Newsletter for Vacation Rental - Need Suggestions
The latest trend for us vacation home Rent-By-Owners is publishing a newsletter a couple times a year.
I'm curious how all of you feel about the concept?
I've worked up a draft for my very first one that I feel is informative to my guest. And I was trying to keep the advertising to a minimum.
I was thinking about mailing it to past guests and to future guests. For future guests this newsletter will hopefully be very useful. For past guests I am hoping to spark new interest.
Question of distribution: Should I mail them to their homes? Should I attach it to an email as a pdf file? Should I do both?
I then want to add the newsletter to my website. I was also thinking of added a section to the contact me page asking if they want to be added to my newsletter list.
Any suggestion, please!
Also, I'm listing my draft newsletter below. I am not a writer, so any critique are very welcome, please.
Lakeside Promise News
What to know before you hit the road!
Call ahead for the latest NH statewide weather and road conditions. If you are outside NH, dial 1-866-282-7579, instate dial 511.
Tips for Traveling north to Lakeside Promise
Its finally happened; New Hampshire has joined 9 other states now accepting the EZ-Pass. For those with an EZ-PASS this eases the burden of toll travel. If you are not traveling with an EZ-Pass make sure you head toward the rightmost cash only tollbooth. On your trip north you will encounter 3 tolls in NH. The first on I-95 in Hampton NH charges $1.00. The 2nd and 3rd are on route 16, also know as the Spaulding Turnpike. Each of those charges $0.50 and are located in Dover and Rochester.
After you have been driving a while you may want to make a stop to stretch your legs and hit the bathrooms. The Welcome Center in Seabrook NH is one of the cleanest facilities I have ever seen. And on a winter day, it’s the perfect place to warm up in front of their gorgeous floor to ceiling stone fireplace. Seabrook Welcome Center is the first welcome center encountered once entering New Hampshire traveling northbound on I-95. It is open year-round and 24 hours a day. Don’t forget to stock up on brochures of interest while you are there!
Drive a couple miles past the welcome center and you will find the NH State Liquor store in Hampton. Same as the welcome center, the liquor store is a rest stop - you don’t have to exit the highway. New Hampshire has no sales taxes making it a great place to buy your liquor and wine; the selection is huge. The store hours are 8AM – 9PM seven days a week. Yes, you can buy liquor on Sundays in New Hampshire.
For those of you who have stayed with us in the past, you know that the grocery store options are limited. We are happy to inform you that a Hannaford Super Market opened up in Rochester January of 2006. As you are following directions to Lakeside Promise coming from I-95 north, taking Route 16 north, Hannaford is at Exit 14 (Ten Rod Road). Take a right off the exit. Go straight at the lights and the super market is on your right. To get back on Route 16 north, follow the signs for the Spaulding Turnpike North. Hannaford Supermarket is open Monday – Saturday 7AM – 11PM and Sunday 7AM – 9PM.
The Music Review!
While most lake towns turn in early during the off-season, the town of Wolfeboro keeps the music going with Wolfeboro Folk, which runs autumn through spring. Shows are scheduled at least once a month at the Wolfeboro Inn beginning at 7PM. Get there at 5PM and enjoy a delicious dinner ahead of time. Upcoming events include Odetta on Sunday April 2, and David Francey in late April. Tickets average $15/person and can be bought online at [url removed] or by calling (603) 569-0997.
Moving forward to the hip and lively summer months of July & August, enjoy a free concert series every Saturday night from 7:30 – 9:30 at Cate Park in Wolfeboro. Bring a blanket and relax with the whole family. Venues have yet to be established. As the summer approaches try giving the Wolfeboro Chamber of Commerce a call for concert updates; (603) 569-2200.
Great Water Music Festival, found online at [url removed], is a non-profit organization setup to bring music and culture to the many that live and vacation in Wolfeboro. Ticket sales are intentionally affordable so all can enjoy. Performances take place on the shore of Lake Winnipesaukee in an acoustic tent on the Brewster Academy campus during the summer months. The 2005 summer season included music such as broadway, symphony, folk, gospel, blues, jazz, and swing with most shows selling out weeks in advance.
Lakeside Promise Developments
When was your last visit to Lakeside Promise?
Our newest amenity is our high-speed Internet connection. Requested by one of our upcoming guests, we decided to sign up for one year on a trial basis. As we are new to this offering, we would like to inform those traveling with laptops that this is only a modem setup, no firewall protection is provided. Since this is a trial I would like to ask all of you that come to Lakeside Promise this year to provide me with some feedback. Please let me know if you used this amenity and whether or not it worked well for your needs. A simple email is fine. Responses will help me decide to continue this offering in the future.
We look forward to the rest of 2006. And hope to grab a few vacation days here and there at Lakeside Promise as well. Please let me know if you have any suggestions for topics to include in our next addition.
Happy Vacationing – From The Clapp Family
See our website for the latest special offerings: [url removed]