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Looking for a unique Airbnb stay? No matter which state you travel to, you’ve got some great options. From castles and houseboats to treehouses, caves and igloos, you might want to create a bucket list and sample them all.
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If you want to be immersed in Alabama’s natural beauty, surrounded by forest with access to private waterfalls and idyllic swimming holes, the Glass Treehouse, which sleeps up to five guests in three bedrooms, may be your ideal Airbnb. Hand-built, it includes what your friendly host notes as “a provocative art collection, centuries of antiques and eclectic collection of recorded music.”
If your goal is to view the Northern Lights, the Aurora igloos boast the only clear-roofed igloos in the entire state of Alaska. The wrap-around, clear ceiling provides unsurpassed views of the surrounding winter wonderland and the aurora borealis. You’ll have your own private bath, kitchenette and access to a yurt that provides breakfast, lunch and dinner along with a wide range of activities.
Truly one of the coolest and most unique Airbnbs out there, you’ll sleep in a cave, hidden in the wilderness on a private property in Sedona, located right above a creek. Used by Native Americans as their home centuries ago, fall asleep to the sounds of the water, and enjoy splashing around in it, cooling off during the day. There’s a paddleboard and a fire pit for guest use too.
Escape the modern world, traveling down a dirt road into a remote valley in the Ozarks to this Airbnb located on a 200-acre bison farm. The ultimate in seclusion, you’ll be surrounded by bison, as well as an abundant number of turkey and deer. Stargazing is incredible, and the nightly rates include both breakfast and a bison tour.
This magnificent historic estate spread across five acres is said to be the former home of legendary magician Harry Houdini. It’s just minutes from Beverly Hills and Sunset Strip and includes its own hiking trails with ocean views, a rock waterfall, pond, heated pool and Jacuzzi, terraced gardens, outdoor fireplaces and more. It sleeps up to 12 with four large bedrooms with a master suite that includes a whirlpool tub and a carved stone mantelpiece.
Enjoy a unique, budget-friendly and cozy stay for two in the Denver Streetcar Trolley Guest House. It includes the original design features, a gas fireplace, and a private outdoor patio that overlooks a seasonal creek, set on a property with farm animals. Cool, funky, and, goats! What more can you ask for? And, you’ll be within easy reach of downtown Denver too.
You’ll feel as if you’ve crossed the Atlantic to England with a stay in the Windy Top Cottage. Set within a 1932 stone building constructed by a wealthy Hartford businessman. It was the quarters for his domestic staff while the family was in North Granby and includes a mix of historic character with modern amenities. The “pumpkin pine” floors were newly sanded, and it contains the original 1930s bath fixtures, as well as a huge stone fireplace with propane, fired gas logs. There is no kitchen, but a small coffee service area includes a 1935 Fridgidaire refrigerator filled with cold drinks and there are several electric appliances for limited cooking. Enjoy the firepit for making S’mores and a relaxing covered outdoor patio with solar twinkle lights too.
This custom-built tiny house is nestled in an organic garden and farm less than five miles from Bethany Beach. A converted potting shed, it sleeps up to three in one bedroom, with narrow stairs leading to a lofted bed with a Tuft & Needle mattress. The kitchen is fully equipped for making your own meals, including a coffee pot and a microwave, and you’ll also have a sofa and TV. Enjoy relaxing on the private deck and being just steps from the property’s own cafe where you can enjoy wine along with light bites like salads and sandwiches. Farm-to-Table breakfasts, lunches, and dinners are served in the restaurant daily.
There may be no better way to complement your visit to the Harry Potter theme park at Universal Studios Orlando, than with a stay at this Harry Potter-themed home. The Magical Manor accommodates up to 13 guests and is just a 20-minute drive away, complete with themed bedrooms that correspond to your favorite Hogwarts House. It includes a common room with a big-screen TV with Netflix and Nintendo Switch with popular games like The Legend of Zelda, a fully equipped kitchen and dining hall, laundry facilities, a patio with a grill, and a swimming pool.
Located on five acres shared with a menagerie of animals that include a retired party pony, turkeys, ducks, chickens and goats, a stay at this treehouse Airbnb means you’ll be able to hike into the forest right from your front door. The rough-hewn wood cabin has one bedroom and lots of character, including a beautiful stained glass window above the bed. In the main house, a complimentary breakfast is served, including fruit, fresh eggs from the barn and local sausage.
The Bamboo Temple allows guests to immerse themselves in the nature of Maui, with the one-bedroom place built in the shape of a nautilus located near the ocean. Large windows showcase the stunning Hana coast and the sea. There’s an outdoor shower, a four-poster bamboo bed, a private kitchen and bathroom, while hiking trails lead to waterfall lagoons for romantic dips.
Possibly one of the most bizarre Airbnbs out there, Idaho is famous for its potatoes, and here you can stay inside a giant one that was transformed into a getaway for two. Recycled from the Idaho Potato Commission’s Big Idaho Potato Tour after traveling the country for seven years, it sits just south of downtown Boise and includes a custom-built bed, power outlets, a mini-fridge and old records that you can play.
A converted grain bin, The Has Bin offers a unique and tranquil getaway with an upper deck that’s ideal for watching the trains go by. It includes lots of special touches like scented soaps on the claw-foot tub and firewood for the fire pit. The bed is extra comfy and you’ll even get a delicious hot breakfast delivered to your door. Wi-Fi, cable television and many other amenities are included as well.
This barn/carriage house may be the coolest barn we’ve ever seen. You’ll stay on the second floor of an antique horse barn that’s home to horses, a dozen chickens, three ducks and what the hosts say is a “mischievous cat named Tiger.” There are 12,000 acres of trails for hiking and horseback riding, woods, meadows and ponds right behind you. It has two bedrooms, sleeping up to five and comes complete with Wi-Fi and satellite TV.
This quirky Airbnb is a beautifully restored silo just outside Decorah that comes complete with a host that will give you a ride through town in a horse-drawn carriage. It accommodates two with a rustic bed and bath while providing access to a 60-foot wrap-around deck on the barn and a grill for cooking out. During the summer, the Upper Iowa River is nearby, popular for floats, and if you bring your bike you can ride the 11-mile trail too. Afterward, enjoy a pint at one of the award-winning local breweries.
Enjoy getting back to nature in this private, secluded treehouse that sits on the site of an old priest retreat overlooking a creek. Guests have access to the 32-acre property that includes more than two miles of walking trails. Inside you’ll have large picture windows for enjoying the scenery and plenty of natural light. There’s a mini-kitchen with a countertop oven, mini-fridge, two-burner cooktop, microwave, tableware and cookware. It includes a loft bedroom with a queen bed, accessed by steep stairs, an indoor toilet and an outdoor shower on the screened-in deck. In the backyard, there’s an outdoor gas grill and open fire pit with firewood provided.
If you’ve ever wanted to find out what it’s like to run a dairy farm, this is your chance. A one-bedroom Airbnb accommodating up to four, it provides a unique farmstead experience in a newly constructed barn that sits on a 500-acre dairy farm. It’s home to Kenny’s Cheese, which makes its farmstead cheese right here, allowing guests to experience all the action in a new apartment that sits right above the barn. You’ll get to meet the dairy cows and possibly baby calves in addition to sampling the farm’s cheese which will be provided in your refrigerator. Complimentary locally made bars of soap are included along with all the usual comforts of home.
Located a little over an hour south of Shreveport in Natchitoches, Bird’s Nest on the Cane offers lots of privacy along the shores of a lake. The ideal cabin retreat if you want to be close to the town’s amenities in a peaceful spot, it has a wrap-around porch with a rocking chair for relaxing with a beautiful view of Cane River Lake. Bring your own boat to take out on the water, or use the host’s paddleboat. You can fish right from the yard too. The cabin itself swleeps up to five in one bedroom with three beds, and has a fully stocked kitchen, including keurig and standard coffeemaker with a mini coffee bar. It also includes games, a TV with a DVD player along with a small DVD and book collection.
This charming house in Southern Maine, less than 20 miles northwest of Portland, is tucked in the woods on 17-acre Ten Apple Farm. Guests can help out, collecting eggs and learning how to milk, and are also welcome to the farm’s fresh eggs, cheese and goat milk. The highlight for many are the animal encounters which include chickens, pigs, sheep and goats. Ten Apple is especially famous for its goat hikes, which can be arranged too. The house has a well-equipped kitchen and comfortably sleeps six in three bedrooms.
The Maryland Royal Blue Caboose is the real deal. A restored original, consider this more of a glamping/RV type of experience that sleeps up to three, albeit one that comes complete with an original caboose toilet head. It also has a very small shower with a bay window view of the Washington Main line & Annapolis Junction MARC station across the street. Instruments decorate the walls, including a guitar, banjo, mandolin and fiddle, which guests are welcome to play.
This lighthouse Airbnb offers a very unique and historic stay along with a 360-degree ocean view. A former US Coast Guard Lighthouse it was fully renovated with the light tower still standing, attached by a breezeway to a 3-bedroom lightkeepers home. As the hosts note, you’ll be able to climb the mahogany spiral staircase and view the Atlantic from the lantern room as well as learn about the history of the lighthouse and explore the rocky shores around the tip of Wings Neck Point. It has a fireplace that opens to a large eat-in kitchen, cable TV and a DVD player, beach toys and more.
The ideal place to disconnect from the outside world surrounded by tranquil serenity, The Love Shack overlooks Lake Superior and has glass walls for spectacular views while providing total privacy. There’s no electricity, but there is heat, gas lights and a Finnish-built sauna. You can also cook up meals on the fire pit with a grill and dutch oven but you’ll need to bring your own ice, drinking water, food and a flashlight.
Built in 1883, the Manor Master Chamber was once named St. Paul’s most mysterious house and today it makes for an especially unique Airbnb stay, even better around Halloween. Beautiful yet eerie, you’ll get a private bedroom that accommodates up to four. It’s also available for events like photo/video shoots, paranormal investigations, rituals, pajama parties or murder mystery dinners, and comes with a friendly doberman named Scorch. Throughout the home you’ll find all sorts of antiques and oddities – your host will be happy to fill you in on its history too.
This unique tiny house will make you feel as if you’ve gone back in time, the perfect spot to enjoy a slower pace of life on a 40-acre farm with Percheron draft horses, chickens, goats, and sheep. The adorable 240-square-foot home is tucked into a pecan orchard and has a wrap-around porch with Amish rockers that are ideal for relaxing while enjoying the serene view. It can accommodate up to four with a bedroom that includes a queen bed plus a sleeping loft accessed by a ship’s ladder that has two twin beds.
Located on a family-owned farm in Missouri, this Airbnb offers a unique silo-style stay near Kathy Trail. You’ll be surrounded by friendly farm animals like miniature donkeys, Nigerian Dwarf goats, cows and chickens. It comfortably sleeps up to four and comes with a full kitchen and coffeemaker along with a selection of coffee, tea, and other beverage pods. Guests can also enjoy fishing (gear provided) on the property’s pond and use the charcoal grill and fire pit.
Outside Magazine listed this charming rustic carriage house as the Best Airbnb in its 30 Most Incredible Trips to Take in 2015 ranking. It makes the perfect romantic couples’ retreat for those who want to be surrounded by spectacular nature in Montana, with 100 acres of hiking and biking trails, abundant wildlife and three ponds to enjoy in the summer. In the winter, you’ll have access to outstanding skiing nearby at Big Sky or Bridger Bowl. Shopping, restaurants, and nightlife are just 20 minutes away in Bozeman, and Yellowstone National Park can be reached with an hour’s drive. The inside is just as impressive with the cozy space including reclaimed wood French doors, a fully stocked kitchen that includes organic locally roasted coffee and teas, condiments, spices, oils and granola, along with a professional-grade stovetop. A fireplace and Wi-Fi are included too.
Located five miles north of Superior close to the Kansas border, two hours southwest of Lincoln, this unique Airbnb sits in an old brick schoolhouse. It was converted into a hunting lodge and has 10 bedrooms, making it ideal for groups of friends or large families traveling together. Just south of Superior, there’s abundant wildlife along the Republican River and excellent hunting for geese, ducks, wild turkey, pheasants, quail, deer and rabbits.
The penthouse to beat all penthouses, this unique high-end space provides a panoramic view of The Strip in Vegas and has an incredible private glass-enclosed Jacuzzi that extends off the balcony 500 feet above ground overlooking it all. Truly a dream, can you imagine relaxing with this view? This is a celebrity-style unit, with countless luxuries including a total of three Jacuzzis and three TVs – the movie room has a 55″ 4KTV with Playstation 3.
If you’re looking to totally unplug, this treehouse truly lets you live your childhood fantasies, immersed in the great outdoors yet less than a 20-minute drive from North Conway. It offers the concept of “tiny” living in an insulated, heated space and bedding that includes fleece blankets and an alternative down comforter. It comes with flashlights, a lantern, fans, a cookstove and an outdoor kitchen with a sink, an outdoor gas grill, cooking essentials, coffee and tea along with condiments like salt, pepper, sugar, honey, creamer and cooking oils. There’s no electricity or plumbing but six gallons of fresh well water are provided.
This unique Airbnb is more of a glamping/camping experience, with guests staying on a beautiful wooden boat. It’s a 1700s-style John Hanna Tahiti Rigged sloop gaff with a galley, saloon and head with a camping-style toilet. The galley includes a propane stove as well as a fresh and seawater foot pump sink. A covered outside shower is provided, while a rowboat, kayaks and bikes can be rented for a small fee.
Not only is this Airbnb located just outside one of the most popular New Mexico destinations, Taos, but it pretty much defines unique. Featured on “Off The Grid Build,” it provides the chance to experience off-grid living with modern amenities included. It generates its own electricity, rainwater, and stays at a comfortable 72 degrees year-round without using any fuel or electricity. Despite that, it includes Wi-Fi and a flat-screen TV with Netflix and a Blu-ray player along with a full kitchen, washing machine, and bathroom with a deep stone tub.
Just like it sounds, this is a fairytale-like castle, a cottage-style miniature castle that overlooks beautiful Lake George and the Adirondack Mountains. It sleeps up to six in two bedrooms and includes an eat-in kitchen along with a private outdoor terrace for relaxing with those jaw-dropping views.
The love boat, as the name belies, provides the ultimate romantic retreat, with a stay out on the water in a catamaran cruiser on Roanoke Island. You’ll get all the comforts of home as you float in the peaceful marina, along with access to two kayaks and the marina clubhouse which has a gym, outdoor pool and pool table. A gift certificate to the local Kill Devil Hills restaurant is included too.
Train enthusiasts might want to stay in this Airbnb, set within a historic 1890 train depot on a serene farmstead filled with nature, wildlife and domestic animals. The single-level building has two large rooms, including a bedroom. While most of its charm is in the historic character, the bedroom has electricity. More of a glamping experience, you’ll need to hike through a wooded area to get to the outhouse and experience life as it once was, without cable, Wi-Fi or A/C.
You’d be hard-pressed to match the magical experience this colorful recycled barn offers. Extra-spacious, it has lots of antique lead glass windows, a huge loft with a king bed, sparkling lights, and an open concept claw-foot tub with a sprayer. There’s a kitchenette, a shuffleboard table in the saloon and views of the local orchards too.
This little red wooden caboose that dates back to 1925 offers a unique stay just 20 minutes from downtown Oklahoma City. It sits on a farm with deer, turkeys, roadrunners and other creatures, providing an ideal place for old-fashioned romance. You’ll be able to hear the howl of coyotes in the distance and enjoy plenty of comforts inside, including hot showers, air conditioning, a mini-fridge and even train-themed movies with popcorn.
It’s not easy to get a reservation at this Airbnb due to its desirability, but if you can swing it you’ll enjoy a peaceful setting and a very unique stay in a place that was modeled after a Fire Lookout Tower. Off-grid, it’s located near Crater Lake and sits on 160 acres of private land with the main floor featuring windows all around for jaw-dropping views and lovely summer breezes. It comes with a fire pit, hammock tree, and a secluded wood-fired, spring-fed hot tub too.
This Airbnb offers the rare opportunity to interact with an Amish family, including a couple and five children, horses and chickens. A stay includes a 30-minute tour of the property with a family member and potentially other interactions too. Accommodation is simple, with the home sleeping up to six in two bedrooms. You’ll have electricity, but there’s no TV or Wi-Fi. A delicious breakfast will be delivered to your door.
The Quonset Hut is a dome house, and as your hosts note, a stay here means you’ll be helping to restore forgotten homes and historic properties around coastal Rhode Island. The four-bedroom hut sleeps up to 10 in four bedrooms and comes with a large kitchen, library living room, game room with a ping pong table, a ‘secret’ kid’s room and even a baby grand piano that once belonged to a pianist with the Boston Pops. Outside there’s a hot tub, fire pit, grill area, bikes and kayaks all for guest use.
This houseboat featured on Tiny House Hunters has been referred to as “Charleston’s Best Airbnb Experience.” The Pirate’s Life is spacious and has a lovely deck that overlooks the harbor where you can watch for dolphins while sipping coffee or cocktails. It sleeps three comfortably with a queen-size bed in the bedroom, or Captain’s Quarters and a twin bed in the living room.
Step into the shoes of early homesteaders that arrived in the 1880s, experiencing a life similar to Laura Ingalls out on the prairie. This cabin is miles away from pretty much anywhere at the edge of the White River in the Badlands on Circle View Guest Ranch although you will be just a short drive from the main headquarters of Badlands National Park. Bring your own bedding, water, basic camping supplies and firewood.
Just 10 minutes from downtown Knoxville, the Williamswood Castle offers the opportunity to feel like royalty while surrounded by 300 acres of nature. It includes towers, secret passages, swords, armors and a multi-level balcony that overlooks the Tennessee River. It sleeps up to six in three bedrooms, including a huge bedroom with the Sistine Chapel painted on the ceiling. It also has a bookshelf that moves to reveal a staircase and more than 40 leaded stained glass windows.
If this Airbnb looks familiar, it might be because HGTV featured it on “Mighty Tiny Houses.” The remote, off-grid adobe dome is powered by solar power and sits near Big Bend National Park. Enjoy an incredible view of the starry night skies along with magical sunrises and sunsets. There’s a two-burner propane stove and oven, along with a solar-powered refrigerator, and a bed that sleeps two comfortably. A composting toilet is located in a separate, private outhouse adjacent to the dome.
This very unique bedrock homestead is located inside the Grand Staircase National Monument on 40 acres of farmland, a working farm with animals, ideal for adventurous travelers who want to be in the heart of the wilderness. The owners grow most of their own food here and sell produce locally. You’ll be able to hike on top of the house to enjoy views of the surrounding ranch with expansive slick rock views and incredible stargazing. Hydroelectricity is used for power and there is limited internet in the kitchen. It includes two bedrooms and a private bath, accommodating up to five guests. There’s a TV and an indoor fireplace too.
For the quintessential Vermont Airbnb experience, you can stay in the only original Grist Mill & Covered Bridge historic residence, a place spotlighted on HGTV’s “You Live in What?” The house sleeps up to four in three bedrooms and is located near scenic Killington. It comes with a private deck that overlooks the waterfalls and even a beach with float tubes so you can float down the state’s warmest river or try your hand at gold panning.
The Hobbit’s Dream looks as if it was built as a stage for Instagram photos, providing what the hosts call a “Once in a Lifetime Magical Adventure,” for up to two guests seeking a romantic stay. Especially for Hobbit, Lord of the Rings and Tolkien fans, step into Middle Earth and you’ll feel as if you’re stepping into a dream – it’s truly magical.
If you’re looking for a hobbit house on the west side of the country, the Underground Hygge is nestled into a mountainside along the Columbia River Gorge which straddles the Washington and Oregon border. It comes complete with an iconic round doorway and inspirational views for the ultimate getaway from modern life, accessed via a long gravel road. It has an indoor fireplace but there’s no Wi-Fi or TV, so you’ll be able to disconnect from it all.
This charming renovated barn on a quiet country road in West Virginia offers a cozy stay close to all sorts of recreational activities near Seneca Rocks, Spruce Knob and the Dolly Sods. You’ll be sharing the outdoor space with goats, chickens, and a peacock, while inside is a small cooking area, Wi-Fi, a TV with DVD player and Netflix, heating and air conditioning. The host warns, you will be woken up by the rooster, and we warn, you might end up with John Denver’s Take Me Home, Country Roads tune stuck in your head.
Escape to another time, far away from the chaos of the real world with your own private island cabin that offers peaceful lake views surrounded by abundant wildlife in Fox Valley. The main property, with 160 acres of protected wildlife habitat, is a short paddle away and you’ll get a canoe for use during your stay. The cabin also includes a fire pit, gas stove and a solar panel for electricity. Bedding, firewood, propane/cooking equipment, oil lamps/flashlights, water, bug spray, sunscreen, towels, toilet paper and other necessities are all provided.
Climbers and fans of Steven Spielberg’s “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” won’t want to miss this Airbnb. It’s the closest lodging to Devils Tower National Monument, and comes complete with a window that showcases the tower too. Ideal for two, the room is cozy and comes with Wi-Fi and a/c, along with access to a hot tub. Breakfast and dinner are served by your hosts at a long table, family-style.