Update February 2023
How many loaves of bread have you made in quarantine? Still counting? You’re not alone. From banana bread to sourdough, recipe searches are surging as people pick up cooking as a new at-home hobby. And, with many still not ready to dine out, it’s no surprise that travelers list a great kitchen (along with outdoor space) as a key feature of the perfect vacation rental.
The best memories are made gathered around the table, after all. So to fuel both your travel and dinner inspiration, we’ve rounded up five James Beard–worthy kitchens from coast to coast that will make all your culinary dreams (safely) come true.
This Pacific Northwest island, famous for its shellfish, is sure to be a hotspot for anyone in search of a seafood-fueled getaway. Can you imagine a clambake on that waterfront patio? So can we. You’ll be prepping in a stunning open layout, where the kitchen, dining room, and living area flow together, and there’s no such thing as too many cooks in the kitchen. A copper hood and wooden beams bring warmth to the modern design, contrasting with the crisp white cabinets and countertops. Plus, that view will never get old.
The kitchen in this ultramodern, ocean-view vacation rental redefines California cool. Pull up a stool at the marble island, a perfect venue for avocado toast in the morning or a chilled glass of local rosé in the evening—courtesy of the wine fridge. The updated kitchen has a roster of chef-level appliances, including a high-end fridge , six-burner gas stovetop, and a dishwasher to make cleanup a cinch. Just remember the golden rule: the cook gets a pass on doing dishes.
This stunning oceanside Trinidad, California vacation rental will leave you feeling like you're dining in luxury. The fabulous full kitchen boasts a double oven, extra-large gas range, stand mixer, stainless steel appliances, espresso machine, high-end drip coffee maker, and much more for every chef’s culinary creations. Finish the day with dessert around the campfire or a nightcap while stargazing or observing the ocean. You're going to love it.
It may not be what you imagine when you think “classic Southern kitchen,” but we’ve got one word for you: skylights. Picture the Kiawah Island sun streaming in as you try your hand at any number of the state’s signature dishes—like Frogmore stew—in this epicurean haven. With an efficient floor plan, the contemporary kitchen has a coastal cool palette that matches the rest of the cottage, but spares no expense when it comes to finishes. Stainless steel appliances, ample storage, and a custom island are just a few of the amenities that will make cooking easy-breezy in this beachside vacation home.