Employee Spotlight: Alice Ward, Product Manager I

Name Alice Ward Where are you based? Denver, CO Job Title Product Manager How long have you worked at AvantStay? 1.5 years How would you describe your job & responsibilities to someone who doesn’t work in your field? I’m focused on creating outstanding experiences for both our guests and homeowners, while tackling challenges to drive …

Employee Spotlight: Chloē Buss, Field Operations Regional Director

Name Chloē Buss Where are you based? Nashville, TN Job Title Regional Director of Operations, East Coast  How long have you worked at AvantStay? 2 yrs, 5 months  How would you describe your job & responsibilities to someone who doesn’t work in your field? Operations is about being able to pivot, to find efficiencies and …

10 Tips on Finding the Best Kid-Friendly Vacation Home

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

Things to Do In Manzanita, Oregon

If you crave a serene, secluded hideaway, our Manzanita rentals are just what you need. Manzanita — Spanish for “little apple” — might just be the best-kept secret of the North Oregon Coast. This sleepy beach town is an ideal destination for those longing for time away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. …

5 of the Best Oregon Coast Golf Courses

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

Everything You Need to Know About Oregon Clam Season

If you’re traveling to the Oregon Coast to take advantage of the abundant and delicious clams, you’re in luck! The Northwest Zone of Oregon, which is where all of Starfish Vacation Rentals beautiful homes are, features some of the best opportunities for clamming in the state. Peak Oregon clam season in this region tends to …

Where Is the Best Breakfast in Cannon Beach?

Start your day off right with a delicious breakfast! After all, it’s the most important meal of the day. Whether you enjoy a hearty meal that gives you tons of energy or you’re just looking for a great cup of coffee and pastry, you’ll be able to find it in Cannon Beach. Discover where to …

Why You Need to Visit the Oregon Coast in May

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

5 Reasons You Need to Visit the Oregon Coast in November

Are you looking to plan a vacation this November? You’re in luck! With a mild climate and plenty of fun things to do, the Oregon Coast is perfect for a fall getaway. The coast range blocks cold air dynamics from the east and helps to keep temperatures moderate at the beach. Temps usually range from …

2023: That’s a Wrap!

You went places and did things—and we’re here to celebrate it. Grab your favorite bevvie and join us as we explore the best parts of our year spent together. New Additions It’s never been easier to find your dream stay. This year, we added multiple new destinations, including Port Aransas, Whidbey Island, and Chesapeake Bay! …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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. …

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 …

AvantStay Employee Spotlight: Brooke Hamrick, Marketing Coordinator

Name Brooke Hamrick Where are you based? Los Angeles, CA Job Title Marketing Coordinator How long have you worked at AvantStay? 2.5 years How would you describe your job & responsibilities to someone who doesn’t work in your field? I am responsible for coordinating any marketing needs across different departments. That includes things like providing …

AvantStay Spotlight: Nina Groebe, Area Manager

Name Nina Groebe Where are you based? Vail, Colorado Job Title Area Manager- Breckenridge & Vail How long have you worked at AvantStay? I have been with AvantStay for a little over a year now! How would you describe your job & responsibilities to someone who doesn’t work in your field? I am responsible for …

7 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 …

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. …

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 …

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 …

18 Things to Do in Central Oregon

Central Oregon is one of the best destinations in the United States for outdoor adventures, cultural experiences, delicious food and drink, and relaxation. Whether you’re traveling with family, friends, or colleagues, there are plenty of things to do and see in this beautiful region of the Pacific Northwest. And if you’re looking for the perfect …

The Best 12 Vacation Rentals Near National Parks

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

16 Things to Do in Hudson Valley

If you’re looking for a beautiful and historic region to explore in New York, look no further than Hudson Valley. This region, which encompasses the area along the Hudson River from New York City to Albany, is known for its scenic beauty, rich history, and diverse cultural offerings. Whether you’re a foodie, a history buff, …

The Best Places to Visit This May

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

AvantStay Spotlight: Silvia Lundgren, Product Manager I

Name: Silvia Lundgren Where are you based? Santa Monica, CA Job Title: Product Manager I How long have you worked at AvantStay? A year and a half (since Nov 2021) How would you describe your job & responsibilities to someone who doesn’t work in your field? As a Product Manager, I prioritize and launch product …

Best Cannon Beach Coffee Shops & Bakeries

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

15 Best Vacation Homes with Indoor Pools

Looking for a vacation rental with a private indoor swimming pool? Look no further!  This year, skip the crowded public pools and high-priced hotel passes and opt for a secluded approach to swimming on vacation. We’ve rounded up 15 stunning vacation homes with private indoor pools that promise fun, relaxation, and plenty of room for …