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Spend 4th of July at Holden Beach this Year

Spend 4th of July at Holden Beach this Year

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

Spend 4th of July at Holden Beach this Year

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

Spend 4th of July at Holden Beach this Year

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 every summer!

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!

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Spend Father’s Day on Holden Beach this Year

This year instead of getting dad something that he may never use, gift him with a family vacation to Holden Beach this year. Staying in one of our many Holden Beach vacation rentals will keep you and your family together. Let’s take a peek at a few of the things that you and your family can enjoy on your Father’s Day vacation this year!

Accommodations

One thing that is good when you rent a vacation home here on Holden Beach is that there is a vacation rental large enough for the whole family. We can tell you that we have homes that will fit the smallest to the largest sized families and we even have pet-friendly rentals too. Don’t worry about not having enough rooms for the kids as they can all have their own in some of the vacation homes, we have available. And you will also have a fully stocked kitchen (without the food), washer & dryer and even beach access. There is something about staying in a vacation home rather than a hotel on any family vacation!

Family Game Night

Another thing that your family can do after a long day at the beach is to play a family game together. It doesn’t have to be all about competition, but it’s about spending time together as a family and with dad. It’s his day too, and his vacation, so let him pick the first game to play and then just have a good time. And no, it doesn’t mean that you have to play Monopoly because like most families that can get out of hand very quickly. Just have a good time together and make new memories.

Spend the Day at the Beach

Spending the day at the beach is what vacationing on Holden Beach is for. It’s not for staying indoors all day long, it’s all about the new adventures you can make with your family. Be sure to bring the beach chairs, umbrella, sand toys, and a cooler onto the beach with you. If you happen to have an oceanfront vacation rental, then you can just go back inside for refills of your drinks or food. Listen to the kids play in the background as they build a sandcastle, or they try to make sand animals. Sit back and relax while you’re on vacation!

While there are many other fun things that you and the family can do together in Holden Beach, these are the few we wanted to share with you. If you haven’t booked your Father’s Day vacation as of yet, now is the time. We can’t wait to hear all about the new memories that you made together on this fun trip!

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Experience the 2020 Holden Beach Concert Series this Summer

Experience the 2020 Holden Beach Concert Series this Summer
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Do you and your family have a family vacation planned for Holden Beach this summer? If you do, then you don’t want to miss out on experiencing the 2020 Holden Beach Concert Series and happening every year beginning in May and continues through the beginning of September. Staying with us in one of our Holden Beach vacation homes will keep you and your family near the fun. Let’s look below at the line up for this year’s concert series in Holden Beach.

2020 Holden Beach Concert Series Schedule

  • May 24h – Steve Owens and Summertime
  • May 31st – Band of Oz
  • June 7th – Cat5 Band
  • June 14th – The Extraordinaires
  • June 21st – North Tower
  • June 28th – The Main Event Band
  • July 5th – The Tams
  • July 12th – Jim Quick & Coastline
  • July 19th – Blackwater Rhythm & Blues
  • July 26th – The Embers featuring Craig Woolard
  • August 2nd – Carolina Breakers
  • August 9th – Too Much Sylvia
  • August 16th – Tim Clark
  • August 23rd – The Entertainers
  • August 30th – Gary Lowder & Smokin’ Hot
  • September 6th – The Imitations

A Little More About the Concert Series

Experience the 2020 Holden Beach Concert Series this Summer

If you and your family have never attended one of these concerts, then you are in for a treat. These concerts are free to participate in, and it’s where you can dance together and have a great time with friends and family. There will be available for purchase refreshments, so be sure to bring some extra cash with you. Bring your beach chairs or towels and sit back and enjoy the evening together.

If you still haven’t booked your next summer vacation yet, there is still plenty of time to do so. We have many vacation rentals that will accommodate your family no matter the size. We hope to see you and your family this year as you enjoy the beach and these fantastic concerts here in Holden Beach!

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Things to Do on a Rainy Day Near Holden Beach

Things to Do on a Rainy Day Near Holden Beach

Do you and your family have a vacation planned to visit this year and wonder if there is anything to do on a rainy day? Look no further as we can tell you about all the things you can do while on vacation. Staying in one of our Holden Beach vacation rentals can keep you and your family close to the fun and indoor activities. Let’s look below at what you can do while it may be raining while on vacation near Holden Beach.

Planet Fun

Things to Do on a Rainy Day Near Holden Beach

One way that your family can enjoy some fun on a rainy day while on vacation to the beach is to check out Planet Fun. Located in Shallotte is where you will find this fun center that the kids will be talking about for years to come. What you’ll be able to do when you visit is cosmic bowling, bounce house fun, laser tag and an arcade. The food that is located at Planet Fun are not only your classic arcade or bowling alley food but also specialty food, seafood and steak entrees too. Let the whole family experience spending the day at Planet Fun while it may be raining or even on a hot day too.

Museum of Coastal Carolina

Another great place you and the family can head to on a gloomy day is over to the Museum of Coastal Carolina. Located in Ocean Isle Beach is where you will be able to find this fun museum for a lot of learning. Some of the things that you will be able to explore are the Changing Tides Gallery, Waterways Gallery, Sea Shore Gallery, Ocean Reef Gallery and Coastal Plain Gallery. Learn how rain and the ocean all work together and learn about what things you may be able to find on the beach like shark teeth. This is a great location that you can take the family to for all ages because you never know what you might learn as an adult too. Admission to the museum is $9.50 per adult, $8.50 per senior, $7.50 per child and ages 2 & under are free. Don’t miss this adventure on your next vacation.

Play Board & Card Games

Things to Do on a Rainy Day Near Holden Beach

If you don’t feel like leaving your vacation rental, then why not bring some board games or card games with you on vacation. We understand that you’re on vacation and you may not want to leave the house in the rain. Instead play a game of Go Fish or how about a game of Life to bring the family together. Another family favorite when it comes to games played at home is JENGA because who doesn’t love to be on the edge of their seat waiting to see if you will be the one to knock the tower down? Just enjoy the day with the family making new memories at your vacation rental!

While there are many other things that you could do near Holden Beach when it rains, we wanted to mention these few. If you haven’t booked your vacation to stay in one of our Holden Beach vacation rentals, now is the time. We can’t wait to see you and your family as you make new traditions while on vacation at the beach!

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Don’t Miss These Fun Events Happening this March in Holden Beach

Don’t Miss These Fun Events Happening this March in Holden Beach

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

Don’t Miss These Fun Events Happening this March in Holden Beach

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

Don’t Miss These Fun Events Happening this March in Holden Beach

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!

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Book Your Vacation Direct & Save Money

Book Your Vacation Direct & Save Money

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.

Book Your Vacation Direct & Save Money

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!

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Fun Events Happening Around Holden Beach

Fun Events Happening Around Holden Beach

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

Fun Events Happening Around Holden Beach

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

Fun Events Happening Around Holden Beach

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 more.

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!

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Book Your Next Vacation to Holden Beach this Year

Book Your Next Vacation to Holden Beach this Year

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

Book Your Next Vacation to Holden Beach this Year

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.

Relieves Stress

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

Book Your Next Vacation to Holden Beach this Year

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.

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Fall is a Great Time to Visit Holden Beach

Fall is a Great Time to Visit Holden Beach

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

Fall is a Great Time to Visit Holden Beach

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!

Wilmington’s Riverfest

Fall is a Great Time to Visit Holden Beach

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!

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What You Need to Know About the Turtle Nesting Season at Holden Beach

What You Need to Know About the Turtle Nesting Season at Holden Beach

Summer may be here for many but did you know that May is the start of the sea turtle nesting season here on the coast? Each year many loggerhead sea turtles come to our shoreline in late spring to lay their nests? And when you stay in one of our Holden Beach vacation rentals, your family may get to see a nest or two. Let’s see what you need to know about the sea turtle nesting season here at Holden Beach below.

When Will We See a Sea Turtle Nest?

What You Need to Know About the Turtle Nesting Season at Holden Beach

Here at Holden Beach, we have many volunteers who will begin searching the beaches in hope of finding a loggerhead sea turtle nest. May 1st through the end of October is when your family may get to see a turtle nest. If you are walking at night on the beach, you may find a mother sea turtle laying her eggs in a nest she built. This doesn’t happen just at Holden Beach, but happens along the shorelines in several states.

Help Protect our Loggerhead Sea Turtles

What You Need to Know About the Turtle Nesting Season at Holden Beach

Holden Beach takes protecting our loggerhead sea turtles very serious we would like to continue to make their nests on our coast. Each morning you will see that there are local volunteers who look for a new nest or a turtle who may need help. With each new nest they find, they mark it with stakes, ribbon and even a warning sign to help protect them. It will normally take each nest to hatch around 60 days or so and so they are closely monitored until they do. We do however have a few things that you need to remember while you are on vacation during turtle nesting season:

  • If you happen to see a sea turtle mother or their nest, please keep your distance from them.
  • When you are venturing on the beach at night, please leave your flashlights off or if you happen to see a turtle, don’t shine it on them. They use the moonlight to help guide them back to the sea.
  • Make sure that you bring your beach equipment back to your vacation rental after a nice day at the beach. We don’t want the turtles to get caught in them while they are on the sand.
  • Please keep the beaches clean from any trash or plastic on the days you spend at the beach. We like to keep our beaches free of trash to help with the new hatchlings as much as we can.
  • If you happen to see a mother who is in distress, injured or any unmarked nests, please contact the Holden Beach Turtle Patrol today at 910-754-0722.

While there are many other things you can do to help protect the nests and hatchlings while you are on vacation, these are the most important that we wanted to share with you. If you haven’t made your vacation reservations, check out our Holden Beach vacation rentals today. We hope that you and your family will be able to see a sea turtle on your next vacation to Holden Beach!

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