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    Archive for November 2008

    All guests pre-reserved for 2009 had to confirm their vacation week last week.  If they let the week go, it became available to either another party on a wait list for that property or will show as available on our website.  Now’s your chance to take the property and the week you’ve been waiting for – simply check our website or give us a call. 

    In addition to our standard bed linens and welcome package, we are pleased to inform you that two sets of towels (a bath towel, a hand towel, and a wash cloth per set) per bedroom will be provided for your stay in 2009!

    We hope to see you next year; you’ll be glad you did!

    Throughout the year, we’ve made great strides in making office updates to give our rental office in Duck, North Carolina, has a fresh, new look! 

    New paint on all the walls and trim, new carpet, beautiful tile in the kitchen, upstairs hall and bath, and new blinds for the windows were all on the “facelift” agenda.

    We’ve added a complimentary kiosk computer station with a very large, wall-mounted monitor in our lobby so visitors and guests can see details on all our homes.    With our website displayed, all properties can be viewed on a wide screen with a multitude of pictures, floor plans, descriptions and amenities listed for all of the vacation rental homes that we manage.  Sales listings are also displayed.

    We’ve added tiled floors, freshly painted walls and a baby changing station in the public restrooms for the convenience of our visitors.

    The results are phenomenal and appreciated by all who are benefiting from the upgrades. Please stop by to say hello on your next visit.

    Thanks to all of our staff for their patience, muscle, and coordination of services while the work was being completed.  Special thanks to Lee Clark for the hours he spent painting and patching. It was worth the effort and will be enjoyed for years to come! 

     

    As in years past, The Outer Banks Music Showcase presents an all live cast Christmas Show for the whole family!  This show will delight the young and young at heart with their beautifully arranged scenes as you watch their professionally trained cast give all star performances.

    “Come celebrate with Santa and the cast as we stroll through a Winter Wonderland filled with all of the holiday classics that truly make this The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.  Show times started November 13th and run through December 27th and there is a 2pm and 7:30pm show time available.  To order your tickets:  Adults $22.00; Seniors (60+) $21.00 and Children (12 and under) $8.00, call (252) 261 7505.

    All of our guests that made advance reservations for 2009 will need to pay their first half deposit by Sunday, November 16th.  If we have not heard from them by Wednesday, November 19th, their reservation will be automatically cancelled and may be quickly re-rented by others who are on a waiting list for the property.  If there is not a back up guest for the available week, the open week will be immediately advertised as available on our website and in our Property Management System.

    Vacation Rental Agreements can be viewed from our website, mailed, emailed or faxed. To download the lease from our website, simply go to Guest Lease Information from our home page, enter the reservation number and the Leaseholder’s zip code. The agreement will detail cost, due dates and policies.

    Reservations can be made 24 hours a day from our website or by calling one of our friendly and knowledgeable reservationists 7 days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 800.368.3825. 

    We look forward to providing you with exceptional service in 2009.  See you at the beach!

    OBX Marathon1.gif     Runners infiltrated the Outer Banks in “pirate” style (this year’s theme) for the Third Annual OBX Marathon, Half Marathon and Kelly Hospitality Fun Run organized in partnership with the 2008 USATF North Carolina Association Marathon Championship.

    Friday, November 7th and Saturday, November 8th, the OBX Marathon Expo was held at the Dare County Youth Center in Kill Devil Hills.  Official race souvenirs, athletic apparel and other goods were sold there. There was music, games, and entertainment as well as an art show featuring original pieces of art that were submitted for the contest used to create the event poster.

    The running began long before the finishing 1.2 miles of the Kelly Hospitality Group Fun Run.  Participants were supposed to complete their first 25 miles prior to this race.  Then on the day of the event, Saturday, November 8th, the Fun Run was completed by running or walking 1.2 miles at the track field of First Flight High School in Kill Devil Hills.  There were plenty of fun games, music, food vendors and activities for the family on the field as well.  All participants received medals and T-shirts.

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    Sunday, November 9, 2008, the endurance runners began their 26.2 mile-long course for the OBX® Marathon and Half Marathon challenged by our area’s varied terrain. This race was a Boston Qualifier as well as walk friendly.  Both races are run as a point to point course whereby the 26.2 mile course began in Kitty Hawk and the half marathon began near Jockey’s Ridge State Park in Nags Head to complete the remaining 11 miles.  Both races finished on Roanoke Island near where the first English colonists landed in 1587.

    At the top of our home page of our website, www.CarolinaDesigns.com, you are able to view all of your guest lease information with a simple click of a button.  Once on the Guest Services page, submit your lease number located at the top right corner of your lease under the bar code and your zip code and you’re there.

    You may view important information about your reservation, your vacation rental home, payment history, payment options, and the vacation rental agreement.  When paying electronically via credit card or ACH, the process is extremely user friendly and directions are given every step of the way. 

    This screen will also list the agent who assisted you when your reservation was made in case you have any questions or need additional information.  You are reminded that there will be two towel packs per bedroom included with your vacation home rental.  Additional towel packs and pool heat may be purchased by contacting our office.

    This area streamlines the process, creates less wasted paper as you are able to accept the terms of the agreement, accept or decline the optional travel insurance right on this page.  Within a few clicks, the process is done and you are confirmed for your 2009 vacation on the Outer Banks!

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    Pay today and be entered to win!

    Not only can a guest secure their reservation for 2009, but also be eligible to have Carolina Designs Realty fit their entire bill for their week!  We are offering all of our guests to pay their initial deposit by January 31st, 2009.  If their name is selected, we will pay the entire amount for their vacation rental home.  The winner will be selected in February 2009 by a random drawing from all paid entries. 

    Not only can a guest secure their reservation for 2009, but also be eligible to have Carolina Designs Realty fit their entire bill for their week!  We are offering all of our guests to pay their initial deposit by January 31st, 2009.  If their name is selected, we will pay the entire amount for their vacation rental home.  The winner will be selected in February 2009 by a random drawing from all paid entries. This year, it could really pay to reserve early!

    Pay today and be entered to win!
    Not only can a guest secure their reservation for 2009, but also be eligible to have Carolina Designs Realty fit their entire bill for their week!  We are offering all of our guests to pay their initial deposit by January 31st, 2009.  If their name is selected, we will pay the entire amount for their vacation rental home.  The winner will be selected in February 2009 by a random drawing from all paid entries. 

    This year, it could really pay to reserve early!