Waterfront cabins, treehouses, tiny houses, and more

From the weird to the wonderful local families looking for adventure are bound to find it in Portland (and nearby). So, when it comes time to planning your family vacation, you may just decide you want to a staycation, especially after you discover what the local Airbnbs have to offer. From treehouses to hobbit holes, whether you are planning a staycation or bringing your loved ones to the area for a visit, you are going to want to book one of the best airbnbs for families near Portland for your next vacation.


Eagle's Nest Treehouse—Portland

Only a 10-minute drive from Downtown Portland, this Airbnb is the stuff dreams are made of. Let the kid in you come and play along with your own kids in this real treehouse held up by four separate trees! Play and sleep 18 feet up in the air and then zip line down to the ground. Or, take a giant soak in the "hot tub," with no chemicals so you don't have to rinse off getting in. A magical stroll through the woods leads to the suspension bridge up in the air. And, there's even a large hammock to relax in. 

Sleeps: 6

Online: Airbnb.com

Magic Barn—Portland

For a truly magical Portland experience, the Magic Barn (circa 1936) was a former sculpture studio. It was restored with old growth barn wood, and upcycled furnishings. It now has a kitchen, claw foot bath, baby amenities, and a jaw-dropping sculpture garden with giant whimsical pieces. Centrally located in one of Portland's most desirable areas--3 blocks to SE Hawthorne and Division's charming restaurant and boutique district--there's plenty to do within walking distance. A stay in this artistic space is sure to ignite the imaginations of both young and old. If you have a large party, you can also book the attached magical house.

For the kids:

Upon request, a portable crib, baby bath, and high chair are available. The sculpture garden is a space of wonders for kiddos to enjoy.

Online: Airbnb.com


Hobbit Hole on Hawthorne—Portland

Cozy up in this work of art that is designed to make you and the kids feel like you are part of the Hobbit's epic adventures. From the furniture to the walls and ceilings this handcrafted, sustainable abode is inspired by the Lord of the Rings and is guaranteed to infuse your vacation with magic. It's made from reclaimed clay and tree roots, and you will discover reclaimed materials throughout the entire space. Don't worry, you won't go completely without a real-world experience. The space includes a kitchenette, central heating, and a lovely bathroom with all the toiletries. 

Staying in a Hobbit house will thrill any child, but it's extra neat that the owners included a high chair, Pack n' Play, children's toys and books, outlet covers and children's dinnerware. There's also a beautiful little yard for youngsters to enjoy.

Sleeps: 4


photo: AirBnB

Beautiful, Magical Treehouse—Mt. Hood

For a real mountain experience rent this luxury treehouse. This magical abode is suspended between three large fir trees on 20 acres of property at the base of Mt. Hood. It boasts four beds, so everyone has enough space, and comes with a composting toilet, mini-fridge, and microwave for a true glamping experience. There is a swirling, spiral staircase that inspires wonder as you ascend to your family suite where you will find about 200 square feet of space with a sleeping loft. The kids won't want to leave once they are settled in. And with a beautiful seating area below the treehouse, mom and dad might not want to either.

For the Kids
There is a one-acre pond with kayaks and a nearby zipline for plenty of adventure and busy little (and big) bodies. For the quieter set, there is a beautiful garden and a row boat to float around in. Onsite hiking, disc golf, horseshoes, basketball and a pendulum swing ensure everyone has something to do.

Sleeps: 4

Online: airbnb.com


Hamilton House—Portland

Don't worry about packing anything but the clothes you intend to wear. This house is your temporary home and its dedication to kid-friendliness goes above and beyond. With three bedrooms and six beds, you can bring the whole crew and some of the kids' friends along as well. You'll save money staying in to eat because the gorgeous gourmet kitchen makes cooking feel a whole lot more fun than when you are at home! The two bathrooms come fully stocked so don't worry about bringing shampoo or soap, just show up and relax. The house has three smart televisions, an array of DVDs and VHS movies as well as cable for some evening entertainment. And there is plenty of yard space for little legs that need room to run. 

For the Kids
It's the little things that make a whole lot of difference when you are traveling with your kiddos. We love the fun bunk bed set up along with kiddie extras like the Pack n' Play, changing table, stroller, and safety locks on drawers with dangerous items. There's also a range of games and toys to keep even the youngest entertained so mom and dad can relax.

Sleeps: 10

Online: airbnb.com


The Woodlands Cabin—Sandy, OR

The Woodlands House sits on five acres of wooded property. It is a beautiful 3 bedroom home (plus kids room) with two outdoor decks surrounded by beautiful trees. It's perfect for getaways or a trip to the mountains, as it's a 25 min drive from Mount Hood skiing, 15 minutes from hikes, and only 45 min from PDX.

The large deck off the main level which overlooks a trickling stream, is the perfect place to enjoy a cup of coffee and watch deer come to the water for a drink. The deck also features a large 6-person hot tub, that is perfect to soak your bones after a day of skiing or hiking.

Sleeps: 7
Online: airbnb.com

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