For some people, cooking while on vacation represents true R&R. Instead of being cooped up inside, however, outdoor kitchens come with a side of fresh air and stunning views as you sauté, bake, and grill. Outfitted with chef-grade appliances, tools, and gadgets—plus pretty items for plating when it’s dinner time—you might find these cooking stations to be your rental property’s finest perk.
From Napa to Cape Cod—here are 5 of TurnKey’s favorite vacation rentals with outdoor kitchens.
Shop Santa Barbara, California’s farmers’ market or local food purveyors and whip up dinner under the sun at this 2 bedroom/2 bathroom Spanish Mediterranean-style villa, with a wrought-iron balcony and open floor plan. A barbecue grill, mini fridge, and sink are in the outdoor kitchen. Sip wine as you cook dinner overlooking the Santa Ynez Mountains. The beach and Stearns Wharf are a short 2-block walk. Inside the villa is a gas fireplace and a kitchen built for a chef with a Dacor oven, wine chiller, island seating, and Sub-Zero side-by-side fridge. A long wooden table seats 6 and is softly lit by a wrought-iron chandelier.
Embrace the Cali wine-country lifestyle with this 4 bedroom/3 bathroom 2,128-square-foot home in Napa. An outdoor kitchen poolside (kids will love the waterslide) features a built-in gas grill and marble countertop bar with lounge-style furnishings surrounded by fruit trees, plus a fire pit. Up to 8 can dine at the outdoor table, plus 5 at the bar. Indoors is a wood-burning fireplace, stylish kitchen with granite countertops, stainless-steel appliances, and dining space for up to 16. Spread further out with a balcony off the second-floor master suite large enough for 6 to relax.
Is there anything better than grilling up the catch of the day after paddling in kayaks? With this 3 bedroom/2.5 bathroom 2,600-square-foot home’s outdoor kitchen in Falmouth, Massachusetts, perched above the Moonakis River, you get exactly that. This builder’s home fresh off a remodel boasts 3 separate living areas (including walls of windows and a fireplace for cozy nights in), glass walk-in shower in the master bath, a huge water-view deck, and a dining table for 8. A center island bar comfortably seats 2.
This 3 bedroom/3 bathroom home within the Reserve at Lake Travis (an hour northwest of downtown Austin, Texas) feels like resort living due to its private outdoor kitchen (snug under a covered patio) and lush yard, along with the community’s lazy river, tennis courts, and marina. Tune into cooking shows via the living room’s 55” TV or kick back at the 2nd floor wine bar. There’s enough dining room for 10 — 6 at the table and 4 at the kitchen island, where stainless-steel appliances, a wine fridge, and white macaubas quartzite countertops gleam.
That this 6 bedroom/4.5 bathroom pad’s only 2 miles from Old Town allows you to also sample the local brunch scene as a bonus during your stay. Bring extended family because there’s enough room to sleep 14 (each bedroom has its own TV). You’ll never want to leave the landscaped yard, however, as there’s a pool with a waterfall feature and hot tub, plus an outdoor kitchen and bar, and a fire pit. 12 people can comfortably be seated outdoors for dinner and never have to miss “game time” thanks to a 50” TV at the bar. The indoor dining space can fit 14.
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