Bookmarked: Airbnb Vacation rentals

Over the summer, my Instagram filled up with beautiful vacation rentals—places to bookmark for travels to come. It can be hard to beat the experience of a great vacation rental—convenience and independence, immersing yourself in a neighborhood—so when you see what might be a good one, you have to take note. The variety can get overwhelming. Word of mouth is often the best way to find good ones (please spill!); another way to narrow the field is with more curated rental lists.

We found these ones on Airbnb Plus, the site’s verified rentals, but would love to hear about any recommendations you have or other curated lists you check first.

[Post by Contributor Cary Rogers]


When in Scandinavia, stay somewhere that exudes Scandi-style. The light wood and white background are classic elements of the style, and I love how the pops of brighter colors really warm up the space. This home feels modern but still comforting and inviting. This beautiful and minimalist apartment sleeps six, and is located in a safe, family neighborhood close to shops and restaurants. 

[Copenhagen Travelogue]

San Francisco 

This would be a splurge, but if you’re looking to escape to the City by the Bay, and have always wanted to stay near Alamo Square and the iconic Painted Ladies, this apartment is a dreamy update in a classic Victorian. It sleeps four and has a beautifully designed interior that has been featured in magazines. I love the contrast of the Victorian features with the sleek and modern design.

[San Francisco guides]

Mexico City

While this small apartment could certainly be described as simple or minimal, the terrace seems anything but. I’d soak in the sights of Mexico City from above, enjoy alfresco meals at the outdoor table space, and live my Roma dreams in the Roma Norte neighborhood. The terrace in particular reminds me of the family home depicted in last year’s Oscar winner. This location sleeps three and is very close to the Condesa neighborhood—where Ashley and her family stayed in this apartment

[Mexico City travelogue]


Austin is such a fun and eclectic city, and this house completely matches the vibe. Bold patterns, bright colors, fun textures, leather and wood accents, cowhide, and skulls all lend to the atmosphere that keeps Austin weird. Located in the hip East Austin neighborhood, it sleeps four and is close to lots of great restaurants, bars, shops, and the downtown area. Make sure you see some live music!

[5 Things Austin]

Palm Springs

Palm Springs and modern design go hand in hand, and the influence is definitely visible in this home, particularly with the light fixtures and furniture. The design also incorporates more boho and desert vibes with the patterns, colors, and decorative items. This house is perfect for a relaxing group getaway, it sleeps 10, has a beautiful backyard with a pool, and is close to lots of shops, restaurants, and the airport.

[Palm Springs Travelogue]



When I think of the quintessential beach vacation, I think of Hawaii, and I’m sure I’m not alone. This beach house on the Big Island sleeps six and has a modern feel, but with a mix of vintage surf and boho touches that create a relaxed atmosphere—perfect for slowing down and enjoying island time. Walk ten minutes to a hidden beach or check out the farmers market nearby for dinner supplies. Play a record on the turntable while you cook and enjoy a relaxing evening in the hot tub! 

[Hawaiian travelogues]

Joshua Tree

If you want to get away from it all and enjoy some nature, this house looks like it could be perfect! I love that the glass doors open up to extend the main living space to the patio with such a gorgeous view of the desert. The house itself seamlessly carries the desert vibes thought with natural textures and decor. The boho chic styling is exactly what I picture when I think of a desert getaway, and there is plenty of space for up to eight people. Despite the isolated feel, the location is quite central. Head into the National Park to do some hiking and exploring, or check out the restaurants, music venues, and art galleries in town.

[Palm Springs with a Joshua Tree daytrip]

New Orleans

One of my favorite aspects of vacation rentals is that you can get out of the more touristy areas and really get to know a local neighborhood. What better way to get to know New Orleans than in a classic shotgun house close to the streetcar line? Located in the Mid-City neighborhood, this house sleeps two and is just minutes away from more popular areas like the French Quarter. When you’re not out exploring, take some time to relax on the front porch and to say hello to people passing by, or enjoy the charming mid century modern design inside. 


This colorful Portland guesthouse sleeps three and features art by the owners, and by other local artists. I love the eclectic feel achieved by mixing bold patterns and colors. The natural wood elements and blank canvas of the white walls provide balance to the more fun elements so this is still a relaxing place to come home to after exploring the nearby neighborhoods like Alberta and the Pearl District.

Do you prefer staying in vacation rentals? Is there one that absolutely amazed you? Would love any tips! 

[Top Photos from Cape Town, South Africa and Stellenbosch, the Cape Winelands of South Africa]

Thank you to Cary Rogers for her research. Cary is a lifelong Northern Californian with a passion for design, from clothing to home decor. She lives in Sacramento, and when she’s not working, she’s probably curating her Pinterest, creating a new playlist, reading, or exploring all that California has to offer. She escapes to the mountains any chance she gets, is never opposed to a solid nap, loves goats, and eats too much Mexican food, if that’s a real thing.

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