Sunday, July 31, 2011

Pet Friendly Options in North Myrtle Beach

You don't have to leave home without your best friend. More vacation rental properties are accepting dogs in North Myrtle Beach. Most of the staff at Ocean Drive Beach Rentals own pets, and realize how difficult it is to find a house-sitter while on vacation. We believe that we have a solid selection of properties that can help in your dilemma.

As with most rental properties in North Myrtle Beach, some of our pet friendly rentals offer pools, lazy rivers, and other popular amenities. Click through on this link to view all our pet friendly offerings. All these rentals will be charged a pet fee - to make sure they are cleaned properly after departure. Follow up on our Pet Friendly Information page to view helpful tips if you're planning on bringing your dog(s) on vacation.

August is here, and you'll find the best prices of the summer! Book with Ocean Drive Beach Rentals, of North Myrtle Beach - where you won't have to sell an arm and a leg to bring your dog down on vacation with your family. Let us know how we can better accommodate that extra family member.

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

Monday, July 25, 2011

On the Road to North Myrtle Beach

North Myrtle Beach is an easy destination to reach by car travel from most Eastern U.S. cities. Many people find it cheaper to take a road trip than buy expensive plane tickets. You'll save money by driving your own car to Grand Strand attractions that are all a short drive down the road from your vacation rental.

Highway life is not all that boring. Many families use the several hours as quality bonding time. Take along portable DVD players and a few great movies, and North Myrtle Beach doesn't seem that far away from home. Books, hand-held video games, and Ipods are sometimes all children need to stay occupied.

Estimated Eastern U.S. Driving Times:

Atlanta, Georgia: 6 1/2 hours

Baltimore, Maryland: 8 1/2 hours

Charleston, West Virginia: 8 hours

Charlotte, North Carolina: 4 hours

Columbus, Ohio: 11 hours

Knoxville, Tennessee: 7 hours

Lexington, Kentucky: 10 hours

New York City, New York: 11 1/2 hours

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: 11 hours

Richmond, Virginia: 5 1/2 hours

** Please visit our directions page for maps and more information **

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

Saturday, July 16, 2011

The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk; A Popular Attraction

Just a short drive down the highway from Ocean Drive Beach Rentals and Main Street lies the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk & Promenade. A new addition to Myrtle Beach’s downtown area, the boardwalk stretches just over a mile in length and features beach-side shops, restaurants and bars, and popular family attractions. Be sure to plan a visit this summer to catch great live entertainment and sample local seafood.

Beautiful day for a stroll along the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk!

Summer nights, through September 3rd, enjoy the free nightly events as part of Ocean Boulevard’s Hot Summer Nights at Plyler Park on the Boardwalk. Your family will enjoy a carnival-style beachfront atmosphere full of concerts, fireworks, and street performers. Each night of the week features a different theme! Stop by the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel to take in breathtaking views of the oceanfront and the Boulevard from 200 feet above the beach.

Come see why Myrtle Beach’s Boardwalk was ranked as #3 on National Geographic’s list of the Top Ten Boardwalks in the Nation. Ocean Boulevard has been completely revived because of this downtown addition. There is plenty to see and do for the whole family!

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

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Healthy Options in North Myrtle Beach

You don’t have to drop your healthy lifestyle when you go on vacation. There are a lot of ways to stay fit while visiting North Myrtle Beach. Pay attention to your diet and visit one of the many fitness facilities along the Grand Strand when you visit.

Dining out is a popular past-time for North Myrtle Beach visitors. Hundreds of seafood restaurants with their 4 hour wait times show this. Take your time and study the menu and ask wait staff about the various dinners before you go jumping into the buffet. Most restaurants will cater to the pickiest health nut and offer some fabulous alternatives. Fish is actually one of the best foods you can eat if you’re watching your weight – and we have tons of it!

When you’re at the beach, it’s not hard to stay active. In fact, most of the time, you are actually getting more exercise on vacation than you ever would imagine back at home! There is an endless supply of beach and water sports, such as beach volleyball, ultimate frisbee, surfing, and para-sailing. Our wide beach strand is perfect for distance runners. Outdoor shopping malls, such as Myrtle Beach’s Tanger Outlets, are a good place to get in hours of cardio. You end up walking several miles as you check out all the hot merchandise.

Don’t stop going to the gym just because you’re on vacation. North Myrtle Beach is host to hundreds of fitness clubs. Most of them feature pools, state-of-the-art weight rooms and cardio machines, and saunas. Guests of Ocean Drive Beach Rentals get discounts at Sports Doctors Fitness - located just down the road from major Grand Strand Resorts. Inquire within about what gym would be perfect for your needs.

There is no excuse for you to let your body go while in North Myrtle Beach. Although there is plenty of tempting treats to sway your healthy habits; it is extremely easy to stay on course. Instead of that ice-cream sundae on Ocean Drive, how about a delicious homemade fruit smoothie just a couple stores down?

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

Saturday, July 2, 2011

David Robinson Joins Ocean Drive Beach Rentals of North Myrtle Beach

Ocean Drive Beach Rentals , of North Myrtle Beach, is proud to announce the addition of David Robinson to the team! David joined the staff mid-June and has already made tremendous strides. He comes aboard as controller (accounting) and property manager alongside Marlene Marcum.

David has enjoyed a successful career in hospitality for nearly 30 years, of which 14 years have been spent in management positions in the Myrtle Beach area. He’s taken positions with top hotel brands, condotels, and vacation rentals. The addition of David Robinson compliments our in-house staff of H.G. Worley, Jake Foutz, Marlene Marcum, and Kristen Leonard.

“I look forward to using my experience in fulfilling the fiduciary responsibilities to both the enterprise and the clients/owners. It is a challenging opportunity to work with this team and I’m always looking to what the next day brings and how we can have a positive impact.”

- David Robinson

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