Do you and your family have a family vacation planned for Holden Beach this 4th of July? If you do, then we need to tell you all about some fun activities you can do on your trip. While this year may seem different due to the recent events, there are still plenty of things you can do to celebrate with the family. Staying in one of our Holden Beach vacation rentals will allow you and your family to enjoy time together. Let’s look below at some of the things you can do on your 4th of July vacation.
Ring Toss on the Beach
Have you ever been to a carnival and played the game ring toss?
If so, then this is a fun version of that classic game but only played on the
beach. Grab a few plastic bottles and have the kids decorate each one. For the
rings, you can grab some of the diving rings that you will find the pool toy
section and use them. Then bury the bottles in the sand a little bit and see
who can get the most rings on the cylinders. This game is best played with the
family and is a great way to make new memories on this 4th of July!
4th of July Bake-Off with the Family
Another high activity that your family can do on your 4th
of July vacation is to have a bake-off against each other. While younger children
may not be able to cook, they can still make something they love. It could be candy
kabobs, rice Krispy treats (with adult help), or Jell-O. For the adults, they
could have a bake-off with who has the best-baked beans or who has the best-pulled
pork or chili. The possibilities are endless, and we promise that this could be
one of the best activities this holiday.
Spend the Day on the Beach
While you are on vacation this 4th of July, spend
the day or two on the beach. Bring the beach chairs, umbrella, towels or blankets,
sunscreen, and beach toys. Let the kids play in the sand by building sandcastles
or burying each other in the sand. Make a family picnic and have lunch on the
sand. Bring a book or your reading device and read away as you hear the kids in
the background playing. In the evening, go for a walk and collect as many seashells
as you can. Spending time together on the beach is what many families love to do
While there are many other things you can do this 4th of July, these are a few things we wanted to mention. If you haven’t booked your family vacation to stay in one of our Holden Beach vacation rentals, now is the time. We look forward to seeing your family as you help us celebrate this great nation together!
Are you and your family coming to Holden Beach this March for your vacation? If the answer is yes, then we have to tell you all about the fun things happening in the area. Staying in one of our Holden Beach vacation rentals will keep you and your family close to the fun and action. Let’s look below at a few of the events that your family can enjoy on your next vacation to Holden Beach.
Mardi Gras by the Sea Parade & Festival
Have you and your family ever experienced Mardi Gras by the Sea
before? If you haven’t, then you are in for a fun treat. On Saturday, March 7,
2020 beginning at 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Middleton Park in Oak Island is where
you will find this fun parade and festival. If you think that you may have
missed Mardi Gras, you haven’t as we celebrate it here in March. This year you
will be able to come and enjoy the parade by the sea at 1:00 pm and then
afterwards you can enjoy some live entertainment, food and more. Don’t miss
this fun event with the family this coming up weekend!
Run for the Arts 5K
Do you have anyone in the family who likes to run for fun? IF the answer is yes, then we have to tell you all about the Run for the Arts 5K happening on Saturday, March 14th at 10:00 am at Holden Beach Park. This is a fundraiser that will be helping out the Brunswick Arts Council and is one that you won’t want to miss. There will also be a community art project that you can work on as well and will be held until 2:00 pm. What a fun thing that you can join in on while on your vacation by participating in the run and then in helping the community paint a mural.
While there are other fun events happening in the area during the month of March, we wanted to share these with you. If you haven’t booked your next family vacation to stay in one of our Holden Beach vacation rentals, then now is the time. We can’t wait to see you and your family as you come and have the time of your lives this March!
Are you and your family wanting to book your next vacation to Holden Beach this year? If so, then we suggest that on February 5, 2020 you book direct with us and not using a third-party vacation rental site. Did you know that many of the third-party vacation rental sites will tack on additional fees onto your reservation just for using their site? This can vary between each vendor but who wants to spend an additional 5% to 20% on their vacation. This year Alan Holden Vacations wants to make sure that your family are getting the most out of your money when it comes to vacationing here on the island. Let’s look below at some information on why you should Book Direct with us!
What You Should Know About Booking Direct
This year February 5, 2020 is the 3rd Annual Book
Direct Day in which it was created to help educate vacation rental guest on the
different benefits of booking directly through an owner or Property Management
Company vs using a Third-Party agency such as VBRO and Airbnb. While you may
notice that these big-name companies may seem like they will help save you
money at first, you will soon find out that they will charge you a fee just to
use their website. Some of the fees can range from 5% to 20% of the total cost
of your vacation rental which for some may be more than you want to budget for.
You may ask yourself, “What does this vendor do special if they charge me an extra $600 for the rental?” We can tell you they do absolutely nothing. It’s just another tactic for them to get you to continue to use their website just to book your vacation rental. Some of the other third-party vendors don’t know the ins and outs of each individual property and can’t answer any questions you may have. They won’t be able to send out maintenance if you should have a problem occur while on your vacation and they won’t be able to recommend what to eat locally. We at Alan Holden Vacations can tell you all about each property we manage and want to make sure our guests are happy with their stay.
Why Should You Book Direct with Us?
When you book your vacation direct with us at Alan Holden Vacations, you will be able to speak with one of our vacation specialists who are very knowledgeable, local, who lives, works and enjoys what Holden Beach has to offer. We are able to give you our personal recommendations when it comes to the best local dining spot, play, shop and visit with different businesses around the area. Our office is located in Holden Beach so if you should have any problems arise, we can get it handled quickly!
How Can You Book Direct with Alan Holden Vacations?
Booking your vacation directly with us is as simple as 1, 2, 3. We encourage all of our guests to book their vacation through our secure website, www.holden-beach.com or by contacting us at 1-800-720-2200. Rest assure that you will never be charged with a hidden fee and we will always provide you with the best rate available on our professional managed vacation rentals. We don’t want you to have to pay for anything extra for just using our site to book your vacation. We understand that saving money when having a family is the best way to enjoy your vacation!
Are you ready to plan your next vacation today? Make sure you Book Direct with us at Alan Holden Vacations today to have the best vacation year after year!
Are you and your family coming to Holden Beach next month? If the answer is yes, then we have to tell you all about the fun events that are coming to the area. Staying in one of our Holden Beach vacation rentals will keep you and the family close to where the action is happening. Let’s look below at a few of the fun things happening around town so your family can make new memories.
Run Holden Beach 2020
Do you like to run or have a runner in the family? If yes, then why not sign up to join in the Run Holden Beach 2020 race on Saturday, January 18th from 7:00 am to 10:30 am. Here you can run with some breathtaking views that you won’t want to miss in the early morning hours. This year the race has changed courses and so you may find that this course is better. If you’re not a runner but you’d like to come check it out, why not cheer on some of those runners instead. Get the whole family involved and enjoy the event!
Hidden Battleship Tour
This event is perfect for those who have always dreamed of
being in the Navy or wanting to get a closer look at the Battleship in Wilmington.
Join in this fun and unique event where you will tour the Battleship for 4
hours and you will be able to take a peek in what it was like to live on the
ship. You will be able to see the Captain’s Quarters and so much more and is
something that you may not be able to experience ever again. This event is
happening on Saturday, January 4th from 12:00 pm to 4:30 pm and is
something that you will want to check out with the family!
Explore Bald Head Island
Have you ever been over to Bald Head Island before and have
wanted to learn a little more about it? If you have then you have to check out
this fun Bald Head Island Guided Tour on Tuesday, January 28th from
8:30 am to 12:30 pm. The cost for this event is $25 per adult and $20 per child
(3 – 12) and does not include the ferry ticket. What a fun way to learn more
about this island and you will get to experience the Lighthouse Service and
While there are other fun events happening around Holden Beach during the month of January, these are the few we wanted to share with you. If you haven’t booked your next vacation to Holden Beach yet, go ahead and do so now. We hope that you and your family have a wonderful and happy new year!
Are you looking for a gift that will make the family happy this winter? Why not surprise them with a vacation to Holden Beach this winter. There are many things that your family can do while in town. Staying in one of our Holden Beach rentals will keep you close to the fun on the island. Let’s look below at how you can surprise your family with a vacation to Holden Beach this winter.
One way that you can surprise your family this Christmas is
to leave a little clue for each family member. Then on those little clues you
will continue to have them search the house for their surprise gift. After they
have gone through all of the clues, you hand them each something that they
would need for the beach. This is a great way to get the family pumped for their
gift and then tell them where you are going for a week.
Keep it a Secret
Another great way that you can surprise the family with a trip to Holden Beach, is you can keep it a secret. Have them pack their bags as if you were going to take a small trip to a destination close to you. This is a great way to surprise them as they won’t be expecting to travel to the beach considering its winter. Not only will it be a great surprise for the family but will get you excited to sneak away from life just for the week.
Gift Under the Tree
Surprising any family member with a vacation to Holden Beach
during the winter months, is always fun. You can write on a piece of paper where
you’re going and wrap it up in several boxes. They will have to continue to
guess what’s in the box and it will be fun for everyone. Be sure to record them as they are unwrapping the
gift because seeing their reactions is what every parent wants to see for years
There are many other ways that you can tell your family about the surprise vacation to Holden Beach this winter, but these are the few we wanted to share. If you haven’t booked your Holden Beach rental to getaway for a week to the beach, now is the time. We can’t wait to see you and your family as you get to explore what Holden Beach has to offer in the off-season!
Are you looking to go on a relaxing vacation the beach but not sure where to go? Holden Beach is a great family vacation spot that many loves to visit year-round. With the warm weather for most of the year and the amount of fun your family can have while vacationing here, it’s the perfect location for all. Staying in one of our Holden Beach vacation rentals will keep your family close to where the fun is at. Let’s look at a few reasons as of why you need to book your vacation to Holden Beach below.
Enjoy the Great Outdoors
Going on a vacation where you can explore the outdoors is what many families are looking for. Heading to the beach at any time of the year will allow your family to enjoy the great outdoors. Spending time at the beach building sandcastles with the kids or soaking up the sun sitting watching the kids play. Some other fun things that your family can enjoy are the Shallotte River Swamp Park, go fishing with the Holden Beach Fishing Charter or heading to nearby towns and explore. Rent bikes if you didn’t bring them with you and go on a daily bike ride with the family. There is so much that you can do outdoors with the family when you take a vacation to Holden Beach.
For many adults, they head on vacation and yet still bring
their work with them. Instead of bringing your computer or work phone with you,
leave it at home. You are on vacation and you’re here to relax and enjoy time
with the family. Spending time at the beach while you are on vacation can help relieve
stress you may have from life at home. Sit back on the beach with a book in
your hand, an umbrella to sit under and just let go. Just enjoy your time away
from work, school, the kid’s activities and just life at home while you are
visiting Holden Beach.
Sunrises & Sunsets
Another great reason that you need to book your next vacation to Holden Beach is the beautiful sunrises and sunsets. While many want to sleep in while on vacation, having younger kids may prevent this from happening some days. Instead, make a pot of coffee and go sit on the deck of your vacation rental and watch the sunrise happen. The sunsets are just beautiful as the sunrises and you can watch them from your vacation rental or watch them with the kids on the beach. Be sure to take a camera with you so you can capture the beauty that you will witness.
While there are many other reasons as of why you need to book a vacation to Holden Beach, these are just a few that we wanted to share with you. If you haven’t booked your next Holden Beach vacation rental yet, now is the time. We hope that your family can get away and come enjoy the beach life here on the island.
Are you and your family looking to head to the beach this fall to experience what the weather is like? Many families love to visit the North Carolina Southern Coast during the fall months because the weather is still warm enough to enjoy the sand. Staying in one of our Holden Beach vacation rentals will keep you close to the beach and to where some of the fun fall festivals are happening. Let’s look below at where your family can enjoy some fun at some of the festivals happening around on the North Carolina Southern Coast.
Sunset at Sunset Festival
Head over to nearby town Sunset Beach to experience their very own fall festival. The town of Sunset Beach is hosting a community block party where your family can enjoy lots of food, fun and arts & crafts. This is the 13th year that the festival has been going on and many locals love heading to it for family quality time. From getting to listen to some amazing music all day to trying new food from many local restaurants, there’s always something for everyone. Don’t miss coming to this fun day being held on October 5th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm in Sunset Beach!
39th Annual NC Oyster Festival
Don’t miss this year’s annual NC Oyster Festival happening in Ocean Isle Beach this year. This happens to be the 39th year that they have been hosting it and we can tell you that you won’t want to miss out on any of the fun. On October 19th and 20th your family can get to experience this amazing festival that will have lots of fun things for everyone in the family. From listening to live music to eating your weight of oysters there is something for everyone. And don’t go home empty handed as you explore the arts and crafts from the local vendors that will be at the festival this year. Take home one of their treasures to remember your trip to Holden Beach or give as gifts for Christmas this year. No matter what this is a festival you don’t want to miss!
Coming back for another year is Wilmington’s Riverfest happening by the waterfront in downtown Wilmington. This fun 2-day event is one that many families who live on the North Carolina Coast love to head to every year. From getting to try new foods from many of the local restaurants to getting to watch fireworks like it’s the 4th of July. We can guarantee that no one in the family will be bored. This weekend long festival will be one that you won’t want to miss with the family. Plus, there will be a street fair, kids’ zone and much more! Just think of heading to Wilmington for the day as you explore the other festivals happening around the area.
Vacationing to the North Carolina Coast during the month of October is fun for the whole family. There is something for everyone to enjoy besides soaking up the sunshine on the beach and it’s fun to explore new places too. If you haven’t made your reservations to get away for a week or even a small getaway, now is the time. We still have plenty of Holden Beach vacation rentals that will keep your family close to all the fun festivals. We hope to see you this fall as you explore and experience what it’s like to come to the beach during the fall months!
Are you and your family going on Vacation to Holden Beach and you are wondering where you can get the best coffee at? We can tell you that we know where the best spots to grab a cup of coffee or two from in the area. Many locals like to get their daily dose of caffeine at these places and we thought that we’d share them with you. If you are staying with us in one of our Holden Beach vacation rentals, you won’t be too far away from any of them. Let’s look at our top picks for the best places to get coffee while on vacation in Holden Beach.
Cappuccino by the Sea
Cappuccino by the Sea has been open for over 25 years and is not like any other coffee shop around. Here you and your family can come in, paint some pottery, shop and enjoy a nice cup of coffee or tea. Fresh coffee is made every morning and afternoon and they serve Columbian coffee. Also, in the summer time while the weather is hot, you can get served cold coffee along with coffee ice cubes. You may notice that if your coffee will get stronger as the ice melts, but for many it only makes the coffee better. They do serve other drinks as well such as Chai Tea, Frappuccino, Lemonade and hot chocolate. Don’t miss this gem on your next vacation to Holden Beach.
For those days where you just want a nice cup of coffee and munch on a little treat, then we have the perfect location. Café Ahora is located just before you come onto the island on Holden Beach Road. In a quaint location you will be able to find several different coffee options for you to choose from. From a hot cup of coffee to a Cold Brew to even smoothies, there is something for everyone in the family. And treat yourself to a little treat such as a Chocolate Chunk Cookie or a muffin. They also do offer specials for their customers as well which is why many of the locals love this coffee shop.
Jumpin’ Java Espresso
Jumpin’ Java Espresso is located in nearby town, Shallotte
and is known to many as to have some of the best coffee around. They offer many
classic options such as Caramel Lattes, Americano, Daily Brews and Caramel Macchiato’s
for you to enjoy. They also offer cold options and frozen drinks for you to sip
on. And let’s not forget about their signature drinks that everyone raves about
such as their German Chocolate Cake, Monkey Business, Milky Way and the famous
Shallotte’. Jumpin’ Java Espresso also has other drinks such as Hot Chocolate,
Italian Soda, and Smoothies for those who don’t drink coffee. Don’t miss this
coffee shop while you are on vacation or leaving to go home.
OIB Surf & Java
If you are looking for another great coffee shop in the area, then head on over to Ocean Isle Beach for a different kind of coffee shop. OIB Surf & Java is like no other coffee shop out there are you cannot only get coffee, but you can also shop for surfing things. They are locally owned, and it happens to be a favorite spot for many of the locals to flock to. They do offer different and unique flavors of Lattes and Frappes and for those who don’t care for coffee they have smoothies and tea for you. With so many different options for you to choose from, it’s hard to pick just one. Get a little shopping done while you enjoy your coffee or treat by looking at clothing, surfboards and more. Come check out why the locals love this little shop!
While there are many other options for coffee shops in the area, these are the few we’d thought that you would enjoy. If you are still on the hunt for a place to stay this year for either Spring Break or for the summer, then check out our Holden Beach vacation rentals today. We can’t wait to see you and your family on your next vacation to the area!
Headed to the sandy beaches of the North Carolina Coast for your vacation this year? Nothing says vacation like spending the day at one of our beautiful beaches. When staying in one of our Holden Beach vacation rentals, having the right beach bag essentials will help make your vacation much better. Be sure to check your “beach bag” must have list before you leave for your trip to guarantee you’ll have a good time.
Must Have Beach Bag Items
Having the right beach bag can make ALL the difference in the world. Sure, you
can throw all of your items into any old bag, but did you know that all beach
bags were not created equal. We suggest looking at the size, water and sand
resistance, security and stylish when searching for your bag. We have found
that even using a backpack, diaper bag or an even a large utility tote bag
works perfect for a beach bag.
Pack a towel for everyone in your family whether
you are going to sit in the sun or swim in the ocean. Bringing an extra towel
with you is always a good idea especially if you have little ones with you.
Having a beach towel with a different design can help each member in your group
remember which one theirs is. We also suggest that you make a pocket or two for
your beach towels too. Just sew a few pockets on one end of the towel to keep a
few things handy like sunscreen or your sunglasses.
With the southern sun on Holden Beach, sunscreen is a must for any beach bag. Use a sunscreen that is designed for your beach activities such as waterproof, sport, high SPF, etc.). Dermatologists recommend that you use a sunscreen with at least 30 SPF while you are enjoying the sunshine. And don’t forget to Reapply throughout your day as we don’t want you to ruin your vacation the very first day your here with a sunburn. If you do happen to get a little more sun than you planned, make sure to have some aloe in your bag as well.
Water Resistant Phone Pouch or Plastic Bag
Between the water, sun and sand, the beach is
filled with many things that can damage your phone. Bringing a water-resistant
pouch to the beach can be a lifesaver for many. If you come on vacation and
realize you don’t have one, a sandwich bag or Ziploc bag will do the same as
the phone pouch. They will keep your phone protected from the elements at the
beach and you can even use it while it’s in the bag or pouch.
Mesh Bag for Sand Toys
When you go on vacation with kids, bringing
toys to play in the sand is a must. But we understand that bringing back the
sand into your car or vacation rental can be a hassle. If you pack in your
beach bag a mesh bag such as a laundry bag or a bag specifically for beach toys
can help eliminate the mess. Just throw the sandy toys into the bag, give it a
good shake or two and leave the sand behind at the beach. You should be able to
find these bags at any store or you can purchase them online too.
Hat & Sunglasses
Bringing both of these items can be very useful
for anyone who visits the beach. The sun in the south is a lot warmer than it
would be up north, and so we want to make sure you are protected. Having
sunglasses will protect your eyes from the sun bright rays and will offer you
some relief when trying to keep an eye on your little ones playing. Whether you
have a floppy hot or a baseball cap, you will be happy that you brought these
along with you. Be sure to pack one for each member of your family.
Reusable Water Bottle
When you are spending the day in the sun and at the beach, you will want to stay hydrated as well. Throw a few water bottles in the cooler or bring a reusable bottle such as a Yeti Cup or an insulated bottle as they will keep your drink ice cold all day long. The sun and salt will dry you out so make sure that you have enough water to go around for everyone in your family for the whole day.
You may not have thought that this would be a must,
but it is whenever you go to the beach. Whether you are staying in a vacation
rental or you decided to drive your car to the beach access, sand will be all
over you when you leave the beach. So, bringing baby powder in your beach bag
will magically get the sand off of your body without irritation and leave a
nice scent too. This is perfect for everyone in the family and not just the
Many years ago, we learned of an easier way to
keep your food and beach items sand free. Bring a fitted sheet with you from
home that you can prop up on the beach. Use the cooler, beach bag, and a few
other things to help keep the area clean. If you have younger kids that don’t
like the feel of the sand, this is a way they too can enjoy the beach without
the upset of getting sand in their mouths, or even the food.
There are many other items that you can pack into your beach bag for your next trip to Holden Beach, but these are the must have items we thought you should have with you. If you are still looking for a place to stay for your next getaway or vacation, then check out our Holden Beach vacation rentals today. We can’t wait to see you and your family as you enjoy the North Carolina Coast!
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
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
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.
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.
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!