Kick Back at One of These Gorgeous Vacation Rentals
Above: The Gallery House
Where: Big Sur, California
What’s to love: There’s no need to drive the winding coastline in search of the best view (although we highly recommend it). The rustic, one-bedroom cabin is perched on a cliff overlooking the glistening Pacific. The view will take your breath away. Unwind with a massage and a dip in the cliffside hot springs at nearby Esalen Institute. There will be plenty of time to write — a lack of good cell phone service means you won’t have to worry about outside distractions.
Book it: Rates from $350 on vrbo.com.
Read more on Fathom: Big Sur is an Otherworldy Escape
Photo: By Berit Bauherr
Robert Trickery House
Where: Pāhoa, Hawaii
What’s to love: This modern marvel is not your typical Hawaiian cottage. Designed by San Francisco architect Craig Steely, the elegant glass and steel villa sits atop a lava flow overlooking a bright blue stretch of ocean. Visit with a group (the house can sleep up to ten guests), but save the guesthouse for use as a private writing studio.
Book it: Rates from $455 on airbnb.com.
Read more on Fathom: Hawaii: Big Island Essentials
Photo: Courtesy of Robert Trickery House
Where: Nantucket, Massachusetts
What’s to love: Make like a sea captain and retreat to Nantucket, a former whaling island off the coast of Cape Cod that inspired writers like Edgar Allan Poe and Herman Melville. One of the island’s oldest known homes has been carefully restored and modernized with central air, a new kitchen, and Carrera marble en-suite baths. There’s plenty of room for family and friends, but you may just want to enjoy this one on your own. Town is a five-minute walk away and you’re in close proximity to popular beaches like Jetties, Children’s, and Steps.
Book it: Rates from $2,000 on homeaway.com.
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Photo: Courtesy of Parliament House
The Barn in Tivoli
Where: Tivoli, New York
What’s to love: Escape your daily grind for a charming renovated barn in Hudson Valley. The relaxing, loft-style retreat can sleep six but works nicely for a solo visit. If you need a break, there are plenty of old-fashioned distractions, like an ancient piano, a claw-foot soaking tub, and a yoga deck overlooking a stream. Catch a musical or dance performance at The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts for inspiration. The stunning Frank Gehry building is in neighboring Annandale-on-Hudson.
Book it: Rates from $375 on vrbo.com.
Read more on Fathom:The Best of City and Country Rolled into One Little Weekend in Hudson, NY
Photo: By Laura D’art
Restored Modern Airstream
Where: Salt Lake City, Utah
What’s to love: The fully restored 1976 Airstream is parked in the eclectic Central 9th neighborhood and has everything you need to hunker down for a few days: a private bathroom, a full kitchen, television, a small yard, and character in spades. When you decide to surface for air, Downtown SLC is roughly a 15-20 minute walk away.
Book it: Rates from $65 on airbnb.com.
Photo: Courtesy of Restored Modern Airstream
Where: New York, New York
What’s to love: Escape the hustle and bustle of New York City for a two-bedroom bohemian loft on the border of Chelsea and Midtown West. An abundance of sunlight (thanks to twenty windows) should help you stay energized and focused on your writing, but if you do start to feel sluggish, you can recaffeinate at Stumptown Coffee Roasters at the Ace Hotel nearby.
Book it: Rates from $650 on airbnb.com.
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Photo: Courtesy of Witness Apartment
Where: Pioneertown, California
What’s to love: Retreat to the high desert for peace and quiet at a solar-powered home. The two-bedroom itHouse, one of ten prototypes built in California, was designed in adherence with green principles and built using renewable resources. Break up the monotony of writing all day a local attractions like Joshua Tree National Park and Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace.
Book it: Rates from $380 on airbnb.com.
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Photo: Courtesy off Off-Grid itHouse