Elite Destination Homes Travel Guide

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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

The Best Adventure Vacations in the US

Spring is just around the corner, signifying it’s finally time to start planning your next adventure vacation to one of North America’s best outdoor playgrounds. It’s not easy to find the best adventure vacations in the US, mainly because there are thousands of possibilities! In an effort to help our guests stay fit and healthy this year, Elite Destination Homes has compiled five unique adventure-based destinations located throughout this diverse country, ranging from Hawaii’s Kohala Coast to New York City’s Central Park.

A Few Hidden Gems in Paris

There’s an entire universe of culturally-magnificent attractions in Paris, France, “The City of Lights.” What allures most families to Paris is its unique old-world elegance, charm, and extravagance. Take a well-deserved step back in time this spring with an escape to Paris. Start and finish each day inside one of our luxurious Paris vacation rentals. Elite Destination Homes has three genuinely stunning luxury apartments: Rue du Four, Rue Saints Peres, and Le Triomphe. Huitrerie Régis A trip to Paris is incomplete without a traditional meal inside a trendy oyster bar. Just down the street from our lavish, comfortable 6th arrondissement [...]

Eating Healthy in Turks and Caicos

With a New Year quickly approaching, it’s time to start thinking about your next resolution. The three most common New Year’s resolutions are eating healthier, getting into shape, and losing weight. While all three go hand-in-hand, the first step should always be eating healthier. Once your body starts receiving proper nutrients, you’ll have more energy and a desire to work out, which will eventually lead to losing weight. Eating healthy is easier said than done with a week-long vacation scheduled on the most beautiful island chain in the world: Turks and Caicos. Tropical vacations usually lead to over-indulgence of rare [...]

Spend Christmas and New Year’s in Prague

The holidays are fast approaching, signifying it’s finally time to book that romantic or family getaway. Spending the holidays in Europe is growing into an affordable, feasible option, especially for those who live in the United States’ East Coast. According to U.S. News, Prague, Czech Republic’s capital city, is the “Best Affordable Vacation in Europe.” Unlike the touristy cities of Rome, London, Barcelona, and Amsterdam, Prague is never overcrowded, even during the holidays. Prague is known for its red-tiled roofs, breathtaking cathedrals, narrow streets, and lively Old Town Square. Spending Christmas and New Year’s in Prague has never been more [...]

Safety in Cabo During Spring Break

It’s never too early to start planning a Spring Break getaway to Cabos San Lucas as March and April's reservations typically fill extremely fast at this oceanside paradise. Cabo is widely known as the college Spring Break capital of the world. Not only does Cabo have some of Mexico’s best nightclubs, but it’s also a beautiful oceanside city worth exploring. Just like any popular Spring Break destination, there are some quintessential things to remember when traveling to a foreign country. Elite Destination Homes currently has an available world-class luxury vacation house, Casa Mar y Estrella, which overlooks the azure Pacific [...]

Traveling to Costa Rica During “Green Season”

Tourists from across the globe have been woefully ill-informed for decades about Costa Rica’s “green” or “rainy” season, lasting annually from May to mid-December. People have hung onto the misconception that this stunningly beautiful country is a wet, muddy washout during the green season (Costa Rica’s winter). Yes, it does rain significantly more in comparison to the “dry” summer season, but the green season is exponentially more affordable, uncrowded, and colorful. Thanks to intricate, documented weather patterns, rainstorm arrival times are easily predicted in Dominical Costa Rica. Tourists take full advantage of significant discounts every green season at some of [...]

A Rejuvenating Escape to Taos, New Mexico

Escape to tranquil Taos, New Mexico this autumn for a once-in-a-lifetime luxury vacation far from your tiresome daily routine. High above the uniquely historic creative arts community of Taos rests the Zen House, a 4,600 square foot adobe-style sanctuary. Autumn is the best time of the year to visit New Mexico’s high desert because this longtime artist community comes to life with music and art festivals. Elite Destination Homes provides guests at the Adobe Zen House with complimentary concierge services to ensure that your stay is as relaxing and pleasant as possible. The Zen House: Unmatched Beauty and Serenity The [...]

Unplug at the Breathtaking Forge Lake Lodge

Reconnect with friends and family on a serene escape to North Carolina’s breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains. Forge Lake Lodge combines luxurious old-warm charm and the beautiful natural surroundings of Lake Nantahala. The lodge is an experience all by itself: awe-inspiring mountain vistas, hand-carved 19th-century European cabinetry, and a massive moose antler chandelier. This lake-view paradise was forged into the mountainside, thus earning the namesake Forge Lake Lodge. As difficult as it may be to pry yourself from the vast property, the surrounding nature trails, picturesque waterfalls, and world-class whitewater rafting will allure guests for at least an afternoon of mountain [...]

Hidden Gems of Turks and Caicos

Escape to the world’s top island getaway with a week-long stay in one of our luxury Caribbean villas. Elite Destination Homes has nine breathtaking oceanfront villas in stunning Provo, each more beautiful than the last. Seek out these hidden gems when you’re not soaking in an oceanview pool, relaxing in an outdoor chaise lounge with a cocktail in hand, or taking a dip in the Tiffany Blue waters of the Atlantic. Avoid any possibility of running into large tourist crowds with lunch at da Conch Shack, an outdoor adventure with Froggie’s Ultimate Adventures, a kayak ride on Chalk Sound, and [...]

Hole in One! 3 Paramount Los Cabos Golf Courses

The time to book a flight to stunning Los Cabos is now. The winter crowds are dispersing, the temperatures are rising, and the golf season is heating up. Look no further for your next Los Cabos luxury vacation, because world-renowned Elite Destination Homes has the premier rentals in coastal Mexico. Our lavish rentals are always a short ride from dozens of the world’s top golf courses. Los Cabos, on the south end of the Baja Peninsula, has breathtaking views of the marine blue Pacific Ocean and the gorgeously eroded bluffs. Choosing where to stay in Los Cabos is easy: Casa [...]

Luxury Summer Retreat in Cabo

Luxury Summer Retreat in Cabo Jennifer W. What better way to celebrate summer than enjoying the pristine views of the ocean by rooftop, Off-Roading, or just laying with my feet planted in the sand. I had the privilege of heading to Cabo (Puerto Los Cabos) to check out a stunning Airbnb home and review it. Although this home was way more home than one person would need for traveling, it felt unbelievably comfortable, and intimate. I got to take in many of the rooms and observe the exquisite detail in the traditional decor of a Mexican vacation home. My dear [...]

June 15th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Hunting Down 3 Local Cafés You Must Try in Paris!

A vacation to Paris, France, may end up being the most memorable trip of your lifetime, and with dozens, if not hundreds, of sights to see you’ll want to make every stop, sip, and bite count. Luckily, Elite Destination Homes has spectacular vacation apartment rentals doused in luxury and charm, right in the heart of the greatest city on Earth. To make your vacation with us even more memorable, here are three unmissable local cafés worth every penny. LE PELOTON CAFE A hidden gem if there ever was one, Le Peloton Café lies on a quiet, historic street only 500 [...]

National Parks In the US You’ll Want to Visit

There are so many national parks to visit in the US, and when you vacation with Elite Destination Homes you’ll be in for a treat! Our United States locations are close to many national parks that feature beautiful panoramas and fantastic options for hiking. As we’re wrapping up National Parks Week, there is still time to spend at one of our excellent destination vacation rentals! Here are four fabulous parks you’ll want to visit when spending time at our luxury vacation homes. Yellowstone National Park Primarily located in Wyoming, Yellowstone National Park is home to the very first national park [...]

3 Essential Items for your Beach Vacation to the Caribbean

The Caribbean is a magical place, with lush palms and vibrate flowers, where the ocean breeze and waves dance along the shoreline, this stunning beauty ultimately makes for an unforgettable getaway, and when you stay at one of our luxury Caribbean villas, you’ll find more than just the gorgeous views and lovely abodes. Packing for your vacation can seem tough at times, you never know what you might need when you head to the Caribbean, but here at Elite Destination Homes, we’ve got you covered, with our three essential items to pack for your beach vacation of a lifetime. The [...]

Whale Watching: Best Spots in Mexico!

It whale be a good time Whale watching in Mexico has become a top-rated event that takes place from November to April when California Gray Whales migrate South to warmer waters of the Pacific. You’ll find that when traveling to Mexico this time of the year you’re going to want to spot some of these majestic animals. When you reserve one of our fabulous luxury villas Los Cabos is known for, you’ll be in for a treat especially when it comes to catching a glimpse of these ocean creatures. Luxury Villas Los Cabos Some of the best views of potential [...]

3 Things to do in Paris in the Wintertime

When thinking about a trip to Paris, France many people imagine the soft breeze of the spring and warm summer air, but one of the hidden gems of Pairs is that vacationing during the wintertime is unbelievable. Not only will you experience a stunning winter wonderland, but you’ll also get to experience the city without as many visitors. Plus, there are still plenty of fun things to do when you book an elite Paris getaway. Here are our top three favorite things to do in Paris when it's cold outside! Ice Skating on the Terrace Paris and winter activities like ice [...]

A Vacation to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions!

5 of the Top New Year's Resolutions you can do while on vacation in the Turks and Caicos 1. Lose Weight and Eat More Healthfully Providenciales is noted for its culinary sophistication and offers a variety of healthy options any menu. Another fantastic option is utilizing the gourmet kitchens featured in our villas and go to Graceway Gourmet for any healthy grocery needs. Graceway is an upmarket type of store right in the heart of Grace Bay. Graceway Gourmet features a great selection of meats, fish, produce, plus all the other necessities for breakfast, lunch, dinner and midnight snacks. The store [...]

Tips for Finding the Best Luxury Property Management Co

You’ve had your second home for a while now, and you’re starting to think it’s a good time to rent your property, but you’re just not sure about who the best luxury property management company is. Or you might be in the market for finding a new property management partner. There are a few things you’ll want to keep an eye on when searching for a leading luxury-focused management company and we’ve got all the tips and tricks you could need to reevaluate and benefit from your next luxury property management company. 1. Services To start out, we’re guessing you [...]

Head South this Autumn for a Dream Vacation

Summer is winding down, and fall is just around the corner. With temperatures beginning to cool-off slightly south of the border, it’s time to think about planning your dream vacation. When working with our leading travel experts on vacationing to Los Cabos Mexico, you’ll find lots of luxury rental options to choose. Once you’ve selected your desired home, planning for your vacation can begin! Here are three reasons to travel to Mexico this fall season for a magical getaway you won't forget. Fall Travel in Mexico Each season in Mexico offers a different experience to travelers; wintertime sees an influx [...]

How to Choose your Vacation Destination

You’ve made the decision to travel, but you’re honestly not sure where you’d like to go. The beginning of your planning is going to start with a destination for a vacation with family, friends, couples, or even yourself! With rentals that span the entire globe from Europe to Central America, we’ve got plenty of options for you to choose from - but what if all the rentals look AMAZING - what do you do now? We’re here to help you choose the best destination home for you and your budget. Let’s Ask Some Questions! First up, how does one choose [...]

Experience New York’s Leading Destination Home

New York City is a vibrant and welcoming destination to visit year-round. You’ll want to spend warmer days traversing the greenery of Central Park, venturing to the cutting-edge lower east side to see what’s new or strolling to a relaxing bistro in the upper west side. On cooler days you might think about revamping your wardrobe at the Shops at Columbus Circle, enjoying a Broadway show or pampering yourself at a spa.  There is truly everything here in NY to do when you vacation at Central Park Place. Elite Destination Homes is here to make your vacation to the Big [...]

Family Friendly Homes at Elite Destination Homes

Elite Destination Homes isn’t just for couples or groups of friends. Bring the whole family and experience a fantastic vacation with everyone! No need to leave the kids at home with a babysitter, let them join you on your getaway of a lifetime. Here are our favorite family-friendly villas to enjoy your Elite rental.   Orlando Family Vacation Ready for your Florida vacation? Our Lakeland Estate is perfect for families! Not only does it have four bedrooms, accommodating up to nine people, but one of the bedrooms is a kids room. It will be hard to pull your children away [...]

Art & Culture on a European Luxury Vacation

Europe is one of those places where history is embedded in every corner, and France is not an exception. Your Elite Destination Homes retreat would not be the same if you did not immerse yourself within the art and culture while staying in Paris. When you choose to stay at one of our destination homes; Le Triomphe, Rue du Four, or Rue Saints Peres, you will have all that you need to enjoy the sights, sounds, and lifestyle of a Parisian. Below we have listed a few must-see museums to experience the rich traditions and artwork of the past and [...]

3 Reasons to Rent Casa de la Playa

Finding the perfect vacation rental in Mexico can be difficult. You’re flooded with amazing possibilities from all over the country, but no worries, Elite Destination Homes has you covered! Our beautiful Casa de la Playa is your destination vacation and home away from home. You’ll find that this luxury villa in Los Cabos will satisfy every need, whether you bring your family, a group of friends, or your special sweetheart. It’s time to embark on a journey to Los Cabos when learning about our top 3 reasons to rent Casa de la Playa. Beachfront Access Experience a private beachfront access like [...]

February 24th, 2017|Categories: Los Cabos|Tags: , , , |

Business is coming back for Minnesota’s fractional real estate industry

Fractional ownership is a concept that's akin to a timeshare, but often comes with deeded ownership. Dreaming of a place at the lake, but don’t want to shoulder the ­burden of maintaining it and paying for it ­yourself? For some, co-ownership through an unusual model called fractional ownership is the answer. It’s a concept that’s akin to a timeshare, but often comes with deeded ownership. Such arrangements were wildly popular before the recession, but the sector crashed exceptionally hard and has been among the last areas of the real estate industry to recover. Now there are signs that fractionals are [...]

December 1st, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

The most expensive vacation of my life. And worth every dollar.

We loaded up the SUV with the family one early Friday morning over Labor Day weekend and began our journey from Las Vegas for our first Southern Utah vacation.  As we wound our way up through SR 14, just outside of Cedar City, we came upon these towering bright red, pink, and orange rock formations of Cedar Breaks National Monument. The Indians called this millions of years old formation the "Circle of Painted Cliffs."  After taking in the beautiful rocks, we continued our journey up to the peak of the mountain pass. Once we reached the summit I checked my [...]

February 4th, 2014|Categories: Rental Reviews, Testimonials, Travelog, Vacation Rental Management|

A Romantic Evening that ended in an Enjoyable Fight.

By Garin Hamburger | Travelog Very recently I was lucky enough to tie the knot with the most amazing woman!   I don’t want to bore you with all of the details, so I’ll just leave it at, ‘it was a fantastic wedding’.  And like many newlyweds, we knew that we wanted to go on a honeymoon right after. After some extensive research, we decided to honeymoon in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.  The once small fishing town that was transformed into a tourist spot after Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton filmed their movie, “The Night of the Iguana”.  We didn’t know that [...]

October 15th, 2013|Categories: Puerto Vallarta, Travelog|

What’s So Special About Off-Season Travel?

By Kathryn Lynden | Travelog Well, I just returned from Cabo san Lucas, Mexico and what is so amazing about off-season travel is the access to everything. No Line at Customs To start there are no lines at Customs, you walk right through. Access to Everything Second, you can actually wake up in the morning and figure out what you may want to do that day! Everything is available to you from fishing expeditions, to zip lines, to horseback riding on the beach, to surf lessons and boat rides to picnic on secluded beaches. No need to decide beforehand, just [...]

September 12th, 2013|Categories: Los Cabos|

How to Manage a Vacation Rental Property

By Elite Destination Homes | Vacation Rental Management Vacation homeowners can easily become overwhelmed by the task of figuring out how to manage a vacation rental property. So, we suggest taking it one step at a time, getting the foundational elements in place and operationalizing every aspect you can. Create a Budget The first step in our list of how to manage a vacation rental property is creation of a budget. It is important that you account for utility bills, property maintenance, housekeeping, household supplies, and the inevitable wear and tear on furniture, electronics, and appliances. Set your rates after analyzing similar houses [...]

August 1st, 2013|Categories: Vacation Rental Management|

Vacation Home Management – Ensuring an Exceptional Guest Experience

By Elite Destination Homes | Vacation Rental Management Out of all that goes into running a successful vacation home management business, nothing is more important than providing an exceptional guest experience. While it’s your home that will draw them in, it’s the experience that will bring them back and produce the rave reviews that draw others to you. Ensuring an exceptional experience is all about attention to detail and fostering a personal relationship. Vetting Guests It’s important to make sure that your home is right for the guest and that the guest is right for your home. For this reason we recommend talking [...]

August 1st, 2013|Categories: Vacation Rental Management|

The 5 Pillars of Successful Vacation Rental Management

By Elite Destination Homes | Vacation Rental Management Many vacation homeowners are intrigued by the prospect of entering the world of vacation rental management. The idea of developing a new revenue stream and offsetting mortgage and home maintenance costs is quite attractive. To determine if this is viable for you and your home, we have come up with the five pillars of successful vacation rental management. 1. Location, Location, Location We’ve all heard this before, but what does it truly mean? Your home may be lovely, but the marketability of it as a vacation rental is completely dependent upon the desirability of its [...]

July 24th, 2013|Categories: Vacation Rental Management|

Vacation Rental Pros and Cons

By Elite Destination Homes | Vacation Rental Management The vacation rental industry is growing with more travelers choosing vacation rentals over hotels than ever before (49% according to Trip Advisor.) As a result more and more homeowners are choosing to rent out their luxurious vacation homes. If you are considering this option, we have a list of vacation rental pros and cons that will help guide you to the right decision when determining how to best enter the vacation rental market. Vacation Rental Pros: There are many upsides to renting out your vacation home. 1. Leverage Unused Time For Income There are likely [...]

July 23rd, 2013|Categories: Vacation Rental Management|

Four Partners Essential To Building A Successful Vacation Rental Business

By Elite Destination Homes | Vacation Rental Management The vacation rental business is growing at a rapid pace and can serve as a great way to offset a vacation homeowner’s mortgage and maintenance costs. However, homeowners may shy away because of the hours required to manage bookings and the effort needed to meet the demands of this complex industry. Good news, there are a number professionals you can partner with that will make diving into the vacation rental business much less daunting. Property Manager – Ensures Your Home is 100% Guest Ready Choosing someone to manage the maintenance of your home will be [...]

July 18th, 2013|Categories: Vacation Rental Management|

Benefits of a Vacation Home Exchange

By Elite Destination Homes | Vacation Rental Management Love your second home in Jackson Hole, but long to spend a week relaxing on the beaches in the Caribbean? A vacation home exchange may be in order. Vacation home exchange is exactly as it sounds. You trade a stay in your lovely home for a stay in another family’s fabulous vacation villa in the Turks and Caicos. Or Paris. Or Tuscany. You pick. Opening up your home to other like-minded families unlocks a world of possibilities. Your vacation options expand exponentially  without any additional expense for accommodations. In essence, you leverage the investment you’ve already made as [...]

July 16th, 2013|Categories: Vacation Rental Management|

Do I Need a Property Manager for My Vacation Rental?

By Elite Destination Homes | Vacation Rental Management When deciding to rent out your vacation home your first question may be, “Do I need a property manager for my vacation rental?” If you are looking to generate substantial income and not looking for a second job, the simple answer is yes. In order to run a successful vacation home rental operation, you need to put your business hat on and start thinking about your second home as a revenue stream. Getting the appropriate support staff in place will be key to your rental success and will also help you protect your [...]

July 16th, 2013|Categories: Vacation Rental Management|

What’s on your Bucket List?

By Kathryn Lynden | Travelog I recently have discovered the beauty of weekend get-aways.  I pack up my bag on Friday night and leave town for just a few days.  I come back to work on Monday full of stories and refreshed from getting out of the normal weekend routine.  Okay, I will admit, I am a little tired…but it is worth it! By doing these weekend trips, I am finally crossing off some of the items on my bucket list. Take a look. Riding a mechanical bull I actually did it!  As the professional bull rider hoisted me up [...]

June 4th, 2013|Categories: Travelog|

Elite added value to my real estate.

“Elite quickly and efficiently brought my Vineyard Estate home to a level it would have taken me much longer to achieve, and that includes rental revenue.  Guests love their experience here.  Elite added value to my real estate.” - Mike F, Owner in Sonoma County, CA

May 10th, 2013|Categories: Testimonials|

“It’s a wonderful dream, isn’t it?”

By Bill Bisanz | Los Cabos, Mexico Those were the words my companion uttered from the edge of the infinity pool at Las Ventanas mere hours after we arrived in Cabo. I followed her gaze past the white sand beach and into the glistening Sea of Cortez in time to catch a glimpse of a glossy blue whale breach and slip back into the ocean. It is wonderful, but it’s not a dream, I thought. Then I pinched her just to prove it. Paul picked us up at the airport and kept a running commentary on the landscape and history [...]

May 1st, 2013|Categories: Los Cabos|

From Art Crawls to Whale Watching

By Marie McKay | Los Cabos, Mexico Marie and her husband Randy are fractional owners in Elite's Palmilla Retreat Family is so important to both Randy and I. Like many others, we tend to get so wrapped up in our own lives that we lose track of the people that are dearest to us. That's why we invite family and friends to join us on vacation in Cabo. I just love waking up in the morning knowing that everyone is there. Randy likes to get up around 5:30 every morning, and walk up the hill near our house, with a [...]

January 24th, 2013|Categories: Los Cabos|

A Hunger for Down Under

By Chelsea Swenson | Australia The lights of Sydney Harbor made my heart beat faster as I knew that an exciting adventure was upon me.  This would be a 3 week excursion spending two weeks in Sydney, Australia and then one week on the North Island of New Zealand. While staying in Sydney with friends, we had the chance to experience the city from the local’s perspective instead of the tourists’ view.  We embraced the charming hole-in-the-wall Thai food restaurant that we couldn’t get enough of and made it a point to try Panang curry everywhere we could. From the majestic [...]

October 26th, 2012|Categories: Australia|

The Summer Vacation You and Your Family Should Take!

By Laurie Flum | Steamboat Springs I thought Steamboat Springs CO was only a ski village so when work called for me to go in October I thought “what am I going to do in October in Steamboat”. You know the old saying “all work and no play…” So I started by listening to a few people that told me to land at DIA (Denver International Airport) and drive the three hours to Steamboat.  The best drive you will ever take is I70 West and onto US40 – both are gorgeous! This drive takes you through the most unbelievable scenery. [...]

October 16th, 2012|Categories: Steamboat Springs, Travelog|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Mad, Mad, Madeline

By Bill Bisanz | Apostle Islands She’s beautiful, mysterious, and elusive. And she would drive most mad if you had to live with her year-round. Madeline Island, the largest and only permanently inhabited of the Apostle islands is a 13-mile island set off the Bayfield peninsula on Lake Superior. My first visit was nearly 10-years ago when I chartered a sailboat just two weeks after receiving my basic certification. It took me two days of what felt-like death defying maneuvers before I was brave enough to take on all three miles of the protected waters of the channel between Bayfield [...]

October 12th, 2012|Categories: Apostle Islands, Travelog|

Talk Fractional with International Architecture & Design Magazine

Culture Club Fractional ownerships let urban tourists put down roots Even the most seasoned of tourists have left a city feeling like they missed something. In a foreign metropolis, a week or two leaves barely enough time to scratch the city’s surface. For a new breed of traveller, there’s a desire to move beyond a brief getaway to the beach and into an extended urban escape. With the unique opportunity to take up residence abroad in some of the world’s most enticing cultural hubs, fractional ownerships pick up where time-shares leave off. Visitors drawn to the bustling streets and infectious energy of cities may find that fractionals serve their needs in a [...]

October 11th, 2012|Categories: Uncategorized|

Elite’s “Villa La Percha” Featured in Ocean Home Magazine

Provo Paradise Melissa C Gillespie | Ocean Home Magazine La Percha is the newest luxury living experience in Turks & Caicos The allure of the British West Indies has entertained the the fantasies of royalty, aristocrates, and celebrities for centuries. Now, Providenciales (or Provo, as it's called by locals) in the Turks & Caicos Islands welcomes La Percha, a new luxury villa, to the prestigious Ocean Point Drive. Villa La Percha, a shared-ownership, resort-style home that sleeps eight guests, boasts four large bedrooms with patio or balcony access and awe-inspiring views, plus indoor and outdoor living space. On-site amenities include [...]

September 24th, 2012|Categories: Uncategorized|

Mountains and Moose and Bears, Oh My!

By Jeanne Larson | Jackson Hole, WY It was a long October weekend, and we had decided to head to Jackson Hole. My family and I love to ski, so although it wasn’t the season, we viewed this as a good scouting expedition. The car trip from Minnesota across South Dakota was pretty uneventful, until we crossed the Missouri River. The terrain suddenly became more sculpted and hinted of mountains. The four of us arrived in Jackson at night, picked up a few goodies for the next day, and made our way through intermittent fog several miles along the Snake [...]

August 2nd, 2012|Categories: Jackson Hole, Travelog|

Paris by Sail

By John Pollack | Paris John Pollack is an accomplished author and journalist who won the 1995 O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships and was a Presidential Speechwriter for Bill Clinton. Earlier, he worked as a foreign correspondent in Spain, as a field assistant in Antarctica, and as a strolling violinist on Mackinac Island. You can learn more about his adventures in his books The Pun Also Rises and Cork Boat. For those hoping to see Paris by boat, there is no shortage of willing vessels. Most common are the Seine’s long, glass-enclosed tour boats that – glittering with the flash [...]

June 19th, 2012|Categories: Paris, Travelog|

Elite’s CEO, Bill Bisanz, Talks With FOXBusiness About Fractional Ownership

Fractional Real Estate Ownership: Getting a Slice of a Vacation Home By Cindy Venegas | Published May 21, 2012 | FOXBusiness A new breed of vacation home ownership is gaining steam that allows individuals to share ownership of a property. Think of it like this: A whole pie may look delicious, but it doesn’t make financial sense to buy the entire dessert if you are just having a few bites. However, if you split the cost among several buyers and ensure that everyone gets a slice, then the purchase makes sense. That’s the theory behind fractional real estate ownership, in [...]

May 31st, 2012|Categories: Uncategorized|

Gasping at its beauty

I have just had the pleasure of staying at Casa Tanglewood. The house is incredible, and the setting is breathtaking. I have never stayed in such an elegant yet welcoming house. It really is a very special place and makes me smile just thinking about it. The initial plan was to go to the nearby beaches, waterfalls, and national parks, but we found that we were just so relaxed and happy in the house that we stayed there most of the time. Our days started by eating breakfast outside enjoying a dramatic view of the ocean and mountains, joined by [...]

May 24th, 2012|Categories: Rental Reviews, Testimonials|

A Zest for Global Living Experiences

By Jeanne Larson | Madrid, Mexico I was lucky to spend three weeks traveling throughout central Mexico with my family as a child. That trip was the beginning of a strong attraction to other cultures and a zest for global living experiences that have transcended my life. I headed to Europe after business school, determined to begin an international career in Spain where I had a rudimentary knowledge of the language and had studied at different points. After a sales career in Madrid, opportunities led me to Buenos Aires, and later Mexico City. When it was logically time to settle [...]

May 22nd, 2012|Categories: Madrid, Travelog|

Yoga On the Road: Barcelona, Paris & NYC

By Bill Bisanz | Paris, New York On a recent trip to three of my all-time favorite places I practiced yoga…everywhere. Normally my trips, whether for work or pleasure (this was both), are a departure from my normal routine. For sure travel is meant to be a break from the ordinary but why miss out on the extraordinary parts of the ordinary just because we’re on the road. With this in mind I set out to maintain some of the same practices that help me feel happy and balanced when I’m at home in St. Paul, e.g., yoga, exercise, meditation [...]

May 11th, 2012|Categories: New York, Paris, Travelog|

Where the Real Magic Is

By Alex Bisanz | Steamboat Springs For a lot of people, Steamboat Springs means skiing, hot chocolate, and winter fun. And in their defense, the skiing truly is fantastic – and kids ski for free! But for the select few that have had the privilege to experience the hot springs, that’s where the real magic is. The hot springs were actually what gave Steamboat Springs its name – before construction quieted the springs, they made noises like a steamboat coming down the river. We really wanted to take advantage of the Hot Springs during our stay in Steamboat, and had [...]

May 8th, 2012|Categories: Steamboat Springs, Travelog|

Release the Kraken!

By Mark Hoiland | Turks & Cacios If you’ve ever tried to go hunting for lobsters, you’ll quickly find that it isn’t as easy as reaching down and scooping them up. On my last trip to the Turks and Caicos, I was out snorkeling in the water behind our villa, and had discovered that there were tail lobsters hanging out after low tide. A number of years prior, on a trip to the Bahamas, I had learned from a local gentleman that the only way to catch lobsters was to hook them. If you aren’t careful, they will quickly bury [...]

May 8th, 2012|Categories: Travelog, Turks and Caicos|

Paris from a “Newbies” point of view

By Laurie Flum | Paris Paris in the spring….I’d heard so much about it; in the movies, from friends…well you know. So when my job sent me to Paris I can admit my slightly introverted personality was a bit anxious about the trip. How would I get around, EUROS instead of dollars? - Hmmm, and what about the language barrier when I’m standing lost in the middle of the city! Well from the moment we met the cab driver things were looking up. His English was excellent and he was so proud of his heritage as he told us all [...]

April 30th, 2012|Categories: Paris, Travelog|

Luxury & convenience across the street from Central Park

One Central Park Place | New York City Concierge, bellmen, doormen (especially 1 whose name I can't recall) were great. The condo is comfortable and although we were wary of possible traffic noise from busy Columbus Circle, the insulation was good enough that we felt like we were in a quieter part of town. The kitchen lacks utensils to do any serious cooking, and there's no washer/dryer like we are used to having at other similar accommodations. The gym is great, and the turndown chocolates very good. For joggers, being across the street from Central Park is a huge plus. [...]

March 12th, 2012|Categories: Testimonials|

A Slice of Paradise at Casa Celina

Casa Celina | Los Cabos Cabo is an easy destination to travel to and provides an opportunity to experience both “old and new” Mexico. We enjoy dining at Tequila in San Jose del Cabo as well as Edith’s in Cabo San Lucas.  When in season, whale watching and deep-sea fishing are incredible experiences! Our home, Casa Celina, is well appointed to cater to your every need and is located on an extraordinary Rosewood property, Las Ventanas al Paraiso.  The resort is romantically intimate with breathtaking views, fantastic amenities, and attentive staff.  We have truly found paradise! It is such a [...]

March 12th, 2012|Categories: Testimonials|

The Ultimate Place to Play, Discover or Recharge

By Adrienne Clairmont | Los Cabos Ceviche. Deep-sea fishing. Horseback Riding. Jet skiing. Turquoise Jewelry. Amazing sunsets. Desert forest. Tequila. Golf.  Nightclubs. When asked what my favorite things about Los Cabos, Mexico are, I found myself struggling to narrow down the options to a concise list. Every time I visit Los Cabos, I find myself discovering new favorites, often in places I thought I had exhausted. Offering a myriad of entertainment options, Los Cabos is the perfect destination no matter how you are looking to spend your vacation. For fishing enthusiasts, charter an expedition into the Pacific and spend the [...]

December 21st, 2011|Categories: Los Cabos, Travelog|

In Search of the French Johnny Depp

By Bill Bisanz | St. Bart’s During a recent trip to St. Barth’s, the French jewel of the Caribbean, we encountered at least two fellows that could have been the French incarnate version of the great American actor. The first, named Gael was reminiscent of Depp in Chocolat while Jacques was the spitting image of Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean, right down to the swashbuckling regalia. Ladies- beware, as either of these French look-alikes could steal your heart while on this romantic and beautiful island. Historically, St. Barth’s has had an eclectic history including acting as a [...]

December 21st, 2011|Categories: St. Barth's, Travelog|

Lime Squash Anyone?

By Bill Bisanz | Barbados English, preppy, exotic, Rihanna were just a few of the thoughts that came to my mind prior to visiting Barbados. Located at the southeastern end of the Lesser Antilles in the Atlantic Ocean, this independent state is one the most developed islands in the Caribbean and still has many ties to its former colonial past as part of the British Empire. Settled by the English in the 1600’s, Barbados was an important economic powerhouse for England, mainly due to its sugar cane plantations and sugar exports. Vast fortunes were made, unfortunately at the cost of [...]

December 21st, 2011|Categories: Barbados, Travelog|

Goats, Reggae and Sandcastles

By Bill Bisanz | Anguilla Anyone who has driven around Anguilla has probably developed the underappreciated skill of maneuvering around the goats that freely roam the island. And as you're supposed to do this while driving on the 'wrong side' of the road in this British Overseas Territory, you may start to feel a little like James Bond -- even if you're not behind the wheel of an Aston Martin. Thankfully, these bearded billies are slow, friendly and happy to step out of the way (with a little encouragement). That pretty much captures the low-key, casual vibe of the island. [...]

December 21st, 2011|Categories: Anguilla, Travelog|

Setting Sail

By Edward Hoiland | Apostle Islands It only takes one good trip to catch the travel bug and once you got it there’s no stopping it! I caught the bug while sailing around the Apostle Islands in Lake Superior. The fresh air, crystal-clear water and the gentle rocking of the boat captured my heart and left me wanting more. Exploring islands, beach bonfires, shore lunches and freezing plunges into the lake. Nothing could beat sense of adventure of being somewhere new and the liberating feeling of leaving your problems behind. Since my first sailing trip when I was a little kid, [...]

December 21st, 2011|Categories: Apostle Islands, Travelog|

Love, Light & Gastronomical Delight

By Adrienne Clairmont | Paris Paris is, without a doubt, one of the singularly most intoxicating places on earth. Without meaning to you can stumble into the world’s best Pâtisserie or Fromagerie and experience pure bliss with each bite that you take of the macaroon or triple-cream cheese. And of course, unless you are very careful, you will never be able to find that same corner shop again. In my opinion, however, that’s half the fun.  As a lifelong Francophile, and a Parisian at heart, I was the happiest person on earth when the opportunity was presented to me to [...]

December 21st, 2011|Categories: Paris, Travelog|

Taking it All In

By Jacob Semling | Los Cabos Posted 11/10/2011 I was lucky enough to visit Elite's Cabo homes for my first ever trip out of the country!  Having travelled during the Minnesota winter, the first thing I noticed upon stepping out off the plane was the warm sea air. My first couple nights were at Palmilla Retreat.  It was a very comfortable and luxurious stay.  The highlight was being able to take advantage of the guest membership at Club 96!  All of our guests at Palmilla Retreat receive free access to this wonderful resort with an infinity pool, lap pool and [...]

December 21st, 2011|Categories: Los Cabos, Travelog|

My New Favorite

By Mark Stevens | Turks and Caicos In my first career I was blessed with the opportunity to travel all over the world and work with people from very different cultures. There simply aren’t words to describe how different the Monday event in Italy was to the Wednesday event in Tokyo. I have since left the life of a “Road Warrior” to the next generation of folks that measure their successes with mileage and yet my passion for travel has never been stronger. These days I prefer places with a very different pace. The Turks and Caicos has become a [...]

December 21st, 2011|Categories: Travelog, Turks and Caicos|

Running Shoes and Coffee

By Kathryn Lynden | Paris There are two things I could not live without.  A pair of running shoes and coffee. I have been blessed with the gift of travel, and my absolute favorite thing to do in any new city is to tie on my running shoes and hit the streets. I never quite know where I am going, but that is the beauty of the journey.  I let my feet take me wherever they want to go. In Paris, after 7 days of work (did I really just say that?), I kept the 8th day open.  I woke up very [...]

December 21st, 2011|Categories: Paris, Travelog|

A Relaxed Pulse on Life

By Laurie Flum | Los Cabos As I walked along the beach in complete awe of the calming waves and soft sands, I glanced back over my shoulder and found my footprints following me. At that moment I had a sense of accomplishment, not for the footprints that I saw in the sand but for what each step meant to my life. My husband, children, our home, my 25+ year career with EDH....many things that were behind me....well done. It teased me to think of what is still ahead. Something about the wonderful views (all you need to do is [...]

December 20th, 2011|Categories: Los Cabos, Travelog|

Yacht Papa

By Bill Bisanz | St. Barts If I could do anything in life, I would sail around the world with my family and dog, experiencing the far-flung lands and cultures of the globe. Exploring the world with my kids and learning about foreign peoples, languages, history and food while travelling along in a floating house, inspires my imagination. While having young children has considerably slowed my sailing adventures, I’ve been fortunate to get a taste of this seafaring life during my travels where some French friends  and I rented sailboats and set out exploring the Mediterranean. A younger man at the time, [...]

December 20th, 2011|Categories: St. Barth's, Travelog|

Girls’ Guide to Paris talks with Paris Apartment’s with EDH’s Kathryn Lynden

I love real estate, especially real estate in Paris. I’ve bought and sold a place in Paris and now own a place near Bordeaux, and if I could I’d buy and fix up many more houses and apartments around the globe. It’s my second passion, right behind travel. So it’s only natural that I’d meet Kathryn Lynden, who like me is from the American Midwest, and who with a partner or two has bought 50-plus homes around the world, fixed them up and sold them as “fractionals.” […]

May 23rd, 2011|Categories: Uncategorized|