Increase Bookings With Four Easy Upgrades

Comfortable Outdoor Atmosphere

When you vacation in the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee or the white sandy beaches of Pensacola, what do you do? Do you lounge around inside or enjoy the view outdoors? If you are like the people vacationing in the Finger Lakes, you probably chose your vacation spot for the outdoor spaces to savor the scenery. If you want to increase bookings, create an enjoyable outdoor atmosphere for your guests.

One way you can do this is to provide furniture. However, throwing a few wooden chairs out in a yard that receives direct sunlight probably isn’t going to do the trick. Instead, you may want to invest in plush furniture that is both comfortable and decorative, but durable enough to withstand the elements. Perhaps some comfy cushions or a recliner would be appropriate so that guests can unwind and relax.

Another way to create an enjoyable outdoor atmosphere that will really make your vacation rental stand out is outdoor décor and shaded spaces. With some art, statues, and area rugs, you can increase the ambience of your outdoor living area. Potted plants that don’t require much watering would also add a nice touch. Above all, make sure your vacation rental’s outdoor space provides enough shade. Not everyone likes to be in direct sunlight all day.

Central Air and Ceiling Fans

Although vacation rentals are on the cool waters of the lakes, summers can get hot and humid. Nothing feels better than walking into a cool, air-conditioned house to recuperate from the day’s activity. It also happens to be one of the main complaints our guest services department handles during peak months.

If your vacation rental home does not have central air and/or ceiling fans, you will want to install these as soon as possible. Doing so will boost your home’s search results, improve your guest’s experience dramatically, and ultimately lead to return bookings.

Technological Home Improvements

While many people vacation in the Finger Lakes to get a break from reality and enjoy the outdoor scenery, they still appreciate the convenience technology offers. This is especially true of the millennial generation who are beginning to enter into the vacation rental industry as consumers.

Installing a reliable Wi-Fi network will definitely please your guests. If guests have complained in the past about limited Wi-Fi, you may consider upgrading to accommodate a greater number of devices.

Guests also appreciate smart TVs with cable or a movie streaming service to relax at night, such as Roku. Besides entertainment, a TV contributes to the overall atmosphere and helps your guests feel more at home. If you already have one TV in the living room, you may consider placing additional TVs in each bedroom.

Another technological improvement that is becoming popular in the vacation rental industry is virtual home assistants such as Amazon’s Echo products. Like Siri, a virtual home assistant will talk back and act on voice command. Guests can ask for information, the weather forecast, music playback, and more. This can be especially useful for guests who want to look up things to do or places to eat in the area.

Amenities

When it comes to amenities, do not skimp. Amenities are all those extra things that put the cherry on top. Even the smallest things can make or break a guest’s experience which can affect reviews and repeat visits.

FLPP includes the traditional amenities such as towels, toiletries, cleaning supplies, and maps of the area. You may wish to throw in additional amenities such as a universal charger and adapter to assuage the fears of travelers who forgot their own.

However, remember that guests are vacationing in the Finger Lakes. If you want to increase bookings, consider adding lake-specific amenities such as paddleboats or kayaks as part of the vacation rental. Another amenity guests look for is a hot tub, especially our year-round renters. In addition to the extra draw, you will be able to increase rates as well.

Top 6 Outdoor Spaces in the Finger Lakes

The best way to vacation in the Finger Lakes is to stay on the shores of one of six lakes! Our variety of lakeside vacation homes offers an array of features to upgrade your getaway. From outdoor kitchens to sunken hot tubs, this summer will be the best yet! See our top 6 outdoor living spaces below that could be yours this summer!

#6 SailWinds on Seneca Lake

Entertain family or friends at beautiful SailWinds featuring a 6-person sunken hot tub and a high-end outdoor kitchen with granite counter tops. You and your guests can take advantage of the Foosball table, canoe, and kayak for additional enjoyment during your lake getaway. Book now! 

#5 The Goodlife on Canandaigua Lake

Large screened windows line two sides of the four seasons room at this lakeside oasis, great for cool summer nights by the stone fire place lit. Relax and sunbathe on the upper deck featuring stunning views. Or take the tram down to the beach to fully experience the enjoyment of lakefront living. Book now!

#4 Cedar Lodge on Keuka Lake

Cedar Lodge offers a warm and rustic style throughout the inside and outside living spaces. Enjoy the upper screened porch on hot days, or the lower sofa and chaise lounges for relaxing lakeside in the sun. The meticulous landscaping surrounding the home provides a picturesque and relaxing atmosphere, making this home a place you’ll be longing to return to throughout the year. Book now!

#3 Oak Leaf Shores on Keuka Lake

If views are what put you at ease, choose from the multiple expansive decks and outdoor porches available at Oak Leaf Shores. Offering plenty of comfortable lakeside seating for everyone to relax, while others enjoy the provided paddle boat and canoe. Book now!

#2 Amazing Views on Canandaigua Lake

The multiple outdoor spaces at Amazing Views makes this one of the top summer homes in the Finger Lakes. The timber frame covered upper deck provides the ideal location for summer dining. Then retreat to the lower stone patio for serving drinks from the wet bar and relaxing in the hot tub. Take advantage of the many outdoor seating areas featuring plush chaise lounges, outdoor love seats, and Adirondack chairs by the large slate stone fire pit. If staying lakeside all day is what you prefer, the mini kitchen down by the beach offers additional convenience. Book now!

#1 Peaceful Sanctuary on Canandaigua Lake

Experience Peaceful Sanctuary, one of our most luxurious homes, by taking a virtual tour! Unwind in the hot tub while listening to the waves lap against the shore. Relax in the screened-in porch by day, then light the stone fireplace for heat and ambiance in the evenings. Book now!

 

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