If you’re looking for a more unique rental for your next vacation, give a pass to a cabin or treehouse and opt instead for a geodesic dome. Perfect for architecture enthusiasts — or anyone who wants a funky vacation rental — dome houses are available to rent across the US. We have found a rare mushroom dome in the redwoods of Aptos, California, a chic glamping option in New York’s Catskills, and a few other cool dwellings that you can actually rent out. Here are some of the coolest dome houses in the US.
1. Spaceship-inspired dome in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania
This is the original home of landscape designer Joseph Yacoboni, who built 26 white steel domes in the US. The futuristic rental, which was built to withstand earthquakes and hurricanes, comfortably sleeps six. The three bedrooms are spacious and very unique, but it’s worth reading through the listing in full as the furnishings are vintage and the owners want to manage expectations.
2. Glamping dome in Woodridge, New York
This very nice glamping option is run by The Outlier Inn, a farm located in Sullivan County in the Catskills, only 90 miles from New York City. They have a range of accommodation options and spaces on the property you can rent — from a full-service recording studio to event and workshop spaces. The farm has greenhouses and a vegetable garden, as well as chickens, sheep, goats, alpacas, two cats, and a dog. It is advised that guests’ dogs will need to stay on a leash.
The glamping dome has a large bed, and extra guests can request to stay too, but they will need to bring a camp bed or cot and bedding and towels. The bathroom is outdoors and includes a double shower, sink, and claw foot bathtub. Cooking can be done in the outdoor kitchen, and there’s also a communal fire pit and grill. The farm owners come across as very welcoming and accommodating to needs, such as prearranged sleepovers.
3. Redwood dome in Cazadero, California
Built close by the Russian River, which winds its way through Wine Country of Northern California, this one-bed, one-bath dome is an ideal rental on the west coast for a couple or solo traveler. Being minutes away from the river and the Sonoma coastline, guests have access to countless hiking trails and options for outdoor activities on the waterway.
The geodesic dome is on 2.5 acres of private property in the redwoods, which could easily make a vacation here feel like an exclusive retreat — or perhaps a private observatory, as the skylights, outdoor decks, and hydrotherapy hot tub are perfect for stargazing. The spacious living room offers sweeping views of the forest, and for those who are feeling creative, the writing nook in the loft is an idyllic place to get some personal space. The listing does allow for a third guest as the couch is big enough — just note it does not pull out.
4. Geodesic dome near Idyllwild, California
This geodesic dome, built into the hillside in Idyllwild and offering views to the ocean on clear days, is perfect for a group booking. There are four bedrooms, three bathrooms, ample outdoor deck space, and a hot tub. The impressive living room steals attention as its 26-foot ceiling and floor space takes up a third of the dome’s structure.
5. Mountainside dome in Phoenix, Arizona
This rental is part of a larger development of two domes located at a trailhead to the Phoenix Mountains. Once featured in Life Magazine, the property has rave reviews on Airbnb. Although guests have access to just one of the domes, the huge deck space grants an outlook over the stunning landscape and mountains. The dome is completely private and has a self-check-in and parking. The listing is awarded plus status for its level of hospitality and attention to detail.
6. Mushroom dome in Aptos, California
This tiny, DIY dome is a very popular listing on Airbnb. Located in the redwoods of Aptos, California, it’s a great place to rent if you want to be close to Santa Cruz or Monterey — but also have peace and seclusion. Built on 10 acres of private land, the dome gives you access to endless hiking options, and at night, it’s an ideal spot for stargazing. The tiny house has an upstairs bedroom with a queen-sized bed, bathroom, and kitchenette.
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