Our Vacation Home Week celebration on CandysDirt.com was such an amazing success. We got to feature incredible second homes and developments in some of our favorite locations. Luxury amenities and gorgeous design, each one of these homes has just what you want for a getaway and then some! And boy, let me tell you about location! Let’s run through our fabulous featured second home spots from Vacation Home Week!

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I found myself dreaming of being inside a cozy lodge, next to a fire, watching fresh snow fall outside. Immediately I decided to see if I could find the perfect ski cabin in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Here’s my top-5 list for this incredible winter destination!

1) Singing Trees

Singing Trees

I dare you not to fall in love with this incredible log home dubbed “Singing Trees.” Shaped by Gerry Spence, this amazing eight-bedroom, seven full and five half bath home has all the rustic touches you’d imagine — stone accents, antler chandeliers, Native American-style textiles, and oodles of leather — all designed to resemble the magnificent lodges built inside national parks during the 1920s. It’s listed for $18.9 million.

2) 8910 N. Deland Dr.

8910 N. Deland Dr.

A luxurious Jackson Hole estate, indeed. With six bedrooms, eight full baths and more than 13 acres, this gorgeous compound, complete with aerated pond, is a retreat that will dazzle anyone. Views of the Tetons and plenty of room for guests, this home is listed for $13.9 million.

3) Gorgeous Snake River Ranch Estate

Snake River Estate

Doesn’t that look like the perfect Christmas? Snow outside, stockings hung by the chimney, and I bet this Dutch colonial revival is super cozy when the fire is roaring. Located on the Snake River in one of the most scenic areas of Jackson Hole is this amazing 52-acre ranch. Just lovely! It’s on the market for $11.5 million.

4) Wild By Nature

Wild By Nature

Here’s another classic Jackson Hole lodge, dubbed “Wild By Nature.” This home has stone fireplaces, antler chandeliers, and decor that looks like any one of the well-curated showrooms at Anteks. It’s more modest, though, with five bedrooms, five full baths and three half baths. It’s on the market for $10.75 million.

5) Triple Creek Ranch

Triple Creek Ranch

Rounding out my top-5 Jackson Hole lodges is Triple Creek Ranch, a stunning and utterly classic log home that overlooks a placid creek and is hidden by trees and mountains. Beautiful and absolutely cozy inside, with picturesque views outside. Price is hush, hush, though, for this four-bedroom, four full and one half bath abode.

No. 3 Wailapa Road

What kind of nuts are we talking about, Jodi? Macadamia nuts? Brazil nuts? Definitely not peanuts, as you won’t find any vacation homes worth their salt going for that. Sure, the second home market is super hot, but let’s not get too carried away — slow growth is sustainable growth, and that’s what many economists are seeing in the vacation home market.

What I do like about Jodi Helmer’s piece in the Huffington Post is the four essential pieces of advice for vacation home shoppers (although I don’t necessarily agree with the fourth):

1) Location is king

2) Make sure its a viable rental

3) Make sure you see the real bottom line (maintenance and taxes) before signing on it

4) Before you make a bid, sleep on it

The fourth piece of advice is kind of problematic because, just like buying any property, someone else might want it more than you and if you follow Jodi’s rule and always sleep on it, well, you can lose out.

What do you think?

Ski season is almost over, but don’t let that keep you from daydreaming about the perfect ski chalet in Park City, Utah’s Deer Valley. Known as the best place to buy a luxury ski home, this area is full of multi million-dollar beauties that will make you bat your eyelashes. And, of course, you’ll have plenty to do with the annual Sundance Film Festival, too. Here are a few of our favorites that will be perfect to host a gaggle of snow bunnies for the perfect apres ski!

1) Amazing Canyons Ski Retreat

This home is so high end that the listing doesn’t even have an address. Located in the Canyons, this amazing chalet has nine bedrooms and 15 bathrooms over more than 15,000 square feet in an amazing 5-acre setting. This family legacy estate feels almost like a compound, really, with a courtyard around which several buildings circle. Listed for a whopping $26.2 million, you’d expect this home to have an amazing hot tub. Surprise, surprise: it does. (Fisher Group/Summit Sotheby’s International)

2. Empire Pass Chalet

I am in love with this place. You get a classic chalet profile on the exterior of this Red Cloud luxury ski home, but inside everything feels so modern. The master bath has an amazing infinity edge, allowing you to submerge your whole body while you admire the mountains outside. Listed for $13.5 million, 8 Ruby Hollow is my dream ski home! (Jess Reid Real Estate)

3. Contemporary Park Meadows With Huge Glass Wall

And now for something completely different. This Park Meadows contemporary ski home  has an amazing wall of windows for some of the best views in the Mountain Top subdivision. I love the attention to detail and how completely different this home feels from the multitude of listings that imitate a traditional ski chalet. Listed for just $4.5 million, it’s pretty affordable as far as Park City luxury properties go. (Prudential Park City)

4. Jordanelle Ski Run

Views? This property has them. From this home you can see both the Jordanelle River and Park City proper in the distance. It’s very private, too, with neighbors out of viewing distance on three sides. It’s on the market for $8.495 million. (Summit Sotheby’s International)

5. Creme de la creme of Park City

Indoor pool? Check. Antler chandeliers? Check. $44 million views? Check. This home, which happens to be constructed from logs reclaimed from Yellowstone National Park, is the most luxurious Park City ski home on the market. It has 12 bedrooms and 16 baths on more than 60 acres. The owner is willing to subdivide the Upper Deer Valley property, or you can keep it all for a very private compound. (Summit Sotheby’s International)