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Colorado is an outdoor adventurer’s paradise with breathtaking scenery and opportunities for recreation year-round. Whether you’re into hiking, rafting, fly-fishing, skiing, boarding, or just want to relax while gazing out at a spectacular view, there’s sure to be a vacation rental that provides an ideal base. For those seeking something that’s ultra-indulgent that includes a wide range of luxury options. These Airbnb and Vrbo rentals are all worth considering, many of which come with hot tubs and other special perks.
Enjoy a stay in what will feel like your own traditional mountain lodge, providing easy access to downtown Breckenridge, the gondola, and endless scenic hikes, with total privacy for up to 12 guests. The four bedrooms include a bunk room sleeping up to five and another that’s ultra-romantic with a fireplace, private balcony, and a bath with a steam shower. With walls of windows, you’ll enjoy jaw-dropping Rocky Mountain views from inside or head to the hot tub to soak while surrounded by the soaring mountain peaks. There’s an entertainment room with a wet bar, foosball table, video games, and a satellite TV too.
Aspen is all about sophistication and luxuries, drawing many of the rich and famous. This stunning chalet on the west side of Buttermilk Mountain, one of the best ski mountains in the country, is the perfect complement. It sits on 40 private acres providing total tranquility and privacy while surrounded by panoramic views. The many large windows bring the outdoors in while providing plenty of natural light, but black-out blinds are included so the sun won’t wake you up before you’re ready. It accommodates eight in three bedrooms, all of which are en-suite and include a long list of upscale features. Cozy up to the large wood-burning fireplace, enjoy multiple TVs with Roku and DVD players, and prepare your meals in the gourmet kitchen. There’s even a greenhouse where guests can harvest whatever is growing seasonally.
Enjoy the best of both worlds, just 10 minutes from downtown Colorado Springs and a mile from the world-renowned Broadmoor, while being immersed in glorious nature with a stay in this six-bedroom home. An architectural masterpiece, it accommodates up to 14 and has an amazing interior design with floor-to-ceiling glass and a large folding door that opens for indoor/outdoor living. Access hiking and biking trails right out the back door, enjoy relaxing on the large wrap-around deck and make your meals in the outdoor kitchen with a grill. In the open-plan living room there’s a grand fireplace. The master suite is a definite highlight as a Zen space with your own fireplace, an en-suite bathroom with a Japanese-style soaking tub, and private sliding glass doors that lead to a six-person hot tub surrounded by the beauty of Cheyenne Canyon.
Less than an hour from Denver yet surrounded by wilderness, this high-elevation lakefront cabin includes access to two private lakes for fishing in the spring, summer or fall, with a canoe and kayak included too. You’ll even have your own sauna to relax in no matter what the season. It accommodates up to six in three bedrooms and boasts breathtaking views from nearly every window, a well-equipped kitchen and a 50″ HDTV with Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, and Roku.
This contemporary mountain home accommodates up to 12 and was designed by an award-winning local architect. It “swept the board” in 7 of 8 categories in the 2017 Summit County Parade of Homes and at 9,000 feet in elevation, you’ll enjoy some of the best mountain views you’ll find in the entire state. There’s an eight-person hot tub, three outdoor patios and a large garage with table tennis. It includes 5,500 square feet of interior space with a Sonos music system in the main rooms, a state-of-the-art kitchen, a family room with a large TV that includes Amazon, Netflix and Xfinity and a laundry room with double washers and double driers.
If you want to enjoy nature and incredible views, yet within walking distance of popular Pearl Street in Boulder, this home is ideal. It offers six bedrooms to accommodate nine to 12 guests and sits on five acres. There’s an above-ground pool, large decks and even a kids’ hangout/game cabin that lies below. You’ll be surrounded by scenic trails and the grounds include a seasonal pond and creek too. Be sure to keep an eye out for frequent deer visitors. Other notable features include a Ping Pong table, Nintendo Wii, a full kitchen with a dishwasher, and a washer/dryer.
This 54-acre mountain retreat is just a 45-minute drive from Denver while providing peaceful seclusion in a luxurious log cabin for two. Perfect for a romantic escape, including honeymoons, it has two hot tubs, one inside and one out, along with plush Turkish robes to put on afterward. There’s a full-size theater for enjoying movie nights together, sexy sconce lighting, a very well-equipped kitchen with mountain views, and a BBQ grill for cookouts. Look forward to enjoying the warmth of the fire pit outdoors beneath a brilliant canopy of stars after dark.
Ideal for a large group, this luxurious home sleeps up to 11 in six bedrooms, including a master bedroom with a Jacuzzi tub, and sits on 13 acres of forested land. Guests enjoy easy access to all sorts of recreational activities as well as the towns of Hartsel, Buena Vista, and Fairplay. Windows surround the interior living space and flow onto two patios for enchanting views from many vantage points. Gather around the fire pit and enjoy the spectacular views by day and stellar stargazing after dark. Inside you’ll have a wood-burning stove and a spacious kitchen that makes it easy to prepare meals for a big crew.
A fabulous ski-in/ski-out penthouse corner unit, this condo sits near the base of American Flyer, just steps from outstanding shopping, dining, galleries, and more. Access to a sauna, ski lockers, and hot tub courtyard is included and you’ll have many high-end features to enjoy after a day of any type of outdoor adventure right inside. There are awe-inspiring views that can be enjoyed with the fresh mountain air from your balcony, flat-screen Smart TVs and a modern kitchen with stainless steel appliances. Two bedrooms have their own TVs, and another is a bunk room perfect for the kids, sleeping a total of 10 guests.
Grinning Bear Lodge is a luxurious log cabin with three levels and an open design, sleeping eight comfortably in three bedrooms plus a large loft that has a king-size bed. There are many upscale features, including a wide variety of entertainment options. The walk-out basement has a pool table, foosball table, board games, and a flat-screen TV with a DVD player, with the living room includes a wood-burning stove providing warmth and ambiance, a flat-screen TV with a Blu-ray player, and an iPod radio hook-up. Views of the Mosquito Mountains can be enjoyed indoors or out with floor-to-ceiling windows and a wrap-around deck. There’s a fire pit to gather around with fantastic stargazing after dark too.