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The 10 Best Airbnbs in Leavenworth, Washington

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Visiting Leavenworth, you’ll feel as if you’ve somehow transported to Bavaria.  Sitting on the eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountains with its rocky backdrop and dramatic peaks, this charming Washington town looks like it could be in the European Alps.

That’s exactly what inspired the town’s conscious transformation into a Bavarian village in the 1960s. It’s been a thriving tourist destination ever since. Leavenworth has something in every season for to give you a taste of Bavaria, although the vibrant foliage and festivals of the fall make that a personal favorite for many.

Because it’s a special town, you should make sure you pick one of these airbnbs in Leavenworth that are also special – you don’t want to stay in a chain hotel when everything else on your trip is unique. These airbnbs will be ideal bases for exploring Leavenworth’s many delights.

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1. Peaceful Cabin

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Why you should stay: One of the most spectacular views in the PNW.

  • Sleeps: 14
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $506/night

As the name belies, this peaceful cabin is the place to book if you’re looking for total tranquility (and an incredible view.) Perfect for a large group, there’s plenty of room for the whole family, cousins, and maybe a few friends, too. It’s removed from the road, so you won’t even see the neighbors. It feels like one of the most remote airbnbs in Leavenworth, even though it’s a short drive downtown. But while you’re here, expect to see few neighbors (although you might see some of the local bears.)

It’s in a secluded setting on a four-acre hill, but Leavenworth is just 1.5 miles away. After a day enjoying the attractions in town or an outdoorsy exploit of your choosing, you’ll love coming back to relax in the big hot tub.

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2. ZayLy Lodge

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Why you should stay: A lux dream home on the Wenatchee River.

  • Sleeps: 14
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $945/night

ZayLy Lodge lies just 100 feet from the Wenatchee River, close enough to hear the peaceful sounds of the rushing water and go right from whitewater paddling to evening hot tubbing. It has easy access to town as well. It’s a great basecamp for a float trip since you can simply float your way home from the starting point. It’s one of Leavenworth’s best airbnbs for families with little kids since the home has a high chair, dinnerware, and a Pack ‘n’ Play.

“Unbelievable home, view and accommodations. The bedrooms were so comfortable and a huge plus to each have their own bathroom. Taylor was so responsive and helpful and made our stay perfect. A perfect Airbnb!”

Tammy, Seattle, WA
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3. The Nest

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Why you should stay: A lofted living space in the mountains outside of town.

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $204/night

The Nest is just a 25-minute drive north of Leavenworth, in the woods adjacent to the Wenatchee National Forest. It’s technically in the town of Plain, although there’s nothing plain about this rental. From here, you’ll have easy access to the mountains, Lake Wenathcee, and even private hiking and mountain biking trails bordering the property. The area is also great for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in the winter.

The space itself is a modern apartment on the second floor, with large windows showcasing the forest to make you feel like you’re in a treehouse (hence the name.) It’s a bit remote, and you’ll need 4WD in the winter for the driveway, but your reward is a peaceful setting and stunning surroundings.

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4. The Octagon House

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Why you should stay: A budget-friendly and creative cabin just outside of town.

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $126/night

The Octagon House isn’t your typical cabin in the woods. It has unique architectural features that are equal parts impressive and cozy, like a two-story river-rock chimney and warm wood-paneled walls from floor to ceiling. If you’re here in the winter, you can even go sledding on property (you can pick up a sled at a store in town if you forgot your own.) Day trips are easy as town is just about 20 miles away. It’s one of the most affordable airbnbs in Leavenworth for four guests.

“The Octagon house was an amazing value and a lovely charming house. With Unique architecture tucked into a cute neighborhood it was a perfect spot for a family weekend get away.”

Jason, Seattle, WA
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5. The Barn at Colaba

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Why you should stay: A cute studio barn close to downtown.

  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $195/night

Just 1.5 miles from town, The Barn at Colaba is an ideal option if you plan to spend most of your time in town (perhaps sampling Bavarian-style food and wine for the weekend?) It’s just far enough away to provide plenty of tranquility and has a secluded deck next to an aspen grove and fabulous mountain views. You’ll love having your morning coffee outside in the fresh, crisp alpine air.

The studio cottage is attached to an historic barn, shaded by an oak tree, and while it doesn’t have a TV, it’s the perfect place to reconnect with nature. There are lots of special extras included, like breakfast, chocolate, and wine. If you’re here in the winter, complimentary snowshoes are available for use so you can access the river trail nearby.

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6. Camp Howard

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Why you should stay: An architectural wonder equidistant between Leavenworth and Steven’s Pass Resort.

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $347/night

Located 20 minutes from Leavenworth and 25 minutes to skiing at Stevens Pass, Camp Howard sits on five acres of ponderosa forest in the Cashmere Hills. With a fire pit and barrel sauna just steps from your door, you’ll have plenty of opportunities for relaxation. The scenery is the focus of this minimalist-meets-alpine-modern home, so expect floor-to-ceiling windows, natural color schemes, and plenty of outdoor living space.

“This was one of our best AirBnb experiences! The cabin itself was gorgeous with floor to ceiling windows and relaxing natural views from every room.”

Sabrina, Seattle, WA

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7. Lake Wenatchee Lakefront Cabin

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Why you should stay: A private beach, complimentary kayaks, and a waterfront deck.

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $299/night

If you’re looking for an airbnb in Leavenworth that offers waterfront views, well, this lakefront cabin is ideal. You’ll be on Lake Wenatchee, with your own dock and 100-foot stretch of private beach. You also have skiing at Steven’s Pass Resort in one direction and downtown Leavenworth just 20 minutes the other way, so it’s centrally located no matter what you plan to do.

Winter or summer, the surrounding views will make you feel like you’re in a wooded wonderland, but it’s not exactly camping – you get a bit of luxury with items like complimentary kayaks, a sauna, a hot tub, and beds perfectly positioned to take in the views. It’s dreamy PNW escape.

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8. Hansel Creek Treehouse

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Why you should stay: The only treehouse in the Leavenworth area (on a stream, no less)

  • Sleeps: 3
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $165/night

This unique treehouse stay couldn’t be more charming. It’s built above a babbling stream and just 15 minutes from Leavenworth and a short walk from the Alpine Lakes Wilderness trailhead. You’d be hard-pressed to find an airbnb nearby that offers more tranquility; you can fall asleep to sounds of the water and wake up to views of endless greenery. And you won’t have to miss out on your morning coffee as it includes a coffeemaker, locally roasted coffee, and mugs.

“Beautiful touches in the treehouse. The sound of the creek and the fire pit with s’mores – complete magic.”

Matthew, Seattle, WA
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9. The Shedd

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Why you should stay: A great choice if you want to walk to the village but still have green space.

  • Sleeps: 3
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $194/night

Don’t worry, The Shedd isn’t going to be anything like your typical garden or tool shed where you’ll have to bed down next to shovels and rakes. Sure, it started life as a shed, but was transformed by the architect owner into a cozy rental within a short walking distance to the village. It includes 800 feet of living space, complete with a small kitchen and dining nook, bedroom, and bathroom.

It has a wonderfully romantic vibe, backing up to the wilderness with lots of windows to provide fresh air, natural light, and fabulous views of both Tumwater Mountain and Icicle Ridge. You’ll have a Smart TV for watching Netflix and Amazon, a wood stove, and lots of thoughtful amenities like coffee, milk, granola, yogurt, and fruit.

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10. Tranquil Haven

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Why you should stay: Large, chalet-style cabin with a highly rated host.

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $242/night

This stunning chalet-style cabin offers a peaceful setting just five minutes from Lake Wenatchee and 20 minutes to either Leavenworth or Stevens Pass. Spread over 2,500 square feet, it offers plenty of living space indoors and out, including a huge wrap-around sundeck. The hosts have thought of it all, from a welcome bottle of wine to triple shower heads in the largest bath.

“Plenty of space for everyone to be together or go off and find a quiet place to read and relax. There were even two spots out the front door for the kids to sled.”

Gina, Snohomis

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