Pack Your Bags, Dreamers! Here Are The 26 Coolest Airbnbs in California

coolest airbnbs in california

Cue The OC theme song: California…here we come! But seriously, pack your bags because we found the coolest, most unique Airbnb rentals throughout the entire state of California.

Although it’s painful to admit, our travel plans remain at a stand-still. Most postponed vacations are getting pushed back, yet again, or the threat is imminent. The good news is, there are plenty of stunning locations and gorgeously styled homes for rent on Airbnb. If you’re following along from Cali (or nearby), these 26 Airbnb rentals just might temper the sting of these no-travel times.

Not only are these California Airbnbs in serene + revitalizing locations in nature; they’re styled to the nines with Instagram-worthy decor. From vineyard views to ocean views, and everything in between. Here’s your next road trip destination (driving down the 101):

Northern California

1. Big Sur Dream Home | Carmel, California

starting at $340/night

Serenity in the woods. Big Sur is MAGICAL, but hard to find a place to stay, so why not drive up to your own privately paved and gated driveway to a home with a full 365 degree view of redwood and oak ridges. Full sun all day long – this place is perfect for a couple. And the stars here are MAGIC.

2. Treehouse in Vineyard Overlooking Monterey Bay | Los Gatos, California

starting at $250/night

Built on giant Douglas Fir trees, this treehouse is located on Lago Lomita Vineyards with a view of the entire Monterey Bay. Actual vineyard and Pacific Ocean views! This is perfect for a couple and a great place to enjoy lots of different vineyards all weekend.

3. Peaceful Treehouse with Ocean View | Aptos, California 

starting at $618/night

Featured by Sunset Magazine as a ‘chic escape,’ these mid-century modern architectural + details are made of natural materials like wood and stone, setting a calming, sanctuary tone throughout. Curl up with a good book by the light streaming through floor to ceiling windows.

4. Sophisticated Wine Country Cottage | Sonoma, California

starting at $368/night

Sonoma is ALWAYS perfect for a few day escape. We love this luxe country cottage just minutes from the Sonoma Square. It is renovated with a boutique hotel feel to accommodate the most discerning travelers! And while in Sonoma, we recommend stopping by Scribe Winery and Robert Young Estate.

5. Vineyard Retreat with Spa + Pool | Occidental, California

starting at $307/night

The beauty and tranquility of this property makes it completely unique! The guest suite is detached from the main house; but you have exclusive access to the hot tub, pool, and property. More vineyard vibes here – calling our names!

6. ‘Green’ Off-Grid Glass House | Grass Valley, California

starting at $185/night

Grass Valley Award-winning ‘green’ lakefront retreat is on 8 secluded acres of forest. Nestled in the Sierras, the glass walls of this contemporary home completely open to the forest and magnificent lake views. Featured in Sunset Magazine, it’s completely off-grid, and is a showcase home perfect for romantic getaways.

7. Serene Gem in the Redwoods | Mill Valley, California

starting at $600/night

Take in the rustic-chic vibe of this century-old hideaway in the midst of towering treetops! Bask in the scents and sounds of nature as you enjoy breakfast on the deck; or brush up on your piano skills from the comfort of the sun-drenched music room.

8. Shasta A-Frame Cabin with a View | Shasta County, California

starting at $183/night

This is your dreamy A-Frame cabin escape nestled in four wooded acres overlooking Shasta Lake. Master loft and large front deck look-out over the valley with breathtaking views of mountain peaks, granite cliffs + Hirz Bay.

9. Eco Luxury Farmhouse Oasis with Pool + Sauna | Graton, California

starting at $317/night

A true, chic oasis! Created to feel like a luxury boutique hotel experience, this property has a private backyard + solar-heated swimming pool with Sunbrella pool floats. A footed tub, outdoor shower…and styling to the nines!

10. The Cobb Haus | Cobb, California

starting at $132/night

The Cobb Haus is located at the end of a quiet dirt road of a rural neighborhood. It’s nestled in the dogwood trees with a beautiful deck (and an outdoor shower!). It offers one large open common space as well as a bedroom and living room with amazing tree views – all the wonder + awe of a real treehouse!

Central Coast

11. Lunette Hut at Blue Sky Center | New Cuyama, California

starting at $104/night

Now that’s unique vacationing! The Shelton Huts are raised off the ground with wood floors and waterproof canvas roofs/walls. Total desert climate (large temperature swings from day to night); there is no A/C or heating, but in winter they do provide heated mattress pads that keep you cozy! Get off the grid a few nights and enjoy the stargazing here.

12. Dreamy Glass Cottage in Nature Paradise | Santa Barbara, California

starting at $349/night

That’s right – a glass cottage! With great intention, creativity + love, an exclusive 3 acre realm invented for those seeking a sensual nature connection experience, in luxury. A unique retreat experience that’s one of the best Airbnbs in California.

13. Iconic 1974 Airstream on an Organic Ranch | Carpinteria, California

starting at $198/night

Start California dreaming in a restored 33-foot Airstream a short drive from bohemian Ojai. Tan leather and cowhide soften the metallic edge, while the intimate patio nestled in a small avocado orchard provides a peaceful place to relax!

14. The Rock Loft on the Historic Adelaida Wine Trail | Paso Robles, California

starting at $155/night

Stoke a wood-burning stove tucked into a corner where a rock wall forms an entire side of the house. This rustic aesthetic is reflected in stained timber floors and a concrete kitchen island, as well as corrugated metal used as a building material.

15. Luxury treehouse with views of the Sierras | Visalia, California

starting at $225/night

This beautiful and unique treehouse will provide you a great getaway, whether you’re visiting friends or family or headed to the National parks.

Los Angeles

16. Find Peace at a Stunning Mountainside Retreat | Topanga, California

starting at $1,184/night

Drink in cool mountain breezes from this secluded home in the Santa Monica Mountains overlooking the Pacific. This breathtaking, spacious property boasts designer furniture, clean lines, an additional studio, and amazing indoor-outdoor flow.

17. Rustic Space Perched in the Hollywood Hills | Los Angeles, California 

starting at $202/night

Drink in panoramic city views from Hollywood to the ocean from the freestanding bathtub at a private guest unit nestled in the wooded hillside. Wake up in the cabin-like bedroom and step out onto the sun-drenched terrace for a cup of coffee or tea.

Big Bear/Lake Arrowhead

18. The Kitchy Cabin| Big Bear, California

starting at $493/night

If you’re searching for the best Airbnbs in California, don’t skip this one! Chic, stylish + whimsical. Just minutes away from Snow Summit and Big Bear Blvd, in the private Moonridge area; this luxurious mid-century cabin has all of the features for your ultimate weekend away.

19. Romantic Scandinavian Treetop Cabin | Big Bear, California

starting at $349/night

Enjoy the mountains by ski, board, foot, boat or bike! You’ll want to come home to this Scandinavian Hideaway by day’s end. While relaxing in the hammock, dining on the deck, or nestling by the fire you can retreat and rejuvenate.

San Diego

20. Room D at The Dutra Inn – Little Italy | San Diego, California

starting at $187/night

These 20 ft., 100-year-old naval train station doors do seem like have a story to tell. Salvaged and repurposed here in the only street-level loft, they bring in the light and life of downtown San Diego.

21. A Modern Light-Filled Haven | Bonita, California

starting at $214/night

This light-filled, Scandinavian inspired home is a beautiful place to rest while you enjoy the magic of San Diego. The entire front of our home is glass with breathtaking views over the mountains and reservoir below. Neutral decor and warm wood accents provide a relaxing atmosphere and a tranquil setting.

The High Desert

22. Colorful Oasis with a Dreamy Desert Vibe | Palm Springs, California

starting at $210/night

Open the zesty yellow terrace doors and bring the outdoors in for a chilled breakfast at a vibrant, plant-filled hideaway. Hop on some bikes, take a leisurely tour through the neighborhood, and then soak up the sun on a pool float with a homemade cocktail!

23. Dome in the Desert | Joshua Tree, California

starting at $314/night

Re-energize in solace under the desert sky in this modern-bohemian dome, featuring many personally designed and handcrafted items. Stimulate your mind and spirit with natural wood and stone elements, and enjoy antique books and games while you take in sprawling mountain views by day and twinkling stars by night.

24. Flamingo Social Club | Yucca Valley, California

starting at $463/night

Flamingo Social Club is just the right amount of buzzy design (every room has the dreamiest design details!) combined with miles of spectacular open desert!

25. Sueno Sagrado | Pioneertown, California

starting at $762

At Sueño Sagrado, you’re invited to meditate on the thunderous silence, soak up desert colors and forever vistas, wonder at the millions of stars in the nighttime sky, and surrender to a profound sense of time as the desert recalibrates your internal clock.

26. Casa Mami Pioneertown | Pioneertown, California

starting at $316/night

Sitting on 5 acres of sprawling desert, this fully renovated pueblo-style home is clearly one of the best Airbnbs in California.

If you’re trying to get away this summer, start your research here. Lake life might be calling you!

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