Ditch the shopping carts for heating turkey leftovers. Skip the early bird specials for story telling and card playing around the kitchen table.
Heck, why not go on vacation? No, not the splashy overseas getaway you plan months for, but the spontaneous family trip to an Outer Banks vacation home. Here are three gorgeous homes by the beach that will make you feel grateful for the time to spend with friends and relatives during these anxious times.
Corolla vacation home
Your 12 family members will appreciate the spaciousness of this tri-level, three-bathroom house that boasts an incredible, light-filled great room for sharing a meal or watching sunrises or sunsets by the shore. There’s also a full kitchen and an indoor gym at a nearby clubhouse for working off that stuffing and other Turkey Day trimmings.
Kill Devil Hills vacation rental
This five-bedroom, three-bathroom home kicks it old school thanks to a 70s rec room with low ceilings and fun for everyone. The pool and foosball tables add to its charm, but if those attributes don’t seal the deal for you, consider the fact that the space sleeps 16, yes, 16 people. It’s built for kiddies, too. Check out all the bunkbeds.
Duck vacation home
A New Yorker who visited this luxury house in August said the pictures did not do it justice, which is funny, because the images – in my blogger opinion – parade it well. The Pottery Barn-esque furnishings, stainless steel and granite kitchen, plus outdoor swingset had me at hello. Oh and gotta love the pool. Not that you’ll be doing much swimming when it’s cold outside, but strange things can happen when Uncle Johnny has too much whiskey.
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.