Lonely Planet Writer

Why guests fall in love with Airbnb's most popular rental

Bird-lovers will be delighted to get close to hummingbirds at Airbnb’s most popular rental. Kitty Mrache’s Mushroom Dome Cabin is a tiny geodesic dome loft nestled in the Redwood trees of Aptos, California, and it has amassed the most bookings and a five-star rating on the popular accommodation site.

The Mushroom Dome Cabin is the most popular rental on Airbnb. Image: Mushroom Dome Cabin

Guests fall in love with the adorable cabin set on 10 acres, where they can hang out on the deck, take a hike in the woods, go to the beach or gaze at the stars. It’s a real animal-lover’s paradise as guests can watch the hummingbirds, pet Kitty’s goats or check out her chickens, cats and miniature dog. Guests’ dogs are welcome to stay at the cabin, once Kitty’s rules around them are followed.

The interior of the Mushroom Dome Cabin. Image: Mushroom Dome Cabin

The accommodation sleeps three people, and has a 32″ HD flat screen and a DVD player with over 80 movies, as well as a sofa and a pull-out table. A small refrigerator is provided, as well as a blender, hot air popcorn popper, French coffee press, kettle, salad spinner and dishes. You can enjoy a barbecue grill on the deck while you gaze at the surroundings, and the property has free Wi-Fi.

The deck at the Mushroom Dome Cabin. Image: Mushroom Dome Cabin

The highly-popular cabin is less than 10 minutes to Aptos Village, where you will find stores and restaurants, and ten minutes from the beach. Downtown Santa Cruz is 10 minutes away. If you love birds, bring your camera as the garden is the year-round home to flocks of Anna hummingbirds, and many Rufus and Allen birds visit during the summer.

The Mushroom Dome Cabin is visited by thousands of hummingbirds. Image: Mushroom Dome Cabin

Owner Kitty says that in the summer, the cabin is cool and in the winter, you might get to hear the creek running below. It’s very peaceful and most of the sound comes from the birds or crickets chirping, the tree frogs croaking and the breeze blowing through the trees.

The Mushroom Dome Cabin is the most popular rental on Airbnb. Image: Mushroom Dome Cabin

For further information on the Mushroom Dome Cabin, please see here. Get booking early though as it’s in huge demand.