12 One-of-a-Kind Outdoor Airbnb Stays on a Budget

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Outdoor Airbnb Stays on a Budget

Airbnb has opened up a world of travel opportunities, making finding unique accommodations that don’t break the bank more accessible. 

From cozy treehouses to scenic lakeside cabins, these one-of-a-kind stays provide more than just a place to vacation — they offer a gateway to unforgettable experiences. 

Explore our top 12 picks for budget-friendly outdoor Airbnbs (no vacation loan needed) that promise adventure and relaxation.

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1. Cherry Treesort “Big Nick” in China Grove, North Carolina

Perched 25 feet above the ground, Cherry Treesort “Big Nick” offers a distinctive stay among the treetops. This treehouse features two separate sleeping quarters, each equipped with modern comforts like heat, AC, and TVs, making it perfect for groups seeking both communal and private spaces. The standout feature is the outdoor shower, offering a refreshing experience with privacy and great water pressure.

Set in a tranquil natural setting, the treehouse invites guests to relax on expansive decks surrounded by lush foliage. There’s no Wi-Fi, encouraging a genuine disconnect to enjoy nearby hiking, bird watching, and exploring local trails. This getaway is ideal for those looking to blend adventure with relaxation in a unique outdoor environment.

2. Redwood TreeHouse in Aptos Mountain Retreat & Spa in Aptos, California

Nestled among towering redwoods on a secluded 15-acre mountaintop, the Redwood TreeHouse at Om Oasis offers a serene retreat in Aptos, California. This elegant space includes a full kitchen, a luxurious bathroom, and a loft with a king-sized bed under a hand-crafted cedar ceiling with a skylight, perfect for stargazing.

The partially off-grid property provides peace with minimal cell reception but excellent WiFi. It’s one of seven accommodations spread across three developed acres, designed for privacy, ensuring a tranquil and intimate getaway surrounded by nature’s beauty.

3. Apple Ridge Farm Caboose Bed & Breakfast in Copper Hill, Virginia

Step back in time with a stay at the Apple Ridge Farm Caboose Bed & Breakfast in Copper Hill, Virginia. This uniquely remodeled Norfolk & Western Caboose Car features a queen-sized bed, a sleeper sofa, and a cozy dining area, perfect for a complimentary breakfast. The spacious bathroom is well-equipped with modern amenities to ensure a comfortable stay. Guests can explore over 4 miles of hiking trails, enjoy scenic mountain views, and relax in various outdoor areas.

As a bonus, your stay supports Apple Ridge Farm, a non-profit dedicated to helping kids grow. Nearby, you can delve into local history at the nearby museums or indulge in outdoor activities like biking and picnicking in the surrounding national parks. This no-pet caboose offers a distinctive getaway that combines charm with a cause, providing an unforgettable experience.

4. The Bins on Old 66 in Phillipsburg, Missouri

Stay at The Bins on Old 66 in Phillipsburg, Missouri. This uniquely converted grain bin offers a rustic retreat right off Interstate 44 on historic Route 66. This cozy bin includes a loft bedroom and a kitchenette and is close to local attractions like Redmon’s Candy Factory and Bennett Springs State Park.

Delve into local history or explore nearby outdoor activities. With Boat Town Brewery and Rocking Chair Restaurant just a few miles away, you can easily enjoy local dining and craft beers during your stay.

5. The Chuck Wagon @ Ocoee Riverside Farm in Benton, Tennessee

Experience a unique glamping adventure at The Chuck Wagon on the scenic Ocoee River within Ocoee Riverside Farm in Benton, Tennessee. This covered wagon blends historical ambiance with modern comforts, featuring central heating and air, a king-sized bed, bunk beds, and luxury linens. Enjoy conveniences like a mini fridge, microwave, and a Keurig Duo, all set around a wagon wheel table.

Step outside to your campsite, which includes a stone-ring fire pit, wagon wheel chairs, a picnic table, and a charcoal grill. Just steps away is your private bath in the Ocoee River Bath House, equipped with a Bluetooth-enabled shower speaker and luxury amenities. The site also includes a deck with riverfront seating and a gas grill, perfect for relaxing by the water.

6. Private Sage Canyon Cliff House near Mesa Verde in Cortez, Colorado

Experience the unique charm of the Private Sage Canyon Cliff House, nestled into the red rock cliffs of historic McElmo Canyon near Cortez, Colorado. This cliffside retreat offers stunning views and is a perfect base for exploring the Four Corners region, with Mesa Verde just 40 minutes away.

Ideal for creative getaways and outdoor adventures, the Cliff House features comfortable amenities, fast internet, and is surrounded by native flora. Enjoy the serene outdoor seating on the porch with sweeping canyon views, encouraging a connection with nature without the distraction of a TV.

7. Domeland: Off-grid Adobe Dome near Big Bend in Terlingua, Texas

Discover the charm of Domeland, an off-grid adobe dome near Big Bend National Park in Terlingua, Texas, featured on HGTV’s “Mighty Tiny Houses.” This unique, solar-powered dome offers a serene escape under one of the few dark sky ordinances, ensuring unparalleled stargazing. The structure itself, made from cob (adobe), naturally insulates against the desert’s extremes of heat and cold.

Only 25 minutes from Big Bend and the historic Terlingua ghost town, Domeland is perfect for those seeking solitude and adventure. Enjoy breathtaking sunrises and sunsets with unobstructed horizon views, contributing to sustaining this eco-friendly project. This remote haven combines rustic charm with modern appeal, creating an unforgettable off-grid experience.

8. Get to the Choppa! One-of-a-kind 2/1 Helicopter in Brooksville, Florida

Get ready for a unique getaway at “Get to the Choppa!” a one-of-a-kind vacation stay in Brooksville, Florida. Situated on a serene 5-acre compound within the Withlacoochee State Forest and close to the Croom Motorcycle Area, this repurposed Chinook CH-47D helicopter offers an unforgettable experience. The aircraft has modern amenities, including two cozy bedrooms, a full bathroom, a fully-stocked kitchen, satellite Wi-Fi, TV, and air conditioning, ensuring comfort amidst adventure.

Perfect for outdoor enthusiasts, this location provides easy access to activities in the state forest and excitement at the nearby motorcycle area. Whether you’re looking to hike, bike, or simply relax under the stars, this helicopter stay combines the thrill of adventure with the comforts of home, making it a truly unique destination.

9. Luxury Glass Tiny House – Mountain View + Hot Tub in Warren, Vermont

Discover the enchantment of the Luxury Glass Tiny House in Vermont’s Green Mountains. This mirrored glass house offers panoramic views of Sugarbush Mountain and Blueberry Lake, providing a unique blend of luxury and nature. Immerse yourself in the landscape, whether soaking in the hot tub or waking to breathtaking vistas.

Though compact, the house feels expansive, thanks to its mirrored walls. Every detail, from the locally crafted amenities to the luxurious bedding, ensures comfort. Nearby, enjoy skiing, hiking, or kayaking, making this a perfect retreat for relaxation and adventure.

10. The Stabbin Cabin Grant Island w/Boat, HotTub, Pet in Greig, New York

Escape to the Stabbin Cabin on Grant Island in Greig, New York, a unique private bungalow on Brantingham Lake. This cozy retreat offers a hammock, chairs, a hot tub, and a private electric motorboat for lake exploration. 

The cabin features rustic decor with tools from its past life as a tool shed, now artfully secured to the walls. Modern comforts include WiFi, Netflix, a pet-friendly environment, and outdoor amenities like a heated rainfall shower and access to island recreational facilities. 

11. Moroccan Exotic Hocking Hills in Creola, Ohio

Discover the exotic charm of Moroccan Exotic Hocking Hills in Creola, Ohio, a unique getaway that merges Moroccan architecture with the tranquility of nature. Located just three miles from Hocking Hills State Park, this retreat offers luxurious amenities, including a cedar-scented hot tub and two queen beds, complemented by a cozy electric fireplace and kitchenette.

Step outside to enjoy the calming scents of cedar in the hot tub, or relax by the firepit in rustic Adirondack chairs. The property also features a reservable sauna, an outdoor BBQ grill, and a hammock available in warmer months. Indoors, stream your favorite shows on the smart TV and benefit from eco-friendly building practices. Firewood is provided complimentary, enhancing your rustic retreat.

12. Magical Tree House w/ Hot Tub, Fire Pit & Slide in Pottstown, Pennsylvania

Welcome to the Magical Tree House, a private glamping haven on a 16-acre century-old family farm just an hour from Philadelphia. Surrounded by trees and overlooking a stunning field, this retreat features a wooden deck with a hot tub, lounge chairs, and a slide leading down to a charming outdoor dining area. 

Enjoy the simplicity of outdoor living with amenities such as a shared outdoor shower, private porta-potty, and a cozy fire pit with provided wood. Relax in the hammock, cook a meal on the gas grill, and end your days soaking in the hot tub or gathering around the fire. 

Are You Ready to Head Outdoors for Your Next Trip?

With these 12 exceptional and budget-friendly outdoor Airbnbs at your fingertips, the most challenging part will be choosing just one. 

Once you decide, pack your bags and prepare to immerse yourself in the beauty of nature — your next adventure is only a couple of clicks away. 


How can I find affordable and unique outdoor Airbnbs?

Search for listings with keywords like “glamping,” “tiny home,” “treehouse,” etc. and use Airbnb’s filter to set your desired budget range. Remember to read reviews to ensure the experience lives up to the photos!

What’s the difference between an outdoor Airbnb and regular camping?

Outdoor Airbnbs blend camping with creative, comfortable accommodations and amenities glampers enjoy. Think tiny homes, yurts, geodesic domes, shipping containers, and upscale tent cabins with beds, bathrooms, and more.

Is it safe to stay in these more rustic, outdoorsy Airbnbs? 

Absolutely, as long as you book listings from highly-rated super hosts on a reputable platform like Airbnb or another legitimate site. The unique structures and isolation are part of the adventure appeal when done through a secure rental. Just read the house rules thoroughly.

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