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The best Catskills Airbnb rentals

Escape the city for some me-time in the Catskills with these awesome Airbnbs

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We'll always be NYC's biggest cheerleaders, why wouldn't we be? The city has it all! But everyone needs a breather from the bustle of city life every once in a while. Luckily, you don't need to travel very far for some well-deserved R&R. The Catskills are the place to be. Not too far from the city, but far enough to escape the center. So, pack your best knitwear, dig out those hiking boots and book a weekend away.

Wondering where to stay? That’s where we come in. We’ve scoured Airbnb to find some of the Catskills’ most unique, stylish and memorable getaways, from group adventures to romantic hideaways, we've ticked every box. 

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Best Catskills Airbnb rentals

The geo dome in Woodridge
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1. The geo dome in Woodridge

Finally, something worth clogging up your buddies' Insta feeds: a geodome in the middle of the forest. Whaaat? Yeah, seriously. Gaze out onto trees through the latticed framework of your dome and truly feel at one with nature, but, you know, with all the modern comforts of home. Because you totally deserve all the modern comforts of home, right? Course you do. However, you will need to bring your own bed, but that's where the camping vibes end and the glamping begins. Fancy a soak in a full-size claw-foot bathtub? You got it! How about getting your cook on in the fully stocked outdoor kitchen after a trip to the nearby farmers' market? Consider it done! There's also a load of adorable animals to visit as the dome is located within farmland. Plus there's a swimming pond for dogs, daily yoga sessions, a recording studio, and – most importantly – high-speed internet. What even is this place? Doesn't matter. Just go.

The designer watchtower in the Catskills
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2. The designer watchtower in the Catskills

The Hudson Lookout is a designer watchtower with stunning vistas overlooking the mountains. Just two hours away from New York City and a short distance from the Hudson Valley, this unique Airbnb is a great escape from the city for a weekend of luxury. The layout is inverted – with the living space and kitchen on the top floor – boasting dramatic views of the Berkshire Mountains. The watchtower comes fully equipped so all you need to do is rock up with an overnight bag and get your weekend started. Stat. 

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The remote treehouse in Willow
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3. The remote treehouse in Willow

In case you missed the memo, the most desirable place to spend your vacation is currently in a treehouse. No, not the rough and ready ones you tried to build as a kid, but the pristine glamping-style equivalent of a home in the skies. This stylish beauty in the Catskills combines clean-lined, geometric interiors with precisely the kind of cozy feeling you want when returning home after a hike. The cherry on top? That swimmable pond you can see just outside the window. This Airbnb sleeps two guests in a king-sized bed up in the loft space, oooh romantic. There's no cell service or Wi-Fi, so it's the ideal place to really unplug and relax. Or have a soak in the hot tub outside, right under the trees and stars. 

The chic barn in Saugerties
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4. The chic barn in Saugerties

No property better exemplifies rustic luxury than this massive converted barn, with room for up to 12 guests. We're thinking big group exodus from the city, maybe? Or hell, have the whole place to yourself. That sounds dreamy, right? Anyhoo, the double-height living room, complete with a stone fireplace and exposed wood beams looks like it’s been ripped from the pages of Architectural Digest. The outdoor space is just as beautiful and features a pond, stone fire pit, and even an Airstream trailer for overflow guests. Dreamy indeed.

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The tiny haven with mountain view in Saugerties
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5. The tiny haven with mountain view in Saugerties

Tiny but with a whole lotta heart! This tiny home Airbnb in the Catskills is the perfect place to retreat for a tranquil trip. Go off-grid without actually being off-grid, located close to the charming village of Saugerties and Woodstock (not the infamous music festival). The snug but ever-so-comfy Queen-sized bed is tucked away and offers stunning views of the Catskill mountains right from the comfort of your duvet – sightseeing without leaving the bed? Yes, please! You'll have a kitchenette with a mini electric cooktop, ideal for your other half to cook pancakes on and take out to you on the outside decking, breakfast served with a view. 

The 19th century stone house in New Paltz
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6. The 19th century stone house in New Paltz

To really retreat into nature in style, book into this gorgeous, stone and clapboard home which has been in the owner Kate's family for 10 whole generations. The location offers the best of both worlds: close proximity to the bustling college town of New Paltz but nestled near the jaw-dropping Shawangunk Ridge, which is filled with trails for biking and hiking. Inside the house, whitewashed brick walls and exposed wood beams strike the perfect balance of old and new. There are plenty of cute nooks to relax in.

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The country lodge in Catskill
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7. The country lodge in Catskill

This is what we always imagined a Catskills vacation would look and feel like: a mega-sized, light-filled lodge set in 3.5 acres of its own land. Tear your eyes away from the gorgeous views greeting you from each side of the property and enjoy, just for a moment, the cosy-as-hell fireplace, friendship-making (or -breaking) pool and air hockey tables, and those impressively high ceilings. This whole place has got us dreaming of plaid shirts, solid hiking boots and smores by the open fire. City? What city?

The converted shipping container in Saugerties
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8. The converted shipping container in Saugerties

For a romantic Catskills hiking trip, look no further than this lovingly converted 20-foot shipping container set on a 20-acre plot on the eastern edge of the Catskills Mountains. Here, industrial-chic meets hygge, with a Swedish-made wood stove that keeps the space warm even in the deepest winter. Relax under the stars in the hot tub or the hammock and venture 300 feet away to a 30-foot waterfall. Your host, Porter, ensures that the cabin is cleaned immaculately after every stay using CDC standards.

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The rustic cabin in Windham
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9. The rustic cabin in Windham

If you're looking for a romantic getaway in the heart of the forest, this rustic Airbnb in the Catskills is the one. Sleeping four guests in two bedrooms, you can double-date or go with friends for the ultimate cozy stay. Recharge and relax with the gorgeous views and record player, or head outdoors to enjoy a drink by the firepit. There's also a fully-equipped kitchen for you to cook to your heart's content. 

The modern camphouse in Catskill
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10. The modern camphouse in Catskill

If Joanna Gaines is your spirit animal, this charming spot is for you (yes, there’s shiplap). Formerly part of Camp Onteora, a girls’ camp from the 1920s, the house has been renovated by owners Kevin and Daniel, an architect and designer, respectively. This Catskills Airbnb sleeps up to five guests in three bedrooms, making it perfect for a family trip away or for a gang of friends. It features a fully-equipped kitchen, and a woodburning fireplace for cozy vibes and marshmallow toasting (or burning, in our case). The simple but modern decor, and exposed brick, adds to the light and airy feel, but still feels remote due to the quiet and wooded surrounding area. 

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The entire inn in Hunter
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11. The entire inn in Hunter

Pretend you're the lord of your own upstate lodge at this 7,500-square-foot house set on five acres of picture-perfect wilderness. Only two hours from New York City, this 14-bedroom home offers endless opportunities for fun and relaxation: think pool tables, a sound system, a huge bar area, two hot tubs, and of course, an enormous heated inground pool. Keen to get the party going? Host drinks on the pool deck overlooking the forest just in time for sunset. Let's go.

Glamping is all the rage right now – and it’s sites like "The Nest" that really justify that hype. The safari-style tent is heated, has an electrical supply, and boasts proper beds with plush, cozy bedding. On top of that, it’s got parking, private patios, and an extraordinary list of facilities. Forget comparing this eccentric Airbnb with other glamping sites – it gives most hotels a run for their money.

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