Ever go on a staycation? If you aren’t sure what it is, it simply refers to a relaxing getaway in your own backyard. While it can mean enjoying a vacation at home, what’s even more fun is discovering new things in the area you live in. And, if it happens to be in the Northwest, you’ll be spoiled for choices.
These especially unique Airbnbs can make for one of the most unforgettable staycations you’ll ever enjoy.
The Bluebird House, Gold Beach, Oregon
Located on the breathtaking Southern Oregon coast, The Bluebird House lets you live in the trees while being mesmerized by stunning ocean views. As the description notes, John Muir once said, “The best place to ride out a storm is in a tree,” and this is an ideal spot for winter storm watching, allowing you to cuddle up inside as the tree sways and the waves crash below.
Lookout Tower Treehouse, Tiller, Oregon
This unique Airbnb option is an enhanced lookout tower constructed on private land surrounded by Oregon’s Umpqua National Forest. It was modeled after the fire lookout towers that were built by the US Forest Service around the turn of the 20th century, according to its description. It includes three beds a full kitchen, and an exterior shower, with a pit toilet located about 100 feet from the base of the tower.
The Yellow Submarine, Vancouver, Washington
A big yellow school bus was converted to this tiny home that now serves as a popular Airbnb option in Vancouver. If you’ve ever thought about turning one into your own house, you might want to stay just to get some ideas, but either way, it makes for a very cool experience, with natural materials, including rocks and trees throughout the interior. There are space heaters as well as a wood stove for heating, and an onboard compost toilet, but you can also use the bathroom in the house next door which includes a full bath with a shower, sink and flush toilet. The beautiful table-style cabinets were designed and built by the owner using locally harvested pine, while the floors and walls are of solid wide plank tongue and groove hickory imported from Georgia.
Tree Home Suite, Whidbey Island, Washington
This treehouse sits 13 feet above ground on Whidbey Island, offering an upscale “glamping” experience. The 250-square-foot octagon-shaped home has a cedar tree growing right through the middle of it. It also has a covered deck, surround windows and skylights so that you can fully immerse yourself in nature. There’s a radiator heater as well as an electric fireplace for hit, as well as dishes and silverware, a microwave and refrigerator/freezer. There are two beds, one a queen-size and the other a sofa bed, a desk and dining table, and you’ll even get free Wi-Fi. While you can’t cook inside, other than the microwave, you can build a campfire in the firepit for roasting hot dogs, marshmallows and other popular camping fare.
80s Time Capsule for Kids at Heart, Kent, Washington
If you’re a pop culture fan with a love for the ’80s, don’t miss this one. The three-bedroom daylight basement apartment offers access to what the owner describes as the world’s best 80s memorabilia collection. It has a massive sectional in the living room with a 60″ TV and an impressive ’80s movie library, Donkey Kong and Ms. PacMan. It also includes a full kitchen, laundry room, and a big backyard with a patio, dining area, and BBQ grill.
A Small Yurt in the Woods, Sandpoint, Idaho
Nestled among the birch forests near Sandpoint, ‘A Small Yurt in the Woods’ offers another fantastic glamping experience where you can sleep under a brilliant night’s sky and even gaze up at the stars while soaking in the wood-fired hot tub. It comes complete with a queen bed, two-burner stove, small refrigerator, a desk, and a woodstove.