| Aug 12, 2014
With all the travel writers urging "rent early," you might think that "last-minute vacation rentals" is an oxymoron. Fortunately, it isn't. A newly launched British website, snaptrip.com, focuses on last-minute vacation rentals, and the industry giants...
| Aug 15, 2014
| 7:31 PM
Sarah Butler crammed garbage bags packed with laundry into her old Volkswagen van on her weekly run "over the hill" to Mill Valley.
Some of the 630 or so permanent residents of this Marin County town have recently begun to make this trek, thanks to...
| Aug 5, 2014
| 3:13 PM
Osceola County, often overshadowed by Orlando's global image as a vacation destination, is trying to stake out a patch of supremacy in Central Florida's crowded tourism landscape.
Citing its huge inventory of vacation properties for rent, it's...
| Sep 16, 2014
| 2:38 PM
A group of Newport Beach area residents got a firsthand look at Hurricane Odile, one of the strongest storms to strike the Baja California peninsula, as it tore through their vacation rental in Cabo San Lucas. Friends and family members are now trying...
| Jan 4, 2014
| 4:09 PM
The party is over for “party central.”
The owner of a roughly 4,000-square-foot Glendale home advertised as “party central” on Airbnb.com, an online vacation rental platform, has agreed to stop renting the house specifically for...
| Jan 7, 2014
When is the best time to visit a destination? When is the best time to buy air tickets? What is the best way to arrange hotel accommodations? What's the most reliable way to arrange a vacation rental? Although I cover a bunch of topics over the course...
| Jan 26, 2014
| 5:00 AM
It's one thing to manage a rental house when it's nearby. But it's another process entirely when the rental is in a distant vacation retreat. Unfortunately, many second-home buyers find that out the hard way.
According to a survey by HomeAway, an online...
| May 3, 2014
| 6:38 PM
The Watchdog is still in vacation mode. I just got back from a family trip to Florida. We had a blast.
This is the time of year when your mind may be on vacations, too. If you're looking ahead to a lazy summer trip, don't relax too much because...
| Jun 17, 2014
| 5:17 PM
The Huntington Beach City Council voted unanimously Monday to have staff look into the feasibility of legalizing and regulating short-term vacation rentals, which are illegal in the city.
Mayor Pro Tem Joe Shaw brought the item to the dais with the...
| Feb 25, 2014
| 1:33 PM
Say you are a large group of vacation-seekers. Your ages span from toddler to senior. Your interests range from walking to golfing to biking to reading to sitting on a patio fringed with pine trees and enjoying a nice glass of pinot noir.
Party of 20,...
| Jun 9, 2014
| 8:20 AM
A Northern California teen faces criminal charges connected with using stolen credit cards to rent a $240,000 sports car and a $12 million vacation home, authorities said.
Mohannad Halaweh, 19, of Rohnert Park, was scheduled to appear in court Monday on...