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Around the world, there are some very cool, unique Airbnb rentals to be found, offering experiences you probably can’t enjoy at home. If you’re planning a trip to Colorado, consider a stay in one of these standouts.
Some say the Rocky Mountain Treehouse in Carbondale is the coolest Airbnb ever. It offers the chance to turn your dreams of living in a treehoues as a kid into reality. The home sits on 2 acres and is attached to four 100-foot-high spruce trees that serve as foundation support, resting 25 feet off the ground with a tranquil creek running underneath. You’ll take the winding rock staircase to the front door of the massive treehouse which comes with two balconies that provide sweeping panoramic vistas of some of Colorado’s most impressive landscape. There’s also a wood-burning stove, full-size kitchen with granite and copper backsplash, a bathroom with a rock shower, a bedroom sleeping loft with four beds and a campfire area. Plus, it’s just minutes from the main county road, so while you’ll be far enough into the wilderness to forget about your smartphone, you’ll still be close enough to civilization if you need to run out and grab a bottle of wine.
Located just north of Boulder in the tiny town of Lyons tucked within the foothills of the Rockies, the Little Red Treehouse offers a unique stay surrounded by tranquil scenery. Up to two guests can enjoy this wonderfully quiet getaway that happens to be along the road to Rocky Mountain National Park making it ideal for those looking to explore it. It’s also within walking distance of hiking, biking, river tubing, fishing and more. Literally set within the trees it offers huge views and the property includes a picnic area, swing and large lawn for playing Frisbee.
Ever fantasized about having your very own hot spring? You can make it a reality, at least temporarily, at Holloway Cabin. It’s located in Buena Vista, nestled between the Arkansas River and Sawatch Range, the highest range in the Rockies. The restored 19th-century log mining cabin provides a cozy place, complete with a roaring fire, fully-equipped kitchen, cable TV and Wi-Fi, to stay on the property that borders Cottonwood Creek, accessed by a little wooden bridge. The highlight is definitely the infinity pool-style hot spring, inset with rocks. It even comes with LED lighting and Bluetooth speakers for enjoying tunes while you soak in the soothing water and breathe in the fresh mountain air.
Walden is a small mountain town in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness area that offers an ideal retreat for escaping the crowds in Rocky Mountain National Park, complete with dramatic mountain peaks and sparkling blue alpine lakes. It’s also one of the best places in the state for moose watching. Enjoy hiking miles and miles of scenic trails where you’ll have the opportunity to spot one of the over 600 moose that inhabit the area along with elk, bald eagles, black bears, mule deer, beaver, fox and marmots. The off-grid Moose Haven is perfect for the ultimate wilderness stay. While there’s no running water and only minimal electricity, with an outhouse 20 feet from the front door, if you’re looking to escape the rat race, it’s hard to beat.
This fabulous getaway offers an idyllic Rocky Mountain setting just minutes south of downtown. The perfect log cabin in the woods, it’s tucked among a peaceful forested neighborhood in Blue River just minutes from the shuttles and free parking to the ski gondola and bases. Incredibly charming, it comes with plenty of modern amenities, including a well-equipped kitchen, a large deck and grill, a covered space for all your ski and other sports gear and lots more. It sleeps up to eight guests in three bedrooms, with six beds that all come high-quality linens and pillow-top queen mattresses.
This really cool new Tumbleweed Tiny Home is located in the high elevation town of Fairplay a place renowned for its “South Park” TV series. Enjoy a cozy hideaway in the mountains surrounded by opportunities for scenic hikes, fly fishing, gold panning and more while being just 30 minutes from ski slopes. It has a solid pine interior with one bedroom, sleeping up to three in two beds (one in the loft and another downstairs) and a kitchen. During the summer months, there are community hot tubs available for guest use as well.
This Airbnb is a duplex with permanent quiet renters on one side while boasting stunning views in an outstanding location next to Crested Butte and lots of scenic trails. You can bring your four-legged friends as it’s pet-friendly, complete with a private fenced yard. It has two bedrooms with a queen-size bed in each along with a huge deck that overlooks vast open space with a winding river running through. Indoors is a 52″ YouTube Tv, a large electric reclining couch that sits as many as eight, a fully equipped kitchen with stainless steel appliances, a wood-burning stove and washer/dryer. There’s outdoor furniture and an outdoor fire pit too.
Another Cripple Creek gem, this one is ideal for a large family or group of friends, sleeping up to 11 with seven beds. The hosts note that it’s where purple mountain majesties” reside from Katharine Lee Bate’s “America the Beautiful,” and it truly is magnificent. Enjoy jaw-dropping views from the living room and deck just a mile from the trails in Mueller State Park set high atop a hill on the western slope of Pike’s Peak. Lots of luxurious amenities are included, like a spacious walk-out concrete patio and large hot tub/spa, multiple big-screen HDTVx and a small pool table.
This five-bedroom craftsman-style post and beam home is just a short drive from Telluride and Mountain Village in the Mountain Village Ski Ranches. Here you’ll be close to skiing, hiking, biking, and golf. It sits on 1.5 acres and from the porch, you can relax with a breathtaking view of Mount Sneffels. There’s also a patio with a grill and space for outdoor dining and a large lawn area. Inside, floor-to-ceiling windows bring the outside in, while the gas fireplace offers a warm ambiance. The master bedroom is especially luxurious with a gas fireplace that connects to a grand ensuite bathroom with two showerheads and a large tub with views.
Worthy of a magazine cover, this four-bedroom home for up to 10 has a beautiful Scandivanian vibe and an ideal setting. It’s close to skiing at multiple resorts, including Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, and Loveland. You’ll have an outdoor hot tub to soothe those muscles afterward and an outdoor stone fire pit too. Inside, relax with spectacular mountain views, cook up meals in the high-end kitchen, and enjoy many other features like a fireplace, four flat-screen TVs, and a washer/dryer.
The ideal base for enjoying the many attractions in Glenwood Springs, this four-bedroom home accommodates as many as a dozen guests. It sits on a private acre and includes a private hot tub for soaking with a jaw-dropping view of Mount Sopris. There’s a gas fireplace to curl up to with a cup of hot cocoa and all the modern conveniences too, from Wi-Fi and cable TV to a high-end kitchen and laundry facilities.
This 1888 Victorian is just a block off Leadville’s main street yet it enjoys a quiet setting and a hot tub in the backyard, ideal for soaking under the stars. Much bigger than it looks, it includes four bedrooms spread over two levels, sleeping as many as eight guests. It’s filled with period furnishings adding to the historic character, but you’ll have all the modern essentials. There’s a fully stocked kitchen with high-end appliances, a coffeemaker and coffee, Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV with a Blu-Ray player, and even a piano. You could fill a week or more just browsing the extensive library which includes some fantastic rare, vintage books.
Located on the top floor of Peak 9 Inn AKA Liftside, this studio condo offers a fabulous view of the mountains and the ski slope. Up to four guests can enjoy convenient access to skiing, shopping and dining, along with access to the complex’s amenities. That includes a slope-side, indoor-outdoor pool, four hot tubs, a sauna, steam room, and fitness center. A ski locker or space for extra storage is located just outside the unit and inside, you’ll have a full kitchen, cable TV, queen-size bed, and sofa sleeper.
Located on the west side of Buttermilk Mountain, one of the country’s top ski mountains, this one-of-a-kind chalet offers plenty of peace and privacy set on 40 private acres. It’s surrounded by nature, including panoramic views stretching all the way to Mount Sopris. It sleeps up to eight in three bedrooms, all with their own bathrooms. The many windows bring in lots of natural light but there are black-out blinds throughout to ensure a peaceful night’s sleep. Other features include multiple TVs with DVD players and Roku, a large wood-burning fireplace, a high-end kitchen, and access to the greenhouse where you can harvest whatever is growing seasonally.
This cabin is ideal for romance-seeking couples, sleeping up to two. It sits on a 15-acre property that merges with public land providing practically endless views along with opportunities for romantic walks through the wooded area to an enchanting meadow. You can set intentions around the private river stone meditation labyrinth, enjoy soaks in the private two-person tub, and cuddle up on the loveseat swing bench while enjoying a panoramic view of the Collegiate Peaks. Notable features inside include a wood-burning fireplace, a full kitchen with tea, coffee, and other basic supplies, a TV and blue tooth speaker with Internet access, and a washer/dryer.
This seven-bedroom log cabin is ideal for a larger group retreat, accommodating as many as 15 guests. It’s located in Walden, famous for its high concentration of moose, and from the large front windows, you’ll see the Medicine Mountains to the east while the Park Range is to the north and the famous Rabbit Ears Peak lie in the south. From the Elk Bedroom, the huge picture window showcases stunning views to the southwest. The cabin also has a fully equipped kitchen and two dining areas, a sitting area with a pool table, 42″ TV with a Bluetooth-capable DVD player that can be used as a movie theater.