The 7 Coolest Rhode Island Digs on Airbnb
You need a getaway, but do you really need to leave Rhode Island? Book a fancy local abode and call it a vaca.
A while back, I was reading a piece in New York Magazine about one of my favorite travel resources, Airbnb, and learned that two of its co-founders met right here in little Rhody. Our small world gets smaller.
According to the story, RISD alumni Brian Chesky ’04 and Joe Gibbia ’05 got the inspiration for Airbnb, a website where people can rent out lodging, during a design conference in San Francisco in 2007. The duo rented air mattresses out of their three-bedroom apartment, and an idea was born.
Airbnb’s humble beginnings are no match for today’s version: You can hunker down in a tipi in Spain, sprawl out in an Italian castle or, right here in Rhode Island, rent the sweetest coastal cottage, a rustic retreat or a hip city loft — sans air mattresses and nary a host in sight. Read on for our favorite Rhode Island rentals:
Cost: $225 per night
Sleeps: 4 people
Best features: It’s a 200-year-old schoolhouse, which is awesome, but the interior is completely renovated and modern. Walk around the five-acre property and discover gardens, goats and even a few chickens. (Bonus: the owners don’t mind if you poach a few eggs for breakfast. Can’t say the hen mothers will feel the same.)
Cost: $650 per night
Sleeps: 12 people
Best features: You’ll feel like a genuine Newporter in this adorably decorated abode, just a few steps from trendy Broadway. Spend your nights barhopping or hanging in the hot tub on the private back deck, then cozy up around the outdoor firepit.
Cost: $125 per night
Sleeps: 4 people
Best features: The cost, for one, is ridiculous — especially considering the views and the tiny beach primed for freshwater boating and unparalleled leaf peeping. Rumor has it, the hosts sometimes leave a couple bottles of vino for guests. Private beach, woodsy location, free wine: Could it get any better?
Cost: $100 per night
Sleeps: 2 people
Best features: If your best friend gets around on four legs, this is the spot for you. The decor is retro and fun, and the backyard is fenced in with a hammock and lounge chairs. What’s more, the beach is a short two-mile jaunt down a scenic country road.
Cost: $610 per night
Sleeps: 8 people
Best features: Instant access to a sandy beach below, plus a cozy stone fireplace for warming up with the family. The price and location is right for groups and reunions.
Sleeps: 6 people
Best features: Step right in and instantly transform into a cooler version of yourself: wet bar, pool table, massive gas fireplace, chef’s kitchen, modern bathroom (complete with a urinal, high-five for the ladies!). Get your city kitty fix in the heart of the Jewelry District.
Cost: $500 per night
Sleeps: 3 people
Best features: The Belefonte is a boat, so good luck trying to find a better view of the water. Sun yourself on the upper deck, host your best Topsider-clad friends for cocktails then stretch out in the queen-sized bed (yes, queen-sized — it’s true!) when it’s time to wind down.