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Our Favorite Picks: Mountain Towns

July 8, 2015


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


  • 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

Panorama of Telluride Mountains and houses in Colorado, USA. Telluride landscape on a sunny summer day.

  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


Cowboy Heaven Cabin in Big Sky, MT


Petite Plage 5 in St. Martin

Petite Plage 5

Hidden Ridge Resort in Banff


Paradiso Ho’o Kumu on Kauai


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








Which one is YOUR favorite?

Safe Travels,

The VacationRoost Team

Sizzling Summer Sale– Save up to 35% off!

June 2, 2015


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.

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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

Hello Summer Savings-Save up to 35%

May 4, 2015


Say hello to summer savings and goodbye to expensive vacations and empty wallets. This summer you can save big with our Hello Summer Savings event, going on now until the end of the month. Experience some of your favorite ski mountains during the summer months where the trees are green, the sky is a clear blue, and the weather is warm and relaxing. From excellent hiking to fly-fishing to boating on a blue lake under the hot summer sun, these destinations are full of outdoor activities to make even the city slicker happy. Saving big on lodging also means more money to spend on the world-class dining, spa treatments, and artisan shops these destinations are famous for. Do not let the heat of the summer stop you. Browse through your dream vacation rentals now and plan the getaway you have been waiting for.

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Safe Travels,

The VacationRoost Team

Top Beach Getaways for Families

April 20, 2015


What do Maui, Puerto Vallarta, and Orland, Florida all have in common? Aside from being some of the best beach destinations in the world, all three spots are perfect vacations for the entire family! Maui offers an abundance of kid-friendly activities from short hikes to safe and easy snorkeling in several different bays. Children will also enjoy the Maui Ocean Center for an educational experience about marine life. Puerto Vallarta provides adventure with jungle zip lining and dolphin programs perfect for the kids. Soak up the sun in Orland by building a sand castle on the beach or spending a couple days exploring the famous Disney World resort, an adventure sure to satisfy both the children and parents. Whether you are searching for a relaxing vacation where you can read a book in the sand while the kids play in the ocean or an outdoor adventure full of excitement and discovery, these three destinations will not disappoint and instead eave you wanting more.

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Safe Travels,

The VacationRoost Team


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