Published April 2020
By now, many of us have adjusted to the reality of staying home. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that the hours we spend awake are peaceful ones. Spouses, kids, pets, and self-proclaimed “quarantine crews” are all around us... all the time.
It’s no surprise that in April alone, we’ve seen a 33% increase in interest in online yoga and meditation classes in the U.S.1 But if you’re looking for a less traditional way to unwind, kick back and take a virtual tour of these zenlike Vacasa vacation homes.
Located in the Amelia Island Plantation off the coast of Florida, the Shore House offers guests an ideal backdrop for seclusion, peace, and relaxation. The spacious four-bedroom home features an open floor plan, modern furnishings, and serene nature views. The neutral color palette throughout, complemented by the lush, untamed greenery off the back porch, will put you at ease as you prepare a gourmet meal in the chef’s kitchen. Need some air? Walking and biking trails surround the home, or you can take in scenes from the nearby beach.
Indulge in the restful nature of this updated home in Sonoma County. La Terre Du Vin, or The Land of Wine, is nestled among the vineyards of Glen Ellen. While upscale finishes, gorgeous wide-plank hardwood floors, and minimalist yet cozy furnishings await you inside, outside is where you’re likely to find your zen. The garden patio and courtyard offer a serene respite where you’ll be warmed by the firepit into the night. A can’t-miss feature of the home is its skylit outdoor shower.
This Montana cabin in the popular town of Big Sky is far from the bustle of the city, but close to a scenic drive through Yellowstone National Park. While you might not want to bring the whole family, Lake Cabin 10 sleeps eight people and has lounging space to boot. Muted tones and slate gray walls provide a soothing landscape throughout the space, which also features a private hot tub and isolated lake views from the balcony and back patio. Step out onto the private dock for a private yoga or meditation session and let it all melt away.
Oversized windows and high ceilings will give you extra room to stretch in this open, airy home. Calming tones of seafoam green, white, and gray run throughout the interior, complemented by natural wood ceilings. Kick back with a book on the wraparound outdoor patio, which also features lounge chairs for catching some rays. While you shouldn’t need too much privacy from neighbors, tall trees do their part in blocking distractions.
This single-level home borrows from the original barns of the Sea Ranch homestead, and was updated using redwood, steel, and concrete fiberglass composite panels to blend the indoors with the outdoors. A walk through the home will provide nearly 360-degree views of the peaceful nature outdoors, and often offers a glimpse of surrounding wildlife. Inside, the traditional distractions of, say, a flatscreen television are disguised with art when not in use. A modern hot tub and Adirondack chairs surrounding the firepit are perfect for looking up at the stars.
Relaxing and Mexico go hand in hand, and this penthouse in the historic city of Tulum demands that you kick back. This space provides all the modern comforts of home with rustic elements and a warm, inviting atmosphere. Wake and indulge in the private soaking pool while enjoying a view of the surrounding jungle, or sip coffee on one of the private balconies with a good read. Later on, let the warm air flow in as you prepare a meal in the upgraded, modern kitchen.
They say nothing calms the soul quite like the presence of water—and this luxury home has ocean views for days. In fact, we don’t think there’s really anything about this home that doesn’t beckon relaxation. While you might spend the entire time on either of the back decks taking in the view and feeling the coastal breeze on your skin, indoors you’ll find plenty of comforts when the sun goes down. The wood stove and sauna, as well as two master suites with private balconies, are ideal for winding down.