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, …

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 …

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 …

10 Black Friday Deals for Travelers: Tech, Gear, and More!

We’ve made our list—and checked it twice—of the best 2022 Black Friday / Cyber Monday deals for the traveler in your life. Whether you’re searching for the perfect gift or looking to score an awesome deal for yourself (no judgment), we’ve compiled the top deals out there for any type of traveler. 1. Apple Airtags …

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 …

10 Best Vacation Homes with Stunning Mountain Views

Here at AvantStay, we don’t think the good views should stop after your hike. We’re firm believers in staying at a vacation home that makes you feel on top of the world, day and night. In this roundup, you’ll get to see 10 of our favorite vacation homes with mountain views. Whether you’re looking for …

Top 10 Key West Monthly Rentals

Key West is a tropical paradise perfect for those craving a long escape from the harsh winter weather (we’re looking at you, snowbirds!). With its sunny beaches, crystal-clear waters, and vibrant nightlife, there are plenty of things to do in Key West for visitors to enjoy. Whether you’re desiring a relaxing day by the beach, …

The Best of the Fest: An Insider’s Guide to the Coachella and Stagecoach Festivals

We love festival season because nothing gets us more excited than music, friends, and a magical trip. From luxury estates to mid-century modern hotels across Coachella Valley, AvantStay offers accommodations for any group size and vibe you’re going for. A few of our own team members attended the 2022 festivals. Here’s what they had to …

Best Things to Do in Sullivan’s Island

If you’re seeking things to do on Sullivan’s Island, explore this guide for inspiration as you plan your next getaway.  Sullivan’s Island is a 2.5-mile long island located near the entrance of the Charleston Harbor and near Isle of Palms and just minutes from Charleston, South Carolina. This barrier island is a favorite destination for …

The Best Things To Do in Vail, Colorado

At the base of the Gore Range in the Colorado Rockies and 100 miles from Denver, lies the Vail Valley, a quaint European village full of alpine-style charm. Breathe in the crisp mountain air and soak in the views of the snow-capped peaks as the world’s weight melts away. While best known as one of …

6 Best Places to Watch the Sunset in Key West

Join locals and tourists for a family-friendly arts festival called the Sunset Celebration held nightly at Mallory Square Dock. Gather at the water’s edge to experience a multicultural event and watch the sun sink behind the Gulf of Mexico. Be sure to arrive at least two hours before sunset so you have time to enjoy …

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 …

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 …

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 …

7 Best Vacation Spots to Beat the Winter Blues

Seasonal depression back and worse than ever? We feel that. But this winter doesn’t have to be all bad. We’ve compiled our favorite destinations for you to escape the cold and spend your days soaking up the sun – because you deserve it! 1. Coachella Valley, CA Come to Casa Palmera in Coachella Valley for …

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 …

18 Best Restaurants in Coachella Valley

Located in California’s northern Riverside county, Coachella Valley has some of the best eating establishments in California. With growing popularity due to music festivals, film festivals, and sporting events, resort cities like Rancho Mirage, La Quinta, and Palm Springs are home to some of the best food California has to offer.   Our list of the …

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 …

6 Best Austin Airbnb Alternatives

Austin, Texas is known for its bustling nightlife, tasty tacos, and plenty to do outside. Whether you’re ISO a trip here for warmer days, a girls’ getaway, or simply to see what all the fuss is about, we’ve come up with the best AvantStay Airbnbs in Austin – all with unique vacation rental experiences you …

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 …

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 …

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. …

Top 12 Things to Do in Lake Arrowhead

Lake Arrowhead is one of the best vacation spots in the San Bernardino Mountains in Southern California—a stunning mountain range that is often referred to as the “Alps of Southern California.” At only an hour to an hour-and-a-half drive from Los Angeles, it’s an easy road trip to escape the city and get into the …

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 …

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 …

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. …

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 …