Perched on Anastasia Island, St Augustine Beach is a wonderland for vacationers, with beautiful sandy beaches to kick back and relax. You are most invited to come, rest, rejuvenate and enjoy right here in the beautiful St Augustine Beach vacation rentals. It’s an ultimate destination to enjoy your vacations in between rippling sea waves and greenery everywhere.
St Augustine Beach is one of the most beautiful and historic land piece of United States. Ambiance of serenity and love is spread all over, enchanting loads of visitors all the year round. Either for a couple tour or family getaway, this place has various attractions to offer to people from all walks of life with varied tastes. It is one of the most frequently visited tourist destinations, thronged by excited vacationers from various corners of the world.
Vacationers prefer to make St Augustine Beach rentals as their lodging base as they assure the best of comfort and luxury and that too within close proximity to all eye soothing attractions. Counting from Oldest School House and Castillo de San Marcos, to historical museums like Ripley’s Believe it Or Not! and the Spanish Quarter, to family favorite attractions like Marineland and Adventure Island, there’s an unending list to do and see in this amazing and ancient city. This angelic city also has an ultimate section of sports and recreation along with noted golf courses, fishing spots and surfing spot, making your vacation worthwhile.
Anastasia State Park Recreation Area, the protected bird sanctuary is a not-to-be-missed site on your getaway. Ancient oak forest, 5 miles of long beach, and facilities for boating, fishing, camping, and picnicking is all that you will get here. Besides all this, you will love to enjoy famous beach tennis club by putting up at any of the Florida vacation rentals.
St Augustine is famous for its tasty seafood and casual dining style. Besides, there are number of fascinating shops too, where you will get to explore the trend and fashion of the place, adding an extra pleasure to your tour. ‘Night of Lights’, ‘A Spring and a Fall Arts and Crafts Festival’ and ‘Gamble Rogers Folk Festival’ are some of the famous festivals of this place, blessed with cultural life and lovely atmospheric essence.
You will love to spend an unforgettable getaway in St Augustine Beach with your loved ones, freinds and family, giving a break to your monotonous routine life. Embracing you to enjoy your dream vacation in the midst of sun, sand and surf.
Planning a holiday in Barbados and finding the perfect vacation villa rental is effortless with the proper guidance, but sifting through what we call the “villa rental factories” can be daunting, exhausting and confusing. Plus, some property websites are at worst fictitious and at best, simply have not been kept up to date in terms of wear and tear, maintenance and refurbishment.
First and foremost, it is critical to work with a reputable local agent who is based on the island. We know the island inside and out. Get solid local advice and do not rely on cut and paste sentiments and inaccurate rates and availability charts without qualification, which we commonly see present on the internet.
Unfortunately working directly with an owner can have its challenges. Often, by the very definition of a property being advertised, you are dealing with an absentee owner. Even the smallest property must be professionally maintained and managed. Further, an on-island manager or agent is there in case something goes wrong or if a conflict arises that needs to be resolved.
The benefits of renting a private holiday villa or condo versus staying in a hotel are particularly unique in Barbados.
The most expensive component of a Barbados vacation will be food and beverage. The island suffers from sometimes draconian import taxes as high as 200%. The option of being able to stock up with your own groceries and prepare your own meals far outweighs the cost of eating every meal in a restaurant. For families, couples or groups travelling together, the per person breakdown of costs can be as much as 70% lower than staying in a hotel. Most importantly, private villas afford you the complete flexibility to do what you want, when you want, and to come and go as you please without adhering to a structured hotel schedule.
Choose a location that coincides with the experience you are seeking for your Barbados holiday. The lively South Coast tends to be better suited for those who prefer activity filled days and nights, bars and nightlife and are on a lower budget. The sea tends to be choppier than the tranquil West Coast, with few exceptions. Properties on the South Coast typically are less expensive with only housekeeping provided a few days a week and most do not provide a cook.
The West Coast is generally for the more discerning traveler who prefers peace and quiet, quality shopping, fine dining and a more up market atmosphere. Seas are calm and safe for small children where you will find conditions for effortless swimming. Holetown is the centre of the West Coast and offers many options for shopping, local and fine dining, bars, banks, supermarket, and the new upscale Limegrove Lifestyle Centre. Most villas on the West Coast include a housekeeper and a cook.
The South/East Coast is a more remote location and better suited for those who prefer to spend most of their time at their villa in a peaceful and natural setting. The sea is rough but safe – great for body surfing.
The Maharajas’ Express – the latest in the fleet of luxury trains run by the Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), is earning goodwill among travelers around the world for its world class amenities and exceptional services onboard as well as well guided, systemized and adventurous excursions off the train. All these and many more facilities on board the train justify it being the costliest train in Asia.
No matter from where you are traveling or how have you planned your holiday, a journey on board this train would surely make you cherish an ultimate ride on rails. It is not about promising a timeless journey experience to its guests, but about keeping it as well and this train certainly mounts very high in transforming its promises to beautiful realities. Though it is one of the costliest trains in the world, but the on board luxury worth every single penny that the guests spend. The refined taste of the visionary of this train can be clearly seen in each of its detailing whether it is the sleeping car, the dining area or even the lounge bar.
This luxury Indian train features well equipped sleeping cars, two royal restaurants, a safari bar, sitting lounge and a boutique with a grand collection of beautiful artifacts. To make the guests feel special, 24hours concierge service is also available on board this train. While referring to its features, the Presidential Suite needs a special mentioning. This royal suite adds on more charm and grandness to this luxury train as it spans over an entire carriage and houses two bedrooms, two attached bathrooms and one living cum dining room. Though the train tariff is a little high as compared to other luxury trains, but it includes a host of facilities.
The train tariff includes the following-
- Accommodation in double/twin bedded cabins having attached bathrooms
- Meals and soft beverages. The house brands of Indian wines, beer and spirit are offered complimentary
- Services of the butler
- Off train excursions with expert guides
- Entrance fees to monuments, still camera and guide charges
- Transportation during off-train excursions
- Tea, coffee and mineral water are offered complimentary on board
While the train price includes a host of complimentary services, the guests may need to pay extra for availing certain services such as-
- For any optional tour
- All taxes, insurance and gratuities
- Telephone call charges and laundry services
- Other than the house brands of beverages, the guests need to pay extra for beer, spirits and wines
- Professional still camera fees and video charges are not included
- The journey tariff doesn’t include arrival and departure transfers
Owned and managed by Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation, This train is the newest addition to the group of luxury trains in India. Even though it was introduced in the recent past, but with its unparallel services and facilities the train has owned the crown of one of the luxury trains in the world.
Planning a getaway weekend or a holiday trip with your family can be lots of fun! How can you find just the right place? Pick an area that seems interesting, or do a search for a cool place online. Look for the right place for your visit on vacation rental websites. Be sure you choose a reputable one, and look at many different sites to get a good feel for the area you are looking at. Finding the right beach house for your Beach House Vacation is easy, just put in the area you want to visit, and the parameters of the dates and size of a house you need. Then have fun looking at all of the great choices you have!
Here are some ideas to keep in mind before you book:
1. Be sure you know the room and bed count, so you can plan who sleeps where ahead of time.
2. If you have children, ask if there are toys or special equipment such as cribs or high chairs
3. Make sure you know what you have to bring – linens, cooking equipment?
4. Ask the owner about special or fun features about their home
5. Be clear about stairs you may have to climb, both to bedrooms and to the front door! Don’t be caught by surprise, know you have to climb 2 full sets of stairs to reach the door
6. Locate fun things to do in the area ahead of time, find out what the area is known for
7. Ask about parking, be sure you know about any local restrictions, such as homeowner’s associations. Getting towed can put a real damper on a fun trip!
8. Off season may be the time to travel – especially to the beach! Ask if you can have an extra day for free. Sometimes, even if the owner won’t discount, they may be able to give extra time
9. Locate restaurants ahead of time, read reviews and see if you can find a local discount coupon.
10. Find out about services – do you need to gas up before you head to the rental? What about groceries? Close or far away?
To have a wonderful trip of a lifetime, rent a really fun Vacation Beach House for your family getaway! Be sure to do your research on what is available to do in the area. Find out if the beach is safe for swimming – does it have lifeguards? Are there any warnings in effect for using the beach? Check out things like hiking, fishing, or beach combing. Do you need to pay to get into the beach? Would you need a fishing license?
If your group enjoys cooking, be sure to look into local markets where you can buy fresh fish or veggies. Maybe you can locate a Farmer’s Market, or buy fish right off the boat or out of the bay.
Local restaurants give a real feel for who the community is. Research some local eateries to explore.
Beach House Vacation rentals are a great way to spend family time together!
As the air begins to turn cold and the first tentative snow flurries dust the highest mountain peaks, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and Sevierville, TN are busy preparing for a magical event. Miles of twinkling lights are strung, streets are draped in red and green, and everywhere people are bustling about, getting ready for Winterfest.
Beginning in early November, these quaint mountain villages are transformed into fairy kingdoms where everything glitters, music surrounds you, and treasured family memories are made. If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind getaway this winter, this family friendly celebration has something to offer everyone.
Getting in the Holiday Spirit
The holiday shopping season may not officially begin until Thanksgiving, but you’ll discover plenty of unique treasures in Pigeon Forge during Winterfest. Hundreds of talented artisans call the Great Smoky Mountains home, creating and selling magnificent works of art in nearly any medium you can imagine. Colorful quilts, exquisite jewelry, hand-turned bowls, and beautiful wood carvings are just a few of the crafts on display. Spend a day browsing in the shops along the world-famous Arts & Crafts Community Trail, and you’ll find the perfect gift for nearly everyone on your shopping list.
While any season is a good time to visit Pigeon Forge, Winterfest lets you see a side of the city you’ve never seen before. More than five million tiny lights turn the town into a fairytale kingdom. Hop aboard the Fun Time Trolley at dusk for a guided tour, and enjoy learning about the history while enjoying the sights. Everywhere you look, trees and storefronts are draped with glittering lights in celebration of the season. Grownups and kids alike will love the festive atmosphere and old-fashioned holiday spirit that blankets the town.
Family Friendly Christmas Shows
Kids of all ages will want to catch the spectacular Christmas show at Pigeon Forge’s Smoky Mountain Opry. A living nativity tells the story of the first Christmas, talented singers perform your favorite holiday music, and Santa makes an appearance with his reindeer. You can’t help but feel the spirit of Christmas after seeing this entertaining show.
Everyone Loves a Parade
Gatlinburg and Sevierville both kick off the season with their much-anticipated Christmas parades. Make plans to be in downtown Gatlinburg on December 7, 2012 for the Fantasy of Lights Parade. This spectacular event begins at 7:30pm and features a dozen marching bands, more than 100 floats, and giant helium balloons to delight the 80,000 spectators who will line the parade route.
In Sevierville, Santa himself steals the show at the 50th annual Christmas Parade on December 1, 2012. Bands, baton twirlers, pageant winners, and plenty of floats take to the streets of this historic village to celebrate the season with a good old-fashioned hometown parade.
Too often, the hustle and bustle of the season means we don’t take time to truly enjoy it with family and friends. This year, savor the hospitality and beauty of small-town holiday celebrations, and make some Christmas memories your kids will remember for a lifetime.
Does winter’s first snowfall have you itching to strap on your skis and hit the slopes? In the Great Smoky Mountains, ski season offers a chance to enjoy the beauty and hospitality of the Southeast’s favorite winter vacation destination.
Family members of all ages will find plenty to do, whether they’re experienced skiers or new to the sport. Slopes for every age level are scattered throughout the area, but you’ll also find snowboarding, tobogganing, and a host of other family friendly winter sports as well.
Gatlinburg’s Most Famous Ski Resort
No Smoky Mountain ski trip is complete without a day or two spent at Ober Gatlinburg, the area’s premier winter fun resort. Skiers of all skill levels will enjoy gliding along the groomed runs that crisscross the mountain, and the four lifts that service the trails ensure you’ll spend more time on the slopes than off.
Beginning skiers of any age can take advantage of the professional ski instruction available on site. You’ll learn the proper techniques for turning, slowing, and stopping, so you can truly enjoy your ski vacation. More advanced family members can take a snowboarding lesson, or hit the freestyle terrain park where virtually anything goes, and there are plenty of moguls, rails, and other features to thrill any extreme skiing fan.
Remember those cold winter mornings you spent at the local sledding hill when you were a kid? Well grab a tube and head for Ober Gatlinburg’s tubing area for a sledding adventure that will bring back many happy memories. It’s a heart-stopping plunge to the bottom as you cling to your tube and plummet along the snowy track. Unlike that sledding hill from your childhood, though, there’s no trudging back to the top – just hitch a ride on the lift for your next race down the mountain.
When it’s time for a break in the action, you can warm your hands around a cup of hot chocolate from one of Ober Gatlinburg’s eateries, or spend a few minutes mastering a new game in the indoor arcade.
In addition to the fantastic skiing and all-day family fun, Ober Gatlinburg is also the only resort in the area where getting there really is half the fun. Park the car in downtown Gatlinburg and hop aboard the aerial tram for a ride to the top of the mountain. Not only will you avoid the slippery mountain roads, but you’ll experience the best view of the gorgeous scenery to be found anywhere.
A Real Smoky Mountain Getaway
To really experience a Smoky Mountain ski vacation, consider renting a mountain chalet for your trip. You’ll feel as if you’ve left the world behind when you snuggle into your own private cabin in the woods, where a roaring fire warms you after a long day on the slopes, and an overnight dusting of snow sparkles in the morning sun.
Don’t let the winter slip by without hitting the slopes in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. The spectacular scenery, clean mountain air, and world-famous southern hospitality combine to make any ski trip memorable for the whole family.