As the year comes to a close, when we pop the bubbly at midnight we will be celebrating a year of growth and accomplishment here at Luxury Simplified Retreats. This past year brought significant change and exciting opportunites - from adopting a new booking software system to help us maximize occupancy for our property owners, to adding 4 new properties to our luxury portfolio, and doubling our annual reservations. Here are some of our best moments from 2017. We also look ahead to the new year and the adventures awaiting Luxury Simplified Retreats.
In a booming tourist destination city such as Charleston SC, named No. 1 City In the United States by Travel & Leisure for the 5th consecutive year, a vacation rental home as investment property can be a lucrative source of additional income. With more than 4 million visitors each year, the Holy City is no stranger to tourists - all searching for a charming, authentic place to stay while in town. But before you go running to self-manage your own rental, you will need to understand what exactly goes into purchasing, operating, and maintaining a successful vacation rental home.
This holiday season you have a choice. You could spend the day in the kitchen slaving over a hot stove, OR spend it talking and laughing with loved ones while someone else does the cooking. If you're ready to say, "last year was the LAST YEAR that you'll spend the holiday in the kitchen," and you're ready to start a new tradition, choose to dine out - or order ahead and pick up a holiday meal with all the trimmings from some of Charleston's top restaurants. This is also the perfect solution if you're spending the holidays tucked into one of our luxury vacation rentals and away from your own fully stocked kitchen.
Bright, colorful lights are a staple of the holiday season. A tradition dating back to the 18th century, the first holiday lights consisted of small candles or lanterns used to decorate Christmas trees. They've come a long way in the centuries since with the spread of electric lighting and new technologies. Modern light displays can include color changing LED bulbs, laser lights, and lighted inflatable characters. When it comes to "over the top" holiday light displays Charleston decks the halls like no other with long running traditions that are MUST-DO events if you're making a holiday visit to the Holy City.
Charleston SC continues to top most of the "Best of" lists for travel destinations and lifestyle amenities, including top restaurants and festivals. As the popularity of Charleston has skyrocketed over the past 4 years, so has the number of short-term vacation rentals. Whether you are a visitor coming to explore this quintessential historic city, or an investor tapping into the “hot” Downtown rental market Charleston, and the surrounding barrier islands, are peppered with rentals providing an endless amount of choices to Charleston’s growing number of tourists. However, with the ease of the "browse and click-to-book" online marketplace of booking portals comes the uncertainty of knowing if the property you chose for your Charleston getaway will be just as it's displayed in the photos online.
Adding a pool to any property can be a big expense, but if you're thinking of adding one to your vacation home, it can also be an investment that yields big returns. When deciding to add a pool to your vacation rental property you want to start by crunching some numbers. Determine the total cost (installation, deck surround, patio furniture, maintenance) and the added value (nightly rental rate increase, booking increase, etc). If the value is not greater than the cost the a pool may not be the right feature for your rental.
Head to Charleston this New Year’s Eve and say "Goodbye 2017" in ways you might not have experienced before! Many of the area’s historic attractions and premiere restaurants host annual NYE events, which are always sure to be a good time. Perhaps an extravagant party is not your idea of a good time? No worries, the Holy City offers a wide variety of ways to celebrate - big & small - and all of them are sure to offer a unique way to celebrate like never before! Whether you’re looking for a quiet night in, a memorable night out, or an elegant affair, you’ll find it in Charleston SC.
When it comes to listing your Charleston SC home as a vacation rental, there are many factors that go into attracting guests to book their stay with you. For anyone self-managing their own vacation rental home, you may be forgetting some key factors that truly make a difference for your bottom line. Anyone can tidy up, snap a few photos on their phone, and post it to one of the top booking sites, but that doesn’t necessarily translate into a full calendar and growing profits. We’ve picked the brains of our booking and marketing experts for their tips on how to optimize your vacation rental listing and create a positive experience for your guests.
As November approaches, friends across the country begin to talk about their plans for what has become a popular twist on a closely held tradition: Friendsgiving. Some friend groups have that "one friend" who loves to host and offers up their home every year, while others like to share the love and take turns hosting the festivities. Anyone who's ever entertained a large family gathering or group of friends knows that it can be a lot of work and sometimes, due to busy lives and busy schedules, no one is available to host special gatherings. When that happens, it's time to take Friendsgiving on the road, and where better than the #1 City in the USA?
If you're in need of a getaway this fall and Charleston SC is on your list, you've made the right choice. Once you've planned your trip and it comes time for packing, there's something you should keep in mind: fall in Charleston SC is unique. In terms of weather, it's still fairly hot. Not "dog days of summer" hot, but warm enough for t-shirts and flip flops, which can present a bit of a challenge for the fashionista whose fall wardrobe wouldn't be complete without their favorite flannel shirt, wool sweater, or boots. So what should you pack for your fall Charleston vacation? Use these tips to incorporate the fall fashion trends we all love while visiting the #1 City in the USA.