CollegeWeekends.com is is a company based out of Charlottesville, Virginia, United States. It provides a web platform for connecting visitors of college towns with short-term and vacation rental properties. It also serves as directory for local businesses that want to market themselves to the university community.
CollegeWeekends.com was founded in 2004 in Charlottesville, Virginia by Gordon Sutton.<ref name="Founded">"Living inside a cash cow?", Courtney Stuart, The Hook, August 13th, 2009.</ref> At first the site and concept were thoroughly tested in Charlottesville, VA. While growing up in Charlottesville, and attending the University of Virginia, sutton witnessed firsthand the lack of accommodations in Charlottesville.<ref name="Witness">"Virginia graduate banking on market for college getaways", Jason Bacaj, The Daily Progress, June 27, 2009</ref> Sutton went on to the University of Colorado in Boulder to get his MBA and used the business model as his primary research project.<ref name="Research">"Web site lets owners turn homes into hotels", Brittany Anas, The Daily Camera, August 9, 2009.</ref> In 2009 CollegeWeekends.com launched a new website and started taking on new markets. They now serve 17 markets and 12 states.
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