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California is a massive state. Its terrain is very diverse, including gorgeous beaches, jaw-dropping coastline, snow-capped mountains, deserts, salt flats, volcanoes, lush forests, and beautiful. On top of that, California is where AirBnB was born! So it’s no surprise that you can find some truly incredible AirBnBs in California.
I’m a California native. And even though I spent my whole life in California and have constant wanderlust, I still am not tired of California. There are still parts I haven’t visited, and there are many places I’ve visited but haven’t seen in a while and so miss.
We travel California in a number of ways. Sometimes we camp. Sometimes we glamp. And sometimes we stay in some truly incredible AirBnBs in California, some of which we wanted to share with you below. Take your time looking through them because they’re really beautiful.
It was very hard to share just some of the best AirBnBs in California. There are just so many. But here they are!
Best Airbnbs in Northern California
Shasta – A-Frame Cabin with a View
This dreamy A-frame cabin hidden away in the woods is the perfect place to unwind. Located ideally between Lassen Volcanic NP, Redwood NP, and Crater Lake NP, you have your pick of parks to explore. You can stargaze and watch the sunrise and sunset from the comfort of the spacious deck. We love that this location is so remote. That being said, cell service is limited, and the wifi can be slow at times. If you need a place to disconnect and escape from busy city life, this cozy cabin is for you.
Stinson Beach – Bird’s Nest Bungalow
This relaxing refuge is located in the idyllic seaside town of Stinson Beach. It’s impossible not to feel relaxed in this Asian inspired Airbnb. This bungalow features ocean views from your bedroom and the outdoor tub and shower really make you feel one with nature. With the beach only a 5 minute walk away, you will fall asleep to the sound of the ocean every night.
Cobb – The Cobb Haus
The Cobb Haus is the perfect weekend getaway for two. The cabin is nestled in the quiet area aptly named, Whispering Pines. It is surrounded by trees making it feel private and remote. There is a spacious kitchen, a large private deck, an outdoor shower, and everything you need for a stress-free staycation.
Mendocino – Forest Camping Treehouse
Next up on the dreamy cabin tour is the Elk Hut in Elk, California. This cabin is surrounded by towering redwoods. It is decorated impeccably with elegant rustic details to give a truly cozy atmosphere. The outdoor bathtub is one of the most beautiful things we’ve seen. You truly feel like you are camping, but with the comforts of home.
Santa Rosa – Eco-Luxury Farmhouse
Want to know what it means to take the term “staycation: to the next level? This eco-house is an all-inclusive private luxury boutique experience. The farmhouse features a beautifully designed, completely private solar-heated swimming pool, an Italian designed sauna and outdoor shower and luxury eco-friendly products throughout the home. Santa Rosa is also home to many wineries and vineyards and there are even some tasting rooms in walking distance.
Mill Valley – Serene Gem in the Redwoods
This century-old home is a haven for lovers of the outdoors and nature. Located at the base of Muir Woods, it’s surrounded by towering redwoods and there are several hikes all around the home including a trail to Cascade Falls. Enjoy early morning coffee and breakfast on the deck, practice piano in the music room, or get into a good book in the cozy family room.
Monterey Bay – Treehouse in Vineyard
Perched on Douglas Fir trees, this treehouse is located on the edge of the Lago Lomita Vineyards, with expansive views of Monterey Bay. The treehouse has everything you need, including electricity and wifi. Sip a glass of wine as you watch the sunset over the Santa Cruz mountains every evening from your own private treehouse balcony.
Santa Cruz – Peaceful Treehouse with Ocean View
This mid-century treehouse is the ultimate zen experience. It was featured by Sunset Magazine for its impeccable architectural touches. By using natural materials like wood and stone throughout the home there is a calming feeling in every room. Spend the day reading in the many nooks around the house, relaxing on the balcony hammock, or explore hiking trails around the treehouse.
Best Airbnbs in the High Desert
Mojave Desert – Secluded Eco-Pods
This cozy spot is the ultimate remote desert experience. You truly are away from it all with the nearest accommodation 3 miles away. Away from city lights, you can see unparalleled views of the night sky. Located a few miles away from Death Valley, the eco-pod is the perfect road-trip stop.
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Joshua Tree – Sueno Sagrado Earth House
The Sueño Sagrado is not only beautiful, it has been designed with green design principles. It’s completely off-grid and solar-powered. About 2.5 hours away from Los Angeles, the air is clear and the stars shine bright. Note that the home does not have AC, so you should avoid peak summer months.
Joshua Tree – Cactus Mountain Tiny House
This Airbnb boasts some of the best views of Joshua Tree National Park. Ideally located just 15 minutes from both the North and West Joshua Tree entrances and just 10 minutes from Indian Cove, this is the perfect base to explore the desert. After a tiring day of adventures, wind down by admiring the desert landscape in the outdoor living room and watch the sun disappear over the horizon.
Joshua Tree – Dome House
Another one of a kind spot boasting insane desert views is the Dome House. This cozy dome is one of the most loved nooks in Joshua tree, having been featured in Condé Nast, Esquire, Goop, Refinery 29, and Apartment Therapy. With good AC and a wood-burning stove and space heaters, this home is great to visit any time of year.
Morongo Valley – Minimalist Modern Cabin
With some of the best views in the high desert, this unique dwelling situated in the hills of yucca valley has everything you could want in a desert getaway. Its clear walls take the “indoor – outdoor” experience to a whole new level. It has its own deck and propane fire pit, is completely off grid and generates its own power from the sun. The detached kitchen and full bathroom are just yards away. It is one of two other short term rentals on the property.
Best Airbnbs in Southern California
Malibu – Airstream Eco Retreat Above The Clouds
This Malibu Airstream is what dreams are made of. Perched above the cliffs of Malibu, just north of Los Angeles sits this dream escape offering panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. Loaded with tons of unique features, including an outdoor cinema and swing facing the ocean, a rustic working outdoor piano, a hot tub, and a spa area.
Malibu – Romantic Beachfront Apartment
With perfect surfing conditions and beautiful beach views year-round, Malibu is the perfect getaway for anyone looking to escape the city or suburban life for a few days. This charming beach house is an idyllic base to experience all Malibu has to offer. The large windows let in plenty of light and offer million-dollar ocean views from every room. Fall asleep to the soothing sounds of the ocean, or go for a swim in the ocean right at your doorstep.
San Diego – Secluded Hobbit House
Even if you aren’t a Tolkien fan, this cozy Airbnb is the ultimate glamping experience. For LOTR fans, this Hobbit House is one for the bucket lists. If you’re looking to completely disconnect and unwind, this home is for you. There is no wifi and no electricity and the space is lit naturally with glowing lanterns. The area is remote and serene and the outdoor roof and patio offers beautiful views of the valley.