Vacation Rentals: An Alternative to Cruise Ships, Hotels, and Resorts
Looking for an alternative to a cruise vacation? How about reconsidering the tight quarters of that resort you've been looking at? This may leave travelers scratching their heads at the thought of planning a vacation. There is some good news and information worth considering so that your traditions of spending quality time with family and friends are not interrupted and you can still enjoy a vacation together in a more private setting.
Your safety and the safety of others is most important. Please adhere to any local, state, or national government recommendations with regards to traveling and social distancing during epidemics, pandemics, and other states of emergency. This blog is intended merely to list the benefits of private vacation rentals compared to more crowded accommodations.
Not Flying to Vacation
One of the benefits of the Outer Banks is its central location on the East Coast. This makes our beaches within driving distance for millions of American families. Many cruise ports are in major metropolitan areas and the hotels/resorts not far from that. This means not only additional exposure to elements in the ports and cities but a significant chance you'll require air travel to get to the port.
Driving to your vacation destination minimizes exposure to others (compared to airline or bus travel) and allows you to be in complete control of your environment. Whether it's flu season or you're just trying to avoid crowds, driving is an ideal way to manage travel to your benefit. Don't have a reliable vehicle or means to drive to your vacation? Renting vehicles has become increasingly popular for vacationers or those traveling long-distance who wish to avoid the wear and tear on their own property. Rental vehicle offices can be found in many metropolitan areas and their suburbs, and the Outer Banks is home to an Enterprise rental car location in Kill Devil Hills, NC.
Vacation Rentals as Alternatives to Cruise Ships, Hotels, and Resorts
One of the benefits of a vacation rental as opposed to a cruise ship cabin or hotel room is space. Village Realty maintains a diverse inventory of over 700 vacation rentals ranging from one-bedroom condominiums to larger homes capable of accommodating multiple families. You'll have the entire rental to yourself. This means you won't share lobbies, kitchens, dining rooms, bathrooms, or any common areas with strangers during your stay. For those interested in privacy, this is an enormous benefit. Many of our rentals are oceanfront, soundfront, or situated in other desirable areas that allow you to be as close as possible to the beach or waterfront.
The Outer Banks is also an ideal destination for families looking to recreate without large crowds. Cruise ships and resorts, by their nature, have large concentrations of people in tight quarters. Instead of crowding a small area to enjoy a pool, imagine enjoying the benefits of an entirely private pool at your own vacation home? Our vacation rentals have an enormous variety of amenities that you've come to love on vacation. Wi-Fi internet, freshly washed linens and beds made before your arrival, keyless entry, hot tubs, pool tables, game rooms, elevators, and much more. Each and every home in our inventory is unique... browse our high-quality photographs to find out just what makes each rental special!
The wide-open beaches make it possible to spread out when enjoying a day in the surf and sun, and the towns are scattered with enough shopping, dining, and activities so that crowd avoidance is a breeze. For those of you who haven't experienced a visit to the Outer Banks, you'll find the fun and adventure is limited only by your imagination. Some groups enjoy spending most of the day on the beach, but our cultural, historical, and natural attractions make this one of the world's most desirable family vacation destinations.
Have a four-legged friend you want to bring on vacation? You'll have an extremely hard time finding a cruise, hotel, or resort that allows pets in a truly enjoyable (and fair) surroundings. Village Realty has over 200 homes for rent that allow pets. This means you can bring your entire family on vacation and enjoy the privacy of your "home away from home" together. No pet sitters, just more quality time together.
For some people, the sense of community and sharing amenities is a serious consideration when booking a cruise or resort stay. Many of our vacation rental homes are parts of tightly knit communities that share luxurious amenities and amazing benefits. From community pools and tennis courts to private docks and beach accesses, these Outer Banks rentals offer plenty of fun and relaxation to enjoy at your own pace. You can partake in as little or as many shared activities as you'd like. Communities vary and can be explored by town here.
Cleanliness & Sanitization
Cleaning is something we take very seriously at Village Realty. We carefully select cleaning products and processes to exceed industry standards, and we are pleased to say that our main disinfectant is peroxide-based and recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency for effectiveness. Our cleaning staff must go through a rigorous training process and be recertified each year, and for additional thoroughness, we actually employ inspectors to follow behind and ensure our standards for cleanliness are being delivered time and time again. Our homes are all subject to a quality standards checklist, an annual evaluation, and an annual deep clean. Home air filters are changed on a regular basis. Linens and towels are cleaned at an off-site facility to preserve the in-home laundry machines and are replaced as needed to maintain a consistent quality experience. With Village Realty, your beds will be made before arrival so all you have to do is relax once you arrive on vacation.
Are you a fan of the flexibility of hotels, resorts, and cruises? We have some great news. Vacation rentals with Village Realty are just as accommodating to short stays, long weekends, weeklong stays, or those looking for long-term stays on our beautiful beaches. Families looking for a long weekend getaway enjoy the spring and fall seasons on the Outer Banks. Ripe with activities and annual events, the "off-season" as it is called, offers guests an exceptional value compared to peak summer rates and with numerous activities and annual events held only these times of year. Traditional summer stays are typically a week in duration, with several check-in days offered: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Prefer to stay anytime you want? Check out our new Stay Your Way program. Guests seeking longer getaways can find endless enjoyment staying in a private beach home for weeks on end, and truly experiencing what it's like to be a local in a historic beach town.