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

Welcome to Arbor Vitae, also known as na

Welcome to Arbor Vitae, also known as nature’s original water park! Close proximity to lakes, rivers and streams. Cabin Time here includes fishing, boatings, skiing, swimming, and more. When the snow falls, the Arbor Vitae area becomes a Winter Park…Snowmobiling, skiing, ice fishing, and outdoor skating rinks. Compare nearly 20 cabin rentals in the Arbor Vitae area…http://www.rentwisconsincabins.com/location.php?id=Arbor%20Vitae http://ow.ly/i/m3Px7 http://ow.ly/i/m3PAg http://ow.ly/i/m3PBf http://ow.ly/i/m3PCi http://ow.ly/i/m3PDq http://ow.ly/i/m3PEv http://ow.ly/i/m3PFE http://ow.ly/i/m3PGF http://ow.ly/i/m3PHW http://ow.ly/i/m3PIX

Land at Mallards this summer. #HaywardResort

Mallards Landing in Hayward, WI that is! Step inside one of their unique European log cabins and let your Hayward vacation begin. Full bathroom has ceramic tile shower & floor. There is electric heat and central air conditioning. Quaint log cabins feature an outside deck with bench and an outdoor charcoal grill so you can amaze your family and friends with a great dinner. Private and close to downtown Hayward stores and restaurants, walking distance to the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame, Lumberjack Bowl, Lake Hayward Beach and Park. Pictured here is the Mallard’s Landing Dutch Cottage. Read more about this Hayward, WI cabin rental.

mallards1Welcome to paradise in Hayward, Wisconsin. Many Hayward resorts and lodging are located right on the crystal clear northern Wisconsin lakes, perfect for water sports and fishing. If you are searching for winter fun, Hayward has miles of snowmobile trails, which are usually accessible right from the cabin. At Mallards Landing the canoe is free to use. Their cabins have country style furnishings; the Dutch Cottage includes a wardrobe, a Swiss made dining table with chairs, a commode, flatscreen Cable TV/DVD, an antler chandelier, a hand crafted kitchen cupboard with microwave oven, under the counter refrigerator, four cup coffee maker, bar size sink, mugs and glasses.

mallards4See things to do in Hayward, WI, plus other Mallard’s Landing cabins & 35 other Hayward WI resorts and cabins.

mallards2Hayward is a year round vacation destination that is well known for ATVing, cross country skiing, hiking, and off-road biking. 858,000 acre Chequamagon National Forest invites you to take a wilderness walk under towering trees. Skip those Hayward, WI hotels and choose a more memorable Hayward resort. Cabin rentals in the northwoods are the perfect lodging choice if you are coming for the world-renowned American Birkebeiner cross-country ski race, or the annual Lumberjack World Championships. We recommend planning your up north adventure well in advance, because these Hayward resorts book up fast. Since you plan and book directly with resort owners, ask them about nearby things to do. Booking vacation rentals direct means not middleman booking website fees – WI cabin time should never include paying more for the same cabins you find on our website.

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RentMinnesotaCabins.com | RentMichiganCabins.com | RentNewYorkCabins.com | RentMontanaCabins.com and coming soon; RentTennesseeCabins.com

Thanks for supporting our growing number of state-specific, vacation rental website that allow renters to easily connect AND BOOK DIRECT. Tell your family and friends about our great websites!

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Our #CabinTime at the Prairie Hill Farm

Perched high on the bluffs in Merrimac, WI is the incredible Prairie Hill Farm “Cabin”. As the founder of RentWisconsinCabins.com, I sometimes get the opportunity to stay at vacation rentals that list with us. Thanks to Tish (the owner of PHF), I was able to stay her “Farmhouse” this fall, and her “Cabin” this winter.

Those of us that live in Wisconsin get to experience the extremes of all 4 seasons. This trip to the Prairie Hill Cabin took place in January. Yes, the air was chilly and the days were short, but with so many things to do near the cabin, time just flew by.

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The detailed information provided by the owner (Tish) prior to arriving at the cabin made the trip hassle free and stress free. She accommodated our early arrival request and provided a neighbor contact in case we had any questions. Though the nearby Merrimac Ferry closes for the winter season, it’s good to know that a scenic Ferry ride across the Wisconsin River is definitely part of this Cabin Time adventure -Spring through Fall.

The long driveway starts near the Farmhouse and climbs up the bluff. The owners do a wonderful job of keeping the long scenic drive plowed. The privacy at the cabin is ultra unique. The nearest home is the Farmhouse, several hundred feet away. The summer hiking trails on their 80-acre farm turn into cross-country ski trails – my daughters and I loved this. The steeper hills and tight turns challenged my rusty skiing skills – but it was thrilling. Just outside of the cabin is a nice sledding hill for kids. If you are fortunate enough to stay at the Cabin, make sure you seek out the one-of-a-kind TREEHOUSE. It’s not easy to find, but the “seeking” was the fun part for my family. Again, thanks to the owner’s pre-trip tips, we knew to bring a toboggan, cross-country skis and a family adventurer’s spirit.

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At night, the only thing better than watching the dancing flames in the living room fireplace was watching the shimmering lights on the ski runs at Devil’s Head Ski Resort. Every cabin has a unique view, but this nighttime winter view from the living room is quite special.

I was able to fly my drone around the cabin property and take some videos of our family enjoying our special Cabin Time on the Farm. The drone video is one of the 3 videos on their listing page: Take a look, maybe you’ll book!

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Joe Mogensen and family.