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Cabins, Resorts and Lodges launched on July 4th!

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Cabins, Resorts and Lodges launched their new website on July 4th. Key features include booking calendars, featured and highlighted properties, multiclustered maps and much more. One of the main aspects that owners wanted to provide in this new site is the ability to expand to international market. The new Cabins, Resorts and Lodges does that and so much more. Multiple languages and currencies,  Integrated Content Management, newsletter publishing and owner management systems provide all the functionality that is needed to expand in all markets.CRLhomepage

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July 7th, 2013 at 8:52 pm

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Planning a Cabin Vacation in Southern Colorado

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Southern Colorado has lots to offer and along the 160 you’ll find three towns, Pagosa Springs, Creede and South Fork that are launching points for a great vacation.

Pagosa Springs is just 30 minutes from the Continental Divide and Wolf Creek Ski Area. It’s surrounded by the San Juan National Forest and Southern Ute Indian lands. Many recreational activities are possible including; hiking, fishing, skiing, hunting, four wheel drives, snowmobiling and numerous scenic drives. I read that there are about 25 waterfalls in the area that you can hike to. Numerous Cabins and Bed & Breakfasts are available for lodging. In the area, you’ll find cabin rentals that are wildly private and wonderfully close, simple elegance with a country feel. Or even a Spa with 23 naturally hot mineral pools open to the public.

A main attraction of Creede is a large and beautiful waterfall nearby called “North Clear Creek Falls”, which they say is the most photographed waterfall in Colorado. Some of the most spectacular Scenic drives are found in the area including; the Bachelor Historic Tour that loops through Creedes historic silver mining district and ghost towns, Silver Thread Scenic Byway that weaves along spectacular river canyons and climbs over the Continental Divide. The main street is pedestrian friendly and has a host of galleries, restaurants, specialty shops, museums, and the nationally-acclaimed Creede Repertory Theatre.
Creede, Colorado offers great vacation house rental and home rental-by-owner deals for the knowledgeable traveler. No matter what budget or level of comfort you seek in your holiday to Creede, CO, there’s surely a great local vacation home rental available to meet your needs.

South Fork – Located at the junction of the famous Rio Grande River and its south fork where highway 160 & 149 meet in the center of town, you will find the beginning of the historic Silver Thread National Scenic Byway, a spectacular route that follows the winding Rio Grande to its headwaters in the San Juan Mountains. Initially developed as a community to service lumbering and mining, the town is now the center of a rapidly growing tourist and recreation area, making us your perfect “BASE CAMP” for a multitude of outdoor recreation and day trips to area points of interest.
In the Wolf Creek/South Fork area, the more popular vacation rental periods are Christmas and New Year break, Spring Break in March, the months of July and August, fall hunting seasons, and long weekends during Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and President’s Day.

These are just three of the many spots that you can find along a Highway 160 scenic byway road trip. There’s much more to see like the Great Sand Dunes, the therapeutic waters at Pagosa Hot Springs and much more.

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May 20th, 2013 at 11:51 pm

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Lodge, Cabin or Resort

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I was wondering today whether I really understood the terms cabin, resort and lodge. We use them fairly often when we are searching for a vacation home but sometimes their meanings can become blurred. This is even more so when you consider the understandings of those words of people in countries other than the U.S. So as I speak in this article I’ll focus on the view from a U.S. perspective.

Cabin is probably the most straight-forward to define. A small, roughly built house usually with a wood exterior and typically found in rural areas. That sounds pretty Webster! And that is what you sometimes find as a rental option. A roughly built house, sometimes with indoor plumbing sometimes without. Amenities may be sparse or abundant. It could be for just one or two people or it may provide lodging for 2 or 3 families. “Cabins” that are advertised on CabinQuest.US represent the full spectrum from very rustic to very metropolitan.. in a cabin sort of way.

A lodge takes on other meanings. While it still provides for “lodging”. It may be for many families or guests. They often are associated with a recreation of some sort such as skiing or hunting. They can provide a wide range of services from meals and dining halls to expert guides for experiencing the great outdoors. They can be seasonal in nature as they would be winter locations for skiing, fall for hunting and so on.

Then there are resorts. Resorts are usually a place used for relaxation or recreation. They can be a privately owned property or a place or town. A resort would be less “self-contained” than a lodge. They could have many activities that are associated with location. Take for instance a ski resort. You might find vendors and shops that sell items related to skiing. Spas and personal services that will easy the aches and pains of the wicked downhill fall! Nightlife activities such as special dinners and social events and so on. A seaside resort might offer snorkeling and diving shops, beach equipment rentals and dinners with sea food specials.

Resorts can offer Cabins and lodges as part of their offering so you can get the best of both worlds in some cases. You can have the privacy of a secluded cabin with all of the services of a full service resort just a few minutes away.

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May 18th, 2013 at 2:34 pm

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Hot Locations

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Last month is was all about Ohio, with Logan topping the chart. This month it looks like California is the most searched for location so far.

Hot Locations

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May 10th, 2013 at 5:09 am

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Spring Cleaning

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You would think that an article on spring cleaning or cabin maintenance would be the most appropriate for a beautiful day like today but that’s not what this is about.

CabinQuest.US has been going through some updates. Over the past couple of years we have been modifying our blue/orange color scheme and trying different things to make details stand out. We colored the comments and owner descriptions in certain patterns to make the eyes focus on them. After a while though it became too much. Somewhat like an over decorated living room or a yard with too many lawn ornaments.

So the most recent updates are focused on a them of “less is more”.  We’ve added some automation to the menu’s with jquery. deleted all of the old css and started fresh, adding back only the most basic styling. Staring with the Jquery theme roller to set the tone for the site and then using basic html elements like headers, bold and italics to keep the reading interesting.

We’ve updated the comment features and removed the ugly old “recaptcha” squiggly phrases with a much simpler image based user verification system.

In the process of all this we have de-activated the vacation property owner login and are redesigning those pages to match the consumer facing pages. Hopefully those will be ready soon. We’ll be adding a new logon and user management system that will include auto-logon from social media sites like facebook.

Standby for the updates theres more to come!

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May 9th, 2013 at 5:31 pm

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Maui Vacation Rental Association

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The Maui Vacation Rental Association provides information about current issues regarding single family Short Term Rental homes (STRH) and Bed & Breakfast homes (B&B) on the island of Maui, including details of the benefits they bring to Maui. MVRA is a non-profit trade association made up of property owners, rental booking agencies and members of the business community. Since 2001, MVRA has been working diligently with County government, the local community, and property owners to establish fair and effective regulations and licensing for vacation rentals.

Maui Vacation Rental Association

c/o PO Box 1359
Haiku, Maui
Hawaii
96708

Website: www.mvra.net

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March 16th, 2013 at 12:33 pm

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Florida Vacation Rental Managers Association

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FVRMA is a statewide association formed to meet the professional needs of those companies and professionals who rent and manage resort, vacation and other short-term rentals, enabling you to reap the benefits that come with a consolidated voice representing YOU and your fellow rental  managers on regulatory and other issues vital to survival in business.

Florida Vacation  Rental Managers Association, Inc.

Address:

222 S Westmonte Dr Ste 101 Altamonte Springs, Florida 32714

Call:

Phone: 407-774-7880 Fax: 407-774-6440

Email:

info@FVRMA.com

Website:

www.fvrma.org

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March 16th, 2013 at 12:24 pm

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Vacation Rental Association

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VRIA is a Not-for-Profit trade association started by of those who own, manage and operates vacation rentals. Whether called Vacation Rentals, Holiday Lets, Vacation Villas, Holiday Cottages, Gites, Holiday Homes, Self Catering or Country Cottages, all have been a trusted and preferred part of the lodging market for centuries. VRIA membership is open to property owners, managers, website publishers and other suppliers.

Vacation Rental Association

PO Box 21305
Seattle, WA 98111-3305
Voice: 866-925-7083
Fax: 888-628-0839

Website: www.vria.org

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March 16th, 2013 at 3:56 am

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Vacation Rental Managers Association

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Founded in 1985, the VRMA is the international, professional trade association of the vacation rental property management and hospitality industries. Headquartered in the United States, membership includes hundreds of professional vacation rental management companies and associate supplier members representing tens of thousands of vacation rentals, condos and villas. Current membership includes companies located in Europe, North America, Central America, the Caribbean, South America, and Australia.

Vacation Rental Managers Association

9100 Purdue Road, Suite 200
Indianapolis, IN 46268
USA
Ph: 317-454-8315
Fx: 317-454-8316

Website: www.vrma.com

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March 16th, 2013 at 3:54 am

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North Carolina Vacation Rental Managers Association

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NCVRMA, the North Carolina Vacation Rental Managers Association, is an association of management companies and their affiliates who specialize in vacation rental management. Our members come from all areas of the state – from the mountains to the coast – and represent a large portion of rental managers in North Carolina

The organization was formed to promote the vacation rental business in the state to the public as well as to professionals employed in the travel and related businesses. The organization educates its members in professional and efficient operations and engages in activities which support such operations as well as the good of the industry.

The North Carolina Vacation Rental Managers Association (NCVRMA) Annual Meeting
will follow the Eastern Seminar on Wednesday, April 24,  2013. For more information, visit www.NCVRMA.com.

Website: www.ncvrma.com

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March 16th, 2013 at 3:50 am

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