3 Fresh Examples of How We Make Vacations Amazing

3 Fresh Examples of How We Make Vacations Amazing


The summer travel season is in high gear, and our concierges are helping travelers on the Jersey Shore and Vermont enjoy their trips like never before.

Here are 3 recent examples of how we deliver exceptional personal service.

1 – A no sweat graduation party for 75 people!

Graduation parties are tons of fun for the graduate, but a lot of work for parents. Especially if you want to throw a combined party for two friends at your vacation home down the shore, but the families are from opposite sides of the country!

It’s hard enough to throw a party for 75 people in your hometown where you know the best caterers, entertainers, etc…and it’s exceptionally challenging when your in a busy vacation town.

That’s where we come in. In this case, we worked with the client to design an East Coast/West Coast themed party, then planned and executed every element of the event. 

From food, decorations and staff, to renting tables, chairs and handling cleanup, we did it all. 

We worked directly with the vendors, handled all invoices and receipts, and made sure our clients had very little work to do other than approve the expenses.

We have many examples like this, including lobster bakes on the beach, anniversary parties, and milestone birthday parties. If you can imagine it, we can do it!

2 – Easy arrival to your rental home

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Have you ever arrived at your destination, only to spend an hour or two hustling around trying to figure out how to get into the place? 

If you’re like us, you’ve had the unpleasant experience of having to stop by the property management company’s office to pick up the house keys, only to see a city block long line of travelers trying to do the same thing.

Now factor in your friends and family that might be staying with you and arriving in advance, but who might not be able to pick up the keys. How will they get in? What will they do while they wait for you?

Not easy questions, but we have the answer. For many of our clients at the Jersey Shore, we pick up the keys, open and air out the house, and usually stock the fridge with their favorite items. 

So, no matter when you and your guests arrive, the house is open and welcoming. You save hours of frustration just trying to get the keys and ensure a warm and inviting welcome for everyone.

Now, you can simply arrive and relax, which is what you were hoping for all along!

3 – We’ll do the dirty work (yes, even windows)

beach house

For property owners, ensuring that your home is turned over and spotless for the next guest’s arrival can be daunting work; especially if you have a large property. Sunday evenings are a flurry of activity and work that can take a full day to execute.

That’s why we have a number of partners who hire us to handle this for them. Our concierges show up after guests have departed to pick up all the linens and laundry to wash off-site, then return the next morning to prep each bed and room for arrival.

This can easily save 4-6 hours of time for a moderate size property.

We are also happy to go above and beyond at every opportunity. Recently, we even washed windows inside and out for a 3,000+ square foot home. We did this because we care, but also because it’s nearly impossible to find a window washer on-demand in a resort town. 

These little details go a long way to making a rental property stand out in the market. With our help you not only save time, but you can also enhance the guest experience with no extra work on your part. It’s our pleasure and something that we take the utmost pride in. 

These are just three examples of how we make travel a luxury for people who truly value their time, and appreciate an elevated experience on every trip.

Drop us a note, call or chat with us now to discuss your next trip!


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How to Find a Babysitter on Vacation

How to Find a Babysitter on Vacation

Follow these tips to find great care for your children on vacation

Let’s face it, parenthood is hard. No matter what age your kids are, there is an endless amount of worry, planning, scheduling, teaching, and general effort that goes into each day.  


So, when it comes time to take a vacation, parents truly deserve a break!  


As wonderful as it is to see the kids playing on the beach down the shore or paddling a canoe with you on the lake, you really owe it to yourself to get a night (or 2!) away from the kids.  


And, like everything else that comes with being a parent, finding someone that you trust to watch your kids when you simply want to enjoy a proper adult dinner out can be difficult.


We can’t promise that our recommendations will leave you worry-free with a brand new caregiver, but we can try to ease your mind a little so you can really enjoy your time away from the kids and feel more confident in who is caring for them.


Here are our best ideas for finding time for yourself on your next trip.



Bring someone you trust with you on vacation – 3 Options

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This is our best recommendation because you and your kids know this person, and you can be confident they will treat your loved ones well.


Option 1: If you have a trusted babysitter that is free to travel, you can have them join you on the trip (only the babysitter isn’t on vacation)!

Make sure you have your babysitter assigned to certain hours each day and work out a schedule in advance. This will give you the chance to enjoy the kids and have pre-planned alone time (or date night!) without having to wonder if someone will cancel at the last minute.


Option 2: Bring your parents and/or in-laws along – It takes a village to raise a family, without a doubt.  And that village can come in handy when you are on vacation.

If you rent a home or property that allows for extra bedrooms and space for grandma and grandpa, consider it worth the extra costs for the extra set of hands around.


Option 3: Vacation with other families that have kids the same age as yours.

It will seem like an endless play date for the kids, and a true respite for you. You can split the costs of the rental property to get a bigger home with plenty of space for all families, which can mean more amenities as well.  

This also gives you a chance to “take turns” watching the kids so each set of parents can get a break or date night out.  


Hire a local babysitter


If you prefer a family vacation that doesn’t involve other people sharing your rental, then you need to think about how to get comfortable with the idea of a brand new babysitter on vacation (you owe it to yourself!).  


Here are a few suggestions on how to get over that fear or, at least, make it a little easier to relax while you are away from the kids.


 1. Find a babysitter on your own through online research. This sounds like a big task, and it can be.  But, if you are the type that needs to be more in control of details, this is going to be the most comfortable for you in the long run.  


You can do extensive research through Facebook, online job postings, or babysitter service sites online. Visit the Facebook group of the town/city at your destination and post a request for a babysitter, ask your property manager to post for you, or submit a job posting through hiring sites.  


Give yourself at least 1-2 months to complete this process and make sure you conduct interviews over the phone in advance of your trip.  Here are a few other ways to source vacation babysitters online:   


2. Ask friends and family. Send email blasts, or post to your Facebook friends and in any local moms groups you’re in. (For safety reasons, avoid posting on Twitter or more public forms of social media.)


You never know who might have a “friend of a friend” whose college-age daughter is staying in that resort/vacation town for the summer and looking to babysit right when you’d need her.


 3. Don’t forget about local colleges and universities! Most of these types of college babysitting programs require you to complete some paperwork and they tend to fill up, so plan accordingly.


4. Find a service provider to source a babysitter for you (Stock the House does this for many clients). This takes all the research off your plate and is usually a great option to narrow down choices for you.

Most providers will also match you with qualified candidates based on the ages of your kids and what characteristics you are looking for.



Other things to consider

woman glasses phone computer desk


You should definitely conduct phone interviews, chat with the references, and video call with your final choice before you travel. Any service provider you use should always confirm background checks and other qualifications of your sitter, as well.


We suggest you ask for extra experiences like CPR certification and infant or child classes that have been completed to help get an idea of the babysitter’s capabilities.


Once you find someone you like, try a video chat interview that also includes your kids (if you are comfortable with that).  This way, you see how your kids react to the person in real-time and how they are able to warm up to him or her.


Consider a few video calls before you travel, which can also give you more confidence knowing that your child will be seeing someone familiar on vacation.


The bottom line is, whether you do the research on your own or trust a service to do it for you, building a relationship with your vacation babysitter in advance of your trip can make a huge difference once you arrive.  

And just remember, If you love your babysitter this year, you have a built-in contact for next year’s vacation!

Now doesn’t that sound relaxing? 😊

Need help finding a babysitter for your next trip?


Drop us an email, call, or chat now with our team! We’d be happy to help.





The New Spa You Must Visit at The Jersey Shore

The New Spa You Must Visit at The Jersey Shore

Salt Spa at The Reeds on 7 Mile Island

For frequent visitors of Seven Mile Island, The Reeds has come to be known as the luxury spot where you can enjoy high-end bars and restaurants, in a location that has the best sunsets around.  We especially like the lively Water Star Grille which overlooks the bay (pro tip, get there early because they don’t accept reservations).


Adding to that aura of luxury destination, The Reeds recently opened Salt Spa, their brand new full-service spa that gives you another great reason to check out the Reeds.


The Salt Spa offers the ultimate luxury spa experience with services and treatments designed to rejuvenate, relax, and refine.

The spa features luxurious treatment rooms including; a Brine Lounge and Turkish Bath, a blow-out bar and makeup application studio for weddings or a night out on the town, nail care with a manicure and pedicure studio, waxing & tanning services, and a fully equipped fitness center. 


The most comprehensive full-service luxury spa on the Jersey Shore, The Reeds’ also offers wellness programming with activities like yoga classes on the Roof Garden and complimentary paddle boarding and kayaking on the bay.


Most of the time we like to hire in our spa services so we can be pampered in our own home (note: we can do the same for you) – but we are definitely looking forward to visiting the Salt Spa in the next few weeks. Please share this post with a friend who loves to be pampered!


The Reeds

9601 Third Ave

Stone Harbor, NJ



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