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2017 Summer Beach Concert Schedule for Holden Beach

2017 Summer Beach Concert Schedule for Holden Beach
Every year the Holden Beach Concert Series takes place at the Holden Beach Pavilion on Jordan Blvd. The series offers free live performances by local musicians every Sunday night at 6:30 p.m. through September 3, 2017.
Come out and dance a little and meet friends! The music ranges from beach music to jazz to oldies and some good old rock n’ roll. It’s a great way to end the weekend and wind down.
Refreshments are on sale to help fund the events, so plan on having dinner.
2017 Holden Beach Concert Schedule:
June 18th – The Embers featuring Craig Woolard
June 25th – The Holiday Band
July 2nd – Blackwater Rhythm & Blues
July 9th – The Tams
July 16th – Too Much Sylvia
July 23rd – Part Time Party Time Band
July 30th – The Tim Clark Band
August 6th – Gary Lowder and Smokin’ Hot
August 13th – The Entertainers
August 20th – Band of Oz
August 27th – Carolina Breakers
September 3rd – The Imitations

All concerts are free and are held at the Holden Beach Pavilion at the end of Jordan Blvd., Holden Beach. In case of inclement weather, concerts may be cancelled. To check cancellations, please visit www.bcparks.recdesk.com or call 910-253-2031.





Pet Friendly Rentals Even Fido Will Love

We know that pets are family members and nobody wants to leave them behind when it’s time for the family vacation. It spoils a vacation in part if you spend time worrying about how they’re doing while you’re away. You won’t have to look far to find pet friendly accommodations that welcome animals. At Alan Holden Vacations we have plenty of pet friendly rentals to choose from and you can look them over on our website. If you have any questions at all, just give us a call.

Pet Friendly Rentals Even Fido Will Love

The pet friendly rentals we have come in an assortment of types and sizes. Some are small and cozy while others are large and capable of sleeping more than 12 people. When you vacation with pets it’s important to keep in mind that you are renting a vacation home, so you must treat it even better than you would your own home and that includes Fido, too. To ensure that happens there is usually a non-refundable pet deposit required.


Pet friendly rentals accept well-behaved and non-troublesome animals. Sometimes there are weight restrictions on the size of pet you can bring, while many others have no limits at all. These are details you need to be aware of before you make your reservations.

Pet Friendly Rentals Even Fido Will Love

If your pet is accustomed to a special bed or blanket where they sleep, bring it with you. This makes your pet feel at home and comfortable in the new surroundings. Pets know where they are supposed to lie down because they have their familiar items to designate the space that is “theirs.”


Many of our rentals are happy to accommodate your pets. Some will supply animal comforts such as pet beds, bowls, toys and treats to help your friend feel the most comfortable in this unfamiliar home. The area offers plenty of outdoor adventures that your pets can participate in, like hiking, beach visits, and sports. There are also some pet-friendly outdoor restaurants in the area.


When you’re looking for pet friendly rentals in Brunswick County, North Carolina, take a look at what we have to offer at Alan Holden Vacations. We’ve delighted many families and their pets that have stayed with us in the past.



Spring is the Perfect Time for a Beach Vacation

If you’re dreaming of a Springtime vacation April is a great month to come enjoy some coastal time away! There are events taking place all month long around Holden Beach NC from the Azalea Festival in Wilmington to the Days at the Docks Festival in Holden Beach. Choose your Springtime vacation accommodations on our site then choose the dates you want to come and book your rental online. Presto! It’s just that easy!

Spring is the Perfect Time for a Beach Vacation

Easter at the Old Sunset Beach Bridge
April 15, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
The Old Bridge Preservation Society is sponsoring an Easter Egg Hunt, so bunny hop over to the Sunset Beach Town Park on Saturday, April 15 at 1:00 p.m. The members of the OBPS Special Events Committee have planned a number of activities and games for attendees. The Easter Bunny will make an appearance. Admission is free and all are welcome. Photo opportunities will be plentiful. Events take place at the Sunset Beach Town Park, Saturday, April 15 beginning at 1:00. If the weather looks questionable, call 910.363.6585 before venturing out, as we don’t want anyone disappointed.   There is not a rain date scheduled. For more information please check the Old Bridge Preservation Society website, oldbridgepreservationsociety.org or call 910-363-6585.
Spring is the Perfect Time for a Beach Vacation
The 2017 North Carolina Azalea Festival
April 5, 2017 – April 9, 2017
The 70th Annual North Carolina Azalea Festival will be held April 5-9 in the nearby greater Wilmington area. The festival is a celebration of Wilmington’s outstanding gardens, artwork, culture and rich history. Since its inception in 1948, the North Carolina Azalea Festival has blossomed into an extended weekend celebration that attracts more than 300,000 people and generates more than $51 million for the local economy. The Festival showcases our community’s rich array of artwork, gardens, history and culture through recreational, educational and family-oriented events. For more information on the upcoming 70th Annual North Carolina Azalea Festival, visit www.ncazaleafestival.org or contact Executive Director Alison Baringer at (910) 216-9400.
Spring is the Perfect Time for a Beach Vacation
Holden Beach Days at the Docks Festival
April 29 – April 30, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Days at the Docks is the Holden Beach way to kick off the Spring and start the vacation season. Enjoy many arts & crafts vendors and food vendors, live music and entertainment, a cardboard box paddle race, hermit crab races, and the world famous “Bopple Race.” There will be lots of activities for the entire family and a children’s area for the kids. The Cardboard Box Paddle Race and Hermit Crab Races will be on Saturday and the Family Fun Run and the Bopple Race will be on Sunday. Free Admission and Free Parking. The event is held at Jordan Blvd under the Holden Beach Bridge. For more information, check the Greater Holden Beach Merchants Association website.




The Where & Why of Pontoon Boat Rentals

On this year’s summer vacation to coastal North Carolina, why not take the family out on a boating adventure! Even people that don’t like boating for any number of reasons find pontoon boats to be stable and comfortable. Following are five benefits that a pontoon boat rental would have over other types of boats. Why not consider a pontoon boat rental on your next vacation to Holden Beach NC.

Easy to Handle

A pontoon boat is the simplest boat to handle on the water. The boat floats on top of the water, as opposed to motor boats, which draft down into the water, or sailboats that require wind in the right direction, you can take a pontoon boat just about anywhere. You don’t get as much interference from currents, and driving is basically the same as driving a car.

Smooth Rides

Pontoon boats are flatter on the bottom so they are gentle on the water than traditional U-hulled boats. As you turn, accelerate, and decelerate, you’ll usually find that the boat doesn’t tilt or lean in the water like traditional motorboats, and nowhere near as much as sailboats.

Sit Back And Relax

Many places that offer pontoon boat rentals are also available to captain your boat and take you to secret locations along the coast. Inshore fishing trips, snorkeling adventures, dolphin spotting, island tours, or anything else that you might have in mind, can be done on a pontoon boat.

Plenty of Room for Kids

Pontoon boats offer a lot of space for kids to play and be themselves. These boats are extremely stable. Seating arrangements let kids and adults alike feel like they’re having private conversations. The entire family is more comfortable on a pontoon boat, especially for those looking for relaxation in the sun.

Great for Fishing

If you’re looking for your big catch while you’re here, choosing a pontoon boat is a great way to make that happen. Since pontoons disturb the water less than a U hull, they tend to spook fish less, making getting that strike just a little bit easier.

Where to Rent Pontoon Boats

Renting a pontoon boat can be the difference between a comfortable, fun day and a scary, hectic charter. The type of boat you choose depends on your family and your needs. Whatever you have in mind, contact one of the following companies and they’ll make sure to make your day a success. Contact them at your convenience to schedule your outing!
FantaSea Motorboat Rentals
Ocean Isle Fishing Center
Carolina Beach Pontoon Rental
Carolina Watersports of Oak Island



The Best Time to Enjoy a Coastal Vacation

Some people believe that if they haven’t make their reservations for the oceanfront vacation rentals where they want to stay on Holden Beach NC at least six months in advance that there won’t be any vacancies. But surprisingly, that’s not the case. We often have vacancies including last minute openings that we’re always happy to fill on a first reserved, first served basis. It is true that the earlier you make your reservations the more likely you are to get the place you want but at Alan Holden Vacations all of our accommodations are ideal for any size family so when you book with us you can’t go wrong.

When you’re unsure where to stay along the coast, take a look at what we have available at Alan Holden Vacations. We have many beautiful vacation homes that provide you with panoramic views of the coastline from every floor.

If you’re looking for the perfect spot to stay, this is it. The best time to schedule that coastal vacation is right now before the temperatures heat up and the vacationing families arrive. Being centrally located like this will provide you with easy access to all the action from Myrtle Beach south of us to Wilmington north of us.

North Carolina Golfing

Stay in the area to enjoy golf on an assortment of championship courses then enjoy some of the best seafood of your life. Or head south to the Grand Strand of Myrtle Beach where you’ll discover over a hundred more championship golf courses to try for your best game ever.

There’s really no bad time to enjoy a coastal vacation. It’s hard to improve on the perfection that Mother Nature provides us with on a daily basis along the shores of coastal North Carolina. Come see for yourself! We look forward to providing your accommodations.


Surprise Your Valentine with a Beach Vacation Package

If you’re looking for a great idea for this years upcoming Valentine’s Day, why not surprise your valentine with a Beach Vacation Package from Alan Holden Vacations. If there’s something we’re good at it’s vacation and holiday accommodations. You’ll find the perfect setting for that special holiday right here at Holden Beach. Come see for yourself — but hurry, these properties go fast!


Our beach vacation packages include luxurious accommodations complete with well furnished and beautifully decorated vacation homes offering nicely equipped kitchens. You won’t find a better gift idea than any one of our vacation homes that we have.

Surprise Your Valentine with a stay at Sundance

Stay in a home like Sundance and you’ll enjoy your own hot tub, swimming pool, and a games room inside the house that includes a pool table! What a wonderful spot, steps from the ocean, to enjoy a special Valentine’s Day this year.


Surprise Your Valentine with a Vacation Package

Seaduction is another oceanfront home with plenty of reasons to get excited this Valentine’s Day. Just imagine waking up to the sound and scent of the surf. Gaze out the bedroom window and it’s right there. This home also comes with its very own private swimming pool and a hot tub.


Give us a call at 800-720-2200 if we can help you set up something special for your Valentine’s Day accommodations this year. We look forward to hearing from you soon.



3 Can’t-Miss Gift Ideas for This Holiday Season

The holiday season is truly a time of joyous celebration and being with family and friends. If you’re coming up short for gift ideas this year but want to make a big impact, we have three excellent one-of-a-kind gift ideas. Select any one of these to give as a present to that special someone or couple in your life and you’ll give a gift that is sure to make a lasting impression for years to come.

Merry Christmas from Holden Beach, NC!

  1. A vacation stay in Holden Beach.  We have plenty of great deals on holiday vacation rentals at Alan Holden Vacations that would be a super gift for that couple who seem to never get away for R&R. Make their reservations for what ever time of the year would suit them best or let them choose themselves! You can’t go wrong with beach reservations at Holden Beach NC.

3 Can’t Miss Gift Ideas for This Holiday Season

  1. Spend the day on a Deep Sea Fishing Charter Boat. The fishing fanatic in your life is sure to love this fabulous idea! Give a gift certificate for Hurricane Fleet to take them out on a half or full day of deep sea fishing – all gear provided!

3 Can’t Miss Gift Ideas for This Holiday Season

  1. A gift certificate for a full day of golf. When you’re looking for gift ideas for the golfer in your life consider a golf package at one of the area courses. Another great gift idea is a golf lesson at any local golf course so they can fine tune their game. This is a present that will keep on giving for life!

From our family to yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Don’t Miss These Top 5 Holiday Events Taking Place in the Area

It’s that time of the year when the holidays are fast approaching. Time will fly by now through the end of the year. It will be filled with preparations of all types from planning and shopping to wrapping gifts and maybe even dreaming of an escape.  If you’re planning on spending the holidays in Holden Beach, NC, this year you’ll want to secure your holiday vacation rental soon thru Alan Holden Vacations. Be sure to check out the most top 5 most popular holiday events in the area. They only come around once each year!
You’re going to be pleased at the rates we charge now during the off-season. You will save a bundle and we know at this time of year there is way too much money going out and not enough coming in! Take all the money you’ll save on the rental you get from us and treat yourself to a good time this holiday season. Here are 5 of the top holiday events in the area.

Ocean Isle Beach Christmas Tree Lighting

1. The Ocean Isle Beach Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting takes place on Friday and Saturday, November 25 and 26, 2016. On Friday, Nov. 25 at 5:00 p.m. the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is held at the Causeway, along the mainland side of the bridge, across the street from the Fire Department begins. The holiday parade kicks off at from the Museum of Coastal Carolina parking lot at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26. Following the parade Santa will make an appearance at the OIB Fire Department from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Come out and enjoy this free community event!

Ocean Isle Beach Christmas Flotilla

2. Join us on Saturday, November 26th, 2016 for the 13th Annual Ocean Isle Beach Flotilla.  This boat parade starts at 5:30 p.m. in front of Inlet View Bar and Grill and proceeds down the Intracoastal Waterway to the commercial canal in front of Sharky’s Restaurant where the judging will take place. The boats will be all “decked out” for Christmas!  After the awards a Christmas party with live music will be provided by Sharky’s.  There will be items for auction and T- shirts will be available.  Boat entries require a $25.00 donation.  For more information or to enter a boat, call 910-612-7799 or 910-612-2793 or visit www.OceanIsleBeachFlotilla.com

Ingram Planetarium Holiday Laser Light Show

3. The Holiday Laser Music Show will be held at Ingram Planetarium beginning November 23 at 4 p.m.  on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. The laser music show features colorful laser images that are displayed on the domed Sky Theater ceiling and are  accompanied by holiday music that include classics such as Sleigh Ride, Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Winter Wonderland, and Jingle Bell Rock. The holiday laser music show runs through the end of the year and is appropriate for all ages. Free for members. Non-member per-show admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors and students, $4 children (3-4), free for age 2 & under. Ingram Planetarium is located at 7625 High Market Street in Sunset Beach, NC. For more information, call 910-575-0033 or visit www.MuseumPlanetarium.org.

11th Annual Christmas Train Show in NC

4. Grissettown Longwood Fire & Rescue in Ocean Isle Beach will be hosting their 11th Annual Christmas Train Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on December 10 and 11, 2016.  Layouts include the smallest “Z” scale toted in a suitcase to larger N, HO, O and G-scale models in over 20 different layouts. Train enthusiasts and kids of all ages will enjoy this fun event.  Displays are highlighted with authentic train sounds, adding bells and whistles to an already popular pastime. There will be baked goods, train vendors, a train raffle and Santa Claus!

airlie gardens

5. Gather the family for a stroll through the Enchanted Airlie Gardens in Wilmington to enjoy holiday flowers, festive lights, live music, a working model train and more.  This festive celebration of the holidays is held Nov. 25-26, Dec. 2-4, 9-11, and 15-22, 2016. New this year, The WOW Factor of Wilmington presents a meet-and-greet with Winter Princesses. Airlie Gardens are located at 300 Airlie Rd, Wilmington, NC and are less than one mile from Wrightsville Beach.
All of us at Alan Holden Vacations would like to wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving holiday season!


Halloween Happenings in Brunswick County

Just once a year a holiday like Halloween comes along that encourages everyone from children to grandparents to dress up and pretend to be someone other than who they are. Usually there’s a great deal of candy involved – either giving it out or collecting it. It’s great fun for many people! Years ago there used to only be door to door trick-or-treating but these days communities are filled with special events being held specifically for the holiday. We recommend you check out any of the following Halloween happenings in Brunswick County. We’re sure you’ll have a great time!
Boo at the Beach
Boo at the Beach in Holden Beach
October 21 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Holden Beach Pavilion on Jordan Blvd. This is a free event that’s open to the public and features booths with carnival games for children. Dress up and enter the Best Halloween Costume Contest taking place at 6:30 p.m.
Haunted Trail
Haunted Trail in Ocean Isle Beach
October 21-22 and Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. at the Grissettown Longwood Fire and Rescue, 758 Longwood Rd., Ocean Isle Beach. This is a family friendly haunted trail open every Friday and Saturday night in October as well as on Halloween. Enjoy a self-guided tour that takes 30 minutes to complete. This event has received two local awards in the past for being the scariest haunted attraction. Fee $10.
Spirit of Brunswick
spirit of brunswick
October 21 at 7 p.m. 8884 St Philip’s Rd. SE, Winnabow, NC Haunting tales depicted from the colonial port of Brunswick. Tours start at 7 and 7:30 p.m. Reservations required by calling 910-371-6613. Price $5 per person. Not recommended for children under 8 years old.
Batty Battleship’s Halloween Bash
battleship bash
October 25 from 5:30-8 p.m. at Battleship North Carolina, The Mainland. Ghouls and goblins will enjoy trick-or-treating on the Battleship. There will be games, activities, a petting zoo and storytelling. Children encouraged to wear costumes. Price $5 per person; children 2 and under admitted free.
All of us at Alan Holden Vacations would like to wish everyone a safe and fun-filled Halloween season this year!


Summer’s last weekend: Make the best of your beach trip

The following article recently appeared in the Fayetteville Observer about Holden Beach and Alan Holden Vacations. Story by Kim Hasty and photography by Cindy Burnham.

Make the best of your beach trip

Photography by Cindy Burnham


Of all people, Alan Holden has probably heard just about everything when it comes to questions regarding renting a beach home.
He’s a sixth-generation member of the family that developed Holden Beach and has owned Alan Holden Vacation Rentals for decades. Still, there are always one or two questions that take him aback.
For instance, there’s nothing unusual about someone wondering if a home features an outdoor shower for rinsing off all that beach sand. And, OK, maybe it’s even a good idea to ask whether the outdoor shower is enclosed. “I’ve actually had people ask if it will fit two people,” Holden said.
Then again, when it comes to finding that perfect place to call home for a week or a long weekend, it’s best to know in advance if your favorite amenities are available. Even if your favorite amenity is a shower for two.
“No question is a bad question,” said Heather Hill, of Alan Holden Vacation Rentals. “You don’t want to get there and it’s not what you envisioned.”
We hope these tips we compiled will help you spend more time dipping your toes in the sand and less time heading off to the store in search of a decent paring knife.

Make the best of your beach trip to Holden Beach

Photography by Cindy Burnham


Speaking of paring knives, it’s smart to bring along a couple of good ones if you plan to do any cooking, unless you are certain the home you’ve selected has a well-stocked kitchen. After all, one person’s idea of a good knife might be the same ol’ trusty one they use to filet fish. Same holds true for a good pasta pot or cast-iron skillet. If those things are important, bring them along.
Here’s a handy tip: you can wrap knives, spatulas, tongs, slotted spoons, kitchen shears and any other significant kitchen tools together inside a couple of dish towels. Speaking of dish towels …

Ask before assuming any towels and linens are provided.

During the peak season, most rental agencies provide linens. But though beaches may be packed over Labor Day, it’s nevertheless not considered peak season.
That means you need to find out the size of each bed and bring sheets and pillowcases for each. Comforters are usually already in place, but it’s a good idea to bring along a couple extra lightweight blankets in case Aunt Agnes likes the air conditioner yanked down to a setting fit for polar bears.
And that means you need to bring your own bath towels, beach towels and washcloths. And dish towels and dishcloths, too.
Pillows also usually are provided, but if get a wry neck if yours doesn’t have a certain firmness, by all means bring your own. Neck pain does not go well with relaxing in a beach chair with a good book.
And it certainly does not go well with sitting on a towel on the beach, which is what you may find yourself doing if you forget to bring your own.

Beach chairs.

Some rental owners are happy for you to tote their chairs to the beach, but others will lock them up out of sight as if they were Blackbeard’s treasure.
If you are the antsy type and reading for you is as fun as a sunburn, you might like to bring along a boogie board or raft for playing in the waves. You might also want try out a beach game. Most everyone knows about cornhole, but one of the newer games is known as spikeball, a combination of volleyball and four-square.
Whether you’ve had a day relaxing in a beach chair, playing spikeball or breaking up a lot of arguments between the kids and Aunt Agnes, many of us find it’s nice to watch the sunset with a cocktail or a nice glass of wine.
Now, where is the corkscrew in this place?

Casa de la Playa at Holden Beach has an open kitchen with amenities. Photography by Cindy Burnham

Casa de la Playa at Holden Beach has an open kitchen with amenities.
Photography by Cindy Burnham


The corkscrew.

Of course, it is among the handy kitchen tools you wrapped up in your dish towel. And, since some of us are a bit peculiar about glassware, bring sturdy wine glasses and highball glasses from home if you don’t want to find yourself relegated to Solo cups.

Entertainment for the little ones.

But before you can have that cocktail, you must be sure the youngsters are happy. Many parents recommend packing a container of baby powder in your beach bag, since a sprinkle or two works magic to remove sand from little (and big) feet.
For indoor entertainment, one of the beach rental houses we checked out had an actual pool table. That’s awesome, but not customary. Lots of beach rentals, however, provide a supply of board games for everyone’s enjoyment, but it’s a good idea to bring a few things to keep family members occupied, such as jigsaw puzzles, a deck of cards, coloring books, crayons and gerbils.
Make the best of your beach trip


Just kidding about the gerbils! Because, of course, pets are not allowed unless specified. Some beach rentals are specified as pet-friendly, but usually that requires a nonrefundable pet deposit. It also pays to note that each North Carolina beach has its own regulations regarding pets, including restricted hours and leash laws.
Something pet owners may wish to consider is bringing pets along, but dropping them off at a kennel near the beach. That way, you can spend some time with Fido on the beach, then return him to the kennel in the evening. It’s advisable to reserve kennel space early. Oak Island has Greenwood Pet Camp for boarding pets and Holden Beach has an off-leash dog park.

Kitchen essentials

After you’ve had your fun day on the beach, returned Fido to the kennel, had your outdoor shower for two and enjoyed a cocktail, it’s time for dinner.
The last thing you want to realize is that there’s no salt and pepper in the house to provide the perfect finishing touch to that shrimp boil. That’s why you should bring along your own condiments, sugar, cooking oil, coffee and Silk French Vanilla Soy Coffee Creamer, because that’s the absolute best and some of us despair if we have to use any other coffee creamer, or regular milk. (Also, be sure to ask whether the coffee maker is a Keurig or brew type.)
A good tip is to fill one of those plastic storage bins before you leave home with nonperishable kitchen necessities and a cooler with your Silk French Vanilla Soy Coffee Creamer and other things that must stay cool.

Make the best of your beach trip to Holden Beach NC

The rental home’s shaded porch and comfy outdoors furniture on the waterway at Holden Beach.
Photography by Cindy Burnham


Finally, relax. You’re at the beach, for goodness sake.

Staying cool is the ultimate tip. And we aren’t just talking about Aunt Agnes and her thermostat settings. Keep in mind that there will always be little problems that arise, but most of them are easily resolved. Keep in mind, too, that everyone has their little personality quirks, but that it’s best to be calm and assure that everyone has a good time. Because, after all, it might be next summer before we all get the chance to ride the waves of a beach rental vacation again!