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For such a tiny state, Rhode Island sure does have a lot of fun things to offer for travelers. Here you’ll find quaint downtowns, fun festivals, amazing seafood, and lots of history to learn about. One of the best ways to experience authentic Rhode Island is to stay in a local Airbnb to get to know the towns, neighborhoods, and locals a bit better. With a sampling of areas throughout the state, here are some of the best Airbnb rentals in Rhode Island to choose from.
One of the best cabin rentals in Rhode Island, up to four people can rent this cabin and enjoy being on the Ponagansett Reservoir, which is just 30 minutes from Providence. Swimming and fishing are fun activities to do here, as well as watching the sunsets from the deck and gathering around the fire pit. The host provides you with three kayaks and a rowboat, which are great for catching fish in the lake. Dogs are allowed here, but just let the host know if you’d like to bring your canine companion. The cabin comes with a kitchen, Wi-Fi, beach access, and free parking in a quiet residential neighborhood.
One of the most romantic Airbnbs in the U.S., this adorable tiny home is perfect for two travelers in Rhode Island. It’s a studio cottage with a private bath, laundry machines, TV, and a private deck with lake views. Book this Airbnb for a charming place with lake views, but know that there is no direct access to the lake from here. The hosts offer an electric bike Airbnb experience, which could be a fun bonus activity. The space has a kitchen, Wi-Fi, and TV with standard cable.
Be just steps from the world-famous Matunuck Oyster Bar and on the waterfront when you book this rental cottage on Airbnb. It’s perfect for weekend getaways and a five-minute walk from the East Matunuck State Beach. The cottage has high ceilings and an open floor plan to make it feel larger than the square footage (400 square feet) would suggest. The host also provides two kayaks for guests to use. Guests enjoy the waterfront porch with views of Potters Pond, the stainless-steel appliances in the kitchen, and the smart TVs. Parking passes are available for guests who stay here. This cottage works well for two guests since there is a queen-size bed in the bedroom.
Four people can stay in this Rhode Island cottage that has two bedrooms and one bath. It’s in a rural area that’s close to the University of Rhode Island. About 20 minutes away, you’ll find the beaches, and Newport is 40 minutes from the property. People staying here can easily get to the golf course down the road and the local bike path. The home comes with a full kitchen, laundry machines, and a large backyard. The host lives next door in case you need anything.
Up to three Rhode Island travelers can stay at this apartment that has one bedroom and a ground-level entrance. It’s on one of the main streets in town and a quick walk to the quaint restaurants and shops. Stay here for a dose of seaside charm! You’ll have beach chairs, coffee, and muffins provided by the host. The bedroom has a queen-size bed, while there’s also a full-size pull-out sofa. It’s a family-friendly rental with no charge for kids under age 12. Ferries to Block Island and Martha’s Vineyard are convenient from here.
What’s great about this cottage rental is that you can walk to the beach, restaurants, and ice cream. The sunsets are stunning here for couples, business travelers, and solo adventurers. The host lives next door if you have any questions. With this rental, you’ll have a wrap-around porch for outdoor seating, air conditioning, high-speed internet, and a DVD player. It’s situated at the top of Greenwich Bay and 14 miles from Providence.
This Providence apartment sleeps up to four people in two bedrooms and has one bathroom too. It’s a highly rated Airbnb rental and a stylish spot with lots of natural light. You’ll feel like you’re in an Anthropologie Home catalog here! Local artwork is featured inside the space, and there’s a fenced-in yard with a handmade pavilion for lounging. This is a dog-friendly rental so bring your pups along. Each of the two bedrooms has queen-size beds. Amenities provided include air conditioning, Wi-Fi, TV, a kitchen, and an indoor fireplace.
Here’s an interesting farm stay experience in Rhode Island for two guests. It has a queen-size bed and en-suite bathroom with a farm location between Newport and Narragansett. You’ll be in a guest suite in a historic barn and have access to bikes, beach chairs, and boogie boards. The space is not appropriate for children and does not allow pets. There’s no kitchen but a fridge, freezer, microwave, and coffee pot are available. This barn building is across a large yard from the host’s main house.
This is one of the most unique Rhode Island Airbnb rentals and a highly rated place to stay. Two people can stay on this boat, which is a former Canadian Coast Guard tugboat from 1956. From here, you can walk to downtown and Wickenden Street. The boat has a full kitchen, cozy bedroom, heat, air conditioning, and Wi-Fi. There is no shower here, but you can use the full bathroom at the marina and the composting toilet on the boat. The bedroom has a double-size bed.
In a colorful and plant-filled space, this third-floor walkup is a penthouse apartment for rent on Airbnb. It’s located in Smith Hill and has a private entrance, kitchen, and bathroom. The space is ideal for two or three guests and has a queen-size bed and sofa bed. There’s off-street parking here for one vehicle. The kitchen inside is well-equipped with appliances and cookware. The host provides a snack tray of assorted treats here too. Amenities offered include laundry machines, Wi-Fi, and TV with standard cable.
Another farm stay experience is available with this Airbnb rental for two guests in Rhode Island. It’s in a rural area by a 26-acre lake. The space is two miles off I-95 and the lowest level of a home. The hosts live above this rental apartment. The bedroom here has a queen-size bed, so it’s perfect for a couple. There’s a small kitchen inside, parking is plentiful, and trails on the property lead into the forest. Book this apartment if you love nature and quiet spaces. You can meet the goats living onsite when you stay here too.