Friday, December 30, 2011
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
|Mystic Ridge, St. John's USVI|
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.
Friday, December 23, 2011
|Maybe Santa will need a nice|
ski vacation rental after the Holidays?
Image courtesy of VintageHolidayCrafts.com
- 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).
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
|Stay at this private water's edge home for just $150/night|
Friday, December 16, 2011
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
Monday, December 12, 2011
|Relax by a warm Key West Pool on New Year's Eve|
|Try Skiing in Squaw Valley. (Photo: Squaw Valley)|
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
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
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
- 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
Friday, November 18, 2011
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.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Friday, November 11, 2011
It's that time of year again. You can now head to one of the ski areas listed at OnTheSnow.com for some early season skiing. While you're planning your trip, be sure to check out all the ski vacation rentals available at PerfectPlaces.com and MountainSkiRentals.com.
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
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 Kayak.com, and be sure to shop around when looking for your flight.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
PerfectPlaces.com 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 PerfectPlaces.com wants to provide you with the vacation rentals you need to have the best experience possible.
Thursday, November 3, 2011
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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'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
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
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
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.
LakeRentals.com 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:
Monday, October 3, 2011
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.
PerfectPlaces.com 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
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
Lonley Planet's list includes:
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
Here is a link to the article "Top 10 things to throw yourself off"
on Lonely Planet:
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Between Siracusa and Pachino
San Vito lo Capo
These Sicily Villas will give you the perfect base to explore from.
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
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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.
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