When it comes to finding Washington vacation rentals for your summer road trip, there are some important criteria to consider. Not too far of a drive? Check. Big enough to fit a family? You bet. But the most important question of all has got to be, “does it have a pool?” For many families, it doesn’t matter where they stay as long as there is a pool. Shoot, you could go out to the middle of nowhere, but if there is a pool, your kids will be happy for hours. So go ahead. Dive in and see if one fits the bill for your fam.

Mosey in Moses Lake

We absolutely love this luxury guesthouse located in Moses Lake perfect for a family of five. In addition to the spacious guesthouse, you’ll also enjoy the amazing outdoor pool and hot tub that is surrounded by comfy lounge furniture, barbecue and picnic table. Your family will love the onsite baseball batting cage with pitching machine, swingset, pickleball and basketball too.

Sleeps: 5
Cost: $260/night
Online: airbnb.com

Olympic Equestrian Estate

You’ll have the whole farm to yourself in this wonderful Olympia estate. The five bedroom home offers an animal sanctuary, horses to ride, walking trails and a large pool. The pool is not heated, so you might want to warm up in the adjoining hot tub. In the barn you’ll find a foosball table, air hockey, a karaoke machine and even a piano. With ten beds and room to sleep up to 16 people, you can bring the whole extended family! We love the fact that this place is just minutes away from Puget Sound beaches.

Sleeps: 16
Cost: $504/night
Online: airbnb.com

Party in Puyallup

Originally built in 1933, this unique retreat is actually home to Cockrell Hard Ciders, where your kids can enjoy the quietness of farm life while you visit the onsite tasting room! The large home features three bedrooms (each with a queen-sized bed), two-and-a-half bathrooms, fully stocked kitchen and a super comfortable living room. The unheated pool might be a bit chilly, but you can warm up on the lounge chairs sitting around it. Cheers!

Sleeps: 6
Cost: $300/night
Online: airbnb.com

Pleasant Peshastin

Located close enough to Leavenworth to quickly get to all of the fun festivities there, but far enough away that you’ll feel like you have the whole mountainside to yourself, this hilltop chalet offers breathtaking views of the Cascade Mountain while you splash around the heated outdoor pool. There’s even a hot tub to warm up on chilly nights. Inside you’ll find four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a spacious living room and fully equipped kitchen. Your family will enjoy movie nights with surround sound. We especially love the heated floors in the master and guest rooms.

Sleeps: 6
Cost: $307/night
Online: airbnb.com

A Blaine Retreat

What an amazing place! That’s pretty much all we can say about this beautiful home located on Semiahmoo Bay. With its four bedrooms and three bathrooms, there is room for up to a dozen people to spread out in this luxurious, recently remodeled place. You’ll also find a library, a gym and a living room with a cozy fireplace. We especially love the outdoor deck overlooking the bay and the hanging hammocks that sit near the pool. Relaxing at its best.

Sleeps: 12
Cost: $416/night
Online: airbnb.com

Merry in Manson

Located just eights minutes away from Lake Chelan, Manson sits among the many vineyards and apple orchards and this is where you’ll find this secluded home. The fully fenced backyard offers a private pool, firepit, gas barbecue and a picnic table over a sandpit. Inside, in addition to the master bedroom, there are two other bedrooms (with a loft bed and bunk beds) and two bathrooms. The perfect summer getaway!

Sleeps: 5
Cost: $250/night
Online: airbnb.com

Loving Leavenworth

Who doesn’t love the Bavarian town of Leavenworth? With tons of shops and things to do, it’s a hit with everyone and there really isn’t a bad time to visit, although if you are not a fan of crowds you’ll want to avoid staying during the weekend. Even so, we found a perfect space that is just far enough from downtown (about 10 minutes) that you’ll feel as if you’re away from it all. This 4,000 square foot with “Gemini Lodge” sits on 12 private acres. The three levels feature four bedrooms and three bathrooms, an amazing kitchen and a dining room with French doors that lead out to the wrap around deck with a view of the mountains. Play in the pool, soak in the hot tub and enjoy an outdoor barbecue when the day is done. This log cabin also features a spiral staircase, a beautiful fireplace, flat screen TV and even a foosball table upstairs.

Sleeps: 12
Cost: $554/night
Online: airbnb.com

A Wenatchee Weekend

It’s only a two and-a-half-hour drive to East Wenatchee from Seattle (on a good day) where you’ll find this pleasant home tucked away in a quiet neighborhood on the Fancher Plateau. Outside sits the private pool and hot tub with lounge chairs located under a beautiful covering to keep the sun out of your eyes. Inside the three-bedroom home (with three bathrooms too!) you’ll find a ping pong table, a Nintendo Switch and lots of board games to keep you busy. We especially like the fact that the owners also offer a selection of books and toys.

Sleeps: 8
Cost: $368/night
Online: airbnb.com

Live Like a King in Kingston

Just a short ferry boat ride will get you to this home away from home, but you’ll feel as if you’re a lot farther away. This Victorian-styled home (with three bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms) is located at the end of a dead end street, so your kids can make as much noise as they want in the pool and practically nobody will hear them! And you won’t care either since you’ll be engrossed looking out at the fantastic view of Port Gamble Bay from one of the house’s two balconies. After everyone dries off, roast s'mores over the fire pit and watch the sunset. We love that the living room is set up for “movie night” and there is a game room with a vintage, tabletop video game. The only downside here is that the pool is heated by a solar cover only, so it could get a bit chilly outside of July or August.

Sleeps: 8
Cost: $217/night
Online: airbnb.com

Walla Walla Wonderful

Not that your kids will care, but Walla Walla was voted the Best Wine Town by Sunset Magazine in 2018, and we found the perfect house to match that can be found less than a mile from a variety of wineries and restaurants. This amazing 1906 Craftsman home has been fully restored with five bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, a gourmet kitchen, two living rooms and wraparound porch in addition to the fenced swimming pool complete with lounge chairs. We also like this house has air conditioning and a banquet-style dining table to share meals.

Sleeps: 10 
Cost: $533/night
Online: airbnb.com

—Jeffrey Totey

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