Fellow bibliophiles, listen up! If you crave uninterrupted reading time in a scenic location on your upcoming vacation, we may just have your dream getaway mapped out.
If you’re the kind of traveler who brings at least one book with them no matter where they go, these 9 Airbnbs were designed for readers like you. From modern libraries with floor-to-ceiling bookcases to a literary great’s former writing studio, consider booking your stay at one of these dreamy, reader-oriented rentals some time.
Nantucket, MA: Literary Oasis on Broad Street
Situated above an indie bookstore, this luxury loft in the historic district of Nantucket is nestled into the middle of everything. It’s also only a few blocks away from the water. Grab a book from the wall library, settle in for some cozy reading, and then get out and about in this quaint island city. Or just overlook Broad Street from your second-story loft and escape the world for a while.
Houston, TX: Artist’s Library With a Private Swimming Pool
At this Airbnb artist’s library, dive into a great book then take a dip. Whether you’re looking to relax, read, or write the next great American novel, it’s designed with getting lost in your thoughts. In addition to the private pool and patio, the antique writing desk, and ultra-cozy couch, you’ll be conveniently close to restaurants, galleries, and shops. Guests who embrace the space’s creative spirit have even recieved oil painting lessons from the owner on occasion.
Los, Angeles, CA: The Laurel Canyon Retreat
Surround yourself with books, records, and a wood-burning fireplace while you stay at this chic and unique handmade house. You’ll find distinctive beauty everywhere you turn and be able to reach every book with a rolling ladder. When you’re ready for some fresh air, step onto the deck or patio of this stylish hillside home. It offers a truly unforgettable view of Laurel Canyon. You’ll also find various musical instruments here, including an upright piano. At this City of Angels hideaway, you’ll have the feeling of being tucked away from the world while still being close to West Hollywood and Beverly Hills.
Hartford, VT: Historic 1909 Library With Original Fireplace
Welcome to the oh-so-charming village of Quechee in Hartford. This quaint down boasts natural beauty, nearby hiking trails, and rich history. Hartford’s first library was originally built in 1909 and is often called “the dream fall or winter getaway” on Airbnb. Some of the most appealing original details include the original fireplace, hardwood floors, a clawfoot tub, and last but never least, a quintessential reading nook by the window.
Pacific Grove, CA: John Steinbeck’s Writing Studio
In need of some literary inspiration during your stay? Why not rent the studio where John Steinbeck wrote The Sea of Cortez during the 1940s? Functioning fully as a writer’s retreat, there’s a 30 night minimum at this historic landmark. It’s often said to be one of the most romantic literary love nests on Airbnb. Steinbecks’ studio has been remodeled with a “masculine and sophisticated, yet romantic feel” but the 1920’s architecture will transport you to the past in the most idyllic of ways. During spring, sit in the cozy courtyard and gaze at the lush garden. Or, visit during winter and catch the whimsical Monarch butterfly migration.
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Avis, PA: Old Church With 24-Hour Bookshop
Experience a bookshop the way it was always meant to be experienced: all by your lonesome for as long as you want. Near I-80, this unique Airbnb rental has a quiet room attached to an old church. But it’s been converted into a 24-hour access library/book shop. If you feel the urge to read at midnight, browse in total solitude until you find what you’re looking for and take it back to your clean, cozy room. This one’s also “within minutes of hiking, biking, and fly fishing in the beautiful Pine Creek Gorge or exploring Lock Haven.”
Eugene, Oregon: Treehouse Library Guest Suite
Eugene, Oregon’s main claim to fame is its stunning natural setting and endless outdoor recreation options. And if you’re planning a trip here, consider staying in this one-of-a-kind, book lovers’ treehouse. This treetop dream stay boasts wall-to-wall books, a rolling ladder, tons of natural light, a wood-burning fireplace, a hot tub, a deck, and a hammock. And the views are said to be storybook-level picturesque.
Napanoch, New York: Lidar West Cabin
Ready to get away from it all? This modern mountain cabin in the woods includes a stand-alone library. Known as “the Hemmelig Rom” (or the “secret room” in Norwegian), you’ll have your pick from hundreds of books donning the built-in shelves. You’ll also be free to explore the nearby trails, swimming holes, caves, and beyond. If you visit in spring or summer, be sure you say hi to the free-roaming chickens in the property garden.