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As far as travel destinations in the Southeast go, North Carolina is known to be one of the quirkiest. This is a place for free spirits, artists, nature lovers, and yogis to slow down the pace of life and enjoy the randomness along the way. So, it should come as no surprise that some of the most unique Airbnb properties in the country are located in North Carolina’s cities and towns. If you’re the kind of traveler who wants to immerse yourself in North Carolina culture and live a few days like a local, an Airbnb is definitely the way to go.
Here are 8 of the most unusual Airbnb rentals in North Carolina to choose from for your next trip!
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Some of the best Airbnb’s in the state are located in the Outer Banks, and this interesting Airbnb rental can accommodate up to eight guests in three bedrooms and five beds. It boasts of having the highest crow’s nest in the area, which means you’ll get awesome views of the surrounding area during your stay. This is an ideal place to stay for large families because there is a PlayStation, ping pong table, board games, and movies inside to keep everyone entertained. It’s kid-friendly and pet-friendly and has a washer/dryer, central air conditioning, full kitchen, two bathrooms, outdoor shower, and a charcoal grill. You’ll have the entire house to yourselves, and sheets and towels are provided. The Airbnb’s neighborhood is quiet and doesn’t have much traffic. The beach is about a 15-minute walk away, or you can drive a few blocks to find public parking.
Treehouse Airbnb’s are plentiful in North Carolina, thanks to the lush forests that extend across the state. One of the best options for a treehouse stay is in China Grove at the Cheery Treesort “Miss Molly.” This treehouse can sleep up to four guests and was built by some of the finest treehouse builders in the country. It’s located on a 26-acre farm, and you’ll enjoy peaceful views from up in the trees. The interior of the treehouse is 220 square feet and has a deck, heat, air conditioning, and a toilet. Other amenities include towels, shampoo, a kitchen, a television, and free parking.
To stay on an authentic North Carolina horse farm, look no further than the Horse Farm Cabin in Dunn. This is a rustic cabin that has a full bed and bunk beds, so it can accommodate up to four guests. When you stay here, you’ll be about 2.5 miles from Interstate 95 and about eight miles from Interstate 40 in the town of Dunn. Inside the cabin, you’ll find a full bathroom, television, and mini fridge. This Airbnb provides a very cozy stay that is relaxing and pet-friendly. Feel free to bring your own horses and dogs!
To experience what it’d be like to live on a farm, stay at this Airbnb rental in Efland, North Carolina. It’s only a few minutes away from Interstates 85 and 40 and within a half hour from Durham, Chapel Hill, Burlington, Carrboro, Graham, and Hillsborough. Fickle Creek Farm is a real working farm with cattle, chickens, sheep, pigs, and ducks. You can walk around the farm as you please when you stay here, or even tag along while the farm staff does chores. There’s one bedroom with two beds here that can accommodate up to three guests. Dogs and cats are welcome for an extra fee, as long as you keep them in a crate when you’re not home and keep them off the carpet and furniture.
If you’ve ever wondered what it’d be like to live in a tiny house, now’s your chance! This Arden Airbnb is very affordable and can accommodate two guests. It measures 8 feet by 18 feet in size and has a queen loft with ladder, small refrigerator, gas stove, kitchen sink, utensils, table, composting toilet, hot shower, space heater, and fans. These hosts also have a small log cabin on the property for rent, which is a bit larger and can accommodate families. They live in a historic log cabin of their own next door and have goats, alpacas, and cats. This is a nice place to stay if you enjoy local handmade art because the hosts have crafts and fine art for sale, such as matted photos, soap, and knitted scarves. Wi-Fi, towels, and off-road parking are available when you stay here.
Container homes continue to be popular Airbnb options across the country because of their unique and minimalist designs. This container home is located in Carolina Beach and works well for a couple and perhaps a small child a well. There are actually two container homes on this property, which are located on adjoining lots. You’ll be just a short walk from the beach in this 320-square-foot home, and public beach access is at the end of the street. You’ll also enjoy a luxurious interior with a Casper mattress, large bathroom, and hardwood floors. Linens, towels, soap, and a coffee maker are all provided. Pets are allowed, and bike and golf cart rentals are available on the island to get around.
“Organic” and “artist” are words that you hear used a lot when you visit North Carolina, and this retreat is perfect for a large group gathering. It has four bedrooms, eight beds, and can sleep up to 15 guests in Castle Hayne. For your next group event, you can spread out on nearly 10 acres of land, enjoy a large organic garden, concert grand piano, and a deep water slip in front of the cabin. The owner is willing to take guests out on the river as well if they like. The property is kid-friendly and pet-friendly, close to Interstate 40, nine miles to the Wilmington historic district, and ten miles to Wrightsville Beach.
This Pittsboro Airbnb is pretty interesting because it was originally designed by the University of North Carolina to hold a traveling art exhibit. Today it has a full-sized bed, private bath, and is great for two guests. Inside you’ll find beautiful tile work and tall ceilings. The owners run a busy café, so you won’t probably see them too much during the day. Guests can access the café space after it closes at 2pm, as well as the hammocks and fire pit on the grounds. Pets are allowed, Wi-Fi is provided, and there are lots of hiking trails nearby to explore. You’ll find artsy shops in downtown Pittsboro and also a tiger rescue facility not too far down the road.