Thursday, December 30, 2010

ResortQuest Goes Fishing with Bill Ando of Southern Boating Magazine  

ResortQuest of Northwest Florida and Alabama Blog,
Originally published Wednesday, December 29, 2010 —

By Kristin Destin, ResortQuest Northwest Florida

Recently, ResortQuest had the pleasure of hosting Bill Ando, Senior Editor of Southern Boating Magazine, at the beautiful Silver Shells Beach Resort in Destin. One of the many activities that he wanted to partake in while visiting the area was to go deep-sea fishing, and what better place to do that than in Destin, the "World's Luckiest Fishing Village!"

We hosted Bill on a charter with Captain Tommy Browning, a local fishing legend, aboard the Finest Kind, which is docked at the Harborwalk Marina. No experience needed, as the Finest Kind's capable crew will teach you all you need to know. Waking up early for our 6-hour trip was hard, but the experience was well worth it!

Best January Events in Breckenridge for 2011  

ResortQuest Breckenridge Blog,
Originally published Wednesday, December 29, 2010 —

January is not your ordinary month in Breckenridge. 2011 will be the start of a new year, with new opportunities and events you have to see! January brings in a month full of fun, frolicking and fabulous snow! Check out these events you won't want to miss! AND, get great lodging deals for the month of January with ResortQuest Breckenridge and Keystone!!!

January 9, 2011 kicks off Ullr Fest!

Ullr Fest is the now-infamous annual winter festival held in honor of the mythical Norse god of snow. In Norse mythology, Ullr (pronounced Oool-er), son of Sif and the stepson of Thor, the "God of Thunder," loved the cold and delighted in traveling over the country on his skis or skates. It is said that by paying yearly homage to him, Ullr will show his pleasure by granting much snowfall to those who praise him!

Top 3 New Year's Eve Events for Adults in Steamboat Springs  

ResortQuest Steamboat Springs Vacation Rentals Blog,
Originally published Wednesday, December 29, 2010 —

New Year's Eve is always an amazing time to reflect on the past year and begin celebrating the brand new year to come! Steamboat always adds their unique twist to this event and it is ensured your night will be full of romance and celebration! And if you book last-minute New Year's Eve lodging, you can save up to 40%!

Here are the New Year's Eve Events Not to Miss!

1. Dinner and Fireworks — Head to the Sheraton right at the base of the mountain for a delicious dinner that will provide the perfect end to 2010. And, get ready to say hello to 2011 while watching the Torchlight Parade and Fireworks that will be lighting up the night on the Steamboat Ski Resort! Deck views will be amazing!

2. Romantic Sleigh Ride and Dinner at Saddleback Ranch — Welcome in the New Year with a quite beautiful nighttime sleigh ride under the stars through the white snowy landscape on the Saddleback Ranch. Then, enjoy a delicious dinner with a wide variety of entrée choices perfect for you and your loved one!

3. Don't miss the Dance Party at Priest Creek Ballroom at the Steamboat Grand. Whether you would like an awesome New Year's Eve dinner with cocktail hour and dance party following, or you just want to hit up the dance party, the Grand will be the place to say hello to 2011! Enjoy live DJs, dancing and a midnight champagne toast!

Call our ResortQuest Steamboat concierge to help you book any of these amazing highly recommended New Year's Eve celebrations! Call (970) 870-4296 or (970) 870-4287 to speak with our team of concierges!

Steamboat Property Feature: Snow Flower Condos Located Right at the Base of the Mountain  

ResortQuest Steamboat Springs Vacation Rentals Blog,
Originally published Wednesday, December 29, 2010

For resort lodging with both convenience and affordability, take a look at ResortQuest Steamboat's Snow Flower Condos at the Gondola. Just steps away from the Gondola and Ski School, the Snow Flower Condos offer guests a unique and comfortable setting, while not emptying their wallets in the process.

The location makes this Steamboat condominium an unbeatable value. Located right next to One Steamboat Place, the Snow Flower is literally just steps away from the Gondola.

Riding The Storm Out!  

Sun Valley Hike, Bike and Snow Blog
Originally published Wednesday, December 29, 2010 —



The Storm has come and gone, and now we have 10 inches of powder!!! Yipee... and Happy New Year, Skiers and Boarders. Sun Valley has 100% of their terrain open, and all lifts are running...

Bundle up — Temps will drop tonight and keep the power cool and light for more fresh tracks in the morning, just in case you did not get out today.

Short Sale, New Price: Upgraded 4BR Bayside waterfront golf resort condo, lock-out suite, gourmet kitchen  

Coastal Delaware & Maryland Golf Course Real Estate — Vacation Rentals Blog,
Originally published Thursday, December 30, 2010 —

31574 Winterberry Pkwy #208
Bayside, West Fenwick Island, Delaware:
31574 Winterberry Parkway #208 — 4BR/3BA condo with a separate lock-out suite. 4th bedroom is den. Features screened porch, separate owner's closet, covered parking, elevator. Gourmet kitchen with tiled backsplash, ambiance lighting, Zodiac counters, stainless steel appliances. Hardwood floors in the family room with gas fireplace — now $299,000.

ResortQuest is the Bayside resort real estate specialist and the Bayside vacation rental leader.

New price: Sea Colony oceanfront point condo, excellent rental history, reduced $109,900  

RQ's Sea Colony Blog,
Originally published Thursday, December 30, 2010 —

205 Georgetowne House
Bethany Beach, Delaware: Sea Colony Beach Community
205 Georgetowne House — Broad ocean view in the Mid-Atlantic's Premier Oceanfront Resort. Point of the building with a 180-degree ocean view. Excellent rental history. Convenient second-floor location with no need for the elevator. New Reduced Incentive Price. Previously valued at $649,900 — now $540,000.

Since the early 1970s, ResortQuest has been, and continues to be, the Sea Colony real estate specialist and the Sea Colony vacation rental leader.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Winter Storm Warning... Tonight  

Sun Valley Hike, Bike and Snow Blog,
Originally published Tuesday, December 28, 2010 —

The clouds are moving in, and we are wanting and expecting snow... Powder for tomorrow morning... Wax your skis tonight, and get your gear ready... A storm is blowing in on Baldy...

Dew Tour Breckenridge Wrap-Up — Video of Highlights  

ResortQuest Breckenridge Blog,
Originally published Tuesday, December 28, 2010 —

The 2010 Dew Tour's first stop was in Breckenridge, CO over December 16-19, and there was high-flying action, elite athletes, and big brand-new tricks and throw downs. Although the Dew Tour has moved on, and its next stop is January 20, 2011, in Killington, Vermont, the Dew left some fond memories of the killer action that took place on Breckenridge Ski Resort's slopes.

See upcoming Breckenridge events like Ullr Fest and International Ice Sculpting!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Emerald Coast Winter Activities, Part II — Pensacola & Perdido Key Area  

ResortQuest of Northwest Florida and Alabama Blog
Originally published Thursday, December 23, 2010

In my last installment of cold-weather activities along the Emerald Coast, I talked about the Destin area. This week we'll be traveling west to Pensacola, which is within easy reach of both our Perdido Key and Pensacola Beach vacation rentals.

A night out at the movies is always good fun, but this year, bring your family to a different kind of theater. Pensacola has two wonderful live theatres to choose from:
  • Saenger Theatre, 118 South Palafox Street, Pensacola, FL 32502, (850) 595-3880 —
    The Saenger is offering some amazing performances during this winter season, including two concerts by the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, a musical based on The Color Purple, and an operatic adaptation of Little Women.
     
  • Pensacola Little Theatre, 400 South Jefferson Street, Pensacola, FL 32502, (850) 432-2042 —
    This "Little" theater is featuring two plays, The Lamentable and True Tragedie of M. Arden, and Clarence Darrow. The musical review, Side by Side by Sondheim, will be presented in late January and early February.
     

Happy Holidays... It's Christmas Eve  

Sun Valley Hike, Bike and Snow Blog
Originally published Friday, December 24, 2010


Beautiful sunset this Christmas Eve...

Tonight there will be an ice skating performance in Sun Valley, torchlight parade and fireworks. All happening between 6-7 tonight (Dec. 24).

Peace...

Bear Trap Dunes Golf Resort: 5 Tulip Poplar Turn sold and settled for $322,000  

Coastal Delaware & Maryland Golf Course Real Estate — Vacation Rentals Blog 
Originally published Tuesday, December 21, 2010 

For more info about this Bear Trap Dunes golf community home (now sold and settled), please contact the listing selling agents.

The Village at Bear Trap Dunes, Ocean View, Delaware — 27 holes of championship golf (with driving range, practice facilities and pro shop), Pavilion (indoor pool, outdoor pool, kiddie pool, whirlpool, saunas, locker rooms, meeting room with wireless Internet, exercise room, Har-Tru tennis courts, hard-surface tennis court, multi-sport court), 2nd outdoor pool, playground, in-season beach shuttle, clubhouse with restaurant... Great social events for homeowners throughout the year, too.
  • 5 Tulip Poplar Turn, sold for $322,000 — listed by Anne Powell [email apowell@resortquest.com] and Jennifer Hughes [email jhughes@resortquest.com]
ResortQuest is the Bear Trap Dunes real estate specialist and the Bear Trap Dunes vacation rental leader.

Sea Colony Tennis Villa Sold & Settled: 1013 West Pine Court, listed and sold by ResortQuest's Despina Kaneles  

RQ's Sea Colony Blog
Originally published Tuesday, December 21, 2010

For more information about this Sea Colony Tennis Community getaway (now sold and settled), please contact the listing and/or selling agents.

Bethany Beach, Delaware: Sea Colony Tennis Community — On the Atlantic surf's edge, just south of Bethany Beach, Delaware, and just north of Ocean City, Maryland, Sea Colony is "The Premier Family Beach & Tennis Resort Community." Sea Colony features a half-mile of private beach (guarded in the summer), indoor and outdoor pools (kiddie pools, too), world-class tennis (listed among the "50 Best Tennis Resorts in the U.S." by Tennis Magazine and #19 in the world by Tennis Resorts Online), fitness centers (the largest features indoor pool, indoor gym, saunas, weight room, exercise equipment, saunas, whirlpool, outdoor pool and more), activities for all ages (including sandcastle contests, swim meets and more), in-season community shuttle, and year-round security.
  • 1013 West Pine Court, sold for $121,667 — listed and sold by Despina Kaneles [email dkaneles@resortquest.com]
Since the early 1970s, ResortQuest has been, and continues to be, the Sea Colony real estate specialist and the Sea Colony vacation rental leader.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Christmas Is Almost Here  

Sun Valley Snow Blog
Originally published Wednesday, December 22, 2010


The elk are out and about, so watch for them near the East Fork light.

Christmas Eve, caroling, fireworks and torchlight parade on Dollar Mountain. Join in all the Christmas events in Sun Valley.

Powder Alert!!!  

Sun Valley Hike, Bike and Snow Blog
Originally published Monday, December 20, 2010


Powder... 13 inches in the last 24 hours, and 17 inches in the last 48 hours... Bring your boards and skis... It's awesome. Should have powder all day with more snow in the forecast this week. Tonight is a full moon, winter solstice and lunar eclipse... wow... what a night.

Christmas and New Years lodging specials: http://www.resortquestsunvalley.com/special/featuredspecial.html

Call today — you don't want to miss out on an Epic Snow Year!

Steamboat Springs Snow Alert — 160-Inches-of-Snow Mark!  

Steamboat Snow, Activities and Weather Report by the ResortQuest Steamboat Vacation Rentals Team
Originally published Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Let's talk snow... a lot of snow... Steamboat is getting buried by this latest snow storm that is blanketing the mountain just in time for a perfect white Christmas! And as an early holiday gift, Mother Nature decided to grace us with our newest milestone — 160 inches of snow has fallen early in the 2010-2011 ski season!
 
Get to Steamboat now to play in the snowSee our lodging deals that will save you over 40%!

photo: Larry Pierce
The Champagne Powder® is flowing! And with the current storm cycle we have been in, the Steamboat Ski Resort is reporting that we've received 8 inches in the past 24 hours, with more than 15 inches in the past 48 hours. See the weather report! And good news, there is so much more powder to come as Steamboat is under a winter storm warning until Thursday, December 23, 2010!!!

Don't miss the powder! Get to Steamboat! And, there are even more and even cheaper options to get to Steamboat as Southwest airlines have announced new cheap flights to Denver! Read the article!

$39 Southwest Flights to Colorado, Plus Skis Fly Free — Get to Breckenridge  

ResortQuest Breckenridge Blog
Originally published Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Southwest.com is making sure you are able to get to the Colorado ski slopes this winter with a new promotion that just came out announcing tons of inexpensive flights to Denver! These flights are not only CHEAP (some as low as $39 dollars!!!), but your first 2 bags or 2 Ski Bags Fly for FREE!

Combine this deal with our incredible lodging deals with ResortQuest Breckenridge and Keystone, and you'll be saving money in every aspect of your vacation! Right now you can save up to 40% on lodging during the month of January. See our lodging deals.

Cheap Southwest Flights to Colorado, Plus Skis Fly Free!  

ResortQuest Steamboat Springs Vacation Rentals Blog
Originally published Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Southwest.com is making sure you are able to get to the Colorado ski slopes this winter with a new promotion that just came out announcing cheap flights to Denver! They are not only CHEAP (some as low as $39 dollars!!!), but your first 2 bags or 2 bags of Skis Fly for FREE!

Plus, add our incredible lodging deals with ResortQuest Steamboat, and you'll be saving money across the board — and you'll be in Steamboat in no time! Right now you can save up to 40% on lodging during the month of January. See our lodging deals.

Our properties at ResortQuest Steamboat not only offer superior luxury, but you can save money by not renting a car. Our superior complimentary on-demand shuttles are at your beck and call — go downtown to grab a bite to eat, get a ride to the gondola so you can get first tracks, and then head to your nightly plans!  

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Keystone Rocks All Winter — Best Events for December 2010  

ResortQuest Breckenridge Blog
Originally published Tuesday, November 30, 2010 

December is a month that is full of excitement over winter and skiing, the holidays, and time for vacations! Keystone is an amazing destination for many reasons, but here are a few: the incredible Keystone ski resort, great town that is full of activities, proximity to other incredible ski resorts like a-basin, Breckenridge, Cooper, and Vail and, of course, the Keystone events!

Here are our Top Events for this December 2010 — Happy December!
Family Movie Nights
Enjoy these free film showings all winter, but December has an especially good line-up, including National Lampoon's Family Vacation, Elf and more — See the full line-up of films. Films are at 6pm and FREE!


River Run Rocks Free Concert
Dec. 4, 2010
Arrested Development! River Run is ready to rock! Come ski Keystone for a day, and then stay for a free concert featuring Arrested Development. Beverages, alcohol and food sold á la carte. And, the kids can enjoy the game zone while you enjoy the show! Learn more!

Never Summer 20th Anniversary Movie Viewing
Dec. 4, 2010
Ever ridden a Never Summer Snowboard? Some say you'll never ride anything else... So, come out for the day to demo Never Summer boards all day long, and then stay for the movie premier in River Run — the athletes, photographers and reps will be there!

Betty Fest 
Dec. 18-19, 2010
Need a refresher or just want to improve your riding or skiing skills? Betty Fest brings together women for two days of skiing and riding in a fun, non-intimidating environment. This program includes extensive on-hill training on Keystone's Ski and Ride School's trails, video analysis and discussions about nutrition, women's specific concerns and equipment. See details and more dates.

Pancake Breakfast with Santa
Dec. 19, 2010
What is better than the kids getting to hang out with Santa for Breakfast! Dress warm and bring the camera to get a unique visit with Santa himself. 10am at Warren Station

Christmas Day
Dec.25, 2010
Create a new family tradition by making your Christmas celebrations include some awesome ski runs before or after present time! Book your lodging to Keystone now for Christmas and get Free Nights of lodging — That is a good present!

Kidtopia
Dec. 27, 2010 - Jan. 2, 2011
This is a festival designed just for the kids! Explore the ultimate Snow Fort at the top of Dercum Mountain, dance to live music in the plaza, make arts and crafts, go Disco Tubing. Bring the whole family for a fun-filled, kid-friendly weekend. See details and more dates.

New Year's Celebration
Dec. 31, 2010
New Year's in Keystone is magical with the annual torchlight parade in River Run and two different fireworks displays in the Lakeside Village, and then after the show, head to the Adventure Center for live music from the Hit List!  

Book your vacation to Keystone now and receive free nights if you book by Dec. 8th!

100 Inches of Snow Steamboat's Epic Early-Season Ski Conditions — Come Get Some Powder!  

Steamboat Snow, Activities and Weather Report by the ResortQuest Steamboat Vacation Rentals Team
Originally published Tuesday, November 30, 2010

It's Official! Steamboat has hit the 100" inches mark of incredible fluffy epic snow! Steamboat is seriously rocking some fabulous early-season ski conditions that are making the skiing and riding feel like mid-winter conditions.

"The 2010/11 season is shaping up to be remembered as the best start in more than a decade and already a legendary snow year. And, we're less than a month into the season," continued Rob Perlman, senior vice president of sales and marketing for the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corporation. "With the snowiest November on record in the books, Mother Nature's attention is squarely focused on Steamboat —Ski Town, USA, and powderhounds couldn't be happier!"

Monday morning (11/29/2010) we awoke to 13 inches of powder that had fallen the afternoon and night before, making for some incredible powder! And, another 8 inches fell at the summit overnight last night!

Current conditions for Steamboat Ski Resort Report:
  • 9 inches in the last 24 hours
  • 20 inches in the last 48 hours
  • 47-inch base
  • And, drum-roll please — Steamboat has hit the 100-inch mark, and it's not even December!!! A total of 111" of pure white snow has fallen already this year! Will Steamboat hit the 500"? We can all hope and do a few extra powder dances! See the current weather conditions.
So, what to do with all this snow? Get to Steamboat to play in it, of course! Book your Steamboat Springs lodging now and get free nights plus cash back to spend on a perfect Steamboat adventure!

Steamboat’s Early Snow Keeps Skiers of All Levels and Ages Happy!  

ResortQuest Steamboat Springs Vacation Rentals Blog
Originally published Tuesday, November 30, 2010

As many of you know, Steamboat opened on November 24 with the best opening ski conditions it has seen in a decade, and the snow just keeps falling! Whether you are 80 years old or 5, these early-season conditions are making everyone happy!

Luka and Finn spent their weekend skiing the incredible snow!

The ski resort has a base that is currently at 47 inches, and Steamboat already hit the 100-inches-of-snow mark! This number includes the total of snowfall so far this year! The conditions are considered powder, and the Steamboat Ski Resort has 4 lifts running with access to 99 trails!

See the current weather.

Everyone skied powder on Monday, November 29, when over a foot of light Steamboat powder drenched the mountain! We'll be expecting many more days like this to come!

So, what to do with all that snow? Play in it, of course! Book your winter-powder ski vacation in Steamboat now and get free nights of lodging, plus cash back that you can use for anything in Steamboat! Seriously — this is one of the best deals around! Book NOW!
 

Warm Springs Is Open, and It's Snowing!  

Sun Valley Snow Blog
Originally published Saturday, November 27, 2010  

Snow is in the forecast for the next two days. Warm Springs Lift opened this morning... Dollar is open for the kids and beginner skiers. Take your telemark gear over to practice or skin up for a great workout. Sun Valley is celebrating 75 years of skiing... Come on up.

Spend the holidays in Sun Valley, skiing, skating or just relaxing.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Steamboat Events and Activities Nov 26-Dec 2, 2010  

ResortQuest Steamboat Springs Vacation Rentals Blog
Originally published Friday, November 26, 2010

The Steamboat Ski Area is now open with an abundance of early-season snow — in fact, the best opening in 10 years! The holidays are upon us and with that brings an equally abundant list of exciting and fun things to do around Steamboat Springs this week. So after a brisk, exhilarating day on the slopes, change gears and check out these Steamboat-style après-ski happenings sure to warm your holiday spirit!
 
Cindy's Top Picks in Steamboat This Week
Friday, November 26
  • Light Up the Night: Annual holiday-season lighting of trees in downtown Steamboat on the Routt Co. Courthouse lawn. Come see Santa and enjoy hot chocolate, cookies and carolers. 6:30 pm
Saturday, November 27
  • James and the Devil: Rock the night away at the Tugboat Grill and Pub located at the ski area on Ski Time Square Drive. Also, check out Happy Hour from 4-6 pm daily.
Monday, November 29
  • Wildhorse Cinemas: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, PG-13. Now showing on two screens at 4:30 pm, 6:30 pm and 7:40 pm
Wednesday, December 1
  • Open Community Meditation: Join in on this ongoing weekly community meditation session at the Bear River Yoga Center, 7:15 pm. Yampa St. downtown Steamboat. FREE
Thursday, December 2
  • Karaoke Night: The Tap House Sports Grill, Lincoln Ave., downtown Steamboat. Come sing your heart out and enjoy $2 drafts and well drinks from 9-11pm. FREE
Steamboat has a little something for everyone, from skiing to yoga, singing, bowling, dancing and more. So, kick up your heels and enjoy Ski Town USA! 
 
See Our Current Steamboat Deals! 
Book 3 nights and get the 4th night FREE, plus receive $50 per night in free spending bucks! See more Steamboat deals...  

Or, Buy One Vacation — Get One FREE! 
Use Promo Code WYN to book a 7-Night vacation at ResortQuest Steamboat for this winter, and get a FREE Wyndham vacation. (Restrictions apply). Visit www.ResortQuest.com/free-week for promotion details.

Powder for Opening Day  

Sun Valley Snow Blog  
Originally published Tuesday, November 23, 2010  

This is the new snow today on my drive into work. We have 10 inches on top of Baldy, and it continues to snow. Hope to get a good foot out of this storm.

Opening Day is Thanksgiving... We give thanks to the powder gods, and we are ready for a great ski season.

Cold temps in the forecast, so bring your down coat and gloves... Skiing is going to be great for opening day... Stay tuned for details on what lifts and runs will be open. Also should have some shots from opening day...

Get out and ski; that's why we live here...

Steamboat Pre-Opening Day! Best Conditions in a Decade!  

Steamboat Snow, Activities and Weather Report by the ResortQuest Steamboat Vacation Rentals Team
Originally published Tuesday, November 23, 2010  

Steamboat Ski Resort and everyone who is searching for some powder need to look no further! Steamboat is opening tomorrow — Nov. 24th for Scholarship Day with some of the best opening-day conditions the mountain has seen in over a decade!

Read more about the terrain openings, running lifts and more!

Get to Steamboat for this opening weekend! You'll receive a FREE night of lodging when you book 3 or more nights and 20% off your lift tickets!

Check out our other great lodging deals that give you cash to spend while in Steamboat!

Steamboat Ski Resort 2010 Best Opening in Years!  

Steamboat Snow, Activities and Weather Report by the ResortQuest Steamboat Vacation Rentals Team
Originally published Friday, November 19, 2010  

The Steamboat Ski Resort will be opening November 24, 2010 with 5 lifts, 66 trails, 926 acres of top-to-bottom skiing equaling 3,000 vertical feet, and 74 inches of snow!!!

WOW! This opening day or Scholarship Day is going to mark the best early-season conditions in almost a decade said Chris Diamond, president and chief operating officer of the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation. Scholarship Day allows the mountain to open with specially priced $30 lift tickets and $20 lower-mountain lift tickets that benefit the Steamboat Winter Sports Club Scholarship Fund!

The resort anticipates opening 5 lifts-Christie Peak Express, Gondola, Storm Peak Express, Burgess Creek and 4 Points. This includes much of the resort's legendary tree-skiing areas, including the upper portions of Shadows and Closets, Flying Z, Twilight, Triangle 3 and more. Remember, trails and lifts are subject to change without notice as conditions change.

The early season storms have come in strong and left nearly 4 1/2 feet of powder in November so far — Steamboat will be opening with a 38-inch base at mid-mountain and 52-inch base at the summit! These are the largest base amounts ever seen on opening day!

So what are you waiting for — skiing will be epic this year, so book your ski vacation lodging now! The earlier you book, the more you save. And, if you buy now, we can still order you discounted lift tickets!

Photo credit: Larry Pierce — Steamboat's Billy the Kidd testing out the powder yesterday in Steamboat!

Aspen's Powder Posse and Powder Day Openings for Aspen and Snowmass  

ResortQuest Inn at Aspen Hotel Blog  
Originally published Monday, November 22, 2010  

Aspen Snowmass Ski Resort is reporting big snow totals just days before opening day at Snowmass and Aspen Ajax Mountains! Snowmass received 16" in the last 24 hours (Monday, Nov. 22), and it's still snowing! While Aspen Mountain is reporting 8". It will be a white Thanksgiving on opening day with enough powder to make conditions feel like mid-winter!

Book your Aspen Lodging now so you won't miss any powder! Get free nights!

Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk are scheduled to open December 11th, 2010. And, Aspen Highlands Ski Patrol has a very unique way of recruiting help to open the Highlands Bowl. The bowl is an epic 45-minute hike to the Summit at 12,392 feet where the best steeps and incredibly deep powder is found! The ski patrol gives out the call to the Local "Powder Posse" who come hungry for powder. By helping ski patrol prepare the Bowl by packing down the powder and making sure the snow is stable, they earn their free pass to ski the powder before the season opens! What criteria is needed to be on the Powder Posse — the urgent need for powder that allows you to hike the bowl multiple times in a day and ski down, plus an avalanche beacon.

Watch the video from this local Powder Posse member as he shows off the powder conditions on the bowl!

Book your Inn at Aspen lodging now so you can ski all of Aspen's powder! If you book by December 1 you can get your 3rd, 4th or 5th night FREE!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

ResortQuest Donates Luxury Oceanfront Home for Pittsburgh Couple’s Dream-Wedding Weekend on Hilton Head Island

Winners of “Get Hitched on Hilton Head” enjoy their dream-wedding weekend from the comforts of a luxury six-bedroom oceanfront home, donated by ResortQuest.

Julie Klein and Dave Battiste of Pittsburgh, winners of Get Hitched on Hilton Head, arrived this past weekend to a luxurious six-bedroom oceanfront estate in Sea Pines, on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina donated by ResortQuest.

22 Sandhill Crane, Hilton Head Island
Every aspect of the couple’s dream-wedding was arranged through local sponsorships. From the Bachelorette party to the wedding attire, and even the rings– the entire Hilton Head Island wedding weekend was supported through donations.

The sunset wedding took place on the Lawn at Harbour Town in Sea Pines Resort on Saturday, November 13. Guests boarded Old Savannah trolleys immediately after and traveled to Windows on the Waeterway for an evening of dinner and dancing, catered and organized by Celebrations Catering & Events of Hilton Head Island.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Breckenridge Ranked #8 Ski Resort for 2010  

ResortQuest Breckenridge Blog

Ski Magazine has released their 2010 ski resort rankings, and Breckenridge Ski Resort has come in near the top of pack at #8 out of 30 famous ski resorts!

Breckenridge Resort Ranked #8 for 2010
So, what makes Breckenridge so awesome? Readers from Ski Magazine said, "Breckenridge is a polarizing place." Its wind-scoured steeps and miles of beginner terrain inspire heated reactions, both positive and negative—sometimes even from the same person. "I have a love-hate relationship with Breck," says one reader. "I hate the road in, and Peak 7 is a nightmare. But when it snows, all the hassles float away." Not surprisingly, Breck's always-busy Main Street receives high marks for its après scene (No. 6) and off-hill activities (No. 7). See the full Article in Ski Magazine.

And, make sure you are getting the best savings on your vacation to Breckenridge? Book by November 1, 2010 and save up to 35% on your luxurious Breckenridge lodging with us at ResortQuest!

Best Shopping in Breckenridge- Best Experience, Best Items and more!  

ResortQuest Breckenridge Blog

Shopping is all about having fun, whether you are looking for the perfect souvenir, the perfect little black dress, or the need for some retail therapy has risen! Breckenridge's shopping scene is really fun because everything is centrally located downtown with tons of options. Here are the top 5 picks we have for a unique shopping experience in Breckenridge:
  1. Big City Blues
    Located right downtown, enjoy their wide array of designer jeans, tops, accessories, jewelry and fun outfits meant for a night out with friends or out to parties. The staff are more than willing to help and have a great sense of style! Located at 224 S. Main Street
  2. Goods
    Enjoy shopping in this 25-year-old establishment that has kept up with the trends! Find everything from clothing and furniture to shoes and gifts! They have a wide variety of children's and junior's clothing with awesome accessories and more. Located at 105 South Main Street or visit the website: http://goodsbreckenridge.com

Steamboat Resort Ranks #14 in 2010 Ski Resort Rankings  

Steamboat Snow, Activities and Weather Report by the ResortQuest Steamboat Vacation Rentals Team

Steamboat Ski Resort has been ranked number #14 out of 30 ski resorts ranked by Ski Magazine for the 2010 ski year! So, what is so fabulous about Steamboat?

According to Ski Magazine's readers, "After all, Steamboat continues to endear itself to readers who hail it as the "best all-around resort for families" and "my favorite resort anywhere." The positive comments tend to be unanimous:

Snowing in Steamboat Oct. 23, 2010  

Steamboat Snow, Activities and Weather Report by the ResortQuest Steamboat Vacation Rentals Team

Last night, Steamboat got their first in-town snow! It was beautiful to wake up to a snow-covered landscape with the remaining fall colors poking through. And, it came just in time for Halloween — a classic mountain Halloween where every costume has to be big enough to fit your winter parka underneath!

Check out the photos and don't forget to book your Steamboat Winter Vacation — see our best winter deal and book by October 30, 2010 to get up to 30% off lodging and 20% off lift tickets!

Snow on Baldy!!  

Sun Valley Hike, Bike and Snow Blog 

Snow on Bald Mountain in Sun Valley
Yippee... Snow on Baldy... We had snow last weekend. Plan your trip to Sun Valley, or get out and enjoy what's up top. Winter is looking like it will be here shortly. Forecasts show good snow conditions for the 2010/2011 winter season. 

Check out our Sun Valley Vacation Specials and Packages, like the First Tracks Special, Turkey Turns Thanksgiving Vacation Special and Winter White Sale.

What's New at ResortQuest Northwest Florida?  

By Michelle Tommey, ResortQuest Northwest Florida

Seawatch "A" Vacation Rental
at Gulf Trace in Beaches of South Walton
Check out our newest vacation rental, Seawatch "A", recently added to our Gulf Coast rental inventory on Northwest Florida's beautiful Emerald Coast.

Seawatch "A" is the perfect place for your next family gathering. Situated in Gulf Trace Community, Grayton Beach, Seawatch "A" is a two-story duplex home that sleeps 16. "A" is the west side of the home. Each floor has its own living space, giving you plenty of space to relax and create family memories. Enjoy the fabulous views of the Gulf of Mexico from the second floor wrap-around deck. The first floor gives you access to the spacious patio and pool area, and public beach access is located just a short walk away.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Get Fit! Strength Training with Ted Ligety for Skiing  

Steamboat Snow, Activities, & Weather Report by the ResortQuest Steamboat Vacation Rentals Team Blog 

It's important to be in good physical condition when you decide to hit the slopes this winter in Steamboat Springs. Here are some workout tips from pro skier Ted Ligety and Ski Magazine

Working out to tone those skiing muscles will not only prevent some types of injury but it will also make your day at Steamboat Ski Resort much more fun — no leg cramps! 



 
While you are physically preparing for winter, have you booked your ski vacation yet? Steamboat is offering up to 30% off your lodging and discounted lift tickets when you book by October 30, 2010 — get on it!
 

Travel Tips to Breckenridge: What to Pack?  

ResortQuest Breckenridge Blog

So, you are headed to Breckenridge! Congrats — you've booked your lodging and ski tickets, and now all you have to do is pack... It doesn't have to be a daunting chore but actually fun and quite simple. You don't have to bring the whole closet, just remember to pack light, and you can always wear the same sweater twice — we are a relaxed town here to have fun!

Have you booked your Breckenridge Vacation yet? Book by November 1 and save up to 35%!

Here are a few things to remember when packing:

High Altitude:
Dress for the Weather: Breckenridge sits at 9,600 feet, so the temperatures and weather conditions can change quickly. Dress in layers and dress for cooler temperatures.

Calling All Romantics! Top Romantic Activities in Steamboat  

ResortQuest Steamboat Springs Vacation Rentals Blog

(Blog Post by Cindy — ResortQuest Concierge!)
There's no time like the present, and what better time to plan a weekend getaway with that special someone than right now while the fall colors still abound, a relaxed pace prevails, and lodging deals in Steamboat Springs are hard to resist! So, grab your loved one and get yourself up to the 'Boat!

Here are my picks for the perfect romantic day in Steamboat:

Grab a cup of coffee or chai from Amante Coffee in the Wildhorse Plaza and stroll on down to the Yampa River Core Trail as it meanders along the Yampa. From there, head over to the Botanic Gardens and saunter along the paths, taking in the fall blooms, tranquil pond, bronze sculptures, and the new solar-powered Trillium House — a perfect spot to plan a Steamboat Springs wedding or anniversary gathering!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Wyndham Exchange & Rentals Welcomes ResortQuest,
Celebrates Formation of World's Largest Vacation Rentals Business  


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PARSIPPANY, N.J. (October 20, 2010) — Wyndham Exchange & Rentals, part of Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE:WYN), welcomed ResortQuest to its family of brands following the previously announced acquisition, which was completed on September 30, 2010.

ResortQuest, a leading provider of full-service vacation rentals in the U.S. with a diverse collection of nearly 6,000 high-quality U.S. vacation rental properties, joins Wyndham Exchange & Rentals to form the largest full-service vacation rentals business in the world with a diverse portfolio of more than 85,000 vacation properties in over 100 countries.

Aspen Travel Guide: Tips for an Easy Trip to Aspen  

ResortQuest Inn at Aspen Blog

Aspen is a destination ski town, however getting here does not have to be hard! There are many forms of travel, lodging options and activities options that can enrich your vacation, and here are some of our tips for navigating your way to the Aspen Valley!

  1. Get Lodging! We, of course, recommend our own Inn at Aspen, which is ideally located at the base of Buttermilk Ski Resort and only a few minutes into downtown Aspen or 15 minutes from Snowmass. Also view the aspenchamber.org website to see a full list of lodging options in Aspen. But, we bet you will like our pricing and our location.

  2. Plan the Best Transportation Options. Whether you fly, drive, rent a car, book a shuttle, caravan, sled or dumb and dumber style—Vespa your way, you will be glad you made the trip!
    • Aspen Flights - United and Frontier have added extra flights, making it that much easier.
    • Driving - See our driving directions, but you definitely don’t need a car to get around Aspen. Aspen and Snowmass are super pedestrian friendly, with large sidewalks, outdoor malls, and you're in a small town!
    • Public Transportation in town is free! All ski shuttles, cross-town shuttles and airport buses are free. Buses depart on average every 10 minutes. Buses out to the Inn at Aspen are only a few dollars. No more treacherous winter driving, or paying for gas or parking ($15.00 for on mountain, and $2.00/hour in the town).

  3. Schedule the Fun! Enjoy one ski ticket that allows you access to all four of Aspen’s supreme ski resorts! If you take a day off from skiing, indulge in the other amazing activities Aspen holds... from the Krabloonik Sled Dogs and cross-country skiing, to shopping downtown Aspen, strolling the Art Galleries or taking a spa day!

  4. Plan for the Altitude.
    • Sunscreen! Using sun screen in the Rocky Mountains is as important as using a seat belt or wearing a helmet. Use SPF 30 and re-apply frequently. Be aware that the sun's reflection off the snow is strong even on cloudy days.
    • Water! It is easy to become dehydrated at high altitude, especially after you have been playing hard—drink lots of water!
    • Altitude! You’re at more than 7,000 feet in Aspen Snowmass, so you may feel the effects of altitude sickness. If you start to feel dizzy or nauseous, or have a headache on the hill, head back to the base and drink more water. You can help prevent altitude sickness by limiting your physical activity for the first few days and drinking alcohol only in moderation.
Stay with us at the Inn at Aspen and save money to spend on other parts of your vacation while you stay in supreme ski-in/ski-out location at Buttermilk! See our current Lodging Deals!

Delicious Aspen Restaurant Deals: Aspen’s Dining Scene in the Off Season  

ResortQuest Inn at Aspen Blog

Things begin to slow down a bit this time of year in Aspen, CO — its like a calm before the winter storms! But despite the slower feel, this is one of the best times of the year to get amazing restaurant deals in Aspen — that’s right... “deal” and “Aspen” in the same sentence! See our recommendations of the best Aspen restaurants!

Stay at the Inn at Aspen while you sample this delicious fare and take in the beauty and calm of Aspen! Stay for as little as $89/night.

Here are the Aspen Restaurant Deals for Fall 2010! For a complete list of restaurants, go to EatAspen.com. Do beware — a lot of restaurants close during November before ski season begins. Check at EatAspen for current dining hours.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Sea Colony ranked among Tennis Magazine's 2010 "Top 50 Tennis Resorts in the U.S."  

ResortQuest's Sea Colony Blog

Tennis Magazine ranks Sea Colony among its
"Top 50 Tennis Resorts in the U.S."
Tennis Magazine ranks Sea Colony — "The Premier Family Beach & Tennis Resort Community" — among its "Top 50 Tennis Resorts in the U.S.," including No. 3 for "The Budget Conscious." The tennis publication's November/December issue adds national recognition to the list of local, regional and global honors earned by the resort community and its tennis staff.

27th Annual Wine in the Pines — Godfather Style in Keystone, CO  


ResortQuest Breckenridge Blog

This October 22-23, 2010, enjoy Keystone's annual celebration of wine! This year's theme for Wine in the Pines is "a celebration of wine and work by Francis Ford Coppola.

Don't miss this event — book your lodging in Keystone or Breckenridge now and receive our best deal or 25% off 2+ nights or 33% off 3+ nights.

This two-day extravaganza hosts the Winemakers Dinner at the Keystone Ranch on Friday, which features a six-course meal prepared by Keystone Ranch Genius Head Chef Jason Kassib paired with exquisite Coppola Vineyards reserve wines. Guests are encouraged to wear pinstripes, pearls and denim.

2010 Florida State HOG Rally 
October 20-23, 2010 — Destin/Ft. Walton Beach  

ResortQuest of Northwest Florida and Alabama Blog

Hop on your Harley and get ready for the 2010 Florida State HOG Rally! The rally begins Wednesday, October 20 and runs through Saturday, October 23 at the Emerald Grande in Destin. This is the host resort and location for all registration and on-site activities. If you did not pre-register, the registration fee is $35 and must be completed at the Emerald Grande. ResortQuest is proud to be a sponsor of this revved-up event! 

ResortQuest would like to welcome you to the beautiful Emerald Coast with a special H.O.G. Rally offer on stays of 2 nights or more between October 18-25, 2010 at some of our most popular resorts near the main event site at Harborwalk Village. Visit http://www.resortquestnwfl.com/hog-rally/ for more details. 

Calling all Sisters! Sisters, Women, Females Unite in Steamboat Springs, CO  

Steamboat Snow, Activities, & Weather Report by the ResortQuest Steamboat Vacation Rentals Team Blog

Sisters in Steamboat Weekend
All women deserve love and pampering, and this weekend in Steamboat is devoted to just that! So, sisters (biological, kindred, friends and otherwise) come to the 2nd annual Sisters in Steamboat Weekend.

Book your Sisters in Steamboat lodging now at any of our ResortQuest Steamboat properties, and stay in pure luxury to rejuvenate and replenish your soul!

Fall Snow Dusting  

Sun Valley Snow, Hike and Bike Blog 

The forecast looks good for
snow in Sun Valley
The weather is turning... Get out and enjoy the last few days of fall. Dusting on the peaks last night. This post will be turning to winter soon... Get the latest and greatest on the skiing... Will begin posting snow photos soon.  

Forecast is good for SNOW... tune up your skis and boards... be ready!  

Check out our Sun Valley Vacation Specials and Packages, like the First Tracks Special, Turkey Turns Thanksgiving Vacation Special and Winter White Sale.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Thunder on the Gulf, Orange Beach, Alabama
October 13-17, 2010

ResortQuest of Northwest Florida and Alabama Blog 

Thunder on the Gulf 2010
Orange Beach is getting ready for the races! Thunder on the Gulf will take place this year October 13-17 at the Gulf State Park Pavilion on the beach. Spectators can check out the massive race boats, racers, festivities and official race merchandise, while enjoying spectacular views of our beautiful coast. 

Also in town during the event will be Bon Jovi on Friday night and Brad Paisley on Sunday evening! These concerts are free but are ticketed events, and ResortQuest has just a few free Bon Jovi and Brad Paisley tickets left. Please visit our website for information on how you can get these free tickets when you book one of our gorgeous condominiums!