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Cool Airbnbs Near Houston to Book This Winter

Switch things up a bit.

Lumberton, Texas Naturalist Boudoir
Lumberton, Texas | Courtesy of Airbnb
Lumberton, Texas | Courtesy of Airbnb

We love hangin’ in Houston and all, but we also love exploring the rest of the Lone Star State. We’ve brought you the perfect weekend road trips, the most picturesque places in Texas, the most gorgeous locales in South Texas, and some awesome nearby hikes, and now we’re zeroing in on the most tranquil accommodations within shooting distance of Houston. With amenities from infinity pools and outdoor fireplaces to wrap-around decks with sunset views, these cozy Airbnbs are just a road trip away (and so is total serenity).

Resort Glamping at Firesong Ranch

Spicewood, Texas
2 guests, $450 per night
Distance from Houston: ~3.5 hours by car
You can immerse yourself in nature while still feeling luxe at the NDotto retreat, set in the heart of Texas Hill Country. The modern one bedroom space rocks a fireplace, full kitchen, spa bath and soaking tub with sunset views on the inside, and an outdoor courtyard with a hot tub, outdoor shower, and another fireplace because this is glamping, y’all.
What guests say: “One of the best, if not the best, Airbnb we’ve ever stayed in. Great amenities and gorgeous views. Dawn and her husband were quick to respond to any questions we had and a quick fix. The Airbnb had everything we could need along with thoughtful touches like fresh eggs, fresh sweet cream for coffee, bath salts, etc.”

Lake Travis Waterfront
Lake Travis Waterfront | Courtesy of Airbnb

A Contemporary Waterfront Retreat on Lake Travis

Austin, Texas
6 guests, $715 per night
Distance from Houston: ~3 hours by car
Spending a weekend on Lake Travis is a Texas rite of passage, one that you may want to conquer with some friends at this luxurious waterfront retreat. The modern gem boasts two decks overlooking that beautiful lake, plus two outdoor fireplaces, an outdoor grill and dining area, and access to a boat dock, shared swim platform, and kayak.
What guests say: “Fantastic house in a great location, ideal for social distancing. Private lake access was brilliant, views were stunning, wonderful hosts, highly recommended!”

Lumberton, Texas Naturalist Boudoir
Lumberton, Texas | Courtesy of Airbnb

A Naturalist Boudoir in the Woods

Lumberton, Texas
2 guests, $195 per night
Distance from Houston: ~1.5 hours by car
The deeply forested Big Thicket is nature at its finest, and this woodsy “naturalist boudoir” is the perfect place to feel one with said nature. With big open windows, a cabin feel, and sporting awesome things like an outdoor shower, secluded hot tub, and suspended queen bed, this is where you want to truly unplug. Note: If this boudoir is all booked up, there’s a second.
What guests say: “This place is truly a Texas gem. A perfect place to recharge and deeply connect with nature and your significant other. We are so impressed with this place.”

SKYHOUSE Canyon Lake
SKYHOUSE Canyon Lake | Courtesy of Airbnb

Skyhouse on Canyon Lake

New Braunfels, Texas
10 guests, $659 per night
Distance from Houston: ~3.5 hours by car
You’ll have to drive up the winding hillside road to find it, but once you do, the Skyhouse offers gorgeous views of Lake Canyon, and some nice amenities while it’s at it. Dip in the infinity pool, fire up the outdoor grill, and catch the sunset from the wrap-around deck.
What guests say: “Spectacular views! The location of this home was the main reason we booked. It exceeded our expectations! Every room has a beautiful view of Canyon Lake.”

The Extraordinary Treehouse
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The Extraordinary Treehouse

Dallas, Texas
4 guests, $269 per night
Distance from Houston: ~3.5 - 4 hours by car
A running brook and seemingly endless forest of Japanese Maples are just some of nature’s beauties that you have to look forward to if you book this getaway. Nestled into Little Forest Hills in the Big D, the treehouse-style property feels like an escape from real life, while still being close to real life.
What guests say: “Absolutely lovely spot! Wish I could spend a month here. Beautiful space and so much character. Thought put into every element of the house. Surround sound is fantastic. Stay here.”

Live Oak Treehouse at HoneyTree Farm
Live Oak Treehouse at HoneyTree Farm | Courtesy of Airbnb

A Live Oak Treehouse

Fredericksburg, Texas
2 guests, $356 per night
Distance from Houston: ~4 hours by car
This luxury cabin is legit on stilts, built right into a cluster of oaks on the Palo Alto Creek. Bring a partner or go solo as you laze the day away in the hammock, soaking in the outdoor tub, and live that treehouse life to the fullest. You can check out the Sycamore Treehouse, Leaf Treehouse, Sapling Treehouse, and Acorn Treehouse properties, too.
What guests say: “Live Oak was magical - One of the best accommodations we have ever stayed in. Being “in the trees” is such a unique feeling. Decor and amenities are stylish and thoughtful. Bed is super comfortable! You are close to town but feel a world away from civilization. We didn’t want to leave and will definitely be back!”

Clifftop Estate
Clifftop Estate | Courtesy of Airbnb

A Clifftop Estate

Austin, Texas
10 guests, $1,578 per night
Distance from Houston: ~3 hours by car
Want to stay in Austin without really feeling like you’re staying in Austin? Cool, because you can do that at this luxury clifftop estate, which sits 11 miles from downtown. The glam, 4-bedroom/5.5-bath property offers an infinity swimming pool, private courtyard and firepit, and beautiful, tree shaded grounds where you can get zen with some yoga. 

Yurt In The Trees
Yurt In The Trees | Courtesy of Airbnb

A Yurt in the Trees

Dripping Springs
2 guests, $156 per night
Distance from Houston: ~3 hours by car
Stressed with city life? Consider chillin’ in a straight up yurt in the middle of Texas Hill Country for a few days. This one’s perched between Live Oaks, overlooking a canyon and trickling spring-fed creek, and there’s a quiet common area with porch swings and a fire pits, too. 
What guests say: “Great time in something a little different. The Yurt is definitely well put together and cozy. We loved the property and all the amazing wineries close by.”

Geodome Private Getaway
Geodome Private Getaway | Courtesy of Airbnb

A Private Geodome Getaway on the Lake

Leander, Texas
12 guests, $692 per night
Distance from Houston: ~3 hours by car
Just a half hour outside of Austin, a supremely cool, fully renovated tri-level dome house dubbed the “Black Beauty" awaits your arrival. Take a freshly brewed coffee (or a Bloody Mary) out onto the treetop deck to enjoy in the crisp Texas Hill Country air, climb the spiral staircase to the observation tower loft library for 360 degree views, and get some really awesome photos for your IG grid.
What guests say: “Dan’s geodome home is absolutely breathtaking, was sparkling clean, and was truly a gem of a place for us to ring in our new year and the end of 2020 together! The furniture, mid century modern decor, and thoughtful fun decor touches around the home were so lovely. We especially loved the Sean Connery bond print above the beautiful bar! And I cannot recommend enough the need to watch the sun set from the 360 observatory tower in the evening! Killer setting for some pano photos.”

Luxury Hill Country Villa
Luxury Hill Country Villa | Courtesy of Airbnb

A Luxury Hill Country Villa

New Braunfels, Texas
15 guests, $709 per night
Distance from Houston: ~3 hours by car
Skip the fratty, outdated river house rental and level up to this sensational luxury, instead. The 5-bedroom stunner’s got hilltop views, oversized hot tub, and infinity pool complete with a cascading rock waterfall, plus a sick outdoor kitchen with a gas-fired pizza oven.
What guests say: “Upscale rustic/modern Texas style home that delivers a resort-like experience with no need to social distance! There’s a spectacular hill country view and a spa that waterfalls into an infinity edge pool! Great place for any celebration!”

An Off-Grid Adobe Dome near Big Bend

Terlingua, Texas
3 guests, $107 per night
Distance from Houston: ~9.5-10 hours by car
If you’re looking to really, really road trip to somewhere secluded, it doesn’t get much more remote than the Far West Texas ghost town of Terlingua, and accommodations don’t get much cooler than this earthen dome house. The isolated rental sits in one of the few remaining territories under a dark sky ordinance, meaning your views of the big and bright Texas starry night will be incredible, as will the sunrises and sunsets. It’s also a quick 25-minute ride over to Big Bend.
What guests say: “Wonderful experience!! The dome is such a gem, offering an opportunity for off-the-grid peace and contemplation. In addition to this unforgettably unique home, there is a haunting nostalgia about the West Texas desert that you just can’t escape… you sense it all around you; it permeates the soul.”

Brooke Viggiano is a Houston-based writer who thinks she may need to book some of these properties before y’all do. Let her know if you beat her to it on IG @brookiefafa or on Twitter @brookeviggiano.