Toby Babich Elected President of Vacation Rental Management Association
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| Tuesday, November 26, 2019
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Toby Babich Elected President of Vacation Rental Management Association
Washington, D.C. – November 1, 2019 – Toby Babich, president of Breckenridge Resort Managers, of Breckenridge, Colo., was elected as president of the Vacation Rental Management Association (VRMA) and installed at the organization’s International Conference in October.
“It is an honor to serve the VRMA as president, and I look forward to leading the organization during such an exciting time of growth within our industry,” said Babich. “I am energized to be at the helm of this pioneering organization as we collectively navigate a rapidly changing industry full of unique challenges and opportunities. The VRMA will continue to deliver industry leading education, events, and advocacy both to our members, and to the larger vacation rental ecosystem to encourage professionalism as our industry matures. As we experience the next evolution of growth, the VRMA will continue to be the voice of the industry moving us all forward”
VRMA prides itself on the positive impact that short-term vacation rentals have on the communities in which they are located. These impacts include increased economic activity and promotion of the local travel and tourism industry.
“Toby will be an excellent board president,” said Mike Copps, VRMA’s executive director. “I’ve had the opportunity to work closely with Toby when he served as VRMA Treasurer, and he has been on the VRMA board during my entire tenure in this role. He has been a consistent voice of reason in the board room, and I’m confident that his strategic guidance and measured decision-making will continue to advance the association during his term.”
About the Vacation Rental Management Association
Founded in 1985, the Vacation Rental Management Association (VRMA) is a professional trade association that represents the vacation and holiday rental property management and hospitality industries. Headquartered in the United States, membership includes professional vacation rental managers and industry suppliers in countries throughout the world. VRMA provides information and research, education and networking opportunities, promotes the value of the vacation rental experience and drives industry growth and professionalism. For more information, visit vrma.org, call +1 (202) 367-1179 or email email@example.com.
Best Neighborhoods for Ski-in / Ski-Out in Breckenridge
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| Wednesday, July 31, 2019
With all this heat, you may be dreaming about your ski vacation. July is a great time to start planning so that you can secure your perfect vacation rental property before they someone else beats you to it. There will be greater availability if you start planning early, and you will end up with more choices if you book early. For the ultimate winter luxury and convenience, a ski-in/ski-out vacation rental is exactly what you need. You can hit the slopes earlier, stay out longer and come home for lunch when your vacation rental has easy access to the mountain. Here are the best neighborhoods for ski-in/ski-out in Breckenridge and what is so great about them!
There are a number of neighborhoods west of Main Street that offer slopeside access. The Four O’Clock neighborhood is one of them. It is named for the Four O’Clock run, one of the the longest runs in Breckenridge. It goes all the way into town so you are able to ride back to your property at 4:00 when the ski lifts close. The Snowflake Chairlift is easy to hop on when you are ready to head out in the morning. It is easy to get to all of the peaks from this convenient location.
Nestled away just to the south of Peak 10 is the “White Cloud” area of warrior’s mark. This neighborhood boasts some luxurious single-family homes, with stunning views. Though this area is noted as ski-in/ski-out, the path to Peak 10 to upper Lehman is a bit more difficult to access for beginner skiers and can be inaccessible in the early season depending on snow conditions. However, the serenity of the area, views, and luxurious choice of homes is unmatched in Breckenridge.
Peak 7 and 8
Peaks 7 and 8 have quickly become the “village” of Breckenridge and offer several luxury lodges and single family homes. From these areas you can access lifts on Peak 7 and Peak 8 just steps outside the lodges. This area offers stunning views and is a little quieter than the neighborhoods closer in towards Main Street.
The base of Peak 9 is full of activity. It has condos that are situated close to the quicksilver and Beaver Run chairlift. It also has great options for aprés ski dining and entertainment. Many Breckenridge celebrations and events are centered at the base of Peak 9 due to the easy access to town both using the free town bus and your own feet.
The Best Vacation Rental For Your Trip
The great thing about Breckenridge is that you are never far from town or from the slopes. An excellent shuttle system and gondola keep the whole town well connected. Unlike other ski resorts, Breckenridge ski-in/ski-out vacation rentals are not remote, hard-to-get-to locations. They are close to the runs and close to town. You can get a few runs in on the slopes, and a few minutes later be enjoying a massage at a spa, or savoring a meal in town. In addition, if you don’t choose a ski-in/ski-out property for your vacation, it is not too hard to get to the chairlift. You can use the free shuttle system to get on the mountain fast, without having to worry about parking. With advanced planning, you will be able to choose from plenty of properties so that you can find the right one for your ski vacation. Check out Breckenridge Resort Managers to begin planning your ski vacation today.
Top 5 Summer Activities for the Whole Family in Breckenridge
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| Monday, July 15, 2019
Summer brings warm daytime temperatures, cool comfortable nights, beautiful mountain views, wildflowers, and calm flowing streams. In addition to the ideal climate and setting in the summer, Breckenridge offers fun activities for the whole family. Check out these five family-friendly activities that will keep everyone entertained.
1) Epic Discovery
offers high adventure for older family members including climbing walls, a high ropes course, and a zip line. Younger kids will enjoy the bounce house, mini zip line, and tubing. The whole family can enjoy mini-golf, the Mineshaft Maze, and the alpine coaster. Be sure to call ahead to make sure the weather conditions are right for the activities you want to do.
You can rent road bikes or mountain bikes from a variety of outfitters in town. There are many paved and single-track trails throughout Breckenridge and Summit County. You can find a trail for any skill level. You can also rent a bike trailer or a tag-along, so even the littlest family members can join in.
You don’t want to miss the wildflowers in Breckenridge during the summer. You can find them on almost any trail. There are several easy trails with access from right in town. Lengths of the trails range from less than one mile to 10+. Check a map to see how much distance your hike covers, and how much elevation gain the hike includes. This will help you plan how much time it will take. Don’t forget to bring extra water and rain gear, as afternoon showers are normal.
4) Mine Tours
There are several mines in the immediate Breckenridge area that offer tours and activities. Mining is a big part of Breckenridge’s history. With these tours you can learn about this incredible history in a way that will fascinate everyone. Family members of all ages will love sliding down the ore shoot, gold panning, and petting the burros at the Country Boy Mine
The streams, rivers, and high alpine lakes surrounding Breckenridge are well known for their amazing trout. Fishing is an activity that everyone can do together. You can stop at an outfitter and rent equipment to go out on your own. You can also schedule a guided fishing tour or take a class to learn the ins and outs of fly fishing.
These are just a few ideas for family friendly activities in Breckenridge, there are many more. Take time out from your everyday life and enjoy a vacation. With these activities, your family can have quality time all together, no matter the age range. Get out and make memories this summer with an adventurous vacation in Breckenridge.
What To Do in Summer in Breck
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| Sunday, June 30, 2019
Most people think of Breck as a winter ski town, but there is so much to do in the summer as well. You can choose from high adventure sports like mountain biking and zip lining, or take it easy and go for gentle hikes, take a walking tour, or fish in a mountain stream. Here are some of the things we love doing in Breckenridge during the summer.
is the perfect place to explore for a family vacation. Thrilling activities will entertain even the hardest to please teenagers. Alpine Camp offers rock climbing and zip lines. A high ropes challenge course and the Gold Runner Coaster create adventurous memories. In addition to dramatic adventures for teenagers and adults, there are also family friendly activities such as mini-golf, the mineshaft maze, and guided wildflower hikes. The youngest members in the family will enjoy the massive bounce house and the Lil’ Nugget Tubing. You can take the free gondola to the Epic Discovery Basecamp on Peak 8. All of the Basecamp activities will be open beginning June 14th. The Alpine Camp activities will open as weather and conditions permit. Call ahead to make sure the adventure you are hoping for is available.
Gold Mine Tours
Schedule a tour of the Country Boy Mine
. At this mine you can explore and walk through the exhibits, while petting the burros; take a tour deep into the mine; slide down a 55 foot ore chute; and try your hand at panning gold. When you are done, check out the general store to find a treasure to take home. The Country Boy Mine is only two miles from downtown Breckenridge so this makes an easy half day activity. The Lomax Placer
mine is right off of Ski Hill Road. It is free to look around the historic buildings. You can also learn to gold pan for a small fee.
Historic Walking Tours
Breckenridge is full of history, particularly from its mining days. The Breckenridge Heritage Alliance
offers a vast range of guided walking tours. Some meander through Victorian homes, other through notorious saloons, and still others to famous gold mines. You can book a tour for your group online. Be aware that some tours, such as the saloon tours, are not suitable for people under a certain age. Some tours also cover more ground than others, make sure you are physically up to the tour that you would like to take.
Biking is one of the most beloved summer pastimes in Breckenridge. You can take a mountain bike out over miles of challenging single track. If you prefer paved trails, you can bike all the way to Lake Dillon on miles of paved trails throughout Summit County. Bike rentals are easily available at shops around Breckenridge. Ask your rental shops for advice on the best trails to get started on. The cool weather and stunning terrain make biking irresistible during the summer months.
Explore deep into the heart of the mountains with a jeep, ATV, or other off-road vehicle. You can schedule a guided tour, or just rent the equipment to go out exploring on your own. Epic Discovery
offers 90 minute off road 4x4 tours in an open-air vehicle. High Country Activities
can take you on a variety of tours throughout the back country Summit County. These tours help you get off the beaten path so you can see wildlife and scenery in a whole new way.
This is just the beginning of activities to do in Breckenridge in the summer. Get away from the heat of the city and lower elevation. Cool off and enjoy all the wonder, and adventure Breckenridge has to offer.
Photo by Andre Maguire courtesy of Breckenridge Office of Tourism
Photo by Liam Doran courtesy of Breckenridge Office of Tourism
Best Hikes to see the Wildflowers around Breckenridge
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| Thursday, June 20, 2019
This winter had some incredibly extreme snowfall. As all that snow melts and moves down the mountain it encourages stunning, well-watered wildflowers. The more moisture the mountains get, the more magnificent the wildflowers are. This year is sure to be spectacular. You can discover wildflowers on any hike in the area, but these five hikes offer particularly beautiful displays of the mountain’s finest.
Black Powder Pass
Black Powder Pass trail is accessible from Boreas Pass Road. From Breckenridge, take Boreas Pass all the way to the top. The trail begins at the section house. It is a 3.4 mile out and back trail. It climbs through an open meadow and offers amazing views in all directions. In July and August, the meadow features all of Colorado’s best wildflowers. The road to access the trail is closed during the winter. Because of the high amount of snowfall this year it may be closed later than usual. You may want to save this trail for later in the summer.
This trail is accessed off of Ski Hill Road. During the winter it serves as cross country ski and snowshoe trails for the Breckenridge Nordic Center. The trail meanders through meadows, by streams and ponds, and through forest offering a range of wildflower habitats. There is little elevation gain over 2.9 miles making it an excellent beginner hike or first day at elevation hike. You are also likely to see moose and other wildlife along the way. The trail is closed until July 9th for wildlife conservation.
This short, 1.5 mile hike is ideal for families. You can access the trail from town, so you don’t need a car to get there. Look for the trailhead near the Snowflake Lift. This trail winds back and forth across the creek with the help of charming wooden bridges. It is forested, so you can see all of the wildflowers that enjoy the shade offered by tree cover.
Guided hike on the Horseshoe Bowl Hiking Loop
One of the best ways to see high alpine flowers is to take a chair lift. You can take the Colorado SuperChair to Alpine Camp. Every day at 11:45 there is a free ranger guided hike through this area. Learn all about the landscape as you hike this high alpine terrain. You can learn more about the area and how to get lift tickets at breckenridge.com
You will have to drive a bit to get here, but it is worth the distance. Emma Lake can be found outside of Alma, a small mountain town just on the north side of Hoosier Pass. Take the road to the Kite Lake day use area. This is a popular jumping off point for several fourteeners. There is a small fee to park here. The trail wanders through open meadows and climbs to a stunning high alpine lake. The wildflowers are dense and brilliant, especially along the stream that flows through the meadow. The road to Kite Lake can be difficult to navigate. It is best to take this trail later in the summer when the roads are dry.
Remember, as you hike that the same conditions that make wildflowers so abundant can also make the trails difficult. Roads may be wetter than usual and even impassible. Wear sturdy hiking boots and wool socks so that your feet will stay comfortable even if they get wet. There may still be snowfields to cross even late into summer. If you are headed to high alpine terrain, do it early in the morning to avoid being caught in a dangerous afternoon thunderstorm. Whether you trek to a high alpine lake or hike forested trails near town, any trail is sure to offer bountiful mountain wildflowers.
Photos by Louie Traub courtesy of Breckenridge Office of Tourism
How to Make your Vacation Rental Appeal to Summer Vacationers
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| Friday, May 31, 2019
Summer is prime time to rent out your vacation home. Families gather for reunions, old friends meet up, and couples find some one on one time during June, July, and August. You can make your vacation rental appeal to all of these groups so that your rental stays booked all summer long.
The Great Outdoors
Unlike winter in Breckenridge, guests flock to the mountains in summer for the variety of activities that can partake in outside and in nature. Hiking, cycling, water sports, and simply sitting in the woods and having a picnic are all reasons guests love to come to Breckenridge in the summer. No matter if the trail or stream is out your back door or way down the road, highlighting how a guest can easily access the great outdoors from your property will catch their interest and give them a reason to book your property. Supply directions, maps, and details to make their decision easy, and their vacation wonderful.
Outdoor spaces are key for summer rentals. Vacationers love to use outdoor seating, grills, hot tubs, hammocks, and more. It doesn’t take much to set up an inviting outdoor space. Hang a swing on your front porch. Provide a fire pit and some Adirondack chairs. Put a propane grill on your patio along with a table and chairs. If you don’t have any outdoor spaces available, point out your proximity to local parks, trails, or other activities. Remember to consider fire danger and take appropriate precautions. If there is a fire ban and you have a fire pit or charcoal grill remind your guests that they are not allowed to use them. Do not provide firewood or charcoal during a fire ban. Make sure you have any burn permits easily accessible so that your guests know all of the rules and regulations.
Highlight Family Spaces
Many people use vacation rentals instead of hotels because they are traveling with a group of people. Show off any bunk spaces or rooms with multiple beds. Families prefer homes that have spaces for older children to stay together, or rooms large enough for families with young children to sleep together. Be sure to point out any amenities like pool tables, ping-pong tables, or even yard games and fishing equipment.
Many summertime vacationers look forward to taking their favorite furry friends with them on their adventures. Hiking with dogs is an especially loved pastime. Consider making your property pet friendly. Many visitors would gladly pay a fee instead of having to pay for a kennel to board their pet.
These simple steps will help your property stand out as the ideal summer vacation home. Know the best things to do in your area during the summer and highlight them for your guests. Think about what a summer renter wants in a vacation home and do your best to provide as many of those amenities as possible. When you rent your home in the summer, you can get premium rates and enjoy the fruits of a high traffic season.
Mud Season Deals to Look For
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| Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Mud season is changing around Breckenridge. It used to begin in late April, when the ski resort closed. It would stretch through May, as late season snows kept trails muddy and sometimes impassible. Many restaurants, shops, and lodges offered deep discounts during this time. Mud season is different this year because the ski resort will be opened through May 27th, weather permitting. Not only will there be great mud season discounts, but also skiing! Come enjoy spring time in Breckenridge, take advantage of great deals, and the last few weeks of skiing.
Spring Dining Passport
Get your spring dining passport at the Breckenridge Welcome Center or any of the participating restaurants. For a $10 donation you can take advantage of two-for-one deals at many restaurants, as well as other discounts and specials. The Breckenridge Restaurant Association invests the donations back into the community. In the past, it has been used to offer scholarships to local students. These dining passports are good for use from April 22nd to June 6th.
Breckenridge is putting on its spring finale. Some terrain will be open until May 27th this year. You can get a lift ticket for as little as $99 when you buy it in advance. During the weekends there will be outdoor music and activities, such as snow volleyball. Get out on the mountain and enjoy some extra runs this mud season. Keep in mind that not all of the terrain will be accessible, and some lodging will no longer be ski-in/ski-out. For more information, visit breckenridge.com
As gear shops wind down their rental season and make space for the newest models, they tend to clear out their old merchandise. You can find deeply discounted jackets, helmets, ski socks, and snow pants. You can also usually find deals on used rental skis and boards. Mud season is the ideal opportunity to update your gear.
Lodging can also become more affordable during mud season. Many vacation rentals and lodges are available at a lower price than during peak season. Breckenridge Resort Managers offers a last minute booking deal
. If you book within 14 days of your vacation, you can get up to 25% off of your stay. When you need a quick getaway to recharge in the mountains, Breckenridge can be the ideal place in the spring,
Find the Best Deals
Just about everywhere you look during mud season you can find discounted prices. Check out your favorite restaurants, boutiques, and gear shops to find the best deals around Summit county. Keep in mind that some of your favorite places may be closed or offer reduced hours during the mud season. If you are looking for a more relaxed vacation, with fewer people, and time and space to explore, mud season is the perfect time to vacation in Breckenridge.
Photos courtesy of the Breckenridge Tourism Office