18 of the best beach hotels in the U.S. for families whether you’re traveling with a baby, teen, grandparents, or pets

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  • Travel is back just in time for summer and there’s nothing quite like a beach vacation.
  • We found the best beach hotels for families in the U.S. for travel with little ones or a reunion.
  • The best beach hotels for families have great amenities, affordable prices, and beautiful locales.

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After a long pandemic, and with vaccinations widely available, many Americans are ready to travel. For families this summer, that likely means a beach trip. They’re outdoors, accessible, and a whole lot of fun.

In many cases, beach vacations are a short drive – or a short flight – away and make for easy re-entry to traveling, as they require less pressure to see sights, tour indoor cultural arenas, or dine inside.

To that end, we compiled the best family beach hotels and resorts in the U.S. that cater to every member you want to bring along, from toddlers to teenagers to the grandparents you haven’t seen in two years. And we even found the spots that welcome the dog you adopted for company during the pandemic.

Browse all the best beach hotels for families below, or jump to a specific area.

These are the best family beach hotels in the US, sorted by price from low to high.

The Beachmere Inn – Ogunquit, Maine

View of The Beachmere Inn
The historic Beachmere Inn is not only picturesque but plenty of old-fashioned fun.

Book The Beachmere Inn

For lovers of historic properties and quiet family trips, The Beachmere Inn is ideal. Established in the late 1880s, the inn is owned by the third generation of a family with deep Maine roots. It shows in everything from weekly lobster bakes to rooms with balconies and patios that showcase magnificent coastline views.

Throughout the decades, the original Victorian building was joined by four others. Amenities in each vary from fireplaces to balconies or terraces and kitchenettes. For families, Beachmere South and Beachmere West have modern suites, while Heathstone Cottage has four bedrooms.

To get to the beach, which is both sandy and rocky the way Maine beaches are, you’ll navigate the 1.25-mile Marginal Way ocean footpath from the expansive green lawn. Other activities include sunbathing, holiday events, and snowshoe tromping, and the Bistro serves three squares per day, but you can always also walk to nearby Perkins Cove or the center of Ogunquit for more.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Sea Crest Beach Hotel – Falmouth, Massachusetts

Front of Sea Crest Beach Hotel
The idyllic Sea Crest Beach Hotel is more extensive and family-oriented than its exterior suggests.

Book Sea Crest Beach Hotel

If you judge how family-friendly a resort is by the water features for children, then welcome to Sea Crest Beach Hotel. Here, there’s a beach with towels, umbrellas, and chairs, plus on-site water sport rentals. Pools are saline, not chlorine, and are both indoors and outside. There’s also a Jacuzzi and baby pool. In short, there’s a way for every member of the family to get their swimsuit wet, from infant to great-grandpa.

Out of the 253 Cape Cod-style guest rooms and suites, oceanfront rooms have west-facing balconies, patios, or decks to enjoy the sunrise and sunsets, and come with crisp linens and green accents (including plants). Others have gas fireplaces or views of Buzzard’s Bay, but all have mini-refrigerators, work desks, and efficient, free Wi-Fi.

All kids’ activities — and there is a generous amount of programming to choose from — are supervised, so you can feel safe leaving little ones to play beach games while you do downward dog nearby. And speaking of dogs, you can bring yours, although you do have to crate canines when they’re left in the room.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Holiday Inn Resort Pensacola Beach Gulf Front – Pensacola Beach, Florida

View of Holiday Inn Resort Pensacola Beach Gulf Front.
During the day, the lazy river is home to pirates and mermaids who entertain and swim with hotel guests.

Book the Holiday Inn Resort Pensacola Beach Gulf Front

This beachfront family-style resort sits directly on the white sands of Pensacola Beach and features the area’s largest lazy river (in addition to another pool). That river, complete with waterfalls, bridges, and islands, also hosts daily pirate shows and mermaids who swim alongside hotel guests like manatees.  

The 206 guest rooms overlook the Santa Rosa Sound, but not all have a balcony. It’s definitely worth the upgrade to score a private patio overlooking the sugary beach and for capturing Instagram-worthy images of the Gulf of Mexico sunsets. Rooms include a mini-fridge and microwave. Request family rooms for bunk beds and a gaming console, although they may not need it if they’re entranced by the on-site arcade.

There’s even more entertainment outside, starting with nightly “dive-in” movies shown on an inflatable screen at the pool. Or, head to nearby Quietwater Beach Boardwalk where you can arrange for fishing charters, lessons, tours, or equipment for paddle-boarding, kayaking, and biking. A miniature golf course and another arcade are within walking distance, along with restaurants.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

San Diego Mission Bay Resort – San Diego, California

Pool at San Diego Mission Bay Resort
The renovated San Diego Mission Bay Resort was designed with active families in mind.

Book the San Diego Mission Bay Resort

Reinvented and reinvigorated, San Diego Mission Bay Resort is a colorful and family-friendly place to enjoy the beach and waterfront pools, including a wading pool for the littles. And there’s more to just playing in the sand and water. At night, free activities like bonfires and s’mores nights and Friday night movies are on offer.

For even more engagement with the surroundings, the resort arranges water sport rentals for everything from paddleboards to pontoons. Families can also rent surrey bikes or beach cruisers to ride around the city. Or rent a fully-equipped cabana for the day and chill.

The resort features games around the property like giant chess, checkers, scavenger hunts, and more so kiddos can’t get bored. Meanwhile, after you’ve lounged, adults can indulge in the spa or get the adrenaline going at the fitness center. And everyone can swing a racket, toss some foul shots, or practice their serve on the tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Marriott Myrtle Beach Resort & Spa at Grande Dunes – Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Beach view Marriott Myrtle Beach Resort
The oceanfront Marriott Myrtle Beach Resort & Spa at Grande Dunes is an oasis at the north end of Myrtle Beach.

Book the Marriott Myrtle Beach Resort & Spa at Grande Dunes

Recently renovated, the oceanfront Marriott Myrtle Beach Resort & Spa at Grande Dunes is an oasis of classy comfort in north Myrtle Beach. Close to the championship golf courses at Grand Dunes and great family entertainment at Barefoot Landing and Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, this tropically designed paradise welcomes you with generous rooms and amenities.

Guest rooms are soothing, done in white and natural hues with a wave-patterned rug. They feature balconies or floor-to-ceiling window views, which either face the ocean or resort. Make sure to upgrade if you desire a balcony overlooking the Atlantic.

For families, the ocean and outdoor pool are a toss-up. You can spend all day playing in either, but the pool waterslide may eventually win out. With the fitness center and spa, parents and grandparents can maintain their wellness routines and even take like-minded kids with them, where the spa has services for little ones as well. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Wave Resort – Long Branch, New Jersey

An oceanview suite at Wave Resort
Families will enjoy beach activities and room to spread out at Wave Resort.

Book the Wave Resort

Long Branch, a popular beach destination for families from the New York and New Jersey area, receives some elevation with this beautifully designed resort. Located in the Pier Village section of town, this recently debuted beachside hotel is sufficiently entertaining for families by itself. Yet it’s also surrounded by shops and restaurants, making it even more enticing.

Sophisticated, modern rooms boast walls of framed black-and-white photos, globe reading lamps hovering over dark wood headboards, and a polished sitting area that leads out to terraces. Take advantage of the terrycloth robes and slippers while sipping a Nespresso after spending a day surfing the waves, which are right outside the door.

There is also a spa, salon, and fitness center, plus a playroom with gaming systems and bike rentals. As a family, enjoy the high-end beach and pool options, all with concierge service, and dine on-site at any of the chef-managed venues before taking part in the resort-sponsored festivities, often tied in with the surrounding Pier Village venues.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Hallmark Resort Newport – Newport, Oregon

The Hallmark Resort Newport
The Hallmark Resort Newport is so family-oriented it offers something for everyone – even the family dog.

Book the Hallmark Resort Newport

This resort is perched on a bluff, overlooking the windswept coastline. Take the steps down to walk it, surf it, run your dog on it, or beach comb with your kids. It’s hard to tire of this kind of beauty.

But when you do, you have the spacious and modern Hallmark Resort Newport to retire to. Owned by and run for families, the resort is filled with plush furniture and varied amenities. Relax in the indoor saline pool or sauna, perk up with a workout in the fitness room, or indulge in a couples’ massage while the kids hit the playground.

Rooms and suites vary, but all feature stunning oceanfront views and have either balconies or patios, microwaves, and mini-fridges. And for those cool summer evenings or colder shoulder season days, many rooms offer gas fireplaces to snuggle up next to with a good book.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort – Oahu, Hawaii

Beach view of Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
It takes a Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort to entertain your family.

Book the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort

With the widest stretch of beach and the longest waterslide in Waikiki, Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort has a lot going for it. If you can’t get your kids out of the water, this is the place to bring them, where the five pools include a 10,000-square-foot Super Pool and the multi-layered Paradise Pool with thrilling waterfalls.

Colorful and lively, the resort is designed with contemporary tropical Hawaiian influences. Choose from the newly renovated Tapa Collection rooms to Village Towers with balconies or lanais. When they call this place a village, they’re not kidding; there are at least four different sections.

And while this village may not raise your children, it’ll certainly keep them occupied with everything from lei-making to hula lessons. Meanwhile, you can do Tai Chi or yoga before the whole family indulges in a Starlight Luau on the Great Lawn.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa – Lake Placid, New York

Lake view at the Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa
For a non-salty family beach vacation, check out Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa.

Book the Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa

Who says beaches have to be all about the ocean? For a non-traditional waterfront vacation that involves less sun worship and more water time, check out Mirror Lake Resort & Spa, where the private beachfront comes with complimentary watercraft usage. Lake Placid lives up to its name in terms of beauty, but also provides thrills for anglers, boaters, and more.

Inside, the resort is designed with plenty of natural wood, and family rooms have bunk beds or pull-out couches, marble bathrooms, and more than one bedroom in some cases. Many have fireplaces next to floor-to-ceiling windows or balconies that frame lake and mountain views.

The Adirondacks is a super place for an active family, and the resort has hiking and mountain biking trails next door. For less adventurous folks, the gardens provide a soothing stroll, and the European spa is a must. Dining at The View, a highly awarded restaurant, is also a prerequisite, although younger children might prefer the more casual Cottage Café or the restaurants on Main Street, just a brief walk away.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Opal Grand Oceanfront Resort & Spa – Delray Beach, Florida

Sunset pool view at the Opal Grand Oceanfront Resort & Spa
The Opal Grand Oceanfront Resort & Spa sits at the intersection of beach and busy boulevard – the perfect location for a family that wants it all.

Book the Opal Grand Oceanfront Resort & Spa

Completely transformed in 2021, the Opal Grand Oceanfront Resort & Spa takes over where the Delray Beach Marriott, and before that the Seacrest Hotel, left off. Located at the intersection of ultimate beach relaxation and busy cafe society, the renovated property is now a landmark resort that combines laid-back, Caribbean-influenced design with contemporary urban conveniences.

Only steps from the ocean at the corner of Atlantic Avenue and A1A, the resort features a number of accommodations, ranging from standard rooms with a variety of views to spacious suites and luxury villas with kitchens. While all standard rooms are decorated in clean maritime hues and have coffee makers and mini-refrigerators, upgrade to an oceanfront view with a balcony at the very least.

While the beach is not private, the resort has teamed up exclusively with Waves Surf Academy to provide guests with board rentals, surf lessons, and more. Among other activities, the kids’ club and a seasonal youth surf academy keep the young ones busy while parents can stretch out at the pool or take advantage of spa offerings. Dine on campus or head out at night into the lively scene that is downtown Delray Beach.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa – Jupiter, Florida

The oceanfront pool at Jupiter Resort.
Spend a lazy day at Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa.

Book the Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa

As the only beachfront hotel in town, Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa takes its responsibilities seriously. Not only does it cherish its 1,000 feet of natural shoreline, but it also makes sure you do the same with beach services galore that include food, beverage, chairs, umbrellas, water sports rentals, fishing charters, and more. Or, if you’re more into lounging under native shade, hammocks sway invitingly in the sea breezes and there is also an oceanfront pool.

At night, family-friendly movies are shown and you may also revisit the beach with a local expert for a Sea Turtle Walk to spot nests.

Room decor harkens back to a British Colonial kind of tropical vibe, with mahogany wood and warm rusts, browns, and golds dominating the color scheme. Textiles range from rugs to floor-sweeping drapes to bed bolsters. They’re the kind of accommodations where, after a full day of sun and a seafood dinner at Sinclairs Ocean Grill, you want to blast the air-conditioning and tuck everyone in for the night so you can start over again in the morning.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale – Fort Lauderdale, Florida

The pool at the Ritz Carlton Fort Lauderdale
The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale is a family beach resort with a heavy dose of luxury.

Book The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale

With nautically inspired architecture and a premier, beachfront location, The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale is all about its natural surroundings. Ocean (or Intracoastal) views from rooms and balconies contribute to the feeling of beachy paradise, and for spa-lovers, the treatments incorporate minerals, salts, and other elements from outside the door.

When kids tire of the beach — where towel and chair service starts at 9 a.m. and closes at 4:30 p.m. — the heated infinity pool on the elevated, 29,000-square-foot tropical pool deck is a worthy draw. It’s also a great place to watch the sunset. If you prefer to see it set while working out, the fitness center also faces the ocean.

On the other side of the hotel, however, is a completely different scene. The street is lined with restaurants, cafes, boutiques, and you can arrange for fishing charters and tours at nearby marinas or take the water taxi to other parts of the city.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Surf & Sand Resort – Laguna Beach, California

Beach View at Surf & Sand Resort
Nature inspires families to take advantage of its offerings at Laguna Beach’s Surf & Sand Resort

Book the Surf & Sand Resort

Perched on 500 feet of Laguna Beach’s famous shoreline, the Surf & Sand Resort dedicates itself to making families of all shapes and sizes welcome. Seasonal kids’ programming includes ice cream happy hours and pop-ups on the pool deck, Little Picassos art classes, kids camp with crafts, and pizza parties. 

For the family, dive-in movies, barbecues, and s’mores and hot chocolate all vie for attention, and older kids and adults will certainly appreciate the variety of daily fitness classes on the beach, not to mention the menus at both the spa and the restaurants. If these pale after a few days, the town of Laguna is a brief walk away, filled with art galleries, boutiques, cafes, and more. Hiking trails, which run through both canyons and coastal bluffs, are also nearby.

The hotel offers 167 beachfront rooms and suites decorated with original art, accented by fine linens, and stocked with a mini-bar. The difference between the ocean view and oceanfront rooms is not the view but a balcony and a soaking tub in the marble bathrooms, which only come with the latter. Otherwise, the generously sized rooms, starting at 400 square feet, are designed with a California cosmopolitan mindset, and the effect is very much like staying in a friend’s well-appointed apartment that just happens to overlook the Pacific.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Hotel del Coronado – San Diego, California

Front of the Hotel Del Coronado
Hotel del Coronado is the inspiration for the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa at Walt Disney World.

Book the Hotel del Coronado

Comprising four different sections, or “neighborhoods,” The Victorian (the original building), The Cabanas (with terraces), The Views (new since 2021), and Beach Village (cottages), the grand, 130-year-old Hotel del Coronado is one of the best family resorts in Southern California. But it’s not only the accommodations that make it so. 

Want to learn to surf? Book one-on-one instruction, and don’t worry, the water sports rentals have everything from boards to wetsuits. Entertainment ranges from movie nights to museum tours to live music. While there’s plenty for kids, including an activity center, there’s also a lot of fun for parents, grandparents, and guardians, with fitness classes that include mermaid tails in the pool and spin bikes on the sand.

Dining and shopping, with some of the latter being renovated for reopening in fall 2021, are also absorbing, with numerous options. The Spa & Salon also offers abundant indulgences for self-care when the magic of the sun, sand, and surf wear off a little. If they ever do, that is.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Inn by the Sea – Cape Elizabeth, Maine

Fireplace at Inn by the Sea
Cozy rooms await at the Inn by the Sea.

Book the Inn by the Sea

Located in Cape Elizabeth, just seven miles north of Portland, Maine, the ecologically friendly Inn by the Sea commands a mile of sand on Crescent Beach that guests access by strolling through lush nature. The entire 61-room and suite property, which is also landscaped with indigenous flowers and bushes, attracts native birds and butterflies and is an Instagram lover’s dream.

Because Crescent Beach is spacious and the property limited, the beach never gets crowded, though there is also a pool. On cooler evenings, it’s also extremely pleasant to sit on the expansive patios and balconies that rim the rooms and suites, which are decorated with a variety of lush textiles, metallic accents, and marble countertops. 

A spa provides ocean-inspired treatments that use seaweed, salts, oils, and marine peptides. Dinner at Sea Glass, one of the best restaurants in the area, is an inventive adventure in seafood, especially if you order the tasting menu. The chef also is a whiz with vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and egg-free dishes.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Headlands Coastal Lodge & Spa – Pacific City, Oregon

The view from Headlands Coastal Lodge & Spa
Tons of activities await guests of all ages.

Book the Headlands Coastal Lodge & Spa

Whether you want to catch crabs and fish from the bracing Pacific or simply enjoy them by the fire at the signature restaurant, Meridien, Headlands Coastal Lodge & Spa is delighted to oblige.

As the name indicates, you really couldn’t get closer to the water than here, where the Nestucca River meets the Oregon coastline. 

Choose from one of the 33 King or Double Queen rooms, all of which has 440 square feet (or more, if you request a corner room) and poetic views of Cape Kiwanda’s waves and Haystack Rock through picture windows. With luxe rustic furnishings, cast-iron tubs, gas fireplaces, and amenities that range from a Bonavita brewing system to a Bluetooth lantern speaker, there’s no need to upgrade to a two- or three-bedroom cottage unless traveling with a group.

While Tidepools Spa, which has an outdoor hot tub, and the restaurant are sophisticated, everything here is about the natural world, the adventures to be had in it, and the relationship with the small, unpretentious Pacific City community. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

The Diplomat Beach Resort – Hollywood, Florida

Pool and beach of the Diplomat Beach Resort
This lavish hotel equally appeals to adults looking to unwind and kids in search of activities.

Book The Diplomat Beach Resort

This lavish Hollywood resort is located between Miami and Fort Lauderdale, bridging the land between the beach and the Intracoastal, so it’s essentially surrounded by water.

After a $100 million renovation that was completed in 2017, the hotel emerged with 1,000 rooms and suites, most of which have views of the waves. Rooms have either a sunrise or sunset color scheme, depending on which side of the resort they face. The lobby is dramatic, with floor-to-ceiling windows at the back where the indoor-outdoor wraparound Hotel Bar is located. That lobby also contains eight noteworthy restaurant concepts that range from Geoffrey Zakarian’s Point Royal to the Diplomat Prime Steak House.

While the beach offers jet skiing, ocean kayaking, and paddleboard rentals, younger family members also appreciate the Dip + Slide water park with a lagoon pool. There, parents can keep sight of the kids while enjoying the poolside spa and lunch service.

The kids’ club, Ocean Ambassadors, relieves parents of duty so that they can enjoy The Diplomat Golf Club and The Diplomat Tennis Center, too.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

The Miami Beach EDITION – Miami, Florida

A guest room at Miami Beach Edition facing the ocean.
Spacious rooms add value at the Edition.

Book The Miami Beach EDITION

With a bowling alley, an ice-skating rink, and a nightclub all in the lowest level alone, this hotel practically screams fun. But that doesn’t mean it lacks luxury. The tropical greenery and sleek modern decor stuns from the moment you walk into the posh lobby.

Custom and exclusive are two words that guide you through the EDITION experience, from the La Labo bath products to a fragrance crafted just for the hotel. Sip creative cocktails and trendy bites at Matador Bar or outdoors at Tropicale. Follow with a dip in the serene pool to soak up Miami’s Art Deco feels and beach breezes. Finish with an exquisite pan-Latin meal at Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Matador Room. 

Standard rooms, larger than average for Miami Beach, are tastefully decorated in driftwood and white with marble bathrooms, wood paneling, and a variety of natural textures. Feather mattresses with pillow tops and duvets ensure an excellent night’s sleep.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

FAQ: Family beach hotels

What are the best states for family beaches in the US?

While everyone’s definition of what constitutes a family beach differs, most people with babies and small children agree that coastal states where the water is warm and gentle, like Florida, are ideal. And states that offer waves to surf, such as Hawaii, Oregon, and California, are attractive for teens and young adults.

On the East Coast, families fill beaches from Maine to the Carolinas. Depending on what your family lifestyle is like, you might prefer to visit well-known prestige spots like Kiawah Island, Newport Rhode Island, Hilton Head, or The Hamptons for family tennis and golf after a few days of sunbathing. Or, you might opt for easygoing destinations like the Jersey Shore or Myrtle Beach with boardwalk fun in addition to the ocean.

How much does a family beach vacation cost?

Family beach vacations can run the gamut from budget to luxury depending on where you go and when. Hawaii, California, New York, Rhode Island, and Florida remain some of the most popular, and priciest, states for family beach vacations (depending on the region). 

For more wallet-friendly stays, consider states like New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, and Georgia. 

And while there are always deals to be found, consider going on a beach vacation in the shoulder season to somewhere like North or South Carolina, Maine, Oregon, or Massachusetts if savings are your top priority. September or early May still see excellent weather in most beach destinations with far lower prices than during peak summer or winter dates. Additionally, keep in mind that peak weekends and holidays like Memorial Day and the Fourth of July typically see beach hotel prices surge.      

Weekday and weekend rates will also change during weekends and holidays. Resort fees range widely but often include bicycle rentals, barre or yoga classes, happy hours, or breakfast. 

What should a family beach resort have?

The best family beach resorts and hotels offer beach access, first and foremost, plus programming and activities that address both individuals, ranging from small children to grandparents to the family dog, as well as the family as a whole. These include kids’/teen clubs and rooms, welcome packages, discounts, packages, games, and nightly entertainment.

Make sure to read the fine print, especially where it concerns younger children and family pets. Many hotels say they are friendly to both, but their actions say otherwise. In some cases, small children are prohibited from certain types of accommodations and dogs can’t leave the room, or can’t be left in the room. So know before you go.

Are hotels safe right now?

According to the CDC, fully vaccinated people can safely travel domestically.

Most hotels have reopened following shutdowns due to COVID-19 with new safety procedures in place. While you’re more likely to encounter other people in common spaces and have more interactions with staff, experts say that with added caution, it is safe to stay in a hotel. We also recommend following CDC guidelines and wearing a mask in public, using hand sanitizer, and following social distancing.

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I’ve lived in northern California for the last eight years, and hands down, my favorite aspect of living here is access to outdoor recreation. From the Sierra Nevada mountains where I live to the deserts of Southern California to the coastal beaches along the Oregon border, California is loaded with stunning outdoor landscapes. And what’s the best way to immerse yourself in those unique destinations? By camping, of course.

There’s a lot of variety between the best campsites in California, but what they all have in common is that you won’t find sites like these anywhere else. And you don’t have to be a wilderness expert to find the perfect place to pitch your tent: many of California’s best campsites have amenities like hot showers, cell service and Wi-Fi, and even coffee shops and restaurants.

The list below covers some of the best public campsites in California bound to create happy campers, whether you want to car camp (drive right to your campsite) or backpack (carry everything on foot into a more remote campsite.) Remember that reservations may be required, and you may or may not be allowed to make campfires based on wildfire and drought conditions.

Browse all of the best campsites in California below, or jump to a specific area here:

Here are the best campsites in California, sorted by price from low to high.

Joshua Tree National Park Indian Cove Campground

Joshua Tree National Park Indian Cove Campground
Pitching a tent against dramatic rock formations at the Indian Cove campground.

Book the Joshua Tree National Park Indian Cove Campground

For an otherworldly, desert experience, camp in Joshua Tree National Park for a long weekend. The national park has several campgrounds, and while the Jumbo Rocks Campground is the closest to the park’s most popular hikes, I prefer pitching a tent against the dramatic rock formations at the Indian Cove campground.

Locations 75 to 95 are the primo spots. There’s no running water in any of Joshua Tree’s campgrounds, so bring in plenty before you park – you are in the desert, after all.

Reds Meadow Campground

Reds Meadow waterfall
From this campground, you can walk to the trailheads for Devil’s Postpile, rainbow falls, hot springs, and more.

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Mammoth Lakes is an undoubtedly awesome city for summer fun, filled with epic hiking trails through the eastern sierra, breweries and distilleries, and the year-round Mammoth Mountain resort. If you can get to town early, try to snag a spot at Reds Meadow Campground, which doesn’t take reservations. But because it’s about 20 minutes outside of the city limits, it tends to not get as crowded as downtown campgrounds (though it still gets crowded.)

Red’s Meadow has a campground lake, a general store and cafe within walking distance, indoor bathrooms and showers, and best of all, access to amazing hikes. Campers can walk to the trailheads for Devil’s Postpile, rainbow falls, hot springs, and much more. 

Yosemite National Park Pines Campgrounds

Yosemite National Park Pines Campgrounds
Nothing will make you feel more in awe than standing under a 1,000-year-old sequoia or looking up at El Capitan.

Book the Yosemite National Park Pines Campgrounds

Yes, Yosemite gets crowded: but there’s a reason for that. It’s one of the most beautiful places in the U.S. and nothing will make you feel more in awe of our amazing planet than standing under a 1,000-year-old sequoia tree or straining your neck to look up at the rocky cliff of world-famous El Capitan. Yosemite has more than a dozen campgrounds, but the most convenient are the three campgrounds on the west end of the Yosemite Valley: North Pines Campground, Lower Pines Campground, and Upper Pines Campground (they’re all in the same area.)  Lower Pines sites probably have the best views, but they’re all winners. 

All sites have a picnic table and fire pit, plus potable water and clean restrooms, and hot showers. But the best part is the location: many sites have views of Half Dome, and you can walk to the Mist Trail and stops for the free Yosemite Valley shuttle, which stops at all the Yosemite Valley’s best sites and trailheads.

Lassen National Park Manzanita Lake Campground

Manzanita Lake Area in Lassen Volcanic National Park
Ditch the crowds at this lesser-visited campsite.

Book the Lassen National Park Manzanita Lake Campground

Love national parks but hate the crowds? Then head north to Lassen National Park, one of the country’s least-visited national parks. That makes it one of the best campgrounds in California if you want to snag a lakefront campground at the last minute.

While reservations are usually the best bet, the park’s Manzanita Lake Campground is walk-in only from early October to the park’s closing. Get there early (before 9 a.m.) to snag spot at the southern end of the campground for the best views of 10,463-foot-high Lassen Peak.

Prairie Creek State Redwoods State Park

Prairie Creek State Redwoods State Park
Some scenes from the “Jurassic Park” movies were filmed at this spot.

Book the Prairie Creek State Redwoods State Park

One of the coolest places to camp in California (both literally and figuratively) is Prairie Creek State Redwoods State Park. There are more than two dozen trails in the park, including the famous “Fern Canyon” trail, where scenes from the “Jurassic Park” movies were filmed. Through the park and its campsites are hundreds of coastal redwoods – the tallest trees on earth. 

I prefer sleeping in the shade and seclusion of the redwood trees at the park’s Elk Prairie Campground, but guests who prefer coastal views will like the sites built on the dunes at the park’s Gold Bluffs campground, which look out over a stunning stretch of Pacific coastline.

Limekiln State Park

Limekiln Creek and Redwood Grove, Big Sur, California
Choose from the Coast campground or the Redwood camp. They both have restrooms and hot showers.

Book the Limekiln State Park

Big Sur is one of the most stunning stretches of coastline in the United States, but the hotels in towns to the north like Carmel-by-the-Sea and Monterey get very, very busy. That’s why I usually recommend campers head south instead to Limekiln State Park.

Campers can pitch their tent in the Coast campground or the Redwood camp, each with running water, restrooms, and hot showers. It’s an easy drive north to the popular parks in Big Sur, and on your way home, you can swing by Esalen Hot Springs, where you can reserve a sunset soak in their oceanview hot springs.

Morro Bay State Park

Morro Bay State Park
Campers here have ocean views to the west and access to paddling, boating, and kayaking to the east.

Book the Morro Bay State Park

One of central California’s most recognizable features is Morro Rock, a monolith rising from the surf near the cool surfer town of San Luis Obispo. While most private campsites are on the inland side of Morro Bay, Morro Bay State Park is on the ocean side, giving campers ocean views to the west and access to paddling, boating, and kayaking on Morro Bay to the east.

Campgrounds have all the amenities you’d expect, but you can also walk to the Morro Bay State Park Museum of Natural History, Morro Rock Natural Preserve, and a waterfront cafe in case you get sick or roasting hot dogs.

San Elijo State Beach Campground

San Elijo State Beach Campground
Sleep perched on a bluff above the sand at this California beach campsite.

Book the San Elijo State Beach Campground

The campground at San Elijo State Beach Campground is beach camping at its finest. Campsites are perched on a bluff above the sand to make sure you have epic sunset views, but it’s just a few stairs to get down to the shoreline when it’s time to surf or go for a swim.

Encinitas is one of the coolest surf towns in California, and San Elijo Beach is squarely in the center of it all. Sites 1 through 39 are closest to the beach.

Big Bear Lake

Big Bear Lake
Big Bear is just a short drive from LA, making it easily accessible for city dwellers.

Book the Big Bear Lake

Big Bear is the closest mountain town to Los Angeles and camping in its hills is one of the best ways to beat the heat and relax in cooler climates for a long weekend. One of the best campsites in California is the Serrano Campground on the north shore of Big Bear Lake.

Wake up in the morning and grab a coffee from the marina store before swimming out to one of the lake’s boulder piles, perfect for cliff jumping.

Emerald Bay State Park

Emerald Bay State Park
In terms of pure beauty, it’s tough to beat Lower Eagle Point at Lake Tahoe.

Book the Emerald Bay State Park

Lake Tahoe is just as gorgeous as any national park on the West Coast, and fortunately, there are more than a dozen campgrounds around the lake’s 72 miles of shoreline. But in terms of pure beauty, it’s hard to find a campground more epic than Lower Eagle Point.

Perched on a peninsula overlooking Emerald Bay, it’s ideal if your idea of the perfect day is lazing away the hours at a sandy alpine beach with turquoise-blue waters. And you’ll be near plenty of great restaurants and breweries in the town of South Lake Tahoe.

Pianetta Ranch & Winery Camp

Pianetta Ranch and Winery
You’ll be right in the middle of a working ranch and winery at this campsite.

Book the Pianetta Ranch & Winery Camp

You don’t have to be an avid hiker to love camping, as evidenced by Pianetta Ranch & Winery Camp. Tucked under a large oak tree are a few sites for tent camping, square in the middle of a working ranch and winery.

Guests can cruise around the more than 300 wineries in Paso Robles, then return to camp for an afternoon wine-tasting and campfire under the stars.

The Presidio

Rob Hill Campground at the Presidio
This is the only campsite in California that’s actually in San Francisco.

Book The Presidio

If you care more about gourmet cuisine, sightseeing, and sea lions than you breaking in your hiking boots, book the only campsite in California actually in San Francisco: the Rob Hill Campground at the Presidio. Once a military complex, the Presidio is now a sprawling park with nature walks, scenic overlooks, beaches, museums, and more.

Campers get a fire ring, indoor bathrooms, bike racks, and BBQ grills. Unfortunately, there are no showers, so plan to jump in the ocean at Baker’s Beach when you need to cool off. 

The best backcountry campsites in California

Sometimes, the best thing about camping isn’t camping itself – it’s getting to wake up in beautiful and remote destinations miles away from traffic, people, and the stress of civilization. 

These California campsites below aren’t accessible by car. Instead, you’ll need to hike your way in, carrying everything you need on your back, including your food, tent and sleeping bag, and water or water filter. You’ll need to have basic backcountry knowledge, some extra first-aid and emergency skills, and the fitness for hiking long distances with an additional 30 pounds on your back. Backcountry campsites have no amenities, no bathrooms, no potable water – if you didn’t carry it in, it isn’t there. 

But if you’re ready to head into the backcountry, these are three of the most exceptional California campsites tucked away in the mountains across the state:

Cathedral Lakes

Cathedral Lakes in Yosemite National Park
The high-altitude weather makes for a pleasant stay here even in the middle of July and August.

Book the Cathedral Lakes

Another campsite in Yosemite? You bet – Tuolumne (rhymes with “follow me”) Meadows is high above the Yosemite Valley on the park’s eastern side. Though it’s snow-covered and inaccessible in winter, it’s simply stunning in the summer, and the high-altitude weather makes it far more pleasant for hiking in the middle of July and August. If it’s your first backpacking trip, head to Cathedral Lakes, which is also part of the beautiful John Muir Trail.

You’ll be able to camp near the shore of the still, bright-blue lakes that perfectly reflect the nearby giant rock formations and mountain peaks. You can go to Lower or Upper Cathedral Lake; I recommend Upper for fewer crowds (though campsites at Lower Cathedral Lake are closer to the water.) It’s about a 3.5-mile trek to the upper lake and gains only around 1,000 feet, so it’s a good route for beginner backcountry campers.

Evolution Lake in Kings Canyon National Park

Evolution Lake in Kings Canyon National Park
This lush valley surrounded by towering Sierra peaks is a jaw-dropping place to sleep.

Book the Evolution Lake in Kings Canyon National Park

Kings Canyon National Park sits squarely in the middle of the Sierras, north of Sequoia National Park and south of Yosemite. The Evolution Valley is the most beautiful place to camp in the park, but it’s a trek – it’s nearly 16 miles from the nearest trailhead (the Florence Lake Trailhead.)

You’ll need to be very bear aware, and be sure to bring extra layers for the evening as forest fires are forbidden year-round. But if you put in the work to get there, you’ll find campsites along a lake in a verdant valley surrounded by towering Sierra peaks – an alpine paradise for sure. The trailhead is outside the park, so you’ll need a Sierra National Forest Backcountry Permit; it’ll be honored once you’ve hiked into the park boundary.

The Lost Coast

Little Black Sands Beach at King Range Lost Coast
You can camp anywhere along this coastal trail, making it a more secluded option.

Book The Lost Coast

There aren’t too many places in the country where you can hike along the coast the whole time and still be in undeveloped wilderness. Fortunately, you’ll find that in northern California in an area appropriately called “The Lost Coast.” As you hike, the mist and fog from the ocean crash up against steep mountain peaks, creating an otherworldly (if sometimes damp) experience. You can camp anywhere along the trail, so consult the map to decide where you want to base yourself.

Spanish Flat and Shipman Creek are two of the most beautiful areas along the trail. If you start at the Black Sands Beach trailhead, you can easily do a quick overnight trip to camp near Shipman Creek.

FAQs

What should I pack on a camping trip?

A solid camping checklist is imperative for a good camping trip. It’s always best to overprepare since many campsites are remote and you can’t just run down to the local store to pick up items you forget.  Not to worry, start here for our essential camping packing list

And if you’re not quite ready to invest in buying all your own gear, consider renting camping gear from companies like Arrive Outdoors.

What should I look for in a campsite?

Always consider what kind of camping you want to do and who you’ll be camping with. If you’re going with kids, you may want a campsite full of amenities, whether that’s a pool or just hot showers. 

If you’re a more seasoned camper and want to explore more remote areas, consider booking dispersed camping sites. They’re available for free on most Bureau of Land Management (BLM) or United States Forest Service (USFS) land.

For those who want to bring their dog along, check out our tips for camping with dogs, plus the best pet-friendly campsites

Where can I find a last-minute camping reservation?

Due to increased demand, many campgrounds are booking up fast, especially for summer weekends. Try to book a campsite as far in advance as you can.

However, if you’re seeking last-minute reservations, consider alternative sites to book camping reservations that go beyond the usual federal campgrounds, such as Airbnb campsites or Tentrr, which connects private landowners with campers for more secluded stays.

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The 8 best hotels in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, from budget family stays with water parks to hotels perched in the hills with hiking trails across the street

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  • Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge have tiny populations, but the sister cities see 10 million visitors each.
  • All those tourists equal lots of attractive hotels in these eastern Tennessee mountain towns.
  • Visitors come here for outdoor attractions like the Great Smoky Mountains, as well as theme parks.

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Nestled in the Appalachian Mountains in eastern Tennessee, the towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge can serve two very different purposes for tourists.

For some, the towns are a jumping-off point to explore the nearby mountains, especially the half-million-acre Great Smoky Mountains National Park, full of hiking and biking trails and scenic drives to take in the views.

For others, the area is a headquarters of Southern culture, full of amusement parks, themed shows, and family-friendly attractions. I’ve visited the area on multiple occasions, both to ride the rollercoasters at the Dollywood theme park and to explore the stunning national forest. The area’s entertainment strips reminded me of Branson, Missouri, and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, making this a ripe area for a family vacation.

Both Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge have minuscule populations – under 10,000 between them. But with about 10 million tourists heading to both cities yearly, the area is teeming with hotels. Whether you’re there for the thrill of Dollywood or to reach the summit of Clingmans Dome, Tennessee’s tallest peak, you’ll find a hotel on this list that’ll serve as a base of operations for the adventures to come.

If you happen to prefer a vacation rental for your stay, start with our guide to the best Airbnbs in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg here.

Here are the best hotels in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, sorted by price from low to high.

Country Cascades Waterpark Resort

Country Cascades Waterpark Resort
This hotel has a water park that includes a body slide with twists that fall four stories.

Book the Country Cascades Waterpark Resort

Located just blocks from the main strip, Country Cascades has been a Pigeon Forge attraction in its own right since 2011, with a water park that’s free for guests. 

The River Run, a body slide with twists that fall four stories, is the highlight for most who stay here, as well as the headliner of the hotel’s 75,000-gallon water park headliner. For less thrill-seeking visitors, there’s Splashaway Bay, a leisure pool with a beach-style entry. The property also has a glass-enclosed indoor pool for days when the weather turns sour. 

Brightly colored rooms are well-suited for families, with microwaves, refrigerators, and coffee machines standard. Rooms in the recently remodeled Country Tower have colorful accent walls that match bright bedspreads and drapes. Rooms in the Summit Tower are equally rainbow-hued and also feature views of either the water park or Mount LeConte.

Large breakfasts also come complimentary with all rooms, adding value. 

COVID-19 protocols can be found here.

Greystone Lodge on the River

Greystone Lodge on the River
A river out back and the surrounding mountains give this hotel a remote feel even though its right in the center of Gatlinburg.

Book the Greystone Lodge on the River

Even though it’s just steps from the center of Gatlinburg, Greystone feels like a remote vacation spot, thanks to its rushing river out back and aesthetic reminiscent of a Western lodge.

A modest pool area offers a break from hot Tennessee summer days, as does the shallow, quick-moving river just steps below the property. Rooms are modestly decorated in decor some may find dated, with beige tile and carpet and hardwood furniture that looks pre-renovation for other area properties. However, for the price, it’s a nice stay in a good location.

For those here for the attractions, Ripley’s Aquarium is next door and other spots, like the Gatlinburg Space Needle and Anakeesta, are a close trolley ride away.

Call the hotel at 800-451-9202 for the latest COVID-19 protocols.

Black Fox Lodge Pigeon Forge, Tapestry Collection by Hilton

Black Fox Lodge Pigeon Forge, Tapestry Collection by Hilton
Experience the best of both worlds at this hotel that’s a five-minute drive from Dollywood and less than nine miles from the national park.

Book the Black Fox Lodge Pigeon Forge, Tapestry Collection by Hilton

If you want to hit all the top Pigeon Forge attractions, this property is smack in the middle of everything. It’s a five-minute drive from Dollywood, under two miles from the LeConte Center, and less than nine miles from the national park. 

The 178 rooms include deluxe rooms with beautiful river and mountain views. The larger suites also include a microwave and refrigerator, making rooms especially attractive for families. The hotel’s exterior has a multicolored craftsman-style motif, and inside you’ll find TV consoles and bedframes with reclaimed-style wood for a sense of place. 

The expansive pool is another big draw, with a water slide and splash fountain. Another major perk for families, it gives kids an attraction without any entrance fees. 

COVID-19 protocols can be found here.

Riverstone Resort and Spa

Riverstone Resort and Spa
A lazy river with a rock wall and waterfalls makes for a serene place to relax.

Book the Riverstone Resort and Spa

The rooms here feel like you’ve rented out someone’s tastefully appointed home for the night, with full kitchens, dining areas, and dens. 

Landscapes fill the walls of the rooms, which feature deep-cushioned couches, leather armchairs, and stone-surrounded fireplaces. 

Downstairs there’s a pool area with a lazy river, complete with waterfalls that cascade from a rock wall. An indoor pool, a luxurious spa, playground, and a fitness center round out the amenities. After enjoying lounging around the property, it’s just a half-mile to Dolly Parton’s Stampede. 

COVID-19 protocols can be found here.

The Park Vista a DoubleTree by Hilton

room with mountain views at the Park Vista Gatlinburg hotel
Mountain View rooms at this hotel come with exactly what the name implies – plus private balconies.

The Park Vista a DoubleTree by Hilton

No hotel in the area serves up better views than the Park Vista. With its location on a hill overlooking Gatlinburg, the hotel takes in a wide view of the valley and the mountains beyond. Book a Mountain View room with a private balcony to best take advantage of the vistas. 

A large though somewhat dated indoor pool area offers activities on inclement weather days. However, hikers will especially enjoy staying here thanks to the fact that you can easily access trails right across the street from the property. 

While located outside of the city, the town’s trolley route heads right up to the property to deliver guests to the attractions. 

COVID-19 protocols can be found here.

Dollywood DreamMore Resort and Spa

Dollywood DreamMore Resort and Spa
Even if you’re not a big Dolly Parton fan, you’ll appreciate this hotel’s pools and chic style.

Book the Dollywood DreamMore Resort and Spa

While not located on the Dollywood amusement park property, nothing will make a Pigeon Forge visitor feel more a part of the Dolly Parton experience than this. 

Opened in 2016, DreamMore aims to cater to families and couples. A game room and an outdoor pool complete with a splash pond and waterfalls will keep kids plenty occupied. Meanwhile, for the adults, there’s a more serene indoor pool and a full-service spa.  

Rooms are among the most stylish in the area, with subtle butterfly and geometric patterned bedspreads and matching throw pillows. For parents with kids, there are rooms with a King bed and bunk beds to sleep the whole crew. There are also cabins and suites with bunks that can sleep as many as six. 

The on-site restaurant Song & Hearth serves up the kind of homey Southern cuisine you might expect from the property’s country music namesake.

Guests also get upgraded tickets to Dollywood that includes a TimeSaver Pass plus door-to-door shuttle service.

COVID-19 protocols can be found here.

Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg

Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg
Mix your mountain getaway with beach vacation vibes at the palm-tree dotted Margaritaville.

Book the Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg

Sitting at the literal and figurative crossroads in Gatlinburg, Margaritaville is just over a mile from the national park entrance and also steps away from many of the city’s top attractions.

The property’s Jimmy Buffett theme is apparent from the common areas to the rooms, combining a pastel island palette with a reclaimed-wood mountain vibe. Lounge areas are full of palm trees and cushioned swinging couches that look ready for a lazy afternoon, while brightly colored Adirondack chairs surround the outdoor fire pit for chillier evenings or roasting s’mores.

The swimming pool includes a tropical-themed splash pond, and the spa offers everything from indulgent massages to beauty treatments. 

COVID-19 protocols can be found here.

The Inn at Christmas Place

The Inn at Christmas Place
For those who wish it could be Christmas all year, now it can be at this holiday-themed hotel.

Book The Inn at Christmas Place

If you’re somebody who exudes holiday cheer all year, this is your hotel. As the name suggests, it’s Christmas all year here, with common areas and rooms always decorated for the holidays.

The old-world Bavarian style of the property makes it a destination in its own right, and its worth stopping by here for a look around even if you don’t book a room. The decorations, like the twinkly trees and garland-covered mantle, look ready for a holiday card background. Further adding to the Christmas spirit are performances by a two-story glockenspiel, and Santa makes an appearance five days a week.

Unlike most properties in eastern Tennessee, this one stays busy in the colder months, booking up near Christmas and in the summer, especially corresponding for the Christmas in July celebrations. 

COVID-19 protocols can be found here.

FAQ: Visiting Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge

Where are Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge?

Just seven miles separate Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, twin towns on the eastern Tennessee border with North Carolina. Neither city boasts a population above 6,000, but some 10 million visitors descend every year to both towns for their proximity to the Appalachian Mountains and a multitude of family-friendly attractions and theme parks. 

Should I stay in Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge?

Most hotels in the area are situated on the main tourist strips that run through these two cities along US 321 and US 441.

For those wanting to spend most of the time at the theme parks and attractions, Pigeon Forge may be better suited, while those wanting to be close to the national forest may prefer Gatlinburg.

How much does it cost to stay at a hotel in Pigeon Forge?

Prices vary depending on the time of the year, but it’s relatively affordable to visit Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, especially compared to other Appalachian destinations like Asheville, North Carolina, or Greenville, South Carolina.

With so much competition among hotels, deals abound, especially in the winter off-season. Even in the peak of summer, a modest hotel can be had for $100 and a resort-style property is often within reach of $250.

When should I visit Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge?

Summer is peak season here, although spring and fall months also bring in the crowds. Expect extra traffic on mountain roads in the fall during peak leaf-peeping season.

During the holidays, both towns don decorations to bring in those hoping for a white Christmas, although snow is rare and highs in the winter often still reach the 50s. 

What is there to do in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge?

Ask the outdoorsy types and they’ll answer quickly: the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. With 522,000 acres, the park boasts camping, wildlife viewing, biking, and hiking. Even those not looking to summit a mountain can find activities here, like the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, a six-mile drive with stunning mountain views and easily accessible waterfalls. 

In town, Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge offer a very different kind of entertainment, with amusement parks, attractions, and entertainment venues crowding the main strip in both cities. 

Popular attractions include the Dollywood Theme Park, Dolly Parton’s Stampede, Anakeesta Theme Park, Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Feud Show & Adventure Park, Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, TopJump Trampoline & Extreme Arena, Crave Golf Club, Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud, Ole Red, and Gold Rush Stables. 

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18 of the best Airbnbs in Myrtle Beach whether you want to enjoy the beach, boardwalk, or golf courses

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  • Around two hours from Charleston, Myrtle Beach is a lively, family-focused beach resort town.
  • We found the best Myrtle Beach Airbnbs offering great locations, amenities, and even beach access.
  • These top Myrtle Beach vacation rentals range from $72 to $538 per night.

Myrtle Beach is a popular summer destination for its lovely stretch of coastline known as the Grand Strand and a busy downtown filled with amusements and attractions. Located just north of Charleston, South Carolina, Myrtle Beach draws big summer crowds but shoulder seasons like spring and fall offer cheaper rates and fewer crowds.

It’s a personal favorite of mine after writing about consumer and leisure travel in the area for over 20 years and I highly recommend the local vacation rental market. It’s also an especially popular choice for a more affordable family vacation option.

Rentals like those found on Airbnb are a great way to claim more space to spread out, and often for cheaper than you’ll find in hotels. Here are my top picks for your next getaway.

Browse all of the best Airbnbs in Myrtle Beach below, or jump directly to a specific area here:

These are the best Airbnbs in Myrtle Beach, sorted by price from low to high.

A condo with golf course views

GolfCourseCondo
This Airbnb’s proximity to scenic Arrowhead’s Cypress golf course is a particular draw for golfers.

Book this Myrtle Beach Airbnb

Myrtle Beach isn’t just about the beaches and bars; lots of people travel here for the excellent golfing. This three-bedroom condo is a bit dated in terms of decor but the low price and location offer high value for a group of golfers ready to hit the links at the neighboring, very scenic Arrowhead’s Cypress golf course on the Intracoastal Waterway. 

It’s even possible to eye up the lie of the land before teeing off from the comfort of the condo’s deck. Staying here also comes with access to a community pool for cooling off after a round, and a cute bar in the kitchen to sit with a beer and analyze those putts that could have been.

Fancy an evening cook-out? There’s a grill for barbecuing while you talk up your short game. 

Condo with Arcade Games

Condo with Arcade Games
Spend your free time playing the fun retro arcade games in this cozy unit.

Book this Myrtle Beach Airbnb

Skip the crowded arcades and enjoy your own game setup in this whimsical teal and gray suite that features vintage arcade games like Golden Tee and NBA Jam in the living area. The smart TV loaded with Sling TV, Netflix, and Amazon Prime adds additional entertainment options.

Location-wise, it’s right across from the beach and has a balcony that overlooks the shared outdoor pool. Although the one bedroom is compact with one Queen sized bed, a sleeper sofa, and twin air mattresses can accommodate additional guests.

Tiny beach home in North Myrtle Beach

tiny beach home in Myrtle Beach on Airbnb
This cute and compact home is just a half-mile from the beach and well-suited to family vacations.

Book this Myrtle Beach Airbnb

With a six-person capacity, this isn’t really a tiny home in the new, trendy sense of the word, but it’s cute and compact and would probably suit a family or group of four.

The porch and floors feature handsome distressed wood alongside a metallic blue and slate color scheme for a classy, subtle look. The decor is playful, with a suitably aquatic theme, and the attractive furniture creates a welcoming, neutral space.

It’s half a mile to the beach, but that’s a breeze thanks to the provided golf cart and bicycles. There’s also a community pool, and the porch comes with a fire pit for outdoor evening socializing. 

Tranquility cabin

Tranquility cabin in Myrtle Beach
Check-in and say ahh at this unique spa-like cabin with Himalayan salt brick walls near the ocean.

Book this Myrtle Beach Airbnb

This cabin might seem more at home in the Californian countryside but it’s a great addition to the beachfront portfolio of Myrtle Beach. It’s completely unlike most properties in the city, with a peaceful, reflective space constructed out of white oak wood and salt Himalayan brick wall. 

The interior basks in warm, golden light and the property comes with perhaps the only aerial yoga swing in Myrtle Beach. There is also a bathroom that looks like a small but high-end Alpine spa, crafted from wood and stone. A small kitchen and back porch with a grill means that you can buy and cook your own food, which is always a bonus, and the hosts generously provide homemade almond milk, and green smoothies every morning. It’s just a minute from the beach and includes bikes, skateboards, beach games for guests’ use. 

Condo in a resort complex

GroundFloorResortCondo
Guests have access to various resort facilities like poolside bars, game rooms, and a lazy river.

Book this Myrtle Beach Airbnb

It doesn’t get too much more relaxing than lazily swinging in your own hammock on a generous patio while being graced by sea breezes. That’s one of the main draws for this gorgeous one-bedroom condo with designer-inspired interiors such as wooden floors, a King-sized bed, and tasteful fittings.

The unit is located inside the Caravelle Resort and guests can enjoy the on-site facilities that include indoor and outdoor pools and hot tubs, a kids’ lazy river, a poolside bar, and a game room. There’s also a restaurant and sun deck, and it’s such a well-placed spot that it’s easy to walk to most of downtown’s main attractions, including the beach, of course.

There’s also fast Wi-Fi, cable TV, and a kitchenette.

Waterfront condo

Waterfront condo
Guests have access to a boating dock with rental easy boat and jet ski rentals.

Book this Myrtle Beach Airbnb 

If crowded beaches and getting sandy aren’t your thing, opt for watersports along the Intercoastal Waterway and pool activities at this waterfront stay. The private community boat dock lets guests avoid the summer crowds with jet skis and boat rentals available. If you happen to have your own boat, you’re also welcome to bring it and keep it at the dock. 

The property is also within reach of the town’s many popular attractions, such as Ripley’s Aquarium and Wonderworks, Market Commons shops, and Broadway at the Beach. Additionally, the grey-hued decor gives this modern condo a refreshingly modern touch, though a coral tablecloth and a community patio with bright Adirondack chairs still give it plenty of coastal charm.

Surfside cottage

SurfsideBeachCottage
This cottage comes with a golf cart to check out the nearby beach, pools, and sport courts.

Book this Myrtle Beach cottage

Not many properties come with their own transportation options beyond bicycles, but this three-bedroom cottage includes the use of a golf cart. It’s a fun way to explore the beachfront, and cruise up to the center of downtown, which is about 10 minutes away.

The cottage itself ticks all the boxes with plenty of space, wooden floors, and fittings, giving the place a beachside cabin feel. The kids will love the indoor and outdoor pools and splash pad that are available to guests and the property also comes with access to tennis, bocce, and basketball courts, as well as an exercise room.

Dog-friendly condo

Dog friendly condo Myrtle Beach
This pet-friendly condo has plenty of space for large groups to spread out.

Book this Myrtle Beach Airbnb

Located just north of the main drag, close to Arcadian Shores, and still just a couple of blocks from the beach, this modern condo welcomes larger groups and their four-legged friends. 

There’s an adult feel to the design, helping it stand out against the playful beach motifs of many other rental units in this town. The cream walls and dark furnishings seem elegant, with geometrically-patterned throw cushions, and a spiral staircase descending into the open-plan living and dining spaces. The property comes with a dining table, breakfast bar, access to front and rear covered porches, a huge sun deck, indoor and outdoor pools, a hot tub, and grilling stations. Best of all, there’s space all around for Rover to run around. 

Condo for indoor-outdoor living

Condo for outdoor living in Myrtle Beach
The furnished balcony terrace at this Airbnb features jaw-dropping ocean views.

Book this Myrtle Beach Airbnb

While the inside of this beautiful family condo is bright and vivid with an aquarium-like ambiance, the outdoor spaces truly impress with a 300-square-foot balcony terrace outfitted with a retro swing bed, day bed, and full sofa framed by jaw-dropping ocean views. You’ll easily want to lounge here all day and night.

Back inside, delight in playful maritime motifs of fish, starfish, and seahorses, and eye-popping bolts of turquoise everywhere from the walls to the kitchen tiles to lighting that illuminate one of the beds.

The unit comes with the use of the resort’s heated outdoor and indoor pools, kids’ play pool, lazy river, hot tub, and beach bar. 

Modern townhouse

TwoStoreyTownhouse
Conveniently located near the airport and beach, this two-story townhouse is located in a quiet residential area.

Book this Myrtle Beach Airbnb

Larger groups or families will appreciate the space of this two-story townhouse, which is quite a rarity in Myrtle Beach with a sea of condo complexes.

The house has two bedrooms and comes replete with hardwood floors and attractive furniture in green and blue hues. There are 50″ HDTVs, cable, fast Wi-Fi, and a kitchen that is fully equipped for home cooking. If you’ve been fishing, the charcoal grill will come in handy. 

The house is just a couple of minutes’ drive from the airport, and the quiet, residential neighborhood will suit guests who don’t want to stay in the thick of downtown. Taking a day out at the beach, golf course, or amusement park is easy, and this home is just a couple of minutes’ walk from public access to the beach as well.

Penthouse with oceanfront balconies

Airbnb condo Myrtle Beach
Catch a beautiful sunset from the balcony of this rustic-meets-coastal penthouse.

Book this Myrtle Beach Airbnb

Retreat to this corner penthouse suite and soak up panoramic views of the ocean and surrounding beach area.

The condo is refreshingly designed with modern furnishings done up in blue and salmon colors that contrast peacefully against custom Tuscan tile. Subtle maritime art compliments the seaside setting, and the bedrooms have a Hamptons-esque rustic feel with washed wood and curated beachy accents.

The complex has indoor and outdoor pools and a hot tub, and the beach is just a few footsteps away. The views from the top of the building are the real draw, though. 

Lush townhome

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Destress on this townhome’s secluded patio or ocean-view balcony.

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If your group is here for a fishing weekend and would enjoy cooking up the catch of the day on a shady patio, consider this townhouse. The leafy backyard couldn’t be more accommodating with its terracotta tiles, comfy furniture, and chimenea fireplace.

The house gives off a playful seaside vibe with a color palette of bright greens and blues, bamboo furniture, and striking, nautical-themed decor. The quieter, more refined environs of North Myrtle Beach are just a couple of blocks away, and the house comes with supplies including a surfboard, Wi-Fi, cable TV, a Roku, and a selection of board games. 

The SkyWheel condo

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This condo directly overlooks a 180-foot tall Ferris well called the SkyWheel.

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The SkyWheel is a 180-foot tall ferris wheel and one of the most popular attractions in Myrtle Beach. This fun, colorful condo sits on a prestigious corner that overlooks the wheel and the beach beyond.

A bold blue, turquoise, and green color scheme makes for a playful tropical setting, with plush, hotel-like furnishings. There is also a rock tile fireplace, and the balcony’s Adirondack chairs are a prime place to settle in and look out over the bustling seafront or watch the spectacular LED light display of the wheel every night.

The center of Myrtle Beach is right outside and the location really means that you’re so close to the action that you could stay here without the need for a car. 

Hip designer home

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This elegant property features exposed wood, granite surfaces, and a deck for relaxing.

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Some of the Myrtle Beach condo stock can look a little tired and out of date, but that can’t be said of this refurbished, three-bedroom unit that was redesigned with an eye for aesthetics. Exposed wood walls, granite surfaces, and hip curated decor all stand out prominently.

The amenities are up to date as well, with a Keurig coffee maker and smart TVs ready to play all the popular streaming services. There’s a deck for relaxing but it’s just a couple of blocks to the beach, and this home comes kitted out with outdoor gear such as bikes and boogie boards, as well as beach chairs and a cooler. 

Beachfront condo

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This chic oceanfront condo is larger than it looks with an eight-guest capacity.

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With contemporary decor and a plum spot right on the Grand Strand, this chic one-bedroom condo is larger than it sounds because it can actually sleep up to eight guests comfortably. The main bedroom has two Queen beds and there are two convertible sofa/futons for two more people each in the living spaces. 

Interiors were freshly refurbished in 2019 and a private balcony makes a great perch when not taking advantage of access to shared heated pools, hot tubs, the kids’ lazy river, and the on-site gym. The beach, boardwalk, and Family Kingdom Amusement Park are all just a few minutes’ walk away. 

 

Beautiful four-bedroom house

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High cathedral ceilings and plenty of light offer an open, airy space great for entertaining and large groups.

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Set 200 yards from the ocean, and just steps from the dining and entertainment options of Grand Strand, this home enjoys a plum location right in the thick of things. 

The open plan design opens up thanks to high, cathedral ceilings and hardwood floors, and the four bedroom/three bathroom arrangement means that three families could share this space while maintaining a modicum of privacy.

There are patio decks on both floors, with a grill on the second, and smart TVs throughout for entertaining the kids. There’s also a shared community pool. 

Large oceanfront condo

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This family-friendly condo is located in a resort with an indoor waterpark and panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean.

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This is a great spot for larger groups with a prime Ocean Boulevard location overlooking lots of great restaurants and entertainment options. 

The decor is a kaleidoscope of patterns flanked by views of the beautiful Atlantic streaming in through the wrap-around, ceiling-to-floor windows. Traditional wooden dining tables mix with leather sofas and jazzy, floral print curtains and carpets for an eclectic look that certainly stands out. Kids and parents will love the Dunes Village Resort with its heated pools, Jacuzzi, lazy river, and water slides. 

Midcentury modern condo

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Situated on the 18th floor, this condo has three balconies that provide stunning views of the ocean and the SkyWheel.

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If you desire a seaside location but want to avoid the near-endless ‘seaside chic’ interior design choices, consider this condo. There isn’t a wall-mounted fish in sight. 

This 18th-floor space is huge with a thoughtful selection of polished, hardwood, midcentury modern pieces, all set against rich but subtle red carpeting. Granite worktops in the fully-equipped kitchen and three balcony spaces with views of the ocean and the SkyWheel add to the allure. The master bedroom also comes with ocean views through the floor-to-ceiling windows.

Bayview Resort allows guests to access indoor pools, a lazy river, hot tub, fitness room, and a splash deck. 

FAQ: Visiting Myrtle Beach

Where is Myrtle Beach?

Myrtle Beach is a seaside destination in South Carolina, located around two hours or so north of Charleston along a stretch of coast known as The Grand Strand.

In contrast to the somewhat refined Charleston, Myrtle Beach is much more skewed to families and tourists, and is an unpretentious, down-to-earth coastal getaway that gets very busy at peak times, such as summer.

Where should I vacation in Myrtle Beach?

Where you stay in Myrtle Beach depends a lot on your budget and personal tastes. Along the oceanfront, the north end is generally held to be more contemporary, with the south end having older properties.

Ocean Boulevard is the main drag that runs parallel to the beaches with busy spots around Wither Heights and Yaupon Circle. Families will probably want the ease of being close to the action and the sands, while couples or older visitors may want to stay a few blocks back from the seafront, and there are quieter residential areas around the country clubs and golf courses away from the clamor.

There are many units within gated resorts, from brands such as Marriott and Sheraton, and some independent complexes. These places have shared community pools and other leisure facilities, some even having small water parks. The vast majority of the accommodations in Myrtle Beach are close to the beaches. 

How much does it cost to rent a vacation house in Myrtle Beach?

If you want to book a private vacation rental in Myrtle Beach, the cost will depend on factors such as house or unit size, proximity to the beach and downtown, added amenities such as a pool, plus the time of year and the day of the week that you plan to visit.

It will also, as noted, depend on whether you’re renting inside a gated resort community or not. Myrtle Beach gets incredibly busy during the summer and over holiday weekends. 

For example, a small unit in a resort might start at less than $75 per night off season, but surge to over $300 per night for a summer weekend. A large, lavish beach house could be closer to a thousand dollars or more per night at any time.

For better deals, as well as increased availability, visit in shoulder seasons like spring or fall when the weather is still quite pleasant and there are fewer crowds and less competition for inventory. If you’re set on a summer trip to Myrtle Beach, plan to increase your budget or consider only staying midweek for lower rates.

Expect to pay, at minimum, a few hundred dollars for a short midweek stay off season, or over one thousand dollars for a weekend or summer visit in a higher-end property. B

Also, be aware of cancellation policies and read the fine print, as some homes have strict rules and service fees. You may also want to check other home rental sites before you book to make sure you’re getting the best deal. Finally, as the global pandemic continues, be aware that shared amenities such as pools or gyms may be closed. Be sure to check with the host before booking if accessing such facilities is important to your stay.

What is there to do in Myrtle Beach?

Myrtle Beach is a casual, family-focused resort town, with 60 miles of brown sand along the Grand Strand, framed by amusement and water parks, shopping malls, family attractions, chain restaurants, golf courses, and country clubs.

The major attractions center around families and golfing, with theme parks including the Family Kingdom Amusement Park, Myrtle Waves Water Park, and the NASCAR SpeedPark. Ripley’s Aquarium and the SkyWheel are also huge draws.

Some of the best golf courses include Dunes Golf & Beach Club, Caledonia Golf Club, Tidewater Golf Club and Grande Dunes Resort Club.

Is Airbnb safe?

The CDC now says fully vaccinated people can safely travel in the US.

Additionally, experts say Airbnb is safe, especially compared to hotels, because they eliminate interactions with others. Airbnb hosts must also follow enhanced cleaning guidelines.

Of course, there are still risks and we recommend following CDC guidelines, practicing social distancing, double masking, and washing hands frequently.

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16 charming Airbnbs near wineries for couples, friends, and families looking to sip wine and savor views

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  • Wineries make for a great gourmet getaway or a trip surrounded by nature and stunning scenery.
  • Since hotels near vineyards can be limited, we paired U.S. wine regions with top Airbnb rentals.
  • From pool homes to yurts, these are the best Airbnbs near wineries, from $120 to $456 per night.

While a day spent sipping pinot at a winery is lovely in itself, making a trip out of it allows you to linger for extra glasses or to hop between vineyards.

There are currently 252 American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) spread across the country, with 141 in California alone. So, there’s a good chance you live within an easy road trip of a grape-growing region. Though I’m no sommelier, I’ve been to enough tastings to know that staying right nearby is a serious perk and many wine-producing areas have become popular destinations with a new crop of vacation rentals growing as quickly as the vines.

From charming cottages to mod guest houses with pools, converted barns to rustic log cabins, wine country offers Airbnbs with plenty of personality.

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Here are the best Airbnbs near wineries, sorted by area and price.

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Napa Valley cottage in downtown Calistoga

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This storybook cottage is one of a cluster of 16 similar cottages scattered throughout an elm forest in the heart of Calistoga. Collectively known as the Cottage Grove Inn, they’re located within easy strolling distance of the town’s tasting rooms, shops, and restaurants.

This cottage is a relaxing and romantic place, with soft furnishings in white and rosy hues, reclaimed hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, and a wood-burning fireplace (wood provided). The King bed has down bedding, and the spa-like bathroom offers robes, a two-person soaking tub, and a shower. A customized armoire hides a kitchen nook with a small fridge, coffee, and tea. 

Yoga mats, picnic basket backpacks, and cruiser bikes are available, and there’s also a Tesla charging station. 

Although the cottage is configured as a studio for double occupancy, the hosts can add an extra single bed with advance notice, and dogs under 40 pounds are welcome (for an extra $50 per pet, per night), but children under 12 are prohibited. 

Vineyard guesthouse in St. Helena

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This recently renovated guesthouse is located on a private vineyard in the mountains, 10 minutes from St. Helena. Plenty of neighboring vineyards are also within easy reach.

The home’s modern design is white and bright, with flashes of sunny yellow and deep coral mixed with warm wood tones. Open, airy, and elegant, there are lofty, 20-foot ceilings and gorgeous views from wrap-around windows. The studio configuration includes a sleek white kitchenette, a rustic antique wooden dining table, a lounge area with a cushion-strewn built-in window bench, a Queen sleeper sofa, a fireplace, plus a white-curtained canopy bed. The bathroom is stocked with robes and offers an oversized walk-in shower.

It’s easy to wander between indoor and outdoor spaces thanks to two sets of French doors that open onto a private terrace with panoramic vistas, contemporary seating, and a dining area. 

Vineyard cabin in Paso Robles

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Located on the Hoyt Family Vineyard, just nine minutes west of Paso Robles, this funky little cabin is peaceful and private, yet it’s within an easy 20-minute drive to several area vineyards.

Local design firm Daniels Wood Land created the cabin’s unconventional interior design using repurposed wine barrels, fallen trees, and old industrial parts to create many of the home’s furnishings.

Kids are welcome, and one bedroom has bunk beds, while the other has a Queen bed. There’s also a kitchen, air conditioning, and Wi-Fi.

Outside, there’s a spacious deck, a BBQ grill and picnic table, lounge seating, and a campfire (s’more kit included). Guests have access to a hot tub on the adjoining property (there’s another Airbnb on the premises, and it’s possible to rent both for larger groups), and there’s even a tree swing atop the hill.

Mountain guesthouse with a pool in Napa

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This tranquil guesthouse with vineyard views is hidden in the mountains only a few minutes up a country road from Napa. It’s a quiet and secluded setting for a peaceful, private stay, while still right near incredible wineries. It’s also been used as a writer’s retreat, and it’s easy to see how someone could be inspired by this exquisite setting.

The interior is light and open, with vaulted ceilings and minimalist white and wood mod decor. Fold-down beds concealed behind panels resemble Shoji screens and one Queen bed and two Twin beds share the main space. The versatile home can also be configured with fewer beds to make room for a seating area, depending on your needs.

The gorgeous kitchen has a white marble island with a breakfast bar, a fire-engine-red Smeg refrigerator, and the hexagonal-tiled bathroom features a walk-in shower. 

Outside, there’s an elegant lap pool, hot tub, and seating area for watching the sunset with a glass of wine. Walk beyond the house to meet local cows, alpacas, and sheep, and you’ll be rewarded with views all the way to San Francisco.  

Modern barn on vineyard near Healdsburg

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This sophisticated barn is ensconced within a nine-acre working Zinfandel vineyard overlooking Sonoma County’s beautiful Dry Creek Valley. Although it’s only five minutes from Healdsburg with its excellent restaurants, shops, galleries, and farmer’s market, the setting is private and peaceful.

There are two luxurious Restoration Hardware California King bed suites (each with a full bath) separated by a shared great room with lounge seating, a dining table, and a well-equipped kitchen with high-end appliances. The decor is eclectic-cool, including a rustic wooden dining set, leather club chairs, modern white sofa, groovy handmade concrete tile flooring, rugs curated from the hosts’ world travels, and striking original art. A Haiku bamboo fan swirls above the main space to keep it cool.

It’s a place for easy indoor-outdoor living, with a fragrant lavender field just outside the living room’s French doors, and a 45-foot covered porch that overlooks the vineyard and Dry Creek Valley. A Weber gas grill is available, and there’s outdoor seating. 

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Airstream with private hot tub beside tasting room in Wapato

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Play it cool in this Airstream, parked in a private spot beside the Freehand Cellars tasting room in the Yakima Valley. Located just a few minutes away from downtown Yakima, the trailer comes with its own hot tub and gas fire pit and is surrounded by eight acres of orchards, roses, and vineyards. 

The living space is streamlined and contemporary with sleek metal surfaces, pale wood tones, and plenty of natural light. There’s a kitchenette, cushioned dining nook, a cozy Queen bed, and a bathroom with shower. The trailer also has all the necessary modern comforts, including Wi-Fi, TV, and air conditioning. Level-2 electric vehicle chargers are available free on-site.

Vineyard cottage near Walla Walla

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Nestled amidst rolling fields of wheat and grapes on a family vineyard, a few miles north of Walla Walla, this dreamy cottage offers quiet relaxation in a country setting.

With two covered porches and a sprawling lawn, visitors tend to spend a lot of time outdoors dining, sipping wine, or just enjoying the sunset. Inside, the spaces have a refreshed antique charm with hardwood floors and an open-plan living room warmed by a fireplace and furnished with leather sofas. The full kitchen and adjacent dining area feature a square wooden farmhouse table surrounded by white Windsor chairs. 

Consider bringing or renting a bike to explore local backroads and rural cycling routes. Downtown Walla Walla has more than 30 tasting rooms, and there are plenty of others to visit nearby.  

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Wine Country yurt near Salem

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For a one-of-a-kind stay, this yurt is tucked into an oak grove on five rural acres near Salem, only a few minutes from award-winning vineyards in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA.

And don’t judge a yurt by its cover. The interior goes far beyond the rudimentary with modern amenities and spacious comfort. The bright, airy main space includes a living room with a 40-inch TV, a dining area with seating for six, and a full kitchen. There’s framed artwork adorning the walls, and a private bedroom is furnished with a Queen-sized brass bed, dresser, armoire, and the bathroom has a walk-in shower. A sofa bed and air mattress are also available, and the yurt has heating, a portable air conditioner, and Wi-Fi. 

Outside, there’s a grill and private deck with a jolly umbrella-shaded cafe table. Well-behaved pets are allowed.

Willamette Valley cabin with vineyard views

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This recycled cedar cabin is perched at the edge of a forest overlooking 40 acres of vines on the Beacon Hill Vineyard in Yamhill-Carlton wine country. The vineyard produces pinot noir, chardonnay, and Riesling, and they have a tasting room on-site. Plus, the cabin is located within a few minutes’ drive of several other wineries.

Built in the shape of a tower, the cabin offers panoramic views from the tree house-like upstairs bedroom. And while the wood-paneled space is compact, it’s practical and comfortable. There’s a wood-burning fireplace, leather armchairs, electric heaters, and air conditioning, too. The kitchenette has a small refrigerator, microwave, coffee-maker, toaster, and electric burners, and the bathroom is equipped with a shower. 

The spacious outdoor deck is just right for sipping wine and keeping an eye on the vineyard. The hosts even provide a bottle of their estate-grown pinot noir. There’s also a picnic area with a BBQ grill and a fire pit in the woods. 

Guests can receive a 10% discount on designated local wine tours, too. Ask the host for details.

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Log cabin near Fredericksburg in the Texas Hill Country

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An authentic log cabin built in the 1800s, this remarkable rental is just five miles from downtown Fredericksburg and within easy reach of numerous tasting rooms. 

One of three antique cabins on over seven acres (all three can be rented together, for a total of 18 guests), this two-person home is called Peach Cabin. And though it may be old, it’s certainly not musty or dusty. The interior is clean and fresh with a soaring ceiling, stone fireplace, comfortable furniture, and a small kitchenette and dining area. The loft bedroom features a Queen-sized bed, but the star of the show may just be the bathroom’s fabulous antique copper soaking tub.

If that’s not enough, there’s a private hot tub on the back porch, and the cabin also comes with a picnic table, hammock, and charcoal grill. Don’t be surprised if you wake up to find deer grazing in the yard.

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Vineyard barn in Palisade wine country

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Explore Colorado’s wine country from this newly renovated barn, set amidst four acres of vineyards and peach orchards in the Grand Valley AVA. Located two miles from Palisade and 13 miles from Grand Junction with stunning views of Mt. Garfield, the barn is next door to Maison La Belle Vie Winery, Red Fox Cellars, and Garfield Estates.

The spacious, two-story living space features hickory and stained concrete floors with simple, comfortable furniture. There’s an open-plan kitchen-living-dining area with a fireplace, plus one King and one Queen bedroom, and two bathrooms (one with a shower). The barn is comfortable year-round with heating, air conditioning, a washer and dryer, and Wi-Fi.

Outside, the patio has a fire pit and grill. Dogs, a cat, and three friendly sheep live on the property, so you may have a chance to meet them. Two new cruiser bikes are available to rent for an additional $10 per day, and the hosts can also set you up with a local horse-and-carriage serviceto visit area wineries in style.

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Hudson Valley tiny home on Shawagunk wine trail

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This super-stylish Airbnb Plus listing is a tiny house on a 30-acre farm, with vineyard and orchard views. If it looks familiar, maybe that’s because you’ve seen the home featured in Airbnb ad campaigns. Located on Hudson Valley’s 80-mile-long Shawangunk Wine Trail, with 15 vineyards nearby, there are plenty of tastes to explore during your stay.

Though it may be small, this cleverly designed place doesn’t feel cramped. It’s got a clean, modern vibe thanks to light wood interiors and loads of natural light. 

There’s one sleeping area with a Twin bed on the main level, plus a lofted King bed with a memory foam mattress above, set off by a uniquely carved railing. The bathroom is stocked with upscale products and though it may feel off-the-grid, the home has Wi-Fi, heating, and air conditioning. 

There’s also a slate fire pit in front, and guests rhapsodize about the tranquility of the setting and the clarity of the starry night skies.

Historic Finger Lakes barn on Seneca Lake Wine Trail

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This reconstructed 1810 threshing barn is 10 minutes north of Watkins Glen, on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail, with views of the lake and neighboring vineyards.

The barn’s lower level was converted into 1,100 square feet of living space that blends rough-hewn timber and stone construction with modern amenities. Heated, polished concrete floors add gloss to the rustic charm of the interiors, where dramatic lighting, a creamy white color palette, and soft textures balance out the roughness of the wood.  

The multi-purpose main space is so well planned that it manages to feel uncluttered despite including a plush Queen bed, a living area with leather sofas, a dining space, a desk, and a full kitchen. The bathroom has a rain shower, and there is also air conditioning, a washer and dryer, and Wi-Fi.

North Fork farmhouse cottage in Laurel, Long Island

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This delightful little North Fork cottage is hidden on private acreage, with a vineyard next door and a farm stand nearby. 

The main room is tastefully furnished with hardwood floors and a Queen bed, plus a full kitchen, dining area with an antique table, and additional seating area with a leather sofa and armchair. With high ceilings and a skylight, the space is bright and airy. When the weather is especially nice, open the french doors that lead to the covered veranda with seating overlooking the lush lawn.

The location is close to vineyards, beaches, and plenty of restaurants and shops.

Cottage near beaches and vineyards on Long Island

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Located just one minute from Peconic Bay’s beaches in the North Fork hamlet of New Suffolk, this adorable seaside cottage is near multiple Long Island wineries.

The vintage interiors feature hardwood floors and a nautical white and navy-blue color palette, with a relaxed mix of antique and new furniture. The main space has an open-plan living area and kitchen. It’s especially good for families as one bedroom has a Queen bed, and the other has two Twins. 

The cottage is part of a larger compound, sharing the lawn with the main home and another cottage. However, it does have its own private porch with a picnic table, sea views, as well as a grill. 

When you’re not out tasting wine, you can tiptoe one minute down to the sandy beach with towels, blankets, snorkeling gear, and an umbrella provided by your hosts. Just note that no children under age 2 are allowed at the cottage. 

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Farmhouse near Afton

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This beautifully updated Rockfish Valley farmhouse, built in the early 1900s, is within seven miles of 151 wineries, distilleries, breweries, and cideries. It’s also in a great area for hiking and other recreation, with Shenandoah National Park, Wintergreen Resort, and US Bicycle Route 76 all nearby.

It’s the sort of place where you’ll gather with your favorite people for a special getaway. Combining historic charm with family-friendly, modern amenities, the farmhouse has a well-equipped kitchen, two Queen bedrooms, and a third bedroom with two single beds. (There’s a high chair and travel crib, too.) The decor is country farmhouse fresh with rocking chairs on the front porch and wrought iron bed frames.

After a day of tastings, enjoy the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountain views while relaxing in Adirondack chairs beside the outdoor fire pit and roasting marshmallows at sunset with the provided s’mores kits.

FAQ: What are the best wine regions in the US?

Are wineries safe to visit?

Many wineries have reopened with new safety protocols in place. Check with each winery for the latest details as you plan your visit. Some are operating with reduced capacity, limited indoor seating, mask requirements (when not tasting wine), and enhanced cleaning measures. Wineries may require reservations too, so consult their websites and make reservations in advance if you can. 

State and local COVID-19 restrictions will also impact how each winery is able to operate. Napa Valley, for example, is advising visitors to wear masks and practice social distancing. In general, expect limited interaction between customers and servers at tasting rooms, contactless ordering and payment, and perhaps temperature checks before entering some wineries. 

What’s the best time to visit a winery?

Keep in mind that vineyards are working farms, so they’ll be busy places during peak grape harvest season (roughly July to October, depending on the region). A winery (where wine is produced) may be separate from the actual vineyard, and a tasting room might also be separate from the growing operation.

Many are open year-round but check with the winery for specifics on their schedule, including any vineyard tours and wine-tasting programs they may offer. If you’re hoping to have a chance to chat with a winemaker, you might want to choose a quieter time of year. 

Keep in mind that finding available accommodation in high-demand areas during the peak summer and fall seasons can be a challenge, so book early to avoid disappointment.

What are the best wine regions in the US?

There are currently 252 established AVAs across the country, reflecting a wide range of growing conditions and geographic features in states you might expect (California, Washington, Oregon, New York), and those which might surprise you (Texas, Arizona, New Jersey, Wisconsin). In fact, the oldest AVA is actually in Missouri (the Augusta AVA, established in 1980, just a few months before Napa Valley). There’s a wine region for every taste, and that’s what makes them so much fun to explore on your way to finding your own personal favorite. 

Washington State has 16 AVAs producing over 70 grape varieties. The Yakima Valley AVA is known for chardonnay, Riesling, merlot, cabernet sauvignon, and syrah.

Oregon‘s 19 AVAs grow nearly 100 grape varieties. The Willamette Valley’s Eola-Amity Hills AVA is known for its pinot noir and chardonnay; and the Yamhill-Carlton AVA specializes in pinot noir, chardonnay, and pinot gris.

California has a whopping 141 AVAs, with over 100 varieties of grapes growing throughout the state. In Napa Valley, the Calistoga AVA is known for producing cabernet sauvignon, zinfandel, petite sirah, charbono, and syrah. The Mount Veeder AVA specializes in cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, malbec, merlot, and syrah; and the St. Helena AVA is recognized for cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot, syrah, zinfandel, and sauvignon blanc. You’ll find plenty of zinfandel and sauvignon blanc in Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley AVA; and the Paso Robles AVA has built a reputation for cabernet sauvignon, merlot, zinfandel, syrah, and chardonnay.

Texas has eight AVAs. The Fredericksburg in the Texas Hill Country AVA specializes in chardonnay, chenin blanc, merlot, and pinot noir.

Colorado has two AVAs. The Grand Valley AVA is known for syrah, merlot, cabernet sauvignon, and chardonnay.

New York’s wine producers are classified within 11 AVAs. The Hudson River Region AVA specializes in pinot noir, cabernet franc, Riesling, and merlot. Seneca Lake AVA, in the Finger Lakes region, is recognized for its Riesling, cabernet franc, chardonnay, pinot noir, and Gewurztraminer. Long Island‘s North Fork AVA is especially known for its cabernet franc, merlot, and chardonnay. 

Virginia has eight AVAs. The Monticello AVA specializes in chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, and viognier.

Is Airbnb safe?

 The CDC announced that fully vaccinated people can safely travel in the US.

Experts also consider private vacation homes like Airbnbs, one of the safer choices, especially when compared to hotels. This is because you are often booking an entire home protected from interaction with others.

Airbnb also announced rigorous new procedures including the Enhanced Cleaning Protocol, which includes guidelines on personal protective equipment, disinfectants, and mandatory waiting periods between previous guests and cleanings.

However, there are still serious risks to traveling during the COVID-19 pandemic, and it’s important to follow advice from leading health organizations such as the CDC and the WHO. Look into the latest local and state guidelines before planning your vacation, and take precautions including wearing a mask, washing your hands frequently, and maintaining social distancing.

What is Airbnb’s cancellation policy?

Airbnb cancellation policies are set by each home’s host, so check the individual listing for details. You can read a full breakdown of Airbnb’s cancellation policies here.

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Vrbo is a popular vacation rental site with entire homes listed around the world – here’s what to know before you book

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  • Vrbo is a vacation rental platform where homeowners list their homes directly, similar to Airbnb.
  • Only entire homes are listed on Vrbo, so you’ll never have to share with the host or other guests.
  • We break down everything to know about Vrbo, from pricing and fees to how it differs from Airbnb.

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Although it’s commonly pronounced as “verb-oh”, Vrbo is actually an acronym that stands for “vacation rentals by owner,” which tells you a lot about the rental site right off the bat.

These days, travelers are pretty accustomed to direct communication with hosts thanks to the rise of online booking platforms like Airbnb, but when Vrbo first launched in 1995, it was a relatively new concept that helped homeowners bypass the cost of a management company. Today, the site boasts over two million private homes in over 190 countries.

While HomeAway and Vbro used to be separately branded sites that shared the same listings and were both run by Expedia Group, as of a year ago, HomeAway has been entirely folded into Vrbo.

For those more familiar with Airbnb, Vrbo has many similarities, but there are a few key differences when it comes down to the booking experience, service fees, and COVID-19 protocols.

The main distinction between the two websites is that homeowners on Vrbo only rent out the whole property, which means you won’t find anyone else sharing the space with you. This is unlike Airbnb where you may also book a room in a shared house. There are a few other factors that set Vrbo apart and we break down exactly how the rental platform works below.

How booking on Vrbo works

The booking experience of Vrbo is very similar to what you’d find on Airbnb and other booking platforms. You may filter by the number of bedrooms, property type, house rules, and amenities.

But, it gets a little finicky when it comes to pricing. Prices won’t populate on the page unless you specifically filter by price, and unlike Airbnb, you won’t know the total price of your stay until you click through to the main listing page where you can then see a breakdown of the total price and fees.

Each property is given an overall rating out of five stars and you’ll be able to read reviews at the bottom of the page. If you like a place but aren’t ready to commit, you can save it to a “Trip Board” and come back to it later.

Once you book and the homeowner accepts your booking, you’ll be able to communicate directly with them about the property’s details and check-in process.

Vrbo also offers a Book With Confidence Guarantee, which provides every traveler with payment protection against fraudulent listings and access to a team of re-booking specialists. If the owner cancels at the last minute or you can’t get into the house for some reason, the re-booking specialist can help you find somewhere else to stay. Bear in mind that this is not trip insurance and if you decide to cancel your trip on your own accord, you won’t be refunded unless you purchase additional trip insurance.

Vrbo cabin rental in Gatlinburg TN

How is Vrbo different from Airbnb?

In many ways, the experience of sorting through properties on Vrbo is exactly like Airbnb. The main distinction between the two platforms is that Vrbo is strictly for entire home rentals and you will always have the entire home to yourself. Airbnb, on the other hand, tends to emphasize hospitality and market the value of a good host, while Vrbo is strictly about the property.

In fact, hosts and travelers do not have their own profile pages like they do on Airbnb. This means you can’t click through to a reviewer’s profile to see whether or not they leave overly negative or positive reviews, nor can you click through to a host’s profile to see the other properties they have and read the reviews on those.

However, Vrbo does have its own version of Airbnb’s Superhosts, which they call Premier Partners. These are owners with a low rate of cancellations and an average guest rating above 4.5.

However, even these qualifications are not quite as strict as Airbnb where Superhosts must average a 4.8 rating to earn Superhost status. Additionally, it’s more difficult to compare prices on Vrbo than on Airbnb. For many Vrbo listings, you must click through to the final listing page to see the full breakdown of costs, while Airbnb is more upfront about this information on its listings.

Read a full breakdown of the differences between Vrbo and Airbnb here.

What is pricing on Vrbo like?

The pricing is very reasonable on Vrbo when you compare similar properties in the same area across rental sites.

In some cities, you can find apartments for as little as $78 per night, like this designer bunaglow in Austin, Texas or you might splurge on a unique property like a home built by a famous architect or a actual castle.

Nightly rates will vary depending on where you’re searching and the time of year, but prices are rarely lower than $50 per night or higher than $500 per night, unless it is an exceptionally large or unique home, or located in a coveted area in peak season.

A good way to judge whether or not the rate is competitive for the area is to compare the rate to nearby hotels. For example, in New York City, even shoebox-sized hotel rooms typically start at $100 per night, but on Vrbo, you can find some apartments for less than that in all five boroughs.

Generally, the nightly cost for standard-quality listings is competitive with other listing sites like Airbnb and often cheaper than hotels. However, keep in mind that like Airbnb, the base listed price on Vbro doesn’t include fees. Those fees can add up, so be sure to take that into consideration when browsing listings with a budget in mind.

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How much is the service fee on Vrbo and what does it cover?

When you’re comparing properties in the list view, you’ll only see the cost per night. But when you click through the listing, Vrbo will show you the total cost of your trip based on the dates plugged in and the applicable fee and taxes.

Beneath the price, you may click “View details” to see how this total cost is broken down. Owners can charge varying fees for cleaning, taxes, and even pets, but the service fee will be applied by Vrbo for every booking. The owner has no control over how much the fee is and does not have the power to waive it.

According to the Vrbo, the service fee goes towards providing “a safer and more secure booking experience coupled with 24/7 customer support throughout your trip.” The fee is based on a sliding scale, although it is unclear how exactly they are calculated.

On some listings, it can be as low as 5% of the total rental amount, and on others, it may be as high as 12%. There’s no way to avoid paying the fee on Vrbo, but if you really fall in love with a place, you may be able to find it for a lower price on another booking platform. However, you won’t get the benefit of Vrbo’s Book With Confidence Guarantee.

Is Vrbo safe to book right now?

Vrbo does not have any mandatory cleaning procedures for hosts. However, they have released guidelines for homeowners that encourage:

  • Having a proactive plan to manage and minimize risks.
  • Implementing enhanced cleaning and disinfecting between stays.
  • Providing sufficient hand sanitizer and soap for guests, as well as cleaning and disinfecting products.

Among listing resources to health authorities and outlining the proper way to clean the property, the information is pretty thorough – but they’re just guidelines. While Vrbo encourages its owners to communicate their cleaning measures in the listing itself and with their guests, there’s not much they can do to enforce or guarantee that the guidelines will be followed by hosts.

You might compare this approach to Airbnb’s Enhanced Cleaning Initiative, which is requiring all hosts to follow a five-step cleaning process developed in partnership with health and hospitality experts.

With Vrbo it’s up to the travelers to look into each listing’s sanitation measures before they book. You can also looks specifically for listings recent users have rated highly for cleanliness by sorting for “Highly rated for cleanliness” under the “More filters” section.

Neither booking platform can guarantee safety, but Vrbo’s guidelines do mean that you must have good communication with the homeowner to properly ensure that the property will be clean and safe for your arrival. If the host does not outline their cleaning regimen in the description of the home, try to contact them directly before you pull the trigger and book.

What is Vrbo’s cancellation policy?

Much like with Vrbos cleaning policies, you’ll need to check individual listings’ cancellation policies, which include the following options according to Vrbo:

  • No Refund – This is the strictest policy and means no refund is offered at all for any reason.
  • Strict – Bookings must be canceled at least 60 days before the start of the stay to receive a full refund.
  • Firm – Bookings canceled 60 days or more before the start of the stay will receive a full refund. Bookings canceled between 60 days and 30 days before the start of the stay will receive a 50% refund.
  • Moderate (recommended) – Bookings canceled 30 days or more before the start of the stay receive a full refund. Bookings canceled at least 14 days before receive a 50% refund.
  • Relaxed – Bookings canceled 14 days or more before the start of the stay will receive a full refund. Bookings canceled at least 7 days before the start of the stay will receive a 50% refund.

You can compare this to the Airbnb cancellation policy here.

Are vacation rentals safe right now?

The CDC recently announced that fully vaccinated people can safely travel in the US.

Experts also consider private vacation homes, such as those on Vrbo, one of the safer lodging options, especially when compared to hotels. This is because you are booking an entire home protected from interaction with others.

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After more than 30 trips, I continue to be impressed by Bric’s Capri suitcases – here’s why I highly recommend this luggage set

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Bric's Capri 21" spinner carry-on exterior in blue and interior with pocket
  • Bric’s Capri suitcases are elegant, easy to pack, and lightweight.
  • With five size options and seven colors, it’s easy to find just the right suitcase for your needs.
  • After over 30 trips with the 21″ and 27″ bags, I never want to fly with any other luggage.

Table of Contents: Masthead StickyCapri 21″ Spinner with a computer pocket Expandable (small)Capri 27″ Spinner Expandable (small)

I’m notoriously picky when it comes to suitcases and have returned several bags that didn’t work for me. But I was immediately impressed with the two bags I bought from Bric’s Capri suitcase collection. They’re easy to roll, lightweight, have sectioned dividers, and are chic yet unique, so I always know which suitcase is mine at baggage claim.

I have the Capri 21″ Spinner with Pocket Expandable and the Capri 27″ Spinner Expandable, both in matte blue. The smaller is just right for short trips and easily fits in overhead space for international and domestic flights, where the larger option holds everything I need for longer trips. And after my fantastic experience with bog of these bags, I’d highly recommend any other suitcases in this collection.

Specs and Design

The following specs are true for suitcases across the collection:

There are several varying specifications between the bags, outlined here:

Capri 21″ Spinner

Capri 21″ Spinner w/ Pocket Expandable Capri 27″ Spinner Expandable Capri 30″ Spinner Expandable Capri 32″ Spinner Expandable
Weight (lbs) 5.5 6.6 7.9 10 11
Height (in) 21 x 15 x 9 21 x 15 x 9 27 x 19 x 11 30.5 x 20 x 12 32 x 22 x 12.5
Depth (if expandable) Can’t extend 10.5 12.5 13.5 14
Handle Extension (in) 40 40 43 43 43
Number of pockets 2 6 2 2 2
Price $295 $375 $395 $275 (down from $550)

$275 (down from $550)

What it’s like to use

Capri 21" Spinner w/ Pocket Expandable open packed with clothing
The inside of the Capri 21″ Spinner w/ Pocket Expandable showing how clothes can be accessed through zippable pockets

All trips start with packing, so having a bag that simplifies the process is a huge help. With zippable sections, I avoid overpacking and can easily organize everything I’m bringing (I like to keep tops on one side, pants on the other).

Inside each of the zippable sections, there are buckles that keep everything in place even if you choose not to zip up the flaps, helping keep everything firmly secure. I’ve never had any issues fitting everything I needed in these sections, as the 51.5 and 85 liters of volume inside of the 21″ Expandable and the 27″ Expandable bags respectively, have always provided more than enough space, even for my bulkiest sweaters and puffiest ski gear.

I’ve been particularly impressed with the 27″ Spinner on longer trips since even when I’ve jammed it full it’s never exceed 50 pounds, which helps me avoid pesky overweight luggage fees.

Before and after photos of a blue suitcase with and without dirt
Before (left) and after (right) using water to remove dirt from the suitcase. It wipes down easily.

The 21″ Spinner is also unique since not many hard-sided suitcases offer a front pocket. I’ve found it to be a huge help for easily stowing or accessing my laptop.

Both bags are incredibly easy to roll, drag, or turn and every bag in the collection has four 360-degree spinner wheels. I’ve found the bigger bag I own moves far more effortlessly than bags of a similar size I’ve owned.

While I don’t own the 30″, 32″, the Capri 21″ Spinner without Pocket, based on the quality of those I do own, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the others for flyers who are looking for the most space possible. The larger options, which are both currently 50% off, are great checked luggage options for long-haul trips. Without the pocket, the Capri 21″ Spinner also offers more space in the main compartment than mine, which may appeal more to travelers who don’t often fly with a computer (along with its lower price point of $295).

Image of two bags side by side
The suitcases durable yet lightweight shells include chic leather detailing.

What makes Bric’s Capri luggage standout

These bags have a classic, even vintage, look that’s ripe for the Instagram jet-setter. The option for a front pocket, along with the bags’ durable exteriors and well-organized interiors makes them highly functional. This mix of style and utility at a mid-range price point is what truly sets them apart in my book. I’ve also been impressed by how easily these bags wipe down after use and how well they’ve held up after more than 30 trips.

The 21″ carry-on is also incredibly lightweight at just 6.6 pounds. The average carry-on bag is typically closer to 7.5 pounds, so getting those pounds back makes the bag easier to get into an overhead compartment and means you can pack more.

The cons

After three years of use, the bag has held up pretty well, especially on the inside, but there are a few deeper scratches where the color has come off on the outside of the bag. Because the color of the suitcase is so reflective and textured, these smaller scratches become more visible. However, these scratches are purely aesthetic and not very noticeable from far away.

Two photos of small scratches on the top of a blue suitcase
Overall the suitcase has held up well but there are a few scratches on the top of my Capri 27″ suitcase.

On the inside, the fabric has held up reasonably well. In the matte blue bag, the fabric is a light tan color, making any dark stains visible. The inside fabric of the bag cannot be removed to be washed, so avoiding spills or stains is the best way to dodge an issue.

The suitcases also don’t come with any luxury features, like portable charges or laundry bags, though there is an internal pocket to store your own power bank.

Finally, I see the inside compartments as a plus that helps me organized and ensures I don’t over-stuff my suitcases. However, if you’re someone who tends to overpack, then you may run into difficulties zipping the pockets and see some straining at the seams.

The bottom line

The classic aesthetic and durable nature of Bric’s Capri suitcases make them ideal travel companions. The price tag is in the mid-range of our favorite carry-on bags, and they’re a smart choice in terms of price for the quality. After using these suitcases regularly for three years now, I’ve been consistently impressed and will certainly be looking to complete my set when I need checked luggage in the future.

Capri 21″ Spinner with a computer pocket Expandable (small)Capri 27″ Spinner Expandable (small)

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16 of the best Marriott hotels in the US, from budget all-suite stays to luxury mountain retreats

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Hotel Drover, Autograph Collection, Fort Worth
In addition to live music, the hotel’s “Backyard” offers a heated outdoor pool, hot tubs, fire pits, yard games, and cabanas with swing-style daybeds.

  • The world’s largest hotel chain, Marriott has more than 5,000 properties just in the US.
  • Travelers can use Marriott Bonvoy points at more than 30 hotel brands, ranging from budget to luxe.
  • We rounded up some of the best Marriott hotels in the US, whether you plan to earn or use points.

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After a year of depressed travel, hotels are bouncing back – but so are prices, with some hotel rates reaching all-time highs to meet the increased demand. If you’re excited to take advantage of being fully vaccinated but don’t want to spend your hard-earned cash on the jaw-dropping rates, you might consider trading in accumulated loyalty or credit card points for a hotel stay at a Marriott property through its Bonvoy program.

The Marriott Bonvoy portfolio consists of a staggering array of hotel brands, with everything from uber-luxe stays like the St. Regis and the Ritz-Carlton, to classic properties such as Marriott, Sheraton, Westin, and W, to budget and extended stay properties such as the Towne Place Suites and SpringHill Suites.

Travelers wishing to trade in their Marriott Bonvoy points can choose design-forward properties like AC Hotels, hip hotels like Aloft, social stays like Moxy, or business-travel-friendly spots such as Residence Inn. Thanks to its sheer breadth of offerings, there’s genuinely a hotel for everybody in the Marriott Bonvoy portfolio. And, of course, if you don’t wish to spend your points but instead to bank them, these are great properties to book even with your cash. (And then you’ll earn points to redeem later!)

As an avid Marriott Bonvoy user, I’ve personally used points to stay at hotels all over the world, ranging from international locations like the Ritz-Carlton Moscow on New Year’s Eve (a category 8 spend!) to excellent value city stays from Dallas to New Jersey.

If you don’t already have a Marriott Bonvoy account, you can sign up for free here to start receiving perks like free Wi-Fi and mobile check-in. For more info on Marriott hotels and the Bonvoy program, jump to the bottom of this page.

These are the best Marriott hotels in the US, sorted from low to high by category and price.

Aloft Little Rock West

Aloft Little Rock West, Arkansas
Relax by taking a dip in the outdoor pool, cozying up by the stone firepit, or grabbing a cocktail in the surprisingly elegant WXYZ bar at this Aloft hotel.

Aloft Little Rock West, Arkansas

Marriott hotels at the lowest categories are not typically that unique – that’s why they’re only category 1 or 2 stays and priced with points accordingly. However, the amenities at this trendy Aloft are truly standout, making this an exceptional stay for the category. 

This hip hotel is equally accommodating to business travelers and to younger crowds in search of a cool but affordable stay in a historic city important to civil rights. Travelers can take a dip in the outdoor pool, lined with white lights and a stone firepit, pick up pre-packaged to-go food at Re:fuel, or grab a cocktail in the surprisingly elegant WXYZ bar. Weekends offer live music and, on occasion, fun food trucks.

Rooms are loft-inspired, with nine-foot-high ceilings, platform beds, and tables that double as workstations or dining tables, as well as offering sofas, mini-fridges, and coffeemakers. Bathrooms, meanwhile, feature rainfall showers and Bliss bath amenities, with eye-popping design choices like whimsically patterned wallpaper.

Aloft Little Rock is located in the West Little Rock Chenal area, with easy access to Verizon Arena, River Market District, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), and Two Rivers Park.

TownePlace Suites by Marriott Dallas Plano/Legacy

Towne Place Suites Plano/Legacy, Texas
This new all-suites hotel provides travelers with a great base in Dallas’s upscale Plano/Legacy area.

Towne Place Suites Plano/Legacy

A brand new extended-stay hotel in Dallas’s upscale Plano/Legacy area, this all-suites hotel provides travelers with a higher-end stay than one would expect from a category 1 hotel, and an easy jumping-off point for access to North Dallas’s sprawling suburbs. 

Suites are clean and sleek, and all include kitchens with refrigerators, microwaves, toasters, dishwashers, and stovetops. Beds are comfortable, with thick mattresses and duvet covers, and coffee/tea makers are available in-room. Each suite also features a separate sleeping and dining area, as well as a fold-out sofa bed, a work desk, a 43″ flat-screen TV, and free Wi-Fi.

The hotel’s In a Pinch Market offers beverages and snacks 24 hours a day, while nearby food options include a Dickey’s Barbecue Pit.

SpringHill Suites Denver Tech Center

SpringHill Suites Denver Tech Center, Colorado
Sleek and stylish suites at this Denver hotel are furnished with West Elm decor.

SpringHill Suites Denver Tech Center, Colorado

A newer all-suite hotel next to Fiddlers Green Amphitheater, SpringHills Suites Denver Tech Center features exceedingly stylish, clean, and comfortable rooms. Amenities include an indoor pool, a ’round-the-clock snack market, and business services from printing to overnight delivery.

Suites are sleek and striking, with a modern, upscale vibe that easily feels like a hotel two or three times the price. In fact, all furnishings are from West Elm — a stylish bonus. Each suite offers a kitchen, and all come complete with microwaves, fridges, and coffee/tea makers, as well as iPod docking stations and cable TV including HBO.

The hotel offers a free breakfast buffet, as well as free hot breakfast, plus a sundry store for food and conveniences. It’s also an easy jumping-off point to reach the University of Denver, Coors Field, the Denver Zoo, Pepsi Center, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and Red Rock Amphitheater. 

Aloft Chattanooga Hamilton Place

Aloft Chattanooga Hamilton Place
Enjoy the bold lobby design while listening to live music at this Tennessee property.

Aloft Chattanooga Hamilton Place

Well located in the heart of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Aloft Chattanooga is a brand new hotel from the brand, that opened June 2021. The hotel’s hip, young vibe is evident in its communal spaces, from the bright colors of the WXYZ Bar to the bold design of the hotel’s indoor Splash pool. Other welcome amenities include the outdoor pool, as well as a gym, meeting spaces with AV, and free Wi-Fi. 

Like other Aloft properties, rooms are designed with high ceilings and platform beds. Rooms offer 55-inch LCD TVs, large windows, and bathrooms with an exceptional amount of counter space. Travelers will also find Bliss bath amenities, as well as a walk-in rainfall shower. 

Guests can also expect occasional live performances from acoustic and up-and-coming bands.

Sheraton Flowood The Refuge Hotel and Conference Center

Sheraton Flowood The Refuge Hotel & Conference Center pool area
Amenities like a golf course, spa, and an outdoor pool complete with lazy river make this a standout property in its category.

Sheraton Flowood The Refuge Hotel and Conference Center

Close to the airport and about 20 minutes outside Jackson, Mississippi, the brand-new Sheraton Flowood The Refuge Hotel and Conference Center provides an incredible amount of value for a category three stay. 

The new resort-style hotel and conference center boasts a full-service spa, 24-hour fitness center, and a large outdoor pool featuring a lazy river. Located next to The Refuge Golf Course, guests can enjoy a round of golf in between meetings before grabbing a drink at the rooftop bar or pool bar. There’s also a stylish eatery, Rebecca’s, featuring American dishes, while travelers in club-level rooms have access to a special business lounge.

As a business-centric hotel — the conference center is 25,000 square feet — rooms feature ergonomic workspaces, while some also feature golf course views. And for those traveling with the whole family in tow, the hotel is close to Trustmark Park, LeFleur’s Bluff State Park, and the Outlets of Mississippi, as well as the Mississippi Children’s Museum and Mississippi Museum of Natural Science.

Renaissance Chicago Glenview Suites Hotel

Renaissance Chicago Glenview Suites Hotel

Renaissance Chicago Glenview Suites Hotel

For travelers hoping to explore the Windy City, as well as get further afield, the brand-new Renaissance Chicago provides a terrific deal given that its fun decor and upscale amenities wouldn’t feel out of place among a category 4 or 5 hotel. 

Located 10 miles away from Evanston and Northwestern University, in the North Shore Glenview suburb on the edge of Kenicott’s Grove Nature Preserve, the all-suites hotel is a TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice property for 2021, a rarity among category 3 properties within Marriott’s portfolio.

Communal spaces are striking, including a giant mural and modern light fixtures in the lobby. Rooms, meanwhile, feature bold, oversized prints above beds, mini-fridges, coffee makers, microwaves, and cable plus internet TV. A Tesla charging station is located right next to the hotel.

AC Hotel Miami Aventura

AC Hotel Miami Aventura
With a sleek pool and a location just blocks from the beach, the design-forward AC Hotel Miami Aventura is a great South Florida option.

AC Hotel Miami Aventura 

Just outside Miami and the trendy Bal Harbour area sits Aventura, with the AC Hotel Miami Aventura an excellent option for guests seeking a sleek South Florida option. The hotel is close to a variety of entertainment options, including the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Gulfstream Park Racecourse and Casino, upscale Aventura Mall (with shops ranging from Zara to Cartier), and both South Beach and Palm Beach within an easy drive. And, of course, the hotel itself is close to the water, with the beach only a few blocks away. 

AC Hotels are known for being exceedingly design-forward, and the Miami Aventura location is no exception, from its sleek pool surrounded by white lounge chairs to its cream-colored lobby filled with sculptures and modern art. For guests who want to hunker down at the hotel, there’s the AC Lounge, with small plate appetizers and craft cocktails. 

Hotel Drover, Autograph Collection

Hotel Drover, Autograph Collection, Fort Worth
In addition to live music, the hotel’s “Backyard” offers a heated outdoor pool, hot tubs, fire pits, yard games, and cabanas with swing-style daybeds.

Hotel Drover, Autograph Collection, Fort Worth

Travelers who want a bit of authentic Texas ranch will love the recently opened Hotel Drover, a playful Autograph Collection property steps away from the Fort Worth Stockyards. Of course, the Stockyards are a draw, but guests who stay on property will be rewarded, too: there’s live music in the hotel’s “Backyard,” handcrafted cocktails and margaritas at the Lobby Bar, and mouthwatering Tex-Mex at 97 West Kitchen & Bar.

Rooms are picture-perfect, in true Autograph Collection-style, including patterned-tile bathrooms complete with deep soaking tubs, plush robes, walk-in rain showers, and Los Poblanos bath amenities. Decor is colorful and eclectic, with a vintage southwestern theme and locally-made Rio Furniture, plus a curated minibar and Marshall Bluetooth speakers to bring the party inside.

In addition to live music, the hotel’s “Backyard” offers a heated outdoor pool, hot tubs, complimentary sunscreen, fire pits, yard games, and cabanas with swing-style hanging daybeds and chandeliers. There’s a Lucchese western gear shop in the lobby, while pint-sized guests are welcome, too, receiving rodeo-themed welcome amenities upon check-in.

The Whitley, a Luxury Collection Hotel

The Whitley, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Atlanta
The Atlanta hotel’s central location near Peachtree Road gives travelers easy access to popular local attractions.

The Whitley, a Luxury Collection Hotel

Nestled in the center of Atlanta’s tony Buckhead neighborhood, this elegant, newly renovated hotel offers an ample dose of Southern charm. The hotel’s central location, just off Peachtree Road, gives travelers easy access to popular local attractions including Lenox and Phipps Plaza, with downtown and midtown Atlanta close by.    

Luxury is in full supply at The Whitley, with 400-thread count Frette linens, oversized bay windows, iPod docking stations, espresso machines, and flat-screen TVs with HBO. Marble bathrooms are opulent, with rainfall showers and backlit mirrors just right for selfies. Club-level rooms are available for an added dose of hospitality, with access to the level’s Whitley Club, a private concierge, cocktails and wine, and treats like caviar tastings.

The hotel offers three dining options, including Trade Root, upscale Southern-inspired cuisine in a whimsical, design-forward setting.

Morrison House, Autograph Collection

Morrison House Old Town Alexandria
In the heart of Old Town Alexandria, this B&B bustles with refined charm.

Morrison House Old Town Alexandria

Housed in a Federalist-style mansion calling to mind Hamilton and company, this B&B bustles with refined charm. The 45-room boutique hotel, an Autograph Collection property, is located off King Street in historic Old Town Alexandria, providing easy access to Washington D.C. just across the Potomac, as well as further afield area attractions including National Harbor, The Old Town Alexandria Waterfront, Mount Vernon and the National Science Foundation. 

Rooms are chic, with an elegant but eye-popping design. Think preppy blue and white patterns, blue velvet chairs, and marble fireplaces. Each room features a mini-fridge and pull-out sofa, with evening turndown service, a 43″ flat-screen TV, and marble bathrooms with walk-in showers.

Walt Disney World Swan – A Westin Property

Exterior of the Walt Disney World Swan Hotel in Orlando
This amenity-rich property right at Disney World includes waterslides, a waterfall, a three-acre pool complex, and 13 restaurants.

Walt Disney World Swan – A Westin Property

For people who want to visit Disney World in style without breaking the bank, there’s the Walt Disney World Swan, a Westin property. Located on the Disney grounds off Lake Buena Vista and close to Hollywood Studios, rooms are fairly standard but include convenient offerings like mini-fridges, coffee makers, and Westin’s famous Heavenly beds.

Amenities are plentiful at the Swan, including five pools, waterslides and grottos, DJs spinning tunes, a waterfall, and rock caves at the three-acre pool complex, while 13 restaurant options range from offerings by Todd English to a steakhouse to sushi. There’s also a full-service spa for pampering after a long day Disneyside (or simply exploring Orlando).

As a major bonus, guests who stay at the resort receive special perks to help make their Disney stay easier, including free shuttles to and from the parks, FastPass+, character dining, and Extra Magic Hours.

Gaylord Opryland Nashville

Gaylord Opryland Nashville
The hotel’s upscale on-site waterpark, SoundWaves, features a lazy river, multiple pools, waterslides, and more.

Gaylord Opryland Nashville

There’s more than a hint of Vegas at the crowd-pleasing Gaylord Opryland Nashville, an equally appealing and over-the-top resort on the outskirts of Nashville. The lush, nine-acre, three-atrium resort boasts its own upscale indoor/outdoor water attraction, called SoundWaves, complete with lazy river, multiple pools, waterslides, and other water amenities and delights. At night, one of the atriums comes alive with laser lights, a fountain show, and live music.

Rooms are clean and elegant, many with balconies overlooking the green foliage and hubbub below. They also feature mini-fridges and coffeemakers, with iPod docks, cable (including HBO), a coffee maker, and sumptuous pillowtop mattresses.

Although guests hoping to be in the walkable center of Nashville will be disappointed, Gaylord Opryland has its own claim to fame, as it’s next door to the world-renowned Grand Ole Opry (as well as Opry Mills mall). There’s a daily shuttle into Nashville center while a wide variety of restaurant options  —17 in total! — run the gamut from sushi to Mexican to Italian to steak.

The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara

Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara
Set right on the beach, rooms and public spaces have a Mediterranean flair.

The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara

Set on 78 breathtaking cliffside acres overlooking the Pacific, The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara is a sublime getaway that feels more Catalonia than California. As befits its location in a city known as The America Riviera, rooms and public spaces have a Mediterranean flair, with red-tiled roofs, wrought-iron balconies, and alabaster stucco aplenty.

Although it’s tempting to while the day away by relaxing at the resort’s beach or one of its three pools, activities are plentiful. Everything from horseback riding to painting to a 42,000 square-foot spa can be found here.

Rooms are quietly luxurious and extremely spacious, offering plush beds, Frette linens, wooden beam ceilings, and a surprisingly large private balcony or patio, as well as a separate shower and soaking tub. Many rooms have fireplaces and all offer nightly turndown. Guests who check into one of the club level rooms, meanwhile, have access to the private, standalone club lounge villa — one of the only standalone club lounges in the Ritz portfolio — with a dedicated concierge, outdoor terrace, garment pressing, an art exhibition, and a daily rotation of complimentary breakfast, lunch, hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and fine wines and spirits.  

As befits the area’s status as a major wine region, oenophiles are in good hands here: the resort’s six restaurants include Angel Oak steakhouse, with more than 12,000 bottles of wine, while Santa Barbara’s nearby Funk Zone is known for its myriad of tasting rooms. 

The Cloudveil, Autograph Collection

The Cloudveil, Autograph Collection Wyoming
This new hotel matches the upscale-but-low-key vibe of its Jackson, Wyoming surroundings.

The Cloudveil, Autograph Collection

Offering rustic luxury, The Cloudveil is a just-opened Autograph Collection property that matches the upscale-but-low-key vibe of its Jackson, Wyoming surroundings. The resort is ideally situated in the center of Jackson’s town square, right at the entrance to Yellowstone National Park. Highlights are numerous, including a rooftop terrace overlooking Snow King mountain with programming including yoga, stargazing, and wildlife talks, as well as an outdoor pool and a fitness center with Peloton bikes.

Rooms at The Cloudveil are chic but unpretentious, with natural materials and an abundance of light. Amenities in-room include a 55-inch LED TV with Smart Room Integration, Vertuo Nespresso machine, a fireplace, rain shower, double vanities, and mini-fridges. There’s also a communal guest pantry with water, coffee, tea, and locally-sourced snacks.

The hotel’s brasserie restaurant, The Bistro — from renowned local restaurateurs Gavin Fine and Roger Freedman — offers inventive, Instagram-worthy seasonal cuisine, including outdoor dining, a fresh oyster bar, house-made pastries, and an extensive cocktail menu. Guests who wish to explore Yellowstone can create a customized excursion with the hotel’s concierge (known in Cloudveil parlance as a Pathfinder).

St. Regis Aspen

St Regis Aspen Resort
This gorgeous property expertly marries spectacular service with a keen sense of place.

St. Regis Aspen

Almost unimaginably luxurious, the St. Regis Aspen embodies everything wonderful about the St. Regis brand: it’s a gorgeous property with spectacular service and a keen sense of place. Located at the base of Aspen Mountain, it’s within easy strolling distance of most of Aspen’s top nightlife, restaurants, and shops, with a Cadillac Escalade available to chauffeur guests around town. 

Rooms are exceedingly luxurious, with all-white marble bathrooms, mountain views, and plush bedding. Rooms also feature deep soaking tubs, Ralph Lauren furniture, sitting areas, a minibar, Illy coffee machine, and toiletries from chic brand Remede. 

Like all St. Regis properties, the hotel offers a daily afternoon champagne sabering. Another vaunted St. Regis tradition: the custom Bloody Mary unique to each property. In Aspen, it’s the Downhill Snapper: a version with cornichon, olives, and bacon. There’s also a heated outdoor pool, hot tubs, a Remede spa, and, in the winter, a heated outdoor igloo called The Keep.

St. Regis New York

St. Regis New York
Luxurious perks here range from town car services to complimentary butlers.

St. Regis New York

An impeccable Forbes 5-Star and AAA 5-Diamond property with the highest attention to detail, founded by John Jacob Astor, the St. Regis New York reopens in late May — and not a moment too soon. The property is sublime. Every guest receives complimentary butler service, with service offered such as packing and unpacking, morning wake-up with shades drawn plus coffee and newspaper, and garment pressing. A Bentley house car is also available for drop-offs within a 10-block radius. 

Even the smallest rooms are incredibly opulent, with a crystal chandelier, bold jewel tones, silk wall coverings, and leather trim. Bathrooms boast Italian marble countertops, double sinks, rain showers, terry cloth robes, an in-mirror TV, and Remède bath amenities. 

The hotel’s swanky King Cole Bar, with its iconic Old King Cole mural done by Maxwell Parrish, is the birthplace of the Bloody Mary. It’s a must for hotel guests — or those lucky enough to snag the hotel’s single bookable table for non-guests, Table 55. 

FAQ: Marriott Bonvoy

How many properties does Marriott Bonvoy have?

Marriott Bonvoy provides access to over 7,600 properties around the globe, with more than 5,000 hotels in the United States alone.

With over 30 hotel brands in its portfolio, brands range from Aloft and Moxy to the boutique Autograph Collection to storied luxury options like St. Regis and Ritz-Carlton.

How do you make a reservation using Marriott Bonvoy points?

To make a reservation using Marriott Bonvoy points, travelers can visit the Bonvoy website and then choose either the hotel you are looking to book, or see how many points you have and select options accordingly based on which properties are available in certain categories. 

What are the Marriott Bonvoy categories?

Marriott groups its Bonvoy properties into categories from 1 to 8, with 1 being the lowest spend (typically 5000 points during off-peak) and 8 as the most expensive category (up to 100,000 points during peak times such as holidays).

Hotels can also be viewed by specific dates, or through flexible search options for travelers wishing to scope the best deal but who aren’t wedded to a specific date.

Because Marriott separates its Bonvoy spend into standard, peak, and off-peak pricing, you can expect to pay more when visiting, say, Hawaii at Christmas, and less in, for example, Chicago during the dead of winter.

Does Marriott Bonvoy have any deals if you redeem points?

If you redeem points for more than four nights at a Marriott Bonvoy property, you’ll receive a fifth night complimentary, known as their Stay for 5, Pay for 4 program

What are the Marriott Bonvoy membership levels?

Marriott Bonvoy offers six different standard membership levels. To gain Member status, you can sign up for the Bonvoy program for free here. The membership levels are outlined here:

There are also three lifetime elite levels, with benefits lasting forever and points never expiring. Lifetime status is based on the total number of years guests have been elite members, plus the collectively earned Marriott Bonvoy number of nights. The tiers are as follows:

What are the best ways to earn and maximize Marriott points?

In addition to accruing points through hotel stays, Marriott Bonvoy points can be earned in a variety of other ways, including car rentals through Hertz, cruise bookings through Cruise with Points, several flight partners including United, Emirates, and American Airlines, and more than 11,000 restaurants in the US through Eat Around Town by Marriott Bonvoy.

Guests can also earn points through a participating credit card, such as two Marriott Bonvoy credit cards through Chase, and two Marriott Bonvoy credit cards through American Express. Benefits vary, but each card allows guests to accrue points through dollars spent, and some cards — such as the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant American Express card — grant complimentary Gold Elite status.  

When should I use points and when should I pay for a hotel? 

On average, Marriott Bonvoy points are worth 0.7 cents per point each according to Insider’s points and miles valuations. Always pay attention to the math to determine whether the stated points redemption is better than paying for a night. 

How else can I use Marriott Bonvoy points?

There are many different ways to redeem Marriott Bonvoy points, ranging from flights and car rentals to shopping at outlets like Apple, Bloomingdales, and Best Buy. An unexpected use of points: donating to charities including the Marriott Disaster Relief Fund, the International Federation of the Red Cross, and UNICEF. Donated points are transferred into the equivalent cash value for charitable purposes.

Points can also be redeemed for gift cards, and Bonvoy users are also able to purchase and gift up to 100,000 points per calendar year.

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15 of the best Airbnbs in Connecticut, including beach cottages, cozy cabins, and urban lofts

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  • Connecticut is home to sandy beaches, lush rolling greenery, and quaint towns.
  • Especially ideal in summer and fall, Connecticut is also teeming with great Airbnb options.
  • We found Connecticut Airbnb cabins, cottages, and barns near beaches, in the woods, and with pools.

Connecticut is one of New England’s brightest gems, with its sunkissed shorelines dotted with lobster roll stands, wooded enclaves tucked amid rolling greenery, and small cities ripe with boutique attractions. A delight in every season, it’s an especially attractive destination for summer beach vacations and fall foliage getaways.

Of course, I’m slightly biased, since I grew up here in a small town facing the Long Island Sound. Though, you don’t have to be a local to appreciate Connecticut’s varied offerings, which include stunning state parks, sandy beaches, picturesque lakes, and even high-end gambling.

Its location between New York and Massachusetts draws urbanites from both New York City and Boston, and a plethora of vacation rentals on Airbnb offer varied lodging choices, from tiny homes to restored barns and posh homes with pools. I’ve carefully combed through listings to find the best Connecticut Airbnbs.

Browse all the best Airbnbs in Connecticut below, or jump directly to a specific area here:

These are the best Airbnbs in Connecticut, sorted by price from low to high.

Airy urban loft

New Haven downtown loft
High vaulted ceilings and brick pillars create an open, airy feel at this Airbnb.

Book this Connecticut Airbnb loft

Scoop up this airy loft for a city stay close to downtown New Haven. High vaulted ceilings and brick pillars serve as the centerpiece of this bright space lit by skylights.

The open layout includes a gleaming chef’s kitchen and one bedroom with a King-sized bed with massage features. There’s also a sleeping nook and a sofa bed. The spa-like bathroom has a bidet toilet, and there’s also a fireplace, plush couches, and eclectic accents. Do note that this home takes up the third floor of a house, with the unit accessible only by two flights of stairs.

Whimsical European cottage

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This home dates back to 1932 but has been thoroughly modernized.

Book this Connecticut Airbnb cottage

With stone walls, vintage frames, and farmhouse-inspired decor, this whimsical cottage feels plucked from a fairy tale. In reality, it’s tucked in the Connecticut countryside in a structure built in 1932 by H. L. Bitter, a wealthy Hartford businessman, in an area once considered an elite place to summer in the early 20th century.

Today, the interiors have been completely modernized to include newly sanded pumpkin pine floors and over 1,000 square feet of living space with original bath fixtures from the ’30s, an impressive fireplace, and two bedrooms furnished from the owner’s own business. 

Outside, find an herb and flower garden, a covered patio, solar twinkle lights, plus a fire pit. There is no TV or kitchen, however, there is a small coffee area, a few electric appliances, and a retro Frigidaire stocked with cold drinks. 

Coastal chalet with a private beach

Connecticut  coastal chalet with a private beach in East Lyme
This A-frame chalet includes private beach access less than a mile away.

Book this Connecticut Airbnb

Skip the crowds at the state parks and carve out your own stretch of sand in this A-frame chalet in the coastal community of East Lyme, which is well-placed to explore the Niantic Boardwalk, Mystic Seaport, Essex Village, and more.

Tucked behind a quintessential clapboard facade, this home plays up its beachside location with seaside motifs and nautical blue accents. There’s a lofted sleeping nook perched atop a spiral staircase (note that there’s no door to fully close the space off from the living area below) and an open floor plan includes a plush couch, small table and chairs, and a cozy farmhouse kitchen. Laundry is available too, hidden inside a whimsical bathroom done up with wallpaper adorned with sailboats and fish.

The home has deeded rights to a private beach that’s less than a mile away and peaceful deck seating. 

Charming loft-style cottage near the water

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Housed in a 100-year-old building, this lovely home is two blocks from the waterfront.

Book this Connecticut Airbnb cottage

If the idea of hiding out in the country sounds too tame, consider this cottage near vibrant New Haven, which is home to an Ivy League university, fascinating history, innovative dining, shopping, and entertainment.

Housed in a 100-year-old building amid New Haven’s iconic Victorian houses in a neighborhood once known for being the center of New England’s oyster trade, this lovely home is a two-block walk from the waterfront and a quick drive to downtown New Haven or other area beaches. The one-bedroom loft space was built using mostly salvaged, recycled, and repurposed materials such as reclaimed wood, a ’60s steel kitchen cabinet, and an old telephone company ladder.

Though everything looks shiny and new with added perks like Wi-Fi, a large-screen TV, a King-sized bed, as well as a lofted sleep nook and additional Queen-sized mattress set under a skylight. If you’re coming from New York, New Haven is a quick Metro-North train ride away, and won’t require a car.

Art-filled apartment above a historic mill

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Art lovers will love this colorful and creative Airbnb.

Book this Connecticut Airbnb

Located above a former mill from the 1800s, this sophisticated apartment is located near tony Westport, a beachside town known for ritzy shopping and dining, mansions, and a pretty downtown and beach area.

Art lovers will adore this creative home where all furnishings were designed and crafted to celebrate the hosts’ favorite artists including Johannes Vermeer, Sir Frederic Leighton, and Vincent Van Gogh. Sleep under the gaze of Frida Kahlo in the “Frida” bedroom, or grab a seat on one of the cool orange chairs in the “Flaming June” living area featuring bright pops of color that complement that art and otherwise neutral space. 

If you’ve come seeking a restorative space to work, this Airbnb also has a partnership with B: Hive Co-Working, a multi-level workspace located downstairs with views of a lake and waterfall. All guests receive a free day pass or discounted rates for additional time.

The home is also less than two miles from Lighthouse Point, and beach parking passes are provided for Fairfield Beach in the summer.

Contemporary cabin in the forest

Cornall Cabin
Though it feels remote, this Airbnb is a short drive to attractions like Kent Falls and Mohawk Ski Resort.

Book this Connecticut Airbnb cabin

If your ideal retreat involves secluded woodsy surroundings, this bright and airy two-bedroom home should be on your radar.

Originally built in the 1930s, the home retains its historic appeal while incorporating modern touches including bright white walls, beamed ceilings, and light wood floors. Jewel-toned furniture adds a contemporary punch, while both bedrooms infuse midcentury style with natural wood and stone finishes. 

Of course, the standout feature is the wall of windows overlooking dense woods and forest for a feeling of being perched among the trees. While it certainly seems remote, this home is a short drive to attractions such as Kent Falls, Mohawk Ski Resort, swimming, kayaking, hiking, and loads of restaurants.

Guest house with a pool

Trumford guest house
Lounge by the private pool that awaits just outside the French doors of this Airbnb.

Book this Connecticut Airbnb with a pool

Skip a crowded resort pool and opt for this guest house that comes with full use of a private pool set right outside its French doors.

The home itself is a guest house that is part of a larger estate, however, it’s located far enough away from the main house to feel private. The fenced-in pool is certainly the main draw, flanked by vintage furniture from the ’40s, multiple gardens (feel free to pick some cherries), and balustrades that were sourced from the Bronx Zoo. 

Inside is equally enticing with a design that blends country and midcentury style featuring vibrant fabrics in the Queen-sized bedroom, a well-stocked kitchenette, and a Carrera marble bathroom with a huge walk-in rainfall shower. The hosts write that the concept for the sun-filled design all started with the red metal fireplace that serves as the focal point, and the entire house was essentially built around it.

While you’re sunbathing or wandering the gardens, keep an eye on the cupola atop the roof, which is a nod to the hosts’ dear departed dog, Jed. A hand-hammered copper weathervane with a 24-carat gold collar is engraved with the pet’s name. It’s hard to see, but a prime example of all the small details woven throughout the home.

Luxe restored barn next to a babbling brook

Luxe Fairfield Cabin
This jewel-toned Airbnb is a good choice for groups and families.

Book this Connecticut Airbnb barn

With rich velvet furnishings, vibrant art, and immaculate grounds, this four-bedroom restored barn makes for a family or group getaway with a luxury feel.

Everything about the design is purposeful, mixing modern conveniences with the rustic charm you’d expect from a converted barn that dates back to the 1900s. Set on one acre of wooded land with a babbling brook, this home has reclaimed furnishings, soaring ceilings, exposed wooden beams, and even a grand piano, all soaked by light that streams through multiple windows. 

The second and third floors were constructed by rearranging the barn’s giant beams horizontally instead of vertically, and much of the art lining the walls was painted by the Superhost’s mother and grandmother. In addition to four well-appointed bedrooms, there is also a full kitchen, spacious deck, patio, and lots of private outdoor space.

Little lake cabin with a hot tub

New Fairfield Lake Cabin
This lake cabin is surrounded by nature, hiking, and waterfront activities.

Book this Connecticut Airbnb cabin

The beaches of Connecticut usually steal the spring and summer spotlight, but the state is home to many stunning lakes as well.

You’ll face fewer crowds at a lake cabin like this one, surrounded by nature, hiking, and waterfront activities, including a lakefront beach. Inside, wood walls exude a cozy vibe in the living room outfitted with a smart TV and couch, while the kitchen comes stocked with everything needed to make s’mores, plus goodies for snacks and breakfast.

There are two bedrooms, one with a Queen-sized bed and the other with a Twin-sized day bed and a second Twin-sized pullout. The subway-tiled bath is brand new and looks like something out of a sleek hotel. Robes are slippers are even provided.

Outside, take a dip in the private hot tub, fire up the grill, or gather ’round the fire pit. Inflatable kayaks and pool floats are provided to use on the lake, and the cabin is pet-friendly. As the cabin is seasonal, there is no heat, but space heaters are provided for chilly nights. 

Modern home overlooking a pond

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Visit the nearby beach in summer or take advantage of ample hiking trails and foliage in the fall.

Book this Connecticut Airbnb

I grew up next to Guilford and can vouch for its sweet New England charm with a picturesque town green surrounded by lovely boutiques, great dining, and historic appeal. The nearby beach is a draw in summer, while ample hiking trails and foliage make fall a worthy time to visit, too.

This contemporary Airbnb Plus home ensconced in nature offers seclusion with all the conveniences and comforts of a luxury stay. The look is minimal with muted furnishings and monochrome walls. The spa-like bathroom includes a walk-in shower and heated floors, while the King-sized bed features a memory foam mattress. The living room couch also turns into a daybed, making this a nice choice for a couple or small family. Other features include a kitchenette, dining area, and tranquil terrace overlooking a small pond.

Luxury home in the countryside

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This hotel-like Airbnb Plus features amenities like an outdoor patio with a grill, a well-stocked library, and a cozy wood-burning stove.

Book this Connecticut Airbnb

If you’re a traveler who typically prefers hotels, but feels unsure about booking one in a pandemic and would rather stay on private property, this immaculate home is quite hotel-like.

Furnishings are tied together by a soothing palette of beige, white, and slate green accents, and exude an elegant air akin to a boutique inn. Though, with three bedrooms, there’s also room for the whole family. The listing is an Airbnb Plus home, which means it’s been vetted for exceptional quality and includes one-of-kind details and curated amenities that promise a memorable stay.

Here, that includes thoughtful decor and common spaces, as well as an outdoor patio with a grill, a library stocked with books, and a wood-burning stove. When it’s time to be active, the property is well-located to access many hiking trails.

Guest cottage with a pool and marsh views

Connecticut  Cottage by the sea with hot tub and pool in Guilford
In addition to the pool, another perk of this home is the water and marsh views from every room.

Book this Connecticut Airbnb with a pool

Another Guilford gem, this small cottage feels like a boutique villa with access to a serene pool with five-star fittings such as plush towels, loungers, umbrellas, and a hot tub.

It’s a guest cottage, so your host will be on-site, but there’s plenty of privacy within the design-forward home that includes one bedroom, a nice kitchen, and a calming blue and white color palette. At night, sink into the bed with goose feather duvets and shut the blackout blinds for a restful night’s sleep.

In addition to the pool, the home enjoys water and marsh views from every room, a boon for bird watchers and wildlife enthusiasts. This is a place to unplug as there is no TV, however, Wi-Fi is available.

Nautical-themed getaway

Magical Mystic Getaway
Quintessentially New England, this home boasts nautical-inspired decor and cheeky room names like the “Captain’s Cabin.”

Book this Connecticut Airbnb

If your vision of Connecticut is made up of images of ancient ships docked in a seaside village, or simply led by one pizza joint made famous by a certain Julia Roberts movie, you’re likely thinking of Mystic. 

Everything about this four-bedroom home within walking distance of Mystic Seaport feels positively New England, from the nautical-inspired beige and blue furnishings to bedrooms dubbed “Captain’s Cabin,” “First Mate’s Cabin,” and “Crew Quarters.”

But the look is far from full-on seafarer. Everything feels new and modern, including a zen-like bathroom, farmhouse kitchen, and an open floor plan. A private back patio with a grill and outdoor shower also leads to a secondary cottage included in reservations known as the “Stowaway Room” with double-sided lofts for extra sleeping space for a family getaway. Bikes and kayaks are also provided, as are air beds, high chairs, and two pack and play cribs.

Colorful house on a private beach

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Only a little over an hour from New York City, it’s easy to reach this home without a car since it’s along the Metro North route.

Book this Connecticut Airbnb cottage

The only thing better than staying by the beach is perhaps staying by a private beach.

Avoid the crowds with a stay at this colorful home located directly across the street from private beachfront. Close to the Metro North stop, and only a little over an hour from New York City, it’s easy to reach this home without a car and plant your toes in the sand.

The three-bedroom home includes pops of turquoise throughout, from the flower beds spilling out with blooms, to the sun-filled, screened patio, and bright living room that flows seamlessly into the dining and kitchen areas. Bedrooms include Queen, Double, and two single beds all done up with a subtle beach theme, though it’s far from kitschy.

Grab a beach chair and head across the street, or plop down in the house’s shaded hammock located in a pleasant seating area underneath the expansive deck. There’s also an outdoor dining set, grill, spacious backyard, and an outdoor shower to rinse off after a dip in the Long Island Sound.

Large home with a private pool

Connecticut  Home with a pool in Litchfield
This gorgeous Airbnb is close to wineries, antique shops, horseback riding, dining, and shopping.

Book this Connecticut Airbnb with a pool

Ideal for a group or family getaway, this resort-style home boasts four bedrooms, a spa, and a sprawling heated pool.

Ensconced within the hills of Litchfield County, this home is located on a quiet country road but close to wineries, antique shops, horseback riding, dining, and shopping.

The master suite includes a King-sized bed, bathroom with a large jetted tub, and walk-in shower that’s practically the size of a large walk-in closet. There are also three additional bedrooms, a finished basement with a bar, and a gourmet kitchen. Well-kept grounds include a large grassy fenced-in yard, a generous deck, and a stone patio that wraps around the pool. Just note that the pool and spa are only open from April 1 to October 15.

FAQ: Connecticut travel

Where is Connecticut?

A small state within New England, Connecticut is located between New York and Rhode Island, and underneath Massachusetts.

What is there to do in Connecticut?

Connecticut features a beautiful shoreline area filled with Long Island Sound beaches that run the full stretch of the state. There are also buzzy cities like New Haven with its gourmet dining and historic Yale campus, and historic seafaring villages like Mystic. Many people also visit Connecticut for Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods casinos, which feature luxury suites, world-class entertainment, celebrity chef dining, and, of course, lots of gaming.

Connecticut is also home to beautiful state parks, pick-your-own-fruit orchards, craft breweries, and many outdoor activities.

Is it safe to stay in an Airbnb?

Medical and cleaning experts told us that private home rentals on Airbnb are safe, especially compared to hotels. They eliminate interactions with others outside of your group, and hosts are required to follow enhanced cleaning procedures.

What is Airbnb’s cancellation policy?

Cancellation policies on Airbnb differ for each home. They are set by the individual host. Here’s a closer look at Airbnb’s cancellation policies.

What are Connecticut travel restrictions?

There are currently no travel restrictions for Connecticut, however travelers who may be at risk are encouraged to self-quarantine or postpone travel. 

Is it safe to travel?

According to the CDC, fully vaccinated people can safely travel in the US.

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15 of the best hotel pools in the US with gorgeous views, plush cabanas, and top-notch service

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  • A pool is often a must-have amenity when planning a vacation and choosing a hotel.
  • The best hotel pools have stunning scenery, plush lounge chairs, food, and other elevated luxuries.
  • We rounded up the best hotel pools in the US worth planning an entire trip around.

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A hotel pool is often a must-have amenity when researching a choosing where to stay on vacation, especially now that summer is in full swing.

As travel takes off in a post-vaccine world, nothing beats hanging by calm blue water in comfy lounge chairs on a great hotel pool deck. It’s where you can sit and sun while admiring great scenery and order snacks and drinks while barely lifting a finger – the ultimate in vacation relaxation.

But all hotel pools are not created equal. And while there’s nothing wrong with the standard rectangular pool and diving board combo, we made it our mission to compile the best hotel pools in the US that take going for a dip to the next level and truly impress when it comes to looks, setting, and service.

These are the best hotel pools for the luxury traveler seeking a stunning scene with top-tier amenities, the family in search of a lazy river complex or water slides, or couples who prefer an adults-only option. Though if you prefer to stay in a vacation rental, start with our list of the best Airbnbs with private pools in the US.

Browse all the best hotel pools below, or jump directly to a specific area:

These are the best hotel pools in the US, sorted by price from low to high.

Mandalay Bay – Las Vegas, Nevada

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Ture to its name, the Mandalay Bay Beach pool feels like a day at the beach thanks to its 2,700 tons of sand and 1.6 million gallon wave pool.

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An 11-acre aquatic destination in its own right, Mandalay Bay Beach in Las Vegas is a zero-entry pool with more than 2,700 tons of sand to mimic the feeling of a beach alongside a 1.6 million gallon wave pool. The four-pool complex also included a lagoon pool and lazy river, flanked by cabanas, day beds, and villa-style pool seating, Mandalay Bay is also home to Moorea Beach Club, a top-optional, adults-only pool experience with its own heated pool. 

However, be warned that this popular pool can hit capacity quite quickly, so it’s best to snag your chair early in the day or risk having to join the virtual waitlist at the pool entrance. The resort recently launched Las Vegas’s first poolside mobile ordering app with food and beverages delivered directly to guest’s chairs, a welcome perk in the age of a pandemic or not. 

Rooms are spacious with spa-like bathrooms, work desks, and extra seating in addition to plush beds, though, the noise bleed between rooms can be significant and the crowd here tends to be the party-going kind.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Circa Resort & Casino – Las Vegas, Nevada

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This adults-only hotel features six pools, plus a massive LED screen for watching the day’s biggest games and other major events.

Book Circa Resort & Casino

One of the newest pools in Downtown Las Vegas, often referred to as Old Vegas, is at the very new and adults-only Circa Resort & Casino.

Aptly named Stadium Swim, it is the country’s largest pool destination for sports lovers and features six temperature-controlled pools, two swim-up bars, and a 143-foot diagonal, 14-million-megapixel LED screen, always playing the day’s biggest games and other televised events. Live music, DJ sets, and other special guests are the norm at this pool, which has 30 cabanas, and a super cabana that can host up to 50 guests.

During colder months, Stadium Swim’s pools are heated up to 104 degrees for a hot-tub-like, après-ski experience unmatched by any other pool in Vegas.

Designed for those who need peace of mind when visiting a pool, Stadium Swim also has a high-tech cleaning system, which uses ultraviolet light sanitation, water-recirculation patterns, and real-time chemical monitoring controllers that destroy pathogens, bacteria, viruses, and other icky stuff. 

Retro-inspired guest rooms and suites have incredible views of the Las Vegas valley, with large walk-in showers with benches. Premium suites are notable for their size and good value, and range from the handsome Circa Suite, complete with a living space and two TVs, a wet bar, and dining area, to the Bunk Suite, with four sets of bunk beds so you can get the whole crew back together.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Marriott Chicago O’Hare – Chicago, Illinois

Marriott Chicago O'Hare outdoor hotel pool
The sunny outdoor pool at this hotel near Chicago O’Hare is connected to an indoor pool housed in a large glass atrium.

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While an airport hotel isn’t usually a go-to for recommending a knockout hotel pool, hear us out on this one. Travelers who get stuck at Chicago O’Hare — and many of us have — will find solace during an unplanned overnight stay at the airport when checking into the Marriott Chicago O’Hare. The hotel is home to an incredible sun-filled outdoor pool, which is connected to an indoor pool housed under a large glass atrium. There’s also a whirlpool for relaxing and dealing with flight cancelation or delay stress, and plenty of lounge chairs to distance yourself and enjoy alone time. 

This airport hotel has smaller but standard, comfortable rooms that travelers might expect from a Marriott, even if the hotel decor is starting to feel a little dated. As a plus, all of the rooms are sparkling clean, and those who make it a priority to book a Concierge Level room will be surprised by the delightful views over the pool area. 

A lobby lounge with a bar, TVs to watch the game, and places to work or chat are a plus, as is the complimentary and quick airport shuttle whisking travelers to check-in.

The friendly, helpful Midwestern hospitality and service is another highlight which makes this potentially overlooked property a standout with guests. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Phoenix Hotel – San Francisco, California

Phoenix Hotel pool lit up at night
The heated pool at Phoenix is one of two landmark-status pools in the country.

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Casual and cute, the Phoenix Hotel will speak to those individuals who appreciate Art Deco and midcentury modern design. Built in 1956 as a motor court lodge, the heated pool at Phoenix is one of two landmark-status pools in the country, and is lined with a Francis Forlenza mural, which lights up at night, and is surrounded by tropical palm trees and red and white striped cabanas and other cozy seating.  

Walkable to San Francisco’s Union Square and SOMA neighborhoods, and a quick Uber or bus ride from The Mission, the hotel’s location has long made it a favorite, and it even attracted many luminaries over the years including Neil Young, David Bowie, Kurt Cobain, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. 

Recent renovations brought the Phoenix into modern times with a throwback twist, with all the guest rooms possessing a clean, airy feel despite their smaller footprints. Rooms also feature custom furniture, vintage concert posters, and neon art installations. The overall friendly, relaxed vibe makes the Phoenix an urban oasis, and for a city hotel in one of the US’ most desirable and competitive hotel landscapes, the prices are just right. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Loews Sapphire Falls – Orlando, Florida

Loews Sapphire Falls hotel and pool aerial view
This family-friendly hotel pool has plenty for kids to love, including two sand beaches, a 100-foot long water slide, a children’s splash zone, and more.

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A whopping 16,000 square feet of pool space and 313,434 gallons full of water is in store for travelers to this family-friendly hotel located at Universal Orlando Resort.

The massive pool has plenty to keep you and your little ones entertained, including two sand beaches, cascading waterfalls, a 100-foot long water slide, a children’s play area with splash jets, cabana rentals, a hot tub, and fire pits to name a few. 

Four and a half feet at its deepest point, the pool also has a zero-entry sand bar that provides the illusion that you’re walking on water. The sand bar also creates a path toward Drhum Club Kantine, the water adjacent spot for food and drinks, which serves fresh seafood, hamburgers, sandwiches, nachos, and plenty of tropical drinks.

After a day by the pool, guest rooms at the Loews Sapphire Falls greet sunkissed travelers with cooling and calming shades of blue, posh textured fabrics and finishes, and comfy cozy beds that will make you want to curl up with a good book or magazine. Some standard room types have lagoon or pool views, and larger suites are ideal for traveling families who need pull out sofas or individual twin beds for young ones.

COVID-19 procedures are available here

Yachtsman Hotel & Marina – Kennebunkport, Maine

Yachtsman Hotel and Marina Kennebunkport Maine pool looking out at ocean
This floating barge pool offers a truly unique place to swim.

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Rooms at this hotel have idyllic views over a marina, but the draw for visitors and especially couples looking to relax and recharge during Maine’s prime summer months is a floating barge pool securely parked directly into a slip.

In fact, the team from the Yachtsman motors the pool in and out at the beginning and end of the season to its position in the Kennebunk River, and it even has a pretty apt name — SS Sundaze. 

The pool’s 360-degree view of the river from the surrounding Flexiteek deck is magical, as are the lounging spaces that fill it, with comfortable bean bag chairs in bright yellow-and-white stripes. 

Guest accommodations at the Yachtsman have beds with floral headboards, bright striped rugs, modern marble bathrooms, and large sliding glass doors that lead to an outdoor lawn with Adirondack-style seating overlooking the marina and pool area.

The area nearby, Cape Arundel, is also ideal for bike riding using the hotel’s rentable bikes and is a short walk to the charming town of Kennebunkport. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here

Marriott Marquis Houston – Houston, Texas

Marriott Marquis Houston's Texas-shaped lazy river and pool from above
Everything is bigger in Texas – including this huge lazy river pool in the shape of the state.

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Texas can be a scorcher in the summer, so keeping cool is not only essential at this centrally located Marriott Marquis property, but also a show of state pride. The hotel pool features a Texas-shaped rooftop lazy river, plus an infinity pool and whirlpool. Submerge to cool off or sip craft cocktails from the adjacent, open-air sports bar with a pool-influenced name, High Dive. 

The surrounding 6th-floor Parkview Terrace also hosts seasonal entertainment events including DJ sessions, themed parties, and it’s also home to a rooftop beer garden. Beyond the pool, fire pits and comfortable cabanas make this hotel a Houston favorite. 

Standard King and Queen rooms further the appeal, and feel comfortable and contemporary with large windows, some of which overlook the pool. Separate seating areas and a large desk setup are conducive to business trips or Zoom meetings between dips.

If budget allows, opt for a handsome 700-square-foot Hospitality Suite King, Pool view corner room that features floor-to-ceiling windows, a four-poster bed, and a luxe dining area.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Isla Bella Beach Resort – Marathon, Florida

Isla Bella Beach Resort hotel pool with loungers, umbrellas, and palm trees
The 4,500 square foot pool surrounded by tropical landscaping is a major draw of the Isla Bella Beach Resort in the Florida Keys.

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The Florida Keys have long been a hot destination for domestic travelers and guests in this part of Florida choose Isla Bella Beach Resort for its location near the picture-worthy Seven Mile Bridge and its wellness offerings. But the 4,500 square foot pool set against, Caribbean-like tropical landscaping is definitely one of its greatest draws.

Luxe pool chaises, halo daybeds, and sectionals are positioned under playful, blue-striped umbrellas at the main freeform-shaped resort pool, with “Martini” side tables to keep your sunscreen and tropical cocktail safe.

There are a whopping five pools total, including a private pool available for rent, and an adults-only pool. Each one offers reserved seating with pool pods and a cooler full of drinks and snacks. Chilled towels, ice popsicles delivered to children, and a Caribbean soundtrack play in the background, with food and drinks available from the nearby Beach Bar.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Garden of the Gods Resort and Club – Colorado Springs, Colorado

Garden of the Gods resort pool looking out at surrounding landscape
Overlooking Garden of the Gods Park, this hotel infinity pool’s gorgeous views are tough to beat.

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Guests arrive at Garden of the Gods Resort and Club to escape to a wellness paradise overlooking the stunning Garden of the Gods Park, a vantage point that is at its finest from inside the hotel’s zen-inducing infinity pool.

With an elevation that makes visitors feel like they’re in the clouds, and million-year-old rock formations in full view, couples, daydreamer, and romantic types should certainly earmark this pool. 

The 116 rooms and suites are offered in multiple room types, including cottages and casitas, allowing guests the flexibility to pick the room that suits their needs. Perks include private patios with spellbinding views, plus large footprints with room sizes ranging from 550 to 1,650 square feet, plus posh furnishings.

The on-site STRATA Integrated Wellness and Spa has plenty of treatments, as well as other wellness offerings, such as meditation, acupuncture, nutrition, fitness, mindfulness coaching, and more.  

COVID-19 procedures are available here

Asbury Ocean Club Hotel – Asbury Park, New Jersey

Asbury Ocean Club pool surrounded by lounge chairs
The pool at the Asbury Ocean Club Hotel was welded from over a dozen sections of metal and the interior tile was applied by hand.

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A chic pool and terrace on the 4th floor overlooking the sparkling Atlantic Ocean is just one selling point of Asbury Ocean Club Hotel. The other is the hotel’s location in the colorful, eclectic Jersey Shore town of Asbury Park, which has in recent years transformed its boardwalk and revitalized its downtown to much local fanfare. 

The pool shell itself was welded from over a dozen individual sections of metal and the interior tile was applied by hand. When relaxing by the pool, enjoy delicious Mediterranean food, cocktails, and juices made from fresh ingredients. A granita cart also drifts around the deck for a sweet treat while sunbathing.

Rooms and suites are trendy and stylish and offered with partial ocean, dune, town, or pool views. Some rooms have ample outdoor terraces, too and are an ideal place to people-watch in what locals simply call “Asbury,” a beach town that has incredible energy in the summer, but is increasingly popular year-round.

Each of the guest room’s chic bathrooms, which are filled with luxurious MiN New York products, spill into the rooms and are a focal point thanks to exposed, glass-enclosed walk-in rain showers. When we stayed with a friend in the room, we simply closed the privacy curtain to keep things G-rated. 

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1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge – Brooklyn, New York

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge rooftop hotel pool looking out at Manhattan skyline
One of 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge’s best selling points is its stunning rooftop pool with Manhattan skyline views.

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Tucked into a corner on 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge’s massive outdoor roof deck, this gorgeous pool offers striking views over the East River and Manhattan’s skyline from 10 stories high. Ideal for guests that are looking to lounge, when you order drinks here, you’ll receive elevated craft cocktails served from Harriet’s, the adjacent rooftop lounge and cocktail bar that boasts a 1920s flair with comfy, rounded red booths made for conversation. 

While the pool deck and pool are exclusively for hotel guests, anyone can enjoy the view at Harriet’s, which extends from an up-close-and-personal view of the Brooklyn Bridge over New York Bay and to the Statue of Liberty. 

Rooms are crafted from sustainable and repurposed materials for a luxe cabin feel with floor-to-ceiling windows that frame stunning views.

The hotel, a quick ferry ride from Manhattan and easily accessible by subway, is located in a quieter, mostly residential neighborhood that offers visitors a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of New York City. Brooklyn Bridge Park also is just steps away.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Read our full hotel review of 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge.

Sagamore Pendry Baltimore – Baltimore, Maryland

Sagamore Pendry Baltimore hotel pool looking out towards harbor
This hotel’s zero-entry pool looks out to the harbor and is surrounded by a private deck complete with cabanas, rows of white lounge chairs, and candle lanterns.

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Located in an old pier building originally built in 1914, upon sight alone, visitors to the Sagamore Pendry are instantly introduced to its charms. The trend continues when guests make their way outside to Recreation Pier, where the hotel’s sparkling zero-entry pool is surrounded by a private deck made of alternating offset gray bricks.

Rows of white lounge chairs with red striped pillows, scattered candle lanterns, and an adjacent seasonal bar and grill area can easily keep you here all day in the summer, while the panoramic views of Baltimore’s harbor, marina, and the skyline don’t hurt either.

The pool area also boasts five private cabanas, which are available for full or half-day rentals, and include a $200 drinks and nibbles credit from the hotel’s Belvedere and Bites menu. 

Adjacent are Sagamore Pendry’s handsome living spaces, courtyard, and restaurant, Rec Pier Chop House, the latter of which has huge exposed windows out to a lively street in Fell’s Point underneath a brick arch.

Handsome guest accommodations are clad with dark woods, marbles, and maritime details, and the hotel is also a stone’s throw from Duck Duck Goose, a charming restaurant big on hospitality and deliciously grilled proteins. Pro tip: When the weather’s nice, ask to be seated in the courtyard, wedged between two buildings and make sure to request the Croissant Bread Pudding if it’s on the menu for dessert. 

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The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach – Miami, Florida

The Ritz Carlton, South Beach hotel pool from above
This recently refurbished hotel pool has a unique, cross-like “t” shape thanks to dramatic entry stairs on either side.

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The pool of this reimagined, 1950s Art Moderne building originally called The Dilido — a name the hotel pays homage to at its beach club today — was recently fully refurbished but is still located in the same prime spot as the original.

Nowadays, even when the hotel is busier in its prime season, there are plenty of beach chairs for guests, and the pool itself is large enough to keep socially distanced from others. The elevated pool deck, which has comfy lounge chairs and private day beds, is positioned around the pool’s wide, dramatic entries on either side, which gives the pool its cross-like “t” shape. A separate hot tub sits adjacent to the pool, and fruit-infused water and complimentary sunscreen are available.

The pool area serves an elevated menu with spins on classics, like a lobster cobb salad and the guzzle-worthy Daisy Picante, which is a margarita made of Jalapeno-infused tequila, lime, agave and Cointreau). A perfect day can be spent here simply moving back and forth between pool chair and beach chair, where guests can also order to their heart’s desire with toes in the sand. 

The hotel has 58 impressive poolside lanai rooms, 41 suites, and 67 Ritz-Carlton Club-level rooms and suites that are as comfortable as they are glam, with Deco details architecture buffs will appreciate. The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach hotel also boasts an indoor/outdoor poolside Latin and Caribbean-influenced restaurant, Fuego y Mar, and a truly special indoor lobby bar, Lapidus, which concentrates on classic cocktails. 

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The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills – Los Angeles, California

The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills hotel pool at night with English bulldog cutouts
Large cutouts of the hotel’s English Bulldog mascots, Winston and Churchill, overlook this swanky LA pool.

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Looking over the pool deck at this fashionable Los Angeles-area hotel are large cutouts of the hotel’s English Bulldog mascots, Winston and Churchill, a playful touch that carries throughout the property.

Though the hotel officially opened its doors in 1984, AKA Architecture + Design spearheaded a renovation of the hotel’s rooftop pool deck in 2018, with the refreshed design further enhancing its long celebrated, panoramic views of the Hollywood Hills, while retaining the feeling of an English garden.

The 50,000 gallon rectangular aqua blue pool and surrounding rooftop offers guests dining from the on-site restaurant, Boxwood, and includes light bites, sandwiches, salads, and burgers, as well as desserts including ice cream sundaes, fruit salad and cake. 

The hotel will also launch the Poolside Terrace at The London, an al fresco evening dining concept that will debut first to guests, and then to the public as COVID-19 restrictions loosen.

Every room here is a suite, adding value to the price and much more room to spread out than many area hotels of the same caliber.  

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Read our full hotel review of The London West Hollywood

Enchantment Resort – Sedona, Arizona

Enchantment Resort pool surrounded by red rock landscapes
Breathtaking red rock formations surround this hotel pool that’s kept at 82 degrees year-round.

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Surrounded by stunning red rock vistas, Enchantment Resort‘s pool will not disappoint even the most discerning of pool snobs. Heated to 82 degrees year-round, this is the pool for guests who appreciate bath-water temperatures and enjoy night swims under the stars.

Recently revamped, the pool’s patio, which sits at an elevation of 4,350 feet, was doubled in size and elevated to an additional 10 feet to better show off said views, with the aim of blending the popular guest area into the surrounding natural splendor. The water inside the pool is reclaimed from the hotel’s own well, a sustainable detail we admire. 

A full bar and restaurant, The Vortex — a play on the Boynton Canyon and its supposed healing energy — is a coveted location for poolside dining, and as a nice perk, guests around the pool are treated to complimentary prickly pear ice pops while they kick up their feet. 

The hotel’s stunning views extend to the guest casita-style rooms which feature fireplaces, vaulted ceilings, and spacious patios, some with separate living and dining areas. Our favorite room type is the Casita Studio and Pool Suite, which has more elevated southwestern influenced decor compared to the somewhat dated feel of the standard casita guest rooms. But even in those less desirable rooms, the makeup still feels premium in nature and the larger square footage is a plus nonetheless.

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More on our methodology for selecting the best hotel pools in the US

In addition to the criteria outlined above, we also considered the following factors:

Expert sources: I am a New York-based travel writer who visits dozens of domestic hotels on a yearly basis. 

In order to curate a list that appeals to all — and yes, it was a tough job but someone had to do it — I’ve personally examined almost all of the pools mentioned here by checking in or touring the properties, or speaking directly to someone who did. I consulted with locals on the ground and researched properties I am familiar with through word of mouth.

I also looked at further criteria beyond just amazing pools, prioritizing hotels with other factors like desirable locations, stunning views, great rooms, and other unique amenities. 

Price: While there are great hotel pools to be enjoyed at every budget, I chose to feature a variety of price points, with the majority of hotels in the $150 to $350 per night range. No luxury hotel shown here is priced to start at over $500/night.

I also evaluated the value of each hotel against competitors in their respective markets with pools and/or similar amenities. 

Amenities: I chose hotels with great pools that offered strong value based on their neighborhoods or locations, room sizes, views and perks like being able to order food and beverage from the comfort of your pool lounge chair. I also looked at properties with amazing communal spaces, luxe bath products, and other attractive on-site offerings.

Location: The US is a large and diverse country, so this curated list represents a range of popular cities and tourist destinations that speak to those different traveler needs and interests. All are accessible to major tourist attractions. Many of said attractions are visitable by car hire or transit, and some are even walkable. 

Guests: We chose the best hotel pools that would appeal to families, solo travelers, couples, friend groups, business travelers, and even travelers that find themselves trapped in an airport. This is intended to help you pick the ideal hotel and pool for your trip.

Past reviews: We researched guest reviews and ratings on trusted traveler sites such as Tripadvisor, Booking.com, and hotel-operated websites to ensure that the experiences of others were overwhelmingly positive and in line with our guidance.

COVID-19 safety: In a world currently in limbo between an ongoing pandemic and post-pandemic mentality, we only selected hotels that prioritize the health and safety of guests with strictly enhanced cleaning policies. 

Since outdoor activities have generally been advised as some of the safest by the CDC and other health agencies during the pandemic, we prioritized outdoor pools with enough space for social distancing.

FAQ: Hotel pools

What hotel has the biggest swimming pool?

The largest hotel pool featured on this list is located at Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, a massive 1.6 million gallon wave pool, plus a lazy river and four other swimming pools on an 11-acre property. 

Measuring 150 feet by 225 feet, guests at the luxurious Biltmore Coral Gables outside Miami, FL are technically able to enjoy the largest pool in the continental US. For those visitors to Hawaii, Royal Sonesta Kaua’i Resort Lihue is the proud location of the largest single-level swimming pool, built in a flower shape and featuring lounge chairs on an island at its center. 

Which hotel has the most swimming pools in the US?

With an aquarium carved out of natural lava rock, guests visiting the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai on the Big Island of Hawaii not only have access to one of the U.S.’s most unique pools, but the most number of hotel pools, to boot. The resort boasts seven distinct pool areas, which could easily entice guests to take a week-long vacation there. 

Can you go to a hotel and use their pool?

Most hotel pools in the US are exclusive for guest use, however, an increasing number of hotel pools in the do offer guest day passes. It’s best to check the hotel’s website, especially as many properties have scaled back this access to better accommodate and prioritize their guests during COVID-19 restrictions. Plan ahead and learn about their policies regardless, as many pools offering day passes do charge for admission. In cases when the hotel you selected does not have a pool, some often allow their guests access to a neighboring or sister hotel property, usually within walking distance or by shuttle.

Is it safe to use a hotel pool?

As far as hotel common areas are concerned, Dr. Thomas Russo, chief of the division of infectious disease at the University at Buffalo, told us that the highest risk in a hotel is directly between people.

So in a hotel pool for instance, “other bodies is the main concern,” “If there are other people around, that’s going to increase your risk. And when we swim, sometimes we aspirate a little water so we’re going to cough. [The bigger concern is] the people and proximity in that scenario than [being] worried about the water getting contaminated, because it is a respiratory virus more than a fecal-oral virus in terms of spread.”

Beyond that, he says, “Remember pools, theoretically, are chlorinated, and this is a wimpy virus. So that should be able to deactivate the virus.”

If you’re worried, be sure to socially distance yourself on the pool deck. However, if you’re fully vaccinated, the CDC says domestic travel is safe, so go ahead and relax on a pool chaise.

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