Unique Airbnbs near Washington DC

Unique Airbnbs near Washington DC

Washington DC is nestled between Maryland and Virginia, with West Virginia only a short drive further. Its central location makes for easy road trips to escape from urban life and explore mountains, farmland,  and nearby waterways. Whether you are a native Washingtonian looking for an adventurous weekend getaway or a visitor searching for an off-the-beaten-path experience, this list is for you. We’ve rounded up some of the most unique Airbnbs near Washington DC for your next weekend adventure.

Floating home, fresh breezes…

Edgewater, Maryland | 31.2 miles (40 min) from DC

Unique Airbnbs near DC; Houseboat in Edgewater,MD
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“Gypsea Girl” is a charming houseboat with relaxing views of wildlife, nature, and the surrounding marina. Wake up to the sounds of lapping water and a cool breeze wafting through open windows. With a fully equipped kitchen, guests can make a hot breakfast and enjoy a cup of coffee on the rooftop deck. Those wishing to explore the area can also rent kayaks and canoes to paddle along the channels. This floating home is one of the most unique Airbnbs you will find within an hour’s drive of DC.

Guests: 2            
Size: 1 bedroom/ 1 bed/ 1 bath
Price: Starts at $125

The Log Cabin at Historic Oak Hill Farm

Round Hill, VA | 49.9 miles (1 hour) from DC

Adventurous Getaways from DC; Log Cabin Round Hill, VA
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The Log Cabin of Oak Hill Farm dates back to the 1790s and is a registered Loudon County historical site. This Airbnb rental captures its historical charm in the unique details: a wood-burning stove, exposed crossbeams, and an antique four-poster bed. Oak Hill Farm is situated on 200 acres of rustic farmland where horses, friendly cats, and chickens freely roam the property. To complete the experience guests are treated to farm-fresh eggs each morning. The Log Cabin at Oak Farm is a home away from home where you can reconnect with yourself and a bit of Virginia history.

Sleeps: 2
Size: 1 bedroom/ 1 bed/ 1 bath
Price: Starts at $150

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The Tobacco Barn

Spotsylvania, VA | 67 miles (1 hr 24 min) from DC

Unique Airbnbs; Spotsylania VA Tobacco Barn
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For years, Tobacco was colonial Virginia’s most successful cash crop. Wherever the product was grown, tobacco barns were erected to house the air-curing process. While these barns were once ubiquitous within Virginia and Maryland, they are now fast disappearing. This Airbnb host has preserved one of the few remaining Virginia Tobacco barns, converting it into a lovely weekend getaway. The charm of this place lies in the details: soapstone floors, a pressed-tin ceiling, and a whiskey-barrel sink. A high-peaked ceiling and exposed log crossbeams provide a glimpse into the barn’s past life as a place for hanging tobacco leaves to dry.

For those wishing to enhance their experience, the host offers a number of add-on packages including “Romance by Candlelight”, “Private 2 – Hour Guided Battlefield Tour”, and the “History Lover’s Package”.

Guests: 2
Size: 1 bedroom/ 1 bed/ 1 bath
Price: Starts at $174

Cozy School Bus Conversion

Shepherdstown, WV |72.6 miles (1 hr 28 min) from DC

Cool Airbnbs; school bus conversion Shepherdstown,WV
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This 1997 Schoolie is an adventure for the whole family, including Fido! Airbnb Superhosts converted their retro school bus into a tiny home, perfect for those seeking a unique and memorable stay. A wood-burning stove makes for a cozy winter night, while the attached deck is perfect for summer BBQs. Although there is no bathroom on the bus, the host’s home is located a short walk away where guests are welcome to use both the bathroom and kitchen.

Shepherdstown is just a short drive from Harper’s Ferry, a popular destination for out of town visitors and hikers. If you’re looking for a fun rental that is close to great attractions and outdoor activities, this school bus conversion is the perfect Airbnb for you!

Guests: 3 guests
Size: 1 bedroom/ 1 bed/ 0 baths
Price: Starts at $78

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Lux Tug! 142 Acres, Wooded Trails on Private Lake

Louisa, VA |97.2 miles (1 hour 52 min) from DC

Unique Airbnbs near DC; Tugboat Louisa; VA
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Get swept away on a magical tugboat floating on an 8-acre private lake. This red and white houseboat maintains a vintage look from the outside, but the interior is completely renovated with modern conveniences and luxurious furnishing including a California Kind Bed. The upper level of the tugboat provides 360-degree views of the lake, forest, and night sky. With zero light pollution, this location is perfect for stargazing.

Guests have the option to swim, kayak, paddleboard, fish, and explore more than 142 acres of hiking trails. The houseboat is docked at a private beach where visitors can relax by the ambient glow of a bonfire and twinkling string lights. As an added bonus, the owners welcome guests to stop by their home just a short walk away where they can visit with various free-range animals including chickens, ducks, and lambs. If you consider yourself an outdoor enthusiast, the tugboat is an ideal weekend getaway from DC.

Guests: 5 guests
Size: 2 bedrooms/ 2 beds/ 1 bath
Price: Starts at $314

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Cecilia is a bubbly Filipino-American with an affinity for constant change...that or a 10 second attention span. Refusing to sit still, she travels the world, in pursuit of adventure, excitement and meaningful experiences. She holds a Masters degree in International Development and Public Policy, and a BA in Business Management.

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