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25 Homes For The Holidays Part 1

From the classic movies that make us smile year after year to the carols we hum as grandma’s gingersnap cookies bake in the oven, the holiday season is made up of a collection of favorite traditions—some generations old, others newly adopted. However you choose to celebrate this year (even if it’s watching It’s A Wonderful Life for the fifteenth time), we hope you are surrounded by those you love the most. As part of our annual celebration, we are counting down the days until Christmas with 25 homes perfect for carrying on those traditions.

King's Estate | Park City, Utah

With formal entertaining areas overlooking Lake Jordanelle from two-story, floor-to-ceiling windows, King’s Estate was made for gatherings, but it’s the homey touches that make this home so desirable. Between its cuddle-worthy outdoor fire pit, a theater room to watch your holiday favorite on a big screen, and game room made for foosball duals, every part of King’s Estate comes alive with festive fun. But the real heart of this home is the kitchen, where home-cooked favorites and fresh-baked cookies bring families together for unforgettable holiday moments.

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Seaside Simplicity | Sea Islands, South Carolina

Imagine spending the holidays in this recently renovated 5-bedroom home, with its extraordinary ocean views and beach access. Filled with light, the home’s open floorplan is perfect for gathering loved ones. The two-story great room opens onto the deck through French doors and with 10 seats between the dining table and breakfast bar it beckons for the sit-down family-style dinners that make for some of the best Hanukah or Christmas-time memories. Guests can also enjoy access to Harbor Island amenities, including the fitness center, tennis and basketball courts.

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South Fork Lodge, Idaho

A world-renowned fishing lodge on Idaho’s South Fork of the Snake River that offers all-inclusive experiences might be your best gift idea yet. Delight every angler on your list, from experts who have casted in the world’s best waters to novices eager to catch their first cutthroat trout. Although closed for the winter, South Fork Lodge will give your loved one something to look forward to all season long. Every package includes expert guides and luxury accommodations with amenities like fireplaces, jetted tubs and river views.

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Sittin’ in Heaven #58 | Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee

If it’s stunning mountain views you crave, look no further than this 3-bedroom home, located in Brother’s Cove. With three decks (one with a hot tub) and a patio with a wood-burning fireplace—ideal for kids to make S’mores, while you enjoy a hot toddy. The home’s living area, with its vaulted ceilings, is yet another space from which to appreciate the spectacular mountain panorama—a stunning backdrop for Christmas morning’s frenzied gift unwrapping and creating Christmas memories.

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Contemporary Dreams | Palm Springs, California

With its elegant and sophisticated great room, Contemporary Dreams proves you don’t need a White Christmas to have a magical holiday. Chic lounge furniture overlooks the peaceful San Juan mountains, while the calming desert warmth creates the perfect atmosphere for a family celebration, indoors or out. Enjoy a holiday feast on the veranda or toast the New Year under the desert stars. This relaxed desert escape gives you the canvas to create your perfect holiday.

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Herdsman Cottage | Hot Springs, Virginia

The historic Herdsman Cottage is nestled amongst the lush, rolling hills for which the area is famous for, creating an ideal setting for a storybook family holiday. Enjoy views of the rolling mountains from your cozy deck and nearly every room in the home. A wood-burning fireplace in the living room sets the scene for a cozy night in, celebrating holiday moments with loved ones. Located on the grounds of the Old Dairy Community Center, a charmingly restored events venue and family retreat, guests can enjoy the amenities at the community center, including a relaxing sauna and spa and game room.

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Dancing Antler | North Lake Tahoe, California

Nestled on a wooded lot and surrounded by the scent of pine trees, the aptly named Dancing Antler invites you to celebrate with family around a wood-burning stove. Curl up in comfy recliners in the living area or a plush wrap-around sofa with a glass of mulled wine or hot cocoa and set the scene for a night of binge holiday movie watching or time to dive into a good book. On frosty mornings, gather around the dining table for a home-cooked hearty breakfast at this charming mountain cabin fit for Santa himself.

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Waterfront #438 | Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire

Replete with a cozy screened-in porch, a stone-stacked wood-burning fireplace, a large private dock and a boathouse with game room, this charming 1930s-era bungalow, nestled on 350 feet of tranquil shore, provides a perfect respite from the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Relax on the porch while sipping your morning coffee, curl up with a book in front of a roaring fire in the living room, or explore the lake by kayak or canoe.

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Ski View 5 A | Sun Valley, Idaho

Vintage ski decor and the mountain town atmosphere of Ketchum make Ski View 5A feel festive year-round, but something about the snow falling outside its picture windows make this home feel particularly special during the holidays. Wrap presents upstairs in a master bedroom spacious enough to hold all Santa’s surprises with the sounds of laughter and a crackling fire in the living room below.

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Graybear 454 | Mammoth Lakes, California

A modern mountain escape with all the touches of a classic ski cabin, Gray Bear 454 welcomes you home with a living room warmed by a fireplace and a sectional that will hold the whole family. Celebrate your holiday around the dining table, it is fit for a feast prepared with lots of helping hands in the gourmet kitchen. Take a night cap wrapped in a blanket on the deck or during a hot tub soak—the perfect way to wrap up your celebratory day.

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Clamelot | Sea Islands, South Carolina

This spacious and airy home provides so many spaces to gather, celebrate, and find respite. Located on the grounds of the secluded Coffin Point Plantation with an outdoor swimming pool, relaxed living areas, a game room with pool table and entertainment room with a comfy, wrap-around recliner sofa this 4-bedroom home is the ideal place to spend the holidays with family and friends. Spend the day fishing or clamming, exploring the tranquil waters of St. Helena Sound by kayak, or simply bird-watch from one of the home’s several decks. At the end of the day, convene in the kitchen for nibbles and cocktails as the day’s catch is prepared.

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Alpenglow | Big Sky, Montana

With a beginner ski trail just outside the door, a kitchen breakfast bar made for hot cocoa, and a bunk room fit for cousin pajama parties, the well-designed Alpenglow home is perfect for families traveling together. While parents, aunts and uncles relax on the sunny private deck or lounge in the hot tub, kids have their own escape to play with their holiday toys, collapse into oversized bean bag chairs, and make the kind of lifelong memories that only come with a family ski trip.

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