There are some real-deal secret gems in the Buckeye state. From the Lake Eerie shores to majestic Hocking Hills region and the serene Amish country, the scenery is kinda an IYKYK thing for Ohioans. To indulge in some of the natural beauty of this Midwest state, we handpicked five of the most outrageously amazing Airbnbs you could possibly rent in the state for a vacation you'll think about for the rest of your life (psst: There are a lot of them!). Take a look at our fabulous finds—and get booking.
5 Truly Exceptional Airbnbs in Ohio
1. Dunlap Hollow A-Frame
- Why We Love It: adult group getaway, winter wonderland, fireplace, hot tub
- Sleeps: 10 (3 bedrooms, 6 beds; 3 baths)
- Nightly Rate: from $673
For a Midwest group getaway, this ethereal home rental 40 minutes outside Columbus is *chef's kiss*. Newly constructed in 2021, this is a place to escape from the go-go-go chaos of everyday life and embrace some unplugged (although, there is limited WiFi) repose and nature. One reviewer writes about her stay: “Dunlap Hollows is the best of both worlds: relaxation & adventure. A perfect, peaceful escape from the fast paced city life that I’m use to. It was the most magical place I’ve ever stayed.”
And while the architecture and minimalist design are what might have drawn your eye to this place in the first place—just look at that emerald kitchen—the outdoor activities like hiking trails and cave exploration are the cherry on top. So, after a long day in the woods, a dip in the hot tub or warming up by the cool-as-hell midcentury floating fireplace should definitely be on the table.
2. Mohican Hideaway Glamping Dome
- Why We Love It: Airbnb Superhost, 5-star rating, unique experience, romantic getaway
- Sleeps: 4 (2 beds, 1 bedroom; 1 bath)
- Nightly Rate: from $286
Yep, it's literally a dome that looks as if it fell out of space and landed in the middle of the woods. But this riverfront dome has all the earthly amenities you need—patio, hot tub, fire pit and grill area, and most importantly, TV, a modern bathroom and access to laundry (like we said, this isn't camping camping).
If you love the Great Outdoors, but hate everything about being in the elements without your hairdryer, you'll find the ideal compromise at this Knox County glamping dome. One recent reviewer even wrote: “This is [a great way] to compromise if one [of you] likes to camp and the other does not.” In warmer months, the riverfront—a quarter mile walk—has all the built-in activities like canoeing or kayaking that make this a small family friendly spot. And if you want more of a lazy river vibe, Greer Landing is just a short drive away. Come winter, the fire pit, hot tub and cozy atmosphere are just right for a romantic weekend away.
South Bloomingville, Ohio
3. The Study at Lost Cavern
- Why We Love It: couples’ getaway, 360-views, midcentury design, proximity to state park
- Sleeps: 4 (2 bedrooms, 2 beds; 1 baths)
- Nightly Rate: from $399
If you've ever dreamt of staying a couple nights in Philip Johnson's famed minimalist Glass House, The Study is for you. Just five miles from the waterfalls, caves and hikes of Hocking Hills State Park, leaving the property might not actually feel like a priority with its 360-degree glass-house views. “We were concerned about privacy with all the glass, but it felt very secluded in the woods,” writes a reviewer from October 2022.
4. Apple Blossom & Sparrow’s Nest
- Why We Love It: idyllic, serene, WFH set up, two cottages on one property
- Sleeps: 4 (1 bedrooms, 2 beds; 1 bath) (both properties)
- Nightly Rate: from $259 (Apple Blossom); from $268 (Sparrow's Nest)
Owners Mary and John always dreamed of creating a space “for people to retreat to that would be so cozy, peaceful, and relaxing that guests wouldn't want to leave!” With their two cottages, Apple Blossom and Sparrow's Nest, their dream has come true. The entire property, known as Olde Orchard Cottages, now sits amid the rolling hills of Amish country.
While we love that you could book both cottages (if available, of course)—a great option for two families or groups—the cottages are distant enough from each other to have their own private feel. Both are replete with a full-sized kitchens, workspaces, washer/dryer, soaking tubs and wonderful outdoor amenities like rocking chairs, porch swings and breathtaking views.
And while the surrounding landscape is as peaceful as they come, so are the cottages' interiors. Light-filled, with neutral, plush furniture, exposed wood beams and black accents, it might feel as if you've stepped inside a Norman Rockwell painting. (Not a bad idea to pack a painting kit now that we think about it...)
5. The Box Hop
- Why We Love It: unique experience, amazing design, 3 bedrooms, nature
- Sleeps: 6 (3 bedrooms, 3 beds; 2 bath)
- Nightly Rate: from $493
Who knew three storage containers stacked together could make such a luxe getaway? Owners, Emily and Seth, apparently. The Columbus couple always yearned for a space to escape to from the city. Today, many a shipping container later, the couple has built various storage container homes under the “The Box Hop” brand. This one, dubbed The O.G., was the first of those homes. Other Box Hop properties include The Boho and The Hygge.
Centered on 18.5 acres in Ohio's Hocking Hills, a stay here is somehow both a simple yet luxurious experience. The “all glass” garage door says it all: modern, chic design that pays homage to its gorgeous surroundings. One Airbnb reviewer wrote in May 2022, “Emily & Seth’s Box Hop homes are exactly as expected and more…they offer the weary traveler (or in our case, the overworked IT professionals) the quiet, nature-filled getaway needed to unwind and recharge.”