The best vacation properties can be fully booked up to a year in advance, which gives the casual traveler little chance of staying in a pristine airstream in Texas, a solar-powered retreat near Joshua Tree National Park, or a Californian mushroom dome. With so many holidays on hold at the moment, availability is opening up for these usually hard-to-reserve, pet-friendly rentals. Don’t settle for second best, especially when it comes to organizing your best friend’s trip of a lifetime.
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1. Moon Camp
Moon Camp gives guests the same feeling of isolation as Earth’s natural satellite, without Fido having to board a spaceship to get there. This fully off-grid desert dwelling consists of three buildings: a dome house and two shipping containers comprising a guest house and lounge. The entire camp is solar powered. Stargazers will relish the phenomenal nighttime views, while four-legged guests will appreciate all the open space. And then there’s the location: Moon Camp is just five minutes from Joshua Tree National Park’s west entrance.
2. Wooded, Old-World Luxury
Whatever the season, discover old-world luxury at this cozy getaway. Nestled in a wooded mountainside, it offers peaceful isolation to two- and four-legged guests. The charming rental attracts visitors from all over the country who want to observe some of Wyoming’s wildlife and enjoy a vacation in a real-life gingerbread house. When you need a few essentials, the quaint town of Wilson is nearby.
3. The Playhouse
Live in the lap of luxury at The Playhouse, a 220-acre property in the Berkshires. Formerly part of a Vanderbilt Estate, this one-time theater space for innovators like Nikola Tesla and Lord Kelvin was the first property in the world to be powered by AC electricity. It has since been converted into a plush vacation home tastefully decorated with incredible fine art. Spend your days lounging by the lake, walking through the countryside with your furry Einstein, or practicing downward dog in the private yoga studio.
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5. Super Cute Retro Airstream
Experience a vintage vacation in a Texas Hill Country retro Airstream. The Dixie Daisy is equipped with a library of classic western movies, a warming fire pit and a hot tub; everything you need for a relaxing getaway. During the day, join your pooch on a stroll along the banks of Smith Creek, which lies within the 10-acre property.
6. The Mushroom Dome Retreat
Featured in our guide to off-grid Airbnbs, The Mushroom Dome Retreat is a unique fungal funhouse that has received more reservations than any other property on Airbnb. Sleep in the main house with your best friend, and spend the days watching hummingbirds, stargazing and more from the mushroom’s balcony.
7. Cozy Converted Barn
The spectacular Vermont landscape that surrounds this cozy converted barn makes it ever popular with holiday-makers. The exposed brick and rich wooden interior keep elements of the barn’s history alive, without losing any of the modern amenities. Warm up next to one of the log fireplaces, gaze across to mountains in the distance and relish exploring the luscious green surrounds with your furry pal.
8. Tye Haus A-Frame Cabin
Tye Haus is an A-grade A-frame in Skykomish, WA. This wonderfully cozy property is tucked away in a pine forest village off the beaten path. Spend a few days and nights bathing in the hot tub and soothing your soul among the towering trees with your pooch. Elsewhere in Timberlane Village, Super Host Tom rents out his other A-frame, Sky Haus, for the rest of Fido’s family to enjoy.
9. Cozy Oceanfront Cottage
Bask in the sun at this cozy oceanfront cottage on the Crystal Coast. You and your pooch can enjoy Atlantic views on either side of the barrier island. Grill on the beach as the sun sets and experience the wonder of turtles laying eggs during turtle season with your leashed pup. The house comes with a dog bowl, toys, and a good supply of bags to keep the sand clean.
10. Absolute Oceanfront
Fido can experience a healthy dose of “vitamin sea” at this Absolute Oceanfront property. Wake up to the sound of waves crashing against the rocks below the incredible balcony of this Hawaiian retreat. Share doggy dinners with a view, while keeping an eye on the water for breaching whales.
11. Historic Carriage House
Spend your next vacation in a historic carriage house that Architectural Digest named Colorado's most unique and beautiful Airbnb property. The building housed horses in the late 1800s but nowadays exudes class and comfort, from the heated concrete floors to the stylish rustic decor. The leafy green backyard is ideal for Fido’s late-night pee breaks, and the central location gives you both a chance to sniff out Denver’s dog hotspots.
12. Spectacular Ocean View Rental
This striking and spacious pet-friendly rental is situated on the Central Coast between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Offering views of the Pacific and calming hangout spaces all over the house and backyard, it’s a great place to relax and unwind. While you’re here, take a stroll along Moonstone Beach Boardwalk with your pooch and let him feel the sea air ruffle his fur.
13. A-Frame Mountain View Cabin
Nestled on the border of Coconino National Forest, this handsome A-Frame is just 10 minutes away from historic Flagstaff. Proving you don't need modern technology to have fun, this rustic and snug abode has no internet, cable TV or AC. It's also one of the most wished for Airbnb's in Arizona. Gather around the fire in the evening with your best friend and gaze across the vast sky, spend your days playing boardgames, and enjoy jaw-dropping views of the scenic mountains from three separate decks.
14. Peaceful & Private Waterfront Cabin
Located right on the coastline, this waterfront cabin invites two- and four-legged guests to enjoy the charming New England countryside. While it offers plenty of privacy, it’s also just five minutes from Boothbay Harbor and popular pet store Two Salty Dogs. Stop in and stock up on a new wardrobe for Fido to wear at the cabin or on a tour of the local lobster industry with Cap'n Fish's Boat Trips.
15. River View Cabin
River View Cabin is by far the most affordable lodging on our list. The rustic retreat is located 20 miles south of Forks in Washington, a town which Twihards will instantly recognize as the main setting of the popular Young Adult series, "Twilight." But don't worry, Fido, there aren't any real vampires and werewolves here; just gorgeous views of Hoh River and rolling hills in the distance. Explore pet-friendly wooded trails or embark on a rural river walk before hunkering down for the night next to the roaring wood stove in your open accommodation.
16. Desert Solitude
Get away from it all in complete desert solitude on a working ranch in New Mexico. Watch the dust settle behind you as you approach the property on a long and winding dirt road. When you get there, you’ll be greeted by a tree-lined home with handmade yucca window shutters and a fenced-in yard for your canine to run freely. Surrounded by expansive prairieland, you’ll feel totally isolated even though El Paso is only 20 miles away.
17. Oceanfront New Beachfront Flat
Sun, sand, sea and good vibes have made Miami Beach one of America’s best loved vacation destinations. This Oceanfront New Beachfront Flat encompasses all the best bits of the buzzing South Florida hotspot, offering 180-degree views of the Atlantic and a prime location for accessing nearby pet-friendly activities.
18. The Lake Tahoe Chalet
Pristine Lake Tahoe sits on the border between Nevada and California, meaning you won’t have to gamble on having a good time (but you can if you’re on the Nevada side). The Lake Tahoe Chalet is a rustic-chic hub for visitors to one of America’s favorite vacation destinations. This quaint cabin is beautifully decorated with features that reflect the surrounding pine forest, and is far enough away from the bustling lake for you and Fido to appreciate the natural beauty of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range.
19. Huge Lake House
If Fido’s idea of heaven is lounging next to crystal, calm water, book him a room at this huge lake house. Relax on the lounge chairs on the illuminated pier, enjoy sunsets over the water, and dock dive to your heart’s content. There’s even a gate on the deck to keep furry friends from going on an unscheduled adventure.
20. The Ketchikan Cabin
Escape to the wilderness at The Ketchikan Cabin in the heart of the Kenai Peninsula. This Alaskan lakefront property is off-grid, ideal for guests looking to get away from it all. Dogs who love the great outdoors can explore the woodland or go for a doggy paddle in the lake right outside the backdoor.
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