I’ve spent a lot of time in Airbnb’s over the last year. While there’s excitement in staying someplace new, moving through flat after flat gets repetitive. So when I need a mental refresher, I like to surf around for trendier architecture, like looking up the best Airbnb mushroom houses.
The pandemic definitely helped romanticize the cottagecore aesthetic, but an extensive 2009 marketing campaign from Airbnb initially sparked the trend of mushroom-like homes.
Why wouldn’t people be interested? Mushroom homes have cool designs and are often eco-homes — meaning they come with the chance to step outside modern convenience and live a bit closer to the Earth.
Whether you’re planning your next getaway or interested in unique architectural designs, you should check in on the world of mushroom homes. From chalets to cabins, tiny homes to grand abodes, these are some of the best fungi-focused Airbnbs.
Located in Aptos, California, this domed home was one of the first mushroom houses on the site, leading to Airbnb even using it for a worldwide marketing campaign. Sure enough, it’s the most visited Airbnbs in the world, with over 1,700 reviews.
Although the geodesic dome is partly covered, this tiny home has plenty of natural light bathing the living room. You’ll be going au-natural with a composting toilet, too. Sitting on the edge of a redwood grove, the Mushroom Dome retreat will make you feel like you’re in a treehouse.
While the last tiny house was just below the Bay Area, this vacation rental calls you even further — south of the border, to Oaxaca, Mexico. Not only is there a dome top, but you’ll be sleeping inside this mushroom cap! There is also an external observation deck to enjoy the year-round view.
Next, we take our mushroom fairytale to Amphoe Pai, Thailand. The round home has been handmade from earthen material, garlic straw, and 80-year-old teak wood sourced hyper-locally. So, if you’re looking for an eco stay, this is the place for you.
There’s a full kitchen placed outdoors in traditional Thai style. Plus, with the pricing of just $15/night, this is some of the least expensive real estate you’re likely to find on the site.
Continuing to Chang Mai, Thailand, the Mushroom M1 offered by certified Airbnb superhosts is a super stay. Lush features prevail, from the roof to the yard, and the living area of this cob house is the garden. Here, an outdoor kitchen awaits, offering al fresco dining within true natural peace.
Inside, a travertine shower awaits. It’s nestled in by a red cob half-barrier, so we hope you’re comfortable with your travel partner!
Far north of San Francisco lies Del Norte County, where this mushroom-inspired house sits in the embrace of National Park land — millions of acres of it. Plus, the nearest hiking trail is directly outside the front door.
That’s right! At times, a seasonal spring babbles directly through this eco-cottage. And that’s not all. The little blue hut sits on 160 of natural wilderness, part of which has been converted into a permaculture farm. There’s no wifi and no electricity, but plenty of animals and opportunities to try living without modern conveniences.
If you prefer the finer things in life but want to enjoy a mushroom-themed getaway, look no further than this cottage in Pownal, Vermont.
While not strictly marketed as a mushroom house, this one is still distinctly mushroom-shaped. Is anyone else seeing a beautiful bunch of oyster mushrooms here? Tastefully accented with natural wood features and sculpted in the 1980s with an organic form in mind. I’m already checking my calendar for open dates.
This stunning little house in Sayulita, Mexico, doesn’t bill itself as a mushroom home either, but maybe it should start. The casita roof looks like a fly agaric rippling in the Pacific breeze (you know, if they grew that close to the ocean). Stocked with all the amenities you need, plus a regularly-present grounds keeper, this hut is a luxurious opportunity.
Still, with 1,000 square feet of outdoor patio space, you may find yourself zipping around like a hummingbird between the inside of this mushroom stem and the world outside.
Alright, so bear with me here. There’s no thatched roof or organic design to this particular Airbnb listing. However, if you’re interested in getting a behind-the-scenes peek at a commercial mushroom-growing operation, check this spot out. The hosts are operating the largest log-grown shiitake farm in Alabama, which sure sounds like a sight to see.
The town of Charlevoix sits right on Lake Michigan, which in itself is a beautiful sight. However, this squat home mushroom-styled home might be enough to divert your eyes from the beautiful shore.
The home features a two-story deck designed by famed architect Earl Young for watching the sun change colors throughout your long days spent here. The ample living space has a great fireplace, sure to keep you toasty as if you were living under the protection of a large cap.
Like a complex web of mycelium, these homes spread far and wide but succeed at delivering the fruit of something beautiful. I hope to see the trend continue blooming- bring on more organically designed, shroom-styled homes.