One of our favorite past times is searching for great vacation getaways to add to our travel bucket list. With summer winding down, we’re already planning our next trip. Our Airbnb folders are jam-packed with favorites from all over the globe because planning vacations is the BEST and we would make it a full-time job if we could. Evidence of our love of travel can be found in our travel guides here: Budapest, Ireland, Paris.
Combing through pages and pages of listings, crowdsourcing the IDCO team and Instagram readers –– we’ve exhausted all of the above and narrowed down the list to 10 incredible properties. Each spot is totally unique yet beautifully designed. We have a Le Marais book store, a bamboo treehouse, and the coziest Michigan cottage just to name a few.
From the lower 48 states to international destinations, here are 10 vacay stays that you’ll want to add to your travel list immediately. It’s never too early to book – these beauties fill up fast!
Union Pier, Michigan
It’s no wonder that we are head over heels for The Leo Cottage. It is masterminded by interior designer Kate Marker and has her signature mix of eclectic decor and stunning yet cozy design. Follow cottage happenings on Instagram at @theleocottage and plan your next great adventure to the wilds of Michigan.
After staying here on a recent visit to Ireland, we know first hand how incredibly beautiful and serene this Irish village is. Sustainably restored 17th-century cottages sit on 200 acres of serene land near the Wild Atlantic Way and Galway city. Each cottage is outfitted with all the essentials, including a wood-burning stove for cozy nights in and a welcome basket with homemade bread and breakfast accouterments. It’s complete magic. But don’t take our word for it. “Staying in one of these cozy cottages is one of the most authentic experiences you could have in Ireland” – National Geographic
Puerto Escondido, Mexico
A luxe designer home on the tiny side, this minimal, low-impact vacation home is the perfect escape from the hustle of the city. Enjoy the private pool, private beach and lots of relaxing hammock time surrounded by the lush vegetation of Puerto Escondido.
From a paneled “bed box” to herringbone floors, shuttered windows and walls lined in stately portraits, this Scottish apartment is a true classic. Not to mention it has a front-row seat to the Royal Mile, at the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town.
Gull Lake, Brainerd, Minnesota
If you dream of a relaxing vacation on the lake, this one’s for you. It mixes spacious and modern with cozy and charming + includes beach access and a picturesque dock too. Think s’mores, paddleboarding, a game room, a gourmet kitchen and enough space to fit your entire friend group. P.S. There is one week still available anytime in October. Fall lakeside? Yes, please!
Fern Forest, Hawaii
A secluded bamboo treehouse in the middle of the Hawaiian jungle? Sign us up! This tropical getaway is set 15′ up in the canopy of trees with views, views, and more views. Experience off-the-grid living without skipping the comforts of home. The indoor/ outdoor shower looks pretty amazing too.
Catskills, New York
Located two hours from New York City, the Floating Farmhouse is an 1820’s Catskill manor home that has been beautifully restored with modern architectural elements and old-world charm perched along the edge of a swimming creek. A two-story wall of glass in the kitchen (that has its own pizza oven!) looks out onto the brook, apple orchards, and barn. This one is as enchanting as it gets.
This hilltop house is open-air living at its best with a rooftop living room and kitchen + dining area that are all linked by a bridge. Inside you’ll find modern design, brick barrel ceilings and colorful decor that add to the cultural beauty of this vacation spot. The panoramic views certainly don’t hurt either.
Sleep amongst 3,500 novels with this authentic bookstore nestled in the Le Marais neighborhood of Paris. The beautiful wood beams and walls lined with books add to the bespoke feel of this CRAZY COOL Airbnb.
Tiverton, Rhode Island
We love the Moore House properties sprinkled all over Rhode Island but this one just might be our favorite. A 1940’s Quonset Hut that was used during the war to store ammunition has been restored to its former glory and the result is magic. Features include the most stunning barrel-shaped kitchen, a dining room fit for 10, a library and even a grand piano should the mood strike.
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