Hilltop Haven in San Francisco, California
The Bay City is known for pricey rents and mortgages. So $677 a night for this 3-bedroom, 3-bath family home is a relative steal. And what a home. Entertain in the airy living room, relax in the hot tub, or enjoy the crisp night air around the fire pit.
Historic Bungalow in Santa Fe, New Mexico
Whether you visit in summer or winter, this elegant Southwest bungalow is perfectly situated near haunts that entertain in any season, like Santa Fe’s shops, museums, and Ski Basin. For $215 a night, you can rent a 3-bedroom, 2-bath historic home, surrounded by 2.5 acres of stunning New Mexican landscape.
Private Beach House in Miramar Beach, Florida
Take your friends and escape to this 4-bedroom, 3-bath mansion in Miramar. For $327 a night, you’ll have access to a private beach, club house, volleyball and tennis courts, not to mention shopping and restaurants within walking distance.
Downtown Haven in Nashville, Tennessee
After a concert in Music City, retire to this bright haven on Magnolia Street. It’s a bargain at $164 a night, and can fit 8 guests, with 2 full bedrooms and 2.5 baths. The hosts are committed to giving you the ultimate “local experience”—in luxury.
Sky Chalet in Newry, Maine
Love winter sports? Why not rent an entire chalet? This sweet spot in Maine sleeps up to 25 guests for $528 a night. In addition to 6 bedrooms and 3.5 baths, you'll also get access to a cocktail bar and fireplace. The kids can hang out in the game room downstairs, complete with bunkbeds.
Converted Barn in Hamptons, New York
This summer, plan a getaway to the Hamptons. With wood beam ceilings and rustic decor, this converted barn is chic, not shabby. A rental fee of $621 a night gets you 4 bedrooms, 2 baths—and the owner will even permit pets, if you make the request in advance. The property has a swimming pool and is in close proximity to the beach.
Luxury Yurt in Williams, Arizona
Try something different—and fun. Go glamping in a deluxe yurt. For a five-star vacation to the Grand Canyon, stay in this upscale super-tent, which fits 8 guests. Prices start at $288 a night, and amenities include 4 beds and 1 bath, wood burning stoves, and a kitchenette.
Fantasy Treehouse in Columbia Falls, Montana
Grown-ups can play in treehouses too. A mere 30 minutes from Glacier National Park, this Montana treehouse nests on 7 private acres. You’ll have plenty of room inside too, with 4 beds (1 bedroom), 1.5 baths, and a full kitchen. All of this and a spectacular view for $338 a night.
Urban Loft in Chicago, Illinois
You don’t have to live in the Windy City to enjoy its culture, music, food, art, and lakeside walks. Just book a few nights in this loft, near Pulaski Park. The cost is much cheaper than a hotel—just $54 a night—and includes 1 bedroom, 6 beds, 1.5 baths, kitchen, and free street parking. Not bad for inner city living.
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Northern Lights Cabin in Fairbanks, Alaska
Take your family to our northernmost state, and stay in comfort for $282 a night. If you go in April-September, views of the aurora borealis are visible from the upper story porch. There are 2 bedrooms (3 beds) and 1.5 baths. After a day at Denali National Park, curl up in front of the wood burning stove and relax.
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1820s Mansion in New Orleans, Louisiana
Revel in the sights and sounds of New Orleans like a local. Stay in this 1820s French Quarter mansion, furnished with chandeliers and champagne. It’s $310 a night for up to 6 guests, though you’ll have to share 2 sleeping spaces and a single bathroom.
Modern Art House in Seattle, Washington
Hiking trails? Check. Timber roof? Check. Lego wall? Check. This bright and funky Seattle nest is perfect for a professional or a family. At $326 a night, you’ll get 4 bedrooms and 4 baths, plus hip furnishings and gorgeous architecture. In the summer, share your meals al fresco on the outdoor balcony.
1916 Carriage House in Washington D.C.
With charm and elegance aplenty, Georgetown is D.C.’s most established neighborhood. This 1916 carriage house speaks to the city’s heritage with modern and airy interiors. Up to 6 guests can stay in 2 bedrooms, with 2.5 baths. Plus, you’ll have all the fun and food of Dupont Circle at your fingertips.
Secret Resort in Dallas, Texas
Bold and beautiful, this contemporary home is a veritable resort. The living space opens onto a luxury pool and hot tub, surrounded by lounge chairs and a private wall. Staying in the 3-bed, 2.5-bath home will only cost you $253 a night. Plus you’ll be right in the heart of Dallas.
Villa in Beverley Hills, California
A villa in the Hollywood Hills—why not? If you have 16 or more guests, you can split the $898 a night price tag and sample the delights of California living, including a waterfall pool, barbeque, and cabana. With Rodeo Drive and Sunset Strip a few minutes away, you can dine among the stars.
Log Cabin in Island Park, Idaho
Book a holiday to remember at Yellowstone National Park. But don’t stay in an expensive hotel. Instead, rent an authentic log lodge, with room for 16 guests, including 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, and an attic furnished with games and bunkbed for the kids. Planning a spring getaway? Get 30% off the $157 a night fee.
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Resort Home in Orlando, Florida
If Disney World is your destination, rent an entire house with resort amenities for $191 a night. With sleek furnishings and a private pool, this 6-bedroom, 5-bath domain is the ideal place to chill after a long day at Universal Studios or Sea World, both just 15-20 minutes away.
Midcentury Charmer in Richmond, Virginia
Soak in Southern hospitality, Virginia style. This Richmond charmer was built in 1956, but has all the style and comfort of 21st-century living (like high speed Wi-Fi). For $165 a night, roost in a real home, with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, a garden, and courtyard hot tub.
Rustic Retreat in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
If you’re looking for a low-key way to spend your vacation, consider Winston-Salem. With plenty of parks, museums, and quaint boutiques, you can enjoy historic sites by day, and return to this sprawling rustic retreat at night. With 3 bedrooms and 3 baths, up to 10 guests sleep among the trees for $336 a night.
Tropical Escape in Honolulu, Hawaii
Escape to paradise—or the next best thing. Book this Waikiki villa, an oasis just 5 minutes from downtown Honolulu. At $1,264 a night, you’ll probably want to bring at least 10 guests with you. Divvy up the 4 bedrooms and 5 baths, then meditate (or party) in the modern, tropical living space. The beach is minutes away.
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