Most of us can’t travel overseas right now. And even if we can, domestic travel is a more attractive option for many. So what are those of us who are still in the USA going to do? See our beautiful country, of course!
California is home to so much natural beauty that we sometimes take it for granted. It’s hard not to, with so much to appreciate. And while visiting the many beautiful parks, stretches of coastline, and remote forests, there’s no more interesting way to relax between adventures than in one of the stunning and unique Airbnbs in NorCal. From treehouses to rustic cabins, here are some of the dreamiest Airbnbs in Northern California.
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Unique Airbnbs in Northern California at a Glance
Unique Airbnbs in Northern California – Best Of
Most Romantic Airbnb: Pinecone Treehouse
Santa Cruz, California
Created by the design firm, O2 Treehouse, this might quite possibly take the cake for one of the most unique Airbnbs in Northern California – and maybe even the whole world. Featuring 360-degree views of redwoods, sleeping in this treehouse feels like you’ve been transported into a fairly-like fantasy world. Even the wooden geometric staircase leading up to the treehouse is an architectural work of art.
Best for Families: Peaceful Treehouse with Ocean View
Santa Cruz, CA
This mid-century treehouse is the ultimate zen experience. If you’re looking for tranquility, this is probably one of the most peaceful Airbnbs in Northern California. You and your family will want to explore every corner of this unique Airbnb. 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 Airbnb for Groups: Inverness A-Frame
Point Reyes, California
Is there any that feels more authentically like a cabin than a good A-Frame? This striking cabin in Point Reyes, can accommodate 6 guests and is perfect for an intimate getaway with friends. This onyx A-Frame is sleek and dark on the outside and light and warm on the inside. With impeccable bohemian design and hand-made pieces and artwork throughout the house, the cabin feels truly one of a kind. This 2-bedroom cabin is great for families or a small group of friends to get away for a long weekend.
Best Value: A-Frame Cabin with a View
This dreamy A-frame cabin hidden away in the woods is the perfect place to unwind. It’s one of the best value Airbnbs in Northern California – housing 4 guests, the rates are by far the most competitive we’ve seen in the area. 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.
Best Airbnbs in Cobb County
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.
Best Airbnbs in Wine Country California
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.
Petaluma – The Hay Loft
This well-it loft apartment is conveniently located just one block from the very quaint downtown of Petaluma, where you’ll find dozens of great restaurants, wine bars, coffee houses, and art galleries. As an added bonus, this area is just a short 20 minutes away the nearby wine town of Sonoma. With an elegant barn-style wide door and minimalist stylish decor, this is also one of the best value Airbnbs in wine country.
Calistoga – Craftsman-Style Bungalow
This rustic craftsman style bungalow with soft mint green accents is a must stay if you’re spending a weekend in wine country. The cozy apartment is within walking distance of many restaurants and bars in downtown Calistoga, but it’s also in a quiet neighborhood, so you get the best of both worlds. During the day, you can explore local hot springs, mud baths, or the many world-famous wineries in Napa Valley and end the day slowly sipping a glass of wine on the patio or next to the fireplace.
Best Airbnbs in San Francisco Bay Area
San Francisco – Guest Suite Cabana
With space being so limited in San Francisco, finding an apartment with a private patio and cabana is just unheard of. Much less one that opens up into a garden, with a hot tub and a lounge AND in a desirable location as Dolores Park? This is why we feel this guest suite is so special. It’s literally just across the street from one of the most popular parks in San Francisco and within walking distance, La Taqueria, the best Mexican food in NorCal (fight me), and the famous Tartine Bakery.
Los Gatos – 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.
Best Airbnbs in Sierra Nevada
Yosemite – Copper Lodge-A River Retreat
Yosemite National Park is one of the most beautiful places you’ll ever visit. Thanks to Apple wallpapers, it’s also renown internationally. While the famous national park has plenty of camping options, there are not nearly as many cabin rental choices. That is what makes the Copper Lodge Retreat such a gem. It’s conveniently located near both Yosemite Gates. You can lounge by the nearby river on lazy days, wash off and relax in the outdoor bathtub or outdoor shower, or play ping-pong on the front porch.
Airbnbs with Limited Availability
The following Airbnbs have extremely limited availability, so we have created a separate section for these rare gems. There’s a possibility that some of these Airbnbs have been blocked off due to the pandemic. But we have seen some available days pop up now every now and then only for them to be snatched up quickly. We would highly recommend grabbing a slot if you’re lucky to see an opening. May the odds be ever in your favor!
Tahoe – Cabin Oasis
The Tahoe Cabin Oasis is the epitome of cozy cabin living. Despite its small appearance, the snug home has 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and is perfect for a romantic getaway for two or a small family. Centrally located in South Lake Tahoe, the cabin is a short 5-10 minute drive from Heavenly Ski Resort and there are numerous hikes nearby. This cabin has everything you need for a relaxing weekend away, equipped with a gas grill, outdoor fire pit, and hot tub,
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.
Unsurprisingly, this Airbnb is very popular it is usually booked out. The owners also own another dreamy retreat with similar vibes nearby. You might want to check it out in case this one isn’t available – Water Tower Retreat.
Mendocino – Owl Tree Cabin Hideaway
If you’re looking for a cozy wooded nature retreat, the Owl Tree Cabin might be the perfect place to spend a couple of days. Here, you’ll feel truly at peace, with some of nature’s best soundtracks – various birds, owls, and frogs in the distance. The loft bedroom features a very comfortable bed, and the high ceilings make the overall space feel very open, despite it being a Tiny House. There is a deck overlooking the woods where you can enjoy a morning coffee and restore your mind. The cabin is an excellent base to explore the surrounding areas, such as the Mendocino Coast and the wine region in the Anderson Valley.
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.
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.