When you book a stay through Airbnb or Vrbo, you’re usually just looking for a home base to rest and plan local adventures. But sometimes there’s an ad so unique, like a house in the shape of a Dali-esque seashell, that it becomes the destination itself.
A stay in one of these accommodations is guaranteed to be a unique experience. So even if you don’t have a good reason to travel to any of these destinations, they’re worth the trip for the bragging rights alone.
In 1968, the Finnish architect Matti Suuronen conceived thefuture home“a prefabricated structure designed to be used as a portable ski chalet. Fewer than 100 Futuro homes were made and today only 63 remain in the world, including this one in Joshua Tree, CA. There is no skiing to be found in Joshua Tree’s arid climate, but the flying saucer design of the Futuro house lends itself perfectly to Joshua Tree’s martian landscape and supposed energy vortices.
Like the life of Mars… on planet Earth.
You can’t get more rural than staying in a yurt surrounded by farm animals in New York State.
Mingle with the host’s goats who apparently have big personalities, then take a pre-ordered picnic lunch for a bush walk, and come back for a solar-heated outdoor shower and some stargazing – even indoors through the oculus skylight. The yurt is also heated by a wood-burning stove, making it a cozy off-the-grid escape from the city grind.
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A yurt with goats is the wellness plan you didn’t know you needed.
When you hear a helicopter you don’t immediately think of comfortable accommodation, but this offer somehow made it happen.
Located on a campsite near Liverpool, England, this Lynx military helicopter has been retrofitted with bespoke beds, kitchenette, TV and amazingly can accommodate up to four people. What better way to live out your action hero fantasy?
Answering the question no one asked: What’s it like to sleep in a helicopter?
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This one takes the 1960s space age obsession to the next level.
Walk up the ramp through the access hatch and you’ll enter a starship complete with retro control panels, enough Star Wars memorabilia, and yes, a bar called the ‘Lunar Lounge’. According to the hosts, the ship landed at its current location in Washington state 30 years ago, but that shouldn’t stop you from making extraterrestrial contact.
Live out your space nerd fantasy.
Not to be confused with silos that are taller and narrower, these two grain bins have been converted into small accommodations in Phillipsburg, MO. The bins were renovated with lofts that look down on a living room and kitchen with retro-style appliances to make your farming fantasy come true. If this ad makes you a little claustrophobic, don’t worry, the grain bins have windows and lots of light.
Grain bins have never looked so inviting.
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So it’s not really a saloon, but this listing in Tetonia, ID is pretty authentic for its cowboy heritage.
Hitch up your horse or wagon and kick up your boots in this wood-paneled cabin adorned with Western gear. Play some pool and relax by the fire inside, or soak in the saltwater hot tub and gather around the outdoor fire pit for views of the Grand Tetons and some soothing stargazing.
Cowboy cation is definitely a thing.
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According to the listing, construction on the Austin, TX Bloomhouse began with “some hippies and a dream.”
Two Austin architecture students built this home in the 1970s to be “in harmony” with its surroundings. Is it a seashell? Is it a meringue? It’s hard to say. What is certain is that this house is completely unique and has almost no right angles (except for the rectangular doors, as the host points out).
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No right angles, but definitely right vibes.
The two connected domes of this Minnesota list aren’t even the coolest part. because the whole concept feels like a fantasy out of a children’s book. There is a slide to get from the loft to the main floor, an indoor putting green, a ping pong table and a mini stage. Outside is a backyard oasis with a pond and rippling waterfall that looks like you’ve stepped into Neverland. There’s even a gym, but you might be too busy living out your childhood dreams to care.
[said in the Stefon voice] This place has everything.
For lovers of The crown who want to live like royalty, look no further than this North Carolina castle.
At $2,400 a night, this listing is definitely on the splurge of the spectrum, but what would you expect from a catered castle? Wake up like Princess Margaret in a lavish Victorian bedroom, then trek through the North Carolina woods on a walking tour pretending to be Balmoral. Then take a cooking class with the five-star chef, then book a massage to round out your tiring day of “royal” duties.
You don’t have to go to England to live like royalty.
Be like Sam Baldwin in the iconic rom-com and escape your past with the soothing sound of water lapping against your own home at the end of a dock. Of course, this Seattle ad has a fantastic view of the water (of Union Lake to be exact) and offers everything you need for water sports activities. Now get on that paddleboard and organize a meet-cute.