What To Do When It Rains On Your Beach Vacation

Nobody expects it to rain on their vacation so most people don’t plan for it. If you don’t have a list of ideas of things to do during inclement weather you’re going to be sitting in your vacation rental  with nothing to do but watch tv. We have a list of 10 super ideas for things you and your family can do if it rains on your vacation while you’re in Holden Beach North Carolina.

10 Things to Do When it Rains on Vacation

  1. Go to the Movies – The closest movie theatre is Coastal Stadium 10 in nearby Shallotte, NC. With 10 big screens you’ll have an assortment of choices for movies. Location: 5200 Bridgers Road, Shallotte, NC.
  2. Bring the Movies to You – Redbox offers unlimited movies that you can rent and watch right in your vacation rental. Pick up a half dozen or so and spend binge-watching while relaxing. At various locations: 3045 Holden Beach Rd SW, 1138 Sabbath Home Rd. SW or 1100 Sabbath Home Rd. SW, Holden Beach.
  3. Walk in the Rain – As long as there’s no lightning or thunder in the area, grab an umbrella, put on flip flops, and go for a walk along the beach. Location: Just outside your door.
    10 Things to Do When it Rains on Vacation
  4. Visit an Art Gallery – The Kd Morris Art Gallery & Wine Shop is where you’ll find an eclectic assortment of fine art, jewelry, pottery and other collectibles made by regional artists along with boutique wines from around the world. Location: 3422 Holden Beach Rd., Holden Beach.
  5. Check out the Museum of Coastal Carolina – The Museum of Coastal Carolina has many themed galleries with outstanding dioramas and exhibits about the natural history, environment, and culture of the Coastal Carolinas. Special programs held daily. Location: 21 East Second Street, Ocean Isle Beach.
    10 Things to Do When it Rains on Vacation
  6. Ingram Planetarium is where you can experience Laser Light & Music Shows, free science-related programs, learn about the prehistoric adventure of sea monsters, and enjoy star shows. Location: 7625 High Market Street, Sunset Beach, NC.
    10 Things to Do When it Rains on Vacation
  7. Bowling, Arcades & Mini-GolfPlanet Fun offers 32 lanes for bowling, laser tag, indoor mini-golf, jungle gym, bounce house and more! Location: 349 Whiteville Road, Shallotte, NC.
    10 Things to Do When it Rains on Vacation
  8. Broadway at the Beach – There is something for everyone here and you’re guaranteed to spend an entire and part of the evening staying occupied with shopping, dining in a large assortment of restaurants, and enjoying amusements such as MagiQuest, Ripley’s Aquarium, Palace Theatre, WonderWorks and so much more! Location: 1325 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach, SC.
    10 Things to Do When it Rains on Vacation
  9. Barefoot Landing – More than 100 shops and restaurants for the whole family’s enjoyment. There’s plenty to see and do including a reptile park, live music, and a carousel. Attractions include Alligator Adventure, House of Blues, Alabama Theatre, and so much more! Location: 4898 Highway 17 South, North Myrtle Beach, SC.
  10. Wilmington Trolley Co. Tours – Hop onto a trolley and weave through the bumpy cobblestone streets and hear the stories of the homes, people, and events that make Wilmington the historical city it is. The 45-minute tours depart from Water Street between Market and Dock Streets. Location: 460 Baytree Rd, Wilmington, NC

We want you to make the most of your vacation whether the weather is beautiful or it’s pouring rain. If you’ve been considering a move to the area, there’s nothing like a few rainy days to get vacationers perusing the local real estate. Get in touch with us at Brunswickland Realty if you’d like to look at properties now or in the future.



Super Deals on Dog Friendly Beach Rentals in Holden Beach

If the long cold northern winter is wearing you down and you want to escape to where the flowers are blooming and the sun is shining, come to Holden Beach, North Carolina. Spring is a time many people wait for to plan their early season vacation. Our dog friendly beach rentals in Holden Beach will be just perfect for you and your four legged best friend. Plus, at Brunswickland Realty have plenty of availability!

Super Deals on Dog Friendly Beach Rentals in Holden Beach

It’s never too early to reserve your accommodations if you want the best selection of our dog friendly available homes. Any one of our comfortable and affordable  condo rentals that are dog friendly might be exactly what you need to warm yourself up.

Super Deals on Dog Friendly Beach Rentals in Holden Beach

At Brunswickland Realty we have an excellent assortment of beautifully furnished condos for you to choose from whether you’re wanting a pet friendly home or not. Take the time to browse our website and see the photos we have posted of each of our vacation rental properties. You’ll know pretty quickly which one speaks to you to come and stay awhile in North Carolina!

Super Deals on Dog Friendly Beach Rentals in Holden Beach

When you stay in one of our dog friendly beachfront condo rentals you’ll have easy access to everything around coastal North Carolina. Whether you’re coming to visit family, play some golf, or just relax away from work and home, we have the perfect place to stay for your entire family — pets included.

Give us a call today at 800-842-6949. Tell us the size of the rental you’re looking for, what amenities you’d like to have and where you’d like to stay and we’ll help you choose the perfect vacation rental that allows pets. Tell us when you’re coming and how long you’d like to stay and we’ll tell you what’s available. We’ll put you in the ideal pet-friendly vacation rental and at a price you can afford. You can count on us!

You Can Save Money on a Winter Vacation

If your New Year resolutions include establishing a budget that you can live within, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a beach vacation ever again. Did you know that you can save a lot of money by vacationing in the winter vs. the summer time? There’s a number of reasons to take a winter vacation that goes far beyond the huge benefit of less crowded conditions.

You Can Save Money on a Winter Vacation

When you take an off-season vacation you will have more vacation rentals to choose from around Holden Beach. Vacationing on a budget is certainly doable — people do it all the time, especially families. Holden Beach, South Carolina, is a fabulous oceanfront location and that Holden Beach vacation rentals we can supply you with will work within your budget.

You Can Save Money on a Winter Vacation

There are plenty of ways to spend less yet have more when it comes to fun. Family vacations are all about fun. Fly kites, gaze at the stars after a nighttime picnic on the beach, go body surfing, take a croquette challenge, hike, bike, swim, go fishing, join a volleyball game, set up a Frisbee™ match or just play ball. From free concerts to nature walks, you really can spend less while having more fun.

You Can Save Money on a Winter Vacation

Many of our accommodations have swimming pools, hot tubs, and TV’s with DVD players, all of which will keep you within your budget. Preparing your own meals will save you money over dining out in restaurants while you’re here.

When you’re looking for Holden Beach accommodations that won’t sink you financially, give us a call at 1-800-842-6949 and we’ll set you up with something that will keep you within your budget.


What To Do When You Have The Holiday Blues

When the holiday blues creep up on you there’s no better way to handle them than right here in coastal North Carolina! Lots of people find it necessary to escape from the cold and snow each year during the long winter months. Almost always, vacationers discover coming here is exactly what they needed to get through the rest of the season. For others, they come to spend the entire winter and return home after the snow melts. That’s pretty close to a perfect life, we’d say.

What To Do When You Have The Holiday Blues

We have many comfortable vacation home rentals that will begin lifting your spirits from the moment you walk through the front door. There are plenty of oceanfront rentals that will provide you with the opportunity to catch a sunrise from your deck each and every morning while enjoying breakfast and a long walk along the sunny shore every afternoon.

We know it’s tough for many people to endure those long winter months in the northern states and it seems like the older you are, the harder it gets. In many states across the country it’s rare that people ever see the sun during this time of year and too often when it is out it’s too cold to even enjoy the outdoors. Along the North Carolina coast the sun seems to almost always be shining and the temperatures are a long ways from cold as you know it. We invite you to come treat yourself to a stay in any one of our vacation home rentals.

What To Do When You Have The Holiday Blues

It’s a known fact that moods are significantly lifted when you get adequate sunlight. Some people use “Light Boxes” and while it helps it doesn’t come with a beautiful sandy beach to walk along or all the golf courses, shopping and dining we have here in North Carolina.

Don’t settle for imitation sunshine when Holden Beach, North Carolina is so close. The weather is so temperate that you can walk the beaches, go bicycling, and hit the golf courses any time of the year. Those are the very things that will lift your spirits and put you back into a good mood. We’re pretty sure that explains why so many people relocate to this area after retiring and are always happy they did so.

Medically, sunshine is essential for our physical and emotional well being. It encourages our body to release serotonin, a chemical derived from the amino acids in our body’s tissues, that significantly improves our mood. It’s also our body’s main source of Vitamin D, which is essential for strong teeth and bones and the older you get the more important this is.

What To Do When You Have The Holiday Blues

When the sun is out and the temperatures are warm, you’re more likely to want to go outside and do things. Around Holden Beach there are plenty of things to do outdoors, too. Fun things like playing golf, shopping, visiting museums and local parks, gardens, and many historic landmarks await.

If you’d like to experience an increase in your mood, come visit us in Holden Beach, North Carolina. We promise you won’t run out of things to do while you’re here and you’re going to feel a whole lot better because you came. Take a look at the vacation home rentals we have on our website and if you have any questions just give Brunswickland Realty a call at 800-252-9930. We’d love to talk with you.

Spend Thanksgiving at Holden Beach and See For Yourself What Makes it So Special

With the Thanksgiving holiday fast approaching do you know how and where you’re going to spend it this year? If you’re undecided, consider spending this year’s Thanksgiving weekend in one of our affordable beach vacation homes in Holden Beach. Bring the extended family and stay in one of our spacious vacation homes. This could very well be the best Thanksgiving your family has ever experienced! It’s the stuff great memories are made of.

Spend Thanksgiving at Holden Beach and See For Yourself What Makes it so Special

All of our vacation homes are beautifully decorated and fully furnished with everything you need for a comfortable stay. Our guests are delighted to find that in a number of our Holden Beach vacation homes the kitchens are much larger than what they have at home. That’s just one of many great reasons why you should get away for the holiday and spend it in Holden Beach NC!

Our larger homes are quite popular at this time of the year when families get together to celebrate the holidays. We have many guests that return to stay with us every year for just that very reason — to have their family Thanksgiving in one of our larger vacation homes. They make a four-day weekend of it and spend meaningful time together as a family. Spending your holiday with family, giving thanks at such a deeply moving location at the beach, is something everyone should be fortunate to experience.

Why not let this year be one of the best Thanksgiving holidays you’ve ever given your family! Give us a call if we can help you with booking the perfect vacation rental home for you and your family right here in Holden Beach, NC. Call Brunswickland Realty at 1-800-842-6949 at your convenience. We look forward to hearing from you and wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Spooky Halloween Events Happening Around the Area This Year

With autumn here and the Halloween season upon us once again it’s important to make the most out of this time of year. It only comes around once and only lasts a few weeks. There are plenty of activities taking place for children and adults both just a short drive away. If you’re enjoying a comfortable stay in one of our Holden Beach beach homes you’ll appreciate knowing you’re located halfway between Myrtle Beach, SC, and Wilmington, NC, with plenty to do in either place.


Check out the Batty Battleship’s Halloween Bash on Tuesday, October 24 from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. Have fun aboard the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA for the 7th annual Batty Battleship’s Halloween Bash. Bring your little ghouls and goblins to Battleship for trick-or-treating! Fun games, activities, henna tattoos, & storytelling is all part of the Halloween fun. Batty Battleship is perfect for the little ones and families! Children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes. Bring your camera! $5 per person (including adults). Children 2 and under are free.

Happy Halloween at Broadway at the Beach

Head on down to Myrtle Beach and take part in Halloween Trick or Treating at Broadway at the Beach. This event is held Tuesday, October 31 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Broadway at the Beach will host trick-or-treating around the complex in a fun and safe environment. There will also be Halloween fireworks at 8 p.m.

Trick or Treating at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach, SC, will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 31. The exciting North Myrtle Beach complex will have free carousel rides and offer free bags for collecting candy, too.

Barefoot Landing

There’s also a BooFest! Being held at Barefoot on Saturday, Oct. 28 from noon to 4 p.m. Check out the kid’s Costume Contest, Pet Costume Contest, Balloon Artist, special deals on ride tickets, and more!

How To Find the Right Holden Beach Realtor

One of the most important financial transactions you will make in your lifetime is the purchase or sale of real estate. It’s important to have a Holden Beach real estate agent working with you as you traverse down that road of forever after.

Choosing a Holden Beach real estate agent to work with can save you a lot of time and money. Regardless of whether you are purchasing your first home, a vacation home, or you’re selling your home and downsizing, we’d be happy to assist you with navigating the Holden Beach residential real estate market.

Finding the right Holden Beach Realtor means putting some effort into the search. You will want to interview agents to find someone that listens to you and is on your side. We feel fully qualified on those levels at Brunswickland Realty and would be happy to meet with you to discuss your pursuit of Holden Beach residential real estate.


Choosing Your Own Realtor

When you’re looking for a real estate agent don’t just rely on the advice and recommendations of friends or family. Do your own interviewing and ask questions like the following of agents that you meet.

How are you different than other agents in the area?

What is your background as a real estate agent?

Do you use Facebook, Twitter, Linked In? Do you have your own website that you stay on top of?

How involved will you be in the process of selling my home or helping me find another one? How often will be talk?

During the past 12 months what has your success rate been for selling and buying homes?

When your choosing a Realtor be sure to consider Brunwickland Realty where our realtors have all the experience they need to find you the perfect home or to sell an existing one.


Plan Ahead and Book Your Winter Rentals Now

Man shovelling snow from walkway outside house

For those that want to escape the cold winter ahead and spend part, if not all of it, in a warmer climate, now is the time to book your winter rental! The winter rentals we can provide you with in Holden Beach are available at a fraction of their in-season rental price yet still provide top notch amenities.

We understand the desire to escape the cold and snow if only for a few weeks. Come to Holden Beach where you can warm up and wait out winter on the golf courses! You can arrive early and work at perfecting your game, before the warm weather players make their arrival.

child shoveling

In full disclosure we should tell you that once you spend part of a winter here you man not want to return to the cold north again. That happens to many winter vacationing families.

We can show you around neighborhoods to find that perfect forever home for you. That’s what many people do after they’ve gotten tired of the cold and snow. With a lower cost of living here as well as far more reasonable real estate prices and taxes than they’re used to, it’s a great temptation that many happily succumb to.

Take your time looking over the properties we have available as winter rentals. They each come with their own variety of amenities. Things like a fireplaces, Jacuzzis, swimming pool, DVDs, Internet and flat screen TVs are just a few worth mentioning. Winter doesn’t get much warmer than this. You’re going to love it here! We promise!


What to Ask About Pet Friendly Vacation Rentals

From large chain hotels to oceanfront vacation homes, more and more places that offer overnight accommodations are welcoming people who are traveling with their pets.

Some places will allow all types of animals — cats, dogs, rabbits, birds, even reptiles — but for most pet-friendly means dog-friendly. But that can occasionally be a matter of interpretation.

What to Ask About Pet Friendly Vacation Rentals
It’s important to find out early in the process of booking just what “pet friendly” means in any pet friendly vacation rentals you may be considering.

Many pet friendly vacation homes will fully outline their pet policies in their listing. The tone and amount of information provided can be a good indicator of just how pet-friendly they really are.

Following are some questions we think are worth asking before you book any lodging for you and your pets.

1. Are there any restrictions on size or breed?
2. What are the additional fees, if any?
3. Where are the dog-friendly rooms located and are they non-smoking?
4. Are there places nearby to walk the dog?
5. Will you be required to provide proof of vaccination?
6. Are there restricted areas on the premises?
7. Are there dog walkers/sitters in the area?
8. Who is responsible for providing the bowls/crates/beds?
9. How many pets do you allow?
10. Are there any dog-friendly attractions in the area?

What to Ask About Pet Friendly Vacation Rentals
We know that traveling with your dog can be a whole lot of fun. Asking the right questions and planning ahead will ensure that your adventures go off without a hitch with regards to the accommodations for you and your pet! It’s the smart thing to do.

Our dog friendly rentals are nicely furnished and will provide your family (including your dog!) all the comforts of home that you would expect. Choose from spacious properties with anywhere from 1-6 bedrooms that can easily accommodate up to 16 people and their dog. Spacious outdoor living areas are perfect for entertaining or relaxing when you just need some downtime.

When you’re looking for pet friendly vacation rentals around Holden Beach, NC, take a look at what Brunswickland Realty has available for you to choose from. Give us a call today or look on our website for what we have available.

Clear Indicators You’re Ready to Buy a Home


So you’ve found the perfect property in Holden Beach North Carolina but you’re not sure if you have what you need to buy it? Determining whether you’re ready to buy a house can be a daunting task but we’re here to help!

Following are 5 indicators that will tell whether you’re ready to take the plunge on that home you love in Holden Beach North Carolina.   When you’re ready to go look inside, give us a call at Brunswickland Realty and we’ll take you there.

1. You are familiar with the market. If you have a realistic view of how much a house will cost you both up front and to live there then you’re in good shape.

2. You have the money for a down payment. Freddie Mac says the percentage will be determined by the type of mortgage you select. The required amount of a down payment is determined by your credit rating, your income and the appraised property value.

3. Know how much you can afford. Your monthly mortgage payment should be less than or equal to a percentage of your income, usually about a quarter of your gross monthly income.

4. Fully understand what additional expenses will come with owning a home. This includes homeowners insurance, utility bills, and maintenance costs such as roofing, plumbing, heating and cooling.

5. Have good credit and make sure your credit report is accurate. You should get a report from each of the three credit reporting companies: Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion.

When you’re ready to make the plunge on that Holden Beach North Carolina property give us a call at Brunswickland Realty and we’ll be happy to walk with you through the purchase process.