Asheville, NC is the best city in Blue Ridge Mountains to stay, visit and explore. Not only are there incredible hikes and other amazing things to do in the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains, but Asheville itself is a must-visit destination.
Come here for the food (it has become a premier foodie destination); the beer (there are hundreds of local craft beers available to try); the music (it has a great live music scene), and the art (the River Arts District has dozens of galleries to visit). Don’t miss the nearby Biltmore Estate. George Vanderbilt’s 250-room French Renaissance chateau is still the largest private home in the U.S. And pamper yourself in one of the amazing Asheville spas.
Read my full list of the best things to do in Asheville and the Blue Ridge Mountains for more ideas.
After you decide to visit Asheville, you will need to decide where to stay. Blue Ridge Mountains cabins give you mountain seclusion with easy access to Asheville or you can stay in the heart of downtown and enjoy one of the most vibrant cities in Blue Ridge Mountains. Wherever you decide to stay, Airbnbs give you the best choices for the best price.
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Our pick for the best Airbnb in Asheville
We have reviewed and recommended 14 top Airbnbs in and around Asheville, but if you want to cut right to the chase, our top pick in Asheville itself is this Luxury Apartment with Mountain Views.
Why is it the best Asheville Airbnb?
You get the best of both worlds. This apartment has a great location downtown, but it is also a corner apartment on the tenth floor of a high-rise building with floor-to-ceiling wrap around windows, so it has incredible views of the surrounding mountains. It is spacious, stylish and chic.
Our pick for the best Airbnb Blue Ridge Mountains, NC
You don’t have to go far from Asheville before you are deep in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.
Our tip pick of Airbnbs in the mountains, but with easy access to Asheville is The Nook.
Why is The Nook the best Airbnb in the Blue Ridge Mountains, NC?
The Nook looks almost Scandinavian in its simplicity and sleek design. The entire tiny house has been handcrafted with incredible attention to detail and in alignment with the local ecosystem. There are several nooks at multiple mezzanine levels for sleeping, having breakfast, relaxing and drinking tea. There is even a swing inside the living room! Secluded in the mountains, it is a 15-miunte drive to downtown Asheville.
Best Airnbnbs in and near Asheville Comparison Guide
These quick reference tables are here to help you decide between different Asheville Airbnb/ Blue Ridge Mountains Airbnb options.
Airbnbs vary in terms of their type, price and guest ratings. To make it easier to decide between Airbnbs, the following table lists each place’s key features and location, so you can see at a glance the main benefits of each.
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A quick guide to booking an Airbnb in Asheville
#1 Types of Airbnbs in Asheville
There are several types of Airbnbs in Asheville. Which type you will choose depends on other factors listed below, but first, let’s take a quick look at the types of Airbnbs in Asheville.
Apartment Airbnb in Asheville, NC
Apartments range from luxury modern condos with floor-to-ceilings glass windows to urban chic lofts in converted warehouses or trendy studios. The apartments we have listed here are the best apartment Airbnbs in Asheville.
The best apartment for rent in Asheville is this Luxury Apartment with Mountain Views
Airbnb treehouse Asheville, NC
If you have always fantasized about staying in a treehouse, Blue Ridge Mountains have several top choices. These are either houses high on stilts surrounded by trees or cabins perched n the edge of a ridge, with trees from below growing up around them. Staying here will feel like you are perched high in the trees.
The best treehouse AirBnb in Asheville is this custom-built Fairytale Treehouse just 10 minutes from downtown Asheville.
Airbnb Asheville, NC cabins
When you think of a stay in the mountains, you are probably thinking of cozy cabins. Blue Ridge Mountains NC have plenty of tiny cabins, ranging from rustic one-room off-the-grid huts to modern eco-cabins with all the comforts of home.
The best AirBnb cabin (Blue Ridge Mountains) is the cabin at Little Pine Mountain
Tiny House Airbnb Asheville NC
Tiny houses are like cabins, but less rustic and more like a compact version of a regular house. They are typically marvels of creative engineering and design with all space maximized. Staying in one is a unique experience that makes your vacation extra special.
The best AirBnb tiny house (Blue Ridge Mountains) is The Nook
Cottage Airbnb near Asheville, NC
While cabins are much more common, there are also charming country cottages available,
The best cottage AirBnb in Asheville is this adorable cottage in the Blue Ridge Mountains just ten minutes from downtown Asheville.
Asheville is a convenient base for exploring the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. You may choose to stay downtown near the restaurants, bars and shops or in the hills, close to the trails.
Airbnb downtown Asheville, NC
Staying in downtown Asheville gives you walking access to the galleries, microbreweries, bars, restaurants and stores that give Asheville its unique atmosphere. If you rather be in the heart of things rather than up in the forests and mountains, then this is the best option.
The best AirBnb in downtown is Luxury Apartment with Mountain Views. It is a little pricier than other options, but has great views, welcomes pets and is pure vacation luxury.
Airbnb near Asheville, NC
It’s just a 10-20-minute drive from Asheville to Blue Ridge Mountains. If you are wondering where to stay in blue ridge mountains, there are plenty of adorable Airbnbs to stay in, many with mountain and valley views. From rustic off-the-grid cabins to sleep modern tiny houses, there is a range of options to choose from.
The best AirBnb near Asheville is The Nook. This handcrafted modern eco cabin is chic, eco-friendly, and incredibly beautiful. There are nooks nestled around the house for sipping tea, sleeping, and reading. There is even an indoor swing!
Price is affected by location, size and type of the Airbnb. A large house is obviously going to more expensive than a small apartment.
All of the places listed here meet Airbnb’s highest standards of cleaning.
# 5 Your needs
If you have a pet, then you will need to find somewhere that accepted them. If you have children, you will want a larger place with more bedrooms. If you want to save money by cooking yourself, you will need to make sure the Airbnb has a kitchen. If you on a romantic getaway, then you will want to find a wonderful romantic place to hole up in. I have listed many of these things here to help make your decision easier.
Romantic Airbnb Asheville, NC
If you are looking for a romantic getaway, Blue Ridge Mountains are a great choice. Seclusion, beautiful scenery, a fire (or maybe a hot tub), a cozy place to curl up together – we have found some great choices for you.
Pet friendly Airbnb Asheville, NC
Not all places accept or are well set up for pets. But there are places where your dog(s) will not only be welcome, but will have a safe space to run around and enjoy their vacation as much as you do or are in the middle of downtown Asheville with all the convenience of staying there.
The best pet-friendly AirBnb in Asheville is the same mountain cabin with hot tub (and fenced yard).
How to book an Airbnb in Asheville
It is really easy to book an Airbnb. If this is your first time to stay in an Airbnb, watch this short introductory video which explains the process.
Top reasons to stay in an AirBnB Asheville North Carolina
- More privacy. Some of the properties listed here are part of a resort or complex and have some shared facilities, but others are fully self-contained with private yards and BBQ areas.
- Cleanliness. All of the property listed have enhanced cleaning. This means that before you arrive, all surfaces are sanitized, the entire place is thoroughly cleaned using approved products and by cleaners wearing a mask and gloves. All lines are washed at a high heat setting.
- Self-contained and can self-cater. Having the ability to cook your own meals can save you money and mean that you can avoid crowded restaurants. Almost all of the places listed here have fully functioning kitchens.
- A more unique and authentic experience. There is a variety of places to choose from here. From a regular single-family home to a high-end resort – take your pick of the type of experience you prefer to enhance your vacation experience.
- Better value. Staying in an Airbnb is almost always cheaper than staying in a hotel or even a motel. So you get all of the convenience at a reasonable price.
Best Airbnb Asheville Downtown
We have listed three Airbnb in downtown Asheville NC in different price ranges:
Luxury Apartment with Mountain Views
Our first choice for the best Asheville NC Airbnb , this modern luxury apartment is in the heart of downtown Asheville, close to shops, restaurants, bars, galleries and breweries. In fact, the Bargello restaurant and District 42 bar are in the same building. Self-parking is available nearby and valet parking is also available for an additional fee. The apartment has 10-foot ceiling, a large living area and a king size bed. There are floor-to-ceiling windows with stunning views of the city and the mountains beyond.
Cool Condo in the Heart of Downtown Asheville
Another choice for the best Airbnb Asheville NC downtown, this mid-range self-contained condo is perfect for those who want to stay right in the middle of the action. One of the best coffee shops in Asheville is on the first floor the building and dozens of bars and restaurants are within easy walking distance.
The apartment has a cool modern décor with exposed brick, wood floors and concrete counter tops. There is a full kitchen, laundry and an outdoor balcony where you can sit and enjoy a morning coffee or evening cocktail. There is paid parking across the street.
Cute Modern Apartment in Historic Building
This budget-priced Air B and B Asheville, NC is the perfect combination of historic character and contemporary chic. The furnishings are modern and bright but the historic building used to house the Asheville Times and retains its antique vibe.
The apartment has dimmer lighting, a Smart TV and stainless-steel appliances. A private outdoor brick-walled terrace is perfect for coffee in the morning or a glass of wine or craft beer in the evening.
Best Airbnb Asheville Treehouse
There are plenty of cabins in the suburbs and hills around Asheville that are set among trees. However, these two places have that extra something special that makes them our top picks for the best treehouses in Blue Ridge Mountains.
Pisgah Highlands Hammock House
Our first pick for the best Airbnb Asheville NC treehouse is amazing as long as you are happy to rough it a little. The rustic wooden cabin is nestled in woods in the mountains and if you want a private getaway, this is the place. It is off the grid, which is not for everyone, but if you are happy to have a solar shower and separate bathroom, then you will LOVE the outdoor firepit and the awesome enormous hammock (large enough to walk on) suspended high in the trees and accessible by a platform and walkway from the cabin.
Fairytale, Custom Built Treehouse
Our other pick for the best treehouse Airbnb Asheville, NC is a fantastical jumble of rooms and floors. Built on stilts and surrounded by oak trees, this looks and feel like something out of a fairytale. Decked out with all wooden finishes and antique furniture, it has a kitchenette, full bathroom and a bedroom with a loft double bed and balcony.
Best Airbnb Asheville Cabins
There are plenty of cabins to rent in Blue Ridge Mountains and the choice can be a bit overwhelming, so we have handpicked the best cabins in Blue Ridge Mountains.
Modern Off-grid Mountain Cabin
This off-the-grid cabin in Blue Ridge Mountains, situated on a private 125-acre mountain top property, is perfect for those who want to get away from it all and the enjoy the secluded mountains, but don’t mind roughing it just a little.
The cabin is modern and comfortable, but being off the grid, there are some things to consider (see below). There are awesome hikes and swimming holes nearby, include a hike along a creek into the nearby Pisgah National Forest. Dogs are welcome and they will love this walk. The Blue Ridge Parkway is just 4 miles away. There is even a swing with epic mountain views. Downtown Asheville is a 25-minute drive away, qualifying this as a top Airbnb Asheville cabin.
The Cabin at Little Pine Mountain
This modern cabin sits atop a mountain in the woods, but is just 25 miles from downtown Asheville. It is one of the top Blue Ridge Mountains rentals in part because of the spacious deck where you watch the sunrise in the morning and enjoy stunning views over the valley below throughout the day.
This private, cozy Airbnb Asheville NC cabin is a place to come for peace and tranquility. It has natural wood interiors, a queen size bed, a small but functioning modern kitchen and full bathroom.
Secluded Riverfront Cabin
This cute Blue Ridge Mountains cabin, sitting beside two streams on top of a mountain with lovely views, is retro, rustic and romantic. There is a nearby hiking trail along the river, a charcoal grill on the deck and firepit down by the river. There are even books supplied so you can curl up by the fire and completely relax.
Best Romantic Airbnb Asheville, NC
Many of the places listed here are romantic (the secluded riverfront cabin and The Nook among them), but two additional top picks are highlighted here. One is downtown and one is a mountain getaway.
Vintage Loft on N. Lexington Avenue
Located in a former warehouse, with vintage furnishings and modern amenities, exposed brick and designer wallpaper, this loft apartment is the epitome of romantic urban chic. Comfy sofas and a king-sized bed add to the romantic appeal.
This romantic Airbnb near downtown Asheville, NC has a location in the trendy N. Lexington Avenue neighborhood that is hard to beat. There are restaurants, craft breweries, bars, galleries and stores right on your doorstep.
Mountain Cabin with Hot Tub
This is easily one of the most romantic cabins in Blue Ridge Mountains. In fact, it’s hard to imagine a place more romantic than this. A king-sized bed, private hot tub, large deck with a grill and stunning mountain views, and an outdoor firepit and an indoor fire place. You will never want to leave!
Best Airbnb Asheville, NC: Pet Friendly
Many of the properties listed here are pet friendly. Refer to the chart above for an overview. Our two top picks for a pet-friendly Airbnb in Asheville.
Mountain Cabin with Hot Tub and Fenced Yard
This place is not only romantic, but it is one of the most pet friendly cabins in Blue Ridge Mountains. Pets are not just allowed – they are welcome (though there is an additional $50 pet fee). There is a fenced yard so your dog(s) will be able to run around safely.
Luxury Apartment with Mountain Views
This may seem a surprising choice in the pet-friendly category, since you usually think of a cabins near Blue Ridge Mountains with plenty of space to run around. However, if you’d prefer to be in town rather than go for one of the cabin rentals Blue Ridge Mountains NC, then this wonderful apartment accepts dogs. You can drive out of town during the day and your pet(s) can get plenty of exercise then stay in at night while you go out.
Best Airbnb Asheville Tiny House
Tiny houses are a cross between a regular house, a cabin and an RV. They are houses shrunk into miniature, and are perfect for a couple, a solo traveler or a small family.
Arrowhead – Modern Country Retreat
This cozy modern cabin is the perfect size for an Airbnb (Asheville, NC) tiny house. Large windows and a sloped ceiling help create additional space, and the covered porch creates a lovely outdoor living space. It is set on 5.6 acres in the mountains, but is just 15 minutes from downtown Asheville.
The Nook – Handcrafted Modern Eco Cabin
Another top pick for an Airbnb tiny house rental Asheville NC, this is a modern marvel. Every aspect of it has been handcrafted with incredible attention to detail and in alignment with the natural ecosystem. And you can tell. Nestled in amongst trees, large windows, a sky high ceiling and even an indoor swing (!) make staying here a truly unique experience.
The place is named The Nook and has many cozy nooks, including a tea loft, a breakfast nook, an entertainment loft and a cozy sleeping area. It’s just 15 minutes from downtown Asheville, but is a world away. This is definitely one of the best places to stay in Blue Ridge Mountains.
The Roost – Rustic Longhouse in the Trees
Our other top pick for the best Airbnb tiny house, Asheville, is this adorable, rustic ‘roost’. Fashioned after an Iroquois longhouse, it has an arched roof framed with birch saplings. It has large windows to enjoy the sensational views, a hammock and a back porch suspended six feet off the ground, so you will feel like you are living in a treehouse. The Blue Ridge Parkway and Pisgah National Forest are 10 minutes away and Great Smokey Mountains National Park is just over an hour away.
Best Airbnb Near Asheville NC
Many of the properties we have listed are actually near Asheville, rather than right downtown, but we just wanted to mention one more nearby Airbnb because it is so good.
Adorable Cottage in the Blue Ridge Mountains
This beautifully decorated cozy cottage has two bedrooms (plus a queen-sized sofa bed). Relax in a hammock or a rocking chair on the porch. Enjoy the indoor stone fireplace or the outdoor firepit. It’s just a 10-minute drive from downtown Asheville, but you can join the Mountain to Sea trail from the backyard.
Which is the best Airb&b Ashville for you?
We rate all the Airbnbs listed here very highly – as do numerous satisfied travelers. To read more reviews, click on the links below each listing.
What the best Airbnb for your vacation is will depend on factors such as the size of your party, whether or not you have a pet, whether you want to self-cater, have a retreat in the mountains or be close to restaurants, bars and breweries in downtown Asheville, whether you are happy to rough it a little or looking for a luxury getaway, and amenities you are looking for. Whether you’re a couple looking to relax in the mountains, a family looking to self-cater and entertain the kids or a group of friends traveling together, we hope this guide makes the selection process a little simpler and faster.
Wherever you decide to stay, I hope this handy guide to selecting the best Airbnb in Ashville helps you have an incredible trip.
Have a fantastic time in Asheville and the Blue Ridge Mountains!
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James Ian has traveled to 82 countries and all 7 continents. He is passionate about experiential travel, i.e. meaningful travel that actively engages with the environment and culture. He helps people have similar experiences that involve active participation in activities and festivals; engaging with the local food and handicrafts through lessons and food tours; and interacting positively with environment by hiking, riding, rowing, diving and low/no impact animal encounters.