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Previews® Guide: Great Escapes

The holiday season is not just a time to celebrate home and family—it’s also a time to celebrate the freedom of travel. A vacation residence often provides us with a place to enjoy the ultimate luxury: time. Whether you prefer to jet off to the slopes of Lake Tahoe or sunnier locales like Hawaii, we’ve selected seven “Great Escapes” that will surely inspire you to take the time to recharge and reconnect with your loved ones this winter. Ready to escape with Previews® Inside Out? Let us be your guide to discovering your second residence . . . or even a new place to call your primary home!

Honolulu, Hawaii

There is nothing quite like a vacation in Hawaii: miles upon miles of perfect white sand beaches and swaying palms, lush green hillsides, fine restaurants and resorts. The capital city of Honolulu and Waikiki may be buzzing with activity—but they will seem worlds away from this rare private beachfront estate. Surrounded by water, a bird sanctuary and seven acres of preservation land, the 4,602-square-foot contemporary gives you and your guests (should you choose to share this secret gem with those closest to you!) spacious living areas opening to large lanais with ocean, coastal and mountain views, Koko Head to Diamond Head. You’ll feel like you’re on your own private island.

Incline Village, Nevada

When Mark Twain first viewed Lake Tahoe, he remarked, “Surely this is the finest view the world affords.” You might find yourself uttering these same words with one visit to this new 8,800-square-foot home in Nevada’s Incline Village. Set on over an acre, the mountain residence serves as your invitation into a winter wonderland, thanks to sweeping panoramic views of Lake Tahoe and snow-sprinkled trees. Six bedroom suites, seven full bathrooms and two powder rooms make it easy to house extended family during the holidays. Embrace the rustic mountain setting with seven natural stone and formal granite fireplaces, or take your favorite glass of Cabernet in the gorgeous wine cellar and tasting room. And if you’re dying to hit the slopes? You’re only a short distance away from Diamond Peak, Northstar and Heavenly.

Cabo San Lucas

There is nothing dreamier than Cabo’s windswept coastline and soft golden sands for a winter escape—and this four-bedroom, four-bath Mexican contemporary villa lures you deep into the promise of beachside bliss. Every inch of Casa de Hierro beckons you to forget your former life back home (Cabo sunsets tend to have that effect on people). Take a dip in the infinity edge pool. Make your guests feel as if they are on top of the world by the fire pit overlooking the sea. Let the indoors become outdoors, and the outdoors, indoors. Winter . . . what winter?

Kelowna, British Columbia

The largest city in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley wine region, Kelowna is beloved for its temperate winters, hot summers, wineries, championship golf courses and lakeside activities, as well as skiing and snowboarding. As for vacation residences in Kelowna, forget visions of quaint little log cabins and hot apple cider. The area has more than its fair share of contemporary masterpieces, like this award-winning architectural set right on the Okanagan lakeshore. Concrete, glass and heavy timber combine to create over 10,000 square feet of luxury. There’s nothing like waking up to your own private views of the snowcapped mountains and frozen lake from your glass-enclosed master suite.

Tuscany, Italy

Italy and its rich, vibrant culture have long been the subject of adoration in poetry, music, literature and film—so much so that composer Giuseppe Verdi famously declared, “You may have the universe if I may have Italy.” You may agree, once you lay eyes on this newly built Tuscan villa. Nestled between the hills of the Tuscan countryside and the seaside, the five-bedroom oasis is tucked away at the end of a quiet road in the port city of Capalbio, yet is a short drive to services and seven miles to the beach, a beautiful pine forest preserve national park and the islands of Isola del Giglio and Giannutri. La vita bella? Si!

Ojai, California

The Ojai Valley has long attracted artists and Hollywood starlets seeking refuge among its postcard-like hills and mature citrus and avocado grovesThis beautiful 2,727-square-foot ranch-style residence offers the epitome of the quiet Ojai lifestyle, surrounded by ponds, creeks and hiking and equestrian trails in the exclusive gated Hermitage Ranch. Here, you’ll have your own equestrian arena, stalls and pasture, plus 42 acres of income-producing avocado and citrus trees and a handsome stone terrace equipped with automated screens that open to real fresh air. Wait—is that a deer wandering through the orchards? It is . . . and the sight of him reminds you of the very reason why you are here: to connect with nature.

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona and all of its contemporary art, architecture and pleasures of the palate have a nearly hypnotic effect on those who visit its Mediterranean shores. In winter and summer, the city attracts its fair share of visitors who fall under its spell. Perhaps they’ll be equally mesmerized by this contemporary nine-bedroom luxury villa, set on a large swath of land in the exclusive residential community of Supermaresme in Sant Andreu de Llavaneres. Spacious living areas, a large master suite with his-and-her bathrooms, a gym and infinity pool opening to the most amazing views . . . it all seems like a modernista Gaudi dream, tucked behind private gates.

Which of these escapes are greatest in your mind?

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