Staying in a vacation rental just a few minutes away from national parks, shorelines, or mountains makes any adventurer’s vacation infinitely better. With less time spent traveling, there is more time left to explore.
With these homes, bodies of water or the rough-and-rugged outdoors are right out the back door, putting you in a kayak or on a hiking trail within minutes.
These homes—from Oahu’s North Shore to Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado—are not only located close to unbelievable destinations. Instead, you arrive quickly and with little hassle. Here are 6 homes perfect for fans of outdoor adventure.
Once you take in floor-to-ceiling views of the Rubicon Bay and Rubicon Peak from this 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath cabin you might never want to leave. Fortunately, Emerald Bay State Park is close and trailheads are right out the door. Get out on the water by renting a kayak or stand-up paddleboard on the nearby South Shore. Designed to sleep up to 9 people, 4 private balconies, stone fireplace, and deck provide more than enough space. Two bedrooms boast a California-king bed, fireplace, and en-suite bath with walk-in shower and jetted tub. Whip up meals in the open-concept kitchen—there’s a dining space for 6 paired with a lake view, plus a 4-seat breakfast bar—and chill out in front of the flat-screen TV or around the pool table.
After a day of hiking Rocky Mountain National Park (1 mile away), retire back to this pet-friendly 5 bedroom, 3.5 bath log cabin spanning nearly 3,500 square feet. A wood-burning fireplace, plush sofa and two armchairs, and 70” smart TV (with a DVD player) in the living room keeps things cozy while a game room stocked with books, DVDs, and games ensures kids don’t get bored. The game room even has its own kitchen, separate from the main kitchen’s island seating and 5-burner stove. Or, cook dinner on the charcoal grill outdoors and dine al-fresco at a table for 6, followed by roasting marshmallows over the fire pit.
All you have to do is look out the window—or up from your chaise on the wrap-around deck—to see the water from this 4 bedroom/ 3 bath home, which is a 10-minute walk from downtown Bar Harbor’s restaurants and shops. Engage further with the seascape on the Shore Path, which winds through Grant and Agamont parks; the trailhead is an 8-minute walk away. The lower level’s bunk beds and nearby bath are designed for kids while the other two floors feature a living room (connects to the deck via sliding-glass doors), kitchen, and 3 bedrooms. The second-floor master bedroom has a King bed and en-suite bath with a walk-in shower while the other two bedrooms share a bath.
You don’t even have to cross the street to reach the water: just walk the staircase to the beach, then to the end of your private pier on Banks Brothers Lake. Canoes that come with the house help you explore further. The 3-story layout in this 3 bedroom, 2 bath home includes a stone fireplace and 32-inch TV in the main living room, plus a downstairs living area perfect for reading or relaxing, and 2 bedrooms on the lower level, plus one on the top floor. Wind down the night grilling out on the deck (a hammock, built-in benches, Adirondack chairs and 4-person bar table makes it feel like an extension of the home) or roasting marshmallows in the fire pit.
In the backyard of this 3 bedroom/2.5 bath home lies the quiet Oregon coast. The third floor’s open layout, with vaulted ceiling and wood-burning stove, easily functions as a play or game area, or a spot to curl up with a book. Three decks and enough sleeping room for up to 10 people are ideal for family members who want to spread out. Cooking meals in the modernized kitchen is a breeze thanks to stainless-steel appliances, pretty blue cabinetry and quartz countertops. You can also roast marshmallows at the property’s fire pit while you enjoy the fresh coastal air.
Say “aloha” to a solo-cation or romantic getaway with this 1-bedroom ground-floor apartment—with Balinese-wood accents—on Oahu’s North Shore. It offers private Waialua Beach access. A quick stroll through the lush backyard, and your toes are in the sand—or on a boogie board—within minutes. Some of the country’s best surf spots are nearby. The apartment is stocked with a king bed in a bedroom separate from the rest of the residence and a five-burner stove plus granite countertops in the chef-grade kitchen. The home also comes with aa beach umbrella and beach toys, so you can pack a little bit lighter.
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