Airbnb has unlocked doors to some of the world’s most glamorous places to spend the night, but the one booked most often may surprise you. Meet Kitty Mrache’s Mushroom Dome Cabin, a tiny and cozy DIY geodesic dome loft that has amassed the most bookings (and a five-star rating) on the site—and is so popular that even her kids have to make a reservation to stay a night. Nestled in the Redwoods of Aptos, California, Airbnb’s most popular rental may look modest on the outside, but its warm hospitality, enchanting interior, and gorgeous surroundings keep drawing people back.
Centrally located on the Monterey Bay in one of California’s most beautiful landscapes, the Mushroom Dome Cabin is a remote retreat in nature that’s still a convenient and quick drive to the beach and downtown Santa Cruz. Owner Kitty Mrache and her husband Michael first listed the property on Airbnb seven years ago, when the company was just a startup, and has been lauded as one of Airbnb’s earliest success stories ever since. While the first visitors were mostly likely Bay area weekenders looking for respite from city life, increasing numbers of guests come from all over the world and many who book are interested in experiencing the Tiny House movement.
The cozy semi-rustic cabin comfortably houses three people and is divided into two levels: a main floor with a pentagon-shaped base and a loft level. The loft includes a double bed that offers views of the starry night sky through the partially glazed geodesic dome. The main floor comprises a couch that doubles as a narrow futon, a mini kitchenette, small dining area, and bathroom with a Travertine shower and Natures Head composting toilet. The cabin opens out to an outdoor patio shaded by oak and madrone trees. Hiking opportunities are abundant, as are year-round sightings of Anna Hummingbirds.
One night at the Mushroom Dome Cabin will run you $115 per night, but hopeful visitors will need to plan in advance—the current waiting list is several months long and weekends are consistently booked through spring and summer. The popular rental only had three vacant nights last year.
Via The Guardian
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