Nothing says college football fans more about the post-pandemic college football season than heading out to meet their favorite college football teams. Vrbo is on board and recently unveiled the best fan caves – unique vacation homes that immerse superfans in team spirit and lore.
According to Vrbo, the appetite for sports travel is booming. In a recent press release, the travel rental company announced that its demand for vacation rentals across the country in several major college cities has more than doubled since 2019. For fans who travel in packs, Vrbo has compiled this data to compile a list of popular private homes that scream school spirit. Whether it’s B1G or SEC, Big 12 or Pac-12, or any other conference country, these Vrbos are ideal for families or groups of friends to stick together and use as a home base on game weekends.
Be it the Tiger Lover’s Cottage in Clemson, South Carolina, the contemporary Notre Dame retreat in South Bend, or the Duck Den in Eugene, Oregon, fans can gather around TV screens or use these retreats as a home base for wild weekends.
The Oregon House
The UOregon blog informs us that the university adopted its first nickname, Webfeet, to offend the people who live in the wet, waterlogged Willamette Valley. That spirit still lives on in Eugene today, where “it never rains at Autzen Stadium”.
This home in TrackTown is “fit for a world record holder.” Inside, Ducks memorabilia abound, paying tribute to Eugene’s rich racing roots alongside former Duck athletes of all stripes.
This unique opportunity to revel in the University of Oregon’s past and present was customized by current Oregon athletes, and you’ll be able to recognize: the decor, the sports gear that matches players’ playlists, the snacks of favorite athletes, and more to find more inside. The icing on the cake? An immersive Duck experience as a welcome gift for guests.
VA Tech Hokie house
The “Hokie” originated not as a name for a turkey, but as a cheer for gobblers in the early 20th century. The mascot’s name was finally officially changed in 1978. You can explore this lore and more at the VA Tech Hokie House.
Charming mid-century Cape Cod blends old-school warmth with modern convenience in the center of Blacksburg’s college community. A 10-minute walk from Lane Stadium and a 15-minute walk from downtown, the Hokie House offers a hub for Hokie gameday activities, access to the city’s downtown area, a 50-foot deck, and two outdoor grills overlooking a large backyard , perfect for a halftime round of touch football.
Inside, it’s Hokie Heaven with games, couches and beds galore, sleeping up to ten rabid turkey fans.
Pig Sooie Porch
For those who don’t know, “Woo Pig Sooie!” is the classic University of Arkansas cheer. The “hog call” shouted at Razorback sporting events is a U-of-A tradition that dates back to the 1920’s.
For hog lovers, this location can serve as a shangri-la for game day weekends. Sit back with your best friends and family members on a comfortable sofa. Sing along with the UA battle song while watching the Razorbacks on a 75-inch Smart TV. A large kitchen island and kitchen bar provide ample space for a fully equipped kitchen where pilgrims can assemble the finest football kits.
Step out onto the two-story front porch for unbeatable views of Razorback Football Stadium. Adventures await on campus or when rebuilding in the yard. At the end of the day, the huge house sleeps 15 people spread over six luxurious bedrooms.
The tiger lover’s dream cottage
Die-hard Clemson fans will know her cheerleaders pay tribute to IPTAY with a “Tiger Rag” on her left wrist. This stands for “I pay ten a year” and is one of the oldest and most successful sports support organizations for students/alumni in the country.
Big Tiger fans can see for themselves with a pilgrimage to Clemson’s Memorial Stadium. You can complete the ultimate gaming weekend at Tiger Lover’s Dream Cottage. This quaint 500 square foot cottage features purple and orange painted furniture to match the Clemson decor. This location sleeps four and has all the classic Clemson souvenirs and memories fans need to immerse themselves in a great weekend in Tiger Country.
Located in the famous Patrick Square neighborhood, restaurants like Rick Erwin’s, Joe’s New York Pizza and the Sunny Side Cafe are just a few blocks away.
Modern getaway to Notre Dame
in the Rudi, the film commemorating Notre Dame Football Walk-on Rudy Rüttiger, we see Notre Dame teammates exit an iconic stairwell in the early 1970s, hands raised to smash the “Play Like a Champion Today” sign. This is historically completely inaccurate. Instead, the poster was put up by manager Lou Holtz in 1986 to restore the energy and legacy of Irish football. The motivational sign still marks one of the country’s strongest football traditions.
Those returning to sacred South Bend to see champions at play will find cozy accommodations at the Modern Notre Dame Getaway. Remodeled in 2018, the home is a sprawling ranch that extends from a gleaming open-concept kitchen and dining room, a wide living room for catching the game, and plenty more room to spread out. With three bedrooms upstairs and a finished basement offering three more sofas and three more beds, the space can accommodate a crew of up to 12 people.
Located in Wooded Estates, the retreat is just a short walk from the leafy, tree-lined classic campus.
Don’t see your team’s hometown listed? This is just a preview of what Vrbo offers for college cities. Whether it’s Pasadena, Madison, Orono, or Honolulu, there’s bound to be a plethora of places for your friends and family to stay while traveling back to the college roots.