For some, a quintessential fall vacation might come in the form of a cozy barn with hayrides, apple picking, and bonfires on the itinerary. For others, a beachside town might be the perfect antidote to the rapidly cooling weather — a way of stretching out the summer. But if you're looking for another option for your next getaway, you may want to consider a totally different type of setting as a way of getting off-the-grid, unplugging, and enjoying a totally unique and inspiring landscape. And by the looks of the best desert rentals on Airbnb, this could be the rejuvenating trip you've been seeking.
Desert destinations like Santa Fe, Joshua Tree, and Marfa have become well-known hubs for the wellness community, and that might be attributed to the unique landscape and natural surroundings that are also very often quite remote — which lends to the overall feel of being unplugged while you're there. There are epic hikes in national parks, truly unbeatable stargazing, and flora and fauna that might be totally unlike anything you've seen before.
And some flock to the desert simply for the climate. Whereas a place like Palm Springs might be lacking in sheer remote-ness, it offers some seriously desirable weather for anyone looking to get out of the cold (given that certain times of the year will be warmer than others).
Whatever reason you're open to checking out the desert as a potential destination for your fall travels, why not make sure you'll be relaxing somewhere totally inspiring? Some of Airbnb's best rental options include unique housing (like casitas, pool houses, adobes, and dome homes) that make staying there an adventure in itself. To get your planning started, see ahead for 10 totally memorable places to stay if you're in need of a desert escape now.
Off-Grid Adobe Home — Terlingua, TX
Sustainability-minded travelers will love this adobe home near near Texas' Big Bend National Park. Some of the eco-friendly offerings include solar-powered devices, recycled rain water, and a composting toilet. But beyond that, it's simply hard to beat the nature views here, which includes some pretty unbelievable star gazing.
Starts at $98 per night, book here.
Root Beer Adobe — Tuscon, AZ
This cozy little rental in Tuscon gets its nickname from its former like as a soda shop. Though recently renovated to include some super-stylish furnishings (perfect for Instagramming) the adobe is located in a historic neighborhood and the owners have made sure to keep much of that integrity and authenticity throughout.
Starts at $75 per night, book here.
Gorgeous On Garcia Authentic Adobe — Santa Fe, NM
Furnished with a hot tub, fireplace, full kitchens, and two bedrooms and bathrooms, this adobe home offers the perfect mix of authentic New Mexican art and architecture and modern amenities.
Starts at $174 per night, book here.
Dome In The Desert — Joshua Tree, CA
This modern dome home in Joshua Tree has been featured all over design magazines for good reason. While the location is perfect if you want off-the-grid living, the two-bedroom rental still lets you feel totally luxurious with well-thought-out design details and decor everywhere you look.
Starts at $163 per night, book here.
Contemporary Rustic Home — Moab, UT
Just a block away from Moab's main street, where you can pop into eclectic, indie shops and eateries, this funky little home features rustic-meets-industrial decor, two sprawling patio spaces, and wildlife views you won't get tired of gazing at.
Starts at $125 per night, book here.
The Juniper Moon House — Marfa, TX
Named for its location among the juniper trees and other desert flora, this original 1950s home is perfect for anyone looking for hip, stylish accommodations in the artsy desert town of Marfa. There's a record player, a coffee pour-over, tons of art and antiques, and Parachute bedding. But what you won't find here is a television, so be prepared so have some good, old fashion, unplugged fun instead.
Starts at $125 per night, book here.
Trailhead Casita — Sedona, AZ
Located at the base of Sugarloaf trail, this historic stone casita in Sedona offers inspiring red rock views, a cozy loft bedroom, and cute kitchen with all the essentials to make you feel right at home.
Starts at $85 per night, book here.
Cactus Moon Retreat — Yucca Valley, CA
Going with a group? It's tough to beat this totally renovated, 2.5 acre Yucca Valley compound that's complete with a detached private yoga studio, salt water pool, and six bedrooms. You're also just a short drive from Joshua Tree National Park and get a stunning view of San Gorgonio Mountain.
Starts at $299 per night, book here.
Casa Gallina's El Gallo Grande — Taos, NM
Casa Gallina's owner is a hospitality vet, which means that his collection of private casitas aren't lacking in comfortable, beautiful, and totally pampering amenities. This particular casita offers three bedrooms, antique furnishings, a washer and dryer, hammock, and full kitchen where you can utilize fresh eggs from the property's hens and organic veggies plucked from the garden. Basically, it's paradise.
Starts at $350 per night, book here.
Mid-Century Modern Gem — Palm Springs, CA
For a different kind of desert experience, book this quintessentially Palm Springs home that features mid-century modern furnishings and decor, a heated pool, and abundant desert flora. It's also located near the tramway, where you can get the best view of the desert around.
Starts at $165 per night, book here.