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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 in America. This park remains one of the most popular locations that people enjoy visiting. From the otherworldly like hot springs to the mudpots, beautiful waterfalls and geysers. You’ll love spending a day or two just exploring all that there is to see! When you visit Yellowstone don’t forget to check out our stunning Garnet Lodge, in Jackson Hole, where you’ll be close to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons. The Great Smoky Mountains The Smokies are a sight to see in the morning, capturing their nickname due to the rolling fog when dawn breaks, you’ll want to capture the beauty [...]

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