Are you rewatching all of the Lord of the Rings movies, plus The Hobbit, in anticipation of the release of The Rings of Power on Prime? Same. It is actually hours and hours of my life at this point. If you want to feel a bit more immersed in the LOTR universe but aren’t planning a trip to New Zealand anytime soon, there’s still a way for you to feel transported to the Shire.
Here are 11 vacation rentals around the world that can give you the otherworldly sensation.
An outdoor adventure in East Sussex, UK
You and three others can be nestled in the heart of Rother Valley, in the Oastbrook Vineyard. Nearby is Bodiam Castle, completing the sensation of being in an entirely different realm. Book for $382 per night.
A remote night in Trout Creek, Montana
Called the “Shire of Montana” this swath of remote Northeast Montana will make you feel like you’re in the midst of a charmed village in Middle Earth. Book for $595 per night.
An inspired Hobbit home in Ariege, France
This cottage was actually inspired by the Hobbit homes in the trilogy. Located in Southern France, this is a complete cottage experience with the added luxury of an outdoor swimming pool. Book for $105 per night.
An underground spa in Dordogne, France
If you would have avoided all those battles and that ring drama, this is the LOTR cottage for you. This semi buried home has plexiglass ceilings and a secret spa. Book for $268 per night.
An intimate half house in Charlevoix, Michigan
This cottage has a view of Lake Michigan, a nearby lighthouse, and a porch where you can watch the sunset. It’s Middle Earth meets cozy weekend. Book for $195 per night.
A romantic cottage in Fairview, Texas
This is a little cottage tucked away but still close enough to nearby towns that it will be easy to get to. Plus, all the furniture is handmade! Book for $175 per night.
Luxury meets fantasy in Johnson City, Tennessee
This is way more luxurious than anything in Middle Earth, but it has a little bit of a Mordor vibe with a cliff and an overlook of a rock quarry pond. Book for $175 per night.
A cottage with creature comforts in Shenandoah, Virginia
This has all the aesthetics of a mystical cottage with the advanced tech of the modern world. Surround sound, a hot tub, and an outdoor grill all mean that you can feel transported to a different time but still feel relaxed. Book for $259 per night.
A deep forest retreat in Bastrop, Texas
Tucked in the Lost Pines Forest is a glamping spot with views of treetop laden sunsets. There’s even an outdoor shower to complete the “at one with nature” sensation. Book for $250 per night.
A riverside treehouse in Weatherford, Texas
Located on the banks of the Brazos River, this treehouse is isolated and big enough for the whole family. There’s a nearby waterfall and an actual place called Fairy Forest. Book for $415 per night.
A dome line with stone walls in Brive-la-Gaillarge, France
This home is called Le Dôme, and the property is lined with stone walls, while the living room has a half moon shape that will make you feel as if your are about to start your own perilous journey. Book for $307 per night.
Even if you can’t book a stay right now, you can at least bookmark your favorite locations for fantasies later.
Mexican restaurant chain Mad Mex has dropped a new protein, and it’s one of the most popular street foods in Mexico.
Enter, Chicken Al Pastor. It’s traditionally made with pork and grilled on a spinning rotisserie with a pineapple sitting a top, but Mad Mex has put its own spin on it, serving chicken bathed in an Al Pastor marinade with a touch of juicy pineapple.
You can order the protein-packed filling in your favourite burrito, bowl, quesadilla, nachos, or in a taco.
As always, these things are here for a good time, not a long time. Pop into your local Mad Mex restaurant, order delivery or through the Mad Mex app today.