Thursday, April 7, 2011

ResortQuest Offers Competitors of Helen Drake Invitational Tennis Tournament 10 Percent Off Luxury Accommodations  

The largest U.S. Tennis Association (USTA) event in Florida returns for its 28th season to TOPS'L Beach & Racquet Resort in Destin, Fla.

TOPS'L Beach and Racquet Resort, a professionally managed luxury property by ResortQuest® by Wyndham Vacation Rentals, will welcome the Helen Drake Invitational Tennis Tournament this month for its 28th season on the breathtaking beaches and emerald-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico. As one of the largest USTA events in Florida each year, this sanctioned tournament is expected to attract participation by hundreds of competitors from across the southeastern United States from its kickoff date on Wednesday, April 13 through Sunday, April 17, 2011.

As the proud host of the annual Invitational, ResortQuest is offering 10 percent off a three-night stay for registered tournament players at resort condominiums in TOPS'L Beach Manor, TOPS'L Tides, TOPS'L Summit, TOPS'L Tennis Village and TOPS'L Captiva. This special rate is available from the beginning of the tournament through its close on April 17.

Situated on 52 acres in Destin, Fla. and bordered by both the Gulf of Mexico and a tranquil nature preserve, TOPS'L Beach & Racquet Resort is renowned as a top tennis destination year round. Tennis Magazine has named TOPS'L among the "Top 50 Tennis Resorts in the U.S." every year since 1987. Tennis Resorts Online, rated it a "Gold Medal Resort" for 2010, designating it as one of the 10 best tennis resorts in the world.

Tournament Director for the Helen Drake Invitational, Joe D'Aleo, has run the tournament for more than a decade and also serves as the District 1 President of the USPTA. D'Aleo leads the team of professionally certified tennis instructors on staff at TOPS'L. The Tennis Desk at the TOPS'L Club offers player-matching services, round robins, tennis clinics, and private and group lessons. Resort guests enjoy complimentary use of 12 newly resurfaced rubico clay courts, including 10 that are lighted for night play.

To take advantage of ResortQuest's Helen Drake lodging discount, guests should call 1-800-380-4808 and mention Promo Code A3030. Availability is limited, and reservation must be booked by phone. More details, including terms and conditions, are available online at

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

ResortQuest Announces its Participation as an Official Patron Sponsor of the 43rd PGA The Heritage Golf Tournament at Sea Pines Resort  

Leading vacation rental company offers five-night stay in Hilton Head's Harbour Town including two complimentary tournament Grounds Badges and walking-distance access to the golf course

The Scottish red tartan jacket worn by the tournament's victor and candy-striped lighthouse overlooking the 18th hole at Harbour Town Golf Links are each enduring symbols of one of golf's greatest tournaments: The Heritage.

Last year's finish at Sea Pines Resort's prestigious course was a testament to the sport's gentlemanly traditions when professional golfer, Brian Davis, admitted an error on his swing, which cost him two strokes thus awarding the title to his rival, Jim Furyk. The professional golfers will tee off once again on Thursday, April 21, 2011, for The Heritage's 43rd season on the Professional Golfers' Association (PGA) tour.

As an official Patron Sponsor of The Heritage, ResortQuest® by Wyndham Vacation Rentals is offering two complimentary Grounds Badges with a five-night stay at a vacation rental home or villa in the Harbour Town area of Sea Pines. The Grounds Badges, a part of the "Heritage Package 2011" package, allow access to the links for all seven days of the tournament, beginning April 18 and concluding April 24, 2011.

Some of ResortQuest's premier vacation rentals sit directly on the Harbour Town Links golf course. These private homes — many with gourmet kitchens, gas grills and large decks overlooking the links, and even a private pool or hot tub — provide more amenities at a greater value for entertaining during The Heritage.

With the spring season already in full swing, there are plenty of ways for non-golfers to make the most of a Hilton Head vacation during Heritage Week. The Harbour Town villa complexes not only lie within walking distance of The Heritage events but are also convenient to shopping, dining and water activities at the marina.

All ResortQuest guests enjoy discounted golf rates at the island's top courses, including Sea Pines and Palmetto Dunes. While tee times are unavailable for Harbour Town Golf Links during The Heritage, guests still may play two other notable Sea Pines courses during the week, Ocean Course and Heron Point by Pete Dye.

Whether this year's The Heritage finale is determined by unpredictable breezes off the Calibogue Sound or the unexpected revelation of an honor-bound opponent, spectators will anticipate an exciting finish, and the PGA pros know to approach the 18th hole with a healthy dose of respect.

To take advantage of Heritage Golf Lodging Package including complimentary Grounds Badges, guests should call 855-299-3327. Availability is limited, and this package must be booked by phone. More details are available online at

Friday, April 1, 2011

Come on Out Skiing or Boarding  

Sun Valley Hike, Bike and Snow Blog
Originally published Thursday, March 31, 2011 —

Shot from the Dollar Terrain Park. Get out on Sunday to see the second-annual Pond Skim on Dollar. Baldy the Hawaiian Nationals will be taking place off Warm Spring Lift area. Music at Whiskeys and Apples this week and weekend. Soak up the last of the winter sun and fun in Ketchum this weekend.