Let's face facts: There are only so many times you can enjoy the Poconos as a vacation getaway. Same with the so-called Swiss village of Jim Thorpe, the knick-knack-filled New Hope—even beautiful Bucks County on a snowy weekend loses its luster after a while. Sometimes you just have to get away from Pennsylvania altogether.
So here's the plan. Tell everyone you're going to the islands for the holidays. Tell them you're going anywhere sufficiently far away that you can't afford to bring your cell phone for fear of international data and minutes accruing. Then hit one of these rentals—all within a few hours of Philadelphia—and soak in the solitude.—Shannon RooneyRead More