You don’t have to stalk film locations, fly across the globe or take set studio to feel like you’re part of the action. People all over the country have been inspired to design their homes in homage of their favorite films, and lucky for you, a lot of these are available for travelers to rent.
This can go one of two ways, however. You could end up in a home inspired by Alice in Wonderland with quirky and uncomfortable furniture, an oversized stuffed caterpillar, and wall décor that makes you feel like you’re dizzily falling down a rabbit hole. Or, if you choose wisely, you can end up in a tastefully designed home that channels Oscar-nominated films like Brooklyn and Inside Out.
If you’d prefer the latter (we have a feeling most of you will), click through our gallery of vacation homes inspired by 2016 Oscar-nominated films. Find these homes and more on vacation rental website, Vacasa.
Maggie Parker is Paste Magazine’s assistant travel editor.
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The Ellody in Washougal, Washington inspired by Brooklyn: While Brooklyn is the obvious choice of destination if you want to truly understand the film of the same name (nominated for Best Picture, Best Actress, and Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay), it will be hard to find a boarding house these days. Hostels are the closest thing, and it's safe to say that those do not resemble the homes in Brooklyn at all. The film about an immigrant in 1950s Brooklyn features a boarding house much like this one in Washougal, Washington. With patterned wallpaper and a gramophone, The Ellody's colorful, floral and romantic yet simultaneously sensible look was inspired by Elilis' boarding house, but in a less gray and gritty setting.
Photos courtesy of Vacasa and Fox Searchlight
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The Royal Rose Cottage in Cannon Beach, Oregon inspired by The Danish Girl: Without traveling back in time and to Europe, it will be hard to find a getaway reminiscent of the early 20th century artist scene depicted in The Danish Girl (nominated for Best Actor, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Costume Design, and Best Production Design), about the marriage between Danish artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener as they navigate Elbe's groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer. But, The Royal Rose Cottage in Cannon Beach comes close. This romantic home is decked out in Victorian-style furnishings and vintage fabrics inspired by Elbe's luxurious sense of style.
Photos courtesy of Vacasa and Focus Features
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Starry Starry Night in Depoe Bay, Oregon inspired by Inside Out: In Inside Out (Best Original Screenplay and Best Animated Feature Film nominee), Riley and her parents move into a San Francisco house much like this multilevel family home Depoe Bay, Oregon. The colorful vibes—thanks to peach walls, blue carpeting and a yellow exterior—will remind you of Riley's equally colorful personality traits—Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger, and Disgust. The only difference is that this house is steps away from the beach.
Photos courtesy of Vacasa and Walt Disney Pictures
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Deer Crossing Cabin in McCall, Idaho inspired by The Revenant: We're pretty sure none of you actually want to stay where Leonardo DiCaprio's character stayed in The Revenant, that would require gutting a horse and curling up inside it. However, you can channel his ruggedness a little in this Idaho home filled with moose and bear-themed décor including an end table with two bears for table legs. If you turn down the heat in the winter (not too low, let's not get crazy), this log cabin tucked into a pine forest kind of sort of feels like that heat-lodge made from branches Leo slept in--plus some working appliances, food, water, and the fact that you're not dying.
Photos courtesy of Vacasa and 20th Century Fox/Getty Images