17 Incredible Airbnbs Near National Parks Worth Booking ASAP

Amanda Randone

We're halfway through the summer of 2020 and here's what we know: domestic road trips have replaced international travel (in case you were wondering why RVs are trending), crowded public parties are out, and the great outdoors are in — leaving us to seek out new ways to enjoy the season. While it'll be tough to find a beach rental this late in the getaway game, there are some alternative options still available that favor land over sea.

National Parks have always been one of the most spectacular threads in the tapestry of American culture, and Airbnb has an incredible array of park-adjacent rentals to consider when mapping out your next all-American adventure. Rentals from a mountain treehouse by Hot Springs National Park to a yurt on the outskirts of Shenandoah can be your sun-drenched home base for all things hiking, biking, kayaking, and even caving. Just last week, in an unusual moment of bipartisan unity, the House voted to approve the Great American Outdoors Act — a historic conservation and public lands bill that protects and preserves this country's cherished natural heritage — making now a perfect time to bask in the untouched beauty of some of the most magical spots across the United States.

Ahead, we've rounded up 17 rentals with availability to book starting in August and September — so click on to kick-start your search before the clock strikes autumn.

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<h3><a href="https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/23003128" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Mountain Air Treehouse" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Mountain Air Treehouse</a></h3> <br>"The treehouses are conveniently located minutes from downtown Hot Springs National Park. Surrounded by the Ouachita Mountains, come and enjoy a little piece of heaven in the canopy of the trees. You'll love the view, the peaceful whispering of nature, a time to unwind and totally unplug."<br><br><strong>Location:</strong> Hot Springs, Arkansas<br><strong>Sleeps: </strong>2<br><strong>Price Per Night: </strong>$185<span class="copyright">Photo: Courtesy of Airbnb.</span><br><br><br><br><br>

Mountain Air Treehouse


"The treehouses are conveniently located minutes from downtown Hot Springs National Park. Surrounded by the Ouachita Mountains, come and enjoy a little piece of heaven in the canopy of the trees. You'll love the view, the peaceful whispering of nature, a time to unwind and totally unplug."

Location: Hot Springs, Arkansas
Sleeps: 2
Price Per Night: $185Photo: Courtesy of Airbnb.




<h3><a href="https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/457547" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Terluna: Off-Grid Adobe Dome Near Big Bend" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Terluna: Off-Grid Adobe Dome Near Big Bend</a></h3> <br>"The dome is a very remote and unique space in the desert near Big Bend National Park. The dome rests in an isolated but easily accessible off-grid setting in one of the few remaining territories under a dark sky ordinance, which offers unmatched views of the night sky, and a completely unobstructed view of a horizon that delivers truly majestic sunrises and sunsets." <br><br><strong>Location: </strong>Terlingua, Texas<br><strong>Sleeps: </strong>3<br><strong>Price Per Night: </strong>$101<span class="copyright">Photo: Courtesy of Airbnb.</span><br><br><br><br><br>

Terluna: Off-Grid Adobe Dome Near Big Bend


"The dome is a very remote and unique space in the desert near Big Bend National Park. The dome rests in an isolated but easily accessible off-grid setting in one of the few remaining territories under a dark sky ordinance, which offers unmatched views of the night sky, and a completely unobstructed view of a horizon that delivers truly majestic sunrises and sunsets."

Location: Terlingua, Texas
Sleeps: 3
Price Per Night: $101Photo: Courtesy of Airbnb.




<h3><a href="https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/24680837" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Trinidad Home With Ocean View" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Trinidad Home With Ocean View</a></h3> <br>"Our cliff house has its west side almost all windows facing the Pacific Ocean, natural wood siding, cabin look, quiet neighborhood, dead end road, newly built in 2016. The famous Agate beach is right below our cliff. There are two ways to get there [including driving] 2/3 of a mile to Big Lagoon Park, then both lagoon and beach are right there."<br><br><strong>Location: </strong>Trinidad, California<br><strong>Sleeps: </strong>4<br><strong>Price Per Night: </strong>$179<span class="copyright">Photo: Courtesy of Airbnb.</span><br><br><br><br><br>

Trinidad Home With Ocean View


"Our cliff house has its west side almost all windows facing the Pacific Ocean, natural wood siding, cabin look, quiet neighborhood, dead end road, newly built in 2016. The famous Agate beach is right below our cliff. There are two ways to get there [including driving] 2/3 of a mile to Big Lagoon Park, then both lagoon and beach are right there."

Location: Trinidad, California
Sleeps: 4
Price Per Night: $179Photo: Courtesy of Airbnb.




<h3><a href="https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1920394" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Dog-Friendly Cabin with Hot Tub, Fireplace & WiFi" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Dog-Friendly Cabin with Hot Tub, Fireplace & WiFi</a></h3> <br>"Three Bears Lodge is one of eight luxurious Mt. Rainier cabins and vacation homes that we offer. Located just outside the Paradise / Nisqually entrance to Mt. Rainier National Park, WA, this beautiful vacation home, nestled beneath old growth cedars, offers 2 bedrooms plus a loft."<br><br><strong>Location: </strong>Ashford, Washington<br><strong>Sleeps: </strong>10<br><strong>Price Per Night: </strong>$194<span class="copyright">Photo: Courtesy of Airbnb.</span><br><br><br><br><br>

Dog-Friendly Cabin with Hot Tub, Fireplace & WiFi


"Three Bears Lodge is one of eight luxurious Mt. Rainier cabins and vacation homes that we offer. Located just outside the Paradise / Nisqually entrance to Mt. Rainier National Park, WA, this beautiful vacation home, nestled beneath old growth cedars, offers 2 bedrooms plus a loft."

Location: Ashford, Washington
Sleeps: 10
Price Per Night: $194Photo: Courtesy of Airbnb.




<h3><a href="https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/30424419" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Charming Cottage With Grill, Private Deck, And Stunning Ocean Views" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Charming Cottage With Grill, Private Deck, And Stunning Ocean Views</a></h3> <br>"Perched on a former warehouse and surrounded by a huge deck, this charming cottage offers spectacular views of Southwest Harbor and the mountains of Acadia National Park. You will enjoy the open floor plan featuring picture windows and a massive hearth of local stone. The back deck provides serene views of the boats coming into the harbor and sometimes you can spot a bald eagle soar overhead."<br><br><strong>Location: </strong>Southwest Harbor, Maine<br><strong>Sleeps: </strong>8<br><strong>Price Per Night: </strong>$269<span class="copyright">Photo: Courtesy of Airbnb.</span><br><br><br><br><br>

Charming Cottage With Grill, Private Deck, And Stunning Ocean Views


"Perched on a former warehouse and surrounded by a huge deck, this charming cottage offers spectacular views of Southwest Harbor and the mountains of Acadia National Park. You will enjoy the open floor plan featuring picture windows and a massive hearth of local stone. The back deck provides serene views of the boats coming into the harbor and sometimes you can spot a bald eagle soar overhead."

Location: Southwest Harbor, Maine
Sleeps: 8
Price Per Night: $269Photo: Courtesy of Airbnb.




<h3><a href="https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/31329529" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Walden Cabin Yellowstone" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Walden Cabin Yellowstone</a></h3> <br>"Our cabin is waiting for you just one mile from the entrance to Yellowstone National Park and two miles from Cooke City. It's the perfect cabin for anyone who wants to write, hike, fish, or explore Yellowstone. Spare but delightful, the cabin provides all the necessary amenities--T.V., phone, one full bed, a bathroom, and a full kitchen."<br><br><strong>Location:</strong> Cooke City-Silver Gate, Montana<br><strong>Sleeps: </strong>2<br><strong>Price Per Night: </strong>$173<span class="copyright">Photo: Courtesy of Airbnb.</span><br><br><br><br><br>

Walden Cabin Yellowstone


"Our cabin is waiting for you just one mile from the entrance to Yellowstone National Park and two miles from Cooke City. It's the perfect cabin for anyone who wants to write, hike, fish, or explore Yellowstone. Spare but delightful, the cabin provides all the necessary amenities--T.V., phone, one full bed, a bathroom, and a full kitchen."

Location: Cooke City-Silver Gate, Montana
Sleeps: 2
Price Per Night: $173Photo: Courtesy of Airbnb.




<h3><a href="https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/39321216" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:YoBee! Heart Of Yosemite Studio" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">YoBee! Heart Of Yosemite Studio</a></h3> <br>"Stay in the Park. No day-use reservation needed! You've found the closest place to all the main Yosemite attractions! Skip the longer drive, slow traffic and gate waits. Enjoy your Yosemite West cozy studio with attached kitchenette and private full bathroom. Feel the morning chill of the mountains — relax outside in your own sitting area and the breakfast is on us!"<br><br><strong>Location:</strong> Yosemite National Park, California<br><strong>Sleeps: </strong>2<br><strong>Price Per Night: </strong>$307<span class="copyright">Photo: Courtesy of Airbnb.</span><br><br><br><br><br>

YoBee! Heart Of Yosemite Studio


"Stay in the Park. No day-use reservation needed! You've found the closest place to all the main Yosemite attractions! Skip the longer drive, slow traffic and gate waits. Enjoy your Yosemite West cozy studio with attached kitchenette and private full bathroom. Feel the morning chill of the mountains — relax outside in your own sitting area and the breakfast is on us!"

Location: Yosemite National Park, California
Sleeps: 2
Price Per Night: $307Photo: Courtesy of Airbnb.




<h3><a href="https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/37365916" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:The Mothership Dome At Crestopolis" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">The Mothership Dome At Crestopolis</a></h3> <br>"This place is perfect for a little get away and to recharge your energy in nature. The property and landscape are just breathtaking... We do our best to keep a clean, high vibration space!" <br><br><strong>Location: </strong>Crestone, Colorado<br><strong>Sleeps: </strong>9<br><strong>Price Per Night: </strong>$153<span class="copyright">Photo: Courtesy of Airbnb.</span><br><br><br><br><br>

The Mothership Dome At Crestopolis


"This place is perfect for a little get away and to recharge your energy in nature. The property and landscape are just breathtaking... We do our best to keep a clean, high vibration space!"

Location: Crestone, Colorado
Sleeps: 9
Price Per Night: $153Photo: Courtesy of Airbnb.




<h3><a href="https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/31284077" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nama-Stay Suites" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Nama-Stay Suites</a></h3> <br>"These brand new Suites are within the gorgeous Nama-Stay property in Springdale UT, 5 minutes away from the Zion National Park entrance. These charming Suites becomes your sanctuary space during your time visiting. 5 min. away from the South entrance Zion National Park, walking distance to local restaurants, gift shops, adventure activities. A perfect getaway for couples."<br><br><strong>Location: </strong>Springdale, Utah<br><strong>Sleeps: </strong>2<br><strong>Price Per Night: </strong>$185<span class="copyright">Photo: Courtesy of Airbnb.</span><br><br><br><br><br>

Nama-Stay Suites


"These brand new Suites are within the gorgeous Nama-Stay property in Springdale UT, 5 minutes away from the Zion National Park entrance. These charming Suites becomes your sanctuary space during your time visiting. 5 min. away from the South entrance Zion National Park, walking distance to local restaurants, gift shops, adventure activities. A perfect getaway for couples."

Location: Springdale, Utah
Sleeps: 2
Price Per Night: $185Photo: Courtesy of Airbnb.




<h3><a href="https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/16497200" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Juniper's Tent - Desert Glamping" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Juniper's Tent - Desert Glamping</a></h3> <br>"A spacious, comfortable and stylish off-the-grid escape to immerse yourself in the outdoors while staying comfortable indoors. Glorified camping, a perfect romantic getaway."<br><br><strong>Location: </strong>Cortez, Colorado<br><strong>Sleeps: </strong>2<br><strong>Price Per Night: </strong>$105<span class="copyright">Photo: Courtesy of Airbnb.</span><br><br><br><br><br>

Juniper's Tent - Desert Glamping


"A spacious, comfortable and stylish off-the-grid escape to immerse yourself in the outdoors while staying comfortable indoors. Glorified camping, a perfect romantic getaway."

Location: Cortez, Colorado
Sleeps: 2
Price Per Night: $105Photo: Courtesy of Airbnb.




<h3><a href="https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/35713031" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Duneland Digs Beyond The Beach" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Duneland Digs Beyond The Beach</a></h3> <br>"Nestled at the bottom tip of Lake Michigan’s artsy beach community in Porter, IN, this spacious retreat is only minutes from the breathless Indiana Dunes and ground transportation to bustling downtown Chicago. This rental features a private entrance that leads to a newly renovated upstairs living area, kitchen, and dining space."<br><br><strong>Location: </strong>Porter, Indiana<br><strong>Sleeps: </strong>4<br><strong>Price Per Night: </strong>$110<span class="copyright">Photo: Courtesy of Airbnb.</span><br><br><br><br><br>

Duneland Digs Beyond The Beach


"Nestled at the bottom tip of Lake Michigan’s artsy beach community in Porter, IN, this spacious retreat is only minutes from the breathless Indiana Dunes and ground transportation to bustling downtown Chicago. This rental features a private entrance that leads to a newly renovated upstairs living area, kitchen, and dining space."

Location: Porter, Indiana
Sleeps: 4
Price Per Night: $110Photo: Courtesy of Airbnb.




<h3><a href="https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/7882672" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Mineral King Guesthouse" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Mineral King Guesthouse</a></h3> <br>"Inviting quiet cabin on the way to the Mineral King section of Sequoia National Park, and 4 miles from the main entrance to Sequoia National Park. The dwelling and garden overlook the Great Western Divide, wildlife, and horses. A/C & central heat." <br><br><strong>Location: </strong>Three Rivers, California<br><strong>Sleeps: </strong>2<br><strong>Price Per Night: </strong>$142<span class="copyright">Photo: Courtesy of Airbnb.</span><br><br><br><br><br>

Mineral King Guesthouse


"Inviting quiet cabin on the way to the Mineral King section of Sequoia National Park, and 4 miles from the main entrance to Sequoia National Park. The dwelling and garden overlook the Great Western Divide, wildlife, and horses. A/C & central heat."

Location: Three Rivers, California
Sleeps: 2
Price Per Night: $142Photo: Courtesy of Airbnb.




<h3><a href="https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/32477594" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Maltese Ranch Cabin Near Medora Attractions" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Maltese Ranch Cabin Near Medora Attractions</a></h3> <br>"The ‘Maltese Ranch Cabin,’ which sits mere minutes from Theodore Roosevelt National Park and Maah Daah Hey Trail, is a replica of the home that the 26th President once called home. This home for 8 features a furnished loft and covered porch within minutes of the area’s acclaimed attractions including the Bully Pulpit Golf Course. You’ll experience a look into the area’s rich-yet-unique history during your stay."<br><br><strong>Location: </strong>Medora, North Dakota<br><strong>Sleeps: </strong>8<br><strong>Price Per Night: </strong>$365<span class="copyright">Photo: Courtesy of Airbnb.</span><br><br><br><br><br>

Maltese Ranch Cabin Near Medora Attractions


"The ‘Maltese Ranch Cabin,’ which sits mere minutes from Theodore Roosevelt National Park and Maah Daah Hey Trail, is a replica of the home that the 26th President once called home. This home for 8 features a furnished loft and covered porch within minutes of the area’s acclaimed attractions including the Bully Pulpit Golf Course. You’ll experience a look into the area’s rich-yet-unique history during your stay."

Location: Medora, North Dakota
Sleeps: 8
Price Per Night: $365Photo: Courtesy of Airbnb.




<h3><a href="https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/21334524" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Cozy Cottage Mammoth Caves" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Cozy Cottage Mammoth Caves</a></h3> <br>"Want to enjoy a quiet getaway close to Mammoth Caves? Look no further. This cottage is perfect for a resting spot after caving, hiking, biking, swimming, and so much outdoor activity. It’s perfect for taking in nature and relaxing with everything you need to be comfortable. There’s a full bathroom and kitchen as well as two patios for morning coffee or evening tea. Here, you'll feel like you’ve stepped away from it all."<br><br><strong>Location: </strong>Mammoth Cave, Kentucky<br><strong>Sleeps: </strong>4<br><strong>Price Per Night: </strong>$105<span class="copyright">Photo: Courtesy of Airbnb.</span><br><br><br><br><br>

Cozy Cottage Mammoth Caves


"Want to enjoy a quiet getaway close to Mammoth Caves? Look no further. This cottage is perfect for a resting spot after caving, hiking, biking, swimming, and so much outdoor activity. It’s perfect for taking in nature and relaxing with everything you need to be comfortable. There’s a full bathroom and kitchen as well as two patios for morning coffee or evening tea. Here, you'll feel like you’ve stepped away from it all."

Location: Mammoth Cave, Kentucky
Sleeps: 4
Price Per Night: $105Photo: Courtesy of Airbnb.




<h3><a href="https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/22922817" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Inviting Log Cabin With Valley & Mountain Views" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Inviting Log Cabin With Valley & Mountain Views</a></h3> <br>"Welcome to Misty Mountain, your next Smoky Mountain getaway! Beautiful mountain views and a touch of luxury, along with an incredible location that is within 10 minutes of great shopping and dining, makes this two-story cabin a perfect vacation destination." <br><br><strong>Location: </strong>Pigeon Forge, Tennessee<br><strong>Sleeps: </strong>8<br><strong>Price Per Night: </strong>$186<span class="copyright">Photo: Courtesy of Airbnb.</span><br><br><br><br><br>

Inviting Log Cabin With Valley & Mountain Views


"Welcome to Misty Mountain, your next Smoky Mountain getaway! Beautiful mountain views and a touch of luxury, along with an incredible location that is within 10 minutes of great shopping and dining, makes this two-story cabin a perfect vacation destination."

Location: Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Sleeps: 8
Price Per Night: $186Photo: Courtesy of Airbnb.




<h3><a href="https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/65010" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Yurt Mountain Retreat" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Yurt Mountain Retreat</a></h3> <br>"Come experience living in a round structure filled with amenities — fully equipped kitchen, deep tub, heating and AC, shared hot tub and seasonal salt water pool. Great for couples, friends, and families. A 10-minute hike gets you into Shenandoah National Park or [you can] explore our 58 acres on numerous walking trails. Visit Charlottesville, historical sites, caves, or play in rivers in central Virginia."<br><br><strong>Location: </strong>Stanardsville, Virginia<br><strong>Sleeps: </strong>6<br><strong>Price Per Night: </strong>$185<span class="copyright">Photo: Courtesy of Airbnb.</span><br><br><br><br><br>

Yurt Mountain Retreat


"Come experience living in a round structure filled with amenities — fully equipped kitchen, deep tub, heating and AC, shared hot tub and seasonal salt water pool. Great for couples, friends, and families. A 10-minute hike gets you into Shenandoah National Park or [you can] explore our 58 acres on numerous walking trails. Visit Charlottesville, historical sites, caves, or play in rivers in central Virginia."

Location: Stanardsville, Virginia
Sleeps: 6
Price Per Night: $185Photo: Courtesy of Airbnb.




<h3><a href="https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/35844073" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Cozy Cottage on 4-Acre Oasis" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Cozy Cottage on 4-Acre Oasis</a></h3> <br>"Experience the peace and natural beauty of the country while being close to everything! The totally renovated 'Cozy Cottage' sits on 4 acres of shared land, backing up to a 450-acre protected nature preserve. Pet friendly! 5 min drive to Cuyahoga Valley National Park, restaurants, grocery stores and shops." <br><br><strong>Location: </strong>Akron, Ohio<br><strong>Sleeps: </strong>4<br><strong>Price Per Night: </strong>$82<span class="copyright">Photo: Courtesy of Airbnb.</span><br><br><br><br><br>

Cozy Cottage on 4-Acre Oasis


"Experience the peace and natural beauty of the country while being close to everything! The totally renovated 'Cozy Cottage' sits on 4 acres of shared land, backing up to a 450-acre protected nature preserve. Pet friendly! 5 min drive to Cuyahoga Valley National Park, restaurants, grocery stores and shops."

Location: Akron, Ohio
Sleeps: 4
Price Per Night: $82Photo: Courtesy of Airbnb.




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I got overwhelmed walking in and not only seeing my husband but seeing how they’d decorated it.” Post-ceremony, say Bri, “we’re hoping to grow our family, so we’re holding off” on re-scheduling the large, proper celebration that she’d originally planned. “I am definitely getting a second dress when we re-do this again in five years,” she says. “I already got the regal look, so I might be a little more adventurous and colorful next time.”DashDividers_1_500x100 The Grand (Wedding) TourAfter City Harvest volunteer director Erin Butler’s plans to hit the standard circuit of New York City wedding-dress purveyors (Kleinfeld, BHLDN, and Lovely Bride) were cut short by citywide closings of non-essential businesses in mid-March, it became clear that she’d have to try another route if she wanted to get a dress in time for her late summer wedding. At the suggestion of a coworker, Butler reached out to womenswear label Carleen about re-creating a dress from the brand’s archive that she’d seen online. “It was long and flowy and really beautiful — it’s completely my style.” With early-pandemic uncertainly at its height, Carleen designer Kelsy Parkhouse “was so happy to have something positive and uplighting to think about, and work on,” said Erin. Parkhouse sent a sample to her in-laws in Minneapolis (where she and her fiancee were sheltering in place) to be worn during a Zoom fitting. “We had no idea what we were doing,” said Erin, “but Kelsy was really creative and thoughtful — she sent a beautiful package of fabric swatches along with a measuring tape,” and Ben used painter’s tape to mark changes to the garment’s pattern. “It’s not really my thing to be on display,” Erin explained. “The fact that we could do [the fitting] from the comfort of my own home — I did not feel nearly as stressed about it as I did about going to Kleinfeld.” > We had no idea what we were doing, but Kelsy was really creative and thoughtful — she sent a beautiful package of fabric swatches along with a measuring tape.> > Erin ButlerNow, in lieu of what she and her fiancee had previously planned — “a very fancy, 300-person banger in Minneapolis”, they’re taking their show on the road — and of course, wearing the sweeping, floor-length gown at every stop. Not only will she don it on her original August wedding date during an intimate ceremony in her in-laws’ backyard but the frock will also make an appearance in Florida, where she and her partner will have “the beach wedding that [my mother] always dreamed of for me. My goal is to wear this dress to as many ceremonies as possible, and perhaps every anniversary thereafter.” Erin is happy to have gone this route and ended up with a dress that she can herself wearing over and over again; “Everything is aligning with the way I feel about textiles and waste,” she said. “I couldn’t see myself wearing a Kleinfeld dress ever again.”DashDividers_1_500x100 A Virtual Affair“We all remember the last thing we did before shelter in place,” says Elisa Benson, manager of lifestyle partnerships at Instagram, “and the last normal thing I did was go wedding-dress shopping.” The Brooklyn-based bride-to-be made the rite-of-passage pilgrimage to Kleinfeld, she told us, “and it was kind of a surreal experience — it was empty.” Two days after that mid-March visit, New York City went into lockdown mode and it quickly became clear that her planned June nuptials were off the table. So, she and her fiancee moved the wedding up a month and decided to live-stream the whole thing from their apartment. This meant finding something to wear ASAP — and circumventing the restrictions making it impossible to shop for a dress IRL. Benson devised a plan to buy, try on, and return as many dresses as she could order, all within the standard 14-day return window that most stores offer. “I basically looked at every white dress that was available on the internet,” she explained. “I kept doing a thing where I was panic-ordering more and more dresses, and obsessively checking the return policies.” She converted her office into a shopping svengali’s war room, hauling in a garment rack and an oversized mirror, and creating a Google spreadsheet to track all of her purchases. > My grandmother is 90 years old and never would have been able to join in person, but she was able to tune in and see all the dresses.> > Elisa BensonOnce her “virtual bridal salon” was fully staged, she streamed a virtual try-on via Zoom for her family. “When I was changing, I would turn off the video on my camera, and then would be like, surprise!” While it wasn’t the in-person experience that many of us have watched unfold on Say Yes To The Dress, Elisa took advantage of the dial-in to expand the audience. “My grandmother is 90 years old and never would have been able to join in person, but she was able to tune in and see all the dresses,” Elisa explained. “My three-year-old niece watched from her laptop at home surrounded by all of her dino and stuffies.” Elisa was thrilled with the results of her digital shopping trip and ended up with a balloon-sleeved sheath from Moda Operandi. “I could see the virtual bridal salon being a trend that outlasts the pandemic. You get to include more people, you get to try stuff on at home, you get to drink good champagne instead of free warm champagne.”DashDividers_1_500x100 Marriage, Dinner, & A MovieIn late February, freelance designer Theresa Deckner encountered a major hiccup as she prepared for her August 2nd destination wedding in Heidelberg, Germany: a package containing the vintage wedding dress she’d ordered from Etsy had been stolen from the courtyard of her Los Angeles apartment building. This hiccup, however, was soon dwarfed by a much larger one and, by May, Deckner had postponed her wedding indefinitely and made plans to move with her fiancee to North Carolina. Two weeks before their departure, the couple decided that a courthouse elopement would be the perfect sendoff. > I bought it at the Silverlake flea market for $15 dollars and I had it cleaned three times but never wore it because I had a feeling I would wear it to my wedding. I’m kind of superstitious in that way.> > Theresa DecknerWith the tiered, floor-length lace number that she’d originally chosen no longer an option — “It’s such a specific thing,” she said of the pilfered gown, “I feel like not that many people would enjoy it” — Theresa wore a dress that had actually been hanging in her closet for a year. “I bought it at the Silverlake flea market for $15 dollars,” she explained, “and I had it cleaned three times but never wore it because I had a feeling I would wear it to my wedding. I’m kind of superstitious in that way.” (The white Prada heels she wore — a clothing swap score — had actually been waiting in the wings even longer.) With a cotton eyelet fabrication and a go-go-worthy hemline, the mini-dress was too informal for the destination family affair they’d originally planned, but it was perfect for an impromptu visit to the marriage bureau.“The Los Angeles County courts were all closed, but Orange County is super Republican — it was the one time that worked in our favor,” said Theresa. Outside the Santa Ana Court House, she and her partner snuck away from the crowds waiting outside and privately recited vows they’d written to each other. “I started crying,” she said. “It was really cute. And embarrassing.” Inside, an officiant sat on the other side of a plexiglass barrier (“like a bank teller,” Theresa explained) and took them through their vows. After picking up takeout and having a congratulatory Zoom call with their parents, they watched The Royal Tenenbaums. “I’m still excited to maybe have a wedding next summer, but I don’t want to force it,” says Theresa. “We already had a really nice wedding, just the two of us. And that is also ok.”At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?

  • The Shower Is The Perfect Quarantine Masturbation Spot

    For those of us not fortunate enough to live alone, coronavirus quarantine may have made of our living situation a bit crowded. So much so that it may be tough to find enough “me time” during your week to masturbate. Because let’s face it: It’s hard to relax enough to get down and dirty with yourself when you’ve got one eye and one ear open, worried that someone might overhear you or even walk in on you.That’s why we believe the bathroom — specifically, the shower — is the perfect place to rub one out. “Masturbation in the shower provides a safe space for that private moment,” Myisha Battle, certified sex and dating coach, tells Refinery29. More often than not, your bathroom’s got a door that locks, and the running water goes a long way toward drowning out any noise. There you have it: the perfect quarantine masturbation spot. If you’re ready to dive in, follow Battle’s expert tips for making your next shower sesh a successful one. Take advantage of your removable shower headYou and your shower head = a tale as old as time. This masturbation method is tried and true, and one you should take advantage enough if you’re blessed enough to have a detachable one in your tub or shower stall.“That’s an easy, low-maintenance way to experience fun stimulation without having to bring a toy into the bathroom with you,” Battle says. “If privacy is a concern, and you have a shower head like that, it’s a quick fix.” Bring along a toy for some funDetachable shower head not your cup of tea (or, tragically, not an option in your bathroom)? No worries, there are plenty of great sex toys on the market that are handheld, discreet, and shower-safe. “Whatever your toy or preference is, it can be incorporated into the shower safely if it’s is waterproof,” Battle explains. Some non-electric glass, plastic, or rubber toys may transition very well from your bedroom to your bathroom — like certain types of anal beads or dildos. But you can even find waterproof vibrators out there, if that’s more your speed.Some toys that are generally H20-safe may come with additional bells and whistles made specifically for water play. There are dildos, for example, that stick to your shower wall via suction cup, Battle says. Just remember to detach it from the wall when you’re done if you share a bathroom. Now that would be an uncomfortable quarantine convo. Work in some lubeIf you’re into using lube while you masturbate — or want to add it while you’re using a toy — skip any water-based types. “Water-based lubes are not ideal for use in the shower because they will quickly run off,” Battle explains. A better bet is to use a silicone- or oil-based lube. If you choose silicone, though, make sure that lube is compatible with your specific toy. “You don’t want to use a silicone toy with a silicone lubricant,” she says. (The lube could degrade the toy.) And oil-based lubes can often break down condoms or dental dams, so don’t use one of those if you use the barrier method for protection.Also important: Lubes are slippery, and showers can be slippery too, so be ultra careful. If any lubricant gets near your feet, you could risk falling — and that can be super dangerous. Get in the right positionYour masturbation position will depend on whether you have a shower stall (which may be standing-room only) or a tub (where lying down is an option). Ultimately it’s all about whatever feels comfortable for you and your body in the shower. Practice a few different positions to find something that feels good — and, again, doesn’t put you at risk of slipping or falling — before really getting down to business. Watch out for the soapSoaps may be good for cleansing your skin, but it shouldn’t be going anywhere too close to your private areas. That’s especially true if there’s penetration of any kind involved. If you have a vagina, soap could throw off your natural pH, putting you at risk of issues such as yeast infections or bacterial vaginosis. Some soaps can irritate the rectum, too. You may even want to masturbate first, and use your soap later, Battle says. You can still use a great-smelling soap to get yourself in the mood and to self-stimulate, but just avoid touching your genital areas with it while you’re masturbating.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?The Best Toys To Help You MasturbateThe Masturbation Technique In The Goop LabIcy Tricks That Can Transform Oral & Summer Sex