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08/25/2017
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The New Home on the Block: Sanctuary at Frangista Beach

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On the list things we love? Sanctuary at Frangista Beach, the ‘new home on the block.’ Situated at the intersection of Hollywood Street and Scenic Gulf Drive, this beachfront vacation home in Miramar Beach is everything you could dream of and more in a rental property. Easily seen from a mile away (no matter which direction you hail from), Sanctuary at Frangista Beach is a jaw-dropping, three-story mansion with unparalleled views and an unbeatable location. Construction just recently wrapped on this six bedroom, 3,852-square foot beauty. In it, you will

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08/23/2017
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Sea Turtle Nesting Season!

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Now that summer is officially over and school is back in session, we can sit back and enjoy the open roads (and beaches) free from traffic. While less crowded, sea turtles are still laying eggs, so we need to be cautious as we head to the beach. Here are a few tips that will help keep this beautiful species alive and thriving! – Sea turtle nesting season is May through October. – Approximately 40 – 60 days after nesting, the tiny hatchlings head to the Gulf of Mexico by the

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08/17/2017
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Labor Day Weekend!

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We think of Labor Day as a time to relax and let some of that stress just melt away under the sun. Being on the beach is oh, so relaxing, and we just happen to have the most beautiful beaches on the Gulf Coast! When planning your Labor Day getaway, here’s a list of fun activities to add to your bucket list: The most popular choice by far is renting a boat to take out to Crab Island (aside from spending the day at your vacation rental in Destin or

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08/12/2017
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Destination Weddings

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Crystal clear waters and white sand beaches make for the perfect backdrop to any destination wedding. When planning your fairytale wedding, it can be hard to choose the perfect venue. After all, this will be in the books for years to come. You will tell your children and grandchildren about the moment you became one with the person you love. Let us make it easy for you. Here are just a few of the most popular, and most beautiful, Destin and 30A wedding venues. Palazzo del Mar – This stunning

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08/11/2017
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The Impact of Homeaway and VRBO Changes

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Oops! VRBO has done it again. They have taken yet another step to rebrand themselves as a booking site straying from their roots as an advertising platform for owners and property managers. In short, they’ve removed external phone numbers, enforced mandatory online bookings, and are transitioning communication with users into a monitored, unbranded dashboard. What’s the reasoning behind it? They say it’s to reduce guest confusion, but it seems like they are playing a dangerous game of copycat, mimicking their once successful model to look like Airbnb’s, their largest competitor.

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08/10/2017
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Wasted Vacation Days

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There’s no shortage of vacation days; and that’s not just because employers are offering more of them. It’s because we are wasting them. Did you hear that, y’all? WE’RE WASTING VACATION DAYS. It seems like a cardinal sin to forgo time lounging by the beach or skiing down a mountain in favor of work. What’s even worse is that the “used” vacation days are spent checking emails. That’s right! Long gone are the days where you could completely unwind and unplug. As people become more tied to their phones, the

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