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- Private vacation rentals on Airbnb allow travelers to practice social distancing more easily than in hotels, with new cleaning policies in place.
- Many such vacation rentals are found in Vermont, which is one of the best places to see fall foliage, hike, and ski.
- These are some of the best Airbnbs in Vermont, selected for cozy amenities, locations ensconced in nature, and COVID-19 cleaning policies.
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As restrictions surrounding the novel coronavirus loosen, and travel resumes, road trips that make it easy to practice social distancing continue to emerge as a preferred practice when it comes to safe vacations this year.
Vermont, with its beautiful hiking trails, ski slopes, and farmers' markets, is also one of the best places to see fall foliage and is well-positioned as a destination that can be enjoyed while abiding by social distancing guidelines.
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.
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, Vermont still makes it easy to claim ample personal space and autumn is a popular time to visit when the crisp air invites visitors to hike trails, go leaf-peeping, or pull up a cozy spot around a fire pit. In winter, it's home to some of the region's best skiing.
We combed through Vermont's vast Airbnb selection to select Airbnbs that are thoughtfully constructed, consistently clean, centrally located, well-reviewed, and meet the following criteria:
- Airbnb listings are for the entire home (you'll only see others on the trail or slopes, ideally from afar).
- The home is priced between $75 and $350 per night to start, and available to book as of publishing time.
- All are highly-rated Airbnb listings in Vermont with a review score of 4.7 or higher.
- Properties are accessible to area attractions such as hiking, skiing, breweries, and shops, and come with special, unique features, whether it's an outdoor fireplace or a lakeside view.
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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These are the best Airbnbs in Vermont, sorted by price from low to high.
Seemingly out of a fairy tale, this woodsy tiny house is so romantic with its quaint exterior and remote location that the property hosts even reveal it was once the site of a guest's marriage proposal.
The kitchen is small but efficient and a master Queen-sized bed is lofted above a rustic seating area. While the scene is inviting, it's not overly luxe. There is no electricity or running water, and a toilet is available in a separate outhouse. However, the host does provide information about where to access water and firewood in the property description.
Nearby Hardwick is a lovely draw as well, with a little library, bookshop, restaurants, and various other businesses.
This tiny house can hold up to three guests in its two beds. As of publishing time, this property is available starting in November.
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.Putney: Chic mountain apartment, $81
Worthy details in this modern farmhouse-style apartment include yellow shutters fashioned as a headboard and teal accents that tie the home together in a sweet way. The look is minimal but clean and modern.
The one-bedroom apartment can accommodate up to four guests, and the property includes a full-sized kitchen, bathroom, and outdoor seating area. In neighboring Putney, explore wineries, orchards, a theater, and concerts, as well as Putney mountain, which is chock full of hiking trails and skiing. The owners do live above the apartment.
From November, this property is almost entirely available for booking through at least the end of 2021.
COVID-19 cleaning procedures: No COVID-19-related cleaning procedures are mentioned in the property description, however, the property has a 4.9 rating for cleanliness among over 370 reviews.Leicester: Rustic log cabin, $82
It doesn't get more outdoorsy than an authentic log cabin and this home in Leicester oozes woodsy character. Timber walls, a gas fireplace, and a vaulted ceiling set an inviting scene, and the property also operates as a working tree and flower farm — expect complimentary homemade maple syrup upon check-in.
Leicester is home to various farmers' markets, orchards, lakes, and parks, as well as shops, restaurants, and theaters, so there is plenty to do year-round.
This two-bedroom home can accommodate up to four guests across three beds. As of publishing time, this property is available in late fall.
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.Stowe: Sleek, yet cozy apartment, $104
This studio apartment balances classic Vermont charm with the modernity and cleanliness expected in a hotel. The bedroom's wooden headboard and checkered pillows flanked by a sliding barn door on the closet ups a sense of rustic intimacy, while the stainless steel appliances and flat-screen TV provide convenience along with sophistication.
The studio has an open layout and can accommodate up to two guests, with the sleeping area separated from the kitchen by a small dining island, so it's suitable for couples. The hosts provide a guidebook for all things Stowe, which details the town's vibrant nightlife, bustling food scene, and scenic hikes.
As of publishing time, this property is available starting in November 2020.
COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This apartment participates in Airbnb's Enhanced Clean program, meaning the host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.
Plymouth: Woodsy cabin between Okemo and Killington, $106
The timber walls and floors of this cabin feel like quintessential Vermont, and the shag rug, animal print pillows, and wooden coffee table add loads of whimsical charm. The dim lighting throughout the two-bedroom home also creates a natural, welcoming feel, while the farmhouse-style kitchen is small but well-equipped.
The home can host up to four guests and is situated between Okemo and Killington ski villages, so it's a great choice for small families or couples looking to hit the slopes later this year. When it's not ski season, Plymouth has plenty of tourism to offer, from the Calvin Coolidge Estate to Plymouth Artisan Cheese.
From the end of October onward, this property is almost entirely available, well into 2021.
COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This cabin participates in Airbnb's Enhanced Clean program, meaning the host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.Townshend: Cheerful cottage, $118
Farm-inspired features mix with contemporary design touches in this simple yet impressive home. Think white-washed wood contrasted against a vibrant color scheme that includes pops of burnt orange, blue, and green across couches and pillows.
The two-bedroom home can accommodate up to four guests, with an antique claw foot bathtub (with shower), plus a private yard with fire pit, as well as an in-unit washer-dryer. The kitchen has everything you need to prepare your own meals, and the property is also located within walking distance from hiking trails.
This cottage is available to book starting in October 2020.
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 an Airbnb Superhost and recent reviews rave of the experience and clean accommodations.Hinesburg: Charming barn loft, $118
Located close to Burlington, the Green Mountains, and Lake Champlain, this picturesque barn is a standout for its cathedral ceilings, covered porch, cupola, and private outdoor space. While it's adjacent to the main house, it has its own entrance that is completely separate and private.
Reviewers seem particularly impressed by the hosts' thoughtfulness as seen in small eco-conscious touches such as cruelty-free bath products, recycling and compost options, and a solar panel.
Although modern additions such as Wi-Fi, Apple TV, and air conditioning are present, it's important to note that there is no kitchen. The hosts have, however, provided a mini-fridge, kettle, and coffee maker.
The one-bedroom loft can hold up to three guests, and has availability beginning in late September, and opens up more widely in October.
COVID-19 cleaning procedures: The home does not participate in Enhanced Clean, however, the hosts included the following COVID note in the property description: "To ensure your health and safety during this uncertain time, we work hard to thoroughly clean the barn after each guest. This includes disinfecting key surfaces, including handles, door knobs, switches, railings, and other items. While our barn features a separate entrance that ensures no physical contact with others, we are here to share local information, like great places to go and things to do."Hardwick: Treehouse in the woods, $130
If your childhood dreams of a backyard treehouse were never fulfilled, this may be the place for you. Hidden in the woods of Hardwick, this one-bedroom treehouse has nearly all the fixings of a traditional home, including a stunning chandelier, a fireplace, and a kitchenette. 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.
The property features a porch, hammock, shaded seating area, grill, and a designated spot for campfires. Hardwick Village — dotted with restaurants and farmer's markets — sits three miles away.
Availability is limited in the fall but opens up in the winter until 2022.
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.Pownal: Mini house built by sculptors, $143
For those seeking a truly whimsical and one-of-a-kind stay, Owl Hill House is an organically shaped structure built by a group of sculptors in the early 1980s that was recently renovated by one of its original creators.
The unconventional look might conjure images of Hobbits, Adobe enclaves, or even the Flintstones, but the interior design is bright and airy with hand-plastered white walls and smooth domed ceilings. Fixtures and furnishings that include a dining area, shelves, plush seating, and a sleeping area are all custom made and built into the very design of the home.
There's also a well-stocked kitchen, fireplace, and outdoor seating that overlooks a tranquil meadow and clearing surrounded by trees on a private Vermont dirt road.
Availability in the fall begins in November and remains open until summer 2021.
While the fireplace and dining room are highlights, the real gem is the game room with an air hockey table, chalkboard, and other activities families will love. This four-bedroom farmhouse can fit up to 10 guests across seven beds and dates back 115 years. Its bright red exterior and pointed roof certainly serve as a nod to these roots, and the fire pit and patio encourage a cozy, homey feel.
The Ludlow property is walking distance from the Okemo base, making it an especially great fit for ski season, as well as local shops, restaurants, and outdoor activities.
At the time of publishing, this home is almost entirely available through May 2021.
Montgomery Center: Picturesque cabin in the woods, $150
Images of summers spent at camp will likely be conjured upon discovering this idyllic cabin. There's a stream running through the yard, complemented by red Adirondack chairs, a hammock, volleyball net, and cornhole. The same playful feeling carries inside through the wooden walls, snug loft, and hallway entrances dotted by fairy lights.
Despite the summery feel, the close proximity to Jay Peak ski resort pegs this property as a year-round stay. The host even provides discount lift tickets.
This property's availability opens up in October.
This timber-frame tiny house feels anything but tiny. Not only is there a King-sized bed (rare for most Airbnbs), but there's a second bedroom with a Queen-sized bed, plus a subway-tiled kitchen with all the necessary appliances, a nice bathroom, and sleek furniture in neutral tones. So, if our other tiny home felt a bit too bare-bones, this makes for a nice, more upscale alternative.
Outside, there's a fire pit, Adirondack chairs, and plenty of yard space. Although an hour away from Vermont's popular ski resorts, this Putney property is in close proximity to orchards, wineries, and hiking trails.
This tiny house can accommodate up to four guests across its two bedrooms. Availability is sparse but opens up to near-full availability from November through at least the end of 2021.
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 an Airbnb Superhost and recent reviews rave of the experience and clean accommodations.Morristown: Sleek, yet cozy cottage, $179
From the outside, this stone and wood cottage seems like a modest country abode. But inside, interiors are modern with a lofted sleep area, midcentury-inspired furniture, recessed lighting, and light wood beams.
Up to four guests can enjoy the basic, but advantageous amenities, including a patio with a grill, air conditioning, and an in-home washer-dryer. The Morristown home base is near ample breweries, state parks, cider mills, and biking trails.
Availability opens up in November, just in time for ski season.
With an exposed brick chimney, hardwood floors, and welcoming fireplace, this tasteful home is elevated by small, intentional touches. Bright, white walls and an open floor plan create an airy layout that allows for seamless flow between rooms.
Two bedrooms sleep up to eight guests across five beds, and an outdoor patio with a hot tub are worthy draws in their own right. Pro tip: try and find the secret trap door. The home is also managed by Vacasa, a reputable property management firm for vacation homes.
The Ludlow location is well known for the great skiing at Okemo, but parks, golf courses, shops, and restaurants are also walking distance.
Bookings are currently limited, but check back as this is subject to change.
Wilmington: Alpine A-frame in the woods, $236
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.
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 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.