For many, a new year often brings with it notions of a clean slate. Keeping with that idea, Pantone recently announced their new Color of the Year for 2017, a fresh shade known simply as “Greenery”. Per the color experts at Pantone, the green hue is “symbolic of new beginnings”, something many are grateful for after a year like 2016.Read More
Vacations are often centered around the premise of amazing experiences: new tastes, unfamiliar surroundings and expanding our comfort zones. However, when it comes to accommodation, the same rules may not apply. Most travelers want a comfortable space that feels like a home away from home. That’s why many people may opt for a vacation rental over an alternative.Read More
New superhero movies are being released at lightning speeds, and when we’re sitting in the theater watching these films, it’s the gadgets and gizmos in the heroes’ high-tech houses that leave us drooling at the screen more than powers like telepathy or superhuman strength. Fortunately, we’ve got some great news for you: You don’t have to be a billionaire entrepreneur with a secret hobby of saving the world to achieve a house filled with cutting-edge technologies! These days, if you have a smartphone or computer at home, you can bring your house into the world of smart automation without spending a fortune. Here, we outline five smart gadgets that won’t require a blockbuster-sized budget to add to your home.Read More
By HomeAway's Travel Expert Melanie Fish
Here’s the one thing I learned on a trip to Hartford Connecticut: “Connecticutty” is an adjective, or at least I’m making it one.
I flew into Hartford for a business trip. I was traveling solo; it was a quick two-night stay, and I booked at the last minute. For those reasons, I turned to HomeAway’s sister site, BedandBreakfast.com, to see if I could find a place that would be convenient for my business needs but also make me happy to be in New England in December. BedandBreakfast.com lead me right to the Silas Robbins House in Wethersfield, five minutes outside of Hartford. Wow, wow, wow. The mansion looks like it was built as a Hallmark Channel Christmas movie set. The owners spent six years restoring the home from a burned-out shell, and it shows in the tin ceilings, Victorian wallpaper, and modern bathrooms. It is the most Connecticutty place in Connecticut I could have stayed, and I felt pure joy as I strolled out its heavy, wood front door into the cold on my walk to a cozy, delicious, Connecticutty restaurant called Lucky Lou’s down the road. See? No other adjective would work nearly as well.
Here’s the one thing I learned on a trip to Hot Springs, Arkansas: There’s a brewery in a national park. I found this out on a Thanksgiving week trip to see my Arkansas-dwelling in-laws. I booked two nights at a HomeAway on Lake Hamilton to break up the trip and explore Hot Springs National Park, which was actually set aside by the federal government in 1832 to preserve its use as an area for recreation, before the idea of national parks even existed.Read More
Samantha Ettus, bestselling author, stopped by HomeAway’s HQ for 60 seconds with HomeAway’s travel expert Melanie Fish. After a minute of questioning, HomeAway found Ettus her dream vacation home. Check it out here!Read More
Functionality, innovation and simplicity arguably are the cornerstones of Japanese design. In a country renowned for its interiors, careful management of these elements achieves designs that work in both function and form. More than that, design influences daily life in Japan, and creates customs for the home and how people live in it. How can we adopt the best elements of Japanese design without losing our own style? Here are eight simple rules that just might help.Read More
Winter is a great time for vacation homeowners, both in cold and warm locations. Like any other time of the year, anything can happen while your visitors are staying in town, but if you plan accordingly, you’ll have a stress-free few months before spring arrives. Use these tips to prep your vacation home for cooler climates and brush up on best practices and ways to save, no matter where the home is located.Read More