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The Dinah, Lesbian Party weekend in Palm Springs, CA

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Palm Springs in California is renowned for many things.  As a movie star getaway where Frank Sinatra  built a house and the rat pack partied.  As a resort with a record-breaking number of golf courses, public and private.  As a perennial vacation for mobsters and movie stars. As mid-century modern architectural feast. As at town where a cast of singers, actors, dancers and headliners age fifty-and-up play to a full house every night.  That’s  “The Follies,”  Palm Springs California’s signature show.  And Palm Springs is also renowned for its annual  lesbian party weekend. For the last two decades, in fact, lesbians from around the world in greater and greater numbers gather here in the desert to celebrate themselves and go wild.

Prior to the celebrated weekend,  the Desert Sun newspaper had this headline story : A Lesbian Rite of Passage Now and For the Ages?:  Thousands of women will be in the desert this weekend to plunge into the pools, crowd bars and fill the dance floors – just as they’e done for the past two decades…”  According to many of the attendees, this is the party that is on every lesbian’s bucket list.  Slated for the last weekend in March or first weekend in April, the party has grown so large in Palm Springs that all the rooms in town get booked and some hotels close their pools to the regular guests.  The organizers trumpet it as, “the greatest women’s week on earth.”

Dinah Shore, who was also famous as the older woman in Burt Reynolds’ love life, was not part of this sisterhood.  But today, her name and spirit float in the air on this Palm Springs weekend and she leads the charge of lesbians around the world to this desert resort. The singer and expert golfer, Dinah Shore, established a golf classic event for women – to match the cash prizes only known in men’s golf up to that point. The golf classic has been recently renamed   Ladies Professional Gold Association’s Kraft Nabisco Championship Golf Tournament, but gay revelers simply call it The Dinah.

 

 

 

 

 

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Palm Springs CA Weekend – all things to all people

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Lesbian, Gay, Singles, and Seniors

Now that some Palm Springs California vacation rentals have joined the site – and book online – John and I were more than curious about this mythic Hollywood hangout. We wanted to see first-hand the resort rentals, take some pics, soak up the atmosphere. It’s only a 2 1/2 hour drive from LA and before we knew it, we were driving through desert wind farms and turning off I-10 at the Palm Drive Desert Hot Springs exit on to Gene Autrey Drive.

We arrived mid-week as the whole town of Palm Springs was preparing for the Dinah Shore Weekend Festival, an international party event for  lesbians.  At lunch at one of the many adorable eateries, we sat next to a single mom who came for a singles getaway not knowing about the Lesbian event.  Her hotel moved her out to another one – as the pool had been booked all weekend.

We saw busloads of seniors on a day trip  streaming into the theater where the dancers, singers, stage performers are all age 53 to 83 – also the age range of the audience.  It’s the Fabulous Palm Springs Follies and the show has been running in Palm Springs for a gazillion years.  A friend of mine goes there with the whole family just to hang out at the pool all day – and sip cocktails – and eat out.  The point is that Palm Springs can be all things to all people.

If you love vintage autos, the streets of Palm Springs are a car show in themselves, not to mention the dealerships that specialize in classic cars. The town is a Fifties and early 60′s time machine.  Furniture stores specialize in mid-century modern.  Antique stores and  photo galleries are filled with memorabilia of  Hollywood’s great stars that vacationed here.  It is Hollywood in the desert.

Walking it’s touristic streets, we noticed a lot of renovation going on. The buildings  here getting a face lift,  a new interpretation for a mid-century modern resort in a very different world.  A hop, skip and a jump from LA, Palm Springs is an excellent get-away to another time and place.  Check out our Book Online resorts in Palm Springs.

 

 

Posted in California, Jens Blog.

Fall Weekends at the Jersey Shore – Priceless

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There are some that prefer the Jersey Shore off-season. The moment Labor Day has come and gone, the shore has a whole new vibe. Quiet mornings; not so many cars; stretches of   beach with wide open space. Joggers, bikers, dog walkers, beachcombers, retired baby-boomers, and  fishermen are the life of the party off-season.

And for families with kids (or teenagers) wanting an enjoyable weekend getaway with the family – every Fall weekend on the  Jersey shore there are  Festivals and Events, charming and unique.  There’s ChowderFest Weekend on Long Beach Island . Vote on the best chowder recipes with taste tests. This year it’s October 6, 2013.  and at off-season nightly rates.

Wildwood  and  Wildwood Crest vacation rentals – many for large families with small kids- offer Fall Weekend discount rates. Just call the owners to inquire. On September 14th and 15th there’s the NJ State Firemen Convention They have an apparatus and equipment display on Friday across from Convention Hall. And on Saturday the have a parade at 1:00 PM. That’s making memories for families with kids who want to be firemen.

For families with teenagers, Wildwood Zombie Mud Run, described as a “post-apocalyptic 5k race, Morey’s Piers” is staging over the weekend of October 12, 2013.

To see what’s doing off-season on the south Jersey shore, check out Ocean County’s Fall Festival calendar.

 

 

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Ocean City’s Doo Dah Parade – April 15th – wild adios to tax season…

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Bassett Hounds, pie fights, celebrity impersonators…

Ocean City, NJ calls itself “the family’s greatest resort.” And it earns the title for itself by offering an eclectic line up of year-round celebrations for almost every conceivable holiday – or invented holiday. A case in point: Ocean City has a parade to celebrate the end of tax season. April 15th. It’s called a “Doo Dah Parade.” According to Wikipedia, a Doo Dah Parade features “absurd and unique participants.”  I think a parade involving 500 basset hounds in parade definitely qualifies.

Ocean City’s Doo Dah Parade is really more than an adios to the tax man, it’s also a kick off to a countdown to the summer season. Ocean City is loads of fun in the summertime, so maybe it’s no wonder that it’s kick-off countdown has seaweed witches, a hobo-marching band, a Jersey girl beauty queen pie-fight contest, Groucho Marx and Laurel and Hardy hi-jinx, doggy sports Olympics of  Basset Hounds with helpful owner-trainers plus the Basset Hound Waddle Parade. And the Grand Marshal is typically a well-known celebrity comedian and TV star:  Joan Rivers, Joe Franklin, Larry Storch, Mickey Rooney, Soupy Sales, Bill Dana, Captain Noah have all done the honor of serving in Ocean City’s most hilarious weekend.

There aren’t many towns that can throw a Doo Dah parade:  Ocean City is one of only three in the country cited in Wikepedia. (The concept was born in Pasadena as an arty, surrealist send-up of the civic idealism and pomposity of the Rose Bowl Parade.)

On Doo Dah parade day, Ocean City wins the title of “the family’s greatest resort” by throwing the most outrageously fun family weekend party on the Jersey Shore.

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Winter Rentals – Off Season Rentals on the Jersey Shore

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Looking for Winter Rentals  2013 – 2014 Off-season on  the Jersey Shore? We got!

Every year around this time – after Labor Day –  the Jersey Shore’s pricey summer weekly rentals turn into monthly winter rentals – and very good deals for people who want to vacation or live on the shore for an extended period in the winter.  Extended stay, monthly rentals can start anytime in the off-season from September on and continue to the middle of May. From 3 bedroom houses to condos and studio apartments, they are a cheap alternative to summer rentals. They afford a life at the beach; but you have to be ready to move out in May!

With a winter rental, expect to pay a monthly rent plus utilities – heat, electric, and sometimes cable and water. Leases are signed with a start and end date negotiated between tenant and landlord.

The Jersey shore has a laid back quality in fall and winter months. It becomes a quiet, scenic retreat – with no crowds, and the beach and boardwalk to yourself.  There’s still music, bars, entertainment, amusement park games, and special Fall and Holiday weekend events in the north and south Jersey shore towns:-Chowderfest on LBI (Long Beach Island), Fall snd Winter festival’s in Monmouth and Ocean County. And reservations not required for the Jersey shore’s seafood and boardwalk restaurants, except for Thanksgiving and the holidays.

The specifics about these Fall and Winter rentals aren’t always posted on the listings and not all owners offer winter rentals.  Owners specify the seasons they rent. So you need to call each owner directly to get the details.

Off season Rentals in: Monmouth County including many winter rentals – some pet-friendly in Ocean Grove, Bay Head, cottage winter rentals in Avon by the Sea, and  Point Pleasant Beach.  There are also some winter rentals listed further south in Ocean County on LBI – Long Beach Island though summer beach houses on the island Long Beach Island are often closed up after October for the very cold months.

See Ocean County winter rentals:

Bay Head Studio Apartment in Downtown

Barnegat Light: from single family to apartments

Browse Seaside Park winter rentals

Surf City Apartments in Two-Family Houses

See Monmouth County winter rentals:

Browse Ocean Grove wide selection on winter and off-season

Atlantic Highland Luxury Suites and Apartments

 

 

Posted in Jens Blog, Jersey Shore Vacation Travel.

Beach Chairs for the Handicapped – Avalon on the Jersey Shore

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On the Jersey ShoreSpecial Beach Chairs for the Handicapped

Beach chairs specifically designed for the handicapped, which are also known as Surf Chairs, have been donated by the Women’s Civic Club of Avalon.
They are available by reservation at the following locations: Lifeguard Stations in summer at 32nd and Avalon Avenue.

Beach Tags for Avalon  may be purchased for a discount prior to May 31st.

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Large House Rentals w/ pool on Jersey Shore

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Avalon, NJ vacation house rental Beach Block with Pool  – listing 979
6 bedroom, 6 bath, beach block house rental – with a pool!

Avalon, NJ Large House on the Jersey Shore for Rent: 

How many times do we get calls from travelers looking for a house with a pool on the Jersey Shore? Quite a lot!  Private pool homes on the Jersey Shore are relatively rare. But here is one:

This outstanding house vacation rental has its own private in ground swimming pool! Beautifully decorated new construction is just five houses from the beach in Avalon. Bright and airy, the house has six  bedrooms, six baths and can sleep up to 16 overnight guests comfortably. Don’t climb stairs. That’s OK. This large house rental has an elevator.

The 2nd level is for entertaining a pleasure with even more extra seating for guests. The dining room table expands to  seat 12 and the kitchen island seats an additional 6 guests.

Your summer guests can gather in several places: the  living room with a fireplace and also two family rooms. And then there’s the ocean. With this house, when your weeks vacation is over, you may not want to leave!

 

 

 

Crabbing on the Jersey shore

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mother and daughter crabbing off pier on Jersey shore

When a new member of OurTownRentals.com,  John, listed his bay front apartments in Seaside Park, I asked him  what there was to do in the neighborhood, and got a crash course on “crabbing.” His place is right across from a long pier and he supplies all the necessary gear including nets, drop lines and crab traps.

Our conversation stirred memories of childhood vacations in Barnegat Light on the Barnegat bay. My father, who was a sea-lover (for his “coming of age” before going off the college,  he worked as a deck boy on a Norwegian steamer that sailed to Russia)  would lead his brood of five to the jetty or a pier on Barnegat bay.  We were equipped with nets, and crab traps and even as young as four or five – we were capable of lowering them into the water – and then pulling them up – magically filled with creeping crabs.

Now as far as bringing them home with us to cook for dinner – I was reminded  that they have to be 5 ½  inches to keep and cook.  And plumbing the depths of my memory, I really don’t recall cooking them at all. We did play with them a bit and then threw them back in the big, beautiful bay. This was usually late afternoon, after we had come back from the beach.

We encourage the owners of vacation rentals to tell you about the things to do in their neighborhood. These travel tips (which appear next to the Google Map in the listing) are unique to each listing, written by a local, following through our theme, “live like a local.” In Seaside Park or LBI – Beach Haven, Barnegat Light, Surf City, Harvey Cedars, and Ship Bottom – you’ll find that “crabbing” is on the Jersey Shore top ten list.

 

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Jersey Shore rentals

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Repairs to Jersey shore’s iconic boardwalks are well underway. And we are happy to see so many of the property owners on our site  renting in 2013!  Some are completely renovating their rentals in time for the summer season. Others had no damage or minimal damage. This summer on the Jersey Shore will be an adventure for all.  Ocean Grove, for instance, was one town whose houses and cottages were mostly spared any damage and have a variety of rentals to offer. Boardwalk repairs are expected to be completed in most of the towns. In fact, from the Wildwoods to LBI to Point Pleasant to Asbury Park – there still  are really a lot of rentals to choose from, so browse around and call owners to get more details.

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Georgia’s Coastal Beach Towns

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Jekyll Island off Georgia coast USA

Untamed beauty of Jekyll Island beach

Georgia’s coastal playgrounds are found on solid land and barrier islands stretching from the historic town of Savannah Georgia to the Saint Marys River. The river is Georgia’s southeastern border with Florida. Its saltwater and freshwater tidal flow goes into the Cumberland Sound. Georgia’s fine sand beaches and historic beach towns entice vacationers with exciting maritime history and visual beauty.

Approximately one hundred miles long, the Georgia coast offers travelers ample opportunities for sightseeing and recreation. Clapboard cottages with Victorian trim, docks and fishing boats, island retreats, historic sites and natural beauty make this a very unique vacation experience. The lush landscape has cypress, pine, magnolia and river birch. A wide range of wildlife make this exquisite habitat their home: osprey, bald eagle, manatee, otter, beaver, awesome black bear, bobcat, and alligator.

The Georgia coastal islands have been described by some as a paradise and they include Tybee Island, St. Simons, Sea Island, Jekyll Island, and Cumberland Island.  OurTownRentals.com has a unique collection of Georgia cottages offered by owners looking to vacation on the beautiful Georgia coast.

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