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Nantahala Waterfalls, a Comprehensive Guide

The Nantahala National Forest is a vast, dense outdoor playground for zealous adventurers and casual travelers alike. Hidden amongst the vibrant, emerald green forestry are jaw-dropping lakes, untouched creeks, and curious wildlife. Lake Nantahala remains the forest’s most beautiful landmark, with its jagged mountains, mirror-like water, and luxuriant lake homes. In fact, Forge Lake Lodge, one of the most desirable Western North Carolina vacation rentals, has become a massive draw for large families and groups searching for an idyllic combination of sophistication and adventure. The lodge itself has canoes, on-site hiking trails, and exquisite patios. However, a trip to Western North Carolina is incomplete without visiting a handful of the prettiest Nantahala waterfalls. The 5 Best Nantahala Waterfalls It’s nearly impossible to be objective when listing the best Nantahala waterfalls as everyone’s eye is different. That being said, we think that this comprehensive list provides a unique mixture of visual treats, backcountry adventures, and brief overlooks. Short and Sweet: Rufus Morgan Falls Rufus Morgan Falls’ trailhead is approximately 10 miles from Forge Lake Lodge, making it one of the most-frequent Nantahala waterfalls. The trail itself is just one mile long with less than 300 feet of elevation gain, so it’s [...]

The Top 3 Turks and Caicos Fishing Charters

Turks and Caicos is revered for its glamorous estates, pristine beaches, and jaw-dropping ocean vistas. Most travelers spend their afternoons sunbathing beside the teal, lapping waves and indulging in some of the juiciest seafood known to humankind. But one midday activity that’s rapidly gaining traction on the island of Providenciales (also known as “Provo”) is deep-sea fishing. Long gone are the days of rickety boats and ancient vessels. Today, most Turks and Caicos fishing charters operate inside lavish, state-of-the-art yachts, such as the head-turning Viking Sportfish. And luckily for you, Elite Destination Homes has a fleet of luxury Caribbean rentals within steps from the Atlantic Ocean and minutes from a variety of marinas.  Luxury, Adventure, and Elation: Turks and Caicos Fishing Among the many perks of choosing one of our top-reviewed luxury rental properties is that a knowledgeable, well-versed concierge will be assigned to your home away from home. Elite Destination Homes’ concierge team has its finger on the pulse of the rapidly growing sportfishing scene here in Providenciales. In fact, the most desirable Turks and Caicos fishing charters have collaborated with our guests on many occasions. All of these charters are located within a few miles of our properties, [...]

A Handy Guide to Finding the Perfect Cabo Beach

Sunbathing is the most common midday activity in Los Cabos among travelers (combined with a bit of swimming and snorkeling, of course). Nothing beats an afternoon spent sprawled out on an idyllic Cabo beach with your toes in the warm sand. Unlike many other overcrowded tropical destinations, many of the best beaches in Cabo San Lucas see very little foot traffic despite featuring dramatic cliffs and unobstructed views of the picturesque Sea of Cortez. And don’t forget that Elite Destination Homes has nearly a dozen luxury rental properties within steps of a dreamlike Cabo beach, including the grand, ocean-view Villa Jacqueline. The 3 Best Cabo San Lucas Beaches As you can probably imagine, narrowing down our favorite swimmable beaches in Cabo San Lucas was quite challenging. Each sandy Cabo beach has an array of enticing attributes, including expansive ocean views, pristine sand, and nearby eateries. But these destinations truly stand out among the rest for three very different reasons: beauty, snorkeling, and location. Playa del Amor (Lovers Beach) Playa del Amor (known to most travelers as “Lovers Beach”) is within walking distance of the heart of the city, so don’t be surprised to bump into a sea of beachgoers during [...]

The 4 Best Holiday Vacation Rentals in the U.S.A.

Yet another holiday season is just around the corner as families turn their attention from autumn’s peak to Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas presents, and New Year’s Eve plans. Last year, one in three people traveled during the holiday season—the most on record. As more and more families plan a well-deserved, long-awaited trip around the holidays, the demand for luxury holiday vacation rentals continuously skyrockets. Luckily for you and your family, Elite Destination Homes has several high-end vacation homes scattered throughout the U.S.A. Over the years, our talented, knowledgeable concierge team has helped countless families plan Christmas holidays, Thanksgiving vacations, and New Year getaways. The trick is to plan ahead, think outside the box, and let our team go to work! 4 Lavish Holiday Vacation Rentals The window to book one of our most-desirable holiday vacation rentals is closing. But don’t fret; because we almost guarantee that one of these marvelous homes will still be available this holiday season. Hopefully, this quick rundown will give you a “taste” of what we can offer here at Elite Destination Homes. Adobe Zen House Location: Taos, New Mexico Bedrooms: 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, sleeps 10 Square footage: 4,600 Starting at: $545 per night Main features: [...]

Discover the Historic Charm of Downtown Stillwater, MN

As we approach autumn’s peak here in the Twin Cities, we eagerly prepare for an influx of late September and early October “leaf peepers.” In the midst of fall, the lush forestry that’s scattered all across the numerous Minneapolis and St. Paul neighborhoods transforms into an awe-inspiring, picturesque blend of crimson, amber, marigold, and kelly green. And one of the most popular fall destinations here in Minnesota is Stillwater, a historic, charming town along the serene St. Croix River. For those who don’t already know, Stillwater is approximately 17 miles northeast of our state’s capital (St. Paul). Downtown Stillwater, in particular, is a tourist hub for travelers from across the Midwest. You’ll discover countless shops, restaurants, bars, and parks all within walking distance of each other. And one of the grandest Twin Cities rentals (210 Laurel) rests just three city blocks from the heart of Downtown Stillwater. The Very Best of Downtown Stillwater Here at Elite Destination Homes, we specialize in providing first-rate service, complimentary concierges, and, of course, lavish vacation homes. And, to ensure that your next visit to the Twin Cities is nothing short of flawless, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of the best things to do in [...]

A South of France Culinary Tour | Finding the Best Eze Restaurant

Hidden along the jaw-dropping shoreline of the French Riviera rests an ancient village with some of the most beautiful Mediterranean Sea views and a diverse, extravagant culinary scene. Eze, France, is perfectly located in-between the ever-popular seaside cities of Monte Carlo and Nice, so you’ll always be a short drive from world-class museums, casinos, palaces, and so many more genuinely awe-inspiring spectacles. Every five-star Eze restaurant has a unique menu, atmosphere, and visual appeal. Whether you’re hoping to savor authentic, wood-fired pizza, succulent bavette, or hazelnut-crusted veal, you’ll never forget your culinary voyage through the South of France. An Eze Restaurant Guide To ensure that your well-deserved escape to the French Riviera is nothing short of flawless, we’ve compiled our three favorite local restaurants. Yes, each award-worthy Eze restaurant serves delicious gourmet cuisine, but these three selections see less foot traffic while also offering slightly lower prices than many of the area’s hotel dining rooms. Château Eza If you’re aiming to indulge in fine French cuisine while reveling in the wonderment of the Cote d’Azur, then look no further than Château Eza’s Gourmet Restaurant. Yes, the 180-degree views of the Mediterranean’s azure blue waters are spellbinding, but the fresh fish [...]

Top 5 Turks and Caicos Beaches

The odds are high that you’ll be spending most of your Caribbean escape to jaw-dropping Turks and Caicos on the white, sandy beach, snorkeling underneath the turquoise sea, and paddling inside a colorful kayak. Whether you’re planning a well-deserved romantic getaway, family vacation, or honeymoon to this tropical island paradise, you’ll quickly discover that there are over a dozen pristine Turks and Caicos beaches within minutes of our luxury Caribbean villas. Elite Destination Homes has nearly a dozen Caribbean vacation villas that are equally luxurious, dreamlike, and comfortable. Spend your days soaking in your private swimming pool, snorkeling in the ocean within feet of your villa, and indulging in authentic, tropical cuisine at a nearby restaurant. THE BEST TURKS AND CAICOS BEACHES To ensure that your long-overdue tropical getaway is nothing short of flawless, we’ve compiled five of our favorite Turks and Caicos beaches based on customer feedback and personal experience. Many of these undeniably beautiful Turks and Caicos beaches are within walking distance of our luxury Caribbean villas, so you’ll always be minutes away from a potential ocean adventure. TAYLOR BAY BEACH We’re a bit biased because many of our Turks and Caicos villas, including Villa Calypso, Villa Sol y Luna, and Villa [...]

Travel Guide: The Best Things to Do in Cabo San Lucas

There are only a handful of locations in North America that provide genuinely stunning natural beauty, otherworldly daytime excursions, world-class authentic cuisine, rousing annual events, and lavish oceanfront vacation homes. One of these locations is Cabo San Lucas, Mexico’s crowning jewel located along the southernmost tip of the Baja California Peninsula. It’s hard to put into words how breathtaking this lively, historic community truly is, regardless of the season. With so many unforgettable things to do in Cabo San Lucas, planning a trip can be moderately overwhelming. But luckily for you, we’ve compiled a short, meticulously-researched travel guide for those who’re contemplating a visit to this magical land. Annual Cabo Events First and foremost, the city of Cabo San Lucas hosts dozens of annual events that allure thousands of people from across the globe. Imagine combining a film, music, or food festival with several days spent sailing in the Pacific, sunbathing near your private, lavish infinity pool, and dining atop a cliff that overlooks the ocean. Here are six annual events that are bound to grab your attention! Fiesta de la Musica Gala de Danza GastroVino Baja Food & Wine Festival IRONMAN Los Cabos Los Cabos International Film Festival Los [...]

A Travel Guide to Dominical, Costa Rica

We’re approaching Costa Rica’s “green season,” which is the ideal time of the year to explore this beautiful country’s lush countryside, pristine beaches, and diverse rainforests. Traveling to a foreign country requires a lot of research and planning, which is why created this handy travel guide for all future guests. And luckily for you, Casa Big Sur, one of our luxurious ocean-view homes in Costa Rica, is minutes away from the area’s best attractions, beaches, and restaurants. Keep reading to learn about Dominical’s many family-friendly activities! Top Things to Do in Dominical, Costa Rica There’s a whole new world to discover in Dominical for those who haven’t had the pleasure of leaping off a rushing waterfall, exploring a pristine rainforest, and meeting adorable jungle animals in their natural habitat. When you’re not soaking in your lavish, ocean-view infinity pool, enjoying a glass of wine on your private balcony, and cooking an authentic Costa Rican meal in your gourmet kitchen, we recommend embarking on a short journey to these fantastic attractions: Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary Corcovado National Park Finca 6 Marino Ballena National Park Nauyaca Waterfalls Parque Reptilandia Sierpe Mangrove Outdoor Activities Whether you’re a self-proclaimed outdoor enthusiast or just looking for [...]

Best Family Reunion Locations in the U.S.

With winter officially in the rearview mirror, there’s no better time than right now to start planning your next summertime family reunion. Perhaps this is the year that the family gathers at a luxurious, faraway location to celebrate a special life event in the family, such as an anniversary, wedding, or birthday. With seemingly hundreds of top-ranked family reunion locations scattered throughout the country, it can be challenging to choose one that perfectly fits your family’s size, style, and budget. Luckily for you, Elite Destination Homes has hand-selected three of the best family reunion locations in the U.S. Lions Gate Estate - Marietta, GA Let’s start the list with a gorgeous European-inspired residence in the city of Marietta, located in-between the North Georgia mountains and lively Atlanta. Lions Gate Estate is the perfect combination of old-world charm, sophisticated luxury, and secluded natural scenery. The estate is a short drive from the Gone With the Wind Museum, Six Flags White Water, and SunTrust Park, home of the Atlanta Braves. This 18,000-square-foot home sleeps up to 20 guests and features an outdoor swimming pool, eight fireplaces, a billiards room, and so much more! Each beautifully appointed room is layered in 19th-century charm, [...]