A holiday getaway shouldn’t be stressful. You can rest easy knowing that at least finding the right place to stay won’t be booked by now. The Southwest is ideal because it ticks all the boxes — snow or desert, pool or sauna, hike or ski, it’s all doable here in the winter. Getaway this holiday season with these family holiday Airbnbs in the Southwest.
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Luxury cabin in the pines near Flagstaff and Grand Canyon
Flagstaff, Arizona, is America’s most underrated small city. It’s surrounded by pine forests and mountains, nearby to skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, and the famed desert of the southwest. And it’s also a major hub for accessing the Grand Canyon. This luxury cabin outside of town puts you right next to all of the above. First, there’s a toasty hot tub in which to soak. It also comes with a game room and pool table, a kids’ playground outside, and ample space to cook, lounge, watch movies and sports, and commune with the people you only see once per year. It’s at once convenient and cozy, but never crowded.
Ten guests, four bedrooms
Price: $246 per night
Rancho San Marcos near Santa Fe for large family gatherings
Have a truly southwest holiday at Rancho San Marcos, just outside Sante Fe, New Mexico. This massive estate has room for the entire extended family and includes kivas, a hot tub, and Spanish architecture built around spacious courtyards. There’s a fireplace and pool table, and a large living room. Should the youngsters receive gifts that require a bit room to enjoy, they’ll have both indoor and outdoor options here. Santa Fe is known for its holiday spirit, and the smaller town of Madrid is just up the road as well for essentials.
Sixteen guests, six bedrooms
Price: $1,386 per night
Tucson home with heated pool, hot tub and epic views
It’s not every year that you get to swim on Christmas. Make this the year in this gorgeous estate in Tucson dubbed The Alisa. The property features expansive views of the surrounding desert hills from large windows in the living space. Hanging in the living room here is akin to lounging in a high-end resort, especially if you have a hot toddy or, dare we say, an egg nog to raise for a toast. The chef’s kitchen is stocked and ready for your holiday meals. Iconic, clean, and emblematic of its southwest location, you won’t find a better host location for a holiday family retreat. All this with the Catalina Foothills as your backdrop.
Eleven guests, four bedrooms
Price: $441 per night
Creekside family retreat outside Durango
Bring the family to Durango, Colorado, this holiday season and stay in style at this creekside retreat just outside town. Tucked between Durango and Bayfield, you’ll experience the beauty and serenity of the San Juan Mountains and enjoy warm cocktails on the deck to the sound of a flowing creek. You’ll be within an hour of the slopes at Purgatory, and 90 minutes to Wolf Creek Ski Area. Durango is also known for the Bar D Wranglers, a western cookout and show featuring live music and a chuckwagon dinner.
Ten guests, four bedrooms
Price: $541 per night
Luxurious Duck Creek Cabin near Brian Head, Utah
Southern Utah is among the most beautiful places in the world. You have the desert, the mountains, and the water within a day’s drive. Many of the most striking natural features — including Bryce Canyon National Park and Utah’s other national parks — are within reach as well. And the home itself is a stunner. High-ceilinged living spaces hosting massive bay windows, allowing you to look out into the snow-covered forest. The kitchen is top-notch and so are the sleeping spaces. Kids have plenty of space to be themselves, and adults can do so along with them or segregate themselves for a cocktail in an entirely separate area of the house. You won’t find a more luxurious estate within this price range, making this one a win-win for all involved.
Ten guests, four bedrooms
Price: From $228 per night
Cabin in Ruidoso with hot tub, near skiing and town
Unless you live in west Texas or southern New Mexico, Ruidoso might not be on your “epic mountain towns” radar. But, it should be. Ruidoso is everything a mountain town should be — think hearty dining, craft beer, shopping, and endless outdoors access — and this luxurious home gives you access to the best of it. There’s an outdoor hot tub where you can soak while soaking in the views of the pines. The home is fully equipped for family reunions, large buffet meals, and movie nights around the fire. No matter a person’s interest, there’s something for everyone here in southern New Mexico.
Nine guests, three bedrooms
Price: From $254 per night
Tropical pool resort home in Palm Springs
Chill in the pool. Play ping pong or pool in the game room. Cook a holiday feast in the decked-out kitchen. It’s all doable in this Palm Springs mansion. And you have the benefit of warmer weather and nearby trails. You can even work on your putting game on the private green. With all the amenities you’d expect at a Palm Springs resort, you at least won’t need to worry about the accommodations aspect of a massive family trip.
Eight guests, four bedrooms
Price: $684 per night