Part of the fun of renting a house for your vacation is the chance to make yourself truly at home—and that extends to your love of snuggling up in front of the big screen and sharing your favorite movie moments with loved ones and fellow film fans. All of the following—some of them superbly decadent retreats—let you make movie watching together one of the most treasured memories of your trip.
A sleek 17-seat home theater makes it easy to kick back in front of the big screen with friends and family. But there are plenty of other reasons to book this ultimate party pad in Reunion Resort, with its 11 all-en-suite bedrooms and golf-course views. They include two bars, two game rooms, a state-of-the-art gym, and a palm-fringed jewel of an outdoor pool and hot tub. And we bet you’ll all be fighting over who gets a prize spot in the Western-themed bunk room with its own gaming station. This fab Florida home is also geographically desirable; it’s less than 20 miles from Orlando International Airport and just a short drive from the theme parks.
A wood-paneled home theater with reclining seats isn’t the only thing that makes this four-bedroom lodge one of the coziest retreats in the mountain town of Gatlinburg, gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. You’ll also find a cedar-clad sauna, three hot tubs (one on the deck), and a game room. Meanwhile, the outdoors—and what outdoors it is!—is invited in through vast windows in the open-plan living area, where you can curl up in front of a real fire in the colder months.
While this vast chalet sleeping 20 boasts a number of delightful amenities, it’s the snug home theater that may be the most compelling to film fans. Settle into squishy leather recliners for an evening of viewing a few of your favorite flicks—with no one kicking the back of your seat! Other luxurious features include an indoor pool and a sauna, plus a game room with table tennis and foosball for more energetic family time. The deck—with its sofas, hot tub, and barbecue area—has to-die-for views over the garden onto a national forest threaded by hiking trails. For ski lovers, Heavenly Mountain Resort is just six miles away.
An entire entertainment level, including a movie theater with sofas and beanbag chairs, means this 14-person wooden lodge at the foot of the Cascade Mountains is in a league of its own when it comes to chill-out time. There’s also table tennis, a pool table, and a shuffleboard table, plus a bar and a steam room to retreat to when you’re worn out from playtime. And that’s not all—this vacation home is in a dream location for golf lovers, on the fourth hole of the Arnold Palmer Signature Prospector Golf Course. Other activities include tennis, fishing, horseback riding, mountain biking, and hiking.
Sink into a sofa or a sheepskin-padded hanging basket chair to soak up great movies in the media and game room of this five-bedroom ski-in, ski-out vacation home. More fun to be had in this Scandinavian-styled hideaway includes indoor shuffleboard, foosball, and darts. Or relax in the sauna, in the eight-person hot tub out on the deck (with views over private woods), or around the fire pit with its Adirondack chairs and soft blankets. Meanwhile, you’ll find the kids romping in their own sunroom filled with giant beanbag chairs, adjacent to their six-person bunk room. Located in Teton Village, this entertainment dream home is just 22 miles from Jackson Hole Airport.
A vast screen, sink-into sofas, and even a fridge and microwave for popcorn and other movie-time snacks are just some of the highlights of this four-bedroom contemporary house mere minutes from Toronto’s East End neighborhood, The Beach. The outdoor pool, hot tub, furnished deck, and barbecue area will also tempt you to stay on site, as will the stylish interiors, including a light-drenched kitchen and sleek gym. But if you’re looking for a full break from routine, there are 20 restaurants within easy strolling distance.