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Our Tips for Pet Friendly Vacation Rentals
Posted by Long & Foster | Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Let’s be honest, pets are part of the friendly. So, when it comes time to book a family vacation, it makes sense to want to include your four-legged friends in the plans! Luckily, Long & Foster Vacation Rentals offer pet-friendly rentals in nearly all of our locations along the East Coast. Whether you desire beach days running on the sand or a day on the waters of Smith Mountain Lake, our properties span across the East Coast. 

Find Your Home-Away-From-Home 

A living room in an Avalon vacation rental

When looking for a pet-friendly rental, consider the amenities you desire. Perhaps yard space for your pup to run? Or a vacation rental that is right on the beach? Find your perfect home-away-from-home for the whole family! 

Dreaming of days on the beach with a four-legged friend? Head to Fenwick Island, Bethany Beach, Dewey Beach, or Sea Isle City for your next vacation! From a spacious Fenwick Island home that has a private pool and easy beach access, an oceanfront Bethany Beach townhome, to a charming Dewey Beach rental, these destinations offer family fun and relaxing beach days.  

For a lake getaway, head to Smith Mountain Lake! Take your pick of lakefront pet-friendly properties that offer a space for the whole family to relax and access to the lake just steps from your vacation rental. You’re sure to find a property that will fit into the vacation of your dreams! 

Packing List for a Pet-Friendly Vacation 

A dog sits in a car before heading to a vacation rental

Now that you have decided where your family is headed for the next vacation, it’s time to pack your bags. Bringing along a dog means that you may need more than just your swimsuit and sunscreen in your suitcase. Check out our list of things that may be helpful for your next getaway with the entire family!  

  • Food and water bowls 
  • Food and treats (best to measure out exactly how much you will need for the trip) 
  • Bed and crate 
  • Toys 
  • Leash and collar  
  • Baggies for dog waste 
  • Towels/wipes for dirty paws after a day of exploring 
  • Shampoo or other items needed for pet hygiene 

Explore Pet-Friendly Activities 

Children play with a dog on the beach

Once you have packed and arrived at your pet-friendly vacation rental, the real fun begins! If your chosen escape is in Delaware, head to Cape Henlopen State Park, Delaware Seashore State Park, or Fenwick Island State Park for pet-friendly outdoor adventures.   

Our destinations in Maryland offer proximity to dog parks and beaches, as well as unique breweries that allow dogs on patios, and more. A New Jersey escape also offers dog-friendly beaches and unique pet-friendly attractions like the Cape May Winery & Vineyard and a handful of dog-friendly restaurants in Wildwood. Wildwood, NJ is also home to the Wildwood Dog Park and Beach, which is the largest dog park in the world and the perfect place to play a game of fetch on the beach! You can even find sightseeing charters that allow pups to hop aboard and take in the views with you! 

No matter where you decide to vacation, you're sure to find pet-friendly activities that get you outside exploring the natural beauty of the East Coast. You'll find parks, beaches, tours, and local dining opportunities that allow your pups to join in on the fun! 

Book Your Pet-Friendly Vacation Rental! 

A Bethany Beach pet-friendly rental

Now that you have a craving for a beachy escape or a trip to the lake, browse our pet-friendly rentals along the East Coast! Find yourself a townhome for a small family and four-legged friend or a spacious home that invites the group to feel right at home. Find yourself a retreat for all the members of your family today!  

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5 Fun Things to Do in Wildwood, NJ!
Posted by Long & Foster | Monday, January 25, 2021

Known for beautiful beaches, an excitement-filled boardwalk, amusement rides, and water parks, Wildwood is a hotspot for fun on the Jersey Shore! Visit the stunning beaches, stroll or bike along the boardwalk, and gather your courage for a thrilling water slide! Even more fun and relaxation can be found when you partake in a watersport, book a tee time, or simply relax at home in a Wildwood vacation rental.

You won’t want to miss our list of the top things to do in Wildwood, NJ! 

1. Spend a Day at the Beach 

The beach in Wildwood, NJ

No visit to Wildwood, NJ would be complete without a day at the beach! Five miles of stunning shoreline await where you can swim, sunbathe, and try your hand at watersports. Have fun while you surf, boat, rent a jet ski, or hop into a kayak. Bring along a frisbee to toss back and forth or start up a game of sand volleyball with a group of friends. Wildwood is known for stunning beaches that are a must-see during any trip! Even better? Wildwood beaches are free to access!  

2. Explore the Boardwalk 

The boardwalk in Wildwood, NJ

Along the beach, you’ll find the lights and excitement of the Wildwood Boardwalk! The two-mile long boardwalk is perfect for shopping, grabbing a bite to eat, playing an arcade game, or finding thrills on an amusement ride. In the morning, the boardwalk is the perfect spot for a bike ride while it becomes a nightlife hot spot once the sun sets. There’s something for everyone on the boardwalk!  

3. Visit an Amusement Park

Girls enjoy a ride at a water park.

Family fun awaits at the amusement parks in Wildwood, NJ! Morey’s Piers & Beachfront Waterparks offer coasters and water slides that will delight the whole family. Ocean Oasis Water Park & Beach Club features thrilling water slides, a lazy river, and even a swim-up bar! Make a splash at the Raging Waters Water Park or head to the Splash Zone Water Park on a hot summer day! There are plenty of ways to enjoy the day cooling off at a water park or taking in the views on the Giant Wheel!

4. Tee Up On a Golf Course 

A man prepares to swing on a golf course near Wildwood, NJ

Find a golf course to tee up on near Wildwoods, NJ! With 6 public golf courses in the area, you’re sure to find a course that matches your skill level and desires. Book a tee time and head out with the family for a morning round of golf or a ‘twilight’ round after a day at the beach! Check out the nearby golf courses like the Avalon Golf Club or the Cape May National golf course! 

5. Get Nostalgic at the Doo Wop 

The Doo Wop is a museum that focuses on the history of Wildwood, NJ

Travel back in time with a visit to the Doo Wop Experience! The museum features retro artifacts from the 1950s and 60s as well as a ‘Neon Sign Garden’ that will charm visitors young and old. Satisfy your appetite with a stop in the retro-style malt shop and don’t forget to pick up something from the Doo Wop shop! Learn about Wildwood’s history with a stop in the Doo Wop! 

Book Your Trip to Wildwood, NJ! 

A Wildwood vacation rental home

Now that you know the excitement and fun that awaits, it's time to find your home-away-from-home in a Wildwood vacation rental! Find beachfront properties, rentals with pool access, or pet-friendly escapes from our list of nearly 200 Wildwood vacation rentals!  

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5 Charming Oceanfront Ocean City, MD Vacation Rentals
Posted by Long & Foster | Thursday, January 21, 2021

Known as a family favorite for beachfront relaxation, Ocean City Maryland invites families to enjoy surf and sunshine on the coast. There’s no better way to make the most of your vacation than to book an oceanfront condo that offers beach access just steps away. From two-level penthouses that are perfect for group getaways to a 2-bedroom condo for a small family, our picks of the best Ocean City vacation homes combine ocean views and community amenities. Find your family’s next home base in an Ocean City, MD vacation rental! 

Explore Oceanfront Ocean City, MD Vacation Rentals!

1. Plaza 0205-P0205

A living room in a Ocean City, MD vacation rental condo

  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Featured Amenities: Oceanfront views, private balcony

This 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom Ocean City, MD vacation rental condo offers oceanfront views and a newly-renovated interior! Located in the Plaza complex, this oceanfront community offers access to amenities such as a beachfront pool-deck, an indoor pool, saunas, and poolside dining. Inside the condo, enjoy a fully equipped kitchen, a private balcony, and even laundry machines! The best part of this condo? It is located only one flight of stairs away from beach access! Take a break from the daily routine and enjoy time on the beach! 

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2. Century 1 2203-X2203

An oceanfront Ocean City, MD vacation rental

  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Featured Amenities: Two-level living, private balcony, oceanfront views

This two-level condo features 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and a private balcony! Enjoy family time spent relaxing in the coastal-themed living room or head out to make use of the community amenities like the pools, fitness center, and saunas. Spend a day relaxing on the beach, just steps from this Ocean City, MD vacation rental! This special getaway is perfect for oceanfront relaxation in Ocean City! 

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3. Beach Place North 5-OCO43

 A beachfront property

  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Sleeps: 10
  • Featured Amenities: Beach access, ocean views, balconies

With beach access directly outside your back door, this vacation rental townhome is an oceanfront escape! The four-level townhome has space for 10 making it a perfect home-base for families or groups of friends seeking days on the beach. Wake up to sip your coffee from the deck and watch the sunrise before cooking up breakfast in the fully equipped kitchen. Head down to the beach to swim in the ocean or spend the afternoon exploring Ocean City's boardwalk.

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4. Quay 2506-Q2506 

A penthouse in Ocean City, MD

  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Sleeps: 14
  • Featured Amenities: Two-level living, space for groups, oceanfront views

An oceanfront penthouse with space for 14, this 3-bedroom, 3-bath Ocean City, MD vacation rental invites groups to enjoy a beach escape! The two-level penthouse features panoramic views, a renovated kitchen, and access to the amenities offered by the Quay complex. When you aren’t lounging by the beach, rally with a friend on the tennis court or take a swim in the indoor pool. Pack your bags and head to this Ocean City, MD vacation home! 

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5. Antigua 402 – oc210 

An updated condo in Ocean City, MD

  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Featured Amenities: Ocean views, community pool

Offering a unique, modern interior, this Ocean City, MD condo invites a group of 4 to enjoy a beachfront getaway! Perfect for a small family vacation, the vacation rental features all the comforts of home including a fully equipped kitchen, laundry machines, and an inviting living room. Spend sunny days enjoying beach access and a community pool or explore nearby family-friendly attractions!  

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Explore all Ocean City, MD Vacation Rentals!

A view of Ocean City, MD

Explore our list of more than 150 Ocean City vacation rentals! With even more oceanfront condos or even a pet-friendly home to choose from, you're sure to find your ideal home-away-from-home on Maryland's coast.

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5 Reasons to Visit Dewey Beach for Spring Break
Posted by Long & Foster | Monday, December 28, 2020

Offering both nightlife excitement and family-friendly attractions, Dewey Beach is an ideal spring break destination for every group. Explore the shorelines on the Atlantic coast and Rehoboth Bay, each offering stunning views and plenty of water-sports, or enjoy local cuisine at one of the many charming eateries in town. Dance to live music at a local bar or end the night enjoying family time in the comfort of a Dewey Beach vacation rental. No matter what the trip brings, you’re going to love a Dewey Beach getaway! 

A view of Dewey Beach.

1. Small-Town Feel 

Quieter than other nearby resort areas, Dewey Beach captures the feeling of a small coastal town. At only a little over a mile long and three blocks wide, this town feels easily commutable and ideal for a getaway with family and friends. Enjoy a relaxed stay in a private vacation home or an oceanfront condo

2. Dewey Beach Nightlife 

Friends enjoy nightlife in Dewey Beach

Known for a lively nightlife scene, Dewey Beach is home to plenty of bars that offer live music and delicious cocktails. The Bottle & Cork features an open-air stage where bands delight crowds while the Rusty Rudder offers waterfront views, seafood dishes, and live shows as well. Another Dewey Beach staple, The Starboard is known for delicious dishes and live music. Looking for a tasty crab cake? Head to Woody’s Dewey Beach to dig into a seafood favorite and stay for the festive atmosphere. Enjoy the night exploring Dewey Beach bars! 

3. Great Dewey Beach Restaurants 

A day at the beach is sure to work up an appetite! Dig into dinner at the Dewey Beer Co which offers a unique menu with items like Lo Mein, chicken & waffles, crab cakes, as well as a plenty of beer offerings. Head to Nalu Surf Bar & Grill for pacific island cuisine in a relaxed, open-air setting. Or end the night grabbing dinner at Northbeach and stay to dance the night away as it also transforms into a nightlife hotspot in Dewey Beach! 

4. Watersports & Outdoor Adventure

Children play in the ocean

With plenty of shoreline along the Atlantic and Rehoboth Bay on either side, Dewey Beach invites you to enjoy time playing in the water! Sunbathe on the sands of Dewey Beach, jump in a kayak to paddle the day away, or rent a jet ski for a thrill ride. Delaware Seashore State Park and Cape Henlopen State Park both sit within easy access of Dewey Beach offering even more opportunities for time spent enjoying the great outdoors! 

5. Family Friendly Attractions 

Dewey Beach offers plenty of activities for kids! From building a sand castle at the beach, grabbing an ice cream cone at Vanderwendes, or making a visit to experience the rides at Funland in nearby Rehoboth Beach, there’s no shortage of fun to be had during a Dewey Beach spring break!

Plan Your Dewey Beach Spring Break

A Dewey Beach vacation rental

Once you have decided to make Dewey Beach your spring break destination, its time to find your home-away-from-home! Take your pick of oceanfront properties and pet-friendly getaways!

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3 Ways to Spend the Day in Rehoboth Beach
Posted by Long & Foster | Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Nestled in southern Delaware, Rehoboth Beach is a quaint town on the East Coast. Offering sandy shores, a mile-long boardwalk, and plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities, it’s no wonder why many families choose Rehoboth Beach for their vacation destination! Book a getaway and get ready to hop on a bike to explore Cape Henlopen, feel like a kid again playing boardwalk amusement games, or book a tee time to enjoy one of the area’s many gorgeous golf courses! 

Head to the Beach

Of course, a trip would not be complete without a day on the beach! Enjoy the gorgeous sands and waters of Rehoboth Beach where you can relax on the sands or take a stroll along the mile-long boardwalk that is filled with quaint boutiques, eateries, and even a bandstand that offers free live entertainment! Want to make a splash? Get out on the ocean with a water activity like kayaking, windsurfing, or renting a Stand-Up Paddle Board.  

Just north of Rehoboth Beach you’ll find Cape Henlopen State Park. Highlights of the park include rolling sand dunes, walking and biking trails, six miles of shoreline, and the picturesque Point overlook that features the Harbor of Refuge Lighthouse. For even more stunning views, climb to the top of the World War II Observation Tower! Other activities offered by the park are fishing on the jetty, biking along the 3.2-mile-long Gordon Pond Trail with the help of the borrow a bike program, and nature watching

Find Thrills at a Rehoboth Beach Amusument Park

Family fun abounds at Amusement Parks in Rehoboth Beach! Funland is a family-friendly destination that offers thrills and arcade games with a classic boardwalk feel. Take your pick of 17 rides from the Superflip 360 that satisfies thrill seekers to the more classic carousel that is perfect for children young and old. You can also try to win big at an arcade game like Skee-Ball or a crane game. 

Perfect for a hot summer day, a visit to Jungle Jim’s Water Park is a perfect way to beat the heat. Float around the lazy river, bodysurf in the wave pool, or slide down one of the more daring large water slides. Little ones will enjoy the Kiddie pool and splash area while more fun can be found on dry land in the batting cages of the two mini-golf courses.  

Book a Tee Time on a Rehoboth Beach Golf Course

Golfers rejoice! The Rehoboth Beach area is home to stunning golf courses both within city limits and a short drive away. Sitting on 150 acres of bayfront property, the Rehoboth Beach Country Club’s 18-hole championship golf course is the perfect place to practice your golf game. The Baywood Greens Golf Course is renowned for its gorgeous landscaping. Plus, beginners and pros alike can enjoy the golf course or get their start at the practice facilities.  

Another 18-hole golf course in the area, the Rookery South Golf Course, features four sets of tees to accommodate all levels of experience and a beautiful setting for a round of golf. The Bear Trap Dunes Golf Club features a 27-hole golf course complete with local grasses and sand dunes making for a stunning natural feel. No matter where you decide to tee up on, the Rehoboth Beach golf courses will not disappoint!

Find your Rehoboth Beach vacation rental for your next family getaway!

Whether you are looking for a romantic couple's getaway in an oceanfront condo or a pet-friendly family home, you're sure to find your ideal Rehoboth Beach vacation rental! Our rentals offer beachfront locations, private pools, and range from studios to 7-bedroom homes. Book your ideal rental and pack your backs for a relaxing getaway at Rehoboth Beach! 

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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. 

Plan Your Smith Mountain Lake Vacation

Chairs on the dock at a Smith Mountain Lake cabin

We've got all the details on planning a refreshing vacation to beautiful Smith Mountain Lake. Get the local scoop on vacationing at this destination, check out our area guide, and find the perfect lake house to rent. We offer lakefront cottages, pet friendly homes, and rentals with swimming pools.

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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. 

Where to stay at Sea Colony:

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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