Best of Myrtle Beach (10/23-11/8)

Myrtle Beach Area Fun (October 23rd - November 8th, 2009)

What a gorgeous day! It's 81 outside and I just had lunch in the park... now back to work. There's plenty of fun stuff going on at the beach over the next few days. If you're in town next week, be sure to take in the "Taste of the Town" on Tuesday the 27th. In its 26th year, this is the Grand Strand's largest social culinary event of the season. You'll have the opportunity to sample delicious specialty foods prepared by chefs from more than fifty of the area's best restaurants. Details can be found online at http://www.tasteofthetownmb.com/.

The whole family will have fun at Broadway at the Beach's Holiday Harvest October 24th - November 7th. There will be a Farmer's Market, a Hay Maze, Pumpkin Pyramid, arts & crafts, cooking contests, fireworks and more at this Kid-Friendly event. See details online at http://www.holidayharvest.com/. There will also be trick or treating at B at the B's "Boovillie" on Halloween as well as an adult Halloween costume contest!

There will be a Trick or Treat festivities in the Lakeview Courtyard of Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach on Halloween, too. Kids in costume can even ride the Carousel FREE from 5pm to 7pm.

Other upcoming events include:
Sea Cruz, The Catalinas, and the Fantastic Shakers at North Myrtle Beach's Endless Summer Concert & Festival October 31st.

The Youngers in concert at the historic Myrtle Beach Train Depot November 7th - a South by Southeast Music Feast. $25 admission includes a pot luck dinner, beverages, and an evening of great live music. Feasting begins at 6pm and music by the opening act, Hippy Dog Produce, begins at 7pm. The main show begins around 8:30. See details online at www.sxsemusic.com.

Celebrate the Holidays at the Beach

Enjoy Thanksgiving at the Beach

Each year more families and friends get together and celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday at the beach. They have found that North Myrtle Beach is a convenient vacation destination where they can converge and enjoy a week or long weekend of fun and relaxation. Depending on the number in your party, our vacation specialists will be happy to suggest several homes, villas or condos from which you can choose. You can stay oceanfront or on one of the channels of the Cherry Grove Inlet or somewhere in between. Our low off-season rental rates are very affordable and we still have some excellent homes available.

For large extended families and friends, try one of our spacious six, seven or eight bedroom villas or homes. All have full kitchens and many have such features as wide-screen tvs for watching the big ball game or a favorite flick, a family game room with pool table or foosball, internet access and more. Prepare and enjoy your holiday feast and kick back and unwind on your oceanfront porch or take a healthy stroll on the beach. If you'd rather let someone else do the cooking, try one of the outstanding area restaurants where you can savor fresh local seafood or a traditional Thankgsgiving dinner or buffet.

Call us today and make your arrangements for a glorious beach holiday or book it online anytime.

Endless Summer Festival '09

Family Fun in North Myrtle Beach

The 2009 Endless Summer Festival will be held Saturday, October 31st, with most of the activities at the Horseshoe of North Myrtle Beach's Main Street. This year's theme is "Celebrating Beach Music Memories" and there will be excitement and fun from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm.

This year's festival is sure to draw a large crowd with live beach music at the "horseshoe" starting at Noon with Sea Cruz, 1:30 with The Catalinas, and wrapping up at 2:30 with The Fantastic Shakers with hit songs including "Myrtle Beach Days," and "Shaking the Shack." There will be festival treats, crafts, a children's fun area and a classic car show.


CENTURY 21 Thomas Beach Vacations has some excellent Fall Vacation Values to give you even more reasons to pack your bags and head to North Myrtle Beach. We're right in the middle of our FREE NIGHT special. That's right... Reserve two nights at our regular low off-season rates and we'll give you a 3rd NIGHT FREE! Stretch that weekend and have as much fun as possible with a Century 21 Thomas beach holiday.


Call 1-800-249-2100 and reserve your beach weekend today!

Best of Myrtle Beach (10/1-10/17)

Myrtle Beach Area Fun (October 1st - 17th, 2009)

The fall weather is wonderful... peaking in the low 80s and cool evenings in the upper 60s. The ocean is still comfortably warm for swimming and surf fishing is picking up, too. There are great deals with Century 21 Thomas for your vacation rental home or condo with a special fall offer - Book 2 Nights, Get a 3rd Night FREE! Come on down and enjoy a L O N G weekend of fun at the beach.

Check out some of the fun on the calendar for the next few weeks.

Little Shop of Horrors at the Palace Theatre at Broadway at the Beach. Come see this affectionate and hilarious spoof of the 1950s sci-fi film genre, one of the longest running Off-Broadway shows of all time. Enjoy the music and laughs with Audrey II - a plant like none you've ever seen before.

The 5th Annual Little River Shrimp & Jazz Festival... October 10th & 11th. Located on the historic waterfront in beautiful Little River, this festival provides a family oriented party that is fun for all ages. Entertainment includes arts and crafts vendors, live Jazz music all day and a famous Shrimp Cookoff. This is a FAMILY-FRIENDLY EVENT.

There are several excellent concerts coming up, too!

At the House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach you can catch...
B.B. King on October 3rd
The Black Crowes on October 4th
The Stone Temple Pilots on October 6th
Blues Traveler on October 16th
Bonnie Raitt on October 17th
Randall Bramblett Band opening on October 17th

At the Alabama Theatre...
Engelbert Humperdink on October 3rd
The Drifters, Coasters and Platters on October 17th

Fall '09 Motorcycle Rally at the Beach

Great Deals for Harley Enthusiasts

September 30th - October 4th... with a crowd anticipated at about 75,000, this is one of the last major bike rally events of the year. Five days of exciting fun during the beach's "secret season". Fall rates are super affordable, the ocean is still pleasantly warm and the weather is wonderful. Restaurants, shows and shops are open and uncrowded. It's a great time for a beach trip!

Century 21 Thomas has several "bike-friendly" beach vacation rental homes still available. Book your week now and get your choice of deals.

Reserve two nights and get a 3rd night FREE.
Reserve four nights and get 2 nights FREE.
Reserve a week and save 25%.

Call today... 800-249-2100
or visit us online at
www.century21thomas.com
See you at the beach!

Tourism... South Carolina's Economic Engine

Domestic Travel Pays Off for South Carolina

Here are a few statistics and observations from the lastest SCPRT economic reports.

* Domestic Travelers spent nearly $9.9 Billion in S.C. in 2008, up 1.7% from 2007.

* Domestic Travel directly generated 113,800 jobs in S.C. in 2008.

* Domestic Travel expenditures in S.C. generated nearly $1.5 Billion in tax revenue.

* Horry County, led by Myrtle Beach's Grand Strand, received more than $3.1 Billion in domestic travel expenditures to lead all S.C. counties. This was almost double the amount received by Charleston County, the #2 recipient.

Best of the Beach (9/10-9/30)

Beach Fun for September 10th – 30th

It sure feels like fall at the beach… very, very pleasant with days in the low 80s and nights around 70. The beach is much less crowded but there are still lots of fun things happening. 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 Fall Golf Packages, too!

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.

The Believers in Concert at the historic Myrtle Beach Train Depot – These regularly scheduled South by Southeast concerts feature “the best music you never heard” in a tres cool, intimate setting where up to 150 adult music lovers can enjoy a memorable evening out. Admission to these “Music Feasts” includes a pot-luck covered dish dinner buffet, excellent ale from New South Brewery, and entertainment.

Pawley’s Island Festival of Music & Art – September 18th – 27th… Celebrating its 19th season and looking forward to another beautiful music-filled autumn at Brookgreen Gardens. Headlining on the 19th will be Steve Tyrell, Grammy-winner and purveyor of pop standards from Bacharach to Bond. On the 20th, Jazz under the Oaks will feature blues & jazz singer Ann Caldwell and jazz pianist Enrique Haneine. Long Bay Symphony and Dallas Brass perform on the 25th and 26th respectively.

Sounds of Summer at McLean Park – FREE concert September 18th with the Craig Woolard Band, so 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. The park is located just south of Main Street at the corner of Oak Drive and 2nd Avenue South. Concerts are from 7 to 9PM and are FREE Family-Friendly Events.

Just gimme some old time Rock & Roll... QROCK Radio's BIG ROCK102 Reunion Party featuring a concert by Nantucket will be Friday, September 25, in Broadway at the Beach's Celebrity Square. All the hot DJ's from the "Q" will be there spinning some great tunes and giving away some dynamite prizes. Advance tickets for great seats and raffle tickets for an electric guitar and other fantastic prizes will be available from QROCK and from partner, Star Music.

Little Shop of Horrors at the Palace Theatre at Broadway at the Beach. Come see this affectionate and hilarious spoof of the 1950s sci-fi film genre, one of the longest running Off-Broadway shows of all time. Enjoy the music and laughs with Audrey II - a plant like none you've ever seen before. Matinees and evening shows beginning September 25th..

FreeStyle Music Park – 1st Annual Freedom Festival September 12th & 13th with a parade, patriotic exhibits throughout the park, and some fantastic entertainment. 70s rocker Billy Joe Royal, several local bands and headliner LeAnn Rimes will be performing Saturday on the big stage. Tickets are good for both days – catch the festival & concerts and ride all the exciting roller coasters, carousels, swings and more.

Get your tickets early for these exciting Celebrity Concerts!

At the
Alabama Theatre, Loretta Lynn on the 12th, Ray Stevens the 19th and Little Richard the 26th.

At the
House of Blues, Mitchell Musso on the 17th, Colt Ford on the 18th and Jason Michael Carroll on the 26th.