Five Indiana AirBnB Getaways

A designer getaway in downtown Columbus

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As many Hoosiers work through another week of quarantining and social distancing, the views from home might be getting a little dull. Whether you want to distract yourself with daydreams of fresh scenery or are considering holing up in a new locale for a few days, Airbnb offers plenty of unique options only an hour or two’s drive from Indianapolis. Hosts are taking extra precautions with their cleaning procedures to ensure thorough sanitation after each departure. Alisha, a Superhost whose Columbus property is featured below, explains that these homes have a few advantages over a typical hotel stay. “Safety, sparkling cleanliness, and the ability to not have to interact with anyone seem to be a big draw of our home,” she says.

Vibe: Historic hideouts for a one-of-a-kind stay

Head north to Boilermaker Country and check into this beautifully renovated schoolhouse from 1887. Elston Schoolhouse #9 comfortably accommodates four guests, with two bedrooms and one bathroom. Its one-acre lot is surrounded by mature pine trees for a cozy country feel and all the breezy fresh air you could want. Each room features maps, photographs, and other significant memorabilia to immerse guests in the property’s history. Even though the original outhouses still exist on the land, don’t worry—modern decor and amenities blend seamlessly with the antique items for a snug, homey stay. $165/night

Prefer a southern drive? Built in 1872, this one-room church still features some original pews and furniture in a bright, whitewashed space in Bloomington. With one bedroom and one bathroom, it’s a great choice for couples or anyone craving some self-isolation without sacrificing aesthetics. Lake Monroe is close by, and the hosts provide suggestions for great hiking and local attractions in their house manual. IU is only 11 miles away, and the church provides a great respite after a full day on campus. A fire pit out back offers a relaxing spot to cap off the evening. $89/night

Located in Columbus—Indiana’s architectural mecca—this 137-year-old bungalow is only a couple of blocks from all of downtown’s must-see destinations. The home has been completely renovated into a stylish, midcentury-modern abode. Carefully curated decor delights in every room, from a gorgeous Eames lounge in the living room, to Thonet chairs in the dining room, to the master bedroom with its quirky, original mural; Eames chaise; and cozy fireplace. The home can accommodate five and would be great for families, as the second bedroom offers two single beds and whimsical, imaginative decor. There are three bedrooms and one bathroom. You’ll have to tear yourself away from the home’s charms in order to explore everything Columbus has to offer. $118/night

Vibe: Secluded outdoor oases to rest and recharge

Want to explore all that Brown County has to offer, but rustic isn’t your style? For those seeking some fresh air therapy in surroundings that still pack a visual punch, this home offers an open floor plan with modern finishes. Orange is the accent color of choice, perfectly suiting the property with fun touches—the vintage-style stove and refrigerator share the cheerful Starburst-candy hue. The color reappears in the outdoor furniture, popping against the blue gray siding. With one bedroom and one-and-a-half bathrooms, it’s perfect for a weekend getaway. You still get the coziness of a wooded retreat, but one that’s refined by stylish, high-end textures and handsome furniture. Start your day with a cup of coffee and birdwatching on the front porch and move to the back deck in the evening to observe the wildlife at dusk. $200/night

If you’re craving a classic cabin-in-the-woods experience, look no further than this brand-new log home that’s only 10 minutes from Nashville. Though close to town, its heavily wooded lot gives a sense of tranquility and seclusion. Inside, the décor is cozy and inviting—think plenty of buffalo check and snug quilts on every bed, with farmhouse style lighting and finishes. If you have a larger family or group, the cabin can accommodate eight guests, with four beds and two-and-a-half bathrooms. Thanks to extra amenities like a wrap-around porch (complete with rocking chairs), spacious hot tub, and firepit, you don’t have to leave the property unless you want to. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, don’t fret— everyone can hunker by the fireplace and enjoy a cozy evening inside. $221/night