8 Design-Friendly Airbnbs You Can Safely Drive to From Los Angeles

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8 Design-Friendly Airbnbs You Can Safely Drive to From Los Angeles

Thanks to COVID-19, many of us have been spending far more time at home than we're used to, and while there's a lot to love about quality time in your abode, after a while, even the biggest homebodies can start to get cabin fever. Traveling to a faraway land for fun will likely be off the table for many of us for quite a while, but that doesn't mean you can't scratch your travel itch.

If you live in Los Angeles, now is the perfect time to book a cool Airbnb and take a little road trip to the fun places you've been meaning to visit, like Joshua Tree, Palm Springs, and Malibu. Of course, when you do so, you'll want to make sure you take extra precautions to keep yourself and others safe. Airbnb has taken extra measures to ensure cleanliness for new arrivals, but you can help limit errand runs at your destination by bringing your own groceries and getting food and alcohol delivered upon arrival. You should also consider booking a place with a pool or one that's close to cool hiking trails or the beach, so you don't need to go far for some refreshing, safe fun.

The following Airbnbs check all of those boxes and then some, offering safe, rejuvenating retreats that are just a drive away from L.A.

Joshua Tree

Featured on a variety of design publications for its flawless, boho-chic aesthetic, this two-bedroom, two-bath house is also right near Joshua Tree National Park. But given the inviting beauty of the home, complete with a stargazing porch, mountain views, and cozy fireplace, you'll be hard-pressed to leave. Guests are also treated to plenty of amenities, including free WiFi, smart TVs, a fully equipped kitchen, and bathroom essentials.

Our pick: Casa Joshua Tree, $124/night

Palm Springs

This three-bedroom, two-bathroom Palm Springs getaway features inviting, midcentury-inspired decor as well as stunning views of the San Jacinto Mountains. Inside, you'll find a fully equipped kitchen, including the option for a pre-filled quarter keg, as well as smart TVs and plenty of closet space. But you'll have a hard time staying inside given that the home also features a spacious backyard, complete with a pool and jacuzzi, providing the perfect atmosphere to unplug and unwind.

Our pick: Modern Desert Getaway, $267/night

San Diego

Guests at this beachside retreat in San Diego can rest peacefully knowing that their host goes to great lengths to clean and sanitize everything in the home. And what a home it is. The two-bedroom, three-bath dwelling completely nails high-design, desert minimalism and comes with little luxuries, like free WiFi, a full kitchen, and thoughtful design details, including a handmade dining table and sliding barn doors. Even better, it's just a block away from the beach, so you can enjoy healing, ocean vibes on the daily.

Our Pick: Beach Retreat, $306/night

Santa Barbara

With its chef's kitchen, including a six-burner stove, cozy fireplace, and charming backyard patio, this newly renovated Santa Barbara home is an ideal spot for a mini vacay. Plus, it comes with three Google WiFi routers, offering super-fast internet speeds, making it particularly great if you're planning to get work done during your time away. And because no vacation is complete without some delicious grub, you're also walking distance from a ton of different restaurants that can offer you killer takeout options.

Our pick: Downtown Santa Barbara Retreat, $297/night

Malibu

Speaking of the ocean, this Malibu bungalow is literally feet away from it — as in, you can just hop over the patio and put your feet in the sand. In addition to the unbeatable location, you'll also get amazing amenities, like Egyptian-cotton bedding, a smart TV loaded with Netflix, HBO, and Amazon Prime, and multiple decks, allowing you to fully take in the breathtaking views. Oh, and the home comes with a real wood-burning fireplace, fully solidifying this dwelling's status as a perfect getaway.

Our Pick: Waverly's Over the Water, $450/night

Calabasas

This gorgeous Calabasas cabin is located minutes away from opportunities to hike, surf, and picnic, including just 15 minutes from the Malibu Pier, but given the views you'll be greeted with from your very own patio every day, it will be tough to leave. The cozy one-bedroom, one-bathroom studio makes for a great romantic retreat or solo retreat, and it comes with all of the essentials for a comfortable stay, like WiFi and cooking basics.

Our Pick: Mountain Studio, $119/night

Big Bear

This sweet hideout is an ideal destination no matter the season. The cabin features a modern-meets-rustic design, and comes with all kinds of little comforts to keep you happy during your stay, like a Swedish fireplace, smart TVs, a soundbar, and WiFi. Outside, you can kick back a few drinks around the deck's fire pit or take a relaxing soak in the new hot tub. It's also dog-friendly and features more than 4,000 square feet of outdoor space for you and your furry loved one to run around.

Our Pick: Honeycomb Hideout, $182/night

Paso Robles

This tiny house is big on style, featuring a mix of wood and concrete accents that give it a uniquely cool vibe. It even comes with a built-in climbing wall that allows you to climb up to the third-floor loft (of course, you can always take the stairs, too). Nestled on 10 acres near the 101 freeway, this quaint, Paso Robles abode also has a lovely deck, an outdoor fireplace, and free WiFi for all of your internet needs.

Our Pick: Coyote Ridge Tiny House, $116/night


Kelly is a full-time freelance writer, aspiring aerialist, and passionate interior design enthusiast. She's a regular contributor to design-centric publications like Apartment Therapy, The Spruce, and TexasLiving Magazine.

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