Take a Weekend Trip to One of These Enchanting Airbnbs

From a luxury lakefront hideaway to a cozy tiny house, these retreats have something to satisfy every wanderer.
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When you need a break from the busyness of the Arlington area, let these Airbnbs inspire a quick getaway. (Photo of The Black Pine by Mindie Ballard)

Every now and then, we all need a break—especially if that break comes in the form of a weekend trip. Looking for a new place to go? Let these charming Airbnbs within driving distance of Arlington serve as your next destination or spark some ideas for a future journey.

A Lakeside Retreat

Swanton, Maryland

This six-bedroom, 5.5 bathroom home perched beside the water offers a host of stylish and spacious touches. Think floor-to-ceiling windows. Cathedral ceilings. And a wraparound porch. If you’d like to get your toes wet, take advantage of the private dock or the hot tub. There’s also plenty to enjoy indoors, from billiards to a cozy fireplace.

A Room (or Several) With a View

Chester Gap, Virginia

Known as The Nest, this two-bedroom, two-bathroom hideaway beside Shenandoah National Park offers breathtaking views of the valley below. Enjoy luxe amenities, like the indoor fireplace or the outdoor hot tub. The property is also pet and kid-friendly, with toys and books for little guests.

‘Midcentury Dream’ in the Poconos

Hamlin, Pennsylvania

If you’ve been looking for a place to start writing your next novel, this very well may be it. This newly renovated A-frame cabin, sporting three bedrooms and two bathrooms, is tucked into the Pocono Mountains. But don’t assume it’s an homage to rustic life; this property is decked out with contemporary upgrades, such as a chef’s kitchen and a soaking tub. And be sure to check out nearby amenities, including lakes, pools, tennis, mini golf and an art center.

A Farmhouse in the Countryside

Rapidan, Virginia

Kick back at this four-bedroom, three-loft farmhouse and adjoining silo, built by a sustainable architecture firm on a 33-acre cattle farm with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Highlights include a modern kitchen, a fireplace and a pergola on the front porch. And for proponents of farm-to-table cooking, there are multiple farms nearby.

The Tiny House of Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg, Virginia

Keep things simple or splurge at this adorable structure surrounded by historic sites, trails and wineries. The cozy space features a “feather-style” bed, wet bar, board games, outdoor water wheel and an indoor fireplace. And if you’d like to enhance your stay, there are plenty of upgrades and packages, including a fire pit patio rental (with smores!) and a Romance on Arrival package, complete with organic strawberries.

The Black Pine

Richmond, Virginia

Have a soft spot for the macabre? The Black Pine may be your dream Airbnb. It’s got dark walls. Victorian touches. And a collection of works by Edgar Allan Poe. But the host of this three-bedroom townhouse doesn’t want you to focus on what’s in it “because this house is not about its location or the stuff it contains, it’s about you,” she writes. “And what happens when you truly connect with the spirit of a place and time.”


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