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Recent USA reviews

  • Great location for family vacation

    "Great location on west beach. Beach is steps from your door. Pictures do not do the home justice. The views of the water are everywhere. Kitchen and baths are updated. Our family has been to BHI many times and stayed everywhere on the island. This house was our favorite."
    Guest: TN!K Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: August 23, 2014
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  • Perfect Base for Windsurfing Family of 4

    "We are 2 parents who windsurf with 2 elementary school aged children. The condo was perfect for us - cool, dark, quiet bedrooms made sleeping easy. The main living area is sunny light and faced the pool, which our boys visited twice a day. Spacious lounge and well equipped kitchen with plenty tupperware type containers for food storage to avoid ants. Bathroom tapware dated and bit wobbly but still perfectly functional. It is a ground floor condo but not really wheelchair accessible as the bathrooms unsuitable for a wheelchair. Comfortable beds, plenty of linen, beach towels, beach things including 2 large coolers. Tammy was able to action a replacement ceiling fan which was noisy. Lucky for us, the wind worked well on 3 days for us to windsurf straight off the front of the condo. Best lawn that you can not stop walking on with barefeet. Our boys loved kicking their soccer ball around on it. Extremely tidy manicured landscaping. We all felt secure having the guard look out in the evenings. No landline but grateful to have wiFi. Close to a shopping area and good value Coconuts Cafe for Fish Tacos."
    Guest: Adrienne C. Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: July 7, 2014
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  • AMAZING FAMILY CELEBRATION - 60TH B-DAY ADVENTURE

    "Our family traveled to Homer Alaska to celebrate our father's 60th birthday with a family adventure trip! It was important that we selected the perfect house as a home base for our family dinners and a great property to explore and build wonderful memories we can treasure forever! This property and Catkin (and her family) exceeded our expectations. Everyone of our family had a wonderful time on the property and appreciated the time spent with some of the Kilchner family and the property caretaker. The property has wonderful views as well as some wonderful family history to experience. Catkin has done a nice job of paying attention to all details that make the cabin so comfortable - comfortable beds, warm and comfortable extra comforters and blankets and pillows! The kitchen is fully stocked and it was nice to have some items provided in the kitchen as a good start to the visit! Our family would highly recommend this property to anyone who is seeking an amazing property in Homer Alaska! I hope you are lucky enough to meet Catkin and her wonderful family!"
    Guest: Family Holiday Getaway Date of Stay: September 2014 Review Submitted: September 15, 2014
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  • Perfect for our honeymoon!

    "My husband and I just returned from our wonderful 9 night stay at this oceanfront condo at Pohailani Maui. The rental comes as described -- clean and comfortable. It was so nice to have the coffee maker, toaster and Vitamix; we used them everyday! The AC took a while to cool, but once it got working it was great. (We were thankful just to have it since many other units in the same building don't even have AC.) The views and sunsets were amazing. It was so fun to see the turtles and crabs out everyday. We didn't know there was going to be a pool, so that was a nice surprise as well! This location is close to great beaches -- Kapalua Bay, Kaanapali Beach and close to Lahaina for lots of great restaurants and shopping. Maui Brewing Co. is a short walk and they have a great happy hour. The owner was very responsive and helpful. They answered our calls and responded quickly. One of the beach chairs was kind of broken, but we weren't too worried about it, but they still came and dropped off a new chair for us, so that was very nice. All in all this was a wonderful vacation and perfect place to stay. We would most definitely come back and stay here. Will also recommend to friends and family. We know anyone will be in good hands here ... it is impossible not to enjoy this place! Mahalo!"
    Guest: JENNIFER S. Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: September 9, 2014
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Maine Travel Tips

Maine is a state where the great outdoors are embraced and celebrated. Here are some highlights for your trip to this idyllic New England state:

Portland

The Portland metro area boasts more than one-third of Maine’s population, and this quaint but vibrant city has plenty to do and see:

- Check out Henry Wadsworth-Longfellow’s 1786 home, which has been elegantly restored in the heart of Portland on Congress Street.

- Go shopping on historic Commercial Street.

- If you are interested in the Civil War, come to the Maine Historical Society to see an ever-changing exhibit and learn about the conflict.

- The Portland Head Light is located at Cape Elizabeth Maine and looks like the quintessential, postcard lighthouse.

- The Portland Museum of Art has a large collection of Winslow Homer’s New England-inspired paintings.

- Climb to the top of the Portland Observatory - built in 1807 - to see beautiful bay views.

- Check out Old Port - a downtown neighborhood with cobblestone streets and 19th century brick buildings. Grab a meal at Grace or The Corner Room Italian Kitchen & Bar and hit up eclectic boutiques like Abacus Gallery and Maine Potters Market.

- Visit the Victoria Mansion, an opulent Italian villa-style home with a baroque interior. It was built before the Civil War for a hotel magnate.

Bar Harbor

Bar Harbor is another popular place for visitors due to its proximity to Acadia National Park. Here are the top things to do in and around Bar Harbor:

- Visit Acadia National Park. You’ll have to choose your activities carefully because there’s too much to do here. If you enjoy hiking, there is a great variety of trails. Check out Ocean Path, which is 4.4 miles long and leads from Sand Beach to the sea cliffs. There’s also the Great Meadows Loop, which begins in Bar Harbor. For more intermediate trails, hike up Cadillac Mountain on the North Ridge Trail.

- Experienced mountain climbers and hikers should consider climbing Penobscot Mountain for stunning panoramic views.

-Take a 20-mile bike ride on Park Loop Road. It provides breathtaking vistas as you ride through the forest and near the ocean.

- For a more relaxing look at Acadia, stroll through the flowery Wild Gardens.

- After a day in the Acadia National Park, let loose at the Atlantic Brewing Company in Bar Harbor for local craft brews and delicious barbecue.

Other Maine Attractions

There’s plenty to do in Maine outside the major tourist areas:

- Check out Old Fort Western, built in 1754, which is the oldest wooden fort in New England. Benedict Arnold used this site before staging his assault on Quebec during the Revolutionary War. It’s located in Augusta.

- Go skiing at one of many resorts in lightly populated northern Maine, including Shawnee Peak, Black Mountain, Sunday River and the ever-popular Sugarloaf Mountain.

- Visit Egg Rock Lighthouse in serene Winter Harbor, which is located just across Frenchman Bay from Bar Harbor.

- Bring the kids to Funtown Splashtown, a combined waterpark and amusement park in Saco.

- Take a seaplane ride from Acadian Seaplanes in Rangeley Lake, or go snowmobiling in Coos Canyon.

Events

The American Folk Festival is held for one weekend at the end of August in Bangor. Despite its name, you can see and take part in both American and international cultural traditions. The festival includes music and dance performances, authentic artisanal crafts and both ethnic and locally grown food.

What better way to celebrate Maine culture than with a seafood feast? Check out the Yarmouth Clam Festival, a weekend event in mid-July that is just a 15-minute drive north of Portland. The Yarmouth Clam Festival is all about competition. Watch a clam-shucking contest or the Clam Classic canoe and kayak races. Don’t miss the diaper derby, a race with unsuspecting babies and toddlers, and end the night with fireworks over the sound. If you haven’t had your fill of shellfish, check out the Maine Lobster Festival, a five-day festival in early August in Rockland. There will be live music, the Smokey’s Greatest Shows Carnival, a 10k run, plenty of lobster dinners and activities for kids like, the cod fish carry.

If you aren’t traveling with kids, head to the classy Harvest on the Harbor event at the end of October in Portland. Sip on some wine, watch cooking demonstrations and sample local cuisine.

Windjammer Bays in Boothbay Harbor is a celebration of Maine’s sailing heritage and the importance of the sea to the locals. Windjammers are large, elegant sailing ships with three to five masts that were used in the 19th and early 20th centuries to ship goods. Aside from the typical festival offerings, watch an antique boat parade and take a cruise on a majestica windjammer.

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