14 Best Airbnbs to Book for Fall Foliage Views
It's fall, y'all! And as the seasons change, so do the leaves into vibrant shades of crimson, orange, and gold. From the Rocky Mountains to the forests of New England, these are the Airbnbs with the most breathtaking views of fall foliage you need to book stat.
Skip the tent this fall and go glamping (that’s glamorous camping, FYI) instead. The best place to do it? This quaint getaway nestled in the Ashfield, Massachusetts countryside, surrounded by trees boasting colorful leaves. There are no walls in the “cabin”—it’s all screens, so you can fall asleep to the crisp autumn breeze and the smoky smell of the campfire you made in the fire pit out back. Here are 13 more glamping vacations that should be on your bucket list.
Contemporary mountain home
Don’t let its off-the-beaten-path location fool you—this Airbnb is anything but rustic. Located on 800 acres in the Appalachian Mountains in Alderson, West Virginia, it not only features stunning views of crimson-colored peaks, it also has an infinity pool, a private lake, and a sauna. Bring a bike or your hiking shoes, too, so you can explore the seven miles of trails that zig-zag across the property.
Rustic chic barn
This is one barn we definitely don’t mind staying in (it even has its own Instagram!). Renovated by area artisans, the Pinterest-worthy pad in Tivoli, New York is heated by a wood stove, perfect for warming up with a mug of cocoa and a book from the fully-stocked library. You can also walk into the town of Tivoli along a path flanked by trees exploding in color. Grab some goodies from the local bakery for a perfect picnic enjoyed on the banks of the private pond. Find out the most popular Airbnb in every state.
Talk about secluded—you have to hike partway up a mountain just to reach this cabin in Bolton, Vermont. But past guests say it’s worth the trek for the views of Vermont’s mountains covered in fiery fall hues. The cabin has no electricity or Wi-Fi so you’ll likely spend your day outdoors, which is ideal anyways since it’s close to tons of mountain biking and hiking trails, rock climbing spots, and rivers for kayaking and fishing. Brush up on our tips for making the most of apple-picking season before you go.
Sit on one of the three decks at this unique home, set high above the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and the Shenandoah Valley below in Luray, Virginia. Among the trees, look for the reds of the Virginia creeper, the golden yellow of the hickories, and the burnt orange of the maples. When you leave, take a trip down scenic Skyline Drive which winds its way through 105 miles of Shenandoah Park and is dotted with breathtaking overlooks.
Modern tree dwelling
Consider this the grownup version of your childhood treehouse. Named “Souhegan” (which is a Native American word for “watching place”), the tiny-home-meets-treehouse in Georgetown, Maine is the perfect spot to enjoy the fall foliage that the Northeast is known for. Spend the day canoeing or kayaking the Black River (the boats are included with your rental), then take a dip in the wood-fired cedar hot tub, only accessible by a rope bridge. Don’t miss these other dreamy treehouses that are for rent.
Pisgah highlands cabin
Talk about a room with a view. This tree-topping cabin in Candler, North Carolina, features a glass garage-style door in the front that can be rolled up in warmer weather and that offers an unmatched view of Pisgah National Forest’s color-changing leaves. You can hike around the property’s 125 wooded acres or make the easy 25-minute drive to downtown Asheville, a vibrant city in the mountains filled with art, culture, and world-class restaurants.
Secluded intown treehouse
Named “Airbnb’s Most Wished-For Listing Worldwide,” this trendy treehouse in Atlanta is in high demand—and for good reason. The three rooms (representing mind, body, and spirit) are connected by rope bridges, adorned with twinkling fairy lights and overlooking the tops of trees bursting with bright colors. On a clear night, roll the bed onto the observation deck to fall asleep to the sounds of the gurgling stream below.
There are few prettier places to go leaf peeping than Aspen, Colorado in early October. Check out Maroon Bells and Independence Pass before checking in to The Fort, a charming log cabin on the banks of Castle Creek River. The property includes a private trout pond that you can fish, a grassy lawn with games and fire pits, and a hot tub for soaking in the stars at night. Bonus: It’s a quick eight miles from the heart of downtown Aspen. Impress your travel companions by memorizing these 21 mind-blowing facts about fall.
Remote bush cabin
Alaska is the first place in the United States where you can see the leaves starting to change color. In late August, head to this cabin that’s literally in the middle of nowhere in Talkeetna—it requires a challenging five-mile hike to get to it (you’ll be guided by the owner and his dog). Catch dinner on the lake out front or spend the day exploring the Alaskan wilderness. Just keep an eye out for caribou, beavers, and even bears! Don’t miss these top Airbnb rentals for under $100 in every state.
Crater Lake National Park in Prospect, Oregon is one of the must-visits for fall foliage chasers (nothing beats the sight of the colorful trees reflected in the deep blue water). And you won’t get much closer to the park than this log cabin-esque lodge. Bonus: It’s rumored that the hosts have been known to provide wine and s’mores over the fire pit at night. Count us in!
Looking for the ultimate romantic fall getaway? Look no further than this charming cottage, complete with canopied bed, storybook-style architecture, and glass windows looking out across the Berkshire Mountains which, in October, turn the most vibrant colors. During the day, wander the dreamy gardens (yes, there are even lily ponds), hike the loop trail around the property, or sip a glass of wine by the babbling brook that runs underneath your window at the home in Tyringham, Massachusetts. Here are some more wacky places you can rent on Airbnb right now.
If you love camping but hate sleeping on the cold hard ground, this cabin in Sandpoint, Idaho is for you. It’s about as rustic as it gets (no running water or heat, and you’ll have to use an outhouse), but also offers comfortable beds, a small kitchen, and an outdoor hot tub. Plus, it’s mere minutes from Lake Pend Oreille, where the fall foliage surrounding Idaho’s largest lake may just take your breath away. They even offer tours around the lake specifically to view the colorful trees.
The castle cottage
Spend a weekend like royalty in this mini castle, where the only thing more picturesque than the stone towers is the panoramic view of Lake George and the Adirondack Mountains in New York ablaze in crimson and golden-hued leaves. Nearby, you can wander the streets of the local lake town or take a kayak out on the water for the afternoon. Unwind at night on the terrace overlooking the estate—you’ll feel like you’re in a real-life fairytale. Read on for more cozy inns to book in fall.