Friday, December 30, 2011

38 New Vacation Rental Arrivals

This just in ... 38 fantastic new vacation rentals at,, and A few are highlighted below. You can check out all the rest on our Facebook page. Be sure to "Like" our Perfect Places Facebook page while you're there. We're planning contests and sweepstakes for 2012.

Villa Sophia, a guest house styled after classic Mediterranean estate villas, offers 750 square feet of luxury living space high atop Los Feliz hilltop. This beautiful vacation home sits securely above 15-foot walls, and it's south-facing exposure overlooks the Los Angeles skyline, city lights, mountains and Pacific ocean. It's completely private and features a large emerald tile pool, as well as a spa-like pool house that has a huge stone fireplace. 

Escape to crystal clear blue waters, miles of beach, coastlines and forests--every beauty nature has to offer. You'll also be close to Porto Rotondo, Golfo di Marinella and the tourist marina, featuring shops and other convenient facilities. Elegantly furnished, you'll have all the amenities you need to fully enjoy your stay in paradise.

This elegant 2-bedroom apartment offers two terraces and is located on the elegant rue de l'Universite in the 7th arrondissement. It's close to the Rue Cler food markets, Musee d'Orsay and the Champs de Mars Tour Eiffel area. It's elegantly furnished, has hardwood floors, and includes modern amenities such as a huge plasma TV with English cable channels. 

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

First Look at Our January Deals

Mystic Ridge, St. John's USVI
Our January Deals of the Month email goes out next week, but here's a look at some of the vacation rental offers you'll see:

St. John's USVI

There are also two luxury vacation rentals in St. John's, US Virgin Islands offering January specials. The Rendezview is a beachfront villa perfect for newlyweds, families, and groups.

Mystic Ridge is perched high on a mountain ridge and surrounded by a National Park, yet it's just a short five minutes from the beach.

Key West

There are several Key West vacation rentals featured in January.

Rent the Victoria House, a 5-bedroom, 5.5-bath classic Conch Republic beauty. It features a private pool, Jacuzzi and is located near Old Town Key West. You'll save 15% when you reserve by January 21, 2012, for 7 nights. Click here for more details.

The Surf Side is a 3-bedroom, 2-bath condo with an incredible ocean view. It's located on the beach next to the Atlantic Ocean. Each bedroom has balcony access and an ocean view. Even the kitchen window looks out over the beautiful blue sea.  The Surf Side's been fully renovated and features all the amenities you need for a fun and comfortable stay. Rent it for just $375 a night with a 3 night minimum stay.

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Friday, December 23, 2011

Parents: Track Santa No Matter Where You're at this Christmas

Maybe Santa will need a nice
ski vacation rental after the Holidays?
Image courtesy of

If you're staying at a vacation rental over the weekend, your kids might be a little worried whether or not Santa can find them. But you can reassure the little ones with NORAD's Santa Tracker

Parents will also find answers to difficult questions such as:
  • How can Santa travel the world within 24 hours? (Santa does not experience time the way we do--24 hours to us is like a month to Santa); 
  • How old is Santa? (At least 16 centuries old);
  • What route does Santa Travel? (He starts at the International Date Line in the Pacific Ocean and travels west).
NORAD knows a thing or two about things that fly. It safeguards the skies of North America and is a joint US-Canadian operation. And, as we know, Canada is pretty close to the North Pole!

Here's a video of Santa's progress from last Christmas:

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Travel Trends for 2012

Stay at this private water's edge home for just $150/night

It looks like 2012 will hold opportunity for vacation rentals. However, like any other year in the travel business, there'll be plenty of competition for vacationers.

Trip Advisor released a 2012 survey that said 79% of respondents plan on spending at least $3,000 on vacations in 2012, while 21% plan on spending $10,000 or more. Cultural trips will likely increase, as will international travel to Paris, London and Rome. Stateside, the most popular cities are expected to be Las Vegas, New York City and San Francisco, but beach vacations such as Island escapes will continue to be popular. Cultural trips are expected to increase, so if your vacation rental is near a cultural attraction, you may want to update your listing with new or enhanced details. Of course, including more photos of attractions in your area will help you compete with hotels and resorts.

Vacation rentals themselves are increasing in popularity as consumers continue to look for value. According to, hotels will be getting more facelifts in 2012, which will increase the pressure on vacation rentals to stay updated in both decor and amenities. 

Friday, December 16, 2011

'Tis the Season for Holiday Lights

Nothing brightens dark December nights like Holiday lights. National Geographic's top 10 places to see Holiday lights includes great cities with plenty of vacation rentals--Vienna, Brussels, Madrid, St. Augustine and more. This time of year, nearly every community has some kind of lights display, so be sure to put it on your to-do list if your traveling over the Holidays.

Here's a really cool display from the Holdman's in Pleasant Grove, Utah, for your viewing pleasure.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Amazing video of nature's beauty

This was posted on the Perfect Places Facebook page. It's so beautiful we wanted to post it to the blog too. It's simply amazing and will take your breath away.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Great New Year's Eve Destinations

Relax by a warm Key West Pool on New Year's Eve
Still looking for a place to celebrate New Year’s Eve? Try a vacation rental. If you’re looking to save money, there are lots of options in resort communities that are in their off season. Or, if you’re looking for something more elaborate, try romantic and exciting locations such as Paris, London or Key West.

Savannah/Tybee Island

Savannah has an old-world charm and elegance that's impossible to beat. You'll find stately mansions and plenty to do. Nearby, Tybee Island offers spacious vacation rentals with stunning ocean views. Either way, you'll escape the snow and the crowds.

Florida Keys

With an average high of 77 degrees, the Florida Keys make a sunny and warm place to welcome the New Year. Spend the day out on the water and enjoy New Years Eve fireworks on the beach.


Gatlinburg offers lots of fun in the winter. It has Tennessee’s only ski resort, OberGatlinburg Amusement Park and Ski Resort on Mt. Harrison. You’ll enjoy skiing, snowboarding, ice-skating and more.  Be sure to watch the New Year’s Eve ball drop and fireworks.

Lake Tahoe

Try Skiing in Squaw Valley. (Photo: Squaw Valley)
If you live out west, try the Lake Tahoe region for New Year’s Eve. You’ll find an abundance of world-class ski resorts such as Squaw Valley, and lots to do in South Lake Tahoe. Plus, the excitement in Reno, Nevada, is just a short drive away.


If you’re looking for a truly romantic New Year’s Eve, you’re sure to find it in Paris. Paris The Champs-Elysees is the place to be starting at around 9 pm on New Year's Eve. Don't be shy about bringing champagne and plastic flutes to toast the New Year. At midnight, the Eiffel Tower lights up in a dazzling display you'll never forget.

Or, if French isn't your thing, try London on New Year's Eve. Midnightfireworks on the Thames attract a crowd of about 250,000 and you can hear the famous bongs from Big Ben, officially welcoming in the New Year.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Time to Dream: High End Vacation Rentals

Just for fun, let's look at a few of the high-end vacation rentals you'll find on After all, we can all dream a little, right? And if you're fortunate enough to be able to afford staying in one of these opulent vacation rentals, congratulations and be sure to let us know about your stay. (Click on the headlines above the photos to see more of these mansions. They're truly amazing!)

Villa Castellamonte features 8 spacious bedrooms and overlooks azure blue ocean waters in Cabrera, Dominican Republic. It has over 15,000 square feet of living space, a huge outdoor pool, a semi-private 600-foot long beach, tropical gardens, and perfectly manicured grounds. It can accommodate up to 20 people. Villa Castellamonte sits atop a soaring sea cliff and has magnificent views from every bedroom, yet has easy beach access via a romantic stone stairway to the beach. It's in the private, gated community of Orchid Bay Estates and is fully staffed, including an executive chef. Your every need will be looked after and catered to during your stay.

Castlewood greets you with heavy oak doors, and from there you walk into a unique world of rustic mountain opulence. This 8-bedroom, 10-bath vacation rental accommodates 35 guests in a western style all it's own. The great room has tall vaulted ceilings, a log burning fireplace, and magnificent views of the San Sophia mountain range in Telluride. This ski-in/ski-out rustic mansion is located on the Double Cabins ski run and features turn-of-the-century antiques and the most modern conveniences. It's as if a classic western mansion has been expanded and updated with everything you need from the 21st century, including an incredible home theater, complete with suede and leather seating and over 25,000 movies to choose from.

Villa Vista Bellena is one of the finest homes in Los Cabos and combines traditional handcrafted details of haciendas with the latest amenities. You'll enjoy luxurious living from the moment you enter this incredible vacation rental. It sits at the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula and overlooks the inspiring 17th green of the Ocean Course at Cabo del Sol. A beautiful and inviting white sand beach and azure coral-lined coves await you, just steps beyond the ocean-facing gate. And when you're done snorkeling and sun bathing, your private chef will create a magnificent meal, made to order.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

20 New Properties Added to Virginia Beach Vacation Rentals

Perfect Places is excited to announce the addition of 20 new Sandbridge Blue Realty Services properties in Virginia Beach. The listings will appear on, and

These properties feature lots of amenities, and many are on the beach or have an ocean view. You'll find pools right near the beach, homes with stunning views, and easy access to shopping, restaurants and activities. There's a rate for every budget and they're perfect for family reunions, extended vacations, and getaways with your spouse or significant other. The properties have lots of space and are beautifully furnished. 

Virginia Beach is a great spot for any type of vacation. You can enjoy scuba diving, parasailing, horseback riding, camping, hiking and biking. Really, just about any interest or hobby can be accommodated.

December Deals of the Month Update

Just a follow up to our earlier sneak preview post about the December Deals of the Month. Here's a link to all the deals on vacation rentals that went out in the email. 

You'll find a variety of destination options--everything from skiing and snowboarding to sandy beaches to the Smoky Mountains. Check all the deals out now!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Google Flight Search Makes Getting to Your Vacation Rental Easier and Perhaps More Affordable

Online search results for flights continue to get easier, which means getting to your vacation rental is easier. The latest development is Google flight search, which provides real-time flight prices based on your location right within regular search results.

Previously, you had to click into flight search from the Google search page. Now, you can just type in "flights to Orlando" into the normal search page, and you'll get a variety of flight results. 

Of course, the flights may or may not be the best prices you can get. Kayak and some of the other sites dedicated to airline bookings might still offer the best deals. Also, many airlines reserve their lowest prices for bookings made within the airline's website. But at the very least, Google flight search can give you an idea what your tickets will cost. It can be a great planning and budgeting tool when planning a trip to vacation rentals, whether it's for a ski trip or fun in the sun.

Be aware that Google often rolls out new tools and features slowly. If Google flight search isn't showing up for you yet, give it time. 

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Study: Smoky Mountain Vacation Rentals a Better Value than Hotels

Can you really stay at a Smoky Mountain vacation rental complete with a private hot tub, pool, game room and at-your-doorstep access to beautiful natural wonders and get a better value than a hotel room? According to a study from Smoky Mountain Cabin Rental LLC, you certainly can.

The study took the price of a luxurious four bedroom vacation rental cabin and compared it to two rooms in four hotels in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The direct price of the hotel rooms exceeded the price of the cabin about 50% of the time. Hotel prices ranged from $801.46 and $940.43. The luxury cabin, with over 2200 square feet and room to sleep 12 adults, came in at $894.54. The vacation rental cabin certainly competes on price. When you factor in the amenities and additional space available with vacation rentals, it's easy to see that you're getting more bang for your buck.

In addition to private movie rooms, multiple big screen TVs, pool tables, decks and plenty of space, vacation rental cabins offer full or gourmet kitchens. This saves money on eating out all the time. And vacation rental cabins offer spectacular views, right outside your door.

You can read about the study here, and learn more about Smoky Mountain Cabin Rental LLC here

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Christmas in Key West

Now that everyone's got their fill of turkey, stuffing, gravy and all the leftovers, it's time to start thinking about Christmas vacations. The beauty of a vacation rental over the Holidays is that you can celebrate in style and enjoy great weather, activities and scenery. 

Today, the spotlight is on Key West vacation rentals and the fun you'll find in this tropical paradise. On Monday, November 28, they'll be lighting the Christmas Tree in Bayview Park (is there anything more delightful for snow birds than to flock to a brightly lit Holiday tree as close to the beach as possible?).

On December 3, there's the Key West Christmas Parade, also known as the Key West Annual Holiday Parade. The spirit of Christmas fills Duval Street and officially kicks off the Holiday season. There are about 50 entries each year, including one with Santa and Mrs. Claus. It's a fun way to spend a Saturday night and will definitely get you in the Holiday mood.

On December 10, you can enjoy the Annual Schooner Wharf Bar Lighted Boat Parade. This is a magical display of lights and creativity made even more beautiful by the pretty lights reflecting off the water.

If you're around for New Years, you can enjoy a variety of fun events, such as the Pirate Wench Drop on Liberty Clipper or the Red High Heel with Drag Queen Drop on Bourbon Street. 

Of course, you'll find plenty of shopping, eating, beaching and other fun activities as you enjoy Christmas on Key West. Check out the Key West Chamber of Commerce website for more things to do.

The Holidays are a great time of year to get a cozy Key West vacation rental and enjoy a Holiday you'll never forget!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Opening Day at Squaw Valley

Today is opening day at Squaw Valley, and Thanksgiving weekend is the unofficial opening of ski season. And according to, 2011/2012 is going to be a good year to hit the slopes. A La Nina weather pattern indicates a colder, wetter winter for the mountains. Book your vacation rental early, so you can get in on all the great skiing at your favorite resort. 

Here are some of the resorts open Thanksgiving, according to (you'll find a complete list on their website). Keep in mind that many ski resorts will be opening in the next few days, so be sure to check specific dates for the ski area you're interested in.

Some of the resorts open as of 11/23/11:
  • Arapahoe Basin (CO), 21-inch base, 4 of 7 lifts open
  • Bear Mountain (CA), 12-inch base, 2 of 12 lifts open
  • Beaver Creek (CO), 18-inch base, 11 of 25 lifts open
  • Boreal (CA), 18-inch base, 3 of 9 lifts open
  • Breckenridge (CO), 22-inch base, 10 of 31 lifts open
  • Bretton Woods (NH), 6-inch base, 2 of 9 lifts open
  • Brian Head (UT), 24-inch base, 1 o f 9 lifts open
  • Brighton (UT), 33-inch base, 4 of 7 lifts open
  • Copper Mountain (CO), 20-inch base, 5 of 22 lifts open
  • Grouse Mountain (BC, Canada) 25-inch base, 3 of 5 lifts open
  • Heavenly (CA), 18-inch base, 4 of 30 lifts open
  • Killington (VT), 20-inch base, 2 of 22 lifts open
  • Keystone (CO), 18-inch base, 5 of 20 lifts open
  • Mammoth Mountain (CA), 18-inch base, 6 of 28 lifts open
  • Mt. Baker (WA), 60-inch base, 7 of 10 lifts open
  • Mt. Hood Meadows (OR), 39-inch base, 6 of 12 lifts open
  • Northstar (CA), 18-inch base, 8 of 19 lifts open
  • Park City (UT), 24-inch base, 3 of 16 lifts open
  • Vail (CO), 18-inch base, 9 of 31 lifts open
  • Whistler/Blackcomb (BC, Canada), 52-inch base, 4 of 37 lifts open
  • Winter Park (CO), 18-inch base, 5 of 26 lifts open

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Tips for Booking Vacation Rentals

The Holidays are approaching and people are making travel plans. Whether you're planning on staying in a vacation rental for the Holidays or planning a trip for next year, here are a few things to keep in mind when booking vacation rentals.

Book Now

If you're headed to a popular destination, you might want to book now. January and February are busy booking times for vacation rentals, and the best, most desirable properties get snapped up quickly

Know When High Season Is

Wherever you're going, it's going to have a high season. Try to book your rental on the fringes of the high season. For example, October in the Panhandle of Florida is a great time to visit. The humidity has cleared off, the crowds are gone, and you can sometimes have an entire beach all to yourself.

Check Out the Amenities

Before you book, make sure you get the amenities you want in your vacation rental. While all will have everything you need for daily living, you might want a game room for teenagers, a den for your spouse, and a hot tub for you! There's enough variety in vacation rentals that you can satisfy even your pickiest traveler.

Contact the Owner

The vast majority owners or property managers will be excited to share information about the rental and the community you'll be visiting. They are often advocates for their local attractions, and they'll certainly be able to give you tips on what to see and do during your stay. In addition, this will give you a chance to find out what you should and shouldn't bring. For example, many vacation rentals provide shampoo and soap, while some don't. Contacting the owner may save you a late night trip to the store for extras, or save you some weight in your luggage.

Read the Contract

Vacation rentals will have different cancellation policies when compared to hotels. In fact, they sometimes vary by whether or not it's high or low season. If you pay by credit card (recommended so you have recourse if there's a problem), you'll likely pay a deposit and then the remainder will be charged on a certain day prior to your stay. This is to protect the renters, but also helps guarantee that your spot will be there when you arrive.

Get the Insurance

If your vacation rental offers insurance for inadvertent damage to the rental, get it as long as it's reasonably priced. It can help protect you from paying too much for minor damages you might cause during your stay. The last thing you want to be doing on your vacation is looking for a glass company to replace a window that was accidentally broken.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Thanksgiving Road Trip Tips

Whether you're heading for your vacation rental on the beach or to grandma's house by car for Thanksgiving, check out these tips for getting there on time, saving on gas and traveling safe.

Be ready for any kind of weather. Watch the weather forecasts before leaving, but no matter what the forecast says, plan for bad weather so you're not surprised. Thanksgiving weekend gets it share of inclement weather, and winter conditions can arise when they're not expected.

Try to leave on Tuesday instead of Wednesday. The busiest travel day of the year is the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, and that includes the roads too, not just airports. If you plan it right, you can include a fun stop along the way if you have the time. Leaving a little early will also give you plenty of time if you run into bad weather. 

If you're traveling in warmer parts of the country, keep the windows rolled up while driving on the highway. Open windows and sun roofs create drag and wastes more gas than running the AC.

Take it easy on the gas. Driving at the posted speed limits can save you money. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, each 5 mph you drive over 60 mph is like paying about 21 cents per gallon more for gas.

Check your tire inflation. Properly inflated tires give you maximum fuel efficiency.

Turkey overload. If you're driving a long distance after a big meal, remember that big meals make you sleepy and lethargic. Be sure you're awake and aware before you get behind the wheel.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Sneak Peek at Great Vacation Rentals Bargains

We're going to feature some great deals on vacation rentals in our next Perfect Places email, but here's a sneak peek at some of the savings you'll be getting:
Get away to sunny Mexico with Oceano Properties: 3 nights for the price of 2 and 4 nights for the price of 3. Offer valid from Dec. 1, 2011 through February 28, 2012, with no holiday restrictions! Excludes Alegria Villa with private pool and Deseo Villa with private pool.
Mead Brown Costa Rica: Book by Dec. 15, 2011, and save 30% on beachfront condos at Vista Las Palmas on Jaco Beach. Stays must be completed by December 15, 2012; December 16, 2011 through January 6, 2012 are excluded. The Yin and Yang units are excluded from this offer. Rentals include daily housekeeping (except Sundays), wifi, VOIP for free calls to North America, gym, beachfront swimming pool and spa, 24/7 security, covered parking and on-site concierge services. Use Promo code:  PP2011.
Holiday Isle properties has great vacation rentals in Destin, Florida. Save 15% at any Holiday Isle property with a stay of 4 nights or longer through Dec. 31, 2012.
Elks Springs Resorts features properties in beautiful Tennessee. Register to win a Free 2 night stay at Elk Resort.
Check out these and other great deals on now!
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Friday, November 11, 2011

Ski Season's Here - Book a Ski Vacation Rental and Enjoy More Skiing Sooner

It's that time of year again. You can now head to one of the ski areas listed at for some early season skiing. While you're planning your trip, be sure to check out all the ski vacation rentals available at and

Wolf Creek in Colorado is reporting a base of 43 inches, while Mt. Washington in British Columbia has a base of 39 inches. Most others are in the 10 to 26-inch range.

More and more ski areas will be opening in the coming weeks. The legendary Squaw Valley plans a November 23 opening, as do many other areas hoping to catch some Thanksgiving skiers. A vacation rental, whether it's a home, cabin or condo, is a great alternative to hotels, motels and resorts. You get a lot more room, private amenities, and you'll save a bundle too--money you can use for an extra day or two of skiing, or for that early season ski trip you've always wanted to take.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Save Money on Airfare this Holiday Season

If you're flying to your vacation rental and haven't booked your Holiday flight yet, don't despair. You can save by taking advantage of last minute bargains.

According to the Associated Press, you'll get the cheapest flights for Christmas by booking during the first week of December. But don't wait don't too long, as prices will start rising again in the second week of December.

Be sure to shop airports if you live near a major city or an area where you have a choice. Chances are you'll make up the cost of gas, and sometimes even an overnight stay in a motel to catch an early flight.

A few other money-saving tricks to keep in mind: Tuesday's are considered the best days to book, and Wednesdays are the cheapest day do fly except for the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Try to fly either the Tuesday before or, if you really want to save, fly out early on Thanksgiving morning. Early morning flights are on time more often, so you'll likely be there in time for your turkey dinner.

Check out the fare-tracking chart on, and be sure to shop around when looking for your flight.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Ironman® Vacation Rentals: Your Home on the Road to Kona is excited to announce a new page exclusively for triathletes training to compete in a an Ironman® triathlon. It has links to Ironman vacation rentals in many of the cities where the triathlons will be held. It also has links to each race, so you can check out how to register, race rules, past results, etc.

We're providing this page as a service to athletes in training and the families and friends who'll be traveling with them. Not only will you be able to find information about your race, you'll be able to book your stay at an affordable and spacious vacation rental.

More Pages Like This to Come

Plus, we plan more pages like this in the near future. So much travel revolves around our passions, whether they're sports or hobbies, and wants to provide you with the vacation rentals you need to have the best experience possible.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Bali: A Vacation Destination Perfect for Families

bali vacation rentals

As with any vacation destination, visitors with children ask about the top places to see and things to do. In Bali, the best answer is to simply absorb the culture which is wholly unique to the island. Bali vacation rentals give you a chance to immerse yourself in everything Bali has to offer.

The Balinese are refreshingly hospitable. You'll be greeted with smiles and treated as friends from the moment you arrive.

Bali children enjoy a special status, pampered and esteemed from the time they're born. Because of this, Bali is a wonderful place to travel with children. Bali is a natural wonderland filled with opportunities for kids to learn about the world around them in a safe, fun and excitingly different way. Bali is simply one of the friendliest destinations for families. You'll always feel relaxed, yet there's always something to keep everyone entertained.

Getting around the island is easy for families as well. There are plenty of inexpensive buses and mini-buses that can take you anywhere. Taxis are also plentiful, and you can always rent a car and drive yourself.

Since Bali is predominantly Hindu, you'll find many highly dramatized performances filled with music, dance and brightly colored processions. Theater, dance and songs are a major part of Bali culture.

You can bicycle around Ubud and see fascinating macaques, learn to surf at Kuta (for older kids or more daring younger ones), snorkel at Menjangan Island, go to a Water Buffalo race in Negara, river raft through the heart of Bali, take a road trip to the otherworldly beauty of Lake Bratan and so much more.

Of course, Bali's beautiful beaches and abundant water activities mean you could spend your whole trip near the water. But with all it's tropical beauty and truly unique local entertainment, you'll discover that it's easy to find many new and exciting experiences in Bali.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Experience a Whole Other World in a Bali Vacation Rental

vacation rentals bali

Bali -- it's delicious, gorgeous and remains an undeveloped tropical paradise in so many ways. You'll find incredible landscapes, premier beaches, and an endless stream of traditional arts, crafts and entertainment that will immerse you in a world so different from your own that it will feel like the most wonderful dream you've ever had. Best of all, Bali vacation rentals are more abundant, and more affordable, than ever before.

While modern society has found its way to Bali, traffic, shopping malls and the like, its served to make Bali vacation rentals more convenient. To avoid the frenzied pace of some of the more dense population centers, you simply have to look past what might be your comfort zone. Let the romance of Bali sweep you away, as it has travelers for centuries, by escaping to some of the more serene areas.

While, you'll find a host of eclectic restaurants, boutiques, antiques, and lifestyle stores in Seminyak, go a little bit further to Canggu, Kerobokan and Umalas to find vacation rentals. Seseh, Candidasa, and Tabanan are also great choices for Bali vacation rentals. Nusa Dua, Jimbaran and Unawatu offer modern cliff-top villas on the rugged and beautiful Bukit Peninsula.

When you stay in a Bali vacation rental, you'll be immersing yourself in Bali culture The architectural style of most villas represents local artisans and builders with traditional design, though some include futuristic styles that mesh with the island's storied past.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Traveling with Pets Takes Planning and Patience

pet friendly vacation rentals

Pet friendly vacation rentals have contributed to the rise in the number of pets going along on trips with their owners. After all, it's tough keeping a dog in a hotel room, and impossible to bring a cat.

But when you're staying in a pet friendly vacation rental, you often have the luxury of a yard and the space to accommodate the needs of your dog, cat or other pet.

If you're flying, be sure to check regulations specific to your airline. Most, if not all, only allow dogs or cats in the cabins with you, and you'll need an airline-approved carrier. You'll probably need a health certificate from your Veterinarian. If your pet is traveling as checked luggage, the airline may also have temperature restrictions (meaning they won't accept a pet if the day-of-travel temperatures aren't within certain ranges). Airlines also have restrictions on how many total pets are allowed on one flight and have special check-in procedures. You'll likely be asked to go through a checklist with the agent at the counter.

If you're traveling by car, you'll want to provide your pet with a secure, safe, well-ventilated crate or carrier. They should be able to stand, sit, lie down and turn around in it. The crate or carrier should be strapped down with a seat belt or bungee cord. Your pet will get as uncomfortable as you on a long car ride. Treat your pet like you'd treat one of your kids. Don't leave them in a car by themselves. Keep them entertained with toys. Interact with them so they don't get grouchy. They may not be able to ask "are we there yet," but they'll be thinking it just the same.

Other traveling tips: bring your pet's vaccination record, even if you're not traveling by plane; don't let them your pet ride with his or her head out the window -- it's dangerous and they could jump out; plan on extra time for bathroom breaks -- your pet will be "going" in an unfamiliar area and that can take more time.

Once you reach your destination, allow your pet to get acclimated to their environment, but keep a close eye on them. It's an unfamiliar area to you both. In no time at all, you'll both be settled in and enjoying your vacation together.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Best Places to Travel in 2012: We've Got Vacation Rentals There

National Geographic just released its Best of the World 2012 and several Perfect Places property locations made the list. There's no better way to "feel like a local" in the best places to travel than in vacation rentals.

Sonoma, California

Score one for California vacation rentals in Sonoma. More than 300 wineries are enough reason to visit Sonoma, but the area has much more to offer. Take a relaxing float down the Russian River in an inner tube, stroll among soaring, ancient Redwoods, see Spanish adobe missions and Russian stockades, go antique hunting and so much more.

Istria, Croatia

Reminiscent of Tuscany, Istria is a romantic Adriatic region on Croatia's north peninsula. It's known for truffles, white wines, olive oil estates and ancient towns located on picturesque hillsides.


If you haven't already booked a vacation rental for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, now would be a good time. The city has spent $15 billion getting start of the art facilities up and running. Even if you can't get a ticket to the sporting events, there'll be plenty of buzz and excitement in and around one of the world's premier cities. Don't miss out.

New Zealand

If you've seen the Lord of the Rings movies, you know how unique and different the scenery looked. That's because they were filmed in New Zealand, which boasts some of the world's best natural beauty. See hot springs, glaciers, rain forests, volcanoes and much more.


Panama's a confluence of indigenous culture, nature and modern globalism. The Panama Canal makes the country a focal point for world trade. As you travel past the Canal Zone you encounter volcanoes, native cultures, national parks, tropical rain forests and more natural beauty than you can see in one trip.


From the high elevations of Machu Picchu to the world's deepest canyons, from the world's rarest birds to bustling Lima, there are plenty of reasons to book a vacation rental in Peru. One of the best may be the recent discovery by foodies of all the culinary delights available in Peru. While locals have long known about Peru's great food, outsiders are just beginning to appreciate the flavors this South American country has to offer.


How about a visit to the birthplace of Western Civilization? Not only will you find all the history you can handle, you'll also be amazed by seaside resorts and a rugged mainland with spectacular scenery.

Muskoka, Ontario

Muskoka's for anyone looking to truly get away from it all. It's a 2,500 square mile area that offers over 8,500 miles of shoreline on dozens of lakes, waterfalls, historic towns and natural beauty that will keep you in awe for your entire trip.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

6 Thanksgiving Travel Tips

Tip #1: Leave the crowds behind. If you haven't made your plans yet, consider vacation rentals by secluded beaches.

Thanksgiving, one of the busiest travel Holidays, can frustrate you with delays, crowds and bad weather. In fact, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is the busiest travel day of the year. (Tip #2: Avoid traveling the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, if you can.) But seeing family and friends and enjoying a feast together more than makes up for the hassles. Here are tips to help your Thanksgiving travel go smoother this year.

Tip# 3: Confirm your bookings. Even if you've gotten confirmation on your vacation rental or flight, it doesn't hurt to follow up with a phone call to make sure everything's in order. In all likelihood, everything will be fine, but you might catch a detail that could spoil your Thanksgiving.

Tip #4: Beat the traffic and crowds. If your vacation rental is in a popular destination, expect lines at the airport, and expect traffic to be more congested when you arrive. Leave extra time and you'll eliminate one less pain point. If flights are delayed, you'll be first in line to get the next available seats. If the Florida highways are crowded, you can relax knowing you've got plenty of time. Planning on eating out? Then make your reservations in advance. You can always change your mind.

Tip #5: Avoid lost luggage. If you simply can't avoid taking a lot of bags, consider packing early and using a door-to-door shipping service to have them delivered to your destination. Since airlines are charging hefty fees for luggage now, you're going to have to pay anyway. And unlike an airline, a shipping service will give you a tracking number and tell you where your bags are in route at all times.

Tip #6: For drivers. Watch the weather and be flexible about your route. Have your car serviced and checked out for potential problems. Pack as lightly as possible, especially if you have an overnight stay along the way. And bring plenty of games and videos along for the kids. If you can, plan a special stop along the way that they can look forward to. It will make a long drive seem less boring.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Outer Banks Highway 12 Connects Hatteras with North Carolina

There's great news for North Carolina's Outer Banks. Highway 12, closed since Hurricane Irene blew threw the area in late August, has reopened. Irene actually created a new inlet and washed out sections of road near Rodanthe. Late Monday, workers finished a 662-foot steel bridge over the inlet, connecting Hatteras Island with the rest of the mainland.

The North Carolina department of roads considers the fix temporary until they can develop a long-term strategy on how to handle damage caused by storms that hit the Outer Banks.

A ferry service had bee transporting residents between Rodanthe and Stumpy point since Irene.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

First Snow in Tahoe - Time to Book Your Ski Vacation Rentals

Breaking news! Squaw Valley, Sugar Bowl, Alpine Meadows and other Lake Tahoe ski resorts saw their first snows on October 5, meaning ski season's just around the corner. Now's the time to book your ski vacation rentals especially if you are considering a trip over Thanksgiving or Christmas and New Year Holidays. Rates are most reasonable if you book early, and the best, most popular dates are still available.

Ski vacation rentals have quite a few advantages over hotels or resorts. First, you'll likely to have a lot more room to spread out. Most ski vacation rentals accommodate a family or two. Pets are often welcome, and you'll have in-the-house access to things like pool tables, hot tubs, multiple big screen TVs, game rooms and much, much more. You won't have to leave your home or condo to have fun, unless you want to. Of course, ski vacation rentals are located in the heart of the best skiing and winter entertainment that Tahoe has to offer. has 453 Lake Tahoe vacation rentals in a variety of price ranges. All of them include great amenities to make your stay more comfortable, convenient and enjoyable.

Here are some great resources you can use as you plan your ski trip:

The California Transportation Department has webcams located throughout the Tahoe Area where you can check Tahoe weather conditions.

Here are a few of our favorite weather links for the Tahoe area:

Tahoe Weather Geek


South Lake Tahoe

Monday, October 3, 2011

Blazing fall colors, blazing deals on vacation rentals

Across the country, fall colors are blazing in a frenzy of beautiful colors. Trees are turning gorgeous shades of red, orange and yellow, transforming bland landscapes into palettes of bright and beautiful colors. Now's the time to escape into a peaceful woodlands vacation rental home or cabin and enjoy nature's beauty first hand, before it's too late. offers properties in a variety of locations perfect for viewing all the colors fall has to offer. We recently added dozens of new vacation rentals in Northern Michigan, where the fall color viewing is at its peak through mid-October. If you can't travel until later in the autumn, then try some of our mid-South properties in Tennessee, North Carolina or elsewhere in Appalachia.

And be sure to check out our Deals and Specials page for ways to enjoy all the beauty of fall for less.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Vacation transportation for the slightly insane

This video must be seen to believed. The Valparaiso Cerro Abajo Race is a legendary urban bike race in Valparaiso, Chile. Ride along with this well-dressed rider. Unfortunately, we don't current have any vacation rentals listed nearby. But we are sure it would be an interesting bike ride from Lima, Peru or Buenos Aires, Argentina :)

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Lonely Planet: Countries that can still be travelled on the cheap. How about Croatia and Thailand.

Good Lonely Planet article on countries that can still be traveled on the cheap.

Lonley Planet's list includes:
* India
* Nepal
* Indonesia
* Iran
* Poland
* Laos
* Sudan
* Honduras
* Morocco
* Jordan

It's a good list, but we would repectfully add Croatia and Thailand to name a few. Where would you add to the list?


There are literally thousands of Croatia vacation rentals near the beach on the coast or Islands for under $50 / 40 € per night.


There are amazing Thailand villas near the beach which can also be found for under $50.

Friday, January 21, 2011

10 nice additions to your "bucket list" if you are inclined to extremes.

Here is a link to the article "Top 10 things to throw yourself off"
on Lonely Planet:

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Sicily's Best Beaches

We came across a great list of Sicily's Best Beaches along with beautiful pictures in this Frommer's slideshow.

Aeolian Islands
Between Siracusa and Pachino
San Vito lo Capo

These Sicily Villas will give you the perfect base to explore from.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Pet Friendly Beach Vacation Rentals

We asked property owners and guests on our Facebook page what the most beautiful beach they had been to was. One owner reminded us that a being Pet Friendly is a major attractions to their beautiful beach in Cape San Blas, Florida. Pet Friendly is a very important priority for many travelers so we put together a a few links to Pet Friendly properties at some of the top Pet Friendly beaches in the United States.

Cape San Blas, Florida Pet Friendly Rentals

St. George Island, Florida Pet Friendly Rentals

Rockaway Beach, Oregon Pet Friendly Rentals

Virginia Beach, Virginia Pet Friendly Rentals
Virginia Beach Public Beaches: Dogs are allowed on the beach before Memorial Day and after Labor Day. dogs are allowed on the beach. From the Friday before Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend dogs are restricted to the north end of Virginia Beach above 42nd Street and the south end of Virginia Beach in the Sandbridge area before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m.

Bodega Bay, California Pet Friendly Rentals

Pacific Beach, San Diego, California Pet Friendly Rentals

Here is a link to browse over 13,000 Pet Friendly Vacation Rentals Worldwide.