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According to the American Camp Association, sleepaway camps run the gamut from just under $100 to more than $1,500 a week. But what if you decide to roll that cost into a summer rental instead? (Fun for everyone, we say!) Here, five two-week vacation rental options available for about the same price as two weeks at camp. For the sake of this exercise, and this being ever-spendy NYC, we're going with the ACA's $1,500 a week option. As of press time, these listings all had two-week openings in August. Behold, your last-minute getaways:
Walking distance to the village's Main Street, this two-bedroom, one-bath in Woodstock, New York comes with linens and towels, plus a tuned piano (for musicians—grown-ups and kids alike—who still need practice time while away). Airbnb, $227 a night for two weeks, plus cleaning fee and service fee.
A two-bedroom, one-bath cottage in a beachside community in the North Fork's Baiting Hollow section is just what you need to recharge, away from the scorching sidewalks and stuffy subways of the city. An outdoor shower makes cleanup hassle-free, and an expansive deck makes al fresco dining a must. Vrbo.com, $2790 for 14 nights, plus security fee and cleaning fee for mid-August.
This Phoenicia, New York house has two bedrooms and one-and-a-half baths, sits on two acres, and is equipped with all sorts of mod-cons, like wifi and cable TV. Fishing enthusiasts, heads up: A trout stream is a literal stone's throw away. Airbnb, $193 a night for two weeks, plus service fee.
You'll be unplugging in the Outer Banks' 4-by-4 country if you book this shingled two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath in the neighborhood of Swan Lake, which means wild-horse spotting will come easy. (As its name suggests, you're going to need an all-wheel drive vehicle to access this idyll.) Dogs are welcome (but no cats; however, per news reports, shark attacks have been reported more than usual in North Carolina this season, too, though not in this area.) Twiddy & Company, $1525 a week in mid-August