Georgia is a state of big cities, small towns, lots of history, and plenty of beautiful landscapes. Like most other places in the U.S., you can find hotels and motels conveniently scattered across pretty much every town. But today’s sharing economy has given us even more opportunities to experience the best of Georgia through the eyes of a local.
For your next weekend getaway or weeklong vacation, consider staying in one of these unique Airbnbs to shake up your routine and try something
Secluded Intown Treehouse, Atlanta
This treehouse has consistently been one of the highest rated Airbnb properties in the entire country. It can accommodate two guests and is centrally located in Intown Atlanta. It’s an urban retreat like you’ve never seen before and has been featured on Treehouse Masters’ “Ultimate Treehouses.” There are three separate rooms connected by rope bridges, which are a living room, bedroom, and deck. The bathroom is in the basement of the owners’ private home and a 30-second walk away. Their neighborhood is quiet, but you will see other residences from the treehouses and may hear a combination of traffic noise and birds chirping. Children under 16 and pets are not allowed in this treehouse.
Laura’s Cottage, Redford Film Spot, Savannah
The city of Savannah is full of history, and one of the best ways to experience it is by staying in an authentic historic home. This is an 18th century cottage near Columbia Square that is comfortable and private. You’ll be very close to museums, shops, restaurants, and the river here. The cottage was used to film the Robert Redford movie, “The Conspirator,” and is always a hit on local ghost tours. It’s easy to walk everywhere around town when you stay here, but pets are not allowed.
“Thyme after Thyme” House-Bus at Orange Twin, Athens
By now, you’ve probably seen a few articles and videos about adventurous souls renovating the inside of old school buses to live out their nomadic dreams. When you visit Athens, you can experience what it’s like to stay in one of these buses without doing any of the hard work! This house bus has one bed and is great for two guests. It has solar lights, a full-size bed, desk, chairs, and air conditioning. Guests are welcome to come into the main farmhouse next door to use the showers, Wi-Fi, and common areas. On and around the property, you’ll find goats, 155 acres of nature trails, and even a hot tub. The owners are friendly and often spend their time hanging out on their porch and even having potlucks with guests. Their property is about five miles from downtown, and it’s a quiet spot with a country vibe. Pets are not allowed in the house bus.
Victorian Mansion on Huntingdon, Savannah
Perhaps you can’t afford to live in a mansion, but you can stay in a historic one in Savannah by simply booking on Airbnb. This entire mansion is for rent and has four bedrooms to accommodate up to eight guests. There are three stories of history and memories here, as well as three full bathrooms and two half bathrooms. It was restored from an 1865 residence for guests to enjoy, while retaining many of the original architectural and design elements. This is a favorite spot for girls’ weekend getaways and large family groups.
Rustic Country Cabin in the Woods, Hamilton
Nothing says “getting back to basics” quite like a rustic cabin in the woods. This cabin has three beds and can accommodate up to four guests. The family here built it using wood from the property, and it measures about 750 square feet. Inside you’ll find a full kitchen, running well water, wood burning stove, air conditioning, and a full bath. This is a very secluded and private place to stay with minimal host interaction. The cabin is in the middle of 850 acres of land, but it’s also not too far away from Callaway Gardens and FDR State Park. Pets are welcome here when you seek out the cabin for a little rest and relaxation.
Cute & Quirky Tybee Beach Bungalow, Tybee Island
Many people forget that Georgia has some amazing beach areas, and one of the best places to visit here if you love sun and sand is Tybee Island. This beach bungalow is an entire home for rent with one bed, one bedroom, and suitable for two guests. It also has a large covered patio, gas grill, fully-equipped kitchen, TV/DVD player, and large closet. You’ll only be a short walk away from the beach, restaurant, and pubs when you stay here, although the North Beach neighborhood itself is pretty quiet. The bustling Tybrisa Street is the “main drag” in town and about a mile away. When on Tybee Island, it’s easy to stay busy and entertained with dolphin tours, jet ski rentals, bike paths, Jaycee Park, and the marine center. Pets are not allowed in the bungalow.
Atlanta Alpaca Treehouse in the Bamboo Forest,
This is another great treehouse to stay at in Atlanta, and it was also featured in Treehouse Masters’ “Ultimate Treehouses” with Pete Nelson. Other TV shows and music videos have been filmed here too! This treehouse sleeps four people and can even accommodate intimate weddings. It was built with reclaimed and historic materials, and the bathroom is a short walk down a path through the bamboo forest. As the name suggests, there are a couple adorable alpacas on the property, as well as a llama, chickens, and ducks. This is an urban working farm in East Atlanta, but the property is not suitable for kids or pets.
Art House & Garden Near Downtown, Athens
As a college town, Athens, Georgia has an artsy vibe, which makes this a great place to stay when you’re in town. This Art House is creative, cozy, and in walking distance of the UGA campus, and downtown. Inside the rentable room of this home, you’ll find eclectic artwork and modern amenities like a mini fridge, private bathroom, and desk. The owner has lived here for a long time and is glad to provide a local perspective and share about her worldly travels. There are two cats living onsite, and you are welcome to bring your own pets with advance notice as well. The neighborhood is walkable and bikeable, and guests can have access to the rest of the home, kitchen, and garden too if they like.
Gilreath Old Farmhouse, Suches
Georgia has many historic properties, and you can stay on one of them when you visit Suches. This farmhouse has two bedrooms and can sleep up to eight guests. There are three full-size beds, four twin beds, and a trundle bed inside. There’s also a modern bathhouse on the premises with toilets and showers. It’s been renovated from am 1890 farmhouse and now has a refrigerator, antique electric stove, wood burning stove, microwave, and coffee pot. Don’t expect high-end luxury, but rather come here to get back to a simpler time and place. You’ll find antiques all around and enjoy mountain views from the deck. This is also a good place to stay if you enjoy fishing because the best trout fishing in the state is just six miles away. Hiking trails and kayak rentals can be found nearby too. Towels and sheets are provided, but hygiene products are not. Your pets can join you here for a $25 per pet cleaning fee.
Modern Treehouse in the Mountain House Compound
Many people think of treehouses as being rustic and basic, but some treehouse Airbnb accommodations are surprisingly modern. The one in Rabun Gap is a good example of this, and it has one bedroom to accommodate two guests. Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects designed this modern treehouse, which has a galley kitchen, bath with open shower, elevated private terrace, and cantilevered glass bedroom that totally immerses you in nature. On the 21-acre property, you’ll have access to the ponds, nature path, and three creeks. In Rabun County, you’ll find many national forests and state parks, including highlights like Tallulah Gorge and Rabun Bald nearby. You can also spend your time visiting farm-to-table restaurants and vineyards in the area. The owners also have a Pond House available for rent on Airbnb.