Weekending Year Round at a Cedar Creek Lake VRBO
Weekending Year Round at a Cedar Creek Lake VRBO
This is for my Dallas area city dwellers who love outdoor recreation and relish every opportunity to spend a three-day weekend sans big D.
Have you ever considered taking a long weekend about an hour’s drive south of Dallas to Cedar Creek Lake? Here, for that weekend, you can indulge yourself along with as large of a group as you wish with a modernized, fully equipped, lake-front vacation rental home; otherwise known as a VRBO (vacation rental by owner)!
VRBO’s have become the fashionable way weekenders circumvent the stuffiness and commercialized experience we usually find at an off-water, franchised hotel normally in a busy shopping area surrounded by bars, restaurants and retail shops.
And with global online platforms like VRBO.com , airbnb.com and even experienced local online providers like CedarCreekLakeGetaways.com, the VRBO rental process has, over the years, matured into a sophisticated, trouble-free experience for owner and renter alike.
At Cedar Creek Lake, taking in all manner of water sports, fishing and natures finest sunsets is only part of the draw, while not sacrificing some of the area’s most upscale shopping, dining and entertainment. Some of the lake area’s more recent and noteworthy attractions tug at you from many directions and Cedar Creek Lake is not just about summer anymore. This place is a year-round recreation area with something to do for everyone.
Besides the larger nearby towns of Gun Barrel City and Mabank, the small lakeside community of Malakoff recently opened several upscale boutique shops including Bookish, Artful Thinking Gallery, Lakeside Mercantile and VaULT Home Décor.
Not far from Malakoff in Trinidad there’s even a working ranch with a full winery; appropriately named the Triple N Ranch Winery!
HF Family Table & Market has acquired a regional reputation for excellent fine dining, wines and weekend entertainment. In Gun Barrel City, new 456 Restaurant with their world renowned chef offers some of the finest cuisine in Texas (reservations highly recommended) And, next door, W Haus boutique retail shop combines extraordinary home décor shopping with an art gallery.
If you’re a golfer, Cedar Creek Lake has you covered with five locations! Cedar Creek Country Club and Kings Creek Golf Club are located in nearby Kemp. Star Harbor Golf Course is a public nine hole course in Malakoff. Pinnacle Golf Club is semi-private and also near Malakoff as is Long Cove, a private club.
For the kids, Whatz-Up Family Fun Park, located in Seven Points, Texas is always ready for fun! All at one location, they offer everything from outdoor Go-karts, to laser tag, bumper cars, extreme video arcade, miniature golf, a rock climbing wall, paintball and more! They have special events planned all year long and also offer party packages for birthdays and other special occasions. And, while you’re in Seven Points, make sure to stop in at the Cedar Creek Brewery. You can drop the kids off on a Friday or Saturday night at Whatz-Up and catch some great local acoustic entertainment for free while enjoying some of the lake area’s best burgers and home brews!
And, lastly, it wouldn’t be a “full-service” lake without two drive-your-boat-up-and-party restaurants. The venues, Tiki Hut at Lone Star Marina (open during summer) and Vernon’s Lakeside (open year round) offer just that! And Vernon’s has a fine dining steakhouse, V’s next store offering the best steaks around in a roaring 20’s theme (reservations required).
As the popularity of Cedar Creek Lake has grown by leaps and bounds, The “Art of VRBO” has become a booming business also over the past five years.
All manner of choices have become available ranging from cozy, water-side cabins tucked away for an intimate weekend couples retreat, to a full-fledged family reunion, stately mansion hosting dozens of kin-folk, next of kin and on and on! Then, there’s pretty much everything in between. All sizes with about every option you can think of and in every price range to fit just about every budget are available year round. Of course, the best deals to be found are off season and during off peak demand.
VRBO property owners have gotten creative about sleeping accommodations, especially for young kids, creating ‘bunk rooms’ stacking together several bunk beds so everyone gets a comfortable bed over the weekend. Some VRBO’s allow pets, others don’t.
VRBO rates are surprisingly affordable. So, now, guests have all of the creature comforts and benefits of a lake home weekend experience without the upkeep, expense and headache of managing the property year round. And with the booming VRBO industry around Cedar Creek Lake, an entire service industry has sprung up to support it. In addition, VRBO service providers offer on-site management consisting of weekend home-prep, cleaning, repairs and more. Professional Interior designers such as Cindy Batten at Lakehouse Outfitters can provide a complete, turnkey design solution for the VRBO owner/investor.
CedarCreekLakeGetaways.com owns and or manages over two dozen full time VRBO’s with a professional online reservation system for easy bookings. And, SunsetWatercrafts.com will even rent you a boat or jet ski and have it ready at your VRBO for the weekend once you arrive! It helps that websites like www.lakehouselifer.com encourage the lake-life style and that’s what beckons my friends from Dallas to venture from the city to explore new options like lake-side VRBO’s.
So, the next time you’re in the mood for an outdoor weekend on the lake, think about a short drive to Cedar Creek Lake. Any time of the year! And, oh those Cedar Creek Lake sunsets. Get you one of them!