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Coolest Airbnbs and Unique Places to Stay in Virginia

From outdoorsy mountainsides and picturesque beaches to romantic vineyards and quirky small towns, Virginia has it all. The places to stay and things to do are incredibly diverse. Skip the standard hotel and infuse your Virginia getaway with a bit of excitement and fun.

We’ve rounded up some of the coolest Airbnbs and most unique places to stay in Virginia. These stays are guaranteed to take you off the beaten path and give you an adventurous experience to remember.

Magical Hobbit Houses

Hobbit Style Underground Cabin

Broadway, Virginia | 133 miles (2 hr 14 min) from DC

Hobbit House Broadway Virginia
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Tucked away in the Blue Ridge valley, this secluded Hobbit House makes for an adventurous but private getaway. The details of this Virginia Airbnb are made with love by the host family including countertops made from stones sourced from the property, hand-made wooden furniture, and pottery crafted by the host’s daughter. Other notable features include cozy heated floors, soft lighting, and a waterfall shower. There are two Hobbit homes on this property that are available for rent.

Guests: 2
Size: 1 bedroom/ 1 bed/ 1 bath
Dog Friendly: Yes
Price: Starts at $149

Hobbit House in the Shenandoah Virginia Shire

Shenandoah, Virginia | 111 miles (2 hr 15 min) from DC

Hobbit House Airbnb Virginia
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Those looking for a unique Airbnb near Shenandoah National Park will find a memorable experience at the “Virginia Shire Hobbit House”. This whimsical creation boasts a whole-house music system, gorgeous tiled shower, wood-burning fireplace, screened-in porch, and hot tub. Relax in the hobbit home, or take a paddle boat on the pond. Shenandoah National Park is only 25 minutes away where you will find endless trails for exploration.

Guests: 4
Size: 1 bedroom/ 1 bed/ 1.5 bath
Dog Friendly: Yes
Price: Starts at $294

A Warm Hearth and All the Comforts of Home

Fairfield, VA | 178 miles (2 hr 55min) from DC

Hobbit Home Fairfield Virginia
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This “earthen home” is without a doubt one of the most magical and unique Airbnbs in VA. Hosts Randy and Linda have recreated an incredibly accurate depiction of the Shire that will transport you directly into the pages of Lord of the Rings. The attention to detail and intentionality can be seen in every piece of themed decor. The entire property reflects Middle Earth. Visitors can hike trails in the Mirkwood Forest, smoke from a wizard’s pipe by the fire, or watch the sunset from Buckleberry Ferry.

Visitors can register for workshops where they learn to make “adventure treasures” including a wizard pipe, a witch broom with a rustic wooden handle, or a copper ladle with hand-forged steel. Those with blacksmith experience can create a “dragon-headed” fire poker. A visit to this Virginia Airbnb is more than just a place to rest your head, it is an entire experience.

Guests: 2
Size: 1 bedroom/ 1 bed/ 1 bath
Dog Friendly: No
Price: Starts at $297

Tiny Homes and Cozy Cabins in Virginia

Writer’s Retreat on Shenandoah Farm

Buena Vista, Virginia | 194 miles (3 hrs 20 min) from DC

Tiny Cabin Buena Vista Virginia
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The Writer’s Retreat is an authentic one-bedroom log cabin dating around the early 1900s. It sits on 250 acres of rolling farmland with front porch views of a golden hayfield. The farm has very few lights at night making the Milky Way seemingly glow in the night sky above. The cabin is located just four miles from historic Lexington where there are many things to do including carriage rides, breweries, and ghost tours.

This cozy cabin is recommended for individuals and couples, as pets and children are not permitted.

Guests:2
Size: 1 bedroom/ 1 bed/ 1 bath
Dog Friendly: No
Price: Starts at $140

Gristmill Cabin

Quicksburg, Virginia | 112 miles (1 hr 50 min) from DC

Gristmill Cabin Virginia
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Virginia has many cabin getaways, but this 18th-century gristmill certainly stands out as one of the best. The decor balances the rustic simplicity of exposed stone and wooden beams with the artistic touches of stained glass and copper accents. Vintage decor and original gristmill pieces complete the warm and cozy vibes of this unique cabin. A covered deck overlooks the picturesque mill and Holman’s Creek which runs through the property. You are sure to get lost in the steady sounds of the trickling water from the creek as it gently turns the waterwheel.

Guests: 4
Size: 2 bedrooms/ 4 beds/ 1 bath
Dog Friendly: No
Price: Starts at $200

The Honeymoon Island Cottage

Cape Charles, Virginia | 230 miles (3 hr 44 min) from DC

Tiny Cottage on the Chesapeake Bay
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The Honeymoon Island Cottage is a tiny farmhouse that is both charming and picturesque with incredible views of the bay. Guests can enjoy access to a private saltwater pool, private beach, and the Chesapeake Bay for boating, swimming, paddle boarding, or even collecting clams and oysters. This tiny home Airbnb is adults-only so leave the kiddos at home and enjoy an intimate getaway in Virginia’s Chesapeake region.

Guests: 2
Size: 1 bedroom/ 1 bed/ 1 bath
Dog Friendly: Yes
Price: Starts at $169

Getaway House

Shenandoah, Virginia | 104 miles (2 hours 14 minutes) from DC

Getaway House Washington DC
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Modern rustic, clean, and fresh truly describe the ambiance of this little gem. This tiny house is tucked away in a forest of towering sycamores, cedars, and pine trees, allowing guests to disconnect and relax. The highlight of this unique stay is certainly sitting by the fire pit at night with a four-legged friend surrounded by nature. Although you will feel off the grid, the Shenandoah Getaway House is located only minutes away from hiking trails and vineyards.

Guests have the option of adding unique custom-made packages to enhance their stay. The “Get Closer Kit” contains conversation cards and a 10-piece box of chocolate truffles. The “Sustenance Box” includes perfectly portioned snacks and meals to enjoy during your stay.

Guests:2
Size: 1 bedroom/ 1 bed/ 1 bath
Dog Friendly: Yes
Price: Starts at $225

A-Frame Retreat with Hot Tub

Smith River, VA | 292 miles (4 hours 43 minutes) from DC

A Frame Cabin Virginia
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This cozy A-Frame cabin is nestled in the foothills of southern Virginia. Guests will find themselves surrounded by nature and woodland creatures that roam the property, including a few goats! The property has a screened-in back porch for relaxing, an outdoor hot tub for soaking, and a hammock for napping. This Virginia A-Frame is remote and therefore without wifi or internet, making it a perfect escape to truly disconnect and relax.

Guests: 5
Size: 1 bedroom/ 4 beds/ 2 baths
Dog Friendly: No
Price: Starts at $173

Boats, Trains, and Buses

Apple Ridge Farm Caboose Bed & Breakfast

Copper Hill, Virginia | 265 miles (4 hr 35 min) from DC

Caboose Bed and Breakfast in Virginia
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The Caboose Car Bed & Breakfast is located on Apple Ridge Farm, just outside of Roanoke. This 1978 Norfolk Southern Caboose Car was remodeled into what’s often considered one of the most fun Airbnbs in Virginia. The overnight stay also includes a delicious complimentary breakfast. There are two Caboose cars to select from, only one of which is dog-friendly. (The third Caboose is still under construction.)

The Apple Ridge Farm is a non-profit organization that is transforming the lives of the community’s underserved children and families through engagement in educational, cultural, and outdoor experiences. Since 1978, the organization has touched the lives of more than 80,000 youth. All proceeds from your visit support the mission of Apple Ridge Farm to “help kids grow.”

Guests: 4
Size: 1 bedroom/ 1 bed/ 1 bath
Dog Friendly: Yes
Price: Starts at $140

Airstream Farm Stay

Standardsville, Virginia | 102 miles (2 hr) from DC|

This renovated 1986 Airstream is located at Cair Paravel, a small-scale homestead dedicated to practicing peace, permaculture, and preservation. Originally purchased off of Craigslist, the farm family renovated the airstream trailer to add in modern amenities while still maintaining its old-school charm. Guests are able to enjoy a large and impressive deck “floating” amongst the trees, and the private outdoor clawfoot hot tub. The airstream is one of several Airbnbs hosted on the Cair Paravel farmstead. Other options include a yurt, cabin, and greenhouse.

Guests:4
Size: 1 bedroom/ 3 beds/ 1 bath
Dog Friendly: Yes
Price: Starts at $157

Luxury Tile Shower Skoolie

Pulaski, Virginia | 287 miles (4 hr 31min) from DC

Converted Skoolie Virginia
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Escape the city for a weekend getaway at this renovated 1999 BlueBird School Bus. This dreamy bus conversion is fully furnished with a kitchenette, bed, tile shower, indoor hammock, and lounging area. This unique stay is just 30 minutes from Virginia Tech and Blacksburg.

Guests: 4
Size: 1 bedroom/ 3 beds/ 1 bath
Dog Friendly: Yes
Price: Starts at $110

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 King 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 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
Dog friendly: Yes
Price: Starts at $314

Glamping Getaways

Shenandoah Valley Cozy Sunrise Glamping Tent

Harrisonburg, VA | 132 miles (2 hr 10 min) from DC

Glamping Harrisonburg

This glamping tent in Harrisonburg Virginia makes camping easy! Visitors will enjoy an off-grid experience surrounded by nature’s beauty inside of a fully furnished canvas tent. The tent was entirely designed and built by husband and wife duo Nick and Abby, as was much of the furniture. In fact, a large portion of the trees that were cleared from the land to create the space was repurposed into the building of the tent and furniture. Their creative craftsmanship can be seen throughout this Virginia Airbnb, making it a truly unique and memorable place to stay. If you’re lucky, you may get a surprise visit from the resident glamping Cavapoo, Lilly!

Guests: 3
Size: 1 bedroom/ 2 beds/ 1 bath
Dog Friendly: Yes
Price: Starts at $163

Chic Mountain Yurt

Pilot, Virginia | 271 miles (4 hr 27 min) from DC

Yurt Blue Ridge Mountains

This 24′ yurt is beautifully modern with a fully-equipped kitchen, bathroom and steam-sauna shower, TV and wi-fi, and comfortable sleeping and hangout spaces. The yurt is on private property and surrounded by 150 acres of streams, trails, and natural beauty. A large porch wraps around the yurt providing 360-degree views of the surrounding forest. Visitors should make a point to visit the neighboring town of Floyd, one of the best small towns in Virginia.

Guests: 4
Size: 1 bedroom/ 2 beds/ 1 bath
Dog Friendly: Yes
Price: Starts at $126

Bucky the Geodesic Dome

Floyd, Virginia | 283 miles (4 hr 51 min) from DC

Geodesic Dome Virginia
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The American Institute of Architects called the original Geodesic Dome the “Strongest, lightest and most efficient means of enclosing space yet known to man.” Domes enclose the largest volume of interior space with the least amount of surface area, resulting in an eco-friendly and cost-efficient space. The Bucky Geodesic Dome is located on a 25-acre farm in Floyd, Virginia. It is clean, open, and bright with 4 skylights and a large window that overlooks the surrounding pastures. Air conditioning and a space heater make this unusual Airbnb accessible all year long.

Guests: 2
Size: 1 bedroom/ 1 bed/ 1 bath
Dog Friendly: No
Price: Starts at $102

Upscale Camping in Authentic Tipi – Spirit Lodge

Lynchburg, Virginia | 180 miles (3 hr 38 min) from DC

Come unwind with an upscale camping experience in an authentic American Indian Tipi! Cozy up in the fur blankets and listen to the crackling wood and chirping birds. Like most other glamping sites, air conditioning is unavailable however fans and electrical outlets are provided. There is on-site horseback riding, fishing, as well as hiking. This Tipi getaway is an ideal escape for adventurous couples. If you are new to the concept of glamping, this primer gives some good tips and packing ideas as you learn how to glamp.

Guests: 2
Size: 1 bedroom/ 1 beds/ 1 bath
Dog Friendly: Yes
Price: Starts at $93

Treehouses in Virginia

Trillium Treehouse

Linden, Virginia | 63 miles (1 hr 25 min) from DC

Treehouse Linden Virginia
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The Trillium treehouse is one of the coolest Airbnbs in Virginia and is guaranteed to provide adventurers with a unique experience. The treehouse is professionally built and sits within 3 trees, designed to grow with the trees and sway gently in the wind. A nest-like porch provides a picturesque spot for enjoying a morning coffee amongst the trees. There is no cell phone service or wifi, making this treehouse an ideal location to escape from distractions and instead focus on conversation and family bonding time. Due to the design, the treehouse is not recommended for children under 5.

Guests:4
Size: 1 bedroom/ 2 beds/ 1 bath
Dog Friendly: No
Price: Starts at $202

The Joshua Tree House

Bridgewater, Virginia | 141 miles (2 hr 29 min) from DC

Unique Treehouse in Bridgewater
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Enjoy an exclusive treehouse getaway, nestled amongst pine trees in the Shenandoah Valley. The Joshua Tree House is located 16 feet above the ground, providing beautiful views of the river below. The interior features a stunning walnut spiral staircase, salvaged barn beams, and skylight views. Unwind in the outdoor 2-person copper tub located on the private deck. This Airbnb is located near Harrisonburg where you can explore local breweries, restaurants, and shopping.

Guests:2
Size: 1 bedroom/ 1 bed/ 1 bath
Dog Friendly: No
Price: Starts at $93

Trailside Treehouse

Richmond, Virginia | 109 miles (2 hr 50 min) from DC

Treehouse Richmond Virginia
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There are a handful of treehouses in Virginia, however, this one is perhaps the most reminiscent of your childhood memories. It is not meant to be a glamorous and modern Airbnb, but instead an authentic treehouse where you can rediscover the simple joys of being a child again. A bin is filled with classic junk food and the fridge is crammed with sodas. The 2-story treehouse features a porch level that is completely screened in and equipped with hammocks for lounging. The sleeping level is accessed via a knee-hole ladder and through a trap door. Guest can lay their heads for the night on a queen bed with a memory foam mattress and a bunk bed cot.

There is a private entrance to the basement level of the host’s home, where guests have private access to a lounge area, kitchen, and bathroom. This unique Airbnb is tucked away in the middle of Virginia’s capital, Richmond. A portion of the proceeds from your stay will be donated to Richmond-area non-profits that support children and the outdoors.

Guests: 8
Size: 2 bedrooms/ 4 beds/ 1 bath
Dog Friendly: Yes
Price: Starts at $289

Unusual and Unique Airbnbs in Virginia

Luna the Modern and Cozy Container Home

Harrisonburg, VA |132 miles (2 hr 10 min) from DC

If you are looking for unique places to stay in Virginia then Luna is exactly what you are looking for! This Virginia Airbnb is a shipping container that has been converted into a modern and cozy tiny home. Despite its small size, Luna contains a full kitchen, composting toilet, shower, washer/dryer unit, Queen sized bed, and a day bed that converts into a King sized bed. A more notable feature is the side of the shipping container that has been transformed into a giant bay window. Luna is located on an active farm with chickens, ducks, and the most adorable Highland cows you have ever seen. The front porch and fire pit areas offer beautiful views of the country, the grazing cows, and the blanket of stars above. There is no need to go far for cooking ingredients. The on-site farm store sells steaks, an assortment of sausages, and other products sourced directly from the farm.

Guests: 4
Size: 1 bedroom/ 2 beds/ 1 bath
Dog Friendly: No
Price: Starts at $174

Vintage Barn at Mulberry Springs

Standardsville, Virginia | 102 miles (2 hr 30 min) from DC

Vintage Barn Airbnb
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The vintage barn at Mulberry Springs was made from wood cut and milled on the property, and is furnished with hand-made farm-style furniture. The ground floor is open and spacious serving as the kitchen, dining room, and living room. The second-floor sleeping area contains a full bath and lounge area. Large windows allow for generous amounts of natural light to fill the space. This unique Airbnb is conveniently located near Shenandoah National Park and Charlottesville where guests can hike, shop, and explore the local wineries. The vintage barn is a great weekend getaway, or simply a fun place to work away from home for a few days.

Guests: 3
Size: 1 bedroom/ 2 beds/ 1 bath
Dog Friendly: No
Price: Starts at $145

Dream Rock Silo

Independence, Virginia | 336 miles (5 hr 10 min) from DC

Silo unique stay VA
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Dream Rock Silo is one of the coolest Airbnbs you never knew existed. The original dairy barn/silo dates back to the 1950s and finished renovation in 2018. The silo itself has 4 stories, two of which are accessible to guests. 15 steps lead to the front entrance on the third floor, and another 12 steps spiral around the interior of the silo toward the top floor and sleeping area. The 4th-floor bedroom is enclosed entirely in windows providing 360 degrees views of the mountains and valley. No children under 12 years of age.

Guests: 2
Size: 1 bedroom/ 1 bed/ 1 bath
Dog Friendly: No
Price: Starts at $230

Award Winning Architectural Gem on the Ocean Front

Virginia Beach, VA | 209 miles (4 hr 18 min) from DC

Frank Lloyd Wright inspired beach house
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This beachfront property makes the list of unique Virginia stays not for being quirky or unusual, but rather for its uniqueness. “Sandswept” was inspired by the iconic architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. 3,300 square feet is spread over five distinct levels plus two patios, a rooftop deck, two gardens, and a grove of oak trees.

While many are drawn to this beach for dolphin-watching tours, you can view the dolphins from the comfort of your patio or even your living room. Cook on the deck with ease as food can be sent up and down via the dumb waiter, a rare feature in modern homes. There are 5 bathrooms including an outdoor shower and 2 full bathrooms with spa features that provide aero massage, turbo massage, and chromotherapy.

This Virginia Beach getaway is a perfect getaway for large families and is even dog-friendly!

Guests: 14
Size: 5 bedrooms/ 10 beds/ 5 baths
Dog Friendly: Yes
Price: Starts at $655

The 19th Century Carriage House

Abingdon, VA | 361 miles (5 hr 40 min) from DC

Historic Carriage House Abingdon

Plan your next getaway at a historic Carriage House in southwest Virginia. The home was built in the 19th century and decorated in a magical Old World European Style with exposed beams and brick accents. A fanciful fairy garden provides a shaded respite for those wishing to retreat into a good book or a restful nap.

The Carriage House is within walking distance of the Virginia Creeper Trail and one of Virginia’s most charming small towns, Abingdon.

Guests: 4
Size: 2 bedrooms/ 2 beds/ 2 baths
Dog Friendly: No
Price: Starts at $275


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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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