Best Hiking Near Smith Mountain Lake
Posted by LF Vacations | Tuesday, November 17, 2020

With 500 miles of shoreline and 20,000 acres of water, it's no wonder why Smith Mountain Lake, VA is an outdoor lover's paradise. Fishers and those who love boating rejoice in spending their summers here. But did you know there are also plenty of trails to explore in the area? We hope you enjoy some of our favorite trails with your loved ones next time you're in the area!

Flower lined hiking trail in Virginia

#1 - Turtle Island Trail

As a relatively short hike, this is a great option for those who want to get outside but don't want to spend all day hiking. The views provided by Turtle Island Trail are stunning, and there is a fun strip of land you get to walk on that's surrounded by water. 

#2 - Interpretive Trail Loop

This 3.6 mile hike is best used from March to November and there are pretty views of the lake along the way. You might see some wildlife like deer on your hike, and if it's hot there are some great places to take a dip. 

#3 - McAfee Knob

McAfee Knob in Virginia

  • Location: Catawba, VA
  • Length: 8.1 miles
  • Difficulty: difficult

Isn't it true that the most difficult hikes usually provide the most beautiful sights? At 8.1 miles and 1,800+ ft in elevation gain, McAfee Knob is a commitment and you need to be prepared - but the sights are worth it. This out and back trail offers beautiful wildflowers when the season is right. 

#4 - Chestnut Ridge Trail

This well maintained out and back trail is also a good choice for a short and sweet hike. You'll enjoy great views of the lake and the mountains on your journey. There is relatively little elevation gain so it is rated as easy but remember to watch the weather because it can be a bit muddy if it rains. 

#5 - Striper Cove Trail

This moderate 3.5 mile loop offers some good views of the lake and there are a few benches along the way to rest and take in the views. This (as many trails in the area are) is a pet friendly trail so long as your pop stays on a leash. 

#6 - Sharp Top Trail at Peaks of Otter

Peaks of Otter in Virginia

The Peaks of Otter area offers several trails, including: Sharp Top Trail (1.5m), Elk Run Loop (0.8m), Harkening Hill Loop Trail (3.3m), Johnson Farm Trails, Flat top Trail and Abbott Lake Trail. Sharp Top Trail is the most popular and offers spectacular views of the Peaks of Otter area. 

#7 - Buck Run Tail

This 2.5 mile out and back trail travels along a finger of the lake and is easy to loop into other trails to make for a longer hike should you wish. There are some water views along the way and you might see a few mountain bikers as well. 

#8 - Walton Creek Trail

This fun 2.8 mile loop is good for all skill levels. You'll enjoy wildflower and wildlife viewing along the way, and dogs are welcome to join you so long as they are on a leash. 

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Bethany Beach Oceanfront Rentals with Pools
Posted by Long & Foster | Friday, October 30, 2020

Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too? At Long & Foster, we think you should have your vacation your way - all perks included. When we think of Bethany Beach, we think of sun-kissed skin, sandy toes, gorgeous views and water fights. Thankfully, we have a collection of vacation rentals in Bethany Beach that offer oceanfront locations and pools… so you can have your view and take a dip too. Learn more about our favorite oceanfront rentals with a pool, and start planning your trip with our area guide.

Sea Colony

Sea Colony at Bethany Beach

Sea Colony is an excellent choice for a family vacation or a solo trip to the beach. This is Bethany Beach’s only hi-rise and offers a resort-like feel. There are tennis courts, a fitness center and swimming pools. Sea Colony has one, two and three bedroom vacation rentals apartments in an oceanfront setting. Each room offers central A/C, a full kitchen, and washer/dryer. 

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Blue Surf

Blue Surf at Bethany Beach

This adorable three bedroom vacation condo offers fantastic views of the beach and the boardwalk. There’s a full kitchen and a workspace so you can work or learn remotely while enjoying a holiday. Enjoy a pool, outdoor shower, fireplace, elevator and much more. 

Where to stay at Blue Surf: Blue Surf 205, Bethany Beach

The Preserve

The Preserve at Bethany Beach

If you’re looking for something a bit more private, but still want an oceanfront location and a pool, look no further than The Preserve. This private beach house at Bethany Beach has five bedrooms and sleeps up to 10 people. You’ll enjoy a huge deck with stunning views of the ocean. There’s a full kitchen with a wet bar and ice machine, and plenty of space to spread out throughout the house. The community pool isn’t far, and you can always walk across the beach to take a dip in the ocean.

Where to stay at The Preserve: The Preserve, 6 Hampton Lane

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Must-Stay North Wildwood NJ Rentals
Posted by Long & Foster | Monday, September 28, 2020

With five miles of beach and two miles of boardwalk, Wildwood, New Jersey is a vacation destination with plenty to do. If you're planning a trip to this area, you'll want to decide whether you'll be staying in North Wildwood, Wildwood or Wildwood Crest. North Wildwood is an excellent choice if you're looking for something a little more relaxing since it is a bit distanced from the hustle and bustle of the boardwalk. We offer a great selection of vacation rentals in this area for your upcoming trip - here are just a few of our favorites!

The Tides at Seaboard Circle

Why we love this vacation rental: This 4th floor penthouse suite in North Wildwood, NJ offers panoramic water views of the New Jersey coastline. The four bedrooms can accommodate up to 10 people. When you make a reservation at The Tides at Seaboard Circle you also get access to a swimming pool, tennis court, clubhouse with billiard room, fitness center, volleyball court, and BBQ grills. 

Adorable Cottage Near the Beach Block

Why we love this vacation rental: This adorable 3 bedroom vacation rental in North Wildwood sleeps up to 8 people and is pet friendly. You'll love staying just one block from the beach and you'll have access to both sides of the duplex from inside the house. What's not to love about having the whole place all to yourself?

320 West Chest Avenue

Why we love this vacation rental: This seasonal rental in North Wildwood is in a prime location. You'll love staying bay front, just a few minutes walk to Olde New Jersey Ave. This duplex has 4 bedrooms and can sleep up to 10 people. 320 West Chest Avenue offers luxurious finishings and appliances, and the owner will even consider pets if you are renting for the full season. 

Rooster Bay Condos

Why we love this vacation rental: We love Rooster Bay Condos for its location and amenities. This beautifully furnished townhome has four bedrooms and sleeps up to 11 people. You'll be close to the beach and the boardwalk in this beauty. Start your morning out with a cup of coffee on the porch while you take in the views!

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5 Top Cape May Family Vacation Rentals
Posted by Long & Foster | Thursday, August 6, 2020

Visit New Jersey’s Historic Oceanfront Town

Cape May, New Jersey’s historic seaside town, is one of the best family destinations on the Atlantic Coast. Located at the southern tip of the Cape May Peninsula, Cape May is famous for its classic Victorian buildings and sweeping beaches. While vacationing in Cape May with your family, you can enjoy morning walks around town, fun bike rides along Beach ave, and day trips to Cape May Point State Park.

Take a Family Vacation in Cape May

When visiting Cape May, there’s nothing better than having your own vacation home, where everyone can hang out together. Our Cape May family vacation rentals have open porches and plenty of space to spread out. And because it's Cape May the beach is always close by. To help you plan the perfect getaway at New Jersey’s southern tip, let’s take a closer look at a few of the best family vacation rentals in Cape May. We invite you to discover large family-friendly vacation homes with wrap around porches, ocean views, and plenty of space. Stay in historic Cape May Victorian homes at the southern tip of New Jersey with your family. 

Cape May’s Top 5 Family Vacation Homes

1. Franny's Folly - 207 Congress St

Positioned one block from the beach, Franny’s Folly is a classic Cape May Victorian cottage with a large garden, high ceilings, and a large front porch that overlooks the ocean. With seven bedrooms including 2 master suites and large kitchens and living rooms, this historic home gives your family the keys to Victorian Cape May.

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2. 609 Columbia Ave

Discover the ultimate family vacation home on Cape May. Boasting both a great location and plenty of historic charm, this classic home with a large wrap around porch can accommodate up to 25 people. You and your family can take in the scene from your front porch or easily stroll to the beach or downtown.

Book 609 Columbia Ave

3. 10 Jackson St

This six-bedroom house has everything you need for the perfect family vacation on Cape May. Located just steps away from both the beach and downtown, guests enjoy views of the water and a private swimming pool. You can spend long afternoons relaxing on rocking chairs that overlook the ocean. This is truly a great place to experience the beauty of Cape May.

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4. 514 Hughes St

Enjoy a classic home in the heart of historic Cape May. This three-story, seven-bedroom home can sleep up to 16 people. The wonderful front porch is the perfect place to relax in the shade with your whole family. Because of the great location, the beach and downtown are just a short walk away.

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5. 1607 Beach Ave

Built steps away from the Atlantic Ocean, this three-story Cape May beachfront home with open porches is the perfect place to relax with your family. With eight bedrooms and large living areas, there’s plenty of space to spread out. Guests love the outdoor dining table with views of the ocean. Instant access to the beach makes this a great location for watching sunrises.

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Thanks for checking out some Cape May’s top family vacation rentals. We love sharing the special energy of this historic New Jersey town with our guests. This list is just the beginning. We look forward to hosting your family in Cape May.
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A Guide to Dog-Friendly Vacations to Fenwick Island
Posted by Long & Foster | Monday, July 27, 2020

Traveling with pets can make your family vacation even more special, and there are many dog-friendly destinations along Delaware’s Coast. Fenwick Island is a sanctuary for dogs and dog-owners alike. From pet-friendly restaurants to beaches to our pet-friendly rentals, Fenwick Island is a great place to bring the whole family along. If you are bringing Fido on your next vacation, here are a few things to keep in mind while you’re traveling here.

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Fenwick Island State Park

Fenwick Island State Park is a nearly 350-acre park along the Atlantic Ocean offering pristine shorelines, hiking trails, picnic areas, and more. While dogs are restricted from its beaches during the peak season between May 1 - September 30, the majority of the park is open for exploring.

Dogs are to be leashed except when in off-leash areas or if you have the appropriate hunting permits. Keep in mind when you are walking with your dog that there is protected habitat and shorebird nesting areas.

Dog Friendly Restaurants in Fenwick Island

dog at restaurant

Fenwick Island is near many dog-friendly restaurants. Captain Mac’s Fish House & Seafood Market is one of our favorites. Located just inland in Selbyville, this casual seafood eatery features beautiful views of the marshland waters of Delaware and locally caught, fresh seafood. Lizzie’s Cafe & Bistro is another great spot known for its brunch cuisine, located just over the state border in Maryland.

Tailchasers, Cafe Mirage, Lenny’s Beach Bar & Grill, and Nori Sushi Bar & Grill are also all a short drive away and feature dog-friendly spaces.

Fenwick Island Dog Resources

dog at vet

If you need to buy anything for your dog while you’re here, the Fenwick Pet Stop is a local store at the corner of Farmington and Coastal Highway. You’ll find premium pet food, toys, and other supplies if you need them.

Coastal Veterinary is a local clinic located inland in Selbyville, about 15 minutes away from Fenwick Island. In addition to veterinary services, Coastal Veterinary offers grooming and bathing. Coastal Veterinary is closed on the weekends.

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Bring your four-legged friend to our pet friendly rentals on Fenwick Island. Our pet-friendly homes offer space and comfort for everyone in the family. Stay in a beachfront home or a quiet and cozy cottage near restaurants and entertainment. Not set on a destination yet? We also have pet-friendly rentals in Bethany Beach, Dewey Beach, and Rehoboth.

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6 Best Places to go in New Jersey
Posted by Long & Foster | Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Did you know that New Jersey’s nickname is The Garden State? This vacation destination is home to 35+ state parks and over 100 miles of diverse coastline. Between the boardwalks, restaurants, beaches and attractions there is something to please every taste. There is so much to do and see in New Jersey the hardest part is truly deciding where to go! We’ve put together our six favorite vacation destinations in New Jersey to make your planning a little easier. Pick your favorite, or take a road trip and visit all six – they are ordered by location so that you can start in Longport and drive out to Cape May, stopping at every place in between.  

Our 6 Favorite Vacation Destinations in New Jersey 

Longport Vicinity, NJ

Longport, NJ

Longport offers a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of busy beach towns. Drive down to the southernmost point of Longport to check out The Longport Point, which offers stunning views of the ocean meeting the bay. If you have your pet with you then stop by the Longport Dog Beach, where you favorite furry friend can enjoy some off-leash beach time.  

If you’re visiting the Longport Vicinity you also need to check out Lucy the Elephant. This marvel is the oldest surviving roadside tourist attraction in America with a hilarious history! Lucy the Elephant is a 65’-tall elephant structure made of wood and tin, built way back in 1881. The U.S. Patent Office actually granted the builder a patent giving him the exclusive right to make, use or sell animal-shaped buildings for 17 years – who would have thought? 

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Ocean City, NJ 

Ocean City, NJ

The next stop on our list is Ocean City, New Jersey. With over 8 miles of sand and surf on the ocean side and water activities on the bay side, Ocean City, NJ is a beach-lover's paradise. Take a fishing charter, rent some Stand Up Paddle boards, or just soak in the sun on the beach. Corson’s Inlet State Park is a great place to hike, bike, fish and horseback ride. Ocean City's 2.5 mile boardwalk is famous and offers a huge selection of attractions, dining options and great views. It’s a great place to pick up a new bikini or a souvenir. Families with kids will love Playland’s Castaway Cove offers roller coasters and themed mini golf.  

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Sea Isle City, NJ 

Sea Isle City, NJ

Just a hop, skip and a jump from Ocean City is Sea Isle City, New Jersey. Sea Isle City also has a boardwalk, but with a more relaxed feel. There are cute shops, great views, and plenty of places to sit and relax along this 1.5 mile boardwalk. You’ll hear many people refer to Sea Isle’s boardwalk as the Promenade. There is a public beach and kids can enjoy the local skatepark. Townsends Inlet Waterfront Park is also a must in Sea Isle City. There is great fishing and surfing at Townsends, and the sunsets are spectacular.  

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Avalon & Stone Harbor, NJ 

Stone Harbor, NJ

Continue on from Sea Isle City and cross the Ocean Drive Bridge to the Avalon and Stone Harbor area. Avalon and Stone Harbor make up the Seven Mile Beach that’s packed with adventure. Enjoy a game of tennis, visit one of the 9 parks and playgrounds, or stroll through town on a bike. Shopping at 96th Street or along Dune Drive is a must while you’re in this area, and there are no shortage of great restaurants mixed among the retail shops. Walk the Avalon Dunes Beach Trail or spend some time bird watching at the Avalon Seawatch! The Wetlands Institute is also a great educational opportunity for the whole family.  

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Wildwood, NJ 

Bridge over a swamp in Wildwood, NJ

Wildwood, New Jersey is home to wide, sandy beaches, a renowned boardwalk and so much more. Since the beaches are so wide, this is one of the best places to soak up the sun and enjoy a little more elbow room for your family. The boardwalk offers arcades, roller coasters, shops, eateries and more. Plus, there’s a tram you can take along the boardwalk if you get tired of walking. Three large piers jut out from Wildwood’s boardwalk, offering even more to do. Morey’s Piers & Beachfront Water Parks is a must for the kiddos, who will love the 6-block amusement park with 100+ rides and attractions.  

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Cape May, NJ 

Victorian homes in Cape May, NJ

The last stop on our list is the top of southern New Jersey’s Cape May Peninsula – Cape May, New Jersey. This charming seaside town is home to grand Victorian houses, museums, shops and more. Visit the Cape May Lighthouse and climb to the top for excellent views, or tour the Emlen Physick Estate, New Jersey’s only Victorian house museum. Cape May is home to many excellent wineries, which is the perfect way to unwind after a day at the beach. Looking to connect with wildlife of your trip? Visit the Jersey Shore Alpacas farm or join a dolphin watching tour.  

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We hope you enjoyed our guide to the ultimate New Jersey vacation. Get the most of your vacation to New Jersey with Long & Foster Vacation Rentals. We offer a great selection of vacation homes throughout New Jersey’s most popular destinations.  

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Top 5 Family Fun Activities in Delaware
Posted by Long & Foster | Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Beaches, parks, wildlife and so much more – Delaware is the perfect place to take the family for a vacation this year. Whether you’re parents, grandparents, uncles or aunts, we hope this guide to family fun activities in Delaware will help you build memories that will last a lifetime. 

Five Family-Friendly Ideas for Delaware Vacations 

#1 – Cape Henlopen State Park & Ice Cream in Lewes 

Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes

Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes, Delaware offers the perfect variety of activities to keep the whole family entertained. There are hiking and biking trails (free bikes are available at the nature center) for those who want to get their feet moving, and water-lovers can try their hand at swimming, fishing, boating, kayaking, paddle-boarding and even wind surfing! You can hang out on the beach and tan or try your hand at disc golf. Cape Henlopen State Park also offers educational opportunities at the Fort Miles Museum and Historical Area and the Seaside Nature Center. After a long day of fun in the sun you’ll surely want a nice cool treat! Hopkins Farm Creamery in Lewes offers farm made ice cream, milkshakes, ice cream sandwiches and more. The awesome thing about Hopkins Farm Creamery is that you can see the cows around back – what a cool experience for the kiddos.

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#2 – Gordons Pond Trail in Rehoboth 

Gordon's Pond Trail in Rehoboth

Restaurants, attractions and museums are all great family activities, but there’s nothing like some good old exercise and exploration to create long lasting memories. Gordons Pond Trail in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware offers an absolutely beautiful setting for a family bike ride or walk. You’ll adventure past the pond, into a forest, through wetlands and over dunes with views of the Atlantic on this adventure. You’ll likely see some beautiful wildflowers, osprey nests and maybe even a bald eagle! Gordons Pond is actually part of Cape Henlopen State Park, so you could try out all the adventures mentioned so far if you’re feeling ambitious!  

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#3 – Amusements & Candy in Fenwick 

Waterpark in Fenwick Island, DE

Sometimes the kiddos need a good old candy-fueled day complete with go-karts, mini-golf and water park rides. This is the perfect opportunity to stop by Viking Golf and Go-Karts and Thunder River Lagoon Waterpark in Fenwick Island, Delaware. This mecca for outdoor fun is sure to leave your little ones ready for bed after a long day of running around. To make it an extra special day, stop by the Candy Kitchen to enjoy The Wonderful World of Candy! Parents and kids alike will enjoy their taffy, fudge, chocolate, pretzels, truffles, gummies and more. 

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#4 – Sunsets at Sunset Park in Dewey Beach 

Beautiful sunset in sunset park

Is it any surprise that Sunset Park in Dewey Beach, Delaware is a great place to watch the sunset? Bring a blanket and some treats and cozy up while you catch the colors lighting up the sky. There are benches and a cute little gazebo. Sunset park is also a great place for watersports like kayaking. Get there early to start the day with some watersports, bring a picnic for dinner, and end the day with a beautiful sunset. 

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#5 – Indian River Inlet Bridge in Bethany Beach 

Indian River Inlet Bridge in Bethany Beach

Indian River Inlet Bridge in Bethany Beach, Delaware is a beautiful spot to stop at. There are osprey nests on the bayside on both sides of the bridge, and dogs are allowed on the north side of the inlet. Beautiful blue lights sparkle on the bridge at night. Start out your day enjoying the beach and boardwalk at Bethany, and then head over to the Inlet towards dusk to try and spot the osprey nests and check out the bridge at night. Or, if you want to get an early start, head over the Indian River Inlet Bridge in the daytime and enjoy the Delaware Seashore State Park

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