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Tips on selecting the perfect Colorado Vacation Rental

Travel - October 30, 2018

You have worked hard for a whole year and now it is time for you to take a break! Vacations are the one time people take a break from the madness around them and just become adventurous. Maybe this year you have decided to visit the exciting Colorado Mountains to ski and are looking for accommodation options in Breckenridge or Vail. A Colorado vacation rental is high on your list, with the option of a rustic Colorado rental or Breckenridge cabins. This then begs the question, what should you look for in a vacation rental?

What to look for in a vacation rental in Colorado mountain towns.
The beauty of choosing a vacation rental is that it is a home away from home. You get to enjoy the vacationing experience with the comfort of a home. Vacation rentals come with advantages such as privacy and adequate space, which are difficult to find in other accommodation options. Here are some of the things you should look for in a vacation rental.

Available facilities.
Before choosing a vacation rental, it is important to find out if there are amenities to suit your needs. Is there a parking lot? How many rooms are there? Is there Wi-Fi? What are the housekeeping options? If you are vacationing with your family, number of rooms is an important factor and also the car rental options. It should also be clean with a well-kept compound. The rustic Colorado cabin rental is the best for a quiet secluded place with amazing scenery where one can enjoy ample family time or for a romantic getaway.

Price and payment options.
Colorado vacation rentals are usually budget friendly compared to other alternatives. They are an economic, self-sufficient option for a long vacation especially with family. If you are vacationing on a budget, you should consider a home that is within your price range. It should be in tandem with the amount of money you are willing to spend on accommodation within the timeframe you are there, and still leave enough money to spend during the vacation. It is also important to check put the payment options to see if you are comfortable with them.

Proximity to actual vacation spot.
It makes no sense going for a vacation home that is cheaper yet farther from the actual vacation spot as you would end up paying more on transport. If the vacation includes skiing and other activities in the Rocky Mountains, it is only economical for you to go for the Breckenridge cabins. Location is an important factor as one should go for a rental home that is not only close to the vacation spot, but also important amenities like the grocery store.

Safety and privacy.
Security is key when renting a vacation home. It is impossible to enjoy the vacation if you are constantly worrying of break-ins form people or animals. Part of being on vacation is being able to relax with minimal worries and security is paramount. Privacy is also important. You need a vacation home where there is little or no interference from the neighbors. While it is important to socialize, your privacy should be respected. The vacation rental should conform to your preferred degree of privacy and security.

Housekeeping options and property managers.
The perfect vacation home is a clean one. To add on to the relaxation, it’s is important to have help in keeping the house and compound clean. Vacationing in Colorado mountain area includes exciting outdoors activities that may leave you exhausted. This means you may not have time to do the actual clean up yourself. Go for the Colorado vacation rental that includes a housekeeper to clean and cook, and a property manager to look after the compound.

Other factors to consider are the reviews and the policies of the vacation rental. If the rental has positive reviews, there are higher chances that you will have a great time. Most people think that vacationing is only great based on the locations you visit, but accommodation has a lot to do with your experience. A beautiful vacation rental like the rustic Colorado cabin rental or Breckenridge cabins makes the vacation more exotic. Make your vacation in Colorado more memorable with the above tips by renting a perfect vacation rental home.  Find your perfect Colorado Vacation Home at www.covacationhomes.com today!

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Rustic Cabins in Colorado

Travel - September 30, 2018

How enjoyable would it be to vacationing in a rustic cabin in Colorado?  There are many different types of cabins to choose from when looking for a vacation rental some could even be perched in a tree.  Do you have dreams of living off the grid in a small tiny cabin in Colorado this just something really great about getting back to the basics being in the wilderness residing in the cabin far away from life as we know it.  I’ll share personal experience staying in rustic log cabin I was looking for a cabin with an open fireplace in Breckenridge for a long weekend and there’s not many that offer an open fireplace.  We found our rustic cabin and booked it right away on Colorado vacation homes the first time there was no Internet which was great to finally be off of electronics it was hard for the kids but we loved it and we really thought the cabins were great the brook and chairs by the fire pit outside where you don’t hear the road all you hear is the water from the stream it was so different and so wonderful when we stayed at a cabin in Breckenridge we go every February as sole of sitting in the hot tub and watching the snowflakes fall and melt on the hot tub water it’s so peaceful and serene .  First debate about log cabins designed by roman architects to be constructed with logs and in fact it’s defined by a dwelling constructed of logs especially less finished were architecturally sophisticated structure log cabins have an ancient history in Europe and in America are often associated with first generation home building by settlers.  According to Wikipedia 

Log cabins were built from logs laid horizontally and interlocked on the ends with notches (British English cog joints). Some log cabins were built without notches and simply nailed together, but this was not as structurally sound. Modern building methods allow this shortcut.

Details of cabin corner joint with squared off logs

The most important aspect of cabin building is the site upon which the cabin was built. Site selection was aimed at providing the cabin inhabitants with both sunlight and drainage to make them better able to cope with the rigors of frontier life. Proper site selection placed the home in a location best suited to manage the farm or ranch. When the first pioneers built cabins, they were able to “cherry pick” the best logs for cabins. These were old-growth trees with few limbs (knots) and straight with little taper. Such logs did not need to be hewn to fit well together. Careful notching minimized the size of the gap between the logs and reduced the amount of chinking (sticks or rocks) or daubing (mud) needed to fill the gap. The length of one log was generally the length of one wall, although this was not a limitation for most good cabin builders.

Decisions had to be made about the type of cabin. Styles varied greatly from one part of the US to another: the size of the cabin, the number of stories, type of roof, the orientation of doors and windows all needed to be taken into account when the cabin was designed. In addition, the source of the logs, the source of stone and available labor, either human or animal, had to be considered. If timber sources were further away from the site, the cabin size might be limited.

Cabin corners were often set on large stones; if the cabin was large, other stones were used at other points along the sill (bottom log). Since they were usually cut into the sill, thresholds were supported with rock as well. These stones are found below the corners of many 18th-century cabins as they are restored. Cabins were set on foundations to keep them out of damp soil but also to allow for storage or basements to be constructed below the cabin. Cabins with earth floors had no need for foundations.

Log cabin in Minnesota

Cabins were constructed using a variety of notches. Notches can vary within ethnic groups as well as between them. Notches often varied on a single building, so their styles were not conclusive. One method common in the Ohio River Valley in southwestern Ohio and southeastern Indiana is the Block House End Method an example of this is found in the David Brown House.

Some older buildings in the United States Midwest and the Canadian Prairies are log structures covered with clapboards or other materials. Nineteenth-century cabins used as dwellings were occasionally plastered on the interior. The O’Farrell Cabin (ca. 1865) in Boise, Idaho had backed wallpaper used over newspaper. The C.C.A. Christenson Cabin in Ephraim, Utah (ca. 1880) was plastered over willow lath.

Log cabins reached their peak of complexity and elaboration with the Adirondack-style cabins of the mid-19th century. This style was the inspiration for many United States Park Service lodges built at the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th century. Log cabin building never died out or fell out of favor. It was surpassed by the needs of a growing urban United States. During the 1930s and the Great Depression, the Roosevelt Administration directed the Civilian Conservation Corps to build log lodges throughout the west for use by the Forest Service and the National Park ServiceTimberline Lodge on Mount Hood in Oregon was such a log structure, and it was dedicated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

In 1930, the world’s largest log cabin was constructed at a private resort in Montebello, Quebec, Canada. Often described as a “log château”, it serves as the Château Montebello hotel.

The modern version of a log cabin is the log home, which is a house built usually from milled logs. The logs are visible on the exterior and sometimes interior of the house. These cabins are mass manufactured, traditionally in Scandinavian countries and increasingly in eastern Europe. Squared milled logs are precut for easy assembly. Log homes are popular in rural areas, and even in some suburban locations. In many resort communities in the United States West, homes of log and stone measuring over 3,000 sq ft (280 m2) are not uncommon. These “kit” log homes are one of the largest consumers of logs in the Western United States.

In the United States, log homes have embodied a traditional approach to home building; one that has resonated throughout American history. It is especially interesting to discover that, in today’s world, log homes represent a technology that allows a home to be built with a high degree of sustainability. In fact, log homes are frequently considered to be on the leading edge of the green building movement.

Crib barns were a popular type of barn found throughout the U.S. south and southeast regions. Crib barns were especially ubiquitous in the Appalachian and Ozark Mountain states of North Carolina, Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee and Arkansas.

In Europe, modern log cabins are often built in gardens and used as summerhouses, home offices or as an additional room in the garden. Summer houses and cottages are often built from logs in northern Europe.

Chinking refers to a broad range of mortar or other infill materials used between the logs in the construction of log cabins and other log-walled structures. Traditionally, dried mosses, such as Pleurozium schreberi or Hylocomium splendens, were used in the Nordic countries as an insulator between logs. In the United States, Chinks were small stones or wood or corn cobs stuffed between the logs.  To find your perfect Colorado cabin Breckenridge cabins Aspin cabins at steamboat cabins search our various vacation homes listed here at Colorado vacation homes.

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Breckenridge Ski Resort about a month out from making snow

Travel - September 19, 2018

Eli Pace, Summit Daily – Breckenridge Ski Resort is only 35 days away from starting to make snow for the 2018-19 ski season, according to a resort official.

Updating Breckenridge Town Council about what’s happening at Breckenridge Ski Resort, vice president and chief operating officer John Buhler expressed his excitement for the upcoming season starting in mid-November, saying on Tuesday the resort is only 38 days away from beginning this year’s snowmaking activities.

“So I guess most of you saw that it snowed not too long ago up top, up high, yeah?” Buhler asked to prime the discussion.

The resort just added 55 new low-energy snowmaking guns on Peak 9, he added, and they’re rearing “to get that thing fired up and going.”

Epic seasons passes are now on sale for $929. For that price, skiers and snowboarders will get access to 65 resorts, including four new ones for the 2018-19 season — Okemo, Vermont; Mount Sunapee, New Hampshire; Stevens Pass, Washington; and Crested Butte.

For a little less money, winter enthusiasts have the options of picking up the Epic Local Pass, currently $689 for adults, and the Summit Local Pass, currently $569 for adults. For more, go to Breckenridge.com.

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Where should I list my Colorado Vacation Rental

Travel - September 4, 2018

The question that first comes to mind after purchasing your dream vacation home.  Where to list it!  There are so many options.  Fees are rising on many Booking sites out there just take a look at how the top three compare.

Guest FeesHost FeesListing Fees
AirbnbGuests pay a booking fee of 6-12%, depending on the total of the reservation amountAirbnb hosts pay 3% of the total booking to AirbnbListing a property on Airbnb is free
TripAdvisorGuests pay a booking fee of 5-15%, depending on the total cost of the rentalFlipKey hosts can either list for free and pay FlipKey 3%.FlipKey hosts can either list for free and pay 3% per booking.
HomeAwayGuests pay a booking fee of 4-10%, but the fee is capped at $499HomeAway hosts can choose to either pay an annual subscription fee or an 8% pay-per-booking fee (this is 10% if you are overseas.)Hosts pay an annual subscription fee of $349 if the property has online booking and $499 if it does not.

Why book a vacation rental? A vacation rental offers you the space, privacy, and amenities of home – all for a fraction of the cost of a traditional hotel. If you’re coming with a large group, booking one house for everyone saves hundreds of dollars over a block of hotel rooms.  You can also choose from a variety of differently styled homes. Looking for waterfront vacation rentals by owner? We’ve got them. Hoping for more of a luxury villa vibe? We have that, too. If you want to be in a downtown, high rise apartment building near a sports stadium, we can accommodate. The size of the property and its location is up to you. Many of our condo rentals are located in the mountains and in quiet areas. Other rentals even come with high end amenities like a home theater, private hot tub, patio with grill, or in home chef. Your vacation also would not be complete without the Wifi, flat screen TVs, in-ground pools, and game rooms offered by many rentals. Some of our Colorado Vacation rentals are also pet-friendly, so bring along all your family members (even the ones with four legs) to relax beachfront.  Need more benefits? How about the fact that each house rental contains a kitchen, meaning you can save money on self-cooked meals at home, rather than expensive dining out. You’ll also have more flexibility with your length of stay. If you’re looking for an extended trip, many rentals accommodate long term stays of a month or more. 

Why book on COVacationHomes.com? We offer the highest quality Colorado vacation homes in the most popular locations. You can trust that the properties listed are as advertised.  We also allow travelers to connect directly with owners, removing communication restrictions normally placed on rental sites.  We also charge NO service or booking fees – which saves you 20% over other rental websites.  Lastly, our team consists of rental industry experts, and we take pride in providing the best customer service to our users.  We hope you enjoy shopping around our site and finding the ideal vacation rentals in Colorado!

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Welcome to Colorful Colorado

Travel - August 30, 2018

Fall is the best time of year to visit Colorado.  Story courtesy of denver.org.

Denver has one of the longest periods of fall colors of any city in the country. That’s because there are five different climate zones within a two-hour drive of downtown Denver. Pick your elevation and you can find yourself at the height of fall colors from mid-September to mid-November. Starting in mid-September, expect to see aspens turning gold at elevations from 8,000 to 10,000 above sea level. Later in the season in October to mid-November, you can see spectacular color down in the foothills and along the plains in Denver.

Here’s a guide of where and when to go:

MID-SEPTEMBER TO EARLY OCTOBER ABOVE 9,500 FEET

• Guanella Pass, located just one hour from Denver, climbs to 11,670 feet and has many high aspen groves on both sides of the pass. There are aspen groves at all elevations along the trail, offering a good chance of seeing color somewhere on the mountainsides.

• Rocky Mountain National Park, about one hour and thirty minutes from Denver, has many groves of high aspens around Bear Lake. There are also many high aspen groves on the way to the park on the scenic Peak to Peak Byway (Colorado Hwy. 72 and 7) from Black Hawk to Estes Park.

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