Best of the Beach (8/7 - 8/16/09)

Beach Fun for August 7th – 16th

August is an excellent time for a family beach vacation. Summer weather… lower rates… less crowded… LOTS of FUN STUFF to do! Staff selections for the coming weeks include lots of fun events for the whole family.

Master of Magic starring Brett Daniels at the Palace Theatre…Five-time "Magician of the Year", Brett Daniels, will astound you with illusions including walking through a real jet turbine. Direct from sold-out shows in Las Vegas, it's a grand show for the entire family.

Barefoot Landing’s Summerfest… A grand fireworks display over the lake at 10:15pm every Monday in August. Nightly you'll see boardwalk entertainers, magicians, stilt-walkers, balloon animals, kids’ karaoke, face painting and strolling musicians. Don't forget the boardwalk parade each Wednesday starting at 7:00 p.m

Dog Days Blues & Jazz Fest at La Belle Amie Vineyard, August 8th… Cool blues & jazz on a summer day in a beautiful shaded venue. Plus, outdoor cooking, crafts, prizes, vineyard tour, a limerick contest, and, of course, sampling the wines of the Vineyard.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans Baseball – home games 7th – 9th, 11th – 13th… the Atlanta Braves Class "A" team, the Pelicans, are the local favorite Boys of Summer. Come out to BB&T/Coastal Field and see tomorrow’s stars today. Great seats from $7 to $11.

Broadway at the Beach Summer Fun… Street entertainment galore plus live music with the “Sprite under the Stars” concert series. August 11th features a FREE concert by Sawgrass with their own blend of acoustelectric newgrass music. Don’t miss the exciting fireworks displays over Lake Broadway at 10pm.

FreeStyle Music Park – $19.99 Admission… Buy 1, Get 1 Free before 4PM. The newest theme park in the United States, Freestyle Music Park is the destination for family fun and an absolute must for music lovers. If you’re vacationing in Myrtle Beach, be sure to check out the roller coasters, kids’ rides, shows and more.

Cool Summer Evenings at Brookgreen Gardens, through August 14th… Something for everyone with cruises down the creek at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m., the Lowcountry Zoo open until 7, the new otter exhibit, new lighting in the gardens, live entertainment and cool summer suppers in the Pavilion Restaurant!

And, more exciting celebrity concerts!

George Jones at the Alabama Theatre on the 7th… the original honky-tonk hero and Nashville legend will be performing for your pleasure.

Verlon Thompson at the South by Southeast Music Feast on the 8th… with thirty years as a troubadour for credentials, as a solo performer, and as the trusted sidekick of Texas Americana songwriting icon Guy Clark, Verlon has viewed the world from stages everywhere from Barcelona to Binger (his hometown in Oklahoma).

Keller Williams at the House of Blues on the 8th… In his one-man show, he pads barefoot from guitar to bass to percussion stations, using looping effects—and enough instruments to stock a strip-mall music store—to layer sound atop sound until the stage swirls with a full-blown composition.

Temptations & Four Tops at the Alabama Theatre on the 13th… Motown and Rhythm & Blues at its finest. Enjoy a memorable evening of music.

An Acoustic Evening with Travis Tritt at the House of Blues on the 14th… you’ll be entertained with an excellent performance of his country music and R&B hits.

O.D. Pavilion and Amusement Park Opening

Family Fun Comes to Ocean Boulevard

This Saturday, August 1st, the O.D. Pavilion and Amusement Park will open to the delight of many visitors and locals. The park is located by the Main Street Horseshoe at 90 South Ocean Boulevard. Family fun is nothing new to this site – it was the home for the old O.D. Pavilion of the 50s and 60s.

Rides include a Ferris wheel, giant swing, a carousel and bumper cars. Lots of fun is in store for the kids with a circus train, tea cup ride, dinosaur ride and kids’ roller coaster. There will be all sorts of games and festival treats – funnel cakes, popcorn, candy apples, cotton candy and more.

The Pavilion and Park will be open through Labor Day weekend this year with plans for a full summer season in 2010. Scheduled hours of operation are from 4 to 11 p.m. but may vary with seasons. There is no admission fee. Instead, each ride has its own ticket requirement. Ticket prices are $1.25 each and ticket booklets are available.

For more information, visit

2009 SC Sales Tax Holiday

SC Sales Tax-FREE Weekend August 7th

Head to the Beach for a super weekend of tax-free shopping! August 7th-9th you'll can buy such items as clothing, accessories, shoes, school supplies, computers & supplies, bed & bath linens, and more with NO state and local sales & use tax. Many area stores will be promoting special sales with additional savings, too!

See details online about the Tax-Free Holiday, examples of exempt and non-exempt items, and FAQs.

Make your reservations for a "Shop 'til you drop beach vacation" today. Reserve online or call toll-free 1-800-249-2100 .

Best of the Beach (7/24-8/1/09)

Beach Fun for July 24th - August 1st

Here are some suggestions by some of the really cool locals for fun in Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach during your beach vacation the coming week.

Lots of top-notch celebrity concerts, too!

Hotel/Motel or Vacation Homes & Condos

WOW… Hotel stays only $99 a Night!

Sound good? Compare hotel/motel promotions like this to our home, villa or condominium vacation rentals and you may be surprised… especially if you’re taking a vacation with the kids, family or friends. With the $99 hotel/motel bargain, you’ll get:

  • A room, double occupancy – that’s it… a small bedroom with a small bathroom.
  • A couple of really comfortable (not in my experience) chairs.
  • A television.
  • A mini-bar full of outrageously priced snacks & beverages… maybe.
  • Room service – average food, overpriced and gratuities.
  • In-house restaurant access – average food, overpriced, and gratuities.
  • Parking – with nightly fees and valet gratuities.
  • Privacy? Only if you leave the kids at home and stay in your room.
  • Don't forget, you'll need to reserve extra rooms for the kids, grandma & grandpa, Aunt Mary...

With our vacation rentals, you can have:

  • As many bedrooms as you need – from one to eight.
  • Multiple bathrooms, maybe even a Jacuzzi in the master bath.
  • A spacious living room – sofas, easy chairs, coffee tables…
  • TVs and DVD players – in the living room and most bedrooms.
  • A family game room – pool table, foosball…
  • Private pool or even a hot tub.
  • No expensive mini-bar – but you’ll have a fully equipped kitchen.
  • No room service – but you’ll be able to stock your fridge and pantry with all your favorites. And, no gratuities needed.
  • Dine in or dine out… it’s your choice!
  • BBQ Grill for backyard cookouts.
  • Morning coffee & Danish on your patio… as casual as you wish.
  • Parking on-site and FREE.
  • Privacy? All you want.

Think about it. Call us today for your next beach vacation.

It's 1776 at FreeStyle Music Park

Hot Deals at FreeStyle Music Park

Buy a ticket for only $17.76 plus tax or Buy One Ticket, Get One Free before 4pm. This limited time offer begins Friday, July 10th.Incredible Family Picnic Special of 4 Nathans hot dogs, 4 sides and 4 beverages for only $17.76 plus tax at the Big Q Smokehouse. We will host eating events for children, teens, and adults every Saturday afternoon through July 26. Eating events will feature pie eating and hot dog eating contests. Prizes will be awarded to all first and second place winners.

Enjoy over, 50 spectacular rides, shows and attractions along with delicious food and awesome shops. Finish your day with Kiss the Sky, a bombastic fireworks spectacular set to music.

See details online.

More Beach Fun on the 4th

Special Deals at Amusement and Water Parks

Freestyle Music Park - Independence Day at the Park features special pricing of $17.76 for FOUR tickets, FREE admission for Active & Retired Military, and a Picnic Pack Special that includes 4 Nathan's Hot Dogs, 4 Sides and 4 Pepsis for only $17.76. Contests, music, fun & games for the whole family... and a fireworks spectacular at 9:45 pm.

Myrtle Waves Water Park - 4th of July Firecracker Special features $15 ALL-DAY ADMISSION! Tickets must be purchased online by 7/5/09 and can be used for any day in July.