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Everything You Need to Know About the New and Improved Park City Mountain Resort!

August 24, 2015
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If you follow ski news regularly, then you know all about the ongoing trials of the famous Park City Mountain Resort. This past year PCMR was acquired by Vail Resorts, owner of the famed Canyons Resort located just outside Park City. Starting this ski season the two resorts will become linked together under the name Park City Mountain Resort and be interconnected by a gondola, while the canyons side will be know as “Canyons at Park City”.

This summer more than $50 million in capital investments have been taking place at the new giant resort, which is now by the way the largest ski resort in the United States capping off at 7,300 skiable acres. So what do you need to know about these changes? Read below to see how all these changes will affect your ski experience this year–but first, watch an amazing video courtesy of the new Park City Mountain Resort.

Quicksilver Gondola

The new Quicksilver Gondola will be the main connection between the original PCMR and Canyons at Park City. Taking hints from Park City’s mining culture, the Quicksilver Gondola is a speedy connection of 8,000 feet from the bottom of Silverlode Lift at Park City to the Canyon’s Flat Iron Lift (and back). Riders can also choose to disembark at the midway station on top of Pine Cone Ridge.

Miners Camp Restaurant

Taking the place of the old Snow Hut Lodge will be the Miners Camp Restaurant, featuring a sun-centric design with a large deck and 500 indoor seats facing the expansive windows. This restaurant will serve as an anchor for the new Quicklsilver Gondola mentioned above.

Park City Side Improvements

  • King Con lift is being upgraded from a four-person chairlift to a six-person detachable lift.
  • Motherlode lift will go from a fixed-grip triple chair to a detachable high-speed quad lift.
  • Summit House is being renovated and will have an updated food service area.
  • Additional maintenance projects on Park City are being completed with a $5 million investment.

Canyons Side Improvements

  • Chichane Trail will be widened to improve access to Tombstone Express and the Quicksilver Gondola.
  • Red Pine Lodge is being expanded to increase the dining capacity by about 250 additional indoor seats.
  • New snowmaking is being installed on Canyons’ two signature trails on Iron Mountain.

Did we get you so excited you are ready to book your Park City ski vacation now?

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Safe Travels (and skiing),

The VacationRoost Team

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Our Top Picks: Beach Houses

July 27, 2015

Everyone loves a good trip to the beach, and no beach getaway can be complete without the perfect beach house to stay in. From the Caribbean to Hawaii, we have a beach house for every vacation. From the high-class homes covered in granite and marble to the relaxed homes with a comfortable feel, you will love waking up to the peaceful sound of waves lapping the shore and the fresh, salty ocean smell. Check out some of our favorite homes below and start planning your next vacation now!

Villa McFuego in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

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Natural Harmony on Kauai
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Tarpon Lodge in North Captiva Island, Florida

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Chateau D’Espoir in Barbados

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StuCasa in Costa Rica

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Sea Shells Beach House on Maui

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Safe Travels,

The VacationRoost Team

Our Favorite Picks: Mountain Towns

July 8, 2015

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It’s no secret that here are VacationRoost we love everything to do with the mountains–the fresh air, the views, the smells, the outdoor activities–everything about the mountains is perfect…especially the towns that are situated so perfectly among the wonderfully fragrant balsam trees and aspen meadows. Like a beautiful ocean sunset, most people can’t resist the temptation of a mountain escape into scenery that can only be viewed during an actual getaway into the mountains (sorry folks, viewing beautiful peaks from afar just won’t give you the same butterflies). Maybe it’s time that you channeled your inner-mountain man (or woman), rubbed some dirt in it, and let your mind be cleared by the magnificence of high altitude. So sit back, relax, and learn about these awesome mountain towns and why you should visit them!

Lake Tahoe, NV/CA

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  • Separated as North and South Tahoe, visitors can get the best of both worlds between outdoor adventure and a bustling night scene.
  • Lake Tahoe is the third deepest lake in North America, and tenth in the world. In fact, the water is so clear visibility can reach almost 70 feet in many areas.
  • Despite the winter snow, Lake Tahoe never freezes because it’s so large and therefore constantly in motion.
  • The area boasts 24 hour casinos on both the North and South shores, perfect for those who like to stay up all night.
  • The name Tahoe comes from a mispronunciation of the Washoe Native American name for Lake Tahoe, da ow a ga, which means, “edge of the lake.”
  • The sun shines at Lake Tahoe for 75% of the year…pretty good odds if you are looking for a nice summer vacation.
  • Lake Tahoe is home to an abundance of outdoor activities all year long–you name it, they have probably got it!

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Breckenridge, CO

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  • Breckenridge is only 7 miles long and 2 miles long…but don’t worry, there are still 76 bars and restaurants in that small amount of space.
  • Over 300 days of sunshine are reported annually in Breckenridge, which is great for hikers and skiers alike!
  • Breckenridge boasts the highest chairlift in North America–the Imperial Chair–at an elevation of 12,840 feet.
  • Known as one of the best mining towns in Colorado back in the 1800s, tours of old mines are still available today in Breckenridge.
  • In order to get a post office during the founding in 1856, the town of Breckenridge was originally spelled “Breckinridge” after the vice president during that time.
  • Breckenridge was Colorado’s first major ski resort to allow snowboarding in 1984.

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Park City, UT

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  • A fire destroyed the entire town in 1898, but the determined residents were able to rebuild in just one year with many of those original buildings still being in use today.
  • Halloween is Park City’s favorite holiday, as the town is said to be very haunted, so each year haunted houses are built underground in the town’s tunnel system.
  • The Kimball Arts Festival held every August is the longest running arts festival in the West.
  • Park City is 30 minutes from Salt Lake International Airport, making it one of the most accessible ski areas in the world.
  • Home to Utah Olympic Park and host to the 2002 Winter Olympics, Park City brings in Olympic athletes to train from all over the world.
  • Main Street and Park Avenue boast over 20 bars and 50 restaurants, many with a 5-Star rating.
  • High West Whiskey distillery has resided in Park City since 1870 and is the oldest in the state.

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Sun Valley, ID

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  • 56 past and current Olympians are from Sun Valley and have their own ski run on Baldy.
  • Sun Valley is one of the top small towns for art with 20 galleries, two live theater companies, and one of the West’s premier non-profits for arts.
  • The fly-fishing rivers are some of the best in North America, many of which are gold-medal trout streams, and are accessible all year long.
  • Every year during one week in the fall sheep clog the streets as they are herded from their summer pastures into the mountains.
  • Big ski ideas are born in Sun Valley, such as the modern day chairlift, aluminum ski pole, double-lensed goggle, and collapsible skies.
  • Sun Valley is a geothermal “hotspot” with 13 named hot springs, and not to mention many “secret” and unmapped spots.
  • Sun Valley is pretty much even when it comes to gender ratios, which is unusual for a ski town. But beware, the women in Sun Valley are probably better at skiing than you are.

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Jackson Hole, WY

Dawn At Grand Teton National Park With The Reflection Of The Teton Mountain Range

  • The Tetons are so aptly named by French-Canadian fur trappers in the 1920s who called the peaks “Let Trois Tetons”, meaning “The Three Breasts”. The peaks are now known as Grand Teton, Middle Teton, and South Teton.
  • The US Voyager II, launched in 1977 for space exploration, carries an Ansel Adams photograph of Jackson Hole as part of its artifacts.
  • Mountain men used the word hole to describe valleys completely surrounded by mountains, hence Jackson Hole.
  • Jackson Hole Mountain Resort has the lowest elevation of any ski resort in the Rocky Mountains at just 6,311 feet.
  • The National Elk Refuge is the largest elk preserve in North America, and over 9,000 elk can be observed on sleigh rides from December thru April.
  • Jackson Hole is in close proximity to Yellowstone National Park, which was the first national park in the country, and is home to the famous gyser “Ole Faithful”.
  • The New York Philharmonic held its first summer residency in its 147 year history in Jackson Hole, performing four concerts for the Grand Teton Music Festival.

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Safe Travels,

The VacationRoost Team

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Our Favorite Picks: Scenic Views

June 26, 2015

What is the view like where you live? Is it the house across the street, a busy intersection, or maybe a skyline of buildings for those of you city dwellers? Sometimes the views we see most often lose their beauty as we sit staring at them day after day. One of the best parts about going on a vacation is opening your eyes to new sights and really taking in the beauty around you. Whether your idea of a great scenic view is the ocean or mountains, we’ve got plenty of eye candy for you to look at! Check out our favorite vacation rentals with spectacular views!

Gravestone Lodge in Steamboat Springs, COGraystoneAvalon by the Sea on Maui

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Cowboy Heaven Cabin in Big Sky, MT

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Petite Plage 5 in St. Martin

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Hidden Ridge Resort in Banff

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Paradiso Ho’o Kumu on Kauai

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Safe Travels,

The VacationRoost Team

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Our Favorite Picks: Pools

June 11, 2015

It’s no secret that one of the best parts of going on vacation is the pool, and the cooler the pool, the better the vacation. Whether it’s a great view or enough room for a cannonball that seals the deal for you, we have a destination with the perfect swimming pool for you.

Check out our top homes and condos that have some of the coolest pools and views around.

Kaanapali Kahala

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casajaunmiguel

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villaazulceleste

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L'oasis

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Which one is YOUR favorite?

Safe Travels,

The VacationRoost Team

Sizzling Summer Sale– Save up to 35% off!

June 2, 2015

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The weather is finally getting warmer, and that means our deals are getting even hotter! Right now until June 30 save up to 35% on your vacation rental on your mountain retreat this summer. More cash in your pocket means you can do even more of your favorite activities like hiking, mountain biking, zip lining, eating, shopping, boating, fishing, and so much more! From the mountain town of Breckenridge to the glimmering Lake Tahoe, there is truly a deal for everyone.

Click here to learn more and book now!

Safe Travels,

The VacationRoost Team

The Best Summer Deals are HERE!

May 20, 2015

The middle of May marks the beginning summer, which means all our summer deals are live and ready to be taken! From Family Fun Lodging to Best Lodging Deals to Best Lakeside Lodging, there is surely a deal for everyone, no matter what kind of vacation you are looking for!  We have monthly promotions, vacation services, and even a page called Travel 411 full of travel guides and vacation ideas! So what deal will you get this summer?

Click here to check out our deals now!

Safe Travels,

The VacationRoost Team

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