Blog Category: San Diego Vacation Homes


10 reasons why sand is better than snow

By billlluther,

  1. It’s easier to get sand off your shoes than snow.
  2. A sand castle is just as compelling as a snowman.
  3. Sand is at the beach and the beach is awesome.
  4. Frostbite is impossible to get in sand.
  5. Sand feels better between your toes.
  6. Sand crabs are only found in the sand,.
  7. You can bury your friends in the sand and they won’t get hypothermia.
  8. Sally never sells seashells by the snow shore.
  9. It’s really cold if you wear your bathing suit to make snow angels.
  10. Beach chairs sink in the snow. And then your butt gets cold. And nobody likes that.

  Filed under: Mission Beach Vacation Rentals, San Diego Vacation Homes, Vacation Rentals
  Comments: Comments Off on 10 reasons why sand is better than snow


How to keep your home clean when hosting a holiday

By billlluther,

I think we can all agree the worst thing about a huge holiday meal, aside from the impending food coma that lays you out for hours, is the clean up afterwards. Plates, cups, utensils, mixing bowls, spatulas, pots, pans, measuring spoons – kind of like a Williams Sonoma hurricane blew through.

 

We, at Bill Luther Vacation Rentals, feel your pain. Which is why this year, we are offering you a solution for that.

 

Make your holiday dinner at a Mission Beach vacation rental instead. That way when you accidentally knock your wine glass over on to the counter covered with flour that you’d planned to roll out the pie crusts on, you won’t feel as bad when the resulting pinkish sludge that dried in the corner doesn’t come all the way off the counter top. That’s what you paid a cleaning fee for.

 

The turducken explodes in the oven, raining stuffing, meat bits, and juices everywhere? We’ve got a service that will set the self-clean option once you check-out.

 

All the forks have been used and there’s nothing but butter knives left to eat your pie and ice cream with? All of our Mission Beach vacation rentals come equipped with dishwashers. We even supply the dishwasher soap. Technically, we don’t offer dishwasher loading services, as a full-service property management company, but if a piece of that pie with ice cream was offered up in exchange, I think we could be persuaded.

 

Still little bits of ribbon and wrapping paper scattered all over the room because Aunt Daisy found the scissors and she fashions herself a Henri Matisse from his Cut-Outs period? Someone else will be vacuuming once you vacate.

 

Don’t even want Aunt Daisy there? Tell her the vacation rental management company has a strict maximum for people staying in the unit, and you’re sorry but between the kids and your parents, you’re all filled up.

 

We think that about covers it. And whether you choose to take us up on this offer, we hope you have a safe and enjoyable holiday season.

 

 

 

.

 

 

  Filed under: Mission Beach Vacation Rentals, San Diego Vacation Homes, Vacation Rentals
  Comments: Comments Off on How to keep your home clean when hosting a holiday


Some days call for burritos

By billlluther,

Under our list of places we love to eat at, here in the Mission Beach area, is La Playa Taco Shop. The hot sauces are yummy – both the green and the red. I don’t know about you, but we often find that with most taco shops, it’s one or the other. We can even switch off bites, one bite with red sauce, one bite with green sauce – they are both that good.

 

Our faves are the bean and cheese burrito with sour cream, the rolled tacos, the enchiladas, and the veggie burrito – to name a few. That said, we’ve yet to meet anyone who didn’t love their food. So if you haven’t been there – give it a try. You won’t regret it.

 

 

 

  Filed under: Mission Beach Vacation Rentals, San Diego Vacation Homes, Vacation Rentals
  Comments: Comments Off on Some days call for burritos


What to really do when the jellyfish sting

By billlluther,

There’s a lot of information floating around out there about what to do when stung by a jellyfish. While we, at Bill Luther Vacation Rentals, are not medical professionals, we have seen enough instances to generally recommend what works best and what doesn’t.

 

 

Contrary to what Joey Tribiani would have us believe when Monica Geller was stung, you do not have to find a friend who loves you enough to relieve themselves on your sting to get rid of the burn.

  • Instead, try rinsing the area with vinegar. If vinegar is not available, use a baking soda solution.
  • Also, make sure to remove any lingering tentacles from your skin with tweezers.
  • Soaking the area in hot water (not scalding) may also help to reduce the pain.

 

Important points to keep in mind.

  • Just because the jellyfish is on the sand does not mean it can’t sting you any longer. Make sure not to touch them or step on them.
  • Similar to wolves on land, jellyfish like to travel in pacts.
  • Also similar to wolves, jellyfish will attack in groups to defend their territory.
  • Note to self – avoid packs of jellyfish

 

 

Of course, the best thing to do is avoid the jellyfish altogether, thereby negating the need to treat the sting.

  • Sit on the patio of your ocean front vacation rental and yell suggestions to the poor saps on the sand and in the water who do get stung.
  • Maybe offer them some vinegar or tweezers if you are feeling hospitable.
  • Be sure to keep a sympathetic look on your face, while feeling triumphant in your sting avoidance success.

 

 

 

  Filed under: Mission Beach Rental Homes, Mission Beach Vacation Rentals, San Diego Vacation Homes, Vacation Rentals
  Comments: Comments Off on What to really do when the jellyfish sting


2bd, 2nd floor, ocean front

By billlluther,

Two bedroom, two bath ocean front condo located on the 2nd floor of a 3-story building. Centrally located in the heart of Mission Beach, this unit features white water views from many rooms as well as the living room balcony. Sleep 6 between a Queen in the master, 2 Twins in bedroom two, and a portable air mattress. Propane BBQ on the balcony, gas fireplace in the living room, and 2-car tandem parking.

 

Last Minute Deals Available:
http://vacationrentalsmissionbeach.com/unit/2
December 2 – 26, 2017

 

  Filed under: Mission Beach Vacation Rentals, San Diego Vacation Homes, Vacation Rentals
  Comments: Comments Off on 2bd, 2nd floor, ocean front


Save on an ocean front vacation stay

By billlluther,

Relax in this Award winning beach house, known as “The Copper House”. This 3bd/2ba is the pinnacle in minimalist living. All on one level with cascading sliding glass wall in the living room that allows the living/dining areas and ocean front patio to function as one. Bonus vanity sinks in 2nd and 3rd Bedrooms. Built in BBQ for easy entertaining and a two-car tandem garage with easy access right into house.

 

Last Minute Deals Available:
http://vacationrentalsmissionbeach.com/unit/49
November 30 – December 23, 2017

 

  Filed under: Mission Beach Rental Homes, Mission Beach Vacation Rentals, San Diego Vacation Homes, Vacation Rentals
  Comments: Comments Off on Save on an ocean front vacation stay


Bayfront vacation deal!

By billlluther,

Two-bedroom, two bath, ground floor bay front property in the heart of Mission Beach. Enjoy peaceful bay living from this upgraded two bedroom, two bath. Sea World views from the large patio, which also includes two picnic tables and a propane BBQ. Sleep up to seven between a Queen in the master and pyramid bunkbeds and a Full in bedroom two. One off-street, covered, compact parking space, fully stocked kitchen, cable TV, WiFi, and private laundry make the property a great living space for the whole family. Steps to the bay and approximately 2 blocks to the ocean.

 

Last Minute Deals Available:
http://vacationrentalsmissionbeach.com/unit/72
December 1 – 26, 2017

  Filed under: Mission Beach Vacation Rentals, San Diego Vacation Homes, Vacation Rentals
  Comments: Comments Off on Bayfront vacation deal!


2bd/2ba Ocean Front w/balcony

By billlluther,

Why yes, we do have winter vacation rental availability in our Mission Beach ocean front units.

 

One in particular I’d like to bring to your attention is in the Ventanas Al Mar building, where we have a great unit on the second floor. Two bedrooms, featuring a King in the master, and two Twins in bedroom two. Two bathrooms, one an en-suite, and a sofa sleeper in the living room. Views as far as the eye can see to the North and to the South, with a balcony large enough for both grilling and eating. 2-car tandem carport parking, and a large, shared ocean front patio.

Check it out on our website at: http://vacationrentalsmissionbeach.com/unit/3

  Filed under: Mission Beach Vacation Rentals, San Diego Vacation Homes, Vacation Rentals
  Comments: Comments Off on 2bd/2ba Ocean Front w/balcony


“First we eat, then we do everything else.” -M.F.K. Fisher

By billlluther,

Another question we are often asked is, where’s a good place to eat in Mission Beach? And, since we are all good eaters at Bill Luther Vacation Rentals, we have the answer(s) for you.

 

If you are looking for a most egg-cellent breakfast  – hit up either the Olive Cafe or the smaller Olive Baking Co. Both are at the corner of Santa Clara Place and Mission Boulevard in Mission Beach, on opposite sides of the street. The bakery is just West of Mission Blvd on Santa Clara, and the cafe is right on the corner on the southeast side. Their coffee is fantastic and the bakery has a cinnamon roll that is to die for.

 

You can get a full range of breakfast and lunch items at the cafe along with indoor and outdoor seating. Everything from pancakes to omelettes to wraps. Check out the menu here.

 

If you aren’t in the mood for a cinnamon roll at the bakery, then check out the kolaches – little pockets of wonderfulness that melt in your mouth. And Owner, Sarah, changes up the flavors all the time.

 

All of us girls here at the office have our favorites:

If I, Denise, am at the bakery it’s the cinnamon roll, grilled cheese, or anything pumpkin flavored. If I’m at the Cafe, it’s the Popeye Scramble, the Marathoner sandwich, or a milkshake.

Reta, at the bakery, is a kolache or a pumpkin roll. At the Cafe, it’s the California Chicken sandwich.

Terri, at the bakery, is a pumpkin muffin, cinnamon roll, or sticky bun. At the Cafe it’s the Chicken Quesadilla.

Kristen, at the bakery, it’s the cinnamon roll and the kolache. She hasn’t really made it across the street to the Cafe. But she’s still new, so we have to give her time.

Deena, at the bakery, is the chocolate chip cookie. At the Cafe it’s the healthiest thing she see’s on the menu that day so she can make the rest of us look bad.

Loretta, at the bakery, is the sourdough bread. At the Cafe it’s the Caesar salad with grilled chicken.

 

Regardless of what you choose, we know it’s going to be good!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Filed under: Mission Beach Rental Homes, Mission Beach Vacation Rentals, San Diego Vacation Homes, Vacation Rentals
  Comments: Comments Off on “First we eat, then we do everything else.” -M.F.K. Fisher


How to get the sand off after a trip to the beach

By billlluther,

 

Mission Beach is a wonderful place to vacation – with it’s large sandy beaches, vacation rental houses directly on the boardwalk, and family friendly environment. But the sand can sometimes be a real hassle. So we’ve come up with a list of how to keep the sand from getting on everything while your hanging out on Mission Beach.

 

  1. Water is the obvious answer. And since the ocean is right there, it’s tempting to use it to wash off the sand. But then you have to walk back through the sand to get to the boardwalk. You see the dilemma. So, bring a bucket with you, scoop up some sea water in it and rinse off once your at the boardwalk. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.
  2. Brush it off. This one also seems obvious. But sometimes it can feel like you’ve been dumped in a vat of sugar (or salt) scrub and you’re trying to get that off. Not a pleasant feeling. So remember to dry off completely before you try to wipe it off. Dry sand is much easier to remove from bodies and other such things than wet sand is. Which is funny, since water was our first suggestion.
  3. Hire a crane to lift you from the sand, dunk you in the water, oscillate, air dry, and then return you to the boardwalk. It’s pricey, but effective.
  4. Baby wipes. Our CEO uses baby wipes on her grandsons after they hit the sand. They work well, have many uses, and are portable.
  5. Baby powder is rumored to work well in conjunction with #2. We’ve not tried it, but past vacationing guests swear by it.
  6. Shake it off. Shake, shake, shake it off, shake it off.

  Filed under: San Diego Vacation Homes, Vacation Rentals
  Comments: Comments Off on How to get the sand off after a trip to the beach