Thursday, March 22, 2007

Gone Fishing At Shaver Lake

Remember the days when a shop owner used to put up the sign "Gone Fishing" when he needed some good old fashioned R & R? Somehow those two words always conjure up in my imagination a lazy summer day, sitting by a serene, peaceful lake, away from life's everyday routines and stress. Shop owner or not, we all need this escape now more than ever in order to stay sane in today's busy world with its overload of "new" technology. Let's just get back to the basics and stay in a rustic cabin by a lake with no cell phone, no computer, no TV, no traffic! Just peace and quiet. There are many such fishing cabins in the United States, but the one we are going to feature today is Shaver Lake. Find some Shaver Lake Cabin Rentals. I have heard via the grapevine, that Shaver Lake California is one of the most popular lakes within the Sierra National Forest. Not only is it a great lake for fishing, but for the outdoor enthusiast, the area offers hiking, backpacking, camping, mountain biking, kayaking and other summer activities. It is also is a great area for winter skiing and snowmobiling at the nearby Sierra Summit Ski Resort. For more information visit the website for the Shaver Lake Chamber of Commerce. Choose Shaver Lake Cabin Rentals for your next "Gone Fishing" escape.

If you have a cabin to rent at Shaver Lake or if you have some information or experiences to share with us about the area, we would love to hear your comments.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Will Hawaii Vacation Rentals Benefit from the new Superferry

There has been much controvery surrounding the Hawaii Superferry, scheduled to start service July 1, 2007, between the islands of Oahu, Maui and Kauai with added service to the Big Island in 2009. Arguments opposing the new ferry range from environmental issues associated with the harbors, possible travel of invasive species from island to island, concern over the saftety of the seasonal humpback whales and the potential for illegal drug traffic to move between islands. Information available on the Super Ferry Web Site shows that these issues are being addressed, and also the state senate bill approving an Environment Impact Study to go ahead, will also address these problems.
My question on this blog is Will Hawaii Vacation Rentals benefit from the superferry?
It is very likely that the locals might use the new super ferry more than tourists to the islands. Imagine if you are a crafts person, and live in Oahu, Maui or Kauai. The new super ferry will enable you to load up your van with all your goods and travel to one of the neighboring islands to attend craft fairs and swap meets. You probably will not choose to stay in a hotel because of the expense so chances are you will decide to search Hawaii Vacation Rentals, and rent from an owner for a more affordable accommodation. If you are a trades person and work is slow on Kauai, the ferry will enable you to put all your tools and equipment into your vehicle and take a job on Oahu, where there may be more opportunities for work. Perhaps your job will take a month or more so you may search for Oahu Monthly Vacation Rentals for great rates. Many local families like to get away to a different island for their vacations. The ferry will enable them to put their luggage, surf boards, pets, baby seats, cooler and other vacation necessities into their car with no airport hastle or picking up a rental car at their destination. Renting from an owner provides affordable accommodations on Kauai, Oahu, Maui and the Big Island of Hawaii.

It may just be that the Hawaii Super Ferry will stimulate the local economy more than benefit tourists. A reason for this is the cheap interisland flights now available through Go, Hawaiian and Aloha airlines. Most tourists are only on the islands for a couple of weeks so may opt for a flight over a longer ferry ride. There are of course the snowbirds who come to Hawaii to escape the cold winters of Canada and the Northern US. The new super ferry might appeal to these "Kama aina" tourists, as they will have more time to explore the other islands. More than likely these snowbirds will opt for Hawaii Vacation Rentals over hotels for accommodations on the islands.

We invite you to express your opinion on today's topic. Will Hawaii Vacation Rentals Benefit from the new Superferry?

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Converted Farmhouse Holiday Rental in France

Did you know that there are many historic farmhouses in France that have been converted into beautiful holiday rentals, ideal for family vacations in the French countryside? Today we are featuring Chez Blaireau (house of the badger), a secluded, peaceful, and very private, tastefully converted 18c Charentaise farmhouse set in 2 acres of secluded woodland garden backing onto a small stream.

Imagine a house with 5 large bedrooms and an extensive fully fitted kitchen with seating for 14 people. Having your own kitchen can be a great money saver while on your family holiday in France, but if you are sick of cooking, the owners can offer varied cuisine from South East Asian and Indian through to most European. The house also boasts a massive salon with an attractive mezzanine floor and even though you are in the French countryside, satellite TV will keep you in touch with the rest of the world.

Outside, there is a 14m pool with 2 showers and WC. This pool is for your EXCLUSIVE USE. The garden boasts extensive fruit trees amongst which are cherry, plum, fig, pear, peach and damson. Just help yourselves! Beyond the lawn is the marais, where there are numerous species of birds including storks, falcons, cranes, golden oreoles and hoopoes. Children's climbing frames and a large lawn for the young ones to play on make Chez Blaireau a great place for your family holiday in France.

Should you wish to take a "joy-ride" in a light aeroplane, then the owner, a professional pilot, can provide this pleasure too. The area will unfold beneath you for a fabulous experience to take home. The aerial photos will be a lasting memory.

Local markets are held at least weekly in Rochefort(3 times weekly), St Savinien, Saintes and La Rochelle- to name but a few. The local village is 1.5 km or 20 mins walk and boasts an excellent boulangerie. If you have any questions about local happenings, the owners, who live only 12 miles away will be happy to advise you.

How do you get to this unique holiday rental in south west France? Chez Blaireau is easily accessed from the channel ports or by low-cost airlines to Poitiers, La Rochelle, Bordeaux and Nantes. OR, the cheapest way we can find, SPEEDFERRIES from Dover to Boulogne. Trans-Atlantic flights arrive at Paris and Bordeaux.
For more information go to: Charente Maritime Farmhouse Holiday Rental

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Canadian Summer Vacation at Paradise Cottages in Georgian Bay Ontario

Paradise Cottages are a perfect choice for a Canadian summer family beach vacation. What makes them even a better choice is that you are renting from an owner. Read about Vacation Rentals By Owner.

Balm Beach located in the shores of majestic Georgian Bay offers gorgeous sandy beaches and clear shallow water that are excellent for activities for the entire family. The water is shallow for many feet, as it deepens quite gradually. This makes it perfect for children, and adults find it ideal for watersports.

In addition to the countless leisure activities that the beach and water offer, you may rent a paddle boat for some extra enjoyment under the sun.
Paradise cottages have either two or three bedrooms for your family vacation and there are also one bedroom cabins for singles or a couple.

Southern Georgian Bay is one of the most scenic and historic areas in Canada. Close to some excellent dive locations with many historic wrecks to explore make the area a diver's paradise. The cottages are also close to Georgian Bay Islands National park with many picnic areas, view points, hiking/walking trails, canoeing, kayaking, cycling etc.

So if you are planning a family summer beach vacation in Canada, consider renting from the owner of Georgian Bay Paradise Cottages for an unforgettable holiday.

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Okanagan Vacation Rentals

Okanagan Lake Penticton, British Columbia The Okanagan Valley of British Columbia is becoming one of the most sought after destinations for memorable vacations with family or friends. Over the last few years many Okanagan vacation rentals have sprung up in this area, famed for its sunny weather, pristine lakes, beautiful beaches, cottage wineries, and some of the best recreational opportunities on the continent. This all seasons playground offers hiking, mountain biking, boating, water sports for summer activities, and skiing in winter. In Penticton, home to Ironman Canada, you will find many vacation rentals which are ideal for families who want a laid back beach vacation away from the stress of city life. A glorious 20 minute drive through orchards, vineyards, and many cottage wineries will take you to the charming village of Naramata, where you will find many more Okanagan vacation rentals. Osoyoos to the south, also has a lot of vacation rentals to offer, or if you travel north from Penticton, you will come to Summerland, Peachland and Kelowna all great locations for Okanagan vacation rentals.

If you have not yet discovered the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, put it at the top of your list for great places to visit.