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

Searching for a #NewYork #Vacation Rental? Read these 8 #tips before you book it.

New York Vacation Rentals are the trend for 2016! The advantages of staying at a NY vacation rental are numerous. There are lots of pet friendly options, homes with fireplaces and fire pits, chalets and cottages right next to the lake. You have private parking and sometimes piers for your boat. Vacation rentals give families room to spread out and enjoy each other. Something a hotel just can’t offer.

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The time to book our summer 2016 vacation rental is here! 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 and will have you living like a local on Day 1.
  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 out at the lake. Compare vacation rentals with a pet policy versus kenneling them near your home if your on tighter budget.
  3. Know the cleaning policy. Some rental owners or managers charge a cleaning fee and don’t expect much cleaning. There others who 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. Be very 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 in New York 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 map in the vehicle just in case. If you have to stay connected, ask about Wi-Fi availability.
  6. Always ask about supplies and what you should bring. Some 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) or a muffin pan. You get the idea. Some cabins and cottages offer canoes, kayaks or bikes on site.
  7. Check out a calendar of events or a town’s Facebook page to research area events. 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.

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Catskills, Adirondack Park, Finger Lakes, Upstate …wherever you end up, your vacation will be better in a cabin, cottage, lodge or home. We are just getting underway in New York, but stop by and see our selection New York vacation rentals. Skip the booking website commissions and book directly with the owners and save. If you’re looking for a resort, cabin, vacation rental or lodge elsewhere, check out our other websites:

www.RentWisconsinCabins.com      www.RentMontanaCabins.com     www.RentMichiganCabins.com   

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We make it easy to find romantic getaways in NY

We make it easy to find romantic getaways in NY

Are you looking to rekindle that romance? How about a New York Cabin in the woods for the long weekend? The last thing you want to do when planning a vacation is stress over the planning. We make it easy for you. Just click here to view romantic getaways in NY and select your cabin. We have options in the Finger Lakes area as well as Saratoga Springs/Lake George and Livingston Manor area. Top things to plan for your romantic getaway? Try a wine tour, hot air balloon ride, parasailing, massages, or waterfall tour. New York has so much to see!

Romantic Getaways in New York

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A no fail trip to the #Catskills is more than just possible

Sullivan County is not just any ordinary county in New York. It is a diverse landscape with loads of activities for the family. This is a great destination for a vacation for those that want to reconnect with nature. Sullivan county is 75 miles away from New York City. Perfect for people that just need a quick getaway to the famous Catskill Mountains to renew the spirit or refresh the mind.

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Sullivan County has been a popular spot for a wide variety of recreational opportunities and home to the famous Woodstock festival.  Boating and Mountain climbing are very popular in this region. Callicoon Center is considered the Trout Capital of the World by Field and Stream magazine.  Wet your line for great Rainbow and Brown Trout in the Delaware River.

Not into fishing? Take a ride down the Delaware River in a canoe, tube, kayak and even zipline! Enjoy multiple bodies of water for great fishing and swimming. A great family vacation off the Delaware river can be had at this vacation rental: Country Barn House 

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Between the fantastic mountain vistas, sparkling water, diverse culture and rugged trails, there is plenty to explore without ever being bored in the Catskills. Jump on the trails for mountain biking, hiking, or horseback riding.

Attractions are plentiful in this particular county. The original home of the Woodstock concert is the Bethel Woods Center of the Arts. Nowadays, it is home to huge name concerts, theater productions, and family fun with a museum shrine of the sixties. Who doesn’t love the 60s? Bethel Woods provides entertainment to all walks of life and different cultures. This is a must see in Sullivan County and is even worth the drive for a quick weekend away from the city.

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The Monticello Raceway is another great place for adult fun at the track. Watch the horses compete around the track or play a hand of blackjack at the casino.

Golfing in the Catskills is some of the finest and you have a large selection of courses to choose from. The scenery cannot be unmatched. We suggest the Lochmore for the experienced golfer or the Villa Roma Country club for great views with a course in always fantastic condition.

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Sullivan County is home to plenty of places to explore and appreciate art. To further explore the art galleries and the artists themselves, check out this art tour map for Sullivan County.

A family friendly activity to enjoy together is visiting the Apple Pond Farm and Renewable Energy Center. Listen to an educational program or try goat milking, or learn how they use vegetable oil to fuel their vehicles. To view their rental listing and get more information, click here.

Enjoy a quick getaway or a week out of the city and enjoy America’s first frontier. Climb to the top or ski all the way down the mountains. Zip or paddle down river and through vistas. Catch a show or be part of the show. Whatever your passion is, you can find it here. So go out there and do what you really want to do. Let go.

#LakeGeorge vacation homes! More than just a place …a whole lot more.

You can’t call it “a New York vacation” if you don’t visit Lake George! The majestic mountains and serene waters make this place luxurious and outstanding all in its own glorious ways. Let us tell you why the scenery can’t be unmatched and why all the extra cool factors make this your first vacation hot spot.

Lake George resides within Warren County with many spectacular options of activities to do as well. Enjoy what people over the last century have been doing while visiting this famous area. Sit on the beach and relax with a book, or take a boat and try your luck at first class fishing — it is one of New York’s finest fishing lakes.

Fishing and a stay of one of these Lake George vacation rentals won’t disappoint. Attention anglers: When lake temps hover around the 65 degree mark, the fish are biting! You will find fish close to 90 in. long in most waters.  Lake trout may be one of the most desired of all but there are many other opportunities for rainbow trout and salmon. Salmon and lake trout are best caught in shallow water during the colder waters but are limited to the deep waters in the heat of the summer. Pan fish and black fish are also common in this lake. Cold water fish can be found here as well.

While it’s not the actual Lake George, the area boasts some of the best attractions in the area. Let’s go tubing down the 17 mile long Hudson River! Nothing like getting a true experience like white water rafting as well.  Can you paddleboard? This is the rage these days! Learn your way on Lake George!

Whether it’s boating, fishing, or even just kicking back at the beach; the waters will mesmerize you.

Let’s look above the waters for a second and indulge in the beauty of the vast skies. Lake George has a stunning view of the sunrises and the sunsets don’t disappoint either. While enjoying the beauty, take in a little activity such as hot air balloon festivals in the area, even small airplane rides.

Go ahead, live like a queen, or king. These waters have been vacation hot spots for the rich and famous and there is no reason why you can’t enjoy them either.  Here is a list of the best vacation rentals ever:

The Estate Cottages on Lake George: These cottages sit right amongst the heated pool, Jacuzzi and beach of Lake George. This resort also supplies complimentary canoes, kayaks, and paddle boats. Each cottage has its own covered porch supplied with charcoal grills and best of all, its Monday Night Luau, Wednesday night S’mores Party, and Friday afternoon Farewell Pizza Party!

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The Estate House on Lake George: Want to live like a millionaire? You can! On a limited budget that is. This House is terrific for your group of family members or friends and can provide you with a memory of a lifetime. This place was once called home by a Scottish duke. This place boasts fireplaces, balconies, Jacuzzis, luxury amenities, the whole nine yards.

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Cooper’s Point on Lake George: Sleeps 11 and resides on an island once reserved for the rich and famous but this vacation rental allows to live like one without the clink in your pocket. Wake up the Adirondacks in your view while sipping coffee on one of the grand balconies, taking it all in before the group gathering.

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We invite you to enjoy a little piece of heaven – because you deserve some fun and relaxation; that’s what we mean when we say enjoy Cabin-Time. Check out our other blog posts, then head over to www.RentNewYorkCabins.com to see our growing selection of NY vacation homes for rent!

#PetFriendly #NewYork #VacationRentals We Swear By!

Our first pet friendly vacation rental blog was quite successful and we still have 4 vacation rentals that we know you will also enjoy with your pet! Let’s face it, they are part of the family.

Seneca Lake CottageSeneca Lake Vacation Rentals in Watkins Glen, NY is a great rental if you are looking to relax with inspiring beauty or even to try a little adventure. This rental comes with hopes and dreams-that do come true! Right on a wine trail and complete with a tiki bar on the beach, this pet friendly vacation rental allows up to 2 small size dogs and even has extra sleeping areas on the enclosed porch! It sleeps up to 8 people too! You will never be bored here, there are plenty of hiking (complete with mini waterfalls), fishing, boating, and skiing.

Beachfront CottageBeachfront Vacation Cottages: The Deck House is a great pet friendly vacation rental. This rental is right on Olcott beach with boardwalk access to the Pier! Comes fully furnished. Our favorite part is the organized bonfire at night on the beach. This rental is walking distance to restaurants and shopping. WIFI access all over the property!

Lake Desolation Vacation RentalSky View Cottage, a Middle Grove Vacation Rental has great opportunities in it’s exceptional location just 3.5 hours from New York City. This cottage comes with a fully equipped kitchen, sleeps 6, has both a charcoal and gas grill. This newly renovated cabin sits at the foothills of the Adirondack mountains and close to everything considered cool. The Saratoga Springs is just 15 minutes away, 45 minutes away from the famous Lake George. Enjoy the natural beauty right in your own backyard – YOUR PET CERTAINLY WILL! Home to the Adirondack Hot Air Balloon Festival! This is also a superb ice fishing lake and one of the first to freeze. If a nice cold beer is calling your name after all the recreational activities, head to the only tavern on the lake.

Pet Friendly Lake Desolation RentalBring Fido and your good to go!