For the first time ever, Vrbo is recognizing ten best-in-class vacation homes across the U.S. as the 2022 Vacation Homes of the Year. These properties – all stunning private vacation homes – are ideal places for families to spend quality time and make vacation memories together. They all boast stellar star ratings and rave guest reviews, are owned or managed by a Premier Host, and feature some of the most sought-after amenities that make moments together with loved ones special.
We know every family has different preferences, so in addition to meeting high-quality standards, this list of vacation homes also includes a variety of property types in popular destinations across the nation. Whether you prefer a cabin in the woods, an oceanfront beach house, or a rustic mountain lodge, you and whoever you call family can have an amazing stay at any of our Vacation Homes of the Year.
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BIG SKY, MONTANA
Near Yellowstone National Park and Big Sky Resort, this remote mountain lodge in Big Sky, Montana, is on 20 acres of land and ideal for families who love to hike, ski, and fish. A large wraparound deck offers endless forest and mountain views, and the home includes a hot tub and fire pit for an evening of stargazing. Inside the home, you’ll find a downstairs family room with a shuffleboard, dart board, and card table for game nights.
BROKEN BOW, OKLAHOMA
"Starfire Cabin" in Broken Bow, Oklahoma, is a modern, pet-friendly home that sleeps up to 18 guests, making it a great space for large groups or extended families. The cabin also has a game room with 12 bunk beds – perfect for kids – and a shuffleboard, pool table, poker table, and video arcade. Outdoors, the cabin features a fireplace and grill, a covered pergola with a hot tub, a firepit, and two spacious decks with views of the 1.5 acres of forest surrounding the property.
“It always feels so great and makes me smile when I speak to our guests prior to their visit – we enjoy hearing their stories and learning something about each guest,” said Jill L., host of this Broken Bow cabin. “We always leave them a welcome note along with our favorite bottle of wine, and we love reading the notes they leave in our registration book. Our firepit that sits at the edge of the woods is often mentioned as the favorite spot for family and friends.”
EAST HAMPTON, NEW YORK
This modern farmhouse in East Hampton, New York, features a gourmet kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances, a home gym, a pool table, and a 15-foot movie screen in the home theatre room for hours of entertainment – which receives rave reviews from guests. The home also has a private backyard pool and is only a short walk from Georgica Beach, ideal for cooling off in the summer heat.
"Moonshine Peak" is a cozy chalet in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, conveniently located minutes from Dollywood and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The split-level deck offers unfettered views of the Great Smoky Mountains, and it also comes equipped with a grill and outdoor dining areas. Inside, the game room has pinball machines, a pool table, and plenty of board games and puzzles for game nights and friendly competition.
“One of our distinguishing features is going above and beyond by providing more than just basic expectations,” said Dawn L., host of this Gatlinburg chalet. “When a guest informs us of a celebration, we try to surprise them with a bottle of wine or balloons and flowers. We’ve had several celebrations at the property, including 50th wedding anniversaries, college graduations, birthdays, and just families reconnecting from over the years.”
HAWAII ISLAND, HAWAII
"Whales Play" is a secluded waterfront retreat on Hawaii Island offering uninterrupted views of the Pacific Ocean. A private infinity pool and upper lanai provide front row seats for watching the sunset and looking out for whales and dolphins. There are also plenty of alfresco dining areas situated around the home in addition to a chef’s kitchen with high-end appliances.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA
This luxury beachfront house in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, has panoramic views of the ocean from the backyard, as well as a private heated pool and multiple decks with outdoor seating. The home also comes with a fully stocked chef's kitchen with high-end appliances and several different gathering spaces, including a ground-level rec room. Plus, the property offers 24/7 personal concierge services.
“Hilton Head is a great destination for multigenerational families – I’ve had families host 80th birthday celebrations or stay here for weddings. My properties are pet-friendly too, so many families enjoy bringing their pets along on vacation,” said Beverly S., host of this beachfront home in Hilton Head Island.
PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA
This desert paradise is located in the Little Tuscany neighborhood of Palm Springs, California. The home comes with attractive amenities, including a heated pool, alfresco dining areas, built-in outdoor grill and bar area, and a fire pit with games. Inside, the property features eclectic and colorful art and furnishings, and it also comes with a home gym and optional concierge services.
SANTA ROSA BEACH, FLORIDA
Steps away from the ocean, this beach house in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, sleeps 16 guests and has a private walkway to the water with beach chairs and umbrellas available to be set up on the beach for guests. After a day by the gulf, families can come back to enjoy the private heated pool surrounded by lush vegetation, a separate area for grilling, and two covered decks overlooking the waves.
This modern home in Sawyer, Michigan, is a sleek and contemporary space located mere minutes from the beaches of Lake Michigan and Warren Dunes State Park. The home also offers multiple outdoor gathering spaces outside for relaxing, as well as a hot tub, a fire pit, and plenty of seating and yard games for guests to enjoy.
“I think what most people love about our place is how open and light it is! My favorite spot is the outdoor front porch. Many guests told me about how peaceful they feel there,” said Goda J., host of this home in Sawyer. “Inside the house, we try to provide our guests with every little thing they will need during their stay. When our guests have everything they need, they can slow down, relax, and enjoy the special time called vacation.”
A mountain lodge in Telluride, Colorado, "Overlook Haus" is located close to the ski resort, making it a perfect place for outdoor enthusiasts. In addition to its proximity to the slopes, the home also has a sunken hot tub and fire pit for relaxing after a long day of skiing. Inside, the home offers mountain views from nearly every room, and a dedicated media room is ideal for family movie nights.
Selection Criteria: The 2022 Vacation Homes of the Year were determined by Vrbo using a variety of selection criteria including star ratings, guest reviews, Premier Host status, booking data, availability of amenities, and location.