We had so much fun on our family vacation last summer that I’ve been thinking about this summer’s ever since. For whatever reason I had told myself family vacations were over-the-top expensive...I’m not sure why I sat in that thought for so long. When it was all said and done, we literally spent $2,500 and did everything we wanted to do. Well almost everything, I was pregnant, so we didn’t go mountain biking, which I’m still a little sad about.
This year, we’ll have to plan another tricky trip...because while I’m not pregnant this year, I’ve got a baby on my hip. Soooo, we’ve batted around a couple different ideas, one of which includes leaving that cute, squishy baby behind. Eek. I don’t think that’s the route will go, but who knows.
One of the best things we did was stay in a Home Away property. Growing up we always stayed in condos or houses as opposed to hotels and after a meh hotel experience last summer, I told Scot no more. No more shoving 5 people through 1 shower in the mornings, no more going to bed at 9 pm and no more getting after my boys for wrestling and being loud. No more.
Just like I could scroll through real estate indefinitely...the same is true of vacation rentals. Today I rounded up my some of my favorite vacation rentals properties...most I've stayed at, others are on my list.
Malibu Airstream...guys, have you seen this place before? It is looks incredible! Breathtaking views and maybe the best part? Peace and quiet.
This is on my list for a quick getaway for just me and Scot -- totally unplugged for a night or two in this place sounds just about perfect.
Carlsbad Waterfront Dream — We stayed here in 2016 and are heading back again this year with my in-laws and guys, this place is incredible. Some vacations, you know like Disney or ski trips, you're not in the actual unit much and just want a comfy place to lay your weary head each night. This is not that place. Let me repeat, this is not that place.
This rental is all about the property, like you never leave the house. So while it is a bit pricey, remember, you’re not staying here & then heading out to Disneyland and shelling out for all of that each day. Here you’re waking up late, enjoying breakfast by the pool, lunch on the lagoon and dinner on the patio. For reals. We can’t wait to head back sooooon!
PS: I realize I didn't show any pictures of the inside, it's equally beautiful, but you'll still spend all your time by the water
Speaking of good places to just rest your head, I’ve recommended this hotel for Disneyland about 100 times recently. I’m also going to go ahead and eat my words about staying in hotels, because this is one hotel I’d go back to. I’ve always been a Marriott fan and they did this close-to-Disney-hotel right. Our room had 2 queen beds and a set of bunk beds...all great BUT the very best part, besides no sign of Mickey on my walls, was the bathroom. It had a tub & two sinks, then a separate door on the bathroom AND a shower. If you visualized that correctly, that means you can have two people bathing/showering at the same time. An easy walk right to the Disneyland gates makes this a great option.
Newport is my family’s jam. Each year we try to think of something new and then we’re all like, ‘nah, let’s go to Newport.’ While I can’t link you up to the exact house we stay at, I can like you to this one and this one. Both are in the same neighborhood, have good beach access and can sleep a crowd. For the whole run down on our Newport hot spots, head here.
Last year, we headed to the mountains of Durango and stayed here, close to Purgatory Ski Resort. We went hiking, participated in a rodeo, went 4-wheel driving and hung at the local ski resort. I loved heading into Silverton and jeeping back through Telluride, they call the mountains behind Silverton, the American Swiss Alps, not that I've been to the Swiss Alps, but they are really beautiful.
This summer, we've thought about staying here, which is closer to home for a couple different reasons. My work schedule gets a little hectic in the summer months, so we could save on travel time, but also, at some point, we want to acquire a vacation home that is relatively close to home...so we've got some exploring to do as well. Scot went up last year to mountain bike in the area and really loved it, so we'll trek his bike up and rent some for the kids and take it easy.
A few other gems on my list? Here, here and here.
Want to peruse a few more? Some other great lists by state here, here and here.
Hi, I'm Amy. When I'm not scouring the valley for the perfect new house, you can usually find me in the kitchen with a gaggle of kids. Chips, salsa and a Diet Coke are usually in hand.