Top 10 Advantages of Put-in-Bay Homes Vs Hotels

Short-term vacation accommodations on Put-in-Bay are growing to become something much more than just a place to sleep and shower. The Island Club Rental Homes and Put-in-Bay Waterfront Condos are quickly becoming the next big thing in the local island tourism industry. Downtown hotels and Put-in-Bay resorts are not as cost effective. What used to be a way of saving money on long stays on the island is now a beautiful experience in itself! Countless travelers are seeking out these private accommodations for weekends, short midweek stays, and even for week long vacations. Vacation rental homes/condos have a long list of advantages over hotels. This makes them really popular for family holidays and for Put-in-Bay’s traditional bachelor and bachelorette parties.

Here are the Top 10 Significant Advantages of Put-in-Bay Rental Lodgings:

1. Spend More Quality Time With Your Friends And Family

Unlike a hotel experience where a large chunk of time is often spent in one’s own private room, a vacation rental home allows your entire group of friends and family to be all together. Everyone can be involved in activities together in the common areas, such as a large living room and private outside deck. You can cook in the fully-furnished kitchen, enjoy a DirecTV movie in the living room, play card games at the dining room table, and spend time outside enjoying the Put-in-Bay weather in your own private yard without any restriction.

2. Get More Personal Space Compared To A Single Hotel Room

Rental Home vs Hotel Room
Rental Home vs Hotel Room (click the pic)

Getting an entire house to yourself with a living room, kitchen, front yard and other common areas makes the stay so much more enjoyable. More fun than just cramming all your guests and luggage into a single Put-in-Bay hotel room. And when you are traveling with young children, the additional space is a particularly great thing to have. You can go out all day, enjoy War of 18 Holes Putt-Putt or visit the top of Perry’s International Peace and Victory Monument. But you will still spend many hours of happiness with your kids in your rental home or condo.

3. Enjoy The Kind Of Privacy That A Hotel Can Never Offer

When you relax in the privacy of a vacation home in Put-in-Bay, it is just as you would in your own house. Vacation home and condo rentals give you the luxury to be ‘home’ even when you are traveling. This is truly the definition of a home away from home with all the amenities that you deserve to enjoy.

4. Spoil Yourself With The Diverse Options, Choices And Rentals Available

There is a wider choice of locations, property types, sizes and budgets in vacation home and condo rentals than you would find in hotels. A comprehensive search on a trusted Put-in-Bay vacation rental website, such as https://www.putinbayreservations.com, should be able to offer you exactly the rental unit that fits your group’s requirements.

5. Give Yourself A Better Value For Your Money

Round House Entertainment
Round House Entertainment

This motto especially holds true when you are traveling with a big group to Put-in-Bay. Splitting costs among the group members ensures the maximum value for every dollar that you spend on your accommodations. When you spend less on lodging, you have more money for fun stuff! And we all know that Put-in-Bay offers some fun stuff like MIST Pool Bar and the Green Room Nightclub! Moreover, when staying in a rental, you can save money on meals by choosing to do a few breakfasts and snacks on your own. You also have laundry facilities.

6. Discover The Individualized Personality That Makes Each Home Memorable

If you like things that hold a unique character, Put-in-Bay vacation rental homes might be just what you are looking for. Each rental home and condo is individually owned, so there is no “cookie cutter” feel like in hotel rooms. They each reflect the personal tastes of the owner, the local culture of the area, and they have that unique human touch that hotel rooms simply lack.

7. Appreciate The Feeling Of Being Home In A Put-in-Bay House

Put in Bay Resort Homes
Put in Bay Resort Homes

It feels good to have an entire home to yourself, even when you are on vacation. You can enjoy indoor and outdoor activities with your family and friends in the privacy and comfort of a proper home, as opposed to the shared spaces in hotels and resorts. No long walks back to a hotel room. There are no elevators to wait for to go up and down. No crowds to slow you down.

8. Realize How Traveling Feels Easier When A Vacation Rental Home Is Your Destination

The freedom to do your own laundry (or to NOT do your laundry!) means that you can pack lighter and bring less. The choice of cooking your own meals gives you flexibility and savings if you are tired of eating out every day on the island, which can get pricey. This means that traveling becomes a more comfortable affair for you and your family when you book a vacation rental for your Put-in-Bay stay. But please do plan some great dinners at places like the Upper Deck or Blu Luna.

9. Guarantee Your Kids To Have A Better Time In A Vacation Home

When you rent a vacation home, you can easily give the kids a separate room – so you can keep an eye on them without having to compromise on your own privacy. Also, many vacation homes are well equipped with amenities and space for children’s amusement including satellite TV with kids’ channels, making it a fun stay for young ones.

10. Think Of Pet-Friendliness With Most Vacation Rental Homes

Put-in-Bay Pet Friendly Lodging
Put-in-Bay Pet Friendly Lodging

Finding a pet-friendly hotel is a hassle, to say the least. Additionally, it can be a very costly affair even if you do find a hotel that allows pets. Factor in pet deposits, clean-up fees, noise complaints, and other strict rules. Vacation rental homes, however, are much more likely to allow pets and virtually guaranteed to do so at much lower costs than a hotel. Thus, if one of your important family members happens to be a furry pet, remember something. A vacation rental house would be an excellent choice for you to spend your vacation and allow your fur baby to enjoy it with you. Some bars downtown allow pets on their outdoor patios, such as Mr. Ed’s.

OK, OK… so we can’t just stop at 10. There are SO MANY reasons to rent a vacation home, here are three more…

11. Savor the Extra Little Things that a Vacation Home Offers

Every vacation rental home has its own set of unique surprises to offer you and your guests. One Put-in-Bay rental may have great nautical treasures decorating the walls. Another may have some A/V media equipment that would make it worth spending a day indoors watching movies or playing games. With all the space a home offers, you might even be able to play Twister! Can’t do THAT in a hotel room!

12. Memorable Stays Happen More Often In Homes Than Hotels

Put in Bay Memories
Put in Bay Memories

The individuality and uniqueness of a vacation rental home makes it memorable. You will more than likely remember a great joke told in the comfort of your vacation rental kitchen than something said while crowded into a cramped hotel room. The sameness of hotels may leave little to no impression on your memory. But a vacation rental home will certainly make its mark on your Put-in-Bay vacation owing to its oneness and individuality.

13. Soaking In The Local Culture Is So Much Easier In A Vacation Home

Hotels are by their very nature touristy in their feel, service and most especially in their locations. They are usually right in the middle of the action so that you don’t explore anywhere else. But vacation rental homes, on the other hand, offer a closer feel of the local island culture. They are located on the edges or out of the main town. You get to see more of the island. They are not necessarily located in the touristy parts of the town, so you can explore the locales with greater authenticity. You can find those memorable little spots such as Joe’s Bar or Jane Coate’s Wildflower Trail.

If you have never tried it before but have always been curious, take a chance with a Put-in-Bay vacation rental home or condo stay. You will be amazed by the experiences it can give you and your family or group. For an exhaustive list of Put-in-Bay vacation rental homes and condos, try one of the following. Visit the Island Club Home Rentals website or the Put-in-Bay Condos website, and choose an island rental home or Waterfront Condo that suits you best! Of course, if you just have 2 or 4 people, a hotel room is still a good traditional option.

If you would like more information about a Put-in-Bay resort or rental, please visit www.putinbayreservations.com, call Put-in-Bay Island Club Rentals at 216-898-9951, or email reserve@putinbayreservations.com.

March 2021 Gazette – Commander Ahoy!

Commander…Ahoy!

By Paul Bolden, Commander of the 9th Coast Guard District, Central Region, Division 16

What a Difference a Day Makes!

One thing that we all know is that weather along the North Coast can change on a dime. In last month’s issue of the Gazette, it seemed that ice fishing was not likely for this season. A week prior to this writing I counted at least eight shanties in the harbor enjoying the frozen world of ice fishing.  A sudden and deep freeze made this possible. The point is, never count out the possibility of ice fishing on Lake Erie no matter how warm the Winter begins.

Put-in-Bay 2021 Boating Season (Part 1)

Having concluded our Put-in-Bay Maritime Academy for the off-season it’s time to turn our attention to spring launch and getting our vessels ready for the boating season.  The point of this series of articles is to offer boating advice specific to the needs of our community which can and often does differ from the needs of other maritime communities.  Please note that these articles are not a replacement for a safe boating class provided by the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary so please consider taking one if you already have not.

To get us started here is what I’ll call the pre-check to your pre-check.  It is an unofficial list of things to consider:

1)    How many life jackets will you need this season?  Are your current life jackets in good serviceable condition (e.g., clean and free of mildew)?  If you occasionally have boating guests will you have enough life jackets for everyone.  Will you be having children on board and if so, do you have the proper size jackets for them?

2)    If you are required to have fire extinguishers, do you have the proper number?  If it has an indicator gauge is it in the green?  Whether or not it is in the green, if the extinguisher is over ten years old it should be replaced.  Look on the label for the date.  Sometimes it’s a two-digit stamp on the bottom of the canister.

3)    Check last year’s medical kit.  Make sure that none of the medicines have expired.

4)    Do you need to renew your ODNR boat registration?

5)    Do you need to order new nautical charts?  Old charts are better than no charts, but new charts are better than old charts as information on nautical charts does change.

6)    Examine the condition of your lines.  They don’t last forever.

7)    Check your fenders for proper inflation as they may have lost some air from being stored over the Winter.

8)    Do a hull check for cracks, delamination or badly faded bottom paint.

9)    Create a spare parts and additional items list and fill it.  Consider such items as spare navigation light bulbs, extra set of keys, flashlight, binoculars, alternator belts, spark plugs, oil, extra drain plug, gear lube, sunglasses, sunscreen and so forth.

10)  Sign up for a safe boating class.

This list should help you to get started with things that you can do before you put your boat in the water.  A kind of pre-start if you will.  Over the next couple of issues, we will continue to get you Ship Shape for this year’s boating season on the islands.

A Final Word About Ice Fishing

On the news last week, you may have seen that Coast Guard Station Cleveland Harbor rescued a group of people stranded on an ice floe off of Edgewater Park. It would be my guess that ice fishing is probably done for the season however if conditions should change and you feel that such changes warrant venturing out on the ice, please utilize the utmost care.  Refer back to our ice fishing edition for safety protocols.  Never assume the stability of the ice without the necessary due diligence.

Let’s make this a safe PIB boating season!

 

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