The Escape Residence: 5 summer time locations for which leases are nonetheless out there

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Vengeance travel. Have you heard about it? This is the term for the expected increase in vacations this summer as more vaccinated Americans make up for a year of lost travel.

Rentals in popular vacation destinations were picked up quickly; According to Vrbo, 90% of the holiday homes in parts of the Jersey Shore are already booked for July.

Another factor that makes it harder to book accommodation? People have bought up second homes and live in them all day, which further reduces the already scarce inventory in the vacation towns. According to a recently released Redfin report, the number of buyers setting mortgage rates on second homes rose 178% last month from a year earlier.

Live this last minute lifestyle? Don't listen to the naysayers who tell you it's too late to plan a summer vacation. Here are five destinations across the country that have a lot to offer – and most importantly, plenty of availability.

Watauga Lake, Tennessee

Where to sleep: This four bedroom log home is available for the months of June and August. Prices start at $ 1,575 / week. Accommodation prices are available on request.

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What to do: Lake Watauga is the perfect destination for a water-oriented vacation full of boating, fishing, swimming, and water skiing. The area also offers world-class white water rafting and plenty of hiking opportunities on the nearby Appalachian Trail.

San Luis Obispo, California

Where to sleep: This historic farmhouse in the middle of the Edna Valley can accommodate six people and is abundantly available in July and August. $ 336 / night


What to do: Napa Valley who? There are more than 250 wineries in San Luis Obispo County for your tasting pleasure. If that's not your scene, there are plenty of beaches and downtown has a lively dining scene and Thursday night farmers market.

Hood River, Oregon

Where to sleep: Located right on the White Salmon River, this six-person cabin is abundantly available in June, July, and August. $ 261 / night.


What to do: Hood River is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts and beer lovers. The area is known for its alpine hiking and mountain biking trails, and the Columbia River is a windsurfing destination. Hood River is just an hour from Timberline Lodge, the only year-round North American ski area. And microbreweries abound – the city is just an hour east of Portland, after all.

McCall, Idaho

Where to sleep: This wooded cabin with a wraparound porch sleeps seven and is available in June, July (including the week of the 4th), and August. $ 326 / night.

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What to do: Located about 100 miles north of Boise on the shores of Payette Lake, this resort is the perfect family-friendly destination. Rent a boat and spend the days on the water or on one of the many bike paths in the region. Live music comes first in the evenings.

Bald Head Island, North Carolina

Where to sleep: This recently renovated house sleeps six, is minutes from the beach and is open in June and July. $ 319 / night.

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What to do: Carolina Beach has all of the conveniences of a classic summer vacation: a vintage boardwalk with ice cream stands, miniature gold, stand-up paddleboarding, and more. Carolina Beach State Park offers pristine coastal walks and is one of the few places in the world to see the carnivorous Venus flytrap in its natural habitat.

This article was reprinted with permission from The Escape Home, a newsletter for second home owners and those who choose to be. Subscribe here. © 2021. All rights reserved.

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