As we drove along the potholed dirt road leading to our first real farm in New Zealand, we didn’t know what to expect. My friend and I had stayed with a few families who kept small veggie gardens or a couple of chickens. We had worked on a vineyard and painted a house on the coast near the sparkling Bay of Islands. But never before had we worked on a rare breeds farm with cows, horses, goats, donkeys, llamas… and that’s all we could gather from the blurry photos posted online. The farmer’s post asked for help designing signs and constructing a few buildings. It sounded perfect: I would paint, my friend would do the heavy lifting. We figured we’d stay a week or maybe two, but no longer as we were eager to continue south to the Tongariro Crossing trek and then to the capital city of Wellington.
Six weeks later, we packed up everything from our shepherd’s hut, a replica built by our host famer of those used in the 19th century. This tiny shack was no bigger than a closet, with a twin bed wedged into one side and a miniature desk nestled into the other. But it turned out this was all the space we needed—one of many ways we learned to live simply in those six weeks. That morning, as with every other morning on the farm, we opened our door to a field of animals that had woken up with the sun: a donkey rubbing its back on a tree with a goat teetering in the upper branches, a cow chomping grass with a baby alpaca running in front of it, swaying its legs from side to side as if in a joyful dance. We attempted to wedge the mementos of the last month and a half into our already overstuffed backpacks. A huge curled ram’s horn found on the side of the stream. A couple bottles of homebrewed ginger kombucha. A rubber castration ring that the farmer jokingly instructed me to pull out of my pocket and threaten to use when a guy gave me unwanted attention in a bar.
I didn’t paint one sign on the farm; my friend didn’t help with one construction project. Instead, we herded animals, helped sell meat and beeswax at the farmer’s market, and learned how to make cheese and bread. I milked the six mama goats twice a day, and the house cow, a stout Dexter named Susie who was about as wide as she was tall, every morning. We bottle-fed this milk to baby goats and sheep who had been separated from their mothers, drank it ourselves, and used it to make cheese and butter for the house. We gathered, harvested, or butchered all of our main food staples: fruit and veggies from the garden, meat from the field, eggs from the coop. Volunteers and friends came and went, but we typically had around ten people to feed every day. Even with a group this large, we produced only a small grocery bag of kitchen trash every two weeks. Growing and raising our own food allowed us to cut down our plastic waste, especially from packaging, to almost nothing. We were truly living off the land.
After saying our goodbyes to people and animals, my friend and I climbed into our car, still smelling like the bonfire from the night before. We drove past the site of the hangi, a traditional Maori method of cooking meat and vegetables on red-hot coals in a deep hole in the ground. We passed by the emu with a bad attitude, who flashed his red eyes and stepped forward with dinosaur feet as big as my face. I pulled out the curled ram’s horn and set it on our dashboard, where it rattled and jumped all the way down to Wellington, freeways replacing rivers, parking lots filling in fields.
We know that one of your favorite parts of a vacation is just sitting back and relaxing, with no obligations or responsibilities. Whether it’s at a peaceful mountain resort or vibrant downtown loft, we want your chill time to be the best it can be. That’s why Effortless Rental Group offers a variety of properties with awesome views. Mountains, skyline, or the calm ripples of a lake—whatever you’re looking out on, we want the view to be a memorable part of your vacation. Check out our list below for our top six properties with the best views.
Stunning Home Main St—Walk Everywhere!
This Breckenridge paradise features amazing mountain views from the outdoor fireplace area, wraparound deck, and large picture windows. Located right on Main Street, you’ll be within walking distance to all of the amazing restaurants, bars, galleries, and shops that Breckenridge has to offer. Relax in the hot tub and soak in the tranquility of the Rockies.
Breckenridge Mountain Getaway Sleeps 10!
This bright luxury home is nestled in the lovely town of Breckenridge and has breathtaking views of the mountains. After a day of sightseeing or skiing, kick back on the large deck with seating and a grill, or unwind in the private hot tub. You’ll be in the perfect location for hiking and biking trails, family-friendly activities, vibrant nightlife, skiing, and much more.
Incredible Indian Hills Estate
Indian Hills, CO
Panoramic views of the Colorado foothills and the highest standard of luxury make this six-bedroom estate an unforgettable place to stay. Picture windows throughout the estate bring the outdoors inside, providing natural light and spectacular views. With towering trees, horse riding trails, and snow-capped mountains in your backyard, nature will surround you everywhere you look.
Walk to Mile High Stadium—Roof Deck!
It doesn’t get much better than gazing at this fantastic view of the famous Denver skyline while you sip a drink on the rooftop patio of this beautiful home. Within walking distance to Mile High Stadium and Jefferson Park, you’ll be in the prime location to spend your days exploring the heart of the city.
Amazing Downtown Views at Larimer St!
You’ll be right in the middle of all the downtown action in this completely remodeled condo in a terrific location. Lounge in your living room and watch bustling Denver spread out below. Stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and leather furniture give this property a sleek and modern feel, with easy access to downtown hotspots like Larimer Square and Coors Field.
Luxe 3 Story Loft Rooftop Deck!
Jump right into all of the concerts, festivals, and exhibits that downtown Denver hosts year-round with a stay at this gorgeous 3-story loft centrally located near LoDo. Sit out on the rooftop deck and take in the amazing city views, especially at sunset! With high ceilings and large rooms, your group will have plenty of space to plan your Denver outings.
Effortless Rental Group is excited to announce that the stunning Indian Hills Estate will open as an exclusive event space November 2017. Panoramic views of the famous Colorado foothills and the highest standard of luxury throughout make this six-bedroom estate an unforgettable location for your wedding. The immaculate space includes a pavilion, a spacious deck, an equestrian center, and a paved outdoor area ideal for large parties. The estate sleeps 24, and the 75-acre lot accommodates up to 150 guests.
With towering trees, horse riding trails, and snow-capped mountains in your backyard, you’ll be surrounded by nature everywhere you look.
Effortless Rental Group offers a complete range of event planning and personal services, including:
- Wedding planner (see Milk Glass Productions for more info!)
- Professional photography
- Catering & cake
- Beverage & bartending
- In-house massage specialists
- Hair/makeup stylists
- Private chefs
- Luxury car rentals
Please let us know if you would like us to arrange any of the services mentioned above, or if we can help you with anything else.
We look forward to helping you plan your special day!
There’s nothing better than summer in Colorado. With festivals and markets every weekend, Red Rocks open for the concert season, and the thawing of the mountains, there’s no shortage of things to do. Hiking, biking, climbing, whitewater rafting—whatever adventure you’re looking for, you’ll be sure to find it here. If a quiet stroll in nature is more your speed, the Denver Botanic Gardens and Colorado’s 42 state parks offer a great escape. For the creatively inclined, festivals like the Cherry Creek Arts Festival (July 1-3) and A Taste of Colorado (September 1-4) showcase a wide range of talent and are celebrated by locals and visitors alike.
Effortless Rental Group features a variety of properties that put you right in the middle of all the summer action. Whether you’re reuniting with the entire family or meeting up with a couple friends for a weekend away, you’ll find the perfect spot for your trip. Take a look at some of our ideal summer properties below.
(COMING SOON!) 1. Exquisite Indian Hills Estate Sleeps 24!
Panoramic views of the famous Colorado foothills and the highest standard of luxury make this six-bedroom estate an unforgettable place to stay in the summer. With towering trees, horse riding trails, and stunning mountains in your backyard, you’ll be surrounded by nature everywhere you look. *This striking estate is perfect for weddings and other special events.
2. Union Station Loft! Heart of Downtown – Sleeps 10!
Stay in the middle of all the summer action in this gorgeous loft within walking distance of Union Station and some of the best restaurants and bars downtown. The open floor plan offers plenty of room for large groups, and the private rooftop patio is the perfect place to unwind after a day exploring the city!
3. Modern Highlands Home – Multiple Decks! Great Views!
Custom handmade décor, sun-drenched rooms, exposed brick, and sweeping views of the city make this home truly unique. Stay close to bustling restaurants, bars, and shops. Sip a cold drink and watch the sunset from the back patio on the main floor or the balcony with amazing views of the Denver skyline.
4. Stunning Modern Sloan’s Lake – Roof Deck! Sleeps 10!
Enjoy both city and mountain views from this incredible home in the perfect location for exploring Denver. Walk to Sloan’s Lake Park or make the drive to the mountains for amazing hiking and biking spots. The spacious rooftop deck is wonderful for warm summer evenings!
Welcome to Denver Skyline Lofts, the ultimate in Denver luxury rental. Each deluxe loft spans an entire spacious floor of the building and features open floor plans, private balconies with 360-degree views of the city, and the highest quality furnishings. Stay in the optimal downtown location—just blocks from 16th Street Mall, LoDo, and the hottest dining and nightlife spots. Modern and upscale, these top-line luxury lofts offer the best of Denver.
Denver Skyline Lofts feature one of the best rooftop patios in Denver. The private space has incredible panoramic views of downtown and a large hot tub that looks out over the city. Make a drink at the granite-top bar and relax in the fireplace area with 2 TVs.
The complete entertainment center on the first floor of the building includes 2 flat-screen TVs in the main room and a film area with a large projector screen and leather seating. The center also offers a granite-top bar, game machines, shuffleboard and pool tables, and an indoor driving range.
This bustling area is full of trendy galleries, clubs, coffeehouses, and the famous Denver Art Museum, which has exhibits that rotate on a weekly basis. Indulge in fine dining and get a taste of Denver at 5-star restaurants nearby such as Palace Arms and The Capital Grille.
Learn more about Denver Skyline Lofts at www.denverskylinelofts.com
After over a year helping owners manage their investment properties in Denver, Effortless is excited to announce that we have expanded our services into Boston. Thanks to everyone who continues to support us as we grow our business!
Take a look at some of our gorgeous Boston properties here: https://effortlessrentalgroup.com/boston/