Vacation Rentals in Hood Canal
By Emily Reed, Community Sales Manager
Vacation rental opportunities have quickly become popular for second home buyers and investors alike. Whether you are searching for a getaway property for yourself and your family and are looking to offset the cost by renting it out part-time or plan to run a full-time vacation rental, new construction homes in Hood Canal could be a great choice!
As an Airbnb co-host, I have seen what a popular destination Hood Canal is for vacationers. I have also learned a lot about what guests are seeking. Here are some tips on what makes a fantastic Hood Canal vacation rental!
- Location, location, location! Near to the city, but far enough to feel you are getting away.
Less than two hours from Seattle, the Alderbrook community feels like a world away from the city’s noise, traffic, and chaos, without requiring a long trip. Since Alderbrook is not an island, you can either drive or take the ferry, depending on what suits you! With current gas prices, a long-haul road trip to get away for a weekend may no longer feel worthwhile.
- A quality home.
Guests are looking for a clean, stylish, quality home. Comfortable and minimal furnishings help guests to unwind. Cozy bedding, kitchen essentials, and toiletries make it easy to feel at home immediately.
Special touches like a welcome card or sampling from a local shop will make your rental stand out!
Home maintenance is essential to keep your home in tip-top shape for guests and help avoid last-minute maintenance and repair calls during their stay. New construction homes tend to have fewer issues, such as an old leaking roof, failure of worn-out mechanical units, or dealing with the dinge and damage that comes with an aging, outdated home.
- Activities and amenities.
When booking their stay, guests seek more than just a beautiful home. They want to be in a beautiful area with nearby amenities and activities. The Alderbrook community and the greater Mason County area offer plenty!
World-class Alderbrook Resort & Spa offers spa services and other activities for non-guests. The Resort also has a beautiful dining room, an outdoor bar area during the summer, and a year-round fire pit where you can enjoy views of Hood Canal and the surrounding mountains.
Set against the Olympic National Park backdrop, hikers and nature enthusiasts can find miles of trails, overnight and day-use campsites, and popular attractions like the High Steel Bridge. More locally, the Alderbrook Resort & Spa trail system offers fun and easy hikes ranging from a 1/2 mile to 4 miles.
For water lovers, Hood Canal Marina and Alderbrook Resort & Spa offer boat launches and water rentals to get you out on the canal. Prefer fresh water? Nearby Lake Kokanee and Skokomish park offer lake access for floaters, boaters, and anglers alike!
And don’t forget, the Alderbrook community is home to the award-winning Alderbrook Golf Course for guests to enjoy
during their stay, and it also has a Clubhouse to celebrate the 19th hole!
A good guest book is essential to highlight local activities, dining, and attractions so guests can easily find their way around.
Vacationers often look for room to spread out during their stay. In recent years, more work-from-home opportunities have created a new pool of vacationers looking for longer “work remote” getaways. Separate working and sleeping spaces can set you apart. Three bedroom, two bathroom plus options allow more flexibility for potential guests.
Floor plans like the Twanoh or Hoodsport from Alderbrook Properties offer plenty of sleeping space and multiple private bathrooms, plus bonus office/den space to help separate work and family time.
- Top it with a cherry! The view.
While many guests are perfectly content with a quiet cul-de-sac, something that can make your rental a standout is a beautiful backyard view. A peaceful forest backdrop or stunning manicured greens are a picturesque setting for a Hood Canal getaway! And don’t forget that a private, covered patio makes for the perfect place to enjoy a morning cup of coffee
or an evening glass of wine. All floor plans from Alderbrook Properties include at least one covered outdoor patio, with the Hoodsport floor plan offering two covered patios! All floor plans also have the option of a built-in outdoor stone fireplace. Talk about idyllic!
Alderbrook Community does allow both short and long-term rentals. You can find details & CC&R’s here:
https://alderbrookgolfclub.com/real-estate-transactions/. If you are interested in learning more about this, please contact the Alderbrook Golf & Yacht Club for more information.
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