Summer Journal: Vacation Home; As nice as home, if not nicer.

Summer Vacation Home: Make it Just Like Home.

I love to share my personal experience with my friends, especially when I have had a great one. So here is my tidbit for the day: Your vacation rental should be just that, a vacation. It really should be a getaway and an indulgence if you can afford it. At minimum it should be as nice as home. At best it should be BETTER.

One thing I have learned over the years, whether traveling with kids and an entourage of family, or alone, one thing rings true: Don’t skimp on the place where you lay your head. We all love a good deal. That’s fine for airfares and dining out, but when considering a vacation rental be cautious. Go with a credible leasing company. Should you have any issues, they will be your new best friend upon arrival. Check out other properties that they represent and READ those online reviews.

Once you have your destination, selected finding a great vacation rental is really as close as your computer. Sites like and have thousands of listing in hundreds of great vacation spots. Look, look and look some more. Once you have a neighborhood selected Google earth can be a great help in checking out the surrounding neighborhood. Find a great house in a great neighborhood with a great location, and you are assured a wonderful family experience.

We spent a week recently in a lovely part of the Florida panhandle adjacent to Seaside, FL called Seagrove Beach in South Walton. Seaside is renowned for it’s spectacular beaches and close-to-perfect architecture and feel, which was made famous by the movie “The Truman Show” when filmed on location there in the 90’s. Just next door, Seagrove Beach was great fit for the whole darn family. Great beaches, of course, but great restaurants, shopping, spas and TONS of kids activities made it a destination we always want to go back to. So, perfect location: check. Next, perfect vacation rental.


In our family, common space is very important. Kitchens must rock, baths and bedrooms should be well equipped, appointed and maintained. Spending a week away in a lovely location, paired with an even lovelier home is so “live pretty.” Our close-to-perfect home was in Summer’s Edge.

The was a wonderful vacation home, and I say home, because it really felt like home. We quickly unpacked and made it ours.

The downstairs was wide open and easily accommodated all 10 of us.

The Dining and kitchen space was so welcoming and just what our crew needed to comfortably enjoy a week away in style.

Memories that last a lifetime and a beach rental that really felt like home. Well worth the effort.

Interested in this home called Sunshine Daydream, check out this profile and enjoy this great vacation home for yourself.


Elizabeth Montgomery James

After living in California for several years, Beth and her husband, Rod, relocated to Florida, to live, work, and play. They have two adorable daughters, and Beth is very involved with her children’s schools as a parent volunteer, Daisy troupe, and other community organizations such as the Junior League. Beth enjoys crafts, yoga and fitness, as well as a nice glass of Chardonnay. Beth is a graphic designer who has worked on national and international ad campaigns for top consumer brands, and now brings her talents to a variety of projects in and around Central Florida. In addition for bringing classic elegance to everything she touches, Beth has a natural talent for making everything pretty, from kids’ birthday parties to her garden.

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One Response to “Summer Journal: Vacation Home; As nice as home, if not nicer.”

  1. Roseddy — October 25, 2011 @ 10:47 am (#

    When can we go back?


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