Lush life: Five vacation rentals for plant-loving travelers

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Many niche interests have gone mainstream during the pandemic, from tending to sourdough starters to mastering TikTok dances, but one hobby in particular has grown into a craze: houseplants. Over the past year, nurseries have seen record sales as people sought to fill voids in their social calendar—and, in turn, their windowsills—by testing out their green thumb.

To celebrate flora fanatics with a case of wanderlust (Earth Day is just around the corner, after all), we’ve rounded up five of our most botanical vacation rentals that have taken plant parenting to the next level. A living room with a living wall? It’s yours to book.

indoor koi pond and hot tub are surrounded by an impressive display of tropical plants

Arcadian Gardens

Sequim, Washington

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It’s fitting that our first featured vacation home takes us to The Evergreen State, where an indoor koi pond—and hot tub—are surrounded by an impressive display of tropical plants that create a jungle-like oasis.

Where to find foliage nearby: Swing by Pioneer Memorial Park, a beautiful 4-acre park and arboretum located right downtown and maintained by the Sequim Prairie Garden Club.

industrial-style interior architecture with a two-story living wall of plants and a forest of potted trees

Home Run House

Warren, Vermont

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This custom-built vacation home uses greenery to soften the steely gray of its industrial-style interior architecture, with a two-story living wall of plants and a forest of potted trees.

Where to find foliage nearby: Reopening on May 1, Von Trapp Greenhouse in Waitsfield has been growing all of its own plants from seeds, cuttings, or divisions for more than 40 years.

plant stands dot the living area of this beachside rental in Folly Beach

Mellow Marsh

Folly Beach, South Carolina

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Wicker baskets and plant stands dot the living area of this beachside rental, proving that even with a view of palm trees from the deck, a fiddle leaf fig tree can really bring a space to life.

Where to find foliage nearby: Head about 20 minutes inland to Charleston and stroll through acres upon acres of romantic blooms at the popular Middleton Place or Magnolia Garden.

This Big Sky vacation rental's sun porch, complete with skylights, is decked out with a container garden of trees that bring the outdoors in

Yellowtail Home in the Meadow

Big Sky, Montana

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This Big Sky sun porch—complete with skylights—is decked out with a container garden of trees that artfully brings the outdoors in, but will keep any chilly evening temps at bay.

Where to find foliage nearby: An abundance of wildflowers line area hiking trails, including Beehive Basin and Cinnamon Mountain, but remember to leave the colorful buds rooted—picking them is against hiker (and plant enthusiast) etiquette.

deck of Portland vacation home built around a large tree

Tabor Treehouse

Portland, Oregon

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OK, we know this is a deviation from the houseplant theme—but it’s a house in a plant, and we couldn’t resist including a vacation rental that gives guests the true “one with nature” experience.

Where to find foliage nearby: Unveiling a $12 million renovation this spring, Leach Botanical Garden is home to a diverse collection of more than 2,000 plants across its 16.5 acres.

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