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?

Snowbird Monthly Vacation Rentals: Top Destinations for Your Winter Escape

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

Key West, FL

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

Fort Lauderdale, FL

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

Palm Springs, CA

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

Coachella Valley, CA

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

Destin, FL

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

Joshua Tree, CA

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

Maui, HI

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

Oahu, HI

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

San Diego, CA

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

Scottsdale, AZ

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

The Best Places to View the 2024 Solar Eclipse

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

Austin, TX

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

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

Hudson in Austin, by AvantStay

Indianapolis, IN

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

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The Poconos, PA

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

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

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Hudson Valley, NY

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

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

Clover in Hudson Valley, by AvantStay

Experience the Best of Group Travel and Stay with AvantStay

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

AvantStay Employee Spotlight: Jack Tuggle, CX Manager


John (Jack) Tuggle

Where are you based?

Los Angeles, CA

Job Title

CX Manager

How long have you worked at AvantStay?

1.5 years

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

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

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

How do you like to start your work day?

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

What teams do you collaborate the most with at work?

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

What is your favorite thing about working at AvantStay?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Which AvantStay home is your favorite?

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

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

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

Give us a fun fact!

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

What do you like to do in your spare time?

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

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

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

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

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

What’s your favorite Slack channel?

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

What’s your favorite AvantStay employee perk?

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

What has working at AvantStay taught you about the most?

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

Where is your favorite vacation spot?

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

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

8 Bedroom Vacation Rentals: The Ultimate Guide

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

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

1. Ridge View – Smoky Mountains, TN

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

2. River Rock – Breckenridge, CO

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

3. Destin Oasis – Destin, FL

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

4. La Barrique – Temecula, CA

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

5. Starlight Estate – Coachella Valley, CA

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

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

6. Bottlenose – Destin, FL

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

7. Smokey’s Paradise – Smoky Mountains, TN

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

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

8. Rendezvous – Destin, FL

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

Experience the Best of Group Travel and Stay with AvantStay

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

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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!

7 Epic Vacation Rentals with Beach Volleyball Courts

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

1. Hacienda at Coachella

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

2. Casa Rey

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

3. Sky Lantern

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

4. Gambler

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

5. The Riesling Retreat

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

6. Mermaid

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

7. La Barrique

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

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

The 8 Best Spots For Apple Picking in Upstate New York

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

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

1. Fishkill Farms

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

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

2. Apple Hill Farm:

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

3. Masker Orchards:

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

4. Barton Orchards:

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

5. Wilklow Orchards:

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

6. Dubois Farms:

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

7. Minard’s Family Farm:

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

8. Lawrence Farms Orchards:

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

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

The Top 21 Things to Do in Asheville, North Carolina

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The 10 Best Fall Foliage Destinations in the USA

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

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

1. Smoky Mountains, TN

Fall Foliage Peak: Mid-October

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

Where to stay: Ranger

2. Berkshires, MA

Fall Foliage Peak: Late September to mid-October

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

Where to stay: Whitney

3. Breckenridge, CO

Fall Foliage Peak: Late September to early October

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

Where to stay: Paddington

4. Hudson Valley, NY

Fall Foliage Peak: Mid-October

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

Where to stay: Cortland

5. Asheville, NC

Fall Foliage Peak: Late October

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

Where to stay: Juliet

6. Bend, OR

Fall Foliage Peak: Late September to early October

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

Where to stay: Black Bear Cabin

7. Park City, UT

Fall Foliage Peak: Late September to early October

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

Where to stay: Sage

8. Big Bear, CA

Fall Foliage Peak: Mid-October

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

Where to stay: Gambler

9. Lake Tahoe, CA

Fall Foliage Peak: Late September to mid-October

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

Where to stay: Redwood

10. Charleston, SC

Fall Foliage Peak: Late October to early November

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

Where to stay: Live Oak

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

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Farrier – Scottsdale, AZ

Experience the ultimate escape at Farrier, a brand-new estate nestled on a sprawling 1-acre lot within a private guard-gated community in Scottsdale. 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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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!