Category Archives: Blog

Meet the Hardy Javelina

Welcome to the vast and beautiful Sonoran Desert, home to over 60 different mammal species. One mammal you may see (and smell) should you visit our desert is the javelina (pronounced have-uh-LEEN-uh) which is the common name for the collared peccary.  Javelinas are pig-like animals in appearance but are a different species than pigs or…

02/10/2020 | by nicole dawn reiber | | Blog

No Gambler’s Share with Travel Insurance

Planning a trip? Willing to gamble and forgo the cost of travel insurance? Let me share some true horror stories, disguised to protect the victims who now, I’m willing to bet, never travel without it. Scary Story # 1: A USA couple are on a cruise ship off the coast of the Falkland Islands when…

02/09/2020 | by nicole dawn reiber | | Blog

If Only You Would Ask Before You Book

  It goes without saying that we want you to be happy with your vacation rental home. Arizona Vacation Home Rentals’ website and the other sites that market our homes feature photos, descriptions, amenities, location, reviews and details. Our goal is to be explicit as well as crystal clear: we want you to have all…

06/19/2019 | by nicole dawn reiber | | Blog

Truth or Consequences in Vacation Home Rentals

  Behind the Scenes A friend who has a rental home along the coast tells the following true story… Her home had a $500 security deposit collected with reservation fees. A guest swiped two pillow shams from a queen bed in the home and then contacted the owner when the return of her security deposit…

05/12/2019 | by nicole dawn reiber | | Blog

Navigating Stars: Rating Vacation Rental Homes

  Background Information The Internet has transformed many industries including, of course, the travel industry. A consequence of the Internet’s revolution is that online travel companies depend on guest feedback to determine their ratings. Although these ratings are not standardized, most are done in the form of stars, diamonds or rosettes. Even before the Internet…

03/24/2019 | by nicole dawn reiber | | Blog

There’s No Place Like (A Vacation Rental) Home:  Why Homes Outshine Hotels

  A recent and popular trend with business travelers as well as families on the go is to stay in a vacation rental home instead of a hotel. If you haven’t explored renting a home in place of reserving a hotel room, keep reading…   Three good reasons why we know vacation rental homes are…

12/14/2018 | by nicole dawn reiber | | Blog

Wiley Coyotes and Expeditious Roadrunners

  Some of us spent our earliest years watching Saturday morning cartoons with their host of irresistible animated characters such as Bugs Bunny, Yogi Bear and Huckleberry Hound. One of my family’s favorites was Road Runner with the zany but somewhat lovable Wile E. Coyote and the marathon racing Roadrunner. For those of you who…

11/18/2018 | by nicole dawn reiber | | Blog

Arizona’s Finer Arts

By providing links to other sites, AVHR does not guarantee, approve, or endorse information or products available on these sites.     You may be surprised to know that for those who seek creative stimulation the greater Phoenix area offers some very fine art. Yes, we are a desert, but we are alive with color and…

11/04/2018 | by nicole dawn reiber | | Blog

Jumpin’ Jack Flash: Tales of Jackrabbits

That flash of tall, black or white tipped ears you see racing and leaping in the desert may be called a jackrabbit but it’s not a rabbit, it’s a hare. Hares and rabbits are different: hares are usually bigger than rabbits; they have longer hind legs and ears; they prefer living in open areas; and…

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Making a Splash in the Desert

By providing links to other sites, AVHR does not guarantee, approve, or endorse information or products available on these sites.   We live in a beautiful arid desert. Many of the vacation homes AVHR rents have pools and hot tubs which provide a private oasis for our guests. It may surprise you to know that we…

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