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Vacation Rental Travels Fall 2016 - Escape. Relax. Enjoy.

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Welcome to Vacation Rental Travels Fall 2016 issue of Vacation Rental Travels. What fun we have in store for you!

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The Vacation Rental Travels Fall 2016 Issue

The Power of Vacation

Busy. We do too much in too little time. It’s not healthy.

Vacations are the perfect antidote for the stress of modern life. With less free time than any other generation, as well as being tethered to our phones, tablets and computers, there’s never been a more important time to take control of your life by going on vacation.

I recently took a one-night trip to spend time with a friend. Just that one night, getting into a new city, trying new things, and a good half hour spent playing ping pong – made me forget about the pressures of everyday life. I hadn’t played ping pong since high school, but walking through Southside in Chattanooga, a table next to an open window called out an invitation to play like a kid again with lots of laughter.

I felt years younger and worlds happier.

This week, I am going to Tulum, Mexico. I spend a month and a half in that beautiful area last year working conferences and doing interior design. I saw the beach twice, even though most of the time I was within walking distance.

This time, even though I’ve been asked to consult, I’m putting my foot down. I’m going to splash and play. I’m going to go to my favorite secret restaurant and sway on a swing at a bar facing the ocean. My friend Tyann Marcink, vacation rental photography expert and friend, is joining me. As much as possible, we’re going to push the tyranny of the urgent away and focus on enjoying all that the region has offer.

This issue is full of mini-escapes.

Noreen Kompanik takes us on a journey to a secret destination- try to guess without peeking! You’re going to want to go after reading her article, I promise.

Near the flash and glitz of Palm Springs, in the quiet community of Indio, CA, photographer Tyann Marcink and I find Villa Sereno affords a truly unique vacation experience.

At first glance, Alamosa itself doesn’t seem like much, just a dusty little town set between the San Juan and Sangre de Cristo mountains.  Camille Miller finds it’s actually full of delights, some of which are found in the vacation rental, and some, like the sand dunes, are a short drive away.

A foodie paradise, Prince Edward Island is the perfect spot to cook the local seafood into quick and delicious meals. New to VRT, Kurt Jacobson shares his experience cooking up delectable meals at a vacation rental on Prince Edward Island.

Exotic. That’s the one word we use to describe Tucson, Arizona. There are many others, but, each time she goes back to visit, this is the one that rings truest in her mind. Come see why Noreen Kompanik finds Tuscon so fascinating.

A little spot of paradise – charming, casual, quaint, friendly, and oh so laid back.  As the locals say, “Relax, you’re on island time.” Susan Pichini, also new to VRT, takes us on a fun and historic tour of Catalina Island, California.

Tawna Brown, in the cover story, takes us with her on a trip to the other side of the world. You won’t want to miss this. Considered Tahiti’s little sister, Moorea reflects an authentic Tahitian lifestyle, exuding charm and character throughout the island.

180 degrees from Ordinary- Tawna Brown’s temporary home was aboard this luxury sailing yacht as it meandered through French Polynesia’s Society Islands, promising an experience that is 180 degrees from ordinary…and it was.

The thirty-ninth floor penthouse treats its guest to sweeping views of Coal Harbor, a multitude of downtown buildings and the North Shore mountains. Paula Wheeler satisfies our need for speed and serenity.

Storm the Castle! Who wouldn’t want to be lord or lady of their own fairy-tale castle? Or wander the grounds surrounding their own secluded chateau or mansion? Live like royalty while on a tour of castles with Rebecca Johnson.

Maine, where you just have to slow down and enjoy the way life should be. Find out what you’ve been missing in Maine. Theresa St. John shares what she loves most about Maine – the food and fun!

Dede Sindelar helps you uncover hidden gems for your next dream destination with these stress free research ideas and travel apps at your fingertips. Then pack your bags for the adventure of a lifetime.

Editor Beth Carson interviews Steve Frellick, owner and founder of Yonder in Asheville, NC, a boutique agency with 50 vacation rentals.

Sandy Swanson rounds out this stellar issue with her unique perspective on travel – plus an opportunity you’ll want to check out.

Now, sit back, relax with your favorite beverage in hand, and indulge in escapism, all free. Please share us with your friends and family- you’ll both be glad you did.

Keep us posted on your travel. It’s good for your soul. Reconnect with friends, old and new, and do something that makes you feel like a kid again. You won’t regret it.

Come Away with Us,

Beth Carson, Editor Vacation Rental Travels

 

 

Beth Carson
Editor/Publisher

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