Sea to Sky Rentals, and our partner brand, Mysty Mountain Properties, are the original Washington State Vacation Rental companies. Sea to Sky Rentals and its Executive team are known nationally as innovators and trailblazers in the dynamic vacation rental industry. We are proud to have served Seattle visitors and North Cascades enthusiasts for over 15 years as the largest local and most experienced vacation rental experts in the state.
Our small business was founded in 2003 by local entrepreneur, Michelle Acquavella. Starting with one basement apartment in Phinney Ridge, our business quickly grew to be the premier Vacation Rental company in Seattle. In 2016, Sea to Sky Rentals acquired Mysty Mountain Properties to expand our exceptional guest experiences from the city of Seattle into the Cascade mountains. We provide the best possible blend of high-end hospitality and the exciting new sharing economy.
We are a dedicated local team with a passion for incredible vacation experiences. Our love for this state is contagious, and we share it with each one of our Guests. Sea to Sky’s high-tech and high-touch approach ensures that guests and homeowners alike experience exceptional service. In addition to 24/7 customer service, Sea to Sky also provides full service property management including Marketing, Lead Management, Bookings, Property Cleaning, and light Maintenance for our owners. Our enlightened approach to staffing – we have the most employees per property of anyone in the region – keeps our Guests and Owners incredibly well cared for.
How It All Started
Owner and Founder, Michelle Acquavella, was the 2nd person to list a home in Seattle on VRBO when she posted her Phinney Ridge mother-in-law apartment in 2002. When the furnished rental became so popular that she was able to cover her entire mortgage, Michelle knew she wanted to jump headfirst into the brand new industry. The following year she purchased a condo in downtown Seattle’s Elektra building and wrote up a business plan for Sea to Sky Rentals, LLC: Seattle’s very first Vacation Rental property management company.
As Vacation Rentals grew in popularity so did the business. Sea to Sky began managing other people’s properties in 2003 and soon property owners started looking to Michelle for advice on managing their second homes. The business quickly grew from a handful of properties to the leading Vacation Rental company in Seattle and a known leader in the Vacation Rental industry.
Growing an Industry
As vacation rentals grew in popularity, so did the business. Sea to Sky began managing other people’s properties in 2003 and soon property owners started looking to Michelle for advice on managing their second homes.
She continued to be a trailblazer in this niche market when she challenged a proposed city-wide ban on vacation rentals in 2007. After a two-year battle advocating for vacation rental rights, she emerged victorious, preserving the freedom of visitors to choose between a hotel or vacation rental.
By 2010, with the momentum from the legal success and the healing economic crisis, Sea to Sky was growing rapidly. We created an in-house commercial laundry facility and formed our very own Property Care team to ensure that our guests received the highest quality product possible. Michelle teamed up with other leaders in the emerging market to co-found the Vacation Rental Managers Association of Washington.
In 2013, we added Business Manager Heidi Stuber to our team, allowing Michelle to dedicate more of her time to national vacation rental leadership. She is now president of VRMAWA, as well as a member of the board of directors for the national VRMA.
Where We Are Today
Michelle continued to be a trailblazer in this growth industry as she built her business. In 2007, when the City of Seattle proposed city wide ban on vacation rentals, Michelle was the only advocate fighting for the rights of homeowners and travelers in Seattle. After a two-year battle advocating for Vacation Rental rights with the City of Seattle, she emerged victorious preserving the freedom of visitors to choose between a hotel and a vacation rental.
With the momentum from the legal success and the healing economic crisis in 2010, Sea to Sky was growing rapidly. Sea to Sky created an in-house commercial laundry facility and formed their very own Property Care team to ensure that guests checked into properties that had received the highest quality service possible. Michelle teamed up with other leaders in the emerging market in Washington state to form the Northwest Vacation Rental Professionals (formerly the Vacation Rental Managers Association of Washington) where she served for 8 years as a Board member in various positions, the last of which was President.
In 2013, Sea to Sky added Strategic Director Heidi Stuber to the team to support further business growth and development. An addition of an experienced Manager allowed Michelle to dedicate more time to Vacation Rental leadership and advocacy on local, state, and national levels. The following year, in 2014, Sea to Sky started an innovative experiment sharing space and team members with fellow Vacation Rental pioneer, Mysty Mountain Properties. This unique arrangement allowed both companies to expand guest services and marketing operations while controlling costs. In 2016, Sea to Sky purchased Mysty Mountain Properties as a natural progression of the relationship.
As a statewide brand, Sea to Sky Rentals continues to grow inventory, create excellent guest experiences, and build superior service and delivery operations as their reputation as an industry leader and innovator grows as well. In 2016, the City of Seattle proposed regulations that would have made it illegal to rent out second homes as vacation rentals. Sea to Sky led the fight for fair and balanced regulations with Seattle City Council. Michelle Acquavella rallied short term rental operators and founded the Seattle Short Term Rental Alliance. After hearing from the SSTRA and other advocates, City Council passed a new, common-sense regulation that balanced the needs of homeowners and the community. Sea to Sky was able to effectively protect homeowners’ rights to rent out a second home, and is currently assisting property owners in coming into compliance with the new regulations.