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Spring is an Ideal Time for a Beach Vacation

If you’re dreaming of a vacation April is the perfect month to enjoy some time away at the NC coast! With spring upon us and the early arrival of Easter this year (April 1st) there  are events taking place all around Holden Beach NC from the Azalea Festival in Wilmington to the Days at the Docks Festival in Holden Beach. Choose your Easter vacation accommodations on our site then choose the dates you want to come and book your rental online. It’s just that easy!

Easter at the Old Sunset Beach Bridge
Saturday, March 31, 2018 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. 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 beginning at 1:00. If the weather looks questionable, call 910.363.6585 before venturing out, as we don’t want anyone disappointed.    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 2018 North Carolina Azalea Festival
April 11, 2018 – April 15, 2018
The 71st Annual North Carolina Azalea Festival will be held April 11-15 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 annual fstival showcases the rich array of artwork, gardens, history and culture in the community through recreational, educational and family-oriented events. For more information on the upcoming 71st 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 28 – April 29, 2018 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.




Holden Beach Vacation Rentals with Hot Tubs

There’s nothing quite as soothing as soaking in a hot tub. Whether it’s after a day of golfing on your vacation, shopping ’til you drop or just to help you to relax and sleep better at night, a hot tub can work wonders for you.
If you’re looking for vacation rentals in Holden Beach that has a hot tub check out the following available properties. These area subject to change at any given time so check back often and run your own search of available properties.

Holden Beach Vacation Rentals with Hot Tubs

Sundance is a 5 bedroom, 4.5 bathroom, oceanfront home that sleeps up to 10 people comfortably. Located at 169 Ocean Blvd West Holden Beach, NC, this property has everything you could dream of. There’s a private swimming pool (heated by electric heat pump September 1 – Oct 31 and March 1 – June 1). This homes boasts whirlpool tubs, game room with pool table and ping pong, king size beds, elevator (extra charge), washer/dryer, and more. Outdoors you’ll enjoy the two covered porches, sundeck, two showers (one with h/c water) and your own private walkway to the beach.
Holden Beach Vacation Rentals with Hot Tubs

Seaduction is a 6 bedroom, 5.5 bathroom, oceanfront home that will comfortably sleep up to 12 people. Located at 181 Ocean Blvd West Holden Beach, NC, this home offers gorgeous coastal views. Indoor amenities offer central heat/air, dishwasher, microwave, washer/dryer, ice maker, a gourmet kitchen, 2 living rooms (each with a big screen color cable TV with surround sound), color cable TVs, DVD/VCR combos, high-speed internet access, stereo and telephone. Outdoor features include 3 covered porches, 2 outside showers (one enclosed with h/c water), parking underneath the house, elevator (with $250 deposit), whirlpool tub, sundeck and private walkway to the beach.
At Alan Holden Vacations we also have a large selection of homes with swimming pools, some with optional heat available during the off-season months. Contact us for more information.


Where to Find Accessible Homes in Holden Beach

At Alan Holden Vacations we want everyone to be able to stay with us while enjoying a vacation to our beautiful North Carolina beaches. We realize there are many people that live with physical challenges every day of their lives and that not all of our vacation rentals in Holden Beach are accessible to them. We do, however, offer some properties that are fully accessible homes for those with physical challenges. We’d like you to check them out below and if you’d like more information about the properties, please give us a call at (800) 720-2200.

Where to Find Accessible Homes in Holden Beach
Beach Walkers is a 4 bedroom, 3 bath accessible home that is located oceanfront in Holden Beach. This non-smoking home offers spacious one-level living with large oceanside sun room, ramps and a handicap accessible bath. Accommodating 12 guests with a queen bed in the first bedroom, queen and double beds with private bath and roll-in shower in the second bedroom and queen and double beds in each of the third and fourth bedrooms. Central heat and air, dishwasher, microwave, washer and dryer, flat screen cable TV, DVD player and wireless internet. Other amenities include an oceanside porch, private walkway with gazebo, handicap ramp, ping pong table and outside shower.

Where to Find Accessible Homes in Holden Beach
‘Why Not?’ is a cozy 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom oceanfront home located at 1043 Ocean Blvd. West. Enjoy the ocean breeze as you relax on the deck while taking in the view. This single level home accommodates up to 8 guests. Amenities include central heat/air, washer/dryer, microwave, dishwasher, cable TVs, DVD player, VCR, telephone and wireless internet access. This home also has a ramp on the oceanside providing wheelchair access to house. Enjoy the ocean views on the covered porch or open deck. This is a non-smoking home.

We also have a large number of vacation homes in Holden Beach that come with elevators, making it easier to travel from one floor to another.


Spending Christmas and New Year’s in Holden Beach

This is the time of year that puts nearly everyone in a festive mood. It’s the combination of celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ with all the colorful decorations and gifts we exchange with each other and the arrival of a brand new year. Here at Alan Holden Vacations Christmas and New Year’s in Holden Beach is one of our most favorite times of the year. When you’re looking for holiday accommodations, look no further than right here in Holden Beach.

Spending Christmas and New Year's in Holden Beach
We think this is an awesome time to be visiting the beach – especially this year with the mild temperatures. Maybe the family you were hoping to stay with over the holidays hasn’t the room due to unexpected guests arriving and now you’re looking for vacancy somewhere. Or perhaps on a whim you up and took a holiday vacation. That’s a super idea! Take advantage of our specials!

If you find yourself looking for a last minute holiday rental over Christmas and New Year’s be sure to give us a call and we can give you a great price on any length of stay. Make your reservations on our website and take advantage of last minute rates.

Spending Christmas and New Year's in Holden Beach
For those who are still Christmas shopping we have an idea that would help you out when you have that very special person close to you that has everything. How about the gift of paid accommodations for two to Holden Beach, North Carolina! We have a large number of oceanfront accommodations, any of which would be ideal to light up someone’s life this season! It’s truly a phenomenal gift to give that special person in your life!

Give us a call at 800-720-2200 or 910-842-6061 and we’ll help you secure the perfect accommodations for you and your family over the holidays. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year!


The Most Popular Holiday Events Taking Place Around Ocean Isle Beach

It’s that favorite time of the year when the holidays are upon us. This time of the year is  filled with preparations of all types from planning and shopping to wrapping gifts and maybe even dreaming of some time away.  If you’re planning on treating yourself to a getaway to Holden Beach, NC, you’ll want to secure your holiday vacation rental soon thru Alan Holden Vacations. While you’re at it, be sure to check out the most popular holiday events taking place in the area. They only come around once each year!
You’re going to be pleased with the off-season rates on accommodations this time of the year. You will save a bundle and we know at this time of year you could stand to do that! Take all the money you’ll save on your accommodations and treat yourself to a good time this holiday season. Here are 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 Saturday, November 25. The holiday parade kicks off at from the Museum of Coastal Carolina parking lot at 2 p.m. Following the parade the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held at the Causeway, along the mainland side of the bridge, across the street from the Fire Department at 4 p.m. Then 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 25, 2017 for the 14th 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. Beginning November 23, Ingram Planetarium will present its Holiday Laser Music Show at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. This show features colorful laser images displayed on the domed ceiling of the Sky Theater accompanied by holiday music that includes such classics 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. Admission to laser music shows is free for Planetarium members. Non-member per-show admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and students, $4 for ages 3-4, and free for ages 2 and 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 12th Annual Christmas Toy & Train Show on Friday, Dec. 1 from 6-9 p.m.; Sat & Sun, Dec 2-3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sat & Sun, Dec 9-10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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! Free admission. Donations welcome. Location: 758 Longwood Road, Ocean Isle Beach, NC.
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. 24-25, Dec. 1-2, 8-10, and 13-22, 2017. There are two run-times per evening: 5-7 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. The 5-7 p.m. ticket holders may arrive no earlier than 4:45 p.m. & no later than 6 p.m. You must exit by 7 p.m.The 7-9 p.m. ticket holders may arrive no earlier than 6:45 p.m. & no later than 8 p.m. You must exit by 9 p.m.
All of us at Alan Holden Vacations would like to wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving holiday season!



Why Not Start a New Thanksgiving Tradition in Our Holiday Vacation Rentals

As the days get shorter and the promise of a new season is at our doorstep, thoughts turn to the upcoming holiday season. Now is the time to make plans for a Thanksgiving getaway where you can begin a new family tradition this year. At Alan Holden Vacations we have nearly 300 vacation rentals for you to choose from. You’ll have your choice of single family homes, condominiums and duplexes that include oceanfront homes, second row homes, canal front or a dunes location. You’re sure to find the perfect holiday vacation home where you can turn this holiday season into the best ever!
Why Not Start a New Thanksgiving Tradition in Our Holiday Vacation Rentals
Did you know that Holden Beach and Brunswick County, NC area is one of the east coast’s premier golfing destinations? Bring your golf clubs with you when you come because Brunswick County is home to over 30 golf courses! When you’re done playing our area courses, drive south to Myrtle Beach and there are over 110 more courses to be played!
You won’t find all the commercialism, flashing neon signs or high-rise buildings in Holden Beach. We’re a small and quiet “family beach”. Our beach town has been recognized by National Geographic Traveler Magazine as one of the “38 Best American Beaches” and was rated 9th out of all U.S. beaches in the “Family Beach” category. We’ve also been classified as one of “America’s Top Ten Family Beaches!”
Why Not Start a New Thanksgiving Tradition in Our Holiday Vacation Rentals
Since 1756, when the Holden family purchased the island from England for 50 shillings, the Holden’s have been promoting natural coastal development and welcoming new guests to this beautiful paradise by the sea.
We invite your family to come spend the holidays at Holden Beach and be a part of our family of guests and staff at Alan Holden Vacations. Book your rental, pack your bags, grab your sunglasses and come visit us. We look forward to meeting you!




North Carolina Festival by the Sea

Every year in late October the popular North Carolina Festival by the Sea takes place in Holden Beach, North Carolina. This year the festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 29.

NC Festival By the Sea

This 2-day festival begins with a jubilant parade that proceeds down the Holden Beach Causeway on Saturday. This is the only day of the year that you can walk across the bridge to Holden Beach.

Festival By the Sea

During the festival, there will be arts & crafts vendors open all day, both days. Come out and participate in a horseshoe tournament and a sandcastle building contest. Children can enjoy face painting, huge kites flying overhead, a costume contest, and children’s rides and amusements. Live musical entertainment, food and arts and crafts vendors will be there both days at Holden Beach’s Pavilion.

A special treat for children will be the face painting, huge kites flying overhead and children’s rides and amusements.

And last but not at all least — bring your dancing shoes because there will be live musical entertainment both days at the Holden Beach Pavilion. All of us at Alan Holden Vacations hope to see you at this fun filled event!




Book Your Winter Beach Getaway to Holden Beach Now

Book Your Winter Beach Getaway to Holden Beach Now

With the end of summer approaching thoughts are turning to returning to school and winter right around the corner. It’s right now when you should be booking your accommodations for a winter getaway. We have some super special deals on winter rentals are nothing short of irresistible!


Take advantage of our amazing off-season rates on Holden Beach winter rentals. For many people, the change of season causes people’s thoughts to daydream about where they’d like to escape to for those seemingly endless winter months.


Get away from it all for less in one of our spacious and well-appointed rentals during the off-season. Spend your days walking the beach and golfing or bring a lounge chair and those books you’ve been wanting to read. It’s a great way to spend those long winter months without ever lifting a snow shovel!

When you choose to stay with us at Holden Beach Vacations you’ll have everything you need (and more!) to turn the winter blues into the fun time you’ve always dreamed of escaping to.

Come enjoy the beauty of Holden Beach, North Carolina, in the winter and see why so many people come back year after year and call this their “home away from home.”

If you have any questions about our winter rentals be sure to give us a call at 1-800-720-2200. We look forward to having you join us for what could be your best winter ever!



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.


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.


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.



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