Summer is here and for me summer means beach! I grew up in Lima, Peru with gorgeous beaches 30 minutes from home. I have so many great memories about it and I thought that whenever you are planning your family getaway, your annual vacation or to celebrate a special milestone, you should check this lovely vacation home.
When you book this property, you are also helping others in need while you are vacationing. I just absolutely love that about this place!
Here come the comments made by Mary Liechty, owner of this property:
“We wanted to purchase a vacation home because we have been going to Siesta Key for more than 20 years. We decided that besides talking to a realtor we should also talk to a local rental agency. "What are the first things people ask you when they want to rent a home on Siesta Key?" "How far is it from the beach?" "How many bedrooms does it have?" "How much does it cost?"
After we heard what people most desire we decided to buy the biggest condo that was closest to the water. So our three bedroom, three bathroom condo meets all the requirements for what people look for on this often rated #1 beach in the United States. Then we decked it out with the most wonderful "coastal living" decor we could imagine. We even added some unique art projects to help the space pop. Crescent 502
Our condo community, The Crescent, is wonderfully small, but boasts two pools and a sleepy atmosphere to match the "Siesta" environment of Siesta Key. There is a little village on the north side of the island but even that is laid back and rarely gets too busy, except for a bit of night life. Sparkly clean beach, powder sugar white sand and an extremely lovely view make this a great location to either rent or own. Besides all the beach activities you might like to indulge in are the other fun Florida things that might entice you during your stay. Visit the everglades in an airboat, just a short drive away. Enjoy swimming with manatees. Go shopping on the famous St. Armand's Circle. Walk through the spectacular John & Mabel Ringling art museum and mansion, Ca'd'zan. You can even enjoy tons of great meals in the wonderful assortment of restaurants in the Sarasota area. Don't miss the Amish Restaurant called Yoder's. Their pies are to die for.
Owning a condo on the beach has some perks, I mean you can go to the beach whenever it isn't rented. You can take family and friends and enjoy a lovely shared time. It also has some responsibilities. Of course, there is upkeep, maintenance and you have to pay an agent or a leasing site if you want to rent it out. We decided that we would rent our condo and set it up to be a business from the beginning. We figured it would be great to have other people make our mortgage payment for us. However, one of the things we have had the most fun with is donating our condo to our favorite charity and watching people give more money to them than we could ever collect as rent. That is very satisfying.
If you wish to visit the beach check out Crescent 502. If you want to buy a vacation home find out where people want to be, and then buy that. It has been a fun and profitable investment for us”
This article was provided by Mary Liechty
If you are planning a family reunion or some special milestone celebration and are looking for the option of vacation home, my friend Mary Liechty, has a beautiful property for your family to enjoy!
This is what Mary has to say about it:
“We live in Texas. We know hot!
Therefore, years ago my husband and his brother bought a home together in the mountains so that we could escape. The brothers are very close and we both have good sized families. We wanted something that would hold everyone. Well, it did at least before all the kids started having our grandchildren. We decided that being a little outside the busy town atmosphere of Breckenridge suited us just right so our six-bedroom, seven-bathroom house is just south of town on the border with Blue River, Colorado. We love the view from the balcony overlooking the summit.
Right from the start we knew we wanted to rent our lovely home and set it up to be a business that we could also enjoy ourselves. We used a popular listing agency everyone has heard of. It has been quite successful. When you want to take a vacation, you expect to pay a certain amount of money for the rooms you will stay in. You also expect to go out to eat for every meal. When you rent a home, this is not the case. They are often the same price as your accommodations alone. You could shop and buy either limited food for a quick breakfast or even more to provide several meals and eat out less. It almost doesn't matter what you end up spending for your groceries - it is never as much as would be spent to go out to eat all those meals. Then there are the living areas, the media rooms, pool tables and maybe even some outside amenities like a hot tub or a pool. Not many hotels can let you spread out and relax like a house can.
The location for a vacation home is quite important and Breckenridge is a great town. It has so much to offer no matter what season of the year you want to go. In the winter, of course there is amazing skiing and snowboarding because Breck has a terrain park and one of the biggest ski areas around. You can also sled, snowmobile, dog sled and even do some ice-skating at the arena on the south side of town. In the summer a whole new list of things is available from hiking or mountain climbing (several 14ers are quite close to Breck), to white water rafting, mountain biking, or horseback riding. The town plans so many activities during the year - parades, international ice-sculpture, art shows, music festivals...the list could go on. The lovely Blue River runs right through the heart of Breckenridge and you are never out of sight of the majestic mountains that tower over everything.
Although there are multiplied thousands of homes available for rent in Breckenridge or other locations, you probably won't blame me if I shamelessly promote our lovely mountain home. You can visit 36 Wagon Road LLC anytime there is availability. You can see many lovely pictures of the inside of our home on this site and check the calendar to see if the dates your group would like are open. If you have been thinking about renting a vacation home I encourage you to take the plunge. Most of the owners are very nice folks and I'm sure your group will have a great time.”
Here is her Facebook page where you can contact her for more information
This article was provided by Mary Liechty from 36 Wagon Road LLC.
Planning Your Child’s Trip
As you prepare for the trip make sure to:
This graphic is courtesy of Melisssa from Rockwall Dodge. You can find out more about their service at https://www.rockwalldodge.com
In April, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) introduced a new rule for screening carry-on baggage.
The new rule is that you now must remove all electronics bigger than a cell phone (more than 4 inches by 6 inches) from your baggage and place them in their own bin for X-ray screening. This includes:
· Handheld game consoles
· DVD players
· Cameras and battery-powered accessories
· Video projectors
Laptops still need to be removed from your bag, too.
TSA may also ask you to remove any food or powders from your carry-on to help with the bag check process, so you and your clients should be ready to do so just in case they ask. VAX pro tip: if you're bringing M&Ms, those should definitely be removed since TSA told our VAX insider that they'll be flagged for inspection every time.
The new screening procedures were tested on 10 select airports before being rolled out nationwide, so you and your clients may have already encountered them if you’ve traveled through these airports:
· Boise Airport (BOI)
· Colorado Springs Airport (COS)
· Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW)
· Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)
· Logan International Airport (BOS)
· Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
· Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport (LBB)
· Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU)
· McCarran International Airport (LAS)
· Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)
And now everyone gets to enjoy it! Except for those lucky TSA Pre Check people – this new rule doesn’t apply to them.
This article was published by Vax Vacation Access on my travel agent portal and I though is important to share it here in my blog too.
I was privileged to meet Nicole Nanyes, Manager and Vicky Whitney, the Assistant Manager from The Springs Event and Weddings Venue in Terrell, TX during my visit to their venue.
Driving there, even though it is very close to my city of Rockwall, I had the feeling I was far away from the city, deep in the country; it was very nice scenery along the way. I can imagine that for a bride it would be a relaxing and beautiful way to start their wedding.
Here you will see the pictures of Poetry Hall Event and Weddings Venue
Their first building was opened several years ago, and is called Poetry Hall, it is a venue that accommodates up to 320 guests, and has also a dressing suite for the bride and the groom. It is a building that has the Texas country side style, mixing sterling white limestone and dozens of gorgeous architectural elements.
This location offers a gazebo for outdoor wedding ceremonies and a bridge with water running underneath from a small natural creek, great location for pictures!
On this property they have two venues for weddings, their last addition opened this past October 2017, and is called the Rockwall Manor, a beautiful white house that resembles an old farm house.
It is all white inside and out, has a nice touch of lights, fireplace and stairs where the bride can make their grand entrance to her wedding.
Of course, it has a suite for the bride and her friends to get ready and a suite for the groom too.
What I loved the most was the white gazebo surrounded by a beautiful pond on one side and trees in the back. To get there you cross a bridge with a small cascade of water running that just adds the perfect touch to the place.
This venue is perfect for a small and intimate wedding, away from the sounds and stress of the city.
Whether you book the Rockwall Manor or Poetry Hall venue you will receive the following amenities:
All in all the place is magical, relaxing and brings you to a place of serenity and natural beauty.
I have to mention that The Springs has venues in Denton, Mckinney, Weatherford, Houston and Oklahoma.
Nicole and Vicky are very sweet ladies that will do their best to meet the needs of the bride and groom, you can feel how much they love what they do and more than that how much they love their brides.
Certainly, when you are looking for a venue for your wedding it is important to have a lovely location but more importantly to have someone in your corner to help you make your day memorable. Here you will have it all in one package!
Definitely after having been there in such a tranquil and lovely place, I wanted to get married all over again!
Some years ago, I met this lovely lady who was so open and ready to help other women at Rockwall Women in Business; years later I had the opportunity to learn more about her and what she does, and she kept doing things to help me with my business.
She has impressed me deeply by her caring and unselfish actions as a business woman, her work as floral designer impressed me even more!! She is so detail oriented, loves what she does, and you can’t be around her and not feel inspired by her creativity!
Domonie had her Grand Opening of her new location for Wild Rose Events & Floral Design store on February 5th, 2018. It was nice to be with her on that day and be able to see firsthand her new location and all the great things that she will be offering there.
Here is my interview with her:
1.- When did you start your business?
I started this business 5 years ago on November, I started it because I love floral, I owned a business like this in the past and I got tired of working for other people, so I thought I can do it better, for brides that appreciate my work more than my employers did.
2.-Why did you choose to become a florist?
Well it is kind of a weird story, my husband, well then boyfriend wanted me to get a regular hourly paying job instead of doing a freelance graphic design that I was doing; so, I applied for a florist job that didn't require any experience. I think I did it long enough to get it off my back and here we are 20 years later and is so challenging and has so many components that still excite me to this day.
3.-What is the trend on wedding florals for 2018?
Usually, we find that this area of the country is a couple of years behind other areas, so the Boho trend is continuing which is more messy looking, lots of greenery, lots of texture. The color predicted for this year is lavender, but we won’t see a lot of that for another year or two. We still are seen a lot of blush and burgundy type tones right now but we will be seen the lavender tones and the dusty blue tones picking up.
4.-What is the average cost of the wedding flowers?
Well, it really can vary quite a bit. Right now in Texas, the average wedding is running around $29,000 dollars. Usually between 10 to 20% is spent on flowers, we find currently that our brides average budget on floral and décor is around $2500 to $3000 dollars.
5.- Do you have any recommendations to help the bride to get the most of the floral for her investment?
Sure. Number one find a florist who respects your opinion and respects your budget. If they are saying that you would have to pay a minimum amount or they won’t even talk to you, look for someone else. We price according to exactly what is in your order, we have a lot of flexibility without minimums and it just calls for getting creative using more greenery, using less expensive flowers; it can still get you a beautiful look and whole look without having to break a bank. So find a floral that you can really trust and give them the chance to make some suggestions and really listen to those suggestions.
6.-What do you have to offer to families that are celebrating a special occasions like sweet sixteen, graduations, milestone birthdays and so on?
We can help with any of those. The sweet sixteen are actually very much like a wedding so we do a lot of the same kind of discussions and ideas and have a lot of décor rentals that can be used for that. For the other items like just a birthday and stuff like that, we offer a delivery of a flower arrangement or gift item on that day for them, kind of most regular floral deliveries are.
7.- Is there anything else that you would like to say?
We also offer some other services and some unique things. We offer wedding coordination, linen rentals, we now are offering an off the rack location for Providence Bridal so we have a lot of gowns at a very good value price, beautiful gowns ready to go right out of the store in addition for getting a lot more creative for a father-daughter dance, quinceanera, whatever. We are offering brooches, bouquets, paper bouquets, boutonnieres and corsages made out of unique items. We had lapel pins made out of shotgun shells; we just really like to get creative.
8.- I have noticed that you are offering a floral arrangement class, can you tell us more about that?
We call it Wild Floral Design and we teach a different skill set each month and we tried to build a little bit in what you have done in the other months, but if you haven't been before you will catch pretty quickly. So for upcoming, we have a class for doing a basket arrangement, for doing a flower crown, for doing a succulent garden. Earlier this year we did a tropical design. We have every body’s favorite every year which is the Ikebana design coming up as well. We try to create a lot of unique things and then we don’t do cookie cutter designs, everybody's design is going to be different because they get to choose their own product and often their own container, so that you are not competing on how well your neighbor does, you are learning how to do the techniques needed to make the design and make yours special and something you are excited to take home.
These classes are at our studio at 616 East Lamar Street in Royce City.It is $50 dollars for the class and we usually have some snacks and drinks and some great conversation.
Runs from 7 to 9 pm on Tuesday night once a month. The dates vary.
This is a vendor that I highly recommend to the brides and any family celebrating a special occasion.
Here is Domonie's information:
Wild Rose Events & Floral Design
Address: 616 East Lamar St. Royse City TX 75189
TSA Pre Check is a program that gives travelers leaving from the U.S. access to an expedited security screening program at the airport. U.S. citizens and lawful permanent U.S. residents can apply for the program and go through a screening process in order to become a “trusted traveler.”
Perks of TSA Pre Check
Anything to make your airport experience better is worth it, right? And probably one of the least enjoyable parts of air travel is the security process. TSA Pre Check pretty much eliminates that less-than-desirable part by giving trusted travelers these perks:
The Pre Check ProcessIt’s really not that bad – just three steps.
After an applicant is approved as a trusted traveler with TSA, they’ll get a Known Traveler Number (KTN) in the mail within two to three weeks.
Resource: Article courtesy of Vax Vacation Access
Based on the information provided to me by my host agency, KHM Travel Group and my experience booking my customers trips I will say:
Winter Months: From December 21 to March 19th 2018
If you don’t mind the cold weather this is the best time price wise to go to Europe and South America. In Europe it will be winter like here but in South America it is Summer and you can enjoy their beautiful beaches.
All the Caribbean will have great discounts during these months, some resorts offer 40%, 50% sometimes even more when running a promotion.
Best value weeks for winter travel:
Spring Months: From March 20th to June 20th 2018
During the Spring months you can still have a very good value for your investment since you will be travelling before the peak season, that time here in America is all summer.
Europe and South America start their peak season in these months, to take advantage of the extra perks and good prices, make sure you book your trip at least 6 months prior to your trip.
Cruises offer great promotions, so it is probably the best time to go on one.
During this Spring Break there will be many promotions for the Caribbean but to take advantage, look for them around November or December to get the best value for your investment.
Summer months: From June 21st to September 21st
This is the busiest time of the year for travel. Book your family vacation at the end of December no later than February to make sure that you take advantage of the early bird discounts, kids stay free promotions and so on.
Peak travel: All summer
Best value weeks:
Fall months: From September 22nd to December 21st
After the summer peak season, hotels will have wonderful discounts and extra perks during this time, for me in particular is the best time of the year to take vacations with your friends and loved ones.
Best value weeks
Hurricane season June 1- November 30
Peak Season Calendar in Travel Agent Portal. Khm Consulting Inc.
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