America’s 8 Cutest Airbnbs to Check Into This Spring
We love a stunning hotel room, but nothing makes you feel more like a local than staying in a beautiful Airbnb with a strong sense of place and sweet amenities that feel like home. This spring, take some time to bunk down at one of these stylish vacation rentals across the good old US of A.
Shayla Martin is a freelance lifestyle and travel writer based in Washington, D.C. She has written for a number of publications including New York Magazine, The Daily Beast, The Wall Street Journal, CNN Travel, Architectural Digest, Wine Enthusiast, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. See her latest at ShaylaMartin.com and follow her on Instagram @Shayla.Martin
This charming pied-à-terre, tucked away among the rowhouses of Rittenhouse Square, looks better suited to Paris than Philadelphia thanks to its classic European design elements like cozy fireplaces, high ceilings, deep soaking tubs, and gorgeous wainscoting. Spend days perusing neighborhood galleries, boutiques, and coffee shops (including the original La Colombe) before dining at celebrated restaurants within walking distance like Vernick Food & Drink and Parc. Afterwards, there's no better place to rest and recover from days spent exploring the City of Brotherly Love than on your digs' private rooftop terrace overlooking the city.
New Orleans, LA
Everyone visiting New Orleans dreams of staying in a 150-year-old cottage, right? This bright and airy shotgun-style home has everything you’d want in your NOLA crash pad: eclectic homewares, vintage furniture, hardwood floors, and globally-inspired artwork. It’s like your world-traveling best friend handed over the keys to her place for a few nights. There are even two bikes (with helmets!) for guests to use to explore the vibrant art galleries and live music venues in the Bywater/Marigny neighborhood. If you’d rather get your kicks on Bourbon Street, the French Quarter is only a few steps away.
The tiny home lifestyle may not be for everyone (especially the tallest among us) but hear us out. This quaint mini home is near all of the hip restaurants and breweries in Ballard, a waterfront neighborhood in northwest Seattle with a deep Scandinavian history. Check out the nearby Nordic Museum, Golden Gardens Park beach, and local boutiques, then take the 15-minute drive to downtown Seattle for all the tourist sites. Back home, ease tired muscles in the outdoor hot tub on your private deck.
Los Angeles, CA
It’s a bit of a climb to get to this Los Angeles bungalow, but the sun-drenched studio (with its wood-paneled walls and neutral furnishings) is what California dreams are made of. Wake up to sweeping views of the Hollywood Hills thanks to two oversized windows in front of your queen bed, then enjoy a cup of coffee or tea on the terrace. The private, outdoor shower makes for an outdoorsy experience, but if that’s not your vibe, have a soak in the gold-faucet bathtub instead. You're also just a short drive away from Hollywood, Los Feliz, and Silver Lake.
Santa Fe, NM
It’s an unwritten rule that one cannot visit New Mexico without staying in a casita, and this one in Santa Fe has all the distinct design elements that continue to draw visitors to the Land of Enchantment—we're talking wood-beamed ceilings, a stone fireplace in the bedroom, colorful mosaic tiles in the bathroom and kitchen, and a rooftop deck for taking in those storied southwestern sunsets over the mountains. Bonus: Canyon Road Arts District, Museum Hill, and the Santa Fe Plaza are all within walking distance.
D.C.'s neighborhoods are so unique, each can feel like their own mini-city. Finding a place that’s centrally located and close to a metro stop is key, and this U Street rowhouse has done all the hard work for you. The basement-level apartment is surprisingly bright, with a full kitchen and bathroom, spacious living room, dining room, and a cute outdoor sitting area perfect for people-watching. Best of all, the U Street metro station is just steps away, along with restaurants, bars, cafés, and the historically African-American sites of Howard Theatre, Ben’s Chili Bowl, and Howard University.
Music City shines in the springtime, and this West Nashville studio is close enough to all the action while still managing to escape the crowds. You’ll know you’re in Nashville as soon as you spot the cowboy hat motif on the bedroom wall and the bourbon barrel that doubles as a dining (or drinking) table, among other sweetly southern interiors. Because you're in the Nations neighborhood, you’re also within walking distance of cafés, restaurants, and breweries, and just a short ride-share away from the Grand Ole Opry, Music Row, and all the honky-tonks your social heart desires.
Exposed brick walls and tin ceiling tiles add character to this natural light-filled loft in Chicago's historical neighborhood of South Old Irving Park, northwest of Logan Square. Drivers will appreciate the complimentary garage spot, walkers will appreciate the local restaurants and bars nearby, and everyone will appreciate the full kitchen, oversized sofa, and rooftop deck. Downtown Chicago is about a 20-minute drive, but the closest L train stop is only a 15-minute walk away.
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