Unique Short-Term Rentals in Harrisonburg and Shenandoah Valley

Brad Cohen May 16, 2024

In the picturesque landscapes of Harrisonburg and Shenandoah Valley, a treasure trove of unique short-term rentals awaits both local buyers and sellers seeking a staycation and out-of-town travelers, including parents of JMU students. From cozy cabins nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains to modern retreats tucked into forests, these accommodations offer a one-of-a-kind experience that blends rustic charm with modern comfort.

Short-term rentals have a rich history in the area, but recent years have seen a surge in popularity, thanks in part to platforms like Airbnb. According to Rockingham County's Economic Development and Tourism Coordinator, there are over 625 registered accounts of short-term rental owners in Rockingham County alone (as of January 2024). JMU does a great job of giving parents and visitors options and they keep their engagement page up-to-date with the main hotels and inns near JMU. Check it out here: JMU Travel Accommodations

While hotels and inns are a comfortable and familiar place to stay, there are some rentals that offer adventure and uniqueness. They’ll make your trip even more memorable.  What sets these rentals apart is their diversity. From treehouses to historic farmhouses, the options are as varied as the landscape itself. 

One standout example is the Hobbit House, a secluded retreat crafted with love by the host family. Located in Broadway, this rental could literally be a hobbit’s home. Every aspect was meticulously handcrafted by the host family: from the locally sourced stones forming the concrete countertop, to pottery dishes made by family, and the wooden furniture crafted from local vendors. It's a truly magical escape into Middle-earth. 

For those seeking a more modern retreat, the  Shenandoah Getaway House offers a blend of rustic charm and contemporary comfort. Only 45 minutes from Harrisonburg, the Getaway House is tucked away in a forest of towering trees. Guests can disconnect from the hustle and bustle of everyday life while still being close to hiking trails and vineyards. Getaway features locations throughout the country so if you enjoy your stay in Shenandoah, you can adventure further with them!

For a truly unique glamping experience, look no further than the Sunrise Glamping Tent in Harrisonburg. Designed and built by a husband and wife duo, the tent is a testament to their creative craftsmanship. Guests can enjoy a true off-grid experience, with lanterns, a fire, and sometimes visits from wildlife. There is also access to a farm store just 5 minutes away. 

Luna- a modern and cozy converted container home- is another unique Airbnb close to Harrisonburg and provides a modern and inviting tiny home setting. Despite its compact footprint, Luna boasts a range of amenities, including a full kitchen, composting toilet, and even a washer/dryer unit. Its standout feature is a spacious bay window that graces one side of the container, offering panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Situated on an active farm teeming with chickens, ducks, and charming Highland cows, Luna's front porch and fire pit areas provide picturesque vistas of the pastoral landscape and starry skies above. 

These examples represent just a fraction of the unique short-term rentals available in Harrisonburg and Shenandoah Valley. Whether you're a local looking for a weekend escape or an out-of-town traveler in search of adventure, these accommodations offer a memorable stay that's as unique as the area itself.

Here’s some local links for hotels and inns: https://www.visitharrisonburgva.com/places-to-stay/

As well as a great guide for more unique stays: https://www.lovicarious.com/unique-places-to-stay-in-virginia/



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