Who knew July was Family Reunion Month? Actually uh, we didn’t. But now we do. And with so many families headed out for vacations this summer, it’s not really a surprise. But oof, planning a big reunion can be a huge undertaking, which is why we love that our partner Homeaway at least makes it easier when it comes to finding a family rental property. A nice one.
A super nice one. That we may be potentially drooling over through our computer screens.
-Don’t miss the awesome Homeaway giveaway below,
where you could win a reunion vacation for your own family!-
So we poked around at Homeaway and had the best time putting together a collection of some of our favorite family rentals that sleep 11 people or more. There’s something to be said for having a kitchen for cooking, a group space for family meals, and separate bedrooms–all for way less than renting four or five hotel rooms.
And uh, the swimming pools don’t hurt.
Sundance Luxury Lodge Family Rental | Sleeps 20
Sorry, Robert Redford is not included. But the gorgeous mountain views are.
Disney Area Family Rental in Kissimmee | Sleeps 24
Close enough to Disney so that the Mouse fans can enjoy the park. Though that pool might just be more enticing on a hot day.
Malibu House Family Rental | Sleeps 12
We’re pretty sure this Pacific view would quell any family fights. (Not that there would be family fighting at a reunion.)
Bridgehampton House | Sleeps 20
A perfect Hamptons location for East Coast families. And the beaches nearby area amazing–if you ever make it out of the house.
Pigeon Forge Cabin Rental | Sleeps 16
This fantastic cabin is a far cry from the one-room cabins of yore. And thank goodness for that. Check out the other photos!
Interestingly, Home Away conducted a survey to figure out exactly what families are looking for when it comes to family reunions. 81 percent say that while their biggest memory is spending time together (aw!) that doesn’t mean they want to be stuck outside at a huge, hot campsite for hours. (Count us in on that one.) More than one-third said vacation homes are the way to go, and having rented them ourselves for trips with our own families, we think the other respondents just haven’t tried them yet.
Can you see why we’re such fans? Especially at these prices, compared with hotels.
And don’t miss a chance to win your own family reunion house for 11 family members! Details below.
Santa Fe Rass Mandal Rental | Sleeps 12
What an amazing destination for an adventurous family complete with a yoga studio. Look inside: This one was even featured on House Hunters!
Truro, Cape Cod Family Rental | Sleeps 20
You’ll have this entire Cape Cod property to yourself, just moments from P-Town but in a more quiet location.
Brooklyn Heights Townhouse Family Rental | Sleeps 11
Gorgeous townhouse only steps away from the beautiful promenade overlooking Manhattan…and our Editor, Liz.
She’ll bring over wine for dinner!
Homer House, Alaska Family Rental | Sleeps 30
If the house weren’t spectacular enough (also shown at very top), we’re pretty sure we’d only see our kids for meals when they discover the 1400 square foot “Neverland”-themed playroom.
A tasteful, modern option for midwest families with all the comforts of home (and then some), just walking distance from the lake.
For an Outer Banks vacation, this amazing home has something for everyone, including plenty of space for alone time.
Del Mar House Rental | Sleeps 13
We love this amazing home in San Diego count so much we might actually want to move in. Like, forever.
EXTRA COOL: WIN IT! To help celebrate Family Reunion season, our partner HomeAway is giving away a $5000 vacation rental for a family gathering in 2015 anywhere in the United States. Whoo!
To enter, share your family reunion photos on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest by 8/3/14 using the hashtag #AwayTogether. Don’t forget to tag @HomeAway! In September, HomeAway will randomly select one winner of a free vacation rental for their family next summer, plus 11 tickets so they can attend the Global Family Reunion. So don’t worry, plenty of time to plan. Head over to their site for details.
And for more fun ideas, don’t miss these outrageous family vacation rentals, many of which are perfect for a very cool family reunion too.