Our night in a yurt in Frankfort, KY

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The yurt!

A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I grabbed our camping gear and headed south to see my favorite band, Murder by Death, play in a cave in Tennessee. We wanted to break up the drive, so we planned to spend a night in Kentucky along the way. We considered hotels, but once I stumbled upon this yurt on Airbnb, we knew it’d be perfect for the “theme” of our weekend.

We both worked a half-day on Friday and then started the drive down to KY. I spent most of the drive compulsively checking the weather, hoping that the weekend’s rainy forecast had shifted to sun. Black clouds followed us all the way to Frankfort.

To get to our Airbnb, we had to take a dirt driveway about a mile off the main road. From there, it was a short walk to the yurt, which was located on a farm. We literally had enough time to throw the car into park, hastily grab whatever we needed for the night, and book it to the yurt before it started pouring.

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No big deal.

There were severe storm and even tornado warnings during the night. Great weather for sleeping outside, right? 😉 I’m happy to report though that the yurt was 100% waterproof! We were bummed we couldn’t have a fire, but we stayed cozy and dry inside the yurt, playing Boggle and Golden Girl Mad Libs and occasionally braving the weather to run out to our cooler or use the restroom.

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The inside of the yurt was really cute!

Even though it rained, the weather worked in our favor all weekend. We tried to keep a good attitude about it and just deal with whatever came our way. Camping is a gamble. There’s nothing worse than planning a beautiful weekend only to be rained on the whole time, but we can’t control the weather, so we decided to just make the best of it. Well, the next morning, the skies cleared, and despite drizzly forecasts the next few days, the weather cooperated whenever we needed it to do so.

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The view in the morning!
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Campfire set up

After the rainy night, we woke up to the sight of horses grazing, blue skies, and beautiful greenery. We decided to make up for last night with a morning fire.

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Coffee by the fire… is there a better way to start the day!?

We also made breakfast. The host provided some light breakfast options, including oatmeal and grits packets, fruit, coffee, tea, and water, as well as a French press and portable stove.

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Breakfast set up
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Breakfast! Oats with jam and a banana, and French press coffee.

The yurt was tucked into a back corner of the host’s property. It felt very private, which we liked. It was directly next to a creek; when it wasn’t raining the night before, we could hear the creek flowing, which was very relaxing. We usually have to sleep with a fan on at home, but listening to the water all night was a great substitute.

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Creek beside the yurt (the water was high and moving fast due to all of the rain).

We didn’t have a lot of time, but it’s a popular spot for canoeing or kayaking.

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View of the main house with the yurt back in the distance.

Beside the yurt was a small outhouse. I know that might turn some people off of the experience, but honestly, the outhouse was nicer than most public restrooms, ha.

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Bathroom with composting toilet

There was a handwashing station to the right of the toilet, and the hosts provided plenty of towels and soap.

We loved staying in the yurt, even with the rain. We relaxed by the fire for a couple of hours before we had to get back on the road to TN. I would stay here again (hopefully when it’s not raining!). Frankfort is just outside of Lexington, and it’d be fun to go back and kayak.

This was also our first time using Airbnb, so we were happy with the experience! The host greeted us when we arrived but gave us our privacy. It felt like having our own personal campground.

If you’re interested, you can check out the yurt here. If you’re new to Airbnb, too, you can get a $40 travel credit for signing up with my link! This post isn’t sponsored or anything–just sharing a way for you to save a few bucks.

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Full set up

Stay tuned for part two!

Tell me: Have you ever used Airbnb? Did you have a good or bad experience? Have you ever stayed in a yurt?

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