Posts Tagged ‘USA Vacation Rentals’

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.

Avoid Big-Family Travel Hassles. Vacation Rentals to the Rescue.

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Traveling with a big family nowadays may be cumbersome. Finding a friendly and understanding hotel for your pack is not an easy challenge. Then of course, consider the budget constraints, with per room nightly charges and hefty restaurant bills. Vacation rentals offer the perfect solution with those who are traveling in big families. A vacation house with all necessary amenities can mean big savings and fun for the kids, grandpa and even you!

Location is everything and requires some effective web-hunting when it comes to find a suitable place for all your family fun. Luckily Rentalo offers its unique destination inquiry system that allows you to broadcast your lodging needs to multiple properties in the vacation spot of your choice. Upon response, you can find beautiful homes, cabins, and shore-side condos all over the country, even at the heart of large cities to lodge your big family. You can usually find very nice vacation homes and holiday villas for about the price of two hotel rooms, and instead of crowding your family on separate rooms, gather them in a nice den or living room. It is definitely a lot more bang for your buck!

Big families usually don´t choose to stay in a hotel, they prefer to rent a vacation house. It is not only cheaper, it also avoids hotel issues like making noise, rigid meal times, and refrigerators too small to fit your kids´ snacks. Large families also find that renting a vacation rental helps them on a complicated task: hunting for a kid-friendly restaurant.

If you are traveling in a group of 5 or more, planning ahead will help you find the best deals and ensure the most enjoyable vacation for the entire family. Use Rentalo and other online tools to to plan your stay, use your time wisely, and save money on local tours and attractions. Consider the different ages in your group and plan accordingly. Youngsters will be more excited with space and liberty, while small kids need to be looked after. Remember, grandpa should not be left behind.

Thanksgiving is around the corner, gather with your family, plan a reunion and share priceless memories this November. Don´t worry if there are “too many of us” on the next trip, use Rentalo to find spacious vacation homes in many destinations; we will do the work for you.

Safety Tips for Your Next Vacation Trip

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Traveling can be stressful considering you may be going to an unfamiliar location, sometimes with a different culture and language. Safety should be your prime concern to avoid hazards. Here at Rentalo, we want you to enjoy your vacation trip, taking into consideration practical tips for a safer stay.

Before leaving your Home

Protecting your home before leaving on your vacation is very important.  Please take the necessary precautions to protect your own home while you are away.  For information on how to protect your home while you are away, check home security companies.

When Arriving to Airports:

  • Keep your eyes on your bags and luggage at all times.
  • Only uniformed and properly identified airline personnel should handle your bags.
  • Avoid showing off your cameras, jewelry or other items that may draw attention. Try to blend with the crowd.
  • Watch out for unusual situations. Staged acts may be enacted to divert your attention and pick your pockets.
  • Keep a record of the contents in your checked luggage while keeping anything of value in your carry-on.
  • While on the Road

  • Always research your travel route before departing; take maps and driving directions with you.
  • Make sure your rental car is in good condition. Learn how locks, windows and other emergency equipment are used.
  • Store your luggage in the trunk and keep car doors locked at all times while driving.
  • Keep your rental agreement, insurance, maps and other important documents concealed.
  • Have your car keys ready when approaching your car; this is a favorite moment for thieves to mug you.
  • Park in safe, well-lighted areas close to building entrances and walkways. When appropriate, use private parking zones.
  • If you are involved in a car accident, think before you get. If something doesn´t feel right, signal the other driver to follow you to a nearby police station, or a busy area where it is safe to get out of your vehicle.
  • At your Hotel or Vacation Rental

  • Never leave your bags and luggage unattended.
  • Keep your lodging doors and windows locked at all times.
  • Do not display your lodging keys in public or leave them at tables, swimming pool or in other places where they can be stolen.
  • Identify fire exists, stars, elevators, and public telephones in case of emergency.
  • Leave your valuables at home, but if you want to take them with you, store them in the hotel safe.
  • Ask your host or hotel manager about the neighborhood and areas to avoid.
  • Before taking a cab, ask your host or lodging personnel about directions and estimated fare price.
  • You should always be prepared as crime is never announced. Try to limit your chances of becoming a victim by staying alert and aware of people and surroundings. These simple tips can help you stay safe while enjoying a pleasurable vacation. If you are travelling overseas and need assistance, check the U.S. Department of Transportation Travel Advisory and Airport Safety Hotline (800-221-0673) that advises international travelers of potentially dangerous airports and countries. You may also want to check out the U.S. Department of State Citizens’ Emergency Center (202-647-0900) that offers assistance in emergency situations to travelers abroad.

    Festival Traveling: A different Way of Exploring the World

    Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

    There are many ways to travel the world; through luxurious resorts, in a pre-arranged tour and backpacking among others, but one way that I find particularly interesting is through festivals. Around the world there are many strange traditions and happy festivals being held, that give travelers the opportunity to explore the world through a more artistic way. From the UK to Africa and South America, there are millions of possibilities with countries holding a festival every day of the week. In our travel blog we have decided to review some of these festivals, whether popular or not to give our audience an idea of what could be exploring the world through the eyes of a festival.

    It is all About Food

    Some places have a strong fixation on food and they demonstrate it through their festivals. The Cheung Chau Bun Festival in Hong Kong is an excellent example. This one hundred-year old festival is set on the island of Cheung Chau and is held every year in May. In the past, after a three day vegetarian diet, thousands of men descended to the island’s lone village where a 60 ft ‘bun tower’ awaited for them. The idea was to climb the tower and pull off more buns than your competitors. Unfortunately due to an accident where the tower collapsed injuring more than 30 climbers this festival was cancelled in 1978. The new festival was re-established in 2005 with new safety rules like allowing only 12 people to climb the tower, all properly harnessed for security. At the end of the festival there is a parade with dragon dances that fill the streets.

    Other popular festival is the “Noche de Rabanos” or Radish Night in Oxaca, Mexico. This festival is held every year during December and it is the focal point of Christmas celebrations. During this festival the idea is that visitors carve radish sculptures that range from small animals to human figures and events representations and the grand prize is around the 1,300 USD. It lasts only a few hours due to the vegetables limited lifespan, There are other two categories in which the participants compete: using dried flowers (flor inmortal) and corn husks.

    Music Colors and Tradition

    If you want some music, colors and tradition I highly recommend Colombia’s “Carnaval de Barranquilla.” Although not as big as Rio’s carnival, the Barranquilla Carnival has gained international recognition in the latest years for being one of the most traditional festivals in the world. Celebrated four days before Ash Wednesday at the end of February, this carnival offers visitors traditions that date back to the 19th century featuring street dancers, music performances and masquerade parades that practically paralyze the city. During the carnival you will see typical Colombian dances that include Cumbia, Porros, Mapalé and Fandango among others. The carnival was proclaimed by the UNESCO in November of 2003 as one of the “Masterpieces of the Oral Intangible Heritage of Humnanity.”

    So next time you think about traveling check out some travel blogs and get informed about the festivals going around. This way of traveling will definitely give you another perspective of the place you are visiting.