The charm of the south is undeniable. From the pastel colored homes in Charleston to the sprawling plantations in Savannah, below the Mason-Dixon line you’ll find a slower and warmer way of life than in most of the northern states. If you’re looking for a break from big cities and busy travel itineraries, opt for a relaxing getaway to the Carolina coast or the Georgia farmland.
We’ve rounded up our 10 favorite quintessential and unique Airbnbs for you to check in to on your next trip down south.
Wadmalaw Island, South Carolina
If a getaway to the coast is more your style, check in to this Wadmalaw Island home that is registered and nationally recognized as an historic building. Both the home and the picture-perfect Grace Chapel, which also sits on the property, date back to the 1800s and have all of the same charm and intricate detailing that they had when they were first constructed. Guests can sip coffee on the front porch, which overlooks the water, before making the quick half hour drive south to Charleston.
Summerville, South Carolina
This adorable guest house is in South Carolina’s Historic Plantation District and is an easy drive to Charleston and the coast.The property is home to the often-Instagrammed beautiful old oak trees of the south, and guests have a view of the surrounding farmland and the owner’s flock of chickens that calls the land home as well.
St. Stephens Church, Virginia
In addition to the picturesque Virginian landscape, Travelers Rest Farm also boasts a piece of American history — George Washington slept there! The rural property has been hosting guests since the 1700s, when guests were traveling between Washington D.C. and Williamsburg. The farm offers guests the epitome of country living; relax in a hammock in the shade, or brush up on your horse riding skills around the property.
This Alabama property dates back to the mid-1800s and is a favorite rental for events and film productions. The quintessential southern plantation has a peach tree orchard, rocking chairs across the front porch, and beautiful magnolia trees. Everhope is just half an hour away from the University of Alabama, and the home is a favorite for Crimson Tide fans attending college football games.
5. Los Robles
The Georgian residence is aptly named for the large oak trees surrounding the property. Set in one of Savannah’s most historic districts, guests are able to walk around Thomas Square and the Victorian District. The architecture of the area is intricate and beautiful — including the Los Robles building itself.
How cute is this house? The little Yellow Door Carriage House is located on Talahi Island, a quick drive to downtown Savannah and the vacationers’ favorite Tybee Island. The home only sits on half an acre, but guests will share space with dozens of beautiful greenery including rose trees, banana trees, azaleas, and hibiscus.
Saint Simons Island, Georgia
Don’t let the self-deprecating name fool you, ITYLLDOO is a sprawling oceanfront estate perfect for a group trip. The Georgian property is located right on the ocean but also offers guests a pool, a huge grassy lawn, and a sun deck — truly something for everyone in your group. A quick walk across the street will take you to the Village, home to shops, restaurants, and popular nightlife haunts.
Asheville, North Carolina
The Gashes Fluss Haus, or River House, is just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in western North Carolina. The small home is over a century old, and the interior is a charming mix of whitewashed walls and overhead beams, minimalist furniture, and a small wood burning stove.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Just a short walk away from the French Quarter and bustling Magazine Street sits Little Orange, an 1860s historical shotgun house decorated with charming architectural details and quirky colors. Although the location is central, the neighborhood itself is quiet. Guests can wake up with coffee on the front porch, which overlooks the owner’s butterfly garden and Annunciation Square Park.
Nashville is the home of country music, and around every corner are glimpses of the city’s history. This adorable, historical Carriage House sits in the 12South neighborhood of Nashville and is a quick walk to shops, bars, and restaurants. Plus, the architecture of the cozy home combined with sunny windows and navy accents is an Instagrammer’s dream.