Thursday, December 30, 2010

Vacation Rental vs. Hotel Room

We know that most of our customers have had enough of this aggressive winter weather. December has brought massive amounts of snow to the Northeast and frigid temperatures to the normally mild South. Now is the time when people are thinking about their North Myrtle Beach vacation, and the warmer spring and summer temperatures. We’d like to offer a little “Vacation Rental 101” advice on the advantages of choosing a vacation rental over a typical hotel room.

Vacation rentals are typically owned by homeowners who treat their property as a second home, and not a huge corporation such as Hilton or Best Western. The property is custom-furnished to the homeowner’s personal taste, and is better taken care of than a hotel room. You won’t find a monochromatic environment in any one of our vacation rentals at Ocean Drive Beach Rentals. Hotel rooms lack this personal touch and variety of themes.

Living room of an Ocean Drive Beach Rentals' rental property

Most of our vacation rentals have three to six bedrooms, along with a living room, dining area, and fully-equipped kitchen. Some rental properties feature additional living area with a loft or game room. Even in our smaller one bedroom condominiums, there is plenty of room to stretch and relax as compared to popular Grand Strand hotels. Families who stay in individually-owned vacation rentals really enjoy saving valuable vacation dollars by using full kitchens. Large living rooms, maid service included in rent, and modern technology (flat screen TVs, wireless internet access, Jacuzzi tubs) also are huge advantages to vacationing in one of our vacation rentals.

Check out our vacation rental inventory by following this link. We have over 78 properties to choose from, for all budget sizes. You don’t have to book a rental months ahead of time. Guests that have a favorite rental home will tend to book well in advance to be sure to reserve that home for the same time next year. Ocean Drive Beach Rentals is walk-in friendly and frequently take last minute reservations.

When planning your next North Myrtle Beach family vacation, consider staying at a vacation rental instead of a hotel. You’ll find that you save lots more money, and have much more green in your pocket on the trip home. We’re here to help you with any questions you have during the incredibly important process of planning your annual vacation.

Written By: Jake Foutz - Director of Marketing, Ocean Drive Beach Rentals

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Who Said It Doesn't Snow in North Myrtle Beach?

North Myrtle Beach, and surrounding areas, got their share of the Holidays today. A storm system that blew down the eastern seaboard brought a wintry mix of rain and snow to the Grand Strand throughout the day. Our temperatures only reached the mid-30's, and the snow flurries lasted all day long. Though we had a full day of snow, there wasn't much of an accumulation to give us any great pictures.

Although not many people think of snow when they think of North Myrtle Beach, we do get a dusting of snow at least once a year; typically in January or February. It's very exciting when it does happen. Palm trees are covered in ice, and a blanket of snow lightly covers the beach strand. This is hard for many to imagine at a popular southern beach destination such as ours.

Written By: Jake Foutz - Director of Marketing, Ocean Drive Beach Rentals

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Be Our Fan and Participate

With the help of a few solid promotions and word-of-mouth, your favorite North Myrtle Beach vacation rental and property management company, Ocean Drive Beach Rentals, is growing rapidly on Facebook. We’re proud to announce a strong and loyal fan base of over 1600 fans to date. This huge population is sure to grow throughout the spring and summer, as we introduce more promotions with bigger prizes and fun seasonal contests.

L to R: Kristen, H.G., and Jake give away a $500 Pre-Paid Credit Card as a prize in Ocean Drive Beach Rentals' latest Facebook promotion.

Facebook serves as an excellent social tool for us to personally reach out to our vast customer base. It’s a way for Ocean Drive Beach Rentals to announce special deals on vacations in North Myrtle Beach and surrounding communities. With this popular social tool, we can take our creative ideas to another level with an even greater audience. It also serves as a portal site for our popular company blog. Every time we post to our blog, we make sure that there is a mention on our fan page.

Several fun interactive ideas are going to be launched on our Facebook page in 2011. One of those break-through ideas, being another Free Vacation for Life contest, will happen this spring. Simply put, we’re going to give away a Free Vacation for Life to one of our fans. We do love to give away free vacations and North Myrtle Beach merchandise on or page. There will be frequent photo contests during the late spring and summer season - more opportunities for our fans to win cool stuff. A vacation planner tool will be integrated into our Facebook page in the coming months.

If you’re not a fan of our Ocean Drive Beach Rentals Facebook page, log on or sign-up with Facebook and take advantage of this. Help us grow, and tell your family and friends about us. We’re sure to keep you interested with our weekly updates and awesome promotions.

Written By: Jake Foutz - Director of Marketing, Ocean Drive Beach Rentals

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Perfect Time for Golf

The Grand Strand, a beautiful coastline of over 50 miles, provides one of the best values for golf in all of the United States. With over 100 courses available for your enjoyment, you and your foursome will always be able to find a course suitable to your tastes. From the group looking for a high-end experience, to a couple of friends interested in having a good time off the course as they are on it, the Grand Strand meets all needs. Ocean Drive Beach Rentals can customize your golf vacation for any size group.

You'll enjoy quality golf, tremendous value, and a fun-filled experience, on and off the course even in difficult economic times. Visitors are immersed in the game and a good time from the moment they arrive, a needed reprieve from the stress of daily life. Once the round is over, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy long into the night.

Fall and Spring are the most popular times of year for golf on the Grand Strand. The weather is perfect for a day on the links. North Myrtle Beach crowds are down, allowing for easy access to all the attractions and restaurants. There is a great supply of quality accommodations to suit all size groups. Get your group together, set your dates, and call Ocean Drive Beach Rentals for your next golf vacation to North Myrtle Beach.

Golfer-Friendly Vacation Rentals:

Conched Out in Cherry Grove

Atlantis Villas #205 & #302 along Ocean Drive

Beachy Keen in Ocean Drive Beach

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Cest La Vie along Ocean Drive

Written By: David Haynes - Ocean Drive Beach Rentals

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Good Things are Coming Our Way

Cover, 2011 Ocean Drive Beach Rentals Vacation Planner

A lot of great things are happening with Ocean Drive Beach Rentals now, and in the coming months. We pride ourselves with the fact that we are an ever-developing property management and vacation rentals company. This is all possible with great customers, and an innovative, creative staff.

Our 2011 Vacation Planner is being printed right now. It will feature a sampling of our North Myrtle Beach vacation rentals, helpful information on the Grand Strand, and a detailed destination map. This year’s planner is designed in a unique manner, in that no other company on the beach has the same format as ours. We feel that our website is the most important tool in planning your family vacation, and so this planner will serve as a compliment to our incredible online presence. Please give us a call at 877-287-2977 to reserve your FREE COPY.

Ocean Drive Beach Rentals now has 74 properties listed on the website! By Christmas, this number could easily swell to 80 properties. That means more vacation rentals to choose from. Each and every one of them is unique and offers different amenities. We offer rentals for every budget and preference; along every location in North Myrtle Beach. Our pet friendly (dog friendly) offerings are growing rapidly as well. You can check out the newest properties to our inventory here.

The Endless Fun Club was designed a year ago to give our guests more value for their vacation dollars. In 2011, we’re going to grow this program bigger, and include more Grand Strand businesses. After March, Guests vacationing with Ocean Drive Beach Rentals will be able to take advantage of big discounts at popular shops, attractions, and restaurants. Check our website often to see what businesses are participating.

Social media is extremely important to us. Our goal is to post a new blog article every Saturday, possibly more than once per week. We also have a strong presence on Facebook, with over 1,000 fans to date. This is a great way to get announcements out to our customers, let you know about North Myrtle Beach news, and have a little fun with contests. Right now, we have a Facebook contest for our fans to win a $500 pre-paid American Express credit card, and a $100 Gift Certificate to go to the runner-up, if we reach 1,300 fans by December 9th. Stop by our page before then and become a fan, you may be one of the two winners announced on December 10th.

Favorite our website in your internet browser so you can keep up with our changes. Every day we’re doing something different. We appreciate everyone for helping us grow successfully in the past year, and look to the future in anticipation.

Written By: Jake Foutz - Director of Marketing, Ocean Drive Beach Rentals