Upgrade Your Summer Getaway With Vacasa

Whispering Pines Lodge, Eagle River, Wisconsin (photo courtesy of Vacasa)
Whispering Pines Lodge, Eagle River, Wisconsin (photo courtesy of Vacasa)

When talking about vacation rentals, there are the obvious choices like Airbnb, HomeAway and Vrbo. But have you ever checked out the amazing vacation rentals from Vacasa? Founded in Portland, Oregon in 2009, Vacasa doesn’t have the inventory as its competitors do nor is it as widely known. But Vacasa is one of the fastest growing companies in America, with more than 13,000 vacation rentals across the U.S. and overseas, and has also launched top flight property management and real estate services, making it the largest vacation rental management company in North America. What’s more, Vacasa employs local housekeepers and property managers to help create the finest experience possible for vacation renters and property owners.

If you’re still not convinced in getting an upgrade to your summer vacation, take a look at these five extraordinary vacation rentals from Vacasa.

Saddleback Retreat, Mesa (photo courtesy of Vacasa)
Saddleback Retreat, Mesa (photo courtesy of Vacasa)

Arizona
Saddleback Retreat, Mesa

Just minutes from one of Mesa’s most popular recreational areas, Saddleback Retreat is a stunning 3-bedroom, 3-bath home equipped with a private pool, waterslide and a whole lot more.

Living Space, Saddleback Retreat (photo courtesy of Vacasa)
Living Space, Saddleback Retreat (photo courtesy of Vacasa)

Tucked away in a quiet residential neighborhood in the northeastern portion of the city, this contemporary two-story home also features modern amenities like a full kitchen with a dishwasher, central air conditioning, washer and dryer, complimentary Wi-Fi and two dining areas. All of the bedrooms are on the second level, with the master bedroom equipped with a fireplace and stylish bathroom with a separate bathtub and shower. The enclosed backyard offers even more impressive amenities, including a fire pit, patio, gas grill and even a putting green.

Joe's Farm Grill, Fresh Foodie Trail
Joe’s Farm Grill, Fresh Foodie Trail, Mesa

Several outdoor activities are close by, such as golf at Red Mountain Ranch Country Club and Las Sendas Golf Club, hiking, biking and fishing at Granite Creek Recreation Area, Usery Mountain Regional Park and hiking Lost Dutchman State Park in the popular Superstition Mountains. As the second largest city in the Greater Phoenix Area, Mesa also offers many other fun things to do, like a tour of its Fresh Foodie Trail, Mesa Amphitheatre, Golfland and Sunsplash and in the springtime, baseball games at HoHoKam Park, the spring training home of the Oakland A’s and Sloan Park, the spring home of the Chicago Cubs.

Saddleback Retreat Pool (photo courtesy of Vacasa)

Nightly rates for Saddleback Retreat start at just $89 and there’s enough room to accommodate up to seven guests. Reservations may be booked online.

Pajaro Paradise, Watsonville (photo courtesy of Vacasa)

California
Pajaro Paradise – Watsonville

Featuring spectacular oceans views amid a nearly deserted beach, Pajaro Paradise meets the classic definition of paradise: a place or state of serenity and bliss. Located in Pajaro Dunes, along the breathtaking Monterey Bay just outside of the City of Watsonville, Pajaro Paradise is a 4-bedroom, 2.5-bath beachfront home with enough living space to comfortably accommodate up to 10 guests. This two level home offers all sorts of modern conveniences, like a full kitchen with complimentary coffee, washer and dryer, wood-burning fireplace, Wi-Fi and a telescope for dolphin and whale watching. On the ground level is a game room with assorted games and additional beds, along with a second entrance way that leads directly to the driveway. Guests also have access to the sparkling public beach just one door down, as well as private tennis courts just down the road.

Living Space, Pajaro Paradise

Visiting guests may be interested in visiting local attractions nearby, including the beachside communities of Moss Landing and Monterey, as well as Santa Cruz, best known for its world famous Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Other suggested attractions include whale watching from Monterey Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Asilomar State Beach and Pebble Beach, kayaking along scenic Elkhorn Slough in Moss Landing and a train ride through the redwoods on board a train from Roaring Camp Railroad.

Pajaro Paradise, Ocean Side (photo courtesy of Vacasa)

Rates for Pajaro Paradise start at $320 nightly and reservations may be made online. Upon reaching Pajaro Dunes guests must enter a security gate that’s accessible 24/7 and register their vehicle.

Belted Kingfisher, Hilton Head (photo courtesy of Vacasa)

South Carolina
Belted Kingfisher, Hilton Head

Yet another magnificent property with sweeping oceans views, Belted Kingfisher is a luxurious private home with seven bedrooms, eight bathrooms, elegant bay windows and a heated pool. Located in the South Beach section of Hilton Head, near the southernmost edge of the shoe-shaped island, Belted Kingfisher can accommodate up to 20 guests and is available on a weekly basis. An enormous collection of amenities are available to enjoy inside the stately home, like central air conditioning, full size kitchen with modern appliances, washer and dryer, outdoor gas grill, outdoor Jacuzzi and a private boardwalk to the beach just a short walk away.

Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center, Hilton Head

Home to several of the world’s finest golf and tennis facilities, Hilton Head offers many options for outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy. In addition to world-class golf and tennis at places like Palmetto Dunes and Harbour Town Golf Links, visitors can also enjoy jet skiing, biking, parasailing, fishing, swimming at Coligny Beach and much more. Visitors can also enjoy more leisurely attractions in South Carolina’s Lowcountry, like boat cruises, Coastal Discovery Museum, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Sandbox children’s museum and dining and shopping Sea Pines Resort’s Harbour Town.

Living Space, Belted Kingfisher (photo courtesy of Vacasa)

Named after the bird species that live there year round, Belted Kingfisher has rates that start at $5,446 per week and vacation renters must be at least 25 years old to make reservations.

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Heron Point, Lake Anna, Virginia (photo courtesy of Vacasa)

Virginia
Heron Point, Lake Anna

Elegantly perched along Virginia’s Lake Anna, Heron Pointe is a spacious home with 4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms and its own private boat dock. Located outside the peaceful Town of Mineral, about an hour’s drive from Richmond, Lake Anna is a popular getaway destination for other Virginia cities like Alexandria, Charlottesville, Norfolk, Roanoke and Virginia Beach, as well as other notable cities like Baltimore, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham and Washington D.C. One of several Vacasa-managed homes in the area, Heron Point has its own private beach, along with several other nice amenities, like a full sized kitchen, wood flooring, vaulted ceilings, central air conditioning, washer and dryer and fireplace. Outside this magnificent lakehouse are additional modern conveniences like a spacious deck with a firepit, beach chairs, gas grill and the exceptionally large boat dock.

Heron Point Patio & Private Boat Dock (photo courtesy of Vacasa)

One of the largest freshwater reservoirs in the Old Dominion State, Lake Anna is a very popular destination for swimming, boating, hiking, biking and fishing, with golf courses within driving distance like Meadows Farm Golf Course, Tanyard Country Club and Woodbury Golf Course. Nine miles away is the historic Town of Mineral, where a number of dining establishments can be found along the namesake Mineral Avenue.

Heron Point Living Area (photo courtesy of Vacasa)

Heron Point has a maximum occupancy of 14 guests and nightly rates start at $298, with reservations available online.

Whispering Pines Lodge, Eagle River, Wisconsin (photo courtesy of Vacasa)
Whispering Pines Lodge, Eagle River, Wisconsin (photo courtesy of Vacasa)

Wisconsin
Whispering Pines Lodge, Eagle River

One of more than 20 Vacasa-managed homes in Northern Wisconsin, Whispering Pines Lodge might be the perfect setting for a family reunion, picturesque wedding, corporate getaway or other large gathering. Located along what’s known as the World’s Largest Chain of 28 Connected Lakes in the Town of Eagle River, Whispering Pines is a breathtaking 9 bedroom, 6 bath lodge with enough space (8,800 square feet) to comfortably accommodate up to 36 guests. Among the home’s other notable features are its 30 foot high ceilings, enormous bay windows and fireplace, a grand staircase, full sized kitchen, separate upstairs living room, a home theater room, game room, sports bar with a shuffleboard, hot tub and private beach and boat dock. Additionally, the spacious lawn is available for outdoor activities like volleyball and kickball and the entire property is close to the area’s popular ATV and snowmobile trail system in what’s known as the Snowmobile Capital of the World.

Whispering Pines Lodge (photo courtesy of Vacasa)
Whispering Pines Lodge (photo courtesy of Vacasa)

With a completely small town feel, Eagle River has a population of about 1,400 residents and is regarded as the historic setting for the first permanent Indian settlement in Wisconsin’s Northwoods. With its prime location along the Wisconsin River and the Chain O Lakes, Eagle River attracts travelers from all over the Badger State, from cities like Eau Claire, La Crosse, Sturgeon Bay and Appleton, along with larger cities like Green Bay, Madison, Milwaukee, Chicago, Minneapolis and Detroit. While the outdoor activities are many and obvious, there are many other things to see and do in Eagle River and its surrounding area, like Northwoods Children’s Museum, Eagle River Historical Museum, Eagle Falls Adventure Golf & Laser Tag and the Snowmobiling Hall of Fame.

Whispering Pines Lodge (photo courtesy of Vacasa)
Whispering Pines Lodge (photo courtesy of Vacasa)

Nightly rates for Whispering Pines Lodge start at $889, which seems like a bargain when 36 guests are accommodated. In order to make online reservations through Vacasa, the prospective renter must be at least 25 years old and guests must be 25 or older unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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About The Author:

Randy Yagi is an award-winning freelance writer who has covered national/international travel for CBS Local and all things San Francisco for CBS San Francisco. He is a Media Fellow of Stanford University and a member of the Freelance Council of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW).

He is a lifelong resident of Santa Cruz County, in California.

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