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Puttin' On the Ritz - Luxury Vacation Rentals Are Hot & Here's Why

By Ana M. Kinkaid
Published: 08/20/07 Topics: Comments:

Not all vacation rentals are cozy vacation homes. Some are grand estates that celebrities have been enjoying for years. But whether the rental is a cabin nestled in the woods or a mansion overlooking the sea, vacation rentals are one of the best and least expensive forms of lodging available to travelers.

Take a look at the value that even the grandest of properties offers:

La Veranda in Umbria Italy is a five bedroom 17th century farmhouse with satellite television, Internet and a pool set among a grove olive and cypress trees. It rents for about $1,200 a night.

Now that might seem high, but remember it has five bedrooms - enough for ten people or five happy couples. Divide ten into $1,200 and the cost per person is a mere $120 for your own Italian estate!

Not bad when you consider that nearby hotels with similar amenities charge over $400 a night. That's quite a savings. But there's more.

By choosing to stay in a vacation rental, guests can enjoy and participate in the local community in a much more natural way. Vacation rentals are the best way to enjoy the latest trend in the hospitality industry - experience based travel.

But the trend to enjoy elegant vacation rentals isn't limited just to Europe. Recently even a home designed by the famed architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, joined the ranks of available vacation rentals. Located in Acme Pa, the Duncan House is set in a beautifully landscaped garden with shade trees and walking paths.

This one-of-a-kind property offers three never to be forgotten bedrooms all for $385 per night (two night weekend stays only). Anyone looking at the website for the property ( would have to agree, the Duncan House is not only amazing and unique but also an unbelievable bargain.

As more and more travelers enjoy the luxury of a home away from home at prices below the price of a standard (and often boring) hotel room, our segment of the hospitality industry continues to grow and expand.

Once "puttin' on the ritz" was only for the wealthy who could afford the glamorous Ritz Hotel in Paris or New York. Today, the discerning travelers can select another choice - one in tune with the times: Vacation Rentals!


Do YOU have a favorite luxury rental that you think is great? Please email us at VROA and let us help you share your find with others. We can all learn by sharing and remembering what a true bargain vacation rentals are?

Your calls and emails are so welcomed here at VROA. Call us at 206-343-7777, ext 920 or Ana @vroa.orgAna


TOP PROPERTY: The Sandpiper Beach House, Provincetown - Cape Cod

The world of vacation rentals has largely been made possible by the most far reaching invention of this century - the Internet. But successful vacation rentals owners must do more than just have a website. They must offer a website that is attractive and informative enough to catch and hold the traveler's interest.

One such outstanding site is the Sandpiper Beach House, located on Cape Cod. From the professional photographs to the restful choice of background screen color, this site sets the tone for the viewer within seconds of logging on. Elegant and readable font types were selected as well as easy to read maps and clear directions. The total graphic impact of the site is elegant, restful and chic.

With a site as beautiful as the property, the Sandpiper Beach House is this week's "Top Property". Well done, Sandpiper Beach House!


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Blog #: 0081 – 08/20/07

So Easy a Caveman Can Do It - How To Write Great Marketing Material

By Ana M. Kinkaid
Published: 08/13/07 Topics: Comments:

I'm sure you recognize the ad campaign that the title of this piece is referring to. It is so effective that not only has it won many awards, it has spun off into a TV series for this fall. Now that's a great marketing job! Whether you are an insurance company or a vacation rental you want to do t Read more

Write Now - Email the Leading Travel Magazines

By Ana M. Kinkaid
Published: 08/06/07 Topics: Comments:

One of the most important jobs that an owner can do is market his/her property. To be a success, people need to know where your rental is located and why it is special. One of the easiest and least expensive ways to advertise your property is through issuing press releases. Sent to the right pl Read more

American Beauties - Great Website Designs

By Ana M. Kinkaid
Published: 07/31/07 Topics: Comments:

One of the questions we often are asked by owners here at VROA is: What constitutes good website design? Take a moment and review some of these properties that Travel and Leisure Magazine consider outstanding in the hospitality industry. Their sites are a great place to learn how to design an effe Read more

Seven Staff Styles - Understanding Your Employees

By Ana M. Kinkaid
Published: 07/23/07 Topics: Comments:

There's no way around the fact that the vacation rental business means working with people each and every day. And each and every person you will deal with has their own unique work personality. So whether you're interacting with your staff or a new vendor, you can make your workday easier by und Read more

Landing Success: Improving Your Web Marketing

By Ana M. Kinkaid
Published: 07/16/07 Topics: Comments:

Many successful owners extend their marketing outreach by writing short internet travel stories about their area. These often include a hot link or URL address that takes readers to a landing o jump page. What, I can hear you asking, is a landing or jump page? Read more

Changing NIMBY to "Welcome Aboard"

By Ana M. Kinkaid
Published: 07/12/07 Topics: Comments:

Sooner or later every vacation rental owners encounters NIMBYism (or Not in My Back Yard syndrome). It might be voiced by a county commission or by a local neighbor. But no matter its source, you must address the issue - in advance if possible. Here are some of the things you can do to silence th Read more

Fighting NIMBYism or the "Not in My Backyard" Syndrome

By Ana M. Kinkaid
Published: 06/28/07 Topics: Comments:

Vacation rental owners sometimes encounter attempts to ban or limit rentals in their area. Various so called 'reasons' are often presented to local officials to justify limiting rentals. Let's look at some of the most common complaints and see if they are actually based in reality. Statement: V Read more

Why Higher Gas Prices Can Actually be GOOD for Your Vacation Rental

By Ana M. Kinkaid
Published: 06/22/07 Topics: Comments:

The rising sticker shock for gas is causing many Americans to alter how they spend their vacation dollars. And those changing vacation decisions can benefit your vacation rental. Let me explain how. Once 83% of we got in the family car and drove an average of 300 plus miles to see relatives and e Read more

What Makes Vacation Rentals Unique

By Ana M. Kinkaid
Published: 06/11/07 Topics: Comments:

Vacation Rentals are the newest member of the hospitality industry. Here are some of the ways that vacation rentals offer an attractive alternative to traditional lodging. LOTS OF ROOM - One of the biggest differences between a vacation rental and almost all other forms of lodging is the space ava Read more

Vacation Rentals: Something Knew

By Ana M. Kinkaid
Published: 05/07/07 Topics: Comments:

Vacation Rentals are the newest member of the hospitality industry and it's important for guests to know what makes vacation rentals so unique. Unless we articulate clearly what makes a vacation rental (or VR) so special, we will be confused with other lodging formats in the industry. Here are som Read more

Does Your Property Have IT?

By Ana M. Kinkaid
Published: 04/16/07 Topics: Comments:

In the 1920's when someone asked if an individual had IT, they were using the code that Hollywood invented to describe sex appeal. Today, IT refers not to a lovely lady, but to the most wonderful invention of our time - Information Technology. Go down any street in even a small town Read more

Terms of Engagement

By Ana M. Kinkaid
Published: 04/11/07 Topics: Comments:

One question we are often asked is:Do I need to use a rental contract when I have guests? And the answers is: YES! YES!! YES!!! You MUST have a signed contract for your protection and the guests. Let me explain why. First, having a vacation rental business is just that - a Read more

The Graceful Art of Dealing with Difficult Guests

By Ana M. Kinkaid
Published: 04/02/07 Topics: Comments:

In this imperfect world there is no way to satisfy each and every guest. Try as hard as you might to be the perfect host, the nature of life is such that given the moods of guests, their own unique backgrounds and the way things work (or don't), you cannot avoid having to deal with the unhapp Read more

Going My Way

By Ana M. Kinkaid
Published: 03/08/07 Topics: Comments:

Writing accurate directions to your property is a vital first step to insuring successful guest stays. This seems basic, but sadly, it is often overlooked by the busy vacation home owner. First impressions, as the old saying goes, do matter. And you want that initial experience to be a positive Read more