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10 coolest Airbnbs in California
by Canvas • January 4, 2019


From rugged coasts and sandy beaches to secluded deserts and heavily wooded areas, California has it all. So no matter what kind of atmosphere you’re looking for, you can get it when you travel through this state. Whether you’re planning a long vacation or just want a weekend getaway, there’s no reason to stick to standard hotels when you can mix it up by booking a unique Airbnb rental. Before you make any reservations, check out some of the coolest Airbnb options in California.

Vintage Caravan

If you love bright colors and are good with small spaces, head to Oakland to stay in the Vintage Caravan! This vacation rental may be small, but it has everything you need, from a comfortable bed to a cute kitchen and full bathroom. And the location is great, as it’s within walking distance of restaurants and shops in Oakland. It’s also a short 30-minute drive from San Francisco, and about an hour from wine country in Northern California. Plus, the property itself is beautiful, with views of a garden and lots of chickens running around outside.

Lighthouse Keeper’s Apartment

There’s nothing better than seeing an idyllic lighthouse in the distance with the ocean as a backdrop…except maybe staying next to one! And now you can, thanks to the Lighthouse Keeper’s Apartment in Point Arena. The 1-bedroom, 1-bathoom Airbnb vacation rental offers amazing ocean views of the North Coast and free tours of the lighthouse.

Traditional Japanese Tea House

If you want to stay in Berkeley, try the Traditional Japanese Tea House for your accommodations. Perfect for two guests, it features a queen size futon, several skylights for natural lighting and a nice, deep soaking tub for relaxation. Though the building has a rustic feel, many guests have noted that the interior of this rental is super clean, with a tranquil feel to the whole property.

Mushroom Dome

Maybe you like mushroom on your pizza, but do you like it enough to spend the night in an Airbnb shaped like one? Well, you’ll find out when you book the Mushroom Dome in Aptos. Located on 10 acres of wooded property with hiking trails, this geodesic dome has enough space for three guests. Of course, hopefully you’ll spend most of your time outside, watching the hummingbirds and petting the goats nearby. When you’re not in the woods or at the beach, you can spend time indoors watching movies on the 32” TV and DVD player included in this rental.

Gingerbread House

If you’ve always dreamed of staying in a cabin that seems to be right out of a fairytale, the Gingerbread House at the Isis Oasis Sanctuary in Geyserville will be perfect for you. It’s tiny, surrounded by trees and nicely decorated—complete with stained glass windows and LED lights. You’ll feel like you’re one with nature when you use the outdoor shower, though there’s a lodge nearby with indoor showers, too. The lodge also offers a library and free Wi-Fi, coffee and tea for guests, making this a quaint but convenient getaway.

Tile House

#ihavethisthingwithtiles. If you like tile enough to want to see them on more than just the floor, you’ll love the Tile House in Twentynine Palms. Practically everywhere you look is covered with colorful Mexican tiles, so while the house is set in the middle of the high desert, you don’t just see brown and tan shades when you look around. This home has two bedrooms, an outdoor hot tub, fire pit and breathtaking views of the surrounding desert.

Steps from the Sand

If you appreciate amazing ocean views, the Lovely One Bedroom Unit 12 Ft from the Sand is probably the spot for you. Located right on the beach in Oceanside, this rental has enough room for four guests. But hopefully you plan to spend most of your time on the beach, or at least outside on the patio where you’re practically close enough to feel that ocean mist!

Mystic Canyon Tipi Glamping

When you rent the Mystic Canyon Tipi Glamping Adventure for 2 in El Cajon, you’ll enjoy staying in a tiny tipi in the garden of a large property. You’ll also have access to the pueblo-style home on the property, as the living room, bathroom and outdoor kitchen are all available to guests. So if you like the idea of sleeping in a tipi, hearing the coyotes yip at night and the roosters crow in the morning, you’ll love these cool accommodations.

Secluded Hilltop Cabin

Another great place to stay in California is the Secluded Hilltop Cabin in Monte Rio. As you might assume from the name, it’s super private and situated at the top of a hill, surrounded by beautiful redwood trees along the Russian River. The rental feels spacious and open, and it gets plenty of light. There’s even an outdoor hot tub on the property, which makes for the perfect spot for some star gazing.

Immaculate Vintage Airstream

If you’re open to staying in a small but updated trailer, the Immaculate Vintage Airstream in Mill Valley will appeal to you. The style of this rental will bring to mind the 1960s—especially the décor—and yet the inside has been refurbished and boasts modern appliances to make you feel right at home during your stay.

No matter which of these neat Airbnbs you pick, Canvas is a great way to get around. We offer 500 free miles every month so you can travel from one cool California Airbnb to another, and you can always upgrade to unlimited mileage!