25 Best Airbnbs to Book for Fall Foliage Views
It's fall, y'all! And as the seasons change, so do the leaves into vibrant shades of crimson, orange, and gold. From the Rocky Mountains to the forests of New England, these are the Airbnbs with the most breathtaking views of fall foliage you need to book stat.
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A home with a view
Amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, many of us have spent more time than ever at home these last few months. Now, with many states starting to reopen, you’re probably itching to get away—but are also rightfully a little hesitant about traveling or staying in crowded hotels. A safer solution could be an Airbnb, especially if it’s one within driving distance for a fall weekend getaway. Airbnb has instituted new guidelines for hosts to follow regarding sanitation and cleanliness and many owners are taking extra precautions like providing cleaning supplies or spacing out bookings. Plus, since you’ll have the whole place to yourself, a rental home is more conducive to social distancing than a hotel. If you’re ready to travel, here are some of the most popular Airbnbs to book this fall.
Nothing feels more quintessential mountain getaway than a classic A-frame cabin. This one is located just minutes from Steven’s Pass Ski Resort in Washington state and is surrounded by hiking and biking trails, rivers for fishing, and stunning views galore. There are even newly-added picnic tables and an outdoor barbecue so you can soak up as much of the fall weather as you can by dining al fresco under the colorful trees. Discover the best winter destination in your state.
Whispering Wind Treehouse
Whimsical, cozy, rustic—all things you look for in a fall getaway—are all things you’ll find at this treehouse in upstate New York. Located on five acres of thick woods, the glamping-esque cabin—which doesn’t have electricity, cell service, or indoor plumbing—is the perfect way to peep the season’s changing leaves and escape the hustle and bustle of your everyday life at the same time. Discover more places in New England for leaf-peeping.
Empire Sleeping Cabin
There are few things more “fall” than apple picking. That’s why people are obsessed with this tiny cabin, which is nestled on the edge of Superior Orchards in Michigan. In the cool autumn mornings, you can step outside the single-room cabin’s front door and pick your breakfast fresh from the trees. If you can’t make it to this orchard Airbnb, find the best place to go apple picking in your state.
Heart of the Frying Pan River
Wake up to the sounds of the gurgling river outside and step out onto the front porch to catch the sunrise over the river bend, illuminating the reds, yellows, and oranges of the Colorado trees. While there’s plenty to do without ever leaving the cabin’s grounds (like fly fishing, hiking, and picnicking), you’ll also just be a quick drive from must-visit mountain destinations like Snowmass and Aspen, which are on our list of the best ski resorts in Colorado.
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It’s the little added touches that make this luxe treehouse in Georgia so special. Like the vintage gramophone speaker, the kitchenette that comes stocked with complimentary snacks and drinks, the twinkling fairy lights on the back porch, and the s’mores kit every guest gets to enjoy over the fire pit on a crisp fall night. Plus, if you crave some wining and dining, the shops and restaurants of Chattanooga, Tennessee aren’t far away. Don’t leave home without packing these 10 things for your vacation rental.
Prepare to have your breath taken away by the view of the colorful Pennsylvania mountaintops sprawled out in front of this rustic-chic cabin. It’s right near Bald Eagle State Park, where you can hike, kayak, fish, and bike, before returning to your home away from home, which has a fully-stocked kitchen, a fire pit for evening campfires, and even Hulu and Netflix to keep you entertained on those rainy fall days. Pack these 25 road trip snacks for your drive there.
Emerald Gypsy Skoolie
There are a lot of unique places you can rent on Airbnb. One of the most bizarre—but also one of the best for fall leaf-peeping—is this school bus in Arkansas’ Ozark Mountains. The inside of the bus has been turned into the cozy glamping destination of your dreams, and the outdoor space (complete with a fire pit) was made for relaxing and enjoying all the beautiful fall scenery.
Tiny House w/Private Beach
Tiny homes are having a moment right now—and thanks to Airbnb, you can rent your own for a weekend. If you want to catch some of the West Coast’s fall foliage, we recommend this tiny house in Washington, which sits right on the Puget Sound. Surrounded by gorgeous colorful trees, the cute cottage has private beach access along with kayaks so you can spend an afternoon on the water taking in all the views the area has to offer.
Do you want to be seaside or nestled in the woods? You won’t have to choose at this quaint cabin, which brings you the best of both worlds. Minutes from both the Maine coast and Acadia National Park, it’s exactly where you want to be curled up with a cup of hot cocoa taking in the breathtaking colors of the Northeast in the fall. Looking for something a little closer to home? Browse all of our favorite cabins to book for a last-minute weekend getaway.
If vacationing in a treehouse is on your travel bucket list, you can check it off with a stay at this cabin in upstate New York. The floor-to-ceiling windows provide breathtaking views of the surrounding Catskill mountains (which are especially exceptional in the fall). However, the highlight of the treehouse, according to the hundreds of reviewers, is the hot tub, which is heated by firewood and a must on starry fall nights. Be sure to check these things on your car before your next road trip.
Baileys Retreat Log Cabin
There’s a lot to love about this Civil War-era cabin in the heart of Virginia’s wine country, set against a backdrop of colorful changing leaves. Not only does it have plenty of cozy details like a claw-foot tub, outdoor chimney with Adirondack chairs for evening relaxing, and a welcoming stone fireplace, but the owners also offer wine and beer tours for guests at the local vineyards and breweries. Read on for more cozy inns to book in fall.
Skip the tent this fall and go glamping (that’s glamorous camping, FYI) instead. The best place to do it? This quaint getaway nestled in the Ashfield, Massachusetts countryside, surrounded by trees boasting colorful leaves. There are no walls in the “cabin”—it’s all screens, so you can fall asleep to the crisp autumn breeze and the smoky smell of the campfire you made in the fire pit out back. Here are 13 more glamping vacations that should be on your bucket list.
Contemporary mountain home
Don’t let its off-the-beaten-path location fool you—this Airbnb is anything but rustic. Located on 800 acres in the Appalachian Mountains in Alderson, West Virginia, it not only features stunning views of crimson-colored peaks, it also has an infinity pool, a private lake, and a sauna. Bring a bike or your hiking shoes, too, so you can explore the seven miles of trails that zig-zag across the property. It’s a perfect stop on your Appalachian Trail road trip.
Rustic chic barn
This is one barn we definitely don’t mind staying in (it even has its own Instagram!). Renovated by area artisans, the Pinterest-worthy pad in Tivoli, New York is heated by a wood stove, perfect for warming up with a mug of cocoa and a book from the fully-stocked library. You can also walk into the town of Tivoli along a path flanked by trees exploding in color. Grab some goodies from the local bakery for a perfect picnic enjoyed on the banks of the private pond. Find out the most popular Airbnb in every state.
Talk about secluded—you have to hike partway up a mountain just to reach this cabin in Bolton, Vermont. But past guests say it’s worth the trek for the views of Vermont’s mountains covered in fiery fall hues. The cabin has no electricity or Wi-Fi so you’ll likely spend your day outdoors, which is ideal anyways since it’s close to tons of mountain biking and hiking trails, rock climbing spots, and rivers for kayaking and fishing. Brush up on our tips for making the most of apple-picking season before you go.
Sit on one of the three decks at this unique home, set high above the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and the Shenandoah Valley below in Luray, Virginia. Among the trees, look for the reds of the Virginia creeper, the golden yellow of the hickories, and the burnt orange and fiery red of the maples. When you leave, take a trip down scenic Skyline Drive which winds its way through 105 miles of Shenandoah Park and is dotted with breathtaking overlooks. It’s a worthy detour on an Atlantic Coast road trip.
Modern tree dwelling
Consider this the grownup version of your childhood treehouse. Named “Souhegan” (Native American for “watching place”), the tiny-home-meets-treehouse in Georgetown, Maine is the perfect spot to enjoy the fall foliage that the Northeast is known for. Spend the day canoeing or kayaking the Black River (the boats are included with your rental), then take a dip in the wood-fired cedar hot tub, only accessible by a rope bridge. Don’t miss these other dreamy treehouses that are for rent.
Pisgah highlands cabin
Talk about a room with a view. This tree-topping cabin in Candler, North Carolina, features a glass garage-style door in the front that can be rolled up in warmer weather and that offers an unmatched view of Pisgah National Forest’s color-changing leaves. You can hike around the property’s 125 wooded acres or make the easy 25-minute drive to downtown Asheville, a vibrant city in the mountains filled with art, culture, and world-class restaurants. Asheville also makes our list of the 25 most stunning mountain towns in America.
Secluded intown treehouse
Named “Airbnb’s Most Wished-For Listing Worldwide,” this trendy treehouse in Atlanta is in high demand—and for good reason. The three rooms (representing mind, body, and spirit) are connected by rope bridges, adorned with twinkling fairy lights and overlooking the tops of trees bursting with bright colors. On a clear night, roll the bed onto the observation deck to fall asleep to the sounds of the gurgling stream below.
There are few prettier places to go leaf-peeping than Aspen, Colorado in early October. Check out Maroon Bells and Independence Pass before checking in to The Fort, a charming log cabin on the banks of Castle Creek River. The property includes a private trout pond that you can fish, a grassy lawn with games and fire pits, and a hot tub for soaking in the stars at night. Bonus: It’s a quick eight miles from the heart of downtown Aspen. Impress your travel companions by memorizing these 21 mind-blowing facts about fall.
Remote bush cabin
Alaska is the first place in the United States where you can see the leaves starting to change color. In late August, head to this cabin that’s literally in the middle of nowhere in Talkeetna—it requires a challenging five-mile hike to get to it (you’ll be guided by the owner and his dog). Catch dinner on the lake out front or spend the day exploring the Alaskan wilderness. Just keep an eye out for caribou, beavers, and even bears! Don’t miss these top Airbnb rentals for under $100 in every state.
Crater Lake National Park in Prospect, Oregon is one of the must-visits for fall foliage chasers (nothing beats the sight of the colorful trees reflected in the deep blue water). And you won’t get much closer to the park than this log cabin-esque lodge. Bonus: It’s rumored that the hosts have been known to provide wine and s’mores over the fire pit at night. Count us in! Crater Lake makes for a top national park road trip, any time of year.
Looking for the ultimate romantic fall getaway? Look no further than this charming cottage, complete with canopied bed, storybook-style architecture, and glass windows looking out across the Berkshire Mountains which, in October, turn the most vibrant colors. During the day, wander the dreamy gardens (yes, there are even lily ponds), hike the loop trail around the property, or sip a glass of wine by the babbling brook that runs underneath your window at the home in Tyringham, Massachusetts. Here are some more wacky places you can rent on Airbnb right now.
If you love camping but hate sleeping on the cold hard ground, this cabin in Sandpoint, Idaho is for you. It’s about as rustic as it gets (no running water or heat, and you’ll have to use an outhouse), but also offers comfortable beds, a small kitchen, and an outdoor hot tub. Plus, it’s mere minutes from Lake Pend Oreille, where the fall foliage surrounding Idaho’s largest lake may just take your breath away. They even offer tours around the lake specifically to view the colorful trees. It ranks right up there with these other top-rated luxury camping experiences.
The castle cottage
Spend a weekend like royalty in this mini castle, where the only thing more picturesque than the stone towers is the panoramic view of Lake George and the Adirondack Mountains in New York ablaze in crimson and golden-hued leaves. Nearby, you can wander the streets of the local lake town or take a kayak out on the water for the afternoon. Unwind at night on the terrace overlooking the estate—you’ll feel like you’re in a real-life fairytale. Next, read on for the 50 best beach rentals around the United States.