North Carolina offers Asheville, the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Outer Banks, Wilmington, Charlotte…that’s just the tip of the iceberg. We love exploring every inch of the Tar Heel State. But when we do it, we like to stay in unique places.
Here are 29 that we’ve either stayed in or they’re on our bucket-list. Tiny houses, treehouses, sailboats, a hobbit house and so much more!
Asheville-Area Mountain Rentals
Asheville Tiny House
How amazing is this secluded getaway? It’s close to everything downtown and yet still in a quiet rustic mountain setting. It includes a full kitchen and a great patio.
Details: 2 guests · Studio · 1 bed · 1 bath · $141/night · Rental Info
Take in the rustic, fairy tale vibe of this custom-made treehouse in the woods. The inside is unbelievable – yo won’t want to leave. Keep an eye out – this couple is building more properties.
Details: 4 guests · 1 bedroom · 1 bed · 1 bath · $289/night · Rental Info
Off the Grid; In the Forest
Is there a better way to leaf peep than while staying in this mountain top property, sitting on 125 private acres which back up to Pisgah National Forest? We love the glass garage door which opens completely for spectacular views.
Details: 2 guests · 1 bedroom · 1 bed · 1 bath · $99/night · Rental Info
Overnight with Real Bisons
Why stay in a regular mountain cabin when you can stay on a 65-acre buffalo ranch in the Smoky Mountains. It’s is ideal for large families vacationing together because they have 2 master suites. In the game room where enjoy a life size chess set, pool table, air hockey, ping pong, foosball, and an 8-person hot tub. That’s not even everything!
Details: 14 guests · 4 bedrooms · 8 beds · 3 baths · $360/night · Rental Info
Lucy the Vintage Trailer is a 1947 camper located close to Asheville, Hendersonville, Brevard and more. It is super cozy and a great, affordable place to stay but note that you are at someone’s house.
Details: 2 guests · 1 bedroom · 1 bed · 1 bath · $49/night · Rental Info
French Provincial Outside Asheville
Cozy up in this French-inspired Airstream in Candler. From tranquil nature to eclectic urban flare, this RV gives you the best of both worlds!
Details: 2 guests · 1 bedroom · 1 bed · 1 bath · $110/night · Rental Info
Yurt With Views
This light and airy yurt is mostly off-grid with a walkout on the deck and enjoy stunning views, great sunsets, stargazing & lots of wildlife. Nap in the queen size bed overlooking the mountain ridge and tiny farm. Beautiful picturesque large windows with stunning views welcome you.
Details: 3 guests · 1 bed · 1 bath · $187/night · Rental Info
A Blissful Retreat
This gorgeous cabin on Bliss Farm will wow you – but that’s not all. As a farm, they focus on providing a space where guests can clear their minds, nourish their bodies, and rejuvenate their souls. Indulge in Massages. Hike the bordering Pisgah Forest. Visit Douglas Falls. Drive to nearby Craggy Gardens on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Details: 2 guests · 2 bedrooms · 3 beds · 1 bath · $127/night · Rental Info
A Hobbit House
This home was inspired by the famous JRR Tolkien series and built for all his fans and hobbit lovers – 90% of this home is built into the earth. It was also on CNN, ABC News and more!
Details: 4 guests · 1 bedroom · 2 beds · 1 bath · $289/night · Rental Info
Romantic Bus in the Forest
This is not your typical hippy bus! Elegantly furnished and nestled in a pine grove, the bus provides a plush full size bed, sink, and eating area. The bus sits in the shade of the forest, is lined with windows and equipped with a standing fan so it stays totally cool and comfortable through the summer.
Details: 2 guests · 1 bedroom · 1 bed · 1 bath · $68/night · Rental Info
Unplugged Airstream Charmer
The RhodoDen is a cozy 1974 Airstream Argosy nestled among the rhododendron of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Set along a trickling creek with a bonfire ring and a view of nearby Watch Knob, this is “glamping” at its finest.
Details: 2 guests · 1 bedroom · 1 bed · 1 bath · $65/night · Rental Info
The Dome Home
This exotic, spacious dome looks out on one of the best mountain views in the area. It’s so quiet, wild, and peaceful you won’t believe you’re only 20 minutes from Asheville. There is also a short lovely private hike down to the antique tobacco barn on the 36-acres.
Details: 4 guests · 1 bed · Half-bath · $49/night · Rental Info
Mid-Century Modern Farm Life
A gorgeous and open mid-century home welcomes you with natural light and plenty of space. It sits on Blue Turtle Farm with garden treats and hens roaming the 2.5 acres. Also a great layout for a multi-family stay.
Details: 8 guests · 3 bedrooms · 3 beds · 3 baths · $299/night · Rental Info
Underground Tiny House
Unique modern tiny ‘hobbit house’ is located on a 9-acre farm. The earthen roof home is 385 SF of heaven. Floor to ceiling glass faces amazing view of mountains. Cedar soaking tub, fire pit, miniature wood stove, and seasonal access to farm-fresh eggs are among the unique amenities offered at this one-of-a-kind experience.
Details: 3 guests · 1 bedroom · 2 beds · 1 bath · $131/night · Rental Info
Luxury Glamping Dome
Nature meets luxury in this unique glamping dome experience. Enjoy the privacy of a peaceful, secluded setting, without sacrificing an ounce of comfort. Relax in the hot tub, by the pond, or in the hammock down by the stream. Roast s’mores at the firepit at night, then sleep under the stars on a king-size comfort foam bed. Connect with your surroundings without having to rough it.
Details: 2 guests · 1 bedroom · 1 bed · 1 bath · $233/night · Rental Info
You know abut hygge, right? It’s part of the Danish culture (hubby’s family, which is how I know about it) and embraces coziness and decadent eating. That’s what this farm home reminds me of. It’s a rustic 2-story cottage, dating back over 100 years, has whitewashed stone walls and a wood-burning stove.
Details: 2 guests · 1 bedroom · 1 bed · 1 bath · $120/night · Rental Info
The cabin is 100% off the grid: that means solar panels for limited electricity needs, propane heaters help keep the cabin cozy during the winter, and an outdoor shower and outhouse. Enjoy a 3 burner propane cook top for cooking, granite countertops, a sink with a water dispenser for drinking water, board games and a very comfortable queen size bed. Need a nap? Lounge in the giant hammock under the trees.
Details: 2 guests · 1 bedroom · 1 bed · 1 bath · $79/night · Rental Info
Rentals Along the Coast
Paradise on the Bay
Our trip to Onslow County in North Carolina was my most memorable of 2019! You might know it for Jacksonville (home of Camp Lejeune) or North Topsail Beach…but Swansboro was my favorite town in the area, and it is where we recommend you stay. We ADORED this space, and it was the perfect way to enjoy this coastal town. (video here)
Details: 6 guests · 2 bedrooms · 3 beds · 1.5 baths · $232/night · Rental Info
This cozy little escape in OBX looks like a beach bungalow from the outside, but inside it is a mid-century modern bohemian dream. Click thru to see the coolest hanging chair, perfect for your morning coffee. And pack your vinyl – a turntable is included!
Details: 2 guests · 1 bedroom · 1 bed · 1 bath · $190/night · Rental Info
Wild Horses Visit Here
From the inside and out this may look like an ordinary beach rental in Corolla, but it’s the visitors that make it unique. The wild horses frequently visit the property and will hangout in the yard. Can you imagine?! You’ll need a 4×4 to get to this rental, but it’s worth it.
Details: 8 guests · 3 bedrooms · 4 beds · 3.5 baths · $350/night · Rental Info
South of OBX is this respite in Wilmington. If your family loves the outdoors, this is the space for you. It’s close to the beach, but when you are here enjoy three decks, four hammocks, a firepit, and bluetooth speakers.
Details: 6 guests · 3 bedrooms · 3 beds · 2 baths · $173/night · Rental Info
Romantic Tiny House on Beach
Kitty Hawk is home to this tiny house on the beach. It is the most romantic of all the rentals I found, with a fire pit and hammock, plus a vintage clawfoot tub out on the back porch. Also available for you to use are bikes, a kayak, surfboards, a paddle board, yeti cooler, beach chairs, and an umbrella.
Details: 2 guests · 1 bedroom · 1 bed · 1 bath · $268/night · Rental Info
Sleeping High in the Trees
Stay high above the trees on the border of Jockey’s Ridge in Outer Banks at this Tower Rental. The cozy location offers total privacy, facing into the woods with windows everywhere for lots of treetop filtered sunshine.
Details: 2 guests · 1 bedroom · 1 bed · 1 bath · $190/night · Rental Info
Sailing the Night Away
This beautifully spacious 40-foot sailboat is a unique, salt-life experience to remember! It has two cabins ideal for a family, at a private marina with electricity, AC/heat, a kitchen & more. Sailing charter options can be discussed after booking. Ask about pets and discounts on 3+ nights.
Details: 5 guests · 2 bedrooms · 2 beds · Half-bath · $175/night · Rental Info
House Boat Happiness
This house boat, north of the sailboat above, features two bedrooms, both with private bathrooms. There are two decks to kickback, relax and hopefully see the dolphins swimming by! All the best seafood and shops are steps away.
Details: 4 guests · 3 bedrooms · 3 beds · 2 baths · $250/night · Rental Info
Options for City-Slickers
Tiny Farm in Winston-Salem
This 12′ refurbished vintage camper dubbed “orange creamsicle” is completely stocked and ready for a hip in-town “glamping” experience! Just bring your groceries and wait for the breeze and fireflies!
Details: 2 guests · 2 beds · Half-bath · $75/night · Rental Info
This sweet little farmhouse in Gastonia, just south of Charlotte, has been featured on several Farmhouse Tours and would even impress Joanna Gaines. And yes, there is Original Ship Lap on the walls from the floor to ceiling – Insta-perfect!
Details: 7 guests · 3 bedrooms · 5 beds · 1 bath · $165/night · Rental Info
Bryson City Caboose
Details: 4 guests · 1 bedroom · 2 beds · 1 bath · $93/night · Rental Info
1965 Vintage Camper
Step back in time in this 1965 vintage camper. It is completely restored with an added full bathroom that includes shower/tub and toilet. Still has most of its original charm! Including the original light fixtures and cabinets. Have tea or coffee on the porch in the morning or relax in the hot tub. Less than a mile to town and to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park entrance where The Road To Nowhere Tunnel is.
Details: 4 guests · 1 bedroom · 2 beds · 1 bath · $86/night · Rental Info
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