Barn rentals – Holly Tree Lake George http://hollytreelakegeorge.com/ Sat, 06 Aug 2022 04:06:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://hollytreelakegeorge.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-2021-10-12T112821.242-120x120.png Barn rentals – Holly Tree Lake George http://hollytreelakegeorge.com/ 32 32 7 Last Minute Cabin Rentals in Ontario for a Late Summer Getaway https://hollytreelakegeorge.com/7-last-minute-cabin-rentals-in-ontario-for-a-late-summer-getaway/ Thu, 04 Aug 2022 15:05:21 +0000 https://hollytreelakegeorge.com/7-last-minute-cabin-rentals-in-ontario-for-a-late-summer-getaway/ It’s not too late to book a summer getaway here in Ontario. We are lucky to have so many beautiful lakes and forests in our province, which means there are plenty of cabins and cabins to browse. From off-the-grid glamping cabins to waterfront homes, you’re sure to find last-minute cabin rentals in Ontario that fit […]]]>

It’s not too late to book a summer getaway here in Ontario. We are lucky to have so many beautiful lakes and forests in our province, which means there are plenty of cabins and cabins to browse. From off-the-grid glamping cabins to waterfront homes, you’re sure to find last-minute cabin rentals in Ontario that fit your budget.

Here are eight of the best with plenty of dates available throughout late summer and early fall.

Evergreen Cabin in Muskoka Lakes

Photo via Airbnb

This biophilic eco retreat nestled in the woods of Skeleton Lake is perfect for a late summer getaway. The off-grid space offers “solitude, creative opportunity, and exploration,” the description reads.

“Mystical views of the forest and marshes from the cliff top set the mood for our sustainable, low-impact spaces, allowing you to connect with nature indoors and out.” This is the ultimate glamping experience in the woods.

Where: Muskoka Lakes, Ontario

Peaceful lakeside getaway

Photo via Airbnb

This quiet getaway is just 2.5 hours from Toronto. The property is a rustic 3 bedroom cabin with a full kitchen and a lakeside dock, where you can relax in the sun during the day and around a fire at night. Take a canoe or pedalo to explore the many islands in the lake, fish and swim in the lake.

Where: Gilmour, Ontario

14th homestead barn loft

Photo via Airbnb

This herringbone barn loft is over 100 years old and is available for booking in August and September for two people. The Barn Loft is described by hosts as a “lovingly restored authentic century-old barn with 1250 square feet of open space.”

“A reclaimed barn wood bar shapes the kitchen, complete with stainless steel refrigerator and gas range. Relax in the rustic bathroom under the skylight of the clawfoot tub. Private, peaceful, and one of a kind.

Where: Essex, Ontario

Scenic Waterfront Treehouse

Photo via Airbnb

This charming treehouse sits on 100 acres of pristine forest in the Ottawa area. The one-of-a-kind, custom-designed, off-the-grid treehouse is tucked away in a private area surrounded by a pond and all the wildlife you can imagine.

“Enjoy the sounds and sights of bullfrogs, songbirds, turtles, squirrels and wolves as you dose yourself in the nature sanctuary,” the description reads. Have been sold!

Where: Ottawa, Ontario

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Cottage “Small Space, Great Memories”

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This tiny cottage is approximately 380 square feet with 300 square feet of outdoor deck space, but you will have 7 acres of common property to enjoy during your stay. Warm up around the professionally designed fire pit, explore the waterfront and nearby trails for a quick escape from the city.

Where: Campbellford, Ont.

A waterfront chalet for couples

Photo via Airbnb

Not only are you spoiled for outdoor activities like nearby hiking trails, provincial parks, and beaches, but this adorable two-bedroom cottage also includes a basement movie theater with reclining chairs, where you and your friends or partner can snuggle up for a cozy night.

Where: Lowbanks, Ontario

Romantic Lakeside Cabin

Photo via Airbnb

Although recently remodeled, this home still has that rustic “cabin in the woods” feel, with southwest-facing water views, a private dock, and a two-person hammock to enjoy the peace and quiet. tranquility. It’s ideal for a couple or a getaway with a friend, and free provincial park passes are provided during your stay.

Where: Huntsville, Ontario

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Airbnb Rentals in Tampa Bay for a One-Night Stay https://hollytreelakegeorge.com/airbnb-rentals-in-tampa-bay-for-a-one-night-stay/ Sat, 30 Jul 2022 22:50:34 +0000 https://hollytreelakegeorge.com/airbnb-rentals-in-tampa-bay-for-a-one-night-stay/ Do you want to feel like you have traveled to an exotic and distant place without going far from home? Unique accommodations in the Tampa Bay area are plentiful, from decorated yachts to luxury RVs. We scoured Airbnb to find local properties that offer the vacation experience just beyond your own front door. Check out […]]]>

Do you want to feel like you have traveled to an exotic and distant place without going far from home? Unique accommodations in the Tampa Bay area are plentiful, from decorated yachts to luxury RVs. We scoured Airbnb to find local properties that offer the vacation experience just beyond your own front door. Check out these uncommon Tampa Bay Airbnb spots and start planning your stay.

Enjoy all the perks of waterfront living with a weekend at this stylish loft along the Hillsborough River. Your stay includes the entire upper level of a charming bungalow (the lower level is also available to rent), complete with your own private deck facing the water. Speaking of water, head to the river in the free kayaks and canoes available to guests. Or head to nearby ZooTampa for an animal encounter.

RiverEdge Loft Tampa Bay Airbnb
Image credit: RiverEdge Loft

Thinking of testing life on the road? Hosts Micah & Jana provide a unique nighttime experience in their vintage 1971 Empress Airstream. For on-property recreation, relax in the hammock under a towering oak tree, play in the saltwater pool and hot tub, or roast s’mores around the fire pit. The outdoor space is shared with a small house and a loft, just FYI. It is also important to note that the private bathroom is not located in the Airstream, but in a separate area just 20 feet away. The Airstream is conveniently located just across the bridge from Anna Maria Island giving you easy access to the beach by car.

Image Credit: Vintage ’71 Airstream

History buffs will love the backstory behind this amazing property. Stark Farms offers a handful of unique accommodations, including a new Tiny House and multiple rooms in the Mansion, a sprawling 7,000 square foot home. But the real highlight is The Barn, a Revolutionary War-era barn that was tagged, dismantled, and moved from New Hampshire, then rebuilt on site. Inside, you’ll find countless period antiques, original barn wood used throughout the decor, and fascinating historical details about the property. The Upper Tampa Bay Trail passes the property and the Brooker Creek Preserve is less than 20 minutes’ drive away.

The common area on the ground floor is shared by all guests and the one upstairs houses five bedrooms. Each room is named after a member of the Stark family, who built the barn in the late 1700s. Opt for the John Stark or Archibald Stark room if you want more space and a private bathroom.

Unique Airbnb rentals in Tampa Bay
Image Credit: The Stark Farms Barn

If you’ve always wanted a taste of farm life, here’s your chance. This tiny house is located on a 4-acre working city farm, which is also a 501c3 educational nonprofit. Sweetwater Organic Farm has four market fields for vegetables, fruit trees, herb gardens and a native walking trail. The private little cabin features a loft, two porches and great views. An outdoor shower is connected to the small cabin with hot and cold water available. There is a public bath with two toilet stalls and a small kitchenette (hence the name, “rustic”.). Guests are invited to walk around the farm and learn about the animals and nature. They also organize volunteer days at the farm on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday from 9 am to 12 pm.

Little Rustic Cabin at Sweetwater Farm

If you’re curious about living in a tiny house but aren’t a fan of loft beds and super-tiny spaces, this is the Airbnb for you. Host Stephanie and her husband built their first tiny house in 2015 (located next door and also available on Airbnb) before embarking on the construction of this slightly more spacious tiny house in 2017. Full bedroom located upstairs. The convenient location provides walking access to the main hustle and bustle of historic Ybor. Ask for Stephanie’s list of local recommendations if you’re looking for the best local places to visit during your stay. Dedicated street parking is available.

Big Little House Tampa Bay Airbnb
Image credit: Big Tiny House

Want the feeling of “camping” (although let’s be honest, more like “glamping”)? This charming and comfortable motorhome has been recently updated and renovated. Located in the heart of Tampa, it has the feel of a luxury RV mixed with a studio. Guests will have access to all outdoor areas and full use of the grill. Conveniently located minutes from downtown Tampa and 11 minutes from Busch Gardens and Adventure Island.

Image Credit: Delicious Motorhome

Test life on the boat with an overnight stay on a yacht! Hosts Sheryl & Rich offer this unique stay aboard their 84′ yacht, which is moored in a quiet marina near Treasure Island. No, the boat will not leave the dock during your stay, but you can charter a private cruise (additional cost) on Lady Pearl’s sister ship, Miss Molly. Opt for the private sunset cruise for the ultimate romance! And, of course, you can enjoy boating perks like enjoying a sunset from the top deck and falling asleep to the gentle lapping of the waves. There are also two kayaks and a paddle board available for free use. There are multiple bedrooms, making this Airbnb ideal for families or two couples. Venture to Treasure Island for more fun in the sun, or head to downtown St. Pete to explore.

Image credit: Lady Pearl

OTHER AIRBNB TAMPA RENTALS TO TRY:

Did you know you can also book experiences through Airbnb? No overnight stay required! Go to Airbnb’s website, select your city and click on “Experiences” for a list of great things to do! There are several in the Tampa area that offer everything from fishing to biking and even cooking and art classes. Check out our list of Airbnb picks, including our visit to The Dancing Goat Dairy Farm – one of the best Airbnb experiences in Tampa Bay!

The Dancing Goat Dairy Farm

All images credit the respective property unless otherwise stated

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Five unique vacation rentals for your next stay https://hollytreelakegeorge.com/five-unique-vacation-rentals-for-your-next-stay/ Sat, 30 Jul 2022 07:34:03 +0000 https://hollytreelakegeorge.com/five-unique-vacation-rentals-for-your-next-stay/ There’s no denying that the UK is full of beautiful places, but have you ever considered a stay closer to home? Along with plenty of natural scenery, there are also some truly unique properties, from yurts to Victorian reading rooms – and they’re all closer than you think! We’ve rounded up the best of the […]]]>

There’s no denying that the UK is full of beautiful places, but have you ever considered a stay closer to home?

Along with plenty of natural scenery, there are also some truly unique properties, from yurts to Victorian reading rooms – and they’re all closer than you think!

We’ve rounded up the best of the bunch below.

Nest in the Treehouse, Blackdown Hills

The tree house is the only one in this wooded area. (treeholidays.co.uk )

The Nest is a traditional treehouse set in a tranquil forest, built around an oak tree. With a spiral staircase leading up to the house, there is a bedroom that can accommodate two people, as well as many amenities such as a kitchenette, sofa and TV and a bathroom.

The Old Reading Rooms, Wiveliscombe

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The Old Reading Rooms were built for Queen Victoria’s Jubilee. (The best of Exmoor at holidaylettings.co.uk )

The Old Reading Rooms is a Grade II listed townhouse believed to date back to 1887 to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee. The building was divided into two reading rooms, one for the public and one for members.

The property now houses up to four people over three floors, including two bedrooms, a kitchen/dining room and an enclosed patio.

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The yurts all have different color themes. (somersetyurts.co.uk )

A selection of themed yurts – one blue for evening, one orange for sunrise – these dairy farm rentals come fully furnished, each accommodating a different number of people. There are also safari lodges or a geodesic dome with a stargazing window.

Greenham Hall, Wellington

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Greenham Hall was built in 1848. (Booking.com )

Greenham Hall is a Victorian country house built in 1848. It has a variety of en suite rooms and is close to Exmoor National Park.

The Old Chapel, Wellington

Good holidays

The old chapel adjoins a pub in the hamlet of Staple Cross. (Demi on holidaycottages.co.uk )

This barn-chapel was converted into a gîte in 1926 and combines period charm and contemporary comfort, accommodating six people in three bedrooms. It’s also next to a pub!

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Letter: Short-term rentals should be taxed https://hollytreelakegeorge.com/letter-short-term-rentals-should-be-taxed/ Mon, 25 Jul 2022 18:01:00 +0000 https://hollytreelakegeorge.com/letter-short-term-rentals-should-be-taxed/ It will be difficult to support employee housing solutions financed by the property tax if local elected officials continue on their current path. In a recent poll and in last week’s Sky-High News it was represented that we cannot ‘tax’ short term rentals. This is misleading, all local political jurisdictions may impose charges on short […]]]>

It will be difficult to support employee housing solutions financed by the property tax if local elected officials continue on their current path.

In a recent poll and in last week’s Sky-High News it was represented that we cannot ‘tax’ short term rentals. This is misleading, all local political jurisdictions may impose charges on short term rentals.

If a landlord can earn more from short-term rentals than full-time rentals, we’ll see investors continue to pull houses out of the housing stock. Economic modeling can determine the level of fees needed to remove this incentive. Fees can also level the playing field for commercial homeowners who are subject to higher property taxes.



It has also been said that placing housing charges on new construction is too heavy a lift. New developments must be required to pay to help house the employees needed for these projects. Many say this horse left the barn. New horses need a new stable.

Finally, taxpayers deserve to know what the position of Commissioner nominee Steve Skinner and recently “anointed” nominee/commissioner Randy George is on the use of lodging taxes and these other fees to help fund housing. We cannot welcome new visitors until we can take care of those who are already coming here.



Voters should expect Skinner to be asked to respond when George is quoted as extensively in the News as he was last week.

If local taxpayers are asked to fund employee housing from our hard-earned property taxes, elected officials must fund this effort from all appropriate wells. Perhaps the ballot question can include all of these questions.
It must remain affordable for new and existing residents to live in our community.

Andy MillerFraser

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A lighthouse is part of CT’s unique summer rentals https://hollytreelakegeorge.com/a-lighthouse-is-part-of-cts-unique-summer-rentals/ Wed, 13 Jul 2022 14:09:00 +0000 https://hollytreelakegeorge.com/a-lighthouse-is-part-of-cts-unique-summer-rentals/ The flagship suite at Saybrook Resort and Marina. Courtesy of Saybrook Resort and Marina The flagship suite at Saybrook Point Resort and Marina offers vacationers a private stay at the end of the resort’s docks with a panoramic view of where the Connecticut River meets the Long Island Sound. While the lighthouse was never operational, […]]]>

The flagship suite at Saybrook Resort and Marina.

Courtesy of Saybrook Resort and Marina

The flagship suite at Saybrook Point Resort and Marina offers vacationers a private stay at the end of the resort’s docks with a panoramic view of where the Connecticut River meets the Long Island Sound. While the lighthouse was never operational, the room has the authentic feel of a New England lighthouse.

The property has belonged to the Tagliatela family for over 30 years. However, the resort hasn’t always been the unique coastal stay it is now, said Candace Engdall, director of marketing for Saybrook Point Resort.

“When the family bought this property in the 1980s, it needed repairs,” Engdall said. “It was run down and we knew it was a shady place; it needed some work.

The private balcony of the Lighthouse Suite at Old Saybrook offers panoramic water views.

The private balcony of the Lighthouse Suite at Old Saybrook offers panoramic water views.

Courtesy of Saybrook Resort and Marina

According to the resort’s history on its site, Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack were regulars at the resort before the Tagliatela family purchased the property. Back then it was known as the Terra Mar Resort and Yacht Basin, and it was eventually raided by the FBI in 1975 for being an illegal gambling site.

Shortly after the Tagliatelas acquired the resort, construction began on the Old Saybrook property, turning it into the guest houses, two vacation villas and 102 guest rooms that make up the resort today. However, the original construction did not include the Lighthouse Suite with the intention of renting it out to guests.

“While the family was renovating Mrs. Tagliatela wanted a small beach house so they built the Lighthouse Suite at the end of the docks for her to stay in while they did the work so she would have her little space on the beach. water,” Engdall said.

The breakfast area of ​​the Lighthouse Suite.

The breakfast area of ​​the Lighthouse Suite.

Studio William Briggs

The bedroom of the Lighthouse Suite.

The bedroom of the Lighthouse Suite.

Studio William Briggs

When the hotel became operational, the family transformed their own private one-bedroom suite into a unique opportunity for guests to stay in a New England lighthouse. Today, the suite is available from May through October, though Engdall says it’s usually booked from Memorial Day through late September. She said the suite attracts many visitors who return to the resort year after year to stay in the Lighthouse Room.

“You’re right there, right on the water. There are boats around, but you’re right at the edge of the wharf, Engdall said. “You really get that experience of the coastline, the salty air, the hot summer nights, and the sunsets and sunrises – whether you stay in the main resort or the Lighthouse suite – are spectacular.”

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Google’s Best Hudson Valley Cabin Rentals https://hollytreelakegeorge.com/googles-best-hudson-valley-cabin-rentals/ Wed, 13 Jul 2022 13:43:10 +0000 https://hollytreelakegeorge.com/googles-best-hudson-valley-cabin-rentals/ Summer is the best time to camp! There’s nothing quite like roughing it and enjoying nature at its best. That’s if you’re into that sort of thing. Maybe you like to get outside and see nature, but you still need a comfortable bed and a bit of air conditioning. Maybe you love getting lost in […]]]>

Summer is the best time to camp! There’s nothing quite like roughing it and enjoying nature at its best. That’s if you’re into that sort of thing. Maybe you like to get outside and see nature, but you still need a comfortable bed and a bit of air conditioning. Maybe you love getting lost in the woods, but hate being too far from a bathroom. One thing that bridges the gap between roughing it and having a comfortable wilderness experience is cabin rentals. Renting a cabin for a weekend can be a great restorative stay in nature while still having some of the conveniences of home. Whether you’re looking for a great vacation or you need a place to get away from it all while working on a creative project and don’t want to be disturbed, these Hudson Valley cabin rental services should be able to meet your needs!

Eastern Catskill Cabins Getaway

Google rating: 4.5 stars

At Getaway, they believe in making more space for more free time. Their tiny cabins offer:

  • Queen beds or Queen bunk beds with crisp linens and comfy pillows
  • Air conditioning/heating
  • Phone
  • Kitchenettes equipped with two-burner stove, mini-fridge, dishes, cookware, coffee and tea
  • Private bathroom with shower. Towels, soap, shampoo and conditioner are provided
  • An outdoor fireplace with picnic grill, tables and chairs

Hudson Valley Cabin

Google rating: 4.5 stars

“The most enchanting and secluded escape from life just for two.” This cabin experience is perfect for a romantic getaway. Their one-room log cabin with a wood-burning fireplace sits on the shore of its own 3.5-acre lake on 85 acres of land. The cabin adjoins the 105 acre Winnakee Land Trust with 3 miles of hiking trails.

  • With the lake, enjoy fishing, swimming, rowing, games in the water with their inflatable boats.
  • Outdoor cooking and dining can be enjoyed any time of the day or night with outdoor lighting
  • Hammocks, hanging chairs, deckchairs and benches are at your disposal to relax
  • Great place for birthday and anniversary getaways. In addition, it has been the site of many marriage proposals over the years.

Clove Cottages

Google rating: 4.9 stars

From May to November, enjoy one of their 8 cozy guest rooms on their 9 scenic acres. Located near the Mohonk Preserve and Minnewaska State Park, enjoy world-class hiking, biking, and rock climbing. The cottages are also close to the village of New Paltz, making it easy to get into town and enjoy the best of shopping and dining. Not only that, but it facilitates access to the wine route! These cabins are also pet friendly!

  • Bathrooms (towels provided)
  • Kitchen
  • Living room
  • WIRELESS
  • SmartTV,
  • Porch
  • Park grills
  • King or Queen bed

Willow Lake Farms Vacation Homes

Google rating: 4.9 stars

Nestled in the Taconic Mountains near Fishkill, Willow Lake Farms is a respite where guests come to relax, fish, hike and boat on a beautiful historic estate overlooking a private 5-acre lake. The 100-acre property has three furnished cabins available for vacation rental. All of their properties are tastefully decorated, bright, comfortable and fully equipped with linens, cooking utensils and crockery. Housekeeping services are included. For those who need to stay connected, free high-speed WIFI and cable TV are provided. Willow Lake Farms also hosts many weddings and special events throughout the year!

  • The door house
    • Hickory: 3 bedrooms, sleeps 6
    • Chestnut: 2 bedrooms + mezzanine, sleeps 6
  • Log cabin by the lake
    • Ground floor: 2 bedrooms, sleeps 4
    • Second floor: 2 bedrooms, sleeps 4
  • The cottage
    • Nestled at the back of the domain. 2 bedrooms, 4 beds. folding sofa allows a possibility of 6

Vacation Rentals in Hudson Valley

Private Realms is a unique collection of vacation home rental properties that exist across the United States and Europe. Around us, take advantage of the homes available in the Woodstock area. Each home, unique with its own unique location and style, has been impeccably restored, maintained and fitted with world-class amenities.

  • The Barn at Witten Pond: An architectural feat fusing old and new architecture with elegance, luxury and handcrafted features such as a handmade Tuscan fireplace and local blue stone tub.
  • Lily of the valley: from around 1910, it’s charm, history, antiquities, and as some say, magic
  • Witten Gatehouse: a small barn built in 1925 is now a contemporary abode with further renovations in late 2014 offering a fully equipped modern kitchen and luxury spa bathroom

Amenities you can expect include:

  • SmartTV/WIFI
  • Microwave
  • Mezzanine bedroom
  • A/C
  • Kitchen
  • Good cell service
  • Chimney
  • Thermal bathroom
  • Gas heating
  • Pets welcome

Home Sweet Hudson

Google rating: 5 stars

Home Sweet Hudson is the luxury vacation rental management company in the Mid Hudson Valley. Their collection of vacation rentals ranges from cozy cabins to rustic farmhouses to modern getaways. Each property in their portfolio has been hand selected due to its unique location and character. their team prides itself on marrying the magic of the Hudson Valley with the hotel quality and comfort that frequent-traveling guests seek.

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Planning Commission has mixed reaction to short-term tourist rentals and data centers – Royal Examiner https://hollytreelakegeorge.com/planning-commission-has-mixed-reaction-to-short-term-tourist-rentals-and-data-centers-royal-examiner/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://hollytreelakegeorge.com/planning-commission-has-mixed-reaction-to-short-term-tourist-rentals-and-data-centers-royal-examiner/ The Warren County Board of Supervisors (BOS) received briefings at its Tuesday, July 12, town hall meeting from county staff on proposed salary increases, a new compensation structure and an ePacket management process, and learned of a new parachute company operating at the front. Royal Warren County Airport. Albert and Julie van Jaarsveld (left and […]]]>

The Warren County Board of Supervisors (BOS) received briefings at its Tuesday, July 12, town hall meeting from county staff on proposed salary increases, a new compensation structure and an ePacket management process, and learned of a new parachute company operating at the front. Royal Warren County Airport.

Albert and Julie van Jaarsveld (left and right), owners of Skydive Front Royal, detailed how their new venture will work with the city and county during Tuesday’s supervisors’ working session.

BOS President Cheryl Cullers, Vice President Delores Oates and Members Jerome Butler, Vicky Cook and Walter Mabe attended the approximately two hour working session. Cook invited Albert and Julie van Jaarsveld, owners and operators of Skydive Front Royal, to provide BOS with an informal presentation “so that everyone understands what the company does” at the airport, where she said many exciting things were happening. .

Albert van Jaarsveld, originally from South Africa, came to the United States about 11 years ago to practice skydiving, met his future wife, Julie, originally from Warren County, and in 2018 returned to the area from Georgia to be closer to his family. .

Albert van Jaarsveld has over 12 years of skydiving experience and holds multiple licenses, is a professional trainer and tandem master, and is an experienced resident tandem instructor. He has nearly 3,000 parachute jumps and over 2,000 tandem jumps, which means he takes passengers with him on a parachute jump.

Skydive Front Royal currently has a commercial license to operate and will provide tandem jumps using the Sigma Dual parachute system manufactured by United Parachute Technologies, who build skydiving harness/container systems for sport and military use.

Van Jaarsveld said Skydive Front Royal will begin operations using a Cessna 182 aircraft which will take two pairs in tandem, or two clients at a time for the jumps. If the business grows, he said, they might buy a bigger plane “but we’ll see how that goes.”

In fact, if the business does well over the next few years, the van Jaarsvelds would also like to set up a school where they could train paratroopers, he said, adding that “for now we will only tandem jumps”.

The owners of the company have reviewed their standard operating procedures, which include a registration of customers. To take a tandem jump, customers must have federally issued identification, sign an extended waiver to cover all parties involved, be 18 years of age or older and fit to skydive, and weigh less than 240 pounds.

Julie and Albert van Jaarsveld (above, left and right) also told BOS members that they were happy and excited to work with the community and the local airport to make their business a success.

“We are joining the Chamber of Commerce and will work closely with other outdoor businesses to promote Warren County and increase foot traffic for tourism in our town,” said Julie van Jaarsveld, who added that Skydive Front Royal also plans to provide opportunities for community fundraisers, as well as for new commercial pilots to come and build flight hours.

“And with our operation we create several job opportunities,” said Albert van Jaarsveld.

The business will operate Thursday through Monday, with days off on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Salary structure, salaries, bonuses
Warren County Human Resources Director Jane Meadows discussed proposals for a new compensation structure, as well as salary increases and vacation payouts.

For example, with respect to the county’s method of pay structure, it currently has a hybrid grade/step structure that is more controlled with less opportunity to offer employees increases that result from time with the organization and adequate performance.

“We want to get away from that and recognize performance,” Meadows told BOS.

County staff are proposing to move to a pay band structure in which compensation would be focused on the position and value to the organization rather than the individual in the position. This would create clearly defined upper and lower salary limits for specific positions and clear determinants – such as experience, education, performance, increased complexity, new/upgraded skills – to indicate where an employee is placed at the within the band and the process of promotion to a higher band.

A performance-based system, Meadows said, would allow the county to better attract and retain talent, and she said the pay band system would help provide competitive salaries in the local market and compensate employees for skills. they bring to the county or achieve while working for the county.

“Wage brackets would also help with staffing issues,” Meadows said, “and we want to make sure we’re doing the right thing for employees.”

Cullers said she was happy to hear about this proposed change.

“You encourage performance, encourage education – you encourage all good things,” Oates confirmed.

Regarding merit increases, county employees who demonstrate outstanding performance over the previous year based on the annual employee performance review would receive a merit increase of up to 2%, a said Meadows, who said his office realizes that this is both an ongoing process that should be budgeted for and that it would take time to fully fund.

Meadows also presented information on vacation payments and a salary incentive proposal for employees who maintain additional Advanced Life Saving (ALS) certifications.

The current policy is that paid time off for non-exempt employees who are scheduled or called to work on designated county holidays are paid for the hours worked. County staff are proposing that sheriff’s office employees who work holidays receive a maximum of eight hours of compensatory time classified as paid vacation, while fire department employees receive payment for overtime rather than compensatory time or compensation. holidays.

Meadows explained that currently the county has 84 employees with vacation balances that were not used in the 2021-22 fiscal year. To pay accrued annual leave balances, it would be $144,000 if paid before August 1, 2022.

The recommendation for payment of funding is a request to carry over from the 2021-2022 fiscal year and to plan for future vacation by revising the policy to allow employees who are required to work on statutory holidays to use vacation within 30 days. or getting paid for the time, Meadows explained.

With respect to the ALS salary incentive proposal, Warren County employees who maintain additional ALS certifications would be eligible to receive an allowance. For example, an advanced level provider would receive a $3,000 allowance, while a mid-level officer would receive a $4,500 allowance, and a paramedic level officer would receive a $6,000 allowance.

Warren County Fire and Rescue Chief James Bonzano (above) recommended the one-time incentive payments in May and during the working session provided context for the request, saying 84% of its service’s call volume is related to EMS services.

“We are fighting a significant number of fires in this community, especially with response times and burn times,” Bonzano said, noting that there is also an exceptionally high number of people in emergencies being transported. who “are very ill”.

Therefore, Bonzano said, “the idea of ​​incentivizing Advanced Life Support for our providers makes tremendous sense.”

Without such incentives, Meadows said, the county could experience “significant gaps” in recruiting and retaining qualified professionals who want to continue improving and advancing their vital skills, among other advanced certifications.

E-packets could save time and money
Warren County Board Assistant Clerk Emily Ciarrocchi provided BOS members with an update on the status of the process for electronic packet management, or e-packet, proposals.

In January, she discussed the benefits of transitioning to ePacket Management for Warren County Boards and Commissions – such as saving staff time and money – and, together with the Chief Technology Officer of the county and the deputy director of finance, contacted several suppliers who provide such solutions, watched demonstrations of the various products and received proposals from two suppliers, CivicClerk and Granicus.

Ciarrocchi reviewed both options and said the county’s Technology Review Board will also review both options and provide a recommendation to the BOS for software and hardware.

The total cost of the CivicClerk system for one year would be $7,110. The Granicus system would cost $11,000 for one year or $11,700 for two years, increasing each year to almost $14,419 in the fifth year, she said. Funding for the chosen system would be through the Technology Council’s post in the county’s asset replacement fund.

While no motion was needed from the board, Ciarrocchi said the staff would like the BOS to come to a consensus on which company/product to move forward on.

All staff items will be on the agenda for formal consideration by the BOS at its July 19 meeting.

Watch the July 12 working session in its entirety at: https://warrencountyva.new.swagit.com/videos/176988


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Keefe Vacation Rentals merges to become Geneva Lakes Vacations | Local News https://hollytreelakegeorge.com/keefe-vacation-rentals-merges-to-become-geneva-lakes-vacations-local-news/ Sat, 11 Jun 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://hollytreelakegeorge.com/keefe-vacation-rentals-merges-to-become-geneva-lakes-vacations-local-news/ Lake Geneva Regional News Keefe Vacation Rentals, based in Lake Geneva, merged with Geneva Lakes Property Consulting, changed its name to Geneva Lakes Vacations, moved to a new central office in downtown Lake Geneva and recently welcomed a new General Manager. Keefe Vacation Rentals and Geneva Lakes Property Consulting merged in March 2020 and recently […]]]>

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Keefe Vacation Rentals, based in Lake Geneva, merged with Geneva Lakes Property Consulting, changed its name to Geneva Lakes Vacations, moved to a new central office in downtown Lake Geneva and recently welcomed a new General Manager.

Keefe Vacation Rentals and Geneva Lakes Property Consulting merged in March 2020 and recently moved their offices and operations center to 326 Center St. in downtown Lake Geneva, also known as the Deignan Building.

Additionally, Geneva Lakes Vacations recently welcomed a new General Manager to the team to oversee the growing operation. As the short-term rental industry has transformed with the emergence of websites like AirBnb and VRBO, as well as increased traveler demand, these changes represent an evolution of the business to better serve the local community and visitors to the area.

Since 1989, Keefe Vacation Rentals has provided full-service local management to area property owners and concierge service to visitors seeking to rent private homes in the Lake District, primarily around area lakes and resort communities. closed such as Geneva National and Abbey Springs.

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Geneva Lakes Property Consulting, which was owned by Samantha Strenger, primarily served and operated short-term rentals in downtown Lake Geneva. Owners Tom Keefe and Strenger met in early 2020 and quickly realized that a partnership would create a stronger business to serve both clienteles.

“Shortly after Tom and I met, we realized that we had complementary strengths and areas of expertise and that by combining the businesses we could better serve our individual customers, as well as grow to accommodate more. visitors and deliver a 5-star experience,” Strenger said in a press release. “We quickly decided to partner officially effective March 1, 2021, and over the past year the partnership has worked better than I thought, neither of us had intended. Our staff has more than tripled and we managed over 5x more stays in 2021 than our combined stays in 2020. More importantly, we maintained an average rating of over 4.9 stars and we are very excited about our future.

Just over a year after the merger, the partners are now very pleased to announce a new name for the operation, Geneva Lakes Vacations.

“As many are aware, Keefe Real Estate partnered with Compass in November 2021, but we actually began the Keefe Vacation Rentals rebranding process prior to those discussions,” Keefe said. “We hope to grow our business to not only continue to be the premier manager of vacation rental properties, but to become the trusted name for visitors traveling here to help them have amazing vacations and experiences in the area. We felt the name Geneva Lakes Vacations would resonate with them on a deeper level. Tourism is essential to our local economy, and our vision is to be a leader in helping the Lake Geneva region establish itself as a destination with exciting, unique and high-quality availability of short-term rental options. . This sector of the travel industry is growing faster than any other, and we have a unique opportunity to establish that reputation and continue to benefit our local economy.

Along with growing business and demand, Geneva Lakes Vacations needed a new home and found it at 326 Center Street in downtown Lake Geneva.

“With many properties under management in the central business district, the new headquarters will bring us closer to our customers and allow us to improve our service,” said Strenger. “In addition, we believe it is important to be part of our community so that we can contribute to the responsible management and growth of visitors to the region. We strive to be a good neighbor and intend to be an active participant in ensuring the continued partnership with our local communities.

In addition to these changes, Geneva Lakes Vacations also recently welcomed Patrick Liberg as General Manager.

With a background in hospitality and operations, partners Keefe and Strenger look forward to working with Liberg to take on day-to-day operational responsibilities, while also getting involved in the local tourism and business community.

Liberg, a resident of Twin Lakes, brings over a decade of relevant experience to GLV: “I moved to Twin Lakes three years ago and am absolutely in love with everything the Lake Geneva region has to offer. offer visitors. With my background in operations and hospitality, I am excited to take on the role of General Manager to continue to build on the success of Geneva Lakes Vacations and help fulfill the mission of creating incredible experiences for owners and visitors. . Additionally, I love being involved and look forward to working with the local chamber and visitors bureau to find ways to improve and enhance the tourism industry in the area.

For more information on Geneva Lakes Vacations and to view properties under management, visit www.genevalakesvacations.com.

If you are a landlord looking for more information on renting your property, contact marshall@genevalakesvacations.com; if you are a visitor interested in staying at one of the company’s properties, contact alisa@genevalakesvacations.com.

Founded in 1989, Geneva Lakes Vacations, formerly known as Keefe Vacation Rentals, offers comprehensive management of over 75 rental properties in the greater Lake Geneva region and works directly with visitors to help them plan their trip to the region. Geneva Lakes Vacations plays an active role in improving the tourism industry by working with community stakeholders to ensure a positive experience for residents and visitors.

Additionally, Geneva Lakes Vacations operates the Keefe Foundation, which supports local non-profit organizations.

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United Rentals Announces Trench Safety Training Series https://hollytreelakegeorge.com/united-rentals-announces-trench-safety-training-series/ Thu, 09 Jun 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://hollytreelakegeorge.com/united-rentals-announces-trench-safety-training-series/ United Rentals, Inc. has announced a series of online trench safety education events in support of Trench Safety Stand Down 2022, which runs June 20-24. The free training sessions will promote awareness of trenching and excavation hazards and improve understanding of work practices that can help jobsites be safe and productive. Trench Safety Stand Down […]]]>

United Rentals, Inc. has announced a series of online trench safety education events in support of Trench Safety Stand Down 2022, which runs June 20-24. The free training sessions will promote awareness of trenching and excavation hazards and improve understanding of work practices that can help jobsites be safe and productive.

Trench Safety Stand Down is a national initiative to reinforce the importance of working safely in and around trenches and excavations. Employers are encouraged to review with employees the hazards associated with trenching and excavation work, the regulations surrounding it, and work practices to ensure their safety and that of their co-workers.

“Working in trenches and other excavations is one of the most dangerous activities in construction, but safety measures and regulations are in place to make most trenching accidents preventable,” said Blake Smith, Sales and Marketing Manager, Trench Safety Region at United Rentals. “Creating a strong culture of trenching and excavation safety not only mitigates risk, but can also improve site productivity. Companies that invest in training workers in safe excavation practices find that their projects are completed more efficiently and safely. »

2022 Trench Safety Stand Down Training Program

Anyone can attend these online training sessions. To register, go to the Trench Safety Stand Down Week webpage. Here are the themes and the program of the training sessions:

  • The Buried Truth Uncovered: A Survivor’s Story. In this session, attendees will hear from a trench collapse survivor as he shares his terrifying experience of being buried alive. Eric Giguère, former construction worker and recognized expert in safety awareness, will speak about his life-changing fatal work accident, as well as his personal commitment to safety awareness. Available: June 20 at 7 a.m. and June 22 at 2 p.m. CDT.
  • Tabulated data What is it and why is it important. Virtually everything used in the construction world has a capacity. Each manufacturer will provide details of what their equipment will do. If one were to use equipment beyond its rated capacity, failure may occur. Trench safety equipment is no different. Bruce Magee from United Rentals will be hosting this webinar to help attendees learn what these specifications, recommendations and usage limitations are for shoring and shoring equipment. This session will also discuss what needs to happen when equipment needs to be used beyond its rated capacity. Available: June 21 at 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. CDT.
  • Who is in charge? This webinar, moderated by Joe Wise of United Rentals, will focus on what regulators typically look for when considering a competent person/worker to oversee all aspects of an excavation. As the session breaks down this important role, it will examine the responsibilities and tasks of skilled people/workers specific to excavation and trenching projects. Additionally, the webinar will review the qualifications and education requirements to consider when appointing and further developing a competent person. Available: June 23 at 7:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. CDT.

Additionally, United Rentals Trench Safety will be participating in a live trench training event on June 22 in San Antonio, hosted by the San Antonio Chapter of the National Utility Contractors Association. United Rentals experts will be available at an interactive station to discuss trench safety systems and best practices. Eric Giguère will be the featured speaker for the event.

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Advantages and disadvantages of short-term rental – Royal Examiner https://hollytreelakegeorge.com/advantages-and-disadvantages-of-short-term-rental-royal-examiner/ Tue, 07 Jun 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://hollytreelakegeorge.com/advantages-and-disadvantages-of-short-term-rental-royal-examiner/ This happens a lot – you see a big house, but there’s a big “Pending” sign on it, or maybe the house is labeled “Contingent”. You are unlucky ? Most likely. But there is hope, especially on contingent property. A pending transaction means that the sale of the house is far from complete. The house […]]]>

This happens a lot – you see a big house, but there’s a big “Pending” sign on it, or maybe the house is labeled “Contingent”. You are unlucky ?

Most likely. But there is hope, especially on contingent property.

A pending transaction means that the sale of the house is far from complete. The house is under contract, the offer has been accepted, all contingencies have been met and the parties are ready.

Your real estate agent might still know if the seller would still accept offers, but chances are both the seller and the buyer are ready to close the deal.

Contingent sales have more possibilities.

There are all sorts of possibilities.

The main one is funding. If for any reason the buyer cannot obtain financing, the transaction may be cancelled. This can happen if the buyer has been pre-approved for a loan but something happens. Perhaps the buyer suddenly loses his job or the lender discovers an undeclared debt when underwriting. In this case, the deal may well fail and the house will be for sale again.

Selling a home also depends on an appraisal. The lender cannot grant a loan above fair market value. So if the valuation is low, the deal might fail. To keep the deal, the buyer would have to make up the difference between the loan (say $125,000) and the appraisal (say $100,000). The buyer would need to find $25,000 to fill the gap.

Buyers generally want a sale contingent on inspection. If the inspection reveals any problems, the buyer can withdraw from the transaction or renegotiate the price.

Some buyers must sell their own home before buying the new one. This possibility of selling a house is often rejected by sellers in a tight market.

An opt-out clause benefits home sellers because during the contingency period sellers can continue to show the house and accept offers. If sellers receive a better offer, they can ask the original buyer to remove the contingencies or lose the sale of the home.


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