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Apparate to a Fantasy World with these Themed Vacation Rentals

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Did you know you can vacation in a fantasy world with a themed vacation rental? If you are looking for a way to escape to another place, away from reality, these rentals will let you do just that. There’s a place for you to lay your head whether you dream of hanging with wizards, jumping to light speed in space, or joining some Hobbits for a second breakfast.

Leave behind your cares while living in a fantasy world at one of these amazingly themed vacation rentals; you won’t ever want to leave. 

Discover amazing Fantasy World Vacation Rentals

Save Gas With A Near Greenville Vacation Destination!

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Looking to have your vacation near Greenville? Vacation in the Upstate or WNC instead! Need a change of scenery but want to stay under an hour and a half drive from Greenville, SC? With the increase in gas prices and other financial stresses, staying closer to home seems like a better idea every day so we’ve pulled together some great options for you right here. Plan your spring or summer vacation near Upstate, SC.

Vacation Near the Upstate

12 Vacations Less Than 1.5 Hours From the Upstate

Greenville, South Carolina has got to be one of the most perfectly situated towns in the country. You can drive two hours in any direction and be in the rolling hills, on a sandy mountain beach, or in some cute, little town eating ice cream and waxing nostalgic about cream soda. Now with rise in gas prices, it has become a non-negotiable for many families in the Upstate to stay closer to home when considering a getaway. 

We can help you out. Every place we list is no further than two hours’ drive from Greenville. We’ll give you as many budget-friendly things to do as possible whether you want to stay for a week or a few days to help you stretch your dollar further and still have a great time. 


Coolest Southeastern Cabins, Dome Homes, and Blue Ridge Treehouse Rentals

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Are you searching for a great vacation rental in the Southeast? We gathered Blue Ridge Treehouse Rentals, awesome dome homes, and the best cabins throughout the Southeast, from the mountains to the sea! KAG’s Kristina Hernandez compiled this list to help you out. Here you’ll find the coolest vacation homes situated in the mountains, by lakes and even near the beach.

Unique Southeastern rentals, including treehouses, cabins, and dome homes

Whitewater Whispers Rental in Sapphire, NC Promises Year-Round Fun, Relaxation

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Are you, your family, or a group of friends ready for a getaway just a stone’s throw from the Upstate? Whitewater Whispers is a 3-bedroom 2-bath house with a jaw-dropping mountain view and the gentle soundtrack of a rippling river you can hear from the back deck. Need more adventure? The nearby Sapphire Valley Resort is open year-round and offers plenty of family fun!

Whitewater Whispers view

Perfect Weekend Escape in Sapphire Valley

Whitewater Whispers is located in Sapphire, NC, which is just over the state line and about an hour and a half from Greenville, SC. 

Highlights include: 

  • 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths
  • Sleeps up to 8
  • 1570 square feet
  • Gas log fireplace
  • Located in the quiet wooded setting of the Whisper Lake community
  • Fully-stocked kitchen
  • About 60 miles from Greenville, SC
  • Allows pets
  • Several easy-to-access waterfalls & hiking trails nearby
  • Nearby Sapphire Valley Resort offers indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a hot tub, miniature golf, a game room, a fitness room, skiing, snow tubing, zip-lining, a golf course, and gem mining. 
  • Stunning mountain view
  • The rippling waters of the Horsepasture River offer a calming soundtrack
View from Whitewater Whispers rental home in Sapphire Valley, North Carolina

Take in a Mountain View

Whitewater Whispers promises relaxation! The view from the back deck is coupled with the sound of the babbling Horsepasture River. Once you sit down to this view, you will not want to get up. One of Whitewater Whispers’ owners, Jason Gillespie promises “The view is stunning! You will *never* want to leave the back deck.” It’s a great place to start your day with a cup of coffee or unwind at the close of your day. Or maybe you won’t abandon that view at all during your stay! 

Snow tubing at Sapphire Valley in Western North Carolina

Have a Mountain Adventure

If you or your family need a little more adventure during your stay, the Sapphire Valley Resort is just 4 miles away. Day passes to the resort are available for just $2 per person. These passes give you access to one indoor pool and two outdoor pools, plus mini-golf, game room, and fitness room. For an additional fee, you can also enjoy zip lining at the resort. 

The nearby Sapphire National Golf Club is the only golf club in the area that is open to the public. And, of course, one of our winter favorites is Ski Sapphire Valley, which offers skiing, snow tubing, and snowboarding.  And, for a really good time, check out their Outhouse Races!

Bunk beds at Whitewater Whispers in Sapphire, North Carolina

Whitewater Whispers is for Family and Friends

Owner Jason Gillespie describes his property as very livable and a good choice for families. The owners have two kids of their own and purchased this property with them in mind. “We have enjoyed staying at this property. We want to share this great location with other families, while also providing them with a good value. Seeing others come and have a good time really puts a smile on our faces!” 

As Jason described his property to me, I knew exactly where I am taking my 7-year-old son and a few of his friends on their next “Dudes’ Weekend.” Whitewater Whispers promises something for all of us to enjoy! They can spend the day burning off energy hiking or swimming and I can unwind at the end of each day with that view that looks like a painting! Win-win!

Deck at Whitewater Whispers in Sapphire Valley, North Carolina

Deck and view at Whitewater Whispers

And if Grammy and Gramps want to take your kids for a weekend getaway, the property is a single-level home with no steps to navigate.  As Jason described the back deck to me, I thought this sounded like a perfect escape for a small group of friends, too! 

Bedroom at Whitewater Whispers

Book Your Get-Away!

Ready to plan your escape to the mountains? Book your stay at Whitewater Whispers today! Rental costs per night range from $250-300 depending on the season. 

Living room at Whitewater Whispers

15+ Family-Friendly Vacation Rentals in Charleston, SC

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Are you looking to get away to a vacation home in the Charleston, SC area? A trip to Charleston, South Carolina, can be so many different experiences from a relaxing beach getaway to a city adventure, a culinary excursion, and a history buff’s dream trip. These Charleston vacation homes will give you the perfect place to do all the things while in the low country, or nothing at all.  

Charleston, SC vacation rentals

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Family Vacation Time? These Vacation Rentals With Private Indoor Pools are Awesome!

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Looking for vacation rentals with private indoor pools? We dug in and researched for you because amazing vacation homes with private indoor pools are surprisingly difficult to find and we know they make for wonderful family vacations. These mountain cabins and vacation house rentals are particularly perfect because they all include a private indoor pool.

Vacation rentals with indoor pools, private!

Your family can enjoy mountain towns and things to do, plus cozy fires, games, and swimming in your own private pool. We think these modest and luxury vacation rentals with private indoor pools make a pretty perfect trip, whether you’re looking for a little vacation away from the crowds, or just some quiet family time together.


10 Cozy Winter Vacation Rentals: Curl Up with a Book & Hot Chocolate

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If you are planning a cozy getaway with your family, then one of these winter cabin rentals just makes sense. Soft snow, bubbling hot tubs, and cozy fires are just some of the things you might find at these beautiful vacation rentals in the mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee. So make your reservations and plan your winter-time escape now.

Winter cabin rentals near Greenville, South Carolina

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Winter Cabin Rentals: Mountain Vacation in North Carolina

The mountains are calling out for a visit. While we can’t guarantee there will be snow, these rentals have amenities that promise a good time whether you get a winter wonderland or not. Grab the hot cocoa, grab the kids, and head to the mountains with the hopes of getting snowed in!

Hendersonville, NC

Want to stay in a “Treehouse” this winter? You can! This cozy house in the trees is just a short drive to Moonshine Mountain and has snow-tubing fun. Plus you’ll also be close to both downtown Hendersonville and Brevard for fabulous food, shopping, or taking a stroll. If you don’t feel like heading out you can stay in, enjoy the view, and warm up beside the wood-burning stove.

Treehouse Vrbo Hendersonville, NC
“Treehouse” VRBO near Hendersonville, NC and Moonshine Mountain, Photo Credit: VRBO


  • 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Treetop views from every room
  • 5 miles to Moonshine Mountain
  • Near Hendersonville and Brevard
  • Wood-burning stove with wood provided

Book Treehouse on VRBO

Highlands, NC 

We love the wrap-around deck at Cedar Log Cabin. From there you can take in the view of the woods surrounding the cabin or relax in the hot tub. Inside the cozy cabin has two fireplaces and lots of common area space where you can gather with the family for games or a meal. If you feel like heading into town, the downtown area of Highlands, NC is just 10 minutes away.

Highlands, NC VRBO rental
Cedar Log Cabin, Photo Credit: VRBO

Cedar Log Cabin

  • 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms
  • 10 Minutes from Main Steet, Highlands, NC
  • 2 fireplaces
  • hot tub
  • wrap around deck

Book Cedar Log Cabin on VRBO.

Hendersonville, NC 

Secluded on 2.5 acres, this Hendersonville cabin has everything you’ll need to enjoy a winter wonderland while not traveling too far from home. A wood-burning fireplace and hot tub will keep your family toasty and entertained. 

Stonewood Cabin. Photo Credit: AirBnb
Photo Credit: Airbnb

Stonewood Cabin

  • 2 beds, 1.5 baths
  • Wood burning stove
  • Wrap-around porch
  • Mountain stream on the property
  • 10 minutes from Downtown Hendersonville

Book Stonewood Cabin on VRBO.

Maggie Valley, NC 

This log cabin near Maggie Valley, NC has simply stunning views of the mountains. Families will love the outdoor fire pit, hot tub, and indoor fireplace.

Maggie Valley vacation rental on VRBO
Stunning views, Maggie Valley, NC, Photo Credit: VRBO

Stunning Views

  • 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
  • Hot tub
  • Fire pit
  • Fireplace indoors
  • Hiking near property

Book Stunning Views on VRBO.

Sylva, NC 

Summit’s End has everything you need for the perfect family winter getaway. Located at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains, you will enjoy the picturesque views along with nearby hiking, a hot tub, and a fire pit. Did we mention it’s also pet-friendly?

Silva, NC winter cabin rentals

Summit’s End

  • 4 bed / 3 bath
  • Picturesque views of the Great Smoky Mountains
  • Hot tub
  • Pet & Family friendly
  • Hiking and fishing nearby

Book Summit’s End on VRBO

Bryson City, NC

This newly renovated cabin offers stunning views of the mountains surrounding Bryson City, North Carolina. With a spacious living room, fireplace, deck and patio for relaxing outdoors, and a hot tub, this property is certain to make an epic winter vacation.

Bryson City, NC winter cabin. VRBO photo credit

Bryson City Cabin

  • 4 bedrooms / 2.5 baths
  • Sleeps 10
  • Hot tub, spacious living room, and full kitchen
  • Close to Nantahala National Forest
  • 4WD is required for winter rentals due to potential ice/snow

Book Bryson City Cabin on VRBO

Franklin, NC

Getaway to a winter cabin on the Top of the World in Franklin, North Carolina! The views are stunning, the homey vibe is cozy, and two firepits to relax around, this cabin is a wonderful getaway.

Top of the World Mountain Get-a-way in Franklin, Tennessee. VRBO photo credit

Top of the World

  • 4 bedrooms / 2 bathroom
  • Sleeps 8
  • Hot tub
  • Stunning views of all of Macon County

Book Top of the World on VRBO

Winter Cabin Rentals in Tennessee

Pigeon Forge, TN

You can enjoy some alone time in the private soaking tub, or cuddle all together in front of the fire pit. This Pigeon Forge cabin offers guests to the Tennessee mountains more than you’ll find at a five-star hotel! 

Moonlight Memory vacation rental in Tennessee. Photo Credit: AirBnb
Photo Credit: Airbnb

Moonlight Memories

  • Secluded cabin
  • Hot tub
  • 2 bed, 2 bath
  • 15 minutes from Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg
  • Mountaintop views

Book Moonlight Memories on VRBO.

Pigeon Forge, TN

Mountain Seduction is a 3 story log home that offers all the amenities to have the perfect winter getaway, without skimping on the luxury. The home offers gorgeous views, a hot tub, pool table, foosball, and is close to all the fun in town!

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee winter vacation rental

Mountain Seduction

  • 2 bed / 3 baths
  • Hot tub
  • Views of the Great Smoky Mountains
  • Can sleep up to 16 (additional beds in game room)

Book Mountain Seduction on VRBO

Gatlinburg, TN

Escape to one of the highest-rated mini winter cabin rentals in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, the Owl’s Nest. With a stunning view of Mt. LeConte, a hot tub, and only 3 miles from downtown, this quaint cabin is the perfect place to stay for a cozy getaway with your spouse or small family.

Winter cabin rentals: Owl's Nest in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. VRBO photo credit

Owl’s Nest

  • 1 bedroom / 1 bath
  • Sleeps 4
  • Close to downtown Gatlinburg, Tennessee
  • Views of Mt.Leconte
  • Hot tub

Book the Owl’s Nest on VRBO

Will your family travel this winter?

Holiday and Christmas getaways

If you are looking for a place to stay for the holidays, check out one of these Holiday Getaways, with cabins near Christmas tree farms, mountain homes, and more!

Enjoy Fall Color Change at these Incredible Vacation Rentals in WNC

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Looking for a mountain vacation rental to witness the colors of fall pour over the mountainside? It may seem early, but the time is NOW to book vacation rentals in the mountains for the fall season. The mountains of North Carolina are famous for their dramatic shows during fall when the leaves change. There’s no better way to enjoy it, than with a hot cup of coffee in your jammies at sunrise. Here’s a list of vacation rentals where you can enjoy the fall colors.

Vacations rentals to enjoy during the fall in Western North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.