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Slowly but surely, offices are beginning to reopen. That means, for lots of people, the work-from-home lifestyle may be coming to a close. Why not spice it up a bit for this last stretch of flexible living and book a killer vacation rental? We chose 6 rentals that are perfect for working remotely with kids, places we chose specifically because we know many of you are dealing with school and day care closures. Sometimes a change of scenery is just what the doctor ordered.
Head deep into the heart of Texas for an enjoyable work-from-home experience at this 3-bedroom Lavaca casa within walking distance of San Antonio attractions. The 100-year-old cottage was recently renovated with a colorful industrial-chic style. Cheery bohemian decor adorns the walls, and you’ll find a fully enclosed private patio and backyard that is perfect for the little ones. The house on its own is fabulous, but the proximity to downtown San Antonia is like a cherry on top. You’re just a few minutes away from the Alamo and all the great restaurants and shops along the Riverwalk.
You could pack two work-from-home families into this palatial 6-bedroom villa in Orlando. Because when you’re just 10 miles from Disney World, you might as well bring some friends! Situated in the Champions Gate Resort area, this 12-person home has its own pool and hot tub, and as part of a resort community, you’ll also have access to the Resort Clubhouse, which has two more pools, a lazy river, and splash pad. The bedrooms at the villa are spacious enough for everyone to have their own private workspace. When a break is needed, just head down the hallway to the game room for a quick foosball or air hockey match. You’ll find this villa incredibly affordable for its size, but when you create a Travelocity account, you can find additional saving upon booking.
Set out for gorgeous California and book this beach retreat close to Carmel-by-the-Sea. You’ll have both the beach and town within walking distance, so no lugging kids in and out of the car all day long. Charming Carmel boasts world-class eateries, boutiques, art galleries and wine tasting rooms. There’s also beloved nearby treats shop, Cottage of Sweets, that’s sure to get your kids on their best behavior! In the evenings, eat at home or walk to town to grab a pizza to-go from La Bicyclette and enjoy a family picnic on Carmel Beach. With this beautifully landscaped ranch-style house as a hub, you’re close to some of California’s most epic sites, like the rugged coastal stretch at Big Sur and the scenic hiking trails at Point Lobos State Natural Preserve.
The Catskills, NY
Seeking more balance and calm in your life? Surround yourself with nature while you work-from-home at this secluded, 4-acre red cottage in the Catskills region of Upstate New York. The charming 2-bedroom abode boasts a huge industrial kitchen, private hot tub and expansive outdoor set-up complete with 2 charcoal grills, fire-pit, and hammock—the perfect spot for those long conference calls! The Catskills boasts some of the best hiking in the country, and the famed Overlook Mountain Trailhead lies just 15 minutes away. When you need to venture into civilization, the artsy and endearing mountain town of Woodstock is just 10 minutes away.
Lake of the Ozarks, MO
Work should be fun, or at least something close to fun! Set up your summer work-from-home sitch from this 12-person lake house at Missouri’s favorite summer playground, Lake of the Ozarks. Pack the kiddos into the massive bunk room and enjoy beautiful lake views from the home’s gorgeous wood veranda. Down below the house you’ll find a dock area with seating and plenty of room to jump in for a swim. The house even provides a lily pad to elevate water play. It’s one of the few houses that allows pets, so bring Fido along too. Check out the great restaurants speckled around the lakeside and be sure to rent a boat for the day to try some tubing or water sports!
It’s always sunny in Scottsdale. With more than 300 days of sunshine and boundless outdoor activities, the Arizona city is an outdoor haven for all ages. Book this massive 5-bedroom adobe-style desert house, and spend days hiking up to Pinnacle Peak, golfing at Troon North, or venturing on an ATV excursion. Then cool off back at home in your private pool overlooking the mountains. If you’re working from home, you’ll avoid the hottest part of the day and can soak in some pretty epic evenings and desert sunsets. When you’re not grilling out on the back patio, pop into Scottsdale’s funky downtown district for dinner at The Mission. And don’t forget: At least once during your stay, you’ll have to book an unforgettable hot air balloon ride at sunset!
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