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Ten Last Minute Thanksgiving Getaways for 2013
Monday, November 18, 2013
Whether you are escaping a family Thanksgiving or realizing that your place is a little too small for this year's gathering and it's time to quickly find a destination vacation home to host everyone, you are in luck! It's not too late to find a great vacation home for Thanksgiving. East coast, west coast and everyone in-between can easily find a fantastic Thanksgiving vacation home on Vacation Rental Connection. Check out these great suggestions:

1) San Diego - The weather is amazing, perfect for walking or jogging off that enormous meal. It also makes it easy to get outside for a family game of football or a hike to enjoy some peace and quiet. The scenery is gorgeous and no one will forget this Thanksgiving trip.

2) Galveston/Texas Gulf Coast - Another weather winner for a pleasant Thanksgiving weekend. Plan a fishing excursion, take a stroll on the beach and enjoy the coastal beauty without the summer crowds.

3) Las Vegas - This location is perfect for both a Thanksgiving escape and a large gathering. It's got weather, golf, loads of entertainment, 1 bedroom condos to 6 bedroom houses and great restaurant options if everyone wants to take a break from cooking this year.

4) Branson - Neat housing options from condos to amazing log cabins, tons of entertainment, beautiful views of the water, Thanksgiving dinner cruises (who will forget that one?), and easy to travel to from points across the midwest.

5) Outer Banks, NC - Have a really big crowd this year or just need a place for two? From 10+ bedroom homes to one bedroom condos, you can find the perfect size vacation home on the Outer Banks. Although the off season rates increase just a bit for the holiday, they are still very reasonable even for oceanfront locations. The Outer Banks are the perfect destination for a relaxing Thanksgiving getaway.

6) Poconos - Find a cozy condo or a fantastic home and pack up the car for a great Thanksgiving trip. Enjoy the great lake and mountain views, a multitude of Thanksgiving buffets and activities from which to choose, and scout out houses and condos for your next ski trip!

7) Adirondacks - Outdoor beauty will surround you this Thanksgiving with a trip to the Adirondacks. It might be cold, it could be mild, but it will definitely be away from the holiday hustle and bustle and a nice peaceful way to kick-off the holidays.

8) St. Augustine, FL - one of three locations considered to be the first Thanksgiving celebration in the USA (Plymouth and Charles City, VA the other two). St. Augustine has a proper downtown with historical sites and then has the gorgeous beach area on neighboring Anastasia Island. Relax on the beach or tour the city, either way you are in for a treat. Downtown also has beautiful holiday lights.

9) Virginia - There is so much history to see in this state, including one of the front runner locations for the first Thanksgiving dinner, that it's hard to recommend one spot. Head to the Blue Ridge mountains, tour Williamsburg, relax at the beach or take the long weekend to see it all.

10) NYC - Are you ready to dive into the holidays with both feet? Hit the city and see the sights, dine out for your big day meal and shop 'til you drop. Be flexible on where you stay in the city and you will have more options than you think!

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Galveston Vacation Rental Connection Home

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Enjoy the beach this Thanksgiving in historical St. Augustine

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Outer Banks home on Vacation Rental Connection

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Relax at this San Diego Vacation Rental Connection home.

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Five Fantastic Fall Getaways for 2013
Sunday, September 1, 2013
Are you trying to stretch your summer into fall or are you ready to embrace sweater weather and see the leaves change? Either way, Vacation Rental Connection has great ideas for fantastic fall getaways. Yes, it’s time to plan a fall vacation!

See the top five fall destination ideas below, pick your favorite and find a wonderful vacation rental all in one location – Vacation Rental Connection!

1) Fort Myers Area – The southern region of Florida’s Gulf Coast includes, Fort Myers, Marco, Sanibel and Captiva islands and Naples. Aside from a potential storm, the weather in fall is perfect for enjoying the beach. It will be warm enough to sunbathe and take a dip in the Gulf, but not crazy hot like it is in summer. Enjoy the window of September and October for the best weather and affordable vacation rental rates.

2) Western North Carolina - this beautiful stretch of the Blue Ridge Mountains is an amazing fall destination. From Sugar Mountain to Boone to Lake Lure, there are several small towns tucked away for beautiful views of the fall scenery, local folk art, and apple picking. And, if you are looking for city life with all the wonderful fall mountain attractions, Asheville is your place. Choose from over 130 VRC homes throughout Western North Carolina.

3) The Outer Banks of North Carolina: Great surfing, fishing, and shell collecting make the OBX a popular vacation spot. From the northern 4WD beaches of Carova with their wild Spanish mustangs, to the remote southern gem known as Ocracoke Island, the Outer Banks are a special vacation area. The best fall month to enjoy the beach is September, but October can be mild too and is a good time for fishing and golfing. Peruse over 200 OBX vacation homes on VRC.

4) Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge– Gorgeous, stunning scenery can be seen this fall in the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge areas of the Smoky Mountains.       Grab your sweaters and be ready to enjoy fantastic sights, cool mountain air and a multitude of live entertainment options.

5) Northern Georgia - Helen, Ellijay, Blue Ridge and the surrounding areas are a great fall getaway destination. Easy access from Atlanta, beautiful fall colors and river and lake locations make this area very desirable for leaf peepers, mountain bikers, hikers, and those looking to fish. VRC has over 50 vacation home options in Northern Georgia.

Have a fantastic fall and let us know if you are heading to the mountains or taking off for one last beach trip!

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Fort Myers Vacation Rental on VRC

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Cabin in Boone on VRC

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Corolla VRC home on the OBX

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Gatlinburg vacation home on VRC

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Cabin in Ellijay on VRC

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Five Great Summer Beach Vacations for 2013
Monday, May 13, 2013
It’s been a long, strange spring that felt more like a lingering winter around most of the US. Cries of “fire the groundhog” were heard as we bundled up and endured several, late in the year, snowstorms. But, it looks like summer is finally arriving and everyone can jump (glide in with grace, if you prefer) in the ocean and enjoy the cool refreshing water. Yes, it’s vacation time!

You have planned your vacation, right??? You know, that place with the great pool, that awesome beach condo, the house with the amazing view? Well, better late than never! Look below for some fantastic ideas to cool off at the beach this summer. No more excuses. Go enjoy, relax and have a great summer vacation!

1) Coastal South Carolina – South Carolina lets you pick your beach speed. Ready to hit the ground running and do it all? Myrtle Beach is right up your alley. It has enough offerings and activities to keep you busy without even stepping onto the sand. On the other hand, there is the less commercial, more environmentally conscious Hilton Head Island. Both destinations offer great beaches and golf. In between the two areas lies Charleston with its historical charm and outlying island destinations.       Choose from over 200 VRC rentals in coastal SC.

2) Florida's Gulf Coast - this beautiful stretch of beaches is an amazing and affordable summer destination. “High season” includes winter and spring months with discounted rates offered for summer rentals. From Clearwater Beach south to Naples, you can choose from over 300 VRC homes on or near the clear turquoise blue water of the Gulf of Mexico.

3) The Outer Banks of North Carolina: The Outer Banks are a unique group of barrier islands stretching for over two hundred miles along the coast of North Carolina. Great surfing, fishing, and shell collecting make the OBX a popular vacation spot for many East Coast families. From the northern 4WD beaches of Carova with their wild Spanish mustangs, to the remote southern gem known as Ocracoke Island, the Outer Banks are a special vacation area. And, with over 16,000 rental homes available, you can always find something!

4) Coastal Maine: One word – gorgeous! The coast of Maine is a perfect location to do a little exploring. With so many little towns, each unique and inviting, you can go by car or map out a bike excursion and see the wide variety of rocky cliffs, sandy beaches and stunning scenery.       See over 70 vacation homes and pick your starting point.

The Gulf Coast of Texas
From Galveston all the way down to the end of South Padre Island, there are miles and miles of pretty beaches. Go surfing on South Padre, fishing in Port Aransas and hit the attractions on Galveston. Whether you like crowds and lots of activities or the solitude of a quiet beach, you can find the perfect spot on the Gulf Coast of Texas.

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Coastal South Carolina Hilton Head Island VRC Listing

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Florida Gulf Coast Fort Myers Beach Condo on VRC

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Outer Banks North Carolina Kill Devil Hills Vacation Home on VRC

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Coastal Maine Harpswell VRC Home

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Texas Gulf Coast South Padre Island VRC Home

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Winter, Winter where is the snow? Fun places to go when it snows!
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Still waiting for our deluge of snow from last winter, let alone this winter. I keep hoping for more fun days on the slopes in the mid-atlantic region, but in the meantime, let’s find a few places to go when it snows. Whether seeking deep powder or hoping to get as far a way as possible from the white stuff, I think you will like the following suggestions.

1) New Hampshire’s White Mountains - This beautiful area of the country is a fantastic destination for skiing and snowboarding for a long list of reasons, but the top one is the multitude of ski resorts in a small geographic region - Cannon, Attitash, Bretton Woods – close to 20 resorts total.

2) Snowshoe Mountain, WV – Beautiful mountain scenery, great fun (skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling) and options without being overwhelmed. Snowshoe is a nice day trip drive from VA, OH, PA, MD, KY, TN. Snowshoe was named best ski resort in the Southeast by On the Snow in 2012 - need I say more?

3) Lake Tahoe, NV & CA – Gorgeous lakeside ski resorts abound throughout all the areas of the lake. Even if you don’t ski/snowboard the scenery and activities will keep you busy during a winter trip. From gambling on the NV side to snowmobiling and spas throughout, you are sure to find a great spot.

4) Park City and Deer Valley, UT – Fun town (the Sundance film festival is held here for good reason), wonderful ski resorts right next door to each other with skiing only at Deer Valley (one of only a few resorts in the US that is ski only) and skiing and snowboarding at Park City. You can’t go wrong planning a trip here.

5) Florida Keys – Get away from the snow, warm your toes and relax in the sunshine down in the keys. You don’t need to visit a third world country in the Caribbean when we have the fabulous FL Keys. Go fishing, diving, snorkeling, play tennis, golf, sightsee, or do absolutely nothing. The temps for this week in January – highs in the low 80s to upper 70s!

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White Mountains (Bartlett) cabin listed on Vacation Rental Connection

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Snowshoe condo listed on Vacation Rental Connection

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Lake Tahoe vacation home on Vacation Rental Connection

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View from a Park City condo on Vacation Rental Connection

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Islamorada, Florida Keys vacation home listed on Vacation Rental Connection

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It's July And It's Hot... Here's How To Cool Off This Summer
Friday, July 6, 2012
The 4th of July has come and gone and you still haven't gone anywhere this summer? Or maybe you did go on a trip, but you are ready for round two or even round three. We have some ideas for you!!! It's July and it's hot. Like really hot, so I am just going to say it. Don't go to a theme park with little kids or elderly family members in July or August. The asphalt at theme parks gets so hot it will make you feel like you are melting into it. Go to the mountains and cool off preferably in an area with a lake or river nearby. Or, go with the summer standby and go to the beach, but switch it up this time and discover a new beach you've never gone to before.

Here are some fantastic destinations off the beaten path and perfect for a trip this July or August.

1. Lake Lure, NC – Beautiful lake for boating and fishing fun with mountain views to boot. Cold enough not to have gators, but not too cold for a great swim

2. Lake Winnipesaukee, NH – Another choice with an amazing lake and mountain views. Worth the trip to hear the accents of locals alone.

3. Northern Georgia - Mountains, rivers, streams, and lakes abound in the beautiful areas in Northern Georgia.

4. Big Bear, CA – Lakes, mountains, in kicked back yet civilized Cali - you can't go wrong.

5. Carolina Beach, NC – beach community off the coast of Wilmington, NC tucked in between two coastal reserves. Easy to access but not a huge tourist spot like its neighbor an hour south, Myrtle Beach .

6. Venice, FL – A big spot for snowbirds meaning the summer rates are great. Discover smaller gulf coast communities of FL and their charm.

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