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Vantage Resort Realty & Little Pink Houses of Hope team up to bring a week of rest and rejuvenation in Ocean City, MD to families affected by breast cancer.

“Beach House Angels” Donate Homes

Little Pink Houses of Hope Comes to OC

It`s amazing what a little sand & salt water can do for the soul. Just stand on the beach, look out on the vast ocean, and somehow life is back in perspective. This coming week, Vantage will have the honor of giving this much-needed beach experience to some families who need it all the more. We are teaming up with Little Pink Houses of Hope, a non-profit organization whose mission is to give rest, recovery & reconnection to families affected by breast cancer through week-long beach retreats. During the retreat which is the first of its kind in Ocean City families will get to spend quality time together, as well as with other families who`ve battled breast cancer. Shared meals, fun activities & outings are being planned to make it special & relaxing.

Vantage Owners & Local Businesses Rally Support

Of course, none of this could be possible without the generosity of our homeowners, who willingly gave up their vacation rentals (and a week`s rent) for the visiting families. We are overwhelmed and humbled by how quickly and wholeheartedly these Beach House Angels responded – many of whom have been affected by breast cancer in some way and simply want to give back. In addition, many local businesses & organizations have come forward to donate their resources, such as Viking Golf Amusements, Wobbly Wheel Boardwalk Bicycles, BJ`s on the Water, Bull on the Beach, Walk on Water Stand Up Paddleboard Company, Oceanic Fishing Pier, Dana Marie Photography, Red Door Community Center, and Shore Community Church. Even Vantage will be providing passes for families to visit Assateague Island, as well as grocery store gift cards so that Little Pink Houses of Hope organizers can make meals and stock the kitchens with food during the week.

If you`re in town May 31-June 7, be on the lookout for Little Pink Houses of Hope yard signs posted in front of some of the Vantage Vacation Rentals!

24th Annual Cruisin' Ocean City rides into town May 15-18, 2014. Car show features over 3,500 customs, classics, muscle cars, trick trucks, and more.

Cruisin’ OC & OC Restaurant Week

Vroom, vroom! Beep, beep! While driving around the last few days, it doesn’t take long to figure out that the 24th Annual Cruisin’ Ocean City is coming up this weekend, May 15-18, 2014. Unique & colorful cars are at every turn, making the sea of everyday SUV`s, sedans & compacts look just a little bit boring.

Starting today, the OC Inlet & Convention Center parking lots will come alive in a total celebration of car culture – one of the largest car shows on the east coast! This show features over 3,500 hot rods, customs, classics, street machines, muscle cars & more. In addition, spectators can enjoy a variety of live entertainment, attractions, vendors, car auctions, and even celebrity guests, including actors Mackenzie Phillips and Paul LeMat of American Graffiti. Be sure to get to the Boardwalk early on Thurs., Fri. or Sat. morning (8 a.m.) as hundreds of cool cars will make their way from 27th St. all the way down to the Inlet Parking Lot. Event runs 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Thurs.-Sat., and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sun. General Admission for Cruisin’ Ocean City is $10 for adults, and FREE for kids 14 & under. More info at event website CruisinOceanCity.com.

While you’re in town, grab something great to eat during the spring installment of Ocean City Restaurant Week, which is wrapping up this Sunday. From casual fare to fine dining, visitors will enjoy special, fixed-priced menus of $10, $20, $30 & $40 being offered at various participating restaurants. No passes, tickets or coupons required. For a complete list of restaurants, visit OceanCityRestaurantWeek.com.

View more upcoming events throughout the season at the Vantage Events Calendar.

 

Ocean City Maryland Kite Fest

Fly a Kite, Run a Race, Walk a Dog

We have a great weekend coming up here in Ocean City – can you say events galore? With the weather forecast calling for sunny skies and temps in the 60`s & 70`s, this is the perfect opportunity to bring the family out for some fun at the beach!

Fri-Sun, April 25-27 – MD International Kite Expo (on the beach between 2nd & 6th St.)
Start off the weekend with some good old fashioned kite flying at MD International Kite Expo sponsored by Kite Loft. Watch kite experts show off their tricks and even participate in various activities, such as free stunt & power kite lessons, games & more.

Sat, April 26, 7:00 a.m. – 10th Annual Island 2 Island Half Marathon & 5K
Saturday begins with the 10th Annual Ocean City Half Marathon/5k. This year`s island to island event features a new route, with participants starting on Assateague Island and finishing at the Ocean City Inlet. Proceeds benefit Worcester Youth & Family Counseling, and all donations are greatly appreciated. There will be a fantastic post party with food, drinks, and live music, so be sure to join the fun!

Sat, April 26, 9:00 a.m.-Noon – Board Walkin for Pets Walk-a-Thon
For all you animal lovers, be sure to hit the Boardwalk this Sat. morning for Worcester County Humane Society`s annual event Board Walkin` for Pets. Bring your own dog to walk, or adopt one for the day! All proceeds benefit the Ocean City area`s no-kill pet shelter.

It`s going to be an fun-filled weekend, and the season is just heating up! For more details on these & other upcoming OC events, or check out the Vantage Events Calendar.

Race for the Cure

Warriors in Pink – OC Race for Cure

Grab your pink & lace up for the 3rd Annual Susan G. Komen Ocean City Race for the Cure festivities going on this weekend!  Events will kick off with a Celebration Party & Concert on Fri., April 11 at Seacrets, and then continue on with Sat. events at Planet Maze & Carousel Hotel Ice Rink. The 5K Walk/Run itself will be held on Sun., April 13, and will take place completely on the Boardwalk this year (beginning & ending at Inlet Parking Lot). Race day schedule is as follows:

7:00 a.m. – Race Village opens at Inlet Parking Lot

7:40 a.m. – Survivor Parade 8:15 a.m. – Warm-up

9:00 a.m. – 5K Timed Run/Recreational Run

9:30 a.m. – 5K Walk/Family Fun Walk & Kids for the Cure

11:00 a.m. – Awards Ceremony

All donations support breast health programs throughout the state of Maryland, and are greatly appreciated by those who have been affected by breast cancer. For more information on how you can support, donate, or join the race, visit Komen MD website. Don`t forget to stop by the Vantage office if you`re in town we will be decked out in PINK to welcome all participants to OCMD!

Free Linens at Select Meridian

Free Linens

Great news! Six of our beautiful Meridian rentals have just become VantagePlus+ properties, which means that Wireless Internet & Linens are FREE. It doesn`t get better than that! You can do work right from the comfort of your rental or simply browse the Internet free of charge. As for the linens (sheets & towels), that`s a whole lot less you have to pack! (Linens free Memorial Day-Labor Day only.)

The ultimate in relaxation, The Meridian is at the top of the list when it comes to luxurious oceanside accommodations. Guests enjoy exclusive amenities, such as an Outdoor Heated Pool & 2,000-SqFt Fitness Center. Units comfortably sleep 10-12 guests and offer great Beach-to-Bay views, Gourmet Kitchen, large Soaking Tub, and spacious floor plan perfect for families! All of this, and conveniently located just 3 blocks from the Route 90 Bridge and within walking distance of some great local hot spots, including Fager’s Island, Macky’s Bayside Bar & Grill, Dead Freddie’s Island Grill, Maui Golf, and more.

To learn more, go to VantageOceanCity.com and look for Meridian properties with the “+” symbol next to them. Or click here on these individual Meridian units: 902, 903, 904, 1002, 1003, and 1004.

Leave Only Your Footprints

Footprints-1Ever stopped to throw away trash at a Leave only your footprints sign at the end of a beach day in OCMD? Then you`ve participated in the mission of a local surf group responsible for those signs, the OC Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation. For years, they have been Ocean City`s unofficial stewards of the beach, focusing on principles of environmental advocacy and camaraderie in the surfing community.

Recently, the members of this group have decided to break away from the national umbrella of the Surfrider Foundation and are organizing under a new name: the Ocean City Surf Club. Though still carrying on their core principles as before, the group will be focusing even more on the local community and the younger generation of surfers through scholarships and mentoring. This new mission has brought a big wave of enthusiasm to the group, which plans to grow their annual Longboard Challenge by adding a professional surfing contest perhaps something along the lines of the Ocean City Surfing Festival.

According to OCSC spokesman Shelly Dawson, Young, old, local or visitor, all are welcome to participate in this non-profit, beach-centered organization. If you are interested in being a part of OCSC, their next meeting will take place at 11:00 a.m. on March 1st at Bull on the Beach restaurant. For more information, email info@oceancitysurfclub.org or visit OceanCitySurfClub.org.

Rare Sunset Island Promotion

BikePathIf you’ve ever dreamed of taking the family to Sunset Island, now is your chance to save! Select properties in our Sunset Island inventory are now offering a 10% DISCOUNT on visits during late May & early June when the weather should be warming up nicely & everyone will be ready to hit the beach. Valid on Weekly AND Mini-Week visits (3-night min) with check-ins between May 30 & June 8, 2014 see list of properties below to find out what duration they require. Choose from 3-BR condos and 4- or 5-BR homes that sleep up to 12 guests.

Sunset Island is Ocean City’s premier gated community, boasting fun, family-oriented amenities in a quaint island atmosphere. Brightly colored homes on peaceful, tree-lined streets welcome guests with spacious accommodations, high-end decor, and tons of modern upgrades. Enjoy some of the area’s best amenities, like Indoor/Outdoor Pools, Fitness Center, Community Room, Library, Bayfront Cafe & Boardwalk, and Private Bayfront Beach great for little ones who love to play in the water, but aren’t big enough to brave the ocean waves yet.

A mile-long nature path encircles the 37-acre property, taking you past the fishing & crabbing pier, marina with boat slips, and gorgeous views of the Bay & Ocean City skyline. Walk or ride bikes with the kids down to the community fountain area where they can play in the interactive fountains, or pay a visit to the general store or snack bar for a treat. There is something for everyone here, and it`s just a short drive from Ocean City`s famous Boardwalk, amusements & world class golf. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to save at one of Ocean City`s most sought-after resorts these properties fill up fast!

*Use Coupon Code SSI JUNE for Weekly Rentals (7-night min)
*Use Coupon Code SSI JUNE MINI for Mini-Week Rentals (3-night min)

Click HERE to view details on our Specials Page!

 

 

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