Vacations happen all year round. If you are planning one soon or even farther down the road, there are some important things you should do to your primary home before leaving.
Make your home look lived-in
An empty house = open invitation to burglars. Some tips to keep your house looking occupied are:
- Put a hold on the newspaper and mail – or ask a trusted neighbor to pick them up
- Park your car inside the garage (if you have one)
- Ask a neighbor to park in your driveway occasionally so there’s activity at your house
- Put at least one light in your house on a timer
- Install a motion-activated sensor on an outdoor floodlight. (Burglars hate outdoor lighting)
- Make sure your lawn stays trimmed (maybe that trusted neighbor can help?)
Take the necessary plumbing and electrical precautions
Running appliances while you’re away is not only a needless expense, it could also lead to costly problems. To avoid the possibility of an appliance breakdown while you're away and save money:
- Unplug small appliances and electronic devices
- Put the water heater on “vacation” mode
- Turn off water valves to the dishwasher, washing machine and all sinks
- Set your thermostat to a temperature closer to outside temps (warmer in the summer, cooler in the winter) but which still protects your plants, pets and furniture
General home preparation
Some other things to consider doing before you leave for vacation:
- Let your credit card company and home security company know that you’ll be out of town
- Make sure your smoke detectors are working properly (fresh batteries!!)
- Leave your emergency contact information with a neighbor
- Dispose of any perishable foods in your refrigerator and pantry
- Take out the trash (especially kitchen) – you don't want to leave around anything that might start to stink
- Run your garbage disposal with a half-cup of vinegar and some water
8 Holiday Travel Tips
We know that the holidays can be a crazy time, especially for travel. Here are 10 tips to help make traveling during the holidays a little less hectic and a little more happy.
1. Be Prepared
Bring snacks, entertainment, water etc. for your flight or drive. You just don’t know what sort of delays you may experience. Better to be safe than sorry.
2. Avoid Peak Travel Days
Sometimes this can be hard to do but when you’re searching for your flights click flexible dates so that you can find the best price and book your flights according to that period. Same with driving...major highways can get bumper to bumper traffic during the holiday season.
3. Travel on Christmas Day (Flying)
You can get great prices and some airports may just be the ghost town of your dreams.
4. Pack Light
It can be a bit hard with all that winter holiday gear. If you can get away with just a carry on, do it. And, the more room in the car, the better. Pack the necessities.
5. Have Alternate Routes Planned If You Are Driving
Better yet, just use Google Maps and it will constantly update and divert you from traffic so you always take the faster route. Again, avoid peak times. Traffic jams are inevitable.
6. Leave For The Airport With Ample Time If You Are Flying
Even if you have an unusual surprise and the lines aren’t long at least you’ll make your flight and you can relax at the gate with a good book and some coffee. There is nothing more stressful then almost missing your flight.
7. Be Phone Ready
Make sure your phone is charged and has all relevant phone numbers, itineraries and apps installed.
8. Plan Ahead Of Time
Make a list. You are less likely to forget something if you have it all written down. Plus, this will help alleviate the feeling that you may forget (to do) something. Don't leave everything for the last minute...this will add stress instead of take it away.
Lastly, call us, Eagle Beach Rentals! We want to help take away any stresses you may have when it comes to booking your vacation house.
Heron Lake @ Tidewater #3113
This two bedroom/two bathroom condo overlooks the Driving Range for a great view. Come enjoy and relax in the an Award Winning Golf Community. This is a fully furnished condo with everything to help make your stay feel like you are at home. It comes with a screened-in porch, living room, dining room, and more! If you are looking for a cozy fit for a holiday vacation, this is the place to be.
2 Bathroom, 2 Bedroom, 1 Dining-Room, 1 Kitchen, 1 Living room, 2 Toilet
North Myrtle Beach Christmas Parade - Details
Looking for something to do this weekend for the start of the holiday season? The North Myrtle Beach 2018 Christmas parade is this upcoming Saturday, December 1st, starting at 5:30 PM. The event will run through until 7:00 PM that night. The parade will move down Main Street to Ocean Boulevard.
The parade itself consists of floats, lights, and marching bands bringing a plethora of holiday cheer and joy to all who decide to join. Contact the North Myrtle Beach Chamber at (843) 281-2662 for more information or to enter a group into the parade. Check in for the parade is on the corner of Hillside Drive and 2nd Ave. North. The Parade line-up begins as early as 3:00 pm and Parade participants MUST be in line and ready by 5:00 pm.
We are so excited to share this news with you all as it is a tremendous tradition in NMB and if you are here visiting, it is an event you do not want to miss. If you are a resident in North Myrtle Beach and have never been to the parade, this year can be your first adventure to the wonderful holiday fun.
We hope to see you there!
You can RSVP on Facebook at:
Ashworth Oceanfront Condo
102 North Ocean Blvd, North Myrtle Beach SC 29582, North Myrtle Beach, 29582, United States
Looking to get out of the freezing cold? Come on down to N. Myrtle Beach! We have numerous units for rent and we want to help make your trip the best it can be. Check out the description of the featured condo below.
This oceanfront condo has an awesome view of the Atlantic Ocean. Condo has full kitchen, dining area, living room Amenities for the entire family to enjoy. Such as: Lazy River, two pools, kiddie pool, spa, and exercise room. Close to shopping, restaurants and more.
3 Bathroom, 3 Bedroom, 1 Dining-Room, 1 Kitchen, 1 Living room, 3 Toilet
Top Restaurants in the N. Myrtle Beach and Myrtle Beach Area
As promised, here is the blog on the top restaurants in the North Myrtle Beach and Myrtle Beach Area! Now, these restaurants listed are based on online reviews and personal opinions from us (the ones we have been to before). If you have been in the area and liked other restaurants, please let us know! We love hearing about what you love!
Ok...Here we go...in no specific order...
1. Sea Captain's House - https://www.seacaptains.com/
2. Bummz Beach Cafe - http://bummz.restaurantwebexpert.com/
3. Hoskins Restaurant - https://www.hoskinsrestaurant.com/
4. New York Prime - https://newyorkprime.com/
5. Midtown Bistro - http://www.midtownbistro.com/
I have put the websites of each restaurant so you can go ahead and see what their menus look like!
Give us your thoughts! What do you think of the list?
Tips for a happy, healthy & Money Saving Vacation
1 Stay active.
We know relying on fast food and restaurant food is bound to happen when on vacation. We also know that vacations are a time to relax. However, taking even 30 minutes a day to exercise will not only make you feel better physically, but mentally as well. Eating that burger won't make you feel as bad if you walked a few miles in the morning??
2 Stay hydrated.
This is always important even when you aren't on vacation. Especially since we are located by the beach, staying hydrated in this hot sun is essential to your health and good time.
3 Pack food.
We know...vacations can be expensive. Why not save a few bucks where you can by packing food to eat during the trip instead of buying overpriced food every day? Sure, exploring the town and all the restaurants it has to offer is important...but let's enjoy family time for breakfast, then explore when dinner time comes around!
4 Bring snacks.
Packing snacks is also a great way to save money. When your kids (or you) get hungry during those long, precious hours on the beach, pull out a bag of chips, strawberries, or pretzels so you don't waste any of the suns rays.
5 Plan (and pay for) activities ahead of time
It will help your wallet, and your self-conscience, if you know what you are getting yourself into BEFORE the vacation happens. No surprises. It will help you have a happier vacation if you research ahead of time what activities are available to do and how much they cost.
6 Be smart about getting around when you’re there
Don't overpay for something that doesn't need to be overpaid for. Is renting a car cheaper? Uber? Taxi? Driving your own car? It is also important to do this research as well so you are saving money wherever you can.
7 Research local dining spots.
Going back to tip #3, dinner is a great time to explore the town and the restaurants it offers. Dining out for dinner makes way for great family memories.
8 When in doubt, ask.
Yes, Eagle Beach Rentals is here to make sure you find the best vacation home, but we are also here to make sure you have the best VACATION. If you have any questions at all, please give us a call and our local experts will be glad to help you with any situation.
Be sure to check back for next weeks blog on 'Top Restaurants in the NMB and MB Area'!
Tidewater Golf Plantation Home
1824 Topsail Drive, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582, North Myrtle Beach, 29582
Enjoy your vacation in this beautiful home. Home gives space for everyone. This 3 Bedroom / 2.5 Bath home has an open floor plan with a large living room, dining room, eat-in-kitchen, laundry room. Tidewater is located approx. 5 minute drive to the beach. You have two pools, fitness center, tennis courts and much more for fun. Close to many activities to enjoy. Pool table for family fun. Screened-in porch and patio overlooks the 10th green. Check out the "Vacation Rentals" page for more pictures and details!
2 Bathroom, 3 Bedroom, 1 Dining-Room, 1 Kitchen, 1 Living room, 3 Toilet
Teal Lake - Golf Villa #2323
1221 Tidewater Drive, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
Looking for a #NorthMyrtleBeach vacation off the beach?! Tidewater is a world class golf and resort community, minutes to the beach, but secluded in its own little world of paradise! Pools, tennis, golf, 24/7 gated security, and so much more!! You may never want to leave!
Enjoy the condo and a short walk to the pool. Relax on the screened-in porch. This condo has Four double beds, Two full Baths, Full kitchen, dining room and washer/dryer.
2 Bathroom, 2 Bedroom, 1 Dining-Room, 1 Kitchen, 1 Living room, 2 Toilet
Welcome To North Myrtle Beach, SC!
This blog is to help you with your vacation as your travel to North Myrtle Beach in South Carolina. We want your beach vacation to be the most fun, the most relaxing, the most enjoyable it can be. Eagle Beach Rentals, LLC has been serving the grand strand for almost 20 years and love the fact we get to help make your next vacation a dream vacation. Hopefully you find information on this blog and website to get your next vacation Myrtle Beach booked and ready! If we can be of any assistance let us know. We will highlight local events, local hot spots, local resorts, and anything else we think will enhance your vacation with us!