Quirkiest Airbnbs in Connecticut
When tourists come to Connecticut on vacation, if they opt to stay at an Airbnb, the options are as diverse and colorful as the state itself.
From a converted pontoon boat to a geodesic dome, travelers have a wide variety of accommodations to choose from when planning a trip out of town.
Click through the slideshow above to see some of the quirkiest Airbnb listings in the state.
The San Francisco-based company claims it has more than 3 million listings in 191 countries.
But its emergence as a dominant player in the tourism industry is not without controversy. Many blame the vacation rental service for driving up the cost of housing in cities like San Francisco.
San Francisco tried to regulate the growing vacation rental industry by forcing hosts to register with the city and imposing a 90-day annual limit on short-term rentals. In May, Airbnb struck a deal with San Francisco to ensure more hosts get registered, with the goal of universal registration by January 2018.
Despite the ongoing controversy, Airbnb's business model seems to be working and is particularly popular on the East Coast. Connecticut residents earned an estimated $12.5 million by renting their homes or rooms to guests on Airbnb. The company predicts it will earn $3.5 billion by 2020, Fortune reported.
In Connecticut, 290 Airbnb hosts tallied more than 6,900 guest stays, earning nearly $2 million between November 2016 and the end of last month. During those 12 months, New Haven was the top Airbnb destination in Connecticut, hosting 13,700 stays. Stamford and Greenwich ranked in the top ten with 2,500 and 1,600 Airbnb stays, respectively.