The agents at Stowe Realty Rentals share a few myths about vacation rentals; some might make you consider, or reconsider, where you stay this season:

MYTH: Vacation rentals are always expensive.

REALITY: If you like the home-away-from-home feel, or are staying with a family or group, then a Stowe vacation rental offers you the flexibility to eat-in, share expenses and immerse yourself in the community; the average nightly rate of one hotel room is comparable to that of a multi-bedroom vacation rental!

Vacation homes have living room space, extra bedrooms/bathrooms and yards, so they are ideal for privacy and relaxation.

Most rental agencies, including Stowe Realty Rentals, have a wide selection of properties, so single travelers, couples and small groups can also benefit from reserving a vacation property, with units ranging from studio-size condos to mountain cabins.

The value and flexibility a vacation rental promises makes the choice simple when considering the true expenditure of your travels.

MYTH: Vacation rentals are hard to find and book.

REALITY: With trusted vacation rental sites such as theirs, FlipKey.com and VRBO.com, you can browse through accommodation options, complete with photographs and descriptions, allowing you to pick your favorite with ease and confidence.

Once you have a few options that fit your party, price or other considerations, then booking is easy! Vacation specialists will finalize an agreement with the owners, coordinate check-ins/outs, cleanings and utilities before and after your stay.

Many payment methods are accepted and you can book more than a year in advance or last minute (depending on availability).

MYTH: If I stay in a vacation house in Stowe or elsewhere, then there isn’t any assistance.

REALITY: Stowe Realty Rentals guests are offered an emergency contact to call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for any questions and issues. They have trusted professionals on hand to assist with guests’ needs.

MYTH: All vacation rentals are week-long bookings, so there’s no option for a short getaway.

REALITY: Rental companies have adapted to the changing lifestyles of its travelers. Many accommodations have a 2-night (or no) minimum, perfect for a weekend away. Contact a vacation agent to see if a specific property could accommodate your stay preference(s); working with an individual owner versus a hotel allows for flexibility, especially during off-season or with last-minute bookings.

MYTH: Vacation rentals aren’t luxurious.

REALITY: In Stowe, we have everything from truly rustic, secluded mountain cabins to trail-side ski chalets and million-dollar-plus homes.

Many of the Northern Vermont vacation properties have full kitchens decked out in stainless-steel with granite counters, wrap-around decks with inspiring mountain views or spacious, country-style bedrooms to spend many evenings relaxing by the fire.

Whatever style of residence you choose, if you consider the space, amenities and value of a vacation rental, nearly every one of them can be labeled as luxurious!

MYTH: Vacation rentals aren’t safe.

REALITY: Vacation rentals allow you to keep your family (and friends) close together in one home, without juggling several hotel key cards or staying alongside hundreds of other lodge guests.

As a bonus, many units have a built-in security system or allow pets, so your own dog can help you feel more secure while staying away from home.

MYTH: Staying at a vacation rental means compromising on amenities.

REALITY: Although each unit, townhouse or cabin will be different, that doesn’t mean that any compromise on amenities.

Many have ski-in/ski-out access, proximity to local restaurants, shopping, events and attractions, nearby public transportation (such as the Mountain Road shuttle) and cable, Wi-Fi and other technologies.

The premium feature on most vacation rentals is their privacy. When you stay in a vacation rental home in Stowe, everything is yours for your stay – exclusive access to the pool, Jacuzzi, hot tub, tennis, deck/patio, living space and more – and with larger accommodations, each of your guests can have a separate bedroom and bath.

MYTH: Vacation rentals aren’t as clean as hotels.

REALITY: Stowe Realty Rentals accommodations are maintained by individuals who take pride in their properties, treating them like they do their own home(s). We have a team of trusted cleaners and full inspection services before and after a guest’s stay: housekeeping, landscaping, laundry and more.

MYTH: A vacation rental is like a timeshare.

REALITY: Vacation rentals don’t involve any type of ownership, fees or commitments on the part of the guest; a visitor can check in and out like any hotel stay. Although you are staying at a property owned by an individual, a rental agency manages, maintains and services the property and its guests for a seamless experience.

MYTH: Vacation rentals are far away from attractions.

REALITY: Wherever there is a hotel, there’s a vacation rental! In Stowe, there are rentals for everyone’s preference: townhomes and condos right at Stowe Mountain Resort, arguably the largest attraction in the area, and all along the Mountain Road and into the quaint village, for those guests who are more attracted by the ease and convenience of being in the hub of downtown and close to shopping and walking paths.

Stowe Realty Rentals takes care of every detail so that you can have peace of mind when traveling!