Whispering Pines Lodge, Eagle River, Wisconsin , a Vacasa vacation rental
Whispering Pines Lodge, Eagle River, Wisconsin (credit: 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, 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, a Vacasa Vacation Rental (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.


Beautiful Vacasa rental in Mesa, Arizona
Saddleback Retreat Pool (credit: 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)

Pajaro Paradise

Watsonville, California
Pajaro Paradise

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.


Vacasa Vacation Rental at Pajaro Dunes in Watsonville, California
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, 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 offers Vacasa Vacation Rentals
Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center, Hilton Head (credit: Randy Yagi)


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.


A beautiful Vacasa Vacation Rental in Hilton Head South Carolina
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
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. One of several Vacasa-managed homes in the area, Heron Point has its own private beach. Additionally, it offers several other amenities, like a full sized kitchen vaulted ceilings and fireplace. Outside this magnificent lakehouse are a spacious deck with a firepit, beach chairs, gas grill and private boat dock.

This Vacasa vacation rental has a maximum occupancy of 14 guests and nightly rates start at $298, with reservations available online.


Whispering Pines Lodge

Eagle River, 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. Nightly rates for this Vacasa vacation rental start at $889. 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.