Well, I took the advice offered and blocked that time frame off.
The thing is…I did all this (easily goog-able) research for them, giving them driving times to get to places they wanted to see etc, and his initial email with his booking request actually said:
"We will be coming for the first time in that area. Right now we want to visit Mount Adirondack mountain and lake George. We also want to explore the places near by local food and attractions. We are coming from west Hartford, Ct and will be heading to mount Washington. Would love to have your recommendations around this plan.
Thanks and looking forward to meet you."
So, I did write back to him after 10 mins of research and crafting an email that included names of mountains, hikes, restaurants, shopping, and advising that my recommendation was that he make up his mind, either Adirondacks, or Mt Washington, as I didn’t think, due to distance, that both places could be explored fully within their stated time frame.
To be honest, I really don’t mind providing potential guests with names of mountains and hikes, and lakes and ponds and restaurants and shopping in my area before accepting their booking or during their inquiry, I consider it part of the job, to help them make up their mind and to ensure that my guests know exactly what they are getting access to, as they can easily use a search engine to look up what I recommend.
But the thing is, he did not respond to my response email at all. Yet, as the clock was ticking down for me to accept or decline, I finally declined.
Well, suddenly, he got the impetus to respond! 6 times in fact! Yes, 6 emails!!! Stating they decided on just the Adirondacks, they just know they would the love the area, very eager to stay at my ABB, they would be perfect guests, etc.
Just a big ole red flag waving!!