Escape to the desert with 15 remote homes on Airbnb across Texas, Utah, and the western US

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Best desert Airbnbs

  • A desert offers a dreamy backdrop for a secluded getaway amid nature, hiking, and stargazing.
  • Airbnb lists many unique homes in remote deserts and towns in Arizona, Nevada, and other states.
  • From Joshua Tree to Sedona, we rounded up the best Enhanced Clean Airbnbs near deserts under $600.

Think of the last time you looked up and saw a pitch-black sky speckled with stars. If a recent evening doesn’t come to mind, you’re due for a stay in a remote desert where stargazing and solitude are a nightly spectacle.

Desert landscapes also offer unrivaled hikes, historical landmarks, artisanal shops, and a crop of cool Airbnbs to add to your must-visit list.

I’ve driven across the country (twice), watching the trees become cacti and grassy terrain turn to sand, making stops in towns like Marfa, Texas; Palm Springs, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Sedona, Arizona, where I even stayed at an Airbnb on this list.

Though fall through spring is the best time to visit the desert, you can find cheaper prices during the summer if you’re willing to face the hot temperatures.

Browse all the best Airbnb homes in the desert below, or jump directly to a specific area here:

These are the best Airbnbs in desert towns, sorted by state and price.

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Colorful oasis in Palm Springs

Colorful oasis in Palm Springs
This colorful adobe’s walk-in shower leads to a heated backyard private pool.

Book this Palm Springs home with a pool on Airbnb

While Coachella is not until next year, you can still enjoy a trip to Palm Springs, which is about a two-hour drive from Los Angeles.

Within the Colorado Desert, this colorful abode is located close to the main downtown area and is a vibrant, plant-filled oasis. Pop art and vintage books pay homage to celebrities who owned homes in Palm Springs, like Marilyn Monroe and Dean Martin. 

Bright orange and teal colors cover the walls underneath vaulted ceilings, alongside an open-concept kitchen with funky, colorful appliances. The bedroom includes a Queen-size, memory foam bed, couch, TV, as well as a workspace.

A spacious bathroom with a walk-in shower leads to the backyard with a heated, private pool and hot tub bordered by mod lounge furniture, a grill, bikes, and mountain views framed by cacti.

Artist’s loft in Joshua Tree

Art Loft near Joshua Tree
This urban loft is an art space to gain inspiration and create while on vacation.

Book Joshua Tree loft on Airbnb

Joshua Tree National Park, named for the spiny, palm-like botanical tree that grows here, is where two deserts converge: the Mojave Desert and the Colorado Desert. With no light pollution, you’ll be able to spend evenings admiring the stars and days hiking 100-plus miles of trails — just beware of extreme heat warnings and pack more water than you think you’ll need.

This art-infused loft is a creator’s dream haven and is located just north of a few eclectic restaurants and the national park’s entrance on Park Boulevard. The remote home boasts floor-to-ceiling windows to soak up desert views, as well as a fully equipped kitchen, two bedrooms with Queen-size beds, two bathrooms, and open-concept studio space. 

Work on large projects that can be spread across a work table on casters, surrounded by six bar stools. Art supplies are stored in a desk that spans 22 feet, and a vintage Dutch typewriter awaits poetic inspiration. A chalkboard wall also makes sharing ideas easy, while music from a record player provides the score for artistic sessions. 

When you’re not working, dangle from a transparent hanging bubble chair or peruse provided books about art, design, travel, and photography. In the backyard, find a hot tub, fire pit, lounge area, bocce ball court, and a custom cabana inspired by a 2006 Burning Man bamboo sculpture.

Off-the-grid house in Pioneertown

Off the grid House in Pioneertown
Step away from society in this eco-friendly home with minimal Wi-Fi and no TVs.

Book this Pioneertown house on Airbnb

Unlike lively Palm Springs or hiker-laden Joshua Tree, Pioneertown offers total remoteness. Out of sight in the California high desert, this sequestered refuge is a 10-minute drive from local favorites like Pappy & Harriet’s, a quirky bar, restaurant, and music venue that’s hosted musicians like Paul McCartney to Diplo. 

There are no TVs in this industrial home, only satellite Wi-Fi for emergency communication. Guests are meant to instead soak in views of the desert with floor-to-ceiling windows in almost every room. Not only is the architecture stunning, but the property is eco-conscious, powering energy and hot water entirely using solar panels.

The modern and minimalist design also includes a petite kitchen island next to an expansive dining table and a living room with a hanging fireplace that serves as a focal point. A shaded outdoor patio is set between this part of the home and two bedrooms, one with a King-size and one with a Queen-size Casper mattress, where you can enjoy panoramic views from bed.  

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Desert home near Death Valley National Park

Desert home near Death Valley National Park
This seemingly floating desert home is a remote retreat that’s 20 miles away from any civilization.

Book this Death Valley home on Airbnb

Set on 80 acres of land north of Las Vegas, this home is seemingly in the middle of nowhere, with the closest landmark being Death Valley National Park, 20 miles away. Designed by lauded architect Peter Strzebniok, the home was featured in The New York Times for its remoteness. 

The 1,200-square-foot marvel appears to be floating thanks to a concrete plinth that elevates the structure. There are two bathrooms and three bedrooms; the master has a Queen-size bed below a skylight for nighttime stargazing. In the office, a writer’s desk is set flush against floor-to-ceiling windows with desert views. 

The all-white kitchen, with pops of red from light pendants, is an open concept that flows to the dining and living rooms with a coffered ceiling. Glass doors slide open to a 900-square-foot deck with a sunken hot tub.  

‘Desert rose’ house in Las Vegas

‘Desert Rose’ house in Las Vegas
Take a therapeutic retreat from the city at this hacienda-styled home with a spa, pool, and massive tepee.

Book this Las Vegas home on Airbnb

A 10-minute drive from the Las Vegas Strip, this hacienda-style home in a residential neighborhood is nicknamed the “Desert Rose.” 

Stay in one of the master bedrooms and you’ll step out of a four-poster, King-size bed and onto cool ceramic floor tiles that lead to an en suite with two vanities, two shower heads, and a therapeutic copper bathtub. 

In the living room, a zebra rug and western throw pillows support a southwestern aesthetic, and the gourmet kitchen includes an expansive bar and two slot machines as a reminder of the home’s close proximity to casinos.

Outside, the large private backyard is an oasis with a garden veranda with barbecue grills and a picnic table. There is also a spa and pool with a water slide, chaise lounges by a Kiva fireplace, fire pits, and various seating arrangements. Finally, a tepee large enough to cover two rustic couches is an unexpected touch that makes this home stand out.

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Desert townhome in Southwestern Moab

Desert townhome in Southwestern Moab
Near Arches National Park, this townhome embodies the surrounding desert in its earth-tone decor.

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This townhome is a 15-minute drive from Arches National Park with its gorgeous natural sandstone arches, and a 10-minute drive from downtown Moab with restaurants, shops, and galleries.

The color scheme incorporates orange and beige shades inspired by the surrounding desert, as well as a green velvet couch complemented by a spiral Peruvian cactus. In the dining room, a rattan light fixture hangs above a sustainably sourced mango wood table, and a fully stocked kitchen has stools for additional seating. In the master, a Pendleton Escalante duvet is spread across a King-size bed under a clay and cholla cactus wall hanging. There’s also a bunk room with four twin beds. 

The front patio features a striped beach chair surrounded by desert plants, and on the back patio, a grill, accent chairs, and a hammock are set in front of expansive views. 

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Cowboy bunkhouse in Scottsdale

Cowboy bunkhouse in Scottsdale
A bunkhouse that feels like the Old West with its vintage cowboy decor and rustic charm.

Book this Scottsdale house on Airbnb

Scottsdale, nicknamed “The West’s Most Western Town,” is east of Phoenix, in the Sonoran Desert. While the area is known for upscale shops and dining, you’ll also find Frontier Town, which celebrates the city’s history with old-fashioned saloons, museums, and even gun show reenactments, which could have inspired the theme of this Airbnb dubbed the “Cowboy Bunkhouse.” 

The kitschy-cool, pueblo-style home takes design cues from the city’s heritage with wood-beamed ceilings and rustic, vintage furnishings. Decor includes cowboy hats and painted hanging bull horns, a painting of a cow, and barrel chairs with lattice woven bases.

In the master, buzzard statues perch atop a tree-branch headboard and in the guest bedroom, two bunk beds are stacked below cowboy dangling boots.

Outside, mariachi wire sculptures are set near a round dining table by a Kiva fireplace and a metal swing hanging from two trees.

Yucca Room at JTH Tucson

Yucca Room at JTH Tucson
This intimate lodge is set on a 40-acre compound in the Sonoran Desert.

Book this Tucscon lodge on Airbnb

The Yucca Room is a lower-level unit in the JTH Tucson, a five-suite inn on the outskirts of Saguaro National Park, near Tucson. The compound is set on 40 acres of the Sonoran Desert, peppered with cacti and native plants. 

The one-bedroom accommodations include a King-size bed below an exposed-beam ceiling and Tulum-inspired rattan light fixtures. Two rustic leather barrel chairs face a mustard-colored Kiva fireplace to create a comfy seating area, and on a private, shaded patio, twin chaise lounges and chairs also invite relaxation. There is also a bathroom, kitchenette, and a light breakfast of tea, coffee, granola, and fruit, served daily. 

To take full advantage of the property’s remoteness, be sure to stock up on groceries before arriving. Other common areas include a swimming pool surrounded by rock formations, a rooftop lounge, a yoga room, a fire pit, and a living room with a projector for movie nights.

Mountain-top getaway in Sedona

Mountain top Getaway in Sedona
Bask in this home’s panoramic views of the red rock mountains changing orange at sunset.

Book this Sedona house on Airbnb

Located in Arizona’s high desert, Sedona is surrounded by red rock mountains said to be where healing energies are palpable. I can’t attest to whether that’s true, but I can personally vouch for this property. 

I stayed here during a recent trip to Sedona, a small town where psychics and crystal shops line the streets. Inside, a desk is set up in the foyer between two bedrooms, one with a fireplace and King-size bed, and another with two Queen-size beds. A shared bathroom is tucked behind a staircase that leads to the open-concept kitchen with mint green cabinets stocked with organic tea, coffee, and oatmeal.

You’ll spot Buddha statues and quotes sprinkled throughout the house, a callback to the destination’s alleged spirituality, and an additional room that includes a pull-out couch for more guests. A full bathroom is attached to the living room, where a dark gray sectional and ottoman face a media console displaying guide books and board games. 

Best of all is the wraparound balcony with unobstructed views of red rock formations that turn bright orange as the sun sets. There are plenty of seats, including a dining table, plastic chairs, and a daybed, and the porch wraps around to more seating. At the back of the house, a gate leads to the National Forest that connects to Airport Mesa Trail, one of the 100-plus hikes to check out during your stay. 

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Resort-like adobe in Grand Junction

Resort like adobe in Grand Junction
This luxurious adobe styled home has views of the Colorado National Monument, Colorado Grand Mesa, and the Book Cliffs formation.

Book this Colorado house on Airbnb

See the Colorado National Monument, Colorado Grand Mesa, and The Book Cliffs formation all from this adobe-style home. The southeast patio has rocking chairs for reclining while taking in views, while an expansive patio with a pizza oven, grill, and fireplace is optimal for watching the sunset.

A well-lit master suite is outfitted with a King-size bed, sling-style leather seat, a hide rug, and ensuite bath with a tub and walk-in shower. Bed configurations include a Queen-size bed, a twin and double bunk, and a Murphy double bed in the office. 

There is also a full kitchen with a coffee station and margarita machine, a dining room, and a living room framed by bookshelves showcasing eclectic art and maracas.  

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Casita de cacti in Albuquerque

Casita de Cacti in Albuquerque
This southwestern townhome is filled with earth-toned decor and desert plants everywhere.

Book this Albuquerque house on Airbnb

New Mexico’s largest city in the high desert state is home to this townhouse, nicknamed “Casita de Cacti,” filled with cacti and other desert plants. Red clay concrete floors, a gray stone fireplace, and natural woods are also incorporated to mimic the local landscape. 

On the lower level of this two-bedroom, two-bathroom property an all-white, full kitchen opens up to the living room, which includes a contemporary couch upholstered in an orange-red velvet that faces accent chairs, a round pouf, and a transparent coffee table. The dining room flows nicely to the patio, where guests can relax on two circular lounge chairs. 

The master bedroom has a Queen-size bed, ensuite bathroom, and a balcony that overlooks the backyard with a colorful mural.

Secluded home near Santa Fe

Secluded home in Ojo Caliente
While staying here, take advantage of area spa offerings.

Book this New Mexico home on Airbnb

Ojo Caliente is north of Santa Fe and is a natural spa destination, known for its concentration of hot springs. Between wellness experiences, retreat to this home with a King-size, four-poster bed that looks out into the living room with a wood-burning fireplace.

A four-person dining table is set behind the couch, and the marble-topped kitchen comes equipped with stainless steel appliances. 

The bathroom includes a walk-in marble shower and plush Frette linens, and the covered backyard patio features a gas grill and chairs facing the mountains.

Modern house in Taos

The Modern Taos House in El Prado
This modern bungalow is a summer and winter off-the-grid destination.

Book this New Mexico bungalow on Airbnb

Home to a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Taos preserves a pueblo with the only living Native American community in the U.S. The high desert area on the outskirts of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains experiences scorching hot summers and snowy winters, making it a ski destination. 

Whether you prefer the heat or cold, this off-the-grid luxury home is far enough away to feel totally secluded yet close to haunts like the Taos Mesa Brewery Mothership that’s just two miles away.

The 1,250-square-foot home has two bedrooms with King-size beds, two bathrooms, and a Queen-size sofa bed to comfortably accommodate up to six. In the living room, a brown leather couch and Papasan chair are arranged around royal blue ottomans in a modern, industrial setting. The kitchen includes a hand-polished concrete island and expands to the dining room table, which was custom-built to also function as a ping pong table.

The home runs on rainwater and solar power, which is possible because Taos experiences 283 sunny days on average per year.

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Corte del Norte in Marfa

Corte del Norte in Marfa
This unique home is part of a three-home compound in the heart of this artsy town.

Book this Marfa house on Airbnb

The western Texas city of Marfa is an unexpected art hub. It draws travelers to pose in front of Prada Marfa, an art installation by artists Elmgreen and Dragset that depicts a life-size designer store replica in the middle of the Chihuahuan Desert.   

Part of a three-home compound called Corte del Norte, “The Love House” accommodates up to six guests in an eclectic setting. Find Big Bend Coffee Roasters coffee in the kitchen’s vintage cabinets, and in the dining room, rustic blue walls complement an expansive wooden table. A TV room is complete with a large couch, cowhide rug, and marble coffee table. 

One bathroom stocked with Marfa brand soap is shared by two bedrooms with Queen-size beds and one daybed. The accommodations are quirky with accents by local artists, including a Woody Farris painting and a striped armchair by Constance Holt Garza.

Luxury yurt in Terlingua

Luxury yurt in Terlingua
A luxury yurt that has a 360-degree view of the Chihuahuan desert and mountains.

Book this Texas yurt on Airbnb

You’ll find this luxury yurt near the entrance to Big Bend National Park in southwest Texas, which is part of the Chihuahuan Desert. Encompassing 573 square feet, this circular, permanent structure is sealed to protect from extreme winds or rain, and provides both electricity and running water during your stay. 

The home boasts a King-size bed, a designer lounge chair and pouf, as well as a wood-burning fireplace and telescope. There’s also room for a dining table with four chairs, and a full bathroom with a walk-in shower.

Outside, plush Stori Modern furniture is set up on the deck for unobstructed, 360-degree views of the desert and mountains. Beyond is an outdoor campfire ring with two rocking chairs.

FAQ: Staying in the desert

When is the best time to visit a desert? 

Plan a trip to the desert during the fall through spring in order to avoid extreme heat warnings. In summer, temperatures skyrocket well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. In winter, temperatures can still dip low enough to spot snow on the mountains, too. No matter the time of year, evenings can feel brisk after the sun sets, so be sure to pack a jacket.

How much does it cost to stay in the desert?

Prices for Airbnb rentals in the desert will vary based on the location, the number of guests, and the time of year you plan to visit. During the off season in the summer, rentals can run cheaper than the more desirable months to visit in fall through spring.

What is the best desert town to visit?

When deciding which North American desert — Great Basin, Mohave, Chihuahuan, and Sonoran — to visit, choose to stay in a town that caters to your agenda: Joshua Tree, California, is an ideal hiking destination for the active traveler; Sedona, Arizona, is a retreat for the wellness-minded; Marfa, Texas, is perfect for the art enthusiast; and Taos, New Mexico, is attractive to those who want to go totally off-the-grid or ski. 

Why vacation in the desert?

Deserts offer stunning scenery and secluded stays, but there’s also plenty to do beyond relaxing and disconnecting. When visiting a US desert, you can visit hiking trails, holistic spas, historic landmarks, art colonies, quaint downtowns, artisan shops, and so much more. Plus, you can enjoy stargazing at night without any light pollution in the sky.  

Is Airbnb safe?  

The CDC says fully vaccinated people can safely travel in the US.

Additionally, medical experts say that private Airbnbs are safe, perhaps even more so than hotels because they minimize interactions with other people. Plus, Airbnb hosts are required to follow enhanced cleaning procedures.

What should you look for in an Airbnb? 

When choosing an Airbnb, similar to the criteria we set above, look for a listing by a Superhost with a high rating and positive reviews, participation in the Enhanced Clean program and the amenities you may need during your stay, like access to Wi-Fi, a washer and dryer, parking, a full kitchen, and more.

When specifically looking for desert Airbnbs, think about booking close to a grocery store, or plan on stocking up on food and water prior to your arrival in order to enjoy the remoteness of the property. Also, be sure to ask your host about whether the property has air conditioning and how strong the cell service is before booking. 

What is Airbnbs cancellation policy? 

Each Airbnb property has a cancellation policy that’s been implemented by the individual host, causing stipulations to differ from home to home. To learn more about Airbnb’s cancellation policies, click here.

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From Hawaii’s volcanoes to rugged Acadia, we found the best vacation rentals near national parks

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best national park vacation rentals
  • National parks make up some of the United States’ most striking landscapes.
  • Many parks are in remote areas, so if you’re planning a trip, consider a vacation rental.
  • We chose highly-rated vacation rentals near national parks, ranging from $65 to $275 per night.

From coast to coast (plus Hawaii and Alaska), the National Park Service protects over 50 million acres of land, all of which are open for public recreation.

Among these parks, you can find exceptional wonders from the world’s largest cave system in Kentucky to the world’s deepest lake in Oregon, and, of course, the Grand Canyon, the largest in the world. I know from experience that it can be tough to find a last-minute camping spot or home base near such popular parks, and as a full-time traveler, I’ve sifted through thousands of Airbnb listings.

With vacation rentals, you can find accommodations to suit any budget, which is especially ideal if you’re visiting national parks in remote locations, or when hotels near national parks are all booked up.

With that in mind, we rounded up highly-rated vacation rentals on Airbnb and Vrbo located right near some of the country’s most frequently visited national parks.

You can browse all listings below, or jump to a specific area here:

These are the best vacation rentals near national parks, sorted by price from low to high.

Vintage apartment near Everglades National Park

Vintage apartment near Everglades National Park

Book this Everglades home on Airbnb

You can see Everglades National Park on a day trip from Miami, but if you really want to embrace the croc life, make your home base in Everglades City.

This apartment feels ’70s chic with vintage furniture, palm tree decor, and soft green and blue accents. The house is within walking distance of local restaurants and boat tours, but the full kitchen is also equipped to cook your own meals.

From the screened-in porch — a true necessity when visiting the Everglades — you can watch the sunset at the end of a long day of air boating and reptile spotting. On less humid days, enjoy the patio seating area surrounded by the verdant landscape. 

Rustic western house near Badlands National Park

Rustic western house near Badlands National Park

Book this Badlands home on Airbnb

South Dakota’s Badlands National Park is one of the country’s most striking landscapes, filled with fossil beds and frequented by amazing wildlife like bison and prairie dogs.

In this sparsely-populated part of the country, you’ll find Airbnbs like “The Cow Camp” in the town of Wasta, which is 18 miles from the national park, and 40 miles away from the Black Hills, where you’ll also find Mount Rushmore. 

The interior decor is homey but comfortable, with a rock-laden fireplace and oak floors. Western decor like cow-print throw blankets and cowboy boot art provides the thematic backdrop for this wild frontier destination. Though best suited for couples, the space is large enough for a small family with an open floor plan that connects the kitchen and living area.

Cozy river cabin near Mammoth Cave National Park

Cozy river cabin near Mammoth Cave National Park

Book this Mammoth Cave home on Airbnb

Below the forested hills of Kentucky lies the world’s longest known cave system, Mammoth Cave National Park. The park is home to over 400 miles of winding underground passageways.

Half an hour away in the town of Bowling Green, this home keeps you close enough to civilization to stock up on necessities while still staying immersed in beautiful surroundings. 

Set on the Barren River, this cabin is an idyllic location with an interior that features beautiful white brickwork and unique tiling. The highlight, however, is the stunning dining area, which sits adjacent to the floor-to-ceiling windows that look out into the forest.

Multiple seating areas offer plenty of room to spread out, and the living room features a stone fireplace for chilly evenings. Outside, a spacious front porch with rocking chairs makes for a lovely location to start or end the day. The lofted bed in the second bedroom is a fun feature for adventurous kids and teens.

Airy apartment near Hot Springs National Park

Remodeled two-bedroom apartment near Hot Springs National Park

Book this Hot Springs National Park home on Airbnb

Arkansas’ Hot Springs National Park has a rich history in addition to a soak-worthy collection of hot springs. When visiting the park, you can stay in the historic town of Hot Springs in this former 1940s-era oil and lube shop that has been renovated into a modern apartment complex.

This particular apartment is large enough for a family of four with King and Queen beds and comes with air conditioning and two smart TVs. The apartment feels light and open thanks to white decor, midcentury modern furnishings, and industrial-style light fixtures. The bathroom follows suit, with modern and clean black-and-white tiling.

Be aware there is just a microwave and mini-fridge in a small sitting area, and no true kitchen, so this spot is not conducive to long stays or for those who like to cook.

In addition to the park, the home is a short walk or bike ride to downtown and a four-mile drive to Magic Springs.

Tiny cabin near Denali National Park

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Book this Denali home on Airbnb

In Alaska, you can see the tallest mountain in North America at Denali National Park. Talkeetna is one of the most convenient places to stay if you want to visit the park and there, you’ll find this adorable red-roofed cabin within walking distance of downtown. 

The cabin is surrounded by a forest of birch trees and lucky guests may get to see a moose or, in the right season, the stunning colors of the aurora borealis. Just 600 square feet, the cabin is small but smartly laid out, managing to fit a full kitchen, bathroom, two beds, and even a washer and dryer. With a Queen and a Twin-sized bed, this is a great choice for solo travelers, couples, or small families. The interiors also feature colorful walls, puffy throw pillows, and outdoorsy motifs.

The hosts are happy to help you arrange nearby park adventures like boating on the river or a sightseeing trip by plane. The cabin is also pet-friendly.

Bunkhouse near Crater Lake National Park

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Book this Crater Lake home on Airbnb

Home to the deepest lake in the country, Oregon’s Crater Lake National Park is a remarkable sight formed by the collapse of a volcano over 7,000 years ago. There’s not much in the immediate vicinity of the park, so consider staying on this 100-acre ranch in a remodeled bunkhouse just 28 miles south of the lake instead. 

From the outside, this Airbnb has nice vintage touches and plenty of modern comforts, too. The open floor plan features a small kitchen and a deep, clawfoot bathtub, plus a spacious dining area and a spare bed with a privacy screen if you have a third person traveling with you. All wood interiors give it a rustic cabin feel.

When you’re not adventuring in Crater Lake or checking out the beautiful Pearsony Falls and other natural attractions in Southern Oregon, relax on the property amid horses, two large ponds, and hiking trails. Take in the beautiful surrounding meadows and mountain scenery from the red Adirondack chairs found right outside the home.

Dome house near Great Sand Dunes National Monument

Dome house near Great Sand Dunes National Monument

Book this Great Sand Dunes home on Airbnb

With national parks busier than ever, don’t forget about less-crowded national monuments like the Great Sand Dunes in Colorado. The only difference between a national park and a national monument is that national monuments are preserved for historical, cultural, or scientific interest, while parks are preserved for scenic and inspirational purposes. 

This dome house offers a unique stay surrounded by wide-open views and the local wildlife. The circular design makes it feel open and spacious, and numerous windows ensure plenty of natural light.

A funky spiral staircase leads up to the loft with a workstation and meditation area. There is also a well-stocked kitchen, a full bath with a beautiful clawfoot tub, and a separate room with a Queen-sized bed.

Glamping yurt near Acadia National Park

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Book this Acadia National Park yurt on Vrbo

Not far from Bar Harbor, Maine, Acadia is the only national park in the Northeast. With a rocky ocean coastline and forested mountains, you’ll have access to a variety of cliffside trails. Or you could go for the summit of Cadillac Mountain, a perch made of pink granite, which happens to be the tallest mountain on the east coast and the very first place to see the sunrise between October and March.

This glamping option offered by Acadia Yurts is no average camping experience. With two bedrooms and a bathroom, a group of four can sleep on-site at Acadia National Park. With its own kitchen and bathroom, you can be independent without having to cook over the campfire.

The walls are made of heavy canvas material and the tent is temperature-controlled with both heating and A/C. The interior is incredibly spacious with a high-beam ceiling that draws your eyes to the skylight and unique lattice siding.

Moab apartment near Arches National Park

Moab casita near Arches National Park

Book this Arches National Park home on Airbnb

In downtown Moab, Utah, just 11 miles from Arches National Park and a 30-minute drive to Canyonlands National Park, this luxurious modern apartment is located on a quiet street that is still close to downtown attractions like restaurants and a local brewery. 

The building is new and the apartment has an open floor plan with high ceilings and cabinets that mimic the orange colors of the surrounding landscapes. The bathroom has a large shower with stone flooring and the bedroom is simple with a plush Queen mattress. Home cooks will love the huge kitchen with stainless steel appliances and quartz countertops, and a covered balcony patio makes for a nice place to take in the gorgeous setting.

Building common areas include a fire pit and a shared sauna, although these may have restrictions or limits due to the pandemic.

Cottage on the way to Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone

Book this Yellowstone cabin on Airbnb

Just 40 miles east of Yellowstone’s eastern entrance in Wyoming, this cozy cottage can sleep up to four and includes a full kitchen and two bathrooms. It rests in front of a grand mountain view and there’s even a stream that runs directly through the property.

The interior amenities are basic but more than sufficient, and you can take in the view from the charming front porch with a morning cup of coffee in hand.

Yellowstone National Park is a thermal wonderland full of bubbling mud, exploding geysers, and the largest supervolcano in North America. Yellowstone is a huge park, so be prepared to spend a lot of time driving, especially if you want to see the Old Faithful geyser, which is about a three-hour drive away from this listing.

High-altitude cabin near Great Smoky Mountain National Park

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Book this Great Smoky Mountain cabin on Vrbo

Great Smoky Mountains National Park was the most visited national park in 2020, with over 12 million visitors, which is more than twice as many as the Grand Canyon. If you’re ready to follow suit and explore this southern portion of the Appalachian Mountain Range and all its waterfalls, swimming lakes, and trails, consider this spot. 

This deluxe cabin in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee sits on a high perch with panoramic views of the Great Smoky Mountains. You can enjoy the scenery while soaking in the hot tub on the deck or cozied up around the gas fireplace in the large living room.

Be aware there’s currently a minimum of two nights.

New modern home near Zion National Park

Zion

Book this Zion National Park home on Vrbo

A 25-minute drive down the road from Utah’s Zion National Park, this three-bedroom home is equipped with a modern kitchen, master bathroom with a jetted tub, an indoor fireplace, and an outdoor fire pit.

It also boasts magnificent views of Pine Valley Mountain and Black Ridge. This big house is great for groups, especially if you plan to drive since it’s equipped with a two-car garage. The decor is homey and inviting, with warm tones and pine cabinetry.

For those who want to explore the nearby majestic landscapes, but still enjoy the modern comforts of home, this is a great choice. Plus, it is located in the town of La Verkin, so you’ll be able to easily stock up on any supplies you need.

Chic chalet with hot tub near Joshua Tree National Park

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Probably the epicenter of the bohemian-chic aesthetic, you won’t have trouble finding an Instagram-ready house in Southern California’s Joshua Tree National Park. However, this Joshua Tree chalet is a special gem.

A modern kitchen with a fun mosaic tile backsplash and a bright living room with floor-to-ceiling windows, an egg chair, and a record player set the tone for a relaxed stay. The outdoor grill and private hot tub on the patio surrounded by the desert scenery take this rental to the next level.   

Only a two-hour drive from Los Angeles, Joshua Tree National Park is best known for its shrubby desert landscape namesake whimsical Joshua trees. There are some interesting hiking trails nearby, including one to a skull-shaped rock. But many people come to Joshua Tree specifically for stargazing, which you can easily do from the front patio of this listing in Adirondack chairs or on the cozy patio lounger.

Cedar cabin near Volcanoes National Park

Quiet cedar cabin minutes from the National Park

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Hawaii is home to many expensive hotels, so vacation rentals can often be much more affordable, especially this home near Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island. During the day, the park offers a chance to walk on cooled lava fields and even see an active lava flow. 

This cedar cabin, located in the small town of Volcano Village (just seven minutes from the park), is the ideal home base with a natural wood cabin aesthetic that still feels very Hawaiian thanks to the lush leaves right outside the windows and bright flowers adorning the tables. The centerpiece of the home is the living room with its two-story-high windows. The kitchen is compact but well-stocked so you’ll have all the tools you need to cook for yourself during your trip.

The cabin is surrounded by a native Hawaiian forest and because the home sits at 4,000 feet elevation, the weather is quite cool, which makes the cabin an unexpectedly cozy escape in the jungle. After a day of exploring, warm up by the potbelly stove. 

Alpenhaven cabin near Rocky Mountain National Park

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Big enough for two, this cabin makes for a romantic Rocky Mountain getaway at the edge of Estes Park. With amenities inside like a Queen-size memory foam bed, a private hot tub, and an electric fireplace, this is a place to come home to and recharge after a long day of adventuring.

An abundance of incredible wildlife and hiking are outside the front door; the pride of Colorado, Rocky Mountain National Park is a spectacular park that protects some of the highest peaks of this famous mountain range and features plenty of easy and challenging trails and scenic drives. 

But you don’t have to leave the property to enjoy epic scenery. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer spectacular views and lucky visitors might even spot mule deers coming right up to the door.

Authentic A-frame cabin near Glacier National Park

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Although this fully-renovated and climate-controlled cabin looks like the latest Instagram trend, it was actually built in the 1950s during the construction of a nearby dam. Inside, find stylish interiors decorated in succulents with a spiral staircase leading to a lofted bed.

The kitchen comes fully stocked with all the essentials and there is also a Queen-size pullout sofa bed in the living room.

Located in Martin City, Montana, you’ll be just 10 miles from the west entrance of Glacier National Park, making this photo-ready cabin a great home base for your adventures.

Luxurious Lake Powell home near Grand Canyon National Park

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Just five minutes from Horseshoe Bend in the northernmost part of Grand Canyon park, this luxurious home in Page, Arizona is brand new and large enough for a big family or group.

The modern home is filled with local artwork and furnishings that reflect the area’s indigenous history and natural surroundings. The kitchen is well-equipped with appliances and the shaded back patio offers a great place to eat outside with a gas grill and a full patio set with rocking chairs.

The Grand Canyon is among the largest national parks, so you’ll need to give yourself plenty of time to explore, even if you’re staying right nearby. 

Classic adobe home near Big Bend National Park

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In West Texas, Big Bend National Park sits next to the border of Mexico that is naturally defined by the Rio Grande. The park is full of canyons and trails worth hiking, but you can also take a dip in the hot springs on the edge of the river, or go for a pleasant ride along Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive.

With thick adobe walls, stone floors, and phenomenal views of Big Bend National Park, this rental is tough to beat.

A good spot for multi-gen families, the home has two bedrooms, plus a separate guest house. The interior is simple but large and has everything you need for a relaxing stay in the desert from stone fireplaces and woven Native American rugs to an outdoor grill.

However, it’s the spacious patio with a fire pit and breathtaking valley views that really make this the place to stay.

Cabin on the bluffs near Olympic National Park

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With the water on one side and Olympic National Park on the other, this bluff-front cabin is ensconced in nature. You’ll have ample opportunity to spot deer, whales, and bald eagles without leaving the property.

Great for big groups or families, up to nine people can sleep in this sleek three-bedroom cabin with wood furnishings. But it’s the master bedroom’s enormous skylight, the bathroom’s curvaceous clawfoot tub, and a wood-burning fireplace in the center of the living room that will really ensure you never want to leave. 

A fire pit surrounded by picnic tables and wooden benches make for a picturesque spot to end a long day exploring the park with sunset views.

FAQ: National park vacation rentals

How many national parks are there?

There are over 400 national park sites overseen by the National Park Service in the United States, but only 63 official national parks. California has the most national parks with nine, followed by Alaska’s eight parks, and Utah’s five parks.

Does every state have a national park?

National parks are not spread out evenly across the country and there are 20 states that don’t have a national park.

However, these states are still home to national monuments and/or state parks. The states without an official national park are Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Wisconsin.

Are national parks free to visit?

No, most national parks charge an entrance fee, but there are six days of the year where the entrance is free at all parks. For 2021, these days are January 18, April 17, August 4, August 25, September 25, and November 11.

Keep in mind these dates tend to attract bigger crowds, which will mean longer lines.

How do I get a National Park Pass?

A national park pass covers the entrance fee at over 2,00 parks in the U.S. An annual pass costs $80 and can be purchased at a recreation site that issues passes or online at the United States Geological Survey (USGS) website. Discounted passes are available for U.S. citizens and residents over 62 years old with an annual pass costing $20 and a lifetime pass costing $20. Free passes are available for people with disabilities.

What should I look for in a national park vacation rental?

Since the park will be the main attraction, you should look for a home that is in close proximity to the park of your choice.

Additionally, consider similar criteria to what we look for, such as high ratings, positive recent reviews, Superhost status, homes that specify enhanced cleaning procedures, and standout amenities like a private hot tub or pool.

You’ll want a place that’s comfortable and fits your entire group so you can get a good night’s rest between your days of outdoor adventure.

Is it safe to stay in a vacation rental right now?

The CDC has noted that travel in the US is safe for fully vaccinated people.

Additionally, private home rentals are considered safer than hotels, because you minimize interaction with others and hosts must follow strict cleaning procedures. However, we always recommend following CDC guidelines and continuing to practice social distancing, wearing a mask, and washing your hands frequently.

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11 of the best Airbnbs in Virginia Beach – all within easy walking distance of the sand

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  • Known for its entertainment-packed boardwalk and beaches, Virginia Beach is a vibrant resort town.
  • We found the best Airbnbs in Virginia Beach to enjoy a summer beach vacation.
  • Every Virginia Beach vacation rental we chose is within walking distance of the beach.

With 35 miles of sandy beaches that stretch from the Atlantic Ocean to the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia Beach is a popular destination with lively hotels, restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues. Most are centered around the famous three-mile-long boardwalk.

While the oceanfront boardwalk is where the action is, those seeking a quieter getaway can head to the beachfront communities of the North End, or south to the secluded neighborhoods of Sandbridge and Croatan, where my family lived for more than 15 years. The mostly residential Chick’s Beach, nestled on the Chesapeake Bay, is a great option for those with kids, with calm waters and crowd-free beaches.

And while the city is filled with hotels and resorts, you’ll enjoy more space to spread out in a vacation rental like those found on Airbnb. All our Airbnb options offer a range of amenities, price points, and are within walking distance of the beach.

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Here are the best Airbnbs in Virginia Beach, sorted by price from low to high.

Charming studio in the artsy ViBe District

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This well-appointed space is ideal for couples or solo travelers.

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Stretching from Virginia Beach Boulevard to 23rd Street, between Pacific Avenue and the Convention Center, the ViBe District is an artistic hub packed with outdoor installations and colorful murals, artists’ studios, independent shops and restaurants, breweries, plus a popular Saturday Farmers Market.

This cute, cozy, wonderfully affordable studio is located on the first floor of a townhouse in the heart of the ViBe district, just a few blocks’ walk to the ocean. Ideal for couples or solo travelers, the small space is well-appointed with a Queen-sized bed, a bathroom with a tub and shower combo, and a kitchenette with a coffee maker, refrigerator, water cooler, and microwave. Bikes and all the beach essentials you need, including towels, chairs, an umbrella, and a cooler, are provided. 

Cozy one-bedroom in Rudee Inlet

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This home is ideally located just across Pacific Avenue from the beaches on the southern tip of the Oceanfront.

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A hub for waterfront dining with a picturesque marina where you can charter fishing boats, Rudee Inlet is just across Pacific Avenue from the beaches on the southern tip of the Oceanfront. 

Light and bright and decorated with contemporary white and ecru furnishings and subtle nautical touches, this upper-story apartment is situated in a quiet residential neighborhood, but just a block from the Rudee Inlet waterfront, and three blocks from the beach.

There is a Queen-sized bed, kitchenette, and dining nook, making it best suited to couples. Though, there is a fold-out couch that can accommodate two more guests. The rental comes with bikes, beach chairs, and beach towels.

Renovated condo a block from the ocean

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Beach chairs, towels, umbrella, beach blankets, and snorkeling gear are all included.

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This renovated one-bedroom is set in the heart of the area known as the Oceanfront, just a block from the beaches and boardwalk, surrounded by restaurants, bars, and shopping.

Set on the second floor of a small complex, the condo features a nice-sized living/dining area decorated with furnishings done up in a soothing, beach-inspired palette of greys and whites with splashes of turquoise. There is a large bedroom with a King-sized bed, and a kitchen equipped with a dishwasher, microwave, and coffeemaker. A pull-out sofa in the living room offers additional sleeping and a pack and play or other children’s items are available upon request.

Make use of the included beach chairs, towels, umbrella, beach blankets, and snorkeling gear, for a great day at the beach.

Oceanfront studio with a shared pool in the North End

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Just steps to the boardwalk and beach, this apartment features water views.

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Tucked away in the desirable North End, just steps to the boardwalk, beach, and area attractions, this nicely updated apartment features water views that are hard to beat at this starting price. A spacious balcony is a prime space to admire the vantage point over the Atlantic, especially first thing in the morning with a cup of coffee.

The studio is open plan, meaning the Queen bed, living area (with Queen-size sofa bed), and kitchen all share one large room, so this home is best for a solo traveler or couple. The kitchen is small but functional with stainless steel appliances, all the pots and dishware you’ll need, and a coffee maker, though, there’s no dishwasher. 

The host provides linens, towels, beach towels, beach chairs, and a cooler, and staying here includes a reserved parking space, plus access to shared community amenities such as a saltwater pool facing the ocean, a large BBQ deck area, and a lawn on the beach. 

Midcentury modern home in the North End

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Kick back in the retro vibe of this apartment featuring colorful midcentury furnishings.

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One of two units in an oceanside bungalow located in the North End area of Virginia Beach, this property has a cool, retro vibe thanks to midcentury modern-style furnishings and bright, primary-colored accents in the separate living and dining rooms.

A more sedate gray-and-cream design scheme defines the bedroom, which has a Queen-sized bed. There is also an inflatable Queen-sized mattress, two full bathrooms, and a large patio outside with separate lounging and dining areas, surrounded by leafy trees. Hang out and fire up the grill or rinse off in the outdoor shower after a day at the beach.

This Airbnb is also within walking distance to First Landing State Park, with a lush maritime forest, lagoons, marshes, and 20 miles of hiking trails.

Waterfront apartment in Croatan

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This home is near Croatan Beach, which often has fewer crowds.

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Located about 1.5 miles south of the bustling Oceanfront, the upscale Croatan neighborhood is a great option if you’re looking for a quieter beach experience. Set on the ground floor of a lakefront home, this freshly renovated apartment features wood floors, a sleek tiled kitchen with industrial lighting, a four-seater breakfast bar, and a soothing gray and cream color scheme throughout.

The two bedrooms have Queen-sized beds and the pull-out sofa adds extra sleeping space. Two spacious decks — one covered — offer plenty of outdoor seating for lovely sunny days, plus a grill for summer barbecues. 

It’s just two blocks to Croatan Beach, which has fewer crowds than many area beaches given the residential neighborhood’s parking restrictions. All the restaurants and bars of Rudee Inlet and the Oceanfront are just a short drive away. 

Centrally located stay in a renovated beach shack

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Dubbed The Old Salt, this home was built in 1910 but was just renovated this year.

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This three-bedroom apartment is set inside a charming, bright-blue beach shack dubbed The Old Salt, built in 1910 and was just renovated this year. You won’t get much closer to the action than here; the home is a block from the Boardwalk, the beach, and 24th Street Park, where festivals and live concerts regularly take place.

Decorated in a distinctly beachy style, the apartment features understated nautical accents and an open living room/kitchen with a large island for dining. There’s also a bar area with everything you need to mix up cocktails, which are best enjoyed on the upper deck, which has seating for eight. There are two bedrooms, one with Queen-sized beds, the other with a King, and both are simply decorated but have attractive wood floors.

While the property very centrally located, it’s surrounded by restaurants and hotels, so be aware that the views are mainly of parking lots.

Family-friendly beach retreat with a pool in Sandbridge

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This area offers miles of beaches, plus plenty of freshwater activities.

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Great for nature lovers, the secluded peninsula community of Sandbridge offers miles of pristine beaches as well as freshwater activities like fishing and boating on the bay side. At the southern end is the Back Bay Wildlife Refuge, with biking and walking trails and plenty of bird-watching.

Abutting the refuge is this family-friendly, three-story home, complete with a large outdoor pool, poolside tiki bar, and lots of indoor/outdoor dining and lounging space. Children will love all the thoughtful play areas, including a mini, kid-sized kitchen and  a cool pirate ship filled with “cannonballs.”

Of its four bedrooms, two have bunk beds, one has a fun nautical design, while the other has bright pink bedspreads. Walls also are painted with full-size maritime-inspired murals featuring whales and lighthouses.

The home is just a block from the beach and comes with all the gear you need, including beach carts, toys, and towels.  

Recently-built house close to the Oceanfront

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This Airbnb features a private backyard with a gas grill and dining table.

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Everything about this recently constructed home feels fresh, from the open-plan living/dining room/kitchen to the bright, spacious upstairs bedrooms. It has nice laminate wood floors and a serene, beachy color scheme, plus a well-equipped kitchen with stainless steel appliances and a separate laundry room with a full-sized washer/dryer ideal for long-term stays. The private backyard has a gas grill and dining table and additional seating can be found on the front porch. 

The home is located in a residential neighborhood just a few blocks from the beach and the boardwalk, though, be aware you’ll have to cross busy Pacific Avenue to get there. It’s also close to the bustling restaurant scene around 23rd Street.

Luxe abode in the historic Cavalier Shores neighborhood

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The historic neighborhood of Cavalier Shores is dotted with vintage beach houses.

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Just a block from the 42nd Street beach, at the northern end of the Boardwalk, this 2,500-square-foot, early 20th-century stucco home is set in the charming historic neighborhood of Cavalier Shores, which is dotted with vintage beach houses, red-brick Colonials, and ancient live oaks. 

The home feels like a Mediterranean villa, with beautifully preserved architectural details, including high ceilings, French doors, oak-plank floors, transom windows, and a wood-burning fireplace. Outfitted with plush furnishings, rich textiles, and high-quality linens, it feels incredibly luxurious, while unique amenities such as a vintage hi-fi with a curated collection of LPs give it the personalized touch of a home.

The huge gourmet kitchen looks plucked from a magazine, with custom tile work, gleaming black counters, and a mirrored bar, but perhaps the most impressive space is the sprawling balcony off the main suite, with outdoor sofas and great views of the century-old Cavalier Hotel.

Big bay-front property in Chick’s Beach

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Get gorgeous bay views off the porch at this Airbnb,

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While much of Virginia Beach is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, to the north is the Chesapeake Bay, with beaches well-suited to young children thanks to gentle, warm waters and a family-friendly vibe.

Known to locals as Chick’s Beach, this peaceful residential enclave is where you’ll find this waterfront home, offering spectacular bay views plus direct access to the quiet, sandy beach. While pricier, it feels distinctly high-end.

There’s plenty of room to spread out in the multi-story home, which has two living rooms, a large dining area, and outdoor space on every level, including a sprawling beachfront deck with a gas grill and bar. The top-floor living area is ideal for entertaining, with lots of sleek white leather seating, a wet bar, and glass sliders opening to a wraparound deck with direct water views.

The four bedrooms feature a variety of sleeping configurations and each has its pluses, from direct ocean views right from bed to private balconies, and a bathroom with a massive walk-in shower. 

FAQ: Airbnb in Virginia Beach

Where is Virginia Beach?

Virginia Beach is located on the southeast coast of the state of Virginia, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Chesapeake Bay. It’s the most populous city in Virginia, made up of numerous inland and coastal communities, with the Virginia Beach Oceanfront being the main resort area.

Studded with marine-themed statues, including the towering bronze figure of Neptune, the 28-foot-wide paved boardwalk draws tourists and locals alike, who come to stroll, bike, roller-blade, and catch live music and festivals at its many seaside stages. 

Where are the best places to stay in a Virginia Beach Airbnb?

If you want to be in the middle of the action, opt for the Oceanfront, which stretches from 2nd Street to 40th Street and is packed with hotels, restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues on and around the Boardwalk. Most vacation rentals here are condos and the party atmosphere appeals to a younger crowd. 

If you want a larger house with amenities and a calmer beach experience, look for Airbnbs in Virginia Beach on the northern end, starting in the mid-30s and going up to 90th Street. The farther north you go, the quieter and more residential it gets.

During the high summer season, trolleys run frequently from the southern end of the Oceanfront to Shore Drive (roughly 83rd Street), so you can easily get to all the nightlife hotspots. 

Other desirable oceanfront communities for Airbnbs in Virginia Beach include Croatan and Sandbridge to the south, and to the far north, the tranquil Chesapeake Bay beaches of Chick’s Beach offer a truly locals-only experience.

What is there to do in Virginia Beach?

By far the most popular attraction is the 3-mile-long Virginia Beach Boardwalk, whose wide, paved beachfront path is ideal for strolling, biking, or rollerblading.

Try your hand at high-octane water sports, including surfing, wakeboarding, parasailing, and jet-skiing, or more relaxing activities like kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, and fishing.

State parks offer hiking and biking trails and fantastic bird-watching opportunities. For kids, there’s the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, the Ocean Breeze Waterpark, and several other amusement parks. There’s also great dining, with a focus on local seafood, and more than 20 craft breweries and taphouses.

How much does it cost to rent a beach house in Virginia Beach?

There’s a big variety in terms of price, location, size, and amenities. As expected, rentals on or near the beach and close to the buzzy Oceanfront are generally more expensive.

You can often find better deals on properties along the quieter Chesapeake Bay beaches.   Prices fluctuate wildly depending on the time of year; summer (from Memorial Day through Labor Day) is peak season so expect a surge in prices, especially on weekends and holidays. Shoulder season sees lower rates; September and October, when temps are usually still warm but crowds are fewer, are great months to visit. 

A two-bedroom bungalow in walking distance to the beach can run as little as $80 per night in October, while that same property in July is $199 per night. Larger properties see bigger price surges, like a five-bedroom oceanside home that can be had for just $250 per night in the off-season, but the summer rate quintuples to $1,250. Many homes book up fast during the coveted summer season so be sure to plan ahead. 

Be sure to also budget extra fees for cleaning, service fees, and other additional costs imposed by vacation rentals such as Airbnb.

Is Virginia Beach open to visitors?

If you are planning to travel to Virginia Beach during COVID-19, know that there are no Virginia Beach travel restrictions currently.

There is a statewide face-covering requirement in place; you can read more about Virginia’s current COVID travel restrictions on the state government’s website

How do I book a vacation rental in Virginia Beach on Airbnb?

You may search for homes on Airbnb and filter results based on location, price, date, the number of bedrooms or bathrooms, amenities, and more. For more information on how to book on Airbnb, click here.

What is Airbnb’s cancellation policy?

Cancellation policies on Airbnb differ for every home. For a full breakdown of Airbnb’s cancellation policies, click here.

Is it safe to stay in an Airbnb right now?

Experts say that private home rentals on Airbnb are safe, especially compared to hotels. The CDC also now says it’s safe for fully vaccinated individuals to travel domestically in the US.

However, there are still risks associated with traveling. Be sure to follow CDC guidelines, such as practicing social distancing, wearing a mask, and washing hands frequently.

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18 of the best Airbnbs in Myrtle Beach whether you want to enjoy the beach, boardwalk, or golf courses

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  • Around two hours from Charleston, Myrtle Beach is a lively, family-focused beach resort town.
  • We found the best Myrtle Beach Airbnbs offering great locations, amenities, and even beach access.
  • These top Myrtle Beach vacation rentals range from $72 to $538 per night.

Myrtle Beach is a popular summer destination for its lovely stretch of coastline known as the Grand Strand and a busy downtown filled with amusements and attractions. Located just north of Charleston, South Carolina, Myrtle Beach draws big summer crowds but shoulder seasons like spring and fall offer cheaper rates and fewer crowds.

It’s a personal favorite of mine after writing about consumer and leisure travel in the area for over 20 years and I highly recommend the local vacation rental market. It’s also an especially popular choice for a more affordable family vacation option.

Rentals like those found on Airbnb are a great way to claim more space to spread out, and often for cheaper than you’ll find in hotels. Here are my top picks for your next getaway.

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A condo with golf course views

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This Airbnb’s proximity to scenic Arrowhead’s Cypress golf course is a particular draw for golfers.

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Myrtle Beach isn’t just about the beaches and bars; lots of people travel here for the excellent golfing. This three-bedroom condo is a bit dated in terms of decor but the low price and location offer high value for a group of golfers ready to hit the links at the neighboring, very scenic Arrowhead’s Cypress golf course on the Intracoastal Waterway. 

It’s even possible to eye up the lie of the land before teeing off from the comfort of the condo’s deck. Staying here also comes with access to a community pool for cooling off after a round, and a cute bar in the kitchen to sit with a beer and analyze those putts that could have been.

Fancy an evening cook-out? There’s a grill for barbecuing while you talk up your short game. 

Condo with Arcade Games

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Spend your free time playing the fun retro arcade games in this cozy unit.

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Skip the crowded arcades and enjoy your own game setup in this whimsical teal and gray suite that features vintage arcade games like Golden Tee and NBA Jam in the living area. The smart TV loaded with Sling TV, Netflix, and Amazon Prime adds additional entertainment options.

Location-wise, it’s right across from the beach and has a balcony that overlooks the shared outdoor pool. Although the one bedroom is compact with one Queen sized bed, a sleeper sofa, and twin air mattresses can accommodate additional guests.

Tiny beach home in North Myrtle Beach

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This cute and compact home is just a half-mile from the beach and well-suited to family vacations.

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With a six-person capacity, this isn’t really a tiny home in the new, trendy sense of the word, but it’s cute and compact and would probably suit a family or group of four.

The porch and floors feature handsome distressed wood alongside a metallic blue and slate color scheme for a classy, subtle look. The decor is playful, with a suitably aquatic theme, and the attractive furniture creates a welcoming, neutral space.

It’s half a mile to the beach, but that’s a breeze thanks to the provided golf cart and bicycles. There’s also a community pool, and the porch comes with a fire pit for outdoor evening socializing. 

Tranquility cabin

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Check-in and say ahh at this unique spa-like cabin with Himalayan salt brick walls near the ocean.

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This cabin might seem more at home in the Californian countryside but it’s a great addition to the beachfront portfolio of Myrtle Beach. It’s completely unlike most properties in the city, with a peaceful, reflective space constructed out of white oak wood and salt Himalayan brick wall. 

The interior basks in warm, golden light and the property comes with perhaps the only aerial yoga swing in Myrtle Beach. There is also a bathroom that looks like a small but high-end Alpine spa, crafted from wood and stone. A small kitchen and back porch with a grill means that you can buy and cook your own food, which is always a bonus, and the hosts generously provide homemade almond milk, and green smoothies every morning. It’s just a minute from the beach and includes bikes, skateboards, beach games for guests’ use. 

Condo in a resort complex

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Guests have access to various resort facilities like poolside bars, game rooms, and a lazy river.

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It doesn’t get too much more relaxing than lazily swinging in your own hammock on a generous patio while being graced by sea breezes. That’s one of the main draws for this gorgeous one-bedroom condo with designer-inspired interiors such as wooden floors, a King-sized bed, and tasteful fittings.

The unit is located inside the Caravelle Resort and guests can enjoy the on-site facilities that include indoor and outdoor pools and hot tubs, a kids’ lazy river, a poolside bar, and a game room. There’s also a restaurant and sun deck, and it’s such a well-placed spot that it’s easy to walk to most of downtown’s main attractions, including the beach, of course.

There’s also fast Wi-Fi, cable TV, and a kitchenette.

Waterfront condo

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Guests have access to a boating dock with rental easy boat and jet ski rentals.

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If crowded beaches and getting sandy aren’t your thing, opt for watersports along the Intercoastal Waterway and pool activities at this waterfront stay. The private community boat dock lets guests avoid the summer crowds with jet skis and boat rentals available. If you happen to have your own boat, you’re also welcome to bring it and keep it at the dock. 

The property is also within reach of the town’s many popular attractions, such as Ripley’s Aquarium and Wonderworks, Market Commons shops, and Broadway at the Beach. Additionally, the grey-hued decor gives this modern condo a refreshingly modern touch, though a coral tablecloth and a community patio with bright Adirondack chairs still give it plenty of coastal charm.

Surfside cottage

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This cottage comes with a golf cart to check out the nearby beach, pools, and sport courts.

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Not many properties come with their own transportation options beyond bicycles, but this three-bedroom cottage includes the use of a golf cart. It’s a fun way to explore the beachfront, and cruise up to the center of downtown, which is about 10 minutes away.

The cottage itself ticks all the boxes with plenty of space, wooden floors, and fittings, giving the place a beachside cabin feel. The kids will love the indoor and outdoor pools and splash pad that are available to guests and the property also comes with access to tennis, bocce, and basketball courts, as well as an exercise room.

Dog-friendly condo

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This pet-friendly condo has plenty of space for large groups to spread out.

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Located just north of the main drag, close to Arcadian Shores, and still just a couple of blocks from the beach, this modern condo welcomes larger groups and their four-legged friends. 

There’s an adult feel to the design, helping it stand out against the playful beach motifs of many other rental units in this town. The cream walls and dark furnishings seem elegant, with geometrically-patterned throw cushions, and a spiral staircase descending into the open-plan living and dining spaces. The property comes with a dining table, breakfast bar, access to front and rear covered porches, a huge sun deck, indoor and outdoor pools, a hot tub, and grilling stations. Best of all, there’s space all around for Rover to run around. 

Condo for indoor-outdoor living

Condo for outdoor living in Myrtle Beach
The furnished balcony terrace at this Airbnb features jaw-dropping ocean views.

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While the inside of this beautiful family condo is bright and vivid with an aquarium-like ambiance, the outdoor spaces truly impress with a 300-square-foot balcony terrace outfitted with a retro swing bed, day bed, and full sofa framed by jaw-dropping ocean views. You’ll easily want to lounge here all day and night.

Back inside, delight in playful maritime motifs of fish, starfish, and seahorses, and eye-popping bolts of turquoise everywhere from the walls to the kitchen tiles to lighting that illuminate one of the beds.

The unit comes with the use of the resort’s heated outdoor and indoor pools, kids’ play pool, lazy river, hot tub, and beach bar. 

Modern townhouse

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Conveniently located near the airport and beach, this two-story townhouse is located in a quiet residential area.

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Larger groups or families will appreciate the space of this two-story townhouse, which is quite a rarity in Myrtle Beach with a sea of condo complexes.

The house has two bedrooms and comes replete with hardwood floors and attractive furniture in green and blue hues. There are 50″ HDTVs, cable, fast Wi-Fi, and a kitchen that is fully equipped for home cooking. If you’ve been fishing, the charcoal grill will come in handy. 

The house is just a couple of minutes’ drive from the airport, and the quiet, residential neighborhood will suit guests who don’t want to stay in the thick of downtown. Taking a day out at the beach, golf course, or amusement park is easy, and this home is just a couple of minutes’ walk from public access to the beach as well.

Penthouse with oceanfront balconies

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Catch a beautiful sunset from the balcony of this rustic-meets-coastal penthouse.

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Retreat to this corner penthouse suite and soak up panoramic views of the ocean and surrounding beach area.

The condo is refreshingly designed with modern furnishings done up in blue and salmon colors that contrast peacefully against custom Tuscan tile. Subtle maritime art compliments the seaside setting, and the bedrooms have a Hamptons-esque rustic feel with washed wood and curated beachy accents.

The complex has indoor and outdoor pools and a hot tub, and the beach is just a few footsteps away. The views from the top of the building are the real draw, though. 

Lush townhome

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Destress on this townhome’s secluded patio or ocean-view balcony.

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If your group is here for a fishing weekend and would enjoy cooking up the catch of the day on a shady patio, consider this townhouse. The leafy backyard couldn’t be more accommodating with its terracotta tiles, comfy furniture, and chimenea fireplace.

The house gives off a playful seaside vibe with a color palette of bright greens and blues, bamboo furniture, and striking, nautical-themed decor. The quieter, more refined environs of North Myrtle Beach are just a couple of blocks away, and the house comes with supplies including a surfboard, Wi-Fi, cable TV, a Roku, and a selection of board games. 

The SkyWheel condo

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This condo directly overlooks a 180-foot tall Ferris well called the SkyWheel.

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The SkyWheel is a 180-foot tall ferris wheel and one of the most popular attractions in Myrtle Beach. This fun, colorful condo sits on a prestigious corner that overlooks the wheel and the beach beyond.

A bold blue, turquoise, and green color scheme makes for a playful tropical setting, with plush, hotel-like furnishings. There is also a rock tile fireplace, and the balcony’s Adirondack chairs are a prime place to settle in and look out over the bustling seafront or watch the spectacular LED light display of the wheel every night.

The center of Myrtle Beach is right outside and the location really means that you’re so close to the action that you could stay here without the need for a car. 

Hip designer home

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This elegant property features exposed wood, granite surfaces, and a deck for relaxing.

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Some of the Myrtle Beach condo stock can look a little tired and out of date, but that can’t be said of this refurbished, three-bedroom unit that was redesigned with an eye for aesthetics. Exposed wood walls, granite surfaces, and hip curated decor all stand out prominently.

The amenities are up to date as well, with a Keurig coffee maker and smart TVs ready to play all the popular streaming services. There’s a deck for relaxing but it’s just a couple of blocks to the beach, and this home comes kitted out with outdoor gear such as bikes and boogie boards, as well as beach chairs and a cooler. 

Beachfront condo

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This chic oceanfront condo is larger than it looks with an eight-guest capacity.

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With contemporary decor and a plum spot right on the Grand Strand, this chic one-bedroom condo is larger than it sounds because it can actually sleep up to eight guests comfortably. The main bedroom has two Queen beds and there are two convertible sofa/futons for two more people each in the living spaces. 

Interiors were freshly refurbished in 2019 and a private balcony makes a great perch when not taking advantage of access to shared heated pools, hot tubs, the kids’ lazy river, and the on-site gym. The beach, boardwalk, and Family Kingdom Amusement Park are all just a few minutes’ walk away. 

 

Beautiful four-bedroom house

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High cathedral ceilings and plenty of light offer an open, airy space great for entertaining and large groups.

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Set 200 yards from the ocean, and just steps from the dining and entertainment options of Grand Strand, this home enjoys a plum location right in the thick of things. 

The open plan design opens up thanks to high, cathedral ceilings and hardwood floors, and the four bedroom/three bathroom arrangement means that three families could share this space while maintaining a modicum of privacy.

There are patio decks on both floors, with a grill on the second, and smart TVs throughout for entertaining the kids. There’s also a shared community pool. 

Large oceanfront condo

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This family-friendly condo is located in a resort with an indoor waterpark and panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean.

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This is a great spot for larger groups with a prime Ocean Boulevard location overlooking lots of great restaurants and entertainment options. 

The decor is a kaleidoscope of patterns flanked by views of the beautiful Atlantic streaming in through the wrap-around, ceiling-to-floor windows. Traditional wooden dining tables mix with leather sofas and jazzy, floral print curtains and carpets for an eclectic look that certainly stands out. Kids and parents will love the Dunes Village Resort with its heated pools, Jacuzzi, lazy river, and water slides. 

Midcentury modern condo

Mid century modern design condo in Myrtle Beach
Situated on the 18th floor, this condo has three balconies that provide stunning views of the ocean and the SkyWheel.

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If you desire a seaside location but want to avoid the near-endless ‘seaside chic’ interior design choices, consider this condo. There isn’t a wall-mounted fish in sight. 

This 18th-floor space is huge with a thoughtful selection of polished, hardwood, midcentury modern pieces, all set against rich but subtle red carpeting. Granite worktops in the fully-equipped kitchen and three balcony spaces with views of the ocean and the SkyWheel add to the allure. The master bedroom also comes with ocean views through the floor-to-ceiling windows.

Bayview Resort allows guests to access indoor pools, a lazy river, hot tub, fitness room, and a splash deck. 

FAQ: Visiting Myrtle Beach

Where is Myrtle Beach?

Myrtle Beach is a seaside destination in South Carolina, located around two hours or so north of Charleston along a stretch of coast known as The Grand Strand.

In contrast to the somewhat refined Charleston, Myrtle Beach is much more skewed to families and tourists, and is an unpretentious, down-to-earth coastal getaway that gets very busy at peak times, such as summer.

Where should I vacation in Myrtle Beach?

Where you stay in Myrtle Beach depends a lot on your budget and personal tastes. Along the oceanfront, the north end is generally held to be more contemporary, with the south end having older properties.

Ocean Boulevard is the main drag that runs parallel to the beaches with busy spots around Wither Heights and Yaupon Circle. Families will probably want the ease of being close to the action and the sands, while couples or older visitors may want to stay a few blocks back from the seafront, and there are quieter residential areas around the country clubs and golf courses away from the clamor.

There are many units within gated resorts, from brands such as Marriott and Sheraton, and some independent complexes. These places have shared community pools and other leisure facilities, some even having small water parks. The vast majority of the accommodations in Myrtle Beach are close to the beaches. 

How much does it cost to rent a vacation house in Myrtle Beach?

If you want to book a private vacation rental in Myrtle Beach, the cost will depend on factors such as house or unit size, proximity to the beach and downtown, added amenities such as a pool, plus the time of year and the day of the week that you plan to visit.

It will also, as noted, depend on whether you’re renting inside a gated resort community or not. Myrtle Beach gets incredibly busy during the summer and over holiday weekends. 

For example, a small unit in a resort might start at less than $75 per night off season, but surge to over $300 per night for a summer weekend. A large, lavish beach house could be closer to a thousand dollars or more per night at any time.

For better deals, as well as increased availability, visit in shoulder seasons like spring or fall when the weather is still quite pleasant and there are fewer crowds and less competition for inventory. If you’re set on a summer trip to Myrtle Beach, plan to increase your budget or consider only staying midweek for lower rates.

Expect to pay, at minimum, a few hundred dollars for a short midweek stay off season, or over one thousand dollars for a weekend or summer visit in a higher-end property. B

Also, be aware of cancellation policies and read the fine print, as some homes have strict rules and service fees. You may also want to check other home rental sites before you book to make sure you’re getting the best deal. Finally, as the global pandemic continues, be aware that shared amenities such as pools or gyms may be closed. Be sure to check with the host before booking if accessing such facilities is important to your stay.

What is there to do in Myrtle Beach?

Myrtle Beach is a casual, family-focused resort town, with 60 miles of brown sand along the Grand Strand, framed by amusement and water parks, shopping malls, family attractions, chain restaurants, golf courses, and country clubs.

The major attractions center around families and golfing, with theme parks including the Family Kingdom Amusement Park, Myrtle Waves Water Park, and the NASCAR SpeedPark. Ripley’s Aquarium and the SkyWheel are also huge draws.

Some of the best golf courses include Dunes Golf & Beach Club, Caledonia Golf Club, Tidewater Golf Club and Grande Dunes Resort Club.

Is Airbnb safe?

The CDC now says fully vaccinated people can safely travel in the US.

Additionally, experts say Airbnb is safe, especially compared to hotels, because they eliminate interactions with others. Airbnb hosts must also follow enhanced cleaning guidelines.

Of course, there are still risks and we recommend following CDC guidelines, practicing social distancing, double masking, and washing hands frequently.

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16 charming Airbnbs near wineries for couples, friends, and families looking to sip wine and savor views

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  • Wineries make for a great gourmet getaway or a trip surrounded by nature and stunning scenery.
  • Since hotels near vineyards can be limited, we paired U.S. wine regions with top Airbnb rentals.
  • From pool homes to yurts, these are the best Airbnbs near wineries, from $120 to $456 per night.

While a day spent sipping pinot at a winery is lovely in itself, making a trip out of it allows you to linger for extra glasses or to hop between vineyards.

There are currently 252 American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) spread across the country, with 141 in California alone. So, there’s a good chance you live within an easy road trip of a grape-growing region. Though I’m no sommelier, I’ve been to enough tastings to know that staying right nearby is a serious perk and many wine-producing areas have become popular destinations with a new crop of vacation rentals growing as quickly as the vines.

From charming cottages to mod guest houses with pools, converted barns to rustic log cabins, wine country offers Airbnbs with plenty of personality.

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Here are the best Airbnbs near wineries, sorted by area and price.

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Napa Valley cottage in downtown Calistoga

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This storybook cottage is one of a cluster of 16 similar cottages scattered throughout an elm forest in the heart of Calistoga. Collectively known as the Cottage Grove Inn, they’re located within easy strolling distance of the town’s tasting rooms, shops, and restaurants.

This cottage is a relaxing and romantic place, with soft furnishings in white and rosy hues, reclaimed hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, and a wood-burning fireplace (wood provided). The King bed has down bedding, and the spa-like bathroom offers robes, a two-person soaking tub, and a shower. A customized armoire hides a kitchen nook with a small fridge, coffee, and tea. 

Yoga mats, picnic basket backpacks, and cruiser bikes are available, and there’s also a Tesla charging station. 

Although the cottage is configured as a studio for double occupancy, the hosts can add an extra single bed with advance notice, and dogs under 40 pounds are welcome (for an extra $50 per pet, per night), but children under 12 are prohibited. 

Vineyard guesthouse in St. Helena

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This recently renovated guesthouse is located on a private vineyard in the mountains, 10 minutes from St. Helena. Plenty of neighboring vineyards are also within easy reach.

The home’s modern design is white and bright, with flashes of sunny yellow and deep coral mixed with warm wood tones. Open, airy, and elegant, there are lofty, 20-foot ceilings and gorgeous views from wrap-around windows. The studio configuration includes a sleek white kitchenette, a rustic antique wooden dining table, a lounge area with a cushion-strewn built-in window bench, a Queen sleeper sofa, a fireplace, plus a white-curtained canopy bed. The bathroom is stocked with robes and offers an oversized walk-in shower.

It’s easy to wander between indoor and outdoor spaces thanks to two sets of French doors that open onto a private terrace with panoramic vistas, contemporary seating, and a dining area. 

Vineyard cabin in Paso Robles

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Located on the Hoyt Family Vineyard, just nine minutes west of Paso Robles, this funky little cabin is peaceful and private, yet it’s within an easy 20-minute drive to several area vineyards.

Local design firm Daniels Wood Land created the cabin’s unconventional interior design using repurposed wine barrels, fallen trees, and old industrial parts to create many of the home’s furnishings.

Kids are welcome, and one bedroom has bunk beds, while the other has a Queen bed. There’s also a kitchen, air conditioning, and Wi-Fi.

Outside, there’s a spacious deck, a BBQ grill and picnic table, lounge seating, and a campfire (s’more kit included). Guests have access to a hot tub on the adjoining property (there’s another Airbnb on the premises, and it’s possible to rent both for larger groups), and there’s even a tree swing atop the hill.

Mountain guesthouse with a pool in Napa

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This tranquil guesthouse with vineyard views is hidden in the mountains only a few minutes up a country road from Napa. It’s a quiet and secluded setting for a peaceful, private stay, while still right near incredible wineries. It’s also been used as a writer’s retreat, and it’s easy to see how someone could be inspired by this exquisite setting.

The interior is light and open, with vaulted ceilings and minimalist white and wood mod decor. Fold-down beds concealed behind panels resemble Shoji screens and one Queen bed and two Twin beds share the main space. The versatile home can also be configured with fewer beds to make room for a seating area, depending on your needs.

The gorgeous kitchen has a white marble island with a breakfast bar, a fire-engine-red Smeg refrigerator, and the hexagonal-tiled bathroom features a walk-in shower. 

Outside, there’s an elegant lap pool, hot tub, and seating area for watching the sunset with a glass of wine. Walk beyond the house to meet local cows, alpacas, and sheep, and you’ll be rewarded with views all the way to San Francisco.  

Modern barn on vineyard near Healdsburg

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This sophisticated barn is ensconced within a nine-acre working Zinfandel vineyard overlooking Sonoma County’s beautiful Dry Creek Valley. Although it’s only five minutes from Healdsburg with its excellent restaurants, shops, galleries, and farmer’s market, the setting is private and peaceful.

There are two luxurious Restoration Hardware California King bed suites (each with a full bath) separated by a shared great room with lounge seating, a dining table, and a well-equipped kitchen with high-end appliances. The decor is eclectic-cool, including a rustic wooden dining set, leather club chairs, modern white sofa, groovy handmade concrete tile flooring, rugs curated from the hosts’ world travels, and striking original art. A Haiku bamboo fan swirls above the main space to keep it cool.

It’s a place for easy indoor-outdoor living, with a fragrant lavender field just outside the living room’s French doors, and a 45-foot covered porch that overlooks the vineyard and Dry Creek Valley. A Weber gas grill is available, and there’s outdoor seating. 

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Airstream with private hot tub beside tasting room in Wapato

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Play it cool in this Airstream, parked in a private spot beside the Freehand Cellars tasting room in the Yakima Valley. Located just a few minutes away from downtown Yakima, the trailer comes with its own hot tub and gas fire pit and is surrounded by eight acres of orchards, roses, and vineyards. 

The living space is streamlined and contemporary with sleek metal surfaces, pale wood tones, and plenty of natural light. There’s a kitchenette, cushioned dining nook, a cozy Queen bed, and a bathroom with shower. The trailer also has all the necessary modern comforts, including Wi-Fi, TV, and air conditioning. Level-2 electric vehicle chargers are available free on-site.

Vineyard cottage near Walla Walla

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Nestled amidst rolling fields of wheat and grapes on a family vineyard, a few miles north of Walla Walla, this dreamy cottage offers quiet relaxation in a country setting.

With two covered porches and a sprawling lawn, visitors tend to spend a lot of time outdoors dining, sipping wine, or just enjoying the sunset. Inside, the spaces have a refreshed antique charm with hardwood floors and an open-plan living room warmed by a fireplace and furnished with leather sofas. The full kitchen and adjacent dining area feature a square wooden farmhouse table surrounded by white Windsor chairs. 

Consider bringing or renting a bike to explore local backroads and rural cycling routes. Downtown Walla Walla has more than 30 tasting rooms, and there are plenty of others to visit nearby.  

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Wine Country yurt near Salem

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For a one-of-a-kind stay, this yurt is tucked into an oak grove on five rural acres near Salem, only a few minutes from award-winning vineyards in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA.

And don’t judge a yurt by its cover. The interior goes far beyond the rudimentary with modern amenities and spacious comfort. The bright, airy main space includes a living room with a 40-inch TV, a dining area with seating for six, and a full kitchen. There’s framed artwork adorning the walls, and a private bedroom is furnished with a Queen-sized brass bed, dresser, armoire, and the bathroom has a walk-in shower. A sofa bed and air mattress are also available, and the yurt has heating, a portable air conditioner, and Wi-Fi. 

Outside, there’s a grill and private deck with a jolly umbrella-shaded cafe table. Well-behaved pets are allowed.

Willamette Valley cabin with vineyard views

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This recycled cedar cabin is perched at the edge of a forest overlooking 40 acres of vines on the Beacon Hill Vineyard in Yamhill-Carlton wine country. The vineyard produces pinot noir, chardonnay, and Riesling, and they have a tasting room on-site. Plus, the cabin is located within a few minutes’ drive of several other wineries.

Built in the shape of a tower, the cabin offers panoramic views from the tree house-like upstairs bedroom. And while the wood-paneled space is compact, it’s practical and comfortable. There’s a wood-burning fireplace, leather armchairs, electric heaters, and air conditioning, too. The kitchenette has a small refrigerator, microwave, coffee-maker, toaster, and electric burners, and the bathroom is equipped with a shower. 

The spacious outdoor deck is just right for sipping wine and keeping an eye on the vineyard. The hosts even provide a bottle of their estate-grown pinot noir. There’s also a picnic area with a BBQ grill and a fire pit in the woods. 

Guests can receive a 10% discount on designated local wine tours, too. Ask the host for details.

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Log cabin near Fredericksburg in the Texas Hill Country

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An authentic log cabin built in the 1800s, this remarkable rental is just five miles from downtown Fredericksburg and within easy reach of numerous tasting rooms. 

One of three antique cabins on over seven acres (all three can be rented together, for a total of 18 guests), this two-person home is called Peach Cabin. And though it may be old, it’s certainly not musty or dusty. The interior is clean and fresh with a soaring ceiling, stone fireplace, comfortable furniture, and a small kitchenette and dining area. The loft bedroom features a Queen-sized bed, but the star of the show may just be the bathroom’s fabulous antique copper soaking tub.

If that’s not enough, there’s a private hot tub on the back porch, and the cabin also comes with a picnic table, hammock, and charcoal grill. Don’t be surprised if you wake up to find deer grazing in the yard.

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Vineyard barn in Palisade wine country

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Explore Colorado’s wine country from this newly renovated barn, set amidst four acres of vineyards and peach orchards in the Grand Valley AVA. Located two miles from Palisade and 13 miles from Grand Junction with stunning views of Mt. Garfield, the barn is next door to Maison La Belle Vie Winery, Red Fox Cellars, and Garfield Estates.

The spacious, two-story living space features hickory and stained concrete floors with simple, comfortable furniture. There’s an open-plan kitchen-living-dining area with a fireplace, plus one King and one Queen bedroom, and two bathrooms (one with a shower). The barn is comfortable year-round with heating, air conditioning, a washer and dryer, and Wi-Fi.

Outside, the patio has a fire pit and grill. Dogs, a cat, and three friendly sheep live on the property, so you may have a chance to meet them. Two new cruiser bikes are available to rent for an additional $10 per day, and the hosts can also set you up with a local horse-and-carriage serviceto visit area wineries in style.

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Hudson Valley tiny home on Shawagunk wine trail

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This super-stylish Airbnb Plus listing is a tiny house on a 30-acre farm, with vineyard and orchard views. If it looks familiar, maybe that’s because you’ve seen the home featured in Airbnb ad campaigns. Located on Hudson Valley’s 80-mile-long Shawangunk Wine Trail, with 15 vineyards nearby, there are plenty of tastes to explore during your stay.

Though it may be small, this cleverly designed place doesn’t feel cramped. It’s got a clean, modern vibe thanks to light wood interiors and loads of natural light. 

There’s one sleeping area with a Twin bed on the main level, plus a lofted King bed with a memory foam mattress above, set off by a uniquely carved railing. The bathroom is stocked with upscale products and though it may feel off-the-grid, the home has Wi-Fi, heating, and air conditioning. 

There’s also a slate fire pit in front, and guests rhapsodize about the tranquility of the setting and the clarity of the starry night skies.

Historic Finger Lakes barn on Seneca Lake Wine Trail

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This reconstructed 1810 threshing barn is 10 minutes north of Watkins Glen, on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail, with views of the lake and neighboring vineyards.

The barn’s lower level was converted into 1,100 square feet of living space that blends rough-hewn timber and stone construction with modern amenities. Heated, polished concrete floors add gloss to the rustic charm of the interiors, where dramatic lighting, a creamy white color palette, and soft textures balance out the roughness of the wood.  

The multi-purpose main space is so well planned that it manages to feel uncluttered despite including a plush Queen bed, a living area with leather sofas, a dining space, a desk, and a full kitchen. The bathroom has a rain shower, and there is also air conditioning, a washer and dryer, and Wi-Fi.

North Fork farmhouse cottage in Laurel, Long Island

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This delightful little North Fork cottage is hidden on private acreage, with a vineyard next door and a farm stand nearby. 

The main room is tastefully furnished with hardwood floors and a Queen bed, plus a full kitchen, dining area with an antique table, and additional seating area with a leather sofa and armchair. With high ceilings and a skylight, the space is bright and airy. When the weather is especially nice, open the french doors that lead to the covered veranda with seating overlooking the lush lawn.

The location is close to vineyards, beaches, and plenty of restaurants and shops.

Cottage near beaches and vineyards on Long Island

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Located just one minute from Peconic Bay’s beaches in the North Fork hamlet of New Suffolk, this adorable seaside cottage is near multiple Long Island wineries.

The vintage interiors feature hardwood floors and a nautical white and navy-blue color palette, with a relaxed mix of antique and new furniture. The main space has an open-plan living area and kitchen. It’s especially good for families as one bedroom has a Queen bed, and the other has two Twins. 

The cottage is part of a larger compound, sharing the lawn with the main home and another cottage. However, it does have its own private porch with a picnic table, sea views, as well as a grill. 

When you’re not out tasting wine, you can tiptoe one minute down to the sandy beach with towels, blankets, snorkeling gear, and an umbrella provided by your hosts. Just note that no children under age 2 are allowed at the cottage. 

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Farmhouse near Afton

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This beautifully updated Rockfish Valley farmhouse, built in the early 1900s, is within seven miles of 151 wineries, distilleries, breweries, and cideries. It’s also in a great area for hiking and other recreation, with Shenandoah National Park, Wintergreen Resort, and US Bicycle Route 76 all nearby.

It’s the sort of place where you’ll gather with your favorite people for a special getaway. Combining historic charm with family-friendly, modern amenities, the farmhouse has a well-equipped kitchen, two Queen bedrooms, and a third bedroom with two single beds. (There’s a high chair and travel crib, too.) The decor is country farmhouse fresh with rocking chairs on the front porch and wrought iron bed frames.

After a day of tastings, enjoy the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountain views while relaxing in Adirondack chairs beside the outdoor fire pit and roasting marshmallows at sunset with the provided s’mores kits.

FAQ: What are the best wine regions in the US?

Are wineries safe to visit?

Many wineries have reopened with new safety protocols in place. Check with each winery for the latest details as you plan your visit. Some are operating with reduced capacity, limited indoor seating, mask requirements (when not tasting wine), and enhanced cleaning measures. Wineries may require reservations too, so consult their websites and make reservations in advance if you can. 

State and local COVID-19 restrictions will also impact how each winery is able to operate. Napa Valley, for example, is advising visitors to wear masks and practice social distancing. In general, expect limited interaction between customers and servers at tasting rooms, contactless ordering and payment, and perhaps temperature checks before entering some wineries. 

What’s the best time to visit a winery?

Keep in mind that vineyards are working farms, so they’ll be busy places during peak grape harvest season (roughly July to October, depending on the region). A winery (where wine is produced) may be separate from the actual vineyard, and a tasting room might also be separate from the growing operation.

Many are open year-round but check with the winery for specifics on their schedule, including any vineyard tours and wine-tasting programs they may offer. If you’re hoping to have a chance to chat with a winemaker, you might want to choose a quieter time of year. 

Keep in mind that finding available accommodation in high-demand areas during the peak summer and fall seasons can be a challenge, so book early to avoid disappointment.

What are the best wine regions in the US?

There are currently 252 established AVAs across the country, reflecting a wide range of growing conditions and geographic features in states you might expect (California, Washington, Oregon, New York), and those which might surprise you (Texas, Arizona, New Jersey, Wisconsin). In fact, the oldest AVA is actually in Missouri (the Augusta AVA, established in 1980, just a few months before Napa Valley). There’s a wine region for every taste, and that’s what makes them so much fun to explore on your way to finding your own personal favorite. 

Washington State has 16 AVAs producing over 70 grape varieties. The Yakima Valley AVA is known for chardonnay, Riesling, merlot, cabernet sauvignon, and syrah.

Oregon‘s 19 AVAs grow nearly 100 grape varieties. The Willamette Valley’s Eola-Amity Hills AVA is known for its pinot noir and chardonnay; and the Yamhill-Carlton AVA specializes in pinot noir, chardonnay, and pinot gris.

California has a whopping 141 AVAs, with over 100 varieties of grapes growing throughout the state. In Napa Valley, the Calistoga AVA is known for producing cabernet sauvignon, zinfandel, petite sirah, charbono, and syrah. The Mount Veeder AVA specializes in cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, malbec, merlot, and syrah; and the St. Helena AVA is recognized for cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot, syrah, zinfandel, and sauvignon blanc. You’ll find plenty of zinfandel and sauvignon blanc in Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley AVA; and the Paso Robles AVA has built a reputation for cabernet sauvignon, merlot, zinfandel, syrah, and chardonnay.

Texas has eight AVAs. The Fredericksburg in the Texas Hill Country AVA specializes in chardonnay, chenin blanc, merlot, and pinot noir.

Colorado has two AVAs. The Grand Valley AVA is known for syrah, merlot, cabernet sauvignon, and chardonnay.

New York’s wine producers are classified within 11 AVAs. The Hudson River Region AVA specializes in pinot noir, cabernet franc, Riesling, and merlot. Seneca Lake AVA, in the Finger Lakes region, is recognized for its Riesling, cabernet franc, chardonnay, pinot noir, and Gewurztraminer. Long Island‘s North Fork AVA is especially known for its cabernet franc, merlot, and chardonnay. 

Virginia has eight AVAs. The Monticello AVA specializes in chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, and viognier.

Is Airbnb safe?

 The CDC announced that fully vaccinated people can safely travel in the US.

Experts also consider private vacation homes like Airbnbs, one of the safer choices, especially when compared to hotels. This is because you are often booking an entire home protected from interaction with others.

Airbnb also announced rigorous new procedures including the Enhanced Cleaning Protocol, which includes guidelines on personal protective equipment, disinfectants, and mandatory waiting periods between previous guests and cleanings.

However, there are still serious risks to traveling during the COVID-19 pandemic, and it’s important to follow advice from leading health organizations such as the CDC and the WHO. Look into the latest local and state guidelines before planning your vacation, and take precautions including wearing a mask, washing your hands frequently, and maintaining social distancing.

What is Airbnb’s cancellation policy?

Airbnb cancellation policies are set by each home’s host, so check the individual listing for details. You can read a full breakdown of Airbnb’s cancellation policies here.

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15 of the best Airbnbs in Connecticut, including beach cottages, cozy cabins, and urban lofts

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  • Connecticut is home to sandy beaches, lush rolling greenery, and quaint towns.
  • Especially ideal in summer and fall, Connecticut is also teeming with great Airbnb options.
  • We found Connecticut Airbnb cabins, cottages, and barns near beaches, in the woods, and with pools.

Connecticut is one of New England’s brightest gems, with its sunkissed shorelines dotted with lobster roll stands, wooded enclaves tucked amid rolling greenery, and small cities ripe with boutique attractions. A delight in every season, it’s an especially attractive destination for summer beach vacations and fall foliage getaways.

Of course, I’m slightly biased, since I grew up here in a small town facing the Long Island Sound. Though, you don’t have to be a local to appreciate Connecticut’s varied offerings, which include stunning state parks, sandy beaches, picturesque lakes, and even high-end gambling.

Its location between New York and Massachusetts draws urbanites from both New York City and Boston, and a plethora of vacation rentals on Airbnb offer varied lodging choices, from tiny homes to restored barns and posh homes with pools. I’ve carefully combed through listings to find the best Connecticut Airbnbs.

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These are the best Airbnbs in Connecticut, sorted by price from low to high.

Airy urban loft

New Haven downtown loft
High vaulted ceilings and brick pillars create an open, airy feel at this Airbnb.

Book this Connecticut Airbnb loft

Scoop up this airy loft for a city stay close to downtown New Haven. High vaulted ceilings and brick pillars serve as the centerpiece of this bright space lit by skylights.

The open layout includes a gleaming chef’s kitchen and one bedroom with a King-sized bed with massage features. There’s also a sleeping nook and a sofa bed. The spa-like bathroom has a bidet toilet, and there’s also a fireplace, plush couches, and eclectic accents. Do note that this home takes up the third floor of a house, with the unit accessible only by two flights of stairs.

Whimsical European cottage

European cottage in granby
This home dates back to 1932 but has been thoroughly modernized.

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With stone walls, vintage frames, and farmhouse-inspired decor, this whimsical cottage feels plucked from a fairy tale. In reality, it’s tucked in the Connecticut countryside in a structure built in 1932 by H. L. Bitter, a wealthy Hartford businessman, in an area once considered an elite place to summer in the early 20th century.

Today, the interiors have been completely modernized to include newly sanded pumpkin pine floors and over 1,000 square feet of living space with original bath fixtures from the ’30s, an impressive fireplace, and two bedrooms furnished from the owner’s own business. 

Outside, find an herb and flower garden, a covered patio, solar twinkle lights, plus a fire pit. There is no TV or kitchen, however, there is a small coffee area, a few electric appliances, and a retro Frigidaire stocked with cold drinks. 

Coastal chalet with a private beach

Connecticut  coastal chalet with a private beach in East Lyme
This A-frame chalet includes private beach access less than a mile away.

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Skip the crowds at the state parks and carve out your own stretch of sand in this A-frame chalet in the coastal community of East Lyme, which is well-placed to explore the Niantic Boardwalk, Mystic Seaport, Essex Village, and more.

Tucked behind a quintessential clapboard facade, this home plays up its beachside location with seaside motifs and nautical blue accents. There’s a lofted sleeping nook perched atop a spiral staircase (note that there’s no door to fully close the space off from the living area below) and an open floor plan includes a plush couch, small table and chairs, and a cozy farmhouse kitchen. Laundry is available too, hidden inside a whimsical bathroom done up with wallpaper adorned with sailboats and fish.

The home has deeded rights to a private beach that’s less than a mile away and peaceful deck seating. 

Charming loft-style cottage near the water

cottage loft near new haven
Housed in a 100-year-old building, this lovely home is two blocks from the waterfront.

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If the idea of hiding out in the country sounds too tame, consider this cottage near vibrant New Haven, which is home to an Ivy League university, fascinating history, innovative dining, shopping, and entertainment.

Housed in a 100-year-old building amid New Haven’s iconic Victorian houses in a neighborhood once known for being the center of New England’s oyster trade, this lovely home is a two-block walk from the waterfront and a quick drive to downtown New Haven or other area beaches. The one-bedroom loft space was built using mostly salvaged, recycled, and repurposed materials such as reclaimed wood, a ’60s steel kitchen cabinet, and an old telephone company ladder.

Though everything looks shiny and new with added perks like Wi-Fi, a large-screen TV, a King-sized bed, as well as a lofted sleep nook and additional Queen-sized mattress set under a skylight. If you’re coming from New York, New Haven is a quick Metro-North train ride away, and won’t require a car.

Art-filled apartment above a historic mill

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Art lovers will love this colorful and creative Airbnb.

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Located above a former mill from the 1800s, this sophisticated apartment is located near tony Westport, a beachside town known for ritzy shopping and dining, mansions, and a pretty downtown and beach area.

Art lovers will adore this creative home where all furnishings were designed and crafted to celebrate the hosts’ favorite artists including Johannes Vermeer, Sir Frederic Leighton, and Vincent Van Gogh. Sleep under the gaze of Frida Kahlo in the “Frida” bedroom, or grab a seat on one of the cool orange chairs in the “Flaming June” living area featuring bright pops of color that complement that art and otherwise neutral space. 

If you’ve come seeking a restorative space to work, this Airbnb also has a partnership with B: Hive Co-Working, a multi-level workspace located downstairs with views of a lake and waterfall. All guests receive a free day pass or discounted rates for additional time.

The home is also less than two miles from Lighthouse Point, and beach parking passes are provided for Fairfield Beach in the summer.

Contemporary cabin in the forest

Cornall Cabin
Though it feels remote, this Airbnb is a short drive to attractions like Kent Falls and Mohawk Ski Resort.

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If your ideal retreat involves secluded woodsy surroundings, this bright and airy two-bedroom home should be on your radar.

Originally built in the 1930s, the home retains its historic appeal while incorporating modern touches including bright white walls, beamed ceilings, and light wood floors. Jewel-toned furniture adds a contemporary punch, while both bedrooms infuse midcentury style with natural wood and stone finishes. 

Of course, the standout feature is the wall of windows overlooking dense woods and forest for a feeling of being perched among the trees. While it certainly seems remote, this home is a short drive to attractions such as Kent Falls, Mohawk Ski Resort, swimming, kayaking, hiking, and loads of restaurants.

Guest house with a pool

Trumford guest house
Lounge by the private pool that awaits just outside the French doors of this Airbnb.

Book this Connecticut Airbnb with a pool

Skip a crowded resort pool and opt for this guest house that comes with full use of a private pool set right outside its French doors.

The home itself is a guest house that is part of a larger estate, however, it’s located far enough away from the main house to feel private. The fenced-in pool is certainly the main draw, flanked by vintage furniture from the ’40s, multiple gardens (feel free to pick some cherries), and balustrades that were sourced from the Bronx Zoo. 

Inside is equally enticing with a design that blends country and midcentury style featuring vibrant fabrics in the Queen-sized bedroom, a well-stocked kitchenette, and a Carrera marble bathroom with a huge walk-in rainfall shower. The hosts write that the concept for the sun-filled design all started with the red metal fireplace that serves as the focal point, and the entire house was essentially built around it.

While you’re sunbathing or wandering the gardens, keep an eye on the cupola atop the roof, which is a nod to the hosts’ dear departed dog, Jed. A hand-hammered copper weathervane with a 24-carat gold collar is engraved with the pet’s name. It’s hard to see, but a prime example of all the small details woven throughout the home.

Luxe restored barn next to a babbling brook

Luxe Fairfield Cabin
This jewel-toned Airbnb is a good choice for groups and families.

Book this Connecticut Airbnb barn

With rich velvet furnishings, vibrant art, and immaculate grounds, this four-bedroom restored barn makes for a family or group getaway with a luxury feel.

Everything about the design is purposeful, mixing modern conveniences with the rustic charm you’d expect from a converted barn that dates back to the 1900s. Set on one acre of wooded land with a babbling brook, this home has reclaimed furnishings, soaring ceilings, exposed wooden beams, and even a grand piano, all soaked by light that streams through multiple windows. 

The second and third floors were constructed by rearranging the barn’s giant beams horizontally instead of vertically, and much of the art lining the walls was painted by the Superhost’s mother and grandmother. In addition to four well-appointed bedrooms, there is also a full kitchen, spacious deck, patio, and lots of private outdoor space.

Little lake cabin with a hot tub

New Fairfield Lake Cabin
This lake cabin is surrounded by nature, hiking, and waterfront activities.

Book this Connecticut Airbnb cabin

The beaches of Connecticut usually steal the spring and summer spotlight, but the state is home to many stunning lakes as well.

You’ll face fewer crowds at a lake cabin like this one, surrounded by nature, hiking, and waterfront activities, including a lakefront beach. Inside, wood walls exude a cozy vibe in the living room outfitted with a smart TV and couch, while the kitchen comes stocked with everything needed to make s’mores, plus goodies for snacks and breakfast.

There are two bedrooms, one with a Queen-sized bed and the other with a Twin-sized day bed and a second Twin-sized pullout. The subway-tiled bath is brand new and looks like something out of a sleek hotel. Robes are slippers are even provided.

Outside, take a dip in the private hot tub, fire up the grill, or gather ’round the fire pit. Inflatable kayaks and pool floats are provided to use on the lake, and the cabin is pet-friendly. As the cabin is seasonal, there is no heat, but space heaters are provided for chilly nights. 

Modern home overlooking a pond

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Visit the nearby beach in summer or take advantage of ample hiking trails and foliage in the fall.

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I grew up next to Guilford and can vouch for its sweet New England charm with a picturesque town green surrounded by lovely boutiques, great dining, and historic appeal. The nearby beach is a draw in summer, while ample hiking trails and foliage make fall a worthy time to visit, too.

This contemporary Airbnb Plus home ensconced in nature offers seclusion with all the conveniences and comforts of a luxury stay. The look is minimal with muted furnishings and monochrome walls. The spa-like bathroom includes a walk-in shower and heated floors, while the King-sized bed features a memory foam mattress. The living room couch also turns into a daybed, making this a nice choice for a couple or small family. Other features include a kitchenette, dining area, and tranquil terrace overlooking a small pond.

Luxury home in the countryside

Salisbury countryside home
This hotel-like Airbnb Plus features amenities like an outdoor patio with a grill, a well-stocked library, and a cozy wood-burning stove.

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If you’re a traveler who typically prefers hotels, but feels unsure about booking one in a pandemic and would rather stay on private property, this immaculate home is quite hotel-like.

Furnishings are tied together by a soothing palette of beige, white, and slate green accents, and exude an elegant air akin to a boutique inn. Though, with three bedrooms, there’s also room for the whole family. The listing is an Airbnb Plus home, which means it’s been vetted for exceptional quality and includes one-of-kind details and curated amenities that promise a memorable stay.

Here, that includes thoughtful decor and common spaces, as well as an outdoor patio with a grill, a library stocked with books, and a wood-burning stove. When it’s time to be active, the property is well-located to access many hiking trails.

Guest cottage with a pool and marsh views

Connecticut  Cottage by the sea with hot tub and pool in Guilford
In addition to the pool, another perk of this home is the water and marsh views from every room.

Book this Connecticut Airbnb with a pool

Another Guilford gem, this small cottage feels like a boutique villa with access to a serene pool with five-star fittings such as plush towels, loungers, umbrellas, and a hot tub.

It’s a guest cottage, so your host will be on-site, but there’s plenty of privacy within the design-forward home that includes one bedroom, a nice kitchen, and a calming blue and white color palette. At night, sink into the bed with goose feather duvets and shut the blackout blinds for a restful night’s sleep.

In addition to the pool, the home enjoys water and marsh views from every room, a boon for bird watchers and wildlife enthusiasts. This is a place to unplug as there is no TV, however, Wi-Fi is available.

Nautical-themed getaway

Magical Mystic Getaway
Quintessentially New England, this home boasts nautical-inspired decor and cheeky room names like the “Captain’s Cabin.”

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If your vision of Connecticut is made up of images of ancient ships docked in a seaside village, or simply led by one pizza joint made famous by a certain Julia Roberts movie, you’re likely thinking of Mystic. 

Everything about this four-bedroom home within walking distance of Mystic Seaport feels positively New England, from the nautical-inspired beige and blue furnishings to bedrooms dubbed “Captain’s Cabin,” “First Mate’s Cabin,” and “Crew Quarters.”

But the look is far from full-on seafarer. Everything feels new and modern, including a zen-like bathroom, farmhouse kitchen, and an open floor plan. A private back patio with a grill and outdoor shower also leads to a secondary cottage included in reservations known as the “Stowaway Room” with double-sided lofts for extra sleeping space for a family getaway. Bikes and kayaks are also provided, as are air beds, high chairs, and two pack and play cribs.

Colorful house on a private beach

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Only a little over an hour from New York City, it’s easy to reach this home without a car since it’s along the Metro North route.

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The only thing better than staying by the beach is perhaps staying by a private beach.

Avoid the crowds with a stay at this colorful home located directly across the street from private beachfront. Close to the Metro North stop, and only a little over an hour from New York City, it’s easy to reach this home without a car and plant your toes in the sand.

The three-bedroom home includes pops of turquoise throughout, from the flower beds spilling out with blooms, to the sun-filled, screened patio, and bright living room that flows seamlessly into the dining and kitchen areas. Bedrooms include Queen, Double, and two single beds all done up with a subtle beach theme, though it’s far from kitschy.

Grab a beach chair and head across the street, or plop down in the house’s shaded hammock located in a pleasant seating area underneath the expansive deck. There’s also an outdoor dining set, grill, spacious backyard, and an outdoor shower to rinse off after a dip in the Long Island Sound.

Large home with a private pool

Connecticut  Home with a pool in Litchfield
This gorgeous Airbnb is close to wineries, antique shops, horseback riding, dining, and shopping.

Book this Connecticut Airbnb with a pool

Ideal for a group or family getaway, this resort-style home boasts four bedrooms, a spa, and a sprawling heated pool.

Ensconced within the hills of Litchfield County, this home is located on a quiet country road but close to wineries, antique shops, horseback riding, dining, and shopping.

The master suite includes a King-sized bed, bathroom with a large jetted tub, and walk-in shower that’s practically the size of a large walk-in closet. There are also three additional bedrooms, a finished basement with a bar, and a gourmet kitchen. Well-kept grounds include a large grassy fenced-in yard, a generous deck, and a stone patio that wraps around the pool. Just note that the pool and spa are only open from April 1 to October 15.

FAQ: Connecticut travel

Where is Connecticut?

A small state within New England, Connecticut is located between New York and Rhode Island, and underneath Massachusetts.

What is there to do in Connecticut?

Connecticut features a beautiful shoreline area filled with Long Island Sound beaches that run the full stretch of the state. There are also buzzy cities like New Haven with its gourmet dining and historic Yale campus, and historic seafaring villages like Mystic. Many people also visit Connecticut for Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods casinos, which feature luxury suites, world-class entertainment, celebrity chef dining, and, of course, lots of gaming.

Connecticut is also home to beautiful state parks, pick-your-own-fruit orchards, craft breweries, and many outdoor activities.

Is it safe to stay in an Airbnb?

Medical and cleaning experts told us that private home rentals on Airbnb are safe, especially compared to hotels. They eliminate interactions with others outside of your group, and hosts are required to follow enhanced cleaning procedures.

What is Airbnb’s cancellation policy?

Cancellation policies on Airbnb differ for each home. They are set by the individual host. Here’s a closer look at Airbnb’s cancellation policies.

What are Connecticut travel restrictions?

There are currently no travel restrictions for Connecticut, however travelers who may be at risk are encouraged to self-quarantine or postpone travel. 

Is it safe to travel?

According to the CDC, fully vaccinated people can safely travel in the US.

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18 of the best Airbnbs on US islands, including lake homes, beach cottages, and resort-style condos

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The view from this Catalina Island Airbnb.
California or the Mediterranean? It’s hard to tell at this Airbnb on Catalina Island.

  • Island getaways don’t need to be far-flung, there are many stunning isles at home in the U.S.
  • Many of these charming islands are small and remote, and best suited to private vacation rentals.
  • We found top-rated Airbnbs on U.S. islands with all the amenities you need for a tropical getaway.

When you’re really in need of a holiday, there’s no better buffer for the everyday than an island escape.

And although the U.S. is home to tropical islands like Hawaii and Puerto Rico, reaching these beautiful destinations on a whim can be quite pricey. Fortunately, there are many beautiful islands a little closer to home, and not just on the east and west coasts, but also in the Gulf of Mexico and the Great Lakes.

Because these locales tend to be remote (some require a ferry or plane to reach them), and hotels can be limited, we looked for the best island vacation homes and rentals on Airbnb that offer privacy, small-town hospitality, and the utmost seclusion. Discover charming islands with historic downtown areas, protected nature reserves, nautical landmarks, wide-open beaches, and no long-haul flights required.

Browse all the best island Airbnbs below, or jump directly to a specific area here:

These are the best island Airbnbs in the U.S., sorted by price from low to high.

Sunflower condo on Amelia Island

The exterior of a sunflower condo on Amelia Island

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Amelia Island is located on Florida’s northeastern coast and is famous for its gold-colored sands and charming downtown.

On the Isle of Eight Flags, this cozy home is marked by a colorful sunflower mural on the garage and a bright blue bench. The house is in a quiet neighborhood that is just a short drive or bike ride from the downtown and beach area.

The one-bedroom home is cozy and simple with a King-sized bed, vintage furniture, and a smattering of sunflower decor for added charm. There is a plant-filled entryway with a small writing desk and although there is no kitchen, there is a small kitchenette area with a mini-fridge, microwave, and coffeemaker.

The home has a large yard, which is shared with the host.

Beach home on Sanibel Island

The living room of Turtle Tracks West on Sanibel Island

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Near the city of Fort Myers and accessible by bridge, Sanibel Island attracts many vacationers looking to enjoy beautiful beach sunsets and the island’s bayous and nature preserves.

This cheery two-bedroom duplex unit near the beach jas bright decor such as seashell-crusted accent pieces, coral pillows with underwater motifs, and turtle-shaped cut-outs in the blinds. 

The kitchen is small but modern with stainless steel appliances and a tiny breakfast nook, but there is also a dining table and seating area on the screened-in balcony. A nice outdoor shower is lovely for rinsing off sand and salt before turning in. There is also a washer and dryer, so you can maintain that fresh and clean feeling throughout your stay.

Custom forest cottage with a hot tub on Whidbey Island

The exterior of the Barred Owl cottage on Whidbey Island

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North of Seattle in the Puget Sound, this rugged island is home to a state park with clifftop ocean views and a handful of charming coastal towns. Amid the forest-clad landscape, this cottage was custom-built and handcrafted for extreme coziness. Sitting on 10 acres of private property, the cottage shares a garden with the host’s main house and is just a five-minute drive from the beach and a 15-minute drive from shops and restaurants.

With a hot tub out front, it’s a great spot for seclusion, especially for book-lovers who will fall in love with the built-in bookshelves that flank the Queen-sized bed with a cozy window nook.

The studio-sized apartment has a small beverage bar with a kettle and a French press, plus a dining table for two. There is also a back deck that overlooks a grassy lawn where deer and owls are often spotted. Guests are welcome to explore the large property and are sometimes invited to pick a few tomatoes from the greenhouse when in season.

Beach apartment with a hot tub on Galveston Island

The exterior of the Pelicans getaway on Galveston Island

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This bustling Texan island in the Gulf of Mexico is a popular beach spring break spot, connected to the mainland by a bridge.

On the quiet east side of town, this apartment is only two blocks from the beach and a mile away from the Strand, Galveston’s historic dining and shopping district. The home’s interior is sweetly decorated with a white molded wood headboard, matching white linens, beachy wall decor, and dark blue curtains in the bedroom.

Meanwhile, the kitchen is fully furnished with granite countertops and a coffeemaker, plus a small dining table. Past guests also report that the bed is soft and the shower’s water pressure is great.

In the garage, find goodies like a ping pong table and lawn games, and there is also a screened-in patio, hot tub, washer and dryer, and two bicycles for guests to borrow.

Cottage near Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island

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This log cabin-like home is near Acadia National Park.

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Mount Desert Island the largest island off the Maine coast and home to Acadia National Park. There are many nooks and crannies to explore and this particular cottage located off a quiet section of Bar Harbor Road is surrounded by rolling meadows and a view of the Jordan River.

There are many ways to stay warm and cozy, from the wood-burning stove in the living room to the outdoor fire pit. Large windows let in lots of light and a small seating area on the front porch is a nice spot to enjoy a morning coffee or watch the sunset. 

Although it has been designed with couples in mind, there’s enough room to host a group of four. The interior is decorated in farmhouse style with sliding barn doors, natural wood, and black iron trimmings, as well as luxe touches like a leather couch and stainless steel appliances in the kitchen. 

In the yard, make use of the barbecue, picnic table, and Adirondack chairs.

Hotel-style condo with water views on Mackinac Island

The deck at this Airbnb in Mackinac Island
Enjoy water views right from the deck.

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In the middle of Lake Huron, Mackinac Island has a large state park, a historic fort, and a whole town where there are no cars, just bicycles and buggies. With such a small population, there is a limited supply of Airbnbs but you’ll find the most contemporary decor and furnishings in this hotel-style condo with a King-sized bed and a private deck with views of the Mackinac Straits. The location is two miles from town, but very close to Sunset Rock and the Stonecliffe Inn, known for its social events and a great restaurant, plus the Grand Hotel’s golf course.

This condo has a private entrance, a full bath, and a kitchenette with a mini-fridge, microwave, and coffee maker.  The decor is modern with a calming natural color scheme, a tufted headboard, and metallic nightstands with crystal lamps.

The wooden deck has a nice view of the waterline just over the treetops and there is enough room for a small colorful table with two chairs. The room is hotel-style, so seating is limited to the deck and a small seating area below the television and a small indoor dining table for two.

Studio with beach gear on Ocracoke Island

The living room in a Studio on Ocracoke Island
Part of North Carolina’s Outer Banks, Ocracoke Island has miles of pristine beaches, a historic village, and a lighthouse.

Book this North Carolina Airbnb

Part of North Carolina’s Outer Banks, this barrier island has miles of pristine beaches, a historic village, and a lighthouse. This home is in a great location, just a half-block from the beach and within walking distance to restaurants and shops in Avon.

Inside is cozy and contemporary with a beachy color scheme, a Queen-sized bed, and a kitchenette with a microwave, mini-fridge, coffeemaker, and small dining table for two.

There’s also a deck that looks out over the yard and there is also a hot tub and grill. Beach chairs and an umbrella are free to borrow.

Seascape condo on Kiawah Island

The porch at an Airbnb on Kiawah Island
This screened-in porch means you’ll enjoy warm evenings outside free of bugs.

Book this South Carolina Airbnb

Kiawah Island is a barrier island off the coast of South Carolina near Charleston and a popular destination among golfers. The island is well-known for its resorts, but there are many beautiful vacation homes like this one-bedroom condo in West Beach.

The screened-in porch has a small seating area that overlooks the forest but won’t let any bugs in, which is a must on balmy summer nights. Enjoy complimentary beach gear, which only needs to be carried a short walk away to the sand. 

There is plenty of room to cook in the modern stainless steel kitchen that includes a wine fridge, and vaulted ceilings make the home feel even larger. Funky furniture like the palette-shaped wood coffee table and plush velvet couch adds a nice touch, while the bedroom is minimalistic with white, gray, and pale sea-green colors. 

Charming guest suite on Block Island

The exterior of the Suite Getaway on Block Island

Book this Rhode Island Airbnb

Directly south of Rhode Island, Block Island is a quiet summer destination home to bike trails, beaches, historic lighthouses, and a small population. To get around, rent a bicycle or moped.

This one-bedroom suite is in a great location if you’re looking for a bit of seclusion, but still want to be close to town to eat out and explore. It has a private entrance, a small living area, a plush couch, and a small kitchenette with a mini-fridge and coffeemaker. The decor is relaxing with dusty blues and deep grays that complement nautical artwork. You’ll also have access to the outdoor patio with a grill and a dining area and nature trails surround the home.

There is a flat screen TV and a big couch when it’s time to unwind, and the hosts provide two beach chairs and towels for a day on the sand.

Sea haven on Jekyll Island

Jekyll Island Getaway - Sea Haven (Unit A)

Book this Jekyll Island, Georgia Airbnb

Thanks to its protected status, Jekyll Island is a haven for beach-lovers who like their shorelines natural instead of lined with high rises. It’s perfect for family getaways, thanks to the plethora of activities available: think hiking in a maritime forest, visiting the U.S. Sea Turtle Center, four award-winning golf courses, and kayaking with dolphins. 

With so much to do, having a central base, and a restful place to crash at the end of a busy day, is key. This sea house is a welcoming retreat with a traditional design and modern, geometric motifs that serve as a nod to the nautical setting.

There’s a comfortable living room, a sparkling clean kitchen, and for the little ones, a bunk bed with a trundle-style pull-out third bed. The amenities are also very thoughtful, down to bikes, beach toys and bags, and coolers available for guests to use. 

While you’ll probably want a car (or at least bikes) to explore, this home is a short drive to dining, the historic district, and the beach, which is only 1,000 feet away.

Studio apartment with private garden on Fire Island

The garden courtyard of this Airbnb on Fire Island
Stay steps from the beach while enjoying a private garden all to yourself.

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Connected to Long Island by bridge and ferry service, Fire Island is a four-mile-long barrier island with various resort communities, golf courses, as well as Robert Moses State Park. T

his private studio is four houses away from the beach and is a short walk from the ferry dock where you’ll find many shops and restaurants, plus the Whyte Hall Theatre and a grocery store.

There is a private entrance, a kitchen with a microwave and coffeemaker, bar stools, and a basic Full-sized bed framed by colorful green paint. The look is sparse, leaving the focus on the outdoors, best enjoyed on the spacious private deck surrounded by a lush garden with enough room for a grill and an outdoor dining area. Be prepared to disconnect as there is no Wi-Fi.

Woodsy house with incredible views in the San Juan Islands

The view of the water on San Juan Islands from the Airbnb deck.
This waterfront deck makes it easy to take out a kayak or go for a dip.

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The San Juan Islands in Washington are home to rocky coastlines and old-growth forests. In the bustling town of Friday Habor, you’ll find this beautiful home covered in wood paneling with unique features like a reading nook (that could double as a child’s bed) built into the living room bookcase. The views surrounding this home are also worth daydreaming about as the custom-built house has a waterfront view of False Bay with 400 surrounding acres of open space. A great outpost for exploration, the hosts provide four kayaks and bikes and a private staircase leads to a deck on the beach.

Inside, the home has an open living space between the kitchen and living room, and is filled with books for those seeking a quiet, literary-minded getaway. Attached to the house is a light-filled sun room with a dining table, another reading nook, and a small deck. The bedroom is small but full of light with long windows on each side and a giant skylight. 

Historic apartment on Martha’s Vineyard

The sleeping loft in this Martha's Vineyard Airbnb
This historic home dates back to the Civil War era.

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A classic escape off of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard is a lovely summer destination known for its charming harbor towns and lighthouses. This apartment is located in one of the most lively towns on the island in a building that has been designated by the U.S. Department of the Interior as a National Historic Property. One of two historic apartments from the Civil War era, this two-floor floor unit has a deck with views over downtown, plus a seating area and a grill to enjoy it all.

The space is small, but huge windows let in lots of light and the traditional design includes warm muted colors on the walls and rugs. There are two modestly-sized bedrooms, one with a Queen bed and one with two single beds, however, it’s the location that should lure you to book here. The apartment is within walking distance of the beach, ferry terminal, and Oak Bluff’s dining and shopping center. 

Oceanview condo with pool access on Catalina Island

The view from this Catalina Island Airbnb.
California or the Mediterranean? It’s hard to tell at this Airbnb on Catalina Island.

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Off the coast of Los Angeles in the Channel Islands, Santa Catalina offers seclusion, nature, and a little bit of Hollywood history. You’ll find most things centered in the town of Avalon, where this large condo offers a terrace with a 180-degree view of the coast and an elegant design with minimalistic retro details and classy wood furnishings and accents.

The home has one bedroom, plus a den with a fireplace and designer couch that can be transformed into a queen-sized bed for extra guests.

Bamboo floors and leather furniture add a touch of luxury to the airy home, and double doors open out to the balcony with seating and a breakfast table.

Part of a larger condominium complex, guests also have access to the pool, hot tub, gym, and tennis courts and the hosts offer guests the option of using their golf cart to get around the island.

Coastal designer condo on Nantucket

The exterior of the Nantucket Airbnb
This posh home is steps to Nantucket’s Main Street and harbor.

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One of the smaller inhabited islands off of Cape Cod, Nantucket offers a quaint historic town and sandy dunes.

Following a recent renovation, this one-bedroom home shines with highly curated, posh decor by way of lucite side tables, midcentury chairs, pendant lamps, and an overstuffed crisp white couch. There is also a gleaming kitchen, and a covered deck with picnic-style seating and a small grill. The bedroom features maritime-minded pieces like a bedside lamp crafted from thick rope and a mix of white, gray, and slate blue colors.

The location is a short walk to Main Street and the Nantucket Harbor.

Floating Tiki suite in Key West

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Designed to be a glamping experience on the water, you get to this one-of-a-kind floating suite via boat or water shuttle.

The provided paddleboards and snorkel gear make it easy to leap off the front deck and hit the surrounding water. Of course, lounging in the hammock or opening the French doors on all sides to take in the water views from the King bed are also worthy options. 

Brazilian hardwood floors complement the thatched-tiki styling and soaring vaulted ceilings give the living space an airy feel — literally since they also serving as the core component to the self-ventilating design that helps keep this suite cool. While there is a bathroom, there’s no true kitchen here. There is a cooler that can keep food cold for up to nine days, but guests need to bring their own ice and supplies.

Lakefront home in Lake Havasu City

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This Airbnb is actually on an island within Lake Havasu.

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It doesn’t get much closer to the water than this. Lakefront views are available from almost every window in this impressive home that’s actually located on an island within Lake Havasu City. 

Recently remodeled, there is a Queen-size bedroom and additional pull-out sleeper, a sleek bathroom, a fully-equipped kitchen, high-speed Wi-Fi, and cable TV. Though the real draws are outside where an expansive deck is furnished with a large table, plush couch seating, a grill, and outdoor speakers.

From there, private stairs lead directly down to the water with a buoy to tie a boat in front of the home. Dock rentals are also available for a small fee for 24 foot or smaller boats. 

Your very own private island on Hilton Head

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Old House Cay is in fact made up of three private islands that you’ll have to yourself, accessible only by boat.

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This place is a little more expensive than we’d usually go, but how many opportunities do you get to rent your own private island? Old House Cay is in fact made up of three private islands that you’ll have to yourself. They’re accessible only by boat, and the hosts are kind enough to transport you in theirs.

The rental is a beautifully renovated large wooden beach house, with gorgeous reclaimed wood, pillars, exposed beams on high vaulted ceilings, and corrugated iron that comes together to make the place magazine-level photogenic. There are also hardwood floors, wicker furniture, driftwood sculptures, model fish, and even a ship’s figurehead hanging on the wall. It’s fully loaded with home comforts for dining in and entertaining, and with boating or fishing the only real demands on your time, it’s an ideal spot for getting off-grid (though, there is Wi-Fi). Savor the views from the wraparound deck, or hop into the hammock — you’re on island time here.

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10 of the best Airbnbs in Denver to explore the Mile High City and surrounding Rocky Mountains

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Best Airbnbs in Denver - A five bedroom home downtown, $298

  • One of the Rockies’ premier destinations, Denver offers a mix of urban attractions and outdoor fun.
  • Attracting both visitors and permanent remote workers, short and long-term Airbnbs are in demand.
  • We found some of the best Denver Airbnbs at a range of price points, from $133 to $595 per night.

Denver is one of the fastest-growing cities in the US and its population has been steadily increasing over the last few years. It’s no surprise given that The Mile High City is surrounded by snow-capped mountains and receives roughly 300 days of sunshine per year. With the increase of people flocking to live in Denver, improved and expanded infrastructure has followed, which in turn has seduced tourism in greater numbers than ever. Plus, Denver is the perfect launchpad for reaching the Rockies.

There are many great hotels in Denver, but Airbnbs are a competitive and, in many cases, more affordable option.

Thanks to the variety of architectural styles that can be found all over the city, the Denver Airbnb inventory has something that will suit just about any type of traveler. Just be aware that because Denver has become a desirable place to visit or relocate to, some of the city’s best Airbnb rentals can be booked out for months at a time, while others require longer minimum-night stays.

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Here are the best Denver Airbnbs, sorted by price from low to high.

A vintage-inspired, three-bedroom house in Whittier

Best Airbnbs in Denver - A vintage inspired three bedroom house in Whittier, $120
This Denver Airbnb mixes vintage and ecclectic design with modern amenities.

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Located in the historic neighborhood of Whittier, this spacious house is walkable to many quaint parks, convenient grocery shops, buzzing breweries, cafes, and restaurants. City Park, as well as trendy neighborhoods like Five Points and RiNo Arts District, are a quick drive away.

This three-bedroom, 1.5-bathroom rental features an Instagrammable aesthetic that mixes vintage design with modern amenities. The hardwood floors and exposed brick walls are accented with antique finds like supple leather love seats, cowhide area rugs, decorative Old World suitcases, a map of the US made of license plates, a chandelier of bare light bulbs, and a dining table made from reclaimed wood. There’s a fun discovery in just about every corner.

There’s a separate TV room for lounging and the chef’s kitchen offers plenty of space and modern appliances. The backyard, complete with a grill, is a wonderful retreat for weekend brunch or an end-of-day glass of wine. 

A modern condo with a balcony downtown

Best Airbnbs in Denver - A modern condo with a balcony downtown, $132
Take advantage of Denver’s sunshine with these floor-to-ceiling windows and the private balcony.

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Centrally located just minutes away from Coors Field, staying at this stylish condo means being surrounded by numerous walkable attractions, from breweries and restaurants to roller coasters and ball games.

The apartment’s open floor plan instantly shows off its charming design features, like the marble-top kitchen island (big enough for a quick meal), the monochromatic color scheme, the vintage-looking area rugs and hide carpet, and the thoughtfully selected potted plants. There are two modestly-sized bedrooms both decorated with a minimalist touch. The bathroom includes a tub and a washer and dryer, which are especially convenient for longer stays. 

Thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows, this industrial-chic apartment is able to take full advantage of Denver’s famed sunshine. But there’s also a furnished balcony if being directly out in the sun is more your speed.  

A romantic Victorian home with a porch in Curtis Park

Best Airbnbs in Denver - A romantic Victorian home with a porch in Curtis Park, $133
This design-forward Airbnb is tucked in the quieter Curtis Park neighborhood.

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This picturesque one-bedroom home is a stunning medley of Old World elements, from its tall bay windows and intricate molding work to gorgeous, patterned hardwood floors. But there’s plenty of contemporary interior decor too. The owners of the house layered on lovely design details like bubble chandeliers, sculptural leather dining chairs, a midcentury coffee table, and striking works of art like a longhorn wall fixture and framed black-and-white pieces. Plants throughout add a green touch to every room.

In keeping with the romantic, throwback experience, there’s also a standalone clawfoot tub in the bathroom. And perhaps the best amenity is the front porch with its hanging, swinging chair. Location-wise, this house is in Curtis Park, a quieter neighborhood right next to the buzzing streets of RiNo Arts District. 

A cozy apartment in a historic mansion near Cheeseman Park

Best Airbnbs in Denver - A cozy apartment in a historic mansion near Cheeseman Park, $135
Curl up by the fire in the living room or the bedroom at this cozy spot.

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Conveniently located on the edge of both Capitol Hill and Cheesman Park just two blocks from the Botanical Gardens, this garden-level, one-bedroom apartment is an easy-access home base for exploring the best of Denver. 

There’s a quirky, mix-and-match vibe to the interior design here. Guests will find all sorts of knick-knacks decorating the space, from graphic posters of Denver and decorative elephants to oversized stars and a variety of globes. Add the red-brick walls and it makes for a fun and colorful stay. It’s cozy, too, thanks to fireplaces in both the living room and bedroom, which comes with a sumptuous King-size bed.

For families with little ones, a collection of baby accessories (high chair, pack-and-play crib, toys) are available.

It’s important to note that this rental is tucked inside a century-old mansion. The owner occupies the upper floors of the building, but the apartment has its own entrance and nothing (except the large backyard) is shared space; it even comes with its own laundry appliances.

A stylish two-bedroom loft in Curtis Park

Best Airbnbs in Denver - A stylish two bedroom loft in Curtis Park, $153
This uniquely decorated Denver Airbnb is with easy walking distance of three top neighborhoods.

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Location is a major talking point for this two-bedroom rental, which is within walking distance of three great neighborhoods: RiNo Arts District, Whittier, and Five Points. Restaurants, cafes, breweries, grocery stores, and much more are just outside its doors.

The interiors of this loft are truly eclectic. It boasts historic architectural elements like exposed brick walls, as well as various art styles represented throughout. The bathroom is lined with tiles inspired by Portuguese azulejos, industrial-looking exposed bulb chandeliers line the ceilings, the coffee table features a mosaic of bottle caps, and there’s a massive steampunk artwork hung over a bright-red couch in the living area. 

The kitchen is modern and spacious (there’s island seating for quick meals), with a big, double-door fridge. There’s just one bathroom, but it includes a tub. There is also outdoor seating set up by the main entrance of the loft. 

A transformed trolley car in Wheat Ridge

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This unique Airbnb is a refurbished trolley car.

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For travelers looking for accommodations tucked away from Denver’s city lights, this unique one-bedroom rental located 20 minutes northwest of downtown is a unique choice. What was once a trolley car that traveled around the streets of the city is now part of a whimsical crashpad.

The square footage here is more limited, but the owners have done a great job of bringing it to life. Splashes of bright colors come via the yellow dining chairs and local artworks. But overall, there’s a charming, subtle design scheme meant to evoke countryside relaxation whether you’re lounging on the couch in front of the indoor fireplace or soaking in the sun outside. There’s a private yard with a hammock and a charming patio shaded by a big leafy tree and overlooking a seasonal creek.

A bright cottage in the Lower Highlands

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Located in trendy LoHi, this Airbnb is the ideal home base for a weekend exploring the city.

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This teal two-bedroom house is located in the trendy Lower Highlands (or LoHi) neighborhood, found on the other side of Union Station from downtown Denver. The rental is the ideal home base for a weekend exploring the city, or even as a long-term lodging option for a family or group of friends.

The house is beautifully layered with cozy and decorative items, such as tile mosaics in the bathroom, globally-inspired rugs in the living room, and sculptural light fixtures throughout. The two bedrooms come with memory foam mattresses and black-out shades for restful sleep and the living room is outfitted with a fireplace. The bench-style dining table is great for group meals or for a workspace. There’s only one bathroom, but it does come with a relaxing claw-foot soaking tub. There are outdoor spaces as well, conveniently furnished with plenty of seating. 

For travelers with babies, the unit comes with a crib, high chair, changing table, safety gates, and baby monitor.

An adorable carriage house in Whittier

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Eye-catching pieces like yellow stools and a steampunk-esque vanity add pizzazz to this pristine Denver vacation rental.

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Upon entering this two-bedroom house, guests will be immediately impressed by how pristine everything is. From the super-clean white walls and shiny hardwood floors to the uncluttered decor, this rental delivers a relaxing ambience right from the get-go.

This carriage house features the entire accommodation on the building’s second floor, which allows light to flood in through its many windows. The decor is modest and homey, punched up with more eye-catching pieces like the bright yellow stools for the kitchen island, the bench-style dining table, and the steampunk-looking vanity lighting in the bathroom, which comes with a bathtub. There are two bedrooms with Queen-size beds, and the house comes with many family-friendly amenities including a playpen, crib, high chair, and a variety of children’s toys.

The property is located in the quiet neighborhood of Whittier, but RiNo’s trendy bars, City Park’s restaurant scene, and the Denver Zoo are all close by.  

An architect-owned house in Lincoln Park

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Now completely renovated and updated, this Airbnb was once a 19th-century railroad worker’s house.

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Located just southwest of Denver’s Central Business District, this two-bedroom rental is surrounded by tons of quirky boutiques, cool art galleries, and restaurants for all tastes and budgets. 

Once a 19th-century railroad worker’s house, this unit was modernized for the contemporary traveler with an eye for design. The original bones, including exposed wood beams and handsome brick walls, have been thoughtfully complemented with sculptural coffee tables, a plush bright green sofa, framed landscape art, and colorful locally made textile. There are two bedrooms, one of which is located in the loft and comes with a skylight.

The whole house is very cozy thanks to the indoor fireplace, plus a bathroom with heated floors and a fabulous soaking tub. There’s even a cute nook with a desk in case guests need to get work done during their stay.

This property is designed in partnership with The Sursy, a local design and hospitality startup, which means almost everything in the house is for sale in case you fall in love with any particular elements.

A five-bedroom home downtown

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This elegant Airbnb is just right for groups and can sleep up to 14 guests.

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Located in the heart of Denver with easy access to some of the city’s most dynamic neighborhoods, this five-bedroom home is an excellent lodging choice for a multi-generational family trip or a traveling pod. 

The five bedrooms in this two-story house have been conveniently outfitted with a variety of bed setups (including one murphy bed) so that the entire rental can comfortably accommodate up to 14 guests. There are three-and-a-half bathrooms, and one of the full bathrooms is luxuriously appointed with a standalone soaking tub and a spacious walk-in shower. Other amenities include a large family room, a washer and dryer, on-property parking, and a patio with a grill. 

Design-wise, the house is decorated with rustic details to evoke a modern farmhouse feel. Think beautiful hardwood floors, exposed brick walls, glistening pendant lighting over the bar-top kitchen counter, and mix-and-match dining room furniture. While the property itself is located on a quiet street, its central location makes countless sights, like the 16h Street Mall, Coors Field, and City Park, easily accessible. 

FAQ: Denver vacations

When is the best time to visit Denver?

With about 300 days of sunshine per year, Denver is a year-round destination, especially since it’s an ideal jumping-off point for outdoor activities galore in all seasons from hiking to skiing in the surrounding Rockies. 

Even in the summer, Denver offers enjoyable weather thanks to its high elevation and dry climate. April, May, September, and October offer excellent weather and fewer crowds.

Of course, winter is also a great time to visit Denver as a stop before hitting some of Colorado’s best ski resorts.

Keep in mind that prices tend to soar during summer weekends in July and August, as well as during peak ski season.

What are the best areas to stay in Denver?

Union Station area, LoDo, and RiNo are some of the most central locations that make for good home bases. Cherry Creek is also a popular and upscale area many visitors enjoy, while the Golden Triangle is trendy with art and design lovers.

What are the best activities in Denver?

Museums and cultural attractions include the Denver Art Museum, Molly Brown House Museum, and the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Meow Wolf Denver, an interactive and experiential exhibit, is also set to debut soon.

Of course, many are in Denver to take advantage of the great outdoors scene. Hike Mountain Evans explore the Botanic Gardens, or catch a baseball game at Coors Field when the season is right.

There are also numerous top-notch restaurants, local breweries and whiskey distilleries, and coffee shops to enjoy.

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9 of the best Airbnbs in Seattle whether you want to shop at Pike Place Market or trek across the Sound

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  • Seattle has the Space Needle, the Sound, plus some of the best coffee, beer, and food in the world.
  • Visitors can explore the Emerald City while living like a local at these Seattle vacation rentals.
  • These Seattle Airbnbs represent a range of prices and locations, from Pike Place Market to Ballard.

The once sleepy port town of Seattle has transformed into a vibrant city filled with museums and galleries, top-notch restaurants, an iconic skyline surrounded by natural beauty. And, of course, incredible coffee.

Of course, I may be biased. I spent most weekends and summers here as a kid and continued to visit regularly as an adult. As such, I know that Seattle is one of the best cities to discover over the course of a week or even just a weekend.

So while you’re busy exploring like a local, you may want to consider living like one too. For those seeking to skip hotel rooms for a homier experience, I compiled a list of highly-rated Airbnb Seattle homes that tap into the Pacific Northwest’s quirky spirit.

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Here are the best Airbnbs in Seattle, sorted by price from low to high.

Private garden cottage in Ballard

Private garden cottage in Ballard Seattle
The garden at this Airbnb features a greenhouse and picnic table.

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Ballard is filled with Seattle’s best: coffee shops, indie record stores, locally-owned movie theaters, restaurants, breweries, bars, and easy access to the beach at Golden Gardens Park.

Enjoy it all from this chic studio that is simply furnished, yet refined. Curl up with a coffee picked up from Caffe Umbro on the leather couch, or grab a bottle of locally made beer while watching Netflix or a selection from the DVD stash.

There’s a small but full kitchen, that includes both a Chemex and a Keurig. The mint green bathroom is accented by bird-filled wallpaper, a rainfall shower, and local bath products. After playing tourist, relax in the garden, which features a greenhouse and picnic table. When it’s time for lights out, pull down the Murphy bed from the wall and collapse into a queen-sized bed. 

Art-filled South Lake Union loft

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This modern loft boasts a curated art collection.

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This modern loft in South Lake Union is geographically convenient. It’s near the nightlife in Belltown, the restaurants and shops in Capitol Hill, and the Space Needle.

The first floor has a full kitchen and a dining room table, and the living room has an array of books plus inviting couches to watch HBO Go and Netflix. The home boasts a carefully curated art collection and an assortment of objets d’art that are easy on the eyes but also mean the home is probably not a great fit for families with kids under 12. Well-behaved pups are welcome, though.

Upstairs is a modern sleeping space with an en suite bathroom. The 17-foot tall windows let in tons of light, but there are room-darkening shades when it’s time to snooze. But before tucking in, spend some time on the rooftop deck equipped with a grill. 

Newly built cottage in Green Lake

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The lush entrance to this charming cottage in Green Lake.

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This newly-built Green Lake cottage has an inviting exterior thanks to its lush garden and charming red front door. Inside is equally inviting, with a wooden staircase, dark leather furniture, and a mix of tile and wood floors.

A large kitchen, washer/dryer, and a work space with a comfy desk chair make this a good option for those looking for a long-term stay. French doors open up off the kitchen to the garden patio outback. Cook on the grill and sit at the picturesque outdoor dining table surrounded by greenery.  

Finnish spa retreat in Greenwood

Finnish Spa Retreat in Greenwood Seattle
This relaxing retreat includes a sauna, hot tub, and outdoor shower.

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Why go to the spa when you can stay in the spa? This indulgent retreat includes a Finnish sauna, hot tub, and an outdoor shower to fully relax and recharge. The striking metal, wood, and stone exterior flows to a thoughtfully designed interior with Japanese and Scandinavian design elements throughout including paper lanterns and a Scandi-inspired dining set.  

Gaze out from the massive circular window, sink into the white, minimalist sofa, or chill in the dreamy backyard reading nook. The home has a King-sized bed in one bedroom, as well as a Queen-sized bed in an intimate sleeping loft over the living space.  

There are also heated floors in the bathroom, a full-sized kitchen, an airy living room, and even a resident bunny on the property. 

Downtown Seattle is only 15 minutes away and Greenwood’s many restaurants and shops are close by. 

Cozy tree house in Redmond

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Sleep perched among the treetops at this tree house Airbnb just outside Seattle.

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Sleep perched amid the very trees that give the Evergreen State its nickname in this cozy treehouse in the Seattle suburb of Redmond, Washington.

Aptly named The Squirrel’s Nest, this 280-square foot treehouse offers a birds-eye view of the world. It’s fully insulated, heated, and wired, but maintains rustic charm through wooden interiors including beds made from real logs, tree-top swings, and a sky-high seating area. There’s one bed on the main floor and another within a sleeping loft.

However, sleeping in the trees does require a little compromise. The house does not allow children under the age of 2, and there’s only a half bath and a small refrigerator, a few dishes, and a coffeemaker.

On cool nights or rainy days, turn on the indoor fireplace and play games on the wooden floor. When blue skies arrive, enjoy your morning coffee surrounded by firs. Seattle’s restaurants and shops are just a 20-minute drive. But don’t be surprised if you want to stay in the Squirrel’s Nest just a little bit longer. 

Romantic retreat in Pioneer Square

Romantic retreat in Pioneer Square Seattle
Soaring ceilings and 14-foot windows create a dramatic silhouette.

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Couples looking for a romantic getaway will find a lot to love in this intimate studio in the heart of the city near galleries, shops, and cafes.

The brick-lined loft has soaring ceilings and 14-foot windows that cut a dramatic silhouette and a postcard-worthy view of one of the most photographed signs in Seattle. There’s plenty of comfortable seating for TV watching, a kitchen with a full-sized fridge and gas range, and a nap-worthy King-sized canopy bed surrounded by curtains. 

The home is within easy walking distance of the many restaurants, the city’s stadiums, and Pike’s Place Market. 

Apartment next to Pike Place Market

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You can see Pike Place and the iconic Seattle Great Wheel from this Airbnb.

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Nearly every Seattle visitor swings through the city’s famed Pike Place Market, but not everyone gets to call it home. This chic apartment offers up-close views of one of the city’s most famous sites. 

The sophisticated dwelling has clean lines, giant windows, and decorative pops of color that brighten the space. There is a Queen-sized bed, a pull-out sofa, and even a travel crib. There’s also a full kitchen, which is a must after gathering up fresh ingredients from the market.

The home also includes a washer and dryer, Smart TV with Netflix, and access to an apartment complex with a hot tub and gym. 

Architectural wonder with a Lego-themed kitchen in Matthews Beach

Architectural wonder with a Lego themed kitchen in Matthews Beach Seattle
The interior of this A-frame has minimalist ski chalet vibes with a modern twist.

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Architecture enthusiasts of all ages will find a lot to love in this midcentury modern Airbnb Plus home located on a secluded wooded lot just one block from Matthews Beach on the shores of Lake Washington. 

The modified A-frame’s exterior is reminiscent of a glass and wood Christmas tree, while the interior has minimalist ski chalet vibes. Three of the four bedrooms are on the upper level, set into the slanted roof for a snug feeling. Two and a half baths mean no waiting — although folks might be tempted to linger in the giant soaking tub. 

Colorful accents dot the living room and study, however, it’s the whimsical design surprises throughout that truly delight. There is as a Mondrian-inspired ceiling in the bath, and a Lego-themed kitchen with a center island crafted out of the iconic building block. In fact, guests are prompted to complete a search and find activity among the plethora of little Legos.

Burke-Gillman trail is a bike ride away, as is nearby Wedgwood. 

Townhouse with postcard-ready views in Queen Anne

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You’ll have stunning views of the Seattle skyline at this home.

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This large and open townhouse serves as a gorgeous perch above the city with stunning views of the Space Needle, Kerry Park, and Elliott Bay.  

Billed as a city sanctuary, this 2,600-square foot two-bedroom home includes a fireplace for cold nights, sumptuous velvet couches, a well-stocked kitchen, and a dining room. The spacious master bedroom has a full bath with a deep soaking tub and more stunning views. The second bedroom offers a comfortable place to sleep with a Queen-sized bed and room-darkening shades.  

FAQ: Booking an Airbnb in Seattle

Is it safe to stay in an Airbnb during COVID-19?

Generally, yes, as long as it’s a private home following enhanced cleaning measures. That’s what medical and cleaning experts said anyway. They told us that private home rentals on Airbnb are considered to be safe, especially compared to hotels. A private Airbnb eliminates interactions with others outside of your traveling group and removes mingling in common spaces. Most check-ins are contactless and hosts are required by Airbnb to follow enhanced cleaning procedures.

However, travel does still pose risks and we recommend following CDC guidelines such as social distancing, wearing a mask, and frequently washing and sanitizing your hands.

Are there travel restrictions in Seattle?

There are no domestic travel bans currently in place for Seattle and Washington State, however, travelers arriving by plane to the US from another country are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result before boarding their flight.

Additionally, anyone arriving in Washington is suggested to self-quarantine for 14 days and limit interactions outside their immediate household. It is also mandatory to wear a face mask in public. In Seattle, single-use masks are offered to visitors at Pike Place Market.

Click here to read more about current policies.

Is it safe to travel to Seattle?

Despite the promising COVID vaccine rollout, there is still no guarantee for safety with travel, though staying in a private Airbnb should lower your risk of exposure. Be sure to follow guidelines recommended by the CDC including social distancing, wearing a mask, and frequent hand washing. Consider canceling and rescheduling travel if you are coming to or arriving from a hotspot.

How do I book a home on Airbnb?

Search for Seattle homes on Airbnb based on date, neighborhood, price, bedrooms or bathrooms, and more. For a full breakdown on how to book on Airbnb, click here.

What is Airbnb’s cancellation policy?

Cancellation policies for homes on Airbnb differ from property to property and are set by each individual host. Here’s a closer look at Airbnb’s cancellation policies.

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Skip summer crowds and book one of these 15 Airbnbs across the US in under the radar beach towns

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Stunning views await in this Oregon cabin.

  • The US is full of popular beach locations, but smaller towns have more charm and fewer crowds.
  • Places like Bald Head Island and Cayucos are underrated gems often overlooked by many tourists.
  • For an uncrowded beach break, we found top-rated Airbnbs in hidden gem beaches to book this summer.

The US has 12,383 miles of coastline, though only a relative few of those strips of sand are well-known to tourists. As vaccinations become more widespread and travelers dream of a summer vacation once more, there’s almost nothing more relaxing than a trip to the beach.

As a result, popular beaches in areas like Cape Cod, the Outer Banks, or Los Angeles will likely be flooded with visitors and overbooked for hotels or vacation rentals. However, there are many great under-the-radar beach towns across the U.S. to consider, from Connecticut to Oregon.

And since hotels are fewer in these off-the-beaten-path places, we found top-rated Airbnbs that are close to the beach and offer space to spread out for that long-awaited family trip, friend reunions, or romantic retreat.

We’ve listed some of the best Airbnbs in America’s lesser-known beach towns (at least to those outside the region). On our checklist? Proximity to the beachfront, enhanced cleaning, a minimum rating of 4.7 or higher, and good design. We also wanted to keep things fairly reasonable at under $650 per night, though the more expensive properties are ones a large family or group of (vaccinated!) friends or families could stay in.

Browse all the best Airbnb homes in underrated beach towns here:

Here are the best underrated beach town Airbnbs in the U.S.

A modern home on Guemes Island, Washington

A home in Washington
This home on Guemes Island offers a real nature retreat in a wooded setting.

Book this Anacortes, Washington cabin on Airbnb

Anacortes is known as one of Washington’s great beaches, but an eight-minute ferry from its shores is this gem on Guemes Island, a real nature retreat in a wooded setting. It has 13 miles of roads, and you can easily use a rented bike to wheel around, and the General Store is a must-stop for supplies and is located in a rambling old house. 

This striking modern house blends the design with the outdoors. You can throw open large doors on the side of the house to create a wide passage through to a patio with a picnic table. For guests who love a good shower, the tiled bathroom functions like a wet room using the shower is essentially the entire space.

The bedroom is a light-walled respite with a small balcony off of it and an office has a hideaway double bed. Other details like an indoor wood stove, a pair of bikes and helmets, and good cookware help make this stay stress-free and memorable. And if you want to bring Fido, well-behaved dogs are welcome here. 

Large house with a private pool near the beach in Anna Maria Island, Florida

Luxury 3BR/3BA, Private Heated Pool, Beach
Your hardest decision here will be beach or pool.

Book this Anna Maria Island, Florida condo on Airbnb

This airy, light house is just one and a half blocks away from the sandy, soft Gulf shores of Anna Maria Island, with plenty of space for families and groups.

The beach is a short four-minute stroll away, and there is also a private heated pool, which makes for a refreshing dip on a hot day or after a long day at the beach. With a border of lush green plants, a stone waterfall, and a swim-up tiki table for pool cocktails, it feels like a tropical resort.

Inside is just as well-appointed with an open floor plan with generous living quarters, as well as a modern, fully stocked kitchen, two entertaining spaces including a covered terrace, and a game room to keep kids occupied. There’s a barbecue outside and the bedrooms have configurations including a King bed, a Queen bed, and bunk beds for the kids. 

Best of all, you can skip the cost of renting a car with a stay here. Everything nearby is easily accessed by the island trolley.

Cozy cottage in Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii

Living room of the The Windsurfer Cottage- by Kailua Beach
Plan a Hawaiian getaway without crowds in this Kailua cottage.

Book this Kailua, Hawaii cabin on Airbnb

Located a 15-minute drive south of Kona International Airport, Kailua is a beach town that ticks all the boxes for an island paradise. Some of Oahu’s most beautiful beaches, best restaurants, gorgeous hiking trails, great surfing, and a wetland that draws birdwatchers. While Kailua is not exactly a secret (President Obama vacationed here, as has Beyonce), it’s still a more low-key beach town than the high-rise-lined beaches found on other islands.  

This cottage channels that sentiment as it’s built in the local tradition for a true Hawaiian experience. The house is designed for the climate with a kitchen that opens up onto a covered lanai to create a large indoor-outdoor room, and keep the breezes flowing.

There is also an artfully weathered door that slides open to reveal a bedroom with a high ceiling and (importantly) a fan for air circulation. Surrounding palms and leafy trees help keep the house cool, too, which is good as there is no AC. 

The cottage isn’t beachfront, but it’s just a two-minute walk from the sandy shores, and nearby restaurants, bars, and shops are all walkable too.

Beach home in Jekyll Island, Georgia

Jekyll Island Getaway - Sea Haven (Unit A)
Jekyll Island is a haven for beach lovers and this is one of the few Airbnb rentals on the island proper.

Book this Jekyll Island, Georgia house on Airbnb

Thanks to its protected status, Jekyll Island is a haven for beach-lovers who like their shorelines natural instead of lined with high rises. It’s perfect for family getaways, thanks to the plethora of activities available: think hiking in a maritime forest, visiting the U.S. Sea Turtle Center, four award-winning golf courses, and kayaking with dolphins. 

With so much to do, having a central base, and a restful place to crash at the end of a busy day, is key. This sea house is a welcoming retreat with a traditional design and modern, geometric motifs that serve as a nod to the nautical setting.

There’s a comfortable living room, a sparkling clean kitchen, and for the little ones, a bunk bed with a trundle-style pull-out third bed. The amenities are also very thoughtful, down to bikes, beach toys and bags, and coolers available for guests to use. 

While you’ll probably want a car (or at least bikes) to explore, this home is a short drive to dining, the historic district, and the beach, which is only 1,000 feet away.

Rustic beach cabin in Bandon, Oregon

Old Rustic Beach Cabin
Stunning views await in this Oregon cabin.

Book this Bandon, Oregon cabin on Airbnb

If you want to dive into the Northwest vibes on your trip to Oregon, Bandon is the perfect place to start (or stay). The southern Oregon city is famous for natural activities, like cycling, hiking, birding, golf, and also happens to be the “Cranberry Capital of Oregon.” 

This 1934 beach cabin makes for a cozy escape for a couple or small family and overlooks what a breathtaking beach. Inside, a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace is the focal point of the wood-timbered living room, and a dining alcove gazes out to the rocks and sea. In the bedroom and loft, quilts covered beds are stacked with fluffy pillows and wood paneling sets a rustic tone  disconnect for a bit.

Despite the cabin’s rural location, it’s across the street from one of the top-rated restaurants in town. 

Quaint cottage in Ogunquit, Maine

The exterior of the La Perla Cottage Airbnb n Ogunquit, Maine
This cottage is close to beaches and restaurants and feels quintessentially Maine.

Book this Ogunquit, Maine cottage on Airbnb

A trip to Maine’s coastline can add up to a serious chunk of change, but this adorable cottage with cheery golden shutters and black shingles is one of the more affordable picks in Ogunquit, a place named after the Abenaki tribe’s word for “beautiful place by the sea.” The description holds up: There’s a great cultural scene, a welcoming LGBTQ+ community, and sandy beaches for sunning. 

This cottage is close to beaches and restaurants, and the house is surrounded by lush gardens and a fairy tale brick path. Inside, a bedroom is separated by black-framed glass doors, which open to reveal a beautiful white-quilted bed with pops of sunny yellow and brass. The rest of the house favors a glamorous nautical theme with gold wire barstools against navy counters, black-grouted subway tiles, be-palmed billows, and a gorgeous old low leather chaise. 

The balcony has enough space for a two-chair dining table and the verdant woods provide a natural canopy over the surroundings. Finally, the view overlooks a peaceful and gently winding river.

Cozy riverfront retreat in Old Saybrook, Connecticut

An Airbnb in Old Saybrook, Connecticut
This charming home overlooks a picturesque river.

Book this Old Saybrook, Connecticut cottage on Airbnb

Old Saybrook is typically overlooked by many East Coasters, who rush by on their way to Cape Cod or the Jersey Shore. But in this idyllic waterfront Airbnb, you’ll be right on the water, in this case, the Oyster River, but area beaches and the center of town are all close by.

Inside is a real charmer, with historic interiors decorated in traditional seaside tones with plenty of natural textiles to echo the surroundings. Think rope-framed mirrors, jute rugs, white quilts, relaxed slip covered sofas, and a modern kitchen with a beadboard backsplash.

Plus, if you get a chill coming off the water in the evenings, simply start up the indoor fireplace. 

Historic beach cottage in Capitola, California

62 steps to sand - historic Capitola beach cottage

Book this Capitola, California cabin on Airbnb

 This Airbnb is in the middle of the local village and just 62 steps from the ocean. Although the cottage is full of historic charm (it’s more than 110 years old), it has all the comforts you’d want from a modern Airbnb after its 2019 renovation. 

Decor is airy and light with serene white bedding, sofas from natural fibers, soft gray curtains, and antique-looking metal bed frames. There are King, bunk, and single beds, plus a sofa couch, as well as a large kitchen, and bathrooms stocked with high-end toiletries. Hosts even provide beach towels, beach chairs, a beach tent, sand pails, and shovels. 

While the beach just steps away is tempting enough, everything in town, including shops, restaurants, and bars, are within walking distance.

A designer boathouse in Greenport, New York

Designer's Dream - Charming Boathouse
This shake-shingle Airbnb has an outdoor shower, a porch swing, and other charming features.

Book this Greenport, New York house on Airbnb

Greenport is in the heart of an pretty stretch of East Coast sand on Long Island’s North Fork facing the Long Island Sound. It makes for a great alternative to the Hamptons if you want something a little more chilled-out.

The 19th-century village, where this Airbnb is located, has roots as a whaling port but today boasts great restaurants that heavily feature local food and wine, as well as plenty of peace and quiet (the population is only 2,200). 

This shake-shingle Airbnb was built in the late 1890s and was totally renovated resulting in a look that is very clearly the product of an architect and interior decorator’s shared vision.  The palette is soft and stylish, with warm leather and wood in the living room and ivory, sand, and dove gray in bedrooms. Preserved antique details include original boathouse doors in the kitchen and living room that swing out for a continuous indoor-outdoor space, as well as stunning latticed doorways and windows.

There is also an outdoor shower, a porch swing, a record player and board games, and a brick patio for grilling and outdoor dining. 

While you can certainly rent a car, you can also take the Long Island Rail Road as there’s a stop close by, and the Hampton Jitney bus also goes to Greenport. 

Home with a private pool within walking distance of the beach in Port Aransas, Texas

Enjoy Private Pool & Walk to the Beach from Old Town Cottage
Port Aransas is home to some of Texas’ best beaches and this home makes it easy to discover them all.

Book this Port Aransas, Texas cabin on Airbnb

The only established town on Mustang Island (named for the wild horses who used to roam it), Port Aransas is a favorite for those who want the beach vibes of Corpus Christi without the crowds. It’s a laid-back place where you can have a restaurant cook your own catch of the day, flip-flops are the preferred footwear, and you can choose beaches from around 18 miles of sand. 

Rather than staying in a condo block, this gorgeous house will give you a real Texas escape, with a western-meets-seaside aesthetic. The house has a dash of eclecticism too with a wall of straw hats, jute rugs, and carved wooden furniture sourced from around the world. The common areas are gracious and inviting, with a linen slip covered sofa, woven dining chairs, and a kitchen complete with a stainless steel farmhouse sink and white exposed brick. There’s a washer and dryer and the kitchen even has Starbucks coffee stocked when you arrive. 

The best part however is what’s outside. There’s a screened-in living area with walls for privacy and shade, as well as a cluster of seating for the Smart TV. There’s also a covered patio with a large picnic table, a charcoal grill, and a sound system for barbecue nights. Meanwhile, a pool and set of loungers invites swimmers and sunbathers on hot days, and the outdoor shower is a perfect place to rinse off before and after your dip.

Oceanfront cottage in Cayucos, California

Beautiful Ocean Front Cottage, Cayucos California
This undersung beach town boasts six miles of white sand state beach, some of which is right out front this cottage.

Book this Cayucos, California cottage on Airbnb

The coastline along Highway 101 is legendary for a reason, and one of the most quintessentially California beach towns along the route is Cayucos. This undersung (for those from elsewhere, anyway) beach town boasts six miles of white sand state beach and a huge range of restaurants to keep stomachs satisfied every night of the trip. Fishing, hiking, surfing, and cycling are all big here, so it’s a great spot for active vacationers as well as those who’d prefer to sit back and soak up the surf vibes from shore. 

This cottage is the perfect place to ease you into a laidback beach mindset. It has almost a full wall of doors and windows that open out onto the beach and waves beyond, which you can take in from your perch on a comfortable green velvet sectional. There are ship-lapped, high ceilings, as well as cheery touches like floral accents and statement walls.  The brick patio outside faces the ocean and has a pair of loungers, Adirondack chairs, and a fire pit for s’mores. 

While you likely have a car, you won’t need it for popping out for a drink or dinner as the quiet town is walkable from the home.

Waterfront home in Watch Hill, Rhode Island

Waterfront in the Heart of Watch Hill
Stay in Watch Hill, a pretty New England Town where Taylor Swift owns a home.

Book this Watch Hill, Rhode Island condo on Airbnb

Just up the coast from Connecticut’s Old Saybrook is Rhode Island’s Watch Hill, a small (and well-to-do) coastal village that’s flown under the radar of many tourists from outside the region. But it’s worth a visit. It’s New England in a big way, with huge historic homes, beautiful nature, and crashing waves on beautiful beaches. It’s so charming, in fact, that Taylor Swift owns a home in town where she regularly spends her Fourth of July.   

But if we can’t rent her digs, we’d happily book a stay in this condo, which offers sweeping views of the golden, sandy beach (as well as outlooks onto three states). Located on the third floor, the condo’s vaulted ceilings, cheery pastel shades, and cozy bedrooms make for a welcome retreat at the end of a day on the water outside, and large windows and skylights let in plenty of coastal sunlight. But the standout here are the two decks that offer incredible panoramic views. 

Floral quilts, striped sofas, and New England imagery feature among the traditional decor and multiple beds help offset the high price tag. 

A couple of beaches, as well as local shops, restaurants, art galleries, and the oldest continuously operating carousel in the U.S. are within walking or cycling distance.

Luxury home on Bald Head Island, North Carolina

Morning Light on Bald Head Island
This beautiful home has impressive decks that feel perched amid the trees.

Book this Bald Head Island, North Carolina on Airbnb

This southernmost North Carolina island truly offers peace and quiet as it’s completely car-free. Bald Head Island residents are connected by ferry from the mainland but get around on the island using bicycles, golf carts, or their own two feet. Nature-lovers, consider this an alternative to the Outer Banks. 

Ideal for a family reunion or a group gathering, this tranquil, Craftsman-style home is spacious and well-equipped enough for the whole gang. An open floor plan allows for conversation to flow easily between living spaces and screened-in porches. Mahogany, rustic accents, and soaking tubs all come together to make for a beautifully serene aesthetic. 

As of publishing, the two lots on either side were undeveloped, meaning no neighbors and the feeling of being surrounded by nature. While it’s not on the beach itself, it’s only five minutes away by car. 

Bald Head Island is also a great place to go if you want to bring your dog as the island is extremely pet friendly, and this Airbnb allows four-legged friends, too. With 10,000 untouched acres of nature still preserved, your pup will have never had such an exciting walk. 

FAQ: Airbnb beach homes

Is it safe to stay in an Airbnb during COVID-19?

Always check with the latest CDC and WHO guidelines and local rules and regulations for your destination for the latest information, and consider the infection rates of the areas you’re traveling to and from. After all, not everyone has been vaccinated, so some areas might still experience outbreaks.

However, the CDC does say travel is safe for fully vaccinated individuals and experts agree that private vacation homes are one of the safest travel options.

What’s a good time of year to visit the beach in the U.S.? 

That depends on where you want to go. The U.S. has beaches that are visitable in every season across the country.

Tourists head to Hawaii year round, and southern Florida or California for winter escapes, while swimming season gets started later in the near the further north you go (roughly). If you plan to just savor the scenery, you can travel off season for cheaper rates and no crowds, or plan on summer to catch the waves.

How do I find beach homes on Airbnb? 

After you start a search based on location and dates, you may then  filter for “waterfront” or “beachfront” properties. From there, it’s up to you what you prefer in terms of decor or amenities. 

Where is the best place to rent a beach house?

That depends on what and where you’re looking for. Travel time to your destination, the cost of food and activities on the ground, and the climate could all be factors in your budget.

If you’re watching your vacation money, do some research first about where you can afford to stay by filtering for price, then look at how you’d get yourself there (plane? car?) to see how much it would cost to travel. You can also narrow down options based on regional preference and amenities. 

Where is the cheapest place to rent a beach house? 

There’s no hard and fast rule for where it’s cheapest to rent a beach house, but generally speaking, the more popular areas tend to be the most expensive during peak or prime summer seasons. You might have better luck renting in Port Aransas than Corpus Christi during spring break, for example. 

What makes a beach town underrated?

For us, it means that people from outside the area (or those who don’t know it well) might not be familiar with the town. An underrated beach town won’t be found on the Jersey Shore, in Cape Cod, Miami, Los Angeles, or other popular destinations.

Instead, they savor a slower pace with less fanfare but still offer activities, dining, or other special attractions to make it a worthwhile destination. Miles of relatively uncrowded sandy beaches also help so you can keep away from the crowds and find your own little stretch of paradise on shore.

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