Summer is (hopefully) right around the corner somewhere after the brutal winter that seems never-ending this year. It’s time to start planning for your summer vacation and take your mind off the icicles hanging from your roof. We’ve compiled a list of ten great places to purchase a summer home. Which one appeals to you?
Home to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, Tennessee is the perfect vacation destination for adventurous types. Located near the Tennessee-North Carolina border, Great Smoky Mountains is the most visited national park in the country. From the Grotto Falls, where tourists can walk behind a wall of water as it cascades down; to the Mt. Leconte point, where the best sunrises and sunset views can be seen from 6,600 feet, adventure abounds in Gatlinburg.
Panama City Beach, Florida
Known to many as “the spring break capital of the world,” Panama City Beach, Florida stretches 27 miles of Gulf-front sugary sand beaches. Spring breakers frequent the sun-drenched vacation spot to work on their tans and patronize the dozens of local seafood eateries and illustrious attractions. The popularity of Panama City Beach also makes it a lucrative rental option for when your summer residence is vacant.
Lake Arrowhead, California
Soaked in sunshine 310 days each year, Lake Arrowhead provides an escape with a plethora of outdoor activities for recreation and relaxation. Tucked in the mountains of the San Bernardino National Forest, Lake Arrowhead was once known as Little Bear Lake in the region also referred to as “The Alps of Southern California.” Here, summer homeowners can explore hiking and backpacking trails, enjoy bicycling or water skiing and fishing on the lake.
Big Bear Lake, California
A popular getaway also located in the San Bernardino mountains is Big Bear Lake. This quaint resort town holds about 5,000 residents, which can grow to more than 100,000 vacationers during popular weekends. With a temperate climate and clear skies 330 days a year, Big Bear Lake is the ideal retreat for active vacationers. From bobsledding the powdery snow-covered mountains to zip lining through the pine trees, the area has activities for every member of the family.
Marco Island, Florida
On an island all its own, Marco Island, Florida is a popular getaway for those looking to really escape it all. Accessible by ferry from Key West or via two bridges, Marco Island affords pure relaxation and seclusion. Though, there is also an abundance of things to do on the island including boating, fishing, beaches, nature parks and more. Enjoy a round of golf at Marco Island Golf and Garden or anchor your boat at Keewaydin Island and spend the day at the beach.
Close to the attractions of Orlando, Florida, Kissimmee is a popular area for investment properties used as short-term rentals for vacationers who come to visit Disney World and Universal Studios. Owning a property in the Kissimmee area is lucrative for investors, and great for Disney enthusiasts. Kissimmee also has its own historic downtown, brimming with local shopping and dining options.
Ocean City, New Jersey
“America’s Greatest Family Resort,” Ocean City, New Jersey offers amusements, beaches, shopping, dining and all types of entertainment for all ages. Less than 12,000 people reside in the small beach town, offering a relaxing family vacation that will ease the mind and soothe the soul. Ocean City is a welcome change of pace from more prominent vacation destinations with crowded beaches and attractions.
At 2,000 feet above sea level, Crossville Tennessee offers travelers a mild climate year-round with four seasons to enjoy. Each season offers its own activities, from snow skiing the mountainous terrain in the winter, to water skiing the lakes in the summer. Hike walking trails in the fall to see the beautiful scenery or explore new wildlife in the spring on the nature reserves. Crossville offers boundless options for outdoor entertainment. The area is also known as the Golf Capital of Tennessee.
Waynesville, North Carolina
Charming and quaint, Waynesville, North Carolina is the largest town in Western North Carolina. The urban setting is perfect for walking around downtown to explore local shopping boutiques and farm fresh eateries. Artsy finds and local goods abound in this unique Appalachian town. Outdoorsy types will appreciate the popular hiking trails and waterfall destinations, such as the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Medford is a creative city in southwest Oregon, with live productions and world-renowned art. The Craterian Theater hosts Broadway, ballet and cabaret performances, which are some of the finest along the West Coast. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, often regarded as the Broadway of the West Coast, is one of the largest events in the region. The attraction hosts live shows that have been awarded several Tony Awards and national accolades.
Each of these vacation destinations is a great place to buy your next summer home. With a unique vibe and different activities available in each, there is a summer home spot for every traveler.