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How to Know It’s Time to Switch Your Rental Management Company

Your Myrtle Beach vacation home is one of your most important investments—you deserve to have a property management company that treats it that way.

Sadly, many management companies don’t deliver on their promises. They guarantee maximum service for minimum dollar, but that’s easier said than done. (Otherwise, everyone would do it.) If you have nagging doubts that your rental management company is simply doing small repairs and collecting rent, and not truly going the distance for you every season, then it’s time to trust your instincts and start looking elsewhere.

Vantage has been in the rental management industry for twelve years. We know the difference between above and beyond and not nearly enough. We want to make sure that you understand that difference, too.

Take a look at these eight major warning signs and characteristics of inferior rental management. If you recognize any, it’s time for a change.  

#1: Poor communication

Regular contact is a key indicator of a good rental management company. Does your company answer your calls and emails in a timely fashion? Do they reach out to you proactively with ideas or questions? A rental management company should always be responsive and make you feel like they are looking out for your best interests.

#2: Untrustworthy

You have to be able to trust your property management company without exception. And this trust must exist on many levels. It’s not enough to know that your property will be cared for in an emergency. You should also know you are getting the most in terms of rental income and upkeep, that the company’s leadership has integrity and that they are allowing trustworthy people into your home—guests and vendors alike. 

#3: Bad or nonexistent inspection process

A great property manager inspects your rental home before and after guests stay to make sure there is no damage and, if there is, to make sure it gets handled properly. Without this level of care, fees that should be charged to guests can slip through the cracks, leaving you to foot a hefty bill down the line.  

#4: Lack of marketing

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is a popular destination, with good reason. That means more rental properties and hotel options hit the market each year. To make yours stand out, you need a rental management company skilled in the art of property marketing and promotion. That means featuring your property online as well as in social media, email and traditional advertising campaigns—anything and everything to get more eyeballs on your rental.

#5: Lack of innovation

Technology continues to work wonders for rental property managers, guests and owners. Booking online and managing the guest experience from afar is easier than ever. Plus, property owners have new options to offer secure, easy keyless entry for guests. Smart home and energy management innovations enable you to cut down on your utility costs. At the very least, your property management company should review all the options for you.

#6: Not feeling valued

Would you say you had a strong relationship with your property management company? Do you feel like they understand and care about what’s important to you when it comes to the upkeep of your vacation home?  You should, or you’re working with the wrong firm. Your home and time are too valuable to feel like a number. You should have no doubts that you are a top priority and you should know exactly who to contact for any issues or questions.

#7: Nothing goes easily

Renting out your Myrtle Beach property should be a worry- and hassle-free process. That means your management company should remove stress, never add to it.

Just like a good management company has pre- and post-stay communication with guests, they should always be touching base with you to assess your satisfaction and keep your workload as light as possible.  

#8: Limited accessibility

Is your management company available after hours? How about on weekends? Holidays? If not, that’s an issue. Because unexpected issues arise with little regard for the clock or the calendar. You need to know you have someone on the job and ready to jump in with solutions 24/7/365.

Is it time to make a switch?



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If any of the above signs resonated with you, consider making an upgrade. The Vantage team would be happy to discuss our personalized approach to property management and how we ensure satisfaction for you and your guests. We can even connect you with other homeowners who have benefited from the Vantage advantage!

Give us a call at 888-404-3110, option 4 or email us at info@vantagemb.com to learn more.

About Vantage

Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.comEasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.

The Remedy for Second-Home Remorse

How do you feel about your vacation home in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina? Are you perfectly satisfied, or do you feel a sense of guilt because you don’t think you use it enough? If you’re more in line with the latter, you’re not alone.

In a recent survey conducted by Lending Tree, 49% of vacation home owners admitted they felt guilty about not using their second home as much as they thought they would. A vacation home, especially somewhere like Myrtle Beach, SC, should be a source of fun for family and friends all year long, and even a source of income. It hurts our hearts at Vantage to know that so many people feel anything but positive vibes about their beach house!

Vacancy Abounds 

It’s easy to see where the guilt comes from. In the same survey, owners were asked how many times per year they personally use their vacation homes. Only 26% said more than five times, while a shocking 37% said they use their second home either once per year or not at all.

If owners aren’t using their vacation homes for their own enjoyment, they can at least open them up for rental opportunities and help offset the costs of ownership. That’s the theory, anyway. But once again, actions don’t align with intentions.

Most people who buy a second property do so with plans for renting, according to another study. Similar data came out of the Lending Tree survey. A little more than half of vacation home owners said they purchased their homes to rent them. Unfortunately, 59% admitted that still hasn’t happened. 

There is good news: It’s rather easy, and profitable, to alleviate any guilt about your vacation homeownership. You just need a little help.

Find the Right Partner 

Before we move on to talk about renting, we do want to encourage you to use your Myrtle Beach, SC, property for yourself and your family as much as possible. After all, we’ve recently discovered some pretty convincing evidence for taking more time off and getting away.  

When you’re not making memories in your second home, use it to make money. Many owners of vacation properties never get around to renting because it seems like there’s too much work involved. You need to list and promote the property, clean and maintain it, manage bookings and guests and handle all the bookkeeping.

In reality, you don’t have to do any of those things—not if you team up with a property management and marketing partner offering turnkey services.

Having the right property management support enables you to maximize your vacation rental and minimize your effort. But how do you know when you’ve found the right one? Your safest bet is to work with an experienced local partner with a wide range of capabilities, including:  

  • Personalizing a strategy for your vacation home based on your revenue goals and preferences for usage  
  • Marketing your property all year long to a large, diverse pool of prospective guests
  • Coordinating all bookings and guest relations
  • Connecting with guests at every step to meet any special needs and offer helpful information that will make their stay more enjoyable  
  • Processing all income and expenses for rental transactions, including remittance of state and local rental taxes  
  • Keeping your property professionally clean and maintained  
  • Inspecting your home regularly  
  • Providing protection with storm preparation and other emergency services

Feel Great, Not Guilty, About Your Second Home

Lose your guilt and feel great about your Myrtle Beach home!

You bought a vacation home in Myrtle Beach, SC, to provide happiness and maybe extra revenue. Just because you can’t use it as much as you like right now doesn’t mean you can’t make it work for you. To find out how easy it is to lose your guilt and feel great about your Myrtle Beach home, contact Vantage at 888-303-4110. We’ll give you a complimentary rental assessment to show you what’s possible.  

About Vantage 

Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.comEasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.

Everything You Need to Know About Myrtle Beach in the Winter

Don’t let the name fool you — Myrtle Beach is so much more than a destination for sunbathing and seashell hunting on the shoreline. The warm rays and pristine beaches attract swarms of travelers in the summertime, but savvy travelers and snowbirds know the value of visiting Myrtle Beach in the winter. The crowds are gone, but several popular attractions remain open with mild weather to enjoy them all. Plus, you can secure spectacular savings on our properties, including our convenient monthly vacation rentals!

Your Complete Guide to Myrtle Beach in the Winter

Weather

Are you tired of dreary days and frigid climates? Don’t let seasonal sadness get you down — head south with the snowbirds to enjoy the mild weather of Myrtle Beach in the winter! Temperatures still drop here, but nowhere near the freezing cold levels that have you waiting out the winter inside your house in the Northern United States and Canada. 

Daily temperatures hover around 60 degrees in the afternoons, meaning you can still enjoy a variety of outdoor activities. (Plus, you don’t have to worry about icy roads or snow-covered walkways!) It can get down to the mid-30s in the evenings, though, so it’s still a good idea to dress in layers.

Activities

You don’t have to hide indoors and warm up by the fireplace unless you want to! Feel free to take advantage of the weather and plan a full day of fun things to do in Myrtle Beach in the winter. It might be too cold to swim in the ocean, and local water parks close their gates for the season, but there are still so many fantastic activities available to visitors. Here are some of the most popular attractions and things to do here when winter arrives:

(You can enjoy all of these activities and more without the crowds of the summertime!)

Events

If you’re looking to weave some excitement into your relaxing winter getaway, the Grand Strand has you covered. In fact, the local events and holiday celebrations are often the highlights of people’s vacations to Myrtle Beach in winter. From Christmas tree lightings to parades, there are festivities for all ages and preferences! These are just a few of the events you can look forward to in the Myrtle Beach area:

Find Your Happy Place for Wintertime

We’ve got a property that’s perfect for your next visit.

Winter is one of the best times of year to visit Myrtle Beach, and Vantage Vacation Rentals is the best option when it’s time to choose your property. We have a wide variety of condos and townhomes in North Myrtle Beach’s most beloved communities, and our website makes it easy to sort through them all to find the right one for you. Would you like to wake up to shoreline sunrises, or do you prefer to stay near your favorite golf courses? Either way, we’ve got a property that’s perfect for your next visit. Plus, you can always extend your stay with our convenient monthly rental options!

Browse our full list of vacation rentals today and plan the ideal trip to North Myrtle Beach in the winter!

About Vantage

Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.com, EasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.

Why You Should Take a Vacation

Work is called work for a reason. It can be a lot to handle, with the commuting, deadlines, performance reviews, customers, coworkers and bosses. You need to get away from these responsibilities now and then.  

That said, many Americans don’t take advantage of all the time they have available for leave. As a nation, we left 768 million vacation days on the table last year, 9% more than we did the previous year.  

Is this really the best decision for our wallets, our health and our productivity? Research answers with a resounding No. Read on to learn why employees across the U.S. are opting out of their vacations and why that’s a big mistake.

At Vantage, we shudder at the thought of missing out on a vacation. We have an amazing variety of Myrtle Beach, SC, rentals to help you make the most of your time off. 

The 411 on PTO

The Center for Economic and Policy Research has deemed the U.S. a “no-vacation nation,” thanks to our zero mandated paid vacation days. Compare that to other advanced economies like France, where people get 30 days, or the 28 mandated by the United Kingdom.

Still, 90% of full-time workers and 40% of part-time workers in the U.S. were granted paid vacation this year. In that case, why do only 28% of us plan to use all our vacation days? Some suggest the expansion of the U.S. workforce contributes to unused vacation time, speculating that people are earning paid time off (PTO) faster than they can use it.

Additionally, studies have shown that many personal factors are at play. A major drawback of taking a vacation, according to the U.S. Travel Association, is cost, followed by difficulty abandoning work duties and hassle related to travel.

A significant portion of workers report feeling guilty when they request vacation days. A quarter of Americans experience negative emotions when they ask for time off—and most of these individuals are millennials, reports the Allianz Travel Insurance Vacation Confidence Index. That’s a bit of a head scratcher, since this age group seems to comprehend the importance of taking vacations more than their older counterparts.

Guilt may be one of the factors causing people to work even while trying to enjoy their PTO. According to Glassdoor, 29% of employees who took time off were contacted for a work-related matter while on vacation. As a country, we need to stop treating vacations as a luxury and start prioritizing them as necessities. That’s not just our opinion—it’s science.

Pack Your Bags and Go. It’s Good for You!

Unchaining yourself from the desk or jobsite has serious, long-term implications for your physical and mental health.

According to researchers from Syracuse University, people who use PTO reduce their risk of metabolic syndrome, a combination of conditions like high blood sugar, increased blood pressure and more body fat around the belly. Metabolic syndrome can escalate to heart disease, stroke or diabetes.

As for those who don’t take vacations. Aside from having less fun, they struggle to get a good night’s sleep, which is linked to adverse health effects like diabetes. And let’s say you spent a decade working more than 10 hours a day for at least 50 days per year. You’re 45% more likely to suffer a stroke, according to the Journal of the American Heart Association. That number rises if you factor in a stressful work environment or off-peak work hours.

Still can’t bring yourself to set an Out of Office reply? A German psychology professor found that those who are able to detach from their jobs experience less burnout—and are therefore more engaged at work and more capable of handling stress. 

It’s important that you give yourself time to rest and recharge with friends, family or even by yourself. Studies show that even short vacations help reduce stress. You work hard, and you deserve a getaway!

High Returns for Your Vacation Investment

This higher-quality work resulting from your time off can translate to career growth. A research group funded by the U.S. Travel Association discovered that 84% of people who used all their paid time received a raise or bonus in the past three years, while only 78% of those who forfeited some PTO can say the same.

To top it all off, your travels help boost the economy as well. Recent analysis revealed that Americans used 9 out of 17.4 days on average for vacation traveling. More days spent on trips would translate into approximately $151.5 billion more for the travel industry and up to 2 million new jobs.

Take a Healthy Break in Myrtle Beach

Our Myrtle Beach rentals are just what the doctor ordered.

We’ve only scratched the surface when it comes to the pluses of taking a vacation. We’ll share plenty more about the benefit in future installments of this series.

In the meantime, start your vacation planning with help from Vantage. Our Myrtle Beach rentals are just what the doctor ordered. Browse all the options and book direct with Vantage for the best rates.

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About Vantage

Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.com, EasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.

Why Listing Early Is Critical to Vacation Rental Success

The way we plan vacations has changed. These days it’s all about wanting choice. No longer do we wait to book a rental property a few weeks before we’re set to jet off; instead, we book as early as possible, when we have many different properties to choose from.  

Listing your vacation rental early means that you’re catering to the modern vacationer. You’ll also have a much better chance of securing a full rental calendar and more bookings at full-price rates.

Here at Vantage Myrtle Beach, we’re committed to helping you get as many bookings as possible, and after over a decade in the business, we have seen just how much listing early can benefit you as a property owner. It means higher revenue throughout the year, additional bookings in every season and a greater chance of acquiring early bird bookings from return renters. Many love to plan their summer vacations soon after they’ve said goodbye to a great week or two on the Grand Strand.

We don’t have to tell you why so many people want to book a getaway to Myrtle Beach, SC. And because of the great weather in the south, those summer bookings are extending into spring and fall. If you list soon, you’ll be sure to grab expanding spring bookings and help those new to the area find your property.

Much more than a worm

If your concept of an early listing means after 2020 has rolled in, think again. We at Vantage Myrtle Beach recommend listing before October 31 to really put your rental ahead of competing properties.

While you might feel like you just kissed summer goodbye, especially in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, having your listing up before the holidays has a big impact.

When family and friends are communicating about Thanksgiving plans or are seated around the table together ready to carve the turkey, vacation plans are sure to be in the conversation mix. Families and friends will be pondering their next reunion, one that could be spent at the beach.  

It’s much easier to hash out the details of a great get-together when everyone is in one place, so the holidays are an ideal time to start summer trip planning. The way people now book vacations is one of the major reasons why you want to be sure that your listing is up—and updated—early and that you have your rates and personal calendar finalized before the holiday sprint begins in November. You’ll see a big impact if you have your property listed for additional weeks or months.

The numbers speak for themselves  

Recently we’ve seen that owners who relisted their property prior to October 31 earned an average of 9.6 more nights than those who relisted prior to December 31, and 16.22 more nights than those who waited until after January 1.

This included not just summer bookings, but a noticeable jump up in offseason bookings as well. For owners who relisted prior to October 31, they had an average of 31.2% more off-season bookings than those who relisted before December 31, and 35% more than those who waited until after January 1.

It pays—literally!—to list your rental property as early as possible.

Early bird bookings are increasingly popular  

It may not even be Halloween, but things are getting mighty busy at Vantage Myrtle Beach. We have multiple units with six full weeks booked. From North Myrtle Beach to downtown properties, rentals are heating up fast.

Be sure to get in on 2019 bookings for 2020 and benefit from:

  • More marketing exposure. An earlier marketing launch gets your property in front of more guests and gives you a big jump on the competition. It also allows your property to ramp up in OTA algorithms and participate in more valuable Vantage campaigns and promotions.
  • Advanced reservations from early bookers. These reservations come particularly from guests who booked with Vantage in 2019 and are anxious to finalize their 2020 vacation plans. We’ve learned that it’s best to capture guests’ attention while the vacation memories are still fresh in their minds.
  • More bookings at your full-price rate. As a property owner, you know that early rentals mean better rates. If you list early, your chance at full-price bookings is much higher, and you can avoid discounted rental rates once the season arrives and guests begin negotiating prices.  
  • More off-season reservations. Listing early means you’ll be maximizing your vacation rental’s earning potential with more peak season reservations and off-season reservations. We’ve seen a trend of off-season guests booking last-minute getaways, thanks to the great off-season events that Myrtle Beach, SC, hosts all year round.  

Enter 2020 with a full rental calendar—relist today!

Leap over the competition by getting it online early.

Don’t make the mistake of waiting until next year to relist your Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, rental property. Leap over the competition by getting it online early. We at Vantage Myrtle Beach are standing by and ready to help!

About Vantage

Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.com, EasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.

Things to Do in Myrtle Beach at Christmas Time

Are you a snowbird looking to flock south for the winter? You don’t need to miss out on the holiday festivities just because you’re escaping the cold Northern weather! Rest assured, there are several fun things to do in Myrtle Beach at Christmas time. From tree-lighting festivals to holiday concerts, there’s something for everyone. You can even cross off everything on your holiday shopping list while you’re here! Check out everything you have to look forward to this winter, and don’t forget to secure one of our vacation rentals in the area. (We have some incredible off-season rates and monthly rentals available!)

The Best Things to Do in Myrtle Beach at Christmas Time

Holiday Shopping Spots

  • Barefoot Landing

One of the best places to search for gifts is Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach, SC. It’s full of charm and scenery along the Intracoastal Waterway that you can enjoy as you explore the stores. When hunger strikes, you’re also only a short walk away from all the fantastic restaurants woven throughout the area. Don’t forget to kick off the holiday season with the Lighting of the Landing at the end of November!

  • Broadway at the Beach

The list of the top places to shop in the Myrtle Beach area isn’t complete without including Broadway at the Beach as well. It’s home to fun attractions for the whole family, with stores, restaurants, bars, and even a miniature golf course with a shimmering lake in the heart of it all. Make sure you mark your calendar for A Very Broadway Christmas Parade in December!

Entertainment and Events

  • The South’s Grandest Christmas Show

The Alabama Theatre is an incredible venue that hosts so many must-see events throughout the year, including The South’s Grandest Christmas Show from November through December. Best of all, it’s located adjacent to Barefoot Landing, so you can spend an afternoon shopping for gifts then catch a showing at the theater!

  • The Christmas Show of the South

Alternatively — or additionally — you can head over to The Carolina Opry Theater in Myrtle Beach to enjoy The Christmas Show of the South. This remarkable event showcases over 30 talented singers and musicians that are sure to get you in the spirit of the holidays. The theater even transforms into a stunning winter wonderland with holiday decor!

  • Nights of a Thousand Candles

Travel a little further south along the Grand Strand, and you’re rewarded with one of the most spectacular holiday displays in the region. Of course, we’re talking about Nights of a Thousand Candles at Brookgreen Gardens. This botanical garden is gorgeous in the spring, summer, and fall, and it comes to life with different beauty in the wintertime. Secure your tickets in advance for this popular event so that you can stroll through the scenery and see everything lit up with twinkling lights and special Christmas exhibits!

  • North Myrtle Beach Christmas Parade

If parades are more your style, North Myrtle Beach has you covered with the annual Christmas Parade along Main Street. Bundle up in some warm clothes, grab a cup of hot cocoa, and arrive early to secure a prime viewing spot. It’s truly a sight to see as the lighted floats, marching bands, and festive participants travel past. 

Enjoy the Holiday Season in a Cozy Vacation Rental

We have so many unique options for all travelers!

The Grand Strand is an incredible destination to spend the holiday season, and it’s even more incredible when you stay in one of our vacation rentals in the North Myrtle Beach area. We have so many unique options for all travelers, offering comfortable accommodations, exclusive amenities, and convenient locations near all these things to do in Myrtle Beach during Christmas time. Browse our full list of properties to enjoy great off-season rates and monthly rentals — consider it our Christmas gift to you! 

About Vantage

Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.com, EasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com. 


Experience Weird and Wild Myrtle Beach for Halloween

Whether you’re looking for a spine-chilling scare, a ghost tour that’s creeping it real, family-friendly pumpkin patches or places to eat, drink and be scary, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, has something bewitching for you this Halloween season.

You can’t go wrong combining mild autumn temperatures with the deep ghost-filled history of South Carolina.

Take a look below at some of our favorite Myrtle Beach haunted attractions and Halloween events. And book your stay with Vantage so you never have to fear choosing the wrong rental. Check out our whole selection now.

Atalaya Fall Festival and Haunted Castle: October 25, 26, 6–9 p.m.

Pack up the family and head to Huntington Beach State Park the weekend before Halloween for a family-friendly spooktacular. Make your way through the not-so-scary maze and haunted castle, then roast marshmallows and listen to ghost stories around the bonfire.

BooFest!October 26, 12–4 p.m.

Barefoot Landing’s annual bash features a costume contest for kids and one for your furry friends, along with face painting, stilt walkers and balloon artists. Make a day of it and enjoy the restaurants and attractions at Barefoot Landing before capping off your night with a free showing of the Halloween classic “Hocus Pocus” in front of the amphitheater.

Alice Flagg’s Grave: All Saints Episcopal Church Cemetery

Locals say the ghost of Alice Flagg haunts the Pawleys Island area, around the historic Hermitage and nearby graveyard. In the early 19th century, Alice was forbidden to marry her true love, but secretly wore his engagement ring on a ribbon around her neck, hidden under her dress. As she was dying of malaria, her brother found the ring and threw it in the nearby marsh. Legend has it that if you visit her grave, you’ll feel a tug on your wedding ring, or you might spot her searching for her own ring.

Wine Tasting and Halloween Bonfire: October 26, 12–5 p.m.

Consider it trick-or-treating for the big kids. La Belle Amie Vineyard, home of Twisted Sisters wines, welcomes you for an afternoon of sipping vintages, listening to live music and relaxing by the fire.

Local Ghosts, Historic Folk & Pirates Trolley Tour: October 29, 2–4 p.m.

Learn the lore of local ghosts without all the legwork! During this two-hour narrated trolley ride from Myrtle Beach to Murrells Inlet, you’ll hear spirited ghost stories and pirate legends while taking in the historic past of the area. Attractions include Atalaya, Brookgreen Gardens and Murrells Inlet’s historic waterfront.

Trick-or-Treating: October 31

Broadway at the Beach 4:30–6:30 p.m.

The Market Common 5–7 p.m.

Put on your best costume and head out on a quest for candy in two Myrtle Beach hotspots. Market Common offers free carriage rides around the complex plus music and entertainment in front of the movie theater. Broadway at the Beach will host a fireworks extravaganza beginning at 8 p.m.

Nightmare Haunted House: Open daily 12 p.m. until late

Think you can handle a good scare? How about 4,000-square-feet of terror? (You can go first, we’ll just wait here.) This North Myrtle Beach staple, in operation since the 1980s, knows how to make your blood curdle. And now there’s a new zombie zone undead adventure which includes a biohazard escape room. There’s no time like Halloween to see if you can make it all the way through!

Thompson Farm: Weekends

Bring your family to enjoy wholesome fall fun down on the farm. Make your way through the 6.5-acre corn maze in daytime or in the dark. Wind down the day with hot cider, S’mores, kids’ movies and a fire pit. Be sure to buy a pumpkin to carve for your front porch.

Spend Halloween in Myrtle Beach, SC

Make this your most memorable fall season ever!

Make this your most memorable fall season ever and celebrate Halloween in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Vantage has plenty of options with low fall rates. Our reservation specialists are standing by to help you find your Halloween happy place.  

You can also browse all options and book at www.vantagemb.com. Remember to book direct through Vantage so you get the lowest possible rates and the best possible selection.  

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About Vantage

Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.com, EasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com. 

Last Chance to Save on Early Bird Vacation Rentals in Myrtle Beach, SC

Are you already dreaming about your 2020 North Myrtle Beach vacation? Go ahead and book it, because there will never be a better time.

Vantage’s Early Bird campaign lets you lock in a Myrtle Beach vacation rental for 2020 at low 2019 rates. But the campaign ends October 31, so you’ll have to act fast.

Booking now not only guarantees you get lower rates, it also gives you the best selection of rental homes, dates and amenities.

Take a look below at a few of the Myrtle Beach, SC, properties available at Early Bird bargain prices. You can browse others at www.VantageMyrtleBeach.com. Book your favorite and turn your vacation dreams into a reality! 

Ocean Creek MM14

There are views and then there are views!

There are views and then there are views! This luxurious Ocean Creek property has the latter, with gorgeous ocean and coastline vistas awaiting you from the condo’s private balcony, master bedroom and gourmet kitchen. While the condo itself is impressive, one of the big draws of booking this oceanfront property is the resort and its many exclusive amenities.

At Ocean Creek, you’ll find an idyllic 57 acres tucked between the ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway, offering a great respite after a day in town or on the beach. Hike and bike the dozens of nature trails, skip rocks on the tidal creek or take a few swings on the putting green—Ocean Creek promises relaxation around every turn.

Ocean Creek D5

The spacious balcony, offering coastline and tidal creek views.

Take a front-row seat for some of the most amazing sunrises from this updated oceanfront condo in Ocean Creek’s North Tower. The three-bedroom, three-bath unit sleeps eight and has every amenity you’ll need for a memorable, relaxing stay, including a fully equipped kitchen with granite countertops and an in-unit washer/dryer.

The spacious balcony, offering coastline and tidal creek views, is accessible from the living room and master bedroom. You’ll also have access to the numerous perks available only to guests of the private Ocean Creek community, a nature lover’s dream.

Blue Water Keyes 1001

You’ll always have a refreshing oasis just beyond your door.

Enjoy a glass panel balcony with ocean views, as well as updated tile flooring, a new flat-screen TV, and a comfortable master bedroom and bathroom.

One of the best things about booking a condo at Blue Water Keyes in North Myrtle Beach is taking advantage of the property’s variety of swimming pools. From dramatic oceanfront pools to kiddie pools, hot tubs to lazy rivers, you’ll always have a refreshing oasis just beyond your door.

Ocean Creek HH6

You will love Ocean Creek’s swimming pools.

Nothing says vacation quite like a wine fridge—a favored amenity of this condo. Fully updated, and located in Ocean Creek’s popular South Tower, the three-bedroom, two-bath property sleeps eight and has views of the resort’s large pool, the beach and the ocean.

Among the recent upgrades: four flat-screen TVs, granite countertops in the kitchen, updated vanities in the bathroom and new furniture. Sports and outdoor enthusiasts will love Ocean Creek’s swimming pools, beach volleyball area, tennis courts, putting green and children’s playground. There’s also an onsite restaurant—perfect for eating out without going out!

Patricia Grand 1504

The smart layout sets this property apart.

This cozy one-bedroom, one-bath condo is perfect for a couple or small family looking for the best of Myrtle Beach and exceptional value. The smart layout sets this property apart. The open kitchen leads into the living room, which has a comfortable seating area, but also a queen-size murphy bed.

Enjoy access to indoor and outdoor pools, a lazy river, hot tubs, a beach lounge deck, fitness center and plenty of family-friendly beachfront activities. You’re also close to Broadway at the Beach, Grand Coastal Mall, The Sky Wheel, Family Kingdom, Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach, Wonderworks, mini-golf and much more. 

North Beach 4903 Cinzia

This two-bedroom, two-bath bungalow features upgrades galore.

Looking for a touch of luxury? This North Beach Plantation stunner delivers inside and out. Located in the “Cottages” section of the community, the two-bedroom, two-bath bungalow features upgrades galore. From tasteful furnishings to granite countertops in the kitchen, you’ll love lounging indoors.

The surrounding resort boasts a large Caribbean-themed pool area with eight pools, a lazy river, five hot tubs and a swim-up bar. When you’re ready to really unwind, visit the top-rated Cinzia Spa for a massage or relax in a Turkish hammam.

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The Early Bird offer ends October 31, and these properties go fast, so don’t delay.

For the best selection and lowest rates, be sure to book direct with Vantage online, or call one of our reservationists at 888-303-4110. Get more information and browse more properties at VantageMyrtleBeach.com.

About Vantage

Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.com, EasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.

 

The Top 5 Romantic Things to Do in Myrtle Beach, SC

Is there any better setting for romance than the beach? Incredible weather, gentle waves, and stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean are just a few of the things that make Myrtle Beach the perfect destination for your next romantic getaway. If you’re worried about planning the perfect trip, you’re in luck. Our guide to the most romantic things to do in Myrtle Beach makes it easy to fall in love all over again. Plus, we have a wide variety of properties so that you can choose the ideal option for you and your special someone!

Discover the Most Romantic Things to Do in Myrtle Beach

Make your next getaway one you won’t soon forget. Continue reading below for all of the top romantic things to do in Myrtle Beach!

Candlelit Dinners

Spend the evening in each other’s company at one of Myrtle Beach’s most romantic restaurants! Share a bottle of wine and enjoy a delicious meal by candlelight. For example, Aspen Grille features an elegant atmosphere and fresh Carolina cuisine!

Romantic Boat Rides

Dinner cruises, river tours, and boat rentals are featured throughout Myrtle Beach. If you’re looking for a way to spend a full day on the water, Waccamaw River Tours, Cruise One, Ocean Watersports, Downwind Sails, and Myrtle Beach Watersports are all great options! 

Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk is always a good time. Join the fun by strolling hand-in-hand past the boardwalk’s restaurants, shops, carnival rides, and special attractions on your next visit! Enjoy the view from the top of the Ferris wheel or enjoy the thrill of the Nightmare Haunted House! 

Brookgreen Gardens

The smell of romance is in the air, or maybe that’s just the flowers. Either way, the Brookgreen Gardens are ripe with romance. Enjoy the sweet Lowcountry breeze as you make your way through the grounds of these historic botanical gardens! 

Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk

Whether you wake up early and catch the sunrise or take an evening walk down the Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk, the view will take your breath away! Don’t leave this spot out of your next romantic getaway. There’s a reason it’s one of the most romantic things to do in the Myrtle Beach area!

Where to Stay in the Myrtle Beach Area

Explore our full list of properties today and get one step closer to the romantic getaway of a lifetime!

After you’ve explored all of the most romantic activities in Myrtle Beach, enjoy a vacation rental with stunning views of the ocean. There’s nothing more romantic than waking up to the soft sound of crashing waves. With stunning homes and condos around every corner, Vantage Myrtle Beach Rentals makes it easy to find the right place to stay. Explore our full list of properties today and get one step closer to the romantic getaway of a lifetime. The beauty of the Grand Strand awaits your arrival!

About Vantage

Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.com, EasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.

Thanksgiving Vacation Rentals in Myrtle Beach, SC

What’s better than the classic turkey and stuffing? How about Thanksgiving traditions with an ocean view? There’s no place quite like Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, to add to your favorite festive memories. With pleasant weather, less crowds and the festival and activity season still in full swing, you’re certain to have a holiday to remember.

Fall provides cooler temps, perfect for a round of golf or a day of shopping and dining at Broadway at the Beach and Barefoot Landing. Many of the restaurants at both serve Thanksgiving meals, and the stores boast Black Friday deals—the perfect way to walk off that turkey.

There are also plenty of festivals and events in November, including the Intercoastal Christmas Regatta on the waterway in Little River and North Myrtle Beach on November 23. If you want to get your exercise in before sitting down to feast, there’s a Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day, which starts and finishes at the Surfside Pier. And post dinner, the 50th Annual South Carolina State Bluegrass Festival begins. Held from November 28–30, the lineup includes Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Lonesome River Band, Carolina Blue and dozens more.

Check out the great properties Vantage has available for your fall gathering in Myrtle Beach, SC. And take advantage of low off-season rates, shorter minimum stays and flexible check-in any day of the week. You can find even more options at Vantagemb.com

Ocean Creek HH6

The condo is completely remodeled and has a fully-equipped kitchen with granite countertops perfect for cooking your Thanksgiving feast.

If you like to eat your turkey in a scenic spot, then you’ll love this upgraded oceanfront condo in Ocean Creek resort’s popular South Tower with views of the ocean. The condo is completely remodeled and has a fully-equipped kitchen with granite countertops perfect for cooking your Thanksgiving feast. After the last of the pumpkin pie has been eaten, relax in the open-concept living room or recline in front of one of four flat-screen TVs. When you’re done taking in the views from the large balcony, head outside to enjoy all the amenities that Ocean Creek offers. The 57-acre property between the ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway has hiking and biking trails and a scenic tidal creek that take on a whole different kind of beauty in the fall. That walk is the perfect excuse for just one more piece of pie.

Marina Inn 7505

Lovely waterfront condo in the popular Grande Dunes community.

Lovely views, especially at sunset, and classic décor define this three-bedroom, two-bath waterfront condo in the popular Grande Dunes community. The southwest-facing property overlooks both the marina and Intracoastal Waterway. Inside, there’s an open living room, perfect for family gatherings, and a fully-equipped kitchen just waiting for your Thanksgiving turkey. After your meal, you’ll love kicking back in front of the gas fireplace. But if you’re ready to walk off the meal, Grand Dunes offers extensive and secluded resort grounds and an indoor pool and well-equipped fitness area perfect for the cooler fall season.

Ocean Creek GH41

You’ll love enjoying a drink, or even your Thanksgiving dinner, on the private multi-level deck with woodland views.

Expansive outdoor space defines this garden villa. With spacious indoor/outdoor living areas, you’ll love enjoying a drink, or even your Thanksgiving dinner, on the private multi-level deck with woodland views. Inside, the three-bedroom, two-bath condo is decorated with tropical touches and has a modern kitchen with granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances. The master suite complete with king bed is a peaceful space and has direct access to the deck. Outside, Ocean Creek resort is famous for its 57 lush acres and proximity to North Myrtle Beach, SC, favorites like Barefoot Landing and the House of Blues.

North Beach 4903 Cinzia 

The two-bed, two-bath is perfect for a small family escape.

Looking for an Instagram-worthy vacation? A good place to start is with a picture-perfect luxury bungalow with great curb appeal. The two-bed, two-bath is perfect for a small family escape. Located in the cottages section of the community, the property boasts an open concept floor plan with a nice living room, dining area and kitchen—all appointed with upscale furnishings. In the kitchen you’ll find upgraded appliances, granite countertops and plenty of cabinet space. After the hubbub of Thanksgiving Day, the resort’s amenities will help bring the calm back. There’s a fitness center, an indoor pool and even an on-site spa.

Ocean Creek DD10

Right across from the South Tower’s indoor pool and hot tub and only a short stroll away from the beach.

Get ready for Thanksgiving outside! November in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, can deliver some gorgeous weather, and you’ll want to enjoy it from this property’s huge 30’ x 30’ private deck with outdoor dining furniture and expansive views of the Ocean Creek resort itself. And that’s in addition to the living room balcony with partial ocean and creek views. Inside, the condo’s kitchen is updated with granite countertops and is large enough to get the whole family involved in cooking or prep. There are also all new appliances and four flat-screen TVs, including a 45″ LCD in the living room, to collapse in front of when the tryptophan kicks in. Perfect for the fall months, this condo is right across from the South Tower’s indoor pool and hot tub and only a short stroll away from the beach.

Spend Thanksgiving at the beach

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is the perfect location for a family celebration!

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is the perfect location for a family celebration, especially one as memorable as Thanksgiving. There are still wonderful rentals available, boasting plenty of indoor and outdoor space to host your Thanksgiving dinner or Friendsgiving get-together.

But these properties won’t last long. Book a Thanksgiving rental with Vantage and enjoy everything that fall in the South has to offer. You can find even more properties at VantageMB.com. Book direct online for the best rates! 

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About Vantage

Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.com, EasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.