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Top Bike and Terrain Parks in North America

July 16, 2014

Are you a big mountain biker during the summer and in to tearing up that half pipe during the winter? Mountain bike parks and terrain parks have become bigger than ever lately and are spreading across North America like wildfire. It seems like every winter a new ski resort has a terrain park built or expanded and more trails are added during the summer seasons. This new trend compelled us here at VacationRoost to do a little research of our own and we created Top 5 lists for both Bike Parks and Terrain Parks.

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Top 5 Bike Parks:

  • Whistler Bike Park, British Columbia
  • NorthStar Bike Park, Truckee, California
  • Mammoth Bike Park, California
  • Trestle Bike Park, Winter Park, Colorado
  • Keystone Bike Park, Colorado

Click here to read more about our Top 5 Bike Parks.

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Top 5 Terrain Parks:

  • Breckenridge, Colorado
  • Park City, Utah
  • Mammoth, California
  • NorthStar at Lake Tahoe, California
  • Snowmass and Buttermilk at Aspen, Colorado

Click here to read more about our Top 5 Terrain Parks.

Safe Travels,

The VacationRoost Team

Top 10 Best Travel Tips and Hacks

July 9, 2014

Recently at VacationRoost we have become obsessed with a new article from distractify.com entitled 32 Genius Travel Tips That Will Change Your Life Forever. Not only did this article give us some incredible packing tips, but some of the advice was even mind-blowing to employees who have been in the travel industry for over a decade. These “travel hacks” are guaranteed to save you time, energy, and possibly even some money. Below we have highlighted our favorite 10 tips in hopes they will help out our customers one day.

1. Use a private or incognito window when booking flights and hotels online. 

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Most popular travel sites with usually track your visits and the raise the price simply because you have visited before.

2. Use a binder clip to protect the head of shaving razors.

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This will save you money on purchasing new razor heads, and save anything else the razor attaches itself to.

3. A shower cap is an easy way to cover the bottoms of shoes.

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Simply put the shoes inside the cap and viola!, no shoe debris on those white pants.

4. To use Google Maps offline, type “OK Maps,” and the visible area will save for future access.

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No WiFi or 4G? No problem.

5. When reserving airline seats for two, reserve the aisle and the window seats.

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If no one takes the middle seat you will have the full row to yourself, if someone does you can simply ask them to switch so you can sit next to your partner.

6. If you forgot your wall plug, charge your devices through the USB slot in a TV.

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Most hotels have TVs with USB chargers, making it helpful for lost wall chargers or too many chargers and not enough wall sockets.

7. Wait to purchase airline tickets until 3 p.m. on Tuesdays.

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This is typically when the big Airlines reduce their fares to compete with discount airlines like Southwest and JetBlue. This is an excellent money saver for anyone on a budget.

8. Prevent messy spills in your luggage with plastic wrap!

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Unscrew the lids to shampoos and other liquids and place a patch of saran wrap over the top before screwing the lid back on.

9. Be able to use your GPS while traveling abroad.

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If you are out of the country without an international plan, turn your phone to airplane mode and turn off your data to use the GPS without connecting to the internet.

10. Skip the wait at the baggage claim with “fragile” stickers.

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Place fragile stickers on your luggage, even if it is not, to ensure gentler handling by airport staff. Also, fragile items are often placed on top of the other luggage meaning it is one of the first to come out at baggage claim.

Check out the rest of the 32 travel tips here.

Safe Travels

The VacationRoost Team

 

 

Photo/Tip Credit: distractify.com

Experience Crested Butte This Summer

July 8, 2014

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Deep within the Elk Mountain Range of Colorado, the vivacious resort town of Crested Butte is an inviting summer destination that always has something new to discover. Whether you are kayaking the alpine rivers or simply strolling through the shops and boutiques downtown, there’s a variety of activities to experience in this one-of-a-kind mountain destination. The crown jewel of summer attractions is Crested Butte Ski Resort which boasts miles of pristine hiking and mountain biking trails. Foodies will love Crested Butte as it is famous for having more fine-dining restaurants per capita then any other town in the U.S.. Public transportation is great in Crested Butte making it very easy to travel from your vacation rental to Mount Crested Butte for your outdoor activities. .

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Summer Events in Crested Butte:

  • July 7-14: Crested Butte Wildflower Festival
  • July 10-14: Crested Butte Food & Wine Festival
  • July 18-19: Epic Relay
  • August 1-3: Crested Butte Arts Festival
  • September 25-28: Crested Butte Film Festival

Click here to read more on our Crested Butte Summer Guide.

Safe Travels,

The VacationRoost Team

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

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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.

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  • 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

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