7 cool Airbnbs driving distance from the Twin Cities
Whether you're looking for a family lake retreat or a couples' getaway, here are seven beautiful Airbnb escapes, all under four hours driving distance from the Twin Cities.
1. A holy stay
A 137-year-old Catholic church in south Minneapolis has been reborn as an Airbnb, with the blessing of its long-running priest.
Features: The acoustics of a real church, pews, a library area, marble chess table and newer touches, including wifi and a large TV in the sanctuary.
- "'Lastly,' you can enjoy "supper" at our magnificent 12 ft. round dining table which conveniently seats 13. You can reenact DaVinci’s Last Supper," the description reads.
No need to wait: There are plenty of nights available through 2023.
Details: 3-bedrooms, 2.5 baths, $292+/night.
If you want some peace and quiet during your next vacation, have you considered renting a private island?
Features: Unlimited lake access, a rustic cabin that sleeps nine, additional screen house, electricity and running water, a bonfire pit and maintained trails to explore the forest.
- Of note: You'll need your own boat to get there. Or, you can rent the owner's for $175 a day.
- April is booked, but there are several weeks available in May and June.
Details: 2 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms, $425+/night.
This treehouse in Upsala is the perfect retreat for a Lord of the Rings fan dreaming of staying in the Shire — or for someone who just loves to stargaze.
Features: Views of the night sky via the balconies and skylights, a LOTR-themed sauna, working dumbwaiter, spiral staircases tall enough for a human and two acres of private land to explore.
- The owners recently built an Eye of Sauron on the property, they told Axios.
Details: 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, $201+ per night. Limited days available through August.
If you want to live out in nature without setting up a tent, this private steel and fabric dome on a hobby farm near the North Shore is the place for you.
Features: Forest views right from your bed, an indoor fireplace, running water and electricity, a fire pit and easy access to nearby town Lutsen.
- Of note: If you like to sleep in, be aware: Rob the rooster likes to start his morning at around 4:30am.
Details: 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, $374+ a night. Availability in April and May, but limited in June and July.
If you're looking for your next family vacation, this waterfront house might do the trick. It has paddle boards, kayaks, canoes and bikes you can use, plus plenty of hiking nearby.
Features: Space for 16 guests, access to Lake Edward and a large renovated shed perfect for entertaining.
Details: 5 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, $850+ per night. Available now.
This chic tiny house is a cozy getaway for two and is just a few blocks from the historic Main Street. Plus, you can bring your dog.
Features: Direct access to Cuyuna Lakes mountain bike trails, an outdoor sauna, fire pits, paddle boards and snow shoes.
Details: 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, $210+ per night. Limited dates available through July.
This charming house in Brainerd would be an idyllic couples' or family retreat, with its lush garden and lake access.
Features: A sunny terrace, access to the nearby sandy beach, fire pit and serene setting.
Details: 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, $210+ per night. Limited dates available through August.
Editor's note: This story was originally published in June 2022 and was updated on April 7, 2023.
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