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Spring is in the air, and so is that trip-planning spark. We scoured Airbnb for the most luxurious, amenity-driven and unique Airbnbs across the South. Mountains, beaches, top city destinations and in between, we have found five irresistible vacation homes you’ll want to book right now.

A Cut Above | Blue Ridge, Georgia

8 guests · 3 bedrooms · 3 beds · 3 baths
Book this rustic-modern chalet HERE.

This modern chalet is one of the newest and coolest places to rent in the North Georgia mountains. It boasts two complete living spaces conducive to privacy — one on the main level and one on the terrace level, each with full living quarters, a kitchen, living room, dining room, master suite, and laundry room. Inside the house, you’ll find custom walk-in tile showers, striking light fixtures, a cozy fireplace, an open-concept kitchen, soaring cathedral ceilings, and lots of windows overlooking the layered mountain view.

A Cut Above Airbnb at Night

With paved road access, A Cut Above is within a safely gated community less than five minutes from the quaint downtown Blue Ridge. Image: Airbnb

Outside, two levels of porches are outfitted with a hot tub, Ping-Pong table, outdoor living rooms, a grill, and two more fireplaces. After a day in the nearby towns, hiking fabulous area trails, or visiting some vibrant wineries, uncork a bottle on the deck and enjoy the views. This house is perfectly conducive for a family getaway, girls’ trip, or a mountain weekend with friends. There is so much to see in the area (Helen, Blairsville, Elijay, and other towns each have lots going on!), and it’s easy to get to from many cities.

A Cut Above Airbnb Bedroom

Each bedroom evokes a peaceful feeling of sleeping in the trees. Image: Airbnb

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A Cut Above Georgia

There is no shortage of indoor and outdoor entertaining space at this rental. Curl up here with a great book and a glass of wine after a day of exploring. Image: Airbnb

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Blue Sky Estate | Austin, Texas

10 guests · 4 bedrooms · 5 beds · 4.5 baths
Books this luxe Texan retreat HERE.

Austin, Texas, has been calling, and it’s about time you answered! This recently rebuilt and remodeled villa is about as luxurious as you can rent on Airbnb. Down the pebbled pathway and through a grand glass-paneled front door you’ll find chic white furniture, dramatically towering windows, vaulted ceilings, and hardwood floors. The airy open-concept plan connects living, dining, and kitchen areas, and pours sunlight into every corner of the home.

Blue Sky Estate Austin, TX

Grab your next favorite book from the library’s book-lined shelves and sink into the plump sofas strewn throughout the house. Image: Airbnb

Blue Sky Estate Austin, TX

Rentals with al fresco living rooms are at the top of our list. Image: Airbnb

The lush, secluded backyard is engulfed with trees. While kids and kids at heart splash around in the pool and under the rock waterfall, put the grill master to work on the outdoor grill — or indulge in a private chef-cooked meal. (The owner can help you set it up.) The enclosed trampoline and stocked game room will keep the youngsters entertained for hours and perhaps invoke some friendly competition within the grownups.

Blue Sky Estate Airbnbs Austin, TX

The villa’s outdoor landscape will provide hours of revelry or relaxation. We suggest bringing some souvenirs from the nearby wineries to sip beneath the gazebo after a long day. Image: Airbnb

Located close to downtown Austin, there is so much to explore — flavors to taste, music to hear, and sites to see. Paddle along Ladybird Lake, shop your way down South Congress Avenue and savor the tastes of world-renowned local eateries. What better addition to your Austin vacation than coming back to Blue Sky Estate?

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Covington Castle | Covington, Louisiana

6 guests · 3 bedrooms · 4 beds · 2.5 baths
Book the castle of your dreams HERE.

Did you know you can rent an entire castle in Louisiana? Live like royalty in this medieval castle that one father, Chanse Mortenson, built for his son so that he could grow up away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Guests are required to meet Chanse for a mandatory — but reportedly fabulous — 30-minute tour of the property during which Chanse goes over how all the gadgets work and teaches you about the castle’s secrets.

Covington Castle from above

Every stay at Covington Castle directly supports the owner’s nonprofit, Second Chanse Castles. Image: Airbnb

Covington Castle Dining Room

Chanse allows parties and events at the castle. We are envisioning the most epic murder mystery birthday dinner ever here. Image: Airbnb

From the medieval exterior and castle’s portcullis-like gateway door, guests are met with gorgeous marble and stonework, tasteful dragon decor and fur accents throughout. Unwind in the movie theater’s massage chairs or in the indoor jacuzzi complete with massage jets. There’s also a custom cave-like stone shower, beautiful outdoor pool, game room, and more.

Covington Castle Tub

Every guest review says the castle is equal parts fairytale and adventure and will be just as magical for kids and adults who might need to be reminded of the magic we held so dearly as children. Image: Airbnb

Part of the New Orleans metro area, Covington and the nearby towns are peppered with boutiques, craft breweries, funky art galleries, and great places to eat. Don’t pass up your opportunity to stay in a castle — reviewers report that the listing pictures just don’t do the place justice, and we think that’s by design. We are ready to experience the mystery ourselves!

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Old House Cay | Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

6 guests · 3 bedrooms · 4 beds · 2.5 baths
Book your private island HERE.

Touted by all who visit as a hidden coastal treasure, Old House Cay is a truly unique and off-the-grid getaway. The house is situated on a network of private islands that hold all the comforts of home but are only accessible by boat. Pack lots of food and your best friends and make a week or two out of this quintessential Lowcountry destination.

Old House Cay Hilton Head Island

An aerial view shows how the three islands are secluded and surrounded by unspoiled nature. Image: Airbnb

Fill your days with boating, kayaking, fishing, and lounging around the property with a can’t-put-it-down read. When you’re ready for the sights and bites of Hilton Head Island, you’re just a short five- to seven-minute boat ride away. Many previous guests suggest renting a boat for one or more days of your trip to see the surrounding islands like Daufuskie Island and its eateries, shops and local rum distillery. The house is surrounded by marshlands, so expect to see bald eagles, herons, dolphins and more … as well as some seriously stunning sunsets.

Hilton Head Island Old House Cay

Coffee or cocktail in hand, cozy up by the fire pit no matter the season! Image: Airbnb

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Old House Cay Bedroom

It’s hard to believe a home like this exists in such a remote locale. It’s completely solar-powered, too! Image: Airbnb

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Lookout Mountain Retro Pad | Chattanooga, Tennessee

8 guests · 4 bedrooms · 5 beds · 3.5 baths
Book this groovy spot HERE.

This dreamy mid-century modern home is quite literally perched on a bluff atop the clouds. Lookout Mountain overlooks Chattanooga, and there’s so much to see both inside this home and in its nearby town. Quirky artwork, funky furniture, and thoughtful touches like local coffee and ample firewood bestrew the property. Outside on the bluff side, the outdoor fire pit and patio are perfect for taking in the sunrise and sunset colors.

Lookout Mountain Airbnb Chattanooga

Panoramic views of Chattanooga and the beautiful mountainous landscape welcome you at every turn. Image: Airbnb

Lookout Mountain Chattanooga TN Airbnb

The indoor decor gives off major Mad Men vibes with sleek lines and plush textures. Image: Airbnb

It’s about 15 minutes to downtown Chattanooga, and just 5-20 minutes away from many of the area’s famed hikes. If you’ve been looking for even more of a reason to see Rock City, visit the famous aquarium, or check out the vibrant culture of Chattanooga, here it is. The retro pad truly has it all, including a prime address.

Lookout Mountain Chattanooga

Two wood-burning fireplaces and an outdoor fire pit welcome year-round comfort. Guests say that Michelle, the owner, even offers s’mores ingredients! Image: Airbnb

Safe travels, wherever your wanderlust leads you!

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