Fractional Ownership

Christmas in Vail, Colorado: Slopes, Santa, and Sophistication

The Christmas countdown has officially begun in Vail, Colorado, one of North America’s most festive holiday destinations. In May, Vail, Colorado, was accurately named “America’s best Christmas Town” by The Pioneer Woman. Frequent visitors often describe the ski town as a real-life Hallmark destination, with its natural beauty, rustic charm, friendly locals, and seemingly countless holiday-themed festivities. And the perfect place to spend Christmas in Vail, Colorado, is inside Elite Destination Homes’ luxurious Ski Home, a four-bedroom masterpiece that’s minutes from all of the snow-packed action and heartwarming Christmas gatherings. Ski-son’s Greetings! There’s no better way to usher in the jolliest season of the year than a full day on the slopes at the third largest ski area in the U.S. With over 5,000 acres of fresh powder at your disposal, you’ll never want to leave the mountain. Vail Mountain features three distinct sections: Blue Sky Basin, the “Front Side,” and the “Back Bowls.” The area receives approximately 350 inches of fresh snow each year, which lends itself to all 195 trails. With 31 lifts, you’ll never have to worry about finding a desired hill. However, “getting lost” on Vail Mountain is a fun way to spice up your holiday-themed [...]

Fall-Seasoned Smoky Mountain Getaways: Nantahala Lake

During autumn’s peak, Western North Carolina bursts into a colorful meld of vibrant hues, including marigold, amber, kelly, and crimson. Self-proclaimed “leaf peepers” cannot resist the urge to frolic into the Nantahala National Forest in search of sheer tranquility. Amateur photographers, outdoor enthusiasts, and seasoned “autumnophiles” alike embark on Smoky Mountain getaways as summer subtly fades from summer to fall. Jaw-dropping waterfalls, steep singletrack, and rushing rapids lie hidden deep within North Carolina’s Smokies, home to Forge Lake Lodge, a dazzling, 10,000-square-foot palace along the edge of Nantahala Lake. Adventurous Smoky Mountain Getaways Nantahala Lake rests in the heart of the Appalachians, along the southern rim of the Smoky Mountains. Much like New England, Upstate New York, and parts of the Pacific Northwest, most autumnal Smoky Mountain getaways revolve around those vivid, flamboyant leaves that transform from deep green to a colorful palette that would make Bob Ross blush. There are dozens of ways to commemorate a mid-fall expedition through Western North Carolina’s sprawling, densely-thicketed mountains. Remember to arrive with a leaf peeper’s toolbelt, including a pair of binoculars, a professional camera, a trusty GPS, years of outdoor intuition, and a healthy thirst for adventure. Below, we’ve compiled a fall [...]

Experience the Many Colors of Fall in Vail, Colorado

You might not realize it yet, but Vail, Colorado, is so much more than “just” a world-class alpine skiing destination. During summer’s radiance and autumn’s peak, thrillseekers and nature enthusiasts flock to this idyllic village located at the foothills of the White River National Forest’s sprawling mountain range. Common mid-day excursions include hiking, whitewater rafting, mountain biking, and horseback riding. Adventure awaits around every corner. And, luckily for prospective visitors, the luxurious, four-bedroom Vail Ski Home is only a short jaunt from a seemingly endless array of audacious explorations. Experiencing fall in Vail, Colorado, is a must, particularly for those with a penchant for vibrant foliage, exemplary temperatures, and crowd-less adventurers. 10 Ways to Relish Fall in Vail, Colorado We’re fully aware that summer and winter are “peak” tourist seasons here in the White River National Forest. But please don’t overlook the visual and venturesome splendor of autumn, with its vivid meld of marigold, kelly green, and amber, often accented by snow-capped mountains at the tail end of the season. Visually, fall in Vail, Colorado, is stupendously stunning—photographers, hikers, geocachers, and fly fishers cannot resist an afternoon amid tens of thousands of bright, lemon-colored birches. With so many things to [...]

Discover Mountain Luxury in Teton Village, Wyoming

Hidden near Wyoming’s rushing Snake River at the foothills of glorious Grand Teton National Park lies an idyllic four-season destination: Teton Village, home to one of the world’s most prestigious ski mountains. The region offers so much more than “just” fresh powder, rugged mountains, and 130-plus world-class ski trails. Nature enthusiasts, thrill-seekers, and casual adventurers alike will discover that Teton Village is sublimely positioned at the Grand Teton’s front door, where hiking, horseback riding, fly fishing, and mountain biking excursions naturally transpire. There’s never been a more suitable time to research, book, and plan a secluded, undeniably stirring escape to the United States’ least-populated state. And there’s no better place to start and finish each day of outdoor recreation, fine dining, and utter relaxation than at Garnet Lodge, Teton Village’s crown jewel. Teton Village’s Finest Vacation Home: Garnet Lodge Elite Destination Homes has lavish vacation rentals all across the globe, and this sophisticated Grand Teton lodge remains the crème de la crème among ski homes near Jackson Hole’s genuinely head-turning Rendezvous Mountain. Most skiers and snowboarders find their mouths agape when they first spot this world-renowned mountain. But the truth is that Garnet Lodge itself is equally spellbinding, with its [...]

Off the Beaten Path in America: Luxury Vacation Home Rentals

As summer swiftly approaches, millions of Americans are itching to use their well-deserved PTO via a faraway escape to a slightly-isolated yet undeniably gorgeous destination, such as Colorado’s White River National Forest or New Mexico’s Sangre de Cristo Mountains. There’s never been a more enticing time than right now to escape the city’s clutch en route to a mountainous region or desert landscape. Whether you’re looking for a substantial vacation home to host that upcoming family reunion, off-site board meeting, or monumental anniversary party, the good folks here at Elite Destination Homes are here to help. We boast an eclectic selection of luxury vacation home rentals throughout the U.S. (and beyond), many of which rest well off the beaten path. Luxury Vacation Home Rentals: 4 Unique Destinations The need for a secluded outland getaway has never been greater. Thus, large families, corporate leadership, small organizations, and even bachelorettes (or bachelors) are beginning to think outside the box for their upcoming gathering. As you might imagine, sizable luxury vacation home rentals remain at a premium. Thankfully, the team at Elite Destination Homes is always available to match your large group with a unique locale that suits your size, style, and budget [...]

Fractional Ownership in Cabo San Lucas

One of the fastest-growing trends in the travel industry is the meteoric rise of fractional ownership, particularly in Mexico’s most beautiful coastal cities, such as Cabo San Lucas. Unlike a loathsome timeshare, fractional ownership includes the tangible purchase of real estate to go along with the many perks of possessing a luxury home in a dream-like destination. And, thanks to Elite Destination Homes’ team of dedicated owner concierges, you’ll never have to agonize over property management, scheduling, or transportation. Elite expertly manages fractional ownership properties in Manhattan, Paris, and the Caribbean. But today we’re going to focus on Mexico’s finest playground: Cabo San Lucas. What Is Fractional Ownership? Simply put, fractional ownership is a common investment structure for an expensive asset, such as a vacation property. Individual shareholders can purchase a percentage of the ownership, which, of course, includes a bevy of benefits. Fractional ownership is ideal for those who travel or vacation often but don’t want to pay the seven-figure price tag of a luxury vacation home. By splitting the cost with several other shareholders, owners can maintain a permanent residence while possessing the ability to get away at a moment’s notice. Elite’s concierge team can arrange everything from [...]

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 [...]