8 of our favorite hotels in Mexico that aren’t in tourist hot spots like Cabo, Cancun, or Tulum

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A casita with a pool by the beach at Fairmont Mayakoba
  • Mexico is packed with desirable vacation destinations, many of which are well known to travelers.
  • Comparatively, Mexico’s lesser-traveled resort areas offer fewer crowds and unspoiled environs.
  • Our top places include hotels in destinations like Punta Mita, Mayakoba, Oaxaca, and Careyes.

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I’m a professional travel writer who has visited Mexico many times for work and leisure, both with and without kids. So, I’m often the go-to resource for those looking for recommendations on places to stay in the country.

Even prior to the pandemic, I preferred to avoid heavily trafficked tourist regions in favor of more under-the-radar destinations (often nearby and easily accessible from those busier spots) that offered comparatively quieter beaches and peaceful resorts.

My favorite is Punta Mita, less than three hours by direct flight from L.A., and a short car ride from Puerto Vallarta. And it’s hardly an outlier – areas like Mayakoba, Oaxaca, and Careyes are regions that may be well known among frequent travelers to Mexico, but less so with first-time or casual travelers.

Here, we rounded up several Mexican destinations that might not yet be on your radar but should be.

Browse all the best hotels below, or jump to a specific area.

These are the best hotels in Mexico that aren’t in tourist hot spots, sorted by region and price.

Punta Mita

Punta Mita is located along Mexico’s Pacific coast on the north end of Banderas Bay in the state of Nayarit. It’s about 20 miles from Puerto Vallarta, accessed via a short car ride. The destination is actually a 1,500-acre private peninsula, a gated area that is home to the Four Seasons Punta Mita, St. Regis Punta Mita, and other posh properties.

Four Seasons Punta Mita

The exterior and beachview of the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita
Four Seasons Punta Mita has endless options for lounging outdoors, with two beaches, pools, and a lazy river.

Book Four Seasons Punta Mita

Easily accessed from the Puerto Vallarta airport (which is itself served by many airlines, including low-cost carriers with direct flights), the Four Seasons Punta Mita feels like another world.

There are two secluded beaches at this paradise, separated by a dramatic clifftop perch that makes an unforgettable private dinner destination for a special occasion. There’s an adults-only pool and an infinity-edge all-ages pool, plus a serene lazy river that almost feels like it meanders naturally through a jungle. 

There are multiple dining options including the sprawling Dos Catrinas restaurant that anchors the center of the resort. Bahia by Richard Sandoval is right on the sand, and Aramara serves upscale Asian fare.

Newly renovated rooms are out of this world with entry-level lodgings that come in at a sprawling 645 square feet of indoor-outdoor space with room for three adults or two adults and two kids, sophisticated beachy decor, and marble bathrooms.

As a parent traveling with young children, I can’t say enough good things about the kids club here. It’s like a luxurious summer camp that kids will never want to leave and comes included with the room rate, which makes for an outstanding value if you use it to its fullest.

Overall, this property is one of my favorites in the world for family travel and the place we’ve chosen for many major occasions and milestones.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Mayakoba

Just about 30 miles from Cancun is the 500-acre development of Mayakoba (technically in Playa del Carmen, though far more peaceful and remote).

Mayakoba encompasses 620 acres of lagoons, jungles, and beaches along Mexico’s Riviera Maya. The private gated community is home to an array of full-service resorts, all designed with the goal of preserving and enhancing the native landscape. In addition to the Fairmont and Banyan Tree properties that made our list, other attractive options include Andaz, Viceroy, and Rosewood, which also come highly recommended.

Fairmont Mayakoba

The exterior of the Fairmont Mayakoba
Fairmont Mayakoba offers golf, spa, beach, and pools across 45 acres.

Book Fairmont Mayakoba

This 45-acre property is an enormous full-service resort offering 401 rooms and suites, including 34 suites with an array of beach and lagoon casitas. Standard guest rooms are generously sized at 436 to 480 square feet, with abundant natural light, a private terrace or balcony, and large spa-like bathrooms with marble accents and soaking tubs.

Book the property as an all-inclusive — or not as you prefer. Activities include nature trails, biking, kayaks, catamarans, tennis, golfing on the renowned El Camaleon golf course (host to the only official PGA Tour event in Mexico), and scenic boat tours through the canals.

Of course, lounging waterside is the main draw, with white sand beaches and several pools on property. The Willow Stream Spa offers signature Mayan treatments and the hotel is pet friendly and family friendly, with the Discovery Kids Club and a water slide at the main pool.

Dining options are so plentiful and woven throughout all the Mayakoba resorts. Take a complimentary town car ride to any of the other hotels where you can dine and still charge your meal to your room. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Banyan Tree Mayakoba

The beachview of Banyan Tree Mayakoba in Mexico
Banyan Tree Mayakoba is the only all-pool villa resort in the Riviera Maya.

Book Banyan Tree Mayakoba

Banyan Tree Mayakoba bills itself as the most sustainable five-star resort in a region known for them. It recently underwent a $50 million expansion, debuting 34 private beachfront pool suites and the new Sands Beach Club, which has an infinity oceanfront pool, all-day dining restaurant and raw bar, beachfront lounge, a larger interactive Rangers Club for kids, and ocean view massage rooms operated by the Banyan Tree Spa. 

Banyan Tree Mayakoba offers 120 villas, which all come with indulgent private pools and terraces. It’s the only all-pool villa resort in the Riviera Maya. Even the smallest rooms among them clocks in around 1,700 square feet with high design and thoughtfully curated details such as included bicycles at each. While the resort is lavish and inviting, it’s easy to spend your entire trip within your room, swimming in your own pool and spreading out on the various living spaces, with every need tended to by a butler.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Oaxaca

Oaxaca is a state in southern Mexico steeped in historic architecture and indigenous culture. Its capital city of the same name is dotted with charming colonial buildings often made of green volcanic stone. The baroque Catedral de Oaxaca stands in the main square, El Zócalo. 

Parador De Alcala

The streetview of the Hotel Parador de Alcalá
Parador De Alcala is located in the heart of Oaxaca’s historic center.

Book Parador De Alcala

Parador De Alcala is a boutique hotel located in the heart of the historic center between the Santo Domingo de Guzmán Ex-convent and the Zocalo.

Here, 21 rooms and suites take over a restored and converted eighteenth-century mansion. The lodgings are distributed over three levels with high ceilings and most have access from a stunning colonial courtyard. All rooms have marble flooring, Egyptian cotton sheets, and a soft color palette highlighted by natural light. 

El Patio restaurant is located in one of the hotel’s central atrium spaces, offering full traditional Oaxacan breakfast. A terrace, garden, and chaises lounges surround the pool deck, which offers 360-degree views of the city.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

NaNa Vida Hotel Boutique Oaxaca

A room in the NaNa Vida Hotel Boutique Oaxaca
The boutique NaNa Vida is located in the heart of Oaxaca, ideal for sightseeing on foot.

Book NaNa Vida Hotel Boutique Oaxaca

NaNa Vida Hotel Oaxaca is situated right in the center of Oaxaca City, about 1,500 feet from Santo Domingo Convent, and steps from restaurants and bars for easy and relaxed sightseeing. The San Pablo Cultural Centre and Macedonio Alcalá Theater are just blocks away.

Rooms are unique, artful, and stylishly outfitted, with colorful bedding and intricately patterned bathroom tiling. Many elements of the decor are made by local artisans.

You will not find a pool in this boutique property, but you can relax in the sunny courtyard and enjoy full breakfast on weekends (or pastries and coffee during the week). At a soap bar, guests can select their own scents for bespoke soaps, using 100 percent natural and vegan ingredients, for use during their stay. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Costalegre

Costalegre is a 150-mile long stretch of the Mexican coast on the Pacific within the state of Jalisco, between Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo. It features an array of beaches, capes, and bays, plus charming seaside towns and villages.

El Careyes Club & Residences

Bird eye's view of the exterior of El Careyes Club & Residences
Careyes is a favorite among in-the-know travelers for its vibrant colors and artful installations.

Book El Careyes Club & Residences

Careyes is the place you go when you are in the cognoscenti … or at least you’ll certainly look like you are when you visit. Founded by Gian Franco Brignone in 1968, this unique resort has been continuously family-owned and operated since then, exuding a vibe that combines a sultry Mediterranean feel with the ultra-saturated colors and unique architecture of Mexico. Think eccentric, arty, and focused on wellness and the natural environment.

El Careyes has infinity pools, lighted tennis courts, restaurant dining, and a private access beach club. The resort is comprised of bungalows, casitas, villas, and so-called “Ocean Castles,” which are opulent, dreamy lodgings. Entry-level accommodations are brilliantly colored bungalows located directly on the sand overlooking the Careyes Bay just steps from the sea and beach club.

The property spans over 35,000 acres including the biosphere reserve. The so-called “Careyes Wonders” on-site include spiritual-feeling spaces that guests can visit (or book for events), including La Copa del Sol, an 88-foot diameter cup-like structure that is acoustically and visually arresting, and definitely sets this place apart.

Careyes also has a lively event calendar, including the chicer-than-Burning-Man, Ondalinda Festival. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Tequila

This town is located in the western state of Jalisco. It’s famous for — of course — the production of the famous Mexican spirit. Located near the Tequila Volcano, its outskirts are awash in fields of the main ingredient in the spirit: blue agave. An array of local distilleries and haciendas offer tours of the production (and tastings too, of course).

Casa Salles

The Casa Salles Hotel Boutique building
The boutique Casa Salles has 25 intimate guest rooms.

Book Casa Salles

Casa Salles Hotel Boutique opened in Tequila in 2020. The site that had been used for Salles family celebrations over the past 60 years is now a destination with 25 intimate guest rooms. Located within walking distance of the town square and other tourist landmarks, Casa Salles Hotel Boutique is an ideal launchpad.

Guest rooms are thoughtfully appointed with built-in furnishings, private bars, seating areas, smart TVs, and rainfall showers. Large Master Family Suites have room for seven adults, with sliding glass doors that open to private balconies overlooking a picturesque mango grove and gardens.

The hotel also offers a lively restaurant, Mango Cocina de Origen, serving regional Mexican cuisine. There’s also a pool, banquet facility, and spa, and the La Guarreña Distillery, producer of El Tequileño tequila, is located adjacent to the hotel.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Mérida

This is the lively capital of the Yucatán, the peninsula state that separates the Gulf of Mexico from the Caribbean Sea, and is also home to Cancun and Playa Del Carmen.

Rich in Maya and colonial history, the city’s centerpiece is the Plaza de la Independencia, bordered by the colonial-era churches Mérida Cathedral and Iglesia de la Tercera Orden, both built with relics from ancient Mayan temples.

The Diplomat Merida

A seating area in The Diplomat Merida
The Diplomat Merida is hip and stylish, with colonial architecture and a beautiful pool.

Book The Diplomat Merida

The hip, stylish Diplomat is well situated in the city’s historic center, within easy walking distance of many historic monuments, cathedrals, and parks, plus tons of eateries and shops. The hotel boasts colonial architecture and a beautiful pool.

Entry-level suites are high on style and comfort with colonial tiles, smart TVs, sound docks, included high-speed Wi-Fi, Nespresso machine, fans, premium linens, and air conditioning.

Snacks and fresh cocktails are served on arrival, and an ever-changing vegetarian breakfast is also included and served daily. Guests have access to a tea and coffee bar with fresh juices and champagne in the morning, as well.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

FAQ: Mexico hotels

When is the best time to visit Mexico?

The weather differs by region across the country, but generally, September through May is a good time to visit Mexico.

Mexico gets much of its rain throughout the summer, but these may be quick and isolated showers that won’t derail a trip.

The Gulf of Mexico area sees hurricanes from late July through early November. It’s hottest in April and May, and the busiest seasons are during the Christmas holiday and spring break periods. 

What is the best Mexico hotel on the beach to avoid crowds? 

Secluded beaches dot the country’s coastline. The island of Holbox is a small 26-mile island within the protected YUM Balam nature reserve and offers pristine, crowd-free beaches, enjoyed by hotels like Villas Flamingos or the Mystique Holbox by Royalton.

Elsewhere, Four Seasons Punta Mita has the advantage of being located a short drive from Puerto Vallarta airport, but boasts a pair of very quiet beaches all to itself.

Can I drink the water in Mexico?

It’s generally not a good idea to drink water from the tap in Mexico. Opt instead for bottled water, even while brushing your teeth. Be mindful of ice and avoid getting it in your drinks unless you can confirm it’s made from safe water. 

Is it safe to stay in a hotel?

While hotels do provide opportunities for face-to-face interactions with staff and other guests in common spaces like check-in desks, lobbies, and dining venues, experts say guests who exercise proper precautions can stay safely in hotels.

However, no travel is completely risk-free right now and we recommend following CDC current guidelines as well as all applicable local protocols at the time of travel.

Is Mexico safe for U.S. travelers?

CDC advises that unvaccinated travelers should avoid nonessential travel to Mexico. It currently lists Mexico as a Level 3 (out of 4) COVID level. See the CDC’s recommendations for fully vaccinated travelers and recommendations for unvaccinated travelers. Travelers should follow recommendations or requirements in Mexico, including wearing a mask and staying six feet apart from others.

What are the best Mexico hotels for couples or families?

As a parent of young children, I’ll always pick a Four Seasons anywhere in the world for top-notch service that accommodates families indulgently and seamlessly, with included kids clubs and incredible all-seasons programming. So, the Four Seasons Punta Mita is my go-to pick in Mexico for families.

And while many of Mexico’s most well-known adults-only resorts for couples are located in popular destinations like Cancun, couples seeking romance might find it a treat to visit a hotel like Casa Salles in less-frequently visited Tequila, where spirits tasting makes for memorable, grown-folks-only fun.

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After more than 30 trips, I continue to be impressed by Bric’s Capri suitcases – here’s why I highly recommend this luggage set

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Bric's Capri 21" spinner carry-on exterior in blue and interior with pocket
  • Bric’s Capri suitcases are elegant, easy to pack, and lightweight.
  • With five size options and seven colors, it’s easy to find just the right suitcase for your needs.
  • After over 30 trips with the 21″ and 27″ bags, I never want to fly with any other luggage.

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I’m notoriously picky when it comes to suitcases and have returned several bags that didn’t work for me. But I was immediately impressed with the two bags I bought from Bric’s Capri suitcase collection. They’re easy to roll, lightweight, have sectioned dividers, and are chic yet unique, so I always know which suitcase is mine at baggage claim.

I have the Capri 21″ Spinner with Pocket Expandable and the Capri 27″ Spinner Expandable, both in matte blue. The smaller is just right for short trips and easily fits in overhead space for international and domestic flights, where the larger option holds everything I need for longer trips. And after my fantastic experience with bog of these bags, I’d highly recommend any other suitcases in this collection.

Specs and Design

The following specs are true for suitcases across the collection:

There are several varying specifications between the bags, outlined here:

Capri 21″ Spinner

Capri 21″ Spinner w/ Pocket Expandable Capri 27″ Spinner Expandable Capri 30″ Spinner Expandable Capri 32″ Spinner Expandable
Weight (lbs) 5.5 6.6 7.9 10 11
Height (in) 21 x 15 x 9 21 x 15 x 9 27 x 19 x 11 30.5 x 20 x 12 32 x 22 x 12.5
Depth (if expandable) Can’t extend 10.5 12.5 13.5 14
Handle Extension (in) 40 40 43 43 43
Number of pockets 2 6 2 2 2
Price $295 $375 $395 $275 (down from $550)

$275 (down from $550)

What it’s like to use

Capri 21" Spinner w/ Pocket Expandable open packed with clothing
The inside of the Capri 21″ Spinner w/ Pocket Expandable showing how clothes can be accessed through zippable pockets

All trips start with packing, so having a bag that simplifies the process is a huge help. With zippable sections, I avoid overpacking and can easily organize everything I’m bringing (I like to keep tops on one side, pants on the other).

Inside each of the zippable sections, there are buckles that keep everything in place even if you choose not to zip up the flaps, helping keep everything firmly secure. I’ve never had any issues fitting everything I needed in these sections, as the 51.5 and 85 liters of volume inside of the 21″ Expandable and the 27″ Expandable bags respectively, have always provided more than enough space, even for my bulkiest sweaters and puffiest ski gear.

I’ve been particularly impressed with the 27″ Spinner on longer trips since even when I’ve jammed it full it’s never exceed 50 pounds, which helps me avoid pesky overweight luggage fees.

Before and after photos of a blue suitcase with and without dirt
Before (left) and after (right) using water to remove dirt from the suitcase. It wipes down easily.

The 21″ Spinner is also unique since not many hard-sided suitcases offer a front pocket. I’ve found it to be a huge help for easily stowing or accessing my laptop.

Both bags are incredibly easy to roll, drag, or turn and every bag in the collection has four 360-degree spinner wheels. I’ve found the bigger bag I own moves far more effortlessly than bags of a similar size I’ve owned.

While I don’t own the 30″, 32″, the Capri 21″ Spinner without Pocket, based on the quality of those I do own, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the others for flyers who are looking for the most space possible. The larger options, which are both currently 50% off, are great checked luggage options for long-haul trips. Without the pocket, the Capri 21″ Spinner also offers more space in the main compartment than mine, which may appeal more to travelers who don’t often fly with a computer (along with its lower price point of $295).

Image of two bags side by side
The suitcases durable yet lightweight shells include chic leather detailing.

What makes Bric’s Capri luggage standout

These bags have a classic, even vintage, look that’s ripe for the Instagram jet-setter. The option for a front pocket, along with the bags’ durable exteriors and well-organized interiors makes them highly functional. This mix of style and utility at a mid-range price point is what truly sets them apart in my book. I’ve also been impressed by how easily these bags wipe down after use and how well they’ve held up after more than 30 trips.

The 21″ carry-on is also incredibly lightweight at just 6.6 pounds. The average carry-on bag is typically closer to 7.5 pounds, so getting those pounds back makes the bag easier to get into an overhead compartment and means you can pack more.

The cons

After three years of use, the bag has held up pretty well, especially on the inside, but there are a few deeper scratches where the color has come off on the outside of the bag. Because the color of the suitcase is so reflective and textured, these smaller scratches become more visible. However, these scratches are purely aesthetic and not very noticeable from far away.

Two photos of small scratches on the top of a blue suitcase
Overall the suitcase has held up well but there are a few scratches on the top of my Capri 27″ suitcase.

On the inside, the fabric has held up reasonably well. In the matte blue bag, the fabric is a light tan color, making any dark stains visible. The inside fabric of the bag cannot be removed to be washed, so avoiding spills or stains is the best way to dodge an issue.

The suitcases also don’t come with any luxury features, like portable charges or laundry bags, though there is an internal pocket to store your own power bank.

Finally, I see the inside compartments as a plus that helps me organized and ensures I don’t over-stuff my suitcases. However, if you’re someone who tends to overpack, then you may run into difficulties zipping the pockets and see some straining at the seams.

The bottom line

The classic aesthetic and durable nature of Bric’s Capri suitcases make them ideal travel companions. The price tag is in the mid-range of our favorite carry-on bags, and they’re a smart choice in terms of price for the quality. After using these suitcases regularly for three years now, I’ve been consistently impressed and will certainly be looking to complete my set when I need checked luggage in the future.

Capri 21″ Spinner with a computer pocket Expandable (small)Capri 27″ Spinner Expandable (small)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunflower condo on Amelia Island

The exterior of a sunflower condo on Amelia Island

Book this Florida Airbnb

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

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

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

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

Beach home on Sanibel Island

The living room of Turtle Tracks West on Sanibel Island

Book this Florida Airbnb

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

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

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

Custom forest cottage with a hot tub on Whidbey Island

The exterior of the Barred Owl cottage on Whidbey Island

Book this Washington Airbnb

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

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

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

Beach apartment with a hot tub on Galveston Island

The exterior of the Pelicans getaway on Galveston Island

Book this Texas Airbnb

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

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

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

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

Cottage near Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island

The porch on a cabin in Maine
This log cabin-like home is near Acadia National Park.

Book this Maine Airbnb

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

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

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

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

Hotel-style condo with water views on Mackinac Island

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

Book this Michigan Airbnb

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

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

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

Studio with beach gear on Ocracoke Island

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

Book this North Carolina Airbnb

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

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

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

Seascape condo on Kiawah Island

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

Book this South Carolina Airbnb

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

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

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

Charming guest suite on Block Island

The exterior of the Suite Getaway on Block Island

Book this Rhode Island Airbnb

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

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

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

Sea haven on Jekyll Island

Jekyll Island Getaway - Sea Haven (Unit A)

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

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

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

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

Studio apartment with private garden on Fire Island

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Stay steps from the beach while enjoying a private garden all to yourself.

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

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

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

Woodsy house with incredible views in the San Juan Islands

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This waterfront deck makes it easy to take out a kayak or go for a dip.

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

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

Historic apartment on Martha’s Vineyard

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This historic home dates back to the Civil War era.

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

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

Oceanview condo with pool access on Catalina Island

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

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

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

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

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

Coastal designer condo on Nantucket

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This posh home is steps to Nantucket’s Main Street and harbor.

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

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

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

Floating Tiki suite in Key West

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

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

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

Lakefront home in Lake Havasu City

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This Airbnb is actually on an island within Lake Havasu.

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

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

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

Your very own private island on Hilton Head

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

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

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

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From Houston to Upstate New York, here are 7 US destinations to visit to learn about Black history

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  • One of the first steps to combating racial injustice is learning and understanding Black history.
  • We’re highlighting great US destinations to learn about the contributions of Black Americans.
  • From museums and cultural sites to Black-owned hotels, here’s what to see and where to stay.

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President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, declaring all persons held as slaves are henceforth free.

But it wasn’t until a full two and half years after this that all slaves in the United States were considered free in the eyes of the federal government, as this proclamation depended on the advancement of the Union troops.

The holiday Juneteenth, short for June 19, is a celebration of that freedom marking June 19, 1865, when Union General Gordon Granger read a Proclamation to the people of Galveston, Texas, announcing their freedom. Commemorative celebrations date back to 1866 and, as of 2019, 47 states and DC have recognized Juneteenth.

This Juneteenth is a great opportunity to kick off your summer travels and learn about Black Americans’ contributions to the United States while celebrating a fun holiday.

We’re rounding out our recommendations for places to visit to learn about Black history with Black-owned hotels, shops, and eateries not to miss.

Here are some of the best destinations in the US to learn about Black history

Houston, Texas

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Begin your summer tour at Houston’s Emancipation Park for Juneteenth. The park was established in 1872 when former slaves formed the Colored People’s Festival and Emancipation Park Association for 10 acres in Houston.

Houston, Texas is one of the country’s most diverse cities and has included a large Black population of freemen and majority slaves since its founding in the 1830s. Post slavery, African Americans from other Southern cities migrated to Houston for job opportunities. Houston also attracted Buffalo Soldiers (Black cavalry during the Indian Wars and American Civil War). They protected mail, escorted stagecoaches, and even guarded the Mexican-American border. Learn more about them and Black cowboys at Houston’s Buffalo Soldiers National Museum and Taylor-Stevenson Ranch.

While spending time in Third Ward, the Black heart of Houston, know that you’re in the home of some of Houston’s most important hometown heroes, including Beyonce, Solange, Phylicia Rashad, and Debbie Allen. Though currently still closed due to COVID-19, during non-pandemic times a visit to Project Row Houses is well worth it. The shotgun houses of newly freed slaves have been converted into art installations primarily designed by African American artists.

Nicknamed Space City, check out the recent movie “Hidden Figures” before visiting the Houston Space Center for historical context on Black contributions to the US space program. After, sink your teeth into some of that famed Texas barbecue at Black-owned Ray’s BBQ. Co-owner and official pitmaster Ray Busch is a native Houstonian who started his own barbecue food truck in 1985 before eventually joining forces with his longtime friend Maxine Davis and opening Ray’s BBQ Shack, the brick and mortar location specializing in hickory-smoked meats and plenty of soul food with Cajun influences.

Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts

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If you’re planning a visit to Massachusetts’ beautiful island of Martha’s Vineyard, be sure to explore the well-known summer destination’s deep African American roots. Photos of the Obamas vacationing there may have announced Martha’s Vineyard as a playground for the country’s Black elite to those who weren’t already in the know. But long before that, Martin Luther King Jr. vacationed in Oak Bluffs, as did Joe Louis, Harry Belafonte, and Dorothy West. Maya Angelou also once described Oak Bluffs as “a safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.”

Located on the north shore of the island, the town of Oak Bluffs and its eye-catching gingerbread houses have been attracting tourists for generations. Since the 1920s, it’s been a safe haven for Black Americans in search of sea, sun, and respite from beaches that were historically deemed “Whites Only.”

The first Black Americans on Martha’s Vineyard came before that though. They were freemen whalers, indentured slaves, and runaways that sought a livelihood in Martha’s Vineyard whale oil economy. By the 1950s, Oak Bluffs was attracting Black doctors, lawyers, and executives, along with storied figures of the Harlem Renaissance. Places like Shearer Cottage, founded by Charles and Henrietta Shearer in 1912 as a summer inn, were one of the first of these establishments that catered specifically to African Americans.

Visit beautiful and lively Inkwell Beach, the Oak Bluffs town beach. Origin stories of the name differ on if it was a pejorative by nearby segregated white beachgoers in reference to the Black population or — the story I like to go with — it was a reference to the Harlem Renaissance writers and poets that found inspiration and camaraderie in the Oak Bluffs community. Washington DC’s National Museum of African American History includes Oak Bluffs in their permanent exhibition, “Power of Place,” such is its place of importance to the Black American community. Enjoy film festivals, book clubs, historical Black churches, and The African-American Heritage Trail of Martha’s Vineyard for more in-depth history during your visit.

Baltimore, Maryland

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The port city of Baltimore is in the middle of a rebirth. And with colorful row houses, murals depicting legends, and historical sites like the Royal Theatre, Baltimore’s nickname of Charm City is quite fitting.

With a population that is 60% Black, Baltimore’s African American history runs deep. Famed sons and daughters of Baltimore include Jazz great Billie Holiday, the first Black Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, and US Congressman and Civil Rights activist Elijah E. Cummings.

The city was also once home to abolitionist and adviser to President Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, who spent his youth an enslaved young man in the shipyards of Baltimore. Later, he returned to Baltimore, now as a free man and the highest-ranking Black man in the US, and built five homes on Strawberry Alley (now known as Dallas Street).

You can learn more about his legacy at Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park Museum, and there are several sites throughout the city of Baltimore that pay homage to Douglass’ journey. Stop by the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, a Smithsonian affiliate, to see an autographed photograph of Frederick Douglass and a first edition of his autobiography. 

It would not be a trip to Baltimore without trying crabs or crab cakes, and checking out Baltimore’s Black culinary scene is a must. Head to Ida B’s Table for a culinary trip through Black history. Ida B. Wells was an activist and journalist in the south covering Southern issues of race and politics in the reconstruction period. As forward-thinking and boundary-pushing as its namesake, Ida B’s Table serves modern, farm-to-table soul food. Chef Thomas even sources from one of the few African American farms remaining in the country: Gaithers Gardens, which dates back 138 years and is family run.

Richmond, Virginia

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If you’ve already been on the classic historical family trip to Williamsburg, Virginia, consider a visit to the state’s capital. Richmond is a destination deeply important to Black American history as it was once the center of the domestic slave trade in North America. One of America’s oldest cities, this spot on the James River has a history that is at times painful. However, that only cements the vital importance of a visit here.

The Richmond Slave Trail is a walking trail that chronicles the history of the trade of enslaved Africans from Africa to Virginia until 1775, and away from Virginia to other locations in the Americas until 1865. The route begins at the Manchester Docks and goes through sites like the slave market of Richmond and the First African Baptist Church, a center of African American life in pre-Civil War Richmond.

Richmond also served as the home of Jefferson Davis’ Confederacy and Richmond’s American Civil War Museum & The Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia explores the Black Virginian experience from the Emancipation to the Civil Rights Movement of the 60s.

In more recent times, you may have seen Richmond and the captivating photos of the Black Lives Matter Movement in the city, as well as the reclaiming of the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Activists have transformed the base of the sculpture, covering it with names of victims of police violence, calls for peace, as well as light projections, murals, and other artworks, transforming it into an influential work of art. Additionally, many public spaces, including the Marcus-David Peters Circle, are dedicated to art that highlights Black history and culture in Richmond.

Don’t miss the Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia in Richmond’s historic African American Jackson Ward. While you’re there, have a taste of diverse Richmond at the Black-owned Soul Taco, a restaurant blending traditional Latin American flavors with soul food.

Charleston, South Carolina

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Charleston, South Carolina is another old American city that is rich with Black history. African heritage helped shape the low country culture. In 2018, the city of Charleston finally passed a resolution acknowledging that the city profited greatly from slave labor and extended an apology.

Start your day with a delicious Lowcountry breakfast from Hannibal’s Kitchen, which has been serving Charleston unique dishes like shark and grits for over 40 years. The Africans brought to the Carolina Colony used the similarities between the agricultural environments of the Lowcountry and Africa’s West Coast, and you will see this same tasty tradition in Gullah cuisine.

The Gullah/Geechees have been said to have preserved their history more than any African American community in the United States. They are descendants of Central and West Africans and were enslaved together on the isolated islands which stretch along the US coastline from North Carolina down to St. Johns, Florida. To learn more about this history, book a tour of the Black history of Charleston with native Gullah Charlestonian Alphonso Brown of Gullah Tours.

A visit to the McLeod Plantation Historic site is also in order. The plantation is a 37-acre Gullah-Geechee heritage site that pays tribute to the enslaved Africans who lived and worked on the sea-island cotton plantation from the 1800s. Guests can learn about daily plantation life and tour the preserved dwellings of both the owners and enslaved families. The grounds include a riverside outdoor pavilion, a sweeping oak allée, and the McLeod Oak, which is thought to be more than 600 years old.

An equally important place to spend an afternoon is the Slave Mart Museum. At one point, 40% of the slaves in the United States came through the port of Charleston and this museum stands on the site of one of the last existing slave “showrooms” in the city in Charleston’s French Quarter. Many of the museum’s docents can trace their family history to slaves from the area.

Opera fan? Head over to Cabbage Row on Charleston’s Church Street where you’ll find Revolutionary War-era houses once home to the families of freed slaves. Black residents would sell cabbages from their window at one point, giving the area its name. Charleston native Dubose Heyward used Cabbage Row as his setting for his 1925 novel “Porgy” which was the basis of George Gershwin’s opera “Porgy & Bess.”

Round out the day with a stop at the Mother Emanuel AME Church, the oldest African Methodist Episcopal Church in the South, founded in 1816. This is the church’s third incarnation. The first was burned by local whites in 1822 and the second was destroyed in an earthquake. The church has hosted notable Civil Rights figures like Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. and Booker T. Washington. Pay your respects and acknowledge recent turbulent history at the Emanuel 9 Memorial, which was constructed following the devastating murders of Cynthia Marie Graham Hurd, Susie Jackson, Ethel Lee Lance, Depayne Middleton-Doctor, Reverand Celementa C. Pinckney, Tywanza Sanders, Reverand Daniel Simmons, Reverand Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, and Myra Thompson on June 17, 2015.

Coastal Mississippi

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To many, Mississippi conjures up ideas of the deep South at its worst and most racist (see the recent debacle over Martin Luther King Day just a few years ago in Biloxi, Mississippi). But it would be wrong to ignore the great influence and continued presence of Black Americans in the state.

Explore the Biloxi Visitors Center to learn about the African American cultural influence in the state, but more importantly, venture across the street to the beach. A commemorative plaque will tell you that this was the site of the Biloxi wade-ins, which were conducted by local African Americans from 1959 to 1963 to desegregate the beaches of coastal Mississippi. Following what The New York Times described as the worst racial riot in Mississippi history and protests following the assassination of the NAACP field secretary of Mississippi Medgar Evers, the 26-mile long beachfront was finally opened to all races.

For blues fans, a visit to The 100 Men Hall is a must. A longtime center of African American social life and entertainment since it was built in 1922, it has brought in countless blues, rhythm & blues, and jazz acts. Local residents have been treated to performances by Etta James, Big Joe Turner, Guitar Slim, Irma Thomas, Professor Longhair, Ernie K-Doe, Deacon John, Earl King, and numerous others here.

Upstate New York

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With a renewed interest in the wine scene and thriving arts community, the Hudson River Valley and upstate New York have attracted major tourism in the last few years. During vineyard crawls and fall foliage getaways, take some time to learn about the Black history of the region. New York state played an important role in the Underground Railroad, which helped tens of thousands of freedom seekers escape enslavement.

Opened in 2018, the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center tells the stories of freedom seekers who risked their lives to escape slavery and oppression by journeying north to Niagara Falls as one of their final stops and border crossing to Canada. Virtual Freedom Conversation Tours are also available twice a week. John Brown, known for his raid on Harper’s Ferry in 1859, maintained a home near Lake Placid that was a key stop on the Underground Railroad, which is now also a site you can visit. You can also stop at the home of Harriet Tubman in the Finger Lakes region of Auburn, New York.

Honor the role Black soldiers played in the Revolutionary war with a visit to Saratoga National Historical Park. At the Battle of Saratoga in 1777, 400 Black soldiers fought along white soldiers in a pivotal battle during the Revolutionary war that resulted in the British Army’s first surrender.

The history of Black people in this area can be traced pre-Revolutionary War though. The two biggest slave markets in the country before the American Revolution were in New York City and Albany. Fans of Hamilton can visit the St. Agnes Cemetery, an African burial site discovered on the grounds of Schuyler Mansion, where they’ll learn that yes, Eliiiiiiiiiza’s father was a slaveholder.

In Buffalo, grab a drink and listen to live music at The Colored Musicians Club. Formed in 1917 due to discrimination from an all-white club, the Colored Musicians Club was the only operating African American jazz club in the United States and was a place where Black musicians were welcomed to socialize, play music, and rehearse. Famous musicians who have performed here include Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and Duke Ellington. The first floor of the building serves as a multimedia museum where guests can interact and listen to jazz and enjoy historic memorabilia.  

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14 of the best Airbnbs within 3 hours of New York City for beaches, mountains, or charming towns

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  • For New Yorkers looking to stick close to home, there are plenty of options within a short drive.
  • Airbnbs are an attractive lodging option, offering privacy and an easy way to social distance.
  • We rounded up highly-rated Airbnbs within 3 hours of New York City, ranging from $108 to $375.

If you’re ready to enjoy a change of scenery, but still want to avoid airports, there are a variety of easy-to-reach destinations within three hours from midtown Manhattan.

Hike or ski the Catskills and Poconos, swim in crystal-clear lakes in the Hudson Valley and the Litchfield Hills, frolic in the Atlantic surf at the Jersey Shore or the Hamptons, and stroll pedestrian-friendly towns like Mystic in Connecticut and New Hope in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

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Spacious apartment on a country lane in New Lebanon

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This charming apartment in a Greek Revival house was originally a boarding house. It’s since been updated with modern comforts like a washer/dryer, air conditioning, satellite TV, and excellent Wi-Fi while retaining vintage elements including a pedestal sink, hardwood floors, marble-topped tables, and an old-school front porch with Adirondack chairs.

The upstairs master bedroom is huge, with a Queen-size bed and club chair with a footstool for lounging, plus a roomy separate dressing room that adds a patrician note. The second bedroom has Twin beds made up with a hodgepodge of colorful sheets, just right for kids. The kitchen has a nostalgic enamel sink, a big butcher block island, and is fully stocked with everything you need to prepare a feast, including Royal Doulton dishware, cake tins, and condiments. Outside, the yard is framed by berry bushes and dotted with fruit trees, plus there’s a picnic table for meals cooked on the grill. 

New Lebanon is in the northern corner of Columbia County, surrounded by fields and forests. It’s just minutes from the cultural offerings of the Berkshires, including the Tanglewood Music Festival and the Norman Rockwell Museum. If you’re visiting in summer, ask your host for passes to Queechy Lake, one of the cleanest lakes in the state, with a sandy beach and lifeguards. In winter, several small ski areas and numerous trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are nearby. The Sunday farmers’ market draws a crowd with fresh produce and quality prepared food stalls.  

Compact apartment with garden access in Beacon

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This snug apartment on the ground floor of the host’s home has a private entrance and plenty of privacy. It’s loaded with personality including a vintage pink bathtub and perky accents like furry white throw pillows topping the bed and sofa.

Original artwork, funky tiles, and decorative patterned wallpaper add dramatic flourishes. The Roku television, Queen-size organic mattress, and scenic mountain views are also welcome touches and the kitchen opens to the backyard with a fire pit and rocking chairs.

The apartment is within walking distance from Beacon, so it’s easy to browse the independently-owned shops and galleries. Don’t miss a visit to DIA Beacon, a show-stopping modern art museum housed in a former factory along the banks of the Hudson River. Beacon is pedestrian-friendly and just an 80-minute train ride on Metro-North from NYC’s Grand Central Station, making it a potential car-free getaway. 

Cozy cottage on a quiet road in Kinderhook

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This newly renovated cottage sits on two peaceful acres across the road from a big apple orchard. The interior is airy and uncluttered with pale wood floors and simple furniture. The living room walls are dotted with original artwork created by the host’s wife, plus there’s a foldout sofa in addition to the Queen bed, colorful area rugs, two desks, and a beautiful wooden screen with intricate inlay.

A meditation pillow and a collection of books on Buddhist philosophy are in tune with the calm vibe and there’s an eat-in kitchen with a dishwasher, washer-dryer, and cooking equipment.

If the weather is fine, plan on spending time on the deck that looks out at the garden. The host lives in the main house next door and is available should you need anything, but gives you complete privacy if that’s what you desire. 

The cottage is steps from a paved trail for cycling, hiking, or roller-blading. The historic town of Kinderhook, birthplace of Martin Van Buren, is a short walk away. You’ll also find a bagel shop, a donut store, and several cafes nearby. The area is a hotbed of creativity, including Art Omi, a contemporary outdoor sculpture park set on 120 rambling acres in neighboring Ghent. It’s just a 15-minute drive to the numerous galleries and restaurants in hip Hudson. 

Secluded Catskill cabin in Olivebridge

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This cabin perched on a fern-covered ledge is a romantic escape for couples craving immersion in nature. Constructed of reclaimed hemlock beams with charred cedar siding and ringed by acres of oak, maple, and pine trees, it has the look of an off-the-grid house, yet offers practical amenities like high-speed Wi-Fi, air conditioning, and an induction heat stove.

The open-concept design presents high ceilings, tall windows that stream in natural light, hardwood floors, and a sleeping loft overlooking the organic garden. Furnishings are simple, with a wood stove to keep you warm on the coldest days and a farm-style enamel sink in the small kitchen. The wrap-around wood deck is an excellent place to gaze at wildlife, perhaps while relaxing in the hammock. 

There’s a steep incline to reach the cabin so if you don’t have an all-wheel-drive vehicle, you’ll need to park your car and hike approximately 200 yards to reach the cabin. The helpful host lives steps away and can assist with transporting your luggage if you desire. 

The Catskills is a paradise for those seeking outdoor recreation. Fish at Esopus Creek, downhill ski at Hunter Mountain, and hike Slide Mountain, the highest peak in the Catskills. 

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Cottage with a hot tub in Southampton

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Great for experiencing the best of all worlds, this studio is set between old-moneyed Southampton and funky Sag Harbor, and is just one block away from Peconic Bay Beach.

It’s hidden away on an acre of evergreens, and relaxation is encouraged ⁠— the hosts built this home as an artist’s studio inspired by their love of staying at five-star hotels and as such, added a full luxury shower, crisp white linens, down bedding, and feature art and vintage furniture widely. Beach towels and beach chairs are provided and there is even a deck and little koi pond with a waterfall. However, note that children and pets are not allowed.

Serene cottage with access to a private beach in Sag Harbor

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This cottage on Captain’s Row is nestled in nature but only a short stroll from Sag Harbor. A private guesthouse set behind the main house, it overlooks a cove where you’ll spot ducks, seagulls, osprey, and swans. 

The cottage paints a dignified picture with a claw-foot bathtub, country-style white wicker furniture, oil paintings of purebred dogs, a working fireplace, and exposed brick accents. The bedroom boasts water views and the compact kitchen is fully equipped with all the necessities. There’s a big lawn leading to the bay, though you may share the sprawling outdoor space with a few other renters from neighboring properties. 

Sag Harbor is a former whaling village and deep-water harbor that cherishes its maritime roots. The inviting Main Street is packed with locally owned galleries, shops, and eateries that remain open year-round.

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Loft in a renovated textile mill in Philadelphia

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Manayunk is known as one of Philly’s most happening neighborhoods, with breweries, hip dining spots, and owner-operated boutiques. It’s a good choice if you want to get a feel for living like a local that’s a speedy bus or train ride to the city center.

Situated on a quiet street, this 1,400 square-foot converted textile mill is a striking example of industrial design. Much of the original infrastructure, such as crude brickwork, quirky columns, and large beams, have been retained, creating a historic backdrop for updated amenities. 

This third-floor walkup boasts 15-foot ceilings and oversized windows that stream in natural light, illuminating the open floor plan. The furnishings are modern and subdued, with a pale blue sofa adding a soft blush of color in the living area. The separate bedroom includes a King-size bed with a metal headboard adding character, plus an additional Queen bed on the other side of the loft. A fully-equipped kitchen with new appliances ties it all together nicely. 

A-frame house on a pond near Milford

A frame house on a pond near Milford

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This hideaway in the foothills of the Poconos is set in the forest next to a private pond where you may boat, fish, and soak in the silence. Furnishings are down to earth, with comfortable couches and chairs, a circular tiled coffee table, and an original fireplace with a supply of firewood.

Each bedroom has plump comforters, soft linens, and large area rugs atop the wood floors. There’s a single bathroom with a combination tub/shower and a workable kitchen with an extra-large fridge.

A chicken coop near the cottage provides fresh eggs in the morning, though the downside is you may hear the rooster crow at dawn. There’s also a fire pit outside the cottage and another one lakeside. 

Your host lives on the other side of the pond and is happy to introduce guests to her herd of goats and offer samples of fresh goat’s milk. 

It’s a short drive to the Delaware River for white-water rafting, hiking the three-tiered cascading waterfall at Raymondskill Creek Trail, downhill skiing at Shawnee Mountain, and exploring the artsy town of Milford, where the American conservation movement was born. 

Spacious house in New Hope

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Built in 1833, this house has been lovingly maintained and thoughtfully updated to seamlessly blend old with new. The interior features wood and slate floors, beamed ceilings, and design accents such as tartan throw pillows, chandeliers, and richly textured upholstery. The master bedroom’s traditional furniture includes a two-poster bed adorned with a ruffled bed-skirt and an antique mahogany dresser.

The cook’s kitchen has sunny yellow accents, a big butcher block island, and top-notch appliances. Both bathrooms are modern and spacious and the flagstone patio is a nice place to sit and enjoy the mature plantings as you listen to the birdsong. Wi-Fi, air conditioning, and cable TV add modern comforts.  

On the banks of the Delaware River between New York City and Philadelphia, New Hope is one of the most charming towns in Bucks County. The house is within walking distance of numerous dining, shopping, and entertainment options. Rent bikes and pedal along the Delaware Canal or walk across the bridge to visit equally adorable Lambertville on the New Jersey side of the river. 

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Renovated cottage on Lake Hopatcong

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This chalet-style cottage with lake views has the sporty ambiance of a ski lodge, particularly its centerpiece wood-paneled great room with a wood-burning stove and oversized dark leather couches and chairs.

It’s spacious enough for a large family or relaxed gathering of friends. The bedrooms are roomy and the bathrooms are equally spacious, one with a huge tub adorned with decorative tiles, the other with a tub/shower combination. In the kitchen, modern black and steel appliances look sleek, plus there’s a counter with stools that allow you to watch the cook in action.

A yard with a stone-paved patio has a grill and table for outdoor dining with an additional picnic table on the lawn. There’s Wi-Fi, a washer/dryer, TV, and air conditioning. The house feels private though there are neighboring homes very nearby.

Lake Hopatcong is the largest lake in New Jersey, just an hour from the George Washington Bridge. To access the water, you’ll need to purchase a $5 guest pass to the nearby Byram Bay Beach Club. 

Casual surf shack in Belmar Beach on the Jersey Shore

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With a surfboard hanging from the wall and an indoor hammock in the living room, this cozy spot is the essence of beach chic.

The interior color palette is soothingly neutral with white clapboard walls and wood-paneled ceilings. Subtly stylish, the living space has a couch strewn with pillows and knit lap blankets, wood floors are topped with homey rugs, and there are thoughtful accents like candles and fresh flowers.

The back bedroom has a Queen-size bed and to reach the additional loft bedroom, you’ll climb a sturdy handmade ladder to find Twin beds. 

The private back deck’s wood floors are topped with candy-colored area rugs and a grill and picnic table, and there is also an outdoor shower, a side yard with a fire pit, and a shed with bikes you may borrow. 

The home is located three blocks from Atlantic surf and sand of Belmar Beach. Jog along the boardwalk and soak in the sea air. If you’ve got kids, the town prides itself on its numerous beachside playgrounds.

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Quaint home on Lake Waramug, $220

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Luxury meets simplicity at this sweet cottage with commanding views of Lake Waramug. The updated interior is relaxed with traditional country house features like a stone fireplace, wood floors, and an oversized couch in the living room.

The bathroom has slate tile floors, a shower/tub combo, and plush towels. The larger bedroom has a new King-size mattress and a big dark brown leather chair with an ottoman, while the second bedroom offers Twin beds with cute bedding with stripes and polka dots. The generous kitchen has everything you need to prepare an upscale meal. 

There’s also a new outdoor grill, washer/dryer, cable, fast Wi-Fi throughout, and a music corner with a guitar, speakers, amp, and turntable. The house is right on the lake, boasting vistas worth savoring from rocking chairs on the ample front porch and a semi-private beach for swimming.

Litchfield County is a rural region in the quiet northwestern corner of the state that oozes New England flavor. Stroll around the lake or explore the small towns for antiquing and dining. 

Guest cottage with a pool and marsh views

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This small cottage feels like a boutique villa with its access to a serene pool with plush towels, loungers, umbrellas, and a hot tub.

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

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

Tudor-style home near downtown Mystic

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This Tudor-style house with a lemon yellow exterior has an open floor plan and functional features like a washer/dryer and a flat-screen TV. Wide-plank wood floors, refurbished barn doors, a decorative fireplace, and touches of nautical and equestrian bric-a-brac add unique charm. 

The workhorse kitchen features cabinetry in a pleasing shade of pastel blue, new high-end appliances, and quartz countertops, while the updated bathrooms have new plumbing fixtures and double sinks.

The master bedroom features a King bed with premium linens in a floral pattern, a handsome leather chaise, and a decorative fireplace, plus there’s a second bedroom with a Queen-size bed. The backyard’s green lawn is lovingly maintained and has a dining table if you choose to eat outdoors.

The house is near beaches and historic Mystic village and is just a short walk to the Mystic Seaport Museum and the Amtrak Station, so it’s possible to catch the train at Penn Station in New York City and enjoy a car-free getaway. 

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FAQ: Airbnb travel

What should I look for in an Airbnb?

As with our selections, for any home, look for favorable recent guest reviews, homes that participate in Airbnb’s Enhanced Clean program, and those with highly-rated Superhosts.

Additionally, you might enhance your vacation by looking for homes with interesting design and vacation amenities such as private decks, hot tubs, or pools.  

How do I book a home on Airbnb?

Search for homes first based on location and your preferred dates, and then filter results by your desired number of bedrooms or bathrooms, specific amenities, and more.

For more information on how to book an Airbnb, click here

What is Airbnb’s cancellation policy? 

The cancellation policy is set by the individual host and differs from home to home. Always check the cancellation policy before booking a home on Airbnb.

Is travel safe?

If you’re wondering if travel is safe, the CDC now says fully vaccinated individuals can safely travel within the US.

Is Airbnb safe?

Experts consider private vacation homes, such as those on Airbnb, as one of the safer places to stay, especially compared to hotels. This is because you are often booking an entire home protected from interaction with others, and Airbnb requires all hosts and guests to comply with enhanced cleaning policies, known as the Enhanced Clean protocol, which is a rigorous, five-step cleaning process.

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The 11 best Airbnbs in Key West from charming cottages close to Duval Street to tranquil stays on private beaches

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  • Key West is one of the most popular US destinations thanks to its laid-back, tropical vibe.
  • Its stunning beaches are family-friendly, but it’s equally great for couples and solo travelers.
  • We rounded up the best Airbnbs in Key West, ranging in price from $147 to $513 per night.

As a long-term Florida resident, my family and I love to take the three-hour road trip down from Miami to Key West. It’s one of those places that we find ourselves returning to year after year thanks to its beautiful beaches, historic attractions, and fantastic food. Plus, it offers many travelers the chance for a tropical paradise with no passport necessary.

Key West is only about four miles long and two miles wide, and most of the shopping, dining, and nightlight is situated on Duval street, the main road that runs down the middle of the island, from the Gulf to Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean.

Whether you want to be at the heart of the action or opt for a more tranquil beach getaway will largely dictate the best location for your stay. Luckily, there are plenty of options regardless of your preference.

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Central-based studio one block from Duval

Best Airbnbs in Key West - Central based studio one block from Duval, $147

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Located just one block from Duval Street, this studio apartment is an ideal base for a quick getaway. There’s also a private parking spot, which is a serious perk when visiting Key West as parking comes at a premium. 

This first-floor studio is small but well laid, with a Queen-size bed and a separate kitchen and dining area, complete with granite countertops. A large wooden wardrobe easily allows travelers to unpack and settle in. The unit is part of a historic building and though simple in decor, it has all the necessities and even boasts a deck with a small sitting area. Past guests rave about the property’s cleanliness and its proximity to many of Key West’s major attractions. 

Visit the famous Sloppy Joe’s Bar, opened in 1933, or the nearby Key West Butterfly Nature Conservatory. You’ll also find plenty of shopping and restaurants right nearby. 

Colorful condo steps from Duval

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The huge deck and central location make this condo in downtown Key West a prime choice. Aptly named Bella Vita, or “good life,” the property has a wrap-around porch with white Adirondack chairs for relaxing or some good old-fashioned people watching during downtime.  

The interiors are decorated in bright, cheery colors, including orange and turquoise walls, a red leather sofa, and blue accent pillows. The large master bedroom has a King-sized bed, a desk/vanity space, matching bedside tables, and a sound machine to enjoy a peaceful sleep. and the bathroom has an indulgent frameless glass walk-in shower. The galley-style kitchen includes bar seating at the kitchen counter. 

The ground-floor condo is also close to nearby bike and scooter rentals, so you can cruise around the island in style. 

Cheerful condo near Mallory Square

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With a large, shaded balcony overlooking the nearby cluster of Victorian-style homes and located within a quiet gated community in the Truman Annex, it’s no surprise that this listing gets a near-perfect rating. 

The inside of the condo is painted in bright yellows and blues, creating a sunny vibe that matches its location. The living area is found upstairs and includes plenty of seating options for lounging around, including a contemporary sofa lined with oversized pillows and a velvet armchair.   

The dining area seats up to five, and the kitchen was recently updated with white shaker cabinets and gray stone countertops. There’s a porthole above the kitchen sink that gives it a slight maritime theme, which continues with seascape art and a floor-to-ceiling bookcase filled with model ships and starfish. 

The historic Hemingway house, Maritime Museum, and Truman White House are all close by. The condo is also a short walk to Zachary Taylor Park, one of the top public beaches in Key West. Bike rentals are only a block away, and the condo includes bike storage for guests.

Modern townhome right on Duval

Best Airbnbs in Key West - Two bedroom townhome in the heart of Key West, $225

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This large townhome puts guests at the heart of the action, thanks to its location right on Duval. Large spaces at this price point are hard to come by in Key West, so this property is a gem for families or larger groups. The inside has been recently renovated with calming neutral tones and standout features include two comfy couches with pops of colorful pillows and a round wooden dining table that seats five.  

There’s a parking spot included, although you probably won’t need your car during your stay since many of the most famous Key West restaurants, like DJ’s Clam Shack, are only feet away. 

The lower level of the townhomes includes an open floor plan with a kitchen, dining room, and full bathroom. Upstairs, the pitched roof makes the bedrooms extra cozy and there’s also a sitting nook. 

Secluded hideaway with a private hot tub

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Tucked away in historic Old Town, this quaint cottage is great for those who want want to be close to the action on Duval Street (only half a block away), and who also value their privacy. 

The space is decorated in a tropical theme with green and turquoise linens and dark wood furniture. The kitchen features new cabinets, granite countertops, and full-sized stainless steel appliances. There’s also a deep brown leather sofa bed in the living room that’s within eyesight of the open-plan bedroom. Both the bedroom and the living room have large French doors that lead out to the deck, creating a relaxing indoor/outdoor setup when fully open. 

The spacious deck is the real selling point of this property, with a four-person jetted hot tub,  rattan patio seating, and a grill for making meals al fresco. The property even includes a large mango tree that has been lovingly preserved by being integrated into the design of the deck. 

There’s also a shared pool about a block away, and the cottage is within walking distance to the famed Cuban Coffee Queen and the free Duval shuttle bus.

Cozy cottage with a hot tub

Best Airbnbs in Key West - Cozy cottage with a hot tub, $243

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A great property for families, this large cottage is loaded with rustic charm, from the wood paneling throughout the kitchen to the retro bathroom fixtures. Each bedroom is outfitted with a plus, King-sized bed, and the living room boasts a comfy sofa and side chair along with a dedicated workspace.

The home has a fenced backyard with a beautiful garden area. The outdoor oasis includes a private hot tub, a bamboo enclosed outdoor shower, and a patio dining set that seats four. 

It’s tough to beat the location, just one block from Duval street, and there’s a parking spot included. The cottage is also walking distance to Mallory Square, which is home to the best street entertainers and sunsets in Key West. If you’re a pet owner, you can bring your pooch to this dog-friendly property. 

Oceanfront studio on a private beach

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This second floor, oceanfront studio is a rare property in Key West at this price point, which means that bookings fill up quickly. The condo has a King-sized bed and a large balcony that overlooks the Atlantic ocean. As an added bonus, the home also includes access to the pool and hot tub on the property grounds, though these are shared amenities. 

Visitors will get the best of both worlds with the beach and nightlife right at their fingertips, as this condo is just a five-minute walk to Duval street. There’s also a free garage parking spot that comes with a unit. The studio sits on its own stretch of private beach, so guests can go for a swim or lay out on lounge chairs that are provided by the property. 

Inside there’s a collection of wood and wicker furniture and a plush armchair in soft, pastel tones. The bedroom has four plantation shutters that look out to views of the ocean and ample closet space to unpack. There’s also a small fridge and microwave at your disposal, though there isn’t a full kitchen. 

Spacious sailing yacht

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One of most unique properties in Key West, this spacious yacht is ideal for adventurous travelers. Nicknamed “The Someday Soon”, the yacht features three sleeping areas with a setup that’s especially ideal for families, including a Queen size bed in the aft cabin, a Full-size bed in the midship, and two Twin beds in the forward cabin. 

The yacht is a vintage Mason boat with a mid-century modern interior that includes turquoise accents, carved wood trim, and polished wood floors. The eating area has a comfy breakfast nook and large windows that open up to let in the light. If you want to eat your meals on board, there’s a four-burner gas stove, an oven, and a refrigerator and freezer in addition to a grill on the deck. 

The full-size bathroom has a shower and lots of storage space under the sink. While the vessel is roomy inside, there’s also lots of seating outdoors. The cockpit is furnished with taupe and turquoise cushions and pillows, making it an ideal reading retreat.  

As an added option, the booking comes with a day sail, and the marina can provide a captain at an extra charge. Guests are also welcome to use the marina amenities like the heated pool and the gym.

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Tropical Old Town bungalow close to the beach

Tropical Old Town bungalow close to the beach, $304

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Step inside this breezy bungalow located in between Key West’s Art Gallery District and the Historic District, two pedestrian-friendly areas of Key West. 

The interior of the unit is bright and airy, decorated in complementary shades of coral, lime green, and blue. The main living area has an open floor plan and the kitchen has a two-tier island that overlooks the living room. Relax on the cream-colored couch that’s adorned with palm leaf printed pillows under a palm leaf fan to really get into beach mode. 

A matching palm leaf fan is found in the bedroom, which also boasts an elevated deck with a hot tub and high-top dining setup. Back inside, the bathroom has a spacious walk-in shower, and there’s a full-size washer/dryer in the hallway. 

There’s a shared courtyard space with a pool and a grill, and the property is also less than a mile from the beach, so after you settle in, you can make a beeline for the warm waters.

Historic Key West suite in Old Town

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Guests staying at this property get to experience a piece of Florida history. This suite is part of a property in Old Town that was built in 1889, and it’s only three blocks from Duval Street. 

Though technically a guesthouse suite, the first-floor accommodation has its own entrance and is entirely private. The kitchen has modern appliances, warm recessed lighting, and a dining area with an expandable table. In the sitting area, there’s a loveseat that can fold out into a bed and a folding screen that can be used to create a private sleeping space.

Outside, there’s an expansive deck and a wicker patio set with a coffee table and an ottoman, ideal for sipping coffee in the morning or cocktails in the afternoon. The grounds of the yellow guesthouse feel like a secret garden, with a brick path winding around the tropical landscaping to a pond. Guests can also access a pool that’s shared with other units. Past guests have described this listing as a “tropical paradise.”

Floating Tiki suite

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

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

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

FAQs

What is there to do in Key West?

You won’t want to miss dining at Blue Heaven and Santiago’s Bodega in the Bahama Village, and no trip is complete without stopping in for a slice at the Southernmost Key Lime Pie Shop on Duval. Get a dose of culture at The Key West lighthouse and The Key West Museum of Art and History, or do as we do and take your kids to Mallory Square to watch the various street performers and the sunset celebration that takes place every night. 

Some of our favorite beaches are Smathers Beach and Fort Zachary Taylor Beach, which is a National Historic Landmark and home to a Civil War fort. 

What is the best area to stay at in Key West?

This depends on what vibe you prefer. For a lively party scene close to the action, you’ll want to be right on or very close to Duval Street. Most visitors will also want to spend the majority of their time close to the historic Old Town. It’s where many of the top attractions are, plus it’s easy to get around on foot so you won’t have to be tied to a vehicle or public transportation.

What’s the best time of year to visit Key West?

Between March and May (with the exception of busy spring break weeks) provides one of the best times to visit Key West since there are fewer crowds than during the peak winter season and prices often drop a bit. The weather is also lovely during this time, with April averaging highs of 82 degrees and lows of 72 degrees Farenheit.

Winter is typically the busiest season when East Coast snowbirds seek a warm-weather getaway, so be prepared to pay peak prices if you visit from November to March.

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12 gorgeous Airbnbs across the US with private hot tubs, from a riverfront cabin in Washington to a secluded cabin in Upstate New York

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  • A private hot tub is an enticing Airbnb amenity in any season.
  • Some Airbnb hosts have installed private hot tubs in incredible locations with stunning views.
  • We rounded up some of the best Airbnbs with hot tubs across the US to enjoy a relaxing soak.

When choosing one Airbnb listing over another, a private hot tub is an enticing amenity that can tip the scales. Hot tubs are always exciting prospects and unlike pools, it doesn’t matter what kind of weather you get. You can enjoy a hot tub on a cool summer night or a snowy afternoon.

Many Airbnbs provide hot tubs for guests to use, but we kicked it up a notch and scoured for exceptional listings beyond just the hot tub. Additionally, we made sure every hot tub was truly private, so you won’t have to share your soak with strangers.

And if you happen to prefer hotels, we also have you covered with the best hotels in the US with in-room hot tubs.

Browse all of the best Airbnbs with hot tubs below, or jump to a specific area here:

Here are some of the best Airbnbs with hot tubs in the US, sorted by region and then price, from low to high.

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Home close to the beach in Nags Head, North Carolina

Home close to the beach in Nags Head, North Carolina, $45

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In this seaside destination, this large home not far from the beach has a dedicated hot tub room for cozy nights after a day in the sun. This peach-colored home is an especially great choice for a family retreat near the water. The old style of this cottage with its distressed wooden exterior is typical of the area and it is located on the peaceful beach road. Amenities are modern and the interior is very homey, including spacious kitchen counters and a long family dining table for enjoying meals in.

Two of the bedrooms feature an attached deck and the hot tub area is covered, so when the rain ruins your beach day, you can still enjoy a relaxing soak.

Windmill ranch in Wimberley, Texas

Windmill Ranch in Wimberley, Texas, $176

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Located 45 minutes southwest of Austin, you’ll find this modern ranch house sitting on 11 private acres. Surrounded by quiet hiking trails, this thoughtfully-designed home features a living room with a two-story windowed wall that opens up to the deck where you’ll find the private hot tub and a small dining area.

From the hot tub, you can enjoy the peace of the surrounding nature and at night, you can turn off all the house lights to enjoy a sky full of stars. Amenities are modern with walk-in showers in the bathroom, stainless steel appliances in the kitchen area and a comfy sleeper sofa in the common area. If you need to warm up after a soak in the hot tub, you can gather around the fire pit for a late-night marshmallow roast.

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Sonoma Redwoods cabin in Occidental, California

Sonoma Redwoods Cabin in Occidental, California, $111

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You can soak amongst the giants in this Redwood-surrounded cabin in Northern California. Small but sweet with an ivy-clad deck and mini outdoor kitchen, this home is an idyllic romantic escape for couples.

The building is technically a converted chicken coop, but don’t let that deter you. The studio’s interiors are plenty welcoming with colorful blue and green pillows atop the Double bed and a potbelly stove in the corner. In addition to the outdoor hot tub which is set into the deck, guests can also make use of the sauna or explore the surrounding gardens. The hot tub is a major perk, but the main attraction is the awe-inspiring 2,000-year-old redwood.

With no Wi-Fi, this Airbnb is a great choice if your priority is to disconnect from society and reconnect with nature.

Log home in Dillon, Montana

Log home in Dillon, Montana, $123

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In Big Sky Country, this log home is located 10 miles from the town of Dillon, offering a nature retreat in a remote setting. The home is sprawling and rustic with suspended wooden beams and a stone chimney, and the inset hot tub will hit the spot after a day of exploring the trails or fishing for blue-ribbon trout in the Beaverhead River.

The hot tub is indoors and built into the floor of the bathroom, which is a rare design choice that feels all the more luxurious. The interior decor is rustic-chic with wood-paneling in some rooms and log-stacked walls in others. A cowboy motif is everpresent in the decor and wall art. Outside there is a deck with a grill and plenty of firewood is provided for the indoor brick fireplace.

Riverfront cabin in Monroe, Washington

Riverfront Cabin in Monroe, Washington, $138

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With an in-deck hot tub that overlooks the Snoqualmie River, this charm-filled cabin is a romantic retreat. The interior features wood paneling and a huge skylight, allowing for maximum light, and the bed is set against another large window so you can wake up with the woods just across the pillow.

Amenities are simple, but you’ll also have a washer and dryer and a fully-stocked kitchen. The living room is a nice spot to curl up thanks to the wood-burning stove, but you’ll most likely want to spend your time on the deck where you can barbecue and enjoy long soaks in the hot tub with a river view. If it’s warm out, you can head down to the dock on the river for a nice refreshing swim.

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Desert oasis in Washington, Utah

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A 35-minute drive from Zion National Park, this mountain-facing home has stunning views and a well-landscaped backyard with the ultimate pool and hot tub combo. The stone hot tub has a waterfall feature and is attached to the pool, so you can easily do a hot-to-cold plunge.

Inside, the home has a contemporary design scheme with a neutral gray color palette, which continues into the bathrooms decked out with local granite and slate tiling and a custom farm door leading into a large walk-in shower. Other perks include multiple large flatscreen TVs and a stone fireplace. There is also a laundry room and although the kitchen is small, it includes new, stainless steel appliances. 

Mountain retreat in Idaho Springs, Colorado

Mountain retreat in Idaho Springs, Colorado, $280

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This hot tub perched high in the hills belongs to a remote, two-story cabin. You’ll need all-wheel-drive to get up the road and the nearest town is four miles away, so this is a hard-to-reach and hard-to-be-reached kind of retreat. The hot tub is located on the private deck, overlooking acres of forest teeming with wildlife.

The interior of the cabin includes stand-out design features like a beautiful spiral staircase and floor-to-ceiling windows in the master bedroom that capitalize on the mountain view. There’s even a record player hooked up to the house sound system for listening to tunes while you indulge in an outdoor soak. 

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Tree cabin in Waterford, Vermont

Tree cabin in Waterford, Vermont, $164

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Found in Vermont, this cabin has an electrically-heated, 500-gallon cedar hot tub built into the 250-square-foot deck suspended among oak trees. The tree house is a small studio decked out in pine and walnut wood with a Full-sized memory foam bed and a kitchenette that includes a mini-fridge and microwave.

The deck is where you’ll spend most of your time, not only enjoying the views from the hot tub, but also making use of the grill, fire pit, or simply sitting on the swinging bench while enjoying the sounds of the surrounding forest. With two ski resorts located within 30 minutes of the cabin — Burk Ski Resort and Cannon Mountain — this is a great destination for all seasons, whether you want to ski, enjoy fall foliage, or go for a summer hike.

Cozy cabin in Big Indian, New York

Cozy cabin in Big Indian, New York, $304

Book this New York cabin Airbnb with hot tub

Featuring a wood-fired hot tub with stunning views, this Catskills cabin makes for a memorable stay in all seasons. Unlike a traditional electric hot tub, this one takes a little work to get going because you’ll have to light the fire yourself. However, firewood and instructions are provided.

The home is a vintage kit cabin that dates back to the 1960s nestled on five private acres with a sweeping lawn, fire pit, and charcoal grill. The cabin is straight out of a picturebook with bright orange trim, a fireplace, and antique furnishings. Although the interior is small, there is a spacious deck facing the mountain for enjoying the fresh air. Come fall, the view will be especially lovely.

A-frame tiny house in the Poconos

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Book this Poconos Airbnb with hot tub

If you’re looking for an East Coast mountain escape, this aesthetically pleasing A-frame home in the Poconos is an idyllic retreat. 

The interior has an elegant, rustic-chic vibe thanks to industrial design elements mixed with shearling blanket draped over the charcoal sectional sofa and leather armchair. There’s one main bedroom on the ground level, along with a second cozy lofted sleeping nook under the pitched roof. 

Outside, the private hot tub is located on the wooden deck, along with two Adirondack chairs. Just below the deck is a firepit complete with log stools for an alternative way to warm up.

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Secluded cottage in Gary, Indiana

Secluded cottage in Gary, Indiana, $141

Book this Indiana Airbnb with hot tub

Near Indiana Dunes National Park, this home has a six-person hot tub perched at the top of a dune, overlooking the house. The modern home includes sleek design details like leather couches and oversize light fixtures, as well as fun features like a dining table that can be transformed into a poker table. But the backyard is where the listing really shines.

In addition to the hot tub, there is a back porch with a grill, fire pit, and fully furnished dining area. String lights hang around the property to complete the tranquil scene. As an added bonus, this listing is also pet-friendly and fully fenced in if you wanted to bring along your pooch.

 

Outdoor paradise in Duluth, Minnesota

Outdoor oasis in Duluth, Minnesota, $213

Book this Minnesota Airbnb with hot tub

Located ten minutes from Duluth Lakewalk, this Airbnb’s interior is freshly-renovated and features modular living room furniture, a spacious and bright kitchen with bar seating, a cute log bench in the entryway, a small coffee station, and a handy washer and dryer for longer stays.

However, outdoors is where you’ll want to spend most of your time. The fire pit area is equipped with four benches, and the hot tub is just steps from the front door, so if it’s snowing you don’t have to scurry too far. The location is very remote and peaceful and past guests commend the home’s natural scenery.

FAQs

How do I find an Airbnb with a hot tub?

After setting your other search parameters, such as location and dates, you can check a box within amenities for “hot tub” to only bring up listings with hot tubs. However, be aware that doesn’t necessarily mean the hot tub will be private, so read carefully.

Even if you are filtering by “entire place” on Airbnb and only looking at listings for entire homes, that may not mean the hot tub is a private amenity. For example, you could book a condo that you will have all to yourself, but the hot tub might be a shared amenity among other residents. Read the listing in full to ensure the hot tub is completely private or reach out to the hosts to double-check.

Are Airbnbs safe?

If you’re wondering whether Airbnbs are safe right now, experts say that an Airbnb as opposed to a hotel may actually be one of the safest options, especially if booking the entire house so there are no interactions with hosts or other guests. Airbnb also recently implemented new procedures and cleaning policies, which include new protocols all hosts must now follow.  

Additonally, the CDC says people who are fully vaccinated can travel safely within the US.

What if I want a hotel with a private hot tub?

Many hotels have rooms and suites with in-room hot tubs that are completely private. If you prefer a hotel stay to an Airbnb, consider one of these US hotels with in-room hot tubs for a romantic getaway.

 

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The 10 best Airbnbs in Colorado, from a chalet with a sauna near Denver to a cabin with a hot tub in Durango

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  • Colorado is a scenic year-round destination for skiing, hiking, and outdoor activities.
  • Airbnbs across the state are particularly popular, so it’s best to book early.
  • There are currently no travel restrictions to enter Colorado, and experts say it’s safe to stay in an Airbnb.

Colorado offers an ideal year-round nature-filled vacation. The Rocky Mountains make it easy to ski, snowboard, or snowshoe in winter or hike during warmer weather. There’s also gorgeous fall foliage, and plenty of buzzy restaurants and world-class art in cities like Denver.

I’ve been spending much of the pandemic savoring Colorado’s wide-open, natural surroundings and I’m hardly alone. There are no COVID restrictions to visit Colorado and some of the best vacation rentals are being booked months in advance.

If you’re considering a road trip to the Rockies or getting a head start on planning a future trip, it’s never too early to consider your lodging. Here’s where to start.

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

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

A tumbleweed tiny home in Fairplay, $79

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Book this tiny home in Fairplay on Airbnb starting at $79 per night

Designed and built by Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, one of the leading tiny home companies, this all-pine-wood property is located in an RV and cabin site in Fairplay, the mining town made famous by the show South Park. In fact, not far from the rental is an open-air museum dedicated to the show. Breckenridge is also just a 30-minute drive away.

Like most tiny homes, this one is chicly designed to make the most out of its limited size via clever storage spaces and a loft bedroom with a Queen-size bed. There’s also a bench that serves as the unit’s main seating area that can be expanded into a twin bed for additional sleeping space. Heat, air-conditioning, and a decent kitchen with an induction stove are included as is access to community hot tubs (seasonal from Memorial Day to Labor Day).

Off-site, outdoorsy pursuits from hiking to fishing are never too far away. And considering the region’s history as a mining town, visitors can also try their hand at gold-panning.

This tiny home has plenty of open dates over the next few months, until the fall.

A cozy tiny house in Colorado Springs, $82

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Book this house in Colorado Springs on Airbnb starting at $82 per night

Despite its smaller square footage, this thoughtfully decorated tiny carriage house packs in a lot of personality. Located just outside Colorado Springs’ newly blooming downtown core, this is a convenient accommodation choice if you’re looking to experience the region’s natural attractions such as Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak.

The “bedroom” of this studio is actually a sleeper loft accessed by a pipe ladder, which could potentially pose some mobility concerns. The main floor of the unit is nicely furnished with the original carriage-house door from the 1900s, faux fur couch throws, quirky framed artwork, and a midcentury console in the living room. There’s also a fireplace for cozying up during the colder months. The bathroom comes with a tub surrounded by subway tiles and the kitchen is small but has all the necessities, including a mini-fridge stocked with local beers.

The adjacent garden is accessible to guests. There’s also a fire pit, and herbs grown on raised planters are yours for the picking.

This studio has plenty of availability over the next several months beginning at the end of April.

A historic city home in Denver, $114

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Book this home in Denver on Airbnb starting at $114 per night

This playfully decorated one-bedroom carriage house, which dates back to the 1800s, is an ideal home base for exploring Colorado’s booming capital city thanks to its central location. Parks, shops, restaurants, and public transportation are all within walking distance.

Despite its historic bones (there are beautiful exposed bricks throughout), this home has been updated with modern elements, including a dishwasher, air conditioning, Netflix, and heated floors (including in the bathroom). Perks like garden access, a hot tub, and a gym (shared with other homes on the property) elevate the experience.

But it’s the quirky interior decor that truly makes this house special. A repurposed dresser is now the bathroom counter, a license plate collage hints back at the property’s previous life as a garage, and wood-frame windows act as a wall that separates the bedroom from the living room.

This property has scattered availability over the next few months with more dates opening up for spring and beyond.

A midcentury hygge chalet in Grant, $176

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Book this chalet in Grant on Airbnb starting at $176 per night

One of Colorado’s most popular Airbnbs, this 1,400-square-foot, two-bedroom cabin is full of relaxing features for a self-contained vacation. Located in a semi-secluded forested pocket of Grant, a Platte Canyon town about an hour away from both Denver and Breckenridge, this home is as tasteful as it is tranquil.

The A-frame construction in vibrant blue hints at the design-forward interiors. But before you even enter the cabin, you might spot the steam sauna on the deck — one of the cabin’s signature amenities. Inside, there’s a midcentury lean to the decor. Furnishings are minimalist, textured, and have enough rustic touches to match the natural landscape outside. There’s a fireplace, memory foam Queen beds, and walk-in showers.

Outside, in addition to the sauna, seasonal add-ons include a grill and hammocks. Wi-Fi can be spotty given the tucked-away location, but there is a cabinet full of board games to keep guests entertained. Or, just hang out in the back deck, looking at the pretty mountain views.

Because of this rental’s popularity, it’s currently booked until late fall, but travelers who like planning ahead can find plenty for the end of the year.

A ski cabin with a hot tub in Durango, $181

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Book this cabin in Durango on Airbnb starting at $181 per night

In southwest Colorado, near the border of New Mexico, this rustic-chic two-bedroom cabin is conveniently located right next to Purgatory Ski Resort, a 1,500-acre ski destination popular among locals. In fact, the slopes are so close, guests can watch lift chairs swinging just over the deck. Though it’s not quite a ski-in/ski-out property, other active pursuits can be done right at its doors, including hiking, mountain biking, and snowshoeing.

While the cabin technically has two bedrooms, one is a lofted sleeping area. Interiors toe the line between vintage and rustic, with wood snowshoe wall accessories, pendant lights of exposed bulbs tied to thick knots, and lots of wood treated in a variety of finishes. There are also plenty of windows that provide spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. The cabin’s list of amenities also includes an indoor fireplace, a hot tub, and a cedar sauna. 

This cabin has open availability in the coming months.

A modern cabin in Pike National Forest, $232

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Book this cabin in Pike National Forest on Airbnb starting at $232 per night

This newly renovated cabin in Pikes Peak Resort is a marriage of modern luxury and secluded rusticity. The cabin was treated to a recent comprehensive facelift to match the stunning Rocky Mountain views that surround it.

A three-bedroom, two-bathroom hideaway in the middle of Pike National Forest, the cabin is perched along a ridge overlooking a picturesque lake and meadow. The log construction offers up the ultimate in bucolic charm and even the bed frames are constructed with what could be blonde tree trunks and branches. The recent renovation included updating the outdoor deck, the bathrooms, plumbing, and flooring as well as installing a brand-new kitchen and the outdoor hot tub, which is perfect for star-gazing.

Considering the location in a national forest, staying here means quiet and seclusion. But more intrepid thrill seekers won’t have to venture far to find activities like mountain biking, ATV riding, fishing, and snowshoeing.

This cabin has very limited availability in spring, but dates open up starting in June.

A riverside A-frame in Basalt, $241

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Book this riverside cabin in Basalt on Airbnb starting at $241 per night

For a discreet getaway, consider this red-roof A-frame cabin in the quaint town of Basalt, located 20 miles north of Aspen. It’s the epitome of country charm.

This one-bedroom refuge is nestled along the Frying Pan River on Dallenbach Ranch, a 140-acre expanse that is regularly visited by deer, big-horn sheep, and turkey. In addition to the cabin, guests are given access to a mile-long private section of the water, where catch-and-release fly-fishing for trout is permitted.

The accommodations are thoughtful but modest. There is a Queen-size bed, plus a pullout sofa in the living room, making it an ideal choice for a couple or small family. The cabin comes with a fully-equipped kitchen, an outdoor grill, and Direct TV. While cell reception is available, there is no Wi-Fi here.

This property has scattered availability in the next few months.

A four-bedroom cabin in Grand Lake, $248

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Book this cabin in Grand Lake on Airbnb starting at $248 per night

Surrounded by a few different lakes (including Columbine Lake and Grand Lake), this four-bedroom woodsy cabin is especially great for larger groups like multi-generational families or pods of friends. Its location near Rocky Mountain National Park makes it an equally ideal booking for outdoors enthusiasts.

There are four bedrooms with different bed configurations to accommodate as many people as possible. One is set up with three Twin beds, while another has a King bed and a Twin bed. The rental also has plenty of lounging spaces, such as two living rooms and large decks on both the front and back sides of the house. You can move the portable fire pit to either side. Convenient amenities like a washer/dryer and indoor fireplaces make long-term stays possible.

The interior decor provides a homey but global feel. The leather pouf ottoman, the Native American-inspired textile throughout, and patterned rugs are complemented with deer antler wall fixtures and minimalist coffee tables.

It’s important to note, however, that while this property is part of a residential community, on-site features like the clubhouse, the horse pasture, and the gazebo can’t be used by renters.

The cabin has plenty of open dates over the next few months.

A ski-in/ski-out penthouse condo in Breckenridge, $608

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Book this ski condo in Breckenridge on Airbnb starting at $608 per night

As one of the country’s top ski resorts, Breckenridge’s accommodation pool fills up quite often. As far as rental options go, this stylish three-bedroom, two-bathroom condo (big enough to fit up to 10 people) is among the most popular, especially because you can ski in and out of the building.

Just yards away from Breck’s downtown core and Quicksilver SuperChair, the location is the biggest selling point. But within its four walls, there’s still a lot to complement a day on the mountain. Handsome decor includes wooden ski wall fixtures, vibrant area rugs, and lots of wood surfaces to reinforce the chalet inspiration. Both bathrooms have tubs, including a larger soaking tub in the master bathroom. There’s also a fireplace in the living room, and outdoor patios that overlook the Rockies.

Recreational amenities like the gym, outdoor fire pit, as well as a sauna and steam room are shared with the building.

This condo has open availability throughout the year, aside from the month of June. 

A modern glass house in Winter Park, $925

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Book this glass house sanctuary starting at $925 per night

This sprawling, three-bedroom mountain house is a splurge-worthy booking for families or traveling pods. Its location just outside Winter Park’s ski resort means the property is perched over gorgeous views of the trails and boasts easy ski access. For city time, Denver is just 70 miles away.

The striking interiors mean there’s much to enjoy before you even set foot outside. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer round-the-clock visual access to Winter Park’s stunning natural landscapes, not to mention tons of sunlight during the day. The open floor plan is layered with modern furnishings, such as bright, high-end leather couches and top-of-the-line kitchen appliances.

All three bedrooms come with en-suite bathrooms. Plus, the loft area is outfitted with a Queen-size pullout bed, allowing the house for a maximum occupancy of eight guests. Other perks here include outdoor lounges, a hot tub, and grilling equipment.  The host also makes himself available to assist with guests’ needs, from shuttle services to grocery delivery.

This property is available starting in April, well into next year.

FAQ: Can I travel to Colorado right now? Here’s what you should know.

How do I book a vacation rental home in Colorado on Airbnb?
You may search for homes on Airbnb and filter results based on location, price, date, the number of bedrooms or bathrooms, amenities, and more. Once you’ve found a home you want to book, check for cancellation policies, and review your price in full. For more information on how to book on Airbnb, click here.

What is Airbnb’s cancellation policy?
Cancellation policies on Airbnb are different for every home and set by each host. For a full breakdown of Airbnb’s cancellation policies, click here.

Is it safe to stay in an Airbnb home right now?
Experts say that private home rentals on Airbnb are safe, especially when compared to hotels. They eliminate interactions with others, and hosts must follow enhanced cleaning procedures. However, there’s still an inherent risk to traveling and we recommend following CDC guidelines, practicing social distancing, double masking, and washing hands frequently.

Can I travel to Colorado right now?
There are currently no COVID restrictions for travel and entering Colorado, but be sure to read up on the most recent rules and regulations, and pay close attention to any restrictions implemented by the individual county you’re interested in visiting. Additionally, there is still no guarantee when it comes to safety with travel right now. We recommend following CDC guidelines including social distancing, wearing a mask, hand washing, and taking extra precautions when traveling to or from a COVID hot spot.

Is it safe to ski right now?

If you’re wondering if skiing during COVID is safe, we talked to experts about the potential risks. And with proper cautions, skiing and snowboarding can be considered relatively low-risk activities. Additionally, all of the Colorado ski areas have introduced new COVID-related safety precautions in coordination with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, so it’s a good idea to check each resort’s specific policies. You may also check Colorado’s statewide COVID-19 updates for additional details on infection rates, testing sites, and the recently renewed mandatory mask-wearing requirement.

Some common changes for the 2020-2021 ski season include mandatory face coverings, social distancing, advance reservations, cashless transactions, and reduced restaurant seating. Many resorts are also limiting capacity, especially for peak dates, so be sure to check your dates and book early. 

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The 10 best Airbnbs in Key West including a yacht, a cottage with a hot tub, and an oceanfront condo

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Best Airbnbs in Key West - One bedroom condo steps from Duval, $250

  • Key West is one of the most popular US destinations thanks to its laid-back, tropical vibe.
  • Its stunning beaches are family-friendly, but it’s equally great for couples and solo travelers.
  • We rounded up some of the best Airbnbs in Key West, ranging in price from $147 to $447 per night.

As a long-term Florida resident, my family and I love to take the three-hour road trip down from Miami to Key West. It’s one of those places that we find ourselves returning to year after year thanks to its beautiful beaches, historic attractions, and fantastic food.

Some of our favorite beaches are Smathers Beach and Fort Zachary Taylor Beach, which is a National Historic Landmark and home to a Civil War fort.

Key West is only about four miles long and two miles wide, and most of the shopping, dining, and nightlight is situated on Duval street, the main road that runs down the middle of the island, from the Gulf to Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean. Whether you want to be at the heart of the action or opt for a more tranquil beach getaway will largely dictate the best location for your stay.

Regardless of where you’re based, you won’t want to miss dining at Blue Heaven and Santiago’s Bodega in the Bahama Village, and no trip is complete without stopping in for a slice at the Southernmost Key Lime Pie Shop on Duval. Get a dose of culture at The Key West lighthouse and The Key West Museum of Art and History, or do as we do and take your kids to Mallory Square to watch the various street performers and the sunset celebration that takes place every night.

While Key West offers a tropical paradise with no passport necessary, it’s important to remember that there’s still risk involved with traveling during the pandemic. It’s always important to follow guidelines from the CDC, wash your hands, wear a mask, and social distance. Also consider if you’re traveling to or from a hot spot area and take extra precautions if so.

With that in mind, if you do decide to soak up some sun in Key West, Airbnbs can be a safer option for travelers right now because of the added space and limited interactions with others.

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

  1. All listings are for the entire home, per current expert safety recommendations.
  2. All listings have at least a 4.7 rating and excellent recent guest reviews.
  3. We’ve chosen properties that range from $147 to $447 per night, but beware that through the end of March is considered peak season for this area, when prices tend to be at their highest.
  4. While all of the properties listed have some availability as of the time of publishing, keep in mind that because of its popularity, properties in Key West are often booked months in advance, so be sure to plan as far in advance as you can to snag the best spots.
  5. These properties are located close to the beach or within walking distance to popular Key West attractions on Duval Street.

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

Central-based studio one block from Duval, $147

Best Airbnbs in Key West - Central based studio one block from Duval, $147

Book this central studio starting from $147 per night

Located just one block from Duval Street, this studio apartment is an ideal base for a quick getaway. There’s also a private parking spot, which is a serious perk when visiting Key West as parking comes at a premium. 

This first-floor studio is small but well laid, with a Queen-size bed and a separate kitchen and dining area, complete with granite countertops. A large wooden wardrobe easily allows travelers to unpack and settle in. The unit is part of a historic building and though simple in decor, it has all the necessities and even boasts a deck with a small sitting area. Past guests rave about the property’s cleanliness and its proximity to many of Key West’s major attractions. 

Visit the famous Sloppy Joe’s Bar, opened in 1933, or the nearby Key West Butterfly Nature Conservatory. You’ll also find plenty of shopping and restaurants right nearby. 

This spot is popular, but has a few scattered dates open over the next few months.

Oceanfront studio on a private beach, $199

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Book this oceanfront studio starting from $199 per night 

This second floor, oceanfront studio is a rare property in Key West at this price point, which means that bookings fill up quickly. The condo has a King-sized bed and a large balcony that overlooks the Atlantic ocean. As an added bonus, the home also includes access to the pool and hot tub on the property grounds, though these are shared amenities. 

Visitors will get the best of both worlds with the beach and nightlife right at their fingertips, as this condo is just a five-minute walk to Duval street. There’s also a free garage parking spot that comes with a unit. The studio sits on its own stretch of private beach, so guests can go for a swim or lay out on lounge chairs that are provided by the property. 

Inside there’s a collection of wood and wicker furniture and a plush armchair in soft, pastel tones. The bedroom has four plantation shutters that look out to views of the ocean and ample closet space to unpack. There’s also a small fridge and microwave at your disposal, though there isn’t a full kitchen. 

This listing books up well in advance. While there are a few scattered dates open over the next several months, you may want to consider booking a winter trip now. 

Sailing yacht, $224

Best Airbnbs in Key West - Three bedroom sailing yacht, $224

Book this sailing yacht starting from $224 per night 

One of most unique properties in Key West, this spacious yacht is ideal for adventurous travelers. Nicknamed “The Someday Soon”, the yacht features three sleeping areas with a setup that’s especially ideal for families, including a Queen size bed in the aft cabin, a Full-size bed in the midship, and two Twin beds in the forward cabin. 

The yacht is a vintage Mason boat with a mid-century modern interior that includes turquoise accents, carved wood trim, and polished wood floors. The eating area has a comfy breakfast nook and large windows that open up to let in the light. If you want to eat your meals on board, there’s a four-burner gas stove, an oven, and a refrigerator and freezer in addition to a grill on the deck. 

The full-size bathroom has a shower and lots of storage space under the sink. While the vessel is roomy inside, there’s also lots of seating outdoors. The cockpit is furnished with taupe and turquoise cushions and pillows, making it an ideal reading retreat.  

As an added option, the booking comes with a day sail, and the marina can provide a captain at an extra charge. Guests are also welcome to use the marina amenities like the heated pool and the gym. 

This boat has a few open dates in May and June, with more dates opening up starting in July.

Modern townhome right on Duval, $225

Best Airbnbs in Key West - Two bedroom townhome in the heart of Key West, $225

Book this modern townhome starting from $225 per night 

This large townhome puts guests at the heart of the action, thanks to its location right on Duval. Large spaces at this price point are hard to come by in Key West, so this property is a gem for families or larger groups. The inside has been recently renovated with calming neutral tones and standout features include two comfy couches with pops of colorful pillows and a round wooden dining table that seats five.  

There’s a parking spot included, although you probably won’t need your car during your stay since many of the most famous Key West restaurants, like DJ’s Clam Shack, are only feet away. 

The lower level of the townhomes includes an open floor plan with a kitchen, dining room, and full bathroom. Upstairs, the pitched roof makes the bedrooms extra cozy and there’s also a sitting nook. 

This home has some availability in May and June, but fully opens up starting in July.

Cozy cottage with a hot tub, $243

Best Airbnbs in Key West - Cozy cottage with a hot tub, $243

Book this cozy cottage with a hot tub starting from $243 per night 

A great property for families, this large cottage is loaded with rustic charm, from the wood paneling throughout the kitchen to the retro bathroom fixtures. Each bedroom is outfitted with a plus, King-sized bed, and the living room boasts a comfy sofa and side chair along with a dedicated workspace.

The home has a fenced backyard with a beautiful garden area. The outdoor oasis includes a private hot tub, a bamboo enclosed outdoor shower, and a patio dining set that seats four. 

It’s tough to beat the location, just one block from Duval street, and there’s a parking spot included. The cottage is also walking distance to Mallory Square, which is home to the best street entertainers and sunsets in Key West. If you’re a pet owner, you can bring your pooch to this dog-friendly property. 

This popular listing has limited availability over the next few months, but availability is subject to change.

Colorful condo steps from Duval, $250

Best Airbnbs in Key West - One bedroom condo steps from Duval, $250

Book this colorful condo starting from $250 per night 

The huge deck and central location make this condo in downtown Key West a prime choice. Aptly named Bella Vita, or “good life,” the property has a wrap-around porch with white Adirondack chairs for relaxing or some good old-fashioned people watching during downtime.  

The interiors are decorated in bright, cheery colors, including orange and turquoise walls, a red leather sofa, and blue accent pillows. The large master bedroom has a King-sized bed, a desk/vanity space, matching bedside tables, and a sound machine to enjoy a peaceful sleep. and the bathroom has an indulgent frameless glass walk-in shower. The galley-style kitchen includes bar seating at the kitchen counter. 

The ground-floor condo is also close to nearby bike and scooter rentals, so you can cruise around the island in style. 

This home has availability starting in July. It typically books well in advance, so it’s worth planning ahead and booking a late summer or even a fall or winter trip now.

Cheerful condo near Mallory Square, $280

Best Airbnbs in Key West - One bedroom condo near Mallory Square, $280

Book this cheerful condo starting from $280 per night 

With a large, shaded balcony overlooking the nearby cluster of Victorian-style homes and located within a quiet gated community in the Truman Annex, it’s no surprise that this listing gets a near-perfect rating. 

The inside of the condo is painted in bright yellows and blues, creating a sunny vibe that matches its location. The living area is found upstairs and includes plenty of seating options for lounging around, including a contemporary sofa lined with oversized pillows and a velvet armchair.   

The dining area seats up to five, and the kitchen was recently updated with white shaker cabinets and gray stone countertops. There’s a porthole above the kitchen sink that gives it a slight maritime theme, which continues with seascape art and a floor-to-ceiling bookcase filled with model ships and starfish. 

The historic Hemingway house, Maritime Museum, and Truman White House are all close by. The condo is also a short walk to Zachary Taylor Park, one of the top public beaches in Key West. Bike rentals are only a block away, and the condo includes bike storage for guests.

Currently, the owners require a 28-day rental commitment, though that may change in the coming months.  

Tropical Old Town bungalow close to the beach, $304

Tropical Old Town bungalow close to the beach, $304

Book this tropical bungalow starting from $304 per night

Step inside this breezy bungalow located in between Key West’s Art Gallery District and the Historic District, two pedestrian-friendly areas of Key West. 

The interior of the unit is bright and airy, decorated in complementary shades of coral, lime green, and blue. The main living area has an open floor plan and the kitchen has a two-tier island that overlooks the living room. Relax on the cream-colored couch that’s adorned with palm leaf printed pillows under a palm leaf fan to really get into beach mode. 

A matching palm leaf fan is found in the bedroom, which also boasts an elevated deck with a hot tub and high-top dining setup. Back inside, the bathroom has a spacious walk-in shower, and there’s a full-size washer/dryer in the hallway. 

There’s a shared courtyard space with a pool and a grill, and the property is also less than a mile from the beach, so after you settle in, you can make a beeline for the warm waters.

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

Secluded hideaway with a private hot tub, $311

best Airbnbs in Key West - Secluded "mango" hideaway with a private deck, $311

Book this secluded hideaway starting from $311 per night

Tucked away in historic Old Town, this quaint cottage is great for those who want want to be close to the action on Duval Street (only half a block away), and who also value their privacy. 

The space is decorated in a tropical theme with green and turquoise linens and dark wood furniture. The kitchen features new cabinets, granite countertops, and full-sized stainless steel appliances. There’s also a deep brown leather sofa bed in the living room that’s within eyesight of the open-plan bedroom. Both the bedroom and the living room have large French doors that lead out to the deck, creating a relaxing indoor/outdoor setup when fully open. 

The spacious deck is the real selling point of this property, with a four-person jetted hot tub,  rattan patio seating, and a grill for making meals al fresco. The property even includes a large mango tree that has been lovingly preserved by being integrated into the design of the deck. 

There’s also a shared pool about a block away, and the cottage is within walking distance to the famed Cuban Coffee Queen and the free Duval shuttle bus. 

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

Historic Key West suite in Old Town, $447

Best Airbnbs in Key West - Historic Key West suite in Old Town, $447

Book this historic Key West suite in Old Town starting from $447 per night 

Guests staying at this property get to experience a piece of Florida history. This suite is part of a property in Old Town that was built in 1889, and it’s only three blocks from Duval Street. 

Though technically a guesthouse suite, the first-floor accommodation has its own entrance and is entirely private. The kitchen has modern appliances, warm recessed lighting, and a dining area with an expandable table. In the sitting area, there’s a loveseat that can fold out into a bed and a folding screen that can be used to create a private sleeping space.

Outside, there’s an expansive deck and a wicker patio set with a coffee table and an ottoman, ideal for sipping coffee in the morning or cocktails in the afternoon. The grounds of the yellow guesthouse feel like a secret garden, with a brick path winding around the tropical landscaping to a pond. Guests can also access a pool that’s shared with other units. Past guests have described this listing as a “tropical paradise.”

This home still has a few dates open in April and May, with more availability in June and July.

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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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