How to Book 2023’s Dream Vacation Homes

One Florida property is among Vrbo’s list of best rental homes of the year
This Rosemary Beach home is among Vrbo’s 2023 picks for vacation rentals.
This Rosemary Beach property has three wet bars, and is cozy equipped and provisioned. Vrbo photo

Vrbo, the online vacation rental company, has revealed its picks for the 2023 Vacation Homes of the Year. The award showcases the finest vacation houses in the United States. As an added bonus, this year’s list also has a vacation property in Mexico, a country that frequently rates among the most well-liked international tourist destinations for Americans.

The list included one Florida property, a waterfront house near Rosemary Beach.

The homes that make up the 2023 Vacation Homes of the Year range from small mountain hideaways to idyllic lakeside retreats and desert paradises, and they represent a variety of popular vacation spots and pricing ranges. These properties were chosen by Vrbo based on stringent criteria, such as having a 4.9 or higher star rating, a large number of guest reviews, Premier Host status, and exceptional facilities and areas for gathering with loved ones.

“There are more than 2 million private vacations rentals on Vrbo, so there are many amazing choices. This year’s Vacation Homes of the Year range from an urban oasis and a cozy ranch home under $400 a night to a beachfront estate that can sleep the whole family and more,” said Jon Gieselman, president of Expedia Brands. “Every single Vacation Home of the Year has a beautiful view, and combined boast seven private pools and fire pits, eight hot tubs and even five putting greens. 

These are the residences Vrbo selected:

Palm Springs, California – This huge desert getaway is only a few hours’ drive from Los Angeles and is ideal for families and large groups. The breathtaking outside area has a private pool, a mini golf course, and a pavilion where you can watch the sun set. The house also boasts a chef’s kitchen that is elegantly decorated and equipped, as well as a spa lounge with a sauna and steam room.

Phoenix, Arizona – The “Happy Roadrunner” is a stunning, exclusive refuge with a resort-style patio and breathtaking, expansive views of the surrounding countryside. The house is conveniently close to Phoenix’s top attractions because to its city center location.

Lake Norman, North Carolina – Less than an hour from the center of Charlotte, The “Chasestone” is located on a secluded peninsula with over 600 feet of lakefront views. A gourmet open-concept kitchen, theater room, and living area with access to the deck for outdoor dining are all included in the Nantucket-style house. 

Manzanita, Oregon – This super-contemporary wonder is a masterwork of architecture that seems to float among the trees. Ample natural light enters the room through walls of floor-to-ceiling windows, which also provide stunning views of Neahkahnie Beach, which is just outside.

Montauk, New York – With its close proximity to the beach, breathtaking ocean views, and newly enlarged deck space, this home is the ideal retreat and is only 2.5 hours by car from New York City. There is something for everyone thanks to the heated infinity pool, deep hot tub, inside movie theater, and art studio outside.

Dripping Springs, Texas – On 5 acres of land with immediate river access and spectacular views of the Hill Country, the “Riverfront Hideaway” is situated. The open-concept living room is effortlessly connected to outside dining and gathering spaces by a large wraparound terrace. Additionally, it takes less than an hour to drive from the house to Austin for a brief visit.

Rosemary Beach, Florida – The seaside paradise “30A My Way” in Rosemary Beach, Florida, has four floors of outdoor gathering areas between the lower deck and upper balconies, providing views of the blue ocean and white-sand beach just feet away on the private boardwalk. The house has a gourmet kitchen, three wet bars, and is cozy equipped and provisioned.

Isle of Palms, South Carolina – “Port of Call” is a magnificent beachside home with breathtaking views of the water that is only 30 minutes from Charleston, giving it the ideal location for discovering the best of the state’s coast. After a day in the sun, guests can unwind inside in the roomy sitting areas with huge windows.

Victor, Idaho – “Salmonfly Lodge” offers an incredible, incredibly in-vogue cowboy-cation experience, nestled near the Targhee National Forest and providing unrestricted views of the Teton Valley panorama. The house also has floor-to-ceiling fireplaces, soaring ceilings, and designer accents throughout, making it one of the best-appointed luxury log cabins in the neighborhood.

Winter Park, Colorado – Trestle House” is an amazing ski-in/ski-out home steps from Winter Park Resort and just 1.5 hours from Denver. The mountain views, high-end amenities and elegant furnishings make for a luxurious ski vacation.

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico – Villa Luna Nueva” is this year’s bonus property located in the ever-popular Cabo San Lucas. The home combines traditional and modern elements to create a warm and inviting atmosphere indoors and has a lush and tropical outdoor area featuring an expansive patio, private pool and secluded garden terrace.

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