Renting out your own private island may be cheaper than you think – here are 13 incredible Airbnbs

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Private island in Stann Creek District, Belize

  • If you’ve ever dreamed of having your own private island, Airbnb can make it a reality.
  • Airbnb vacation rental homes on private islands are available around the world, including the U.S.
  • We found top-rated private island Airbnbs ranging from $113 to $1,003 per night.

Pretty much everyone has dreamed of having their own private island. And you don’t have to be Richard Branson-level rich to make it happen thanks to vacation rental sites like Airbnb.

From Stockholm to Michigan, there are hundreds of scintillating private island listings, offering everything from a white-sand tropical getaway in Belize to a rustic retreat in Minnesota.

With so much choice, we combed all of Airbnb to find the best private island homes for $1,000 per night or less (split the cost with friends and you’ll only pay a fraction of that). The only thing left to do is pack your bags and get ready to savor solitude.

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These are the best private island Airbnbs, sorted by price from low to high.

Rural island just outside Venice, Italy

Veneto, Italy private island

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Located in the Venetian lagoon, this private island is home to a salmon-colored villa that’s full of Italian character. Enjoy all of the beauty of the natural surroundings of the area without the throngs of crowds that jam up the Venice city center.

Your host will take you from Cavallino – Treporti Church on an eight-minute boat trip to this island where the interiors are traditional and stunningly gorgeous, with dark beamed ceilings and carved wooden chairs. Simply furnished bedrooms have white walls, wicker furnishings, and solid-colored bedding in rich blue and white. Despite its old-fashioned charm, there are also modern conveniences like a dishwasher and washing machine. 

It’s easy to bop between the island and the shore, with the hosts accommodating enough to transport guests to and from when needed. Due to a lack of Wi-Fi though, it’s not ideal for remote workers. 

Historic Irish island cottage near Galway

House on County Galway, Ireland private island

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Not everyone fancies jetting off to a tropical island, and for those who like a wooded setting, this rustic island in County Galway, Ireland, is a luxe lodge that’s just a five-minute lake boat trip provided by the hosts from Kenny’s Bay, near Lough Corrib. 

The house is full of history, and looks the part, with a green roof that stretches to cover a gorgeous veranda where you can unwind after a day by the water. The kitchen is wood-paneled and cozy, with a stone fireplace and modern cooking appliances. Bedrooms are simple, but a claw-foot bathtub adds charm. 

The spot is especially ideal if you want to fish as it sits directly on a lake and a professional ghillie service and catering are available if you just want to focus on the water. 

A 40-acre private island with loads of free activities in Honduras

Private island in Fort Morgan Cay, Honduras

Book this Fort Morgan Cay, Honduras private island on Airbnb

This expansive 40 acre private island off the coast of Roatan, Honduras, is part of the country’s Bay Islands. And if you’re a beach-lover, consider this paradise. There is a sweeping white sand beach, a waterside dining terrace, and private guest rooms with touches like hammock-bedecked front porches.

The property and Cay are reserved solely for your group, and you also will receive three meals and appetizers catered daily with your reservation. So, there’s truly nothing to worry about during your stay. The hosts can also help arrange pick-up from the airport and for boat transfer between the town of Roatan and the Cay.

Both the interior and exterior are modern but luxurious, with carved wooden touches, elegant white bedding, and indoor-outdoor common areas under high wooden ceilings. 

The well-designed Airbnb also comes with plenty of features and activities built into the cost. Take advantage of any of the following free activities during the stay: beach chairs, a paddleboard, two single kayaks, snorkel gear and a boat trip to nearby sides, a 14-foot catamaran, volleyball, and yoga classes for up to 12.  

A tree-studded, woodsy Washington island

large house on Poulsbo, Washington private island

Book this Poulsbo, Washington private island on Airbnb 

What looks like a cluster of pine trees is actually a private island in Washington (Poulsbo, to be exact), with a private tethered ferry to reach the mainland.  

The place is a delight from the moment you pull up with a peaked roof and beautiful wide windows that let in loads of light. The living area is spacious with sailing flags adorning the walls. Bedrooms are comfortable and simple, with white blinds, solid duvets, and plush carpet underfoot. 

The house comes with two kayaks and life jackets, which you can take down to the floating dock. Or admire the water from afar from the Adirondack chairs and fire pit that preside over the lake below. 

An all-inclusive lush tropical island in Belize

private island in Stann Creek District, Belize

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For a romantic, remote private getaway for two, this private island makes for a dreamy tropical escape. It isn’t luxurious — more back-to-nature — but if you want a tropical hideaway with a bit of adventure, this home is a solid choice. 

The mangrove-covered landmass is located in the center of one of the Caribbean’s least-touched reefs, and the home is a cross between a bungalow, a treehouse, and an island cabana. Furnishings are simple with mahogany accents and a hammock swaying in the breeze.

The island has one other facility on it, which is a bar and restaurant that prepares your dinner and lunch each day as meals are included in your stay. The cooks will even clean and cook any fish or lobster you catch for yourself (you may book fishing excursions through the host). Transport between the island and the mainland marina is included as well. 

A tropical island house with a white sand beach in the Philippines

Private island in El Nido, Philippines

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A white sand beach flanked by a verdant forest of tropical foliage and flora surrounds this ancestral house, which pops out from all the surrounding greenery thanks to its chartreuse and sea-green exterior.

Inside is just as citrine, with minimalist dark wood furniture and tropical beams throughout. 

The property (and the island it’s on) rents to groups of four and up, making it a great choice for families or groups looking for a spot to reunite. No other tourists stay here and the island is booked only for your group, but it’ll feel like a luxe resort with a Filipino breakfast, lunch, and dinner included daily, as well as a coffee and tea bar, daily housekeeping, and even drinking water on the list of provided amenities. 

Kayaks and snorkeling are available for free as well (you can get around the whole island in 30 minutes), and if you want to pay a bit more, you can arrange for day trips, beach massages, and booze during your stay.

Old-growth island on a lake in Minnesota

private island on Juggler Lake, Minnesota

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Minnesota is known for its 10,000 lakes (though in truth it’s closer to 12,000) and this island retreat in the middle of Juggler Lake, is less than four hours from Minneapolis.

It’s a charming place to hole up for a nature break, and has enough room for the family with three bedrooms. Hosts will transport you between the mainland and island (there’s a private parking spot for you at the dock) where you’ll find this traditional A-frame cabin.

Inside, 20-foot ceilings house two refrigerators, two freezers, a Weber grill to throw some fish on, and a stone fireplace when the evening breeze has a chill. 

Three decks overlook the waters of the expansive Juggler Lake, and the island offers nature-lovers 18 acres of old-growth forest that’s full of wildlife for hiking and nature-spotting, and there are bountiful waters off the shores with clean water for taking a dip.

Low country house with three private islands near Hilton Head

hilton head private island

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Hilton Head Island is a hotspot for beach seekers, families, and couples, but just 10 minutes away from the tourist hordes, get away from the crowds on your very own private island. Better yet, claim three of them with this off-the-grid home accessible only by boat, and the transfer is included.

The interior looks straight out of a magazine, with an open floor plan giving way to white cabinets in the kitchen, wicker chairs in a great room, a plush sofa, and green pillars.

Outside, a veranda comes with fans, a barbecue, and a table to take meals al fresco. 

Dreamlike private house on a beautiful island in Brazil

private island in Ilha Grande, Brazil

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This private island connects to the island of Ilha Grande by a bridge, so you may come and go with ease at this home and enjoy two islands during your stay.

Your host will pick you up from Angra dos Reis, about 93 miles from Rio de Janeiro’s international airport, for a 20-minute boat trip to the property (if you stay more than 15 days, transfer to and from the airport itself is included). Furniture comes in in sunset hues of marigold, sun-drenched red, and vivid orange alongside all-white decor and stone floors. Balconies off some of the bedrooms open out onto postcard-perfect views of the water and tree-studded hills.

Spread out on wooden decks for sunbathing, swing in a Brazilian hammock with a Caipirinhas, or take the kayak out on the water. Staff is on hand to bartend or cook for an additional fee.

The large island has plenty of activities, too. It’s a big spot for birdwatchers, snorkelers, and eco-tourists looking to soak up the natural beauty of the islands. 

A private hideaway on Bird Island in Belize

Private island in Stann Creek District, Belize

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Ideal for a couple’s getaway or a family gathering, this private island rents out its charming tropical housing to up to eight guests.

The overwater construction is beautifully designed outdoor areas that include a bar and swings that dangle directly over the ocean. You may also stretch out on individually sized solariums over the water, and dine on a terrace overlooking the water. A beach and loungers in the backyard round out the offerings.

Inside is all island vibes, with brightly colored and white wood paneling, crisp white sheets, and wood floors. Furnishings are homey and simple and the home is also sustainable. The island runs on solar power and a wind generator, and while there’s purified bottled water for drinking, a filtered rainwater system is used for pretty much everything else. 

You won’t be cut off from the world entirely as there is a local phone as well as unlimited high-speed internet. The hosts can also pick you up from the airport and go food shopping en route back to the island, which we’d recommend since the home is self-catering and well, a private island, so you’ll want to be stocked with all the fresh food and drink you’ll need.

Nature-lovers’ paradise in the Outer Banks’ Roanoke Sound

Nags Head, North Carolina private island

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Located in the scenic Outer Banks area of North Carolina, this three-bedroom house is accessible only by boat, just a short ride from the Nags Head Causeway or the waterfront in Manteo.

And it has everything nature-lovers could want with 18 small islands to explore, a wildlife reserve, waterways and mashers, birdwatching, stargazing, and fishing. 

Eat on the covered veranda with a large dining table or hang inside where wood-paneled and -beamed interiors give the house a cabin-like feel. Rattan-backed sofas, plush rugs, and milk-glass-like light fixtures give it some stylish vintage appeal. Kids will love the second sleeping area, which has four-foot ceilings and a little cove as if they’re tucked away in a little fort.

Drinking water is supplied, though some elements lean rustic such as the dishes washed under saltwater taps or the outdoor shower.

The house is dog friendly and the transfer to and from the island is included in the rental price. 

A 1,700-square-foot cottage in Michigan hardwood forest

Private Island with Treehouse and Pontoon Boat Manchester, Michigan

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With a large patio overlooking the lake (complete with fire pit) and a pontoon boat available for use, this 1,700-square-foot cottage on a private island was built for a relaxing, get-away-from-it-all escape on a 156-acre private lake.

Post-and-beam construction defines the structure, and it’s elevated up in the trees like a tree house for a beautiful view over the forest floor.

Inside is simple but welcoming with turquoise trim on the windows, white beams, and cozy beds crafted from hardwood. 

Explore the eight-acre island on foot or coordinate with the hosts to arrange fishing and tubing. It’s pet-friendly too.

Turn-of-the-century villa on a Swedish island

kitchen in Gustavsberg, Sweden private island

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This storybook turn-of-the-century villa is just a 20-minute drive from Stockholm, and a three-minute boat trip brings you to this cheerful yellow house.

Tasteful Scandinavian country decor mixed with an emerald-green backsplash and matte black accents in the kitchen, offset by white wood ceilings, walls, and floors. Carved white wood chairs, antique chandeliers, and floral textiles in the living areas add a design-forward touch,

And even if this is a get-away-from-it-all vacation, you won’t be bored. There’s a sprawling veranda, a beach for sunbathing, and a wood fired sauna.

A second house on the island hosts the shower room, and you’ll have to pop out to use the WC outside, but no other people will be on the island with you.

FAQ: Private island homes on Airbnb

What’s a good time of year to visit a private island? 

It depends on where you want to go and the vibe you want. Cozy cabins in Minnesota are appealing year-round. For more of a beach getaway, like in Belize or Colombia, be sure to check with the local weather conditions to be sure it lines up with your stay. 

How do I find private island vacation rentals on Airbnb? 

When you search on Airbnb, you can select “go anywhere” from the location dropdown and then pull up a list of results. From there, filter using the drop-down navigation above the search results to select “islands,” then refine further by price, number of guests, and location. 

What should I bring to a private island Airbnb? 

It depends on how your accommodation is stocked before your arrival. It’s a good idea to chat with your host about that before arriving so you know exactly what to bring and leave at home,

Sometimes, hosts will offer to stop at the grocery as part of their transport service, others might provide catering as part of the rental cost or for a separate fee. 

How much does renting a private island on Airbnb cost? 

There’s truly a range of prices possible, depending on where you want to go and the kind of Airbnb you want to rent. Are you looking for a backcountry getaway? Those often come cheap. If you want a luxurious, designer home, however, prepare to pay much more. We found prices that start close to $100 and go up to $1,000. Though, to be sure, there are far more expensive ones available, too.

How do I get to a private island?

The vast majority of hosts will provide details about how to transfer from the mainland or a larger island, if that’s the closest transportation hub. Read the listing carefully to see whether it’s included in the rental price or if transport to and from your private island will incur extra fees. If anything is unclear, message your hosts before you book.

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14 gorgeous cabin rentals in Michigan for year-round fun, including summer lake rentals and cozy A-frames

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Catch breathtaking sunsets over Lake Superior’s West Bay on your own private beach.

  • Michigan cabin rentals are popular year-round thanks to 11,000 lakes and miles of forested land.
  • Lounge on beaches in the summer, take in the fall foliage, or enjoy winter sports in colder months.
  • We found the best cabin rentals in Michigan, including lake house rentals and cozy secluded stays.

Surrounded by the five Great Lakes, Michigan is home to 3,200 miles of shoreline, over 11,000 inland lakes, and more lighthouses than any other state. And for those who prefer time away from the water, half of Michigan’s land is forests, ripe for hiking and enjoying the great outdoors.

So it’s no wonder Michigan cabin rentals are so popular. Each season offers a variety of activities from hiking, biking, and fishing in the summer, to wine tasting and color touring in the fall, to snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and ice fishing in the winter.

Like many growing up in Michigan, I spent every summer and fall going “up north,” staying at lake houses, hiking and biking the thousands of miles of trails, climbing the dunes at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, and backpacking Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Apart from the outdoor activities, the many small towns and cities that make up the Great Lakes State are home to popular wineries, breweries, and restaurants to satisfy your appetite.

Using my local knowledge, I sorted through the vast array of cabin rentals in Michigan to find top-notch stays whether you want to be right on a lake or prefer to cozy up in a secluded A-frame in the woods.

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Here are the best Michigan cabin rentals, sorted by price from low to high.

Unique A-frame cabin in the woods

A-frame Michigan cabin renal at night with string lights and starry sky
Enjoy a secluded and cozy stay at this picturesque Michigan A-frame cabin in the woods.

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Just right for solo travelers or a couple, this cozy and relaxing A-frame is tucked away in the woods. The 650-square-foot space has been renovated and has a spiral staircase leading up to the loft where you’ll find a Queen bed with a log frame. There’s also an additional air mattress that can be rolled away for use in the living room.

String lights give it a fairytale feel and the front yard has a fire pit and seating for gathering around a campfire. As an added bonus for those who plan to stay longer, there’s also a washer/dryer.

The cabin is within driving distance to the Huron-Manistee National Forest and is close to Hartwick Pines, Wakeley Lake, and the Au Sable River, which is known for fly fishing.

Rustic tiny house in Charlevoix

Small cabin in the woods in Charlevoix
Unplug at this remote spots surrounded by gorgeous woods.

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Nestled in a secluded spot in the woods, this 200-foot tiny home is a great place to unplug and get outdoors, with a variety of trails and bike paths nearby. Downtown Charlevoix is about 2.5 miles away, which can be reached by car or along the nearby bike path. The sleeping loft and storage loft can be accessed with the provided ladder and there are in-wall heaters for the colder months.

A rocking chair on the small front porch and green Adirondack chairs around the side make for a nice place to enjoy a morning cup of coffee and some fresh air. There are a number of beaches nearby on the coast of Lake Michigan and Lake Charlevoix and there’s also a municipal airport within easy driving distance.

Large log cabin near Pictured Rocks

log cabin in munising Michigan
Sitting on 40 acres, this large log cabin offers easy access for exploring the outdoors.

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This log cabin not only sits on 40 acres of private land in the Hiawatha National Forest, but it’s just a short drive to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, where you can hike and backpack along the sandstone cliffs overlooking Lake Superior and kayak through crystal clear water.

There are three bedrooms and a pullout sofa, providing room for up to eight guests, making it a good option for families and groups. Turn on the wood-burning fireplace in the colder months, relax in the sauna, or gather around the campfire. Whether you enjoy hiking, fishing, hunting, or driving snowmobiles, there are plenty of outdoor activities to engage in year-round in Michigan’s upper peninsula.

New construction near Boyne Mountain

New cabin in Boyne City
This newly constructed cabin has an open floor plan and a large backyard.

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Located just five miles from Boyne Mountain and a short walk to the beach, this is an idyllic stay for those looking to get outside for an adventure no matter the time of year. The home is newly constructed and features an open floor plan.

Enjoy the outdoors in the large backyard complete with a fire pit, Weber grill, and dining area. Or, enjoy a family meal indoors at the long wooden dining table or granite kitchen island. The blue and white color scheme and details like a fish print rug give this spot a coastal feel.

Just a couple blocks from Maine St, you’ll find a variety of restaurants and shops, in addition to a farmer’s market on the weekends. Avalanche Park is within walking distance, which is great for hiking and biking. 

Spacious home for big groups

open floor plan of home in Holland Michigan
The large living space and beautiful vaulted ceilings make this rental great for large groups.

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Sleeping up to 12 guests, this cabin is an ideal vacation spot for big families or a group of friends. The clean, modern interior is outfitted with soothing neutral decor, and the vaulted ceilings make it feel airy. The open floor plan kitchen/living room offers a great space to congregate. Toast at the six-person dining table, cozy up by the wood-burning stove, or lounge on the back deck cooking on the grill. 

This rental is a short drive to downtown Holland, which has several restaurants and shops. Tunnel Park, Riley Beach, and Riley Trails, are about only one to two miles away. Each May, Holland hosts its annual Tulip Time Festival, where millions of tulips blossom and line the streets and visitors can take in the city’s heritage by visiting the Dutch markets and watching Dutch dancers in authentic costumes.

Dreamy and secluded cabin

Secluded cabin the woods
This dreamy and secluded cabin has luxurious and unique touches for a relaxing getaway.

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This 650-square-foot handcrafted cabin will appeal to solo travelers, creatives, or couples. Unique touches make this rental stand out, including a skylight over the bed, beautiful artwork, custom-made bookshelves, and a vintage desk. Not to mention upgraded touches like organic bedding.

The large deck features a table and plenty of seating, including a fun swing chair, plus a fire pit, hammock, picnic table, and grill. There’s also an outdoor shower on the back deck and while the toilet is in the insulated outhouse, it’s a state-of-the-art incinerating toilet from Norway.

The cabin is located just six miles to downtown Traverse City, where you can find a variety of restaurants and shops, and is close to the TART trail, beaches, Sleeping Bear Dunes, and five historic lighthouses. Traverse City is a great place for wine and beer tasting, with dozens of wineries and several microbreweries.

Modern home with stunning water views

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Large windows and a wraparound porch provide stunning water views at this cabin rental.

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With large windows and a wraparound porch, guests get a 270-degree view of the Grand Traverse Bay from this sleek, modern home atop a secluded hill. While the views are stunning, be aware it doesn’t have direct lake access.

The home offers three Queen beds and the master includes an indulgent soaking tub, two sinks, and a rain shower. There’s also a fully-equipped kitchen, washer/dryer, and wood-burning stove for chillier nights.

Located on the Leelanau Peninsula, the home is a short drive from the village of Northport and two beaches, along with other nearby towns such as Leland, Omena, and Suttons Bay.

Best Michigan cabin rentals on lakes

Cozy cabin on Old Mission Peninsula

Living room area of cozy cabin
Relax by the fire in this charming cabin that sits on West Grand Traverse Bay with its own beach.

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Sitting atop a wooded bluff overlooking Lake Michigan, this cabin is the quintessential Michigan getaway. The home has a large wrap-around deck that looks out onto West Grand Traverse Bay, plus a lower deck accessible via a large staircase, that sits on 100 feet of beach.

The decor is warm and cozy, just like a northern cabin ought to be, with a fireplace and wood paneling throughout. A King bed and two Twin beds, make this a good option for families. Pets are also welcome and there’s a fenced-in dog yard attached to the deck. 

Traverse City is wine country and you’ll be within driving distance to over a dozen wineries and tasting rooms, not to mention several restaurants and breweries. There are also numerous hiking and biking trails, in addition to beautiful public beaches.

Log cabin on Black Lake

Log cabin in the woods with outdoor fire pit
There’s plenty of space to roam outdoors at this rustic log cabin on Black Lake.

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Located in Onaway on Black Lake, this log cabin sits on 40 acres and has over 105 feet of lake frontage. Adding to the charm of the log cabin, you’ll find handcrafted log furniture, in addition to modern amenities like a washer/dryer. Kick back and relax on the large front porch, make s’mores by the fire pit, or grill and dine alfresco among the flower gardens found throughout the property. 

About 10 minutes away is Black Mountain Recreational Area and Mackinaw, Petoskey, and Ocqueoc Falls are great destinations for a day trip, at just 45 minutes away. It’s worth noting that the front of the cabin faces the owner’s home, which is on the same property, but most reviewers said this was not an issue. 

Cozy waterfront cabin on the bay

waterfront cabin with fire pit
Catch breathtaking sunsets over Lake Superior’s West Bay on your own private beach.

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This three-bedroom cabin sits on the West Bay of Lake Superior, with a wrap-around deck and private beach. Kayaks are provided along with beach towels and chairs to fully enjoy the lake setting. After a long day out on the water, spend the evening around the fire pit or lounging on the cream-colored couches in front of the stone fireplace in the living room.

Within walking distance of this rental is Agate Beach, the North Country Trail, and all of the downtown shops and restaurants. In the summer you can take in the nearby Sable Falls or visit the world-renowned Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, which is about 12 miles away. There’s also a variety of snowshoeing and snowmobile trails nearby, such as the Crazy 8’s. The host notes that access to the garage can be arranged for ATV/ORV overnight storage.

Beach house on the bay

Michigan rental overlooking on a lake with Adirondack chairs
Take a swim or lounge on the beach of this East Grand Traverse Bay cabin.

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Sitting on East Grand Traverse Bay, this home boasts its own beach for easy water access and a large yard with a fire pit overlooking the water. Though it feels plenty secluded, you’ll be just 2.5 miles from the downtown area, where you can enjoy the city’s great restaurants or Traverse City State Park.

Enjoy lounging on the blue sofa or in the comfy leather armchairs and taking in the bay view from the oversized windows. Catch a sunset from the deck or the blue Adirondack chairs. Nautical decor touches that play up the location include seashell bedspreads, mini lighthouses on the nightstands, and ships’ wheels adorning the walls.  

The host also owns an additional Vrbo next door if you happen to be traveling with a large group and want to rent both homes.

A-frame on Blue Lake

Waterfront a-frame cabin in the woods
Kayak around North Blue Lake while vacationing at this stunning A-frame cabin.

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For a true lakehouse experience, this beautiful window-filled and lofted A-frame sits on a 50-foot stretch of North Blue Lake with its own private dock and brand-new kayaks. The outdoor space includes large decks in addition to a fire pit, grill, and cornhole sets. 

Meanwhile, the interior boasts soaring ceilings, a pot-belly stove with a stone backdrop, stairs with unique tile details, and four cozy bedrooms. 

If you want to journey away from the lake, Blue Bear Trails and the North Country Trail are nearby.

Unique round home near Glen Lake

Unique round home on Glen Lake
Relax in this unique home, just steps away from Glen Lake and a short drive from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

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If you’re looking to explore Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, this is the home for you. It’s just six miles from the park’s popular Dune Climb, offering a variety of opportunities for hiking and looking out over the fresh blue water from atop sandy bluffs.

The home sits on two wooded acres with an open floor plan and large picture windows. Eco-friendly and newly renovated with reclaimed natural materials, it’s decked out with plenty of plants and organic linens. In the kitchen, you’ll even find all organic herbs and spices for cooking, plus forest green tiling, plant prints lining the walls, and a coffee maker with fresh beans.

The large outdoor space has a fire pit and secluded public access to Glen Lake is just a few hundred feet away.

Riverfront a-frame in the woods

Cozy living room of a-frame cabin
Dreamy decor and plenty of sunshine fill this riverfront A-frame.

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Sitting on the Sturgeon River and nestled in the woods, this cozy cabin is a dreamy escape into nature. Windows fill the living room, which looks right out onto the river, allowing plenty of sunlight to stream in during the day. A large deck is accessible from the living room, where guests can listen to the river from Adirondack chairs while keeping warm next to the fire pit. While there’s no TV, there is Wi-Fi, along with central heating and air conditioning.

In the summer, you can kayak or tube down the river, visit the nearby Burt Lake and Mullett Lake, and visit Seven Springs Nature Preserve. There’s also a variety of trails for hiking, biking, or snowmobiling, such as the North Central State Trail. 

FAQ: Michigan vacations

When is the best time to visit Michigan? 

Michigan is a great place to vacation year-round. Summer is popular for hiking and biking, in addition to water sports and lounging on the lakefront beaches.

Michigan is also known for its beautiful autumns when the foliage changes to vibrant yellows, oranges, and reds from September through October. This is also a popular season for wine tours, particularly throughout the Traverse Wine Coast, which has about 40 wineries.

In the winter, many enjoy snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and ice fishing, in addition to visiting the many wineries, breweries, and restaurants the state is known for. 

What are the best towns to stay in? 

The optimal town to stay in will depend on your interests and the attractions you’d like to see. If you’re looking for a lake experience, but don’t want to break the bank, renting a cabin on an inland lake is the best option.

If you like the best of what the outdoors and the city have to offer, Traverse City, Leland, and Holland are great places to explore. Glen Arbor, Empire, and Leland are close to Sleeping Bear Dunes and Munising and Grand Marais are great towns to stay in if you’re interested in exploring Pictured Rocks. 

What are the best lake towns in Michigan?

No matter what region of Michigan you plan on visiting, there are plenty of lake towns with top-notch beaches, outdoor activities, and unique attractions, which makes it difficult to choose the best. I always recommend visiting Sleeping Bear Dunes and Pictured Rocks, which have some of the most picturesque beaches and views, along with Traverse City, which has both the beauty and the proximity to wineries, breweries, and excellent restaurants.

These, however, can come with a price tag, which is why I also recommend selecting a small inland lake to stay on, and then taking day trips to other towns.

I grew up going to a cabin on Big Star Lake in Baldwin, and some of my most memorable experiences are being able to enjoy the small-town lakehouses and forests, while also taking day trips further north to hike, swim, and explore the larger cities.

Are there beaches in Michigan?

Home to the five Great Lakes, Michigan has thousands of miles of lakeshore with a variety of sandy beaches on the coast of the mitten-shaped state. Most towns along Lake Michigan Lake Superior have several public beaches with amenities like bathrooms and vendors. From the dunes of Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore to Grand Haven State Park and Saugatuck’s Oval Beach, there’s plenty of beaches to explore.

If you prefer a smaller lakehouse experience, there are thousands of small inland lakes across the state, many surrounded by small, private beaches and secluded forests. Many of these also include small sections of public beaches, as well as boat launches.

Is it safe to stay in a vacation rental?

According to the CDC, it’s safe for vaccinated individuals to travel in the US. Experts also say that Airbnbs can be safer than hotels. All of the Airbnbs follow an enhanced cleaning protocol and you can find the cleaning process for each Vrbo rental on its listing page.

Each of these listings is for the entire home, which allows for safe social distancing and limited interactions with others. While any travel can pose a risk, we recommend following CDC guidelines for safety.

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

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

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

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

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

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Charming studio in the artsy ViBe District

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

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

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

Cozy one-bedroom in Rudee Inlet

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

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

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

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

Renovated condo a block from the ocean

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

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

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

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

Oceanfront studio with a shared pool in the North End

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

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

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

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

Midcentury modern home in the North End

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

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

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

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

Waterfront apartment in Croatan

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

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

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

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

Centrally located stay in a renovated beach shack

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

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

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

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

Family-friendly beach retreat with a pool in Sandbridge

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

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

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

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

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

Recently-built house close to the Oceanfront

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

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

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

Luxe abode in the historic Cavalier Shores neighborhood

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

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

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

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

Big bay-front property in Chick’s Beach

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

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

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

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

FAQ: Airbnb in Virginia Beach

Where is Virginia Beach?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What is there to do in Virginia Beach?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Is Virginia Beach open to visitors?

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

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

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

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

What is Airbnb’s cancellation policy?

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

Is it safe to stay in an Airbnb right now?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Napa Valley cottage in downtown Calistoga

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

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

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

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

Vineyard guesthouse in St. Helena

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

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

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

Vineyard cabin in Paso Robles

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

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

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

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

Mountain guesthouse with a pool in Napa

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

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

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

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

Modern barn on vineyard near Healdsburg

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

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

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

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Airstream with private hot tub beside tasting room in Wapato

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

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

Vineyard cottage near Walla Walla

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

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

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

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Wine Country yurt near Salem

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

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

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

Willamette Valley cabin with vineyard views

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

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

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

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

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Log cabin near Fredericksburg in the Texas Hill Country

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

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

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

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Vineyard barn in Palisade wine country

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

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

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

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Hudson Valley tiny home on Shawagunk wine trail

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

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

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

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

Historic Finger Lakes barn on Seneca Lake Wine Trail

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

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

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

North Fork farmhouse cottage in Laurel, Long Island

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

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

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

Cottage near beaches and vineyards on Long Island

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

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

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

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

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Farmhouse near Afton

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

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

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

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

Are wineries safe to visit?

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

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

What’s the best time to visit a winery?

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

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

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

What are the best wine regions in the US?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Is Airbnb safe?

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

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

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

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

What is Airbnb’s cancellation policy?

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

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15 of the best Airbnbs in Greece, from a penthouse with views of the Acropolis to a pool villa in Mykonos

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The best Airbnbs in Greece include homes with pools and great views.

  • Greece is top of mind for vacationing Americans this summer thanks to a vaccination-friendly policy.
  • Greece’s islands and cities offer something for everyone and Airbnbs are often cheaper than hotels.
  • We found top-rated Airbnbs in Greece with beautiful locales, great design, and cheap prices.

With the sparkling Aegean stretching out in front of it, Greece’s seafront shores and historical cities have long been at the top of American travelers’ bucket lists.

This summer, Americans are flocking to Greece in unexpectedly huge numbers thanks to its vaccination-friendly policy, and the launch of nonstop flights to Athens from hubs like Chicago, Atlanta, and Dallas.

Rather than staying in chain hotels or too expensive seaside resorts, there are many top-rated Airbnbs in Greece that offer the opportunity to live like a local (or a royal) while immersed within the local culture. They are also more cost-effective for families and typically more spacious than European hotel rooms, which run quite small.

As a Europe-based travel writer who’s visited multiple Greek islands, I turned to several local experts to determine the best places to vacation in Greece and used their advice to find the best Airbnbs Greece.

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

Rose-tinted apartment in downtown Nafplio

Rose-tinted apartment in downtown Nafplio
Nafplio is a seaside port town that was the first capital of Greece.

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This stylishly designed apartment is comfortable, cozy, and right off the old town in Nafplio, placing you within walking distance of top sites like the Nafplio National Gallery.

Simple but well-decorated, the apartment features rose-colored walls and fashionable touches like rattan chairs and a black-and-white geometric backsplash with pops of color from turquoise appliances. 

While it doesn’t offer a lot of extra amenities, the central location makes up for it. You won’t even need a car to get around. 

Minimalist, monochromatic Thessaloniki apartment

Minimalist, monochromatic Thessaloniki apartment
Thessaloniki is Greece’s second-largest city and this apartment is in the heart of the city.

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This minimalist apartment is great for a couple coming to take in the city’s culture and history for a couple of days. Modern and monochromatic in black and white, it’s warmed up with warm wood accents like paneling on the walls and honey-toned floorboards.

There’s a big kitchen with a Nespresso machine and a couch to sprawl out on in front of the large-screen smart TV. The bedroom is cozy with a plush mattress, plenty of pillows, and crisp, clean bed linens, plus a wall-to-wall wardrobe for hanging up vacation clothes. 

This home is located in the heart of downtown, just three minutes on foot from the waterfront, and less than a minute to popular pedestrian areas like Iktinou as well as the Mitropoleos shopping street. If Aristotle Square is on your must-see list, it’s just a seven-minute walk.

Modern penthouse in Chania

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This penthouse in central Chania is a modern base to explore the city.

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This spacious apartment offers a modern take on beach living in Nea Chora with all the benefits of being in town. It’s close to the sand beach and just a 10-minute walk to dining out and the old town in Chania.

Inside is clean and minimalist with bohemian touches as well as local ones that give color and context to your stay. The beds are guaranteed to be comfortable too, with mattresses that come from a highly-regarded Greek manufacturer and linens that are are 100-percent cotton. 

Spacious apartment within a castle in Monemvasia

Spacious Apartment with Balcony & Amazing Sea View
Stay in an actual castle when you book this Airbnb.

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In a town with a castle, it doesn’t get much better than actually staying in one. This particular home is located within an 11th-century castle, and the details inside reflect and enhance the building’s history with vaulted timber ceilings, stone walls, and vintage-looking rugs and wall hangings.

The house can sleep a family, and bedrooms are well-appointed with white linens and traditional wooden furniture. The larger bedroom is particularly spacious with a terrace immediately off of it that includes lounge chairs positioned to gaze out over the tiled rooftops of the port town and the sparkling sea beyond.  

Ground-floor island apartment in Lasithi with ocean views

Ground-floor island apartment with ocean views
This stunning oasis boasts beautiful decor and views.

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This Instagram-ready apartment is loaded with soothing beach vibes thanks to a swinging rattan chair, jute rugs, basket lamps, and stunning views out to sea.

If you must work while you’re away, the furnished balcony off the living room looks out onto the water and has enough space for a table and your laptop. Better yet, curl up with a book on the chair of the terrace that is located off the bedroom. Cool concrete cabinetry in the kitchen and a large glass walk-in shower in the spacious bathroom keep the look streamlined. 

Cycladic house in Santorini with panoramic views

Cycladic house with panoramic views
A quintessential Santorini stay means booking a Cycladic house like this with impressive cliff views.

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This Cycladic house is located in one of the best positions possible for great views. It offers a 180-degree panorama from the highest point in the village with views of the whole island and the sea beyond from its blue-lattice-topped roof terrace.

Furnishings are breezy and modern with a Cycladic touch. Think white upholstery, walls, and tile floors, with pops of color and texture from the woven pillows and rattan furnishings. The look is minimalist but bohemian. The pink tiles in the kitchen with washed blue cabinetry set the tone for a laid-back vibe. 

Seafront house in Halkidiki

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Stay here and the sea will be part of your front yard.

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Newly built and right on the beach, this home has everything needed for a modern, comfortable stay with the ocean just steps from the front gates.

A large terrace forms the front yard, with sunscreens, a ceiling fan, and loungers, as well as an outdoor shower to rinse off between dips. The interior is simple, with monochromatic tones, a large kitchen, plenty of common space, and even an organic garden.

Beachfront apartment in Naxos with rooftop terrace

Seafront apartment with rooftop terrace
The island of Naxos is a must-visit for beach lovers.

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This apartment takes full advantage of the gorgeous views the island of Naxos offers with floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the water. Large, spacious rooms come with dark wood and white linens, and the rooftop terrace shines with long, cushioned built-in benches, a dining set, and a lattice to help filter the sun’s rays. 

Just know that the beach in front of the house isn’t good for swimming thanks to sea urchins, so this isn’t the place if you like to wake up and take a morning dip. But, there are plenty of other swimmable beaches nearby. However, history buffs might not mind as there’s the old sunken city of Naxos in the waters right in front of the house. 

Corfu island stone cottage escape

Corfu island stone cottage escape
This charming stone cottage includes the use of a stunning infinity pool.

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Located in a rural part of the island about a 20-minute drive from the main town and 30 minutes from the airport, this stone cottage is a great getaway if you want an escape in nature, with stunning views of the sea.

It’s designed as a little studio, with a pillow-stacked bed in linens that reflect the stone behind it, timbered ceilings, and a spacious bathroom with a great shower. The living quarters are cozy — the sofa is also the bench for the dining table — but beautifully designed. 

The grounds are shared with the owner, who can work out a schedule for the pool and barbecue so it still feels like your own private hideaway. Three beaches are less than a 15-minute drive, and the central location makes it a great base for day trips if you rent a car. 

Mediterranean island retreat with sea terrace in Porto Cheli

Mediterranean island retreat with sea terrace
The standout feature of this house is a waterfront deck with direct steps into the water.

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Equipped for ocean lovers with your own private ladder for direct a dip into the water, this spacious vacation home boasts a beautiful waterfront location with a stone terrace with gorgeous views.

Inside is cozy and welcoming, with a kitchen big enough to cook for a group, and a pillow-lined seating area. Outdoors, a six-seat dining table is tucked under the cover of leafy trees and a shady stone path down to the water, where there’s a large sundeck overlooking crystal clear water. Think of it as the perfect seaside holiday, just without the crowds. 

Modern penthouse in Athens with Acropolis views and a terrace

Modern penthouse with Acropolis view and terrace
No visit to Greece is complete without a stop in Athens.

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This airy, tranquil, 861-square-foot apartment is located in a historic building that is just a five-minute walk to the square that forms the heart of Plaka. And while it’s close to the action, it’s also a relaxing sanctuary to come home to.

Spotlessly clean, the apartment features a palette of warm wood and white, accented by woven and rattan textiles and furnishings. The bedroom is spacious and breezy with hotel-quality linens, and while some might not love that the WC opens onto the actual bedroom, there’s also another half-bath (and it has plenty of storage space for toiletries too). If you plan to cook, or even just make coffee, the kitchen is seamlessly laid out and spacious. 

The best part, however, is the terrace, with a roll away sliding shade tarp that helps you stay cool when you want to catch views of the Acropolis. There’s also a high bar and patio table outside so you can enjoy a scenic nightcap.  

19th century traditional seafront mansion in Spetses

19th Century Traditional Seafront Mansion
This historic mansion dates back to the 1800s.

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Sink into island life in this Spetses mansion, which was built in 1834 and has plenty of room for a group of friends or a family. The interior is simple but clean, with furnishings and antiques that evoke the house’s younger days.

The bedrooms have white lace curtains, traditional furniture, crisp linens, and various configurations of beds. There’s also a fully equipped kitchen and a generously sized living area and dining room. 

The view to the sea below, directly under blue wrought-iron balconies, is extraordinary and a stunning terrace comes with plenty of space and a barbecue and panoramic views of the ocean. There’s also a beautiful veranda with lounge furniture and a shade cover.

Mykonos sea-view house with a terrace

Mykonos sea-view house with terrace
This villas includes a sweeping terrace with panoramic sea view.

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This modern, island-inspired house is away from the hustle of tourist crowds in Agios Stefanos, and it’s well worth the payoff for being a little away from the center of the action.

A sweeping terrace showcases a panoramic view of the ocean and harbor beyond, with minimalist, all-white Cycladic vibes. The living room is generous, with rattan chairs and a sand-colored sofa, while the all-white bedroom with a Queen bed forms a retreat at the end of the day. Wi-Fi and a 32-inch smart TV also come as part of the holiday, so you can chill out with a film at the end of a hot day in the sun.    

While it could be useful to have a car or scooter for exploring the island (parking is free), a bus stop is nearby that can take you into Chora, a hub for taking buses around the island. 

Paros villa with an infinity pool

Paros Cycladic villa with panoramic sea view
This spacious all-white home has a beautiful private infinity pool.

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It doesn’t get much chicer than a Cycladic villa with an infinity pool and incredible views over the ocean.

Four bedrooms and six beds sleep eight total, and with two and a half bathrooms, there’s room for everyone. Inside is pristinely white with thoughtful decor that pays homage to Greek island life. Splashes of Aegean blue color statement walls and three patios are well furnished for sunning and lounging. 

If you can tear yourself away, the sandy beach is just a three-minute walk away and trust us, you’ll want to catch it for sunset. 

Villa in Kos with a private pool by the sea

Villa with private pool by the sea
For ultimate luxury, book this highly-rated home with a pool.

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Located in Tigaki, this villa is set into the countryside and can hold up to 10 guests, enough to lodge a family reunion, large family, or group of friends traveling together. And although it’s not on the ocean itself — though you can see the water (as well as Turkey) from the patio — it has a generous terrace with a private pool and plenty of space for entertaining. 

The three bedrooms are on the first floor and face the sea and frame the sunset beautifully. The common areas, like the living room, dining area, and open kitchen, are all on the second floor, and there are two outdoor verandas to dine and enjoy a digestif on. Inside is comfortable but sparsely decorated — the focus is on the outside, though the kitchen is big enough to cook up a big meal. 

The villa is also full of amenities beyond the pool including a (very) small gym with a hydro massage and steam chamber, and the villa is serviced three times a week with linen and towel changing as well as pool cleaning. 

You’ll probably want a car to get out and about and make the most of the island, but with that comes another bonus as the hotel is close to Kos airport (less than six miles), so it’s easy to get in and out. 

FAQ: Airbnb in Greece

Is there Airbnb in Greece?

Yes, there is Airbnb in Greece. You can search the entire country on Airbnb, or look at specific areas on the platform’s website or app. 

Where should I stay in Greece?

Where to stay in Greece depends on what kind of vacation you want, and Greece has a scene for pretty much anyone, whether it’s groups of friends looking to party in Mykonos, families seeking a getaway with kids, couples looking to stay on a remote island, or vacationers wanting to soak up culture and food in cosmopolitan cities.

For an off-the-beaten-track stay (at least for Americans), check out the Ionian islands (especially Corfu) or lesser-known islands; or mix it up by alternating beach time with city breaks. The good news is that with ferries and flights at fairly inexpensive rates, you can really design the trip of a lifetime with easy connections to wherever you want to go. 

How much should I budget per night?

Prices for an Airbnb in Greece are all over the map, with a rental available in seemingly every budget. Of course, you might pay more for a sea view in some places, and others, like Port Cheli, might be more expensive thanks to luxury reputations.

Lesser-known islands and cities, however, can easily offer well-rated Airbnbs for around $50 per night. 

How do I find an Airbnb with a pool?

Once you plug in the minimum search parameters (date range, guests, and destination), you can click the “more filters” button to pull up a range of other criteria.

Under the “Facilities” section, you’ll find a checkbox for “pool.” If you tick it, your results will show properties with pools. Just read carefully to see if they’re private or shared with the host or other guests.  

What should I look for in a Greek Airbnb?

One of the first things to look for is making sure you’ll be comfortable in the summer heat. Air conditioning units or windows that allow for cross-ventilation are a must.

You should also look for kitchens or barbecues if you plan to cook.

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12 of the best affordable Airbnbs in Atlanta, all starting under $160 per night

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Best Airbnbs in Atlanta

  • Lively outdoor dining, entertainment, and activities make Atlanta an attractive place to visit.
  • Nature enthusiasts will also find rivers, trails, and parks to explore in the “City in a Forest.”
  • We’ve chosen well-located Airbnbs in the city and just beyond, ranging from $75 to $157 a night.

As travel picks up, the historically busiest airport in all of America, as well as Atlanta’s famous nightlife, are getting back into full swing. There’s no mistaking that the vibrant capital of Georgia is still hot, and heating up even further alongside the weather.

As a longtime Atlanta resident, I know first-hand just how much the city has to offer. The Big A’s gorgeous climate means mild, short winters and lots of sunshine, which gives it a longer season for outdoor dining and activities.

Miles of green space, like city parks, playgrounds, raw and paved trails like the BeltLine and Silver Comet, and the wide, chill- or thrilled-filled (depending on your chosen activity) Chattahoochee River ensure you don’t forget that this bustling destination is also known as “The City in the Forest.” Not to mention the architectural gems that take visitors on a time-traveling tour of design and innovation, despite the city’s infamous torching amidst the Civil War.

So if you’re ready to see why so many Fortune 500 companies, studios, and startups are being drawn to the dazzle of the “Hollywood of the South” and want to explore why it’s become the fourth fastest-growing region in America, we have you covered on where to stay.

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

Private guesthouse near historic Marietta Square

Private guesthouse near historic Marietta Square

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Like a stay at grandma’s house, this guesthouse feels homey, comfortable, and familiar, with simple but fun accents from the yellow bed quilt and floral ottoman to the antique pinball machine in the living area. The home also has a private patio that overlooks the main house, which was built during WWII for the nearby Lockheed airplane factory — a great example of working-class housing during that time. 

Be aware that this guesthouse is located on the same property as the host’s main home, but it is entirely separate and has its own private entrance. The grassy lawn provides a nice area to play or enjoy a picnic, and an extra Twin rollaway bed makes this a nice option for small families.

Located just six blocks from Marietta Square, which you might recognize from “Dumb and Dumber To” and the upcoming Aretha Franklin documentary, “Genius: Aretha,” this area less than half an hour from Midtown Atlanta is rife with charm. Its picturesque square is surrounded by trendy and traditional eateries, shops, and even breweries, and offers events both big and small, such as Taste of Marietta and Tuesday night bluegrass.

On the other side of the square, by the Marietta Museum of History, is the Marietta Square Market, an urban-style food hall with some of the best affordable, casual dining in Atlanta. Its parking lot turns into a bustling farmer’s market on weekends that’s ideal for grabbing some snacks before or after a self-led tour of the many uniquely designed historic homes that line nearby Cherokee, Whitlock, and Church Streets.

Vinings loft with air hockey table near Truist Park

Vinings loft with air hockey table

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Just across the ‘Hootch from the Paces division in upscale Buckhead, this unique neighborhood is among the city’s most desired. It’s here that the walkable Vinings Jubilee shopping center is located, with specialty stores and restaurants inlaid in a village-like design. This area is home to the historic Old Vinings Inn and the iconic Canoe restaurant, as well as residential neighborhoods with homes set to stun. Closer still is Truist Park, where the Braves and local residents play, and Cumberland Mall, the first four-anchor mall built in Georgia. 

Vinings also puts you right at the foot of some great trails along the river, but staying at this loft, you needn’t go too far to get your workout in. Located within a development, there’s a walking trail right on property, along with shared tennis courts, and a resort-style pool. Not to mention the fitness center and on-site studio great for yoga, spin, pilates, or barre workouts. 

This listing boasts steel cable-strung stairs that lead to a roomy loft bedroom, with sunlight streaming in from a row of windows at the base of the dramatically high ceilings. Below, you’ll find a blue velvet couch, a four-person dining table, and a full kitchen with granite countertops. There’s even an air hockey table for those who want a little friendly competition.

For the best outdoor views, head to the patio around the lake in the complex. There, bistro tables give guests a spot to take a deep breath and enjoy some sunshine. 

Urban chic condo in Atlantic Station

Modern Atlantic Station Apartment

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The trendy Atlantic Station neighborhood is perhaps one of the best examples of what it means to live/work/play, all in one luxurious and well-appointed bubble. On the west side of the city, this strategically developed area was built to house 50 shops, a Central Park with live outdoor shows, BODIES The Exhibition, and a movie theatre in a streetscape-like setting. And when the temperatures drop, there’s outdoor ice skating during the short winter season, which ends around mid-February.

Close to Atlantic Station’s big-brand stores, sidewalk cafes, and boutique hotel is this lovely apartment with a modern-eclectic energy thanks to a dynamic mix of patterns and materials, from a green velvet couch to a zebra rug. The balcony offers views of a resort-style saltwater pool that’s enchantingly lit up at night in soothing aqua blues. By day, this pool area is a prime spot to luxuriate under a warm Georgian sun, giving the rooftop with its city views some stiff competition for vacation-luxury vibes. 

This bird’s eye view puts into context just how close this location is to some of Atlanta’s biggest attractions, like the High Art Museum and Tony Award-winning Alliance Theatre. It’s due north of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium — home of the Falcons — and State Farm Arena, and due south of Buckhead, just on the other side of the highway from buzzy Midtown.

Luxurious all-glass apartment in Midtown

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This stunning space in Midtown is everything city-lovers imagine in an upscale urban high-rise, including its prime location. Eye-level with the skyline, you can plan your day just by looking down and out and pointing where next to explore. Floor-to-ceiling windows make up the walls of the bedroom, spacious living room, and even the marble kitchen — a massive benefit of a corner unit. 

Another perk is the large wraparound balcony that boasts it is “large enough for a morning workout.” But if you need more space than that, there’s an all-glass-view gym in the building too, complete with a workout studio, plus a heated outdoor pool and working spaces, just in case you play too hard and feel like you ought to make up for it.

After all, in this location, it’s not difficult to have too much fun. Midtown, the “heart of the arts,” is where all the city’s action really is. Public transportation via the MARTA is more accessible here than almost anywhere else in the city, but if you’re driving in and taking advantage of the included secure parking of this home, everywhere you might want to visit is only minutes away.

Over 150 restaurants, clubs, and bars are scattered throughout this neighborhood, and Piedmont Park and the BeltLine are only steps away from this high-rise. Follow that paved trail to find tiny doors and the Ponce City Market, the city’s largest adaptive reuse project with shops and an incredible food hall of chef-led innovation.

Posh apartment in Buckhead

Illustrious Buckhead Apt w King Bed 5Min frm Lenox

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Buckhead is a posh address shared by the Governor, and this one-bedroom apartment puts you right in the center of it. It’s only a few walkable blocks to Lenox Square, a premium shopping mall with 250 stores spread across nearly 1.6 million square feet. As if that weren’t enough, Phipps Plaza is also only steps away, impressive with its mahogany walls, marble floors, chandeliers, and grand staircase.

But Buckhead isn’t just primed for commerce — it’s good for art and action, too. Around Miami Circle and Bennet Street are clusters of independent art galleries, and the young, affluent professionals that live in this neighborhood frequent the bars, clubs, and chic restaurants along Peachtree and Roswell Roads.

You can prep for a glamorous night out in this light, bright, and spacious apartment, channeling the elegant decor of the apartment. In the bedroom, an upholstered bed is furnished with a memory foam mattress under a trey ceiling, and a minibar stocked with small bottles of liquor and wine offers a pre-gaming amenity. The spacious living area is decked out in a soothing cream and blue color palette, and the modern kitchen includes all-white cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, and grey tiling.

During the day, take advantage of the on-site gym and the rooftop pool. The latter overlooks the city skyline, magical any time. Garage parking for one means you can linger as you like. 

Backyard treehouse-style cabin

Treehouse at Pine Meadows

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For anybody who ever wanted a tree house as a child and now wants style and character as an adult, this novel rental is just the ticket. Half an hour out from Midtown Atlanta in the suburb of Kennesaw, near the mountain, battlefield, and university of that same name, is this charmer with its own private driveway. Once parked, follow the outdoor string lights to find a handcrafted staircase the leads to a vintage front door. 

The exterior is all rough, raw wood, but the inside is a quintessential example of the rustic-chic farmhouse aestehtic. Tall ceilings soar up to a high peak over a stained glass window, while additional floor-to-ceiling windows lend light and airiness to the space. Hardwood flooring, stunningly distressed, contrasts with clean-whitewashed wood plank walls, and a country chandelier hanging over the bed. Antique-style accents like a reading chair, handmade bench, and 100-year-old cabinet are offset by modern amenities like an electric fireplace, heating, air conditioning, and Wi-Fi. 

Outside are two rocking chairs, set on a porch that overlooks a backyard meadow. Steps from there is a surprisingly nice outhouse with a composting toilet and a sink powered by a manual water dispenser. Guests staying for two or more nights get use of a basement shower just 30 steps away.

Creekside studio with an indoor spa

Private Marsh Creek escape indoor spa

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The Chattahoochee Plantation neighborhood is unique not just for its architecturally diverse mega-mansions and its many entrances to the nature preserves along the banks of the Chattahoochee River, but also for its stubborn history. For years, this tiny, ten-foot by seven-mile city was the only thing standing between the city of Atlanta creeping into the boundaries of Cobb County just north of Sandy Springs.

This studio is on the Atlanta side of the river to its obstinate neighbors on gawp-able Paper Mill Road, Columns Drive, and Atlanta Country Club Drive, but gives you plenty to go ga-ga over right on the grounds. Attached to a huge contemporary home overlooking a scenic wooded creek, it has its own private entrance. Just inside, you’ll find an absolutely spectacular indoor pool and hot tub. 

Under soaring ceilings held up with exposed beams are walls of windows and a posh seating area with cabana curtains for privacy, creating an experience not unlike an oversized hydrotherapy room in an upscale resort spa. From there, a back deck and outdoor grill are at guest disposal to better enjoy Marsh Creek views. 

Modern tiny home in Old Fourth Ward

Modern Nordic Tiny Home w Queen in Heart of ATL

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The Old Fourth Ward, affectionately abbreviated to O4W, is one of central Atlanta’s most happening neighborhoods. Just east of Downtown and south of Midtown, it’s now an intriguing combination of new, trendy developments and design right alongside historic sites like Martin Luther King, Jr.’s home. Atlantans love this neighborhood for its miles-long, paved, and elevated BeltLine Trail and the myriad of attractions sprung up around it, like the amazing Ponce City Market.

A block away is where you’ll find this upscale Nordic-style tiny home, whose minimalistic style and plush fur-trimmed accent decor create a sense of Scandinavian simplicity and peace. Every precious inch of this space is used well and Instagram-ready, from the Brazilian hardwood shower that recalls a spa sauna to a lofted bed with skylight window to the small desk that overlooks a rock creek right outside. Also outside is a 125-year-old American sycamore tree in the private yard, and a fenced space that offers a smokeless fire pit and two lounge chairs facing the tiny home’s little patio. 

You’ll be walking distance to trails, shops, and restaurants, but should you want to stay in, there’s a UHD Smart TV that’s Netflix-ready, and a kitchenette that comes complete with an induction cooktop, microwave, and a retro-style fridge.

Loft in Virginia Highlands

Brand New Guest House   VaHi Midtown   1 BDRM+Loft

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Just east of Midtown, Virginia Highlands has been recognized by “Southern Living” as the fourth best neighborhood in all the South — and it’s no wonder. Its tree-lined streets shade beautiful homes and over 75 restaurants, shops, and bars, including Atlanta’s oldest continually licensed tavern, Atkins Park. It’s host to Summerfest in the (you guessed it!) summer and Tour of Homes for looky-loos in the winter; and puts you within steps of the BeltLine, Piedmont Park, and Atlanta’s Botanical Garden.

Homes here are traditionally the beautiful bungalow-style of the ’20s and ’30s, with high ceilings in the pre-war build. This brand-new loft guesthouse is right off the main strip.

Arrive to a gorgeous Craftsman-style entrance with a rose-strewn portico at the entrance, just off the parking area that’s overhung by the loft’s balcony. Once inside, you’ll be hard-pressed to decide which of the two bedrooms you’d rather have: the ground level one with French doors, plantation shutters, and an outside entrance, or the novelty of the loft suspended over the living space and bounded by steel cables. A soothing palette of blues, creams, and natural woods dominates the aesthetic, creating a cool contrast to the rich brick and brown of the exterior. 

High-rise, hotel-style living near Edgewood

Stunning City Getaway   In The Heart Of Atlanta

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Right on the border of quirky, accessible Edgewood and just south of Inman Park and bohemian Little Five Points, this hotel-style resort apartment is at the crossroads of artsy and independent city culture. 

The creative vibe of its location makes it into the decor of a gorgeous common area lounge. It’s stylish and posh, and sexy besides, with splashes of deep reds, rich purples, and bright oranges. The expansive common area also has an oversized shared worktable space with pop-up plugs to keep your gear fully juiced, and a wet bar, dining tables, and TVs to channel more of that city-life workspace feeling. A spiffy gym, also decked out in bold colors, is yours to enjoy during your stay. The apartment has a full modern kitchen, but this close to the Krog Street Market, a world-class and famous food hall, you likely won’t make much use of it. 

Outdoors, though, is where visitors find their R&R. The building’s resort-style pool has private cabanas and tanning areas around it, as well as firepits to gather your group of up to four around.

Carriage house in Chastain Park

Luxury Atlanta Guesthouse in Buckhead

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This carriage house may be less than a mile away from Chastain Park, but it almost feels like your own private preserve. Its long meandering driveway takes you to the wooded property before dropping you off at your new doorstep. Once inside, you’ll find a modern, cool aesthetic that includes a new kitchen with granite counters and gray cabinets, and a spacious, bright marble-pattern bathroom. All around are windows with views of the trees beyond and your closest neighbors will be a barred owl and whatever birds happen to visit the feeder.

As nice as these digs are, outside is actually where the greatest attractions for this property lie. The carriage house opens up to its own deck, which then leads to a charming brick path on a sloped hillside. Head toward the hammock to get to the lovely in-ground pool, which even has fountains spouting into it. Between dips, grill up a meal and enjoy it on various premium loungers, the bar table, or the seats around the fire pit. But if you want a fire pit closer to nature, make your way to the treehouse and the large swing beside it. There’s a more rustic fire pit with tree stump seating there.

Three-story tree house on the mountain

Treasure Hunt Tree House in Metro Atlanta

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Granted, you’re half an hour or so away from the heart of the action in Atlanta’s Midtown out here in suburban Kennesaw, but that seems like a small price to pay to stay in such a fantastical setting. This true tree house, built into the canopy and in one part, around an actual tree is a self-contained adventure. It even has an escape room-type treasure hunt challenge built into your stay. 

Comprised of three floors total across two independent structures connected by a rope bridge lit by fairy lights, the first building features vaulted ceilings with pine beams and a tin roof for rain to gently pitter-patter down. Its walls are made of knotty bamboo walls whose patterns are broken up by a stained glass window and French doors that open wide. Through those doors, access a wraparound porch that leads to the other building, which has a screened-in area with tables and chairs for dining or relaxation, and a ladder fastened against the central tree’s trunk that leads up to a crow’s nest observatory.

Like the rest of the home, the bamboo it’s made of comes from only a few miles away, making it not only a sustainable material, but local to boot. Other local and personal touches include handmade lamps, a cypress and blue resin water pitcher table made with love by the owner, a cedar plank writing desk, and a bucket and pulley system in the crow’s nest. A manmade stream runs beneath, complete with mini waterfalls, a bridge, and hammocks ripe for taking naps to the tune of the gentle gurgle.

A stay here also provides plenty of creature comforts, including a full bathroom with a marble shower and handmade soap just yards from the front steps. 


Where should I stay in Atlanta on vacation?

Midtown is one of the best areas to be close to much of the action. It’s close to the business district, as well as iconic hotels like the W Atlanta. Plus, it has a vibrant arts scene, along with bars, comedy clubs, boutiques, and some of the best restaurants in the city. 

Virginia Highlands is a great option for those seeking a classic bungalow feel. As Atlanta native and prominent realtor Ariel Baverman of Keller Williams First Atlanta puts it, “Virginia Highlands is just cool. The bungalow homes are really nice and super upgraded, typically, built in the 1920s and ’30s, and tend to have high ceilings if pre-war.”

Edgewood is another great place to look for rentals. According to Baverman, it’s “a neighborhood that’s been on the rise over the course of the last 15 or 20 years,” with “lots of new construction” to add more architectural diversity to the traditional Craftsman bungalow blocks. 

When is the best time to visit Atlanta?

From March to May is an especially ideal time to visit Atlanta. The weather is warm enough to take advantage of the numerous outdoor activities, but it won’t be hot and muggy yet.

Summers in Atlanta are known for being extremely hot and humid, and prices often soar during the peak summer season. On the flip side, if you visit in the winter, be prepared for lows in the 30s and possible ice storms. 

Are Airbnbs safe?

According to the CDC, travel in the US is safe for anyone fully vaccinated. Additionally, experts have said private rentals like Airbnbs are one of the safest lodging options since you won’t encounter other guests or have any interactions with staff. 

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19 of the best US lake houses on Airbnb that come with waterfront views, private docks, and plenty of charm

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Airbnb lake houses

  • Lakeside homes boast natural beauty, tranquil seclusion, and many come with private docks for boats.
  • Lakehouse rentals are popular, but we found top-rated Airbnbs priced between $58 and $950 per night.
  • Book with confidence knowing that experts consider a private Airbnb to be safer than a hotel.

Domestic trips amid the great outdoors continue to be the top choice for US travelers and as such, lakes offer some of the most spectacular scenery in the country.

These sun-kissed waters are often framed by bucolic woodlands or mountains and are the ideal antidote to city life. As a travel guidebook writer, I’ve visited and researched many of the regions listed below and have been consistently struck by their rural beauty.

For a family vacation or new work-from-home base, we compiled Airbnb lake homes that are close to outdoor activities both on and off the water. Though, if you do prefer a hotel, read our guide to the best lake hotels in the US.

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These are the best lake houses on Airbnb, sorted by location and price.

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Secluded cabin in the woods in Oregon

Secluded cabin in the woods near Upper Klamath Lake

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Peace and tranquility await in this relatively remote cabin that sits in prime woodlands located a couple of minutes’ drive to the shores of Upper Klamath Lake in Klamath Falls, Oregon. The scenic Cascade Mountains and Crater Lake National Park provide a picturesque backdrop, and this traditional, A-frame cabin offers rustic comfort. 

The wooden interiors and open beam ceilings reflect the woodsy surroundings, and after a day of exploring or hiking, lay back in the cabin’s hammock and listen to nature. The property comes with decks, a fire pit, a grill, and a picnic table. 

Arty bungalow in California

Arty bungalow in Bombay Beach, Salton Sea (CA)

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Bombay Beach near the Salton Sea is the lowest neighborhood in the US, at some 223 feet below sea level. It is also a thriving artistic hub, and the local homes reflect this creative character.

This vintage-style bungalow is like an art installation in itself with striking geometric exterior stripes, eye-popping art pieces, and a rooftop abstract installation that makes the home hard to miss. 

Inside, wood paneling and a burnt orange color palette frame a myriad of photos, paintings, and other original art pieces. The Salton Sea, which is actually a lake, is right outside, and after dark, the night sky becomes a canvas for stargazers. This home is a slice of inspirational solitude for creative minds. 

Dazzling chalet in California

Dazzling Chalet by Sunnyside in Lake Tahoe (CA)

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A classic, Alpine, double A-frame aesthetic built with modern architecture in mind awaits at this Lake Tahoe Airbnb. Light floods in through the huge windows and shines across this spacious, sleekly designed spot. 

Douglas Fir flooring and white, Scandinavian tiling make for a clean, contemporary interior and cast iron bathtubs, a full kitchen, and open plan living spaces add to the allure. The home is ensconced by the surrounding forest and Lake Tahoe is just at the end of the lane, a couple of minutes’ walk away. Tahoe City, a couple of minutes by car, has plenty of options for boat or kayak rentals. 

Entire lake house in California

Entire house in Lake Almanor (CA)

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A large family would love this huge, four-bedroom house with a host of on-site activities including a pool table, darts, videos, and board games. The property, built over a double lot, enjoys a plum location two minutes’ drive from Lake Almanor with its beaches and country club. A boat slip is available over the summer months, and the location on the peninsula makes the entire lake accessible. 

There are multiple living rooms and a garage was converted into a games room. Farmhouse-style slate fireplaces and striking diagonal wooden wall panels create an evocative, comfortable interior and tall trees provide shade over the various decks. Fire up the grill and serve up a family dinner in the picnic area, graced by woodlands and fresh country air. 

Log home with a hot tub in California

Big Bear Mountain CA

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With 4,000 square feet of space for up to eight people, this indulgent home offers strong value for families and groups. All the wood in this log cabin-inspired home was locally sourced, and cathedral ceilings and craftsman-like paneling complement wood-burning fireplaces to complete the look.

Nearby Big Bear Lake is just a couple of minutes drive down the hill, and the slopes of Bear Mountain are all ripe for exploration. The town of Big Bear Lake, about 10 minutes by car, has all the rental facilities you might need for a day out on the water. It would be a delight to return home to this cozy, cottage-like house with its outdoor hot tub and comfy living spaces. 

Waterfront home in Arizona

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

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

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

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Lake house on a quiet cove in Alabama

Lake Martin AL

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The lake views come at you from every direction thanks to the large, light-giving windows that grace this beautiful, waterfront property. On the placid waters of Lake Martin, the three-bedroom house comes with a large deck and a private dock with an upper deck and boat slip, so boat owners can bring their vessels and moor up overnight. 

White painted wooden ceilings and traditional hardwood floors frame a classic-looking interior, with classy, cream-colored soft furnishings and open plan living and dining rooms. Subtle, aquatic-themed accessories and touches like a vintage cocktail bar and an antique kitchen table make for a refined look, and there are playful additions such as an indoor swing seat.  

An island escape in Florida

An island escape in Lake George (FL)

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Guests have to bring their own boat or take a water taxi to reach this secluded cottage that dates back to the 19th century. Set on five private acres on St John’s river leading into Lake George, Florida, the property comes with a private deck, a boat lift, and prime access to superb fishing. 

The large, open-plan living and dining rooms mix contemporary furnishings with exposed wooden ceilings and wicker baskets, wooden barrels, and a farmhouse-style kitchen. There’s a family-sized table for eating the catch of the day and the vintage flair evokes a lodge-like aesthetic. It’s truly a place to get off-grid and enjoy the surrounding nature. 

For an easy meal, boat three miles upstream to the locally-loved seafood and steakhouse restaurant, Renegades on the River. 

Unique bayou home in Louisiana

Comfy Caseville Cottage on Lake Huron

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With a name like The Pelican’s Retreat, you’d likely expect a lovely coastal location and easy, marine-adjacent living. You’d be right here, as this three-bedroom house sits on the water at the end of Bayou Bonfouca, which leads into the expansive Lake Pontchartrain. 

Inside is bright and breezy with a turquoise and white color palette, and there’s a fully equipped kitchen with an air fryer and Instant Pot for cooking up whatever you catch. Later, unwind than in the six-person hot tub. 

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Comfy cottage in Michigan

Caseville Cottage

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This cottage is two minutes from the waters of Saginaw Bay, one of the most scenic corners of Lake Huron in Michigan. There’s a beach within a mile of the property and the hosts provide five bicycles and two 10-foot kayaks to explore with ease. 

Staying here feels all-American with a red, white, and blue exterior, traditional white fence, and a farmhouse-style aesthetic that includes gingham curtains, wooden cabinets, crocheted bedspreads, and country chic dressers. Though, you’ll likely spend most of your time outside on the furnished deck with its own barbecue grill. 

140-year-old farmhouse in Iowa

Lake Red Rock

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Country living is easy in this historic farmhouse with preserved original fittings, some of which date back to the late nineteenth century. The shores of Lake Red Rock are just a couple of minutes away, and Des Moines Airport is less than 30 minutes by car. 

The house enjoys beautiful craftsmanship, from the elaborate woodwork around the staircase and window frames to stained glass windows and original edged glasswork on the front door. Large evening meals are best enjoyed on the huge, three-tier deck with its own gazebo and gas grill. 

Lakefront condo in Missouri

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This two-bedroom condo is a nice option for families given its location within The Ledges Condominiums, a popular lakeside community situated right on the Lake of the Ozarks main channel at the 21-mile marker. Staying here comes with access to two lakeview pools, a sandy beach, a playground, and easy fishing or swimming from the on-site docks.

Inside, the place appears modern and spotless with bright and airy rooms that offer an impressive vantage point to watch the water and passing boats. The master bedroom is lined with oversized windows next to a King-sized bed with a flat-screen TV, Roku, and a private bathroom. A second bedroom has two additional beds.

The open living area flows to the kitchen and also includes a sofa bed and sliding glass doors that lead to a patio with panoramic views of the main channel.

Garden cabin near two lakes in Michigan

Fanny Hooe Lake Superior

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Lake Fanny Hooe is kind of an aquatic annex to Lake Superior, separated only by a thin stretch of land, so in effect, you’re getting access to two lakes for the price of one. This thoughtfully designed cabin is right on the water with a shared boat dock, its own beachfront, and multiple decks around the property to enjoy the views. 

As well as having its own dock, the cabin has craftsman-built wooden interiors, hardwood floors, and wood-burning heaters for a sumptuously cozy quality. Exposed beams, a wooden kitchen island, and slate bathrooms add to the decor. There are trails surrounding the cabin that are good for year-round hiking, biking, snowmobiling, and skiing.

Modern A-Frame home close in Michigan

Lake Michigan A-Frame

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Curated design and impeccable taste are on show here, just a few hundred feet from the shores of Lake Michigan. This gem of a cottage comes with quirky, pebble-dashed and wooden exteriors made from reclaimed materials from a historic rollercoaster. 

Charming interior design comes together with midcentury modern armchairs, modernist lamp stands, an understated stone fireplace, and cool ceramic tiles. Lake Michigan is just beyond the woodland, and very accessible via service roads within a couple of minutes by car. 

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Tiny lake house in Pennsylvania

Lake Erie Tiny House

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The fashion for tiny house living has been an enduring one, and this bungalow just a few minutes from Lake Erie is a wonderful example. Small but exquisitely formed, the house is near the shores of the fourth-largest Great Lake — at the end of the street, it’s just a couple of minutes’ drive. Downtown Erie is also close with a plethora of rental outlets for whatever aquatic adventures you’re planning. 

Low-slung leather sofas have a cool midcentury look, while wooden kitchen cabinets resemble an update on the classic craftsman style. Wicker hampers, woven rugs, and charmingly folksy artworks add character. There’s even a dedicated workspace to accommodate the rise in remote working.

Private sanctuary in Upstate New York

Private sanctuary on Irondequoit Bay, Lake Ontario

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A lakeside spot in upstate New York is a prestigious perch, and the price for this lovely apartment makes it a real bargain. Panoramic Irondequoit Bay views stream in through the windows, and the property comes with access to its own basic but perfectly functional dock for boaters. 

The interiors are a contemporary symphony of white and cream shades, giving the place more of an urban vibe rather than rustic, which is a refreshing alternative to most vacation rentals in the area. There’s a beautiful white-tiled bathroom, a gourmet kitchen, and a shared on-site exercise room for guest use. The great outdoors is on the doorstep and ample fishing waits in the nearby waters. 

Vineyard villa in New York

Vineyard villa by Seneca Lake (NY)

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Flanked by local wine and brewery trails and the stunning coastline of Seneca Lake, this villa in upstate New York is a sweet spot to kick back with a nice bottle of vino. In fact, you can enjoy it on the balcony overlooking the lake itself, which is just a couple of hundred feet away. 

The home is spread over two stories with dark hardwood floors, a shared fire pit and grill, and French doors that open up onto the aforementioned balcony with gorgeous lake views. 

Mountain view chalet in New Hampshire

Mountain View Chalet

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Lake Winnipesaukee is the largest lake in New Hampshire and is surrounded by the foothills of the White and Gunstock Mountains. This striking Alpine chalet is set back from the lake shores, just under 10 minutes down the winding hillside roads. Once there, Lakeshore Park has boating and fishing equipment rentals. 

The property has notable features such as its overhanging roof, a popping blue paint job, and tall chalet-style windows through which light pours in. The place comes with an exterior shower, hot tub, outdoor fire pit, and a huge wraparound deck. Rustic yet contemporary, other fun touches include a foosball table.

Sebago Lake getaway with private waterfront in Maine

Sebago Lake getaway with private waterfront

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With skiing at nearby Shawnee Peak in the winter and the glorious Sebago Lake in warmer months, this spot has year-round appeal. A ferry service is five minutes’ away to whisk you across the waters to picturesque Frye Island, a lovely jaunt for lunch or dinner. 

The property comes with 190 feet of private waterfront and its own basic dock. Take out a kayak or just relax in the hammock with a good book. The house is also very tastefully appointed, with gorgeous hardwood floors, a statement slate fireplace, and lots of colorful, abstract modern art.

FAQ: Booking a lake house on Airbnb

Where are the best lake houses?

Many of the best lakes are found in the US, across the country, from the aptly named Great Lakes to smaller, but no less enthralling bodies of water throughout regions such as California, the South, and dotted around the Northeast.

Is it safe to stay in an Airbnb?

A lake trip is also well-suited to social distancing. If you’re wondering if Airbnb is safe, private home rentals are considered by most experts to offer a higher level of safety compared to hotels. They minimize interactions, and hosts are required to follow enhanced cleaning procedures. However, there are still risks and we recommend following CDC guidelines, practicing social distancing, double masking, and washing your hands frequently.

What is Airbnb’s cancellation policy?

During an evolving period such as the pandemic, it’s important to be aware of cancellation policies and make sure you’re protected should your travel plans change or if someone in your group were to fall ill.

Know that there are no blanket policies on Airbnb and the cancellation policy differs from home to home, set by each individual host. Here’s a closer look at Airbnb’s cancellation policies.

How do I book a lake home on Airbnb?

Search for lake houses on Airbnb based on state and town you want to visit, and filter by date, neighborhood, price, bedrooms or bathrooms, and more. For a true lake home, you’ll want to select an amenity filter such as ‘Waterfront’ or ‘Beachfront.’ For a full breakdown on how to book on Airbnb, click here.

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14 of the best Hudson Valley Airbnbs including cozy cabins, whimsical tree houses, and even a train caboose

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unique Hudson Valley Airbnbs

  • This summer, many New Yorkers are seeking a close-to-home vacation to enjoy the outdoors.
  • We found Hudson Valley cabins, cottages, and barns in Beacon, Hudson, Rhinebeck, and other towns.
  • All Hudson Valley Airbnbs are highly-rated with top-notch amenities and start under $450 per night.

As travel resumes amid the pandemic, many city dwellers continue to seek nature-filled getaways while still practicing social distancing.

New York’s Hudson Valley makes this easy, drawing visitors from all over the Northeast, especially New York urbanites looking for a close-to-home city break. While ideal in every season, the Hudson Valley is particularly alluring for a spring or summer trip thanks to an abundance of rolling greenery, breweries, outdoor activities such as hiking, and many cute cabins to serve as your base. Or, plan a fall getaway now to savor incredible foliage and leaf peeping.

Find cabins, cottages, and barns in Hudson Valley towns like Beacon, Rhinebeck, Hudson, and others, which are all teeming with scenic Airbnb vacation rentals.

Browse all of the unique Hudson Valley Airbnbs below, or jump to a specific area here:

These are the best Hudson Valley Airbnbs, sorted by price from low to high.

Goat farm yurt in Pattersonville

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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 washbasin, and a small pantry with an electric kettle. However, there is no full kitchen and the bathroom is an outhouse located right near the yurt.

Guests can spend their days strolling through the woods and gardens, exploring the farm, or eating breakfast with the goats.

Farmhouse in Kingston


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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. The home 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.

Waterfront cottage in Hyde Park

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A waterfront find can be rare in the Hudson Valley, making this well-priced cottage a true gem. Walls of windows frame picturesque views that offer a front row for 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, toiletries, and a grill.

Carriage house in Hudson


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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 no 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.

Downtown flat in Hudson


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This Hudson Airbnb is immaculate. The living room is Pinterest-worthy with contrasting rugs, a plush leather sofa, contemporary lighting, green leafy plants, and framed art. Throw some vinyl on the record player while preparing a meal in the full kitchen, and save time for a soak in the clawfoot tub, which infuses a nice dose of retro glam.

The backyard is lit by twinkle lights and includes an expansive fenced lawn with a patio and begs for a night under the stars. The price is also quite affordable when split between two couples, or for a small family.

Restored caboose in Windham

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Escape the ordinary with this listing, which is actually a restored 1922 train caboose parked 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 as memorable as the unconventional exterior. It’s 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.



Midcentury farmhouse cottage in Rhinebeck

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This cozy stay exudes retro charm thanks to colorful midcentury details like a cherry red fridge, turquoise appliances, and plenty of plant life.

The studio is compact but well laid out so it doesn’t feel cramped, and includes a full kitchen, a wooden dining table, a pullout sofa, and a King-size bed.  

Two large doors open up onto a wooden deck with Adirondack chairs that make for a nice spot to enjoy a morning coffee, while a small fire pit offers a place to warm up or make s’mores.

Cozy A-frame cottage in Lanesville

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For those looking to hit the slopes this winter, this cozy spot is within easy walking distance of the ski resort at Hunter Mountain. In spring and summer, though, there’s plenty of nature to admire and nearby hiking and other outdoor pursuits.

The pitched A-frame 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 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.

Historic home with a private sauna in Kingston

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Located in the 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 also has 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 cedar sauna. 

Bowler house in Hudson

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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 remain from 1860, such as pre-tin plaster moldings, mahogany stairwells, and etched glass, with newer renovations that pay homage to the past while adding plush comforts.

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 sleigh bed looks especially inviting.

A-frame cabin in Red Hook

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This restored 1968 A-frame cabin dazzles from the inside and out, likely due to the fact that its hosts are fashion designers based out of Brooklyn.

This expertly designed home is also an Airbnb Plus property and midcentury pieces feature prominently, as do cool lighting fixtures, statement chairs, dark wood, and vintage Danish furniture. 

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. 

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.

Contemporary treehouse with a hot tub in Willow

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For an enchanting escape, try this whimsical treehouse that’s also an architectural stunner. Located 15 minutes from Woodstock, it’s nestled among the trees on 34 acres and overlooks a small pond that guests may swim in. The interiors are open and bright with floor-to-ceiling windows in every room that frame the surroundings in dramatic fashion.

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.

There’s also a killer record collection, a wood-burning fireplace, and a Swedish hot tub heated by firewood. Be aware this is one of the most popular Airbnbs in the area and can book up as far as a year in advance.

Spacious carriage house with a private pool in Rhinebeck

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Featuring a red roof and big windows, this carriage house dates back to 1891 but has been fully renovated. Wide plank wood floors, built-in cabinets, and reading nooks give it a cozy cabin vibe, and the tall pitched roof over the living area makes it feel extra spacious. A sleek tiled bathroom adds an upscale element. 

However, the real draw is the outdoor space. The home is located on two acres that include grassy areas with a playground for kids, a massive outdoor fireplace, a garden, and a stone patio with lounge chairs surrounding a large, heated saltwater pool. 

The thoughtful guests will also pick you up at the train station if needed.

Modern cabin with pool in Rhinebeck

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This gorgeous glass and wood cabin is a designer’s dream with crisp white interiors complemented by an exposed wall of wood logs that’s as functional as it is atmospheric. Throw one in the retro-inspired fireplace and then retreat to the spa-like bathroom in the master bedroom with a standing deep soaking tub. Chilly toes will find solace on the radiant heat cement floors.

There is also a full kitchen and two bedrooms, plus a third sleep area in the solarium, which also features a double bed. Walls of windows offer 360 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. 

FAQ: Hudson Valley Airbnbs

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 far is Hudson Valley from New York City?

Depending on how far up along the Hudson River you travel, it can take anywhere from one and a half to three hours from midtown Manhattan, typically.

Many New York City train lines reach Hudson Valley towns such as Peekskill, Cold Spring, and Beacon in around two hours, while heading up to Poughkeepsie, Rhinebeck, or Hudson will take a bit longer. To get there faster than the train, consider renting a car if you don’t have one of your own. 

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 well 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 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.

Is Airbnb safe?

The CDC notes that fully vaccinated people may safely travel throughout the US.

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 course, 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.

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  • Airbnb released the most wish-listed unique listings in every state, plus the District of Columbia.
  • The top picks are unique and memorable, from geodesic domes to tiny houses and yurts.
  • Below, we detail key info for each, including ratings, what’s included, and price.

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While the pandemic derailed many travel plans, it didn’t stop travelers from planning trips. Among other travel trends for 2021, unique private vacation rentals continue to be extremely popular.

If you’re looking for travel inspiration, consider the following Airbnbs, which earned the title of the most wish-listed home in every state. These Airbnb homes garnered the most “saves” to travelers’ wish lists and we have a hunch they’re about to be saved to your favorites, too.

From a larger-than-life potato in Idaho to a farmhouse mansion in New Jersey, rural and remote destinations reigned supreme, while tree house rentals and tiny homes emerged as the most popular style. Just know that with such popular homes, many listings are booked up in the coming weeks and months; these are the types of Airbnbs you often can only book far in advance.

Browse the most popular homes on Airbnb below, or jump directly to a specific area here:

These are the most wish-listed unique Airbnbs in every state, sorted alphabetically

Alabama: Storybook castle in Fairhope

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In Downtown Fairhope, you can stay in the most charming suite in town located inside a historic castle with a small enchanted forest as your backyard.

The studio space is equipped with all the comforts you’ll need to stay like a King-size bed and a small kitchenette with a stovetop. Across the property, you’ll also find Mosher Castle, which can’t be booked on Airbnb, but is open for tours.

Alaska: Cozy log cabin in Fairbanks

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Standing out in the snow, this authentic cabin looks out over a waterfowl refuge at the edge of the woods. There are plenty of trails to explore and it’s just five miles from downtown. As you walk in, wood paneling covers every inch of this home while rustic furniture completes the romantic, classic cabin look.

The bedroom upstairs has a private balcony with a great view for bird-spotting. This is a partially dry cabin, which means that although there is some running water in the kitchen and a small RV-style shower, you’ll need to visit the traditional Alaskan outhouse for all other business. 

Arkansas: 87Getaway tree house in Mountain View

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You can sleep among the trees in the Ozark Forest in this huge multi-level tree house. Inside you’ll find a contemporary home with two bedrooms, a hot tub, and a top deck where you can look onto the treetops.

There is plenty of lounge space on the lower deck with a hammock and seating area near the grill, but there is also a fire pit on the patio waiting for campfire memories to be made.

Arizona: Hogan earth room in Cameron

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In Arizona’s Western Navajo Nation, you can stay in an authentic hogan, which is a traditional Navajo dwelling. There’s no electricity or running water, but there is an outhouse. Firewood and five gallons of water will also be provided. Located off a dirt road, this traditional home is fitted with two cots and a small kitchen table.

In this Airbnb, you can escape the business of the rest of the world and enjoy the quiet of the desert under a night sky full of stars in this extremely remote location.

California: Pirates of the Caribbean getaway in Topanga Canyon

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Fifteen minutes from Santa Monica in Los Angeles, this tropical and pirate-themed house is overflowing with nautical and macabre decor and colored lights provide a feast for the eyes.

Immersed in a forest with water features, the home is filled with nature-inspired details like an outdoor tub encrusted with seashells, multiple sitting areas with swinging benches, plus hammocks and a teepee for sleeping under the stars. The interior is small, but just as detail-rich with straw woven walls that carry the natural tones from the kitchenette into the jungle-embedded bedroom.

Colorado: Rocky Mountain tree house in Carbondale

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Although tree houses may seem like a new trend, this gigantic one dates back to 1971, sitting 25 feet above the ground on two beautiful acres in the mountains.

With three levels, this feels like a classic cozy cabin with lots of balcony and patio space for enjoying the fresh air from the hot tub. There is also a wood-burning stove, a full kitchen, and a rock shower.

Connecticut: Geodesic dome in Bethlehem

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Located on a 65-acre organic farm, this is a great place to relax with interiors that are extremely charming, blending the geometric shapes of the dome with fairytale-esque furniture. This dome offers an unplugged experience in a natural landscape, meaning that there’s no electricity, heat, or running water.

However, guests will still have access to the main house’s bathrooms and other modern conveniences. 

Delaware: Tiny home in Milton

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Claiming to be the first tiny home in the state, this miniature house certainly takes the first place prize for adorability. The space is compact, but hyper-functional and is big enough for a queen bed, a washer and dryer, and a composting toilet.

The interior feels larger than it appears with white walls and a thoughtful design that lets in the light from the lofted bedroom upstairs. There’s also a fire pit outside and nearby trails to explore on the coast.

District of Columbia: Historic Logan Circle home in Washington

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Located in a historic Logan Circle brownstone, this one-bedroom condo is up to date with modern touches like recessed lighting, bamboo floors, and stainless steel appliances. Colorful midcentury furniture offers a fun design throwback, but the home hangs on to its historic roots with an exposed brick wall and original trimmings.

It’s located in a very walkable part of the city, not far away from the monuments and main attractions.

Florida: Tree house at Danville in Geneva

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If you always wanted to stay in a tree house, but hate climbing stairs, you’ll be happy to know this one in Central Florida comes with an elevator. The home has plenty of mood lighting and the house itself is a yurt located between two oak trees.

Skylights keep the setting bright and the deck provides a fire pit and grill for romantic nights under the stars. With air conditioning, a full bathroom, and an elevator, this tree house has plenty of modern amenities to keep you comfortable.

Georgia: Secluded tree house in Atlanta

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You don’t need to travel far from the city to find your dream tree house in the woods, because this one is actually located in Atlanta. One of Airbnb’s most popular listings worldwide, this tree house is made up of three separate structures connected by rope bridges, all of which are impeccably decorated with soft and modern decor and strewn with twinkle lights.

The highlight of the home is the hammock deck, which is located around a 165-year old southern pine. Just know this home books up far in advance.

Hawaii: Luxury tree house in Kailua-Kona

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Looking out over the lush Kailua-Kona Beach on the Big Island, this sophisticated tree house is nature-inspired luxury at its finest, with mango wood furniture and a mosaic-tiled shower.

In addition to essentials like a full kitchen and bathroom, the home has unexpected perks like a hot tub and enormous sliding doors in the bedroom, so you can more fully enjoy the beautiful sunset view.

Idaho: Potato Hotel in Boise

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Never judge a potato by its cover. While this might look like a roadside gimmick, the inside of this hollowed-out potato is a shockingly adorable studio with a plush bed and minimalist decor with a tasteful amount of millennial pink.

The potato has electricity, a mini-fridge, and a record player. The bathroom is in a customized silo nearby that also includes a spa sanctuary for extra relaxation. 

Illinois: Rural cabin in Normal

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Originally built in 1865, this home is an authentic rural cabin that has been renovated to include a lofted bedroom with views of the pasture.

The home is located on a working farm and includes a small kitchenette with the basics, and charming front porch, plus a fire pit outside. There’s a bathroom, but you’ll need to shower in another building on the property.

Indiana: Spacious barn in Nashville

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Dating back to the 20th century, this huge 2,500 square-foot barn was completely renovated to include comforts like a spacious living room, a full kitchen with stainless steel appliances, and a pool table.

A spiral staircase leads to the bedroom upstairs, but there are also two bedrooms on the ground floor, which makes this barn big enough for a party of six. All areas of this Airbnb maintain the charm of the barn and a hot tub on the property is also available so you can enjoy a late-night soak under a sky full of stars.

Iowa: Log house in Bayard

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If you get enough people together, you can get a great deal on this six-bedroom, four-bathroom cabin that can sleep up to 16 guests. The interior is cozy and classic with farmhouse furniture and a fireplace that sits between the main dining area and living room.

A covered sunroom offers a lot of space to enjoy the surrounding forest from indoors, but if the weather is nice you can enjoy the yard’s charcoal grill for dinner on the deck or a night around the fire pit.

Kansas: Cozy cabin retreat in Tonganoxie

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Located on 15-acres of woods with many hiking trails, two ponds, and a meditation center, this cabin, which is part of a retreat center, is a perfect escape into nature. Without compromising on its rustic look, this one-bedroom cabin also offers homey comforts like a full kitchen, washer and dryer, and the hosts will even throw in fishing poles for you to use.

In addition to all the outdoor space to explore, you’ll also have your own patio with a picnic table, fire pit, and a few hammocks.

Kentucky: Eagles Nest tree house in Stanton

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Huge windows allow you to peer out into the first of the Red River Gorge from every angle in this wood-paneled home. The tree house was built in the trees and is at the end of a steep gravel road, far away from civilization.

There are two bedrooms, located in two different buildings, and just one bathroom in the main house where you’ll also find a small kitchen area. Through the multi-deck area, you’ll also find rocking chairs, swinging benches, a grill, and a stone fireplace so you can enjoy the national forest in one of the most comfortable ways possible.

Louisiana: Historic firehouse in New Orleans

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One of the few Airbnbs on this list located in a city, this historic firehouse in New Orleans’ French Quarter is something special and can sleep up to 14 people with seven bedrooms and seven bathrooms.

While the outside maintains the firehouse look, the inside is like a classic hotel with a big living area set out in front of the big red firehouse doors. There is a spiral staircase, but unfortunately no classic firehouse sliding pole.

Maine: Canopy tree house in Sanford

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Elegantly designed, this multi-level treehouse stands out with its red-and-white design scheme in the full kitchen and natural, but polished touches in the upstairs bedroom, plus a large rain shower to provide that extra touch of luxury.

The home has the extra benefit of being eco-friendly, using wind power to fuel electricity, heat, and hot water. It’s also located near a large pond should you want to go kayaking or relax by the water.

Maryland: Light keeper’s house in Lusby

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Learn what it’s like to live like a lightkeeper at this huge six-bedroom and four-and-half bath house located on the Chesapeake Bay. The building was built in 1820 and is the oldest continuously operating lighthouse in Maryland.

The home is large and fully furnished with no space left without a touch of comfort. There are also many other historic sites on the property that might make for interesting tours, such as the fog bell building, a small cottage, and the former housing for a Coast Guard radio transmitter.

Massachusetts: The Pondhouse in Ashfield

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It may not be located at Walden Pond, but this Massachusetts pond house can still offer a Thoreauvian escape into nature located on 50 private acres. This spacious studio-sized dwelling is surrounded by screen doors on all sides, so you will be fully immersed in the landscape.

This also means you shouldn’t expect electricity, running water, or a kitchen inside, although these amenities are available elsewhere on the property. Inside though, the bedding is cozy and the design is rustic with many candles that will bring the room alive at night.

Michigan: Riverfront A-frame in Indian River

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Located on the banks of the Sturgeon River, this A-Frame cabin is a professionally designed studio with an open floor plan that allows the space to blend in with the nature seen through floor-to-ceiling glass windows.

Eye-catching pieces like a crystal chandelier and sheepskin-draped chairs complete the cabin’s rustic but polished look and the home is full of whimsical decor like the leopard-print carpeting on the stairs, which is surprisingly not kitschy.

Minnesota: Wolf House studio in Minneapolis

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Located in the Minneapolis Arts District, this is your chance to stay in a living art piece close to a bustling area of the city. The interior of this 1,800 square-foot home is striking, totally clad in stone and nature-inspired murals — which feature many wolves —  that flow naturally through the home in every single room.

The bathroom is particularly stunning with a skylight above the shower that makes it feel like you are outdoors. The natural light is also maximized throughout the house, particularly in the capsule-shaped living area with sloping windows through which you can peer out to the private deck.

Mississippi: Eco-beach tree house in Waveland

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Just two blocks from the beach, this treehouse sits in a live oak tree that is 14 feet off the ground. With high ceilings and a design scheme that is clean, modern, and inspired by the colors of the coast, it’s easy to forget that you’re actually living in a tree.

There is also a full kitchen with a dishwasher, plus a washer and dryer so you’ll have every comfort and convenience in this open and relaxing space.

Missouri: Forest garden yurt in Galena

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Glamping may seem like a new trend, but these yurts in the Ozarks date back to the 1970s. Each yurt has a kitchen, living room, and dining nook in addition to the bedroom. Modern finishings like vessel sinks in the bathroom create a harmonious collage of modern and rustic design elements and the hobbit-sized doors add a splash of fun.

At the time of writing, most dates are still available through April, but nothing can be booked yet past April 9.

Montana: Meadowlark tree house in Columbia Falls

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Located on five acres of forest, just 30 minutes from Glacier National Park, this Instagram-famous, two-story tree house is colorfully designed with a spiral staircase and tree trunks running through the center of the house, while well-placed windows bring in lots of natural light.

The kitchen is small but complete with a stovetop and oven, and the dining nook gives it that extra touch of charm. In the top room, you have a compact and cozy bedroom with a deck that looks out into the treetops.

Nebraska: Lazy Oaks glamping in Plattsmouth

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This glamping tent is located on 11 private acres of land, ideal for a secluded and tranquil getaway without the hassles of camping or sleeping on the ground.

Inside, antique pieces fill the compact space, which also benefits from heating and electricity, with the option to add an air-conditioner in the summer. From the deck, you can enjoy views looking out toward a vineyard.

Nevada: Tiny house in Sandy Valley

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Just an hour outside of Vegas, you can escape the city lights and crowds and experience a tiny home on the ranch. The tiny house is located off the host’s main ranch and is a gorgeous and functional space, decked out in wood paneling and old west vibes.

Aside from being a unique home in a beautiful landscape, you can also partake in horseback riding and other dude ranch activities during your stay.

New Hampshire: Tree house in Conway

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Beautiful in any season, but especially in the fall, this tree house is small with basic amenities like a camp stove, a small seating area, and a Queen-size bed perched in the loft.

Outside, you can also make use of the outdoor kitchen and gas grill. For a setting this remote, you’ll have to compromise on rustic amenities like an outhouse with a composting toilet.

New Jersey: Farmhouse mansion in Glenwood

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The priciest home on this list, but New Jerseyans sure do know how to dream big with this farmhouse mansion. With four bedrooms, this humongous home has a chef’s kitchen, two fireplaces, a game room, a library, plus all the amenities you would expect in a luxury vacation home.

The home is extremely spacious and light, with large windows on all sides in the kitchen and dining area and it is smartly decorated. Animal lovers should beware that there is a lot of taxidermy throughout the home.

New Mexico: Two-story casita in Santa Fe

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Located in a semi-rural area 20 minutes from Santa Fe, this two-story home is a serene escape in a circle-shaped home that embraces the curves of its design. The decor is minimal and plays nicely with the exposed beams that match a wooden staircase. Large windows let light flow into every room.

The top-floor bedroom is surrounded by windows on all sides and has a balcony with a hammock for relaxing in the treetops.

New York: Secluded tree house in Willow

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Two hours from New York City, you can avoid skyscrapers and find your luxury penthouse in the woods, perched up above the trees on 24 acres of private property.

With a modern design and panoramic windows in every room, enjoy uninterrupted views of the forest and a private pond. Amenities include a full kitchen, reading nook, indoor fireplace, heating, air-conditioning, and hot tub heated by firewood.

North Carolina: Luxury tree house with hot tub in Old Fort

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Located on the other side of a swinging bridge in a forest of native Laurel trees, this tree house is a luxurious studio with a tasteful white and gray design scheme. You’ll have a full kitchen, sitting area, deck, plus fun amenities like an indoor fireplace and a hot tub below the deck.

The shower is outside but heated, and the composting toilet is also located outside the treehouse.

North Dakota: House with a secret room in Bismarck

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This comfortable two-bedroom Airbnb may look like your standard home, but it also has a secret room hidden behind a false bookshelf, which is sure to delight families with young kids.

The living area is set with lots of board games and a big plush couch, plus a Ms. Pac-Man arcade machine. There is a laundry room, plus a full kitchen with everything you need to cook a big meal, plus color-changing LED lights for extra flair.

Ohio: Shipping container tree house village in Dundee

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This unconventional tree house has been built out of a shipping container, which creates an unusual, but modern silhouette found high in the trees. The home is modern, built with a full bath and a small kitchenette, plus a living area and a Queen-sized bed.

Large windows fill the boxy home with light and pine paneling and contemporary finishes contribute to the treehouse’s clean and minimalist style.

Oklahoma: Scenic mountain lodge in Clayton

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This three-story, 1,800 square-foot cabin has two bedrooms, high ceilings, and panoramic views of the surrounding Ouachita Mountains and Sardis Lake.

The interior is sleek and sophisticated, making good use of dark-colored woods that contrast well with the softer and more laid-back decor pieces throughout the house like the fluffy throws and plaid bedding. Complete amenities include a full kitchen, washer, and dryer, and second-story deck for enjoying the mountain views.

Oregon: Tree house resort in Takilma

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This huge tree house in Southern Oregon, 12 miles from Cave Junction, can sleep up to six people in this large open space that has a full bathroom with a shower and a small kitchenette.  The home is perched very high up in the trees, and connected by multiple staircases and bridges, plus two lower decks for sitting out and enjoying your unique view from the trees.

On the ground, there is a fire pit area and picnic tables, shared by all the guests staying on the resort.

Pennsylvania: Nestled chalet in Lackawaxen

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Not far from where the Delaware River marks the border between New York and Pennsylvania, this storybook chalet is located at the end of a flagstone path in the forest. The interior design features contemporary design and artwork, plus the comforts of a full kitchen, while still maintaining whimsy with details like the wood-burning fireplace and latticed windows.

With three bedrooms, up to six people can sleep comfortably and bonus amenities include a washer and dryer, plus bathroom toiletries are included.

Rhode Island: Farm on the coast in Saunderstown

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Book this coastal farm on Airbnb

Halfway between Newport and Narragansett, this red barn-turned-Airbnb is close to the beach while remaining secluded on a historic farm. The light-filled suite can sleep is large enough for two people and is well-dressed with airy farmhouse decor that makes this small space feel a bit more spacious.

During your stay, you can explore the property and the host provides beach chairs, boogie boards, and bikes. 

South Carolina: Downtown houseboat in Charleston, $332

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If you want a fresh way to vacation, rent this tiny home on the water located in Downtown Charleston. The interior is surprisingly spacious with vaulted ceilings, a Queen-sized bed, and a living room area. The hosts provide bikes for exploring Charleston or you can stay in and keep your eyes peeled for dolphins from the deck or panoramic windows in the bedroom.

South Dakota: Green Mountain cabin in Deadwood

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Halfway between Sturgis and Deadwood, this historic cabin is located in a good area for exploring much of South Dakota and the building dates back to 1910. It has been fully renovated to show off the cabin’s cathedral-like ceiling and boasts two bedrooms and a full kitchen, plus a stone fireplace.

The master bedroom even has its own bathroom, so it’s a great choice for a family getaway to nature with opportunities for hiking, trout fishing, golfing, and cross-country skiing nearby.

Tennessee: Tiny house cottage in Nashville

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You can enjoy the city life from this tiny home in Nashville that is actually big enough to host four guests with two beds and one bathroom. The minimal decor in the home makes it seem larger on the inside, but not it’s anything but boring with baby blue cabinets and pastel and copper accents.

Above the kitchen in the loft, a Queen-sized bed makes a cozy place to curl up and relax.

Texas: Chic tree house in Dallas

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This Bauhaus treehouse blends contemporary with rustic and is located in a secluded forest filled with stunning Japanese maple trees. Across the footbridge, you’ll find a home with floor-to-ceiling windows, a full kitchen with a large griddle stove, two bedrooms, and two bathrooms.

Coordinating natural textures with antique accents and colorful artwork, the home is an inspiring and serene escape in the middle of Dallas.

Utah: Fir tree house in Park City

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Supported by a 200-year old fir tree, this treehouse is so remote that it sits at the end of a dirt road and is only accessible by a four-wheel-drive vehicle. With contemporary furnishings, huge windows, and a white-and-wood color scheme, this bright home is designed in a way that considers maximizing the beauty of its location in every corner of the house.

In the bedroom, the show-stealer of the whole house is the trunk and branches of the tree that grows straight through the home.

Vermont: Open-air glamping in Brookline

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In this open-air cabin, there will be nothing separating you from the forest as you drift off to sleep in a forest 25 minutes away from Stratton Mountain. The walls are screened in to keep out the bugs and any cooking you want to do can be done on the fire pit, or you could drive to town.

It’s a rustic experience, so you can expect an outdoor shower and an outhouse in exchange for the ultimate immersion experience in the Vermont landscape.

Virginia: Rock silo in Independence

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In Virginia, you can sleep at the top of this renovated grain silo and enjoy 60-degree views of the old dairy barn. The two-floor apartment built into the silo has a full bathroom and small seating area in addition to the bedroom, but you’ll also have access to the kitchen in the main house.

As a fun bonus, the host has built a secret compartment into the silo which new guests are encouraged to look for for a special surprise.

Washington: Underground hobbit house in Orondo

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You can find your own personal shire in Washington State with this highly booked hobbit house on the Columbia River Gorge.

Built into the hillside, this cozy home is secluded and charming, with decor details that embrace the natural textures of stone and wood. Not just an architectural photo-op, this Airbnb is also perfectly positioned to enjoy fantastic sunset views of the valley below.

West Virginia: Tiny house in Mathias

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On 23 private acres near Lost River State Park, this custom-built tiny house has a compact kitchen, but there is room for two Queen-sized beds. Large windows maximize light in the small space and polished details pull the minimalist look together.

In addition to a full bathroom, there is also a back deck with outdoor furniture, a fire pit, and a propane grill.

Wisconsin: Off-grid tiny house in Fall Creek

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In a remote forest, you can get away from it all in this tiny home that’s equipped with a Queen bed, a small kitchen with an electric stove, and a bathroom with an electric toilet. The design is very minimal to maximize the natural beauty outside the huge window that frames the bedroom area. 

There is air-conditioning and heat, but if it gets really cold at night, the host also provides electric blankets.

Wyoming: Japanese-inspired cabin in Powell

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Sitting on a 400-acre organic farm, this impeccably designed home is a luxurious and romantic retreat for two. The house features an indulgent dry sauna with a large round window so you can enjoy views of the wild grasslands of Big Horn Basin while you sweat.

Your stay also includes access to explore the host’s private land and Heart Mountain is nearby if you’re looking for an invigorating day hike.

FAQ: How does Airbnb work?

Is it safe to stay in Airbnb?

While this list provides excellent wanderlust inspiration, before you start following through on your travel dreams, remember that there is still no guarantee of safety when it comes to travel right now, unless you are vaccinated. In that case, the CDC says it is safe to travel.

Additionally, experts and the CDC have also noted that private rentals are a safer option than hotels.

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.

What should I look for in an Airbnb?

Consider criteria such as positive recent reviews (often with a minimum review score), Superhost status, homes that participate in the Enhanced Clean program, affordable price ranges, as well as interesting amenities, design, and location. This might include homes with pools, beaches, free use of bikes or outdoors gear, grills, and other amenities you’d want when booking a vacation.

How do I book a home on Airbnb?

Search for homes based on location and date, and then filter by price, number of bedrooms or bathrooms, amenities, and more. For more information on the full process of how to book on Airbnb, click here.

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12 of the coolest Airbnbs in Charleston for your next family vacation, girls’ getaway, or couple’s trip

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Cobblestoned Chalmers Street and historic buildings in Charleston, South Carolina
  • Charleston is a grand, historic city that has good looks, Southern charm, and a compact city center.
  • Charleston is within easy driving distance of some of South Carolina’s and Georgia’s best beaches.
  • We found highly-rated Airbnbs downtown and in scenic suburbs, all between $86 and $479 per night.

Charleston, South Carolina is a longtime popular vacation destination, boasting history and a handsome, compact city center that lends itself to easy sightseeing. It has a slightly more buttoned-up reputation than peers like Savannah or New Orleans, but its attractions and proximity to great beach towns means tourists keep coming back.

It can be slightly more expensive than the previously mentioned cities in terms of private vacation rentals on Airbnb, but the houses are of exceptional quality and its neighborhoods are safe and picturesque. Most residential areas are within easy reach of downtown and the suburbs offer tranquil and scenic bases to stay.

As a travel writer with a specialty in the deep south, I’ve visited and written about Charleston many times. It’s one of my favorite cities in the US and I’ve put that experience to use by selecting impeccable Charleston rentals on Airbnb across various neighborhoods and budgets. Here’s my pick of the market.

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

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

Spacious private bungalow close to downtown

Spacious Private Bungalow

Rent this Charleston bungalow on Airbnb

There may be a bridge between this property and downtown Charleston, but it’s less than a 10-minute drive and for the notable value and comforts, it’s well worth considering. The Avondale neighborhood is a also good-looking area with its own restaurants and shops worth exploring. Otherwise, a quick hop across the bridge has you in the thick of things really quickly.

The house itself is as cute as any in the region, with a subtle powder blue and mint color palette, plus an inviting design that includes window seats, a small deck, and a patio. The property does not have a kitchen, but it does have a Keurig coffee maker, fridge, and microwave, and local dining options are plentiful. 

Funky little Airstream

Funky, charming Airstream, Charleston, South Carolina

Rent this Charleston Airstream on Airbnb

If you’re willing to take a chance on a non-traditional property, then this remodeled Airstream camper (cutely named Emma) is a comfortable, whimsical option in Riverland Terrace, which is a 10-minute drive from downtown that is also close to Stono River and Folly Beach.

The camper reflects a preppy aesthetic with crisp bright colors, wooden floors and paneling, and rafia blinds. The sleek ceiling lighting and a clawfoot tub add to the list of attractive amenities, while Wi-Fi, a kitchen, and a plush-looking bed make staying here akin to a high quality glamping experience.

Pretty guest suite with an outdoor shower and kitchen

The Island Nest

Rent this Charleston guest suite on Airbnb

As well as boasting a historic downtown, Charleston is also close to great beaches and staying just outside downtown makes it easy to enjoy the best of both worlds. This spacious, self-contained suite is 10-minutes by car from both the city center and gorgeous Folly Beach.

Enter this guest suite and be enveloped in a sense of relaxing vacation vibes thanks to decor that is tastefully seaside chic with driftwood accents, pops of bright yellow, and a great outdoor kitchen for a constant flow of fresh air. Couples or small families will love grilling on the covered deck after either a day’s sightseeing or sunbathing, and the master bedroom adds a punch of luxury with the addition of a jetted tub, as does the outdoor shower.

Light and airy tiny house with a patio

The Cedar House Rules

Rent this Charleston tiny house on Airbnb

Surrounded by river views and close to central Charleston, what the property lacks in size, it makes up for in tasteful design and easy good looks. Cedarwood features prominently, both in the decor as well as the surroundings, covering high-end floors and furniture. The neutral white and cream color palette is calming and airy, and accommodations include both a West Elm futon and a lofted sleeping nook with a white noise machine and fan for light sleepers.

The bathroom is compact but boasts a rain shower, and a secluded outdoor patio is private, lush, and outfitted with a hammock. Cruiser bikes are also provided.

Large townhome with multiple outdoor spaces

Home with rooftop deck

Rent this Charleston home on Airbnb

Although it’s located in a quiet residential neighborhood, this home is just steps from downtown and historic King Street.

The three-story townhouse itself has a cool, colorful, and contemporary vibe, with polished wooden floors, a breakfast bar, and a clawfoot bathtub. Though, the highlight of staying here is the impressive private rooftop, seemingly perched amid the trees. Sink into the outdoor sofa or enjoy a meal at the wood table, prepared in the sleek kitchen inside. If a shadier spot is more to your taste, you can decamp to the private courtyard for cocktails, a quiet respite with plenty of tree cover. 

Colorful apartment with impeccable design

Southern Shangri La Apartment

Rent this Charleston apartment on Airbnb

For a design-forward home with personality that shines through in spades, consider this cheery apartment which wows from the first glance of the colorful mural painted on the home’s exterior walls.

Inside is equally charming, with loads of wicker furniture ranging from end and coffee tables to chairs and even a bed frame, plus sleek midcentury modern couches and console tables. Leafy plants add a pop of color, as do fun accents like pom pom tassels and framed art.

The property is in the cute Cannonborough neighborhood, just two blocks from King Street.

Modern home with a large backyard

Modern Gem with Backyard

Rent this Charleston apartment on Airbnb

While Charleston is filled with plenty of historic homes, sometimes it’s just more comfortable to opt for a house that feels a bit more like checking into a boutique hotel.

Though, that’s not to say there’s no history to be found in this Airbnb which features grand exposed beams and brick plus original woodwork that retain the charm of the building’s roots. Decor, meanwhile, is quite contemporary with abstract coffee tables, modern art, and sleek finishes such as the subway-tiled shower and reclaimed wooden headboards in the bedrooms.

Loft-style carriage house

Carriage House

Rent this Charleston carriage house on Airbnb

Billed as a loft-style home, this carriage house has an airy open-plan layout that makes great use of natural light, complemented by furnishings and decor done up in muted grays and powder blue hues.

The living space includes a small but modern sofa, a wicker chair, and leafy potted plants alongside a full kitchen with a granite-topped island for bar seating. A spiral staircase leads up to a lofted bed area, but note that there is no wall or door separating the bedroom from the living room below. A small bathroom with a walk-in tiled shower round out the home’s offerings. The home is a couple of blocks from King Street and the nightlife and dining of downtown are just a few minutes’ walk away. 

A little pink palace

The Little Pink House on the Peninsula

Rent this Charleston house on Airbnb

If an adorably romantic getaway is what you’re in the market for, then we suggest you strongly consider this picture-postcard property.

This bijoux pink palace in the Cannonborough neighborhood exudes charm, from the ornamental porches with period gas lamps to the posh interiors that effortlessly mix classic farmhouse pieces like armchairs and bureaus with a contemporary marble-topped kitchen with slate blue cabinets punctuated by fire orange walls in the bathroom.

The lofted master suite is well-appointed for couples and opens out to a relaxing second floor porch. 

Serene cottage with a beautiful garden and pool

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Rent this Charleston cottage on Airbnb

There’s an embarrassment of attractive features in this cottage, part of the Airbnb Plus collective. First is its plum location close to King Street and the tranquility of leafy Cannonborough as the surrounding neighborhood.

But you’re most likely going to book this lovely home for its access to a heated saltwater lap pool, a real rarity in this part of town, and a boon in summer during the sticky, humid months. The small lap pool is shaded by leafy trees and flanked by sun loungers, a stone patio with an outdoor dining table, and a peaceful koi pond.

Inside is equally impressive, a mix of classic, traditional Charleston architecture and midcentury furniture as well as funkier finishes including modernist standing lamps and coffee tables and a gorgeous white-tiled bathroom. Light pours in through a wall of windows in the living room, however, the kitchen is small and less modern. Though, the whole home more than makes up for it.

Enchanting apartment in the historic district

Enchanting Apartment in the Historic District

Rent this Charleston apartment on Airbnb

The hosts of this home have gone to great lengths to create a memorably exquisite look, mixing neutral fabrics with bold prints and textures with expert ease.

The midcentury furnishings are bolstered by striking features such as regal interior columns, multiple period fireplaces, hardwood floors, and exposed brickwork. Breakfast bars, porches, and three bedrooms mean that groups will have plenty of space to spread out. The master stuns with a standalone turquoise claw tub in the bedroom while additional bedrooms and spaces boast stunning designs that feels lifted out of a lifestyle magazine.

Swanky home with a pool

'The Bermuda' Home with Pool

Rent this Charleston home on Airbnb

Checking into this immaculate home is kind of like renting out your own small boutique hotel.

Enjoy private porches for an evening cocktail or grab a sun lounger on the common pool deck followed by a dip in the cool, refreshing waters. You may also bring your pet and let them roam free in the dog run.

The charms extend inside as well, with neutral and contemporary decor including exposed brick, high-quality wooden floors, and spa-like luxe bathrooms. There is also a gleaming kitchen and multiple bedrooms, including a master with a memory foam King-size bed. 

FAQ: Cool Airbnbs in Charleston, SC

Where is Charleston?

Charleston is on the Atlantic Coast of South Carolina, around two hours north of Savannah, and five hours east of Atlanta, by car. It is a peninsula, surrounded by the Ashley and Cooper Rivers, with suburbs on each side. The islands just to the south of Charleston are home to great beaches, such as Folly Beach on Folly Island. 

Where should I stay in Charleston SC Airbnb?

Where you stay in Charleston will depend a lot on your budget and personal tastes. The historic downtown and neighboring French Quarter are by far the most popular spots, and staying there means you can likely walk to most of the sights you’ll want to see. Many of these downtown streets are lined with beautiful historic homes, which opens up options on Airbnb, too.

Cannonborough and Elliotborough are well-appointed residential neighborhoods, while across the river, Avondale, Riverland Terrace, and James Island both provide quiet, riverside accommodations that are easily accessible by car from downtown.  

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

If you want to rent a private vacation house in Charleston, the cost will depend on factors such as house size, proximity to downtown, the home’s historic status, plus the time of year and the day of the week you plan to visit. The average rental cost is $232 per night according to market analysts AirDNA, but there are variations. 

For example, a simple studio apartment downtown might start at around $120 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 pleasant and there are fewer crowds and less competition for properties. If you’re set on a summer trip to Charleston, plan to increase your budget or consider only staying midweek for lower rates.

Expect to pay, at minimum, a few hundred dollars for a short midweek stay off-season, or a couple of thousand for a weekend or summer visit in a higher-end property. Also budget in extra fees for cleaning, service fees, and other additional costs imposed by Airbnb.

What is there to do in Charleston?

Charleston is one of the best-preserved cities in the South, dating back to 1670 and soaking up the atmosphere with its decorative balconies, colorful stucco, and elaborate mansions is a pastime in itself.

The city is easy to walk around but a good way to get an overview of Charleston’s fascinating history is to take a horse-drawn carriage ride around downtown. It still has over 70 colonial buildings, mostly from the 18th century and many more from the first half of the 19th century. Touring some of these historic homes, such as the Calhoun Mansion, is a popular activity, and most of the shops and cafes hold some historic interest.

The local culinary delicacy is she-crab soup, so be sure to try it if it’s in season. 

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