Sick and tired of your traditional antler-heavy mountain retreat? This summer, break the alpine monotony by booking a vacation in a geodesic dome. One of our 7 Essential Styles of Ski Town Architecture, geodesic domes are part kit-house, part retro, and all cool. They flourished in the 1960s and 1970s and although rare, almost every ski town has a few domes hanging around. Many of them have popped up on Airbnb and VRBO, where their off-the-grid lifestyle, secluded locations, and funky styling make them top picks for architecture-nerds in need of some high country R&R. We've rounded up seven of the best, so do have a look.
↑ Geo Dome on a Farm in Upstate New York: Set on a farm in the southern Catskill Mountains, this is geodesic living at its barest. Guests must bring camping air pads, sleeping bags, pillows, and towels, but we don't think you'll mind once you arrive at the 12 acre compound that oozes hipster chic. Glamp it up with 12 of your best friends and use the outdoor kitchen, grill, fire pit, outdoor showers, and even a claw footed bathtub.
↑ Cedar Creek Hideaway near Mt. Hood, Oregon: With a vaulted great room, wrap-around deck, and even a pool table, this three bedroom dome offers a secluded retreat in the forest. The dome is over 2,000 square feet and sleeps 9, so bring your friends!
↑ Unique Dome in Colorado's Mt. Evans Wilderness: Although this dome is smaller with only one bedroom and one bath, it's located on 5 acres and next to thousands of acres of Forest Service land.
↑ Dome in British Columbia: Set into the hills in British Columbia's picturesque Maple Bay, two guests can stay in this charming geodesic dome. Added bonus: the owners also teach Argentine tango.
↑ Solar-Powered Dome in Vermont: Located near four different ski areas and a plethora of lakes, rivers, and trails, this off-the-grid dome still boasts modern amenities, and even a baby grand piano!
↑ Dome Cabin on the River in Southwest Colorado: Fly-fishermen take note: with over 1/4 mile of river frontage on the Gunnison River, you won't have to look far to find trout. This dome sleeps 6 people and sits on 20 acres with a lovely wraparound deck.
↑ Sunrise at the Dome in New Mexico: Located just a few minutes from Taos Ski Valley, this dome was renovated to accommodate 6 people in its two bedrooms and loft. Expect gorgeous views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
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