Last Updated on April 6, 2021 by Jeremy
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When you think of the Laurel Highlands, you may not realize just how big the area is. This one encompasses Westmoreland, Fayette, and Somerset Counties and runs all the way from New Kensington in the north to Ohiopyle in the South and well past Mount Davis to the East (a solid two-hour drive from Pittsburgh).
As far as rentals are concerned, the vast majority of apartments in the Laurel Highlands are found in the area in and around Ohiopyle thanks to the numerous (and popular) parks that are nearby. Despite this, there are some pretty awesome Airbnbs/VRBOs found elsewhere in the Laurel Highlands too, and we did not want to overlook a few of them (specifically some in the furthest reaches of Somerset County).
As such, while most of the Laurel Highland apartment rentals featured below are within close proximity to Ohiopyle State Park and others nearby, some can be a considerable distance away. As such, we strongly encourage you to check the maps prior to making any bookings as the driving times for stops on your itinerary could be significant if you do not notice this in advance.
Notes: All images are credited to Airbnb/VRBO and their respective hosts. We have not personally stayed in the below rentals, but frequently book apartments when traveling and think the properties have many of the highlights we look for when renting- namely great locations, amenities, and reviews to name a few. These will be highlighted in more detail within the article although booking conditions may have changed since the initial publication. If you are looking for Airbnbs near the ski resorts in the Laurel Highlands, we recommend clicking the previous link to check out that guide specifically for more options tailored to winter visits!
Apartments in the Laurel Highlands
Looking for some unique VRBO and Airbnb rentals in the Laurel Highlands, check out the following that we think look quite interesting!
Treenhouse at Fernstone
Is there anything better than a secluded treehouse out in the woods? If this is up your alley, a stay at the Treehouse at Fernstone should be on your radar!
This gem sleeps two in an elegant studio setting tucked away within the trees. Even better is that this one also has an onsite hot tub. Add on a 15-minute drive to Ohiopyle and you have the makings of a rather unique stay!
Chalet Near a Vineyard
Is a mountain chalet more your speed? What if it had a hot tub? If so, this rental in Chalk Hill is for you. It is just five miles from Ohiopyle, and also is just across the street from Christian Klay Winery and Ridge Runner Distillery. Nice location perks!
In need of a bigger chalet while still being close to Ohiopyle? Corey Cabin is a beautiful rustic house on two-acres, sleeps up to eight, and has a really lovely rustic ambiance all while being a quick drive away from Ohiopyle!
Rustic Cabin Rental
If a more intimate cabin experience is on your radar, this gorgeous rental in Farmington is something to consider. While it only sleeps up to four, it makes up for it with its ambiance and a roughly 15-minute drive to Ohiopyle.
Tatunka Trail House
In the mood for a different kind of rental? The Tatunka Trail House near Somerset may be for you. Not only does this rental sleep seven, but the owners have a small bison herd that can be seen on the property and also have an assortment of dairy animals nearby too.
Throw in that this one is 30 minutes from Ohiopyle and about 20 from Seven Springs and other parks and you can get out and enjoy the nature in the Laurel Highlands fairly easily as well!
High Point Lake Rental
High Point Lake is located in the extreme southeastern corner of the Laurel Highlands roughly two hours away from Pittsburgh proper. The lake is named for being close to the state's highest point (Mt Davis) and can be seen in the gorgeous vista from this rental. For those who wish to hike some of the more well-known state parks in Laurel Highlands, you may have a sufficient drive from this one.
Indian Lake Luxury
Indian Lake is a beautiful, curved lake located just a few minutes from the Flight 93 Memorial in Somerset. This beautiful modern rental has a wealth of amenities, sleeps up to eight, is right on the shore of the lake, and even has a Japanese soaking tub and steam shower in the master bath!
Ligonier is one of our favorite boroughs in the Laurel Highlands as aside from being cute it is home to Fort Ligonier and is a quick drive away from Idlewild and the Compass Inn Museum to name a few. This cute Airbnb rental is located just right outside of the borough, has three bedrooms, and provides quick access to many of these highlights!
Townhome for Twelve at Seven Springs
Need to stay close to Seven Springs perhaps for a wedding or for ski-on, ski-off opportunities at the slopes? This townhouse for 12 certainly checks a number of boxes in the Southwind section of the resort. So go in with a group on this one to save some cash over the lodge!
Condo with Mountain Views
This condo is located approximately one mile from Seven Springs and boasts an impressive view of the slopes from the on-site patio. Couple that this one sleeps up to six for a rather attractive price, and you can see why we like it for an off-premises stay quite close to the resort!
Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Rental
You likely know that the Laurel Highlands is home to a number of houses from Frank Lloyd Wright and his students (such as Fallingwater, Kentuck Knob, and those at Polymath Park– also rentals). This Wright-inspired rental on Airbnb sleeps six and is roughly a 10-minute drive from Nemacolin, 20 minutes from Ohiopyle, and makes for a great combo visit for those who are exploring the region for its architectural history!
If you are in the mood for a getaway in the extreme south of the Laurel Highlands (just a few minutes from the border with Maryland, about 90 minutes from the city), look no further than this gorgeous rental right on the bank of the Yough in Confluence. Throw in the fact that it has a hot tub and access to the GAP trail and you have a lot of reasons to love this one!
Townhouse near Nemacolin
Want to stay on the grounds of Nemacolin Woodlands Resort but don't want to pay the prices that the chateau commands? Check out this great Airbnb located on the grounds of the property which has great access to the resort's amenities plus many of the nearby parks in the Laurel Highlands!
Laurel View Retreat with Stunning Vista
If you've ever been to Laurel Caverns, odds are good you know the stunning view from Route 40 as you climb your way up the mountain on the fairly steep road. If you've ever wanted to stay somewhere with this view that isn't one of the hotels on the hilltop, this Airbnb is for you. With room for up to 16 guests, this gorgeous property is an epic place for a group retreat with one of the best views in all the Highlands.
Streamfront Log Home
We're suckers for a nice A-frame house in the middle of the woods, and at this streamfront log home you'll get just that. With room for up to 10, four bedrooms, and modern amenities we could see having a fantastic getaway with a group here (and access to Seven Springs in under 30 minutes isn't that bad, either).
Have a favorite rental in the Laurel Highlands? Comment below to share!
Looking for more Airbnbs in Pittsburgh closer to the city? Check out our guide at the previous link!