Fear of losing jobs and a general tightening of purse strings had many folks who planned to rent Hilton Head vacation homes cancelling their bookings at the last minute, according to The Island Packet, Hilton Head’s local paper.
The upside: Vacation homes and condos were deeply discounted, allowing families to take advantage of some great deals like resort credits and rentals marked down as much as 40 percent, the paper said.
A perusal of VacationHomeRental.com‘s own listings of last-minute specials supports that. If you haven’t made Labor Day weekend plans yet or are willing to try early September to rejuvenate, now is the time. Perhaps a spontaneous trip is in order? If you live close enough to Hilton Head, why the heck not?
Some places you could stay – all for under $750 a week:
1. A two-bedroom, two-and-a-half bathroom townhouse in Shipyard Plantation overlooking a golf course complete with screened porch, full kitchen and pool access. $600 a week from Sept. 2 to Feb. 28, 2009.
2. A two-bedroom, two bathroom vacation condo right on the beach with pools, six tennis courts, indoor jogging track, gym, raquetball courts, cabana and boardwalk. $725 a week from Sept. 1 to April 30, 2009.
3. Another beach rental with two bedrooms and two baths with three pools, six tennis courts, sauna, private boardwalk and a cabana that serves food and drinks. All that for $375 week from Sept. 6 to Oct. 31.
Property owners, take a lesson from the Hilton Head landlords and price your properties right. You’ll be happy when they move.
Valerie Moloney is your resident blogger and the Expansion Markets Editor for Citysearch.com, who oddly enough, feels panicked when asked, "What's the best place to eat in Chicago?" or her favorite, "It's my birthday. Where should we go with a party of six?" No stranger to travel--and traveling with kids--she is a young mom who ODs on the Internet when it comes to planning family trips or buying clothes. Here's hoping she finds you the vacation you deserve.