Renting: Lots of Choices, No Hassles

Renting a cottage on Keuka Lake can give you views like this. Photo by Bill Banaszewski

You may have dreamed about owning a luxurious home on the lake where you and your friends can lounge on the spacious deck during the day and soak in the hot tub at night. Or perhaps a small rustic cabin is more your style, a place to fish, swim and enjoy the quietness. The idea of having a house right on one of the Finger Lakes might sound incredibly enticing, but to many it also sounds incredibly expensive. There is a way to enjoy all the region has to offer without emptying your savings account: rent.

When it comes to renting, it’s all about choices. Rental companies have a variety of properties with different features, amenities and locations, so you can literally customize the house to meet your needs. With all of the details to consider, it might seem like a daunting task. It doesn’t have to be. Grab a pen and paper, gather your family and friends, and make a list of your preferences.

Decide what you want out of your vacation. Each lake provides different opportunities, so you can narrow your search based on what you like to do. Perhaps you are looking for a getaway with friends who would love to do some wine tasting. Selecting a house on Seneca Lake would be a great choice for those wishing to check out the many vineyards. Maybe you are hoping to take the kids on a vacation that is both fun and educational. The Canan­daigua Lake area has a wealth of Native American history and culture to explore.

It’s also important to determine what you want your vacation house to include. Different properties offer various amenities, such as a hot tub, indoor swimming pool, fireplace, barbecue grill, as well as cable and Internet for those who just can’t leave it at home. Some properties include a deck, patio, dock and garage. Depending on whether you are renting for a family reunion, a wedding or a vacation with just your immediate family, there are houses of every size with features to suit every person.

Next take a look at your budget and decide how much you are willing and able to spend. Most rental companies have a wide range of price points. Lynn Thurston, vice president of Rental Plus, the largest provider of vacation rental properties in the region, said that their properties range from $900 to $6,000 a week. Whether you choose to rent from a company or directly from the owner of the house, there are plenty of websites to check out that provide all the details. In addition, you pick the length of your stay. Vacations of a few days, a few weeks or a few months are all doable options for a renter.

Renting offers a great alternative to buying because it’s affordable and convenient. Everything you need is provided for you, and you don’t have to worry about the hassle of maintenance and housekeeping. If you are considering buying a place in the future, renting offers a way to explore and try out different lakes so you can feel comfortable with your choice before you purchase. Renting lets you design your perfect vacation in a place where you will never be at a loss for things to do.


by Stacy Majewicz
Stacy Majewicz is a journalism student at Ithaca College. After she graduates in May, she plans to pursue a career in magazine writing.