Snagging an apartment, bungalow, villa, or pretty much any space of your own definitely has its advantages -- financial and otherwise. And sometimes you don't even have to give up maid service!

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Enjoying a vacation rental in a Tuscany vineyard

  Wandering the hilly, narrow cobblestone streets in our home base of Montalcino, a medieval city of interlocking passageways, steps, and alleyways curving around and through and behind and beyond the main square, I reminded myself I was walking through history spanning eight hundred years. Stopping for lunch, I ordered a glass of the house wine. A bottle arrived at the table. When I protested, I was told to drink what I wanted and I would be charged accordingly. Not a bad system, I thought.…

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Hilton Head, South Carolina & 3 of its top vacation-rental communities

Hilton Head Island, off South Carolina's Low Country coast, has been a resort destination for 65 years now, with breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean, world-class beaches, and golf courses. The island's hub is Forest Beach, dubbed its "unofficial dowtown," it includes Coligny Plaza, the best place to go shopping or dining, along with a duck pond in the middle of the plaza. On summer nights the area is especially active, with live music, magic shows, and concerts on every corner (also, head…

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4 of the Caribbean's top luxury rental villas

In the market for a nice place to call your own on a warm-weather vacation getaway this winter, for example in the Caribbean? Instead of the usual resort, give a thought to renting your very own luxury Caribbean villa, which can be as or more affordable while providing unparalleled privacy and comfort. Here are examples on five islands, marketed through Caribbean Escape, that you'll surely fall in love with! read post

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7 key gadgets to look for in your vacation rental

In today's world, lodgings of all kinds have upped their game - and that includes vacation rentals of apartments and houses. Increasingly coddled and interconnected, today's vacationers have come to expect increasing and more sophisticated amenities in their accommodations. Here are seven key examples to look for: read post

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  • Tricia is correct that having local staff is a true benefit particularly when traveling to a foreign country.  We have local bilingual staff who personally meet and greet each client at the home, review operating systems of the home, answer questions and leave a local phone number that is answered 24/7.  We also offer full concierge services as a benefit to our clients. In addition most of our homes and condos have internet service free to the client and the majority of our homes and villas have vonage phone systems which provide unlimited free calls to the US and Canada. Again, additional benefits of a private home or villa.
  • We have clients as well from the cold regions of the US and Canada that come to Cabo for 1-3 months at a time.  We have some that are back for the 4th and 5th years.  Long term rates are reduced and makes it affordable.
  • Vacation rentals are also a great option for longer seasonal escapes. Since our winters are sunny and warm but not stifling humid and hot like the beaches, Snowbirds from the frozen north come back each winter soaking up the daily sun and enjoying outdoor sports. Retirees can dip their toes into retirement destinations to see if care-free living at a fraction of the cost is worth moving to a foreign country. During the long summer season, families come to study Spanish for a month or more while traveling to different destinations using the home as a base. So having a home away from home for a seasonal stay is ideal for those who need more than just a week vacation.
  • Yes. The privacy and togetherness you get in a villa is by far better than having your group in separate rooms and having a "communal" gathering spot. Depending on location most have private pools, daily maid - even a cook (or all-inclusive plan). In my case there is always a property manager or, in some cases the owner, who is there to answer your questions and attend to your needs. This can be comforting to those who are a little "afraid" of being in a foreign country and thinking they're left to fend for themselves. I personally think a villa will allow you to experience more of the country. Costa Rica Vacation Rentals  shameless plug :) 

  • I agree with Cheryl.  I have been in the Vacation Rental business for 12 years and  when traveling with friends and family have realized that in almost all cases we prefer vacation rentals.  We have rented in Sun River, Oregon, Lake Tahoe, Napa Valley, Montana, Arizona, Colorado, and Cabo.  It's so nice to be able to all gather together for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner around the table in friendship.  When we all stay in the same place, in my opinion, we get a better valued vacation not only in time spent together but a savings in our pocketbooks as well.
  • Vacation rentals are a perfect way to travel. Beautiful homes, comfortable homes,

    cozy cottages, luxury estates with all the amenities like washers and dryers, gourmet cookware, plenty of linens, shampoo and bath products, dog run and more! Vacation rentals provide a secure spot from which to see all of the sights, share time with friends and family and be totally uninterrupted by hotel staff, noisy neighbors or chatty guests. Come to Oregon wine country soon and beat the the Spring and Summer rush while rates are lowest. Two bedroom, one bath or five bedroom, five bath. See more at

    Baker Street Vacation Rentals, McMinnville,Oregon
    A private cottage in Oregon Wine Country near fine dining, antiques, art galleries, McMinnville Historic Downtown District and more.
  • Availability in January (and beyond) for a chalet outside of Zell am See, near Klagenfurt, great skiing, snowshoeing, cross country too. Peak ski season, sleeps 6, fireplace, 7 km from town and train station. Great rates.

  • We still have some limited availability in Cabo San Lucas for the holidays.  1-6 bedroom homes. Its a great place to spend the holidays.

  • - -good place to celebrate the New Year  - different country - fun holidays

    ask me for the good deals

  • Huge Holiday Special! More luxury for less!
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