You get the three-bedroom, three-bathroom house, its breathtaking Pacific Ocean views, tons of space for 10 people, couple’s spa shower with travertine tile and–how incredible is this–even two dogs to rent if you so choose. Yes, canines.
You’ve heard the saying, “The best part about being an aunt is playing with your nieces and nephews, then handing them back to their parents” (or some version of this). Well, that’s how I feel about dogs. If you’re like me, you don’t have the patience to walk, feed and play with them so it’s best that you take them on loan.
Consider a $100 Safeway gift card for a weeklong stay (good for all those gourmet dinners you’ll be whipping up for friends), plus a bottle of red or white vino, complimentary snacks, drinks, a bag of Peet’s coffee, sweeteners AND more than 20 games for the Xbox 360. The property owners clearly have thought of every possible visitor, from the couple on a romantic getaway to the family with teenage gamers.
Has anyone else stayed in a vacation rental where the owners went out of their way to make you feel at home? I think arranging for a dog companion takes the cake, but that’s just me.
Valerie Moloney is your resident blogger and the Expansion Markets Editor for Citysearch.com, who oddly enough, feels panicked when asked, "What's the best place to eat in Chicago?" or her favorite, "It's my birthday. Where should we go with a party of six?" No stranger to travel--and traveling with kids--she is a young mom who ODs on the Internet when it comes to planning family trips or buying clothes. Here's hoping she finds you the vacation you deserve.