Not everyone who goes on vacation wants to stay at a hotel—they’d prefer the extra space and full kitchens of a vacation rental. But picking out and then actually reserving and paying for a rental property can be tricky, which is why Tim Choate founded RedAwning.com, a website that brings the benefits of easy hotel-style reservations to vacation rentals. RedAwning.com offers thousands of rental properties in the US, Mexico, and Costa Rica, including studio cottages and houses with hot tubs, pools, and six or more bedrooms. A live reservations staff is on hand to answer questions both before and after you book your stay, and a concierge gives you access to exclusive perk cards and discounts on everything from wine tours to ski-lift tickets to spacecraft rentals.
Passport Central Coast celebrates the rich viticultural heritage of California's Paso wine region with all-access passes to the area's finest wineries and olive-oil producers. After clients pick up their passports at Clavo Cellars or Kaleidos winery, they embark on a delicious journey through different wineries and olive-oil producers, enjoying complimentary tastings of local reds and whites, passport stampings, and honorary citizenship at each vineyard. As guests sample crisp chardonnays, flavorful tempranillos, and robust extra-virgin olive oils, they bask in the warm, fuzzy feeling that Passport Central Coast donates part of its proceeds to a different local nonprofit each week.
Hand-thrown ceramic vases, custom-stained glass lamps, blown glass, and textiles. The Craft Festival's 200 booths boast the handcrafted bounty of artisans from seven western states. The festival, which takes place semi-annually in Reno and Las Vegas, sources strictly local work—you won't see anything imported or mass produced along its aisles. Instead, you'll find artists who are passionate about their craft, whether it's creating unique jewelry, custom painting T-shirts, or painting works of art.