These days, it’s more common for families to stay in residential properties during their vacation than to stay in a hotel or other similar form of lodging. Some families are even owners of a vacation property so that they can enjoy their vacation in a residential setting at their leisure. This gives you more freedom while you’re on vacation. If you’re looking for a vacation home to rent or purchase, here are five of the best luxury vacation home options.
A villa is usually a one-story home with a backyard patio and a terrace or garden in the front yard. These are often single-story homes, but some villas can be multi-story. Some of the most luxurious villas in the United States can be found in:
- Kauai (Hawaii)
- Golden Isles (Georgia)
Some of these villas are located on the beach (or near a body of water), but others— like the one in Calistoga, California— are located near wineries, making it a perfect place for a romantic getaway. For families, look into renting villas in Orlando, Florida near Walt Disney World.
For those seeking something other than a tropical or beach vacation destination, a lodge in the mountains is a perfect change of scenery. Depending on which mountain range you visit, there’s a possibility that you can experience snow-capped mountains at almost any time of the year. Even in the warmer months you’re likely to be impressed with the scenery. Some of the best snow-capped mountain towns in the U.S. include:
- Park City, Utah
- Taos, New Mexico
- Aspen, Colorado
All of these places are located within the Rocky Mountains (on the U.S. west coast), which usually see more snow than the Appalachian Mountains (on the east coast). This is perfect if you’re wanting to experience skiing, snowboarding, and other winter sports.
Beach houses are probably the most popular home away from home vacation residences in the world. Beaches in general are one of the top destinations for all vacation-goers, so owning your own beach house for your family to visit every summer (or more often) can be like a dream come true. Some of the best beaches in the U.S. include:
- South Carolina
- North Carolina
- New Jersey
- New York
Even though beach houses can be expensive, they’re a great investment for families who want to partake in beach activities such as swimming, surfing, snorkeling, and relaxation.
If you’re looking for a more quaint vacation home or getaway, then a small cottage on the lake is perfect for your family. Cottages today aren’t what you may think they are— you can invest in a luxury, custom-built cottage that suits the needs of you and your family. Other than the Great Lakes (Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, and Ontario) — which are located in both the U.S. and Canada— some of the most scenic lakes in the U.S. include:
- Lake Tahoe
- Lake of the Ozarks
- Lake Champlain
Just keep in mind that you may not be able to build a custom cottage on all of these lakes, so if you’re looking for a cottage where you can enjoy fishing, paddleboarding, and other lake activities, make sure to go with a company that can help you build your dream cottage by the lake.
If you’re looking for even more solitude where you and your family can unplug from the digital world, then a secluded cabin in the woods is what you’re looking for— especially if you live in the bustling big city. While the Rocky Mountains are great for winter activities , the Appalachian Mountains have more wooded areas and are better for other activities, such as hiking, fishing, camping, and many other outdoor activities. Two of the most popular national parks in the Appalachians include The Great Smoky Mountains and Shenandoah National Park.
Your dream home away from home can lie in either of these five types of homes, and it will depend on where you’d like to spend the majority of your vacations. Unfortunately, not everyone can afford to own all five of these types of homes, but it’s still a good investment to buy at least one vacation home. In some cases, you can even rent it out to other vacation-goers and earn some extra money.