Hectic holidays have come and gone and we’re now full steam ahead into a fresh year of trip-planning. As crazy as it sounds, spring break is on the horizon, and we’re not talking about gaggles of college or high school friends’ spring break … we mean some serious R & R for you and your family or a group of your closest legal-drinking-age friends. We’ve found some impressive bookable options across the South — some are perfect launchpads for exploring a new town, and others you’ll never want to leave. We’re talking hot tubs, private beaches, outdoor kitchens, indoor slides and more. Take a look at these eight dreamy spring break vacation rentals (plus one you can buy)!

8 Amazing Vacation Homes to Book for Spring Break

LAKE NORMAN, NORTH CAROLINA

14 guests, 5 bedrooms, 7 beds, 5 baths
$364 per night

Man, oh man, do we love this option. Lake Norman — close to Charlotte —  is an unexpected getaway option for your family spring break or a long weekend with friends. This home has floor-to-ceiling windows, a private beach and well-stocked toys for kids and adults. The cherry on top? This rental company offers a huge selection of boats you can rent to pull tubes and waterski, to motor your way to the cool local lakeside restaurants like Hello, Sailor! and to explore the more than 500 miles of Lake Norman shoreline. BOOK IT

Fire pit on private Lake Norman beach at sunset

This private lakeside beach is perfect for sunbathing by day and building bonfires by night. Image: BOOK IT

Updated furnishings at Lake Norman spring break vacation rental

Recent renovations have made this home perfect for spring breakers of all ages. Image: Airbnb

Kids' bunk room on for Lake Norman Spring Break vacation rental

This nautically themed bunk room is perfect for the kiddos — and maybe some of their friends! How fun is the little staircase to the top bunks? Image: Airbnb

ROSEMARY BEACH, FLORIDA

10 guests, 4 bedrooms, 6 beds, 3.5 baths
$488 per night

We can’t get enough of the casual elegance of Rosemary Beach’s Casa Spiaggia and its expansive open floorplan, exposed wood beams and thoughtful bells and whistles to assist with a week of revelry. The main floor spills outside, through five sets of French doors, into a private courtyard with a summer kitchen, heated pool and outdoor fireplace. The new gourmet kitchen inside features a chef’s stove, wine cooler, double sinks and quartz countertops. When you’re not lounging on the nearby beach, kick back on one of the home’s three open porches or enjoy access to Rosemary Beach pools, fitness center and tennis courts for a fee. This rental also comes with four bikes, a red flyer wagon and a beach cart to tote everyone and everything to the water! BOOK IT

Guest bikes, outdoor kitchen and dining at 30A spring break vacation rental

Guest bikes are the perfect way to cover a lot of ground on your 30A vacay! And we’re loving this summer kitchen. Image: Airbnb

Rosemary beach cottage interior

Once you’ve tried some of the fabulous dining options around 30A, a night in, spent cooking with family or friends, is the perfect way to punctuate a weeklong vacation. Image: Airbnb

Private pool at Rosemary Beach Spring Break vacation rental home

You’ll find us hanging poolside (and fireside) in this dreamy courtyard. Image: Airbnb

NICHOLASVILLE, KENTUCKY

6 guests, 3 bedrooms, 5 beds, 2 baths
$299 per night 

We may have found your new home away from home at Cuttawa House, a luxurious three-bedroom home, beautifully appointed with lots of luxurious amenities and open fields for kiddos to roam. Throughout the house, you’ll find woodwork harvested directly from the property, a dramatic gas fireplace and a cozy outdoor living room. Cuttawa House is surrounded by nature preserves: 805 acres managed by The Nature Conservancy to the south and the 115-acre Jim Beam Nature Preserve to the immediate north, providing miles upon miles of nature trails and palisades vistas. What could make this option better? The owners donate 10% of your reservation cost to the charity of your choice! BOOK IT

Insane master bath at Cuttawa House in Kentucky

Take a look at this master bath! Image: Airbnb

Cuttawa House's warm-toned kitchen in spring break vacation rental

No matter the season, we’re ready to cozy up in the warm tones of this cottage. Image: Airbnb

Outside the dreamy, elegant Cuttawa House in Nicholasville, Kentucky

You’re just 25 miles from Lexington and Keeneland but completely surrounded by nature trails, rolling farmland and horse country. Image: Airbnb

ISLE OF PALMS, SOUTH CAROLINA

10 guests, 4 bedrooms, 5 beds, 3.5 baths
$280 per night 

65 Ocean Point, with its award-winning outdoor poolscape, is the perfect choice for your spring break getaway — whether you’re with the fam, some friends or other couples. The owners even installed a queen-sized swing bed by the pool, and they encourage you to use all the beach chairs, umbrellas and towels you might need — which makes packing a breeze! It’s nestled within a double-gated community in Wild Dunes, and it is just a quick three-minute walk to the beach. Isle of Palms is a lovely beachside community with eateries, golf courses, miles of bike paths and more. Plus, it’s close enough to Charleston to warrant a day or night of exploration in the Holy City. BOOK IT

Classic Isle of Palms beach house at sunset

Isle of Palms is the perfect place for an adult- or kid-centric spring vacation. Image: Airbnb

Isle of Palms beach house aerial view

This aerial shot shows how close the property is to the water. Image: Airbnb

Isle of Palms backyard landscape and pool at spring break vacation rental

How amazing is this award-winning backyard for the kids (and maybe for the adults)? Image: Airbnb

ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA

8 guests, 1 bedroom, 2 queen beds, 2 double beds, 1 bath
$350+ per night 

Maybe you’ve scrolled passed this dreamy dome on Instagram and thought Wow, that’s cool! This glamping dome option in Asheville is the perfect launchpad for a spring week or weekend away. The 36-foot translucent dome can sleep eight guests and gives some of the best sunrise and sunset views you’ll ever see. The indoor slide and outdoor grilling station make for some seriously fun unplugged time stargazing and embracing your inner child. Plus, you’re just a few miles away from one of our favorite towns, Asheville. BOOK IT

Spring break vacation rental, the Asheville Glamping Dome

Asheville Glamping’s Dome 3 inside views are as spectacular as its outside ones. Image: Asheville Glamping

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Asheville glamping dome tent

Wake up to these views of your mountain spring break escape. Image: Asheville Glamping

Asheville glamping indoor slide makes for a fun Spring Break vacation rental

An indoor slide connects each floor. Image: Asheville Glamping

FAIRHOPE, ALABAMA

12 guests, 3 bedrooms, 6 beds, 3 baths
$395 per night 

Get a little artsy this spring in Alabama’s tucked-away antebellum town, Fairhope. The Fairhope House is a historic gem in the city’s idyllic downtown and is available to rent in its entirety. Through the private iron gate and down the brick-paved sidewalk, a quick stroll leads you to some of the bayside town’s top culinary destinations, boutique shopping, live music spots and art galleries featuring a variety of mediums from local and regional artists. The home features posh furnishings, an elevator and an outdoor patio fit for some serious cookouts under the stars. BOOK IT

Beautiful exterior of The Fairhope House

The Fairhope House is historic, secluded, and outfitted with lots of luxurious amenities. Image: Airbnb

Private yard and deck at The Fairhope House

Dine or relax in your own private backyard jungle! Image: Airbnb

White indoor decor with blue couch at The Fairhope House

We love the beachy, whitewashed vibe of this bayside home. Image: Airbnb

AUSTIN, TEXAS

10 guests, 2 bedrooms, 4 beds, 2 baths
$324 per night 

If Austin isn’t on your bucket list for 2020 getaways, it should be. This Texas town is brimming with award-winning restaurants, vibrant cultural activities and limitless outdoor experiences. How better to spend a week or more in Austin than tucked away on a hill but still just five minutes from both Downtown and the Domain? From the property, you can walk to a handful of shops and restaurants, and up to Mount Bonnell, where you can see the 360 bridge over Lake Austin … speaking of lakes, the owners will also coordinate a yacht charter while you’re there — a very popular warm-weather activity on Austin’s many surrounding lakes. BOOK IT

Austin Texas pool and cafe lights for spring break vacation rental

Hot tub, pool and a huge porch overlooking downtown Austin … what more could you want this spring break? Image: Airbnb

Indoor and outside views of Austin Texas rental home with wood ceiling

Kiddos and adults alike can revel in this well-appointed home base for your Texas vacation. Image: Airbnb

A spring break vacation rental in Austin Texas, this multi-level home is lit up at night

The views from this multi-story home are “see it to believe it” good. Image: Airbnb

GATLINBURG, TENNESSEE

10 guests, 3 bedrooms, 4 beds, 2 baths
$90+ per night 

The Edelweiss Estate near Gatlinburg is a little different than some of the other rental properties on this list. The minimalist design and chalet feel of the architecture make this the perfect spot to unplug. If the bustling attractions of Gatlinburg are what’s drawing you to the area, you’re just a few minutes away from all the action. The lower-level pool table and outdoor furniture nestled on the wraparound porch are prime spots to relax with your significant other or closest friends. BOOK NOW

Wrap around porch at Edelweiss Estate in Gatlinburg

Guest reviews rave about the feeling of being completely enveloped by trees. Image: Airbnb

Rustic decor in minimalist lodging that can become your spring break vacation rental

Rustic elements and Restoration Hardware furnishings fill this chalet. Image: Airbnb

Modern design at Gatlinburg getaway makes for a spring break vacation rental

Modern design is at every corner of this treetop Gatlinburg getaway — close enough to town if you want it, far enough away if you don’t. Image: Airbnb

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GRAYTON BEACH, FLORIDA

Okay, so there’s a time and place for renting, but what about your dream of owning the perfect beachside escape to use with anyone and anytime you wish? Hilary & Reverie, a 30A luxury brokerage, can help you find the perfect second home or new primary residence. This is one of many current listings that is ready to be toured. Boasting 4,800 square feet, six bedrooms and five-and-a-half bathrooms, this family compound offers both privacy and space. The open, light-drenched great room adjoining the state-of-the-art chef’s kitchen is practically designed for entertaining and relaxing around the gas fireplace. The secluded patio area and oversized heated pool create the dreamiest beach oasis. Click here or call (850) 685-0171 for more information. And check out all of their amazing properties HERE.

Hilary & Reverie home for sale in Grayton Beach

The white and wood contrast is just what we love in a 30A beach house. Image: Leverage Property

Dreamy pool scene at Hilary & Reverie home that can turn into your full-time spring break vacation home

You won’t be able to pry us from this pool scene. Image: Leverage Property

Hilary & Reverie all-white kitchen and living room

Lounge and cook in this expertly designed chef’s kitchen adjacent to the living room. Image: Leverage Property

Cheers to some exciting Spring Break adventures across the South!

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