We took a list of America’s best small towns and cozy vacation spots then set out to find the best vacation homes from those towns. We will compile our findings throughout a series of posts on our website. For simplicity, each post will have 7-8 homes.
Click on the name of each rental home to check on pricing and availability of each. These are definitely homes to wow and brag to your family and friends about!
Part one of Amazing Vacation Homes From America’s Best Small Towns can be found HERE! Part two of our list of Amazing Vacation Homes from America’s Best Small Towns can be found HERE! Part three can be found HERE!
Cityview on the Cane– Natchitoches, Louisiana
Natchitoches (pronounced Nack-a-tish) is the oldest permanent settlement in the Louisiana Purchase. Its history traces back to a trading post and guard post that were built by French explorers in 1714. It has long been a key trading area. Being located on the Cane River and then later being the starting point of the El Camino Real Trail that crossed Texas into Mexico.
Today’s visitors will find a beautifully preserved downtown area filled with European architecture and charm. Most of the town is part of the 33 block National Landmark Historic District. Here you will find shops, galleries, museums, restaurants, bakeries, coffee shops and more. Visitors can also visit Creole Plantations, the Louisiana Sports Museum, the Louisiana Music Museum, and more. Fishing and river boat rides are other popular things to do.
Cityview On the Cane is a recently remodeled 3BR/3BA homes that will sleep up to eight people. It is located directly on the Cane River. Front Street and the rest of the historic downtown area are across the river with a bridge crossing just a few blocks away. The home is tastefully decorated with rustic decor. We love that both the real porches (upstairs and downstairs) run the entire 60 foot width of the home. This gives guests plenty of space to stretch and enjoy the river and downtown views. If you choose to cook (you may not with so many Cajun and Creole dining options!) the impressive gourmet kitchen is ready for the chef of the house.
Natchitoches is great for a quiet family vacation or a romantic getaway for just the two of you. Cityview on the Cane is an excellent choice for both. Click here to see more info on Cityview on the Cane. To see the dozens of other homes in this historic town, click HERE.
Cozy Cabin– Davis, Oklahoma
When you hear the word waterfall, Oklahoma typically isn’t the first place that comes to mind. But sure enough, located on Honey Creek in the Arbuckle Mountains you will find Turner Falls. Standing at 77 feet tall, this waterfall is pretty impressive. At the base of the waterfall is a large basin that creates a perfect swimming hole for those hot summer days.
In addition to Turner Falls, this area is also home to Arbuckle Lake, several other creeks and rivers, and state natural areas. People with off-road vehicles, Jeeps, and trucks can go to the Crossbar Off-Road park. The area has a zipline park for more adventure seekers. The city is Davis is a quintessential small town with local diners and shops.
This Cozy Cabin is a 1 bedroom/1 bathroom cabin that will sleep up to five. Inside you will find a cozy cabin with rustic decor. The kitchen is well equipped for cooking meals after a long day of swimming and hiking. Outside of the cabin is the big draw. We love the large covered deck with views down to Honey Creek below. There is plenty of seating for relaxing or dining outdoors. The property has several trails, including ones to the creek.
If you are looking for an affordable and family friendly vacation spot, the Cozy Cabin on Honey Creek will certainly fit that bill. Click here to see more info on this Cozy Cabin. To see all vacation rentals near Davis, OK click HERE.
Venetian Court #8– Capitola, California
Capitola is California’s oldest seaside resort town. Early proprietors in the area welcomed their first vacationers in 1874. Through the years, the town has continue to expand and modernize, but many of the classic buildings, homes, businesses, and hotels still stand today.
There are many reasons to visit Capitola. The biggest being the amazing beaches. In summer months, you will see surfers, paddle boarders, boogie boarders, and beach goers enjoying everything this stretch of Pacific can give them. There area is also famous for its restaurants and shopping, many of which are part of Capitola Village, an entertainment district within the town. What brings people back is the more laid-back vibe that is not found in many other California beach towns.
One of the first things people notice when visiting Capitola are the colorful homes right along the beach. These were built in 1925 as a way to bring the charm of Venice, Italy to the California coast. Today, many of these homes are available as rentals, including Venetian Court #8.
Venetian Court #8 is a 3BR/2BA home that will sleep up to 8 guests. It is located in the second row, so you are only steps to the beach. From the second floor, you have perfect views of the beach, ocean, boardwalk, and Capitola Village. The Village is also just a short walk, so all of the shopping and restaurants are close by. This is truly a unique experience in a beautiful beach town.
Mountain Laurel Lookout– Asheville, NC
We are in absolute awe of this home! From the decks, you are able to view SEVEN different mountain ranges. Other sites that can be seen are Grandfather Mountain, Mount Mitchell, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and as night settles in, you can see the lights of the small towns that sit in the valleys! The home itself is equally amazing! This 3 bedroom log home has amazing views from every window. The home is tastefully decorated with welcoming rustic decor. You need to check this home out!