New Air Service to Dallas/Fort Worth

New Non-Stop Jet Flights to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Great news for travelers! A new air carrier, American Eagle Airlines, will provide non-stop jet service beginning April 6th, 2010. The seasonal service will continue through the summer and through fall golf season on the Grand Strand, ending October 31st.

American Eagle is the regional affiliate of American Airlines and will operate Embraer ERJ-140 jets. These 44-seat jets will fly daily, departing Dallas/Fort Worth for Myrtle Beach at 12:15 pm and depart Myrtle Beach for the return trip at 4:25 pm. DFW is a major hub for air travel and an excellent market for Myrtle Beach golf and beach vacations.

On the northern front, Porter Airlines will begin their non-stop service betweeen Toronto and Myrtle Beach February 28th. Porter Air is based in Ontario, Canada. Toronto is a major market for Myrtle Beach golf and for off-season winter monthly rentals as well as summer beach vacations.

Best of Myrtle Beach (1/22 – 2/7)

Myrtle Beach Area Fun (January 22nd – February 7th, 2010)

After several weeks with colder nights than usual, it now feels like spring is just around the corner. It looks like lots of days in the 60s in the forecast. Golf courses are in great shape and there’s more fun stuff to do at the beach. Century 21 Thomas makes your winter escape even better with our "3rd Night FREE" offer. Stretch your 2-day weekend with a free third night.

Some of our suggestions for the next two weeks include:

Willie Nelson in concert at the House of Blues – Willie delivers at dynamite evening of music at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach. January 22nd.

Paragon Ragtime Orchestra – Ragtime and swing at its best at Brunswick Community College’s Williamson Auditorium. January 26th.

Gospel Brunch at the House of Blues – “Praise the Lord and Pass the Biscuits!” Enjoy a super breakfast buffet and inspiring gospel performances. Every Sunday with continuous seating from 9AM to 2PM.

Le Grand Cirque “Adrenaline” – at Broadway at the Beach’s Palace Theatre with excitement, incredible talent, and featuring beautiful costumes, dynamic lighting, and award winning classical rock music in a show that has become the biggest hit ever to play at the Palace theatre. February 2nd – October 15th.

Best of Myrtle Beach (1/5-1/22)

Myrtle Beach Area Fun (January 5th - 22nd, 2010)

Winter is finally here. Cold, clear starry nights and pleasant days - although colder than normal for us. There's still lots of fun going on at the beach. Some staff suggestions include:

1) "A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline" - a fantastic tribute show at the Alabama Theatre featuring Gail Bliss. January 8th and 9th.

2) S.O.S. Mid-Winter Celebration - a break from winter blues with dancin' and beach music in North Myrtle Beach. January 14th - 17th. Excellent accommodations and rates with Century 21 Thomas. Call and reserve your condo or home today. More info to follow.

3) Willie Nelson in Concert at the House of Blues - January 22nd at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach.

1/2 Price Golf in Myrtle Beach

2010 Spring Myrtle Beach Golf Package Specials

Century 21 Thomas has some fantastic specials for your winter & spring golf outings. In addition to our regular dynamite packages, we have some multi-round options with super savings!

For the Myrtle Beach National Group - King's North, SouthCreek, West Course, Long Bay, Willbrook, River Club, Litchfield, Aberdeen, Waterway Hills and Blackmoor.
* 1/2 Price Golf - book by January 31st and get 1/2 price early AM golf (before 8:15), February 11th - May 9th.
* 4 Nights & 5 Rounds from $328 per person. Get a FREE 5th ROUND when you book four. Play King's North OR Long Bay plus four more of the Myrtle Beach National Group courses.
* 6 Nights & 7 Rounds from $462 per person. Get a FREE 7th ROUND when you book six. Play Willbrook, River Club, King's North AND Long Bay plus three more of the Myrtle Beach National Group courses.

For the B&C Grande Dunes Group - Grande Dunes, Tidewater, Pine Lakes, Myrtlewood Palmetto, PineHills, Arcadian Shores, River Hills, Farmstead and Meadowlands.
* 4 Night/4 Round Special from $323 per person. Rate based on play at Pine Lakes Country Club, PineHills, Meadowlands, and Tidewater OR Grande Dunes.
* 6 Night/6 Round Special from $497 per person. Rate based on play at Pine Lakes, PineHills, Meadowlands, Farmstead, Tidewater AND Grande Dunes.

For the Glens Group - Heather Glen, Glen Dornoch, Shaftesbury Glen and Possum Trot.
* 3 Nights, 3 Rounds + FREE REPLAYS... from $266 per person. FREE Pre-Booked REPLAYS when you book three or more rounds at the Glens Group. Offer valid through 5/23/10.

See more Century 21 Golf Package specials online. Rates, specials and tee times based on availability and subject to change. Some restrictions apply.

Best of Myrtle Beach (12/11-1/2)

Myrtle Beach Area Fun (December 11th - January 2nd)

74 degrees yesterday and sunny but a little cooler today. It's a wonderful time of year. Christmas decorations are up all over town and the malls are full of shoppers. We have a fantastic vacation special this month - reserve two nights and we'll give you a 3rd night FREE! Stretch your weekend and enjoy three nights at the beach for the price of two. There are amazing holiday shows at all of the music theatres at the beach and lots of sales at the malls and outlets. So, call us and reserve a long weekend at the beach, catch a couple of exciting Christmas shows and shop, shop, shop. Some fun suggestions for the next few weeks...

The South's Grandest Christmas Show - at the Alabama Theatre now through January 2nd. The show combines traditional classics and contemporary holiday favorites with incredible talents and special effects. Adults $38.50 and up.

The Carolina Opry Christmas Special - now through January 2nd. Blending beloved classics with great new favorites, it remains one of the South's most beloved holiday shows. It's funny, shamelessly sentimental, and your family will absolutely love it. Adults $37.16 and up.

Christmastime featuring the Twelve Irish Tenors - at the Palace now through January 2nd. Returning to Myrtle Beach direct from their sold-out World Tour, these talented vocalists will entertain you and fill you with the Christmas spirit. There's a live nativity scene, a wonderfully talented Children's Choir, and even a visit from the jolly guy himself. Adults $35 and up.

Christmas in Dixie - at the Dixie Stampede now through the holiday season. The Stampede is magically transformed into a holiday fantasyland with twinkling lights, evergreens, poinsettias, old-fashioned holiday costumes, familiar Christmas music, and a festive four-course feast. The entire cast of performers and 32 magnificent horses will take you on an exciting holiday musical trip. Adults $41.99 and up.

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