On a surface level, it might seem like going on vacation changes a lot when you have young kids, but Kid & Coe founder Zoie Kingsbery Coe says that doesn't have to be the case. "Before kids, it's about good wine, good food, fun with friends, and late nights out. After kids, it's about good wine, good food, fun with friends, and more late nights in," she says. "It's not that different, but it's certainly less spontaneous."
That's why planning is crucial. The mom of two started family vacation rental website Kid & Coe to streamline this step. Her team searches for the best family-friendly properties in the world and lists them with handy information for parents, including whether it's suitable for young kids and destination tips. "We take the time to detail the listings closely so you know what you're booking and can see if it's going to work for your kids, rather than just have a 'family-friendly' checkbox," she says.
Craving a break from routine? Browse these 11 family summer vacation ideas direct from Kid & Coe.
Stay in a Modern Farmhouse Near Napa Valley
There's something for parents and kids at this modern farmhouse-style rental in Marin County. It's located in Mill Valley, which is under an hour from Napa and close to scenic hiking trails. The house itself is equipped with a home gym, a family-size dining area, and comes with plenty of toys and books for kids under six.
Feel Like Royalty in a Renovated Palace in Portugal
There's a reason guests at The Casa Junqueira Residence feel like royalty. The estate is a renovated 18th-century palace, and the interior design is stunning. Picture vintage tiled floors, incredible modern art, a wood-paneled dining room, and blue-and-white tile facade. It's also equipped for young children with a travel cot, a high chair, and books available on request. Lisbon is just 10 minutes away.
Breathe in Fresh Sea Air From a Beach House in Florida
Not quite prepared to brave a long-haul flight? Opt for The Eldorado Avenue Residence in Clearwater, Florida. The stunning luxury beach house has an open-plan layout, so parents can keep an eye on their kids. It's steps from the beach and includes toys, bunk beds, and bicycles for children.
Sleep in a Luxury Treehouse in New Zealand
A true family bucket list vacation, The Hapuku Lodge in Kaikoura, New Zealand, ticks all the boxes. The luxury treehouses sit at the base of Kaikoura Seaward Mountain Range and have a ton of activities within reach. Explore the rugged coastline, pick olives on the farm, go deer watching, or chill out in the stunning wood-clad lodges.
Cozy up in a Safari Tent in the South of France
These luxury tents might look like they belong on an African reserve, but they're actually nestled in the French countryside. Tents can sleep up to five children and are surprisingly spacious. Older kids can build a woodland den or play on tree swings, while younger children can play in a sandbox and spot the dwarf goat pets on the property.
Watch the Waves Roll in From a Secluded Retreat in South Africa
It doesn't get more luxurious than this. The Beach House in Saint Helena Bay, South Africa, comes complete with a resident butler and has a private boardwalk down to the beach. The butler can take care of all kitchen and dining duties, leaving you and your family free to dip in the pool, walk along the beach, and play snooker in the games room.
Have a BBQ on the Deck in a Quirky Home in Portland
This quirky, personality-packed home in Portland, Oregon, is the perfect long weekend escape. Have a barbecue on the large central deck, soak in the big tub, or venture 10 minutes away to explore Forest Park with the kids.
Live Out Your New England Dreams in Cape Cod
Escape the bustle of city life and stay at this beachy, shingle-clad home in Barnstable, Cape Cod. The two-bedroom cottage is steps away from a saltwater marsh and one block from the Millway Marina, making it the ideal base for boat trips.
Live la Dolce Vita in a Historic Lakeside Villa in Italy
It doesn't get dreamier than this. The Villa Orsi is a stunning Italian mansion in Lake Maggiore, boasting incredibly manicured gardens, historic living areas, and a luxury outdoor pool with sun loungers. With six bedrooms, it's the ideal place to book with friends and family.
Escape Bustling City Life in a Rustic Retreat in Upstate New York
City dwellers can escape New York City to this quaint River Street Residence in Hudson Valley. The three-bedroom home is decorated with old-world charm and has tons of character. There's a wood-burning fireplace to enjoy in winter and a light-drenched deck for long summer evenings.
Chill Out in a Converted Shipping Container Home in Colorado
A unique stay, The Wyandot Street Residence is fashioned from a converted shipping container. Spanning 3000 square feet, the five-bedroom home has tons of open-plan rooms and spaces for the kids to enjoy. Located in North Denver, it's a good base to explore the mountains and city without long drives.