HomeAway announced this morning the the launch of its free HomeAway Vacation Rental Search iPhone application. The app, developed by Mobiata, creators of  FlightTrack and TripDeck, makes it easier than ever for travelers, especially families, to search, filter and share the more than 230,000 global vacation rental properties available on HomeAway.com.

So, say you want to rent a charming, artsy getaway house in Marfa…HomeAway has you covered. High desert not your thing? Check out this beachy rental on the Gulf Coast.

The app incorporates many of the same convenient features found on HomeAway.com including filter by number of bedrooms and price, but also enables users to search as specifically as “Lake Travis, pet-friendly, outdoor grill, with pool,” for example.

Additional highlights of the HomeAway application include the ability to:

  • Make it easy to share vacation rental options with groups of friends and family via e-mail, Facebook or Twitter
  • Rotate the iPhone to landscape view for travelers to see detailed property photos in gallery form
  • View the physical location of vacation rentals via Google Maps and search by proximity to landmarks and geography

The HomeAway Vacation Rental Search app is free to use, and iPhone users can download the application from the iPhone App Store, or at www.homeaway.com/info/travelers/iPhoneApp.

Sometimes you just have to get away, if only for a weekend. In an effort to escape the oppressive wrath of Mother Nature’s practical joke of relocating Texas to the face of the sun each summer, I decided to pack up the three kiddos – ages 1 through 7 – my husband and myself to a jaunt up to Lake Texoma over the weekend. Tagging along was my sister and her beau.

On the recommendation of a friend, we decided to stay at Tanglewood Resorts – located just one hour north of Dallas. Perfect for a relaxing weekend for just you and a loved one, Tanglewood also proved to be an extraordinary option for our mini-family vacation, especially with their specials.  While we were there, we witnessed several family reunions at the resort and there were plenty of things to do and see that kept the kiddos occupied (hello kid-sized swimming pool!) for hours. In fact, Tanglewood is also home to not one, but two week long Kids Camps each year. One camp teaches basic golfing skills, while the other focuses on cooking, arts and crafts and outdoor adventure. For grown-ups, there’s plenty of golf , a beautiful swimming facility and a wonderful spa that I took advantage of with my sister.

Checking in was a breeze and our accommodations were superb and included free Wi-Fi for my ever multi-tasking, entrepreneur sister who can’t be away from her iPhone or laptop for more than a few moments. Dining at Tanglewood was wonderful and I really recommend their Chicago-style pizza. Breakfast was the big favorite among the kids; the buffet provided kid-approved French toast and pancakes along with the usual suspects of bacon, sausage, eggs, cereal, fresh fruits and more. My sister pointed out that the entire facility would be perfect for her business meetings and corporate getaways.

After taking advantage of all that Tanglewood had to offer, we sat out for a boating adventure on the lake. Near Grandpappy Point, about 10 minutes or so away from the resort, we stumbled across Texoma Rentals. The first person to meet our motley crew was the owner, Mike. Though he was extraordinarily busy and we didn’t have a reservation, Mike was able to not only able to outfit us with a boat and life jackets for all, he even graciously loaned us his personal tube to use out on the lake! Mike and Texoma Rentals don’t just stop at boats, you can also rent pontoons, jet skis, Wave Runners and Sea Doos, too.

When we came back from our water-based adventure, Mike told us to tell you Best of Texas Squawker readers to give him a call. If you do, Mike will give you 25% off and rental for just mentioning Best of Texas! Call him today at 903-327-8286.

Overall, we had a fantastic family getaway. We managed to beat the heat, keep the kids entertained and get in some grown-up fun in to boot!

Tanglewood Resort on Lake Texhoma
290 Tanglewood Circle
Pottsboro, TX 75076
(903) 786-2968

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