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Airbnb and Resy

Airbnb and Resy Simplify Dining Away from Home

With their new partnership, Airbnb and dining reservations app Resy make it easier than ever to get a taste of a new city.

“When you’re traveling,” says the video in the Airbnb blog post announcing the partnership, “all those unfamiliar options can make it hard to choose. That’s why Airbnb teamed up with Resy to handpick some of the best spots around, from local favorites to award winners.”

Now it’s possible to book a reservation at almost 650 restaurants in over 15 major U.S. cities, including Denver, San Francisco, Austin, Miami, and Washington, D.C. Through the Airbnb website or app, guests can choose the type of food they’re craving—from Indian cuisine to Japanese tapas and everything in between—and desired location. All of the restaurants on offer through Resy have been curated for their quality of food and service, so guests know they’re in for a good experience.

With Airbnb guests spending over $6.5 billion on dining in the last year (included in Airbnb’s restaurant report), it’s likely to be a lucrative partnership.

Looking toward the future, Airbnb plans to extend this service to international cities—and that’s not all. “We’re looking into allowing for even more dining options,” writes Airbnb in their blog post, “like exclusive tables for our users or social dining experiences where guests can share a meal and meet their fellow Airbnb travelers.”

Stunning Wash Park Home Sleeps 14!

Effortless Featured Property:
Stunning Wash Park Home Sleeps 14!

Accommodates: 14
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2

This wonderful 1920’s Craftsman bungalow is in Wash Park, one of Denver’s most lively neighborhoods. Historic meets modern with original hardwood floors throughout and stainless steel appliances in the newly updated and fully stocked kitchen. Funky décor and unique touches make this home truly one of a kind, and the open floorplan and large living areas offer plenty of space for your group of up to 14. After a day out exploring, cozy up in front of the fireplace or relax on the large back deck in your own private yard.

Stunning Wash Park Home Sleeps 14!

Stunning Wash Park Home Sleeps 14!
Stunning Wash Park Home Sleeps 14!
You’ll be within walking distance to great dining and nightlife on Broadway, and only 2 miles to downtown Denver. Walk to Wash Park and spend an afternoon strolling around the lake (or paddle boating, when the weather’s nice!), or gallery hop down South Pearl Street. Then end the evening sipping at one of the renowned wine or cocktail bars in the area. And don’t forget to check out the Farmer’s Market on South Pearl, which offers the best local produce, street food, and fresh flowers, Sundays through November 19.

Stunning Wash Park Home Sleeps 14!

Stunning Wash Park Home Sleeps 14!
For an unforgettable luxury rental in vibrant Wash Park, look no further than this incredible bungalow with a rich history. To book this home and get your Denver vacation started, click here.

Rental company vs doing it alone

The ERG Difference: Partnering with a
Rental Company vs. Doing It Alone

 

There’s a lot to think about as a short-term rental host, especially when you’re first starting out. You’ll consider pricing, interior design elements, details you want to include in your listing, and much more. But even with all of these decisions ahead, the most important choice you’ll make now is to either team up with a short-term rental management company or go at it alone.

Effortless Rental Group maximizes our clients’ revenue by setting nightly prices using our analytical pricing matrix, which accounts for variables like local events, hotel occupancy rates, and travel trends. We optimize your listing and post it on a variety of booking platforms, including our own exclusive platforms, Nightly Renter, Nightly Vacation Rental, and Best Family Vacation Rentals. More viewing platforms mean more bookings—and more money in your pocket.

Increasing your monthly earning potential is just the beginning. Effortless stands out from other rental management companies because we provide a turnkey service for our clients. This means that we take care of everything—from competitive pricing to bookings and guest correspondence to cleaning and maintenance. Our professional cleaning company and re-stocking team will give you the peace of mind that everything is ready when your guests arrive. Many of our clients travel abroad for part of the year or even live out of state. They trust us to manage every single aspect of their rental properties.

Another important benefit of a partnership with Effortless Rental Group is that you’ll be supported by a team of short-term rental experts who are dedicated to maximizing your monthly revenue and assisting you in any other way. Day or night, we’re always available for you and your guests.

Owners who want to maximize their revenue, give guests the best possible rental experience, and live without worrying about the upkeep of their investment property choose to partner with Effortless Rental Group. Whether you’re seeking management services for a complete holiday rental or flexible seasonal bookings, contact us today for an evaluation free of cost and obligation. We look forward to connecting with you soon!

Effortless Rental Group

720.475.1486

 

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Airbnb’s Open Homes Program Houses Hurricane Survivors

Helping those in need is nothing new for Airbnb. Since 2012, the company has connected thousands of people displaced by natural disasters and other emergency events with nearby hosts willing to donate their spare bedrooms. In 2015, Airbnb added a donation tool to their website for refugee assistance efforts through a partnership with The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Now, in response to the recent onslaught of hurricanes that have destroyed many homes and damaged countless others, Airbnb is once again stepping up to offer assistance in a crucial way: free shelter for those with nowhere else to go.

Through its Open Homes program, Airbnb creates a platform for hosts in disaster areas to list their homes for free. Then either partner agencies or verified account holders contact the hosts to set up bookings, which can last from one night to over a month, depending on the host’s preferences and availability. The process happens quickly, and people who have become homeless overnight soon have a secure and welcoming place to rest and recover.

“At the heart of our mission is the idea that people are fundamentally good and every community is a place where you can belong,” writes Airbnb CEO and Co-founder Brian Chesky on the Airbnb website.

Over 700 hosts signed up to help Hurricane Harvey evacuees and relief workers, and another 200+ have opened their homes in the US and the Caribbean to those affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, with numbers continuing to rise.

Even with all they’ve already accomplished, Airbnb founders don’t plan to stop anytime soon. In February, the company announced their goal to find free housing for 100,000 displaced people over the next five years. They will also donate $4 million over the next four years to the International Rescue Committee (IRC), to provide resources directly to refugees, evacuees, and others who need emergency assistance.

Founders are optimistic about the future generosity of hosts to help achieve these goals. Co-founder Joe Gebbia writes in an Airbnb blog post titled Opening More Homes to People in Need, “…Every single time we’ve asked our community to open their doors and hearts to help others, they have more than exceeded our expectations: they have humbled us with the immensity of their kindness.”

For more information and to volunteer your home, visit the Open Homes page here.

New Zealand, Island

Our Chief Content Officer, Becca visits Taranaki, New Zealand

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.

Rooms with a View

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!

Breckenridge, CO

http://nightlyrenter.com/vacation-rentals/stunning-home-main-st-walk-everywhere-sleeps-10/

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.

Accommodates: 10
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3.5

 

Breckenridge Mountain Getaway Sleeps 10!

Breckenridge, CO

http://nightlyrenter.com/vacation-rentals/stunning-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.

Accommodates: 10
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 3

 

Incredible Indian Hills Estate

Indian Hills, CO

http://nightlyrenter.com/vacation-rentals/stunning-indian-hills-estate-sleeps-24/

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.

Accommodates: 24
Bedrooms: 6
Bathrooms: 9

 

Walk to Mile High Stadium—Roof Deck!

Denver, CO

http://nightlyrenter.com/vacation-rentals/modern-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.

Accommodates: 6
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1.5

 

Amazing Downtown Views at Larimer St!

Denver, CO

http://nightlyrenter.com/vacation-rentals/amazing-downtown-views-coors-field-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.

Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1

 

Luxe 3 Story Loft Rooftop Deck!

Denver, CO

http://nightlyrenter.com/vacation-rentals/luxe-3-story-loft-rooftop-deck-city-views/

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.

Accommodates: 8
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 3

Denver Concert Calendar, October

Denver Concert Calendar—October

Whether you’re soaking up the sun in the world-renowned Red Rocks Amphitheater or visiting great local venues like the Bluebird and the Fillmore, live music is everywhere you look in Denver. Check out the best concerts happening in October.

 

Oct. 2: Kings of Leon – Red Rocks

Oct. 3: Incubus – Red Rocks

Oct. 3: SG LewisLarimer Lounge

Oct. 4: Matchbox TwentyPepsi Center

Oct. 5: The Shins – Red Rocks

Oct. 6: Milky Chance – Fillmore Auditorium

Oct. 7: Weezer & X Ambassadors – Red Rocks

Oct. 9: The xx – Red Rocks

Oct. 10: KrewellaOgden Theatre

Oct. 10: The ScriptParamount Theatre

Oct. 12: Alison Krauss & David Gray – Red Rocks

Oct. 13: Tech N9ne – Red Rocks

Oct. 13: Zach Heckendorf – The Bluebird Theater

Oct. 14: HansonSummit Music Hall

Oct. 14: Imagine Dragons – Pepsi Center

Oct. 14-15: The War on Drugs – Ogden Theatre

Oct. 16: Red Hot Chili Peppers – Pepsi Center

Oct. 16: The Strumbellas – Summit Music Hall

Oct. 17: Janet Jackson – Pepsi Center

Oct. 18: Radical Face – The Bluebird Theater

Oct. 19-20: Deadmau5 – Red Rocks

Oct. 21: Bob Dylan & His Band 1stBank Center

Oct. 25: Arcade Fire – Pepsi Center

Oct. 26: Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band – Pepsi Center

Oct. 27: Blind MelonCervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom

Oct. 29: Halsey – Pepsi Center

Oct. 30: Bruno Mars – Pepsi Center

 

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Denver Culture Calendar—October

There’s so much going on in the Mile High City, it can be difficult to narrow down your options. So we’ve done it for you! Whatever you’re seeking for your next outing, Denver has it. Scroll through the gallery below to get a taste of October.

 

Comedy

Oct. 1: Rob LoweEllie Caulkins Opera House

Oct. 5-7: The Sklar BrothersComedy Works (South)

Oct. 6: Carlos MenciaParamount Theatre

Oct. 7: Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood – Paramount Theatre

Oct. 11: Adam Cayton-Holland – Comedy Works (Downtown)

Oct. 19-21: Jon Lovitz – Comedy Works (South)

Oct. 20: Mike Birbiglia – Paramount Theatre

Oct. 20-22: Jay Pharoah – Comedy Works (Downtown)

Oct. 22: Nick Offerman – Paramount Theatre

Oct. 28: Jay Leno – Paramount Theatre

 

Theater

Oct. 1-14: AppropriateCurious Theatre Company

Oct. 1-22: Girls Only: The Secret Comedy of WomenGarner Galleria Theatre & Bar

Oct. 1-28: The Legend of Sleepy HollowMiners Alley Playhouse, Golden

Oct. 1-29: Macbeth – Space Theatre

Oct. 1-Nov. 11: Once: A New MusicalMidtown Arts Center, Fort Collins

Oct. 6-Nov. 5: A Delicate BalanceThe Edge Theater

Oct. 7: Purple Rain: The Music of PrinceBoettcher Concert Hall

Oct. 13-15: Mozart’s Requiem – Boettcher Concert Hall

Oct. 13-Nov. 19: Smart PeopleRicketson Theatre

Oct. 17-29: Something Rotten!Buell Theatre

Oct. 26-27: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas – Boettcher Concert Hall

Oct. 28: Halloween Spooktacular –  Boettcher Concert Hall

 

Museum Exhibits

Oct. 1-29: La Musidora – Denver Art Museum

Oct. 1-Nov. 12: Common Ground: Photographs by Fazal Sheikh, 1989-2013 – Denver Art Museum

Oct. 1-Jan. 21: Still & Art – Clyfford Still Museum

Oct. 1-May 19: Stampede: Animals in Art – Denver Art Museum

Oct. 3: Beers Made by Walking – Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Oct. 6-Jan. 15: Ultimate Dinosaurs – Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Oct. 6-Feb. 1: Conquest of the Skies 3D – Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Denver Culture Calendar July 2017

Denver Culture Calendar—July 2017

There’s so much going on in the Mile High City, it can be difficult to narrow down your options. So we’ve done it for you! Whatever you’re seeking for your next outing, Denver has it. Scroll through the gallery below to get a taste of July.

 

Comedy

July 6-8: Steve-OComedy Words (South)

July 13: Dave ChappelleBellco Theatre

July 13-15: Hari Kondabolu – Comedy Works (Downtown)

July 13-15: Sinbad – Comedy Works (South)

July 15: Dave Chappelle – Red Rocks

July 20-23: James Davis – Comedy Works (Downtown)

July 22: Steve Martin & Martin Short – Bellco Theatre

July 27-30: Drew Michael – Comedy Works (Downtown)

July 28-29: Nikki Glaser – Comedy Works (South)

July 29: Jim Gaffigan1stBank Center

 

Theater

June 1-July 9: Luzia by Cirque du Soleil Pepsi Center

June 11-Aug. 13: Colorado Shakespeare FestivalCU Boulder

June 23-Aug. 6: Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny CashVintage Theatre

June 30-July 23: Baby Boomer Baby – A Musical Comedy Talkin’ ‘bout My Generation – The Dairy Arts Center, Boulder

July 5-Aug. 23: Mixed Taste – Seawell Grand Ballroom

July 7-15: Sonder: Immersive Dance Theatre ExperienceEllie Caulkins Opera House

July 13-Aug. 6: AnnieStage Theatre

 

Museum Exhibits

Feb. 17-Dec. 30: Dream Big 3D: Engineering Our World – Denver Museum of Nature & Science

April 28-Sept. 24: Calder: Monumental – Denver Botanic Gardens

May 8-Aug. 20: Tableau – Denver Art Museum

June 2-Aug. 3: Chromatic – Artwork Network Gallery & Event Center

June 2-Aug. 27: Jenny Morgan – Skindeep – Museum of Contemporary Art Denver

June 3-Jan.14: Dinosaur Discoveries: Ancient Fossils, New Ideas – The Longmont Museum

June 30-Oct. 29: La Musidora – Denver Art Museum

Denver concert calendar July 2017

Denver Concert Calendar—July 2017

Whether you’re soaking up the sun in the world-renowned Red Rocks Amphitheater or visiting local venues like the Bluebird and the Fillmore, live music is everywhere you look in Denver. Check out the best concerts happening in July.

 

July 6: Queen & Adam LambertPepsi Center

July 7-9: Bassnectar1stBank Center

July 7-9: The Avett Brothers – Red Rocks

July 10: Santana – Red Rocks

July 11: Beck – Red Rocks

July 13: Michael Franti & Spearhead – Red Rocks

July 13-14: Jack JohnsonFiddler’s Green

July 14: Michelle BranchThe Gothic Theatre

July 14: Railroad Earth & Leftover Salmon – Red Rocks

July 15: Brad Paisley – Pepsi Center

July 15: Daryl Hall & John Oates with Tears for Fears

July 16: Amos Lee with the Colorado Symphony – Red Rocks

July 16: Garbage/Blondie – Fiddler’s Green

July 18: Goo Goo Dolls – Fiddler’s Green

July 19: Dirty Heads & SOJA – Red Rocks

July 19: Jaymes YoungLarimer Lounge

July 19: John Mayer – Pepsi Center

July 20: Earth, Wind & Fire with Chic – Pepsi Center

July 21: Neil Diamond – Pepsi Center

July 21-23: The String Cheese Incident – Red Rocks

July 26: Glass Animals – Red Rocks

July 29: Kendrick Lamar – Pepsi Center

July 29: Zac Brown BandCoors Field

July 30: Creedence Clearwater Revival Hudson Gardens

July 31: Steve Miller Band – Red Rocks

July 31: Tim McGraw & Faith Hill – Pepsi Center