Romantic Vacation Rentals That Won’t Cost You a Fortune


From the secret code words you share to the actual secrets you keep, your love is completely unique. So this Valentine's Day, why not spend a few nights in a one-of-a-kind vacation rental? Whether you're into garden cottages or metropolitan lofts, sites like HomeAway have cheap vacation rentals that will make your romantic vacation one to remember.

Click through to explore romantic getaways that would make any couple fall back in love.


Ocean City, Md. — Ocean-View Penthouse

Cost: $132 per night

The rich textures, dense marbling, retro-cool wallpaper and avant-garde art of this Ocean City penthouse might just distract you from the apple of your eye for a moment. The interior design is breathtaking, but it can't hold a candle to the oceanfront views, which you can enjoy from two private balconies.

But don't let the view keep you inside the whole time — Ocean City definitely has a restaurant scene you want to check out.


New Orleans — Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler

Cost: $145 per night

Located in Esplanade Ridge, this stylish space looks like New Orleans manifested itself in studio form. Colorful cottage stylings and steamy gardens make an ideal setting for sipping chicory coffee until you're ready to stroll over to the Garden District, where you'll exchange your coffee for cocktails and dance to the best live jazz in the world.

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San Rafael, Calif. — Luxury Serenity

Cost: $189 per night

From the shag carpets to the fireplace and Asian-inspired exposed wood, this San Rafael pad is a lover's den.

If the LED-lit bed doesn't do it for you, then the 15-minute trek to all the free photo ops of the Golden Gate Bridge or the 25-minute ride to Sonoma's vineyards will probably hit the spot.


Colorado Springs, Colo. — Creekside Bungalow

Cost: $99 per night

This cuffing season, cuddle up next to a gurgling creek nestled deep within the picturesque privacy of the Cheyenne Canyon. Warm up by the wood-burning stove, then watch deer from your private balcony. The price is low, but the ambiance is not.

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Memphis, Tenn. — Madison Avenue Chic

Cost: $159 per night

If yours is a Christian Grey kind of love, the stunningly modern interior design at the downtown Metro67 might just get you hot — especially the underground cafe inside a historic bank vault. Giggle over coffee, then walk less than a mile to Beale Street and the Orpheum Theatre.


Atlanta — Modernity in Hotlanta

Cost: $168 per night

It's hard not to fall in love with the bright, Northern Europe-inspired design at Stay Alfred on Ponce De Leon Avenue. Once you've taken it all in, pop out for a hand-in-hand midtown jaunt to the High Museum of Art, Piedmont Park or the Fox Theatre, all just a walk away.


Santa Fe, N.M. — A Kingly Casita

Cost: $145 per night

The ancient, quarter-sawn timber of this casita's exposed woodwork gives the whole Southwestern casa a warm feeling — or maybe that's just the wood-burning kiva.

When you're just three blocks from central Santa Fe, it's easy to step out to the bustling art town. But you might prefer staying in for a cool night with a dry wine on your private patio.


St. Louis, Mo. — A Modern Fairy Tale

Cost: $99 per night

This perfect Midwestern home with a fairy-tale-like watchtower, wood-banistered staircases and huge walk-in shower will have you dreaming of suburban bliss.

Good news: Your dream can come true for at least a weekend, and all within minutes of everything downtown St. Louis has to offer.

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Portland, Ore. — Tiny Home, Big Love

Cost: $120 per night

This one-bedroom tiny home in Sunnyside encourages you and your loved one to snuggle a little more. Three skylights, radiant heat and a wraparound porch keep things comfy, while quick access to Stumptown Coffee, Biketown bike shares, Mount Tabor hikes and ample bars and restaurants on Division and Belmont keep things exciting.


Asheville, N.C. — Just Beyond Utopia

Cost: $200 per night

Just Beyond Utopia, no one will be able to find you among 12 acres of quiet mountain woods, treehouses and fire pits. Tuck into the cozy loft, because you'll need your sleep before dining, drinking and dancing the night away in the deep-South-meets-high-art enclave of Asheville.


Scottsville, Ky. — Glamping in the Bluegrass

Cost: $135 per night

Barren River Lake is just as tucked away as it sounds, and — alongside the birds, crickets and frogs — its lapping waters are about the only thing you'll be hearing. The perfectly rustic 720 square feet of your cabin make it tempting to stay in bed, but that's hard to do when a winding trail takes you to your own private beach.


New York City — A Walk in the (Central) Park

Cost: $195 per night

If you've ever fantasized about spending your day at Central Park, your dreams are about to come true. The recessed lighting, hardwood floors and private garden stocked with fragrant wildflowers are sweet perks, but this one is all about location, location, location on the Upper West Side.


Isle La Motte, Vt. — Classic Carriage Barn

Cost: $200 per night

You'll feel like you're living in a Norman Rockwell painting this Valentine's Day when modern meets rustic at this roomy carriage barn in Isle La Motte.

Kayak and play in the lakeside sand all day, watch the sun set from your second-floor balcony and splash the night away in your claw-foot tub.


Seacrest, Fla. — Stunning Seaglass Studio

Cost: $65 per night

Forgo the crowds in Seacrest, where you're just a tram ride away from the private shoreline near the communities of Rosemary Beach and Alys Beach. Bond and battle over Frisbee, corn hole and croquet on-site, or cuddle up under the chandelier in your chic-meets-boho studio.


Hudson Bend, Texas — Zen Retreat

Cost: $80 per night

You're really in love when you can sit in silence together, and that's the whole idea at this peaceful, tiny home on the lakeside in Hudson Bend. Stare longingly into each other's eyes as you quietly row the waters, then let loose with brews, BBQ and live music in nearby Austin.


Las Vegas — A High Rise on the Strip

Cost: $149 per night

We can't deny that running away to Vegas has a recklessly romantic appeal, especially when you can run away to 24th-floor views of the Strip.

There are a few insider secrets you must know about Vegas, including these ones about your studio: It's got 9-foot-high ceilings, imported hardwood and a whirlpool tub.


Lansdowne, Pa. — Trendy, Affordable Philly

Cost: $45 per night

If your relationship is a little more Rocky and Adrian, check out this adorable, perfectly decorated one-bedroom in Lansdowne. The brick colonial revival apartment from the 1890s will enchant you, but don't forget you're just a short walk to the regional rail line and five stops to the center of downtown Philly.


Minneapolis, Minn. — The Red Room

Cost: $75 per night

The centrally located Red Room features early 21st-century architecture draped in a Bohemian aesthetic that makes every interaction feel like a fated meeting. This one's for those in love with the arts, as it's close to the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Walker Art Center and loads of theater and live entertainment opportunities.

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Trinidad, Calif. — Wild Elk at Stone Lagoon

Cost: $175 per night

The owners call this cabin "upscale and authentic," and they're not wrong. Two acres of seclusion bordering the Redwood National Park give you plenty of privacy, and hiking just 1.5 miles brings you to the shoreline — just watch out for wild elk and horses along the way.

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Methodology: GOBankingRates sourced prices from HomeAway in late January 2018. Nightly prices reflect rates for the weekend closest to Valentine's Day in February 2018.