Summer in Lake Tahoe is Calling!

Lake Tahoe has a ton of great things to offer during the summer time, from a gorgeous, pristine lake that’s perfect for boating and swimming to 4th of July fireworks, sandy beaches, awesome hiking trails, and parks that offer wonderfully beautiful views for picnics and family gatherings. You seriously won’t run out of options all summer long! And so today, we’re featuring 10 of the coolest things to do in Tahoe this summer. And then below that, we’re featuring some of our nicest, most luxurious vacation rentals in Tahoe. So go ahead, get planning! You’ll need a cool home and cool ideas for things to do – look no further than the list below!

1.Bocce Ball at Ski Beach in Incline Village. Every Wednesday, get your bocce on in Incline Village with wine, music, appetizers, and plenty of fun! There’s always a post-bocce barbecue afterwards, too. You need to register by noon the day of and the price ranges from $12 to $15.

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2.Carrie Underwood! Join Grammy Award-winning superstar Carrie Underwood at the Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena for a one-nightly only show on Friday, July 18th. This show is a part of the Summer Concert Series at Harveys, which also will feature other great artists this summer, like Sarah McLachlan, Journey, The Eagles, and Lady Gaga.

3.Boating & Cruises on Lake Tahoe. Lake Tahoe is quite simply an awesome place to boat. The water is crystal clear and the views are simply stunning. There are lots of vacation rentals available with boat docks, and it’s super easy to bring the family into the boat and troll the lake for a while. One of the coolest boating activities is seeing the 4th of July fireworks right from your boat! There are cruises available as well, and you can also rent boats for use. The Tahoe Keys Marina & Yacht Club is a great place to start out with recreational boating as well. They have great food and good drinks, too.

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4.Camping. Tahoe has some truly spectacular places to pitch a tent and camp. And hey, the weather’s nice all summer, so why not? When it comes to camping, the North Shore has some great hiking and fishing, the South Shore is great for families (and RVs), the West Shore is near some awesome hiking and biking trails as well as historic sites, and the East Shore has some camping near some great beaches. You can find some great camping location ideas here.

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5.5K Foam Fest. On Saturday, August 2nd, the 5K Foam Fest hits Reno! The “newest and craziest race to hit the nation,” the Foam Fest is a mix of foam, mud, and obstacles, combining a normal 5K race with mud, foam, inflatable obstacles, army crawls, walls, cargo net climbs, a moon walk, slip’n’slides, and more. Whether you’re an experienced racer or not, the Foam Fest will make running 5K fun, challenging, and rewarding.

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6.Hike to Granite Lake. Granite Lake is a beautiful lake tucked away in the ridge leading up to Maggies Peaks. The trail is steep and it’s 2 – 4 miles long, depending on how far you want to go. Located on the West Shore, this hike offers astounding views of Lake Tahoe, a nice glacial lake, and great views of Maggies Peaks. The trail starts at Emerald Bay, a few miles north of South Lake Tahoe on Highway 89.

7.Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. This summer, from July 11 through August 24, you can see Shakespeare’s comedy As You Like It in one of the world’s most breathtaking venues, Sand Harbor State Park. Sand Harbor State Park is located three miles south of Incline Village in Nevada. You won’t be disappointed with this show. Not only does it feature some great acting, but you’ll be able to enjoy a sandy beach, bottles of wine, and a gourmet meal all at the same time! Find tickets here.

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8.Tahoe City Fine Arts & Crafts Festival. From August 15th through August 17th, enjoy meeting with 45 different artisans and craftspeople showcasing a ton of different arts and crafts, including oil paintings, photography, ceramics, jewelry, and more. The event is completely free and it takes place at Boatworks Mall, right in the heart of the West Shore’s Tahoe City. And hey, the views aren’t bad, either.

9.Lake Tahoe Yoga. Lake Tahoe Yoga offers a variety of daily yoga classes that include Vinyasa, Yin, Alignment, heated, and more. Best of all, you can choose the location you want to practice in! Lake Tahoe Yoga offers practice in the studio, on the beach, on a paddle board in the water, and more. Their Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga class looks especially cool! Even expecting mothers and beer fans will find exactly what they’re looking for at Lake Tahoe Yoga.

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10.Hot Air Balloon Rides. What better way to see the amazing sights and views of Tahoe than from a balloon high up in the air!? Balloon rides usually begin right after sunset and flights generally operate from May through October. And hey, with Lake Tahoe Balloons, you even get a continental breakfast served on board! Some other balloon companies to consider are Balloon Nevada and Balloons Over Lake Tahoe.

And now, some spectacular vacation rental options in the Tahoe area that are bound to make your Tahoe vacation a special one.

1.Beach House with Jetted Tub, Pier & Private Buoy, Tahoe Vista, CA

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Located on a gorgeous sandy beach with private access, this superbly decorated home with a jetted tub, patio furniture, and all modern amenities is elegance incarnate. Conveniently located within walking distance to a grocery store, golf, shops, and restaurants, this house is only 10 minutes away from the Northstar California Ski Resort and makes an absolutely perfect vacation rental option.

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2.Luxury Lakeview House with Hot Tub & Pool Table, Tahoe City, CA

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Luxury Lakeview Retreat is a stunning vacation home located on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe with amazing panoramic lakeviews and a beautiful landscape garden to relax in and enjoy the views with the whole family. This six-bedroom house with additional apartment is a wonderful vacation rental, has old Tahoe charm, is extremely well-equipped, and is a pleasure to visit.

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3.Upscale Home with Private Beach Near Marina, South Lake Tahoe, CA

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If you enjoy the beach, you’ll love this spacious and bright home located right on the lake and featuring its own private beach! Walk right out your back door and there you are, right on the beach, where you can sunbathe, play volleyball or badminton, create a small fire, or go swimming. This multi-million dollar home is simply paradise and will make your Tahoe vacation one you’ll never forget.

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4.Grand, Lavish Home with Hot Tub & Sauna, Incline Village, NV

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This exquisite and contemporary vacation home in Incline Village is perfect for large groups wanting to spend some great times together. Incline Village is one of Lake Tahoe’s most beautiful vacation rental destinations, and it is the hub for activities such as golfing and skiing. Minutes away from beaches and restaurants, this home serves to you on a platter the very best that Incline Village has to offer.

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Check out a few of our other great summer blog posts below!

- Do Fort Myers Beach in Style This Summer
- Get Yourself a Myrtle Beach Vacation Rental This Summer!

Do Fort Myers Beach in Style This Summer

Thinking of getting yourself down to the Florida beaches this summer? There’s no better beach spots than the ones at Fort Myers Beach and Sanibel Island! From glistening waters to white, sandy beaches to exquisite restaurants, the area has everything you could ask for in a great vacation destination. Below are some fun things to do in the area while you’re there, along with some great vacation rental options we have in the area. But be sure to book your summer fun soon, because our best rentals are booking fast!

Shell Factory & Nature Park
One of the largest collections of: shells, fossils, corals, jewelry, pearls, resort wear, shopping, pottery, fudge cooking, bumper boats, mini golf, arcade, Nature Park, Dinosaurs and Botanical Walk. Seafood, steaks, cocktails, special events.

Sanibel Lighthouse Beach
The most frequently photographed aspect of Sanibel Island. The lighthouse has been a landmark since 1884 when the entire island was a nature preserve. Visit the wheelchair-accessible boardwalk that leads to the lighthouse. Parking is $2.00 per hour.

Burroughs Home & Gardens
Built in 1901, this Georgian Revival Mansion was the scene of many social events that hosted the Fort Myers’ elite. Antique furnishings, historical artifacts, and delightful tales await visitors who want to take a step back in time. The Burroughs Home has come alive once again under the management of Uncommon Friends Foundation. In addition to historical tours (please see the website for times of tours), the home is the perfect waterfront setting for your wedding, reception, private party or family gathering.

Southern Extreme Water Ski Show Team
Non-profit ski club performs free Water Ski Show most every Saturday year round. Dare devil stunts, acrobatics, high-speed action, pageantry, beauty and good clean humor, all put to music in an exciting one-hour family show. Convenient to shopping and several restaurants.

Caloosahatchee Creeks Preserve
Caloosahatchee Creeks Preserve is divided by I-75 into separate “East” and “West” locations. Both locations allow for exploration of wetland, hammock, and pine flatwood ecosystems. Recreation opportunities and amenities include Bird Watching, Hiking (boardwalk, marked trails), Nature Study/Photography, and On-leash Pet Walking. The WEST preserve also offers fishing and a canoe/kayak launch.

Tropical Point Park
Small beach, kayak launch, picnic tables, waterfront setting, view of Matlacha Pass Aquatic Preserve, access to the Great Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail. Limited parking.

Mound House
Experience old Florida at Mound House where Estero Island’s oldest standing structure sits on an ancient Calusa Indian Mound. Through archaeology and history 2,000 years of island life are revealed in a variety of tours and educational programs. Situated on Estero Bay, the site is accessible by boat and motor traffic and visitors are encouraged to picnic on the park grounds and enjoy the beautiful view.

Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve
A “green” gem on the Caloosahatchee River at the midpoint bridge. Offering pristine canoe and kayak waterways, 4,500-ft. walking trail through mangroves, marshes, a quiet picnic area and nature interpretive center.

Island Time Dolphin & Shelling Cruises
Island Time Cruises offer a variety of activities you can experience out on the water. All trips are private and can be customized to meet your needs. They offer: dolphin tours, shelling excursions, sunset cruises, eco & historical tours, and out island lunch trip.

Captain Tony’s Fishing Adventures
Deep sea fishing charters: 1/2 day sails daily 9:30 am – 3:30 pm. All day sails 8 am – 5pm (call for schedule). Night trip sails 6pm-1am (Tues & Fri). Use of rod, bait, tackle & license included in fare. Great fun for all ages. Free Parking.

Fort Myers Beach Vacation Rentals on Zaranga

Here are just three of the fabulous vacation rentals we have available in the Fort Myers Beach area.

3-Bedroom Home with Lanai & Covered Pool Area

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This spacious canal-front home with a pool is a dream! Relax by the pool, on the patio, or on the deck overlooking the pool and canal. It’s just 5-minutes’ walking distance to the beach. There is an outdoor shower by the pool.

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Upstairs Condo with Open Balcony & Shared Pool

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This adorable condo is a one-bedroom with a king-size bed and a queen sofa bed and one full bathroom. There is a washer and dryer in the condo. The kitchen is fully equipped and comes complete with a dishwasher and a microwave. The condo is located in a three-unit complex. It is an upstairs unit just a short walk to the beach and just one mile south of the lively Times Square area. View of the Gulf from the open balcony. Shared heated pool, outside shower, shared gas grill and high speed Internet access are provided.

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Old Florida-Style Beach Cottage with Laundry

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Enjoy incredible panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico from both floors of this spacious Old Florida-Style beach cottage. Over 2,600 square feet of living space that includes a view of the Gulf of Mexico from every room! This cottage features four bedrooms and a den with a trundle bed that sleeps 11 comfortably and four full bathrooms. The Master Bedroom is on the second floor. It has a private deck, a king-size mattress and a direct view of the Gulf of Mexico. A guest bedroom on the second floor has a queen-size bed. There is a full bath on the second floor.

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Sanibel Island Vacation Rentals on Zaranga

Here are just three of the fabulous vacation rentals we have available in the Sanibel Island area.

Gulf-View Condo with Access to Beach & Pool

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Lovely gulf-view unit with easy access to beach or pool! Recent upgrades include brand-new kitchen and baths, new flooring, new paint, new furniture, and new beds. This unit has everthing you will need for a memorable Sanibel vacation. Units are non-smoking and are decorated and equipped for your enjoyment, including central air, cable TV, wireless internet access and a fully equipped kitchen. On arrival, your unit is supplied with a starter pack of soaps, tissues, toilet paper, garbage bags and paper towels. Local phone calls are free, and long distance is available at ten cents a minute for U.S. calls.

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Spacious Condo with Full Kitchen, Steps to Beach
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Spacious 2-bedroom condo within steps to the beach and a short walk to the pool! This unit has everything you will need for a memorable Sanibel vacation! Units are non-smoking and are decorated and equipped for your enjoyment, including central air, cable TV, wireless internet access and a fully equipped kitchen. On arrival, your unit is supplied with a starter pack of soaps, tissues, toilet paper, garbage bags and paper towels. Local phone calls are free, and long distance is available at ten cents a minute for U.S. calls. Each condominium is provided with beach chairs and a beach umbrella. Linens and towels may be exchanged at the office on Tuesday if you are staying 7 or more nights. Beach towels are available for purchase. We are conveniently located within walking distance of a golf course & restaurants.

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***The event descriptions above are courtesy of fortmyers-sanibel.com.****

Get Yourself a Myrtle Beach Vacation Rental This Summer!

Myrtle Beach is one of the hottest summer destinations in the United States. With pristine beaches, attractions for all ages, great eats, and a famous boardwalk, there’s something for everyone vacationing in Myrtle Beach. And boy do we have some great vacation rentals in the area, too! But before we get to that, here are just a few of the cool things to do in Myrtle Beach if you plan to vacation there this summer:

Myrtle Beach Boardwalk
The Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Boardwalk and Promenade traverses through the sand from 14th Avenue to the 2nd Avenue piers in Myrtle Beach. The boardwalk is home to festivals and other special events throughout the summer, such as fireworks, a live concert series, kids’ carnivals and festivals, and more. Best of all, all summer long the Boardwalk features Ocean Boulevard’s Hot Summer Nights, which is a live concert series that takes place every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 8 to 11. Completed in May of 2010, the Boardwalk is a great place to sit and enjoy the ocean views, do some shopping, eat at some great restaurants, and more.

Myrtle Beach Skywheel

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Not only is it an awesome ride, but the Myrtle Beach Skywheel provides an impressive show no matter where you’re at in Myrtle Beach, especially at night! Buy a ticket and take a sweet ride with friends or family as you look out over the Atlantic and the city of Myrtle Beach. Day or night, the Skywheel provides some awesome views. But best of all, the light show can be seen from pretty much anywhere on the beach!

Broadway at the Beach
Set in the heart of Myrtle Beach, this 350-acre shopping center is perfect for anyone wanting to get out of the sun for a bit and do some digging for deals! Broadway at the Beach features over 20 restaurants, 3 theaters, and more than 100 specialty shops. The center also has nightclubs, hotels, and other fun attractions. The Backstage Mirror Maze, the Legends in Concert Series, and the NASCAR SpeedPark are just a few of the great attractions Broadway at the Beach has to offer. You can find a full list of attractions here.

Family Kingdom Amusement Park
Looking to entertain the kids for a day? Haven’t been on a roller coaster in decades? The Family Kingdom Amusement Park is Myrtle Beach’s only seaside amusement park. The park features the “Twist ‘N Shout Steel Roller Coaster,” the “Swamp Fox Wooden Roller Coaster,” an Oceanfront Water Park, and even a “Slingshot Drop Zone”! You can watch some cool videos of the amusement park here.

Myrtle Beach State Park

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An adorable little state park located in Myrtle Beach, the Myrtle Beach State Park features interactive natural history displays, saltwater aquariums, and live reptiles, as well as various nature education programs. It’s a great place to have some fun and to learn, especially for the kids. Some other great things to do at the park include hiking and biking trails, equine trails, fishing, horse-back riding, pedal boat rentals, camping, and lots of historical and interpretive activities. There will also be a program called Totally Turtles taking place soon, on May 3rd! It looks super fun.

Myrtle Waves
The ocean not enough for you? Get yourself and your family to Myrtle Waves, a wonderfully fun water park located just outside of downtown Myrtle Beach. As South Carolina’s largest waterpark, Myrtle Waves has rides for everyone, featuring names like “Turbo Twister,” “Riptide Rocket,” and “Arooba Tooba.” Check out their full list of water slides here.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

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Enjoy baseball? Then you should catch a Myrtle Beach Pelicans baseball game while you’re visiting the area! With a 2008 Division title and a 2000 League title, the Pelicans are a great team to catch while you enjoy some popcorn, a stiff drink, and the gorgeous sunshine of South Carolina.

Myrtle Beach Speedway
Are you a racing fan? Then check out the Myrtle Beach Speedway! Built in 1958, the Speedway is a great way to spend a day doing something a bit different. What’s more, you can get behind the wheel and drive a real NASCAR race car! These 3-hour experiences include driver meetings, trainings, and instruction. So go ahead, put that helmet on and put your foot on the gas pedal!

Zaranga Myrtle Beach Vacation Rentals

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Last but not least, where are you going to stay during your summer vacation in Myrtle Beach?! We have a lot of really great vacation rental options in the area, from big houses to small 1-bedroom condos that are great for a single couple to enjoy. So take a look through our options and get your summer vacation rental in Myrtle Beach booked today before it’s too late!

Trinidad, California: 3 Vacation Rentals with Astounding Views

No matter the time of year, Trinidad, California has a lot to offer, from spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean to great hiking and biking trails to some truly majestic whale watching. Very secluded, the town of Trinidad is super far North in California, almost at the Oregon border. So if you’re looking to escape the city, whether that be Redding or Sacramento or Medford, then look no further than this gorgeous, small California town.

Late spring, summer, and fall are perfect times to visit Trinidad. In June, the Trinidad Fish Festival kicks off the summer activities with an all-you-can-eat crab feed for just $1! There’s also local wine and beer, free live music, tasty barbecued salmon and white fish, and Trinidad Head Lighthouse Tours. In July, the Westhaven Blackberry Festival hits the area, with sales of fresh blackberry pies, jams, barbecued hamburgers, and more. There’s live music, too! Tastin’ Trinidad is another great happening that takes place in September each year. This festival includes a Bocce Ball Tournament, local wine tasting, live music, and more. So there’s plenty to do in Trinidad all year round, but the question is, where are you going to stay while there?

As always, Zaranga has lots of amazing vacation rental options for you. Each of our Trinidad homes offers spectacular views of the ocean and they are all right in the thick of the many fun things Trinidad has to offer. So without further ado, here are three vacation rentals we have in Trinidad that will simply blow you away. Go ahead, book today and start planning your Northern California getaway before summer is all booked up!

#1: BEACH HOUSE WITH FULL KITCHEN, FIREPLACE & DECK

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The perfect mix of tile and painted wood floors give this home the classic beach feel you would expect from an island retreat. Venture out to the spacious lawn to lay out a towel and enjoy the sun, read a book, or play games. The private path will take you down to your own beach where you can go tide-pooling, look for the common seals or sea lions, whale-watch or search for those special shells or rocks to remember the trip by. Whatever your reason for visiting Trinidad, there won’t be much need to leave The Beach House. We are sure once you stay, you will be a many-time return guest! Amenities include full kitchen, refrigerator, toaster, cookware, dishwasher, coffee, tea & other staples, central air, ceiling fans, linens, wood stove, Wi-Fi internet, laundry, & laundry supplies, garage parking, deck, balcony, BBQ grill, private beach access, large back yard, cable TV, CD player, DVD player and games.

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#2: FAMILY HOUSE WITH HOT TUB & GAS GRILL NEAR BEACH

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Treasure Cove truly is a treasure. Soak in the brand-new six-person hot tub located just outside the queen bedroom or relax on the expanded patio and watch sea life, fishing boats, and all that the ocean has to offer. Treasure Cove comfortably sleeps 6 and is great for a few couples or a family getaway. This custom, 1810-square-foot, two-story home located just a few houses from the Lighthouse in downtown Trinidad has great ocean views and coastal access trails (trail located directly in front of home leads to Trinidad Head & Beach). You can enjoy the upstairs deck and grill on the propane barbecue while taking in the panoramic view of Trinidad Harbor. We have provided free wireless internet, expanded cable TV, games, and both DVD and VCRs. This home is within easy walking distance of local beaches, pier, lighthouse, hiking trails, restaurants and Murphy’s Market. There is also a new, large washer and dryer set. Please note there is not a fenced-in yard but this home is pet friendly. Amenities include full kitchen, microwave, dishwasher, linens, washer & dryer, ironing board, high speed internet, fireplace, wood stove, Wi-Fi internet, laundry & laundry supplies, baseboard heaters, garage, parking, deck, patio, gad grill, hot tub, beach access, cable TV, DVD player, VCR, high-speed internet, and Wi-Fi.

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#3: HOUSE WITH JACUZZI TUB & AMAZING OCEAN VIEWS

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Boasting both ocean & bay views of Trinidad Harbor and the State Beach, this custom, contemporary home has vaulted ceilings, amazing artwork, and comfortable furnishings throughout. It is the perfect getaway for a large family gathering, 4 couples, or a group of friends. This home is located in downtown Trinidad, and has the convenience of being located within a block of beaches and great Trinidad hiking trails. Enter on lower level which has one bedroom with a queen bed and a full bathroom with shower. The upstairs includes living and dining room, kitchen, three bedrooms and two more bathrooms. Sunset Vista is filled with beautiful photographic art taken from around the world. Radiant floor heating keeps this house comfortably warm. Sunset Vista is only 500 feet from Trinidad Harbor, pier and beach. This is a “no shoe” house which keeps it in pristine condition. Please note no garage access. Amenities include full kitchen, coffee maker, microwave, toaster, dishwasher, gas stove/fireplace, Wi-Fi internet, laundry & laundry supplies, radiant flooring heating, deck, gas grill, beach, cable TV and DVD player.

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Palm Springs, California: 3 Luxury Vacation Rental Options
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Summit County, Colorado: Our Top 3 Log Cabins
Lake Tahoe, California: 3 Affordable Options

Palm Springs, California: 3 Luxury Vacation Rental Options

It’s a crazy time of year in Palm Springs, California. From the Coachella Music Festival to simply perfect weather, hundreds of thousands of people are headed to the area to vacation and get away from it all. But why confine yourself to a hotel room? A vacation rental is the perfect option for a weekend, or a few weeks, down in Palm Springs! We have an array of luxury options still available throughout the month of April at Zaranga.com. Today we are featuring three of the absolute best. Deciding was nearly impossible, so make sure you check out ALL of our Palm Springs Vacation Rentals here.

#1: RESORT-STYLE HOME WITH POOL & MOUNTAIN VIEWS

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This two-bedroom, two-bath mid-century resort-style home located in the Deepwell area of Palm Spring is just minutes from downtown. This stylish home features a completely hedged private yard, with expansive lawn area, pool, and covered patio, and it’s great for entertaining! From the time you enter Magical Palms you will experience the reason it is named ‘Magic,’ from the breath-taking views of Mt. San Jacinto and the romantic glow of palm trees against the night sky with lights that highlight over 25 palm trees at night. The living room has an open-air feel with some of the best mountain views directly from your sofa. Also from your sofa, view the 50″ plasma TV or enjoy the CD/DVD stereo with indoor/outdoor speakers. The property features two master bedrooms each having their own bath and private patio. The kitchen has been updated with a wine cooler, gas range, side-by-side refrigerator, mosaic tiles, upgraded finishes, microwave/stove combination, and dishwasher. The pool can be observed from the kitchen and dining room.

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#2: 3-BEDROOM HOME WITH FIRE PIT & IN-GROUND POOL

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Located in El Rancho Vista Estates, this gorgeous three-bedroom, two-bath mid-century modern home was designed by Donald Wexler in 1959 and renovated in 2010. The residence includes a private in-ground pool, a hot tub, a sunken fire pit, and an outdoor BBQ. Indoors, guests will enjoy the air conditioned living room, dining room and kitchen complete with cable TV, internet, WiFi, and full-size washer and dryer. Kitchen comes stocked with plates, glasses, silverware, knives, cooking utensils, pots, pan, a coffee maker, a toaster, a mixer, a blender, and more. The home is minutes from downtown Palm Springs restaurants and shopping, including Jake’s, Cheeky’s, Tropicale, El Jefe, Tinto, Workshop and more. The residence is located in Palm Spring’s El Rancho Vista Estates, the first of the Wexler & Harrison residential subdivisions. Developer Roy Fey, a former Chicago accountant who came to the desert and developed a small real estate empire, built it. He saw the potential Southern California Modernist architecture had in the emerging post-war housing market.

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#3: 4-BEDROOM HOUSE WITH PRIVATE POOL NEAR GOLFING

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This beautifully remodeled mid-century modern pad is within walking distance to Demuth Park, which features public tennis courts, a playground for the kids, and much more. Everything is brand new in this stylish, modern home, except for a few vintage pieces thrown in for fun. Walk through the gate from the driveway and you will enter a private oasis, completely remodeled and ready to enjoy. The main living area offers HDTV with surround sound, comfortable mid-century inspired furnishings, and is open to the dining area and kitchen for easy entertaining and hanging out together. The kitchen is fully stocked with everything the chef could ask for. And it all opens out to the sparkling blue swimming pool and spa in the completely private back yard, featuring gas barbecue and plenty of seating for everyone. The main house offers a master bedroom with private bathroom, as well as two additional bedrooms and a guest bathroom, all with comfortable new queen-size beds. The large private casita is detached from the main house and has it’s own full kitchen, HDTV, seating area, and queen size bed.

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Here are some of our other “Top 3″ blog posts you can check out:

Yosemite National Park: Our Top 3 Vacation Rentals
Fort Bragg, California: Our 3 Sweetest Ocean Views
Summit County, Colorado: Our Top 3 Log Cabins
Lake Tahoe, California: 3 Affordable Options

Yosemite National Park: Our Top 3 Vacation Rentals

California is a state full of amazing natural wonders, but Yosemite National Park is one of the greatest. No matter what the season, there are some truly awesome sights to see in Yosemite, from the copious wildlife to the natural wonders to the beautiful green forests. Here is just a partial list of some great stuff to do while staying in Yosemite: backpacking, auto tours, photography, painting, biking, birdwatching, camping, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, picknicking, interpretive programs, rock climbing, tours, water activities, and winter sports like cross-country skiing and sledding. Click here for more info on all of these fun activities.

The real question is: where are you going to stay? Well, we have a solution. Why not stay in one of Zaranga’s fabulous Yosemite vacation rentals while you’re at the park? We have a good selection of rustic yet charming vacation rentals available. Below are three of our best, along with information about each of them, a few photos, and links to where you can find out more and book them online. So what are you waiting for? Get yourself to Yosemite and start enjoying the astounding beauty that can be found there!

#1: UNIQUE TREEHOUSE WITH COZY LIVING ROOM & DECK

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The Treehouse is a smaller, comfortable cabin. This unique unit does have the feel of a treehouse! With 2-1/2 levels, it’s perfect for no more than eight people. This two bedroom/two bath home is tastefully decorated with everything you need for your comfort. It features a loft sleeping area with three twin beds for children or singles, a large dining table, a complete kitchen, and a master bedroom with a king-size bed. All beds come with pillow-top mattresses and down comforters for the ultimate night’s sleep. This home is a truly comfortable place for your Yosemite experience. Of course, unlimited firewood for the woodstove is provided at no extra charge, stacked at your front doorstep.

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#2: LOG CABIN WITH COZY FIREPLACE & PRIVATE HOT TUB

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“Long’s Logs” is frontier living at its finest! It possesses an old-time flavor, with all the modern conveniences. Each of the three bedrooms has its own unique enticement, decorated in its own special way. Enjoy Elliott metal, canopy, and Victorian beds, comfy down comforters, pillow-topped mattresses, antique replicas, and private bathrooms, all nestled under ceilings and walls made of natural logs. Enjoy a huge country kitchen, complete with all the modern conveniences. You will experience what every pioneer man and woman would have desired. Your cozy living room has a fireplace to warm you, a 32-inch television with video player to entertain you, a regulation size pool table and a game table to challenge you, all within the surroundings of Native American decor. After a day of skiing or hiking, unwind in your private Jacuzzi, or just relax on the wrap-around decks, enjoying the cool summer and winter nights.

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#3: LARGE APARTMENT WITH COZY FIREPLACE & HOT TUB

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The Summer/Winter apartment is one of two apartments that comprise the “Wonderland” complex; two apartment homes (Summer/Winter and Autumn/Spring) side-by-side for the largest of groups. Each can be rented separately or together for those large family reunions! The spacious living room is perfect for a large crowd! Complete kitchen, cozy fireplace, huge dining table seats 16. Recreation room complete with pool table, bar, satellite TV, wood-burning fireplace and sofa-bed. And Hot tub, barbecue, and patio table.

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Here are some of our other “Top 3″ blog posts you can check out:

Fort Bragg, California: Our 3 Sweetest Ocean Views
Lake Tahoe, California: 3 Affordable Options
Summit County, Colorado: Our Top 3 Log Cabins

Spring Break Getaways 2014!

Snow is still falling in many parts of the country, and those temperatures! Will they ever let up? The good news is that it’s Spring Break time! Hopefully you have a week off with your kids sometime soon this month. Or, if you don’t have any upcoming time off, take some! We’re sure you need it.

Spring Break is a great time to get a really nice deal on a vacation rental. Many vacation spots are offering promotions right now, and travelers looking for affordable vacation rental options have a lot to choose from. And on Zaranga, we have exclusive discounts that you won’t find anywhere else! Whether you’re looking for lazy beach days filled with Vitamin D or some outdoor winter skiing fun, Zaranga has vacation rentals suited to any kind of Spring Break vacation you might want. From the desert heat of Palm Springs to the Gulf views of Sanibel Island, Florida, we have what you’re looking for. Here are some supremely awesome vacation rentals at some of the best Spring Break spots in the country.

Palm Springs, CA

Palm Springs is a desert resort city located an hour and a half east of Los Angeles. The area is great for biking, golf, hiking, horseback riding, swimming, and tennis. The views of the surrounding mountains from pretty much anywhere are stunning as well! From the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens to the Palm Springs Air Museum, there’s plenty to do around Palm Springs. Additionally, the month of March sees a lot of action in Palm Springs. The HITS Horse Shows are happening, and there are also tennis and golf tournaments galore. Thursday nights are free at the art museum, too! You can find a list of upcoming events here. Here are four very different but super sweet vacation rentals we have available in Palm Springs.

Home with Huge Kitchen & Private Sparkling Pool

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Gorgeous Home with Private Pool & Spa Near Golf

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Home with Private Back Yard and Pool Deck

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Condo with Large-Screen TV and Gas Fireplace

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Myrtle Beach, SC

Myrtle Beach is a coastal beach town that offers a lot of great things to do during the springtime. You’re not going to get a lot of sunny and warm beach days here during March and April, but there’s dining, spas, fishing excursions, hiking, biking, and pool swimming available. Additionally, the room rates during springtime are significantly lower than they are during the summer and winter. While you’re here, you might visit the famous Myrtle Beach Boardwalk or hop on the Myrtle Beach Skywheel for some innocent fun. For more things to do in Myrtle Beach, click here. Here are four really nice vacation rentals we have available in Myrtle Beach, SC.

4-Bedroom, Oceanfront Condo with Jacuzzi Tub

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Beach Cottage with Full Kitchen & Large Backyard

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5-Bedroom Oceanfront Penthouse with Ocean Views

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4-Bedroom Home with Private Backyard & Porch

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Scottsdale, AZ

Well, you know it’s nice and warm in the deserts of Arizona right now! And so what better place to spend a few days on vacation? The high temperatures are currently in the 70s and 80s, so Scottsdale is the perfect place to soak up some sun, find a cool pool to swim in, or hike, bike, and swim. While you’re at it, why don’t you visit the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art or Pinnacle Peak Park, which is great for hiking or a daytime picnic. You can find more things to do in Scottsdale here. Here are four immaculate vacation rentals we have available in Scottsdale.

Luxurious Home with Wet Bar & 3-Car Garage

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4-Bedroom Home with Game Room and Pool

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Home with Private Pool & Outdoor Pool Table

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Great Condo with Fully Stocked Kitchen Near Golf

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Sanibel Island, FL

Talk about a true island experience! Sanibel Island, Florida has all the activities, beaches, and sun you could ever want during a beach vacation! Exploring the island and its beaches by bike or Segway is a great activity for you and the kids. Additionally, the “Sanibel Stoop” is super popular. It simply involves stooping down on the beach to collect sea shells! There are also lots of great boat tours you can go on and the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society and Refuge is a great place to go to see the wildlife of the area. Additionally, the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum is a real treat for seashell lovers and beach-goers alike. The Sanibel Island Lighthouse is pretty cool too! For more things to do on Sanibel Island, click here. Here are four rentals we have on Sanibel Island that are sure to make your next vacation there a great one!

Nice, Colorful Condo with Beach View from Lanai

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Unit with Gulf Views from Porch, Walk to Beach

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Updated Unit with Air Conditioning Near Golf

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Roomy Condo with Outdoor Pool & Great Gulf Views

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Silverthorne, CO

Silverthorne, Colorado is a very popular ski destination for the winter and spring seasons. There’s still snow in Colorado, and so if you’re looking to get into some wintry outdoor activities over spring break, then look no further than this cozy little mountain town. There’s some really awesome places to visit in the area, too. While here you might check out the area’s amazing Ice Castles or do some camping at Heaton Bay Campground or the Gore Creek Campground. Additionally, you should check out Lily Pad Lake, Rainbow Park, the Silverthorne Recreation Center, and the Raven at Three Peaks. There’s a ton of really awesome activities to take part in, from fly fishing to skiing to snowboarding to mountain biking to hiking. It’s all available. For more cool things to do in Silverthorne, click here. Here are four nice vacation rentals we have in the area, ranging from smaller condos to big, luxurious mountain homes.

Log Cabin with Private Hot Tub & Covered Parking

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Lodge-Style Townhouse with Clubhouse Pool

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Mountain Condo with Large Deck Near Ski Areas

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Duplex Home with Private Hot Tub & Gas Grill

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Orlando, FL

The theme park capital of the world is probably not unexpected for you on this list. We can’t do a Spring Break post without Orlando, can we? With Disney World, Sea World, Universal Studios, and much, much more, Orlando is a great spot to do a Spring Break vacation, especially if you’re doing a vacation with the kids. And don’t forget about the manatees! You can do some manatee watching at Blue Spring State Park. But then you also have your standards, such as Universal Studios Orlando, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and the beautiful Harry P. Leu Gardens. But did you know that Disney offers price breaks during March and April? Additionally, many of our vacation rentals in Orlando are offering some great rental rates this spring. Some of our homes near Orlando are even 40% off until mid-April! We bet you don’t really need more ideas for things to do in Orlando, but if you do, you can find some ideas here. Here are four nice houses we have in the Orlando area that are available for rent. They all have pools and a couple of them even have game rooms!

Pool Home with Fitness Room in Clubhouse

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House with Private Heated Pool Near Golf Course

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Large Home with Game Room, Heated Pool & Spa

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Standard Home with Double Garage & Heatable Pool

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