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In the age of COVID-19, staying in private Airbnbs has become increasingly preferred over staying in heavily trafficked hotels due to limiting interaction with other guests and staff. Although many travelers have stayed in Airbnb apartments or houses before, there is a whole sub-section of unique Airbnb listings rising in popularity that offer incredible, one-of-a-kind accommodation experiences.
While there are plenty of popular tree houses and airstreams available to book on the platform, we’ve gone a step further than that to find seriously cool stays across the US from a lobster boat in Maine to an underground hobbit home in Washington.
Before you eagerly book one of these striking stays, it’s important to keep in mind that without a vaccine there’s no guarantee of safety when it comes to travel right now. We always recommend following guidelines from the CDC, including wearing masks in public spaces, washing hands frequently, practicing social distancing, and considering personal risk factors before making any vacation plans.
However, Airbnb has implemented new cleaning guidelines all hosts must follow as part of its Enhanced Clean Protocol. Hosts can also choose to go further and implement additional safety measures, such as a Booking Buffer where days between stays are blocked off. Additionally, many of the Airbnbs listed below are located in remote areas, and we’ve noted COVID-19 policies for all.
With that in mind, we’ve scoured the depths of Airbnb for singular listings across the US, based on the following criteria:
- All listings are for the entire home, per current expert recommendations.
- We looked for truly standout properties that make them exceptionally cool and unique from whimsical stone domes to a wooden ark set on 50 picturesque acres.
- We looked for COVID-friendly listings in remote and secluded areas, though all are accessible via car and within driving distance of major cities.
- Listings suit a variety of price points and range from $71 to $400 per night to start, though most come in under $200.