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Potatoes, Trains & Fire Towers: The 20 Best Airbnbs in Idaho

by Rachel Jorgensen

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Idaho: it’s more than just potatoes.

World-class mountain biking, hiking, skiing, river rafting, hot spring soaking, and so much more draw visitors to the state’s many national parks and forests. And Idaho is also home to the one of the most charming towns you’ll ever experience — Boise — which is quickly earning accolades for its nearly perfect blend of outdoor adventure and modern, small-city vibes.

No matter what your ideal vacation encompasses, you’re bound to love one of these Idaho Airbnbs. Check out the list below to find the perfect A-frame cabin, lookout tower, or even a giant potato for your next Idaho getaway. From in-town retreats to remote glamping experiences, this list has some of the best and most unique Airbnbs in Idaho.

1. Röra Haus

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Why you should stay: A modern mountain A-frame with floor-to-ceiling windows and forest views.

  • Nearest town: Garden Valley
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $161/night

Tucked away in mountains rich with world-class hiking, biking, and river rafting, Röra Haus is your stylish escape only an hour outside of Boise. Lounge on the large sectional and gaze out on the snowy mountains (with a crackling fire in the wood stove, naturally) or enjoy a summer evening by the fire on the outdoor patio.

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2. Forest Dream A-Frame Cabin

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Why you should stay: A rustic A-frame cabin perfect for escaping the city, unplugging, and connecting with nature.

  • Nearest town: Stanley
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $70/night

Located in the Sawtooth National Forest on the edge of a well-appointed RV park, this modern, dog-friendly A-frame is surrounded by seemingly endless outdoor recreation opportunities. There’s no bathroom in the home, but shared restroom facilities and showers are just a short walk away. Think of it like a grown-up summer camp bunk: all you need is a sleeping bags, camp stove, and pillow. While the home does have Wi-Fi, it’s not very fast, so be sure to download a movie to your laptop or iPad if you think you’ll want additional entertainment in the evenings.

“I really enjoyed this place for my stay in Stanley! Cute and quiet, very close to town and hiking trails. Felt like camping but with the comforts of a roof over your head and electricity and WiFi,” said Airbnb guest Rachel.

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3. Black Beauty

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Why you should stay: Tranquil cabin with elevated, 270-degree views of the surrounding mountains.

  • Nearest town: Tetonia
  • Sleeps: 5
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $152/night

A short drive from Grand Targhee Ski Resort, Jackson Hole, and Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, this centrally located, new-build cabin isn’t short on views. Since the open-plan living quarters are on the second level, you’ll be able to see for miles. Rustic and chic finishes create a cozy vibe while the high-end kitchen invites you to prepare meals during your stay – though the delicious restaurants of downtown Driggs are less than 10 minutes away.

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4. Le Petite Bijou

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Why you should stay: Luxurious four-season lakefront cabin with stunning wilderness views.

  • Nearest town: Sandpoint
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $218/night

With sunset views of Lake Pend Oreille, your own private dock, and exclusive access to nearly five acres, Le Petite Bijou is the serene lakefront cabin escape of your dreams. This one bedroom with a loft has all the amenities you’ll need, like a luxury outdoor bathroom, designer furniture, swinging day bed, and a wakeboarding boat available for rent. There’s also an outdoor firepit for you to use, conditions permitting. It’s one of the best Airbnbs in Idaho for guests who plan to ski at rugged and snowy Schweitzer Mountain.

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5. Studio 208

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Why you should stay: A minimalist-style studio and loft in the heart of Meridian.

  • Nearest town: Meridian
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $95/night

Complete with a meditation room, spiral staircase, and artistic slat wall, this clean and modern studio offers an inspiring escape in the heart of Meridian. Take a soak in the birthday styled bath, complete your work at the chic desk area, then head out into town for delicious restaurant options and events. The home is artsy and airy, and would be just at home in Brooklyn or downtown L.A. It’s definitely one of the best Airbnbs in Idaho for anyone who appreciates a minimalist or Scandinavian aesthetic.

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6. Bench Bungalow

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Why you should stay: A super-affordable bungalow centrally located above Boise.

  • Nearest town: Boise
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $75/night

Cozy industrial vibes greet you at this affordable bungalow with vaulted ceilings close to everything in Boise. It also has a stunning red-brick fireplace that serves as the centerpiece of the bright and modern kitchen.

You can easily get downtown in less than 10 minutes to explore the trendy city’s restaurants, stores, and events like farmer’s markets and concerts. Or, stay in an take advantage of the chef’s kitchen to prepare a gourmet meal for you and your guests.

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7. Grand Teton Cabin

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Why you should stay: Trendy, modern cabin walking distance from bars, restaurants, and shopping.

  • Nearest town: Driggs
  • Sleeps: 4 guests
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $149/night

Sometimes the best way to explore a new area is on foot. Fortunately, this small and modern luxury cabin is only blocks from downtown Driggs, so it’s one of the best Airbnbs in Idaho for travelers who like to stroll through new towns. But thanks to the splashes of color and incredibly thoughtful amenities, like heated bathroom floors for those chilly Teton winter nights, you’ll want to be sure to spend at least one night cooking and relaxing at home.

A bonus for skiers flying to Idaho: this home is walking distance from a Grand Targhee shuttle stop, so it’s one of the best Airbnbs in Idaho for visiting skiers who won’t have a car during their stay.

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8. The Bird Nest

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Why you should stay: A charming hideaway in a remodeled barn near Boise.

  • Nearest town: Boise
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Rates from: $95/night

This cozy nest looks out over a golf course, the city of Boise, and a rehabilitation center for injured and orphaned birds, creating a retreat that feels remote but is actually close enough to quickly run out in the morning if you’re out of coffee. A remodeled 1910 barn loft, The Bird Nest features french doors leading out to a deck, a fully equipped kitchen, and fantastic privacy. It also has nearly perfect reviews, garnering a very respectable 4.99 (out of 5) rating.

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9. I Bar Ranch off-grid cabin

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Why you should stay: Sleep in a western-style, timber-frame cabin that’s totally off-the-grid.

  • Nearest town: Challis
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $125/night

Wake up in a queen size bed in the Challis-Salmon wilderness at the I Bar Ranch Off Grid Cabin, a year-round getaway. This dog-friendly cabin offers a relaxing retreat and all of the outdoor recreation you can imagine right outside your front door. In the summer, recreation and river floating on the Salmon River are just a few minutes away. And it’s a haven for winter sports enthusiasts, especially if you’re into snowshoeing or cross-country skiing – and don’t forget about the nearby natural hot springs, either.

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10. A-Frame Cabin

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Why you should stay: Nostalgia meets comfort in this updated lakeside A-frame.

  • Nearest town: Cascade
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $140/night

This updated A-frame cabin with modern appliances still retains its original 1970’s-era charm, making it the one of the most ideal Airbnbs in Idaho for anyone seeking a nostalgic, lakeside retreat. Floor-to-ceiling windows light the open-concept living room, which has great views of Lake Cascade. and provide you with views of Lake Cascade which is only a short walk out the front door. Also in Cascade are local ice fishing and snowmobile outfitters, making it a great cabin for anyone who wants to give a new winter sport a try.

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11. Tiny House Oasis

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Why you should stay: Fully equipped, fully functioning tiny house with thoughtful outdoor amenities.

  • Nearest town: Boise
  • Sleeps: 3
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $99/night

Small in size but big on features, this tiny house is the perfect spot to unwind in the heart of Boise. The home has a stocked kitchen,  movie projector, hammocks, outdoor games, bikes, and a BBQ pit. There’s no microwave, but there is an oven, washing machine, and even a little office nook so you’re not stumbling over your suitcase. The home’s outdoor space is just as large as it’s indoor space, providing an ideal area for socializing into the night.

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12. Lake Fork Lodge

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Why you should stay: Custom-built luxurious log cabin near town with expansive country views.

  • Nearest town: McCall
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $284/night

A private hot tub and gourmet kitchen await in this log cabin surrounded by aspen trees and amazing country views. The cozy and rustic interiors will ensure you feel right at home, but if you’re itching to head into town, you it’s only six miles to McCall. Though the town is small, it has great restaurants, events throughout the year, and even it’s own multi-brewery Ale Trail.

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13. Crystal Peak Lookout

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Why you should stay: Fire lookout complete with sauna for adventurous couples seeking a deep-forest getaway.

  • Nearest town: Fernwood
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $200/night

With 4WD-vehicle-only access in the summer and winter calling for snowmobiles or a Vintage 1960’s Thiokol Snowcat, this fire lookout is truly an adventurous escape. The windows and wrap around deck offer incredible views of the surrounding 13 acres while the thoughtfully curated interiors provide a cozy haven. Its an actual fire lookout that once overlooked the mountains of Washington State, but has since been moved here.  Oh, and if you don’t have your own personal Snowcat, no worries — the host can arrange for a pickup to greet you in town, hot cocoa in hand.

“I think my favorite part was the sauna, bucket shower, deck, and throwing axes.” said Airbnb guest Cassandra.

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14. Yur-Treat

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Why you should stay: Remote yurt getaway at the base of the Teton mountains.

  • Nearest town: In Teton County
  • Sleeps: 4 guests
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $57/night

This simple but cozy yurt is deep in the mountains, surrounded by towering trees and plenty of hiking trails.  this dog-friendly yurt offers a cozy escape. This remote glamping experience can be enjoyed year-round, but be sure to prepare and plan ahead in cold weather – you’ll want to bring your warmest sleeping bag. The hosts provide firewood (but not toilet paper!) and there are two outhouses for guest use. Outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate this yurt’s proximity to Grand Targhee, Jackson Hole, and Grand Teton National Park.

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15. Sheepherder Canvas-Top Wagon

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Why you should stay: Rustic, mountain-side glamping experience at 5700’.

  • Nearest town: In Bannock County
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $92/night

Embrace your inner Basque sheepherder and spend a night in the Idaho wilderness in this high-end, canvas-top wagon. You’ll need to make a short hike to reach the wagon, but once you’re there, the solitude, sweeping mountain views, and comfortable memory-foam mattress make it all worth it.

Because it can get chilly at night, the wagon is only available in the summer. While snow may make you a bit chilly, rain is no problem: the canvas top is completely waterproof. As with most vintage wagons, there’s no Wi-Fi, so be prepare for some time off-the-grid.

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16. Western Saloon

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Why you should stay: It’s literally a Wild West saloon — don’t forget to B.Y.O.B.

  • Nearest town: Tetonia
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Rates from: $225/night

Wild-West buffs will never want to leave this western saloon. It’s loaded with suppressing luxurious amenities, including a pool table and saltwater hot tub — this is a one-of-a kind mountain escape. Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by Sophie, the resident dog, who likes to sunbathe on the deck while you enjoy your coffee, mountain views, and tranquility. The owner lives next door, but will still make sure you have plenty of privacy – it’s like your own one-horse town.

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17. Big Idaho Potato Hotel

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Why you should stay: A one-of-a-kind sleeping experience you’re sure to remember for years.

  • Nearest town: Boise
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $200/night

What better way to enjoy the potato state than by sleeping in a giant, six-ton potato? In addition to beautiful interiors and a customized silo-turned-spa-retreat, the property has an adorable jersey cow named Dolly to be your fuzzy companion during your stay. While here, don’t judge the Airbnb by its cover: while the outside is, well, basically a potato, the inside is bright and elegant, inspired more by Spanish and Moroccan design than spuds.

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18. Restored 1909 train car

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Why you should stay: Go back in time on 145 acres of forests and wheat fields with spectacular night skies.

Nearest town: Deary
Sleeps: 4
Minimum stay: 1 night
Rates from: $201 per night

The train car originally ran on the Washington Idaho & Montana Railway from 1909 until around 1955, and now, it’s available to sleep in. Aside from the cozy interiors, the covered porch – a recreated depot roof – allows for wildlife watching, sunset viewing, and relaxing. Fortunately, the restroom and kitchen in the car are both roomy and modern. This is one of the best Airbnbs in Idaho for anyone who loves American (or railroad) history.

“The car is filled with vintage memorabilia; the care with which it has been restored is obvious. The furniture was comfortable, and the overall experience was wonderful.” said Airbnb guest James

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19. Salmon Gypsy B&B

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Why you should stay: Wagons right on the river with unique and comfortable interiors.

  • Nearest town: Salmon
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $107/night

Styled to represent turn-of-the-century gypsy wagons, these self-contained waterfront wagons feature a queen-size bed, bathroom, and fully-equipped kitchenette – though the host makes a daily continental breakfast for the three wagons on property. Enjoy the outdoor fire pits and be sure to check out Goldbug Hot Springs, just two miles away. Be sure to pack out anything you pack in to help keep the springs clean and healthy.

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20. Camp Eagles Nest

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Why you should stay: Scenic three-level treehouse with gorgeous outdoor living on Lake Coeur D’Alene.

  • Nearest town: Harrison
  • Sleeps: 6 guests
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $324/night

This unique property with three levels, plenty of stairs, hammocks, beach chairs, and the perfect dock for jumping and relaxing – this Airbnb is a lakefront escape for the books. The boat house is where you’ll sleep, but no matter where you are on the property, you’ll always have fantastic lake views in sight. you’ll be greeted with stunning lake views and an experience you’ll be sure to remember.

Lake Coeur D’Alene is the second-largest lake in Idaho, so as you can imagine, there’s plenty to do whether you’re into boating, fishing, bird watching, or leisurely days spent floating in the sun.

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