Oakland or Scandinavia?

At my (fun) new job, it's already taken me to two of my favorite places: New Hampshire and California, all within the span of a month. When you're traveling for work, you're on location but still attempting to manage the details and keep up with all the East Coast emails. There's little down time but if you find the right budget-friendly place to stay, you can successfully mix business with pleasure.

After discovering that I would be an hour from San Francisco proper, I decided to skip out on staying at a big hotel for something that felt a bit more local. I shopped around looking for something near Walnut Creek and decided to take a chance on Oakland... even though it gets a bit of a wrap from the tech-heavy Bay Area. A decade ago, parts of Brooklyn were treated with the same disdain. But what I found was a new city to fall for - one bursting with creativity and charm, not to mention the cutest damn Airbnb in the land.

This luxury casita was built in the backyard of the host's home. It was well-kept and as a Creative Director with an eye for design that doesn't seem to shut, I found a place that made me feel like I was in a Scandinavian prefab home, similar to what's gracing the cover of the newest issue of Dwell

My sun-drenched studio for the weekend.

My sun-drenched studio for the weekend.

The loveliest Airbnb east of San Francisco with fresh macarons and local guide books to devour.

The loveliest Airbnb east of San Francisco with fresh macarons and local guide books to devour.

Inspiration for my bed in NY. Time for a refresh!

Inspiration for my bed in NY. Time for a refresh!

There's an orange tree in the backyard. Or maybe it was lemons. Either way it wasn't pigeons and brick, #NYCproblems.

There's an orange tree in the backyard. Or maybe it was lemons. Either way it wasn't pigeons and brick, #NYCproblems.

This cutie greets you after a full day of work. Images care of Airbnb. 

This cutie greets you after a full day of work. Images care of Airbnb

Looking for an authentic stay? A great way to get a real feel for a city is to live like a local. And chances are it'll cost you a bit less than a chain hotel! Click here to get started on Airbnb.

Stay bitten ;)