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About Us

⭐️ Resort Style Pool + Hot Tub + Fire Pit | Stunning Interior | Perfect For Family Gatherings ⭐️, Austin, Texas
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We’re a fun-loving team, passionate about guest experiences and comfortable spaces, working together to create thoughtful furnished rentals for vacationing, travel, and corporate stays.

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Distinguished Stays Cleanliness Standards

Clean, private homes designed to make social distancing easier – we’re here for you.

Contactless Check-In & Out

Each unit is self check-in and out with a keyless entry code.

Cleanliness

Your home will be professionally cleaned and disinfected prior to your arrival and after your departure. Our housekeeping team is implementing up-to-date protocols issued by the CDC and WHO, including use of approved disinfectants with more focus on cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces such as door knobs, light switches, counter tops, and cabinet handles. All linens are freshly laundered in high temperatures before your stay. We stock the home with cleaning and disinfectant products for your use, as well. 

Personalized Service Over Phone & Text

We are here to answer your questions and be of service when you need us!

The Distinguished Stays Story:

Tim Barnes & Ben Miller

Welcome to our passion project, born of a life-long commitment to creating great experiences and putting smiles on people’s faces! We have been inviting guests into our homes for over two decades, finding new ways to delight with every visit, and we look forward to meeting you.

The Distinguished Stays story got its start in our Central California home, as everyone we knew wanted to visit wine country! We loved having guests and took it as a challenge to provide everything a visitor would want, like a bed and breakfast recreational retreat. Family & friends loved the hotel treatment with an impeccably clean living space, fully-stocked bathroom, toiletries, extra towels, and even swimsuits. They were able to relax, and it was such a pleasure, we had as much fun as they did! Our expansion professionally into short-term and furnished rentals stemmed from this experience, as well as from our own travels. In recent years, Ben was commuting from Denver to Austin for work and quickly found renting hotel rooms Monday-Friday to be very draining. When he started staying in furnished rentals instead, he was so invigorated by space with all the comforts of home, in a local community, it completely transformed how he felt when traveling.

You’re staying with a friend when you stay with us. There are extra personal touches that make you feel at home — and cared for in every way, with fully-furnished, fully-stocked space and fully-serviced experience from booking to check out. You will be surprised by special details at Distinguished Stays — a light on when you enter, an assortment of amenities you may need during your stay, a boogie board and beach towels, touches unique to the property you are staying in — and how easily you can settle into a space that’s been thoughtfully arranged and stylishly decorated with you in mind. Part of the curated experience includes a guest book with a guide to the neighborhood, with recommendations and information to help you feel at home.

With decades of experience in the aviation, hospitality, real estate, and automotive industries, we understand the entire travel life cycle and that every point, every detail along the way matters. From CEOs & celebrities chartering planes, to families needing help to book an economy rental car or hotel room, there are unique needs and expectations that we move mountains to exceed — for every person. When we first met and got to know each other in flight school, we could not have imagined how big our world could get — and that together, our dreams would only keep getting bigger. Our guests are at the center of these dreams. Generating and evolving new ideas, with commitment and openness to feedback, inspires our work serving people around the world. Over the years, we’ve navigated recessions and other challenges with the same innovative spirit that brought us to this work. We adapt, pivot when necessary, always listening and open to what the future holds.

Today, we welcome business travelers, families, and guests from all backgrounds to properties in Texas, Colorado, California, and Hawaii. We love getting to know our neighbors, learning about and respecting the communities we work in. Whether it’s a small apartment for a work trip, a luxury retreat, or a beach house for vacation, guests can come and go comfortably in a community that knows us.

We absolutely love our team, and every person at Distinguished Stays brings a lifetime of love, adventure, and passion. Although we each have a specific role to play, we love working together, brainstorming new ways to delight, taking ownership of challenges and celebrating the wins. Whether you’re booking with Jason, looking through listings that Jamie has artfully laid out, appreciating that extra sitting space Dewayne set up, or following our latest updates with Melissa on social media — wherever you are on your journey — you have a team looking out for your every need.

We are committed to providing exceptional, curated, hassle-free, and delightful experiences. Most of all, we seek to serve you in the business and adventure we call life.

 

 




Meet The Distinguished Stays Team

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Tim

Tim.Barnes@distinguishedstays.com

As a kid, Tim loved the idea of flying. He started cleaning airplanes for flight time, and ultimately went on to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to graduate with an Aeronautical Science degree, Business Minor, and a commercial pilot's license to follow his passion.

With a passion for business and marketing, Tim co-founded two businesses: a private aviation company, which has expanded globally and continues to thrive, and a real estate company, which he grew to over $225 million in sales.

Over the years, Tim and his husband Ben developed a reputation for their fun and generous spirits, as family and friends received the royal treatment whenever they visited, as if they were guests at an elite resort. Additionally, as they rented out numerous properties to hundreds of guests, Tim’s zeal for meeting and delighting guests only grew… which led to the creation of Distinguished Stays.

Tim works round the clock to ensure Distinguished Stays guests have exceptional, curated, hassle-free, and delightful experiences. With his two decades of experience in short- and long-term rentals, Tim supports the Distinguished Stays team day-to-day on booking, marketing, operations, and long-term growth with an easy-going and practical approach, taking every opportunity seriously while bringing a smile to people’s faces. Tim is the life of the party and a hard worker who believes delight is in the details.

Tim loves fitness and discovering new ways to stay active, participating in anything from Crossfit to Bikram, skydiving to volleyball. He believes in helping others and has volunteered with Meals on Wheels, Support for Families of Children with Disabilities, and Metro Caring. Tim spends much of his time on the lake with his husband, Ben, and connects with friends and family whenever possible.

Most of all, Tim seeks to participate in the adventure we call life.

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Jamie

Jamie.Perkins@distinguishedstays.com

Jamie is an outdoor enthusiast who loves yoga, hiking and all things nature (except snakes and spiders!). Her love for travel and interior design fueled her desire to work with Distinguished Stays, where she incorporates her background in public relations and journalism into writing property descriptions and corralling the best photography possible, with wine, cheese, poolside views.

Engaging in meaningful work that is uplifting and in service to the community is very important to Jamie. She believes that taking a vacation and spending time in a different space is essential to well-being... that when we leave our familiar surroundings, we see things a little more clearly and have a different perspective which can be great for renewing mind, body and spirit. Working as a team, across the country, to provide exceptional, curated, hassle-free, and delightful experiences for Distinguished Stays guests is a joy.

With over two decades of experience as a communications professional with expertise in the areas of health and wellness, education, and female-focused endeavors, working in the travel and hospitality arena is a new experience for Jamie. Her favorite part of the job is reading the amazing reviews guests leave and seeing a property go from empty space to furnished with love and looking fabulous.

Jamie lives in Austin, Texas with her two children, husband and a sweet black lab named Ziggy.

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Melissa

Melissa.Arapoff@distinguishedstays.com

Melissa has always been an energetic, positive, and creative individual. From writing plays and acting them out as a kid, to writing blogs and creating countless games and fun activities for her four children today.

In her teenage years, Melissa never wanted to leave the water. She fell in love with the ocean and became an ocean enthusiast, taking day trips to the beach to clean up trash, visit with the local sea lions, and, if Oregon Coast weather permitted, go for a swim. She competed at state level in swimming and taught swim lessons, water safety, and scuba diving to children and adults. Once Melissa realized being a mermaid wouldn’t pay the bills, she got to work.

Melissa served as a Business Development Consultant for several financial companies and managed two Verizon Wireless Retail stores before her recent years working in the vacation rental industry. At Distinguished Stays, Melissa brings her experience in customer service and hospitality and passion for adventure to developing creative marketing and online engagement.

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Debbie

Debbie.Buratti@distinguishedstays.com

If you’ve come to Distinguished Stays for any reason, you’ve most likely met Debbie! From directing daily operations and handling guest communications, all the way to reservation management, inventory, pricing, reporting, staging, stocking, shipping and curating, she literally does it ALL!! When Debbie is not waving her magic wand around Distinguished Stays, you can bet she is outdoors enjoying the Texas sun and hitting the trails. She loves hiking, mountain biking, and especially loves road biking. She’s everywhere! Does she ever slow down, you ask? After growing up in Austin and graduating from Howard Payne University, she spent many happy years as a stay at home mom raising her 3 beautiful children. Now that her kids are grown, she spends her free time sharing a laugh with her husband, playing games, watching movies, reading, and even having one of her favorite drinks like a Russian Imperial Stout. Debbie loves to travel, which is just one of the many reasons she’s a perfect fit at Distinguished Stays. Debbie has always loved cooking and definitely knows her way around a kitchen. She has recently picked up a new hobby, experimenting and cooking with new foods. We can’t wait to see what she creates next! When you choose Distinguished Stays, you are in the best of hands with Debbie. She consistently goes above and beyond to make sure our guests and owners get an incredible 5-star experience.

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Melanie

Melanie.Daniels@distinguishedstays.com

All of my work experience is in hospitality and customer service. I'm still somewhat a newbie to working in real estate but love to learn about all areas of real estate. I like to explore new places and spend time with family. My role is field operations; inventory management and inspections.

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Steve

Steve.Sierra@distinguishedstays.com

I've had an interesting career journey. I studied what was called commercial art at the time and had my own business early on supporting startups. I found that I shared the same passion and fearlessness to try new things, break the rules and get s**t done. From art, to IT, training and management in the tech, telecom and mobility businesses I have learned that amazing customer service, listening and fearless problem solving skills will open new doors and opportunities. Now that I’m a part of the Distinguished Stays team, you can find me implementing new and exciting technology, helping bring joy to our guests, or perhaps training my new pup, Scout.