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If you’ve tired of cozy log cabins and grown weary of bucolic cottages, perhaps you need to shack up in an A-frame or geodesic dome on your next vacation.
Geodesic domes made waves during the counterculture and “return to the land” movement of the 1960s and ’70s, appreciated for their faceted form and off-the-grid locales. Due to their spherical appeal, these dwellings have made a comeback in recent years, popping up on vacation rental sites.
The kooky A-frame, once thought of as a kitschy ’60s throwback, has made a return to popularity thanks to Instagram. These dramatically pitched-roof homes, usually found in forests where snow and rain and tree ephemera can slide off its steep silhouette, often come kitted out with windows aplenty, a front deck, and a sleeping loft.
Here are the 8 best vacation domes and A-frames you can rent right now. Each would make any architecture nerd, nature enthusiast, hippie wannabe, or geometry whiz feel right at home.
No need to trek out to Yosemite or beyond to stay inside an A-frame: This one, located just over the Golden Gate Bridge in the sparsely-populated hamlet of Inverness, sleeps up to six guests in four beds across two bedrooms. The rental also comes with two bathrooms, a large outdoor deck, kitchen, and wood-burning fireplace. If you insist, you can venture out to one of the nearby beaches or hiking trails. Don’t miss the light fixture created by San Francisco-based artist Windy Chien. $375 per night.
This petite geodesic dome was recently lauded as one of Airbnb’s most popular rentals. It’s easy to see why: Located in Aptos, this rental isn’t far from Santa Cruz, Monterey, or Carmel while being smack dab in the center of a redwood forest. The cabin features an upstairs bedroom, a bathroom, and a kitchenette. Ideal for between one and three guests. $130 per night.
With loads of wood accents and decor plus a hot tub, this A-frame would be the ideal spot for any wintertime holiday getaway or a summertime escape. This unit sleeps six and comes with a brick fireplace, a fully equipped kitchen with farmhouse sink, and a dining nook with benches. $170 per night.
Located on three private acres of hilltop, this ample dome measures approximately 2,400 square feet and comes with three bedrooms, two and one half baths, and sleeps six guests. In addition to oceanic views, this home—in yet another nod to the ’70s—also comes with a sunken living room. And if you’re thirsty, head to one of the nearby San Luis Obispo wineries. $325 per night.
Before hiking the mountainous terrain of nearby Yosemite National Park, crash in this exceedingly charming A-frame with a modern twist. The home can accommodate up to three guests inside an Instagram-worthy home that features high ceilings, wood interiors, and heaps of natural light. The deck comes is ideal for al fresco dinner under the stars. $297 per night.
Located in Cazadero—an adorable small town with two churches, a general store, a post office, a hardware store, and a fire department—this Sonoma County dome near the Russian River comes with plenty of amenities. On offer: a home theater and a private hot tub. It also features skylights for stargazing. Featuring two bedrooms and two bathroom, this rental sleeps up to six guests. There’s also a secret nook in the upstairs with a teepee for alone time. $225 per night.