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Ask these Seven Basic Questions to your Vacation Rental Host before Renting your Next Cabin in the Mountains

September 12, 2023

Ask these Seven Basic Questions to your Vacation Rental Host before Renting your Next Cabin in the Mountains

Ask these Seven Basic Questions to your Vacation Rental host before Renting your Next Cabin in the Mountains.

Are you planning your next vacation getaway to beautiful Dorrington or another mountain destination? If so, you’re in for a treat! Dorrington, located in Calaveras County, is a charming destination known for its natural beauty and outdoor adventures. And what better way to experience this picturesque town than by staying in a cozy vacation rental cabin? As the owner-operators of Evergreen Dorrington Chalet and Evergreen Pinecone Cottage, we understand the importance of making your stay as enjoyable as possible. Here are some essential questions you should ask your next vacation rental host before booking your accommodation. Okay, hopefully, they will answer these questions in the listing, but if they don’t, you need to ask.

Are Pets Welcome? Don’t assume that pets are welcome. Although we welcome pets, this is the exception, not the rule. Did you know that only about ¼ of all listings on Airbnb and VRBO allow pets? Knowing the pet policy upfront can save you the hassle of finding alternative accommodations for your beloved pet. Do they charge a pet fee? How many dogs can you bring? Can you bring your cat??

What Supplies and Appliances do you have? Every vacation rental is unique, and the amenities offered can vary widely. It’s essential to ask your host directly or explore our listing materials and website for details about the amenities available in the cabin. This could include information about the kitchen appliances, entertainment options, outdoor features like a barbecue grill or hot tub, and more. This is especially important if you need specific appliances, such as a rice cooker or blender. The kitchens in our cabins are “well-stocked” but we just may not have what you need – don’t hesitate to ask!

What Happens if it Snows? If you’re planning a winter getaway, it’s essential to be prepared for snow. Ask your host directly or check the listing materials and website for information about snow plowing, driveway access during snowy conditions, and the frequency of road closures due to snowfall. Ask if snow chains are typically required. Note: A good host will give you as much information as possible, BUT they can’t predict the weather or conditions. So, please don’t expect perfection!

Also, ask whether they have a professional plow service (we do!) or have a whole house generator (we do!). Being informed about snow-related logistics will ensure a safe and comfortable stay during the winter months.

Check-out Tasks Every place is different! There has been some bad press lately about some hosts asking guests to basically clean the entire house at checkout! Some properties might ask guests to sweep, put away clean dishes, and start laundry, among other things. It’s important to ask your host directly for specific check-out instructions. Sometimes this information isn’t available before check-in, but sending a quick note to the host, especially if it is a large home – is a great idea. At Evergreen Dorrington, we ask very little of our guests to ensure your stay is hassle-free. Knowing the expectations in advance can help you plan your departure accordingly.

Nearby Attractions and Activities While your primary goal might be a relaxing cabin retreat, it’s also essential to know what’s around the area. Ask your host directly or explore our listing materials and website for information about nearby attractions, outdoor activities, dining options, and any local recommendations they have. This information can help you make the most of your stay and explore the beauty of Arnold, Dorrington, or wherever your travels take you! Our guests receive a complete digital guidebook that we created. This offers lots of suggestions for local things to do in the area.

Cancellation Policy Life can be unpredictable and sometimes plans change. It’s a good idea to clarify the cancellation policy with your host directly if they are not clearly spelled out on the listing or property website. Understanding the terms and conditions for cancellations can give you peace of mind in case unforeseen circumstances arise.

Note: Travel insurance can really be helpful here, and can give you added flexibility at a pretty low cost.

Emergency Contact Information While we hope for a trouble-free stay, it’s always a good idea to have emergency contact information readily available. Ask your host for emergency contact details. We give guests our phone numbers and email addresses. We also give them the numbers of our local team on the ground in case anything comes up that needs immediate attention. Also, ask what cell phone providers have coverage in the area – if your carrier doesn’t work there, you’ll want to know that sooner rather than later. We leave our guests to themselves, but we don’t abandon them! We always make ourselves available!

In conclusion, communication with your vacation rental host is key to ensuring a smooth and enjoyable getaway. Whether you’re asking these questions directly or finding them in the listing or website, being well-informed will help you create unforgettable memories during your stay at Evergreen Dorrington Chalet and Cottage or wherever you end up visiting!

Happy vacation planning!