Best of the Beach (8/28 – 9/13/09)

Beach Fun for August 28th – September 12th

August is almost over and September’s around the corner but that doesn’t mean the good times are coming to an end. Staff selections for the coming days include lots of fun events for the whole family. Century 21 Thomas Beach Vacations has plenty of SUPER VACATION SPECIALS for you and your family… and some Fantastic Golf Packages, too!

2009 PGA Tour SuperStore World Amateur Golf Championship… 25th anniversary golf tournament. It's an amazing experience... 4,000 golfers from scratch to 30+ handicappers... 72 holes of intense stroke play competition, an 18-hole championship playoff, nightly parties and entertainment.

Summer Breeze Music Fest at La Belle Amie Vineyard… Late summer ocean breezes, shaded vineyard grounds, great afternoon, music, and wine – sounds pretty good. Plus, outdoor cooking, crafts, prizes, vineyard tour, and of course, sampling the wines of La Belle Amie Vineyard. Bring your chairs and blankets and come spend a most memorable day.

Admission is $8 per person (Under 18 & over 80 admitted Free). Bring two canned/dry good items for area food banks and get $3 off admission. Music from noon – 5 pm with The Holiday Band. Food available from Smokin' Pitt BBQ and Hunt's Lexington Style Cookin'. Vineyard tour at 2:30 pm.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans Baseball – home games Sept 4th – 7th against the Winston-Salem Dash. The Pelicans, the Atlanta Braves Class "A" team, 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.

Big River, the Musical - at the Theatre of the Republic in downtown Conway. Come along with Huck Finn and runaway slave Jim on a musical adventure down the Mississippi River in this classic Mark Twain tale. Sunday 3PM matinees; 8PM shows Wed-Sat.

FreeStyle Music Park – $19.99 Admission… Buy 1, Get 1 Free before 4PM through August. 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. Big Freedom Festival coming up 9/12 with Leann Rimes in concert.

S.O.S. Fall Migration – Sept 11th – 20th… There will be great music, dancing in the street, & fun to be had by all. We will also have merchandise vendors, food and drink vendors, & displays set up by the SOS sponsors. If you are ready for a little adventure, maybe it is time for you to schedule a trip to the wilds of North Myrtle Beach. Maybe it is time for you to join the party at the SOS Fall Migration.
Get your tickets early for these exciting Celebrity Concerts!

Sister Hazel on the 5th, Chairmen of the Board on 6th, and Toad the Wet Sprocket on the 12th at the House of Blues

The Believers at the Myrtle Beach Train Depot for a South by Southeast Music Feast on the 12th

Also on the 12th…
Loretta Lynn at Alabama Theatre and Little Anthony & the Imperials at the Palace

Best of the Beach (8/14 – 8/23/09)

Beach Fun for August 14th – 23rd

There’s still time to squeeze in a summer family beach vacation. Warm weather… lower rates… fewer crowds… and TONS of FUN! Staff selections for the coming days include lots of fun events for the whole family.

Sounds of Summer… FREE concert by the Super Glide Band August 21st at North Myrtle Beach’s beautiful McLean Park located just south of Main Street at the corner of Oak Drive and 2nd Avenue South. Bring a beach chair, blanket, picnic, non-alcoholic beverages and relax and play. Food and beverages will also be provided for purchase at the park. Concerts are from 7 to 9PM and are Family-Friendly Events.

Whole Lotta Shakin’ Oldies Fest at La Belle Amie Vineyard, August 22nd… It’s a musical "blast from the past" on the beautiful shaded grounds of the vineyard. Two talented bands, Latitude and The Necessary Band will rock the yard. Plus, outdoor cooking, crafters, prizes, vineyard tour, a limerick contest, and of course, sample the wines of La Belle Amie Vineyard. So pack up your chairs and blankets and come spend a most memorable day with us. $8 per person (under 18 & over 80 admitted Free) Bring two canned/dry good items for area food banks and get $3 off admission.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans Baseball – home games 21st – 23rd… 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.

Big River, the Musical - at the Theatre of the Republic in downtown Conway. Come along with Huck Finn and runaway slave Jim on a musical adventure down the Mississippi River in this classic Mark Twain tale. Sunday 3PM matinees; 8PM shows Wed-Sat.

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.

Sculpture Exhibition at Brookgreen Gardens, now – August 23rd… The National Sculpture Society 76th Annual Awards Exhibition includes the work of 42 prominent sculptors from across the country, including 15 prize-winning works. Visitors will be able to vote for their favorite sculptures to win Brookgreen Gardens’ People’s Choice Award. The exhibition is free with regular garden admission.

And exciting Celebrity Concerts!

The Saturday Night Rebel Rockers Traveling Circus & Medicine Show at the House of Blues on the 20th… performing for your pleasure will be Counting Crows, Michael Franti & Spearhead, and Augustana – separately and ensemble. Get your tickets early!

The Drive By Truckers at the House of Blues on the 21st… opening will be singer/songwriter Tift Merritt. Looks like an evening of rockin’ Americana.

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 www.ODPavilion.com.

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.