Let’s be alert the week of Sunday, Aug. 12. International vacation rental advocate and blogger Matt Landau will bring a two-person video crew to Lindsborg for the whole week to explore the topic of vacation rentals in a rural setting. It’s a new topic for the influential Landau, whose focus has largely been on urban or well-known vacation rental destinations — Italy, Spain, Hawaii, and so on.
While here that entire week, Landau will be videotaping an episode of his program “Sense of Place,” a digital series that explores travel destinations in the context of vacation rentals and their hosts worldwide. If you’d like to preview shows from the first season of “Sense of Place,” go here: https://www.vrmb.com/sense-of-place-show/
How did Landau find Lindsborg? Lindsborg vacation rental owner and historic preservationist Jim Prugh had been corresponding with Matt over the past couple of years about vacation rentals with a distinctively rural sense of place. Matt decided to come see for himself, to experience what it would mean to 'live like a local' for one week here in Lindsborg. Jim tells us, "Matt's spotlight on Lindsborg is a big deal in the international vacation rental industry."
This visit presents a key opportunity for Lindsborg. Matt Landau has been successful at building his own vacation rentals, as well as describing how to enjoy the relatively new travel concept of vacation rentals. Further, he has been able to see and articulate qualities that others may underestimate or overlook. Part of Landau’s philosophy is that "people with no previous experience or training can do truly world-class things if they surround themselves with the right people.” This philosophy is bound up in Matt's enthusiasm for a strong sense of place.
Certainly Lindsborg’s 3,500 people are many of the right people to show the beauties of creating, relaxing, being inspired, reflecting, and engaging with others in a rural setting. Our town has fashioned an almost 150-year reputation for people doing world-class things in a rather remote area. If he likes what he experiences here, Matt may well be just the right person to help us paint a more interesting picture of 'living like a local' in little Lindsborg — for residents, retirees, professionals and visitors alike.
Jim Prugh will be working with Matt on a list of activities that Matt and his crew would like to experience while in Lindsborg. Jim himself will be in town during that time, of course; however, Jim and Matt want to work up a several opportunities *that any other guest could enjoy* in central Kansas when they come to stay here in Lindsborg.
If you have suggestions for Jim to forward to Matt for his week’s stay in Lindsborg, reply to this email and we’ll collect your ideas for Jim. In the meantime, please note this week on your calendar and stay tuned for more details.