25 Apr Travel: 5 Supersized Vacation Ideas
Daniel Kalenov, owner and operator of Rental With a View, a boutique vacation rental company in San Diego, says families are increasingly using travel as a means for multiple generations to connect with one another, and they demand more from their accommodations than the standard cookie-cutter hotel. Vacation rentals offer more than just a place to sleep at the end of a busy day exploring a new destination. Instead, they add to the overall experience of the vacation.
“People don’t want to just go on a trip anymore; they want to make memories,” said Kalenov.
“You need to have something for everyone. For example, grandparents relish the opportunity to get quality time and bonding in with their families. At the same time, parents of young children appreciate the extra pair of hands, allowing them to enjoy date night in a new town without the little ones. The older kids and teens want to swim, play pool, or shoot hoops. In their post-stay reviews, many guests comment that their favorite part of the trip was hanging out at the house… and that’s what we’re aiming for.”
With families often separated geographically, or limited by busy work schedules, a vacation may be the only time everyone gets together for an extended period of time. Generational travel, and the use of private vacation rental homes, can be a win-win for everyone.
In choosing a destination and a rental property for that upcoming family vacation, it is important to pick a place that offers something for every member of the family. Look for destinations that offer plenty of kid-friendly activities to keep the children busy and content. Cooking classes, art galleries, and historic sights generally pique the interest of senior family members. Middle-aged travelers are often interested in food and cultural attractions.
Most importantly, vacation rental homes offer travelers a different experience than standard hotel accommodations. They often provide more square footage for larger families traveling together. Although hotels might put grandparents in one wing of the hotel, and grandkids in another, vacation homes can keep everyone under one roof.
Many vacation rentals offer more luxurious features, such as heated pools, soaking tubs, views, and privacy. They can often be much more cost-efficient and convenient for longer stays, as many are equipped with amenities of home, such as washing machines, dryers, Wi-Fi, and kitchens equipped with everything needed to prep homecooked meals.
Ready to plan your generational vacation? Check out these five supersized private vacation rental homes located across the nation…
Sextant’s Biscayne Residence – Miami
This rental home is perfect for families or groups looking for a clean, sleek space in a central location. The modern finishes, 120-inch projector screen, and lush vegetation set this home apart. These two side-by-side homes connect through the backyard but still feature their own pool and hot tub. Both properties are large enough to have all 14 guests in one of the dining or living areas, or guests can enjoy separated spaces. Located 15 minutes by car from Miami Beach, this home is also walking distance from several bars and restaurants.
Cedar Ridge – Nashville, Tennessee
Built in 2011, there is so much attention to detail to this 10-acre country estate! With six bedrooms, three-and-a-half bathrooms, and 4,775 square feet of space, this home is the perfect destination for a large family trip. This property boasts a theater room, music room, patio seating, pergola, chef’s kitchen, playground, tree house, and garden. It’s a spacious three-level home that has a walkout basement leading to a large in-ground pool and spacious patio with hammocks, pergolas, and an abundance of covered seating areas.
Casa Paradiso – San Diego
Located in the heart of San Diego, Casa Paradiso is a one-of-a-kind luxury resort home that boasts a heated pool, jacuzzi spa, putt-putt golf course, basketball court, and 700 square foot “chillout lounge.” Upon entering the home, the accommodations continue to impress with its open floor plan, incredible view, and cozy seating area huddled around a luxurious natural stone fireplace. Top that all off with the seamless flow of the home onto an expansive observation deck with views of the canyon, harbor, and city. Sleeping up to 10 family members, Casa Paradiso offers both privacy and proximity to all major attractions and beaches. San Diego is not to be missed. It’s home to some of the finest beaches, dining options, and major family attractions, including SeaWorld, Legoland, and the San Diego Zoo.
Victorian Apartment Rental – San Francisco
Located in the heart of the city, this rental apartment combines iconic San Francisco charm with picturesque Victorian home design. With its central location, convenient access to public transportation, and close proximity to museums, the opera, and the ballet, you’ll always have something to do and will find it difficult to become bored. Relax and unwind in the city with ease. Inside the apartment, discover all the great features that travelers desire, including complimentary Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV, a fully equipped kitchen, a fitness room, a laundry room, a balcony, and more.