Local rental owner goes ‘Above and Beyond’


Local vacation rental owner Jill Harpold, of Fredericksburg, was recently invited to the National Home-Away/VRBO summit.

Harpold owns the Suite Escape Vacation Rental and was one of five owners of rentals listed on the Home-Away/VRBO site in the United States to be chosen for the 2018 Above and Beyond award.

The award is given to top listings that go above and beyond for guests.

“I was interviewed by the company about Suite Escape, my new property coming in June 2019 and Fredericksburg,” Harpold said. “I was also invited to a lunch and was later presented the trophy during the closing ceremony of the event held at the Moody Theater at The W Hotel in Austin.”

Suite Escape and Fredericksburg were featured on big screens for the 600-plus property owners across the nation, Harpold said.

Other winners were from Alaska, Florida, Colorado and San Antonio.

Harpold is in the process of transition of renting her Suite Escape for two guests to renovating the historic 1873 Heinemann-Moritz estate home to rent for two-10 people, with the hopes of renting in June 2019.

“It is in the same location with a red barn and chickens, just one block from Main Street,” Harpold said. “It will be able to accommodate a larger group than the current Suite Escape house.”