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What Do Renters Want: A Vacation Rental Checklist

Guests want all the comforts of home mixed with some added amenities that come with a relaxing, carefree vacation.

The vacation rental home market is a competitive one, especially in Ocean City, Maryland. Property owners seeking steady bookings at the highest rates have to keep up with what guests are looking for and, in some cases, offer a little more to stand out from the crowd.

As property management experts, we’ve discovered one overarching theme to what guests want: all the comforts of home mixed with some added amenities that come with a relaxing, carefree vacation. We know the ins and outs of making your vacation rental guests leave with a smile, give positive reviews and personal referrals, and come back next year.

We’ve put together a vacation rental checklist to help you improve the allure of your property.

A home that’s clean and pristine

Renters want their vacation homes to be spotless.

It almost goes without saying (but we’d be remiss not to bring it up here) that renters want their vacation homes to be spotless. Your best bet to ensure an immaculate property is to enlist a professional cleaning service, or a property manager who uses one. Keep basic cleaning supplies on hand as well—like all-purpose sprays and disinfectant wipes—so guests have the ability to clean as they go.

Speedy connectivity

Consider investing in a powerful wireless router that serves only your unit.

Renters of all ages have a need for internet speed. And can you blame them? Sure, lounging on the beach or trying new restaurants are ways to relax on vacation. But plenty of guests don’t like to unplug completely. They want to catch up on all the articles they’ve been meaning to read for months, share their wonderful vacation experiences on social media or binge the latest show on a streaming channel.  

If you haven’t already, consider investing in a powerful wireless router that serves only your unit, rather than the whole building. Wi-Fi interruptions are anything but relaxing!

TVs with all the trimmings

Renters expect at least one high-quality TV along with a channel package beyond the bare minimum.

If you don’t have a flat-screen high-definition TV for your rental property, you’ll want to catch up with the times. For rainy days, downtime and just hanging out, renters expect at least one high-quality TV along with a channel package beyond the bare minimum. Like their cable or streaming service back home, your guests will look for major network stations along with channels airing news and sports, lifestyle and kids’ programming and movies.

You may want to include a streaming system, like a Roku Streaming Stick or a smart TV. Perhaps you might get a subscription to Netflix or another streaming option for renters to use. You could also add a video game console for an easy way to win over kids, and kids at heart.

A dreamy night’s sleep

Making sure you have excellent mattresses—like those with memory foam, perhaps—goes a long way.

We’ve all been there. You’re thrilled to have found the perfect vacation spot, only to plop down on a mattress that’s too firm, two soft or too old. You can’t please every kind of sleeper, but making sure you have excellent mattresses—like those with memory foam, perhaps—goes a long way. If you offer linens to your guests, don’t skimp on quality. Comfortable sheets, fluffy towels, good pillows and a selection of cozy blankets can help to put your Ocean City, MD vacation home above the rest.

A fully equipped kitchen

Amenities like a coffee maker (including the coffee!), tea kettle (including the tea!) and a blender for smoothies and cocktails are also thoughtful touches.

For some, vacation means a reprieve from cooking. But plenty of guests prefer fixing their own meals to save money and bond with their families. They are very appreciative of owners who provide pots and pans of all sizes, more than enough cooking utensils, dishes, silverware, cups, mugs and, of course, wine glasses.

Amenities like a coffee maker (including the coffee!), tea kettle (including the tea!) and a blender for smoothies and cocktails are also thoughtful touches. For maximum appeal, consider upgrading to granite countertops and stainless steel appliances.

Here’s an easy one: Check your cabinets regularly for clutter. Renters want space to store their own food.

Hooks, hangers and racks

Provide multiple strong hooks and towel bars in bathrooms and other strategic locations for hanging damp bathing suits and towels.

During the summer in Ocean City, MD, your renters will surely be heading to the beach and the pool. That means everyone comes home wet. What your guests want here is quite simple: multiple strong hooks and towel bars in bathrooms and other strategic locations for hanging damp bathing suits and towels. After all, balconies and chairs are for sitting and relaxing, not for hanging laundry.

Outdoor comfort

Who doesn’t want to sip a cool beverage in lounge chairs?

Speaking of balconies, vacation guests appreciate (and often expect) rental homes with a well-furnished outdoor space. Who doesn’t want to sip a cool beverage in lounge chairs, do some quality people watching or crack crabs at an outdoor table? An umbrella for shade is a top priority if your property gets lots of sun, and if you have a yard, a grill for barbecues can score you bonus points.

Experience-based items ready to go

Stock your rental home with a selection of board games.

Some of your guests may come to Ocean City, MD, with their own fishing poles or bikes. It’s less likely they’ll arrive with their own crabbing equipment, kayaks and paddleboards. They’ll certainly appreciate having these and similar items at their disposal to enhance their experience during their stay.

The same principle applies to less-intense activities. Stock your rental home with a selection of board games, binoculars for viewing birds and dolphins, playing cards and a library. (Guests will love these options on rainy days.)

Personal recommendations

Craft a welcome letter you can tape to the fridge or leave on the kitchen counter.

Use your familiarity with Ocean City as an advantage by providing guests with recommendations. For example, craft a welcome letter you can tape to the fridge or leave on the kitchen counter. Include your favorite places to eat, can’t-miss family activities, day trip ideas and the best takeout restaurants nearby.

Essentials and extras

Stock your home with basic supplies like soap, shampoo, and toilet paper,

One of the most basic things vacation rental owners can do to please guests is stock their homes with basic supplies like soap, shampoo, toilet paper, paper towels and dishwashing and laundry soap. You get the idea.

Think about going above and beyond. It doesn’t have to be expensive. You can provide bottled water for the beach or pool, a basket of fresh fruit or baked goods, maybe a bottle of wine—all personal touches that mean a lot to renters. Just be sure to let them know they are gifts from you and not leftovers from previous guests.   

Luxury amenities like robes, lotions, face masks and flowers make renters feel pampered in your home. And you’d be surprised how leaving a few phone chargers around can shape a renter’s experience.

Steady communication

Let your guests know that you or your property manager are available at any time by email, text or phone.

Your guests will probably have questions before they ever arrive at your property. They may have an issue during their stay. In any case, they should always know who to contact—and that they’ll receive a prompt response. Let your guests know that you or your property manager are available at any time by email, text or phone. If you don’t live near your property or you don’t want to try fixing a leaky sink at 3 a.m., team up with a property management partner with 24/7 availability and a history of outstanding guest service.

Give your renters more of what they want

The Vantage team specializes in helping vacation rental owners offer exceptional experiences for guests.

This vacation rental checklist only scratches the surface of ideas to attract and satisfy guests at your Ocean City rental property. The Vantage team specializes in helping vacation rental owners offer exceptional experiences for guests—increasing bookings and revenue as a result. To learn more about how we can help you improve the allure of your property, contact us at 800-555-4099, option 5, or visit www.VantageOceanCity.com.

About Vantage

Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.com, EasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.

  

 

Your Guide to the Most Remarkable Golf Courses Near Ocean City, MD

Our beautiful stretch of paradise truly has something for everyone, whether you’re looking to unwind at the beach or live it up at a nightclub. If a scenic game of golf is what you’re after, you’ll have no trouble finding that as well! Discover some of the best golf courses near Ocean City, MD, and tee up for a terrific time this year. You can even relax in one of our excellent vacation rentals just minutes away!

Explore the Golf Courses in the Ocean City, MD, Area

Links at Lighthouse Sound

Voted as one of the Top 100 Golf Courses You Can Play.

If you’re an avid reader of Golf Magazine, you may have already heard of the Links at Lighthouse Sound before. This stunning course was voted as one of the Top 100 Golf Courses You Can Play as well as one of the Top 10 Best New Public Golf Facilities in America according to the magazine. You don’t need to take their word for it, though. Book your tee time and head over to Bishopville to try it for yourself!

GlenRiddle Golf Club

This links-style course is challenging, yet enjoyable.

Feel free to visit the nearby town of Berlin to discover several incredible golf destinations! The GlenRiddle Golf Club features a private course as well as a daily-fee course, offering two different experiences. If you’re looking to try the public course during your next vacation, you’re in for a treat. This windswept, links-style course provides a challenging, yet enjoyable, time along the western side of the club. Expect large greens and plenty of sand dunes!

Rum Pointe Seaside Golf Links

Various tees make this par-73 course suitable for any golfer.

If you’d like to pair your round of golf with stunning waterfront scenery, check out Rum Pointe. It’s another fantastic, Scottish-style links course in Berlin with seventeen out of the 18 holes providing direct views of Sinepuxent Bay! While this par-72 course can be quite challenging, the various tees make it suitable for any golfer.

Bayside Resort Golf Club

A truly one-of-a-kind experience.

Although it’s in Selbyville, Delaware, the Bayside Resort Golf Club is still just a short drive away from Ocean City. This Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course is just west of Fenwick Island along the Assawoman Bay. What makes it special is that it incorporates several different atmospheres within one 18-hole course. The Bayside Resort Golf Club takes you through pine forests, marshlands, and wide-open fairways for a truly one-of-a-kind experience.

Eagle’s Landing Golf Course

Will you conquer the par-4 “Beast of the East”?

The Eagle’s Landing Golf Course has received significant acclaim over the years, and it’s easy to see why! The course is pristine, and the views are exceptional. As you make your way to each hole, you can gaze at glistening water features and spot some fascinating wildlife. At the end of your round, you have an opportunity to play their signature 18th hole. Will you conquer the par-4 “Beast of the East”?

Ocean Pines Golf Club

Beautiful fairways and top-notch putting greens.

Any golf course that Robert Trent Jones Sr. creates is a course worth playing. Ocean Pines Golf Club is no exception! It’s the only championship course in the area that he designed, complete with beautiful fairways and top-notch putting greens. After a round of golf, treat yourself to a meal at the Tern Grille or pick up some new gear from the well-stocked Golf Shop.

River Run Golf Club

You’ll have a wonderful time here!

Another name you should know is Gary Player, who was a true legend of professional golf. You can expect equally legendary designs at this Gary Player Signature Course. Plus, players of all skill levels are welcome at River Run Golf Club which features five sets of tees. Whether you’re new to the game or you have several years of experience, you’ll have a wonderful time here.

The Salt Pond Golf Club

Groups of four typically finish within three hours!

Would you like to fit in a full round of 18 holes, but you aren’t sure if you have enough time? Consider booking your tee time at The Salt Pond Golf Club. Their mid-range course is perfect for a quick game without sacrificing enjoyment. Groups of four typically finish within three hours!

Mix It up With a Round of Mini Golf

A fun, family-friendly activity that everyone can enjoy!

Don’t forget to play on some of our miniature golf courses while you’re in Ocean City, MD! It’s a fun, family-friendly activity that everyone can enjoy, and there are numerous options in the area. Some of them are even indoors, so you can play year-round! Here are a few of our favorites:

Enjoy the Ultimate Golf Getaway With Vantage Vacation Rentals


Our properties give you convenient access to the courses!

When you’re not practicing your swing at local golf courses, unwind at one of our Ocean City vacation rentals! We have over 500 properties throughout the area, which means you can stay near your favorite golf courses, boardwalk attractions, restaurants, shops, and more. In fact, some of our properties are located within golf communities, like River Run and GlenRiddle, giving you convenient access to the courses! Find your happy place today and spend your golf getaway in style with Vantage Vacation Rentals!

About Vantage

Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.com, EasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.


Your Guide to the Best Day of Fishing in Ocean City, Maryland

Are you ready to reel in some lasting memories? Fishing in Ocean City, MD, is a fantastic way to spend a day, and we’ve got some info to help you make the most of it. We’ll keep our fingers crossed that you get a trophy catch worth bragging about, but you’re sure to have a remarkable time no matter what. (Plus, you can always exaggerate about your catch to your friends — we won’t tell!) Check out our complete guide to Ocean City fishing to give yourself the best chances, and plan the perfect fishing trip when you book one of our waterfront vacation rentals!

Everything You Should Know About Fishing in Ocean City, MD

Types of Fish in Ocean City, MD

Learn the hottest fishing spots!

If you’re hoping to catch a certain species of fish, it’s important to time your visit according to the seasons. Springtime typically brings a rise in mackerel and bluefish. When summer arrives, don’t be surprised to see more crowds at the hottest fishing spots. This is due to the warm weather and a variety of fish like Yellowfin tuna, sea bass, and flounder. Of course, Ocean City is known as the White Marlin Capital of the World, and you’ll find plenty of them in the water during the summer months. Fall is similar to spring in that you can catch sea bass and bluefish as well as some trout and croaker. It might not be surprising that winter is one of the less ideal times for fishing in Ocean City, but you can still catch some migrating stripers during your visit in the offseason.

Surf Fishing in Ocean City, MD

Have you ever tried surf fishing?

Some of your first memories of fishing may be from the banks of small rivers, lakes, and streams, but have you ever tried surf fishing? Ocean City, MD, is an excellent place to give it a shot. You’re welcome to set up on the pristine, sandy shoreline with your preferred bait and cast into the rolling waters. 

We’d just like to remind you to stay at least 50 yards away from swimmers and beachgoers on public beaches and abide by all other surf-fishing laws set forth by the town of Ocean City. There are certain times and seasons when surf fishing is prohibited. As long as you follow the local rules and the weather is nice, you’re in for a beautiful day of fishing at the beach!

Bay Fishing in Ocean City, MD

Feel free to enjoy some bay fishing in Ocean City, MD.

Of course, if you prefer to take your angling talents to the other side of the strip, feel free to enjoy some bay fishing in Ocean City, MD. There are plenty of fish to catch here as well and several trusted charter companies to take you out onto the water, like Miss Ocean City Fishing that’s great for catching flounder, the Bay Bee which is great for families due to their special children’s rates, Happy Hooker Bay Fishing on Talbot Street, and many more. Some of them offer excursions in the Assawoman Bay as well as down to the Sinepuxent Bay by Assateague Island.

Not only is bay fishing in Ocean City, Maryland, a great opportunity to catch fish, but it’s also a lovely way to enjoy the beauty of our region. Sit back and relax on a scenic boat ride, cast your line, and take in the bay views as you wait for that highly anticipated nibble from a fish. It’s an incredible experience in so many different ways. You’ll have a whole list of memories to look back on by the time you get back to the mainland.

Ocean City Inlet Fishing

Try your luck with Ocean City inlet fishing!

So, now you know about surf fishing on the beachfront and fishing on the bayside. There’s one more option you should know about before embarking on your fishing trip to Ocean City, MD. Consider bringing your poles and tackle box along to the southern end of the downtown area and try your luck with Ocean City inlet fishing! It’s an excellent option if you’re staying near the boardwalk or want to explore some of the shops, restaurants, and rides after a morning of fishing. Here, you can cast from the jetties for a chance at reeling in bluefish, trout, tautog, and flounder, depending on the type of bait you use.

If you don’t have any luck from the jetties at the inlet, consider relocating to the Ocean City Fishing Pier or the Oceanic Fishing Pier nearby. In fact, the Oceanic Fishing Pier is open 24 hours a day from Memorial Day to Labor Day with ample lighting so that you can try some nighttime fishing! It’s one of the many reasons why it’s one of the most popular fishing spots in the area.

Annual Fishing Competitions

People come from all over to test their skills in Ocean City’s fishing tournaments.

Do you believe you have what it takes to compete against some of the best anglers in the country? People come from all over to test their skills in Ocean City’s fishing tournaments each year. The fun times and impressive cash prizes are more than enough to attract participants as well as curious spectators!

Ocean City Tuna Tournament | July 12 to 14

The original tuna tournament in the area.

It’s the original tuna tournament in the area, and it’s been bringing competitive anglers together for over 30 years! The 2018 Ocean City Tuna Tournament featured a total of over $850,000 in winnings! You’re welcome to see it all from the docks this year or dive into the action with a variety of competition categories. There’s even live entertainment and tasty refreshments.

White Marlin Open | August 5 to 9

Ocean City is known as the White Marlin Capital of the World!

We mentioned earlier that Ocean City is known as the White Marlin Capital of the World, so it’s fitting that we host a tournament featuring these fish that are fast-moving and tend to put up quite a fight when you hook them. And, if you think the prize money for the Ocean City Tuna Tournament is impressive, you’ll be shocked to find out that the 2018 White Marlin Tournament paid out over two and a half million dollars!

Where to Get Gear and Licenses



There are several tackle shops in Ocean City

You can’t plan the ultimate fishing trip without the right gear and a local fishing license, so we’re happy to help you find those as well! There are several tackle shops in Ocean City, MD, including at Bahia Marina and a store at the Oceanic Fishing Pier with rods, reels, bait, and more. Atlantic Tackle is another fantastic option over in West Ocean City with an impressive selection of gear and employees that are always friendly and happy to help you have a successful day by the water.
For licenses, you can usually pick them up at local tackle shops in the Ocean City area. Also, you’re welcome to go down the more convenient route and get your Maryland fishing license online!

Find the Ideal Retreat for Your Fishing Trip

Explore all of the possibilities – book direct and enjoy your happy place!

The ultimate guide to fishing in Ocean City, MD, isn’t complete without tips on finding the perfect property in the area. That’s where we come in! We have over 500 beautiful properties throughout Ocean City, allowing you to select your preferred spot along the beach, bay, or near the inlet and boardwalk. All you need to do is wake up after a restful night’s sleep, step outside, and walk to the waterfront for a delightful day of fishing or other popular watersports and local activities.

If you catch something tasty, you can cook it up yourself in one of our vacation rentals with fully equipped kitchens. Or, if you weren’t as lucky one day, you can still enjoy fresh seafood at the restaurants within walking distance of several of our properties. Take the first step toward a memorable getaway by browsing our current promotions and special deals on Ocean City properties. Then, explore all of the possibilities and book direct on our website to enjoy your happy place!

About Vantage

Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.com, EasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.






Here’s Why You Should Visit Ocean City, MD, in September

The vacation of a lifetime starts right here!

As the heat of summer makes way for the cool ocean breeze of fall, it’s time to start thinking about your next beach getaway! From stunning beaches to exciting attractions, the best of Ocean City is now discoverable. Everything you need to know about visiting Ocean City, MD, in September is right here. While you’re here, make the most out of your stay by booking with Vantage Vacation Rentals. Our gorgeous rental properties are featured on every corner of Ocean City, giving you easy access to the best that the area has to offer. Whether it’s a bayside abode or an oceanfront villa that catches your eye, the vacation of a lifetime starts right here!

Benefits of Visiting Ocean City, MD, in September

Gorgeous Weather

A pleasant way to spend an afternoon with the whole family!

At the peak of summer in some area’s of the country, sitting on the beach for too long can get pretty uncomfortable. Luckily, temperatures in Ocean City in September hover around 65-75 degrees. This means you can lounge on the beach all day if you want! While the air temp is a bit cooler, the water is actually at its warmest average temperature of the year. The crisp ocean air also makes taking a stroll down the Ocean City Boardwalk a pleasant way to spend an afternoon with the whole family!

Less Traffic

Have more of the beach for yourself.

A lot of people assume that the best time to visit Ocean City, MD, is in June or July, but this is also when the beach is the most crowded. If you want to avoid the traffic and have more of the beach for yourself, September is the quietest time of year to visit. The weather is still warm, and all of the area’s best things to do are still open, but you won’t have to fight your way through umbrellas and beach chairs to find your spot in the sand!

Exciting Events

Finding things to do will never be an issue.

One of the best reasons to visit Ocean City, MD, in September is the number of exciting events that the area hosts during this time of year. From the Ocean City Sunfest to the OC BikeFest, September is packed with incredible ways to accent your trip! Finding things to do will never be an issue. Explore the full list of fall events and start planning your trip today! 

Where to Stay in Ocean City, MD


Find the perfect home with Vantage Vacation Rentals.

No matter where your next Ocean City adventure takes you, find the perfect home every time with Vantage Vacation Rentals. Our properties are sprinkled throughout Ocean City and feature stunning waterfront views, instant access to area attractions, and a long list of world-class amenities. Whether you’re looking for a home that will put you seconds away from the beach or a property that’s big enough to fit the entire family, we have just the place. 

Make your next visit to Ocean City, MD, one that you’ll never forget. Take a peek at our special rates and find your happy place today! 

About Vantage

Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.com, EasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.


Everything You Need to Know About Trimper’s Rides in Ocean City, MD

Take your next beach getaway to new heights!

Take your next beach getaway to new heights — literally! The thrill of Trimper’s Rides in Ocean City, MD, is waiting to be discovered. Everything you need to know about this historic amusement park, from purchasing tickets to what to expect during your visit, can be found right here. While you’re planning your next Ocean City getaway, don’t forget to explore our stunning vacation rentals. Our properties are featured on every corner of Ocean City, making it easy to find all of the area’s most exciting attractions and things to do. Take the next step toward the vacation of a lifetime and book your stay today!

Your Guide to Trimper’s Rides in Ocean City, MD

About Trimper’s Rides

There’s something for everyone!

Trimper’s Rides is one of Ocean City’s best attractions! The park has been in the same family for over 100 years and began with just a small carousel in the early 1900s. The Ferris wheel was added in the 1920s, and the rest is history.

Since then, the park has slowly added one attraction after another. Today, the amusement park features nearly 50 rides, including the famous Zipper ride. You can also enjoy carnival and arcade games if you need a break from the coasters! Whether you’re a thrill seeker or searching for a quieter way to enjoy the park’s attractions, there’s something for everyone. Don’t leave a visit to Trimper’s Rides off of your Ocean City Itinerary.

Buying Tickets

There are several different options.

There are several different options that visitors have when it comes to purchasing tickets to the park. You can purchase a wristband for 28 dollars, which gives you unlimited game and ride access for the entire afternoon (1:00 to 6:00 p.m.). Alternatively, You can buy a sheet of tickets for 23 dollars. This gives you 40 tickets to be spread out between people and can be used on any combination of rides and games. Individual tickets can also be purchased for 75 cents a piece.

Hours of Operation

Trimper’s Rides vary depending on the time of year.

The hours for Trimper’s Rides in Ocean City vary depending on the time of year. For clarification, call 410-289-8617. Summer hours (mid-June through Labor Day) are from 12:00 p.m. to midnight on weekends and 1:00 p.m. to midnight on weekdays. Outdoor rides open at 3:00 p.m. on weekdays.

Spring hours include only weekends, where indoor rides are open from 12:00 p.m. to close.

Discover the Best Place to Stay in Ocean City, MD

Find your happy place today!

Your ideal vacation rental is waiting for you! Remove the stress from planning your next getaway by booking with us at Vantage Vacation Rentals. We have over 500 properties, with options for all travelers. Whether you’d like to stay near the boardwalk, the beach, or the bay, paradise is just one click away. Explore the possibilities and find your happy place today! Just make sure you book direct and visit our specials page to get the most value out of your vacation.

About Vantage

Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.com, EasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.

The Ultimate Guide to OC BikeFest 2019

Are you driven by the sense of adventure you get when nothing stands between you and the open road except your motorcycle? It’s not just a hobby — it’s a way of life, and nobody knows that better than the people you’ll find at OC BikeFest from September 12 – 15, 2019. Get the latest information on all the action and cruise into Ocean City, Maryland, this summer for the largest motorcycle rally on the East Coast! If you need a place to park your bike and rest your head nearby, we’ve got you covered with some great vacation rentals in the area. Beat the booking rush and reserve yours early so that you don’t miss out!

Overview of OC BikeFest

Plenty of live music, vendors, and unique experiences.

When you think about everything there is to do at OC BikeFest, it’s no wonder why it’s the biggest and one of the most anticipated motorcycle events in the region. Thousands of bikers head to our oceanfront resort town each year to soak up some sun and immerse themselves in a culture they know and love. Expect plenty of live music, vendors, and unique experiences related to the world of biking. Simply put, it’s an event you’ll remember for a long time to come!

Music Headlines

You’re in for an incredible time!

All you need to do is take one look at the concert lineup for Ocean City bike week 2019, and you’ll know you’re in for an incredible time. Some of the big name artists that are taking the stage this year are Hairball, KIX, Cheap Trick, and ZZ Top. Stone Temple Pilots will provide a stunning finale performance to all of the excitement on Saturday. Check them all out at the Boardwalk Stage or Ocean Stage!

The Vendors

Pick up some merchandise to remember your trip.

When you’re not cheering on your favorite bands, give your voice a break and browse hundreds of vendors at the Inlet and Convention Center. It’s an excellent opportunity to explore the latest products on the market and pick up some merchandise to remember your trip. Don’t forget to test your driving skills and put the pedal to the metal inside the NASCAR simulator — it’s free at the Inlet!

Tip: Motorcycle parking at the Inlet is limited, so make sure you arrive early.

Ticket Information

There are several ticket options available this year!

Are you ready for bike week in Ocean City, MD? There are several ticket options available to customize your experience this year. If you’re short on time, you’re welcome to select one of the single-day passes. However, we highly recommend sticking around for as long as you can! Consider purchasing one of the Weekend Event Passes to enjoy the festivities at the Inlet on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. You also get discounts at local restaurants, a commemorative chip with a $15 credit to the slots at Ocean Downs Casino, and free use of the Ocean City bus. While you need a ticket to get into the Inlet, the Convention Center area is free and open to the public with additional vendors, food, and fun!

Don’t forget that if Hurricane Florence rained on your parade last year and you couldn’t make it for OC BikeFest 2018, you’re welcome to use your unscanned tickets for this year’s event! Please visit the OC BikeFest website for more information on how to redeem your rollover tickets.

Kick Your Vacation Planning Into High Gear

Don’t wait any longer to plan your OC BikeFest trip!

If the OC BikeFest is calling your name, don’t wait any longer to plan your trip! You’ll want to get your tickets and reserve a vacation rental as soon as you can since it’s such a popular event. Luckily, we have a wide variety of properties to choose from as well as several exclusive deals to ensure you get the most value out of your stay. Whether you’d like to be near all the action or secure a quiet retreat a little further away, Vantage Vacation Rentals can help. Browse our available properties today and find your happy place in Ocean City, Maryland!

About Vantage

Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.com, EasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.



5 of the Best Bars in Ocean City, MD

Sometimes, all you need is an ice-cold drink and gorgeous views to enjoy the perfect evening. The bars we listed below provide that and so much more! Whether you’re looking to unwind with your favorite cocktail or dance the night away to live music, there’s a local hotspot for you. Discover some of the best bars in Ocean City, MD, and get ready for several fun-filled nights during your vacation. You can even book one of our beautiful properties in the area and stay near your favorites!

Grab a Drink at One of the Best Bars in Ocean City, MD

Fager’s Island

Grab a seat outside among the cool breezes and bay views.

Fager’s Island offers fine dining, casual dining, live music, events, and more in a magnificent setting. What more could you ask for? Of course, Fager’s Island also boasts one of the top bars in Ocean City. Grab a seat outside among the cool breezes and bay views while you sip on your drink of choice. Their menu features several craft beers on tap and a selection of 32 wines by the glass!

Seacrets



You can easily spend an entire day here!

Seacrets in Ocean City, MD, is more than a bar. It’s a destination! This waterfront attraction serves as an endless source of fun with great food, refreshing drinks, and plenty of live entertainment. Make sure you take a trip to “Jamaica, USA” during your visit and see what makes it such a special place. After enjoying their happy hour specials, join the excitement at the Nite Club, Tiki Stage, or Beach Stage. With so much to do, you can easily spend an entire day here!

Macky’s Bayside Bar & Grill

Sit back, relax, and drink in the coastal vibes.

Sit back, relax, and drink in the coastal vibes at Macky’s Bayside Bar & Grill. Macky’s is nestled right along the bay with tasty drinks available all day long. The drink menu includes everything from beer and wine to frozen cocktails, perfect for cooling off after a morning at the beach. In the evening, you can celebrate with a variety of weekly events including Party Under the Palms on Saturday nights!

Fish Tales

Laid-back atmosphere with an extensive drink menu.

Bahia Marina isn’t just a popular spot for fishing charters. It’s also home to one of our favorite local bars! Fish Tales in Ocean City, MD, features a laid-back atmosphere with an extensive drink menu. Whether you’d like to sip on a chocolate mudslide or fresh-squeezed orange crush, their bartenders have you covered. Just make sure you try some of the delicious seafood while you’re there!

Teasers Bar

A fantastic place to unwind, enjoy the views!

Another fantastic bar awaits just across the bridge in West Ocean City. Teasers is the dockside bar of the Sunset Grille, located just outside of the restaurant. It’s a fantastic place to unwind, enjoy the views, and catch some live entertainment. Teasers Bar also provides unbeatable views of local fishing tournaments, like the White Marlin Open in August!

Stay Within Walking Distance of Your Favorite Bars

Simply walk over and enjoy drinks with family and friends.

Enjoy comfort and convenience in Ocean City with Vantage Vacation Rentals! We have a long list of properties throughout the area, with options for every traveler. Many of them are steps away from these local bars, so you never have to worry about parking! You can simply walk over, enjoy drinks with family and friends, then head back and rest up for more fun things to do in Ocean City, MD. Check out our current promotions and find your happy place today. Your future self thanks you!

About Vantage

Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.com, EasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.


Fun and Free Things to do in Ocean City

Looking to squeeze in a vacation before the kids go back to school? Don't miss out on all the fun that Ocean City has in store for August!
Ocean City offers plenty of options for fun things to do on a budget

These days, it’s hard to go on vacation without dropping serious cash—unless you’re visiting Ocean City, Maryland. There’s no shortage of free activities, which is a huge reason families return year after year.

Whether you’re vacationing with a big group or a few close friends, Ocean City offers plenty of options for fun things to do on a budget. Fitness enthusiasts, education junkies, or beach bums—Ocean City, Maryland, has free activities abound for all ages.

Of course, you’ll want to book a pristine place to stay that provides a home base for outings in Ocean City, MD. Browse your options for Ocean City from Vantage that put you near these activities:

Options for active folks



Explore one of the county’s scenic nature trails.

After spending winter indoors, there’s nothing like stepping outside for some fun in the sun. Break a sweat—and show your competitive side—at one of Ocean City’s outdoor basketball courts. Or challenge friends to a game of volleyball at Dorchester Beach and spend the afternoon serving it up on the sand. 

Family Beach Olympics are one of Ocean City’s most popular events. Held every Tuesday throughout the summer at 27th Street Beach, Family Beach Olympics draw participants of all ages to compete in sand castle contests, relay races, tug-of-war and other contests. 

If you’re looking for a less competitive activity, head to one of Worchester County’s scenic nature trails. Grab a jogging partner or stroll with kids. With varying levels of difficulty and terrain, these trails offer the perfect opportunity to get some fresh air without spending a dime.

Unwind in Ocean City, Maryland

Movies on the Beach

Movies on the Beach

What’s a vacation without a little downtime? Pack a few snacks and head to one of Ocean City’s parks for a picnic in the shade. Of course, you can’t go wrong spending a day at the beach either. Cool off in the water and boogie board with the kids, hunt for sand crabs or hang out under an umbrella with a good book.

When evening rolls around, catch a movie on the beach at one of two locations in Ocean City, MD: 27th Street and 117th Street. Throughout the summer, you can bring a blanket and snacks and enjoy a family-friendly film on the sand.

Sundaes in the Park are another attraction that’s fun and free for everyone. Bring the whole crew to Northside Park on Sunday nights for a free concert—country, rock, cover bands and classics. Kids have plenty of options for free activities and entertainment, and of course, sundaes! Watch the sun set over Assawoman Bay and enjoy fireworks to close the evening.

For more musical entertainment, kick off your shoes and dance on the beach every Tuesday throughout the summer at the OC Beach Dance Party. At the prime location of Caroline Street Stage, get the perfect combination of beach and boardwalk. Kids and adults alike won’t be able to get enough of local DJs’ jams.

Annual events you can’t miss

Celebrate the end of the summer season at Sunfest Weekend, Sept. 24-27 in Ocean City, MD.

Celebrate the end of the summer season at Sunfest Weekend, Sept. 17-22 in Ocean City, MD.

Come to the Jellyfish Festival, June 21–23, 2019 in downtown Ocean City stretching to North Division Street, right off the Boardwalk. These three days and nights are all about music, hosting top-level regional as well as national musicians. Beside the main stage, explore five blocks of free family activities, including a fitness challenge, a skateboard and bike zone, as well as vendors. Other venues for the Jellyfish Festival extend throughout Ocean City, including the Ocean Bowl Skatepark.

Another free option—that doesn’t skimp on the fun—is the July 4th Concert and Fireworks. Celebrate Independence Day in Ocean City at North Division Street Beach or Northside Park with fun for all ages.

If you’re visiting Ocean City, Maryland, during the off-season, enjoy a whole weekend of food vendors, arts and crafts, hayrides and music at Sunfest. From September 17–22, 2019, soak up one of the last few weekends of sunshine at the Inlet Lot at the south end of Ocean City’s Boardwalk.

Educational activities by the beach

Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum
The Ocean City Life-Saving Museum is a unique and popular learning opportunity.

A favorite among Ocean City vacationers, Assateague Island is a peaceful escape that’s just 15 minutes from downtown. The Visitors Center has marine aquariums, a touch tank, exhibits and information about the island’s famous wild horses. You can even see the horses for yourself! 

The Ocean City Life-Saving Museum is a unique and popular learning opportunity, offering free family programs throughout the summer. Bring the kids to watch feedings at the aquarium and learn about beach safety, sharks and beyond.

Let out your creative side at Ocean City’s newest showcase of the arts, ArtX. Browse artists’ work throughout Northside Park, catch a flick at the OC Film Fest and enjoy live music and food vendors. Kids can create their own works of art, and adults can attend workshops as well.

Find a place that fits your budget 

Find a vacation home to remember for your whole family.

When you book your Ocean City vacation with Vantage, we’ll help you find the right rental home for the right price. Check out our special promotions and deals. Or see our full selection of properties and select your favorite. Then book direct through Vantage to make sure you get the best rate. If you have any questions, our friendly reservationists are standing by with answers. Just call 410-723-2002. You can also browse our properties and book direct at www.VantageOceanCity.com.

About Vantage

Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.com, EasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.



46th Annual White Marlin Open August 5 – 9, 2019

The first full week of every August brings thousands of eager deep-sea anglers to Ocean City, Maryland, for their shot at a trophy fish and massive winnings. Join us this year for the 46th Annual White Marlin Open, taking place August 5–9. Whether you’re competing for the big prize money or cheering on those who do, make your home base with a Vantage rental property and stay close to all the excitement.

Lots on the line

Big money has always been a hallmark of the Open.

The White Marlin Open is a whopper. The 2015, 2016 and 2017 tournaments combined drew nearly 1,000 boats and more than 7,550 contestants. The prize money totaled $12.9 million. Big money has always been a hallmark of the Open. It was the first tournament ever to award over $1 million for catching a fish—which then happened in consecutive years. Another first occurred in 2015, when the White Marlin Open featured two million-dollar winners, a feat that was repeated in 2017.

Who participates, and how?

Contestants may fish any three of the four days.

Anglers pay $1,000 to register a boat, and anyone on the boat can fish in the tournament—there’s no limit.

But that’s just the beginning. Added entry levels allow anglers to take part in other competitions with fees ranging from $300 to $10,000. Some of these levels still involve billfish, while others include catches of wahoo, tuna and dolphin.

Contestants may fish any three of the four days. You’ll find a mix of men, women and children casting lines to hook the big one. Beginners are certainly welcome—and recent history shows they have fared very well. In fact, almost half of the past winners had limited experience with deep-sea fishing. Some have won on their first ever billfish catch.

Fans are hooked

Witness the official and suspenseful weigh-ins.

It’s uncommon for a fishing tournament to draw big crowds of rabid fans. Then again, there’s nothing common about the White Marlin Open. For years, families have scheduled their vacations around Tournament Week, which is consistently one of the busiest weeks of the year in Ocean City, Maryland.

Early each morning, you’ll find thousands of spectators in the inlet cheering all the boats, waving and wishing them luck in their quest for prize gamefish. In the afternoon, even more head over to Harbour Island on 14th Street and the Bay to witness the official—and suspenseful—weigh-ins. Watch intensely as judges tally the nervous anglers’ fates and fortunes by the pound.

Book a home with allure

Close to the tournament action with plenty of room for captain and crew!

You could spend hours fishing for the right place to stay for the White Marlin Open. Or, you could go right to Vantage and find a keeper in minutes. Our reservation specialists will help you choose a rental home close to the tournament action with plenty of room for captain and crew.

Give us a call today at 410-723-2002. Or browse all available properties and book direct at www.VantageOceanCity.com. Remember, booking direct through Vantage ensures you get the lowest rates and the best selection.

About Vantage

Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.com, EasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.

What Are the Best Things to Do in Fenwick Island?

Are you planning a getaway to Fenwick Island? You’ve already made an excellent choice! The next step toward an incredible experience is to craft the ultimate itinerary. We’re happy to help make it happen with recommendations on the best things to do in Fenwick Island. Explore the possibilities below, and don’t forget to check out our beautiful vacation rentals in the area. We have some excellent properties near all of these wonderful activities and attractions!

The Best Things to Do in Fenwick Island

Fenwick Island State Park

You can easily spend a full day at the park.

No trip is complete without spending some time along Fenwick Island’s beautiful shoreline. The coastal scenery and quaint atmosphere make Fenwick Island State Park a delightful alternative to some of the more crowded beaches in the region. You can easily spend a full day at the park with opportunities for swimming, sunbathing, surf fishing, and more. When hunger strikes, grab some food at the snack bar!

Viking Golf & Thunder Lagoon Waterpark

This attraction has something for everyone!

Another excellent destination for a full day of fun is the Viking Golf & Thunder Lagoon Waterpark. This popular summertime attraction has something for everyone, making it ideal for spending time with the whole family. One of the highlights here is the 19-hole, Viking-themed miniature golf course. You can learn about Viking history and snap some photographs with unique statues as you try to score a hole-in-one. Afterward, race down the slides at the water park or put the pedal to the metal on the go-kart track.

Fenwick Boardwalk

Enjoy funnel cake on the Fenwick Boardwalk.

Save some time to enjoy a quick stroll along the Fenwick Boardwalk while you’re here. It might not be the largest boardwalk, but it sure has plenty to offer. Plus, it’s right next to the waterpark and miniature golf course! Feel free to stop by for an hour or two to browse some small shops and enjoy a variety of tasty treats, like boardwalk fries, funnel cakes, and ice cream.

DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum

See real artifacts recovered from shipwrecks.

The DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum is a fantastic indoor attraction for when you want to cool off in the shade or if the weather forecast looks gloomy. Take a step inside and journey back in time to a world of maritime history. This isn’t your typical museum — it offers a unique look at real artifacts that have been recovered from shipwrecks. Since they’re always finding more objects, the exhibits are constantly changing. You never know what you’ll find inside!

Zen Spa

Treat yourself to the soothing services at Zen Spa.

Fenwick Island is an ideal destination for those of you who are looking for a relaxing getaway. When you’re not lounging at the beach, consider treating yourself to the soothing services at Zen Spa nearby. Their expert staff has mastered the art of relaxation through massages, body wraps, facials, and more. Leave all your stress at the door and let your worries fade into distant memories.

Fenwick Island Lighthouse


Visit the lighthouse at 146th Street

It has been over 150 years since the first official lighting of the Fenwick Island Lighthouse in 1859, and it still stands tall over the coastline today. This towering beacon now guides visitors toward a fascinating experience in southeastern Delaware. Feel free to visit the lighthouse this summer at 146th Street and enjoy a piece of history! While you can’t climb up to the top, you’re welcome to get a unique look inside the bottom section during visiting hours.

Fenwick Island Restaurants

We couldn’t make a list of the best things to do in Fenwick Island without mentioning some of the fantastic restaurants in the area! Here are just a few of the many excellent eateries you can check out during your time here. Make sure you come hungry!

Just Hooked

Their menu will make your mouth water

Are you in the mood for fresh seafood? The name says it all — Just Hooked has what you’re craving! Their menu will make your mouth water with options like calamari, crab bisque, and cioppino.

Our Harvest

Tasty, farm-to-table cuisine

For tasty, farm-to-table cuisine, it doesn’t get much better than the selection at Our Harvest. You’re welcome to enjoy their gourmet dishes at the large farm tables, bar, or even the lounge areas featuring cozy couches. They don’t take reservations, so make sure you arrive early to get your choice of seating!

Nantuckets Restaurant

Arrive a little early and enjoy a drink.

If you’re searching for an upscale, fine dining establishment, look no further than Nantuckets Restaurant. It’s open every day for dinner beginning at 5:00 p.m. The taproom opens at 4:00 p.m. so you can always arrive a little early and enjoy a drink while you wait for your table in the dining room.

Flying Fish Cafe and Sushi Bar

They specialize in sushi as well as tapas-style cuisine.

All of you sushi lovers out there will be pleased to know that you don’t have to go without your favorite food in Fenwick Island. Simply head over to the Flying Fish Cafe and Sushi Bar! They specialize in sushi as well as tapas-style cuisine from the kitchen. They even serve a delicious breakfast, making it a great spot for a morning meal before heading to the beach nearby. We recommend making reservations ahead of time if you plan on eating here.

Where Is the Best Place to Stay in Fenwick Island?

Comfort, convenience, and unbeatable customer service!

If you’re ready to enjoy a spectacular vacation in Fenwick Island, DE, you’re in the right place. We specialize in providing travelers with the ideal vacation rentals in Fenwick Island, Bethany Beach, Ocean City, and beyond. They all feature the comfort, convenience, and unbeatable customer service you can expect from Vantage Vacation Rentals. All you need to do is choose your favorite and get one step closer to an incredible experience. Find your happy place today!

About Vantage

Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.com, EasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.


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