Lake Life is Calling! 14 Hip Lake Houses You Can Rent on Airbnb

lake house aframe to rent on a private islandHas COVID-19 ruined your summer plans? We’re in the same boat…and not the fun vacation-kind. We, too, are racking our brains trying to figure out how to carry on with summer fun in safe + mindful ways. Do you want to know what we’ve come up with? This summer, it’s alll about road trips and lake houses – like this amazing cabin on your own private island (!!!) on Lake Winnipesaukee, photographed by Michael Block.

We can hear lake life calling – can you? When air travel isn’t the safest option because of the pandemic and many summer vacation spots are closed or cancelled, booking a relaxing lake house via Airbnb sounds like a pretty rad back up plan! Pack your swimwear + prep the road trip playlist, because we’re sharing 14 really hip lake houses you can rent on Airbnb!

1. Modern Tahoe A-Frame | Lake Tahoe, California

Lakeside Airbnb
starting at $357/night

Enjoy a classic Tahoe A-frame in a great location in Tahoe city just a 5 minute walk to gorgeous Lake Tahoe! With two large decks, a jacuzzi, horseshoes, and space for spreading out in the back yard.

2. Mid-Century Modern Cabin | Lake Tahoe, California

starting at $410/night

This cozy Tahoe A-frame is nestled in Homewood, CA on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe. With a recent renovation of this 1963 original A-Frame, this place is perfect for summer days + nights.

3. The Wilson Haus | Lake Arrowhead, California

Modern Boho Cabin in Lake Arrowhead
starting at $350/night

Welcome to the Wilson Haus – a Bohemian Dream perfect for you and your kids to enjoy a mountain escape from the city! Just a short walk to the lake and the decor here will leave you inspired! (photo above by Amber Thrane)

4. Luxury Boutique Cabins On The Lake & In The Trees | Lake Arrowhead, California

Lake Arrowhead Airbnbstarting at $500/night

Located in coveted Blue Jay Bay, Lake Arrowhead, Nine Arrows Lake House is a light filled, luxury boutique retreat. The design here is a mix of mountain, boho chic – you will be inspired! And just a short minute walk down the private and stunning backyard trail is the lake and private dock.

5. Modern A-Frame With Lake Rights | Lake Arrowhead, California

Lakefront Airbnb
starting at $238/night

Relax and get away at this beautiful A-frame that combines the peacefulness of a cozy cabin along with easy access to all that Lake Arrowhead has to offer. The cabin is a 5 min walk to the lake (lake passes included) and a beautiful lake path leads you right to the Village (20 min walk). The home has been updated and remodeled whilst still maintaining the original details that make this A-frame so special.

6. Calming Restful Cottage | Holland, Michigan

starting at $350/night

A lovely Relaxing and Comfortable Cottage with beautiful Michigan Woods as your back yard. There are so many things to do in this beautiful town on Lake Michigan; walking the many sandy beaches, hiking and biking, to shopping in Holland’s many boutique and vintage stores… But once you enter the Cottage, you may never want to leave…

7. Viewpoint in Lutsen | Lutsen, Minnesota

starting at $421/night

Renovated Lutsen home on Lake Superior. Enjoy the amazing views while listening to your favorite records. Walk to Lockport Market for breakfast or Fika for a fresh roasted coffee. Make s’mores around the fire at the waters edge, take a hike or venture to the North Shore Winery…

8. Peace of Beach Waterfront Cottage | Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin

Wisconsin lake house Airbnb
starting at $299/night

This 2 bedroom Knotty Pine Cottage located on the shores of Lake Michigan is just 10 yards away from water in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. The panoramic lake view will have you not wanting to ever leave!

9. Charming Beach House on Grand Traverse Bay | Elk Rapids, Michigan

Lake Michigan Airbnb
starting at $443/night 

Explore 100 feet of private beach on beautiful, crystal-clear Lake Michigan – enjoy this 1930s cabin with modern amenities and stylish interiors. Start the day on the shoreline yoga deck, relax at the beach all day and gather around the fire pit for s’mores while enjoying a beautiful nightly sunset. The cabin has been recently updated and has just about everything you need for a weekend or weeklong getaway!

10. Skyhouse Canyon Lake | Canyon Lake, Texas

Canyon Lake Airbnb
starting at $525/night

Set on a steep slope in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, the ultra-modern SKYHOUSE is an engineering marvel with sweeping views of Canyon Lake and the surrounding landscape. Soak in the views from the wraparound main deck, take a dip in the private pool, and catch some rays in a reclining lounge chair. Or fire up the grill for an al fresco meal as the sun sets over the hills below.

11. Beautiful Lake Travis Waterfront Retreat | Austin, Texas

Austin Airbnb
starting at $961/night

Experience indoor-outdoor living at a two-acre lakeside retreat with reclaimed hardwood floors and floor-to-ceiling sliding doors. Relax in the infinity swimming pool or the heated spa, then dine out on the large terrace overlooking the water. The property includes direct lake access with private boat dock, and can sleep up to 22 guests so it’s perfect for larger families to spend the week together!

12. Private Cottage on Seneca Lake | Penn Yan, New York

Fingerlakes Airbnb
starting at $306/night

Located in the heart of the Seneca Lake Wine Trail and one the shore of Seneca Lake, with lake access, this cozy cottage is built into a hillside offering panoramic views of the lake. The perfect place to unwind, drink some wine, and relax with friends.

13. Lakefront Loft with Private Dock | Ithaca, New York

Fingerlakes Airbnb
starting at $418/night

Featuring panoramic views on a loft perched high above Cayuga Lake with access to a private dock, a fully stocked kitchen, & bright living spaces. There’s a patio with a hammock for naps after a long travel or to observe the plethora of animals that live in our gardens and trees. Although the loft faces the sunrise (which is magnificent to watch if you’re an early bird), the sky during sunset paints lush salmon colors w/speckles of gold & brushstroked clouds.

14. A-Frame on Your Own Private Island | Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire

lake house aframe to rent on a private islandstarting at $410/night

An A-Frame on your own private island? Sign us up! This a-frame is located on a small island about 20 feet from shore. It has a dock for a boat as well as a floating dock used for sun bathing, canoes and small boats.

Are you feeling that #lakelife right about now? Bonus points if you’re planning a wedding during the pandemic, and want to host a micro celebration at an Airbnb…we’ve got you covered!

For those of you that are engaged, if you’re down for an Airbnb wedding, we’ve got you covered with our step-by-step guide to planning an Airbnb wedding of your own!

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