The holidays make for one of the busiest travel seasons in the U.S. As people make their way to destinations all over the country, many loved ones open their doors to welcome family and friends. However, a new breed of seasoned travelers are making the decision to forego hotels and tight living quarters – for luxury vacation rentals – in an effort to provide more space, comfort and continuity for their families during the hectic holiday season.

“Home is a feeling … and that feeling can follow you wherever you go.”

Staying in a luxury vacation property doesn’t mean you have to give up those treasured family traditions. In this article we’re providing four tips for turning your rental experience into a warm and welcoming holiday home away from home.

Celebrate Annual Traditions

From baking sugar cookies to decorating gingerbread houses, watching classic holiday movies, singing Christmas Carols, viewing holiday lights, attending a religious service or volunteering at a local shelter, incorporating your family’s annual holiday activities, honors cherished pastimes and evokes a feeling of home.

Create New Memories

Holiday time is a perfect opportunity to expand your horizons and experience how other cities and locales celebrate. The local Chamber of Commerce or Convention and Visitors Bureau websites are a great place to view a list of local events and activities. A few of our favorite Scottsdale seasonal events include:

  • Ice Skating in the Desert at CityScape in Downtown Phoenix (November 21, 2018-January 6, 2019)
  • Take a Ride on the Polar Express, Grand Canyon Railway (November 26, 2018 – January 5, 2019)
  • Phoenix Zoo Lights (November 21, 2018 – January 13, 2019)
  • Las Noches de Las Luminarias at Desert Botanical Garden (December 1-31, 2018)
  • Lights of the World at Arizona State Fairgrounds (December 6, 2018 – February 3, 2019)
  • Christmas at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess (November 20, 1018 – January 2, 2019)
  • Playstation Fiesta Bowl Parade Central Phoenix (Dec 29, 2018)

Take a Moment to Pause

With all of the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping, attending family gatherings and experiencing the sights and sounds of a new city, it’s hard to find the time to relax and enjoy a bit of downtime. Planning for a fun evening in, having prepared meals and snacks delivered throughout the week or working with a local chef to prepare a special family dinner are great ways to manage time and stress while also finding fun and unique ways to escape the holiday madness.

Work with a Local Concierge

Many vacation rentals partner with local, luxury concierge and lifestyle management companies, like Concishare, to provide complimentary hotel-style services, assistance and recommendations throughout their guest’s stay. Examples include restaurant, golf and tour reservations, transportation, pre-arrival grocery shopping, maid and housekeeping services, specially prepared meals on-the go, in-home massage, yoga and fitness instructors and more.

Additional holiday concierge services include:

Tree delivery, trimming and removal, holiday décor personalized for you and your family, holiday wreaths, holiday books, music and movies arranged at the home, holiday activities for the kids, gift wrapping services, chef-prepared dinners, last minute holiday reservations, maid services to clean up after each meal, holiday event tickets, bookings and much more.

Traveling during the holidays shouldn’t mean sacrificing all of the comforts and conveniences of home. By implementing just a few of our holiday tips, you and your family can enjoy the “most wonderful time of the year” while maintaining current traditions, minimizing stress and creating new memories in your home away from home.

For more information about our concierge services or to begin planning your Arizona holiday vacation, please click here or call us today at 1-833-CONCISHR and one of our hospitality experts will be delighted to assist you. For more tips and recommendations, be sure to connect with us on social @concishare.

From our family to yours, we wish you a safe and Happy Holiday!