Eighty-degree temperatures are back in the forecast again for Portland, and summer’s still got plenty of juice left. So what’s a city kid to do when ice cream and fans just aren’t cutting it anymore?
To beat the heat, nothing beats a dip in a nice, cold pool, but hours are still limited for our beloved public pools, thanks in part to a nationwide lifeguard shortage. But if you’re in the mood to splurge and have a vacation on the books, or even a long weekend, consider these five vacation rentals in and around Portland that come with the ultimate summer amenity: A pool of one’s own.
2 beds, 2.5 baths // $339 per night
Find this serene space just 45 minutes away (with no traffic) in McMinnville. In addition to the stunning views, the spa-worthy pool comes with its own sauna area. The whole space radiates relaxation. The added pool table, media room, and explorable acreage filled with trees makes this destination perfect for a whole family, even the dog. (Or, leave the kids at home and go wine-tasting when you’re done with all that swimming.)
1 bed, 1 bath // $109 per night
This cozy, newly renovated studio is attached to a beautiful courtyard space and an even more beautiful pool. This is the perfect weekend getaway for two, with a queen bed and large shower to share. Being in the Roseway neighborhood means you’ll have easy access to great restaurants and be within a short drive away from Mount Tabor Park. A steal at this price!
2 beds, 2 baths // $405 per night
Don’t let the farmhouse feel fool you. This recently remodeled guest suite in Clackamas is full of luxe touches including an indoor fireplace, full kitchen, and a beautiful soaking pool available for (shared) use right outside the back door. There’s even a fully equipped patio with plenty of super-comfortable seating.
2 beds, 1 bath // $132 per night
This basement apartment is truly a treat and is a great staycation location for families. Along with access to the property’s pool, guests can take advantage of the backyard sauna, lending an oasis vibe to your stay. With a kitchenette and small table, you never need to leave the unit or pool, or you can head over and explore the nearby Alberta Arts and Mississippi neighborhoods. For a peaceful stroll in one of Portland’s best gardens, the Grotto isn't far away.
4 beds, 3.5 baths // $1,000 per night
If you’re looking for a private getaway with a crew of friends or family, then this 5.5-acre property in Brush Prairie is perfect for you. The grassy yards and large pool deck is perfect for tossing a frisbee or throwing a ball to the dog; others might relax in the hot tub or by the pool. Cooking for a large group is easy in the massive kitchen, where you can cook fresh picked veggies straight from the garden on site.