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Bryan Baeumler Talks Upcoming Season on Instagram, Explains How to Book a Stay at His Family’s Resort

A new season of Renovation Island is in the works. Bryan Baeumler took to Instagram on Sept. 13 to share an image of the crew hard at work filming episodes of his family’s HGTV series in the Bahamas. 

“We got the band back together,” the renovation expert and dad of four captioned the photo. 

Baeumler went on to respond to some fan comments on the post, sharing details about the upcoming season of Renovation Island and explaining how to book a stay at his family’s resort, the Caerula Mar Club. 

Bryan Baeumler says the new season ‘won’t be easy or boring’ 

RELATED: Do the Baeumlers Finish Their ‘Renovation Island’ Resort Restoration Project?

Renovation Island (which originally aired on HGTV Canada) was a ratings smash for HGTV, with more than 5 million viewers watching the season finale. Though a second season hasn’t been officially announced by the network, production is in progress on new episodes, Baeumler has revealed. We don’t know exactly when those episodes will air or what challenges the family will face this time around. But things will definitely be interesting, Baeumler assured one curious fan who wanted to know what the new episodes would focus on. 

“We don’t know yet…whatever happens, happens! But based [on] experience, I can guarantee you it won’t be easy or boring!” he replied. 

By the time of the Renovation Island season finale, Bryan and his wife Sarah Baeumler had weathered Hurricane Dorian and succeeded in opening their resort. But viewers haven’t seen how they responded to a disaster that happened shortly after they welcomed their first guests: the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It seems likely new episodes will touch on the challenges of running a resort during a global health crisis.    

The Baeumlers explain how to book a stay at Caerula Mar Club 

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Cragun’s Resort $20 Million Renovation Continues During Pandemic

BRAINERD, Minn., Oct. 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Eric Peterson, General Manager of Cragun’s Resort in Brainerd, MN, is one of the most positive people you’ll meet. Give him lemons and he’ll gladly take them and say “Thanks – Free Lemons”! Which is exactly the positive attitude Peterson and Cragun’s have taken during the Coronavirus Pandemic.

This coming winter marks the half-way point of Cragun’s $20 million-dollar resort expansion and improvement project. In late 2015, Cragun’s embarked on an aggressive plan to remodel, replace and add new amenities and lodging to ensure the resort’s continued success. When the pandemic started to slow things down in March, Peterson took the opportunity to ramp up construction in several areas of the resort. This enabled Cragun’s to keep people employed and make significant progress in the improvement plan.

“Over the years, Cragun’s guests have told us how much they appreciate our family friendly atmosphere and the true “up north” experience they receive at the resort,” said Peterson. “We put a plan together that would update Cragun’s public areas, provide more new, larger and improved cabins and upgrade the facilities in our lodge rooms while maintaining the feel our guests love. All of the improvements are designed to fit well with the features that Cragun’s guests enjoy like our mile of sandy beaches, championship golf courses, full-service marina, snowmobiling, ice skating and dining options.”

Cragun’s improvements include the following:

  • Public Areas – The Lobby and Lobby Gift Shop were updated to include improved lighting, an expanded gift selection, plus the addition of an interactive television with information on the resort. The lake level Marina received new floors, walls, displays, new bait tank and two new bathrooms. A new signage program was started to aid guests in finding their way around the resort.
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Pandemic boosts sales of luxury homes in resort communities

Wealthy Americans are snapping up multimillion-dollar homes in exclusive resort communities as the coronavirus pandemic continues to fuel a work-from-home lifestyle that no longer tethers workers to the office five days a week. 

Sales of expensive homes in places like Aspen, Colorado; the Hamptons; and Palm Beach, Florida have been booming since May, when it became clear the pandemic would upend Americans’ lifestyles indefinitely, according to real estate agents and appraisers across the country. 

“We are seeing greater sales gains in more expensive properties in areas people consider to be retirement destinations and resorts,” said Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors (NAR), a trade association representing real estate professionals. “I think this new economy and working from home can also mean working from a vacation home — that is, a larger size home with more elbow room that is in more of a vacation destination.”

For July, home sales in resort regions across the country were up nearly 29% compared to last year, according to NAR’s data. 

Indeed, the COVID-induced remote work phenomenon is fueling much of the uptick in high-end property sales in vacation destinations, according to New York City real estate appraiser Jonathan Miller of Miller Samuel.

In Aspen, there’s been what Miller called an “unusual surge” in home sales above $5 million in recent months.

Last month, nine new sales contracts were signed for homes between $10 million and $20 million in the upscale ski town, versus one in September last year, according to Douglas Elliman’s report of signed residential contracts authored by Miller.

“Inventory is flying off the shelf,” he said of the 800% increase in signed contracts for Aspen homes. 

Sales are rising in other high end communities as well. In Palm Beach County in September, ninety new contracts were signed

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Four Seasons Resort Hualalai Announces Resort-Wide Renovation

The Hualalai Resort is rooted in Hawaiian culture and strives to connect its guests with the island through every touchpoint and experience. The current architecture reflects this ode to Hawaiiana, and the new enhancements maintain this important connection. The Resort has tapped internationally-renown design firm BAMO to bring the vision of this renovation to life. BAMO is known for its luxury approach, elegant space planning and functional design, with award-winning projects across the world.

“We are extraordinarily proud of the experience we provide our guests at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, and are thrilled to enhance their visit through this comprehensive renovation,” states Sebastian Hinsch, Resort Manager of Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. “As we look to the future of Hualalai, we are excited to introduce these new amenities and features while continuing to provide the personalized service and genuine aloha spirit for which we are so well known.”

All rooms and suites in the Resort will be extensively renovated with updated finishes and furnishings. A new bungalow consisting of six oceanfront guest rooms including a suite with a private pool will be constructed adjacent to Kumukea Beach on the Resort’s northern edge, providing spectacular views from its ocean front location.

The top three villas at the Resort — Hawaii Loa, Makaloa and Ho’onanea — will each be expanded to add a second story and unique design elements. With the transformation of these villas, Four Seasons Resort Hualalai will define a new level of luxury, hosting the largest and most luxurious villa room product in Hawaii.

Amenities across the property will be updated. King’s Pond, Hualalai’s 1.8 million-gallon swimmable aquarium, will receive a dramatic update with the addition of a new elevated swimming pool, lounge deck, and Marine

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At the ‘Ratched’ Resort: the Adamson House Serves as Mexican Hotel

Love it or hate it, there is no denying that “Ratched,” Ryan Murphy’s latest foray into streaming, is a visual masterpiece! Each hairstyle, costume, and set seems to be prettier than the last! And don’t even get me started on the locations! Perhaps the most picturesque site used is the Mexican resort where Nurse Mildred Ratched (Sarah Paulson) and Gwendolyn Briggs (Cynthia Nixon) are shown living in 1950, two years after the main events of the series, at the end of the Season 1 finale, titled “Mildred and Edmund.” Cast and crew did not travel south of the border to film the resort scenes, nor did they make use of an actual hotel. Instead, a bit of Hollywood magic was employed to create the retro Mexican lodging within the Thirty Mile Zone. 

Mildred and Gwendolyn’s heavenly retreat is actually a mashup of two different locales – a historic Malibu mansion-turned-museum known as the Adamson House and a private West Hills residence that formerly belonged to actor Francis Lederer. I have long been familiar with both spots and recognized them as soon as I laid eyes on them in the episode.

Constructed in 1929, the Adamson House, a California Historical Landmark, was one of the first homes to be built in Malibu. The Spanish Colonial Revival estate was constructed for Rhoda Agatha Rindge Adamson and her husband, Merritt Adamson, on a 13-acre parcel of oceanside land gifted to the lucky couple by Rhoda’s mother, Rhoda May Knight Rindge (yes, mother and daughter shared the same first name!), the last owner of what was known as the Malibu Spanish Land Grant, aka the 21-mile-long (formerly 27-mile) coastal enclave that today makes up the ‘Bu. The elder Rhoda and her husband, Frederick Hastings Rindge, purchased the 13,000-acre seaside tract, which they

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