15 Extraordinary Family Reunion Vacation Rentals Around the Country

Large family vacation rentals for family reunions in beautiful destinations

The way families get together over the holidays or for special occasions is shifting. A space that was once dominated by hotels and resorts has now veered toward luxury vacation rentals, and a quick look at the numbers makes it easy to see why:

  • There’s more space. The average hotel room is well under 400 square feet, compared to the average vacation rental at 2,000 square feet.
  • It’s easier to stay longer. A 2016 TripAdvisor survey found 43 percent of respondents planned to stay a week or more in their vacation rental, while only 24 percent said they would stay more than three days at a hotel for leisure travel. 
  • It’s more than a room. The TripAdvisor survey found 82 percent of respondents look for stunning views in a vacation rental. Another 67 percent require a washer/dryer, 46 percent look for a private pool, 33 percent want an outdoor grill, and 32 percent want vacation homes with a hot tub.
What statistics don’t convey, however, is what we’ve heard our guests say make for the best family getaways. They're looking to create a unique environment where they can cook together, gather around the fireplace together, sit on the balconies together, and explore the surroundings together, with all the comfort and privacy they would have in their own family home. They want to craft perfect vacations that lead to lifetime memories.

If you and your family are looking for something different than a hotel stay, take a look at a few of our large family reunion rental homes in Colorado and California that were tailor-made for an unbeatable group getaway. Many of these homes also work perfectly for corporate retreats and offsite meetings, too. Click to learn more about the home and its amenities, see all photos, and check for availability. Or, if you're planning a ski trip and are wondering which Colorado ski resorts are best for families, check out our post here.

Colorado Family Reunion Locations

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Vail Valhalla

Vail Valhalla combines the majesty and luxury of Vail with the beauty and coziness of a Rocky Mountain ski retreat. Set on multiple levels built into the side of the mountain, you'll find a private pool and hot tub unlike any you've seen before, a grand entranceway, and plenty of space for lounging with your entire group.

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Il Podere

Il Podere, which means "family homestead" in Italian, is one of our premier Vail Valley properties. Perched atop a mountain on 220 acres, this home features private hiking trails, a hilltop pool and pool house, infinity hot tub, basketball courts, a private movie theater, and beautiful terraces. This is an excellent home for large events with as many as 180 attendees.  

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Elk Horn Outlook

One of the finest homes in Vail/Beaver Creek, Elk Horn Outlook has the rustic charm of Colorado and the space to fit your entire family. The large, round dining table provides a great setting for an elegant family holiday meal. Also, the deck and balcony views are not to be missed.

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Dancing Bear

Set in the heart of the mountains of Telluride, Dancing Bear has 360-degree alpine views and ski-in/ski-out access to one of the country’s highest-rated ski resorts. The large outdoor hot tub looks out over the mountains, and the grand dining table has seating for 10. It's also our best-performing home on Instagram, and it's not hard to see why. 

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Mountain Kingdom

When you take your next family getaway to Breckenridge, stay at Mountain Kingdom to discover what alpine royalty looks like. This lodge is big enough for everyone to have their own space and plenty of privacy. Sit on the back deck for unbelievable views of the canyon below and ridges beyond, or gather in the hot tub with equally impressive views. 

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Village Overlook

You and your family will have all the space, views, and luxury amenities you can handle at Telluride's Village Overlook, yet you'll still be able to walk to the free scenic gondola in five minutes. This home is perfect for families who want quiet downtime together around a roaring fireplace or in the private outdoor hot tub, as well as outdoor activities like skiing and hiking. 

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Pineview Hideaway

Experience Breckenridge, Colorado, like never before in Pineview Hideaway. There is a quiet side to this hillside sanctuary and you'll only need minutes in the fresh mountain air to understand just what kind of natural beauty emanates from this area. It’s just a 5-minute drive to the slopes, but seems so far from the ordinary.

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Prospect Lodge

Located in the hills of Mountain Village in Telluride, Prospect Lodge is remote enough to give you privacy and serenity, yet still only a few minutes from the action of town. If you're looking for a winter family reunion over the holidays, this home offers ski-in, ski-out access, as well as a private hot tub. The game room and cozy loft also make this a perfect family home. 

California Family Reunion Locations

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Big Buck Lodge

When you stay at Big Buck Lodge, you'll get access to your own bikes, which you can use to explore the beauty of Tahoe City and the nearby Skylandia Beach. After a full day of riding around town, retire to this retreat and gather around the outdoor fire pit or any of the large decks, or soak in the private outdoor hot tub.

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Lakeshore Retreat at Dollar Point

Enjoy sweeping views of the glittering water and a traditional Lake Tahoe cabin feel, complete with a cozy stone fireplace and lodge-themed decor, at Lakeshore Retreat at Dollar Point. For an even better view, step out onto the spacious deck, or plan a meal here on the outdoor dining set. 

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Sierra Sanctuary at Northstar

Sierra Sanctuary is perfect for families who want easy access to Northstar's amazing skiing and still have plenty of space to sprawl. Gather together in the private hot tub, around the outdoor fire pit, or on any of the spacious decks and patios -- all of which offer views you'll never grow tired of. 

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North Slope Chateau

North Slope Chateau is the perfect home to relax in absolute comfort and take in the stellar views of the mountains and valley, in any season. This home allows ski-in, ski-out access to its world-famous runs (one of only 3 ski-in/ski-out homes on Squaw), what are you waiting for?

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Swiss Kiss

Swiss Kiss, located at the top of the prestigious Incline Village, is the essence of Lake Tahoe in one beautiful home. High in the mountains with breathtaking views, minutes from Tyrolian Village and the Diamond Peak Ski Resort, and just a short drive to the private golden-sanded beach, this Lake Tahoe cabin is an idyllic backdrop for your next getaway with family or friends. 

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Grandview Retreat

Visit Grandview Retreat and you'll be rewarded with epic views of the gorgeous Carnelian Bay, which you can take in from all over the multi-level home. Relax under soaring pine trees in the backyard, and cook a feast for your whole group on the gas grill. 

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Serenity Lodge

Everything you love about the traditional Lake Tahoe cabin blended masterfully with the splendor of Incline Village. That's what sets Serenity Lodge apart from the rest, and as its name suggests, it's the perfect spot to experience Lake Tahoe in a quiet, peaceful setting. When you're sitting around the gas fireplace or relaxing in the jetted tub, you'll find there's no place you'd rather be.

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