Planning an Anniversary Trip in the Mountains

CoupleWondering what to do for your next anniversary? Plan a mountain trip! Nothing says romance quite like a mountain retreat in a cozy cabin. And while this spring might not be the best time to go on a trip, what with COVID-19, but it is the perfect time to plan one. 

Here are our tips to help you plan an amazing mountain getaway. 

Rent a cabin

CabinWhen you’re looking through all of the different types of accommodations available for your retreat, consider renting a cabin. Hunkering down in an authentic, private living space is one of the best ways to both feel at home and get the full mountain experience. 

You can find rentals to suit any type of vibe you’re looking for at It’s Cabin Time. Our properties offer a range of amenities from rustic to luxury. Plus, because we are a book-direct site, you will get personal attention to ensure that you have the best possible holiday.

Consider an off season visit

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Factor your anniversary date into your location planning process so that you can avoid the crowds. For instance, if your anniversary falls in the four months between June and September, you may want to avoid the Rocky Mountains as it will be in the midst of peak travel season. 

Plan for downtime

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Sometimes less is more—especially on an anniversary trip where your main focus is on each other. When you need some rest, or if the weather is bad one day, be prepared to have some fun off the trails. Here are a few ideas.

If you want to enjoy the scenery even in your downtime, try doing a paint and sip; open up a bottle of wine to split while you and your partner paint the view from your cabin. Then later that night, cook a nice meal together either indoors or outside over a campfire.

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It’s always exciting to discover a new part of the world with the one you love. Happy vacationing, and happy anniversary! #ItsCabinTime

Travel and the Coronavirus: Your Questions Answered

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With coronavirus disease (COVID-19) spreading quickly across the globe, our day-to-day lives are changing significantly. Businesses are shut down, public events are cancelled and everyone is encouraged to social distance for the next few weeks, at least. So what does this mean for your travel plans in the coming months? Do you need to revise them, reschedule them or cancel them altogether? 

We’ve compiled information from the World Health Organization (WHO) and other reputable sources to help answer your questions. 

Is it safe to travel within the US?

There are several things you should consider when deciding whether it is safe for you to travel. Using crowded travel settings like airports and train stations increases your chances of getting COVID-19. 

If you decide to travel in the next few months, consider driving to reach your destination and staying in an isolated vacation rental rather than a hotel or motel. 

If you have questions about the area you’re visiting, you should check your destination’s local health department website for more information.

If I cancel my flight, will I get my money back?

It depends. In normal circumstances, you would have to pay a cancellation fee or booking penalty if you did not purchase a more expensive, fully refundable ticket. 

But in light of COVID-19, many airlines including Delta, United and American are loosening their booking policies and suspending cancellation or rescheduling fees.

USA.com offers tips on how to get a refund on nonrefundable airline tickets.

What preventative measures should I take if I decide to travel?

If you do decide to travel, be sure to take steps to help prevent getting and spreading COVID-19 during your trip. The virus is spread through coughs and sneezes and by touching contaminated objects, so make sure to wash your hands often and carry alcohol-based hand sanitizer with you. 

You should also keep a six-foot buffer of space between you and strangers, and avoid touching your face if you can help it. Consider wearing gloves to help keep you mindful about what you’re touching. 

For the most up-to-date COVID-19 travel information, visit CDC COVID-19 Travel page.

Life will return to normal and soon you’ll be enjoying cabin time with friends and family. Stop by ItsCabinTime.com, choose a state, and look ahead to your much needed vacation later this year!

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How to Plan a Trip With a Big Group

Going on vacation with a big group of people has the potential to be either the best or worst trip ever. If planned right, a group trip means unforgettable adventures with your favorite people. If poorly planned, however, it can be more stress than it’s worth. 

Luckily, there are ways to ensure your group vacation is nothing but smooth sailing. Check out our tips below.

Set a Budget

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This is essential — according to the American Psychological Association, money is the biggest source of stress for American adults. So, before you make any concrete plans or spend any money, get your group together and agree on a trip budget that works for everyone. Be sure to leave a little cushion in the budget for any financial surprises that might come up during the trip.

Thinking of splitting certain costs? Using apps like Venmo or Splitwise can make this process a lot easier. 

Appoint One or Two Group Leaders

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Though all group members should have a say in planning, it helps to have one or two group leaders to organize the chaos and take initiative when need be. This isn’t to say that the other travelers can feel free to sit back and coast. One trick to keep everyone involved is to have different people in charge of different aspects of the group trip. For example, one person looks into transportation options, while another is in charge of accommodation research, or the area’s best restaurants, etc. With everyone involved in some aspect of the planning process, nothing will be accidentally overlooked. You should, of course, come together as a group to make final decisions after everyone’s done their respective research. 

Create an Online Logistics Document 

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Communication is the key to group planning. Having a central place where all trip members can access and contribute to the logistics makes communication simple and stress-free. Google Docs and Google Spreadsheets are excellent mediums for group planning, as everyone can view and edit them. Be sure to include the following items in the document:

  • The agreed upon budget
  • Hotel or house information
  • Modes of transport
  • Itineraries
  • Grocery lists
  • Phone numbers 

Now you know what goes into planning an amazing group trip, you’ll be able to enjoy that quality time together even more. Happy vacationing!

 

At RentNewYorkCabins.com, you plan and book directly with rental owners or local property managers. WHY? Booking direct guarantees you get the lowest rental rate because you skip the service fees found on instant booking sites. Why pay hundreds of dollars more for the same vacation rental?

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Bolton Landing | Fort Ann | Glenfield | Lake George | Lake Luzerne | Lake Placid    Long Lake | Old Forge | Paul Smiths | Raquette Lake | Saranac Lake | Saratoga Springs Severance | Ticonderoga | Tupper Lake | Warrensburg

Catskills

Callicoon Center | Delhi | Hankins | Livingston Manor | Oneota

Central Region

Argyle, Capital Saratoga | Cooperstown | Fair Haven | Middle Grove | Springfield Center

Finger Lakes

Burdett | Fair Haven | Geneva | Interlaken | Ithaca | Lodi | Naples | North Rose Ovid | Romulus | Skaneateles | Sodus | Watkins Glen | Wolcott

Hudson Region

Fishkill | Poughkeepsie | Stanfordville

Western Region

Chautauqua | Mayville | Olcott

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3 Common Travel Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or it’s your first time going on a big adventure, we are all prone to making mistakes that can hamper an otherwise amazing trip. The good news is that these mistakes are easily avoidable with good planning and foresight. 

Here are three of the biggest mistakes people make when traveling, along with advice for how to avoid them. 

  1. Overpacking

It’s understandable to want to be prepared for every possible scenario that might pop up on your trip, but you’ll feel so much lighter (literally and metaphorically) when you avoid the high baggage fees at the airport and don’t have to haul around excessively heavy luggage. Not to mention that you’re bound to do some shopping, so leave room for the goodies you’ll want to bring home with you. 

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Our advice: Pack basic tops and bottoms that you can mix and match to create different outfits, and remember that you can always do laundry on the road. 

  1. Only visiting famous tourist areas 

It’s okay to visit popular tourist attractions, but don’t make this the center of your trip or you’ll miss out on some of the area’s true culture and must-sees. Many famous tourist areas are nothing more than money traps and time-sucks do you really want to spend a whole day of your vacation waiting in a crowded line for a five-minute look at something that’s probably over-hyped anyway?

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Our advice: Do as the locals do. A great way to experience an area as a local is by renting an actual home for your visit instead of staying in a hotel. You’ll be staying in a more residential area, and your host can share their favorite restaurants, attractions and events that are actually worthwhile. 

  1. Not informing your bank and credit card company of your travel plans

To protect you from identity theft, banks will flag any transactions you make in unfamiliar locations and then freeze your cards. This is a great precaution on their part…unless you’re traveling and need your money. Nothing ruins a fun time like having your card declined due to your own silly negligence. 

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Our advice: Every bank is different, but there’s likely a place on their website where you can log in and notify them of your travel plans. Remember, in addition to your destination and the length of your trip, be sure to also enter any states you’ll be traveling through on the way there.

And there you have it! These tips are so simple, but they’ll save you a lot of time and hassle. 

What are your go-to travel tricks for a better vacation?

 

At RentNewYorkCabins.com, you plan and book directly with rental owners or local property managers. WHY? Booking direct guarantees you get the lowest rental rate because you skip the service fees found on instant booking sites. Why pay hundreds of dollars more for the same vacation rental?

Adirondacks

Bolton Landing | Fort Ann | Glenfield | Lake George | Lake Luzerne | Lake Placid    Long Lake | Old Forge | Paul Smiths | Raquette Lake | Saranac Lake | Saratoga Springs Severance | Ticonderoga | Tupper Lake | Warrensburg

Catskills

Callicoon Center | Delhi | Hankins | Livingston Manor | Oneota

Central Region

Argyle, Capital Saratoga | Cooperstown | Fair Haven | Middle Grove | Springfield Center

Finger Lakes

Burdett | Fair Haven | Geneva | Interlaken | Ithaca | Lodi | Naples | North Rose Ovid | Romulus | Skaneateles | Sodus | Watkins Glen | Wolcott

Hudson Region

Fishkill | Poughkeepsie | Stanfordville

Western Region

Chautauqua | Mayville | Olcott

Visit our other state-specific websites:

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RentMichiganCabins.com | RentWisconsinCabins.comRentMontanaCabins.comRentMinnesotaCabins.comRentTennesseeCabins.com | RentKentuckyCabins.com

Thank you for supporting our growing number of regional vacation rental listing websites that allow renters to connect and book directly with owners and local property managers.

Does RentNewYorkCabins.com offer the safest way to book NY vacation rentals?

Looking for a New York vacation rental for your next family vacation? Avoid the middleman booking website drama and book safely with the rental owners or local property managers.

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Vacations aren’t supposed to be stressful, and when you use any of our ItsCabinTime.com websites, they never are.

Have you ever thought about booking direct to save money, but just couldn’t get over your safety concerns? RentNewYorkCabins.com could be your solution.

We offer the safest way to book direct because we build every listing. Unlike middleman booking sites, we know our rental listings are legit because we research each property in order to build the listings on our sites. Additionally, our website guests have the added option of speaking to the owners or property managers before booking for extra convenience and security. This means that guests can can trust that their booking will be handled professionally and that there will be no issues or surprises.

We do the homework so you don’t have to, protecting your trip before it even begins.

New York rental cabins by region:

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Bolton Landing | Fort Ann | Glenfield | Lake George | Lake Luzerne | Lake Placid | Long Lake | Old Forge | Paul Smiths | Raquette Lake | Saranac Lake | Saratoga Springs | Severance | Ticonderoga | Tupper Lake | Warrensburg

Catskills

Callicoon Center | Delhi | Hankins | Livingston Manor | Oneota

Central Region

Argyle, Capital Saratoga | Cooperstown | Fair Haven | Middle Grove | Springfield Center

Finger Lakes

Burdett | Fair Haven | Geneva | Interlaken | Ithaca | Lodi | Naples | North Rose | Ovid | Romulus | Skaneateles | Sodus | Watkins Glen | Wolcott

Hudson Region

Fishkill | Poughkeepsie | Stanfordville

Western Region

Chautauqua | Mayville | Olcott

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Visit our other state-specific, cabin rental websites:

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Thanks for supporting our growing number of state-specific, vacation rental website that allow renters to easily connect AND BOOK DIRECTLY with owners and local property managers. Avoid middleman booking websites and avoid paying more for the same cabin! Tell your family and friends about our great websites!

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Basecamp: Middleton, WI

Five Reasons New York Travelers Book Direct

When booking New York vacation rentals, you have two options. You can book directly with homeowners and local management companies, or you 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 travelers are likely to avoid it.

Here are five reasons travelers ditch the big online travel agencies and book direct instead.

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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 week stay is 300 bucks; money that is better spent on a nice meal a fun activity like horseback riding, or shopping in the town you’re staying in. These Lake George cabin rental offer such experiences.

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2. 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.)

3. 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 offer tailored pre- and post-stay communication to ensure you still have a great vacation no matter where you visit in the US – some of the best Michigan vacation rentals can easily be booked direct.

4. 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 hidden Tennessee Smoky mountain cabin gems!

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5. 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 a local. Connect with the owners of these cabins in Voyageur National Park.

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

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JM Creative Group, LLC
Follow along as we roll out several regional, book direct vacation rental websites on ItsCabinTime.com.
US Office location: 3510 Parmenter St. #400  Middleton, WI 53562 • 608-850-4242 • jmogensen@jmcreativegroup.com

A Unique Adirondacks Vacation Experience at Otter Creek Lodge

The Adirondacks in upstate New York are one of America’s oldest vacation destinations. Otter Creek Lodge, built under the pines on 100 private acres overlooking a small lake, carries on that tradition with a truly unique retreat experience abundant in natural beauty and quiet reflection.

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The lodge was crafted in 1990 in an old-fashioned style that pays homage to the original Adirondacks “great camps.” The location is nothing short of idyllic, with designated parklands that segue into a web of state trails accessible by foot as well as by bike, ski, horseback or snowmobile — hundreds of miles of scenic pathways that lead into and through the heart of the Adirondacks.

Otter Creek Lodge itself is a generous 8,000-square-foot vacation home with 12 bedrooms and 10 baths, providing comfortable accommodations for up to 24 guests. This location is ideal for large-group getaways such as class or family reunions, corporate retreats, club trips or wedding parties, offering plenty to do and see onsite and conveniently sheltered from distant neighbors and towns. The lodge is open during all seasons for private functions and overlooks 800 feat of lake frontage with a wide, sandy beach.

The interior of the lodge is decorated in the traditional Adirondack style with a light-colored wood paneling and simple furniture. Guests can relax in the open great room, settling into the leather sofas and armchairs gathered around the oversized stone hearth for a drink and a hearty conversation. The spacious social areas are complete with a wet bar, entertainment center and pool room, allowing large groups to spread out and mingle. The ground-level floor plan also includes two additional sitting rooms and a large screened-in porch with a stunning view of the private lake, an open-air deck, a commercial kitchen (there is a caterer on staff) and a dining room with elbow room for 24.

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Sleeping quarters at Otter Creek Lodge are designed to make the most of the bedrooms views and provide maximum privacy for guests. The upper-level guest rooms include two king suites, four queen suites, and a pair of rooms with a full bed in one side and two singles in the other adjoined by a shared bath. The main floor is home to adjoined rooms with two single beds in each and a shared bathroom; and the lower level has two queen bedrooms and a final full bath.

While the lodge itself is perfectly lovely, it’s really the location and grounds that draw visitors from all over to relax at the lake’s edge beneath the still trees and enjoy the fresh air of the famous Adirondacks. This unique 24-person lodge enjoys exclusive access to a 100-acre wood with a 20-acre lake and a clean, sandy swimming shore — the lodge even provides two complimentary canoes and a raft.

Possibly the biggest draw for visitors to Otter Creek Lodge is the property’s unique equestrian accommodations and vast trail system. The grounds are equipped with a stable that can house up to 18 visiting horses. Guests can stall their own mounts and enjoy access to 65 miles of scenic pathways on the adjacent Otter Creek Horse Trails system. These beautiful nature trails skirt the edge of the lake and lead past several other ponds and lakes for a truly unique and relaxing journey. Amateur botanists and wildflower enthusiasts will especially appreciate the unique ecosystem that thrives at the property’s Little Plunky Pond and the surrounding bog.

During your visit, make the most of the landscape by engaging in the local hunting and fishing scene — the Otter Creek Horse Trail System offers access to Cleveland Lake, Payne Lake, Little Otter Lake and Pitcher Pond — all of which are stocked each year with rainbow and brown trout by the state of New York. These fishing holes and the bass-filled nearby Parson’s Pond are low-traffic hotspots for landing the catch of the day. The lodge grounds also serve as seasonal private hunting grounds for whitetail deer, coyote, fox, pheasant and bear. Contact the lodge owners for information about licenses and guide services.

Other unique day trips in the area include the historic Almanzo Wilder House featured in the Little House on the Prairie book series; the Adirondack Museum of park history; and of course downtown Croghan, with its old-world nostalgia and unique shopping and dining experiences.

Everyone — and their horse — is having a great time this season at Otter Creek Lodge.

Contact the owners and start planning your stay!