When the time has come to cash in those precious vacation hours, the last thing you want to do is spend hours pulling your hair out trying to figure out those nitty-gritty details that come with planning any vacation. As luck has it, Colorado has become a popular location for travel startup companies that not only offer clients access to luxury vacation homes all across the globe, but also personalized pre-trip planning to help eliminate all that unneeded stress. Now calling all B&Bers who are looking to expand their B&B horizon!

Portico is one of those Denver-based startups.  Its clients have access to vacation homes in over 70 destinations and it is constantly growing to accommodate client travel requests. This seems like a pretty sweet deal, so you may find yourself asking: “how exactly does this whole thing work?” Well, for a one-time initiation fee of  $5,000 and an annual fee of $2,500, clients are given full and unlimited access to all Portico vacation homes at below market nightly rates. Once you become a member, you are also matched with an Escapist (vacation-planning expert) that will help you plan the perfect vacation. Onto the fun stuff… destinations!

Beaver Creek, Colorado

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Vacation home in Beaver Creek, Colo. Photo courtesy of Portico.


Now that the weather seems to finally be cooling down, it’s the perfect time to start planning your fall/winter vacations. Because Portico is a Denver-based company, it caters to many Coloradoans and has a wide range of vacation homes located throughout Colorado that you may never want to leave. Take for example this seven bedroom and seven-and-a-half bathroom vacation home. Step out the front door and you are just minutes away from some of Colorado’s best skiing and golfing. Or you may choose to stay in and take advantage of the mountain views while keeping warm in the outdoor hot tub or lose yourself in a book in front of the fireplace.

Newport Beach, California

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Great Room of Oceanview 1 at Pelican Hill, Newport Beach. Photo courtesy of Portico.

This two bedroom and two-and-a-half bath vacation villa is located on a hilltop with breathtaking panoramic ocean views that will leave you feeling like you have died and gone to heaven. Guests will feel right at home with a gourmet kitchen equipped with state of the art appliances and even a wine refrigerator. With deep soaking tubs and marble walk-in showers, you can soak your worries away in a relaxing bubble bath while enjoying a glass of red wine. Guest will also have access to the Villa Clubhouse with a glass tile pool that is heated year round and a fitness center. With this vacation villa you can have your cake and eat it too.

Rome, Italy

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Vacation Home in Rome, Italy. Photo courtesy of Portico.

Why limit yourself to Colorado or even the USA when you have access to vacation homes in some of the worlds most sought-after travel destinations? Well in short, you shouldn’t. So I say pack your bags and get ready for an adventure of a lifetime. Rome, here we come! This beautiful three bedroom and three bathroom vacation home is located in a private palazzo and walking distance from the center of Rome.  In only 30 minutes you can find yourself wondering through the Piazza di Spagna or exploring the Colosseum. The house features a covered loggia perfect for enjoying an Italian home cooked meal while overlooking the garden. Before and during their stay, guest can chat with a local host to help make the best out of their vacation.

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