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The second installment of The Hunger Games franchise entitled “Catching Fire” premiered November 22 in theaters across the US. This extremely popular book series has captured the hearts and minds of all ages, and has bled into popular culture at all turns. It also launched the careers of both Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence.
The country of Panem (where the story is set) is split up into 12 districts, each with its own exports, and each existing to serve the needs of the wealthy Capitol. The districts are in chronological order starting with District 1, which is the wealthiest and closest to the Capitol. District 12 is farthest away and exists in abject poverty. After the First Rebellion, it is rumored that District 13 was bombed and completely destroyed. As a further penalty for rebelling, the “Hunger Games” were created, but that’s another story for another day.
We here at FlipKey are big fans of the franchise, so we created a gallery of properties that match up with each distinct district (yes, even the mysterious District 13 and the dastardly Capitol). We thought, if you traveled to each district in Panem, where might you stay? Enjoy the gallery and feel free to click through to the property itself and see even more pictures of these gorgeous vacation rentals.
Name: Venushill Underground B+B
Where: Coober Pedy, Australia
SPOILER ALERT! Despite reports to the contrary, District 13 actually does exist. It’s an underground, massive military bunker. This property in South Australia could double as District 13. With sleeping availability for up to four people, you don’t have to hide out alone.
Name: Wilderness Edge Cabin
Where: Ashford, Washington
District 12 is home to the book/movie protagonists Peeta Mellark and Katniss Everdeen. A mining community, District 12 is flanked by vast wilderness where Katniss and alternate love interest Gale hunt frequently to feed their families. This cabin in Washington state is surrounded by woods and, we assume, game for dinner.
Name: Apple Orchard Country Villa
Where: Melrand, Brittany, France
District 11 provides agricultural supplies for the country. Orchards and fields surround this district, namely fruit and cotton. This villa in France offers the same orchard views as District 11, but you will be able to eat the spoils, instead of sending everything off to the Capitol. This gorgeous, four bedroom home would make your French vacation unforgettable.
Where: Guffey, Colorado
District 10 raises livestock for the Capitol’s needs. Horses, cattle, sheep – all types of animals are born and bred in this area. This FlipKey property located in Guffney, Colorado would fit right in that particular district. With access to horses and plenty of grazing fields, this farmhouse can sleep up to 18 people.
Name: Woodland Cottage
Where: Cartmel, Cumbria, England
This cottage in England, surrounded by farmland and grain fields is a spitting image of homes in District 9. For $115 per day this is a cottage even someone in District 9 could afford. This two-bedroom property is located on its own farmland, flanked by fields with a large walled garden and lockable storage for cycles.
This Italian flat is fashioned out of an old factory, which is perfect to match with District 8. This district provides textiles for the Capitol including the uniforms of the armed guards known as “Peacekeepers”. The apartment, designed by a Milan-based architect, is an open space flat on two floors, incredibly bright, quiet and charming. It sleeps up to four guests and is only $136 per day.
Name: Lumber Jack Lodge
Where: Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Lumber Jack Lodge matches well with District 7, the province that produces lumber for the country. This one bed, one bath listing can sleep up to four guests and only costs $159 per WEEKEND. Located in bustling Gatlinburg, Tennessee, this wood-based home comes complete with a pool table and a Jacuzzi which is much more than any District 7 citizen would ever receive.
Name: The Centennial Inn
Where: Livingston, Montana
District 6 is in charge of the transportation needs for Panem and this featured property is made out of a former train car. The Centennial Inn is located in Livingston, Montana and can sleep up to four guests. Located in a natural wildlife corridor along the Yellowstone River, visitors may view wildlife, swim or fish in the blue ribbon waters, sit around the campfire, BBQ, picnic, hike and enjoy the magnificent scenery. This unique train car designed in the late 1800’s was Montana’s entry into the 1964 World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows, New York.
Name: Green Lodge
Where: Haleiwa, Hawaii
We’ve come to District 5, where the power and electricity is produced for Panem. Since we don’t have any “power plants” featured on FlipKey.com we wanted to go in another direction and showcase a more “green” vacation rental. Also, if that vacation rental can be located in beautiful Hawaii, all the better. This property has four bedrooms and can sleep up to eleven guests. They provide solar energy (solar hot water), access to local/organic produce, bikes, laundry lines, ecological soaps/cleaners, some green fabrics/linens, water filters and reusable bags to help you reduce your plastic use and facilitate your recycling and composting.
Name: Daffodil Villa
Where: Fish Bay, St. John
District 4 is the home of handsome hero Finick Odair and the primary fishing village in The Hunger Games universe. Finick would love this villa in Fish Bay, St. John that features two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and breathtaking views of the harbor. With an entertainment system complete with DVDs and CDs at your disposal, set the mood for your day of fishing or the evening sunset. The pictures of this property should not be missed.
Where: Park City, Utah
District 3 produces general electronics and firearms. This Park City, Utah condo has everything you want if you’re interested in those two areas. Featuring four steam showers (just in case you want to take four showers per day, each in a different bathroom) and seven TVs (for those who can’t miss any shows at all) this condo sleeps up to fourteen guests. By far the most impressive feature of this home is the game room which features 80s style arcade games and three pool tables. This would be an ideal fit for an adventurous family.
Name: Hocking Hills Retreat
Where: Hocking Hills, OH
District 2 supplies masonry and weaponry. This area is pampered by the Capitol and deservedly so. We’ve chosen to feature a chalet in Ohio due to the gorgeous masonry and tile work inside and outside the home, along with the shooting range a short distance away for any gun enthusiasts. This four bedroom home features a $6,000 shower because… why not? Sounds relaxing already.
Name: Rancho 9
Where: Punta de Mita, Mexico
Luxury goods. That’s what District 1 is all about, and that’s what this villa in Punta de Mita, Mexico is all about too. Do yourself a favor, click through, and look at all of the pictures of this magnificent space. At $10,000 per day, it’s quite an expense but the property manager describes it saying, “Racho 9 is one of the most sought after and prestigious luxury villa rentals in Punta Mita. With over 25,000 square feet of immaculately kept oceanfront footage and a full staff, this villa ensures that guests will experience one of the most exclusive vacations to Mexico that they could ever imagine.” Sign us up.
Name: Palladian Mansion
Where: Athy, County Kildare, Ireland
So we’ve made it all the way to the Capitol. In The Hunger Games, the Capitol is filled with vain, selfish citizens who live to be accepted by others and look down on those with less. The leader of the hated Capitol is President Snow, a murderous conniving ruler who wants nothing more than to destroy the hero and her followers. He lives in a lavish mansion with white roses that smell like blood (don’t ask). This mansion in Ireland can accommodate up to 29 guests and resembles the mansion where President Snow resides. At a $75 nightly rate, I would avoid telling any Capitol citizens the price you’re paying to stay here, or they may judge you.
Stephen Spielberg and Stephen King have come together to create the eeriest miniseries of the summer. Based on King’s 2009 novel, “Under the Dome” takes place in the small town of Chester’s Mill. When a giant invisible dome descends over the town, it disconnects the people inside from the outside world. The townspeople must come together to survive and escape the dome. Airing on CBS, this 13-episode event is already the perfect summer thriller.
Viewers intrigued by the idea of life “under the dome” can make their fantasy a reality. In fact, many vacationers find that dome living can be extremely relaxing. We found vacation homes all over the map that are shaped like domes. So get your family and friends together and see how you like to vacation “Under the Dome.”
Great surfing, shelling, beach-combing, and swimming surround this ocean dome.
The builder of this home, Joseph Yacoboni, was the first to patent the Yaca-Dome construction method.
Surrounded by 20 acres of land, this dome is a perfect base camp for exploring, fishing, and relaxing.
This Villa Dome is located in the heart of Seminyak, right near all of Bali’s attractions.
This dome home even comes with a dome shaped fireplace.
This luxurious dome offers spectacular views of the Gulf of Mexico and Santa Rosa Sound.
Perfect for relaxation: this dome features a hot tub and an aromatherapy cold tub.
This roomy dome is close to the National Forest and plenty of hiking trails.
This rental overlooks the beautiful pool area and is situated next to a nature preserve.
This dome home offers a unique experience on a secluded 60-acre horse and cattle ranch.
This secluded dome is just a short walk to the ski slopes at Big Bear.
The Philo Dome is perfect for a family reunion in California’s Wine Country.
This dome was built by a high school shop teacher and is in a completely quiet sanctuary.
Luxury is key in this dome home with its own 40-foot indoor pool, Jacuzzi, spa, and sauna.
The patio of this home is sited on a direct line between the energy vortexes at Cathedral Rock and Kachina Woman.
A contender for the Great American Novel, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald has motivated educators, designers, and, yes, filmmakers, to capture the thrilling era known as the Roaring Twenties. In fact, the upcoming release of Gatsby has already boosted Gatsby-inspired fashions – with offerings this season from Brooks Brothers and Tiffany & Co, among others – and parties by college students and big brands. If you’re in the mood for roaring-20s-style extravagance and art deco decor, then why not try a Gatsby-esque vacation? From luxury condos to grandiose estates, these beautifully decorated rentals are perfect for socializing, entertaining, and perhaps, a little romance.
The Gatsby Katoomba – Katoomba, Australia
This Australian cottage is meticulously furnished with authentic art deco furniture – a home truly giving tribute to the legendary Jay Gatsby.
Unique Deco Garden – Melbourne, Australia
Located in one of the oldest and most popular areas of Melbourne, this rental is elegant, worldly, and stylish with a contemporary art deco design.
Les Cedres – Nice, France
A luxury apartment with deco style and panoramic views of Nice? We could see Gatsby and Daisy paying a visit here.
Waterfront Art Deco – New York City, New York
A stunning waterfront apartment in Brooklyn with original fireplace, hardwood floors, and art deco furnishings. Known for up-and-coming boutiques, restaurants, and cafes, a visit to Brooklyn will be sure to give a wonderful shopping and dining experience.
Garden Promenade by the Beach – Nice, France
With original 1940s art deco furniture, this apartment is wonderfully decorated and perfect for a luxurious weekend getaway. The rental even includes a private garden that sits directly on the Promenade des Anglais.
Can you believe it’s already May? Hopefully May 1 brings an end to April showers and a hint that summer is around the corner. If you need a vacation this month, Marrakech and Prague hit their peak travel season. It could be a good time to venture off the beaten path!
Bonus Fact: The first week of May is the second most popular travel week in China (after the first week of October). While the weather is beautiful in much of China at this time of year, it’s best to wait and travel later in the month.
1. Crissy Field
You and your sweetheart can take a leisurely stroll, hand-in-hand along the promenade at Crissy Field. The iconic views of the Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge are the perfect backdrop for romance. Watch the sunset illuminate the bridge as you walk toward it and the lights of the city twinkle as you walk back.
2. Twin Peaks
Few things are more romantic than a beautiful view. And few views in the city are as beautiful as the one from Twin Peaks. If you have a rental car and it’s a clear day, drive up to the top and enjoy the sweeping views of the city. It’s the perfect spot to snap some photos and sneak a heartfelt kiss.
3. San Francisco Botanical Garden
It’s no wonder flowers are a traditional Valentine’s Day gift. There’s something about the fragile beauty of flowers, plants and even trees that stirs the heart. And with 55 acres of landscaped gardens and open spaces, the San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park is the ideal spot for a romantic walk.
4. The San Francisco Bay
Board a boat and admire the beauty of the city and its skyline from the bay. Take a sunset cruise and stand close to your sweetheart on deck as you sail under the Golden Gate Bridge and around Alcatraz, back toward the twinkling lights of the city.
5. Ocean Beach
Catch the sunset as you watch the waves crash along the expansive stretch of sandy shore at Ocean Beach. The wind can be chilly, so it’s the perfect place to snuggle as you sit and enjoy the setting of the sun. If you prefer to watch the sunset from cozier surroundings, you can head to the Cliff House. The landmark restaurant sits right on the edge of the water and provides a lovely view, ideal for a romantic dinner.
Anis Salvesen is an avid traveler, polyglot and editor of the Tripping blog. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she enjoys outdoor activities, trying new restaurants and exploring the city. If you’re headed to San Francisco, you can connect with her and other locals via Tripping’s worldwide community of travelers and locals.
As a nod to yesterday’s Season Three premiere of the hit PBS series Downton Abbey, here at FlipKey we have rounded up our favorite vacation rentals nestled in the beautiful countryside of England. Each of these homes had us channeling the characters of the show feeling the urge to pour ourselves a warm cup of tea and fasten on our bonnets as we got into the new season of one of our favorite shows. From historic castles (do we really think Highclere is actually haunted?) to country cottages nestled in the fields, we thought any of these rentals could be the perfect setting for an upcoming episode.
Which character of Downton Abbey do you think would prefer each of these vacation rental homes?
It’s that time of year again: the shopping malls are bustling, Christmas bells are ringing and holiday lights are bringing sparkle to small towns and big cities. We’ve rounded up a few special places that are decked out with lights and holiday cheer. Whether you’re looking for a warm weather escape to sip holiday cocktails on the beach and bask in the sunlight or a place to cozy up next to the fire with a mug of hot cocoa, FlipKey has homes near and far that are sure to get you into that holiday spirit.
We’re sure you’ve already made your holiday plans, and many are already settled into the laid back pace of vacation. As you relax this season, all of us here at FlipKey wish you happy holidays and a great new year. For those looking for some eye-candy, Enjoy this round-up of festive spots lit up with holiday lights and decorations… and for a little fun, see if you can spot Rudolph and a snow covered carousel!
If you’re feeling stressed about your holiday plans, we completely understand. In-laws? Plane flights? Gift shopping? Oh, and let’s not forget, the Apocalypse will be coming around this year too. Preparation and planning for that notorious guest must be top priority on this holiday season’s to-do list. After all, there are fewer than 10 days remaining.
December 21st is going to be here before you know it. According to several sources, the doomsday possibilities vary. From what we’ve gathered, here are a few of the circumstances you should prepare for:
1. A planetary collision between Planet X, also called Nibiru, and Earth.
2. A catastrophic natural disaster caused by geomagnetic reversal – when the Earth’s magnetic field reverses, causing the South Pole to head north and the North Pole to head south.
3. The Sun unleashing solar flares in Earth’s direction, causing (again) a catastrophic natural disaster.
4. An unusual planetary alignment resulting in a three-day worldwide blackout.
To help tackle these dangerous situations, many have suggested building a shelter and stocking it with food and water supplies. While we agree that shelters are a good option, we have a few more luxurious accommodations options for any of you looking to go all-out as well as be able to ‘remain calm’ during what is looking like a very stressful holiday season. With thousands of breathtaking villas, mansions and castles to choose from, we think the properties below would relax anyone within seconds of arriving – even if those are your last seconds on Earth…
We’ll be here in Boston, hoping for the best. In the meantime, we’re rocking out to this hit from before the last supposed apocalypse and hoping for the best.
At FlipKey, when we hit a dry spell for travel inspiration, we look to the stars to guide us. Celebrities pick some of the best vacation destinations on the planet – out of the way spots where you can relax in an A-List vacation home – and we set out to find them. While the prices on these out-of-this-world homes may seem stratospheric, the locations are down-to-earth. Check out our celebrity vacation home review and get the skinny on the destinations and amenities that earn the attention of well-known icons from Angelina Jolie to Richard Branson. Maybe your next vacation will have you seeing stars!
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While movie audiences are always able to travel virtually in the theater, there are those of us who want to go out and experience the real deal. Where are these beautiful places that we see on the big screen and how can we go visit them? We wondered how to get out of our seats and live the movies on location, so we put together this collection of 10 of the most anticipated movies of Summer 2012, where they were filmed, and a vacation that will take you to the place you’ve only seen in the theaters.