Finest Airbnbs Close to Philadelphia: The place to to Book This Winter
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If the past year has taught us anything, it’s important to appreciate the hidden gems in our own backyards. It has never been a more appropriate time to plan a getaway to a cozy cottage or bungalow with pristine views and cozy surroundings from which you can work remotely. Whether you’re skipping the city with buds or looking for a romantic getaway, there are plenty of options for local, stylish accommodations. From the Poconos to the Jersey Shore, you can book your stay here for a short break nearby.
15 guests, $ 245 per night
Distance from Philly: 40 minutes
Would you like to feel like you’re sleeping in a museum? This home was built by a Quaker from West Chester circa 1745 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It has original panels, moldings and chimneys. For your outdoor needs, there is a brick terrace and garden on the premises.
What guests say: “We had a very nice stay here. The house can accommodate many people and is located in the immediate vicinity of the main road. I love how historic the house is (built around 1745) and has so much charm. I didn’t stay in a place like this – there is an aesthetic you won’t find anywhere else. “Photo courtesy AirbnbCape May, New Jersey
8 guests, $ 160 per night
Distance from Philly: An hour, 20 minutes
This Cape May home is cozy on the outside and modern on the inside. It’s close to Stone Harbor beaches, the zoo, and a handful of wineries – great for all season activities. Funny details like light pink chairs, patterned wallpaper, a retro refrigerator and a claw-foot tub add to the charm of this holiday home.
What guests say: “This house is an unexpected oasis. Cute but humble on the outside, walk in and instantly know you are home. The kitchen, dining room and living room each have their own charm, as do the bedrooms. High quality design, with reclaimed and environmentally friendly objects throughout. “Photo courtesy AirbnbCoastal Park, New Jersey
6 guests, $ 228 per night
Distance from Philly: An hour, 30 minutes
For a getaway that feels more like Spain than Jersey Shore, this villa has the exotic vibe of an overseas vacation. Inside there are lots of colorful walls and artwork, while the porch and back patio provide a calming outdoor experience. Between the full gym, hot tub, and the domestic pig that lives on the property, you may not make it to the beach, which is conveniently a block away.
What guests say: “’Unique’ is the only way to describe this hidden gem. Located in a quiet area, just a short walk from the beach, you will find this unique getaway. It is cozy, colorful and comfortable and equipped with the essentials you may need, such as towels, bed linen, blankets, various cookware, cleaning products and a coffee machine. Also comes with an essential you may not realize that you needed a 200lb + pig! Mr. Richard Parker, or Rich for short, literally comes with the house. “Photo courtesy AirbnbLancaster, Pennsylvania
10 guests, $ 265 per night
Distance from Philly: An hour, 30 minutes
With exposed brick, wood beams, and rustic hardwood floors, plus new appliances and olive green accents, this downtown Lancaster home blends old school with new. Close to restaurants, cafes, and shops, this Airbnb is perfect for downtown explorers who want a tasteful and spacious place to crash.
What guests say: “This is an absolutely beautiful house with thoughtful details and charming decor! We could have spent the whole weekend in the house because it was so nice. We had a great time and would love to come back for another weekend in Lancaster, highly recommended for any group tour! This home is a very good walk to Central Market, Passenger, and the other great spots downtown. “
Photo courtesy AirbnbTobyhanna, Pennsylvania
6 guests, $ 196 per night
Distance from Philly: Two hours
Fur carpets, wood paneling, white furniture and appliances – this cabin offers the full winter aesthetic under one roof. You’ll feel cozy inside and out with a fireplace and hanging chair inside and a deck and fire pit outside. The house is also close to numerous hiking trails, slopes and more.
What guests say: “The place is exactly like in the picture. I feel like we went into an exhibition room. It was really beautiful and cozy. The host had turned on the heater to warm up [the] whole house before our arrival. From rocking chairs to interesting board games, puzzles, colored pencils, chalk, chocolates and organic tea bags. Every detail was very thoughtful. Our family [of] Four enjoyed our stay. We will be back.”Photo courtesy AirbnbHenryville, Pennsylvania
6 guests, $ 371 per night
Distance from Philly: Two hours
Everyone loves an A-frame, right? This photogenic cabin has surprising features like a spiral staircase, catwalk with a mesh lounge on the second floor, octagonal tile accents, and a hot tub. Not far from the Pocono Brewing Company and Camelback Mountain, you can relax in the hot tub, by the fire in the wood-burning stove or in the garden after a busy day.
What guests say: “This place was very beautiful and incredibly unique. I loved reading on Skynet, sipping coffee in the hot tub every morning, hiking nearby, and lounging by the fire (indoors and outdoors!). “Photo courtesy AirbnbPocono Lake, Pennsylvania
11 guests, $ 314 per night
Distance from Philly: One hour 45 minutes
This modern chalet has floor-to-ceiling glass surfaces through which daylight falls into the open living and kitchen area. The cabin is designed with thoughtful details like extra blankets and a bar cart, as well as lots of entertainment in the game room like Nintendo DS, old-school Pac-Man arcade game and foosball. And for your information, there is also a hot tub.
What guests say: “This place is simply the best and exceeded our expectations! My husband and I had a fun time playing the Wii, Pac-Man & Dig Dug, hanging out in the hot tub, and doing two lovely hikes (thanks to some recommendations from Jessica). The house itself is stylish and carefully decorated, has a fully equipped kitchen and the wood burning fireplace made it really cozy. “Photo courtesy AirbnbLake Ariel, Pennsylvania
4 guests, $ 218 per night
Distance from Philly: Two hours, 30 minutes
This octagonal lakeside cabin gives the A-frame a bang for their buck, and features mid-century details like a fondue maker and geometric patterned carpets, plus more eclectic like rainbow spiral staircases. The floor-to-ceiling windows fill the ground floor with lots of light and there is a wraparound porch with plenty of outdoor seating. You also have access to the beach, gym, pool, and other community amenities.
What guests say: “This place is amazing. Such a unique place and we felt right at home walking through the door. Everything is super clean and comfortable. The cowboy tub was great! Highly recommend staying here, my friend and I didn’t want to go. “Photo courtesy AirbnbWilliamsport, Pennsylvania
8 guests, $ 374 per night
Distance from Philly: Three hours
The epitome of cottagecore, there are few places where you can wake up to the gurgling of a creek and then warm up around an indoor wood-burning stove. Reclaimed church doors and the exposed beams give the cabin an authentically rustic feel. There are plenty of hiking trails nearby, and in summer there is a private beach on the banks of the creek for sunbathing, swimming, fishing, tubing, and kayaking.
What guests say: “The cabin was charming, clean and cozy. The view from the back porch was beautiful and the rocking chairs were the perfect place to enjoy. We loved the location – peaceful and private and the kids loved exploring the whole cabin. We did a lot of hiking in Worlds End State Park which was a short drive from the cabin. “
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Allie Volpe is a writer and lives in Philadelphia. She hasn’t slept in days. Follow her on Twitter: @allieevolpe.