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- As the pandemic continues, close-to-home getaways to outdoorsy locations remain a top travel option.
- We found cozy Airbnbs in Upstate New York including top-rated cabins, cottages, and barns.
- The best upstate New York Airbnbs are all within three hours of Manhattan and under $550 per night.
Upstate New York is a year-round destination. Spring and summer are breaths of fresh air with ample hiking, kayaking, and swimming; fall attracts visitors who come to savor the foliage and crisp climate, and winter is a magical wonderland for skiing and outdoor sports.
Staying in a remote cabin or cozy cottage only serves to add to that rustic hygge appeal and Upstate New York is filled with atmospheric homes tucked away in the woods. The wide-open spaces also make it easy to practice social distancing.
Most homes require a car, but if you’re a New Yorker like me who never puts their license to use, don’t let that come between you and a crackling fireplace. Car rental deals are available, and experts also say that renting a car right now is safe. For further guidance, here are the best car rental companies.
Browse all the best Airbnb homes in Upstate New York below, or jump directly to a specific area here:
These are the best Airbnbs in Upstate New York, sorted by price from low to high.
While the outside is certainly eye-catching, this woodsy tiny home is special on the inside, too. The design is minimal, with a wood stove and lofted sleeping area.
Set on 20 acres, the location is rife with hiking trails, Catskills views, and is about 15 minutes from lovely Hudson, NY, known for high-end antiques and innovative food and drink. But when you return to the cabin, expect to be entirely off the grid. There is no electricity or running water, and the bathroom is actually an outhouse.
Victorian townhome in Coxsackie
Beautifully restored, this 1880s Queen Ann Victorian is a great option for those who’d prefer to be closer to town. It’s 20 minutes to Hudson – convenient for those arriving by train.
Bright and light, the minimalist palette features an Art Deco-era kitchen and hints of mint green. The superior look isn’t accidental; this listing is an Airbnb Plus verified home, which means the hosts are pros at taking extra care to provide a well-kept space. With two bedrooms, there’s plenty of space to relax, namely the porch rocker, fenced-in garden, or in the living and dining areas next to the piano and gas-burning stove.
Octagon house in Hunter
Situated on Papillon Lake, this octagon-shaped house is located near skiing in the winter, swimming and kayaking in the summer, and is flanked by sure-to-impress fall foliage. The private deck with Adirondack chairs makes for an impressive perch overlooking the lake.
While the design feels like a traditional mountain lodge with wood, stone, and timber-infused decor, modern updates include a large Italian-style rain shower, colorful tribal print accents, a kitchen equipped with a French press coffee, plus a smart TV.
One-room schoolhouse in Forestburgh
A one-room schoolhouse from 1837 was restored with painstaking care while paying homage to historic roots. Those chalkboards aren’t kitsch, they’re actually originals.
Other atmospheric elements were updated to feel modern and chic, such as mason jar light fixtures, a farmhouse kitchen, a lofted sleep area, and a subway-tiled shower. Restaurants, antiques, and hiking are all minutes away, but if you really need to recharge, the hosts can book in-home massages.
Cabin in Preston-Potter Hollow
This two-bedroom ranch home oozes rustic charm. The outside is incredibly scenic, made up of seven rolling green acres with a dock perched over a koi pond. There’s even a small golf area.
Inside, a wood-burning stove is surrounded by timber wood walls, mounted antlers, and alpine-inspired decor. There’s also a full kitchen, two spacious decks with a grill, and provided binoculars to watch for wildlife or take in leaf-peeping in fall.
Waterfall carriage house in Saugerties
This dreamy listing dates back to 1903 and is directly overlooking Cantine Falls. Ideal for couples, the lofted upstairs sleeping area features a Queen-sized bed and fluffy down duvet — but be aware there is limited headroom due to the pitched roof.
Downstairs you’ll find a spa-like bathroom complete with a walk-in shower, a tall wooden dining table, a comfy gray couch, and a large TV. The lovely backyard features a deck with string lights, a gazebo, a grill, and a fire pit.
Streamside cabin in Phoenicia
This chic cabin is a dreamy oasis set alongside a tranquil stream that can be heard from inside the home. It’s certainly alluring based on the scenery alone, which includes a riverfront deck, outdoor fire pit with Adirondack chairs, a BBQ grill, and an indoor gas fireplace, but we love the clean, minimal interiors that look plucked from a magazine.
Highlights include a subway-tiled spa-like bathroom, a serene living room with a record player and leafy plants, a queen-sized bedroom, and a farmhouse-inspired full kitchen.
Converted container home in Saugerties, $232
With a wood stove, fire pit, twinkle lights, a writing desk, and a kitchenette, this is the exact kind of place you’re likely envisioning to get away from it all. The record player and kerosene lanterns only add to the appeal.
Fashioned out of a converted 20-foot container, this mod cabin is set next to a 30-foot waterfall and on 20 acres of wilderness. There’s also a stone deck, grill, yoga platform, and hammock. The cabin is pet-friendly, and while accommodations seem largely deluxe, a few features tend toward rustic with a compost toilet, gravity-feed water, and large cooler rather than a fridge. Additionally, in the winter the wood stove is the only source of heat so be sure you are comfortable managing it. Hike the Catskills out the back door.
If availability is limited, there are three other shipping container homes spread far out across the property, so you can check to see if the other options have more options.
The ‘Cubhouse’ in Bearsville
Adorably named the ‘Cubhouse,’ this mountain cottage near Woodstock dates back to 1909 and was originally owned by a medicine woman in the early 1900s.
Enchanting details include an arched wooden door, a stone fireplace, and one bedroom under a vaulted ceiling. Witness wildlife visitors come to drink from a small pond, fire up the outdoor propane grill, or cozy up by the wood-burning fireplace before sinking into the hanging egg chair to gaze at the mountains.
Grey chalet loft in Saugerties
Part of Airbnb Plus, this chic loft is decorated in soothing whites that mix with the natural wood accents from the ladder to the sliding barn door for the bathroom. Small but cozy, the downstairs includes a comfy bed separated from the main room by airy white curtains, a dining table, a couch, and a full kitchen with a turquoise tile backsplash.
A large chandelier hanging above the dining table catches the sunlight that streams in via a skylight. Upstairs is an additional small hangout area under the pitched roof.
Modern mountain home in Halcottsville
Nestled into a private road surrounded by 10 lush acres is the so-called SPACECRAFTX 1, a single-wide trailer transformed into a stunning home lined with walls of glass sliders framed by forest trees and mountain views.
The decor is luxe, akin to a stylish boutique hotel, and an expansive deck is flanked by a Japanese rock garden, flower beds, and outdoor seating. With one queen bed and one double, the space is great for a couple or small family and is even pet-friendly.
Chalet in Windham
For a mountain getaway, this Catskills retreat sleeps 10 under rustic beamed ceilings. Your host even provides firewood and kindling; all you need to do is BYOS: bring your own s’mores.
The decor is midcentury modern meets rugged ski lodge with plenty of stone, wood, and brick accents. The farmhouse kitchen, spacious dining area, and King-sized master (one of three bedrooms) make this home highly livable.
Located near Windham and Hunter mountains, this lodge is usually booked solid in busy winter ski months; visiting before the ski resorts open is a great way to snag an otherwise elusive booking.
Scandinavian barn in Germantown
This airy and Scandinavian-inspired barn is a design lover’s dream stay thanks to its chic interiors that feature an all-white color palette. Impeccable details include soaring ceilings with wooden beams, floor-to-ceiling views overlooking the Catskill Mountains, and eclectic and vintage furnishings like a clawfoot soaking tub and a Victorian-style chaise.
The home sits on 14 acres of open fields and walking paths right next to a pond, so enjoying nature is as easy as walking out the door. Within the hamlet of Germantown, its also just five minutes from Main Street where you can enjoy perusing boutiques or dining at James Beard-nominated Gaskins restaurant.
FAQ: Airbnb in Upstate New York
Where is Upstate New York?
While some people consider Upstate New York to be the entire region of New York state that is north of New York City, others only consider the areas north and west of the Catskills to be truly upstate.
How far is Upstate New York from Manhattan?
Upstate New York is anywhere from two to four hours from New York City by car, depending on where you’re going. While Amtrak and bus lines serve areas along the Hudson River, you’ll need a car to explore inland.
Where should I stay in Upstate New York?
In an Airbnb from this list! If you need further guidance, plan your Airbnb around what you want to do.
If you plan to ski or snowboard, stay close to your intended mountain in towns like Windham or Phoenicia. Otherwise, there are many small, charming towns to discover located amid mountain and forest areas perfect for hiking and foliage. If you want to take a dip in a lake, look for towns that provide access to some of Upstate New York’s swimmable lakes.
And, the more remote you go, the cheaper the prices.
What are the best things to do in Upstate New York?
In winter, come to ski, snowshoe, snowboard, or just hole up in a cozy cabin.
In spring and summer, go hiking, discover waterfalls, swim in lakes, admire the fall foliage, peruse farmer’s markets, or hop between breweries.
Is Airbnb safe?
If you’re wondering if travel is safe, experts consider private vacation homes, such as those on Airbnb, as one of the safer places to stay, especially compared to hotels. This is because you are often booking an entire home protected from interaction with others, and Airbnb requires all hosts and guests to comply with enhanced cleaning policies.
Additionally, the CDC now says fully vaccinated individuals can safely travel within the US.
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