11 Airbnbs near DC that are the perfect vacation rentals

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The holiday season may already be in full swing, but there’s still time to plan your late-December escape from DC. Luckily, we live in an area with plenty of Airbnb winter vacations. Whether you like the sound of a few days in a cozy log cabin in the Shenandoah Mountains or prefer to do it all in a sprawling waterfront estate with the bells and whistles of a five-star resort, the Washington area offers many options.

Ahead, 11 perfect Airbnbs to rent this holiday season.

Private Luxury Cabin with Mountain View

Location: Stanardsville, Virginia

Located between Virginia’s Greene and Madison counties, this rustic two-bedroom, two-bath cabin is the ultimate winter escape. Offering access to 14 acres of wilderness and stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the cozy home features lots of wood accents throughout, including exposed beams, as well as a stone fireplace. There’s even a desk if you decide to stay a bit longer and work from there. A five-person hot tub and multiple outdoor cooking areas round out the home’s amenities.

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Cottage by the lake

Location: Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

This picture-perfect lakefront home has three bedrooms that sleep six, making it a great choice for a family or a small group of friends. Cozy up in front of the fireplace or curl up with a hot drink and enjoy the view around the outdoor fire pit. Also nice: a hot tub, multiple porches, and private access to the lake. History buffs will love spending time exploring nearby Harpers Ferry, while outdoor enthusiasts can hike the Appalachian Trail, just a few miles away.

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Luxury lodge by the river

Location: Bentonville, Virginia

This sprawling five-bedroom estate on the banks of the Shenandoah River offers stunning mountain and river views from the screened porch and private balcony. Guests can also explore the 64 acres this home sits on (or work out in the gym if the weather isn’t cooperating).

But what sets this house apart is the play area and the double-ceilinged living room. Another interior highlight? The formal dining room provides an elegant place to celebrate Christmas or ring in the new year.

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Large house with a view of the water

Location: Alexandria

If you’d rather not drive an hour or two to find a place for your friends and family to all be together, consider this beautiful seven-bedroom home in Alexandria. With a view of the Potomac River, a wraparound porch, and an indoor fireplace, this home has all the conveniences of a secluded cabin but requires no mileage to get there (according to the listing, it’s a ten-minute drive away). car from the old town).

Sleek interiors feature French doors, floral curtains, and leather furniture, while outdoor spaces have a decidedly more rustic vibe. But with a movie theater, game room, and gourmet kitchen, you might spend most of your time indoors.

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modern log cabin

Location: Pratts, Virginia

This three-bedroom cabin* seems straight out of a fairy tale. The cozy living room is anchored by a stone fireplace and features exposed beams. The house was recently remodeled so now has a new kitchen and updated bathrooms. We love that the owners have retained many rustic features that give it character.

A screened porch, fire pit, and proximity to Shenandoah National Park as well as several wineries and breweries should keep you and your party entertained.

*An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated that this cabin had two bedrooms, not three.

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A-Frame House

Location: Front Royal, Virginia

The A-frames shout “vacation in the mountains” at us. And this one is no exception. Designed with oversized windows to let in plenty of sunlight, this three-bedroom home, nestled in the Shenandoah Valley, is the perfect family retreat with an outdoor play area, fireplace, deck, and hot tub.

One thing is certain, you won’t be short of Instagram-worthy valley and mountain views here. And if you need to get away from those holiday meals, there are also plenty of hiking and biking trails nearby. And you can bring your dog – this house is pet friendly.

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Sprawling mansion with a Mad Men-Themed lounge

Location: Luray, Virginia

If your vacation mantra is go big or go home, you’ve come to the right place. With five bedrooms, five bathrooms, and three dining rooms, this home offers plenty of space (8,000 square feet, to be exact) to celebrate the holidays. The house is synonymous with variety. The lounge’s large chandelier, along with moldings in the walls and ceiling, create a festive ambiance perfect for cocktail parties, while the Madmen Lounge, a moody space with rich leather-covered furniture, will have you craving a glass of whiskey. The game room is another standout feature – it has an arcade, ping-pong table, shuffleboard table, and 75-inch TV. The six-person hot tub and fire pit are ideal spots to watch beautiful sunsets.

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Modern house with hot tub

Location: Bentonville, Virginia

This gem of a home is surrounded by 100,000 acres of national forest, so privacy is something you’ll get plenty of here (views too). The kitchen has bar seating and a dining table for eight, so feel free to bring some friends.

This home perfectly blends modern architecture with traditional mountain lodge details, such as an indoor wood-burning fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows that allow you to take in the beautiful surroundings. Speaking of views, the wraparound porch is an added bonus.

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Log Cabin in Wine Country

Location: Madison, Virginia

First, take a look at the huge window in the living room of this house. Now add the high ceilings, exposed wood and idyllic views, and this three-bedroom log cabin should instantly ease your mind and put you in a vacation mood.

Make s’mores by the fire or explore the 100 acres of rolling hills and lush forests that surround this property. Anything else that will lift your spirits? It’s in the middle of Virginia’s wine country.

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Modern A-Frame with ski-in ski-out amenities

Location: Basye, Virginia

Winter sports enthusiasts, this house is made for you. Located directly on the ski slopes of Bryson Resort, the property offers an unbeatable location and breathtaking views.

The sleek, modern home features oversized windows, elegant furnishings, a wood-burning fireplace, and patio doors that open to a large wrap-around patio with living room furniture. There is an upstairs living room with a private balcony perfect for reading a book or finishing up last minute work projects.

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“Castle” on the Potomac River

Location: McLean

You could say we left the best for last. Splurge at this five-star retreat in McLean overlooking the Potomac River. It offers the kind of amenities you’ll find at luxury resorts, including a 50-foot indoor pool, spa with sauna, and 3D movie theater. There is also a grand staircase, crystal chandeliers, several fireplaces and a “secret” garden. This unique house has six bedrooms and ten bathrooms with bathtubs.

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Dobrina Jekova

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