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Ocean City, MD Named Top Destination

Congrats to the town of Ocean City, MD for starting 2015 off with a bang! Flipkey.com recently released its list of the Top 10 Trending Vacation Rental Destinations for 2015, naming Ocean City, MD as #4. This ranking is based upon the number of booking requests placed by travelers at the Flipkey website, which puts OCMD up there with popular destinations like Miami Beach, Orlando, and Key West, FL.

As a premier Ocean City vacation rental company and proud bunch of OC Locals, the Vantage Vacation Rentals staff is thrilled to see our beloved beach town in such high demand. It`s not hard to see why! Ocean City boasts ten miles of pristine beaches, a historic wooden boardwalk, hundreds of events year-round, and truly something for everyone in the family making it a great place for multi-generational travel. Its close proximity to Baltimore, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia makes for an easy drive (about 2 hours & 40 minutes), whether you`re visiting for a week, weekend, or even a daytrip.

Like Flipkey, Vantage is also seeing a higher-than-usual demand for our Ocean City vacation rentals this year, with many guests booking their vacations far in advance. As a result, our most popular homes and dates are already filling up. If you are planning a visit to Ocean City, MD in 2015, give us a call (800.555.4099) so we can help you find the perfect spot!

Congrats – Jolly Roger Giveaway Winner!

Vantage is happy to announce Joshua M. of New Castle, PA as our winner of the Jolly Roger Giveaway.  Joshua will be able to enjoy 2 FREE daytime “Park & Pier” passes to Jolly Roger Amusement Park. Many thanks to everyone else who participated in our giveaway. Stay tuned to the Vantage website and our social media outlets on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+ and Pinterest for future giveaways & contests as we gear up for a great year at the beach in Ocean City, MD!

Enter to Win | Jolly Roger Giveaway

We’re so excited about our newly-redesigned website that we want you to try it out! Now through Jan. 25th, enter to win our Jolly Roger Giveaway just by visiting VantageOceanCity.com through our Jolly Roger Giveaway page. Plus, you can increase your chances of winning and earn additional entries by sharing our contest with friends, or following us on Pinterest. Prize is 2 Daytime “Park & Pier” armbands to Jolly Roger Amusement Park in 2015 ($40 value). Visit our Jolly Roger Giveaway page now to enter!

Holiday Deals & Events at the Beach

Upcoming Deals & Specials

Guests who visit over the holidays can have a beautiful, pre-lit tree in their rental. We'll handle the hard stuff (setting it up, taking it down) — all you do is relax & enjoy.It may be November, but there are still plenty of reasons to visit the beach in Ocean City, MD. With Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner, our coastal area is starting to get a holiday makeover of lights and garland. Why not plan a weekend away, and enjoy fun events and low, off-season rates? Or take advantage of the following Deals & Specials that are going on now at Vantage:

2-Night Rentals – Select properties in our inventory are now allowing 2-night rentals during the off-season. Less crowds, mild temps, fun events & low nightly rates make Ocean City, MD’s “second season” a great time to visit. See our website for details and list of participating homes.

Thanksgiving on Us – Focus more on relaxing than fussing over Thanksgiving details this year. Get a FREE dinner for up to 10 guests ($49.99 value), prepared fresh by Harris Teeter Food Market. Come enjoy gorgeous fall color & laid-back coastal atmosphere in Ocean City, MD. Valid with Promo Code GOBBLEOC on rentals of $199/night & up with a 3-night minimum. Check-in between 11/25/14 & 11/29/14.

Holiday Rental with Pre-Lit Tree – Make our home YOUR home for the holidays! For $49, guests who visit over the holidays have the option of a beautiful, pre-lit tree in their rental. We’ll handle the hard stuff (setting it up, taking it down) all you do is relax & enjoy. Plus, get a festive starter amenities bag with special surprise inside!

Fun Events & Activities – While you’re in town, join in on these great festivities:

Nov. 8th – Wicomico Street Winter Festival (3 p.m.-7 p.m.)
Free family event in downtown Ocean City! Enjoy outdoor shopping tables, kids’ games & prizes, gift drawings, visit from Santa at 4:30 p.m., and live music by Transfusion and the Stephen Decatur H.S. Show Choir. Nearby restaurants – The Pour House, Cork Bar & Bearded Clam – will also be having food $amp; drink specials and Billiards Tournament with cash prize (register at Cork Bar at 3:00 p.m.). Proceeds to Donate to Decorate, a program dedicated to bring the holiday spirit back to Downtown OC.Horse & Carriage Rides in Ocean City, MD

Sat/Sun until April 26th – Horse & Carriage Rides (10 a.m.-4 p.m.)
Enjoy a quaint horse & carriage ride along the Boardwalk while looking out at the sand & surf. Ride starts at Thrasher’s Fries near the Inlet Parking Lot, heads north on the Boardwalk to 4th St., and then south back to the Inlet Lot. Carriage is heated. Cost is $10 per person. Kids 3 years and under are free. Rides are dependent on weather and/or ridership). More info, call Randy Davis at (443) 783-1409.

Nov. 20th-Jan. 4th – Winterfest of Lights
Experience a winter wonderland – more than one million holiday lights will shine throughout the town. Northside Park will have hundreds of animated light displays to enjoy while you sit back and sip hot cocoa while riding the Winterfest Express (aka Boardwalk tram cars, which are handicapped accessible). Browse the Yukon Cornelius Gift Shop and have your photo taken with Santa. Sunday Thursday, 5:30-9:30 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 5:30-10:30 p.m. Age 12 and older are $5. Age 11 and younger are FREE.

Nov. 27-28 – Black Friday Shopping at Tanger Outlets in W. OC
Shop Tanger Outlets’ biggest sale of the year, with Moonlight Madness starting at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Night and going until 2 a.m. Stores open back up at 6 a.m. on Black Friday for their After Thanksgiving Sale.

For more upcoming events in Ocean City, MD, visit our Area Events Calendar.

Enter Our ‘Beach Dreams Giveaway’

Start Dreaming With Us!
Feel the chill in the air? That means it’s time to start dreaming & counting the days until next year’s beach vacation. Vantage vacation rentals are already booking for 2015 – let us help you reserve the perfect spot! Plus, now through Nov. 30, you can enter to win a FREE weekend at Braemar Towers 1207. See below for details!

Vantage Beach Dreams Giveaway

Ocean City, MD's annual Great Pumpkin Race will take place on Sat., Oct. 25, 2014 on the OCMD Boardwalk.

OC Restaurant Week/Halloween Fun

Bring Your Appetite for Great Food & Fun Activities!

Who says Ocean City, MD is just a summertime destination? As the locals know and many visitors have discovered – when the summer ends, Ocean City’s “Second Season” begins. There are so many reasons to love the beach in fall time – mild weather, fewer crowds, less traffic, off-season rates – plus, a calendar full of fun events that the whole family will love. Here are our top picks for things to do in Ocean City this week:

Now-Oct. 26 – OC Restaurant Week
Select restaurants & cafes around town serve up their very best cuisine in special, fixed price menus of $10, $20, $30 & $40. No tickets, passes, or coupons required.

Oct. 24-26 – OC Coin & Currency Show
FREE event at Roland E. Powell Convention Center (40th St.), showcasing U.S. & world coins & currency. Dealers & buyers of rare coins & currency will be in attendance.

Oct. 25-26 – Autumn Home & Condo Show/Art & Craft Fair
Find inspiration for your next remodeling, landscaping or decorating project at Roland E. Powell Convention Center (40th St.). Hundreds of exhibitors, merchandise, displays & demonstrations. $6.00 for adults, $5 for seniors & students. Military/police/fire with ID and kids 13 & under are FREE.

Oct. 25 – Seaside 10-Mile & 5K Run
Race begins at 9:00 a.m., with a beautiful race course that starts at the OC Inlet and includes stretches of the OC Boardwalk. Rain or shine. Registration details & fees are listed at the OC Tri Running website.

Oct. 25 – OCtoberfest Great Pumpkin Race (photo shown above)
Wacky, tricked-out pumpkin race on the OC Boardwalk at North Division St. Build your own pumpkin racer, or come out as a spectator to cheer for your favorite. Registration starts at 11:00 a.m. Race starts at 1:00 p.m.

Oct. 25 – Drive in Disguise & Halloween Parade
Watch as cars roll down the Boardwalk to participate in the annual OC Vintage License Plate Rally and Drive in Disguise Halloween Parade. Parade starts at 3:00 p.m. at 27th St. where decorated cars will line up and drive south to the OC Inlet.

Oct. 25-26 – OCtoberfest Beach Maze
Scary fun for the whole family, right on the beach at North Division St. from 10 a.m.-5:00 p.m. FREE event!

Oct. 26 – Halloween Spookout Party
Dress up your boos & ghouls for some Halloween fun at Northside Park Gym (125th St.), 1:00-3:00 p.m. Carnival games, arts & crafts, hayrides, snacks, costume contests, and more. Admission is one single wrapped bag of candy per child. No pre-registration required.

For more upcoming events in Ocean City, MD, stay tuned to the Vantage Vacation Rentals’ blog.

Join the Vantage OC team in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer on Sat., Oct. 18, 2014 on the Boardwalk in Ocean City, MD.

Pink Power | Join Team Vantage OC

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer – 5K Walk/Run

On Saturday, Oct. 18th, a pink wave of support will crash upon the Ocean City Boardwalk at American Cancer Society’s “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” 5K Walk/Run. This is an awesome opportunity to honor breast cancer survivors, remember loved ones, raise awareness, and raise funds for a disease that affects 1 in 8 women. And it all starts with one step.

Vantage Team Thinks Pink!

This year, the Vantage Vacation Rentals staff (aka Team Vantage OC) will be walking and running in honor of our own loved ones who have battled breast cancer. Our team goal is to raise $500 to donate to ACS in the hopes that many more women will be encouraged in their breast cancer journey. If you would like to walk/run with us or support us with a donation, please visit our Vantage OC Team Page for more information. Race route is from the OC Fishing Pier up to 15th St. along the Boardwalk and back, plus awards and refreshments at the OC Inlet Parking Lot after the event. Details of the day is as follows:

7:30 a.m. – Same-Day Registration at OC Inlet Parking Lot
9:00 a.m. – 5K Competitive Run ($35 Registration)
9:30 a.m. – 5K Non-Competitive Walk (Free)

Preventive Maintenance Makes Sense (& Cents!)

Next Year’s Success Starts Now!

It’s hard to believe that Summer 2014 has come & gone. Over the course of the season, the Vantage Property Care team worked long hours keeping units in tip-top shape, our Reservations Dept. answered thousands of calls & emails every day, Guest Services checked in hundreds of vacationing guests each week, and dozens of other staff members contributed behind the scenes. You’d think we’d be ready for a vacation ourselves 🙂 And yet, as soon as the first chill of autumn was felt in the air this week, we couldn’t help but begin dreaming of next summer!

We know that our vacation rental owners are dreaming of Summer 2015, too! Now is the perfect time to begin preparing for the wave of guests coming in just a few short months. While some owners are hesitant to invest in upgrades & upkeep in the off-season, Vantage believes this is money well-spent. Not only is preventive maintenance critical to having a smooth season next year, but it will also SAVE you money in the long run & EARN you repeat business in the future (see infographic). Contact your agent if you would like help planning for next year’s success!

 

 

 

 

 

Spend Thanksgiving at the beach this year, and get a FREE dinner on us!

Thanksgiving on Us | Free Dinner!

The FOOD. The FAMILY. The FOOTBALL.

What could possibly make Thanksgiving better than that? The BEACH!

Vantage invites you to spend Thanksgiving in beautiful Ocean City, MD! And to make your stay even more relaxing, we`ve decided that your feast is on us! Guests visiting for Thanksgiving will receive a FREE dinner* for up to 10 guests ($49.99 value), prepared fresh by Harris Teeter Food Market. All you do is heat & enjoy!

Wouldn`t you like to focus more on relaxing than fussing over Thanksgiving details? Come enjoy gorgeous fall color & laid-back coastal atmosphere at one of our beautiful vacation rentals. Vantage vacation homes are located in some of Ocean City`s best-loved communities, and can accommodate families of every size & budget.  And while you`re here, check out these fun activities:

Black Friday Deals at Tanger Outlets in W. OCMD or Rehoboth Beach, DE – open 6:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving
Holiday Shopper’s Fair at Roland E. Powell Convention Center – open 10:00 a.m. daily Nov. 28-30
Winterfest of Lights, pictures with Santa & hot cocoa at Northside Park – open 5:30 p.m. daily Nov. 20-Jan. 4

* Use Promo Code GOBBLEOC. Free Harris Teeter gift card valid only with rentals of $199/night & up. 3-night minimum stay required. Must check-in between 11/25/14 & 11/29/14. Not valid on bookings made prior to 9/22/14. Cannot be combined with other offers.

Ocean City's 40th Annual Sunfest event takes place Sept 18-21 at the Inlet parking lot along the downtown section of the Boardwalk.

Sunfest Turns 40!

Fantastic Food, Fun & Fall Weather

Ah, Sunfest. One of Ocean City, MD`s most popular events is finally here, and it`s having a birthday! Sept. 18-21 (Thurs to Sun), the 40th Annual Sunfest will be held in the downtown Inlet & Boardwalk area. As always, there will something for everyone music, entertainment, artists, craft vendors, kids activities, inflatables, hay rides & FOOD (Eastern Shore delicacies, pit beef, gyros, Asian cuisine & more)! Weather forecast for the weekend is looking like it will be ideal, with sunny skies and highs in the mid-70`s  still flip-flop weather 🙂

Admission into the Sunfest tent area is FREE, with the exception of tickets to see headlining acts, such as the Righteous Brothers Bill Medley, Eric Paslay, Parmalee, and Rick Springfield. Festival hours are Thurs-Sat 10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. and Sun 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. In addition, the following events will be taking place simultaneously within the town of Ocean City, making this coming weekend an even more exciting time to be in town:

9/18 Fireworks at 10:05 p.m.
9/20 Laser Shows on the Beach at 9:00, 10:00 & 10:30 p.m.
9/18-19 Sand Castle Home Tour (11 homes in OC & surrounding area), sponsored by Art League of Ocean City
9/18-21 Sunfest Kite Festival (2nd St.-6th St.), sponsored by The Kite Loft

For these and other upcoming Ocean City events, visit our Events Calendar.

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