Why book a regular vacation rental when you could stay in a treehouse, a firehouse, or a castle? Extraordinary vacation rental options abound on Vrbo. In the past, we’ve covered storybook stays (such as this Willy Wonka-esque candy-themed mansion in Orlando), the Suessian Bloomhouse in Austin, and most recently, Hobbit-inspired accommodations. However, today, we’re bringing you our first-ever curated list of unique Vrbos across the U.S. If spending the night in a giant wine barrel sounds interesting to you, you’re going to want to read on…
Nestled among century-old trees in the Blue Ridge Mountains, this enchanting treehouse lies just minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway. Apparently, this cozy yet spacious retreat is the largest treehouse on the East Coast. Boasting impeccable craftsmanship and artistic style, its design incorporates natural elements throughout. Guests can enjoy breathtaking scenery in all four seasons. This charming treehouse is part of The Carolina Jewel Estate, which has a creek for guests to explore. Great news for pet parents — this place is furbaby-friendly!
Ever wanted to see what it’s like to sleep in a converted bus? Bear Wall’r Bus offers just the chance in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Catering to off-road and outdoor enthusiasts, this comfortable camping-style retreat offers easy access to adventure. Trails like Hurricane Ridge and Max Patch, and scenic rides such as Highway 209 and the Blue Ridge Parkway, are all nearby. Hot Springs and Asheville can both be reached in 45 minutes. Mountain vistas outnumber neighbors at this unique escape.
One of the most unique vacation rentals in New Orleans, the distinctive Engine 24 French Quarter Firehouse is a busy bed and breakfast. With a seamless combination of historic charm and modern amenities, this renovated gem features updated furniture for a comfortable stay. The vibrant Faubourg Marigny neighborhood places guests next to the enchanting French Quarter and the hip, funky Bywater district — both brimming with local eateries and lively bars.
Formerly home to Engine 24 of the New Orleans Fire Department, the restored fire station offers three units—the main floor, the penthouse, and the townhouse—which collectively accommodate 14 guests. This property ensures privacy and flexibility for group getaways and family gatherings. Relax in the newly renovated New Orleans courtyard, complete with a fountain, grill, and outdoor seating.
Situated between Mason and Fredericksburg along the pristine Llano River, Red Sands Ranch boasts a four-story-tall waterslide and a 53-foot pool complete with a spa, grotto, and fully equipped poolside cabana. Ideal for family reunions and corporate retreats, Red Sands Ranch offers a plethora of activities for all ages, including pickleball, tennis, fishing, hiking, and rafting on river rapids. The vacation rental consists of four charming native-stone cabins, two separate bunk-type units, a vintage ’68 Airstream, and a “party shed”/game room with video games, billiards, and ping pong.
The nearby Llano River beckons with its fast-flowing rapids and deep pools, offering exhilarating tubing and kayaking adventures. For those who enjoy fishing, an incredible 2–3 hour trip along the river terminates at the ranch. The property also includes a corral, tack room, covered stall, and miles of trails for horse owners. Various extras, such as off-road golf carts and a recreation package with kayaks and mountain bikes, can be added to enhance your stay. With rolling hill country terrain, ancient live oak trees, and breathtaking mountain views, Red Sands Ranch immerses you in the beauty of nature.
Inspired by Antoni Gaudí, The Whale House is a unique “architectural masterpiece” in Mission Canyon, a suburb of Santa Barbara, California. This remarkable home was built in 1978 by architect Michael Carmichael. From the shingled exterior resembling a magnificent whale to the intricate craftsmanship and luxurious amenities found within, every detail of this four-story home will leave you in awe.
Step into the inner courtyard, where a stunning 75-foot lap pool seamlessly flows into the tail of the whale-shaped guest house. Surrounding this tranquil sanctuary are lush plantings, enchanting lighting, and serene oaks, creating a harmonious oasis. Nearby trails lead to breathtaking coastal views while popular attractions like the Santa Barbara Mission and Rose Garden, as well as the vibrant energy of downtown, are all just minutes away.
Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Santa Monica Mountains with a stay in this authentic Romani gypsy wagon in Topanga, California. This 15-foot carriage/tiny home is tucked away among ancient oak trees and offers a truly enchanting experience. Step inside to find a charming interior decorated in traditional gypsy style, featuring a comfortable bed, red velvet curtains, a cushioned bench, and various amenities.
Outside, you can enjoy breathtaking views of the mountains, soak in a clawfoot tub, and dance under delicate chandeliers hanging from the oak trees. The property also provides shared kitchen and lounge areas for your convenience. With its captivating atmosphere and close proximity to Topanga State Park, this carriage offers a one-of-a-kind escape.
Experience the rugged beauty of rural Wyoming with a stay at this unique vacation rental in Greybull. With Devil’s Kitchen, the Bighorn Mountains, and fascinating geological features just moments away, this charming two-bedroom cottage offers the perfect blend of outdoor adventure and tranquility.
Originally a schoolhouse, this historic property has been thoughtfully converted to provide all the modern comforts you need, including a well-equipped kitchen, a cozy living area, and a furnished outdoor space where you can relax and soak in stunning mountain views. With its secluded location and pet-friendly policy, this vacation rental is the ideal retreat for those seeking a truly memorable and immersive Wyoming experience.
Surrounded by oak trees on 5 acres, the Pool House can be found in the charming California Gold Rush town of Placerville. Bask in the beauty of nature, unwind on the expansive patio, and jump into the heated indoor pool, which is right smack in the middle of the house. Featuring a spacious baja shelf and a deep end, the pool lights up and has a cascading fountain.
Explore Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park and go rafting on the American River in the nearby historic town of Coloma. Apple Hill, with its charming farms and orchards, is a short drive away. Nature enthusiasts can venture to Cronan Ranch Regional Trails Park for outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, and fishing. Red Hawk Casino, Folsom Lake, and the scenic wonders of South Lake Tahoe are also within reach.
Obsessed with the Wild West? Look no further than Camp Verde, Arizona, for the ultimate glamping adventure. Western-themed covered wagons are crafted from wood with canvas tops and feature a king bed, a bunk bed, and a mini-fridge. While guests must visit the bathhouse to shower, the wagons have climate control, electricity, and Wi-Fi. Prescott National Forest, Montezuma Well National Monument, and Fort Verde State Historic Park are all waiting to be discovered within just a few miles.
What makes Bryant Barn in Walla Walla, Washington, unique? One of its three sleeping areas is a giant wine barrel. The property’s beautiful pool is shared with the neighboring Bryant House, which can also be booked together, accommodating groups of up to 12. Outside, enjoy cozy evenings by the fire pit and play frisbee and croquet on the barn’s grassy acre of land.
Nestled on 20 acres of picturesque landscape near Crystal Lake, this Bavarian-style castle invites you to immerse yourself in the beauty of the Vermont mountains. The majestic grounds boast a serene pond stocked with rainbow trout for fishing, two charming fountains, and enchanting paths through wooded areas. Inside, you’ll find a grand piano, a fully stocked wine room, and a game room complete with foosball and shuffleboard. This luxurious castle features three working fireplaces, elegant Restoration Hardware furnishings, and a gourmet kitchen.
Two bluestone patios offer plenty of space for outdoor living. Unwind by the custom-built fire pit surrounded by cozy Adirondack chairs that extend over the pond, or relax in the hot tub on the main patio while taking in stunning sunsets and the starry night sky. Weather permitting, you can even enjoy your own private ice skating rink in the winter.
The Newport Marina is conveniently located just 20 minutes away by car, offering access to recreational activities. Fishing poles and kayaks are available for guest use.