Portland is a top destination in Oregon, considered a gateway to famous destinations like the Columbia River Gorge. The city is a unique blend of the new age food scene, art, outdoor preservation, explorations and thrilling adventures. Exuding a quirky personality, it’s no wonder Portland is one of America’s favorite cities. Staying at an Airbnb can often be more affordable and enriching, and this city certainly has its share of fun things to do. These are the best Airbnbs when staying in Portland, Oregon.
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Fun Floating House
Also known as the Flamingo House, this floating dream-home sits right on the river and gives guests direct access to paddle boarding, kayaking and other water activities. Downtown Portland is only a few minutes drive away, and the serene location makes it completely worth it! Enjoy the eccentric pastel colors and modern bright white interior with massive windows for viewing the river. Most importantly, take advantage of your snug outdoor deck while sipping locally roasted coffee.
Private Handcrafted Cottage
It’s easy to see why this craftsman mini cottage has been featured in magazines with its reclaimed wood, Douglas Fir countertops and Edison lighting that give it that Portland feel. You’ll even have your own private driveway despite being on the host’s property, and the amenities are endless. Everything you need for a snuggly stay, from your own mini modern kitchen to outdoor bistro seating, is at your fingertips.
It would probably go against some kind of law to not explore the idea of staying in a tiny home in Portland. With rustic woods, and a bed on the first level and in the loft, this could be the one. While made of all-natural materials, the nook still features internet, a kitchen, shower and flushing toilet—hallelujah! All the water is filtered, and the home is a non-toxic environment thanks to chemical-free construction. Oh, and you can bring your pup if they are obedient.
We couldn’t resist adding another tiny home, known as The S’more—the name really sells it. Rich wood floors meld with white walls creating that graham cracker, chocolate marshmallow combination. And wouldn’t you believe it that the biggest hammock/net lounge hangs on the ceiling for lounging? As an added bonus, you can see out the windows from this elevated vantage point.
Cozy Mud Hut
You had us at “cozy mud hut”—the quirkier the better in eccentric Portland. Set in a backyard garden, the intricately crafted space is totally storybook worthy and overlooks the river and St. Johns bridge. Located in the most northern neighborhood of the city, you’ll find people here with deep roots and pride for their community. A complex offering of different cuisines will delight foodies, if you want to leave your electricity free escape at all. (Note that power accommodations can be made). The keeper is happy to prepare meals from the garden, as well as provide their own fresh-brewed beer.
Eco Tiny Cabin
The Mississippi/Williams neighborhood is walkable, great for zooming around on a bike rental and of course chock full of amazing eats and craft beer. This tiny 220 square foot cabin was designed with the environment in mind, and even the sustainable wood floors were locally harvested, which is so “Portland”. Outside is a Certified Backyard Habitat, a Portland initiative that has helped surround the eco-cabin with native berries, fruits, birds and other animals.
Eclectic and funkily artistic, Magic Barn is a transformed sculpture studio adjacent from the main home known as The Magic House. Appropriately adorned with unusual lawn decor, inside the barn has been restored with reclaimed barn wood, and it’s, well, magic. Artists brought the place back to life and infused it with meaningful work that one can’t help but appreciate. The super cozy cottage dwells in the art-driven Portland neighborhood of Division, which is laden with coffee cafes, eateries and boutique shops.
Earthen Cob Cottage
Mystical elves carefully crafted the Earthen Cobb Cottage from water, sand, straw, and clay, adding swirls, twirls and a wooden Dutch door—okay, its all true minus the elves part. Despite the skylight lit hut’s “within the magical woods” appearance, it dwells in the heart of an older Portland neighborhood. The bathroom and kitchen are steps away in the main home, and some of the locally run restaurants that characterize the city are two blocks away.
Saul Zaik Treehouse!
Saul Zaik Treehouse is all about height and views, as the towering structure already peers toward famed surrounding mountains, and a one-mile hike will take you to the highest spot in Portland. On a wooded hill sits the sky-high home with floor to ceiling windows. Condé Nast Traveler says “This is Officially the Coolest Treehouse in the World”—so yeah, we’re intrigued. While Portland is a few miles away, wildlife is abundant as the treehouse nearly is within a nature preserve brimming with wild birds that will fly right by your window. How’s that for an elevated experience?