When you first arrive in your vacation rental apartment kitchen, would you prefer to find...

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An automatic refrigerator freezer ice maker, with a bin full of ice
61% (14 votes)
An automatic refrigerator freezer ice maker, turned off, with no ice in the bin
0% (0 votes)
Ice cube trays already filled with ice
4% (1 vote)
Empty ice cube trays so you can make your own ice
9% (2 votes)
I'm European or Canadian. Why would I want ice?
17% (4 votes)
Other (please describe below)
9% (2 votes)
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I believe Coca Cola was invented in the hot city of Atlanta and is intended to be served ice cold, not just refrigerator cold. Here in the south, it's as much about cooling your body down as quenching your thirst, and if it didn't have some ice in it, you'd be drinking the last half of it lukewarm. Note that I said some ice. Too much ice and you don't have room for much Coke. (But not a ripoff if the place has free refills, which has been pretty standard here since the 80's.)

I remember as a child seeing a Coke ad on TV that had no text, no dialog. It was just 30 seconds of a frosty glass of ice cold Coke sitting on a rock in the middle of a babbling mountain stream, with the sound of the water. It was impossible to watch that and not want a Coke.

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Arks, you (like many other folks) have been hoodwinked by CC into believing that beverage was invented in Hotlanta.  It was in fact invented in Columbus, GA by Doc Pemberton, a pharmacist. 

Here in Georgia, most folks refer to any carbonated sweet beverage as a "Coke". 

Bring on the ice!  I don't care where I am on a hot summer day, I would like ice in my soft beverages and water...and lots of it!

Agree that you need to check on your health department regs regarding ice trays and ice in a bin.  Guests of our inn had to make their own.  I had one room with a full-size fridge and dumped any ice when we flipped the rooms and cleaned the ice bin, but turned on the ice maker again so that the guests would have ice hopefully when they checked in.  I would point on on our quick room tour that any ice was fresh. 

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Arks, check with the health dept. I know many areas (if not all) you are not allowed to have ice cubes premade in a rental, they must be empty trays at check in time. It is health code.

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 I would want ice for drinks and chilling my wine, but it does not have to be a huge bin. We have a small plug in here and it's plenty for our two rooms.

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Just thinking some people wouldn't trust the pre-made ice to be clean, and would prefer to make their own, after cleaning the bin or trays, vs. people wanting to be able to have an ice cold drink as soon as they arrive.

Of course, I guess they could pitch the ice if they don't trust it, then make their own. Their choice.

So, never mind! I think I've already figured it out!

(But opinions still most welcome.)

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EH! I am a Canadain. For sure I want ice! Darn it gets hot up here too. In the Summer we are in the high 30C. Some days we  are at 40 C .  In my suites I have a large fridge and freezer. I put fresh ice in ever new person that comes in. Alway leave out another cube tray for them to fix their own ice. I also have ice pack in the freezer for them to use if they want to take a chest along while they are sight seeing.  Plus a small bowl of fresh fruit as a welcome to my home.We are in wine country and orchards . Many people by lots of fruit and they must keep it in the fridge or we would be over run with fruit fly. I have water and pop in the fridge. The suites have a specail wine fridges for their own use. Keeps the red and white wine at the correct temp.

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Flower wrote:

EH! I am a Canadain. For sure I want ice! Darn it gets hot up here too. In the Summer we are in the high 30C. Some days we  are at 40 C .  In my suites I have a large fridge and freezer. I put fresh ice in ever new person that comes in. Alway leave out another cube tray for them to fix their own ice. I also have ice pack in the freezer for them to use if they want to take a chest along while they are sight seeing.  Plus a small bowl of fresh fruit as a welcome to my home.We are in wine country and orchards . Many people by lots of fruit and they must keep it in the fridge or we would be over run with fruit fly. I have water and pop in the fridge. The suites have a specail wine fridges for their own use. Keeps the red and white wine at the correct temp.

I'm Canadian too and I can't remember the last time I asked for ice, for myself, other than in summer. We keep our liquids in this odd thing called a refrigerator in the summer so that they are cool when we drink them. It's an odd concept, but it seems to work for us. Around here, the only folks using the ice dispenser all the time are... the yanks. We do put a pitcher of ice water on the table in the morning, but the ice is there to maintain that it's cold while on the table. 

I discovered ice when I was visiting Florida many years ago. When I asked for my drink with no ice as usual and discovered that I had warm liquid. Water comes out of the tap cold around here... had never thought about it in any other way before that Smiling

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Eric Arthur Blair wrote:

I'm Canadian too and I can't remember the last time I asked for ice, for myself, other than in summer. We keep our liquids in this odd thing called a refrigerator in the summer so that they are cool when we drink them. It's an odd concept, but it seems to work for us. Around here, the only folks using the ice dispenser all the time are... the yanks. We do put a pitcher of ice water on the table in the morning, but the ice is there to maintain that it's cold while on the table. 

I discovered ice when I was visiting Florida many years ago. When I asked for my drink with no ice as usual and discovered that I had warm liquid. Water comes out of the tap cold around here... had never thought about it in any other way before that Smiling

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You should have seen me on an ice rampage on the Central Coast of NSW Australia in 2003. They now have Subway Sand Shopsthere, so when I saw the Subway I ran through the door! I am from Southern CALF so my drinks are mostly ice. The water, as you know, stinks, so growing up we had MOSTLY ice and a little water to just drink the stuff.  Then we added the lemon to the water to hide the chemicals and then eventually invented the indiv water bottle.  So all of that to say, GIMMEE ICE! TONS OF ICE! I don't even want a drink without it.

The other thing we Americans are fantatical about is serviettes, ie napkins, we have got to have them, and sometimes more than one! We also. sadlyt, use steak sauce, which is a big no no in most countries.  But dang have we got the best food! Especially certain well known cities...it's all good!

  

 

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Nothing wrong with a little HP sauce.. but just a little.

If I got a glass of coke with that much ice in it, I would assume they were trying to rip me off. One or two cubes at most. We already think that McD and BK rip us off with the amount of ice inside diluting my drink.

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Eric Arthur Blair wrote:

Nothing wrong with a little HP sauce.. but just a little.

If I got a glass of coke with that much ice in it, I would assume they were trying to rip me off. One or two cubes at most. We already think that McD and BK rip us off with the amount of ice inside diluting my drink.

You sound like all of our o/s relatives. They also say the same thing about Lattes.

If you get your soda from a fountain here in the USA at a fast food joint you can add NO ice. You can make it how you wish. The soda in those photos would be the one I POUR myself at home, so there is no ripping off.  

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I would like the ice to at least look fresh. ie- not shriveled up. So, the housekeeper should probably empty the ice bucket and make sure the reservoir is full and MAKING ice as I walk in the door.

I can't remember ever staying at a vacation rental that had an ice machine. We always just bought a bag at the store.

But, the last time I stayed at a vacation rental cottage, this was what we made toast with, so don't take my word for it.

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