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Ocean City St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Activities

Break out the bagpipes and make your plans for a fun and memorable St. Patrick’s Day weekend. As one of the most festive holidays in the area, the full Ocean City St. Patrick’s Day weekend calendar of events includes everything from sports tournaments and races to parades and restaurant openings. If you’re looking for ways to celebrate the luck of the Irish with your friends and family, Ocean City has something everyone will love.

In fact, there are so many OC St. Patty’s Day events, you simply won’t be able to do them all. So we’re making it easier to plan with a map to the pot o’ gold – that is, some of the most popular events in town.

40th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival | Saturday, March 16

Ocean City St. Patricks Day Parade
Photo credit: OceanCity.com

Show your Irish pride (no matter where you’re from) and get your fix of green floats, shamrocks and outfits at the 40th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival. Even the dogs who attend wear green! Be one of the thousands of people who line up along Coastal Highway to watch 100 entries from three states strut their stuff.

This is the place to be to enjoy traditional Irish marching bands and music, cheer for the most spirited floats and catch a glimpse of local Ocean City, MD, celebrities. See who the judges loved after the parade, where awards will be given out for Best Marching Band, Best Motorized Unit, Best Commercial Float and other categories.

The parade is just the beginning. The festival continues throughout the day with live music, dancing, Irish-inspired food and drinks. Treat your family to face painting and games; treat yourself to a raffle and a pint of Guinness.

St. Patrick’s Day Boardwalk 5K | Saturday, March 16 – 9:00 a.m.

St. Patrick's Day mascot

An Ocean City, MD, tradition returns with the 2019 St. Patrick’s Day Boardwalk 5K. Runners of all skill levels will start on the boardwalk, take a scenic route toward the inlet and down around the pier. Since it wouldn’t quite be a St. Patrick’s Day race without an Irish pub to mark the finish line, racers wind up at Shenanigan’s Irish Pub & Grille with a free Guinness drink ticket – and possibly an awards ribbon – in hand.

Prefer to relax instead of run? The post-race shindig at Shenanigans is part of their weekend fondly known as Paddy Bash. Savor all the corned beef and cabbage you could want, along with festive drink specials and music by James Gallagher & Off the Boat, plus featured guest bands.

Pubs and grub

There are plenty of Irish pubs, bars and restaurants in Ocean City getting in on the St. Patrick’s Day action.

HarBAR crawl begins after Saturday’s parade at 2:00 p.m. and has a shuttle running between locations for maximum party efficiency. You’ll hit Ocean City hotspots like Mad Fish Bar & Grill, Micky Fins Bar & Grill, Crab Alley and Harborside Bar & Grill, all featuring DJs, live music games and more. Planning on visiting all four locations? There’s a special prize just for you! When you’re finally ready to head home, you can get a $5 Uber voucher.

Other locals’ favorites with big St. Patrick’s Day weekend party plans, live entertainment and specials include Seacrets, Pickles Pub, Harpoon Hanna’s, Cowboy Coast, Skye Bar and Dry Dock.

Here’s one to add to your itinerary: There’s a brand-new Irish establishment opening its doors for the first time on Friday, March 15. It’s Wicomico Street’s newest party bar, The Lucky Anchor. Be there for the official grand opening party on Saturday after the St. Patrick’s Day with the legendary DJ Batman.

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Ocean City St. Patrick's Day

These are just a few of the exciting St. Patrick’s Day events in Ocean City, MD. If you’re ready to start planning your celebration in OC, you don’t need luck. Just contact a Vantage reservation specialist at (410) 723-2002 to book the right accommodations for your family and friends. Or browse and book direct at www.VantageOceanCity.com. Remember, booking direct through Vantage ensures you get the lowest possible rates.

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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When Is the Best Time to Visit Ocean City, MD?

Deciding on the best time to visit Ocean City, MD, all depends on what you’re hoping to get out of your vacation. Are you looking to soak up some sun and enjoy thrilling watersports? Summertime might be for you. Do you dream of peaceful beaches without many crowds? Consider visiting in the spring or fall. We break down each season to help you choose what’s right for you. Take a look and get one step closer to an unforgettable Ocean City vacation!

Learn About the Best Times to Visit Ocean City, MD


Summer

Summer Ocean City MD
Experience a classic summer vacation in Ocean City

It may not come as a surprise that summertime is easily one of the top times to visit Ocean City, Maryland. Daily temperatures reach into the 80s, the beaches seem ever-so-inviting, and the boardwalk is always bustling with activity. You’ll find plenty of free events throughout the area, including fireworks, laser light shows, and live music. It’s truly Ocean City at its best. Since the summer is such a popular time for people to visit, make sure you book early and book direct for the best deal on your vacation rental!

Summer Events

From Memorial Day to Labor Day, you can always find something fun going on here. Here are some of the many events you won’t want to miss this summer!


Spring

Spring getaway in Ocean City, MD
Spring getaways mean warm days & less crowds

For many people, spring is their favorite time of year in Ocean City, MD. There are still plenty of warm days for afternoons at the beach, and with fewer crowds than summertime. It’s a great opportunity to pick your favorite spot, lay out in the sun, and enjoy the cool breezes. Most restaurants and businesses are still open, and you might be able to enjoy some discounts on the best things to do in Ocean City, Maryland.

Spring Events

Even though the weather cools down, the celebrations don’t! Check out some of the hottest springtime events!


Fall

Endless Summer Cruisin in Ocean City, MD
Classic car-lovers enjoy Endless Summer Cruisin’

When summer ends, Ocean City’s popular “second season” begins. Similar to the spring, fall in Ocean City comes with mild weather, peaceful beaches, and must-see events like the Endless Summer Cruisin’ car shows. Some of the amusement park and watersport companies may be closed, but you can still explore the boardwalk and enjoy the beauty of Northside Park. If you’re road tripping from more inland areas, you get the added benefit of seeing fall foliage along the way!

Fall Events

Here are some annual events you’ll absolutely fall in love with. We sure have!


Winter

Winterfest of Lights
Ride through Winterfest of Lights at Northside Park

Save money and see how Ocean City celebrates the holidays when you visit in the wintertime! Several restaurants remain open, so you can always indulge in our local cuisine, and there are even some indoor mini-golf courses and an ice skating rink! You’ll find great deals throughout the winter, including on our long-term Ocean City, Maryland, rentals!

Winter Events

Watch our 10-mile strip of paradise come alive with holiday cheer at these Ocean City winter events!


Enjoy Year-Round Getaways With Vantage Vacation Rentals

Belmont Towers on the Ocean City Boardwalk
Find your happy place year-round in Ocean City, MD

Whenever you decide to visit Ocean City, Maryland, you can count on having a comfortable place to stay. Vantage is the area’s premier vacation rental provider with properties by the boardwalk, beaches, bay, and beyond! So, wherever — and whenever — you want to relax, we’ll help you get there. Find your happy place and start making memories in Ocean City, MD!

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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Plan a Magical Beach Wedding in Ocean City, MD

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Ocean City, MD, is a romantic place to tie the knot

The sound of the waves, the sun on the horizon, the smell of the salt and feeling of the sand—there are few locales more romantic and appropriate for a wedding than the beach. And Ocean City, MD, makes for a perfect destination wedding for you, your family and your closest friends.

Here are the top tips to plan a beach wedding to remember in Ocean City, Maryland.

Plan well in advance

Every ceremony requires plenty of prep, and that’s especially true for a destination wedding in a popular location like Ocean City, MD. Couples from all over the East Coast flock to Ocean City to tie the knot.

The first thing you’ll need to consider when planning your Ocean City wedding is the timing: Are there any special events, which could draw big crowds and interfere with your plans?

Planning a Beach Wedding
Start by contacting the Town of Ocean City

Then you’ll want to apply for a local marriage license. Contact Worchester County Clerk of Court Office at 410-632-5500 to make sure you know what documents you’ll need to bring. You should discuss your plans with the Ocean City Mayor’s Office (410-289-8931).

Be sure you also have an officiant ready to go: Ocean City, MD, has no Justice of the Peace to oversee your ceremony. Once you have all of your plans set, you must also notify the city.

You may also want to attend the annual Ocean City Bridal Show (held at Seacrets!) to meet with local vendors and professionals who can help you navigate the process of planning a beach wedding. This year’s event will be April 7, 2019 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Decide on a location—public, private or resort-style

Beach Wedding Venue Ocean City
Beach Wedding Venue Ocean City

Once you have the red tape out of the way, your first big question is where are you going to hold your ceremony and reception? A public beach might be the most affordable option, but that means anyone can crash your wedding photos. You might be able to reserve sections for yourself, however, so check with the Ocean City Mayor’s Office.

A private beach offers a perfect amount of seclusion, and a restaurant or hotel right near or even on the beach can provide views of the ocean plus a reception venue—but at a higher cost than if you say, “I do” on a public beach.

Enjoy the sunrise (or sunset)

During peak season, it’s going to be hot in the afternoon, so consider a morning or sunset ceremony for a cooler alternative. Your guests—especially the older and younger ones—will be thankful. Your photos will likely come out better, too, as everyone will be glistening less.

Besides, nothing’s more romantic than the sun rising or setting as you enjoy your first kiss as a newlywed couple.

Choose appropriate attire

You want to be comfortable when you’re strolling down the sandy aisle, so opt for lightweight fabric and leave behind the cumbersome (and hot) ball gown. Likewise, the groom and members of the wedding party should don lighter than usual colors and material—linen and cotton make for good options. Groomsmen could even opt out of sport jackets for a more casual look that matches the locale—so no black tuxes.

It could also get windy, so consider leaving behind the lengthy veil. And avoid heels so you don’t sink into the sand: Instead, wear flat sandals or wedges—or go barefoot to feel the sand between your toes for the full beach wedding experience.

Make waves with a sound system

You’re going to spend hours perfecting your vows and the rest of the ceremony, so make sure all of your guests can hear them. The waves of Ocean City, MD, will be loud, and you don’t want them to drown out your proclamations of love. Look into renting a sound system to amplify your pronouncements—especially if you’re filming the proceedings.

Mind your meals

From the hors d’oeuvres to mains and dessert, you’re going to want to put some thought into what you serve at your reception. Outdoor dining on the water demands lighter foods, and you’ll want to keep all cheeses and cream-based items out of the sun. Make sure you serve plenty of water in addition to the champagne so your guests stay hydrated, and choose bubbly wines that will feel refreshing.

Finally, the cake—no wedding is complete without it. Consult with your baker about what fillings and other ingredients will work best under the sun—often, fondant is a better choice than buttercream, and red velvet will do well.

Make sure your flowers can handle the heat

Not all blooms are meant for the high heat and humidity of Ocean City, Maryland, during the summer. When you’re planning your dream beach wedding, you’ll want to keep in mind what’s in the bridal bouquet and what varieties the flower girl will be traipsing down the aisle with. Select ones that do well in tropical weather: orchids, chrysanthemums, plumeria, calla lilies and king protea are all good choices.

Start planning today

Now that you’re ready to plan your beach wedding in Ocean City, Maryland, contact a friendly Vantage reservation specialist today at (410) 723-2002 to book accommodations for you and all of your guests. Or browse 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.

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Valentine’s Day Getaways in Ocean City, MD

With all due respect to flowers and candy, 80% of people in a 2018 Groupon survey said they’d prefer to receive a Valentine’s Day gift in the form of an experience—something they could share with their partner. Few experiences equal a romantic getaway at the beach!

Spending Valentine’s Day weekend in Ocean City, Maryland, gives you the best of all worlds: a carefree couples’ escape with long walks on a quiet beach, fresh ocean air and unique restaurants and activities you won’t find at home.

To make planning your experience easy, the Vantage team has put together some Ocean City property and activity recommendations perfect for couples.

Acropolis 4

Acropolis 4 View
View from the Balcony of Acropolis 4

Spacious, luxurious and made for romance, the Acropolis 4 is a stunning penthouse paradise overlooking the ocean. Featured as a “Prestigious Property” in Coastal Style magazine, this home feels more like an upscale residence than a beach rental.

The owners have spared no expense to ensure your comfort. Exquisite finishes and opulent details abound, from the Old World-style stonework and custom lighting to the gourmet chef’s kitchen with Viking Professional Services appliances.

Best of all, guests of the Acropolis 4 have exclusive access to a rooftop patio under the stars, complete with a five-person hot tub offering gorgeous views of the ocean and the bay.

Additional amenities include:

  • Free linen service
  • Gas fireplace
  • HDTVs throughout
  • Private elevator and entrance

Belmont Towers 701

Living Room of Belmont Towers 701
Living Room of Belmont Towers 701

Wake to the sun rising over the ocean. Drift off to a serenade of waves on the shore. Spend the hours in between having the time of your life.

This gorgeous oceanfront end-unit condo puts you in one of the most sought-after locations in Ocean City—the world-famous Boardwalk. You’ll enjoy panoramic views of the Boardwalk and the beach from your private gazebo balcony at Belmont Towers 701.

The gourmet kitchen features everything you need to prepare a romantic dinner for two. The fireplace and large HDTV give you a great excuse to spend a cozy night in.

Additional amenities include:

  • Soaking tub
  • Gated, covered parking garage
  • Fitness center and sauna

High Point North 3E

Dining Area/Kitchen of High Point North 3E

This newly updated one-bedroom, one-bathroom condo in North Ocean City makes for a quiet Valentine’s hideaway. Though it may be February, it always feels like summer inside High Point North 3E thanks to the beach-themed décor and furnishings with a tropical flair. Huge glass doors off the living room offer a perpetually alluring view of the ocean below.

One quick elevator ride takes you down to the beach for a sandy stroll. You’re also within walking distance of Ocean City, Maryland’s favorite shops and restaurants, including the original Greene Turtle and Candy Kitchen—where you’ll find endless sweets for your sweet.

Additional amenities include:

  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Two HDTVs and DVD players
  • Washer/dryer

Maresol 309

View from Balcony of Maresol 309

Breathtaking. That’s the only way to describe the sunsets awaiting you at this updated bayfront condo in peaceful midtown Ocean City, Maryland. From your balcony at Maresol 309, you can enjoy morning coffee with your partner while watching the herons and egrets that visit the marsh.

Staying in this popular part of Ocean City means you’re close to some of the best restaurants and favorite nightspots. Make sure you book a sunset dinner for two at nearby Fager’s Island. They celebrate the setting sun each day by synching it to the War of 1812 Overture. Share a toast as the final cymbals clash once the light disappears below the horizon.

Additional amenities include:

  • Four HDTVs
  • Soaking tub
  • Fully equipped kitchen

Rivendell 607

Living Room of Rivendell 607

Prepare to fall in love—with the ocean views from one of Ocean City, MD’s newer buildings. Rivendell 607 is a three-bedroom condo that’s ideal for spending quality time together away from it all. The plush furnishings invite you to share a blanket and a movie. Cook a special candlelight dinner in the fully equipped gourmet kitchen. In the mood for some Valentine’s Day cocktails? Make full use of the wine cooler, ice maker and wet bar.

You’re also welcome to use the community’s resort-style indoor pool as well as the state-of-the-art fitness center.

Additional amenities include:

  • Secured lobby and lounge area
  • Controlled access covered parking
  • Four HDTVs

Makai 201

Makai Indoor Pool Solarium

In Hawaiian, makai means “toward the sea.” It’s a name that suits this 42nd Street bayside community to a tee. In Makai 201, you’ll find a condo with extraordinary charm made for beach lovers. Your private furnished balcony provides panoramic views of the Ocean City, Maryland, skyline.

Best of all, your stay entitles you to Makai’s many community amenities. Go for a swim in the beautiful indoor pool solarium, where floor-to-ceiling windows allow you to look out onto the bay. Get your heart pounding in the fitness center and enjoy some friendly competition in the billiards room. When it’s time to venture out, you’re a short walk or drive from many popular shops and restaurants, including Seacrets and the Dough Roller.

Additional amenities include:

  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Bayfront deck
  • Elevator

Valentine’s Day in Ocean City

Ocean City, MD, is a popular destination for lovers all year long. Valentine’s Day is extra special. Here are a few ideas Cupid himself would approve of:

  • Take your sweetheart to the southernmost point of Ocean City, where you can gaze across the inlet to Assateague Island in the distance. Bring some coins for the binoculars that bring the wonderful island into clearer view.
Ocean City Carriage Ride
Ocean City Carriage Ride
  • Why not surprise your partner with a horse and carriage ride on the Boardwalk? Valentine’s packages are available February 15–17, weather permitting. This excursion includes a rose, a small box of candy and a glass of bubbly to enjoy on the ride. For reservations and pricing, contact Randy at (410) 783-1409.
  • Sample craft beer and wine from one or all of Ocean City’s own breweries.
  • Many area restaurants offer dinner specials just for Valentine’s Day. You can contact a Vantage reservationist to help you find restaurant options near your rental home.

Book your Valentine’s Getaway Today

Vantage has hundreds of vacation rental properties to satisfy whatever your heart desires. Let us help you plan an Ocean City, Maryland, getaway you’ll both love. Reach out to one of our friendly Vantage reservation specialists today at (410) 723-2002, or browse 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.

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Ocean City Sports & Dance Competitions for 2019

Stay & Play in Ocean City in the New Year

Do you love the thrill of competition plus fun in the sun? Then you’ll find plenty of Ocean City, Maryland, events for you in 2019. From baseball, lacrosse and fishing tournaments to all-star dance competitions, the action along the coast starts in the spring and lasts all summer long.

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the hottest events for participants and spectators alike coming to Ocean City in 2019.

Ocean City Fishing Tournaments


Mako sharks, tuna and the coast’s famous white marlins are just a few of the catches you might reel in during the many marquee Ocean City, Maryland, fishing tournaments throughout summer 2019. People come from all over the country to the White Marlin Capital of the World to compete for cash prizes and to cheer on their favorite fishermen.

Test your mettle during one of these competitions:

Dance Competitions in Ocean City


When the weather heats up, so do the Maryland dance competitions. Dance competitions in Ocean City, MD, are nearly unrivaled, as the town hosts some of the most popular contests, including the Reach the Beach dance competition and the Turn It Up Dance Challenge. Whether you’re dancing your heart out or cheering on the squad, these performances bring the excitement:

Ocean City Lacrosse Tournaments

No one knows lacrosse like the East Coast, and Ocean City is the center of it all come summer 2019. Hundreds of top area lax teams of all ages will hit the beach to do battle for bragging rights and championships. Check out all the action during:

Ocean City Soccer Tournaments

There’s nothing like scoring a goal in a beachfront tournament—especially the largest Ocean City, Maryland, sand soccer event: the Sand Duels Beach Soccer Challenge. In the cooler months, young athletes and adults alike continue the 30-year tradition of competing indoors:

Ocean City Baseball Tournaments

The calming sound of waves crashing, seagulls overhead, the distinctive “ping” of a baseball against aluminum—it must be game time at the beach. When it’s time to play ball, teams from across the Mid-Atlantic and East Coast congregate at these Ocean City, Maryland, events. These Ocean City baseball tournaments tend to be a big hit, drawing 85 to 100+ teams:

  • 6th Annual OC Spring Opener | April 6–7
  • 6th Annual Shore Slam | May 11–12
  • 6th Annual Surfrider Slug Fest | June 1–2
  • Youth Baseball Nationals | June 21–27
  • 7th Annual Summer OC Beach Blast | July 12–14

Where to Stay When You Play

Everyone wins when you choose the right place to stay in Ocean City. Let the team at Vantage Vacation Rentals make your trip easy and enjoyable. Want to be right where the action is? Vantage has a variety of properties that are perfectly situated for sports, dance, and fishing groups.

Our Belmont Towers condos are conveniently located on the Boardwalk next to the beach lacrosse and soccer tournaments. We also have a large number of homes in North Ocean City near Northside Park where baseball tournaments are held, as well as dance competitions at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Mid-Town Ocean City – such as our Makai and Summer Beach condos.  Or if you’re coming into town for a fishing tournament, we have a great selection of properties in Downtown and West Ocean City that are close to the marinas and fishing event venues. 

Contact one of our MVP reservationists today at 410-723-2002 or book direct at www.VantageOC.com.

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Vacation Rental Forecast for 2019: Ocean City, Maryland

Vacation Rental Outlook 2019: 6 Predictions from Experts

The New Year is almost here, and with it comes our vacation rental forecast for 2019. What are guests looking for in a vacation home? What’s hot in condo rentals and beach rentals? What tactics should property owners try for the greatest return on their investment? Here are six top trends and predictions for owners to watch in the Ocean City, Maryland, 2019 vacation rental market.

1. Bigger (and bigger-feeling) homes


More and more, people booking a vacation rental want room to move—to gather for holiday or milestone celebrations, to give adults and children their own separate space and more. This is playing out for the in a trend toward larger rental homes, especially as multigenerational travel becomes more popular.

For extended family groups, a larger vacation rental property makes sense, according to Forbes writer Christopher Elliott, who extolled the virtues of a California wine country estate that sleeps 10. Such a property might feature outdoor living areas for drinks and conversation, outdoor kitchen areas for group cooking, a pool, onsite spa and more.

Fortunately, you don’t have to own a palace to give guests room to spread out and feel comfortable. With beach rentals, condo rentals and beyond, you can create multiple sitting areas in the space you have. For Ocean City, Maryland, vacation homes, consider marketing such areas as:

  • A game room for those rainy days when the kids can’t go to the beach
  • A crafts station for making art and jewelry out of collected shells
  • A quiet space for napping children (and adults!)
  • A patio for enjoying a crab feast
  • A porch for ice cream socials and wine tastings

If you’re considering making renovations to your property, think about opening up kitchens and dining rooms for more expansive gathering areas.

2. The Millennial traveler


In addition to large, multifamily gatherings, be on the lookout for young singles and couples seeking accommodations for events, sightseeing or just getting away from it all.

Millennials (think later 20s, early 30s) are proving to be avid travelers. Many have stayed at condos and beach houses with their families growing up. They’re comfortable both branching out from hotels for vacation lodging and finding and booking these stays online. So they’re familiar with vacation homes and ready to create some new experiences on their own.

How can property owners adapt to this trend in the vacation rentals market? Offer short term rentals that accommodate entry-level budgets and fewer vacation days. To accommodate large groups of friends on vacation, consider offering multiple properties in the same complex. And treat these younger travelers to the amenities they crave. Beyond the must-have of lightning-fast Wi-Fi, with ample bandwidth for YouTube and streaming content, consider:

  • Spaces ideal for socializing
  • Online/mobile services for booking, billing and beyond
  • Access to bike, scooter and car sharing stations and services

Be sure to mention local venues in your descriptions. If a Millennial traveler remembers a specific boardwalk, beach or crab shack from a childhood vacation in Ocean City, Maryland, you’re likely to jog a fond memory—and possibly inspire a booking.

3. Local outdoor and dining attractions


Along with Argentina, Italy and Egypt’s Nile Valley, Lonely Planet listed two nature sites in the Eastern United States—Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains and the Catskills— among its top destinations for 2019.

This trend is good news for the Ocean City, MD, vacation rental market as well. Travelers looking for adventure will find themselves just a short drive away from:

  • The famous ponies of Assateague Island and National Seashore
  • The boating and camping of Pocomoke River State Park
  • Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, recently named “One of the 10 Best Amazing Places for Wildlife” by USA Today

After a busy day of exploring, vacationers will be looking for culinary adventures as well. Increasingly, travelers of all ages have become discerning foodies, and fortunately Ocean City’s food and beverage scene has grown to accommodate their palates and Instagram feeds

New venues to consider promoting include:

For committed foodies, the OC Foodie Tour provides a 3.5 hour walk through Ocean City dining past and present, with samplings at five locally owned restaurants. The July Greek festival treats travelers to local dolmathes, keftedes, spanakopita and more. And Fall Restaurant Week offers fixed-price menus for the range of budgets and palates.

4. Reliability and consistency


In a world full of apps, texts and tech gadgets, customer service matters more than ever—especially in the vacation rental industry.

“Booking a vacation rental is more of a ‘considered purchase’ than booking a hotel room,” in the words of a report recapping this year’s VRMA Conference.

So don’t forget the basics, like giving customers what they expect in terms of quality, amenities and service as they book a vacation home year after year.

This can mean:

  • Dependable upkeep with prompt, effective repairs
  • Consistent (and well-functioning) conveniences such as key-based entry and digital thermostats
  • Perks guests can look forward to stay after stay, such as free gym passes, mid-week cleanings and grocery delivery services

Guests book a vacation rental to decrease—not add to—the stress in their lives. They want to know what to expect as they book a reservation, settle in, enjoy the amenities and wrap up their trips.

It’s important that you never forget the human element: the people making your guests feel at home. Make sure you choose a property management partner that consistently wows vacationing guests with great customer service, which hospitality consultant Debby Hudspith defines as: “Knowing why the customer is there in the first place, making them feel important, building a relationship, responding to requests out of the ordinary and ensuring someone is always available for them, no matter which department.”

5. Value for the vacation dollar


As more and more travelers vacation in large groups, they’re discovering that splitting the cost of a vacation home is a great way to get extra space at an affordable price. Remember that California wine estate mentioned earlier? The rental cost, averaged out across 10 people, comes down to $68 per person per night—far less expensive than most hotels in the area could offer.

In our opinion, typical renters aren’t always on a quest for luxury at the very highest end. They’re on a quest for value. And owners of all sizes and types of properties—from condo rentals to beach home rentals—can fulfill this quest by giving their guests a little extra bang for their buck. For property owners in Ocean City, Maryland, this includes not only space to relax but upgraded amenities and complimentary treats.

Need inspiration? Successful Meetings highlighted:

  • Record players, with music guests can “check out” from a vinyl library
  • A live goldfish as the official property pet
  • Cocktail packages delivered by a personal bartender

Special skincare products, linens and robes have been a rising trend in the hospitality industry overall—especially when they come with a unique story or local hook. But you don’t have to break the bank to make your guests feel special.

Consider providing them with practical perks like blenders and coffeemakers, water bowls and treat baskets for pet owners, or bottled water and energy bars for sports and outdoor enthusiasts. Or try homey treats like fruit baskets, plates of cookies, or homemade soups and breads.

6. A shift to direct bookings


At the VRMA International Conference, which explored the rental market for 2019, several managers of large properties reported a decreased, even eliminated, reliance on online travel agencies (OTAs). Customer service and ability to communicate with guests throughout the booking process were big reasons. And if vacation rental property managers are feeling this difference, you can bet that guests, are, too.

So as the new year begins, remember that you as a local owner of a vacation home can offer many advantages that a global OTA or customer service rep in a faraway call center cannot. This includes things like:

  • Who to contact for a spur-of-the-moment crab fest—or a last-minute registration for the holiday fun run
  • What parks and beaches are most kid-friendly—and what nightclubs have lined up the hottest new DJs
  • What local shops have the best deals on beachwear—or the best under-the-radar happy hours on the boardwalk
  • When to see the wild horses at Assateague Island National Seashore—or to take to the seas for the best white marlin
  • How to catch crabs in the bay—or spot the most elusive gulls and loons during a bird watching hike

And as more travel and hospitality trends emerge for Ocean City, Maryland, vacation homes in 2019, you can be sure that Vantage will be there on the forefront, ready to help you delight your guests and position your properties for success.

Let’s start a great new year together! To make the most of your Ocean City vacation property in 2019, visit our Vacation Rental Management Services page — then contact Vantage Vacation Rentals at 410.723.1780 x 5 or ListingInfo@VantageOC.com.






Ocean City Holiday - Winterfest of Lights

Ocean City Holiday Events through New Year’s

Ocean City Holiday Events through New Year’s

Are you thinking of spending your holidays at the beach? With activities galore and no shortage of relaxation, Ocean City, Maryland presents the ideal getaway. Live music, winter lights, discounted shopping, parades, 5Ks—treat your family to a slate of Christmas and New Year’s events for an Ocean City holiday that they’ll remember.

Here’s what’s going on during Christmas and New Year’s in Ocean City.

Ocean City Christmas Events

  • Winterfest of Lights | November 15–December 31
    Ride the Boardwalk tram cars through this dazzling light display in Northside Park. Warm up with hot chocolate, get a snapshot with Santa, and explore the magical gift shop.
  • Light Up Downtown Winter Festival | November 17
    This is one Christmas event in Maryland you don’t want to miss. There’s tons to do for kids and adults alike, from crafts, carnival games, and prizes to live entertainment, vendors, and a tree lighting—and it’s all free!
  • Holiday Shoppers Fair | November 23–25
    Receive a door prize upon entry and find handmade gifts for your loved ones inside, including candles, jewelry, ceramics, and photography. This holiday event in Maryland includes face painting, too!
  • Black Friday Shopping at Tanger Outlets | November 23
    Extended hours at Tanger Outlets means more time to save big on deals in over 30 stores. Plus, Shopper Services is offering a free Tanger gift card with qualified purchases in the morning hours.
  • Ocean City Christmas Parade | December 1
    This Christmas event in Maryland is the highlight of the holiday season. Get a prime view of more than 50 school bands, horses, antique cars, and holiday floats parading down Coastal Highway.
  • Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk | December 2
    Walk or run through more than a million lights at Northside Park in the fifth annual Jingle Bell 5K. After the race, snag your shirt, snack on cookies and hot chocolate, and ride through the sparkling lights on the Winterfest Express.

Ocean City New Year’s Eve Parties

  • New Year’s Eve Celebration | December 31
    One of the best Ocean City New Year’s Eve parties around, this celebration includes live entertainment, hot chocolate, and a fireworks show among the Winterfest of Lights. Watch the ball drop with your loved ones.
  • 25th Annual Penguin Swim | January 1
    Jump in the ocean to benefit the area’s Atlantic General Hospital. This New Year’s event in Maryland features a costume contest, carnival games, activities, prizes, and more.

Enjoy all these holiday events in Maryland and find a great home away from home this Christmas and New Year’s through Vantage Vacation Rentals. Book your vacation today!






Belmont Towers

Belmont Towers: Fun Central in Ocean City

Great Location = Great Vacation


If you can turn your head, you can enjoy a great vacation in Ocean City. Without ever leaving your private balcony at Belmont Towers, you’ll find you’re already in the middle of everything. Car shows. Fireworks. Concerts. Parades. Festivals. And the aroma of Fisher’s Popcorn and Thrasher’s French Fries drifting by on the breeze – tempting you to grab a bite to eat.  Located in downtown Ocean City, right next to the world famous boardwalk, this is Ocean City’s premier location.

Luxury Condos & Townhomes


Whether you’re staying on the oceanfront side of Belmont Towers or the north and south sides facing the Bay, Inlet, and Assateague Island, you are guaranteed to have a view like no other in Ocean City.  Relax, people watch, and soak up the sun, sea air, and classic nostalgia that this town is famous for. Choose from 2- and 3-bedroom rentals with gourmet kitchens, high-end decor, and spacious open floorplans that lead out onto furnished balconies.  Upscale amenities such as Wireless Internet, jetted soaking tubs, and wet bars enhance the experience.  Feels just like home, only better.

Head down to the beach and Boardwalk to enjoy shops, restaurants, seafood, arcade games, amusement rides, and popular events throughout the year such as Cruisin’ Ocean City, Endless Summer Cruisin’, Wine on the Beach, OC Bikefest. Springfest, Sunfest, and the OC Air Show.  During the summer months, Ocean City’s Lifesaving Station Museum located at the very south end of the Boardwalk also offers free family activities daily for young and young at heart.  These range from crafts to nautical activities to learning about local history.

Belmont Towers’ Exclusive Amenities


When you’re ready for a break in the action, stay home to enjoy Belmont Towers’ on-site rooftop pool, sundeck and putting green, as well as a sauna and 1,400 sq. ft. fitness center.  Best of all, Belmont Towers guests have the convenience of parking in a secure parking garage – no need to battle the crowds for hard-to-find parking spaces in Downtown Ocean City on a busy summer day.  Just park your car once when you arrive and walk everywhere you need to go.

  • Oceanfront and Ocean Block condos and townhomes – (click here for our entire inventory of Belmont Towers Vacation Rentals)
  • Rooftop Pool (open seasonally)
  • 11,000 sq. ft. Sun Deck with chairs and picnic tables
  • Rooftop Putting Green
  • Fitness Center/Sauna
  • Secure Parking Garage

Ready for a classic Ocean City experience?  Our Belmont Towers Vacation Rentals are in high demand and fill up fast. Browse VantageOceanCity.com today or speak with a Vacation Coordinator at (410) 732-2002 to find the perfect spot for your Ocean City vacation.






Vacation Time

Start Your Vacation When You Want

Flexible Vacation Options that Work for You

A lot of vacation spots only rent from Saturday-Saturday. With everyone coming and going at the same time, your vacation doesn’t exactly start out … like a vacation.

Maybe you’d like to start your vacation a little sooner and arrive on Friday. Maybe you have family activities on Saturday and can’t get away until Sunday. Or maybe you just can’t imagine leaving for vacation before you fix that dripping faucet.  That’s why many of our vacation properties offer you the option of a Friday-Friday or Sunday-Sunday vacation. After all, it’s your vacation. Shouldn’t you be the one who decides when it starts?

To enjoy the vacation you want when you want and avoid the Ocean City Saturday changeover,  simply search our website for alternate check-in dates or speak with a Vacation Coordinator at (410) 723-2002.  Or scroll down for a few of our featured properties!

Fantastic Friday-Friday Rentals

  • Acropolis 4 – 3-BR/3.5-BA/Sleeps 8 – Previously featured as a “prestigious property” in Coastal Style magazine, this opulent 3,000-SqFt oceanfront penthouse (63rd St.) has upgrades galore and is the perfect spot for watching sunrises! Step outside of the luxurious living room or master bedroom onto an extra-large oceanfront balcony. There are exquisite finishes at every turn, including “Old World-style” stone work, tumbled-travertine floor tiles, and custom Hubbardton Forge lighting – so gorgeous! Additional amenities include a private elevator, gourmet chef’s kitchen with Viking Professional Series appliances, and rooftop deck with hot tub.  Guests have direct access to the beach from over the dune crossing.

  • Belmont Towers 708 – 2-BR/2-BA/Sleeps 8 – Located along the south end of the Boardwalk (side unit), this updated condo has beautiful, south-facing views of the ocean, inlet, bay, and Assateague Island in the distance.   Guests enjoy an upgraded kitchen, flat-screen TVs, Rooftop Pool, Fitness Center, Sauna, Putting Green, and secure Parking Garage.  You are just a 1/2-block from the beach, boardwalk, rides, and restaurants – a perfect spot when visiting during Cruisin’ OC, Endless Summer Cruisin’, Springfest, Sunfest, OC Bikefest, Wine on the Beach, and more.  This unit is also available to rent for 3- or 4-night stays from Mon-Fri or Fri-Mon.

  • Sunset Island, 17 Sunset Island Dr. – 4-BR/3 Full & 2 Half-BA/Sleeps 10 – Enjoy laid-back island living in this gated bayfront resort on 67th St.  Located next door to the Corner Store and the Pond and Fountains, this spacious townhome would be a great spot for a relaxing family vacation.  Sunset Island’s Indoor/Outdoor Pools, Clubhouse, Private Bayfront Beach, Fitness Center, Restaurant, and more are less than 3 blocks away.  This unit is also available to rent for 3- or 4-night stays from Mon-Fri or Fri-Mon.

Super Sunday-Sunday Rentals

  • Sunset Island, 14 Shore Point Dr. – 6-BR/4.5-BA/Sleeps 12 – Gorgeous decor, comfortable furnishings, and spacious rooms make this home the perfect place for vacation memories.  Located on a quaint, tree-lined street just a few homes from the bay, this part of the island is peaceful and relaxing.  Amenities include an extra large gourmet kitchen, 7 flat-screen TVs, private garage and more.  Just a short walk from Sunset Island’s Indoor/Outdoor Pools, Clubhouse, Private Bayfront Beach, Fitness Center, and Restaurant.

  • Meridian 504W – 3-BR/3-BA/Sleeps 10 – Located ocean block in Mid-Town Ocean City (60th St.), this luxurious condo features 2 Master Bedrooms and 2 extra large balconies with beautiful beach-to-bay views.  Enjoy upscale decor, a gourmet kitchen, and flat-screen TVs in the living room and all bedrooms.  Guests of Meridian also have the benefit of an Outdoor Pool, Fitness Center and short walk to some of the area’s best restaurants and night-life such as Fager’s Island, Seacrets and more.  This unit is also available to rent for 3- or 4-night stays from Sun-Thur or Thur-Sun.

  • Top View 2N – 3-BR/2-BA/Sleeps 7 – Stay Oceanfront in this updated condo on 43rd St.  Wake up to beautiful sunrises on the private balcony while sipping your morning coffee.  Amenities include a modern kitchen, fresh decor, big flat-screen TV, and direct access to the beach over the dune crossing. Also just a short walk from the Convention Center, Seacrets, and dozens of shops and restaurants.

With summer just around the corner, our Ocean City vacation rentals are filling up fast. Browse VantageOceanCity.com today or speak with a Vacation Coordinator at (410) 73-2002 to find the perfect spot for your Ocean City vacation.






Ocean City Boardwalk

Spring into Fun Ocean City Events

So many reasons to come to Ocean City this Spring!

If you’ve never visited Ocean City in the Spring, you don’t know what you’re missing. Beyond the beauty of the ocean and the tranquility of the beach, you’ll find music, art, food and events large and small for couples and families.  Vantage Vacation Rentals invites you to get your toes in the sand and enjoy this wonderful time of year when there are less crowds, mild temperatures, and low off-season rates.

Vantage boasts a wide variety of condos, townhomes, and houses throughout town — from North Ocean City and nearby Fenwick Island, DE to the Boardwalk Area at the southern tip of the island.  We also have rentals in West Ocean City and Ocean Pines, as well as properties that are within walking distance of all the action at the Inlet Parking Lot and Roland E. Powell Convention Center — where many of Ocean City’s most popular events are held.  Here are just a few of the great events happening between now and Memorial Day.  To find more, visit http://ococean.com/events.

February

Reach the Beach Nationals: Rec & School
February 23-25 – Dance teams compete for a national championship title.

St. Patrick’s Soccer Tournaments
Feb 23-Mar 18 – Over 170 teams will play over four weekends at the 30th annual indoor soccer tournament.

March

Home, Condo & Outdoor Show plus Art & Craft Fair
March 16-18 – Hundreds of remodeling pros, as well as artists and crafters with gift ideas.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival
March 17 – Ocean City’s famous parade featuring marching units, floats, local celebrities — and yours truly, the Vantage Vacation Rentals staff (riding on our very own float this year)!  Festivities include a fun festival with food, drink and merriment.

Reach the Beach Nationals: All-Star Prep
March 24 – Dance teams compete for a national championship title.

Easter Art & Craft Show and Kids Fun Fair
March 30-31 – Art & Craft Show exhibitors will display unique handcrafted items. The fair will feature continuous activities, including a visit from Beany the Easter Bunny.

April

Reach the Beach Nationals: All-Star College
April 6-8 – Dance teams compete for a national championship title.

Komen MD Ocean City Race for the Cure
April 14 – Seventh annual walk/run to benefit local breast health programs and national research.

Spring Restaurant Week
April 15-29 – Local restaurants feature special, fixed-price menus.

Maryland International Kite Expo
April 27-29 – Three days of kite flying, exhibitions, demonstrations and children’s games on the beach.

OC Island to Island Half Marathon/5K
April 28 – Half Marathon runners will start on Assateague Island and finish their 13.1 miles at the Ocean City Inlet, while 5k runners will run on the Ocean City Boardwalk, finishing in the same location as the Half Marathon runners.

May

Springfest
May 3-6 – Huge annual event with live music (Trace Adkins, Bret Michaels and Rolling Stones cover band Satisfaction), crafts, food and more.

Crab Soup Cook-off & Festival
May 12 – This family event includes local professional chefs competing for the title of “Best Crab Soup.” As well as live entertainment and exhibits.

Beachfest Volleyball Festival
May 12-13 – Indoor volleyball tournament that drew over 200 teams in 2017.

Cruisin’ Ocean City
May 17-20 – This popular car show, now in its 28th year, will feature over 3,400 hot rods, customs, classics, street machines, muscle cars, as well as live entertainment, celebrity guests, boardwalk parades and a manufacturers’ vendor midway.  Classic 60s band Herman’s Hermits, led by Peter Noone, will make an appearance during the weekend on May 17th.

Spring Arts & Crafts Show
May 26-27 – Weekend craft show featuring arts and crafts, as well as handmade chocolates, fudge and dip mixes.

Plan your Spring getaway to Ocean City at VantageOceanCity.com.  Or give our Vacation Coordinators a call at (410) 723-2002 – we would be happy to help you find the rental that’s just right for you!