“Togethering” In Oceanside, Calif. A Highlight of Summer Travel Season
New PBS Show Showcases Trend of Traveling with Extended Family with One Episode Taking Place in Oceanside.
Oceanside, Calif. – April 2, 2012– As busy work and home schedules mean families are spending more and more time apart, vacationing together or “togethering” in meaningful locales has become an increasingly popular trend. The new PBS reality series “Getting Away Together” explores this travel phenomenon with an episode taking place in Oceanside, Calif. Viewers can currently watch the episode online at http://www.gettingawaytogether.com/destination/oceanside-california
The Oceanside episode follows three generations of the Hatch family from Utah who gather together for a Southern California beach vacation. Home base for the 46 family members is a stunning, oceanfront, 10 bedroom vacation rental that is part of Beach Front Only’s collection of rental accommodations in the city. The home’s amenities include an ocean front patio, two hot tubs, two ocean view rooftop decks, two gourmet kitchens and 10 bedrooms each with its own bathroom.
The show captures the Hatch family enjoying time at the beach, taking surf lessons and hanging out at the house. It also shows the group venturing around town to places such as Oceanside Harbor, California Surf Museum Oceanside, downtown Sunset Market, Oceanside Pier and the nearby San Diego Zoo Safari Park. The family also fueled up at some favorite local joints including the 101 Café.
“Oceanside is the ideal location for families vacationing together. It’s accessible and has beautiful scenery, as well as a fun variety of attractions and adventures,” said Leslee Gaul, CEO of Visit Oceanside. “Making our city even more enticing is the wide selection of accommodations, including rental homes, which are perfect for extended families looking for multi-bedroom accommodations, kitchens and a sense of comfort under one roof.”
Vacation rentals are one of the fastest-growing hospitality categories in North America, with groups of friends and families discovering them now more than ever. In each episode of Getting Away Together, a new group of travelers is featured as they unwind with meaningful travel experiences in fun locales, with vacation rentals as their home base.
“Staying in a professionally managed vacation rental home is a unique lodging option which allows families and friends to stay together, under one roof, in a fully furnished home,” said Alex Risser, president of Vacation Rental Managers Association. “One of the core issues facing the vacation rental industry remains the lack of awareness surrounding the lodging option. Getting Away Together is an ideal outlet for increasing awareness and serves as an educational tool for traveling patrons, which in turn, increases tourism revenue dollars for each destination the series features.”
There are millions of vacation rental choices across North America, from individual owners to professional companies who maintain and service vacation rental properties and their guests each day which includes all of the proper inspections, secure reservation services, housekeeping, landscaping, laundry, etc. Professional vacation rental companies provide all the benefits of other lodging options with additional amenities and value, including extra values or coupons for local activities, shopping and dining, as well as free rental cars, gift cards, home features and more.
Centrally located in the heart of the beautiful Southern California coastline, Oceanside is considered the gateway city between metropolitan San Diego and Los Angeles. A classic Southern California beach town, Oceanside’s central location offers visitors an ideal place to stay and experience California’s casual spirit. With 3.5 miles of sandy beach, a quaint New England-style harbor, California’s longest wooden pier and a stellar year-round climate, Oceanside is an ideal place for enjoying active pursuits including surfing, kayaking, boating, fishing, bike-riding and more. The city also boasts a number of important cultural attractions including Mission San Luis Rey (The King of Missions), the California Surf Museum and the Oceanside Museum of Art. Visit www.mail-forward.org.
About Beach Front Only
Beachfront Only Vacation Rentals currently manages over 50 oceanfront properties in north county San Diego, ranging from one bedroom beach bungalows to ten bedroom luxury mansions on the sand. Beachfront Only strives to maintain a superior quality in each home, while providing professional and personal service to make each vacation experience unique. For more information visit www.beachfrontonly.com.
About Getting Away Together
The first season of Getting Away Together will profile 13 dynamic travel destinations and is sponsored by The Vacation Rental Managers Association (VRMA) as part of its Discover Vacation Homes awareness initiative, as well as TripAdvisor® and CSA Travel Protection.
The series is being produced by the Emmy Award-winning PineRidge Film & Television Company, who has proven travel series success with Great Hotels, Great Vacation Homes, Passport to Europe and more. Getting Away Together portrays the professionally managed vacation rental experience in an authentic and informative manner.
For PBS station listings of Getting Away Together air times, first-season episode previews, full webisodes, best-kept trip secrets, tips and other resources, visit www.GettingAwayTogether.com.
“Like” the series on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GettingAwayTogether to get the latest show updates, exclusive behind-the-scenes sneak peeks and to connect with fellow travelers and experts, or join the conversation on Twitter at @getawaytogether.
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