• Food Trucks at Downtown Disney

    Just announced on Disney Parks Blog the great food trucks will be pulling into Downtown Disney this fall.

    I am really excited about this announcement as I’m a big fan of the food truck buzz.  Mark and I recently when to Burlington’s food truck expo and were very impressed by the variety of food that was available.   Trying to “eat clean” is a bit tricky with food trucks so I am hoping Disney does it like Disney does it and provides a variety of options, both from a healthy eating perspective as well as a dietary needs one.

    There are 4 trucks scheduled to make their debut at Disney and according to Disney Parks Blog each truck will represent one of the four themed parks.

    “Enchanted Fare” – Magic Kingdom inspired dishes are Magic Kingdom Croque Monsieur, Hand Dipped Corn Dogs and Glass Noodle Salad.

    “The World Showcase of Flavors” – Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival creations like Grass-Fed Beef Sliders, Pierogi with Kielbasa and Lobster Rolls.

    “Superstar Catering” – Hollywood Studios famous meatballs theme lend a hand to Lamb Meatball Flatbread with Tzatziki.

    “Namaste Cafe” – Animal Kingdoms Indian-African flare with Butter Chicken, Slow Cook Beef Short Ribs and Tandoori Spiced Shrimp.

    mmmmm my mouth is watering already !  How about you ?   Are you a fan of Disney jumping on the Food Truck wagon ?

    I am and hoping the trucks will be there when we visit this October, not sure which one I’ll try first but I will definitely be trying a few !!!




  • Davenport Real Estate – Top’s the List for Canadian Investors

    The Davenport Florida real estate market is the top spot for Canadian vacation home investors.  Since purchasing my own vacation rental property in March of  2010 I’ve seen the Davenport real estate market gain a steady momentum as Canadian investors recognize the value in Davenport’s location and proximity to amenities and theme parks.  Just a quick google search of Davenport Real Estate or Davenport Vacation Homes you quickly realize why so many real estate investors are choosing the Davenport area.

    Centrally located in the Sunshine State, Davenport is a quiet city just south/west of Orlando that offers easy access to shops, restaurants, theme parks, golf courses and vacation rental homes.  Interstate I4 efficiently moves traffic to and from Davenport on a northeast/southwest diagonal intersecting with the city of Orlando and    providing easy accessibility to Disney World, Sea World & Universal Studio as well as the Orlando International Airport.  US Route 27 is a north/south route lined with Davenport real estate communities build for real estate investors looking to get a piece of increasingly desirable vacation home rental market.  To complete the triangle take a sunny cruising tour down US Route 92, which runs east/west hosting a blether-a of tourist merchandise shops, flea market, popular chain restaurants, and entertainment such as mini putt golf courses and Old Town.

    As the Davenport real estate market heats up and vacationers flock to the area business developers take notice and they have !  Just south of I4 on US27, Posner Park standing waiting.  Posner Park is a gigantic open air shopping mall with big named anchor stores that include Target, JC Penny, Dicks Sporting Goods, Ross (Dress for Less), Best Buy and Dollar Tree.  Several other smaller shops dot the expansive grounds where expansion seems inevitable.   Developers along US 27 have kept up with the demand of the busy Davenport real estate and the vacationers attracted to the area with additional big name stores like Wal Mart, Publix, CVS all with a few short miles.  If you are hungry Davenport has the covered as well, consider stopping in at your favourite fast food chain or popular family style eateries like Appleby’s Chili’s, Denny’s, and the Golden Corral.

    Beautiful vacation homes, shopping, restaurants and entertainment you’ll find it all but there is one more reason why Davenport real estate is topping the list and that is golf.  Golf, golf and more amazing golf courses all within minutes drive from anywhere in Davenport.  With so many golf courses to choose from vacationers never have to place the same course twice.  Highland Reserve Golf Course designed by Mike Dasher gives way to the openness of fairways and rolling greens for a Scottish feel.  The beautiful scenery is provide by the course sitting atop one of the areas highest sand barges.  Greg Norman’s signature design Champions Gate Golf Club features two 18 hole courses – each a spectacular and challenging as the other.  Meer minutes drive from Disney but you won’t realize it as the course takes you away to a serene place from sand dues to wetlands and grasslands to mature trees.

    As a good Canadian, I do need to talk about the weather.  Davenport Florida’s predictable year round semi tropical weather is the perfect feature for vacationers to escape to and be treated to a warm, sunny holiday any time of the year.  The weather alone assists investors in Davenport real estate business by providing a year round “season” with the opportunity to book their vacation rental property year round.



  • Why Visit Orlando ?

    Wether is’s the warmth of the sun, magic of Disney, or pristine golf course their after, hundreds of thoughts of vacationers flock to Orlando each year.  The Sunshine State warmly welcomes guests from all over the world and offers them luxury vacation villas that are second to none.   Make this your year to visit Orlando !

    You can’t beat Orlando’s semi tropical weather, it’s almost perfect any time of year.  December – February are considered dry and sunny with temperatures in the 70′s.  Picture perfect for snowbirds to get out of the cold and warm their bones.  March – May spring days grow longer and the sunshine warms the day to mid to low 80 degrees and perfectly balmy evening.  Summer is a blazing with nearly all day time temperatures 90+ degrees.  If you are after swimming pools, water parks and days at the beach June thru end of August are the moths that are for you.  Ahhh the perfect mix – a summer extender of September – November there is not a better place than the golf course on these 80 degree days.  Think it’s time you started packing.

    Experience the world of theme parks.  The Orlando area is host to world class theme parks that draws tourists to visit by the mini van loads.  Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World, Gatorland, Bush Gardens, and Legoland are an incredible away of theme parks that could be visited in just one holiday.  Better pack your running shoes and be prepared for a post holiday holiday if you want to give that a try.

    Try looking up the word golf in the dictionary, I bet you will find a map of Orlando, (not really … but you could believe it).  There are a reported 150 golf courses within 45 minutes drive of downtown Orlando, who could ask for any more than that.  With so many amazing golf course choices from novice to pro there is a course for everyone to play.

    Orlando it’s just like home, only warmer.  With countless friendly, helpful people I know you will say the same.  The city and surrounding area is built with the vacationers in mind and you will quickly see that no matter where you are, theme parks, shopping, restaurants, and with your vacation home owner you will be  greeted with a warm smile.

    There are options for your family’s accommodations while visiting Orlando and vacation home rental properties are quickly becoming first choice.  The Orlando area is dotted with many family friendly vacation home communities.   Vacation home have become increasing more popular as guests become aware of the ample space, privacy, and the costs savings in booking a vacation home versus a cramped hotel room.

    Orlando …. makes you smile :)


  • About Vacation Villa Manager Blog & Me

    What its all about …..

    Welcome to Vacation Villa Manager Blog a blog where both vacation villa owners (thats me too) and our guests have the opportunity share our mutual passion for the vacation rental industry.  I am merely the host of the blog, this site is intentioned as a place for owners and guests to contribute relevant and up to date information about the vacation villa industry, to provide opportunity for enriched conversation to flourish and a platform to share our ideas, stories or experiences.

    I am very excited to launch this site and look forward to staying connected with all of you !