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9 Best Airbnbs in Maine for a Unique New England Getaway

by Lauren Melnick

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Boasting long stretches of coastline, delicious seafood, and towering pine tree forests, it’s not hard to see why nature lovers and foodies flock to Maine, the U.S.’s northeasternmost state.

Nicknamed Vacationland, Maine is a haven for anyone looking to swap their concrete jungle for gorgeous natural scenery and charming small town vibes.

With a thriving art scene, some of the best lobster you’ll ever taste, and show-stopping views, it’s not surprising that the state’s top-rated Airbnbs are all about whimsical decor, one-of-a-kind cabins from renowned architects, and secluded destinations that don’t skimp on comfort.

Make your time in Maine extra special by checking into one of the best Airbnbs in Maine. These homes all offer standout features, serve up incredible locations, and will give you an experience you can’t get from an ordinary hotel.

1. Cozy Timber-Frame Cottage

This charming home is one of the best Airbnbs in Maine
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Why you should stay: A cozy one-bedroom cottage in the woods with a firepit and furnished deck.

  • Location: Pownal
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 4 nights
  • Rates from: $229/night

Recharge and disconnect at this cozy timber-frame cottage in southern Maine. The secluded property is perfect for couples who want to get away from city life and escape to a quiet getaway in the woods.

Only a short drive from Bradbury Mountain State Park, you can spend your digital detoxing on a hike, horseback ride, or while watching the impressive hawk migration. If you need to go into town, Portland’s many delicious restaurants and attractions are only 20-minutes away.

Inside the cottage, you’ll find all the comforts of home like a luxurious king-sized bed, a fully equipped kitchen, complimentary toiletries, and incredible views of the woody landscape. Of course, the property’s standout feature is the outdoor firepit – it’s the perfect spot to gather and roast marshmallows while watching the sky for shooting stars. When it gets too cold, head inside and curl up in front of the fireplace with a good book and a glass of wine.

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2. Oak Island Wildlife Preserve

Oak Island Wildlife Preserve is one of the best Airbnbs in Maine
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Why you should stay: Escape to a private 23-acre island with panoramic views.

  • Location: Camden
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Rates from: $300/night

Oak Island is the ultimate rustic and pet-friendly private island rental, so it’s an obvious choice to add to this list of the best Airbnbs in Maine. Located off the coast, you’ll need to charter a boat to reach this remote, off-the-grid destination.

There are two cabins on the island with queen-sized beds, sofa beds and floor mattresses. The kitchens have everything you need to whip up a delicious meal, and solar energy powers the entire place. Fall asleep to the sound of the waves lapping at the shore and wake up to a spectacular sunrise.

Outside the cabins, you’ll find several miles of hiking trails, six beaches, and the 60-foot-high Parkers Peak – the best sunset spot on the island. If you’re feeling hungry, flag down a lobster boat, and dine on delicious fresh seafood on your private 10-foot deck.

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3. Diagonair

This modern Airbnb in Maine is perfect if you love modern art
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Why you should stay: A designer cottage with 12 acres of private woods and blueberry fields.

  • Location: Sedgwick
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $312/night

Located on a hill with spectacular views of Penobscot Bay and the Camden Hills, Diagonair is one of the best Airbnbs in Maine if you want a private oasis or are in search of a romantic getaway.

The 2,000-square-foot cottage is designed by a famous architect and is truly unique. Inside you’ll find two luxurious baths, one steam shower, a fully equipped kitchen, two gas fireplaces and a queen bed draped with luxe linens and pillows. The property features large windows that fill the rooms with light and make the second floor feel like you’re inside a chic treehouse. Stargaze from the bedroom balcony, and enjoy sundowners on the upstairs deck with a sunset view of Camden Hills.

Besides Diagonair’s impeccable design, it’s location lures nature lovers from near and far. Only an hour drive from Acadia National Park, you’re in prime position for a day trip to summit Cadillac Mountain, the park’s highest point. The area is fairly remote, so there are plenty of nearby places to stargaze with or without a telescope.

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4. Luxury Private Treehouse

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Why you should stay:  A rustic escape into the woods with a private sauna, whirlpool and firepit.

  • Location: Hancock
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $549/night

Retreat into the woods and spend a weekend tucked inside a luxurious, pet-friendly treehouse. The spacious 900-square foot property comes with all the amenities you need, such as a decked-out kitchen, a private sauna, fireplace, a massive deck, picnic area and an outdoor shower.

Centrally located near Bar Harbor, you’re only a 35-minute drive from Acadia National Park’s hiking trails. If you don’t want to venture too far away, the treehouse has direct access to the Down East Sunrise Trail. It’s the perfect location for hikers who want to reconnect with nature and hopefully spot moose, beavers, eagles, or whitetail deer.

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5. The Barn Retreat

This barn retreat is one of the best Airbnbs in Maine
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Why you should stay: A charming 18th-century renovated barn 12 minutes from historic Portsmouth.

  • Location: Eliot
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $153/night

The Barn Retreat on Silo Farm is a self-contained unit for travelers who want a unique Airbnb experience near the city of Portsmouth, Maine. The renovated barn comes with functional art elements and offers an excellent blend of rustic, reclaimed details and modern furnishings. Though the living space is small, it doesn’t feel cramped, even though it’s just 500 square feet.

Guests have the opportunity to help with farm chores like feeding the goats and collecting eggs, making it a wonderful escape for families with children or urban travelers seeking a taste of the rural life.

Only four miles from downtown Portsmouth and 15 minutes from the stunning beaches of York, you don’t need to travel far to discover some of the best spots in Maine.

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6. Coastal Maine Getaway

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Why you should stay: Secluded, modern house for a family getaway on the coast of Maine.

  • Location: Yarmouth
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $268/night

Wake up to a backdrop of tall pine trees in an ultra-modern four-bedroom house in Yarmouth. Situated between Portland and Freeport, this Maine getaway is the perfect place to basecamp while exploring some of the state’s top attractions.

A quick 10-minute walk gets you downtown, where you can explore Yarmouth’s coffee and restaurant scene. You’re also a stone throws away from several nature preserves and recreation areas, making it a great place to travel for a fairly socially distanced vacation.

Back at the house, the fully-stocked chef’s kitchen is modern and features all the amenities you need to enjoy your stay. This is one of the most modern Airbnbs in Maine, so it has appeal if you’re looking for Airbnbs in Maine with intentional and somewhat minimalist design.

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7. Waterfront Home

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Why you should stay: Isolated 100-year-old home inside Acadia National Park.

  • Location: Mount Desert
  • Sleeps: 7
  • Minimum stay: 7 nights
  • Rates from: $764/night

With a rugged coastline, dozens of hiking trails, and the dramatic chasm of Thunder Hole, Acadia National Park is a haven for adventurous travelers.

This waterfront home within the park gives guests the unique and rare opportunity to experience the park in a way most people never get to see. It boasts three bedrooms, an open living room, and most of the walls facing the water are glass, offering up exquisite views of the landscape.

After a long day of hiking, mountain biking, or kayaking, unwind in the private swimming rocks, watch the sun dip below the horizon from huge deck and look out for shooting stars while huddling around the fire pit.

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8. The Dock House

The Dock house is one of the best Airbnbs in maine if you like unique properties
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Why you should stay: A whimsical pet-friendly retreat offering stylish comfort right by the ocean.

  • Location: Machiasport
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 4 nights
  • Rates from: $217/night

Looking for one of the best Airbnbs in Maine’s Downeast? Base yourself at this ocean view cottage in Machiasport, Maine. Located midway between Acadia National Park and Canada, you’re in prime position to explore the state’s stunning natural beauty. Explore some of the best nearby hiking trails or spend the week antique shopping, grilling fresh lobster on the deck, or dining out at the renowned Helen’s restaurant.

The Dock House is tastefully decorated with nautical-themed art and designs and mid-century decor.

Massive windows fill the house with light, giving you beautiful views of Holmes Bay and Long Point Nature Reserve. But what makes the Dock House unique is its mini-home, the Lobster Boat Library. Connected by a boardwalk, it’s a great space to hang out and listen to records, read a book, or watch a movie.

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9. The Westside Studio

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Why you should stay: Romantic, historic Portland studio apartment with relaxing hot tub and walking distance from Old Port.

  • Location: Portland
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Rates from: $200/night

Spend a romantic weekend away in the coziest city in America. The Westside Studio is a historic property with high-arched ceilings, hardwood floors, and marbles fireplaces.

But the star of the show is the hydromassage hot tub on the patio. Order in some takeout, grab a bottle of wine and use the privacy curtain to escape into your own world.

Located only minutes from the city center and Longfellow Square, the Westside Studio is a fantastic option for travelers who want to explore Portland on foot. Wander around the streets and visit the Portland Museum of Art, indulge your taste buds at the city’s award-winning, James Beard nominated restaurants, or hop on a ferry to Chebeague Island for a day trip.

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