Minnesota Homeaway for your next vacation rental

  • Plan your next family vacation trhu a private lake home rental like homeaway or vrbo. The idea of a private lake home rental on the lake for family reunions is always a big hit. Explore all of the different options here in Minnesota from a small 1 bedroom cabin all the way up to a luxury 6 bedroom hpome that sleeps 22 people.

    Travelers going overseas often look for homes to rent, whether for reasons of economy or for a richer, more textured experience among the locals. But many Midwesterners may not have thought of doing the same thing here.

     While vacation rentals are no new thing — one of the industry's trade associations, Vacation Rental Managers Association, has been around since 1985 — the Internet has made renting properties increasingly accessible. The vacation rental market represented $24.3 billion in 2007, which is more than one-fifth of all hotel-room revenue ($107 billion) and 8 percent of the total U.S. travel market ($289 billion), according to market research group PhoCusWright.

    "The draw for these homes has always been there, but people couldn't find them," said William May, director of the Vacation Rental Industry Association.

    Thanks to the Internet, property owners and real estate-managing companies can post photos, maps, descriptions and amenities of their properties on more than 700 Web sites dedicated to vacation home rentals. Options range from two-bedroom cabins in Westby, Wis., to a one-bedroom condo in the Gold Coast neighborhood of Chicago to a 16-bedroom lodge in Traverse City, Mich., with prices stretching from $50 a night to $17,000 a week.

    "Renting a vacation home is simply a better deal than staying in a recreational hotel," May said. "If you're going to go to New York on business and stay one or two nights, a hotel is an ideal solution for you. But if you're going to go someplace for a week or two, let down your hair, relax, renting a private vacation home is a better deal, and I don't just mean financially."


    Rentals offer privacy, common areas, spaciousness and convenience. You can save money on dining and entertainment by taking advantage of amenities such as full kitchens, hot tubs, swimming pools, grills, board games, patios, large yards, DVD players and more.

    Last year the popular travel planning Web site TripAdvisor.com added a vacation-rentals area to its offerings and partnered with FlipKey.com to offer more than 100,000 listings along with reviews of the rentals from verified guests. Tripadvisor.com even has a vacation-rentals calculator feature, which allows users to compare the average cost of a trip using a vacation rental versus a hotel.

    Hank Hudepohl, director of vacation rentals at TripAdvisor.com, said vacation-rental guests run the gamut, from families to couples, even people traveling alone on business. Regardless of background, Hudepohl said, most first-time guests share similar concerns: cleanliness, cautiousness (who to call if something goes wrong) and cost.

    "Once you stay in a rental, you see that, for instance, these places actually are clean, they're tidy and if you need help, there's somebody you can call in most instances," he said. "Part of it is just overcoming some of these misconceptions about what a vacation rental is. There's also a group that feels like it's a luxury or splurge type of travel and have never considered that it can save you money."

    Hudepohl said the most common searches on TripAdvisor.com are for two-bedroom properties that sleep six to eight (six people in one rental property saves an average of 30 percent compared with hotel stays). Weeklong travel also is popular, because many rentals offer a reduced rate for longer stays. Geographically, the most sought-after areas are near lakes and beaches, and in the mountains.



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