After the year we’ve all had, now is the exact right time for a spa escape that takes us away from the stress of daily life and lets us just breathe.
Although hotels will always be tempting, Airbnb makes it easy to get away while still keeping social distance from others. So if you’ve been dreaming of a safer spa getaway, we rounded up Airbnb homes across the US where going to the spa doesn’t require leaving your room.
I put my expertise on writing about luxury and wellness to work and found homes with incredible spa features like a Finnish sauna, deep soaking tub, or a yoga deck with enough room for you and your friends. These rejuvenating stays promise to feel reminiscent of a five-star retreat without the price tag or crowds.
Browse all the best spa Airbnb homes below, or jump directly to a specific area here:
This Airbnb within a 90-minute drive of Houston is like sleeping inside a glass cathedral for nature lovers.
Located amid Big Thicket National Preserve, the walls and ceiling in the master are made up primarily of glass windows, which create a sense of being completely enveloped with verdant forest views. The accommodations are downright sumptuous with a plush bed that hangs like a swing from the ceiling alongside wood walls and a dazzling chandelier. When you’re done resting, slip past the bedroom’s French doors to a private patio with a hot tub and outdoor shower. Soft white waffle bathrobes are provided to cozy up in, too.
This romantic, super private home also includes fresh bacon and eggs for breakfast, and access to large covered decks lit by twinkle lights and surrounded by a creek, tiki torches, and a fire pit for extra ambiance.
Located near Lansing, home of Michigan State University (and less than a four-hour drive from Chicago), this luxury apartment is bursting with high-tech features for a chilled-out stay.
The bathroom steals the show with a two-person infrared sauna complete with integrated Bluetooth speakers for setting the right mood. There’s also a freestanding 95-gallon soaking tub, as well as a multi-jet shower for an extra relaxing rinse. For a finishing touch, there’s a heated floor to avoid the jarring shock of cold tile on bare, wet feet.
To keep the calm vibes going, the home keeps beer on tap, an electric fireplace, and the Queen-size bed has a massage function and an adjustable frame to configure the ultimate restful night’s sleep.
The overall aesthetic is moody and sleek and may have you feeling as if you’ve checked into a swanky hotel suite.
Spa retreat with a Finnish sauna and saltwater hot tub in Washington
Equipped with a Finnish sauna and an outdoor shower on a bamboo-lined patio, this spa-like escape close to downtown Seattle makes for a great weekend retreat.
Across from the modern main house is an outbuilding that makes up the wood-lined Finnish sauna, complete with rocks for steam and benches to stretch out on. There’s also a large outdoor hot tub under a roof laced with golden lightbulbs, creating a serene open-air setting for kicking back with a glass of regional wine.
The host is a residential architect and builder, and the look of the main home reflects his expertise, blending Japanese and Scandinavian design elements. Think minimal furniture and a clean palette made up of touches of warm wood and metal.
While you might feel like you’ve transported elsewhere, this home is actually near the Greywood area of Seattle, which has great restaurants, parks, and bookstores within a few minutes of the house.
Desert hideaway with a sauna, hot tub, and plunge pool in California
There’s something extra invigorating about a trip to the desert and this home near Joshua Tree National Park makes it easy to channel some zen.
Start your wellness-minded stay with a yoga routine on the patio, followed by another sweat in the steam room with a six-person free-standing sauna. Afterward, take a dip in the refreshing cold plunge mini pool or soak your bones in the hot tub. There’s also an outdoor shower, and multiple reflective spots, including chairs around an outdoor gas fireplace, a furnished lounge cabana, and a swinging hammock.
Inside the home, high ceilings and plenty of natural sunshine amplify the airy space which exudes a minimalist, Nordic vibe. There is a corner fireplace, midcentury furniture, and a gleaming bathroom with a walk-in shower. There’s also a minimum age of 26 and a firm no-party rule to maintain a calm, grownup feel at all times.
This cabin serves up a rustic aesthetic with some extremely modern comforts, too. There’s a hot tub located right outside the bedroom for a soak under the stars, and the location happens to be optimal for stargazing. And it’s not just any tub — designed in partnership with BMW, the hot tub has 22 jets that target stress areas in your back, neck, shoulders, and calves, plus six advanced options that do everything from work in quartets to massage your shoulders, and a moving moto-massage setting that works your entire back.
After your hot tub treatment, make a meal in the renovated kitchen or fire up the grill. The bathroom has a gorgeous rainfall shower, and hiking trails are right outside the door. This home is close to both a downtown area and Snow Summit Resort.
Forest lodge with a hot tub, sauna, and pool in California
Surrounded by trees, this charming home is nestled within a mountain forest and feels worlds away from everyday responsibilities.
On the lower deck is a hot tub for a soothing soak, while a private sauna helps guests sweat out the stress, too.
Inside, the interior is ultra cozy with wood-paneled walls, brown vintage furniture, and colorful rugs in warm crimson and scarlet hues. The kitchen is supplied with KitchenAid appliances and Henckels knives for at-home cooks, and if you can tear yourself away, the ocean and hiking trails are both within a five-minute drive. There’s also a golf course and shared pool within the community.
Eco-luxury farmhouse with a pool and sauna in California
From the pool to the pillows, this modern farmhouse stay is decked out with indulgent amenities.
Outside, there’s an Italian-designed FAR Infrared ultra-low EMF sauna that seats four, as well as a semi-enclosed outdoor rainfall shower for an al fresco rinse. The pool is a great size for couples or solo travelers to enjoy a dip, and there’s plenty of room for a yoga mat on the patio by the water. Between sauna trips and poolside dips, wrap up in a luxurious Turkish cotton waffle robe from linen pros Parachute Home.
Inside, there’s a clawfoot bathtub in the master bedroom’s serene white bathroom (a shower is in the other bathroom). Both bathrooms are stocked with essential oils and all-natural or biodegradable toiletries.
Once you hit peak relaxation, you’ll enjoy a five-star slumber, too: A pillow menu greets guests with choices ranging from feather and down to shredded latex and hypoallergenic options. The rest of the bedding is all-natural with sleep-optimized materials like luxe 100% Belgian linen sheets and an Australian wool comforter.
Other features include a five-stage reverse osmosis drinking water filter in the kitchen, Hello Tushy bidets, free organic French press and pour-over coffee, an electric fireplace, and new air conditioning to keep you cool on hot California days. The backyard, which is fully enclosed for privacy, also has a tiki bar, covered seating area, and hammock.
Modern retreat with a pool, sauna, and steam shower in New York
Cold Spring is a quaint town located along the picturesque Hudson River, dotted with intriguing shops and innovative restaurants and bars that regularly lure city dwellers away from New York City.
This spacious home is equipped with a sauna and saltwater pool, as well as a huge deck for morning or evening workouts. Inside, one of the bathrooms also offers a spacious soaking tub to wash the last of the day’s cares away, while one side of a rainfall steam shower is made entirely of stone.
The open floor plan instantly shows off the apartment’s most charming design features, like the marble-top kitchen island, a monochromatic color scheme, vintage-looking area rugs, and thoughtfully selected potted plants. The interior is rustic but inviting, with a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace wall, large windows that let in tons of light, and a modern kitchen.
There are also two modestly sized bedrooms, a ping-pong table, and a miniature drum set, too.
Luxe Retreat on 12 acres with swimming, a hot tub, and sauna, in New York
For a chilled-out retreat with your vaccinated friends or family, this sprawling 12-acre property offers a full program’s worth of spa activities at your disposal.
Start your days with a sunrise vinyasa on the yoga deck, followed by a dip in the natural swimming pool. For extra relaxation, save time for the barrel sauna, cedar hot tub, or ask the host to book in-home yoga instructors or massage therapists. There are two bathrooms, one with a tub and another with a dramatically tiled walk-in spa shower.
There’s plenty of cool tools, too, including a chef-worthy kitchen, a grill, and a smoker. Enjoy your meal on the indoor or outdoor dining tables, or gather around the fire pit (wood is provided) while tunes waft from the outdoor sound system.
FAQ: Spa stays on Airbnb
How do I find an Airbnb with a pool or hot tub?
Plug in your minimum search parameters (date range, guests, and destination), and then refine results by clicking the “more filters” button. This will pull up a range of other criteria.
Under the Facilities section, you’ll find checkboxes for pool and hot tub. Tick those to show only results with those features. However for other features, such as saunas or spa services, you’ll need to browse the listings carefully as there’s no way to specifically search for those.
What should I look for in a spa getaway?
Many Airbnb homes offer great features like hot tubs and pools, but for something truly rejuvenating, look for extras such as a sauna, outdoor shower, and on-demand spa therapies.
Some people’s idea of a standout spa includes being surrounded by nature, others want to mix wellness with fitness and claim a spot to practice yoga. It all comes down to what makes you feel most relaxed.
Also look for Enhanced Clean Airbnb homes to guarantee all facilities are properly sanitized between guests.
What is the Airbnb Enhanced Clean program?
The Airbnb Enhanced Clean is a learning and certification program for hosts that lays out a strict protocol about how to clean properties between guests, the personal protective equipment hosts and cleaners should wear, and even requires the exclusive use of cleaning supplies that have been approved by regulatory authorities.
Is it safe to stay in an Airbnb?
The CDC now recommends travel within the US for vaccinated individuals. However, always check with CDC and WHO guidelines, as well as local rules and regulations for your destination for the latest information, and consider the infection rates of the areas you’re traveling to and from.
As far as the Airbnbs themselves go, the short answer is, generally yes—but we’ve broken down all of your questions here.
Every vacation rental we chose on Airbnb is within walking distance of the beach.
With 35 miles of sandy beaches that stretch from the Atlantic Ocean to the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia Beach is a popular destination with lively hotels, restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues. Most are centered around the famous three-mile-long boardwalk.
While the oceanfront boardwalk is where the action is, those seeking a quieter getaway can head to the beachfront communities of the North End, or south to the secluded neighborhoods of Sandbridge and Croatan, where my family lived for more than 15 years. The mostly residential Chick’s Beach, nestled on the Chesapeake Bay, is a great option for those with kids, with calm waters and crowd-free beaches.
And while the city is filled with hotels and resorts, you’ll enjoy more space to spread out in a vacation rental like those found on Airbnb. All our Airbnb options offer a range of amenities, price points, and are within walking distance of the beach.
Browse the best Virginia Beach Airbnbs below, or jump directly to a specific area here:
Stretching from Virginia Beach Boulevard to 23rd Street, between Pacific Avenue and the Convention Center, the ViBe District is an artistic hub packed with outdoor installations and colorful murals, artists’ studios, independent shops and restaurants, breweries, plus a popular Saturday Farmers Market.
This cute, cozy, wonderfully affordably studio is located on the first floor of a townhouse in the heart of the ViBe district, just a few blocks’ walk to the ocean. Ideal for couples or solo travelers, the small space is well-appointed with a Queen-sized bed, a bathroom with a tub and shower combo, and a kitchenette with a coffee maker, refrigerator, water cooler, and microwave. Bikes and all the beach essentials you need, including towels, chairs, an umbrella, and a cooler, are provided.
Oceanfront studio with a shared pool in the North End
Tucked away in the desirable North End, just steps to the boardwalk, beach, and area attractions, this nicely updated apartment features water views that are hard to beat at this starting price. A spacious balcony is a prime space to admire the vantage point over the Atlantic, especially first thing in the morning with a cup of coffee.
The studio is open plan, meaning the Queen bed, living area (with Queen-size sofa bed), and kitchen all share one large room, so this home is best for a solo traveler or couple. The kitchen is small but functional with stainless steel appliances, all the pots and dishware you’ll need, and a coffee maker, though, there’s no dishwasher.
The host provides linens, towels, beach towels, beach chairs, and a cooler, and staying here includes a reserved parking space, plus access to shared community amenities such as a saltwater pool facing the ocean, a large BBQ deck area, and a lawn on the beach.
A hub for waterfront dining with a picturesque marina where you can charter fishing boats, Rudee Inlet is just across Pacific Avenue from the beaches on the southern tip of the Oceanfront.
Light and bright and decorated with contemporary white and ecru furnishings and subtle nautical touches, this upper-story apartment is situated in a quiet residential neighborhood, but just a block from the Rudee Inlet waterfront, and three blocks from the beach.
There is a Queen-sized bed, kitchenette, and dining nook, making it best suited to couples. Though, there is a fold-out couch that can accommodate two more guests. The rental comes with bikes, beach chairs, and beach towels.
Located about 1.5 miles south of the bustling Oceanfront, the upscale Croatan neighborhood is a great option if you’re looking for a quieter beach experience. Set on the ground floor of a lakefront home, this freshly renovated apartment features wood floors, a sleek tiled kitchen with industrial lighting, a four-seater breakfast bar, and a soothing gray and cream color scheme throughout.
The two bedrooms have Queen-sized beds and the pull-out sofa adds extra sleeping space. Two spacious decks — one covered — offer plenty of outdoor seating for lovely sunny days, plus a grill for summer barbecues.
It’s just two blocks to Croatan Beach, which has fewer crowds than many area beaches given the residential neighborhood’s parking restrictions. All the restaurants and bars of Rudee Inlet and the Oceanfront are just a short drive away.
One of two units in an oceanside bungalow located in the North End area of Virginia Beach, this property has a cool, retro vibe thanks to midcentury modern-style furnishings and bright, primary-colored accents in the separate living and dining rooms.
A more sedate gray-and-cream design scheme defines the bedroom, which has a Queen-sized bed. There is also an inflatable Queen-sized mattress, two full bathrooms, and a large patio outside with separate lounging and dining areas, surrounded by leafy trees. Hang out and fire up the grill or rinse off in the outdoor shower after a day at the beach.
This Airbnb is also within walking distance to First Landing State Park, with a lush maritime forest, lagoons, marshes, and 20 miles of hiking trails.
This three-bedroom apartment is set inside a charming, bright-blue beach shack dubbed The Old Salt, built in 1910 and was just renovated this year. You won’t get much closer to the action than here; the home is a block from the Boardwalk, the beach, and 24th Street Park, where festivals and live concerts regularly take place.
Decorated in a distinctly beachy style, the apartment features understated nautical accents and an open living room/kitchen with a large island for dining. There’s also a bar area with everything you need to mix up cocktails, which are best enjoyed on the upper deck, which has seating for eight. There are two bedrooms, one with Queen-sized beds, the other with a King, and both are simply decorated but have attractive wood floors.
While the property very centrally located, it’s surrounded by restaurants and hotels, so be aware that the views are mainly of parking lots.
Family-friendly beach retreat with a pool in Sandbridge
Great for nature lovers, the secluded peninsula community of Sandbridge offers miles of pristine beaches as well as freshwater activities like fishing and boating on the bay side. At the southern end is the Back Bay Wildlife Refuge, with biking and walking trails and plenty of bird-watching.
Abutting the refuge is this family-friendly, three-story home, complete with a large outdoor pool, poolside tiki bar, and lots of indoor/outdoor dining and lounging space. Children will love all the thoughtful play areas, including a mini, kid-sized kitchen and a cool pirate ship filled with “cannonballs.”
Of its four bedrooms, two have bunk beds, one has a fun nautical design, while the other has bright pink bedspreads. Walls also are painted with full-size maritime-inspired murals featuring whales and lighthouses.
The home is just a block from the beach and comes with all the gear you need, including beach carts, toys, and towels.
Everything about this recently constructed home feels fresh, from the open-plan living/dining room/kitchen to the bright, spacious upstairs bedrooms. It has nice laminate wood floors and a serene, beachy color scheme, plus a well-equipped kitchen with stainless steel appliances and a separate laundry room with a full-sized washer/dryer ideal for long-term stays. The private backyard has a gas grill and dining table and additional seating can be found on the front porch.
The home is located in a residential neighborhood just a few blocks from the beach and the boardwalk, though, be aware you’ll have to cross busy Pacific Avenue to get there. It’s also close to the bustling restaurant scene around 23rd Street.
This renovated one-bedroom is set in the heart of the area known as the Oceanfront, just a block from the beaches and boardwalk, surrounded by restaurants, bars, and shopping.
Set on the second floor of a small complex, the condo features a nice-sized living/dining area decorated with furnishings done up in a soothing, beach-inspired palette of greys and whites with splashes of turquoise. There is a large bedroom with a King-sized bed, and a kitchen equipped with a dishwasher, microwave, and coffeemaker. A pull-out sofa in the living room offers additional sleeping and a pack and play or other children’s items are available upon request.
Make use of the included beach chairs, towels, umbrella, beach blankets, and snorkeling gear, for a great day at the beach.
While much of Virginia Beach is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, to the north is the Chesapeake Bay, with beaches well-suited to young children thanks to gentle, warm waters and a family-friendly vibe.
Known to locals as Chick’s Beach, this peaceful residential enclave is where you’ll find this waterfront home, offering spectacular bay views plus direct access to the quiet, sandy beach. While pricier, it feels distinctly high-end.
There’s plenty of room to spread out in the multi-story home, which has two living rooms, a large dining area, and outdoor space on every level, including a sprawling beachfront deck with a gas grill and bar. The top-floor living area is ideal for entertaining, with lots of sleek white leather seating, a wet bar, and glass sliders opening to a wraparound deck with direct water views.
The four bedrooms feature a variety of sleeping configurations and each has its pluses, from direct ocean views right from bed to private balconies, and a bathroom with a massive walk-in shower.
Luxe abode in the historic Cavalier Shores neighborhood
Just a block from the 42nd Street beach, at the northern end of the Boardwalk, this 2,500-square-foot, early 20th-century stucco home is set in the charming historic neighborhood of Cavalier Shores, which is dotted with vintage beach houses, red-brick Colonials, and ancient live oaks.
The home feels like a Mediterranean villa, with beautifully preserved architectural details, including high ceilings, French doors, oak-plank floors, transom windows, and a wood-burning fireplace. Outfitted with plush furnishings, rich textiles, and high-quality linens, it feels incredibly luxurious, while unique amenities such as a vintage hi-fi with a curated collection of LPs give it the personalized touch of a home.
The huge gourmet kitchen looks plucked from a magazine, with custom tile work, gleaming black counters, and a mirrored bar, but perhaps the most impressive space is the sprawling balcony off the main suite, with outdoor sofas and great views of the century-old Cavalier Hotel.
FAQ: Airbnb in Virginia Beach
Where is Virginia Beach?
Virginia Beach is located on the southeast coast of the state of Virginia, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Chesapeake Bay. It’s the most populous city in Virginia, made up of numerous inland and coastal communities, with the Virginia Beach Oceanfront being the main resort area.
Studded with marine-themed statues, including the towering bronze figure of Neptune, the 28-foot-wide paved boardwalk draws tourists and locals alike, who come to stroll, bike, roller-blade, and catch live music and festivals at its many seaside stages.
Where are the best places to stay in a Virginia Beach Airbnb?
If you want to be in the middle of the action, opt for the Oceanfront, which stretches from 2nd Street to 40th Street and is packed with hotels, restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues on and around the Boardwalk. Most vacation rentals here are condos and the party atmosphere appeals to a younger crowd.
If you want a larger house with amenities and a calmer beach experience, look for Airbnbs in Virginia Beach on the northern end, starting in the mid-30s and going up to 90th Street. The farther north you go, the quieter and more residential it gets.
During the high summer season, trolleys run frequently from the southern end of the Oceanfront to Shore Drive (roughly 83rd Street), so you can easily get to all the nightlife hotspots.
Other desirable oceanfront communities for Airbnbs in Virginia Beach include Croatan and Sandbridge to the south, and to the far north, the tranquil Chesapeake Bay beaches of Chick’s Beach offer a truly locals-only experience.
What is there to do in Virginia Beach?
By far the most popular attraction is the 3-mile-long Virginia Beach Boardwalk, whose wide, paved beachfront path is ideal for strolling, biking, or rollerblading.
Try your hand at high-octane water sports, including surfing, wakeboarding, parasailing, and jet-skiing, or more relaxing activities like kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, and fishing.
State parks offer hiking and biking trails and fantastic bird-watching opportunities. For kids, there’s the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, the Ocean Breeze Waterpark, and several other amusement parks. There’s also great dining, with a focus on local seafood, and more than 20 craft breweries and taphouses.
How much does it cost to rent a beach house in Virginia Beach?
There’s a big variety in terms of price, location, size, and amenities. As expected, rentals on or near the beach and close to the buzzy Oceanfront are generally more expensive.
You can often find better deals on properties along the quieter Chesapeake Bay beaches. Prices fluctuate wildly depending on the time of year; summer (from Memorial Day through Labor Day) is peak season so expect a surge in prices, especially on weekends and holidays. Shoulder season sees lower rates; September and October, when temps are usually still warm but crowds are fewer, are great months to visit.
A two-bedroom bungalow in walking distance to the beach can run as little as $80 per night in October, while that same property in July is $199 per night. Larger properties see bigger price surges, like a five-bedroom oceanside home that can be had for just $250 per night in the off-season, but the summer rate quintuples to $1,250. Many homes book up fast during the coveted summer season so be sure to plan ahead.
Be sure to also budget extra fees for cleaning, service fees, and other additional costs imposed by vacation rentals such as Airbnb.
Is Virginia Beach open to visitors?
If you are planning to travel to Virginia Beach during COVID-19, know that there are no Virginia Beach travel restrictions currently.
There is a statewide face-covering requirement in place; you can read more about Virginia’s current COVID travel restrictions on the state government’s website.
How do I book a vacation rental in Virginia Beach on Airbnb?
You may search for homes on Airbnb and filter results based on location, price, date, the number of bedrooms or bathrooms, amenities, and more. For more information on how to book on Airbnb, click here.
What is Airbnb’s cancellation policy?
Cancellation policies on Airbnb differ for every home. For a full breakdown of Airbnb’s cancellation policies, click here.
New York’s Hudson Valley draws visitors from all over the Northeast and is also especially popular with New York urbanites looking for a close-to-home city break. While it’s ideal in every season, the Hudson Valley is an especially beautiful spring or summer trip thanks to an abundance of cute cabins, breweries, and outdoor activities like hiking.
Hudson Valley towns like Beacon, Rhinebeck, Hudson, and others are all teeming with scenic Airbnbs, and many New York City train lines reach them in around two hours or less. Though, renting a car is always an option, too.
Browse all of the unique Hudson Valley Airbnbs below, or jump to a specific area here:
It doesn’t get much more unique than a glamping yurt where you can enjoy the company of goats. This tranquil getaway is located in the woods on a small, off-the-grid goat farm. So if you’re seeking an unplugged vacation, this is your spot.
The yurt is heated in the colder months by a wood stove and kerosene heater. Inside you’ll find a bed surrounded by a net, bamboo walls, a tiny wash basin, and a small pantry complete with an electric kettle. However, there is no full kitchen and the bathroom is an outhouse located right nearby the yurt.
Guests can spend their days strolling through the woods and gardens, exploring the farm, or eating breakfast with the goats.
For Hudson Valley appeal coupled with sweeping views, consider this renovated farmhouse with three bedrooms.
Light and bright, it sits on a hill overlooking Kingston and the full Hudson River Valley and includes one-of-a-kind style choices like periodic table pillows, decorative paddles, and vintage rugs. Throw a log into the gas-burning stove and savor a slower pace. There’s also a fully-equipped kitchen, smart TV functions, and a Nespresso machine.
A waterfront find can be rare in these parts, making this well-priced cottage a true gem. Walls of windows frame the picturesque views for front row foliage viewing, though your best vantage point is from one of the Adirondack chairs on the wraparound deck.
Inside, this romantic retreat is well-suited for two with a studio layout that includes a separate sleep nook with a Queen-sized bed. There is also a full kitchen, Wi-Fi with smart TV, linens, and toiletries, and a grill.
This home masterfully blends rustic charm with an urban mindset through exposed brick, sleek wood, and mod elements like the low slung leather couch or the bedroom wall fashioned out of a garage door.
There’s also a private upstairs lounge and courtyard, and a peaceful Juliet balcony. Do note, however, that there is not a full kitchen. Instead, basics are offered such as a cold/hot water cooler, mini-fridge, and Keurig beverage machine with a variety of coffees and teas. Pro tip: spend a crisp evening outside with your beverage of choice, and bites from Talbott & Arding Cheese & Provisions, a great local pick for cheese, produce and fresh-baked treats.
For those looking to hit the slopes this winter, this cozy spot is ideal since it’s within easy walking distance of the ski resort at Hunter Mountain.
The pitched roof creates a classic cabin feel and the interiors also feature wood-paneled walls, a leather couch close to a potbelly stove, three bedrooms, and a second living room area with a large TV. During warmer months, guests can also take advantage of the large front porch that comes furnished with a patio table, chairs, umbrella, and Adirondack chairs.
This Hudson Airbnb is immaculate. The living room is certainly Pinterest-worthy in addition to design touches like platform beds and a claw foot tub for a dose of retro glam. The backyard lit by twinkle lights begs for a night under the stars, and with two bedrooms, the price is quite affordable when split between two couples, or for a small family.
Writes one review, “Annabel’s place was a dream. Beautiful, comfortable, convenient to everything and with lots of outdoor space to get fresh air. Oh, and that record player — lounging around listening to Nina Simone was everything. We’ll be back.”
This listing is actually a restored 1922 train caboose located in downtown Windham. It’s ideally situated close to restaurants and boutiques and is also just a half-mile from Windham Ski Mountain.
Inside is small but cozy and ideal for couples or solo travelers. The Queen-size bed features a plaid duvet, and the curtains match. There’s also a small leather couch, kitchen with a microwave and fridge, TV, and bathroom with granite countertops and a walk-in shower. For extra space, head out to the large private deck with a view of a nearby stream.
This cozy stay has retro charm thanks to midcentury decor and colorful details like a cherry red fridge, turquoise appliances, and plenty of plant life. This is a studio, so it’s best for a couple or solo traveler. But the space is well laid out so it doesn’t feel cramped and includes a full kitchen, a wooden dining table, a comfy pullout sofa, and a King-size bed.
Two large doors open up onto a wooden deck with Adirondack chairs that makes for a nice spot to enjoy a morning coffee, and a small fire pit below offers a place to warm up or make s’mores later in the evening.
Located in a designated historic district of Uptown Kingston, this cheery home features plenty of color via blue couches, yellow armchairs, turquoise trim around the (non-working) fireplace in the living area, and yellow kitchen walls. The home includes three bedrooms, with one Queen bed, one Double bed, and one Single bed.
Outside beckons with a spacious private and fenced-in yard complete with a furnished patio, hammock, and twinkling string lights. In the winter especially, guests will love warming up in the private outdoor barrel sauna.
Just a 10-minute walk from the Hudson Amtrak station, this historic home blends antique statement pieces with a sense of understated luxury.
Many original details from 1860 remain, such as pre-tin plaster moldings, mahogany stairwells, and etched glass, with newer renovations paying homage to the past. The kitchen also wows with a vintage fridge, stove, and radio that will surely transport you to another era, and the tiled mosaic floor deserves a firm place on your Instagram feed. There’s no outdoor space, but the plush sleigh bed looks especially plush and inviting.
The hosts of this 1968 A-frame cabin are fashion designers based out of Brooklyn, lending extra credibility to an expertly-designed home, that’s also an Airbnb Plus property.
Natural light soaks the bright space, pouring in through a wall of windows, and highlighting features such as wood beams, a fireplace, and plush leather couches. Other pieces are clearly midcentury modern inspired, from cool lighting fixtures to statement chairs, dark wood, and vintage Danish furniture.
Situated on six acres, there are two large bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, and also a spacious terrace with outdoor seating and a fire pit.
For an enchanting escape, try this cozy treehouse just 15 minutes from Woodstock. Nestled among the trees on 34 acres, it overlooks a small pond that guests can actually swim in. The interiors are cozy and chic with floor-to-ceiling windows offering scenic views. Ideal for couples or solo travelers, the bed is loft-style at the top of a ladder, perched above an open living room flanked by full walls of windows and a super sleek kitchen counter.
One recent reviewer rave, “Beautiful cozy treehouse, a killer record collection, perfect weather, a full moon and a much-needed break from the world. Couldn’t have picked a better place to unwind.”
Be aware this is one of the most popular Airbnbs in the area and can book up as far as a year in advance.
Featuring a red roof and big windows, this carriage house can sleep up to five guests in two bedrooms. The historic home dates back to 1891, but has been fully renovated. Wide plank wood floors and built-in cabinets and reading nooks give it a cabin vibe, and the tall, pitched roof over the living area makes it feel extra spacious.
However, the real draw here is the outdoor space. The home is located on two acres that include grassy areas complete with a playground for kids, and a stone patio with lounge chairs that surrounds a large, heated saltwater pool.
This gorgeously designed glass and wood cabin has 360 glass views of the surrounding foliage and trees, as well as a year-round heated outdoor pool. For even more immersion in nature, try the outdoor shower. Afterward, chilly toes will find solace on the radiant heat cement floors.
Or, for those who prefer to bathe indoors, there’s a deep egg tub for soaking in the master bedroom. Ideal for families or groups, this listing can sleep up to six guests with two bedrooms as well as a third sleep area in the solarium, which also features a wood stove and double bed.
Medical experts and the CDC also recommend staying in private vacation homes, such as those on Airbnb, over hotels since you can book an entire home and be protected from interactions with others. It also helps to know that Airbnb put stringent new policies in place that all hosts must now follow, in accordance with their Enhanced Cleaning Protocol.
Of it’s still crucial to follow guidelines and advice from organizations such as the CDC and WHO, and continue to practice safety measures including wearing a mask, washing your hands, and maintaining social distancing.
What are the best places to stay in the Hudson Valley?
Where you stay in the Hudson Valley depends on numerous factors, such as how close to a town you want to be, if you want to be near hiking trails or ski resorts, and whether you’ll be driving or taking the train.
If you want to be close to shops, restaurants, and in-town activities, some of the most popular Hudson Valley areas include Beacon, Hudson, Kingston, Woodstock, and Rhinebeck. If you plan to take the train, be sure to check that your Airbnb is close enough to the train station to either walk or take a short Uber or cab ride there.
How much does it cost to book an Airbnb in the Hudson Valley?
In general, you can often find excellent Airbnbs in the Hudson Valley for under $500 per night, as per our list. However, popular cities like Beacon or Hudson do typically price on the higher end, especially during peak weekends and over holidays. If you do plan to stay in an in-demand area, be sure to book as far in advance as possible as Airbnb inventory can be limited and places tend to book up fast.
What is there to do in the Hudson Valley?
The Hudson Valley is an idyllic and nature-filled retreat in any season. In summer you can hike, mountain bike, go for a dip in a nearby waterfall, or enjoy a craft beer or glass of wine at a local brewery or vineyard. In the autumn, the area sees breathtaking fall foliage.
Winter also makes for a great time to stay in the numerous cozy cabins available on Airbnb and curl up by the fire, ski, or snowshoe. Many of the local towns are known for great boutiques, museums, and fun galleries. There are also numerous farms in the area, so look for seasonal farmers’ markets.
What is Airbnb’s cancellation policy?
Cancellation policies on Airbnb are different for every listing and set by each individual host. Be sure to look for homes with flexible policies if you are unsure about your plans. For a full breakdown of Airbnb’s cancellation policies, click here.
Our picks are Enhanced Clean Airbnbs and appeal to all travelers, from couples to families.
Massachusetts offers a rich array of choices no matter the time of year or region you visit. Explore the pristine coastline and beautiful beaches of Cape Cod in summer, while in winter, the Berkshires offer some of New England’s best skiing. Autumn sees spectacular leaf-peeping, and year-round, uncover incredible history from Boston’s Freedom Trail to the Revolutionary War sites of Concord.
I’ve taken advantage of these attractions year after year, from visiting family in Boston’s Beacon Hill to summering on the Cape, and learning to ski in the Berkshires.
Based on that background, and because Airbnb continues to be a popular travel choice, I rounded up some of the best Airbnb homes you can rent in the state’s most desirable regions.
Browse all listings below, or jump to a specific area:
Cape Cod and the islands
Berkshires and Hampshire County
FAQ: Massachusetts travel
More of the best Airbnbs in the Northeast
Here are the best Airbnbs in Massachusetts, sorted by region and price.
One of the Cape’s best beaches, Nauset Beach, is within walking distance of this home, located on a large, beautifully landscaped plot that also includes two historic cottages, converted horse stables, and a private tennis court.
The open-plan living/dining/kitchen area feels spacious thanks to high, beamed ceilings and white shiplap walls, while a gas fireplace and personalized decor keep things homey.
The main bedroom has a California King bed and French doors leading to a sunny patio, while the finished basement, lined entirely in traditional pine, is ideal for kids with two twin beds and a half-bath. Note that the other cottages on the property occasionally are occupied by family members in the spring and fall.
Set among the colorful vintage homes of Oak Bluffs, which offers year-round ferry service from the mainland, this charming cottage is within walking distance to downtown restaurants and shopping and is just five minutes by foot to the beach.
The home, which dates from the late 1800s, features many original details including huge, Gothic-style windows, wood floors, and vaulted beamed ceilings in the upstairs bedrooms, but it also has been updated with modern conveniences like central AC. Relax with an afternoon cocktail on the rocking chairs on the front porch, then head to the back deck to grill up a meal and dine alfresco. The cozy living room is outfitted with bright, beachy accents, while the eat-in kitchen has a big table for playing board games from the well-stocked collection.
The home is ideal for groups or families, with one bedroom equipped with a double bed and single bed plus a screened-in porch, and two more bedrooms, each with two single beds.
If you don’t want to battle summer traffic to the Outer Cape, know that the towns of Sandwich and East Sandwich are just over the Sagamore Bridge and offer miles of lovely, family-friendly, bayfront beaches.
Exceedingly private, with just one other home nearby, this vintage cottage is nestled among the dunes with direct stairway access to the wide beaches of Cape Cod Bay. It features rustic interiors complemented by shabby-chic furnishings and an updated kitchen with modern gadgets.
Outside is where this home really shines, with a big beachfront deck and seating/dining area complete with a gas fire pit that’s a prime spot to soak up the sunrise.
The house has no central heat (or central AC) but a gas Franklin stove in the living room keeps things cozy on chillier spring and fall evenings.
Located at the northernmost tip of Cape Cod, Provincetown is an artsy seaside haven best known for its LGBTQ-friendly vibe. The waterfront town centers around Commercial Street and is divided into two parts: the lively West End, with a concentration of bars, restaurants, nightclubs, and shopping, and the sleepier East End, home to art galleries, B&Bs, and quaint cottages.
This recently renovated, two-story townhome is located in the West End, a short walk to Commercial Street and area beaches. Offering plenty of indoor/outdoor entertaining space, the upper level features an open-plan living room with a wood-burning fireplace and direct access to a large wood deck with an outdoor dining table and separate lounging area. It’s ideal for small groups wanting a bit of privacy, with one ensuite bedroom with a King-sized bed upstairs, and a lower-level ensuite with a Queen-sized bed, plus a kitchenette and private brick patio.
There are many thoughtful touches, including a Nespresso machine and SodaStream in the fully-equipped eat-in kitchen, a Sonos music system, memory foam mattresses, sustainably sourced bath products, and an outdoor shower.
Modern home with pool and ocean views on Nantucket
Find this Airbnb on the south shore of Nantucket island, in a neighborhood made up of newer homes nestled alongside acres of wooded conservation land. A private path leads to the beach, which, because it’s not easily accessible to those not staying in the area, means you’ll likely have this stretch of sand all to yourself.
While the exterior resembles the typical gray-shingled, Nantucket-style cottage, inside, the home is wonderfully modern, with an open-plan design featuring high ceilings and tall windows. The contemporary furnishings suit the clean architectural lines, and magnificent views of the ocean can be had from the entire upper level. Outside, there’s a large in-ground pool, with multiple seating areas to enjoy the ocean breezes.
The home feels remote yet it’s just a five-minute drive to all the restaurants of Siasonset Village (known familiarly as Sconset) and about 15 minutes to Nantucket town.
Just 45 minutes north of Boston, the former shipping and whaling town of Newburyport is now a major tourist destination, brimming with art galleries, antique stores, smart boutiques, and beautiful 19th-century mansions. Not far away are the pristine, wild beaches of Plum Island, which are surrounded by nature preserves and birdwatching.
This elegant, one-bedroom apartment set in an 1840s row house is steps from downtown Newburyport’s lively dining and shopping district and near the waterfront promenade. The sunny living room is pleasingly decorated with a mix of contemporary and traditional furnishings and features an exposed brick wall and an original (non-working) fireplace. Off the modern kitchen is a private deck with a gas grill and deck chairs, plus a large shared backyard patio with seating. On the lower level are the bathroom and bedroom, outfitted with a King-sized bed and facing the backyard for a quiet sleep.
Beach chairs, towels, and a cooler are provided for a day at Plum Island beach.
The site of the 1692 witch trials and a favorite Halloween destination, Salem plays up its haunted history with all manner of stores, museums, and guided tours dedicated to witchcraft, ghosts, and magic.
Designed to get you into the spooky spirit, this spacious apartment features eclectic, gothic-inspired dark and moody decor. There is a Victorian-style reading room, outfitted with cozy antique armchairs and a gallery wall of curios, and a dramatic bedroom with black walls, black bedding, quirky candelabras, and a raven-sculpted lamp. The apartment is a short walk to downtown and all its haunted happenings.
Set on the rugged coast of Cape Ann, about 40 miles northeast of Boston, Rockport is easily the North Shore’s prettiest town. Its scenic main harbor is dotted with old fishing and lobstermen’s shacks that now house a charming mix of local eateries, art galleries, and boutiques, and it’s a short walk to several sandy beaches.
This harborfront condo sits in the heart of Bearskin Neck’s dining and shopping and overlooks Rockport’s most iconic and photographed site, an old brick-red fishing shack known as Motif #1. While the condo measures just 550 square feet, the open-plan design, minimalist furnishings, and clever built-in features make it feel larger. Off the kitchenette, which has a small breakfast bar, is a petite patio with lovely harbor views.
From the cozy upstairs bedroom with a Queen-sized bed, you can open the windows to catch the fresh ocean breezes. (The condo does not have air-conditioning.) Two beach cruisers are provided and you can coordinate with the owner to borrow a two-person kayak.
While most Berkshires towns have a quaint, nostalgic feel, post-industrial North Adams is distinctly edgy. Chief among its attractions is MASS MoCa, a contemporary art museum housed in a massive converted factory complex. It anchors the town’s burgeoning cultural district, which counts numerous art galleries, artist studios, breweries, and coffee shops.
A five-minute drive from the museum is this circa-1875 home that’s been entirely remodeled but still features many original details. The look is a mix of contemporary and farmhouse-style furnishings with gleaming wood floors and wood accents throughout. A large back deck with a grill allows plenty of space for entertaining.
Note that the upstairs bedrooms, which have low ceilings, are only reachable by a spiral staircase, so this property may not be a fit for everyone.
Lovingly depicted by longtime resident Norman Rockwell, Stockbridge is the quintessential New England town brimming with historical buildings, quaint shops, and Gilded Age mansions. One of his most famous paintings is of Main Street, where you’ll find this apartment, set inside a bright yellow house dating back to 1845.
Thoroughly modern, this roomy one-bedroom has a retro vibe with vintage furniture filling the large, open-plan living room/kitchen and King-sized bedroom. Big living room windows overlook a tranquil, tree-filled backyard. Common outdoor spaces include a paved backyard patio with seating and an idyllic front porch with rocking chairs.
This home is steps away from the downtown historic district and a five-minute drive to the Norman Rockwell Museum, the botanical garden, and other attractions. It’s also close to several Berkshires ski resorts including Bousquet, Butternut, and Catamount.
Located in central Massachusetts’ Hampshire County, artsy Northampton is best known as the home of Smith College. The town has a distinct counter cultural bent, with lots of eclectic restaurants and bars, art galleries, theaters, museums, and unique independent shops.
One such place is Sticks and Bricks, a shop on downtown’s historic Market Street that crafts furniture using reclaimed materials. Just above the store — and entirely furnished with its handmade rustic pieces — is this sunny, serene, two-bedroom apartment. As you’d expect, the design is outstanding, particularly in the dining room, with its large reclaimed wood table and expertly mismatched chairs. A three-season porch, private patio, and shared courtyard garden provide plenty of outdoor seating options.
Lenox offers a wealth of attractions year-round, from magnificent Gilded Age mansions — including Edith Wharton’s The Mount — to summer music at Tanglewood, and visiting the Berkshires’ many ski resorts.
This two-story colonial is a particularly good choice for families with four large bedrooms configured with a mix of Queen and double beds. There is also a spacious, fully-equipped eat-in kitchen, a large living room, separate dining room, and a private backyard with deck. The home is within walking distance of downtown Lenox and its many dining and shopping options.
This Airbnb makes a great base to see Concord’s many Revolutionary War sites, as well as historic attractions like Walden Pond and Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, where notable writers including Thoreau, Emerson, and Louisa May Alcott are buried.
Simply yet comfortably furnished, this first-floor unit features a spacious living room with a pull-out sofa, a separate eat-in kitchen, and two bedrooms with Queen-sized beds. It overlooks bucolic Warner’s Pond and guests can request access to the tranquil, waterfront backyard garden.
Walk to the small village of West Concord with a nice selection of independent shops, restaurants, and bakeries, or take a short drive to historic Concord, with museums, old churches, and well-preserved homes of famous 19th- and 20th-century authors.
Boston is a half-hour drive from Concord or the commuter train takes approximately 40 minutes.
Tucked inside a 19th-century brownstone in one of Boston’s oldest, prettiest neighborhoods, this renovated condo is within walking distance of many major attractions including the Boston Common, the Boston Public Garden, and the Charles River Esplanade. Charles Street, with its abundance of antique stores, art galleries, and restaurants, is just a block away.
High ceilings and tall windows give the small space an airy, open feel, and the crown molding and decorative fireplace create a strong sense of place. It’s smartly decorated with modern, functional furnishings, like a desk in a sunny alcove that provides an ideal working area. The rental includes thoughtful amenities like a full-sized dishwasher, washer/dryer, and a Pack ‘n Play crib for families.
From the bright pink and green kitchen cabinetry to the fun, tropical-themed bathroom wallpaper, this petite pad packs in a lot of personality. Smart design choices maximize its 500-square-foot footprint, like a built-in breakfast bar with room for four in the sunny kitchen. The bedroom’s big bay windows, complete with a cozy seating area, provide great views of the neighborhood and Boston beyond.
The apartment is close to Inman Square’s restaurant and club scene and is well connected to the rest of the city by bus, and is walking distance to the subway.
The space is intimate and best suited to a couple or solo traveler. And guests should be fit, as there are four flights of stairs to climb to reach the top-floor apartment. This home, and all others in Cambridge, is also really meant for long-term rentals as Cambridge enforces a 90-day policy on Airbnb.
Featuring multiple indoor/outdoor entertaining areas spread across several levels, this converted 1890s carriage house is perfect for larger groups like multi-generational families or pods of friends.
On the main floor, the sprawling, open-plan kitchen/dining/living room is beautifully designed with vaulted beamed ceilings, gleaming cherry-wood floors, and exposed brick walls. Big windows and a skylight keep things bright. There’s another seating area on the lower level, plus a shady rooftop deck with a grill for more hangout space.
Three spacious bedrooms have different configurations of Queen-sized beds, two roll-away single beds, and a pull-out couch.
Red Sox fans will appreciate the short 12-minute walk to Fenway Park, and the home is also close to all the green space of the Emerald Necklace parks.
FAQ: Massachusetts travel
Can I travel to Massachusetts right now?
The state of Massachusetts currently has a travel advisory that advises travelers who have not been vaccinated to quarantine for 10 days.
Travelers are exempt from this advisory if they have a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72 hours prior to their arrival in the state. If not obtained before entry to Massachusetts, a test may be obtained after arrival, as long as travelers quarantine until a negative test result has been received.
How do I book a vacation rental in Massachusetts on Airbnb?
You may search for homes on Airbnb and filter results based on location, price, date, the number of bedrooms or bathrooms, amenities, and more. Once you’ve found a home you want, check for cancellation policies, and review your price in full. For more information on how to book on Airbnb, click here.
What is Airbnb’s cancellation policy?
Cancellation policies on Airbnb are different for every home and set by each host. For a full breakdown of Airbnb’s cancellation policies, click here.
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The US is home to some of the best cities for foodies looking to taste their way through travel.
Staying in an Airbnb with a gourmet kitchen makes it easy to travel and cook like a chef.
We chose Enhanced Clean Airbnbs in foodie cities with excellent kitchens starting at $80 nightly.
As a food blogger and freelance travel writer, I’ve been visiting and covering foodie destinations for almost a decade. Naturally, my trips revolve around checking out the best spots to eat, but equally important is where to stay.
Private Airbnb homes promote social distancing and make it easy to live like a foodie thanks to added amenities like Japanese knives, James Beard Award winning neighbors, and in-home wine coolers.
But before combing Airbnb, I turned to Aaron Thebault, Executive Chef of Zeppelin Nashville, for tips on what to look for when planning a culinary-focused trip. He’s known for his traditional home cooking techniques in one of the biggest foodie cities in the US and was recognized by Zagat in their “30 Under 30” list.
Thebault says when he travels, he looks for coastal destinations. “Their climates offer more vegetation and seafood. I also consider the surroundings when booking an Airbnb. For example, are there nearby grocery stores, or will we need to bring all of our own food and wine?” He also added, “It’s always nice to have a grill because it’s a quick, easy meal. Most people don’t think of checking for tongs, trays, extra plates, dishes, and tools like that, but they are an important part of a trip built around food.”
Browse all the best Airbnb homes for foodies below, or jump directly to a specific area here:
Beyond its classic staples like pimento cheese and ham biscuits, Richmond, Virginia has turned into an increasingly popular destination for homegrown, local ingredient culinary concepts. The city hosts its Fire, Flour & Fork festival each year (last year was virtual) where locals and visitors can experience behind-the-scenes tours, guest chef dinners, demos and tasting opportunities.
Once it’s safe to resume in person, consider staying in this high-quality home, a part of Airbnb Plus. The overall design is contemporary with retro accents, but what stands out to us the most is the gleaming full kitchen that has everything a home chef needs including a dishwasher, gas oven, breakfast table, glasses, dishware, and a wine cooler.
Chicago has long been a foodie destination, and those visiting Chicago this summer can experience the Taste of Chicago event in July or Chicago Gourmet in September, which includes intimate dinners, celebrity chef cooking demos, and tasting local restaurants. The city also hosts food-centric street festivals nearly every weekend in the warm weather months.
Located a short walk away from Chicago’s famed Wrigley Field, this hidden gem is steps from the city’s best restaurants and trendy shops, but comes with a stunning kitchen should you prefer to take things into your own hands. According to past guests, all of the kitchen tools were there for morning coffee and making meals, equipped with dishes, silverware, pans, wine and cocktail glasses, and even basic supplies like spices and oils.
There’s also a nice vinyl collection and a huge bed.
Food-loving travelers will love Denver, Colorado, especially since the city’s main train terminal, Union Station, has been attracting culinary connoisseurs since its renovation in 2014. It’s a hub for an eclectic choice of markets and restaurants.
This one-bedroom Airbnb is only a 20-minute bike ride away from that station, and kitchen is fully stocked with all of the essentials, plus condiments, seasonings, and spices. It’s also located close to other popular attractions like the Denver Botanical Gardens and the Denver Museum of Art.
Columbus, Ohio’s food scene is unique, covering everything from farm-to-table eateries, family-owned bakeries, and restaurants opened by the city’s immigrant communities. In August, the city will host the Columbus Food Truck Festival that features the best food vendors from throughout the region. It’s the nation’s largest food truck festival and Ohio’s premier foodie event.
For these reasons, foodies flock to Columbus when they want to try something new. If you do, this home is in one of the most charming neighborhoods called German Village and has a large private backyard with a patio and dining table.
The fully stocked kitchen has a gas range oven, coffee maker, dishwasher, full fridge, and everything you will need to cook at home. There are also tons of great spots to eat nearby and local shops within walking distance.
Portland has fast emerged as a culinary hot spot with an abundance of local, innovative restaurants that have popped up over the last few years. There Michelin-starred restaurants, farmers markets, and a plethora of food trucks and carts. This summer, travelers can revolve their trip around food by visiting during the many events like the Portland Korean Food Festival or Portland Burger Week (where more than 30 restaurants compete to prove their $5 burger is the best) in August.
Afterward, retreat to this Airbnb built to feel like a luxury hotel, with the quaintness and quality of a craft home. It exudes boho jungle vibes with a two-person soaking tub, marble shower, King Tempurpedic bed, and a fully stocked kitchen. It’s also located within walking distance of all the shopping, eating, drinking, and brunching you could ever desire.
This Savannah home dates back to the 1860s and includes a spacious, full-functioning kitchen infused with plenty of Southern charm thanks to historic architectural detailing and decor such as exposed brick. The kitchen is set for a chef who wants to feel right at home. It’s small but has everything you need with upscale appliances, coffee, and welcoming wine and snacks.
Since it’s in the heart of downtown, the home is nearby all the best restaurants, sights, and local shops. For the home chef, the majority of the home’s reviews state it’s within walking distance to the grocery store which, according to Chef Thebault, is a huge plus.
Great for families, this large rustic modern home has a prime location with a lush backyard close to Malibu’s beaches and wineries. The backyard provides fresh ingredients with its Jacaranda, maple, magnolia, orange, avocado, and lemon trees.
The gourmet kitchen has a bright open floor plan, but there’s also a more formal dining and living room with a fireplace. For the chef, there are Bosch double ovens and a warming drawer, a Viking six-burner gas range top, a double basin sink, and separate prep sink, a side-by-side refrigerator and freezer, and a beverage center that chills your wine or sodas. The host also offers the use of amenities for babies and children, as well as beach gear.
As Chef Aaron Thebault said, coastal destinations should be a go-to when planning a trip centered around food. This four-bedroom home in Yarmouth makes it easy since it’s only a 10-minute walk to town where guests can find markets, seafood shops, and produce. Also, the city of Portland is just 18 minutes south.
Amenities include an expansive deck with propane grill for summertime cooking, a fully equipped kitchen with All-Clad cookware, plates, glasses, wine glasses, silverware, a coffee brewer, french press, coffee grinder, and eco-friendly products. This host doesn’t miss a detail, they also have sugar, salt, pepper, olive oil, and a host of other spices available.
This private four-bedroom creek-side chalet has a fully equipped gourmet chef’s kitchen and a hot tub. There are two separate dining areas, which works well for large groups or families.
Enjoy two coffee makers, a Keurig, and a traditional pot. The Le Creuset tea kettle is there to accommodate those who prefer a variety of teas, which are all provided. If you’re looking to dine outside, there’s a separate private upper deck that seats up to six people. While Park City is mostly known for the winter weather with close proximity to the mountains for skiing, this home is great for the spring and summer weather as well.
If you were unaware, Arizona has underrated wineries, and a majority of them are only 45 minutes away from this pet-friendly farmhouse. Flagstaff is also known for top-rated beer breweries, and of course, beautiful nature by way of Lake Powell, Rainbow Bridge, and of course, The Grand Canyon.
This Airbnb has a fully fenced backyard for children and dogs, has a patio with a grill, a well-equipped kitchen, and is close to a grocery store. The host keeps the kitchen so well stocked, that one past guest wrote she brought her own milk frother thinking it was too uncommon to be included, only to find one provided in the house. Other amenities include six custom bunk beds, a hot tub, a garage, and a high-tech home locking system that can easily be accessed through an app.
This cute farmhouse has been newly renovated and in the host’s words, “brought back to life”. It’s the perfect staycation spot for New York City natives who adore rustic modern vibes. Woodstock in general is ideal for foodies, with tons of top restaurants and local cafes to experience. Many of the restaurants offer farm-to-table, utilizing fresh produce ingredients from the surrounding area.
This home has a spacious outdoor dining area with a BBQ for use. There’s even a private herb and salad garden, for those who want to cook up something fresh. Other amenities include an outdoor solar shower, large outdoor dining space, a fireplace, and a bluestone terrace.
Keep in mind that the host’s cat lives here, even when he is not there, so if you have allergies you should stay clear.
Charleston is a culinary haven with everything from biscuits to barbecue. You can taste fresh oysters and seafood all over the city, and the city is home to world-famous and award-winning chefs.
This luxurious four-bedroom property was recently renovated and redecorated to ensure guests feel properly at home. Aside from the new appliances and modern decor, there are two spacious porches with outdoor chairs and lounge areas where guests can people watch, drink a morning cup of coffee, or enjoy the crisp Charleston air.
For home chefs, the fully-equipped kitchen has marble countertops, state-of-the-art appliances, and ample amounts of storage to bring in your own groceries. There’s also a built-in wine cooler, a gas top stove, two ovens, and a large refrigerator/freezer.
Home near James Beard-awarded restaurant in Austin, Texas
A dream location built for foodies visiting Austin, this home is near Franklin Barbecue, where the chef was honored with the James Beard Foundation Award for best chef. It’s also blocks away from the award-winning VIA 313, Ramen Tatsuya, Kerlin BBQ, Fukumoto, Hightower, Buenos Aires Cafe, Spartan Pizza, Brew & Brew, Scoot Inn, and La Barbecue.
Visit during the Austin Food & Wine Festival in November and you’ll enjoy a weekend of meeting top chefs, sampling award-winning restaurants, sipping on wine, and watching chefs cook in front of you.
Back in this home, guests can cook up a Texas-size feast in the gourmet, industrial kitchen with a fully-stocked pantry and open floor plan for spacious gatherings.
Vermont makes for a gorgeous spring or summer road trip for food lovers thanks to a combination of gorgeous scenery and unique farm-to-table produce.
Whether you or someone else in your group is planning to play chef, look forward to cooking up meals in this home with an updated kitchen featuring stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops, and a huge center island, which doubles as a counter for up to six guests. Other dining options include the breakfast bar, a farmhouse table, or the back deck equipped with a gas grill, shaded patio table, and spacious lounge area.
Ideal for a family reunion or trip for your vaccinated “pods,” this six-bedroom private lake lodge on Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs has all the bells and whistles to hold up to 16 people and is near popular eateries serving southern fare and BBQ.
Each room has views of the lake, and there’s an expansive deck with ample outdoor seating, two charcoal grills, a wood-burning fire pit, tables, and sofas.
Past guests have said that the open kitchen in the main house is where all of the meals for the week were made, and there are many dining spaces to enjoy wine, local meals, and great conversations.
FAQ: Foodie travel
What is a foodie?
According to the dictionary, a foodie is a person with a particular interest in food. A foodie includes someone who is always up-to-date on the latest restaurants and dishes in a particular area, goes to new restaurants frequently, and is eager to give their opinions and recommendations to others.
What are the best food cities in the US?
The US is one of the most diverse countries in the world, especially when it comes to cuisine. Almost every state has its own culinary attractions. According to TripAdvisor, popular cities known to be best suited for foodies include Chicago, New York and surrounding areas, Savannah, New Orleans, San Francisco, and Charleston.
What foodie activities can you do?
When it comes to planning a foodie trip, look for locations where you can truly immerse yourselves in the local cuisines and culture. For a food-centered vacation, try activities like booking a local neighborhood food tour, cooking classes with chefs, dining out at the restaurants locals recommend, or cooking for yourself using local ingredients and produce.
Why stay in a vacation rental on a foodie trip?
Private home vacation rentals are a great way to stay away from touristy areas and live in the city like you’re a native. Airbnb offers all kinds of homes, many in prime city locations within walking distance to great local shops and restaurants. Airbnb can also be a more affordable option compared to staying in a hotel.
What should you look for in a kitchen in an Airbnb?
When booking an Airbnb with a great kitchen, look for factors such as extensive counter space for cooking, or pantry space to unload your groceries for the week. Ideally, the kitchen should be fully stocked with essential utensils, spices, condiments, appliances, and cooking tools. Cleanliness is also a key factor and Airbnb’s new Enhanced Clean program makes it easy to feel confident while traveling.
Is it safe to eat at restaurants?
According to the CDC website, “there is no evidence to suggest that COVID-19 is spread by handling or eating food. However, it is important to limit close contact with people outside of your home, encourage hand washing, and wear a mask when you’re not eating.”
There are red flags to look out for, however, as restaurants open, like if customers can sit at any table they’d like, or if there is poor airflow.
What is Airbnb’s cancellation policy?
Before booking, check the cancellation policy for your Airbnb in case your plans change. Each individual host sets their own policies, so it’s important that you fully understand the policy of your potential rental before confirming. Here are more details on Airbnb’s current cancellation policies.
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Wineries are re-opening to the public, and they can be great destinations for a gourmet getaway.
We’ve paired wine regions from coast to coast with local Airbnb options.
From standard homes to yurts, we found Airbnbs near wineries ranging from $120 to $456 per night.
Anyone who’s ever visited a winery knows that it’s all-too-tempting to linger in those beautiful settings. So, why not stay? Find yourself a cozy base camp and spend a few days exploring the vineyards and tasting the local wines. Though many wineries initially switched to virtual tastings due to the pandemic, tasting rooms have reopened their doors with new precautions in place (more on that here).
There are currently 252 American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) spread across the country, with 141 in California alone. So, there’s a good chance you live within an easy road trip of a grape-growing region. Though I’m no sommelier, I’ve been to enough tastings to know that staying right nearby is a serious perk.
Because these wine-producing areas have become such popular destinations, the crop of vacation rentals is growing as quickly as the vines. From charming cottages to mod guest houses with pools, converted barns to rustic log cabins, wine country Airbnbs offer plenty of personality.
Browse all the best Airbnbs near wineries below, or jump directly to a specific area here:
This storybook cottage is one of a cluster of 16 similar cottages scattered throughout an elm forest right in the heart of Calistoga. The cottages are collectively known as the Cottage Grove Inn, and they’re located within easy strolling distance of the town’s tasting rooms, shops, and restaurants.
The cottage is a relaxing and romantic place, with soft furnishings in white and rosy hues, reclaimed hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, and a wood-burning fireplace (wood provided). The King bed has down bedding, and the spa-like bathroom offers robes, a two-person soaking tub, and shower. A customized armoire hides a kitchen nook with a small fridge and coffee and tea.
Yoga mats, picnic basket backpacks, and cruiser bikes are available for some outdoor fun, and there’s also a Tesla charging station on the premises.
Although the cottage is configured as a studio for double occupancy, the hosts can add an extra single bed if you give them advance notice. Dogs under 40 pounds are welcome too (for an extra $50 per pet, per night), but be aware children younger than 12 are prohibited.
Located on the Hoyt Family Vineyard, just nine minutes west of Paso Robles, this funky little cabin is peaceful and private, yet it’s within an easy 20-minute drive to several area vineyards.
Local design firm Daniels Wood Land was responsible for the cabin’s unconventional interior design, using repurposed wine barrels, fallen trees, and old industrial parts to create many of the home’s furnishings in a style the hosts describe as “cool, rustic chic.”
Kids are welcome here, and one bedroom has bunk beds, while the other has a Queen bed. There’s a kitchen with a stove, microwave, refrigerator, and coffee maker, and the cabin is equipped with air conditioning and Wi-Fi.
It’s a free-spirited sort of place to relax. Outside there’s a spacious outdoor deck, plus a BBQ grill and picnic table, lounge seating, and a campfire area (s’more kit included). Guests have access to a hot tub on the adjoining property (there’s another Airbnb on the premises, and it’s possible to rent both for larger groups), and there’s even a tree swing at the top of the hill.
This recently renovated guesthouse is located on a private vineyard in the mountains 10 minutes from St. Helena. Plenty of neighboring vineyards are also within easy reach.
Open, airy, and elegant — with lofty, 20-foot ceilings and gorgeous views from wrap-around windows — the home’s modern design is white and bright, with flashes of sunny yellow and deep coral mixed with warm wood tones. The studio configuration includes a sleek white kitchenette, a rustic antique wooden dining table, a lounge area with a cushion-strewn built-in window bench and a Queen sleeper sofa, a fireplace, plus a white-curtained canopy bed. The bathroom is stocked with robes and offers an oversized walk-in shower.
It’s easy to wander between indoor and outdoor spaces. Two sets of French doors open onto a private terrace with panoramic vistas and a contemporary seating and dining area.
This sophisticated barn resides in the heart of a nine-acre working Zinfandel vineyard, overlooking Sonoma County’s beautiful Dry Creek Valley. Although it’s only five minutes away from Healdsburg — with its excellent restaurants, shops, galleries, and farmer’s market — the setting is private and peaceful.
Well-suited for two couples, it offers two luxurious Restoration Hardware California King bed suites (each with a full bath) separated by a shared great room with lounge seating, a dining table, and a well-equipped kitchen with high-end appliances. The decor is eclectic-cool, including a rustic wooden dining set, leather club chairs, modern white sofa, groovy handmade concrete tile flooring, rugs gathered from the hosts’ world travels, and striking original art throughout. A Haiku bamboo fan swirls above the main space to keep it cool.
It’s a place for easy indoor-outdoor living, with a fragrant lavender field just outside the living room’s French doors and a 45-foot covered porch that overlooks the vineyard and the Dry Creek Valley. A Weber gas grill is available, and there’s an outdoor seating and dining area. The hosts point out that the property isn’t suited to children younger than 8.
This tranquil guesthouse with vineyard views is hidden in the mountains only a few minutes up a country road from Napa. It’s a quiet and secluded setting for a peaceful and private stay, while still being right near incredible wineries.
The interior is light and open, with vaulted ceilings and minimalist-mod decor in white and wood tones. Fold-down beds are concealed behind panels resembling Shoji screens. One Queen bed and two Twin beds can share the main space, but the versatile home can also be configured with fewer beds to make room for a seating area, depending on your needs. The gorgeous, full kitchen has a white marble island with a breakfast bar, a fire-engine-red Smeg refrigerator, and the hexagonal-tiled bathroom features a walk-in shower.
Outside, there’s an elegant lap pool, hot tub, and seating area for watching the sunset with a glass of wine. Walk up the road beyond the house to meet the local cows, alpacas, and sheep, and you’ll be rewarded with views all the way to San Francisco. This property has been used as a writer’s retreat, and it’s easy to see how someone could be inspired by this exquisite setting.
Airstream with private hot tub beside tasting room in Wapato
Play it cool in this cool Airstream, parked in a private spot beside the Freehand Cellars tasting room in the Yakima Valley. Located just a few minutes away from downtown Yakima, the trailer comes with its own hot tub and gas firepit and it’s surrounded by eight acres of orchards, roses, and vineyards.
The living space is streamlined and contemporary, with sleek metal surfaces, pale wood tones, and plenty of natural light. There’s a handy kitchenette and cushioned dining nook, a cozy queen bed, and a bathroom with shower, decorated with a jaunty sign reading, “Wine me up and watch me go!” The trailer also has all the necessary modern comforts, including Wi-Fi, TV, and air conditioning.
Level-2 electric vehicle chargers are also available free on-site. And it’s no surprise that this Airstream is popular—there’s limited availability in spring, but more openings into summer and fall.
Nestled amidst rolling fields of wheat and grapes on a family vineyard a few miles north of Walla Walla, this dreamy cottage offers quiet relaxation in a country setting.
With two covered porches and a sprawling lawn, visitors tend to spend a lot of time outdoors —dining, sipping wine, or just enjoying the sunset. Inside, the spaces have a refreshed antique charm, with hardwood floors and an open-plan living room warmed by a fireplace and furnished with leather sofas. The full kitchen and adjacent dining area feature a square wooden farmhouse table surrounded by white Windsor chairs.
Consider bringing or renting a bike to explore local backroads and rural cycling routes. Downtown Walla Walla has more than 30 tasting rooms, and there are plenty of others to visit nearby.
For a one-of-a-kind stay, this yurt is tucked into an oak grove on five rural acres near Salem, only a few minutes away from several award-winning vineyards in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA.
Don’t judge a yurt by its cover: The interior goes far beyond the rudimentary, with modern amenities and spacious comfort. The bright and airy main space includes a living area with a 40-inch TV, a dining area with seating for six, and a full kitchen with a range and dishwasher. There’s even framed artwork adorning the walls. A private bedroom is furnished with a Queen-sized brass bed, dresser, and armoire, and the bathroom is equipped with a walk-in shower. A sofa bed and air mattress are also available for sleeping in the main room, plus the yurt has heating, a portable air conditioner, and WiFi.
Outside, there’s a dining area with a grill and a private deck with a jolly umbrella-shaded cafe table. Well-behaved pets are allowed.
This recycled cedar cabin is perched at the edge of a forest overlooking 40 acres of vines on the Beacon Hill Vineyard in the Yamhill-Carlton wine country. The vineyard produces pinot noir, chardonnay, and Riesling, and they have a tasting room on-site. Plus, the cabin is located within a few minutes’ drive of several other wineries.
Built in the shape of a tower, the cabin offers panoramic views from the tree house-like upstairs bedroom. And while the wood-paneled space is compact, it’s practical and comfortable: There’s a wood-burning fireplace beside the living area’s two leather armchairs, electric heaters in each room, and air conditioning too. The kitchenette has a small refrigerator, microwave, coffee-maker, toaster, and electric burners, and the bathroom is equipped with a shower.
The spacious outdoor deck is just right for sipping wine and keeping an eye on the vineyard. (The hosts even provide a bottle of their estate-grown pinot noir.) There’s also a picnic area with a BBQ grill and a firepit in the woods.
Visitors remark on how gorgeous and peaceful it is to stay on the vineyard, although the host says to expect some farming activity between July and October. Guests can receive a 10% discount on designated local wine tours, too. Ask the host for details.
Log cabin near Fredericksburg in the Texas Hill Country
An authentic log cabin, built in the 1800s, this remarkable rental is located just five miles from downtown Fredericksburg and within easy reach of numerous tasting rooms.
One of three antique cabins on over seven acres (all three can be rented together, for a total of 18 guests), this two-person home is called Peach Cabin. And though it may be old, it’s certainly not musty or dusty. The interior is clean and fresh, with a soaring ceiling, stone fireplace, comfortable furniture, and a small kitchenette and dining area. The loft bedroom features a Queen-sized bed. But the star of the whole show may just be the bathroom’s fabulous antique copper soaking tub.
If that’s not enough, there’s a private hot tub on the back porch, and the cabin also comes with a picnic table, hammock, and charcoal grill. Don’t be surprised if you wake up to find deer grazing in the yard.
Explore Colorado’s wine country from this newly renovated barn, set amidst four acres of vineyards and peach orchards in the Grand Valley AVA. Located two miles from Palisade and 13 miles from Grand Junction, with stunning views of Mt. Garfield, the barn is right next door to Maison La Belle Vie Winery, Red Fox Cellars, and Garfield Estates.
The spacious, two-story living space features hickory floors upstairs and stained concrete floors on the main level, with simple, comfortable furniture. There’s an open-plan kitchen-living-dining area with a fireplace, plus one King and one Queen bedroom, and two bathrooms (one with a shower). The barn is comfortable year-round, with heating, air conditioning, a washer and dryer, and Wi-Fi.
Outside, there’s a patio with a firepit and grill for enjoying the gorgeous setting. Dogs, a cat, and three friendly sheep live on the property too, so you may have a chance to meet them. The hosts also mention that there is a railroad track at the bottom of the four-acre property, with daily trains, though recent reviewers note that it’s still quiet.
Two new cruiser bikes are available to rent for an additional $10 per day, and the hosts can also set you up with a local horse-and-carriage service so you can visit the valley wineries in style. You can walk to three different vineyards and bike to many others in less than 15 minutes.
This super-stylish Airbnb Plus listing is a tiny house on a 30-acre farm, with vineyard and orchard views. If it looks familiar, maybe that’s because you’ve seen the home featured in Airbnb ad campaigns. Located on Hudson Valley’s 80-mile-long Shawangunk Wine Trail, with 15 vineyards nearby, there are plenty of tastes to explore during your stay.
Though it may be small, this cleverly designed place doesn’t feel cramped — it’s got a clean, modern vibe thanks to its light wood interiors and is filled with natural light.
There’s one sleeping area with a Twin bed on the main level, plus a lofted King bed with a comfy memory foam mattress above, set off by a uniquely carved railing. The kitchen has a small refrigerator, electric tea kettle, and microwave, and the bathroom is stocked with upscale personal care products and includes a walk-in shower.
Though it may feel off-the-grid, the home is equipped with Wi-Fi, heating, and air conditioning, so it’s plenty comfortable and connected.
For evening relaxation, there’s a slate fire pit out in front, and guests rhapsodize about the tranquility of the setting and the clarity of the starry night skies.
Historic Finger Lakes barn on Seneca Lake Wine Trail
This reconstructed 1810 threshing barn is located 10 minutes north of Watkins Glen, on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail, with views of the lake and neighboring vineyards.
The barn’s lower level has been converted into 1,100 square feet of living space that blends rough-hewn timber and stone construction with the comfort of modern amenities. Heated, polished concrete floors add gloss to the rustic charm of the interiors, where dramatic lighting, a creamy white color palette, and soft textures balance out the roughness of the wood.
The multi-purpose main space is so well planned that it manages to feel uncluttered despite including a plush queen bed, a living area with paired leather sofas, a dining area with seating for four, a workspace with a desk, and a full kitchen with white cabinets and an island breakfast bar. The bathroom has a walk-in rain shower, and the barn is equipped with air conditioning, a washer and dryer, and Wi-Fi.
North Fork farmhouse cottage in Laurel, Long Island
This delightful little North Fork cottage is hidden on private acreage, with a vineyard right next door and a farm stand nearby.
The main room is tastefully furnished with hardwood floors and a Queen bed, plus a full kitchen, dining area with an antique table, and comfy seating area with a leather sofa and armchair. With high ceilings and a skylight, the space is bright and airy. When the weather is especially nice, open the french doors that lead to the covered veranda with seating overlooking the lush lawn.
Past guests have especially loved this home’s location, noting that it’s close to the vineyards, the beaches, and plenty of restaurants and shops.
Located just one minute from Peconic Bay’s beaches in the North Fork hamlet of New Suffolk, this adorable seaside cottage is near multiple Long Island wineries.
The cottage’s charming vintage interiors feature hardwood floors and a nautical white and navy-blue color palette, with a relaxed mix of antique and new furniture. The main space is an open-plan living area and kitchen, with an island breakfast bar. Especially good for families, one bedroom has a Queen bed, and the other has two Twins.
The cottage is part of a larger compound, sharing the lawn with a main home and another cottage. However, it does have its own private porch with a picnic table and sea views, as well as a grill.
When you’re not out tasting wine, you can tiptoe one minute down to the sandy beach with towels, blankets, snorkeling gear, and an umbrella provided by your hosts. Note that no children under age 2 are allowed at the cottage.
This beautifully updated Rockfish Valley farmhouse, built in the early 1900s, is located within seven miles of 151 wineries, distilleries, breweries, and cideries. It’s also a great area for hiking and other recreation, with Shenandoah National Park, Wintergreen Resort, and US Bicycle Route 76 nearby.
It’s the sort of place where you gather with your favorite people for a special getaway. Combining historic charm with family-friendly, modern amenities, the farmhouse has a well-equipped kitchen, two bedrooms with Queen beds, and a third bedroom with two single beds. (There’s a highchair and travel crib, too.) The decor is country-fresh and farmhouse classic, from the rocking chairs on the front porch to wrought iron bed frames.
After a day of tastings, enjoy the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountain views while relaxing in Adirondack chairs beside the outdoor fire pit and roasting marshmallows at sunset with the provided s’mores kits.
Are wineries safe to visit?
Wineries are in the process of re-opening, and many have put new safety protocols in place. Check with each winery for the latest details as you plan your visit. Many wineries are operating with reduced capacity, limited indoor seating, mask requirements (when not tasting wine), and enhanced cleaning measures. Some wineries are also requiring reservations and restricting the number of guests who can visit, so consult their websites and make reservations in advance if you can.
State and local COVID-19 restrictions will also impact how each winery is able to operate. Napa Valley, for example, is advising visitors to wear masks and practice social distancing. In general, expect limited interaction between customers and servers at tasting rooms, contactless ordering and payment, and even temperature checks before entering some wineries.
What’s the best time to visit a winery?
Keep in mind that vineyards are working farms, so they’ll be busy places during peak grape harvest season (roughly July to October, depending on the region). A winery (where wine is produced) may be separate from the actual vineyard, and a tasting room might also be separate from the growing operation.
Many are open year-round, but check with the winery for specifics on their schedule, including any vineyard tours and wine-tasting programs they may offer. If you’re hoping to have a chance to chat with a winemaker, you might want to choose a quieter time of year.
Keep in mind that finding available accommodation in high-demand areas during the peak summer and fall seasons can be a challenge, so book early to avoid disappointment.
What are the best wine regions in the US?
There are currently 252 established AVAs across the country, reflecting a wide range of growing conditions and geographic features in states you might expect (California, Washington, Oregon, New York), and those which might surprise you (Texas, Arizona, New Jersey, Wisconsin). In fact, the oldest AVA is actually in Missouri (the Augusta AVA, established in 1980, just a few months before Napa Valley). There’s a wine region for every taste, and that’s what makes them so much fun to explore on your way to finding your own personal favorite.
California has a whopping 141 AVAs, with over 100 varieties of grapes growing throughout the state. In Napa Valley, the Calistoga AVA is known for producing cabernet sauvignon, zinfandel, petite sirah, charbono, and syrah. The Mount Veeder AVA specializes in cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, malbec, merlot, and syrah; and the St. Helena AVA is recognized for cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot, syrah, zinfandel, and sauvignon blanc. You’ll find plenty of zinfandel and sauvignon blanc in Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley AVA; and the Paso Robles AVA has built a reputation for cabernet sauvignon, merlot, zinfandel, syrah, and chardonnay.
Airbnb also announced rigorous new procedures including the Enhanced Cleaning Protocol, which includes guidelines on personal protective equipment, disinfectants, and mandatory waiting periods between previous guests and cleanings.
However, there are still serious risks to traveling during the COVID-19 pandemic, and it’s important to follow advice from leading health organizations such as the CDC and the WHO. Look into the latest local and state guidelines before planning your vacation, and take precautions including wearing a mask, washing your hands frequently, and maintaining social distancing.
Palm Springs is also one of Airbnb’s most popular destinations in 2021, likely because the private homes for rent are diverse and impressive. The signature style is midcentury modern, with many designed by famous architects of the period. Some offer unique, exquisite dome structures, and almost all come with pool access for relief from the heat.
Having visited Palm Springs numerous times, including in an Airbnb during the pandemic, I’ve become intimately familiar with the top homes in the area, which I’ve curated below.
Browse all the best Airbnb homes in Palm Springs below, or jump directly to a specific area here:
This 1959 Meiselman home has been updated and renovated with an airy vibe and stylish details that include sparkling white porcelain tile floors, green kitchen countertops, and original midcentury bathroom tiles.
Catch unobstructed mountain views indoors and out. Though, you’ll likely prefer them outside in the new saltwater pool with a water fountain feature, or among the expansive park-like grounds.
There is also a well-stocked kitchen with stainless appliances and a washer-dryer for guest use.
The home has wide availability from June through September.
This home is neither flashy nor midcentury, but it’s an excellent price for a fully equipped three-bedroom, two-bathroom home with room for eight. The family-owned and decorated home has comfortable furnishings, including a large wooden dining table, large striped armchairs, and a gas fireplace for relaxing indoors.
The home sits on an oversized corner lot and the spacious and walled backyard feels fully private. The pool and hot tub were recently redone, and the home is located in a family-friendly and walkable area.
This home still has sporadic dates available for the spring. Many summer dates are still available.
This rental features pops of yellow, turquoise, and orange, which makes for cheerful splashes of color in line with the midcentury aesthetic. This petite space has room for two guests with one bedroom and one bath.
A sleek kitchen comes with an espresso machine and granite island with a second sink. You can even cook with lemons using the homegrown supply on property. A walk-in shower features double showerheads and there’s also a cheery library and workspace for guests to use. Outdoors is a pool and spa, bikes for the borrowing, and a grill and dining area for al fresco dining.
This room has a few dates available for each of the remaining months of 2021.
For the full Palm Springs getaway experience, you’re going to want to rent a home in the midcentury style and neighborhood for which the town is famous. This two-bedroom, two-bath home is located in the chichi Ruth Hardy Park/Movie Colony East neighborhood, with views of the striking San Jacinto mountains.
There’s room for four adults and an additional two children can fit in the foldout sofa in the living room. The decor is done in a chic color palette of mostly white and grey, along with pops of turquoise. As long as weather permits, you’ll probably spend most of your visit outside, in the appealing saltwater pool, spa, and lounge area.
This listing’s next availability is in mid-July, with the calendar wide open after that.
This stunning property on the outskirts of downtown Palm Springs offers both proximity to town and privacy; a 15-foot hedge shields visitors from outsiders without blocking the views of the San Jacinto Peak. Inside, the inviting design is done up in grey and white with pops of vibrant rainbow colors. When you’re ready for an adventure, six beach cruisers are available to guests.
Unique features include an indoor shuffleboard table, a rotating art gallery, a poker table, board games, and a corn hole game set for poolside play. There is also a spa with room for eight, a pool with a cabana-style lounge area, a fire pit, and a BBQ.
The home currently has a sprinkling of dates remaining throughout the spring and summer months.
This midcentury Meiselman home is an Airbnb Plus listing, which means it’s been vetted for high standards of style, design, and guest offerings. It has a fully modern design upgrade from local interior design firm H3K, and was previously a stop on Palm Springs Modernism Week home tours.
The palette is grey with pops of bright color and coordinated midcentury furnishings throughout. Bathrooms have statement-making orange- or green-striped tilework, and subdued grey and white bedrooms are serene and hotel-like. There’s also a washing machine and dryer on-site for guest use, and the yard has a pool and fire pit.
The home currently has some remaining dates in May.
I can personally vouch for this two-bedroom, two-bath midcentury home, which I chose when I needed a safe and secluded COVID getaway with my family. I felt quite reassured by its cleanliness, and it also happens to be a great place for a group of four to relax in peace, with seamless indoor-outdoor living.
The home has tasteful decor, including bright wood floors and spa-like showers. The living room and bedrooms have smart TVs, each with an Amazon Fire Stick and guest access to Hulu, HBO, Showtime, and Netflix.
Outside, the landscaping features more than 40 varieties of cacti for a beautiful front yard with seating. In the back, there’s a sparkling lap pool and jacuzzi with mountain views.
This listing has some dates available for May. After that, most of the fall currently remains open.
This 1,800-square-foot Palm Springs home was recently remodeled and fully upgraded with modern conveniences. The three bedrooms have hypoallergenic mattresses, duvets, and pillows, and the large kitchen includes a gas oven and range. The decor is bright and airy with a mostly monochromatic white palette that feels calming.
Outdoors, there’s a large seven-foot deep saltwater pool with two waterfalls, an expansive spa with room for 12, mountain views, and a built-in fire pit with generous outdoor seating.
The home currently has a sprinkling of dates remaining throughout the spring and summer, with wider availability into the fall and winter months.
The so-called Pink Panther lair is an architectural achievement with a midcentury vibe and room for six guests in three bedrooms. The listing offers pretty views of mountains all around and plenty of natural light that filters through the abundant windows. Four French doors open out to the pool area.
As one might expect given the name, midcentury furnishings have a sweet pink palette, though blue and grey accents keep it from feeling overwhelming. The chef’s kitchen is tricked out with an Illy coffee machine and wine fridge, and a sundeck surrounds the pool and spa with room for 10. Outside furnishings include sofa seating, an outdoor dining table, and a fire pit.
This listing’s next availability is May 31, with plenty of dates available after that through the summer, fall, winter, and into 2022.
This midcentury Jack Meiselman home is a five-minute drive or a 15-minute bike ride to downtown Palm Springs, and four bikes are provided for use with the home. So are thoughtful amenities like a Vitamix, juicer, vintage board games, and four yoga mats.
Outdoors, there’s a hammock under a lemon tree, a daybed, a fire pit, an outdoor shower, and even an organic garden — plus the pool, of course. Indoors are two bedrooms with smart TVs and organic bedding in each. The thoughtfully appointed kitchen has original vintage 1950s steel Youngstown kitchen cabinets.
This home has wide availability beginning in June through August.
This sophisticated midcentury modern home was designed by renowned architect William Krisel in Twin Palms Estates, the Alexander Construction Company’s first residential development in town. The three-bedroom, two-bathroom home has a large backyard with a pool and spa, and the cost of heating the pool is included in the cooler months. Know that this is not always the case for Palm Springs rentals.
Built in 1957, this listing was fully restored in 2019 with a nod to the original aesthetic. Exposed beam ceilings and abundant clerestory windows let in light and views. The open concept connects the spacious, well-stocked kitchen with the dining area and living room, which all overlook the pool. The living room features a comfy sofa with a large TV, gas fireplace, and views out to the backyard. The master bedroom has a King bed, large TV, and an en suite bath with a large walk-in shower and access to the yard.
The home currently has a sprinkling of dates remaining throughout the spring and summer, with wider availability into the fall and winter months.
This midcentury Rancho Mirage vacation rental sprawls over nearly 17,000 square feet of land, for wow-worthy space, privacy, and mountain views. The open floor plan and glass walls create a seamless indoor-outdoor flow between the colorful indoor living space and the outdoors with a pool with tanning shelf, spa, fire pit, volleyball net, gas barbecue, and pergola.
Indoors, the fully stocked kitchen has new stainless steel appliances, a side-by-side fridge, and quartz countertops with bar seating. The master suite has a 42-inch smart TV, a King-sized platform bed, and a remodeled bathroom with floating sinks.
The home currently has some remaining dates in July and August.
So this one doesn’t have a pool, but we’re including this dramatic Palm Springs geodesic dome home for its five remote acres with eye-popping views of the desert, mountains, and windmills. It offers a secluded hideaway since it’s only accessible via a dirt road, but is still just a 15-minute drive to downtown Palm Springs.
There’s room for six guests in three bedrooms with as many Queen beds. There’s a large kitchen with indoor and outdoor dining areas, two-and-a-half bathrooms, and an office. The living room has soaring 26-foot ceilings, and the lofted bedroom wows with dramatic skylights. In short, this listing is endless Instagram fodder.
This dome home still has available dates throughout the spring and summer months.
The Modern Territory is a four-bedroom house in the Airbnb Plus category, which recognizes “listings with exceptional quality, comfort, and style.”
The home was built in 1960 by the Alexander Building Company and designed by Architect William Krisel; recently it was fully renovated to incorporate striking high-design decor as well as modern comforts. The black-and-white kitchen features Instagram-friendly patterned tile and sparkling white counters.
The pool area offers mountain views, plus a fire pit and daybeds. This listing’s next available dates are in August.
This luxury vacation home falls into Airbnb’s Luxe category, and it’s a splurge that’s in high demand. So, plan to book ahead for this one.
The midcentury home has been featured across various travel media as a dream destination for groups up to six in three bedrooms and three and a half baths. It was clearly designed for indoor-outdoor living with chaise loungers and a view of the San Jacinto Mountains from the pool terrace. Canvas umbrellas shade an outdoor barbecue and there is also a hot tub for a sunset soak.
Indoors, the home has soaring 18-foot ceilings, retractable glass walls, and clerestory windows for views and natural light all around.
This property has limited remaining dates for spring. The summer is mostly booked, but availability remains for September.
FAQ: Visiting Palm Springs
What is there to do in Palm Springs?
People’s reasons for visiting Palm Springs vary. Many are in it for pure relaxation, pool time, and indoor-outdoor dining. Others are design enthusiasts who come to savor all the midcentury architecture and entertaining on display.
Other active travelers will find plenty to do when weather permits: hiking, tennis, biking, golf, and more. Palm Springs is also rich with options for dining, shopping, and museums.
The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, with its knockout white-knuckle views, takes riders up to the wilderness of the Mt. San Jacinto State Park and it’s not to be missed.
Major events and festivals around sports, music, arts, and architecture also draw travelers year-round.
When is the best time to visit Palm Springs?
Palm Springs and the surrounding environs are famously hot in the summer — it’s a desert after all. Summer temps easily soar well over 100 degrees. And while some might find this much too hot for comfort, others find it just perfect for enjoying a leisurely life of pool time, chaise loungers, and cold cocktails.
Spring and fall are much milder, but when live events return, spring months become quite busy (read: expensive) as crowds swell for festivals like Coachella and Stagecoach.
Winter weather can be cold (depending on your definition), but this can also be a festive time to visit, with snow on the surrounding peaks and events like the Palm Springs International Film Festival, which typically happens in January (but was canceled in 2021).
How much does it cost to rent a vacation house in Palm Springs?
Costs for vacation home rentals in the Palm Springs area range enormously, with the price depending on factors like home size, amenities, and seasonality.
For a ballpark range, consider nightly Airbnb rental prices in the range of about $200 to $400 for two to three bedrooms with a private pool. The higher end of that range might include professionally designed interiors, a nicer pool and views, and a posher feel. Don’t forget that taxes and fees add substantially to the final cost. Longer month-long stays, however, often will earn discounts, and will widen availability as many surrounding desert towns have limitations on short term rentals.
What should I look for in an Airbnb?
First, you should seek to find an Airbnb that suits your party’s size, ages, and budget. Beyond that, consider data points such as the ones we weigh here when compiling our recommendations for readers.
These criteria include positive recent reviews, Superhost status, amenities, and participation in the Enhanced Clean program, rolled out for safety and reassurance in the pandemic era.
How do I book a home in Palm Springs on Airbnb?
Filter your home search based on price, dates of your stay, the number of bedrooms you need, amenities, pet-friendliness, and other specifics.
Note that your search may pull up homes outside of Palm Springs proper (such as Rancho Mirage and Cathedral City), though this may make little difference to visitors. When you find a listing you like, check its cancellation policies and the final price including fees. For more info on the process of booking an Airbnb, click here.
What is Airbnb’s cancellation policy?
Airbnb’s individual hosts determine their own cancellation policies, which vary from listing to listing. For a detailed summary Airbnb’s cancellation policies, click here.
Additionally, medical professionals agree that private Airbnbs are safe amid the ongoing pandemic, given the reduced exposure to other guests and staff compared to hotels, with little need for concern about virus transmission through surfaces.
Airbnb hosts are also required to follow enhanced cleaning procedures. Of course, be sure to follow CDC guidelines, practice social distancing, wear a mask, and wash your hands frequently.
Due to the pandemic, many East Coasters are on the hunt for a cozy weekend away that’s not too far afield and doesn’t include big crowds, but is still filled with plenty of outdoor fun.
I grew up in the Northeast and lived in New York City for 10 years and highly recommend the Catskills for a nature-filled escape from the city at any time of the year. I visited the Borscht Belt as a kid, planned ski trips to Hunter Mountain with friends, and booked weekend getaways with my husband as an adult.
If leaving the city to curl up in a remote cabin sounds pretty perfect right now, keep reading for my Airbnb picks that make it easy to explore wooded hiking trails, hit the ski slopes, or enjoy scenic mountain views. They’re all private rentals, in line with social distancing guidelines, and available to book in the coming weeks and months for under $200 per night.
Browse all the best Airbnb cabins in the Catskills below, or jump directly to a specific area here:
This woodsy retreat is a stylishly restored barn that couples will love for its cozy and compact layout. A plush-looking bed faces large picture windows for cuddling up in while savoring views of remote nature, and there is also a refrigerator, microwave, and coffee maker. The lawn features Adirondack chairs surrounding a fire pit the ultimate spot for making s’mores or warming up on chilly nights — as well as a gas grill and picnic table.
Close to scenic state parks and nature trails, you can also use this spot as a nice home base after a day of hiking.
This charming former schoolhouse from the mid-19th century has a separate sleeping cabin and bathroom just big enough for two people. There’s a nice stone fireplace, vintage furniture, antique accent pieces and framed art, plus a large bucolic yard.
It’s an ideal spot to get off the grid and reconnect with nature since it’s in a remote location with a nearby creek, just note that there’s no Wi-Fi on the premises.
A tiny house seems tailor-made for a Catskills getaway, and this sweet home feels especially idyllic. It’s situated mere steps from a pond, wild mountain stream, and waterfall.
Bring your pup to this pet-friendly Airbnb and warm up by the antique wood stove or under a blanket on a lounge chair. The bedroom is lit at night by stars shining through a skylight, and a large wall of windows keeps it bright during the day. There is also a kitchenette and eco-friendly bathroom but prepare for a little roughing it as there is no running water.
This tiny home has plenty of availability over the next several months.
Located on a compound of similar standalone cabins that may also be rented, this rural spot comes with excellent views of the Catskill mountains. Decorated in calming neutrals, the space features a small sitting area with a couch, large windows, a mini-fridge, and a coffee machine. The bathroom is a relaxing sanctuary with custom tiling and an oversized walk-in shower.
But the private deck will likely be your favorite place to hang and enjoy the sweeping scenery. There is also a communal clubhouse on the property with complimentary tea and coffee, a ping pong table, a pool table, a campfire, and more.
This home still has many days available in spring, but then is booked up in summer and fall.
This cabin has everything you’re likely to hope for when picturing a log home: classic mahogany exterior, rich wood walls, beamed ceilings, and knotted pine fixtures. There’s so much wood in fact, that a few white walls almost look misplaced. There’s also a fireplace, full kitchen, midcentury furnishings, and two covered decks to sweeten the deal.
The extremely reasonable rate is available throughout the year, and the schedule is frequently open even in busy winter months, which is a Catskills rarity.
Meticulously decorated, this Airbnb brings serious star power; it was featured on Netflix’s “Stay Here” home renovation show. The studio space is a cornucopia of eclectic design, mixing bold prints on pillows and throws with rustic mountain-inspired pieces like a farmhouse rocking chair, framed horse artwork, and a reclaimed table that appears to be fashioned out of a former barn door.
The home is conveniently located just a half-block from the main street in town so shops, bars, and restaurants are within easy walking distance.
This home is mostly booked over the next several months, with just a few dates available.
Situated on Papillon Lake, this octagon-shaped house is located near skiing in the winter, swimming and kayaking in the summer, and sure-to-impress fall foliage. The private deck with Adirondack chairs offers an impressive perch overlooking the lake.
The design feels very mountain lodge-like with wood, stone, and timber-infused decor, alongside modern updates that include a large Italian-style rain shower, colorful tribal print accents, a kitchen equipped with a French press coffee, plus a smart TV.
This home has limited availability over the next few months, but is available in the fall, just in time for prime leaf peeping.
Nestled among towering pine trees on a one-acre property in the hamlet of Germantown, this small cabin packs plenty of character starting with a bright red door that pops against the white exterior.
Meanwhile, the interiors are made of reclaimed wood with a vaulted ceiling, antique beams, and plenty of natural sunlight.
Ideal for a couple or a solo traveler, this space is small and includes only one pullout bed. However, guests have noted that the pullout is extremely comfortable, and there is a large deck under a canopy of pines with a cabana kitchen, complete with a refrigerator and grill for cooking.
This home still has almost every day available in spring, but then is booked up in summer and fall.
This renovated 1920s fishing cottage on a creek has been reimagined as a dreamy modern getaway while maintaining original elements such as beautiful wood floors and a river rock fireplace. Gentle timber walls house an open layout under high beamed ceilings, including a full kitchen with a gas stove and granite countertops, a nice bedroom with a Queen bed, and a bonus futon for extra sleeping space.
There’s also a small deck with a dining area, a gas grill, and a forest trail that leads from the home down to the river. The towns of Phoenicia and Woodstock are close by, as are multiple ski mountains, hiking, tubing, and swimming.
Unplug in this spacious home nestled within lush Catskills foliage. If you do manage to venture out, you’ll find hiking trails and a hammock right outside the doorstep.
Inside, grab a spot on the couch and throw a log on the wood-burning stove and settle in to enjoy stunning views from the large windows that overlook 80 acres of rolling hills and foliage. Or, step outside onto the expansive deck and take it in from there, which is equipped with a propane grill. There are two bedrooms, each with a Queen-size bed, and two bathrooms with standup showers. When it’s time to eat, make a meal in the well-equipped kitchen with a dishwasher.
This home is available to book starting in July and remains open through the rest of the year.
This studio is no-frills lodging, perfect for the outdoor enthusiast who wants to disconnect in order to reconnect. There is a Queen-size bed, a gas stove to keep warm in winter, a mini-fridge, toaster oven, coffee maker, electric tea kettle, and organic coffee and tea are provided.
Each cabin has an environmentally conscience bathroom with a walk-in shower, sink, composting toilet, and on-demand hot water. However, it’s not totally roughing it — there’s also a private wood-fired steam sauna, perfect for a chilly evening, and a flat-screen TV with Wi-Fi and access to streaming sites such as Hulu and Netflix.
This has full availability took book well into next year.
With a peaceful dock leading right out onto a lake, this cabin’s best feature is surely its waterfront position. The lone bedroom on the second floor has two twin beds, so while you can push them together if you’re a couple, this spot is especially ideal for single travelers or friends. The first floor has an open plan and there is a large deck with a barbecue and a table and chairs to enjoy the panoramic scenery.
This cabin has full availability to book until the end of the year.
Great for families and groups, this Airbnb cabin has three bedrooms and is located on 2.5 acres with spectacular views of nearby Hunter Mountain.
It’s also guaranteed to be a secluded stay since the closest neighbor is about a quarter-mile away. But you’re also only a 10-minute drive from plenty of restaurants and nightlife.
The house has two large decks, a wood-burning stove, a full kitchen, and plenty of reclaimed wood to make it feel especially rustic.
This home has some availability to book from spring to early summer.
FAQ: Booking a cabin in the Catskills on Airbnb
Where are the Catskills?
The Catskills refers to a region of mountains in New York State, located roughly between the capital of Albany and New York City. It includes 700,000 acres of Catskill Park and covers four counties.
What is there to do in the Catskills?
The Catskills are renowned for outdoor pursuits of all kinds. In winter, outdoor enthusiasts flock to popular places such as Hunter Mountain and Windham Mountain to hit the slopes. In warmer weather, discover lush mountain blooms and stunning fall foliage, hike on nature trails, take a dip in wide-open lakes, sip on craft brews, shop at local farm stands, and browse antique wares. It’s all there.
Where should I stay in the Catskills?
If you wish to ski or snowboard, it’s best to stay close to your mountain of choice near towns like Phoenicia, so as not to spend too many hours driving each way. Otherwise, rural towns run the gamut and some of the best Airbnbs are located amid total wilderness.
How far are the Catskills from New York City?
The Catskills are roughly three hours from New York City by car, depending on your destination. Amtrak also serves the area along the Hudson River, up to Poughkeepsie. Bus lines offer varied access as well.
However, be sure to still follow CDC and local guidelines in addition to washing your hands frequently, wearing your mask in public areas, and following social distancing.
While many of these Airbnbs are currently open, and more isolated than other travel spots, you’ll still want to assess your own individual risk factors when deciding if it’s a safe option. And, with plans constantly in flux due to the pandemic, it’s also worth double checking any listings cancellation policies before booking.
What is Airbnb’s cancellation policy?
Even when booking cheap Airbnbs, it’s important to note the cancellation policy, should your plans change. Know that each individual host sets their own policies, which range from lenient to extremely strict. Be sure to understand the policy of the home before you book. Click here for a full breakdown of Airbnb’s cancellation policies.
Colorado offers an ideal year-round nature-filled vacation. The Rocky Mountains make it easy to ski, snowboard, or snowshoe in winter or hike during warmer weather. There’s also gorgeous fall foliage, and plenty of buzzy restaurants and world-class art in cities like Denver.
I’ve been spending much of the pandemic savoring Colorado’s wide-open, natural surroundings and I’m hardly alone. There are no COVID restrictions to visit Colorado and some of the best vacation rentals are being booked months in advance.
If you’re considering a road trip to the Rockies or getting a head start on planning a future trip, it’s never too early to consider your lodging. Here’s where to start.
Browse all the best Airbnb homes in Colorado below, or jump directly to a specific area here:
Designed and built by Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, one of the leading tiny home companies, this all-pine-wood property is located in an RV and cabin site in Fairplay, the mining town made famous by the show South Park. In fact, not far from the rental is an open-air museum dedicated to the show. Breckenridge is also just a 30-minute drive away.
Like most tiny homes, this one is chicly designed to make the most out of its limited size via clever storage spaces and a loft bedroom with a Queen-size bed. There’s also a bench that serves as the unit’s main seating area that can be expanded into a twin bed for additional sleeping space. Heat, air-conditioning, and a decent kitchen with an induction stove are included as is access to community hot tubs (seasonal from Memorial Day to Labor Day).
Off-site, outdoorsy pursuits from hiking to fishing are never too far away. And considering the region’s history as a mining town, visitors can also try their hand at gold-panning.
This tiny home has plenty of open dates over the next few months, until the fall.
Despite its smaller square footage, this thoughtfully decorated tiny carriage house packs in a lot of personality. Located just outside Colorado Springs’ newly blooming downtown core, this is a convenient accommodation choice if you’re looking to experience the region’s natural attractions such as Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak.
The “bedroom” of this studio is actually a sleeper loft accessed by a pipe ladder, which could potentially pose some mobility concerns. The main floor of the unit is nicely furnished with the original carriage-house door from the 1900s, faux fur couch throws, quirky framed artwork, and a midcentury console in the living room. There’s also a fireplace for cozying up during the colder months. The bathroom comes with a tub surrounded by subway tiles and the kitchen is small but has all the necessities, including a mini-fridge stocked with local beers.
The adjacent garden is accessible to guests. There’s also a fire pit, and herbs grown on raised planters are yours for the picking.
This studio has plenty of availability over the next several months beginning at the end of April.
This playfully decorated one-bedroom carriage house, which dates back to the 1800s, is an ideal home base for exploring Colorado’s booming capital city thanks to its central location. Parks, shops, restaurants, and public transportation are all within walking distance.
Despite its historic bones (there are beautiful exposed bricks throughout), this home has been updated with modern elements, including a dishwasher, air conditioning, Netflix, and heated floors (including in the bathroom). Perks like garden access, a hot tub, and a gym (shared with other homes on the property) elevate the experience.
But it’s the quirky interior decor that truly makes this house special. A repurposed dresser is now the bathroom counter, a license plate collage hints back at the property’s previous life as a garage, and wood-frame windows act as a wall that separates the bedroom from the living room.
This property has scattered availability over the next few months with more dates opening up for spring and beyond.
One of Colorado’s most popular Airbnbs, this 1,400-square-foot, two-bedroom cabin is full of relaxing features for a self-contained vacation. Located in a semi-secluded forested pocket of Grant, a Platte Canyon town about an hour away from both Denver and Breckenridge, this home is as tasteful as it is tranquil.
The A-frame construction in vibrant blue hints at the design-forward interiors. But before you even enter the cabin, you might spot the steam sauna on the deck — one of the cabin’s signature amenities. Inside, there’s a midcentury lean to the decor. Furnishings are minimalist, textured, and have enough rustic touches to match the natural landscape outside. There’s a fireplace, memory foam Queen beds, and walk-in showers.
Outside, in addition to the sauna, seasonal add-ons include a grill and hammocks. Wi-Fi can be spotty given the tucked-away location, but there is a cabinet full of board games to keep guests entertained. Or, just hang out in the back deck, looking at the pretty mountain views.
Because of this rental’s popularity, it’s currently booked until late fall, but travelers who like planning ahead can find plenty for the end of the year.
In southwest Colorado, near the border of New Mexico, this rustic-chic two-bedroom cabin is conveniently located right next to Purgatory Ski Resort, a 1,500-acre ski destination popular among locals. In fact, the slopes are so close, guests can watch lift chairs swinging just over the deck. Though it’s not quite a ski-in/ski-out property, other active pursuits can be done right at its doors, including hiking, mountain biking, and snowshoeing.
While the cabin technically has two bedrooms, one is a lofted sleeping area. Interiors toe the line between vintage and rustic, with wood snowshoe wall accessories, pendant lights of exposed bulbs tied to thick knots, and lots of wood treated in a variety of finishes. There are also plenty of windows that provide spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. The cabin’s list of amenities also includes an indoor fireplace, a hot tub, and a cedar sauna.
This cabin has open availability in the coming months.
This newly renovated cabin in Pikes Peak Resort is a marriage of modern luxury and secluded rusticity. The cabin was treated to a recent comprehensive facelift to match the stunning Rocky Mountain views that surround it.
A three-bedroom, two-bathroom hideaway in the middle of Pike National Forest, the cabin is perched along a ridge overlooking a picturesque lake and meadow. The log construction offers up the ultimate in bucolic charm and even the bed frames are constructed with what could be blonde tree trunks and branches. The recent renovation included updating the outdoor deck, the bathrooms, plumbing, and flooring as well as installing a brand-new kitchen and the outdoor hot tub, which is perfect for star-gazing.
Considering the location in a national forest, staying here means quiet and seclusion. But more intrepid thrill seekers won’t have to venture far to find activities like mountain biking, ATV riding, fishing, and snowshoeing.
This cabin has very limited availability in spring, but dates open up starting in June.
For a discreet getaway, consider this red-roof A-frame cabin in the quaint town of Basalt, located 20 miles north of Aspen. It’s the epitome of country charm.
This one-bedroom refuge is nestled along the Frying Pan River on Dallenbach Ranch, a 140-acre expanse that is regularly visited by deer, big-horn sheep, and turkey. In addition to the cabin, guests are given access to a mile-long private section of the water, where catch-and-release fly-fishing for trout is permitted.
The accommodations are thoughtful but modest. There is a Queen-size bed, plus a pullout sofa in the living room, making it an ideal choice for a couple or small family. The cabin comes with a fully-equipped kitchen, an outdoor grill, and Direct TV. While cell reception is available, there is no Wi-Fi here.
This property has scattered availability in the next few months.
Surrounded by a few different lakes (including Columbine Lake and Grand Lake), this four-bedroom woodsy cabin is especially great for larger groups like multi-generational families or pods of friends. Its location near Rocky Mountain National Park makes it an equally ideal booking for outdoors enthusiasts.
There are four bedrooms with different bed configurations to accommodate as many people as possible. One is set up with three Twin beds, while another has a King bed and a Twin bed. The rental also has plenty of lounging spaces, such as two living rooms and large decks on both the front and back sides of the house. You can move the portable fire pit to either side. Convenient amenities like a washer/dryer and indoor fireplaces make long-term stays possible.
The interior decor provides a homey but global feel. The leather pouf ottoman, the Native American-inspired textile throughout, and patterned rugs are complemented with deer antler wall fixtures and minimalist coffee tables.
It’s important to note, however, that while this property is part of a residential community, on-site features like the clubhouse, the horse pasture, and the gazebo can’t be used by renters.
The cabin has plenty of open dates over the next few months.
A ski-in/ski-out penthouse condo in Breckenridge, $608
As one of the country’s top ski resorts, Breckenridge’s accommodation pool fills up quite often. As far as rental options go, this stylish three-bedroom, two-bathroom condo (big enough to fit up to 10 people) is among the most popular, especially because you can ski in and out of the building.
Just yards away from Breck’s downtown core and Quicksilver SuperChair, the location is the biggest selling point. But within its four walls, there’s still a lot to complement a day on the mountain. Handsome decor includes wooden ski wall fixtures, vibrant area rugs, and lots of wood surfaces to reinforce the chalet inspiration. Both bathrooms have tubs, including a larger soaking tub in the master bathroom. There’s also a fireplace in the living room, and outdoor patios that overlook the Rockies.
Recreational amenities like the gym, outdoor fire pit, as well as a sauna and steam room are shared with the building.
This condo has open availability throughout the year, aside from the month of June.
This sprawling, three-bedroom mountain house is a splurge-worthy booking for families or traveling pods. Its location just outside Winter Park’s ski resort means the property is perched over gorgeous views of the trails and boasts easy ski access. For city time, Denver is just 70 miles away.
The striking interiors mean there’s much to enjoy before you even set foot outside. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer round-the-clock visual access to Winter Park’s stunning natural landscapes, not to mention tons of sunlight during the day. The open floor plan is layered with modern furnishings, such as bright, high-end leather couches and top-of-the-line kitchen appliances.
All three bedrooms come with en-suite bathrooms. Plus, the loft area is outfitted with a Queen-size pullout bed, allowing the house for a maximum occupancy of eight guests. Other perks here include outdoor lounges, a hot tub, and grilling equipment. The host also makes himself available to assist with guests’ needs, from shuttle services to grocery delivery.
This property is available starting in April, well into next year.
FAQ: Can I travel to Colorado right now? Here’s what you should know.
How do I book a vacation rental home in Colorado 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. Once you’ve found a home you want to book, check for cancellation policies, and review your price in full. For more information on how to book on Airbnb, click here.
What is Airbnb’s cancellation policy? Cancellation policies on Airbnb are different for every home and set by each host. For a full breakdown of Airbnb’s cancellation policies, click here.
Can I travel to Colorado right now? There are currently no COVID restrictions for travel and entering Colorado, but be sure to read up on the most recent rules and regulations, and pay close attention to any restrictions implemented by the individual county you’re interested in visiting. Additionally, there is still no guarantee when it comes to safety with travel right now. We recommend following CDC guidelines including social distancing, wearing a mask, hand washing, and taking extra precautions when traveling to or from a COVID hot spot.
Is it safe to ski right now?
If you’re wondering if skiing during COVID is safe, we talked to experts about the potential risks. And with proper cautions, skiing and snowboarding can be considered relatively low-risk activities. Additionally, all of the Colorado ski areas have introduced new COVID-related safety precautions in coordination with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, so it’s a good idea to check each resort’s specific policies. You may also check Colorado’s statewide COVID-19 updates for additional details on infection rates, testing sites, and the recently renewed mandatory mask-wearing requirement.
Some common changes for the 2020-2021 ski season include mandatory face coverings, social distancing, advance reservations, cashless transactions, and reduced restaurant seating. Many resorts are also limiting capacity, especially for peak dates, so be sure to check your dates and book early.
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The vaccine rollout is slowly nudging travel back to pre-COVID times, but international trips are still months away. This spring and summer, domestic trips amid the great outdoors will continue to be the top choice for US travelers.
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 a list of 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.
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 with others, and Airbnb hosts are required to follow enhanced cleaning procedures. However, there’s still an inherent risk to traveling and we recommend following guidelines from the CDC, practicing social distancing, double masking, and washing hands frequently.
Jump directly to Airbnb lake homes by region here:
Peace and tranquility await guests 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 exploring or hiking, lay back in the cabin’s hammock and listen to nature. The property comes with decks, a fire pit, grill, and picnic table.
There’s some availability through the spring but the property opens up more from August onwards.
Arty bungalow in Bombay Beach, Salton Sea (CA), $125
Bombay Beach 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 all make 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.
The place has great availability from early April onwards.
Dazzling chalet by Sunnyside in Lake Tahoe (CA), $200
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.
This Lake Tahoe vacation rental has lots of availability from April onwards.
A large family would love this huge, four-bedroom house that comes 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.
Your family or group will love the sense of space, with multiple living rooms and a garage that 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.
The house is booked for July but has good availability before and after.
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 to in front of the home. Dock rentals are also available for a small fee for 24 foot or smaller boats.
The house has wide availability throughout the rest of the year.
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 complete the bucolic idyll.
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 ten minutes away 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.
There’s great availability from March onwards through the spring and summer.
Lake house on a quiet cove in Lake Martin (AL), $182
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.
There is some availability from April to July, and then much more from August onwards.
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.
There’s good availability from March onwards, through the summer.
Unique bayou home by Lake Pontchartrain (LA), $325
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.
The property has some availability in March and April but opens up into the spring and summer months.
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, 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. Indeed, the master bedroom is lined with oversized windows next to a King-sized bed with flat-screen TV, Roku, and a private bathroom. An 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.
The house has open availability throughout the rest of the year.
This cottage is two minutes from the waters of Saginaw Bay, one of the most scenic corners of Lake Huron. 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 that comes with its own barbecue grill.
There’s good availability from April onwards, with just a few dates booked up over the summer.
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.
There’s good availability for April and May, and plenty of dates still open over the summer.
Garden cabin on Lake Fanny Hooe and Lake Superior (MI), $175
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.
April and May still have availability, with a busy summer and dates in fall opening up.
Idyllic, modern A-Frame close to Lake Michigan (MI), $239
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.
The cottage has good availability from mid-April onwards.
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 Eerie 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.
The house has some availability over May and June, and then more open dates in July.
Private sanctuary on Irondequoit Bay, Lake Ontario (NY), $116
A lakeside spot in upstate New York is a pretty 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 boat users.
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’s use. The great outdoors is on the doorstep and ample fishing in the nearby waters.
The property is wide open from April onwards.
Mountain view chalet on Lake Winnipesaukee (NH), $282
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 some 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 fully loaded with an exterior shower, hot tub, outdoor fire pit, and a huge wraparound deck. Rustic yet contemporary, other whimsical touches include a foosball table.
There’s good availability in May and August, with some dates still open in between.
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.
There’s good availability up to July when it gets busier for the summer months.
Sebago Lake getaway with private waterfront (ME), $479
With skiing at nearby Shawnee Peak in the winter and the glorious Sebago Lake in warmer months, this spot really does have year-round appeal. A ferry service is five minutes’ away to whisk you across the waters to picturesque Frye Island, a perfect 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 very tastefully appointed, with gorgeous hardwood floors, a statement slate fireplace, and lots of colorful, abstract modern art.
Summer is busy, but there’s good availability in spring and fall.