Saturday, November 24, 2012

Staying Fit on Your North Myrtle Beach Vacation

For some of our guests, staying fit and participating in a daily exercise regimen is an important part of life. The more disciplined and determined vacationers don’t take a break from workouts just because they’re taking a break from work. It’s easy to relax in North Myrtle Beach, and even easier to enjoy one of our famous all-you-can-eat seafood buffets. Balance those with a rigorous workout each day, and you won’t have a problem getting back into your regular routine once you are back home.

The fitness center is a popular amenity for vacationers, besides the pool and hot tub. The convenience of having an on-site gym makes it simple to squeeze in a quick workout while the kids are sleeping in. All large resorts in the area have fitness centers with treadmills, elliptical machines, stationary bikes, free weights, and weight machines. Each fitness room’s equipment will vary, but you’ll have enough options to burn all the calories you want. If you are staying in an Ocean Drive Beach Rentals property that does not have a fitness center, we welcome you to use the facilities at the Ocean Drive Resort, where our office is located. If running or jogging is more your thing, you have miles of open beach and great views to enjoy.

The fitness center at the Avista Resort

The North Myrtle Beach Aquatic and Fitness Center is conveniently located at 2nd Avenue South, within minutes of all our properties. If you want a multi-purpose facility with kids’ activities, huge workout rooms, and pools, consider purchasing a daily or weekly pass. This is a great option if you are planning to spend more of your vacation time exercising with your family.

If you have any questions about fitness centers or any amenities, just ask an Ocean Drive Beach Rentals staff member when you check in. We’re more than happy to assist when it comes to keeping up with your workout schedule!

By Brandon Moss of Ocean Drive Beach Rentals

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Holidays in North Myrtle Beach

You might think of the Grand Strand as a fantastic summer vacation destination. You would be right, of course, but all the excitement and fun of North Myrtle Beach should not have to be confined to one season! Many folks from around the US and Canada make the South Carolina beach their winter home while taking advantage of our famous golf courses, endless shopping, local seafood, and amazing ocean views. Some folks come for an unconventional Thanksgiving or Christmas week. The holidays are a special time in our little beach community, and we welcome visitors to break tradition and treat their families to a holiday on the beach!

Thanksgiving is a great time to bring the family together over a big traditional meal. However, the preparations that have to be made are often a hassle. Cleaning, cooking, and planning family activities is enough to exhaust anyone. That’s why we offer all of our properties for a Thanksgiving rental. We have condos and houses with enough room for up to 24 people, with fabulous ocean views and amenities. Each property comes with a fully equipped kitchen, and is guaranteed to be clean when you arrive. You can create your own feast or opt for a store-bought meal and spend more time enjoying the beach and Myrtle Beach’s attractions.

Christmas is also fun, with plenty of holiday events to attend. Bring a small artificial tree up to your condo and decorate it with your loved ones while streaming holiday music to your laptop. Enjoy waking up to the best sunrise on the east coast and bundling up for a long walk on the beach. Catch an extravagant Christmas show at the Alabama Theatre or Carolina Opry. We even have a parade through Main Street, where locals show off their colorful floats and Christmas cheer. New Years will be a blast with live music, games, and the countdown to midnight taking place in beach clubs all over town. You might even see some fireworks!

Be adventurous this year and try something new this holiday season! Bring all your favorite family traditions to the beach and create lasting memories. Ocean Drive Beach Rentals has great specials for the holiday season, so give us a call to plan your trip!

By Brandon Moss of Ocean Drive Beach Rentals

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Take a Day Trip to Charleston

The Myrtle Beach area is a great home base for experiencing South Carolina culture. Not only do we have the best attractions, restaurants, shopping, and golf, but North Myrtle Beach is in close proximity to historic landmarks and intriguing places such as Charleston. If you are staying in an Ocean Drive Beach Rentals property for your vacation, consider taking a day to explore this important city and its rich heritage.

History buffs will revel in the long, fascinating history of Charleston and its place in the evolution of America. Charleston was an important port community before the birth of our nation, and the settlers there played a key role in the American Revolution. Later, the Civil War ignited at Fort Sumter, right at Charleston’s doorstep. Major events such as these, along with a robust slave market, contributed to the storied past of this great southern city. Perhaps the most impressive thing about downtown Charleston is that most of the architecture, buildings, roads, alleyways, and the famous battery have remained largely unchanged. Hundreds of houses still stand that were built well over 300 years ago. Strolling through the streets, you can sense the age of the cobblestone under your feet, old churches with amazing marble and ironwork, and majestic houses with ivy covered courtyard walls and old carriage steps outside the front doors. It’s easy to imagine how Charleston was 200 years ago because it has been left preserved as a testament to colonial and 19th century American life.

Where the old slave market was held, there is now a museum in its place. The Charleston Museum is nearby, offering a glimpse into the region’s past. Shoppers delight in a big open-air market with vendors selling authentic local goods like sweetgrass baskets and unique jewelry. After browsing the market, take an informative ride with one of the many carriage tours. A qualified tour guide explains the origins and history of some prime downtown sights such as Rainbow Row and Battery Park. You can also take a boat tour in Charleston’s harbor, getting front row seats to Fort Sumter and other interesting sites. The USS Yorktown is also open for tours. This full size American aircraft carrier is so big, you could spend all day in it and still not see it all! For lunch, stop by any of the one-of-a-kind pubs and restaurants in the area; they each offer a taste of South Carolina’s delicious fare with southern charm.

Finding Charleston is easy. Just take Highway 17 south from North Myrtle Beach and you’ll be there in about 2 hours. Remember to leave yourself plenty of time, and enjoy the southern landscape along the way. If you need any help planning your trip to this beloved city, just ask an Ocean Drive Beach Rentals staff member. We’re here to help you get the most out of your South Carolina vacation!

By Brandon Moss of Ocean Drive Beach Rentals

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Ocean Drive Beach Rentals’ New Location

What’s a beach rental office without the beach? Welcome to our brand new location, in the lobby of the famous Ocean Drive Beach and Golf Resort, right on the beachfront. Our office is still a full-service rental office, and any future guests can check in at the new office. We are excited about operating out of the same building as our parent company, and the move is set to enhance many of the qualities that make us a leader in the vacation rental community in North Myrtle Beach.

See our new office on the first floor of the Ocean Drive Resort

Since Ocean Drive Beach Rentals has the advantage of on-site maintenance and housekeeping, our close vicinity to these resources will help us continue to provide excellent property services. We use the same housekeeping and maintenance as the Ocean Drive Resort, allowing us to utilize the resources and experience of a trusted vacation institution. We are also adding the convenience of a 24 hour check in desk. All after hours check-ins will head to the resort’s front desk instead of the rental office. The front desk is open around the clock for both resort and beach rental guests.

Our new office will benefit our homeowners, too! We are the only rental company in North Myrtle Beach that offers full resort amenities to guests staying at any of our rentals. This means that guests staying in a property with few amenities can come to the resort to swim, have a meal in our cafĂ©, or pamper themselves in OD Resort’s (soon-to-open) salon. These amenities will also benefit those guests who are experiencing maintenance issues with amenities in an off-site resort.

We invite both homeowners and vacationers to stop by our new office. We are eager to book quality vacations for guests and create profitable relationships with homeowners. Please come by to see our new home and speak with one of our professional staff members. Though we have moved, our goal is still the same: to be the authority on North Myrtle Beach vacations!

By Brandon Moss of Ocean Drive Beach Rentals