Hotel And Housing Options Abound

Fall 2020 Market-goers can expect low hotel rates, lots of private home housing options

A rumor floated through here recently that the COVID-19 crisis has slammed the door on private home rentals for Fall Market. Another rumor suggested the extended schedule has lowered peak demand for hotel rooms enough to bring room rates down to their lowest level in, well, maybe forever. We checked it out. Here’s the scoop.

“I have plenty of homes available,” said Patti Holtzman of Holtzman Market Rentals, one of the leading brokers of Market Week accommodations. The company’s website marketrentals.com offers everything from a single room to a 5,000 square foot home with seven bedrooms and five baths. So, whether you’re traveling alone or bringing a group, you should be able to find something to meet your needs – including enough space for social distancing.

For even more options, you can check out our other private home rental broker, High Point Furniture Market Services. Serving Market guests since 2000, owner Elizabeth Sheffield personally visits every home she offers, and has built a reputation for helping guests find their perfect match.

The one complaint we hear most often from our guests is that hotel rates are a wee bit high during Market week. (well, okay, most say something a good bit more than “wee bit”). Much as we wish we could bring those rates down – and much as we’ve tried – hotel rates everywhere are a function of supply and demand. Peak rates always happen at times of peak demand – and around here, demand goes through the roof during Market Week.

Except this year. Since we’ve extended Market out to nine days and are assigning primary attendance periods by region to limit capacity, and since some people are limiting travel right now, demand is down. And rates are down, too.

“These are the lowest hotel rates I’ve ever seen for Market,” says Lee Allen, president of Travel Quest, Inc., our official Market concierge and the unofficial world’s leading expert on High Point area hotels. “The hoteliers have relaxed their minimum night stays, too.” So, if you’ve ever wanted to say, scoot up to Market for just a night or two, this year offers your best opportunity to make that dream come true.

Two rumors: One – no private home rentals – not true; the other – best Market Week hotel rates since hotels were invented – true. Both are nothing but good news for the Fall 2020 High Point Market-goer. And who couldn’t use a little good news right now?