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LODGEWELL HELPS YOU FIND THE PERFECT HILL COUNTRY HIDEAWAY By Cindy Brzostowski

You are probably dreaming of getting away for the holidays, but you hate the idea of dealing with the COVID issues that are now as much a part of taking a long trip as boarding passes. Lodgewell—a newly launched, Austin-based, boutique-destination rental company—is ready to roll out “the red welcome mat” for you or any relatives who might be visiting from out of town for the holidays. “Lodgewell still has all the fundamentals and core values of Top Trip Rentals—our curated collection of well-designed, comfortable homes in prime locations where each guest is treated as a good friend of the owner,” says founding CEO Chereen Fisher. “But something felt ‘off’ about Top Trip as we grew and hosted more and more people with varying needs. Top Trip Rentals was about offering great homes in great locations. Lodgewell [the company’s new name since August] is about caring for people while they stay in these great homes in great locations.” One example of Lodgewell’s attentiveness to guests is its signature #705 Pit Stop. This loft at The Littlefields in downtown Austin is a welcoming space where guests can grab a beverage, store their luggage and get local recommendations until their rental is ready. The company also has plans to launch The Lodgewell Lounge, where they’ll host intimate concerts and dinner parties with celebrated chefs. Fisher believes that Lodgewell’s in-person hosting assistance is what sets it apart from competitors like Airbnb and VRBO. “We >> 22 WATERWAYS | December 2020

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