Now that we’re hitting the road and the skies again, we’ve found ourselves with a major case of design-fueled wanderlust. We want to see every city and every state—and we want an Instagram-worthy place to land while we’re at it. Big box décor won’t cut it, though. These spaces need to have an eye for the unique and the historically accurate. We want to put down our bags amidst magazine-worthy décor, impressive residences, and incredible vintage finds. A stay isn’t just a stay, it’s an experience.
So, whether you’re looking for a step back to the 1960s, a rural country escape, or a sophisticated city destination, we found 7 vintage-inspired Airbnbs worth booking simply for their personality, collections, and color.
Austin, TX, with its quirky food trucks and lauded music scene, is one of the hottest (figuratively and literally) destinations right now. It seems every scroll through Instagram shows someone else taking a dip in Barton Springs or grabbing a beer in East Austin.
So, if you plan on joining the masses, this renovated 1950s glass bungalow is a sleek place to land—and one that feels like stepping back in time. With its wood paneling, retro furniture, and landscaping designed for outdoor living, this Airbnb represents Austin at its best.
If you want to get away from it all, but don’t want to rough it, this 1872 church turned home is a quiet place to lay your head. This loft is hidden away in the Shenandoah Valley and features rustic, vintage details such as a wood stove, church pew, statement light fixtures, beautifully worn rugs, and even a century-old religious mural. The Church House is a woodland destination for nomads looking for a place to work remotely or those in need of a weekend retreat to unplug.
An 1888 home with its soaring ceilings, stately crown molding, and formal sensibilities seems like just the place to stay in the city that is nicknamed the “Hostess City of the South.” A beautiful bay window overlooks St. John’s Cathedral and this home puts you right in the historic district, just steps from Lafayette Square. The Airbnb’s design appears right out of a fancy Southern home, featuring French antique silhouettes in shades of gray.
A 1933 Art Deco rowhouse on Capitol Hill is home to this garden-level apartment, which was once a doctor’s office. With antique and vintage finds, including stunning and historically accurate Chinese art deco rugs, this jewel box of an Airbnb is perfectly situated for exploring DC’s National Mall, museums, and charming neighborhoods. Plus, you’ll spot the U.S. Capitol just steps out the front door.
Have you wanted to live out your own Slim Aarons dream? Welcome to the Frey Steinmeier House. This midcentury home has been maintained beautifully and is decorated in bright, airy white and chrome, with pops of color throughout. But, really, who cares about the inside when you can relax poolside sipping on throwback cocktails under your yellow and white cabana stripe umbrella?
Bloomsbury Farm gives you the charm of a rustic, vintage-inspired private cottage, but located on a 400-acre working farm. You can enjoy a slow morning, sipping your coffee in a worn leather chair while looking out over the pastures, cook a farm-fresh breakfast in the gourmet kitchen, then mosey on over to the farm to enjoy movie night, dinner on the farm, or Farm Fridays.
It’s every architecture nerd’s fantasy to spend the night in a Frank Lloyd Wright home. And, if you find yourself in rural Wisconsin on the East Twin River, you can do that.
Still Bend, or the Schwartz House, was built in 1938 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The home has been impeccably maintained and truly feels like stepping back in time. As the listing says, “This is an opportunity to experience Frank Lloyd Wright’s vision for how the average American Family could live. Relax, slow down and let Wright’s genius unfold before you in a manner that is not possible on a typical house tour. There is something magical, almost spiritual, about being in a Wright space that leaves one transformed.”