Escape the cold this winter

Ready to escape the cold?

Maui #1538 Kauai #12293 Cape Coral, FL #201367 Calpe Coral, FL #201360 Mahahual, Mexico #204634

Have you had too much of the cold and snow? Perhaps you’ve been snowed in longer than you actually enjoyed. Yes, the pristine white all around is just too hard to ignore! And although sunny snow days can have their fun moments like making those cute snowmen and having entertaining snow fights, it can also get to be too much. If the weather has been uncomfortably cold for more than a month, the snow will begin to get you down until it finally gets on your nerves and affects your mood, too.

So after a few weeks of enjoying the snow capped grounds, you will soon crave more sun and a little bit warmth just to cheer you up! There is something to be said for a little extra Vitamin D that the warm sunshine can provide as a mood lifter. That’s why you have to fly somewhere warm and sunny. Plan you trip now!

Here are a few destinations and accommodations you might want to consider when you plan that brief yet unforgettable break to flee from the cold and snowy weather.

Castaways Cove in Grand Cayman

Beachside relaxation at this 2 bedroom condo at Castaways Cove in Grand Cayman – #203029

 1.      Grand Cayman’s Castaways Cove. It’s hard to think of sunny days and sandy beaches without giving this Caribbean island a thought. In fact, it is one of the most popular island beach destinations because of its many magnificent beaches that would appeal to the most selective of tourists and vacationers. Anyone can simply choose from one of their many  attractions and find the perfect place that suits their tastes as well as their budget. Grand Cayman’s Castaways Cove, located on the less populated portion of the island in the East End, has all the elements of one perfect holiday including a breathtaking view of the Caribbean. Enjoy one of those top floor condos and be ready to vacation like a VIP. Select one of the rooms with a king sized bed and bathtub and get ready to have your best vacation ever. It’s easy to spend the lazy hours of the night lounging in one of those cool patio chairs as you take in the soothing and relaxing island breeze. There are also provisions for a kitchen, as well as a grill area where you and your family can enjoy your very own homemade barbecue recipe.

Bangtao Beach - #207336

So much to do on Bangtao Beach – #207336

2.      The Residence Resort and Spa at Phuket’s Bang Tao Beach. Phuket has become one of the most popular beach destinations in recent years and it is no surprise that this Thai island has become a top choice for both local and foreign tourists. The unspoiled beauty of Bang Tao Beach is considered by many the best Phuket has to offer, not to mention, it is also the longest beach in the country. If you ever find yourself heading to this side of Thailand, one of the best places to get accommodations from is The Residence Resort and Spa. Not only do they meet the flawless European standards with their luxurious villas, it is also a top choice for its proximity to the beach and the airport. This world class, 5 star resort is set in a very reclusive tropical garden which is the most featured appeal to those who value their privacy even while on vacation. Notable amenities also include provisions for a barbecue, Wi-Fi, a gym, a large private swimming pool and a spa – which all aim to give any visitor a vacation of a lifetime.

#202808 in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico

Sunset from the 3rd floor patio in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico – #202808

3.      The Penthouse Delfin in Mexico’s Nuevo Vallarta. Some parts of Mexico are known for their hot, dry climate which makes it another top pick for a warm getaway during the wintertime. Idyllic sandy beaches are one of its most popular attractions. You can’t go wrong choosing any of Mexico’s sunny destinations if you aim to escape the snow and the cold in your country. A notable choice will have to be the Penthouse Delfin situated in Nuevo Vallarta on Mexico’s Pacific Coast. This one bedroom penthouse allows any tourist to vacation like a king with its very own private jacuzzi and a stunning view of the dolphins taking a swim below. A panoramic view of Puerto Vallarta, as well as the enthralling sunset view are but some of its added charms.

Maalea vacation rental #204782

Come to Maui, enjoy life and know why we say “Maui No Ka Oi” (Maui is the best!!!) – #204782

 4.      Maalaea Yacht Marina in Maui. Hawaii still is and always will be a leading destination if you are yearning for the sun, the sand and the surf. Known for its many stunning beaches, it is summer all year round in this state. And the locals do not just say Maui No Ka Oi for nothing. At this accommodation, be blown away by the seemingly endless stretch of beaches just outside your windows. In addition, this island paradise destination is just a walk away from some of the islands famous attractions, including Haycraft Park, Kealia Nationa Wildlife Refuge, as well as your chance to enjoy a number of outdoor and water adventures. Here in Maalaea Yacht Club, their Posturpedic pillowed beds are just the tip of the iceberg.

Where are you heading to escape the cold this year?

A great vacation idea: Catch a Broadway play or musical

This way to the theatre

London, England #205337 Wimbleton, England #204608 Las Vegas, NV #206475 Downtown Vancouver, BC #205096

Some of us love the theatre and try to take in a play or show whenever possible. Others need to be gently pushed to “to give it a try”! Years ago my gentle pushes paid off when I convinced my other half to take in a show. It was a dinner theater production, but that was my strategy: The ‘dinner’ was my leverage and I figured he would appreciate having the excuse card (“I went because of the food”) in his pocket should he ever have to tell his buddies about it.

Fortunately, he’s never used that card. In fact, I receive random texts every so often from my husband that are all in caps so that I know he’s serious, saying, “WICKED IS COMING TO VANCOUVER, WOULD YOU LIKE TO GO?” I smile to myself over what I have unleashed!

The majority of us immediately thinks of New York City when considering a Broadway show. Not only can you enjoy an authentic Broadway experience, you can shop, take in the sites and experience the sounds of New York City while staying in your home away from home.

Lovely 2BR apt in Brooklyn Historic Neighborhood 20mins from the CITY

Lovely 2BR apt in Brooklyn Historic Neighborhood 20mins from the City – Property ID 207480

All Broadway tickets for musicals, plays and even for off-broadway showings can be found through Broadway.com; you never know what movie star you may get a chance to see!

In the hip and trendy city of Vancouver, BC, theatre abounds with world renowned shows. With Owner Direct Vacation Rentals offering a wide variety of accommodations guaranteed to suit everyone’s needs, taking in a Broadway play or musical should really be on your list of “to-do’s”.

Million Dollar View - Downtown Vancouver - Unit ID 123023

Million Dollar View – Downtown Vancouver – Property ID 123023

What about skipping across the pond to London and spending the evening listening to all the greats by the Beatles?! Featuring “Let It Be” at the  Savoy Theatre, this theatrical musical concert will be a sure hit for everyone. Check out the London Theatre Guide for all listings and to purchase tickets.

Wonderful Covent Garden one Bedroom Flat in the Center of London - Unit ID 205337

Wonderful Covent Garden one Bedroom flat in the Center of London – Property ID 205337

So with that, I challenge anyone who has not yet had the opportunity to go to a play or a Broadway show to step out and do so. You will be pleasantly surprised. I wonder if I’d be pushing my luck if I sent a text to my husband saying, “THE OPERA LA TRAVIATA IS PLAYING, WANNA GO?”

For all of your vacation needs, pop by and visit Owner Direct Vacation Rentals.

 

These ski vacation rentals will make you jump for joy!

Ski season is here!

We love those lovely winter breaks and vacations! Time to reward ourselves for an entire year’s worth of hard work, or to gather our parents and siblings for one unforgettable family getaway that is sure to go down in the books. It is time again to stock up on boots and parkas, and whisk the family away to where it is cold & white, and where just the mere sight of snow capped mountains can take anyone’s breath away!

If you have not planned your winter break yet, do not fret or despair. Sure, it is peak season and you can assume that rates are higher and accommodations might be hard to come by at this time. But thanks to last minute deals, you can still pull off an awesome winter vacation for the family without having to break the bank or stressing out unnecessarily.

Although it pays to reserve your ski vacation rentals a few months back to get the perfect home, it might also be a wise decision to hold off until the last minute, as a number of vacation home owners are dropping their rates at the last minute if otherwise vacant. This will allow you to go on that well deserved ski vacation at a fraction of the original price! An awesome vacation plus great savings, what more can you really ask for?

Should you decide to bring the family to a snowed-in adventure at Big White Ski Resort in Kelowna, Owner Direct Vacation Rentals has a large assortment of vacation homes to choose from including some fabulous Okanagan last minute deals if you are running out of time. Check out this cozy, modern ski in/out condo with private deck and hot tub that can sleep 6. Starting at $295/night.

Cozy, modern ski in\ski out condo at Big White with private deck and hot tub.  ID# 104881

Cozy, modern ski in\ski out condo at Big White with private deck and hot tub.
ID# 104881

If you would rather ski at Silver Star Mountain Ski Resort, you are in for a treat if you choose any of OwnerDirect’s perfect accommodations such as this 2 bedroom suite in a duplex. These bedrooms have large windows that will allow you to have a great forest view, just perfect for your getaway!

Beautiful forest view home

Large windows afford you forest views from all rooms. ID# 104959

In case you would like to experience the amenities that Sun Peaks offers, apart from the award winning ski slopes and many boutiques and relaxing spas, go ahead and find the right OwnerDirect accommodation for you and your family. This property is well-maintained to cater to great family gatherings. It has all the amenities you could ever need: 3 bedrooms and a total of 6 beds, a beautiful living room, dining area, kitchen, bedrooms plus a bar area and hot tub inside. What more could you ask for? Get your 4th night for free, except during President’s week, Christmas and New Year.

3 Bedroom , Sleeps 9, Hot Tub, and in-Suite Laundry!

3 bedroom, sleeps 9, hot tub, and in-suite laundry! – ID# 207749

Consider a Whistler Ski Resort getaway, where snow conditions are reliable and two new lifts have been installed for this winter season. Find the best vacation home rentals only at OwnerDirect such as this beautiful vacation rental townhouse in the village. You are sure to get a spectacular mountain view here as this property is located at the base of Blackcomb Mountain in Upper Whistler. Nice amenities await you whether you visit in the winter or the summer. Rent for 2 occupants on a 3 night stay is only $704.

Cozy two bedroom townhome, walk to ski lifts, shopping, restaurants and golf

Cozy two bedroom townhome, walk to ski lifts, shopping, restaurants and golf
- ID# 201780


Fernie Alpine Resort
will not only let you enjoy uncrowded trails and a mild climate, perfect for all those exciting outdoor adventures, but you also get access to 2,500 acres of skiable terrain and the best après ski fun, as well as big discounts, especially if you are an RCR member. If you plan to visit Fernie, you can get access to some of the best OwnerDirect rentals. Check this mountain view suite which gives you a very comfy experience, just like at home. This spot is just a few minutes to downtown and the ski hill. You will never be bored. Love everything in this house especially the cozy electric fireplace in the living room.

Mountainview Suite - Experience Fernie!!

Mountainview suite – Experience Fernie!! – ID# 144950

A winter getaway to Panorama Mountain Village not only promises to be one beautiful vacation, but is also bound to be an unforgettable experience. Try blending in with the locals as you wander the idyllic snowed-in village or be ready for an adventure of a lifetime as you give skiing, snowboarding, and each of the outdoor activities offered on its 2,847 acres of skiable terrain, a try. For those who are highly adventurous this chalet rental will surely make your vacation more exciting. With the Panorama Mountain village being only 1 to 2 km drive from this chalet, you will have fun. Travelling with a group? This is just perfect as each of these chalets can accommodate up to 10 people. There’s enough room for everyone.

Panorama luxury cedar log chalets 2,000 Sq Ft

Panorama luxury cedar log chalets 2,000 Sq Ft – ID# 54254

Finally, no Mont Tremblant vacation is ever complete without braving the famous Linear Park of Le P’tit Train du Nord, considered the longest linear park in Canada, which will allow you to immerse yourself in your experience of Mont Tremblant and the Laurentians. For your vacation, we recommend this executive lake front stone chalet which is only 10 minutes away from the number #1 ski in the east plus 10 minutes to the national park. Staying here will give you a comfortable, peaceful and unforgettable experience with your loved ones. Whether you visit in the summer or the winter, you are guaranteed to have a beautiful view everywhere you look. There’s even a private pool for you to enjoy and a beautiful lake front view. Visit here to find out more.

Supreme stay - Canadian wilderness at its best - Ten minutes to #1 ski in the NE

Supreme stay – Canadian wilderness at its best – Ten minutes to #1 ski in the NE
- ID# 205444

With a variety of last minute winter travel deals it is no wonder more and more people are taking on those 11th hour trips to select winter destinations. These promos and travel deals not only give you more value for your money, but also allow you to experience each travel adventure to the fullest.

Featured destination: Big Island, Hawaii

Big Island

Kailua Kona #74659 Kailua Kona #140662 Kailua Kona #142934 Kailua Kona #112939

This week we have a guest post from Discover Hawaii Tours:

The Big Island is definitely one of Hawaii’s most beautiful spots. Though Oahu is usually the first island most people think of when Hawaii is brought up, there is just as much to see and do on the Big Island – if not more! With beautiful rainforests, beaches, volcanoes and wildlife, the Big Island certainly has its own unique sights and landmarks to experience. Spending a day, or even a few there is definitely a must do when visiting.

Nature awaits with many surprises in Hawaii and on the Big Island. But not only does the Big Island have many natural sights, it also has a rich history. Guided tours can shed light on times past, when the Hawaiian natives developed the traditions and rituals that remain to this day.

With regards to beaches, there are many great ones to stop at and take a swim at, such as Onekahakaha Beach Park near Hilo, Kahaluu beach near Kona, or Kealakekua Beach south of Kona. Don’t forget to visit the Punaluu black sand beach as well. You can even visit the Kapoho tide pools if you’re looking for something besides the beach.

One of the Big Island’s most amazing landmarks has to be Mt. Kilauea. One of the most active volcanoes on earth, visiting this mountain and the Volcanoes National Park gives you the chance to see the lava flow, walk through a lava tube, and learn many things about volcanoes at the museum.  You could even take the Big Island Hawaii Volcano Eco-Adventure Tour, which can get you an amazing view of the volcanoes!

You can purchase locally made products, such as Kona coffee and raw organic honey right from the Big Island. On Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, the Hilo Farmers Market is open from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Featuring over 200 local farmers and crafters, this market is certainly an amazing one, with an abundance of fruits and vegetables, many of which are grown on the Hawaiian Islands.

There are also a few Eco tours available that will take you to and from the Big Island. One of them, for example, takes you around the island to various sights and then to the Volcanoes National Park. Some include Waipio Valley, an amazingly beautiful and remote valley, not accessible by car. Zipline tours are also available. If you want to be adventurous and see the beauty of the Big Island in an exciting way, you should consider going snorkelling, going out to see whales in the ocean, swim with the dolphins or going on a sunset cruise that departs from the Kona Coast. The options for fun things to do on the Big Island are endless.

There are many things to do! Check out Discover Hawaii Tours to get started. You can experience many things on the Big Island, making it a trip that will be an experience of a lifetime.

Top 5 destinations to view fall foliage in North America

Get ready to enjoy the fall colours

Tuscany, Italy #39339 Canmore, AB #102154 Mont Tremblant, QC #50734 Hockley Valley, SW Ontario #203112

Fall season is the time of the year when I get more comfortable staying inside the house watching movies, baking, cooking or sleeping. Sometimes I could just lie all day on the couch while reading a good book.

But there’s one thing that makes me look forward to this season and want to go outside: getting to view the fall foliage. The changing colours of the leaves, the smell of the trees, and the autumn sky are enough to lift my spirits up and inspire me to get going. It gives me hope, vitality, and zest to continue with life, happily with enthusiasm and passion.

Because of this, I would like to share my top 5 list of destinations in North America which are perfect for viewing fall foliage:

  1. Vermont, USA – Nothing shows a more perfect view of fall foliage in North America than Vermont. To view the beautiful fall foliage scenery in Vermont, follow Route 100 which winds through the middle of Vermont from North to South. While traveling the route, you will also drive through the Green Mountains where some of the best fall scenery in the area can be viewed. Travelers have noted that the best view in Vermont can be seen when you take a trip in the Killington Gondola up to Killington Peak – a journey 4241 feet long.

    Fall foliage in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec

    Fall foliage in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec – Property ID # 200299

  2. Quebec, Canada – One of the top places to go to have a good view of fall colors in Quebec is from the Laurentian Mountains. This place is found in many top fall foliage destination guides and for a good reason. You should check it out. The Mont Royal Park in Quebec City is a place where you can enjoy a stroll while watching the fall foliage. The beautiful contrast between the skyline of the city and the colors of the trees is indeed eye-catching and very uplifting to the spirits. I love going here again and again. Plus if you have kids, you can have them play and stroll around in the park while you marvel at the beauty of the colorful trees or take pictures of them.
  3. Michigan, USA – The Hiawatha National Forest in Michigan offers an especially spectacular scenery of fall foliage in Michigan. Various places in Michigan are highly advertised in televisions and radio for their natural beauty and scenery, and I could not disagree with it. The place is just beautiful, especially during fall season when the colors of the leaves are especially stunning.
  4. Colorado, USA – When you visit Colorado during fall season, you will find that it has a striking difference to the other places you will visit. Commonly, you’re going to see strong shades of red and oranges but the trees found here give out a striking yellow color which is quite unique. You will still see red and orange trees but a great part is yellow forest which is quite pleasing to the eyes and creates a sense of interest. According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, you can view fall foliage in Colorado by car, by foot, by bicycle or even by horse.

    Autumn garden in Burnaby, BC

    The front garden in autumn at this award-winning dutch colonial heritage home for rent in Burnaby, BC. ID# 115322

  5. British Columbia, Canada – The West Coast is usually not included in lists when thinking about viewing fall colors. This is because of the abundance of coniferous trees which maintain their green colors throughout the year. But there are great places to view fall colors here. Vancouver is one of these places. Vancouver is a perfect fall getaway destination. Visit Stanley Park, the VanDusen Botanical Gardens and Queen Elizabeth Park where you get the best views of fall foliage. The Okanagan is another great place to visit in BC during the fall season which is also their harvest season. You’ll be welcomed not only by beautiful colors of trees but also by delicious fruits, rolling hills and many wineries to choose from within the area.

Where is your favorite place to visit during the autumn season?

Great Kitchen Getaways

Great Kitchen Getaways

While it may seem like an odd request for some, a growing trend for many travellers who love to cook is to find accommodations with kitchens that make us feel like we are world-renowned chefs. What more could a “foodie” ask for than a kitchen with personality?

After taking in the sights and sounds of Cape Town and exploring South Africa’s art district with an exhilarating ride in the cable car up to Table Mountain, come home to your state of the art kitchen at your own private villa.

State of the art kitchen

Stainless steel appliances Property ID 66110

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Or take an authentic Italian cooking lesson and then use your new culinary skills to prepare an amazing dinner in your own villa, overlooking the ocean on the Amalfi Coast?

An Exclusive Farm-House with a wonderful view of San Gimignano

An exclusive farm-house with a wonderful view of San Gimignano – Property ID 202971

For the adventurous soul looking for an out-of-this-world experience, what about preparing a picnic while up in the canopy of a rainforest? This open-air style home with a kitchen in the treetops will surely surpass your expectations while visiting Costa Rica. After your meal, enjoy a guided tour that is offered on site through the Corcovado National Park.

A view like no other

A view like no other – Property ID 144394

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When talking about amazing foods, many think of French cuisine. After shopping the day away at the local markets and bakeries, step back in time and enjoy your cottage in the medieval village of Loire, France.  Relax in the spa-like bathroom while your Coq Au Vin simmers away. After sharing a great meal on the terrace, step into your own private wine cellar to finish the day.

Mingle with the locals

Mingle with the locals – Property ID 202190

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whether your ideal kitchen is modern and filled with state of the art appliances or a cozy kitchen using an old wood cookstove with barely enough room for two, we can probably all recall many great conversations and lasting memories created over great meals.

Start your search with Owner Direct Vacation Rentals for YOUR great kitchen getaway!

 

5 Popular Hiking Trails in North America

Let's go hiking!

When it comes to traveling, hiking never gets old! It allows travellers to experience the world around them in close contact. Hiking is one of the best ways to exercise, to bond with peers, to experience nature and to unwind or distress. There are plenty of popular hiking trails in North America, being one of the best places to go for those who are looking for hiking adventures.  Whether you prefer a brisk walk, a stroll, a canter or a saunter, here are the most recommend hiking trail spots you should try in North America. So get ready and put on your hiking boots!

Wailua Falls, Kauai

Wailua Falls, Kauai

1. Kalalau Trail Along the Napali Coast in Kauai Hawaii – This trail is known to be the most famous hiking trail in Kauai, Hawaii. The Kalalau Trail involves an 11-mile hike.  Enjoying a hike here is the perfect way to explore more of Kauai’s natural beauty since about 90% of the island is actually not accessible by road. The trail starts at the end of Kee Beach road. Most hikers stay a minimum of one night before returning to make the most of their travel. Others who are unable to proceed through the 11-mile hike only finish the first 2 miles which ends at the Hanakapiai Beach. Both types of hikes will allow you to enjoy the scenic view of the north shore of Kauai. For camping and day hikes past the Hanakapiai Valley you might need to secure a permit through the Hawaii State Parks Division.

Bow River Three Sisters, near Banff National Park

Bow River Three Sisters, near Banff National Park

2. Johnson Lake Trail in Banff Alberta – This trail is a 3 km loop and has no elevation gain, with the trail head being the Johnson Lake picnic area. Along the lake are Douglas fir trees which are considered to be amongst the oldest in Alberta. Hiking on the Johnson Lake Trail will allow you to enjoy great views of the beautiful mountains such as Mount Rundle and Cascade Mountain. The trail around this lake is definitely a fine walk especially during the early season. This is considered as an easy trail in Alberta.

3. The Cory Pass Loop– Named after the Cory Pass in between Mount Edith and Mount Cory, this is a trail found in Banff National Park in Alberta and is considered to be one of the most strenuous day hikes in the Banff area. However, despite the difficulty of this trail, it is highly popular because the views of the limestone monolith of Mt Louis are said to be worth all the effort. The best time to do this trail is during mid-season when all the snow is gone. Additional factors that make this trail a little more challenging is that no water can be found anywhere along the trail, and routes can be difficult to locate.

Hiking in Canmore

Let’s go hiking!

4. Black Tusk Trail in Whistler BC – There are plenty of popular hiking trails in Whistler but Black Tusk is on top of the list for many reasons, mainly for its breathtaking views and incredible geology. A hike on this trail is just amazing. This is perfect for highly adventurous hikers. Standing at the top, you can have a view of almost everything underneath. The Black Tusk trail is actually three hikes made into one. You can access the Black Tusk trail through Garibaldi Lake and return through Taylor Meadows. These two are both great destinations alone but when combined with Black Tusk, it becomes the best. It’s a 30 km hike for a round-trip hike, trail head to trail head.

5. John Muir Trail in Yosemite National Park, California - This is a long-distance trail, about 215 miles. The John Muir Trail runs through the Sierra Nevada Range. The starting point is the Yosemite National Park and the end point is at Mount Whitney with an elevation of 14,505 ft. Mount Whitney is actually the highest point in the continental US. This trail was named after the naturalist named John Muir. July till September is the primary hiking season here at John Muir. A permit is a requirement to enjoy a hike on this trail. A hiker can obtain it from the Yosemite National Park, the starting point of this trail. Only one permit is required throughout the duration of the entire hike.

Canadian Film Festivals

Have you always wanted to attend a world renowned Canadian film festival but finding accommodations was impossible?

We have great news! How would you like to come “home” to your very own private luxury accommodations, rivaling any posh hotel, after spending an evening rubbing elbows with some Hollywood stars while taking in new and innovative films at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival? We’ve got your covered!

Elegant modern condo #204944

Elegant & modern 1 bedroom condo in the heart of Toronto #204944

Gourmet Kitchen & Private Patio

Gourmet kitchen and private patio – Toronto #204665

Chic 1 bedroom + den condo in the heart of downtown Toronto #204038

Chic 1 bedroom + den condo in the heart of downtown Toronto #204038

 

Each vacation property offers the ‘home away from home’ experience with that special touch. Simply pack your bags and be sure to bring your camera; you’ll want to snap pictures of this year’s scheduled attendees: George Clooney, Kate Winslet, Sandra Bullock, Colin Firth, Hugh Jackman, Meryl Streep … and the list goes on!

For further information on the Toronto International Film Festival ticket packages as well as the list of films please visit tiff.net. The 2013 festival runs from September 5th through to the 15th.

Of course we would not forget about our West Coast folks! While December is a little ways away, the Whistler Film Festival is an extremely popular event and is being dubbed “Canada’s Sundance”. Last year’s  stars were Harry Potter’s very own Daniel Radcliffe along with film and television actress, Rashida Jones. This year’s Whistler Film Festival takes place December 4th to  8th, 2013.

Luxury Whistler retreat property #205982

Perfect place to share good times with family and friends in Whistler #205982

Private hot tub & free wifi property #206276

Private hot tub & free WiFi property #206276

Huge 2 bedroom with private hot tub on huge deck property #30127

Huge 2 bedroom with private hot tub on huge deck property #30127

 

To learn more about ticket sales, films and event times, please visit Whistler Film Festival.

As many can attest to, both of these featured destinations, Toronto, ON and Whistler, BC, are exciting vibrant locations that not only offer world class cuisine, arts, theater and diverse cultural experiences but top notch accommodations to suit everyone’s tastes and needs.

See all the accommodations Owner Direct Vacation Rentals  has; there’s one waiting for you!

Great Family Reunion Vacation Homes

Great Family Reunion Vacation Homes

Renting a vacation home for a family reunion just makes sense. It is an affordable way for all family members to enjoy quality time together in a fun, new location.

On average, vacation homes offer far more space to stretch out, unwind, and enjoy! Space for everyone to relax and have a good time enjoying each others company. They usually include all the things you’d expect to find at home like full-sized appliances, dishes, books and games, and laundry facilities. These kinds of amenities can make your group stay so much more comfortable.

Most hotels just aren’t geared for families or groups of friends traveling together. Between the expense of eating out and having to book two (or more) rooms to accommodate everyone, you can blow most of your budget before you even get started.  Fortunately, it’s easy to find vacation rental homes that can satisfy the needs of just about any sized group. In addition to the essentials (plenty of beds and bathrooms), you can save a bundle by having at least some of your meals at home.

Another great benefit is that pets can be family members too. As owners set their own pet policies, there are over 4,000 pet-friendly vacation homes at OwnerDirect.com that allow dogs, cats and even other critters to stay.

Start planning now with OwnerDirect.com!

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico #202756

Stunning 6 bedroom beachfront luxury villa in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico #202756

Mont Tremblant, Quebec #201448

Tremblant’s greatest home for family gatherings. 6 bedroom chalet #201448

Disney World, Kissimmee, FL #201888

Enjoy this 7 bedroom lake view villa in the Disney World Area, Kissimmee, Florida #201888

Poipu Beach, Kauai #122920

Gorgeous 5 bedroom home with private swimming pool and spa in Poipu Beach, Kauai #122920

Top 10 Summer Destinations for 2013

Top Summer Destinations

“At the beach, life is different, time doesn’t move from hour to hour, but mood to moment. We live by the currents, plan by the tides, and follow the sun.”
~ Sandy Gingras

Summer is here. Where are you vacationing this year? Here’s a list of Owner Direct’s top 10 summer destinations of 2013.

Kelowna Vacation Rentals

Kelowna, BC #128239

#1 Kelowna, BC – The city of Kelowna is situated on the shores of Okanagan Lake in the heart of the stunning Okanagan Valley, a four-hour drive from Vancouver. Choose from an array of parks and beaches, hiking and cycling trails, orchards, golf courses and award-winning wineries. Visitors can enjoy everything from wine tastings to unforgettable outdoor adventures of all kinds.

#2 Paris, France – Staying in a Paris vacation home enables guests to embark on a true Parisian experience. Every day, wake up to a view of historical landmarks while enjoying a fresh croissant. Indulge in some of the famous sights Paris has to offer such as the Eiffel Tower, the Notre Dame de Paris and the Champs-Élysées. For those wanting to get in some more European culture, check out the opera houses or the high end fashion shops and restaurants.

Myrtle Beach Vacation Rentals

Myrtle Beach, SC #204478

#3 Myrtle Beach, South Carolina – The Myrtle Beach area, also known as the Grand Strand, enjoys 60 miles of beautiful coastline. With more than 200 sunny days and a temperate year-round climate, Myrtle Beach is a paradise for beach goers, offering endless hours of swimming, surfing, sailing, and other sun and sand favourites.

#4 Maui, Hawaii – Because of Maui’s superb beaches, exotic scenery, endless activities and magnificent vacation homes, it is known one as one of the world’s best vacation destinations. Maui landscapes range from desert-like to tropical rain forest. Maintained roads and trails throughout much of these areas make hiking tours available year round.

Orlando Vacation Rentals

Orlando, FL #203235

#5 Disney World, Florida – This summer, find Disney World vacation home rentals close to one or more of the seven action-filled water venues including Wet ‘n Wild with its flume rides, water slides, sandy beaches, wave pools, multi-passenger rides as well as children’s play areas and picnic areas. At Gatorland, watch action-filled shows featuring alligators, crocodiles and more of Florida’s oldest inhabitants. A visit to Cypress Gardens will thrill with world-famous water-ski performances and amazing exhibits and shows.

#6 Mont Tremblant, Quebec – Mont Tremblant is home to two of SCOREgolf Magazine’s top-10 rated golf courses, an annual Ironman triathlon, the 2014 Ironman 70.3 Championships, a casino, its own blues festival and a race track. But that’s just a snippet of all there is to see and do in this four-season playground. Other activities include zip-lining, hiking, cycling, canoeing, fishing, paintball, dune buggies, rock climbing, and rafting. And don’t miss the spectacular ride up the panoramic gondola to the very tip-top of the highest peak in the Laurentiens.

Courtenay Vacation Rentals on Vancouver Island, BC

Courtenay, BC #205408

#7 Vancouver Island, BC – Vancouver Island is a great place to enjoy outdoor activities such as whale watching, fishing, water-skiing, diving, house-boating, kayaking or sailing. With so much of the island having protected, unspoiled wilderness, any visit here would be incomplete without an excursion to at least one park or nature reserve.

#8 Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – Sun, sand and warm tropical beauty – that’s Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. In this charming coastal city, visitors can experience the beauty and traditions of Mexico from the comforts of their vacation rental. Whether you wish to stay in the tourist zone, discover the traditions of Mexico, visit the open markets, fish, enjoy water sports, or go on a variety of excursions, you will find something to love about Puerto Vallarta.

#9 San Francisco, CA – Many tourists come to ride the famous cable cars or walk on Fisherman’s Wharf. At San Francisco Bay on Pier 39, enjoy an open air festival marketplace. Be surrounded by 2 levels of shopping that include 110 specialty shops and 14 different dining options.  If a bicycle is your form of transportation around San Francisco, you will be happy to know that the city has more than 200 miles of bike paths, lanes and routes.

Sorrento Vacation Rentals

Sorrento, Italy #201529

#10 Sorrento & Amalfi Coast, Italy – Sorrento is located along the coast of the Gulf of Naples and has fascinated generations of visitors. With many historical landmarks in the area, fabulous beaches and gardens  and breathtaking sunsets that are not to be missed, Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast are well worth a visit.