Get Away! 10 Breathtaking Homes You Can Rent for a Weekend

Summer's a great time to get away from it all—school's out, work is slower (or at least feels that way), and nice weather makes for smoother travel. A hotel is the obvious choice for accommodations, but one alternative—a home rental—might be the way to go this year. More space, privacy, and access to a full kitchen are just a few of the reasons you should consider renting a home for your next getaway. We did a little digging to unearth beautiful and unique homes worthy of your next vacation—even if room service isn't included. Some are historical, some were designed by famous architects, and others were once home to a few people whose names you might recognize—and they all guarantee you'll return home rested and relaxed.

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  1. Degas House


    Authentic 19th-century decor is just one of the reasons you should plan a trip to the Degas House, a New Orleans bed-and-breakfast. It isn't well known that French Impressionist Edgar Degas had relatives in America—but he did, and to drive home this point, the walls are bedecked with reproductions of the artwork he created during the year he lived in this family home.

  2. Duncan House


    Frank Lloyd Wright is one of America's most famous architects, and there are a growing number of his homes that you can rent—among them the Duncan House. The residence was relocated from Illinois to Pennsylvania, not far from Fallingwater, and is on a campus with three other homes—also available for rent—designed by Wright protégés.

  3. Seth Peterson Cottage


    Another Frank Lloyd Wright home you can rent is the Seth Peterson Cottage. More secluded and smaller than the Duncan House, this one-bedroom cottage sits on Mirror Lake, outside Lake Delton, Wisconsin. When local citizens saw the home was in need of restoration, they formed a conservancy to make sure the midcentury masterpiece didn't fall into disrepair.

  4. Wilton House


    Use your weekend to step away from your surroundings—and into a whole different era. The Wilton House is a meticulously preserved Colonial home, right down to its 18th-century woodwork. The house has been thoughtfully modernized, so although you'll feel as if you've traveled back in time, you'll be able to do so in comfort.

  5. Sinatra House


    If rustic isn't your thing, there are more glamorous options on our list. Get a taste of Old Hollywood at Frank Sinatra's Palm Springs estate. Ol' Blue Eyes commissioned the home after he made his first million and bolstered the Hollywood trend of weekends away in this desert resort city.

  6. Russell House


    Palm Springs's popularity in the 1950s made it a hotbed for innovative midcentury modern architecture. Russell House, a modernist gem designed by seminal architect Albert Frey, is perched on a mountainside overlooking the Coachella Valley. This retreat offers all the amenities a pleasure-seeker could ask for: an infinity pool, spa, incredible views, and a natural waterfall that empties into a koi pond.

  7. Orson Welles Estate


    If you're traveling west, there are plenty of Hollywood legacy homes to book for your next vacation. Orson Welles's Hollywood Hills estate is available—and, as you can imagine, it perfectly embodies Old Hollywood glamour. With a spa, pool, and views overlooking the valley, the home will make you feel as if Los Angeles is sprawled at your feet.

  8. Vermejo Park Ranch


    If you aren't looking for glitz and glamour on your getaway, Vermejo Park Ranch might be more your speed. Retreat to this whopping 591,000-acre ranch, but skip the lodges and opt for Casa Grande, Ted Turner's former eight-bedroom home. Here you can fish, hunt, or just enjoy the mountain view in solitude.

  9. Vineyard Retreat


    For a unique experience in a classic destination, visit the Vineyard Retreat on Martha's Vineyard. The building, initially a 19th-century Methodist church, has been carefully restored to preserve such original details as the tin ceilings and flooring, while updating the property into a stunning and comfortable vacation home.

  10. Naulakha House


    Naulakha House, a National Historic Landmark, was once home to famed author Rudyard Kipling—in fact, it's where he wrote The Jungle Book. Right outside the front door you'll find plenty of hiking, as well as skiing in the winter and music festivals in the summer. You can even play a game of tennis on Vermont's first-ever tennis court, which is part of the property.

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