Friday, February 5, 2016

Best Girls Weekend Getaways!

Sometimes all you need is a little R&R and your BFF's!  Okay, maybe you won't be getting much rest, but shopping, girl time, and late nights spent talking and laughing into the wee hours.  Sound like just what the doctor ordered?  Well grab your girls and head to some of the best girls weekend getaway destinations!

Key West
Historic Key West is a fabulous choice for a girls weekend getaway!  This place is filled with charm, great shopping, a hopping art scene, nightlife, and some gorgeous beaches.  You can even visit the home of Ernest Hemingway which is now a wonderful museum.  Snorkeling is also top notch in Key West, which will give you and your girlfriends something fun and adventurous to do together!  Key West is home to the world's 3rd largest living coral reef; truly a memorable experience!
4 bedroom Key West vacation house with pool!
New York City
What girl doesn't want to hit up the Big Apple, also known as the fashion capitol of the World, with some of her favorite gal pals?  Spend your days shopping up and down Madison Avenue and in the Fashion District.  Then hit the town at night visiting Times Square, or go see a show on Broadway.  Get up early one day and head to Rockefeller Center and watch the Today Show, or the Times Square Studios for a glimpse of Good Morning America.  There are so many fabulous things about taking a New York City girls trip, you will not be disappointed!

New York City vacation apartment, perfect for a girls weekend!
Miami Beach, Florida
Sometimes you just need to let loose with your gals, hit the beach, and dance!  Miami is one of the hottest nightlife spots anywhere in the United States.  From beach parties, to some of the most upscale nightclubs, Miami has you covered if you are looking for a fun night scene.  The beaches in Miami are also killer, so spend your days working on your sun kissed glow before heading out at night! 

Miami Beach vacation condo near South Beach
Napa Valley, California
If a girls getaway always involves a little wine, why not head to the most popular wine region in North America?  The Napa Valley area is full of fantastic, world-class wineries.  Head out on a day trip and explore the vineyards and learn about how the grapes are grown and harvested.  Depending on the time of year, you can even help be a part of the wine making process and stomp the grapes!  Napa Valley is absolutely gorgeous and has no shortage of great shops, restaurants, and nightlife.  There are even some fantastic hiking opportunities and the beach is just an hour away!
Napa Valley vacation rental amongst the vineyards
Let's face it, wherever you take your girls trip, you are bound to have the time of a life!  No kids, no work, no obligations, other than to have a great time with your friends!  What is better than that?  If you aren't sure where to plan your next girls weekend getaway, contact our Travel Specialist!  We love helping our customers find the perfect place for vacation!

PerfectPlaces.com has over 70,000  vacation rental properties in over 103 countries and 6,600 cities.  Perfect Places is dedicated to helping travelers find and rent vacation rental properties worldwide. Vacation Rental properties offer a compelling alternative to Hotels for travelers seeking additional space, amenities and value that Hotels are often unable to match. Perfect Places is a privately owned company headquartered in Mountain View, California

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Best Ice Fishing Destinations

It's that time of year again... ice fishing season!  For some that means it's time to break out the winter gear, fishing poles, and hit the ice.  For others, it means their house gets a lot quieter while their other half is out in the cold weather, ice fishing! If you are looking to drop a line this winter, we have some of the best ice fishing destinations for your next trip!

Lake Simcoe, Ontario, Canada
Located just north of Toronto, Lake Simcoe offers a perfect location for city residents to escape to the outdoors, and travelers an easy trip from a major airport.  Lake Simcoe is very well known for its popularity with ice fishers, making it the number one lake to ice fish in the country.  It has few commercial properties, which also makes it perfect for those who want to be completely secluded in nature.  A variety of fish can be caught here, so get ready to have a great fish fry.  Bonus: There are several other small lakes, with great ice fishing as well, all within a short drive!
Lake Simcoe area vacation cabin
Savonlinna, Finland
Finland has an abundance of nature and has so many recreational activities for the outdoors man or woman.  This part of Finland has some of the best fishing and ice fishing in the area and has even created it's own competitive sport, ice fishing golf.  Think a little golf, a little ice fishing, and lots of fun!  This  Finnish innovation draws many people from all around and is surely something you should participate in while in Finland!  Expect to catch species like pike, perch, trout, zander, and landlocked salmon.

Savonlinna, Finland ice fishing cabin rental       
Leavenworth, Washington
Surrounded by mountains, Leavenworth is a gorgeous place to visit with breathtaking scenery.  Imagine hitting the ice with the mountains surrounding you as you catch your lunch for the day (or several days even!).  Fish Lake is one of Washington's only accessible ice fishing location, which makes it a popular spot to come to.  Expect to catch trout, perch, or silvers, while being immersed in the beauty of Washington.  There are also thousands of miles of snowmobile trails, cross country skiing, and ski resorts are all nearby.  You will not be disappointed here!

Leavenworth, Washington ice fishing vacation rental



Cook County, Minnesota
Don't see a destination that works for you?  Also try some of these great ice fishing destinations: Tofte, Minnesota, Island Park, Utah, Harbor City, Michigan, Lake Tahoe, California, and many more!  Not sure where to plan your next ice fishing vacation?  Contact our Travel Specialist!  We love to help our customers find the perfect place for vacation!

PerfectPlaces.com has over 70,000  vacation rental properties in over 103 countries and 6,600 cities.  Perfect Places is dedicated to helping travelers find and rent vacation rental properties worldwide. Vacation Rental properties offer a compelling alternative to Hotels for travelers seeking additional space, amenities and value that Hotels are often unable to match. Perfect Places is a privately owned company headquartered in Mountain View, California


Friday, January 8, 2016

Top Travel Destinations for 2016


HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Starting a fresh, new year, we hope 2016 is your best year yet.  If you resolved to travel more, we have some new destinations for your 2016 adventures!  Let this be the year of travel; go explore the world!

St. Barts
There is a reason St. Barts is a highly sought after vacation destination, even though many people have never even heard of it!  Saline Beach on St. Barts was ranked #5 out of 100 best beaches in the entire world.  Now that is something to brag about!  Not only is St. Barts absolutely beautiful, it has fantastic year round weather seeing very little rain (also known as arid).  This attracts people from all over who want to vacation at different times throughout the year.  You will see a mix of wildlife making the island home, as well as repeat guests at oceanfront homes, and many luxury yachts. It is known as more of an upscale island, where celebrity sightings are not uncommon, but you can find easily find a budget friendly place to stay.

Marvel at the sensationsational view from this charming hillside villa!  If the ocean and island views from this villa aren't enough to persuade you, how about your own private pool with the same view?  This place is absolutely gorgeous!  Bonus: you can walk to the bakery for your morning pastry and evening dinner baguette.
St. Barts vacation rental home with pool and oceanview
Sonoma, California
It  doesn't get any better than sipping on wine from one of the best regions in the world!  Sonoma  Valley is great for wine lovers who want to learn about the vineyards, see where the grapes are grown, and take in the gorgeous scenery of the rolling hills.  A multitude of activities in the area allow those who don't want to spend the entire time sampling wine.  Try hiking through the redwood forests at the Natural Redwood Reserve, kayak through the many rivers, head to the coast beaches just 20-30 minutes away.  Tip: This area has many festivals throughout the year, so check the local event schedule before your trip!

If you are looking for a little R&R and want some seclusion, try staying out of town in the beautiful forest! This cute cottage in Cazadero is perfect for your vacation in the Sonoma Valley! Sip some wine on the porch, or relax in the hot tub as you immerse yourself in nature.  It's just the break you need to replenish and rejuvenate after the holidays.
1 bedroom vacation cottage in Cazadero, California
Bali, Indonesia
If you are looking to reconnect with yourself, and have a tranquil vacation, Bali is the place.  Many travelers come to Bali to seek a place of deep meditation, balancing and harmonizing the body.  The result is a feeling of tranquility and returning home rested and restored.  If mediation and yoga is not your thing, don't worry, you won't be forced to worship Buddha or meditate.  There are many other reasons to come to Bali, such as the gorgeous landscape, some of the best diving and snorkeling in the Caribbean, and its large art scene.

This villa along the water is the perfect place for those looking for a blissful escape.  The outdoor areas are sure to please as well as the traditional Balinese architecture of the home.  This is a great place for a relaxing vacation with your loved ones.
Bali, Indonesia vacation resort on Benoa Bay
If you resolved to travel more this year, we hope you have safe and happy travels!  Try and pick one place you have never been before and go explore the world!  Not sure where you want to go this year?  Contact our Travel Specialist!  We love to help our customers find the perfect place for their vacation!

PerfectPlaces.com has over 70,000  vacation rental properties in over 103 countries and 6,600 cities.  Perfect Places is dedicated to helping travelers find and rent vacation rental properties worldwide. Vacation Rental properties offer a compelling alternative to Hotels for travelers seeking additional space, amenities and value that Hotels are often unable to match. Perfect Places is a privately owned company headquartered in Mountain View, California

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Happy Holidays from all of us at Perfect Places!

Doesn't this look like a great place to be spending the holiday?  En lieu of gifts, one of our staff members went on a nice holiday vacation to Florida, and took this great picture while basking in the warm, sunny rays.  What's better than spending time in Florida, with family?  Some would argue that being at home is better, but those who love to travel know that the holidays can be held anywhere!

This image was taken along the Central Gulf Coast of Florida in Madeira Beach!  This part of Florida consists of several beach "towns" that all have something different and special about them!  From the slow paced and charming Anna Maria Island, to the vibrant fishing town of Madeira Beach, to the happening Clearwater Beach, there are some great places to stay in this part of Florida. 

From anywhere along this stretch of beach communities, you can cast a line and go deep see fishing, watch dolphins jumping at sunset, go parasailing across the ocean, or even the newest trend--stand up paddle boarding! There is something for everyone to do in this area of Florida, so family fun with be nothing short of that--FUN! 

If you are dreaming of relaxing along the shore this winter, here are some great photos to tide you over, and keep you warm, until you make the leap to book your vacation:

Madeira Beach:
The view from this Madeira Beach, FL vacation condo
 Anna Maria Island: 
A gorgeous sunset on Anna Maria Island, Florida
A beautiful ocean view from this Clearwater Beach vacation rental!

Wherever you may be this holiday season, we wish you a safe and happy holiday, and joy for the new year!  May your new year be full of fun, family, and of course, travel!  Best wishes, from all of us at Perfect Places!


PerfectPlaces.com has over 70,000  vacation rental properties in over 103 countries and 6,600 cities.  Perfect Places is dedicated to helping travelers find and rent vacation rental properties worldwide. Vacation Rental properties offer a compelling alternative to Hotels for travelers seeking additional space, amenities and value that Hotels are often unable to match. Perfect Places is a privately owned company headquartered in Mountain View, California

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Best Spring Break Destinations in Mexico 2016


Is spring break calling your name?  What about spring break in Mexico? It is one of the most common places for people around the world to travel to for spring break.  Not only is it affordable, but it has some of the most beautiful beaches, water, and snorkeling around.  Mexico offers many different areas to travel to, from the mountainous areas, to the rainforest, to the beach.  There are destinations in Mexico for all spring breakers preferences!  With only three months left before the beginning of spring break, it's time to get planning!  Here are some of the top destinations for spring break in Mexico!

Cabo
Known for its surf, sand, mountains, and beautiful beaches, Cabo is one of the top 5 tourist destinations in Mexico!  This puts Cabo at the top of the list for the most popular spring break destinations in Mexico.  Cabo is located on the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula along the Pacific Ocean. This makes it very accessible to those in the Western parts of the United States.  In fact, many people living the the California, Arizona, and Nevada areas choose to drive to Cabo instead of fly.

Why not rent an entire house for your spring break trip in Cabo?  If everyone all under one roof sounds good to you, try renting this beautiful vacation villa in Cabo!  Enjoy your own private pool, hot tub, gorgeous ocean views, and every bedroom has its own private bath.  How perfect is that?
4 bedroom vacation villa in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Playa Del Carmen
If you are looking for beautiful, tranquil beaches, a more laid back atmosphere than Cancun, and some of the best diving in the world, look no further than Playa del Carmen! Explore the ancient ruins, play a round of golf at one of many beautiful golf courses, visit the Jungle Sanctuary, and spend time basking in the rays on the soft sand beaches.  You won't be disappointed spending your spring break in Playa Del Carmen!

Stay in one of the most beautiful resort areas in Playa Del Carmen and have the luxury of a full gourmet kitchen, marble floors, oceanfront balcony, 24 hours security, infinity pool, kiddy pool, and so much more.  This place is absolutely gorgeous and will make your stay perfect!

Puerto Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta is located along the Pacific Ocean on the west coast of Mexico.  What used to be a small fishing town has now blossomed into one of the top tourist destinations, while still keeping that small village like atmosphere. Don't let the size fool you, Puerto Vallarta has enough to keep everyone busy, from the nightlife, to the rainforest zip-lines, to fishing charters.  There is always something going on in Puerto Vallarta!  Many travelers choose Puerto Vallarta if they are looking for a less touristic feel, but still have the option to visit Senor Frogs and Margaritaville.

Mismaloya Bay is one of the most beautiful locations in Puerto Vallarta! You will be surrounded by the mountains, jungle, and the ocean.  It truly is one of the most picturesque locations!  This fantastic Puerto Vallarta Condo will give you completely unobstructed views of the surroundings and is so close to the ocean that your balcony is almost over the water! Bonus: It's only $125-$150 per night!
Vacation rental in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Puerto Vallarta resort vacation rental for spring break
These are just a few of the the top spring break destinations in Mexico!  Not sure where you want to spend spring break?  Contact our Travel Specialist!  We love to help our customers find the perfect place for spring break!

PerfectPlaces.com has over 70,000  vacation rental properties in over 103 countries and 6,600 cities.  Perfect Places is dedicated to helping travelers find and rent vacation rental properties worldwide. Vacation Rental properties offer a compelling alternative to Hotels for travelers seeking additional space, amenities and value that Hotels are often unable to match. Perfect Places is a privately owned company headquartered in Mountain View, California

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Best Accomodations for 2015 College Football Playoff Bowl Games

It's almost time for the most exciting time of year for football fans--The 2015-16 College Football Playoff Bowl Games!  If your team is performing well and has a chance to compete at one of the many bowl games, now's the time to start booking your College Football Playoff Game accommodations!  Go for the bowl game, stay for vacation!  Hotels and vacation rentals will book up fast, so don't wait until the last minute to book.  You wouldn't want to miss the chance to cheer on your favorite team and make memories that will last a lifetime!

Here are a some great bowl game accommodations options for you to stay at during the quest to a team championship!

Orange Bowl -- Miami, Florida
Nothing can compare to the atmosphere of the Orange Bowl, but the Miami area sure comes close, especially Miami Beach! Why not spend part, or all of your time staying in the Miami Beach area?  You can get from the stadium to the beach in as little as 20 minutes.  Not bad, right?  Witness an epic game, head back to "home", and hit the beach! We have fantastic accommodations in Sunny Isles Beach, Miami BeachHollywood, Boca Raton, Pompano Beach, and Fort Lauderdale.   
2015 Orange Bowl accommodations in Miami area
Fiesta Bowl -- Glendale, Arizona
Arizona is a perfect place for a bowl game, with nearly perfect weather this time of year, a dry climate, and some pretty awesome scenery.  We have some really great options for your Fiesta Bowl accommodations; you won't be disappointed!  From large houses with private pools, golf course condos, or condos/houses in the mountains, there's a huge variety to choose from.  Plus, most are within a 7-20 minute drive of the stadium!
Fiesta Bowl accommodations near Glendale, Arizona
Rose Bowl -- Pasadena, California
We just love this area of California!   There are so many options for things to do in the Pasadena area, and so many great places to stay!  If you want to be close to stadium, stay in the hills of Los Angeles and be just a 10 minute drive to the front door of the stadium.  Or, stay out a little bit further and head for the coast!  Whichever you decide, you won't be disappointed staying in this wonderful area.
2015 Rose Bowl accommodations near Pasadena, CA

Let the best team win, and have a great time on your vacation to the 2015 College Playoff Bowl Games!  Need help planning your trip to the bowl games?  Contact our Travel Specialist!  We love helping our customers find the perfect place for vacation! 

The 2015-16 College Football Playoff Bowl Games schedule is as follows:
Dec. 31 - Orange Bowl (Miami)
Dec. 31 - Chick-fil-A Bowl (Atlanta)
Dec. 31 - Fiesta Bowl (Glendale, Ariz.)
Jan. 1 - Sugar Bowl (New Orleans) - College Football Playoff
Jan. 1 - Rose Bowl (Pasadena, Calif.) - College Football Playoff
Jan. 1 - Cotton Bowl (Arlington, Texas)
Jan. 12 - College Football Playoff Championship Game (Arlington, Texas)

PerfectPlaces.com has over 70,000  vacation rental properties in over 103 countries and 6,600 cities.  Perfect Places is dedicated to helping travelers find and rent vacation rental properties worldwide. Vacation Rental properties offer a compelling alternative to Hotels for travelers seeking additional space, amenities and value that Hotels are often unable to match. Perfect Places is a privately owned company headquartered in Mountain View, California

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Top Ski Resort Destinations in the West

Winter is almost near!  The snow is here and many of the top ski resorts in the west are preparing to open in the next couple weeks.  If you are thinking about taking a nice long weekend or a full week to hit the slopes, check out our list of top ski resorts in the west! 
Park City, Utah
Opening this year on November 21, 2015, Park City Mountain will celebrate with free coffee and reusable mugs! But that's not the main reason to visit Park City on your ski trip, it's because of the mountains and village!  With over 7,300 skiable acres, it is the largest single ski and snowboard resort in America!  It is now linked with the Canyons Resort which gives you even more options than ever before.  Park City Mountain now offers over 300 trails, 38 lifts, seven terrain parks, 14 bowls, 6 half pipes and one super pipe, plus ski-in/ski out accommodations.  There is something for every ability!

If you want a great ski in and ski out property, take a look at this 3 bedroom vacation condo in Park City!  You can't get any closer to the Park City Mountain lifts and there is also a free shuttle to the downtown area and other parts of the mountain!  
Park City Mountain vacation condo in resort with ski in/out!

Big Sky, Montana
The Big Sky Resort is opening November 26, 2015, just in time for the holiday weekend!  One pass gets you on 22 mountains on over 5,800 acres with over 300 runs of winter fun!  Because Big Sky is not near another large city, it's well known for its short or non-existent chairlift lines, and quick drive from the airport or neighboring areas.

This Big Sky ski in/out townhouse is perfectly placed to ski down to the Pony express chairlift, or is a short walk to the Moonlight Lodge to hop on the Iron Horse chairlift.  The Moonlight Lodge also offers a great restaurant and bar, plus it has an hourly shuttle to the the Big Sky Base area!  Bonus: just look at the view from this place!
Big Sky vacation rental in Big Sky Base area
Breckenridge, Colorado
Opening day for the Breckenridge Ski Resort is November 13, 2015, the earliest of our featured destinations! Breckenridge has just recently been showered with extra powder, making it the perfect time to make it to opening day!  This ski resort is not only popular with professional skiers and snowboarders, it's also a favorite of every day winter sport enthusiasts and their families.  Even celebrities love to flock to Breckenridge for skiing and the world-class, upscale shopping and dining!  Breckenridge is a very popular destination that people return to year after year.

This vacation condo in Breckenridge offers the best location possible!  The ski school, Quicksilver Super6 chairlift, shops, restaurants, and nightlife are just outside your door.  Plus, you have access to the hot tubs, pool and workout facilities. 
Ski-in/out condo in downtown Breckenridge

These are just a few of our featured ski destinations in the western part of the country!  Other fantastic ski resort areas are Lake Tahoe, Vail, Aspen, Angel Fire, and Jackson Hole.  All these great ski destinations book up very quickly, so don't delay!  Contact our Travel Specialist if you need help planning your winter ski vacation.  We love to help our customers find the perfect place for vacation!

PerfectPlaces.com has over 70,000  vacation rental properties in over 103 countries and 6,600 cities.  Perfect Places is dedicated to helping travelers find and rent vacation rental properties worldwide. Vacation Rental properties offer a compelling alternative to Hotels for travelers seeking additional space, amenities and value that Hotels are often unable to match. Perfect Places is a privately owned company headquartered in Mountain View, California