10 Vacation Rentals That Are Perfect for Leaf Peeping This Fall

10 Vacation Rentals That Are Perfect for Leaf Peeping This Fall

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year. And no, I’m not talking about Christmas. Fall has always been a magical season to me — the crisp air, the feeling of new beginnings, the cozy sweaters, the pumpkin spice lattes — and even though I live in Florida now, I still crave the feeling of stepping on crunchy leaves and the sight of gorgeous fall foliage

If the cooler temperatures and changing leaves also have you in the mood for a getaway, I’ve rounded up some vacation rentals that are perfect for leaf peeping. Listening to Taylor Swift’s “All Too Well” while you read through this list is optional, but highly recommended.

Treehouse with Panoramic Views in Olympia, Washington

What better way to see fall foliage than to stay nestled in between the trees? This cozy treehouse located next to an old growth cedar tree is just for two. It’s perfect for a romantic getaway, and there’s plenty of leaf peeping opportunities on nearby walkways through Douglas firs, cedars, hemlocks, and maple trees.

This listing has one bedroom and can accommodate two guests. Rates start at $170/night. 

Family-friendly Home with Lake Views in Table Rock, Missouri

Admire the colors of the changing leaves and Table Rock Lake views from all three levels of Hawthorn House. The 3,174-square-foot home has a deck with a double-sided indoor/outdoor fireplace, plus a private hot tub and fire pit on the lower level patio. Each bedroom has an en suite bathroom and a different Missouri theme (from the state flower to the state bird).

This listing has five bedrooms and can accommodate 16 guests. The average rate is $497/night. 

Ishkode Chalet in Eagle River, Wisconsin

This secluded riverfront home comes with its own private dock and a wraparound deck. Enjoy the colors of fall on the river (the house comes with a canoe, rowboat, and kayaks to borrow) or on the many miles of scenic trails nearby. If you have dogs, you can bring them with you.

This listing has four bedrooms and can accommodate 18 guests. Rates start at $251/night. 

Redwood Treehouse in Aptos, California

This serene retreat is surrounded by towering redwoods and is made for people who want to reconnect with nature and get away from it all (cell service is limited, but there is WiFi). There’s a private bamboo spa and sauna deck that can be booked ahead of time — complete with an infrared sauna and cold plunge — plus outdoor amenities like a forest sanctuary, redwood deck, garden, meditation pond, and easy walking paths.

This listing has one bedroom and can accommodate four guests. Rates start at $294/night.

Stunning Retreat with Country Charm in Kenwood, California

This two-story wine country estate has a wraparound porch, fire pit, and hot tub. Add in a beautiful landscape with mature trees and you’ve got a picturesque fall getaway. Take in the fall foliage while dining al fresco or sipping wine at one of the nearby wineries located less than one mile away. 

This listing has four bedrooms and can accommodate eight guests. The average rate is $694/night. 

Eagle Crest in Estes Park, Colorado

There’s plenty of fall foliage to see from this renovated historic cabin, but you’ll also want to pack a pair of binoculars to check out the mule deer, elk, wild turkeys, and bears that walk by. Stunning mountain views can be enjoyed from the spacious deck and two sunrooms, and when it’s time to wind down for the night, you can sit around the wood-burning fireplace in the cozy living room.

This listing has four bedrooms and can accommodate nine guests. Rates start at $450/night. 

Jubilee Mountain Homestead Apartment in Black Mountain, North Carolina

This apartment located above the garage of a mountain town home has access to a deck with a private hot tub and grill. It has a great view of the mountains and fall leaves, and renters get a discovery pass to local attractions like the Biltmore Estate and seasonal activities like zip lining, whitewater rafting, and skiing,

This listing has one bedroom and can accommodate four guests. The average rate is $161/night. 

Sounds of Silence in Blue Ridge, Georgia

This mountain cabin has a remote feel while also being a short drive from downtown Blue Ridge. It’s surrounded by trees and boasts views of the Blue Ridge Mountains from the deck. It has an all-wood interior and all the mountain vibes plus modern conveniences like WiFi and a home theater.

This listing has three bedrooms and can accommodate six guests. Rates start at $189/night. 

Trailside Treehouse Riverside in Richmond, Virginia

If you’ve ever wanted to camp in a treehouse, this rental is for you. It’s dog-friendly, and renters have access to complimentary bikes, which are convenient for exploring the nearby trails and river. It’s a legit treehouse that was built for the owner’s nephew in 2014, and they donate a large portion of rental fees to local nonprofits.

This listing has two bedrooms and can accommodate eight guests. Rates start at $271/night.

Vintage Tugboat in Providence, Rhode Island

This list wouldn’t be complete without including a rental in New England. This non-traditional option is a former Canadian Coast Guard tugboat built in the 1950s, and it’s filled with woodwork that is equal parts admirable and cozy. Not only do you get surrounding foliage, but you’ll experience it with incredible waterfront views.

This listing has one bedroom and can accommodate two guests. Rates start at $189/night.

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Winnie the Pooh’s House Is Now on Airbnb, and It Will Make You Feel Super Nostalgic

Winnie the Pooh’s House Is Now on Airbnb, and It Will Make You Feel Super Nostalgic

Deep in the real life forest that inspired the Hundred Acre Wood of A.A. Milne’s stories, you’ll find a treehouse made to look like Winnie the Pooh’s home. It’s available for rent from Airbnb for just two nights, and even if you aren’t one of the lucky UK residents to book it, you can live vicariously through the photos and details below.

The Bearbnb is located in England’s Ashdown Forest in East Sussex, and the house was curated by Disney-appointed Winnie the Pooh illustrator Kim Raymond to celebrate the 95th anniversary of Pooh. Raymond, who has been drawing the iconic bear for more than 30 years, designed the adorable acorn-accented wallpaper and stocked the kitchen cupboards with ‘hunny’ pots.

In bringing Pooh’s house to life, Raymond took inspiration from the original decorations of English artist E.H. Shepard. “I have been illustrating Winnie the Pooh for 30 years and I continue to be inspired by the classic decorations of E.H. Shepard and the more recent Disney stories,” he said. “The ‘Bearbnb’ is a unique experience that brings the charm of Pooh to life for fans, whilst honoring the original adventures that have been so important to many people for 95 years.” 

Winnie the Pooh fans will instantly recognize the house wrapped in trees with the bell to the side of the door and plank of wood that reads ‘Mr. Sanders’ with the backwards “s” above it. The cozy home sleeps four, with a double bed on the ground floor and lofted single beds on either side. Guests who book a stay will be taken on a guided tour through the forest and enjoy locally sourced ‘hunny’-inspired meals. Yoga mats, journals, and throws will be provided to encourage guests to embrace their natural surroundings the way Pooh does.

The dedication to bringing Winnie the Pooh’s home to life is seen in the physical details as well as the Airbnb listing itself. Under “House Rules,” the listing reads “Strictly no heffalumps inside the house,” “Hands are to be kept out of the honey pots,” and “Poohsticks is mandatory.” In case you need a refresher, Poohsticks is a game where players drop a stick from the upstream side of a bridge into the water, and whoever’s stick first appears on the downstream side wins.

If you’re a UK resident, you can book the Airbnb for a stay on Sept. 24 or 25 for £95 per night. Booking goes live on the listing page at 2 p.m. BST on Monday, Sept. 20. All booking fees will be donated to Together for Short Lives.

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5 Unique Airbnbs From Netflix’s “The World’s Most Amazing Vacation Rentals” That You Can Stay In

5 Unique Airbnbs From Netflix’s “The World’s Most Amazing Vacation Rentals” That You Can Stay In

Sometimes, accommodations serve a purely functional purpose on your travels — a place to put your head down at night and leave your things during the day while you go out and explore. On the flip side, accommodations can be the destination, with luxury amenities and spectacular surroundings offering more than enough to keep you entertained.

And that’s what Netflix’s new show “The World’s Most Amazing Vacation Rentals” presents to its viewers — that where you stay can also be where you play (plus, going big on a rental could end up saving you money). To help with your vacation rental planning, these unique Airbnbs were featured in the show, are available for bookings, and are most definitely destination-worthy.

Sitka Lighthouse in Sitka, Alaska

Located on a one-acre private island in Sitka, Alaska, this 1983 lighthouse sits on a serene island and is the ideal place to relax and see wildlife. During your stay, you can chill in the outdoor hot tub, read a book in an Adirondack chair on the wraparound deck, take in 360-degree views of Sitka and the Eastern Channel in a glass room, and fall asleep to the sound of waves crashing onto the shore.

Sitka Lighthouse has two bedrooms and can accommodate six guests. Rates start at $949/night.

Atlanta Alpaca Treehouse in Atlanta, Georgia

A rustic forest path leads to this treehouse in the middle of an 80-year-old bamboo forest in Atlanta, Georgia. It’s located on the same property as a rescue farm for llamas, alpacas, chickens, dogs, and cats — and yes, you can pet them! The treehouse itself has a rustic vibe and is outfitted with antiques and reclaimed materials (think turn of the century stained glass and heart pine floors from a 1905 church). The rental is 15 feet above the forest floor and has two skylights with views of the bamboo canopy.

The Private Islands of Old House Cay on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

If your idea of an ideal vacation is to get away from it all, look no further than this Airbnb listing where you get three private islands all to yourself. It is located in the South Carolina Lowcountry and accessible only by boat. Here, you’ll be living in an off-grid home and spending your days boating, fishing, kayaking, and hanging out with friends.

Snow Igloo in Pelkosenniemi, Finland

If seeing the northern lights is on your bucket list, make it the ultimate adventure by staying in a snow igloo. Located in Pelkosenniemi, Finland, each private igloo is furnished with warm sleeping bags, which are set atop a bed. The listing notes that temperatures are always in the negatives inside the igloo, but worry not — there’s a warm house that’s always open for guests to use if you get cold feet.

The Snow Igloo has one bedroom and can accommodate four guests. Rates start at $131/night.

Quetzalcoatl’s Nest in Naucalpan de Juárez, Mexico

Last but not least, this Airbnb in Naucalpan de Juárez, Mexico is an architectural marvel. Named after Quetzalcoatl, a Mesoamerican deity, this colorful condo has fun surprises to discover both inside and out. It’s surrounded by a park with botanical gardens and creative spaces, making it the perfect place to relax, meditate, do yoga, and be in nature.

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Abigail Abesamis Demarest is a freelance contributor for Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn. When she’s not writing she’s reading up on the latest wellness trends, teaching Zumba classes, or reading a book on the beach.

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