Lovebirds are opting for local rentals this Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and what better way to get cozy with your beau than with a romantic date that doesn’t involve transfers to the E train, TSA or canceled flights?
New Yorkers received the memo, according to Airbnb research. They found that more people than ever are opting for second homes and short-term rentals within driving distance of their homes.
“We’re seeing a surge in stays within 200 miles or less – which is basically a tank of gas – with locals rediscovering all that’s new and romantic within their radius,” spokesperson Haven Thorn said. from Airbnb, who noted that the platform also orchestrates romantic experiences like a couples photoshoot in Minnewaska State Park (boxed above).
To help you score a home for the hottest winter day of the year at Uber-ing distance from your decidedly unromantic studio, we’ve rounded up some of the most beautiful love nests on the market right now. .
Luxury Farmhouse Catskills, New York
If “gentle cascading waterfall” sends romantic chills down your spine, and if the words “built-in wood-fired pizza oven” warm your heart, then this luxury farmhouse nestled in Eldred, NY in the Catskills is sure to help you ignite that spark.
The five-bedroom, three-bathroom home (above) has huge floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook a secluded grove of pine trees.
Other features include a master suite with a plush king-size bed, exposed beams with a fireplace, a bathroom with a hand-chiselled Italian marble sink from the 1700s, and a veranda that overlooks a babbling brook.
Valiant Valentine’s Farm costs between $1,338 and $2,602 a night.
Zen Lake House Xcape, New Jersey
What’s better for a Valentine’s Day getaway than a hot tub nestled in an all-glass room overlooking a lake?
Zen Xcape, a private getaway in northern New Jersey that describes itself as having “the rustic charm of a contemporary American lake house, the simple elegance of an Asian-inspired spa, and the sleek style of a loft New Yorker”.
The three-bedroom home boasts panoramic water views, a five-burner stove, and, who could forget, a sunroom with hot tub. The house is perched on Wawayanda Mountain and offers breathtaking views.
This lakeside love nest will cost you an average of $299 per night.
Water Forest Retreat, Connecticut
Love, like water, is deep.
If you’re drawn to nature, the Water Forest Retreat (right) in Norwich, Connecticut is a great option. Make yourself comfortable in “The Octagon,” a yurt for adults that contains nothing more than a bed and a cozy electric fireplace.
Who needs TV or Wi-Fi when you can look each other in the eye and the driftwood chandelier with “fairy” lights, seashells and crystals on the ceiling? The only problem is that the bathroom is in the form of an outbuilding. So prepare for cold and dark encounters with the unfamiliar wilderness if nature calls. The chance to have your partner’s undivided attention costs $120 per night.
High-flying treehouse, Connecticut
Relive teenage love fantasies at this grown-up treehouse at Bluebird Farm in Willington, Connecticut.
Perched two stories above the ground, tickling maples and oaks on this 40-acre farm and animal sanctuary, this one-bedroom, one-bathroom treehouse will win you over with its rustic charm- chic. Make yourself comfortable by the fireplace or on the memory foam mattress.
Cooking a meal is probably out of the question, with a small kitchenette and not much legroom, but take advantage of the expansive grounds, including a gazebo, country store, and farm animals. Note that no matter how much body heat you conjure up with your lover, it may not cover the winter cold. Homeowners warn that water pipes tend to freeze and there is no guarantee of heat.
The treehouse starts at $129 a night.
Absence makes the heart grow fonder
If getting away from New York City — and the tri-state area — is priority #1, but international flights are getting you down, here are two domestic options on the sexy other side of the country.
Love is like a rock, California
A rock-hard exterior and a soft, private interior – that’s what this mid-century California desert ranch offers. If you’re willing to fly in from the East or live in the West, this unique and inherently romantic getaway is worth considering.
Along with stunning views of the Joshua Tree Forest, the luxurious two-bedroom, three-bathroom home features a hot tub, wet bar, and vintage vinyl to set the mood. To keep warm on those cold desert nights, if your love isn’t heating up the scene enough, take advantage of the elegant Malm fireplace erected on the property.
The rock abode will cost you between $1,074 and $1,650 a night.
Amber Grain Fields, Montana
If making love from the innermost cogs of a Midwestern farm silo or harvesting grain fulfills a lifelong fantasy, this home is it. Even if the cylindrical pieces of metal don’t immediately scream romantic getaway, these metal silos salvaged from Montana’s big sky are a one-of-a-kind luxury getaway you won’t soon forget.
The “rustic and modern” style gives you the feeling of camping in Big Sky Country, but with the amenities you expect for a luxury stay. Silos feature “camping-chic” interiors, exposed beams, mid-century furnishings, and a king loft bedroom with high-quality cotton linens.
The chance to live as a sexy farmer will cost you more than a wave of grain, starting at $1,475 a night.