April 12, 1998
[To our readers: Below is a list of vacation home rental agencies that appeared in the October 1997 issue of Consumer Reports Travel Letter, published by the nonprofit Consumer's Union organization. Please note that some telephone numbers or other information may have changed.] All agencies in our list rent to the public. We also provide information on travel clubs that specialize in vacation rentals, and directory sources.
January 26, 2014 |
It's one thing to manage a rental house when it's nearby. But it's another process entirely when the rental is in a distant vacation retreat. Unfortunately, many second-home buyers find that out the hard way. According to a survey by HomeAway, an online marketplace for vacation rentals, owners spend an average of 8.6 hours a week managing their properties. That's one full workday a week. And even then, it's doubtful that the typical owner can market his vacation pad, maintain it and do all the other things necessary to have a successful rental regime.
June 22, 2008 |
The visionary in Fort Bragg, Calif., who ordered up a living room large enough to accommodate a rugby match. The risk taker in Idyllwild, Calif., who one day must have said, "Hey, what about a round house?" The fearless renovator in Santa Fe, N.M., who asked, "Why just one kitchen?" I've never met these people, but you could say that I've slept with them -- under their roofs, that is, in beds they bought. I know them, dear readers.
August 20, 2012 |
You plan your escape to the airport carefully, calculating the distance, checking the traffic and printing out your boarding pass. But there is one unknown for which you can't prepare - the length of the security line. There's no way to tell how bad it's going to be until you get there. Unless you're flying out of the main terminal of Dulles International Airport. The airport outside Washington is the first in the nation to adopt a video analytics system to continually count the number of people in the security lines.
March 19, 2013 |
Celebrating your 50th? So is Hacienda Beach Club & Residences, a Cabo San Lucas landmark that once catered to Hollywood stars such as Bing Crosby, John Wayne and Desi Arnaz. The Hacienda's management is inviting others celebrating the half-century mark - whether it's a 50th birthday or a 50th anniversary - to join in the party. If you're marking a 50th anniversary, you can get a complimentary two-night stay; those celebrating a 50th birthday can collect a 50% discount on every second night, plus a free 50-minute massage at the Hacienda Spa. “The original Hacienda Hotel was such an iconic destination," said Ricardo Ramirez, general manager of Hacienda Beach Club & Residences.
August 4, 2011 |
Poor New Jersey. Long the butt of jokes and a source of nationwide scorn, the Garden State's reputation has taken countless beatings over the years. And thank you, "Jersey Shore," for doing nothing to elevate the maligned state's image. So it came as no surprise to see the reactions of fellow Angelenos when I stated our plans last August: a vacation in the seaside hamlet of Cape May, the southernmost town on the Jersey coast and America's first seashore resort. The responses ranged from pity to bewilderment to smirking, with only a few registering as enthusiastic understanding.
November 12, 2008 |
Even as the sinking economy is making many people think about turning their vacations into "staycations," an online vacation rental service recently managed to raise $250 million to fund its growth. The listing service, HomeAway Inc., said Tuesday that with its latest round of private financing, it had raised $405 million since it launched in 2005.
March 14, 2010 |
The economy has kept domestic airline and hotel prices down, and now Packlate.com is helping keep a lid on vacation rental costs. What's hot: Prices of available properties decrease the closer you get to their dates of availability. Because Packlate specializes in last-minute bookings, travelers can watch price changes on several properties before they commit. Join the site — membership is free — and get the address of the rental too. Packlate launched in January with a focus on ski towns in the Rockies, but it plans to expand to Florida within four months.
February 27, 2014 |
Fans of the quieter side of Catalina Island, rejoice. Quiet and rustic Two Harbors is going a bit posh with two new vacation rental homes that elevate the lodgings lineup offered on the western end of the island. Three-bedroom Casa Santa Cruz sleeps eight and four-bedroom Casa Santa Rosa sleeps 10. Both offer harbor views and ocean access 20 land miles from the town of Avalon. The homes come with amenities such as televisions, grills, balconies and decks, dishwashers and fireplaces.
September 2, 2013 |
Despite working 18-hour days, including part time as a waitress at a strip club, Hope Arnold was on the verge of losing her Silver Lake home. Then she discovered Airbnb, a website that links vacationers seeking an alternative to hotels and homeowners with rooms to rent. Billing her place as an "artsy and rustic 1927 treehouse," she started renting out her master bedroom, while she slept in the den. It paid off. Arnold has made $39,000 on Airbnb in the last 12 months, and the site now accounts for as much as 70% of her monthly income.