Eclectic Airbnbs

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Sick of looking at your four walls? Airbnbs across the state have something for everyone—and we did the hard work for you. Whether you’re a vino lover, retro seeker, woodsy type or looking for a boujee getaway, here are four unique finds for a breath of fresh air.

By Melissa Howsam and Lauren Kruchten

Woodsy Type | Tiny Geopod
Todd, NC

If you’re feeling like you need a little Walden-like “into the woods” in your life, get your “wild and free” on in this 130-square-foot clear dome (!) powered from a nearby community solar garden and surrounded by lush forests accentuated by the Blue Ridge Mountains. While here, “live deliberately” 2021-style (as Thoreau surely intended) via private hot tub, fire table and pit, gazebo, and comfy outdoor furniture—perfect for settling in with some bourbon (or cocoa) and a good book—plus an outdoor breakfast bar and kitchen for meal cooking, naturally. (And, yes, there is a “high-end” bathroom and WiFi—it’s all about balance).

After learning what the woods have to teach from your tiny geopod with its three unique outdoor areas—or full-on hike—expand your horizons with a five-minute walk to historic downtown Todd (Todd Mercantile is a must-stop for locally baked goods and unique vintage finds)—or a short drive to either downtown Boone or West Jefferson. Then, naturally, venture back to your woodsy haven and lose yourself for a bit.

Vino Lover | Emerald Treehouse
Hendersonville, NC

Sip back, relax and uncork the tranquility of life in the Blue Ridge Mountains at this gorge mod mountain retreat situated just two minutes from Point Lookout Vineyards and World’s Edge Meadery and 45 minutes from downtown Asheville. Cozy up with coffee and views on the twin-size porch swings before taking in pours and breathtaking 30-mile panoramic views from your perch at the nearby wineries. Then unwind from the day by the fire pit with a bottle of 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon or Orange Blossom Mead—or, better still, with a soak in the hot tub. Hey, hakuna moscato! No matter how you drink it in, this two-bed, two-bath cozy-chic space is plum perfect for a peaceful getaway for partners in wine.

Boujee Escape | Glass Treehouse 
Banner Elk, NC

Boujee birches be trippin’ for this boutique hotel-meets-Mother Nature luxe mountain retreat for two—boasting glass walls overlooking a mystical waterfall-laced woodland escape that allows you to fall asleep to the sounds of cascading water (seriously, it’s straight plucked from your dreams). Stone walls, a firewood alcove, a spa-like bathroom with heated floors and a rainfall showerhead pamper you indoors, while the serene Scandinavian vibes spill outside for dining by the fire pit, double hammock lounging and soaking in a private rhododendron thicket-tucked hot tub. For a more experiential escape, hit up nearby towns for shopping, hiking, and seasonal rafting or skiing—though once you’re in the treehouse, how could you leave…? @ncglasstreehouse

Retro Lover | The Retro Round House
Salvo, Outer Banks, NC

“Just because you were born in the wrong decade, doesn’t mean you have to stay there.” If you’re feelin’ fine and lookin’ for a more groovy getaway, travel back in time—aesthetically at least—and experience the beach Frankie Avalon-style via this retro round house in the Outer Banks. Think green appliances, hanging chairs and a record player stocked with albums of yesteryear (bitchin’!). With three bedrooms allowing up to six guests, friends and fam can grab a “disco drink” at the bar in the downstairs screened-in porch and take advantage of outdoor amenities (go ahead and call dibs on the hammock in the cabana) and built-in deck kitchen.

But before you get too comfortable jivin’ and thrivin’, the beach is but a short walk away. Catch our drift? You’re def gonna wanna grab one of the included kayaks, skimboards or surfboards and seas the day (then wash all the sand away in the outdoor shower). And if you’re feeling adventurous, take a sub-1-mile bike ride (wheels also included) to Watermen’s Bar & Grill for live music and rum drinks from around the world. Aww, sookie sookie.

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