10 unconventional Arizona staycation rentals


With most of 2019 in front of you, maybe part of your resolutions this year include trying new experiences, taking a unique vacation, Arizona staycation or staying somewhere besides a traditional hotel. If so, these Arizona vacation rentals are more than worth looking into.

Whether you’re going as a couple or with the family, here are 10 unconventional Arizona staycation or vacation rentals filled with character and tranquility that will take you away from the every-day routine, and immerse you in a new experience or Arizona staycation you won’t forget anytime soon.

The Nest Tiny House

Where: Phoenix

Maximum number of guests: 3

Feedback: 102 5-star reviews

Why not stay in a tiny home for your next staycation? Don’t be fooled by the name, The Nest Tiny House in Phoenix is a smartly-laid out rental that can comfortably accommodate 3 guests with 2 beds and 1 bath. Enjoy minimal living in the spacious loft, the wall of windows, DIY decor and local art displayed inside the home. Located in the Coronado Historic District in Phoenix, it’s just minutes away from restaurants, coffee shops and vibrant downtown Phoenix. Check out their website for more detailed information.

A-frame cabin

Where: Flagstaff

Maximum number of guests: 4

Feedback: 402 5-star reviews

When you want to get away from it all, this quaint A-frame cabin in Flagstaff located on 1.5 acres will provide a perfect place for tranquility. Bordering the Coconino National Forest, the 755-square-foot functional cabin offers breathtaking views of the mountains and forest. With 2 bedrooms and 3 beds, you can enjoy the cabin and the outdoors with access to backpacks, a lantern, cooler, telescope, firewood, and food in the kitchen. Although there’s no air conditioning, cable/satellite tv and no internet, you won’t miss them as you discover adventures outdoors or keep yourself entertained with a TV, Blu-ray DVD player, Xbox 360, board games and books.

Stargazing capsule

Where: Sedona

Maximum number of guests: 2

Feedback: 110 4.5-star reviews

We can almost guarantee you haven’t seen a vacation rental like this before. The stargazing capsule in Sedona allows you to view the stars with completely unobstructed views and see Chimney Rock, Thunder Mountain and Coffee Pot Rock in all their glory. Hiking trails, restaurants and a grocery store are within walking distance too, so if you’re planning on going during winter, pack warm clothes as it’s not insulated, but they offer heating pads and warm hats for your convenience.

Shipping container bike shop apartment

Where: Phoenix

Maximum number of guests: 2

Feedback: 345 5-star reviews

Although this may not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about a vacation rental, this bike shop container apartment will be a one of a kind experience. This container used to be full of bicycle parts and tools; but has since been transformed into a 1 bedroom, 1 bath apartment. Outdoor space includes an outdoor shower, dining table and seating, or you can venture out into the heart of downtown Phoenix and discover historic and cultural gems on Roosevelt Row.

Airplane house

Location: Phoenix

Maximum number of guests: 2

Feedback: 241 4.5-star reviews

An airplane house. Yes, you read that right. This house is built around a 1964 Piper PA-28 Cherokee airplane and features underground construction in Phoenix. This cozy space is enough room for two guests, and you’ll have access to the backyard which is shared between four total Airbnb units and all guests share one outdoor shower/bathroom. You can also explore the nearby Downtown Arts District with the included bicycle.

Rainbow house

Location: Sedona

Maximum number of guests: 4

Feedback: 175 5-star reviews

The Rainbow house — named after the many colors: various blues decorating the outside and the orange, red, purple and blues on the walls inside this home — has majestic views of Sedona. This 2 bedroom, 1 bath solar powered house is in the heart of Sedona with views of the infamous red rocks. Just minutes from trailheads in Sedona and close to restaurants and shops, you can enjoy dining and browsing shops and go back and relax in your retreat filled with organic coffee, tea, and fruit, along with organic linens and a private bamboo deck with a grill.

Loft at Arcosanti

Location: Mayer

Maximum number of guests: 3

Feedback: 295 5-Star reviews

Your senses will be on overload at The Loft at Arcosanti. The urban design experiment which was started in 1970 by Italian-American architect Paolo Soleri, is full of entertainment and sights to see. The Arcosanti Loft is a distinct architectural feature of Arcosanti — the space is a “light scoop” with a lofted area opening to a wide window that illuminates the rest of the space; a circular window frames the view of the desert mesa. You’ll also have full access to the public spaces on site including the seasonal pool, cafe, library, hiking trails, music room and architectural features.

On The Water In Havasu

Location: Lake Havasu City

Maximum number of guests: 4

Feedback: 31 5-star reviews

If the water is always calling your name, then On the Water in Havasu is your paradise. The 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom retreat is located on the island in Lake Havasu City in Sam’s Beachcomber Resort, take in lakefront views on a deck with private stairs to the water. You can also relax on the deck with speakers to listen to music as you enjoy the waterfront view on an outdoor couch, lay down lounger or table, cook meals on the BBQ/ grill and a private buoy in front of the property. You can also utilize the newly renovated clubhouse with pool, spa, horseshoes and game room.

My Sedona Place

Location: Sedona

Maximum number of guests: 7

Feedback: 131 5-star reviews

Make yourself at home at My Sedona Place, a 1,500+ square foot dome-shaped rental with three bedrooms, two baths, along with skylights, a fully-equipped kitchen and a patio to admire the Red Rocks, Cathedral Rock and Thunder Mountain. Located on more than half an acre in West Sedona, this rental is close to shopping and restaurants, and you can explore the beautiful scenery while hiking through Carroll Canyon or Buddha Beach. Retreat to this rental in Sedona and in your down time, watch TV, Blu-Ray or DVD, or cook on the BBQ grill while enjoying spectacular views.

Restful Roost

Location: Mount Lemmon

Maximum number of guests: 10

Feedback: 48 5-star reviews

Described on their Airbnb page as a “Quintessential Log Cabin Nestled in the Soaring Pines,” this rental has everything you want or need for a memorable getaway: great views, quiet, and a spacious layout that will please everyone. Bring the whole family or a group of friends for this rental — with three bedrooms, 2 baths and 7 beds, everyone will easily fit. The 2,000-square-foot log cabin is on Mount Lemmon at an elevation of 7,815 feet and surrounded by pine trees. You’ll be in bliss while you relax by one of the two wood burning fireplaces, stargaze through skylights, and rest in a sleeping loft with unobstructed treetop views. You can cook in the fully-equipped kitchen, enjoy the views on the large deck or watch TV or a DVD after exploring outdoors.





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