THIRDHOME Rentals is pleased to announce our new partnership with Luxury Home Rental by The Maimon Group. 

Luxury Home Rental is a family owned and operated business in Los Angeles. They have compiled a unique portfolio of the best and most luxurious properties of vacation rentals for travelers. Whether for family vacation or romantic gateway, Luxury Home Rental has acquired all the necessities and accommodation for every occasion.

Each property is exclusively managed by a dedicated team. They take pride in providing upscale services and management for their homeowners. Luxury Home Rental by The Maimon Group helps with providing amenities, interior design consulting, and professional management.

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What are THIRDHOME members saying about their luxury home exchange trips to Louisiana and California?

THIRDHOME Exchange members recently returned from Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Topanga, California. Read more about their relaxing poolside retreats and unforgettable luxury villas.

Modern Retreat with Great Views | Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Ideally located just an hour away from New Orleans in Louisiana’s capital, this modern retreat rests on a beautiful 1-acre lot. Guests enjoy a pool area so remarkable that one might mistake it for that of a celebrity enclave you’d find in Calabasas. The upscale residence features 4,000 square-feet complete with five bedrooms, four bathrooms, and an extensive list of amenities – including a media room, laundry room, cabana, and expansive outdoor grill station. This remarkable slice of Baton Rouge makes for the perfect Louisiana getaway.

THIRDHOME member Garrett says, “We had a fantastic time at this beautiful Baton Rouge home. Our owner/host was unbelievably gracious and attentive to every question and request. The pool and outdoor kitchen were perfect for our family. The rooms were spacious and well appointed. The kitchen was exceptionally beautiful and very well arranged to cook any type of meal. If you are in this part of Louisiana, you can’t go wrong with this home.” Click here to read Garrett’s review.

Tuscali, A Little Piece of Tuscany | Topanga, California

Discover a little piece of Tuscany in Southern California. Nestled in the heart of the Santa Monica Mountains, Tuscali is situated in a gated property with mountain views from Topanga Canyon and Topanga State Park. A brief, picturesque, 6-mile drive down the magnificent canyon will deliver you to the Pacific Ocean, offering the beaches of Malibu with Santa Monica just minutes away. With three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a private pool, and unforgettable views, this Italian-style villa can provide paradise for the whole family.

THIRDHOME member Linda wrote, “We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Topanga. The home is very private with only birds and hummingbirds for visitors. The master suite is extraordinary and the backyard with the new swimming pool makes it hard to leave the property. The owners are very kind. We would love to return one day.” Click here to read Linda’s review.

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If you’re dreaming of a luxurious and fabulous retreat to the Hollywood Hills or the cliffs of Malibu, THIRDHOME has you covered.

Keep reading to discover some incredible Malibu mansions within the THIRDHOME Exchange and Rentals portfolio. Start planning your California getaway today.

Santa Monica Bliss | Santa Monica, California

Your California dreams have come true with this dream home just a few blocks from the world-famous Santa Monica Beach! As you drive down the courtyard to this luxurious property, the stunning Spanish architecture of the home will surely be noticed. In addition to the beautiful stucco exterior, you’ll be welcomed by the tropical landscaping and raised entryway as you make your way inside. This fabulous home offers guests 4-bedrooms to enjoy during their luxury California getaway!

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747 Wing House, Malibu Mansions
Photo Credit: Douglas Hill

The Famous 747 Wing House | Malibu, California

Perfectly nestled in the hills of Santa Monica, you can sleep under the wings of a 747 jet! This famous 747 Wing House has incomparable views to anything you’ve seen before. Built of cement, steel, glass, and 747 wings overhead, a stay here is a one-of-a-kind experience! Featuring 2 bedrooms, the unique residence also has a 60-foot long private pool on the 55-acre estate. You can even pick fruits or vegetables from the abundant garden, hike the terrain around the property, or simply relax and take in the breathtaking view. The 747 Wing House was even featured in BBC 2’s “The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes”!

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Splendid Santa Barbara Villa | Santa Barbara, California

Perfect for multiple families and large groups, this marvelous compound features five separate living spaces, each offering its own beautifully designed kitchen, lounge area, private entrance, and outdoor spaces with incredible views. The Splendid Santa Barbara Villa is sure to be one the most luxurious in the area with 8-bedrooms overlooking the magnificent Pacific Ocean and Channel Islands.

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Le Petit Château | Malibu, California

A true paradise awaits you on the Malibu Wine Trail! This 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom luxury residence welcomes you with open, large French doors and plenty of tasteful colors. Stone floors, an outdoor shower, and a private pool with a waterfall are at your disposal while visiting this Malibu oasis. You’re close enough to Beverly Hills and Santa Monica, but the perfect distance to feel totally relaxed in this gem of a home in the middle of Malibu wine country.

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Ventura Luxury Family Beach Villa | Ventura, California

This spacious and stylish home offers a modern look combined with the chic and tropical luxury of California. You’ll adore the open floor plan and the designer furnishings that fill each room. All décor gives off an elegant, sleek air, but with an exotic twist, seen in the vibrant pops of color that catch your eye in an otherwise minimal and modern space. This beautiful beach home allows guests to enjoy 4 bedrooms while also being steps away from the beach.

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Tuscali, Malibu Mansions

Tuscali | Malibu, California

This majestic property will make your ultimate vacation dreams come true- a little piece of Tuscany in Southern California called Tuscali! Tucked away in the Santa Monica Mountains, Tuscali is located in a gated community with unparalleled views of the Topanga Canyon. There are endless activities to do outdoors including hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and many more. Los Angeles and Santa Monica are only a short drive away from this mountain hideaway, and the drive to get there has unforgettable views of the Pacific Ocean and the famous cliffs of Malibu. Tasteful and classic décor is incorporated throughout the interior, appealing to any and all guests alike!

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What are THIRDHOME members saying about their luxury home exchange trips to Coronado, California, and Flagstaff, Arizona?

THIRDHOME Exchange members recently returned from Coronado, California, and Flagstaff, Arizona! Keep reading to learn about their THIRDHOME travel experiences!

Outdoor Entertainment

Spacious Privacy

Endless Views

Coronado Mediterranean Estate | Coronado, California

The Coronado Mediterranean Estate is a beautifully appointed 5-bedroom, 5-bathroom residence that has a gorgeous backyard with a tropical pool and spa. Bright and luxurious, this 5,000 square-foot home is just a short walk from the world-class restaurants and beach of the historic Hotel del Coronado. Enjoy all that Coronado has to offer while relaxing in a truly rejuvenating resort atmosphere. 

THIRDHOME member Arlen says, “Our stay on Coronado Island in Duncan and Karen’s gorgeous home was wonderful from arrival to departure. Exquisite! Weather was perfect and there was so much to do–including entertaining in the very private swimming pool area or roof top patio with fire pit table.” Click here to read more of Arlen’s review.

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Cozy Living Space

Lavish Master Bedroom

Grand Canyon/Sedona Gateway | Flagstaff, Arizona

Featuring endless privacy, this majestic home boasts 3,400 square-feet in the exclusive community of Pine Canyon. One of the most luxurious locations in all of Flagstaff, this marvelous residence offers a quiet and serene place to return to, yet incredible proximity to Flagstaff’s thriving and eclectic downtown scene, as well as the astounding national parks and monuments that surround the area. The Grand Canyon and other natural sites to see are only an hour and a half drive away!

THIRDHOME member Robert says, “The back deck of this home was a wonderful place for morning coffee. We ate 90% of our meals on this back deck. The host was great and took care of all of our needs and questions. If you get a chance to stay here don’t miss it. Flagstaff is a great area for a family vacation.” Click here to read more of Robert’s review.

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What are THIRDHOME members Mario and Leigh saying about their home exchange trips to California and Colombia this week?

THIRDHOME Exchange members Mario and Leigh recently returned from Cartagena, Colombia, and Oceanside, California. Keep reading to learn more about their home exchange experiences!

Cartagena, Colombia

Morros 92 Cartagena Escape | Cartagena, Colombia

Enjoy the beautiful sunsets, the sound of the waves, the great atmosphere and be transported into a world of relaxation and luxury in Cartagena, Colombia! This incredible ocean-view residence offers 3 bedrooms and can host up to 8 guests. Aside from 2 pools and a beautiful pathway to the beach, there is plenty to do all around. Diving, snorkeling and sightseeing are among some of the most popular things to do! After all, Cartagena is one of the oldest cities in the Americas, having been established in 1533!

THIRDHOME member Mario says, “Close to the airport, easy access to the pools and beach, and only 15 minutes by car to the attractions of Cartagena!” Click here to read more of Mario’s review.

Oceanside, California

Paradise On The Strand | Oceanside, California

The endless ocean views through the two-story glass windows will mesmerize you while staying in this 5,169 square-foot beachfront residence! With the ability to sleep up to 13 guests across 6 bedrooms, both friends and family can join in on this fabulous California getaway. Enjoy incredible views from the 6-person spa after a day of sunbathing on the beach. Watch the surfers hit the waves and if you’re lucky, you’ll catch a sight of a whale or sea lion!

THIRDHOME member Leigh says, “The home location is amazing, we loved watching the surfers and we also got lucky and saw Sea Lions and 2 whales from sitting in the home.” Click here to read more of Leigh’s review.

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THIRDHOME Exchange members have recently returned from Palm Springs and Palm Desert, California. Keep reading to learn about their THIRDHOME experience.

Modern Desert Townhome | Palm Springs, California

Visit the beautiful desert oasis of Palm Springs, California. This custom, contemporary residence offers 2 bedrooms and plenty of modern amenities to make you feel truly at home during your stay. Built in 2006, it includes floor-to-ceiling glass windows for views of the incredible outside atmosphere with a beautiful garden and patio for outdoor relaxation. High ceilings and luxury home decor also add to the chic and stylish ambiance. This desert paradise awaits you with open doors to your next exciting California stay.

THIRDHOME member Charlie says, “We enjoyed our time at this lovely, beautifully decorated home! The large spa and private yard was a treat every afternoon after hiking and playing golf. The owners were extremely helpful and responsive. We highly recommend and hope to return!” click here to read more of Charlie’s review.


Desert Gem, Palm Desert

The Desert Gem | Palm Desert, California 

The Desert Gem was designed to help you live and feel like a celebrity in the Californian desert! This private and gated home lounges across 2,500 square-feet and can accommodate up to 12 guests. The lavish yard will become your very own oasis as you take in views of the majestic juxtaposition of desert and greenery. A private pool and plenty of space to soak up the desert sun make for a perfect getaway with everything you need to leave the outside world behind. Minimalistic design and abundant space capture the atmosphere of the interior, pleasing to the eye of any savvy traveler.

THIRDHOME member Raymond says, “The Gem was the perfect location for us as we could easily walk for groceries, dinner, and shopping on El Paseo. The home was well equipped inside and was roomy and comfortable for us and our guests. We would stay here again with no second thoughts! ” click here to read more of Raymond’s review.


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Destinations like Cancun, Miami and Puerto Vallarta usually rear their heads when Spring Break conversations begin around the dinner table. While there’s nothing wrong with these destinations, March is also an amazing time to visit other less obvious choices with the family. Don’t let your upcoming Spring Break fall prey to a crowded beach, visit one of these destinations instead.


Check out our top 5 picks for Undiscovered Spring Break Destinations for 2019


Lake Tahoe Spring Break destinations THIRDHOME

Lake Tahoe, California
For a unique combination of mountain adventure and shoreside barbecues, consider visiting Lake Tahoe this Spring Break. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to ski in nothing but a swimsuit, make your way up to Northstar or Squaw Valley for a sun-soaked slalom. After a day of skiing, relax by Emerald Bay’s gorgeous water or go shopping in South Lake Tahoe. Snowshoe/hiking trails, delicious local food, concerts, and breweries are also plentiful in the surrounding area. For ski/snowboarders, this Spring Break destination is a must.

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Brazil Spring Break destinations THIRDHOME

Brazilian Coast
Looking for a tropical beachfront Spring Break without the deafening crowds found at other destinations? Consider booking a property on Brazil’s expansive coast. The coastal states of Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Parana and Santa Catarina all feature miles upon miles of unspoiled beach. Between Rio and Florianópolis you’ll find plenty of beachfront properties, including some residences surrounding the famous Balneario Camburiu Bay. For beach fun and cultural exploration, a coastal Brazilian retreat might be just what the doctor ordered.

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Park City Utah Spring Break Destinations THIRDHOME

Park City, Utah
Another destination for ski lovers, Park City is a multi-faceted destination with lots of family-friendly fun to offer. Besides skiing and snowboarding, Park City, in Spring, features a Free Après Ski Concert Series, the Park City Museum, a wide variety of restaurants, distilleries, fly-fishing, hot-air balloon rides, and various hiking trails. Outdoor activities, great food, and relaxation all await you and your family this Spring Break.

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Carlsbad California Spring Break Destination THIRDHOME

Carlsbad, California
The perfect coastal family destination on the outskirts of San Diego, Carlsbad offers many of the main staples of a beachfront Spring Break without the crowds or rowdiness. Small children will have plenty to do besides playing on the beach. Take the kids to Legoland California, the San Diego Zoo or the Museum of Making Music for fun and educational experiences. Disneyland is also just a short drive up to Anaheim. Book a Carlsbad Spring Break stay for a kid-friendly vacation with plenty of sun and lots of fun.

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San Carlos de Bariloche Spring Break Destination THIRDHOME

San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
Your most unique option this Spring Break is Argentina’s Patagonia mountain range. San Carlos de Bariloche, a mountain town surrounding a large glacial lake, is one of the most beautiful hidden gems of the Andes. With Swiss and German architecture, Bariloche feels more like a misplaced Bavarian village than an Andean town. Enjoy swimming, mountain biking, kayaking and Bariloche’s Swiss-style chocolate stores during your mountain stay.

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Make the most out of this Spring Break by going outside the box!


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THIRDHOME Exchange members have recently returned from La Isla Contadora, Panama, and Bolinas, California. Keep reading to learn about their THIRDHOME experience.


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La Isla Contadora | Contadora Island, Panama

Looking for a remote island escape? Look no further than Isla Contadora, one of the most beautiful islands in the Pearl Island archipelago. Only a short flight from Panama City, this tucked-away island is home to about 100 full-time residents. With so few people and plenty of gorgeous beachfront, this property on Isla Contadora is perfect for a peaceful family escape, and can sleep up to 14 people. Lounge in the infinity pool walk down to Playa Cacigue for a day of lounging in paradise. Visit during whale migration season and you might catch a humpback calling on the horizon. The area is also perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving expeditions.

THIRDHOME member Susan says, “Our family of 9 had a fabulous vacation staying at the THIRDHOME Exchange property, Isla Contadora. We celebrated the Christmas holidays in this exceptional home situated on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean and neighboring islands. The infinity pool and its surrounding umbrella tables, chairs, and hammocks made it easy to enjoy the outdoors…We would highly recommend staying at Isla Contadora for a family vacation!” click here to read more of Susan’s review.


Bolinas California THIRDHOME

Magical Bolinas Retreat | Bolinas, California

A short drive northwest of San Francisco, past the Golden Gate Bridge, you’ll come upon Bolinas Lagoon, a tidal estuary separated from the waters of Bolinas Bay by a thin strip of beach. This property has sweeping panoramic views of the conservation land that surround the lagoon giving you a first-row seat to the natural wonders of this tidal preserve, known for its unique populations of rare waterfowl. Featuring plenty of deck space and an outdoor dining area, you’ll be able to make the most of the wetland views during your stay. Inside you’ll find 3-bedrooms, contemporary living spaces and a modern and well-equipped kitchen. If you’re looking for a peaceful nature escape near the San Francisco Bay Area, this home is for you.

THIRDHOME member Francisca says, “If you have had a hectic period and want a breather, this is definitely the place. The home, with its large view windows and glass doors, affords a panoramic view of the surrounding hills and the lagoon with its wildlife, (and) is built on supports right over the wetlands. It has an open floor plan which leads to a large deck and is well furnished.” click here to read more of Francisca’s review.


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THIRDHOME Exchange members have recently returned from Ft. Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Florida and Hermosa Beach, California. Keep reading to learn about their THIRDHOME experience.


Florida Sky 230 THIRDHOME property

Sky 230 | Ft. Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Florida

This contemporary waterfront property made an unlikely Thanksgiving home to THIRDHOME member Meredith. Her family just returned from a stay at Sky 230, where she was able to make use of the spacious dining area and gourmet kitchen while preparing Thanksgiving dinner. With room for 8 guests, this property is perfect for a family escape to the coast. Even during November, Florida can deliver a balmy 80-degree (F°) day, allowing you to cruise around the canals or watch the sun set by the beach. Consider Sky 230, year-round, for your next Florida stay.

THIRDHOME member Meredith says, “My family had a wonderful stay at Sky 230 in Fort-Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. What a cute beach town! The home is new (2016), very modern, clean, and well stocked with all you would need (cooking supplies, towels, sheets)…We would definitely stay here again!! Thank you, Lauren, for such an incredible stay and making our Thanksgiving family vacation so memorable!” click here to read more of Meredith’s review.


Hermosa Beach California THIRDHOME property

The Pool House on The Strand | Hermosa Beach, California

Another THIRDHOME family decided to venture to the coast of California for their Thanksgiving dinner. Located on Hermosa Beach, outside of Los Angeles, The Pool House on The Strand is an amazing waterfront getaway that’s perfect for family gatherings. A well-equipped kitchen and spacious dining room makes this home an ideal destination for Thanksgiving. California’s weather in November dipped below 70-degrees F°, but that won’t get in the way of your beach escape at this property. A rooftop hot tub and indoor pool ensures that this home is entertaining year-round.

THIRDHOME member Phyllis says, “We loved staying at The Pool House on the Strand! The home is lovely and well-equipped, we even cooked a full Thanksgiving feast in their lovely kitchen. Loved the location, we were able to walk and bike everywhere!” click here to read more of Phyllis’ review.


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Made popular in Europe, plunge pools are becoming a popular alternative to larger and harder to maintain pools. They also help home owners save big on water, space and electricity.


According to Home Advisor, a standard in-ground pool can cost up to $57,000, while plunge pools cap out around $25,000. An average or mid-sized pool will typically exceed 600 square feet. Plunge pools are loosely defined as being less than 600 square feet and being less than 6 feet deep. If you’re looking to add a dose of luxury to your backyard without breaking the bank, a thoughtfully laid out plunge pool might do the trick. Or you might just want to jump into a few of the pools below during your next stay.


Check out our Top 6 THIRDHOME Plunge Pool Picks to inspire your next stay or home renovation project:


6. Placencia, Belize

Little Harvest Caye Plunge Pool

Private Island of Little Harvest Caye

Capping off an amazing open-air living space is Little Harvest Caye’s plunge pool. Featuring stunning ocean views, in-water seating and a volleyball setup, this plunge pool is designed for summer fun and relaxation. This pool is perfect for poolside piña coladas and endless sunbathing, while keeping fresh water requirements low. Fresh water is a commodity on many salt water islands, especially the private ones. That’s why this plunge pool design works so perfectly for Little Harvest Caye. It’s just enough pool to cool off, have fun and feel like you’re staying in true luxury.

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5. Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Cabo san lucas mexico plunge pool

Casa Arrecifes

Two plunge pools for the price of one! This Cabo San Lucas property features two kidney shaped pools that jut into the coast, giving the illusion that the surf could hit you at any moment. Even better, one of these pools is actually a hot tub. This is a popular combination for fans of Contrast Therapy–a post workout technique in which athletes immerse themselves in extremely cold water followed by hot water. Believed to increase circulation and help the muscles relax, Contrast Therapy has also found popularity in an audience apart from professional athletes: luxury homeowners. Homes like Casa Arrecifes allow guests to unwind in unique fashion and with incredible views.

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4. Canggu, Indonesia

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Como Uma Canggu-Luxury Penthouse

Welcome to the most romantic plunge pool in Bali. Located at the Como Uma Canggu beachfront resort, these penthouse plunge pools are the best thing to happen to a master suite since heated floors and in-room jacuzzis. On the larger end of the plunge pool spectrum, this pool measures in at about 540 square feet. Step through the Master suite’s sliding glass doors and you’ll notice the 45 degree receding roofline adorned by green ivy. Giving you the best of both worlds, this roof design keeps the deck area partially shaded while letting the pool be fully exposed to the sun and dramatic ocean views.  If you’re looking for an idyllic tropical getaway look no further. You may consider installing one off your master bedroom back home after experiencing this kind of luxury first-hand.

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3. Kalkan, Turkey

Turkey Plunge pool

Ketchy Villa

Facing Kalkan Bay, this Turkish Villa pool terrace is a refreshing mix of modern and old world charm. Featuring a blue-tile infinity plunge pool, this villa’s pool area pushes the limits of what a plunge pool can be. Rooftop pools usually require great feats of engineering and architecture, considering the additional load placed on the structure. And retrofitting a property for a rooftop pool usually isn’t worth the trouble, much less building an infinity pool (another mechanical feat). That’s why there’s so much to appreciate when staying at Ketchy Villa. The owners managed to transform a classically designed seaside Turkish home into a modern luxury holiday retreat, in large part due to the rooftop plunge pool feature. Be sure to consult an architect or engineer before installing one on your roof!

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2. Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas plunge pool

Palms Place Penthouse

If you thought Ketchy Villa’s rooftop design was daring, consider swimming over Las Vegas at this plunge pool at the Palms Place Penthouse. A cantilevered t-shape design allows this tiny pool to hover over the city, making for stunning city views. If you have a fear of heights, the transparent bottom may shock you at first. But the surrounding glass safety walls and reinforced tile entry will soon redirect your attention to the bright lights of Vegas. The 1,000 square foot balcony also features living and entertaining space around the plunge pool. If you’re looking for unique plunge pool design, this is the pinnacle.

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1. Palm Springs, California

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Palm Springs Modern

Simple, modern and beautiful. This Palm Springs home features an elegant plunge pool that blends seamlessly into the landscaping. Earth tones, rock and desaturated greens dot the hillside complementing the pool’s blue, and the patio’s white, umber and sienna decor. It’s no wonder Elle Decor and Land Rover both used this location for brand photo shoots. The desert locale is perfect weather for enjoying a refreshing splash. The pool also has a heating feature for cold desert nights when the stars are at their peak visibility. If you’re looking for a subtle touch of luxury that can fit into most residential designs, this plunge pool is the perfect choice.

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In Sonoma County, between Sepestapol and Santa Rosa, sits The Russian River Valley American Viticultural Area. Producing one-sixth of Sonoma County’s wine, this region is known for its cool temperature, ocean breezes and delicious varietals. Spared largely from the 2017 California wildfires, these wineries continue to produce world-class wines while giving back to local organizations such as the Redwood Credit Union’s North Bay Fire Relief Fund to help displaced residence. Visit Sonoma County and support local wine producers during your next stay. Each bottle purchased leaves a real impact for vintners and local Sonoma businesses.

With over 300 wineries in the area, choosing the right wineries to visit during your stay can be difficult.

But don’t worry, we’ve done the heavy lifting for you. We’ve discovered 5 vineyards that are a must when visiting the best wineries in The Russian River Valley. Check out our picks below and click to check out nearby availability on the Exchange.


1. Garry Farrell Vineyards and Winery

Gary Farrell Winery Best Wineries in Russian River Valley

Where: 10701 Westside Road Healdsburg, CA 95448

Why: What would a Best Wineries in the Russian River Valley list be without Gary Farrell Vineyards and Winery. With the arrival of winemaster Theresa Heredia in 2012, Gary Farell varietals, particularly the Pinot Noir, have been collecting accolades left and right. Their selection of Pinot Noirs have hovered in the mid 90 point range since 2015, with a few broaching the 95 points threshold. These are some outstanding wines you won’t want to miss.

Hours: By appointment only. Call 707.473.2909 to schedule a tasting.

Varietals: Chardonay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel

Price: Garry Farell offers three tasting options in their newly remodeled tasting room. Some options include an estate sommelier.

Click here to visit the Garry Farrell Vineyards and Winery website.


2. J Vineyards and Winery

J Winery Best Wineries in Russian River Valley

Where: 11447 Old Redwood Highway, Healdsburg, CA 95448

Why: J Vineyards was opened in 1986 and quickly developed a reputation for exceptional sparkling wines and varietals. Winemaker, Nicole Hitchcock, uses several unique methods to maximize quality, such as hand-harvesting and sorting. This special attention to detail, combined with The Russian River Valley’s unique terroir, makes J Vineyards wine some of the most unique in Sonoma. If you’re a sparkling wine fan (no, it’s not technically champagne) you’ll easily spend a full day tasting their selection of Bruts, semi-drys and rosés.

Hours: J Vineyards offers tastings in both the J Bubble Room and the Legacy Reserve Lounge. Reservations are highly recommended. Call 707.431.5430 to reserve your tasting today.

J Bubble Room (Educational wine and food pairing program)

The Legacy Lounge (Wine tastings with artisanal cheese pairings)

Varietals: Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, sparkling wines and other unique varietals.

Price: J Vineyards offers 4 tasting options.

Click here to visit the J Vineyards and Winery website.


3. Benovia Vineyards and Winery

Benovia winery Best Wineries in Russian River Valley

Where: 3339 Hartman Road Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Why: Hard work, modesty and sustainability is what makes Benovia stand out from the pack. The Benovia team works all year to nurture their vineyards until harvest season, when they begin harvesting the grapes in the dead of night for peak flavor. Benovia makes a conscientious effort to install solar panels, reduce C02 emissions and mitigate electric use as a part of their commitment to sustainability. Benovia’s Cohn Estate Vineyard is also certified organic. You’ll love visiting the Benovia Ranch House for an afternoon of casual tastings and beautiful vineyard views.

Hours: By appointment only. Open daily from 10am-3:30pm. Call 707.921.1040 to schedule a tasting.

Varietals: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Zinfandel and Grenache

Price: Benovia Vineyards offers 1 tasting option at their modern Ranch House.

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4. J. Rochioli Vineyards and Winery

Rochioli winery russian river valley wineries Best Wineries in Russian River Valley

Where: 6192 Westside Rd, Healdsburg, CA 95448

Why: Wine Spectator has named J. Rochioli’s Pinot Noir the “Best Pinot Noir in America” since 1985. The 2016 Estate Pinot Noir, the latest to be evaluated, was given a score of 90-points by Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate–not too shabby. Rochioli’s accolades are too many to count, but their consistency in quality is hard to beat. Especially given that the Rochioli name has been in the Sonoma wine lexicon for nearly 80 years. The 2017 Estate Pinot Noir is now available at the tasting room for those looking to make an early judgement.

Hours: The Rochioli tasting room will be closed on October 12, 13, and 14 for a member’s only event.

Varietals: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir.

Price: Rochioli Vineyards and Winery offers one tasting option.

Click here to visit the Rochioli Vineyards and Winery website.


5. La Crema

Best Wineries in Russian River Valley La Crema

Where: La Crema invites guests to enjoy tastings at their Healdsburg Tasting Room and Estate at Saralee’s Vineyard.

Why: With locations in the central and southern area of the Russian River Valley, La Crema makes it easy and accessible to enjoy their locally produced wines. You’ll also have access to their other appellation varietals including wines from the  Willamette Valley, Sonoma Coast and Monterey. Attend a tasting while exploring downtown Healdsburg or make the trip to Saralee’s Vineyard for an afternoon of delightful vineyard views and wine tasting. The vineyard tour tasting option is extra special because you can hop from vineyard to vineyard tasting wine while standing on the soil it was produced on and learning how the terroir and Russian River microclimate delivers a unique flavor to each patch of land.

Hours: For both locations. Reservations are highly recommended. Call 707.526.6200 to reserve your tasting today.

Varietals: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay,

Price: Some tasting options are limited to the tasting location.

Click here to visit the La Crema Vineyards and Winery website.


What’s listed above barely scratches the surface of the Russian River Valley’s massive selection of wine varietals. To get to know the region and its wines more intimately, try booking a stay in Sonoma County. You’ll be glad you didn’t pass up on a potentially life-changing Pinot Noir. And you’ll feel good knowing you did your part supporting the local vintner community of Russian River Valley.


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Exchange Homes near The Russian River Valley



THIRDHOME Exchange members have recently returned from Carlsbad, California and Vaalwater, South Africa. Keep reading to learn about their THIRDHOME experience.


Four Seasons Carslbad California

Four Seasons Residence Club Aviara | Carlsbad, California

If you’re looking for poolside relaxation and resort amenities, look no further than the Four Seasons Residence Club Aviara, in North San Diego County. These beautifully appointed residences can sleep up to 4 people and feature a full kitchen, breakfast bar, living area with fireplace and dining area. A short walk away you’ll find a variety of swimming options for both adults and children. Head down to the Driftwood Spa and experience three-uniquely designed treatment rooms to fully unwind during your stay. The resort concierge is at your beck and call and can help arrange beachside activities, golf outings, tennis matches and much more. But you won’t have to go far for great golf. Aviara Golf Club, designed by Arnold Palmer, was named one of the best courses in America by Golf Digest and Golf Magazine. You won’t want to miss this hidden Carlsbad gem during your next California holiday.

THIRDHOME member Lisa says, “Love this trip!!! To escape the Texas heat, I jumped at the chance to stay at the Four Season’s Residence Club. We stayed in the 1 bedroom premium villa for 2 back to back weeks! It is everything you would expect from a Four Seasons property.” click here to read more of Lisa’s review.


Vaalwater South AFrica Teshepe Safari

Tsheshepe Game Lodge | Vaalwater, South Africa

Venture to South Africa for the trip of a lifetime. Tsheshepe Big Five Game Lodge is located within the 7,500 acre Welgevonden Game Reserve. This reserve is famous for its first-class safari experience and the high likelihood of viewing members of the Big Five (Lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and water buffalo). The reserve is also a world-class birdwatching destination and features a rich assortment of indigenous flora. The safari lodge itself can sleep up to 10 people and features open living spaces, a pool, gym and several vantage points for wildlife spotting. Tsheshepe’s staff will escort you around the reserve in the specially converted 4×4 game viewing land cruiser. Tsheshepe Big Five Game Lodge is truly where luxury and the wild meet.

THIRDHOME member Renee says, “This was an epic trip for our family of 3 and some friends. We loved the experience at TSheshepe Lodge…If you ever have wanted to do a safari please come here…We were so sad to leave this amazing new set of friends we have made. Thank you, Steve, for putting this on THIRDHOME for a trip we will never forget.” click here to read more of Renee’s review.


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