Empty Nest

The Top 7 Reasons to Book a Vacation Rental

We recently had the chance to stay in a #HomeAway rental for our latest empty nest travel adventure. HomeAway provided us with the complimentary stay to book a vacation rental. All opinions shared are our honest experiences.

 The weather in PA has been crazy. One day it’s 65 degrees and the next day it’s snowing! That is exactly what happened this past weekend when we had the chance to stay at an amazing  HomeAway Rental.  We spent three days in beautiful Lancaster County, PA. The area really reminded of us home. Lots of farmland, PA Dutch Country food and a lot of Amish buggies to see. Speaking of home, that is exactly what attracts my husband and I to stay at Vacation Rentals. It’s all about the personal touches you won’t find at hotels.

The Top 7 Reasons to Book a Vacation Rental

7 Reasons why we prefer to book a vacation rental

The Top 7 Reasons to Book a Vacation Rental

Personal Touches – Empty nest travel is a bit different than family travel. It’s more personal.  The property we chose, in Terre Hill, PA was full of personal touches.  We were welcomed to our stay with a handwritten note, fresh baked blondies, a full cookie jar and a refrigerator well stocked with breakfast foods. When you feel at home, you are more comfortable and have a better time all around.

The Top 7 Reasons to Book a Vacation Rental

 

Experiences – You can create the memories you want to make! Morning tea, midnight snacks, romantic music or a couples massage.  When you book a vacation rental, you control the agenda. You can do what you love.

The Top 7 Reasons to Book a Vacation Rental

Imagine the fabulous time we had relaxing and fostering our love of reading in this vintage inspired nook featuring wooden theater chairs and a gorgeous antique rug.  We spent many hours tucked in the eaves of the guest bedroom content to just sit and enjoy the quietness.

The Top 7 Reasons to Book a Vacation Rental

Sipping tea on the cafe style table, browsing the area attractions and enjoying fresh made chocolate chip cookies was a great way to start the day.

Privacy – When you stay at a rental home, you are basically on your own. If you need the property owners, they are just a phone call away, but if you don’t enjoy doing your own thing. Relax and enjoy!

The Top 7 Reasons to Book a Vacation Rental

 

The Top 7 Reasons to Book a Vacation Rental

 

Space – Even though there are only the two of us on our empty nest travels, we like our space. A comfy reading chair, double shower and large table for games and puzzles.  Believe it or not,  sometimes we don’t like to be close to each other. The HomeAway website its a top free resource for travelers to find the accomodations that fits their vacation or business needs.

The Top 7 Reasons to Book a Vacation Rental

The Top 7 Reasons to Book a Vacation Rental

Affordability – Vacation rentals come in all sizes and prices. HomeAway is one of the world’s leading online vacation rental marketplaces with millions of properties in hundreds of countries. HomeAway vacation rentals can provide twice the space at half the price of an average hotel stay.  Big or small you and your family can have it all under one roof.

The Top 7 Reasons to Book a Vacation Rental

Availability – Whether it be in a big city or a remote location, there is a good chance a vacation rental will be available in the area. We usually choose our destinations based on the local activities and then book a vacation rental. Lancaster County PA is a great place to visit. There are antique stores galore. Authentic PA Dutch Country food, Amish farms and shopping is plentiful. There are year round activities for all ages and tastes. Along with  the property we stayed in there are hundreds of other vacation rentals in the area. Be sure to check them out on the HomeAway website and plan a visit today!

The Top 7 Reasons to Book a Vacation Rental

Choice – When you book a vacation rental you make the choices. How many bathrooms do you need? What size bed would you prefer? Kitchen? Laundry? Find what you need and make it your own. Vacations are your time to get away and relax. Let HomeAway make your stay easy and enjoyable.

The Top 7 Reasons to Book a Vacation Rental

The HomeAway site makes it easy to choose rentals that meet our wants and needs. Each listing showcases the reviews and photos of properties to use as a guide.  Being able to take a virtual tour of the cottage we chose ensured we’d be happy with our stay. That was exactly our experience. From the personal touches to the decor to the provided breakfast foods, this cottage made our empty nest adventures weekend a delightful experience.

The Top 7 Reasons to Book a Vacation Rental

We thoroughly enjoyed out empty nest weekend in Terre Hill, PA. The HomeAway vacation rental was better than we could have expected.  Exploring the markets, antique stores and restaurants were a great way to spend the days. We even had the chance to meet up with friends we hadn’t seen in years. Lancaster County PA and a HomeAway vacation rental make a great pair!

 

 

Michele is a married mom of 3 adult children. She is currently enjoying spending time with her husband in the empty nest. Michele can be found working on a healthy lifestyle, camping or having some frugal fun. Not necessarily in that order!

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14 Comments

  • Reply
    Stacie
    March 2, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    I book vacation rentals whenever possible. They feel so much cozier than hotels. Even a super nice hotel can’t compare to the feeling of having a house all to yourself.

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      Michele Brosius
      March 2, 2018 at 11:42 pm

      I agree 100%! Hotels just are not my thing for vacations!

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    Jeanette
    March 2, 2018 at 8:22 pm

    You will never have to convince me to go to a vacation home. I have used him for a couple years now and I have had nothing but positive experiences. I’d much rather be in my own place on vacation but having to share a hotel with a whole bunch of people.

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      Michele Brosius
      March 2, 2018 at 11:43 pm

      A vacation rental makes the whole experience a pleasure!

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    Sinisa
    March 2, 2018 at 11:00 pm

    This makes a much better vacation. Most of all I love that it’s not crowded. I always get reminded of family vacations when I was a child.

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    Lisa Joy Thompson
    March 2, 2018 at 11:12 pm

    We’re staying at a vacation rental in Jamaica next week. It’s so much homier than staying at a hotel. Plus, since we’re traveling with littles, it gives us more control over our schedule. I’m a huge fan of vacation rentals and I love HomeAway and all they have to offer!

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      Michele Brosius
      March 2, 2018 at 11:45 pm

      Enjoy your vacation! I hope you have a fabulous time!

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    Kelly Stilwell
    March 2, 2018 at 11:30 pm

    We rented a vacation home for 3 months when we first moved to Florida and it worked out so well. We loved being near the beach but didn’t want to be there during the crazy season, so it was perfect timing. We are still friends with the owners 8 years later, too.

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      Michele Brosius
      March 2, 2018 at 11:44 pm

      Oh wow! That was a great way to make new friends and have a comfortable place to stay!

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    Dawn Lopez
    March 2, 2018 at 11:48 pm

    I love the idea of a vacation rental! I travel a lot and it can get expensive so I will definitely look into using HomeAway the next time I go out of town.

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    Sarah
    March 3, 2018 at 12:05 am

    I love the idea of a vacation rental. It’s so homey feeling and you aren’t crammed into a tiny hotel room. Win!

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    Tara
    March 4, 2018 at 9:52 pm

    I have never thought of using a vacation rental. It seems like a great idea.

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    Nancy at Whispered Inspirations
    March 5, 2018 at 8:36 am

    I have never tried staying at a vacation rental but it has always sounded like a good idea! I love that you can stay somewhere that feels like home.

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