5 Extraordinary Vacation Rentals for Family Getaways


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 from our guests. Families are 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 homes that were tailor-made for an unbeatable family getaway. Click to learn more about the home and its amenities, see all photos, and check for availability.

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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.

  • 7 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms
  • Sleeps 17
  • 5 parking spaces
  • 10,050 square feet
  • Shuttle pick up to the Vail/Beaver Creek skiing

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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, with additional space in the breakfast nook.

  • 4 bedrooms
  • 4 full bathrooms/two half bathrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 6 parking spaces
  • 6,092 square feet

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The Gilded Edge

With a grand dining room that overlooks beautiful Lake Tahoe, a private dock, and lakeside decks, The Gilded Edge will make for a family vacation no one will forget. It was designed with large groups in mind, with an extended breakfast bar and seating and an open design that helps everyone stay connected.

  • 5 bedrooms
  • 5 full bathrooms and 2 half bathrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 4 parking spaces
  • 6,239 square feet

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Villa Sevillano

For a sunny California family retreat, Villa Sevillano has everything you need. Built in a classic Santa Barbara architecture style in a stunning location, this home provides an experience unlike any other vacation rental. Enjoy a private pool, movie theater, and billiards room with a rich, wood bar in this stunning estate.

  • 6 bedrooms and 6 full bathrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 8 parking spaces
  • 10,378 square feet
  • Set on 22 acres

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A ski-in/ski-out modern Vail home, Quantum is luxury mountain living at its finest. There’s plenty of communal space for large families, and an exceptional, grand dining table for meals together. There’s enough privacy for everyone, but still plenty of open space and seating, making this home ideal for large groups.

  • 6 bedrooms
  • 7 full bathrooms, 2 half bathrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 5 parking spaces
  • 9,500 square feet

Want to keep looking? We have plenty more homes to choose from. We're sure you'll find what you're looking for.

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