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Life’s Better on the Bay | Ocean City, MD

The Bay – Ocean City’s Quieter Side

Many people love Ocean City for its beautiful beaches, exciting Boardwalk, and vibrant atmosphere. But, many also love Ocean City for its quieter side on the bay, where visitors can slow down and escape the hustle and bustle. This beautiful bay, separating the town from the mainland, has long been a source of tranquility and recreation for both visitors and locals alike. Stretching about ten miles from Fenwick Island, Delaware down to the Ocean City Inlet, the bay ranges from about a quarter-mile to two miles in width offering a safe haven for boaters, water sports, fishing enthusiasts, and nature lovers. Whether you like to watch boats and waterfowl from the comfort of your balcony or jump on a water taxi to explore bayfront bars and restaurants, the bay is Ocean City’s unsung hero and is the perfect spot for your next vacation.

The Best of Both Worlds

One of the best parts about vacationing along the bay is that you can enjoy a quiet, waterfront setting, but still have all of Ocean City’s fun and excitement right at your fingertips. Thanks to Ocean City’s long and skinny shape, even bayfront and bayside properties are still only a short walk from the beach and popular attractions, allowing for easy access and a hassle-free experience. Downtown properties along the bay are within walking distance of the Boardwalk where you can spend time browsing shops, riding on amusement rides, and checking out hundreds of events throughout the year. Mid-town properties have the benefit of dozens of fantastic restaurants and nightlife that will tempt your taste buds and help you unwind. Uptown properties are close to the beautiful Northside Park, a lovely bayfront area with walking paths, playground, sports fields, a picnic pavilion, and a long fishing and crabbing pier.

Life is Short. Watch More Sunsets!

The best part about vacationing on the bay is that you can always count on the sunset to take your breath away. Vantage Resort Realty offers bayfront and bayside properties that just so happen to come with the best views! Below are just a few of our beautiful vacation rentals along the bay:

  • Bahia Vista I 302 – 3-BR/2-BA/Sleeps 10 – Relax with a drink as boats and jet skis go by your balcony. This luxurious bayfront condo features panoramic bay views, and an outdoor pool.  Its location makes for an easy three-block walk to the beach and Boardwalk (11th St.).
  • Oasis on the Bay 103 – 2-BR/2-BA/Sleeps 6 – Immerse yourself in the laid-back atmosphere of mid-town Ocean City. This bayfront property features beautiful bay views, an outdoor pool, and is located next door to Fager’s Island, a local favorite known for its great food and nightly entertainment (59th St.).
  • White Marlin 111B – 3-BR/2-BA/Sleeps 9 – Bay views and an outdoor pool make this well-equipped bayfront condo the perfect spot in downtown Ocean City.  It is conveniently located just two blocks from the Boardwalk (Somerset St.).
  • The Mooring C – 4-BR/3-BR/Sleeps 12 – This home is a rare find in North Ocean City! Located bayfront off of 94th St., this newly-decorated three-story townhome features bay views, a dock/boat slip, and a private game room with foosball, a pool table and more.

With summer just around the corner, our bayfront and bayside homes are filling up fast. Browse VantageOceanCity.com today or speak with a Vacation Coordinator at (800) 555-4099 (opt. 2) to find the perfect spot for your Ocean City vacation.

Ocean City Restaurant Week

Ocean City Restaurant Week | April 23-May 7

Eat Your Way Through Ocean City

Mark your calendars for Ocean City Restaurant Week happening April 23rd – May 7th. Let Ocean City wine and dine you during this week of delectable culinary experiences that range from casual to fine dining. Satisfy your taste buds by venturing out to try some new cuisine, as well as finding comfort in your old favorites. Oysters, crabs, Italian cuisine, fried chicken, you name it – Ocean City has it. In addition to their regular menus, participating restaurants offer special fixed price menu options in the amounts of $10, $20, $30, or $40. This delicious week is very popular, so we highly recommend making reservations in advance. Below are just a few of the remarkable restaurants participating in Ocean City Restaurant Week (with more restaurants being added as the event gets closer):

Ocean City Restaurant Week Events


Bloody Mary Contest (April 23rd) – Join us in celebrating the best Bloody Marys around! From 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., party it up with Ocean 98.1 FM radio at Seacrets Jamaica, USA. Donate $10 and receive a chance to vote on the Best Overall Bloody Mary, the Spiciest Bloody Mary, and Best Presentation. Guests must be at least 21 years old to attend.

Phil Perdue “The Piano Man” (April 27th-28th) – Enjoy a fine dining experience with Phil Perdue “The Piano Man” on the grand piano at the Captain’s Table Restaurant. This venue is located in the Courtyard Marriott on 15th St. along the beautiful Ocean City Boardwalk. They have a great bar selection, and you must try the crab cakes! Guests will be treated to live music from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Don’t forget the missing ingredient for your Ocean City Restaurant Week getaway: a fantastic vacation rental at low, off-season rates. Give us a call at (410) 723-2002 to speak with a Vacation Coordinators or browse VantageOceanCity.com today!

Benefits of the Off-Season in Ocean City, MD

Everyone knows how great Ocean City is during the summer months, but not many realize how fun it can also be during the off-season. The weather may be a bit chilly, but there is still plenty to do, such as weekly events, shopping, and tourist attractions. It’s a little bit like having the beach to yourself, with less traffic, fewer crowds, and an all-around slower pace.  Head down to the Boardwalk for a morning bike ride and stop in at your favorite breakfast shop for a cup of coffee.  Most Boardwalk shops and restaurants are open daily, and especially on weekends.  There are no restrictions for bike riding on the Boardwalk from the Tuesday after Labor Day until the Friday before Memorial Day (excluding Springfest and Sunfest weekends).  Parking is also free April 1st through October 31st.  Feel free to bring your pets along, as leashed dogs are welcome on the beach and Boardwalk from October 1st through April 30th.  (Browse our Pet-Friendly Rentals page to view homes that permit pets.)

Fantastic Dining, Shopping and Activities

Snow and sand do not mix, but there is just something about seeing Ocean City in all seasons of the year that is so peaceful and wonderful to experience. Beachcombers love the off-season since it’s the perfect time to search for seashells as they wash up onto the shore (especially after storms in the spring or fall).  It is also not unusual to see rare marine life make an appearance every now and then, such as migrating seals that stop to rest on the beach.  If retail therapy is what you seek, Ocean City offers a variety of great shopping options – from small shops like Ish Boutique and South Moon Under to The Tanger Outlets in West Ocean City, which features discount shopping at big name stores like American Eagle, Under Armour, and more.  Ready for a bite to eat?  There are many town favorite restaurants that offer daily lunch and dinner specials, such as OC Wasabi, Harrison’s Harbor Watch, and Harborside.  Be sure to check out Fishtales next to Bahia Marina on 18th St., which is open on weekends and features a beautiful bayfront beach with a playground for the kids.  Off-season fishing trips are also available there on the weekends. Reel in winner rock fish and enjoy your own freshly caught meal.

Budget-Friendly Vacation Rental Rates

Last, but not least, the best part about the off-season is low rental rates! Our best properties are waiting to offer you luxurious accommodations for a fraction of what it would cost in the summertime.  Here are some recommendations for awesome off-season getaways.

Acropolis 1 – 3-BR/3.5-BA/Sleeps 8 – Stay oceanfront on 63rd Street in one of Ocean City’s finest buildings.  Previously featured in Coastal Style Magazine as a “Prestigious Property,” this 3,000-square foot condo offers opulent décor, access to a rooftop hot tub, and beautiful views of the ocean and beach.

Sunset Island 6 Hidden Cove Way 2E – 3-BR/2-BA/Sleeps 8 – Escape to this quaint bayfront island off of 67th Street.  Located along the water, this upscale condo features peaceful bay views and access to first-class amenities including indoor/outdoor pools, a community clubhouse, private bayfront beaches, and more.

Belmont Towers 710 – 3-BR/2.5-BA/Sleeps 9 – Relax on your balcony while enjoying cool breezes and fantastic views of the ocean, inlet, and Assateague Island in the distance.  This spacious condo is situated on the south side of the popular Belmont Towers building located downtown on the Ocean City Boardwalk.

Beach Getaway – 4-BR/3-BA/Sleeps 10 – Bring your canine kids along to this spacious pet-friendly home located on the bayside of Coastal Highway on 86th Street.  Guests will enjoy all of the upscale finishes at this property, as well as a backyard deck, fire pit, grill, and private fenced-in yard.

Don’t wait – plan your off-season Ocean City escape today.  Browse VantageOceanCity.com or give us a call at (410) 723-2002 to let our Vacation Coordinators help you find the perfect vacation spot.

Cruisin' Ocean City

Cruisin’ Ocean City Rolls in May 18th-21st

The 27th Annual Cruisin’ Ocean City

Calling all car enthusiasts! One of Ocean City’s most popular spring events is just around the corner, and you don’t want to miss it. The Cruisin’ Ocean City car show event will be held May 18th-21st, with an exciting lineup of attractions, vendors, awards, and entertainment taking place at the Ocean City Inlet and Roland E. Powell Convention Center. Various local businesses in and around Ocean City will join in with their own car shows and events, as well, creating a high-octane atmosphere of fun.

Boardwalk Parades Thursday-Saturday

The highlight of the weekend, of course, is the cars! Over 3,500 hot rods, customs, street machines and classic cars will descend upon the area with chrome polished and engines revving. Be sure to check out the car parades on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday mornings on the Boardwalk. Staging begins at 7:00 AM on 27th Street, with parades starting at 8:00 AM and running south to the Inlet. You’ll think you’ve traveled back in time as cars and trucks of all styles and time periods cruise on by.

Special Guests and Live Entertainment

This year’s special guests include Erik Estrada of classic TV show “CHiPs” and Ryan Evans of the hit TV show “Counting Cars,” who will both be signing autographs and greeting fans throughout the weekend. For guests visiting on Thursday night, there will also be a live performance at the Convention Center by musical guests “Under the Streetlamp.” Comprised of former members of the hit Broadway show Jersey Boys, this group will dazzle the crowd with a night of sweet harmonies as they perform everyone’s favorite Doo Wop, Motown, and old time Rock ‘n’ Roll hits.

Best Places to Stay When Cruisin’

If you’re looking to be right where the action is for Cruisin’ Ocean City, Vantage Resort Realty offers a variety of vacation rentals within walking distance of the Inlet and Convention Center. Guests who are bringing their own classic cars to the event will be glad to know that we also have a number of homes with private garages to keep your “baby” safe during the weekend.

  • Belmont Towers 607 – 3-BR/2.5-BA/Sleeps 10 – Watch car parades right from your private balcony. This luxurious condo offers beautiful north-facing views of the beach and boardwalk, and is just 2 blocks from the Inlet (Dorchester St.).
  • Nowalk to the Inlet A – 4-BR/2.5-BA/Sleeps 10 – Stay in the heart of Downtown Ocean City just 2.5 blocks from the Boardwalk and Inlet area.  This lovely condo was recently updated with flat-screen TVs and newly-remodeled kitchen.  Park your car once when you arrive and then walk everywhere you need to go! (Dorchester St.).
  • Bradley on the Bay 132G – 1-BR/1-BA/Sleeps 6 – Conveniently located just a block from the Roland E. Powell Convention Center, this bayfront condo is well-equipped and features a bayfront dock area (38th St.).
  • Makai 106 – 2-BR/2-BA/Sleeps 6 – Enjoy a relaxing getaway in this lovely bayfront condo with beautiful bay views, indoor pool solarium, and easy access to the Roland E. Powell Convention Center, located just one block away (41st St.).
  • Sunset Island 8 Beach Walk Lane – 4-BR/2.5-BA/Sleeps 10 – Just a short drive from the Convention Center and Downtown area, this spacious four-story townhome features a private garage and is located in a gated bayside community with an indoor pool (67th St.).
  • Sunset Island 15 Fountain Dr. W. – 5-BR/4.5-BA/Sleeps 12 – Located within a gated bayside community with indoor pool, this exquisite four-story townhome has a private garage and beautiful views of the pond and fountains from the upper deck (67th St.).

Vantage properties are filling up quickly for Cruisin’ Ocean City, so now is the best time to book! Browse VantageOceanCity.com or give us a call at (410) 723-2002 to let our Vacation Coordinators help you find the perfect vacation spot. Visit the Cruisin’ Ocean City website for more details about this popular event weekend.

Real Senior Week

May is the “Real” Senior Week in OC!

Save Up to $50 – The “Real” Senior Week

High school and college seniors flock to the beach in June, but we like to think of May as the “Real” Senior Week!  Thanks to mild weather, low rates, and less crowds, May is the perfect time to visit Ocean City, MD.  Take advantage of our Real Senior Week promotion and save up to $50 on your May vacation when you book  by March 15th with the following promo codes (applies to travel 5/1/17-5/25/17 only; excludes Memorial Day weekend):

  • REAL25 – $25 off 3-night stays of $750 & up (before tax/fees)
  • REAL50 – $50 off 7-night stays of $1300 & up (before tax/fees)

Offers valid on May reservations from May 1, 2017 to May 25, 2017 (excludes Memorial Day weekend). Discount applies to rental before taxes and fees. Offer cannot be combined with other promotions or credits, or applied to reservations booked prior to February 28, 2017. Please note that our properties do not permit group rentals to guests under age 25. Hurry – offer ends at 11:59 PM EST on 3/15/17! Visit our Specials Page for more information.

Enjoy Exciting May Events

One of the best reasons to visit Ocean City in May is for the events! The excitement begins with Springfest (May 4th-7th) – the town’s unofficial kickoff to the summer season. This popular event features four days of food, live music, craft vendors, and family-friendly activities.  Headlining acts this year include American rock icon Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, country music star Josh Turner, and 50s & 60s oldies classics from The Fabulous Hubcaps.

Spend quality time with mom by celebrating Mother’s Day weekend (May 12th-14th) at the beach.  Numerous restaurants throughout town have Mother’s Day specials – a great way to show how much you care.  If you’re looking for a fun activity, consider participating in the Mother’s Day Memorial 3-Mile Fun Run/Walk taking place on May 14th at Northside Park.  This is a memorial event for those who have lost their mother, as well as to honor mothers everywhere.  Race packet pick-up/registration will be held at The Abbey Burger Bistro starting at 7:30 AM before the event, in addition to a post-race party with drinks and food to celebrate Mother’s Day.

Rev up your engines at Cruisin’ Ocean City (May 18th-21st) at the OC Inlet Parking Lot and Roland E. Powell Convention Center.  This popular car show is a must-see event for the car-lover in your family with over 3,400 hot rods, customs, classics, street machines, and everything in between.  During this four-day event, visitors can enjoy live entertainment, celebrity appearances, attractions, and vendors.  One of the highlights that you won’t want to miss are the car parades that take place on the Boardwalk on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday morning from 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM.

Ready to book your May getaway?  Search our website for the dates, location, and amenities you’re looking for.  For assistance, speak with one of our friendly Vacation Coordinators at (410) 723-2002 today.

From the Beach, With Love

Valentine’s Weekend Getaway

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, which means planning the perfect experience for that special someone starts right now. Why go the traditional route with just a dinner and a movie when you can plan an unforgettable Valentine’s weekend at the beach? Ocean City will provide a peaceful getaway with less crowds, no traffic, shorter lines and cheaper rates. Have a weekend full of relaxation, quality time, and a whole lot of romantic fun! The island is waiting and is yours to explore.

Love Is In The Air

Wake up early and enjoy the beauty of nature; take a stroll along the beach and search for shells washed up on the shore, all while watching the sunrise. Treat your sweetheart to a relaxing spa day at one of the local spas around town and if it’s not too chilly, enjoy a relaxing sunset boat cruise. Plan a romantic dinner for two at one of many local favorite restaurants like The SharkHarrison’s Harbor WatchSunset Grille or Ristorante Antipasti. End the night by picking up a delicious sweet treat from Wockenfuss for dessert.

Another option is a special Valentine’s horse and carriage ride, which will be offered from 2/11-2/12 and 2/18-2/19. For only $40 per couple, enjoy a carriage ride down the Boardwalk with a glass of bubbly, box of chocolates, and red roses! To make reservations or for more information, call Randy Davis at 443-783-1409. The options are endless and will have you leaving with new memories and happy hearts.

Treat you and your loved one to a stay at one of our stunning properties with breathtaking views and luxurious amenities:

Belmont Towers 301 ~ A gorgeous 3-BR, 3-BA, oceanfront condo. This unit has the best views in town! Enjoy a private balcony/gazebo, FREE Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and a master suite soaking tub. Be sure to visit the on-site fitness center and sauna too.
Calypso 702 ~ This 2-BR, 2-BA sleeps eight. The unit is situated in a great location and comes equipped with a full kitchen, FREE Wi-Fi, and a private double balcony with ocean views!

Cure for Spring Fever | OCMD Spring Events

Ocean City Spring Events are About to Heat Up!

As January comes to an end, we can’t help but daydream about the upcoming spring season. In just a few short weeks, the weather will start to break, the school year will begin winding down, and an energetic atmosphere will set in.  From outdoor fun to indoor arts and craft shows, once March rolls around, Ocean City will be bustling with events.  If you have a bad case of spring fever, then the place to be is down by the beach where you can relax, unwind and recharge.  Sounds like music to our ears!

Check Out Our Favorite Upcoming Events

  • March 11th – St. Patrick’s Day 5K – Join Ocean City locals at this annual 5K taking place on 4th St. & the Boardwalk. The run will start around 9 a.m., and post-run celebrations will take place at Shenanigans Irish Pub on 4th St. Take advantage of this awesome event to get out in the fresh air and channel your inner Leprechaun.
  • March 11th – St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Even if you are not a runner, you can still enjoy some St. Patty’s Day fun at this annual parade on the Boardwalk. There will be countless floats, local celebrities, food and marching units. Everyone is Irish for the day! Parade begins at 12 p.m. and will run from 58th St. to 44th St.
  • March 17th – Home, Condo and Outdoor Show – Held at the Convention Center on 40th St. and Coastal Highway, visitors can walk through countless vendors with decor, remodeling ideas, and more! The show will be held throughout the weekend. For more information, please visit http://oceanpromotions.info.
  • April 8th – Rescues Rock the Runaway Show – Bring yourself and all your furry friends for some fun. The event includes informational seminars, pet vendors – and for the main event – a fashion show for both pets and owners to walk in! Enjoy shopping, prizes and plenty of free goodies.  Your four-legged BFF will never want to leave!
  • April 15th – Easter Bunny Fun Shop – This is a great holiday event to share with friends and family. Arts and crafts, face painting, egg hunts, games, entertainment and food will all be available. Don’t forget to get your picture with the Easter Bunny! This spring event will be taking place at Northside Park (125th St.)
  • May 4th-7th – Springfest – This is the best part about the spring season at the beach. The 27th annual FREE festival will be filled with awesome food, live entertainment, and the best vendors to shop from! Springfest is held at the Inlet parking lot, located on the south end of the Boardwalk. Eat, shop, and then take a nice stroll on the beach for the perfect ending to your day.
  • May 18th-21st – Cruisin’ Ocean City – Don’t miss one of the East Coast’s most popular car shows, with over 3,400 hot rods, customs, classics, street machines, muscle cars and more.  Enjoy live entertainment, celebrity guests, vendors, and Boardwalk car parades on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday mornings from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Vacation Rentals for the Perfect Spring Getaway

Don’t let the stress of finding a place to stay that accommodates everyone stop you from having fun. Vantage has you covered, and we will work with you to find the perfect place that fits your needs. So, mark your calendars and start planning the best spring getaway in Ocean City, Maryland!  Here are a few of our popular spring rentals:

  • Sunset Island 2 Hidden Cove Way 3D – Nestled in the beautiful gated community of Sunset Island (67th St.), enjoy a 3-BR, 2-BA condo that sleeps six. The unit comes with a private balcony with gorgeous water views, a fully-equipped kitchen, a flat-screen TV, a gas fireplace, and parking.
  • Belmont Towers 205 – This 3-BR, 3-BAoceanfront condo is big enough for 10. Located on 2 Dorchester St., this is the perfect downtown location! Step out of your condo right onto the Boardwalk, just steps from the warm sand. The unit is equipped with a private balcony, rooftop pool, fitness center, and Wi-Fi.
  • Gateway Grand 314 – Located on 48th St., this 3-BR, 3-BA condo sleeps eight. Enjoy all the comforts of home and great amenities such as indoor/outdoor pools, fitness centers, game room, private parking, FREE Wi-Fi, and ocean views!

To explore more properties, visit our website and customize your own search, or speak with a Vacation Coordinator to discover your perfect spring vacation rental!

 

Vantage Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Celebrating 10 Years of Amazing Vacations

They say that time flies when you’re having fun, and nothing could be more true of the decade that’s flown by since Vantage Resort Realty began.   We are pleased to announce that Vantage will be celebrating its 10th Anniversary in October 2017.  It’s exciting to see how far we’ve come.  What began as a desire to see greater personal service and innovative thinking in our local vacation rental & property management industry has grown into a thriving company now represented in three of the East Coast’s most popular resort markets: Ocean City, MD, the S. Jersey Shore & Myrtle Beach, SC.  These core values have become the foundation of who we are and the fire that drives us each and every day.

The Year of Service Excellence: Every Individual. Every Moment. Every Day.

As part of our 10th Anniversary celebration, Vantage has designated 2017 as “The Year of Service Excellence: Every Individual. Every Moment. Every Day.”  This is our way of reinforcing Vantage’s commitment to you.  Stay tuned throughout the year for fun ways that we will be including our guests, property owners, and staff  in celebrating this milestone and sharing our appreciation.  Thank you for allowing us to serve you, and here’s to the next 10 years and beyond.

A Look Back at Vantage Resort Realty History

Oct 2007 – Grand Opening of Vantage’s flagship office in Ocean City, MD

 

Jan 2008 – Vantage opens on-site check-in office at Belmont Towers, OCMD

 

Feb 2008 – Vantage opens at the S. Jersey Shore in Somers Point, NJ

 

Sep 2015 – Vantage begins welcoming guests in N. Myrtle Beach, SC

 

Apr 2016 – Vantage launches N. Ocean City, MD check-in location for N. OC guests

 

Sep 2016 – Vantage opens on-site check-in office at Summer Beach, OCMD

 

Senior Week Rentals

Now Booking Senior Week Rentals

High School graduation only happens once and is the beginning of their journey to adulthood. This is a pretty big deal that should be celebrated.  What better way to celebrate than being at the beach with all your friends? Parents, this is the perfect time to get a little rest & relaxation so start thinking about senior week plans. We are now taking reservations for select weeks in June for High School graduates.There are countless things to do here in Ocean City, from boardwalk games and rides to paddle board or jetski rides! One of the best parts of senior week is the Play It Safe program. They sponsor a months full of safe FREE activities like beach dodge ball and pizza eating contests.Students also get to ride the bus all week long for just $5. I couldn’t think of a better place to experience senior week.

Check out some of the available senior week rentals ~
Alexander Mini Mansion Townhome 202B – 3-BR, 2.5BA, sleeps 10. Located downtown just blocks away from the beach!
Talbot Street Beachwalk 5 – A cute 4-BR, 2-BA oceanfront condo, accommodates 10. Located downtown on Talbot St., wake up to beautiful beach & boardwalk views.
The Driftwood Suite 1 – A large 4-BR, 2-BA condo, sleeps 14. Just one block from the beach and boardwalk.

For More Properties, go to http://www.vantageoceancity.com/rentals/group-rentals

 

Investment Property Early Listings

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Attention homeowners… Now is the perfect time to list your vacation home for 2017! The cold front is rolling into town and guests are already thinking ahead to warmer weather. Bookings for 2017 have doubled in such a short time, assuring the success for next summer season is looking up. Homeowners can generate an average of  $7,000 more in rental income by listing the latest by December 1st. Booking early also gives you the advantage of filling up for Ocean City’s best celebrations like Fourth of July and OC Air Show. In faboardwalk-home-imgct, homes that are already listed all have at least one booking for next year and some have many as eight! Whether it is a larger or smaller property, guests look for it all. Put your investment property in the hands of Vantage and we will get the job done. We encourage both current and prospective owners to list your vacation home for 2017 and don’t wait, guests are eager to book!