Before guests book, they look.
When a potential guest searches for homes on Vacasa.com, we know which homes they look at, how long they spend poring over photos and descriptions, and of course, which homes they add to their list of favorites.
We compiled 20 of the most-favorited Vacasa vacation homes around the country. Want to know what makes a good vacation rental? Learn from the vacation rentals that won the most hearts on our website in 2020.
The owners of this Dauphin Island beach house were intentional with their vacation home decor, making sure it showcased their oceanfront location. They adorned each room with tranquil ocean hues and respective patterns of seashells, starfish, and coral. They were also smart about maximizing their space. Within four bedrooms, they placed enough beds (including a bunk bed and two king beds) to allow for a group of 10 guests.
“We have stayed here the last two years. It is the BEST location on the island. Mornings spent on the deck overlooking the water are the best way to start each day!” — guest Gerard S.
What’s better than soaking in a hot tub? Soaking in a hot tub outdoors in the middle of an evergreen forest, that’s what. (Our studies show hot tubs can increase your rental income by 15–20%.) The Alderwood owners knew this experience would draw guests to their charming cabin in Oregon. They made their interior just as inviting, with solid pine wood walls, cozy cabin decor, and retro touches like a wood-burning stove and vinyl record player. The result? A rustic yet refined aesthetic that reeled in interest.
“Wonderfully private woodsy getaway with a rustic and charming feel.” — guest Amelia S.
The owners of this quaint cottage recently remodeled the property into a bright and breezy living space, complete with luxury finishes, modern furniture, and sophisticated accents. They draw attention to their outdoor amenities, including the pool, hot tub, and outdoor lounge seating under shady palms. Several guests love their front yard picnic area for afternoon barbecues and lunches.
“Great layout of this newly updated home. It was perfect for my family of 6. The backyard was beautiful with great landscaping and an amazing hot tub and pool. There was also a small but charming picnic table out front by the grill.” — guest Kelly H.
Here, savvy owners treat their guests to a playful and sprawling outdoor desert experience. In addition to an infinity pool, a hot tub, and a rooftop deck, the homeowners installed an outdoor kitchen with a fireplace and an additional firepit. They also cater to families by offering putting greens, a mini disc golf course, and a cornhole set.
“The backyard is HUGE and there is ample room to spread out and enjoy. Our favorite part was the rooftop deck which allows a sunset view to the west as well as an amazing view east to the mountains.” — guest Marc A.
How do you make an intimate cottage feel spacious enough for nine guests? These homeowners opted for an open floor plan, allowing guests to spend time dining, cooking, and lounging without feeling cramped. They also chose a muted color scheme that was carried throughout every room in the house, plus kept small knick knacks to a minimum. The result? A stay that feels luxuriously cozy and clutter-free. Fun note: This beautiful home was featured on HGTV’s House Hunters.
“My family and I loved this cabin! It was very clean and inviting. The beds were very comfortable and the open floor plan made it very welcoming.” — guest Emily J.
Smart vacation rental owners understand they need to attract guests with various activity levels. The owners of this Lake Chelan vacation home go beyond enticing guests with an outdoor tub and large fireplace. They also offer recreational options with a mini home gym, badminton on the lawn, horseshoes, cornhole, and a driveway basketball court.
“The house is beautiful and very spacious for a large group. The kids all had fun in the game room and the adults had a great time enjoying the hot tub. All in all this spot had something for everyone!!” — guest Darcy E.
The owners of this large Donner Lake vacation home were intentional when maximizing their lakefront location. Comfy seating out on the private dock and stone patio, outdoor cafe seating, private swimming ladder, and an outdoor grill offer guests many ways to lounge and soak up this beautiful setting. Inside, they outfitted the home with plush hotel-style bedding, cozy furniture, and family essentials, like games, books, and extra beach towels.
“We were two families and fit perfectly in this house, which provided amazing views, all of the things we needed to stay more than comfortably and the opportunity for wonderful memories.” — guest Sara M.
These vacation rental owners chose to bring coziness to their coastal condo with warm wood furnishings and gray tones. They maximized their space and attracted more groups and families by outfitting one of the rooms with two sets of bunk beds. Plus, they offer several seating and dining options on the large balcony, including a large banquet table, to fit the maximum number of guests.
“We loved the condo, it was very clean and very roomy. There were 8 ladies that came on this trip and everyone agreed it has been the best trip so far.” — guest Barbara S.
Like its name, this home attracts guests who want to both play and kick back. Next to a soaring stone fireplace, the vacation home owners placed a modern wood shuffleboard and added a vintage video game console to one of the bedrooms for some friendly competition. Outside on the front porch, they lined multiple rocking chairs and a swing, where you can hang out after soaking in the expansive outdoor hot tub.
“Both parents and the teen had so much fun with the vintage video game console (the parents SCHOOLED the kids on Frogger) and very high quality shuffleboard table. It was just the right size for us, not too big and not too small. Very clean.” — guest Irene H.
Even with a vacation home packed with a maximum 10 guests, these owners know how to showcase their home as being open and spacious. It starts with choosing a sophisticated and neutral color palette throughout that makes even a bustling space feel calm and ample. They also opted for streamlined furniture, including a sleek dining room table for 10. Outdoors they offer a comfy dining area and lounge seating, plus some fun and modern bistro seating to give everyone options.
“This home was gorgeous and had everything you could ever need. Every bedroom has its own bath and there are lake views from all but one. We got lost looking at the water each morning and evening—we hated to leave.” — guest Shae W.
Homeowner tip: Think about your photography when choosing a color palette. While mostly decorated with calm, neutral colors, this vacation home’s show-stopping electric blue sofa and throw blankets pop in photos. The blue also emphasizes the clear skies and Pacific Ocean just outside.
Homeowner tip: Condo units may look identical from the outside, but you can make your interior shots stand out to potential guests by decorating with high-end style. Mingle luxury finishes with modern art, rich textures, and a modern palette.
Homeowner tip: Designate an area in the house for play and entertainment. Here, the homeowners included a “fun room” with a wet bar, games, a mini library, a collection of DVDs, and a game table.
Homeowner tip: Make your mountain cabin an all-seasons getaway by creating outdoor covered areas for dining and a hot tub. A rock firepit with seating will entice guests with thoughts of s’mores under the stars.
Homeowner tip: Is your vacation home surrounded by popular biking paths? Make your guests feel like they’re getting even more value by offering matching cruiser bikes to explore the area with.
Homeowner tip: Offer more beds to attract bigger families. Beach Therapy’s owners included two bunk bed sets in one of the bedrooms. Not only does this maximize space, but it also gets kids excited to travel together.
Homeowner tip: Consider amenities that will surprise and delight potential guests. For example, Patagonia Lodge’s out-of-the-ordinary indoor treehouse experience with a spiral slide, treehouse “deck,” and swing make Vacasa.com visitors take a second glance.
Homeowner tip: Create intimate vignettes for guests to gather, even in an open floor plan. On the main floor of the Navarre Vista Lodge, the homeowners offer two separate dining areas and one large living room, so families know they can engage in separate activities but still be together.
Homeowner tip: The more ways you can keep guests warm, the better. These vacation rental owners not only include a hot tub and a large stone fireplace, they also offer an outdoor firepit on the deck and a custom-built sauna.
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