I’m a little late to the game, but I stayed in my first vacation rentals earlier this year, and it feels like a whole new world of travel has opened up to me. Especially when traveling with friends and kids, the ability to spread out in different rooms, hang out in our own outdoor space, and most of all, cook meals at the house simplifies a trip and often adds a whole new element of fun.
On last week’s trip to Malibu, we stayed in an awesome HomeAway rental with a massive deck right on the beach, so basically… we never wanted to leave. Between our family and the friends we were traveling with, there were four kids between the ages of 2 and 7, so being able to wake up and make breakfast for the gang, plus whip up snacks and early dinners for the babes, made things so relaxed. Since meal prep at a vacation rental does take some planning, I thought it would be helpful to share a weekend menu with breakfast, lunch, and dinner ideas for feeding a crowd. And yes, we’re providing a master shopping list, too, ’cause we know you guys love those.
Keep scrolling for a peek at my favorite night of the trip when we grilled a steak and summer vegetable feast for dinner, plus all my tips for stocking a vacation rental with everything you need for a weekend’s worth of delicious meals.
photos: Claire Huntsberger