Thursday, April 24, 2014

Join us for the Day at the Dock Festival

Spring is here and with the warmer weather comes the annual Day at the Docks festival. Join us this Saturday April 26th & Sunday April 27th under the Holden Beach Bridge for two days of live music, street vendors and family fun galore. Free to the public, this year’s festival adds more local vendors and events for attendants. New for 2014 are the King Mackerel and Flounder Fishing Tournaments, both feature cash prizes for the best catch. Also making their debuts this year are the Horse Shoe and Cornhole Tournaments. This weekend’s festival also offers plenty of excitement for the kids, featuring inflatable slides and bouncy houses as well as face painting and a Home Depot workshop. One event that is always popular with the kids is the Bobble race. The race is scheduled to take place around 3 p.m. Sunday; participants can buy a Bopple up until race time from any of the street vendors. A chance on a Bopple costs $1 each, or you can buy six chances for $5. At the designated race time, the Bopples will be dropped off of the Holden Beach Bridge into the Intracoastal Waterway. The first Bopple to cross the finish line wins a fabulous prize. This year’s musical guest includes the Fat Jack Band, Legree Graham Band, the Parkton UNC Praise Band, and Pantastic Steel. Of course there will be plenty of dancing lead by The Fabulous Daddy O’s who will be performing at the Holden Beach Pavilion. Here is a detailed list of event times. Saturday, April 26 9:30-12 p.m. Fat Jack Band will perform 9 a.m. Registration begins for Cardboard Box Paddle Race 12-2 p.m. WWZZ Live Broadcast 1 p.m. Cardboard Box Paddle Race Begins 1:30-4 p.m. Legree Graham Band performs 6 p.m. Street Dance with The Fabulous Daddy O’s Sunday, April 27 8 a.m. Worship Service 9:30 a.m. Motorcycle and Car Show 10-12 p.m. Parkton UNC Praise Band 12 Noon Rock the Dock Singing Competition 1- 3 p.m. Pantastic Steel 3 p.m. Bopple Race 3:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony and Closing Announcements

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Our New Vacation Rentals Website Launch!!

Hello everyone, We wanted to announce the launch of our new Alan Holden Vacations rentals website! We upgraded our website with an total makeover to make it more user friendly with a lot more features. We can still be found at the same web address Alan Holden Vacations and we think you will love it. Our new website now allows you to book a rental property, digitally sign the lease agreement instead of waiting for it to get mailed to you, and also log in at any time to make payments toward your vacation. You will also be able to see what payments have been made. Another cool function we added is that on any and every house we have, you can "Like" it and it will be added to your Facebook profile page for your friends and family to see. You will also be able to pin a house photo on "Pintrest "! Be sure to follow us on Facebook We post photos and videos of the beach almost daily so please check us out! Hope to see you back here at Holden Beach this summer! Sales on the island are picking up slowly so if you are thinking about buying a home come see us at RE/MAX at the Beach!

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

2012 Rental Brochure

Sorry it has been a while since my last post. But I wanted to make a very important announcement. Our new 2012 Vacation Rental Brochure is available for viewing, downloading and printing on our website You can also email it to family and friends.

The spring weather has returned back on our little island. These past few weeks we have had temps from 65-85 degrees! The water is starting to warm up and it will soon be time to get back in the water.

Sales and building have also picked up in the last few months. Please be sure to visit our Re/Max at the Beach sales page at and check out all the great deals we have on and around the area. We also have a link on our page to see Short Sales and Foreclosures. Now is a GREAT time to buy!

Please make your arrangements for your summer rental if you have not done so already. Things are booking up quickly and we don't want you to miss out. Hope to see you back here very soon. Also please join our Facebook page at or just search for Holden Beach Surf Report and Alan Holden Vacations. We try to upload lots of videos and photos of the surf and the surrounding area.

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Friday, April 22, 2011

Get Ready for SUMMER!!

It is hard to believe that the summer months are fast approaching. It seems like summer 2010 just ended. Time to get those beach chairs, umbrellas and coolers out of the garage again! It has been a long, wet, cold winter here on Holden Beach this year. We are all glad that we can get out of the house and get some fresh air and maybe mow the grass. Ooops! Did I just really say mow the grass? I don't enjoy mowing the grass a whole lot, but it is nice to get outdoors and enjoy smelling the crisp salt air again.

Over the past few weeks the traffic here on the island has been steadily increasing little by little on the weekends. Today is Good Friday (Easter Weekend) and the traffic has REALLY picked up at the gas stations and grocery stores in the last few hours. The weather looks like it will be in upper 70's to mid-80's over the next several days. The visitors look anxious and excited to be back at one of their favorite destinations and we are so glad to have everyone back.

Don't forget about Days at the Dock on May 7, 2011. Started in the 1980′s, the Springtime festival called “Day at the Docks” host over 50 arts and crafts vendors and a dozen food vendors. This year the event is being held May 7th, with vendors selling their wares from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm under the Holden Beach Bridge.

Day at the Docks is FREE to the public with FREE parking and FREE live entertainment all day. This year there will be a King Mackerel Fishing Tournament, inflatable rides for the kids, huge kites flying overhead and a horseshoe tournament.

Around 3 pm (depending on the tides), the world famous “Bopple Race” takes place. Buy your “Bopples” from any merchant prior to or at the festival for a dollar. The Holden Beach Mayor Alan Holden and fellow commissioners toss the “Bopples” from the atop the Holden Beach bridge and let the currents carry them toward the designated finish line. If your Bopple is first or second to cross the finish line, you win a handsome prize. What’s a “Bopple?” Sorry, you’ll have to attend to find that out.

Don't forget to join our Facebook page if you are on Facebook. Just search for "Holden Beach Surf Report" and "Like" us. Feel free to ask us questions, post photos from your trip to Holden Beach or just say Hi! Don't forget to check our "Specials" page if you are wanting to come to HB and have not made arrangements yet.

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

2011 Brochure Available Online and other News

WOW! What a great winter we have been having here at Holden Beach, NC. Our staff here at Alan Holden Vacations worked very hard this past fall to get out our newest rental brochure for the 2011 vacation rental season. Our brochures were completed, printed and mailed out a few days before Christmas 2010. If you were wanting to get one, and did not get one in the mail, you can download and print it right off our website. Just go right to our Alan Holden Vacations and click on the brochure in the upper left corner of the page. Here you can browse the brochure, click on a home for more information and it will take it to the house description page right on our website. From there you can book right online!!

You folks up north who have been fighting the severe snow storms this winter, you should start thinking about the our 95 degree, sunny weather here on the island. Start thinking about that cold drink in your hand while lounging in your beach chair listening to the seagulls sing their songs. Gently gazing out onto the smooth 84 degree ocean water with knee high waves gently lap onto the shore. Ahhhhhhhh, seems like your paradise is not that far off in the future. To be sure you are able to make it to the beach this summer, now is the perfect time to start making your beach plans with your friends and family.

It looks like the number of reservations are picking up in the rental market! Our reservations for the upcoming 2011 rental season are ahead of last years numbers. If you are wanting to wait until the last minute to make a reservation and come to the beach, it is possible you may have a harder time finding a place that will meet your requirements. All the snow storms up north have seemed to have sparked an earlier rush in the beach rentals for this summer. Everyone is wanting to "just get away from it all".

The sales market here in the Brunswick County area and Southern Brunswick Islands seems to be picking up as well. More foot traffic has been increasing in our RE/MAX at the Beach offices. Speaking of RE/MAX at the Beach we have opened a new sales office in the southern part of Brunswick county. The new office in now located within the Sea Trail Golf community down near the Sunset Beach, NC and the Ocean Isle Beach area. You can read more about it in the previous post on this blog. The opening of this office assures you as a seller or buyer that we have all of the surrounding areas covered. Due to our remarkable and experienced agents, we will have you in the house of your dreams in no time!

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Our new RE/MAX at the Beach sales office!!

Our sales office has grown a little more in last month! Alan Holden Vacations and RE/MAX at the Beach are proud to announce the opening of our new sales office located within the Sea Trail community at Sunset Beach, NC. We opened this office to help serve the golfing community of Sea Trail and surrounding areas. Our new office is located right across the street from the convention center in Sea Trail. Please give our professional and experienced agents a call if you are thinking about buying or selling in the area.

You can find our location by putting our address in your GPS at:
80 Mill Pond Rd.
Sunset Beach, NC 28470

To see if we have anything that interests you, please visit our sales site to search our listings. Our sales page is In the upper left corner of the page, there is a drop down menu. Please choose "Subdivision" and in the blank box put in "Sea Trail". Hit "Go" and there you can view out all of our listings in Sea Trail.

We hope this will help us serve you better. Remember, "Nobody sells more real estate than RE/MAX".

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Sunday, September 5, 2010

So long Hurricane Earl! Hello Festival By The Sea!

Whew! That was really a close call from Hurricane Earl a few days ago. Just wanted to get the word out there on the World Wide Web that Holden Beach did NOT get hit by Earl. We received just a few drops of light rain and some winds blowing around 25 mph from the North on Thursday. I was off work the day Earl passed us by so I was out surfing on the 8-12 foot waves that were produced. The ocean was mostly glassy except for the large swells. It was truly a "surfer's paradise".

Earl is long gone and this Labor Day weekend is absolutely beautiful! Come on down and see is this fall and stay for a weekend. We are now offering partial week rentals with a 2 night minimum stay. Please don't forget to make your weekend reservations now for our yearly Festival By The Sea. The dates this year are October 30 & 31 2010. It is the last full weekend in October. Give us a call at 800-720-2200 for your reservation!

The Holden Beach Merchants Association hosts this very popular "NC Festival by the Sea." This 2 day events is kicked off with a parade down the Holden Beach causeway. This is the only day of the year that you can walk across the Holden Beach bridge and each year several hundred take that high altitude stroll to stake out the perfect spot to view the parade. Arts and Crafts vendors are open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Sat. and 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on Sun. You'll want to plan to be on site for at least a couple of meals and a snack or two, just to sample a tiny portion of the food on hand. For the competitive sort, there is a horseshoe tournament and a sandcastle building contest. Children enjoy face painting, huge kites flying overhead and the children's rides and amusements. There is live musical entertainment both days at Holden Beach's Pavilion under the bridge.

The 2009 Festival by the Sea hosted two new events: a Surf Off and a Grom Fest, as well as a King Mackerel Fishing Tournament. Both events had some great prizes and proved to be a lot of fun.

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