02/10/17 11:21am

crested butte

What a shame to let a gorgeous vacation house stand empty when it could be put to good use raising funds to support the homeless!

If you’re going to rent a vacation place anyway, why not book a spot that will do the same?

Austin Street Center is hosting a fundraiser that has your name all over it if you own a vacation home that you are willing to lend, or if you are interested in purchasing a stay at a lovely vacation property to benefit the Center’s facilities and programs to help the homeless. The second annual No Place Like Home Event will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23, at Pirch NorthPark Center. Linda and Frank Roby are co-chairing the event.

Find out what beautiful getaways you can bid for on SecondShelters.com.

02/08/17 4:36pm
Photo by Noah Wetzel, courtesy of Colorado Tourism Board.

Photo by Noah Wetzel, courtesy of Colorado Tourism Board.

Lucky you if you’re heading for a snow vacation over Presidents Day weekend. And, you’re in for a treat if Steamboat Springs happens to be your destination. This welcoming northwestern Colorado town has very a unique amenity — mystical therapeutic waters that spring from the ground to soothe tired muscles after a long day on the slopes. Click here for the scoop from Valerie Jarvie, plus a peek at a luxe property that may be just what you’re looking for in a mountain retreat.

01/26/17 9:55am

steve cairns

 

Today’s highlighted agent may be a familiar face to you, especially if you are a member of the congregation at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church — he’s Steve Cairns, who served as youth minister in the 3,000-member church for more than 20 years.

It turns out the character traits needed to provide guidance and support to young people in a spiritual setting lend themselves nicely to assisting individuals purchasing a new home. Steve’s personal journey finding a new home and navigating the complex waters of the buying it led him to join the team at the Lakewood/Lake Highlands office of Ebby Halliday Realtors, where he’s planning to help others seeking shelter themselves.

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01/24/17 8:50am

Gambler Cabin 1 Montana

Montana on your mind, or wish-booking mountain vacation homes wherever?  I came across a few Big Sky properties with sophisticated, up-to-date design, the perfect antidote to “same old, same old” Alpine venues. These lofty properties reflect contemporary styling, yet feel perfectly cozy.

Click here for a look at the new Montana modern.

01/13/17 4:22pm

Boot Ranch

More news from Boot Ranch, the luxe private golf club and residential community we’ve been following in the Texas Hill Country: a new toque in the kitchen. Boot Ranch chef (and Abacus alum) chef Aaron J. Staudenmaier left the ranch in October to return to Dallas to join Tracy Rathbun and Lynae Fearing in Lovers Seafood and Market which opens in the next few weeks. Fredericksburg pastry queen Rebecca Rather filled in during the transition while Boot Ranch management sought out their new executive chef – Casey McQueen. McQueen is now at the helm of the Boot Ranch kitchens, overseeing the clubhouse dining room, outdoor bar and grill and catering activities.

Click through to SecondShelters.com for the low down on what this new face brings to the table.

01/12/17 9:56am
Julie Dodson Round Top

Kevin Isbell with Julie Dodson at the Round Top Designer Shopping Spree 2016. Photos courtesy of Julie Dodson.

 

Twice a year, 2,000 dealers and over 100,000 shoppers from all over the U.S. flock to Round Top, midway between Austin and Houston, for the Round Top Antiques Fair. It’s a shopping extravaganza showcasing European and American antiques, architectural elements, and collectibles.

Texas’ own designer Julie Dodson hosted a special event at last year’s fall show that was such a success she’s returning for a reprise this year. The Second Annual Designer Dream Spree, to be held September 26-29,  will include shopping the dealers of Round Top, a designer panel discussion on “Exceptional Discoveries,” and an array of social gatherings, from wine tastings to fine dining featuring cuisine prepared by notable Houston chef Travis Lenig.
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01/10/17 8:35am

Kimpton-Seafire-Resort

That arctic blast made me long for a warm beach with a tropical breeze! Time to head for Seven Mile Island, named by Travel and Leisure as “The Caribbean’s Best Beach.” The destination I am longing for? The Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa, Grand Cayman, the first new hotel in the Cayman Islands in a decade. Developer Dart Realty opened the boutique hotel just this past November, and announced the launch of an affiliated residential option: The Residences of Seafire, 62 luxurious modern units in floor plans ranging from 600-square-foot studios to 4,000-square-foot, four-bedroom abodes that share the resort’s landscaped gardens and pools, panoramic views, and open access to gorgeous Seven Mile Beach.

Click here for a peek at pics of this posh paradise, enhanced with famed interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullards’ Carribean-inspired public spaces and the stunning natural beauty of the setting on SecondShelters.com.

12/02/16 5:13pm
Boot Ranch

Boot Ranch already has amazing amenities, but they’re upping the ante with new developments.

Lucky me (Lucky I?) was invited to be a guest at Boot Ranch in Fredericksburg this past month, to learn details of news from the 2,000-acre luxury residential development and private golf and swim club set in the heart of the Texas Hill Country.

We’ve written about Boot Ranch before. On the agenda now: an introduction to the Village Homes at Metzger Park, a condominium-like option added to the array of residential offerings here; and planned Longhorn Lake amenities: a party pavilion, tree houses and jumping rocks off the spring fed lake’s shore. A road trip was in order to check out the new features.

Check out the scoop on SecondShelters.com.