As great as cities like New York and Boston are, booking an Airbnb in New Hampshire might be a good way to get a fresh perspective on the East Coast as a whole.
The White Mountain State’s biggest asset is arguably its jaw-dropping nature. The likes of Dan Brown and Robert Frost were inspired by the lush forests and stunning quarries of the New England region, and look at how they turned out!
Planning out a trip where there’s so much to see and do is a daunting task, but we can get the ball rolling for you by listing 15 of the best New Hampshire vacation homes, VRBOs, and Airbnbs for your vacation.
Editor’s Note: Please note that Airbnb recently made changes to their program so in this article, we are including links to other options like VRBO or Booking.com which have much lower booking fees.
15 Best Airbnbs in New Hampshire
Type: Entire Home (4BR, 2.5B)
For an affordable way to experience The Granite State, stay at the Timothy House, one of the most interesting vacation rental in New Hampshire.
Featuring an interior that looks like it hasn’t been tampered with in the last century, the house is nothing if not charming. The combined kitchen and dining area is incredibly quaint and sunny, and the place can comfortably sleep, 15 people.
With that said, the ravishing exterior is what’ll keep you coming back to this place again and again. No matter the season, the yard looks absolutely gorgeous, especially the gentleman’s orchard.
All the spots that define New Hampshire are relatively close to this 6-acre paradise – beyond the local attractions, you can reach Boston and The White Mountains in a little over an hour.
Why We Love It: Secluded house with a beautiful orchard, just off a major highway.
Private entrance-Private room & bath-private patio
Type: Entire Home (1BR, 1B)
The first question you should be asking yourself when looking at a New Hampshire Airbnb is: “Is the garden nice?” In the case of this guest suite, the answer is a resounding “yes”.
It’s hard to go wrong with a yard full of peonies and lilacs, especially one that’s this spacious and well-maintained. After strolling through the property, you can stretch your legs in the cozy queen bed or in front of the fireplace, and the lack of a defacto kitchen is a blessing in disguise as it incentivizes going out into town.
Meredith is one of the best communities in the entire state, largely owing to the gorgeous lakeside views. The area is riddled with small shops and restaurants, so you can rest assured you won’t be going hungry, either.
Why We Love It: Cozy house in a quaint town right by Lake Winnipesaukee.
What Past Guests Have Said: “The place was clean, well located, the hosts were quick to reply. Solid place.”
“This lovely room has a private entrance and the hosts follow an enhanced cleaning regimen, everything was in top shape and I felt very Covid safe.”
“Marc and Karin’s place is lovely! Very clean, quiet, easy to find, and parking right outside the door in their driveway. Plenty of space for 2 to relax/sleep for a weekend getaway. Their adorable golden retrievers popped over the balcony to say hi!”
Deer Valley Retreat, Lovely Log Cabin
Type: Entire Home (2BR, 1B)
The best properties in the Northeastern United States take full advantage of their natural surroundings, not unlike this vacation home in New Hampshire.
The house’s living area has “winter retreat lounge” written all over it, although it looks every bit as beautiful in the summer thanks to the homey atmosphere and the abundance of natural light. Guests will have access to two queen beds and a sofa bed, a bathroom with a clawfoot tub, and a kitchen straight out of a picture book.
Whether you’re with your family or significant other, the vegetable garden, the surrounding forests, and the Bradford area as a whole are guaranteed to leave you with some lifelong memories.
Why We Love It: Quiet home nestled in the woods yet conveniently close to everything you need.
What Past Guests Have Said: “A wonderful step outside of our busy hectic lives. Such special touches included, like bubble bath. Homemade oatmeal, board games and soft blankets. The yoga mats are great too. Plenty of space for two people to do some yoga stretching.”
“Alecia’s cabin is out of a fairytale – with whimsical touches and a sprawling yard which is perfect for anyone looking for some quiet and privacy. We had a winter retreat in wonderland after a snow storm where we stayed warm by the fire and cooked on the antique oven, built snowmen in the front yard, and relaxed in the antique bathtub at the end of a long day of cross country skiing. Alecia baked us fresh cookies and provided fresh maple syrup, and pancake mix – and even snowblowed the entire driveway by herself in the middle of a snowstorm. It was a magical stay and we hope to be back in the future.”
Tranquility At Boxer Hill
Type: Entire Home (1BR, 1B)
This New Hampshire vacation rental features everything you could wish for: a great location, a stunning exterior, and one of the most inviting interiors you can find for the price.
Boxer Hill is the antithesis of your average urban vacation home. Since you’ll be located by a dead-end road in Holderness, you won’t have to worry about noisy neighbors or other immersion-breaking annoyances. The open-floor plan elegantly combines a well-stocked kitchen, a romantic bedroom, and a spacious living area, while the exquisite garden will leave you feeling invigorated in a matter of minutes.
Although the place is quite remote, you’ll still be near three small towns, not to mention the Squam Lakes. In addition, being relatively close to the interstate means you can reach the mountains in no time at all.
Why We Love It: Serene small-town getaway that covers all the essentials, and then some.
What Past Guests Have Said: “Jason’s place is great. It’s very clean and quiet. Communication was very easy and his suggestions for food/fun/activities were greatly appreciated! Would definitely stay here again!”
“We had a wonderful experience staying at Jason’s place, and enjoyed the extra hospitality luxuries he provided as part of the stay! The sunrise from the bedroom was beautiful and the kitchen was extremely clean and well stocked for cooking meals at home. Jason was communicative and responsive throughout the booking process and our stay. Highly recommended!”
Type: Entire Home (1BR, 1B)
If all the options so far have been a little too rural for your liking, this New Hampshire vacation rental in Concord is an amazing inner-city alternative.
Whether you’re relaxing in the rocking chairs or the divine memory foam mattress, it won’t take this place long to get your aching bones up and running again. The kitchen is so spectacular you won’t even think about eating out… And if you’re not the best cook, you can always consult one of the available cookbooks, so this is as good of a place as any to try and learn!
Best of all, you still won’t have to worry about any unwanted noise, as the neighborhood is very peaceful and unassuming.
Why We Love It: Comfortable retreat for two in one of the capital’s more blissful neighborhoods.
What Past Guests Have Said: “This was a lovely place to stay as the owners are kind, thoughtful and considerate, and the apartment is a gem. Private, clean, warm, comfortable, beautiful… I will be back.”
“The GroveSide was a great place to stay! Brian and Laurie were very accommodating and communicative, and even let us know that we had left a light on in our vehicle one night. The place was spotless and so comfortable!”
Spacious condo close to Ice Castles & Restaurants
Type: Entire Home (2BR, 1.5B)
Location: North Woodstock
The best way to enjoy amazing landscapes and outdoor activities is with a large group, and this New Hampshire vacation rental can house as many as eight guests between its five beds.
The house doesn’t beat around the bush with excesses and frivolous space hogs. The living area features relatively few decorations and is all the better for it, the kitchen is small and compact, and the abundance of open space makes everything easy and practical. The game consoles and board games for the kids are a welcome touch too!
Most importantly, North Woodstock is so close that you won’t need a car to do your daily errands, and the nearby Pemigewasset River is an amazing place to cool off after a day in the sweltering heat.
Why We Love It: Cushy rental in a convenient location that can accommodate a large group.
What Past Guests Have Said: “My whole family (5 adults + 1 toddler) loved staying in Caitlin’s clean, bright, and spacious 2 bedroom apartment. The home had so many thoughtful details and instructions for guests, and we truly appreciated the fully equipped kitchen. Air conditioning was a big plus on 90F days too 😉 The apartment is quiet and has a great location around the corner from some great shops and restaurants, and we enjoyed eating ice cream while walking 5min to the local swimming hole. It’s also just a 10-15min drive from Franconia Notch State Park. 5 stars all around and highly recommended if you’re visiting the White Mountains!”
Black Bear Den
Type: Entire Home (1BR, 1B)
The White Mountains are the shimmering pearls of New Hampshire, so book the Black Bear Den for a weekend and enjoy a spiritual vacation in nature.
Besides the construction itself, the kitchen drawers and countertops are also made of wood, adding to the warm, homey ambiance. Like most cabins, every single one of the rooms here is dim and easy on the eyes, especially the cozy bedroom. You’ll be getting plenty of sunlight outside, though, where you can fire up the barbecue grill and let your little munchkins play in the huge garden.
Downtown Plymouth is only five minutes away from this New Hampshire vacation rental, and you can get to a number of amazing lakes and ski resorts in 10 to 30 minutes.
Why We Love It: Inviting cabin at the foothills of the White Mountains.
What Past Guests Have Said: “We came seeking a remote family getaway. We definitely found that! We packed in all our own food and there was everything in the kitchen we needed when we arrived. It was a peaceful space, fun yard to sled in and great local hiking. A great time!“
“Adrian’s place was wonderful. The cabin is spacious, cozy, and beautiful. We loved returning there after hiking in Franconia Notch and skiing at one of the local mountains. It’s close to restaurants and shopping but far enough away to be secluded. Adrian was also an amazing host. He checked in with us every day to make sure things were going well. He was also very flexible with out booking. Perfect place to stay!”
A Hikers’ Gem in the White Mountains
Type: Entire Home (3BR, 1B)
Anyone who fancies himself an outdoorsman should definitely consider calling this vacation rental in New Hampshire home in between hiking sessions.
The house itself is gorgeous, inside and out. The living room features rocking chairs and a fully decked-out bookshelf, the three bedrooms are all quite different yet equally comfortable, and there’s even something enchanting about the mudroom that we can’t quite put our finger on! The most elegant room in the house would have to be the kitchen, whose wooden cupboards seem to blend into the cottage walls.
Venturing beyond the amazing garden (which features your own private brook), you can also expect to find a bevy of amazing trails, scenic campsites, and mountain vistas.
Why We Love It: Ideal cottage for anyone looking to spend most of their vacation out in nature.
The “Keep” Great Views
Type: Entire Home (2BR, 1B)
This New Hampshire vacation home is situated in one of the most tranquil parts of Lincoln.
Don’t get us wrong, the house itself is spectacular too, as the Victorian-style furniture in the two bedrooms clearly indicates. The open-concept living and kitchen area does exactly what it’s supposed to do, and the foldable table by the window is great for enjoying a meal and soothing your senses with a spectacular view.
If you do wind up staying here, you’ll probably spend most of your time walking around the peaceful neighborhood, which is a barrage of green and an absolute delight in every way.
Why We Love It: Homely rental in a beautiful, tree-covered area.
What Past Guests Have Said: “Amazing hospitality!! This was our second time staying with Randy and it gets better each time. Highly recommend”
“This was our 2nd time staying here. I cannot say enough positive feedback about this place. Randy is an excellent host and always write back to messages I send. This apartment is centrally located, well kept and spacious. Its in the middle of everything. We toured the ice castles while there and it was the perfect girl getaway. I would recommend Randy as a host if you are ever in this area!”
“The Keep was a great place to stay. Location was excellent, space was immaculate and there was plenty around to do. Will definitely be back!”
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Pleasant St Station – Downtown Lincoln
Type: Entire Home (3BR, 2B)
This New Hampshire vacation home will win you and your little ones over with an unorthodox, yet oddly charming interior.
Be it a station clock or pictures of railroad tracks, every corner of the house features train-themed decorations, and it’s an absolute hit with children because of it! As far as the essentials go, you’ll have access to a spacious kitchen, enough bedding for 8 people, and a second bathroom.
When you’re ready to get off the train, Lincoln’s very best attractions will be waiting for you – a water park, a mini-golf course, and a ski resort are just 3 in a near-endless list of things to check out in the area.
Why We Love It: Quirky house with plenty of kid-friendly spots and activities in the vicinity.
What Past Guests Have Said: “Great location, stylish place and thoughtful touches made this a great place to stay for 4 nights while skiing at loon (3-5 minute drive away). We had a small technical issue with the heat upon arrival, but Eddie was very responsive and helpful.”
“The owners of this Airbnb have it down to a science. Their place was updated, clean, and comfortably slept 6. There were even toys for our little one to play with. The location is fantastic and they truly have this rental dialed in. Highly recommended!”
White Mountains 3 BR Cabin
Type: Entire Home (3BR, 2.5B)
Although it’s quite a bold statement, this New Hampshire vacation home in Thronton would have to be a front-runner for the best-looking house in the entire state.
A quick glance at the stone fireplace, black doors, and furniture will burn the living area into your memory for life. With such an elegant kitchen and three incredibly comfortable bedrooms, it’s a wonder that this place isn’t pricer… If you think we’re laying it on a bit too thick, take a look at the outdoor seating area too!
The cherry on top is that you also get three complimentary passes to the community center, where you can enjoy two swimming pools, a hot tub, a game room, and much more.
Why We Love It: Stunningly beautiful cottage that offers an obscene number of amenities.
The Barn on Washington Hill
Type: Entire Home (2BR, 1B)
The prospect of staying in a repurposed barn might not seem too appealing at first, but staying at this New Hampshire Airbnb puts you in the heart of the action.
As you might expect from something as big as a barn, the interior is incredibly roomy and can easily house half a dozen people. The kitchen and two bedrooms are both beyond serviceable, decked out with sleek appliances and ultra comfortable furnishings.
The interesting thing about the village of Chocorua is its location. Because it’s so close to the White Mountains, the Lakes Region, and a farmers’ market, you can kayak, ski, swim, hike, and shop mere minutes after jumping out of bed.
Why We Love It: Unique rental that lets you easily engage in a number of outdoor activities.
What Past Guests Have Said: “Such a beautiful house with great amenities. We will definitely be booking again soon.”
“Beautiful barn! Thoughtfully decorated, very comfortable beds, sparkling clean! Cozy and cute—we would love to come back in the summer! Great hosts and terrific place, highly recommend!”
“The Barn was the perfect getaway for a girls weekend. It was very clean and spacious for the six of us. Would love to come back in the summer!”
Cozy Waterfront Cabin Perkins Pond
Type: Entire Home (3BR, 2.5B)
It’s not uncommon for even the most expensive New Hampshire vacation homes to sport an old-school design, but they always manage to look vintage as opposed to antiquated.
From the piles of games to the throwback furniture, the living room exists for the sole purpose of giving you a cushy, homely place to enjoy a weekend with family or friends. The upstairs “attic bedrooms” are compact and charming, and the kitchen and sunroom are superb.
Assuming the weather conditions allow for it, Perkins Pond is perfect for an afternoon of swimming and fishing. If you happen to be visiting during the colder months, you can always gather around the fire pit and plan your course of action for the next day.
Why We Love It: Comfortable cabin that makes even the simplest of activities fun with its positive atmosphere.
What Past Guests Have Said: “Fantastic lake-side cabin for family and/or friends. Proximity to Mount Sunapee makes for a great ski getaway. Linda was very responsive and accommodating. Would definitely come back to stay at Perkins Pond!”
“The place was awesome!!! Linda provided everything we needed!”
“Linda’s place was perfect for our ski weekend. Only 15min drive to anything we needed (between groceries, restaurants, and skiing). Perkins Pond makes for a great time ice walk in the winter and we really enjoyed the fire pit over looking it. Plenty of food and amenities provided with the house were a nice touch. I highly recommend staying here.”
Mad River Cozy Cabin
Type: Entire Home (3BR, 3B)
When you think “sleek”, you probably imagine marble finishes and crystal-white floor tiles, but this vacation home in New Hampshire exudes swagger with its decidedly unique interior and true-to-form log cabin feel.
Liking the color of polished wood is a prerequisite if you’re going to be staying here, as everything (and we do mean everything) is tan, from the bed frames and kitchen counters to the tub base and pool table. The house is incredibly spacious, as is the exterior. You and a dozen guests will be able to huddle around the fireplace, outdoor fire pit, or patio grill without a problem.
Campton Village is one of New Hampshire’s quietest areas, and that’s saying something. To make things even better, you get an amazing hilltop view of the White Mountains!
Why We Love It: Eccentric rental that can house up to a dozen guests and keep them cozy and entertained.
Waterfront Retreat w/ Boat Dock & Beach Area!
Type: Entire Home (4BR, 2B)
Some houses simply have it all, as is the case with this high-end, awe-inspiring vacation home in New Hampshire.
To start with, although the maximum occupancy for the house is 10, you’ll have more than enough space to fit thrice as many people. For reference, the kitchen area is almost as big as the master bedroom, and the full bathroom isn’t far behind, either.
The house could have left it at that, and it still would have been one of New Hampshire’s finest, but the large garden and the deck overlooking Shellcamp Pond are even more spectacular than the interior.
Once you’ve had your share of fun in the pond, you’ll have your choice of dozens of hiking trails and ski slopes, all only a short drive from Gilmanton.
Why We Love It: Incredibly luxurious house that features every amenity you could think of.
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Things to do in New Hampshire
It should come as no surprise that New Hampshire’s picturesque landscapes open the door for quite a few fun activities. Spruce up your vacation by checking out these local Airbnb experiences:
- Snowshoeing in the White Mountains – Going to the gym is all well and good, but if you’re vacationing in New Hampshire, you might as well do your daily dose of cardio up on the White Mountains. After a two-and-a-half-hour climb in snowshoes, you’ll get a vista the likes of which you’ve never seen!
- Nature Walk with a Local & Photo Session – If you happen to be traveling with your partner, you’ll definitely want to take some pictures of the two of you with an incredible backdrop, and the lovely Whitaker Woods might just be the perfect place to do so.
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