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Alternatives to traditional lodging


by Madison White Franks

The term Airbnb has been tossed around for almost a decade in urban areas,but in the Rivah area, it’s finally becoming more popular.

Airbnb and VRBO (Vacation Rental by Owner) are described as an online community marketplace that connects people looking to rent their home with people who are looking for accommodations. It allows owners of homes that do not use the space on a daily basis to accommodate an out of town guest who may need a place to stay for a night or two.

This type of lodging can be more personal than traditional lodging at a hotel and also can be more affordable.

The possibilities are endless. Some hosts may rent their whole house and some may rent just a room of their home. There are options available for everyone’s taste and budget.

Listing property as an Airbnb or VRBO rental is beneficial to the host and the guest. It is a way to make a profit for the host from property that otherwise may just sit there for a certain amount of time and renting a house/room on Airbnb allows the guest to have a personal experience rather than a corporate experience like one may get in a hotel.

The Airbnb or VRBO service is supposed to make a guest feel at home anywhere they go around the world, making the experience more enjoyable.

“Renting with VRBO made our vacation much easier,” said Heather Williams who frequently travels. “We loved having a kitchen and washing machine and dryer so we could settle in comfortably. Hosts have always been very accommodating and any time we’ve had an issue it’s been promptly fixed. Our water heater even went out in one condo and it was repaired within the hour. We appreciated the space to spread out and not be on top of each other like in a hotel room.”

“We’ve rented through VRBO and had a great experience,” said Laurie Ann Batley of Syringa. “You don’t have all of the resort fees and check in and out times have more flexibility.”

Savannah Hughes who has rented from an Airbnb listing gives this advice to future renters: read the reviews on the listing from previous renters.

Visit the Airbnb or VRBO websites to find lodging options.

The Colston Corrotoman River House
988 Indiantown Road, Weems
2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms with water access
Owner, Scott Colston

Scott Colston chose to put his house on Airbnb because it is such a big house “it seems a shame not to share it,” said Colston.

The house offers a gorgeous view of the Corrotoman River and a deck to admire the sunrise and sunset.

Guests of Colston’s home will share the great room with the kitchen, dining, and living room.

The Mcclain Family Retreat House
86 Elm Street,
White Stone
2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom
with water access
Owners, Bryan and Stephanie Mcclain

Bryan and Stephanie McClain chose to put their family retreat house in Dymer Creek Estates on Airbnb to give guests a woodsy and quiet area to relax. There are kayaks and bicycles on the property for use as well as a firepit and gazebo.

The home does not offer internet at the moment and the McClains want the home to be a retreat to “get away from it all,” said Stephanie McClain.

Comfy Deltaville House on Moore’s Creek
393 Moores Creek, Deltaville
3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms
with water access
Owners, Timothy and Diane Batley Dalsaso

“I had read years ago about the vacation rental scene and my husband and I have rented many vacation rentals over the years all over,” said Diane Batley Dalsaso. “We are/were fans of the variety of Airbnb and VRBO accommodations we could stay in. We often had really unique experience in beautiful places and paid less money then we would have at a hotel.”

Cat Point Creek Home in Montross

Owner, julia lewis jones

Airbnb and VRBO are both ways to meet the public looking for a place to stay with family in a more relaxed setting, without renting several rooms, said Julia Lewis Jones.

posted 04.27.2017

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