Cannon Beach Vacation Rentals to Appear on Internationally Televised Reality Show

 

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LiveRez partner Cannon Beach Vacation Rentals will be featured on an upcoming episode of Getting Away Together.

Cannon Beach Vacation Rentals is set to be the next LiveRez partner to appear on Getting Away Together, an international reality television series that highlights travelers staying together in professionally managed vacation rentals.

In late September, filming wrapped in Cannon Beach for the upcoming episode, which is tentatively scheduled to appear in spring 2014.

Getting it Made

Getting on the show was the culmination of a two-year process for Cannon Beach Vacation Rentals Owner Linda Beck-Sweeney and her management team of Brian Olson and Barbara Cool-Olson.

General Manager Brian Olson said that getting the show to approve Cannon Beach as a locale was the easy part of the process, but gathering the funding needed to get show made was more challenging.

According to Olson, the community of Cannon Beach came together to help make it happen. And, they even got help from some unexpected places.

“The fun part about this that surprised some people is we actually got help from local hoteliers,” Olson said.

Most people would think that hoteliers would see vacation rentals as competition and not want to help them. But, according to Olson, some of the hoteliers in Cannon Beach saw the common benefit for all of Cannon Beach, and were more than willing to help.

In addition to the hoteliers, Cannon Beach also secured funding from a number of other sources, including a big boost from their local Tourism and Arts Commission.

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The cast partakes in yoga at Ecola State Park.

A Boon to Local Tourism

Getting Away Together is produced by the Emmy-award-winning team at PineRidge Productions and is part of an awareness initiative by the Vacation Rental Managers Association. In just its second season, the show is broadcast on more than two thirds of PBS Stations across the United States and in nearly half of the top 25 television markets. The show is broadcast in all 50 states and has the ability to reach 65 percent of U.S. households.  In May, it was announced that the show will now also be distributed globally by Canamedia.

Olson is confident that the exposure created by the show will provide a big boost to tourism in Cannon Beach.

“I think people will see our little part of the world and go, ’Gee, we’ve got to go there,’” Olson said.  “I think we’re going to see a huge push from people who see it and want to go to Cannon Beach.”

One of the coolest aspects of the show is that the footage is actually owned by the local chamber of commerce. And, local businesses, including Cannon Beach Vacation Rentals, will be able to use that footage in their marketing efforts.

“Because this project went through our chamber of commerce, our chamber owns all the footage,” Olson said. “That means if we want to do something down the road, we can call PineRidge and say, ‘Hey, can you create a little three-minute video featuring this gallery and this activity, so we can use it in our advertising or promotions.’”

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The cast enjoys a cooking class and dinner, courtesy EVOO.

About the Episode

The cast of this episode is a group of three young couples from Utah. During their stay, the group enjoyed a truly local experience. They visited Cannon Beach’s iconic landmark Haystack Rock, did yoga at Ecola State Park, had surf lessons at Indian Beach, saw glass blowing at IceFire Glassworks, shopped at local businesses, and had a cooking class and ate dinner courtesy of Cannon Beach Cooking School EVOO.

“It was a jam packed weekend,” said Olson, who was with the group as a guide for most of their stay.

The grouped stayed in “Sea Breeze,” a beautiful 4-bedroom house with amazing ocean views, which is one of more than 80 properties offered by Cannon Beach Vacation Rentals.

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The cast stayed at Sea Breeze, a beautiful 4-bedroom house with amazing ocean views

Olson said that one of the cast members has a popular blog called the “The Well Traveled Wife,” where she chronicled the groups’ stay.

“Ever since she left, she has been blogging about her experience doing the television show,” Olson said. “So, Cannon Beach is getting even more coverage because of her blog.”

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The cast has some fun at the beach, near the Haystack Rock.

LiveRez Partners on TV

Cannon Beach Vacation Rentals’ upcoming television appearance will be the latest in a long string of national television appearances by LiveRez partners.

More Information

To learn more about the show, visit GettingAwayTogether.com. And, to learn more about Cannon Beach Vacation Rentals, call 866-436-0940 or visit VisitCB.com.

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LiveRez Partner Southern Belle Vacation Rentals to Be Featured on HGTV’s “Bang for Your Buck”

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LiveRez Partner Southern Belle Vacation Rentals will be featured on an upcoming episode of HGTV’s “Bang for Your Buck.”

LiveRez Partner Southern Belle Vacation Rentals will be featured on an upcoming episode of HGTV’s “Bang for Your Buck.”  The episode, premiering July 3 at 3 p.m. e/p, will highlight the remodel of three “Small Savannah Homes with Southern Charm.”

For those that are not familiar with “Bang for Your Buck,” the general format of each show is pitting three remodeled houses against each other to compete for a prize. At the end of the episode, the houses are appraised and the winner is the home with the highest return on investment.

The July 3 episode will feature a home owned by Walt and Summer Freeman, who own Southern Belle Vacation Rentals. The couple recently remodeled the home with the intention of later offering it through their vacation rental program.

The property, called “Charlton Street Retreat,” is 1 bedroom, 1.5 bath home built in 1860. Located on one of the most desirable streets in Savannah’s beautiful and historic downtown, this charming home has been updated to include the latest amenities while still showcasing many of the original elements of the house, like the heart pine flooring, exposed beams and original fireplaces.

The Freemans were approached by the production company, High Noon Entertainment, about two years ago. The company was soliciting real estate firms in Savannah to appear on upcoming shows.

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Although recently remodeled, Charlton Street Retreat still features many of the beautiful and historic original features of the house, including the open beams, the heart pine flooring and the original fireplaces.

The couple survived multiple rounds within the selection process before they were finally chosen to be on the show. First, they had to submit photos of the house for initial consideration. Then, when they made the second round, they had to create and submit a video. Finally, they were selected to appear on the show, beating out hundreds of other hopefuls in the Savannah area.

Where did they end up in the final results? Well, you’ll have to watch the episode to find out.

Although it involved a long process and a lot of hard work, Walt Freeman said it was a great experience and he’d do it again in a heartbeat.

He said that other companies looking to get on the show should get in touch with the real estate offices in their area. Freeman and his wife are also both realtors, and that’s how they found out about the show.  Additionally, the production company also has a casting section on its website, where they allow you to apply to appear on various shows from time to time.

Another piece of advice that Freeman offered is to make sure you submit professional photography to the show. The pictures you see on the home’s property listing are the same ones that Freeman submitted to the show for consideration. You can see how they are all well-lit, well-framed and shot with a high-quality, high-resolution camera.

Southern Belle Vacation Rental’s appearance on HGTV is the latest of many great appearances by LiveRez partners on the station recently. All Star Vacation Homes, Casas de Santa Fe and San Diego Beach King have all been featured on the network.

For more information about the episode, visit the episode description at HGTV.com. And, check your local listings for the July 3 broadcast time in your area.

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LiveRez Partner All-Star Vacation Homes to Appear on HGTV’s “House Hunters” Tonight

LiveRez partner All Star Vacation Homes will be featured on an episode of HGTV's "House Hunters" tonight (June 12) at 10 p.m. EST/PST.

LiveRez partner All Star Vacation Homes will be featured on an episode of HGTV’s “House Hunters” tonight (June 12) at 10 p.m. EST/PST.

LiveRez partner All Star Vacation Homes will be featured on an episode of HGTV’s “House Hunters” tonight (June 12) at 10 p.m. EST/PST. Check your local listings for the exact broadcast time in your area.

This particular episode will be based on a family shopping for a vacation home in Orlando, FL that they plan on putting into a rental program after purchasing. During the episode, Dillon Muto, Broker Associate with All Star Vacation Home Realty and Chief Operating Officer of Purpose Built Vacation Homes™, will take the family on tours of multiple All Star homes including the 9-bedroom, 9.5-bathroom Purpose Built vacation home at 1105 Watson Ct.

Here’s the official description of the episode from HGTV.com:

Greg, Wendy and their three young girls are ready to escape the snow in Manitoba, Canada, and buy a vacation home near Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. With a million dollar budget, they’re looking for a home with all the bells and whistles; something near the theme park with a pool, a theater room, and plenty of guest rooms for all their relatives. But with their long wishlist, this house hunt may turn out to be more work than vacation.

All Star Vacation Homes’ appearance on HGTV will be the second for a LiveRez partner in the last year. Casas de Santa Fe was featured on HGTV”s “House Hunters on Vacation” in June 2012.

For more information on tonight’s episode, check out the All Star Vacation Homes blog.

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