7 Quirky and Sustainable Vacation Rentals to Lust Over

Vacation rentals to get away from it all.

From repurposed airstreams to tiny houses, get inspired to head out on the road with one of these drool-worthy vacation rentals.

Apps like Airbnb, HomeAway, Vacation Rental by Owner, and more are making it super easy to get away from it all and find quirky vacation rentals. Not too long ago one had to be a super sleuth with a lot of time on their hands to find places that went beyond the mainstream motel and hotel chains when traveling. Now, if you’re looking for someplace off the beaten path or someplace that is uber-sustainable, it’s a cinch. It’s super simple to find unique places to stay whether you just to get away for a night in the next town over or stay a month on the other side of the country.

Get inspired to get away from it all by these quirky and sustainable vacation rentals and plan your next trip!

7 Unique Vacation Rentals

Vacation rentals to get away from it all.

1.  El Cosmico

El Cosmico is a 21-acre nomadic hotel and campground in Marfa, Texas. The vacation rentals include renovated vintage trailers, safari and scout tents, Sioux-style tepees, a Mongolian yurt, and tent campsites. The property also offers several communal spaces including a hammock grove, an outdoor kitchen and dining area, and a stage. There are also wood-fired hot tubs, as the burn ban allows, and bikes for exploring the town of Marfa.

Vacation rentals to get away from it all.

2. Tiny House Vacations

Tiny House Vacations is a website devoted to connecting owners of tiny houses with travelers who want to find and book tiny and small vacation rentals throughout the world. This tiny Texas home is a beautiful Victorian house that comes complete with a hot tub and is custom made from period-reclaimed building materials. There’s even an herb garden!

Vacation rentals to get away from it all.

3. Net-Zero Passive House

Located in Portland, OR, and featured on Airbnb, this rental is certified as one of the most energy-efficient homes in the United States. As a passive house, it is heated primarily by the sun and day-to-day activity. What little energy is used is offset by rooftop solar panels, enabling the home to be net-zero energy. It’s also super chill inside.

Vacation rentals to get away from it all.

4. Tipi Hideaway in the Catskills

Found in the Catskills in southeastern New York State, the Bellfire Tipi is on a 10-acre property bordering open land and miles of forest. Designed with privacy and tranquility in mind, the tipi is nestled between a seasonally-running creek, maple trees, and a wildflower field for the ultimate in glamping.

Vacation rentals to get away from it all.

5. Off-the-Grid Lava Viewing Tiny House

This totally unique 400 square foot 2-story off-the-grid house is just 1500 feet from the ocean (with no structures between the water and the house), It is also part of a neighborhood comprised of mostly tiny houses that sit on some of the newest land formed in the country–a lava field in Kalapana, Hawaii.

Vacation rentals to get away from it all.

6. TreeHouse Point

Located just 30 minutes from Seattle along the Raging River, TreeHouse Point offers an opportunity to sleep amongst the trees. Turn off the technology, escape from everyday stress, and enjoy the rejuvenating powers of the Pacific Northwest high above the ground!

Vacation Rentals

7. El Capitan Canyon

With a goal of protecting and sharing the beauty of the California coast by nurturing the environment and the history of the Canyon while allowing guests to enjoy a relaxing Santa Barbara beach camping experience, this camp offers a variety of accommodations.  The camp provides what is called “Southern California Nature Lodging” in the way of cabins, safari tents, and yurts.

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