While traveling is picking back up, stay away from crowded hotels and instead rent a private oasis! Airbnbs are in my opinion the easy way to get to know an area like a local and offer you amenities that hotels often lack, such as kitchen, outdoor space, and multiple sleeping areas. Here are some of the most unique Airbnb’s you can rent in Upstate, New York:
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Imagine waking up to horses, Highland cattle, and goats while you sip on your mimosa and enjoy brunch in a charming country estate. This Upstate farm is a local attraction and quick getaway for many in the Albany area, only fifteen minutes away from the metropolitan Capital District, but welcomes visitors from near and far with their various rental properties right on the farm. They offer multiple different overnight experiences, including a studio cabin stay attached to their fairy light-strung restaurant and bar, a more private Airstream camper experience, a beautifully renovated lodge that fits four, multiple "Timbertown" cabins, and even a more adventurous tipi stay!
Your childhood fantasies of living in a treehouse become reality with this treehouse stay less than 10 miles from the famed Saratoga Springs. This rustic treehouse stay sleeps up to three people and comes with an outdoor kitchen, deck, fire pit and full bath on the property.
Can’t get to Bali because of the pandemic? Bring Bali to you! This house is built from materials imported from Indonesia and consists of 4 "pods" that are connected by walkways, as is tradition in Balinese style villas. This house sleeps six to eight guests and has it's own private lake and hot tub, but if you're interested in visiting the local attractions, the home is a quick fifteen minute drive to the New Paltz area!
"Glamping" in Catskills Geodome
The Geodome is the perfect city getaway for "glampers" - fit with outdoor double hot showers, a sink, and a claw foot bathtub, a complete outdoor kitchen and grill, fridge, sink, and fire pit. In addition to a variety of farm animals that live on the property, there is a greenhouse, vegetable garden, recording studio, and a fiber arts workshop. While the dome fits up to 16 people, it's only furnished with one bed, so you'll have to bring your own air mattresses or sleeping bags if you'd like to make this a group trip.
This is the perfect luxurious treehouse experience to have while while visiting Woodstock or hiking the Catskills. Equipped with a full kitchen, rustic hot tub, swimming pond, and electrical, this is an ideal place to unwind in the woods. While the listing claims the area only sleeps two people, there is a king bed and couch that makes it appear manageable for at least three.
This property is rented out by the same owners of the Bali Retreat House, and were similarly inspired by their worldly travels when building this villa overlooking a serene pond. With French Provincial, Haussmann, and Asian influence, this property is as unique as they come. This home sleeps eight people, and is the perfect place to spend a weekend outside of Newburgh, New York.
This hillside estate oozes modern elegance, equipped with a professional grade kitchen, heated pool and hot tub, patio with grill, and even heated floors. This is the ideal mountain getaway for a group looking to relax in the lap of luxury.
Wow. Just wow. This castle stay will transport you into a fairytale. Overlooking Lake George in the Adirondacks, you can stay in an actual castle, adorned with medieval tokens and gothic-style interior design. The property offers two different rental opportunities - either an option to rent out the entire castle, or a small cottage beside the castle with the same glitz and glamour.
Is it a house? A sculpture? A science experiment? This woodland house will have even architects puzzled, the owners claiming the property to be a "geometric masterpiece". Even without bedrooms, the property is designed to sleep four people throughout the house. The listing claims, that this house is "a part of the 'T' Space project by architect Steven Holl. It is set up for AirBnB guests in order to raise funds for the nonprofit project, which operates a gallery, architecture fellowship and sculpture trail. All the proceeds are directly sustaining this educational initiative."
Deep in the Finger Lakes wine region is a rental property that can only be described as...holy. In this church-made-Airbnb you can sleep in a renovated church from the 1800's that sits right across from Lake Cayuga, fit with a backyard patio with BBQ grills and seating, a full gourmet kitchen, and enough room to sleep eight guests.
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