The slopes while on a budget

When you develop passion for a sport, the sticker price can be a shocker. The big snowfall in the Sierra Nevada has inspired many to venture out skiing or boarding for the first time in years. The return to the sport, in many cases, has come with some sticker shock: $100 lift tickets, $250 a Read More…

Reverse Auction Site for Vacation Rentals makes debut – Tansler.com

After two years of beta testing, vacation rental marketplace Tansler launched last month, giving rental property owners and managers another place to list and offering consumers the chance to initiate a reverse auction for rental properties. Tansler, an anagram of rentals, lists more than 500,000 properties worldwide. Property owners create their listings, including what price Read More…

Vacation rentals meets 3-D mapping

Like a Google Maps’ street view, vacationers and home buyers can now see exactly what it looks like inside Topsail Island homes — even if they’re thousands of miles away. Using a mouse and a computer, it’s a point-and-click adventure with Lewis Realty Associates’ new 3-D tour. Users can go up stairs, look inside bedrooms and Read More…

San Diego won’t get a vacation from the debate over short-term rentals in 2016.

A proposed ordinance that aims to both regulate and formally open the door to home-sharing and full-home rentals was unanimously shot down by the city planning commission this month. Commissioners said they’d like to see significant changes, and City Councilwoman Lorie Zapf’s office, which has been leading the charge for new rules, has gotten back Read More…

Avoid a vacation rental surprise

When it comes to vacation rentals, there are surprises — and there are surprises. Good surprises, such as the one Ana O’Reilly encountered when she checked into a villa in Palm Springs, Calif., are rare. She was dumbstruck to discover the home looked better than the pictures in the listing, which was a first. The Read More…

More non-skiers are visiting the slopes this ski season

More non-skiers are visiting the slopes this ski season, and they’ve got opinions on where to stay. This year, nearly one in three non-skiers said they join their skiing and snowboarding friends and family on ski vacations, up from one in five last year. Eighty-two percent prefer to stay in a vacation rental when tagging Read More…

Spectacular Cliffside Vacation Homes

Spending a week in one of these cliffside vacation home rentals will take you to the edge of vacation euphoria. Akasha Cap Estate, St. Lucia 4 Bedrooms, 6 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8, from $2,500 per night Forget lift lines – ski out to 11 private Deer Valley Resort runs and breathtaking views of the Jordanelle Reservoir Read More…

Idyllwild Arts – January Newsletter

Happy New Year!  As the calendar flips to 2016, we eagerly look forward to celebrating the 70th Anniversary of Idyllwild Arts.  Whether our first Idyllwild experience was with ISOMATA, the Summer Program, or the Arts Academy, the mountain air, the deep relationships, and the exploration of creativity, music, and art remain at the core of Read More…

Nanny State of the Week: Towns ban vacations

Governments are supposed to be good at punishing people who break the law. It’s one of their most basic functions. But when governments start outlawing otherwise-completely-legal behavior in an effort to stop some people from maybe someday breaking some law, everyone’s rights suffer. Nannyism is occurring. In small towns and large cities across the country, Read More…

Professional Landlords Feel Pinch From Denver’s Short-Term Rental Plan

Should landlords be allowed to rent out properties they don’t live in on platforms like Airbnb and VRBO? That question has turned out to be the most contentious part of a Denver City Council proposal to regulate short-term rentals in the city. The proposal is aimed at protecting the housing supply for traditional long-term renters. With no action, the fear is that Read More…