Greg Isenhour, Author at PROACTIVE Vacations


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If you are staying at one of PROACTIVE Vacation’s rentals you’ll have plenty of parking at your rental, however, if you choose to drive elsewhere on the island, the Town of Holden Beach has implemented paid parking April 1st – October 31st which is enforced 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily with free parking before and after that time. All parking will use license plates for verification.

When is Paid Parking In Effect?

Paid parking in Holden Beach is in effect April 1st – October 31st. Paid parking will be enforced 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily with free parking before and after that time. All parking will use license plates for verification. Permits are required for each vehicle, including LSVs and boat trailers.

Where Do I Have to Pay To Park?

All public parking areas in Holden Beach are now pay to park. Per ordinance, there is no parking on the streets or rights-of-way except in designated parking spaces identified by Pay-to-Park signs. Parking at the area parks remains free while you are using the park. Click here for an interactive map from the Town of Holden Beach showing all parking areas. 

What Are the Holden Beach Parking Rates?

Parking violations are $50. After 30 days, a $25 late fee will be applied to unpaid citations. After 60 days, citations will be referred to a collection agency.

How Do I Pay To Park?

There are 3 ways to pay for parking:

  1. Download the “SurfCAST by Otto” app, setup your account, register your vehicle, and pay for parking
  2. Scan the QR code on the parking signs to link to a Secure website. Follow the prompts to pay for parking or use the Secure website:
  3. Call the Otto Connect team at 910-200-1497.  You will need to provide your email, phone number, license plate/tag number, state of registration, and a Credit or Debit card

If you have questions or need further information about paid parking, visit the Paid Parking page on the Holden Beach Town Hall website.

A Thanksgiving enjoyed at home surrounded by family and friends can be exciting. However, if you’re looking to switch up the traditions for something new and inviting, a trip to Holden Beach alongside your loved ones is always a good choice. This beautiful North Carolina vacation destination is a wonderful and relaxing place to spend Thanksgiving in good company and comes with the benefit of plenty of attractions and activities to enjoy as well. When you’re ready to turn your travel plans into a reality this holiday season, consider this your official guide to a Holden Beach Thanksgiving in North Carolina you won’t soon forget.

Infuse Fantastic Holiday Flavor into Your Thanksgiving Stay

Many travelers find it hard to imagine a Thanksgiving getaway without a holiday feast included in the lineup. The good news is when you make Holden Beach your vacation destination this November, you don’t have to leave flavorful moments off the agenda. Holden Beach is a haven for mouthwatering seafood selections year-round and Thanksgiving is just the right time to browse the Holden Beach seafood markets for options to serve up in your vacation rental. If you’re not up for cooking a home-style meal and you’d prefer to dine out, places like Ports of Call in Southport, Causeway Gourmet, and The Boundary House in nearby Calabash are known for hosting delicious Thanksgiving menus to enjoy.

Book a Fishing Charter You Can be Thankful for

Land-based fun across Holden Beach is easy to come by over Thanksgiving, but travelers heading this way in the name of holiday entertainment and adventures will find plenty of reasons to get out on the water as well. While you’ll need to bundle up a bit this time of year, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy a spectacular fishing charter over Thanksgiving and reel in your own holiday feast. If you choose an offshore fishing charter, there’s a chance you could catch everything from marlin and tuna to wahoo and sailfish. Nearshore fishing charters elevate your chances of reeling in cobia, mahi, and king mackerel too.

Set Aside Time for Fun Day Trips

A Thanksgiving getaway to Holden Beach puts holiday travelers within easy reach of day trip destinations that can elevate your stay even further. Consider setting aside some time on the itinerary to enjoy an afternoon in Southport where you can visit lighthouses along the historic waterfront park or hop on a ferry to Bald Head Island. Southport is also home to wine-tasting stops, art galleries, and plenty of delightful eateries to check out. Calabash is another inviting day trip destination you can reach from Holden Beach. Here, you’ll find a collection of charming souvenir shops to browse as well as delicious seafood establishments serving up fresh caught fare in style.

Make Time for Beach Fun

November in Holden Beach might not be the moment to hop in the water and go for a swim, but it’s the perfect time of year to enjoy a stroll on the sand or spend an afternoon shelling alongside family and friends. Grab and bucket and head over to the shorelines to watch the waves roll in, collect colorful shells, or spend some time observing shorebirds. You deserve to take some time to unwind over Thanksgiving and there’s no better place than the beach to do exactly that.

Participate in the Holden Beach Turkey Trot

In a typical year, Holden Beach Thanksgiving Day travelers will have the opportunity to participate in or watch the annual Holden Beach Turkey Trot. This fun race brings the community together in the name of friendly competition and generally kicks off around 8:00 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Participants are free to run or walk the race depending on preference and everyone who shows up is encouraged to bring a canned food item to donate to the local community pantry. The race starts at the Town Hall and runners are encouraged to sign up in advance.

Get a Head Start on Christmas Right After Thanksgiving Fun

Thanksgiving is a convenient precursor to the Christmas holiday and if you happen to be lingering in Holden Beach a bit past Thanksgiving Day, you’ll be right on time to take part in some of the early holiday season festivities. Be sure to mark your calendar for the Shallotte Christmas Parade, the annual Christmas tree lighting at the Holden Beach Pavilion, and the Christmas flotilla at Ocean Isle Beach this year if you’re in town into early December.

Book Your Stay in Holden Beach Today

There’s no better time than now to make plans to travel to scenic Holden Beach to celebrate Thanksgiving. When you’re looking for luxurious accommodations to top your holiday stay off in style, the team at PROACTIVE Vacations is here to help. Reach out to learn more about our inviting and exciting property options available this holiday season that will keep you close to the fun while enjoying the luxury and comfort you deserve as well.

A trip to Holden Beach is a treat for travelers no matter when they arrive, but there’s something extra special about a winter trip this way over the holidays. From the family-friendly beaches and waves to in-town fun and a residential vibe, Holden Beach is a place that invites you to relax and truly relish the holiday season this year. When you can’t wait to make the most of the fun, let this holiday guide to Holden Beach be your starting point to setting off on an unforgettable winter holiday adventure!

A Great Place to Unwind and Relax with the Entire Family This Winter

When you make your way to Holden Beach, North Carolina in pursuit of a well-deserved winter holiday away, you’ll find yourself situated in a charming town just between Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and Wilmington, North Carolina. This Atlantic coastal barrier island is as beautiful as it is inviting year-round, and your winter stay will offer up spectacular south-facing vistas over the Long Bay region of Brunswick County. Holden Beach is home to more than eight miles of sandy shorelines to explore and the moderate temperatures enjoyed here all year long mean those beautiful beaches are never off-limits to visitors! Holden Beach offers up a family-friendly atmosphere no matter when you arrive with a great balance of in-town entertainment and wild, off-the-beaten-path adventures too. The low commercial impact on Holden Beach makes it an appealing place for wildlife enthusiasts in the wintertime as well as those who are looking to infuse plenty of tranquility into their stay. That said, you never have to venture far to find amazing shopping or dining if that’s what you’re in the mood for as well. Whether you’re one for boating, fishing, hiking, or exploring, Holden Beach is a wintertime retreat where you can fill your holiday itinerary with the activities and interests you can’t wait to enjoy. Home to sea turtle habitats, world-class golf courses, and savory stops as well, Holden Beach truly has something for everyone.

Winter Weather Expectations

You can’t really go wrong when you head to Holden Beach, North Carolina in the name of getaway fun, but having an idea of what to expect weather-wise over the winter holiday season can help you tailor your plans accordingly. Historically, the average daily highs in the month of December here have lingered around 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Even in the evenings, the temperatures rarely drop below the mid-40s. This temperature range means travelers can count on a moderately chilly stay with nothing more than a gentle breeze to contend with on average. There are still nine and a half hours of daylight to enjoy in the wintertime in Holden Beach so as long as you’ve packed your sweater and coat for evening outings, there’s no reason to leave outdoor fun off the list.

Winter Activities to Enjoy in the Fresh Air

For outdoor enthusiasts, a winter holiday away in Holden Beach is a great opportunity to make the most of the fresh air and recreational fun. Fewer crowds mean you’ll have even more space to roam and explore at will when you’re looking to spend some quality time strolling along the beaches. On-the-water fun is also an option in the winter in Holden Beach for travelers who are excited to get out on the waves in seasonal style. While you’ll likely want to make sure you have a wetsuit, hood, and boots on hand for water activities, options to enjoy surfing, kayaking, jet skiing and paddle boarding are all within reach this time of year. If you do go the angling route, you’ll find that trout, oysters, and shrimp are reeled in abundantly during the winter season. This is often true whether you set out to cast a line independently or book a chartered fishing experience to maximize your time on the waves alongside a knowledgeable local guide.

When you’re back on land once more, consider hitting up the many trails that wind their way across Holden Beach. Exploring on foot or bike is equally appealing as these trails take you past great stretches of shoreline as well as through charming neighborhoods. If you focus your attention on a run along Ocean Boulevard, you’ll find designated workout stations along the way to enjoy if you’re up for keeping that health routine in line while traveling this winter. In the evenings, make sure to grab your camera and head to a viewing spot along the Atlantic Ocean or the Intracoastal Waterway. These areas are particularly stunning at night when the sun goes down and vibrant colors are cast across the Holden Beach sky. Stay even longer and you’ll be treated to great stargazing conditions in the wintertime as well.

While summer may seem like the ideal time to hit the greens in Holden Beach if you can’t imagine a getaway without a tee time included, winter is just as appealing! Mild weather and fewer traveler numbers this time of year mean you can take your time on the links and enjoy a round or two at your favorite destinations without having to worry about space. Soak up amazing views as you work on your short and long game at places like the Lockwood Folly Country Club this time of year. Located in nearby Supply, this golf course is a great place to enjoy Intracoastal Waterway vistas and there’s even a chance you’ll incorporate wildlife watching into your golf day!

Indoor Fun to Add to the To-Do List During the Holiday Season

If you’re visiting Holden Beach in the wintertime, there’s a good chance you’ll be looking to get some holiday shopping done before the end of the year rolls around. The good news is that Holden Beach and the many surrounding communities are packed with places to browse and explore when you have a list of gifts to attend to. If you’re in the mood for antiquing, begin your journey at local stops like The Rusty Cupboard in Supply, The Fancy Flea Antique Mall in Shallotte, or Olde Church Antiques in Supply as well. Each offers up a unique and robust selection of inventory that’s ever changing—making every visit a one-of-a-kind experience! Holden Beach is also home to a variety of pottery painting businesses such as Vincent Van-Go (formerly Cappuccino by the Sea), where you can try your hand at creating your own unique gift for yourself or a loved one while you’re in town.

For travelers who have a passion for art and are looking for a great addition to their own home this holiday season, or perhaps a perfect piece for a friend, the art galleries across and around Holden Beach are always worth checking out! Make your way over to Mary’s Gone Wild to explore the work of a truly visionary artist in town who hosts a gallery at 2431 Holden Beach Road SW. Here, you can browse recycled and repainted wine bottles as well as repurposed household goods with a colorful twist designed to tell an innovative story. Over in Ocean Isle Beach just south of Holden Beach, you can spend some time at Island Art and Books when the gifts on your list lean more towards the literary. Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash is the perfect place to set your sights when you’re looking for hand-blown glass, artisan jewelry and custom pottery too. In nearby Southport, the Franklin Square Gallery is a one-stop shop for art designed and contributed by over 1000 local artists. You’ll find pottery, paintings, and sculpture on display to browse and purchase alike.

Warm Up In Savory Winter Style

Getting out and enjoying the great outdoors this winter and holiday season in Holden Beach is always refreshing, but once in a while, nothing sounds better than warming up with a delicious meal. Holden Beach has plenty of savory options to choose from when you’re ready to sit back, relax, and savor the moment. Castaways Raw Bar & Grill on Ocean Boulevard SW is a great place to make the most of oysters on the half shell and crab dip while making the most of live entertainment most evenings as well. Head over to The Cove Restaurant when farm-to-table dining is your style and you’re looking for a pet-friendly place to enjoy a meal as well. Dock House Seafood has your fresh caught fare options covered while The Hot Buffalo is the perfect place to order up fried pickles, chicken wings, pizza, and more. Craving a sandwich or mouthwatering wrap? Make it a point to make time to visit Archibald’s Deli while you’re in town. There’s no place quite like LouLou’s Waterfront Restaurant this winter when you’re excited to pair live music and great Holden Bridge views with a staggering local seafood selection that’s difficult to top!

Holiday-Focused Fun

While winter activities abound across Holden Beach, those who are more than ready to embrace the best of the holiday spirit will find this area teeming with opportunity this time of year. Ocean Isle Beach is proud to host their annual Super Saturday holiday event at the end of November that includes a family-friendly Christmas parade, a tree lighting ceremony, and a Christmas boat flotilla that ends in a big party at Sharky’s! During the first week of December, those who are in the Holden Beach area can make their way to the Old Sunset Beach Bridge where there will be a holiday sing-a-long to attend featuring the West Brunswick High School Chorus in tandem with Seaside United Methodist Church choir members. Refreshments will be served during this free event that’s sure to inspire holiday feelings of joy. Nearby Calabash also has holiday events on their annual calendar with a parade and tree lighting on Beach Drive on the first weekend in December. Locals and visitors are invited to arrive by golf cart or bike and participate in the holiday parade which will be followed with live music, entertainment and plenty of cookies and hot cocoa for all. The annual Shallotte Holiday Market will also be in full swing at the end of November through the Christmas season. This is hosted at Riverside Park and features the fare of local farmers showcasing the very best of their winter crops. There’s also pottery, gourds, jewelry, soaps and more to browse and purchase when you’re excited to get a head start on your holiday shopping. Shallotte also hosts an annual Christmas parade that travels along Main Street the first weekend in December and is a must for those who are in town with the little ones this winter!

The city of Southport will also be hosting a fun Christmas Flotilla at the beginning of December that runs a route along the scenic Southport Waterfront. Guests can bring blankets and chairs to make the most of the view in comfortable winter style as decorated and illuminated boats put on their holiday best performance. Southport also offers locals and visitors a variety of fun holiday-themed events in December ranging from an outdoor movie on the coast complete with hot cocoa to a supper with Santa’s Elves that’s designed to thrill the little ones in your life. There’s also a holiday light fire engine parade and a Santa’s Workshop event to look forward to this time of year. If you happen to be a winter holiday traveler with a paired passion for architecture and holiday décor, you won’t want to miss out on the Southport Historical Society’s annual Christmas Tour of Homes.

Book Your Winter Getaway to Holden Beach Today

There’s never been a better time than right now to turn your winter holiday travel plans to Holden Beach into a well-earned reality. There’s also no reason to wait when you’re excited to make the most of the fun ahead! Let the team at PROACTIVE Vacations make sure you have luxurious, comfortable, and inviting accommodations to top off your holiday stay in style. Our collection of vacation rentals is designed to inspire and we’re here to make sure you’re settled into a home-away-from-home this winter that meets your needs and exceeds your expectations too. Let us handle all of the details while you focus on the winter holiday fun ahead. We simply wouldn’t have it any other way for our valued guests and can’t wait to see you in Holden Beach soon!

Lying along the pristine shores of North Carolina’s coastline is the tranquil paradise of Holden Beach. With its unspoiled beauty and endless stretches of sandy beaches, it’s a dream destination for vacationers seeking serenity and seaside charm. Amidst this coastal haven, lies Breathe EZ, an exquisite 4-bedroom, 3.5-bath oceanfront Holden Beach vacation rental, ideally situated at 293 Ocean Blvd East. Your gateway to sun-soaked days and moonlit nights, this three-story luxurious retreat offers breathtaking views and unparalleled comfort. Whether you’re lounging on the balcony, sinking your toes into the soft sand, or exploring the coastal wonders, your stay at Breathe EZ promises a memorable coastal escape.


Impressive Indoor Amenities and Features

As you step inside this three-story oceanfront property, you’ll immediately notice its ingenious design. With an inverted floor plan, the main living area is on the top floor, maximizing those breathtaking ocean views. Picture yourself sipping your morning coffee while watching the sunrise over the Atlantic from the comfort of the spacious living room. It’s the kind of view that you’ll remember long after your vacation ends.

The heart of Breath EZ is undoubtedly the open-concept living area. Vaulted ceilings give a sense of grandeur, while the coastal-inspired decor creates a cozy and inviting atmosphere. The fully equipped kitchen is a chef’s dream, featuring stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. Preparing meals here is a joy, but if you prefer to dine out, you’re just a short drive from some fantastic local restaurants.

This vacation rental can also accommodate up to 10 guests with its 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. The master suite, located on the top floor, offers a private retreat with its own balcony overlooking the ocean. This sleeping area features a queen-sized bed, an en-suite bathroom, and a flat-screen TV.

The rest of the rental’s bedrooms lie on the first level. Here, the master boasts a king-sized bed, a well-appointed bathroom, a flat-screen TV, and balcony access. Each of the other two bedrooms features a queen bed and a flat-screen TV. Additionally, both spaces share a bathroom, with only one of them having access to the balcony area.

When it comes to amenities, Breathe EZ doesn’t disappoint. For starters, the rental features an elevator access that helps you to get to the top floor from the ground level. And since the elevator is not accessible on the first level, there’s a staircase that’ll help you get to this floor. Other amenities like a wireless internet connection, a laundry area complete with a washer/dryer, and cable television are also available.

Elegant Outdoor Features and Amenities

Breathe EZ also boasts a prime location that’s right on the sandy shores of Holden Beach. Step outside, and a beach lover’s paradise immediately envelopes you. Courtesy of this beach access, you can look forward to sinking your toes into the warm, powdery sand, strolling along the shoreline, or simply basking in the sun while listening to the soothing rhythm of the waves. Such a mesmerizing experience greets you each morning.

Beach view from the Breath EZ balcony

Additionally, as you step to the front entrance, you’ll notice the spacious balconies that wrap around the exterior of the first and top levels of this rental. These balconies offer panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, making them the ideal spot for sipping your morning coffee or enjoying a breathtaking sunset with your loved ones. Get ready to feel the gentle sea breeze as you recline in comfortable outdoor furniture, creating unforgettable memories.

Explore One of the Top Travel Destinations in North Carolina’s Tidewater Region

Lying along the picturesque coastline of North Carolina, this idyllic destination is renowned for its pristine shores. Get ready to sink your toes into the soft, powdery sand as you bask in the warm sun. You can also stroll along the shoreline, collecting seashells, or simply relax and savor the gentle sound of waves caressing the beach.

And while exploring the area’s coastline, don’t miss a visit to the iconic Holden Beach Fishing Pier. Whether you’re a seasoned angler or a first-time fisherman, this spot promises excitement. Get ready to cast your line into the Atlantic and try your luck at reeling in a big catch. And even if fishing isn’t your thing, the pier offers stunning panoramic views of the coastline.

For food lovers, get ready to sample the delectable seafood offerings at local restaurants. From succulent shrimp and crab to freshly caught fish, Holden Beach serves up the flavors of the sea. You can pair your meal with a refreshing drink and soak in the laid-back atmosphere.

Holden Beach is also a sanctuary for sea turtles. You can witness these magnificent creatures during nesting season, a truly magical experience. Conservation efforts are in full swing here, making it a special place for wildlife enthusiasts.

Holden Beach, NC, is a destination that invites you to unwind, connect with nature, and create cherished memories. Whether you’re seeking adventure or simply a tranquil escape, this coastal haven in North Carolina has it all.


Book Your Luxurious Stay at Breathe EZ

Get ready to experience the enchanting charm of Holden Beach, where sun-kissed sands meet tranquil waters. Your dream coastal getaway awaits. To truly savor the town’s coastal magic, you can contact us to book your stay at Breathe EZ today.

Somehow, almost without warning, the holiday season of 2023 has arrived! Just yesterday we walked into a local store where Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas décor fought for top billing and the realization that our busiest season of the year is about to happen almost made us want to head home, crawl into bed, and pull the covers over our heads! What stopped us though was thoughts of Halloweens we have celebrated in the past and the understanding that this special day is one with very little requirements from us. As a matter of fact, as we are living in a world of online schooling and remote work we are able to run away for the holiday and explore what other places offer, which is something more and more travelers across the world are doing! If you are one of the spooky travelers and find your journey bringing you to the sandy beaches of Holden Beach, a stay in one of our PROACTIVE Vacations holiday hideaways won’t just bring you a comfortable and inviting place to sleep each night, it also brings you this guide to all the fun you can have when you spend Halloween in Holden Beach, North Carolina!

Trick/Trunk or Treating

Chances are the first words out of your little’s mouths when you first mentioned a Halloween journey to Holden Beach was all about the possibility of trick or treating! Fortunately, the holiday is a universally celebrated one and we are pleased to reassure you and your tiniest travelers that yes, there will be multiple opportunities to beg for sweet treats as you explore the fun of Halloween at the beach! A short drive of about 20 miles will allow your little ghouls to enjoy a trunk or treat event in nearby Ocean Isle Beach on October 27th at Town Center Park. Bring your sweetest baby ghost to the park with a bucket or bag and let them run wild close to mama in a safe and secure trick-or-treating environment. If you don’t want to drive, you can wait until Halloween for a trunk or treat closer to home, the Monster Mash Trunk or Treat event will be held on October 31st at the Holden Beach Pavilion starting at 6 pm and its costume contest will begin at 7 pm. Divided into age groups, there will be multiple chances for members in your family to win and yes, that includes the adults! (Or, of course, you can participate in both and double your candy haul!)

District 31 Haunted Trail, Every Friday & Saturday Night in October, 758 Longwood Road in Ocean Isle Beach

While not recommended for your youngest travelers, a good haunted house, or in this case, a haunted trail is one of the most bone-chilling ways to celebrate and Ocean Isle Beach offers the District 31 Haunted Trail for your spine-tingling pleasure! Offering frights that are appropriate for 10 and older, the trail features costumed actors, frightful props, and all the jump scares that make the holiday fun and exciting!

Oak Island Spooktacular Halloween, October 28, Middleton Park on Oak Island

A Halloween party is our favorite way of celebrating all Hallow’s Eve and the Oak Island Spooktacular Halloween is probably the best party in the area! THIS is the place to be on October 28th from 6 pm to 8 pm and because there is no entry fee, it’s a budget-friendly way to enjoy a whole lot of fun! Offering live music, Halloween-themed games, contests, and carnival booths that will make your littles wish the evening could go on forever. The best part is knowing that this Oak Island event will offer another chance to get your costume on and beg for candy, ensuring this will be the sweetest holiday ever! This event is great for travelers of all ages, providing Halloween scares that aren’t too scary at all!

Halloween at Home with PROACTIVE Vacations 

The weather in Holden Beach is as close to perfect as it can be this time of the year, staying in the mid-70s in the daytime and dropping down to the mid-50s at night, ensuring that your adventures will be a beautiful blend of summer and fall! Spend your days seeking shells along sandy shores that could quite possibly be within sight of your holiday hideaway’s balcony and your nights snuggled in front of a roaring fire watching all the horror movies that grace the airwaves! For more warmth as you watch Freddie, Jason, and Michael Myers do their things, you may find colorful throws tossed across the back of the plush sofas of our living rooms or tucked away in closets and cabinets throughout the home. Create a witch’s brew to raise a toast to the setting sun in our fully equipped kitchens, and sleep deeply, peacefully, and dreamlessly on premium beds topped with the softest of linens! Reach out to us and reserve your favorite Halloween rentals in Holden Beach today!

As you start planning your beach vacation to Holden Beach, you may be at the point in your planning stage of trying to find the perfect Holden Beach vacation home to shelter you and your family. You have worked hard to get to the point in life where you are, and you want the little luxuries and big comforts that make life better, and we at PROACTIVE Vacations have the ideal property for you and any traveling group of up to 10 people! The Blue Palm is a leggy lady, standing high above the landscape, offering 4 spacious bedrooms, 3.5 spa-like baths, and the laid-back vibes you can only expect from the beach! Located on the second row off the beach, the sounds, scents, and serenity of the sea are imbued throughout the home, and because you can never have too many opportunities to play in the water, a crystal-clear pool lies in the backyard, just waiting to be enjoyed. This guide to The Blue Palm will help you put the final touches on your vacation planning, giving you a sneak peek into the beauty of the home, the sea, and your unforgettable North Carolina getaway!

Filled with Light

The light that filters through large windows adds cheer to spaces that deserve to be celebrated, and with your first steps inside, the celebration of comfort begins. The sea is ever present in The Blue Palm, showing itself in its artwork, in the hues that grace the walls, and the fabrics that top the furnishings, but you won’t need art to remind you that the sea is just steps away. Sinking into the plush depths of the sofa, you may leave the windows open as you watch the state-of-the-art television mounted to the wall opposite, enjoying the salt breezes tickling your neck as you forget all about real life. The dining room sits in an alcove of windows, letting in the views as guests play board games, build puzzles, or devour freshly made meals prepared in the fully equipped kitchen located just steps away. The kitchen, the heart of The Blue Palm, is a modern space, providing cheer and the ability to feed families in its spacious footprint. Stone countertops, custom cabinets, and a breakfast bar that seats three on wood barstools painted a cheerful sea blue. Chef quality stainless steel appliances will ensure that kitchen chores will be a delight to perform and may even be fought over!

The Blue Palm rocking chairs on the balcony

Outside Spaces

You’ll be greeted by a row of rockers lined up against the rail of the front porch, offering the chance to sit, rock, and enjoy the views, but it is the backyard areas that may bring the most joy to happy vacationers. Offering a screened in patio furnished with wicker chairs and providing views of the pool, it’s the pool that may be your biggest obsession. Crystal clear, the blue waters provide coolness on a hot summer’s day, but they are closed from October 16 through April 15th, so if you want to swim, now is the perfect time to get in a few frolics before the days get too cool! Lounging poolside while the sounds of waves crashing against sandy beaches provide background music will be an experience you will never want to end, and during the hottest days of summer, nighttime swims will make your soul sing.

Serene Retreats

After your nighttime swim, retreating to the serene bedrooms will be the cherry on the top of your beachy sundae. Every room offers something that makes it stand out, king beds that will make you feel like you are sleeping on clouds, ceiling fans will keep you cool and comfortable, and when you open the windows, the sounds of the sea will lull you into nights filled with deep sleep and happy dreams. Some offer their own televisions, easing guests into sleep, others will offer padded headboards where you can prop yourself against and read as many chapters of the book you have carried with you on this trip of a lifetime. A private bath for the primary suite gives parents their own private space, and a Jack and Jill bath for two of the bedrooms will give the kids a Brady Bunch experience they will enjoy. 3.5 baths help reduce morning traffic jams, ensuring that people can get ready for the beach in a relatively short amount of time and spend more time with their toes buried in the sand and less time waiting for their time at the sink!

Fall in Love with Holden Beach

In between the comfortable adventures you will enjoy in The Blue Palm, you and your traveling party are destined to fall for the quiet and serene ambiance of Holden Beach! Spend your days frolicking in the surf and your nights relaxing in quiet comfort. Contact us to reserve The Blue Palm today!

The end of summer can be sad as we say farewell to the carefree days and music-filled nights, but in our minds, it is the perfect time to start planning a fall getaway to Holden Beach! Opportunities abound for magic and relaxation, and when you choose any of our PROACTIVE Vacations to shelter you during your adventures in North Carolina, you will wonder why you never thought of taking a fall vacation before now! This guide to the fun, excitement, and wonder you will enjoy during the cool and crisp days of fall will help you fill every moment of your vacation with adventures your friends and family will envy.

Say So Long to Soaring Heat

Although there are far hotter places in the world, Holden Beach in the summer can be a tad warm, and even as beach days, air conditioning, and pool frolics help with the heat, it doesn’t compare to the idyllic temperatures of fall. Early on it will still be warm enough to hang out at the beach, swimming, paddleboarding, or simply lying on a raft under the sun, letting the gentle bobbing of the waves lull you into a peaceful state, and as the season progresses, even if the water gets too chilly for play, you can still bury your toes in the sand and settle in for some much needed hours of reading and napping under the autumn sun. Picnics on the beach are romantic for couples and fun for families, especially when interspersed with creating sandcastles! And when you walk along shore’s edge at sunrise, watching the sky cycle through a kaleidoscope of colors, or on the opposite end of the day, stroll along the cool waters as the sun sets the sky on fire, the colors somehow seem brighter and more vivid, just because of the season.

Goodbye, Crowds!

As the rest of the world returns home to real life, work, and school, you will see the difference not just on beaches that will begin to feel like they belong to you and your family, but in the restaurants, where lines grow shorter, and area golf courses, where tee times become more readily available. The Holden Beach area begins to feel more family oriented, and as you pass people you don’t know, you may be surprised when people smile, wave, or ask how y’all doin’ and really seem to care to hear the answer! The quiet can help your soul relax, perhaps encouraging you to make a fall trip to Holden Beach a new tradition!

It’s Festival Time!

Cooler days make us want to get outside and play, and the festivals that come to Holden Beach during this season are some of our favorites! The Fall Food Truck Festival, held in Ocean Isle Beach on September 30th, provides a taste of the region that you will never forget and features face painting and live music to accompany the delicious foods being served. The North Carolina Oyster Festival has come to Ocean Isle Beach nearly every year for over 40 years, and this deeply rooted tradition will change the way you feel about the oyster forevermore, taking place on the 21st and 22nd of October and offering music, entertainment, arts and crafts, and an oyster shucking contest that will entertain everyone attending. And last but not least, the NC Festival by the Sea, held right here in Holden Beach on October 28th and 29th, promises to be the most fun you can enjoy over two days! Celebrating the season, the sea, and the artistic talents of our local artisans, the NC Festival by the Sea provides much of what you expect from a festival, including music, food, games, and a huge selection of arts and crafts pieces that will make perfect gifts for the upcoming holiday as well as amazing souvenirs of a vacation that will top all others.

Welcome to PROACTIVE Vacations

The best moments of your fall journey to Holden Beach may take place in the PROACTIVE Vacations seasonal sanctuary you chose to make your own! Offering all the comforts of home plus the luxuries you deserve, your time spent with us will take a strong place on your highlight reel of memories. Some will feature heated pools that allow you to extend the carefree days of summer out a little longer, some may provide fireplaces in comfy living rooms that will keep guests warm on chilly fall nights. Pick a home on the beach and let the lullaby of the sea be your constant companion while spending long carefree days with your toes buried in the sand. Reserve your favorite seasonal sanctuary today!

If you are looking to extend your summer a little longer, the most logical step is to book a vacation at the beach. The summers, even in cooler climates, just seem to last longer, in part because of the sand and sea, but also in part to the carefree vibe that goes hand in hand with the salt air. Holden Beach in North Carolina has captured the feel of eternal summer and although we can’t make it last longer in your neck of the woods, we can offer the perfect spot to gather up those last rays and beach days and because comfort matters, we at PROACTIVE Vacations also provide the ideal beachy escapes! Filled with creature comforts, modern conveniences, and often, a peek at the beaches you have come to explore, our properties will make your vacation that much sweeter! Looking for that perfect time to plan your Holden Beach Labor Day getaway? Labor Day is just around the corner and now is the best time to book your home-sweet vacation homes! Explore all these exciting, fun, and relaxing activities over the long weekend (or make it longer and stay a week!) and come home every night to the serene spaces that welcome tired travelers!

Holden Beach Summer Concert Series, September 3, Holden Beach Pavilion

Celebrating summer and the long holiday weekend has never been as sweet as it is when listening to the smooth sounds of North Tower Band. Providing the backdrop for parties for over 40 years, their blend of funk, oldies, and, of course, beach tunes will fit in nicely with your Holden Beach holiday escape! This is the last of the summer concert series events, so bring your chair and be ready for a good time; dancing, singing along, and clapping is highly encouraged! Starting at 6:30 and continuing through 8 pm, attendees will also get to witness a sunset that might outshine the music and as you relax and enjoy, with the notes drifting off into the sky and toes buried in the sand (when not dancing) you probably won’t remember another concert you have enjoyed more!

Oak Island Farmers Market, SE 49th Street on Oak Island

Another typical way to enjoy a summer’s day is with a visit to a Farmers Market and nearby Oak Island Farmers Market offers everything you need for a Labor Day celebration in your Holden Beach holiday hideaway! Explore grassy aisles under shiny skies, plucking fresh produce from the stands, enjoying samples from merchants who provide them, and maybe find a small thank-you gift for the nice teenager who is walking your dog and getting your mail while you are enjoying your one last summer vacation in North Carolina! Also offering sauces and hand creams, baked goods, and crafty things, the Farmers Market is a simple joy you will greatly appreciate.

The Beach Awaits

Of course, the ultimate way to enjoy a summer holiday is with a day at the beach! Put on those new swimsuits you purchased specifically for this vacation, load up your beach gear, and head to the white sand beaches that have drawn you to this North Carolina adventure! Some of you won’t have far to travel, having chosen a Holden Beach escape located on the beach and others may have a little commute, but however long it takes to arrive at the sandy shores, it will be worth it! Laying under colorful beach umbrellas watching seabirds seek out their food in the waters that ebb and flow, building sandcastles with your kids at the shore’s edge, or walking along the water, enjoying the views of turquoise waters, colorful cottages, and children playing. Even if you never enter the salty waters, your beach day is guaranteed to be a huge success!

At Home with PROACTIVE Vacations

The best way to celebrate your Labor Day getaway may be found in the comforts and amenities offered in our PROACTIVE Vacations holiday havens! Labor Day is dedicated to all the hardworking Americans who help keep our country going and sleeping in late is one of the first ways you will begin your celebration, knowing that the alarm clock won’t be rudely awaking you! After that, it’s all up to you! Enjoy a pool party with your family in our properties with pools, grilling freshly caught fish or your favorite burgers and hot dogs while more beach music is streaming from your phone. Watching summer-themed movies on state-of-the-art televisions, creating a new holiday-themed cocktail in our fully equipped kitchens, or playing board games at large family tables, savoring these moments when family rules! All of these activities could be enjoyed anywhere in the world, but in Holden Beach, they take on a greater glow! Reserve your favorite holiday hideaway today!


Summer is Mother Nature’s gift to people from colder states and when you come to the beach, your memories of cold, ice, and gloom will become distant ones, especially during your summer escape to Holden Beach! Offering lazy days filled with sunshine, salt air, and adventures that will feed your soul, the only thing better than a summer vacation to Holden Beach is a summer vacation in Holden Beach spent in the comfort and luxury of our PROACTIVE Vacations seasonal sanctuaries! And because we want to ensure that you receive the full Holden Beach experience, we have created this guide to the top summer Holden Beach events taking place in our section of paradise!

Holden Beach Turtle Talks, Wednesdays in July and August, 107 Rothschild Street

Sea turtles are sadly endangered, and it is our responsibility to do what we can to help with their continued existence, and the Holden Beach Turtle Talks are one way to learn how to do our part. Costing nothing (although donations are appreciated) the talks are fascinating and the movies they show offer an interesting depiction of the lives of these shy and sweet sea creatures, they also offer Children’s Turtle Time for kiddos from 3-6 years of age on select Wednesdays. The Turtle Talks start at 7 and Children’s Turtle Time begins at 4 pm. Turtle Patrol Tee Shirts can also be purchased during the talks.

Summer Concert Series, Sundays Through September 4, Holden Beach Pavilion 

Summer and music go together like peanut butter and jelly and our summer concert series takes the music to the next level by adding sand and sea to the mix! The music starts at 6:30 and every Sunday features a new performer, giving your summer nights a glow you will never forget. The music is hot, the vibe is chill, and we dare you to find a better way to end a summer day than this! The sounds of the sea accompany the music perfectly and if you don’t find yourself singing and dancing along to the music, you may not be a music or beach person, but that’s ok. There are plenty of other events that will keep your interest during your summer escape to Holden Beach!

Southport Summer Market, Wednesdays Through August 30, 105 E West Street in Southport

 Nearby Southport is home to the Southport Summer Market, offering a diverse selection of produce, food, and craft items that will make perfect gifts for yourself or others. Mature oak trees provide shade and Southern appeal and as you wander through the aisles examining fragrant bouquets of flowers, sweetly delicious baked goods, and a variety of other items, the peace you seek will be found!

The Market on Mulberry, Saturdays through July 26, Mulberry Street Park in Shallotte

You could probably spend an entire summer in the Holden Beach area traipsing from market to market, exploring fresh produce, handmade crafts, and delicious baked goods until you can’t fit anymore into your PROACTIVE Vacations summer escape, so this will be the last market we discuss, one with a name that could have come from a Dr. Seus title! Oh, the items you will find at the Mulberry Market and the joy you will receive with every purchase; the produce will taste especially delicious in the homemade meals you create in our fully equipped kitchens!

Labor Day Weekend, September 2-4

Here’s the thing about Labor Day weekend. This celebration that honors all our hardworking Americans is, in its very essence, one where everyone should get to rest and relax. There are no Labor Day Parades and if any fireworks are seen, it will be unsanctioned shows that you may still enjoy, but are, totally not allowed!

With that being said, there will be some amazing sales in local shops ensuring you can purchase some great souvenirs. Grab an ice cream cone and play a game of miniature golf at Fantasy Isle Ice Cream and Mini Golf, located at 3354 Holden Beach Road SW. Or simply stay at home in your PROACTIVE Vacations summer sanctuary, sipping cocktails on your balcony overlooking the beach, building sandcastles at the water’s edge, and taking a nap as open windows bring in salty breezes and the sounds of the sea, lulling you into the best nap of your life.

Enjoy a home with a pool, throwing a family barbecue on this day of fun, swimming, sunning yourself, and devouring hamburgers, hot dogs, or freshly caught seafood grilled to perfection with the minimum of energy. Rent a boat and take a sunset cruise that will add romance and beauty to your summer vacation and when the sun sets and you return home to your vacation paradise, you will know that there is no better way to spend Labor Day of 2023! Reserve your favorite today!