Stay Alfred at Chisca in Memphis versus Stay Alfred Premier Lofts in Denver

Stay Alfred is excited to announce our two newest properties: Stay Alfred at The Chisca in Memphis, Tennessee andStay Alfred Premier Lofts in Denver, Colorado. To celebrate these two new STAYS we’re offering 30% off for any 2017 booking made by April 15, 2017. (Use Promo Code: NEW30 when checking out).* Booking a STAY online or with our reservations specialists is easy. The hard part is choosing where to go.

To help you, we’ve brought in two rock star Stay Alfred reservation specialists to advocate on behalf of their preferred STAY. On Team Stay Alfred at The Chisca in Memphis, we have Andy and on Team Stay Alfred Premier Lofts in Denver we have Donald. Before we get started, let’s introduce these two awesome dudes.

Chisca versus Premier Lofts

Andy

  • I’ve been playing music semi professionally as a bassist primarily for the past 13 years.
  • I’m a fan of the Coen brothers and my favorite films is O Brother, Where Art Thou?
  • I’m a new dad! My son will be two in July.
  • My favorite food is anything and everything. I’m serious. I will eat anything.

Donald

  • I’ve been growing this illustrious beard for over a year.
  • I have dislocated my shoulder 30+ times.
  • I bike to work during the summer and have been hit by a car once.
  • I have run 1 Marathon, and I did it in under 4 hours.

Now that you know the players, let’s get started.

 

Stay Alfred guests love to be in the heart of the city.
Tell us why your STAYS location is better.

Andy: Absolutely. I love that the Chisca building in Memphis is just blocks away from Beale Street and the Fed-Ex Forum. I mean, remember, I’m a musician, what’s not to love. You’re a short walk away from America’s most iconic street, with its unique mix of delta blues, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll, R&B and gospel. Beale Street is three blocks worth of nightclubs, restaurants and shops where the beer is cold and the music is hot.

Donald: Beale Street is cool for music nerds like yourself, but what about folks wanting to watch America’s favorite past time? Premier Lofts in Denver is one block from Coors Field where I can catch an MLB game. My STAY is right in the heart of the Historic Ballpark Neighborhood which is full of unique shops and restaurants. Memphis is cool, but Premier Lofts in Denver is a real home run.

 

Everyone knows one of the best things about traveling is trying new and delicious cuisine. Which STAY is better for guests to grab a bite to eat?

Andy: Memphis is famous for their fried chicken and BBQ. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it. Nothing Denver has can compete with Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken or the unforgettable ribs you get at Rendezvous. Both these spots are only a short walk away from your STAY, so don’t worry, it won’t be tough to grab a post meal nap when the food coma hits.

Donald – I would take the awesome ambience and one-of-a-kind food and drink options at local hot spots like Butcher’s Bistro, Snooze AM and the Gin Mill over fried chicken any day. Don’t take it personally Andy, not everyone’s palate is refined enough to appreciate the duck egg carbonara or pig head with micro greens that you can find at Butcher’s Bistro… but mine is.

donald v andy argument

 

Which city has better brew?

Andy – You can’t go wrong with King’s Palace Tap Room on Beale Street. And, for those willing to venture off Beale, try Young Avenue Deli which has a rotating cast of locally brewed beers. Whether you want to hoist a few while grooving to live music or test your knowledge at pints and trivia night, Memphis has a bar, tap room, or public house perfect for you.

Donald – That’s cute, but there’s no way Memphis beats Denver when it comes to beer. Denver has been home to the Great American Beer Festival for the past 30 years, an event featuring more than 3,000 beers from all over the world. Craft beer was born in Denver and the craft beer scene is still thriving today. Great Divide Brewing Co is a 6 minute walk from your STAY and boasts 15 plus brews. When it comes to beer you can’t go wrong in Denver.

 

Umm when we said “brew” we meant coffee, not beer.

Andy – Oh, my bad! Well, Memphis has great coffee too. In town for a meeting and need your caffeine fix? Try Bluff City Coffee. Want a one-of-kind Instagrammable place? Otherlands Coffee Bar in Midtown is calling your name!

Donald – Hey Denver, is one of the best coffee shops in America walking distance from your STAY? Didn’t think so. Little Owl Coffee boasts an authentic Italian coffee bar where you can find top notch coffee and pastries. If you’re wanting to fuel up while you fill up then I’d recommend Stowaway Coffee and Kitchen, one of Denver’s best brunch spots. You’ll get a superb cup of joe from Boxcar Coffee Roasts while chowing down. My top recommendations? The avocado toast or the Colorful Colorado. Take that Memphis.

 

What fun events are held near your city’s STAY?

Andy – Donald seems to be getting a little hostile… must be feeling the pressure of how awesome Memphis is. It seems like every week there is a new headliner act coming to Memphis. We’ve got Bon Jovi coming in May. And Panic! At the Disco in April (for your inner angsty middle schooler). There are always things happening at the FedEx Forum and, since it’s only a nine minute walk away, you won’t have to battle other fans for a parking spot. And there’s always something happening on Beale Street. From the Beale Street Music Festival to the Beale Street Wine Race, you’ll never be bored with a STAY so close to this iconic hub of activity.

Donald – Whatever Andy… but, I have to admit Memphis sounds pretty great. That being said, Denver loves a good party, whether it’s their St. Patrick’s Day parade or Cinco de Mayo Festival. You can also catch a Colorado Rockies, Bronco’s or Denver Nuggets game super easily from your STAY. Add a ton of arts and culture events and a plethora of festivals for foodies and Denver has something for everyone… even, Andy.

Donald almost punching Andy

 

What makes your STAY unique?

Andy – Your STAY at Stay Alfred at The Chisca in Memphis has a full kitchen and a washer/dryer in your stay. The building also has an onsite restaurant, fitness center and BBQ areas.  And, The Chisca is the very building where Elvis was first broadcast over the radio. That’s right!!! ELVIS! The King!!! I just don’t think Stay Alfred Premier Lofts can compete with the home of music royalty.

Donald – Oh yeah!! Well, Stay Alfred Premier Lofts has a full kitchen and washer/dryer, too. And, did I mention the building also has a full gym, movie theater, rooftop deck and lounge? And, the rooftop deck is equipped with a massive TV and awesome views of the city. Take that!

 

We’re calling it a tie!

After some debate, it seems that both Stay Alfred at The Chisca in Memphis and Stay Alfred Premier Lofts in Denver are tied; they’re both awesome places to stay!

While Andy and Donald cool down, Book your stay at Stay Alfred The Chisca in Memphis or Stay Alfred Premier Lofts in Denver. Remember, book any 2017 STAY by April 15, 2017 and save 30% with promo code NEW30.*

 

*30% off will be applied to reservation for any Stay Alfred Premier Lofts on Market in Denver or Stay Alfred at The Chisca on Main in Memphis stay that takes place before January 1, 2018 and is booked by 11:59 pm, April 15th, 2017. Standard minimum night requirements apply, discount is limited to a maximum of 10 days and subject to availability. Promo code may be used once at each property.

 

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Mardi Gras in 2017 – 10 Local Tips on How to do it Right.

Heading to Mardi Gras in 2017? Check out New Orleanian, and Stay Alfred’s Factors Row manager, Allison’s 10 tips on how to do Mardi Gras right.

Allison’s 10 tips on how to do Mardi Gras right

#1 Make a plan – 2017 Mardi Gras promises a lot to see and do. Make sure to plan out your time in the big easy. Check out Mardi Gras New Orleans for event details, parade schedules, maps, history and much more. All Stay Alfred New Orleans properties are just two blocks or less from all the Uptown Mardi Gras goodness. That’s a 5 minute walk from where you want to be.

#2 Bring a bag in your bag – Attending a parade? Make sure to bring a bag, there are tons of great freebies to be had.

#3 Check the streetcar schedules – It’s a great and historic way to see the city, but the schedule changes during festival season. Check out the 2017 mardi gras streetcar schedule at norta.com or the NORTA app (iphone or android) for schedules and special Mardi Gras details. Even better, there are multiple streetcar stops right down the street from all Stay Alfred New Orleans properties.

MARDI GRAS 2017 Streetcar Schedules

#4 Eat like a local – Need help deciding what Mardi Gras food to try? While many of the well known tourist spots will be overflowing during Mardi Gras, there’s still a chance to eat like a local. Stock up on traditional NOLA foods at locally-owned Rouse’s (can you say po-boys, muffulettas, jambalaya, gumbo and king cake?) Always a great addition to your Stay Alfred kitchen. The biggest problem will be figuring out how to carry it all (we suggest bringing friends)!

#5 Eat like a local some more – New Orleanians know how to brunch. Check out the Red Gravy, famous for it’s huge portions (no really, a dish can feed three!) and “healing” properties for those who checked out Bourbon Street the night before. Want something more refined? Try out the Gulf Fish St. Peter at Ruby Slipper Café. It’s art on a plate. And, great news, both eateries only a few minutes from Stay Alfred’s Factors Row!

#6 Have we mentioned food yet? For a fancy night out with your sweetie, check out Domenica. This is another great location just a 5 minute walk away from all Stay Alfred New Orleans properties. They book up, so get a reservation ASAP and pack your appetite.

Mardi Gras Food - Alligator Why Not

#7 For the adults, cruise Bourbon Street. You have to do this at least one in your life. It’s indescribable and a short walk away from Stay Alfred. Make sure to swing into Daisy Duke’s for some 24/7 classic diner fare with some Cajun flare, conveniently right down the street from all Stay Alfred New Orleans properties.

#8 Pick up souvenirs for your kiddos. Hit up the French Market any day of the week to browse booths from local artisans, or walk down North Peters to check out some specialty shops & boutiques. And, you guessed it, just a short streetcar ride away.

#9 Traveling with the kiddos? Make a family-friendly plan. Don’t worry, there are family-friendly Mardi Gras activities too! Head to St. Charles street to catch the parades. Kids love the floats and catching all the free trinkets and beads (remember the bag we told you to pack?). Son or daughter a history buff? Take them to Presbytere Museum in the French Quarter to learn all about where Mardi Gras comes from.

#10 Where to stay for Mardi Gras? If you want to experience Mardi Gras in all its splendor, then being centrally located is key. Our New Orleans Stays are the perfect way to be both in the heart of the festivities and escape the hustle and bustle with your urban 1, 2 or 3 bedroom Stay.

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Our Favorite Museums to Explore in Washington, D.C.

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Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Photo by: Don DeBold via Flickr

Washington, D.C. is a metropolis of both history and beauty. At Stay Alfred Vacation Rentals, we’re excited that we can share this experience with our guests via our convenient downtown condos.

Some of our country’s most iconic museums stand in Washington, D.C. to serve as both inspiration and education for all who visit. Many are free of admission cost. We’ve explored them. We love them. We highly recommend making some of the most famous museums in our country part of your D.C. adventure. With Stay Alfred Vacation rentals, you can get a more in depth look at American cultural history while living like a local in a prime downtown location. Be sure to check at least a few of these out:

National Archives and Records Administration: See the documents that shaped our country’s history up close and in person. Yes, even The Declaration of Independence!  Want to go even further back in world history? One of the original copies of the Magna Carta is on display, as well. A perfect spot for the geeks who actually paid attention in history class. Admission: Free.

Smithsonian Museum of Natural History: One of our favorites. Why? Dinosaur bones. The Hope Diamond. And animals everywhere! Need we say more? Admission: Free.

Smithsonian Air and Space Museum: Witness the evolution of human flight. Highlights include the 1903 Wright Flyer, the Spirit of St. Louis, and the Apollo 11 command module. Oftentimes, a moon rock is on display, as well. Admission: Free. You’ll have to purchase tickets for simulator rides and show screenings, though. Dark Universe is worth the ticket.

National Gallery of Art: The National Gallery of Art was established by Congress in 1937 for the enjoyment of the American people. Expect to be impressed- you’ll see the greats of Da Vinci, Renoir, Degas, Monet, Jackson Pollock, and more. Marble sculptures and other artifacts from around the world often come as touring exhibits. Admission: Free.

Mount Vernon: Though this historic home lies South in Virginia, we highly recommend fitting it into your Washington, D.C. schedule. Explore the beautiful grounds and gardens of George Washington’s house as well as the President’s final resting place. Guided tours are a must. Admission: $17 for adults when you book ahead online.

Madame Tussauds Wax Museum: If you can’t see a politician in the flesh, maybe you’ll be able to see the next best thing- their wax figure. Admission: $15.95 per adult when you book ahead online.

Newseum: Witness freedom of the press at its finest. We know what you’re thinking- how interesting can a museum about the news be? The Newseum features numerous displays of major world events that are both interactive and entertaining. Guests rave that this is one of their favorites in the city. The 9/11 gallery is moving. It’s worth the $23 dollar admission, and you get two days to attend!

International Spy Museum: Learn about the history of real life spies and spy gadgets at this interactive museum that features a scavenger hunt. There’s even James Bond memorabilia. Perfect spot for families. Admission: $22 per adult, but do a Google search for coupons beforehand and you might get lucky.

Mount Vernon
George Washington’s historic home, Photo via Wikipedia Commons

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum: Don’t let the depressing subject matter scare you away. The Holocaust Memorial Museum is an incredible experience that is both highly informative and emotional. You might tear up as you walk through the hall that displays thousands of photos of people who were killed during this unforgettable tragedy. Bring tissues! Admission: Free, but you’ll need to sign up for tickets in advance online in order to prevent the museum from becoming too crowded. It’s a popular one!

 

Not sure where to stay in Washington, D.C.? Our downtown properties await your arrival. Walk or take a short cab ride to all the best attractions and museums in the Capital. Learn more about our condos here or give us a call any time of day at 866-232-3864 and one of our helpful reservation agents will assist you.

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You Can’t Book a Stay Alfred Reservation on Craigslist

Stay Alfred has been around for a while now. Back when we first got started in 2011, Craigslist was considered a valid distribution channel for vacation rentals. We used to post ads there, and it worked well: We made lots of reservations, and we hosted many successful stays.

Then the copycats got started. They’d copy our photos and descriptions and pose as Stay Alfred. Unsuspecting guests made “reservations” with these bad actors; paid deposits by bank transfer, money order, or check; and then were left out in the cold when they discovered their money had disappeared and they had no reservation anywhere!

You cannot book a real Stay Alfred Vacation Rental on Craigslist.
We tried reporting the scam listings. We posted notices on our ads to be suspicious of any company that doesn’t accept credit cards. We wrote articles about how to spot a vacation rental scam. But the criminals were too prodigious, and the fake ads kept popping up. They still do!

It was just too confusing for our possible guests, so we made the decision to stop using Craigslist altogether. Scammers are persistent, though, and the fake ads still pop up. We report each one of them immediately (and you can too) in an effort to prevent more good people from getting fleeced.

Craigslist, itself, isn’t to blame. It’s a great marketplace, and you can find some solid deals there–just not on Stay Alfred vacation rentals.

Here’s how to stay safe of Craigslist:

Deal locally, face-to-face —follow this one rule and avoid 99% of scam attempts.
Do not extend payment to anyone you have not met in person.
Beware offers involving shipping – deal with locals you can meet in person.
Never wire funds (e.g. Western Union) – anyone who asks you to is a scammer.
Don’t accept cashier/certified checks or money orders – banks cash fakes, then hold you responsible.
Transactions are between users only, no third party provides a “guarantee”.
Never give out financial info (bank account, social security, paypal account, etc).
Do not rent or purchase sight-unseen—that amazing “deal” may not exist.

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Fake Stay Alfred Craigslist Ad

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Stay Alfred Vacation Rentals among the 100 fastest-growing companies in Washington

100fastestgrowing-300x300Stay Alfred Vacation Rentals,, the first nationwide vacation rental company offering dependable, hotel-inspired lodging in spacious, high-end downtown apartments, made Puget Sound Business Journal’s list of the 100 Fastest-Growing Companies in Washington for 2016. Stay Alfred’s is listed by its legal name, Alfred’s Away LLC dba Stay Alfred Vacation Rentals.

“Thank you to Stay Alfred’s incredibly hard working, passionate and collaborative team for fueling the company’s phenomenal growth,” said Stay Alfred Founder and CEO Jordan Allen. “Our success and growth wouldn’t be possible without the entire Stay Alfred team.”

Stay Alfred’s revenue grew in 137% in 2015, from $5.5 million to $13.1 million. The company is on track to surpass $25 million in revenue in 2016.

The 100 companies that made the 2016 list collectively had revenue of nearly $3.17 billion in 2015, an increase of 137.26 percent over their total revenue in 2013, according to the Puget Sound Business Journal.

Eligibility
“To make the list, companies must be headquartered in Washington state and be privately held between 2013 and 2015. They must have revenue of at least $500,000 in 2012 and report a revenue increase in 2015. The CEOs and CFOs or accountants have to personally vouch for the revenue reported to the Business Journal,” reported Puget Sound Business Journal Assistant Managing Editor Becky Monk. “Only those with the largest increases made the list.”

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Stay Alfred Vacation Rentals named one of the best places to work

best-places-logo_3grnbannerv-300x300Stay Alfred Vacation Rentals, a provider of short-term vacation rentals with hotel-style accommodations in downtown apartment buildings across the US, was named one of the 2016 Best Places to Work Inland Northwest. The inaugural list of the Best Places to Work Inland Northwest was created by the Journal of Business and Best Companies Group.

“We value our employees and the work they put in to make Stay Alfred Vacation Rentals better every day,” said Director of Human Resources Randie Douse. “We show our appreciation with affordable health benefits, paid time off, a 401(k), fun events, and weekly catered lunches. We work hard and play hard, making sure that we continue to do things the vacation rental industry has never seen.”

Best Places to Work Inland Northwest was designed to identify, recognize, and honor the best employers in the Inland Northwest, benefiting the region’s economy, workforce, and businesses.

Methodology

Companies from across the region entered the two-part survey process to determine the Best Places to Work Inland Northwest. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems, and demographics. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process, analyzed the data, and determined the final rankings.
Eligibility
To be considered for participation, companies had to fulfill the following eligibility requirements:

Be a for-profit,not-for-profit business or government entity
Be a publicly or privately held business
Have a facility in the Inland Northwest region (Spokane, Pend Oreille, and Stevens counties in Washington State; and Kootenai and Bonner counties in Idaho.)
Have a minimum of 15 full-time or part-time employees working in the Inland Northwest
Be in business a minimum of 1 year
To see career openings at Stay Alfred or to apply, please visit http://www.stayalfred.com/stay-alfred-careers/.

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Stay Alfred Vacation Rentals Keeps Growing in Boston, Mass

The nationwide vacation rental and corporate housing firm headquartered in Spokane, Wash., Stay Alfred, has announced that they will be opening brand news vacation rental units in downtown Boston.

The new 2-bedroom vacation rentals are located in the Garrison Square, a luxury apartment building in the heart of Boston’s famous Back Bay neighborhood. These units will boast all the amenities Stay Alfred guests have come to expect, including modern furnishings, fully equipped kitchens, balconies, free Wi-Fi and cable, DVD players, laundry and iron facilities, linens, air conditioning, secure parking, and a rooftop terrace.

The Garrison Square is one of Boston’s most exclusive communities. “This is definitely one of the nicest places in the city,” said president Jordan Allen, “we’re really excited to add the Garrison Square to our portfolio.” Rental units will be open in mid-March 2015 and can be reserved today.

Stay Alfred operates vacation rentals and corporate housing in Bellevue, Wash., Boston, Mass., Denver, Colo., Nashville, Tenn., New Orleans, La., Portland, Ore., San Antonio, Tex., and Seattle, Wash. The company is on pace to become the leader in urban vacation rentals by offering the most desirable downtown locations and industry-leading customer service. It’s no wonder Stay Alfred has been honored with the “Top Rental Manager” award by Travel + Leisure’s Top Vacation Rental Site, FlipKey.

The vacation rentals can be viewed online and even booked with Stay Alfred’s convenient one-click booking feature at StayAlfred.com. Stay Alfred is also offering a “4th Night Free” promotion to launch this property. Reservationists can be reached 24 hours a day at 866-232-3864.

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Stay Alfred makes Inc. 500 list of America’s fastest-growing private companies

inc500_stacked_gold-600x445Inc. magazine today ranked Spokane-based Stay Alfred Vacation Rentals number 468 on its 2016 Inc. 500 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. Stay Alfred is the first nationwide downtown vacation rental company, which provides guests with a consistent, hotel-style lodging experience city to city.

“Roughly 50 percent of all startups fail within their first five years,” writes Leigh Buchanan, editor-at-large for Inc. “Many others struggle to stay afloat, let alone grow. But these founders have not merely survived, they’ve excelled–becoming the heroes of the most terrifying, exhausting, and exhilarating journey of their lives.”

Stay Alfred’s meteoric growth — 814% in the three-year period ending in 2015 and $13.1 million in revenue, places it squarely within the elite Inc. 500, the topmost subset of the Inc. 5000 list.

“The secret to Stay Alfred’s growth without taking any outside funding is our people,” said Stay Alfred Founder and CEO Jordan Allen. “Spokane is packed with educated, enthusiastic people who meet our core values and want to help create an entirely new segment in the hospitality industry that offers consistently amazing hotel-style accommodations in high-end downtown apartment buildings.”

Stay Alfred is one of only six honorees working in the travel and hospitality space, an industry dominated by hotel and airline behemoths. The company has more than doubled its vacation rental property inventory in each of the last four years, and intends to continue to grow in existing and new markets. The company applies a combination of aggressive expansion, proprietary revenue management algorithms, world class relationship management, and a value proposition that tantalizes leisure and business travelers and attracts real estate partners.

The Inc. 5000 is ranked according to revenue growth from 2012 through 2015. To qualify, a company must have been U.S.-based, privately held, for profit and independent. Revenue in 2012 must have been at least $100,000 with revenue of at least $2-million in 2015.

Stay Alfred currently offers one-, two-, and three-bedroom downtown vacation rental properties in 12 of America’s favorite cities: Boston, Dallas, Denver, Memphis, Nashville, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Portland, San Antonio, San Diego, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.

Stay Alfred accepts guest reservations 24 hours a day. Guests will find prices similar to those of an upscale hotel, despite three times the square-footage, multiple bedrooms and bathrooms, and equipped kitchens and laundry. They can take virtual tours and book online at StayAlfred.com or call (855) 481-2799 to speak with a reservationist.

About Inc. magazine

Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures LLC, Inc. is the only major business magazine dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies that delivers real solutions for today’s innovative company buildersand has a total monthly audience reach of 15,000,000.

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5 Great Spots in Portland’s Pearl District

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A book lover’s dream come true! Photo by: Cacophony via Wikipedia

Welcome to the Pearl District, the thriving hipster and business haven in downtown, Portland. Over the years, this exciting neighborhood has hosted some of Stay Alfred’s most popular vacation rentals. There’s quite a bit to do in the Pearl District, and with our condos’ incredible walk scores, you’ll be able to reach everything on foot! Here’s five of our favorite spots that we think you’ll enjoy:

  1. Jamison Square Park: Looking for a nice place to sip coffee, relax, and people watch? Stop by Jamison Square Park and enjoy the waterfall and arched pool. You’ll see children playing in the water and people playing bocce ball in a nearby court. Plenty of fun food and snack options surround you, including Starbucks, Cool Moon Ice Cream, Hot Lips Pizza, and Jamison Restaurant. 810 Northwest 11th Avenue, (503)823-7529
  2. Powell’s City of Books: Powell’s is a Portland legend. Founded in 1971, this humble bookstore has grown to take over an entire city block within the Pearl District. Even if you’re not looking to buy any books, Powell’s is still worth a visit. There’s a coffee shop and gift store inside. Be sure to check out the “rare books” section for a real treat. 1005 West Burnside Street, (503)228-4651
  3. Andina: Andina is truly one of Portland’s best restaurants. It has an astounding 4.5 stars on Yelp with over 2,000 reviews. (Although we know that it deserves 5 stars!) This impressive Peruvian spot has everything that we love about restaurants- incredible eats, an exotic wine list, friendly service, a swanky atmosphere, and occasionally live music. It’s Portland, so plenty of menu items are vegetarian friendly and gluten free. Trust us, you’ll love this place. Reservations recommended. 1314 Northwest Glisan Street, (503)228-9535
  4. Portland Center Stage (at Gerding Theater at the Armory): Looking for an artistic night out? Consider stopping by for a showing at Portland’s largest theater company. The shows are eclectic and fun, and often include classic stories like Anna Karenina or One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. Insider tip: Follow Portland Center Stage on social media closely and you might be able to catch free tickets! 128 Northwest 11th Avenue, (503)445-3700

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    Flight sampler at Deschutes Brewery, Photo by: Karen Neoh via Flickr
  5. Deschutes Brewery Portland Public House: Portland’s own craft beer brand serves up delightful brews and pub fare at this comfortable urban spot. Not sure what type of beer you prefer? We recommend ordering a sampler flight. Also, their pretzel with mustard and cheese dip is a delicious snack. Looking for something a bit more quirky? Also stop by Rogue Distillery and Public House while you’re in Portlandia. (They even have Voodoo Doughnut inspired beer flavors!) 210 Northwest 11th Avenue, (503)296-4906

Not sure where to stay in Portland, Oregon? Skip the crowded hotel experience and opt to stay in a vacation rental with twice the amount of space for a comparable rate. Instead of sharing one room, enjoy a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment with a living room, fully-equipped kitchen, and en suite laundry. When you stay at one of our high-rise rentals, Portland city views will surround you. Live like a local and Stay Smart with Stay Alfred. Give us a call any time of day at 866-232-3864 or click here to look more about our Portland condos.

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Discovering Dallas

It’s officially summer. The sun is shining, school’s out, and that means it’s finally time for a summer vacation. So how do you decide where to go? Our suggestion: Dallas, Texas.

That’s right! Dallas, Texas. Combining enterprise and culture while holding on to its modern charm, this city is home to a plethora of museums, upscale shopping, and historic sights. Best yet, Stay Alfred Vacation Rentals is opening up brand new rentals right in the heart of downtown. Not only will you be able to enjoy upscale amenities, you’ll have every opportunity to explore and live like a local with downtown Dallas right outside your front door. Whether you’ve escaped to the city with your family or friends, our new rentals have everything you need to discover Dallas.

Dallas Farmers Market
Dallas Farmers Market

SHOP:

Dallas Farmers Market: Take a short stroll through the city and make your way towards the Dallas Farmers Market. Open daily from 10am-6pm, you’ll find everything from artisan olive oil to vintage housewares when you explore this 26,000 square foot market. | 920 S. Harwood Dallas, TX 75201 |

Bishop Arts District: Home to over 60 independent boutiques, the Bishop Arts District is one of Dallas’ top shopping spots. Not to mention they host regular “Wine Walks”. | 419 N Bishop Ave Dallas, TX 75208 |

West End Historic District: Enjoy fine shopping, dining, and the rich history of Dallas while you explore the beauty of West End Historic District. This historic strip is home to rows of refurbished old-brick warehouses, transformed into dozens of restaurants and shops, while maintaining its historic charm. | 1701 N Market, Suite 335 LB-3 Dallas, TX 75202 |

Katy Trail
Katy Trail

EXPLORE

Katy Trail: Built on an old railroad line, Katy Trail is an iconic destination in Dallas. Stretching 3.5 miles, this trail is 100% community supported and funded, and is the perfect spot to see the natural beauty of Dallas. | Katy Trail, Dallas, TX |

Fountain Place: Fountain Place, standing at 720 ft tall, is the fifth-tallest building in Dallas. But more impressively is the 217 water jets found in the Fountain Plaza Central Fountain. | 1445 Ross Ave, Suite 5100, Dallas, TX 75202 |

Dragon Park: This hidden gem of Uptown, Dragon Park, is full of eclectic and unique characters. Full of angels, gargoyles, and of course dragons, this is the perfect spot for a quick picnic. | 3520 Cedar Springs Rd, Dallas, TX 75219 |

FAMILY

Dallas Zoo
Dallas Zoo

Dallas Zoo: You can never go wrong with the Zoo, especially the Dallas Zoo. Opening in 1888 with just two deer and two mountain lions, this 106-acre zoo now has over 2,000 animals. | 650 S R L Thornton Fwy, Dallas, TX 75203 |

Dallas World Aquarium: If you didn’t get enough of an animal fix at the zoo, the Dallas World Aquarium is a must see. From the Aquarium to the Temple of the Jaguar, you and your family can see a wide variety of exotic animals as well as take part in numerous education activities. | 1801 N Griffin St, Dallas, TX 75202 |

Trinity Forest Adventure Park: Trinity Forest Adventure Park is something you can’t miss out on. This exciting combination of a Canopy Tour, Challenge Course, and Zip Line is the perfect family adventure. | 1820 Dowdy Ferry Rd, Dallas, TX 75217 |

LTV Tower by Stay Alfred
LTV Tower by Stay Alfred

Not sure where to stay in Dallas? At Stay Alfred Vacation Rentals, we have several properties in Dallas available for your arrival. Check them out here or give us a call any time of day at 866-232-3864 to speak to one of our helpful reservation agents. We would love to help you find the perfect vacation home to fit your travel needs. Stay smart, stay together, Stay Alfred!

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Skip The Crowded Hotel Experience in Seattle

Bringing a crowd to Seattle?

Whether you’re traveling with family, friends, or business partners, we know that our guests love having plenty of room for everyone when you book accommodations with Stay Alfred. Even if it’s just one or two people traveling, our vacation rentals are an upgrade to a hotel experience with twice as much room and home-like comfort for a similar rate. At every Stay Alfred vacation home, you’ll have your own living room, fully-equipped kitchen, and en suite laundry available. Why stuff everyone into a few 300 square foot hotel rooms when you can explore the city while living like a local in one of our one, two, or three bedroom options? Here’s just two of our condo locations available for your next Seattle adventure:

Harbor Steps
Harbor Steps vacation rental by Stay Alfred

Harbor Steps: You’ve heard of Pike Place, right? Our Harbor Steps vacation rental is perfectly located right in the same iconic neighborhood. Just a five minute stroll down the street and you’ll find the famous fish market, Gum Wall, first EVER Starbucks store, The Great Wheel, and more Seattle legends.

Pike Place
Pike Place Market at night, Photo by: MTaylor444 via Wikipedia Commons

Not only does this property boast an unbelievable 100 Walk Score, but plenty of exciting amenities and options for your stay. At the Harbor Steps, Stay Alfred offers both one and two bedroom choices. Some of our condos even feature a dazzling waterview of Elliott Bay. The Harbor Steps offers plenty of exciting community amenities, including a lap pool, hot tub, sauna, game room, community lounge, yoga studio, and fitness center. Even if you never leave your condo, you will not be at a loss for activities.

Olympus
Olympus vacation rental by Stay Alfred

Olympus: Need a bit more room? Our Olympus vacation rental location offers both two and three bedroom condos for your guests. At Stay Alfred, we’re all about location, so it’s no surprise that the Olympus also is surrounded by attractions. Just a ten minute walk to the North, you’ll find the iconic Space Needle as well as the Seattle Children’s Museum, Key Arena, and Pacific Science Center. At a 15 minute walking distance, Pike Place isn’t so far away, either. The Olympus is just steps away from the scenic Seattle waterfront, and right across the street is the art lover’s fantasy of Olympic Sculpture Park. Grab a cup of morning coffee and take a walk around the latest sculpture installations as you gaze out at the glittering waters of Elliott Bay.

Olympic Sculpture Park
The Space Needle seen through Olympic Sculpture Park, Photo by: Ruth Hartnup via Flickr

Inside your vacation rental, you’ll find home-like comforts as well as useful community amenities, including a business center, fitness center, media room, and outdoor BBQ grilling area. With city views surrounding you, you’ll feel much more like a local than a tourist. Don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone.
Not sure where to stay in Seattle? At Stay Alfred Vacation Rentals, we have dozens of properties in Seattle available for your arrival. Check out this page or give us a call any time of day at 866-232-3864 to speak to one of our helpful reservation agents. We would love to help you find the perfect vacation home to fit your travel needs. Stay smart, stay together, Stay Alfred!

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City of Seafood: Best Sushi Spots in Seattle

From the famous fish tosses of Pike Place Market to the Ballard locks salmon ladder, Seattle’s distinct seafood culture is part of what makes this city so special. Naturally, Seattle is one of Stay Alfred’s favorite cities to sample sushi. After asking my sushi-obsessed office what restaurants in Seattle were the best, these were the top contenders. Feel free to let us know what sushi restaurants in town you have had the best experience at. Enjoy- and don’t forget to make a reservation!

Seattle Sushi
Maki roll style sushi, Photo by: Suzette via Flickr

Sushi Kashiba: Shiro Kashiba is Seattle’s own master sushi chef. Kashiba, an apprentice to famed world’s best sushi chef Jiro Ono from “Jiro Dreams of Sushi”, has delighted sushi snobs everywhere by opening his latest restaurant in Pike Place in late 2015. Sushi Kashiba might have a high price tag, but it doesn’t disappoint. Incredibly fresh fish is paired with other interesting seafood elements to create sushi as it is supposed to be savored. You’ll be graced with attentive service and helpful presentations on what you are eating. 86 Pine Street #1, (206)441-8844

Shiro’s: Chef Kashiba also opened this 11 seat restaurant in Belltown in 1994. Though Kashiba has since moved on to work at Sushi Kashiba, the excellence of this Spartan-simple yet iconic restaurant still lives on through lead chef Jun Takai. Expect incredibly fresh seafood and traditional Japanese fare at its finest. 2401 2nd Avenue, (206)443-9844

Mashiko Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar: We’re not letting Shiro Kashiba’s restaurants steal all the attention. Mashiko is another high-end sushi spot in town with an enthusiastic fan base and rave reviews. What makes Mashiko special? It is Seattle’s first 100% sustainable sushi restaurant. The chef knows where every single piece of piece of seafood is coming from and prepares it with delicate care. A perfect place for special occasions. 4725 California Avenue SW, (206)935-4339

Japonessa Sushi Cocina: Looking for a more unique sushi experience? Japonessa combines Spanish flavors and flair to sushi without compromising the taste of quality cut fish. Despite the non-traditional sushi preparation methods, Japonessa is a favorite of Seattleites. The sushi isn’t the only fantastic thing here- the sake cocktails will not disappoint. 1400 1st Avenue, (206)971-7979

Momiji: With a serene, Japanese decorated interior and delicious fish cuts, Momiji has become a popular choice for sushi that’s a bit more affordable than some of the more high-end spots in town. With friendly service, a pleasant atmosphere, and a great drink menu, Momiji allows you the full Seattle sushi experience without the sushi-snob vibe. 1522 12th Avenue, (206)457-4068

Tsukushinbo: Don’t forget about this spot just because the name might be a bit difficult to say! If you’re looking for a wide selection of both sushi and other Japanese delights in a friendly atmosphere, this slightly hidden spot in the International District might be the perfect place for you. 515 South Main Street, (206)467-4004

Umi Sake House: This popular, bustling Belltown spot is known for both delectable sushi and a well-loved happy hour. While traditional sushi restaurants are more quiet, serene, and simple, Umi’s large, club-like interior and extended drink menu is perfect for a fun night out. 2230 1st Avenue, (206)374-8717

Hidden Gem!
Wataru: This totally unassuming restaurant hasn’t caught the public eye quite yet in Seattle. Tucked away on the main street in the Ravenna neighborhood, Wataru is truly a small but pleasant surprise. Chef Kotaro Kumita (who apprenticed under Shiro Kashiba, of course) only accepts 6 diners at the bar at a time where you can watch as he single-handedly creates sushi for everyone in the restaurant. The whole restaurant only seats 24. With Chef Kumita being the sole chef in this restaurant, don’t come here expecting a rapid dining experience. The foodies are slowly finding out about this place- make a reservation before you have to fight for one! 2400 NE 65th Street, (206)525-2073

Not sure where to stay in Seattle?
Skip the crowded hotel experience and live like a local in Seattle’s best neighborhoods for a comparable rate. At Stay Alfred Vacation Rentals, we offer the most walkable and safe vacation homes in town. Of course you’re condo will be close by the best sushi spots, as well. Give us a call any time of day at 866-232-3864 and our knowledgeable reservation agents will be more than happy to help you book the perfect Emerald City getaway.

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Upcoming Music Festivals in Stay Alfred’s Cities

Voodoo Experience
Voodoo Experience festival in New Orleans, Photo by: Joe Van via Wikipedia

Summer is fast approaching and we’re jumping out of our office chairs with excitement. Who doesn’t love the the sun, the sweat, the sounds, and even the flower crowns? At Stay Alfred, we’re crazy about music festivals and know that camping isn’t always an option for those who want to attend. Some of our cities where we host vacation rentals are having incredible festivals or fairs this summer and we have the downtown vacation rentals to match. Need a place to stay? We’ve got you covered. Give us a call any time of day at 866-232-3864 and one of our knowledgeable reservation agents will help you book the perfect vacation rental for your travel needs! Skip the awkward, crowded hotel experience and stay like a local with all your friends for a comparable rate.

 

 

BOSTON- Boston Calling 2016: May 27th-29th. Featuring Sia, Disclosure, Janelle Monae, Elle King, Haim, Sufjan Stevens, Robyn, Odesza.

SAN ANTONIO- River City Rockfest: May 29th. Featuring Disturbed, Scorpions, Megadeth, Bullet For My Valentine, P.O.D., Pop Evil

SAN ANTONIO- San Antonio Summer Art & Jazz Festival: June 3rd-5th. Artists and programs featured to be announced.

SAN DIEGO- San Diego County Fair: You’re guaranteed to find something amazing to see or do at this month-long San Diego celebration. June 3rd- July 4th. Closed on June 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 20th, and 27th. Featuring Switchfoot, Lady Antebellum, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, 3 Doors Down, Kenny Rogers

PHILADELPHIA- Roots Picnic: June 4th. Featuring Future, Usher, The Roots, Willow Smith, Blood Orange, Kehlani, Swizz Beatz

NASHVILLE- CMA Music Festival: June 9th-12th. Featuring Blake Shelton, Brett Eldredge, Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban, Hank Williams, Jr., Eric Church, and MANY other country music legends.

NASHVILLE- Bonnaroo: June 9th-12th. If country music isn’t your thing, you might consider heading South toward Manchester, TN to catch these more alternative and electronic musical acts instead. Featuring Pearl Jam, Ellie Goulding, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Purity Ring, Adventure Club, Halsey.

WASHINGTON, D.C.- DC Jazz Festival: June 10th-19th. Featuring Kamasi Washington, Regina Carter, Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Septet, Cecile McLorin Salvant.

DENVER- LoHi 2016: June 11th. Featuring Alo, Greener Grounds.

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Smithsonian Folklife Festival: June 29th-July 4th, July 7th-10th. This year, the festival will honor the Basque cultural heritage. More information and line up to be announced soon.

NEW ORLEANS- Essence Festival: June 30th-July 3rd. Featuring Kendrick Lamar, Mariah Carey, Maxwell, Ciara, with other special guests Tyra Banks, Misty Copeland and more.

PORTLAND- Waterfront Blues Festival: July 1st- 4th. Tedeschi Trucks Band, JJ Grey & Mofro, Jimmie Vaughan & The Tilt-A-Whirl Band, Maceo Parker

BOSTON- Outside the Box Festival: July 13th-17th at the Boston Common. Featuring Kasey Musgraves, Gin Blossoms, New Politics, Guster

SEATTLE- Capitol Hill Block Party: July 22nd-24th. Featuring Odesza, Chvrches, Crystal Castles, The Cave Singers, MO

DENVER- Underground Music Showcase: July 28th-31st. Experience Denver’s premier indie festival. Featuring Policia, Thee Oh Sees, Allah Las

DENVER- Bass Center 2016: July 29th-30th. Featuring electronic music acts such as Bassnectar, Flux Pavilion, Flying Lotus, Porter Robinson, Wu-Tang Clan.

PHILADELPHIA- Philadelphia Folk Festival: August 18th-21st. Featuring Los Lobos, The Lone Bellow, The Wood Brothers, and many other indie/folk acts.

PORTLAND- Project Pabst 2016: August 26th-28th. Featuring Duran Duran, Tame Impala, Ice Cube, Ween, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

SEATTLE- Bumbershoot: September 2nd-4th. Featuring Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Death Cab for Cutie, G-Eazy, Halsey, Third Eye Blind, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Billy Idol

MEMPHIS- Delta Fair & Music Festival: September 2nd-11th. More information regarding musical acts and events coming soon.

SAN DIEGO- KAABOO: September 16th-September 18th. Featuring Aerosmith, Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band, Jack Johnson, Fall Out Boy, Lenny Kravitz, OneRepublic

BOSTON- Copenhagen Beer Celebration: September 23rd-24th. The main attraction of this event is beer, but there will be a number of bands performing in honor of the featured craft brews. Featuring Lucero, Yo La Tengo, Mariachi El Bronx, The Barr Brothers, Caroline Rose

NEW ORLEANS- Bear Creek Bayou: September 30th-October 1st. Line up is to be announced. Expect an exciting and eclectic variety of musical acts.

NEW ORLEANS- Voodoo Experience: October 28th-30th. Line up will be announced in June. Expect a few big names at this popular event.

 

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Vacation Rentals in San Diego’s Favorite Neighborhoods

Vacation Rentals in San Diego’s Favorite Neighborhoods!
Many exciting events are coming up in America’s Finest City! Thinking about attending San Diego’s largest convention, Comic Con International? Maybe a San Diego Padres baseball game, music festival, chocolate festival, or Cinco de Mayo parade is more your style?

Either way, skip the crowded hotel experience and opt for a vacation rental home in one of downtown San Diego’s hottest addresses. For a comparable rate to downtown hotels, you can stay in a spacious two or three bedroom apartment with a living room, kitchen, and en suite laundry. Instead of feeling like a trapped tourist, you’ll be able to comfortably live like a local in an exciting, highly walk able location. Here’s just two of our fantastic San Diego properties that await your arrival:

Little Italy vacation rental
Little Italy vacation rental by Stay Alfred

Stay Alfred at Little Italy: Looking for a paradise in the midst of the city? We know you’ll love the swanky decor, resort-like vibe, and fantastic amenities at Stay Alfred’s Little Italy vacation rental. At your Little Italy vacation home, you’ll enjoy top-notch amenities such as a gorgeous pool and glass-walled hot tub that overlooks views of the water. The community gym is also available for guests who don’t want to miss a beat on their workout routine. Inside, you’ll find a cozy two bedroom apartment with all of the comforts of home.

Little Italy
Little Italy in San Diego, Photo by Joe Wolf via Flickr

San Diego’s Little Italy neighborhood has grown to become one of the city’s favorite spots. With Italian food, charming art galleries, vibrant nightlife, and views of the San Diego harbor, it’s no wonder why visitors flock to this area of the city for a relaxing afternoon or a fun night out. Your rental is located within walking distance from attractions, including the Waterfront Park and the Star of India at the Maritime Museum. Looking for some fresh fruit or Italian cut meats? Be sure to check out the popular weekly farmer’s market. After all, when you stay with Stay Alfred, you can easily cook your own incredible meals.

Stay Alfred
Lofts near the East Village & Gaslamp Quarter by Stay Alfred

Stay Alfred near the East Village & Gaslamp Quarter: Situated near the vibrant East Village and the iconic Gaslamp Quarter, you’ll have the best of both worlds at Stay Alfred’s newest vacation rental location. This modern, chic building houses numerous two bedroom, two bathroom rental apartments for your convenience. Numerous amenities await you, including a sundeck with city views, business technology center, fitness center, and a community theater room. Inside your vacation home, you’ll love the bright, wide windows and spacious layout that allows for the perfect amount of family time. You’ll certainly feel like a San Diego urbanite in this trendy address.

Gaslamp Quarter
Nightlife is the best in the Gaslamp Quarter! Photo by Chad McDonald via Flickr

With a Walk Score in the upper nineties, you know that entertainment and conveniences will surround you. Skip the parking hassle at the Gaslamp Quarter and get there in a simple ten minute stroll. If you haven’t visited the Gaslamp Quarter, yet, you’ll see why this historical neighborhood is one of San Diego’s most exciting spots. Unbeatable dining, energetic nightlife, and craft cocktail bars line the streets of the Quarter. Once you’re done exploring that part of the city, check out the up and coming East Village area or venture to Petco Park down South or Balboa Park up North.

 

When you stay with Stay Alfred, we want to make sure you are right in the middle of the action. There’s so much to see in San Diego, and we want you to be able to conquer it all. Some of our newest locations will open just in time for San Diego Comic Con! Give us a call any time of day at 866-232-3864 and one of our incredibly helpful reservation agents will help you plan an unforgettable San Diego getaway.

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Still need a place to stay for San Diego Comic Con?

SDCC
Photo by: Gage Skidmore via Flickr

Prepare yourselves- San Diego Comic Con is fast approaching and ready to take over the whole city with fandom, costumes, and other comic-related madness. Do you have your accommodations booked?

Have no fear. At this time, Stay Alfred Vacation Rentals has a number of 2 bedroom apartment rentals available for your Comic-Con adventure. Why stuff your family or group of friends into a 300-square foot overpriced hotel when you can live like a local with twice the amount of space for a comparable rate? PLENTY of room to spread out everyone’s costumes! Our home-like amenities will add all the more comfort to your stay. We understand that Comic Con can be a bit pricey, so with your own kitchen, you’ll have the option of cooking meals in your condo instead of worrying about where to eat out in town all the time. The Comic Con hotel rush can be a bit maddening, so why not consider staying in a vacation rental? Our rental apartments are located in downtown San Diego just a short driving (or even walking) distance from the Convention Center and other venues like Petco Park. Convenient public transportation options can also get you where you need to be in no time!

Stay Alfred Vacation Rentals
Downtown San Diego vacation rentals by Stay Alfred

What is San Diego Comic Con?

San Diego Comic-Con International (or simply SDCC) is a four day entertainment and comic convention that’s been held annually in America’s Finest City since 1970. With around 167,000 attendees just last year, SDCC is easily the largest convention held in all of San Diego. This year, the convention will take place on July 21st to July 24th.

This event is SO enormous and so popular that the San Diego Convention Center is regularly packed to capacity, which means events get moved to other locations including the Gaslamp Quarter, Hilton San Diego, Petco Park, Westfield Horton Plaza, and more. Basically, SDCC truly does take over the whole city. Expect to see attendees wandering around in costumes of all sorts. Even if you’re not part of the event, it’s incredible people watching.

SDCC
The madness of the SDCC vendor’s hall, Photo by: Kevin Dooley via Flickr

 

What to expect in 2016? At the moment, we’re not entirely sure- but it’s going to be awesome! According to the Comic-Con.org website, the OFFICIAL Comic Con schedule won’t be released until 2 weeks before the event. There’s still plenty of time for last minute fun (or last minute celebrity guests) to be added to the mix. Numerous comic artists and film writers have already made a commitment to appear.

Of course, the vendor’s hall at SDCC truly can’t be beat. It is the shopping mall of your nerdy dreams. Hundreds of vendors will gather to sell art, posters, comic books, clothing, costumes, gaming paraphernalia, and countless other fan products.

Superheroes
Genderbent Superhero cosplayers at SDCC, Photo by: John Austin via Flickr

Comic Con wouldn’t be complete without a huge emphasis on cosplay. Cosplay (or costume play) has grown to be one of the highlights of all comic related conventions. Watch or even participate in the 43rd annual costume masquerade. If you’re brave enough to strut your stuff on stage in front of a panel of judges, you might just win a cash prize!

 

 

Ready to go? We’d love to help you book your SDCC vacation rental. Skip the crowded hotel experience and stay in a comfortable downtown San Diego vacation home. Click here to learn more about our properties or give us a call at 866-232-3866. Our friendly reservation agents are standing by day and night to assist you.

 

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Our Newest Downtown San Diego Vacation Rentals

69514bef-f9d9-4ca9-a324-977213ca6b8aToday, we’re proud to announce that we have just opened eight new two-bedroom, two-bathroom condos near the Gaslamp Quarter in downtown San Diego!

Since first opening vacation rentals in San Diego in late 2015, America’s Finest City has quickly become one of our most popular destinations at Stay Alfred Vacation Rentals. With so many exciting San Diego events on the horizon (including the amazing San Diego Comic Con!), we’re excited for our guests to come experience the best of the city while living like a local.

Our newest vacation rental homes are located in the Lofts at 707 Tenth building on Tenth Street between the East Village and historic Gaslamp Quarter. The vacation rentals feature all the amenities that Stay Alfred consistently delivers; including a private kitchen, living room, en suite laundry, and 24-hour customer service.

“At Stay Alfred, it’s our goal to provide our guests with access to the best downtown locations known to man,” said Jordan Allen, the owner of Stay Alfred.  “We chose this location because we know that our guests will love the walkable area and the close access to the Gaslamp Quarter.”

The Gaslamp Quarter stands as San Diego’s premier nightlife paradise. Some of the city’s most interesting restaurants, bars, shops, and music venues can be found here. (Rumor has it that one of Stay Alfred’s buildings even hosts a secret speakeasy…) Of course, the Gaslamp Quarter is also a fantastic place for family fun, as well. For example, Ghirardelli has an ice cream and chocolate shop location here that we love. The Hard Rock Cafe of San Diego is always plenty of fun, too!

According to Walkscore.com, our latest property at The Lofts boasts a walk rating of 96 out of 100. The Gaslamp Quarter is only a 7 or 8-minute walk from Stay Alfred’s newest location. The upscale, modern lofts building also feature access to community amenities including a fitness center, business center, private theater screening room, sundeck, and outdoor fire pit in a community courtyard. The sundeck features a lovely view of the city. Conveniences including grocery stores, restaurants, bars, and coffee shops surround the area. Public transportation is close by, as well.

Reservation agents at Stay Alfred are now able to book these units for incoming guests. “We just opened these condos, so at this time we still have availability for San Diego Comic Con,” said reservations director, John DeRoulet. The San Diego Convention Center is an 8-minute drive or 18-minute walk away. Our latest location is perfect for a group of up to 5 guests per unit.

Stay Alfred currently hosts vacation rentals in seven different San Diego properties in numerous neighborhoods; including Little Italy, the Gaslamp Quarter, the East Village, and Cortez Hill.
Not sure where to stay in San Diego? Stay Alfred’s vacation rentals boast twice as much space as a hotel for a similar price. Why cram your family and friends into a small hotel room when you can experience one of the city’s best neighborhoods like a local? For more information about our properties, click here or give us a call any time of day at 866-232-3864 and one of our knowledgeable reservation agents will help you book the perfect condo for your travel needs.

 

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8 Fantastic Eats in San Antonio

We’ve sampled San Antonio and found the best eats in all of Alamo City. Whether you’re looking for something unforgettably gourmet or fantastic yet affordable, we’ve got you covered. If there’s one thing we’ve learned about San Antonio at Stay Alfred, it’s that the incredible culture here definitely shows in the local cuisine!

Mixtli
Delicate gourmet courses served at Mixtli, Photos by Kent Wang via Flickr

HIGH END CHOICES
Bliss: This New American style restaurant truly lives up to its name. With a romantic, twinkling ambience and friendly service, Bliss is a San Antonio favorite for a special date night out. Must try: Oyster sliders or shrimp risotto. 926 South Presa Street

Wildfish Seafood Grille: Wildfish Seafood Grille arguably has the best seafood in San Antonio, and a decent steak (or surf and turf style dish) if seafood isn’t really your thing. Must try: Chilean Sea Bass or the crispy crab cakes. 1834 North Loop 1604 West

Mixtli: Mixtli is the brainchild of two Mexican chefs and one boxcar. Every night, they serve only 12 guests at 7PM sharp. The menu changes every 45 days to reflect the history of a different region of Mexico. Expect very interesting and visually appealing offerings unlike anything you have ever eaten. An unforgettable experience for $95 per person. Must try: Try to get a reservation! 5251 McCullough Avenue

Restaurant Gwendolyn: James Beard Award-Winning chef Michael Sohocki has truly created one of San Antonio’s major dining gems. The concept of Cafe Gwendolyn is zero electricity- the chefs only prepare food in ways that could be done before the year 1850. Expect sustainable, fresh, and organic New American delights. Must try: The menu changes every single night, but you won’t be disappointed. 152 East Pecan Street Suite #100

Mi Tierra
Mi Tierra is a bit of a tourist trap, but we love it. Photo by: Mathieu Ploude via Wikipedia Commons

MORE AFFORDABLE
Dough Pizzeria: Incredible yet affordable pizza awaits you at Dough Pizzeria Napoletana. Guy Fieri from the Food Network even called it “the real deal”. Must try: Burrata sampler. 6989 Blanco Road

Mi Tierra Cafe y Panaderia (Mi Tierra Cafe & Bakery): Fun fact, this spot was once featured on an opening episode of The Bachelor. It’s an obvious San Antonio tourist hot spot, but maybe that’s why we love it so much. Simply delicious Mexican eats and desserts in a fun, upbeat environment with CRAZY colorful decor. Must try: Deep fried ice cream. 218 Produce Row

Leon Valley Cafe: Reservations recommended. With glowing Yelp reviews (some of the best in the entire city), you’ll be surprised at just how small this loveable cafe is. Friendly service and simply delicious brunch, lunch, and dinner. Must try: Huevos Rancheros OR The Hangover Breakfast. 6526 Bandera Road

Cured: When Chef Steve McHugh was cured from lymphoma cancer in 2013, he opened one of San Antonio’s hottest charcuterie restaurants as a celebration of his victory. Naturally, the restaurant serves a wide variety of meats that are cured in-house from 30 days to 12 months-truly a carnivore’s dream. Don’t miss out on the excellent craft cocktails, as well. Must try: Charcuterie plate. 306 Pearl Parkway Suite #101

Not sure where to stay in San Antonio?
Stay Alfred hosts multiple two bedroom, two bathroom vacation rental units that are just a ten minute stroll away from Old Town San Antonio and the legendary Riverwalk. For more information about our rental properties, click here or call us any time of day toll free at 866-232-3864 to speak to one of our incredibly helpful reservation agents. We’d love to host your San Antonio adventure.

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Stay Alfred Introduces Express Check-In

Express Check-InAt Stay Alfred, we’re constantly turning travel assumptions upside down.

We’re committed to becoming the best and most trusted vacation rental company in the United States, and in order to do that, we are always innovating and finding new ways to better serve the needs and desires of our guests.

For the optimal convenience of our guests, we’re proud to introduce Express Check-In to the world of travel accommodations.

Most hotels offer express check-out where guests can leave the keys behind in their room and then feel free to hit the road.However, Stay Alfred Vacation Rentals is the first vacation home company to offer Express Check-In. Some hotels offer a type of express room entry to guests, but it’s usually part of an exclusive loyalty program and guests still have to receive their keys from the front desk in the hotel lobby. When you stay with Stay Alfred, you’re guaranteed to receive the quickest and most convenient check-in possible no matter how many times you have booked with us. No loyalty program is needed. Even first-time guests can have the VIP experience of a completely independent and hassle-free vacation rental entry.

Almost all of our vacation rental locations have a check-in process that puts hotels to shame. It’s different than any other sort of check-in available in the travel industry right now. It’s faster because it allows you to enter your vacation rental at your own pace instead of waiting for a concierge or standing in line. You won’t have to provide anyone with your driver’s license or credit card. You don’t have to talk to anyone or explain any details about your stay. You don’t even have to pick up your keys from a front desk.  After a long day of traveling to your destination, we understand that you just want to check into your room, stretch out, and relax. With Express Check-In, Stay Alfred gives you the freedom to let yourself in. After all, we’re committed to giving you the experience of feeling right at home in your condo.

When you book with Stay Alfred, we’ll send you an email before your stay containing detailed instructions on how to enter your vacation home via Express Check-In. If anything at all is unclear to you, our helpful customer care agents can be reached 24/7 via phone, text, or email to provide you with any sort of assistance you might need. It’s that simple.

Stay Alfred’s introduction of Express Check-In is just one example of how we’re leading the industry by adopting new technologies and challenging outdated assumptions about how travel should be.

If you’re looking to book accommodations with the greatest possible amount of privacy, convenience, and value, Stay Alfred would love to help you find the perfect vacation rental. We always say, “Why cram your friends and family into a 300 square foot hotel room when you can book a 2 or 3 bedroom apartment for a comparable rate?” Give us a call any time of day at 866-232-3864 to speak to one of our helpful reservation agents.

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See Portland from a high-rise vacation home

Not sure where to stay in Portland, Oregon?

At Stay Alfred Vacation Rentals, we know all too well just how exciting downtown Portland is. We love the interesting, quirky culture that Portland has to offer and want to give you the opportunity to live like a local in the epicenter of it all! With twice as much space as a typical hotel room, you won’t have to pack your family or group of friends into close quarters to enjoy the best of downtown. Our downtown Portland vacation rentals come in both 2 and 3 bedroom options that can fit your group of up to 8. Each condo has en suite laundry and a fully equipped kitchen so you can truly experience what it’s like to live in the city without having to eat meals or do laundry in town. (Insider tip: The restaurants are fantastic around here, though!) 

At our Ladd Tower and Park Avenue West tower locations, you’ll be able to live the Pacific Northwest high-rise life for a price that is comparable to a hotel. Here’s just two of our amazing properties that are available for your next Portlandia adventure…

Ladd Tower
Ladd Tower by Stay Alfred Vacation Rentals

Ladd Tower: Located downtown on the South Park blocks, this modern, 2009 building stands tall and proud with great acclaim. Inside your condo, you’ll find quality finishes such as granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, and wide windows that show off vast city views. With two bedrooms and a sofa bed in the living room, this condo is ideal for up to five guests.

Step outside of your vacation rental, and you’ll find yourself within walking distance to some of Portland’s most exciting attractions such as the Portland Art Museum and Portland State University. It’s no wonder that Ladd Tower’s location is known as the Cultural District. Director Park and the excellent shopping at Pioneer Square is also within easy walking distance. Not quite convinced? Our Ladd Tower location has a truly unbeatable walk score of 100. If you want to venture farther out into town, access to the Max line is only a few steps away. Looking to quickly rent a car? The parking garage hosts access to ZipCar rentals.

Park Avenue West
Park Avenue West vacation rental by Stay Alfred

Park Avenue West: Standing high above ALMOST everything in the city, Park Avenue West now takes it’s spot on the skyline as the 4th tallest building in Portland. This pinnacle of urban living was just recently finished in 2016, so you’re guaranteed to have an incredibly modern and up-to-date vacation rental experience! Park Avenue West has even incorporated sustainable, green technology into the building’s appliances and energy systems.  You’ll love the designer cabinetry and modern decor that graces this newly furnished condo. With large, scenic windows, you’ll have no trouble at all being entertained by city views as well as the bustling cultural meeting spots beneath.

It’s not difficult to see why this property also boasts a walk score of 100- there is so much to do in this location! Director Park is just outside your door, and other must-see Portland institutions are mere walking distance away, including the legendary Powell’s Bookstore and Voodoo Doughnut shop. Portland’s trendiest shopping, dining, and breweries will surround you! Not sure you want to walk around so much? The Max line is right nearby for your convenience.

We’re looking forward to hosting your Portland travels. Let us know what attractions you are interested in experiencing, and we’ll be happy to personally find you the perfect downtown vacation rental property. Give us a call at 866-232-3864 any time of day to speak to one of our friendly reservation agents. For more information about our Portland properties, click here

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Welcome to the San Antonio Riverwalk!

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Nightlife at the San Antonio Riverwalk, photo by Stuart Seeger via Flickr

At Stay Alfred, we know that our guests want to stay within walking distance to the city’s best attractions. In San Antonio, we adore the beauty and excitement of the city’s legendary Riverwalk. The Riverwalk is a series of pathways along the San Antonio River that guide visitors through a gorgeous selection of attractions, shops, restaurants, and art pieces. From food carts to gourmet dining, there’s something for everyone along the Riverwalk.
Not up for a long walk? Plenty of scenic boat rides are available, as well. The Riverwalk is the perfect place to start if you want to tour the beauty of the city. (However, ALWAYS remember the Alamo!)

During April 14-24, Fiesta San Antonio is taking over the city and the Riverwalk! This annual celebration has been entertaining San Antonio for 125 years. During this 10 day extravaganza, numerous arts, culture, music, food, family, and sports events will take place.
On Friday, April 22nd, check out the Fiesta Carnival or 10th Street River Festival. Looking for something a bit more low key? There’s also a Cactus and Xerophyte show and sale for plant lovers.
On Saturday, April 23rd, you can join in on the LUNG FORCE 5K run or walk if you’re feeling a bit motivated. The King William Arts and Crafts Fair will also be going on in the King William Historic District of town.
On Sunday, April 25th, Fiesta San Antonio will wrap up with a number of fun events including the Fiesta Wildflower Ride and the Festival de Cascarones.

To see a full guide of Fiesta San Antonio events, click here.

Not sure where to stay in San Antonio?

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Vistana vacation rental by Stay Alfred

Experience the beauty of the city from Stay Alfred’s high rise Vistana vacation rental. Our 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom condos at the Vistana are perfect for up to six guests! Why cram your family and friends into a 300 square foot hotel room when you can have more space, privacy, and amenities for a comparable rate? With a Walk Score rating of 93, the Vistana truly has everything you need minutes from the doorstep. The River Walk and Old Town San Antonio are about a 10 minute stroll away! Public transportation options are also available right outside the Vistana. With parking available on site, you can easily explore the entire city with your own vehicle, as well.
Our Vistana vacation rental guarantees you all the comforts of home and more. With a living room, fully-equipped kitchen, and en suite laundry, you’ll be able to live like a local and save money if you would prefer to cook meals in your vacation home.
Your vacation rental community also features a wide array of amenities that will keep you entertained when you’re not out enjoying the city. Keep up on your fitness with the 24 community gym, or take a dip in the pool on the 6th floor’s sundeck. Need a place to meet? The property also hosts a club room and business center with a killer view of the San Antonio city skyline.

We’d love to host your San Antonio adventure. To learn more about our vacation rental property, visit this link or give us a call any time of day at 866-232-3864. Our helpful reservation agents would love to assist you in planning your stay.

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