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Myrtle Beach Holiday Events through New Year’s

Myrtle Beach Holiday Events through New Year’s

There’s no vacation like a winter vacation—especially in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Enjoy smaller crowds, cooler temperatures and exciting Myrtle Beach holiday events featuring something for the whole family, from live entertainment to tasty treats. Even watch the ball drop and start off 2019 right.

Looking for the perfect holiday outing? Here’s a look at fun Christmas events in South Carolina and the best Myrtle Beach New Year’s Eve parties.

Myrtle Beach Christmas Events

  • Intercoastal Christmas Regatta | November 24
    Catch the beginning of this vibrant parade at the Little River Inlet, then adjourn at Dock Holidays Marina. Cozy up with family and watch the parade coast along the waterway—the perfect way to kick off the holiday season.
  • Nights of 1,000 Candles | December 6–December 22
    Sip on warm cider, listen to carolers and watch Brookgreen Gardens glow. Named the Best Christmas Lights in South Carolina by Travel + Leisure magazine, this magical event features more than 4,500 hand-lit candles.
  • Myrtle Beach Turkey Trot | November 22
    One of the area’s largest races, the Myrtle Beach Turkey Trot draws families from near and far to run 10K-, 5K- and one-mile races. Join over 1,200 participants in starting your Thanksgiving with a good sweat.
  • The Great Christmas Light Show | November 23–December 30
    Pile in the car for this North Myrtle Beach drive-through light show and revel in the magic of more than two million lights in over 500 displays. Afterward, visit Santa’s Village for a cup of cocoa and of course, meet Santa himself.
  • MarshWalk Wonderland of Lights | November 17–December 31
    Stroll along the MarshWalk, illuminated by thousands of lights synchronized with holiday music. Ring in the New Year with loved ones at this cheerful, dreamy event—one of the most dazzling Christmas events in South Carolina.

Myrtle Beach New Year’s Eve Parties

  • Southern Times Square at The Market Common | December 31
    Listen to live music, purchase champagne from vendors and bring the kids for fun activities as you say farewell to 2018. There will even be a live feed of the New York City Times Square ball drop. Get ready to count down at one of the best New Year’s events in South Carolina!

Myrtle Beach has plenty for you to enjoy this holiday season, with the perfect balance of fun and relaxation. You don’t want to miss these holiday events in South Carolina.  Visit our website or call (888) 404-3110 to find the ideal Myrtle Beach vacation rental for your holiday visit.

10 Ways Vacation Rental Owners Can Upgrade for Instant Value

Small Upgrades that Create Big Value for Vacation Rental Owners

While many vacation rental owners may not have the funds or resources for major structural changes to their rental properties, there are several types of easy upgrades that can instantly add value. Below are our top recommendations for inexpensive improvements that will help maintain your vacation rental, impress your guests, and pave the way for repeat business in the future.

  • A fresh coat of paint can breathe new life into any vacation home – nothing improves your home’s appearance more than this. Painting is easy and inexpensive and sets the tone throughout the property. Consider adding an accent wall for a splash of color and an interesting design element.
  • Replacing older light fixtures not only improves lighting quality, but also gives your home an updated look and aesthetic appeal.
  • New cabinet doors, knobs and contact paper for shelves and drawers freshen up kitchens and make guests feel at home during their stay.
  • Upgrading to hardwood or tile flooring makes your property easier to maintain and gives it an updated look in online photos.  You will score big points with guests, as well!
  • Contemporary showerheads, toilet paper holders, towel racks or faucets may seem like small details, but they can give bathrooms a clean, personalized touch like that of an upscale hotel.
  • Flat-screen TVs add a modern, streamlined look to your home and greatly improve the viewing experience for guests while they relax on vacation.  With the cost of flat-screen TVs having come down dramatically in price, this is a great opportunity to swap out any older, boxy TVs that may be making your vacation rental look dated.
  • Programmable thermostats can add money-saving and functional elements to the home. Most are inexpensive and easy to install.
  • While it may not be possible to add square footage to your property – especially if it’s located in a condo building – storage within the home can be maximized by installing vertical shelving in workrooms, pantries, closets and garages.
  • Little touches, like updating light switches and doorknobs, can add a fresh feel to any room. Routinely upgrade the bedrooms with hotel-quality bedding, pillows, and mattresses or mattress toppers – all things that guests have come to expect when they travel. New door handles and locks can improve security, as well.
  • Save on energy costs by switching to energy-efficient light bulbs, routinely cleaning your refrigerator coils, and replacing older air conditioning or furnace filters.

Helping vacation rental owners succeed in North Myrtle Beach, SC is our passion. For more tips or to get a free proposal on your next project, contact Vantage Vacation Rentals at 877-319-5808 or email deb@vantageresortrealty.biz. Visit our Vacation Rental Management Services page to learn more about how Vantage can help you maximize your vacation home.

4 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Vacation Rental Manager

Hiring a Vacation Rental Manager? Be Sure to Ask these 4 Questions.

Do you own a vacation rental in Myrtle Beach, SC? You may want to consider hiring a property management company to oversee its operations when you are unable to handle maintenance, communicate with guests and answer various questions. You do not want to end up with a management company that does not understand you and your needs, so here are some questions to ask every prospective organization.

1. What Are Your Fees?

You always want to know how much you will need to pay a property management company before signing a contract. The fees can range anywhere between 25 and 50 percent of the total rent. Consider how much you can afford to pay and still make a profit from your vacation rental.

2. What Do Your Other Clients Have To Say?

It is always advisable to seek out references. The management company should have no problem putting you in touch with current clients. These clients will offer their sincere opinions, and you will know whatever they say is the truth.

3. What Services Are Included in the Fees?

The fees you pay should cover most of the maintenance costs. Some aspects that should be included consist of marketing, maintenance, cleaning, in-person visits and pre-stay walk-throughs. Ask about everything, so you do not get caught off-guard about any extra fees that pop up.

4. What Is Vacation Rental Performance Like in the Area?

An experienced vacation rental property management company should be able to tell you everything about that industry in a specific city. They should be able to tell you when the slow and busy seasons are. You should also ask about any local regulations that could impact who you can rent to.

If you have a Myrtle Beach rental property and are looking for a vacation rental manager to partner with, Vantage Vacation Rentals can help. Visit our Vacation Rental Management Services page for more information about how we make the experience smooth and successful for property owners. Questions? Call (888) 404-3110 or send a message through our online form, and be sure to request a Free Rental Market Analysis of your property. We will get back to you shortly!

Squeeze in Last-Minute Labor Day Fun

Labor Day weekend called. It wants you to go to the beach.

If you thought you wouldn’t get to the beach this summer, or you wish you could have one more dip in the ocean, here’s great news: these great choices are available for a Labor Day weekend stay in North Myrtle Beach.

Build a sandcastle. Indulge in a Peaches Corner hot dog. Earn bragging rights at putt-putt. Or just work on your tan (and make everyone at work jealous).

So why stay home and do chores when you and enjoy one last weekend relaxing to the sound of the ocean waves? Pack your flip-flops and a good beach read and say goodbye to the summer the right way.

North Myrtle Beach Rentals for Your Labor Day Getaway

Vantage offers a variety of vacation rentals in some of North Myrtle Beach’s top communities. Amenity-rich resorts like Beach Cove Resort, Emerald Cove II, and Ocean Creek are not only located directly on the beach, but are also conveniently located across Route 17 from the popular Barefoot Landing attraction – with dozens of shops, restaurants, activities, and events throughout the year.

Looking for a peaceful golf or boating vacation? Try the beautiful community of Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, a luxurious resort along Myrtle Beach’s Intracoastal Waterway and just a stone’s throw from the Grande Dunes Golf Club.

No matter which resort you choose, you can be sure to get a first-class experience as you soak up these final days of the season.  So book one last weekend at the beach and say goodbye to summer the right way: with your toes in the sand.

  • Beach Cove Resort 421 – 1-BR/1-BA/Sleeps 6 – Oceanfront condo with beautiful ocean views, outdoor/indoor/kiddie pools, arcade game room,  and on-site restaurants.
  • Blue Water Keyes 701 – 2-BR/2-BA/Sleeps 6 – Oceanfront (side) condo with ocean views, outdoor/indoor pools, lazy river, hot tubs, and fitness center.
  • Blue  Water Keyes 1101 – 2-BR/2-BA/Sleeps 6 – Oceanfront (side) condo with ocean views, outdoor/indoor pools, lazy river, hot tubs, and fitness center.
  • Emerald Cove II 8A – 4-BR/3-BA/Sleeps 10 – Spacious oceanfront end-unit condo with plenty of light, expansive ocean views from multiple rooms, and an outdoor pool.
  • Marina Inn 5101 – 2-BR/2-BA/Sleeps 6 – Elegant condo with updated appliances and floor-to-ceiling views of the Intracoastal Waterway from a unique circular-shaped living room.  Amenities include outdoor/indoor pools, hot tub, on-site restaurant/bars, and community golf and tennis.
  • Marina Inn 7301 – 3-BR/3-BA/Sleeps 10 – 2,100-SqFt condo with Intracoastal views from multiple balconies and a unique master bedroom suite with fireplace and private kitchenette.  Amenities include outdoor/indoor pools, hot tub, on-site restaurant/bars, and community golf and tennis.
  • Ocean Creek K4 – 3-BR/3-BA/Sleeps 8 – Oceanfront North Tower condo with beautiful ocean views, indoor/outdoor pools, tennis, volleyball, kids’ activities, and on-site dining facilities.
  • Ocean Creek L2256 – 2-BR/2-BA/Sleeps 6 – Newly-renovated Lodge unit condo with fresh decor and woodland views from a private screened porch.  Amenities include indoor/outdoor pools, tennis, volleyball, kids’ activities, and on-site dining facilities.
  • Ocean Creek L2433 – 1-BR/1.5-BA/Sleeps 4 – Updated Lodge unit condo nestled in the trees, offering woodland views from a private screened porch. Amenities include indoor/outdoor pools, tennis, volleyball, kids’ activities, and on-site dining facilities.
  • Ocean Creek QQ5 – 3-BR/3-BA/Sleeps 8 – Oceanfront (side) North Tower condo with ocean views and multiple balconies, including a 30′ x 30′ furnished private deck. Amenities include indoor/outdoor pools, tennis, volleyball, kids’ activities, and on-site dining facilities.

Plan your Labor Day getaway to North Myrtle Beach at VantageMB.com. Or give our Vacation Coordinators a call at (888) 404-3110 – we would be happy to help you find the rental that’s just right for you!

Book Direct & Save on Your Vacation

Five Reasons Why Smart Travelers Book Direct

Browsing travel websites is a great way to get an overview of the types of places to rent in various vacation spots. You can see a whole bunch of places at once and sort by price, distance, availability, amenities and other factors.  But smart travelers know that the next step isn’t to click on “Book Now” on those sites but instead to book direct from the property owner or agency that manages the rental.  Here’s why:

  • Websites such as Airbnb, VRBO, HomeAway and TripAdvisor add significant traveler fees when you book through them. So do many online travel agencies. You can save substantially by contacting the owner or manager to book direct.
  • Direct contact with the owner or manager makes it easy to communicate special needs without your requests getting “lost in translation.” This provides you with a faster, smoother experience.
  • Many of the best vacation rentals aren’t even listed on major sites because these listings are expensive for property owners. Along the North Carolina coast, for example, only 30% of all rental properties are listed on the major sites. You could be missing out.
  • Owners and managers offer helpful insider’s knowledge that can enhance your experience and save you valuable vacation dollars. Many have special offers, flash sales, and off-season discounts  that they don’t list on the major sites.
  • If you’re looking for a local’s perspective, property owners and managers can give you the most updated information on their rentals and community. They can tell you about new amenities, lesser-known area events, the best restaurants, and hidden gems around town.

In short, if a particular property management or vacation rental firm has a property – or a few properties – that look good to you, go to that company’s website (such as VantageMB.com!) to book direct. Chances are you’ll find more options, avoid hidden fees on travel websites, and have a smooth experience as you gear up for a great vacation.

Book smarter. #bookdirect. You’ll save on your vacation and have a much better experience.

Post-Tax Time Oceanfront Vacations

Taxes Done? Trade Your 1040 for SPF 40

Here’s an idea even your accountant would approve of: trade your primary residence for a sandcastle, and put the stress of tax time behind you with an oceanfront vacation.

Nothing is more relaxing than ocean waves and salt air, and we have great oceanfront properties that are a perfect way to reward yourself for getting your taxes done. (And if you’ve already received your refund, this is a great way to treat yourself.)

Bring that special someone, or invite all of your little deductions to come along. You’ll find a wide variety of vacation choices throughout Myrtle Beach, and we promise you won’t have to fill out any forms.

So put down that calculator, pick up your beach toys and reward yourself for a job well done. To deduct your tax-time stress, book online or speak with a Vacation Coordinator at (888) 404-3110.

Check Out these Oceanfront Rentals

  • Ocean Creek LL1 – 2-BR/2-BA/Sleeps 6 – Enjoy amazing ocean views and sunrises from this oceanfront condo in the South Tower that is well-furnished property and features a master suite with a king bed. This community has a wide variety of amenities and is located across Highway 17 from the popular Barefoot Landing shopping, dining, and entertainment complex.

  • Ocean Creek EE13 – 2-BR/2-BA/Sleeps 6 – Sip your morning coffee and watch the sun rise over the ocean from your perch on the oceanfront corner of the South Tower! This property is well-equipped with a full kitchen and flat-screen TV in the living room and all bedrooms. In addition, guests can take advantage of fantastic resort amenities, such as indoor/outdoor pools, volleyball, tennis, a putting green, and an on-site beach bar and grill.

  • Blue Water Keyes 601 – 2-BR/2-BA/Sleeps 6 – Wake up to beautiful views from the glass-paneled balcony of this oceanfront condo. Located in Crescent Beach, the property features a full kitchen and awesome community amenities such as indoor/outdoor pools, hot tubs, a lazy river and fitness center.

Don’t wait!  Our oceanfront vacation rentals are in high demand and fill up fast. Browse VantageMB.com today or speak with a Vacation Coordinator at (888) 404-3110 to find the perfect spot for your North Myrtle Beach vacation.

Spring into Fun Myrtle Beach Events

So many reasons to come to Myrtle Beach this Spring!

If you’ve never visited Myrtle Beach in the Spring, you don’t know what you’re missing. Beyond the beauty of the ocean and the tranquility of the beach, you’ll find music, art, food and events large and small for couples and families.  Vantage Vacation Rentals invites you to get your toes in the sand and enjoy this wonderful time of year when there are less crowds, warm temperatures, and low off-season rates.

Vantage boasts a variety of condos, townhomes, and cottages in North Myrtle Beach and the surrounding area that have fantastic amenities to make your stay relaxing.  Perhaps you’re dreaming of an oceanfront oasis like North Beach Plantation, Ocean Creek, Emerald Cove, Blue Water Keyes, or Beach Cove Resort or the serene sunsets of Marina Inn at Grande Dunes situated along the Intracoastal Waterway.  These conveniently-located communities are just a short drive from all the fun at Myrtle Beach’s most popular events and activities.  Here are just a few of the great events happening between now and Memorial Day.  To find more, visit https://www.visitmyrtlebeach.com.

March

Can-Am Days Festival
March 10-18 – The 57th annual festival welcoming Canadians and other snowbirds with live music, entertainment, food, demonstrations and much more.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival
March 17 – Parade, live music, children’s area, rides and over 150 vendors.

Easter Egg Hunt
March 31 – Egg hunt, children’s activities and a photo op with Ms. Blossom.

April

Horry County Fair
April 20-29 – The third annual fair includes Robinson’s Racing Pigs, a petting zoo, carnival rides, food and live entertainment for all ages.

Society of Stranders (SOS) Spring Safari
April 20-29 – The biggest adult party on the East Coast, in the place where shag dancing originated. Parties, classes, competitions, a parade and more.

Wings over Myrtle Beach Air Show
April 28-29 – Two-day air show featuring the US NavyN Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron, USAF F-16 Viper Demo Team, GEICO Skytypers Air Show Team, Class of 45 Demo Team and the USSOCOM Para-Commandos Jump Team. The event will also include displays, helicopter rides and other activities.

May

Mayfest on Main® Festival
May 12 – The 13th festival will feature over 100 crafters, food, live music and more.

World Famous Blue Crab Festival
May 19-20 – The 37th annual festival, one of the largest festivals in the Southeast, will feature live beach music, a kids’ zone, and approximately 300 arts and crafts, specialty food and business expo vendors.

Plan your Spring getaway to North Myrtle Beach at VantageMB.com.  Or give our Vacation Coordinators a call at (888) 404-3110 – we would be happy to help you find the rental that’s just right for you!

Book Now, Pay Later | Ends Feb. 28th

Book Now to Hold Your Perfect Spot

With five weeks of winter still to go, chances are you’re dreaming about a summer vacation in Myrtle Beach, SC this year. Why let a little thing like your bank account get in the way? That’s why we’re rolling out our unique Book Now, Pay Later offer. After all, if you’re going to be enjoying your vacation later, why should you have to pay for it now? So now through the end of February, you can reserve your dream vacation with just a $250 deposit.

Here’s How it Works:

    • Choose the vacation rental you’d like with a $250 deposit (per week booked)
    • Pay the remainder of your deposit by April 1st
    • The balance of your reservation is due 30 days prior to your arrival date

At this time of year, many guests are waiting for their tax refund to arrive (or maybe even still saving up for vacation). But we want to help make your vacation dream a reality without having to wait.

Please note that the Book Now, Pay Later special is valid only on select weekly rentals during the period of June 23-September 1, and some properties may be excluded. Feel free to speak with a vacation coordinator at (888) 404-3110 to see if your desired vacation rental is included. Hurry – this offer ends February 28th. The sooner you book, the more choices you’ll have!

Check out one of our top communities below, or browse our entire inventory of vacation rentals HERE.

Ocean Creek

One of our favorite spots for experiencing North Myrtle Beach is Ocean Creek – a one-of-a-kind destination with so much natural beauty and things to do that you may not want to leave the community gates. Located on a 57-acre property between the ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway, this oceanfront resort offers first-class amenities and a peaceful respite from the bustling Boardwalk area. Guests can hike and bike on dozens of nature trails that take you past lush gardens, oceanfront vistas, and a scenic tidal creek. Spend your days relaxing on the beach, swimming in Ocean Creek’s indoor/outdoor pools, or shopping at nearby Barefoot Landing. Additional amenities include beach volleyball, tennis courts, a putting green, on-site restaurants, and kids’ activities. Guests can choose from several types of accommodations such as the North and South Tower condos with ocean views, Greens Villas overlooking the putting green, Tennis Villas next to the tennis courts, Garden Homes with private yards, and Lodge Villas located within a peaceful woodland area. All units are within close proximity to one another and are just a short walk or tram ride from the beach.

Don’t wait another day to get your 2018 Myrtle Beach vacation lined up and take advantage of our Book Now, Pay Later campaign. Search VantageMB.com using your desired dates, number of bedrooms/bathrooms, location within town, and so much more. Or give us a call at (888) 404-3110, and we would be happy to suggest some vacation rentals that fit your needs and budget.

Book Direct and Save Big

Wednesday, February 7th is #BookDirect day, and whether you’re planning a spring getaway or a summer trip, here are five reasons why reaching out to vacation rental managers to book direct is the strategy of smart travelers.

  • Websites such as Airbnb, VRBO, HomeAway and TripAdvisor add significant fees when you book through them. So do many online travel agencies. You can save substantially by contacting the owner or property manager to book direct.  These precious vacation dollars can be used for other fun things on your vacation like amusement rides, dinner at a local restaurant, or souvenirs on the boardwalk.
  • Direct contact with the owner or property manager makes it easy to communicate special needs without your requests getting “lost in translation.” Here at Vantage we go the extra mile to accommodate our guests and make the experience a smooth one.  We can help you arrange for convenient services such as linen rental, grocery delivery, mid-week cleaning, and more.
  • Many of the best vacation rentals aren’t even listed on major sites, because listings are expensive for owners. Along the North Carolina coast, for example, only 30% of all rental properties are listed on the major sites. You could be missing out.
  • Owners and property managers know the vacation rental and the surrounding area. They can offer insider’s knowledge. Many have special offers they don’t list on the major sites. Visit our Specials Page to see Vantage Vacation Rentals’ current vacation rental deals.
  • Owners and property managers have the most updated information about their property and community. They can give you the inside scoop about new amenities, lesser-known area events and hidden gems that make your vacation memorable.

Book smarter. #bookdirect. You’ll save and have a much better experience. Ready to find your perfect vacation spot? Browse our diverse inventory of some of North Myrtle Beach’s finest vacation rentals at VantageMB.com today!