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Maybe it’s the gorgeous weather outside or just a rediscovered love for the outdoors, but lately I’m obsessed with using natural materials in interior spaces. And so, it seems, is everyone else! Using wood in design is not exactly a new idea. Think traditional Swedish cottages, Atlantic beach houses, and pretty much the entire 1970s. […]

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Part of the fun of Inhabit — what gets us up every morning and keeps us on the hunt for great properties — is showing our guests new places they might have never thought of, and bringing little-known awesomeness to their attention. Then this week we added…PARIS! Hm. Paris isn’t exactly an out-of-the-way little burg. […]

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One of the central ideas at Inhabit is the concept of learning to travel in a way that reflects who you are. We are focused on aesthetics, but there’s more to us than that — and more to you. You love great design, and you’re also passionate about animal welfare; you name grape varietals like […]

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Well, our Pacific Northwest adventure (at least this part of it) is at an end. We spent a week wandering starry-eyed around Portland, eating food from carts and, well, way too many red velvet cupcakes. Seriously, it was a problem and we’re both on red velvet detox now (I’m not even going to mention the […]

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The travel review site TripAdvisor released the results of its annual survey this month. After tallying results from over 1,400 travelers who responded, here are 5 key trends that can help us all better prepare for the year ahead. 1. People are falling in love with vacation rentals In 2010, 33% of respondents had stayed […]

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One of my favorite things about my job is that I have to stay current on all the cool things other people are doing. Inhabit is constantly evolving, and getting inspiration from our peers is one of the ways we stay fresh. In the course of my digging, I sometimes come across ideas so great […]

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I was lucky enough to be invited to stay in a beautiful vacation rental in Taos, New Mexico. Taos is a magical place to begin with, but this particular home captured the wonder of the area so spectacularly that I just had to share it. The owners have inhabited the Taos estate for several years […]

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As you may have heard, Sonoma County is the latest community tightening its regulation of vacation rental properties. The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approved an ordinance in early November requiring vacation rental owners to obtain a permit starting January 2011. The ordinance requires existing vacation rentals with 6 or fewer rooms to obtain a […]

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Last month, Valyn Perini posted a detailed account of her attempt to book a vacation rental in France. Actually, “account” doesn’t really suit her tale of woe, which was more along the lines of Dear God, WHYYY?? Anyone who has stayed in vacation rentals can relate to her experience: Hard-to-navigate websites Incorrect search results (I […]

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I know I say this a lot, but now I’m really serious: the trip my family and I took to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in the summer of ’07 was one of my favorite vacations of all time. Having still not experienced a trip with comparable fun levels three years later, I credit the success of […]

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After a summer of building, scouting, fawning, refining, and obsessing, we are pleased to announce the launch of our official site, InhabitVacations.com. The site was inspired by countless friends and family who ask for vacation rental recommendations, and the vacation rental owners who asked for help attracting travelers. It eventually dawned on us that we […]

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It never ceases to amaze me the extent to which people express themselves through their homes. Rationally, I get it – a home is just four walls, and within those walls, you can do anything (even blow out the walls). But I still find myself surprised at the variation from home to home. Take my […]

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With fall fast approaching, it can’t hurt to revisit those glorious summer getaways, can it? I recently traveled to Martha’s Vineyard for a family get-together, something that has become a tradition in recent years. “Tradition” may not be the best word – we’re a slightly unconventional bunch – but we stick together. Each year, my […]

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Lately I’ve been doing lots of research on the vacation rental industry to help make Inhabit easy-to-find for vacation-goers. One handy tool I discovered to help me with this is Google Insights, a Webmasters tool that basically shows you trends and stats for what people search for. And let me tell you — not only […]

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We all know travel can change lives, but we rarely think about the impact we have on those we visit (unless, of course, we’re stealing pierogi from them…). To set the stage for this story, you need to know that last weekend I stayed in my first yurt. This therapy studio-turned-weekend-vacation-rental in Mendocino, 3 hours […]

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