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Ready to hit the slopes? Check out these ski travel tips.

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Start planning your ski trip and enjoy a white-snow sporty vacation. Consider the most popular ski vacation destinations, browse our ski vacation rentals in the US, and prepare your gear to hit the slopes this upcoming season. At Rentalo, we want to help you make the most of your ski travel by providing some useful tips and recommendations.

Plan your ski trip accordingly

The earlier you plan your ski trip, the better the chances you get discounts and better deals. Consider an early or a late season trip, also try a mid-week journey to avoid crowds and get special discounts at selected resorts. If you are flexible with your travel dates, you may also want to try last-minute accommodations and ski packages; check directly with the ski resorts for special deals and availability. Also, be attentive to special resort promotions that bundle ski and stay offers; some of these include lodging, lift tickets and quick ski instruction. You will save money on packaged offers.

It is also a good idea to check detailed ski reports and weather conditions in the ski location of your choice. Check also available and open trails, and visit the resort´s website for updated relevant ski information. Some resort websites have live webcams that may give you a better grasp on the spot you are visiting.

Traveling with your ski gear

If you are taking your own equipment, check your ski gear during your ski trip planning so you can review and pair it to local ski conditions. Prepare a list with everything you may need; remember to check boot and ski clamps, wax your skis and take clothing in good condition.

You may probably want to rent a car that comes with a ski rack to place your gear and ask for GPS navigation devices that also come handy if you are driving around and skiing at multiple locations.
If you are flying to your ski destination, check the airline regulations before you start packing. See if there are special and separate regulations for your luggage and a sports bag. Remember, ski bags may be large in size and heavy, check if your gear meets the cargo size and weight requirements in advance of your ski journey to avoid paying extra fees. You may want to consider taking your boot bags and a day´s set of ski clothing on a separate bag, that way if your luggage gets delayed, your skiing won´t be held up.

Skiing may be a demanding and exhilarating experience. Plan your next vacation trip in advance, check our ski destinations and lodgings in Colorado. Review vacation rentals in Breckenridge, ski homes in Vail, vacation homes in Steamboat Springs and hotels in Aspen. Enjoy the slopes!

New Smyrna Beach – Florida´s Greatest Oceanfront

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

New Smyrna BeachfrontThirteen miles of soft, white-sand beach is enough to label New Smyrna Beach as one of the “Best Beaches” in America. This colorful city offers not only the best beach experience; it also complements its offering with great offshore fishing, cultural and historical sites, professional golf courses, and excellent dining plus shopping venues. New Smyrna Beach has a peculiar hometown atmosphere amongst a beautiful tropical landscape and friendly community. Take the chance to book a New Smyrna Beach vacation rental with Rentalo and enjoy family fun for all.

New Smyrna Beach is a coastal city in Volusia County, East Central Florida, located some 20 miles south of Daytona Beach along U.S. Highway 1. The vicinities include Edgewater and Oak Hill in the Volusia County, sometimes considered to be part of the Greater New Smyrna Beach Area. This highly valued destination offers a humid, subtropical climate where summers are long and hot, with temperatures bordering the upper 90′s in July.

Beachfront parks like the popular Flagler Avenue Park just off historic Flagler Avenue, or the Hiles boat ramp and the Lake Ashby boat ramp, are ideal places for strolling, biking or canoeing. If you are more into outdoor activities, visit Lake Ashby Park, a 124-acre rural setting park in the Osteen area that offers a campsite, playgrounds, sports courts, horseback riding, fishing, and many other activities.

Many other historical, cultural and special interest sites receive hundreds of visitors of all ages in the New Smyrna Beach Area. Popular attractions include the famous Sugar Mill Ruins, witness to the uprisings of Native Americans in the early 1800s and battleground for the war between the Seminole Indians and the United States. To learn more about the second oldest settlement in Florida, you may want to visit the New Smyrna Museum of History, featuring the Turnbull Colony exhibit and other showcases from the Pre-Columbian era, Spanish Periods, British Period, Seminole Wars, Civil War, Railroad Era and the 20th Century. Lastly, you will not be able to miss the most prominent landmark in New Smyrna Beach: the Turtle Mound. Created by the Indian Timucuan civilization back in 2000 BC, this is a turtle-shaped kitchen midden made of shellfish remains, oyster shells and bones that can be seen seven miles out at sea, standing 50 feet tall and covering two acres.

If you want to visit this fabulous Florida destination this summer, use our unique inquiry system and rent a New Smyrna Beach lodging that will meet your family needs.

Planning your Pet Travel

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Pets bring us both love and tenderness, but nowadays traveling along with them may be a little cumbersome. If you have a friendly neighbor who can watch over your pets while you are away, we suggest you consider leaving your hairy friends behind. If you are too attached, consider driving your pet instead of flying. Many dogs enjoy the trip and love the ride. If however you still need to take a plane, consider these hints about pet travel.

All pets travelling over state borders are required by the US government to have their shots and a general health certificate issued and signed by a veterinarian. Most airlines require you present the certificate within 10 days of travel. Try to make pet reservations as early as you can as airlines generally allow only a limited number of pets per plane, and it’s first come, first served. If you are travelling abroad, check out the import country rules and regulations; health requirements vary and some may need weeks of preparation.

If your pet is small enough, he may travel with you in the cabin under the seat in front of you. Different airlines have distinct policies on kennel size, or you may have to call to find out specifics on plane size and under the seat capacity. If on the other hand your friend has to travel as cargo, as soon as you get to the airport, take your dog for a walk. Some airports have “pet relief areas” where your dog can stretch and relieve before they go in the kennel (as you may have guessed, not a pleasant experience for the pet).

Let´s face it, nobody cares for your pet as much as you do. Airlines have strict regulations, varying fees and overall, discouraging services for pets. If you still want to travel to a pet friendly vacation rental by plane, research and plan accordingly. You may find useful tips, resources and special services in websites like: petflight or petairways for specialized services.

San Francisco: Throbbing and Fun Summer Destination

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

One of the most vibrant cities in America, San Francisco is the financial, cultural, and transportation center of the larger San Francisco Bay Area populated by 7.4 million people. The city is a popular international tourist destination, with an eclectic yet astounding architecture, its rolling hills are the perfect stage for popular landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge, the Coit Tower, cable cars and Chinatown. At Rentalo, we pay homage to this multicultural city by offering you planning ideas for your next San Francisco vacation rental.

San Francisco was rated “most-walkable” city based on its culturally rich streetscapes on multicultural neighborhoods crossed by commercial corridors. These neighborhoods feature tons of restaurants, venues and businesses alike. On every street you will find cafes, boutiques, and bars that will make for a glowing nightlife.

If you and your family are more into museums, you can´t miss the Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), which receives more than 600,000 visitors annually and houses many contemporary works of art. You may also want to check out the Palace of the Legion of Honor or the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park. And while at the park, visit the California Academy of the Sciences, the local natural history museum which also hosts the Steinhart Aquarium and the Morrison Planetarium. If you have grade school kids, stop by the Exploratorium, an interactive science museum in the Palace of Fine Arts.

cable-car-picture-2There are many other things to do in the foggy, yet warm city. The typical tourist experience must include a stroll and lunch on Pier 39 and Fisherman´s Wharf, so you can later enjoy a treat at Ghirardelli Square. Hop on a cable car on Powell Street and roam the city hills on San Francisco´s most recognizable moving landmark. Later visit world-famous Lombard street, the ”crookedest” street, by taking the cable car to Hyde and Lombard. And don´t forget to shop around Chinatown, the biggest Chinese community outside the Asian country.

Find different lodging options in San Francisco Hotels and Vacation Rentals at Rentalo.com .

Kid Friendly Travel for the Upcoming Summer Season

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Traveling with kids can be an exhilarating experience. However, it may prove very demanding for parents who are not well prepared. In order to avoid family frustration, consider your loved ones, their interests and needs when you are all away. Plan accordingly; make your item and activity checklists while keeping a travel itinerary carefully laid out. The best trip is the one that has enough family adventure and entertainment while reducing hassle and stress for everyone. At Rentalo, we are concerned with your family vacation travel and want to help you enjoy your leisure time along with your kids.

kids_vacationWhen traveling on family vacations take the appropriate things and props to help you better care for your kids and avoid uncomfortable situations. A first aid kit, with band-aids, mild analgesics, hand gel and sun screen should be always included in your luggage. For those boring moments, distract your kids with crayons, paper, color books and card games. A good idea is to keep a photo of your child in your wallet or purse in case they get lost in a crowded area. Also, take an extra copy of birth certificates and travel arrangements (tickets, reservations, etc). you may also want to include a frisbee for some quick exercise, a lightweight blanket for nap time, snacks and treats, wipes, and plenty of bottled water. And don´t overlook a simple but basic: always go to the bathroom BEFORE you leave; trust us, everyone will feel lighter.

Places to go on your kid vacation trip

Washington, D.C. with all its history, landmarks and free museums is a great destination for family fun. Look for a family vacation rental in Washington and stroll down the Mall with your youngsters. They would surely enjoy the National Air and Space Museum and learn the story of planes and rockets from the earliest human attempts to fly. Visit the Museum of Natural History and enjoy with them natural wonders, stuffed fauna and the O. Orkin Insect Zoo, home to many critters your kids will love. If they are more into plants, don´t forget to take them to the Botanical Garden, next to the Capitol.

If you and your kids are more into wilderness and adventure travel, you should experience one of the U.S.´s 388 national parks. You will surely find a whole array of cultural, geographical and geological attractions all over the country. National park websites have “For Kids” sections that will help you involve your kids in the planning of visits and events with puzzles, games and lots of pictures. Check our inventory of vacation rentals in Yosemite, Yellowstone Grand Canyon or the Florida Everglades for more ideas on national park destinations.

Of course, Disney and Theme parks in Orlando are always at the top of the list when considering family vacations. Fortunately, we offer several Disney vacation rental alternatives for your lodging in this premiere family fun spot. If you enjoy the thrills, try the Space Mountain or the famous Rock ’n’ Rollercoaster featuring Aerosmith. Classics like Cinderella or friendly characters Mickey, Goofy and Pluto will sure be there to make the most out of your kid´s vacations.

Vacation Rental Deals for a Last Minute Vacation

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

We are getting closer to the end of the vacation season and many haven’t taken a break yet. Yes, it is not the best time to go on vacation if we think of money matters; but how about choosing your next destination based on the vacation rental deal that you can get? Thinking about all of those who still wish they could go on a break without spending that much, I have compiled a short list of some of the best vacation rental deals that I have found in our website.

Enjoy!

Fort Myers Beach Vacation Condo 30% OFF

This Fort Myers Beach vacation condo, is a deluxe two bedroom, two bathtroom unit with a very large kitchen, a fully equipped 4dining area adjacent to the kitchen and queen size beds in the spacious bedrooms. The back deck overlooks the pool and the front deck has Gulf views. It sleeps up to six people comfortably for $94.50 USD per night. Special rate lasts until October 30, 2009.

California Indian Wells Country Club Home 30% OFF

This breathtaking Indian Wells home was featured in the Winter Issue 2005/2006 national publication “Luxury Homes & Communities.” The main Indian Wells house and attached casita (guest house) total approx 3,700 square feet of custom architecture and interior design, by two of the Desert’s finest, builder Lance Christensen and renowned interior designer Steve Charette. The home can sleep up to eight people comfortably and it is now available at a special rate of $250 USD per night. Offer lasts until September 30th.

Playa del Carmen Penthouse 36% OFF

4Located only minutes from the best Caribbean beaches, this vacation condo has two bedrooms and two bathrooms. There is a six persons Jacuzzi and on the rooftop of this Playa del Carmen vacation rental you will also find an outdoor kitchen with mini fridge, BBQ and gas-stove. It is beautifully furnished with 42” plasma TV, multiregional DVD, wireless internet connection, leather sofas and a king size bed in a spacious suite. The condo can accommodate up to 4 people for a discounted rate of $112USD. Offer lasts until November 15th.

Beachfront Kauai Vacation Rental          40% OFF

This beautiful beachfront Kauai vacation rental is located right on the ocean where you can relax on the sand right out of your door! Let the gentle sound of the waves melt your stress away and lull you t4o a peaceful, restful sleep. The condo can sleep up to three people comfortably. It has one bedroom and one bathroom and it is currently advertised at $114 USD per night. Offer is available until December 15th and requires a 3 night minimum stay.

Last Minute Kaanapali Vacation Rental Special 50% OFF

This newly remodeled, spacious cottage has two bedrooms and two bathrooms with an enclosed lanai. It is nestled in a ten acre lush tropical complex with two pool areas. It is also near to both parking and swimming pool. (No parking fee or resort fees!) It is minutes walk to North Kaanapali Beach, great for swimming, snorkeling and enjoying memorable sunsets. The vacation rental can sleep up to six people at a discounted price of $110 USD per night. Offer lasts until August 31st , so hurry up!

The Grand Canyon: A Staggering Creation of Nature

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

More than a National Park the Grand Canyon is an experience. This marvel of nature is one of those places that can truly leave you breathless. Once there, you realize that you are just a minimal creature of this world, and that there is got to be a supreme force that is able to create such an awe-inspiring beauty. Taking a look at this staggering creation of nature is simply a privilege that not a lot of people in this world have; so if you do have the opportunity of visiting this place, don’t even doubt it for a second.

The Grand Canyon National Park is located in Northern Arizona and it is one of the United State’s oldest National Parks. The park contains the beautiful Grand Canyon which is a chasm of the Colorado River and one of the wonders of the world, also considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its immense size of 277 river miles long, up to 18 miles wide and a mile deep can overwhelm anybody’s senses and its geologic record preserved is what attracts the attention of the world. Although its rocks are not unique and many similar rocks can be found in other places of the world, its wide variety and clarity with which they are exposed is what makes them exclusive.

Hiking at the Grand Canyon

There are many ways to experience the splendor of the Grand Canyon and one of them is hiking. If you like adventure and are a professional hiker, this is an opportunity you will never forget. When hiking at the Grand Canyon you will be hiking at a high elevation of 7,000 to 8,000 feet in a desert climate. Water and element protection as well as appropriate skills will make the difference between life and death; however the rewards are simply indescribable.

Air Tours

If you are not so adventurous yet would like a panoramic view of the Canyon you can try an air tour. Outside the Grand Canyon National Park there are numerous scenic air tour operators that offer helicopter and fixed wing tours. Many companies also operate tours out of California, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona.

Mule Trips

If you prefer earth activities like me, then a mule trip should be your option. There are two different mule trips, the ones that go from South Rim and the ones that go from North Rim. South Rim trips can last two days and go to the Colorado River and back up to the South Rim. There is also a one day option. North Rim trips do not go to the river and can be from one hour to half a day. It is recommended that you book in advance because this tours get booked really fast.

You can find vacation rentals in Arizona at Rentalo.com

Boston: The Magic of Tradition

Friday, March 27th, 2009

Boston is a place huge in name, beauty and opinion. It is the capital and largest city of Massachusetts and it is considered the economic and cultural center of the area. It has been rated as a top destination in numerous travel reviews and travel blogs around the world, and it is ideal for those travelers who like history, culture and a scholar ambiance unlike any other. It is home to the first subway system in the United States and the first public school; the Boston College. Neighboring Cambridge is home to the renowned Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

An Influential City

Boston has played an important role in shaping the history of America. It was the location of major events during the American Revolution such as the Boston massacre and the Boston tea party. Today Boston holds a strong sense of cultural identity as a result of its intellectual reputation and lures students, tourists and families alike. Among the many museums to visit in the city, tourists will find the Boston Children’s Museum, ideal for those traveling with kids, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments in Cambridge and the Harvard museum of Natural history among others.

The Back Bay: Boston’s Trendiest Neighborhood

If you are looking for a chic place in Boston to go shopping or spend an afternoon in a café, the Back Bay is the place to go. This part of the city offers numerous beautiful boutiques ideal for souvenir shopping, ethnic eateries and an outstanding Victorian architecture typical of the area. If you look for a traditional shopping experience the Back Bay offers the Commonwealth Avenue Mall and if you simply want to stroll around the area then head to the Copley Square. This square is one of the most famous of the city for being the place where the runners of the Boston Marathon end their 26 miles race.

Cambridge: A Heaven for Free Thinkers

No visit to Boston would be complete without stopping by its famous “cousin” Cambridge; located across the Charles River only minutes from Boston. The city was named after the University of Cambridge in England and it is home to the prestigious schools of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT. Many free thinkers, radicals and scholars call this place home and more than 50 languages are spoken in this tiny area. When visiting Cambridge you will find a great population of students, such museums as the MIT Museum, the Semitic Museum and a myriad of restaurants and cafes of all kinds.

Walk the Line

If you want to truly get acquainted with Boston, one of the best ways is to walk the famous two and a half mile trail. You will love this trail especially if you like history. You can start at America’s oldest public park and follow the painted line through the Bunker Hill Monument, the Paul Revere House, the Old South Meeting House and the Old State House among others. If you are in a rush you will be able to cover the line in about an hour; however it is recommended that you allow at least 3 hours to leisurely walk and be able to thoroughly see all the sites. There is a Freedom Trail information booth available for tourists at Boston Common where you can get a map and information about the trail sites. If you would like a guided tour, the National Park Service rangers conduct such tours from April through September.

Downtown: The Financial District

The downtown is a Boston must see. It is the city’s retail and financial center, so if you want to go shopping head to downtown. Among the places to see you will find the Boston Massacre Site, The Boston Opera House, the Boston Tea Party ships and Museum and the Theater District. If you are traveling with kids a good idea is to visit the New England Aquarium where you will find all kinds of marine creatures; the Children’s Museum is another excellent option. Other sites of interest in Downtown include the Rowe’s Warf, the Christopher Columbus Park, Chinatown, the King’s Chapel and the King’s Chapel Burying Ground and the U.S. Custom House.

Check out Boston vacation rentals at Rentalo.com!

New York City: All Kinds of Experiences in a Single Day!

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

One of the world’s most interesting cities, New York City generates all kinds of emotions to its visitors. Most love it, some hate it; but what is certain is that a visit to this vibrant place is an experience hardly forgotten. It is the center of global commerce and home to numerous world famous monuments, high skyscrapers, incredible big apple hotels and one of the best shopping scenes of the planet, among many other things.

Featured in countless movies and photographs, New York City’s skyline is without doubt the most famous and breathtaking panorama of the world. Starting at the busy financial district with its famous Wall Street, going through the enchanting Little Italy and the trendy Greenwich Village, passing through the hectic and always crowded and bright Times Square and finishing at the relaxing Central Park, New York City will provide you with all kinds of experiences in a single day.

Times Square: The Biggest Intersection in New York

If you want to be where all the action happens, go to New York’s Times Square. This exciting part of the city was named after the New York Times, which formerly had its headquarters here. Dinning, shopping, entertainment and nightlife best define this enticing section of Manhattan. It is known for its bright animated commercials, huge television screens and numerous brand stores which attract tourists from every part of the world.

Other Points of Interest in the Area

Times Square Theater
Broadway

Statue of Liberty: The Universal Symbol of Freedom and Democracy

A gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States, the Statue of Liberty is one of New York’s most visited attractions. It was sculpted from copper by French sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi and it is located in a 12-acre island in New York Harbor. It is easily accessible via the Statue of Liberty ferry ride, where visitors will learn facts and details about this national monument. It is open every day, closing only on Christmas and tickets can be purchased on a walk-in basis. Security precautions have increased since the events of September 11 so be prepared for searches similar to those of airports.

Other Points of Interest in the Area

Ellis Island

Financial District: The World’s Financial Center

Even if finance is not your preferred field, a visit to New York’s Financial District is always worth some time. Located in the southernmost tip of Manhattan, this neighborhood is home to innumerable sites of interest such as famous Wall Street, the New York Stock Exchange and American Stock Exchange. It also hosts an increasing number of tourist attractions including the Skyscraper Museum, the Museum of American Finance and the Museum of Jewish Heritage.

Other Points of Interest in the Area

The Museum of America
Battery
Park City
Sports
Museum of America
South Street
Seaport Historic District
Canyon
of Heroes
New York City
Police Museum

Empire State Building: A Symbol of American Industry

Located at midtown on Fifth Avenue and West 34th Street, this 1250-foot tall legendary building stood as the worlds tallest building for more than forty years. It is now an excellent observation point for tourists who enjoy climbing the structure and admiring breathtaking views of New York and neighboring states. The building has also been featured in numerous movies throughout the years including the original King Kong. Certainly an attraction no New York visitor wants to miss.

Other Points of Interest in the Area

Empire State Building Art Exhibit

Central Park: A Respite from the Pace of the City

Nestled in the middle of New York City, Central Park is home to unlimited activities, sports and events. Regardless of the season, you will always see people jogging, walking and having lunch on Central Parks hospitable grounds. While in the park, make sure to visit The Met, Metropolitan Museum of Art, home to worlds art masterpieces and spectacular exhibitions. Located around Central Park you will also find The Guggenheim and The Museum of Natural History, although it is better to devote one full day for visiting those.

Other Points of Interest in the Area

Central Park Zoo

Rockefeller Center: A Historic Landmark

Named after John D. Rockefeller, Jr., the Rockefeller Center is an area in midtown New York City spanning between 48 and 51 streets. This privately owned complex has been declared a National Historic Landmark and offers a unique architectural style and numerous tourist attractions. Radio City Music Hall, the 70-floor GE Building with NBC headquarters and the statue of Atlas are the center’s attractions worth seeing. If you visit New York City in winter you can enjoy skating at the center’s famous rink and admire its huge Christmas tree.

Brooklyn Bridge: The Perfect Place for a Picture

Brooklyn Bridge is without doubt the most famous and spectacular bridge in New York City. Stunning during the day and sparkling at night, Brooklyn Bridge is one of the most photographed attractions in the city. It is also one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States and stretches for almost 6,000 feet connecting Manhattan with Brooklyn. Cross the bridge to Manhattan and visit the nearby South Street Seaport, a beautiful Pier with numerous shops and restaurants.

New York City Restaurants: Our Picks

Le Cirque
Hard Rock Café International
La Grenouille
Russian Tea Room
The Four Seasons

New York City Favorite Events

The Feast of San Gennaro
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

New York
Film Festival

Check out Rentalo’s selection of New York City Vacation Rentals and Hotels

Quiet Vacations on the Barrier Islands of Georgia

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

Laid-back atmosphere, wide sandy beaches and great water sports are waiting for tourists on the coast of Georgia. Those who seek a real relaxation will find this part of Georgia a true paradise, full of historic lighthouses, varied wildlife and charming islands such as Tybee and St Simons. Georgia’s beautiful barrier islands offer everything for a fun-filled family vacation including championship golf courses, miles of sandy beaches and dreamy dunes.

Staying at a Georgia vacation rental is an excellent idea, especially if traveling in large groups. Privately owned houses have a big advantage over hotels, not only in size and comfort but also in prices. Affordable deals on Tybee Island condos and St. Simons Island vacation homes can be found on Rentalo.com, a premier lodging directory that lists numerous Georgia vacation rentals at reasonable prices.

Those heading to Tybee Island should consider renting a two-bedroom creek-side vacation home. This beautiful house sleeps up to six guests for $160 USD per night. Guests will find such amenities as wireless Internet access, a Jacuzzi, a barbecue and a DVD player. Kayaks are available at the private dock and visitors can also use two bikes. Windsurfing, diving and boating can be enjoyed on this beautiful island. More details can be found on: http://rentalo.com/76354/windfall.html . Those interested in more deals on Tybee Island vacation rentals can visit Rentalo.com for more information.

A two-bedroom beach cottage is an excellent alternative for those traveling to St Simons Island. This classic 1940′s home was totally renovated and is within walking distance of the Village, Pier and Mallory Park. Guests are welcome to use a fully-stocked kitchen and front and back yards with a large gas grill. High-speed Internet, an outdoor shower and cable TV are also among the house’s amenities. Nearby attractions include dining, amusement parks, spas and miniature golf. Pictures and a full description are available at: http://rentalo.com/119036/acute.html . Rentalo.com offers a full list of St Simons Island condos at reasonable rates.