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Image of UWS Townhouses You will find many beautiful townhouses on the Upper West Side, a neighborhood known for being kid friendly.

Don’t miss a beat in discovering all that New York City has to offer. Bringing a family to a large city can be challenging, so eliminate the stress that your living arrangements will be comfortable and accommodating to your entire family by staying in a furnished apartment. Furnished apartments are the most cost efficient way to house a family in this bustling city. We’ve hand selected the best furnished vacation rentals that will accommodate a family of any size!

Four Bedroom Vacation Rental in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn

Image of NY-15500 The charm from the early 1900’s is still prevalent in this antique apartment.

This four bedroom vacation rental in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn offers antique charm in a private setting. Your family can sprawl out in the comforts of this home which offers a grand living room that is accentuated with beautiful hardwood flooring and a show stopping ceiling medallion, which was common amongst early 20th century constructions. The updated kitchen has modern appliances, white sleek cabinets and subway tiles to add a contemporary feel to this well-appointed space. The master bedroom features a queen sized bed while the other three bedrooms offer single sized beds, so bring the entire family! Clinton Hill is a family friendly atmosphere, like that of Park Slope, with an artistic flare similar to Bushwick! You get the best of both worlds in this lively locale where you will also find many cafes and restaurants to enjoy. We even named a local bagel shop as one of the top 10 bagel spots in New York! Read the entire story here…»


The vegetarian movement has had a slow start in Paris, but more places are popping up and gaining popularity with the masses. We’ve searched high and low and found the top 10 vegetarian and vegan places to shop and eat in Paris. Keep reading to find out more!

1. East Side Burger

Image of Hamburger The delicious and 100% vegan Marcello burger from East Side Burger!

Vegetarians and vegans galore can choose from the wide range of meals and either sit in one of the 20 seating spots, or choose take out to enjoy the delicious selection. Every day, East Side Burger offers two burgers from its menu, and it informs the customers ahead of time so you can choose which day to go. All their burgers are vegetarian, and can be made vegan with the exception of the Le Fromager. In addition to the delicious burgers, they also serve vegetarian hot dogs, homemade sides, vegan quiches, snacks (onion rings), desserts, and also vegan desserts! You can get a burger, french fries or coleslaw and a drink all for 10 euros! They also have a coffee menu including all you can drink coffee and 2 vegan cookies for only 4 euros. Stay close by this burger joint by staying in one of these vacation rentals in the 11th arrondissement! Read the entire story here…»


Image of Central Park, Manhattan from above Check out New York’s green spaces beyond just Central Park

While Central Park is New York City’s most iconic green space, the city is peppered with parkland to provide a break from the bustle of the urban jungle. Public parks in all five boroughs give insight into daily life in the city that never sleeps and how New Yorkers find their place to stop and rest for a while.

New York City is also well-positioned to enjoy the metropolitan area’s many theme parks, which provide entertainment for thrill-seekers as well as anyone just looking to get out of the city for a little adventure!

1. Find peace in Midtown Manhattan on the Lawn at Bryant Park

One of the largest parks in Manhattan south of 59th Street, Bryant Park is more than just a soft, green lawn. There are lots of cultural amenities and events that draw first-time New York visitors and longtime residents alike. The New York Public Library’s outdoor library provides reading material during the summer months, and public readings by famous authors. The expansive dining areas on the terraces draw office workers for lunch and tourists to watch games of pétanque (bocce), chess, ping pong and more. Summer movie screenings (Mondays through August 24), Broadway shows (Thursdays from July through August 13) and other cultural events bring in a different crowd at night. Head to Bryant Park for a night of free culture in one of the city’s beloved green spaces or experience everything else that Midtown East has to offer! Read the entire story here…»


Image of Champagne Toast to the start of a lovely romantic getaway to this charming city of London.

London is a city with a population comparable to New York City; however it covers an area twice the size! This means that your romantic getaway to London will require a lengthy stay; therefore a comfortable accommodation is necessary. We have made a list of the best furnished apartments for your romantic stay in this beautiful city of London.

One Bedroom Rental in Bloomsbury

Image of LN-1433 The large floor-to-ceiling windows allow plenty of natural light to enter the space.

This one bedroom apartment in Bloomsbury has everything you could need for a romantic stay in London! The contemporary décor highlights the many desirable features of this apartment including hardwood flooring and floor-to-ceiling windows. If you plan to make romantic dinners for two, this modern kitchen has everything needed, including a fridge, oven and dishwasher, to spice up your cuisine and night! Cozy up to your significant other in the bedroom, which features an elegant full sized bed or stargaze on your own private balcony. Bloomsbury is known for the many gardens throughout the neighborhood as well as many artistic retreats including galleries and museums. Before venturing into this neighborhood, check out our tips for navigating this neighborhood and everything it has to offer! Read the entire story here…»


Going back to school may have kids dreading the fall, but it doesn’t have to be so frightful! There’s no better way of taking their minds off school than by bringing them to The Big Apple! With beautiful fall foliage, and countless activities ranging from the Haunted High Line to apple picking, you’ll show them just how spectacular the fall in NYC can be!

1. Visit NYC’s Parks

Image of Central Park View of Central Park on a crisp fall day!

The iconic Central Park is a great place to visit when the leaves start changing. Watch as the colors slowly fade from green to yellow, while you grab a delicious cup of hot chocolate or hot apple cider and stroll through the park. If you prefer to sit for a little then pack the kids’ favorite snacks and enjoy a peaceful picnic in the midst of busy Manhattan. Can’t get enough? Check out our guide to Central Park through the seasons! Not near Central Park? Head over to Prospect Park in Brooklyn to take the kids on a nice hike on one of the four nature trails in the park. The trails all offer spectacular views of waterfalls, the forest and the lull water, not to mention the changing leaves. Lastly, don’t forget to check out Hudson River Park, which stretches 4.5 miles (7.2 km), making it the second largest park in Manhattan! The kids will be sure to enjoy the children’s playground, tennis courts, soccer fields, and batting cages! Read the entire story here…»


Image of Hearts Check out our best apartments for a romantic getaway to Paris!

The French capital city of Paris is known as the most romantic city in the world. The winding streets and Renaissance architecture will leave you and your significant other in a trance. Experience firsthand why this city attracts millions of couples! Cozy up with your loved one in an environment that feels like home, a furnished apartment! We have compiled a list of apartments that are perfect for your romantic getaway to Paris.

One Bedroom Apartment in Les Halles (1st Arrondissement)

Image of PA-3574 This cozy apartment has all the furnishing you could need on your trip to the French capital city!

This one bedroom vacation rental in Les Halles is located in the 1st Arrondissement. You will find quaint contemporary furnishings in the living room, complimented by stunning herringbone hardwood floors. The room features two sofas, a coffee table, a phone and a TV with cable. The open concept eat-in kitchen features everything you need to prepare your own meals including a fridge, microwave, stovetop and coffee maker. The bathroom offers modern finishes for the shower, WC and the sink with a vanity. The simple bedroom has a plush full sized bed and offers ample closet space to make your romantic stay comfortable. This neighborhood has many restaurants and nightlife to enjoy as well as many popular Parisian attractions, including the Louvre Museum and the Jardin des Tuileries. Learn more about The Louvre, an iconic neighborhood sight. This neighborhood is also closely situated near the iconic Eiffel Tower, so check out some of our apartments with a view! Read the entire story here…»


Image of Big Ben in the Fall London’s Big Ben, framed by fall leaves on the Thames River

Whether it’s rain or shine in London, there are lots of activities to do for visitors of all ages. You can take advantage of the warm weather at the beginning of autumn in one of London’s many parks and outdoor spaces or head to one of the city’s world-renowned museums for rotating exhibits. Special events throughout the season can help you plan your trip and make the most of your time in London!

1. Spend an afternoon in Kensington Park at the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground.

Located in Kensington Park, one of central London’s largest green spaces, this playground is a great stop on an afternoon walk or as a destination of its own. There’s a large ship, a tree house complex and a teepee camp to play on, one of many great free options for exploring the city. It’s no wonder that this is the most popular park in London! For parents, there’s a convenient café and changing stations, making it easy to relax while the kids are having fun. Nearby the playground in the northwest corner of the park, you can also check out the round pond and gardens in the back of Kensington Palace. Admission to the royal residence is free for children under 13 and £16-£17 for adults. For other green spaces in London, check out our Top 10 list! Read the entire story here…»


The Big Apple. Gotham. The City That Never Sleeps. Whatever name you use to describe New York, one thing is certain – New York City is a lifestyle, not just a metropolis. We’ve made a list of the top ten most iconic spots in this spectacular place. After all – New York, New York…what a wonderful town!

1. Times Square

Image of Times Square Times Square shines as the city’s (neon) center

The official heart of New York’s tourist district, Times Square is the home of Broadway’s best theaters, shopping and dining opportunities – and oh yes, those giant eye-popping billboards. The area, wedged between 7th Avenue and Broadway and stretching across most of the West forties, has been transformed into a pedestrian-friendly space — so go ahead, snap that selfie before you head off to the theatre. For a more in-depth look at Times Square, click here.

2. Shopping on 34th Street

Those who think that the shopping begins and ends in Times Square have a lesson or two to learn. Head a few blocks south and you’ll find an equally diverse array of merchants. Sure, Times Square has that massive Toys ‘R’ Us, but 34th Street has something (arguably) even greater: the world’s second largest department store, Macy’s Herald Square. This retail giant is the home of countless fashion labels, world-famous Christmas windows, and an annual Thanksgiving Day Parade. If you emerge from the ten-plus floors unsatisfied, rejoice: nearby is the Manhattan Mall and flagship stores of popular brands Victoria’s Secret and a recently opened H&M. After you’ve done your day’s shopping, why not stay at a New York Habitat vacation rental? Read the entire story here…»


Image of Soaps Beautiful handmade perfumes and soaps at a street market in Grasse, France.

While many ancient societies commonly used perfumes, it was the French that made it a luxury item. Known as the perfume capital of the world, the town of Grasse in the South of France has the ideal climate to grow essential flowers, including jasmine and lavender. These ingredients are used to create the absolute best perfumes the modern world has come to know and love. Discover the top five perfumeries in the South of France where you can get a firsthand look at how these marvelous scents are created.

1. Galimard

Image of Grasse The lush greenery and flora on the hillsides in Grasse are used to make perfumes.

The Galimard Perfumery was originally founded by Jean de Galimard in 1747 and is the third oldest perfumery in the world. Yes, you read that right; this well respected perfumery is 268 years old! Since its founding, Galimard Perfumeries have maintained the original recipes that were used for King Louis XV, who reigned until his death in 1774. Its blend of jasmine, rose, lavender, orange flower and tuberose creates a scent that is loved by all. Did you know that you can take a tour of the factory and museum, which are located in Grasse? Offered 365 days a year, this guided tour will show you the laboratory where the perfumes are created from the extraction of locally grown fresh flowers. You can watch the bottling process and if you’re lucky, may even be told some of the company’s secrets to these time-honored scents! Stay in one of our vacation rentals in Nice, which have easy access to the town of Grasse and its perfumeries! Explore more about the city of Nice, France. Read the entire story here…»


Image of the village of Les Baux-de-Provence A typical Provençal landscape outside Les Baux de Provence

Provence’s rich history, dramatic landscapes and charming cities have attracted foreign visitors for centuries. This region has lots to offer, with international festivals, special cultural events and ample joie de vivre—the perfect environment for a romantic trip with your significant other! Enjoy all of France’s cultural atmosphere and the warm sun of the South of France by escaping with your loved one to Provence for a memorable vacation in one of our furnished rentals.

Garden Studio Loft with Terrace and Pool Access

Image of a poolside garden terrace You can lounge poolside with this romantic studio in Boulbon

Have you always dreamed of living the good life in a peaceful village in the French countryside? This charming studio vacation rental gives you the chance to do so in style, combining convenient amenities (air conditioning, fridge, modern bathroom), the luxury of an outdoor pool and terrace, and a location in the bucolic village of Boulbon, complete with traditional outdoor markets and a medieval château. After climbing a set of spiral stairs up from the garden of the larger villa (inhabited by the owners), you’ll find a stone-floored studio with a sofa, eat-in kitchen and a double bed (140cm wide) in a mezzanine above the main room. The bathroom is stylishly modern, with a large mirror and rainfall shower head. This vacation rental is well-placed for trips to some of the top 10 villages in Provence, less than an hour’s drive away! Read the entire story here…»