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How the Other Half Vacations

The phrase “vacation rental” may conjure the image of a little beach bungalow or a modest cabin in the woods, but there's a certain segment of Airbnbs and Vrbos in a class all their own. With prime locations, eye-popping square footage, and amenities to rival any hotel's, these are luxurious places that can cost thousands of dollars a night. For some, the splurge may be worth it. For the rest of us, well, it sure is fun to gawk. On that note, take a whirl through some of the most extravagant rentals that are up for grabs in every state. 


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Related: Mansions You Can Actually Afford to Rent

 Alabama: Alexander City
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Alabama: Alexander City

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Dreaming of a sweet little lake house? This tricked-out eight-bedroom villa on east-central Alabama's Lake Martin might be a little more than you bargained for, in the best possible way. Relax in the pool, sweat in the indoor gym, or cozy up in front of the outdoor fireplace. You can also hop on a boat using one of the private docks and enjoy a day on the water.


Related: Amazing Airbnbs and Vrbos Across America


Alaska: Homer
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Alaska: Homer

Sleeps: 30

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If Alaska makes you think of cozy, remote cabins, this 17,000-square-foot mansion may have you rethinking that stereotype. Perched on majestic Kachemak Bay, it sleeps 30 people and includes amenities you would expect (a gleaming kitchen, a game room, a home theater) and some you might not (a Turkish bath, an indoor pool, a sauna, and a 2,000-square-foot Neverland-themed play area with a pirate ship). Spot otters, seals, whales, and other wildlife from the conservatory with a giant telescope.


Related: The Most Remote Vacation Rentals Across the World

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Arizona: Scottsdale
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Arizona: Scottsdale

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You'll find swagger and then some at this six-bedroom hilltop villa on Camelback Mountain. A stay here includes hotel-like flourishes like housekeeping and concierge service, and there's an optional chef ready to make your culinary dreams come true. But the highlight is the one-of-a-kind pool, built into the rocks with cascading waterfalls and eye-popping lights. There's also a poolside bar, a swanky fire pit, and a putting green. 


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Arkansas: Bella Vista
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Arkansas: Bella Vista

Sleeps: 20

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This seven-bedroom retreat on northwestern Arkansas' Loch Lomond is all things woodsy and quirky — with a healthy dose of luxury, of course. You'll be surrounded by antiques and whimsical touches like tree-stump bar stools, and there's a dock and even a slide right into the lake. Amenities include a sauna, a hot tub, a full bar, and a rec room with an adorable kids' cabin. 


Related: The Most Beautiful Cabin in Every State

California: Malibu
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California: Malibu

Sleeps: 16

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It doesn't get much more California than an eight-bedroom mansion in sunny Malibu described as “Mediterranean meets Hollywood.” Aside from the perfectly manicured pool, can't-miss features include a wine cellar to seduce even the snobbiest oenophile, a tennis court, and a plush theater room with a screen that's almost as big as what you'd find at the cinema.


Colorado: Avon
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Colorado: Avon

Sleeps: 14

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Head to central Colorado for the peak of ski-in, ski-out luxury with this seven-bedroom chalet, just minutes from Beaver Creek Village and Vail. Floor-to-ceiling windows and a towering stone fireplace dominate the main room, and you'll find a full bar, a pool table, and a theater room ready to help you relax after a day on the slopes. But the real highlight is a gorgeous stone hot tub with a waterfall, ready to take the chill off on a cold, snowy day.


Related: Incredible Hot Tubs Across the World


Connecticut: Stonington
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Connecticut: Stonington

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Standing watch over the Atlantic, this five-bedroom manor is the epitome of understated New England elegance. The bright white family room has doors that open right onto a waterside patio, and the master bathroom is straight out of a magazine with a clawfoot soaking tub, a rainfall shower, and gleaming tile. There's also a theater room with red velvet drapes and cushy recliners, a gym with a sauna, a wine cellar, a salt-water pool, and a tennis court.


Related: 20 Best Towns for East Coast Beach Vacations

Delaware: Rehoboth
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Delaware: Rehoboth

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One of Delaware's most popular beach towns is home to this HGTV-worthy six-bedroom home, about a 10-minute walk from town as well as sand and surf. Lounge on an Adirondack chair in the pool, cook a big family meal in the gourmet kitchen, and watch the kids fight over which custom bunk to call their own. A popular hiking and biking trail is also close by. 


Related: Best Airbnbs for a Summer Vacation

District of Columbia
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District of Columbia

Sleeps: 14

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Washington may not spring to mind when you think of “hip,” but this luxe four-bedroom firehouse in the trendy Shaw neighborhood might change your mind. Built in 1884, it's been fully modernized but still has exposed brick, wood beams, arched windows, old pipes, and plenty more to give it that vintage feel. There's a gorgeous fireplace, a kitchen with a huge island, a loft, and an office with firehouse memorabilia. 


Related: 24 Free or Cheap Things to Do in Washington, D.C.

Florida: Miami Beach
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Florida: Miami Beach

Sleeps: 12

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Fuse the exclusivity of your own luxury rental with the service of a hotel with this six-bedroom, 11,000-square-foot villa for up to 12 guests. Highlights include the massive pool with a grotto and waterfall, a volleyball court and gym, a theater room, and the swankiest master bathroom we've ever seen. And if you're going to drop this kind of cash, why not feel like a celebrity? A stay here comes with a private uniformed staff, including a personal butler, a private chef, and an on-call limousine driver.


Related: 30 Free or Cheap Things to Do in Miami

Georgia: Atlanta
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Georgia: Atlanta

Sleeps: 20

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You'll find this eye-popping 25,000-square-foot mansion near Atlanta's tony Buckhead district. It has hosted everyone from the New York Giants to Mel Gibson, and served as a filming location for “MacGyver.” The opulent interior includes a full “Casablanca”-themed bar, chef's kitchen, game room, ballroom, theater room, and more. Outside, there's a salt-water pool, an outdoor kitchen, and ample space for lounging.

Hawaii: Waimea
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Hawaii: Waimea

Sleeps: 30

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If one house just isn't enough, this drool-worthy Big Island rental will actually give you four. The lush grounds include koi ponds, gardens, sculptures, a tiki bar, and an oceanside infinity pool and hot tub. Inside, there are spa facilities, a gym with a steam room, and a theater room — but if you ask us, the real show here is the view of the Pacific. 


Related: The Best of Hawaii on a Budget

Idaho: Sandpoint
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Idaho: Sandpoint

Sleeps: 18

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This 11-bedroom home in the Idaho panhandle offers ski-in, ski-out access for anyone who loves carving up the powder, but it may be hard to leave the cushy surroundings for nature's majesty. It's also a great pick for two distinct groups of visitors, as it has two master bedrooms, two lofts, two kitchens, two dining rooms, and even two media rooms, hot tubs, ski rooms, and saunas. 


Related: Best Ski-In, Ski-Out Vacation Rentals

Illinois: Chicago
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Illinois: Chicago

Sleeps: 7

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Experience all that glistens on Chicago's Gold Coast at this historic four-bedroom rowhouse. There are backyard and rooftop gardens for relaxing, and the posh interior is decked out with crystal chandeliers, art, antiques, and a master bathroom and closet that would make even Carrie Bradshaw sigh with happiness. It's also hard to beat the location, just north of the Magnificent Mile and many of Chicago's most notable attractions.


Indiana: Paoli
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Indiana: Paoli

Sleeps: 16

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Country living doesn't need to be simple, as evidenced by this 14,000-square-foot, six-bedroom estate in southern Indiana. The classic interior includes a rec room with an English-style pub and a wine cellar, while the shady grounds have a pool, pool house, hot tub, and outdoor fireplace.

Iowa: Conrad
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Iowa: Conrad

Sleeps: 35+

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Fancy a game of hoops? You can perfect that three-pointer all day at this 11-bedroom mansion tucked away in rural central Iowa. It's home to a full indoor gym, complete with an electronic scoreboard. There's also a sports-themed theater room, a library, and a “man cave” with a pool table, a sauna, ping pong, and air hockey.


Kansas: Manhattan
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Kansas: Manhattan

Sleeps: 10

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If you have a soft spot for both history and luxury, check out this four-bedroom estate, parts of which date to the Civil War. The interior merges stone walls and timber ceilings with modern amenities like a chef's kitchen and luxe bathrooms. Outside, there's a hot tub and a truly unique patio that could easily host a wedding or a large family gathering.


Related: Travel Back in Time in These 12 Historic Towns Across America

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Kentucky: Glenview
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Kentucky: Glenview

Sleeps: 8

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This four-bedroom mansion close to Churchill Downs is ready to host horse lovers and non-horse lovers alike in style. Its formal gardens would be at home at a historic manor house in England, but modern amenities include a full gym, a massive master bathroom with a steam shower, a chef's kitchen, and a formal dining room with a crystal chandelier. Daily maid service is also included, so you won't have to lift a finger.

Louisiana: New Orleans
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Louisiana: New Orleans

Sleeps: 18

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Live it up in true Crescent City fashion by renting this eight-bedroom 1880s mansion, shaded by one of the city's classic old oaks. There's a private yard with a fire pit, a heated pool and spa, and hammocks so you can really kick back. Inside, 13-foot ceilings, pine floors, ornate fireplaces and plaster medallions mix with the modern kitchen and bathrooms, living room with a 75-inch television, and carefully curated decor. 


Related: Best Cheap or Free Things To Do In New Orleans

Maine: Kennebunkport
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Maine: Kennebunkport

Sleeps: 10

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Renting this seven-bedroom estate could have you hobnobbing with some of Kennebunkport's most notable residents (the Bush family compound is right across the street). Situated on 60 wooded acres, it's still practically on the ocean and has every conceivable amenity, including a huge indoor gym, a putting green, a tennis court, a pool and spa, a game room, and a self-contained guest house. Maid service is part of the deal, and a pro chef can be added on, too.

Maryland: Bozman
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Maryland: Bozman

Sleeps: 12

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This six-bedroom Eastern Shore retreat just oozes understated Chesapeake Bay chic. Outside, there's a full bar in a cabana by the pool, surrounded by tall trees with the water beyond. A private dock allows easy access for a day on the bay. Inside, an open floor plan provides an ideal gathering space for big families, and there are plenty of bunks for the kids to claim. They'll have fun hiding in the game loft while you curl up with a glass of wine on the screened porch.

Massachusetts: Williamstown
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Massachusetts: Williamstown

Sleeps: 14

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Though Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard undoubtedly have plenty of luxury rentals, one of Massachusetts' most spectacular properties is on the other side of the state. This seven-bedroom stunner on 35 acres in the Berkshires is marketed as “state of the art,” and we can see why: Guests can blow off steam with a golf simulator, full gym, and indoor basketball court; take a dip in the heated pool; relax in the spa; and catch a flick in the movie theater. The ultra-modern living and sleeping spaces also include the coolest bunk room we've ever seen. 


Related: Best Winter Home Rentals in America

Michigan: Union Pier
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Michigan: Union Pier

Sleeps: 26

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The Midwest may not seem like the place to go searching for luxury beach houses, so you're in for a fun surprise with this eight-bedroom Michigan property, split between a four-bedroom main house and a four-bedroom carriage house. Both homes are plenty comfortable, but the main attraction here is the outdoor space. There's a spectacular pool with a slide and a waterfall, a hot tub overlooking Lake Michigan, a koi pond, an indoor-outdoor kitchen, an upper-level deck, and a private beach.

Minnesota: Lake Shore
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Minnesota: Lake Shore

Sleeps: 16

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A lake house made of reclaimed wood might not sound swanky, but trust us: This six-bedroom on Gull Lake in central Minnesota is top-notch. There are sweeping lake views from the open living area, master bedroom, and screened-in porch, plus towering stone fireplaces. A theater room and retro-themed game room offer chances for fun if the weather's cold, or you can get out on the lake in kayaks, on paddle boards, or on a speed boat.


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Mississippi: Ocean Springs

Sleeps: 7

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There's nothing subtle about this three-bedroom gulfside Mediterranean villa. The interior has columns, chandeliers, vaulted ceilings, balconies, a library, and even a polished wood bar and a master tub set beneath a stained-glass window. Outside, there's a tropical-themed pool and spa with a waterfall overlooking the water, plus your own private dock and a large covered porch with a fireplace.

Missouri: Branson
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Missouri: Branson

Sleeps: 32

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Need to spread out? This 17,500-square-foot mansion is the epitome of Branson's unabashed glitz. Its crown jewel: An indoor pool and spa with a tiki bar and space for lounging provide a year-round oasis, and an open living room, dining room, and kitchen are an impressive gathering space with vaulted ceilings and a towering stone fireplace. There's also a theater room with surround sound, a game room, a putting green, a tennis court, and a large covered patio with lake views.


Related:50 Best Small Towns to Visit in Winter

Montana: Big Sky
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Montana: Big Sky

Sleeps: 40

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Go big in Big Sky country with this 25,000-square-foot, 10-bedroom ski-in, ski-out custom home. Mountain views come standard, but so do plenty of other eye-popping features. Catch a move in the theater with leather recliners and a night-sky ceiling, swim in the indoor pool, relax in the spa, and sweat it out in the sauna. There's even an indoor basketball court and gym where you can stay active if skiing isn't your thing. 


Related: Best Vacation Rentals With Indoor Pools

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Nebraska: Gretna
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Nebraska: Gretna

Sleeps: 10

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While this five-bedroom family home outside Omaha might seem modest by other states' standards, it still has more than enough room and amenities to keep guests happy. There's a modern kitchen, a two-story great room, a den with a wet bar, and an exercise room inside. Out back, hot Nebraska summers are no match for the large pool, surrounded by an attractive stone patio, a covered deck for grilling, and a fire pit.


Nevada: Las Vegas
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Nevada: Las Vegas

Sleeps: 10

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Live the high life, literally, with this four-bedroom penthouse on the 59th floor of the Palms. The rooftop hot tub offers top-notch views of the Strip and the mountains beyond, as do the floor-to-ceiling windows that surround the swanky living room with a full bar and an indoor waterfall. There's even a DJ booth, an outdoor kitchen, and an outdoor movie screen, plus access to free valet service and all pools, spas and amenities at Palms Place.


Related: 20 Rat Pack Haunts You Can Still Visit in Las Vegas and Beyond

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New Hampshire: North Hampton
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New Hampshire: North Hampton

Sleeps: 24

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This historic six-bedroom home is set on 10 scenic acres just a couple miles from the Atlantic. Outside, highlights include a fishing pond and hiking trails; inside, there's a theater room, an expansive kitchen, and plenty of cozy rooms for lounging. Gaze up at the soaring ceiling and the skylights while you float in the heated pool, which also has a diving board and an adjacent hot tub. If that's not enough to relax you, there's also a sauna. 


Related: 20 Things You Never Knew About New England


New Jersey: Maplewood
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New Jersey: Maplewood

Sleeps: 20

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If heading to France isn't a possibility, maybe this nine-bedroom French-inspired mansion in Jersey will satisfy your need for European glamour. From the long, dramatic circular driveway with a fountain to imposing columns, crystal chandeliers, and ornate ceilings, you may feel a little like royalty. Other highlights include two wood-paneled office spaces with bookshelves galore, a billiards room, a master bathroom large enough for several cartwheels, and a sparkling outdoor pool.


New Mexico: Santa Fe
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New Mexico: Santa Fe

Sleeps: 12

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How's a fully staffed private resort sound? Six bedrooms, 14 bathrooms, and a staff of three to attend to your every whim await at this New Mexico compound with stunning mountain views. The warm southwestern interior has every conceivable amenity, from game rooms and a steam room to a gym, a sauna, and a guest area with its own kitchen. Outside, there are several terraces, hot tubs, and a pool that could rival any high-end hotel's. 


Related: The Coolest Mountain Hideaways You Can Rent Across America

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New York: Water Mill
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New York: Water Mill

Sleeps: 12

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This tidy seven-bedroom Hamptons hideaway would undoubtedly earn the Martha Stewart stamp of approval. Renovated in 2019, it has a bright, magazine-worthy interior with spa-like bathrooms everywhere, but it's the outside amenities that are truly over the top. They include a heated gunite mirror pool with a waterfall and an infinity edge, a 12-person spa, an outdoor kitchen, a massive outdoor shower, a cabana for lounging, a fire pit, a bocce court, and even a sunken tennis court.


North Carolina: Mooresville
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North Carolina: Mooresville

Sleeps: 10

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Just north of Charlotte, this five-bedroom, 11,000-square-foot mansion is ready to welcome anyone who appreciates the finer things in life. Inside, there's a gleaming kitchen, a gym, and a game and media room with a full bar, but we wouldn't blame you if you spent the day in the master-bathroom tub, watching TV with a crystal chandelier overhead. Outside, the impressive pool and spa overlook the lake, and there's also a playground and lots of covered patio space for relaxing.


Related: Vacation Rentals With Thanksgiving-Worthy Kitchens


North Dakota: Jamestown
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North Dakota: Jamestown

Sleeps: 7

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Luxury can also be low-key, as this charming four-bedroom Arts and Crafts home in North Dakota shows. The professionally designed interior has a trendy farmhouse feel and plenty of nooks and crannies that invite you to curl up with a good book. Outside, there's a stone patio with a built-in grill, a fire pit, and a sea-salt hot tub ready for relaxation no matter the weather.


Ohio: Navarre
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Ohio: Navarre

Sleeps: 16

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This 47-acre farm isn't so much cows and crops as it is luxury and leisure. Not all is lost for the outdoorsy: There is a stunning octagonal barn from 1885 on the property, and guests can enjoy walking trails, a stocked pond, and endless flower fields in warmer months. But there's also a gorgeous pool and hot tub, a theater room with massaging recliners, a kids' bunk room with a climbing wall, a game room, a gym, a wine cellar, and a steam room. 

Oklahoma: Broken Bow
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Oklahoma: Broken Bow

Sleeps: 24

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A luxe six-bedroom … silo? Why not? This unique rental in southeastern Oklahoma is brand new and totally unique. Tucked away in the woods, it has picture windows that invite nature inside, a great room with impossibly tall ceilings, a game loft, and several stunning en suite bedrooms. Outside, there's a covered deck with a hot tub, a fire pit, a play area, and a rushing creek. Tesla owners can even plug right in with the home charger.


Related: Crazy-Expensive Glamping Retreats for Upscale Social Distancing

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Oregon: Lake Oswego
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Oregon: Lake Oswego

Sleeps: 14

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This charming, chalet-like seven-bedroom home in the Pacific Northwest has an intimate feel but room for a crowd. A homey stone fireplace and timber beams give it a lived-in look, but amenities including a theater, sauna, and game room help bump it to the next level. Waterfalls and sophisticated stonework make the outdoor pool feel like a natural extension of the woods beyond, but there's a cabana, a fire pit, and plenty of patio space for those who want to stay dry.

Pennsylvania: Beach Lake
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Pennsylvania: Beach Lake

Sleeps: 44

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Yup, it's a castle. And if you can overlook the cheesiness of a drawbridge and stone towers, the amenities might make you feel like you really are a king or queen — especially if there are kids in your royal party. For instance, there's a candlepin bowling alley, a professional gaming room with a “dungeon” feel, a 72-seat movie theater, indoor mini golf, an indoor basketball court, and not one but three outdoor pools.


Related: Amazing Family Vacation Rentals That are Tricked Out for Kids

Rhode Island: Narragansett
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Rhode Island: Narragansett

Sleeps: 16

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We all love a cozy Craftsman home, but this one has some tricks up its sleeve. Overhauled on national television, the five-bedroom home has picture-perfect living spaces and bedrooms, a sunroom, a luxury garage apartment, a media room, and even a gym and a sauna. Outside, there's a heated plunge pool, a fire pit, and an outdoor kitchen, and if you ever decide to leave, the beach is only a mile away. 


South Carolina: Kiawah Island
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South Carolina: Kiawah Island

Sleeps: 17

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Turns out the beach house of our dreams exists, and it's in South Carolina. This eight-bedroom beauty has a massive kitchen and more-than-comfortable living spaces, but you might never actually want to come inside. The pool and spa have their own cabana bar with a TV, and there's even a putting green. A private boardwalk leads right out to an uncrowded stretch of sand and surf.


South Dakota: Deadwood
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South Dakota: Deadwood

Sleeps: 30

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Head for the Black Hills and this seven-bedroom cabin that will completely change how you think of a getaway in the woods. All the usual amenities are here, including a stone fireplace, cozy leather furniture, and bunks for the kids. But there are also two hot tubs, nine TVs (no fighting during movie night), and a clubhouse with a game room, a heated pool, and other amenities. Best of all, some of the state's best attractions, including Mount Rushmore and the Badlands, are an easy day trip.

Tennessee: Nashville
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Tennessee: Nashville

Sleeps: 12

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The Music City needs a mansion or two for all the stars in its orbit, and this six-bedroom villa has hosted plenty of them. It's easy to see why: Everything has been built on a grand scale, including the grand foyer, formal dining room, game room, gym, and 3,000-bottle wine cellar and tasting room that would be right at home in a world-class winery. Outside, the screened porch has a hearth and stone walls, while the pool, fountains, and waterfalls complete that private-oasis feel.


Texas: Red Oak
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Texas: Red Oak

Sleeps: 20+

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This seven-bedroom compound in the Lone Star State might be as close as you can get to renting your own personal waterpark. You'll get access to one of the fanciest private pools we've ever seen, with at least two slides, a cabana, a grotto, and a 20-person hot tub. There's also a playground, lighted sports court, and pool bathhouse. Inside, a huge game room is the main highlight. 


Related: Vacation Rentals for Large Groups and Family Reunions

Utah: Park City
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Utah: Park City

Sleeps: 16

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There are a lot of fancy places to crash in this tony ski town, and this six-bedroom “ski dream home” is certainly among them. You can work out in the gym while gazing at the mountains, perfect your swing using the golf simulator, catch a movie in the stunning theater room, relax in the sauna, or pick the perfect bottle of vino from the wine cellar. If the weather's agreeable, there's a small outdoor pool with a waterfall and a fire pit, too.

Vermont: Stowe
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Vermont: Stowe

Sleeps: 15

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An estate named “Eden” seems like a pretty good bet for luxury, don't you think? This eight-bedroom in Vermont's foremost ski town is on 28 pristine acres that also host a spring-fed pond with its own hot tub, a tennis court, a heated pool, and a jacuzzi. Inside, there's a spa area with its own exercise room, sauna, jacuzzi tub, and steam shower. The kitchen has vaulted ceilings, skylights, and a huge island — all that's missing is your culinary wizardry.  

Virginia: Warrenton
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Virginia: Warrenton

Sleeps: 20

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This storied nine-bedroom estate near the Shenandoah mountains, born as a schoolhouse in the 1720s, is ideal for someone who wants a heaping side of history with their luxury. Guests can explore the 500-acre grounds with a golf cart and even take a riding lesson at the on-property equestrian club. There's also a tennis court, an indoor basketball court, batting cages, and an outdoor pool. 


Related: 30 Historic Schoolhouses Across America

Washington: Manson
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Washington: Manson

Sleeps: 21

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Talk about a view. This five-bedroom estate on glacier-fed Lake Chelan is practically one with the water and the mountains. Guests can take a dip in the infinity pool or relax on the terrace to really appreciate their surroundings, but the interior is also impressive. It includes four (yep, four) master suites, a game room with a wet bar, and a theater room, and there's also a guest house for a group that might appreciate a little extra privacy.

West Virginia: Capon Bridge
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West Virginia: Capon Bridge

Sleeps: 11

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Yes, rustic luxury is a thing, and this four-bedroom cabin in northeastern West Virginia makes it look effortless. Built with century-old logs, it's still a thoroughly modern retreat, with a hot tub, heated plunge spa, and fire pit among the outdoor highlights. Inside, notable features include a steam shower, a game room with bunks for the kids, and a charmer of a kitchen with red cabinetry.


 Wisconsin: Potosi
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Wisconsin: Potosi

Sleeps: 30+

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If you could use a little breathing room, you'll find it at this 10-bedroom ranch on 175 acres in southwestern Wisconsin. On bluffs above the Mississippi River, the grounds even have private hiking trails and a stocked pond with a gazebo. You'll actually find the pool and hot tub inside, along with a full private bar and a 20-seat theater. There's also a separate bunkhouse with its own bar and game room.

Wyoming: Jackson
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Wyoming: Jackson

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There will be no roughing it at this 10-bedroom riverfront ranch in the Tetons, even if the majestic surroundings beg for a little off-trail exploration. The property actually includes three houses, making it great for multi-family groups, and amenities include a media room, game room, gym, hot tub, and fire pit. Also available, if you really want to live it up: A private chef, maid service, and spa services.