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FlipKey was founded in 2007 and its headquarters is located in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. FlipKey has $3.2M in revenue and 265 employees. FlipKey's top competitors are Roomorama, Airbnb and HomeAway.

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FlipKeyFlipKey ceo

1Roomorama ceoRoomorama

Federico Folcia

Co-Founder & CEO

56/100152$2.1M$2M
2Airbnb ceoAirbnb

Brian Chesky

Co-Founder & CEO

67/1004,950$5.4B$2.8B
3HomeAway ceoHomeAway

John Kim

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73/1001,780$723.2M$485.3M
4onefinestay ceoonefinestay

Evan Frank

Co-Founder & CEO

70/100569$80.9M$30.1M
5AlwaysOnVacation ceoAlwaysOnVacation

Jeffrey Isdo

President & CEO

62/100100$3.4M
6BoutiqueHomes ceoBoutiqueHomes

Heinz Legler

President

53/10075
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7TurnKey Vacation Rentals ceoTurnKey Vacation Rentals

T J Clark

Co-Founder & CEO

63/100288$40.5M$12.1M
8Vakast ceoVakast

Huan Truong

Co-Founder & CEO

58/10010$1.3M$3M

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Since FlipKey was founded in 2007, it has participated in 2 rounds of funding. In total FlipKey has raised $500.0K. FlipKey's last funding round was on Nov 2007 for a total of $500.0K

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FlipKey Blog 25 Best Pet-Friendly Vacations In AmericaIf you’re a dog owner, there&#8217;s no doubt you consider your furry companion part of the family. But when it comes to taking a trip, he/she can make things a little tricky. Fear not! Here are our top pet-friendly vacations across America where your pooch pals are just as welcome as you are. Top Dog-Friendly USA Vacations If you’re the kind of traveler who just can’t bear to leave the dog at home, you’ve probably experienced the frustration of trying to book a getaway catering for both people and pets. Can my dog stay in this hotel? Can he/she visit the local coffee shop, or sit with me while I eat at a restaurant? And is there anywhere that allows dogs to run and play off the leash? We&#8217;re here to help. Firstly, and most importantly: finding a pet-friendly place to stay. Each location in our list has great pet-friendly vacation rentals available to book from FlipKey. But it doesn&#8217;t stop there. You&#8217;ll also enjoy off-leash beaches, gourmet pet bakeries, doggy spas, and more. Vacation rentals are particularly good for this type of trip, as many accept animals and you’ll avoid the obstacles you might experience in other types of accommodation: cramped spaces, no outdoor area, or, most awkward of all, sharing communal areas with people who just don’t like dogs. Simply book a pet-friendly house from FlipKey with a garden or an apartment just off a dog-friendly beach, and you’ll have the perfect pooch-friendly setting for your stay. San Diego, California You’ll be pleased to hear that the residents of San Diego are barking mad about dogs, so you’ll meet little resistance if you’re bringing a furry companion. Try lunch at the Patio on Lamont at Pacific Beach, where there’s tasty Californian cuisine for you, as well as home-made dog biscuits for canines. There’s also the dog-friendly terrace at the Pier Café on West Harbor Drive. Have a run about at Nate’s Point Off-Leash Dog Park at Balboa Park (open 24 hours) or explore the dunes and surf of Fiesta Island. And why not go all out and book a pet photoshoot with Feather &#38; Fur Pet Photography? See all FlipKey rentals in San Diego Bar Harbor, Maine “Karen&#8217;s cottage is exactly as advertised. We brought our two dogs and it was a great property for them as well as a wonderful neighborhood to walk them in. The cottage is well furnished and lacks for nothing.” — FlipKey Reviewer Pets are most definitely invited in charming Bar Harbor. Sit on the deck at Stewman’s Lobster Pound Downtown, order yourself something delicious, and then check out the special doggie menu for your furball. Margaret Todd Windjammer Cruises accept dogs on board, so you can sail around Frenchman Bay without leaving your favorite companion at the rental. Keep the leash on when exploring Acadia National Park, except at the Little Long Pond Leash-Free Area, where animals can run free. See all FlipKey rentals in Bar Harbor Austin, Texas West Austin Dog Park is a friendly place for pups and owners, and there’s also the park at Auditorium Shores, which has access to the water. If your dog’s particularly fond of swimming, head to the Red Bud Isle pensinsula for plenty of off-leash fun and lots of water to play in. In February, there’s a popular Mardi Gras Dog Parade, and there are a few other doggy events held throughout the year. Pick up some treats at the Groovy Dog Bakery to keep Fido happy back at the rental while you head out to hear some of that famous Austin live music. See all FlipKey rentals in Austin Huntington Beach, California Your first stop here should be Huntington Dog Beach, a stretch of true doggy heaven. Dog owners work hard to keep this place clean and the dogs under control, so it’s a pleasant place to visit. If you’re lucky, you might even see a four-legged creature whizzing past on a surfboard. Only in California… After all the excitement of the dog beach, you can book your pet in to freshen up in the Doggie Spa at Seacliff Village. See all FlipKey rentals in Huntington Beach Asheville, North Carolina “This cabin is older and rustic but it was clean and cute. The fact that it was dog friendly was enough for us because we didn&#8217;t have to pay boarding fees&#8230;or miss our dogs. The cabin was quiet and had beautiful views. This was a very pleasant place to cook, have dinner on the back deck, drink a glass of wine, and watch the sunset.” — FlipKey Reviewer Asheville’s got plenty to offer its canine tourists. There are 220 acres of grounds to cover with your pet at the Biltmore Estate, and there’s an onsite kennel where you can park the pooch while you tour the historic house. There’s also the French Broad River Dog Park, with a fenced-off, wood-chipped acre to run around in, and the river to splash in, too. Check out the Woof Gang Bakery for premium animal treats and toys. At Play with Sparky is a doggie daycare facility you could make use of if you’d like to tackle the more challenging local hiking trails sans dog. See all FlipKey rentals in Asheville Key West, Florida Time to introduce the dog to the buzz of Key West! The Key West Dog Beach is small but friendly, and your pet is free to play in the waves to their heart’s content. If you’d like to get right out on the water together, get in touch with Lazy Dog Kayak and enjoy the surroundings as you paddle along. Get your fresh seafood order in at Nine One Five Bistro and watch the world go by together on the dog-friendly terrace. See all FlipKey rentals in Key West Atlanta, Georgia You’ll find plenty of other happy dogs living it up in Atlanta. For lots of running space, try the Piedmont Dog Park, a designated off-leash area with a separate space for smaller animals. Pets are welcome on leashes at the Freedom Park and you’ll love discovering the peaceful Chattahoochee River National Recreation Park together. Let your dog take a well-deserved snooze at your pet-friendly rental while you hit the exciting bars and restaurants Atlanta has to offer. See all FlipKey rentals in Atlanta Washington D.C. This impressive city is studded with monuments and cultural institutions, many of them free to enter. Simply settle the dog back at your cozy rental to see the sights that are better for people than pups, then swing back to pick up your playmate and head out for a dog-friendly excursion. Enjoy a leashed walk in leafy Montrose Park, or try the off-leash zones at Shaw Dog Park, S Street Dog Park, and the designated dog run on the waterfront at The Yards Park. Canines can expect a warm welcome, a bowl of water, and a bit of a fuss from staff on the terrace of the friendly Logan Tavern. See all FlipKey rentals in Washington D.C. South Lake Tahoe, California Known for its skiing, beaches, and stunning alpine lake, this place is also a lovely spot to visit with the dog in tow. The Bijou Dog Park has shady areas, picnic tables, and fresh water to keep pets happy and hydrated. Pretty Kiva Beach is also dog-friendly as long as you keep the leash on. There’s a cage-free dog care facility called Tahoe Best Friends, where you can leave your pup in total comfort while you head out for a sophisticated dinner. See all FlipKey rentals in South Lake Tahoe Wilmington, North Carolina Four-legged friends are most definitely welcome in this scenic port city. The Java Dog Coffee House serves great coffee, dog treats, and welcomes dogs inside and out. The George Restaurant on the Riverwalk offers a range of tasty Southern dishes, and furry friends can join you on the deck outside. Take advantage of two acres of galloping room at the off-leash Wilmington Dog Park within Empie Park, complete with fencing and separate areas for pups large and small. See all FlipKey rentals in Wilmington Portland, Oregon “The condo was clean, new, and modern. The location in downtown Portland was perfect! I look forward to my next vacation to Portland so I can stay here again.” — FlipKey Reviewer How’s this for dog-friendly? Head down to the Tin Shed Garden Café on a Tuesday night to enjoy a free item from the dog menu for each human-friendly dish you order. Bargain! There are some nice off-leash sections for dogs in Chimney Park and Mt. Tabor Park. No visit to Portland is complete without ordering from its world-famous food carts. You can sign up for an official Portland Food Cart Tour and bring your leashed dog along too. See all FlipKey rentals in Portland Albuquerque, New Mexico Sunny Albuquerque is a great choice for a vacation, with its endless sunshine, desert vistas, and punchy local flavors. It’s particularly good for those traveling with dogs, as it has more than 10 designated dog parks. North Domingo Baca Dog Park offers a wood-chipped play area, with separate spaces for big and small animals, and some shady spots. There’s also the Rio Grande Triangle Park, Coronado Park, Montessa Dog Park, and more. See all FlipKey rentals in Albuquerque Charlottesville, Virginia “The fixtures in this two bedroom, 1.5 bath condo are high-grade: wide wood floor planks, granite kitchen counter tops, and enormous floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the surrounding treetops. Your dog will enjoy running across acres of freshly mowed fields between the house and the rural one-lane road.” — FlipKey Reviewer Here you’ve got the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains and the spectacular Shenandoah Valley, where there’s plenty for you and your canine companion to look at on a scenic drive. Grab a burger at Miller’s in the dog-friendly outdoor area or some Cajun catfish on the large patio at the Timberwood Grille. Treat your pooch to a runaround at Azalea Dog Park or Chris Greene Lake Park—the latter has a roped doggy swimming area. See all FlipKey rentals in Charlottesville Finger Lakes Region, New York Rich in vineyards and characterized by its long, narrow bodies of water, the Finger Lakes area is a fascinating place to visit. This is wine country, but don’t feel like you can’t take your pet with you if you want to sample a local bottle. Many wineries around here allow dogs—just call first to check their policy. You’ll also find plenty of pet-friendly vacation rentals to make everyone feel perfectly at home. See all FlipKey rentals in the Finger Lakes Region Flagstaff, Arizona One thing you’ll notice in Flagstaff is that a lot of the locals are dog owners. Many an establishment has its own furry incumbent ready to welcome you, so you won’t have a problem taking your dog out and about in the area. Diablo Burger has a pet-friendly patio where dogs can rest under a shady table while you enjoy one of the hefty house burgers. You can also get some great deals on vacation rentals in this area, leaving you more cash to spend on other things, like dog biscuits. Check out Thorpe Park Bark Park (try saying that really quickly), where you’ll find agility equipment and plenty of room for exercising. See all FlipKey rentals in Flagstaff Santa Barbara, California Santa Barbara’s lovely wide beaches and sophisticated center attract visitors all year round. Dog owners should head to the Douglas Family Preserve, where there’s an off-leash beach and walking trails. There’s also an off-leash area at nearby Hendry’s Beach, or Arroyo Burro Beach. At the end of a day on the sands, you can relax with a craft beer and some dinner at the Brewhouse—you’ll be happy to hear it has its own dog-friendly menu, too. See all FlipKey rentals in Santa Barbara Seattle, Washington Norm’s Eatery &#38; Ale House isn’t just dog-friendly, it’s dog-themed. The walls are dotted with pooch portraits and you’ll find plenty of canine company already enjoying the surroundings when you arrive. Bark Espresso allows dogs outside or in their special hound-friendly lounge. Elegant Washington Park Arboretum welcomes dogs on leashes and Warren G. Magnuson Park has an off-leash area with some water access. Don’t miss the Fremont Oktoberfest Dogtoberfest, which welcomes leashed pets on the Sunday of the Oktoberfest extravaganza. See all FlipKey rentals in Seattle The Black Hills, South Dakota There are some pretty impressive attractions up here, including the craggy carvings of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial and the monumental buttes and spires of the Badlands National Park. Dogs are only allowed in restricted areas of the Badlands, but there’s plenty of forest and mountainside to discover with your leashed pet in the Black Hills. The little hub of Hill City has a lot of dog-friendly establishments, including the Naked Winery Tasting Room, where dogs are allowed on the patio, and the veranda of the Alpine Inn, a great lunch spot. See all FlipKey rentals in the Black Hills Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri The area around this beautiful and sprawling reservoir is known for its fantastic golf courses, wineries, and, of course, water sports. There are several dog-friendly hubs around here, one being the waterfront Dog Days Bar &#38; Grill at Osage Beach, where they host a Canine Cannonball jumping contest each year. To the south in Branson, you’ll find Elmo and Rosalea Marrs Dog Park, complete with agility equipment, picnic tables, and plenty of room to play. If you need to do a little fur-free sightseeing, check your dog into Branson Pet Resort, where they’ll be well looked after while you investigate the environs. See all FlipKey rentals in Lake of the Ozarks Rehoboth Beach, Delaware In friendly Rehoboth Beach you can explore the lively boardwalk, packed with entertainment and places to eat, or treat the family to a day at Jungle Jim’s Water Park, where you’ll find slides, go-karting, and mini-golf. Delaware Seashore State Park welcomes leashed dogs to play in the surf and on the sands, and The Big Chill Cantina is a pooch-friendly place for a drink at the end of the day. See all FlipKey rentals in Rehoboth Beach Sanibel Island, Florida “Coquina Cottage was perfect! We are used to the resort experience, but I have to say that this was just what we needed! We took our two dogs, Bella and Sadie with us… No need to bring a lot with you because everything was provided that we needed to enjoy our stay. We will certainly return again.” — FlipKey Reviewer Sanibel Island is a cheerful vacation spot for pets and owners. Gulfside Beach, also known as Algiers Beach, is a good doggy destination, with calm, shallow waters to gallop through and sands strewn with beautiful seashells. Like all of the local beaches, dogs are very welcome, but you should keep them on the leash. Be sure to drop into the Island Paws pet shop for nutritious treats and high-quality toys. See all FlipKey rentals in Sanibel Island Nantucket, Massachusetts Historic Nantucket Island is bordered with sandy stretches where dogs are welcome to roam on their leashes, such as Francis Street Beach and Surfside Beach. You can take your dog out on the water on a private charter with Endeavor Sailing Excursions or sit back and relax with a drink at the dog-friendly Cisco Brewers. See all FlipKey rentals in Nantucket Asbury Park, Jersey Shore, New Jersey Dubbed “Brooklyn on the beach” by the New York Times, this Jersey Shore destination is on the up—and it’s getting its fair share of dog tourism. The famous Wonder Bar club and music venue hosts a popular Doggie Yappy Hour, where you can chill with a drink while your dog socializes in the large fenced area outside. There are two pools for them to splash in, dog biscuits at the bar, and there’s an organised dog run twice a week. The 8th Avenue Dog Beach is a fun spot, with plenty of canines enjoying the shallows and the dunes—check beforehand for timings as there are some restrictions. See all FlipKey rentals in Asbury Park Stowe, Vermont The beautiful mountain resort of Stowe has two mountains to conquer and a lovely New England village to uncover. Smugglers Notch State Park is breathtaking and accepts all adventurers (including leashed dogs). When you’re done with your hike, you might want to try the Double IPA at the dog-friendly Alchemist Brewery. In nearby Jericho, Mills Riverside Park provides some beautiful meadows for dogs to explore—watch out for the signage telling you which areas are on or off-leash. See all FlipKey rentals in Stowe Fort Myers, Florida We love Fort Myers for its great shopping, fishing, and beaches. Bring Fido to Barkingham Dog Park or Woof-a-Hatchee Dog Park, both fenced and off-leash parks with watering stations and separate areas for big and small dogs. Two of the more fascinating attractions in the area are the Edison and Ford Winter Estates. Though not dog-friendly, we&#8217;d be remiss to leave them unmentioned. These neighboring properties were the winter homes of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, and you can still explore the laboratory, homes, and gardens. With a pet-friendly rental, it&#8217;ll be no problem to leave your dog at the house while you experience these and other great Fort Myers attractions. Just be sure to bring them a treat when you return! See all FlipKey rentals in Fort Myers The post 25 Best Pet-Friendly Vacations In America appeared first on The FlipKey Blog.FlipKey Blog
FlipKey Blog 15 Best Affordable Warm Winter Vacations Right Here In The USWhen the weather outside is frightful, book a warm winter vacation to get away from the cold—without breaking the bank. From coastal villages to desert oases, forgo international travel with a winter sun getaway right here in the US. These spots boast some of the most affordable vacation rentals in the country. Great Winter Getaways For Warmer Temps As temperatures drop, prices can rise in popular warm winter vacation spots like Orlando, Miami, and San Diego—but a high price tag need not deter you from taking that perfect affordable winter trip. From Florida to California, we’ve rounded up 15 affordable warm winter getaways, featuring mild daytime highs perfect for hiking and urban adventures, and lows that make nightlife more appealing. Prices are based off the average weekly rate for a two-bedroom rental property from FlipKey, for a stay between December-February.* Bring the whole family along for off-season roomy beachfront rentals, or cozy up in chic townhouses perfect for two with close proximity to bars and restaurants. No matter what destination you choose, Flipkey will help you find the right vacation rental at the right price. Davenport, Florida Average Weekly Rate, 2BR Rental: $686 Florida vacations may conjure glamorous images of Orlando and Miami, but the oft-overlooked city of Davenport offers equally enticing attractions—and equally warm temperatures—without the big-city price tag. Mild daytime highs make for pleasant afternoons walking down the nature trails at Lake Kissimmee State Park or playing a round of golf on Davenport’s two large golf courses. Or, use the city as a base for day trips to nearby attractions like Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando while avoiding the high costs and 24/7 bustle of the city. See all FlipKey rentals in Davenport! Edisto Island, South Carolina Average Weekly Rate, 2BR Rental: $807 Located just an hour outside of Charleston, Edisto Island combines the easy-going vibes of a beach destination with ample opportunity for outdoor adventure for an ideal warm winter vacation. Look out for dolphins as you kayak or cruise through sweetgrass marshes, walk past driftwood forests at Botany Bay, or learn about the Barrier Islands’ unique Gullah culture on an island tour. Plus, an off-season visit promises fewer crowds and a better chance at scoring choice rentals right by the beach. See all FlipKey rentals in Edisto Island! Punta Gorda, Florida Average Weekly Rate, 2BR Rental: $868 A historic downtown and boutique shopping district lend Punta Gorda an air of luxury, but this mid-sized city rings up as an affordable winter vacation. Walk along the 2.5-mile Harborwalk on the Gasparilla Sound-Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserve, kayak through mangrove forests, snap photos under palm trees, and sip cocktails at waterfront bars and restaurants—then return to a house big enough for the whole family or a beachside cottage perfect for two. See all FlipKey rentals in Punta Gorda! Mexico Beach, Florida Average Weekly Rate, 2BR Rental: $899 Come to Mexico Beach to experience ultimate tranquility on Florida’s Undiscovered Gulf Coast. Mexico Beach provides a warm winter getaway during the quiet off-season, ideal for solitary sunset strolls or quality time with friends and family. Close proximity to Panama City Beach means that a classic beach boardwalk and nightlife are never too far away. See all FlipKey rentals in Mexico Beach! Tempe, Arizona Average Weekly Rate, 2BR Rental: $903 Sandwiched between Phoenix and Scottsdale, the small city of Tempe holds its own with concerts and exhibitions at the Tempe Center for the Arts, a historic downtown brimming with local restaurants, and plenty of outdoor activities that take advantage of year-round warm temperatures. Although it’s home to the University of Arizona’s main campus, the housing rental options are far from elementary: luxury furnishings, backyard pools, and lakeside views offer visitors premium accommodation at basic pricing. See all FlipKey rentals in Tempe! Port Isabel, Texas Average Weekly Rate, 2BR Rental: $912 Port Isabel is as close as you can get to a Mexican vacation without shelling out for international airfare. Situated just north of the US-Mexican border and right on the Gulf of Mexico, Port Isabel combines classic beach activities with historical tours and attractions that let visitors explore the area’s rich culture. Not only was the town voted “Most Beautiful Place to Visit in Texas” by Culture Trip, but it is also the most affordable warm winter vacation in all of Texas, according to FlipKey&#8217;s average two-bedroom rental rates. See all FlipKey rentals in Port Isabel! Mesa, Arizona Average Weekly Rate, 2BR Rental: $913 Less expensive than Phoenix and quieter than Tempe, Mesa is an ideal choice for that affordable winter vacation with the whole family. With well over 50 public parks, four museums, and a large amphitheater and event center to boot, a trip to Mesa melts away any lingering winter blues. See all FlipKey rentals in Mesa! Bradenton, Florida Average Weekly Rate, 2BR Rental: $952 Book your Bradenton rental and set out to discover all this Florida city has to offer. A high ropes course, niche history museums, and the 487-acre Robinson Nature Preserve guarantee that everyone in your group will find something that suits their fancy. Located on the southern tip of Tampa Bay, Bradenton also offers close access to the posh city of Sarasota at a fraction of the cost. See all FlipKey rentals in Bradenton! Golden Isles, Georgia Average Weekly Rate, 2BR Rental: $963 Get four-for-one value on a warm winter vacation to Georgia’s Golden Isles, which include the islands of St. Simons, Little St. Simons, Jekyll, and Sea Island, all interconnected by highways and boats. Experience classic Southern hospitality and coastal charm, leaving your vacation rental to stroll along Driftwood Beach, visit historical monuments, or learn about sea turtle conservation. See all FlipKey rentals in Golden Isles! Pahoa, Hawaii Average Weekly Rate, 2BR Rental: $982 A little town on the Big Island, Pahoa packs in the best of Hawaiian vacations—minus the touristy vibes, overpriced excursions, or over-the-top vacation packages. Find your piece of paradise in an oceanfront beach home or chic eco-lodge; all offer the same unbeatable access to world-class snorkeling and rainforest hikes that don’t break the bank. See all FlipKey rentals in Pahoa! Cocoa Beach, Florida Average Weekly Rate, 2BR Rental: $1,055 Opt for a luxe vacation in a high rise condo or book a simple cottage right on the beach—either choice lets you take advantage of Cocoa Beach’s eco-tours, scenic pier, and close access to the Kennedy Space Science Center. Located just an hour drive from Orlando and Kissimmee, Cocoa Beach is the perfect place to post up for a relaxing warm winter getaway while remaining close to exciting attractions. See all FlipKey rentals in Cocoa Beach! Cathedral City, California Average Weekly Rate, 2BR Rental: $1,179 Situated just south of Palm Springs in the Coachella Valley, Cathedral City offers many of the same types of attractions as its ritzy neighbor. A trip to nearby hot springs will banish any remaining winter chills, while a number of parks, golf courses, and cultural attractions keep both kids and adults well entertained. Cathedral City is also famously the site of Frank Sinatra’s grave. See all FlipKey rentals in Cathedral City! Lake Havasu City, Arizona Average Weekly Rate, 2BR Rental: $1,242 Though named for the shimmering Lake Havasu, Lake Havasu City is probably best known for its bridge, not its water. The original London Bridge was relocated to Lake Havasu City from England to link the mainland to marinas just shy of the California border. This warm winter vacation spot also makes an ideal jumping off point for hikes, horse trails, and water sports, many of which are available year-round thanks to the city’s mild climate. See all FlipKey rentals in Lake Havasu City! Saint Augustine Beach, Florida Average Weekly Rate, 2BR Rental: $1,258 Kick back with a good book or enjoy quality time with loved ones on a trip to Saint Augustine Beach. The perfect vacation rental is key to enjoying your time at this quiet beach town; look for beachfront property, ocean views, and an outdoor space that lets you take advantage of the warm weather. See all FlipKey rentals in Saint Augustine Beach! Paso Robles, California Average Weekly Rate, 2BR Rental: $1,424 Year-round sunshine pairs with premium wines in Paso Robles, a city known for its wineries and olive groves. Stay downtown for close access to restaurants, parks, and boutiques, or opt for a country estate that feels leagues away from the city bustle. See all FlipKey rentals in Paso Robles! *Data reflects December 2017 through February 2018. The post 15 Best Affordable Warm Winter Vacations Right Here In The US appeared first on The FlipKey Blog.FlipKey Blog
FlipKey Blog 11 Great Places To Rent A Summer Lake House (That Probably Aren’t Your First Guess)Best Lake House Vacations Forget the oceanfront hotel. We&#8217;re all about a stunning lake house this summer. Okay, so we&#8217;re not totally against the beach. But there&#8217;s another type of vacation that was made for America: a classic summer cottage on the lake. Or a cozy cabin. How about an eight-bedroom summer lodge for a full-family affair? You get the point. America boasts some of the best lake destinations in the world for outdoor recreation, incredible scenery, and action-packed adventure. In other words: the perfect combination of activities for a thrilling (or relaxing) summer escape. A summer lake house often comes with kayaks, canoes, paddleboards or even your own personal boat for use (assuming you have a license)! You&#8217;ll stay just steps to the water—or hiking trails—and enjoy substantial privacy. But with so many great lake house options, where should you choose? Enter FlipKey. We&#8217;ve bypassed the touristy, crowded lakes—nobody wants to share the bay with other jet skiers, after all—and instead identified 11 amazing summer lake retreats that aren&#8217;t quite as&#8230;occupied. You&#8217;ll find affordable summer cottages and cabins in each of these spots just waiting for you to make new lifelong memories. Deep Creek Lake, Maryland Maryland&#8217;s Deep Creek Lake has everything you could dream of in a summer vacation. The surrounding towns of McHenry, Oakland and Swanton all offer lake house rentals of various types. Get the adrenaline pumping with whitewater rafting or opt for more leisurely pursuits in fly-fishing, a scenic kayak ride, horseback trek or walking through Deep Creek Lake State Park. A summer lodge, complete with outdoor patio and barbecue grill, is the perfect home base after the day&#8217;s adventure. As night falls, spark up the fire pit and gaze at the stars. See all rentals in Deep Creek Lake on FlipKey! Moosehead Lake, Maine As its name would suggest, this Maine gem has abundant wildlife. When you aren&#8217;t fishing for landlocked salmon or trout, keep your eyes peeled for moose and other four-legged friends that roam the land. A summer cottage on Moosehead Lake puts you just steps to unlimited water recreation. And the lake is especially good for canoeing and kayaking, boasting tons of hidden coves, inlets and islands to explore. Lake houses are mostly located in the towns of Greenville and Rockwood, both offering rentals from charming summer cottages to classic log cabins. Some properties even come with personal ATVs &#8211; the trails around the lake are ripe for off-roading. See all Moosehead Lake rentals on FlipKey! Minocqua, Wisconsin Part of the &#8220;Lakeland&#8221; area of Northern Wisconsin, Minocqua is a small town as cozy as the summer cabins themselves. There&#8217;s the aptly named Lake Minocqua, plus Blue Lake, Kawaguesaga Lake and Tomohawk Lake all in a short vicinity of each other. If you&#8217;re seeking a peaceful summer escape, look no further. Vacation rentals here are fewer than some other popular lake spots, meaning your summer cottage will have the utmost privacy. Enjoy a morning coffee on the porch while watching water skiers slice across the clear waters. Choose to join them with some aquatic adventures, or simply take another sip as the sun warms the air. See all rentals in Lake Minocqua on FlipKey! Lake George, New York This 32-mile-long &#8220;Queen of American Lakes&#8221; is chock-full of summer lodging, attractions, eateries and just about any form of recreation you can name. Take your pick: parasailing, fishing, diving, jet skiing, hiking, golfing, mini-golf, horseback riding and more. If you&#8217;ve got kids in tow, you can spend a day at the Great Escape and Splashwater Kingdom, New York&#8217;s largest amusement park. Hikers gravitate to Prospect Mountain, which offers panoramic views from the top. Among the cleanest and clearest of major US lakes, Lake George is as splendid today as when Thomas Jefferson described it as &#8220;&#8230;without comparison, the most beautiful water I ever saw.&#8221; See all rentals in Lake George on FlipKey! Grand Lake, Colorado Take your family to Grand Lake and enjoy stunning Shadow Mountain scenery with the tranquility of a private summer lake house. Spend a lazy afternoon lounging on the hammock, or rent a pontoon boat for leisurely lake cruising &#8211; just don&#8217;t forget to bring the cooler! Nearby Rocky Mountain National Park offers great hiking trails, often shared with deer, elk and foxes. See all rentals in Grand Lake on FlipKey! Lake Champlain, New York Lake Champlain is one of the Eastern United States&#8217; most beautiful attractions. It stretches almost the full length of Vermont, separating the Green Mountain State from neighboring New York. Summer lake houses are abundant in many of the surrounding towns, most notably Shelburne, Colchester, Burlington and the Grand Isles (VT); and Plattsburgh, Keeseville and Willsboro (NY). Lake Champlain is great for families, offering calm waters and great outdoor recreation. For a unique cabin experience, stay in a Burlington rental right on the lake. You&#8217;ll be close to the charming downtown area of Church Street (shops, bars, restaurants and live music), yet have adventurous activities like hiking, kayaking, paddle-boarding, boating and swimming right at your fingertips. See all rentals in Lake Champlain on FlipKey! Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire Meredith is New Hampshire&#8217;s go-to lakeside destination, with Lake Winnipesaukee offering incredible summer lodges, cottages and cabins for groups of all sizes. Popular with 20- and 30-somethings, Lake Winnipesaukee visitors are often a lively bunch, enjoying the water sports and warm weather to the fullest. Though there&#8217;s still plenty of privacy to be had, as many rentals have their own docks at secluded areas along the lake. See all rentals in Lake Winnipesaukee on FlipKey! Soldotna and Sterling, Alaska Heading to The Last Frontier? You&#8217;ll soon be basking in the dramatic, diverse terrain of wide-open spaces, mountains and forests, with wildlife galore and many small towns. If it&#8217;s a summer lake house you seek, just follow the Kenai River! The gorgeous body of water runs westward from Kenai Lake to the Cook Inlet, through the towns of Sterling and Soldtona. A summer rental here is as close to nature as you can get without actually camping. It&#8217;s truly a mesmerizing experience, capped by the &#8220;midnight sun&#8221; &#8211;  when the sun sets around 12:00am due to the long daylight hours during summer season. See all rentals in Soldotna on FlipKey! See all rentals in Sterling on FlipKey! Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia Talk to anyone about a Virginia vacation and you&#8217;ll hear about Williamsburg&#8217;s rich history or the boardwalk at Virginia Beach. But avid summer vacationers would be wise to consider a different destination, some 240 miles away from the ocean. We&#8217;re talking about Smith Mountain Lake, the state&#8217;s popular lakeside retreat though not as frequented by the outside masses. A summer cottage on &#8220;SML&#8221; means sunshine, scenery and s&#8217;mores all week long. The lake is surrounded by beautiful mountain landscape, with most rental accommodations in the community of Moneta. See all rentals in Smith Mountain Lake on FlipKey! Coeur d’Alene, Idaho If we were giving out nicknames, Lake Coeur d&#8217;Alene would get &#8220;that of many bays.&#8221; Summer lodges are cozily tucked within numerous bays across the lake, like Bennett Bay, Windy Bay, Sun Up Bay, Kokanee Bay and Rockford Bay, to name a few. This means plenty of privacy and calm, kid-friendly waters. But Coeur d&#8217;Alene is notable for more than its stunning lake: it&#8217;s a unique combination of five-star resort town (fine dining, theaters, golf courses and spas) and natural wonder (unspoiled hiking trails, scenery for days). An affordable cabin gives you the best of both worlds &#8211; sunshine free of charge. See all rentals in Coeur d&#8217;Alene on FlipKey! Mount Desert, Maine Mount Desert may better be known as the side of Acadia National Park that doesn&#8217;t include Bar Harbor, which makes it the perfect uncrowded, relaxing escape for a summer lake house. Echo Lake and Long Pond Lake are the two staples for outdoor recreation or leisurely sunbathing. Picture this: you&#8217;re eating breakfast on your private patio looking out over the vast clear waters. The kids are readying for a day of swimming, canoeing or kayaking. Maybe even a ride on the pontoon boat. As evening falls, the family enjoys a home-cooked meal before a nightcap in the hot tub. Pure bliss. See all rentals in Mount Desert on FlipKey! This post was originally published on the TripAdvisor Rentals blog. FlipKey is a TripAdvisor company. The post 11 Great Places To Rent A Summer Lake House (That Probably Aren&#8217;t Your First Guess) appeared first on The FlipKey Blog.FlipKey Blog
FlipKey Blog 6 Epic Trips To Check Off Your Travel Bucket List—And 5 New Ideas To Add Right NowWhat better way to get excited for 2018 than by checking off one of those epic vacation ideas on your travel bucket list? Whether it’s a classic destination, or something off the beaten track to make you the envy of all your Instagram followers, FlipKey has drummed up 11 can’t-miss destinations to throw your wanderlust into high gear! From classic bucket list trips like catching the Northern Lights in Iceland or swimming along the Great Barrier Reef, to new experiences like eating your way through Japan’s culinary hotspot and whale-watching on the edge of the world, FlipKey has incredible rental properties that’ll be the perfect base for your bucket list vacation, without breaking the bank!  6 Classic Travel Bucket List Trips 1. Witness the Northern Lights in Iceland or Norway The Northern Lights are on many travelers’ bucket lists and during the winter months, from Norway to Iceland, there are many incredible destinations to catch the Aurora’s mesmerizing colors. Where To Stay: Explore Iceland’s raw beauty with a stay at this charming 3-bedroom cottage. Its remote location, with views of the ocean and mountains, is perfect for spotting the elusive Auroras. See all our Iceland rentals here! Where To Stay: For equally specular views, this coastal 5-bedroom lodge in Norway’s Lofoten Islands offers the best of both worlds with a completely modern interior, while its picture windows are perfect for cozying up to watch the spectacular light shows at night. See all our Norway rentals here! 2. Walk Along the Great Wall of China Walk along one of the world’s most impressive architectural feats—the Great Wall of China. Located just outside Beijing, stay at modern apartment in the city for a dose of excitement from the Chinese cultural capital and a day trip to this impressive UNESCO World Heritage site dating back to the 7th century. Where To Stay: Enjoy the historical Chinese capital from your own private apartment near the Old City’s east gate. For as little as $21 per person, per night, this modern 1-bedroom apartment, which sleeps three, has easy access to the metropolis’ many sights and is a perfect base for your trip to the Great Wall nearby. See all our Beijing rentals here! 3. Unwind in a Balinese Paradise With its unique culture, stunning scenery, and plethora of activities, It’s no surprise Bali was the top TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Destination for 2017. To experience the best of this Indonesian paradise, a modern villa in trendy Seminyak is the perfect base for this bucket list destination! Where To Stay: Despite its central location, Villa Kailysa offers a relaxing private retreat in the Balinese hotspot. Just minutes from the beach, this beautiful open-concept villa lets guests make the most of the Bali’s incredible weather, with a spacious veranda containing its dining, lounge and kitchen, leading to an inviting pool. For adventurous types, this villa is a great base to explore the beaches and nearby rice paddies, or planning an early morning trek up Mount Batur. See all our Bali rentals here! 4. Gaze At A Natural Wonder: The Grand Canyon With its sheer size and majestic beauty, it’s no surprise the Grand Canyon is one of the world’s seven natural wonders. Stay at a cozy vacation rental in nearby national parks to really explore and marvel at the rock formations of this expansive gorge, which date back billions of years! Where To Stay: Relax at this charming, romantic, and secluded two-bedroom cabin near the Coconino National Forest. Just a few hours from the Northern Rim of the Grand Canyon, it’s the perfect base for day trips to explore the Grand Canyon. After a busy day exploring, head home and relax among nature on the large wraparound terrace and cozy porch swing. See all our Arizona rentals here! 5. Head on a Wild South African Safari Always wanted to spot a lion in the wild? What about a rhinoceros? If any of the Big 5 (lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffalos) are on your bucket list, then pack your bags for a South African safari stay near Kruger National Park! Where To Stay: This stunning modern 3-bedroom property sits in the heart of South Africa’s wildlife region. With its location on a secure private wildlife estate, you’ll get to know your four-legged neighbors from the expansive terrace, or find yourself sharing the pool with some unexpected furry visitors. Dining and shopping options are only minutes away in nearby Hoedspruit and, of course, don’t miss out one of Africa’s largest game reserves, Kruger National Park, which is less than an hour away. See all our South Africa rentals! 6. See An Underwater World: The Great Barrier Reef There’s no doubt exploring the underwater world is on many bucket lists, but while there’s many places in the world to grab the scuba gear, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is the ultimate destination! Exploring this stunning aquatic wonder with a stay at a vacation home in nearby Port Douglas. Where To Stay: Base yourself only 300 feet away from the famous Four Mile Beach at this modern 3-bedroom Port Douglas villa. The gated property offers guests plenty of privacy and entertaining options with its outdoor swimming pool, lush gardens, and al fresco dining. Located in a quiet residential area of Port Douglas, this villa is a perfect base for vacationers keen to explore an incredible underwater world at the Great Barrier Reef. See all our Port Douglas rentals! 5 Fresh Travel Bucket List Ideas To Add 7. Immerse Yourself In Argentina&#8217;s Cultural Mecca Latin passion and classic European glamour converge in electrifying Argentina. With its dual-heritage, the city’s public squares  could easily be mistaken for European piazzas, while its cobblestone streets and vibrant colors ooze Latin charm. Stay near the city’s historical Recoleta Village and watch as the two worlds collide. Where To Stay: Immerse yourself in Buenos Aires’ rich history with a stay at this stunning 19th century apartment within minutes of Recoleta Village. The 3-bedroom, 4-bathroom property exudes old world charm, with its 15-foot ceilings, exposed beams, and brick walls. See all our Buenos Aires rentals! 8. Explore Chinese &#38; French Influences In Vietnam Small, chaotic, yet utterly charming, Hanoi is a full-on sensory experience. The city’s old quarter exudes energy, as mopeds whiz through the narrow roads, street hawkers sell their wares, and crowds spill into the streets. Explore the city’s dynamic fusion of Chinese and French influences, insanely cool local culture, and raw charm from a bright Vietnamese vacation rental. Where To Stay: This stunning zen apartment offers holidaymakers a quintessential fusion of Vietnam’s Chinese and French influences, with an added modern touch. The one-bedroom rental sits a short walk away from the city’s Old Quarter, making it the perfect retreat from the Hanoi’s energy. Soothing whites and neutrals in the apartment complement the greenery and florals throughout, while exposed brick and a heritage clawfoot bathtub add to the magic. See all our Hanoi rentals! 9. Escape To Fogo Island Explore nature from one of the world’s four corners. Fogo Island’s intimate and profound entanglement with the sea and forces of nature have helped create the island’s unique culture. From striking landscapes and incredible wildlife, to a much-buzzed about art-scene and delightful gastronomic experiences, a charming rental property along the Atlantic is a great way to see why this small island draws visitors worldwide to its shores. Where To Stay: Enjoy Fogo Island from this charming colorful Newfie cottage perched along the Atlantic Ocean. Hike along the nearby towering cliffs, watching majestic swim along the shores below. If you’re spent after a busy day exploring this historical island, cozy up in front of the cottage’s large picture windows and watch as icebergs float by your living room window. See all our Fogo Island rentals! 10. Eat Your Way Through Japan&#8217;s Foodie City: Osaka From sushi, to yakitori and Okonomiyaki—arguably the region’s most famous export—Japan’s second largest city offers an unparalleled culinary experience making it a must-visit bucket list destination for any foodie! Base yourself in a comfortable Osaka rental to eat your way through this culinary region. Where To Stay: Live like the Japanese in a traditionally styled apartment. Neutral colours and minimalist aesthetic adorn the apartment, creating a spacious feel. Located near the historical Osaka Castle, this property boasts wonderful Japanese features, like calligraphy on the walls, a traditional Japanese dining table, as well as Japanese double futons, sleeping up to eight people. See all our Osaka rentals! 11. Combine Culture &#38; Beaches in the Indian Ocean If you can’t decide between stunning coastlines and UNESCO World Heritage Sites, why not combine the two and tick Zanzibar off your bucket list? Stay at your own stunning beachside villa to explore the island archipelago’s miles of unspoiled beaches, impressive cultural mélange, awe-inspiring architecture, and delectable aromas. Where To Stay: Located on the opposite side of the island from bustling and historical Stone Town—yet still within an hour’s drive—this gorgeous private villa puts the warm waters of the Indian Ocean right at your doorstep. This fantastic coastal property features two masters, each with its own en-suite. Both bedrooms have balconies leading to the terrace, with incredible 180-degree views of the beach. The property also boasts an infinity pool, perfect for a night swim. See all our Zanzibar rentals! This post was originally published on the TripAdvisor Rentals blog. FlipKey is a TripAdvisor company. The post 6 Epic Trips To Check Off Your Travel Bucket List—And 5 New Ideas To Add Right Now appeared first on The FlipKey Blog.FlipKey Blog
FlipKey Blog 9 Luxurious Ski House Rentals Around The Globe With Insane Hot TubsPlanning your next ski getaway? Whether you’re an avid skier or you prefer the après-ski lifestyle, a luxe hot tub is the perfect amenity for every mountain vacation. To make planning easy, FlipKey has rounded up nine chalets in top ski destinations around the world with stunning hot tubs. From a hot tub in a French cave to one set outside a 16,000 square foot castle in Park City, these relaxing spots are perfect for your next group ski trip. Lake Vista &#124; Jackson Hole, Wyoming 5 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms, sleeps 11 Check out the Lake Vista chalet on FlipKey! Soak in the hot tub under the stars at this stunning Jackson Hole home. With mountain and lake views, Lake Vista is the perfect place to relax after a long day on the slopes. Inside, guests will find multiple fireplaces, including fireplaces in the master suites, game room, theater room, gym and wine cellar. Glass walls and massive picture windows throughout the house allow for plenty of sunlight during the day, and spectacular views around the clock. See all rentals in Jackson Hole! Top of the Line 6 Bedroom &#124; Vail, Colorado 6 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms, sleeps 10 Check out this Vail rental on FipKey! This Vail home is the definition of mountain luxury, located at the top of Forest Road for some of the best views of Vail Valley. Guests will love the A-lister experience, including an elevator and 20-foot windows for plenty of sunlight and stunning sunset views. Relax in the state-of-the-art media room, or arrange for a massage with the professional massage table inside. Outside, the driveway and patio are heated, so no need to worry about ice and snow removal, and the hot tub and outdoor sound system are both operated by a touch screen for easy adjustments. The home offers ski-in/ski-out access to the Born Free catwalk, and features personal ski lockers and glove and boot warmers for the ultimate ski experience. See all rentals in Vail! Mont Tremblant Chalet &#124; Mont Tremblant, Quebec 6 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms, sleeps 15 Check out Mont Tremblant Chalet on FlipKey! Enjoy all of Mont Tremblant’s charm from this luxury waterfront cottage. Guests will love the home’s rustic architecture, stunning views, beach access and relaxing atmosphere. After a long day of skiing, settle into the hot tub with breathtaking panoramic views of the mountains and valley. While Mont Tremblant is best-known for its skiing, this home is a favorite year-round. Head out for a hike in the spring, hit the beach in the summer, or watch the leaves change from the hot tub in the fall. See all rentals in Mont Tremblant! Chalet Devlin &#124; Lech, Austria 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, sleeps 14 Check out Chalet Devlin on FlipKey! Chalet Devlin in Lech, Austria offers a premier chalet experience in a world class ski destination. The home can sleep 10 adults and 4 children over four luxurious floors. The house is ski in/ski out above the Schlosskopf lift, and offers easy access to the exclusive enclave of Oberlech. The elevated location offers unbeatable views of the surrounding mountains, which guests can enjoy from the cozy outdoor hottub. In addition to the spectacular location and beautiful outdoor space, the home includes a cinema room, wine cave, sauna, hammam, fitness area, bar, library, ski room, dining room, luxe sitting area, and fully-equipped kitchen. See all rentals in Lech, Austria! Cascade Ridge &#124; Big Sky, Montana 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, sleeps 10 Check out the Cascade Ridge rental on FlipKey! Plan your Big Sky escape in style at this striking private home, which includes access to the resort’s fully staffed private lodge with ski-in/ski-out access. The lodge offers equipment lockers and glove and boot dryers, so guests can leave their gear and relax at home. After a long day of skiing, relax in the indoor-outdoor pool or the luxe hot tub at this hilltop escape. The location allows guests to enjoy views of three different mountain ranges in the Big Sky valley. Love your ski trip? Return in the summer for plenty more outdoor activities, like mountain biking and hiking, and enjoy the proximity to Yellowstone National Park, which is under an hour away. See all rentals in Big Sky! Chalet Valentina &#124; Zermatt, Switzerland 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, sleeps 10 Check out Chalet Valentina on FlipKey! Contemporary isn’t usually the first adjective to come to mind when you think of chalets—but it will be after a stay at Chalet Valentina. Designed by acclaimed Swiss designer and architect Heinz Julen, this cutting edge home will make you rethink chalets with its use of clear glass walls, a glass-enclosed hot tub with spectacular views, and custom made furnishings. The most amazing feature? A unique architectural system in the open plan dining room allows guests to raise the table up to the ceiling to create more space for pre-dinner drinks or dancing! Guests will also have access to a professional chef, concierge, ski instructor, and hosting staff during their stay. See all rentals in Zermatt! Chalet Anchorage &#124; Courchevel, France 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, sleeps 10 Check out Chalet Anchorage on FlipKey! For an authentic Alpine experience, head to Chalet Anchorage in Courchevel. Guests are greeted with champagne and fresh flowers, and will immediately feel welcome and cozy in the great room, made from old wood and local materials, and centered around a corner fireplace. The most picturesuqe area of the home, however, is the wellness area in the lower level, with a stone plunge pool, shower, hammam, and sauna. Added bonus: if your group is larger than ten, consider booking its companion chalet, Chalet Alaska, for additional space. See all rentals in Courchevel! The Villa &#124; Whistler, British Columbia 6 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, sleeps 15 Check out the Whistler villa on FlipKey! Whistler is consistently ranked as one of the top ski resorts in North America, making it the perfect place for your next ski getaway. The Villa is perched on the side of Whistler Mountain with ski-in/ski-out access, and offers unparalleled southwest views of the surrounding mountains and lakes. The Villa offers guests a top notch experience, with a billiards room, steam room, exercise space, indoor resistance pool with waterfall, in-floor heating, and of course an outdoor hot tub with mountain views. This contemporary, single floor home was remodeled in 2014, and offers the perfect homebase for an Aspen getaway. The home’s original wood-burning fireplaces are perfect for après-ski plans, and floor-to-ceiling windows make it easy to enjoy 180-degree mountain views of Aspen and Snowmass. The living, dining and kitchen areas are open plan, and extend out onto a private patio that runs the length of the home. Outside, guests will find a built-in barbeque, fire pit and a private hot tub, perfect for soaking in the beautiful surroundings. See all rentals in Whistler! Park City Castle &#124; Park City, Utah 6 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, sleeps 22 Check out the Park City Castle on FlipKey! This rental is truly fit for royalty. Styled as a grand chateau and set in a gated community, guests will be greeted by a luxe porte cochere and an arched entry hall with carved limestone fireplace and marble floors. The home sits on 5.8 acres and offers ski-in, ski-out access to the Quicksilver Gondola, six bedrooms, and 16,000 square feet of space that sleeps up to 22 guests. The home features about every amenity guests could imagine (pool table, steam shower, wine room, fireplace, boot warmers, three laundry rooms, fully-equipped kitchen plus prep kitchen, library, media room) but after long days of skiing, the luxe private hot tub on the home’s lower deck will be the most appealing. See all rentals in Park City! The post 9 Luxurious Ski House Rentals Around The Globe With Insane Hot Tubs appeared first on The FlipKey Blog.FlipKey Blog
FlipKey Blog 15 Best Winter Beach Vacations For Sun In The StatesPicture it: sea grass swaying in the breeze, the sun beating down on your face, and everything you need right at your fingertips. Plan a trip to one of the best winter beach vacation spots, and make your travel daydreams come true this season. America&#8217;s Hottest Winter Sun Beach Spots As if you didn&#8217;t need another excuse to escape the cold weather, we&#8217;ve highlighted 15 top destinations for winter sun. From undiscovered gems off the coast of Louisiana to tried-and-true Florida hot spots, these places are bringing the heat. And why rent a single room when you can have a whole house to yourself on vacation? Choose a spacious beach home and invite all your friends, or book a cozy beach cottage for a romantic getaway. Whatever your preference, you&#8217;ll find plenty of rental options in each of these destinations on FlipKey. Saint Simons Island, Georgia Beautiful beaches pair with Southern hospitality to create the ideal setting for a winter sun vacation in Saint Simons Island. Unwind on your rental&#8217;s screened-in porch or unfurl your towel at the beach—you can&#8217;t go wrong in Georgia&#8217;s Golden Isles. While you&#8217;re here, explore the salt marshes in a kayak, tour the St. Simons Lighthouse Museum, and dine on succulent seafood straight from the Gulf. See all St. Simons Island rentals on FlipKey! Orange Beach, Alabama Located along a beautiful string of Gulf Coast beaches, Orange Beach offers thrilling fishing charters, dolphin-sighting cruises, breathtaking nature hikes, and lots of seaside fun. Choose from waterfront condos and apartments, or rent a spacious beach house, so your whole family can join. Don&#8217;t pass up the opportunity to enjoy winter sun in Orange Beach. See all Orange Beach rentals on FlipKey! Galveston, Texas Gather your whole family and head to Galveston for a blissful winter beach vacation. Here, you&#8217;ll find sprawling beach parks and a wealth of kid-friendly attractions, like Moody Gardens, plus plenty of waterfront homes that sleep more than 10 guests—the perfect combination for any getaway. Whether you&#8217;re looking to sunbathe or discover nature, Galveston is sure to satisfy your winter wanderlust. See all Galveston rentals on FlipKey! Kapolei, Hawaii When it comes to winter beach vacations, Kapolei is as inviting as it gets! Situated on the coast of Oahu, Kapolei serves as a giant playground for its visitors. From snorkeling in Paradise Cove to golfing at Ko Olina Golf Club, there&#8217;s an adventure for everyone. Grab your swimsuit and sunscreen, and see for yourself why travelers describe it as &#8220;paradise found!&#8221; See all Kapolei rentals on FlipKey! Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Myrtle Beach is one of those winter beach vacations everyone in your family can appreciate. It boasts a vibrant boardwalk brimming with games and entertainment for the kids, stellar nightlife for the adults, and plenty of family-friendly activities everyone can enjoy together. Rent a condo overlooking the water and wake up every morning to the sound of waves washing over the sand. See all Myrtle Beach rentals on FlipKey! Sunset Beach, North Carolina Sprawling beaches, idyllic nature preserves, and pristine golf courses: what&#8217;s not to love about Sunset Beach? Situated on the southeast coast of North Carolina, halfway between Myrtle Beach and Wilmington, this winter sun vacation spot offers something to suit every interest. Mornings here are for leisurely beach strolls, while afternoons ought to be spent casting your fishing line from the Sunset Beach fishing pier. Rent a home right on the water and enjoy panoramic beach views around the clock. See all Sunset Beach rentals on FlipKey! Long Beach, California Located in the heart of Southern California, Long Beach offers everything from upscale shopping and state-of-the-art museums to waterfront trails and laid-back beach parks. While it&#8217;s easy to get caught up in the excitement of attractions like the Aquarium of the Pacific and legendary Queen Mary, don&#8217;t forget to spend some downtime soaking up sun at the beach. A beautiful beach house will provide the perfect starting point for new adventures and lasting memories. See all Long Beach rentals on FlipKey! Marco Island, Florida Whether it&#8217;s a morning at the beach or an afternoon relaxing on your waterfront rental&#8217;s balcony, strawberry daiquiri in hand, Marco Island provides the perfect place for a winter sun escape. Cruise through the sparkling seas to nearby Keewaydin Island, or relax in the white sands of Tigertail Beach. Besides its breathtaking beaches, Marco Island boasts beautiful bike paths, soothing spas, and plenty of options for entertainment. If you&#8217;re seeking winter sun, head south to Marco Island! See all Marco Island rentals on FlipKey! St. Petersburg, Florida With its nickname the &#8220;Sunshine City,&#8221; it&#8217;s easy to see why St. Petersburg ranks among the best winter beach vacations. When you need a break from the sun, check out the colorful exhibits of the Chihuly Collection or explore the Dali Museum. Have kids in tow? Watch your little ones light up with glee at the Great Explorations Children&#8217;s Museum. See all St. Petersburg rentals on FlipKey! Half Moon Bay, California Drive just 45 minutes south of San Francisco and you&#8217;ll find Half Moon Bay, a charming coastal town that offers a true escape from the big city. Horseback ride in the sand at sunset, stroll around Pillar Point Harbor, or toast to a fabulous trip at Half Moon Bay Distillery. Need a break from the beach? Head inland to explore the awe-inspiring redwood forests. With something to satisfy all interests, this sunny enclave in Northern California is the perfect setting for winter beach vacations. See all Half Moon Bay rentals on FlipKey! Catalina Island, California Whether it&#8217;s a romantic getaway you&#8217;re after or a fun-filled trip with your friends, Catalina Island is an obvious choice. The scenic island lies southwest of Los Angeles and is known for its jaw-dropping coastline, abundant wildlife, and friendly atmosphere. Whether you cruise around the island in a golf cart, soar through the treetops on a zip line tour, or just plant yourself in the sand, you won&#8217;t be disappointed. Rent a home carved into the cliffs or an apartment right near the water, and make the most of your time here. See all Catalina Island rentals on FlipKey! Paia, Hawaii Pack your sunscreen and snorkel gear—Paia&#8217;s calling! Known for its epic waves, iconic beaches, and frequent sea turtle sightings, Paia is a dream for warm weather seekers. Get a bird&#8217;s eye view of the island&#8217;s stunning coastline on a helicopter tour, take a private surfing lesson, or simply bask in the sun outside. Whether you choose a beach condo just steps from Ho&#8217;okipa Beach Park or a secluded home surrounded by palm trees, there&#8217;s no better way to experience Paia&#8217;s natural beauty than with a stay in your own private rental. See all Paia rentals on FlipKey! Chincoteague Island, Virginia While Chincoteague Island&#8217;s wild ponies have helped put this charming beach town on the map, it&#8217;s unspoiled beaches, lack of high-rises, and slower pace of life are what continue to make it a great place for winter beach vacations. Explore the uncrowded Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, follow the bike trails around the island, or birdwatch from your rental&#8217;s back deck. Chincoteague Island is full of off-the-map treasures that will make your getaway unforgettable. See all Chincoteague Island rentals on FlipKey! Saint Augustine Beach, Florida Saint Augustine is one of the best winter beach vacations because it blends oceanside bliss with rich history and small-town charm. Step outside your vacation rental and explore the cobblestone streets downtown or grab a boogie board and play in the surf. You&#8217;re sure to feel at ease in St. Augustine! See all Saint Augustine Beach rentals on FlipKey! Grand Isle, Louisiana Although it&#8217;s just a two-hour drive from New Orleans, when you arrive in Grand Isle, you&#8217;ll feel a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of city life. This destination is known for its deep sea fishing, so hit the open waters on a private fishing charter. Prefer to stay on land? Pack a picnic for the beach and enjoy lunch with a view. Choose from a variety of beach rentals, and book a winter beach vacation your whole family will love this season. See all Grand Isle rentals on FlipKey! Best Winter Beach Vacations in the U.S. Saint Simons Island, Georgia Orange Beach, Alabama Galveston, Texas Kapolei, Hawaii Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Sunset Beach, North Carolina Long Beach, California Marco Island, Florida St. Petersburg, Florida Half Moon Bay, California Catalina Island, California Paia, Hawaii Chincoteague Island, Virginia Saint Augustine Beach, Florida Grand Isle, Louisiana The post 15 Best Winter Beach Vacations For Sun In The States appeared first on The FlipKey Blog.FlipKey Blog
FlipKey Blog 15 Most Romantic Cabin Getaways According To TravelersSecluded cabin rental for two? Step right this way for tried and tested romantic destinations where love is most definitely in the air. Romantic Cabin Getaways Loved By Travelers Reviews tell us a lot about the kind of vacations a destination is good for. So when we were looking for some of the best places for romantic cabin getaways, we checked what travelers had to say. At FlipKey (part of the TripAdvisor family), we used a special algorithm to analyze every single TripAdvisor review, identifying which locations across America had the highest percentage of reviews mentioning romance. What&#8217;s left are some of the top romantic cabin getaways that travelers rave about—each boasting secluded cabin rentals available to book on FlipKey. No matter the season, these inviting destinations make excellent retreats for couples in need of some time away together. There’s no doubt that a cabin makes a pretty romantic setting, whether it’s nestled high up in the mountains or perched on a cliff by the sea. When you book a secluded cabin rental with FlipKey, you get the whole property and its amenities to yourselves, so you can take your morning coffee on a private porch, in a scenic garden, or tucked up in bed with a jaw-dropping view. Here are 15 traveler favorites for romantic cabin getaways, from red-rocked desert towns to pretty lakeside villages. Jenner, California A couple of hours’ drive away from the throng of San Francisco on a rugged stretch of Cali coast is where you’ll find lovely Jenner. This coastal village is ripe for seal-spotting, beach-combing, and uninterrupted ocean-gazing, and it’s one of the quieter spots featured in this list. Peace at last. See all FlipKey rentals in Jenner! Saugatuck, Michigan “This home exceeded our high expectations. First, the view took my breath away; it never got old. The elevation and combination of door walls, windows and screened porch off the back and side of the home provide a treehouse atmosphere, while cozy woodwork and furnishings convey warmth. We spent many hours sitting in the screen porch enjoying the sounds of birds and crickets chirping.” — FlipKey Reviewer On the shores of Lake Michigan stands the small town of Saugatuck. Leave your stresses at the door of your rental—it’s time to relax. You can chill out on Oval Beach, hike across Saugatuck Dunes State Park, or browse the little art galleries in town. Alternatively, you could simply go from cabin to beach to cabin every day, making the most of your time out together. See all FlipKey rentals in Saugatuck! Logan, Ohio Here’s another beautifully quiet place to hole up in a secluded cabin hideaway. When you’re ready to venture out, try a gentle forest walk in Lake Logan State Park or go boating on a lake full of catfish. At nearby Hocking Hills State Park, don’t miss the atmospheric Rock House, Ash Cave, and Cedar Falls. See all FlipKey rentals in Logan! Hood River, Oregon “The house is perfect for a family or a couple looking for a centrally located place to stay with gorgeous views of the Gorge. It&#8217;s comfy and walking distance to eateries and local grocery stores. Can&#8217;t really ask for more than that. Nicely equipped for our needs along with a garage spot and laundry. We&#8217;re already looking at dates for a summer visit so we can enjoy the deck and a wonderful glass of wine.” — FlipKey Reviewer Hood River ticks all the boxes for romantic cabin getaways, with the scenic Columbia River flowing by, plenty of hiking trails for long walks, and picnic stops for undisturbed lunches for two. There are also plenty of good places to eat here, with farm-fresh food lending a truly local touch. See all FlipKey rentals in Hood River! Manitou Springs, Colorado People used to come to Manitou Springs to drink the naturally carbonated mineral water, thought to have healing powers. You can still taste it today, but if you’re here for romance, you’ll probably want to chug along taking in the views from the Pikes Peak Cog Railway. Here, the highest cog train in the world will take you up through a romantic landscape of rocky terrain and pine forest, finishing with gorgeous views over the Great Plains. Don’t miss the amazing Manitou Cliff Dwellings, preserved Anasazi homes full of artifacts to explore. See all FlipKey rentals in Manitou Springs! Big Sur, California Not many people, plenty of space, and uninterrupted Pacific views. Sounds pretty romantic to us. Just book your private cabin and you’re all set for the couple’s trip of a lifetime. Driving the coastal road along this breathtaking stretch of California is up there with our all-time favorite activities—do make a stop to snap the famous Bixby Bridge in all its glory. See all FlipKey rentals in Big Sur! Aspen, Colorado “Very gracious family home. We had a wonderful time. This home had everything for amenities.” — FlipKey Reviewer It’s easy to see why so many couples choose Aspen for their romantic cabin getaways. Take a horse and carriage ride, ascend the mountain on the Silver Queen Gondola for awe-inspiring views, or book your places on the Aspen Cooking School’s culinary course for couples. We’re sure your first visit won’t be your last. See all FlipKey rentals in Aspen! Mendocino, California Discover the towering Redwoods, ocean views, and Victorian seaside homes of pretty Mendocino. There are beaches and walking paths to wander at Mendocino Headlands State Park, plus some charming villages to visit in the surrounding area. Just up the road is Fort Bragg, with its glistening Glass Beach and the Skunk Train chugging gently through the forest. See all FlipKey rentals in Mendocino! Dahlonega, Georgia This is gold-rush territory, so you may want to start your visit at the fascinating Dahlonega Gold Museum, before wading into the river to pan for some of the sparkly stuff yourselves. After that, explore the pleasant historic center, which welcomes you in for romantic wanderings among its 19th-century structures. See all FlipKey rentals in Dahlonega! Luray, Virginia “We love it. The yard is huge with 2 types of grills and a fire pit. The view is phenomenal. The interior is beautiful. The owner is very nice and easy to work with.” — FlipKey Reviewer This is the cabin capital of Virginia, so you’re in the right place for a romantic cabin retreat. Luray is set in the spectacular Shenandoah Valley, so you can set off to fish and hike in Shenandoah National Park or paddle on the river. A visit to the atmospheric Luray Caverns is a must, with its lofty caverns and huge natural rock formations, all beautifully lit for visitors. See all FlipKey rentals in Luray! Blowing Rock, North Carolina This area is rich in cozy cabins with glorious views. From spelunking to spa days, there’s plenty to keep couples entertained. Be sure to motor along the Blue Ridge Parkway with the top down for the ultimate romantic drive. Stop off along the way at the curious Blowing Rock itself, which directs the mountain winds upwards. See all FlipKey rentals in Blowing Rock! Stowe, Vermont The mountain resort of Stowe is stunning throughout the seasons, whether you’re here to ski, leaf-peep, or simply escape the daily grind. This is one for the outdoorsy types, so peel yourselves out of your secluded cabin rental and get involved in the season’s activities. Finish up the day with an intimate meal, accompanied by remarkable alpine views, at the Austrian-style Cliff House Restaurant. See all FlipKey rentals in Stowe! Lake George, New York The lake is the focal point of romantic cabin getaways in Lake George, so be sure to board a traditional steamboat for a daytime tour of the shore, or, even better, a romantic dinner cruise when the sun goes down. Take a drive or hike up Prospect Mountain for unbeatable views of the surrounding area, or set off to the Natural Stone Bridge and Caves to see the largest marble cave in the east. See all FlipKey rentals in Lake George! Leavenworth, Washington Leavenworth is utterly charming all year round, with its Bavarian character and warm welcome. Enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides through town in the spring, sleigh rides through the snow in the winter, and wine-tasting sessions whatever the weather. Simply heaven. See all FlipKey rentals in Leavenworth! Sedona, Arizona “We had everything we needed here for a comfy stay and we loved the location just minutes from Bell Rock trail and convenient to attractions, food and whatever you want to do in Sedona. The beds were comfy, the home was stocked with pots and pans and dishes, coffee and tea, plenty of towels, bedding and wifi.” — FlipKey Reviewer Ok, ok, you won’t actually find a wealth of cabin rentals here in sunny Sedona. But this place scored way too highly on the travelers’ romance scale to be left out of this list. Whatever kind of rental you choose, expect a scenic desert town bordered with pine forests and imposing red rock. You can enjoy this striking landscape on a jeep tour, or head out just the two of you to catch some sun and slip down the natural water slide at Slide Rock State Park. See all FlipKey rentals in Sedona! The post 15 Most Romantic Cabin Getaways According To Travelers appeared first on The FlipKey Blog.FlipKey Blog
FlipKey Blog Best Winter Vacations In America To Experience The Season’s MagicDon&#8217;t let winter&#8217;s chilly grasp keep you from exploring! With so many U.S. cities at their prettiest under a fresh blanket of snow and enchanting festivals taking place all season long, we&#8217;ve highlighted the best winter vacations to satisfy your wanderlust. Top Winter Vacation Ideas Across America While everyone else is fleeing frosty temperatures in search of warmer weather, we&#8217;re highlighting seven of the most magical winter getaways right here in America. Each place features a one-of-a-kind winter festival and countless attractions, heartwarming for all. Whether you prefer slopeside entertainment or exhilarating outdoor adventures in the snow, our list covers it all. When you&#8217;re visiting one of these idyllic winter escapes, book a vacation home on FlipKey to enjoy all of the comforts of home, plus extras like luxurious hot tubs, gear rooms, and more. From cabin hideaways tucked away in the mountains to modern apartments in the center of the city, FlipKey has more than 300,000 rentals to choose from for the perfect stay. Check out our best winter vacations and start planning your trip! Saint Paul, Minnesota &#124; Saint Paul Winter Carnival Searching for winter vacation ideas that will please the entire family? Then consider Saint Paul! With its vibrant energy, cosmopolitan culture, and kid-friendly Winter Carnival, it&#8217;s the perfect winter escape. The Winter Carnival runs for two weeks each season and features more than four dozen events and attractions. From outdoor ice skating to sledding down the hills of Saint Paul, this is one of those rare winter getaways that will keep everyone amused. Book an apartment downtown and enjoy all of the festivities at your fingertips. Festival Details: Saint Paul Winter Carnival See all Saint Paul rentals on FlipKey! Breckenridge, Colorado &#124; International Snow Sculpture Championship Not only is Breckenridge considered one of the best winter vacations in America for its world-class skiing, this down-to-earth city is also home to the enchanting International Snow Sculpture Championship. Visit in January for the event, and fill your days strolling around watching as snow sculpture artists transform colossal blocks of ice into incredible masterpieces. In the evening, strip off your layers and soak in the hot tub, taking in views of the surrounding Rockies from your mountain hideaway. Breckenridge is also a great home base if you&#8217;re looking to explore Colorado&#8217;s surrounding mountain towns—both Denver and Vail are just a short car ride away. Festival Details: International Snow Sculpture Championship See all Breckenridge rentals on FlipKey! Anchorage, Alaska &#124; Fur Rondy No matter how cozy you are in your Anchorage rental, you can&#8217;t miss the Fur Rendezvous (Fur Rondy to the locals), the ultimate celebration of winter in Alaska. The decades-old tradition features events like snowshoe softball, the running of the reindeer, and the legendary World Championship Sled Dog Race. Whether you participate in all 10 days of Fur Rondy merriment or take some time to explore the Last Frontier&#8217;s natural beauty, your winter getaway in Anchorage is sure to bring endless adventure. Festival Details: Fur Rondy See all Anchorage rentals on FlipKey! Saranac Lake, New York &#124; Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Although the streets of Saranac Lake might be covered in snow, don&#8217;t let that keep you indoors! The town&#8217;s annual Saranac Lake Winter Carnival takes place every February and is the ideal way to embrace this magical time of year. It&#8217;s the oldest of its kind in the eastern U.S. (it began in the 1800s) and features daily events, unique competitions, and a massive ice palace made from chunks of ice from the lake. Warm yourself up between events at home in a charming waterfront cottage. Festival Details: Saranac Lake Winter Carnival See all Saranac Lake rentals on FlipKey! Sun Valley, Idaho &#124; Winter Wonderland Sun Valley comes alive every winter when fresh snow carpets the ground and avid skiers and snowboarders flock to this vibrant resort town. Shred some powder on the slopes, soothe sore muscles at the spa, or sit by a roaring fire at home in your Sun Valley chalet. What else makes Sun Valley one of the best winter vacations in America? Its annual Winter Wonderland festival celebrates the magic of the holiday season for nearly a month straight! From caroling to shopping at open-air markets, this charming event is a can&#8217;t-miss in December. Festival Details: Winter Wonderland See all Sun Valley rentals on FlipKey! Tahoe City, California &#124; North Lake Tahoe Snowfest Winter days in Tahoe City are defined by ski runs at Squaw Valley, snowshoeing in the Lake Tahoe basin, and, if you visit in March, attending North Lake Tahoe Snowfest. The boisterous 10-day festival boasts events like beach parades and polar bear swims with fun for all ages, both on and off the mountain. Away from the festivities, take advantage of the area&#8217;s epic snowfall at nearby resorts, such as Alpine Meadows and Heavenly Mountain. Admire the surrounding majestic scenery during a sledding adventure or experience the area&#8217;s glitzy nightlife at a nearby casino—there&#8217;s no shortage of winter fun in Tahoe City. Festival Details: North Lake Tahoe Snowfest See all Lake Tahoe rentals on FlipKey! Baltimore, Maryland &#124; MSP Polar Bear Plunge Often overlooked as one of the best winter vacations, Baltimore is just the place for vacationers who want to explore, without the arctic cold of more northern cities. Milder winters allow for scenic walks along the harbor and strolls through Fells Point, the oldest neighborhood in Baltimore. Feeling brave? Take a dip in the Atlantic Ocean during the MSP Polar Bear Plunge—Maryland&#8217;s &#8220;coolest&#8221; tradition. The event benefits Special Olympics Maryland and attracts more than 10,000 courageous plungers each year. Just make sure you have someone on the shore ready to wrap you up in a towel! Festival Details: MSP Polar Bear Plunge See all Baltimore rentals on FlipKey! Best Winter Vacations In The U.S. Saint Paul, Minnesota Breckenridge, Colorado Anchorage, Alaska Saranac Lake, New York Sun Valley, Idaho Lake Tahoe, Nevada Baltimore, Maryland The post Best Winter Vacations In America To Experience The Season&#8217;s Magic appeared first on The FlipKey Blog.FlipKey Blog
FlipKey Blog 15 Most Charming Mountain Getaways Down SouthSummer or winter, there’s nothing like heading up, up, and away into the mountains. Let’s explore some charming cabin vacations down South where the welcome’s warm and the scenery is second to none. Southern Mountain Getaways With Small Town Charm We’ve chosen 15 charming mountain towns where you can have a fantastic getaway, whatever the season. These places are blessed with a small-town air and breathtakingly scenic backdrops of forested peaks and endless sky. Take your pick of quaint cabin vacations in the South, whether you fancy fall foliage, winter snow, spring greenery, or summer splendor. That’s the wonderful thing about the great outdoors—it’s open all year round! Once you know where you’re going, it’s time to get that cozy mountain rental sorted. There’s plenty of choice, ranging from cabins with forest views to quaint downtown apartments just steps from the local restaurants. When you book a vacation rental, you have access to amenities like a full kitchen, bubbling hot tub, and loads of space, so you can check in and feel right at home. Here are 15 southern mountain getaways we think deserve a closer look. When you&#8217;re finished browsing, vote for your favorite at the bottom of this list! Helen, Georgia Time for an adventure in the Blue Ridge Mountains! Start with a ride on the Unicoi Zip Line or an afternoon of horse trekking on a Chattahoochee Stables tour. Add a few rounds of mini golf, some tubing on the river, and maybe a vineyard tour to round a perfect day during your mountain getaway. Evenings in Helena are meant for kicking back with a beer and a plate of the Bavarian-style cuisine this place is famous for. See all Helen rentals on FlipKey! Mountain View, Arkansas First stop in Mountain View should be the Ozark Folk Center State Park, where you can learn about local history, traditional craftsmanship, and folk music. Leave some time to browse the antique stores in the afternoon, then at the end of the day catch some live folk music, especially exciting in the warmer months when the musicians spill out into the town and play in the open air. See all Mountain View rentals on FlipKey! Brevard, North Carolina Come to Brevard to experience the stunning natural beauty of Transylvania County. With its tumbling waterfalls and cycling trails with jaw-dropping views, this mountain getaway is sure to delight. Spend a day kayaking on the French Broad River and retreat to your private cozy cabin as the sun goes down. See all Brevard rentals on FlipKey! Hiawassee, Georgia “We felt like it was just us on that mountain. Sitting in the chairs on the huge back porch with a steaming cup of coffee was just what I needed. The view was breathtaking. The cabin was perfect.”— FlipKey Reviewer Hiawassee is perched on Lake Chatuge, a beautiful spot for boating, jetskiing, fishing, and more. This really is a four-season cabin getaway, with the Georgia Mountain Fair in summer, the blooming rhododendrons at Hamilton Gardens in the spring, eye-catching leaf tours in the fall, and foggy lake vistas and snowbound scenery in winter. See all Hiawassee rentals on FlipKey! Highlands, North Carolina Book your Highlands rental and set out to discover the Nantahala National Forest. Go fly fishing in the Chattooga River, enjoy a round of golf with mountain views at the Old Edwards Club, and drive right under the Bridal Veil Falls. In town, you can stroll around the art galleries and round off your day with a meal at Wolfgang’s Restaurant &#38; Wine Bistro. See all Highlands rentals on FlipKey! Hot Springs, Virginia Hot Springs is a top choice for snow sports, with good snowboarding and skiing amenities on offer at the Homestead Resort. Alternatively, take your bike out along the Hidden Valley Trail or rent some clubs and hit the Cascades Golf Course. Whether you prefer snow-covered slopes in the winter or verdant mountains during the summer, Hot Springs offers mountain getaways like no other. See all Hot Springs rentals on FlipKey! Birmingham, Alabama A picturesque mountain town cradled by the Appalachians, Birmingham welcomes outdoorsy types, so pack your mountain bike or hiking gear. You’ll need them if you plan to explore Oak Mountain State Park—the Red Trail is particularly recommended for avid cyclists. Locals recommend filling up for breakfast at neighborhood favorite Bogue’s and relaxing with a craft beer in the evening. See all Birmingham rentals on FlipKey! Pigeon Forge, Tennessee “Great location. Beautiful home. Clean. Well stocked with everything needed to relax. Even stayed an extra night because it was so nice. Would come again and recommend.”— FlipKey Reviewer When visiting Pigeon Forge, you must take a driving tour to fully appreciate the epic scenery of the Great Smoky Mountains. Wind along the tree-lined roads, and be careful not to miss Cades Cove, a valley where you’ll find pioneer log cabins and grist mills, and maybe some white-tailed deer or coyotes. There’s also the Dollywood theme park and water park, part-owned by local country-singing legend Dolly Parton. See all Pigeon Forge rentals on FlipKey! Slade, Kentucky The main attraction in Slade is Natural Bridge State Park, with its sandstone bridge and scenic hiking trails. Next door you can see the geological delights of the Red River Gorge. From spectacular cliffs and roaring waterfalls to fields of beautiful wildflowers, there’s nothing quite like a mountain getaway in Slade. Book your cabin rental to get one step closer to discovering it all. See all Slade rentals on FlipKey! Dahlonega, Georgia Here in the Blue Ridge foothills, you can pan for gold in the river, sample the goods in a local winery, and explore the historic center filled with 19th-century buildings. Make sure you stop in at the Dahlonega Gold Museum for some fascinating gold rush history. Ready for an adventure? Leave town and head west to see the impressive 600-foot Amicalola Falls and wander through the surrounding state park. See all Dahlonega rentals on FlipKey! Asheville, North Carolina Asheville is a breath of fresh air, any time of year. For a bit of local history, take an audio tour of the grand Biltmore House, then set off on a hike through Craggy Gardens, culminating in a picnic with soaring views. When you’re not exploring the beauty of the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains, retreat to a comfy cabin on the outskirts of this majestic mountain town. See all Asheville rentals on FlipKey! Eureka Springs, Arkansas “The barn is the most beautiful cabin I have ever seen. We enjoyed our stay &#38; will be back again soon!” — FlipKey Reviewer Nestled in the heart of the Ozark Mountains and known for its flowing natural springs, Eureka Springs is an idyllic cabin vacation destination down South. Spend a day soaking in a spa or choose a high-octane tour of the treetops with Ozark Mountain Ziplines. Just 11 miles north you’ll find the Promised Land Animal Park, complete with a petting zoo for the kids. With its awe-inspiring beauty and vibrant downtown packed with enticing shops and places, this alluring mountain town boasts something for everyone. See all Eureka Springs rentals on FlipKey! Shenandoah, Virginia From summer hiking to winter skiing, there’s plenty to keep you entertained in the Shenandoah Valley. Grab a mountain cabin hideaway to make the most of those inspiring valley views, and spend your days touring the wineries, seeing the splendid formations in the Luray Caverns, or fishing in the Shenandoah River. See all Shenandoah rentals on FlipKey! Burnsville, North Carolina Burnsville’s a friendly little place, known for its quaint town center, its local arts and crafts scene, and its farmer’s markets. Hop in your car to track down the area’s 200 Quilt Blocks, painted squares mounted on local buildings. This charming mountain town is just a short drive to lovely Asheville and a couple of hours’ drive from our next and final pick, Gatlinburg. See all Burnsville rentals on FlipKey! Gatlinburg, Tennessee &#160; “The cabin exceeded our expectations. It is especially clean, and most importantly, comfortable. There is a home away from home feel to the cabin. It was far enough away from the noise and close enough to be convenient to the attractions of Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge.” — FlipKey Reviewer A family-friendly vibe, lively center packed with places to eat, and the splendid Smoky Mountains right at your doorstep—Gatlinburg ticks all the boxes for an unforgettable mountain getaway. Try your hand at horseback riding, fly fishing, and black bear spotting along 800 miles of hiking trails, and don’t miss the waterfalls of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. See all Gatlinburg rentals on FlipKey! The post 15 Most Charming Mountain Getaways Down South appeared first on The FlipKey Blog.FlipKey Blog
FlipKey Blog 20 Affordable Christmas Vacations To Take This Holiday SeasonLooking to plan the perfect Christmas vacation in the United States without breaking the bank? Then you’re in luck, as FlipKey has rounded up 20 affordable destinations in America where the nightly cost of a two-bedroom vacation rental is under $150. Rental homes in these top Christmas getaways range from $89 &#8211; $149 per night for the holiday break (December 22-26). Best Christmas Vacations On A Budget Whether you prefer a tropical escape in Hawaii, an outdoor adventure in Alaska, or a sunny retreat in Texas, FlipKey is committed to making your Christmas vacation as affordable as it is enjoyable. Expenses can add up quickly around the holidays, but booking a vacation rental for your Christmas getaway is a great way to plan an affordable trip. Whether you’re visiting family or taking a personal vacation, rental amenities like a full kitchen and access to laundry facilities can make your trip more convenient and cost effective. Book a home with multiple bedrooms and plenty of living space for a comfortable holiday stay. Spend less on your Christmas vacation and you&#8217;ll have more money for gifts—or treating yourself! With median nightly rental rates under $150, these 20 destinations are definitely on the &#8220;nice&#8221; list when it comes to the best Christmas vacations. US Christmas Vacation Destinations Median Nightly Rate, 2BR Rental (December 22- 26) Arcadian Shores, South Carolina $89 Hot Springs Village, Arkansas $90 Garden City Beach, South Carolina $106 Osage Beach, Missouri $120 Myrtle Beach, South Carolina $120 Cherry Log, Georgia $124 Lake Ozark, Missouri $125 Edisto Island, South Carolina $133 Chincoteague Island, Virginia $133 Branson, Missouri $135 Townsend, Tennessee $135 Hilo, Hawaii $135 Anchorage, Alaska $135 Gulf Shores, Alabama $138 Outer Banks, North Carolina $139 Port Isabel, Texas $140 Tucson, Arizona $140 Saint Simons Island, Georgia $144 Pahoa, Hawaii $145 Orange Beach, Alabama $149 &#160; Methodology: Median nightly rates are for all two-bedroom properties on FlipKey in each destination for a stay occurring from Friday, December 22 – Tuesday, December 26, 2017. When To Book Your Christmas Vacation A survey of FlipKey travelers revealed that while most travelers book their stay in a vacation rental 6-12 months in advance (40%), a combined 54% of travelers book 3-5 months out (34%), or 1-3 months out (20%). The holiday season is popular for travel, so book now to secure your perfect rental. Stunning properties in all 20 of our affordable Christmas vacation spots are available to book on FlipKey, where travelers can search, compare, and book hundreds of thousands of rentals worldwide, including cabins, apartments, beach houses, desert hideaways, and more. Feel confident in your decision with our Payment Protection. This post was originally published on the TripAdvisor Rentals blog. FlipKey is a TripAdvisor company. The post 20 Affordable Christmas Vacations To Take This Holiday Season appeared first on The FlipKey Blog.FlipKey Blog

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