New Regional Listing Sites in TX, OK, CO

It’s Cabin Time® in Texas, Oklahoma and Colorado! After a year of setbacks for small businesses everywhere, ItsCabinTime.com is working hard to expand its collection of vacation rental listing sites into new states, bringing the book-direct experience to independent vacation rental owners and property managers of all sizes across the United States.

With our launch of a regional book-direct listing site in Texas (www.RentTexasCabins.com), Oklahoma (www.RentOklahomaCabins.com) and Colorado (www.RentColoradoCabins.com), It’s Cabin Time® is reaching out to independent owners and managers with low introductory rates to help build a robust selection of cabins, cottages, lodges and homes in new areas — and keep travelers coming back to rent with small business owners, without commissions or hidden fees.

Following its launch in May of this year, RentTexasCabins.com welcomed its first small resorts to its membership: Barons CreekSide Swiss Village in Fredericksburg, Country Woods Inn in Glen Rose, and Crystal River Inn in San Marcos! These pioneers of the Texas book-direct movement have since been joined by unique accommodations at Cool Water Acres in Bandera and most recently, River Road Escapes in New Braunfels. Visit RentTexasCabins.com to browse these rentals using our interactive map and search tool.

Also launched in May 2021, RentColoradoCabins.com was up and running this summer with its own early-adopter resort members: Loveland Heights Cottages in Estes Park (right at the base of Rocky Mountain National Park) and Hideout Cabins in Allenspark and Lyons.

In the summer of 2021, It’s Cabin Time® welcomed its latest members to the brand-new RentOklahomaCabins.com — Log Cabin Escape in Caddo and Persimmon Creek Cottages in Sharon.

It’s Cabin Time® is excited about new opportunities to deliver its low-annual fee, commission-free, book-direct listing service to independent vacation rental owners and managers operating their small business in the western United States. We extend our hearty thanks to our new partners in Texas, Oklahoma and Colorado for helping to realize its book direct mission. 

Still looking for a reliable book-direct option in your state? It’s Cabin Time® has several more regional listing sites in its sights, including an imminent expansion into Georgia (www.RentCabinsInGeorgia.com), and North Carolina (www.RentNorthCarolinaCabins.com)! These states are currently offering new members a “pre-launch” sign-up discount of 50-percent off the annual subscription rate.

Vacation rental owners and local managers in Georgia or North Carolina can visit these fledgling state listing sites and enter their contact information to secure an early adopter discount.

Have questions for our founder, Joe Mogensen? You can contact him here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joemogensen1/

Introducing Regional Websites in Texas and Colorado

Introducing Regional Websites in Texas and Colorado

It’s Cabin Time® is expanding westward! 2021 has us launching NEW book-direct regional vacation listing websites in Colorado AND Texas.

Interact with all our state cabin pins at www.itscabintime.com.

Our extensive research into search volume across the United States has shown that there is plenty of vacationer interest to support our book-direct partners as we keep growing the It’s Cabin Time® brand on a national level — and early adopters in both Texas and Colorado are already putting pins on our new state maps!

Inaugural members of RentTexasCabins.com and RentColoradoCabins.com are enjoying a special listing rate for being the first to list their unique cabins, cottages, lodges, resorts and homes. Click on the links above to explore unexpected vacation experiences out west.

We’d like to extend a big “Thank you” to our first members to hop aboard the It’s Cabin Time® train in Colorado for helping us bring lower-cost, better-option #BOOKDIRECT services to the state: Loveland Heights Cottages in Estes Park, CO, and Hideout Cabins in Allenspark, CO!

Loveland Heights Cottages in Estes Park offers 19 unique riverfront homes for rent right on the Big Thompson River. This picturesque Colorado cabin resort is also just five miles from Rocky Mountain National Park!

Fish the Big Thompson River right over the edge of your private deck.

Hideout Cabins in Allenspark and Lyons offer a private and remote Colorado getaway in a one- or two-bedroom cabin, surrounded by trees and water features. Best of all, these cozy vacation homes are pet-friendly!

Hide out with a special someone in your own private Colorado wilderness.

In Texas, we’re experiencing a miniature land rush as resort owners and property managers compete to be the first to populate this new corner of the map. Pay a visit to Barons CreekSide Swiss Village in Fredericksburg, TX; Country Woods Inn in Glen Rose, TX; Crystal River Inn in San Marcos, TX; or Cool Water Acres in Bandera, TX, for a one-of-a-kind Lone Star State retreat to the Hill Country!

Barons CreekSide Swiss Village in Fredericksburg has 16 Swiss-inspired cottages located on resort grounds with a pond, a private vineyard, and a jazz club. This scenic spot is the ideal backdrop for a destination wedding.

Plan a romantic getaway to the Texas Hill Country.

Country Woods Inn in Glen Rose offers a variety of family-friendly accommodations and activities onsite, from breakfast in the barnyard to arts and crafts. Choose from remote vintage Airstreams or beautiful country cottages — all are well equipped to host your stay.

Make it a trip to remember with a family cottage right in the llama pen.

Crystal River Inn in San Marcos is a traditional bed and breakfast experience complete with manicured garden walkways and mystery dinner events. It’s also close to exciting water sports on the sparkling San Marcos River!

Book ahead to reserve your room at the NYE mystery dinner.

Cool Water Acres in Bandera sleeps three or four per cabin, with covered porches looking out over 54 acres and a private lake. This is the perfect extended stay for anyone still working from “home,” as it comes with a small desk in the “corner office.”

Enjoy an unrestricted view of these relaxing pasturelands from your private deck.

THANKS AGAIN to our new partners in book direct! Reach out directly to these Colorado and Texas vacation home owners and property managers to SAVE on booking commissions and traveler’s fees. It’s Cabin Time® out west!

There are even more new states on the horizon as It’s Cabin Time® picks up steam. NEXT UP: Oklahoma, Georgia and North Carolina! #ItsCabinTime #BookDirect

Book Direct Coming Soon to 5 New States

It’s Cabin Time® continues its #BOOKDIRECT success story with an upcoming expansion to Colorado, Texas, Oklahoma, Georgia and North Carolina!

With regional travel to remote locations more popular than ever — and an increase in site traffic to match — It’s Cabin Time® is anticipating the rollout of book-direct listing websites in FIVE NEW STATES in the near future.

If you are a vacation rental property owner or manager in CO, TX, OK, GA or NC looking to expand your book-direct marketing portfolio, CONTACT US TODAY to be added to our mailing list! Early adopters will receive a 50-percent discount on their first-year annual listing fee of $118.

Ready to start your membership today? Add your pin to our map at itscabintime.com for a one-time cost of $50, and receive an additional $50 discount from your listing fee when we launch in your state!

Be one of the first in your area to benefit from no-hassle direct booking connections and targeted regional traffic.

Colorado, Texas, Oklahoma, Georgia and North Carolina will join the ranks of our popular regional listing sites in Wisconsin (launched in 2009), Michigan (2013), Minnesota (2013), New York (2014), Montana (2015), Tennessee (2016), and Kentucky (2019).

#BookDirect Guest Education Day 2021: 10 Reasons to Book Direct

This Wednesday, February 3, 2021, book-direct advocates in the vacation rental industry are taking the opportunity to celebrate the fourth annual #BookDirect Guest Education Day by sharing the many ways in which making the switch to a direct booking model has enriched both their customer relations and their bottom line. ItsCabinTime.com has been gathering feedback for years from cabin owners, local short-term rental property managers and vacationers alike — Here are their top 10 reasons to embrace direct booking in 2021:

  1. Book at the lowest rate

When you book directly with the local owner or manager of a vacation rental, you are paying the person whose right it is to decide the rate. Online Travel Agencies (OTAs) may have leeway to mark up those prices, but they NEVER charge you less than the owner’s rate.

  1. Avoid fees and commissions

When you book directly with the local owner or manager, you cut out the go-between. This means no paying for the privilege to send messages or view an availability calendar, and no traveler’s fees tacked on at the end of the transaction for using the booking service.

  1. Learn about special offers

Owners and managers who use a book-direct business model often have repeat customers that they keep in contact with to inform previous visitors about upcoming specials. Owners/managers can also share these specials on their website, social media or listing sites like www.itscabintime.com.

  1. Choose from more options

Many owners and managers dislike the way OTAs (such as Vrbo, FlipKey, TripAdvisor, AirBnb, Booking.com or HomeAway) take control of their booking calendars and messaging. This means some of the most experienced hosts aren’t even available through large travel sites.

  1. Communicate openly

When you book directly with the owner or manager of the home where you will be staying, you can enjoy complete transparency in regard to house rules, cleaning policies and rates. Many homeowners love to get to know those who will be staying at their rental cabins and homes!

  1. Get personal attention

When you have the chance to communicate with someone who knows the home you are renting inside and out, it’s easier to accommodate specific needs. You’ll also have access to a real person who takes responsibility for your experience and sees it through from start to finish.

  1. Benefit from local insight

Above and beyond chamber websites or tourist brochures, a local owner or manager who knows the area can help you plan a personalized vacation you’ll remember. They can also give information on favorite hunting and fishing spots — you won’t find that in the guidebook!

  1. Find last-minute availability

Speaking directly with the person in charge of a vacation rental’s booking calendar means you’ll have access to the most up-to-date information on availability. This includes any last-minute cancellations that the rental owner/manager may be eager to fill — sometimes at a discount.

  1. Minimize risk of fraud

Transparency between the vacation rental owner/manager and the vacationer minimizes the risk of accidentally booking a fraudulent property by allowing each party to perform standard security checks. See tips and tricks to protect your vacation rental reservation deposit here: http://www.rentwisconsincabins.com/payment-protection.php

  1. Support small businesses

Many vacation rental homeowners, resort owners and small property managers are family-run businesses with a long history in the industry. Help protect their right to keep control of their business and keep doing the work they love by cutting out middle-man OTAs!

About Guest Education Day

Guest Education Day is a non-branded, annual event that began in February 2018. On this day, vacation rental owners and managers — as well as commission-free listing sites and other invested industry leaders — come together to support each other and promote the #BookDirect movement by educating future guests about the benefits of direct booking.

In 2020, participants using the hashtag #BookDirect shared more than 78,500 posts on Guest Education Day, and made more than 166 MILLION impressions on Instagram and Twitter alone (Source: vrmintel.com). In 2021, supporters are hoping to build on that engagement, bringing word about the benefits of book direct to even more potential vacation home renters.

Looking for a cabin to BOOK DIRECT?

You can see all of our listings brought together on one map at www.ItsCabinTime.com. Happy direct booking! #ItsCabinTime

Fall Into Big Savings on Vacation This Autumn

Summer is coming to an end, but the fun doesn’t need to end with it. Autumn’s cooler temperatures and bright colors make it the perfect time to embrace the outdoors and finally plan that cabin getaway. 

Following are just some of the perks that fall travelers enjoy. 

Fall fun

Autumn is one of the best seasons to enjoy nature’s simple pleasures. In many vacation spots, it’s easy to combine a relaxing cabin stay with trips to farmers’ markets, apple orchards and pumpkin patches, plus seasonal treats like hot apple cider and freshly baked pies. 

Lower rates

On top of autumn’s scenic incentives, travelers get the added perk of lower rental rates when they travel in the fall. If you’re looking for good values and package deals that will give you the best bang for buck, a fall vacation is for you. 

Flexible stays

Another perk of fall travel is more flexible stays. During the fall season, It’s Cabin Time’s weekly-only policy switches to a two or three night minimum. Whether you’re planning an extended trip or a weekend getaway, your dream destination is available.

A change of scenery

With both school and work being remote for many families, why not ditch your work from home routine and “work from cabin” instead? Most It’s Cabin Time vacation rentals have WiFi, so you can get a change of scenery and still keep up with your responsibilities. 

With most travelers taking beach vacations during the summer and mountain trips in the winter, it pays off to go against the grain. Whatever type of autumn getaway you’re looking for, we’ve got you covered.

Begin your search for the perfect rental at www.itscabintime.com, or choose your state below:

Wisconsin | Michigan | Minnesota | Montana | New York | Tennessee | Kentucky

Plan an Accessible Guided Fishing Trip This Summer

Rod ’n’ reel: base lakes open to fishingSummer is finally here, and with it comes a slew of outdoor activities best enjoyed in the sunshine. Fishing is one of our favorite summer pastimes because it’s accessible to people young and old, expert and novice, and those with disabilities.

The following is a list of places you can book an accessible guided fishing trip near one of ItsCabinTime.com vacation properties.

Healing Waters Fly Fishing – Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New York, Tennessee, Wisconsin

Project Healing Waters provides free, full-spectrum fly fishing programs and services to wounded, ill and injured veterans and military service members. The organization plans to host virtual meetings throughout summer 2020 to ensure vulnerable veterans have a continuum of care and supportive community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fishing Has No Boundaries, Inc. – Wisconsin, Minnesota

In partnership with Access Ability Wisconsin, Fishing Has No Boundaries proudly provides recreational fishing opportunities for all anglers with disabilities, as well as acting as a resource for information on adaptive fishing equipment and accessibility. As their website says, “A Fishing Has No Boundaries event is truly an unforgettable way to spend a weekend on or near the lakeshore with a new friend, relative, neighbor, co-worker, or a much anticipated comrade in the thrill of catching that “big one”—no matter the size.”

Western New York Adoptive Water Sports – New York

With pontoons and power boats that have flexible seating and a Hoyer lift especially for wheelchairs, Western New York Adaptive Water Sports caters to vacationers with disabilities and youth that would otherwise not have the chance to experience a guided fishing trip. 

Jeff Evans Fishing – Wisconsin

Jeff Evans is a U.S. Coast Guard Charter Captain and credentialed Wisconsin Fishing Guide on the Great Lakes, Hayward Area Lakes, Chequamegon Bay and the St. Louis River. His fishing trips are catered to the individual needs of his customers and are designed to provide an educational, interactive and fun experience while exploring the endless fishing opportunities available in Northern Wisconsin.

Contact the organizations above to schedule your accessible guided fishing trip this summer. No matter your level of ability, there are organizations and people out there who can help you have a great day of fishing. Have fun!

Thank you for supporting our growing number of regional vacation rental listing websites that allow renters to connect and book directly with owners and local property managers.

Begin your search for the perfect rental at www.itscabintime.com, or choose your state below: Wisconsin | Michigan | Minnesota | Montana | New York | Tennessee | Kentucky

Websites offers free listings for vacation rental property owners amid uncertain 2020 summer rental season

April 28, 2020 – Middleton, WI – Knowing that social-distancing will be at the forefront of vacationers’ minds this summer, JM Creative Group LLC is offering free rental property listings on three of their book-direct websites: 1 year free at RentKentuckyCabins.com and RentMontanaCabins.com; 6 months free at RentTennesseeCabins.com. 

Now more than ever, vacationers will be looking for getaways that are outdoors, isolated and within driving distance from their homes. In exchange for a free 6- or 12-month listing, property owners set up their own listing details and photos in a provided template. ”We know many rental property owners and managers are scrambling this year to fill cancellations and vacancies caused by coronavirus,“  said Joe Mogensen, the company’s founder. “This is our chance to give something back to the rental property market while also helping vacation rental owners get through this difficult time.”

An added bonus is peace of mind for vacationers. By booking directly with vacation rental owners or local property managers, renters speak directly to the person in charge and not a call center. “Rather than discouraging the connection between owners and potential renters, our group of websites take a more friendly and relaxed approach to renting cabins, cottages, lodges, or homes by offering direct booking,” explains Mogensen. Vacationers can have all of their questions answered by the owners — who are often locals themselves. They can get a real sense of what to expect in the community when they arrive and be assured firsthand that they will be able to enjoy a clean, safe and worry-free retreat.

Joe started his free-to-use internet service in his home state of Wisconsin, where he and his family have experienced many enjoyable vacations in lakeside cabins. More than seven and a half million site views later, renter traffic is up 18% compared to the year before across all of his websites.After launching RentWisconsinCabins.com, Mogensen expanded his vision with similar sites in Minnesota, Michigan, New York, Montana, Tennessee and Kentucky. He has plans to create websites for several more states. 

JMCG has proven that bringing vacation rental owners together onto state-specific websites bolsters their property’s online exposure. The peaceful, timeless feeling of a comfortable cabin is captured in his trademarked theme line, “It’s cabin time®.

For more information or a direct interview, give Joe a call at (608) 721-6238 or email him at jmogensen@jmcreativegroup.com.