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Five Airbnbs to Rent for Thanksgiving

Not jetting home this year? Go in on these eye-catching pads with your pals.


Maybe it’s because of its ever changing date, or the way it’s tucked between other holidays, but Thanksgiving has a way of sneaking up on us. The elusive fourth Thursday of November brings with it a barrage of things to consider, from flight reservations and traffic reports, to avoiding sensitive conversation topics like politics or whose stuffing is better. To add to that, Thanksgiving is arriving a bit early this year, making some travel plans difficult.

If you’re considering skipping heading home entirely (if home is not Boston, that is), you don’t have to give up celebrating Thanksgiving. There are plenty of local homes to rent out with your friends or family members. Boston has a verified cornucopia of gorgeous Airbnbs, ready and waiting to accommodate a holiday feast. Below, browse five festive options.

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A Luxurious South Boston Abode
2 bedrooms in a private apartment, accommodates 8 guests, $358 per night

This beautifully renovated two-bed features an elegant dining room illuminated by large bay windows, perfect for lingering over family gossip and recipes. A marble bathroom punctuated by a stained glass window and crackling fireplace are the icing on the cake you didn’t know you had room for. And in case you can’t stand to look at another bite of cranberry sauce the next day, the host provides breakfast snacks.

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A Bright Brookline Oasis
2 bedrooms in a private apartment, accommodates 8 guests, $615 per night

A classic Thanksgiving conundrum: the turkey and green bean casserole have to go in the oven at the same time but cook at different temperatures. Let this Airbnb solve the riddle with its two fully-equipped kitchens, including three ovens in case you need to keep food warm. Plus, two of everything else: queen beds, sofa beds, and full bathrooms. There are a pair of dining tables and a large island, plus seating in the leafy garden if weather permits.

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A Vibrant Apartment Close to the Airport
3 bedrooms in a private apartment, accommodates 6 guests, $127 per night

For family flying in from out of town, the ten-minute drive to Logan is a godsend. Located in Chelsea, this home is just across the bridge from Eastie. Inside, the decor is a kaleidoscope you won’t want to stop looking through. Bedrooms in rose, teal, and lavender, an elephant gray bathroom, and a black, red, and white living and dining room—if bold colors inspire bold flavors, prepare for the meal of your life. For a moment of tranquility, duck out to the sunny roof deck.

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A Spacious Home Near the South Boston Waterfront
3 bedrooms in a private apartment, accommodates 12 guests, $440 per night

The barstool-lined kitchen counter is ideal for the completely unnecessary yet traditional pre-meal noshing. The open concept kitchen, dining room, and living room in this duplex ensure the chefs aren’t isolated from the rest of the crew. Plus, it encourages a natural flow to the comfy sectional when that post-carbo-load crash hits. Recessed lighting everywhere brightens up the space, and three separate bedrooms allow the whole gang to stay the night.

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A Charming South End Brownstone
1 bedroom in a private apartment, accommodates 4 guests, $210 per night

For a smaller-scale supper, these downtown digs are equal parts modern and quirky. A muted color scheme with bright pops of color keep things fun, and a small, circular glass table with bright blue chairs maintains a casual vibe while dining. The kitchen comes stocked with all of the cookware and dishes you’ll need to cook up a Thanksgiving feast, plus OJ and oatmeal for brunch the next morning. Be sure to take advantage of the cozy living room furnished with board games and a Victrola turntable.

Note: Make sure to review Airbnb house rules and guest limits before inviting over the whole crew.