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Due to the continued spread of the novel coronavirus, many are considering alternative ways to travel this year.
Airbnb private home vacation rentals remove interactions with other guests, which promotes social distancing, especially in remote mountain retreats.
We combed Airbnb for cozy listings in Upstate New York to include top-rated cabins, cottages, and barns and highlighted policies related to COVID-19.
Our picks are within three hours of New York City and range from $88 to $370 per night to start.
Read more: Everything to know about vacation rentals, including the best booking platforms, COVID-19 safety info, and the best places to go in the US

New York is a year-round destination. Winter is a magical wonderland for skiing and outdoor sports, spring and summer are breaths of fresh air with ample hiking, kayaking, and swimming; while fall attracts visitors who come to savor the fall foliage and crisp climate. 
For those seeker travel options due to the novel coronavirus, Upstate New York offers wide-open spaces that make it easy to practice social distancing while spending time outdoors.
And if you’re wondering if travel is safe, experts consider private vacation homes, such as those on Airbnb, as one of the safer places to stay, especially when compared to hotels. This is because you are often booking an entire home protected from interaction with others.
Airbnb also announced rigorous new procedures including the Enhanced Cleaning Protocol, which all hosts must now follow. Hosts may also choose to go a step further and opt into a Booking Buffer, which enforces a vacancy period between stays.
Of course, without a vaccine, there is no firm guarantee with regard to safety. It’s crucial to follow guidelines and advice from organizations such as the CDC and WHO, and practice safety measures including wearing a mask, washing your hands, and maintaining social distancing. Additionally, consider your own level of risk, and whether you’re traveling from or to a hotspot, so as not to increase the rate of infection.
To ensure homes are the highest level of hygge, we set the following search parameters:

Airbnb listings are for the entire home in line with current expert recommendations.
With affordability in mind, the homes are priced between $88 and $283, with the exception of one splurge-worthy property that still comes in under $400.
All are highly rated Airbnb listings in Upstate New York with a review score of 4.7 or higher, and explicitly list new COVID cleaning policies.
Properties are unique and encourage coziness with fireplaces in lodgings such as cabins, cottages, chalets, and more.

Most will require a car. However, if you’re that kind of New Yorker who doesn’t own one, or never puts their license to use, don’t let that come between you and a crackling fireplace. Car rental deals are always available, and experts also advise that renting one in a pandemic is largely safe. For further guidance, we rounded up the best car rental companies here. 
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Slanted cabin in Hudson, $88

Book this slanted cabin starting at $88 per night
While the outside is certainly eye-catching, this woodsy tiny home is special on the inside, too. The design is minimal, with a wood stove and lofted sleeping area.
Set on 20 acres, the location is rife with hiking trails, Catskills views, and is about 15 minutes from lovely Hudson, NY, known for high-end antiques and innovative food and drink. But when you return to the cabin, expect to be entirely off the grid. There is no electricity or running water, and the bathroom is actually an outhouse.
This home has just a few days left in November and December with plenty of availability starting in January.
Rating: 4.95Drive from NYC: 2:40
COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb’s Enhanced Clean program, meaning the host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.
 
Cabin in Preston-Potter Hollow, $150

Book this cabin home starting at $150 per night
This two-bedroom ranch home oozes rustic charm. Ther outside is incredibly scenic, made up of seven rolling green acres with a dock perched over a koi pond. There’s even a small golf area.
Inside, a wood-burning stove is surrounded with timber wood walls, mounted antlers, and alpine-inspired decor. There’s also a full kitchen, two spacious decks with a grill, and provided binoculars to watch for wildlife or take in leaf peeping in fall.
There is plenty of availability starting in December and beyond.
Rating: 4.98Drive from NYC: 2:30
COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb’s Enhanced Clean program, meaning the host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.
Octagon house in Hunter, $153

Book the octagon house starting at $153 per night
Situated on Papillon Lake, this octagon-shaped house is located near skiing in the winter, swimming and kayaking in the summer, and is flanked by sure-to-impress fall foliage. The private deck with Adirondack chairs makes for an impressive perch overlooking the lake.
While the design feels like a traditional mountain lodge with wood, stone, and timber-infused decor, modern updates include a large Italian-style rain shower, colorful tribal print accents, a kitchen equipped with a French press coffee, plus a smart TV. 
There are a few scattered days left over the next few months, with nearly every day open beginning in March. 
Rating: 4.97Drive from NYC: 2:30
COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb’s Enhanced Clean program, meaning the host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.
One-room schoolhouse in Forestburgh, $200

Book this former schoolhouse starting at $200 per night
A one-room schoolhouse from 1837 was restored with painstaking care while paying homage to historic roots. Those chalkboards aren’t kitsch, they’re actually originals.
Other atmospheric elements were updated to feel modern and chic, such as mason jar light fixtures, farmhouse kitchen, lofted sleep area, and a subway-tiled shower. Restaurants, antiques, and hiking are all minutes away, but if you really need to recharge, the hosts can book in-home massages. 
This listing is widely available starting in December.
Rating: 5.0Drive from NYC: 2:30
COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb’s Enhanced Clean program, meaning the host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.
Waterfall carriage house in Saugerties, $207

Book this waterfall carriage house starting at $207 per night
This dreamy listing dates back to 1903 and is directly overlooking Cantine Falls. Ideal for couples, the lofted upstairs sleeping area features a Queen-sized bed and fluffy down duvet — but be aware there is limited headroom due to the pitched roof.
Downstairs you’ll find a spa-like bathroom complete with a walk-in shower, a tall wooden dining table, a comfy gray couch, and a large TV. The lovely backyard features a deck with string lights, a gazebo, a grill, and a fire pit.
This home has limited availability until March, but check back since dates are subject to change.
Rating: 5.0Drive from NYC: 1:55
COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb’s Enhanced Clean program, meaning the host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.
Victorian townhome in Coxsackie, $228

Book this Victorian home starting at $228 per night
Beautifully restored, this 1880s Queen Ann Victorian is a great option for those who’d prefer to be closer to town. It’s 20 minutes to Hudson – convenient for those arriving by train.
Bright and light, the minimalist palette features an Art Deco-era kitchen and hints of mint green. The superior look isn’t accidental; this listing is an Airbnb Plus verified home, which means the hosts are pros at taking extra care to provide a well-kept space. With two bedrooms, there’s plenty of space to relax, namely the porch rocker, fenced-in garden, or in the living and dining areas next to the piano and gas-burning stove.
Availability is wide open starting in December.
Rating: 5.0Drive from NYC: 3 hours
COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb’s Enhanced Clean program, meaning the host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.
Streamside cabin in Phoenicia, $228

Book this streamside cabin starting at $228 per night
This chic cabin is a dreamy oasis set alongside a tranquil stream that can be heard from inside the home. It’s certainly alluring based on the scenery alone, which includes a riverfront deck,  outdoor fire-pit with Adirondack chairs, a BBQ grill, and an indoor gas fireplace, but we love the clean, minimal interiors that look plucked from a magazine.
Highlights include a subway-tiled spa-like bathroom, a serene living room with a record player and leafy plants, a queen-sized bedroom, and a farmhouse-inspired full kitchen.
Availability is scattered until December when it opens up significantly. 
Rating: 5Drive from NYC: 2:15
COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb’s Enhanced Clean program, meaning the host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.
Converted container home in Saugerties, $232

Book this container home starting at $232 per night
With a wood stove, fire pit, twinkle lights, a writing desk, and a kitchenette, this is the exact kind of place you’re likely envisioning to get away from it all. The record player and kerosene lanterns only add to the appeal.
Fashioned out of a converted 20-foot container, this mod cabin is set next to a 30-foot waterfall and on 20 acres of wilderness. There’s also a stone deck, grill, yoga platform, and hammock. The cabin is pet-friendly, and while accommodations seem largely deluxe, a few features tend toward rustic with a compost toilet, gravity-feed water, and large cooler rather than a fridge. Additionally, in the winter the wood stove is the only source of heat so be sure you are comfortable managing it. Hike the Catskills out the back door. Availability is quite limited until March 2021 but check back often as it is subject to change. This is also the kind of unique stay that may be worth booking early now for the spring and summer season.
Rating: 4.85Drive from NYC: 2:30
COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb’s Enhanced Clean program, meaning the host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts. 
Modern mountain home in Halcottsville, $240

Book this mountain home starting at $240 per night
Nestled into a private road surrounded by 10 lush acres is the so-called SPACECRAFTX 1, a single-wide trailer transformed into a stunning home lined with walls of glass sliders framed by forest trees and mountain views.
The decor is luxe, akin to a stylish boutique hotel, and an expansive deck is flanked by a Japanese rock garden, flower beds, and outdoor seating. With one queen bed and one double, the space is great for a couple or small family and is even pet-friendly.
Availability opens up beginning in January.
Rating: 4.93Drive from NYC: 2:40
COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb’s Enhanced Clean program, meaning the host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.
The ‘Cubhouse’ in Bearsville, $245

Book the ‘Cubhouse’ starting at $245 per night
Adorably named the ‘Cubhouse,’ this mountain cottage near Woodstock dates back to 1909 and was originally owned by a medicine woman in the early 1900s.
Enchanting details include an arched wooden door, a stone fireplace, and one bedroom under a vaulted ceiling. Witness wildlife visitors come to drink from a small pond, fire up the outdoor propane grill, or cozy up by the wood-burning fireplace before sinking into the hanging egg chair to gaze at the mountains
This home has a few days left in December and is wide open from January on.
Rating: 4.87Drive from NYC: 2 hours
COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb’s Enhanced Clean program, meaning the host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.
Cottage in Kerhonkson, $275

Book this cottage starting at $275 per night
Here’s a gem for groups that want to safely gather, away from crowds. There are three bedrooms, though the standout is the room with an adjoining tranquil terrace. Though, rest assured there’s plenty of other prime real estate, such as the open-plan living room with wood stove and rocking chair, farmhouse kitchen, and impressive deck. One of several five-star reviews shares, “The house is a wonderfully relaxing place to stay. At night, it was peaceful and quiet and dark — no streetlights, just stars!”
Availability is scattered until mid-January when most days become available.
Rating: 4.92Drive from NYC: 2:30
COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb’s Enhanced Clean program, meaning the host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.
Chalet in Windham, $283

Book this chalet starting at $283 per night
For a mountain getaway, this Catskills retreat sleeps 10 under rustic beamed ceilings. Your host even provides firewood and kindling; all you need to do is BYOS: bring your own s’mores.
The decor is midcentury modern meets rugged ski lodge with plenty of stone, wood, and brick accents. The farmhouse kitchen, spacious dining area, and King-sized master (one of three bedrooms) make this home highly livable.
Located near Windham and Hunter mountains, this lodge is usually booked solid in busy winter ski months; visiting before the ski resorts open is a great way to snag an otherwise elusive booking.
This home still has days available in November and December, though there is a five-night minimum stay.
Rating: 4.92Drive from NYC: 2:40
COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb’s Enhanced Clean program, meaning the host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.
Scandanavian barn in Germantown, $370

Book this Scandanavian barn starting at $370 per night
This airy and Scandinavian-inspired barn is a design lover’s dream stay thanks to its chic interiors that feature an all-white color palette. Impeccable details include soaring ceilings with wooden beams, floor-to-ceiling views overlooking the Catskill Mountains, and eclectic and vintage furnishings like a clawfoot soaking tub and a Victorian-style chaise. 
The home sits on 14 acres of open fields and walking paths right next to a pond, so enjoying nature is as easy as walking out the door. Within the hamlet of Germantown, its also just five minutes from Main Street where you can enjoy perusing boutiques or dining at James Beard-nominated Gaskins restaurant.
This home has plenty of availability starting in January.
Rating: 4.92Drive from NYC: 2:10
COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb’s Enhanced Clean program, meaning the host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.

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