Anyone thinking about renting a mountain lodge won't run out of choices. Renters may choose from spacious luxury accommodations to barebones rooms. Many renters, however, may be unsure about what type of accommodation to choose. A smaller cabin might come with an affordable price but with limits on amenities. Depending upon what you plan to do while on your trip, opting for a smaller cabin with fewer comforts can make sense. Frugal sense dictates that you pay only for what you intend to use.

Time Spent In vs. Out of the Cabin

Solitude brings forth its rewards. The somewhat cliche image of the writer who books a month in a cabin to finish a novel makes sense. Fewer distractions mean more time spent concentrating on work. A writer, or any other person intending to work, probably won't benefit from too bare a cabin. Access to comforts and reliable communications systems decreases the chances of distractions. The working vacationer can benefit from paying extra for a more amenities-loaded cabin. What about the person who plans on long nature hikes, extended time fishing by the lake, or sitting in a tree for hours while bowhunting? During these activities, the cabin remains mostly empty. Booking minimalist accommodations could make for a better plan. And you should plan some things out in advance.

Think About Your Schedule

Spending 16 hours a day fishing likely means you look at the cabin as a place to rest your head at night. If you intend to fish for three days out of five, would the minimalist accommodations be appropriate during the days away from the lake? For some, the answer is, "Yes." Others may need something a little more expansive during the off days. Perhaps those off days are necessary to be available to conduct some remote work. Professionals with responsibilities can't always shut out their job life while vacationing.

Ask About Common Areas

Mountain lodges usually have a check-in area. The hub might come with more than a front desk. A common area with couches, chairs, tables, desks, and Wi-Fi could be available. If the lodge does offer a common area, then several amenities you might require could be available there. Perhaps it would be fine to book a smaller room with fewer amenities and use the common area on an as-needed basis. Doing so can help keep you on a particular budget track.

Juggling tasks and staying on budget while vacationing in the mountains doesn't need to be complicated. Think and plan things out. Good results can follow.