Discover the USA with Holiday-Rentals.co.uk: 36,000+ American rentals added Friday 5 September 2008 PDF Print Take advantage of the weak dollar and live your very own American dream! With the weak dollar, there’s never been a better time to discover America, and now it’s easy to find your perfect HomeAway from home © in the USA as Holiday-Rentals.co.uk adds over 36,000 properties from its US sister site. So whether it’s in a New York City apartment, a beachfront condo, a mountain-side cabin, or on a ranch, you can now live your very own American dream! In addition to the favourable exchange rate, the price of flights across the pond is also set to come down thanks to the ‘Open Skies’ pact, which came in to effect at the end of March and has freed up restrictions on routes between the US and the UK, providing more choice and better prices for British travellers. Here, Holiday-Rentals.co.uk highlights just ten of the fabulous new destinations and properties available on the website, as well as the price of food, drink and key tourist attractions and activities. With properties from as little as £100 per person per week, and a whole host of amazing and free activities, there is something for every taste and budget. Visit www.holiday-rentals.co.uk/discoverusa to explore these and more American holiday homes. Eating in One of the great benefits of a ‘vacation rental’ is that you can save money by eating some meals at home. This doesn’t mean Mum needs to cook every night (particularly as most American properties have dishwashers!). Just stock up on breakfast and lunch basics to save cash for some flash dinners out. 12-pack of bagels: $8.45 Bread (1 loaf): $3.29 Cream cheese (1pack): $3.29 Ham (1 pack sliced): $3.00 Pack of cornflakes: $2.49 Cheese (1 pack sliced): $4.59 Milk (1 gallon): $3.59 Brownie mix (box): $3.29 ‘OJ’ (64 fl. Oz): $3.99 Apples (1lb): $1.25 Coffee (1lb): $3.31 Bananas (1lb): $0.63 Mineral water (9fl.Oz): $0.80 Coke (2 Litres): $1.32 TOTAL: $43.29 / £22.54 Source: research by HomeAway Eating out In the good old US of A, you get much more bang for your buck when eating out and the portions are usually more than generous! Average restaurant rates: Low: $3-10 per person Mid: $10-15 per person High: $15-20 per person Deluxe: $20+ per person TIPPING: Tipping is expected in cafés and restaurants. The going rate in restaurants is 15% or more of the bill, but you don’t need to tip in a fast-food or self-service environment. Source: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/worldguide/usa/money-and-costs#P... Top 10 destinations, properties & activities: Thanks to the huge diversity of its landscape and States, America truly offers something for everyone and as Americans are world-renowned for their hospitality, you can be sure of a warm welcome wherever you go. From the glitz and glamour of its famous cities, to long, sparkling coastlines and dramatic natural landscapes including mountains, deserts, rivers and lakes, no matter what sort of holiday you’re looking for, you’ll find it in the U.S.A. Here are Holiday-Rentals.co.uk’s top ten picks: CULTURE: Washington, D.C. STAY: Property 178410 – Historic Row House in the heart of D.C. 2 BEDROOM HOUSE, SLEEPS 6 This historic two-storey house has a chic, modern interior, with hardwood floors and sleek furnishings. There’s also a relaxing outdoor space and courtyard, providing a bit of tranquillity in the heart of the city. Private off-street parking is available, but the house is in the Dupont Circle neighbourhood, just a few blocks from the White House and home to many museums, historic homes, ethnic restaurants, unique bookstores, and private art galleries. PRICE: $1,400 to $1,600/wk = £706 to £807/wk ….and for those with a slightly larger budget, check out the palatial property 186997, where you’ll feel like a President yourself! PRICE: $2,800/wk ACTIVITY: Visit the President’s Park and White House PRICE: $FREE! = £FREE! More info: www.nps.gov/whho NEW YORK LIVING: Manhattan & The Hamptons STAY: Property 87265 – Manhattan townhouse apartment, Upper West Side 2 BEDROOM APARTMENT, SLEEPS 6 This townhouse apartment in a quiet, historic, residential neighbourhood offers ample space (79m2/850 sq.ft.) and privacy, yet at a price that tourists and families on a budget can afford. It provides a spacious, full-floor, secure apartment, with high ceilings, plenty of light, modern furnishings and polished hardwood floors throughout. Just steps off Broadway, it’s close to everything, but away form the high-rise commercial and hotel environment. PRICE: $195/night = £108/night ACTIVITY: Jump on the Staten Island Ferry for amazing views of lower Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the New York Harbor PRICE: $FREE! - £FREE! More info: http://gonyc.about.com/od/freestuff/tp/free_attraction.htm STAY: Property 182253 – Contemporary Hampton’s home, close to beach & town 3 BEDROOM HOUSE, SLEEPS 7 This spacious, contemporary home in East Hampton is set in lush gardens surrounded by woods in a quiet neighbourhood. This luxurious haven has high ceilings, filling the house with light, plus a beautifully landscaped pool and yard, private Jacuzzi and all the amenities you could possibly need. The beautiful ocean beaches, wineries and antique fairs of the area are within easy reach, plus a host of other activities for all the family. PRICE: $3,500/wk = £1,944/wk (in summer) ACTIVITY: Explore East Hampton’s historic district and the pristine, local white-sand beaches PRICE: $FREE! - £FREE! More info: http://www.easthampton.com/history/town.html DESERT: Sedona, Arizona STAY: Property 137830 – ‘House of the Dancing Sun’ 3 BEDROOM HOUSE, SLEEPS UP TO 8 ‘House of the Dancing Sun’ is an authentic-style, custom-built Sedona pueblo home with Native American and Spanish Colonial décor and artwork. Set on a huge 1.6 acre plot with desert garden and patio with hot-tub, hammock and grill, the house is located on a high desert mesa, with 360 degree views from the Sedona Red Rocks to the Mingus mountain range. PRICE: $1,400/wk = £778/wk ACTIVITY: 4x4 experience across the Red Rocks PRICE: $64 per person = £32 per person More info: www.visitsedona.com MOUNTAINS: Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg Tennessee STAY: Property 154671 – ‘American Pride’ 2 BEDROOM CABIN, SLEEPS 8 This spacious, modern cabin sits on over an acre of land providing complete privacy, but at the same time easy access to the wealth of attractions and activities in the Great Smoky Mountains. ‘American Pride’ is huge inside and has all mod-cons and luxuries, including a hot-tub and games room. Outside, the porch has gas and charcoal grills and local hand-carved chairs, and of course, fantastic mountain views. PRICE: $775 to $925/wk = £430 to £514/wk …or for some true American-style romance, see listing 309386; a range of honeymoon-themed cabins and chalets set among the mountains and streams, featuring heart-shaped hot-tubs and beds, saunas, jukeboxes and pool tables. PRICE: from $114/night ACTIVITY: Horse-back riding in the mountains PRICE: $20 per person (1 hour) = £10 per person More info: www.smokymountainridingstables.com RIVERS, LAKES & PARKLAND: Yosemite Valley, California STAY: Property 188144 – ‘Morning Star Ranch’ 2 BEDROOM HOUSE, SLEEPS 6 Situated on 2 acres of meadowland, by a babbling creek, this ranch-style home is ideally located for those who like messing about by the river, as the Merced and Tuolumne are both nearby. Plus Bass Lake is 20 minutes away, as well as numerous others where you can enjoy a variety of water-sports. As well as providing a fantastic base for an activity break, there’s plenty to do at ‘home’, with games room, pool, BBQ and extensive private grounds. PRICE: $1,100 to $1,200/wk = £611 to £667/wk ACTIVITY: White water rafting on the Merced River PRICE: $100 per person = £25 per person More info: http://www.zrafting.com SCENIC COAST: Plymouth, Massachusetts (near Cape Cod) STAY: Property 187903 – Classic Cape Cod home 3 BEDROOM HOUSE, SLEEPS 6 This classic Cape Cod Home has sweeping panoramic views of Cape Cod Bay and the sugar sand beach of historic Manomet Point. The wrap-around covered porch and spacious deck overlook the beach and bay and provide plenty of opportunity for basking in the sun and enjoying the gentle sea breeze. The property has a light and airy interior, with comfortable new furnishings and all the facilities you need – there’s even a lobster pot! PRICE: $1,500 to $3,000/wk = £840 to £1,678/wk ACTIVITY: Whale-watching PRICE: Adult $37, Under 12s $25 = £19 per adult, £13 per child More information: www.captjohn.com GLITZ & GLAMOUR: Las Vegas, Nevada STAY: Property 400488 – MGM Signature Luxury Condo Suites 1 BEDROOM APARTMENT, SLEEPS 4 Only The Signature at MGM Grand lets you escape to a private retreat while staying in the heart of the action. From the private gated entrance and 24-hour concierge services, to the gourmet in-suite dining and private balconies, The Signature at MGM Grand is more than a Las Vegas luxury hotel. Access to an air-conditioned, moving walkway directly into the MGM casino. PRICE: $175 to $225/night = £97 to £125/night ACTIVITY: Visit the aquarium at the Silverton Casino Lodge to see over 4,000 tropical fish and mermaid shows PRICE: $FREE! = £FREE! More info: http://www.vegas.com/attractions/on_the_strip/azure.html THEME PARKS: Los Angeles, California & Orlando, Florida STAY: Property 177609 – Cosy Hollywood home near Universal Studios & Sunset Strip 2 BEDROOM HOUSE, SLEEPS 6 Live it up Hollywood style in this beautiful two-bedroom, two-bath house only two blocks away from Grauman's Chinese theatre and minutes from the glamorous Sunset Strip and Universal Studios. You'll be in walking distance or a quick car ride away from the best LA has to offer. A complementary wine is yours when you arrive. PRICE: $1,400/wk = £778/wk ACTIVITY: Visit Universal Studios PRICE: $67 (over 48”), $57 (under 48”) = £35 or £30 More info: www.universalstudioshollywood.com STAY: Property 84308 – ‘Audrey’s House’, a luxury themed villa near the Disney parks 6 BEDROOM VILLA, SLEEPS 14 This luxury, Hollywood-themed villa with heated pool, spa and games room is situated on Windsor Hills, a 24-hr gated resort in Kissimmee, close to all of Orlando’s famous theme parks and there is a kid’s play area just outside the house. The themed bedrooms include the Audrey Hepburn suite, Marilyn Monroe room, Princess Grace Kelly room, Parisian-style room, plus Mickey & Minnie and Harry Potter rooms for the kids. PRICE: £750 to £950/wk ACTIVITY: Where other than the Disney World Resort?! PRICE: Adult £164, Child £145 (7-day pass) = Adult £86, Child £76 More info: http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/wdwi/en_GB/index - ends - NOTES TO EDITORS: As part of the HomeAway™ global network of industry-leading holiday rental websites, Holiday-Rentals.co.uk provides UK travellers with the largest and most trusted resource to find privately owned holiday accommodation to rent direct from owners online: - - The recent addition of over 36,000 properties from our US sister sites has taken Holiday-Rentals.co.uk’s total offering to more than 120,000 properties worldwide – four times as many as the nearest UK competitor. - The HomeAway Rent with Confidence Guarantee, launched in September 2007, provides free protection for travellers using the service, and traveller reviews, launched in December 2007, now provide invaluable feedback and insights from previous guests. 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