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As vaccination rates rise, there’s been an accompanying surge in summer vacation planning.
Summer beach rentals are nearing all-time highs, with popular destinations already over 80% booked.
These great alternative destinations still have affordable rentals available for summer.
With more than 40% of US adults at least half-vaccinated, and a whopping 82% of adults over 65 with at least one dose of the vaccine, millions of Americans are ready to resume summer travel in 2021 after what was likely a summer spent mostly at home in 2020.
If you’ve tried to book a summer vacation rental for 2021, what we’re about to say will not surprise you: With so many people wanting to get away, options for the summer are filling up quickly. According to new Vrbo data, some of the most popular summer destinations in the US are already showing less than 20% available properties in July, with rental numbers as high as 90% at well-known destinations such as the Jersey Shore and Cape Cod. Plus, with so much demand, prices for the most popular beach locales are soaring.
Although you might not be able to find a rental in the most popular spots at the height of the season, it doesn’t mean that there aren’t plenty of other cheap beach trips to consider for a summer getaway, you just need to know where to look. Vrbo compiled a list of alternative, underrated destinations that offer similar settings and attractions to the big name getaways, but often at a fraction of the cost, and without the accompanying crowds.
Additionally, we found top vacation rentals for each alternative destination that still have plenty of availability for summer getaways.
Here are some of the best US beach vacations to beat the crowds this summer, according to Vrbo.
Instead of Hollywood/Fort Lauderdale try Sanibel, Florida
Switch from the densely packed east coast beaches of Florida, to the quiet western side. The bustling beaches of Hollywood and Fort Lauderdale are hard to even find parking near, let alone rent a vacation house at. Instead, try the blissful beaches of Sanibel and Captiva Islands.
Sanibel is known as the seashell capital of the western hemisphere, and you could spend hours looking at the treasure that wash ashore here, or check in with the experts at Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, the nation’s only dedicated shell museum. More than half of Sanibel is reserved for wildlife, and you can also immerse in nature at a 6,400 acre wildlife refuge or take advantage of peddling through 25 miles of bike trails.
Instead of Hilton Head try Tybee Island, Georgia
South Carolina’s bustling Hilton Head Island is known for its historic light house, spacious golden sand beaches, and gentle surf, drawing crowds of visitors in the warm weather months.
For just as much sun, and sand, but without the crowds or high prices, head an hour south to Tybee Island, an under-the-radar, barrier island on Georgia’s gorgeous coastline. Just 20 minutes from Savannah, quaint Tybee Island boasts 5 miles of beautiful beaches as well as the state’s tallest and oldest lighthouse (ca. 1736). Climb to the top for spectacular views over the Atlantic Ocean. Take a guided kayak tour of the salt marshes, lounge on the beach, watch for dolphins as they frolic in the waves, go bird watching at North Beach as seabirds and shorebirds migrate from the Arctic, and then enjoy a seafood dinner at a cozy waterside restaurant.
Instead of Myrtle Beach try Cocoa Beach, Florida
North Carolina’s southernmost county, Brunswick is home to frolicking Myrtle Beach, one of the most popular beach towns in the region for its soft sand beaches, not to mention its lively bar and restaurant scene. The area draws both a young crowd downtown and families to the quieter areas to the north and south of the town, filling most of the rental inventory.
To get away from the party, but still get to enjoy fabulous coastal southern beaches, head straight south to Florida and under-the-radar Cocoa Beach, tucked away on a secluded barrier island. Here you’ll have soft white sand, plenty of room to stretch out, and if you’re lucky, you may even be able to spot a spaceship launch from Cape Canaveral, located due north. For nightlife, Daytona is an hour north, but it will feel like a world away from your quiet beach retreat.
Instead of the Gulf Coast of Florida try Jackson County, Mississippi
The Gulf Coast of Florida draws crowds for its emerald waters and white sand beaches, but it also draws carloads of families for its friendly atmosphere and easy biking — which unfortunately means houses rent up quickly, especially in popular areas like Panama City Beach or Clearwater.
However, follow the coast to the west, past Alabama shores until you hit Mississippi. Here you’ll find the same warm Gulf of Mexico surf in Jackson County, without the densely packed beaches, or the high prices.
Instead of the Outer Banks try Duval County, Florida
There may be hundreds of miles of beaches on the rugged coastline of North Carolina’s Outer Banks, but the area draws such high numbers of visitors every summer that houses are snatched up long before the summer season kicks into gear, meaning it’s hard to find a beach rental.
Head south to Jacksonville, called Florida’s “First Coast” since you can easily roll into the destination when you first arrive in the state, instead to find wide-open stretches of sand, amazing bird and wildlife, and affordable house rentals. Extra bonus for surfers: Some of the best waves in the country are here, too.
Instead of Cape Cod try York County, Maine
For many Northeast vacationers, Cape Cod is synonymous with summer in New England, sporting laid back beaches, quiet streets for biking, clamming in the sand, and Kennedy-family sightings. It’s so popular though, especially with New Yorkers, that it’s hard to find someplace to stay.
If you want a similar vibe, but with less people and more opportunities for home rentals, head about 3 hours north to York County, Maine. Although it may not sound familiar at first, York County is where Kennebunkport is located, another quintessentially quaint New England getaway, and where the Bush family famously had a vacation compound. You’ll be able to lay on serene beaches at whimsical named spots such as Goose Rocks, Kennebunk, and Gooch’s; ride your bike around the quaint town of Kennebunk; and eat lobster rolls to your heart’s content at shacks right on the water.
Instead of Cape May try Norfolk, Virginia
Cape May is known for offering up history along with beach views. But its colorful Victorian homes, wide range of attractions, including a small zoo, and easy access to the surf and sand make it perennially popular with families, making it hard to find a summer rental.
For another history-infused beach option this summer, head five hours south to Virginia Beach and nearby Norfolk.
Norfolk is an alternative for vacationers looking for a coastal vacation with one foot in the past, and another on the beach, but without the crowds. Visit Nauticus, a maritime science museum, to explore the USS Wisconsin, the world’s largest battleship. For a non-beach outdoor experience, bring the kids to the Virginia Zoo. And get a view of the waterfront location by sailing on the Spirit of Norfolk before heading to the nearby beach.
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Pennsylvania is within easy driving distance of a large section of the East Coast and the Midwest.
From cities like Philadelphia to outdoorsy areas like the Poconos, there’s something for everyone.
We found the best Airbnbs in Pennsylvania in popular areas across the state at a range of prices.
Though vaccination rates continue to go up, travelers are still gravitating towards drivable destinations and avoiding packed flights. Pennsylvania is a Mid-Atlantic state within driving distance of a large swath of the East Coast and the Midwest, so its appeal is clear.
Home to big cities, majestic mountains, and a Great Lake, this diverse state appeals to a wide range of traveler interests. The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were both signed in Philadelphia, one of the country’s most historic cities. Though its visually dynamic, cutting-edge mural art scene assures visitors that it’s anything but stuck in the past. On the opposite spectrum, the green hills of the Poconos are a year-round playground offering a peaceful respite from urban living. Meanwhile, Lancaster is famous for its large Amish and Mennonite population, but it’s also home to an incredibly rich and varied ethnic food scene.
As a native New Yorker, I’ve been lucky enough to have explored this state since childhood, and I continue to do so whenever possible. From history to nature, I’ve never been disappointed. If a trip to the Keystone State sounds appealing, the Airbnb options are as varied as the state’s offerings.
Browse all of the best Pennsylvania Airbnbs below, or jump to a specific area:
West Philly is a welcoming, walkable neighborhood. Trees, parks, and private houses with front porches ooze leafy charm. It’s an easy walk to University City, home to the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel, and just a quick trolley ride to Center City.
Dappled in sunlight, this south-facing apartment is in an eight-unit building. Notable features include funky brick walls, original exposed beams, and white oak floors. The loft-style living room/kitchen presents an imaginative table carved from a single piece of wood, its rich grain clarified by the light hitting it from the two tall windows. Contemporary furniture in solid colors, such as a charcoal-colored couch and mandarin-hued side chairs, are offset by a bold striped area rug. The kitchen’s granite countertops, new appliances, and utensils provide everything you need to prepare meals.
Be aware that the bathroom sink is unusually located just outside of the pocket door that opens to the toilet and shower. Similarly, the shower has a playful indoor window that looks into the bedroom, so make sure you’re comfortable with any travel companions.
East Kensington is an up-and-coming stretch sandwiched between Kensington and Fishtown. It’s a quick ride on the elevated Market-Frankford line SEPTA train to the center of Philly. With so many galleries, expect an artsy vibe. Coffee drinkers, there are enough espresso bars to keep you well caffeinated.
This design-forward house looks deceiving ordinary on the outside, but inside, the ambiance is modern with fashionable touches of antiques, including an 18th-century bookshelf and a 17th-century pine dresser. This layering of old-world with new fits in just right with the overall neighborhood vibe.
The living room’s original brick wall is accented with light wood panels and a freeform wooden coffee table sits in front of a handsome, heathery gray tufted sofa, accented with colorful geometric pillows and original local artwork. The welcoming kitchen boasts concrete countertops, a skylight for a boost of brightness, comfortable wooden stools, and useful handmade pottery. A plus for light sleepers, the minimalist bedroom faces a peaceful backyard.
Manayunk is known as one of Philly’s most happening neighborhoods, with breweries, hip dining spots, and owner-operated boutiques. It’s a good choice if you want to get a feel for living like a local that’s a speedy bus or train ride to the city center.
Situated on a quiet street, this 1,400 square-foot converted textile mill is a striking example of industrial design. Much of the original infrastructure, such as crude brickwork, quirky columns, and large beams, have been retained, creating a historic backdrop for updated amenities.
This third-floor walkup boasts 15-foot ceilings and oversized windows that stream in natural light, illuminating the open floor plan. The furnishings are modern and subdued, with a pale blue sofa adding a soft blush of color in the living area. The separate bedroom includes a King-size bed with a metal headboard adding character, plus an additional Queen bed on the other side of the loft. A fully-equipped kitchen with new appliances ties it all together nicely.
This converted gas station is a must for architecture buffs. Located in a vibrant neighborhood handy to bars, restaurants, and art galleries, it enjoys a fenced-in patio with an outdoor fireplace and a loft garden, presenting a wealth of private outdoor space in an urban zone. There’s also a dedicated parking space, a rarity so close to downtown.
Staying in a re-purposed building is an experiential way to contemplate Pittsburgh’s industrial legacy. The design maintains the foundational integrity while embracing a modern aesthetic. High ceilings with exposed beams give it an airy feel. Furnishings such as a swivel chair upholstered in an abstract paisley print, a contemporary starburst chandelier, and new stainless-steel kitchen appliances have been chosen with an eye towards functional beauty.
Climb the metal ladder to the sleeping loft with its snug double bed, but don’t forget to pack slippers, as the metal can feel cold on bare feet. The floors are concrete and the commercial glass doors have been left intact in a preservationist nod to the building’s past. If the weather is fine, open the glass doors and let the breeze in.
For a unique stay, try this vintage 1972 Nautline houseboat moored in the Alleghany River just 10 miles from Pittsburgh. Spend the morning exploring aquatic options as you paddle the complimentary rental kayak or canoe to pristine Plum Island before you head into the city for an afternoon of sightseeing.
While compact, the houseboat is efficiently laid out. Simple yet stylish, rattan chairs and an open-weave throw blanket in soft grey are part of a mostly neutral color scheme, though colorful accessories such as a lemon-yellow bedspread and floral-patterned drapes add punch. The small kitchen is well-equipped, with side-by-side sinks and ample counter space. Watch the sunset from the open-air deck while you sit on the padded outdoor loveseat with footstool.
Although it’s moored, the boat may sway when there’s wake from passing boats, something to keep in mind if you suffer from motion sickness.
Lawrenceville is one of Pittsburgh’s trendiest neighborhoods, anchored by Butler Street’s smart shopping and dining. It’s easy to explore on foot or hop on the local bike share and it’s right near the hip Strip District and Highland Park.
If you crave space, this contemporary, zero-energy, vertically-oriented house offers over 3,000 square feet spread across four levels, each with a bathroom, connected by an ambitious floating staircase made of reclaimed wood. The heart of the house is the third-floor living-dining space, where the open floor plan, soaring 20-foot ceilings, skylight, and wall of double-height windows makes it feel even bigger. With so many lush plants hanging from the wood beams, you may think you’re inside a greenhouse.
The top level’s Master bedroom has an en suite bathroom with dual showerheads and up-to-date bath fixtures, plus two terraces surrounded by vegetation. Modern paintings, spare white rugs, and crisp bed linens add minimalist finesse. A Chef’s kitchen, dining space with a picnic-style table, plus a covered outdoor deck with custom rails and teakwood floors, are ready for guests to enjoy.
All this space, plus a gym and a sauna, make it a good choice for a group.
This two-story home enjoys an advantageous position a short drive from Presque Isle State Park with its wealth of recreational opportunities.
Decorated with low-key comfort in mind, this spotless townhouse offers great space for a family or group. Present-day comforts, like a memory foam mattress with cooling gel and ample charging stations for your electronics, co-exist alongside a vintage radio and a throwback collection of jigsaw puzzles and board games.
The living room’s furniture is sensible, with two blue couches, a mustard-yellow armchair chair, useful side tables, and a circular coffee table. A collection of decorative textiles in primary colors, large potted plants, and a woven rattan ottoman add simple appeal.
The bathroom’s brick-size white tiles add zing to the simple shower-tub combo, where you’ll find an array of organic shampoos and body wash. White cabinets and black-and-white checkerboard tiles in the kitchen look fresh next to the stainless-steel appliances.
This home is in a quiet residential zone only two miles from downtown, with easy access to local attractions.
The recently updated interior features simple tones, like a couch and cozy chairs in shades of light khaki, beige, and brown, with wood floors, an area rug, decorative plants, and lap blankets pulling it together harmoniously.
The kitchen is up-to-date with modern appliances, wood cabinets, and a handy breakfast nook. The Master bedroom’s 21st century-take on a four-poster bed is pleasingly sleek, accented with a blue and white comforter, industrial-style reading lamps, and walls painted a shade of pale green.
With a second bedroom, a sprawling lawn, and a two-car garage, it’s sizeable enough for a small family. Fast Wi-Fi, a flat-screen Smart TV, and a full-size washer-dryer are nice perks for anyone considering longer stays.
For visitors who want to experience Lancaster’s urban flavor, this downtown apartment sits above a retail clothing boutique two blocks from the bustling Central Market and three blocks from the convention center. It’s just steps from restaurants, bars, and art galleries, making it ideal for car-free explorations.
The apartment is in a 148-year-old building that was once a Victorian merchant’s home. The owners have meticulously renovated the space with attention to preserving veteran details. Original pumpkin pine floors, doors made of solid American chestnut, antique doorknobs, and Art Deco light fixtures recall a bygone era. But poured concrete countertops, air conditioning, and Wi-Fi ensure plenty of modern touches.
The living room’s south-facing bay windows bathe the midcentury furnishings in natural light and keep the and scores of houseplants vibrant. A few Victorian-era pieces, like a coat stand and a side chair with a delicately carved inlay, are thoughtfully integrated. The theme continues into the bathroom, where you’ll find subway tiles, a 1950s porcelain sink and tub, and the antiquated remains of what was once a viable hot water radiator system. The Watercolors painted by Pennsylvania-based artists throughout the home add a nice local touch.
This repurposed barn in a suburban Lancaster neighborhood retains rustic allure combined with recreational amenities like a hot tub and a seasonal heated outdoor lap pool shared with another rental unit onsite.
The upstairs living space has vaulted ceilings, workhorse brown leather couches, braided wool rugs, and both a pool and ping-pong table for family-friendly fun. The color palette is muted, with the exception of the bright red pool table top and beanbag chair that looks stolen from the set of “That 70s Show.”
A charming Dutch barn door leads to the bedroom and the bathroom features an oversized shower accented with white and forest green tiles, with a door that conveniently leads to the four-person hot tub right outside. Creature comforts include zoned heat, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth stereo system, and air conditioning.
Enjoy agrarian rhythms only three miles from the town of Lancaster on this 20-acre family farm. Guests are invited to visit with the Angus cows, goats, baby doll sheep, and rabbits. Or, relax by the creek before wandering the winding footpaths that crisscross the farmstead.
Tucked away in a wooded corner, this rustic cottage has whitewashed wood ceilings, light wood floors, and touches of wicker bric-a-brac. The front door opens into the living-kitchen space, where an electric fireplace warms things up. The beige sofa is strewn with navy and white throw pillows and knit blankets for extra coziness. The eat-in kitchen has a country-chic look, with a retro enamel sink and a butcher block table, while a pearl-encrusted chandelier hanging over the circular dining table adds dazzle.
An ornately carved headboard, rich tapestry rug, and a marble-topped night table add elegance to the bedrooms. To top it all off, French doors off the kitchen open to a large back deck with Adirondack chairs, a firepit, a gas grill, and an outdoor dining table.
This snug, Cape Cod-style home is nestled between two farms and across from a creek, offering a pastoral atmosphere just minutes from the battlefields. Watch the sheep graze and listen to the birdsong as you relax in the shady hammock or on the patio.
The living room is small but welcoming with an over-stuffed cream couch, matching loveseat, and throw blankets to snuggle under while you watch the Roku television. Liberal splashes of green and blue hues, including the kitchen cabinets, tiles, coffee table, and decorative accessories, are a colorful yet soothing touch.
The renovated galley kitchen is a cheerful place to prepare meals to eat on the old-fashioned oval wood dining table with white trim and matching chairs. The Master bedroom, with a Queen-bed and walk-in closet, has low ceilings, so tall people will need to watch their heads.
As an added bonus for anyone traveling with young kids, there’s a cute play nook adorned with hanging lantern lights and filled with toys, games, and puzzles.
A dignified home walking distance from the battlefields
Step back in time in this handsomely restored Queen Anne Revival-style charmer, with a circular turret and a deep front porch complete with rocking chairs. The location can’t be beat, along the parade route that Lincoln himself took in 1863 when he delivered his famed Gettysburg Address. It’s right near the battlefields, shops, and restaurants, and with four bedrooms and three full bathrooms, there’s room for a large family without feeling cramped.
The stately parlor features a sofa, loveseat, and armchair upholstered in a matching floral print. A fireplace, chandelier, and a gilded mirror add to the courtly look and the original staircase and inlaid woodwork are in pristine condition. There’s a separate dining room with a dark wood table and eight chairs, making it just right for big family meals. The kitchen has an additional dining table, or you can always opt to eat and hang out around the picnic table in the private back garden.
This octagonal-shaped, customized Topsider Home’s floor-to-ceiling windows offer sweeping views of the woods. It’s in an upscale private community with a lake for catch-and-release fishing, swimming, and boating, plus swimming pools and tennis courts. The property is also equipped with mountain bikes for guests to use.
The interior of this unique home is as daring as the geometric shape and dashing red exterior. Its centerpiece is a beautiful spiral staircase with ribbon-striped steps in whimsical candy colors. Meanwhile, the living area’s Popsicle-orange swivel chairs and globe-shaped lamp in flame red are futuristic enough for a spaceship. There’s a telescope to allow for a good look at all the birds and wildlife. The three bedrooms, all with Queen-size beds, have exposed beams and accents of brightly-colored textiles.
The expansive wrap-around deck takes indoor-outdoor living up a notch with a hammock, picnic table, cafe table for two, and a gas grill.
Sleep in a lofty abode nestled between towering maple trees when you book this magical treehouse. At 30 feet above the forest floor, you’ll be in an elevated position to enjoy the splendorous sight of the mountains in this Western portion of the Poconos.
It’s off-the-grid but there are plenty of simple frills including a wood-burning stove, a lithium battery generator to charge electronic devices, a composting toilet, and a hot-water shower. Leather recliners, floors made of reclaimed wood from a 159-year-old farmhouse, a Queen-size bed with a cozy quilt, and an old-fashioned rocking chair add country charm. The kitchenette is compact yet fully stocked, or you can cook outdoors on the grill. A wrap-around deck with ample seating offers a bird’s-eye view of the mountains, or relax in the twin hammocks and survey your two private acres.
If you’re looking for a luxurious mountain escape, this aesthetically pleasing home is the perfect place to disconnect from the hustle of urban life. There’s a large pair of antlers adorning the house’s exterior and a brass antler coat hanger, helping to explain why the owner’s call it the “Antler A-frame.” The interior is modern with a smattering of industrial design elements that epitomize simple elegance. The living room’s architecturally interesting wood-and-woven armchair is draped with a shearling lap blanket the color of fresh cream while the modular sectional sofa in charcoal is warmed-up with pretty pillows and soft throws. An abstract animal-skin area rug and a ceramic vase atop the 2-tiered glass-and-wood coffee table look just right.
The small but fully stocked kitchen features modern appliances and a coffee bar. There’s one main bedroom on the ground level, along with a second cozy lofted sleeping nook. Ample windows let in light and help give the entire space an uncluttered feel. Tech-savvy nods include a Sonos sound system and a projector with Apple TV.
Outside, stargaze or sunbathe as you soak in the hot tub, perhaps with a glass of wine in hand.
Big cities like Pittsburgh and Philly are year-round destinations, with museums, dining, and a robust schedule of cultural events to keep visitors busy during inclement weather.
The Poconos draws a crowd in winter for skiing, in summer for swimming in fresh-water lakes, and in autumn for leaf-peeping; spring is mud-season when prices are lowest and crowds thinnest.
Gettysburg’s historic battlefields are often snow-covered in winter; milder weather is conducive for walking the battlefields, though tourists do come all year.
Lancaster is always busy, though summer school holidays are particularly popular with families.
Erie, on the south shore of its namesake lake, can be frigid in winter, with lake effect snows and a fierce wind whipping off the lake. Summer is prime time to swim, surf, and kayak in Lake Erie.
How much does an Airbnb typically cost in Pennsylvania?
There are budget-friendly accommodations throughout the state, including a West Philly apartment from $86 per night and a spacious three-bedroom townhouse in Erie from $132 per night. On the higher end, an upscale tiny house with a hot tub in the Poconos starts at $311 per night and a huge four-story home in Pittsburgh starts at $496 per night.
Spring, known as mud season, is the time of year when you can probably score the best deal in more rural areas including the Poconos and Erie. Winter weather predominates much of the state from December-March, with lower prices except in areas that attract skiers.
What should I look for in an Airbnb?
We’ve selected properties with favorable recent guest reviews that participate in Airbnb’s Enhanced Clean program. Many are hosted by highly-rated Superhosts. Additionally, we’ve included homes with interesting or quirky design elements to add visual panache. Sought-after vacation amenities such as private decks and hot tubs are included in our list as well.
What is Airbnb’s cancellation policy?
The cancellation policy is set by the individual host, thus differing from home to home. Check the cancellation policy before booking.
How do I book a Pennsylvania home on Airbnb?
Search for homes based on location, your preferred dates, desired number of bedrooms or bathrooms, amenities, and more. For more information on how to book an Airbnb, click here.
Is it safe to stay in an Airbnb right now?
The vaccine rollout is underway, and the CDC has declared US travel safe for fully vaccinated indivduals.
Experts also consider renting an Airbnb to be one of the safer options, as you’ll be staying in a private accommodation without the potential risks associated with crowded hotel lobbies, elevators, and public dining spaces. Nevertheless, we recommend following CDC, WHO, and other reputable organizations’ safety guideline.
What is there to do in Pennsylvania?
With a wealth of historic attractions, from Philadelphia’s Liberty Bell to the Gettysburg battlefields, the state is a must-see for anyone who wants to dive into our nation’s past. Few cities can boast the historic attractions that Philadelphia does, but it’s no one-trick pony. A diverse food scene draws culinary tourists while culture vultures flock here to explore its cultural offerings.
Pittsburgh has shed its steel and coal roots in favor of a forward-thinking art scene, including a comprehensive museum that honor the legacy of hometown boy Andy Warhol.
If you crave bucolic countryside and verdant mountains, the Poconos enjoys an array of recreational opportunities and natural beauty in all seasons.
Amish Country holds special appeal for families in and around Lancaster. The Pennsylvania Dutch have been farming this area for hundreds of years, adhering to a yesteryear lifestyle that eschews modern conveniences. Visitors may see them riding in their traditional horse-drawn buggies, the women wearing simple bonnets, the men sporting broad-brimmed hats. Lancaster is also home to the oldest ongoing market in the country, a treat for culinary travelers who’d like to sample regional dishes such as scrapple and shoo-fly pie.
The bloody Battle of Gettysburg marked a turning point in the Civil War and visiting the battlefields at Gettysburg National Military Park allows a deep dive into this chapter of our nation’s history. Even young children should enjoy the many cannons and monuments while older children may want to join one of the many ghost tours that have become popular.
Erie sits on the shores of the Lake Erie and is Pennsylvania’s primary access point to the Great Lakes. Presque Isle State Park is one of the state’s top vacation spots, with miles of sandy beaches and waves that are sometimes big enough to surf.
We found top-rated Airbnbs in Savannah with central locations, great decor, and affordable prices.
If you’re looking to steep yourself in a slice of well-preserved history, you’ll want to visit Savannah, Georgia. The architecture and abundance of museums will quickly pull you back in time, while beautiful outdoor parks beg to be strolled, and warm temperatures stay mild throughout winter. Plus, the thriving local dining scene is fit for any foodie.
The best way to discover this charming city is to book a vacation rental like those found on Airbnb and make your home base behind one of Savannah’s quintessential historic facades.
We’ve both spent significant time in Savannah – Paul as a travel writer with a specialty in Savannah and the deep south, and Sarah as someone who’s regularly traveled to the city – and have put our love and knowledge of the city together to find some of the best places to stay.
Browse all the best Savannah Airbnbs below, or jump directly to a specific area here:
Just 20 minutes from downtown Savannah by car, the suburb of Wilmington Island is a different world, and this tiny house is a really fun way to experience this part of the city.
The most noticeable feature of this unusual property is the craftsmanship on display. Reclaimed wood has been used masterfully to create a rustic, cabin-like home that is immediately cozy and photogenic. Three people can stay here comfortably, and a clawfoot bath adds to the allure.
A kitchenette has you covered for cooking, and relaxing or dining outside is easy on the huge deck. There’s even a tree swing if you’re feeling whimsical.
Nothing says charming and historical like exposed brick walls and fireplaces (even if those fireplaces are non-working!) and this home offers plenty of both. You can enjoy fresh air without ever leaving the property thanks to both the screened porch and courtyard, which is decked out with a fire pit to help keep warm even on chilly evenings.
The interior is just as accommodating, with a modern kitchen and bathroom, the former of which includes high-end appliances and an inviting island. The home has one bedroom with a Queen bed, but there are inflatable mattresses available for hosting two more guests.
There’s an intelligent blending of styles in this top-floor condo that comes with its own balcony. Located just off historic Oglethorpe Square (one of the original six town squares), guests can look out over the streets and enjoy a typically seductive Savannah moment sipping mint juleps while the horse-drawn carriages amble by.
The interior mixes midcentury modern furnishings with both traditional and contemporary looks, alongside a pastel color scheme. Beautiful pine floors and details such as stained glass transoms are complemented by locally sourced artworks.
This house, built in 1891, is the kind of Victorian that Savannah does best, but this top-floor apartment couldn’t be more modern. Bright white interiors will appeal to minimalists and daylight really floods into the rooms.
Abstract modernist coffee tables and furnishings pit a sense of futurism against original features such as the brick fireplaces and polished wooden floors. It all comes together beautifully, and features such as the regal patterned tiling in the bathroom are welcome luxe touches. The greenery of Forsyth Park is just a block away and you can be in the heart of downtown in a 10-minute walk.
It’s almost impossible not to be cheered up by the interior of this playfully renovated house. The location is a plum one: two blocks from the serenity of the 18th-century Colonial Park Cemetery and a 10-minute walk from the city’s downtown attractions.
The daring color palette lights up the space with bright aqua and coral tones competing for attention. A coordinated blend of contemporary furnishings reins in any chromatic excess, though, with royal blues and dark wooden furniture calming the aesthetic nicely.
Pop art prints cut a youthful swathe through the living spaces and abstract chandeliers belie an artists’ eye for design. A tastefully tiled walk-in shower and casual outdoor patio round out the best features.
18th-century cottage used in a Robert Redford film
Walking into this antique-strewn cottage feels like going back in time, especially due to the all-wood interiors and the horse-drawn carriages passing outside its windows. The cottage offers one Queen bed in the bedroom and two twin daybeds in the living room. If you happen to love places with a spooky past, this home is said to be haunted by a ghost named Laura, which is why it is appropriately dubbed “Laura’s cottage.”
But it’s not all scary. There’s Hollywood history as well. The cottage was used as a film site for the Robert Redford film “The Conspirator.” The history doesn’t end when you step outside the cottage’s walls either since it’s located in Savannah’s Historic District. The City Market is a short walk away, as is the Historic River Street if you’re interested in a ferry ride or a riverboat cruise.
There are so many great details about this carriage house that artistically-inclined folk will love. The bold color scheme in the living room of teal and orange really pops, and the carefully curated mix of retro and contemporary furnishings delivers a striking, but not overwhelming, design.
Everything from large potted plants to colorful abstract art on the walls, and a spiral staircase curling down into the living room contributes to a fun sense of whimsy. The kitchen has muted orange, blue, and green tones that define 50s and 60s glamour. Guests can watch life on Jones Street pass by from the porch and the master bedroom boasts an immersive print of the city’s famous Spanish Moss.
Decorated in relaxing earth tones complimenting the exposed brick walls, this small loft boasts an exceptionally orderly layout. The efficient home is nicely set up for those looking to both work and play during their stay. There’s a quiet and secluded workspace in the corner of the loft, and a deep white couch flanked by two leather armchairs and a flat screen TV for when you’re ready to recharge.
The bedroom is simple, but relaxing with a Queen bed and dark wood accents. Pops of color can be found in the kitchen, like the humorous and quirky art piece of a gecko wearing glasses hanging above the small dining table.
This beautiful 1860s house is equidistant from Troupe and Whitefield Squares, and a short walk from the neo-Gothic splendor of St John the Baptist Basilica, with the heart of downtown just a few minutes’ walk beyond that.
For somewhere so central there’s a wonderfully rustic ambiance to the interior. Preserved, exposed ceiling beams and old brick fireplaces conjure up a cottage-like atmosphere, while the minimalist chandeliers, wooden dining table and floors maintain a bucolic tinge.
The kitchen island is a perfect spot for a communal breakfast before a day’s sightseeing or you could take your morning coffee out onto the sunny balcony. At the day’s end, a clawfoot bathtub awaits.
This home excels at mixing antique and modern design and embraces a fun juxtaposition of original brick with updated features.
The rustic-chic kitchen is a stunning gathering spot with exposed beams and industrial lighting (hello Edison bulbs!). The home has two bedrooms and sleeps up to four guests. Standout features include the old-fashioned clawfoot tub and a balcony off the master bedroom ideal for enjoying a cup of coffee in the morning.
If you’re looking for a fresh and nutritious meal after spending a day exploring, you can take a quick walk through nearby Troup Square and find yourself at Fox & Fig with its veggie-packed menu. Mate Factor, an absolute gem of a coffee shop, is only a few blocks away, as well.
This midcentury modern home fuses ’50s and ’60s design with a bold ’70s-esque color palette. Think geometric accents and oversaturated earth tones creating an undeniably energetic atmosphere.
The home offers guests a patio with outdoor seating, a porch with a fun swing chair, and one bedroom with a King bed. The bathroom is particularly eye-catching with bright wallpaper, gold accents, and a Japanese soaking tub.
Besides pulling design inspiration from different time periods, this home is also based in Savannah’s Historic District and only a short distance from the City Market and the Victorian District. Essentially, it’s an ideal place to stay for a multi-decade experience. Nearby cultural highlights include the Sorrel Weed House and SCAD Museum of Art, while Alligator Soul and Savannah Coffee Roasters are great eateries a quick hop away.
Bright and airy, this home features a surplus of large, beautiful windows that flood the space in natural light. History buffs will also enjoy that this is a renovated historic home dates back to 1899. The hosts even won a preservation award for the meticulous renovation.
However, that doesn’t mean this isn’t a thoroughly modern and comfortable stay. An elegant parlor and gourmet kitchen welcome guests on the first floor, while a floating staircase leads to three spacious bedrooms, including bunk beds in one room that add a sprinkle of whimsy to any family stay. The considerable porch space, spacious floor plan, and plethora of comfy seating mean this home is a great hangout spot.
This home feels like a personal spa thanks to a calming color palette of blues and creams. The decor strikes a balance of creating a soothing space, while also including subtle pops of color and plenty of abstract arty. The petite pool in the backyard adds to the resort-like vibes.
The home originally dates back to 1828 but was completely updated. The kitchen features brand new appliances, a large marble island, and two dining areas. A (non-working) brick fireplace in the living area adds cozy charm. And in addition to the pool, the backyard has a grill and a large seating area with a spunky red cantilever umbrella.
With its bright yellow paneling, sea-blue door, pink flowers, and shaded by a canopy of Savannah oaks, this home’s exterior is like a blast of serotonin. Take a step inside, and you’ll find the interiors of this classic revival home are just as playful with an array of artwork and seating that’s eclectic and expertly styled.
First built in 1895, original details like 14-foot ceilings, heart pine floors, brass hardware, glass doorknobs, and pocket doors remain. Truly a quirky gem, this home has plenty of fun details, including a monkey-themed bathroom with monkey wallpaper and a monkey statue on the wall holding two lamps.
It’s no surprise an entertaining home like this is meant to accommodate, so it offers space for up to 10 guests in three bedrooms. You and your traveling housemates will conveniently be just a short walk away from Forsyth Park.
The abundance of vibrant blue hues, light wood flooring, and intricate accents charge this carriage house with subtle elegance. Design highlights include a winding metal staircase, marble showers, exposed ceiling beams, and a dining nook with a long wooden table and bright pillows.
A true standout feature is a pool out back with an attached waterfall, which makes for a beautiful view from the home’s windows even when you’re not using it. Natural sunlight saturates the rooms through tall windows and skylights, helping make this home feel open and airy.
Both bedrooms are well-decorated with plants, chic lighting, and colorful accent pillows, so you can sleep well knowing you’re surrounded by the impeccable ambiance.
Although this property is at the upper end of our price scale, its 10-person capacity, location, and luxury approach to design mean that it still delivers great value. This is the kind of place that we imagine when we think of historic Savannah homes.
The plush period furniture and paisley, brocade, and damask patterns complement gilt-framed mirrors and polished wooden floors. It’s an aesthetic that walks the line between period and timeless, and guests can live out their upper-class gentry fantasies while enjoying modern luxuries like fast Wi-Fi.
The property is a minute or two from the river by foot, and you can almost smell the live oaks of historic Washington Square from both of the lovely patios.
FAQ: Savannah, GA
Where is Savannah?
This tourist-friendly city is around four hours southeast of Atlanta by car, close to the Atlantic coast. It’s not a seaside city, but it is close to Hilton Head and Tybee Island.
Two hours’ drive up the coast will land you in Charleston, South Carolina, and two hours’ south brings you to Jacksonville, Florida.
Where should I stay in Savannah?
Where you stay in Savannah depends a lot on your budget and personal tastes. Savannah’s Historic Downtown is by far the most popular spot and staying here means you can likely walk to most of the sights you’ll want to see. It’s a mix of commercial and residential, with the city built around squares that are lined with historic homes.
Ardsley Park and Chatham Crescent/Midtown are cheaper options but further away from the action, though they are mostly tranquil residential neighborhoods.
Southside is even further out but does have commercial activity, restaurants, and shopping, such as the Savannah Mall.
There are also some lovely, tranquil islands on the edges of the city such as Wilmington Island that are serene, idyllic options.
How much does a vacation rental in Savannah cost?
If you want to book a private vacation rental in Savannah, the cost will depend on factors such as house size, proximity to downtown, its historic status, plus the time of year, and the day of the week you plan to visit. The average rental cost is $226 according to market analysts AirDNA, but there are variations.
For example, a simple studio apartment downtown might start at around $100 per night off season, but surge to over $400 per night for a busy weekend. A large, lavish townhouse 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 properties. If you’re set on a summer trip to Savannah, plan to increase your budget or consider only staying midweek for lower rates.
Be sure to also budget extra fees for cleaning, service fees, and other additional costs imposed by vacation rentals such as Airbnb.
What is there to do in Savannah?
The city’s historic downtown has fascinating architecture and homes that have been converted into museums, such as the Davenport House.
Just walking around the beautiful squares is romantic, with their live oaks and Spanish moss. Join a walking tour: history, the culinary scene, and the cemeteries are all popular subjects.
There’s also a strong literary culture, the most famous book associated with the city being Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, and carriage tours point out the most beloved spots. The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) is a huge part of the city’s cultural landscape, and their Museum of Art is well worth a visit.
Although it has some similarities, Savannah is a different city to Charleston. It’s slightly more bohemian, and more in line with Key West or New Orleans.
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As the pandemic continues, close-to-home getaways to outdoorsy locations remain a top travel option.
We found cozy Airbnbs in Upstate New York including top-rated cabins, cottages, and barns.
The best upstate New York Airbnbs are all within three hours of Manhattan and under $550 per night.
Upstate New York is a year-round destination. Spring and summer are breaths of fresh air with ample hiking, kayaking, and swimming; fall attracts visitors who come to savor the foliage and crisp climate, and winter is a magical wonderland for skiing and outdoor sports.
Staying in a remote cabin or cozy cottage only serves to add to that rustic hygge appeal and Upstate New York is filled with atmospheric homes tucked away in the woods. The wide-open spaces also make it easy to practice social distancing.
While the outside is certainly eye-catching, this woodsy tiny home is special on the inside, too. The design is minimal, with a wood stove and lofted sleeping area.
Set on 20 acres, the location is rife with hiking trails, Catskills views, and is about 15 minutes from lovely Hudson, NY, known for high-end antiques and innovative food and drink. But when you return to the cabin, expect to be entirely off the grid. There is no electricity or running water, and the bathroom is actually an outhouse.
Beautifully restored, this 1880s Queen Ann Victorian is a great option for those who’d prefer to be closer to town. It’s 20 minutes to Hudson – convenient for those arriving by train.
Bright and light, the minimalist palette features an Art Deco-era kitchen and hints of mint green. The superior look isn’t accidental; this listing is an Airbnb Plus verified home, which means the hosts are pros at taking extra care to provide a well-kept space. With two bedrooms, there’s plenty of space to relax, namely the porch rocker, fenced-in garden, or in the living and dining areas next to the piano and gas-burning stove.
Situated on Papillon Lake, this octagon-shaped house is located near skiing in the winter, swimming and kayaking in the summer, and is flanked by sure-to-impress fall foliage. The private deck with Adirondack chairs makes for an impressive perch overlooking the lake.
While the design feels like a traditional mountain lodge with wood, stone, and timber-infused decor, modern updates include a large Italian-style rain shower, colorful tribal print accents, a kitchen equipped with a French press coffee, plus a smart TV.
A one-room schoolhouse from 1837 was restored with painstaking care while paying homage to historic roots. Those chalkboards aren’t kitsch, they’re actually originals.
Other atmospheric elements were updated to feel modern and chic, such as mason jar light fixtures, a farmhouse kitchen, a lofted sleep area, and a subway-tiled shower. Restaurants, antiques, and hiking are all minutes away, but if you really need to recharge, the hosts can book in-home massages.
This two-bedroom ranch home oozes rustic charm. The outside is incredibly scenic, made up of seven rolling green acres with a dock perched over a koi pond. There’s even a small golf area.
Inside, a wood-burning stove is surrounded by timber wood walls, mounted antlers, and alpine-inspired decor. There’s also a full kitchen, two spacious decks with a grill, and provided binoculars to watch for wildlife or take in leaf-peeping in fall.
This dreamy listing dates back to 1903 and is directly overlooking Cantine Falls. Ideal for couples, the lofted upstairs sleeping area features a Queen-sized bed and fluffy down duvet — but be aware there is limited headroom due to the pitched roof.
Downstairs you’ll find a spa-like bathroom complete with a walk-in shower, a tall wooden dining table, a comfy gray couch, and a large TV. The lovely backyard features a deck with string lights, a gazebo, a grill, and a fire pit.
This chic cabin is a dreamy oasis set alongside a tranquil stream that can be heard from inside the home. It’s certainly alluring based on the scenery alone, which includes a riverfront deck, outdoor fire pit with Adirondack chairs, a BBQ grill, and an indoor gas fireplace, but we love the clean, minimal interiors that look plucked from a magazine.
Highlights include a subway-tiled spa-like bathroom, a serene living room with a record player and leafy plants, a queen-sized bedroom, and a farmhouse-inspired full kitchen.
With a wood stove, fire pit, twinkle lights, a writing desk, and a kitchenette, this is the exact kind of place you’re likely envisioning to get away from it all. The record player and kerosene lanterns only add to the appeal.
Fashioned out of a converted 20-foot container, this mod cabin is set next to a 30-foot waterfall and on 20 acres of wilderness. There’s also a stone deck, grill, yoga platform, and hammock. The cabin is pet-friendly, and while accommodations seem largely deluxe, a few features tend toward rustic with a compost toilet, gravity-feed water, and large cooler rather than a fridge. Additionally, in the winter the wood stove is the only source of heat so be sure you are comfortable managing it. Hike the Catskills out the back door.
Adorably named the ‘Cubhouse,’ this mountain cottage near Woodstock dates back to 1909 and was originally owned by a medicine woman in the early 1900s.
Enchanting details include an arched wooden door, a stone fireplace, and one bedroom under a vaulted ceiling. Witness wildlife visitors come to drink from a small pond, fire up the outdoor propane grill, or cozy up by the wood-burning fireplace before sinking into the hanging egg chair to gaze at the mountains.
Part of Airbnb Plus, this chic loft is decorated in soothing whites that mix with the natural wood accents from the ladder to the sliding barn door for the bathroom. Small but cozy, the downstairs includes a comfy bed separated from the main room by airy white curtains, a dining table, a couch, and a full kitchen with a turquoise tile backsplash.
A large chandelier hanging above the dining table catches the sunlight that streams in via a skylight. Upstairs is an additional small hangout area under the pitched roof.
Nestled into a private road surrounded by 10 lush acres is the so-called SPACECRAFTX 1, a single-wide trailer transformed into a stunning home lined with walls of glass sliders framed by forest trees and mountain views.
The decor is luxe, akin to a stylish boutique hotel, and an expansive deck is flanked by a Japanese rock garden, flower beds, and outdoor seating. With one queen bed and one double, the space is great for a couple or small family and is even pet-friendly.
For a mountain getaway, this Catskills retreat sleeps 10 under rustic beamed ceilings. Your host even provides firewood and kindling; all you need to do is BYOS: bring your own s’mores.
The decor is midcentury modern meets rugged ski lodge with plenty of stone, wood, and brick accents. The farmhouse kitchen, spacious dining area, and King-sized master (one of three bedrooms) make this home highly livable.
Located near Windham and Hunter mountains, this lodge is usually booked solid in busy winter ski months; visiting before the ski resorts open is a great way to snag an otherwise elusive booking.
This airy and Scandinavian-inspired barn is a design lover’s dream stay thanks to its chic interiors that feature an all-white color palette. Impeccable details include soaring ceilings with wooden beams, floor-to-ceiling views overlooking the Catskill Mountains, and eclectic and vintage furnishings like a clawfoot soaking tub and a Victorian-style chaise.
The home sits on 14 acres of open fields and walking paths right next to a pond, so enjoying nature is as easy as walking out the door. Within the hamlet of Germantown, its also just five minutes from Main Street where you can enjoy perusing boutiques or dining at James Beard-nominated Gaskins restaurant.
FAQ: Airbnb in Upstate New York
Where is Upstate New York?
While some people consider Upstate New York to be the entire region of New York state that is north of New York City, others only consider the areas north and west of the Catskills to be truly upstate.
How far is Upstate New York from Manhattan?
Upstate New York is anywhere from two to four hours from New York City by car, depending on where you’re going. While Amtrak and bus lines serve areas along the Hudson River, you’ll need a car to explore inland.
Where should I stay in Upstate New York?
In an Airbnb from this list! If you need further guidance, plan your Airbnb around what you want to do.
If you plan to ski or snowboard, stay close to your intended mountain in towns like Windham or Phoenicia. Otherwise, there are many small, charming towns to discover located amid mountain and forest areas perfect for hiking and foliage. If you want to take a dip in a lake, look for towns that provide access to some of Upstate New York’s swimmable lakes.
And, the more remote you go, the cheaper the prices.
What are the best things to do in Upstate New York?
In winter, come to ski, snowshoe, snowboard, or just hole up in a cozy cabin.
In spring and summer, go hiking, discover waterfalls, swim in lakes, admire the fall foliage, peruse farmer’s markets, or hop between breweries.
After the year we’ve all had, now is the exact right time for a spa escape that takes us away from the stress of daily life and lets us just breathe.
Although hotels will always be tempting, Airbnb makes it easy to get away while still keeping social distance from others. So if you’ve been dreaming of a safer spa getaway, we rounded up Airbnb homes across the US where going to the spa doesn’t require leaving your room.
I put my expertise on writing about luxury and wellness to work and found homes with incredible spa features like a Finnish sauna, deep soaking tub, or a yoga deck with enough room for you and your friends. These rejuvenating stays promise to feel reminiscent of a five-star retreat without the price tag or crowds.
Browse all the best spa Airbnb homes below, or jump directly to a specific area here:
This Airbnb within a 90-minute drive of Houston is like sleeping inside a glass cathedral for nature lovers.
Located amid Big Thicket National Preserve, the walls and ceiling in the master are made up primarily of glass windows, which create a sense of being completely enveloped with verdant forest views. The accommodations are downright sumptuous with a plush bed that hangs like a swing from the ceiling alongside wood walls and a dazzling chandelier. When you’re done resting, slip past the bedroom’s French doors to a private patio with a hot tub and outdoor shower. Soft white waffle bathrobes are provided to cozy up in, too.
This romantic, super private home also includes fresh bacon and eggs for breakfast, and access to large covered decks lit by twinkle lights and surrounded by a creek, tiki torches, and a fire pit for extra ambiance.
Located near Lansing, home of Michigan State University (and less than a four-hour drive from Chicago), this luxury apartment is bursting with high-tech features for a chilled-out stay.
The bathroom steals the show with a two-person infrared sauna complete with integrated Bluetooth speakers for setting the right mood. There’s also a freestanding 95-gallon soaking tub, as well as a multi-jet shower for an extra relaxing rinse. For a finishing touch, there’s a heated floor to avoid the jarring shock of cold tile on bare, wet feet.
To keep the calm vibes going, the home keeps beer on tap, an electric fireplace, and the Queen-size bed has a massage function and an adjustable frame to configure the ultimate restful night’s sleep.
The overall aesthetic is moody and sleek and may have you feeling as if you’ve checked into a swanky hotel suite.
Spa retreat with a Finnish sauna and saltwater hot tub in Washington
Equipped with a Finnish sauna and an outdoor shower on a bamboo-lined patio, this spa-like escape close to downtown Seattle makes for a great weekend retreat.
Across from the modern main house is an outbuilding that makes up the wood-lined Finnish sauna, complete with rocks for steam and benches to stretch out on. There’s also a large outdoor hot tub under a roof laced with golden lightbulbs, creating a serene open-air setting for kicking back with a glass of regional wine.
The host is a residential architect and builder, and the look of the main home reflects his expertise, blending Japanese and Scandinavian design elements. Think minimal furniture and a clean palette made up of touches of warm wood and metal.
While you might feel like you’ve transported elsewhere, this home is actually near the Greywood area of Seattle, which has great restaurants, parks, and bookstores within a few minutes of the house.
Desert hideaway with a sauna, hot tub, and plunge pool in California
There’s something extra invigorating about a trip to the desert and this home near Joshua Tree National Park makes it easy to channel some zen.
Start your wellness-minded stay with a yoga routine on the patio, followed by another sweat in the steam room with a six-person free-standing sauna. Afterward, take a dip in the refreshing cold plunge mini pool or soak your bones in the hot tub. There’s also an outdoor shower, and multiple reflective spots, including chairs around an outdoor gas fireplace, a furnished lounge cabana, and a swinging hammock.
Inside the home, high ceilings and plenty of natural sunshine amplify the airy space which exudes a minimalist, Nordic vibe. There is a corner fireplace, midcentury furniture, and a gleaming bathroom with a walk-in shower. There’s also a minimum age of 26 and a firm no-party rule to maintain a calm, grownup feel at all times.
This cabin serves up a rustic aesthetic with some extremely modern comforts, too. There’s a hot tub located right outside the bedroom for a soak under the stars, and the location happens to be optimal for stargazing. And it’s not just any tub — designed in partnership with BMW, the hot tub has 22 jets that target stress areas in your back, neck, shoulders, and calves, plus six advanced options that do everything from work in quartets to massage your shoulders, and a moving moto-massage setting that works your entire back.
After your hot tub treatment, make a meal in the renovated kitchen or fire up the grill. The bathroom has a gorgeous rainfall shower, and hiking trails are right outside the door. This home is close to both a downtown area and Snow Summit Resort.
Forest lodge with a hot tub, sauna, and pool in California
Surrounded by trees, this charming home is nestled within a mountain forest and feels worlds away from everyday responsibilities.
On the lower deck is a hot tub for a soothing soak, while a private sauna helps guests sweat out the stress, too.
Inside, the interior is ultra cozy with wood-paneled walls, brown vintage furniture, and colorful rugs in warm crimson and scarlet hues. The kitchen is supplied with KitchenAid appliances and Henckels knives for at-home cooks, and if you can tear yourself away, the ocean and hiking trails are both within a five-minute drive. There’s also a golf course and shared pool within the community.
Eco-luxury farmhouse with a pool and sauna in California
From the pool to the pillows, this modern farmhouse stay is decked out with indulgent amenities.
Outside, there’s an Italian-designed FAR Infrared ultra-low EMF sauna that seats four, as well as a semi-enclosed outdoor rainfall shower for an al fresco rinse. The pool is a great size for couples or solo travelers to enjoy a dip, and there’s plenty of room for a yoga mat on the patio by the water. Between sauna trips and poolside dips, wrap up in a luxurious Turkish cotton waffle robe from linen pros Parachute Home.
Inside, there’s a clawfoot bathtub in the master bedroom’s serene white bathroom (a shower is in the other bathroom). Both bathrooms are stocked with essential oils and all-natural or biodegradable toiletries.
Once you hit peak relaxation, you’ll enjoy a five-star slumber, too: A pillow menu greets guests with choices ranging from feather and down to shredded latex and hypoallergenic options. The rest of the bedding is all-natural with sleep-optimized materials like luxe 100% Belgian linen sheets and an Australian wool comforter.
Other features include a five-stage reverse osmosis drinking water filter in the kitchen, Hello Tushy bidets, free organic French press and pour-over coffee, an electric fireplace, and new air conditioning to keep you cool on hot California days. The backyard, which is fully enclosed for privacy, also has a tiki bar, covered seating area, and hammock.
Modern retreat with a pool, sauna, and steam shower in New York
Cold Spring is a quaint town located along the picturesque Hudson River, dotted with intriguing shops and innovative restaurants and bars that regularly lure city dwellers away from New York City.
This spacious home is equipped with a sauna and saltwater pool, as well as a huge deck for morning or evening workouts. Inside, one of the bathrooms also offers a spacious soaking tub to wash the last of the day’s cares away, while one side of a rainfall steam shower is made entirely of stone.
The open floor plan instantly shows off the apartment’s most charming design features, like the marble-top kitchen island, a monochromatic color scheme, vintage-looking area rugs, and thoughtfully selected potted plants. The interior is rustic but inviting, with a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace wall, large windows that let in tons of light, and a modern kitchen.
There are also two modestly sized bedrooms, a ping-pong table, and a miniature drum set, too.
Luxe Retreat on 12 acres with swimming, a hot tub, and sauna, in New York
For a chilled-out retreat with your vaccinated friends or family, this sprawling 12-acre property offers a full program’s worth of spa activities at your disposal.
Start your days with a sunrise vinyasa on the yoga deck, followed by a dip in the natural swimming pool. For extra relaxation, save time for the barrel sauna, cedar hot tub, or ask the host to book in-home yoga instructors or massage therapists. There are two bathrooms, one with a tub and another with a dramatically tiled walk-in spa shower.
There’s plenty of cool tools, too, including a chef-worthy kitchen, a grill, and a smoker. Enjoy your meal on the indoor or outdoor dining tables, or gather around the fire pit (wood is provided) while tunes waft from the outdoor sound system.
FAQ: Spa stays on Airbnb
How do I find an Airbnb with a pool or hot tub?
Plug in your minimum search parameters (date range, guests, and destination), and then refine results by clicking the “more filters” button. This will pull up a range of other criteria.
Under the Facilities section, you’ll find checkboxes for pool and hot tub. Tick those to show only results with those features. However for other features, such as saunas or spa services, you’ll need to browse the listings carefully as there’s no way to specifically search for those.
What should I look for in a spa getaway?
Many Airbnb homes offer great features like hot tubs and pools, but for something truly rejuvenating, look for extras such as a sauna, outdoor shower, and on-demand spa therapies.
Some people’s idea of a standout spa includes being surrounded by nature, others want to mix wellness with fitness and claim a spot to practice yoga. It all comes down to what makes you feel most relaxed.
Also look for Enhanced Clean Airbnb homes to guarantee all facilities are properly sanitized between guests.
What is the Airbnb Enhanced Clean program?
The Airbnb Enhanced Clean is a learning and certification program for hosts that lays out a strict protocol about how to clean properties between guests, the personal protective equipment hosts and cleaners should wear, and even requires the exclusive use of cleaning supplies that have been approved by regulatory authorities.
Is it safe to stay in an Airbnb?
The CDC now recommends travel within the US for vaccinated individuals. However, always check with CDC and WHO guidelines, as well as 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.
As far as the Airbnbs themselves go, the short answer is, generally yes—but we’ve broken down all of your questions here.
Every vacation rental we chose on Airbnb 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.
Browse the best Virginia Beach Airbnbs below, or jump directly to a specific area here:
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 affordably 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.
Oceanfront studio with a shared pool in the North End
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Luxe abode in the historic Cavalier Shores neighborhood
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.
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.
New York’s Hudson Valley draws visitors from all over the Northeast and is also especially popular with New York urbanites looking for a close-to-home city break. While it’s ideal in every season, the Hudson Valley is an especially beautiful spring or summer trip thanks to an abundance of cute cabins, breweries, and outdoor activities like hiking.
Hudson Valley towns like Beacon, Rhinebeck, Hudson, and others are all teeming with scenic Airbnbs, and many New York City train lines reach them in around two hours or less. Though, renting a car is always an option, too.
Browse all of the unique Hudson Valley Airbnbs below, or jump to a specific area here:
It doesn’t get much more unique than a glamping yurt where you can enjoy the company of goats. This tranquil getaway is located in the woods on a small, off-the-grid goat farm. So if you’re seeking an unplugged vacation, this is your spot.
The yurt is heated in the colder months by a wood stove and kerosene heater. Inside you’ll find a bed surrounded by a net, bamboo walls, a tiny wash basin, and a small pantry complete with an electric kettle. However, there is no full kitchen and the bathroom is an outhouse located right nearby the yurt.
Guests can spend their days strolling through the woods and gardens, exploring the farm, or eating breakfast with the goats.
For Hudson Valley appeal coupled with sweeping views, consider this renovated farmhouse with three bedrooms.
Light and bright, it sits on a hill overlooking Kingston and the full Hudson River Valley and includes one-of-a-kind style choices like periodic table pillows, decorative paddles, and vintage rugs. Throw a log into the gas-burning stove and savor a slower pace. There’s also a fully-equipped kitchen, smart TV functions, and a Nespresso machine.
A waterfront find can be rare in these parts, making this well-priced cottage a true gem. Walls of windows frame the picturesque views for front row foliage viewing, though your best vantage point is from one of the Adirondack chairs on the wraparound deck.
Inside, this romantic retreat is well-suited for two with a studio layout that includes a separate sleep nook with a Queen-sized bed. There is also a full kitchen, Wi-Fi with smart TV, linens, and toiletries, and a grill.
This home masterfully blends rustic charm with an urban mindset through exposed brick, sleek wood, and mod elements like the low slung leather couch or the bedroom wall fashioned out of a garage door.
There’s also a private upstairs lounge and courtyard, and a peaceful Juliet balcony. Do note, however, that there is not a full kitchen. Instead, basics are offered such as a cold/hot water cooler, mini-fridge, and Keurig beverage machine with a variety of coffees and teas. Pro tip: spend a crisp evening outside with your beverage of choice, and bites from Talbott & Arding Cheese & Provisions, a great local pick for cheese, produce and fresh-baked treats.
For those looking to hit the slopes this winter, this cozy spot is ideal since it’s within easy walking distance of the ski resort at Hunter Mountain.
The pitched roof creates a classic cabin feel and the interiors also feature wood-paneled walls, a leather couch close to a potbelly stove, three bedrooms, and a second living room area with a large TV. During warmer months, guests can also take advantage of the large front porch that comes furnished with a patio table, chairs, umbrella, and Adirondack chairs.
This Hudson Airbnb is immaculate. The living room is certainly Pinterest-worthy in addition to design touches like platform beds and a claw foot tub for a dose of retro glam. The backyard lit by twinkle lights begs for a night under the stars, and with two bedrooms, the price is quite affordable when split between two couples, or for a small family.
Writes one review, “Annabel’s place was a dream. Beautiful, comfortable, convenient to everything and with lots of outdoor space to get fresh air. Oh, and that record player — lounging around listening to Nina Simone was everything. We’ll be back.”
This listing is actually a restored 1922 train caboose located in downtown Windham. It’s ideally situated close to restaurants and boutiques and is also just a half-mile from Windham Ski Mountain.
Inside is small but cozy and ideal for couples or solo travelers. The Queen-size bed features a plaid duvet, and the curtains match. There’s also a small leather couch, kitchen with a microwave and fridge, TV, and bathroom with granite countertops and a walk-in shower. For extra space, head out to the large private deck with a view of a nearby stream.
This cozy stay has retro charm thanks to midcentury decor and colorful details like a cherry red fridge, turquoise appliances, and plenty of plant life. This is a studio, so it’s best for a couple or solo traveler. But the space is well laid out so it doesn’t feel cramped and includes a full kitchen, a wooden dining table, a comfy pullout sofa, and a King-size bed.
Two large doors open up onto a wooden deck with Adirondack chairs that makes for a nice spot to enjoy a morning coffee, and a small fire pit below offers a place to warm up or make s’mores later in the evening.
Located in a designated historic district of Uptown Kingston, this cheery home features plenty of color via blue couches, yellow armchairs, turquoise trim around the (non-working) fireplace in the living area, and yellow kitchen walls. The home includes three bedrooms, with one Queen bed, one Double bed, and one Single bed.
Outside beckons with a spacious private and fenced-in yard complete with a furnished patio, hammock, and twinkling string lights. In the winter especially, guests will love warming up in the private outdoor barrel sauna.
Just a 10-minute walk from the Hudson Amtrak station, this historic home blends antique statement pieces with a sense of understated luxury.
Many original details from 1860 remain, such as pre-tin plaster moldings, mahogany stairwells, and etched glass, with newer renovations paying homage to the past. The kitchen also wows with a vintage fridge, stove, and radio that will surely transport you to another era, and the tiled mosaic floor deserves a firm place on your Instagram feed. There’s no outdoor space, but the plush sleigh bed looks especially plush and inviting.
The hosts of this 1968 A-frame cabin are fashion designers based out of Brooklyn, lending extra credibility to an expertly-designed home, that’s also an Airbnb Plus property.
Natural light soaks the bright space, pouring in through a wall of windows, and highlighting features such as wood beams, a fireplace, and plush leather couches. Other pieces are clearly midcentury modern inspired, from cool lighting fixtures to statement chairs, dark wood, and vintage Danish furniture.
Situated on six acres, there are two large bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, and also a spacious terrace with outdoor seating and a fire pit.
For an enchanting escape, try this cozy treehouse just 15 minutes from Woodstock. Nestled among the trees on 34 acres, it overlooks a small pond that guests can actually swim in. The interiors are cozy and chic with floor-to-ceiling windows offering scenic views. Ideal for couples or solo travelers, the bed is loft-style at the top of a ladder, perched above an open living room flanked by full walls of windows and a super sleek kitchen counter.
One recent reviewer rave, “Beautiful cozy treehouse, a killer record collection, perfect weather, a full moon and a much-needed break from the world. Couldn’t have picked a better place to unwind.”
Be aware this is one of the most popular Airbnbs in the area and can book up as far as a year in advance.
Featuring a red roof and big windows, this carriage house can sleep up to five guests in two bedrooms. The historic home dates back to 1891, but has been fully renovated. Wide plank wood floors and built-in cabinets and reading nooks give it a cabin vibe, and the tall, pitched roof over the living area makes it feel extra spacious.
However, the real draw here is the outdoor space. The home is located on two acres that include grassy areas complete with a playground for kids, and a stone patio with lounge chairs that surrounds a large, heated saltwater pool.
This gorgeously designed glass and wood cabin has 360 glass views of the surrounding foliage and trees, as well as a year-round heated outdoor pool. For even more immersion in nature, try the outdoor shower. Afterward, chilly toes will find solace on the radiant heat cement floors.
Or, for those who prefer to bathe indoors, there’s a deep egg tub for soaking in the master bedroom. Ideal for families or groups, this listing can sleep up to six guests with two bedrooms as well as a third sleep area in the solarium, which also features a wood stove and double bed.
Medical experts and the CDC also recommend staying in private vacation homes, such as those on Airbnb, over hotels since you can book an entire home and be protected from interactions with others. It also helps to know that Airbnb put stringent new policies in place that all hosts must now follow, in accordance with their Enhanced Cleaning Protocol.
Of it’s still crucial to follow guidelines and advice from organizations such as the CDC and WHO, and continue to practice safety measures including wearing a mask, washing your hands, and maintaining social distancing.
What are the best places to stay in the Hudson Valley?
Where you stay in the Hudson Valley depends on numerous factors, such as how close to a town you want to be, if you want to be near hiking trails or ski resorts, and whether you’ll be driving or taking the train.
If you want to be close to shops, restaurants, and in-town activities, some of the most popular Hudson Valley areas include Beacon, Hudson, Kingston, Woodstock, and Rhinebeck. If you plan to take the train, be sure to check that your Airbnb is close enough to the train station to either walk or take a short Uber or cab ride there.
How much does it cost to book an Airbnb in the Hudson Valley?
In general, you can often find excellent Airbnbs in the Hudson Valley for under $500 per night, as per our list. However, popular cities like Beacon or Hudson do typically price on the higher end, especially during peak weekends and over holidays. If you do plan to stay in an in-demand area, be sure to book as far in advance as possible as Airbnb inventory can be limited and places tend to book up fast.
What is there to do in the Hudson Valley?
The Hudson Valley is an idyllic and nature-filled retreat in any season. In summer you can hike, mountain bike, go for a dip in a nearby waterfall, or enjoy a craft beer or glass of wine at a local brewery or vineyard. In the autumn, the area sees breathtaking fall foliage.
Winter also makes for a great time to stay in the numerous cozy cabins available on Airbnb and curl up by the fire, ski, or snowshoe. Many of the local towns are known for great boutiques, museums, and fun galleries. There are also numerous farms in the area, so look for seasonal farmers’ markets.
What is Airbnb’s cancellation policy?
Cancellation policies on Airbnb are different for every listing and set by each individual host. Be sure to look for homes with flexible policies if you are unsure about your plans. For a full breakdown of Airbnb’s cancellation policies, click here.
Our picks are Enhanced Clean Airbnbs and appeal to all travelers, from couples to families.
Massachusetts offers a rich array of choices no matter the time of year or region you visit. Explore the pristine coastline and beautiful beaches of Cape Cod in summer, while in winter, the Berkshires offer some of New England’s best skiing. Autumn sees spectacular leaf-peeping, and year-round, uncover incredible history from Boston’s Freedom Trail to the Revolutionary War sites of Concord.
I’ve taken advantage of these attractions year after year, from visiting family in Boston’s Beacon Hill to summering on the Cape, and learning to ski in the Berkshires.
Based on that background, and because Airbnb continues to be a popular travel choice, I rounded up some of the best Airbnb homes you can rent in the state’s most desirable regions.
Browse all listings below, or jump to a specific area:
Cape Cod and the islands
Berkshires and Hampshire County
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One of the Cape’s best beaches, Nauset Beach, is within walking distance of this home, located on a large, beautifully landscaped plot that also includes two historic cottages, converted horse stables, and a private tennis court.
The open-plan living/dining/kitchen area feels spacious thanks to high, beamed ceilings and white shiplap walls, while a gas fireplace and personalized decor keep things homey.
The main bedroom has a California King bed and French doors leading to a sunny patio, while the finished basement, lined entirely in traditional pine, is ideal for kids with two twin beds and a half-bath. Note that the other cottages on the property occasionally are occupied by family members in the spring and fall.
Set among the colorful vintage homes of Oak Bluffs, which offers year-round ferry service from the mainland, this charming cottage is within walking distance to downtown restaurants and shopping and is just five minutes by foot to the beach.
The home, which dates from the late 1800s, features many original details including huge, Gothic-style windows, wood floors, and vaulted beamed ceilings in the upstairs bedrooms, but it also has been updated with modern conveniences like central AC. Relax with an afternoon cocktail on the rocking chairs on the front porch, then head to the back deck to grill up a meal and dine alfresco. The cozy living room is outfitted with bright, beachy accents, while the eat-in kitchen has a big table for playing board games from the well-stocked collection.
The home is ideal for groups or families, with one bedroom equipped with a double bed and single bed plus a screened-in porch, and two more bedrooms, each with two single beds.
If you don’t want to battle summer traffic to the Outer Cape, know that the towns of Sandwich and East Sandwich are just over the Sagamore Bridge and offer miles of lovely, family-friendly, bayfront beaches.
Exceedingly private, with just one other home nearby, this vintage cottage is nestled among the dunes with direct stairway access to the wide beaches of Cape Cod Bay. It features rustic interiors complemented by shabby-chic furnishings and an updated kitchen with modern gadgets.
Outside is where this home really shines, with a big beachfront deck and seating/dining area complete with a gas fire pit that’s a prime spot to soak up the sunrise.
The house has no central heat (or central AC) but a gas Franklin stove in the living room keeps things cozy on chillier spring and fall evenings.
Located at the northernmost tip of Cape Cod, Provincetown is an artsy seaside haven best known for its LGBTQ-friendly vibe. The waterfront town centers around Commercial Street and is divided into two parts: the lively West End, with a concentration of bars, restaurants, nightclubs, and shopping, and the sleepier East End, home to art galleries, B&Bs, and quaint cottages.
This recently renovated, two-story townhome is located in the West End, a short walk to Commercial Street and area beaches. Offering plenty of indoor/outdoor entertaining space, the upper level features an open-plan living room with a wood-burning fireplace and direct access to a large wood deck with an outdoor dining table and separate lounging area. It’s ideal for small groups wanting a bit of privacy, with one ensuite bedroom with a King-sized bed upstairs, and a lower-level ensuite with a Queen-sized bed, plus a kitchenette and private brick patio.
There are many thoughtful touches, including a Nespresso machine and SodaStream in the fully-equipped eat-in kitchen, a Sonos music system, memory foam mattresses, sustainably sourced bath products, and an outdoor shower.
Modern home with pool and ocean views on Nantucket
Find this Airbnb on the south shore of Nantucket island, in a neighborhood made up of newer homes nestled alongside acres of wooded conservation land. A private path leads to the beach, which, because it’s not easily accessible to those not staying in the area, means you’ll likely have this stretch of sand all to yourself.
While the exterior resembles the typical gray-shingled, Nantucket-style cottage, inside, the home is wonderfully modern, with an open-plan design featuring high ceilings and tall windows. The contemporary furnishings suit the clean architectural lines, and magnificent views of the ocean can be had from the entire upper level. Outside, there’s a large in-ground pool, with multiple seating areas to enjoy the ocean breezes.
The home feels remote yet it’s just a five-minute drive to all the restaurants of Siasonset Village (known familiarly as Sconset) and about 15 minutes to Nantucket town.
Just 45 minutes north of Boston, the former shipping and whaling town of Newburyport is now a major tourist destination, brimming with art galleries, antique stores, smart boutiques, and beautiful 19th-century mansions. Not far away are the pristine, wild beaches of Plum Island, which are surrounded by nature preserves and birdwatching.
This elegant, one-bedroom apartment set in an 1840s row house is steps from downtown Newburyport’s lively dining and shopping district and near the waterfront promenade. The sunny living room is pleasingly decorated with a mix of contemporary and traditional furnishings and features an exposed brick wall and an original (non-working) fireplace. Off the modern kitchen is a private deck with a gas grill and deck chairs, plus a large shared backyard patio with seating. On the lower level are the bathroom and bedroom, outfitted with a King-sized bed and facing the backyard for a quiet sleep.
Beach chairs, towels, and a cooler are provided for a day at Plum Island beach.
The site of the 1692 witch trials and a favorite Halloween destination, Salem plays up its haunted history with all manner of stores, museums, and guided tours dedicated to witchcraft, ghosts, and magic.
Designed to get you into the spooky spirit, this spacious apartment features eclectic, gothic-inspired dark and moody decor. There is a Victorian-style reading room, outfitted with cozy antique armchairs and a gallery wall of curios, and a dramatic bedroom with black walls, black bedding, quirky candelabras, and a raven-sculpted lamp. The apartment is a short walk to downtown and all its haunted happenings.
Set on the rugged coast of Cape Ann, about 40 miles northeast of Boston, Rockport is easily the North Shore’s prettiest town. Its scenic main harbor is dotted with old fishing and lobstermen’s shacks that now house a charming mix of local eateries, art galleries, and boutiques, and it’s a short walk to several sandy beaches.
This harborfront condo sits in the heart of Bearskin Neck’s dining and shopping and overlooks Rockport’s most iconic and photographed site, an old brick-red fishing shack known as Motif #1. While the condo measures just 550 square feet, the open-plan design, minimalist furnishings, and clever built-in features make it feel larger. Off the kitchenette, which has a small breakfast bar, is a petite patio with lovely harbor views.
From the cozy upstairs bedroom with a Queen-sized bed, you can open the windows to catch the fresh ocean breezes. (The condo does not have air-conditioning.) Two beach cruisers are provided and you can coordinate with the owner to borrow a two-person kayak.
While most Berkshires towns have a quaint, nostalgic feel, post-industrial North Adams is distinctly edgy. Chief among its attractions is MASS MoCa, a contemporary art museum housed in a massive converted factory complex. It anchors the town’s burgeoning cultural district, which counts numerous art galleries, artist studios, breweries, and coffee shops.
A five-minute drive from the museum is this circa-1875 home that’s been entirely remodeled but still features many original details. The look is a mix of contemporary and farmhouse-style furnishings with gleaming wood floors and wood accents throughout. A large back deck with a grill allows plenty of space for entertaining.
Note that the upstairs bedrooms, which have low ceilings, are only reachable by a spiral staircase, so this property may not be a fit for everyone.
Lovingly depicted by longtime resident Norman Rockwell, Stockbridge is the quintessential New England town brimming with historical buildings, quaint shops, and Gilded Age mansions. One of his most famous paintings is of Main Street, where you’ll find this apartment, set inside a bright yellow house dating back to 1845.
Thoroughly modern, this roomy one-bedroom has a retro vibe with vintage furniture filling the large, open-plan living room/kitchen and King-sized bedroom. Big living room windows overlook a tranquil, tree-filled backyard. Common outdoor spaces include a paved backyard patio with seating and an idyllic front porch with rocking chairs.
This home is steps away from the downtown historic district and a five-minute drive to the Norman Rockwell Museum, the botanical garden, and other attractions. It’s also close to several Berkshires ski resorts including Bousquet, Butternut, and Catamount.
Located in central Massachusetts’ Hampshire County, artsy Northampton is best known as the home of Smith College. The town has a distinct counter cultural bent, with lots of eclectic restaurants and bars, art galleries, theaters, museums, and unique independent shops.
One such place is Sticks and Bricks, a shop on downtown’s historic Market Street that crafts furniture using reclaimed materials. Just above the store — and entirely furnished with its handmade rustic pieces — is this sunny, serene, two-bedroom apartment. As you’d expect, the design is outstanding, particularly in the dining room, with its large reclaimed wood table and expertly mismatched chairs. A three-season porch, private patio, and shared courtyard garden provide plenty of outdoor seating options.
Lenox offers a wealth of attractions year-round, from magnificent Gilded Age mansions — including Edith Wharton’s The Mount — to summer music at Tanglewood, and visiting the Berkshires’ many ski resorts.
This two-story colonial is a particularly good choice for families with four large bedrooms configured with a mix of Queen and double beds. There is also a spacious, fully-equipped eat-in kitchen, a large living room, separate dining room, and a private backyard with deck. The home is within walking distance of downtown Lenox and its many dining and shopping options.
This Airbnb makes a great base to see Concord’s many Revolutionary War sites, as well as historic attractions like Walden Pond and Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, where notable writers including Thoreau, Emerson, and Louisa May Alcott are buried.
Simply yet comfortably furnished, this first-floor unit features a spacious living room with a pull-out sofa, a separate eat-in kitchen, and two bedrooms with Queen-sized beds. It overlooks bucolic Warner’s Pond and guests can request access to the tranquil, waterfront backyard garden.
Walk to the small village of West Concord with a nice selection of independent shops, restaurants, and bakeries, or take a short drive to historic Concord, with museums, old churches, and well-preserved homes of famous 19th- and 20th-century authors.
Boston is a half-hour drive from Concord or the commuter train takes approximately 40 minutes.
Tucked inside a 19th-century brownstone in one of Boston’s oldest, prettiest neighborhoods, this renovated condo is within walking distance of many major attractions including the Boston Common, the Boston Public Garden, and the Charles River Esplanade. Charles Street, with its abundance of antique stores, art galleries, and restaurants, is just a block away.
High ceilings and tall windows give the small space an airy, open feel, and the crown molding and decorative fireplace create a strong sense of place. It’s smartly decorated with modern, functional furnishings, like a desk in a sunny alcove that provides an ideal working area. The rental includes thoughtful amenities like a full-sized dishwasher, washer/dryer, and a Pack ‘n Play crib for families.
From the bright pink and green kitchen cabinetry to the fun, tropical-themed bathroom wallpaper, this petite pad packs in a lot of personality. Smart design choices maximize its 500-square-foot footprint, like a built-in breakfast bar with room for four in the sunny kitchen. The bedroom’s big bay windows, complete with a cozy seating area, provide great views of the neighborhood and Boston beyond.
The apartment is close to Inman Square’s restaurant and club scene and is well connected to the rest of the city by bus, and is walking distance to the subway.
The space is intimate and best suited to a couple or solo traveler. And guests should be fit, as there are four flights of stairs to climb to reach the top-floor apartment. This home, and all others in Cambridge, is also really meant for long-term rentals as Cambridge enforces a 90-day policy on Airbnb.
Featuring multiple indoor/outdoor entertaining areas spread across several levels, this converted 1890s carriage house is perfect for larger groups like multi-generational families or pods of friends.
On the main floor, the sprawling, open-plan kitchen/dining/living room is beautifully designed with vaulted beamed ceilings, gleaming cherry-wood floors, and exposed brick walls. Big windows and a skylight keep things bright. There’s another seating area on the lower level, plus a shady rooftop deck with a grill for more hangout space.
Three spacious bedrooms have different configurations of Queen-sized beds, two roll-away single beds, and a pull-out couch.
Red Sox fans will appreciate the short 12-minute walk to Fenway Park, and the home is also close to all the green space of the Emerald Necklace parks.
FAQ: Massachusetts travel
Can I travel to Massachusetts right now?
The state of Massachusetts currently has a travel advisory that advises travelers who have not been vaccinated to quarantine for 10 days.
Travelers are exempt from this advisory if they have a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72 hours prior to their arrival in the state. If not obtained before entry to Massachusetts, a test may be obtained after arrival, as long as travelers quarantine until a negative test result has been received.
How do I book a vacation rental in Massachusetts on Airbnb?
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The US is home to some of the best cities for foodies looking to taste their way through travel.
Staying in an Airbnb with a gourmet kitchen makes it easy to travel and cook like a chef.
We chose Enhanced Clean Airbnbs in foodie cities with excellent kitchens starting at $80 nightly.
As a food blogger and freelance travel writer, I’ve been visiting and covering foodie destinations for almost a decade. Naturally, my trips revolve around checking out the best spots to eat, but equally important is where to stay.
Private Airbnb homes promote social distancing and make it easy to live like a foodie thanks to added amenities like Japanese knives, James Beard Award winning neighbors, and in-home wine coolers.
But before combing Airbnb, I turned to Aaron Thebault, Executive Chef of Zeppelin Nashville, for tips on what to look for when planning a culinary-focused trip. He’s known for his traditional home cooking techniques in one of the biggest foodie cities in the US and was recognized by Zagat in their “30 Under 30” list.
Thebault says when he travels, he looks for coastal destinations. “Their climates offer more vegetation and seafood. I also consider the surroundings when booking an Airbnb. For example, are there nearby grocery stores, or will we need to bring all of our own food and wine?” He also added, “It’s always nice to have a grill because it’s a quick, easy meal. Most people don’t think of checking for tongs, trays, extra plates, dishes, and tools like that, but they are an important part of a trip built around food.”
Browse all the best Airbnb homes for foodies below, or jump directly to a specific area here:
Beyond its classic staples like pimento cheese and ham biscuits, Richmond, Virginia has turned into an increasingly popular destination for homegrown, local ingredient culinary concepts. The city hosts its Fire, Flour & Fork festival each year (last year was virtual) where locals and visitors can experience behind-the-scenes tours, guest chef dinners, demos and tasting opportunities.
Once it’s safe to resume in person, consider staying in this high-quality home, a part of Airbnb Plus. The overall design is contemporary with retro accents, but what stands out to us the most is the gleaming full kitchen that has everything a home chef needs including a dishwasher, gas oven, breakfast table, glasses, dishware, and a wine cooler.
Chicago has long been a foodie destination, and those visiting Chicago this summer can experience the Taste of Chicago event in July or Chicago Gourmet in September, which includes intimate dinners, celebrity chef cooking demos, and tasting local restaurants. The city also hosts food-centric street festivals nearly every weekend in the warm weather months.
Located a short walk away from Chicago’s famed Wrigley Field, this hidden gem is steps from the city’s best restaurants and trendy shops, but comes with a stunning kitchen should you prefer to take things into your own hands. According to past guests, all of the kitchen tools were there for morning coffee and making meals, equipped with dishes, silverware, pans, wine and cocktail glasses, and even basic supplies like spices and oils.
There’s also a nice vinyl collection and a huge bed.
Food-loving travelers will love Denver, Colorado, especially since the city’s main train terminal, Union Station, has been attracting culinary connoisseurs since its renovation in 2014. It’s a hub for an eclectic choice of markets and restaurants.
This one-bedroom Airbnb is only a 20-minute bike ride away from that station, and kitchen is fully stocked with all of the essentials, plus condiments, seasonings, and spices. It’s also located close to other popular attractions like the Denver Botanical Gardens and the Denver Museum of Art.
Columbus, Ohio’s food scene is unique, covering everything from farm-to-table eateries, family-owned bakeries, and restaurants opened by the city’s immigrant communities. In August, the city will host the Columbus Food Truck Festival that features the best food vendors from throughout the region. It’s the nation’s largest food truck festival and Ohio’s premier foodie event.
For these reasons, foodies flock to Columbus when they want to try something new. If you do, this home is in one of the most charming neighborhoods called German Village and has a large private backyard with a patio and dining table.
The fully stocked kitchen has a gas range oven, coffee maker, dishwasher, full fridge, and everything you will need to cook at home. There are also tons of great spots to eat nearby and local shops within walking distance.
Portland has fast emerged as a culinary hot spot with an abundance of local, innovative restaurants that have popped up over the last few years. There Michelin-starred restaurants, farmers markets, and a plethora of food trucks and carts. This summer, travelers can revolve their trip around food by visiting during the many events like the Portland Korean Food Festival or Portland Burger Week (where more than 30 restaurants compete to prove their $5 burger is the best) in August.
Afterward, retreat to this Airbnb built to feel like a luxury hotel, with the quaintness and quality of a craft home. It exudes boho jungle vibes with a two-person soaking tub, marble shower, King Tempurpedic bed, and a fully stocked kitchen. It’s also located within walking distance of all the shopping, eating, drinking, and brunching you could ever desire.
This Savannah home dates back to the 1860s and includes a spacious, full-functioning kitchen infused with plenty of Southern charm thanks to historic architectural detailing and decor such as exposed brick. The kitchen is set for a chef who wants to feel right at home. It’s small but has everything you need with upscale appliances, coffee, and welcoming wine and snacks.
Since it’s in the heart of downtown, the home is nearby all the best restaurants, sights, and local shops. For the home chef, the majority of the home’s reviews state it’s within walking distance to the grocery store which, according to Chef Thebault, is a huge plus.
Great for families, this large rustic modern home has a prime location with a lush backyard close to Malibu’s beaches and wineries. The backyard provides fresh ingredients with its Jacaranda, maple, magnolia, orange, avocado, and lemon trees.
The gourmet kitchen has a bright open floor plan, but there’s also a more formal dining and living room with a fireplace. For the chef, there are Bosch double ovens and a warming drawer, a Viking six-burner gas range top, a double basin sink, and separate prep sink, a side-by-side refrigerator and freezer, and a beverage center that chills your wine or sodas. The host also offers the use of amenities for babies and children, as well as beach gear.
As Chef Aaron Thebault said, coastal destinations should be a go-to when planning a trip centered around food. This four-bedroom home in Yarmouth makes it easy since it’s only a 10-minute walk to town where guests can find markets, seafood shops, and produce. Also, the city of Portland is just 18 minutes south.
Amenities include an expansive deck with propane grill for summertime cooking, a fully equipped kitchen with All-Clad cookware, plates, glasses, wine glasses, silverware, a coffee brewer, french press, coffee grinder, and eco-friendly products. This host doesn’t miss a detail, they also have sugar, salt, pepper, olive oil, and a host of other spices available.
This private four-bedroom creek-side chalet has a fully equipped gourmet chef’s kitchen and a hot tub. There are two separate dining areas, which works well for large groups or families.
Enjoy two coffee makers, a Keurig, and a traditional pot. The Le Creuset tea kettle is there to accommodate those who prefer a variety of teas, which are all provided. If you’re looking to dine outside, there’s a separate private upper deck that seats up to six people. While Park City is mostly known for the winter weather with close proximity to the mountains for skiing, this home is great for the spring and summer weather as well.
If you were unaware, Arizona has underrated wineries, and a majority of them are only 45 minutes away from this pet-friendly farmhouse. Flagstaff is also known for top-rated beer breweries, and of course, beautiful nature by way of Lake Powell, Rainbow Bridge, and of course, The Grand Canyon.
This Airbnb has a fully fenced backyard for children and dogs, has a patio with a grill, a well-equipped kitchen, and is close to a grocery store. The host keeps the kitchen so well stocked, that one past guest wrote she brought her own milk frother thinking it was too uncommon to be included, only to find one provided in the house. Other amenities include six custom bunk beds, a hot tub, a garage, and a high-tech home locking system that can easily be accessed through an app.
This cute farmhouse has been newly renovated and in the host’s words, “brought back to life”. It’s the perfect staycation spot for New York City natives who adore rustic modern vibes. Woodstock in general is ideal for foodies, with tons of top restaurants and local cafes to experience. Many of the restaurants offer farm-to-table, utilizing fresh produce ingredients from the surrounding area.
This home has a spacious outdoor dining area with a BBQ for use. There’s even a private herb and salad garden, for those who want to cook up something fresh. Other amenities include an outdoor solar shower, large outdoor dining space, a fireplace, and a bluestone terrace.
Keep in mind that the host’s cat lives here, even when he is not there, so if you have allergies you should stay clear.
Charleston is a culinary haven with everything from biscuits to barbecue. You can taste fresh oysters and seafood all over the city, and the city is home to world-famous and award-winning chefs.
This luxurious four-bedroom property was recently renovated and redecorated to ensure guests feel properly at home. Aside from the new appliances and modern decor, there are two spacious porches with outdoor chairs and lounge areas where guests can people watch, drink a morning cup of coffee, or enjoy the crisp Charleston air.
For home chefs, the fully-equipped kitchen has marble countertops, state-of-the-art appliances, and ample amounts of storage to bring in your own groceries. There’s also a built-in wine cooler, a gas top stove, two ovens, and a large refrigerator/freezer.
Home near James Beard-awarded restaurant in Austin, Texas
A dream location built for foodies visiting Austin, this home is near Franklin Barbecue, where the chef was honored with the James Beard Foundation Award for best chef. It’s also blocks away from the award-winning VIA 313, Ramen Tatsuya, Kerlin BBQ, Fukumoto, Hightower, Buenos Aires Cafe, Spartan Pizza, Brew & Brew, Scoot Inn, and La Barbecue.
Visit during the Austin Food & Wine Festival in November and you’ll enjoy a weekend of meeting top chefs, sampling award-winning restaurants, sipping on wine, and watching chefs cook in front of you.
Back in this home, guests can cook up a Texas-size feast in the gourmet, industrial kitchen with a fully-stocked pantry and open floor plan for spacious gatherings.
Vermont makes for a gorgeous spring or summer road trip for food lovers thanks to a combination of gorgeous scenery and unique farm-to-table produce.
Whether you or someone else in your group is planning to play chef, look forward to cooking up meals in this home with an updated kitchen featuring stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops, and a huge center island, which doubles as a counter for up to six guests. Other dining options include the breakfast bar, a farmhouse table, or the back deck equipped with a gas grill, shaded patio table, and spacious lounge area.
Ideal for a family reunion or trip for your vaccinated “pods,” this six-bedroom private lake lodge on Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs has all the bells and whistles to hold up to 16 people and is near popular eateries serving southern fare and BBQ.
Each room has views of the lake, and there’s an expansive deck with ample outdoor seating, two charcoal grills, a wood-burning fire pit, tables, and sofas.
Past guests have said that the open kitchen in the main house is where all of the meals for the week were made, and there are many dining spaces to enjoy wine, local meals, and great conversations.
FAQ: Foodie travel
What is a foodie?
According to the dictionary, a foodie is a person with a particular interest in food. A foodie includes someone who is always up-to-date on the latest restaurants and dishes in a particular area, goes to new restaurants frequently, and is eager to give their opinions and recommendations to others.
What are the best food cities in the US?
The US is one of the most diverse countries in the world, especially when it comes to cuisine. Almost every state has its own culinary attractions. According to TripAdvisor, popular cities known to be best suited for foodies include Chicago, New York and surrounding areas, Savannah, New Orleans, San Francisco, and Charleston.
What foodie activities can you do?
When it comes to planning a foodie trip, look for locations where you can truly immerse yourselves in the local cuisines and culture. For a food-centered vacation, try activities like booking a local neighborhood food tour, cooking classes with chefs, dining out at the restaurants locals recommend, or cooking for yourself using local ingredients and produce.
Why stay in a vacation rental on a foodie trip?
Private home vacation rentals are a great way to stay away from touristy areas and live in the city like you’re a native. Airbnb offers all kinds of homes, many in prime city locations within walking distance to great local shops and restaurants. Airbnb can also be a more affordable option compared to staying in a hotel.
What should you look for in a kitchen in an Airbnb?
When booking an Airbnb with a great kitchen, look for factors such as extensive counter space for cooking, or pantry space to unload your groceries for the week. Ideally, the kitchen should be fully stocked with essential utensils, spices, condiments, appliances, and cooking tools. Cleanliness is also a key factor and Airbnb’s new Enhanced Clean program makes it easy to feel confident while traveling.
Is it safe to eat at restaurants?
According to the CDC website, “there is no evidence to suggest that COVID-19 is spread by handling or eating food. However, it is important to limit close contact with people outside of your home, encourage hand washing, and wear a mask when you’re not eating.”
There are red flags to look out for, however, as restaurants open, like if customers can sit at any table they’d like, or if there is poor airflow.
What is Airbnb’s cancellation policy?
Before booking, check the cancellation policy for your Airbnb in case your plans change. Each individual host sets their own policies, so it’s important that you fully understand the policy of your potential rental before confirming. Here are more details on Airbnb’s current cancellation policies.
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Wineries are re-opening to the public, and they can be great destinations for a gourmet getaway.
We’ve paired wine regions from coast to coast with local Airbnb options.
From standard homes to yurts, we found Airbnbs near wineries ranging from $120 to $456 per night.
Anyone who’s ever visited a winery knows that it’s all-too-tempting to linger in those beautiful settings. So, why not stay? Find yourself a cozy base camp and spend a few days exploring the vineyards and tasting the local wines. Though many wineries initially switched to virtual tastings due to the pandemic, tasting rooms have reopened their doors with new precautions in place (more on that here).
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.
Because these wine-producing areas have become such popular destinations, the crop of vacation rentals is growing as quickly as the vines. From charming cottages to mod guest houses with pools, converted barns to rustic log cabins, wine country Airbnbs offer plenty of personality.
Browse all the best Airbnbs near wineries below, or jump directly to a specific area here:
This storybook cottage is one of a cluster of 16 similar cottages scattered throughout an elm forest right in the heart of Calistoga. The cottages are collectively known as the Cottage Grove Inn, and they’re located within easy strolling distance of the town’s tasting rooms, shops, and restaurants.
The 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 shower. A customized armoire hides a kitchen nook with a small fridge and coffee and tea.
Yoga mats, picnic basket backpacks, and cruiser bikes are available for some outdoor fun, and there’s also a Tesla charging station on the premises.
Although the cottage is configured as a studio for double occupancy, the hosts can add an extra single bed if you give them advance notice. Dogs under 40 pounds are welcome too (for an extra $50 per pet, per night), but be aware children younger than 12 are prohibited.
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 was responsible for the cabin’s unconventional interior design, using repurposed wine barrels, fallen trees, and old industrial parts to create many of the home’s furnishings in a style the hosts describe as “cool, rustic chic.”
Kids are welcome here, and one bedroom has bunk beds, while the other has a Queen bed. There’s a kitchen with a stove, microwave, refrigerator, and coffee maker, and the cabin is equipped with air conditioning and Wi-Fi.
It’s a free-spirited sort of place to relax. Outside there’s a spacious outdoor deck, plus a BBQ grill and picnic table, lounge seating, and a campfire area (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 at the top of the hill.
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.
Open, airy, and elegant — with lofty, 20-foot ceilings and gorgeous views from wrap-around windows — the home’s modern design is white and bright, with flashes of sunny yellow and deep coral mixed with warm wood tones. 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 and 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. Two sets of French doors open onto a private terrace with panoramic vistas and a contemporary seating and dining area.
This sophisticated barn resides in the heart of a nine-acre working Zinfandel vineyard, overlooking Sonoma County’s beautiful Dry Creek Valley. Although it’s only five minutes away from Healdsburg — with its excellent restaurants, shops, galleries, and farmer’s market — the setting is private and peaceful.
Well-suited for two couples, it offers 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 gathered from the hosts’ world travels, and striking original art throughout. 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 the Dry Creek Valley. A Weber gas grill is available, and there’s an outdoor seating and dining area. The hosts point out that the property isn’t suited to children younger than 8.
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 and private stay, while still being right near incredible wineries.
The interior is light and open, with vaulted ceilings and minimalist-mod decor in white and wood tones. Fold-down beds are concealed behind panels resembling Shoji screens. One Queen bed and two Twin beds can share the main space, but the versatile home can also be configured with fewer beds to make room for a seating area, depending on your needs. The gorgeous, full 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 up the road beyond the house to meet the local cows, alpacas, and sheep, and you’ll be rewarded with views all the way to San Francisco. This property has been used as a writer’s retreat, and it’s easy to see how someone could be inspired by this exquisite setting.
Airstream with private hot tub beside tasting room in Wapato
Play it cool in this cool 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 firepit and it’s 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 handy kitchenette and cushioned dining nook, a cozy queen bed, and a bathroom with shower, decorated with a jaunty sign reading, “Wine me up and watch me go!” The trailer also has all the necessary modern comforts, including Wi-Fi, TV, and air conditioning.
Level-2 electric vehicle chargers are also available free on-site. And it’s no surprise that this Airstream is popular—there’s limited availability in spring, but more openings into summer and fall.
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.
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 away from several award-winning vineyards in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA.
Don’t judge a yurt by its cover: The interior goes far beyond the rudimentary, with modern amenities and spacious comfort. The bright and airy main space includes a living area with a 40-inch TV, a dining area with seating for six, and a full kitchen with a range and dishwasher. There’s even framed artwork adorning the walls. A private bedroom is furnished with a Queen-sized brass bed, dresser, and armoire, and the bathroom is equipped with a walk-in shower. A sofa bed and air mattress are also available for sleeping in the main room, plus the yurt has heating, a portable air conditioner, and WiFi.
Outside, there’s a dining area with a grill and a private deck with a jolly umbrella-shaded cafe table. Well-behaved pets are allowed.
This recycled cedar cabin is perched at the edge of a forest overlooking 40 acres of vines on the Beacon Hill Vineyard in the 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 beside the living area’s two leather armchairs, electric heaters in each room, 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 firepit in the woods.
Visitors remark on how gorgeous and peaceful it is to stay on the vineyard, although the host says to expect some farming activity between July and October. Guests can receive a 10% discount on designated local wine tours, too. Ask the host for details.
Log cabin near Fredericksburg in the Texas Hill Country
An authentic log cabin, built in the 1800s, this remarkable rental is located 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 whole 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.
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 right next door to Maison La Belle Vie Winery, Red Fox Cellars, and Garfield Estates.
The spacious, two-story living space features hickory floors upstairs and stained concrete floors on the main level, 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, there’s a patio with a firepit and grill for enjoying the gorgeous setting. Dogs, a cat, and three friendly sheep live on the property too, so you may have a chance to meet them. The hosts also mention that there is a railroad track at the bottom of the four-acre property, with daily trains, though recent reviewers note that it’s still quiet.
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 service so you can visit the valley wineries in style. You can walk to three different vineyards and bike to many others in less than 15 minutes.
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 its light wood interiors and is filled with natural light.
There’s one sleeping area with a Twin bed on the main level, plus a lofted King bed with a comfy memory foam mattress above, set off by a uniquely carved railing. The kitchen has a small refrigerator, electric tea kettle, and microwave, and the bathroom is stocked with upscale personal care products and includes a walk-in shower.
Though it may feel off-the-grid, the home is equipped with Wi-Fi, heating, and air conditioning, so it’s plenty comfortable and connected.
For evening relaxation, there’s a slate fire pit out 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
This reconstructed 1810 threshing barn is located 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 has been converted into 1,100 square feet of living space that blends rough-hewn timber and stone construction with the comfort of 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 paired leather sofas, a dining area with seating for four, a workspace with a desk, and a full kitchen with white cabinets and an island breakfast bar. The bathroom has a walk-in rain shower, and the barn is equipped with air conditioning, a washer and dryer, and Wi-Fi.
North Fork farmhouse cottage in Laurel, Long Island
This delightful little North Fork cottage is hidden on private acreage, with a vineyard right 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 comfy 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.
Past guests have especially loved this home’s location, noting that it’s close to the vineyards, the beaches, and plenty of restaurants and shops.
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 cottage’s charming 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 is an open-plan living area and kitchen, with an island breakfast bar. Especially good for families, one bedroom has a Queen bed, and the other has two Twins.
The cottage is part of a larger compound, sharing the lawn with a main home and another cottage. However, it does have its own private porch with a picnic table and 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. Note that no children under age 2 are allowed at the cottage.
This beautifully updated Rockfish Valley farmhouse, built in the early 1900s, is located within seven miles of 151 wineries, distilleries, breweries, and cideries. It’s also a great area for hiking and other recreation, with Shenandoah National Park, Wintergreen Resort, and US Bicycle Route 76 nearby.
It’s the sort of place where you 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 bedrooms with Queen beds, and a third bedroom with two single beds. (There’s a highchair and travel crib, too.) The decor is country-fresh and farmhouse classic, from the rocking chairs on the front porch to 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.
Are wineries safe to visit?
Wineries are in the process of re-opening, and many have put new safety protocols in place. Check with each winery for the latest details as you plan your visit. Many wineries are operating with reduced capacity, limited indoor seating, mask requirements (when not tasting wine), and enhanced cleaning measures. Some wineries are also requiring reservations and restricting the number of guests who can visit, 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 even 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.
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.
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.