50 Unique Vacation Rentals for $85 a Night or Less
From a shotgun house in Louisiana to a cozy log cabin in the woods in Alaska and a charming cottage in Kentucky, there are countless intriguing, colorful, and inviting vacation accommodations across the country that don't cost a small fortune. We searched Airbnb, HomeAway, and VRBO for interesting and affordable vacation rentals in every state. All the options on this list average no more than $85 a night (seasonal demand may affect the rate). The listings we found also consistently receive positive reviews from previous guests and are located in places that have much to offer visitors. The prices are for a basic rental and don't include service or cleaning fees. In addition, renters may be asked to provide a refundable security deposit to cover possible damage.
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For $75 a night, visitors can stay in a reproduction barn on a 300-year-old property in rural Connecticut. Visitors enjoy local hiking trails and wineries on the Connecticut Wine Trail. The property is a little more than an hour outside New York City and close to attractions in Fairfield and Litchfield counties, as well as museums in Hartford and New Haven.
This colorful cottage on Florida's central Gulf Coast is just a few steps from Sunset Beach. Built in the 1930s, the property, which rents for $82 a night, was recently updated and accommodates two guests. Amenities include a compact kitchen, living room with satellite TV, and free Wi-Fi. The private, rear yard includes a grill, lush tropical plantings, and outdoor lighting -- an ideal setting for barbecuing, eating, and relaxing. St. Petersburg is just 20 minutes away. Boat rentals, biking, and various watersports are available nearby.
This recently remodeled, family-friendly loft provides a great base for exploring all the Windy City has to offer. Situated in a renovated 1920s hotel, it includes two bedrooms and two bathrooms for a mere $69 a night. Lincoln Park, known as the Central Park of Chicago, is just across the street. The surrounding neighborhood includes numerous restaurants, farmers markets, Lincoln Park Zoo (free admission), and much more.
Located on a tree-lined street in one of Oklahoma City's prestigious historic neighborhoods, this 1,200-square-foot apartment is within walking distance of restaurants on Western Avenue and Uptown. Midtown, Bricktown, and the Paseo Arts District are just an Uber ride away. The apartment is adjacent to a wooded green belt and rents for $85 a night.
One of the country's most popular cities for tourists, Portland oozes charm and offers many picturesque accommodations -- but most don't come cheap. This one-bedroom apartment in a mid-century home costs $80 a night, and includes a private entrance, a large living area with sofa bed, a wet bar, and free Wi-Fi. What's more, great bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks are all within easy walking and biking distance.
Located in the Mount Washington section of Pittsburgh, this third-floor apartment was completely renovated less than a year ago. The 940-square-foot unit, which accommodates up to four guests, features new appliances and restored wood floors and rents for $85 a night. The surrounding community includes parks, local bars, bakeries, and restaurants. Public transportation is about a half-mile away.
Located in a historic village in the heart of New England, this two-bedroom apartment with hardwood floors and a private garden patio is all about charm and sightseeing. The unit is within walking distance of restaurants, shops, a park, and expansive waterfront. The East Bay bike path is minutes away, and three destination cities are within easy drives: Providence is 20 minutes away, Newport is 40 minutes, and Boston is about an hour. Nightly rental is $80.
A legendary city like Memphis offers plenty to see and do, and this two-bedroom bungalow in the Cooper-Young neighborhood provides a great base for exploring all its history and attractions. For $85 a night, guests are just steps from all the restaurants and activities of midtown. The home sleeps up to six guests, and features hardwood floors and spacious rooms.
For $75 a night, this stylish and colorful cottage accommodates five people. It includes an antique wood-burning fireplace, a mudroom for gear, and an outdoor patio, as well as on-site laundry and a dishwasher. The jazz-age home is within walking distance of Liberty Park, the largest and oldest outdoor park in Salt Lake City. The area also has many local coffee shops and historical landmarks.