As an alternative to heading to the coast for Spring Break, you may want to consider renting a cabin for your family to spend Spring Break this year. A cabin is a wonderful way to take your family to a location that you may not have visited before to spend time together exploring the area and enjoying time together. Cabins offer a variety of amenities that cannot be found at hotels making them a wonderful alternative to the “usual” trip to the beach for Spring Break. As an added benefit, while all of the others head to the coast, you and your family can find a nice, peaceful retreat to spend Spring Break.
There are a few things that you will want to ask before putting a deposit on a cabin. While cabins offer many amenities that hotels and resorts do not, they also do not offer some of the things that we take for granted. When you are researching your trip, keep in mind these questions to ask before entering into any rental agreement.
1. What is included in the rental fee for the cabin? Will linens, toilet paper, soap and other items be provided or will you need to take those items with you. Many cabins do not have linens, toilet paper and other sundries so you will want to make sure and take those with you or ask where the closest grocery store is to the cabin.
2. Are pets allowed in the cabin? If you have a pet, you will want to inquire about any fees for brining your treasured companion with you as well as what special cleaning you may be required to do before you leave the cabin. If you do not have a pet and you do not want to stay in a cabin where pets have been, make sure that you find out before you get to the cabin.
3. What recreation items are included in the rental fee and are located at the cabin? Many cabins have DVD/VCR players (and movies), pool tables, hot tubs, board games, etc. that are kept at the cabin for use by guests. Ask what is available and make sure that you take anything you might need to enjoy these great amenities.
4. Is there a grill or other items for cookouts? Many cabin owners have gas grills and outdoor furniture. You will want to take items to enjoy this amenity.
5. What are you expected to clean before you leave the cabin? Some cabins provide linens but require that you take the sheets off the beds and leave them with the towels before you depart. Some cabins require that you wash, dry and put away all dishes and utensils that you used during your stay. Make sure you are aware of the checkout procedures so you are not charged a fee for failing to do them before you leave.
6. What recreation and/or attractions are in the area and how far from the cabin are they located? You will obviously want to enjoy the area around the cabin so make sure that you plan a few day trips to local attractions. It is a good idea to have several planned so that you can adjust your plans if weather, conditions or other things come up at the last minute.
7. Do you allow smoking in the cabin? Obviously depending on whether or not you have members in your family that smoke, you will want to make a decision on whether or not to rent a smoking or non-smoking cabin.
8. Can you provide references? If you can get references, you will enjoy your stay much more. References are the best way of actually making sure that the cabin you are renting is what they are advertising. If you can obtain references, check them thoroughly. Otherwise, question the rental agency in detail about the number of bedrooms, size of the beds, condition of the cabin inside and outside and what the procedure is for resolution of any problems or issues once you arrive at the cabin.
9. What type of heating/air conditioning does the cabin have? This may not seem like an important question but if you are renting a cabin in extreme weather (either hot or cold), you need to make sure that sufficient heating and cooling equipment are present. This will ensure that you do not spend your vacation trying to sleep in a cabin with no air conditioning while fighting off the insects from the open windows.
10. Some basic questions that you may overlook are: Is there a phone in the cabin with phone service and what is the charge for phone calls? How much parking is available at the cabin? How close is the cabin to neighbors? Is there a washer/dryer/dishwasher in the cabin (if so you will probably need to take your own supplies to use these)? How far is the nearest medical facility? How far is the management company or rental agency from the cabin?
For more information on renting cabins, Southern Living magazine has a great article with even more questions to ask, tips, lists of what to pack and things to do during your stay. The article focuses on The Great Smoky Mountains but the information applies to renting cabins in other locations as well.
As well as renting cabins in Tennessee, you may want to visit the following sights for information on cabin rentals for Spring Break this year:
Cabins to rent in Georgia http://www.rentgeorgiacabins.com/
Cabin Life – cabins for rent in several states http://www.cabinlife.com/cgi-bin/rent/csvread.pl
Cabins to rent in Montana http://www.montanalogcabins.com/
Miami Everglades http://www.miamicamp.com/cabins.html