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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
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When you take a trip to Ellijay, you can stay in a geodesic dome with up to five people. This dome house has three beds and one bathroom, and it’s on a seven-acre farm in the forest. Come here to experience the Appalachian foothills with a true glamping experience. There’s a bathtub and outdoor shower here for your comfort. It also has a “cowboy kitchen” with everything you need to cook a meal and enjoy it in the great outdoors. On the property, there’s a Great Pyrenees, goats, and chickens. You can get to Ellijay in about 15 minutes and Carter’s Lake in about five minutes from here.
This is another fun glamping Airbnb experience in Georgia and one that works well for up to two guests in Savannah. It’s about 15 minutes from Savannah’s historic district and a quaint 1960s camper with a private outdoor bath. The camper is located in the host’s spacious courtyard, which is peaceful and just a block from a boat launch with canoes that guests can use for free. Inside the camper, guests will have heat, air conditioning, Wi-Fi, refrigerator, microwave, toilet, and bath. Parking is free, and there’s a fire pit in the communal area you can use.
For a unique place to stay in Athens, Georgia, book a private room in a farmhouse. This Airbnb works well for two guests and has one bed and two shared baths. It’s upstairs in a large farmhouse on the edge of forested land and offers hiking trails through 100 acres of protected land. Stay here to experience a goat farm and be just five miles from downtown Athens. When you stay here, you can use the shared kitchen, front and back porches, laundry machines, and downstairs common room with a piano and wood stove. There are a couple of dogs that live at the farmhouse and another one that lives with the goats.
For your stay on Jekyll Island, consider this houseboat that accommodates up to four guests with two beds and one bath. This is a 1975 boat that’s 57 feet long and offers comfort and spectacular sunsets from the top deck. The boat has a reclining couch, chairs, TV, kitchen appliances, and a screen porch. The boat is docked at the Jekyll Harbor Marina, and guests have access to two bikes and half-price kayak and paddleboard rentals. The marina has a pool and hot tub that are open during warm months. Zachry’s Riverhouse is a restaurant right by the dock where you can dine.
This yurt in Rising Fawn is another very unique place to stay in Georgia in an Airbnb. It accommodates two guests and is a true mountain retreat to get away from it all. This yurt has its own kitchen with a full-size refrigerator, stove, and other appliances to prepare meals. It also features a king-size bed, full bath with shower, heating, cooling, and Wi-Fi. To enjoy the outdoors, there is an outdoor dining area and a neighborhood where wildlife viewing is possible. When you stay here, you’ll be just 30 minutes from Chattanooga and about 20 minutes from popular attractions like Ruby Falls and Rock City.
For your trip to Savannah, you can stay in Morgan and Bethy’s vintage bus and go back in time to 1961. This is a 28-foot camper in a quiet Wilmington Island neighborhood. From here, you can walk to stores, restaurants, and nightlife. It’s also only about 15 minutes to downtown Savannah and Tybee beach from here. Inside the RV, you’ll find a mini-fridge, kitchen, and bathroom with sink, shower, and toilet. Snacks and a selection of coffee and tea are provided for guests. This Airbnb is kid-friendly but not pet-friendly.
For a farm stay experience in Georgia, consider this Airbnb in Rutledge. This Airbnb hosts up to six guests in two bedrooms and one bath. It’s in a unique house on a 120-acre farm. There are no shared indoor spaces, so you’ll have privacy here. Features inside for guests include a large living room, sleeping loft, large bathroom with claw foot tub, fully equipped kitchenette, and front porch. The back breezeway and yard are shared with a separate cottage, and free parking is available onsite.
It’s fun to stay in this tiny house in Atlanta, which has designer features and two bedrooms and one bath. It’s located in a fenced-in backyard and near Krog Street Market, Ponce City Market, and the Beltline trail. The tiny house is charming and separated into a first-floor bedroom and upstairs loft. It has a full kitchen and bathroom, washer and dryer, high-speed Wi-Fi, and other modern amenities. Guests also appreciate the private entrance and parking spots at the end of the driveway.
This is a great couple’s retreat getaway in Jasper, Georgia. It is a cabin you’ll have all to yourself and in the upscale Big Canoe community about an hour north of Atlanta. It overlooks Lake Petit and has stunning mountain and lake views. Enjoy the fully equipped kitchen, king-size bed, and an additional twin bed in the sleeper loveseat if you want to bring a child. The outdoor space features an outdoor dining table, lounge chairs, grill, and hot tub. Things to do nearby include hiking trails, a beach, golf courses, tennis courts, and indoor and outdoor pools. Amicalola Falls is only about 15 minutes away from here.
For a boat experience in Savannah, this Airbnb is a great choice. This boat can sleep up to four guests in three beds and two baths. This boat is minutes from downtown Savannah and Tybee Beach and has a kitchen, salon with fireplace, queen beds in the master stateroom, and twin beds in the guest stateroom. You’ll have access to the whole boat when you stay here. The boat stays tied to the dock during your stay in the marina.
The Blue Ridge area of Georgia is perfect for staying the weekend in a cabin, and you can do just that in this highly-rated Airbnb. This is an ideal spot for two guests and right on the river. You’ll have access to a shared pool and hot tub when you stay here, as well as walking trails. It’s three miles from downtown Blue Ridge and has two full baths. There’s an indoor and outdoor kitchen provided. Pets may be individually approved for a fee of $25 per night. There are some steps leading up to the cabin and the loft area, so this property is best for guests who don’t have mobility issues.
This yellow door carriage house is popular on Airbnb and works well for up to three guests with two beds and one bath. It has an open floor plan, high-end finishes, and spa-like bathroom. The house is located on Talahi Island, which is about halfway between and seven miles away each from downtown Savannah and Tybee. The island is quiet and safe, and the house is situated in the back lot where the host’s home is. It’s easy to bike around the island and enjoy time in the large backyard. There is plenty of parking in this Airbnb property, which has been completely renovated. Inside the space, you’ll find a utility kitchen with basic conveniences and condiments, a full-size bed, and a sleeper sofa for a possible third person. Guests enjoy the non-heated pool and hot tub onsite. Dogs up to 25 pounds may be allowed, but the host has strict dog restrictions with regard to breeds, shedding, and behavior.