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Beyond hidden fees, there are notable disadvantages to booking your accommodation through an OTA. For one, you don't receive that locally curated, boots-on-the-ground service and insider experience that booking with a vacation rental or property management company, like Margaret Rudd & Associates (MRA) offers.

National Plan for Vacation Day

Though many Americans are not ready or able to take a trip just yet, there is a wealth of information that says simply planning a vacation can increase happiness. In fact, 97% of survey respondents say having a trip planned makes them happier - and that's exactly why we encourage Americans to take action this year. MRA is excited to express its support of National Plan for Vacation Day (NPVD), an annual day set aside for Americans to plan their vacation for the entire year.

holiday at the beach

As temperatures drop in the northern U.S., the days are shorter, and more time is spent indoors, Coastal Carolina is experiencing milder temperatures and weather. Average highs around Thanksgiving and Christmas range from 59°F to 65°F, with lows varying from 42°F to 47°F. Beautiful beaches and...

Shrimp boil local seafood shrimp kielbasa sausage corn spice low country boil

The Oak Island and Southport area is a renowned seafood destination. For decades, visitors from around the world have blessed our shores in search of seabass, blue crab, trout, wahoo, flounder, yellowfin tuna, snapper, grouper, shrimp, king mackerel, oysters,...

high point nc chest of drawers

Getting to Oak Island from Winston-Salem area takes about 4 hours and change. With multiple highway/interstate routes to get you to beautiful Coastal Carolina, you can choose your own adventure based on your road trip preferences or you can even mix it...