fiance. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) Games, hikes, quiet, wonderful food, and sitting in front of the fire at night, telling stories. I think mine was a romance about a young man named Peregrine. Once we stayed up late, staring at stars, taking turns adding to a tale.

    Of course, I would promise not to talk everyone’s ears off this time. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. What a beautiful picture you paint, Cathy. Sounds fabulous!

  47. When we first married, we got plans for a log house we wanted. We were in the military and moved too much to seriously consider building it. Our daughter and her husband are currently working on the plans for their log home. They are much more likely to get their’s built. I will be able to enjoy theirs.
    I would love to visit you in “your” Pine Haven home. It is lovely. but… Your earlier description of the cabin in the woods appeals much more. I would want electricity and running water, but forget the hot tub. It would actually be nice to get away from the internet for a while, but I would miss it. I would get so much reading and outdoor time, not to mention relaxed time with my husband.

    1. Small and cozy definitely has it advantages. Especially if I have to clean it. Ha! I hope your daughter builds her cabin so you can visit often. ๐Ÿ™‚

  48. Pine Haven looks amazing! I would definitely enjoy a getaway there!

    I do sometimes get cabin fever – especially if my children have it… โ€œMama, can I… Mama, can we….Mama, I want.โ€ Haha.

    And the book Short Straw Bride would definitely help with mine! Iโ€™m due for a re-read of it ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Yes, antsy kids can definitely create a more severe case of cabin fever. ๐Ÿ™‚

  49. I love this pictures of the cabins. The multiple windows for natural light are amazing!

  50. I love the rustic beauty of the log cabin style, but I’m more into nautical style. I could really use a beach vacation right now! Lol

    1. Ah, a beach person. We still love you, Karen. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Would love to join you at Pine Haven! That would be wonderful for the whole family. If it was just me though I would probably want something on a smaller scale. Something sweet,cozy,and with indoor plumbing,please ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks Karen for this fun giveaway!

    1. We would definitely need a big gathering to fill this place, Lynne. ๐Ÿ™‚

  52. What an incredible cabin! Definitely the place to have cabin fever!

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    What a beautiful cabin to have cabin fever in. A vacation there would be great. If only. sigh

    1. It makes for a nice dream, doesn’t it?

  54. I could handle a cabin like that. I assume there would be room for a library or at least plenty of bookshelves. It is beautiful.

    1. Yes! I would love a room with built-in book shelves, one of those rolling ladders, a set of wingback, reclining chairs, and a fireplace. Great idea, Susan!

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    What a beautiful place! I cabin in the mountains would be the perfect place.

    1. I agree! Love the quiet of the forest.

  56. My brother in law, in Arkansas, puts log cabin siding on houses. They even have their own wood mill! So my sister lives in a dream cabin. It has a open floor plan with a large master bedroom, the main room is 2 story and upstairs are two bedrooms with a bath. Beautiful house, and I’d love to visit my sister!

    1. Wow! That sounds fabulous! Talk about marrying the right man. Ha! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  57. Oh, I would love to visit that massive cabin! However, I wouldn’t want to own it and clean it! haha I would love to have a much smaller cabin out in the middle of now where. The peace out in the woods would be amazing.

    1. I hear you. Let’s just rent it for a week. No strings attached!

  58. Not too shabby. I, too, am a comfort kind of girl. Before I retired my idea of roughing it was in an RV. I remember an episode of the old TV show Family Ties where the oldest daughter wants to know where to plug in her hair dryer when they are camping. That’s me. Now I’m content to get away sitting out by the pond. Everything I need is close by but I can tune it all out and just listen to nature.

  59. Wow, that is one heck of a cabin. I would dearly love a retreat in a place like that. Is it a private home? Can you rent rooms there? I used to go on retreat to the Oregon coast with writer friends but no more. I wish I could.

    1. I’m pretty sure it’s a private home, Charlene. But if it was up for rentals, I would definitely be looking into it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  60. I love looking at grand log cabins. Fontanel was one of my favorites–the former home of Barbara Mandrell. I remember her giving a tour on Oprah. It’s now a museum.

    1. I bet that is a gorgeous one! I’ve never been there, but I think I might have to look it up online. ๐Ÿ™‚

  61. Karen,
    Thatโ€™s an awesome cabin! I have always wanted a log cabin with a wraparound porch and a lake on 50 acres.

    1. That sounds fabulous, Amy. I love a wraparound porch, and a lake view would be perfect!

  62. I could totally accept Pine Haven! I could also go for a cabin near Cumberland Falls in Kentucky!

    1. Ooo – I’ve never been there, but it sounds lovely!

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    I love the mountains and it always feels like I’m coming home when we go to Banff or Jasper. I was born in the Alps, so perhaps why I have this happy connection with mountains. If I owned this “cabin” I’d never leave, because it’s paradise on earth up in the mountains. And if I could afford this home, I’d be able to have my groceries delivered and invite friends to visit. But I’d be equally happy in a cabin with all the simple amenities as long as I had a mountain/lake view from every window and the morning sun waking me in my bed.

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