I just know everyone will be positively heartbroken that I’m ending this series. Don’t worry! I’ll still highlight some fabulous rentals when I come across them, but I’m done with the daily postings. I made it through half the states plus DC, which is quite an accomplishment!
Life, yet again, has taken a turn that I had to follow. School started, and I have to get up and moving earlier. That’s the time I would normally savor a cup of coffee and slowly start my day. No time for that now! Oh no! I hit the ground running now. I start work first thing, then use my first break to drive Ali to school. Starting earlier is great because that means I can be done by 3:00 if I choose not to work overtime. Choose not to work overtime? Me?! OK, so it does happen once in a while. Yes, I do know when to slow down and recharge.
As a matter of fact, I clocked out at 2:45 today and set an alarm to take a 30 minute nap. I was up and clocked back in for a 3:30 teleconference. However, I won’t be using the digital kitchen timer as an alarm again. That’s just an incredibly rude way to wake a person up!
Also, my brain is going to be to busy absorbing a ton of new information as I go through training in a new department for work this month. I’m excited to learn more about the Trust & Security department and think it is exactly the right fit for me! Should this temporary assignment as a fill-in for another employee’s maternity leave turn into something permanent, I’m fairly certain I would … without hesitation … accept!
So this is why the posts about charming vacation rentals have stopped. It was fun while it lasted, but life’s unexpected turns are more fun!
I have to be very brief today, but I did find two rentals right off the bat that I couldn’t decide between. The first charmer (left) is in Highland Park, Illinois. I almost passed on this one until I read the Owner Profile, which made me think, “These are the kind of people I’d like to hang out with!” I wish there were more photos, though. It has three bedrooms plus a loft, and it’s pet friendly. What a perfect place to kick back and chill.
The other vacation rental I found is in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. The only thing that I’m wondering about in this 3BR, pet-friendly home (right) is if there are window coverings throughout the home. There don’t appear to be any in the photos of the master suite, which looks directly across the street at another house! With window coverings, I would love to stay here. The kitchen looks updated with an “old” feel. Fabulous!
Dibs on the cottage accommodation (left) at this bed & breakfast! I loves me some exposed brick! If you’re going to go to St. Louis, you may as well stay close to everything the city has to offer. This accommodation in the Lafayette neighborhood (trust me, it’s pretty cool) puts you close to just about anything you want to see in and around the city. See more info on their personal website.
How cool is this place? It’s like going back in time! Originally built in 1880, it was restored/remodeled 101 years later. They don’t build houses like they used to! To think that the original owners probably loaded up in their horse-drawn carriage to go to the 1904 World’s Fair right there in their home town – awesome!
Despite the image portrayed of St. Louis (or was that East St. Louis?) in National Lampoon’s Vacation, St. Louis is a great old city. I’d still recommend steering clear of East St. Louis, though. Definitely see the Arch, the St. Louis Zoo (FREE), a multitude of museums, and so much more. Here’s a list of 25 things to do in St. Louis.
How do I know so much about St. Louis, you ask? It’s my home town! I was born there and spent most of my life (so far) there. Yep! I lived in the City of Flowers … Florissant. I recommend trying St. Louis’s own Imo’s Pizza while in town. Another St. Louis restaurant for yummy Italian food is Pasta House. Their salad is to D-I-E for! I could go on and on, but my mouth might start to water!
That kitchen table is fabulous! Here’s a cozy yet spacious 3-bedroom cabin in Eureka Springs, Arkansas that I wouldn’t mind renting. Being from the midwest, I’d love to stay here during peak fall colors. We have the brilliant yellow Aspens in Colorado, but I miss the reds and oranges, too.
Here’s a little something unexpected! How about a Bed & Breakfast? If you’re going to stay in New Orleans, Louisiana, you may as well be pampered while you’re at it. This B&B even offers several double rooms, which is perfect if you’re traveling with children or other family or friends.
Staying at a B&B is similar to staying in a hotel, except the decor is generally more inviting and cozy. I haven’t had the opportunity to do so yet, but I certainly would consider it for this location.
Just ten minutes from the French Quarter via streetcar, the location is perfect! I’d also be able to visit friends in Baton Rouge, which is 60 miles northwest. I have been to New Orleans once, but it was such a brief visit (literally just hours) that there is still so much more to see and experience. I would definitely go again!
Down to Mississippi now, and I immediately thought of Natchez! So how could I not choose this beautiful yet still charming 3BR house with a pool? If you’ve not heard of Natchez, MS, just check out this page of images from Natchez. I would love to go here!
This listing does say that it’s not suitable for children, and since the pool slide is blocked, I’m thinking the owners are trying to keep this a quiet and peaceful place. I can respect that. I imagine the owner prefers people who are neat and mindful about cleaning up after themselves immediately, too. I can handle that!
The listing, photos, and location all speak for themselves. Natchez is on my bucket list!
Kitchens are a selling point, it’s true – even when looking for a vacation rental home. I’m not sure why a kitchen is a gathering place, but it really does happen! This one is incredibly charming without looking 50 years old.
It sounds like you have to be pretty careful around the bluff according to the tragic story they chose to tell in the description for this vacation rental (not something I would have added). So this 1 bedroom with attached unit home is probably not the place to take your small kids. Under “Suitability” it even says “Children MUST be supervised at all times.”
I found a few more pictures by following the link on this listing, and I think a lot of my time would be spent poolside! Also eye-catching to me, of course, were the colorful Adirondack chairs, the landscaping, and the water view … all lending to some great photo ops!
The blogs must go on … even when I’m on holiday! They will certainly be brief, though. This rental in Eddyville, Kentucky screams “Contrast!” This one melted my heart with both exterior and interior photos. There’s nothing bland about this one!
Beautifully decorated, this 4 bedroom house (left) with wrap-around porch overlooks Lake Barlkey. Perfect for staying in or sitting outside.
Not wasting any time, this 1 bedroom cabin (right) in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee looks FABULOUS! Indeed, there is WiFi, folks! There’s also a pool table and a hot tub as well as a shared pool.
For photo ops, there’s a cute wedding chapel on site!
Right away, I saw “history” written all over this rental from the photo alone. What looks like two units is actually opened up into one house. Built in the 1830s, it was once used as an Army infirmary/hospital. Now it’s a stop on the Harper’s Ferry Ghost Tour! Knowing that people died in the building may freak a lot of people out and turn them off to renting a possible haunted house, but I would absolutely stay here!
With 3BR/2.5BA, the home sleeps 7-9 people. The only down-side I can see is the 65 stairs to to and from available parking. However, if you sweet talk another driver in the family, you might get them to drop you off at the front door and then go park the car!
Did I mention history already? Harper’s Ferry is full of history! Amazing how things like that didn’t mean a thing to me when I was young, and now I love it. Though the house was renovated, they did leave a lot of historic value – exposed brick walls and beam ceilings on the lower level (some of the original hand-strewn beams as well). Yet they offset all the darkness of the brick and beams by painting the window frames and mantle white. There, my friends, is that contrast that I’m always looking for!
I just couldn’t make up my mind in Pennsylvania so I’m going for two entirely different rentals. This first rental (left) is in Wellsboro, which is far north, central. I chose this one for a quiet, secluded retreat in the wilderness.
This looks like a great place if you want to enjoy some fun outdoor activities, and it’s within five miles of two lakes for fishing, boating, and swimming. For the times I’d choose to stay indoors, it does have WiFi!
Then there’s this rental in Yardley (right). From here, I can be in New York City in 1.5 hours by train, and Philadelphia is just 30 miles away. This home was featured on the Fine Living Channel’s “Around the World in 80 Homes: Vacation Homes with Distinct Architectural Styles”. The owners are published authors and live in the farmhouse on the same 3.5 acres.
I can see myself in both vacation rentals depending on the type of vacation I was planning!