Made up of New England, the Mid-Atlantic and the Mid-Atlantic Plains, you're looking at some of the oldest colonial settlements and townships in the United States. The landscape is highly influenced by mountainous terrain and prolific shoreline --- their waterfront miles rack up bordering the Atlantic Ocean and their many, many swimming holes. Hiking, self-sufficiency, and outdoor living make up a lot of the Northeast's spirit so it's no surprise that cabin culture here is strong and filled with history.
A big state, it's easy to think New York is just Manhattan, an urban jungle full of asphalt and not much else. Fortunately, the Hudson Valley, the Catskills, Adirondacks, the Finger Lakes, and far up north near the Canadian border, aren't too hard to get to. The rich folk lore of the area makes it cozy, full of picture perfect cabins, and more charm (renovated and original) than you'll know what to do with.
For such a geographically small state, there's a lot happening here. From Boston to the Berkshires to Martha's Vineyard, you can experience a fairly wide array of what Massachusetts has to offer. Out on the Cape and the islands, you'll get cottages, shorelines and coastal woods; in the Berkshires, you're looking at the quintessential cabin-in-the-woods escape. Expect things to be charming and, more often than not, rather rustic.
This might be the best place for fall in all of the Northeast, but don't tell anyone else. The White Mountains will make you weep and the 48 peaks across the state might do the same -- it's no wonder everyone is healthy and porch time is a state-wide pastime. Their cabins are typically New England with lots of natural wood, pot belly stoves, and exceptional amounts of cozy. Plus, their state motto is Live Free or Die so we'll just go ahead and leave it at that.
More than just maple syrup, the Green Mountain State is classic cabin through and through. It has harsh winters, very few people (even Alaska has more), covered bridges, picturesque Autumns, and lots of off-grid options with plenty of hiking.
Lobster, the coastline, Acadia, and the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail...Maine is worth it. You'll want to pick blueberries, make pie, eat seafood, and generally get in water of every sort while making a point to read a book and lose track of time.
Full of quaint towns with even quainter squares, Connecticut is just east of New York and south of Boston, making it about as easy to get to as you can imagine. With lighthouses and a rather strong pride for its heritage as well as its pizza, you can feel (and see) the state's maritime and colonial history in most of its architecture and towns. Considering its size, Rhode Island has a big personality, a lot of coastline, plenty of seafood, and some down-to-earth locals. Plus it has history (and wants to preserve it). Both states boast lots of waterside cabins and plenty of olde New England pastoral charm.
Pennsylvania has more than just history and rolling hills on its side -- mainly, it's not overdone and is still pretty darn affordable -- and, surprisingly, New Jersey is way more woodsy than the stereotype might suggest. Needless to say, these are two states are maybe-you-wouldn't-have-considered it getaways you should be genuinely pleased by.