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The South, a place of solace for many weary travelers and locals alike, has long boasted some of the best places to shop, dine and unwind. Southern hospitality has reigned in hotels for decades, but lodging options have boomed in recent years with the accessibility and ease of online booking. Whether you are looking for more bang for your buck in a big city or simply desire a quiet weekend getaway, airbnb has a place for you almost anywhere you want to go. We have hunted down a dozen of our favorite rentals in the South to give you inspiration for your next vacation!

Under $150 per night

A Charming Cottage in Florence, Alabama

Residence: entire home/apartment
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms/beds: 1/1
Baths: 1
Price per night: $99

Located a few blocks from downtown Florence, this cozy cottage is ideal for a relaxing rendezvous in this beautiful and unassuming town neatly tucked just about half way between Nashville and Birmingham. Complete with a washer and dryer, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom, you will enjoy all the comforts of home and more. As a music venue manager, the owner, Matthew, has stocked the cottage with a record player and classic albums for guests to enjoy. Check out the Billy Reid flagship store and other unique shops in the downtown area.

Spend a weekend in Florence, AL at this rental

Cozy up with a good book in the Adirondack chairs on the front porch. Image: airbnb

You'll enjoy all the comforts of home in this quaint Florence, AL, cottage. Image: airbnb

You’ll enjoy all the comforts of home in this quaint Florence, AL, cottage. Image: airbnb

Downtown Loft in Lexington, Kentucky

Residence: entire home/apartment
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms/beds: 1/1
Baths: 2
Price per night: $99

Spacious and bright, this loft apartment is located in a restored tobacco warehouse and is the perfect combination of rustic and modern. The property is within walking distance to many restaurants and shops, as well as the University of Kentucky and Rupp Arena. Head to Lexington during basketball season to cheer on the Cats or enjoy bourbon and betting at the Keeneland races in April and October.

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This airy loft is a great blend of industrial and comfortable. Image: airbnb

We love the industrial chic vibe of this Lexington loft! Image: airbnb

We love the industrial chic vibe of this Lexington loft! Image: airbnb

A Cozy Cabin in Lynnville, Tennessee

Residence: entire home/apartment
Accommodates: 8
Bedrooms/beds: 3/6
Baths: 2
Price per night: $130

This charming log cabin is located just an hour south of Nashville and is the ideal spot for a weekend away from it all. Situated on 11 acres, the house features heart of pine floors, hand-hewn logs, a wood-burning fireplace and a screened-in porch. Enjoy the beauty of the surrounding horse country or simply stay in to watch college football in front of a roaring fire. A 10-minute drive will bring you to the quaint town of Lynnville, where you can enjoy a burger and milkshake at the Soda Pop Junction and shopping at Colonel Littleton, a fine leather goods store.

Escape for a weekend in Lynnville

The rustic yet chic decor will make you feel right at home in the Tennessee hills. Image: airbnb

Tasteful country charm abound in this woodsy retreat. Image: airbnb

Tasteful country charm abound in this woodsy retreat. Image: airbnb

Downtown Apartment in Savannah, Georgia

Residence: entire home/apartment
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms/beds: 1/1
Baths: 1
Price per night: $149

Embrace yesteryear in the oldest town in Georgia by vacationing in this private garden apartment in the historic district. With a full kitchen and extensive living space complete with beamed ceilings, exposed brick walls and a stone fireplace, this apartment is a wonderful retreat to relax after a long day of exploring Savannah’s squares, architecture, parks and restaurants.

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The coffered ceilings and exposed brick match the historic architecture of this Southern city. Image: airbnb

Enjoy a warm and welcoming respite in this Savannah apartment. Image: airbnb

Enjoy a warm and welcoming respite in this Savannah apartment. Image: airbnb

Under $300 per night

Hip Midtown Townhouse

Residence: entire home/apartment
Accommodates: 6
Bedrooms/beds: 2/2 
Baths: 2
Price per night: $160

This Annesdale-area home is a short drive from Beale Street and other Downtown attractions, and an even shorter drive to the entertaining neighborhoods of Cooper Young and Overton Square in Midtown. Filled with art and recently renovated, it sleeps six.

A funky mix of mid-century modern, antiques and contemporary touches are found in this Midtown townhouse. Image|airbnb

A funky mix of mid-century modern, antiques and contemporary touches are found in this Midtown townhouse. Image|airbnb

This hip and newly renovated home in Midtown can sleep six, and is full of art!

This hip and newly renovated home in Midtown can sleep six, and is full of art! Image: airbnb

Houseboat in Charleston, South Carolina

Residence: entire home/apartment
Accommodates: 3
Bedrooms/beds: 1/2
Baths: 1
Price per night: $189

Enjoy Charleston like a pirate aboard this private houseboat! Located in Seabreeze Marina, you will have stunning views of the Charleston Harbor and the Ravenel Bridge along with easy access to downtown. The boat has been converted to offer 12-foot vaulted ceilings, a full bathroom (with plumbing that functions just as it does on land) and a top deck to enjoy stunning sunsets. It is only a 10-minute drive from the marina to downtown, where you can explore of one of the hottest cities in the south.

Skip the hotel when you can stay on a houseboat!

The refurbished houseboat’s tall ceilings and bright colors welcome you aboard. Image: airbnb

Whip up a bite to eat in the kitchen, and then head upstairs to the sun deck to watch the beautiful sunset. Image: airbnb

Whip up a bite to eat in the kitchen, and then head upstairs to the sun deck to watch the beautiful sunset. Image: airbnb

Quaint Cottage in Charlottesville, Virginia

Residence: entire home/apartment
Accommodates: 8
Bedrooms/beds: 3/4
Baths: 2
Price per night: $202

Built in 1937, this quaint cottage was designed by late UVA professor and architect Milton Grigg. Renowned for his work in the restoration of Monticello, situated right up the mountain from the city, as well as Colonial Williamsburg, Grigg’s flair is evident in the details from the wainscoting to the exposed ceiling beams. Located right on the edge of Grounds (as it was called by University founder Thomas Jefferson), the cottage is convenient to everything the University has to offer and is a 10-minute walk to the Corner or a short, free trolley ride to the downtown mall, which both offer a wide array of shops and restaurants.

Pay a visit to Charlottesville

This quaint cottage is the perfect spot for graduation guests, campus visits or to learn the history of Thomas Jefferson. Image: airbnb

Modern luxury in a historic setting | Image: airbnb

Modern luxury in a historic setting | Image: airbnb

Southern Condo in New Orleans, Louisiana

Residence: entire home/apartment
Accommodates: 8
Bedrooms/beds: 2/5
Baths: 2
Price per night: $205

This luxurious condo, located in the Central Business District just steps from the French Quarter, combines old-world charm with modern luxuries. Exposed brick walls date back to the 1830s, while new hardwood floors and high-end appliances provide a polished and practical look. Whether you explore the historic French Quarter, indulge in beignets at Cafe Du Monde or scare yourself silly with a ghost tour, New Orleans has something to offer everyone and this apartment is the perfect place to call home base.

Instead of a hotel, opt for an airbnb in New Orleans

This gorgeous condo will be your oasis in the bustling city of New Orleans. Image: airbnb

A bright and beautiful kitchen means you can eat in if you want, but if you're in New Orleans? We don't anticipate that happening much. Image: airbnb

A bright and beautiful kitchen means you can eat in if you want, but if you’re in New Orleans? We don’t anticipate that happening much. Image: airbnb

Under $500 per night

Beach-Side Retreat in St. Simons Island, Georgia

Residence: entire home/apartment
Accommodates: 8
Bedrooms/beds: 2/4
Baths: 2
Price per night: $340

Just south of Sea Island, this family-friendly spot is the perfect place to take your summer beach vacation. With large porches to enjoy the sea breeze and plenty of bright, nautically decorated space, the whole family can enjoy a week of sun and sand in this cheery home. Adding to the charm, it is walking distance to the beach, shopping, dining, golfing and more.

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The nautical decor welcomes you to the beach. Image: airbnb

This bedroom has a balcony right off of it, perfect for reading a book or just taking in the beautiful surroundings.

This bedroom has a balcony right off of it, perfect for reading a book or just taking in the beautiful surroundings. Image: airbnb

Mountain Escape in Highlands, North Carolina

Residence: entire home/apartment
Accommodates: 10
Bedrooms/beds: 5/5
Baths: 5
Price per night: $349

If you’re searching for a relaxing mountain getaway, look no further than this beautiful home in the Highlands, NC. Minutes from downtown, the home features breathtaking mountain vistas and spacious and airy living spaces. Grab family and friends and plan for a fun weekend whether you want to play tennis on the neighborhood courts, hike nearby trails or just curl up with a good book on the porch.

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This large screened in porch is the best way to enjoy the mountain views. Image: airbnb

There's ample room to whip up a fantastic feast for all in this gorgeous modern kitchen. Image: airbnb

There’s ample room to whip up a fantastic feast for all in this gorgeous modern kitchen. Image: airbnb

Mountain Home in Asheville, North Carolina

Residence: entire home/apartment
Accommodates: 10 
Bedrooms/beds: 5/5
Baths: 3.5
Price per night: $425

Asheville is another ideal spot to enjoy the mountains and still have some big(ish) city fun. This beautiful retreat offers details like hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings and comfortable porches to enjoy all that the Blue Ridge Mountains have to offer. If you are looking to reenter civilization, explore the city’s restaurants, shops and music and bar scenes.

Asheville offers mountain life and big(ish) city experiences

Take in the fresh mountain air on this spacious porch. Image: airbnb

A beautiful, open floor plan allows for conversation, whether cooking dinner or lounging by the fire.

A beautiful, open floor plan allows for conversation, whether cooking dinner or lounging by the fire.

More than $1,000

Seacrest, Florida

Residence: entire home/apartment
Accommodates: 18 
Bedrooms: 8/8
Baths: 6.5
Price per night: $1,726

Located along Florida’s beautiful Emerald Coast, Seacrest Beach is a delightful vacation spot on Highway 30A. Perfectly placed away from the crowds at popular beaches like Rosemary and Seaside, this beachfront property called “Hakuna Matata” allows visitors to do just that — have no worries during their stay. With eight bedrooms, there is plenty of space to spread out and bring the whole family or split the cost with friends. Relax in the pool or sink your toes in the white sandy beach just steps from the door.

Enjoy the white sandy beaches from this Florida vacation rental

The turquoise water is never far from sight in this oceanfront property. Image: airbnb

Wake to the sounds and sight of the ocean! Image: airbnb

Wake to the sounds and sight of the ocean! Image: airbnb

Whether you’re planning a visit to the South, or you live here already, we have great travel ideas for family getaways, girlfriend trips and everything in between! Visit our Southern Travel section to start planning your next trip!

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