Matt: I often check the Trip Advisor forum when traveling, and was curious if anyone has posted about Avalon, Stone Harbor (my hometown). Disappointed to read about your experience last July. I have handled summer rentals on the island for 30 years, so I am especially sensitive to your issue.
The rental agency web sites are great- allowing potential tenants to search for availability within their price range and dates available. However, it's always best to talk directly with a knowledgable agent who has actually been INSIDE the property. Ask detailed questions. Eash property is individually owned, and each owner has a different perspective on the rental business. Share your expectations with the agent so they can help you select the best fit.
I hope you give Avalon and Stone Harbor another chance in 2011. It's a wonderful area, and there are many rental property owners who would appreciate your business!
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