Celebrate the 4th of July at a Delaware Beach Destination
Posted by Long & Foster | Monday, May 24, 2021

Celebrate the 4th of July with a stay on the Delaware coast! From oceanfront Bethany Beach vacation rentals to a private Lewes vacation home, you’re sure to enjoy a stay in one of these coastal getaways. During the holiday weekend you can find boardwalks to stroll, live music events, and (of course) firework displays! 

Check out these Delaware destinations that are perfect for celebrating the 4th of July!

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Bethany Beach 

Spend the 4th of July weekend in Bethany Beach to enjoy beautiful beaches, state parks, and local attractions. Plus, Bethany Beach is bringing back fireworks to celebrate the 4th of July for summer 2021! With a stay in an oceanfront Bethany Beach vacation rental, the beach will be just steps away allowing for you to make the most of your coastal getaway.  

Rehoboth Beach 

Rehoboth Beach is a prime destination for Independence Day celebrations on Delaware’s coast! Fireworks are set to go off on Saturday July 3rd, 2021 around 9:30 PM.  Visitors will be able to watch the fireworks along the beach and boardwalk. Throughout the weekend, you can also enjoy live music with the Bandstand Concert series! Plus, you can feel at home in a Rehoboth Beach vacation rental to enjoy the privacy of your own coastal home or an oceanfront condo!  

A view of fireworks on the Delaware coast

Dewey Beach 

Right next to Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach is a delightful coastal destination that is perfect for a 4th of July weekend! With a nearby spanning boardwalk, gorgeous beaches, and local shops and eateries, there are plenty of ways to celebrate as a family. Dine at an oceanfront restaurant before heading out to the beach to catch a spot for the fireworks! 


Lewes, DE knows how to celebrate the 4th of July with classic flare! First, the celebrations kick off with second street being shut down to make way for old-fashioned games — a favorite activity for children of all ages. After taking part in the second street games, head to the Lewes-Rehoboth canal to watch the boat parade. The parade will float through the canal and end up at Fisherman’s Wharf with the boats all competing for a prize for the best decorations! You can also have a BBQ at home at your Lewes vacation rental or make a splash in a community pool with a stay in a Lewes rental condo! 

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Best Ways to Spend Father’s Day at Smith Mountain Lake!
Posted by Long & Foster | Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Celebrate Father’s Day with a stay in a Smith Mountain Lake vacation rental! With plenty of outdoor activities from hiking, biking, and spending time out on the water, this is a perfect destination to bring the whole family together and celebrate dad!  

Father's Day falls on Sunday, June 20th, 2021 

Go for a Hike in Smith Mountain Lake State Park

A father and son go hiking around Smith Mountain Lake

Start the day off with a morning hike! Smith Mountain Lake State Park is home to plenty of trails that offer gorgeous views and an easy-going hike that is perfect for the whole family. Turtle Island Trail is an easy-going 1.2-mile loop trail that offers plenty of waterfront views. For a slightly more challenging hike, choose Buck Run Trail. A 3.3-mile out-and-back-style trail, the hike takes you along the river and through the forest. Dogs are allowed to tag along as long as they are leashed. Bring the whole family along for this perfect Father’s Day activity!  

Get Out on the Lake 

Of course, a day at Smith Mountain Lake isn’t complete without time spent on the water! Go for a swim at Smith Mountain Lake Beach or rent a boat to travel around the whole lake. Behind a boat, go wakeboarding or tubing with family and friends. For a more relaxed pace, paddle through the water in a kayak or on a paddle board. Jet skis are another favorite activity for cruising through the water of this gorgeous lake. The entire family will love a day spent on the lake!

Cast A Fishing Line 

A father and son fish on Smith Mountain Lake

Another way to enjoy a day out in nature is to spend the day fishing! Cast a fishing line to reel in a largemouth bass, catfish, striped bass, and more. If you rent a lakefront Smith Mountain Lake vacation rental, cast a fishing line from your private dock! Reeling in a fish can be the perfect Father's Day activity for the whole family.  

Book a Tee Time at a Smith Mountain Lake Golf Course

Another favorite activity of dads around the world? Hitting the golf course! Luckily you can book a tee time at a handful of golf courses around Smith Mountain Lake. The Copper Cove Golf Club was designed by Russell Breeden, who has nearly 100 courses to his credit. Another favorite golf club is The Waterfront Golf Course. This course features 18 holes on a PGA Championship Golf Course with plenty of shoreline and gorgeous views. Another lakeside golf course in the area is Mariner’s Landing Country Club. An 18-hole course designed by the late Robert Trent Jones Sr., this course challenges golfers of every skill level while being a great outing for the whole family. Whether you are a golfing pro or a beginner just looking to practice your swing, golfing is a perfect activity to celebrate Father's Day!  

Feel at Home in a Smith Mountain Lake Vacation Rental 

A dock with Adirondack chairs on Smith Mountain Lake

There’s no better way to celebrate Father’s Day as family than relaxing in a Smith Mountain Lake vacation rental! With waterfront rentals that offer amenities like docks, hot tubs, grills, and more, you’re sure to enjoy a weekend away with dad. Book a dog-friendly rental to bring along the four-legged members of your family and don’t forget your swimsuit!  

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5 Must-Try Sea Isle City Restaurants
Posted by Long & Foster | Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Planning a trip to Sea Isle City? After a day at the beach or exploring the Sea Isle City Promenade, enjoy local cuisine from one of the best Sea Isle City restaurants. From waterfront seafood to Italian dishes served in a fine-dining atmosphere, you won’t want to miss these Sea Isle City restaurants! 

Check out our guide to the best restaurants in Sea Isle City! 

A plate of seafood in a Sea Isle City restaurant

1. Mike’s Seafood and Dock Restaurant

Of course, when you are staying on the Jersey shore, you have to enjoy a bite of local seafood! Mike’s Seafood and Restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy delicious seafood dishes like a lobster tail dinner, a lobster roll sandwich, and Nantucket Sea Scallops!  

2. Carmen’s Seafood Restaurant 

Enjoy waterfront dining at Carmen’s Seafood Restaurant. Dig in to a King Crab dinner or a plate of lobster tails. You can also grab an omelett, waffles, and more for breakfast or stop in for a waterfront lunch at this local hotspot.  

3. La Fontana Coast 

Experience fine dining at La Fontana Coast! Featuring a menu of Italian specialties including Bolognese, alfredo, and scampi! Pair your pasta dish with a fine wine and prepare to enjoy a romantic evening or a pleasant dinner out with the whole family.  

4. Sunset Pier 

Offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the Sunset Pier is a perfect place to dine al fresco near the water! Star the day off with a stack of pancakes before heading out to enjoy a day at the beach. Or stop in for lunch or dinner to enjoy a burger or plate of seafood. 

5. Braca Café 

Operating since 1908, the Braca Café has been a staple of Sea Isle City cuisine for generations. Enjoy American and Italian cuisine in an elevated setting with dishes like Cajun scallops penne, parmigiana chicken and veal, or a steak!  

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A living room of a Sea Isle City vacation rental

Book a Sea Isle City vacation rental to enjoy beachfront relaxation and the charm of this coastal town. With beachfront homes, condos with prime locations, and even pet-friendly properties, Sea Isle City is a perfect place to spend time on vacation with family and friends.  

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Celebrate Mother’s Day in Lewes, Delaware
Posted by Long & Foster | Monday, April 12, 2021

Looking for a coastal getaway to celebrate Mother’s Day? Look no further than Lewes, Delaware! A small coastal town with plenty of charm, Lewes is the perfect place to relax and celebrate Mom for Mother’s Day 2021! Book a Lewes vacation rental today and get ready to hit the beach and explore local, boutiques, eateries, and more!  

Mother's Day falls on Sunday May 9th, 2021 

Start the day with a Mother’s Day Brunch 

Mothers Day Brunch at a Lewes restaurant

Begin Mother’s Day by sharing a delicious breakfast at a local Lewes restaurant! Eggcelent is a charming local breakfast spot offering fresh ground coffee, freshly squeezed juices, and everything you could desire for brunch ranging from omelets, pancakes, and avocado toast. Dine al fresco on the patio space and enjoy the coastal breeze as you celebrate with mom! 

Stroll Second Street 

After a tasty brunch, head to Second Street to explore the boutiques and local shops that await. Find a unique book shop, antique stores, jewelry, boutiques, and more as you explore the charming downtown area of Lewes. Pick up something sweet at the Edie Bee’s Confectionery, stop into the Henlopen Trading Co., or pick up a souvenir at Lewes Gifts!  

Explore Cape Henlopen State Park 

A view of cape Henlopen State Park

After you have explored Second Street, head to Cape Henlopen State Park for beautiful ocean views, lovely sand dunes, and plenty of nature trails. Keep an eye out for shorebirds and wildflowers as you hike or bike along the trails or simply bring a blanket to lay down as you sunbathe on the beach! There’s no better way to enjoy family time together than relaxing and enjoying the gorgeous Delaware shoreline.  

Visit the Zwaanendael Museum 

For another fun local activity, make a visit to the Zwaanendael Museum! Free to the public, this museum invites visitors to learn about the history of Lewes. The building commemorates the early Dutch settlements in the area dating back to the 1600s and houses artifacts of maritime, culture, and military history of the area. History buffs and families alike will enjoy a visit to this unique area attraction. 

Feel at Home in a Lewes Vacation Rental 

A Lewes vacation rental home

Book a Lewes vacation rental to truly feel at home in this charming coastal town. Enjoy a home complete with a bright, spacious interior perhaps a condo with access to plenty of community amenities. No matter what kind of Lewes vacation rental you desire, you’re sure to find a property that invites you to celebrate Mother’s Day with style and relaxation!  

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5 Reasons to Book an Ocean City, NJ Vacation Rental
Posted by Long & Foster | Wednesday, March 17, 2021

An oceanfront hub for family fun and outdoor activities, Ocean City, NJ is a perfect place for a beach vacation! With an iconic boardwalk that is almost 3 miles long, family-friendly attractions, and delicious seafood and sweet treats, there’s no better place to enjoy a family vacation near the beach! Find out what awaits when you book an Ocean City, NJ vacation rental! 

1. Be Close to the Ocean City Boardwalk  

When you book an Ocean City, NJ vacation rental you get the benefit of being close to the beach and the iconic boardwalk. Take a stroll along the 2.5-mile-long boardwalk that runs parallel to Ocean City Beach. Host to boutiques, eateries, amusement rides, and even country-fair style food, there’s something for everyone along the Boardwalk! Rent a bike to pedal along the boardwalk or grab some saltwater taffy to snack on while you stroll on foot! 

2. Find Thrills at Gillian’s Wonderland Pier 

Children enjoy an amusement park ride in Ocean City, NJ

While you enjoy your Ocean City vacation, head to Gillian’s Wonderland Pier for theme parks rides! From the mellow kiddie coasters and carousel to the stomach-flipping Drop Tower, there are rides for every level of thrill-seeker. Take in the view from the top of the Giant Wheel, climb into the log ride, or put your hands in the air as you ride in a coaster. There’s no better way to experience amusement park fun on a pier! 

3. Spend Time Enjoying the Jersey Shore 

A beach near Ocean City, NJ

Of course, Ocean City is the perfect place to hit the beach! Luckily, Ocean City Beach features 10 miles of beautiful coastline that is free to access. Pick a spot to setup your beach chairs to relax, sunbathe, and swim. Bring along a football or frisbee for beach games or enjoy watersports like surfing, canoeing, or kayaking.  

For even more beachfront exploration, head to Corson’s Inlet State Park! A popular spot for hiking, fishing and crabbing, the park features 341 acres of protected wildlife area complete with hiking trails, beach access, and a boat launch. Get out on the water with a fishing pole in hand or sunbathe on the beach for an ideal day out in nature.  

4. Indulge Your Sweet Tooth & Seafood Cravings 

Ocean City, NJ is home to unique candy stores

Ocean City is known for its nostalgic charm and delicious seafood. During your visit, enjoying local cuisine is a must! Spadafora's Restaurant & Clam Bar  offers an array of seafood dishes ranging from shrimp and scallops to the classic sruf and turf! For oceanfront dining, head to Cafe Beach Club! Serving up classic breakfast items as well as sandwiches and burgers, this restaurant is the perfect way to start the day or take a break from the beach to grab a bite! Have a sweet tooth? Shriver's Salt Water Taffy and Fudge invites visitors to dig into a piece of delicious fudge, enjoy a macaroon or two, or pick up a box of saltwater taffy to bring home. Enjoy something sweet for a perfect end to a day! 

5. Relax in an Ocean City Vacation Rental

An Ocean City, NJ vacation rental

With plenty of beachfront Ocean City vacation rentals, you’re sure to find a beachy retreat that can serve as your home-away-from-home! A vacation rental allows you to truly feel at home with a living room and kitchen that make for the perfect space to relax after a day at the beach. Whether your family desires a private beachfront home or a condo with community amenities, we have properties that serve every desire.  

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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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