50 Best Airbnbs, VRBOs, and Vacation Homes in the US: Coolest Pick For Each State

written by local expert Jane Elmets

Jane always knew she wasn't destined for a desk job... She has travelled all over the world and is passionate about noodles, sloths and her hiking boots! When she isn't busy adventuring around the world, you can find her reviewing travel gear and dishing out travel tips to all the places she's visited.

It should come as no secret that Airbnb has some incredible properties, many of which are unique in their own rights and offer unparalleled stays across the world. If you’re searching for the best Airbnb in the US, you’re in luck.

This article is a complete guide to the coolest Airbnbs in the US with a pick for all fifty states. Who knows, one of them could be in your backyard!

Whether you’re looking to go near or far, these awe-inspiring Airbnbs are the first step to a one-of-a-kind holiday. There are historical buildings, houses high in the trees, modern oases, and a whole host of compelling picks. And the best part is they cover a huge range of budgets so there’s an interesting stay for everyone. 

Check out the 50 coolest Airbnbs, VRBOs, and vacation homes in the US for some serious wanderlust!

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.

The Coolest Airbnbs in the US 

Now without further ado, here’s our round up of the coolest Airbnb in every state! I absolutely love Airbnb because there are so many interesting properties to choose from. Not only are the stays unique in their own right, but many offer five star amenities that you can’t find at any hotel.

Gone are the days of boring stays… These best Airbnbs in the US allow you to break away from the norm and have an unmatched vacation wherever you’re headed.

Check them out below!

Alabama: Wanderlust Treehouse

Wanderlust Treehouse
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Type: Entire Treehouse (1BR, 1.5B)

Location: Crane Hill

Superhost: Yes

Price: $$$

This Alabama treehouse is certainly among the best vacation home in the US. While you may be expecting a camping vibe, this treehouse exudes luxury with five-star furnishings and fixings, eye-catching decorations, and floor-to-ceiling windows everywhere you look.

This Alabama vacation rental is ready for anything, with a grilling deck, picnic supplies, fire pit, and swinging daybed. There’s also a deep soaking tub, outdoor shower, and dozens of places for the perfect #vacay Instagram flick. 

Did someone say twinkly lights?

Why We Love It: Luxury treehouse with five-star amenities.

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Alaska: Only 5-Minute Walk to Glen Alps/Flattop Trailhead

Only 5-Minute Walk to Glen Alps/Flattop Trailhead
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Type: Entire Home (3BR, 2B)

Location: Anchorage

Superhost: Yes

Price: $$

Outdoor lovers rejoice! If you’re in Alaska, you’ve got to check out this stay. Coming in as one of the best vacation homes in the US, this modern cabin makes for the most astounding home base when visiting Anchorage. 

This wood home is easy on the eyes and gives you the opportunity to spot some great Alaskan sights. From moose wandering outside your bedroom window to the Northern Lights glowing overhead at night, this beautifully situated wonderland is an amazing getaway for skiers, hikers, climbers, or even those looking to relax in style. 

Why We Love It: Modern Alaskan cabin with stunning views.

What Past Guests Have Said: “This is the best Airbnb weve stayed at yer! From the location, scenery, amenities, personal touches, local suggestions the list goes on. The home is truly stunning and fully equipped with anything you could want or need. We didn’t want to leave!”

“Absolutely stunning house with view of the city of anchorage from the mountains. Worth every penny. Not only is it worth it but it exceeds the expectation. Joe and Brook are excellent hosts always there to help. Feels like Every detail of the house is well thought out and there to make your stay memorable. Highly recommended. My entire family and I left fascinated with all the hospitality from joe.”

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Arizona: Sedona Domes 5-Star Landmark Extreme Home

Sedona Domes 5-Star Landmark Extreme Home
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Type: Dome Home (2BR, 2B)

Location: Sedona

Superhost: Yes

Price: $$

As soon as you see this home, you know you’re in for a funky stay. Not only is it the coolest vacation home in Arizona, but it’s definitely one of the coolest vacation rental in the US as well. 

Constructed out of ten egg-shaped concrete domes, this two-bedroom home is an architectural marvel.

While you may think living in a dome would be dark, these ones are lit up by strategically placed skylights and wide-open windows that bring light and air into the space. It’s certainly a unique stay if you’re anywhere near Sedona, and is stocked with plenty to keep you entertained (books, movies, games… Even a piano that Elton John used to compose an album!). 

Why We Love It: Architectural marvel with unique entertainment options.

What Past Guests Have Said: “Let me start by saying – this was our first experience with Airbnb! Paul and Laura have definitely set the bar high for other hosts. We are also very cautious when it comes to travel, especially given the times, but the place was immaculate! As musicians, the acoustics in this place ROCK! Paul and Laura also have binders full of wonderful information, not only about the domes, but plenty of ideas on things to do and some great history of Sedona. Thank you again for an amazing, unique experience, and we can’t wait to come back and stay at the domes!”

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Arkansas: Emerald Gypsy Skoolie – A Quirky Chic School Bus

Emerald Gypsy Skoolie - A Quirky Chic School Bus
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Type: School Bus (1BR, 1B)

Location: Mountain View

Superhost: Yes

Price: $

Live out your campervan dreams in this emerald green Skoolie

Far from any kind of school bus I’ve ever seen, this entire space has been revamped to be a modern getaway in Arkansas. It’s big enough for four guests, with a full-sized bed and a pull-out couch… who would’ve thought a school bus could be so spacious?

You don’t have to sacrifice modern comforts here as the bus is outfitted with a full kitchen, bathroom, smart TV, WiFi, and even an air conditioning unit! When you’re not enjoying the interior, make good use of the fire pit or explore some of the nearby local trails. 

Why We Love It: Gorgeous rebuilt school bus with all the comforts of home.

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California: Private and Secluded Large House 3Bdrm on 5 Acres

Private and Secluded Large House 3Bdrm on 5 Acres
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Type: Dome Home (3BR, 2.5B)

Location: Palm Springs

Superhost: Yes

Price: $$$

It’s hard to pick the best vacation home in California due to the countless dizzying options, but this has to be among the coolest vacation rental in the US. Plus, Hollywood’s overrated anyway. 

Set in the Palm Springs desert, this three-bedroom dome home sits on five acres with unobstructed 360° views of Joshua Tree and Coachella Valley. The interior of the house is designer funky fresh with exposed brick walls, curvy furniture, and lots of wood, with plenty of cozy nooks to enjoy.

While you may be tied up with the view, don’t forget to head outside to enjoy the hot tub or book an in-house professional massage for a fee. 

Why We Love It: Secluded Palm Springs dome home with unparalleled views.

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Colorado: Private Sage Canyon Cliff House Near Mesa Verde

Private Sage Canyon Cliff House Near Mesa Verde
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Type: Entire Cabin (1BR, 1B)

Location: Cortez

Superhost: Yes

Price: $$

Nothing screams cool like a house literally built into the side of a cliff. This Colorado vacation home is a true work of art with raw sandstone rock throughout the interior of the house. It gives a new definition of “indoor-outdoor living” and makes for one of the best vacation rentals in the US.

Aside from the architectural intricacies, this home boasts jaw-dropping views over Sage Canyon and luxe amenities like a wood stove, loft bed, well-situated workspace, and plenty of outdoor space. 

Around the corner from the house, you’ll find 1000-year old petroglyphs and if you wander into the canyon, you’ll come across a cozy tipi available for you to enjoy. 

Why We Love It: Incredible home built into the side of a cliff.

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Read More: Incredible Airbnbs in Boulder, CO

Connecticut: Zen House

Zen House
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Type: Entire Home (1BR, 2B)

Location: Stamford

Superhost: Yes

Price: $$$

Connecticut is more than just beach houses and prep schools. Take this exquisite guest house, for example. Dubbed the “Zen House”, this retreat makes for a peaceful getaway outside of Stamford. 

With huge glass windows, upscale furnishings, and a glamorous pool, you’ll feel as if you’ve been transported to a fairy wonderland as you pass through the arched stone gates that lead to the home. 

And if that’s not enough, this was once the studio of sculptor Gutzon Borglum, better known as the artist behind Mount Rushmore… Pretty cool, right?

Why We Love It: Peaceful studio that once belonged to the sculptor of Mount Rushmore.

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Delaware: Home w/ Deck Near Lewes, Rehoboth & Bethany Beach

Home w/ Deck Near Lewes, Rehoboth & Bethany Beach
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Type: Entire Home (3BR, 2B)

Location: Georgetown

Superhost: No

Price: $$

Wake up surrounded by nature at this A-Frame home in Delaware. Not only is it the coolest vacation home in the state but it’s among the coolest vacation rental in the US, as well. 

Decked out with all-wood interiors and stone-clad bathrooms, you’ll feel as if you’re high in the mountains rather than in the middle of Delaware. This is the ideal place for romantic getaways and staycations as the spot has everything you need like a gas fireplace, upscale kitchen, and a screened-in deck. 

And don’t be afraid to bring your furry friend along! There’s a fenced-in yard that’s perfect for pups. 

Why We Love It: Gorgeous wooden A-Frame that’s much larger than it looks.

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Florida: The Tiki Suite

The Tiki Suite
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Type: Houseboat (1BR, 1B)

Location: Key West

Superhost: No

Price: $$$

Besides being one of the coolest vacation home in the US, this is one of the most remarkable properties in the world. Anchored out in the Key West Harbor, this vessel is off-the-grid living at its finest.

All you need to bring along for this trip is a bathing suit, some food, and lots of beer because you’re in for a real treat. There’s A/C, running water, and lights thanks to a generator, along with paddleboards, snorkel gear, and a hammock to make a real splash. 

Keep your eyes out for locals floating past like dolphins, manatees, stingrays, and more!

Why We Love It: Off-the-grid vessel in the middle of Key West, with a generator and paddleboards.

What Past Guests Have Said: “THIS WAS AWESOME you haven’t enjoyed a night in key west unless you end it sleeping on one of these tiki suites!!!”

“Absolutely amazing experience!!! I recommend this place to all of my friends and family. The pictures don’t do it any justice and views are breath taking. If I could give it 10 stars I would!”

“The tiki was awesome! Our weather wasn’t great but we still made the best of it. Once in a lifetime experience that’s for sure! Would highly recommend.”

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Georgia: Secluded Intown Treehouse

Secluded Intown Treehouse
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Type: Treehouse (1BR, 1B)

Location: Atlanta

Superhost: No

Price: $$$

A truly magnificent treehouse in Georgia, a stay here puts you steps from Atlanta while allowing you to fully immerse yourself in nature. This is actually the most wish-listed vacation home in Georgia (and was previously the most wish-listed in the world) –  and for good reason. Once you see the soaring treehouse set-up, it’s impossible to get it out of your mind.

Aside from the novelty of staying in a treehouse, it’s so freaking cool for other reasons. For starters, the bed is positioned so it’s out the window. Wake up to the tickle of a breeze and forest greenery every morning of your stay. It also rolls back in, just in case the weather doesn’t hold up. 

There are three different areas of the property, all connected with rope bridges, lit up with twinkly lights at night for the ultimate ambiance. Around the property, you’ll also find a hammock deck, unique antiques, and an abundance of local flora and fauna. 

Why We Love It: Three-part designer treehouse connected by rope bridges.

What Past Guests Have Said: “Place is as amazing as I thought it would be. Highly recommend like all the other reviewers. Thanks Peter.”

“We had a great stay. I love being surrounded by nature in a calm setting, reminds me of my childhood. Great stay and experience.”

“We loved the treehouse. We hardly get time to really slow down. This beautiful place in nature allowed us to just breath. ❤️”

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Hawaii: The Phoenix House – Tiny Home on Volcanic Lava Field

The Phoenix House - Tiny Home on Volcanic Lava Field
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Type: Tiny House (1BR, 1B)

Location: Pāhoa

Superhost: Yes

Price: $$

While most people traveling to Hawaii make a beeline for the beach, if you’re on the hunt for the coolest Airbnbs in the US, you can’t miss out on The Phoenix House. Positioned on an actual volcanic lava field, this stay is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that can’t be had anywhere else.

A tiny home set-up, this super trendy pad has a loft bed, chic finishes, and a rustic vibe (note the tin tub sinks!). There’s everything you need for a comfortable stay, along with a deck where you can watch the mountains, ocean, and flowing lava.

Why We Love It: Rustic, modern tiny home located on a flowing lava field.

What Past Guests Have Said: “Surreal life experience… such a well-designed, art-rich tiny home situated on an expansive slate of hardened lava for miles – each night closed with an awe-inspiring red sky sunset. Off-the-grid, yet close proximity to breathtaking black sand beaches and farmers markets along the must-drive Red Road. Jade is an exceptional person and new friend – I’m thankful to have enjoyed this journey with her timely and through guidance.”

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Idaho: Big Idaho Potato Hotel

Big Idaho Potato Hotel
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Type: Farm Stay (1BR, 1B)

Location: Boise

Superhost: Yes

Price: $

I think this is possibly my personal favorite vacation home… pretty much anywhere in the world. In true Idaho fashion, this stay is a giant potato and gives a new meaning to the coolest vacation rental in the US. 

While you would think a potato stay would be dark and dusty (they do grow underground, after all), you’ll find that the Big Idaho Potato Hotel offers the exact opposite. The inside of the potato is sparkling clean with whitewashed walls and contemporary furnishings including an antler chandelier and pink armchairs. 

If you’re wondering about the bathroom, you’ll be pleased to know it’s in an old grain silo with a deep soaking tub and lots of plants.

Why We Love It: Who would have thought that a potato could be so fashionable?

What Past Guests Have Said: “The space itself is amazing! The spa was fantastic and super unique just like the stay itself. Dolly was super sweet and was right on time to greet us and send us off. All the details were there including two robes, slippers, chocolates and flowers to make this honeymoon a very memorable one!”

“The potato is such a fun and unique experience. Dolly the cow was probably the best part of our trip, she was so sweet and greeted us right as we got out of the car. I will definitely be visiting Kristie’s other places in the future!”

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Read More: 15 Incredible Airbnbs in Boise For Any Budget

Illinois: Hidden Gem Spanish-Style Villa

Hidden Gem Spanish-Style Villa
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Type: Entire Home (3BR, 2B)

Location: Rockford

Superhost: Yes

Price: $$

Transport yourself to the Mediterranean coast with this Spanish-style villa hidden in Rockford, Illinois. It’s one of the best vacation homes in the US not only for its exterior but for all that’s going on inside the house too.

It feels like each room here is a surprise, with pure delights waiting around every corner. The plant-stocked sunroom is positively dreamy, each of the bedrooms has a different theme, and the backyard is an absolute oasis. 

Complete with a year-round cantina with an outdoor fireplace, a tiki bar, and a jacuzzi, I can guarantee you’re never going to want to leave this unreal vacation rental in Illinois.

Why We Love It: Over-the-top Spanish-style villa with backyard cantina.

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Indiana: Modern Nashville Home in the Woods

Modern Nashville Home in the Woods
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Type: Entire Cabin (2BR, 1B)

Location: Nashville, Indiana

Superhost: No

Price: $$

A super sleek cabin, this Indiana escape is all you need to connect with nature or a loved one. The place has everything you need for a cozy stay, with modern accents that light up the space. 

Speaking of light, you’ll be treated to a glorious sun-filled home during the day as there are almost more windows than wall space, allowing you to enjoy pristine views even when it’s chilly out. If you want some outside time, sip a coffee on the balcony or light a fire in the pit. 

No matter what you do, you’re certainly in for a cool stay at this cabin. 

Why We Love It: Secluded modern cabin for a nature getaway.

What Past Guests Have Said: “What a gem! The style and attention to detail is exceptional. Curated design and an easy check in process + peaceful setting make this an Airbnb return visit. Bob has painstakingly created a lovely retreat in the woods. Perfect spot to get away”

“Totally lost for words to describe our amazing stay at the Plahaus. The ambiance, the architecture, the serenity— everything is just perfect! We truly appreciate the generosity of the host! So glad to have come across this hidden gem. We will be back again, for sure.”

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Iowa: Luxury Waterfront Cabin with River Access & Hot Tub

Luxury Waterfront Cabin with River Access & Hot Tub
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Type: Entire Villa (2BR, 2B)

Location: North Liberty

Superhost: Yes

Price: $$

My dad is from Iowa and let me just say I had no idea that places like this existed in the state. This has to be one of the best vacation homes in the US and I’m absolutely blown away by its refreshing elegance. 

This villa on the water is perfect for short or long stays. If you have to work, there’s a perfect little nook overlooking the water where you can easily set up with a laptop. There are lots of other thoughtful touches like this throughout the house, like the adorable bed on the screened-in porch, the abundance of extra towels, and the full den with cozy seating and lots of games.

Besides the remarkable contemporary furnishings throughout the house, there are great outdoor spaces here too, like the patio overlooking the Iowa River, the backyard firepit, and of course the hot tub. 

Why We Love It: Fashionable home on the Iowa River, with lots of thoughtful touches.

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Kansas: Lakefront Cedar Vale Lodge w/ Private Dock & Patio!

Lakefront Cedar Vale Lodge w/ Private Dock & Patio!
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Type: Entire Cabin (4BR, 3B)

Location: Cedar Vale

Superhost: No

Price: $$

Escape in style at this gorgeous lakefront cabin in Cedar Vale. The entire place is decked out with wood finishings, large windows, and hunting-related decorations. It’s rare to find a cabin as sprawling as this one, making it one of the coolest vacation home in the US.

Aside from the size of this baby, a stay here also means access to your own private dock where you can fish, swim, bird watch, or simply chill out. On-site, there’s also an outdoor patio and a fire pit… fun for all!

Why We Love It: Sprawling cabin with private dock and warm interiors.

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Kentucky: Observatory Tree House

Observatory Tree House
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Type: Treehouse (2BR, 1B)

Location: Stanton

Superhost: Yes

Price: $$$

Essentially a playground for adults, the Observatory Treehouse is not a stay for the faint-hearted. This masterpiece sits high in the trees of Stanton, Kentucky, offering guests seclusion, adventures, and unmatched stargazing.

It takes 120 steps to reach the top of this treehouse, but it’s worth every single one once you’re laying under the tree canopies. 

The entire bedroom is encased in glass, with massive windows and a skylight, meaning you’ll never miss out on the views. There’s also a kitchen with all you need for cooking, a mudroom to relax in, and a private outhouse for your use. 

Why We Love It: Remarkable treehouse with glass bedroom and decent kitchen.

What Past Guests Have Said: “A truly remarkable place! We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. It was an authentic tree house experience with fun ladders to climb and a hatch to open. The kitchen was precious, and we were able to cook our dinner comfortably both nights. When we struggled with getting the heaters to turn on, our hosts arrived promptly to assist us despite the late hour. And once the heaters were going, they kept us toasty warm despite the sub-freezing temperatures outside. It was magical to watch snow fall outside our bedroom window over the gorge. I can’t wait to go back!”

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Louisiana: Pool Paradise Escape – Private Pool and Hot Tub

Pool Paradise Escape - Private Pool and Hot Tub
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Type: Entire Home (5BR, 4B)

Location: New Orleans

Superhost: Yes

Price: $$$

Louisiana is swimming with fun places to stay but none are quite as colorful as this one which certainly qualifies as one of the best Airbnb in the US. 

A classic New Orleans creole cottage with a twist, this home has soaring ceilings, interesting decor, and endless color. Each room is painted brightly, with hues of turquoise, coral, sunshine, and beyond. Though it’s gotten a recent upgrade, this New Orleans Airbnb still retains much of its original charm… just with a super upscale kitchen.

Aside from the eye-catching artwork and original stained glass, the best part about this home is the outdoor pool with plenty of sun loungers and a bright mural for Instagram backdrops. 

Who knew you could find this kind of place in NOLA?

Why We Love It: Upgraded creole cottage with bright colors, interesting decor, and a pool.

What Past Guests Have Said: “The place is SO beautiful and was perfect for our girls trip. They are so hospitable and made an effort to communicate with us throughout the weekend. Highly recommend booking for your next trip to NOLA!”

“Amazing house in an amazing location! We had a great experience with Epic Stork and would recommend their properties to anyone. Beautifully decorated and very clean. Will be back soon!”

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Maine: Exquisitely Modern Maine Cottage @Diagonair

Exquisitely Modern Maine Cottage @Diagonair
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Type: Entire Cottage (1BR, 2B)

Location: Sedgwick

Superhost: Yes

Price: $$$

If you’re headed to Maine to escape a big city, this is truly the perfect spot for you. A modern cottage set on twelve acres of woods and blueberry fields, you’ll be treated to some of the best views in Maine from Caterpillar Hill.

This cottage was designed by a world-renowned architect who thought of just about everything. The interiors are bright and airy, with lots of nooks to cozy up in, and the massive windows look out into the deep woods. 

There are three different patios here, which means plenty of outside time when you’re not exploring the nearby trails or snacking on blueberries. One of the patios sits in the gardens, one of them hangs off the bedroom with an outdoor fireplace, and the last is positioned for the best sunset views. 

What did I tell you? They thought of everything here, making it one of the coolest vacation home in the US.

Why We Love It: Incredibly designed modern cottage in the woods.

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Maryland: The Historic DC Firehouse 4 – Penthouse Unit

The Historic DC Firehouse 4 - Penthouse Unit
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Type: Entire Home (5BR, 4B)

Location: Washington, D.C. 

Superhost: No

Price: $$$$

Okay, I might get some flack for choosing a Maryland Airbnb in Washington D.C., but can’t we just agree that they’re close enough?

This is definitely one of the coolest Airbnbs in the US as it’s set in a historic D.C. firehouse! Once home to the first African American fire company in Washington D.C., this building was constructed in 1884 and completely renovated in 2017 to add some modern twists while retaining its historical significance.

This Airbnb offers an upscale, contemporary stay with some of the biggest windows you’ve ever seen and exposed brick everywhere. Highlights are the master bathroom with the original clawfoot bathtub and a massive skylight, a large office with firemen relics, and sweeping views of D.C. from the roof deck.

The property is full of historic photos and artifacts, as well as the original fireman’s pole. Talk about a cool stay!

Why We Love It: Historic firehouse turned into glam penthouse.

What Past Guests Have Said: “Great place, great location. Our host was very quick to respond and helpful with whatever was needed.”

“Mike was a great host, we held our corporate planning event here. The location was perfect, the place is spacious, well maintained with a unique history and ambiance.”

“Michael, was a great host! From check-in to check-out, the whole process was flawless! My family and I had such a wonderful time!!!”

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Massachusetts: Octagonal Glass Treehouse in Berkshires

best airbnb in Massachusetts, USA
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Type: Treehouse (1BR, 2B)

Location: Otis

Superhost: Yes

Price: $$$

The Berkshires are known for being a peaceful retreat from bustling New England cities, and this vacation home is the perfect haven for making the most of the surrounding wilderness.

With an octagonal shape and windows on all sides, this vacation home in Massachusetts is simply breathtaking. There’s a large open lounge area with a wood burning fireplace nestled under the criss crossed exposed beams on the ceiling (think yurt-style). There’s even a day bed in the living room with a library and games for snowy winter evenings.

This treehouse has a full kitchen, spacious deck with a fire pit and grill, and a stunning master bedroom with a workspace, ensuite bathroom and unobstructed tree views all around. Talk about the perfect getaway!

Why We Love It: Absolutely gorgeous octagonal treehouse in the woods.

What Past Guests Have Said: “Katherine’s Octagon house is a breath a fresh air. Such a beautiful serene property that was the perfect cozy weekend getaway for my husband and I. We couldn’t get over the views from every angle and were lucky enough to have it snow during our stay. The fireplace is one of the highlights of the property and there is more than enough wood provided to keep it burning all day long. The day bed was an excellent touch and we found our selves lounging there for the majority of our stay. We would definitely come back to Katherine’s property!”

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Michigan: Fernside A-frame: Private River Front, Hidden Gem

Fernside A-frame: Private River Front, Hidden Gem
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Type: Entire Cabin (2BR, 1B)

Location: Indian River

Superhost: Yes

Price: $$

Nestled on the banks of the Sturgeon River, you’ll find this glorious A-frame cabin, an ideal getaway from it all. 

This A-frame is built in modern style with an entire wall of windows and warm wooden interiors. The space is outfitted with compelling furniture (there’s even a chandelier!), creating a stylish stay for you and your companions. 

There’s a deck to enjoy the stars at night, as well as a fire pit for roasting s’mores. You’ll have private access to the river and are encouraged to enjoy it with an inner tube and float along in peace.

Why We Love It: Fashionable riverfront A-frame with unique furnishings and a beautiful view.

What Past Guests Have Said: “So peaceful and relaxing. Everything about this place is awesome. We loved reading our books, hiking, enjoying the beautiful view. We had an outdoor fire each night while sitting in the deck. Looking forward to staying again in the future.”

“This place was beautiful, unique and everything I could’ve asked for. We had such a great stay. Everything was very clean and cozy. We both felt right at home.”

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Minnesota: Red Wing Church House

Red Wing Church House
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Type: Castle (3BR, 2B)

Location: Red Wing

Superhost: Yes

Price: $$$

This is without a doubt one of the coolest vacation home in the US, and when you see it you’ll immediately understand why.

A church converted into a home, this vacation rental can accommodate up to eight guests across three stunning bedrooms. It’s an absolutely colossal space all for your enjoyment, with 22-foot ceilings and elements of the original 1880s construction. 

Of course, it’s been remodeled so that there are modern comforts in this historic structure. There’s a full kitchen, state-of-the-art bathrooms, and even a pool table if you feel like billiards, making this the perfect vacation destination for you and your family or friends.

Why We Love It: Historic church-turned-vacation-property, with much of its old-world charm still intact.

What Past Guests Have Said: “Incredibly unique experience staying at the Church! The hosts were very responsive and everything exceeded expectations!”

“Kelley’s place was amazing and was exactly what i needed. Easy street parking, we loved how spacious it was we had plenty of room for everything. fully stocked on supplies and much more. definetly will book again. Thank you again Kelley!!”

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Mississippi: 1839 Beekman Place Livery

1839 Beekman Place Livery
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Type: Entire Cottage (3BR, 3B)

Location: Natchez

Superhost: Yes

Price: $$$

Another historic offering turned modern, this downtown Natchez cottage is a funky Mississippi find. 

According to local history, Beekman Place was an 1839 fire station before it was turned into a carriage house for a local family. Much of its original charm has been maintained, with a world-class restoration that makes this one of the best vacation home in the US.

As you wander through this home, you’ll be charmed by the intricate collection of hanging artwork and statues. Everywhere you look, there’s a new surprise to discover, keeping you entertained for the duration of your stay.

The house features exposed brick, wooden beams, and some of the original cabinetry work. With an exquisite master bedroom and brightly-colored bathrooms, this stay is one you’re sure to remember years down the line.

Why We Love It: Historic home with interesting history, filled with artwork and fun flairs.

What Past Guests Have Said: “One of a kind place centrally located in downtown Natchez. You are in a treat for quite an experience staying here!”

“Marlas place is in the perfect spot to everywhere close in the historic district in Natchez. The place has an intriguing history, a visitor in the night . The ectlectic array of art and Knick knacks will keep the conversations going! We loved everything about the place and will return!”

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Missouri: Eccentric and Fun Downtown Loft / Ferris Wheel View

Eccentric and Fun Downtown Loft / Ferris Wheel View
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Type: Entire Loft (3BR, 2.5B)

Location: St. Louis

Superhost: Yes

Price: $$

Did someone say dream home or what? Seriously, this is definitely among the coolest vacation home in the US due to the sheer amount of entertainment it provides. 

A pool table, pinball machines, darts, a bowling alley, and more to keep you and your guests occupied during short or long stays just scratch the surface of what this listing offers. 

Aside from all the toys, this loft is massive and has an industrial feel to it with exposed brick walls and ventilation hanging overhead. There are treats around every bend at this vacation rental in Missouri, with endless amounts to explore. 

And hey, the view isn’t half bad either!

Why We Love It: Downtown industrial loft loaded with arcade games and more.

What Past Guests Have Said: “The best way to describe this place is, JACKPOT. Hands down, one of the best places to rent on this or any other site. Gary stepped up his game after I told him my wife wanted to plan our Xmas dinner at his loft. Gary went out and bought a complete new holiday dish set for us to use. The place had every pot, utensil, bowl and anything else a person would need in a kitchen. It shows he’s willing to go the extra mile for his guest. Not to mention there were plenty of things to do from the pin ball machines, board games, great views and with the security system at the building we always felt safe. We will but this place on speed-dial for future uses.”

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Montana: Earthship Sustainable Home Experience in Big Sky

Earthship Sustainable Home Experience in Big Sky
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Type: Earth House (1BR, 1B)

Location: Gallatin Gateway

Superhost: Yes

Price: $$

When you see this house, you may think it’s cool but when you learn about the concept behind it, you’ll be blown away.

This is actually an Earthship which means this off-the-grid home is completely self-sufficient. It collects rainwater for use, generates its own electricity, and can control its own temperature without the use of heat or A/C. It’s completely sustainable and is positioned to be a comfortable 60 to 70 degrees, all from the sunlight! 

Though this home is off the grid, it still has modern conveniences like WiFi, a smart TV, and any other appliance you’d need during your stay. 

Besides the fact that this house can exist without human interference, it’s one of the best vacation home in the US because it sits on 20 acres with its own hiking/biking trail, a wood-fired sauna, and a greenhouse with yummy fruits and veggies for you to enjoy during your stay.

Why We Love It: Self-sufficient Earthship with tons of outdoor space, a sauna, and a greenhouse.

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Nebraska: Old Market Lion Place Condo

Old Market Lion Place Condo
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Type: Entire Condo (1BR, 1B) 

Location: Omaha

Superhost: Yes

Price: $

Stay in the heart of Omaha at one of the coolest Airbnbs in the US. This condo overlooks downtown through its giant circular window, something of a portal to the outside world.

Inside, you’ll find a mix of luxury and comfort with a curved wooden kitchen, leather loungers, and a large master bedroom. There’s even a hammock for hanging out in the living room!

This place comes fully-stocked with a selection of toiletries, a laundry room, exposed brick walls and hardwood floors. Centrally located, it doesn’t get much better than this Airbnb in Omaha. 

Why We Love It: Downtown Omaha condo with lots of natural light and old-school luxury.

What Past Guests Have Said: “Outstanding property! Everything was flawless! Prior to our arrival we had a change to our Thanksgiving weekend in Omaha, with two of our adult children getting Covid and our youngest not wanting to travel from Boston. Jamie was exceptional in communications with us! She helped us move our arrangements to a more suitable arrangement for my husband and I. The condo was amazing and location is perfect! We will definitely be back to stay at the condos in the old market.”

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Nevada: Death Valley House | Desert Gold

Death Valley House | Desert Gold
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Type: Entire Home (3BR, 2B)

Location: Beatty

Superhost: Yes

Price: $$$

This otherworldly desert home makes the cut for one of the best vacation home in the US as it sits on 80 acres of land with rolling views as far as the eye can see. It’s been featured in heaps of magazines and publications due to its interesting architecture and unique placement… you won’t find a home like this anywhere else.

This house beautifully meshes indoor and outdoor, with vast windows, sliding doors, and a 900-square-foot deck. Made up of two building modules, you’ll have a wonderful time wandering between both of the living spaces… don’t forget to stop at the sunken hot tub on the way!

A star-gazers paradise, skip Vegas and head here on your next trip to Nevada. You’re in for the most memorable stay of your life!

Why We Love It: Insanely beautiful desert home, with indoor-outdoor living and a sunken hot tub.

What Past Guests Have Said: “To say that this place is peaceful in the desert is an understatement. The view is 360 degrees and unparalleled. Definitely get up for sunrise which rises looking out the window in the kitchen. It’s breathtaking. Being able to sleep with the blinds open and letting in all the early morning sun is awesome, as well as looking into the stars at night. Will definitely be back!”

“Great space to experience the desert. Must check out the dry lake bed in say to Scotty’s Castle.”

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New Hampshire: Ling Treehouse: Soul’s Retreat

Ling Treehouse: Soul's Retreat
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Type: Treehouse (1BR




Instead of being over the top, this treehouse in New Hampshire is a minimalist’s fantasy. With humongous windows and unobstructed forest views, there’s not much more you could wish for during a stay at this simple but marvelous property. 

There’s a fire pit and grate for cooking, propane burner for boiling water, and a charming little outhouse to do your business. There’s no WiFi but that makes this the ideal getaway to disconnect and enjoy some of the enchanting hikes around. Some of the coolest Airbnbs in the US are the most simple ones! 

Why We Love It: Minimalist treehouse with magical forest views.

What Past Guests Have Said: “Ling’s treehouse is one of the most rejuvenating places I have been to. From a picturesque Mountain view, to tranquil sunrises, to thought provoking silence. Everything was just as expected. Despite high winds and below zero temperatures the treehouse was well insulated and provided the perfect amount of warmth throughout the wintery conditions. Allie was also a fantastic host. She provided a brief walk through of amenities upon arrival and answered all questions asked. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect stay. Highly recommend.”

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New Jersey: Unique Spanish Villa

Unique Spanish Villa
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Type: Entire Home (3BR, 2B)

Location: Seaside Park

Superhost: Yes

Price: $$

If Seaside Heights sounds familiar, it’s because it’s the setting for MTV’s infamous Jersey Shore. It’s also the location of this insanely cool vacation home that makes for a one-of-a-kind stay that’s just minutes from the beach.

Besides the fact that having a Spanish-style villa in New Jersey is pretty much unheard of, this house is full of quirks and quips that’ll grab your attention… the biggest one (literally) being the 200-pound pig who lives in the backyard. His name is Mr. Richard Parker, by the way. 

The interior of this home features walls of all different colors, eclectic artwork, and a full mixed martial arts gym, if that’s your thing. Outside you’ll find plenty of places to lounge around including the hot tub on the deck. 

When you feel like heading out, the host has left six season beach badges for you to use, a coveted item during Jersey Shore summers. 

Keep your eyes out for Snooki!

Why We Love It: Extremely eclectic Spanish-style villa near the beach.

What Past Guests Have Said: “Chris’s home was perfect for our group of adults looking for a short getaway. The layout and space is unique yet functional. The kitchen appliances were modern and we enjoyed preparing meals there. The hot tub was immaculately clean and a special treat after exploring the nearby state park in the winter. Chris was an excellent host and gave us privacy and guidance. The house is well located, right by the beach and boardwalk and only a mile from the grocery store. We have a great stay!”

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New Mexico: Taos Earthship: Modern + Mesa

Taos Earthship: Modern + Mesa
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Type: Earth House (1BR, 1B)

Location: El Prado

Superhost: Yes

Price: $

Another Earthship to add to your bucket list, this sustainable home is off the grid and was hand-built over the course of eight years by the host! 

It’s bright and full of natural light with unique details and tons of repurposed materials. You’ll find the likes of old tires, cardboard, and recycled bottles and cans, all coming together to create this remarkable space.

This Earthship has actually been featured in Forbes, Smithsonian, and even the Airbnb Magazine because it’s such a standout place. 

You’ll quickly become enchanted by the breezy design, unique furniture, and the curved feel to the entire space. The bathroom is what will catch your eye the most, with holes cut out of the wall and a cast iron clawfoot tub. 

Why We Love It: Earthship built by hand, with lots of natural and repurposed materials.

What Past Guests Have Said: “Kirsten was very prompt in responding to any questions. She even suggested local electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, which was one of our biggest concerns. Her place is ahhhhmazing! Beautiful space with all of the views. Wished we could have stayed longer, but we’re already planning our next trip back lol.”

“This was a beautiful place to stay! It amazingly stayed so warm from the sunlight during the day. It felt private but also close enough to good places to eat. Loved staying here!”

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New York: Woodstock Historic Artist Estate – The Pond House

New York - The Pond House
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Type: Entire Home (3BR, 1.5B)

Location: Woodstock

Superhost: Yes

Price: $$$

Head upstate to this swanky artist estate where exquisite attention to architectural detail makes it one of the coolest vacation home in the US. 

It’s everything you’d dream of when you think of an artist retreat, with captivating decor and plenty of space for creativity to flourish. The house is awash with natural light streaming in from the huge windows and features elements like concrete countertops and state-of-the-art fixtures to tie everything together.

The master bedroom is really the most special place here, with floor-to-ceiling windows that look out over the expansive grounds under a curved, wooden ceiling. 

This spot is backed by flora and fauna that’s more than 100 years old, large lawns, and a pond to sit by with your book. Architecture and design lovers won’t be able to get enough of this place (especially if you’ve been trapped in a shoebox NYC apartment). 

Why We Love It: Incredible artist retreat for architecture and design lovers.

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North Carolina: The Nook – Obsessively Handmade Hyperlocal AVL

The Nook - Obsessively Handmade Hyperlocal AVL
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Type: Tiny House (1BR, 1B)

Location: Swannanoa

Superhost: Yes

Price: $$

If you like the idea of staying somewhere entirely handmade, you’ll quickly fall in love with The Nook

This modern wood cabin is a perfect forest retreat that’s made of all-natural materials from locals in the area. Everything you come across has likely been whittled, sewn, dyed, or shaped by hand, making this special little spot in the trees that much more charming.

This home lives up to its name and is truly full of nooks. There’s a little breakfast nook crafted from black walnut with handcrafted teapots, a tea loft with local ceramics, an entertainment loft with a smart TV and locally sewn cushions and blankets, and of course, a bedroom nook with a mural painted by a local artist. 

There’s also a full kitchen and living space, with an ash wood swing (talk about the perfect Insta pic), a back deck, and plenty of odds and ends that make The Nook one of the coolest vacation home in the US. 

Why We Love It: Handcrafted tiny home by local artists, with tons of unique features.

What Past Guests Have Said: “This place is amazing!! The space seems so much bigger with the high ceilings and windows. Every detail of this space was thoughtfully planned out and it is beautiful!! We could have stayed inside and had coffee and tea (and wine) here all day. The bathroom is spacious for a tiny house, which was a pleasant surprise! The location is good, about a 15 minute drive into Asheville. This was a great getaway with my husband we hope to stay here again!!”

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North Dakota: One-of-a-Kind Featured Fargo Home

One-of-a-Kind Featured Fargo Home
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Type: Entire Home (3BR, 1B)

Location: Fargo

Superhost: No

Price: $

Who knew you could find a place like this in North Dakota? This A-Frame home in Fargo is an interesting stay just minutes from downtown.

On the lower level, you’ll find an open plan living space with a sectional, TV, and even beanbags to lounge around on. There’s also a full kitchen and dining area, making the space much larger than it appears on the outside. On the ground floor, you’ll find the start of the bi-level focal fireplace that carries up into the loft.

There are three bedrooms, one of which is under the sharp angle of the A-Frame. Fit a group of up to six in this vacation home and discover all that makes it among the best in the country. 

Why We Love It: Interesting A-Frame home with bi-level fireplace near downtown Fargo.

What Past Guests Have Said: “Perfect home with a cozy feel and in a great location.”

“This airbnb was beautiful, unique, super clean, and had everything we could’ve needed! I recommend and would definitely go back again.”

“Such a rare find and worth every penny. The home was spotless and the parking was very convenient. Very close to downtown!”

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Ohio: The Box Hop – Hocking Hills

The Box Hop - Hocking Hills
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Type: Entire Cabin (3BR, 2B)

Location: Rockbridge

Superhost: Yes

Price: $$$

A cabin of a different kind, this is one of the best vacation home in the US because it’s made out of three shipping containers! Set in the middle of the woods, this is not only one of the most sought-after vacation rental in the area but in the entire country, too.

Rather than a rustic feel, this cabin has a completely modern vibe with farmhouse-style tables, a leather couch with a gas fireplace, and a smart TV. All of the fixtures and appliances are new, and the bathroom is even outfitted with a soaking tub.

This is the perfect place to immerse yourself in nature without sacrificing modern comforts. There are huge glass windows and doors to take in your surroundings (check out the ones in the bedrooms!), an expansive deck with an outdoor fireplace and grill, even a hot tub to soak in after a long day of exploring. 

Why We Love It: Amazing modern cabin made from shipping containers.

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Oklahoma: Historical Tiny Home with Patio

Historical Tiny Home with Patio
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Type: Entire Guesthouse

Location: Oklahoma City

Superhost: Yes

Price: $

This tiny home is perfect if you’re looking for a no-fuss stay in Oklahoma City. On the outside, it looks like a classic historic home but the interior is completely contemporary, making it one of the coolest vacation home in the US.

What it lacks in space, this home makes up for in personality with wooden accents, a bright layout, and designer furniture. 

If you’ve ever dreamed of sleeping on a wall bed, now’s your chance as this one folds down to give you a comfortable place to rest your head. There’s also a full bathroom included even though the space is tiny, along with a decked-out kitchen and two patios. 

Why We Love It: Tiny home with a lot of personalities.

What Past Guests Have Said: “Michele was an excellent host, who was thoughtful and consistent in communicating with us and making sure we felt welcome and at-home, even for an overnight stay. We had never visited Oklahoma City before, and her absolutely charming and cozy home made a wonderful first impression! We look forward to our next visit.”

“This AirBnb is so beautiful, and clean! I’d love to give a big thanks to the host! 10 out of 10 recommend and will use again in the near future :)”

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Oregon: Luxurious Getaway (Views and Hot Tub)

Luxurious Getaway (Views and Hot Tub)
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Type: Entire Home (2BR, 2B)

Location: Eugene

Superhost: Yes

Price: $$

Oregon is full of hidden treasures and this Eugene home is definitely one of them. With a charming exterior and plenty of views, you’ll fall in love as soon as you step through the doors.

While this home is full of special furniture and huge windows, what makes this one of the coolest vacation home in the US is the bedroom. Totally encased in glass, you’ll be able to sleep under the stars in the comfort of home, surrounded by the calm, lush forest. 

This Eugene vacation rental also features a wrap-around deck, pumping wood stove, and an outdoor hot tub. It’s pretty much heaven on Earth. 

Why We Love It: Luxury home with glass bedroom and hot tub.

What Past Guests Have Said: “My boyfriend and I had a perfect winter weekend here. The space was super clean, spacious, and private. We’ll be back again for sure!”

“Joannas place was even more wonderful than I expected. The place was clean, comfortable beds, and the hot tub was so nice on a cold rainy day. The perfect romantic getaway for me and my boyfriend”

“What a wonderful space this place is! Tucked away, right outside of Eugene! We had such a wonderful time! Can’t wait to come back!”

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Pennsylvania: The Deacon – A Place to Gather

The Deacon - A Place to Gather
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Type: Castle (8BR, 5B)

Location: Philadelphia

Superhost: No

Price: $$$$

For the most insane place to stay in Philly and certainly one of the best vacation home in the US, book The Deacon, a 1906 church that’s been converted into an eight-bedroom accommodation.

Maintaining much of the original Gothic Revival architecture and detailing, this church will blow your mind. With a deep hunter green living and dining area, an open-air lounge space, and the entirety of the church to enjoy with your group, this is the perfect place for family gatherings, special occasions, and even weddings! 

There are multiple suites (dibs on the one with stained glass!), all outfitted with fashionable decor, and a full kitchen and bar area for entertainment. Live out your dreams of royalty with a stay at The Deacon… this is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. 

Why We Love It: Gothic church converted into a lavish group accommodation.

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Rhode Island: Treehouse By the Sea

Treehouse By the Sea
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Type: Entire Home (1BR, 1B)

Location: South Kingstown

Superhost: Yes

Price: $$

This treehouse-esque Rhode Island Airbnb is a hidden gem in South Kingstown, just next to Main Street and minutes from the ocean by bike. It’s the perfect escape from Boston or other large cities in the Northwest as it’s 15 minutes from the Amtrak Station and offers some much-needed respite.

It has a studio layout with an open plan kitchen, dining area, and living space. Tucked into the corner is the most comfortable bed under the soaring ceiling skylights. When you feel like some fresh air, grab a cup of coffee and enjoy it on the upper deck. 

What makes this one of the best Airbnbs in the US are all the little details that come with the stay. You’ll find a record player with plenty of vinyls to sort through, a fire pit for s’mores, and an outdoor shower for spa-like luxury. 

Talk about the ultimate staycation!

Why We Love It: Cozy little studio with lots of fun touches.

What Past Guests Have Said: “this place is adorable and we had a great stay here!”

“Cute and quant treehouse by the sea! Our stay was perfect an absolutely loved the style of the place!”

“The perfect spot for a peaceful getaway. Kitchen is great for cooking and morning light makes you want to hang around and drink coffee and listen to records all day. Highly recommend all of that, here. A+”

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South Carolina: Waterfall Getaway, Nothing like You’ve Ever Seen

Waterfall Getaway, Nothing like You’ve Ever Seen
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Type: Entire Home (2BR, 1B)

Location: Westminster

Superhost: Yes

Price: $$$

Holy moly, one look at this place and it’s obvious why it’s among the coolest vacation home in the US! Enjoy the outdoors inside with unparalleled views of a waterfall flowing just outside of the living room window.

This house has lots of glass, and understandably so. Since this modern home sits on a river in the forest, you’ll have impeccable views in every direction.

Highlights include the soft wooden interior, well-selected statement pieces, and the stone fireplace. Since the home sits on a 100-acre nature preserve, there are also plenty of paths for long walks through the woods or mountain biking. 

You should note that there’s no WiFi or TV so you can have a complete escape but there is cell service just in case. 

Why We Love It: House literally sitting on a waterfall, with tons of glass to enjoy the views.

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South Dakota: Artistic Mid-Century Home

Artistic Mid-Century Home
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Type: Entire Home (2BR, 1B)

Location: Sioux Falls

Superhost: Yes

Price: $

Tucked away in Sioux Falls, you’ll find this charming mid-century home that’s swimming with character, with all the comforts you need for some time away, along with a few twists. 

The home features stunning hardwood floors that match the wooden beams running across the ceiling. The green dining chairs pop against the warm wooden furniture and make for the perfect dose of color next to the hand-painted mural by a local artist, the focal point of the room.

The living room features plenty of plants, plus some funky furniture gathered around a gas fireplace. There’s a record player with an extensive collection of vinyls, and even a set of bongo drums if you feel like dropping a beat. 

Along with the super funky style and total 60s vibe, the cherry on the cake is the sun room encased in glass. It’s the perfect place to curl up with a book or gather with family while watching the world pass you by. Try it out at night to check out the famed South Dakota stars.

Why We Love It: Funky home with lots of stylish twists.

What Past Guests Have Said: “Great space with lots of room. Very comfortable and a pretty space.”

“A fantastic place to stay with a great hostess! You cannot go wrong with this listing!”

“An absolutely beautiful place to stay. One of my very favorite houses I have ever been in. Has such a wonderful vintage retro feel to it. It is the perfect combination of artistic yet cozy. Would visit again in a heartbeat.”

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Tennessee: Cozy East Nashville Cottage

Cute east Nashville airbnb, best airbnb in the US
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Type: Entire Guesthouse (1BR, 1B)

Location: East Nashville

Superhost: No

Price: $

I’ve actually had the pleasure of staying at this vacation home in Nashville and it still sticks out in my mind as one of the best vacation rental in the US.

It may not seem like much, but this little guesthouse packs a big punch and is absolutely perfect for couples. It exudes southern charm with an overstuffed couch and a vintage American flag but also has lots of fun touches like a record player, funky rugs, and even a little patio with twinkly lights.

In addition, there are plenty of practicalities like a small kitchenette, full bathroom (with lots of extra towels), and unique guides to the city from the hosts.

Plus, we stayed here with our dog and there was a big backyard, which was perfect!

If you’re looking for a cool vacation home in Tennessee, this Nashville stay should be at the top of your list.

Why We Love It: Funky Nashville guesthouse with a patio and backyard.

What Past Guests Have Said: We were very comfortable at Julian’s place! It was exactly what we needed after a long drive. Getting in was super easy, and the bed and couch were wonderfully soft. The apartment was full of nice touches, such as a bowl of candy, a Keurig, and a record player. As well, everything was clean, the shower was lovely, and Julian was warm, helpful, quick to respond, and accommodating. We only wish we could have stayed for longer and taken advantage of his local recommendations!”

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Texas: Back to the 80s

Back to the 80s
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Type: Entire Home (2BR, 1B)

Location: Dallas

Superhost: Yes

Price: $

Indulge your inner kid with this rad 80s themed stay. It’s got to be one of the best vacation home in the US due to the exceptional assortment of Nintendo games and sugary cereals included… Did someone say Fruit Loops?

All of the walls are painted in 80s pastel colors, with patterned murals on some (and even the exterior of the home) and 80s-themed artwork. Even the bedding is straight out of Ferris Bueller, giving guests the day of their dreams.

This vibrant atmosphere makes for an out-of-this-world stay. Don’t forget to try out the TMNT arcade game!

Why We Love It: Totally unique 80s-themed house, with arcade games and cereal included.

What Past Guests Have Said: “We rented this space for a “zoom” first birthday party (Sesame Street theme) for our quarantine baby! It was such a bright and fun place to have a small party. All of our family have been raving about the photos from the Airbnb. Jeremy & Kelsey we’re extremely helpful and responsive to my million questions as I planned her birthday! We loved it so much and there was no shortage of spots to get great photos! The details and design in the space is also excellent. We loved the area and got food from several local places. Can’t wait to stay here again!!!”

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Utah: Ridge Top – Charming Cottage, Hot Tub, Fireplace, Furnished Tipi

Ridge Top - Charming Cottage, Hot Tub, Fireplace, Furnished Tipi
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Type: Entire Cabin (2BR, 1.5B)

Location: Sundance

Superhost: Yes

Price: $$$

Nestled up behind the Sundance Mountain Resort, there’s a large handful of luxurious mountain homes with epic views from every direction and all the peace and quiet you could ever wish for. This happens to be one of those escapes but instead of a typical mountain cabin feel, this one exudes an eclectic style and unique atmosphere.

With an interesting collection of artwork and standout accents throughout the home, there’s plenty to keep the eyes occupied during this stay. Gather around the cowboy fireplace in the living room or climb up the bedroom in the loft for a good night’s sleep.

The tipi here is fully furnished so, if you’re feeling adventurous, spend the night outside under the stars. There’s also a hot tub for those seeking relaxation, with views of Mount Timpanogos to round it out.

Why We Love It: Unique cabin at Sundance with a backyard tipi and hot tub.

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Vermont: Schoolhouse Farm Cottage – Sauna + Hot Tub

Schoolhouse Farm Cottage - Sauna + Hot Tub
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Type: Entire Cottage (2BR, 1B)

Location: Shaftsbury

Superhost: Yes

Price: $$

One look at this place and I’m ready to book it for myself! This is a seriously magical Vermont getaway suited for anyone looking for one of the coolest vacation home in the US, with lots of peace and relaxation.

Set in a historic schoolhouse, this Vermont vacation rental is perched on a hill overlooking the farm and Green Mountains from every direction. There’s a deck to enjoy the panoramic views from, as well as plenty of cozy spaces inside the house to enjoy.

The real draw to this schoolhouse is the hot tub and panoramic barrel sauna where you can soak in the scene, even if it’s snowy outside. You’ll have to pull yourself away from this stay as I can guarantee you’ll never, ever want to leave. 

Why We Love It: Majestic, historic schoolhouse renovated with modern comforts like a panoramic barrel sauna and a hot tub.

What Past Guests Have Said: “Caroline’s Airbnb was an amazing getaway, looking forward to booking again!”

“There was so much care and attention to detail. We had a wonderful time and can’t wait to return.”

“We loved our stay at the Schoolhouse! We especially enjoyed cooking in the large kitchen and relaxing in the sauna. The surrounding farm is beautiful and a joy to explore. We plan to return for a future stay.”

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Virginia: Dream Rock Silo

Dream Rock Silo
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Type: Barn (1BR, 1B)

Location: Independence

Superhost: Yes

Price: $$

I know that sleeping in a silo isn’t on everyone’s bucket list but if it happens to be on yours, this is the place to stay. 

This is one of the best vacation home in the US as the stay is located at the very top of a 1950s silo. Enjoy round rooms, living spaces, and 360° views of the lush surroundings. 

And if that’s not enough, one of the hosts is a master cabinet maker and has left clues to find a hidden compartment in the silo. Join in on the game and you’ll find a souvenir to take home with you!

You’ll get the full farm experience at this stay with two adorable dogs, six cats, and a coop full of chickens… What could be better?

Why We Love It: Unique stay in a 1950s silo with lots of fun treats.

What Past Guests Have Said: “There’s a good reason why Karen and Bill’s Silo have 120+ 5-star reviews… Just pick a review, any review and you won’t be mislead. But do yourself a favor and book before reading too many reviews — save some mystery for when you actually arrive to the property and experience the magic first hand, in real time. You won’t be disappointed. 😉 Above all else – Karen’s genuine joy and pride in the Silo (and the other rooms as well) is a great reminder that we should all pursue our dreams and share our talents and kindness with others. Thanks again Karen for reminding me what’s important in life. <3”

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Washington: Staycation at Architectural Retreat with Lego Kitchen

Staycation at Architectural Retreat with Lego Kitchen
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Type: Entire Home (4BR, 2.5B)

Location: Seattle

Superhost: Yes

Price: $$$

Washington State is swimming with cool places to stay but this A-Frame retreat takes the cake. It’s the perfect location for a staycation as it’s still close enough to Seattle for all that you need but secluded enough that you’ll feel like you’re the only ones around.

This cabin has serious retro vibes with a contemporary spin. The furnishings are bright in contrast to the muted wood floors and ceiling. The bed is lofted so you can sleep under the peak and the house is dripping in natural light from the floor-to-ceiling windows.

What makes this one of the coolest vacation home in the US, though, is the Lego-themed kitchen with a scavenger hunt set up by the host. Around the house, you’ll also find plenty of games, puzzles, and cards so you can stay occupied while hunkering down.

Why We Love It: Secluded city retreat with fun features.

What Past Guests Have Said: “Really cool place for a nice staycation with the fam! The lego kitchen is super nice especially for the kids. Nice short walk to the waterfront with playground. Would definitely come back if possible!”

“Lovely home with really unique and interesting charm. It was clear that ever detail of the home had been thought through and designed with intent and thoughtfulness. We were only two guests, but there is lots of space to lounge about in the home. Also very close to the Burke Gilman and other interesting parks”

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West Virginia: River Front, Beautiful 1815 Stone House

River Front, Beautiful 1815 Stone House
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Type: Entire Cabin (1BR, 1.5B)

Location: Shepherdstown

Superhost: Yes

Price: $

Step back in time with this 1815 stone house sitting along the Potomac River. It’s an ideal escape from bustling cities, giving some peace and quiet to all those who come.

This historic home sits on two and a half acres, which means there’s plenty of room to explore by foot, bike, or kayak. You can even take a tube to the river and float down it. There’s a large fire pit and hammocks just in front of the water so you can enjoy the wildlife while staying cozy.

The interior of this house makes it one of the best vacation home in the US, with whitewashed stone walls, logs across the ceiling, and an old-time feel. You can still see much of the original craftsmanship, allowing you to step back in time. 

Why We Love It: Old-school stone house from the 1800s sitting on the Potomac.

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Wisconsin: Still Bend/Frank Lloyd Wright’s Schwartz House

Still Bend/Frank Lloyd Wright’s Schwartz House
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Type: Entire Villa (4BR, 3B)

Location: Two Rivers

Superhost: Yes

Price: $$$

Even if you aren’t an architecture buff, you’ll quickly realize why this is one of the coolest vacation home in the US. This home began as a concept for a 1938 LIFE Magazine “Dream Home” project; Frank Lloyd Wright was commissioned to design a home for a middle-class American family. 

Of it, he said: “American… family life is unlike any other in the world and I think this plan recognizes it for pretty much what it is — a little private club — with special privacies, ultra conveniences, and style all the while.” 

So if you want a taste of this Usonian modern home, you’ll be treated to an expansive space with a retro feel to it. Long hallways, exposed brick, and heaps of wood, there are intricate details to spot everywhere you look, along with colorful, cushy furniture.

And if you don’t know much about Frank Lloyd Wright (well-known for designing the Guggenheim in NYC), the house is stocked with amazing books about him and his individual approach to architecture, along with vintage novels. 

Finally, this masterpiece has a private dock on the East Twin River where you can pass the days sunning, fishing, and bird watching. This truly is one of the coolest vacation rental in the US!

Why We Love It: Frank Lloyd Wright’s dream house with private dock and interesting details.

What Past Guests Have Said: “I highly recommend this stay for FLW fans! My boyfriend and I had a very peaceful and relaxing weekend, reading about FLW and enjoying his work. Great space to rewind and re-energize.”

“The house is unique and beautiful. It feels like going back in time and each detail helps the house to be an experience in and of itself. It’s as beautiful as advertised, has everything you need for a relaxing getaway, and every detail is fun to explore and find – from vintage drinking glasses to a vintage record player. Highly recommend this property.”

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Wyoming: Outpost: King Ridge Penthouse

Outpost: King Ridge Penthouse
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Type: Entire Condo

Location: Jackson

Superhost: No

Price: $$$

While Wyoming is full of cabins, there are still a handful of modern, eye-catching properties that are worth checking out if you’re looking for a more high-end stay in the mountains.

This penthouse is a great place to settle in for a bit, with sweeping views of the Tetons, Jackson, and the National Elk Refuge. It’s also conveniently located at the base of Snow King Mountain, with plenty of activities to enjoy year-round.

The apartment is spacious with an open plan living, dining, and kitchen area for you to make the most of during your stay. You’ll have a hard time pulling yourself away from the cozy armchair under the window with the best view in the house. 

There’s a private balcony with a BBQ to use, along with a shared rooftop deck with a hot tub. 

As far as swanky stays go in Wyoming, this has to be one of the best vacation home in the US. 

Why We Love It: Stylish penthouse, with amazing views and a shared rooftop.

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