Five Reasons US Travelers Book Vacation Rentals Direct

When booking vacation rentals in Wisconsin or anywhere in the US, they have two options. They can book directly with homeowners and local property management companies, or they can go through a third-party site like Airbnb, TripAdviser.com and Booking.com and pay more. While the latter is certainly a common route, experienced and savvy travelers are likely to avoid it.

Here are five reasons travelers ditch the big online travel agencies and book direct using the websites listed at ItsCabinTime.com

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  1. Best Price Guaranteed

Third-party booking sites add a high percentage of service fees to the reservation total. A service fee of 20 percent on a $1500 weekly stay is 300 bucks; money that is better spent on a nice meal and a local adventure like ziplining, or shopping in the town you’re staying in. Why pay more for the exact same vacation rental found on book direct websites like RentTennesseeCabins.com.

  1. No Surprises

When you book direct, there are no surprises—hidden fees or otherwise. (You can rest easy knowing your personal information will not be sucked up into the wide world of data mining and aggressive targeted marketing.)

  1. More Flexibility 

We’ve all experienced minor bumps in our travel plans that forced us to modify our trips. Unfortunately, most booking sites are not understanding. The real people interacting with you when you book direct at RentWisconsinCabins.com offer tailored pre- and post-stay communication to ensure you still have a great vacation and return next year.

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  1. Exclusive Options

Did you know that many of the best vacation rentals are not listed on the major sites? Listing on a major site costs money that many homeowners do not want or need to spend. Don’t miss out on these Michigan cabin and cottage hidden gems! 

  1. Better Customer Service

Do you have any questions about the property or the area that aren’t already addressed on the website? When you book direct, you get personalized answers and genuine human interaction. No one can give you better trip advice than local experts. Interested in a remote vacation in Ely, MN? Connect with the rental owners at RentMinnesotaCabins.com

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Bottom line: For the best homes and the best experiences, #BookDirect.

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RentNewYorkCabins.com | RentMontanaCabins.comRentKentuckyCabins.com

Thanks for supporting our growing family of state-specific, vacation rental websites where you can easily connect AND BOOK DIRECTLY with rental owners or local managers. Tell your family and friends you found a website without traveler fees!

The best large group Wisconsin vacation rentals for the Holidays.

Rental cabins are a great way to experience the holidays. You can meet your extended family halfway, and it relieves the stress of playing the host so everyone can enjoy their time off. And, as fun as it is to sleep all the kids side-by-side on the living room floor — or in a tent out back, or in the bathtub — RentWisconsinCabins.com has a roomier solution. These large, multi-bedroom vacation homes are open year-round and have enough beds for the whole family.

5 top year-round Wisconsin vacation rentals that sleep 20 or more:

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1. Adelines House of Cool Green Lake

If you are searching for a lake house that’s timeless & refreshing – you’ve found the place! Adeline’s is a perfect weekend getaway – just 3 hours north of Chicago. We would love you host you! This luxurious Estate is located in Green Lake County on Lake Puckaway. Adeline’s House has over 300 feet of channel frontage, and is a stained glass treasure trove! Adeline’s owner/architect is an avid stained glass collector. His love for light is mimicked throughout the house with beautiful pieces from all over the world

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2. Sand County: Prairie Retreat

Come stay with us at this beautiful well appointed home in a country setting that allows you to enjoy the breathtaking views of the Baraboo Bluffs from the covered front porch, or just sit back and gaze out and watch as nature passes you by. Perfect for all seasons, this home is not far from the Wisconsin Dells, yet in your own little world. Prairie Retreat features 7 full bedrooms, 2-sided gas fireplace and 65″ plasma tv. Plus there is additional sleeping for 4 in the lower level. Spacious great room featuring a 72″ plasma tv and gas fireplace.

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3. Cranberry Castle

It’s time to discover all that Cranberry Castle and northern Wisconsin has to offer! Our 8500 sq. ft. log & stone cabin is one of the finest in the Northwoods. Vaulted ceilings and towering lakeside windows provide beautiful views. Relax in the outdoor spa with seating for six. We thought of everything …a theater room; sunroom with heated floor; stone fireplace; master bedroom with wall mounted HDTV’s, double shower, oversized closet and jetted tub. The race is on to the lakeside hammock!

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4. Log Gables: Log Home

This beautifully crafted vacation log home is one of a kind! Situated on nearly 5 acres — watch children playing at a sand box, on the play set, or watch the nearby woods come to life with wildlife. If you have a large family-this is your destination. 2 washers, 2 dryers. A great Dells location: Skiing at Christmas Mountain 3 mi away; Tanger Outlets 1.1 mi away. Get ready for a top-quality experience with a special personal touch.

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5. Legendary Barker Lake Lodge

For Groups, Reunions & Weddings. Total lodge maximum 30!! 6000 sq/ft Log Lakeside Lodge on Golf Course includes a Commercial Style kitchen for your exclusive use. Dinning room sits up to 50 with the TV Lounge for additional 20 guests. Legendary Fireplace Great Room. Two Outside decks provide wonderful park like setting views.

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Norby’s Nook! A Wisconsin vacation rental on Nepco Lake.

Our Norby’s Nook Cabin was the very first home built on Nepco Lake. The lake has public boat landings and a public beach at NEPCO Lake Park. Bring the fishing poles & tackle and catch dinner! Nepco Lake has Panfish, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike and Walleye.

Our unique location gets you here quick. Norbys Nook Cabin is 3.5 hours from Chicago, 2.5 hours from Milwaukee, and 1.5 hours from Madison.

norb1Your lake vacation adventure includes a cozy cabin surrounded by towering white pines and kayaks to explore 496 acre Nepco Lake. Locals refer to it as A Canadian Lake in Central Wisconsin!

norb2Of course Wisconsin Rapids has plenty to offer: Aqua Skiers ski show; exciting Wisconsin Rapids rafting; more relaxed Paddleboarding; golfing at Sand Valley Golf, the Ridges, or Homestead; unique shopping at the Trading Post; great Snowmobile trails too. Ask us about the Cultural Center beer tasting and music.

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Review these Traveler Tips before Booking your next Wisconsin Vacation Rental.

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RentWisconsinCabins.com has 720 WI cabin rentals and counting. Vacation Rentals are popular for family vacations, family reunions, friends get-aways, couples retreats, fishing tournaments, etc. The advantages of a vacation rental are endless. There are lots of different pet friendly options, homes with fireplaces and fire pits. You have private parking and sometimes piers for your boat. Vacation rentals give families room to spread out and enjoy each other. It’s Cabin Time™

What do you need to do before you book your vacation rental? Here are some tips:

  1. Inquire about your vacation rental with the actual owner or manager before you book. They know the property and the area best. They will give you excellent advise so you can live like a local on day one.
  2. If you are looking to bring your pet, be sure you know the Pet Policy. Some will not allow certain breeds or sizes of dogs. It might also be good to check out if there is a kennel or fenced in area for your pet while you’re gone. We list nearly 300 pet friendly cabin rentals in WI.
  3. Know the cleaning policy. Some rental owners or managers charge a cleaning fee and don’t expect much cleaning from you. Some expect to have the place ready for the next renters. Whatever the case may be, it’s always wise to take pictures or note any possible previous damage. Don’t get to carried away, but be thorough.
  4. Picking up the keys. Some rentals may have a lock box on the door. Some owners might meet you at the property or have them hidden somewhere. Property Managers might have you stop at their office and pick up the keys. Know before you go!
  5. Ask about mobile phone reception. Vacation rentals can be remote. If you need use your cell phone for directions, or to check in, make sure you will have cell coverage. We recommend you have a physical “old school” map in the vehicle just in case. Ask about Wi-Fi availability too.
  6. Always ask about supplies and what you should bring. Rental owners might supply bed sheets but not towels, or vice versa. Some supply both. Always ask about a medical kit or if you need to bring certain kitchen items that you can’t live without (like a bottle opener, crock pot, or a muffin pan.) You get the idea:)
  7. Check out the calendar of events or a town’s Facebook page to research area events. The owners or managers could also inform you on local events and things to do. Keep in mind that rental prices are often higher during summer, Holiday’s, and big events.
  8. Ask who you need to contact if you have any emergencies. If there is a leaky faucet or a light goes out, you will know whom to contact.

Wherever you travel in Wisconsin, you’ll have a better time in a cabin, cottage, lodge or home. Check out our seasonal and year-round cabin rentals in Wisconsin.

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Searching for Wisconsin resorts? Now you can see all resort cabins on one page

Check out an example of a resort page – Hiller’s Pine Haven Resort. This is a huge step in differentiating ourselves from the competition. Not only is it a great feature for renters, but it also adds extra exposure for multi-cabin resorts in Wisconsin.

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RentWisconsinCabins.com has rolled out Resort Pages. Now, every Wisconsin resort has their own “resort page” that displays an interactive map with pins to show the location of each WI rental, a description of the resort, the property website link, phone number, videos, and a display of each cabin details page at the bottom. We decided to create these Wisconsin resort pages because it allows renters to see the exact location of each cabin plus learn more about the resort.

 

How do Potential Renters Find the Wisconsin Resort Pages?

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The first way is through the Google map found on the homepage of our website. When renters click on a pin, a small window will display with an option to select that specific cabin details page or they can select “View more cabins at (Resort Name)”. Once the potential renter clicks on the “View more cabins at (Resort Name)” they will see the resort page. The image above with the blue circle shows where to find the resort pages.

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The second way to find the resort page is through the cabin rental details page. If a vacationer is looking at the details page and wants to see more cabin rentals at the resort, they can select “View all (Resort Name) Cabins”. The blue circle above indicates how to find the resort page from a cottage details page.

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We finally have a vacation rental listin

We finally have a vacation rental listing near Elkhart Lake, WI. It’s Cabin time™ at the Crystal Lake Lodge. http://ow.ly/VkJr30bBP6D http://ow.ly/i/uGwvH http://ow.ly/i/uGwCn

Vacation Rental Owners/Managers: Book Direct is alive and well.

2009 seems so long ago, but that’s when we launched our first state-specific, vacation rental website: RentWisconsinCabins.com, from a home office in Waunakee, WI. Now we have 6 Live websites with plans for 21 sites by the middle of 2017. We now have ‘legit’ office space in Middleton, WI.

It didn’t take long for rental owners & property managers around the country to tell us that there is a big demand for a listing website that embraces the “Book Direct” philosophy. We speak to vacation rental owners & managers often, and the conversations are similar; “large OTA’s are out of control! They control our inventory, rates and are now charging our renters an extra traveler fee.”  Our consistent growth has confirmed that large OTA’s are not the only advertising choice.

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RentWisconsinCabins.com: Nearly 700 rentals
RentMinnesotaCabins.com: Nearly 400 rentals
RentMichiganCabins.com: Over 200 rentals
Plus our newer states RentNewYorkCabins.com, RentMontanaCabins.com and RentTennesseeCabins.com: Over 200 rentals
…We are just getting warmed up!

Our renter traffic grows an average of 48% every year. Over the last year, our websites attracted over 1 million page views.

Why take on the time & expense to roll out unique websites for so many states? It’s never been done before! By 2012, our Wisconsin website proved that (even from a home office) we can compete long term with large OTA’s in Google Search by targeting regional organic long tail keywords & topics. Search for yourself – go to Google and type in popular terms like Wisconsin vacation rentals; wisconsin cabins; wisconsin cabin rentals, etc. Then try michigan vacation rentals; michigan cabin rentals; mn cabin rentals, etc. There we are!! From these first page results, how many “book direct” websites do you see?

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We also discovered the immediate need for “traveler fee” education. We recently added a question about traveler fees to our survey and were shocked to learn that nearly every respondent had no idea that booking websites charge a traveler fee. What we’ve know for years though is that renters prefer to book vacation rentals with the owners and local managers 25-1.

What do you think of booking vacation rentals directly with owners/managers?

Joe and Team
JM Creative Group
Middleton, WI