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10 magical Airbnbs to book for a weekend getaway from Boston

From a treehouse in Vermont to a yacht in Connecticut, these are some of the area's best.

The interior of a carriage house in Jamaica Plain. Airbnb

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With spring finally showing its face and school vacation just around the corner, now is the perfect time to plan a getaway for you and your loved ones. But with temperatures expected to hit 70 this weekend, why bother with a tropical vacation when you can rent an Airbnb right here in New England?

For those unfamiliar, Airbnb offers people a chance to host and book unique accommodations around the world. Instead of a standard motel, you can stay anywhere from a beautifully furnished condo to a renovated lighthouse.

As it turns out, New England is home to many unique and beautiful Airbnb properties. Here are ten of our favorites.

1. The Historic Carriage House in Jamaica Plain, MA

The carriage house in Jamaica Plain.

The historic carriage house in Jamaica Plain, MA.

If you’re looking to stay close to Boston, this carriage house located in a Jamaica Plain backyard could be a perfect match. Fun fact: The Boston Globe wrote a story in 1907 about a 38-year-old horse named Jeff who lived in the same carriage house.

The reviews say: “I travel to Boston frequently and I truly hope I can stay here every time.”

Cost per night: $150 for two guests.

Distance from Boston: 0 hours.

2. The Tiny Fern Forest Treehouse in Lincoln, VT

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The Tiny Fern forest Treehouse in Lincoln, VT.

This majestic treehouse is built on four maples 30 feet above a blanket of ferns. If you need a break from the stellar views, there is a private bathroom with shower in the main house accessible by a 70-foot ramp.

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The reviews say: “It is the perfect getaway to disconnect, relax and enjoy the companionship of your party!”

Cost per night: $169 for two guests, $62 per additional guest (up to three).

Distance from Boston: 3.5 hours.

3. The Little Red Caboose in Lincoln, NH

The little red caboose in Lincoln, NH

The Little Red Caboose in Lincoln, NH.

This refurbished caboose is built on a small set of tracks, and while your train-house won’t be going anywhere, there are plenty of places to explore the outdoors on foot nearby.

The reviews say: “We had plenty of room for our hiking gear and loved that there was a waterfall hike within walking distance of the caboose.”

Cost per night: $99 for three guests, $30 per additional guest (up to four).

Distance from Boston: 2.25 hours.

4. The 1966 Luxury Yacht in Stamford, CT

A yacht available to rent in Stamford, CT.

The 1966 Luxury Yacht in Stamford, CT.

This 50-year-old yacht features a wood burning fireplace, heat and AC, and is docked right next to two waterfront restaurants. Unfortunately, due to Airbnb’s terms of service, you can’t actually take it out for a sail, but the boat’s owner has a tandem kayak available for guests.

The reviews say: “Sleeping on Drew’s boat was a life-changing experience — literally. I now know I want a boat after sleeping on his.”

Cost per night: $95 for two guests.

Distance from Boston: 3 hours.

5. The Idyllic Berkshire home in Sandisfield, MA

Berkshire home Sandisfield MA

The Idyllic Berkshire Home in Sandisfield, MA

If you’re looking to get away from it all but bring a crowd, this spacious four-bedroom house can sleep eight guests and is set on 30 acres of unspoiled nature. With 28-foot ceilings in the great room and three fireplaces throughout the house, you may never get to exploring your expansive wooded surroundings.

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The reviews say: “Absolutely gorgeous unique house–with 8 women no one was crowded! Will be back next year!”

Cost per night: $320 for eight guests.

Distance from Boston: 2.5 hours.

6. The Geodesic Dome (with hot tub!) in Woodbury, VT

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The Geodesic Dome in Woodbury, VT.

This geodesic dome, for “lovers of something different,” features a large central open space, with a spiral staircase and a state-of-the-art hot tub. It offers privacy but is also near microbreweries, lakes, and hiking paths.

The reviews say: “We went up here for a romantic getaway! This place is perfect, quiet, unique and relaxing. We felt like we were home the minute we walked through the doors. The space is so amazing we booked it again in April.”

Cost per night: $150 for two guests, $25 per additional guest (up to four).

Distance from Boston: 3.25 hours.

7. The Spectacular Downtown Loft in Newport, RI

Loft style condo Newport RI

The Spectacular Downtown Loft in Newport, RI.

If rustic retreats in the middle of nowhere aren’t your thing, this downtown loft in Newport offers an upscale experience in one of New England’s classic seaside towns. With a pool table, foosball, and shuffleboard for the kids, and plenty of cool things to do in the city, everyone should be happy.

The reviews say: “The home is absolutely immaculate and a very entertaining place to be. It’s also in a wonderful location with easy parking and walking distance to many shops and restaurants. Cannot recommend this place enough!”

Cost per night: $285 for four guests.

Distance from Boston: 1.75 hours.

8. Robin’s Eco-Nest in Denmark, ME

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Robin’s Eco-Nest in Denmark, ME.

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This “eco-cabin” in the middle of the Maine woods is inspired by Henry David Thoreau’s Walden cabin, so you can forget spending the weekend watching Netflix. What you can expect is water from a spring-fed mountain brook, hiking on 33 acres of trails, and the opportunity to visit a donation-based “Healing Arts Center,” which offers massages, yoga, and a sauna steam bath.

The reviews say: “This is the most beautiful place that I have ever been.”

Cost per night: $105 for two guests, $15 per additional guest (up to four).

Distance from Boston: 2.5 hours.

9. The Cozy Island Cottage in Frye Island, ME

The Cozy Island Cottage in Frye Island, ME.

The Cozy Island Cottage in Frye Island, ME.

You don’t have to go to the Caribbean to land a beachfront property with a private stretch of water and sand. This waterfront island cottage gives you all of that, plus some decidedly New England charms like a canoe and personal horseshoe pit.

The reviews say: “This cottage was great. We have been vacationing in Maine for years and this was the best week of them all.”

Cost per night: $149 for four guests, $25 per additional guest (up to six).

Distance from Boston: 2.5 hours.

10. The Fully Functioning Dairy Farm in West Pawlet, VT

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The Fully Functioning Dairy Farm in West Pawlet, VT.

Don’t worry, you won’t actually be sleeping in the barn when you visit this Vermont dairy farm. Instead, you get to stay in a studio apartment overlooking the farm as its owners go about their day to day. If eating fresh dairy products while surrounded by baby calves and goats sounds like a dream, this is the one to book.

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The reviews say: ”The apartment is cozy and relaxing with Laurie’s breakfast a true treat. We can’t wait to go back.”

Cost per night: $100 for two guests, $10 per additional guest (up to four).

Distance from Boston: 3.75 hours.

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