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Vantage Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Celebrating 10 Years of Amazing Vacations

They say that time flies when you’re having fun, and nothing could be more true of the decade that’s flown by since Vantage Vacation Rentals began. We are pleased to announce that Vantage will be celebrating its 10th Anniversary in October 2017. It’s exciting to see how far we’ve come. What began as a desire to see greater personal service and innovative thinking in our local vacation rental & property management industry has grown into a thriving company now represented in three of the East Coast’s most popular resort markets: Ocean City, MD, the S. Jersey Shore & Myrtle Beach, SC. These core values have become the foundation of who we are and the fire that drives us each and every day.

The Year of Service Excellence: Every Individual. Every Moment. Every Day.

As part of our 10th Anniversary celebration, Vantage has designated 2017 as “The Year of Service Excellence: Every Individual. Every Moment. Every Day.” This is our way of reinforcing Vantage’s commitment to you. Stay tuned throughout the year for fun ways that we will be including our guests, property owners, and staff in celebrating this milestone and sharing our appreciation. Thank you for allowing us to serve you, and here’s to the next 10 years and beyond.

A Look Back at Vantage History

Oct 2007 – Grand Opening of Vantage’s flagship office in Ocean City, MD (originally as Vantage Resort Realty)

 

Jan 2008 – Vantage opens on-site check-in office at Belmont Towers, OCMD

 

Feb 2008 – Vantage opens at the S. Jersey Shore in Somers Point, NJ

 

Sep 2015 – Vantage begins welcoming guests in N. Myrtle Beach, SC

 

Apr 2016 – Vantage launches N. Ocean City, MD check-in location for N. OC guests

 

Sep 2016 – Vantage opens on-site check-in office at Summer Beach, OCMD

 

Exercising in North Myrtle Beach

Exercise in North Myrtle Beach

With the New Year here that can only mean one thing: New Year’s Resolutions. While we definitely recommend one of those being to travel more, a common resolution is exercising more.

One thing that may come to your mind when thinking about vacation in the coming months is: Where will I work out during my vacation?” Well we have you covered. There are numerous vantage properties that have fitness centers in them!

Below we have listed out some of our properties that not only provide a great view but present the opportunity to get in and stay in great shape:

Fantastic Properties with Fitness Centers:

Ocean Creek MM12: 3BR, 2BA, great view and just steps from the beach!

Marina Inn 7301: 3BR, 3BA, Sleeps 10. A luxurious resort with amazing amenities

Ocean Creek JJ6: 3BR, 2BA, luxurious pools and close to the Barefoot Landing Shopping Complex.

New and Upcoming Myrtle Beach Attractions

If you happened to read our blog, 2016 Myrtle Beach Attractions You’ll Love, or traveled to Myrtle Beach this past year, than you  already know about some of the new attractions that came to the Myrtle Beach area in 2016.  With 2017 right around the corner, we can’t wait to see what else pops up.

For now, here’s an update on a few other attractions that were new in 2016 as well as something new for 2017.

Track Recreation Center

New this past summer, in case you missed out, was the Track Recreation Center located on restaurant row between Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach. With two multi- level elevated go kart tracks, an indoor arcade, and brand new electric go-karts, this is truly a family fun activity.

Rockin’ Jump

Arrived in Myrtle Beach spring of this year, Rockin’ Jump is truly fitness disguised as fun. This 23,000 square foot trampoline park includes an open area for jumping, two trampoline dodge ball courts, a ninja challenge course, rock climbing walls and more!

Rip Tydz

Coming to Myrtle Beach in February 2017, is a new oceanfront restaurant, Rip Tydz. This new multi level wood and glass building will be one short block from the SkyWheel. The restaurant was designed to be family-friendly during the day and appeal to the social customer come night. The menu includes a variety of seafood, steak, fried food and raw bar.

We will be sure to update you on any new and exciting attractions, restaurants or events coming to the Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach Area.

Governor Orders Mandatory Evacuation

Evacuation Starts at Noon in North Myrtle Beach

Please be advised that Governor Nikki Haley has issued a mandatory evacuation of Zone A in Horry County & North Myrtle Beach starting at noon (12 PM) today, Thursday, October 6.  Zone “A” includes all areas east of U.S. Business 17 (Kings Hwy), up to the intersection with U.S. 17 (Kings Hwy) & all areas east of US 17 (Kings Hwy) to the Northern county line.  Vantage is urging all guests to heed the warnings of authorities & leave the area for safety.  We will continue to keep you updated on any changes as they occur before, during & after Hurricane Matthew. Guests may call Client Services at 888-234-5646 if you have questions.  Stay safe out there, everyone!

  • American Red Cross shelters will open at 12:00 p.m. today for individuals who must evacuate.  Shelters should be considered as a place of last resort to ride out the storm, shelters may be crowded, do not accept pets and are not designed for comfort. When going to a shelter, citizens will need to take their own supplies such as batteries, bedding, identification, toiletries, clothing, and so forth. Shelters do not accept guns, alcohol or animals.
  • The City of North Myrtle Beach will continue to post information regarding Hurricane Matthew prior to, during and following the storm via these outlets: www.NMB.us (See “Press Releases” on the home page), www.Facebook.com/cityofnmbwww.Twitter.com/cityofnmb
  • Those who experience medical and other emergencies during the storm may call 911.
  • For non-emergencies (trees down across a roadway, electrical wires down across a roadway, etc.), call 843-281-3705. That number is associated with the North Myrtle Beach Emergency Operations Center.

Important Update About Hurricane Matthew

Be Advised

Vantage is closely monitoring the weather forecast as Hurricane Matthew approaches the East Coast. Some uncertainty remains, but most weather models are predicting that Matthew will directly affect the Carolina coast at the end of the week (likely Saturday). As a result, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley is directing North Myrtle Beach to prepare for a possible evacuation beginning at 7:00AM on Thursday, October 6. Visit the City of North Myrtle Beach on Facebook for details on evacuation routes, traffic updates, and shelter locations. We will continue to keep you updated on any changes as they occur. Guests may call Client Services at 888.234.5646 for more information.

4 of the Best North Myrtle Beach Bike Shops

Want a fun, outdoor activity for your next North Myrtle Beach vacation? Head to any of the North Myrtle Beach bike shops in the area and you’ll be set for a day of adventure. There isn’t much better than cruising down the beach on a bike. Especially if you opt for an early morning or late evening ride when the beach is nearly empty and the shoreline is wide. If biking on the sidewalk sounds like more fun to you, rest assured. There are plenty of places in the area to do that, too.  Biking is one of the best ways to explore North Myrtle Beach and these 4 North Myrtle Beach bike shops will provide you with all the gear!

North Strand Beach Service

North Strand Beach Service is a one-stop-shop for all your beach vacation needs. North Strand can provide all the extras you’d like to have on vacation, but don’t want to pack on your trip. In addition to bike rentals, North Strand also provides beach wagons, grills, cornhole sets, beach strollers, chairs, and umbrellas.  So, this bike rental shop is a great choice for visitors who also want to rent other vacation extras during their stay in North Myrtle Beach. In addition to standard 2-wheel bikes, North Strand Beach Service also rents three-wheeled beach cruisers, bike locks, baskets, and more!

Bike Doctor of the Carolinas

If you’d like to rent a bike from the experts, or if you are bringing your own bike to the beach, the Bike Doctor of the Carolinas is the place for you. The shop rents beach cruisers in a range of sizes for children and adults by the hour, day, or week. But, the Bike Doctor is also one of the best North Myrtle Beach bike shops, especially for serious bikers in need of bike repairs or accessories like baskets, lights, helmets, bike pumps, tubes, tires, comfortable seats, or other parts. If your bike needs an unexpected repair, take it to the Bike Doctor. The shop has an engineer with 40 years of experience on staff who completes all repairs within 24 hours!

Aloha Water Sports

So, you’re already out on the beach and decide to rent a bike for the afternoon? If you are in Cherry Grove, save yourself some time and trouble by renting a bike through Aloha Water Sports. Although Aloha Water Sports is most known for its watersports, the company also rents bikes on the beach. Conveniently located in Cherry Grove, you can rent a bike for an hour or two without ever leaving the beach. This bike rental shop is a great option for visitors who want to go for a quick ride down the beach without the hassle of ever leaving it!

Bodacious Bob’s Bike Rentals & Tours

If it’s fun name isn’t enough to bring you to Bodacious Bob’s, the waterfront bike tours will! Located just 10-minutes north of North Myrtle Beach in Little River, SC, this bike shop is worth the trip. Not only can you rent a bike through Bodacious Bob’s, you can also take a guided bike tour. The 30-mile Ocean Isle Beach Tour is the longest bike tour offered, but there are many different tours available. Bodacious Bob’s offers reduced rates on tours for guests who bring their own bike. And, for guests who want to ride at their own pace, a self-guided tour is also an option. All tours include a bike, helmet, and safety t-shirt. Self-guided tours also include a route map and information about interesting landmarks along the tour.

Let Us Show You the Best North Myrtle Beach Bike Shops and More!

Bike riding is just one of the many things to do in North Myrtle Beach, SC. With vacation rentals to meet every need, Vantage Vacation Rentals has the house or condo that is just right for your next trip to North Myrtle Beach. Our goal is to make your stay as effortless and relaxing as possible. From the beachfront boardwalk to the celebrity-designed golf courses, our friendly rental team will help find the North Myrtle Beach vacation rental that is right for you. Browse our vacation rentals, pick a favorite, and book a stay today!  

 

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North Myrtle Beach Indoor Attractions Are the Perfect Cure for a Rainy Day

There’s no need to let an afternoon storm or a rainy day put a damper on your beach vacation. With everything from arcades and mini golf to spas and shopping, there are countless North Myrtle Beach indoor attractions to explore. The best part? There is something to please every member of your group! If you ask us, a rainy day can be the best excuse to experience all that North Myrtle Beach has to offer. Read up to learn more about the area’s best North Myrtle Beach indoor attractions. They are the perfect cure for a rainy day at the beach!

Shop Until You Drop

Shopping is a go-to rainy day activity and in North Myrtle Beach, your options are endless. For gloomy days that aren’t too wet to walk around in, Barefoot Landing has a collection of unique boutiques and souvenir shops. However, if shopping in a covered area is a must, there is a Tanger Outlets shopping center just a few miles south of North Myrtle Beach. For shoppers who want to be totally indoors, the closest mall, the Myrtle Beach Mall, is just 10 minutes from the heart of North Myrtle Beach.

Learn about Exotic Wildlife

Although much of the shopping at Barefoot Landing is uncovered, there are a number of indoor attractions in the center. Two such attractions are the T.I.G.E.R.S. Preservation Station and the Alligator Adventure. At both of these places, visitors come face to face with a range of exotic animals. At the T.I.G.E.R.S. Preservation Station, see and take photographs with tigers and at the Alligator Adventure, plan to see an animal show!

Catch a Live Performance

Other great North Myrtle Beach indoor attractions include a number of theaters and performance centers in the area. Between the Alabama Theatre, Carolina Opry, and the House of Blues, there is bound to be a show to interest your group. See talented musicians and performers live for a unique and entertaining day in North Myrtle Beach. Before you go, you can check event calendars online and purchase tickets. Regardless of the performance you choose, you’ll be delighted by each theaters’ music, dancing, and showmanship!

Play Games at the Arcade

For a day of old-fashioned fun, go to the OD Pavilion Arcade and spend the afternoon playing games and winning prizes. The arcade, located on Ocean Drive near Main Street, has been a staple of North Myrtle Beach family fun for decades. The OD Pavilion has all the best arcade games, plus a restaurant, lounge, and amusement park. Whatever the weather outside, the OD Pavilion Arcade is always buzzing with activity inside.

Recharge at the Spa

There’s no better place to take cover from a rainy day than at the spa. Book an appointment for a facial, pedicure, or massage and the worst weather won’t phase you. While the list of spas and salons in North Myrtle Beach is unending  and you’re sure to enjoy a treatment at any of the top spas in the area, consider a visit to Cinzia the Spa at North Beach Plantation for a truly spectacular spa day.

Putt-Putt Indoors

Another great activity on the list of North Myrtle Beach indoor attractions is indoor miniature golf at Molten Mountain. Want an insider’s tip? Check Molten Mountain’s website for a coupon to use on your visit! This volcano-shaped facility is completely air conditioned and indoors, making it the perfect rainy day activity. Watch the top of the volcano on your way inside, it erupts with fire every 30 minutes!  

Go to the Movies

A trip to the movie theater is a classic rainy day activity. In North Myrtle Beach, the best movie theater to escape a dreary day in is the Carmike Colonial 12 at the Myrtle Beach Mall. Or, for something a little less traditional, visit the 7D Cinema at Barefoot Landing. Here, you won’t just watch a movie, you’ll experience it with all your senses! The 7D Cinema offers 10 different shows that vary in length from 5 to 15 minutes each.

Experience The Best North Myrtle Beach Indoor Attractions!

Our list of indoor attractions in North Myrtle Beach is just a sampling of all the great things to do on the Grand Strand! Whether you’re a shopping enthusiast, a thrill seeker, a sportsman, or someone simply looking for relaxation, North Myrtle Beach welcomes you to a destination of entertainment, adventure, and leisure. Let Vantage Vacation Rentals help you plan your next North Myrtle Beach vacation. With a collection of premier vacation rental properties, we are confident that you will find your perfect beach getaway with us!

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Your Ultimate Guide to the Best North Myrtle Beach Attractions for Adults

Even though North Myrtle Beach is very kid-friendly and offers a near-endless list of things for families to see and do, there are plenty of North Myrtle Beach attractions for adults, too! From art galleries to watersports, there is bound to be an activity that interests you. Whether you are planning a romantic weekend getaway, a trip with friends, or just want to leave the kids at home for a night, here is your ultimate guide to North Myrtle Beach attractions for adults.

Art Museums & Galleries

If you want to spend an afternoon exploring a different side of Myrtle Beach, consider a visit to the Myrtle Beach Art MuseumWhile there are many galleries in the area, Myrtle Beach’s Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum is the only art museum on the Grand Strand. Admission to the museum is free and it contains 11 galleries with exhibitions that change throughout the year.

Bars and Clubs

There is a bar or club to suit every taste in North Myrtle Beach. Whether you want to sample craft beer at a local brewery or dance at the hottest night club, you are sure to find the perfect spot to take in the best of Myrtle Beach’s nightlife.

Cigar Bars

For a more laid-back bar setting, plan a stop at Nick’s Cigar and Wine Bar. This North Myrtle Beach cigar bar is divided into three sections: the social bar with beer, wine, and high-top tables; the living room with leather-wrapped club chairs and board games; and the golf room with a state of the art indoor golf simulator.  

Comedy Clubs

Leave your stress at the door and spend a night at what might be one of the best North Myrtle Beach attractions for adults. Laugh until you cry at a stand-up show at one of the many comedy clubs in the area.

Golf Courses

North Myrtle Beach is the place to go for some of the state’s best golf courses. With nearly 100 courses in the area, there is one for every budget and skill level. Take your pick and make plans to play nine holes or a full round (or two)!

Live Music at the House of Blues

While there are plenty of places along the Grand Strand to catch live music, the House of Blues at Barefoot Landing is the closest, and best, place to catch a concert. Before your trip to North Myrtle Beach, check their calendar of events and plan a night out at the House of Blues.

Watersports

If you’re looking to spend a lot of time on the water during your next beach vacation, consider renting a jet ski, kayak, or surfboard for a day. Because of the small waves and soft, sandy ocean floor, active travelers of all experience levels can try their hand at one of the many watersports available to them  in Myrtle Beach.  

Wine Tastings

Who says you have to travel to California for a proper wine tasting? There are three exceptional wineries just minutes from the center of North Myrtle Beach. For a relaxing treat, make plans to spend a day in the tasting rooms at Carolina Vineyards Winery, Duplin Winery, or La Belle Amie Vineyard!      

Experience the Best North Myrtle Beach Attractions for Adults!

You’ve read our guide to the best North Myrtle Beach Attractions for adults, now plan your stay! Whether you’re planning a trip for two, or a big crowd, Vantage Vacation Rentals has the North Myrtle Beach vacation rental for you. Browse our properties and then book your favorite before it’s gone!
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Horseback Riding in North Myrtle Beach and What You Need to Know

Have a soft spot for animals, or just want to do something a little different on your next beach vacation? Consider horseback riding in North Myrtle Beach for a fun departure from the typical beach day. Although horseback riding on the beach is not allowed during the summer months, there are plenty of other great ways to spend a day horseback riding. With lots of great options in the area, horseback riding is one of the top North Myrtle Beach attractions! Here are a few things you’ll need to know before you begin your adventure:

The Rules Change with the Season

Depending on the time of year that you plan your horseback riding trip, you may or may not be able to ride on the beach. From March 1st – October 31st, horseback riding is not allowed on public beaches or in public marshes. But, don’t let this discourage you from participating in one of the best North Myrtle Beach activities. During the summer months, most horseback riding companies offer guided rides through wooded trails. If riding on the beach is a must, you can still find ways to do so. Consider booking a trip with Inlet Point Plantation. This company uses the private beach at Waites Island, which allows horseback riding year-round. Waiters Island is a beautiful, undeveloped 1,380-acre island with breathtaking, untouched beachfront and lakeside riding paths.

You Don’t Have to Ride on the Beach to Have Fun

There are plenty of companies like Wampee Stables and Horseback Riding of Myrtle Beach that offer guided trips through some of North Myrtle Beach’s best wooded trails. These rides are a great way to see a different side of North Myrtle Beach at an affordable price. Riders who take these wooded trails and hidden paths get the rare opportunity to see the often undiscovered side of the North Myrtle Beach landscape. Plus, these shady spots offer sweet relief for visitors who have had their fill of salt and sand at the beach!

All Experience Levels are Welcome

One of the best parts about horseback riding in North Myrtle Beach is that it’s an activity that the whole family can enjoy! Children and adults of all ages and riding levels will have a fantastic time horseback riding in North Myrtle Beach. Most tours last about 1.5 hours and take you on scenic, but easy to navifate, trails. No previous horseback riding experience is necessary and expert guides help new riders get accustomed to riding calm and well-trained horses.   

You’ll Get a Souvenir to Take Home

At both Wampee Stables and Horseback Riding of Myrtle Beach, guides take photographs of your group before and during your horseback riding adventure.  At the end of your ride, a free disc filled with images from your trip will go home with you. This is a great way to ensure the memories you make on your ride will last a lifetime!

Make Horseback Riding in North Myrtle Beach a Reality!

Horseback riding is just one of the many things to do in North Myrtle Beach. With vacation rentals to meet every need, Vantage Vacation Rentals has the house or condo that is just right for your next trip to North Myrtle Beach. Our goal is to make your stay effortless and relaxing. From the excitement of the beachfront boardwalk to the celebrity-designed golf courses, our friendly rental team will help find the North Myrtle Beach property that’s right for you. Browse our vacation rentals, pick a favorite, and book a stay today!  
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6 of the Best Places for Fine Dining in North Myrtle Beach

If you’re planning a visit to the Myrtle Beach area in South Carolina, rest assured there is no shortage of restaurants to enjoy! Our numerous casual eateries are perfect for a quick bite or a fun night out with family or friends. However, there are times when something a little more upscale is in order. Not to worry, there are plenty of opportunities for fine dining in North Myrtle Beach. Take a look at a few of our favorites, all of which are within a short distance of your Vantage Vacation Rentals property.

Here Is Our List of the Six Best Places for Fine Dining North Myrtle Beach

1. SeaBlue Restaurant & Wine Bar

Looking for a sophisticated and tranquil setting? SeaBlue Restaurant & Wine Bar boasts an urban “South Beach meets Myrtle Beach” ambiance. This award-winning restaurant (voted the #1 steakhouse in SC by OpenTable) is known for its contemporary décor and high-quality ingredients. SeaBlue features entrées such as steak, seafood, and poultry. It also offers a wide variety of salads, accompaniments, desserts, after dinner drinks, and a wine selection to impress even the most passionate wine connoisseur.

2. 21 Main at North Beach

21 Main at North Beach is a fine dining restaurant backed by over 25 years in the business. Premiere Long Island and Manhattan caterer, Lovin’ Oven Caterer’s, counts 21 Main as one of its newest ventures. With an emphasis on exceptional service, 21 Main features 28-day dry-aged meats, fresh seafood, and arguably the best sushi in town. For superb fine dining in North Myrtle Beach, 21 Main at North Beach is a sure bet!

3. Castano’s Italian Steakhouse

Located near Barefoot Landing, Castano’s Italian Steakhouse is the place to go to enjoy company while dining on exquisite Italian fare. The extensive menu includes unique appetizers, traditional Italian entrees, and meat and seafood plates to satisfy every craving. Located on the water, with indoor and outdoor seating available, Castano’s is a great place to sit and stay awhile.

4. Greg Norman’s Australian Grille

Greg Norman’s Australian Grille is another fine dining favorite near Barefoot Landing. The golfers in your group will delight in recognizing the personalized touches of Australian golf champion, Greg Norman. Offering “The Upper Crust of Down Under Dining,” the restaurant boasts a large menu inspired by Australian cuisine. Frequent live music and an atmosphere as grand as a Sydney harborside restaurant, make Greg Norman’s a solid choice.

5. The Parson’s Table

If you are looking to stray from the well-beaten path, consider making a reservation at The Parson’s Table. Located in Little River, SC, this delightful little restaurant is just 15 minutes from the heart of North Myrtle Beach. With a philosophy centered on fresh ingredients, The Parson’s Table strives to use “sustainable, organic suppliers both locally and throughout the country.” The restaurant, which has a fascinating Carolina history, serves up local steak, seafood and specialty entrees complete with wine recommendations for every plate.

6. The Brentwood Restaurant and Wine Bistro

Looking for a little something extra to add to your upscale dining experience? How about a ghost tour to accompany your meal at The Brentwood Restaurant and Wine Bistro in Little River, SC? Originally a 1910 Victorian home, The Brentwood claims it’s one of the most haunted restaurants in the country. Ghosts or no ghosts.The Brentwood is remarkable for its history and phantasmagoric lore, but the exceptional Lowcountry-French cuisine guarantees visitors will leave satisfied.

Need More Help Planning Your North Myrtle Beach Vacation?

Let Vantage Vacation Rentals help! Our area guides, online resources, guest services team, and full-service concierge means you can vacation more and worry less. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or you’re bringing the whole crew, we have your rental needs covered! Visit us online to learn more about our services and rental properties.

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