I had my first vacation home rental experience when I visited San Francisco for work last year. The experience opened my eyes to the many benefits of renting a vacation home instead of staying in a hotel. My Hilton Honors will surely dwindle as a result.
First, the full disclosure…I am not being compensated one iota for my opinions. HomeAway.com is mentioned below and they were a client of mine in a past life. I have used their service and think they offer a great selection – as do other similar businesses. I do have friends that now own vacation home rentals, but they aren’t featured here, and I’ll gladly stay at their places anytime they ask me too!
After countless trips to Colorado from my home turf in Texas, I could kick myself for never considering staying at a rental home before. The concept is perfect when planning a group trip. HomeAway.com lists over 9,080 “mountain” home rentals in Colorado alone. In true Letterman fashion, here are the Top 10 reasons why you want to rent a vacation home the next time you set out on a mountain adventure:
10. Get a little closer to the mountain or trailhead.
9. Home cooked meals: You can save money by buying and cooking your own food, but someone has to do the dishes.
8. You can launder those smelly, damp trail clothes so your buddies don’t have to smell you the rest of the trip. Most homes have a washer and dryer with detergent available to use.
7. Free parking and no extra fees. You normally have to leave a deposit though, which is fully refundable.
6. Tranquility: No need to battle with the wedding party down the hall for sleep. A vacation home rental can be tucked away, deep down a mountain road, letting you extend your bond with nature by opening the windows at night and listening to the sounds of the forest. You may have to contend with snoring from your buddies, but it is a great trade off.
5. Amenities: Often times you can find a vacation home rental with a breathtaking view, fire pit out back or hot tub ready to soothe those achy muscles.
4. Praise: If, as the planner of this group outing, you manage to make it all happen, you may get a pat on the back and hear the following, “Wow, this place is awesome. What a great idea!”
3. More room to relax. Vacation homes average 2,000 square feet, while hotels average 400 square feet. ‘Nuff said!
2. Price! When you split the cost of a vacation home rental between a group, you can greatly reduce your cost per person.
1. You can store a ton more beer in a full-size fridge than that tiny ice bucket from your hotel room. Colorado has more micro-brews per capita than anywhere else and it would be a sin to not enjoy the multitude of brands and styles.