In the spirit of "Buy Local," I recommend that you patronize a family-owned vacation rental the next time you travel. Not only do you get the comforts of home, but you also save on restaurants by availing yourself of that fully equipped kitchen. These are micro-businesses that contribute directly to the local economy.
Yes, we own a vacation rental and I will now shamelessly put in a plug that the next time you visit marvelous Bend, Oregon, stay in our lovely little house very close to the river and downtown. Check us out at www.westlakecottage.com.