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Visit Myrtle Beach for St. Patrick’s Day Fun

Looking for festive, family-friendly activities to fill your St. Patrick’s Day weekend? You’re in luck: Myrtle Beach, SC, is the place to be for parades, live music and authentic celebrations galore. You certainly don’t have to be Irish to take part in all the traditions that make the Grand Strand such a perfect St. Patty’s Day destination.

We’ve put together a handy guide to some of the big events and attractions that draw more and more people to town every year.

Shamrock N’ Roll 5K

Friday, March 15, 2019 – 6:00 p.m.
Broadway at the Beach

Kick the St. Patrick’s Day weekend off on the right foot, or feet, by joining hundreds of fellow runners for the cheerful Shamrock N’ Roll 5K evening race. You’ll wind your way through all the lights, sights, sounds and stores of Broadway at the Beach. After you cross the finish line, keep moving straight to Dave & Buster’s for a rocking after-race awards ceremony offering up cold beer, live music and fun prizes.

The 31st Annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade

Saturday, March 16, 2019 – 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Main Street, North Myrtle Beach

Ready to experience a springtime tradition like no other? The St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade attracts approximately 30,000 people to Main Street North Myrtle Beach, SC, every year. You’ll want to get here early to secure a spot with a clear view for this rain-or-shine event.

When the last of the lavish floats reaches the end of the parade route, pack up your crew and head to the three stages featuring live music and authentic Irish entertainment, such as bagpipes and clog dancing. Take the kids to the children’s area for rides and amusements. This year’s event will also have nearly 150 vendors on hand selling arts and crafts and delicious festival fare. Parking and admission for the festival is free.

If you’re really feeling in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit, sign up to participate in the famous Leprechaun Contest, where entries are judged on qualities ranging from creativity to enthusiasm. The grand prize-winning leprechaun will receive a $100 Wal-Mart gift card, souvenirs from the event and, of course, bragging rights for an entire year.

What would a festival be without a pie eating contest? In this case, given the occasion, it’s a Shepherd’s Pie eating contest. All you have to do to win this feat of feasting is be the first contestant to clear your plate. Did we mention you’re not allowed to use your hands? Again, the bragging rights alone are worth it, but the winner here also gets a handsome plaque to commemorate the noble victory forever.

9th Annual Myrtle Beach Irish Fest

Saturday, March 16, 2019 – 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 17, 2019 – 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Grand Park at The Market Common

Since 2010, families and friends have gathered at Grand Park for the Myrtle Beach Irish Fest extravaganza. This year, Irish Fest is featuring a whole lineup of live music and original family entertainment, along with a kids’ zone and delicious food and craft beer.

4th Annual Luck of the MarshWalk

Sunday, March 17, 2019 – 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
MarshWalk at Murrells Inlet

You may have heard there’s a pot of gold waiting at the end of the rainbow. Actually, at Murrells Inlet, there are three pots of gold waiting for the winners of Luck of the MarshWalk. Here’s how it works: Come dressed in your best St. Patty’s Day getup and spend the afternoon visiting locations along the MarshWalk. You’ll collect stamps for your contest card while enjoying live music, Irish-inspired dishes and drink specials at each location. At the end, three contestants will be selected to win cash prizes, $100 MarshWalk gift cards and $500 off a trip to Ireland!

Where to stay for St. Patrick’s Day

With so much excitement throughout the weekend, you’ll want to find a comfortable home base where you can relax and recharge. That’s where we come in. Call one of our friendly Vantage reservation specialists today at (888) 303-4110 to book accommodations for you and all of your guests. Or browse and book direct at www.VantageMB.com. Remember, booking direct through Vantage ensures you get the lowest possible rates.

(Lead photo credit: Myrtle Beach TheDigitel)

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.

Get in Gear for Myrtle Beach Car Shows

The wind in your hair, the open road, the warm salt air, music and laughter—the beach was made for cruising. Hundreds of thousands of people ride into Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, every year to rev their engines and share their common passion for all things automotive. That’s because Myrtle Beach car shows and bike shows are some of the East Coast’s largest and most popular events.

Whether you prefer two wheels or four, antique models or hot rods, you’ll find a gathering of friends to make your beach trip something special.

Here’s a look at just some of the bike and car events coming to Myrtle Beach in 2019.

31st Annual Run to the Sun Car Show

March 21–23, 2019

Classic car enthusiasts from across the country come together annually for Myrtle Beach’s Run to the Sun Car Show—the largest independent car show on the East Coast. Hosted by the Pee Dee Street Rodders, Run to the Sun includes a weekend tailored to those who share a love of classic American cars and trucks. The showcase of automobiles stretches on as far as the eye can see.

Run to the Sun is also the car show that cares, raising money for the Children’s Miracle Network, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Horry County Benevolent Fund and Grand Strand Miracle League. Last year, the event raised $97,000.

2nd Annual Jeep Jam

April 5–7, 2019

The inaugural Myrtle Beach Jeep Jam in 2018 was a huge success, featuring over 600 Jeeps and attracting thousands of Jeep enthusiasts. This year promises to be even bigger and better. The three-day Myrtle Beach Jeep Jam will include an obstacle course, a Jeep show, live music, raffles and more than 75 vendors and food trucks. Best of all, the action happens just one block away from the beach!

Myrtle Beach Bike Week

Spring Rally: May 10–19, 2019

Fall Rally: September 30–October 6, 2019

All motorcycles, riders and bike enthusiasts are welcome to join the fun of the Myrtle Beach Bike Week Spring and Fall Rallies held every year. People come to these riding events from all across the East Coast to enjoy some beach time, catch up with old friends and bond with new ones.

The big Bike Week Spring Rally started in 1940, and today it attracts an estimated 275,000 people to the Myrtle Beach area. Just as with years past, this spring’s bike week extravaganza serves up special bike shows, bike-themed vendors and tours around the Grand Strand. Bikers take cruising day trips to Charleston and Wilmington, North Carolina. There’s also a Loop Tour spanning nearly 200 miles through Horry and Georgetown Counties.

If you prefer a smaller crowd, or if you want a great reason to come back, the Myrtle Beach Bike Week Fall Rally typically draws an estimated 25,000+ people.

24th Annual Corvettes at Myrtle Beach

June 1–2, 2019

Hosted by the Myrtle Beach Corvette Club, Corvettes at the Beach kicks off on Friday night with a dinner and dancing banquet. Saturday is show day, with Corvettes of all types polished and on display at Broadway on the Beach. Trophies will be awarded for classes covering the C1 to C7 models, along with other specialized categories.

The day includes door prizes, entertainment and a variety of food and auto vendors. The National Corvette Museum will also have items for sale.

18th Annual Mustang Week

September 2–8, 2019

Mustang Week in Myrtle Beach is far from your ordinary car show. It’s an event worthy of one of America’s most iconic muscle cars. Past years have included a Mustang “family” Meet ‘n Greet at Broadway on the Beach, an autocross driving school, special competitions at the Myrtle Beach Speedway, drag racing and the East Coast’s largest Mustang and SVT cruise-in, drawing over 2,500 vehicles.

You Can Stay With Us

When it comes to finding the right place for your trip to attend Myrtle Beach car shows, Vantage Vacation Rentals puts you in the driver’s seat. Choose from a variety of rental properties that keep you close to all the action during Myrtle Beach’s famed bike and auto shows. Get in touch with one of our friendly reservationists today at (888) 404-3110, or book direct at www.VantageMB.com.

About Us

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.

Your Shore Thing for 2019: Ocean Creek in Myrtle Beach

If you’re looking to vacation in style for the summer of 2019, look no further than Ocean Creek Resort in North Myrtle Beach, SC. A 57-acre gated oceanfront paradise, Ocean Creek offers the perfect mix of rest, relaxation, activity and excitement.

Vantage Vacation Rentals puts you in the center of it all with a variety condo and townhome properties. Choose the Ocean Creek property that suits you and your family and discover the world of amenities waiting right outside your door!

Water, Water, Everywhere

Ocean Creek JJ4 View
View from Ocean Creek JJ4 in the South Tower

As the name implies, Ocean Creek practically surrounds you with water. That theme carries through the grounds, with 13 water features in all.

Submerge yourself in the refreshing waters of the Beach Club swimming pool, offering scenic views of the ocean and surrounding dunes. Three Lodge Villa outdoor pools provide peace and quiet amid the wooded areas of the resort, while the pool at the Tennis Villa invites complete lounging and relaxation.

Guests staying in the North and South Towers have their own private pools encircled by palm trees for a true tropical flavor. The South Tower pool flows inside beneath a domed area, where you’ll also find an indoor hot tub. From the North Tower pool deck, you can see the ocean as well as the natural creek for which the resort is named.

For fun without the sun, head for the cool, clear waters of the centrally located indoor pool at the Lodges. It’s right next to the indoor whirlpool, where bubbling, healing waters melt your tensions away.

Bigtime Family Fun

Ocean Creek Shuttle Service
Ocean Creek’s on-site shuttle service at the resort

It’s easy to understand why families flock to Ocean Creek every summer. This is the only oceanfront resort in Myrtle Beach stretching from Highway 17 to the ocean. The beach is wide and secluded, like having your own private getaway.

The property includes an abundance of boardwalks, nature trails and paths for walking, jogging and biking together. You’re likely to encounter herons, egrets, turtles and other wildlife along the pond or around the creek bridge.

During weekdays, the Ocean Creek Kids Club is in session. Designed for children ages 5 to 12, the Kids Club features different activities every day, including scavenger hunts, beach kickball, face painting, water balloon games, crafts, seashell searches, sand castle contests and much more. And kids of all ages love the oceanfront playground, complete with swings over the sand.

Good Sports

Tennis courts at Ocean Creek resort

If your vacation time means game on, Ocean Creek has you covered. Play a few friendly sets at Ocean Creek’s full-service tennis center. You can sign up for a round-robin tournament with other guests, or take a private lesson from the resident tennis pro. There’s also oceanfront beach volleyball—a favorite activity among families and groups of friends. The golfers in your group can work on shaving strokes off their short game by practicing on our on-site putting green.

Shopping, Dining, Entertainment

Barefoot Landing complex (photo by Forsaken Fotos)

When it’s time to explore, you don’t have to go far to find something special. With just a three-minute walk, you can be at Barefoot Landing —one of the most popular shopping, dining and entertainment destinations on the East Coast.

The whole family will love strolling the outdoor setting and checking out the huge variety of shops, which include eclectic gift boutiques, popular national retailers, beach-themed general stores, jewelry and lots more.

For dining and drinks, you’ll find choices at Barefoot Landing to please every palate. Try Lucy Buffett’s Lulu’s (yes, it’s Jimmy’s sister), the House of Blues with live music and fresh seafood from the Flying Fish Public Market and Grill. For dessert, satisfy your sweet tooth in one of several candy stores and ice cream shops.

If you feel like taking a walk on the wild side, do not miss Alligator Adventure—one of the largest facilities for reptile life in the world. Don’t let the name fool you: Alligator Adventure also houses exotic birds, monkeys, tortoises and hyenas, among other species. Then there’s T.I.G.E.R.S. Preservation Station, where you can get up close and personal with cubs, large cats and a monkey or two.

Delectable Dining

Ocean Creek’s on-site Beach Club Bar & Grill

Sure, you’re close to lots of wonderful restaurants. But you don’t have to leave Ocean Creek to satisfy your hunger.

Start each day at Ocean Creek’s Four Seasons Restaurant with a full southern breakfast buffet featuring fresh pancakes, waffles, eggs, sausage and bacon, homemade hash browns, hot coffee, juice—the works.

For lunch and dinner, head to the Beach Club Bar and Grill. Their specialty? Mouthwatering burgers, grilled chicken, tasty appetizers and frozen tropical drinks (with and without alcohol). The Beach Club hosts special fish fries, cookouts, taco nights and live music throughout the summer. It’s also one of the best spots to watch the sunset at North Myrtle Beach.

Book Your Ocean Creek Getaway Today

Ocean Creek Resort is a highly desirable destination in North Myrtle Beach. If you like what you see, plan your trip with Vantage now to get the dates and the property you want. We have condos and townhouses for families of all sizes. Contact our team at (888) 303-4110, or visit https://www.vantagemb.com/rentals/ocean-creek-resort-rentals.

And remember to book direct through Vantage to get the lowest rates.

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.

New Vacation Rentals for 2019 in Myrtle Beach

A big part of the fun in planning a vacation in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, comes from exploring all the possibilities for rental homes. At Vantage Vacation Rentals, we offer a variety of options—including several new additions for 2019. Here’s a quick tour of the latest rental properties now available to you.

Ocean Breeze Cottage

New Vacation Rentals Ocean Breeze Cottage Private Pool and Yard
Ocean Breeze Cottage Private Pool and Yard

Treat yourself to the tranquility of North Myrtle Beach’s family-friendly Windy Hill section. This spacious, three-story duplex is ideally suited for gatherings of large families or for several families on vacation together.

Ocean Breeze Cottage features five bedrooms and five-and-a-half bathrooms—with comfortable sleeping room for up to 18 guests. Everything about this home is designed to maximize your comfort and convenience. On the first floor, relax in the den—complete with a mini-fridge and wet bar, along with a large sectional sofa and flat-screen TV.

Move up to the bright and airy second-level living room and you’ll find another sectional sofa and TV. Grab a book or cocktail and head out the sliding glass doors to a furnished balcony.

The kitchen is always a popular gathering space, during and between mealtime. The Ocean Breeze Cottage features a modernized kitchen recently updated with a breakfast bar, stainless steel appliances and granite countertops with lots of space for meal prep.

All of your guests will love cooling off and playing around in the private outdoor pool.

Other amenities to enhance your stay include:

  • Full-size washer and dryer
  • Wi-Fi access
  • Central air conditioning
  • Parking for four cars (driveway and garage)

At Ocean Breeze Cottage, you’re just a short half-mile walk to a clean and peaceful beach—one that doesn’t have the crowds you’ll find across the Grand Strand. You’re also minutes away from some of the most popular attractions in North Myrtle Beach, from outlet shops and golf courses to Barefoot Landing—which features a fun mix of dining, shopping and entertainment. And it’s an easy car ride to visit other Myrtle Beach attractions, including the Boardwalk, amusement parks, Skywheel and more.

Ocean Creek Resort

Ocean Creek South and North Towers
Ocean Creek South and North Towers

Swimming, dining, tennis, hiking, biking, relaxing—the 57-acre Ocean Creek Resort community gives you all of this and more behind its secure gates. Nestled between the Intercoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean, Ocean Creek Resort is a haven of natural beauty and a calming contrast to the busy Boardwalk area.

Right outside your door, you’ll find serene nature trails that wind through and past lush gardens, seascapes and a scenic tidal creek. Take full advantage of your proximity to the beach and enjoy the sun and surf, then cool off in one of Ocean Creek’s many private swimming pools. You’ll have full access to the resort’s tennis courts, beach volleyball area, putting green and a children’s playground.

You won’t have to look far to satisfy your hunger. There’s a Four Seasons Restaurant on site serving a full breakfast buffet every morning. Head to the Beach Cabana Bar for a delicious lunch or dinner, including evening entertainment and special cookouts. You’ll also have a front-row seat for gorgeous ocean views.

Vantage has added two new vacation rentals in the Ocean Creek Resort for 2019:

Ocean Creek NN9

New Vacation Rentals Ocean Creek NN9 Dining and Living Room
Ocean Creek NN9 Dining and Living Room

Newly updated, renovated and well-appointed, Ocean Creek NN9 affords gorgeous views of the ocean and southern coastline from two private balconies. This three-bedroom, three-bathroom condo sleeps eight guests comfortably.

Bright, beachy accents let you know right away you’re on a special vacation. The condo features hardwood flooring throughout an open floorplan, along with updated bathrooms. Prepare your own memorable meals in the gourmet kitchen, complete with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and glass tile backsplash.

The four flat-screen TVs and wireless Internet help everyone feel at home. Other amenities include:

  • Central air conditioning
  • DVD player
  • Washer/dryer
  • Free bed linens/bath towels

Ocean Creek CC5

New Vacation Rentals Ocean Creek CC5 View
View of Ocean & Tidal Creek from Ocean Creek CC5

Discover the key to stress-free living in your three-bedroom, three-bathroom oceanfront condo. Grab coffee or a cocktail and enjoy the serenade of changing tides from balconies off your living room and master bedroom. You’re perfectly positioned to watch each day start new with the sun rising above the glimmering sea.

Inside, Ocean Creek CC5 offers everything you could want to enjoy a true retreat from the real world. There’s a fully equipped kitchen designed for fun family meals, along with four TVs and a DVD player for movie night.

You’ll also enjoy:

  • Wireless Internet
  • Washer/dryer
  • Central air conditioning
  • Free bed linens/bath towels

Book Your New Vacation Rental Today

Are you ready to plan your North Myrtle Beach summer getaway in one of our new vacation rentals? Would you like to explore more options? We’re here to help. Contact a friendly Vantage reservationist today at (888) 404-3110, or book direct at www.VantageMB.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.

Romantic Valentine’s Day Getaways in Myrtle Beach, SC

Whether it’s your 50th year together or your first, finding the right Valentine’s Day gift is a challenge. This year, give each other the most authentic reflection of your relationship: time together.

Evening Stroll in Myrtle Beach
Evening Stroll in Myrtle Beach

Chances are, that’s what your special someone wants anyway. A Groupon survey in 2018 revealed that 80% of people said they’d rather receive an experience they could share instead of old standards like flowers and candy.

You’ll find an unforgettable experience waiting for you in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Even in February, high temperatures hover close to 60 degrees. And chillier nights are custom-made for a fireplace and an ocean view.

To help you plan the perfect romantic weekend getaway in Myrtle Beach, SC, our team at Vantage has played Cupid and collected some suggestions for vacation rentals and activities you’ll both fall for.

Ocean Creek

Ocean Creek’s pools & resort amenities

Love is in the air at Ocean Creek, one of the more sought-after Myrtle Beach resorts. This tranquil oceanfront community is ideal for a romantic getaway. Its 57 acres of secure private property include dozens of nature trails for hiking, biking and walking, as well as exquisite gardens and a glistening tidal creek. You can even get in a couple’s workout at the gym, on the putting green or with a game of beach volleyball.

If you’re strictly seeking relaxation this Valentine’s Day, luxuriate with your significant other in one of the hot tubs or indoor pools. Then treat your sweetheart to a delectable dinner at Ocean Creek’s on-site Four Seasons Restaurant.

Three wonderful condos and one charming townhouse await your arrival:

Ocean Creek D5

Living room of Ocean Creek D5

Bathe in the sunshine from this newly renovated condo’s lofty windows. With a sprawling private balcony accessible from the living room and the master bedroom, the two of you can experience relaxing coastline and tidal creek views from whichever room you’re in.

For a low-key romantic evening, enjoy the wine bar and cook together in the gourmet kitchen. Take in the sunset and snuggle up while watching TV or a new release on Blu-ray.

Additional amenities include:

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Complimentary bed linens/bath towels
  • Washer and dryer

Ocean Creek DD10

30′ x 30′ rear deck of Ocean Creek DD10

You and your Valentine get the best of all views with this condo. The private balcony will make you swoon over scenes of the canal and ocean. The expansive—and private—rear deck gives you a glimpse of the inviting Ocean Creek community and all the activities it has to offer.

You’ll feel pampered with updates throughout, including granite countertops and brand-new appliances. When the sun sets on your view outside, turn your attention to a romantic comedy on the 45” LCD TV in the living room.

Additional amenities include:

  • Wet bar
  • Complimentary bed linens/bath towels
  • Fully equipped kitchen

Ocean Creek L2433

Master bedroom of Ocean Creek L2433

Looking out across a lush grove of trees, this fourth-floor treasure will give you and your sweetheart all the privacy and serenity you could ask for. Along with the woodland views, you’ll take in salty breezes from your screened balcony overlooking walkways to the beach. And the nautical theme throughout with red, white and blue touches will keep you in the vacation state of mind.

You won’t have any trouble finding something fun to do together. You’re only a short elevator ride and a few steps away from a romantic walk on the beach. You can also stroll the many paths that surround you in the tranquility of nature.

Additional amenities include:

  • Two flat-screen TVs and DVD player
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Free Wi-Fi

Ocean Creek G2734

Yard & exterior of Ocean Creek G2734

Imagine a romantic vacation that also feels like home. That’s what you’ll find in this secluded and serene two-story townhome. Look out onto your beautifully landscaped private backyard as you enjoy a leisurely breakfast in an enclosed patio, complete with dining furniture.

Secluded doesn’t mean isolated. There’s a putting green right outside your door, and a scenic path winding through gardens and trees takes you to the beach.

At the end of an adventurous day of swimming, shopping or hitting the town, you and your significant other can enjoy some quiet time on the plush sofas in the cozy living room.

Additional amenities include:

  • Brand-new flat-screen TVs
  • Washer and dryer
  • Complimentary bed linens/bath towels

North Beach 4903 Cinzia

Living room of North Beach 4903 Cinzia

Life moves a little slower in the stress-free atmosphere of North Beach Plantation, a 60-acre beach resort community. This charming bungalow brings you a world of luxuries, inside and out. Throughout the unit you’ll notice upscale features such as new appliances and granite countertops. You also have access to multiple indoor and outdoor pools, five hot tubs, a Turkish hammam and the world-class Cinzia Spa—an oasis of relaxation and pampering.

You won’t have to travel far for your special Valentine’s dinner. Make reservations at 21 Main, the on-site steak and sushi restaurant.

Additional amenities include:

  • Complimentary linens
  • Complimentary transportation around the community
  • Fitness center and sauna

Blue Water Keyes 601

Lazy river at Blue Water Keyes

In the heart of North Myrtle Beach, the popular beach resort Blue Water Keyes promises to bring you Valentine’s memories you’ll always cherish. This two-bedroom condo features a jetted tub in the master bathroom and ocean views from the beautiful glass-paneled balcony.

While you’re here, treat yourselves to a few laps in the indoor pool, a relaxing soak in the hot tub and other amenities only for guests. If you feel like exploring, you’re only minutes away from world-class shopping, unique Myrtle Beach, SC, attractions and countless restaurants for every taste.

Additional amenities include:

  • Beachfront workout facility
  • Building elevator
  • Complimentary linens

Valentine’s Day Activities in Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach, SC, is home to activities, attractions and excursions for lovers throughout the year. Here are a few suggestions to help you create a memorable Valentine’s Day weekend:

Brookgreen Gardens’ beautiful “Oak Alley”
  • Take a romantic boat ride through the marshes at Brookgreen Gardens, where you can also explore sculptures, fountains and the zoo.
  • Get pampered together at Cinzia Spa, known as an oasis—especially for couples.
  • Step aboard the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel and soar high above the beach in your own climate-controlled gondola.

Let us help with your Valentine’s getaway plans today

In addition to these property suggestions, Vantage has a variety of other vacation rentals to satisfy whatever your heart desires. Let us help you plan a romantic Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, getaway you’ll both love. Reach out to one of our friendly Vantage reservation specialists today at (888) 404-3110, or browse and book direct at www.VantageMB.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, VantageMyrtleBeach.com, VantageDelawareBeaches.com, VantageAnnapolis.com and EasternShoreVacations.com.

5 Reasons Why Vacation Rentals Beat Hotels

You may confront a bit of a dilemma as you start planning your next Myrtle Beach vacation: Should you book a vacation rental property or a hotel? The answer, however, is simple when you consider cost, amenities and the space you can only get from vacation rentals.

To assure you that vacation rentals are the way to go, we’ve assembled five big reasons why it’s smart to choose vacation rentals for your Myrtle Beach getaway.

Reason #1 to book a vacation rental: The cost.

Multi-Family Vacations
Multi-Family Vacations

Booking a private vacation rental home using a property management company means more transparent pricing. You won’t get charged hidden fees depending on the amenities you use, so the price you pay doesn’t budge from the start.

If you’re traveling with a large group, it can get rather expensive to reserve several hotel rooms. By choosing a vacation rental home, you can involve more families, share the expenses and save money you can apply to future vacations!

Meals are the largest expense during a vacation. Having the option to cook your own meals in a vacation rental property relieves a huge burden from your budget. Recruit the whole family to help with dinner and visit Myrtle Beach restaurants only when you want to.

Reason #2 to book a vacation rental: Total flexibility.

Kitchen Area of Ocean Creek MM14
Kitchen Area of Ocean Creek MM14

Operating according to tight schedules is a good way to turn your perfect vacation into a drag. If you’re staying in a hotel, you can expect orchestrating your day around room service, the long lines for a mediocre breakfast and inconvenient pool hours.

A vacation home, meanwhile, gives you the freedom to sleep in, treat yourself to hearty meals at any time, and go for a late-night dip in the pool if you’d like. That’s vacation time.

Plus, vacation rentals in Myrtle Beach offer flexible periods of stay, whether you’re in town for a few nights or a few weeks.

Reason #3 to book a vacation rental: More space.

Ocean Creek L2433 - Master Bedroom
Master Bedroom of Ocean Creek L2433

Vacation rental homes typically run about 2,000 square feet, while a hotel room is usually less than one quarter that size. In that small of a space, things can get pretty hectic with family members bickering over the bathroom or keeping everyone’s belongings separate. And who wants to sleep in a room with the person who snores?

At a rental property, family and friends can spend quality time in shared spaces, then retreat to bedrooms when you need a little breathing room.

Reason #4 to book a vacation rental: Better amenities.

Swim-Up Pool Bar at North Beach Plantation
Swim-Up Pool Bar at North Beach Plantation

These days, travelers want a balance of home-like conveniences with perks they can only get on vacation. These include:

• Fast (free) Wi-Fi connections
• Big kitchens
• Swimming pools, pool tables and hot tubs
• Free parking

You’re far more likely to find these amenities in vacation rentals.

Washing machines, coffee makers and driveways not only make life easier—they boost your comfort level. While these come as part of the package with most vacation rental properties, hotels tack on hidden fees for even the smallest conveniences like Internet access and movies. Find the perfect rental property with all your must-haves rather than settling for an impersonal hotel room for your family vacation.

Reason #5 to book a vacation rental: Tranquility.

Unique Circular Living Room of Marina Inn 5101
Living Room of Marina Inn 5101

Frequent guests of rental homes in Myrtle Beach relish the peace and privacy afforded by a place of their very own. It’s nice to enjoy a refreshing night’s sleep without loud guests coming and going down the hall in a busy hotel.

Are you in the market for a relaxing retreat? Or perhaps a fun-filled week of activities for the whole family? Enjoy both when you book a rental property. It’s the perfect choice no matter how you define vacation.

Vantage is ready to assist you in choosing the perfect Myrtle Beach rental for you and your family. Contact a reservationist at (888) 404-3110 or book direct at www.VantageMB.com.

2019 Housing Forecast: Myrtle Beach Vacation Rentals

2019 Forecast for Myrtle Beach Vacation Rentals: 6 Expert Predictions

It’s not yet January, but your 2019 housing forecast has already arrived. For property owners in or entering the vacation rental market, knowing what potential guests value is the key to a successful experience—for you and your vacationers. What matters most to guests, whether millennials or extended families? What should you promote about your property and the surrounding area? And how can you make small changes to your property that will yield a big return on your investment? Read on for six major trends and timely predictions for Myrtle Beach, South Carolina vacation rentals in 2019.

1. Spacious and multi-purpose properties


Who doesn’t want more space? People looking to book vacation rentals certainly do. In 2019, expect to see the search for larger rental homes increase. Whether potential renters want space to accommodate extended family, embark on increasingly popular multigenerational travel or simply to create a little distance between the kids and adults, more is better.

And it’s not just more space that renters are seeking—it’s a variety of opportunities available within that space. The grand vacation rentals described by Forbes writer Christopher Elliott, including an estate in California’s wine country with sleeping room for 10, are mansions with their own pools, hot tubs, spas, outdoor bars and outdoor living rooms.

There are plenty of ways, however, to create this cozy look and feel without having thousands of square feet to spare. Think about how to break up your vacation property in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, so that different rooms have different functions. Here are some ideas:

  • A room stocked with rainy day games
  • A jewelry-making station for collected shells
  • A napping nook for children (and adults!)
  • A picnic patio for seafood nights
  • A porch for ice cream desserts and cocktails

If you’re thinking about renovating to meet some of these goals, creating more open kitchen and dining room areas for guests to gather is an ideal place to start.

2. Catering to millennials


The 2019 housing forecast reveals that there’s more to property rentals than large families. Consider millennials—travelers in their late 20s to early 30s—who come your way alone or with others to attend events, see the landscape or just hang out.

Many millennials are flexible and experienced travelers, even at their young age. They’ve had all kinds of vacation experiences, from staying in condos, beach houses and hotels as children to booking vacation properties online with ease as young adults. But they’re often looking for something different: rentals that accommodate a smaller budget and fewer vacation days.

Here’s how property owners can help: Have an option for shorter stays. Think about making multiple properties in the same complex available for groups on vacation. And absolutely don’t forget millennial-style amenities:

  • Speedy Wi-Fi and plenty of bandwidth for streaming
  • Mobile services for all property-related interactions, including booking and paying
  • Proximity to scooter, car and bike sharing resources

Millennials can also be nostalgic for locales from their childhoods. By mentioning neighborhood restaurants, beaches or arcades from their childhood vacations to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, you could book a stay—and even prompt a new tradition—built on memories.

3. Local outdoor and dining attractions


Nature sites are becoming big travel destinations for 2019. The Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee and the Catskills in New York have been listed among Lonely Planet’s best affordable adventures for the new year.

The Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, vacation rental market can benefit from this trend. Adventures abound here, including:

  • The surf fishing, natural trails and equestrian facilities at Myrtle Beach State Park
  • The Dangerous Reef exhibit at Ripley’s Aquarium—a 340-foot underwater tunnel where you can walk surrounded by sharks, tarpons and green moray eels.
  • Day and night safari tours at Myrtle Beach Safari’s 50-acre tropical preserve
  • A variety of kayak tours, including the National Wildlife Refuge Kayak Tours, Historic Conway & Big Cypress Kayak Tours and the Sunset Refuge Kayak Tour

One trend that has become increasingly apparent as it takes over Instagram is the rise of foodies. Experiencing local food, adventurous dishes—and taking pictures of it all—is a particular priority for many vacationers. Myrtle Beach’s food and beverage venues are up to the task—and so are you in what you recommend to renters, such as:

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, also features food festivals and events galore. Depending on the week or month, guests might encounter a barbeque or shrimp festival, events centered around local Greek or Italian foods, or—if they’re lucky—the world-famous Blue Crab Festival.

4. Quality, consistent service


We live in a digital society, and companies continue to invest in technology that accelerates the speed of business. But outstanding customer service—the kind with a personal touch—is timeless. And in the world of vacation rentals, it’s an essential differentiator.

According to a publication summarizing the 2018 VRMA Conference: “Booking a vacation rental is more of a ‘considered purchase’ than booking a hotel room.” Property owners have to stay focused on the core tenets of customer satisfaction, like meeting or exceeding expectations with regards to the quality of the experience, the amenities offered and the level of service delivered.

This can mean:

  • Maintaining the property with timely repairs and upgrades
    Adding modern conveniences that enhance the stay, including key-based entry systems and digital thermostats
  • Simple benefits that guests will remember and appreciate, like free passes to the local gym, mid-week cleanings and delivery services for groceries and other essentials

In the property rental business, you cannot overestimate the importance of personal engagements and the value of making guests feel welcome and cared for. That’s not always easy for busy owners, so it’s vital to select property management experts with a reputation for delivering impeccable service.

Hospitality consultant Debby Hudspith defines this service as: “Knowing why the customer is there in the first place, making them feel important, building a relationship, responding to requests out of the ordinary and ensuring someone is always available for them, no matter which department.”

5. Value over luxury


What’s one of the most important elements of vacation rentals in 2019? Value. It’s not always luxury that guests are after, and since group trips are on the rise, dividing up a property’s nightly rate is an efficient and cost-effective way to get more space. Divided by 10 people, the cost of the California wine estate we mentioned earlier was just $68 per person per night. It’s hard for any hotel to beat that rate.

Property owners can offer value in a myriad of other ways for any kind of rental property. Including in the price of your rental amenities like a complimentary bottle of wine and/or a welcome basket of snacks might just be the reason your renters return next season.

Further ideas highlighted by Successful Meetings include:

  • A record player and an eclectic vinyl music selection
  • Customized cocktail packages brought right to their door
  • A pet fish as the property mascot

Choosing skincare products, robes and linens that reflect the changing seasons or come from a local source is a trendy bit of detail much appreciated by renters. And lots of these ideas will fit into any budget.

Other bonuses renters enjoy are practical elements that will make their stay easier—coffeemakers, blenders, bottled water and energy bars, fresh fruit, baked goods straight out of the oven and water bowls and treats for pets.

6. Benefits of booking direct


This year, local vacation rental property owners are taking the lead over online travel agencies (OTAs). Managers of large vacation properties revealed at the VRMA International Conference a decline in the overall use of OTAs.

Local owners have plenty to offer that OTAs and their customer service representatives just can’t, including personalized communication with guests and availability at every stage of the booking and renting process. More and more, guests will rely on owners and property managers for hyperlocal Myrtle Beach information, such as:

  • Last-minute dinner recommendations at Barefoot Landing
  • The inside scoop on the area’s best ice cream parlors
  • Recommendations for kid-friendly spaces and the coolest clubs for adults to dance the night away
  • The most unique local shops and top attractions at Broadway at the Beach
  • The most memorable spots to explore at Myrtle Beach State Park—surf fishing, nature trails, equestrian facilities

These are just a few of the trends and predictions we’re keeping an eye on for vacation rentals and travel in 2019. As the year gets going, the experts here at Vantage Vacation Rentals will be on the lookout for more opportunities to help you keep your guests satisfied while getting the most from your Myrtle Beach property.

In the meantime, we’re here to answer your questions, provide support and set you up for a successful year. Reach out to us at any time by calling 888.404.3110 or email us at Info@VantageMB.com.

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.