10 Off-the-Beaten-Path (and Way-Dreamy) Vacation Homes

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Out in the middle of nowhere is a bit of an understatement when it comes to these 10 drop-dead gorgeous vacation homes for sale. Whether high up in the mountains, nestled along the ocean's edge or perched atop a canyon in the desert, these estates are the kinds of places where someone who's super-stressed (aren't we all?) could get away from it all, relax, recharge and commune with nature. Daydreaming? Seriously in the market for a second home? Either way, you'll love this collection of secluded getaways.

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Cranberry Isles, Maine

This clapboard cottage, located on Bunker Neck, comes with over six acres of land and boasts views of both Mount Desert Island and the Mountains of Acadia National Park. Wait … did you hear that pin drop? Yep, this place is the epitome of seclusion.

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New Castle, New Hampshire

If you love the forlorn sound of a foghorn, this place is for you. Designed in 1883 by famed Boston architect Edmund M. Wheelwright for writer Edmund C. Stedman, this compound-like estate comes with 500 feet of coastline and offers views of islands, lighthouses and all the maritime traffic that might gracefully glide by.

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Stacksboro, Vermont

Over 17 acres of open pasture, woods and wetlands surround this post-and-beam saltbox. Enjoy fly fishing? This place is bordered by a brook and includes its own spring-fed pond. Enjoy sunbathing? The home comes with an in-ground pool and patio. And no peeping eyes. This place is (if you can't tell by the above photo) OUT THERE.

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Inlet, New York

A circa-1928 cottage, which sits atop its own island, which itself is located in the middle of Sixth Lake, which is part of the famed Adirondack Park: This sweet little homestead could serve as the poster child for vacation getaways. Extroverts, fear not: The island is only a minute’s boat ride away from the mainland, where all the typical amenities (restaurants, shops, activities) await.

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Kiawah Island, South Carolina

Your backyard is — simply put — some of the most stunning marshland on the East Coast. And you can enjoy views of the marshes and Kiawah River from 520 square feet of your very own deck space. Interiors have been fully renovated to accommodate house guests – wine fridge (check), whole-house music system (check). And after a day spent kayaking or hanging on the beach, that outdoor shower will sure come in handy.

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Piney Point, Maryland

This secluded Cape Cod-style home is located on Southern Maryland’s St. George Island, a small unincorporated community that is connected to the mainland by a small bridge. This recently constructed home sits on 3.5 acres of completely private land and offers breathtaking views of both the Potomac River and St. Mary’s River.

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Manchester, California

This stunning Victorian, built in 1904, is surrounded by 92 acres of the most exquisite oceanfront property in Mendocino County. Formerly a luxury inn that offered one of the first farm-to-table dining experiences in Northern California, this estate features four bedrooms, an outbuilding that includes a wine gallery and intimate dining area and gardens ... GALORE.

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Sedona, Arizona

Only a 10-minute drive from West Sedona, but worlds away, this sprawling estate sits on 5+ acres of land, traversed by one-half mile of Oak Creek. A covered deck offers unobstructed views of the Red Rocks — imagine the sunsets! Inside, one will find everything a millionaire needs: an outdoor kitchen, a climate-controlled bottle cellar, a fitness center, a lap pool and more.

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Bigfork, Montana

There’s so much to say about this special place. First off, you’re a hop, skip and jump away from Glacier National Park, Flathead Lake, Whitefish Resort, Blacktail Ski Resort, Jewel Basin Hiking area, Swan Lake and Bob Marshall Wilderness. And the home itself? This post-and-beam structure boasts a 1700-square-foot wraparound deck, so you can enjoy views of the mountains and lakes and dine al fresco by day and star-gaze at night. The 20-acre property is nothing but secluded forest so you can hike to your heart’s delight.

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Pagosa Springs, Colorado

If you really don’t want to see people for weeks at a time, you may consider this estate the home of your dreams. The 1900-square-foot Victorian-style home boasts views of the North Range and Pagosa Peak and comes with … wait for it … 535 acres of land on BOTH sides of the San Juan River. Oh, and did we mention the 6,000-square-foot restored historic barn? Yeah, that too.