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What Makes AvantStay Different?

Welcome to AvantStay! We believe you deserve so much more than an ordinary short-term vacation rental experience. But what makes AvantStay different? We’re all about what you can dream. Every travel experience should be one-of-a-kind, delightful, and stress-free. We shine with our attention to detail, commitment to customer service, hotel-quality amenities, and upgrades and experiences that help ensure every stay with us is more memorable than the last. In choosing us, you’re not just choosing another short-term rental company—you’re choosing an elevated experience.

Homes Catered To Groups

AvantStay home catered to groups for vacation rental

We have homes of all types, but most of our homes are best experienced with friends and family. Large We have homes of all types, but most of our homes are best experienced with friends and family. Large dining areas, state-of-the-art kitchens, and yards great for gatherings make getting together with all your loved ones a breeze. Plus, plenty of bedrooms (many with their own bathrooms) means no one’s sleeping on the couch this time.

An Elevated Experience

AvantStay dedicated concierges on vacation rental

With luxurious upgrades and experiences available at the touch of a button, you can let your imagination run wild when it comes to trip activities. To start, our app gives you front-row access to services you would expect at a five-star hotel — in-room massages, mid-stay cleanings, and private transportation. But, when you stay with us, the sky’s the limit! From booking a private chef to prepare dinner for the family, to pre-stocking your fridge with groceries before you arrive, the AvantStay app makes it easier than ever to make your vacation dreams a reality.

Award-Winning Design

AvantStay's interior design is custom for every home

As travelers ourselves, we know how crucial the interior design of a home can be when planning the vacation of your dreams. We’ve actually built an in-house interior design team. And it’s not just any interior design team—they’ve actually won awards for it, including best design from Marriott Homes & Villas in 2021. We make sure our homes match the vibe of your trip, whether it be on the coast or in the woods, so you’re fully immersed in the magic of your vacation. 

Our homes are also decked out with amenities, so you’ll never be sitting around wondering what to do next. From cornhole to board games, from billiards to the hot tub, we believe fun comes in all shapes and sizes and is best experienced with your loved ones. The amenities for each home are different (our estates collection has some truly awe-inspiring ones), but we can promise that you will never be bored. 

Customer Service By Humans, For Humans

Firepit at AvantStay's Buena Vista property

Our dedicated area managers are here to make sure your experience is delightful. We also have team members available 24/7, so even if you need something in the middle of the night, we’re there to help. That way, you aren’t at the whim of the homeowner’s availability and you won’t get a computer trying to help you in a crisis. We want every aspect of your experience to be as relaxing as possible, because that’s why you go on vacation in the first place.

Happy Homeowners

Woman lounging at an AvantStay property

On top of the personal relationship we keep with our guests, we also take deep care and thoughtful steps to ensure our homeowners feel proud and reassured when their property is in our hands. 

We pride ourselves on:

  • Best-in-class in-field operations
  • Smart-home technology to keep our homes and guests safe
  • Complimentary updated interior design
  • A proprietary software platform that manages it all and keeps homeowners informed

We care for these homes as though they were our own (some are even employee-owned), and we continue to build and grow sustainably to build value for our homeowners. If you’re interested in partnering with us, you can learn more about our Vacation Rental Management

While most of our properties are homes designed for group travel as mentioned above, we also have cozier rentals and even boutique hotels, because sometimes you just want to get away without the crowd. Most importantly, we’re ever-growing to fit the needs of the modern-day traveler, meaning we’re adding new properties in new destinations all the time. 

So, where will you go next?

Employee Spotlight: Alice Ward, Product Manager I

Name

Alice Ward

Where are you based?

Denver, CO

Job Title

Product Manager

How long have you worked at AvantStay?

1.5 years

How would you describe your job & responsibilities to someone who doesn’t work in your field?

I’m focused on creating outstanding experiences for both our guests and homeowners, while tackling challenges to drive our business forward. Working with our engineering team, I prioritize, plan, and launch features across our website, mobile app, and homeowner portal. Beyond that, I collaborate with our marketing and sales teams to drive new business to AvantStay.

How do you like to start your work day?

With coffee and my laptop catching up on Slack and email!

What teams do you collaborate the most with at work?

Engineering, Operations, Marketing, and Customer Experience

What is your favorite thing about working at AvantStay?

The people! Everyone is excited about the problems we’re solving. It’s an engaging, fast-paced place to work and I enjoy the collaborative spirit between teams.

What advice would you give to someone looking to join your team?

No day is the same! Be ready to adapt quickly to change, step outside your comfort zone, and take extreme ownership over critical business problems.

What is something that you’re proud of that you’ve accomplished in your role?

I’m proud of the work we did to improve the guest experience after they’ve booked a stay with AvantStay. Previously, required information we needed from guests and key home information were scattered across various spots, making it difficult for guests to know where to look. Now, guests can find everything they need in our new Booking Hub. Whether you’re signing your guest agreement or upgrading your stay with a private chef or massage, you can do it all in the Booking Hub!

Which AvantStay home is on your bucket list?

Ute Lodge in Telluride, CO is a must-visit for me! This home seems like the ideal spot to bring a bunch of friends, spend all day on the slopes, and relax in the evening by the fire or in the hot tub.

Give us a fun fact!

I used to play competitive travel chess.

What’s your favorite AvantStay employee perk?

No-vacancy! I live near some of our Colorado properties, so when one is free for a weekend I’ll drive up Friday to stay in one of our beautiful homes and enjoy the mountain air.

Where is your favorite vacation spot?

It’s hard to pick a favorite…but my most recent trip was to Torres del Paine in Chile, which was unbelievable! Every hike had absolutely jaw-dropping views and the wildlife was amazing. Definitely worth the 33 hours it took to get there!

The 8 Best Places for a Proper Galentine’s Day

Hugs and kisses! Let this be the year of over-the-top celebrations spent with your best girlfriends by your side. Regardless of your relationship status and opinions on Valentine’s Day, we’re firm believers that you should celebrate your friendships in February, too. Because at the end of the day, who’s always gonna be there? That’s right: the girls you took on this Galentine’s trip.

1. Bronson––Lake Tahoe, CA

We’re starting off with a bang at this beaut in Lake Tahoe. Feel all types of love waking up with your ladies surrounded by fresh powder on one of the most prime ski-in/ski-out rentals in Olympic Valley. Ski all day then aprés the night away with your snow bunnies in the hot tub as you watch the lift from above.

♡ Fav amenities: ski-in / ski-out, hot tub with incredible views of Olympic Valley, wood-beamed ceilings, ping pong table, multiple fireplaces

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2. Dume Point––Malibu, CA

Picture you and the ladies at this Malibu mansion—serving both looks and aces on your private tennis court. When it gets chilly at night, cozy up fireside where the choice is yours: is it time to spill the ultimate tea, or are we all about to have the best heart-to-hearts of our lives?

♡ Fav amenities: private tennis court, outdoor pool, badminton net, corner fireplaces + gold accents

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3. Monarch––Destin, FL

Located on the opposite end of the country, you’ll find crystal clear waters and the pristine beaches of Destin. That’s where we meet Monarch: the ultimate destination to dive into your divine feminine. Have boozy brunches with the ladies on any of the three balconies. Serve mimosas with heart-shaped ice cubes at the swim-up bar. Craft charcuterie boards around the outdoor kitchen. Cheers to friendship on the rooftop patio.

♡ Fav amenities: 8 bedrooms, walking distance to the beach, pool table, arcade games, chef’s kitchen inside, 60,000 gallon pool with a swim-up bar, rooftop patio, outdoor kitchen

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4. The Marley Hotel—Palm Springs, CA

If your dream Galentine’s trip includes a touch of the outdoors, try this pretty and pink hotel in Palm Springs where you and the gals can post up by the pool with views of the San Jacinto mountains. Spend nights around the fire pit. Admire vintage aesthetics with a touch of 50’s charm. 

♡ Fav amenities: the cutest pool and spa, pink interiors, multiple private patios

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5. Chicory––Joshua Tree, CA

Speaking of pink, this home in Joshua Tree has plenty of it. From the kitchen backsplash to the living room built-ins to the sunsets outside, the feminine energy is here to stay at Chicory. Spend days hiking the national park nearby. Bake heart-shaped brownies in the kitchen. Put your favorite tunes on the record player.

♡ Fav amenities: private pool, pink built-in shelves, al-fresco dining, record player, fire pit

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6. Blackhaus Hotel––Palm Springs, CA

Ok now girlies, the ball is in your… private bocce ball court, because this Palm Springs hotel has plenty of those. Here you have the option to book a room or two, or truly ball out and buy out the whole hotel. Lounge by the pool. Pretend to be grill master on the BBQ. Soak in the Palm Springs sun with your best friends by your side and cheers to the end of the patriarchy.

♡ Fav amenities: the ability to buyout the whole hotel, gorgeous pool, bocce ball courts in many rooms, outdoor fire pit

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7. Ocean’s Eye––Charleston, SC

Get in girls, we’re going to the beach. Some may say Charleston is known for its vibrant history, beautiful beaches and delicious eats—but we think it’s known for how perfect this house is. Spread out among 6 bedrooms. Swim in your private pool. Swim in the not-so-private ocean, just steps away. Sip your drink and win a putt-putt game. Brunch on the dining table outside.

♡ Fav amenities: private pool, steps away from the beach, putt-putt course, cornhole, umbrellas in the pool, rooftop deck, fire pit, screened-in porch, stunning kitchen

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8. Mesquite38––Coachella Valley, CA

*Drumroll, please* Introducing the penultimate destination for your Galentine’s trip, Mesquite38 in Coachella Valley. Schedule poolside massages. Host a drag brunch, like @mandy did. Serve it up on the private tennis court. Get lost in the 7,800 sq ft main house. Bake treats for your group of up to 18 girlies.

♡ Fav amenities: 60 ft pool with Baja shelf with a sunken fireplace, oversized hot tub, par 3 golf house, tennis court, 2 bocce ball courts, 2 pickleball courts, 6 beach cruiser bikes, Sonos sound system, chef’s kitchen, billiards and poker tables

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Ready to host the Galentine’s getaway of your dreams? We have a lot more where that came from—check out these blogs below to find you and the gal’s next trip:

XOXO, AvantStay

Employee Spotlight: Chloē Buss, Field Operations Regional Director

Name

Chloē Buss

Where are you based?

Nashville, TN

Job Title

Regional Director of Operations, East Coast 

How long have you worked at AvantStay?

2 yrs, 5 months 

How would you describe your job & responsibilities to someone who doesn’t work in your field?

Operations is about being able to pivot, to find efficiencies and lead. No day is the same and that’s what I love about it! We get to wear multiple hats, work cross-departmentally and collaborate, meet awesome owners and be movin’ and shakin’ all the time. Operations is not for the faint of heart or those who like routine. You need to be ready to jump at any given point! 

How do you like to start your work day?

I am someone who likes to get my blood pumping immediately – so hand me a cup of coffee and then I’ll be either outside running or teaching Barre3. This allows me to move, get some clarity for the day ahead and set intentions.

What teams do you collaborate the most with at work?

In operations, we get to work with a very large group of talented people. Over the past year, us operations folk at AvantStay have been working very closely with our product team. What would traditionally not be seen as a match made in heaven, it has been for us and has contributed to our success. Their willingness to dive deep and problem solve, listen and see what tools they can bring to the table has been a game changer.

What is your favorite thing about working at AvantStay?

I know it sounds cheesy, but the best part about working at AvantStay is the people. My direct team, the leadership and exec team, our guests and owners, etc. We as a company put people first and that is the key to success. 

What advice would you give to someone looking to join your team?

For anyone looking to join my team or operations in general, I would say to work with an extreme sense of urgency. Urgency to problem solve and make guests and owners happy. Working with urgency allows you to achieve whatever you want. That’s my secret sauce and a major contributor to my career. 

What is something that you’re proud of that you’ve accomplished in your role?

Being in operations, we collaborate on a lot of projects. But what am I most proud of? My team, hands down. Their growth, execution and success. I am nothing without them and I strive to be the best version of me, every single day for them. 

Which AvantStay home is your favorite?

My favorite home in my direct region is Ocean’s Eye in Charleston! Located on Folly Beach and one of the last homes on the peninsula, the views are unmatched. The home is modern, has all of the amenities you could want and gives you views for days. 

Give us a fun fact!

I am extremely competitive—with others and with myself. I’m a winner y’all. 

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I love to be outside exercising, having lazy beach days, traveling around the globe and spending time with my husband and fur children.

Before working at AvantStay, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?

I wouldn’t say it’s the most interesting, but I have immense pride in it—I did sales for my family’s garbage company in Oregon. Trash runs deep in our roots and we started the first garbage company in the Pacific Northwest in the early 1900’s. My grandfather has one of the last privately owned garbage companies on the West Coast. We’re trashy but classy!

What is your favorite AvantStay memory?

My favorite AvantStay memory is visiting the Berkshires and Hudson Valley for a market visit. Although our footprint isn’t huge in this area, our homes are gorgeous and the scenery is breathtaking. 

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

To do what you truly love, whether it makes you money or not. Thanks, Dad. 

What’s your favorite Slack channel?

Hard to choose! I love looking at #AvantStayAppreciation. In there you get to see all of the wonderful things our different teams do to guarantee a quality guest experience. 

What’s your favorite AvantStay employee perk?

Getting to travel, duh! I most recently stayed at an AvantStay in Austin for the Formula 1 race and that was amazing. 

What has working at AvantStay taught you about the most?

To take risks, trust the other teams around you and stay authentic. 

Where is your favorite vacation spot?

Gosh, it’s hard to choose. You can always catch me having a lazy beach day, but I am a history nerd at heart and that usually dictates where we travel to. I love Amsterdam. I’ve been there several times and it never gets old. The history, the people, the architecture. I love every second of it.

10 Tips on Finding the Best Kid-Friendly Vacation Home

Choosing a location is the first step in planning the perfect vacation and there are a few hoops you have to jump through and boxes that must be ticked to ensure that every member of your crew, no matter their age, has something to enjoy. We’ve got ten expert tips to help you find the perfect accommodation for every family. 

Some locations will have pools, some will be located on the beach, some will be deep within lush forest, and some will offer panoramic views from mountainous strongholds. These all sound great, but matching the location to your families requirements is so important; imagine dragging a newborn in a stroller up a steep mountainous driveway, or keeping a toddler away from a pool without borders or constantly worrying about the busy road outside; doesn’t sound too relaxing, right?   

Choosing a property that’s right for your family and their needs could make or break the trip; so what are the best ways to ensure you get it right? Well, there are a few things to look out for whilst ensuring you book the perfect home away from home for you and yours, and we are going to break down some of the most important tips.

Choose the Right Type of Trip

As previously mentioned, matching your kid-friendly vacation rentals to your family’s priorities is a crucial step. Not only will it mean you all enjoy your stay, but you’ll also find yourself automatically narrowing down your search field and there are a lot of options out there. 

Starting with the age of your kids is a good place to begin; if they are young enough to have their own passions then focus on the things you love to do as a family. Hiking is a great way to get the kids interacting with the outdoors and the mental health benefits cannot be understated for adult and child. National forests and parks offer superb, family friendly trails littered with benches, picnic spots and exciting viewpoints; perfect for all ages. 

If you and the family are into the beach-bum vibe then coastal locations will obviously offer everything you need; if your kids are old enough to try surfing, sailing or other water sports, then choosing a spot that caters for this would be a huge bonus. 

Some people prefer to sit on the sand enjoying the sun’s rays as it kisses their skin, while their kids play in the sand or fish in the shallows. If that sounds like your kind of thing then choosing a great sandy beach that looks west is the perfect way to ensure long and lazy afternoons of family good times, topped off with a gorgeous sunset of course. 

If you’re raising little action and adventure superstars who love the outdoors and want to experience the natural world to its fullest extent then activity centers and holiday parks could be a great way to go. The activities these places can offer are seemingly limitless: rental bikes, kayaking, abseiling, waterparks, archery, go-karting, zip-lining, and more. These activities will give your kids the confidence to try new things, and offer your family an unforgettable trip.   

High Tide by AvantStay

Don’t Forget the Needs of the Adults 

While considering the needs of the kids is always the number one priority, it is important to ensure that the adults are going to have a good time too. It’s really easy to get bogged down in the details of the trip and tied up in the logistics; so, take a step back and look at what the trip will offer each member of the family individually. 

If you love the same things as your kids then lucky you, but you’ll still need some private space to enjoy time with your partner and relax away from the over excited buzz of the children. Consider booking somewhere with a hot tub where you can enjoy some champagne when the kids are in bed, or with access to a nice restaurant where you can spend a quality, childless evening together. Some locations will offer day care with professional sitters so you can enjoy some time in the knowledge that your kids are enjoying themselves too!  

Keep an eye out for a property that offers something for adults to enjoy away from the kids or, if your budget does not allow, set a time and location where the kids are not allowed so you can take a breath and enjoy each other. Don’t forget that it’s your holiday too. Making sure you can unwind at the end of an activity-packed day and enjoy a comfortable space with your favorite person is a crucial element of a great trip.

Bronson by AvantStay

What to Look For

Now that we have narrowed down the search area, it’s time to get a little more specific. We should start looking at individual needs, and how certain properties can cater for said needs. There can be an awful lot to consider, so here is a quick breakdown of the key points:   

  • Do the Bedroom Check

Look carefully at the photos and descriptions available to you to help understand the bedroom layout and bed situation for your crew. Try to count the individual beds using the listing’s pictures and if this is not possible then read the description thoroughly. 

Failing all else you can normally message the host asking them to confirm the sleeping arrangements. Strange sleeping situations may not seem like a big deal to everyone, but for young kids developing their sleeping habits having a separate bedroom can be the difference between restful sleep and chaos. 

Paramount Place by AvantStay
  • Location, Location, Location 

Location is, as they say, everything. It’s important to try and think of the activities you’ll be doing on your vacation and whether or not you can get there on foot or with ease. If you’re going to the beach for example, you’ll need bags with toys, tents or umbrellas for shade, suncreams, picnics, snacks, towels and whatever else you bring to the beach. 

If you have to drive you’ll have to consider parking, loading everything up and of course, getting the kids in. This is not always an easy task and can lead to unwanted stress, so being within walking distance of the sand might be a better way to go. 

Mystic Sunset by AvantStay
  • Space 

Space is the next big thing to ensure the success of your holiday, and it can be tricky to gauge without actually standing in the room in question. One simple thing you can do is ensure there is enough space for the kids to play. Whether that’s an outdoor space, in their bedroom or a specified playroom, is up to you; but giving them an area to burn energy is important for a stress-free vacation. 

Separate spaces for eating, playing and for spending time together as a family will keep things easy, and you’re on holiday so why not treat yourself to more space!   

Lakeview by AvantStay
  • Read Reviews

A great way to get a handle on the suitability of a location is to check out the reviews that previous vacationers have left. Try and keep an eye out for people who traveled with kids or in a family unit, as this can give you a great idea of what to expect from a property. It can be an awesome way to discover things like how well equipped the kitchen is, or how the layout of the building works in reality or even if the distance to the amenities you have chosen is as close as promised. 

You must keep in mind though that reviews are subjective and focusing on the negatives can bring a lot of negativity. Something that did not work for someone else could work really well for you, so don’t get bogged down in what the reviews are saying, we are just looking at them for general tips! 

Cades Cove by AvantStay
  • Check the Nearby Activities Available 

Restaurants, shops, cinemas, beachfront cafes; whatever it is you’re looking for on your vacation you should try to ensure that you can actually access them with ease. As we know, packing up the car with kids and all the stuff you need to make it through a day is no mean feat, so try to get yourselves as close as you can to the action you seek; it will be worth it. 

Miramar Manor by AvantStay
  • Child Safety

One of the key considerations you need to make concerns the safety of your child; things that are not a part of your day-to-day life at home can be easily overlooked on vacation. Any truly child-friendly vacation home should have these safety elements covered. It’s also worth considering nearby roads, how secure the yard is, and if there are alarm systems in place for the ultimate peace of mind.  

The Pond Estate by AvantStay

How to Search for What You Need  

Using a trusted site to search specifically for kid-friendly vacation rentals is the only way to go. There are several factors to consider including; hidden fees, flexibility and cancellation policies, so one that promises honesty is a great bet. We all know kids can be unpredictable and things like illness, new commitments and changing amounts of people can all affect your upcoming trip. 

You need to use a site that offers travel insurance with good flexibility to ensure the safety of your hard-earned cash, and your vacation itself. Being able to change the days without incurring any extra cost or even cancelling the whole trip last minute is crucial, but also adding things like extra family members or activities at late notice can make all the difference. 

The Matterhorn Manor by AvantStay

Make the Most of Your Next Family Vacation

So, there you have it; some top tips on planning the perfect family vacation. Vacation homes help you avoid the drama that comes with not having enough beds, being miles away from your required amenities, all being crammed into one room, or losing your money due to last-minute changes. Be organized and give your people the absolute best chance at finding the perfect spot for you all to enjoy together, and make some lifelong memories as you go!

The Polo Villas by AvantStay

Things to Do In Manzanita, Oregon

If you crave a serene, secluded hideaway, our Manzanita rentals are just what you need. Manzanita — Spanish for “little apple” — might just be the best-kept secret of the North Oregon Coast. This sleepy beach town is an ideal destination for those longing for time away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Manzanita is nestled between Arch Cape and Wheeler, Oregon, about an hour and a half from Portland taking the scenic drive along Highway 26 and connecting to the Pacific Coast Highway.

With seven miles of walkable, dog-friendly coastline, you’re free to explore and relax while getting the opportunity to make a new furry friend or two. As evening approaches, pull up a piece of driftwood and take in a breathtaking sunset sitting fireside on the beach.

When you’re done exploring, return to an elegant, indulgent home-away-from-home with all the amenities you need for an unforgettable vacation. Discover some of our favorite things to do in Manzanita!

Outdoor Exploration

One of the biggest draws to the Oregon Coast is the abundance of outdoors fun! There are two great spots for hiking near Manzanita.

  • Oswald West State Park: More experienced hikers will want to visit this site, including the Neahkahnie Mountain Loop. The higher up the mountain you hike, the more gorgeous views of our coastline and crashing waves you’ll enjoy. It is a relatively steep 5 mile hike, so be sure to stay hydrated; we promise the view at the top is worth it! Oswald West State Park is also home to Short Sand Beach, or “Shorty’s” as locals call it. This beach is one of the most popular spots for Oregon Coast surfing.
  • Nehalem Bay State Park: First-time visitors to this park should explore the Nehalem Spit Trail, which is just over five miles long. It’s considered moderate in difficulty, and is open year-round, giving visitors the opportunity to experience all of the beauty of our area – rainy season included. Nehalem Bay State Park is also an awesome place for kayaking, crabbing, and fishing!
Source: Wikipedia

Coffee Time

If caffeine is an essential part of your day, stop by either of our locally owned cafes and get your fix.

  • Manzanita Coffee Co: Located next door to Marzano’s Pizza, you’ll find coffee, freshly baked donuts, scones, cinnamon rolls, ice cream, and more.
  • Manzanita Cones & Coffee: Enjoy Tillamook ice cream, espresso, and coffee for the perfect after-dinner treat.
  • Manzanita News and Espresso: This local hotspot serves coffee and tea (Matcha as well!), and a selection of based goods from a local bakery. Try their Mexican Mocha!
  • The Roost: Take a quick morning trip to Wheeler and visit The Roost located under the Old Wheeler Hotel. Homemade baked goods, soups and sandwiches – with delicious coffee to boot!

Coastal Dining

If you don’t feel like whipping up a delicacy in the gourmet kitchen in our Manzanita rentals, try one of the local restaurants! Be aware that these local favorites can and often will fill up for dinner. We suggest reservations for the restaurants that accept them — one of our Guest Ambassadors would be happy to make one for you.

  • A Mighty Thai: Craving some Thai food? Enjoy the selection at A Mighty Thai!
  • San Dune Pub: Stop by for some delicious fish and chips at this 21 and over pub with a patio. Catch live music on Saturday nights!
  • Marzano’s Pizza: Enjoy the best pizza in Manzanita. Keep in mind they are counter service only, so bring your pie back to the house with you, or find a cozy spot down the road for a beachside pizza picnic.
  • Big Wave Cafe: This seafood restaurant is best known for its crab cakes and halibut.
  • Wanda’s Cafe: Located just down the road in Nehalem, Wanda’s has been serving up breakfast and lunch favorites to locals and visitors for over 20 years.
  • Left Coast Siesta: Hearty burritos, tacos, and more at this Baja-Mexican joint. People watch from the front porch while you enjoy your organic, fresh-ingredient Mexican fare.
  • Neah-Kah-Nie Bistro: If you’re looking for a date-night spot, search no further! This bistro is serving up gourmet comfort foods – don’t forget to make a reservation.
  • The Winery at Manzanita: You’ll find more than just exquisite wines at this spot. The Winery at Manzanita also serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts that can all be enjoyed on their rooftop deck or sitting fireside at one of their coveted fire tables.
Source: North Coast Food Trail

Shopping

You’ll love the adorable boutiques in town. Here are some of the best places to go shopping in Manzanita.

  • Manzanita Grocery and Deli (The Little Apple): If you’re hoping to stock up on some essentials during your stay with AvantStay, stop by the Little Apple. There is a deli with an excellent variety of homemade salads, sandwiches, soups, and desserts, as well as some great platters. There is also a meat department with a wide selection of high-quality cuts. This is a must stop for your perfect beach picnic!
  • Manzanita Farmers Market: If you’re visiting in the summer, head to the Farmers Market for some live music and to browse through the local vendors. You’ll find everything from produce from nearby farms to locally-made wines.
  • Four Paws on the Beach: Manzanita’s favorite pet store to pamper your pup (or kitty) while you’re on vacation! Remember to check out our selection of pet-friendly properties so the whole family can join you on vacation!
  • Unfurl Clothing: Stop by this eco-friendly shop with clothing for women, men, and children.
  • T-Spot: This eclectic boutique has a little bit of everything, from yarn and gifts to gourmet chocolate!
  • Finnesterre: Shop the selection of beach-inspired home decor and jewelry.
  • Manzanita Sweets: If you’ve got a sweet tooth, head to this shop for delicious salt-water taffy and irresistible chocolates!
Source: Manzanita Farmers Market

Other Local Attractions

  • Spend an afternoon at one of the local art galleries. Hoffman Center for the Arts features some excellent art programs and also displays some works by local artists. Polaris Gallery is another fantastic gallery in town.
  • Practice your swing at Manzanita Links Golf Course. This 9-hole course in the middle of town is a favorite of locals and visitors alike. Bring your pet (on a leash of course) to walk the course with you!
  • Enjoy a day of pampering at Spa Manzanita. From facials to pedicures and hot stone massages, you’ll leave feeling refreshed and ready to take on your next adventure.
Source: Tillamook Coast

We know you’ll love our Manzanita, Oregon rentals and everything the area has to offer.

5 of the Best Oregon Coast Golf Courses

The coastal region of the Beaver State offers an incredible array of activities and experiences. Most may not think of golf as a popular thing to do in our area, but there are some great golf courses on the Oregon Coast. Whether you want to enjoy a quick nine-hole outing or a full-fledged 18-hole competition, you’ll find the perfect fit for your game here.

The Top Oregon Coast Golf Courses

1. Highlands Golf Club – Seaside

Highlands Golf Club is about a 10-minute drive north of the beach town of Seaside and is one of the better Oregon Coast golf courses that you will find in the area. 18 manicured holes wind through a beach house community that’s one block away from Del Rey Beach State Recreation Area. Rates here are very reasonable, with nine holes costing $22 and 18 holes costing $39. You can also find specials find early bird and twilight rates!

If you’re searching for one of the best public golf courses on the Oregon Coast, look no further than Gearheart Golf Links. This sprawling 18-hole course features a nice clubhouse with a pub and is within walking distance of the beach. It’s also just down the road from the Highlands Golf Club. The rates here vary depending on the season and are substantially higher than most of the public courses in the area.

3. Seaside Golf Course – Seaside

Seaside Golf Course offers visitors a casual place to take in nine holes at their own pace. This small public golf course sits south of Seaside and winds along a creek, so you can test yourself a little bit during a fun golf outing. One round of golf ranges between $18 to $24, depending on the season. The Seaside Golf Course works on a first-come-first-serve basis, so you don’t need to bother making a tee-time!

The Manzanita Links is somewhat of a hidden gem for golfers wanting to enjoy a casual round of golf on well-manicured greens. This nine-hole golf course on the Oregon Coast features plenty of beautiful trees surrounding each hole along with great views of Neahkahnie Mountain in the distance. Call the clubhouse for rates and tee times!

5. Alderbrook Golf Course – Tillamook

If you’re on a quest to test your skills at all of the Oregon Coast golf courses in our area, drive about 20 minutes south of Rockaway Beach to Alderbrook Golf Course. This 18-hole, par 69 public golf course offers reasonable weekday rates along with some beautiful scenery around the course.

Plan Your Oregon Coast Getaway

AvantStay offers the ultimate Oregon Coast experience. Our luxurious properties in Manzanita, Rockaway Beach, Arch Cape, and Cannon Beach feature oceanfront and ocean locations and ocean views as well as an array of other amenities. We also provide an incredible guest services program that is second to none in our area.

Browse through our collection of rentals to find the perfect one for you and your family. We look forward to welcoming you to the AvantStay family.

Everything You Need to Know About Oregon Clam Season

If you’re traveling to the Oregon Coast to take advantage of the abundant and delicious clams, you’re in luck! The Northwest Zone of Oregon, which is where all of Starfish Vacation Rentals beautiful homes are, features some of the best opportunities for clamming in the state. Peak Oregon clam season in this region tends to be in May and June, though there are some great opportunities to grab these mollusks all year-round. Get the scoop on where to go clamming on the Oregon Coast, as well as how you can find the best rental homes in the region!

Take Advantage of the Peak Oregon Clam Season

First thing’s first: where to go clamming in Oregon? There are around 360 miles of coastline in Oregon. How do you find the best area to go clamming? If you’re staying in Cannon Beach, Arch Cape, Manzanita, or Rockaway Beach, you’re in luck! These towns are some of the best areas to get the delicious and sought-after razor clams. Rockaway Beach is one of our favorite spots to search for clams. In fact, if you book your home in one of our Rockaway Beach rentals, you’ll be able to clam right outside of your back door!

When is the Peak Season for Clamming

Many locals consider peak Oregon clam season to be May and June. May on the Oregon Coast offers plenty of great opportunities for both crabbing and clamming. Consider spending one day combing the beaches for clams and the next visiting Tillamook Bay, Netarts Bay, or Nehalem Bay for peak Oregon Coast crabbing.
In June, bay clams is the most abundant species found along the beaches. Visitors can also enjoy the last razor clams of the season. The razor clam season in Oregon closes from July 15 to September 30 north of Tillamook Head. The limit for razor clams is the first 15 dug, meaning that diggers cannot sort or release the clams. These clams may be taken by hand, shovel, clam gun, or tube that meets the specifications of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Other species of clams available in the Northwest Zone include bay clams (which has a daily limit of 20) and purple varnish clams (which has a daily limit of 72). Any other species that you may come across are considered “other clams,” which have a daily limit of 36 in aggregate.

Source: Oregon’s Adventure Coast

Stay with AvantStay

Before you get your buckets, salt, and shovels, you need to book a gorgeous property from AvantStay. We have the best selection of homes on the Oregon Coast, perfect for families, girlfriends’ getaways, or work retreats. Whether you’re planning on booking your home early in the Oregon Coast clam season or you’d prefer to take advantage of those delicious bay clams, you can’t go wrong with our homes. When it’s time to cook those clams, take advantage of our amazing gourmet kitchens. You’ll be able to easily whip up a delicious feast for your family or traveling companions. If you’d prefer to let someone else do the work (after all, you’ve been finding clams all day!), utilize our guest services. We’ll arrange for our caterer to create a world-class feast in your own rental home. You won’t have to lift a finger to enjoy a delicious dinner!

Browse our full list of properties and book today. We look forward to having you.

Truly A Treasure by AvantStay

Where Is the Best Breakfast in Cannon Beach?

Start your day off right with a delicious breakfast! After all, it’s the most important meal of the day. Whether you enjoy a hearty meal that gives you tons of energy or you’re just looking for a great cup of coffee and pastry, you’ll be able to find it in Cannon Beach. Discover where to find the best breakfast in Cannon Beach! We’ve listed our picks for the best attractions, cafes, shops, and art galleries along the Oregon Coast! Planning your trip is easy when you use our free Vacation Guide.

The Best Breakfast in Cannon Beach: A Guide

Lazy Susan Cafe

Located in Coaster Square, the Lazy Susan Cafe is an area staple. This family-owned eatery is open six days a week and is known for serving up breakfast favorites like omelets, poached egg specials, and waffles. They even have yummy lunch items and desserts. We promise this restaurant’s great food, cozy atmosphere, and friendly waitstaff will have you coming back for more!

Pig ‘n Pancake

Pig ‘n Pancake is a casual, family-friendly eatery that overlooks downtown Cannon Beach. Here, diners can choose from 35 different breakfast options served all day long – including the owner’s famous homemade pancakes. From buttermilk and sourdough to French batter pancakes, these decadent creations are a must-try during your visit.

Source: Pig ‘n Pancake

Crêpe Neptune

You don’t have to travel all the way to France for an incredible crepe! Crêpe Neptune offers a variety of savory and sweet treats that are sure to satisfy your palate. (Not sure what to order? Try the classic Nutella crepes. They are to die for!) Gluten-free, dairy-free, and buckwheat batter is also available, so you can join in on the fun no matter what your dietary needs are.

Source: Crêpe Neptune

The Wayfarer

At the Wayfarer Restaurant and Lounge, guests can indulge in gourmet dishes that feature local produce and some of the freshest seafood available. This oceanfront eatery boasts unique breakfast items like Dungeness crabmeat benedict, buttermilk biscuits and gravy, and cinnamon French toast. Yum!

Sleepy Monk Coffee Roasters

With a myriad of roasts and blends to suit a variety of tastes, Sleepy Monk Coffee Roasters is our go-to for a fresh cup of joe. That’s why they’re also one of our favorite coffee shops on the Oregon Coast! All of their coffees are sourced internationally, certified organic, and roasted in small batches. It’s the perfect place to go after indulging in the best breakfast in Cannon Beach.

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Book Your Stay With AvantStay

You know what’s even better than enjoying the best breakfast in Cannon Beach? Staying in the most gorgeous accommodations in town! AvantStay has an amazing selection of top-notch properties in Cannon Beach, as well as in Manzanita, Rockaway Beach, and Arch Cape. No matter the reason for your visit or the time of year, you’ll find just what you need in our inventory of homes.
Take a look at our stunning rentals and book today! We look forward to having you.

Why You Need to Visit the Oregon Coast in May

There’s no bad time to visit the Oregon Coast. From the beautiful summers to the quiet winters, it’s no wonder that we welcome so many visitors to our gorgeous region. If you’re planning your mid-year vacation, why not visit the Oregon Coast in May? With so many great events, mild weather, and beautiful homes from AvantStay, there are plenty of great reasons to start planning!

We’ve listed our favorite events on the Oregon Coast in May, but there’s plenty more to be discovered. 

Visiting the Oregon Coast in May

The Oregon Coast weather in May tends to stay in the upper-50s to low-60s. Nighttime temperatures drop to the mid-to-upper-40s. Days can alternate between clear skies and Northwest liquid sunshine (otherwise known as rain showers). If you’re worried about being stuck inside, don’t be – there are normally enough sun breaks to get out to play on the beach and enjoy some sightseeing. Aside from the beautiful weather, May also brings an exciting lineup of festivals and activities so there’s no shortage of things to do. From tasting some of Oregon’s renowned wines to meet and greets with local authors, you’ll definitely want to set aside a weekend or two to visit Cannon Beach in May. Of course, don’t forget about Mother’s Day! Your mom is sure to feel extra special with a trip to the beach.

Spring Unveiling Arts Festival

Every year, the members of the Cannon Beach Gallery Group host the Spring Unveiling Arts Festival. During the weekend, typically the first in May, galleries around Cannon Beach display new works as well as host demonstrations and talks with their top artists. One of the highlights of the event is the receptions, where visitors can speak with the artists. You’ll also get to sample some delicious cuisine made by local restaurants – with menu items being inspired by the works of art from the festival. You may even get to hear some live music in the galleries. If you’re an art-lover, you won’t want to miss this great event!

Get Lit at the Beach

From wine to art to literature: there truly is an event for everyone along the Oregon Coast in May! Get Lit at the Beach is known as a gathering for readers. This festival also takes place in Cannon Beach, during the second-to-last weekend of May. The festival features author talks, book signings, and moderated q&a sessions. Whether you’re an aspiring writer or a voracious reader, you’ll love attending the events at Get Lit at the Beach!

Month-Wide Events

Enjoy Peak Oregon Coast Clamming

May is the start of clam season in Oregon, so it’s an excellent time to partake in one of the region’s most iconic traditions! Keep an eye on the tide charts. It looks like in 2019, there are going to be two weekends with minus tides. This is the best time for clamming, so guests staying with us for those weekends will have an easy time of it! Guests in our Rockaway Beach rental homes won’t have to search far for prime clamming spots. You’ll find plenty to enjoy right out the back door!

Oregon Wine Month

May is Oregon’s official state-wide Wine Month! There’s no better time for wine aficionados to visit. Many wineries hold special events during the month. These can range from classes in wine tasting to concerts. You may even find an art class or a movie night. Oregon’s wine scene is impressive, with over 500 wineries in the Willamette Valley. If you’re in town for Mother’s Day, swing by The Wine Shack in Cannon Beach for a special tasting! For more information about local wineries, including vineyards near the Coast, check out our blog detailing everything you need to know about wine country in Oregon! 

Source: The Wine Shack

Stay with AvantStay

The first step to planning your trip to the Oregon Coast in May is to book a home with Starfish Vacation Rentals! We have an incredible selection of upscale homes along the Coast, from ocean view properties boasting beautiful views to pet-friendly rentals where the whole family can stay. Be sure to look at our guest services to further enhance your stay with us. From onsite massages to a dinner cooked by your own personal chef, we are happy to arrange extra touches to elevate your vacation to extraordinary.
Check the full list of our rentals and book today! We look forward to having you.

5 Reasons You Need to Visit the Oregon Coast in November

Are you looking to plan a vacation this November? You’re in luck! With a mild climate and plenty of fun things to do, the Oregon Coast is perfect for a fall getaway. The coast range blocks cold air dynamics from the east and helps to keep temperatures moderate at the beach. Temps usually range from the low 40s to the mid-50s, giving visitors a chance to enjoy outdoor activities like whale watching, crabbing, festivals, and more. Before you book your trip, check out some of our favorite things to do on the Oregon Coast in November.


Call one of our Vacation Specialists at (833)HI-AVANT for personalized assistance. We’ll help you find seasonal activities, attractions, and events to enjoy during your stay with AvantStay on the Oregon Coast.

How to Experience the Oregon Coast in November

1. Attend the Stormy Weather Arts Festival

Cannon Beach is home to over a dozen art galleries and hosts the annual Stormy Weather Arts Festival each November. One of the most popular events of the year, the festival features everything from artist demonstrations to gallery receptions over the course of one weekend. You can purchase work from local artists during a silent auction, enjoy live music at the spotlight concert, or admire stormy weather apparel at a fashion show.

2. Go Crabbing

Fall is a great time of year for sport crabbing on the Oregon Coast and almost always yields a successful trip. We suggest visiting Kelly’s Brighton Marina in Rockaway Beach where you can rent all the gear you’ll need, including crab pots and a boat. Kelly and his amazing crew are a lot of fun and provide first-timers with instructions and tips. They’ll show you how to properly cook and clean your catch, or clean your crab for you! Visit the marina store for crab pots, supplies, and snacks, then fish off the dock or from a boat on Nehalem Bay.

3. Whale Watching

Whale watching is popular year-round on the Oregon Coast, but there are about 200 gray whales that stay along the coast between June and November. That means you’ll have plenty of chances to see them! There are some wonderful places to spot whales in the area, including Ecola State Park and Cape Meares. When you visit us in November, grab your binoculars and head to Ecola State Park, Neahkahnie Mountain lookout or Cape Mears for the best chance to spy these awesome creatures!

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4. Storm Watching

November at the Oregon Coast almost certainly brings dramatic storms and rainy days. It’s the perfect time to hunker down with a good book, a crackling fire in the fireplace, and a view of crashing waves.  When the winds have died down, bundle up for a walk on the beach and look for treasures brought ashore by the winter storms. Book a stay in one of our gorgeous oceanfront homes for the ideal storm-watching destination.

Purcell House by AvantStay

5. Get in the Holiday Spirit

If you’re planning to visit the Oregon Coast in late November, you’ll arrive just in time to experience various holiday parades, tree lighting ceremonies, and craft fairs. For starters, you won’t want to miss Haystack Holidays in Cannon Beach. Watch live performances of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, shop local on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, and make time to experience Cannon Beach’s charming downtown at night. The town of Seaside also hosts an annual Holiday Gift Fair as well as a festive Parade of Lights, both of which are sure to get you in the holiday spirit.

Book Your Stay with AvantStay

Whether it’s a romantic fall getaway or a fun vacation with the whole family, Starfish Vacation Rentals offers unparalleled lodging on the Oregon Coast in November. Our properties in Cannon Beach, Rockaway Beach, Arch Cape, and Manzanita have everything you need to unwind. Book a stay of three nights or longer and you’ll receive our complimentary Welcome Package filled with coastal goodies plus access to our convenient concierge services.

So what are you waiting for? Check our availability and book your stay today! We look forward to having you.

The 5 Best Bachelorette Party Destinations to Travel to, plus 10 Themes to Match!

Embark on a bridal journey you’ll just have to say “I Do” to as we help you plan the ultimate bachelorette party! Join us as we count down the FIVE trendiest destinations to celebrate with your Bride’s Babes, with exciting themes to match.

5. Austin, TX

Why Austin? 

Is it hot in here? Maybe, but that’s what makes Austin so lively. Pack your cowboy boots and get ready for a bachelorette bash like no other. With its laid-back charm and a hip, eclectic vibe, Austin is the perfect playground for a relaxed and playful celebration. From dancing the night away on 6th Street to savoring mouthwatering barbecue, Austin promises a weekend filled with good times, great tunes, and unforgettable memories for the bride-to-be and her crew.

Tap here to explore the best places to stay during your bachelorette in Austin

Disco Cowgirl Themed

Chances are after hours of enduring Wedding TikTok, you’ve heard of the theme, Disco Cowgirl: a fusion of boho-western fashion with a touch of that quintessential 70’s dance floor style. Saddle up your squad with cowgirl hats and fringe accessories, and encourage them to flaunt disco-worthy metallic outfits.

Where to stay: Ramsey by AvantStay

Giddyup girls, Ramsey’s got the cutest painted pool shed in an expansive backyard––ready for all your disco dance parties.

Western Themed

You don’t need to go over the top with this Western theme. Fine, you can grab a horseshoe cake topper, snag matching cowgirl hats for the crew, and get shot glasses with the words “giddy up,” but don’t be afraid to lean into the silly side of this theme. Check if anyone’s up for dressing with mustaches or cosplaying bounty hunters—it’s all about embracing the Old West.

Where to stay: Maverick by AvantStay

This home is Western-worthy because of its wooden-paneled exteriors and its private, woodsy location.

4. Palm Springs, CA

Why Palm Springs?

You haven’t done the desert till you’ve done Palm Springs. This sun-soaked oasis nestled in the heart of California’s desert landscape is filled with classic boutique hotels designed for stylish pool parties with unparalleled views of the San Jacinto mountains. From rejuvenating spa experiences to vibrant nightlife on Palm Canyon Drive, this destination promises a chic and laid-back atmosphere, creating the ideal backdrop for a bachelorette weekend filled with sun and style—yes, please!

Tap here to explore the best places to stay during your bachelorette in Palm Springs

Barbie Themed

One of the best parts of Palm Springs is the fact that there are multiple (yes, multiple) pink-themed hotels. In our totally unbiased opinion, we happen to have two of the cutest—The Marley Hotel and The Wesley Hotel—just waiting for you and your crew of Barbie to post up by the pool. Book a few rooms or buy out the whole hotel. Pink stripes, palm trees, and poolside photoshoots are just a few clicks away!

Where to stay: The Marley Hotel

Pink is kind of this hotel’s thing. Bring on all the Barbie vibes.

Retro Themed

Let’s go “bach” in time. Dive into the world of vintage charm by encouraging your party to don flapper dresses, polka dots, or poodle skirts. Perfect your playlist with classic tunes, play nostalgic games like pinning the tail on the donkey, and indulge in retro treats and cocktails for a celebration that’s as timeless and unforgettable as your girls.

Where to stay: Hotel El Cid by AvantStay

Meet the quintessential Palm Springs hotel. El Cid features pool cabanas and towering palm trees as far as the eye can see.

3. Fort Lauderdale, FL

Why Fort Lauderdale?

Beach, please. Sun-soaked beaches, vibrant nightlife, and a relaxed coastal atmosphere—need we say more? A bachelorette party trip to Fort Lauderdale ensures days filled with seaside fun, from basking in the Florida sun to water activities along the Intracoastal. At night, energetic bars and clubs along Las Olas Boulevard come alive. And of course, be sure to take a day trip to Miami; it’s just a hop, skip, and a jump away. 

Tap here to explore the best places to stay during your bachelorette in Ft. Lauderdale

Club Themed

You’re next-door to the club capital of the country, so obviously this theme deserves a moment. Take your “I Do” crew to a Miami pool party, drag show, or get bottle service at an exclusive club (like Club Space). Reserve your table ahead of time to make sure they’ve got space for you and all that energy you’ll be bringing. 

Where to stay: Sea Breeze by AvantStay

We honestly can’t think of a better place to decompress from the club. This home is steps away from beach access and has room for up to 10 guests.

Y2K Themed

Hop in babes, we’re taking a trip down memory lane. Dress your squad in coordinated Juicy sweatsuits, adorn your hair with playful butterfly clips, and decorate everything (literally, everything) with vivid neon hues. Opt for Lisa Frank-esque decor to enhance the nostalgia—because if Lisa Frank decor was meant to be anywhere, it’s in Southern Florida.

Where to stay: Summerfin by AvantStay

A colorful theme deserves a colorful stay. This stay comes with a private pool, hot tub, and bright decor throughout.

2. Scottsdale, AZ

Why Scottsdale?

Scottsdale is any trendy crew’s go-to spot for bridal-themed pool parties, rejuvenating spas, and a surprisingly vibrant arts scene. This destination sets the stage for laid-back celebrations under the AZ sun—think leisurely days by the pool, exploring trendy neighborhoods, and embracing the city’s easygoing atmosphere. Pair that with an expansive vacation rental with a private pool, and you’re ready for your best bach yet. 

Tap here to explore the best places to stay during your bachelorette in Scottsdale

Final Fiesta Themed

As we said, Scottsdale is full of vibrancy and color. Match this town’s vibes by decking out your crew in vibrant sombreros, matching tees, and festive accessories. From sipping margaritas by the pool to indulging in delicious tacos, a Final Fiesta themed bachelorette ensures a tequila-filled weekend as you bid farewell to single life with a touch of spice and loads of fun.

Where to stay: Pueblo Viejo by AvantStay

It doesn’t get much more vibrant than this Southwestern stay! Features a private pool and rooftop lounge.

Desert Oasis Themed

The desert isn’t all prickly pears and cacti—it’s got a plethora of spas and massages just calling your name, especially in Scottsdale. Celebrate the bride’s last single days with a Desert Oasis themed party, where the crew takes turns getting massages, facials, manicures, and pedicures at one of this town’s many day spas. Our favorite: Away Spa.

Where to stay: Desert Lagoon by AvantStay

Take the spa home with you! It’s easy enough here where the natural landscaping includes a pond with a waterfall––mmm, now that’s zen.

1. Nashville, TN

Why Nashville?

We may have saved the best bachelorette destination for last—but can you blame us? You were probably wondering what took us so long to get here, but alas. Enter, Nashville: the Honky Tonk capital of the world, with bustling bars on Broadway, numerous clubs from your favorite country singers, pedal bikes galore, and booze crews ready for you and yours.

Tap here to explore the best places to stay during your bachelorette in Nashville

Last Rodeo Themed

Giddyup! It’s your Bride’s Last Ride and you’ve gotta do it big in the big city. Set up for this theme with matching cowboy boots, daisy-dukes, white tank tops, and customized cowboy hats (we love these LED ones here). Book a booze cruise and let your tour guide handle the rest!

Where to stay: 121 Hotel by AvantStay

Book a few rooms or buy out the whole space. This Midtown hotel is decked with trendy rooms with plenty of space to get ready and even have some in-suite photoshoots.

Dolly Parton Themed

“Let’s go girls” takes on a whole new meaning with this theme. Just 200 miles from Dollywood, Nashville is the proper place to center your bachelorette party around the queen of country. Dress up as a different Dolly from each one of her albums and videos, and get ready to sing at the top of your lungs all night long. 

Where to stay: Dolly by AvantStay

We couldn’t not call out our Dolly home here… you know? This stay has room for 12 and is right next to historic Germantown.

2023: That’s a Wrap!

You went places and did things—and we’re here to celebrate it. Grab your favorite bevvie and join us as we explore the best parts of our year spent together.

New Additions

It’s never been easier to find your dream stay. This year, we added multiple new destinations, including Port Aransas, Whidbey Island, and Chesapeake Bay!

AvantStay’s Wolf Beach Cottage in Whidbey Island

You have a lot of friends…

In total, we’ve hosted over 1M guests and 150,000 stays.

@madydewey on Instagram, at a Lake Tahoe AvantStay

…and you love to go places.

Thanks to our 1,800 properties in over 140 destinations, it’s never been easier for you to do so.

AvantStay’s Palmetto in Charleston

Have your cake and eat it, too.

This year, we hosted stays for 3,571 birthday celebrations.

@mandy on Instagram, at AvantStay’s Mesquite38 in Coachella Valley

Let’s talk numbers.

Our revenue grew 1,034% in the last 3 years.

AvantStay’s Buena Vista in Coachella Valley

Thanks for Slaying on IG

You came, you shared, you conquered. Some of our fave events and weddings you let us be a part of:

@poosh at AvantStay’s Buena Vista in Coachella Valley
@celciusofficial at AvantStay’s Mirabella in Coachella Valley
@lydiacwei at AvantStay’s Buena Vista in Coachella Valley
@chanellewhitacre at AvantStay’s Buena Vista in Coachella Valley

BTW, it’s never too late to tag us @avantstay on IG 😉

We’re just getting started

Thanks for an amazing 2023! Same time next year?

Snowbird Monthly Vacation Rentals: Top Destinations for Your Winter Escape

Step into the world of snowbird rentals for a cozy winter escape. Our guide reveals the best seasonal vacation homes and offers handy snowbird travel tips. Get ready for affordable snowbird getaways and a stress-free winter retreat.

Key West, FL

Key West’s unique charm and mild winter climate make it an ideal destination for snowbird monthly vacation rentals. With a laid-back atmosphere and a variety of cozy accommodations, this island paradise beckons snowbirds seeking a warm escape. Embrace the vibrant culture, water sports, and delightful dining options that make Key West a standout choice for extended stays.

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Fort Lauderdale’s sunny shores and cultural attractions offer a perfect blend for snowbird getaways. The city boasts a variety of monthly vacation rentals, from beachfront condos to upscale apartments, accommodating a range of preferences and budgets. Snowbirds can revel in the warm weather and explore the city’s artistic and recreational offerings while enjoying the comforts of their seasonal home.

Palm Springs, CA

Nestled in the California desert, Palm Springs is a haven for snowbird monthly vacation rentals. Its winter climate is second to none, and the region features a wide array of seasonal homes, perfect for a relaxing retreat. Snowbirds can enjoy stunning mountain vistas, golf courses, and explore the area’s mid-century modern architecture, creating an ideal backdrop for an extended winter stay.

Coachella Valley, CA

Adjacent to Palm Springs, Coachella Valley draws snowbirds with its proximity to the famed Coachella Music Festival, while also offering a peaceful desert lifestyle. Monthly rentals in this region provide the perfect balance between joining the festival excitement and enjoying the tranquil desert surroundings, making it a unique and appealing option for seasonal stays.

Destin, FL

Destin, along with the neighboring Emerald Coast/30A, is a prime destination for snowbird monthly vacation rentals. Its stunning white-sand beaches and emerald waters create a serene backdrop for extended stays. Snowbirds can find a variety of accommodations, from beachfront condos to cozy cottages, allowing them to fully embrace the Gulf Coast lifestyle and its plethora of water activities.

Joshua Tree, CA

Snowbirds looking for a unique desert experience will find Joshua Tree to be an enchanting choice for monthly vacation rentals. The region’s distinctive landscape, known for its striking rock formations and desert flora, provides an extraordinary backdrop for a peaceful winter retreat. With a range of cozy desert homes available for rent, snowbirds can explore the area’s national park, go stargazing, and soak in the artistic inspiration that this desert gem offers.

Maui, HI

Maui, one of Hawaii’s most popular islands, offers an enticing mix of natural beauty and luxury vacation rentals, making it an excellent choice for snowbirds. From upscale condos to beachfront villas, the island caters to various tastes and budgets. Snowbirds can savor the tropical paradise, indulge in water sports, and immerse themselves in Hawaiian culture, ensuring a memorable and comfortable winter stay.

Oahu, HI

Oahu, the heart of Hawaii, is a bustling yet picturesque island with a wide range of snowbird monthly vacation rentals. Snowbirds can enjoy the best of both worlds by exploring the vibrant city life of Honolulu and relaxing on the island’s serene beaches, all within easy reach of their extended stay accommodations. The island’s rich culture, diverse landscapes, and inviting atmosphere make Oahu an attractive destination for winter getaways.

San Diego, CA

With its year-round pleasant climate, San Diego is a top choice for snowbird rentals. The city boasts an array of comfortable monthly accommodations, including apartments, condos, and beachfront properties. Snowbirds can revel in the diverse neighborhoods, coastal beauty, cultural attractions, and an abundance of outdoor activities, ensuring a rewarding and rejuvenating winter escape.

Scottsdale, AZ

Scottsdale, in the heart of the Arizona desert, offers an oasis of warmth and luxury for snowbird monthly vacation rentals. The city’s winter climate is inviting, and it features numerous golf courses and upscale accommodations, making it a haven for those seeking a relaxing escape. Snowbirds can explore the city’s art scene, indulge in outdoor pursuits, and embrace the desert lifestyle while enjoying a comfortable and well-appointed seasonal home.

The Best Places to View the 2024 Solar Eclipse

Get ready for next year’s most spectacular event—even more awe-inspiring than Taylor and Travis as a couple—the 2024 Solar Eclipse! In just a few short months (April 8th to be exact), the skies will host a VIP cosmic show, and we’re here to guide you to the top North American spots for witnessing this amazing spectacle.

Austin, TX

Giddy up for a one-of-a-kind show! Austin, the live music capital of the South, is about to get even more electrifying as it’s one of the top places to see the solar eclipse. Grab your shades and head to this hip town known for its vibrant culture, breakfast tacos and outdoor activities. When you’re not posted up with your eclipse shades on, try a trip to Barton Springs Pool and thank us later.

Looking for a place to stay in ATX? We’ve got you. See our Austin vacation rentals.

Hudson in Austin, by AvantStay

Indianapolis, IN

Join the friendly locals and catch the eclipse in the heart of the Midwest—the Hoosier State’s capital, Indianapolis, is in prime-time viewing territory. While you’re here, visit the Children’s Museum for fun interactive exhibits for the whole family, or make your trip a culinary adventure with local cuisine like cornbread and a slice of Hoosier pie.

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The Poconos, PA

If you’re in the mood for a charming eclipse getaway (and who isn’t), the Poconos in Pennsylvania are the place to be. With their picturesque landscapes and cozy cabins, you can make this eclipse a romantic adventure or a fun family outing. When the eclipse isn’t doing its thing, there’s plenty to do in the Poconos—enjoy a train ride on the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway or get your theme park on at Summit Adventure Park at Blue Mountain Resort.

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Mexico

Why not make the 2024 eclipse an international escape? Mexico offers a fantastic opportunity to enjoy the eclipse, while simultaneously sipping on margs and diving in on some delicious tacos. Head to beach destinations like Mazatlán and have a truly out-of-this-world beach day.

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Hudson Valley, NY

Nestled along the Hudson River, this picturesque region will provide a dreamy backdrop for the eclipse, and all 24 of your Instagram stories (be sure to tag us!). Explore charming towns like Saugerties and Catskill, enjoy local apple ciders, then watch the eclipse against a backdrop of rolling hills and scenic beauty.

We’ve got you covered on gorgeous vacation rentals in Hudson Valley. See our homes here.

Clover in Hudson Valley, by AvantStay

Experience the Best of Group Travel and Stay with AvantStay

If you’re searching for the perfect places to view the eclipse with a large group, our vacation rentals have just what you need. Spend the day exploring, then return to a peaceful home-away-from-home with all the amenities (and more) that you’re already used to. Comfortable bedrooms, spacious backyards with pools and spectacular views are just some of the things you’ll enjoy during your stay. We look forward to having you!

AvantStay Employee Spotlight: Jack Tuggle, CX Manager

Name

John (Jack) Tuggle

Where are you based?

Los Angeles, CA

Job Title

CX Manager

How long have you worked at AvantStay?

1.5 years

How would you describe your job & responsibilities to someone who doesn’t work in your field?

My role is in a very unique area in the company. I work with all aspects and departments of AvantStay. I assist with FO (Field Opps) when they need CX support or better understanding. I assist Product with learning what the gaps may be within our product and the customer experience. I understand issues guests may face first, and assist with informing Revenue Management, Marketing, or Product on many fixes or solutions. 

I have taken on the training and development of all new CX/agents and new hires in the company. In doing so I continue to stay up to date with all the current processes and systems. I assist with the creation of any new SOP and constantly update the current ones. I manage directly a downline of 10 and strive to always assist with the coaching and development of all team members. A strong team is my goal and knowledge is power. 

How do you like to start your work day?

My day starts with a Celsius or a coffee, catching up on any questions on Slack I may have (which working with so many departments could be a very large number), then catching up on any emails from the night before. 

What teams do you collaborate the most with at work?

Product and I speak constantly about how we can improve based on the customer experience and questions that my agents receive. But I am in talks with Rev Management, Marketing, FO, Policy and lately Mergers and Acquisitions quite a lot.

What is your favorite thing about working at AvantStay?

I came to work here because of my skill sets from learning Computer Science and Customer Experience and my passion for traveling. My favorite thing is the fact I can constantly learn, work closely with different teams, and see my ideas or tips for improvement go into action directly to affect customer experience and journey. 

What advice would you give to someone looking to join your team?

Don’t be afraid of change. Stay open minded and diligent. We are a startup in a fast growing and changing industry and landscape. Be flexible, challenge yourself, and never stop learning. 

What is something that you’re proud of that you’ve accomplished in your role?

I have helped to revamp the training program for Agents here at AvantStay. I now have trained and developed 40% of our current agents. This is still something I am continuing to improve as well as we continue to look toward the future and with many systems changing.

I have helped to build up and lead many GOS (future CX leaders) and continue to coach them as we grow as a company.

I have helped to build out a learning database on Slab for all employees to have a place as a resource for self-learning and deeper understanding. 

I have assisted with creating a better feedback loop for mergers and acquisitions so we can continue to ensure a smooth process for guests who may be just coming over the AvantStay experience. 

Which AvantStay home is your favorite?

I have stayed at quite a few homes, and plan to try to stay at many more—7 bookings and counting. Each is stunning in its own right.

Camila is a stunning home in Temecula with a koi pond inside. Huge pool, Jacuzzi, and a game space—this home has everything. The views are immaculate and the space is so comfortable. 

Starlight Estate is truly a gem as well. It has a tennis court and lots of room for family or kids. The pool here was the best I’ve ever swam in and easy because Coachella Valley is very hot.

Give us a fun fact!

As an avid traveler, I have taken 2 round trips across the USA. One was up the West Coast all the way to Vancouver, the other was through the South and up the East Coast to Poconos. The states are huge and each one more different than the next. 

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Travel, Explore, Eat are my top 3 things. I also have a passion for meeting new people and making new friends. This may be why I love to travel and explore so much!

Before working at AvantStay, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?

I opened and managed 2 food trucks in California during the food truck movement. This was very interesting as it gave me a chance to explore California, taste a thriving food scene, and understand the geographic layout of SoCal very quickly. 

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

“The answer is always no if you don’t ask”. Once you channel this one into your thought process, your life starts to have endless possibilities. 

What’s your favorite Slack channel?

#new-listings – I love seeing the new homes we are bringing into the family and exploring the possibility of visiting them! 

What’s your favorite AvantStay employee perk?

The No Vacancy Stay is truly the best employee perk. I work at this company because I believe in the product and experience we provide. Staying at the homes gives you insight into the guest journey and experience. Creating those moments with your friends and family is truly unforgettable.

What has working at AvantStay taught you about the most?

The importance of traveling together. The importance of creating memories together. “Go Together, Go Far” is an amazing motto. I think about it at work with my teams, and on trips with my friends. This world can be a crazy place, but when you have others with you to help you navigate professionally or personally, it is really something to be appreciated. Life is a roller coaster, and rarely do we ride roller coasters alone. 

Where is your favorite vacation spot?

This is the hardest question for me. I will rarely visit a place more than once. There are so many places that I still want to go. The world is massive and so much I want to explore. While I really wanted to put a paradise city down like Hawaii or Key West, I would have to say my favorite place would have had to be Madrid. 

I went during Madrid World Pride, and I can truly say the way that the whole city joined together was magical. They even changed the crosswalk sides where it is usually a man and a woman, to two men holding hands. It really felt accepting. The city also is just a stunning place to walk and explore.

8 Bedroom Vacation Rentals: The Ultimate Guide

In the world of travel, few experiences can match the sheer delight of being able to host your nearest and dearest under one roof. Whether it’s for a much-needed family reunion, a fantastic 50th birthday party, or an epic bachelorette, there’s something truly special about having an expansive vacation rental for your group. This is where our 8-bedroom vacation rentals come in—offering not just space, but the blueprint for hosting your ideal getaway.

Join us as we discover 8 of the best 8-bedroom vacation homes—complete with private pools, hot tubs, gorgeous yards, and plenty of space for everyone to spread out!

1. Ridge View – Smoky Mountains, TN

Come here for a stay with a gorgeous wooden pavilion, hot tub, and sprawling decks (yes, decks) for all your gathering needs. Inside, revel in the open living space, a sleek kitchen, and eight bedrooms, each with their very own bathroom! Just 15 minutes from Pigeon Forge and a short drive from Gatlinburg and Dollywood, Ridge View is your ultimate mountain escape.

2. River Rock – Breckenridge, CO

Introducing River Rock, your cozy group-friendly ski retreat nestled among the pine trees. Just a quick bus ride from Peak 8 and a short walk to Breckenridge’s Main Street, coming back to this welcoming haven is truly an ease (and delight). Enjoy the home’s stone-walled fireplace, spacious kitchen, game room/home theater, and multiple living areas for groups to spread out. After a day of adventure, unwind in the hot tub or sip a drink on the gazebo.

3. Destin Oasis – Destin, FL

Enjoy all the perks and space within this newly built Destin home, Destin Oasis, with a private pool, hot tub, game room, and a spacious outdoor living area. Inside, the open floor plan boasts a stylish living room with a large flat-screen TV, a beautifully appointed kitchen with modern appliances, and a generous dining space. To make things even better, beach gear rental credit is included for qualifying stays, making this the perfect stay for you and your XL crew!

4. La Barrique – Temecula, CA

Welcome to La Barrique, where luxury meets serenity in the heart of Temecula’s vineyards and mountains. This stunning property offers a range of activities, from picnics on the lawn to poolside ping pong, beach volleyball, and even poolside yoga. As the sun sets over the mountains, gather around the firepit for marshmallow roasting or soak in the hot tub with a glass of local wine.

5. Starlight Estate – Coachella Valley, CA

Hey bachelorette groups—we’re looking at you. Starlight Estate in Coachella Valley boasts an exclusive indoor tennis court with air conditioning, ensuring endless fun regardless of the weather. When it’s time to cool off, a luxurious pool area with waterfalls and a jetted hot tub awaits. Dine with your “I Do Crew” with a view in the covered lounge area, sip cocktails at the bar and grilling area, or relax on the additional terrace. Let your crew’s desert adventure begin!

For even more vacation homes with private tennis courts, check out our blog here!

6. Bottlenose – Destin, FL

Discover Bottlenose, a serene 8-bedroom retreat just a short ten-minute stroll from Miramar Beach. This coastal haven offers an inviting backyard oasis with a pool, outdoor dining area, and a relaxing patio adorned with a hammock. Inside, you’ll find a tasteful sea-inspired design in the living area, dining space, and a well-appointed kitchen with a spacious island and barstool seating.

7. Smokey’s Paradise – Smoky Mountains, TN

This one’s for that family reunion we mentioned. Smokey’s Paradise (in the Smoky Mountains, of course) is a modern mansion with room for 22 guests. It offers family-fun features like an indoor pool, hot tub, and game room. The chef’s kitchen, equipped with double fridges and freezers, makes cooking a joy. Downstairs, the game room awaits with pool, shuffleboard, and foosball.

Ready to dive into vacation rentals with indoor pools? Check out our blog with more here!

8. Rendezvous – Destin, FL

Get ready for an incredible beach getaway at Rendezvous. This fabulous Destin beach house is all about style and comfort, perfect for large groups ISO sunny days and vacays. With coastal-inspired design in every room, you’ll find yourself in breezy spaces with comfy furnishings, soft linens, and that chic all-white look. Think mornings on the balcony, poolside days, game room fun, evenings in the hot tub, and catching the sunset from the rooftop with a cozy fire pit.

Experience the Best of Group Travel and Stay with AvantStay

If you’re searching for the perfect places to stay with a large group, our vacation rentals have just what you need. Spend the day indulging, then return to a peaceful home-away-from-home with all the amenities (and more) that you’re already used to. Comfortable bedrooms, spacious backyards with pools and spectacular views are just some of the things you’ll enjoy during your stay. We look forward to having you!

Want more tips for your next trip? See more of our blogs here:

Run Wild: The 6 Best Pet-Friendly Vacation Rentals with Fenced-In Yards

Find yourself dreaming about the perfect getaway? The kind of vacation where you can let your hair down (or fur, in your pet’s case) and run wild without a care in the world? Picture this: You and your fur baby frolicking in a lush backyard, chasing tennis balls, rolling in the grass, all while staying in a luxurious vacation rental with a fenced-in yard. No leash, no boundaries—just tons of tail wagging. That’s exactly what it’s like to stay at these homes, so let’s get to it.

Oliver

Starting off this article with one of our go-tos for a pet-friendly paradise! Oliver is a 3 bedroom stay that features a built-in sauna, ideal fenced-in yard, and a swing so you can really let loose. Spend nights by the fire pit, enjoying dinner outside, and relaxing on the bean bags in the converted garage. In the morning, take a nice long beach walk with your furry friend (as long as they’re the kind that stays on a leash) and enjoy all that San Diego has to offer!

Polo Villa 11

Nestled within a gorgeous Coachella Valley gated community, Polo Villa 11 is a spacious 5-bedroom, 4-bath retreat with sleek, contemporary design and 16 ft vaulted ceilings. Set on a generous half-acre lot, this stay provides you and your pup with an oh-so-dreamy private oasis—complete with a sprawling pool, spa area, and an inviting outdoor fire pit.

Fallbrook

Discover your desert sanctuary in Scottsdale. Fallbrook is a sprawling estate complete with private horse stables, breathtaking mountain views, and so much room for your pet to explore. If you’re craving a little adventure, head to Tonto National Forest for a good hike or venture into town for one of the nearby wellness spas. 

El Mirador

Welcome to El Mirador in Palm Springs. While your furry friend enjoys the fenced-in yard, you can unwind by the pool with margaritas in hand, challenge your companions to a game of corn hole, or cozy up for a movie night in the den.

Ponderosa

Ponderosa is a Lake Tahoe stay with room for up to 10 guests. Your crew (Fido included) will absolutely adore the large windows, perfect for watching snow hit the surrounding pine trees. Warm up inside by the kitchen’s pizza oven and engage in some friendly competition in the game room complete with a pool and shuffleboard table. As the sun sets, dine al fresco and cheers to the good life.

Starlight Estate

Best for last. Would you believe us if we told you that Starlight Estate is one of the only properties in this area of Coachella Valley with a private, indoor tennis court with AC? Doesn’t matter, it’s true. After a good game, head to the pool area, complete with a waterfall and hot tub. As your pup gets their zoomies out, you can post up under the covered lounge area with its outdoor dining table, ceiling fans, and TV. If you’re craving a change of scenery, try sitting at the bar and grilling area or additional terrace beyond. Plenty of options to spread out—just the way your pet likes it. 

For more vacation rentals that tickle your fancy (or in this case, rub your belly), click here!

7 Epic Vacation Rentals with Beach Volleyball Courts

Are you ready to up your vacation game with a dose of sun, sand, and sports? AvantStay’s group-friendly vacation rentals offer top-notch amenities for your crew—like your very own beach volleyball court! Whether you’re a volleyball pro or just looking for some fun in the sun, these eight handpicked properties are the perfect way to serve up excitement while soaking in the good vibes.

1. Hacienda at Coachella

Get your game face on and your sunscreen ready because Hacienda at Coachella is here to deliver a vacation like no other. Located in the heart of Coachella Valley, this stylish haven is not just a retreat; it’s your personal slice of paradise. With your very own beach volleyball court just steps from your door, you can spike, dive, and play your way through the day. And when the sun sets, the fun doesn’t stop. Enjoy a night swim or cocktail at the outdoor bar surrounded by your favorite people.

2. Casa Rey

Say hello to Casa Rey – your dreamy escape in Scottsdale that brings together playfulness and luxury in one irresistible package. With a private beach volleyball court ready for your epic serves and dives, you can unleash your competitive spirit while enjoying the stunning backdrop of Arizona’s beauty. After your volleyball showdowns, retreat to the chic interiors, take a dip in the pool, or explore the nearby attractions that Scottsdale has to offer.

3. Sky Lantern

Nestled in Temecula wine country, Sky Lantern offers you a getaway that’s part relaxation and part exhilaration. Take the beach volleyball court for some friendly competition before settling down in your hot tub cave, by the swim-up bar, or in one of the onsite hammocks. This vacation rental is your invitation to savor life’s simple pleasures while experiencing the thrill of spiking your way to victory.

4. Gambler

Escape to the mountains and embrace the charm of Gambler, your cozy retreat in Big Bear. But there’s more than just snug nights by the fire here. This vacation rental comes with a private beach volleyball court and cornhole. Imagine playing a game surrounded by the beauty of nature and then retreating indoors for a night of board games and laughter with your squad. Count us in.

5. The Riesling Retreat

Toast to a fantastic vacation at The Riesling Retreat in Temecula. This elegant escape not only offers luxurious amenities but also treats you to your very own beach volleyball court. Serve up some fun and rally with your friends as you make memories that will last a lifetime. And when you’re not playing volleyball, explore the local wineries or simply unwind in the serene ambiance of this remarkable retreat.

6. Mermaid

Dive into vacation mode at Mermaid, a charming haven in Paso Robles. Beyond the comfort of the interiors, this rental comes with a private beach volleyball court that guarantees hours of amusement under the sun. Engage in competitive matches or just enjoy a leisurely game with your loved ones before exploring the local attractions or indulging in a glass of Paso Robles’ finest wines.

7. La Barrique

Last but definitely not least, La Barrique in Temecula beckons with its inviting ambiance and delightful surprises. Your own beach volleyball court sets the stage for friendly tournaments and bonding moments with family and friends. And when the games are over, bask in the luxury of this charming retreat or venture out to explore the enchanting landscapes of Temecula with a hot air balloon ride.

Your next vacation just got a whole lot more exciting with these AvantStay rentals that promise sun, sand, and a whole lot of volleyball fun. So gather your squad and get ready to spike and splash your way to an unforgettable getaway.

The 8 Best Spots For Apple Picking in Upstate New York

Grab your flannels and oversized sunnies—it’s apple picking season! With so many options for apple picking in Upstate New York, we’ve curated the ultimate list of spots under 2 hours from NYC. Head out from the Big Apple up to the Hudson Valley for family fun, fall foliage, hayrides, pumpkin patches and more.

Here are our top 8 picks on the best Upstate NY apple orchards, plus where to stay with the family for a weekend getaway:

1. Fishkill Farms

A pioneer in sustainable farming, Fishkill Farms offers a delightful apple-picking experience. With a variety of apples to choose from, including McIntosh, Honeycrisp, and Fuji, you can pick to your heart’s content. 

Immerse yourself in a complete tree-to-bottle cider journey with cider flights and cheese plates. Local beer, wine, and non-alcoholic kombucha is also available to enjoy while taking in the crisp autumn air.

2. Apple Hill Farm:

Nestled in the heart of the Hudson Valley, Apple Hill Farm is a quintessential orchard that offers a rustic charm. Their dwarf apple trees make picking easy for visitors of all ages. After picking your fill of apples, enjoy a hayride and explore their charming farm store for homemade goodies. This farm is pet-friendly, so don’t forget your pup!

3. Masker Orchards:

For those seeking a quintessential fall experience, Masker Orchards offers over 200 acres of apple trees and a variety of apple types. Enjoy a hayride to the orchard and relish the stunning panoramic views of the valley. Make sure to indulge in their famous apple cider donuts—a true treat!

4. Barton Orchards:

Barton Orchards is more than just an apple-picking destination; it’s a fall extravaganza. Alongside apple picking, you can explore their corn maze, take a spin on the pedal karts, and enjoy live music. The vibrant atmosphere and diverse activities make it a perfect family outing.

5. Wilklow Orchards:

A family-owned gem, Wilklow Orchards offers a serene apple-picking experience. The orchard is known for its friendly staff and well-maintained grounds. With varieties like Gala, Empire, and Cortland, you’ll find apples suitable for snacking, baking, and everything in between. Be sure to check out their bakery with muffins and breads made with local ingredients and jams made out of their own fruit.

6. Dubois Farms:

Dubois Farms invites visitors with its sprawling orchards and lively ambiance. Depending on the season, you can pick your own strawberries, nectarines, plums, peaches, grapes, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, pumpkins, flowers, in addition to, of course, apples! The little ones can enjoy the farm animals while adults can taste a variety of the best local hard cider, craft beer and wine.

7. Minard’s Family Farm:

Minard’s Family Farm offers an immersive apple-picking experience. There is no shortage of things to do. Kids and kids at heart can explore the petting zoo, spider web, or pony hop or play a game of barnyard football, baseball, or basketball. There’s also tug of war, tic-tac-toe, apple checkers, pumpkin bowling, slides, tunnels, tractor climb, peddle carts, a corn maze, apple cannon, and train rides. Get there early and fill your whole day with activities!

8. Lawrence Farms Orchards:

Lawrence Farms Orchards is a hidden gem known for its wide variety of apples and serene environment. With their “U-Pick” option, you can select from a diverse array of apples and enjoy the tranquil beauty of the orchard. In addition to apples, you can also pick ​​grapes, sweet corn, broccoli, peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, string beans, kale, Chinese cabbage, turnips, beets, fennel, parsley, turnip greens, mustard greens, zucchini, and kohlrabi depending on the time of year.

The Hudson Valley region comes alive with the magic of autumn, offering a range of picturesque orchards for apple picking enthusiasts. Now that you’ve found the perfect place for apple picking in Upstate New York, you’ll need a place to rest your head after a long day on the farm. Check out a family-friendly AvantStay vacation rental in the Hudson Valley for your next fall adventure.

The Top 21 Things to Do in Asheville, North Carolina

Hey there, adventure-seekers and culture enthusiasts! If you’re yearning for a blend of picturesque landscapes, artsy vibes, and a side of culinary heaven, look no further than the charming haven of Asheville, North Carolina. Nestled cozily in the Blue Ridge Mountains, this city is bursting with an array of activities that’ll keep you grinning from ear to ear. So, grab your hiking boots, your appetite, and your sense of wonder as we dive into the top 21 things to do in Asheville.

1. Explore the Biltmore Estate: A Glimpse into Extravagance
Let’s kick things off with a bit of opulence! The Biltmore Estate isn’t just a house; it’s practically a castle. With 250 rooms, sprawling gardens, and a history that reads like a novel, this place is the very definition of grandeur. It’s like stepping into a time machine and experiencing the glamour of the Gilded Age firsthand. Pro tip: Don’t forget to raise a glass at the winery—they make vino that would make Bacchus jealous!

2. Wander Through the River Arts District: Where Creativity Blooms
Calling all art lovers! The River Arts District is your haven. Imagine strolling through streets adorned with vibrant murals, peeping into artist studios where creativity is contagious, and snagging one-of-a-kind masterpieces. You might even catch the artists at work, giving you an inside look at the magic behind the masterpiece.

3. Discover Downtown Asheville: Food, Shops, and Fun
Downtown Asheville is like a treasure chest waiting to be opened. From quirky boutiques and art galleries to farm-to-table eateries that’ll have your taste buds dancing the tango, there’s something here for everyone. Pack Square Park is your perfect picnic spot, and the Grove Arcade is a slice of architectural beauty that’s easy on the eyes.

4. Hike in the Blue Ridge Mountains: Trails for All Adventurers
Time to lace up those hiking boots and hit the trails! The Blue Ridge Mountains offer hikes for every skill level, whether you’re a seasoned pro or a newbie who’s just getting started. Feel the crunch of leaves underfoot as you embark on the Appalachian Trail, or soak up the panoramic views from Craggy Gardens—it’s a bit like stepping into a nature-inspired painting.

5. Enjoy the Views from the Blue Ridge Parkway: A Scenic Symphony
There’s scenic beauty, and then there’s the Blue Ridge Parkway. Picture this: meandering roads, lush forests, and breathtaking overlooks that’ll make your jaw drop. Seriously, every curve reveals a new postcard-worthy vista. Whether you’re snapping pics or simply soaking in the view, this is a road trip you won’t forget.

6. Indulge in Local Craft Breweries: Cheers to Craftiness!
Beer lovers, rejoice! Asheville is practically the Narnia of craft beer. With a plethora of breweries offering everything from hoppy IPAs to rich stouts, it’s a beer paradise. New Belgium, Highland Brewing—these names aren’t just brands; they’re legends. Take a brewery tour and let your taste buds dance to the tune of liquid gold.

7. Experience the Asheville Food Scene: Where Every Bite’s a Delight
Calling all foodies and flavor aficionados! Asheville’s culinary scene is a whirlwind of deliciousness. From farm-to-table eateries that know how to treat a tomato, to eclectic international joints that’ll make your taste buds travel the world, your belly’s in for a treat. Don’t forget to sample the local delicacies—you might just discover your new favorite dish!

8. Visit the Folk Art Center: Where Art and Heritage Converge
Ready to dive into the heart of Appalachian culture? The Folk Art Center is your ticket. It’s not just an art gallery; it’s a celebration of the region’s rich heritage. Get lost in the masterpieces, catch live craft demonstrations, and maybe even take home a piece of art that tells a story older than time itself.

9. Immerse Yourself in the Music Scene: Dance to the Beat
Asheville’s music scene is like a magnet for soulful tunes and toe-tapping beats. From street performers with melodies that fill the air to iconic venues where the music flows like a river, you’ll find your groove here. Bluegrass, folk, indie—you name it, Asheville’s got it.

10. Explore the Botanical Gardens at Asheville: A Date with Nature
Sometimes, all you need is a quiet escape with Mother Nature. The Botanical Gardens at Asheville are like a tranquil oasis, offering a break from the hustle and bustle. Stroll through themed gardens, discover native flora, and let the serenity of the surroundings wash over you.

11. Go on a Ghost Tour: Hauntingly Fun Adventures
Ready for a bit of spook? Asheville’s haunted history will give you goosebumps in the most thrilling way. Join a guided ghost tour, explore eerie sites, and listen to spine-tingling stories that’ll have you clutching your friend’s arm. It’s like a history lesson with a supernatural twist!

12. Experience the Drum Circle at Pritchard Park: Beats and Bliss
Friday night fever? Head to Pritchard Park for a dose of rhythmic euphoria! The drum circle here is a gathering of spirits, where the rhythm takes over and your feet might just start dancing on their own. Whether you’re banging a drum or swaying to the beat, it’s all about community, connection, and some seriously good vibes.

13. Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride: Soar Like a Bird
Ready to see Asheville from a whole new angle? Get ready to take flight in a hot air balloon! Imagine drifting above the treetops, feeling the wind in your hair, and marveling at the sweeping vistas below. It’s a bucket-list-worthy experience that’ll leave you feeling like a modern-day explorer.

14. Visit the Thomas Wolfe Memorial: Literary Time Travel
Bookworms, this one’s for you! The Thomas Wolfe Memorial is like stepping into the pages of a novel. Explore the childhood home of the literary legend himself, feel the inspiration that lingered in every corner, and immerse yourself in the world that shaped his stories. It’s like a time capsule of words and wonder.

15. Go Ziplining through the Forests: Adventure Awaits Above
Ready to unleash your inner Tarzan (or Jane)? Ziplining through Asheville’s forests is your chance! Feel the rush of wind as you zoom through the treetops, soaking in panoramic views that are anything but ordinary. It’s like a roller coaster through nature—with a dash of adrenaline and a sprinkle of awe.

16. Attend a Local Festival or Event: Celebrate the Spirit
Asheville loves a good party, and there’s a festival for every occasion! From music festivals that’ll have you grooving to craft fairs that’ll make your inner DIY-enthusiast rejoice, these events are like the city’s heartbeat. Don’t just visit Asheville; join in the festivities and become a part of its colorful tapestry.

17. Relax at the Asheville Salt Cave: Zen, the Asheville Way
Need to unwind? The Asheville Salt Cave is your personal oasis of tranquility. Imagine lounging in a cave lined with salt, surrounded by calming vibes that soothe your soul. It’s like a hug from the earth itself, a chance to recharge your batteries in a space that’s as serene as it is rejuvenating.

18. Take a Guided Art Studio Tour: Where Imagination Takes Flight
Ever wondered what goes on behind the canvas? Embark on a guided art studio tour and peel back the layers of creativity. Get up close and personal with artists at work, hear their stories, and maybe even find yourself inspired to pick up a brush. It’s like a backstage pass to the world of art.

19. Discover the North Carolina Arboretum: Nature’s Playground
The North Carolina Arboretum is like a playground for nature enthusiasts. Wander through gardens that showcase flora from around the world, explore hiking trails that lead you deeper into the beauty of the outdoors, and take in outdoor installations that’ll have your artistic side swooning.

20. Go Tubing or Rafting on the French Broad River: Ride the Rapids
Ready to make a splash? The French Broad River is your playground for water adventures. Whether you’re tubing lazily down the stream or tackling the rapids in a raft, you’re in for a wet and wild time. Get ready to paddle, laugh, and create memories that’ll have you grinning for years.

21. Marvel at the Sunsets from Sunset Mountain: Nature’s Canvas
The view from Sunset Mountain is the ultimate masterpiece. Imagine the city and mountains bathed in hues of gold and pink—a scene so breathtaking, you might just forget to snap a pic. Soak it all in, and let the moment etch itself into your memory.

Your Asheville Adventure Awaits! Asheville is more than just a city; it’s a medley of experiences waiting to be savored. From grand estates to down-to-earth hikes, from artistic wonders to culinary delights, this place has it all.

And when you’re looking for the perfect place to rest your weary head after a day of exploring, consider AvantStay, one of the best options for vacation rentals in Asheville. So pack your curiosity, your appetite, and your sense of adventure, because Asheville is ready to show you the time of your life. Let’s go make memories!

The 10 Best Fall Foliage Destinations in the USA

It’s time to cross that fall foliage trip off your bucket list! Grab your whole crew and head to one of the best leaf-peeping locations in the US. Each destination offers a unique experience, with a range of activities to make your autumn adventure truly unforgettable.

From picturesque mountains to serene lakeshores, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 places to see fall foliage in all its glory—plus what to do while you’re there and our favorite AvantStay vacation rentals to stay at!

1. Smoky Mountains, TN

Fall Foliage Peak: Mid-October

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee is a fall foliage paradise, with colors typically peaking in mid-October. Drive through scenic byways, hike to majestic waterfalls, and partake in wildlife viewing in this renowned national park. Attend the annual Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair, showcasing unique handmade creations, or venture out to Dollywood for a fun-filled day at Dolly Parton’s iconic theme park. 

Where to stay: Ranger

2. Berkshires, MA

Fall Foliage Peak: Late September to mid-October

The Berkshires in Massachusetts are synonymous with captivating fall foliage, which typically peaks from late September to mid-October. Rolling hills and valleys come alive with red, orange, and purple hues. Art enthusiasts will love the region’s vibrant cultural scene, with numerous galleries and performing arts venues. Additionally, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to go apple picking and revel in the tastes of the season. Gala, Fuji, or Granny Smith—take your pick!

Where to stay: Whitney

3. Breckenridge, CO

Fall Foliage Peak: Late September to early October

As the summer crowds dwindle, Breckenridge, Colorado, transitions into a wonderland of fall foliage from late September to early October. The aspen trees turn brilliant shades of yellow and gold, creating a striking contrast against the rugged mountains. For an adrenaline-filled autumn adventure, try your hand at rock climbing or mountain biking. If you prefer a more relaxed experience, explore the charming streets of the town, lined with quaint shops and inviting cafes.

Where to stay: Paddington

4. Hudson Valley, NY

Fall Foliage Peak: Mid-October

Hudson Valley makes for the perfect road trip from New York City—especially in the Autumn when fall foliage colors peak around mid-October. Stroll through charming towns, visit historic sites, and savor farm-to-table cuisine at a local restaurant. Explore one of the many apple orchards in the region, and definitely don’t leave before having a taste of an apple cider doughnut—it’s an upstate staple!

Where to stay: Cortland

5. Asheville, NC

Fall Foliage Peak: Late October

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville, North Carolina, experiences its fall foliage peak in late October. The city’s bohemian spirit blends seamlessly with nature’s display, creating a one-of-a-kind autumn atmosphere. Explore the iconic Biltmore Estate, hike along the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, or indulge in the city’s thriving craft beer scene as you soak in the breathtaking surroundings. Cheers!

Where to stay: Juliet

6. Bend, OR

Fall Foliage Peak: Late September to early October

Bend, Oregon, offers a striking contrast of colors in late September to early October when the high desert landscape is adorned with golden aspens and fiery red maples. Embrace the outdoors with fly fishing along the Deschutes River, embark on a lava cave adventure, or take a leisurely stroll through the charming Old Mill District.

Where to stay: Black Bear Cabin

7. Park City, UT

Fall Foliage Peak: Late September to early October

Park City is so much more than just a winter ski town. As the leaves begin to change in late September to early October, Park City, Utah, transforms into a picture-perfect autumn postcard. Revel in the fall colors while mountain biking or hiking through trails. For an adrenaline rush, experience the thrill of ziplining or enjoy a scenic hot air balloon ride over the valleys. 

Where to stay: Sage

8. Big Bear, CA

Fall Foliage Peak: Mid-October

Tucked away in Southern California’s San Bernardino Mountains, Big Bear is a hidden gem for fall foliage seekers. The dense pine and oak forests showcase beautiful red, orange, and gold tones during mid-October. Take in the views on a scenic drive or go hiking along one of the many picturesque trails. For thrill-seekers, indulge in mountain biking or zip-lining through the fall colored trees.

Where to stay: Gambler

9. Lake Tahoe, CA

Fall Foliage Peak: Late September to mid-October

Nestled on the border of California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe boasts a fall foliage spectacle that begins in late September and lasts through mid-October. The surrounding Sierra Nevada Mountains become a mesmerizing canvas of warm autumn colors. Embrace the season with a boat cruise on the lake, or opt for hiking and witness the foliage up close. Don’t forget to visit local orchards and savor freshly picked apples and other fall treats.

Where to stay: Redwood

10. Charleston, SC

Fall Foliage Peak: Late October to early November

While Charleston, South Carolina, may not boast the same dramatic fall foliage as northern destinations, it still offers a unique and charming autumn experience. The city’s historic streets, adorned with oak-lined avenues, witness a gradual change in colors from late October to early November. Oh, and don’t forget to do a ghost tour while you’re there—October is the spookiest time to do so!

Where to stay: Live Oak

Ready to experience the best fall foliage this season? Once you’ve chosen your destination, find the perfect vacation rental for your autumn adventure on our website here!

Dine Like a Local: 21 Best Restaurants in Austin, TX

Looking for the best restaurants in ATX? Let’s taco ‘bout it (breakfast tacos, specifically).

Whether you’re visiting for the first time or just want to spice up your dining experience at home, you’re entering a foodie’s heaven here. From someone who used to be an Austin local (expat if you will), this lineup is filled with all you need from breakfast tacos to ramen, sushi to specialty pizza, and Tex Mex to BBQ. Even if you’re not hungry right now, you definitely will be after reading this. Bon appétit!

Source: DoorDash

Koriente

Located in downtown Austin is a hidden gem known as Koriente – a pan-Asian restaurant and tea house managed by owner Jay Lee and his mother. They treat customers to a diverse array of balanced and delicious dishes, catering to every dietary preference from vegan to gluten-free. Some of our favorite dishes include miso-honey-glazed mahi mahi, curries with rice medallions, and japchae. You can order takeout, but we recommend dining in for the full experience.

Ramen Tatsu-ya

Ramen Tatsu-ya is a collaboration between local chefs and DJs, Tatsu Aikawa and Takuya Matsumoto. The duo met when they were hip-hop DJs in the Austin scene and the rest is history. From their legendary broth to the best backyard in all of ATX, this spot is a must-see. 

Bufalina Pizza

Craving pizza? Head to Bufalina. Owner Steven Dilley and team are here to wow with Neapolitan-style pizzas. The margherita pizza here is always a winner, but don’t miss out on specials like their potato and Parmesan pie. As far as salads go, we recommend the stracciatella and Caesar salads. And wine connoisseurs, you’re in luck with two wine managers and a director on staff – the selection here is everything.

Source: Austin Chronicle

Birdie’s

If there’s one thing I miss most about living in Austin, it’s a trip to Birdie’s. This is one of the best laid-back wine bars in East Austin. It won Austin’s Best Neighborhood Wine Bar back in 2021, has an adorable patio, and features an ever-evolving menu with gorgeous dishes. A trip here ensures delicious handmade pastas, steak and vegetables, and seasonal appetizers that go perfect with their wine collection. Make sure to save room for dessert!

Nixta Taqueria

Chef Edgar Rico and Sara Mardanbigi co-own this charming and quirky taqueria with multiple patios and a carefully curated natural wine list. Nixta Taqueria’s culinary skills shine through with modern, flavorful takes on tacos and tostadas, making it one of our favorite spots in East Austin

Lin Asian Bar + Dim Sum

Chef Ling Qi Wu oversees several restaurants across Austin. But it is here at Lin, her first restaurant, where you can truly experience her forte—simple yet refined Chinese and pan-Asian delicacies, ranging from her treasured soup dumplings to delectable Hakka eggplants and admirable salt-and-pepper lobster tails. Hungry yet? Same.

Source: The House

Buzz Mill

Two words: breakfast tacos. This trendy 24-hour hangout, tucked away in the unassuming heart of Riverside, serves up some of our favorite brekky tacos. Paired with their honey lavender latte, you’ve scored a perfect morning. Come to Buzz Mill later for happy hour or a comedy show where you can enjoy their homemade infused vodkas and a wide range of eats from one of the many food trucks outside. 

Stubb’s

Stubb’s is a legendary must-have for all BBQ enthusiasts. With its rich history and delectable smoked meats, Stubb’s has earned a reputation as a local favorite and a go-to spot for visitors alike. On summer nights, you can step outside for live music at Stubb’s Amphitheater—the best place to dance off that pulled pork sandwich you just devoured in 5 seconds.

Kitty Cohen’s

Kitty Cohen’s is a trendy restaurant and cocktail bar just oozing with retro charm and laid-back vibes. Known for its chic and stylish poolside setting, this hotspot is the place for cooling off on hot Texas days while sipping on creative and refreshing cocktails and snacking on light bites.

Mour Cafe

Mour Cafe is a farm-to-table gem with a dreamy patio and cozy seating. This charming cafe is beloved for its delectable menu, offering a healthy range of comfort foods, artisanal coffee, and charming baked goods.

Source: Conde Naste Traveler

June’s All Day

June’s All Day is giving us all that Parisian bistro charm with a modern twist. This trendy spot is renowned for its delectable all-day dining options. If you’re brunching and feel a little rough from last night, we recommend their chicken sandwich—it’s everything. 

Bar 508

This wouldn’t be a proper Austin blog without including our favorite mezcal bar. Bar 508 is one of the most vibrant buildings found in the cultural district with a variety of sweet and spicy mezcal cocktails. Order the El Diablo, a delicious concoction of mezcal, blackberry, cassis, lime and ginger beer. When you’re nice and hungry, go next door to Pelóns for world-class Tex Mex.

1618 Asian Fusion

1618 Asian Fusion is home to exactly that, a fusion of Asian dishes. From Vietnamese to Thai, Chinese and Singaporean food this spot caters to every taste bud. We recommend going for Dim Sum Brunch on Sunday and getting their shrimp and chive dumplings or liu sha bao (salted egg yolk lava steamed bun) – and a bottle of champagne, of course.

Source: ABA

ABA

Bringing Middle Eastern influences with a Texan flair, ABA’s menu features a wide array of mouthwatering mezze plates, grilled meats, and flavorful seafood dishes. Our dream day at ABA includes dining outside on the charming patio and ordering the spicy lamb ragu.

Two Hands

Come to Two Hands for an unforgettable brunch. Known for their commitment to using locally sourced ingredients, the restaurant boasts a menu with the freshest flavors of Texas. We recommend ordering the coconut yoghurt, the Two Hands crispy chili fries, and the chicken schnitzel roll.

Paperboy

Ok now we’re in the brunch mood. Head to Paperboy for obsession-worthy Migas and Texas hash. After you’re nice and Paloma’d up, take a walk around East 11th street for cute local shops, like Vintage Bookstore and Wine Bar.

Source: Open Table

Group Therapy

Group Therapy, located in Hotel Zaza, is favorite amongst locals for its eclectic dining area and diverse menu with a Texan twist on global flavors. Whether you’re meeting up with friends for drinks and small bites or indulging in a full meal, Group Therapy is definitely worth a visit.

Iron Cactus

More Tex Mex! Iron Cactus is a beloved Tex-Mex restaurant that has been serving up delicious dishes since 1996. From sizzling fajitas to refreshing margaritas, this spot offers a delightful dining experience that we think perfectly captures the spirit of Austin’s culinary scene.

Cenote

Your dream breakfast restaurant patio? Oh, that’s Cenote. This quirky and charming cafe is a total treat for your taste buds…and your IG feed. With awe-inspiring breakfast bites, fabulous lattes, and a whimsical ambiance, Cenote is a must-see. 

Source: Lou’s

Lou’s

Lou is a true foodie’s paradise, where every dish is crafted with passion and creativity. This restaurant has gained a loyal following for its inventive and flavorful menu (and mainly its chicken) that deserves a huge thumbs up.

Rosita’s Al Pastor

You know the tacos are about to change your life when there’s no website. Rosita’s Al Pastor is a food truck, drive-thru, and dine-in restaurant located in Riverside. It’s in the name, so you know what to do—order the al pastor tacos. Make sure to get one of each of their salsas, too.

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Experience the Best of Austin Dining and Stay with AvantStay

If you’re searching for the perfect places to stay in ATX, our Austin vacation rentals have just what you need. Spend the day indulging, then return to a peaceful home-away-from-home with all the amenities you’re used to. Comfortable bedrooms, spacious backyards with pools and spectacular views are just some of the things you’ll enjoy during your stay. We look forward to having you!

Want more tips for your trip to Austin? See our ATX blogs here:

Ask the Expert Series: Onboarding

How do we turn a vacation rental from average to an AvantStay? In our Ask the Expert series, we sit down with different members of the AvantStay team to learn just that. 

We asked our Product Manager II, Lina Nguyen, about the process of onboarding homes, what it’s like working with homeowners and more.

1. What does your job actually entail?

I’ve been with AvantStay for over 3 years, mostly working as a Product Manager II on many of our proprietary internal tools, including our homeowner portal, Lighthouse. Lighthouse is the one-stop shop for owners to have visibility and control over the management and performance of their home. Lighthouse has been a huge tool and value-add for many of our owners in management agreements. 

Over the past few months I have supported our Onboarding initiatives, which include everything in between closing a deal and beginning to get guests in homes. This includes coordinating with our owners and field teams on things like inspections, furnishing, installations, photoshoots, listing creation, and much more. 

2. How do you work with homeowners during the onboarding process?

I work with owners to ensure their properties are set up for success and that all their needs are met with respect to what they are looking for in a property manager. While we have general requirements for each onboard, every home in our portfolio is unique and has its own stand-out features, so every onboard can be different from the last. In addition to myself, each owner has a dedicated point-person for everything from design and styling to revenue and listings optimizations. 

3. What teams do you work with the most often in this role?

Onboarding is one of the teams that touches every other department. I work very closely with Field Operations as they are the boots on the ground executing the majority of these onboards (shout-out to them!), as well as our Supply Chain, Photo, Listings, and Revenue teams to make sure each home is ready to go live. I also still work closely with our Product and Engineering teams to build experience based on real user needs and ensure our technology is growing to support all of our end-users: guests, owners, and operators.

4. What has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced?

AvantStay has grown significantly and quickly over the last 3 years I’ve been here which has allowed me to wear many different hats and build solutions to various different problems. I’m excited to see what we continue to do in the future!

5. What is your favorite part about taking a home live on AvantStay?

A tie between seeing our owners happy and their property performing well, and seeing all our teams’ hard work come to life! 

Want to take your vacation rental to the next level with our team of experts? Learn how to list your home with AvantStay here.

13 Things to Do in Port Aransas

Welcome to Port Aransas! If you’re yearning for sun, sand, and endless fun, Port Aransas is the perfect vacation destination for you. This delightful coastal town offers a wide range of exciting activities and hidden gems waiting to be explored. In this ultimate guide, we’ll highlight the top 13 things you absolutely can’t miss. Here’s an important tip while you’re planning your travels: staying at a vacation home is the ideal way to experience Port Aransas, especially if you’re traveling with a group. Fortunately, AvantStay offers a fantastic selection of vacation homes that cater to your needs.

1. Beach Activities

Let’s kick off our journey with the main attraction: the beaches! Get ready to soak up the sun, build sandcastles, and take refreshing dips in the crystal-clear waters. Port Aransas boasts pristine stretches of sandy paradise, perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and leisurely beachcombing. Don’t forget your sunscreen and get ready for some serious beach bliss.

Source;: Travel and Leisure

2. Fishing and Boating

Calling all fishing enthusiasts! Port Aransas proudly holds the title of “Fishing Capital of Texas,” and it’s no wonder why. Cast your line into the abundant waters, reel in some impressive catches, and savor the thrill of the chase. You can try your hand at bay fishing, fishing off the Horace Caldwell Pier or Bob Hall Pier, or even fly fishing. Don’t worry if you’re new to fishing; there are plenty of charters and guides available to show you the ropes. If you’re into boating, you can also enjoy thrilling adventures like kayaking and jet skiing.

Source: Fisherman’s Wharf

3. Dolphin Watching

Prepare for an unforgettable experience as we embark on a dolphin watching tour. Hop aboard a boat and set sail on the sparkling Gulf waters, where you’ll have a front-row seat to witness these magnificent creatures leaping and playing in their natural habitat. It’s a truly magical encounter that will leave you in awe.

Source: Port A Escapes

4. Birding and Wildlife

Nature lovers, this is the place for you. Port Aransas is a paradise for birding enthusiasts and wildlife admirers alike. With its diverse ecosystem, you’ll have the chance to spot a fascinating array of bird species and encounter other remarkable wildlife. Grab your binoculars, explore the trails, and keep your eyes peeled for feathery friends, sea turtles, and even alligators.

Source: Port A Escape

5. Mustang Island State Park

For those seeking outdoor adventures, a visit to Mustang Island State Park is a must. Lace up your hiking boots, set up camp, and immerse yourself in nature’s wonderland. This park offers an array of activities, from hiking scenic trails to enjoying picnics and camping. It’s the perfect opportunity to embrace the great outdoors and create lasting memories.

Source: PortAransas.org

6. Port Aransas Nature Preserve

Get ready to be captivated by the Port Aransas Nature Preserve. This hidden gem boasts a unique ecosystem waiting to be explored. Traverse the winding walking trails and elevated boardwalks that meander through stunning landscapes. You’ll have the chance to reconnect with nature, spot wildlife, and capture Insta-worthy photos—keep your camera ready for breathtaking views. It’s a serene escape where you can recharge and connect with the wonders of the great outdoors.

Source: PortAransas.org

7. Visit the Port Aransas Museum

Step back in time and immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of Port Aransas at the Port Aransas Museum. Explore fascinating exhibits and get up close to artifacts that vividly depict the town’s heritage. Admission is free but donations are happily accepted to support the museum. Keep an eye out for any special events or programs or join one of the tours they offer—it’s the perfect chance to make history come alive.

Source: The Clio

8. Explore the Local Art Scene

Port Aransas is a hub of creativity, boasting a vibrant art scene. Take a leisurely stroll through art galleries, discover local studios, and marvel at stunning public art installations that grace the town’s streets. Keep an ear to the ground for upcoming art events and festivals—it’s an opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of art and support local talent.

Source: PortAransas.org

9. Enjoy Fresh Seafood

If you have a taste for seafood, Port Aransas is a culinary paradise known for its delectable, fresh seafood straight from the Gulf. Indulge in mouthwatering dishes at local seafood restaurants, savoring the flavors of the ocean. From succulent shrimp to flavorful fish and delectable crab delights, your taste buds are in for a treat. Don’t forget to check out local seafood markets for the freshest catches to cook up in your vacation home.

Source: The Dunes

10. Golfing

Fore! If you fancy hitting the green, Port Aransas has got you covered. Tee off at one of the town’s fantastic golf courses and enjoy a round or two amidst beautiful coastal scenery. Whether you’re a seasoned golfer or a novice looking to have some fun, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to perfect your swing and soak in the relaxed atmosphere.

Source: Palmilla Beach Resort & Golf Community

11. Shop at Local Boutiques and Souvenir Shops

Time for a little retail therapy! Port Aransas offers a unique shopping experience with its charming local boutiques, souvenir shops, and art galleries. Take a leisurely stroll through the streets, discover one-of-a-kind treasures, and bring home a piece of Port Aransas magic. From coastal-inspired decor to quirky souvenirs, there’s something for everyone.

Source: Port A Escapes

12. Visit the University of Texas Marine Science Institute

Unleash your inner marine scientist at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute. Explore fascinating exhibits, learn about marine ecosystems, and even participate in educational programs. It’s an opportunity to dive deep into the wonders of the ocean and broaden your knowledge of marine life.

Source: Texas Highways

13. Attend Local Events and Festivals

Get ready to immerse yourself in the vibrant spirit of Port Aransas by attending its exciting events and festivals. From music festivals to fishing tournaments, there’s always something happening in this lively town. Check out the event calendar and make sure to time your visit with the ones that pique your interest. We’re partial to the Texas Sandfest, an annual sand sculpture competition where more than 100,000 attendees gather to create (and watch artists create) incredibly elaborate, beautiful sand sculptures. The Harvest Moon Regatta is also a popular event, the largest point-to-point sailboat race in the country. The regatta ends in Port Aransas, so you can enjoy the exciting finish from the beach or the jetty. 

Source: Texas Highways

Remember, for the ultimate experience, consider staying at a vacation home, especially when traveling with a group. AvantStay offers a wide range of Port Aransas vacation homes that cater to your needs, providing comfort, space, and an unforgettable stay. 

Now, pack your bags, gather your favorite travel companions, and get ready to embark on a journey filled with beachside bliss, epic adventures, and unforgettable memories. Port Aransas awaits, ready to shower you with its coastal magic. Bon voyage!

AvantStay Employee Spotlight: Brooke Hamrick, Marketing Coordinator

Name

Brooke Hamrick

Where are you based?

Los Angeles, CA

Job Title

Marketing Coordinator

How long have you worked at AvantStay?

2.5 years

How would you describe your job & responsibilities to someone who doesn’t work in your field?

I am responsible for coordinating any marketing needs across different departments. That includes things like providing homes with adequate signage, organizing conference sponsorships, and ensuring a smooth transition during M&A integrations.

How do you like to start your work day?

I love lists! I like to start my day by creating a list of tasks to help me stay on task and organized.

What teams do you collaborate the most with at work?

Integrations and field ops! 

What is your favorite thing about working at AvantStay?

I love having the flexibility to work from home, a coffee shop, or across the country!

What advice would you give to someone looking to join your team?

Always look for ways to be a team player! When one of us succeeds, we all do!

What is something that you’re proud of that you’ve accomplished in your role?

This is not in my typical job description, but I had the pleasure of working as a stylist during a photoshoot recently at our gorgeous Polo Villas. We were in a bit of a time crunch getting ready for Coachella weekend, which made it that much more rewarding to see how amazing the photos turned out!

Which AvantStay is on your bucket list?

River House in Hudson Valley is on my bucket list!

What is something that most people don’t know about you?

I won a go-cart in a raffle when I was a kid and would drive it around in my grandparents backyard! Best surprise ever!

What do you like to do in your spare time?

In my spare time, I like to cuddle with my dog, Stanley, and watch old movies.

Before working at AvantStay, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?

During college, I worked in the library’s Media Resources Center, where I rented out movies to students and helped them edit their video projects. It was my dream college job!

What is your favorite AvantStay memory?

My favorite AvantStay memory is by far the marketing offsite that we had in Destin! It was so great to meet everyone in person, spend some time in our homes, cookout, and play games at the beach!

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Maybe not so much advice as it is just a great philosophy to live by – “life’s about the journey, not the destination.”

What’s your favorite Slack channel?

#avantstaymoments. It captures a lot of the magic of the company.

What’s your favorite AvantStay employee perk?

Credits! We have so many gorgeous homes and credits help us experience them firsthand!

What has working at AvantStay taught you about the most?

There is always a solution. Just keep moving forward with your goal in mind, and you will figure it out!

Where is your favorite vacation spot and why?

Now that I live so far away from my hometown and only get to visit once or twice a year, I consider it my favorite vacation spot now. I love being in the mountains in Asheville. It really is the best place in the world (and also one of AvantStay’s markets)!

10 Best Places to Visit in September in the USA

September is a wonderful time to explore the United States, as the summer crowds start to dwindle, and the weather becomes more pleasant in many destinations. Whether you’re seeking outdoor adventures, cultural events, or simply want to unwind in a picturesque setting, there are plenty of options to choose from. Here are ten of the best places to travel to in September in the USA:

1. Sedona, Arizona:
Nestled amidst the stunning red rock formations of Arizona, Sedona is a nature lover’s paradise. In September, the temperatures begin to cool down, making it the perfect time for hiking and exploring the scenic trails. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the famous Chapel of the Holy Cross or experience the healing energy of Sedona’s vortexes.

Where to stay: Pyramid

2. Lake Tahoe, California
If you’re looking for a combination of natural beauty and outdoor activities, Lake Tahoe is an excellent choice. September offers pleasant temperatures, ideal for hiking, kayaking, or simply relaxing on the beach. The area is also known for its vibrant fall foliage, adding a touch of magic to the already breathtaking surroundings.

Where to stay: Emerald

3. Hudson Valley, New York:
Located just a few hours north of New York City, the Hudson Valley offers picturesque landscapes, charming towns, and a thriving arts scene. Explore historic sites like the Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site or tour the stunning mansions of the Vanderbilt and Rockefeller families. Take a scenic drive along the Hudson River, visit local farmers’ markets, and indulge in farm-to-table cuisine. September is the best time to enjoy apple picking at one of the many orchards in the region.

Where to stay: Beatrice

4. Oregon Coast, Oregon:
The Oregon Coast offers a unique blend of rugged beauty and charming coastal towns. In September, the crowds thin out, and the weather remains mild, creating an ideal environment for beachcombing, whale watching, and exploring the scenic coastline. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit iconic sites like Cannon Beach or explore the famous Sea Lion Caves.

Where to stay: The Pilot House

5. Sonoma, California:
September is harvest season in Sonoma, making it an excellent time to visit this renowned wine region. You can partake in wine tastings, attend vineyard tours, and even participate in grape stomping festivities. Alongside the vineyards, Sonoma offers picturesque landscapes, charming small towns, and delectable farm-to-table cuisine.

Where to stay: Chardonnay

6. Charleston, South Carolina:
With its rich history, charming architecture, and Southern hospitality, Charleston is a delightful destination to visit in September. The temperatures start to cool down, making it more comfortable to stroll through the city’s historic district or take a horse-drawn carriage ride. Indulge in the renowned Lowcountry cuisine and explore the nearby plantations for a taste of the region’s past.

Where to stay: Red Maple

7. San Diego, California:
With its year-round mild climate, San Diego is a fantastic destination any time of the year. In September, you can enjoy the city’s beautiful beaches, visit the world-renowned San Diego Zoo, or explore Balboa Park’s museums and gardens. Don’t forget to indulge in some delicious seafood at the famous Gaslamp Quarter.

Where to stay: Jewel

8. Park City, Utah:
If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, Park City is the perfect place to visit in September. As summer turns to fall, the scenic mountain landscapes transform into a vibrant display of autumn colors. Enjoy hiking or mountain biking on the numerous trails, visit the Utah Olympic Park, or take a scenic gondola ride to enjoy breathtaking views.

Where to stay: Payday

These are just a few of the many incredible destinations to consider for a September getaway in the USA. Whether you’re seeking outdoor adventures, cultural experiences, or simply want to relax in a picturesque setting, these places offer something for everyone. Plan your trip, pack your bags, and get ready for an unforgettable journey.

9. Maui, Hawaii:
If you’re looking for a tropical paradise, Maui is an excellent choice. September offers fantastic weather with warm temperatures and less crowded beaches compared to peak tourist season. Explore the stunning Road to Hana, snorkel in the crystal-clear waters of Molokini Crater, or witness the sunrise from the summit of Haleakala National Park. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience Hawaiian culture and attend a traditional luau, complete with hula dancing and a delicious feast.

Where to stay: Hono Hideaway

10. Smoky Mountains, Tennessee
September is a fantastic time to visit the Smoky Mountains as the summer heat begins to subside, and the fall colors start to emerge. Explore the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, known for its scenic beauty, diverse wildlife, and numerous hiking trails. Take a scenic drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway, visit charming mountain towns like Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge, and immerse yourself in the rich Appalachian culture. Don’t miss the chance to witness the magical sight of the mountains adorned in vibrant hues of red, orange, and gold during the fall foliage season.

Where to stay: Penny View

Explore more AvantStay vacation rentals here.

18 Things to Do on Whidbey Island

Welcome to Whidbey Island, a captivating destination nestled in the heart of the Pacific Northwest. This idyllic island, located in Washington State, is a haven for nature lovers, history enthusiasts, and those seeking a peaceful escape. With its pristine beaches, lush forests, and charming coastal towns, Whidbey Island offers a unique blend of natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. From the iconic Deception Pass State Park to the quaint streets of Coupeville Historic Waterfront, this island is brimming with opportunities for adventure, relaxation, and exploration. So, get ready to immerse yourself in the enchantment of Whidbey Island, where breathtaking vistas and unforgettable experiences await at every turn.

And when it comes to accommodations, don’t forget that AvantStay vacation homes provide the perfect retreat for an exceptional stay on the island, especially when traveling with groups.

1. Explore Deception Pass State Park

Prepare to be awestruck by the beauty of Deception Pass State Park. Lace up your hiking boots and venture along the park’s trails, leading you through lush forests and offering breathtaking views of the swirling waters below. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife encounters and don’t forget to capture some Insta-worthy photos.

Source: Washington is For Adventure

2. Visit Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve

Immerse yourself in history as you step foot in Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve. Wander through time as you stroll past historic farmhouses and gaze upon sweeping vistas that haven’t changed much since settlers arrived. The reserve’s walking and biking trails are a delightful way to soak up the scenic beauty of this preserved treasure.

3. Go whale watching

Calling all nature enthusiasts! Embark on a whale watching adventure and witness the grace and grandeur of these majestic creatures. Local tour operators provide fantastic opportunities to spot whales, so be prepared for an awe-inspiring experience. Keep your camera ready, as you never know when a tail flip or a breach will leave you speechless.

Source: Whidbey News-Times

4. Enjoy water sports at Penn Cove

For those seeking a splash of adventure, Penn Cove is your playground. Grab a kayak or a paddleboard and glide across the tranquil waters, taking in the picturesque surroundings. If you’re up for a tasty challenge, try your hand at mussel and clam digging – a fun and rewarding experience for seafood lovers.

5. Tour Fort Casey State Park

History buffs, unite! Fort Casey State Park offers a glimpse into the past with its well-preserved fort and impressive artillery. Explore the fort’s passages, climb up to the lookout points, and feel like a time traveler as you imagine life as a soldier stationed here. Pack a picnic and savor a meal with panoramic views as your backdrop.

Source: Alan Majchrowicz Photography

6. Visit Coupeville Historic Waterfront

Step into a storybook as you wander through the charming streets of Coupeville Historic Waterfront. Browse through unique shops, admire local art galleries, and indulge in delicious fare at the waterfront restaurants. The rich history and undeniable charm of this quaint town will leave you spellbound.

7. Attend the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts

Let your cultural senses thrive at the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts. Catch a captivating theater performance, sway to the rhythm of live concerts, or lose yourself in the beauty of art exhibits. This vibrant hub showcases the immense talent and creativity that thrives on the island.

Source: Coupeville Chamber of Commerce

8. Explore the Greenbank Farm

Escape to a world of artistic inspiration and natural beauty at the Greenbank Farm. Meander through art galleries, discover unique shops, and recharge with a cup of coffee or a tasty treat at one of the charming cafes. The open spaces invite you to spread out a picnic blanket and revel in the tranquility of this idyllic setting.

9. Taste Local Brews at Penn Cove Brewing Company

Indulge in the craft beer scene on Whidbey Island by visiting Penn Cove Brewing Company. Located in Coupeville, this local brewery offers a range of delicious and unique brews crafted with care. Sample their selection of handcrafted beers, from hoppy IPAs to smooth stouts, and enjoy the inviting atmosphere of their taproom. Engage with the friendly staff and fellow beer enthusiasts while savoring the flavors of Whidbey Island in a pint glass.

Source: Whidbey News-Times

10. Sample fresh seafood

Whidbey Island is a haven for seafood lovers, and you don’t want to miss the chance to delight your taste buds. From succulent Dungeness crab to buttery scallops, the island’s restaurants serve up a variety of mouthwatering dishes that showcase the bounty of the sea. So, dive in and treat yourself to a culinary adventure.

11. Discover the Bayview Farmers Market

Support local artisans, farmers, and craftsmen at the Bayview Farmers Market. Stroll through the bustling market and peruse the vibrant displays of fresh produce, handmade crafts, and artisanal products. Enjoy the lively atmosphere, live music, and perhaps even find the perfect souvenir to take home.

Source: South Whidbey Record

12. Explore Langley Village

Prepare for a shopping spree in the charming village of Langley. This idyllic town is a treasure trove of boutique stores, antique shops, and unique finds. Whether you’re searching for a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry or a vintage collectible, Langley will captivate you with its eclectic offerings.

13. Unwind at Double Bluff Beach

Feel the sand between your toes and the gentle breeze in your hair at Double Bluff Beach. This serene beach is a paradise for relaxation and rejuvenation. Take a leisurely stroll along the shore, explore the tidal pools, or simply bask in the tranquility of the stunning coastal scenery.

Source: Must Hike Must Eat

14. Indulge in a spa day

Pamper yourself with a day of blissful relaxation at one of Whidbey Island’s wellness centers. Treat your body and mind to a massage, rejuvenating facial, or holistic treatment. Let the stress melt away as skilled professionals work their magic, leaving you feeling refreshed and revitalized.

15. Visit the Pacific Northwest Art School

Unlock your inner artist at the Pacific Northwest Art School. Take part in art classes taught by talented instructors, or marvel at the inspiring exhibitions that grace the gallery walls. Whether you’re a seasoned artist or a beginner with a passion for creativity, this artistic sanctuary will ignite your imagination.

Source: Pacific Northwest Art School

16. Discover the Island County Historical Museum

Delve into the captivating history and culture of Whidbey Island at the Island County Historical Museum. Engage with exhibits that showcase the island’s fascinating past, from its Native American heritage to its naval history. Gain a deeper understanding of the island’s roots and the people who have shaped its identity.

17. Play golf at one of the island’s golf courses

Calling all golf enthusiasts! Whidbey Island offers a golfer’s paradise with its scenic and well-maintained golf courses. Whether you’re a seasoned player or just starting out, these courses provide an opportunity to perfect your swing while immersing yourself in the island’s natural splendor.

Useless Bay Golf & Country Club is located in Langley and offers an exceptional golfing experience. This 18-hole course boasts stunning views of the Puget Sound, lush fairways, and challenging greens. Tee off surrounded by majestic evergreens, navigate strategically placed hazards, and enjoy the peaceful ambiance of this picturesque course.

Additionally, Whidbey Golf Club in Oak Harbor is another gem for golf enthusiasts. This scenic 18-hole course combines challenging holes with breathtaking views of the Cascade Mountains and Puget Sound. With its well-manicured fairways, pristine greens, and friendly atmosphere, Whidbey Golf Club is a delightful destination for golfers of all levels.

So, grab your clubs, embrace the natural beauty of Whidbey Island, and enjoy a memorable round of golf on these stunning courses. Whether you’re seeking a friendly game or a competitive challenge, these golfing destinations will provide an unforgettable experience in a serene setting.

Source: Useless Bay Golf & Country Club

18. Go birdwatching

Calling all bird lovers! Whidbey Island is a haven for avian enthusiasts, with its diverse habitats attracting a wide variety of bird species. Whidbey Island has two fantastic locations that should be on your radar. 

Start your birdwatching adventure at Crockett Lake Preserve, near Coupeville. This expansive 357-acre preserve boasts a diverse range of habitats, including marshes, wetlands, and forests, attracting a wide variety of bird species. As you explore the trails and boardwalks, keep your eyes peeled for magnificent bald eagles, vibrant waterfowl, and migratory shorebirds. 

Another excellent spot is Ebey’s Landing, renowned for its historical significance but also offering great birdwatching opportunities. The combination of farmlands, open prairies, and coastal areas creates an ideal habitat for various bird species. Take a leisurely stroll along the bluff trail and you might catch a glimpse of peregrine falcons, graceful great blue herons, or fascinating shorebirds. Don’t forget your binoculars as you immerse yourself in the beauty of Whidbey Island’s avian residents.

Whidbey Island truly offers a paradise of experiences for every type of traveler. From breathtaking natural landscapes to intriguing historical sites, there’s something for everyone on this enchanting island. 

And when it comes to accommodations, AvantStay vacation homes provide the perfect base for your adventures, especially when traveling with groups. So, pack your bags, grab your camera, and get ready to create unforgettable memories on Whidbey Island. The adventure awaits!

What to Do and Where to Stay: 10 Best Bachelorette Stays in Nashville

So it’s planning time for your last rodeo, huh? You came to the right place. No matter what your I Do Crew has in mind for your big weekend, we’ve got you covered in this guide of the best places to stay and where to play during your Nash bach party. Let’s go, girls. 

What to Do During Your Nashville Bachelorette Party

Source: Honky Tonk Party Express

Bachelorette Party Cruise 

If you’ve been to Nashville before, you’ve definitely seen one of those party-mobiles making their way around town. Before you put on your coordinated outfits, bachelorette sashes, and cowboy hats, we recommend checking out and booking with the Honky Tonk Party Express—where you’re guaranteed two hours of riding around, control over the aux cord, coolers, ice, and a VIP bartender. 

Source: River Queen Voyages

Booze Cruise with River Queen Voyages

Take things one step further and hit the open seas (or in this case, the river). Check out River Queen Voyages for a super easy-to-book booze cruise where you and your I Do Crew will have the time of your life, waterside. Choose from either a public or private cruise and enjoy a 90-min downtown cruise on a boat with Bluetooth, views, and room for 16 people. 

Source: The Tennessean

Bar Hopping on Broadway

Broadway is the place to be in Nashville. Whatever bar(s) you end up at on this street, you’re almost guaranteed to run into other bachelorette parties. The more the merrier, right? While you’re here, we recommend checking out these bars: Tootsies for honky tonk vibes, Legends Corner if you love a good dive bar, White Limozeen for a rooftop party with skyline views, and The Stage on Broadway for live music. 

Source: Nashville Underground

Ride a Mechanical Bull

You said you wanted alast rodeo, so you’re gonna get a last rodeo. Head to one of many bars on the bustling street of Broadway and see how you do with a mechanical bull ride. Our favorite place for bevvies and bulls is Nashville Underground

Disclaimer: though we think you’ll kill it, we don’t accept any responsibility for what happens to you and the girls on the bull post-tequila shots.

Source: Drip Hydration

Recover with Drip IV

Alright, let’s be honest. After activities like these, you and the girlies are going to be massively dehydrated the morning after. That’s where our add-on services come in handy. Once you’ve booked with AvantStay, head to our app where you can easily add on Drip IVs for all the ladies, within the comfort of your own (vacation) home. You can thank us later. 

Where to Stay in Nashville During Your Bachelorette

It wouldn’t be a proper hoedown throwdown without a place just as chic as your crew. AvantStay offers premier stays perfect for the party that’s getting down, down south.

121 Hotel

We’re kicking off this round-up with one of our favorite hotels (ever). Offering the ultimate in flexibility, The 121 Hotel in Midtown Nashville allows you to reserve an individual room or suite, the penthouse, a full floor (with living area and full kitchen), or the entire hotel for you and all the bride’s babes. Kick back and relax in this hotel’s chic interiors before you pregame the night away on the rooftop.

Springsteen

For the bride to be that grew up idolizing Ina Garten, McGraw is another Midtown home located by Centennial Park. It comes with a proper chef’s kitchen and experiential amenities, like putt-putt and shuffleboard. If you happen to have to send some last minute emails (been there) this home’s office provides the perfect place to catch up before you change your Slack status to “OOO.”

Chesney & Rhett

Whether it is your first rodeo or not, you deserve to do Nashville right. Stay at our home, Chesney & Rhett, for modern Nashville interiors, a new record player with all the hits, and plenty of room for a bach party of up to 20. Keep the music going at the nearby The Listening Room Cafe where you’ll experience some of the best drinks and best live tunes of your trip. 

Bourbon

Nashville looks good on you––but you’d look even better in Bourbon. When you’re spending your days experiencing all the music, dining, and entertainment in one of the most lively cities in the country, you need a clean, curated space to return to so you can do it all again tomorrow. This four-bedroom home just outside Downtown Nashville features chic, modern design that will leave you feeling refreshed and inspired.

Dottie, Loretta & Lambert

It’s your bride’s last ride, and you better make it count! Turn up at our 3-unit buyout, Dottie, Lorette & Lambert, with room for up to 36 guests. With beds this comfy and decor this cute, we guarantee you’ll find yourself well rested enough to end up at one of those late night Nashville honky tonks screaming “One more song!” Yeehaw, ladies.


Apart from its seamless group travel experience and a plentiful selection of luxury in-app upgrades, AvantStay vacation homes are in primo bachelorette locations—even more than what we just covered in this article. Click here to see all our destinations and we’ll see you girls soon!

AvantStay Spotlight: Nina Groebe, Area Manager

Name

Nina Groebe

Where are you based?

Vail, Colorado

Job Title

Area Manager- Breckenridge & Vail

How long have you worked at AvantStay?

I have been with AvantStay for a little over a year now!

How would you describe your job & responsibilities to someone who doesn’t work in your field?

I am responsible for coordinating and overseeing all things field related in my markets.  If there’s anything going on at any of our homes, I am who you call to get things taken care of!

How do you like to start your work day?

I am all about our dashboards in Salesforce. You can find me in our Maintenance and Owner Relation Dashboards every morning making sure I am on top of everything and ready to tackle the day with our team!

What teams do you collaborate the most with at work?

Account Management and CX teams.

What is your favorite thing about working at AvantStay?

I LOVE that no day is ever the same! There is never a dull moment in Field Operations and I thrive in this type of environment.

What advice would you give to someone looking to join your team?

You have to be flexible and adaptable to be successful in Field Operations.

What is something that you’re proud of that you’ve accomplished in your role?

I have a very ‘Type A’ personality which is an added advantage in this role. I spend a lot of time in our homes. You can find me organizing any and everything I can to help streamline things for the team. I always want to do whatever I can to assist in making sure our guests and owners have a 5 star stay each visit with us. My team members share their gratitude with me regularly and applaud my attention to detail and being able to see things through the guests’ eyes at our homes.

Which AvantStay home is on your bucket list?

Dory in Hilton Head, SC. I may live in the mountains but being from Bermuda will always take me back to the beach when I can. Dory looks like an amazing spot for a more than memorable family vacation for a big group like ours!

Give us a fun fact!

I am a huge sports fan. Mainly NFL but I also love going down to Denver whenever I can for an Avs game or two!

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Our family takes every chance we get to be outside. We are very blessed to live in the mountains. In the winter? Skiing, skiing, and did I mention skiing? In the summer we love to camp and get on the river any chance we get. We are looking forward to taking our 16-month-old son out for the first time this year.

Before working at AvantStay, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?

I lived in Miami while attending college and worked as a server at a very popular night club on South Beach. There were pros and cons like there are at any job. It was always busy, the hours were awful, but the money was great! It taught me a lot and gave me even more respect for everyone in the service industry. 

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Always, always trust your first gut instincts. If you feel something’s wrong, it usually is.

What’s your favorite Slack channel?

 #PetsOfAvantStay ALL DAY, EVERYDAY! I love getting to see all our sweet fur babies across the company.

Where is your favorite vacation spot?

BERMUDA – Not only does my whole family still live on the island but it’s one of the most beautiful vacation destinations in the world!

Ask the Expert Series: Photography

How do we turn a vacation rental from average to an AvantStay? In our Ask the Expert series, we sit down with different members of the AvantStay team to learn just that. 

We asked our Senior Photo Retoucher, Lindsey Averill, best practices for photographing your home, biggest photography mistakes made in home listings and more. Let’s dive in!

1. What is your top tip for photographing a vacation home?

Utilize straight on shots as much as possible! While angled shots can cover more area, straight on shots can give a more architectural/elevated vibe to your listing.

2. Biggest mistake people make with home photos on a listing?

I have two big photo no-nos. Don’t overly process your photos—I’m looking at you, intense HDR trend that won’t die. And tripods set too high. You don’t want your images to look like they’re taken from a security camera. Shoot from the heart—literally and figuratively. 

3. Is lighting important when photographing a home? 

Lighting is the MOST important variable in photography! Have your home shot when it receives the most natural light to really amplify your space.

4. What’s your favorite photo of an AvantStay and why?

This is the first shot that came to mind is from Yellowjacket in Coachella Valley. Love the shaft of light on the wall leading the viewer’s eye through the image. The framing is perfection! 

Want to take your vacation rental to the next level with our team of experts? Learn how to list your home with AvantStay here.