The 8 best Airbnbs in Los Angeles, including homes with private pools, views of the Hollywood sign, and easy beach access

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  • It may be known for entertainment, but L.A. is also rich in natural beauty and cultural diversity.
  • Amidst the pandemic, Airbnbs provide a safer alternative for travelers compared with hotels, experts say.
  • These are among L.A.’s best Airbnbs, with top reviews, amenities, and accessible price points.

Los Angeles is best known as the entertainment capital of the world, but there’s much more to the sprawling city than just that. As diverse as it is culturally, L.A. is also diverse in its natural landscapes and attractions, from stunning beaches and coastline to easily accessible hiking trails to a world-class dining and arts scene.

Of course, there are plenty of standout Los Angeles hotels to choose from for a visit. But at a time when travelers are choosing private vacation rentals for coronavirus safety because these pose a lower-risk option than hotels, Airbnb offers an attractive range of options. Plus, Airbnb’s Enhanced Cleaning Initiative buttoned up host cleaning protocols to bolster guest safety and peace of mind, so this style of lodging remains a popular choice among travelers.

There are seemingly endless options for Airbnbs in California, and the dwellings for rent in L.A. run the gamut in terms of style, size, and price point. Choose from beachy bungalows steps from the sand, century-old Spanish-style homes just bursting with bougainvillea, or gleaming, modern spaces apropos of Hollywood’s reputation for poshness.

Do remember that while the vaccines continue to roll out, and there is reason for travel optimism, the virus continues to spread around the US and there are risks associated with any travel. We recommend following CDC, WHO, and other reputable organizations’ safety guidelines. Wear a mask, maintain social distancing, and practice good hand hygiene, wherever you go.

That said, if you are planning a trip, I’m a Los Angeles native who has traversed just about every neighborhood in the city countless times over. For this list of the city’s best Airbnbs, I selected a variety of choices I’d recommend to any friend (and where I’d gladly stay myself) for their amenities, comfort, and location.

The best L.A. Airbnbs were also selected based on the following criteria:

  1. All listings are for private units in keeping with current expert recommendations for distancing; some of these spaces share amenities with other homes or listings, but all are private and have a separate entrance.
  2. Every listing is highly rated, with a minimum rating of 4.9 out of a possible 5 or higher; some are included in Airbnb’s elevated Plus category.
  3. We looked for standout stays with exceptional features, such as ideal locations, city views, and top-end design. Every listing is located in a desirable neighborhood for sightseeing or centrality.
  4. We included listings at a range of price points to suit different budgets. Choices range from starting price points of $161 to $481 per night.
  5. Listings include affordable options within the city for solo travelers, couples, and families from the same household, as well as larger and more amenity-rich options.
  6. All listings display the badge for Airbnb’s Enhanced Cleaning standards and all listings come from Superhosts.

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

Historic apartment half a block from the beach in Venice, $161

Historic Venice apartment

Book this historic apartment starting from $161 per night

This cozy, charming, and historic apartment is found in one of Venice’s original Craftsman houses, built in 1910. Located less than half a block from the Venice boardwalk, you can’t beat that location for access to the beach, biking, skating, coffee shops, restaurants. The home even comes with vintage beach cruiser bicycles, a surfboard, a boogie board, a skateboard, two beach chairs, a beach umbrella, beach towels, and blankets to enjoy it all.

Though the listing has extra sleeping space via a sofa bed, it’s best for couples or small families. The home has a dreamy feel to it, with a mostly white design that’s accented via a blue wall in the kitchen and orange and blue pillows and throws. A pale blue clawfoot tub from 1910 nods to the home’s roots. Coveted parking (tandem) for two cars seals the seal.

This home still has scattered dates open in May and June, with more days opening up in July and August.

Pool house in Mt. Washington, $165

Mt. Washington pool house

Book this pool house starting from $165 per night

This Mt. Washington listing offers sweeping views above the city. There’s also access to the pool and spa, with gated parking included. The mountaintop location in this historic neighborhood is central to areas on the East side of the city, making downtown, Hollywood, and the neighboring communities of Glendale and Pasadena all easily accessible by a short drive.

The vibe here is all about a city retreat. The home itself features an open layout, high ceilings, and modern styling, like a low platform bed frame for the Queen-sized bed, gray tile floors throughout, and a sleek modern bathroom with a large walk-in shower. The living area includes a futon, but for extra seating, open the doors off the bedroom to find a spacious back deck complete with brown wicker furniture and a barbecue grill. 

This home still has a few scattered dates open in June and July, but availability really opens up in October and beyond. It may be worth booking this popular listing well in advance.

Guest loft in West Hollywood, $185

West Hollywood guest loft

Book this guest loft starting from $185 per night

This second-floor guest house in prime West Hollywood is an ideal home base for a couple, with a Queen-sized, pillow-top bed decked out in yellow linens and flower accent pillows. But the most outstanding feature here is the outdoor living room, found at the top of a spiral staircase. It includes a hammock chair, 60-inch TV, a couch, armchairs, and a table so you can enjoy the sunset or sipping morning coffee.

Back inside, the 600-square-foot space was newly renovated in 2018. It boasts vaulted ceilings and floor-to-ceiling sliding glass, as well as a vintage clawfoot tub, Beverly Hills Hotel wallpaper, and a small but nicely appointed kitchenette. 

West Hollywood is well known for its vibrant LGBTQ scene, with seemingly endless dining, drinking, and shopping options.

This home has a few dates open over the next few months and full availability starting in July.

Home with views of the Hollywood sign in Silver Lake, $201

Silver Lake guest house

Book this guest house with views starting from $201 per night

This solar-powered guest house is an architectural standout with views of the Hollywood Sign and Griffith Park Observatory above the Silver Lake reservoir on L.A.’s cool, cultural, and hipster-friendly east side.

The airy, light-filled, loft-style home has 12-foot ceilings and walls of glass that wrap the building; motorized shades close easily when the sun goes down. Newly built in 2017, the building’s architecture was inspired by Bauhaus. The kitchen has top-end Miele, Thermador, and Bosch appliances. Although the space is just 450 square feet, it feels spacious given its open plan. Plus, it features a private outdoor deck that nearly matches the inside space in size for plenty of lounge areas.

This home has availability starting in June.

Vintage Craftsman home with pool in Mid-City, $222

Vintage Craftsman with pool

Book this vintage Craftsman home starting from $222 per night

This 1919 Craftsman cottage is located in the supremely central and lively Mid-City/Miracle Mile area, giving guests easy access to the Grove, LACMA, and the La Brea Tar Pits, as well as endless dining options, and so much more. (This one’s near my own home and I can’t say enough good things about the area.)

But it’s not just about location. It’s also about the pool. Lounge in the water or around the pool terrace, soak in the hot tub, or gather at the firepit. Inside, the renovated home has hardwood floors and a spacious, open-concept living area. An Airbnb Plus listing, the tasteful decor includes a long dining table that can seat six, a gray velvet sectional couch, and plenty of succulents and terrariums throughout.

There are a few open dates over the next few months and full availability in August.

Charming bungalow with a pool in Sherman Oaks, $249

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Book this charming bungalow starting from $249 per night

It’s well known that your money goes much farther in L.A.’s San Fernando Valley, and this Sherman Oaks home demonstrates that value. Plus, it’s still located centrally to explore locations like Hollywood, Universal Studios, and the Getty Center.

The airy space is located on a cul de sac and completely private. The backyard opens onto a park with a track and exercise equipment, and the listing has its own pool and lush garden. There’s a bright office space leading onto a small deck for those who want to make their stay a working visit. A tile fireplace, a deep soaking tub in one of the bathrooms, access to laundry, and a big dining area are additional highlights. Small pets are allowed, but kids under 12 are not.

This home has availability starting in June.

Designer home in Hollywood Hills, $266

Luxury designer Hollywood Hills home

Book this designer home starting from $266 per night

This striking Hollywood Hills home was recently renovated — and it looks it. Polished concrete and wood floors, a lush zen bamboo garden, a gleaming what kitchen, a spiral staircase, and tons of natural light all make for a posh atmosphere.

Note that this home is located on a large lot with another home (sharing one address), but each is completely separate and fenced apart. This listing is an ideal launch point for visiting the many entertainment options in Hollywood, and although it’s sequestered in the hills for good privacy, it’s also central, with easy access to downtown and areas all over L.A.

This home has full availability in April.

Beachfront apartment in Malibu, $481

Malibu Beachfront Apartment - Airbnb

Book this Malibu beachfront apartment starting from $481 per night

It would be hard to overstate just how expensive Malibu beachfront real estate can be, so this is your chance to get location, location, location at a relatively affordable price considering the area. This Plus category listing is an open-plan beachfront apartment with a deck right over the water. A wall of windows maximizes the epic view.

Bright white furnishings and exposed wooden beams create a chic but accessible vibe, and the marble bathroom is downright spa-like. It’s all-white color scheme and vintage accents create a romantic vibe that’s especially great for a couple’s retreat.

This listing is incredibly popular and books well in advance. There are a few scattered dates open, but it may be worth booking as far out as a trip for 2022 now.

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7 family-friendly destinations across the US for a safe, last-minute spring break trip – plus the best rentals for each

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  • With the ongoing pandemic, many families are seeking safe domestic spring break destinations.
  • Airbnb is a great lodging option since it offers a socially distanced stay where families can spread out.
  • We found family-friendly spring break destinations across the US, plus top family rentals for each.

It’s been more than one year since the COVID-19 pandemic upended family life, changing the way kids learn, parents work, and how we all spend our leisure time. Needless to say, many American families are eagerly awaiting a change of scenery with the onset of warmer spring weather and more daylight hours. It seems, in other words, like we could all use a spring break.

AAA Travel experts advise would-be spring breakers that things will look very different than the last time many took a vacation. “The entire travel experience has been transformed by COVID-19. If you’re considering travel sometime this year, it’s more important than ever to do your due diligence ahead of any trip to ensure it is safe and enjoyable,” said Paula Twidale, senior vice president, AAA Travel.

Most families this year will be continuing to seek out safer vacation options like road trips and closer-to-home domestic getaways. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up domestic spring break ideas for families in locations where enjoying socially distant and outdoor activities is easy, from uncrowded mountain towns to beach getaways where you can have your own private boardwalk.

One other way to have a safer spring break? Choose a vacation rental instead of a standard hotel. According to HomeToGo, the world’s largest vacation rental search engine, vacation rentals for families are already up by nearly 30% over last year, and it’s easy to see why.

Vacation rentals provide an attractive option to stay in a private and spacious setting with convenient amenities like full kitchens, and fun perks like pools and game rooms. Even more importantly right now, experts and the CDC say private home rentals are safer than hotels due to the lack of interactions with any staff or other guests.

However, keep in mind that there’s still no guarantee of safety when it comes to travel right now. We always advise following CDC guidelines, practicing social distancing, frequent hand washing, and wearing a mask in public spaces. Additionally, consider your family’s risk factors and take extra precautions if you plan to travel to or from a hotspot area.

We chose top spring break destinations and family-friendly Airbnbs based on the following criteria:

  1. All are domestic locations with plenty of outdoor family fun for a safer, socially distanced getaway.
  2. Each rental is for the entire home, per current expert recommendations.
  3. Every Airbnb listing has a high rating of at least 4.88 or above.
  4. Rentals are especially great for families, with multiple bedrooms and cool, kid-friendly amenities.
  5. We kept affordability in mind, but chose options at varying price points, ranging from $98 to $489 per night to start.

Here are the best spring break destinations in the US for families, plus where to stay at each.

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

According to Trip Advisor, Tennessee is the top searched for family-friendly destination so far in 2021. And Pigeon Forge, at the heart of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, is one of the top destinations for families within the state thanks to its stunning natural areas and easy access to Dollywood and Ober Gatlinburg mountaintop ski and recreation area. 

Where to stay: Spacious cabin with views, $489

Pigeon Forge Spacious cabin with views

Book this spacious cabin starting at $489 per night

The three-story, newly built Bella Vista vacation home delivers jaw-dropping views from a double-high wall of windows. Inside, you’ll find a gourmet kitchen, a nine-seat screening room, and a 10-foot indoor climbing wall that kids will go nuts for. A game room provides even more opportunities for some friendly family competition with an air hockey table, pool table, and video games galore. 

Outdoors on the multiple-level deck, you’ll also find a large private hot tub where you can literally soak up the views.

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Long Beach, California

On the coast between Santa Monica and Huntington Beach, Long Beach is especially ideal for families with small children. Thanks to a breakwater off the shores here, there are no large waves, a boon for beginner swimmers. Traveling with your family’s dog? Long Beach is also home to Rosie’s Dog Beach — the only legal, off-leash dog beach in Los Angeles County.

Plus, you’ll find the newly expanded Aquarium of the Pacific here with 11,000 water creatures ranging from sharks to jellyfish.

Where to stay: Cottage one mile from the beach, $98

Long Beach Cottage one mile from the beach

Book this shore cottage starting from $98 per night

This shore-themed cottage close to the beach is set in a quiet neighborhood. It’s a super kid-friendly setup, and even comes equipped with a stroller and pack’n play. The kids will go wild for the private playground jungle gym set in a large sandy area in the yard.

There’s also an outdoor grill and firepit, and indoors plenty of games, books, kid-friendly kitchen gear, and even a foosball table. The beach theme is elegantly incorporated throughout the home via nautical pillows and quilts, and the bold red kitchen features a lighthouse painted over one of the shelves.  

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Richmond, Virginia

Between the Southern culture, amazing outdoor experiences like rafting down the James River — public art, and historic sites, there is something that will make every member of the family happy to explore the charming Richmond area. April is a particularly beautiful time to visit with the destination’s gardens in full bloom and miles of hiking and biking trails to traverse with kids.

Where to stay: Two-story tree house, $267

Trailside Treehouse Riverside in Richmond

Book this tree house starting from $267 per night

Opt for a unique accommodation here, like this Trailside Trailhouse that lets families live out their “Swiss Family Robinson” dreams of camping in a tree house. Climb up into this two-story treetop abode for a memorable overnight. Relax on the outdoor decks and enjoy the rustling trees while you swing on the hammocks (or perhaps even sleep in one), or let the kids stretch out in the nest-level bunkbeds.

Another important kid highlight: There’s a slide from the first floor to get you down to ground level. Other standout features include a firepit and lawn games for when you’re not up in the trees. From this central spot by the river, you can easily explore forest trails on foot or with the bikes that are part of the rental. 

Kissimmee, Florida

You want a relaxing Florida vacation. The kids want Disney. You want to stay somewhere without crowds or COVID-19 fears. The kids want Harry Potter. You wouldn’t mind visiting Orlando very quickly, the kids want theme park availability round-the-clock. If that sounds like you, your family wants Kissimmee.

You may not know the name, but if you’ve been to the Orlando area, you’ve probably driven through this Mickey-suburb. You can get all the Central Florida sunshine, hang out by the pool, perhaps dip your toe into actual theme parks, but also enjoy some of the area’s natural wonders, like Wekiwa Springs State Park where you can kayak with manatees.

Though, if you do prefer to be closer to all the theme park action, we have Orlando Airbnb options for you too.

Where to stay: Themed family home, $429

Kissimmee Themed family home

Book this themed family home starting from $429 per night

Kissimmee is full of cool rentals kids will adore, including this one called R U Incredible Parents. The answer will surely be yes if you book this home that’s big enough to bring the whole crew and then some. Every single room is more over-the-top themed than any of the “real” Disney or Universal properties.

There’s a Harry Potter bedroom, a Frozen room, an Avengers room, and a Mickey and Minnie-themed retro diner area for the kids to eat in. There’s even a Jurassic Park-style eigh-foot dinosaur in a cage outside that you pass on the way to your private pool. 

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Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Located three hours outside of Denver, Steamboat is a cowboy ranching town at heart and an off-the-beaten path winter destination known to many as Ski Town, U.S.A., for having produced more winter Olympians than any other spot in all of North America. Steamboat Ski Resort is renowned for its six peaks of champagne powder, and the resort stays open all the way into mid-April, so you can get your kids on the slopes for a fresh-air, snow-filled spring break. 

Where to stay: Mountain chalet, $428

Stunning sunsets over Steamboat Lux family chalet

Book this mountain chalet starting from $428 per night

This family chalet has spectacular views of the mountains, a huge entertaining space including a pool table, a large television lounge, a full custom bar (that you can fill with juice boxes if you’d like), and a convenient walkway out to a private hot tub with views across the valley.

The spacious sitting area features soaring wood ceilings, a cozy fireplace, and numerous plush couches for lounging. Parents will also like that the master bedroom has its own fireplace and a jetted soaking tub. The furnished deck also includes a firepit so you can warm up and roast marshmallows in the evenings. 

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Galveston, Texas

According to Travelocity, the Gulf Coast beach town of Galveston in South Texas is one of the five most popular family vacation destinations reserved on the site so far in 2021. That’s really no surprise with its sugary white sand beaches and aqua waters. Another classic family draw is the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, which provides some old-school entertainment via carnival games and its 100-foot “Galaxy Wheel” Ferris wheel.

Where to stay: Beachfront home with private boardwalk, $193

Galveston Beachfront home with private boardwalk

Book this beachfront home starting from $193 per night

This beachfront gem faces the Gulf and provides stunning views of the water through floor-to-ceiling windows. There’s plenty of space to spread out inside the contemporary home, and one of the bedrooms features bunkbeds just right for young kids. A fireplace, a wooden deck with lounge chairs, a massive open-concept kitchen, and a spa-like master bathroom with a deep Jacuzzi tub are all appealing amenities.

But the beach is calling, and you can get there on a private boardwalk that delivers you right from your door to the waves without ever hitting blacktop. It’s great for kids to use a scooter or skates without fear of cars getting in their way, too. 

Berkshires, Massachusettes

For a quintessential country getaway, it’s hard to beat the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts. There are lakes for kayaking, swimming, and boating; adventure activities such as ziplining and alpine slides; small historic towns like Great Barrington with shops and farmstands; cool, kid-enticing art at Mass MoCa; and hiking along the Appalachian Trail. It’s also a great place just to relax and enjoy some quiet and fresh air.

Where to stay: Woodland home, $450

Berkshires Woodland home

Book this woodland home starting from $450 per night

This beautiful Berkshire family house is nestled in the woods just off the Appalachian trail. The listing features an outdoor grill and a spacious screened-in porch. The interiors have a chic cabin feel thanks to exposed wood beams, a potbelly stove, and a soaring pitched roof over the huge living area.

The sprawling wooded yard comes complete with swings, hammocks, and a firepit and offers kids plenty of room to roam in a safe environment. Even though you’ll have ample privacy, you’re only five minutes to the village with a local store, as well as a nearby swimming lake with a sandy beach and lifeguards.

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The 14 best Airbnbs in Atlanta, from a downtown luxury apartment to a secluded tree house in the suburbs

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Best Airbnbs in Atlanta

  • Lively outdoor dining, entertainment, and activities make Atlanta an attractive place to visit.
  • Nature enthusiasts will also find rivers, trails, and parks to explore in the “City in a Forest.”
  • We’ve chosen well-located Airbnbs in the city and just beyond, ranging from $75 to $169 a night.

The historically busiest airport in all of America may be a little less so these days due to the ongoing pandemic, and Atlanta’s famous nightlife is a little more subdued due to related restrictions in place, but that doesn’t mean the Big A’s asleep. There’s no mistaking that the vibrant capital of Georgia is still hot, and heating up even further alongside the weather.

The city’s gorgeous climate means mild, short winters and lots of sunshine, which makes it especially appealing thanks to a longer season for COVID-conscious outdoor dining and activities. Miles of green space, like city parks, playgrounds, raw and paved trails like the BeltLine and Silver Comet, and the wide, chill- or thrilled-filled (depending on your chosen activity) Chattahoochee River ensure you don’t forget that this bustling destination is also known as “The City in the Forest.” Not to mention the architectural gems that take visitors on a time-traveling tour of design and innovation, despite the city’s infamous torching amidst the Civil War.

All of these provide crowd-free alternatives to the traditional nightlife allure of Atlanta. And another smart way to stay socially distant is to book a private Airbnb, which the CDC and experts have confirmed is a safer option compared to hotel stays. To provide yet greater peace of mind, Airbnb requires all hosts to adhere to their new, stringent Enhanced Clean Protocol guidelines.

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

We rounded up the best Airbnbs in Atlanta based on the following criteria:

  1. We only included entire homes or standalone guesthouses with private entrances, per current expert recommendations.
  2. All are highly rated with a 4.6 score or higher, with the exception of a couple brand-new listings that are not yet rated.
  3. Some listings are technically in neighborhoods OTP (Outside the Perimeter), but in ones with their own attractions and that are still relatively convenient to the city’s center. I not only used my own knowledge as a local, but also consulted with Atlanta native and top realtor, Ariel Baverman of Keller Williams First Atlanta to ensure all listings are in desirable areas, from long-time downtown favorites to up-and-coming gems.
  4. We’ve kept affordability in mind, but chosen a range of rentals to suit various price points from $75 to $169 per night to start.
  5. Every property is a standout in either design, location, history, amenities, or uniqueness.

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

Private guesthouse near historic Marietta Square, $75

Private guesthouse near historic Marietta Square

Book this private guesthouse starting from $75 per night 

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

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

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

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

Book your stay from May onwards; it’s fully reserved until then.

Vinings loft with air hockey table near Truist Park, $79

Vinings loft with air hockey table

Book this loft starting from $79 per night 

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

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

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

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

The calendar is wide open for this new listing, so stake your claim now.

Creekside studio with an indoor spa, $88

Private Marsh Creek escape indoor spa

Book this creekside studio starting from $88 per night 

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

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

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

This home has good availability over the next few months.

Backyard treehouse-style cabin, $96

Treehouse at Pine Meadows

Book this backyard cabin starting from $96 per night 

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

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

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

Stays are available as soon as you’re ready; dates are widely open.

Luxurious all-glass apartment in Midtown, $97

Highrise Luxury Midtown All Glass Huge Balcony HM

Book this luxury apartment starting from $97 per night 

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

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

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

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

Despite being new to Airbnb, this unique serviced apartment isn’t available until July, so book early.

Urban chic condo in Atlantic Station, $97

Modern Atlantic Station Apartment

Book this chic condo starting from $97 per night 

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

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

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

This home has good availability over the next few months.

Modern tiny home in Old Fourth Ward, $99

Modern Nordic Tiny Home w Queen in Heart of ATL

Book this tiny home starting from $99 per night 

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

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

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

It’s available starting now, with plenty of weekend dates open through early summer.

Posh apartment in Buckhead, $110

Illustrious Buckhead Apt w King Bed 5Min frm Lenox

Book this posh apartment starting from $110 per night 

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

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

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

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

Availability is immediate for this new addition to Airbnb, with dates open well into summer.

Loft in Virginia Highlands, $113

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Book this loft starting from $113 per night 

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

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

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

There are plenty of open dates over the next few months.

High-rise, hotel-style living near Edgewood, $139

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Book this high-rise apartment starting from $139 per night 

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

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

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

Availability begins in May.

Historic creekside cottage, $130

Historic Creekside Cottage near Chastain Park

Book this historic cottage starting from $130 per night 

In a city rife with verdant green space, to say that Chastain Park is one of its best is a serious statement. Nonetheless, it’s said by passionate Buckhead and Sandy Springs residents, who love where they live thanks to this outdoor attraction that gives locals and visitors alike easy access to outdoor concerts, walking trails, golf courses, art galleries, stables, and more. It’s also just 15 to 20 minutes to Midtown. 

But because Atlanta’s attractions are spread out across various suburban neighborhoods, you need not stray too far from this 1940s cottage on a creek to find activity. A sunny dining area attached to the spacious, well-lit kitchen is just the spot to enjoy a home-cooked meal or takeout from the numerous nearby eateries. There are windows on every wall, all the better to enjoy views of the sprawling parklike grounds. Bedrooms are simple but large, and the host even leaves out spa-like bathrobes to take lounging to the next level.

Across the brook, over the bridge, is a meadow with wild berries and trees, and flowers when in season. Don’t forget to bring your Tesla if you’re lucky enough to have one. There’s a fast, free charging station. 

This home has availability starting in May.

Carriage house in Chastain Park, $150

Luxury Atlanta Guesthouse in Buckhead

Book this carriage house from $150 per night 

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

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

Reservations don’t open up until July, but that’s also because local COVID restrictions for Sandy Springs has imposed a minimum stay rule of 30 days. 

Three-story tree house on the mountain, $156

Treasure Hunt Tree House in Metro Atlanta

Book this tree house starting from $156 per night 

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

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

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

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

Availability begins in mid-April and for scattered days in the months thereafter.

Colorful apartment in Edgewood, $169

Peaceful 1 BR Queen Bed near Little Five Points

Book this colorful apartment starting from $169 per night

Developed during the Reconstruction-era, Edgewood has long been a neighborhood with its own character and identity. Since its annexation across the county line from Fulton to DeKalb, it’s done a glow-up of its working-class roots and new construction over the past few years has added architectural diversity to its traditional craftsman bungalow blocks.

This bright and pretty mid-rise apartment is right on the border of this area, close to vintage stores, natural food markets, street performers, edgy art, and many quirks to love. Plus, it’s near a MARTA station, which gets you quickly to in-town neighborhoods like Midtown. Though there’s a secure garage parking available for those with their own car.

Featuring cheery white, yellow, and cerulean decor this property has a Miami resort feel. The shared pool area, with modern takes on Acapulco loungers, add to the sunny vacation vibes. Chic details like a tiered glass coffee table, big ATL letters decorating the walls, and a roomy walk-in shower give this spot an upscale feel. A shared game room, colorful lounge area, and gym round out the on-site amenities.

Availability starts as soon as April.

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The 8 best affordable Airbnbs in Austin, all under $200 a night

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  • Austin, Texas is known for its laid-back vibe, awesome food and music scene, and outdoor attractions.
  • From bungalows in historic neighborhoods to sleek lofts, we found top-rated Airbnbs across the city.
  • These exceptional Austin Airbnbs are all affordable and range from $87 to $194 per night to start.

While it’s the capital of Texas and the seat of state government, Austin is best known as the Live Music Capital of the World, home to more live music venues per capita than any other city in the nation. Music is typically one of the biggest draws for Austin visitors, especially in March.

In non-pandemic times, hundreds of thousands of people descend on the city for the massive South by Southwest (SXSW) festival, with more than 2,000 international acts. While SXSW is still happening this year, it will be an online event, with virtual speakers, film screenings, and showcases.

Beyond music, Austin is also a serious foodie destination, where barbecue, Tex-Mex, and tacos have been elevated to an art form. Natural jewels like Zilker Park, Barton Springs, and Ladybird Lake provide many opportunities to explore the outdoors. And, of course, there’s the city’s bohemian streak – best summed up by its famous moniker, “Keep Austin Weird.” You’ll find the offbeat everywhere, whether it’s a drink at the legendary circus-themed Carousel Lounge or a stop at the famous Bat Bridge, where a million roosting bats take flight come dusk.

While any lodging options have inherent risk amid the coronavirus pandemic, experts and the CDC have noted that private vacation rentals like Airbnbs are safer alternatives to traditional hotels. Rental properties greatly minimize, or in many cases, entirely eliminate, contact among people outside your pod. Additionally, Airbnb has enforced strict new Enhanced Clean protocols hosts must follow.

Be aware that even with the increasing availability of coronavirus vaccines, there’s still no guarantee of safety when it comes to travel right now. We always recommend following guidelines from the CDC and WHO, wearing a mask in public spaces, washing hands frequently, and practicing social distancing. This is especially true in Texas, where the governor recently lifted the statewide mask mandate and announced that businesses can now operate at full capacity. 

With that in mind, spring is a great time to visit Austin and take advantage of the temperate climate and wildflowers blooming all over the city.

We selected the best Airbnbs in Austin based on the following criteria:

  1. We only included entire homes or standalone guesthouses with private entrances, per current expert recommendations. 
  2. Every listing is highly-rated with a 4.61 score or higher and excellent recent guest reviews. Several are coveted Plus listings.
  3. We’ve chosen a range of rentals to suit different types of travelers, from couples to families to pet-owners, and kept affordability in mind, with price points starting between $87 and $194 (though rates can soar during popular events).
  4. Properties are well-appointed with appealing design touches and onsite amenities, and all are close to top attractions.

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

A vintage-inspired East Austin hideaway, $87

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Book this vintage guesthouse starting at $87 per night

In the past five years, East Austin has emerged as one of the city’s coolest neighborhoods. Art galleries, boutiques, craft cocktail bars, taquerias, and food trucks have popped up all over this former working-class district, whose leafy residential streets are lined with quaint, refurbished bungalows.

The backyard setting of this East Austin guesthouse is wonderfully quiet, yet it’s within easy walking distance of all the bars and restaurants of trendy Chicon Street. The freestanding studio is a stylish blend of contemporary and mid-century modern, featuring a chic, white-subway-tiled kitchen accented with gold hardware, vintage-style wood furnishings, Edison bulb lighting, and black-and-white framed photos throughout. A record player and curated collection of vinyl LPs add to the old-school feel.

Modern conveniences include a washer/dryer, heating, and reliable Wi-Fi. While you do have the option to add a floor mattress to sleep more guests, the open-plan space does not have a separate bedroom, so it’s really best for couples, solo travelers, or those with small children.  

The guesthouse, which has been awarded Airbnb Plus designation, has availability starting in April. There is currently a four-night minimum.

A backyard studio in Bouldin Creek, $110

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Book this cozy studio starting at $110 per night

Located in the quaint, quiet Bouldin Creek neighborhood, this freestanding backyard studio is close to Auditorium Shores, Palmer Auditorium, Lady Bird Lake, and two of Austin’s best outdoor spots: Zilker Park and the massive, three-acre Barton Springs Pool fed by natural springs.

While the guesthouse is petite, its high ceilings, glass sliders, and open-plan design make it feel much bigger. Contemporary furniture in neutral earth tones and warm woods give the place a serene feel, while a huge colorful artwork in the living room adds a whimsical touch. There’s a comfy Queen-sized bed in the sleeping area, plus a fold-out sofa bed, but given the studio’s small size and lack of a bedroom, it’s best for couples or solo travelers. The spacious bathroom was recently renovated and features a large, walk-in shower. Outside is a private deck shaded by big oak trees and guests have use of the shared backyard (the owner lives in the main house).

The space does not have a kitchen, but it is equipped with a coffee maker, kettle, mini-fridge, and microwave, and coffee and tea are provided. A variety of restaurants, coffee shops, and food trucks are a short stroll away on South First Street, and it’s just a few more blocks to all the bars, restaurants, and shopping on South Congress. 

The studio has availability starting in April.

Tranquil Hyde Park apartment with private patio, $117

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Book this apartment with patio starting at $117 per night

Located in the Hyde Park Historic District, known for its gorgeous assortment of landmark homes dating from the Victorian Age, this one-bedroom garage apartment was built in 2010 in the same architectural style as the original 100-year-old main house. Enter through the private brick patio, which features a gas grill, a small seating area, and a shady pecan tree, and head up the stairs to the light-filled hideaway. The apartment is cozy, but nicely laid out, with a combination living/dining room, separate bedroom, and full kitchen with modern appliances.

A tasteful mix of contemporary and mid-century modern pieces decorate the rooms, and walls are painted in a soothing neutral color. There’s a Queen-sized foam mattress and big, walk-in closet in the sunny, spacious bedroom and the living room has a fold-out Queen-sized sofa bed. The tiled bathroom, while petite, has a cool vintage vibe thanks to the pedestal sink. A washer/dryer in the hallway closet is convenient for longer stays. 

The apartment is walking distance to the UT campus, but there are many homegrown treasures in the neighborhood worth checking out. Among them is the low-key Mexican spot Julio’s, Exploded Records for everything vinyl, and Austin’s oldest drugstore, Avenue B Grocery & Market, a beloved stop for deli sandwiches since 1909.

The rental isn’t suitable for children under 12. It has availability from April on.

Hilltop Clarksville apartment with skyline views, $149

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Book this cityscape guesthouse starting at $149 per night

Sitting high on a hill in Clarksville, one of Austin’s most coveted, centrally located neighborhoods, this spacious garage apartment offers unbeatable city views. Big windows in the dining/living area look out over the skyline, or step out on the private deck and soak up unobstructed views of downtown and the domed capitol building.

The bright, airy, recently renovated space features cathedral ceilings and parquet flooring throughout. There are modern appliances and stylish wood cabinetry in the full-size kitchen, and the tiled bathroom has a large walk-in shower and a bonus seating area with a makeup mirror. The big, sunny bedroom has a Queen-sized sleigh bed, seating area, and plenty of closet space, and there’s a pull-out sofa that can sleep two. Simply furnished in a contemporary style, the highly-rated space is warm and welcoming, as are the hosts, who enjoy sharing homemade treats with guests.

Clarksville has a number of top restaurants, and it’s an easy walk to downtown Austin, Ladybird Lake, West 6th Street, home to the famous Swedish Bakery and the artisanal Amy’s Ice Creams.

This home is in high demand, with limited dates in April and more availability in June. There is a two-night minimum. The property is not suitable for infants or children under 2.

A contemporary downtown loft with balcony, $152

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Book this downtown loft starting at $152 per night

Step outside the door of this contemporary condo building and you’re right on 6th Street, a blocks-long stretch packed with bars, nightclubs, and live music venues that’s arguably Austin’s most famous party zone.

This spacious, two-bedroom, two-bathroom loft can accommodate up to seven people and features an open-plan living room/kitchen that’s ideal for hanging out with friends. Floor-to-ceiling windows let in plenty of light, while high ceilings and exposed concrete beams give it a cool, industrial-style vibe. The look is complemented by sleek, modern furnishings, including a leather sofa, plexiglass coffee table, and cowhide rug in the living area, while a playful neon sign on the balcony makes for fun photo ops.

The large kitchen is equipped with all the latest appliances and the apartment comes with a huge Smart TV and high-speed Wi-Fi. Each bedroom has two beds — one with two Queens, the other with a Queen and a Double — giving larger groups plenty of sleeping space. The condo also comes with one reserved parking space (important in this downtown zone where parking is scarce).

This condo is available for booking from the end of March.

A vintage SoCo bungalow with backyard pig, $189

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Book this unique bungalow starting at $189 per night

The city’s famous catchphrase, “Keep Austin Weird,” is alive and well at this bungalow dubbed the “Pig Parlor,” whose backyard is home to Gerdeth, a friendly little pig who guests adore. It also has a great SoCo (South Congress) location, just steps from the iconic street lined with vintage shops, restaurants, and bars—including one of Austin’s most famous music venues, the Continental Club.

The rustic-meets-modern interior features white-washed shiplap walls and ceilings, and every room is accented with a glass chandelier. Black leather sofas and a plush carpet decorate the living area, while the open, eat-in kitchen features new, retro-style appliances. Nice-sized bedrooms have Queen- and King-sized beds and big windows looking out onto the backyard. A fun touch are the brightly colored paintings of (what else?) pigs throughout the home.

This home has availability from March. Note that it is not suitable for infants or children under 2.

A 1930s cottage in the Heritage neighborhood, $189

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Book this cottage starting at $189 per night

The aptly named Heritage neighborhood is dotted with historical homes and charming cottages like this one, built in 1935 and retaining its original hardwood floors, lovely trim detailing, and fireplace. The two-bedroom, two-bathroom home has been thoroughly updated and is artfully decorated with contemporary furnishings in neutral gray tones and black-and-white photos dotting the pristine white walls. Light floods in through the many windows throughout the kitchen, living room, and separate dining room, giving the cottage a bright, airy feel. Both bedrooms are spacious, but the larger of the two has a Queen-sized bed and direct access to a terrace. The private backyard features a hammock beneath a large oak tree and is the perfect spot for napping.

While the neighborhood is mainly residential, it’s within walking distance of the UT campus and the many bars and restaurants along Guadalupe Street — commonly referred to as the “The Drag.” Because of its proximity to the university, you can expect higher rates during big events like football games.   

The home, which has received Airbnb Plus designation, has availability starting in late March. Note that the property is not suitable for children under 12. 

An architectural gem in Windsor Park, $194

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Book this glass-walled bungalow starting at $194 per night

This sleek, redesigned 1950s bungalow located in trendy Windsor Park offers fantastic indoor/outdoor space. Sliding glass walls in the living room open to a private, fenced backyard, whose big wood deck, 12-foot-long outdoor dining table, and fire pit with seating area make for an ideal gathering place.

The home is impeccably decorated with chic, contemporary furnishings and carefully curated artwork. The streamlined open kitchen with breakfast bar features glossy white cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, and natural wood walls. Both bedrooms are large and each has its pluses. One with a King-sized bed features a standout ensuite bathroom with wood-lined walls and ceiling, gray-tiled floors, and a Chromatherapy Jacuzzi bathtub. The other has a Queen-sized bed and sliders with direct access to the backyard. 

Windsor Park is a bit farther out from downtown — it’s a 15-minute drive to 6th Street — but it has its own cool scene with plenty of restaurants, coffee shops, and bars (don’t miss the old-school, circus-themed Carousel Lounge), as well as the Mueller Blue Starlight Drive-In.

The home allows one pet with prior approval and infants or children over the age of 8. The Airbnb Plus property has availability from March.

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14 unique Airbnb escapes in New York’s Hudson Valley

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  • As the pandemic continues, many New Yorkers are seeking a nearby getaway to enjoy the outdoors.
  • We found cozy cabins, cottages, and barns in places like Beacon, Hudson, Rhinebeck, and more.
  • All are highly-rated listings and range in price from $99 to $450 per night.

While there’s hope in sight for an end to the pandemic thanks to the vaccine roll outs, COVID-19 continues to spread across the US. Many city dwellers are continuing to seek getaways to connect with nature and savor fresh air while still practicing social distancing. 

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 cozy winter weather trip thanks to an abundance of cabins, breweries, and outdoor activities from hiking to skiing.

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 for better social distancing is always an option, too. 

Medical experts and the CDC also recommend staying in private vacation homes, such as those on Airbnb, over hotels since you can book an entire home and be protected from interactions with others. It also helps to know that Airbnb put stringent new policies in place that all hosts must now follow, in accordance with their Enhanced Cleaning Protocol

Of course, right now, there is still no firm guarantee with regard to safety. It’s crucial to follow guidelines and advice from organizations such as the CDC and WHO, and practice safety measures including wearing a mask, washing your hands, and maintaining social distancing.

With those precautions in mind, these Hudson Valley Airbnbs all make it easy to practice social distancing on a remote getaway. Popular cities like Beacon or Hudson do typically price on the higher end, as there’s not only increased demand, but more to do in town, too. 

We set the following parameters to identify truly unique Airbnbs in the Hudson Valley:

  1. Airbnb listing is for the entire home (guaranteed social distancing and no awkward kitchen conversations).
  2. All are highly-rated Airbnb listings in New York’s Hudson Valley, with a review score of 4.7 or higher.
  3. Prices range from $99 to $450 per night to start, as of publishing.
  4. The decor is unique, incorporating design-forward furniture, interesting historical elements, and attention to detail. These are not simply crash pads.
  5. Properties feel remote, cozy, and warm for the ultimate mountain getaway.

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

Goat farm yurt in Pattersonville, $99

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Book this goat farm yurt starting at $99 per night

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.

This yurt has scattered dates open over the next few months, with more days opening up in June.

Rating: 5.0

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb’s Enhanced Clean program, meaning the host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.

 

 

Farmhouse in Kingston, $146

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Book this farmhouse starting at $146 per night

For Hudson Valley appeal coupled with sweeping views, consider this renovated farm house 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.

Availability is scattered over the next few months, but is wide open starting in May.

Rating: 4.97

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb’s Enhanced Clean program, meaning the host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.

Carriage house in Hudson, $180

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Book this carriage house starting at $180 per night

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.

This home still has plenty of dates open over the next several months.

Rating: 4.81

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb’s Enhanced Clean program, meaning the host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.

Waterfront cottage in Hyde Park, $180

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Book this waterfront cottage starting at $180 per night

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 is very popular and has a few scattered dates open over the next several months. It may be worth booking now for a fall trip, as there’s more availability starting in September.

Rating: 4.99

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb’s Enhanced Clean program, meaning the host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.

Downtown flat in Hudson, $184

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Book this Hudson apartment starting at $184 per night

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.”

Availability is currently limited until June, when there is wide open availability.

Rating: 4.87

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb’s Enhanced Clean program, meaning the host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.

Restored caboose in Windham, $199

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Book this restored caboose starting at $199 per night

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 home has plenty of availability over the next several months. 

Rating: 4.95

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb’s Enhanced Clean program, meaning the host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.

 

 

Midcentury farmhouse cottage in Rhinebeck, $209

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Book this farmhouse cottage starting from $209 per night

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. 

There are still a few dates left in March and more days open up in April and May.

Rating: 4.99

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb’s Enhanced Clean program, meaning the host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.

 

Historic home with private sauna in Kingston, $230

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Book this historic home starting from $230 per night

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. 

There is plenty of availability starting at the end of March, but be aware there is currently a seven-night minimum.

Rating: 5.0

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb’s Enhanced Clean program, meaning the host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.

Cozy cottage walking distance to Hunter Mountain, $237

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Book this cozy cottage starting at $237 per night

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 home still has a few scattered dates open in mid-March.

Rating: 4.82

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb’s Enhanced Clean program, meaning the host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.

 

 

Bowler house in Hudson, $247

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Book the Bowler apartment starting at $247 per night

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.

This home has limited days in the next two months, but has wide open availability starting in May.

Rating: 4.95

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb’s Enhanced Clean program, meaning the host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.

Spacious carriage house with a private pool, $350

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Book this carriage house starting at $350 per night

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. 

There is wide open availability over the next several months.

Rating: 4.95

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb’s Enhanced Clean program, meaning the host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.

 

A-frame cabin in Red Hook, $350

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Book this A-frame cabin starting at $350 per night

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.

There are just a few dates left in March, but more days open up from April and May onward.

Rating: 4.94

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb’s Enhanced Clean program, meaning the host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.

Contemporary treehouse in Willow, $382

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Book this treehouse starting at $382 per night

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.”

This Airbnb is incredibly popular and availability is currently limited but subject to change. It may be worth booking this unique stay well in advance for a trip in 2022.

Rating: 4.94

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb’s Enhanced Clean program, meaning the host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.

Modern cabin with pool in Rhinebeck, $450

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Book this modern cabin starting at $450 per night

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.

Availability is currently limited, but subject to change. But with a pool, it’s also worth considering booking this one far out for next summer and fall.

Rating: 4.95

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb’s Enhanced Clean program, meaning the host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.

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The top 10 emerging destinations in the US for 2021, according to Vrbo – plus the best rentals to book for each

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trending destinations for 2021, according to Vrbo

  • Vrbo released its up-and-coming destination report for 2021 based on a survey of 8,000 participants.
  • Pandemic habits are continuing, with most travelers planning domestic road trips to outdoorsy locations.
  • Many of the top emerging destinations for 2021 are located in the South and Midwest.

According to a recent travel trend report released by Vrbo, many of the top travel habits of travelers in 2020 will be continuing throughout 2021. Travelers are continuing to take their own transportation, such as rental cars, to their destinations, with 59% saying they’ll drive instead of fly for their next trip.

Travelers are also continuing to seek out more remote destinations with easy access to nature, with 61% planning to visit an outdoor destination to fish, camp, hike, or explore instead of heading to an urban vacation. The top travel destinations reflect this, with almost all of the top 10 options located in the South and Midwest where there’s plenty of space for social distancing. In fact, of the top up-and-coming destinations on Vrbo’s list, only one is in a coastal area.

According to Melanie Fish, Vrbo travel expert, “Vrbo’s newest top emerging destinations align with shifts in travel behavior due to the pandemic.” She adds, “Booking a Vrbo in these off-the-beaten-path locales means travelers can enjoy the privacy and comforts of home while reaping the mental health benefits of being in a new environment and spend quality time exploring places they may have otherwise overlooked.”

The top 10 emerging destinations according to Vrbo are:

  1.     Emory, Texas
  2.     Smithville, Missouri
  3.     Slade, Kentucky
  4.     Outer Banks, North Carolina
  5.     Mannford, Oklahoma
  6.     Lafayette, Indiana
  7.     Water Valley, Mississippi
  8.     Fredericktown, Missouri
  9.     New Roads, Lousiana
  10.     Junction, Texas

Below, we detail these popular up-and-coming destinations among Vrbo users, as well as our top vacation rental picks to book in each region, all selected based on being well-located to the above emerging destinations, as well as well-reviewed listings with near-perfect 5.0 ratings from reviewers.

We also identified current COVID-19 cleaning policies for each property so you can rest easier, but be sure to check for up-to-date cancellation policies, too.

As always, bear in mind that even in more remote locales there’s never a guarantee of safety right now. Always follow guidelines from the CDC, practice social distancing, wear masks in public areas, and wash hands frequently. Before booking, check for travel advisories and restrictions in your vacation destination, too. 

Here are Vrbo’s top 10 emerging destinations, plus the best vacation rental to book for each.

Waterfront home in Emory, Texas, $364

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Book this waterfront home starting from $364 a night

About a 90 minute drive straight west from the bustling urban center of Dallas brings you to the bucolic town of Emory, where you’ll find stables, wineries, verdant state parks, and Lake Fork, a peaceful fishing, birding, and boating destination. 

Dive into the waterside setting at this Waterfront home with a private pool for an ideal lakeside getaway. The three-bedroom vacation rental is right on Lake Fork and offers a private fishing dock where you can angle for largemouth bass, crappie, and catfish. If you’re not up for a dip in the lake, you can spend a sunny afternoon relaxing at the private pool. At the end of the day, enjoy the peaceful evening under the stars by the secluded outdoor fire pit. Or if there’s a lakeside chill, head indoors to the spacious living room to get cozy around the indoor fireplace. 

Rating: 4.9

COVID safety: No policies are stated, but it’s managed by Evolve, a rental property company with high cleanliness standards and 24/7 guest services.

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Historic farmhouse in Smithville, Missouri, $268

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Book this historic farmhouse starting from $268 a night

Located just 30 minutes north of Kansas City is the quiet town of Smithville and its eponymous lake popular for fishing, boating, and swimming. Surrounding the lake are scenic hiking trails as well as two 18-hole courses that comprise the Paradise Point Golf Complex. 

Stay overnight at a remodeled farmhouse in the nearby historic town of Liberty. The updated home has four bedrooms and an expansive outdoor area including a spacious yard, a deck with a charcoal grill, and as a unique touch, access to the on-site working horse farm and barn. Within a mile of the home are Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary, Liberty Jail Church Historic Site, and the Jesse James Bank Museum.

Rating: 5

COVID-19 Safety: No policies stated, but it’s managed by Evolve, a rental property company with high cleanliness standards and 24/7 guest services.  

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Large family log cabin in Slade, Kentucky, $244

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Book this family log cabin starting from $244 per night

Even if you’ve never heard of Slade before, you’ll quickly see why it would be a popular emerging destination for a nature getaway. The Kentucky town is considered the gateway to the beautiful Red River Gorge, popular for kayaking and canoeing as well as some of the most notable rock climbing in the world. The Slade area is also home to one of the most popular state parks in Kentucky, Natural Bridge State Resort Park and its namesake sandstone arch. 

If you’ve ever wanted to stay in a real log cabin in the woods, your wilderness dreams can come true at this large family fun log cabin. The house is ideally situated to enjoy the natural setting, with an outdoor hot tub with incredible forest views, a swing and rockers on the spacious covered front porch, and a wood fire pit surrounded by Adirondack chairs where you can watch the stars come out at night. Inside, rustic meets modern with lots of open wood architecture along with a well-equipped kitchen and plenty of space to spread out.  

Rating: 4.8

COVID-19 safety: The listing notes that the property is cleaned with disinfectants and that there is contact-free check-in and check-out.

Spacious home close to the beach in Outer Banks, North Carolina, $300

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Book this spacious beach home starting from $300 per night

While lakes get most of the love on the emerging destinations list, there is one spot that’s a coastal delight for beach lovers: The Outer Banks. A 100-mile string of barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina, this area is the ultimate in serene social distancing beach vacations, with long stretches of sand known for for being crowd-free because of their remote location. 

To get a taste of everything the area has to offer, check out this beautiful house just steps from the beach. The four-bedroom home offers views of both the ocean and the Wright Brother National Monument and has an open floor plan with ample space for great family gatherings in addition to a separate game room with a pool table. Outside there’s a refreshing private pool if you’re not up for the short walk to the Atlantic. 

Rating: 4.8

COVID-19 safety: This listing follows industry health association SafeStay (AHLA – USA) recommendations.

See more of the best Outer Banks vacation rentals

Lakehouse in Mannford, Oklahoma, $225

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Book this lakehouse starting from $225 per night

Located bout 30 minutes west of Tulsa, is Mannford, which sits along the banks of 26,000-acre Keystone Lake, known as the “Striped Bass Capital of the World”. You don’t have to fish to enjoy lake life here, since there’s plenty of room to boat and swim if you’re not an angler. 

The lake is also a relaxing spot to just watch the water, and for that peaceful activity, it’s hard to beat this 20-acre, three-bedroom home. The waterfront listing boasts panoramic views of the lake. Inside, the great room is a highlight of the house, with a two-story vaulted ceiling and a wood-burning fireplace. Outside, a private nature trail decorated with colorful art installations leads around the property and down to the water.

Rating: 5

COVID-19 policy: No policies stated, but managed by Evolve, a rental property company with high cleanliness standards and 24/7 guest services.  

Rustic luxury estate, Lafayette, Indiana, $500

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Book this rustic luxury estate starting from $500 per night

Nestled on the Wabash River across from Purdue University, Lafayette, in Tippecanoe County, is located 63 miles northwest of Indianapolis and 105 miles southeast of Chicago, making it an ideal getaway from the city. Although Lafayette made the Vrbo list, the majority of rental houses are located a bit north in the lakefront community of Lake Freeman, popular for swimming and water sports, especially water skiing. The town also offers old-school fun such as drive-in movies, miniature golf, and the Indiana Beach Amusement Park. 

One standout option here is this rustic luxury estate, a spectacular and expansive five-bedroom home nestled in a quiet cove on the waterfront of Lake Freeman. Though it’s on the higher end of price, it sleeps up to 15 guests, making it an excellent value option for larger families or pods of friends traveling and quarantining together.

This is a home made for entertaining, with a great room with a floor-to-ceiling Wisconsin River Rock walled fireplace that opens to a 1,000 sq foot outdoor wrap-around deck that enables guests to easily relax, entertain and/or dine in both spaces simultaneously. The home also has a Leisure Kraft pontoon boat available to rent by the day to get out and explore the peaceful lake. 

Rating: 5

COVID-19 safety: There are no specific protocols noted, but reviews note that the home is “very clean.”

Modern home on a private lake in Water Valley, Mississippi, $625

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Book this modern home on a private lake starting from $625 per night

Tucked into the hills of north Mississippi, south of the university town of Oxford, Water Valley is an artsy enclave filled with boutique shops, galleries, and historic buildings with an old-fashioned charm that makes it a relaxing weekend retreat. It’s also near quiet, family-family Lake Enid. 

Base yourself in the heart of the area at this serene and modern home in the Splinter Creek neighborhood. With privacy and remote locations being the ultimate luxury right now, this home earns its higher price point by boasting a private lake you’ll have all to yourself.

The modern, three-bedroom lakefront house has a large screened-in porch and an outdoor kitchen. The house is located on a 10-acre lot, which is part of a larger 650-acre agri-hood development with hiking trails, and three private, stocked lakes that offer swimming, boating, and fishing just for the homes in the surrounding area.

Rating: 5

COVID-19 policies: This home follows industry health association SafeStay (AHLA – USA).

Log home in Fredericktown, Missouri, $260

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Book this log home starting from $260 per night

Tucked into the foothills of the Ozark Mountains, Fredericktown is surrounded on three sides by the Mark Twain National Forest and sits at the base of the St Francois Mountains, making it a magnet for nature lovers, especially city dwellers from St. Louis, located about 75 miles north.  

The area also is home to a number of small wineries, and this gorgeous, five-bedroom log home is just one mile from the popular Chaumette Winery. The private and secluded log home is great for families who want plenty of space to spread out, especially if parents plan to work remotely and want dedicated workspace. A highlight of the house is the wrap-around porch that offers wide views of the surrounding landscape. Inside, the house boasts a plethora of thoughtful touches, such as fresh-picked flowers, handmade doorknobs, and exposed wood beams.

Rating: 4.9

COVID-19 policies: No policies noted, but reviews note that the property is “super clean.”

River home with dock in New Roads, Louisiana, $270

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Book this river home with dock starting from $270 per night

New Roads calls itself “the prettiest city on the water.” What water is that? Well, it’s tucked between the Mississippi Bayou and the False River, but that “false” river is really a 15-mile oxbow lake. No matter what you call the water, though, the historic town is certainly scenic and is a popular getaway from Baton Rouge, just 26 miles downstream. 

This river home is a peaceful retreat on the False River just south of New Roads in Oscar. The four-bedroom vacation rental offers access to a shared pier and dock just feet away from the patio, ideal for anglers and water lovers alike, along with a modern and airy 2,600-square-foot interior, complete with a fireplace, leather couches, and other cozy details. 

Rating: 4.9

COVID-19 policy: No policies stated, but it’s managed by Evolve Vacation Rental, a premier host with high cleanliness standards.  

Charming ranch house in Junction, Texas, $109

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Book this ranch house starting from $109 per night

In Texas Hill Country northwest of San Antonio, Junction offers a spot where the wildflowers bring carpets of color to the ground every spring, and year-round you can kayak, canoe, paddleboard, and tube along the South Llano River. 

This L&L River Haus is a charming farmhouse that has a historic designation as a Texas Century Ranch, meaning the property has been in the same family for at least 100 years. The interior is updated and comfortable, but there are charming touches to its roots all around, such as a wood stove, a tin-roof porch, and an outdoor water pump. Some more modern additions include a billiards table inside and a fire pit outside. The ranch is still active, and you’ll be able to see horses and other wildlife around, enjoy spacious outdoor areas, and relax by the river.

Rating: 5

COVID-19 policy: The listing notes multiple disinfecting protocols, as well as contactless check-in and check-out.

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11 affordable Airbnb cabins in the Catskills you can book for under $200 a night

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  • New York’s Catskills are an ideal getaway in every season thanks to ample hiking and ski trails.
  • Right now, cozying up in a cabin where social distancing is easy is especially appealing.
  • We found highly-rated and affordable Catskills cabins on Airbnb starting under $200 per night.
  • Read more: Which is safer: Airbnb or hotels? Here’s what doctors and the CDC say.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, many New Yorkers 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.

If escaping the city for a few nights and exploring wooded hiking trails, hitting the ski slopes, or enjoying scenic mountain views sounds like just the getaway you’re hoping for, consider curling up in a woodsy cabin, especially since numerous great Catskills Airbnbs are available for under $200 a night. 

It’s worth noting that experts and the CDC have said that staying at an Airbnb as opposed to a hotel is a better option for safe social distancing. Airbnb also recently implemented new procedures and cleaning policies, including an Enhanced Clean program. However, there is still no guarantee as to safety right now. It’s imperative to follow guidelines and advice from organizations such as the CDC and WHO, and practice safety measures including wearing a mask, washing your hands, and maintaining 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.

All that being said, the Catskills are a great place to visit in any season. The trip to the Catskills is roughly two-and-a-half hours from New York City by car. Summer and fall offer lower prices and plenty of outdoor fun and leaf-peeping, while ski season is always popular. The areas around Hunter, Windham, and Belleayre Mountains in New York are typically more affordable, and inventory during summer and fall is higher compared to peak winter ski season. 

We selected great Catskills cabins based on the following criteria:

  1. Airbnb listing is for the entire home, in line with expert recommendations for safer travel right now.
  2. All are highly rated Airbnb listings in New York’s Catskills with a review score of 4.5 or higher.
  3. Properties are all classic cabins or include cabin-like features from reclaimed wood interiors to cozy fireplaces. Bring on the log, pine, and oak.  
  4. Homes are affordable and priced under $200 per night.
  5. Homes have availability in the coming weeks and months, as of the time of publishing, or are so special, they’re worth booking far in advance.

Keep reading for cozy Catksills Airbnb cabins under $200 per night, sorted by price from low to high.

Barn studio in High Falls, $125

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Book this barn studio starting at $125 per night

This woodsy retreat is a stylishly restored barn that couples will love cuddling up in for some time away from the bustle of city streets. The lawn features Adirondack chairs surrounding a firepit — the ultimate spot for making s’mores or warming up on chilly nights.

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 cabin still has full availability starting in March.

Rating: 4.87

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb’s Enhanced Clean program. The host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.

Little red schoolhouse in Arkville, $125

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Book this little red schoolhouse starting at $125 per night

This charming schoolhouse from the mid-nineteenth century has a separate sleeping cabin and bathroom just big enough for two people to cozy up in. This is the ideal spot to get off the grid and reconnect with nature since it’s in a more remote location and there’s no Wi-Fi on the premises.

Not only is the property run by a Superhost, but it also boasts a cozy indoor fireplace and the tranquil sound of the nearby creek.

This home has full availability from April on.

Rating: 4.89

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb’s Enhanced Clean program. The host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.

Log cabin in Arkville, $150

Arkville log cabin

Book this log cabin starting at $150 per night

This cabin is everything I hoped for when searching out a log home: classic mahogany exterior, rich wood walls, and knotted pine fixtures. There’s so much wood in fact, that a few white walls almost look misplaced. If you really want to hole up in winter, book now.

The extremely reasonable rate is available throughout the year, and the schedule is frequently open even in busy winter months. A Catskills rarity!

This home is wide open starting in early April.

Rating: 4.95

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb’s Enhanced Clean program. The host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.

Chic cabin in Hudson, $150

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Book this chic carriage house cabin starting at $150 per night

Meticulously decorated, this Airbnb has serious star power. In fact, the property was featured on Netflix’s “Stay Here” home renovation show. The studio space sleeps two and is a cozy spot for a romantic weekend getaway.

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.

Rating: 4.8

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb’s Enhanced Clean program. The host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.

Tiny home in Mount Tremper, $160

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Book this tiny home starting at $160 per night

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 curl up by the antique wood stove, or under a blanket on one of the lounge chairs. There is a kitchenette and eco-friendly bathroom, but no running water.

Writes one review, “Loved this tiny cabin so much! The bedroom was my favorite part, with the skylight and beautiful wall of windows looking into the woods.”

This tiny home has plenty of availability over the next several months.

Rating: 4.95

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb’s Enhanced Clean program. The host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.

Loblolly cabin in Germantown, $177

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Book this Loblolly cabin starting at $177 per night

Nestled among towering pine trees on a one-acre property in the hamlet of Germantown, this small cabin still packs plenty of character and charm. A bright red door that pops against the white exterior with gray trim that matches Adirondack chairs on the patio sets the tone outside. Meanwhile, the interiors are made of reclaimed and boast 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 over the next several months.

Rating: 4.96

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb’s Enhanced Clean program. The host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.

Mountain sky cottage in Big Indian, $187

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Book this mountain sky cabin starting at $187 per night

Located on a compound of similar standalone cabins that can also be rented, this cozy spot has excellent views of the Catskill mountains. Sleeping up to two guests and 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 custome 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 club house on the property with complimentary tea and coffee, a ping pong table, pool table, a campfire outside, and more.

This cabin has plenty of open dates over the next several months.

Rating: 4.88

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb’s Enhanced Clean program. The host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.

Woodland cabin in Palenville, $190

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Book this three-bedroom cabin starting at $190 per night

Unplug from the city in this three-bedroom home nestled within lush Catskills foliage. If you do manage to venture out, you’ll find hiking trails right outside your doorstep.

Guests considered stays highly memorable, writing, “The raving reviews are justified, this place is awesome. The location is breathtaking, very well situated for adventure day trips and relaxation. The house is spotlessly clean and generously equipped with everything you need. The local guide by the hosts was excellent. One of the best Airbnb experiences we’ve had.”

This home has a few scattered dates open in March and more dates open up at the end of April.

Rating: 4.98

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb’s Enhanced Clean program. The host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.

Lakefront cabin in Rhinebeck, $195

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Book this lakefront cabin starting at $195 per night

This cabin’s best feature is its lake views. 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. The first floor has an open plan and just out the door is a large deck complete with a barbecue and a table and chairs to enjoy the panoramic scenery.

This cabin has full availability over the next few months.

Rating: 4.89

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb’s Enhanced Clean program. The host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.

Woodsy cabin in Willow, $196

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Book this cabin in the woods starting at $196 per night

This studio is no-frills lodging, perfect for the outdoor enthusiast who wants to disconnect in order to reconnect. The 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.

This has full availability starting from March on.

Rating: 4.94

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb’s Enhanced Clean program. The host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.

Woodside cabin in Lanesville, $199

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Book this large woodsy retreat starting at $199 per night

Great for families and groups, this Airbnb cabin has three bedrooms and can easily host six guests. Located on 2.5 acres, the property features spectacular views of nearby Hunter Mountain.

It’s also an idyllic spot if you want 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.

This home has scattered dates open over the next couple months, with more dates opening in May.

Rating: 4.8

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb’s Enhanced Clean program. The host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.

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