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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.
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If you like to ski in the winter or enjoy outdoor adventures like hiking and mountain biking in the summer, this tiny house is ideal. The beautiful cabin has a preserved exterior that was built around the turn of the 20th century and enjoys some of the most scenic views on the planet. It’s also located just steps from the free shuttle that leaves every 15 minutes for the world-famous skiing found at Crested Butte Mountain Resort and a short walk to the town’s main drag, where there are multiple restaurants, shops and watering holes. A Small Living award winner, the cabin was recognized for preserving the historic miner’s shack exterior, while housing high-quality interior touches like a fully-equipped kitchen with granite countertops and a Wolf programmable range. At night guests enjoy an especially peaceful night’s sleep by heading downstairs via the unique spiral staircase.
If you want to be close to the outdoor adventures near Boulder yet you want to enjoy its breathtaking wilderness areas along with luxurious touches, this Contemporary Executive Home is a great choice. It’s less than two miles to popular Pearl Street downtown, and enjoys west views of the hills flanking Mount Sanitas, while numerous pine trees dot the property. It sits adjacent to Sanitas hiking trails, a bike path, trail running and the Great Outdoors, and there’s even an outdoor shower for cooling off after a hike, bike ride or run. It hosts an outdoor dining table, lounge furniture and an outdoor grill as well as a built-in hot tub and swim spa. The interior of this eco-friendly home includes deluxe amenities, with features like a leather sofa, king bed, and formaldehyde-free cabinets.
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.
This downtown Boulder penthouse is not only unique, but it costs less than many of the city’s hotels. For around $200 a night, you can stay in this spectacular rooftop retreat that tops a renovated Victorian home, overlooking the iconic Flatiron Mountain Range. It has a private deck for watching sunsets and is just steps away from the famous Pearl Street Mall. Hiking and the Creek Path for pleasant strolls. While it may look small from the outside, it can accommodate up to four guests and comes with all the comforts of home, including a kitchen and two large beds, one king-size and the other queen-size, plus complimentary Wi-Fi. Guests rave about their stays, giving it a 5-star rating.
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.
The Gypsy Love Bus perfectly matches its Nederland mountain setting, just a 40-minute drive from Boulder in the foothills of the Rockies. The town is famous for its “Frozen Dead Guy Days” hosted annually in March, celebrating Grandpa Bredo Morsteol, a Norwegian immigrant whose dead body is still frozen in a Tuff Shed, a wooden box that surrounds his coffin filled with some 1,500 pounds of dry ice. Many enjoy overnights here to take part in activities like hiking, climbing, skiing and boarding, as well as Nederland’s outstanding music scene. The bus itself sleeps two and overlooks Barker Reservoir, within walking distance of downtown. It has a kitchen, Wi-Fi, central heating and air conditioning.
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.
If you’re looking for a fun hippie-style stay at a cheap price in the heart of downtown Leadville, America’s highest elevated city at 10,152 feet in the Rockies, the Happy Hippie Tie-Dye House may be ideal. Built in the 1880s, the Victorian-era home is painted in Rastafarian green, red yellow, and happens to sit right across from Nature’s Spirit Recreational Dispensary and Leadville’s Periodic Brewery. It should go without saying that it’s 420 friendly, and every room even comes with rolling papers, along with tie-dye decor. You don’t have to smoke to enjoy the super welcoming laid-back feel here, which includes a fabulous front porch for people watching, along with a grill and fire pit. You’ll also be just a short walk from restaurants, unique shops and historic attractions, while hiking opportunities abound within just a few minutes’ drive away.
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.
The photos truly don’t do this cabin justice as the host notes – it’s much bigger inside than it looks, and outside you’ll be surrounding by breathtaking views from high above Cripple Creek, which already sits at an elevation of more than 10,000 feet. The peace and tranquility is hard to beat, along with the fresh mountain air and incredible stargazing that can be enjoyed from the wrap-around deck. It has a large well-equipped kitchen, three bedrooms, a Smart TV with Netflix streaming, DVD player and DVDs, games, a commercial popcorn maker, gas Weber grill, washer/dryer and more.
If you’re looking for a city escape this historic carriage house sits in the oldest neighborhood of Denver. It once sheltered horses in the late 19th-century and is jam-packed with character, tucked between Welton Street and trendy RiNo, with its restaurants and craft breweries. Plus, it’s only about a mile from the popular 16th Street Mall. It sleeps up to three in one bedroom and comes with quirky decor and exposed brickwork – it’s even been featured in Architectural Digest online as the state’s most unique and beautiful Airbnb property.
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.