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7 Mind-Blowing Airbnbs For The Ultimate Iowa Staycation

With so much stunning scenery and slick cities like Des Moines, it’s never a bad time for an Iowa staycation. The state has lots to do and see, as well as some world-class restaurants.

These locations are all high-end Airbnbs which are ideal for large groups, families or a couple’s getaway.The best part is that once you divide the cost of the house between a group, it works out as a super affordable alternative to hotels and resorts.

All you have to do now is round up some friends and get ready to enjoy the ultimate Iowa staycation in one of these beautiful Airbnbs…

Best Airbnbs in Iowa

1. The Clemens Mansion- Conrad

The Clemens Mansion is a luxurious French estate, that has an incredible historic story that dates back to the early 1950s.

This multi-million-dollar private home was constructed in the 1970s. Today, the notable estate is being re-branded by the Mossman family.

The interior boasts eleven bedrooms, a state-of-the-art kitchen, Italian white marble fireplaces, an oak dance floor, and a 48,000-gallon heated indoor swimming pool, cinema room, basketball court.

This rental is ideal for special occasions, family get-togethers, weddings, anniversaries, you name it! The property sleeps 16+ guests and the average nightly cost is $1150.

2. Jailhouse Inn- Elkader

Spend your vacation at a historic jailhouse, built 150 years ago to house Clayton County’s most dangerous criminals, the recently renovated 5,000+ square foot limestone mansion sits on 3 stunning acres overlooking the rolling hills of Elkader.

Guests will have access to the gourmet kitchen, scenic patio overlooking the valley, and of course everyone’s favorite: the cell block!

The spacious suites are similar to that of a 5-star hotel with luxurious beds and spa-like bathrooms. This historic jailhouse can sleep 16+ guests and the average nightly rate is $700!

3. Shoreline- Carter Lake

This three-level house is located on the canal of Carter Lake across from the Shoreline Golf Course, a true golf lover’s dream!

The outdoor space has a travertine fireplace and an 8 seater hot tub recessed into a wood deck, gas grill. The lower level leads to a fenced lawn that runs to the canal. There are two docks and a patio overlooking the canal.

For colder evening, snuggle up in the cinema-style room that boasts a 10-ft. projection screen. Perfect for movie nights!

This modern home costs $1,125 per night and sleeps 14 guest. Ideal for a private getaway with family or friends.

4. Country Cabin- Cumming

Constructed in 1920 this beautiful log cabin is situated at the start of Madison County Covered Bridges Scenic Byway and features 2 rural country acres of space and a wonderfully remodeled home with loads of character and style.

During the day hunt for morel mushrooms in the wooded area, taste the fruit from the two apple trees and a pear tree in the front yard, and watch all of the different types of wildlife.

Spend the evening with friends or family gathered around the large fire pit and private deck, or head on over to the Iowa Distillery or the Cumming Tap for some great local spirits!

This cabin sleeps up to 7 guests and the nightly rate is $115.

5. Rural Coon Rapids Cabin- Bayard

Surrounded by Whiterock Conservancy’s wilderness, this rustic 2,320 Sq Ft home is inviting and homey.  Just minutes away the town of Coon Rapids.

You’ll have plenty of space to gather with loved ones in this 6-bedroom, 4-bath cabin featuring 2 kitchens, a spacious deck, and a stunning forest view.

Get ready for rememberable evenings with a group of family or friends. Sit outside on the large deck that has beautiful forest views, charcoal grill, and fire pit.

The inside of this home doesn’t skip on luxuries either from the authentic log-cabin architecture, double-sided wood-burning fireplace, at-home library to the tastefully furnished loft. The nightly rate for this rental is $216 and it can sleep 16+ guests.

6. Fun House- Waukee

Situated on an acre in the heart of the west burbs, with over 4000 square feet of living space this home is packed full of fun things to do.

There is an outdoor hot tub, a huge deck and a half-acre backyard, a chef-quality kitchen, and another kitchen downstairs (in the party room with a bar). theater room, ping pong, pool table, and video games.

Perfect for events, bachelor/bachelorette parties, or entertaining large groups. This property is private and secluded yet it is only 5 to 10 minutes from anywhere in the Des Moines area!

This ‘Entertainment Mecca’ sleeps 16+ guests and it will set you back $699 per night.

7. Raspberry Hill- Ames

Nestled on 73 wooded acres on the edge of Ames, this beautiful home is perfect for a get together with family or friends.

There is a beautiful pond on the property. You can enjoy walking through the woods on mowed trails, or just relaxing on the patio. There are plenty of outdoor activities to do. This property is private and secluded yet only 4 miles to Jack Trice Stadium and Hilton Coliseum.

Downstairs, families can enjoy the pool table, watch TV in the family room, or play games around the card table.

This property is available for events, such as; hosting a party, reception, corporate event, or meeting. The nightly rate for this home is $990 and sleeps up to 15 guests.

Planning on spending some time in the state? Check out the best road trips in Iowa here.

Siobhan McKenny
Siobhan McKenny
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