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Holden Beach is the Perfect Valentine’s Day Destination

Holden Beach is the Perfect Valentine’s Day Destination

Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it and now is the perfect time to plan a romantic getaway to Holden Beach. With the hustle and bustle that can happen after the holidays, it’s the ideal time to reconnect with your partner for a little getaway. This year instead of planning a night of dinner and a movie, then make your Valentine’s Day getaway a romantic one that your loved one will never forget. We have come up with a few easy steps to plan your perfect Valentine’s Day getaway.

Find & Book the Perfect Vacation Home

The first step that you can’t leave out would have to be to find and book the perfect romantic vacation rental. Holden Beach offers visitors a variety of beautiful and well-appointed vacation rentals that you can choose from. Many of our home’s features oceanfront views, pools, hot tubs and sound front views that will help set the mood for romance. If you are a little worried that you won’t find the perfect location, don’t be. We have vacation rentals close to the area’s best attractions or if you’d like to be a little more secluded, we have those as well. Don’t forget that you are spending the weekend away from the busy life back home, so find a rental that will help the two of you escape for some relaxation.

Plan a Surprise

Holden Beach is the Perfect Valentine’s Day Destination

There is one way that you can inject some real passion into your getaway is to plan a surprise for you loved one. The surprise doesn’t have to be extravagant but make it simple and yet sweet such as having champagne and strawberries ready, or having flowers delivered to your vacation rental. Another sweet surprise you can do is to schedule a couple’s massage at a local spa. Think about what your partner likes and plan a surprise around that or a few things. No matter what you decide to plan, they will be surprised either way.

Go on a Couple’s Adventure

Holden Beach holds an endless amount of exciting and fun things to do in the area with your loved one. Whether you are staying with us for a weekend or a week, there is plenty of time to enjoy a little fun. When you are planning what romantic adventure, make sure to pick the things you’d like to do as a couple. Some of the things you can do is taking a walk on the beach, taking a deep-sea fishing trip or go taste some wine. There are many locations where you can take a day trip to say Myrtle Beach or to Wilmington, the possibilities are endless here.

Dine Together

Holden Beach is the Perfect Valentine’s Day Destination

Your Valentine’s Day getaway has to include a romantic dinner. Here at Holden Beach you will be able to find several local restaurants that you may want to give a try. If you are into seafood, then we suggest Castaways Raw Bar & Grill or Dock House Seafood & More. There are many options that are available in Holden Beach and many more options in the surrounding area. No matter what you are in the mood for to celebrate Valentine’s Day, there is something for you and your loved one here at the beach.

Disconnect

Sometimes on of the hardest things that many of us can’t do is disconnect from the outside life, but since you are on your romantic getaway set the technology away. Don’t worry about posting a picture or two of what you’re doing on Instagram or other social media accounts but enjoy your trip kid free and technology free. Holden Beach is quiet during the month of February so you will be able to enjoy the slower pace on the beach. While leaving your phone behind at your vacation rental may be difficult especially if you have children, just take a moment away from social media and enjoy the peace and quiet. We promise you will be glad you did.

Now that you have everything you need to plan your next romantic getaway to Holden Beach this Valentine’s Day, it’s time to book your trip. If you would like to learn more about what Holden Beach vacation rentals are available, please check out our inventory or give us a call today. We hope that you and your loved one will enjoy taking this romantic trip away from the busy life at home and enjoy each other!

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Plan Your 2019 Vacation to Holden Beach Today

Plan Your 2019 Vacation to Holden Beach Today

2019 will be here before you know it so, now is the time to plan your next family vacation. The temps might be cold outside right now, but soon it will be perfect beach weather. Take advantage of planning your next vacation to Holden Beach early to get the most out of your vacation. It’s always nice to have your vacation planned so that when it’s vacation time, you can enjoy.

Budget

The first thing that you will want to get a handle on is your budget. Planning a vacation can take a lot of time, but knowing you can afford it helps. With a little bit of budgeting and knowing when you’d like to go can take a bit of financial stress off your plate. To get things started, have a family meeting to see what everyone would like to do on vacation. For example, if you’d like to go out to eat a few nights, then add that into the budget. Purchasing gift certificates before you leave for vacation will help keep you on track. You will be able to relax a little more when you are on your vacation.

Vacation Rental

Plan Your 2019 Vacation to Holden Beach Today

One of the many advantages of booking your next vacation to Holden Beach now is you will have a plenty of vacation homes to choose from. With many locations all over Holden Beach, you are able to find the perfect home that suits your family’s needs. No matter what you are looking for whether it’s oceanfront or second row home, we have the perfect home just for you. Here are a few other advantages of choosing a vacation rental rather than staying in a hotel:

  • Location – We are able to offer more options than a hotel can offer. If you’d like an oceanfront home rather than the “standard” view, then it’s yours.
  • Kitchens – All of our vacation homes offer you the perfect kitchen for your vacation needs. Here you will be able to fix all your meals for a big family or small family.
  • Size – When you vacation, size does matter when it comes to vacation rentals. Instead of having a small hotel room where everyone has to share the same room, you will be able to accommodate your whole family.
  • Amenities – Many of our homes have pools, hot tubs, outside grills, and other fun things for you to do to make your vacation more relaxing. Vacationing in a home is so much more pleasant than a hotel and you won’t miss out on the fun.

Plan Your Activities

When it comes to planning out your activities for the whole week, we know that many families like to think ahead. Sometimes your plans can be hindered if it rains, so always having a backup plan can help. There are so many different activities in the area for you and your family to take advantage of. From heading over to the Shallotte River Swamp Park to going Deep Sea Fishing, there is something for everyone to do. If you’d like to head into Wilmington, it’s a short 40-minute drive to explore there or maybe head to Myrtle Beach which is 40 minutes for more fun. Planning these activities ahead of time will help you save time and possibly money in the long run.

Now that you and your family have come up with a plan to go ahead and plan your 2019 family vacation, it’s time to book it. With the ease of being able to book your vacation online, we want to help you make this vacation the best it can be. If you should have any questions about what house will be right for your family, please check out our Vacation Planner today. We hope that you and your family will be able to find the perfect Holden Beach vacation rental for your next vacation and look forward to seeing you soon!

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The 38th Annual North Carolina Festival by the Sea

If you are planning on coming and visiting Holden Beach this fall, then you don’t want to miss the 38th Annual NC Festival by the Sea. This event is held every year in late October in Holden Beach, NC. Staying in one of our oceanfront vacation rentals will keep you close to where the fun and activities are being held. This year the festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 27th and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 28th.

This event is held by the Greater Holden Beach Merchants Association and is a 2 day event that you and your family can enjoy. Not only will you get enjoy a parade on Saturday to start out the festival. And did you know that this is the only day during the year that you are able to walk across the bridge to Holden Beach? How awesome is that?!

Fun for the Whole Family

Just besides the parade, you and your family can enjoy so many different things happening during the festival. If you have children, there will be a children’s area that is just for them. Not only will there be something there for the kids, but there is something for everyone. The food will be amazing and there will be over 100 Arts and Crafts Vendors for you to shop from. This is the perfect way you can get Christmas gifts for everyone on your list! And if you want to hear live music there will be plenty of that for you to enjoy.

And just when you didn’t think you could have any more fun, there will be enough things for you to do during the weekend. If you are still searching for that perfect vacation rental for your vacation or getaway, allow us at Alan Holden Vacations to help you with your search! We hope that you will make coming in the fall a yearly vacation to Holden Beach!

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Come to Holden Beach for Labor Day Weekend

Come to Holden Beach for Labor Day Weekend

Summer is coming to an end soon and that means the start of school for the kids. Don’t end the summer without having a Labor Day weekend getaway to Holden Beach this year. There are several great activities and events happening in and around Holden Beach Labor Day weekend. And staying in Holden Beach in one of our oceanfront vacation rentals will keep you near where the fun is happening. Let’s look below at what there is going on for the holiday weekend.

Ocean Isle Beach Concert

Want to attend a free concert in the nearby town, Ocean Isle Beach? Head to the Museum of the Coastal Carolinas on Friday, August 31st at 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. See the Entertainers which have been sharing beach music with others for over 30 years. What a great night filled with fun, dancing and entertainment with your family. Don’t miss out on this fun night to spend with friends and family, dancing the night away!

Art Festival in Oak Island

Come to Holden Beach for Labor Day Weekend

Do you like the arts or purchasing handmade goods? If you do, then go to Middleton Park in Oak Island for the 28th Annual Oak Island Art Guild Arts & Craft Festival. This is happening on Saturday, September 1st from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. There will be more than 100 artists and craft vendors there where you can shop for those gifts or for items for your home. From pottery, stained glass, woodcarvings to garden items there will be something that you can find at this craft festival. What a great way to grab some handmade Christmas gifts this year!

Oak Island Labor Day Surf Off

Come to Oak Island Labor Day Weekend for the 15th Annual Labor Day Surf Off happening at the Oceancrest Pier. This is happening on Saturday, September 1st from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. There will be different categories for all ages and abilities. What a fantastic way to spend the day at the beach than to watch a surf off of local surfers. Don’t forget to bring your sunscreen, beach chairs and towels with you! You don’t want to burn while you watch these guys shred some waves!

Holden Beach Summer Concert

Come to Holden Beach for Labor Day Weekend

Come celebrate the final concert in the Holden Beach Concert series for the season on September 2nd. Gather at the Holden Beach Pavilion at 6:30 pm for you to enjoy some fun, music and dancing. Join the Imitations for some good fun with everyone while you enjoy a free concert before heading home. Bring your beach chairs with you and a few bottles of water or soda and just enjoy the time you have down at the beach with your friends and family. Don’t miss out on this fun loaded night in Holden Beach this year!

While there are many other things that you could be doing while at the beach for Labor Day weekend, these are a few we thought you’d enjoy. If you still don’t have a Holden Beach vacation rental for the week we do still have availabilities. We can’t wait for you to join us in celebrating Labor Day in Holden Beach!

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Take Advantage of Our Summer Specials

Holden Beach Implements Beach Renourishment Project

Summer feels like it has just begun in our area and with it only being July and there are still plenty of vacation home rentals for the rest of the summer! Many love to flock to the beach every summer and Holden Beach isn’t any different. The area has so much to offer whether it is happening in our town or surrounding areas you will enjoy your vacation.

A Coastal Dream is a newer property that we have to offer you and we have availability in July and August. Not only is this a new construction, but you also have access to a pool! This is a beautiful home that makes you feel like this is home sweet home and not only has granite in the kitchen but it has details that will make you want to stay here for years to come! “A Coastal Dream” is perfect for larger families or families who want to bring friends along to stay for the week! You can sleep up to 8 and comes with 4 bedrooms and 3 full baths. This home does have close beach access but does not allow pets and is a non-smoking property. Don’t let this one slip away from you this summer!

Waters Edge 431-B is available the last two weeks of July into August and is a smaller family or if a couple wants to head to the beach for a week to enjoy some relaxation. This property has 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and sleeps 4. If you book any vacant week in July or August 2018 you will receive $300 off the regular weekly rate! Waters Edge 431-B is a condo and you will have an opportunity to walk to the beach, you will have covered parking which whenever it rains will help and has an easy walk to the fishing pier. Please note that this property does not allow pets and is non-smoking. Don’t let this deal pass you by!

Carolina Dreaming is one of our oceanfront properties and has so much to offer you. If you book any vacant week in 2018 you will receive $500 off the weekly rate. What an amazing deal! Who wouldn’t want to wake up and walk out onto one of the covered porches and have coffee looking at the ocean. This home has 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms which can sleep 11 people! What a perfect property to have a family vacation to help end the summer and it’s perfect for a larger family. Not only is the property oceanfront but it also has an elevator, an enclosed outside shower and has a private walkway to the beach. This property does not allow pets and is non-smoking.

Blue S'kai Vacation Home

Blue S’kai is another beautiful property that we have to offer you. With 4 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms that sleeps 15 people can sleep all you need. And with the special of book any vacant week in August or September 2018 you will receive $400 off the regular weekly rate. With an open floor plan that allows you to spend time in the kitchen and still can see others who are relaxing in the living room. This is a newly renovated property and you will be able to experience beautiful views of the intercostal waterway, ocean and marsh. Who wouldn’t want to see that every morning? If you have kids or possibly “big kids” then they will love you more if you book this property because it includes a game room. There is so much more that this house offers you.

We do have other properties for you to be able to book for the rest of the summer into the fall that we’d love for you to check out. We want you to want to come back for years to come!

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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
 

Pets?

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!

 

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Holden Beach Implements Beach Renourishment Project

Holden Beach Implements Beach Renourishment Project

If you’ve always loved vacationing on Holden Beach, North Carolina, you’ll be happy to know there’s going to be much more beachfront to enjoy soon! Fox Wilmington news recently reported on the project slated to cost $15 million and said it is the most extensive beach replenishment project in the town’s history.
 
Town Manager David Hewitt explained the need for the replenishment project by saying, “It’s about storm protection, wildlife habitat and just more beach to have fun.”
 
Half of the money needed will come from increased property taxes on Holden Beach, the rest from an occupancy tax and FEMA relief bond. For a family in a $500,000 home, it will mean an additional $350 a year on their tax bill.
 
Holden Beach Implements Beach Renourishment Project

“We view this type of project as infrastructure,” Hewitt explained. “Just like a road, water, or sewer lines for a beach community, a nourishment project is infrastructure.”
 
Cathy Moffitt’s family has been vacationing in Holden Beach for four generations. “We love it here. It’s our escape,” Moffitt said. “But you can’t help but notice the ocean is creeping closer than it used to be.”
 
The replenishment project will widen Holden Beach by about 80 feet over a four and a half mile stretch. That’s 1.3 million cubic yards of sand.
 
Holden Beach Implements Beach Renourishment Project

“In terms of being able to provide storm damage protection, that’s always a proactive measure,” Hewitt said. “But just like beaches, worldwide, the town of Holden Beach is not immune to erosion and the threat of storms.”
 
The replenishment project is slated to kick off November 15 and run through April. Town leaders hope it has a life cycle that runs through 2032.

 
If you’re staying in one of our Alan Holden Vacation Rentals know that the renourishment project won’t affect your vacation plans at all. The beaches will still be open and we’ll be doing business as usual.
 
 

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Holden Beach Family Vacation

Family comes to visit Holden Beach!

Some of you have e-mailed me and asked where my family and I go for vacation since we live in paradise. Usually we do not go far from Holden Beach, but this year was a little different than usual. My wife’s brother, his wife and 2 kids came to stay 10 days with us at our house. Also, my wife’s nephew, niece and their mom came as well. That came to a total of of 12 people (5 adults and 7 kids under the age of 7).

They came out from Salt Lake City on the “big bird” and landed in Raleigh all full of great cheer and to have fun at the beach. We were really all anxious to see everyone since we have not seen them in about 2 1/2 years. My wife and I took our vacation time this year to hang out and entertain everyone. We really did a lot of things. One of the things we did for the kids was to take everyone to the Dixie Stampede in Myrtle Beach, SC. If you have never been there it is really a lot fo fun for everyone. They feed you great food and they have lots of horse riding, tricks, jokes and much more and they do it while you eat. It is inside and they have a large arena type seating. Go if you get the chance, but please call ahead to make sure your get a reservation first.

Anyway, back to the family fun! We spent most of the time at the beach since we could easily just walk down the street. The kids did not go everyday, but they did go a lot. Some days it was just so hot, you wanted to stay indoors. Other times we did some eating….and more eating….and a little more eating. I think I need to go on a diet now. While the kids were either playing with toys or at the beach, Hagoth (my wife’s brother) and I went and did our own things. One day we played 18-holes of golf at one of the local courses. We decided to play Lockwood Folly Golf Links. Now I will be the first to admit that he nor I are Tiger Woods….lol. I think we belong more on one of the local Putt-Putt courses. We did have a lot of fun making a few good drives and putts in between chasing and losing balls. I think I lost 5 balls on the first 7 holes or so. It is all about the fun (Insert sarcasm here)!

While we were out TRYING to play golf, the ladies took the kids to ride the Southport Ferry to Ft. Fisher to go visit the NC Aquarium at Ft. Fisher. My kids always love going! They got to see the sharks, turtles and pet the sting rays in the petting tank. If you have never been, please take some time to drop by one afternoon and see what wonderful things they have. When everyone got back from the aquarium and we got back from golf, we all were exhausted. Time to eat again!
The next day Hagoth and I had to pay the piper for our excellent golf game. We let all the mother’s go and get pedicure’s to help them relax for the long stressful day they had before. I think when they got back home with their lovely feet, we needed pedicure…..or something to help US relax…lol.

Well, the 10 days came and went fast and we did so much in so little time and we still never got close to doing it all. Hopefully they can come back to visit us very soon and stay with us again. We really enjoyed having everyone in our house and it is so quite now. If we could just get everyone in their family to move out here then that would be great!! By the way, after that long but fun 10 day break from work…….I think I need a vacation now to recoup 🙂 So there you have it folks. We love Holden Beach so much that we stay home for vacation.

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Welcome to Holden Beach! Our First Blog Posting

The folks at Alan Holden Vacations are specialists in family vacation rentals at Holden Beach– one of the top 10 family beaches in the US. After all, the Holden family have been here for a while. (Holden family ancestors bought the island paradise from England in 1756 for 50 shillings.)

We’ll make regular postings in this blog to help keep you informed about Holden Beach and the surrounding area.

Please check back often as we tell you more about one of the best family vacation spots on the east coast.

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