There’s something decadent and delicious about starting a weekend brunching with friends and enjoying eggs Benedict drizzled with hollandaise sauce or maple syrup-laden Belgian waffles while sipping bottomless cocktails. But instead of meeting your friends over mimosas and avocado toast, you can travel to locales like Palm Springs, Calif.; Nashville; and the Hamptons with just a simple budget swap.
A new poll conducted by Ipsos for HomeAway, a vacation rental home marketplace, found that 93 percent of millennials value trips with friends over brunch. HomeAway created a Brunch Index to figure out the cost of a weekend rental in these U.S. destinations based on the equivalent number of brunch outings you’d have to skip.
Routinely shelling out $34 for brunch can quickly eat up a decent chunk of your budget. But if you skip two or more brunches per month, you could visit some of these beautiful locations.
Squaw Valley, Calif.
Passing on two brunch outings could help you afford a rental in Squaw Valley ($72 per person). Here are some of the places you can visit during your trip:
- Squaw Valley Ski Resort
- Granite Chief
- Emerald Bay State Park
- Eagle Falls Trail
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A vacation rental in Bend would cost you two brunches ($84 per person), but instead of brunch, you could see all these locations:
- High Desert Museum
- Lava Butte
- Pilot Butte
- Drake Park
By passing on three brunch get-togethers ($92 per person), you can instead see Savannah. Some places you can enjoy include:
- Forsyth Park
- Savannah Historic District
- Bonaventure Cemetery
- Juliette Gordon Low Historic District
If you don’t mind skipping three brunch gatherings ($100 per person), you can rent a home in Galveston. Here’s what you can take advantage of there:
- Moody Gardens
- Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier
- Galveston Island State Park
- Bishop’s Palace
Palm Springs, Calif.
A Palm Springs rental will cost you three brunches ($109 per person), but it has a lot to offer visitors, including:
- Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
- San Jacinto Peak
- Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
- Cactus to Clouds Trail
- Perfect for a hiking getaway
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Take a trip to Nashville by passing on three brunch outings per month ($111 per person), and enjoy all this:
- Grand Ole Opry
- Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
- Ryman Auditorium
- Centennial Park
Here are some of the highlights you could enjoy during a stay in Austin. Getting to Austin will cost you three brunches ($114 per person):
- Lady Bird Lake
- Barton Springs Pool
- Texas State Capitol
- South Congress Street (with the famous “I love you” wall)
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San Diego, Calif.
If San Diego is more your style, think about passing on four brunches ($121 per person). If you do, you can visit these hot spots:
- Balboa Park
- Gaslamp quarter
- Various wineries and vineyards like the Vineyard Grant James
By not shelling out money for four brunches ($125 per person), you can rent a home in Charleston. Here are some spots you can visit there:
- Fort Sumter
- Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
- City Market
- Waterfront Park
- Rainbow Row
The Hamptons, N.Y.
It might take you skipping seven brunch gatherings ($217 per person), but the Hamptons includes:
- Cooper’s Beach
- Elizabeth A. Morgan National Wildlife Refuge
- Wölffer Estate Vineyard
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