Archive for November, 2010

Winter Park: Ski Run Heaven in the Rockies

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Everyone knows Colorado is a skier’s paradise. Rocky Mountains marching through the middle of the state lay fabulous views and amazing ski runs. How do you pick one area among many? This winter season try the one known as “Colorado’s Favorite Resort”, Winter Park, Colorado.

With a population of 800, and the highest point for an incorporated town in the US is at 12,060 feet, Winter Park has everything. Folks of all ages will enjoy a vacation filled with plenty of options for fun both day and night. What makes Winter Park so special? First, it’s easily accessible–just 70 miles North West from Denver. Second, it’s entrenched in gorgeous country, poised just south of Rocky Mountain National Park and near the Arapahoe National Forest at the southern end of the Fraser Valley. But mostly, it’s the snow. Winter Park gets the most snow of all Colorado’s ski areas, averaging 369 inches each year! Five distinct mountains offer an incredibly varied landscape over more than 3,000 skiable acres. You can check out the exact size and location of Winter Park Colorado lodging on our website to find the place just right for you.

Winter Park is a lot quieter outside ski season, but it still offers incredible hiking and fishing opportunities and is a favorite summer destination for many. Mountain biking over 500+ miles of trails, and 4 golf courses can also be done nearby, all high in the splendor of the Rockies.

If you feel like eating out, you will have many options as well. Winter Park has a number of fine restaurants, serving a variety of food choices. Try visiting the New Village, at the heart of Winter Park, with coffee shops, restaurants, and shopping.

Winter Park pleasantly maintains a unique, small-town charm surrounded by natural beauty. Once a community with a few cabins, the town is now adorned with shops, restaurants and lodging alternatives. With Denver nearby, Winter Park has become a popular destination for tourists and Front Range residents.

When you’re ready to find out for yourself just why this is Colorado’s Favorite Resort, start planning your trip at Rentalo.com. Our easily navigated website lets you sort choices by size or type or amenities offered. Whatever lodging alternative you seek, you’re sure to find the Winter Park vacation rentals just right for you.

On the Road: Car Rental Tips for Your Next Trip

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Car RentalRenting a car may be the best way to harness your trip experience; you can enjoy both freedom and flexibility when you are driving around your favorite vacation destination. Today, we want you to consider a few tips to chose the best car option, save money and avoid car rental hassles.

Choose your car wisely depending on your trip itinerary, party size and your own driving requirements. If you are traveling with kids and family, consider renting a SUV or Van. If on the other hand your concern is budget, try renting the smallest available car or an eco-friendly (like a hybrid vehicle) to save on rates or gas. Also, do your research in advance and reserve accordingly. Some countries only offer stick shift cars, so finding an automatic transmission car can be cumbersome if you don´t plan in advance. While you are at it, ask rental companies for kid´s seats, GPS gadgets, ski racks or any other thing that comes in handy for your road trip.

If you are renting a car for a couple of weeks, check major rental companies like Hertz, National, Dollar, Avis, Budget, Enterprise or Thrifty. Be sure to visit their websites, they often offer exclusive discounts and you will bypass booking fees by aggregators, affiliates or other operators. Sometimes, frequent flyer programs, credit cards, coupons or promotion codes are available to lower the rates, check these on local newspapers, on the company´s websites or just search with the keywords “rental coupon code” and similar words on the Web. If you are a member of AAA, or your company has a company deal with a car rental shop, make sure to check on those too for discounted rates.

You should understand all the implications outlined in your rental agreement. Read the terms and conditions carefully so you avoid any last minute surprises, and if you are booking a car rental over the phone, ask the agent about restrictions, local taxes, airport surcharges, drop-off and late fees, insurance rates, mileage and gas fees, liabilities and any other issue that comes to your mind. No question is a dumb question. Also ask for national service and support in case you get tangled in an emergency situation.

When picking your car and just before you drive away from the rental lot, fully check the car´s condition. Be sure the lights, honk, auto lock, and windshield wipers work properly and check the mileage odometer. Report any malfunction immediately to your agent. In short, familiarize with your vehicle before driving away.

When you are ready to return the car, fill the tank yourself so that you’re only paying for the amount of gas you actually used. Try to avoid gas stations near the airport where you’re dropping off the car; usually fuel prices are higher there. Before leaving the vehicle, be sure you have not left any personal belongings behind inside the car or trunk. Make sure the check-in attendant inspects the car in your presence and that you agree on its return condition. Finally, check your bill for all charges and make sure the company credits any outstanding deposit to your account.