Vacation Homes Designed by Famous Architects

Do you have a passion for architecture? Live and breathe in a true architect’s paradise! The listings below are designed by some of America’s most well-known architects. Why not spend your vacation a little more uniquely?


  1. Venice Beach, California: Architectural Gem & Guesthouse Near Canals Beach


Designed by mid-century modernist John Porter, this 4 bed 3 bath property encompasses vaulted wood ceilings and plenty of skylights. The unit is complete with a private deck perfect for al fresco dining overlooking a tropical garden. Rent both the main house and guesthouse or do so separately.


  1. Sandpoint, Idaho: The Point at Sandpoint Gorgeous 360’ Waterfront

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This 12 sleeper was designed by well-known architect, Jon Sayler, to reflect the natural beauty of the area, including separate pavilions. Cedar, pine, hickory, granite, slate and large stones throughout resemble the relationship between the Kootenai and Pend Oreille Native Americans. Some of the rental’s key features include the river stone “dry stack” fireplace and the gourmet kitchen consisting of a “u” shaped alder bar and views of the lake.


  1. Santa Barbara, California: Ravenscroft Estate Pool, Spa & Tennis Court

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Claimed to be the most well preserved, classically designed Santa Barbara estate still in existence, this George Washington Smith designed marvel has been standing strong since 1922. The 8 bed 8.5 bath property boasts outdoor terraces, iron gates and a 52 foot long living room. Do not miss the secret door and passageway to the wine tasting cellar and tasting room! Renting this estate is like stepping back in time into Santa Barbara’s history.


  1. Two Rivers, Wisconsin: Frank Lloyd Wright Designed Usonian Masterpiece

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The home, overlooking the East Twin River, contains red tidewater cypress wood and Cherokee red concrete floors which combine both geometry and art. The natural light streams through the windows creating patterns on the walls inside connecting you to the outdoors. The 1938 property contains 3 fireplaces and several patios and balconies, giving you a glimpse into the wildlife.


  1. San Antonio, Texas: Historic Urban Duplex Mansion with Pool Awesome

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George Rodney Willis, a lead draftsman for Frank Lloyd Wright at the turn of the 20th Century, takes the cake for designing this large 1925 duplex. This cozy property gives you the feeling of being in a quaint cottage. Spread out amongst 1900 interior square feet and dine on the outdoor veranda, overlooking the pool and spa. The 2 bed 2 bath sleeps 4 comfortably.

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Top 20 Food Travel Bloggers to Follow in 2015


Coming home every night thinking up a creative recipe can really be a chore – which is why most of us toss some chicken nuggets in the oven and hope that everyone is happy with the result. Sometimes though you really want to take things to the next level, impress your spouse or your children or both, and you need a little inspiration. Thankfully there are professional and amateur chefs out there documenting their experiences traveling the globe and cooking very carefully, so we can admire from a distance, and try our hands at their masterpieces while also being jealous of their jet setting adventures. 

Based on popularity, creativity, writing style, value and breadth of their dishes – we’ve chosen the top food travel bloggers to follow in 2015. Next time you’re on vacation and staying in a vacation rental, try out some of their recipes and see if you can recreate it as best as possible. 


A Global Kitchen

A Global Kitchen originated from the challenges I have encountered as I live, work and travel around the world. As a chef I am always interested in learning more about the variety of local products and cooking techniques where I am living.

Bacon is Magic

The longer I travel the more I see that the culture of a place is found in its food. So you won’t see us hiking many mountains, We’d rather stay at the bottom and meet the farmers, fishermen, winemakers and food producers. 

Eat Cook Explore

I am a Londoner who likes to eat and travel. I am fearless in food choices and will eat almost anything that moves, with and without a dare. 


A Penang-based food writer + photographer eating/traveling in Asia, Turkey and beyond. 

FEAST: An Edible Road Trip

FEAST: An Edible Road Trip is the result of months of strategic planning, hundreds of cups of tea, and wild visionary indulgence. It is a project dedicated to exploring Canada, highlighting incredible regional food, and meeting and featuring interesting characters and organizations.

Follow Me Foodie

I’m born and raised in Vancouver, BC, but have always let my taste buds guide me across the world and even so far as to dictate my work and life. 

La Tortuga Viajera

What are your impressions of Spanish cuisine? It is unfortunately often very misunderstood. Learn more about the best food to try, as well as Spanish family recipes here.

Lonely Palate

I’ve quit my job, sold all of my belongings and bought a one-way ticket to travel and experience the culinary wonders of this beautiful world. Sacrificing my waist line, I’m committed to fulfilling my role as your global guide to local food, uncovering the best (and up-to-date) foodie haunts, trends and culinary experiences around the world. 

Migrationology is where “people who love to eat and travel” come to experience and get a flavor for delicious food from around the world and from across cultures. 

Ms. Adventures in Italy

Ms. Adventures in Italy is my site about cooking, exploring and tasting new specialties, and my travels in Italy as well as around the world.

MW Eats

I am a food photographer who currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia USA; roots via the city of Ottawa in the Province of Ontario, Canada. I’ve always favored natural looking food photographs and have been striving to “perfect” this style in my work. Most of what is on this site has been shot on location with little to no equipment, outside the body and lens. 

My Kugelhopf

As a food and travel writer, I combine my two greatest passions in life, always ready for the next adventure or new culinary discovery.

Rambling Spoon

People often ask me how I came to write about food. It wasn’t a “beat” I specifically chose. I didn’t set out to become a food writer, per se. But I’ve always found food to be a great introduction, a perfect connection and entry into people’s lives. Everyone has a food story to tell. It’s common ground for us, as human beings. 

Table for Two

We believe that in order to fully understand the culture of some place, you have to eat your way through it and find out the stories behind it.

Thai Food and Travel

Kasma is a native of Thailand who grew up learning to cook from her mother, a master chef. Thai people love food and are, in general, very knowledgeable about it. To this base, Kasma has added years of passionate experience, experimentation and study. 

The Hungry Australian

The Hungry Australian is where I share my personal stories, recipes and travel experiences. It’s where I get to play, creatively. It’s where I push myself to write the stories that challenge and scare me. It’s where I hope to create stories that resonate, inspire and connect with you. 

The Roaming Kitchen

In the last ten years, I’ve lived in nine separate places. My kitchen roams where I do–it’s where I feel most at home. 

Tiny Urban Kitchen

I also love eating, and am very willing to travel for good food! That’s why this blog also includes my takes on my various eating adventures, whether in Boston or around the world. 

Travel. Style. Food.

You’ll find quite a variety of topics here – everything from travel, beauty, books, lifestyle, reviews…but mostly food. Food and cooking never fail to fascinate me! I have an insatiable passion for anything food and restaurant related. 

Yummy Planet

It’s not a secret: when choosing a travel destination, the culinary heritage of the region is one of our main concerns.

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Don’t Screw the Pooch: Take Your Pets on Vacation to these Destinations


In need of a vacation but don’t want to leave Fido at home? From mountain hiking to running around on the beach, the one thing that all of these dog friendly properties have in common is that you’ll find plenty of activities to do with your best (furry) friend.


1.       Santa Barbara, California

Make sure you mark your calendar for the annual Big Dog Parade! Stay at a comfortable vacation home steps away from the event: the Luxury Queen Ann Victorian property welcomes your four legged friend with open paws! After the parade, let your pup enjoy the outdoors at a nearby off-leash dog beach!

2.       Asheville, North Carolina

The Rainbow Ridge property keeps fido safe with a special fenced in area to let him run wild! Don’t feel like you have to leave your best friend at home: you are a quick drive to al fresco fido friendly restaurants and leash-free dog parks!

3.       Colorado Springs, Colorado

Do you like to pamper your pooch with both shopping and breath taking views? If yes, then Pike’s Peak Retreat []is the spot for you! The shops in this area boast signs that welcome fur balls of all sizes. Retire on one of the two decks complete with panoramic mountain views and lakes.

4.       Austin, Texas

A big backyard, a lake and food: what else could your furry friend possibly need!? The Beautiful Montina Beach property sits upon six acres for your dog to run around on! Let him cool down with a dip at the dogs-only swimming area called Red Bud Isle. Keep your eyes open for Bow-Wow Bones, a mobile food truck to suppress fido’s appetite!

5.       Bar Harbor, Maine

Canine lovers rejoice: Rising Sun Cottage offers a separate bedroom for your pooch complete with doggy furniture and bed linens. Prior to arrival all of the fixtures will be lined with protective covers. The best part: there is no pet fee! The rental is minutes away from dog friendly hiking trails and parks. Don’t forget to book a schooner cruise or whale watch with your four legged friend!

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Best VHR Properties to Rent for Super Bowl XLIX in Phoenix

Gotta bunch of pals or family members and no place to go for the big game? Look no further! Below you will find a list of accommodations including everything from spas and grills to tennis courts and outdoor televisions! The big question is which property to rent!?

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  1. Leave your mind at home: No need to think about a thing! This rental is less than 1 mile away from the stadium and famous bars such as Margaritaville and Yard House. Utilities, cleaning service and transportation included. Click here to view property.

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  1. Simply all you need: Fully furnished home including full kitchen to prep for the big game and two televisions! This property is located two miles from the stadium and entertainment district. Click here to view property.

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  1. A haven for the sports enthusiast: This 3-story condo includes a swimming pool and hot tub right outside your door. Hit the state of the art fitness center and take a 7 minute walk to the stadium and Jobing Arena (home of the Coyotes hockey team). Click here to view property.

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  1. Perfect for the grill master: This Super Bowl retreat has a resort style back yard complete with a BBQ gas grill and covered patio for cooking! Relax under the ramada after taking a dip in the pool or above ground spa. Click here to view property.

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  1. Room for the entire family and more: This 16-sleeper contains several large living rooms (just in case someone in the fam does not want to watch the Super Bowl!) Activities galore will keep you more than occupied after the big game including tennis court, sand volleyball and shuffleboard. Click here to view property.

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  1. Ideal for the gamer in your group: Complete with 5 brand new flat screen televisions, this property also contains both outdoor and indoor speakers so you can listen to the game while putting around on the private 3-hole green or taking a ride on the Cruiser bicycle. Click here to view property.

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  1. Do you love the great outdoors? What better way to watch the big game than outside with a big screen television, 4 person grill and bar and a desert landscape!? This 12 sleeper has a private pool and spa with plenty of outdoor seating! Click here to view property.
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The Best Marathon in Every State in the USA

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Now that the new year is upon us, better get cracking on those resolutions. Did you vow to lose weight this year by running more? You should join the millions of people who not only love running as a hobby, but challenge themselves by completing some of the toughest races available. Don’t just go for a 2 mile run around the neighborhood, really push yourself and aim to take down a 26.2 mile marathon. So whether you are a running novice, or you have more participant bibs than a newborn, there’s surely a race nearby that you can jump into.

We looked at every state in the USA and chose the top marathon worth traveling for. So if you’re a road warrior who is looking for another medal to hang around your neck, or if you just want to figure out how to get off the couch and go running, consider any of these highly reviewed and participated in races from around the country. Some are more difficult than others, some have breathtaking scenery, and others are some of the most fun events you can handle while also getting blisters. Here’s the list:

Alabama (Montgomery): The Montgomery Marathon
Alaska (Skagway): Skagway Marathon
Arizona (Phoenix): Phoenix Marathon
Arkansas (Little Rock): Little Rock Marathon
California (Newport Beach): OC Marathon
Colorado (Denver): Colfax Marathon
Connecticut (Hartford): NU Hartford Marathon
Delaware (Dewey Beach): CoDel Marathon
Florida (Melbourne): Melbourne Music Marathon
Georgia (Fort Oglethorpe): Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon
Hawaii (Waikoloa): Kona Marathon
Idaho (Pocatello): Pocatello Marathon
Illinois (Springfield): Springfield Marathon
Indiana (Indianapolis): Monumental Marathon
Iowa (Cedar Rapids): Marion Rotary Marathon for Shoes
Kansas (Abilene): Eisenhower Marathon
Kentucky (Williamson): Hatfield McCoy Marathon
Louisiana (Lafayette): Zydeco Marathon
Maine (Carrabassett Valley): Sugarloaf Marathon
Maryland (Greenbelt): George Washington’s Birthday Marathon
Massachusetts (Falmouth): Cape Cod Marathon
Michigan (Ann Arbor): Trail Marathon
Minnesota (Walker): Walker North County Marathon
Mississippi (Jackson): Mississippi Blues Marathon
Missouri (Springfield): Run for the Ranch Marathon
Montana (Virginia City): Madison Marathon
Nebraska (Omaha): Omaha Marathon
Nevada (Reno): Downtown River Run Marathon
New Hampshire (Bristol): New Hampshire Marathon
New Jersey (Atlantic City): Atlantic City Marathon
New Mexico (Shiprock): Shiprock Marathon
New York (Corning): Wineglass Marathon
North Carolina (Cary): Tobacco Road Marathon
North Dakota (Fargo): Fargo Marathon
Ohio (Columbus): Columbus Marathon
Oklahoma (Tulsa): Route 66 Marathon
Oregon (Newport): Newport Marathon
Pennsylvania (Scranton): Steamtown Marathon
Rhode Island (Newport): Newport Marathon
South Carolina (Kiawah Island): Kiawah Island Marathon
South Dakota (Sioux Falls): Sioux Falls Marathon
Tennessee (Jackson): Andrew Jackson Marathon
Texas (Fort Worth): Cowtown Marathon
Utah (Huntsville): Huntsville Marathon
Vermont (Waitsfield): Mad Marathon
Virginia (Virginia Beach): Shamrock Marathon
Washington (Port Angeles): North Olympic Discovery Marathon
West Virginia (Huntington): Marshall University Marathon
Wisconsin (Kenosha): Wisconsin Marathon
Wyoming (Jackson Hole): Jackson Hole Marathon

Be sure to read our older posts in this series, featuring Top family attractions and Top Restaurants in each state.


2015’s Top 5 Family Destinations

About to pull your hair out over a family vacation decision for 2015? Look no farther than the sunshine state, which consistently ranks at the top of the list for tourist destinations! Whether you are looking for a relaxing vacation on the beach or a fun-filled vacation at Disney, Florida has something to offer for every member of the fam!

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  1. Orlando/Disney

This destination speaks for itself: theme parks! Stay at an affordable vacation rental moments away from the infamous Walt Disney World, SeaWorld, Universal Studios and so much more! Not only are there rides for the kiddies but golf for the adults and the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex to keep the sports-fanatic in your fam occupied! Be sure to save some time for entertainment galore: parades, concerts & pageants! Tip: Multi-day passes are the way to go. This way, you do not have to limit yourself to just one theme park.

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  1. Naples 

Calling all nature lovers! For those who plan to relax underneath the sun, what better way to do so than on the white sand beaches of the Gulf of Mexico!? Your children can build the day away in one of the nation’s best sandboxes or splash around safely in the calm waters. Enjoy the peacefulness while picnicking, bird watching or fishing. If you are looking to spice up your trip just a little bit, do not miss out on an Everglades adventure! End your day with breath taking sunsets right from the bedroom of your vacation rental, situated directly on the water.

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  1. Fort Myers

For the never ending learner: Did you know that Thomas Edison and Henry Ford built their winter estates here? This dates back to 1916 when Ford purchased land next door to Edison. Teach your kids hands on in the then estates which have thus transformed into museums. Let their imaginations run wild as you roam the streets of historic downtown Fort Myers. Here you will find buildings dating back to the early 20th century, vintage style lighting and brick thoroughfares. Don’t forget to check out the beaches, shopping & fishing!

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  1. Kissimmee

Tranquility or thrills? Who says you can’t have both!? This Floridian destination is perfect for the family who can’t stay for too long in one place! Spend half of your vacation at the nearby theme parks, filled with themed dinner theaters, swamp tours and outdoor activities. Spend the other half downtown at the Lakefront Park complete with ice cream, the Monument of States and bass fishing.

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  1. Cape Coral 

Perfect for the fit fam who doesn’t mind the sweat! With over 400 miles of canals, spend the day in the water participating in sports such as boating and fishing. Enjoy Sun Splash Family Waterpark during the day and take in the sights of the Gulf of Mexico. Prefer to run around on land? Check out the abundance of golf courses, tennis courts and athletic clubs. Bike or hike on the Ding Darling preserve with live alligators and birds steps from the trails! Don’t disturb the gators: Better make sure your vacation rental isn’t right on top of these paths!

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Best US Destinations and Properties for Snowbirds

Excited for your annual ski holiday but worried about resort prices? Look no further! Grab your snow pants, ‘mitts and laptop: fabulous feel-at-home vacation rentals with reasonable prices are right at your fingertips! Click the property photograph to be taken to the listing on


  1. Lake Placid, New York


Channel your inner Olympian: Lake Placid was the host of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics!


  1. Jackson Hole, Wyoming


Calling all winter adventure seekers: Also known as sports lover’s paradise, Jackson Hole offers activities for the entire family, including sleigh rides, snow tubing and of course, skiing!


  1. Salt Lake City, Utah


Need something new every day? Rent a car and check out all eight world famous ski resorts within an hour drive!


  1. Aspen, Colorado


The epitome of a Winter Wonderland: Looking for scenery and skiing? Aspen is known for its picturesque mountain chalets and soaring Colorado Rockies.


  1. Lake Tahoe, California


Renowned for its vast variety of downhill skiing and cross country skiing options, Lake Tahoe is fit for every level of skier.


  1. Princeton, MA


Got the munchies? Wachusett Mountain contains a mid-mountain cider lodge, waffle cabin & BBQ truck that are only accessible via skis! **This Boston rental is only an hour drive to Wachusett!

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The Best Family Attraction in Every State in the USA

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A family vacation takes a lot of planning. Where will we stay? How will we get there? How can we AFFORD this? The worst thing you can do on a family vacation is plan like crazy the how and the where, but forget about the what to do when you arrive. Everyone will just sit on their hands staring at each other, or more likely fighting about who touched whom, and who is being annoying at that particular moment.

No worries though, because we have you covered. We looked at every state in the USA and chose the top family attraction worth traveling for. This way, if you’re headed somewhere in the US, you’ll know ahead of time where one awesome, unforgettable family activity is waiting for you. We chose these attractions based on positive traveler reviews, amount of fun for all (or most) ages, and bang for your buck. So worry about the travel planning all you want, we have your family activities covered:

Alabama (Mobile): Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center
Alaska (Anchorage): Anchorage Museum
Arizona (Tucson): The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures
Arkansas (Hot Springs): Magic Springs & Crystal Falls Water and Theme Park
California (Sacramento): Fairytale Town
Colorado (Glenwood Springs): Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park
Connecticut (New Haven): Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
Delaware (Fenwick Island): Coastal Kayak
Florida (Jacksonville): The Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary
Georgia (Atlanta): Georgia Aquarium
Hawaii (Maui): Old Lahaina Luau
Idaho (Boise): The World Center for Birds of Prey
Illinois (Chicago): The Magic Parlour
Indiana (Fort Wayne): Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo
Iowa (Dubuque): Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
Kansas (Hutchinson): Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center
Kentucky (Lexington): Kentucky Horse Park
Louisiana (Layfayette): Kart Ranch
Maine (Bar Harbor & Orono): Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School
Maryland (Cumberland): Western Maryland Scenic Railroad
Massachusetts (Boston): Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum
Michigan (Flint): Sloan Museum
Minnesota (St. Paul): Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
Mississippi (Jackson): Mississippi Children’s Museum
Missouri (Springfield): Hammons Field: Home of the Springfield Cardinals
Montana (West Glacier): Glacier National Park
Nebraska (Nebraska City): Arbor Day Farm
Nevada (Reno): Reno Rodeo
New Hampshire (Lincoln): Alpine Adventures
New Jersey (Cape May): Cape May Whale Watch
New Mexico (Albuquerque): Sandia Peak Ski & Tramway
New York (Brooklyn): Luna Park in Coney Island
North Carolina (Raleigh): Marbles Kids Museum
North Dakota (Bismarck): North Dakota Heritage Center and State Museum
Ohio (Cleveland): The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
Oklahoma (Oklahoma City): Museum of Osteology
Oregon (Government Camp): Mt. Hood Adventure Park at Skibowl
Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh): Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Rhode Island (Providence): Providence Performing Arts Center
South Carolina (Myrtle Beach): Myrtle Beach Safari
South Dakota (Keystone): Rushmore Tramway Adventures
Tennessee (Pigeon Forge): Titanic Museum
Texas (San Antonio): Morgan’s Wonderland
Utah (Moab): Hauer Ranch
Vermont (Woodstock): Billings Farm and Museum
Virginia (Virginia Beach): Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
Washington (Tacoma): Children’s Museum of Tacoma
West Virginia (Fayetteville): Cantrell Ultimate Rafting
Wisconsin (Milwaukee): Discovery World
Wyoming (Cody): Buffalo Bill Center of the West

Be sure to read our older post in this series, featuring Top Restaurant in each state.


Save Money with Vacation Home Rentals Next to Resorts

Think you can only have luxury and extravagance when vacationing at a resort? You thought wrong! Why spend double, maybe even quadruple, when you can have all of the above for a lot less with the comfort of home? Read on to discover the vacation rentals with the hot deals just around the corner from their lavish neighbors!

  1. Montego Bay, Jamaica


Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay [from $825/night]                                                



Ocean view B&B MoBay Pool Chef Wi-Fi [from $199/night]

Feel like you are at home: whether it is taking a dip in the pool, enjoying the ocean view from your room or relaxing with a massage or facial. Why go to a restaurant when you can have a home cooked meal come to you: the B&B has an onsite executive chef to make you dinner on your very own patio! Don’t feel stuck: you are within a 20 minute walk to town filled with shopping and golf!

  1. Bodrum, Turkey


Golden Savoy [from $950/night]




Penthouse Apartment Overlooking Pool & Sea [from $58/night]

Feel like you are at home: This gated community includes a balcony in each room overlooking the Aegean Sea. Hang out on the outdoor dining sun beds underneath a terrace umbrella and go at your own pace. Spot a celebrity or two cruising by on a yacht or flamingos on the lake! Have the best of both worlds: Enjoy the sea and beaches on one side and lake and forest views on the other.

  1. Gstaad, Switzerland


Gstaad Palace [from $490/night]




Beautiful Luxury Chalet [from $297/night]

Feel like you are at home: Built as a place to enjoy with family and friends, this property contains cozy amenities such as a big table for long dinners and board games, log fire and powerful showers. You do not have to get dressed for dinner, for someone is available to cook when you are hungry. Use the ski room to store your gear after a short walk to the lift!

  1. Bali, Indonesia

St. Regis Bali Resort [from $950/night]

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Villa in Bali [from $344/night]

Feel like you are at home: This 5 bedroom eco-friendly rental was built to give you simplicity and clarity. You do not have to leave the house to have fun; the party is located onsite: take advantage of the entertainment room complete with a 50” television and disco lighting. Take a dip in your private pool as you gaze into the sunset or a 20 minute walk to the beach.

  1. Sedona, Arizona

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Mii Amo Spa [from $2520/night]



Desert Flower Luxury Town Home [from $175/night]

Feel like you are at home: The sights of the red rocks from the private balconies of the two master suites are stunning! Start your morning off in the large gourmet kitchen filled with new appliances and fresh coffee beans. HDMI cables make it easy for you to hook up your computer and do what you would at home. Bring your four legged friend with you on the bike path located steps outside!

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The Steps to Booking a Vacation Rental

Booking a vacation rental can be a quick and easy process if the correct steps are taken to ensure a stress free search. Being organized and planning at least six months in advance are key to a painless booking process. By following the steps below, you should be able to secure the rental home of your dreams at a great price.


Decide on your details

The first step in any vacation rental home search is deciding on exactly what you are looking for.

Where do you want to go? Not only do you need to decide on the city or town you want to stay in, you should determine if there is a particular area or attraction that you would like to be close to. Narrowing down the location will ease the process by allowing you to focus on only the properties that are located where you want to be.

What size vacation rental are you looking for? Think about how many people you need to fit comfortably, how many beds you need, and how many bathrooms you would like to have. Use filtering tools when searching to only show properties with your required number of bedrooms.

Next, decide on the exact dates you’d like to travel. Take a peek at the availability calendar for each and every rental you view, but remember that not every owner keeps their calendar up-to-date, so it may be smart to confirm availability in an inquiry. Beginning your search early will better ensure availability is open for properties you are interested in.

Lastly, decide if there are any amenities that are completely vital in your search – such as handicapped access, hot tub, WiFi, or air conditioning.

Start searching

Now the fun part begins! Get online and explore the thousands of vacation rentals listed on Save a list of those which interest you and meet your requirements. Make sure to take your time when reading each property’s description, reviews, and owner/manager information. Begin sending inquiries to owners to request more information and confirm availability.

Compare and contrast

Once you’ve heard back from the owners you’ve inquired with regarding availability, pricing, and additional information, begin to compare and contrast each available property by looking at location, pricing, size, and owner reputation. Make sure you have all of the information you need and don’t be afraid to ask the owner for more – including asking for a copy of the rental contract. Narrow down your options one-by-one until you have just a handful of favorites. Share these options with friends and family who may be traveling with you as their opinions will certainly help influence your final decision.

Finalize your trip

Once you’ve decided on your rental home, get in touch with the owner to finalize payment details. Plan to touch base with the owner closer to the date of your trip to discuss getting the key and other check-in technicalities.

Sit back and relax!

Planning ahead pays off – you’ll now have plenty of time to organize the rest of your vacation!

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