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Summer Vacation Rental Deals in Ocean City, MD

It’s enough to bring on a moment of panic—the sudden realization that summer has arrived, and you haven’t booked your family beach vacation!

Relax. Take a deep breath. You still have time to book a wonderful place at the beach. Lucky for you, we’re offering several enticing summer deals for vacation rentals in Ocean City, Maryland.

Check out these properties with newly reduced rates, freebies and other incentives, so you’ll actually get rewarded for waiting! Don’t wait any longer, though, because these rates and properties will be gone before you know it.

Gateway Grand

Ocean City’s finest resorts!

This is a rare opportunity to save on a stay at one of Ocean City’s finest resorts at a reduced rate. Beyond the exceptional conveniences and comforts of your condo, you have full access to Gateway Grand’s many community amenities, including an indoor and outdoor pool, a fitness center and a game room for the kids.

Gateway Grand 502


Upgrades galore, including a gourmet kitchen

Rates reduced by 40% for June, 20% for July and 10% for August.

Make yourself at home in this three-bedroom, three-bathroom luxury condo on an ocean block in Midtown Ocean City. Inside, you’ll find upgrades galore, including a gourmet kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances. Outside, your spacious balcony has a spectacular view of the ocean in the distance.

Gateway Grand 1012

Enjoy spectacular ocean views all day long

Complimentary linens ($175 value) and building registration ($80 value), extra key fobs for your whole group and the use of a beach locker with chairs, umbrellas and toys. 

Watch a radiant sunrise each morning and enjoy spectacular ocean views all day long from the balcony of this spacious luxury condo that sleeps eight. You’ll immediately notice the bright, beachy décor, gourmet kitchen and newly remodeled granite dining room complete with 12 new bar stools.

Canvasback 102

Includes a beautiful bathroom with a walk-in tiled shower

Rates reduced by 20% for June and July, and 15% for August.

Relaxing is easy in this cozy two-bedroom, two-bathroom Midtown condo on the ocean block. You’ll marvel at the recent updates, which include a beautiful bathroom with a walk-in tiled shower—perfect after a long day in the sun. Speaking of, you’re just a half-block walk from the beach and minutes from some of Ocean City’s most popular destinations. Seacrets is right across the street!

Mooring 102


You’re only steps from having your toes in the sand!

Rates reduced by 40% for June, 20% for July and 10% for August.

The panoramic ocean view is the highlight of this two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo. The owners have recently renovated this unit in time for the 2019 season with an upgraded kitchen, new flooring and new TVs. You’re only steps from having your toes in the sand, and you can easily walk to favorite restaurants, shops and attractions.

Beach Place 23

Stay by the surf in a spacious oceanfront townhome

Rates reduced by 20% for August.

Stay by the surf in a spacious oceanfront townhome with its own boardwalk path leading to the beach. You’ll find all the comforts of home, from a Keurig coffee maker and free Wi-Fi to the brand-new smart TV in the living room. And you’ll enjoy tranquil ocean breezes on the balconies that only a beach vacation can provide.

Sunset Island 48 Island Edge Dr.

This professionally decorated luxury townhome sleeps 12

Rates reduced by 15% to 20% for June, plus free linens and a VIP welcome bag loaded with vacation essentials.

Bring everyone along, because this professionally decorated luxury townhome sleeps 12, with five bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms. Prepare meals in the gourmet kitchen featuring dual wall ovens, then relax on the private balconies or the spacious living room. Take full advantage of everything Sunset Island has to offer across its 37 acres, including walking trails, indoor and outdoor pools, an on-site restaurant, fishing pier and more.

Book Your Summer Vacation Deal for Ocean City

Book your summer vacation now

Give yourself some peace of mind and book your summer vacation now. Just think of everything you could do with your savings!

Contact your friendly Vantage reservationist at 410-723-2002 to book your stay and learn more about our summer vacation deals in Ocean City. You can explore more properties and book direct at www.VantageOceanCity.com to ensure you pay 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.

Oceanfront Properties for Your Ocean City Vacation


This could be your Ocean City, Maryland, summer vacation

Enjoy your first sip of morning coffee as the radiant sun shimmers over the Atlantic Ocean—seabirds gliding by, waves lapping the empty shore. Take a stroll on the beach any time of day because it’s just a few steps from your front door. And fall asleep each night to a soothing serenade from the sea.   

This could be your Ocean City, Maryland, summer vacation when you choose an oceanfront rental from Vantage. Our spacious one- to three-bedroom condos are perfect for couples and families looking to soak in a panoramic ocean view, feel the sand between their toes and lose their worries in the salty breeze.  

Here are just a few of our wonderful waterside offerings.

Century I 101

Century I 101 with exquisite bay view and balcony

What’s unique about this two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo that comfortably sleeps six guests? Its two floors—one featuring a bedroom with an exquisite bay view and balcony, the other boasting yet another bedroom with a bay view and an oceanfront balcony.

Still not enough ocean? The Century I 101 elevator opens its doors right to North Ocean City’s pristine beach. Later, take a dip in the indoor pool and a walk to Trattoria Lombardi’s Restaurant, or maybe the wine bar and bistro Liquid Assets. Of course, you can always stay home, prepare a delicious meal and admire the stunning scenery. 

Other amenities include:

  • 3 flat-screen TVs
  • Dining area
  • Fitness room

Acropolis 4


Featured in Coastal Style magazine

If you’ve ever wanted to experience living in a penthouse, Acropolis 4 is the vacation rental property for you. Featured in Coastal Style magazine as a “Prestigious Property,” this three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bathroom residence is luxury at its finest. Custom lighting, a gas fireplace, a private elevator and flat-screen TVs help you relax in style. Fix your favorite meals in the gourmet kitchen with a double oven, convection microwave and expanded stovetop. There’s even a wet bar for happy hour.

And that’s just the inside of your condo. Atop Acropolis is a rooftop patio with an inviting hot tub and breathtaking views of the sparkling ocean and bay. The beach isn’t the only attraction that’s just steps away. Walk a few minutes and you’ll find popular shops and restaurants, including Dead Freddie’s Island Grill, Fager’s Island and Galaxy 66 Bar & Grill.

 Other amenities include:

  • Private entrance
  • Provided linens
  • Washer/dryer

Irene 301


Comfortably accommodates 10 guests

Looking for a little more space to spread out on your summer vacation? This newly decorated three-bedroom, two-bathroom condo comfortably accommodates 10 guests. Choices are the name of the game at Irene 301, with king, queen, pyramid bunk and bunk beds, as well as two private covered balconies. After a long day at the beach, step inside to enjoy swimming in Irene 301’s indoor pool or relax in the sauna.

In the evening, cook a scrumptious meal in your fully stocked kitchen and cuddle up for a family movie. Or take a break from cooking and head to the Gold Coast Mall just across the street offering a variety of restaurants—Italian, American, Mediterranean, sushi—and shopping.

You’ll also enjoy:

  • Washer/dryer
  • Outside shower
  • Three high-speed elevators

Antigua 803


Enjoy expansive views of the ocean

This is what dream vacations are made of: a completely renovated condo, totally free from the stresses of daily life. Antigua 803 is a two-bedroom, two-bathroom unit that sleeps six. Its open living room with expansive views of the ocean is perfect for any family gathering. Everyone in your group will enjoy the wealth of perks that come with the property, including a heated outdoor pool, kiddie pool, sauna and volleyball area.

You’re within walking distance of many favorite local restaurants and shops, and the famous Ocean City boardwalk is just a short drive away.

Other amenities include:

  • 3 flat-screen TVs
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Outside shower

Rainbow 505


Your own private balcony overlooking the ocean

Welcome home to Rainbow 505—a three-bedroom, two-bathroom vacation rental on “condo row” in beautiful North Ocean City. Its many windows and private balcony overlooking the ocean invite a certain brightness that adds serenity to your retreat.  

When you’re finished at the beach, cool off in the crystal-clear outdoor pool, or soak up more rays on the sun deck. There’s even a kiddie pool for the little ones.  

You’re within an easy walk of some of the area’s top destinations, such as the Gold Coast Mall and the original Greene Turtle. Satisfy your sweet tooth with fudge, salt water taffy and hand-dipped chocolates at the Candy Kitchen, an Ocean City institution.

You’ll also enjoy:

  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Elevator
  • Two parking spaces

Salty Sands I 302

This is my happy place!

Create a vacation to remember in this recently remodeled one-bedroom, one full/one half bathroom unit. It’s easy to make yourself comfortable here, with new furnishings, décor and high-end touches throughout. Wake each morning to the sun beaming in from the doorway of your private balcony. Spend long days on the beach and in the ocean just a few feet away. At night, feast on fresh local seafood and your own dishes in the state-of-the-art kitchen, complete with new appliances and granite countertops.

You simply can’t beat the location of Salty Sands I 302. Within just a few minutes you can walk to hotspots like Seacrets, Dumser’s Dairyland and the Ocean City Convention Center.

Other amenities include:

  • Free HBO
  • Washer/dryer
  • Elevator

Book your oceanfront oasis now


A fabulous summer stay with Vantage!

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to have a fabulous summer stay at one of our oceanfront rentals in Ocean City, MD. Contact a friendly Vantage reservation specialist at 410-723-2002 to choose one of these or our other beautiful vacation rentals. You can also 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.

MD State Firemen’s Association Annual Convention and Conference: June 15 – 21, 2019

Firefighters and first responders from across Maryland will descend on Ocean City from June 15 to 21, 2019, for the Maryland State Fireman’s Association Annual Convention and Conference. MSFA’s 127th gathering features a week of intensive training, education and official association business.

But Convention week in Ocean City, MD, is also a time to relax and celebrate the contributions of those who provide volunteer fire, rescue and emergency medical services in Maryland. The entire team at Vantage would like to thank and welcome Maryland’s community heroes and their families. We’re making it easier to plan a great vacation around your time in Ocean City with an overview of the many fun activities on tap for the week.

Sunday: Treasure Hunt

You never know what you’ll find!

You don’t have to be a serious collector to appreciate the unique items for sale and trade during the Fire and EMS Memorabilia Flea Market. Patches, pins, antique gear, rare toys—you never know what you’ll find at this year’s flea market, taking place in the OC Convention Center Performing Arts Center Lobby.

Monday: Family Fun at Jolly Roger


Monday night is playtime at Jolly Roger

Monday night is playtime with a special MSFA family event at Ocean City’s famous Jolly Roger Amusement Park on 30th Street. One price gets you unlimited thrills with rides for all ages, unlimited chances for victory at mini-golf on two challenging courses and unlimited adrenaline boosts on the go carts at Speedworld.

Tuesday: Bulldogs and Bulls

Mack Fire Truck Rally on Tuesday

Mack Trucks, an icon of American manufacturing, has contributed mightily over the past century to the evolution of firefighting apparatus. You’ll have your chance to see historic and modern models up close during the Mack Fire Truck Rally Tuesday afternoon in the Convention Center North parking lot. When the sun goes down, saddle up for the 10th Annual Brotherhood Block Party at Cowboy Coast, hosted by the Ocean City FOOLS (Fraternal Order of Leatherheads Society). It’s an unforgettable night of live entertainment, dancing, food and drink specials—and did we mention Maryland’s largest and most realistic mechanical bull? This event supports the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

Wednesday: Join the Parade

Join the parade!

Midweek brings a favorite tradition among conventioneers and anyone lucky enough to be in town—the MSFA Parade in Downtown Ocean City. Parade participants line up in the Inlet parking lot and continue on a route between 16th and 30th Streets on Baltimore Avenue. Who was the best of the best? Find out during a ceremony awarding prizes and trophies at the OC Convention Center.

Thursday: Run Yourself Ragged

Run, walk, then cool off and relax.

The OC FOOLS are at it again, this time sponsoring the 5th Annual Hair of the Dalmatian 5K to benefit the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. Runners and walkers will start and end at the Firefighter Memorial on the Boardwalk. Thursday afternoon, it’s MSFA Family Day at Frontier Town Water Park & Mini-Golf [in nearby Berlin, MD. The little ones can cool off in the shallow Western-themed wading pool and Splash Pad, while the bigger kids (and parents) swoosh through the twists and turns of three new waterslides. If you have anything left in the tank, head down to enjoy unlimited rides during MSFA Family Night at the Boardwalk Pier!

Friday: Hit the Links

Ready for some friendly competition? MSFA’s 27th Annual Golf Tournament begins with a shotgun start at 0800 at Eagles Landing Golf Course—an Ocean City, MD, favorite which Golf Digest has rated “Best in State.” This is a best-ball format where everybody wins, thanks to the complimentary breakfast bar and lunch at Assateague Crab House.

Stay Close to It All


Vantage keeps you close to the MSFA Convention

Your 2019 MSFA Convention week in Ocean City, MD, will be one to remember when you choose the right accommodations for your whole crew. Vantage is happy to help you find a vacation rental that keeps you close to the MSFA Convention action and offers plenty of room for everyone. Just get in touch with one of our reservation specialists at 410-723-2002 and we’ll get started. You can also browse vacation rentals and book direct at www.VantageOceanCity.com. 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.


10 Watersports in Ocean City, MD, That You Need to Try

There’s nothing like cruising the waters of Ocean City as the sun glistens off the waves and warms your skin. Whether you’re traveling on a jet ski, paddleboard, or sailboat, the destination is the same — pure enjoyment! Check out some of the most popular watersports in Ocean City, MD, and experience them for yourself this year. By the time you get back to shore, you’ll have memories to last a lifetime! Just don’t forget to browse our vacation rentals before you go. We have a variety of properties along the beach and bay that are perfect for your adventures on the water!

Enjoy Fun in the Sun With These Watersports in Ocean City, MD

Paddleboarding

Enjoy paddleboarding at sunset.

Paddle your way to serenity! Paddleboarding is quickly becoming one of the hottest watersports in Ocean City, and you’ll soon find out why. It’s a lovely opportunity to slow things down and explore the beauty of the bay at your own pace. Don’t worry if you’re new to paddleboarding — our local guides will have you paddling like a pro in no time!

Paddleboard Rentals

  • 48th Street Watersports: Free basic lessons are included with your rental. Try their Sunset Paddle classes or Night Time Glow Boards Tours!
  • Odyssea Watersports: Their private beach with shallow water makes it easy to get a feel for the sport before venturing out further into the bay.
  • Walk on Water Paddleboard Company: Walk on Water has flexible rental options as well as lessons, tours, and even Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga!

Jet Skiing

Fun times jet skiing

Do you prefer a little excitement in your vacation? Get your adrenaline pumping with a thrilling jet ski adventure! Whether it’s your first time or your hundredth time riding a jet ski, you’re in for an incredible time. You can zoom along the water on your own or with up to three passengers, making it a fun family activity as well!

Jet Ski Rentals

  • Odyssea Watersports: Launch directly from their large, private beach and take a Kawasaki STX 15F for a spin. Or, rent one of their new Seadoo Trixx jet skis to try some fun tricks in the water!
  • Paradise Watersports: Hop on a Seadoo GTI jet ski and explore a section of the bay with plenty of room to roam around.

Kayaking

Kayaking fun on the water!

Grab a seat and get ready for some classic fun on the water! Kayaking is a great way to see nature, enjoy the sun, and get an upper-body workout. Of course, you’ll have a whole lot of fun in the process! Here are some local companies that can get you started:

Kayak Rentals

  • 48th Street Watersports: Rent single or double sit-on-top kayaks with free delivery to your favorite spot.
  • Odyssea Watersports: Explore the waters around small islands near Odyssea’s private beach area. Lessons are included with your rental of a single or double kayak.

Sailing

Enjoy the view.

Feel the sun on your skin and the wind in your hair as you cruise the coast in style! It takes some time to master the art of sailing, but it’s an incredible feeling once you get the hang of it. The guides at 48th Street Watersports can help!

Sailboat Rentals

48th Street Watersports: Make an appointment and get some quality practice on a single-sail catamaran or a 16-foot Prindle catamaran. Both beginners and experts are welcome!

Windsurfing

Enjoy the excitement of windsurfing!

You can also harness the power of the wind on a slightly smaller scale by windsurfing! It’s a combination of sailing and surfing, resulting in a spectacular experience for all who try it. Grab hold of your sail and zip along the rippling waters of Ocean City!

Windsurfing Rentals

48th Street Watersports: Select a board according to your skill level and experience the excitement of windsurfing! Basic and private lessons are available for beginners.

Deep Sea Fishing

Fishing Tournaments
Plan an Ocean City fishing trip.

Reel in a trophy catch worth bragging about with an Ocean City fishing trip! Our waters are home to a wide variety of fish, making it a paradise for anglers. Feel free to bring your boat or charter one with trusted companies in the area.

Fishing Charters

  • Bahia Marina: Choose from a variety of fishing boats with room for up to six passengers. Don’t forget to pack a cooler or stop by the tackle shop for food and drinks.
  • Ocean City Fishing Center: Select a charter based on the size of your group and what type of fish you’d like to catch. There are inshore boats for smaller fish and offshore boats for marlin, tuna, sharks, and more!

If you’re into competitive fishing, don’t forget to register for the Ocean City Tuna Tournament and White Marlin Open each summer!

Parasailing

Parasailing Rides

The Ocean City coastline is a beautiful scene to admire from the beach, and it gets even better when you have a bird’s eye view of it all. Take your excitement to new heights and try parasailing during your visit! See if you can spot some dolphins playing in the water below!

  • OC Parasail: Choose between bayside or oceanside views at varying heights.
  • Paradise Watersports: The boats at Paradise Watersports have room for up to 12 people, so you can share the experience with your friends and family members!

Boat Tours

We would be remiss if we didn’t include some of our favorite boat tours in the list of water activities. Step aboard and get ready for the thrill of a lifetime on these speedboat trips!

Tours & Cruises

  • OC Rocket: Keep an eye out for dolphins on this exciting ride! Private charters are also available for memorable group outings.
  • Sea Rocket: Listen to music and learn fun facts about Ocean City’s local marine life during your high-speed cruise.

Swimming

Cool off in the surf!

If you prefer a more relaxing experience on your vacation, feel free to enjoy a delightful day at the beach! You can cool off with a swim in the ocean, grab a boogie board and ride the waves, or simply dip your toes in as you walk along the sand.

Water Parks

Jolly Roger Amusements & Splash Mountain Water Park

Jolly Roger Amusements & Splash Mountain Water Park

It might not be considered a watersport, but there’s plenty of fun to be had at the Splash Mountain Water Park in Ocean City, MD! Make a splash on rides like the Aqualoop and Eye of the Hurricane or enjoy a peaceful journey down the 1,100-foot Lazy River!

Enjoy All of These Adventures with Vantage Vacation Rentals!


Walk to your favorite waterfront activities.

Get one step closer to your ideal vacation by selecting one of our beautiful properties! We have over 500 rentals in Ocean City’s most beloved communities, putting you within minutes of the bay, beach, or boardwalk. That means you can wake up and walk to your favorite waterfront activities. We even offer discounts at Splash Mountain Water Park, and many of our properties feature pools so you can have more fun in the water!

Browse our Ocean City vacation rentals today and find 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.

Try 8 of the Best Ocean City Boardwalk Restaurants

So many seafood choices,
including fresh oysters!

It’s a bright, sunny day in Ocean City, MD. You’re walking along the boardwalk, basking in the salty air. Some make their way to the beach to work on their tans. Others enjoy shopping in eclectic stores or trying out the thrilling boardwalk rides and games. As you look around to choose your next move on this wonderful day, your stomach begins to growl. Now, you start to smell the aroma of sweet treats wafting in the breeze while people walk by holding hot funnel cakes. You know what to do — it’s time to try out some of the best Ocean City Boardwalk restaurants!

However, you can’t begin your restaurant-sampling adventure if you don’t have a place to stay nearby. With Vantage Vacation Rentals, you can enjoy accommodations directly on the boardwalk in Ocean City, Maryland. You’ll love being so close to everything our beautiful destination has to offer.

Ocean City Boardwalk Restaurants for All Your Dining Needs

If you’re wondering when to visit Ocean City, MD, for the best dining experience, you’ll be happy to know that the boardwalk stays open year round! Browse through this collection of restaurants to begin planning your perfect vacation!

Quick Snacks

Love’s Lemonade & Funnel Cake

If you’re looking for classic boardwalk fare, you’ve come to the right place. Love’s Lemonade & Funnel Cake is a small stand that serves a wide range of items. Find freshly squeezed lemonade, corn dogs, chicken tenders, shaved ice, hot dogs, and so much more! Of course, you can’t leave the stand without trying their famous funnel cakes that come in a variety of crazy flavors.

Thrasher’s French Fries


Best french fries on the O.C. boardwalk!

In a time filled with change and innovation, Thrasher’s French Fries sticks to their original way of creating the savory, golden snack. Since 1929, the establishment provides fresh, hand-cut fries to Ocean City, Maryland. They let the deliciousness of the potatoes speak for themselves by only offering salt and vinegar as a topping and by frying them in peanut oil. For any spud lovers out there, you have to try this simple yet perfectly calculated recipe for the best french fries on the entire boardwalk!

Piezano’s Pizza

Sometimes, pizza is the perfect fix to satisfy your hunger. We suggest checking out Piezano’s Pizza when you’re craving a cheesy slice of heaven! This food stand was first established in 1962 and has served the boardwalk in Ocean City ever since! Grab a slice of fresh pie made from scratch every day for a truly doughy delight.

Beers and Bar Bites

9th Street Taphouse

Classic American bar bites

Unwind from the bustling boardwalk with a stop at the 9th Street Taphouse. Here, you’ll love the selection of over 35 craft beers on tap. Pair your choice with classic American bar bites like burgers and wings. This is a popular venue for live music, perfect for kicking back and enjoying the tunes over a hearty, delicious meal.

Shenanigan’s Irish Pub

Stop by Shenanigan’s Irish Pub for an interesting fusion of Irish cuisine with Ocean City, MD flair. Enjoy sampling Irish classics while sitting on the outdoor patio overlooking the stunning water. And, it wouldn’t be a true pub without a fantastic selection of draft beers to quench your thirst.

Fresh Seafood

Fresh Chesapeake & Delaware Bay oysters

Bull on the Beach

No trip to the boardwalk in Ocean City is complete without sampling local seafood. Bull on the Beachoffers a raw bar that’s sure to cure your craving for freshly caught delicacies like oysters and clams. They also offer steamed shrimp, steamed mussels with garlic butter, crab cakes, fresh flounder, and more!

Harrison’s Harbor Watch

For a fine dining option filled with exquisitely crafted seafood dishes, you have to visit Harrison’s Harbor Watch. Try a Maryland classic, rockfish, for some authentic local flavors. Or, opt for delicious seafood pasta filled with shrimp, lump crab, and mussels, or indulge in shrimp ravioli topped with lobster cream sauce. They also have a raw bar featuring Chesapeake & Delaware Bay oysters, as well as freshly shucked clams. To top it off, this is the best place to enjoy gorgeous views of the inlet with your dining experience!

Find Your Happy Place in Ocean City, MD

Steps away from Ocean City Boardwalk restaurants.

Vantage Vacation Rentals offers over 500 lovely properties, and many of them are steps away from these Ocean City Boardwalk restaurants. They offer much more than convenient locations, though. Our properties also feature spectacular amenities and exclusive guest benefitsjust for choosing Vantage. Browse our accommodationsto take the first step toward your vacation in Ocean City, Maryland. You’re just a couple of clicks away from your paradise!

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.

St. Patrick's Day dogs

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.

Book your St. Patty’s day vacay now

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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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Top 5 Reasons Why Vacation Rentals Are Better than Hotels

When it comes time to plan your Ocean City getaway, you may face a common travel conundrum: vacation rentals vs. hotels. Actually, the choice may be easier than you think, especially when you factor in advantages like cost and the square footage available in a vacation home rental.

To help you make a decision you’ll feel good about, we’ve put together the top five reasons why vacation rentals are the better choice for your stay in Ocean City.

Benefit #1 of a Vacation Rental vs a Hotel: Rentals are more cost effective.

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Sunset Island 14 Shore Point Dr.

When you book a vacation rental directly through a property management company, there are no hidden fees or costs that get tacked on during your stay. You’ll know what’s included from the beginning, and the price doesn’t change.

Planning a vacation with multiple families? Stay in a private home that accommodates more people, then save money by splitting the cost. Expenses can become overwhelming at a hotel where you’d need to book multiple rooms for all your guests.

The number one expense when you’re on vacation: daily meals. At short-term rental homes, kitchen and dining areas give you the freedom to cook meals instead of visiting restaurants three times a day in Ocean City, saving you ample money and time.

Benefit #2 of a Vacation Rental vs a Hotel: Rentals are more flexible.

The perfect vacation doesn’t include timed schedules. Book a vacation home and sleep when you want, take your time eating meals, go for a midnight swim—you operate on your time. On the other hand, staying in a traditional hotel means you run the risk of room service interrupting your nap, waiting in line for continental breakfast and missing out on restricted pool hours—to name a few inconveniences.

And while most hotels offer costs per night, vacation rentals in Ocean City have more flexibility with your length of stay, whether it’s a few nights, a week or longer.

Benefit #3 of a Vacation Rental vs a Hotel: Rentals offer more space.

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The average size of a vacation rental is 2,000 square feet. A hotel room? More like 400 square feet. Not ideal.

Keep your family vacation stress-free at a rental property where you can enjoy time together but retreat to your own space when you need some privacy. (Did we mention no fighting over the bathroom?)

Benefit #4 of a Vacation Rental vs a Hotel: Rentals give you more for your money.

Today’s travelers have certain expectations and preferences for amenities. Among those frequently on the wish list:

• Fast (free) Wi-Fi connections
• Kitchens
• Hot tubs, pool and game tables
• Free parking

Sound good to you? Clearly, all these amenities are much more common in vacation rentals than hotels.

Perks like washing machines and coffee makers help you feel more at home during your stay and often come standard in vacation rental properties. Hotels, however, often charge extra for things like Internet connectivity and movie players.

Benefit #5 of a Vacation Rental vs a Hotel: Rentals offer peace and privacy.

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Even if you book a rental beachfront property in Ocean City, you’re likely to have more breathing room than travelers who opt for hotels. Spare yourself from noisy guests across the hall in a busy hotel and stay in a rental property where you’re free to get a little noisy yourself.

Whether you’re interested in a lazy getaway or an exciting family vacation, make the easy choice to book a rental property—the perfect balance of seclusion and activity.

The team at Vantage is standing by now to help you find an Ocean City rental property that delivers all these benefits and more. Call one of our friendly reservationists at (410) 723-2002 or book direct at www.VantageOceanCity.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.