I’ve not been fortunate enough to know people who offered to let stay at their mountain cabins for the weekend, but if anyone is out there: This is what I’m looking for.
A jaw-dropping view.
This Tennessee vacation home peers out to Mt. LeConte and Clingsman Dome in North Carolina at the highest point of the mountains. You literally are on cloud nine here. During spring and summer, enjoy that vista from the hot tub on the deck. Is this what Thoreau meant by being one with nature? Something to contemplate when the jets are on full blast and the mist sails over the peaks.
Furnishings that bring the outside in. Let’s face it. You didn’t come to the mountains for the twinkling skyline or the colorful chaos of taxis and pedestrians. This Georgia vacation home answers with miles of wood, from log furniture to knotty wood floors, walls and ceilings. Two stone fireplaces cozy it up even more.
Access. If exploration is your middle name, then you’ll want to be close to outdoor activities like hiking, skiing, kayaking, rafting–all super fun distractions to keep your heart rate up. This Alberta vacation rental sits near the Three Sisters Mountains in the town of Canmore near the Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies. If you’re planning to spend most of your trip outdoors, make this your headquarters. A full kitchen, stone fireplace and balcony round out your mountain getaway.
Valerie Moloney is your resident blogger and the Expansion Markets Editor for Citysearch.com, who oddly enough, feels panicked when asked, "What's the best place to eat in Chicago?" or her favorite, "It's my birthday. Where should we go with a party of six?" No stranger to travel--and traveling with kids--she is a young mom who ODs on the Internet when it comes to planning family trips or buying clothes. Here's hoping she finds you the vacation you deserve.