2021 Academy Award winning movies inspire getaways to these vacation rental spots

You might be staying safe a home, catching up on Academy Award winning movies, but that doesn’t mean you can’t dream of someday traveling to cinematic places.

The clever folks at Portland-based Vacasa watched the Oscar victors and matched some of the film locations to one of the 25,000 properties the vacation rental company manages across the U.S.

Their thinking: “This past year in particular, movies have been an essential escape. We’ve … [been] transported to worlds of nomadic living, jazz riffs and historic cultural shifts. … We thought we’d take that escapism to the next level.”

Vrbo, TripAdvisor, Plum Guide, Getaway, Marriott Homes & Villas and other online travel agencies were also searched to see what’s being offered.

Before you consider a trip in the future, check Coronavirus.oregon.gov for the most current travel recommendations and best practices to avoid the spread of the coronavirus.

Each vacation rental should state its contactless, safety and disinfecting protocols to prevent COVID-19.

RV park

Miss Lottie vintage RV park.Vacasa

Miss Lottie RV park in Willow City, Texas: While Fern’s journey takes her across the highways of the American West, where she finds a true sense of community on the road, this vintage RV park in Texas Hill Country gives guests a gateway to van life with a few more amenities. You’ll have ample chances to build a rapport with fellow guests, between the retro resort’s communal fire pit, swimming pool and gas grills for group cookouts. You might even meet a road trip buddy: the Linda May to your Fern.

The Vintages Trailer Resort in Dayton in the Willamette Valley, between Dundee and historic downtown McMinnville, has 34 renovated and restored vintage trailers within the 15-acre Willamette Wine Country RV Park.

Watch desert wildlife inside a vintage Airstream caravan in Joshua Tree, California, parked 15 minutes from Joshua Tree National Park.

New Orleans

Dufossat Street in New Orleans.Vacasa

Dufossat Street in New Orleans, Louisiana: In Pixar’s latest heart-warming hit, Joe chases his dream of becoming a jazz musician and searches for life’s purpose throughout the streets of New York City. But to truly seek a “Soul”-inspired adventure, you’ll need to head to the birthplace of jazz: New Orleans. This historic vacation home puts you just off Magazine Street and a St. Charles Streetcar ride away from the syncopated rhythms and scat singing that The Big Easy made famous.

Vrbo has thousands of New Orleans getaways including We’re Jazzed You’re In Town apartment in the heart of uptown, just a few blocks from the St. Charles streetcar.

Marriott Homes & Villas offers private homes to rent in New Orleans such as a luxury Baronne Street apartment with a private rooftop deck.

Vacation rental

Grass Valley Vacation in Lake Arrowhead, CaliforniaVacasa

Grass Valley Vacation in Lake Arrowhead, California: Taking viewers back to the black-and-white days of moving pictures, “Mank” tells the story of troubled screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz as he races to finish “Citizen Kane.” The story jumps from flashbacks to the present day, but much of it takes place at a remote ranch in Victorville, California, where Mank is recovering from an accident. Though he spent most of his time under the bed’s patchwork quilt, it’s not hard to see why a quiet retreat like this one in Lake Arrowhead, just an hour away from where Mank wrote in real life, would be the ideal place to type out a masterpiece.

Oasis in the Ville–Three Bedroom Home is minutes from the Victor Valley Mall, Jess Ranch shopping, Victor Valley College and Victorville Airport.

See the 10 best Victorville vacation rentals on TripAdvisor

vacation getaway

Caroline’s Cabin on the Creek in Fredericksburg, TexasVacasa

Caroline’s Cabin on the Creek in Fredericksburg, Texas: A Civil War veteran who travels from town to town reading the news brings an orphaned child across the Texas desert in this new take on a Western classic. As they make their way to San Antonio, the sprawling landscape provides a backdrop akin to the porch view from this 150-year-old log cabin in the National Historic District of Fredericksburg. Though this cabin is close to many of the area’s attractions, the rustic charm makes it just as easy to daydream about unplugging as it is to picture a stagecoach or tumbleweed passing by.

Getaway’s Outpost in the Pacific Northwest are tiny cabins in Glenwood, Washington.

See the top 50 Oregon cabin rentals on Vrbo.


Mount Holly Home in Mount Holly, VermontVacasa

Mount Holly Home in Mount Holly, Vermont: “Sound of Metal” is about far more than music. The breakout film explores the sensation of sound through the lens of a heavy-metal drummer, Ruben, who loses his hearing. Many of the pivotal scenes take place at a rural New England farmhouse, where he wakes up early, coffee and donut in hand, to write page after page as a way to process his grief. Aside from looking like the Massachusetts home featured in the movie, this secluded vacation home could be a similarly serene place to find healing through the power of words.

See the top 50 New England cabin rentals on Vrbo


Octopus Beach DenVacasa

Octopus Beach Den in Coupeville, Washington: This visually stunning documentary follows the unique bond between a diver and an octopus in South Africa’s kelp forest. But until international travel is back on the table, you can find the giant Pacific octopus closer to home in Washington’s Puget Sound. Located on Whidbey Island, this charming beachfront vacation rental, with an octopus motif no less, will put you steps from the habitat of these graceful, intelligent creatures. Not scuba-certified and prefer to stay on land? No worries, the Seattle Aquarium is just a short ferry ride away.

See the 10 best Whidbey Island Vacation Rentals on TripAdvisor

See Top 50 Whidbey Island cabin rentals on Vrbo

— Compiled by Janet Eastman | 503-294-4072

[email protected] | @janeteastman

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