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No shortage of social media scrolling took place in 2020. Fortunately, Airbnb was there to fill our Instagram feeds with photos of romantic getaways to keep us dreaming while we willowed away the days of quarantine. These 10 Airbnb properties had us saying, “Oh, wow,” and then promptly clicking that heart icon, earning themselves a spot on the site’s 10 most-liked properties of the year list. Whether for a quick weekend away or as a base on our next big adventure, get ready to fall victim to some serious wanderlust.
1. Stone Cottage — Saint-Victor-la-Coste, France
A simple name for a not-so-simple property, this cottage in France was Airbnb’s most-liked Instagram of 2020. More than 76,000 Instagrammers think this place looks incredible, and their opinions are not unfounded — it’s a 16th Century castle on the property of Chateau St. Victor la Coste. Onsite are one large private bed and bath, a pool, kitchen, and salon shared with two other cottages, and the seclusion that comes from staying in a castle that holds on to its old customs — there is no Wi-Fi on site.
Price: $240 per night
2. Punta Quintay, the best view of Quintay — Valparaíso Region, Chile
With 67,000 likes and counting, this Chilean coastal retreat offers easy access to Quintay’s Bay and sheets with a thread count of 500 — 500 — so when you’re dozing off to the sound of waves crashing on the rocks, you’ll be doing so in extreme comfort. It’s part cabin, part luxury escape that according to one reviewer on the listing, feels like “you’re floating on the ocean.” After the past year, we’ll take it.
Price: $176 per night
3. Lakeview Lodge — San Marcos La Laguna, Guatemala
Head down to Guatemala for this lakeside escape that looks right out across Lake Atitlán with a towering peak in the background. We know you’ve been dining al fresco for the past year, but guaranteed none of those meals has been accompanied by a view like this. Double win if that meal is takeout from the adjacent Anzan, a local farm-to-table dining staple.
Price: $79 per night
4. Tanglebloom Cabin — Brookline, Vermont
The Tanglebloom Cabin in Vermont is the mountain hipster’s dream: part cabin, part tiny home, 100 percent see-through. The other reason why it performed so well on Instagram — garnering 46,000 likes — is because this hand-built cabin is located on a flower farm surrounded by a forest. It’s so beautiful and photogenic that non-translucent walls were entirely left out of the cabin’s architectural design. There’s nothing quite as satisfying as waking up underneath the trees without having pack up camp — and all within three hours of Boston.
Price: $91 per night
5. Casa Mami — Pioneertown, California
Aesthetically pleasing does not begin to describe this retreat outside Pioneertown. Its desert charm meets minimalism at its finest, with expansive views of the surrounding hills and a private yard only two hours from Los Angeles. The owners sought to bring the outdoors inside, so you’ll actually feel as though you’re camping in southwest wilderness without actually having to do so. The house is so charming that almost everything in the house is available for sale, should you wish to take home a pillow or a lawn chair to remember your stay.
$299 per night
6. 19th Century Schoolhouse — Kingston, New York
Travel back in time with this old schoolhouse near NYC. Get the crew together for a road trip up north, no learning required other than what can be discussed in the salt-water pool. The home is bright, inspiring, heated by a wood-burning stove, and less than two hours from New York City. It’s perfect for a group getaway for up to six.
Price: $500 per night
7. Dreamy A-frame — Pond Eddy, New York
New York cracks the top 10 list twice, as this dreamy a-frame cabin in Pond Eddy racked up over 43,000 likes on Instagram last year. It’s perfect for four people spread across two bedrooms, be that friends or family, or a couple’s retreat with plenty of time for relaxing on the adirondack chairs, glass of wine in hand. Rent this spot just two hours from the city and cruise over the Hawks Nest Highway for a weekend of epic views, hikes, and on-water revelry on the Delaware.
Price: $395 per night
8. Window to the Duomo — Florence, Italy
Stare out at the Florence Cathedral, known as the “Duomo,” from your window at this chic rental in Florence. Best part is, you’ll have the view, and this cozy apartment, all to yourself — this is a one-person rental perfect for a bit of solo time when you’re on the road with family or friends in Italy. Whether or not you’re an artist, you’re sure to be inspired here. When international travel to Italy opens again, this place is sure to be in high demand.
Price: $114 per night
9. Idyllhaus — Idyllwild-Pine Grove, California
This chalet was built in 1962 and is the perfect way to explore the southern Californian high country adjacent to the Idyllwild Nature Center. This mountain retreat is nearby to hiking trails, but you might find yourself not wanting to leave the a-frame. There’s a wood-burning stove, a soaking tub, and a wraparound porch from which to take in the mountain views. The owners of the cabin are particularly proud of their Saarinan womb chair, the perfect spot to cozy up with a book while the stove roars behind you.
Price: $254 per night
10. Floating House — Joanópolis, Brazil
Have you ever stayed offshore? This floating house in Brazil is the perfect place to start a new tradition. You’ll float on the water with the Mantiqueira Mountains rolling in the distance, away from it all — except your partner, family, or friends, who can enjoy the open night sky with a fire going in the house and a bottle of Brazilian Kotroskos wine with which to raise a toast. This place truly gives a new definition to the term “houseboat.”
Price: $219 per night
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