Summer is in full swing and your next getaway may be right outside your doorstep. Amid social distancing protocols around the world, travelers are craving the space of the great outdoors while prioritizing safer stays and trips just a car ride away. Now more than ever, travelers are shifting their focus to lesser-known spots for true isolation that provide an escape from civilization and the daily humdrum.
And our guests have spoken: this summer belongs to rural retreats. In fact, in the month of June alone, we saw Airbnb rural hosts in the US earn over $200 million.* From modern architectural marvels in Pioneertown to a fully restored 1920’s-era sheep wagon in Shirley Basin, Wyoming, we’re sharing a sampling of homes to help you plan your next great remote adventure.
The Cargill-Earl Guesthouse (Livingston, MT, United States)
Just a short drive from Yellowstone, this contemporary stay invites guests to unwind in privacy. With little light pollution, travelers immediately feel a sense of serenity laying under the stars and waking up to 360-degree unobstructed panoramic views of the 230-acre ranch—a true ideal oasis.
Off-Grid-House (Pioneertown, CA, United States)
Soak up the secluded splendor of this modern gem that is also 100 percent off the grid—powered only by solar panels for energy and hot water. Tucked away in Pioneertown, a new view awaits at every turn through the sliding glass doors. Guests love admiring the remote valley in the spacious living room that brings the outdoors inside.
Grove Cottage on Hobby Farm (Wellsville, UT, United States)
Sit back and relax on the porch swing of this farm stay overlooking the Cache Valley mountains. Travelers love feeling like they’re one with nature in this retreat complete with a fire pit for roasting s’mores and a hobby farm boasting gardens and sheep.
The Glass House (Marlboro, NY, United States)
Experience solitude and nature in style at the Glass House nestled on a thirty-acre apple orchard in Marlboro. This 180 square foot home sleeps up to two and boasts modern amenities such as a stainless steel kitchen, air conditioning and heating throughout—all powered by solar panels. Travelers love falling asleep staring at constellations. Serenity awaits!
Cabin at Juniper Lane (Friday Harbor, WA, United States)
Unwind on the hammock or make a meal with family on the open-air deck of this charming log cabin that sleeps up to four. Situated on a quiet reserve, travelers love this charming stay for the views and abundant wildlife. They also enjoy venturing out to explore the nearby San Juan Islands.
Woodstock Historic Artist Estate (Woodstock, NY, United States)
Luxuriate in this lush retreat while listening to a private waterfall in this ultimate getaway. Inside, guests will find modern amenities such as heated floors, air conditioning and nature views from each room. Outside, guests enjoy soaking up the sun on loungers overlooking the serene pond.
Fully Restored Sheep Wagon (Shirley Basin, WY, United States)
Disconnect in this fully restored sheep wagon located on a 65,000-acre ranch in Wyoming. Guests love getting back in touch with nature and all the activities this stay has to offer, from fly fishing to mountain biking to star gazing amongst wildlife.
Tiny River House (Damascus, OR, United States)
Miles away from the hustle and bustle of Portland, this 200-square-foot home has everything you need for a digital detox. This tiny home made with reclaimed lumber packs a punch when it comes to amenities: it’s air conditioned throughout and features a fully stocked kitchen. Situated on a river bank, travelers can rest and reflect while sunbathing or take a guided fishing trip.
The Cottage at Spindle Hill Farm (Nellysford, VA, United States)
This family-friendly cottage that sleeps up to five guests is both bold and comfortable. Travelers love soaking in the cedar hot tub overlooking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and gathering farm fresh eggs from nearby hens. This home has all the amenities you could ever want for a private getaway. Be sure to add this farm stay to your driving destination bucket list!
Romantic Herringbone Cottage (New Hope, PA, United States)
Enjoy the peace and quiet of this charming cottage situated in a former art colony in Pennsylvania. Travelers love dining al fresco and admiring the cozy and romantic decor. Close enough to bike to town yet still secluded, guests feel as though they’ve spent time in the English countryside.
*Based on internal data as of July 2, 2020.