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10 Best Airbnbs in Nebraska for a Midwestern Getaway

by Kristen Arendt
Updated October 07, 2021

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If you’re trying to plan a trip to the Midwest (and really, you should), don’t overlook the prairies and dunes of Nebraska.

The state is packed with natural attractions, historic sites, and hip city scenes well worth exploring.

With Nebraska’s many miles of rivers and rolling countryside, you can find places to hike, paddle, bike, hunt, fish, and birdwatch to your heart’s content. And if that weren’t enough, it’s one of the more affordable states in the U.S. – many airbnbs in Nebraska start at well under $100 per night. So pack your hiking shoes, pull off I-80, and spend some time poking around the Cornhusker state. It’s got plenty to offer for a weekend away.

1. Midtown Carriage House

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Why you should stay: A snazzy retreat with lots to do in the neighborhood.

  • Location: Omaha
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $75/night

This bright and funky private carriage house, whose claim to fame was once being featured on “Tiny House Hunting,” is the perfect blend of quirkiness and functionality. The spiral staircase and rustic finish of the upstairs bedroom give your stay some memorable personality. In summer, you can kick up your feet and crack open a beverage on the shared deck, complete with a large couch, dining area, and grill.

The property is in a quiet neighborhood of Morton Meadows. From here, you’re a quick drive from the shops, restaurants, and bars of the Blackstone District. Or you can head into downtown Omaha for a stop off at the Old Market, Durham Museum, the botanical garden, the zoo, or one of downtown’s other prime attractions. Sure, it’s one of the best airbnbs in Nebraska, but it’s trendy enough for Brooklyn or San Francisco.

“Great place with wonderful proximity to so many wonderful restaurants and coffee shops. We loved our cozy stay!!”

Josie, Maxwell, NE
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2. Gorgeous Tiny House

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Why you should stay: A decked-to-the-nines tiny home on a stunning property.

  • Location: Ponca
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $218/night

This elegant and modern tiny house is anything but tiny in its offerings. With everything from a fully-decked out kitchen with a full refrigerator and two loft beds to a full-size jacuzzi and outdoor fire pit, this tiny home delivers big on both indoor and outdoor spaces. And just take a look at that dreamy interior.

You have your choice of lounge spaces, too, from a comfortable tiny living room to a raised deck overlooking the fields and forests of the 80-acre property. Take a stroll to Powder Creek with your fishing rod or bring your canoe or kayak for a paddle on the lake. If you want to head out for some hiking or mountain biking, nearby Ponca State Park has over 22-miles of trails to explore.

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3. Sheah Blue Vineyard – The Corn Crib

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Why you should stay: Sleep in an over-100-year-old corn silo.

  • Location: Crab Orchard
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $150/night

You’ve never seen a cool crib quite like this one. This renovated silo once housed corn, but now serves up delightful overnight stays as part of Sheah Blue Vineyards. Though the interior is simple, it has everything you need. Plus, you’ll likely find that you want to spend most of your time outside exploring the vineyard’s beautiful grounds.

The rural vineyard has a 34-acre private lake where you can fish or stroll along the shore. Bring a camera for the sunsets and wildlife. In the evenings, put your feet up around the fire pit in front of the lake. Dogs are welcome if you want to bring Fido along, and there’s even a fenced-in outdoor area where they can play with the host’s dog.

“Breathtaking beauty, relaxing, calm atmosphere tucked away in the hills of southern Nebraska.”

Daniel, Elgin, NE
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Additional Read: The 10 Best Cabin Rentals in Iowa for a Weekend Away

4. Stubby Acres Bunkhouse

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Why you should stay: Bunk up at this renovated ranch from the 1930s.

  • Location: Paxton
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $87/night

This tiny bunkhouse is the perfect getaway if you’re looking for a peaceful escape in the Nebraska countryside. You’ll feel like a kid again (or an old West ranch hand) as you relax on the bunk beds and in the delightfully rustic interior. Stubby Acres Farm is in the scenic Platte River Valley, and you can enjoy the rolling hills and big sky on a walk around the property or from the shade of the hammock next to the bunkhouse. It even includes a mouthwatering breakfast of scones, soufflés, and more.

Head up the country lane to the small town of Paxton to stop off at the grocery store, library, two restaurants, or coffee/gift shop. If you want to plan a day out, head up the road to Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area for boating, fishing or swimming. Or take a drive into historic North Platte for a stop off at the Fort Cody Trading Post, the Prairie Arts Center, or the Cody Park Railroad Museum.

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5. Lazy Oaks Glamping

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Why you should stay: Countryside camping with all the upsides and none of the hassle.

  • Location: Plattsmouth
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $70/night

If you’re in search of a back-to-nature experience that still has all the comforts of home, Lazy Oaks has you covered with this delightful glamping stay. The canvas tent comes decked out with a comfortable queen size bed and full electricity. You even have access to a hot outdoor shower. For a small added fee, you can have breakfast or dinner delivered to your door. And don’t forget the s’mores for the fire pit.

Enjoy the scenery from the Adirondack chairs on the front deck or head out for a walk to see the Lazy Oak’s 11 acres and working vineyard. You can take a short drive into the nearby town of Platteville to see the historic sites, or if you’re feeling more adventurous, head out fishing, hiking, or wildlife spotting at the Schilling Wildlife Management Area, a 1,500-acre preserve located at the confluence of the Platte and Missouri Rivers.

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6. Colorful Midtown Historic Home

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Why you should stay: Space for the whole family, plus some.

  • Location: Omaha
  • Sleeps: 7
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $99/night

Whether you’re looking for an extended staycation or a quick weekend getaway for your family, this spacious historic home has all the trappings to make you feel like you’re at your home-away-from-home. The beautifully renovated house feels decadent but has functional touches like a large office and a delightful backyard patio space.

The house is in a quiet neighborhood but is minutes from midtown and downtown Omaha, where you have your choice of coffee shops, restaurants, museums, shops, and bars. If you’re looking to stretch your legs and get some fresh air, nearby Elmwood Park has several short nature trails, a public pool, and a golf course. Take note of the price – at under $100 a night for seven guests, it may be the most affordable airbnb in Nebraska.

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7. Bellevue Lakehouse

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Why you should stay: Lakefront living with your own private beach.

  • Location: Bellevue
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $129/night

Tucked in a quiet neighborhood just north of the Platte River, this lakehouse is the perfect getaway for a peaceful retreat. The bright and open floor plan gives you a view ofd the lake from nearly every window, and the back patio is made for lounging, with plenty of sun and sand at your disposal. If you thought Nebraska didn’t have beaches, think again.

You can bring your canoes, kayaks, or stand-up paddleboards to take full advantage of the private lake. Or talk to the host about renting a pontoon boat for the afternoon and bring the whole family (and a cooler full of refreshments) along. This hidden gem is about a 15-minute drive from downtown Omaha, so you can easily plan a day out on the town, or not. You might find that a weekend on the water is all the vacation you need.

“Beautiful picturesque lake house! Big windows that open up to the lake, perfect size for couples or a small family.”

Brandon, Junction City, KS
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8. The Barn

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Why you should stay: A rural retreat in the heart of the countryside.

  • Location: Humphrey
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $106/night

Looking for a place to slow down and get away from the daily grind? This barn-inspired guesthouse is a quaint and quiet place to spend a weekend or more. It may look like a traditional red barn from the outside, but on the inside, you’ll get modern amenities like a full kitchen to an exercise room. So don’t worry: you won’t be living like a farm animal during your stay.

Though the barn is a good bit off the beaten path, the peaceful countryside and middle-of-nowhere feel add to the charm. Take a stroll on the dirt country roads or put your feet up to watch the sunrise and sunset. You’ll be glad you slowed down to soak in the scenery. Many airbnbs in Nebraska are affordably priced but this one is hard to beat at under $18 per person per night if you pack the house.

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9. Blackstone Industrial Loft

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Why you should stay: An upscale studio loft within walking distance of all things delicious.

  • Location: Omaha
  • Sleeps: 3
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $90/night

You probably won’t believe that this completely custom, delightfully renovated loft was once a 1950’s industrial building. The interior is refinished with a modern, posh vibe that you wouldn’t expect walking up to the building’s brick exterior.

And for the times when you aren’t kicking back at the loft, you can walk to the Blackstone District, where you can enjoy fine dining, great shopping, delicious ice cream, and top-notch coffee. Take a walk or bike through the historic district or catch happy hour at one of the many bars or breweries.

“Amazing place. It’s so unique and gorgeous with everything you want. Lots of amenities and great snacks, too! The location is the best in Omaha.”

Brant, New York, NY
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10. The Tiny Nest

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Why you should stay: An affordable country stay with everything you need and nothing you don’t.

  • Location: Kearney
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $89/night

If you’re eager to try out minimalist living, this stylish tiny house will give you a taste of the tiny home lifestyle – be prepared to love it. With a tidy, cozy interior and a good-sized kitchenette, you can be sure your stay will be comfortable. Plus, you get access to a raised deck, fire pit, and a large yard with swings and a playground for the kids. Of the many airbnbs in Nebraska, it’s one of the more affordable, considering it sleeps four guests.

Just outside of Kearney, you can easily drive into town to explore the local shops, restaurants, and entertainment. Or stick closer to home and head out on foot or by bike to the nearby Kearney Hike and Bike Trail. Bird watchers who visit during March and April might get the added treat of seeing the sandhill cranes passing through.

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