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Our Story

The History of WeNeedaVacation

Getting to know the people behind the scenes

WeNeedaVacation Team 2022
Rebecca, Lauren, Carrie, Jennie, Josie, Joan, Jeff, Taryn, Samantha, Jim, and Elizabeth (Becky and Diane — not pictured)

In 1997, Joan and Jeff Talmadge created WeNeedaVacation to provide an innovative means of matching vacationers and homeowners more efficiently and inexpensively than ever before. Starting with just 100 listings, WeNeedaVacation now lists more than 4,000 listings on Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket.

Our attractive, user-friendly website enables prospective renters to quickly view vacation properties that meet their criteria, including location, size, price, amenities, and dates. Vacationers can save their vacation requirements and search results, returning time after time to continue their search. They can also record notes about rentals, rate them, and share favorites with family and friends. The website offers visitors a wealth of information in the Vacation Planner about local activities and events, restaurants, shops, and other businesses, as well as local beaches and points of interest. Hear what vacationers say.

In addition to enjoying the loyalty of tens of thousands of vacationers, we at WeNeedaVacation take equal pride in providing our homeowner clients with old-fashioned personalized service to help them to be more effective and responsible landlords. For many homeowners, renting their home is a new experience, and it can be daunting. We have helped countless homeowners with issues of marketing and managing their rental homes by phone, email, and through our complimentary Homeowner Forums (offered on the Cape, Martha’s Vineyard, and Wellesley each fall). We also offer professional and affordable consultation and photography services. See the Benefits and Pricing of listing with us, and hear what homeowners have told us.

The heart and soul of WeNeedaVacation is our amazing staff, who collectively have over 100 years of experience as vacation rental homeowners. We know the joys and pains of vacation rental ownership and really care about helping homeowners to be successful.

Known as local Cape and Islands experts, WeNeedaVacation has been featured on Chronicle, the award-winning evening magazine show on Boston's Channel 5, WCVB-TV. We have also been featured in the Cape Cod Times, Cape & Plymouth Business magazine, Vineyard Gazette, Barnstable Patriot, Patriot Ledger,, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Boston Business Journal, The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Coastal Living. We have also been quoted often on National Public Radio (NPR) and have appeared in TV news reports for CNBC, WCVB-TV Channel 5, WBZ CBS Channel 4, and NECN (the New England Cable Network).

We are committed to providing excellent service to vacationers and homeowners alike. Feel free to contact us any time.

(Vacationers: please call homeowners directly with inquiries or questions about their vacation rentals.)
29 Main St., Unit 4, Orleans, MA 02653