If I know anything for sure, it is that vacations are wonderful. They take the part of my soul that has been tortured between the hours of 9 AM-5 PM and breath life back into it. They change me from a coffee-drinking drone that twitches at the sound of my phone buzzing to someone who enjoys the daytime. It’s a marvelous feat, and I can’t bear the thought of life without them. However, it’s no secret that getting to that point of bliss can be stressful.
First, you have to plan. There’s nothing that adds to 9-5 torture quite like reading through TripAdvisor forums when you get home. I’m not sure who out there is listening to people who have enough time on their hands for pages of advice regarding a vacation they don’t get to go on, but it’s not me.
Then, of course, you have to actually travel. Unless you can really knock yourself out with some meds, that part is going to be painful too. If you are flying, no doubt you will be sat next to a man who smells like airport food that has passed through a digestive tract and thinks it is acceptable to clip his toenails on the plane. Don’t worry; you can buy a $13 glass of wine that tastes more like vinegar to get you through it. And if you are driving – well, at least you will learn Taylor Swift’s latest song by heart.
But what about a staycation?! While staying in DC may not get you that cocoa beach brown tan, it can be all of the fun for none of the hassle. Wait – does a staycation mean you have to still talk to the neighbors? Will you need to clean your house before you can enjoy yourself? Not necessarily. AirBNB has some seriously sweet options in the area – perfect for a little rendezvous that isn’t too inconvenient. With an AirBNB, you can try out a different neighborhood, find a new favorite restaurant, make friends with your host and not feel pressure to go out and do things in a city you already live in. Instead, you can check out some cool real estate and eat Cheetos, bon bons and other vacation worthy foods in a strangers house. Here are some viable options:
Fits up to 4 people. Features 1 bedroom and 2 beds with a 3 night minimum stay.
This cozy apartment is perfect for a weekend getaway. With a spiral staircase, exposed brick and funky décor I have no doubts you could feel hipper than you really are for a few days. The place features a lofted bed with a skylight for stargazing, a bike for crusing around your temporary ‘hood and a ROKU with Netflix, Amazon Prime, HBOGO, Hulu and more. The owner has included recommendations for gluten-free pizza at Pete’s, cocktails at Room II and nachos at Meridian Pint. I don’t know about you, but a vacation where I don’t have to worry about how I look in a swimsuit and instead get to binge eat nachos, watch Netflix and stargaze without necessary movement sounds pretty ideal. Starts at $145/night
Fits up to 5 people. Features 2 bedrooms and 3 beds with a 3 night minimum stay.
This is a great place to feel swanky for a weekend. As a private 2-story penthouse with cool design, a private rooftop deck, balcony and Tempurpedic beds, this won’t disappoint. Meridian Hill Park is a four-minute walk, and the mall is only 2 blocks away. Does anything say R&R quite like a Target shopping spree? Starts at $299/night
Fits up to 6 people. Features 3 bedrooms and 3 beds with a 3 night minimum stay.
This is typical row home on the outside with a unique inside, located one block from Lincoln Park and 5 blocks from Eastern Market. Here you can explore the eclectic collection of artwork throughout the home’s three stories and enjoy a DC renovation that you didn’t have to go through the trouble of completing yourself. Starts at $350/night
Fits up to 6 people. Features 3 bedrooms and 6 beds with a 6 night minimum stay
Don’t let the owner’s home title fool you – there is much more to this house than great parking. The house is located on a quiet street in Capitol Hill, making it convenient to dozens of delicious restaurants. The summary boasts about a king sized bed, but if I rented this place out I’m not sure I would be able to justify spending 8 hours of sleep away from the gorgeous kitchen. Starting at $850/night
Fits up to 28 people. Features 10 bedrooms and 13 beds with a 3 night minimum stay.
Go big or go home – that’s how the saying goes, right? Well, why not do both? If you’re looking for a place to get crazy and money is of no concern, this is the perfect staycation rental for you. This 100-year old home rental is basically like having an entire boutique hotel to yourself and features bus acces to Columbia Heights Metro Station or downtown. If you can convince all of your friends to spend their money on a staycation with you, this is the place to do it. Starting at $1250/night
Fits up to 16 people. Features 6 bedrooms and 5 beds with a 1 night minimum stay.
If the last rental didn’t intimidate your wallet but you’d rather not be haunted by ghosts of DC’s past, this makes for an awesome AirBNB mansion alternative. In perfect staycation style, this house has all you need without ever leaving home. It features a heated pool, steam shower, ping-pong table, pool table, projector screen TV room, poker table, dartboard and more. The house is almost 6,000 square feet, so there is plenty of room for you to sob uncontrollably the night before you go back home. Starts at $1200/night