Best of Myrtle Beach (11/28-12/13)

Myrtle Beach Area Fun (November 28th - December 13th, 2009)

Excellent Thanksgiving Holiday weather at the beach... sunshine and even a forecast of 70 for Sunday! There are lots of fun events still happening at the beach and Century 21 Thomas has some fantastic vacation deals - Reserve two nights and we'll give you a 3rd Night FREE. Head for the sand & surf and check out the following events while you're here.

November 28th - Rhonda Vincent & the Rage at the SC State Bluegrass Festival, Myrtle Beach Convention Center, along with other excellent bands.

November 28th - Intracoastal Waterway Christmas Regatta - see dozens of festively decorated and lighted boats, from skiffs and powerboats to sloops and more.

December 4th - Christmas Tree Lighting at McLean Park in North Myrtle Beach. The park will be all decked out for the holidays with luminaries and decorations. Festivities will include live music and an appearance by Santa.

December 5th - Christmas Parade on Main Street in North Myrtle Beach with holiday music, festive floats, marching bands and more.

December 5th - Christmas Party and Concert with the Lauren Ellis Band at the historic Myrtle Beach Train Depot. This South by Southeast Music Feast is open to the public and will be a grand time with great food and some killer blues. $25 admission includes pot-luck dinner, beverages and hot live music. See details online at

December 8th - 12th... Debbie Reynolds - talented dancer, singer, actress and comedienne Live on Stage at the Palace Theatre - come see America's Sweetheart. See details and showtimes online at

Vacation Lodging with Kitchens Provide Big Savings

Traveling doesn't have to ruin your diet or your budget.

Budgeting for food expenditures during travel to any destination can be almost as difficult as forecasting the week's weather. When staying at a traditional hotel, the challenge is multiplied as travelers face the added expense of dining out for breakfast, lunch and dinner. While the majority of quality hotels may provide a coffee maker, they do not offer full kitchens. Professionally managed vacation rentals such as those of Century 21 Thomas in North Myrtle Beach, SC, allow guests to enjoy their favorite (and often healthier) meals and snacks, as each property provides a full kitchen stocked with clean utensils, pots, pans, plates and ample cabinet/refrigerator space for food storage.

"Our guests often comment that some of their best vacation memories are enjoying a 'Big Chill' dinner or a beachside backyard cookout at the home they have rented," explained Mike Harrell, Marketing Director for Century 21 Thomas Beach Vacations. "They love being able to dine on their own timetable and especially having the freedom to have a casual breakfast while still in their PJs."

Often costing less than a single hotel room, vacation rentals from Century 21 Thomas Beach Vacations and similar vacation rental management companies provide travelers an accommodations lifestyle unlike any other, with considerably more space (both for living and dining), amenities, guest services and privacy than other, more traditional lodging options. For answers to common questions, along with additional tips and tools for choosing a rental that fits travelers' needs and budgets, visit Discover Vacation Homes. For more information on individual beach vacation rentals in North Myrtle Beach, check out the selections at Century 21 Thomas Beach Vacations.

Dining on a Dime

The average daily cost for lunch at a full-service restaurant for a family of four is approximately $40.00; dinner prices can jump as much as $6/person totaling $64/day. As the majority of traditional hotels do not offer in-room kitchens or adequate amounts of pantry space, many families have no option other than to dine out for all three meals each day. Access to a full kitchen adds up to major savings for trips of any duration. Just consider; enjoying cereal for breakfast or sandwiches for lunch, rather than a full-scale restaurant meal, can save enough for additional fun activities, a nice night out, or more!

Sticking to a Healthy Living Meal Plan

While on vacation, travelers can easily consume more than 4,000 calories a day, translating into an average 5-pound weight gain for a one-week trip. With an in-home kitchen, vacation rental guests are no longer slaves to fast food or other high fat dining options, but are now back in control of their personal menu, allowing them to cook their food, shop for healthy snacks and accurately monitor their caloric intake.

~ contains exerpts from a VRMA Newsletter

Christmas Lights on the Waterway

2010 North Myrtle Beach Christmas Regatta

The Annual Intracoastal Christmas Regatta will be held Saturday, November 28th from 5 - 7 pm. The boat parade begins at Tilghman Point and cruises along the waterway from Little River to Dock Holidays Marina in North Myrtle Beach. Any location along the Intracoastal Waterway between Little River and Dock Holidays will provide an excellent view of the regatta.

Help make Christmas better for less fortunate families by droppin off a new toy for the children of Horry County at collection points in Little River or North Myrtle Beach. With your donations of new, unwrapped toys and/or monetary offerings, we can reach our goal….to make sure there is not a single child without a present to open on Christmas morning. Donations of pet food, cat litter, etc. ate gratefully accepted for the local Humane Society.

Call 843-249-8888 or visit online to view a list of toy collection sites and regatta details

Myrtle Beach Hosts the 2009 SC State Bluegrass Festival

Lots of Pickin' and Grinnin' in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Head to the Beach for some fantastic bluegrass music as dozens of top musicians perform on stage November 26th - 28th at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. From noon until 11 Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, you'll see and hear the great ones, including Ralph Stanley, Rhonda Vincent & the Rage, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, the McCourys, the Grascals, Blue Highway and more!

See ticket prices, performance schedules and more info online.

Century 21 Thomas has the perfect fall vacation offer for you. Reserve two nights at our already low, off-season rates and we'll give you a 3rd Night FREE! Call and reserve today.

New Non-Stop Flights to Canada

New Direct Flights between Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Toronto

Myrtle Beach announced today that Porter Airlines will begin twice weekly direct flights between Myrtle Beach Internation Airport (MYR) and Toronto City Centre (Island) Airport (TCCA). Flights are scheduled to begin February 28th, 2010 and continue through May 30th. One-way fares are available to reserve now via and $179 & up (plus taxes & fees).

The Myrtle Beach area has long been a favorite destination for the Canadian market for golfers in the winter and spring and for tourists during the popular Canadian-American Festival in Myrtle Beach during March.

Dickens Christmas Show & Festivals 2009

Holiday Shopping and Festival Fun in Myrtle Beach

The 28th Annual Dickens Christmas Show and Festivals are here! November 12th through the 15th you'll see some of the best holiday arts, crafts, gifts and more. Special festivals include:

Festival of Tables - with non-perishable centerpieces from traditional to nouveau noel styles. Centerpieces are available for silent auction with proceeds benefitting Waccamaw Animal Rescue Mission.

Festival of Worlds - where you can relish the holiday traditions of select countries from around the world, with their foods and customs. Local non-profit organizations sponsor each booth and retain all proceeds.

Festival of Trees - with over fifty trees, each decorated and trimmed in glorious fashion. All purchases benefit CASA.

Festival of Wreaths - with selections that will compliment every holiday decor. Available for silent auction with proceeds going to the Myrtle Beach Kiwanis for local childrens' organizations.

Santa's Castle - where you can visit the jolly one in an old English castle setting and have a souvenir photo taken. Proceeds to benefit the local Community Kitchen

and the high point of the festivals...
Santas through the Ages
- where you can meander among life-size replicas of extravagantly dressed Santas from Father Christmas, Medieval times through today's St. Nick.

For show times and admission information, call 843-448-9483 or visit online.

Best Vacation Rates Available Now

According to a recent Wall Street Journal article by Sarah Nassauer...

For the past year or so, many travelers have become accustomed to seeing hotel and resort rates progressively plummet. Savvy consumers waited until the last minute to snatch the deepest discounts. But, now, industry watchers say hotels and resorts have unloaded their sweetest offers early and hotel prices are likely to stay relatively stable during the next few months. By the middle of next year, they may even start to inch up.
"I think we may have hit bottom," says Jan Freitag, vice president at Smith Travel Research. "There will still be deals permeating the general environment" in 2010, he says. "But they are not here to stay" throughout next year.