Ever since I was little, I was always mesmerized by various types of lodging structures, be it bungalows, shacks, cabins, apartments, yurts, tipis, or campers. How and why do people live in a certain place a certain way always puzzled me and made me curious about what it would be like? Today, curious souls can rest and even get a good night’s sleep in one of the various structures that populate the pages of Airbnb. This website has become my Pinterest or Etsy, where I aimlessly wander, clicking through images, digitally browsing through their kitchens or outdoor spaces without ever stepping foot. It’s like breaking and entering, but without the consequences and I love it! I love it so much, we’ve even created our own Airbnb rental space, which also made this list of funky, unique, and totally dreamy spaces in The Treasure State of Montana.

Without any particular order, here are 10 not your typical spaces around MT:

Antique Montana Shepherd’s Wagon

Find yourself on the farm with “chickens, pigs, goats, turkeys, honey bees, beef cows, a llama, and a mini mule,” while you stay in one of the two super cute shepherd’s wagons, which used to (and some still do) house sheepherders. Sadly, pets are an additional charge, so leave your furry ones at home (if it’s anything like my pup, they probably don’t get along with farm animals anyway).

The Blind

Built in 2019, this adorable cabin on 100+ cabin offers a couple staying there a unique perspective. BOTH people, lying down in their beds, without getting up or lifting their heads, are able to view the night sky, thanks to two translucent wing walls. You also have your private deck, a couples hammock, and even a 2 seater hot tub as you soak in the mountain air at this remote and peaceful resort. Observe wildlife, stargaze, do both as you take an outdoor shower you’ve always dreamed of. Located only 25 minutes from Missoula and 9 miles away from Kettlehouse Amphitheater, which hosts some dope artists.

Full disclosure: The Blind, the Shanty, and the A-frame are a part of the same property, called the Hohnstead, which my husband and I, alongside co-hosts Jeff and Donna (my mom and dad-in-law) run and operate from May to September. We built all the units ourselves and offer a “very magical and memorable experience.”

Spencer Mountain Solar Yurt

Only available May to Mid October, this Yurt is eco-friendly, solar-powered, and very private. A very affordable way to sleep 6 people, while roasting some marshmallows on a campfire or flicking cherry pits of the deck. Surround yourself with 5 +7000 acres of wilderness that is only 5 miles away from Whitefish.

Tiny cabin in the woods

This solar-powered tiny cabin is remote and peaceful while being only 20 minutes away from bustling Missoula, Montana. It sits on 100+ acres of Gold Creek land, which is prone to almost daily sightings of deer, elk, squirrels, chipmunks as well as an occasional brown bear and even a mountain lion. We have a magnificent view and that and the stars at night make me come back to this place every single summer. MT for life!

Papa’s Treehouse

With no running water, shower or electricity may make you crinkle your nose at this accommodation. Papa’s Treehouse is located near Chico or Bozeman Hot Springs and has plenty of amenities to fulfill your rustic camping experience. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been obsessed with Pete Nelson’s Tree House Masters on Animal Planet and think that Papa’s Treehouse would be a perfect place to rest my head when I’m near Bozeman, MT.

Montana Bunkhouse Cabin right on the river

A great deal and a great host await you at this property. I personally stayed at Tish’s accommodation last summer and can honestly say – it was fantastic. From personal touches such as a personal sign when you pull in and looking for your cabin, to frequent inquiries by the host about our well-being, to hanging out with us by the fire, offering bugs spray, drinks, local information, company. Tish’s cozy place is located right by the Kootenai River, where you can hear it go by or watch the ducks swim by during your morning coffee or evening cocktail. Back to the Bunkhouse, it’s probably the best deal out of all of Tish’s cabins. It has a personal deck, a fireplace, your own bathroom (no need to share), one full and one queen bed, and a Cedar Sauna nearby.

Montana Treehouse Retreat near Glacier National Park

A two-story treehouse! Now, there is a sentence you don’t hear very often. Up to four people can enjoy this “artistically designed” getaway, which features not one but two spiral staircases, two decks, a full kitchen, bathroom, 500 square feet of space, and 2 trees going through it. There is no “roughing it” as the listing says, so treat yourself to this glamorous one of a kind accommodation.

Zillow featured transforming A-frame on 100+ wilderness acres

Yes, another cabin from our amazing 100 acre compound with wildlife galore and this one is pretty special! This A-frame was built in August of 2017 and within months was featured across 50+ different websites, featured as a cover of a magazine (Scholastic Math April 2018 edition), videotaped by Zillow, and even served as a backdrop to one couple’s engagement session!

Designed by Derek “Deek” Diedricksen, little did we know that this 3-week long build would only cost us $700 and bring us and our guests as much joy and happiness.  She even has her own hashtag #AframecabinMT and if you want to follow more of our compound’s day to days, lets trade follow for follow @thehohnstead

We’ve had a lot of fun and success renting out our self-built tiny Montana cabins that we’ve quickly become Airbnb Superhosts and recently — Airbnb Ambassadors! We would love to help you set up your own listing, answer any questions, and get you on your way to your own side hustle success. If we can do it, anyone can do it! Use this link to get $65 Airbnb credit and get you started!

“Best Airbnb” Outside Magazine 

Not only is this place stunning, but it also features “superb hiking and 2.5 miles of trail with a 5 mountain range vista.” Who wouldn’t want to spend a day hiking to come home and cozy up on a couch with an organic cup of joe or tea? Experienced by over 100 other guests, this place boasts 5-star reviews across all categories. You could practically call yourself famous after staying at the “Best Airbnb.”

Saddlehorn Lodge 

I don’t want to say that I’ve saved the best for last, but I kind of did. This lodge is HUGE and can host up to 22 people. The price tag bites, but can’t you see yourself having an event or a reunion there. I can! I can see myself in the 8 person hot tub, drinking something cold and refreshing, then stepping on one of 4 wraparound decks, while overlooking (and probably photographing) the Spanish Peaks. I can also see myself in the sauna or the pool, releasing the aches of a tough day at the slopes. Or sitting in front of a stone fireplace, while hubby cooks up something yummy in the Lodge’s gourmet kitchen. Yup, I’d fit right in!

So, dear Airbnb lover, which one of Montana’s unique accommodations was at the top of your list? Which one would you steal a kidney to stay in? Which one would you NOT stay in even if it was free? Leave your comments below!

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  1. wrpalomo

    I love the yurt and the poleridge best among your photos. Which of those have you used already? They all look interesting especially I haven’t used airbnb yet.

    • AllaPonomareva

      I’ve stayed in the Tiny Cabin in the woods of course, we lived out of it while we were building our barn. My hubby stayed in a yurt this summer, but it didn’t make the list, because it was in Idaho. I’m making it a point to stay in the 1880s jail next summer for sure!

  2. Jackie

    I love the last two! I can understand why you also thought that was the best! I’m amazed at the creativity of these people in making their homes! (Besides the trailer park, haha) I’ll definitely consider these once there!

  3. Travel with Karla

    Every place in this list is Instagrammable! Haha! 1880’s Jail looks interesting. Do they also have those uniform for prisoners?
    This is a great list. What’s your top 3 favorite?

    • AllaPonomareva

      Not sure about the uniforms but the 1880s jail would have to be in the top 3 list, alongside the Tiny Cabin in the Woods (of course, I’m biased) and the Saddlehorn Lodge (I’m a sucker for hot tubs)

  4. travelandtash

    I’d like to try Papa’s tree house, the tipi and the lodge… I haven’t had a vacation within North America for a while, but my last trip to Ucluelet, near Tofino on Vancouver Island was an amazing experience.

    • AllaPonomareva

      I had to look up Ucluelet, since I’ve never heard of such a place. It looks wonderful and going whale watching, surfing or just hanging on the beach would be great, considering the small population of it.

  5. abcdefghizzy

    What a cool concept for a post and I love how you did unique airbnbs in Montana of all places! I seriously need to reconsider the state. My dream is to rent an airbnb mansion for a wedding party so the Saddlehorn Lodge would absolutely fit the bill! And the idea of sleeping in a reconverted jail feels a bit spooky, you wouldn’t want any old spirits ruining a good’s night stay!

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