Category Archives: Vacation Rentals

Glamping – When You’re Not Quite Ready to Make the Rustic Leap

Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Black Loop. Today we are sharing some ways for your family to participate in the Great American Campout.


Glamping - When Youre Not Quite Ready to Make the Rustic LeapIn honor of the Great American Campout on June 25, I had to write something about camping. I used to love to go camping in my early adult years. I was even a counselor at a camp one summer. For personal trips, we camped in a tent with our sleeping bags on a tarp, no cots or air mattresses. We cooked over an open fire. That made the food taste so good, and heated our water for washing dishes over the same fire. It was so great to be able to connect with nature. Plus, back then, it was about the only way I could afford to travel!

Now that I’m older, sleeping on the ground or even a cot or air mattress no longer holds much appeal, but I do still love being in nature and the taste of food cooked over a campfire. That’s where glamping comes in! Continue reading

Staying Somewhere Unique and Special – Renting Vacation Homes

Staying in hotels is happening less and less for my family. It’s not that we’re traveling less, we simply have found a better option for us – renting an entire house. I love having the room. My son has his own bedroom and my husband and I have ours. There’s a living room that we all can enjoy. Plus, we have a kitchen that even if I don’t cook, I can still store milk, juice and snacks in a full-size refrigerator and eat them on real dishes.

One other advantage I’ve found with recent rentals. Some of them are really unique and special! One such place was where we stayed for a trip to Disneyland last week. It was a 4-bedroom home just a short drive or reasonable walk from the parks that the owners have dubbed “The Disney Theme Home.” It is definitely that. When walking through it the first day, my son remarked, “Mom, I think we’ve found someone who loves Disney more than you.” Continue reading

Ten Questions Renters Should Ask Homeowners Before a Vacation Rental

My family and I have been renting vacation homes instead of hotel rooms on quite a few of our recent trips. I love having a whole house. We still have the privacy of our own bedrooms, a full kitchen to cook in, and quite often, the homes have a pool and a hot tub for our own private use. Overall, we have had great luck with our rentals, but I still wish I had seen this article by Jessica Hapeman, owner of the Disney Oasis Villa at Windsor Palms, a 6-bedroom vacation rental home near Walt Disney World. I will definitely be asking these questions in the future (and I hope to rent the Disney Oasis Villa someday)! Continue reading