From a charming lakeside cottage in the Catskills to a contemporary cabin with wraparound views of Lake Superior, these waterfront gems are all about going with the flow.
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Silver Moon Retreat
Rating 4.81 out of 5; 581 reviews4.81 (581)
Entire guest suite in Nashville, Indiana
This Indiana home may be a stone’s throw from the artsy town of Nashville, but it’s a trip-worthy destination in its own right. Right out the front door, a private pier overlooks a peaceful two-acre pond — where you can sit back and watch all your worries float away. Catch dinner using the property’s fishing equipment, and for dessert, make s’mores by the fire with ingredients courtesy of the Hosts.
Hudson Valley Bali House Retreat
Rating 4.91 out of 5; 263 reviews4.91 (263)
Entire house in Rosendale, New York
This little slice of Bali fits surprisingly well against the lush backdrop of Hudson Valley — a tranquil retreat just 80 minutes from bustling Manhattan. The home is crafted for deep relaxation with heated terracotta floors, handcrafted wooden detailing, and an outdoor hot tub set against a private reed-lined pond. Settle in for nature therapy, or explore the farm-to-table eateries and quaint shops of nearby villages New Paltz and Rosendale.
Cozy River Cabin at Mt. Rainier
Rating 4.92 out of 5; 543 reviews4.92 (543)
Entire cabin in Packwood, Washington
Can’t choose between mountain, lake, and river? Get all three (plus a creek) at this stylish ’60s A-frame sitting in the forests of Packwood, Washington. After adventuring in nearby Mount Rainier National Park or Packwood Lake, choose between snuggling up by the outdoor firepit or the indoor wood-burning stove. The Host provides ample firewood so you can wind down to the sound of surrounding nature and crackling logs.
Cottage by the Water
Rating 4.86 out of 5; 359 reviews4.86 (359)
Entire cottage in Queens, New York
The Hosts of this cottage in Queens co-founded an interior design company, which means every space serves a specific purpose — from skylights built for stargazing to the soaking tub made for relaxing after a day of exploring nearby Manhattan. But the star of the show is the glass-enclosed dining room overlooking the water, where you can enjoy a romantic meal and wave to the swans floating by.
Agua Norte Cabin: Lake Superior View With Sauna
Rating 4.98 out of 5; 446 reviews4.98 (446)
Entire cabin in Grand Marais, Minnesota
This contemporary cabin — secluded between evergreen forests and the sprawling Lake Superior — is all about cozy nooks. The 16-by-20-foot home feels airy and spacious thanks to its cathedral ceiling, skylights, and wraparound windows that offer amazing water views. After spending hours lounging in bed, walk over to the cedar sauna where you can relax by a wood-burning stove (November through March).
Private Island Beach Cabin. Kayaks, Paddle boards.
Rating 4.91 out of 5; 284 reviews4.91 (284)
Entire cabin in Lakebay, Washington
If getting away is the goal, look no further than this waterfront cabin set on the private Herron Island in Puget Sound, 90 minutes from Seattle (the Hosts provide a private ferry pass). Here, you’ll see more animals than people — with island residents including deer, seals, and porpoises. During sunset, relax on an Adirondack chair by the firepit (where you’re likely to spot orcas over the water).
In the clouds your cozy- lake house
Rating 4.91 out of 5; 313 reviews4.91 (313)
Entire house in Swan Lake, New York
Get a slice of lakeside living in this Catskills cottage, where lush meadows and a private dock will make you forget you’re just two hours from New York City. The interior is a mix of modern (up-to-date appliances and flatscreen TV) and antique (quirky memorabilia, vintage furniture). Take in panoramic lake views while cooking up a family meal in the kitchen, then head outside to enjoy on the deck.
BAY VIEW BUNGALOW ON WATERFRONT 15 MIN 2 GG BRIDGE
Rating 4.92 out of 5; 566 reviews4.92 (566)
Entire bungalow in San Rafael, California
Staying at this San Rafael bungalow feels like floating on the water — in fact, you can dip your toes directly into San Francisco Bay from the back steps. Fall asleep to the gentle sound of waves lapping, and wake up to the sun rising over the bay. Spend the day exploring the magical landscapes of Marin County, or cross the iconic Golden Gate Bridge for big-city adventures.
LAKEFRONT STUDIO APARTMENT (private entrance)
Rating 5.0 out of 5; 401 reviews5.0 (401)
Entire guest suite in Orlando, Florida
Floating in the emerald pool of this lakeside home feels like getting away from it all — but the silhouette of Orlando reminds you that city life is within reach. Spend the day watching swans drift by, or get some exercise canoeing around Lake Copeland. Greetings from the resident pups are a delight, but the real treat of staying here is the proximity to O-Town’s theme parks and downtown nightlife.
Awesome Lakeview Hot TUB-Birds Eye Lookout-SAUNA
Rating 4.77 out of 5; 346 reviews4.77 (346)
Entire house in Tahoe City, California
Whether you’re planning a family reunion or best-friends getaway, this spacious mountain cabin ticks all the boxes for an iconic Tahoe vacation: forest and lake views, a one-block walk to the beach, and a sauna and hot tub for those nights after hiking and mountain biking nearby. Plus, if you’re traveling with little ones, some good news — the home is outfitted with two sandboxes and a cozy tree fort.
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Treehouse in Branson
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$279 per night
Treehouse in Crane Hill
WANDERLUST TREEHOUSE Book an experience!
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Treehouse in Trenton
Whippoorwill Retreat Treehouse
$352 per night
Home in Blue Ridge
Amazing Views* 5 Min to Blue Ridge* Pet Friendly
$155 per night
Tiny home in Blue Ridge
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$133 per night
Cabin in Eureka Springs
Glass Front Cabin with Stunning Lake View
$246 per night
Cabin in Cresco
Couples Romantic Getaway-Pocono Mountains
$168 per night
Cabin in East Cook
Mossy Hollow Cove on Lake Superior
$400 per night
Cabin in Eastland County
Lunker Lodge at Lake Leon
$135 per night
Rental unit in Government Camp
Cozy Studio with Private Hot Tub in Govy
$179 per night
Cabin in Eagle Harbor
True North Cabin on Lake Superior by Copper Harbor
$511 per night
Place to stay in Remsen
ADIRONDACK LUXURY VILLA WITH HOTUB (NEW BUILD)
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Dive into Lake Life
Dive into Lake Life
A lakehouse appeals to all types: adrenaline junkies can engage in exhilarating water sports, while homebodies can chill on the dock and take in the tranquil views.
Meet three Airbnb Hosts and their lakeside retreats, where you’re granted rare access to some pretty sweet spots in nature. Catch the sunset over a glacial pond in New Hampshire, fish on a terrace in Lake Como against the backdrop of Bellagio’s pastel-hued villas, or gawk at ancient volcanoes lying beyond Lake Atitlán, longtime home to the Mayans. Whatever you’re in the mood for, these on-the-water homes will help you fish up an idea for your next trip.