June 2013

Top 10 Lake House Deals

top 10 lake houses
Jun 25, 2013

Forget the ocean, go for a lake house getaway! A balcony overlooking the Gulf of Mexico is neat and all, but a balcony overlooking a sparkling lake is just as neat. And a lot more affordable. Ditch the crowds and high expenses of popular beach destinations and instead hide away in a luxurious or uber-comfortable lake home. From the Lake of the Ozarks to Lake Tahoe, Vacation Rentals.com has waterfront vacation rentals all over the US. And savings, too.

Check out Vacation Rentals.com's current picks for 10 best lake house deals on the site. Hurry, these deals are going, going...

$450 a week: Silver Lake, MI

silver lake house deal

$600 a week: Lake Lure, NC

lake lure lake deal

From $75 a night: Lake of the Ozarks, MO

lake of the ozarks deal

$120 a night: Lake Travis, Austin, TX

lake travis house deal

$100 a night: Okeechobee, FL

okeechobee lake house deal

$125 a night: South Lake Tahoe

south lake tahoe deal

From $100 a night: Seneca Lake, NY

seneca lake deal

$125 a night: Deer Valley, UT

deer valley deal

$125 a night: Norris Lake, TN

norris lake deal

$800 a week: Lake Marion, SC

lake marion deal

Texas Beaches on the Cheap

Texas Beaches
Jun 21, 2013

Believe it or not, Texas isn’t a landlocked haven for cowboys and tumbleweeds. The state actually has a huge coastline featuring a huge number of charming beach rentals. And unlike other beach destinations, Texas’ are great for swimming most the year. Even winter days can be mild enough for a dip, or at least a stroll along the shore! We rounded up our favorite Texas beach deals of the moment, so you can live the good life in the Lone Star State...for cheap.

Crystal Beach


North Padre Island

Port Aransas


South Padre Island


10 Cabin Vacations, from $49 a Week

cabin vacations
Jun 19, 2013

Planning a getaway? Why not escape to a cozy mountain cabin or charming lake cabin? Vacation Rentals.com has all kinds of vacation rentals for you to choose from, whether your style is beach house or downtown condo. For now, let's check out the top 10 cabin vacations, from $69 a night. Nature's priceless, but these great views of it are easy to afford.

Gatlinburg TN, $49 a night

Pigeon Forge TN, $85 a night plus free night stay

Franklin NC (Smoky Mountains), $99 a night

Lake Lure NC (Blue Ridge Mountains), $600 a week

Estes Park CO, $99 a night

Blue Ridge GA, $99 a night

South Lake Tahoe CA, $99 a night

Branson MO, $149 a night

Silver Lake MI,$1,000 a week

Lake George NY (Adirondacks), $150 worth of amusement park tickets!

Best Bets for 4th of July

4th of July Deals
Jun 11, 2013

4th of July falls on a Thursday this year, so why not ask for Friday off and enjoy a long 4-day weekend?

We’ve summed up some of our very favorite Independence Day destinations, which at this moment in time, feature awesome 4th of July travel deals on rentals that still have availability for the weekend.   

San Diego, California
On 4th of July, the sight to see is in the sky, naturally. But which part of the sky? Whether you join the massive crowds at San Diego Bay for the annual “Big Bay Boom” fireworks spectacular, or celebrate America’s birthday at SeaWorld, you’re in for a magical experience. And an affordable one, at that! Check out this 4th of July travel deal:

Washington, DC
You better believe DC knows how to do Independence Day in style, especially following Barack Obama’s historic election. While the main attraction, the fireworks show, is at the National Mall, a mélange of parades, concerts, festivals, and activities lead up to it. Peruse these DC deals for 4th of July:

Manhattan, New York
It’s probably no surprise to you that New York City throws a pretty big birthday bash for America. This year’s pyrotechnics extravaganza can be seen above the Hudson River. Plan to get a good vantage point, but don’t obsess over it, as you don't want to miss out on all the other goings on; there’s always a lot to see and do in NYC, so imagine your options on a holiday weekend. Consider these 4th of July travel deals in the Big Apple:

Nashville, Tennessee
Nashville hosts the South’s greatest fireworks show. Head to Riverfront Park for a day full of free music and family fun, and then a spectacular skyward spectacle at night – the city is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its annual “Let Freedom Sing” event this weekend.

Chicago, Illinois
Enjoy a whirlwind 4th of July vacation in the Windy City! The Taste of Chicago – featuring live music, food and wine tastings, and much more – will still be in progress, and fireworks displays at the lake at Grant Park (July 3rd) and the Navy Pier (July 4th) are must-sees!

Skip out on the backyard BBQ this Saturday by skipping town. With these last-minute 4th of July travel deals, you and your family can make Independence Day the most memorable day of 2013.

Getting away for the holiday with a big group? Then check out our infographic guide to group travel planning.

The Cheap Disney Vacation Game

Cheap Disney Vacations<br />
Jun 09, 2013

Check it out! It's the Cheap Disney Vacation Game, an Infographic from Vacation Rentals.com. Make your way through the Magic Kingdom theme park on a budget in this fun and insanely insightful infographic, featuring the cheapest restaurants, most surprising tips, and more. In addition to staying in an affordable Disney area vacation home, you can also take advantage of free travel guides from Vacation Rentals.com. 



What's Your Rental Style?

Jun 07, 2013

Hey guys, sorry we haven't updated the blog in a whole minute, but we'll get back to posting regularly next week. In the meantime, do you ever hunt for a specific vacation rental type when booking a vacation? Maybe you want a rustic cabin to view the mountains from, or a luxurious villa, or a cheap weekly apartment rental. Well, we've got some guides that will help you find exactly what you're looking for. Check out our guides for when and where to book the best rentals, by type: