The 9 Best North Carolina Vacation Rentals of 2019

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Best Overall: Book Luxury North Hills Retreat at Airbnb "The crème de la crème for couples wanting to stay in the Triangle area."

Best Budget: Book Small Townhouse in Raleigh at Airbnb "Reviewers praise the space for its immaculate cleanliness and helpful, Superhost owner."

Best Mountain Home: Book TippyToe Falls Highlands at Airbnb "Set at the heart of Nantahala National Forest in the Appalachian Mountains."

Best Coastal Home: Book Guest Suite in Kill Devil Hills at Airbnb "This pretty guest suite puts you within walking distance from the beach."

Best Luxury: Book Watershed Pointe Cabin in Bryson City at Airbnb "Its floor-to-ceiling glass walls afford stunning sunset-facing views of Clingmans Dome and the Nantahala Gorge."

Best for Large Groups: Book The Pineapple Beach Club at Airbnb "This enormous house offers private beach access and no fewer than 10 bedrooms."

Best Off-the-Grid: Book Pisgah Highlands Cabin at Airbnb "Offers the opportunity to escape the crowds and reconnect with nature."

Best Treehouse: Book Luxury Treehouse in Asheville at Airbnb "With its sloping roofs, polished wood floors, and abundant natural light, the treehouse is a cozy sanctuary."

Best Boat Stay: Book Wilmington Serenity II Motor Yacht at Airbnb "A 46-foot motor yacht moored at Port City Marina in the heart of historic downtown Wilmington."

Our Top Picks

01 of 09

Best Overall: Luxury North Hills Retreat

Luxury North Hills Retreat

Airbnb

Bedrooms (1)

  • 2 guests

  • 1 Queen bed

Amenities

  • Kitchenette

  • Patio

  • Laundry

  • Wi-Fi

This Superhost-owned, Airbnb Plus property is the crème de la crème for couples wanting to stay in the Triangle area — the center of North Carolina. It’s ideally located in Raleigh’s trendy North Hills district, putting you within easy reach of downtown, North Carolina State University, and RDU Airport. The suite is decorated in subtle tones of cream and gray, with a comfortable queen bed, full bathroom, and spacious living room. The latter includes a smart TV with Netflix and HBO Go. In the mornings, use the kitchenette’s Keurig to get your coffee fix before stepping out onto the sunlit patio. Plus, the patio also has a fire pit. Other useful amenities include Wi-Fi, laundry, and free parking.

02 of 09

Best Budget: Small Townhouse in Raleigh

Small Townhouse in Raleigh

Airbnb 

Bedrooms (1)

  • 2 guests

  • 1 Queen bed

Amenities

  • Mini-fridge

  • Wi-Fi

  • Laundry

  • Shared kitchen

If you’re visiting the state capital on a budget, this private room is an excellent choice. Reviewers praise the space for its immaculate cleanliness and helpful, Superhost owner. It’s also conveniently located five minutes from PNC Arena, 10 minutes from downtown, and 15 minutes from RDU. The queen bed promises a comfortable sleep with a memory foam topper and pillows. Other in-room amenities include a cable TV, private bathroom, mini-fridge, and snack basket. You’ll have access to the rest of the house, too. Cook dinner in the kitchen and eat out on the furnished deck or in front of the living room fireplace. Another bonus: there are two cats and a small dog on the property.

03 of 09

Best Mountain Home: TippyToe Falls Highlands

TippyToe Falls Highlands

Airbnb

Bedrooms (3)

  • 8 guests

  • 1 King bed

  • 1 Queen bed

  • 2 Single beds

Amenities

  • Kitchen

  • Cable TV

  • Indoor fireplaces

  • Outdoor grill

This Highlands property is set at the heart of Nantahala National Forest in the Appalachian Mountains. It offers a unique layout for families who want to be together but also appreciate their privacy, with a separate main house and a two-bedroom cottage. The main house features a massage room and a master suite with a steam shower and deep-soaking tub. Both accommodations are full of rustic charm, with huge windows that welcome in magical views of TippyToe Falls, a pond and golf course. Prepare family meals in the generous kitchens, curl up in front of the gas fireplaces with a good book, or start up the grill for an al fresco dinner on one of the property’s multiple decks.

04 of 09

Best Coastal Home: Guest Suite in Kill Devil Hills

Guest Suite in Kill Devil Hills

Airbnb

Bedrooms (2)

  • 4 guests

  • 2 Queen beds

Amenities

  • Full kitchen

  • Wi-Fi

  • Indoor fireplaces

  • Free parking

For miles of sandy shores, restless Atlantic vistas, and a laid-back beach vibe, head to Kill Devil Hills on the Outer Banks. This pretty guest suite puts you within walking distance from the beach and achieves a sense of nautical style with a neutral color palette and plenty of coastal artwork. There are two bedrooms, each with a queen bed, making it ideal for grown-up families or two couples. All guests share one full bathroom. In between long walks on the beach, whip up tasty meals in the kitchenette or relax in front of the fireplace while watching TV in the living room. The suite also offers Wi-Fi, self check-in, and free parking.

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05 of 09

Best Luxury: Watershed Pointe Cabin in Bryson City

Watershed Pointe Cabin in Bryson City

 Airbnb

Bedrooms (1)

  • 2 guests

  • 1 King bed

Amenities

  • Kitchen

  • Patio

  • Hot tub

  • Fire pit

As part of a resort, this luxurious, contemporary cabin is situated on the edge of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Floor-to-ceiling glass walls make the most of its ridge-top location, which affords stunning sunset-facing views of Clingmans Dome and the Nantahala Gorge. Inside, the cabin's industrial-chic decor is just as impressive. The kitchen boasts state-of-the-art stainless steel appliances, while the great room has dining space for six, an LED fireplace, and cable TV. The furnished patio is a particular highlight — cook on the grill or toast marshmallows over the gas fire pit. After a soak in the hot tub, unwind on the king-size bed with its memory foam, pillow-top mattress.

06 of 09

Best for Large Groups: The Pineapple Beach Club

The Pineapple Beach Club

Airbnb

Bedrooms (10)

  • 16+ guests

  • 6 King beds

  • 8 Queen beds

  • 8 Bunk beds

Amenities

  • Kitchen

  • Pool

  • Outdoor bar

  • Laundry

Located in idyllic Ocean Isle Beach, this enormous house offers private beach access and no fewer than 10 bedrooms. With sleeping space for 36 people, it’s the ideal choice for reunions and celebrations (and can even host weddings with advance notice). Each bedroom has its own en-suite bathroom and smart TV. The open-plan main floor is designed for socializing, with a living room, dining area, and chef’s kitchen — all complemented by floor-to-ceiling Atlantic views. Plus, you can enjoy the same views from multiple decks. Outside, there’s a private pool, a bar, and a lounge complete with a grill and fire pit. The house has an elevator and is fully wheelchair-accessible. 

07 of 09

Best Off-the-Grid: Pisgah Highlands Cabin

Pisgah Highlands Cabin, Candler

Airbnb

Bedrooms (1)

  • 2 guests

  • 1 Queen bed

Amenities

  • Kitchen

  • Deck

  • Heating

  • Free parking

With no Wi-Fi, no TV, and limited cell service, this off-the-grid cabin offers the opportunity to escape the crowds and reconnect with nature. It’s set on a private, 125-acre mountain-top property on the edge of Pisgah National Forest, with plenty of hiking trails and the Blue Ridge Parkway nearby. In between adventures, browse the provided books and board games or sit back and admire the view from the deck. The cabin is rustic, with a solar generator, a propane heater, and a propane stove. There’s no fridge – so bring your own cooler and ice. Outside, you’ll find a spotless outhouse and a seasonally heated shower. There’s also a fire pit and a two-person swing nearby. 

08 of 09

Best Treehouse: Luxury Treehouse in Asheville

Luxury Treehouse Retreat in Asheville

Airbnb

Bedrooms (1)

  • 4 guests

  • 1 Double bed

Amenities

  • Kitchenette

  • Patio

  • TV

  • Wi-Fi

Suspended amidst a grove of white oaks on a hillside overlooking the mountains around Asheville, this Airbnb Plus treehouse looks like something out of a fairy tale. You'll be surrounded by hiking trails with close proximity to downtown — if you can drag yourself away. With its sloping roofs, polished wood floors, and abundant natural light, the treehouse is a cozy sanctuary divided between a living room and kitchenette on the lower level and a double bedroom on the upper level. The living room offers a TV with Netflix and a rocking chair that overlooks the patio and surrounding mountains. There’s also another balcony off the bedroom. Added bonuses include heating, Wi-Fi, and free parking.

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09 of 09

Best Boat Stay: Wilmington Serenity II Motor Yacht

Wilmington Serenity II Motor Yacht

Airbnb

Bedrooms (2)

  • 4 guests

  • 2 Queen beds

Amenities

  • Kitchen

  • Wi-Fi

  • Roku TV

  • Free parking

The Serenity II is a Superhost-owned, 46-foot motor yacht moored at Port City Marina in the heart of historic downtown Wilmington. You can walk to nearby restaurants, shops, and galleries, or simply stay on board and enjoy the waters. The yacht has multiple decks, including an aft deck with a dining table, a foredeck for sunbathing, and a bridge deck with 360-degree views, a wet bar, and an ice-maker. When you step inside, you'll discover a spacious salon with reclining couches and a Roku TV. The galley has everything you need to self-cater in style, while both staterooms come with queen beds and en-suite bathrooms.

Want more help planning your North Carolina vacation? Check out our roundup of the best things to do in The Triangle.

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