Although many, many aspects of trip-taking have changed in 2020, three of them are exemplified in the McKinley idea. One—guests are staying at properties for longer than ever before. Two—they are opting for home rentals in rural areas (Airbnb saw a 25 percent increase in remote bookings). And three: whereas once visitors were too “out-and-about” to spend quality time in their lodging of choice, now there’s not many places to go besides your temporary home. So it’s no surprise that in this pandemic age, a new trend has emerged: vacations where you can both physically, and visually, escape. Whereas location used to trump sub-par interior design, well-appointed homes like the McKinley Bungalow are suddenly the main draw.
And it’s not just in the Hamptons. Airbnb, for example, has seen a massive uptick in users renting homes for extended-stay “workcations.” One of their most popular properties for that purpose? This architecturally significant IT-House in Southern California, this mid-century modern Airstream, or this renovated, 19th-century Connecticut barn that epitomizes rustic chic style. When the company launched Airbnb Luxe last year, they double down on good design: they offer several homes, for example, by Kelly Wearstler.
In Jackson, Wyoming, acclaimed design and development group the Jackson Home Company is also addressing this new niche clientele. They are now offering some of their for-sale residential properties, whose interiors are chock full of local art and neo-Western furniture, for those seeking long-term rentals. Minimum length of stay? 30 days.
Hey, in this day and age, inside is just as important as out. If you do book a home away from home, it might as well be beautiful.