Scrambling to plan the perfect last-minute Independence Day weekend getaway? Look no further than Aqua Meadowlark House in New Buffalo. The 5-bedroom, 5-bath home sleeps fifteen comfortably, so bring the whole family (even that one weird uncle with the Hawaiian shirts). Aqua Meadowlark has an in-ground pool, fully equipped chef's kitchen, a fireplace (it might get nippy!), not to mention a pool table, screened-in porch and backyard fire pit.
Just ten minutes from glorious Lake Michigan beaches and the restaurants and shops in downtown New Buffalo, the house even welcomes four-legged friends (there's a dog run!). If days at the beach or poolside aren't your thing, there's a casino nearby where you might recoup some of the rental cost. $779 a night ain't cheap, but just think of the amazing family memories you'll make. Or about splitting the cost with fourteen other single people and pleading allergies or lady troubles to get out of the family barbecue. - Rebecca Golden