Alfresco envy: 6 homes with gorgeous outdoor dining spaces

Dining out is one of the many joys of travel. But often the best vacation moments take place on a private table set for you and your crew with fresh air, beautiful views, and something delicious straight from the grill. Whether it's a fully equipped outdoor kitchen or a dinner table overlooking the ocean, your open-air dining options at vacation homes are pretty much endless. Book a place with space for alfresco eating and make a toast to Mother Nature.

Wine and dine in Healdsburg, California

Enjoy both alfresco cooking and dining with an outdoor chef's kitchen. This 3-bedroom Wine Country home in Healdsburg, California, has one indoor kitchen and one very well-equipped outdoor kitchen complete with two grills, two sinks, two fridges, an oven and the kind of big ol' griddle that would put your local diner to shame. While Sonoma County has no shortage of acclaimed restaurants, we'll argue that nothing beats a homemade pizza grilled en plein air and served alongside vineyard views and balmy Cali breezes.

Drink in the views at the Healdsburg Resort House >

Feast your eyes in Santa Fe, New Mexico

This sprawling 6-bedroom adobe home features jaw-dropping views from almost every angle, including the multiple decks that adorn the property's 20 acres of land. Prepare a meal in the home's open-plan kitchen and cart your provisions outside where views of the Sangre de Cristo foothills will enhance your alfresco meal. A table for six overlooks a sauna, solar-heated pool and hot tub, as well as rolling pine-forested hills and the Jemez Mountains beyond.

Dine like royalty at Rass Mandal >

A perfect patio in Austin, Texas

This South Austin cottage has the alfresco dining scene of your bohemian dreams. Pour yourself a glass of Texas Tempranillo and have a seat out back. Ahead, you'll see an outdoor kitchen complete with farmhouse sink and gas grill. To your right, view a lovely patio under a pergola. And behind you, strings of white lights and Brazilian hammocks draped from ancient live oak trees create a dreamy ambiance.

Go alfresco in the South Austin cottage >

Endless views in Encinitas, California

Book a stay in this cliffside Cali home and enjoy three meals and plenty of snacks with a side of sweeping Pacific Ocean views. The home's perfectly situated deck has several covered dining tables plus a barbecue and a bubbling hot tub. Transparent partitions allow for unobstructed views of sea and sky while keeping kiddos and creatures (pets are welcome) safe from tumbles.

Break bread at the Encinitas beachfront home >

Dine mountainside in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

This historical 3-bedroom log cabin in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, has no shortage of luxe updates, from a deep soaking tub to French doors that open to an emerald lawn. Whip up some just-caught trout on the grill and — if the weather is nice — enjoy your meal in the great outdoors. Underneath twinkling lanterns and leafy birch trees sits a table that's perfect for breezy alfresco breakfasts or suppers under the stars.

Do lunch at the Jackson Hole log cabin >

Indulge in Lake Tahoe, California

From its wide picture windows to its spacious decks, Tahoe Blue Estate offers spectacular lake, forest and mountain vistas from every angle. The enormous 7-bedroom home sits high atop Kingsbury Grade. Inside, a dining table fit for a queen and her court seats up to 20 guests, but alfresco dining on one of the many roomy decks is our top choice for feasting bosses.

Treat yourself at Tahoe Blue Estate >

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