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?

AvantStay Employee Spotlight: Jack Tuggle, CX Manager


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.

The Ultimate Guide to 8-Bedroom Luxury Vacation Rentals

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 8 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.


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.


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.


Nestled in the heart of Sonoma, Coppola boasts a spotlight-stealing backyard. Featuring a secluded casita for added privacy, a bocce court perfect for pre-dinner games, and a back bar for pool enthusiasts, this property is a treat for both you and Fido. For a touch of nostalgia, settle into vintage theater seats and catch a movie under the stars while enjoying a delightful al fresco meal.

Casa Cariba

Enter: your dream Coachella Valley vacation home. Casa Cariba is a long-term rental (30+ days) featuring a pup-approved backyard with a covered dining area, hot tub, modern firepit, hammocks, and a pool with views for days. While the outside is its own oasis, the inside features high ceilings with wooden beams, open-air interiors, bohemian style, a billiards table and private theater.


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!

8 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. Nahana

Calling all beach bums and volleyball enthusiasts! Nahana in Coachella Valley has everything you need for the ultimate vacation. Equipped with not just a private volleyball court, but a pink pickleball/basketball court too, this beachy haven ensures your days are filled with sun-soaked fun and friendly matches.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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


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


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 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


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.


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.


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 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


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: Nohea

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.


For the bride to be that grew up idolizing Ina Garten, Springsteen 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. 


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


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.

8 Best Vacation Rentals with the Most Unique Amenities

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no—it’s an AvantStay! 

If you’re tired of the same old travel experience and crave something exceptional, you’re in the right place. In this blog, we’ll take you on a virtual tour of unique vacation rentals that go above and beyond, offering a myriad of unique amenities that will leave you (and your followers) in awe. 

From luxury treehouses to villas with swim-up bars, these extraordinary accommodations redefine the concept of a perfect vacation. Get ready to discover a world of enchanting escapes and prepare to indulge in the most extraordinary amenities that will take your vacation expectations to new heights.


Whether you’re seeking a family-friendly getaway or simply want to unleash your inner child, these homes with waterslides guarantee a memorable and fun-filled vacation. These stays offer the perfect blend of luxury and adventure, so go ahead and dive in.

Sky Lantern — Temecula, CA

Leave no one behind at this 7-bed stay in Temecula. Whether you’d rather compete in a lively round of cornhole or volleyball, unwind with some local wine on the cozy hammock, or take a refreshing dip in one of the two inviting pools (one being in a cave), the decompression sessions are all yours at Sky Lantern.

Villa Cabernet — Temecula, CA

Villa Cabernet is an extraordinary home with an array of experiential amenities. Enjoy the ultimate outdoor oasis with a fully equipped outdoor kitchen, complete with a pizza oven, grill, warming drawers, and a dishwasher—allowing you to indulge poolside all day long. Throw in the thrilling water slide, waterfall, and grotto in the pool, and you’ll never want to check out of this Temecula vacation home.

For even more waterslides, check out our 7 Best Vacation Rentals with Water Slides.

Swim-up Bars

Picture a place where you can bask in the sun, cool off in the pool, and sip on your favorite drink without ever leaving the water. Vacation rentals with swim-up bars offer a unique blend of relaxation and entertainment, allowing you to swim right up to a beautifully designed bar and enjoy refreshing cocktails (or mocktails) without leaving the water.

Monarch — Destin, FL

One of our go-to stays in Destin, Monarch is the ultimate coastal estate. Enjoy resort-style amenities like the Baja shelf pool, hot tub, outdoor kitchen with a TV, swim-up bar, rooftop patio, and a game room with its own bar. Whether you’re cooking a delightful group dinner in the fully-stocked kitchen, taking in breathtaking views from the rooftop patio, or simply enjoying the beach, this stay is the epitome of luxury and coastal bliss.

Moana — Temecula, CA

Welcome to Moana, a stunning Mediterranean-style in the hills of Temecula. Start your day with an exhilarating plunge down the built-in stone waterslide into the refreshing pool. Relax and unwind at the swim-up bar, play a game on the outdoor putting green or seek shade under the gazebo. When you’re ready to explore, indulge in the town’s world-class wine and dining scene, or head back home to host a BBQ sesh at the grill.

Private Sports Courts

Imagine stepping out onto your own private court on vacation, whether it be for a lively game of basketball, a challenging tennis match, or a thrilling pickleball showdown. After a good game, you can unwind and relax in the comfort of your luxurious rental, knowing that your personal sports court is just a few steps away whenever you’re ready for another round.

Nahana — Coachella Valley, CA

Experience the ultimate escape at Nahana, a brand-new estate nestled on a sprawling 1-acre lot within a private guard-gated community in Coachella Valley. Lounge by the expansive pool on plush sunbeds, indulge in thrilling games of pickleball or volleyball on your very own court, and as the sun sets, gather around the hot tub or the inviting fire pit lounge for s’mores or friendly bocce ball matches.

Mirabella — Coachella Valley, CA

Discover the beauty of Mirabella — a Coachella Valley equestrian compound with three homes and a blend of modern, oriental, and Mediterranean design elements. Every aspect of this compound is remarkable, from its seamless indoor/outdoor living to its impressive amenities like private tennis, pickleball and volleyball courts, a 5-hole pitch, putt golf course, and a private lake complete with a dock for kayaking and paddle boating.

If you’re ready to get your game on, check out even more of our vacation rentals with sports courts. We have dedicated posts for homes with their own pickleball courts, basketball courts, and tennis courts.

Arcade and Game Rooms

Step into a new type of vacation, this time one filled with classic arcade games, pinball machines, air hockey tables, and more. For notes of nostalgia and endless hours of entertainment, these stays guarantee a chance to unleash your skills and embark on an unforgettable vacation filled with fun and friendly competition.

Mermaid — Paso Robles, CA

Discover Mermaid, a hidden gem amidst Paso Robles vineyards and farms. Enjoy an enormous backyard with a sand volleyball court, shuffleboard, bocce ball, horseshoes, an outdoor dining area, lounge chairs, and a waterfall. Inside you’ll find arcade games like Dance Dance Revolution, air hockey, and Golden Tee. 

Sugarland — Smoky Mountains, TN

Immerse yourself in nature and soak up panoramic views of the Smokies from every angle at Sugarland. Discover a world of entertainment within this home’s game room with its car racing arcade game, pool table, home theater, foosball, and indoor pool. Outside, the balconies beckon for gatherings with a covered deck for grilling and al fresco dining.

To keep the fun going, check out our Top Rentals with Arcade Rooms.

Even More Amenities 

We have so much more to offer when it comes to extraordinary amenities. Check out these other posts where we dive into more of what makes AvantStay a cut above the rest:

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

10 Best Places to Visit in July in the USA

July is the perfect month for summer group getaways, and there are plenty of fantastic destinations to consider all across the USA. From beachside paradises to cultural hotspots, we’re rounded up ten amazing places to visit in July—plus events & festivals to enjoy and the top vacation rental accommodations for your stay. Let’s dive in!

1. Lake Tahoe, California – Lake Tahoe continues to shine in July, offering breathtaking natural beauty and outdoor activities. You can go hiking, biking, or horseback riding along the scenic trails, or simply relax on the beach and soak up the sun. Don’t miss the “Lights on the Lake” fireworks display on the 4th of July, a spectacular show that reflects over the lake.

Where to Stay: Wildwood

Wildwood by AvantStay

2. San Diego, California – San Diego is a vibrant coastal city with beautiful beaches, lively neighborhoods, and a wealth of attractions. The San Diego County Fair is held in July, which features concerts, rides, and delicious fair food. The Big Bay Boom fireworks show on the 4th of July is another highlight, with fireworks launched from multiple locations around the bay.

Where to Stay: Jewel

Jewel by AvantStay

3. Berkshires, Massachusetts – The Berkshires is a picturesque region in western Massachusetts known for its natural beauty, cultural institutions, and charming towns. In July, you can experience the Tanglewood Music Festival, a renowned summer concert series held in Lenox. Enjoy live performances by the Boston Symphony Orchestra and other acclaimed musicians in an outdoor setting.

Where to Stay: Robin’s Retreat

Robin’s Retreat by AvantStay

4. Isle of Palms, South Carolina – The Isle of Palms is a stunning barrier island near Charleston, South Carolina. With pristine beaches and a relaxed atmosphere, it’s an ideal place to unwind. In July, you can attend the Isle of Palms Beach Run, an annual 5K and 10K race. Additionally, you can celebrate Independence Day with a spectacular fireworks display on the beach.

Where to Stay: Palmetto

Palmetto by AvantStay

5. Temecula, California – Temecula is a charming city located in Southern California’s wine country. It’s known for its vineyards, wine tasting rooms, and beautiful landscapes. If visiting in July, you cannot miss the Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival, featuring hot air balloon rides, wine tastings, live music, and food vendors.

Where to Stay: Le Grand Bleu

Le Grand Bleu by AvantStay

6. Oahu, Hawaii – Oahu is a captivating island in Hawaii, offering stunning beaches, lush landscapes, and vibrant culture. In July, you can experience the Aloha Festivals, a month-long celebration of Hawaiian music, dance, and art. The festivities include parades, live performances, and local cuisine, providing a rich immersion into Hawaiian culture.

Where to Stay: Hale Oahu Estate

Hale Oahu Estate by AvantStay

7. Newport Beach, California – Newport Beach is a picturesque coastal city in Southern California known for its stunning harbor, beautiful beaches, and upscale shopping. If you’re visiting during the holiday, the Newport Beach Independence Day on the Bay event is one you should attend. Experience live music, food trucks, and a dazzling fireworks display over the water.

Where to Stay: Sea Sight

Sea Sight by AvantStay

8. Key West, Florida – Key West is an idyllic island city in the Florida Keys, known for its vibrant nightlife, historic sites, and colorful atmosphere. July is a wonderful time to visit because of the famous Key Lime Festival, a celebration of the tangy key lime pie that the island is known for. Enjoy pie-eating contests, cooking demonstrations, and live music during this lively event.

Where to Stay: Tropical Dreaming

Tropical Dreaming by AvantStay

9. 30A, Florida – 30A is a scenic coastal highway in Florida that stretches along the Gulf of Mexico, passing through charming beach communities. If visiting in July, you’ll want to attend the South Walton Fourth of July Parade, which features creative floats, live music, and family-friendly activities. The celebration culminates with a fireworks show at Alys Beach.

Where to Stay: Marlin

Marlin by AvantStay

10. Sonoma, California – Sonoma County is a renowned wine region in California, known for its vineyards, wineries, and picturesque landscapes. In July, you can enjoy the Sonoma County Fair, featuring carnival rides, live music, agricultural exhibits, and delicious food. Don’t forget to sample some of the region’s exceptional wines while you’re there.

Where to Stay: Marquee

Marquee by AvantStay

No matter where you choose to go in July, these destinations offer a wonderful combination of natural beauty, cultural experiences, and exciting events. Make sure to check the specific dates and details of the festivals or events mentioned to plan your trip accordingly.

Ask the Expert Series: Revenue Management

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 Revenue Analyst, Matt Murphey, what it’s like pricing a vacation rental, best booking practices and more. Let’s dive in!

1. What does your day to day actually look like?

First thing every morning, I look at the previous day’s bookings. This gives me an idea of how units are reacting to any changes made. The rest of the day I am concentrated on a various market or time period making sure pricing for each unit is where I want it.

2. How do you figure out how to price a home?

I like to get as much data as possible with previously booked rates being the most important. Setting base rates for a home is focused around calculating rates for each day in line with the normal seasonal demand. Dynamic pricing will ensure we are priced in line with current market conditions after initial rates are set.

3. What is dynamic pricing?

Dynamic pricing is the macroeconomic principle of adjusting rates to match market conditions. If a certain time period is booking more or less than what we forecasted, rate adjustment allows us to better reach our targets.

4. What tools do you use to make sure a price is competitive?

We use different dashboards with data showing us unit and market conditions. Depending on the season and current trends, we want to be in a certain price range of the comparable units in the area.

5. What is the most important metric to look at when it comes to vacation rental performance?

The most important metric for me is Revenue per Available Night. It combines booked rates and occupancy to give a very accurate telling of how your total revenue is looking over a period. It rewards a balanced approach of being well occupied at competitive rates.

6. When’s the best time to book an AvantStay?

This depends on the kind of unit and season. If the group is wanting a desirable unit in the high season, they will need to book in advance. If they want to get a good deal regardless of location and amenities, closer to check in date will have better rates, but the choices will be very limited.

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

9 Best Things to Do on the Oregon Coast

Hey there, wanderlust seekers! If you’re itching for an adventure, look no further than the captivating Oregon Coast. With its stunning landscapes, charming coastal towns, and endless outdoor activities, this place has something for everyone. 

In this blog post, we’re going to take you on a journey through 9 must-do activities that will make your Oregon Coast experience truly unforgettable. Plus, we’ll let you in on a little secret: AvantStay has some of the best vacation rentals in the area, perfect for groups of all sizes looking to have an epic time together and make memories. Let’s dive in!

1. Soak in the Coastal Beauty

Let’s start our adventure with a bang! First stop: the stunning Cannon Beach. Get ready to have your breath taken away as you marvel at the iconic Haystack Rock rising majestically from the shore. Snap some envy-inducing photos, walk barefoot on the sandy beach, and let the salty breeze rejuvenate your soul. 

Now, buckle up for a scenic drive along the Pacific Coast Highway. With its jaw-dropping ocean views and winding roads, this highway is a road-tripper’s dream come true. Roll down the windows, turn up the tunes, and let the rhythm of the waves guide you. 

Source: Adventures of A+K

2. Discover Natural Wonders

Strap on your hiking boots because we’re heading to Ecola State Park. Prepare to be enchanted by lush forests, rugged cliffs, and sweeping vistas of the coastline. Choose from a variety of trails that cater to different fitness levels and soak in the beauty of this coastal gem. We recommend the iconic Clatsop Loop Trail, a 2.8-mile loop trail that is moderately challenging, dog-friendly, and open year-round. The views are unbeatable.

Next, let’s visit the Cape Meares Lighthouse. Climb to the top for panoramic views that will make your heart skip a beat. Its historic charm makes it a must-visit destination for lighthouse enthusiasts and history buffs.

Feeling adventurous? Time to check out Devil’s Punchbowl State Natural Area. Don’t worry, you won’t be fighting any demons here! Instead, you’ll witness Mother Nature’s artistry in the form of incredible rock formations. Explore the tide pools, watch the waves crash against the rocks, and let your imagination run wild.

Source: Oregon Is For Adventure

3. Enjoy Outdoor Activities

Ready to channel your inner marine biologist? Grab a bucket and go tide pooling! Some of the best locations include Yaquina Head in Newport, Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach, Cape Kiwanda in Pacific City, Cape Lookout State Park near Tillamook, and Harris Beach State Park in Brookings. These areas boast diverse marine ecosystems and are teeming with fascinating tide pool creatures waiting to be discovered.

Explore the intertidal zone and discover fascinating creatures like colorful sea stars, curious crabs, and squishy anemones. Just be sure to tread lightly and leave everything as you found it.

Crabbing or clamming, anyone? The Oregon Coast is famous for its delicious crustaceans and bivalves. Head to one of the coastal towns and try your hand at this coastal tradition. Not only will you have a blast, but you might also end up with a mouthwatering seafood feast!

For a more serene experience, hop on a kayak or paddleboard and explore the coast’s tranquil waterways. Nehalem Bay near Manzanita provides calm waters and opportunities to spot wildlife like seals. Siletz Bay in Lincoln City offers tranquility and scenic beauty, with a chance to witness bald eagles in flight. Whether exploring the channels of Alsea Bay in Waldport or enjoying the serenity of Netarts Bay near Tillamook, these coastal destinations provide an ideal backdrop for unforgettable paddleboarding and kayaking experiences. 

Glide through hidden coves, navigate through sea caves, and feel at one with the ocean. Don’t be surprised if you spot some playful seals or curious dolphins along the way!

Source: Only In Your State

4. Immerse in Coastal Towns

Let’s take a break from nature and dive into the vibrant coastal towns that dot the Oregon Coast. Our first stop is Astoria, the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies. Wander through its charming streets, admire the Victorian architecture, and indulge in some local brews at a quaint pub.

Next up, Newport! This artistic community is known for its picturesque harbor and bustling waterfront. Take a stroll along the marina, visit the renowned Oregon Coast Aquarium, and savor a fresh seafood meal while soaking in the lively atmosphere. Newport will leave you craving for more.

No trip to the Oregon Coast is complete without a visit to Seaside. Channel your inner child as you play carnival games on the bustling boardwalk, take a leisurely bike ride along the promenade, and dig your toes into the sandy beach. Oh, and don’t forget to sample some mouthwatering fish and chips while you’re there.

Source: Astoria Riverwalk Inn

5. Indulge in Culinary Delights

Speaking of sampling food, prepare your taste buds for a feast! Along the Oregon Coast, you’ll find an abundance of delightful culinary experiences. Treat yourself to the freshest locally caught seafood at renowned coastal restaurants. From succulent dungeness crab to melt-in-your-mouth halibut, your palate will thank you.

Take a break from the salty sea air and visit one of the coastal farmers markets. Here, you’ll find an array of fresh produce, artisanal goods, and friendly vendors. Stock up on juicy berries, crisp veggies, and homemade goodies to create your own delicious coastal picnic.

Don’t leave the Oregon Coast without satisfying your sweet tooth. When it comes to getting delicious saltwater taffy, one of the best spots is Bruce’s Candy Kitchen in Cannon Beach. Bruce’s Candy Kitchen has been an iconic destination for sweet treats since 1963 and offers a wide variety of mouthwatering taffy flavors. Step into their colorful store, watch as the taffy is made on-site, and indulge in this classic coastal delight. With its charming atmosphere and delectable selection, Bruce’s Candy Kitchen is a must-visit destination for saltwater taffy lovers. Treat yourself to a bag (or two) and savor the sugary goodness.

Source: Only In Your State

6. Uncover Hidden Gems

While the Oregon Coast offers well-known attractions, there are also hidden gems waiting to be discovered. Head off the beaten path and explore the lesser-known spots that offer unique experiences. Hunt for colorful agates along the shore, stumble upon secluded beaches where you can have a slice of paradise all to yourself, or venture into coastal forests and soak in the sights of all the ancient trees.

Source: Beach Connection

7. Experience Whale Watching

If you’re lucky enough to visit the Oregon Coast during whale migration season, prepare to be amazed. Gray whales make their journey along the coast, and you can catch glimpses of these magnificent creatures from various viewpoints. Grab your binoculars, find a cozy spot on a cliff, and witness the awe-inspiring sight of these gentle giants as they breach and spout.

Source: Statesman Journal

8. Enjoy a Coastal Bike Ride

Feel the wind in your hair and the sun on your face as you embark on a scenic bike ride along the coast. Many towns along the Oregon Coast offer bike rentals, so you can pedal your way through charming streets, beachside paths, and scenic trails. It’s a fantastic way to explore the area, enjoy the fresh coastal air, and soak in the natural beauty at your own pace.

Source: Travel+Leisure

9. Discover Maritime History

The Oregon Coast has a rich maritime history, and you can delve into it through various museums and historic sites. Visit the Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria to learn about the region’s maritime heritage and explore fascinating exhibits. Don’t miss the opportunity to tour the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse, known as “Terrible Tilly,” perched on a rugged rock offshore.

From the awe-inspiring beauty of Cannon Beach to the hidden wonders of Devil’s Punchbowl, this place has truly stolen our hearts. Indulging in delicious seafood, discovering hidden gems, and immersing ourselves in the rich maritime history only added to the magic of this coastal paradise.

Source: Oregon Live

But before we wrap up, let’s not forget the cherry on top of your Oregon Coast experience: AvantStay vacation rentals. Staying in one of their luxurious properties amplifies the joy and comfort of your trip. With spacious accommodations and top-notch amenities, AvantStay ensures that your group has a memorable and relaxing stay.

So, don’t settle for ordinary when you can have extraordinary. Choose AvantStay for your Oregon Coast adventure, and let them take care of the details while you focus on making unforgettable moments. The Oregon Coast is calling, and it’s time to answer the call!

AvantStay Q+A | Austin, TX Homeowner

We spoke to the owner of our Austin home, Dawson, and asked all about his experience owning a property with AvantStay. Let’s dive in!

Why did you choose AvantStay?

I loved the income potential for my property with short term rentals. I’d had a property manager before but they were still making it to where it was a lot of work for me—so I was very open to a new PM company. I loved how AvantStay has a design and experiential point of view and I own a unique property that fits their vision, so I felt we made great partners. 

What was the onboarding process like?

Painless. I felt very at ease by their approach and felt my terms were market appropriate. They assigned a local property manager whom I met in person. We cleared out our personal effects, they did their design things—so I didn’t do much except get out of the way!

What upgrades did AvantStay make in your home?

I actually don’t know as I haven’t set foot in the place since I left, which should tell you how comfortable I am. But I believe it included painting, some fresh decor and new beds. Very appropriate and reasonable.

What’s the one thing that has stood out the most during your experience with us?

Everyone, to a person, has done what they said they were going to do. Every time. I’ve interacted with several people from corporate and two property managers—all of them have had high service mindsets and high integrity. 

If you could own another rental anywhere in the country, where would you choose and why?

Santa Fe comes to mind immediately. It’s a destination that includes art, cuisine, culture, history and outdoor sports. There’s a lot packed in. Short flight, close enough to drive. Temperate climate. Great spot for a Texan to escape the heat. After that, it would be somewhere between Miami and Jupiter Florida—the coast is gorgeous. As you move north, it gets increasingly peaceful in terms of crowds. 

What’s your favorite part about your own vacation home?

I love my house, and I actually love that I get to share it with more people. I feel like you get used to your own home in a way that makes you forget. This is a way where it’s fresh for everyone, including me. 

I also love that I’m a part of a company that’s doing it a better way than the average PM company. There is a high standard. I admire that, and like the guests to have a great time. 

Is there anything you’d like to say to other homeowners considering our platform?

AvantStay does what they say they’re going to do, so get started and see what happens. I’ve loved my experience and am adding another short term rental expressly for AvantStay because the experience is so great. I even had them weigh in on my personal remodeling and reno choices! They’re good people. 

Best Vacation Rental Amenities To Boost Your ROI: Mountain Edition

Ready to create a five-star guest experience and increase the return on your vacation rental investment? A great starting point is by adding experiential elements and sought-after amenities to your home. Vacation rental amenities help create an exceptional guest experience, drive more positive reviews, and ultimately increase your rental income. This article is the latest addition in our series breaking down popular amenities and the advantages they create, by market type. Keep reading to discover our top amenity picks for mountain cabin rentals. 

The importance of vacation rental amenities 

In competitive markets, like Pigeon Forge and Asheville, the vacation rentals that are going to get more bookings and drive strong returns are the one-of-a-kind and exciting homes that stand out from the rest. If you have unique amenities, like a home theater or indoor pool, showcase these in some of the first photos on your listing page to grab guests’ attention. Before we reveal what the top mountain vacation rental amenities are, let’s cover the benefits of investing in interior design and luxury amenities.

Attract more guests

58% of millennials make their booking decision based on the first five photos of the home. Professionally designed properties with new furnishings, stylish decor, and top-of-the-line amenities attract guests who appreciate and respect the elements that make your home unique. 

Earn higher ratings 

Homes with thoughtfully designed interiors and amenities are directly linked to higher ratings and referrals from guests. An appealing and comfortable home where guests can gather and entertain has a proven positive effect on the guest experience. 

Increase your revenue 

Helping homeowners choose and install the right amenities is just one part of how AvantStay maximizes your property’s value and increases your profit by up to 20-30%. You’ll notice a surge in bookings as guests prefer to stay at properties with professionally designed interiors and experiential amenities for the whole group to enjoy. 

Best vacation rental amenities for mountain homes

indoor pool at cabin rental by avantstay

Vacation rental amenities can make the difference between a four and five-star review. But which amenities are guests looking for? We dove into our data to discover what amenities drive the greatest returns in our mountain markets. Below are our findings from one year of performance metrics from our Asheville, Black Mountain, and Smoky Mountains cabin rentals. 

Indoor pools

Give guests an amenity they can enjoy on snowy days in, warm summer nights, and anytime in between. Adding an indoor pool to your vacation rental is the #1 amenity investment you can make. Vacation rental cabins with an indoor pool see these premiums compared to homes without this amenity: 

  • 198% higher ADRs
  • 57% greater RevPAU (revenue per available unit)
  • 26% more revenue per bedroom 

Home theaters 

Another solid vacation rental amenity in mountain markets is a home theater. Guests will be eager to grab the popcorn and relax after a day of exploring. Homes with a theater see 77% higher ADRs, 76% greater RevPAU, and 20% more revenue per bedroom than properties without a home theater. 

Game rooms 

Bring on some friendly competition with an indoor game room. Even though your guests will be embracing the great outdoors, a game room is a nice amenity to have for rainy or snowy days, or for when your guests want a chill night in. Arcade games, foosball, billiards, and ping pong tables are great options. Homes with a game room drive 42% higher ADRs, 49% greater RevPAU, and 25% more revenue per bedroom than properties without. 

Level up your vacation rental with AvantStay

Only AvantStay homeowners have access to our award-winning Interior Design team that elevates homes in under nine days, instantly increasing your home’s equity and maximizing your ROI. We believe the best accommodations are designed to enhance every aspect of a guest’s travels, which is why we transform beautiful homes into incredible experiences that foster unforgettable memories.

We help procure high-quality, durable furniture and upscale amenities, and coordinate delivery and installation on your behalf so you don’t have to lift a finger. Our thoughtfully designed spaces encourage gathering and allow guests to make the most of their time at your home—leaving them recharged and ready to write a five-star review! 

Are you looking to upgrade your vacation rental design and amenities? Our interior designers can create a custom, locally inspired space that guests love. If you’re interested in learning more about AvantStay’s design, procurement, and vacation rental management services, our team of experts is ready to help. Get started today!

AvantStay Spotlight: Mikal Smith, Director of People and Talent


Mikal Smith

Where are you based?

Miami, FL

Job Title

Director, People & Talent

How long have you worked at AvantStay?

1 year, 5 months

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

I help build the systems and processes to keep employees engaged!

How do you like to start your work day?

My NPR podcast, a little Beyoncé, and my skincare routine.

What teams do you collaborate the most with at work?

Legal and Finance, but what I love about my role is being able to partner with folks across every team in the business!

What is your favorite thing about working at AvantStay?

The trust I’ve been given in making a meaningful difference in the employee experience.

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

Be prepared to get your hands dirty. The People & Talent team is highly collaborative and no job is too small!

Which AvantStay home is your favorite?

Twilight Vines – I stayed there for my 1st company offsite. I got to meet so many folks face-to-face when we’re otherwise remote, and had an awesome time collaborating live and getting to have some fun!

Give us a fun fact!

I’m the oldest of 11 children!

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Big video game nerd! Right now, lots of Destiny 2 on PS5.

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

I had a summer job collecting tolls on a bridge!

What is your favorite AvantStay memory?

Visiting new markets to help welcome new employees. 

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

Examine what you tolerate.

What’s your favorite Slack channel?

#people-and-talent, of course!

What’s your favorite AvantStay employee perk?

A remote-first environment.

Where is your favorite vacation spot?

Medellin, Colombia! Photo from paragliding in a nearby town, Corconá:

How to Spend 48 Hours in Sonoma

Nestled in the heart of California’s wine country, Sonoma County offers a delightful blend of scenic landscapes, world-class wineries, and culinary delights. Sonoma makes for the perfect weekend getaway, with plenty of things to do to fit into a 48-hour trip. In this guide, we’ll take you on a memorable journey through Sonoma, highlighting the best places to stay, wineries to visit, and where to savor delicious treats. Get ready to immerse yourself in the beauty and flavors of this captivating destination.

Where to Stay

For a comfortable and luxurious stay in Sonoma County, consider booking an AvantStay vacation rental in Santa Rosa. Santa Rosa is a great central location with easy access to the Sonoma wineries to the north and south, and to Napa Valley wineries to the east.

AvantStay offers an array of stunning properties that cater to different group sizes and preferences. Whether you’re traveling with family or friends, you’ll find spacious accommodations equipped with modern amenities and stylish interiors. Enjoy the convenience of a fully equipped kitchen, cozy living spaces, and beautiful outdoor areas to unwind after a day of exploration.

Estrella by AvantStay

Day 1
Kickstart your day with a delicious brunch at Sunflower Caffé in Downtown Sonoma. Known for its farm-to-table ethos, this charming eatery serves up mouthwatering dishes made with locally sourced ingredients. Indulge in their fluffy pancakes, savory omelets, or a hearty breakfast sandwich. This spot does not take reservations, so you can leisurely stroll to brunch without being held to a schedule.

Make your way to Benziger Family Winery, known for its sustainable farming practices and exceptional wines. Take a guided tour of the vineyards, learn about their biodynamic approach, and sample their diverse range of varietals. We recommend taking the tractor tour for a unique perspective of the vineyards. Tickets must be purchased in advance as they do tend to sell out.

Berziger Family Winery

After Benziger, head to their sister location, Imagery Winery, for an intimate wine-tasting experience. Enjoy their handcrafted wines, carefully produced in small batches, while taking in the serene vineyard views. This winery is family-friendly, offering an outdoor area with bocce ball and plenty of space for the kids to run around.

Imagery Winery

End your evening by heading back to the Santa Rosa area for dinner at La Rosa Tequileria & Grille. This vibrant restaurant offers a fusion of Mexican and Latin American flavors. Enjoy dishes like their flavorful carne asada, fresh ceviche, or their famous street tacos. Pair your meal with one of their impressive tequila or mezcal selections.

Save room for dessert and hop across the street to Noble Folk for a delightful ice cream experience. This artisanal ice cream parlor offers a range of unique flavors made with locally sourced ingredients. From classic options to inventive creations like lavender honey and salted caramel, there’s something to satisfy every palate. For the indecisive, opt for a flight of ice cream and choose up to 6 different flavors.

Ice cream flight at Noble Folk

Day 2

Start your morning off right with brunch at Bird & The Bottle. This Santa Rosa spot blends an surprising array of flavors. Asian, American South, East Coast, Jewish and other cuisines have been combined to create an unforgettable menu. Enjoy everything from matzo ball soup to Korean BBQ chicken.

Next on the agenda are another two wineries you won’t want to miss.

Embark on a sensory journey at Jordan Vineyard & Winery, renowned for its elegant wines and stunning chateau-style architecture. Take a guided tour of the vineyards, explore their underground wine cellar, and indulge in a wine and food pairing experience. The Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon is a true standout.

Conclude your winery visits at St. Francis Winery & Vineyards, a picturesque estate offering an array of exceptional wines. Enjoy a seated tasting experience in their tasting room or outdoor terrace, where you can sample their highly acclaimed Zinfandel and Chardonnay.

For a delicious dining experience, spend the evening at The Girl & The Fig in Sonoma. This renowned restaurant focuses on French-inspired cuisine with a California twist. The menu showcases seasonal and locally sourced ingredients, creating dishes bursting with flavor. Try their signature fig and arugula salad, followed by their delectable roasted chicken or grilled fish. End your meal with their decadent lavender crème brulée.

the girl & the fig

Ready to plan your stay in Sonoma? Check out all of AvantStay’s group-friendly vacation rentals here.

3 Hot Tips: How To Become a Superhost on Airbnb

With over 4 million hosts on Airbnb and 6 million active listings worldwide, how do you make your short-term rental stand out in such a saturated space? As an Airbnb Superhost, you’ll receive improved visibility, higher referral bonuses, increased bookings, and ultimately more revenue. If you’re interested in learning how to become a Superhost on Airbnb, and how AvantStay can simplify that process, we’ve got you covered. In this article we’ll answer:

  • What is an Airbnb Superhost? 
  • What are the benefits of being a Superhost?
  • What are the Airbnb Superhost requirements? 
  • How can a vacation rental management company help you become a Superhost? 

What is an Airbnb Superhost?

The Airbnb Superhost program was created to reward and promote top-performing hosts. Hosts that go above and beyond to create an exceptional guest experience are given a Superhost badge and additional promotions to reach more guests. If you meet Airbnb’s requirements, you are awarded Superhost status after each evaluation period (no application needed!).

What are the benefits of being an Airbnb Superhost? 

There are many benefits that come with being an Airbnb Superhost, including increased visibility, more earning potential, and exclusive rewards. According to AirDNA, these hosts also see a greater performance with several key performance indicators compared to non-Superhosts: 

  • 81% higher occupancy rate
  • 60% more revenue per available day
  • 5% improvement in listing traffic

Increased visibility 

As a Superhost, you’ll receive a badge that will help you stand out from other hosts and listings in your area, all while building trust with potential guests. Superhosts are also more likely to be featured in Airbnb’s promotional emails. In addition, Airbnb users have the ability to filter searches to only see Superhost rentals–that means more eyes on your listing and more bookings.

More earning potential 

Superhosts earn more simply from improved listing visibility along with the trust and expectations that come with the status. Guests know that Superhosts are the best of the best, and will likely book your home over those from other non-Superhosts. 

Exclusive rewards from Airbnb

Superhosts receive a $100 Airbnb coupon every year that they keep their status. If Superhosts refer new hosts to join Airbnb, they get an additional 20% bonus on top of the usual referral bonus.

What are the Airbnb Superhost requirements? 

Every three months, Airbnb checks if you’ve met their requirements for the past year so you can earn or keep your Superhost status. To qualify for an Airbnb Superhost badge, you must:

  • Host at least 10 trips, or have 3 reservations that total at least 100 nights
  • Maintain a 90% response rate or higher
  • Maintain a 1% cancellation rate (1 cancellation per 100 reservations) or lower
  • Maintain a 4.8 overall rating

3 Tips for becoming an Airbnb Superhost

While responsiveness and limiting cancellations are important, providing a top-notch guest experience is crucial to boost your ratings and maximizing your short-term rental income. Here’s how you can improve the guest experience to drive more five-star reviews and become a Superhost. 

Use high-quality photos in your listing

shuffleboard table in AvantStay vacation home

Take high-resolution photos of your vacation rental that accurately reflect the space, amenities, and what guests can expect when they walk into your home. Make sure you update these photos after you make any changes to your property so guests don’t leave negative reviews about an inaccurate listing. 

With AvantStay, our Design and Photography teams develop a marketing and listing plan that best highlights the experiences and amenities to our guests. We stage, style, and photograph your home to showcase the property’s best characteristics across listings. 

Prioritize cleanliness and upkeep

bathroom vacation rental cleaning checklist

Allow guests to completely unwind and enjoy their stay by keeping your vacation rental clean and ready to use. AvantStay has teams dedicated to field operations that manage utilities, services, maintenance, and housekeeping on our owners’ behalf. 

We pride ourselves on a rigorous 100-point vacation rental cleaning checklist that ensures our housekeepers perform deep cleans using products and standards that comply with (and exceed) CDC guidelines before every stay. In addition, we provide a bi-annual deep clean to ensure homes stay in great shape all year round. 

Take care of your guests

AvantStay branded mug and breakfast items

Go above and beyond to make sure guests have the best experience at your home. From communication and easy check-in, to welcome gifts and a well-stocked home, taking the time to show guests that you care can earn you a five-star rating. 

At AvantStay, guests have access to 24/7 live support via SMS, email, or phone, and we troubleshoot every issue to ensure they are well-cared for. That way, our homeowner partners can sit back and relax without any interruptions. By resolving 90% of guest issues on the first call, we receive higher ratings and better guest satisfaction, driving more five-star reviews.

We also take care of stocking the home with guest-ready supplies and provide personalized, thoughtful welcome packages ahead of every stay. 

Become an Airbnb Superhost with AvantStay

Managing a short-term rental and reaching Superhost status on Airbnb can be expensive, tedious, and time-consuming. AvantStay has been a top-rated Superhost for 24 consecutive quarters, so we know what it takes to take your home to the next level and maximize your revenue. We offer the first hands-off approach for vacation rental owners, using our proprietary tech suite to power bookings, operationalize in-field management, and activate an elevated guest experience. 

In addition, guests can take advantage of our upgrades and experiences by requesting mid-stay cleans, fridge stocking, arranging private chef-catered dinners, wine tastings, in-home spa treatments, transportation, and more. A pristine home paired with our personalized guest services drives higher satisfaction, more five-star reviews, and repeat visitors. 

If you’re interested in learning more about AvantStay’s best-in-class care and how we can maximize your revenue, our team is ready to help. Get started with our vacation rental management experts today!

How To Start an Airbnb: The Ultimate Guide [How To Maximize Your Revenue in 2023]

Starting an Airbnb business can be a lucrative venture. According to Airbnb, the average income for US hosts recently rose to $13,800, an 85% increase from 2019. Not a bad chunk of change for an additional income stream. However, the money won’t be flooding in the moment you begin your new hosting gig; there are a lot of moving parts when managing a vacation rental, and the hosts that go above and beyond are the ones that outperform the rest. If you’re ready to take on the role of a vacation rental host, this guide will teach you how to start an Airbnb business and maximize your revenue. 

Getting started — Airbnb business basics

Before starting your Airbnb business, there are a few crucial boxes to check, from complying with local short-term rental laws to budgeting for taxes and Airbnb fees. 

Short-term rental permits 

Before you attempt to start an Airbnb business, make sure your local government allows short-term rentals. Every state, county, and city has its own short-term rental laws. These often change, so make sure you’re fully up-to-date and understand the current rules and regulations in place for your market. 

You’ll likely need a general business license or short-term rental permit. These ensure your vacation rental is compliant with zoning restrictions and meet the local health and safety requirements. You’ll also need to get permission from your landlord or homeowners association to rent your home on a short-term basis. 

Short-term rental taxes

The IRS will recognize your Airbnb venture as a legitimate business, so you’ll need to keep track of your income and expenses for your federal tax return. You’ll likely be able to deduct expenses from running your Airbnb business, including utilities, property repairs, cleaning services, and more. 

In most locations, Airbnb automatically collects and pays occupancy taxes on behalf of hosts. This isn’t the case in all jurisdictions, so check to see if your listing is eligible

Also, consider working with a tax professional to make sure you’re always in good standing with the IRS. 

Airbnb fees

While it’s free to list vacation rentals on Airbnb, most hosts pay a fee of 14-16% for each booking’s subtotal. This percentage can be higher depending on location, your cancellation policy, and if you’re an Airbnb Plus host. Keep the hosting fee in mind when setting your price. 

How to start an Airbnb — next steps 

Assuming you already have a home to rent on Airbnb, whether it’s your primary residence or an investment property, the following steps will help you kickstart your Airbnb business. 

Prepare and furnish your space

A well-stocked thoughtfully designed and furnished Airbnb not only creates a positive guest experience but leads to better reviews and increased bookings. Make sure you tackle the following before welcoming your first guests: 

Assemble a network of local support teams

From housekeeping to landscaping and maintenance, create a solid team of local contractors that you can trust to keep your Airbnb property in pristine condition. Build a strong relationship with these folks as they’ll be your right hand running a successful Airbnb business. Some team members to consider: 

  • Housekeepers
  • Repairman
  • Plumber
  • Electrician 
  • Landscapers
  • Accountant 
  • Property Manager

Strategically price your Airbnb 

Pricing your Airbnb property for market and seasonal trends is one of the trickiest parts of running a vacation rental. If traveler demand is high in your market, you could lose money by pricing your home too low. On the other hand, if your home is priced too high, you could lose potential bookings. Research your local market so you can accurately and competitively charge for bedroom count, amenities, views, proximity to local attractions, and other key features. 

Create and optimize your listing 

Your Airbnb listing is your first touchpoint with potential guests. Start with your title, description, and keywords. Your title should describe your vacation rental and leave potential guests compelled to click your listing. Then you can use your description to paint a picture of the guest experience at your home, including all the details that make your property unique.

When writing your headline and description, incorporate search engine optimization (SEO) strategies to further boost your reach. Research search terms (“keywords”) that are popular in your market and add those to your listing. Some examples include, “private beachfront home in Destin” or “dog-friendly Scottsdale vacation rental.” 

Don’t just list amenities—describe how guests can make their own memories at your home! Do you have a private hot tub perfect for relaxing after a long day of exploring? Or a patio with an ocean view paired well with morning coffee or evening cocktails? Use these in your Airbnb listing to encourage travelers to hit “Reserve.” 

In addition, splurge on a professional photographer to take high-resolution photos of your vacation rental that accurately reflect the space, amenities, views, and what guests can expect when they walk into your Airbnb. Photos help guests imagine themselves in your space and create their own stories. 

How to become a Superhost on Airbnb 

Airbnb hosts that go above and beyond to create an exceptional guest experience are given a Superhost badge and additional promotions to reach more guests. 

Every three months, Airbnb checks if you’ve met their requirements for the past year so you can earn or keep your Superhost status (no application needed!). To qualify for an Airbnb Superhost badge, you must:

  • Host at least 10 trips, or have 3 reservations that total at least 100 nights
  • Maintain a 90% response rate or higher
  • Maintain a 1% cancellation rate (1 cancellation per 100 reservations) or lower
  • Maintain a 4.8 overall rating

Partner with an expert vacation rental manager 

Running a successful Airbnb business can be expensive, tedious, and time-consuming. So, why not partner with an expert who can do all the work for you? 

AvantStay has been a top-rated Superhost for 22 consecutive quarters, so we know what it takes to take your home to the next level and maximize your revenue. We offer the first hands-off approach for vacation rental owners, using our proprietary tech suite to power bookings, operationalize in-field management, and activate an elevated guest experience. 

In addition, guests can use our app to request upgrades and experiences like mid-stay cleans, fridge stocking, arrange private chef-catered dinners, wine tastings, in-home spa treatments, transportation, and more. A pristine home paired with our personalized guest services drives higher satisfaction, more five-star reviews, and repeat visitors. 

If you’re interested in learning more about AvantStay’s best-in-class care and how we can maximize your revenue, our team is ready to help. Get started with our vacation rental management experts today!

23 Things to Do in Malibu

Malibu is a beautiful coastal city located in Southern California. With its stunning beaches, picturesque mountains, and iconic attractions, Malibu is a popular travel destination for visitors from all over the world. In this blog post, we’ll explore the top 23 things to do in Malibu from outdoor adventures to wine tasting, from museums to shopping. 

1. Visit the iconic Surfrider Beach

Surfrider Beach is one of the most famous beaches in Malibu, and for good reason. It’s known for its world-class waves and beautiful scenery, and is a popular spot for surfing, swimming, and sunbathing. Whether you’re an experienced surfer or just looking to relax on the beach, Surfrider Beach is a must-visit destination.

Source: Sandee

2. Explore the tidepools at Leo Carrillo State Park

Leo Carrillo State Park is a beautiful coastal park that offers a wide range of outdoor activities. One of the highlights of the park is the tidepools, which are home to a variety of sea creatures like crabs, starfish, and anemones. It’s a great spot for kids and adults alike to explore and learn about the marine ecosystem.

3. Go scuba diving or snorkeling 

We recommend diving in the crystal clear waters of Point Dume State Beach, a scenic beach that offers some of the best scuba diving and snorkeling in Malibu. The crystal clear waters provide excellent visibility, and there’s a diverse array of marine life to discover, including kelp forests, sea lions, and colorful fish.

Source: Malibu Beach Inn

4. Go kayaking or paddle boarding in Malibu Lagoon State Beach

Malibu Lagoon State Beach is a peaceful beach that’s perfect for kayaking and paddleboarding. The lagoon is a great spot for beginners, as the water is calm and shallow. It’s also a great spot for birdwatching, as the lagoon is home to a variety of shorebirds and waterfowl.

5. Take a sunset horseback ride with Malibu Riders

Malibu Riders offers horseback rides in Malibu State Park and Zuma Canyon. The horses are gentle and well-trained, and the views of the ocean and coastline are stunning. It’s a great way to experience the natural beauty of Malibu.

Source: Malibu Riders

6. Hike the trails in Malibu Creek State Park

Malibu Creek State Park is a beautiful park that offers a wide range of hiking trails. The park is home to several filming locations, including the set of the TV show MAS*H. The trails offer stunning views of the mountains and canyons, and there are plenty of opportunities to spot wildlife like deer and coyotes.

7. Go rock climbing at Malibu Creek State Park

Malibu Creek State Park is also a great spot for rock climbing, with over 100 climbing routes to choose from. The park offers a range of climbs for all skill levels, from easy boulder problems to challenging multi-pitch routes. There are several guide companies in Malibu that offer rock climbing lessons and guided climbs.

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8. Take a bike ride on the scenic Pacific Coast Highway

The Pacific Coast Highway is one of the most iconic roads in the world, and it offers stunning views of the ocean and coastline. Biking along the PCH is a great way to take in the scenery and get some exercise at the same time. There are several bike rental companies in Malibu that offer rentals by the hour or day.

9. Go wine tasting

Malibu has its own wine region, with several wineries offering tastings and tours. Check out Malibu Wines or Rosenthal Winery for a great experience. 

Source: Malibu Discovery

10. Take a helicopter tour

For a unique and unforgettable experience, take a helicopter tour of Malibu and the surrounding area. You’ll get a bird’s-eye view of the stunning coastline and the Santa Monica Mountains.

11. Visit the Malibu Pier

Visiting the Malibu Pier is a quintessential Malibu experience that should not be missed. This historic pier offers stunning views of the ocean, the coastline, and the mountains. Take a leisurely stroll along the pier and enjoy the fresh ocean air, or try your hand at fishing from one of the designated fishing spots. The pier is also home to some great dining options, including Malibu Farm and the Beachcomber Café.

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12. Go shopping at the Malibu Lumber Yard

The Malibu Lumber Yard is not your typical shopping center. It’s an open-air, luxury shopping destination that features high-end fashion boutiques, health and wellness shops, and gourmet dining options. The design of the center is also unique, with beautiful landscaping, outdoor seating, and water features that make for a relaxing and enjoyable shopping experience.

13. Take a scenic drive along the Pacific Coast Highway

Driving along the PCH is a breathtaking experience that should not be missed. The highway offers stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, towering cliffs, and beautiful beaches. Rent a convertible and put the top down to explore the beauty of Malibu and the surrounding areas. There are plenty of lookout points and scenic stops along the way for the perfect photo op.

14. Visit the Adamson House and Malibu Lagoon Museum

The Adamson House is a beautiful Spanish Colonial Revival-style home that is now a museum showcasing Malibu’s history and culture. The house and grounds are stunning, with intricate tile work, gardens, and fountains. The Malibu Lagoon Museum is also on site and offers exhibits on the natural history of the Malibu Lagoon and its surrounding ecosystem.

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15. Take a surf lesson

Malibu is known for its great surf, and there’s no better way to experience it than by taking a surf lesson. There are plenty of surf schools and instructors in the area, offering lessons for all skill levels. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced surfer, catching a wave in Malibu is an unforgettable experience.

16. Explore the Santa Monica Mountains

The Santa Monica Mountains offer a wealth of hiking trails with stunning views of the ocean and the city. There are trails for all levels of hikers, from easy nature walks to challenging summit hikes. It’s a great way to get some exercise and enjoy the natural beauty of Malibu.

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17. Go on a whale watching tour

Malibu is a great place to spot whales during their migration season. Book a tour with one of the local companies and get up close and personal with these magnificent creatures. It’s a truly unforgettable experience that will leave you in awe of nature’s wonders.

18. Visit the Getty Villa

The Getty Villa is a stunning museum dedicated to the art and culture of ancient Greece and Rome. The building itself is a work of art, modeled after an ancient Roman villa, and the collection is truly impressive. It’s a great way to learn about history and art while enjoying the beauty of the museum’s gardens and views of the ocean.

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19. Take a day trip to nearby Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara is a charming town just a short drive up the coast from Malibu. It offers a variety of attractions, including beautiful beaches, historic sites, and great restaurants. Take a walk down State Street, visit the Santa Barbara Mission, or just relax on the beach and enjoy the scenery.

20. Visit the Malibu Country Mart

The Malibu Country Mart is an outdoor shopping center that offers a variety of high-end shops and restaurants. It’s also home to a weekly farmers’ market where you can sample fresh, local produce and artisanal goods. The center has a laid-back, beachy vibe that makes for a great shopping and dining experience.

Source: Malibu Country Mart

21. Take a sunset cruise

Watching the sun set over the Pacific is a must-do when in Malibu. Book a sunset cruise and enjoy a relaxing and romantic evening on the water. You’ll see stunning views of the coastline and maybe even spot some dolphins or other marine life.

22. Visit the Malibu Hindu Temple

The Malibu Hindu Temple is the largest Hindu temple in the Western Hemisphere and offers a unique glimpse into Hindu culture and spirituality. The temple is open to visitors of all faiths, and there are regular ceremonies and events

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23. Stay in an AvantStay vacation rental

With so much to see and do along the coast, staying in an AvantStay vacation rental in Malibu is the perfect way to experience it all. Whether you’re traveling with a group of friends or family, AvantStay offers spacious, luxurious rentals that will make your trip unforgettable.

Malibu truly has something for everyone, from beautiful beaches and outdoor activities to world-class dining and cultural attractions. And with AvantStay vacation rentals, you can experience it all in style and comfort. So why wait? Start planning your trip to Malibu today!

We hope this guide has given you some inspiration for your trip to Malibu. Don’t forget to check out the links we’ve included throughout the post to learn more about the various activities and attractions. Happy travels!

6 Best Vacation Rentals with Pickleball Courts

Consider yourself a heavy dink-er? 2022 proved that you either like pickleball or you’re wrong. With the addition of pickleball courts in 6 of our homes, we figured it’s time we give these courts their shining moment… since we already gave our homes with private tennis courts theirs. 

Grab your racquet—it’s game on.

1. Olivano Ranch – Palm Desert, CA

Great minds dink alike. Olivano Ranch is a 6-bedroom stay with all you and the crew need for a desert dreamy trip to Palm Springs. Engage in some friendly competition on the pickleball and basketball courts, cool off by the pool, or soak in the hot tub after a day of exploring the springs.

2. The Riesling Retreat – Temecula, CA

The Riesling Retreat: Where day dinking meets day drinking. This Temecula getaway was aptly named a retreat with its plethora of activities. Spend days playing pickleball, volleyball, basketball, or even putt-putt. Hang inside in the game room with a pool table, ping pong table, and foosball. Head back outside for the pool, fire pit, and alfresco dining. 

If you’re still looking for more to do, check out our favorite things to do in Temecula.

3. The Date Palm Estate – Indio, CA

Fun date idea: a game of pickleball at The Date Palm Estate. This Coachella Valley stay embodies luxury and was designed for the active group. With its pickleball court, saltwater pool, bocce ball court, six arcade games, a movie theater, home sound system, a fire pit, outdoor grill, and last but not least, a breakfast bar, you’ll never run out of things to do.

4. Farrier – Paradise Valley, AZ

This Scottsdale vacation home? Baller. And not just for its pickleball court. Farrier offers an extra-decadent vacation with its pool, outdoor dining area, ping pong table. Inside you’ll find a  stone fireplace, wet bar, pool table, and marble floors, and the coziest bedrooms to make you want to extend your vacation another week or two. 

FYI, that’s totally an option. Check out our Month+ Stays here.

5. Buena Vista – Thermal, CA

If your group has a designated dinker, we think they’ll be pleased with this property. Buena Vista is a Coachella Valley estate with a tennis court that doubles as a pickleball court, a 60 ft pool, a freshwater lake with a paddle boat, paddle boards and kayaks, billiards, shuffleboard, a fire pit, an actual saloon, a soccer field, and so much more.

6. Mirabella – Indio, CA

Double trouble – Mirabella has a gorgeous tennis court that also serves as a pretty great pickleball court. On top of that, it also comes with a saltwater pool, a 5-hole pitch and putt golf course, and a private lake with a dock for kayaking and paddle boating—so TBH, we think you’ll be just fine staying at this Coachella Valley estate. 

The exploration doesn’t stop here. Apart from its seamless group travel experience and a plentiful selection of luxury in-app upgrades, AvantStay homes are in primo outdoor locations – even more than what we just covered in this article. Click here to see all our destinations and we’ll see you soon!

The Best Vacation Rentals for Toddlers

Are you looking to plan the perfect family vacation with a toddler? With AvantStay, you can enjoy a stress-free vacation with your little one in some of the most beautiful destinations across the United States. Our kid-friendly vacation homes have high chairs and pack & plays available, so you don’t need to worry about packing these big and bulky items.

When you stay with us, you can enjoy add-ons like a personal chef or fridge stocking on arrival, so that you don’t have to waste time dragging your kids to the grocery store to stock up on snacks. You can also choose to add on a poolside massage—because we can bet you need one after running after your little one!

Let’s take a look at just a few of our favorite toddler-friendly AvantStay homes that are perfect for traveling families.

Halo — Destin, Florida

Halo is a coastal bungalow that is sure to win your heart! This 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom vacation home boasts a pool with a safety fence for the little ones, a fire pit and an outdoor bar with TV for the adults. There’s also a separate carriage house with an additional bedroom which makes for the perfect place for your toddler’s afternoon nap. 

Sky Lantern — Temecula, California

Welcome to Sky Lantern – your ultimate vacay spot in Temecula! This home comes with 7 spectacular bedrooms, so you can bring along the whole extended family. Take your pick from playing cornhole, lounging on a hammock, a game of beach volleyball or cooling off in one of the two pools. Inside you’ll find a game room with a small slide for your toddler to enjoy again and again… and again.

Treehouse — Breckenridge, Colorado

Treehouse is a stunning 5-bedroom, 5-bathroom vacation rental that can accommodate up to 14 guests. The home is a little kid’s dream with a large yard, foosball table, and a fully functioning treehouse with a slide that is available for use in the non-winter months. The adults can enjoy stargazing in the hot tub out back once the little ones are knocked out for the night.

Woodfall — Berkshires, Massachusetts

Bring your toddlers to Woodfall and enjoy a nostalgic vacation among the trees in the stunning Berkshires. With a vast yard featuring a swing set, hammock and natural fire pit, there’s plenty of space for children to play. The deck above is perfect for open-air meals with a grill and dining table. Inside, the common area has vaulted ceilings and many windows for natural light, while an extra recreation room on the lower floor provides even more space for everyone to spread out and stay entertained.

Romero — San Diego, California

Come to Romero for a fun-filled family vacation in San Diego! With lots of exciting activities like whale watching, paddleboarding, hiking, and golfing, you and the kids will have plenty to do. At this toddler-friendly vacation home, you’ll find a playset with swings and a slide and a large backyard for playtime. Cap off your nights with s’mores by the firepit for a family memory you won’t forget.

Parker —Inlet Beach, Florida

Say hello to Parker – the perfect vacation home for families with toddlers on 30A / the Emerald Coast. This home is located in a gated community with two pools, a playground, and a miniature golf course that your little one is sure to love. Explore the tree-lined paths while strolling or biking and enjoy direct beach access. The house itself has multiple porches, swings, benches, and comfortable furnishings for relaxation and bonding time. Enjoy some much-needed rest and fun in the sun at Parker!

These are just a few of our homes that are great for toddlers. Check out all of our homes here and book your family-friendly AvantStay home today to start making memories that will last a lifetime.

Ask the Expert Series: Interior Design

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. For our first installment of the series, we take a look into how AvantStay transforms vacation rentals with award-winning design services.

We asked our Design Lead, Nic Kay, what it’s like designing for AvantStay, the biggest design mistakes, where she gets her inspiration, and more. Let’s dive in!

1. Where do you get inspiration from when designing a new AvantStay?

My inspiration for each home comes from a combination of the market, the architecture and style of the home, and what kind of guests travel to the area. I always aim for the design to feel localized to the area and authentic to the home, and always keep in mind how our guests can best utilize the space to gather. 

Ishan in Joshua Tree

2. Biggest mistake people make when designing vacation rentals?

Lack of seating! In addition to a space being beautiful, it also needs to function for the groups inhabiting it. There should be plenty of comfortable seating and space to share meal around a table. 

Paramount Place in Austin

3. Favorite home you’ve recently designed?

Ishan in Joshua Tree is a new forever favorite of mine!

Ishan in Joshua Tree

4. How does AvantStay work with homeowners to design their homes?

AvantStay collaborates with homeowners to enhance the function, aesthetic, and experiential aspects of their home. We focus on comfort, gathering spaces, and taking advantage of experiential areas like game rooms, movie theaters, and stunning outdoor spaces. These enhancements improve the guest experience as well as drive ROI for homeowners.

Mirabella in Coachella Valley

5. What style trends are you seeing in vacation rentals lately?

Color is very on trend! I’ve been seeing a super fun use of paint, murals, and wallpaper. People are embracing some groovy vibes and I’m very much here for it!

Paramount Place in Austin

6. How is designing for vacation rentals different from designing for someone’s home?

Vacation rental design is very different from designing a personal home in the way that it needs to appeal to a wide audience, rather than a space someone will live in every day. It’s the same in that vacation rentals should make you feel at home, but they should also give you a little something special that you don’t get to experience every day.

Mirabella in Coachella Valley

Guest Review Roundup: April 2023

Delivering a consistent, first-class hospitality experience for every guest is the standard at which we operate. We give guests all the amenities of a hotel paired with the comfort of a private space to create a one-of-a-kind vacation. By going above and beyond for our guests, we receive more five-star ratings than the competition, drive more bookings, and maximize homeowner income. Of course, we couldn’t do it without our owners’ stunning homes. Check out some of our favorite guest reviews from April 2023.

Destination Sun Dance | Coachella Valley

Destination Sun Dance by AvantStay

Felix X. | 5 stars overall

My group of 7 stayed here for Coachella and we loved the house! Everything was clean and functional, and the beds were very comfortable. We used the pool, hot tub, ping pong table, grill, and putt-putt in the backyard. On top of that, AvantStay even provided some free drinks in the fridge and accessories for the festival! The host was also friendly and responsive in communication. My group will bookmark this place and will try to stay here again next year.


Henley | Austin

Henley by AvantStay

Sydney L. | 5 stars overall

AvantStay totally pulled through for us with this amazing property. When another listing fell through, this beautiful house fell into our lap, and we upgraded for sure. This place is walking distance to all the fun shops & murals on South Congress. There’s coffee and restaurants right around the corner. It’s also a short Uber ride to all the bars & restaurants Austin could offer. The house is stunning. The decor is top-notch. The communal space is open & great for hanging out. The pool area and outdoor space is unreal.

Seriously book your stay here nowwww!! The only thing missing was a full-length mirror in the guest house, but we hardly noticed!

Thank you for the wonderful experience. Our group of 14 had plenty of space and a wonderful weekend to remember!


Flora | Joshua Tree

Flora by AvantStay

Gina S. | 5 stars overall

The house was perfect!  We celebrated my husband’s birthday with a small group of friends and the house was spacious, had very comfy beds with king beds for everyone. The pool was lovely and the backyard was perfect for hanging out and enjoying the day! We hiked in Joshua Tree and the park was so close with the park’s signature hiking trail literally up the road from the house! We also had a private chef in for dinner and it was perfect!


Dolcetto | Paso Robles

Dolcetto by AvantStay

Ellise F. | 5 stars overall

We had a great stay at this home. It was perfect for our large group and had everything we needed for a fun weekend. It was very clean and had wonderful special touches like high-end toiletry products in the bathroom. The house has tons of games and everything we needed for cooking meals for 14 people. We all talked about coming back in the future!


Hunter | Lake Tahoe

Hunter by AvantStay

Krystal R. | 5 stars overall

What an unbelievable home! Just as beautiful and lovely as the pictures. Plenty of room for our large family and yet so cozy. We love to cook and were very pleased when we saw how well stocked the kitchen is with cooking equipment (sheet pans, blender, serving bowls, you name it!!).
It’s a great location between downtown Truckee and Tahoe City and there are even some nice trails steps away from the property. Amazing stay!


Larrea | Coachella Valley

Larrea by AvantStay

Patti M. | 5 stars overall

The place was perfect! Great location for Empire Polo grounds. Only took us minutes to get back each night. Also very close to Costco for pizza, ice, gas, and cases of water and other drinks. Plenty of outdoor entertainment with pool, spa, foosball, darts, corn hole, ping pong, and fire pit. Very spacious. Plenty of room for cooking for a group, playing board games, and just hanging out. Layout of 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms was perfect for our co-ed group. Personal touch welcoming was extra special and really appreciated. Communication was great and very helpful. Would definitely come back again! We had just as much (if not more) at our stay, as we did at our festival.


Elevate the guest experience with AvantStay

A high-quality guest experience is the backbone of a successful vacation rental business. Why not partner with the leading hospitality platform to bring that to your vacation rental? 

We ensure that each home is stocked with anything guests might need during their stay, including an array of high-quality consumables and thoughtful localized welcome packages. If guests need additional supplies or want to begin their stay with a fully-stocked fridge, they can easily request that upgrade via our app. 

AvantStay guests also have access to 24/7 live support via SMS, email, or phone, and we troubleshoot every issue to ensure they are well cared for so you can sit back and relax. By resolving 90% of guest issues on the first call, we receive higher ratings and better guest satisfaction scores than any other manager in the space.

Interested in learning more about how AvantStay delivers a premium experience that leaves guests eager to book again? Our team is ready to help. Get in touch with our vacation rental management experts today!

Best of the Fest – Our Fave Guests from Coachella & Stagecoach 2023

Coachella & Stagecoach – you were on fire this year. A handful of our favorite brands set up activations at our vacation homes and invited some of the hottest celebs and influencers currently gracing our FYPs. Take a look inside our star-studded homes and you’ll see proof of why your fave brands know to have their events with us. 

Ready to party?


Camp Poosh 

If you’re a true Kardashian stan, we assume you followed along for the first annual Camp Poosh held at Buena Vista by AvantStay. ICYMI, they came back for seconds. Almost doubling in experiences, vendors and pop-ups, Poosh really showed out for Coachella weekend 1 this year. 

A true favorite among all, Buena Vista is a one-of-a-kind estate located in Thermal, CA. This desert oasis includes over 40 acres of land, a freshwater lake with a paddle boat, paddle boards, kayaks, bonfire-style fire pit, a 60 ft. pool and spa, oversized lounge areas, a gourmet kitchen, cruiser bikes, and even private sports courts (bocce ball, tennis, pickleball, volleyball and a soccer field). If that wasn’t enough to sell you, might we add it’s only a 10 minute drive to the Polo Fields. 

For your very own taste of a Buena Vista event (or wedding), head here.

Back to our regularly scheduled programming. Like we said, Poosh really showed out this year and we want to tell you all about it. Let’s get to it, because we totally know that’s what you came here for. 


Welcome to Camp Poosh

In true summer camp fashion, campers are greeted with a large “Camp Poosh” sign and branded Camp Bulletin Board upon arrival. Once they’ve found some parking, campers head inside where they’ll find their bunk room complete with a Slip Silk bedding and a curated welcome kit – only the best for a guest list as star-studded as this one. 



The Pooshies started the weekend off right with a plethora of wellness activities. From Platefit’s Core and Booty workouts, saunas, cold plunges, they were truly detoxing before the retox.


Beauty + Fashion

Now that you’re feeling great, it’s time to look great, too. After breaking a sweat, campers cleaned up and headed to the Aveda Hair Garden, Shark Beauty Style Shop Salon, and Anastasia Beverly Hills makeup station. 


And you already know the fits were on fire. Campers could head inside to Camp Poosh Outfitters by DSW where they’d have their pick at hand-picked items from Lucky Brand, Lee Jeans, Dr. Martens, Vans, Steve Madden, and Tevas.


Things to Do

Not that’d you’d ever run out of things to do staying at Buena Vista, but Poosh brought plenty of play for their Pooshies.

Thursday night, campers could cozy up by the campfire and roast marshmallows for s’mores made with Lindt chocolate (yum!).


On Friday, Drew Martin held a joint bar and taught campers how to roll (as if they didn’t already know) – but also supplied plenty of pre-rolls like a grab & go bar we’ve always dreamed of. The Camp Cocktail bar served by Magic & Cocktails was poppin’ and resident DJ Carter Cruise was slaying the decks.

Marc Patrick/BFA.com

ByChari had a designated area for VIP campers to create their own pearl-beaded belly chains or custom designed piercings with earrings designed by Kourtney. The Sis Kiss offered permanent jewelry that symbolized the permanence of Kourt + Travis’ love.


Campers could head to Slip Silk’s glamped-out tent for a photo op where everything was soft ‘n’ silky. With silk sleeping bags, silk pajamas, bedding, sleep masks and more, camp photographer Pierre was getting all those IG-worthy shots. 


On Saturday, Mike Posner graced te grounds with an energetic set. The DJ from Kourt + Travis’ wedding (DJ Cassidy) even made a guest appearance. 

Food + Bevvies

After all that, we hope you’re hungry. Camp Poosh was prepped for the munchies with an entire Food Hall. Monty’s Good Burger had its own tent, Postmates had a popsicle stand, and Trill Burgers was serving all day. 


Yes, we know sweets aren’t food, but they still are delicious. Smart Sweets a grab & go store for campers to get whatever they were craving.


Celsius supplied a canteen, an ice lunge, and a fruit cart by Gourmelatas.


Saturday morning, everyone gathered ‘round and sang HBD to Kourt around the cutest Aries Baby cake.


That’s all for Camp Poosh, but we’re only getting started.


With an ice-sculpted pitcher pouring out colder-than-ice cold Celcius, they really brought the energy here at Mirabella by AvantStay. What’s a Mirabella, you may ask?

TL/DR: Mirabella is an equestrian compound with three homes, a private barn, a 5-hole pitch and putt golf course, and a private lake with a dock and 3-tier waterfall for kayaking and paddle boating. Ok maybe that was too long, but you definitely read it – right?


Anyway, during Coachella weekend 1, Celsius held an event to launch their new Oasis Vibe flavors and they hosted some of our favorites – Paris Jackson, Alessandra Ambrosio, Shaun White, and Sara Sampaio to name a few.

Getty Images for CELSIUS
Getty Images for CELSIUS
Getty Images for CELSIUS

Stagecoach Music Festival

Fast forward and we’re at Stagecoach Music Festival.

Helen Owen

Back at Buena Vista, we had one of our repeat VIP guests, Helen Owen, stay the weekend. Helen invited her besties for the launch of her new clothing line collab with Feat, and she did not disappoint.

Helen added an AvantStay private chef to her stay who set up a gorgeous brunch with a yogurt parfait, fruit platter, sweet potato hash, skillet frittata, waffles, bacon and roasted potatoes. Sounds like the pre-fest feast of our dreams, TBH.

Girl With No Job

Podcaster & social media influencer Claudia Oshry (@girlwithnojob) spent Stagecoach with us at Legends along with her sister Margot and Shannon Ford. While she was there, she recorded her podcast and plenty of entertaining TikToks.


No more FOMO

Don’t let FOMO hit again next year. Get ahead of the crowd and lock in your stay for Coachella Valley’s hottest fests, while you still can.

The Best Vacation Rentals for Family Reunions

Pack your bags and bring the whole gang because planning your next family reunion trip just got a whole lot easier! Finding a place big enough for your crazy, fun-loving family can be tough. Fear not—AvantStay vacation rentals are perfect for hosting your crew, with enough space for small families to groups of 20 guests or more. 

At our vacation homes, expect to find bunk beds for the little ones, as well as games and family-friendly amenities that will keep everyone entertained. You can also add on a personal chef or fridge-stocking on arrival so you can take advantage of every second of your time together rather than spending your vacation cooking and grocery shopping.

Whether you’re looking for a cozy mountain cabin or a breezy beach house, these rentals are the ultimate destination for a memorable family reunion gathering.

Polly — Destin, Florida

7 Bedrooms | 18 Guests
Introducing Polly, the adorable beach house that offers triple the fun with its unique triple bunk bed. Just imagine all the cousins in one room for the ultimate slumber party! Along with its charming features, such as a front porch, screened porch, and patio with a pool, grill, and dining table, the property also includes a separate carriage house for guests seeking more privacy. Enjoy Florida’s perfect weather and create lasting memories with family and friends on the nearby beach.

View all of our group-friendly Destin vacation homes.

Lumie — Isle of Palms, SC

5 Bedrooms | 12 Guests
Lumie, an airy ranch-style home located near Isle of Palms Beach, is the ideal location for your next South Carolina adventure. With five bedrooms, including two with bunk beds, and large living and dining areas, there’s ample space for your family to relax and unwind. Enjoy your morning coffee on the covered porch, dine al fresco at the outdoor table, and gather around the firepit for evening conversations. Lumie boasts stylish decor and convenient amenities to ensure a comfortable stay for everyone—from the kids to the in-laws.

View all of our group-friendly Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island, and Charleston vacation homes.

Camila — Temecula, CA

6 Bedrooms | 20 Guests
Camila is a modern architectural mansion in Temecula offering luxurious living with abundant style, amenities, and comfort. With a room for up to 20 people, this vacation rental is equipped with a guest house and features stunning outdoor spaces, including a private pool, hot tub, balcony lounge, and multiple al fresco dining areas, all with breathtaking views of the surrounding valley. The interior boasts a sprawling floor plan with billiards and recreation rooms, spacious bedrooms, and a chic kitchen that’s easy to keep stocked with groceries from the convenient shopping in town. This breathtaking mansion promises an unforgettable upscale experience for your family.

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Wanderer — Smoky Mountains, TN

12 Bedrooms | 36 Guests
Big family? No problem. Wanderer is an oversized cabin in Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains, designed to accommodate large groups. There are dual dining tables and a bar room with extra seating so there’s space for everyone to grab a spot. Wanderer also features a unique indoor pool with a decorative waterfall and views of the outdoors, two spacious decks with a hot tub and grills, a recreation area, a movie room with theater seating, and a private balcony off the primary bedroom. It’s the ultimate Appalachian retreat for a family reunion—you’ll never need to leave the property!

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Sunbeam — Scottsdale, AZ

6 Bedrooms | 24 Guests
Sunbeam is a stunning Mediterranean hilltop oasis in Arizona that offers mesmerizing panoramic views. This elegant retreat features master-crafted finishes, custom cabinetry, an infinity pool, a steamy spa, and an upstairs patio where you can enjoy a morning coffee. It’s the perfect place for family reunions as the spacious interior flows effortlessly, making entertaining the whole group a pleasure. Gather around the outdoor dining table to share stories and hors d’oeuvres with your loved ones and retire to the family room for a nightcap at the wet bar.

View all of our group-friendly Scottsdale vacation homes.

River Lodge — Catskill, NY

11 Bedrooms | 24 Guests
River Lodge is an immaculate, hill-top home built in the late 1890s with local stone and a vintage sunlit country kitchen. With views of the Hudson River in every room, this lodge offers a two-story rustic library, dining room with exposed brick, and sprawling light-filled common room. The lodge has three primary bedrooms and six smaller rooms, perfect for extended families to spread out. Spend your days relaxing in the pool, hot tub, or on the river with unbeatable views.

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Vista — San Diego, CA

7 Bedrooms | 20 Guests
Vista is a stunningly stylish home atop the hills of La Jolla with unparalleled Pacific Ocean views. The interior exudes modern elegance with Italian mid-century design, while the bright tones allow for an abundance of light and an ideal indoor-outdoor flow. With a pool, spa, fire pit, hammock, bocce set, beach gear, and an expansive patio, Vista is perfect for making unforgettable memories with loved ones, making it the ideal location for family reunions.

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Explorer — Lake Tahoe, CA

6 Bedrooms | 16 Guests
Experience the serenity of the Alpine Meadows by staying at our gorgeous 6-bedroom home, Explorer. Perfect for families and friends, our spacious and open-spaced layout boasts high ceilings and stunning wood beams, providing the ultimate relaxation experience. The game room, complete with a poker table and foosball, offers friendly competition, while the chef’s dream kitchen comes equipped with modern appliances and ample counter space for cooking and enjoying cocktails. After an exciting day of outdoor activities, unwind by the fireplace or enjoy a game of pool in the second living area. With plenty of space for everyone, our Lake Tahoe vacation home is the perfect place to gather for a multigenerational trip with family!

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2023 Short-Term Rental Trends: Optimize Your Home for Success

The short-term rental market continues to grow exponentially with both supply and demand at an all-time high. Domestic travel, especially in drive-to markets, remains steady even in the current economic climate. To get a better understanding of what guests look for when booking a vacation, we dove into the numbers. 

Using 6 months of proprietary data (January 1, 2022 – June 30, 2022) from AvantStay.com and over 25,000 vacation rental bookings, we learned more about where guests want to travel, how they travel, and what matters to them most during their stays. 

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  • Charleston – top destination booked  
  • April – most popular month booked  
  • Family vacation – top reason for booking  
  • 49 days – average booking lead time 

Most sought-after destinations 

Nashville vacation rental home by AvantStay

These destinations reigned supreme as travelers planned their getaways in the first half of 2022. Country music fans flocked to Nashville and snowbirds headed south and out west to escape the cold. Here are the top 10 most searched-for destinations on the AvantStay platform: 

  1. Nashville, TN
  2. Oregon Coast, OR
  3. Scottsdale, AZ
  4. San Diego, CA
  5. Big Bear, CA
  6. Oahu, HI
  7. Lake Tahoe, CA
  8. Coachella Valley, CA
  9. Destin, FL
  10. Temecula, CA

Get to know our guests 

We combine the amenities of a hotel with the comfort and privacy of a home, creating the premier vacation rental platform for group travel. We’ve hosted over 750,000 guests in groups of all sizes, but here’s a snapshot of an average AvantStay reservation:

  • 4.5 days – average length of stay
  • 6 – average number of guests per booking 
  • Wednesday – most popular day to book a trip

Interested in more vacation rental trends and what AvantStay guests consider “must haves” when booking a stay? Check out our complete 2023 Vacation Rental Trends report for the top amenities filtered for and more!

18 Things to Do in Central Oregon

Central Oregon is one of the best destinations in the United States for outdoor adventures, cultural experiences, delicious food and drink, and relaxation. Whether you’re traveling with family, friends, or colleagues, there are plenty of things to do and see in this beautiful region of the Pacific Northwest. And if you’re looking for the perfect accommodation for your group, look no further than AvantStay vacation rentals for a luxury stay, beautiful design, and premium amenities for everyone. 

Let’s dive into the 18 top things to do in Central Oregon together!

1. Hiking Trails

Central Oregon is home to some of the most breathtaking hiking trails in the United States. From the Deschutes River Trail to the Tumalo Falls Trail, you’ll find hiking trails that are perfect for all levels of hikers. One of the most popular hikes is the Misery Ridge Trail at Smith Rock State Park. This challenging trail offers incredible views of the Crooked River Canyon and the surrounding mountains.

2. Mountain Biking Trails

Central Oregon is also a top destination for mountain bikers. There are over 300 miles of mountain biking trails in the area, ranging from easy to advanced. The Phil’s Trailhead network is a popular starting point for many mountain bikers, with trails that wind through the beautiful pine forests.

3. Water Activities

Central Oregon is home to many beautiful lakes and rivers, making it a great destination for water activities. You can go kayaking or paddle boarding on the Deschutes River, or spend a day on the beautiful Lake Billy Chinook. If you’re feeling adventurous, try white-water rafting on the McKenzie River!

4. Snow Sports

If you’re traveling during the colder seasons, Central Oregon is a winter wonderland, with world-class skiing and snowboarding opportunities at Mt. Bachelor. The ski resort boasts over 4,000 acres of skiable terrain, making it one of the largest ski resorts in the United States.

5. High Desert Museum

The High Desert Museum is an excellent place to learn about the natural and cultural history of Central Oregon. The museum has exhibits on everything from the Native American tribes that lived in the region to the plants and animals that call the high desert home.

6. Live Music Events

The Hayden Homes Amphitheater (formerly known as the Les Schwab Amphitheater) in Bend is a fantastic venue for live music events. The outdoor venue has hosted many big-name acts over the years, including Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, and Dave Matthews Band.

Source: Open Concept Architecture

7. Art Galleries and Shops

Downtown Bend is home to many fantastic art galleries and shops. You’ll find everything from pottery to paintings to jewelry made by local artists. Take a stroll through the downtown area and explore the many unique shops and galleries.

8. Craft Beer Scene

Central Oregon is a beer-lover’s paradise, with over 30 breweries in the region. From the award-winning Deschutes Brewery to the funky and experimental Crux Fermentation Project, you’ll find plenty of great options for craft beer in Central Oregon.

9. Wine Tasting

The Central Oregon region is also home to many fantastic wineries. You can take a wine tour and sample the local varietals, including pinot noir, chardonnay, and riesling. One of our favorite wineries is Faith, Hope and Charity Vineyards, located in Terrebonne. This winery offers stunning views of the Cascade Mountains and a variety of wines, including Pinot Noir and Tempranillo.

You can also check out Volcano Vineyards, a Bend-based winery that produces unique and award-winning wines, such as their Lava Red blend and Pinot Noir. They also have a tasting room in Tumalo.

We also recommend Maragas Winery, located in Culver, and known for their Estate Tempranillo and other Spanish-style wines. They offer tastings, tours, and events throughout the year.

10. Local Cuisine

Central Oregon has a thriving farm-to-table restaurant scene, with many restaurants using fresh, locally sourced ingredients. You’ll also find plenty of food carts serving up everything from gourmet burgers to Thai street food. Here are a few of our favorites:

Chow, located in Bend, offers seasonal menus featuring locally sourced ingredients. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner and have a cozy atmosphere.

Pronghorn Resort has two farm-to-table restaurants: Cascada and Chanterelle. Both restaurants offer fresh, locally sourced ingredients and unique dishes.

Ariana is a cozy fine-dining restaurant in Bend that features seasonal menus using local ingredients. They offer a prix fixe menu and a la carte options.

Source: Visit Central Oregon

11. Smith Rock State Park

Smith Rock State Park is one of the most popular destinations in Central Oregon. The park is known for its incredible rock formations and stunning views of the Crooked River Canyon. The Misery Ridge Trail is a must-do hike for anyone visiting the park.

12. Newberry National Volcanic Monument

The Newberry National Volcanic Monument is a unique destination that offers a glimpse into the area’s volcanic past. The monument features lava flows, cinder cones, and other geological wonders. You can take a hike to the top of Lava Butte, a cinder cone that offers incredible views of the surrounding landscape.

13. Lava Butte

Lava Butte is a must-see destination in Central Oregon. This cinder cone offers incredible views of the surrounding mountains and lava fields. You can take a hike to the top or drive up to the summit.

14. Spas and Hot Springs

Central Oregon is a great place to relax and unwind. There are many spas and hot springs in the area, including the McMenamins Old St. Francis School in Bend and the Belknap Hot Springs in the McKenzie River Valley.

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15. Yoga Classes and Retreats

If you’re looking to de-stress and rejuvenate, consider taking a yoga class or attending a yoga retreat in Central Oregon. The area is home to many yoga studios and wellness centers.

Brasada Ranch, located in Powell Butte, offers a variety of yoga classes and retreats throughout the year. Their yoga classes take place in a beautiful, serene setting with stunning views of the Cascade Mountains. They also offer other wellness activities such as hiking, biking, and spa treatments.

Brasada Ranch has received many positive reviews from guests who have attended their yoga retreats. People rave about the beautiful location, the high-quality yoga classes, and the friendly staff. The resort also offers luxurious accommodations and delicious farm-to-table cuisine, making it a great choice for a relaxing and rejuvenating yoga retreat in Central Oregon.

16. Scenic Drives

Central Oregon is home to many beautiful scenic drives. You can take a drive through the McKenzie Pass-Santiam Pass Scenic Byway or the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway for stunning views of the mountains and lakes.

17. Hot Air Balloon Ride

Take a hot air balloon ride – Central Oregon’s stunning natural beauty is best appreciated from above, and a hot air balloon ride is one of the most unique and thrilling ways to experience it. Several companies offer hot air balloon rides over the region, giving you a bird’s eye view of the stunning landscape.

18. Explore the Painted Hills

Located in the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, the Painted Hills are a unique and colorful geological formation. The hills are made up of layers of volcanic ash that have been eroded into stunning patterns of red, orange, and yellow.

Central Oregon offers something for everyone, from outdoor adventures to cultural experiences to relaxation. With so many great things to do and see in the area, you’ll never be bored.

If you’re planning a trip to Central Oregon with a group, consider staying in an AvantStay vacation rental. With properties that can accommodate up to 20 guests, you’ll have plenty of space to relax and enjoy your vacation. AvantStay offers properties with all the amenities and features you need to make your stay unforgettable. Book your stay today and start planning your Central Oregon adventure!
Ready to check out other outdoor adventures and national parks? Explore our top vacation homes located near national parks across the country.

Best Vacation Rental Amenities To Boost Your ROI: Vineyard Edition

Ready to create a five-star guest experience and increase the return on your vacation rental investment? A great starting point is by adding experiential elements and sought-after amenities to your home. Vacation rental amenities help create an exceptional guest experience, drive more positive reviews, and ultimately increase your rental income. This article is the latest addition in our series breaking down popular amenities and the advantages they create, by market type. Keep reading to discover our top amenity picks for vineyard vacation rentals. 

The importance of vacation rental amenities 

fire pit at AvantStay Paso Robles vacation rental

In competitive markets, like Temecula, the vacation rentals that are going to get more bookings and drive strong returns are the one-of-a-kind and exciting homes that stand out from the rest. If you have unique amenities, like an outdoor kitchen overlooking a vineyard, showcase these in some of the first photos on your listing page to grab guests’ attention. Before we reveal what the top vineyard vacation rental amenities are, let’s cover the benefits of investing in interior design and luxury amenities.

Attract more guests

58% of millennials make their booking decision based on the first five photos of the home. Professionally designed properties with new furnishings, stylish decor, and top-of-the-line amenities attract guests who appreciate and respect the elements that make your home unique. 

Earn higher ratings 

Homes with thoughtfully designed interiors and amenities are directly linked to higher ratings and referrals from guests. An appealing and comfortable home where guests can gather and entertain has a proven positive effect on the guest experience. 

Increase your revenue 

Helping homeowners choose and install the right amenities is just one part of how AvantStay maximizes your property’s value and increases your profit by up to 20-30%. You’ll notice a surge in bookings as guests prefer to stay at properties with professionally designed interiors and experiential amenities for the whole group to enjoy. 

Best vacation rental amenities for vineyard homes

AvantStay Temecula vacation rental with pool

Vacation rental amenities can make the difference between a four and five-star review. But which amenities are guests looking for? We dove into our data to discover what amenities drive the greatest returns in our vineyard vacation rentals. Below are our findings from one year of performance metrics from our Temecula, Sonoma, and Paso Robles vacation rental homes

Pools & spas

Allow guests to maximize their time outside with a pool and spa. Adding a pool to your vacation rental is the #1 amenity investment you can make. Vineyard market homes with a pool see these premiums compared to homes without a pool: 

  • 68% higher ADRs
  • 64% greater RevPAU (revenue per available unit)
  • 43% more revenue per bedroom 

A hot tub is another great amenity for vineyard market homes. However, you won’t see as substantial returns with a hot tub as you will with a pool. Our homes with both a pool and spa do see 22% higher ADRs and 27% greater RevPAU than homes with neither. 

Fire pits 

Another top (and dare I say “hot”) vacation rental amenity in vineyard markets is a fire pit. Fire pits are the perfect amenity for guests who want to wind down after a long day of wine tasting, as golden hour hangs turn into stargazing. Homes with this amenity see 42% higher ADRs, 69% greater RevPAU, and 57% more revenue per bedroom than homes without a fire pit.

Bonus outdoor experiential features

If you’re looking to improve your amenity offerings, install another outdoor experiential feature instead of an indoor game room. Based on our findings, guests visiting vineyard markets are looking to enjoy the fresh air instead of spending time indoors. Outdoor kitchens and outdoor sport courts are two popular amenity options. 

Homes with an option to cook and dine al fresco see 26% greater RevPAU and 29% more revenue per bedroom than homes without an outdoor kitchen and dining setup. 

On the activity side, homes with an outdoor sport court see 25% higher ADRs and 32% greater RevPAU than homes without. Cornhole, bocce ball, and horseshoes and great options for vineyard market vacation rentals. 

Mountain and vineyard views

Temecula vacation rental home by AvantStay

While it’s not a tangible amenity, one of the highest ROI drivers for vineyard vacation rentals is an “Instagrammable” view. Homes with a view of the mountains or vineyards (or both) see 55% higher ADRs, 74% greater RevPAU, and 36% more revenue per bedroom than homes without a view. If you’re looking to make your next vacation rental investment in a vineyard market, don’t think twice about securing a spot with a breathtaking view. 

Level up your vacation rental with AvantStay

before and after interior design photos of Paso Robles home

Only AvantStay homeowners have access to our award-winning Interior Design team that elevates homes in under nine days, instantly increasing your home’s equity and maximizing your ROI. We believe the best accommodations are designed to enhance every aspect of a guest’s travels, which is why we transform beautiful homes into incredible experiences that foster unforgettable memories.

We help procure high-quality, durable furniture and upscale amenities, and coordinate delivery and installation on your behalf so you don’t have to lift a finger. Our thoughtfully designed spaces encourage gathering and allow guests to make the most of their time at your home—leaving them recharged and ready to write a five-star review! 

before and after images of interior design in Sonoma vacation rental

Are you looking to upgrade your vacation rental design and amenities? Our interior designers can create a custom, locally inspired space that guests love. If you’re interested in learning more about AvantStay’s design, procurement, and vacation rental management services, our team of experts is ready to help. Get started today!

What Does a Vacation Rental Property Manager Do?

The US short-term rental industry continues to see steady growth despite the broader volatile market, with supply and demand seeing positive year-over-year increases. Whether you’re just starting out in the STR industry or a seasoned vacation rental investor, consistent demand for short-term rentals is your sign to consider working with a property manager. 

Managing short-term rentals requires a lot of time and effort, so many homeowners choose to outsource operations to a vacation rental management company, like AvantStay. Keep reading to discover how AvantStay’s management services can help you earn more revenue from your vacation home.

What is a property manager and what do they do?

A property manager, or a vacation rental manager, is responsible for all operational aspects of running your short-term rental. This can include marketing, pricing and listing your home, managing reservations, home maintenance, and housekeeping. While these are all standard responsibilities of a property manager, AvantStay goes the extra mile by offering all of these services and more, including interior design, photography, and in-app upgrades and experiences. So, what exactly should you expect from a premium vacation rental manager like AvantStay? Let’s dive in.  

Responsibilities of a vacation rental manager: 

  • Revenue management
  • Marketing and distribution 
  • Guest screening and security
  • Guest care
  • Cleaning and maintenance 
  • Compliance 

Revenue management

A good vacation rental property manager will be able to strategically price your short-term rental to increase your profit. AvantStay’s pricing strategy is designed to optimize for total revenue. We balance capturing the maximum amount a guest is willing to pay per night with maximizing total nights booked.

Our dynamic pricing model segments each year into 75+ pricing seasons that capture optimal revenue based on occupancy, day of the week, fluctuations in weather, travel patterns, holidays, and market events. We combine our technology with the power of our in-house Revenue Management team that consistently reviews pricing for every home to adjust for real-time changes in demand. 

Marketing and distribution 

marketing and distribution on vacation rental

Even the most extravagant estate needs to be promoted to reach potential guests. A property manager will create a listing for your short-term rental and distribute it across relevant online travel agencies (OTAs). 

With AvantStay, our powerful distribution capabilities are included in your management agreement. 40% of bookings come directly through the AvantStay website, but we also optimize each listing across more than 65 distribution channels including Airbnb, Vrbo, La Cure, LVH, TripAdvisor, Expedia, Booking.com, and Homes & Villas by Marriott International. 

Before we create your listing, our award-winning interior designers provide you with extensive design recommendations to enhance your home’s overall appeal based on your budget. We then help procure high-quality and durable furnishings and experiential items like games, pool tables, outdoor fire pits, and more. Next, our Design and Photography teams develop a marketing and photography plan that best highlights the experiences and amenities to our guests. We stage, style, and photograph your home to showcase the property’s best characteristics across listings. 

Guest screening and security 

You should never have to worry about who is staying in your home and how it’s being treated. Property managers implement and enforce house rules and policies to keep your home protected and your neighbors undisturbed. 

With a vacation rental manager like AvantStay, peace of mind comes first. All incoming guests are fully vetted during their booking process and every home is equipped with cutting-edge smart technology that monitors entry surveillance, noise levels, and occupancy.

To complement our in-home monitoring technology, we have a team of full-time employees in each market available 24/7 for dispatch to your home. 

Guest care

AvantStay branded mug and breakfast items

A property manager should go above and beyond to make sure guests have the best experience at your home. Our guests have access to 24/7 live support via SMS, email, or phone and we troubleshoot every issue to ensure they are well-cared for so homeowners can sit back and relax without any interruptions. By resolving 90% of guest issues on the first call, we receive higher ratings and better guest satisfaction, driving more five-star reviews.

We also take care of stocking the home with guest-ready supplies and provide personalized, thoughtful welcome packages ahead of every stay. Guests can also take advantage of our in-app upgrades and experiences to book a private chef or in-home massages, request fridge stocking, schedule mid-stay cleans, and more. By going the extra mile, our happy guests leave positive reviews and turn into repeat visitors.  

Cleaning and maintenance 

The condition of your home will make or break a great first impression. Property managers are responsible for overseeing the housekeeping and maintenance of your short-term rental, keeping it in excellent shape for the next group of guests. AvantStay has teams dedicated to field operations that manage utilities, services, maintenance, and housekeeping on our owners’ behalf. Our number one priority is ensuring that homes are cared for in a timely manner and that there are no interruptions to our guests.

We also provide CDC-compliant supplies to our housekeeping staff at no additional charge to homeowners. These cleaning supplies are also available to guests, so they can choose to keep the home tidy throughout their stay.


From permits and zoning restrictions to taxes and insurance, a vacation rental property manager will help keep you safe from hefty fines and legal repercussions. Unlike other property managers, AvantStay has fully dedicated and experienced accounting, permitting, and tax professionals to provide peace of mind and cover all of your compliance needs. Our Policy and Risk team handles all administrative duties related to initial permitting and renewals of short-term rental permits, home inspections, occupancy taxes, and HOA and government relations. 

Is a vacation rental property manager right for you? 

Hiring a vacation rental manager will not only create a stress-free experience for you, but give you more time and money to reinvest in your property portfolio or spend with friends and family. Owning a vacation home can be expensive and time-consuming, so we offer the first hands-off approach for short-term rental owners. We use a proprietary tech suite to power bookings, operationalize in-field management, and activate an elevated guest experience. If you have questions, our team of experts is here to help. Why not partner with an expert to unlock your vacation rental’s full value? Get started with our team today!

The Best 12 Vacation Rentals Near National Parks

Grab your boots, besties, we’re going hiking. If you’ve been meaning to cross some of our nation’s great parks off your bucket list, let this be your sign to do it. From Joshua Tree National Park to the Great Smoky Mountains, we’ve got vacation homes next to all things outdoors. Ready to explore? Let’s go!

Joshua Tree National Park

Asteroid – Twentynine Palms, CA

Get in touch with nature at Asteroid. Located right by Joshua Tree National Park, each and every corner of this home’s yard features views of the desert surrounding you. Take a day trip hiking and enjoy coming home to this aesthetically pleasing stay with al fresco dining, a hot tub, and a fire pit. 

Flora – Yucca Valley, CA

True to the desert, Joshua Tree can get pretty hot. That’s why we decided to include this Joshua Tree vacation rental with a pool. Flora is what you’d call a “desert oasis,” with its modern interior design, al fresco dining, and hot tub for those chillier nights. 

Not only is Flora great for its bodies of water, but it’s also pretty great at being a wedding venue. Don’t take it from us, take it from our friends at Architectural Digest.

Rocky Mountain National Park

Camber – Breckenridge, CO

This whole town might be high, but you’ll be too once you experience Breckenridge. Spend days exploring the Rocky Mountain National Park and all its beauty, then come home to Camber where the outdoors is anything but MIA. Take a breath of fresh air from the hot tub, dine out on the patio, cozy up by the fireplace, and cheers to this mountain getaway.

Rocker – Breckenridge, CO

Want to be next to the slopes on days you don’t go hiking? Try a stay at Rocker. This ski-in, ski-out stay is located just steps from the Quicksilver Chairlift in Breckenridge. Say hello to luxe amenities like this stay’s indoor/outdoor pool, gym, hot tubs, and saunas for all the decompression your heart can handle.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Crystalline – Sevierville, TN

Based on a study we totally didn’t make up, you’re twice as likely to enjoy your hikes when you have a home this great to come home to. Crystalline is the quintessential Smoky Mountains AvantStay – meaning it comes complete with decks on multiple levels, hot tubs, outdoor dining, a movie room, and views for days.

For more homes with movie theaters, check out this article.

Carter Creek – Gatlinburg, TN

For those looking for a more humble (but not too humble) abode, try a stay at Carter Creek. This is in Gatlinburg, home of Ole Smoky Mountain Moonshine. And not that we’re in the business of falsifying scientific studies over here, but moonshine does seem to be pretty good at making those post-hike pains dissipate. Other great things about this home: its fire pit, hot tub, and pool table.

Crater Lake National Park

Smith – Powell Butte, OR

Ever been to Crater Lake National Park? This park is home to America’s deepest and bluest lake and is Oregon’s only national park! Stop sleeping and secure your stay at Smith, an Oregon oasis located just a hop, skip, and a jump away in Powell Butte. After a day full of exploring, vibe out on this home’s balcony – complete with a hot tub, al fresco dining, and fire pit.

Black Bear Cabin – Bend, OR

For a more secluded stay, take a trip to Black Bear Cabin. This stay blends modern luxury with the natural beauty of the landscape you came for. Enjoy Bend’s open skies and stunning sunsets from the backyard with a hot tub, lounge space, and a BBQ/grill for those fresh air meals you’ve been craving.

Grand Canyon National Park

Roca Roja – Sedona, AZ

If you don’t have the Grand Canyon National Park on your bucket list, WYD? While you’re at it, cross off “stay at the coolest vacation home ever” from your list (we know it’s there) with a stay at Roca Roja in Sedona. And we hate to admit it, but the views from this home’s balcony are so good, you might just forget to take a trip to the parks.

Sol House – Scottsdale, AZ

Want to see the Grand Canyon but would rather be a bit more immersed in city life? Take a trip to Scottsdale. We recommend a stay at Sol House. It’s next to all things Scottsdale – plus boasts features like a private pool, bright and airy interiors, outdoor dining, corn hole, a fire pit, and an expansive deck.

Ready for your next photoshoot? Check out the Top IG-worthy Spots to See in Scottsdale.

Congaree National Park

Live Oak – Folly Beach, SC

Located near Charleston, you’ll find Congaree National Park. ICYMI: this park has the largest tract of old-growth bottomland hardwood forest left in the US. When you’re not lost in the world of biodiversity that is Congaree, you can rest your head at Live Oak – our Charleston vacation home that blends indoor/outdoor living and gives you all you need for some well-deserved R&R.

Haven – Sullivans Island, SC

Let’s go to the beach! Create the perfectly stacked itinerary with days spent exploring Congaree, posting up on the beach with a read, and exploring the lively history that is Charleston. The first step to making all this happen is with a stay at Haven, our beachfront vacation home with a private pool, rooftop balcony, and plenty of spots to lounge.

Want more water? Check out our Waterfront Vacation Homes.

The exploration doesn’t stop here. Apart from its seamless group travel experience and a plentiful selection of luxury in-app upgrades, AvantStay homes are in primo outdoor locations – even more than what we just covered in this article. Click here to see all our destinations and we’ll see you soon!

10 Best Places to Visit in June in the USA

​​As the summer months begin to approach, many people start planning their summer vacations. June is the perfect time to travel as the weather is typically pleasant and the crowds are not as overwhelming as during peak summer months. If you are looking for some inspiration on where to go on vacation, here are ten great recommendations for the best places to visit in June. We’ll also give you the lowdown on what to do there and a vacation home recommendation for each location that’s perfect for a group getaway.

Malibu, California

Malibu is known for its stunning beaches, beautiful scenery, and luxurious homes. In June, the weather is perfect for a day at the beach, and you can also explore the nearby Santa Monica Mountains for hiking and biking. For a taste of luxury, consider visiting the Malibu Wine Safari, where you can take a guided tour of a vineyard and meet some exotic animals.

Where to stay: Matador

Matador by AvantStay in Malibu, CA

Destin, Florida

Destin is a popular beach destination in Florida, known for its crystal-clear waters and white sand beaches. In June, the water is warm and perfect for swimming, and you can also go deep-sea fishing or take a dolphin-watching tour. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, which has a variety of marine animals, including sea turtles and sharks.

Where to stay: Monarch

Monarch by AvantStay in Destin, FL

Hudson Valley, New York

Hudson Valley, New York – The Hudson Valley is a picturesque region in upstate New York known for its scenic drives, charming towns, and historic sites. In June, you can take a hot air balloon ride to see the stunning views from above or visit the Storm King Art Center, which is home to large-scale outdoor sculptures.

Where to stay: Clove

Clove by AvantStay in Hudson Valley, NY

Oregon Coast, Oregon

The Oregon Coast is a rugged and scenic stretch of coastline that spans over 300 miles. In June, you can enjoy hiking and wildlife watching in the various state parks along the coast, such as Cape Lookout State Park or Ecola State Park. You can also visit the Tillamook Cheese Factory or go on a whale-watching tour.

Where to stay: Rancho del Mar

Rancho del Mar by AvantStay in Oregon Coast, OR

Hilton Head, South Carolina

Hilton Head is a beautiful island off the coast of South Carolina, known for its golf courses and beautiful beaches. Take a dolphin-watching tour or go on a sunset cruise. If you’re feeling adventurous, try your hand at kayaking or paddle boarding in the calm waters.

Where to stay: Hilton Ivory

Hilton Ivory by AvantStay in Hilton Head, SC

Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville is known as the “Music City” and is home to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, as well as the Grand Ole Opry. In June, you can catch a live show at the Ryman Auditorium or visit the Johnny Cash Museum. You can also explore the city’s food scene with a food tour or visit the Belle Meade Plantation for a taste of history.
Where to stay: Shelton

Shelton by AvantStay in Nashville, TN

Sonoma, California

Sonoma is a wine country destination known for its vineyards and beautiful scenery. In June, you can take a guided wine tour and taste some of the region’s finest wines. You can also visit the Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve, which has some of the tallest trees in the world.

Where to stay: Rivendell

Rivendell by AvantStay in Sonoma, CA

Smoky Mountains, Tennessee

The Smoky Mountains are a beautiful mountain range that straddles the border between Tennessee and North Carolina. In June, you can go hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park or visit Dollywood, an amusement park that features shows, rides, and attractions.

Where to stay: Smokey’s Paradise

Smokey’s Paradise by AvantStay in Smoky Mountains, TN

Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston is a charming southern city known for its historic architecture and beautiful gardens. In June, you can take a walking tour of the city’s historic district or visit the Charleston City Market, which has a variety of artisanal crafts and food. You can also visit the nearby plantations to learn about the city’s history.

Where to stay: Lighthouse

Lighthouse by AvantStay in Charleston, SC

Lake Tahoe, California

Swimming in Lake Tahoe’s crystal-clear waters is a must-do activity in June. Many of the lake’s beaches are open during this time, including Kings Beach, Sand Harbor, and Zephyr Cove. Visitors can also enjoy boating on the lake, either by renting a boat or joining a guided tour.

Where to stay: Moosetrack

Moosetrack by AvantStay in Lake Tahoe

These are just some of the best places to visit in June. Check out all of our vacation rental locations and explore more incredible destinations.

AvantStay Spotlight: Jesse Miano, CRM Manager

Where are you based?

Boston, MA

Job Title:

CRM Manager

Ok now… what does that stand for?

CRM stands for “Customer Relationship Management,” but not in the way you may think. I don’t actually have any direct conversations with our customers. I’m more of a behind-the-scenes relationship builder. Some may also refer to my role as a Lifecycle Marketing Manager or Retention Marketing Manager. My goal is to build trust and personalized relationships with our brand through our CRM comms.

How long have you worked at AvantStay?

Just hit 1 year this month (April 2022)!

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

Basically, my job is all about trying to keep people coming back for more at AvantStay. I leverage emails, push, and in-app messages to drive direct bookings. We can personalize these messages based on homes people have stayed at, regions they’ve browsed, etc. to make their experience with our brand feel more personalized. I’m always trying to think of new ways we can communicate our value propositions with our consumers, while simultaneously analyzing data and performance to try to predict consumer behavior and make our marketing even more powerful.

How do you like to start your work day?

I like to start by making my bed, which my dog usually insists on helping with. Then I take him for a nice walk outside before the screen time begins!

What teams do you collaborate the most with at work?

Brand & Creative, Product, Engineering

What is your favorite thing about working at AvantStay?

My favorite thing about working at AvantStay would have to be the people. I’ve met some incredibly talented and smart people here. Everyone is also incredibly caring, passionate about what we do, and always open to trying new things.

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

It’s cheesy, but expect the unexpected every day. You gotta be able to roll with the punches and be flexible!

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

This is not a very sexy response, but I’m proudest of building out a process between CRM and the Creative/Brand team. When I started, we were building and scheduling emails on the day of send. Today, we are scheduling emails over two weeks out, which gives our team a lot more breathing room, and more flexibility to take time off and enjoy our homes!

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

We Don’t Talk About Bruno was in my Top 100 Spotify songs in 2022, but I still haven’t seen Encanto.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I love a healthy mix of yoga, watching Love Island UK, and hanging out with friends and family.

Which AvantStay is on your bucket list?

Matador in Malibu, CA. I can’t get enough of the views!

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

My Nana used to always say to me, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” Good things take time, and I think that applies to both your personal and professional life.

8 Best Vacation Rentals with Private Infinity Pools

Ready to make a splash? If you’re ISO of the ultimate decompression session, there’s nothing quite like a vacation rental complete with your very own infinity pool. Whether you’re looking to escape your everyday life or just want to spruce up your IG feed, these AvantStays with infinity pools are the perfect place to do so. Let’s dive in.

1. Pinot Point – Temecula

A stay at Pinot Point calls for a glass of Pinot. Experience Temecula the way it was meant to be – infinity poolside at a sprawling estate with luxe amenities like an outdoor bar and grill, ping pong table, and a hot tub with views for days.

2. Syrah – Sonoma

Welcome to Syrah, a proper Sonoma stay complete with a roomy deck, loungers, and, of course, an infinity pool. If you’re into interior design, this one’s for you. You’ll love everything about this home’s style – from its open floor plan to plush furnishings, large windows, and French doors.

3. Sunbeam – Scottsdale

Looking to cross Scottsdale off your bucket list? Why not do so via the infinity-poolside at Sunbeam? This Mediterranean hilltop oasis features panoramic views of its AZ surroundings, stunning interior design, and a hot tub perfect for cooling off after a long day of hiking at any of the nearby parks.

4. Casa del Arbol – Temecula

Tuscany meets Temecula at Casa del Arbol, this star-studded stay located in the rolling hills of our favorite part of wine country. It’s one of our faves for its pool, terrace, private hiking trail, and basketball court. 

We’re not the only ones that have a soft spot for this stay – Casa del Arbol was featured on the Emmy award-winning TV show, Staycation! Click here to see the video. 

5. Chardonnay – Sonoma

Okay, we’re not trying to brag here, but this Sonoma vacation rental was also featured on Staycation. Check out the video here, or stay here and let us lull you with all its amenities. Chardonnay comes complete with an infinity pool (obviously), a billiards table, al fresco dining, stunning vista views, and vibey string lights for all your photo ops.

6. Warhol – Temecula

So you have a lot of friends? Take them to Warhol. This Temecula vacation rental can fit up to 28 guests. We’re not even sure if a group text can sustain that many people, but if you’ve got that many friends, cheers to you. This stay boasts an infinity pool, hot tub, pool table, ski ball table, shuffleboard, ping pong table, fire pit, balcony, and tons of board games.

7. Belleza – Sonoma

Bellissima? No, we said Belleza. Say hello to Sonoma at this hilltop home with a plentiful selection of outdoor seating, an outdoor grilling lounge, and ping pong. Enjoy multiple balconies, an inner courtyard, floor-to-ceiling windows, a chef’s kitchen inside, and a stone oven outside. When you’re ready to play, start a game of pool or shuffleboard. Oh, and we almost forgot to say, soak the day away in the infinity pool. 

8. Owl’s Nest – Temecula 

Ok, last time we’ll flex it, but here’s another stay that made it to Staycation. Owl’s Nest is a Temecula vacation home with room for up to 20 guests. It comes with a foosball table, billiards table, sauna, spa-style dual showers, an infinity pool, and a hot tub. Don’t believe us? Watch the video here.

The inspo doesn’t stop here. Apart from its seamless group travel experience and a plentiful selection of luxury in-app upgrades, AvantStay homes are in primo locations – even more than what we just covered in this article. Click here to see all of our destinations and we’ll see you soon!

AvantAuction: All the Best of What’s Left Behind

If you can believe it, these items truly were left at our homes. We’re happy to report that most of them were claimed and returned to their owners – even the family dog that we absolutely got emotionally attached to. 

Here’s all the tea on these (un)forgettable items, straight from the source (our area managers).


Yeah, this one surprised us too. These vacationers left their Tessie in the garage of one of our vacation homes for over two weeks because they lost their keys. Unfortunately, they actually did come back for it.

Single Sock

No, the washing machine didn’t eat the other one. Places we’ve found them: the drawer, in between the mattress, on the stairs. We’ve found so many socks in so many places we could honestly rebrand as a clothing accessory store.

The Family Dog

For what it’s worth, he was a very good boy. When a family vacation came to an end, they packed up their two cars to hit the road. The guests in the first car thought the guests in the second car had the dog—and vice versa. The poor pup was left behind. Our team quickly notified the guests and reunited them with their furry family member. 

Pull Up Bar Station

Because the grind doesn’t stop on vacay. This item was literally left in the front yard of one of our homes. We don’t know the full story, but we’re oh-so curious as to how they could forget such a large item behind and hope they’re enjoying swoll season wherever they are now.

Phone Charger

One of the most commonly left behind items: the phone charger. Honestly, if your group doesn’t leave at least one of these behind we’ll be shocked. From iPhones to Androids and even flip phones, our area managers rescue enough chargers to power a small city.

MacBook Pro

Personally, we wish they’d left the new AirPods instead. One guest left their MacBook Pro in a desk drawer at one of our homes and didn’t even realize they had left it behind. We ended up overnighting it to them when we found it so that they could clock in for work the next day.

Back Massager

It definitely massages…something. This item (amongst others of its kind) was found in a shoebox under the bed. We should also mention there was a bonus pregnancy test included in the box.

Wedding Ring

Trouble in paradise, huh? Jewelry is one of the most commonly left behind items. Whether you’re taking it off to wash your hands or taking it off before bed, be sure to grab your ring to avoid any awkward conversations with your partner when you get home. 

Family Portrait

Who leaves a family portrait behind? Especially a family this familiar. We’re not really sure why someone would travel with a framed copy of this, but the back is signed by “Jim.” So if you’re looking for a nice family photo to add to your office, as we all are, take a bet on this one.

Let this be a cautionary tale to always double-check that you’ve grabbed your belongings before you check out of one of our vacation homes! We’ll always reach out if we find your things, but we have a feeling you want to avoid being the main character in a story like the Tesla’s.

16 Things to Do in Hudson Valley

If you’re looking for a beautiful and historic region to explore in New York, look no further than Hudson Valley. This region, which encompasses the area along the Hudson River from New York City to Albany, is known for its scenic beauty, rich history, and diverse cultural offerings. Whether you’re a foodie, a history buff, or an outdoor enthusiast, there’s something for everyone in Hudson Valley. Here are the top 17 things to do in this incredible region, plus a bonus tip on where to stay for the ultimate experience.

Enjoy the Scenic Beauty

Hudson Valley is known for its breathtaking natural beauty, and there are plenty of ways to enjoy it. One of the best ways is to visit Mohonk Preserve, which offers over 8,000 acres of scenic beauty and hiking trails. Take a stroll or a challenging hike, and soak in the stunning views. For a different kind of scenery, head to the Shawangunk Wine Trail, where you can take a scenic drive through rolling hills and vineyards.

Source: Condé Nast Traveler

Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride

For a truly unique and unforgettable experience, take a hot air balloon ride over the Hudson Valley. Get a bird’s-eye view of the stunning landscape as you float over the rolling hills and scenic vistas. This is an experience you’ll never forget.

Visit Historical and Cultural Attractions

Hudson Valley is home to a wealth of historic sites and cultural attractions. For example, you can visit the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum to learn about one of the most influential presidents in American history. 

Source: National Park Service

Explore Art and Culture

Hudson Valley is also known for its vibrant arts and culture scene. Check out Dia:Beacon, a contemporary art museum that showcases some of the most cutting-edge art in the world. Attend a concert at the Bardavon 1869 Opera House, which has been entertaining audiences since the 19th century. For a truly unique outdoor experience, explore the Storm King Art Center, an outdoor sculpture park that features over 100 sculptures by some of the most celebrated artists in the world.

Food and Drink

Hudson Valley is home to a thriving food and drink scene, with a focus on locally sourced ingredients and craft beverages. One of the must-visit destinations is the Culinary Institute of America, where you can enjoy a gourmet meal in a stunning setting. For beer lovers, check out the Hudson Valley Brewery, which offers a wide range of locally sourced craft beer. And for a unique experience, visit the historic Woodstock Farm Sanctuary, where you can meet rescued farm animals and learn about sustainable agriculture.

Source: Chronogram

Outdoor Activities

If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, you’ll love Hudson Valley. Take a kayak tour of the Hudson River to experience the stunning scenery up close. Go horseback riding through the Catskill Mountains for a unique perspective on the landscape. And visit the Dutchess County Fairgrounds for a variety of outdoor events throughout the year, including the Dutchess County Fair.

Visit the Storm King Art Center

The Storm King Art Center is an open-air museum located in the Hudson Valley that showcases large-scale sculptures and installations from some of the most prominent artists in the world. The 500-acre landscape is also perfect for a leisurely walk or a picnic.

Source: Courtney in the Middle Seat

Take a Food Tour

The Hudson Valley is renowned for its farm-to-table cuisine and a food tour is a perfect way to sample the region’s culinary delights. Take a walking tour of Poughkeepsie, explore the Hudson Valley Food Hall, or enjoy a farm-to-table dinner at a local restaurant.

Tour the Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site

Located in Hyde Park, the Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site is a must-see attraction for history buffs. The mansion, which was once home to the Vanderbilt family, features lavish interiors, manicured gardens, and stunning views of the Hudson River.

Source: I Love NY

Go Wine Tasting

The Hudson Valley is home to a growing number of wineries and vineyards, many of which offer tours and tastings. Take a scenic drive through the valley and sample some of the region’s best wines.

Visit the Walkway Over the Hudson

The Walkway Over the Hudson is a pedestrian bridge that spans the Hudson River, connecting Poughkeepsie to Highland. The bridge offers stunning views of the river and the surrounding landscape and is a popular spot for walkers, runners, and cyclists.

Source: Times Union

Explore Historic Rhinebeck

Rhinebeck is a charming town in the Hudson Valley that is home to historic architecture, unique shops, and delicious restaurants. Visit the Beekman Arms & Delamater Inn, America’s oldest continuously operating hotel, and explore the town’s many galleries and boutiques.

Go Kayaking or Canoeing

Explore the Hudson River by kayak or canoe and take in the stunning scenery from the water. There are many outfitters in the region that offer rentals and guided tours.

Source: Hudson Valley Magazine

Visit the Olana State Historic Site

Olana is a historic estate located in Hudson, NY, that was once the home of the artist Frederic Edwin Church. The estate features stunning views of the Hudson River and the Catskill Mountains, as well as a Persian-inspired house and a landscaped park.

Take a Hike

The Hudson Valley is home to many beautiful hiking trails, ranging from easy strolls to challenging hikes. Some popular options include the Mohonk Preserve, Bear Mountain State Park, and the Catskill Mountains.

Source: Wikipedia

Attend a Festival or Event

The Hudson Valley is home to many festivals and events throughout the year, celebrating everything from music and art to food and culture. Some popular events include the Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest, the Dutchess County Fair, and the Clearwater Festival.

Booking Vacation Rentals in Hudson Valley

For those traveling in groups, vacation rentals are the best way to go. They offer plenty of room for everyone to spread out, private pools and hot tubs, and outdoor space to enjoy the beautiful Hudson Valley weather. If you’re looking for your best options, AvantStay has stellar vacation rentals in Hudson Valley, with properties that range from cozy cottages to spacious estates like Shakespeare on the Hudson.

In conclusion, the Hudson Valley is a beautiful region that offers something for everyone. Whether you’re interested in history, art, outdoor activities, or just relaxing in the countryside, you’re sure to find plenty to do in this stunning part of New York State.

The Best Places to Visit This May

Can’t believe it’s almost May? Same here. With flowers blooming and spring in full force, we’ve decided to round up the hottest (and coolest) destinations for you and your crew to check out. Whether you’re celebrating a family member’s graduation, an engagement, or just simply need a vacay ASAP, we’ve got you covered with this roundup.


Told you once, told you twice, take a trip to Telluride. This gem of Colorado has all you need for a proper decompression session and more with its laid-back vibe and scenery that’ll make you feel like you’re living in a postcard. With over 2,000 acres of ski terrain, you can shred the slopes ‘til your heart’s content. When you’re done, kick back with a craft beer and soak in the hot tub – à la mountain style.

Check out our vacation homes in Telluride.

Apex in Telluride

Paso Robles

Nestled in the heart of wine country, Paso Robles is the perfect spot for a little R&R (that’s “rest and rosé,” if you’re wondering). With over 200 wineries to choose from, you can sip your way through the region like a true sommelier. When you’re not busy eating and drinking your weight in wine and cheese, try a hot air balloon ride, soak in some hot springs, or just kick back by the pool.

Check out our vacation homes in Paso Robles.

Mermaid in Paso Robles

Joshua Tree

Picture this: you’re surrounded by stunning rock formations, the sun is setting in the distance, and you’re vibing out to some sick tunes. Sounds perfect, right? Well, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Joshua Tree is a playground for adventure-seekers. You can go rock climbing, hiking, or just get lost in the desert for a bit (please bring a compass and a map, and please don’t actually get lost). And if you’re lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of some desert wildlife. Plus, the stargazing here is out of this world (literally). So grab your fave pair of sunnies, your camera, and your sense of adventure, and get ready to live your best desert life in Joshua Tree.

Check out our vacation homes in Joshua Tree

Trailblazer in Joshua Tree


Boujee, in the best way possible. Head to Sonoma to be surrounded by rolling vineyards, lush gardens, and some of the most incredible farm-to-table restaurants you’ve ever experienced. You can sip on award-winning vinos all day long while soaking up the NorCal sun. When you’re not busy sipping, explore the charming downtown area, hike through the redwoods, or just enjoy a day in the sun by the pool with your besties.

Check out our vacation homes in Sonoma.

Malvasia in Sonoma

Oregon Coast

Catch you on the flip side! The Oregon Coast comes complete with cliffs, lush forests, and some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. Here you can go hiking, whale watching, or just vibe out on the beach with your book of the moment. When the sun starts to set, cozy up by the fire with a cup of cocoa and watch the waves crash. Grab your Birkenstocks, your flannel shirt, and your sense of adventure, and get ready to experience the ultimate coastal getaway.

Check out our vacation homes on the Oregon Coast.

Blue Horizon on the Oregon Coast

Los Angeles

Extra, in the best way possible. Take a trip to Los Angeles where you can stroll down the Hollywood Walk of Fame, hit up some trendy rooftop bars, and snap some IG-worthy pics in front of those iconic palm trees. From In-N-Out to fancy sushi joints, your taste buds will be in for a ride. And when you need a break from all the hustle and bustle, hit up the beach or take a hike in the nearby mountains. 

Check out our vacation homes in Los Angeles.

Valentino in Los Angeles


Packing list: hiking boots, a GoPro, and a sense of adventure. This place is so underrated, it’s practically a hidden gem. Come to Central Oregon where you can go hiking through the stunning Cascade Mountains, kayaking on the crystal clear lakes, stargazing at an observatory, or just vibe out in the charming small towns.

Check out our vacation homes in Central Oregon.

Starview in Central Oregon

Lake Arrowhead

Come to Lake Arrowhead to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Go paddleboarding on the pristine lake, hike through the surrounding forests, or just chillax by the fireplace in one of the cozy cabins. Don’t forget about the food – from mom-and-pop diners to fancy gastropubs, your taste buds will be in for a treat. Watch the sunset over the mountains and feel like you’re in your own fairytale.

Check out our vacation homes in Lake Arrowhead.

Lone Pine in Lake Arrowhead

Hilton Head

Ready to show off your new swimsuits? Take a trip to Hilton Head where you can bask in the sun on the peaceful beaches, sip on a refreshing drink with your toes in the sand, and feel the ocean breeze caress your skin. When the night falls here, the party heats up – you can dance the night away at one of the many beachside bars or hit up a swanky lounge for a nightcap.

Check out our vacation homes in Hilton Head.

Sandpiper in Hilton Head

Big Bear

Hit the slopes on world-class ski runs, cozy up by the fire in a luxurious cabin, and feel the adrenaline rush as you speed down the snow-packed hills. Sip on a hot toddy by the fireplace or hit up a lively après-ski sesh and get ready to conquer the mountains in Big Bear

Check out our vacation homes in Big Bear.

Avalon Pines in Big Bear

The inspo doesn’t stop here. Apart from its seamless group travel experience and a plentiful selection of luxury in-app upgrades, AvantStay homes are in primo locations – even more than what we just covered in this article. Click here to see all of our destinations and we’ll see you soon!

11 Best Lakeside Vacation Rentals in California

California is renowned for its breathtaking natural landscapes, and what better way to experience them than by staying in one of the best lakeside cabins the state has to offer? Whether you’re looking for a group getaway with friends or a fun-filled family vacation, AvantStay’s California lakeside vacation homes provide a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Among the top destinations for lakefront cabins are Lake Tahoe, Big Bear, and Lake Arrowhead, where visitors can soak up the stunning scenery, indulge in various outdoor activities, and unwind in the peacefulness of nature.

In this article, we will take you through the 11 best lakeside cabins in California, showcasing each cabin’s unique features and amenities to help you plan your next unforgettable vacation.

1. Lake View Lodge — Big Bear, California

Experience a sensational cabin stay at Lake View Lodge, a pristine property located in the prestigious Castle Glen Estates of Big Bear Lake. This 2-story home offers 4 bedrooms and 3 baths, and a wrap-around deck with stunning 180-degree views of the lake, mountains, and ski slopes. Unwind in the 6-person hot tub on the oversized deck and admire the sunset as it reflects across the lake. The home provides an expansive view of the entire 7-mile lake from the deck, living room, and primary bedroom. The first floor has a 3-car garage, great room, fireplace, dining area, and one bedroom, while the second floor offers 3 more bedrooms and a large living room perfect for kids to enjoy.

2. Lakeview — Lake Tahoe, California

Welcome to Lakeview! Take in breathtaking panoramic views of Lake Tahoe at this exceptional lakefront home. Enjoy the rustic yet modern interior with high-ceilings and large windows (perfect for stargazing from your couch), along with entertainment options like pool, shuffleboard, and foosball. Outside, take in stunning sunrises and sunsets from the hot tub out on the wrap-around patio. Nearby activities include kayaking, paddle boarding, horseback riding, dining at Jax At The Tracks, beer tasting at Fiftyfifty Brewing Company, and skiing at Northstar Resort.

3. Lakefront Lodge — Big Bear, California

Lakefront Lodge is a luxurious cabin in Big Bear with direct access to Big Bear Lake and beautiful mountain views. It’s just a quick walk to Holloway’s Marina and a few minutes drive to skiing, shopping, and entertainment. The upper entry-level features a dining area, cozy living room, and pool table with incredible lake and mountain views, along with a large deck and hot tub. The spacious gourmet kitchen is fully equipped for cooking, and there’s a dining table, BBQ, and hot tub on the first-floor deck.

4. Cedar Pointe — Lake Arrowhead, California

Step out to Lake Arrowhead from your own backyard at Cedar Pointe by AvantStay. This cabin-style waterfront vacation rental includes a stone fireplace, foosball table, dart board, board games, and plenty of other activities to keep you entertained. Guests can enjoy sunset views from Adirondack chairs or dine alfresco by utilizing the outdoor grill. The Lake Arrowhead Brewery and Village are within walking distance for additional entertainment and dining options.

5. Lagunita Shores — Big Bear, California

BYOB (Bring your own boat)! The backyard at Lagunita Shores boasts a wind-protected deck with unobstructed lake views and a dock for boats and watercraft. It also features a large hot tub, gas fire pit, BBQ area, and lounge chairs for relaxation. Inside, the two-story family room and adjacent dining room have easy access to outside decks. The first floor has a media room, separate bedroom with an ensuite bathroom, and a small office nook perfect for remote workers. Upstairs, the primary bedroom has access to a second-floor deck and a triple-sized master bath, plus four additional bedrooms.

6. Water’s Edge Estate — Big Bear, California

Water’s Edge Estate is a luxurious 6-bedroom cabin located near Big Bear Lake, with direct access to the water and a new custom dock that can accommodate up to two boats and three jet skis. Guests can enjoy various activities such as relaxing on the water, in the spacious backyard, or in the extra-large hot tub. The upper level features three bedrooms with beautiful views of the trees and lake, while the lower level includes a living room, kitchen, and movie room. The spacious outdoor deck offers dining and a natural gas BBQ, and the fully-equipped gourmet kitchen includes high-end appliances, cookware, and breakfast bar seating.

7. Tahoe Edge — Lake Tahoe, California

Tahoe Edge is a modern retreat located just steps away from the northern beaches of Lake Tahoe. It features a large patio with a grill, a fire pit, and a dining table, allowing for al fresco meals and beautiful views of the lake. The common area has huge windows offering plenty of natural light and a great water view. The house has three comfortable bedrooms, a fireplace, and is located near convenient grocery stores. Tahoe Edge is the perfect place to enjoy an incredible waterfront view and an unforgettable experience.

8. Shoreline Lakehouse — Big Bear, California

Enjoy a tranquil stay at Shoreline Lakehouse—this well-equipped 4-bedroom lakefront cabin with direct access to Big Bear Lake. Spend your days fishing, playing beach volleyball, or soaking in the hot tub, and your evenings curled up by the fireplace or toasting s’mores by the fire pit. With five bedrooms, including a private master suite and a bunk bedroom, this cabin can accommodate up to 9 people and is perfect for large families and groups. The living room boasts a river rock fireplace and stunning lake views, while the downstairs game room offers a bar and a poker table. Ideal for year-round mountain getaways.

9. Waterfront Breeze — Big Bear, California

Waterfront Breeze is a lakefront property located at Boulder Bay in Big Bear, offering a relaxing getaway and various outdoor activities such as kayaking, paddle boarding, and fishing. The property features a cozy living room with a wood-burning fireplace, a well-equipped kitchen, and three bedrooms with TVs, including a primary bedroom with an ensuite bathroom. Outdoor amenities include a private dock, gas fire pit, gas BBQ, and SmartTV on the back deck. Garage parking for an SUV and two driveway parking spots are available.

10. Atkinson — Lake Tahoe, California

Check in to Atkinson and experience the breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe and surrounding mountains. This large vacation home is perfect for groups and welcomes up to 10 guests. Spend your days on the water and evenings grilling on the balcony while watching an epic sunset. Add some friendly competition with a game of shuffleboard and jam out to music from the record player.

Classic Lake House — Big Bear, California

Classic Lake House is one of the original lakefront homes on Big Bear Lake. Located on a double-wide lot that offers a cozy and comfortable retreat for families, the home has four bedrooms, including a bunk room for 4-6 kids. The property is perfect for fishing, skiing, and exploring. The expansive backyard features a new hot tub, swing set, horseshoe pit, and deep water dock for water toys, making it an ideal place for relaxation and fun.

AvantStay Spotlight: Silvia Lundgren, Product Manager I


Silvia Lundgren

Where are you based?

Santa Monica, CA

Job Title:

Product Manager I

How long have you worked at AvantStay?

A year and a half (since Nov 2021)

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

As a Product Manager, I prioritize and launch product features that help AvantStay drive revenue and reduce costs. I currently work on our internal Property Management System, and my user base is our internal Customer Experience team. I work with CX leadership to define the biggest problems the team faces. After prioritizing which issues to solve, I work with Design and Engineering to come up with feasible technological solutions that solve our user’s needs.

How do you like to start your work day?

I usually start my work day with a cup of black coffee as I check Slack messages. My days are usually pretty meeting heavy, and I work with teams across many different time zones, so it’s important for me to catch up on conversations before the day gets too hectic.

What teams do you collaborate the most with at work?

Customer Experience, Marketing, Product & Engineering

What is your favorite thing about working at AvantStay?

Definitely my amazing colleagues on the Product & Engineering team! Everyone is so collaborative and smart, and we all come from different backgrounds, which means I’m always learning something new.

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

Despite our scale, AvantStay is still a startup. Things move quickly here – don’t be surprised if your team or your priorities change every couple of months. While the fast-paced environment can be intense, it means there are many opportunities for leadership and initiative on all rungs of the ladder. Don’t be afraid to speak up and take ownership if you notice a process or product feature that needs a leader!

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

I am most proud of launching our internal reservation management tools this past December. It was the biggest and highest-stakes product launch I’ve led. The new tools have enabled us to unlock greater customization and efficiency for our CX teams. The month leading up to the launch was pretty stressful, but now I can look back on the project with pride and satisfaction!

Which AvantStay home is your favorite?

Palione Papalani in Kailua, Oahu is on my AvantStay bucket list. The pool and tropical backyard look like a mini resort and the home is within walking distance from one of the most beautiful beaches in all of Hawaii – Lanikai Beach.

What is your favorite AvantStay memory?

My favorite AvantStay memory is our Product Team offsite in Temecula. It was so fun to spend quality time with my team, and the wineries in Temecula were so beautiful. And of course, we were staying at a beautiful AvantStay home!

What’s your favorite Slack channel?

My favorite Slack channel has got to be #dev-fun, where my product and engineering coworkers post random memes and videos. The jokes can be pretty nerdy, but that’s what makes them fun.

What’s a fun fact most people don’t know about you?

I am fluent in Portuguese! I fell in love with Brazilian music in high school, which inspired me to learn Portuguese in college and then live in Rio for 3 months during a summer internship. Many years later, I met my now-husband in Los Angeles – and he is from Rio of all places! Many of the engineers at AvantStay live in Brazil, so knowing Portuguese and Brazilian culture makes work extra fun.

Where is your favorite vacation spot and why?

I’m a sucker for Brazil. Most recently, I visited Angra Dos Reis, about 2 hours south of Rio de Janeiro. If AvantStay ever goes international, this is the place to go!

Ready For a Change? 6 Things To Know When Switching Property Management Companies

A great vacation rental management company will create a stress-free experience for you while maximizing your vacation rental income. However, you could find yourself in a situation where you aren’t happy with your current management company. 

Is your vacation rental not receiving proper care to stay in good condition? Is there no proactive communication from your management team? Or maybe you just aren’t making as much as you think you could. Any of these situations are a sign that it’s time to change your property management company. If you’re at the end of your vacation rental management agreement or your current property manager is dropping the ball, it might be time for a change! These tips will help you find a better vacation rental management company that meets your needs and financial goals. 

When is it time to hire a new vacation rental property manager

It may seem daunting to change property management companies, but the reward for doing so outweighs any pressure and stress you’re currently facing. The right team will be able to take care of everything to keep your home in pristine condition, consistently booked, and handle all operational tasks that come with managing a short-term rental property. Still unsure if you should switch vacation rental management companies? Here are some signs that it’s time to start your research: 

  • Your vacation rental isn’t consistently booked
  • Owner statements aren’t clear or you get random invoices
  • You’re doing your own marketing 
  • You’re communicating directly with guests and vendors
  • You’re responsible for filing taxes and obtaining permits
  • Your vacation rental management agreement is almost up 
  • Low/slow season is ahead of you

What to do when switching vacation rental managers

There are many things to consider when choosing a new vacation rental manager. Here are the top things to know before making the switch.

1. Understand the stability of the company

In today’s economy, it’s important to understand the stability of a vacation rental management company. Companies that are not financially set up for success may delay owner payments to pay themselves first, not be able to maintain the number and quality of their local teams, and in the worst-case scenario may end up shutting down entirely—in the middle of high season! Do your research to learn how a company is capitalized, and how they perform in a volatile and uncertain environment. 

2. Make sure you’re comparing apples to apples 

If your end goal is to make more revenue, make sure you aren’t just looking at the management fee. While a low management fee is enticing, you should think about any extra costs that your new property manager will or won’t cover, how they’ll be pricing your home, and how much revenue they’re able to generate for you. A low management fee could end up costing you more!

3. Meet your local point of contact

Even if it’s just over a video call, make sure you meet the person or team who will be taking care of your home. They should be an expert in all aspects of your market and local vendors. Be sure to ask about other vacation rentals they manage in your area and how they fare against competition, how they optimize for seasonal trends, and how they comply with local regulations.

4. Check that they have good reviews 

Check out reviews on Google, Better Business Bureau, Yelp, and Trustpilot to get a sense of a company’s brand reputation and how they respond to any negative feedback. Every company has some bad reviews, so make sure they’re at least doing better than the competition. You can even go straight to the source and ask management companies for referrals from current homeowners.

5. Confirm they know how to transfer your reviews 

You’ve put a lot of hard work into creating a great guest experience and cultivating positive reviews. Make sure your new vacation rental manager knows how to transfer over your reviews on Vrbo, otherwise, you’re losing all that traction and recognition from guests.

6. Understand how they manage your existing reservations

A great vacation rental management company will be able to honor your existing reservations so you’re not losing any income during the transition. Once you sign with AvantStay, we ensure that all of your reservations are blacked out on your calendar, transfer over all Vrbo reviews, and take new, professional photos so your listing is fully optimized and ready to drive new bookings. 

Other questions to ask: 

  • How large is your rental portfolio? Will I receive local support?
  • How will you get my home ready for guests? 
  • Will you handle permitting, inspections, occupancy taxes, and insurance? 
  • What are the vacation rental management fees and contract terms? 
  • What services are included in my contract?
  • How will you advertise my home?
  • How do I know my home will be in good hands?
  • Can you guarantee I’ll make more money on my vacation home than I did last year?
  • What does the transition timeline entail? 
  • How long will my home be off-market? 
  • How much involvement will I have in the transition from my current property manager?

How to break up with your property manager

Once you’ve found the right vacation rental manager for your needs, it’s time to part ways with your current property manager. But don’t worry, breaking up with your property management company isn’t as awkward as it seems. Start by revisiting your vacation rental management agreement. There could be clauses in your contract that allow you to terminate your agreement if your vacation rental manager isn’t delivering on services as stated.

Even if you can’t find a right to terminate your contract, you should still reach out to your vacation rental manager and exercise your right to termination. Keep it simple and be prepared. Make a list of all the things they said they would do but aren’t (with specific examples), along with other reasons the partnership is no longer working. Also, make sure to put your termination notice in writing even if you end your partnership over the phone or in person. 

Make the switch to AvantStay

When you partner with a full-service management company like AvantStay, you’ll never have to worry about any of the above. We’ll work with you every step of the way during your termination timeline and transition to AvantStay while going above and beyond to limit the time your listing is offline. 

Once you’re brought on to the AvantStay platform, you’ll receive unmatched personalized service through a local Area Manager. They’ll know the ins and outs of your home, vendors, and market and will be able to quickly assist with any inquiries.

We pair all of that personal support with a proprietary tech suite that powers bookings, operationalizes in-field management, and activates an elevated guest experience. We take care of all the work to maximize your home’s income so you can sit back and relax—it’s that simple.

Interested in learning more about what it means to partner with AvantStay? Our team is ready to help. Get started with our vacation rental management experts today!

Best Vacation Rental Amenities To Boost Your ROI: Desert Edition

Ready to create a five-star guest experience and increase the return on your vacation rental investment? A great starting point is by adding experiential elements and sought-after amenities to your home. Vacation rental amenities help create an exceptional guest experience, drive more positive reviews, and ultimately increase your rental income. This article is the first of a series breaking down popular amenities and the advantages they create, by market type. Keep reading to discover our top amenity picks for desert vacation rentals. 

The importance of vacation rental amenities 

Outdoor yoga deck at AvantStay Joshua Tree vacation rental

In competitive markets, like Joshua Tree and Coachella Valley, the vacation rentals that are going to get more bookings and drive strong returns are the one-of-a-kind and exciting homes that stand out from the rest. If you have unique amenities, like a yoga deck or bocce ball court, showcase these in some of the first photos on your listing page to grab guests’ attention. Before we reveal what the top desert vacation rental amenities are, let’s cover the benefits of investing in interior design and luxury amenities.

Attract more guests

58% of millennials make their booking decision based on the first five photos of the home. Professionally designed properties with new furnishings, stylish decor, and top-of-the-line amenities attract guests who appreciate and respect the elements that make your home unique. 

Earn higher ratings 

Homes with thoughtfully designed interiors and amenities are directly linked to higher ratings and referrals from guests. An appealing and comfortable home where guests can gather and entertain has a proven positive effect on the guest experience. 

Increase your revenue 

Helping homeowners choose and install the right amenities is just one part of how AvantStay maximizes your property’s value and increases your profit by up to 20-30%. You’ll notice a surge in bookings as guests prefer to stay at properties with professionally designed interiors and experiential amenities for the whole group to enjoy. 

Best vacation rental amenities for desert homes

Joshua Tree vacation rental with pool

Vacation rental amenities can make the difference between a four and five-star review. But which amenities are guests looking for? We dove into our data to discover what amenities drive the greatest returns in our desert vacation rentals. 

Pools & spas

Allow guests to soak up the sun or comfortably stargaze on chilly desert nights with a pool and hot tub. Adding a pool and hot tub to your property is the #1 investment you can make. While cowboy tubs are great for Instagram pics, new build pool and spa assets drive greater returns for our Joshua Tree homeowners. Below are our findings for Joshua Tree homes over a 12-month period: 

  • New build pool and spa assets generate 30% higher RevPAU (revenue per available unit) compared to standard pool and spa assets and cowboy tubs
  • Homes with both a pool and spa see 112% higher ADRs and 179% higher RevPAU than homes with neither 
  • Homes with both a pool and spa see 12% higher ADRs and 17% higher RevPAU than homes with just a pool

Outdoor sport courts

Guests will love to engage in some friendly competition with an outdoor sport court. Bocce ball, horseshoes, shuffleboard, cornhole, and pickleball courts are great options for desert vacation rentals. According to our research, Joshua Tree vacation rentals with an outdoor sport court drive 14% higher ADRs and 15% greater RevPAU than homes without. 

Fire pits, yoga decks, and outdoor sculptures  

Joshua Tree vacation rental backyard with firepit and cornhole

Commit to the zen but funky vibe of Joshua Tree with outdoor elements like a fire pit, yoga deck, and “Instagrammable” sculptures. These amenities are typically a low-lift to install and offer a minor impact on ADRs. However, according to market research, homes with some of these experiential elements (in addition to a pool and spa), see higher RevPAU than homes with more bedrooms and only a pool and spa. 

Indoor game room

Joshua Tree homes in our portfolio with an indoor game room only see 12% higher RevPAU than homes without. Guests visiting desert markets are usually looking to spend time outside. If you’re thinking about adding a game room to your short-term rental, consider investing in a pool and hot tub, or one of the other outdoor amenities listed above instead. 

Level up your vacation rental with AvantStay

AvantStay interior design before and after image of Joshua Tree vacation rental

Only AvantStay homeowners have access to our award-winning Interior Design team that elevates homes in under nine days, instantly increasing your home’s equity and maximizing your ROI. We believe the best accommodations are designed to enhance every aspect of a guest’s travels, which is why we transform beautiful homes into incredible experiences that foster unforgettable memories.

We help procure high-quality, durable furniture and upscale amenities, and coordinate delivery and installation on your behalf so you don’t have to lift a finger. Our thoughtfully designed spaces encourage gathering and allow guests to make the most of their time at your home—leaving them recharged and ready to write a five-star review! 

AvantStay interior design before and after image of Joshua Tree vacation rental

Are you looking to upgrade your vacation rental design and amenities? Our interior designers can create a custom, locally inspired space that guests will love. If you’re interested in learning more about AvantStay’s design, procurement, and vacation rental management services, our team of experts is ready to help. Get started today!

Pride Paradise! Where to Stay When You Attend Pride Parades

It’s Pride time! Let’s get to it with a super special list of all the best places to stay. Whether you’re attending your hometown’s pride parade, or are making a journey to a special city to see one, this round-up has all the stays to guarantee a rowdy and rockin’ Pride 2023, all the way from April to August.

Blue Steel – Sonoma, CA

Sonoma County Pride is held June 3rd at Santa Rosa’s Courthouse Square. With performances from Spencer Day and Paul’s Drag Race star Miss Rock M Sakura, you’ll be sure to sashay the day away before a night of relaxation at your Sonoma vacation rental, Blue Steel.

Serenity – Key West, FL

Key West Pride is held this year from June 7-11th. Enjoy the sunny island and all its daytime activities. Try a trip to the Key West Butterfly Conservatory or maybe even a sunset sail. After you’ve danced your little heart out, head back home to Serenity or any of our other Key West vacation rentals.

Valentino – Los Angeles, CA

LA’s Pride is held this year on June 9th and 10th. This year, be extra as hell with a stay at Valentino in the Hollywood Hills. It’s got a private pool, a courtyard hot tub, and a luxe firepit lounge tucked near a gorgeous fountain, so after you’ve lost your voice to screaming songs a little too loud, you’re sure to find your zen again with a nice decompression session outdoors.

Bourbon – Nashville TN

From June 24-25 you’ve got full rein to head on down to Nashville’s Pride Parade where you’ll find over 225 vendors for local nonprofits, artists, and businesses celebrating freely! And when y’all have had enough of all that downtown hustle and bustle, head back to this cozy stay at Bourbon – a Nashville vacation rarity where you’re close enough for your Ubers to not be a million bucks.

Peak 8 – Breckenridge, CO

Year of the rabbit so you’re in your snow bunny era, huh? One of the best parts about visiting Colorado in June is the fact that you get to witness all of the trees, flowers, and plants in full bloom. When you’re not visiting one of the many local hot springs, take a day trip from your Breckenridge AvantStay, like Peak 8, and come as you are to Denver’s 14-block Pride celebration! The 2023 Coors Light Denver Pride Parade is held June 25th.

Camden – San Diego, CA

With over 250,000 cheering supporters, the San Diego Pride Parade at the Hillcrest Pride Flag is a truly liberating place to express yourself. From July 8-16th, you’ll find the streets of Hillcrest blossoming with beautiful rainbows from head to toe. After a long day of parading, enjoy your stay at Camden – a beautiful bungalow located in Cardiff by the Sea.

Ramsey – Austin, TX

Austin’s Pride Parade will be held on August 12th. Everything’s bigger in TX, so this fest features live music, dance, and drag performances and is the largest of all ATX’s parades. When you’ve danced your little heart out, head back to Ramsey where you and your besties will have plenty of room to spread out – from the expansive front yard to the pool and al fresco dining.

Best Cannon Beach Coffee Shops & Bakeries

Pastry Royalty: Cannon Beach Bakery

Cannon Beach Bakery is sure to please pastry connoisseurs, with the largest selection of sweet and savory doughs in the area. They’ve been perfecting their recipes since 1936 when the bakery opened in Cannon Beach. Home of the original Haystack bread—a round, crusty loaf with different flavors—the bakery is also known for its win in the Sweetest Bakery in America contest. 

Besides Haystack bread, they offer 50+ goods daily: including almond bear claws, olive ciabatta, chocolate cream cheese muffins, and more. After you pick your pastry, grab a classic drip coffee, espresso, americano, or other classic coffee drink. 

Gluten-Free Options Galore: Sea Level Bakery + Coffee 

Another great Cannon Beach bakery is Sea Level Bakery + Coffee, where you can find different coffees at the pour-over bar weekly. We highly recommend pairing them with daily made-from-scratch pastries like banana bread, kouign-amanns, scones, and bread like baguettes, ciabatta, brioche, and more. We never turn down carbs with our morning coffee.

Since savory items like pumpkin curry soup and ratatouille are available too, Sea Level is a great Cannon Beach cafe to stop by for lunch as well. 

Want to stay within walking distance or a quick drive from Sea Level? Stay at the Seven Spruce for a quick commute to silence your growling stomach. During your stay with us, we recommend that you have a beach picnic by stopping by Sea Level for some goodies on your way there. Munching on their jambon and brie sandwich makes for a delicious and delightful afternoon lounging on the sand.  

Cozy Ambiance and Community: Insomnia Roasters

Insomnia Roasters focuses on creating inviting spaces in each of their cafes, and their coffee and pastry selections are just as thoughtful. Signature drinks like eggnog lattes and baked goods like cinnamon rolls will brighten your mood in the already window-filled, airy space. 

Looking to read a book and escape from the world for a few hours? Our vacation rental Puffin Nest is walking distance from this cafe, from the beach, and from downtown Cannon Beach. It’s the perfect escape while still offering a roomy retreat for you and your group.

King of Coffee: Sleepy Monk Coffee Roasters 

Sleepy Monk Roaster’s extensive roster of international, organic, and small-batch coffee provides dozens of options for your jolt of java juice. Ranging from French Roast Colombian, Dark Uganda, Gaelic Grounds, Bali Blue Moon, and so much more, you could live here for months and have not tried every roast. Don’t forget to taste their signature whipped cream.  

Plus, if you arrive early, you can get your hands on some gluten-free baked goods, and an Adirondack chair on the lawn to people-watch along Hemlock Street. 

Oregon Vacations 

After a luxurious night of sleep in our gorgeous properties, fuel up by visiting a Cannon Beach bakery and coffee shop before adventure-filled days in Oregon. With many outstanding Oregon coffee roasters and shops, you can eat, sleep, and repeat every day during your stay with AvantStay Vacation Rentals. For more information about other things to do in Cannon Beach and Manzanita, and our accommodations, visit our website!