Renting a vacation home for the first time? Don’t take anything for granted.

renting a vacation home for the first time dont take anything for granted

For a spring getaway to Rehoboth, Del., the author’s extended family rented a vacation home for the first time.

When we sat down to plan our first family trip since the start of the pandemic, we knew we’d have to try something new. The size and composition of our group — four adults, two kids, and two dogs — would dictate our options. We were looking for drivability from D.C. (no one was ready to fly), a seaside walkway for strolling and teaching the toddlers to ride bikes, plus a dog-friendly town. Rehoboth, in Delaware, met the criteria, especially since pooches can romp in the sand and trot the boardwalk, and people can pedal the boards any time of day in the offseason.

We weren’t welcome at the city’s inns or hotels. Although some accept dogs under 30 pounds, none allow pets as big as Lily, my 100-pound Newfoundland pup, and almost none take two. Lexa, my daughter’s 12-pound Westie, was part of our pack. That’s why we dove into the listings on a well-known vacation rental booking site with a healthy roster of family- and dog-friendly properties in Rehoboth.

We haven’t even gone on the trip yet, but we’ve already made a few newbie mistakes…

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