Up, Up And Away: 5 Imaginative Airbnb Vacation Rentals In California - Updated 2021

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Ever wanted an adventure away from the neon lights in the city? Have a gander at some of the wackiest Airbnb vacation rentals here in California! From living in an al fresco environment to sleeping on a train, you’re bound to find something up your tracks with these unique rentals offering a different take on the ideal vacation.

1. Choo Choo! Themed cabins in Nice (from USD 190)

If you’re looking for luxury in an oddity, the Featherbed Railroad Bed and Breakfast Resort is the perfect place for you to indulge in. With a total of nine differently themed cabins to choose from, feel free to spend a romantic night under the crystal chandeliers of Paris with the Midnight in Paris caboose, or have some Whiskey with the cowboys in the Wild Wild West cabin. Featuring a cosy room with your own jacuzzi tub overlooking the dense canopy, you will find yourself losing track of time in this little taste of paradise. After a freshly prepared breakfast with ingredients used from the local farmers’ harvest, set off for a brief stroll at the nearby nature trails. Bring along your own fishing equipment to fish bass amongst the relaxing atmosphere in the Clearlake area. If you’re tired from all the walking, take a short drive to the nearby wineries and participate in one of the guided wine tours based on your preference. There are around 30 premium wineries in the area, so don’t worry about finding the perfect bottle for your taste! At the end of a long day, enjoy your relaxing night on the genuine goose down queen-sized featherbed, while catching your favourite shows on the cable TV provided. Here’s a cheers to a great end to the day!

Still undecided on this Airbnb? Check out this short video filmed around the area, that features the best parts of the Featherbed Railroad.

Wine Country Caboose at the Featherbed Railroad
Nice, California, United States
23 reviews
Private room in bed and breakfast 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the pool was a great treat after a hot journey and the strawberry scones at breakfast were delicious
our caboose was even cozier and more charming than anticipated
also the breakfast was amazing
fun train themed dining room
the cars were very cool cozy clean and all with jacuzzi in the middle
great hosts awesome breakfasts
the caboose was gorgeous and the staff was very friendly
the owners were incredibly sweet and welcoming
june was a great host and the property was adorable
tony was such a thoughtful and great host
the caboose was definitely the most unique place we've stayed in a while and the breakfast was fantastic
we had an amazing time here what a fun place
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2. Hipster heaven in El Cajon (from USD 62)

Forget your normal apartments, this magical tipi Airbnb hideaway is going to whisk you off your feet. Located just 30 minutes from downtown San Diego, it is huddled away from the bustling city life and yet, convenient enough to visit. Perched atop a wooden deck, you can see miles ahead, watching as the trees sway to the mountain breeze, and the scatter of stars filling up the night sky is simply spectacular to watch. With a double futon bed and a small fridge, you don’t need to worry about satisfying your midnight cravings for snacks. Spend some time chatting with the friendly hosts, and you can even book a massage session with Barbara, who’s also a holistic health practitioner and massage therapist. Be wary of the summer seasons, as tipis adapt to the temperature outdoors due to its material. Although there is a fan in the tent, you wouldn’t want to stay indoors when it’s sweltering hot, or freezing to the negatives! Plan for some hiking activities in the summer day, and return for a rest when it’s cooler. The beds are warmed up with heaters, so you can go to bed cosily.

Mystic Canyon Tipi Glamping Adventure for 2!
El Cajon, California, United States
409 reviews
Private room in tipi 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
i loved staying in the teepee warm & cozy all night under the electric blanket
i was concerned that i might be cold however the heater kept me very comfortable
the wifi is strong enough to watch netflix in the tipi so that was nice
wifi in tipi was surprisingly good
the climate's comfortable and easy to adjust with the combo of the fan and little heater
its spacious clean and comfortable
tipi was fairly clean with electricity and wifi clean bathroom and shower
the tipi was great - cozy and simple clean and comfy
super cute tipi experience very clean and comfortable
the tipi was extremely clean neat and had a very welcoming feeling to it
host provided helpful info about surrounding area
the hosts are very helpful and enjoyable
the hosts randy and barbara are wonderful people
randy & barbara are such wonderful hosts & their place is amazing
the place was nice and the host was very friendly
the location is picturesque
great location to lots of local hikes
perfect value charming location and very convenient to san diego
this was a great getaway close enough for convenience but far enough away to escape from your busy life
super nice place if you wanna get away from the city
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3. Al fresco living in Springville (from USD 70)

Imagine waking up to the smell of the mountain winds and seeing the towering trees dance gently to the morning breeze. As you slowly rock on the hammock, you hear the nearby birds chirping to the start of a new day. You would think it’s a dream, no? You can live this reality by staying in this open-air bedroom here in Springville. A private space built beside the hosts’ homes, this unique bedroom is the epitome of all things natural. With an outdoor BBQ pit and dining room, you can have a hearty meal with the hosts by a crackling fireplace. By staying here, not only are you reconnecting with nature, but you are also helping with land and river restoration projects, as 15% of all the proceeds from this booking will go towards non-profit organisation WildPlaces. Founded in 2001, this volunteer group seeks to protect and preserve natural places in southern Sierra Nevada, mitigating the effects of climate change to the best of their abilities.

Camping/Glamping Outdoor living -# 1
Springville, California, United States
175 reviews
Private room 0 Beds 0 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the amenities were very comfortable
the outdoor bed was incredible - you can perfectly view the stars and watch the sunrise come up
the common area has wifi’s there’s a small fridge and freezer perfect to store your goodies
we had beautiful evening and morning views from the outdoor room
sleeping outdoors was very comfortable
the shower was great and everything was clean and the place was very cozy
xico was a wonderful host
mehmet was a great host
xico was an amazing and gracious host
excellent hosts did everything to make us feel welcome
the hosts were gracious and made sure we stayed hydrated
amazing location with a gorgeous river for swimming nearby
this place is amazing the perfect location to explore sequioa national park
their close proximity to the giant sequoia's was a perfect mini retreat for me
this is truly a unique place
great location and great hosts
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4. "A-frame" cabin in Gasquet (from USD 58)

If you’re ever off exploring in the Six Rivers National Forest, look out for an ‘A’ shaped cabin right in the heart of the forest. Here, you will find yourself in the presence of a minimalist hand-built space, adorned with some candles and batik cloths. This quietly remote cabin is not only home to the common chipmunks and squirrels - it supposedly houses the rumoured Bigfoot too! Surrounded by natural wilderness, sightings of black bears are not uncommon. Fret not, as they are shy about meeting humans, and prefer to run away from humans. With a simple double bed and outdoor kitchen, you can take a short trip down here with your significant other and cook up a delicious meal under the night sky. There is no electricity in the cabin, so lanterns and flashlights will be provided to guests upon checking in. Fall asleep to the reassuring moonlight that shines through your window, and reclaim your well-deserved rest in the arms of Mother Nature.

A-Frame Rustic Off-Grid Cabin @MMV Ecovillage
Gasquet, California, United States
456 reviews
Entire cabin 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the property has gorgeous views and the cabin is very cozy
composting toilet and spring fed plumbing this place is truly “off the grid”
this facility feels as though it is constantly improving so any comments may be different by next year
try some of the self made goat cheese it’s delicious the buildings are nice and cozy
we had a great visit it was quiet peaceful and beautiful outside and so cozy in the a-frame
the cabin is tiny clean and the bed is comfy
it was neat and tidy with a little rug and a buddha on the dresser
clean a frame lots of cute dogs and very much an off road experience
a clean bed is a low expectation but a pretty basic one
i recommend bringing your own pillow and sleeping bag for the cabin it wasn’t very clean
wonderful people and friendly dogs
the people around were friendly and the host was quick to respond to my questions
the two interns there was also very helpful in showing us around and letting us pet the goats
everyone was super friendly and being surrounded by animals was a joy
expect roosters at dawn friendly dogs a 5 mile drive into the forest and a sustainable farm (inc
the location is beautiful
super cute off grid place
rustic place in a beautiful location
nice to be so close to nature
beautiful location and an irreplicable experience
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5. Regal Royalty Suite in Paso Robles (from USD 135)

After all the trekking across rough terrains and nights spent in wilderness, it’s time to pamper yourself in this Victorian home. Built in 1889, it was restored for modern conveniences while still keeping some of the more intricate baroque designs. The Aqua Breeze suite is exactly as the name sounds - smooth ocean blue curtains drape heavily from the tall ceilings, with white lace-trimmed cloth that filters the sunlight into a soft, creamy glow. Live your life like royalty during the Victorian era, with intricately designed dressing tables and exquisite dining tables. Rest your aching feet in the hydrotherapy bath, accompanied by a cup of warm herbal tea in a fancy ornate teacup. Nourish your skin with their spa services, and take up some yoga classes to relax your tense muscles. Looking to do some retail therapy? The inn is within walking distance to the historical downtown area. After having a fabulous dinner, head back to your room and pamper youself by sinking into the luscious sheets, dreaming about the adventures you had in the wilderness.

AQUA BREEZE [email protected] Serenity Inn
Paso Robles, California, United States
86 reviews
Private room in bed and breakfast 0 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
we enjoyed the adjacent living room and prepared coffee in the kitchen
air conditioning for warm nights and a gas fireplace for cool ones
comfortable bed and great outside patio
their air conditioning is so great that i got a little chilly while i was in the room
room and house are like a bed and breakfast experience (without the breakfast i guess)
everything was very clean and in excellent condition
the whole place was very clean and comfortable
room and house were clean and well maintained
very nice place it was very clean and the bed was super comfortable
excellent facilities very clean
host responded quickly when requested a flatter bed pillow and it was delivered as promised
she responded quickly when i had a couple questions and was very friendly and helpful
we even got to know our hosts and they are wonderful
they were so kind accommodating and i had an absolutely wonderful time at this place
we enjoyed our stay at serenity spa very much the hosts are very nice and welcoming
the location is great
great location to downtown paso
a fantastic location within walking distance of downtown
great location: it's just a short walk to downtown
the location was ideal - just a few blocks from the main square in downtown paso robles
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Once-in-a-lifetime adventure

The adventurous nature that we innately used to have as a kid seems to have disappeared. Hopefully, one of the wild places mentioned above has once again ignited that mischievous spark in you, to pack your bags, choose your favourite Airbnb vacation rental and explore the unknown that is the world. Be brave, and keep an open mind to the many bizarre places you could encounter in your travels - have a safe trip!

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