A Lavish Vacation Rental in Marietta, GA: Lion’s Gate Estate

Just a half-hour away from the bustling city of Atlanta, GA, lies a quiet, luxurious vacation rental: Lion’s Gate Estate, in Marietta, GA. Lion’s Gate Estate is one of the most luxurious rentals Elite Destination Homes has to offer in the area, and it could be the perfect place for your next relaxing getaway. Start planning your Georgia escape today with Elite Destination Homes. A Luxury Vacation Rental in Marietta, GA Everything about Lion’s Gate Estate is luxurious. This nine-bedroom, 18,000-square-foot mansion can sleep up to 20 guests and has so much to offer vacationers, including many unique features. The floor plan is open and spacious, perfect for entertaining and hosting large gatherings.  And, if gatherings are in your plans, enter the great room to be in the center of any occasion. This room is comfortably furnished and features a stunning fireplace and a grand piano. Gatherings tend to gravitate towards this magnificent room.  An Incredible Pool Area Lion’s Gate Estate also features a marvelous pool area, which features a 45,000-gallon swimming pool and a hot tub. Whether you’re entertaining, swimming, or soaking up some rays, the pool area is a massive hit with guests. There’s also a spacious pool [...]

An Idyllic, Adventurous Lake Nantahala Escape

Forge Lake Lodge is an idyllic Lake Nantahala Escape surrounded by the Smoky Mountains. There are many ways to appreciate the beauty of the area, including hiking, fishing, and kayaking. The surrounding area has unique opportunities for the adventurer in you. Spend the day mountain biking, ziplining, or mining for rubies! At the end of the day, return to the breathtaking Forge Lake Lodge to unwind and enjoy the unbeatable views.  Boating Lakes End Marina offers rentals and services to enjoy the water however you like. They offer rentals for pontoons, ski boats, sailboats, kayaks, paddleboards, and more!  Fishing The Nantahala River offers elite trout fishing. The Nantahala is divided into three sections, which all have different fishing regulations to check out before you start. For tips and the best locations for fly fishing in the area, please visit their website. Rafting Enjoy the scenery of the Nantahala National Forest and the Smoky Mountains on a whitewater raft via Carolina Outfitters. They provide both guided and unguided trips, depending on what you’re interested in.  Horseback Riding Carolina Outfitters offers another exciting way to explore the mountain paths by horseback. Enjoy the plants, flowers, wildlife, and trees that surround the mountains. [...]

Spend a Day in Beautiful Jackson, Wyoming

If you’ve been searching for a luxurious wilderness getaway, look no further than the spectacular beauty of Jackson, Wyoming. Breathe in the crisp, fresh alpine air, and exhale the stresses of daily life as you immerse yourself in the stunning scenery of this world-class, four-season destination. The main town of Jackson sits at the southern end of Jackson Hole—a 50-mile-long valley where the rich and famous seek serenity and solitude. The valley is bordered by the Teton and Gros Ventre mountain ranges, which attract wealthy ski bunnies in the colder months with their promise of powdery white perfection. Teton Village is nestled at the foot of the Teton Mountains and has an eclectic range of Jackson Hole vacation rentals to choose from. But, for a taste of pure indulgence, one of the best places to stay in Teton Village is the luxurious Garnet Lodge, one of our most popular vacation rentals. The Best Things to Do in Jackson, Wyoming This all-season vacation destination offers guests so much to see and do no matter the weather. Our team at Elite Destination Homes has compiled a list of some of our favorite experiences in Jackson, Wyoming. Start your day in Teton Village [...]

A La Jolla Area Beach Guide

There are over a dozen pristine beaches within 20 minutes of La Jolla, one of Southern California’s chicest neighborhoods. This picturesque San Diego County community features some of the prettiest semi-rugged coastlines in California. And there’s no better place to start and finish each day of SoCal exploration and relaxation than the Celebrity Oceanfront Estate, a lavish, seven-bedroom marvel perched above breathtaking Bird Rock. This opulent La Jolla vacation home is a common respite for celebrities, musicians, and executives alike, primarily because of its on-site magnificence and proximity to a handful of San Diego’s finest beaches. In hopes of enhancing an already-stellar escape to San Diego County, the Elite Destination team has pieced together a brief La Jolla area beach guide, complete with stops in Pacific Beach, Torrey Pines, and La Jolla Shores. Typical San Diego beach activities include surfing, bodyboarding, kayaking, sunbathing, and people-watching. Pacific Beach San Diego’s bustling Pacific Beach Pier allures every type of traveler: bicyclists, surfers, anglers, and families alike. Pacific Beach is known for its head-turning sunsets, well-groomed sand, and oceanfront eateries. It’s approximately two miles south of Bird Rock—just a 10-minute drive from SeaWorld. Thus, beachgoers are right in the heart of San Diego’s [...]

The Ultimate Corporate Retreat: Atlanta’s Villa Vidi Vici

Planning and executing an off-site corporate retreat over the last 10 months has been incontestably challenging, primarily because of varying degrees of coronavirus restrictions, safety requirements, and group size regulations. Heading into 2021, many teams, departments, and boards are shifting gears by replacing a grand company gathering at an overcrowded hotel with a small-scale corporate retreat to a private albeit luxurious space. Thankfully, for Atlanta businesses, a head-turning Italian villa paradise patiently awaits your arrival. Treat your team to a multi-day, off-site corporate retreat at Elite Destination Homes’ Villa Vidi Vici, an eight-acre, five-story estate tailor-made to entertain, boost morale, and foster team development. Villa Vidi Vici, an Italian Inspired Corporate Retreat Venue Villa Vidi Vici, carefully and flawlessly designed by famed architect Henri Jova, is tucked away in the north Atlanta hills on a private, wooded estate that features lush gardens, an opulent outdoor pool, and a lengthy driveway. The interior, where your team will spend most of its time strategizing, deliberating, and, eventually, reveling in the home’s hand-crafted mastery, is a visual and sensory triumph. The pearly dining room will act as your corporate retreat’s home base. It features marble floors, a dazzling chandelier, Italian artworks, and a [...]

The Top 3 Taos Hiking Trails: Explore New Mexico’s High Desert

Elite Destination Homes’ head-turning Adobe Zen House is a shining example of sophisticated simplicity and tranquility. This open-concept, 4,600-square-foot marvel features three private acres, entirely surrounded by natural beauty, including the Rio Grande to the west, the Sangre de Cristo Mountains to the north, and the Carson National Forest to the south. As a result, the quaint village of Taos, New Mexico, acts as a basecamp for observant outdoor enthusiasts. Regardless of the season, backpackers flock to the prettiest Taos hiking trails, many of which lie within minutes of the grand Adobe Zen House, including a steep climb up neighboring Ojitos Canyon. A 3-Stop Taos Hiking Guide: Discover the Rio Grande The alluring Adobe Zen House is within 30 minutes of nearly 100 well-marked Taos hiking trails, whether that’s a stroll near the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge or a full-day trek into Carson National Forest’s densely-thicketed hearth. In hopes of enhancing an already-stellar escape into the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the Elite Destination Homes team has compiled three pathways that are equally scenic, exigent, and pristine. Let’s start with Devisadero Peak, a trailhead that rests less than 1.5 miles from the Adobe Zen House. Devisadero Peak Trail Very few Taos [...]

The Seaside San Diego Golf Scene: La Jolla’s a Hole-in-One

San Diego’s golf scene is undeniably prestigious, thanks in large part to Torrey Pines, home to the instant classic 2008 U.S. Open. Tiger Woods’ iconic 12-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole remains one of the most recognizable moments in the sport’s history. To this day, the hair-raising roar of the crowd still echoes through La Jolla Cove. The San Diego golf community plays host to various PGA Tour events, “Golf Fest,” and well-attended annual conventions, including the Golf Industry Show. Golf matters here in San Diego, and that extends to La Jolla, a peaceful, seaside community along the Pacific Ocean’s edge. La Jolla is also home to one of the most beloved vacation homes in the region: the Celebrity Oceanfront Estate, just minutes from Torrey Pines and the distinguished La Jolla Country Club. The Crown Jewel: Torrey Pines Golf Course Very few rounds of golf rival the magic of Torrey Pines, arguably the best public course in the nation. Despite its grandeur, anyone can reserve a tee time at this dazzling, oceanside marvel, designed masterfully by William F. Bell (a member of California’s “first family of golf design”). Bell’s two 18-hole layouts hug La Jolla’s coastline on a former [...]

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 [...]