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5 private cabin destinations for your next adventure

(Family Features) As colder temperatures settle in across much of the country, now is a perfect time to start planning your cozy season getaway. Perfect for lovers of the great outdoors, with breathtaking views and amenities like hot tubs, ski lifts, gourmet kitchens, game rooms and more, a cabin retreat can make for a unique and memorable experience.

Specializing in private vacation homes, Vrbo, a seasoned veteran in the vacation rental industry with nearly 30 years of experience, has lodging options available in some of the most popular winter destinations, including these five getaways. Booking these homes, or any others on the platform, can also earn travelers rewards for future trips through the vacation rental industry’s first and only loyalty program, One Key. Plus, the Book with Confidence Guarantee offers comprehensive protection throughout your journey.

To find more winter retreats, visit Vrbo.com or use the app to start earning OneKeyCash with every reservation.

Lone Peak View Fire Lookout Tower – Big Sky, Montana

Situated on more than 60 acres, this one-of-a-kind cabin offers 360-degree views above some of Big Sky’s most beloved wilderness, including the famed Lone Peak and the Madison Range. Ideal for families or smaller groups, the Fire Lookout Tower comfortably sleeps up to eight guests and features a wraparound deck, perfect for taking in beautiful sunrises and sunsets. The home also boasts a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, gourmet kitchen and hot tub.


Trestle House – Winter Park, Colorado

Nestled amongst the pines in Winter Park’s most exclusive neighborhood, Trestle House – a  Vrbo 2023 Vacation Home of the Year – boasts showstopping views, a slope-side hot tub and high-end amenities. The open main level offers views of tall pines, meandering ski trails and abounding mountains from the floor-to-ceiling windows. Plus, a full bar and game room cater to all ages and ski-in, ski-out access leads directly to the Winter Park Resort base area.

“The Overlook” Shipping Container – Rockbridge, Ohio

A unique, eco-friendly retreat located just outside Columbus, “The Overlook” is crafted from four 40-foot repurposed shipping containers and sits above the beautiful rolling acres of Hocking Hills, Ohio. Sitting on a total of 75 acres, the property is home to two waterfalls and a plethora of hiking possibilities on-site. Featuring three bedrooms and a hot tub for relaxing after a long day, the transformed cargo containers can accommodate up to eight guests.

Luxury Mountain Lodge with 360 Views – Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Ideally located for whatever adventure you wish to undertake, this luxury cabin offers panoramic Smoky Mountain views and rustic yet modern amenities that are perfect for that ultimate cozy cabin vibe. Designed for relaxation, family time and fun, Heaven’s Mountain Lodge features double-decker decks with unobstructed views, a private hot tub, multiple fire pits, a theater room, a stunning kitchen and a game room that includes pool, shuffleboard, foosball and a poker table.

“Shooting Star” Luxury Teton Village Cabin – Teton County, Wyoming

This classic and elegant cabin is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, surrounded by Grand Teton National Park with sweeping views of the mountains, ski slopes and curves of Shooting Star Jackson Hole Golf Club. With the look of a 19th century homestead, layers of modern and traditional detail are combined to create a cohesive richness and structure. The cabin sleeps eight and includes a stone dining terrace and hot tub, luxurious fireplace and gourmet kitchen.


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Essential Summer Supplies

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(Family Features) As outdoor activities beckon during the summer months – from backyard entertaining and days spent at the beach to cross-country travel – ensure you’re prepared to make the most of your warm-weather fun.

Whether stored in a deck box, stowed in your carry-on or carefully packed in your vehicle’s trunk, consider these summer must-haves to ensure you’re prepared for everything the season has to offer.

Clothing and Footwear
Having the right clothing and footwear is essential for staying comfortable and stylish during the summer months. Make sure to have a variety of lightweight and breathable clothing options available, as well as accessories, such as:

  • Shorts
  • Tank tops
  • Sundresses
  • Swimsuits
  • Sandals or flip-flops
  • Sneakers
  • Wide-brimmed hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Jacket or sweater
  • Hair accessories

Sun Protection
Protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful rays is crucial, especially when spending extended periods outdoors. In addition to seeking shade during the hottest parts of the day and wearing lightweight, breathable clothing that covers your skin, consider these must-haves to protect yourself from the sun:

  • Sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher
  • Lip balm with SPF
  • Wide-brimmed hat
  • Sunglasses with UV protection

Hydration and Snacks
Staying hydrated is essential during summer heat. Consider bringing a cooler bag or insulated backpack to carry cool drinks and snacks including:

  • Water (and a refillable water bottle)
  • Electrolyte-rich sports drinks
  • Fruit (such as watermelon, apples, pears or bananas)
  • Cheese sticks
  • Granola bars
  • Trail mix
  • Pretzels
  • Crackers and tuna
  • Vegetables (such as celery or carrot sticks)

Outdoor Entertainment
Make the most of your summer adventures with some outdoor entertainment gear:

  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Camping stove
  • Life jackets
  • Umbrella
  • Beach towels
  • Goggles
  • Portable speaker
  • Binoculars
  • Frisbee
  • Sports equipment (volleyball, soccer ball, baseball and gloves)
  • Deck of cards
  • Board games

First Aid and Emergency Kit
Safety should always be a priority, especially during outdoor activities. Pack a well-stocked first aid and emergency kit that includes:

  • Band-aids
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Pain relievers
  • Prescription medications
  • Aloe vera
  • Insect repellent
  • Flashlight (and extra batteries)
  • Whistle
  • Small mirror
  • List of emergency contacts and relevant medical information
  • Portable chargers or power banks

Find more advice to make summer safe and enjoyable at eLivingtoday.com.

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Throw a Party Like a Pro

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(Family Features) Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply catching up with loved ones, playing host can be as demanding as it is enjoyable. Before gathering your crew for your next event, make a plan to ensure you get to enjoy the day as fully as your guests.

Keep the Menu Simple
An ornate spread may be impressive, but your guests are just as likely to appreciate a less demanding menu with a few standout dishes. Offer a single main dish, a couple of tried-and-true sides, some finger foods for snacking and a seasonal dessert. Beverage staples like tea, lemonade and water are all you really need, but if that feels too basic, you can offer a flavor station with fresh fruit like berries and lemon wedges, flavored syrups and other sweeteners. If you’ll be serving alcohol, don’t try to cater to everyone’s favorite. Select neutral white and red wines and one or two beer varieties. A signature cocktail you can premix and serve is another way to add a special touch.

Set a Thoughtful Theme
One area many hosts go overboard is theming their events. While setting a theme can be a fun idea, it doesn’t have to be fussy or complicated, and your decorations don’t have to be over the top. Subtle color, centerpieces and serving pieces are all places you can inject some thematic vibes without investing too much time or money. You can also let your theme influence any games or activities you plan, as well as other entertainment like background music.

Anticipate Guests’ Needs
Thinking ahead about your guests’ comfort can prevent scrambling once the party is underway. Consider needs like seating, where you’ll keep extra food for quick refills and essentials like more toilet paper in the guest bath. Also anticipate accidents like spills and have supplies ready to efficiently correct inevitable incidents. Remember to plan for extra trash bins and if guests will be congregating outdoors, provide extra sunscreen, bug spray and fans.

Organize Entertainment
Depending on the purpose of the party, your entertainment may be pretty clear, but if it’s a casual gathering, you’ll likely want to provide guests some ideas for passing the time. Board games and backyard games are almost always a hit. A playlist that fits your theme can add ambiance and provide background for conversation, but you can also inject some musical fun with karaoke. If you’ll have kids in attendance, provide age-appropriate options for shorter attention spans, too.


Make Cleanup Easy
After the last guest leaves, you may be ready to call it a night, but taking care of a few quick chores can make cleanup easier in the morning. Load the dishwasher and set it to run overnight, leaving any tough dishes to soak in hot, soapy water. Check for any spills or stains that need immediate attention and get a jump start on the floors. For a convenient hands-off experience, try the Eufy S1 Pro Robot Vacuum and Mop, which achieves a 99.99% sterilization rate when mopping and, using automated sensors, elevates the mophead and converts to powerful suction for carpeted areas. After cleaning, the robot docks to automatically empty its dustbin, dispose of wastewater and clean its mopping pads, drying them with hot air to inhibit bacterial growth and odors.

Explore more ideas to tackle entertaining (and its aftermath) with ease at eufy.com.

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Quick and Easy Fourth of July Party Planning Guide

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(Family Features) The ultimate summer holiday, the Fourth of July is a perfect opportunity to gather with friends and family to create lasting memories.

From organizing the menu to planning festive activities, this guide can make your red, white and blue event a fun and memorable celebration.

Plan the Menu
When planning your Fourth of July party menu, start with traditional favorites like hamburgers, hot dogs and barbecue. Also consider the preferences and dietary restrictions of your guests and offer vegetarian and gluten-free dishes to accommodate everyone’s needs. Don’t forget to include refreshing summer beverages, such as lemonade or iced tea, to keep your guests hydrated.

Create a Festive Atmosphere
Hang American flags; red, white and blue banners; and string lights to set the mood. Consider placing decorative items like sparklers, pinwheels and balloons around the party area to add a touch of fun. You can also set up a photobooth with props like hats, sunglasses and patriotic accessories.

Set Up Fun Activities for All Ages
To keep your guests entertained, plan a variety of activities. Set up classic backyard games like cornhole, horseshoes or a water balloon toss as well as a craft station where younger guests can create patriotic-themed artwork or make friendship bracelets.

Don’t forget to organize a fireworks display to end the night with a bang. Make sure to follow all safety precautions and check local regulations regarding fireworks. If fireworks aren’t allowed in your area, consider alternatives like glow sticks or sparklers.

Take Safety Precautions with Fireworks
When using fireworks at your party, it’s crucial to prioritize safety. Follow these safety precautions to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience:

  • Read and follow the instructions on the fireworks packaging.
  • Only use fireworks in a designated outdoor area away from buildings, trees and flammable materials.
  • Keep a bucket of water or garden hose nearby for emergencies.
  • Never attempt to relight malfunctioning fireworks.
  • Supervise children closely.
  • Dispose of used fireworks properly by soaking them in water before throwing them away.

Find more party hosting tips and tricks at eLivingtoday.com.

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