Families looking to enjoy nature and take an off-the-beaten path “European” trip can do both without ever having to cross the Atlantic Ocean. We curated some of our favorite vacation homes in US towns that share a name with their more well-known European counterparts. From Milan, New York (located in the heart of the Catskills) to Florence, Colorado (situated at the base of the Rocky Mountains), most of these towns are also near lakes and mountains for an easy way to soak up the great outdoors.
This large log cabin is a sweet home away from home that was completely restored from the inside out for the comfort of a modern home in a rustic setting. Only a 10-minute drive from Belgrade and 20 minutes from Bozeman, it’s easy to get around while still enjoying a more secluded nature retreat for fishing on the Gallatin River, going skiing at Big Sky Resort, or hiking at Yellowstone National Park. And dogs don’t have to be left at home for this trip - this cabin is dog-friendly too.
This gorgeous home in Athens combines high-end style with laid-back comfort. While located less than four miles from the University of Georgia and tons of restaurants and shopping, the home still provides total privacy for a secluded feel. The screened-in porch with a fireplace is a great way to keep warm while still enjoying the outdoors in the winter, and there are plenty of pool floats and toys for summer fun in the pool.
For mountain views, this home in Berlin takes the cake with a spacious deck looking over the mountaintops. A big draw is the easy trail access for families looking to snowmobile or ride ATVs, but the home is also close to Mount Washington State Park and Wildcat Mountain Ski Area for plenty of other outdoor activities.
This cozy waterfront cottage offers prime swimming, kayaking and fishing opportunities, as well as a large outdoor space leading up from the water, complete with a firepit to dry off and keep warm at night. Located just south of Sturgeon Bay, this home offers plenty of peace and tranquility, but there’s also plenty of adventure to be had with just a short trip up the peninsula.
This sprawling home in Florence is perfect for staying in and enjoying a barbecue or movie night with the family, but it’s also close to the neighboring mountain towns and offers access to scenic trails and historic railroads. There’s also plenty of outdoor space with multiple patios and equipment for a friendly game of badminton, basketball, corn hole or croquet, making this a perfect home for families looking for lots of activities.
This luxury condo nestled on the slopes of Mountain Creek makes it easy and convenient to enjoy a day of skiing. Other nearby attractions include biking or ziplining on the mountain, visiting the waterpark, riding the horses at Legends Stables, or hiking the Appalachian trail, so there’s no scarcity of activities to keep everyone entertained.
This comfortable home in Dutchess County is close to plenty of scenic landscapes, fruit-picking farms and historic attractions like the Rhinebeck Aerodrome, Rose Hill Farm, and Dutchess County Fairground. Also situated on top of a hill with 2 acres of woods, staying here means you and your family will have plenty of space and privacy to enjoy a relaxing vacation together.
This quaint cottage in Versailles is on a working thoroughbred farm, which means there are plenty of mares and foals frolicking in the fields right outside the windows. Staying here means you’ll also be close to the famous Keeneland racecourse and less than 10 miles from downtown Lexington for easy access to all that the city has to offer.