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.