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.

Visit our newer websites too:

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!

Top 6 Wisconsin Events in 2018 …and the cabins nearby

Wisconsin rental cabins offer vacationers a great basecamp when it comes to local events. After a day of participating in one of these local events, your group will love the sunsets & privacy only found in a cabin, cottage, lodge or home. From the two of you to your extended family, we have romantic WI cabins and plenty of large group vacation rentals.

For this blog, we gathered a nice selection of WI vacation rentals closest to each event. Because we have hundreds, we could not list them all. But you’ll find town links too.

Wisconsin Event #6: WINTER WINE & CHERRY FEST
Door County! Feb. 3, 2018 10 am to 4 pm

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From the cabin to a complimentary wine and farm market food tasting event. Talk about unique — you can also go on horse-drawn sleigh rides, listen to live music, taste warm apple cider and mulled wines. Here’s our favorite part: The Cherry Pit Spit Competition starts at 1:30 pm. DRESS WARM FOR THIS ONE. Plan a winter escape to Door County.

Nearest cabin rentals to the Winter Wine and Cherry Fest:
HermitageStudio CottageWoldt’s Farmette and Cottage • A short drive from these Egg Harbor vacation rentals


Wisconsin Event #5: BARABOO FAIR on the SQUARE
May 12, 2018 9 am to 4 pm and Oct. 13 9 am to 4 pm

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This much fun, this close to your Baraboo vacation rental? YES! Bouncy houses and pony rides, huge Farmers Market, arts and crafts show (150 artists and crafters from all over the Midwest) — a full day of family entertainment in Baraboo/Wisconsin Dells.

Nearest cabin rentals to the Baraboo Fair on the Square:
Devils Lake LodgePrairie RetreatTall Pines Villa • A short drive from these Wisconsin Dells cabins


Wisconsin Event #4: FISHING HAS NO BOUNDARIES
Hayward! May 18 and 19, 2018

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Love to fish? Looking for a great volunteer opportunity in Wisconsin? These two worlds collide in Hayward on the shores of the Chippewa Flowage! This two day event hosts anywhere from 100-120 anglers with various disabilities. Hayward’s event the “Grand-daddy” event of all the FHMB Chapters. We’ve been a supporter since 2009!

Nearest cabin rentals to the Fishing Has No Boundaries Event:
Deerfoot Lodge Cabin 7Chippewa View LodgeTall Pines LodgeMaking Memories at the Lake • A short drive from these Hayward cabin rentals


Wisconsin Event #3: IRON RIVER SUMMERFEST
June 8 to 10, 2018

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Start your training now for the Spider Lake 10K, 5K, 2 Mile Walk/Run! Plus rummage sales, a benefit dance

Nearest cabin rentals to the Iron River Summerfest Event:
Half Moon Lake LodgeSpok’n 4Tri Lake Timbers ResortAll Iron River cabins


Wisconsin Event #2: 4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS
Wisconsin Dells

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Arrive at dusk and be ready to ohh and ahh as over 1,300 fireworks will brighten the sky over Downtown Dells.

Nearest cabin rentals to the big fireworks show in downtown Wisconsin Dells:
Field HouseDell View Lake LodgeBird House CottageRed Cabin 2 • Plus all of these Wisconsin Dells Vacation Rentals


Wisconsin Event #1: WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP OFF-ROAD RACES
Crandon, WI  Aug. 31, 2018 to Sep. 2, 2018

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Gear up for some premier off-road racing Up North! Yes, the local economy still boasts many logging companies that work in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, but the racing on the most revered dirt track in the world is going to blow you away! It’s a party as more than 50,000 fans gather to cheer for their favorite drivers.

Nearest cabin rentals to the World Championship Off-road races:
Hemlock Harbor HavenRound Lake ChaletRound Lake Cabin RentalBuena Vista Lodge • A short drive from these Rhinelander cabins for rent


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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

Chippewa Retreat is one of Wisconsin’s finest resorts

Rent a Lakeside villa for multiple purposes. Use this for family reunions, family getaways, corporate retreat weekends, weddings and more. This year round resort offers many amenities and luxurious amenities. Each villa comes with:

  • Air Conditioning
  • Linens Provided
  • Furnished Kitchen
  • Vehicle and Trailer Parking
  • Fireplace
  • Outdoor Firepit
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Fishing Boat Available
  • Pier/Dock
  • Pool
  • Deck or Patio
  • WiFi Internet
  • VCR/DVD Player
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Year-round Rental
  • Canoe/Kayak

Expert staff on hand can help you organize your group accommodations, needs and personal touches.

To view a video of the resort villas and grounds, click here.

Enjoy pool side in the cabana, complete with a double sided fireplace and plenty of tables with umbrellas and more.

On site restaurant and bar provide exquisite brunches, dinners, and desserts with terrific presentation.

Planning a wedding? Chippewa Retreat can help you plan your lakeside dream wedding of up to 250 people.

Scroll through to see resort and villa pictures. Click on the links to view more about each villa.

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Chippewa Retreat: Duck Blind Lower

Chippewa Retreat: Duck Blind Upper

Chippewa Retreat: Lily Pad Lower

Chippewa Retreat: Lily Pad Upper

Chippewa Retreat: The Den

Chippewa Retreat: The Lair

Chippewa Retreat: The Nest

Chippewa Retreat: The Perch

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New Incredible #Fall Color Drives for #Wisconsin

Some love Wisconsin for its terrific weather in the summer, some come for the winter sports. What a lot of people don’t know, is throughout the last few years, as the temperatures decreased slightly and the amount of sunshine increasing, the fall colors that hug the winding roads up north are incredible and the fishing even better than summer (some would say).  Here are a list of fantastic fall drives:

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Manitowish Waters: While coming in September for the annual Northwoods Art Tour could be an incentive to visit for several days, it is actually the fall colors that are celebrated. You may admire the fall colors by car, bike or foot, but any way you look at them, take in the sheer beauty that compliments the calm waters of the Manitowish Waters. Explore one of the 5 routes or do them all. Highlight include the Cranberry Marshes, the scenic Powell Marsh Wildlife Area, Wa-Swa-Goning, a replicated Indian village, and the most scenic of them all, County Highway B and Lake of the Falls. Fall fishing is at its peak do be sure to dip your line into one of the thousands of lakes in Vilas County. To view cabins or vacation rentals in this area to make your fall trip complete, click here.

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Necedah/Castle Rock Lake: This serene landscape is a must see for fall travelers in autumn. Not only does this area boast many types of hardwood trees that create a stunning topography, this area also has lots to do for your fall trip. Take the winding roads starting in Mauston and head towards highway G that weaves you throughout the countryside and ending in Castle Rock Lake, one of the biggest inland lakes in Wisconsin. Fall fishing is a great pasttime around here as well as the unique shops and restaurants. Necedah Fall Cabins

Wildcat Mountain: This area can be experienced by canoe, horse, hiking boots, or car. This ridge overlooking the Wildcat State Mountain stretches over 3,000 square miles with the Kickapoo River flows slowly in all kinds of castle rock lake widirections. Highway 33 takes a visitor throughout great country with a diverse landscape and incredible fall color. Be sure to bring your canoe and hiking boots. To make this a fall getaway, click here.

Summer Vacation in Wisconsin Dells

Vacationers know Wisconsin Dells as the “Waterpark Capital of the World,” but it is much more than that. We all love to splash around at the waterparks, but don’t forget about the scenic destinations around the Wisconsin Dells area. So cheers – cheers to exploring the beautiful Wisconsin Dells area. Here are a few recreation ideas in the Wisconsin Dells area that our team has enjoyed. Be sure to scroll to the bottom to view some great Dells vacation rental properties.

Original Wisconsin Dells Ducks

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Drive. Splash. Cruise. How awesome is that? No matter the age, the Duck tours are ideal to view the area. This exciting tour has been around for nearly 70 years. You’ll explore the Wisconsin River, Dells Creek, with a final splash in Lake Delton. We have talked to many vacationers who frequently visit the Dells area who make this a regular visit. Here is more information on the Original Wisconsin Ducks.

Water Recreation on Castle Rock Lake

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Thinking about being in the area during the summer months? Great! There are plenty of options to explore the local lakes. Castle Rock Lake is an extremely popular lake that our vacationers visit. In fact, view our Interactive Wisconsin Map and scroll to the Dells area to view all of the properties on this lake. We aren’t joking; there are plenty of options. Plus, there are plenty of watersport rentals available on Castle Rock Lake: pontoons, waverunners, kayaks, and paddleboats.

Tommy Bartlett Show

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After all of the fun in the sun, kick back and relax. In 1952 the Tommy Bartlett Water Ski & Jumping Boat Thrill Show began with its first show near Chicago. Their second show in Wisconsin Dells was such a hit that the team was asked to stay. Since then, the show has continued to be a hit. This takes water recreation to an entirely new level. So, let’s start the countdown to the end of May.

Vacation Rentals in Wisconsin Dells

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Spring Brook: Americana Cabin on the golf course & walking distance to the lake. The four bedroom home offers enough space to sleep up to 10 vacationers. The ranch style vacation property offers plenty of living space. Downstairs, vacationers enjoy the fantastic family room which includes a wet bar, foosball table, and two bar tables. Come, enjoy the fun!

 

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Check out this gorgeous interior at Sand County: Herons Landing. The lakefront vacation home is on Lake Delton. Like one can tell from the above photo, the interior design at this home is unmatched. The living space features a wood burning fireplace and a modern, open-concept kitchen. Bring your family and friends; this home sleeps up to 14 guests.

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The Cottage Keeper: Lakeside Lodge is on Castle Rock Lake. The outdoor amenities draw in many guests to this spacious vacation cabin. Relax in your screened deck or out on the stone patio – all with great views of the lake. By evening, gather around the campfire pit to enjoy a crackling fire with roasted marshmallows.

Our website lists over 100 vacation rentals in the Wisconsin Dells area. Be sure to check them all out.

Questions? Comments? Let our team know.

The Ultimate Guide to #Hayward, Wisconsin

Four Season Vacation Possibilities

Year after year, vacationers visit this Northwestern Wisconsin destination to enjoy recreational activities, no matter the season. Sawyer County was ranked the #1 trail system in Wisconsin by The Wisconsin ATV Association. Snowmobilers and ATVs enjoy the 600+ miles of groomed trails. During the winter, the 300 miles of off-road mountain biking trails are transformed to pristine cross-country skiing trails. As the snow begins to melt, locals and vacationers start dreaming about the warm weather recreation. Hayward is often referred to as the “Golf Capital of Wisconsin.” According to the Wisconsin Department of Tourism, Hayward offers “an age-old gangster course, a Pete Dye course, historical courses with Scottish influence, traditional, modern and natural courses that compliment the environment and family-run courses with top-notch customer service.” Talk about variety! Don’t forget about biking, hiking, bird watching, and endless fun on the water.

Fairs, Festivals, and Fun

Mark your calendars, folks. There are a variety of annual festivals in Hayward, Wisconsin. Here are a few ideas to inspire your next vacation:

Musky Festival

Join the largest summer festival for their 65th annual celebration. Visitors and locals enjoy the handmade art show, sidewalk sales, live music & street dances, and a variety of food booths. During the weekend there is also a 5K and 10K non-competitive race and a fishing contest. End the weekend with a large parade on Sunday.
June 19, 2014 – June 22, 2014 | Musky Festival information
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Lumberjacks World Championship

Once a lumbering community, Hayward keeps the traditional alive with their international timber sporting competition. Participants compete to be crowned as the “King of the Forest.” Men and women compete in a variety of activities: boom running, sawing, chopping, speed climbing, and logrolling. Come view  this family-friendly event, live!
July 24 – July 26,  2014 | Detailed Lumberjacks World Championship information
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Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival 

Since 1983, thousands of  bicyclists participate in this 40 mile off roading event in Hayward and Chequamegon, Wisconsin. To register for the race, participants must enter a lottery. The event attracts locals and visitors from all over the country. A variety of other fun events are held throughout the weekend to make this a family-friendly event: Klunker Bike Toss, Lumber Jack & Jill Log Pull, Hammer Slammer Hill Climb, and more.
September 12 – September 14, 2014 | More Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival information
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Be sure to check out the Hayward Chamber of Commerce website for a full list of fairs & festivals.   

Vacation Rentals in Hayward, Wisconsin

All of our vacation homes in the area are located on the water. No matter the season, you’ll  enjoy the fun recreational activities nearby. Whether you’re looking for a week escape to paradise or a fun weekend to enjoy a local festival, you are in for a treat. Take a look at our full list of Wisconsin vacation rentals in Hayward to start planning your trip. Here are a few property photos to get you started. Click on the photo to view the detailed property information:

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Mallards’ Landing: Mallards Nest I

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Majestic Escapes: Eagle Point Lodge

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Windsor’s Vacation Rentals: The ‘Log Cabin’ on Perch Lake

What do you look for when picking a vacation destination? Happy travels.