11/17/17 9:34am

Wailea Point I II IIl Unit 801| Candysdirt.com

Wahoo, Hawaii! No, “wahoo” is not a place on the Islands or a Hawaiian word (that I know of) – it’s a whoop of approval, because Southwest Airlines has announced they intend to open air service to The Aloha State soon. No word yet as to which airport they will favor, but Kahului Airport in Maui is sure to be a contender, so it’s a good time to check in on vacation housing there. There’s no better place to start than Wailea, a 1500-acre resort on Maui’s southwestern coastline that’s one of the world’s leading luxury destinations. Fancy a view like this?

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11/03/17 8:30am

Adena Springs Farm, Paris, Kentucky|www.candysdirt.com

Have horse racing in your blood and the deep pockets to chase that passion? Here’s just the place for you— Adena Springs, the crown jewel of Kentucky horse farms. Austrian-born billionaire horse racing entrepreneur Frank Stronach masterminded the 2,250-acre horse farm and breeding complex located in Paris, Kentucky, about 20 miles outside of Lexington (the epicenter of the American Thoroughbred horse farm universe.) Whether or not you’re seriously looking at such an investment, the photos and video of this lovely racehorse farm offer a glimpse into an exciting, glamorous industry.

Real estate industry advisor Bernard Uechtritz, who led the 2016 record-breaking $725 million sale of W. T. Waggoner Ranch in Texas, has been tapped to represent the property, working with the support of Kentucky Bluegrass Sotheby’s International Realty office to field “boots on the ground” showings and equine expertise information.

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10/24/17 8:48am
Winter Park, CO real estate|candysdirt.com

Photo credit: Carl Frey/Winter Park Resort

Amtrak opened a route from Denver International Airport to Winter Park last year, a ski resort community that’s been a Denver locals’ haunt for years because of its proximity. The new train route has been a game changer, making Winter Park the only ski resort in North America with direct train access from a major city to the slopes. Think about the implications for city-dwellers and Europeans accustomed to traveling by train. For anyone who doesn’t like to drive in snow or be at the mercy of shuttle service. For families with kids who bring along too many friends to fit in a vehicle. For young adults old enough to travel but too young to rent a car …

It’s hard to measure the train’s direct impact, but one thing’s clear: Winter Park, Colorado real estate is booming.

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10/17/17 5:23pm
12570 E Hendryx Dr Suttons Bay, MI |secondshelters.com

All photos: Erin Attwood

Location, location, location, you say? This Lake Michigan home has all that plus timeless Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired design going for it!

The three-bedroom house is set on a wooded lot on the tip of Lee Point, a unique landmark on the west arm of Grand Traverse Bay in northwestern Michigan. The home’s perch with waterfront exposure to the north, east, and south offers views that are extraordinary. With lake accessibility, privacy, and 500 feet of sugar sand beach, it’s a dream location for enthusiasts of boating, swimming, kayaking, and stand-up paddle boarding. Take a look at this secluded hideaway in one of the prettiest vacation regions in the country:

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10/06/17 1:56pm

All photos courtesy of Cinnamon Shore, taken in late September, 2017

Port Aransas on Mustang Island off Corpus Christi is home to Cinnamon Shore, one of the most beautiful coastal real estate developments in Texas. This area was an early scene of disaster after disaster that has happened in recent weeks, each event supplanting news coverage of the prior. We tapped Jeff Lamkin of Sea Oats Group, the project developer, for an update as to current conditions of this luxury vacation home destination.

The bad news is the town of Port Aransas took a beating from Hurricane Harvey — no question. But the good news is these coastal dwellers are tough, the community has come together, critical businesses are reopening, and recovery is underway. Cinnamon Shore itself, situated south of the central area of the town, sustained minimal damage and has repaired what little there was. Read on for details and learn why this season might just be the best time to visit “Port A,” as locals call it:

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10/03/17 1:45pm

Steamboat Springs (Photo: Larry Pierce)

Ambassadors from the Colorado Ski Country marketing association visited Dallas this past week, bringing news of the 24 ski resorts in their consortium, which includes famed resorts such as Telluride, Crested Butte, Steamboat, Purgatory, and Aspen SnowMass. Believe it or not, ski patrollers have already hit the slopes in some areas, sampling the first snow of the season. Colorado Ski Country reps are touring major cities to spread the word of Olympic qualifying events, expansions in their member resorts, and thrilling new attractions.

Read on for a roundup of news of activities and improvements to look forward to this year. And, among the resorts affiliated with Colorado Ski Country are ten properties the association points out as hidden gems: smaller, under-the-radar venues that offer less expensive pricing and draw fewer crowds than mega-resorts. Those looking for a down-to-earth, approachable vacation home areas might want to make a special point to check these out. We include the list. Here’s the link.

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09/22/17 1:54pm

Today, September 22, marks the first day of fall. Do you have your winter vacation plans in place? If booking a flight from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport to Hawaii is on your to-do list, there’s good news: recent additions to American Airlines’ roster of flights from DFW to Hawaii.  (more…)

09/15/17 10:29am
6063 W Seven Saguaros Circle

Photos courtesy of The Residences Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain

The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Dove Mountain, Arizona is a golf resort community, high in the Sonoran Desert, backed by the five-star Ritz-Carlton. Spectacular desert scenery, nestled in the Tortolita Foothills, under wide-open skies offering a riot of colors in orange, pink, and purple sunsets. Miles and miles of natural space for hiking and biking. The challenge of 81 holes of golf in the region, including the Ritz-Carlton’s own Jack Nicklaus-designed 26 holes, the setting for the PGA Tour’s WGC Accenture Match Play Championship. World-class spas (think Ritz-Carlton, Canyon Ranch, Miraval.) Proximity to Tucson, which has all the amenities of a modern city, including the intellectual scene surrounding a prestigious research university, the University of Arizona. Climate? Ideal three seasons of the year and cooler in summer than other Southwestern desert areas, such as Palm Springs and Scottsdale.

A Jack Nicklaus Signature Course at the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain .

Affiliated with the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain, the Residences offer private single-family home ownership in eight customizable floor plans, and homesites on lots as large as seven acres. Residents enjoy the best of single-family homeownership and have access to the Ritz-Carlton’s amenities: golf, pools and cabanas, a 235-foot water slide, a spa and fitness center, and kids’ programs. Thinking ahead about where to hightail for winter, we’re taking a look at a stunning home now for sale in this magical desert setting.

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