Category Archives: Vacation Home

Vacation Rental Owners Are Livid About The New Traveler Fees

Vacation rental owners who advertise on HomeAway or VRBO or vacationrentals.com, you might have noticed some significant changes in the past few weeks.  I tend to be obsessively involved in following the goings on in the vacation rental world so, I can tell you that owner rental forums and Facebook groups have exploded in the past week […]

Is It Finally The Right Time To Buy A House?

I think that home sales and prices might finally be on their way up in Washington County (and, in fact, perhaps all of Maine).  It might finally be ‘the right time’ to invest in your weekend getaway, your retirement dream or your summer vacation home.  Prices are up only slightly…not dramatically — according to the Maine […]

Winter Doesn’t Slow Down the Work at a Vacation Home

I’m back.  I’ve not posted recently…since last year, in fact.  I’ve hit a bit of a writer’s block – after all, it’s kind of difficult to write about summer vacation travel in down east Maine when we’re dodging snowstorms.  (And speaking of dodging snowstorms — it looks like we’re dodging a big one this weekend).  […]

If you are a vacation home owner (or vacationer), you NEED to read this.

Are you an owner of a home that you rent out as a vacation rental? Are you a vacationer who has stayed in or may consider renting a vacation rental home? If so… you won’t believe what’s happening in the vacation rental industry!  It’s crazy. Traditionally, vacation rentals have been around for quite a few […]

Should I put a Tesla charging station at my vacation rental?

 What do you know about Tesla Motors?  I’m not a car girl.  I know that Tesla is some sort of luxury automobile.  Or a battery.  Or a battery-operated automobile.  I don’t think there are many Tesla owners in Maine — thrifty Mainers aren’t apt to spend $75,000+ for an automobile that can’t haul a deer or […]

Two Down East Homes for Sale With Income Possibilities

        I had the opportunity recently to tour two water-view sea captains’ homes for sale in Washington County.  Yes, I have a great appreciation of old houses and have a bad habit of falling in love with every old house that I visit. In this case, both were big and mighty homes build in the […]

Poll: How Do You Winterize Your Vacation Home?

Time to think about winterizing the cabin.  Or, maybe with the October snow last week, I should be saying… well, I’m too late to winterize the cabin. If you have a seasonal vacation house, you might partake in the annual ritual of closing down the cottage for the winter.  If you have indoor plumbing, that […]

There is Always Something to Learn – Conferences and Duvets

I am attending the HomeAway Summit in Boston today.  In case you’ve never heard of them, HomeAway and VRBO are the premier owner listing sites for owners and property managers who rent homes as vacation rentals. These days, AirBnB seems to be getting much of the attention, but HomeAway and VRBO (they are the same company) […]

What to do when it rains…besides sing.

So.. with all of the rain we’ve had in the past week, it got me wondering about what to do during inclement weather while on vacation in a private home rental.  As a vacationer, are there things that you count on to be in your vacation rental in case the weather turns nasty?  As a homeowner, […]