14 Awesome Airbnbs to Enjoy a Proper Mountain Escape
If you’re a sucker for sweeping panoramic views of the great outdoors, these vacation rentals are for you.
A beach vacation is great and all, but if you’re looking for peace and quiet—as well as endless opportunities for adventure (or afternoon naps)—you can’t beat a mountain escape. The breathtaking views, crisp, clean air, and calming effect of nature are reason enough to head to the hills. Add in year-round outdoor fun, like skiing, hiking, fishing, waterfall-hunting, kayaking, mountain biking, stargazing, and sunset-watching, and a trip to the mountains is pretty much a no-brainer. Throw in an Airbnb with a hot tub, fire pit, plenty of room for you and your friends (or just enough for you and your S.O.), and more of those stunning views? Suddenly it’s basically impossible to imagine choosing a beach trip—complete with getting bullied by seagulls, eating sand-filled sandwiches, and inevitably burning up in the sun—instead.
Still not convinced? We’re confident that these 14 amazing Airbnbs, all in laid-back mountain towns across the U.S., will do the trick.
6 guests/$612 per night
This modern home hangs on a cliff above the Wenatchee River and has a retractable wall perfect for indoor/outdoor living and taking in the views. Claim the primary bedroom if you can, as everyone should get to bathe in a large shower overlooking a river at least once in their life. (Although even if you do get “stuck” with a guest room, you’ll still get river views.) All of the furniture and appliances are streamlined and modern, perfect for unwinding without the chaos of clutter. Enjoy the wood-burning stove inside or kick back on the spacious outdoor patio with a fire pit and views of the river.
What guests say: “What a magical stay—we really couldn’t have asked for a more serene and beautiful place to spend a few days. We felt instantly at ease and relaxed when we arrived, and that never changed. Everything in this Airbnb was high quality, from the kitchen implements to the bedding. I couldn't believe how lovely this place was. We spent a lot of time wildlife watching and doing some animal watching. We will definitely be booking again for special occasions.”
6 guests/$413 per night
Garden Valley, Idaho, is known for its hiking, biking, rafting, and hot springs, and you’ll have access to the latter right on this property. This modern cabin has a private hot spring with odorless water, an infinity edge overlooking the South Fork of the Payette River, and even an option for lighting. The temps range from 100 to 105 degrees, so you’re guaranteed water that’s perfect for soaking your weary muscles at all times. When you’re not soaking (the river is also great for swimming during the warmer months), hang out on one of the two outdoor patios, sit around the fire pit, or just pad around the house barefoot, enjoying the floors that are heated by the spring water.
What guests say: “South Fork Springs was truly amazing! The home was very nice and comfortable and incredibly decorated. The hot springs were incredible and allowed us to soak and relax our worries away! The views are amazing, especially the view of the stars at night from the hot springs! We can’t wait to come back again!”
14 guests/$1,761 per night
For a truly luxurious getaway to the mountains, rent this six-bedroom, 12-bath lakefront villa on the shores of Big Bear Lake. No detail in this modern-yet-rustic home has been overlooked. You’ll find high-end appliances, the softest sheets and towels, and stylish decor at every turn. You’ll also find endless ways to have fun, including a loft with a pool table, shuffleboard, and foosball; a fire pit surrounded by Adirondack chairs; a hot tub with lake views; a huge porch with rocking chairs, outdoor furniture, and a grill for casual dinners; hammocks for napping; and a boat dock and kayaks for enjoying the lake.
What guests say: “This is one of the most stunning houses I’ve ever stayed at. The house is very well-appointed, from kayaks/fishing poles to a dream kitchen. It’s easy to access, close to grocery stores, and right on the water. We had a large group, and everyone had a great time!”
8 guests/$265 per night
If you prefer your mountain escape with maximum sunrise and sunset enjoyment, you’ll love this cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains of northern Georgia. The towering home has patio decks on three levels, ensuring you never miss an Instagram-worthy moment in the sky. The main level deck also has furniture for lounging, a dining table, a gas grill, and a hot tub, so you can maximize outdoor living all day and into the night. Inside, you’ll find a fully-stocked kitchen, gas fireplaces, a ping pong table, and plenty of games for a competitive night with friends and family. Celebrate your victories with s’mores around the outdoor fire pit overlooking the forest.
What guests say: “AMAZING house with a beautiful view!! The house has everything you need. It is so clean and comfortable, probably one of the most comfortable beds I have slept in! The house is located so close to downtown and some cool orchards. Highly recommend this property!”
8 guests/$1,800 per night
Lake Toxaway was known as “America’s Switzerland” in the early 1900s and was once a favorite vacation spot for people like Thomas Edison, the Vanderbilts, and the Rockefellers. Today, little ol’ you can enjoy the mountain views and pristine fresh waters of this private lake—assuming you’ve got around four grand to spare for a two-night stay (although when split between eight people, that’s “only” $500). This sprawling home feels like a resort with every amenity one could want at a lake house, including a private dock, kayaks, paddleboards, a canoe, and a launch area to make getting in and out of the water easy. If you’re more of a lounger, there’s plenty of space to do that as well. Take a bath in the soaking tub, sit around the fire pit, relax in an Adirondack chair facing the lake, or take in the sunset on the boathouse’s rooftop deck. There’s also a sliding rock (a natural water slide) within driving distance that is not to be skipped.
What guests say: “Location, location, location. This is a great spot on the lake with fantastic views, great amenities, and a superb house. Secluded in the forest, yet close escape to the towns for a bite to eat, a place to hike, view waterfalls, and enjoy the area. We rented a boat from the nearby marina—easy to do, and of course, the docking is easy. Also, plenty of play toys to use as well. Fireplace outdoors every night made our gathering a fun, relaxing, and cozy family outing.”
16 guests/$3,500 per night
The Berkshires are known for their impressive fall foliage, hiking trails, and New England charm—and you can enjoy all of that (and more) at this villa oasis surrounded by 120 acres of nature. The property has an outdoor pool, hot tub with mountain views, fire pit, gigantic modern kitchen, and floor-to-ceiling windows for maximum view enjoyment. You probably won’t want to leave, but if you do, there is also skiing nearby in the winter, waterfalls and hiking trails to find in the spring, and great restaurants nearby year-round.
What guests say: “We loved our weekend at [this] house in the Berkshires. There was plenty of room for our group of 13 people and three dogs. The caretaker was responsive to all our requests; the grounds were spacious and well-kept; the pool and hot tub provided endless hours of fun; the drive to and from the site was spectacular. I cannot recommend this weekend retreat more.”
5 guests/$197 per night
Want to see if tiny house living is for you? Spend a couple of nights in this stylish micro home located on 30 acres of private land surrounded by a national forest. (Okay, so you’ll find out if tiny house living is for you and how you’d fare in a horror movie. In a good way!) The home has two sleeping lofts and a small kitchen, but the thing you’re really there for is the views, which the home was built to show off. Wake up to snow-covered mountains or vibrant fall foliage. You can even see the Mount of the Holy Cross, a stunning mountain summit in the northern Sawatch Range of the Rocky Mountains from your bed on a clear day. And when it’s time to go out exploring, you’re just 30 minutes from the historic mining town of Leadville, as well as Vail.
What guests say: “We loved this beautiful tiny home! It was in the perfect location. Nice, secluded, and quiet but only 20 mins from the Vail Village. Many beautiful hikes close to the area. It was the perfect size. The tall ceilings made it feel big. The shower was great, and the bed was very comfy. The home was very clean. We loved waking up with the surrounding windows in the mountains. We HIGHLY recommend staying here!”
13 guests/$1,150 per night
A modern mountain cabin is even better when it comes with a side of water. This particular one comes with a side of Georgetown Lake, which is nestled between three mountain ranges at 6,425 feet above sea level. There you can boat, fish (ice and regular), swim, and even windsurf. In the winter, there’s also skiing and snowmobiling—but if you want to really maximize your enjoyment of this property, you’ll probably want to go when the weather is a little warmer so you can take advantage of the house’s proximity to the lake by jumping off of the dock all day long.
What guests say: “Such an amazing spot with an incredible view, even on the dullest of days. The furnishings are modern, tasteful, and extremely comfortable, while the kitchen is fully equipped and sure to satisfy the most discerning of cooks. We were there for just a few days and found two local restaurants with good food and amazing service. In the evenings, the hot tub was a grand way to slow down and enjoy the sound of the loons (and watch a pair building their nest!) Highly, highly recommend this home.”
16 guests/$1,329 per night
Take in views of the Adirondacks as you soak in the hot tub, sit around the outdoor fire pit, cook dinner in the gourmet kitchen, swim in the brand-new pool, or just kick back on the porch with a beer in hand. Whispering Pines Lodge is an 8,000-square-foot home that sits on 100 acres and has all of the amenities you and your friends could want: an all-season hot tub, sauna, pool table, ping pong table, wood-burning fireplaces, outdoor fire pit, chef’s kitchen, and non-stop mountain views. Go skiing at Whiteface Mountain in the winter, swimming in Lake Placid in the summer, or foliage-spotting in the fall—if you can drag yourself away from the property, that is.
What guests say: “Whispering Pines is the perfect Adirondack getaway for family and friends. The house is spacious and offers countless amenities for all. The views are spectacular too, especially with a dusting of snow and a fire crackling in the background.”
8 guests/$699 per night
Yosemite National Park is one of the most magical places in the world, and what better place to relax after a day of enjoying its trails, waterfalls, vistas, and giant sequoias than in a hot tub with views of the Sierras? This secluded hilltop home sits on 22 acres and has a swimming pool, hot tub, redwood deck with a fire pit and comfy seating, large stone fireplace, horseshoes, cornhole, game room, outdoor grill, and views whichever way you turn.
What guests say: “Absolutely gorgeous location! Stunning views all around. The pool is a joy on a hot summer day. The shaded hot tub is so relaxing. And all within driving distance to Yosemite. A perfect getaway!”
4 guests/$307 per night
Located on eight acres just 10 minutes away from downtown Asheville, this serene treehouse is a perfect getaway for a couple—or two couples that don’t mind close quarters. The listing is definitely a treehouse, but it’s also a legit house in that it has a bedroom with a double-sided fireplace, a large bathroom (well, large for a treehouse), a three-sided wraparound deck, and expansive windows that show off views, views, and then more views. Build yourself a nest on the outdoor swing bed—the perfect perch for diving into a good book.
What guests say: “Every aspect inside and outside is as perfect as it looks in the pictures. The setting and view are over the top. And yet, it's very close to grocery shopping as well as the myriad of fun activities of Asheville, so you could hang out here the whole time or use it as a base camp for touring breweries, seeing live music, hiking, or whatever.”
16 guests/$2,500 per night
After you arrive at this massive property, you’ll never want to leave. That’s okay because this place is the vacation. This property—which was once “homesteaded” by the dude who started Coors Brewing Company—has 18 suite (also “sweet”) bedrooms (29 beds total), but don’t plan on spending much time sleeping since there’s also: a natural hot spring pool and hot tub, tennis court, volleyball court, private lakes (yes, plural) with fishing, paddle boating, paddleboarding, and canoeing, a par three golf hole, tons of hiking and mountain biking trails, horseshoes, croquet, ATVs and snowmobiles, and more. Want to skip the 3.5-hour drive from the Boise airport? No problem. The property has a 4,000-foot private runway. You’ll just need to provide the plane.
What guests say: “This place is an absolute paradise. We got on the lake with paddleboats, walked to the Chattanooga Hot Spring, fished, swam in the pool, rode our RZRs on all of the trails, cooked s’mores in the fire pit, fed/pet horses and cows, saw the Milky Way, and got married at the base of the Sawtooth Mountains. I hope to come back again!”
16 guests/$764 per night
Partake in the quintessential New England outdoor adventure experience in North Conway, New Hampshire—starting with a stay at this 1855 farmhouse with a covered porch, private brook, gardens, hot tub, fire pit, and pool table. Pumpkin Hollow, a former bed and breakfast, is close to phenomenal spots to take in fall foliage, scenic train rides (including one that will take you to the northeast’s tallest peak), tubing on the Saco River, several ski resorts, alpine slides, swimming holes beneath waterfalls, craft breweries, and Storyland, an old-school amusement park. If that’s not exciting enough for you, there’s also ziplining, mountain climbing, moose safaris (!!!), and dog sledding.
What guests say: “This property had plenty of space to spread out. Perfect getaway spot, close to ski resorts/shops, but also plenty to do onsite. The brook is beautiful with its cascading waterfalls. We loved playing games in the pub, shooting pool, and relaxing in the hot tub. The kitchen is well equipped, and all bedrooms were comfortable.”
8 guests/$499 per night
Located right at the base of Alyeska Resort (Alaska’s largest ski area) and only about 30 miles from Anchorage, this cozy chalet is the perfect basecamp for an Alaskan adventure. Take advantage of the “steep and deep” ski trails in the winter, hike and mountain bike in the summer when the resort transforms into the world’s northernmost rainforest, and unwind at the spa year-round. Guests will also have access to Alaska’s best outdoor activities, including glacier and wildlife cruises, heli-hiking and rafting, cat-skiing, and more before coming home and enjoying a soak in the hot tub followed by a short walk to dinner and drinks from the local brewery in town.
What guests say: “Great location! Amazing hikes right outside the front door. The updated bathroom and shower were lovely. The bed and pillows were comfy. The perfect kitchen, bar, and dining space for entertaining. And who doesn’t love a hot tub with a mountain view!?”