The best Airbnbs in New England

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From Connecticut to Vermont and beyond, New England is a year-round vacation destination drawing visitors to scenic waterfront activities, gorgeous leaf-peeping, and top-notch skiing.

And as travel resumes from the impact of COVID-19, New England has reopened to most visitors seeking fall foliage and crisp air, with plenty of attractive vacation rentals available within driving distance of major East Coast cities. 

And if you're wondering if travel is safe, experts consider private vacation homes, such as those on Airbnb, as one of the safer places to stay, especially when compared to hotels. This is because you are often booking an entire home protected from interaction with others.

Airbnb also announced rigorous new procedures including the Enhanced Cleaning Protocol, which includes guidelines on personal protective equipment, disinfectants, and mandatory waiting periods between previous guests and cleanings. As an alternative, hosts may opt into Booking Buffer, which enforces a 72-hour vacancy period between stays. Or, hosts can choose to do neither, in which case, it's important to remember that cleaning practices vary, and everything from kitchen utensils to bed linens were used by previous guests.

Of course, without a vaccine, there is no firm guarantee with regard to safety. It's crucial to follow guidelines from organizations such as the CDC and WHO, and practice safety measures including wearing a mask, washing your hands, and social distancing. Additionally, consider your own level of risk, and whether you're traveling from or to a hotspot, so as not to increase the rate of infection. Finally, be sure to check state restrictions at the time of booking, as some New England states are prohibiting visitors from hotspot areas.

If you're unsure about travel plans, you may want to look for a listing with a flexible policy or check across multiple booking platforms to ensure you're getting the best deal. 

With all that said, New England is still a quaint region marked by wide open spaces that make it easy to practice social distancing. Autumn is a popular time to visit when the cooler air makes outdoor activities such as hiking enjoyable, and it's one of the best places to see fall foliage. And in winter, you'll find wonderful skiing.

With cleanliness in mind (as well as location, reviews, and amenities), we've chosen these Airbnbs in every New England state based on the following criteria: 

  • Airbnb listings are for the entire home (though social distancing is encouraged outside of the home as well).
  • The home is priced between approximately $114 and $350 per night to start, and available to book, as of publishing time. 
  • All are highly-rated Airbnb listings in New England (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont) with a review score of 4.7 or higher.
  • Properties are unique, modern, and accessible to area attractions ranging from beaches to ski slopes.
  • Each Airbnb has special, distinguishing features, whether it's a balcony, fire pit, or pet-friendliness.

Although we were sure to keep nightly prices at or below $350 as of publishing time, additional costs such as cleaning, facility, or building fees, are at the discretion of the property's host. Note that some facilities, such as shared pools, may be impacted by COVID. Many homes are also enacting minimum night stays and strict cancellation policies.

Fees aside, we recognize that safety is of the utmost concern when booking your next Airbnb. We also broke down each property's cleaning procedures, and encourage you to contact the host for more information before booking your stay.

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Here are the best Airbnbs in New England, sorted by state and price. 

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Connecticut: A contemporary cabin in Brookfield, $124
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Book this Brookfield home starting at $124 per night

From the outside, this Brookfield property appears to be a classic cabin fitted with a spacious deck, high ceilings and windows, and a polished wooden exterior.

On the inside, though, this two-bedroom guesthouse could sit in the middle of a city. Self-described by the host as a "contemporary treehouse," the slotted spiral staircase and tons of natural light evoke just that. 

The home is also quite eco-friendly, powered by solar panels, and the host offers private lessons to guests in activities ranging from paddle boarding to yoga. 

Location-wise, the property is less than two hours from New York City and is surrounded by gorgeous hiking trails, parks, and lakes. It's important to note, though, that shops and restaurants are driving distance from the home. 

This Connecticut home can accommodate up to three guests in its two bedrooms. As of publishing time, the property is partially available from late October onward. 

Rating: 4.99

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb's Enhanced Clean program, meaning the host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.

Read more: The best Airbnbs in Connecticut 

Connecticut: Chic and cohesive guesthouse in Guilford, $200
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Book this Guilford home starting at $200 per night

The wooden wall that accents the entirety of this home adds a sophisticated, cohesive feel, especially when complemented by wide-spanning glass doors that lead to an outdoor balcony. The minimalist design feels reminiscent of a modern hotel, yet the pond on the premises serves as a calming reminder of the surrounding suburban nature. 

Although this property does not have a kitchen, its amenities include nearly all other necessities such as air conditioning, heat, Wi-Fi, and bathroom essentials. It is an Airbnb Plus verified home and is located just a half a mile away from the coast, and the host specifically notes that beautiful bird watching and beaches are within the area. 

Up to four guests can stay in this one-bedroom home, and it has availability for late fall weekends with full availability into 2021. 

Rating: 4.99

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb's Enhanced Clean program, meaning the host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.

Connecticut: Nautical-inspired beach house, $252
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Book this Mystic home starting at $252 per night

If New England feels synonymous with beach stays and boating, this Mystic home hits the ideal tone. Between the nautical-inspired furnishings and bedroom named after ship compartments, this property takes the maritime theme to lofty levels.

And while themed homes can often lean kitschy, that's far from the case here. The farmhouse kitchen leads to an abundance of open space, and the overall design feels contemporary and luxe. The four-bedroom home can house up to 10 guests and there's even a second guest house included for additional space. Amenities run the gamut including a private back patio with a grill and outdoor shower, bikes, kayaks, and even baby essentials. 

The best part? You're just steps away from the water, so a real boating experience is just as attainable as the theme suggests.

This house offers availability beginning in late September.

Rating: 4.99

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home does not participate in the Enhanced Clean program, however, the owner is an Airbnb Superhost and past reviews and ratings comment on how clean and tidy the home is. A host statement in the property description also reads as follows: "We want our guests to know that their safety, and the safety of our employees and the community, are our top priority. That is why we have added procedures, as recommended by the CDC, to our already rigid cleaning/preparation protocols."

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Massachusetts: Cozy waterfront home in Dennis, $175
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Book this Dennis Home starting at $175 per night

While Cape Cod is certainly a summer draw, there's plenty to appreciate off season as well, when cooler temps and fewer crowds make it easier to enjoy surrounding nature and scenery.

Although unsuspecting on the outside, this sweet home delivers on location, amenities, and hospitality. Inside, the open floor plan, cozy breakfast nook, and hardwood floors are all eye-catching and the fenced-in yard is welcoming to furry friends. Ample seating, including a hammock, is flanked by a grill and fire pit for tranquil nights.

The property sits just steps away from Swan Pond, and beaches are two miles away as well. The home is also near plenty of restaurants and shops, as well as a bike path. 

The two-bedroom home can host up to four guests, and as of publishing time, it is mostly available through September 2021.

Rating: 4.98

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: No specific COVID policies are mentioned, and this home does not participate in the Enhanced Clean program, however, the owner is a Superhost and past reviews and ratings comment on how clean and tidy the home is.

 

Massachusetts: Brightly colored home with character in Salem, $214
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Book this Salem home starting at $214 per night

The cheery pink exterior of this apartment building permeates through the entire home. A full-sized kitchen with wooden cabinets, stainless steel appliances, and granite countertops is framed by a calming blue wall, all complemented by the pop of red found in the quirky, yet elegant living room furniture. 

The bedroom and bathroom feel as homey as they do meticulously crafted, while small details like built-in bedroom shelving, a walk-in closet, and a shower light offer convenience that doesn't sacrifice beauty. 

Salem, and all of its haunted happenings are within a 10-minute walk. 

The one-bedroom home, fit for four guests, is available through June 2021.

Rating: 4.97

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: While no specific COVID-19 cleaning protocols are mentioned, the host is a Superhost and past guests say it's clean and tidy.

Massachusetts: mountain retreat in the Berkshires, $288
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Book this Berkshire Mountain retreat starting at $288 per night

This design-forward abode is nestled amid the Berkshire mountains, directly between the alluring towns of Stockbridge, Lenox, and Great Barrington, with easy access to leaf peep, ski, hike, or soak up area culture.

The ample home includes two bedrooms with Queen-sized beds, as well as an additional lofted space with two Murphy beds. During the day, light pours in through graciously-appointed windows, while the space exudes warmth at night from chic lighting fixtures and a fireplace. Plan to savor a meal in the gorgeous dining room and admire contemporary touches in the bright kitchen and subway-tiled bathroom with a deep soaking tub. The look is highly curated, blending natural elements such as wood and stones with an urban mindset.

There's also a funky bar area, screened-in back porch, and a patio with fire pit.

Availability is limited until the beginning of 2021.

Rating: 5.0

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb's Enhanced Clean program, meaning the host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.

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Maine: Secluded cabin in Freeport, $122
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Book this Freeport home starting at $122 per night

This cozy cabin is a welcome respite for a snug couples' getaway in the winter months, while the outdoor patio provides an inviting oasis in fall, spring, and summer.

Although the space is relatively small and unpretentious, its kind hosts and quirky traditions make it feel just as familiar as home. Our favorite: the "take a beer, leave a beer" policy, which encourages guests to try a new beer from the home while leaving one of their own for the next guest.

The town of Freeport is home to L.L. Bean, so the oversized L.L. Bean boot is certainly a top attraction, as is the Adventure Schools of L.L. Bean.

Although this property has limited availability for the fall, it opens up more around the end of the year, well into March 2021.

Rating: 4.98

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb's Enhanced Clean program, meaning the host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.

Read more: The best Airbnbs in Maine

Maine: Small and sophisticated loft in Kennebunk, $130
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Book this Kennebunk home starting at $130 per night

An elegant couples retreat, this tiny but mighty home oozes coziness. The Murphy bed creates a comforting nook, while the couch, flat-screen TV, kitchenette, and full-sized bathroom ensure every need is met.

The property sits on 13 acres of private land with an outdoor shower available for rinsing off sandy feet after a day spent at nearby beaches and lakes. In the cooler fall months, breathtaking hiking and foliage is also available right near the home. 

The one-bedroom home holds near-complete availability through at least the end of 2021. 

Rating: 4.98

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: While no specific COVID-19 cleaning protocols are mentioned, the host is a Superhost and past guests say it's clean and tidy.

Maine: Bayfront cabin in Bowdoinham, $150
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Book this bayfront cabin starting at $150 per night

Lined from floor to ceiling in light blond timber and framed by wraparound views of a peaceful bay, this two-bedroom Bowdoinham home channels Scandinavian minimalism with all the rustic accouterments of a remote cabin.

The living space feels open and bright thanks to ample sunlight through many windows, as well as lofty beamed ceilings. There are five beds across two bedrooms, a full kitchen, and a gas-powered fireplace. Other perks include free Wi-Fi, a private patio and fire pit, access to a shared dock, and a prime location for fishing and hunting, shrouded in lush leafy scenery. 

The home is available beginning in November and is managed by Vacasa property management for a seamless stay.

Rating: 4.85

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb's Enhanced Clean program, meaning the host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.

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New Hampshire: Unique and current apartment in Thornton, $115
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Book this Thornton home starting at $115 per night

From the wood-paneled bedroom wall to the baby blue kitchen counters, as well as the electric fireplace built into an accent wall, this apartment feels whimsical yet modern.

Although the small space sits lacks a full kitchen, it does offer contemporary fixings and a small outdoor seating area to enjoy during the warmer months. 

The property is a short drive to major cities, but its tiny size and secluded location position it as an ideal remote spot for solo travelers or couples. Even at peak pricing, the home remains relatively affordable.

The studio apartment can accommodate up to two guests, and partial availability opens up in November. 

Rating: 4.98 

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb's Enhanced Clean program, meaning the host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.

New Hampshire: Chic condo in Portsmouth, $125
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Book this Portsmouth home starting at $125 per night

With a central beach town location, sleek decor, and an array of amenities, this home makes a comfortable base for an attractive New England trip at any time of year.

Highlights include the inviting, clean lines of the design and furniture, which feel new and vibrant, complemented by exposed brick behind the TV and a bright blue printed rug that ties the entire space together. 

Outside, Portsmouth is a bustling New Hampshire town. Stop by Market Square for the city's top dining, shops, and nightlife. 

The one-bedroom home can host up to two guests and it is available to book from October through December 2020. 

Rating: 4.89

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: While no specific COVID-19 cleaning protocols are mentioned, the host is a Superhost and the home maintains a 4.9 score for cleanliness across 186 reviews.

New Hampshire: Woodsy cabin in Bartlett, $225
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Book this Bartlett home starting at $225 per night

Reminiscent of a woodsy ski lodge, this home features wintry delights including stacks of firewood, a sun and game room complete with a ping pong table, and a wooden dock for sunbathing and grilling. 

The home is ensconced deeply in the woods for an intimate family getaway, yet shops, restaurants, and the slopes are all just a short drive. The host also makes a point to note that the surrounding area is kid-friendly. 

The three-bedroom home can accommodate up to eight guests and has availability beginning at the end of September well into 2021. 

Rating: 4.92 

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: While no specific COVID-19 cleaning protocols are mentioned, the home maintains a 4.8 score for cleanliness and the host is a Superhost.

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Rhode Island: Tiny house with a big personality in Edgewood/Warwick, $114
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Book this Edgewood/Warwick tiny house starting at $114 per night

"Tiny" may describe the size of this Rhode Island home, but elements like the teal front door, walk-in closet, and even a washer position this home as anything but small when it comes to worthy amenities.

Thoughtfully and creatively crafted for both vacations and the work from home lifestyle, the host notes a workspace in the bedroom, pull-up bars on the ceiling, and super fast internet.

The house is within walking distance to Pawtuxet Village, the harbor, and plenty of shops and restaurants. Downtown Providence is just a 10-minute drive away. 

The tiny house can fit up to two guests and has availability beginning in October.

Rating: 4.85 

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: No specific COVID policies are mentioned, and this home does not participate in the Enhanced Clean program, however, the owner is a Superhost and past reviews and ratings comment on how clean and tidy the home is.

Read more: The best Airbnbs in Rhode Island

Rhode Island: Waterfront home in Edgewood, $156 per night
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Book this Edgewood home starting at $156 per night

French doors open up to a breathtaking bay view on this home's massive deck, making a socially distant beach vacation incredibly attainable. The floor plan inside feels nearly as open as the water beside it, while amenities include a full-sized kitchen and washer-dryer.

If you are able to tear yourself away from the view, the property is a 10-minute walk from downtown Providence and historic Pawtuxet Village, dotted with shops and restaurants. 

The studio, fit for two-guests, is partially available from October 2020 through March 2021. 

Rating: 4.94

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb's Enhanced Clean program, meaning the host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.

Rhode Island: Sea-inspired apartment in Newport, $199
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Book this Newport home starting at $199 per night

Be it the whale pillow on the bed, model ships placed around the house, or the anchor doormat, this home subtly pays homage to its nautical-adjacent location throughout the home. These accents are accompanied by a full stainless steel kitchen, a crisp white color scheme, and even a clawfoot tub. 

The Airbnb Plus verified home also includes a grassy backyard with a grill and two-floor deck. Newport's shops, restaurants, and attractions are a five-minute walk away, and the host notes Bellevue Avenue as a highlight for runners. 

The one-bedroom home sleeps up to two guests and has sparse availability through August. After that, it opens up until April 2021. 

Rating: 4.9

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb's Enhanced Clean program, meaning the host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.

 

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Vermont: Treehouse in the woods in Hardwick, $130
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Book this Hardwick treehouse starting at $130 per night

If your childhood dreams of a backyard treehouse were sadly never fulfilled, this may be the place for you.

Hidden in the woods of Hardwick, this one-bedroom treehouse has all the offerings of a traditional home including a stunning chandelier, a fireplace, and a kitchenette, yet it's perched amid rich foliage and leafy trees. The only caveat is that the bathroom doesn't have a shower. Though, the hosts welcome guests to use their bathroom through a separate entrance if needed. 

Guests also enjoy access to a porch, hammock, shaded seating area, grill, and a designated spot for campfires. Hardwick Village, filled with restaurants and farmer's markets, is three miles away. 

Availability is limited in the fall but opens up in the winter until 2022.

Rating: 4.97

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb's Enhanced Clean program, meaning the host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.

Read more: The best Airbnbs in Vermont

Vermont: Alpine A-frame in the woods in Wilmington, $236
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Book this A-frame cabin starting at $236 per night

Inside and out, this alpine A-frame is downright stunning, from the bright blue walls to the enchanting interiors crafted from solid wood, flanked by a wood-burning stove, midcentury modern furniture, and a cozy bedroom outfitted with a Nectar Queen-sized mattress and organic linens. 

Small details also shine, from the lighting that includes both a sleek installation and fairy tale twinkle lights, as well as a record player, farmhouse-inspired kitchen, and creature comforts such as AC, Wi-Fi, and P.F. Candle and Beekman 1802 products.

The home is also dog friendly (for a small fee) and includes a fire pit and deck with Weber grill and outdoor dining set for a meal under the stars. A short stroll away is a lovely lake and hikes, skiing, shopping, and state parks are all nearby.

This home is booked until the end of November.

Rating: 5.0

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb's Enhanced Clean program, meaning the host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.

Vermont: Seaside view home in Shelburne, $350
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Book this Shelburne home starting at $350 per night

Situated facing a gorgeous lake, this stunning beachfront home is a great reminder that Vermont isn't just for forests and ski bunnies. 

With a nautical white and blue color scheme, a serene kitchen, and a living area surrounded by nearly floor-to-ceiling windows, the design of this lakefront getaway is seemingly immaculate. The bedrooms are also well-styled alongside an updated bathroom, and the upstairs terrace offers dramatic views of Shelburn Bay. Outside, find additional seating, a grill, fire pit, plus the free use of kayaks in the summer. 

The home is tucked amid farmland and hiking trails, and bread and cheese making classes are available nearby.

Although booked until November, the home becomes fully available for all of 2021. The property can accommodate up to five guests in its two bedrooms. 

Rating: 4.99

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb's Enhanced Clean program, meaning the host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.

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