Plan for Great Escapes

Dreaming of a second honeymooon or vacation house by the sea? Check out these expert financial planning tips plus real-life advice from coastal dreamers like you.

Smart Tips for Renting Your Beach House

Owners are realizing that, in a soft economy, their vacation homes can be a welcome source of extra income. Here’s what you need to know to become a successful landlord.

The Moorings Village Resort
Photo: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Make Your Home Memorable

With more homes being added to the rental market, it’s important to make yours stand out. “Give people something they have never seen before,” suggests John Shanholt, who owns two villas on St. Barts. (One of his homes has a Champagne bubble maker, which turns the water frothy, in the pool.) Jane leaves tenants a bottle of wine, and she even created a guide to her home, detailing its quirks (odd noises and what they mean) and perks (which flowers in the garden bloom when). It pays off; one tenant has booked the house three summers in a row.

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100 Comfy Cottage Rooms 

Develop your coastal cottage’s style by following these simple tricks.

Lacy curtains, fresh florals, and plenty of monogrammed pillows are just a few of the feminine touches that give this room its calming and sweet mood. Pieces scored at thrift stores and flea markets were refreshed with paint, then artfully applied to achieve the shabby-chic distressed look.