Decision ’08: A Ballot of 4 Vacation Rentals

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America, you have a huge decision to make tomorrow. Think of it this way, politics aside, who would be more fun to rent a vacation home with: McCain or Obama?

And the bigger question: Which candidate’s state would make the best getaway: Alaska, Arizona, Delaware or Illinois?

Let’s take a straw poll using properties listed on These are in no particular order, but since Sen. Joe Biden’s home state of Delaware has never been featured on the blog, we’ll start there.

Delaware vacation home
During this campaign, Biden has been painted as a man who never forgot his modest roots. Well then he would certainly appreciate this purpose-built condo on Bethany Beach. The fifth-floor unit is steps from the pool and the Atlantic with patio chairs on a 25-foot balcony. There, you and Joe the Senator could swap ideas on clean coal technology and health care reform.

Alaska vacation rental
Gov. Sarah Palin would feel right at home at this log chalet thanks to luxe touches like a spa tub with glass mosaic tile, standup shower, gorgeous bedding and furniture. Maybe you and she could chat over hot cocoa by the fire about how she went toe-to-toe with the oil companies and prevailed, and also if she ever braved nearby Mt. McKinley herself.

Chicago vacation condo
The Obamas are city cats for sure, dining at foodie staples like Aigre Doux, Blackbird and Schwa. We’d bet Barack and Michelle would love this 23rd-floor penthouse suite for the very reasons all Chicagoans heart their city: Views of the skyline and access to world-class dining, nightlife and more.

Sedona vacation home
Sen. John McCain owns a home in the Sedona area, where this charming pueblo, which is located in an area of custom horse properties, hosts guests looking for a little bit of Southwestern flair. It mimics the style with Spanish-influenced furnishings, arched doorways and alcoves and 10-foot ceilings. John is reportedly a grill master so you could put him to work on those cowboy steaks.

And while you’re at it, ask him how he’ll bail us out of this crisis, will you?

Posted in All-season rentals, Family vacation spots, Midwest vacations

About Valerie

Valerie Moloney is your resident blogger and the Expansion Markets Editor for, 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.

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