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Experience Oahu This Winter

July 2, 2014

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Oahu is Hawaii’s most populated island, with wonderful city nightlife and an excellent culinary scene in the state capitol, Honolulu. However, this bustling atmosphere does not mean you cannot find your own pocket of tranquility on the island. I love Oahu’s sunny leeward side beaches for snorkeling or sailing, but those seeking lush tropical escapes can find peaceful paradise on the less populated (and high rise-free) windward side.

Those wanting to experience resort living, golf, and plenty of amenities will want to base an Oahu stay on the ‘city side’ along the coast adjacent to Honolulu. This is where you will find the top island resorts, condos, and most vacation communities. Party-goers will want to plant themselves right along the beach at Waikiki, but quieter areas are closer than most people think. A 20 minute drive from the Honolulu airport plants visitors in peaceful oceanfront resorts. As a plus, Honolulu is a short cab ride away for a night out.

Oahu’s North Shore and Windward side (northeast and northwest) feature much less development; here is where you will find smaller vacation homes and less crowded beaches. The sun, however, may be hiding. The windward town of Kailua offers shops, eateries, and plenty of beach equipment rentals, and is a short drive from the North Shore, proudly displaying Hawaii’s surf culture. Seven miles of world-class surfing beaches stretch along the North Shore, offering plenty of entertainment for surfers as well as spectators.

Central Oahu is home to the famous Dole Plantation and the Hawaii Plantation Village, where Hawaii’s past comes alive. To the south, Hawaii’s Pearl Harbor offers a more sobering reminder of history.

-Destination Expert Amy Whitley

Surfboards in Hawaii

Click here  to read more information on our Oahu Winter Travel Guide.

Safe Travels,

The VacationRoost Team

Hawaiian Trip Planning Guides

June 24, 2014

It’s no secret that one of our hottest summertime destinations is to one (or several) of the beautiful Hawaiian Islands. Whether you want to stay on Maui, Oahu, Kauai, or even the Big Island, finding the perfect rental for you is a tough decision. Maybe you are traveling with a big group or for a retreat, or perhaps you are looking for complete celebrity treatment and want the best of the best. Check out some of our Hawaii Guides below before booking your trip.

{Top Hawaiian Homes for Groups and Retreats}

  • Enjoy large and spacious homes that sleep 12+ people, sometimes even up to 32 people comfortably.
  • Homes are located on Maui, Kauai, Oahu, and the Big Island.
  • Choose from rentals compacted into one, large home, or separated into several bungalow-style homes.

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{Hawaiian Homes Worthy of Celebrity Guests}

  • Homes featured include the famous Obama Winter White House on Oahu.
  • Whether you are looking for something beach side or cliff perched, we have a home for you!
  • These homes can sleep up to 12 guests.

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{Top Luxury Homes on Kauai}

  • Choose from homes that are the creme of the crop and come with full amenities.
  • These homes are located all around Kauai, from shore to shore and even in Princeville.
  • These homes all come with stunning ocean and mountain views.

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Safe Travels,

The VacationRoost Team

 

Best Summer Mountain Destinations

June 17, 2014

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There are several reasons why vacationers pack up and head to the mountains for the summer, some of which are they want to cool down and beat the heat, embark on a great hiking or mountain biking adventure, tee off at 9,000 feet with a great game of golf, or they are just simply mountain lovers stuck in city life. Whatever the reason is for wanting to gain altitude this summer, some of our favorite mountain destinations { Keystone, Big Sky, Crested Butte, and Beaver Creek} will be sure to offer a plethora of activities, events, and fantastic cuisine.

{Keystone}

  • Snow-tube in your summer clothes at Adventure Point tubing!
  • Check out the famous Bluegrass and Beer Festival August 2&3.
  • Participate in an adult GPS Scavenger Hunt through River Run Village or Dercum Mountain.

{Big Sky}

  • Plan your vacation to attend the Vine and Dine Festival August 15-17.
  • Choose from 5 blue-ribbon trout rivers to cast off in and test your angler skills.
  • Take the short 1.5 mile round-trip hike to Ousel Falls and experience true beauty in nature.

{Crested Butte}

  • Stay in town July 7-14 for the famous Crested Butte Wildflower Festival.
  • Enjoy the local’s farmer’s market every Sunday for fresh produce and handmade goods.
  • Check out some of Crested Butte’s fine cuisine, with the most fine dining restaurants per capita than any other town in the U.S.

{Beaver Creek}

  • Join the locals at McCoy’s for summer movies under the stars in July and August.
  • Beaver Creek is famous for their Rodeo, happening July 3,10,17,31 and August 7,14.
  • Take a scenic 4 X 4 tour through the mountains to view Beaver Creek’s terrain.

Safe Travels,

The VacationRoost Team

 

Top 3 Scuba Destinations

June 16, 2014

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One of the best and most amazing perks of choosing a beach destination is the possibility of scuba diving and snorkeling. Imagine submerging yourself in a world unlike anything you have ever experienced where the water is crystal clear, schools of fish swarm around you, and the discovery of marine life is unforgettable. All of this is 100% possible in our Top 3 Scuba picks for this summer: Destin, FL, Maui and Kauai, HI, and St. Martin/Sint Maarten, Caribbean. Explore natural limestone ridges on the Emerald Coast in Destin, take a twilight dive in an old volcanic crater in Hawaii, and find shipwrecks (both purposefully and accidentally) in St. Martin/Sint Maarten.

Click here to learn more about our Top 3 Picks and search guide books for Destin, Maui, Kauai, and St. Martin.

Safe Travels

The VacationRoost Team

Top Summer Mountain Activities

June 12, 2014

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Do you have that favorite hiking trail that you love to go on, every weekend possibly? Or perhaps you are an avid mountain biker and you have exhausted all your different trail options. Summertime activities can be fun, but boring if you are doing them all the time. However, lucky for you, we have compiled some of the top mountain activities available in several different vacation spots. These are activities so much fun, even the locals enjoy participating. From zip lines to alpine slides, take the day off from your routine outdoor activities and try something new! Whether you live in or are visiting Park City, Mammoth Lakes, Jackson Hole, Vail, Lake Tahoe, or Whistler…there is an activity awaiting for you!

Click here to read more about our Top Summer Mountain Activities!

Safe Travels,

The VacationRoost Team

 

Top Vacation Homes for Summer Cookouts

June 12, 2014

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Picture this: you are on vacation, relaxing and catching up on some most needed rest. It has been a perfect day so far filled with hiking, outdoor activities, maybe even some swimming. But alas, it is now time for dinner so naturally, like most vacationers, you pack up the group and head to town to check out one of the many recommended restaurants. Unfortunately, it’s summer season which means every restaurant is packed and the waits are almost unbearable to your hungry stomach. Or perhaps you are just a family on  a budget, taking a small vacation without breaking the bank at all the delicious (yet very expensive) restaurants. So why not stay in for the night and have a cookout. Put on some good tunes, open up a pack of beer, and fire up that grill! We’ve compiled a list of our favorite 9 locations, all with homes available that have great outdoor decks for barbecues.

Click here  to read more about our Top Vacation Homes for Summer Cookouts!

Safe Travels

The VacationRoostTeam

Experience Summer in Breckenridge

June 11, 2014

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At VacationRoost, we absolutely love Breckenridge and the many vacation opportunities they have to offer. Although its usually associated with being the perfect winter ski village, Breckenridge is also an outdoor enthusiasts dreams in the summer season. Breck is full of pristine trails for biking and hiking, hidden goldmines available for touring, skylines waiting to be viewed from a hot air ballon, and so much more! If you book during the right times, you will get to experience the Summer Beer Festival on July 26 or Breckenridge’s own rendition of Oktoberfest in mid September. The possibilities really are endless here, so enjoy a cold beer at 9,600 feet and GO BRECK!

Click here to read more about Breckenridge activities, events, and opportunities.

Safe Travels

The VacationRoost Team

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