14 Truly Exceptional Airbnbs in Upstate New York
We love you, NYC. But sometimes, we need to get the hell out of Dodge and explore the Great Outdoors. Fortunately, upstate New York has more than its fair share of gorgeous backdrops and seriously cool accommodations for a restful weekend getaway. Case in point: These 14 Airbnbs in upstate New York that are guaranteed to impress.
Editor’s note: While most experts agree that renting an Airbnb is relatively safe, please remember to follow all social distancing guidelines and local travel recommendations. You may also want to reach out to your Airbnb host to ensure that they are using additional cleaning and sanitation practices.
1. Artist A-Frame at Gatherwild Ranch in Germantown, NY
Made from reclaimed barn wood, this cozy one-bedroom cottage is ideal for those who yearn for a simpler life—there is no electricity or running water inside. Instead, the area is lit up with solar lighting and battery lanterns, and there are (clean and not smelly) composting toilets nearby in addition to a full bathroom with a hot shower available inside the main farmhouse. In addition to the cute and comfortable interior, the main draw here is the surrounding property—the A-frame sits on a 15-acre former apple orchard and has plenty of space to roam and breathe in that clean fresh air.
2. Glass Cabin in the Woods in Hillsdale, NY
This two-bedroom Hudson Valley retreat oozes natural beauty, thanks to a clever design intended to celebrate the landscape, rather than dominate it. And what a landscape—the six-acre lot is surrounded by woods and offers gorgeous views of the lush fern forest. With thoughtful and curated design elements throughout the space (like mid-century pieces and original artwork), this modest, single-story cabin is the ultimate tranquil upstate getaway.
3. Hudson Valley Bali House Retreat in Rosendale, NY
This Indonesian-inspired home consists of four separate pods that are connected by walkways (all off which are enclosed to protect from the elements). Guests here can enjoy the eight acres of surrounding woodland, a private pond (that you can—and should—swim in) and some serious zen. Made with imported materials from Indonesia, the house was built by hand by the inhabitants of Bali and will give you serious vacation vibes. Oh, and did we mention that there’s also an indoor fireplace and a hot tub?
4. Stargazer Upstate Glamping at Gatherwild Ranch in Germantown, NY
Get back to basics in this giant bell tent that comes with a cedar deck and firepit. This rustic yurt features a queen-size bed with a washing basin inside and plenty of sheepskins to snuggle up with. Its east-facing location makes it the ideal spot for watching the sunrise, but you’ll also be blown away by the stargazing at nighttime since the tent is located on 15 stunning acres of land. The outdoors kitchen is protected so it can be used in rain or shine, and there are three composting toilets to choose from, plus a solar shower (as well as an indoor shower available when it’s too cold out). There are cruiser bikes available to use and Fido is more than welcome.
5. Historic Artist Estate The Pond House in Woodstock, NY
Sure, the private waterfall, charming pond bridge, immaculate landscaping and on-site wildlife (including Oscar the bunny rabbit) are nice...but you may never even get the chance to explore the beautiful outdoors because the inside of this property is so special. With a roaring fireplace, heated bathroom floor, breathtaking views and ultra-chic design, walking into this three-bedroom house will make you feel like a million bucks.
6. Adirondack Tree House Retreat in Middle Grove, NY
Looking to get away from it all? Check out this secluded treehouse nestled in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains. Especially recommended as a couples retreat, this warm and cozy house is a great way to connect with nature (but don’t worry, you’re only a ten-minute drive from town). When you arrive, a winding staircase will lead you up into the house where there’s a sleeping area and covered porch. The rest of the space (kitchen, deck, fire pit and full bath) are just a few steps away outside.
7. Geo Dome on an Upstate Farm in Woodridge, NY
Spend the night underneath the stars...minus the whole sleeping bag/tent/mosquitos situation. This Geo Dome is located on a beautiful 12-acre farm in the Catskill mountains where you’ll have sheep, goats, alpacas and chickens for company—all of which are accessible to guests. Outside you’ll find showers, a claw foot bathtub, a kitchen and grill, a sink and a large fire pit. There’s also a pond on-site (for animals, not people) and a lake across the street. One caveat—while you can technically fit up to 16 guests in the dome, know that there is only one bedroom (and one bathroom).
8. Dharma Dome in Kerhonkson, NY
OK, so you’d like to stay in a dome but you also want to use the bathroom indoors. We get it. This one-bedroom property has all modern amenities (think: heated towel rack, sound system, air conditioning, dishwasher and smart TV) but still boasts the cool factor of staying in a dome that’s surrounded by nature (the Shawangunk Mountains are on your doorstep). Guests also rave about the outdoor shower option, stylish design and extra touches like an essential oils diffuser.
9. Modern cottage with Hudson River View in Hyde Park, NY
If you’re looking for a room with a view, then you’d be hard pressed to find a more beautiful vista than the one offered by this studio cottage set right on the Hudson. The cozy interior (the queen-sized bed is in its own little nook), serene panorama and convenient location (you’re walking distance to several hikes and less than a five-minute drive to a drive-in theater) have earned this property a 4.99-star rating.
10. The Airstream at June Farms in West Sand Lake, NY
This airstream may be from 1984 but you’d never guess it from the modern, Scandi-inspired interior. Much-appreciated renovations include air conditioning in the summer and forced hot air for the colder months, heated bathroom floors and WiFi. Kick back and relax with the on-site firepit and your very own luxury salt water hot tub...ah, we’re feeling more relaxed already.
11. Brand new glass home with Hot Pool in Red Hook, NY
Inside this steel and glass building, you’ll find two bedrooms, three bathrooms, a fireplace and a wood-burning stove, in addition to floor-to-ceiling views of the natural landscape. Outside, you’ll find a heated pool, a treehouse, a firepit and a barbecue… and maybe a deer or two stopping by to say hello. Guests rave that a stay here feels downright luxurious thanks to the attention-to-detail from the friendly hosts and cool design aesthetic.
12. Windrift Hall in CoxSackie, NY
Book It: $1,400/night
A trip to the South of France may not be possible right now but here’s the next best thing: A stay in this idyllic restored 1790s federal manor house in the Hudson Valley that oozes countryside luxury and a certain je ne sais quoi. This spectacular home boasts five bedrooms, three bathrooms, a library, a study, a living room and a beautiful country kitchen. Every room features a wood-burning fireplace and every window has unobstructed views of beautiful grounds—such as the 250-year-old maple tree in the yard or your very own swimming pond. Looking for an extra special trip? Daily cleaning service, a personal chef, a private yoga class and massages are available for an extra cost.
13. Chez' Tree Rest Treehouse in LaFayette, NY
Go off-the-grid in this two-story treehouse that’s perched on two maple trees and sits 35 feet above the forest floor. Yep, it’s pretty much as magical as it sounds (it’s even next to a babbling brook). You’ll need to walk across the 60-foot cable bridge to get to your abode where you’ll find a comfortable queen-sized bed, a TV (but no Wi-Fi and limited phone signal), a sink and a small bathroom with a composting toilet. Also on-site guests can enjoy a large deck with a fire pit table, an outdoor shower (with hot water) and a propane BBQ grill. Bonus: You’re just a short drive away from the Finger Lakes wine region.
14. Willow Treehouse in Willow, NY
Nestled high among the trees, overlooking a small (and swimmable) pond lies this unique property. Located just 15 minutes away from the town of Woodstock, you’re within easy driving distance of great restaurants, charming shops and beautiful hiking trails. But with the record player and fireplace inside and the hot tub outside...why bother leaving?
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