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Reflections on Two Years of Hosting at Sojourn Chalet

Updated: Apr 25


As we celebrate the second anniversary of Sojourn Chalet, we reflect on our journey filled with valuable lessons, continuous growth, and the profound realization that we aren't merely in the business of real estate investing but in the art of hospitality. This journey has been a revelation, leading us to redefine our purpose and mission. We've shifted our focus, transcending our pursuit of income as a primary motivator, to pouring our hearts into crafting enduring memories and building meaningful relationships with our customers. Join us as we reflect on these transformative two years, where our commitment to excellence in hospitality has become the heartbeat of Sojourn Chalet.

Lesson 1: Not a Passive Income - Dive In!

The dream of passive income takes a backseat when it comes to managing a thriving vacation rental. Our journey with Sojourn Chalet has taught us the significance of being hands-on. From guest interactions to property maintenance, active involvement is the key to creating memorable experiences.

Lesson 2: Standing Out in a Saturated Market

The vacation rental market is undeniably saturated. To stand out, continuous improvement is non-negotiable. We've learned to listen intently to our guests, enhance amenities, tweak the interiors, and adapt to the ever-evolving needs. Embracing the "plus ones" – those extra touches that surprise and delight – has become a crucial aspect of our service.

Lesson 3: Pursuing the Perfect 100 Five Star Reviews

Setting ambitious goals keeps us on our toes. The pursuit of 100 5-star reviews has been a motivating force, pushing us to consistently raise the bar. Each review is a testament to our commitment to delivering exceptional experiences, and it fuels our passion to keep evolving.

Lesson 4: You Can't Please Everyone, but You Can Create Amazing Experiences

Despite our best efforts, we've realized that not every guest can be fully satisfied. However, the focus remains on creating an amazing overall guest experience. By prioritizing genuine hospitality, we've forged connections that go beyond individual preferences.

Lesson 5: Set Aside for Cap Ex - Expect the Unexpected

Recognizing the certainty of unforeseen challenges, we've embraced a proactive approach by allocating funds for capital expenditures. This ensures that when issues arise, as they inevitably do, we can address them without compromising the guest experience. Notably, after two years of hosting at Sojourn Chalet, we're excited to share that we're using these funds to remodel one of our bathrooms, a project initially postponed due to budget constraints. This underscores our commitment to continual improvement and enhancing the overall guest stay.

Lesson 6: Building a Core Team - A Blessing in Disguise

One of the heartwarming highlights on our journey has been the discovery of our "core team." Growing relationships with our dedicated cleaners and service providers has not only streamlined our operations but has also fostered a sense of unity. This year, we've been blessed to have found a team that shares our commitment to excellence.

In the ever-evolving landscape of vacation rentals, these lessons have become the pillars guiding Sojourn Chalet towards not just success but sustainable and fulfilling growth.

If you want to learn more about the Poconos Mountains rental market, need help finding a successful investment, or wish for a helping hand managing your vacation rental, message us.

Stay tuned for exciting announcements about the future of our expanding brand. We're thrilled to share the next chapter of our journey and look forward to having you with us as we continue to grow, evolve, and create unforgettable experiences. Here's to the exciting adventures ahead!

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