Take Your Culinary Skills on a “Vay-Kitchen”

Food and travel are a perfect pairing. In fact, the kitchen is one of the vacation home rental features people love most. Whether they’re hitting the local farmers market to whip up an authentic, local dish or using the kitchen to offset travel costs and accommodate food allergies, 76 percent of rental guests would recommend a rental based on the kitchen alone*.

The secret ingredient to a satisfying vacation is finding a vacation rental kitchen, or “Vay-Kitchen,” that matches your getaway style:

Romar Cottage, Orange Beach, Gulf Coast

Is your go-to getaway an all-American, family beach vacation? Everyone can wake up to good mornings and homemade breakfast goodies in this warm and welcoming cottage. You can soak up Alabama’s Gulf water views while making yourself at home in the upscale kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances. There’s boat parking nearby, so pack an easy lunch to-go and hit the open waters. When you’re ready to wind down at the end of the day? There’s a wet bar and ice maker for concocting your cocktail of choice.

Heavens Gate, Cape Hatteras Island.

For entertaining by the waterfront, this upscale Outer Banks home has easy sound access, a saltwater oceanfront pool, a tiki bar and a large sundeck – complete with two gas grills and one charcoal so no one has to fight over the best choice. But your culinary magic doesn’t need to stop outdoors. The home also features a professional-grade kitchen with granite countertops and an island. Large, water-view dining room tables offer the perfect view inside too.

Pigeon Forge, Smoky Mountains, Tennessee

If your ideal vacation morning starts with a hearty helping of pancakes before hitting the trails for the day, you might just be a mountaineer. Cook your way around the home’s sprawling country kitchen which includes double, stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. Always make enough to feed a small army? The dining area seats 26 with five tables. The greatest feature? Incredible views of Mount LeConte and Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Palm Springs Alexander vacation home

Have an eye for style and gravitate toward sleek, polished designs? You belong in Palm Springs. This modern home boasts a contemporary kitchen with state-of-the-art, stainless steel appliances. Large walls of sliding glass, high ceilings and concrete floors perfect the look. Indoor and outdoor dining areas let you savor your masterpieces whether around the table or by the pool. No matter where, mountain views and swaying palms are a winning side dish.

White Cloud, Breckenridge, Colorado

When ski season ends, are you already itching to get back on the mountain? This ski-in/ski-out home features an impressive kitchen and direct access to Breckenridge’s slopes. The gourmet kitchen pairs mountain views with top-grade facilities: two dishwashers, two Dacor® ovens, a Dacor six-burner gas cook top, a warming tray, a Sub-Zero® refrigerator, two cooler trays, granite countertops and custom cabinetry. Not enough? Outside, there’s a three-burner, 36-inch gas grill.

*Cooking on Vacation Survey 2016 by Wyndham Vacation Rentals