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Last Minute Vacation Rentals for the Spontaneous Traveler

Sometimes the best trips are impromptu, based on a friend’s recommendation, inspiration from the unexpected, or simply an impulse to check off the box of a place you’ve always wanted to go. Last-minute trips are often unscripted experiences, fueled by novelty and directed by the authentic “nowness” of a new destination.

Or maybe you are a planner at heart, but your hectic schedule made the months fly by like weeks, and other priorities took precedence. For the late planners and spontaneous doers, we’ve compiled a list of our family-friendly vacation homes that are still available for the holidays. Each one is hand-selected for its thoughtful amenities and desirable locations, and paired with an elevated level of service to provide the holiday experience you and your family deserve. Akin to Santa’s elves, our on-site teams will even handle the details like trimming up your tree before arrival, stocking the fridge with eggnog (and Baileys), and even making New Year’s reservations at must-try eateries.

The View — Big Sky, MT

A family ski trip is as easy as clicking into your skis and catching first tracks out the door of this stylish Big Sky home. Nestled in the Cascade neighborhood, each room’s unobstructed mountain views provide an awe-inspiring backdrop for shared meals and fireside chats. Unwind outdoors from one of the outdoor decks with a sunset dinner or soak in the hot tub. Every amenity has been considered to ensure your vacation is seamless and relaxed.

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Silver Star Resort — Park City, UT

What does vacationing on Park City Mountain look like? At Silver Star, it’s out-the-door ski access via the Silver Star lift and resort amenities, like an award-winning restaurant and fully-equipped rental shop, at your fingertips. And of course, the splendor of Park City surrounding you from every direction. With our extensive collection of high-end condos, townhomes, and cottages to choose from there are plenty of options for impromptu vacations!

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Little Blue Caper — Cape San Blas, FL

Can’t find a last-minute pet-sitter? Cape San Blas is one of the few beaches where dogs are allowed, so even your furry friend can join your holiday getaway. This sleek and airy home is well prepared for family trips with its fully-equipped kitchen, indoor and outdoor dining areas, and proximity to the beach. Plus, your stay comes with $250 of free gear rentals, so all you need to do is pack your swimsuits and hit the road.

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Modern Zen — Palm Springs, CA

Aptly named Modern Zen, this Palm Springs estate provides just that - a peaceful respite from the every day from an inviting lakefront oasis. Surrounded by lush, thick greenery with views of the Santa Rosa Mountains spend the week in the fresh air with amenities like its full outdoor kitchen with bar, gazebo, refreshing pool, rejuvenating waterfall spa, and lounging chaises. With an outdoor setting this well designed, imagine what greets you indoors?

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Baldy View Lane — Sun Valley, ID

This charming home is centrally located to our favorite areas of Sun Valley – Sun Valley Village, Bald Mountain, & downtown Ketchum – yet is tucked far enough into the mountains to offer a cozy escape for up to 10 guests. Offering one of the best in-home views of the Northern Rockies its multiple living areas replete with wood-burning fireplaces and a large sectional mean everyone in the family gets a seat by the fire.

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Snowcreek V 733 — Mammoth Lakes, CA

Surrounded by tall pine trees and the sweeping peaks of the Sherwin Mountains, it’s hard to imagine a more tranquil place for a holiday stay than Snowcreek V733. Especially when it comes with all the luxe amenities that make a ski trip, like boot and glove warmers, a roomy two-car garage for easy gear loading, and a picture-worthy private deck for après ski enjoyment.

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King's Estate — Park City, UT

It’s not often that schedules align and a family trip makes it to the calendar, so why not make it an experience they will never forget? Reserve a stay in this ultra-lux, custom-built chalet located in the exclusive gated community of Deer Crest on the slopes of Deer Valley Resort. With over 11,000 well-designed sq. feet of indoor and outdoor living spaces, figuring out what to do will be easy with amenities like its home theater, glass elevator, earth stone pizza oven, sauna, private hot tub, wet bar, and wine room.

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Buena Vista — Sea Islands, SC

For groups with diverse interests head to the Sea Islands where playtime and relaxation converge. At Buena Vista, guests have full access to Dataw Island amenities, including tennis courts, pool, marina, docks, walking paths, and fitness center. Explore the untouched natural beaches at nearby Hunting Island State Park or hit the links at one of the island’s fairways. Or simply take it easy and enjoy a respite from the daily hustle from the outdoor deck overlooking a nearby tidal marsh.

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Beehive Basin Chalet — Big Sky, MT

Nestled on forested grounds with sweeping mountain views, Beehive Basin Chalet is a tranquil mountain lodge that brings the beauty of Big Sky to your doorstep. Cozy up on the plush sofa near the store fireplace and enjoy the striking mountain views through the floor-to-ceiling picture windows. The modern Western décor, original artwork, and plush accents make this secluded home in the woods the perfect place to connect with loved ones in nature.

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