If you’re tired of staying in the same old boring hotel room trip after trip, it’s time to shake things up a little and try out an AirBnB. Long gone are the days of having to stay in a boring, standard motel room when you travel. If you’ve never used the site before, AirBnB offers you the opportunity to live like a local, no matter what city or state you’re visiting. You can stay in someone’s home and experience what everyday life is like there, whether it’s on a farm in the country or a high-rise condo in the middle of the city. Want to know what it feels like to live in the heart of the city? Done. Want to experience life in the middle of nature? No problem. With the wide variety of apartments, condos, houses and other unique types of dwellings available, there is a perfect home for you to stay at, no matter what you’re looking for.
You’ll find some of the best and most unique AirBnB’s in the beautiful state of North Carolina. From bedrooms nestled in the treetops to converted shipping container homes, you’ll definitely want to add these unique stays to your travel bucket list. But don’t take our word for it. Check out some of these unique North Carolina Airbnbs for yourself and see what all the fuss is about.
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Tiny House in the Trees, Durham
If you enjoy watching all the tiny house shows on TV, here’s your chance to experience what it’s like to live in one. And it’s not just any tiny house… it’s a tiny house in the trees. Located in the backyard of its owners, this little treasure offers everything you could need in only 120 square feet. It’s obviously geared toward those who like to keep things simple and sweet, as well as enjoy having nature all around them. When you arrive, you’ll be greeted by a bright and welcoming exterior, while inside, you’ll find a quaint sitting area, a small but well-stocked kitchen with a propane stovetop and complimentary tea and coffee, a small collapsible table for eating and working, a bathroom with a shower, and two sleeping lofts including one oversized loft with a queen size memory foam mattress.
Snow's Nest - Kill Devil Hills
Located in the beautiful Outer Banks of North Carolina, the Snow’s Nest is a beach house with a view – the best view, in fact, in the whole area. The home’s claim-to-fame is the three-story deck with the highest “crow’s nest” in the Outer Banks perched on top. From there, you’ll see breathtaking views of the whole island. Inside, you’ll find room for 8 adults, casual beachy décor and plenty of amenities including a large flatscreen TV with DVDs and a Playstation game console complete with rechargeable batteries and Guitar Hero controllers, a fully-stocked kitchen and a full-size washer and dryer. There’s also plenty of room for hanging out outdoors with a charcoal grill, ping pong table, hammock and outdoor shower.
Modern Beach Container Home, Carolina Beach
This home was recently featured in the New York Times and with one visit, you’ll see why. From the very moment you arrive at the home, you are struck by its uniqueness. Built out of an old shipping container, it is now transformed into a sleek and modern living space for guests. You won’t find a lot of frills here – just sleek lines and modern décor, as well as amenities like a large subway-tiled walk-in shower, Casper mattresses, organic linens, mahogany hardwood floors and a beautiful teak outdoor shower. Plus, with a beach access located just at the end of the street, it’s convenient yet still private and comfortable.
Outrageous Cabin in the Woods, Winston-Salem
This 3,400 square foot cabin is anything but ordinary. As the brainchild of an interior designer and want-to-be architect, you’ll find creativity in every detail of the home. In fact, your senses might not know which way to look first with all of the bright colors, unique artwork and eclectic furnishings. There’s a large open living space with a seating area, dining area and kitchen, plus a separate dining room and game room area with a pool table. There are also three bedrooms – two on the main level and one upstairs, as well as three large full baths. The most amazing part of this house however, is the massive outdoor living space located above the double garage, where you’ll find plenty of quaint seating areas, a hammock, dining area and an outdoor kitchen – all surrounded by the beauty of nature.
If the name of this AirBnB looks like something you’d see on a sign in IKEA, you’re right. Because the word loosely translates to “black cube” in Swedish. But even though this converted 2-car garage isn’t exactly a cube, it is black and you will find simplistic and modern styling inside. You’ll find everything you need inside including a small living room, double bed, a small kitchen, a second bed in the loft and a full bath. As well as unique features like a retro Nintendo gaming system and a sliding garage door that can be opened to let some of the outdoors in.
Relaxing Bedroom in the Trees, Weaverville
Nature lovers will definitely want to check out the Relaxing Bedroom in the Trees in Weaverville where your treehouse-loving inner child can come out to play. Although the space itself is small, it is packed with character and is surrounded by amazing natural amenities. The open-air cabin features a luxurious bed, large windows and mountain views. Just a short walk away, you’ll find a composting toilet, sink and outdoor shower, as well as a fire pit with complimentary firewood. Although there is no kitchen, the space is only 5 minutes away from Weaverville and 10 minutes away from downtown Asheville, where you’ll find plenty of unique restaurants and shops to explore.
Modern Beach Container Home, Carolina Beach
This set of two shipping container homes, located in Carolina Beach outside of Wilmington has been featured in the New York Times, Apartment Therapy and Coastal Living. You’ll be amazed at how these large, metal containers have been transformed into cozy, modern living spaces, complete with luxurious mattresses, organic bed linens, mahogany hardwood floors, spacious bathrooms and teak outdoor showers. Although the two homes are located on adjoining lots, there is still plenty of privacy between the two, so you can rent them together for large groups or rent them individually.
WalkerWorld Organic Artist Retreat, Castle Hayne
The WalkerWorld Organic Artist Retreat, located in Castle Hayne is like something straight out of a storybook. In addition to lots of natural elements, hardwood floors, large windows, tons of natural light and bright colors, you’ll also find artwork everywhere you look and the cabin’s most unique feature – a 60-foot rowing scull that hangs upside down from the ceiling in the main salon. The ten-acre property is also home to another guest house, a “garagemahal” and an organic garden. If you’re feeling creative, try your hand on the concert grand piano or for some outdoor fun, take a dip in the water or play a game of outdoor billiards!
Private Sailboat, Ocracoke Island
For something totally different, why not stay on a private sailboat in the beautiful Silver Lake Harbor? The boat is anchored, not parked at a dock, so you will have a private and secluded stay, but the shore is just a short dinghy ride away. Onboard, you’ll find everything you need including a double bed, small kitchen set-up with a sink, dual burner stove and a small icebox, as well as a small bathroom with a toilet and solar shower. Spend your days relaxing in the hammock on deck and your nights being gently rocked to sleep by the water.
Pilot Mountain Vineyards, Pinnacle
Wine lovers, your dream has come true. You can stay right in the middle of a vineyard with this AirBnB in Pinnacle. The 31-acre rolling vineyard estate includes a main house with two bedrooms available for rent – both with king size beds, sitting areas and private bathrooms. The Chardonnay Suite also includes a kitchenette, while the Merlot Suite provides over 1,400 square feet of privacy. From the dining room, living room and back deck, you can enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding vineyards or check them out up-close by taking a leisurely stroll through the rows of grapevines. There’s also a large pool for swimming and nearby Pilot Mountain State Park offers great opportunities for hiking.