For travelers who want a different experience than a hotel can provide, Airbnb is a fast-growing vacation rental service. Property owners post their space and pictures on the website along with a description and travelers are able to rent rooms, campers, lofts and entire homes. I have not personally used Airbnb when traveling, but I have given the website a look more than once. I thought it would be interesting to see what is available in southern Minnesota.


  • 1

    MInneapolis Mansion

    Nightly Rate: $75

    Description: While you can't rent the entire home, you can rent a room through Airbnb inside this beautiful mansion in Minneapolis. Despite being conveniently located to bus routes and area attractions, you may not even be tempted to leave the amazing property and gardens.

    Photo: Airbnb
  • 2

    Red Barn

    Nightly Rate: $300

    Description: Accommodating 10 people, the Red Barn Retreat in Garden City would make an ideal setting for a family reunion or crafting weekend. A short drive from town, this rental features a projector screen and outdoor space.

    Photo: Airbnb
  • 3

    Rochester Rental

    Nightly Rate: $85

    Description: If you find yourself in the Med City, then this bungalow rental makes a cozy home away from home. With a private bathroom, small kitchen and living space, this is a space that would be comfortable to stay in for quick trip or a longer getaway.

    Photo: Airbnb
  • 4

    Countryside Getaway

    Nightly Rate: $80

    Description: This farmstead in Nerstrand is a National Historic Landmark and a lovely place to relax. In close proximity to Nerstrand Big Woods State Park and several historic downtown districts, this rental has a lot to offer.

    Photo: Airbnb
  • 5

    Historic Home

    Nightly Rental: $33

    Description: More than 100 years old, this Owatonna rental is not short on character. Hardwood floors and mature trees add to the charm of this small-town retreat. Owatonna is on I-35, making it a great starting point to explore several southern Minnesota towns.

    Photo: Airbnb