Unveiling the unusual: 6 unique vacation rentals for unique travelers

The exterior of a castle vacation rental in Sandpoint, Idaho.
The living room lined with books at a unique vacation rental in Austin, TX.

When planning a vacation, some travelers seek more than just standard accommodations. In fact, according to our 2023 Fall Travel Trends report, a whopping 68% of Millennials and Gen Z travelers look to their social media feeds for travel inspiration, which often highlights unique homes and experiences. Today's travelers seek adventure, novelty, and the chance to immerse themselves in unique surroundings such as a castle, firehouse, or modern architectural marvel. Vacasa has a collection of unconventional homes that guarantees a memorable vacation experience.

If you're one of those travelers yearning for extraordinary accommodations, you're in for a treat because Vacasa has a portfolio of unusual, quirky, and captivating homes for every traveler's needs!

The living room library of a vacation rental in Austin, Texas.

1. The “Novel” Retreat in Austin, TX

Most unique feature: Floor-to-ceiling library

Escaping into the pages of your favorite novel is now possible at The “Novel” Retreat in Austin, Texas. This literary-inspired haven offers a cozy and eclectic ambiance, with bookshelves lining the walls and literary quotes adorning the décor. Curl up with a good book in the cozy reading nook, or take a leisure stroll through the vibrant streets of Austin. The Novel Retreat is a bibliophile's paradise and an ideal retreat for those craving literary inspiration.

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The exterior of a Tuscan style vacation rental home in Kenwood, CA.

2. Tuscany in Sonoma in Kenwood, CA

Most unique features: Olympic-sized pool and nearby vineyard

Transport yourself to the rolling vineyards of Tuscany without leaving California by booking a stay at Tuscany in Sonoma. This Italian-inspired villa in Kenwood, California, offers breathtaking views of wine country and is surrounded by vineyards. Indulge in wine tastings on the property via a boutique winery Locanda that grows and bottles onsite and savor the flavors of the region while living in La Dolce Vita.

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The pool area with unique and colorful design at a vacation rental in Palm Springs.

3. Casa De La Paz - 4954 in Palm Springs, CA

Most unique features: Putting green and pickleball court

It's 5 o'clock somewhere in this chic, mid-century modern entertainment mecca. Casa De La Paz is a must-visit for those who revel in fun with plenty of games, including pickleball, mini golf, corn hole toss, ping pong and so much more. This architectural gem features sleek lines and retro furnishings, perfect for comfort and entertainment. Explore Palm Springs' vibrant art scene, relax by the pool or simply soak in the stylish ambiance of this iconic mid-century home..

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The exterior of a modern vacation rental in Joshua Tree.

4. House of the Moon in Joshua Tree, CA

Most unique feature: Modern architecture and design

Located within viewing distance of Joshua Tree National Park, Half Moon is a nature lover's dream. Perfectly positioned to stargaze, this one-of-a-kind, V-shaped architecture home blends seamlessly into its surroundings. Ideal for travelers who admire the outdoors, the home includes outdoor features like a wrap-around porch, hammock and a fire table. It’s even a short walking distance to the hiking trails in the Mojave Desert Land Trust.

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5. Firehouse 17 in Portland, OR

Most unique feature: Historic character

If you're a culture or history enthusiast, Firehouse 17 is the home for you. A Portland, Oregon landmark, guests will relish the history of this home, designed by Portland Battalion Chief Lee Gray Holden. It wasn't long ago that this iconic brick building housed five horses and roughly half a dozen firefighters. Skillfully restored by a team of top-notch engineers, artists, woodworkers, stonemasons and designers, Firehouse 17 can now be enjoyed by history aficionados like you.

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The dining area of a castle rental in Idaho.

6. The Castle - Chateau De Melusine in Sandpoint, ID

Most unique features: Medieval design and hand-crafted masonry

There once was a castle that stood high on Schweitzer Mountain, The Castle - Chateau De Melusine. This living stone castle is outfitted with medieval design, modern amenities, and old-world features like hand-laid stones, statues and curved staircases. The fairytale never ends here!

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