Best of Myrtle Beach (2/26 - 3/27)

Myrtle Beach Area Fun (February 26th - March 27th, 2010)

We were blasted by nearly a hundred snowflakes earlier this morning but have recovered quickly and the beach is back to normal - sunny and just a little on the cool side. I'll be staying out of the pool and ocean but the weather is good for power walks on the beach or casual strolls and shell collecting. The season is heating up with lots of fun stuff on the calendar. The biggest and best includes the South by Southeast March Music Feast. Headlining is the Randall Bramblett Band - a killer combo reminiscent of Traffic, early Allman Brothers and Sea Level. Opening will be Stoll Vaughan, fresh from the Turquoise Universe. Another very promising show in March is "An Evening with Ben Folds and a Piano" at the House of Blues.

Upcoming concerts include:
~ Alice in Chains... at the House of Blues, February 27th
~ Randall Bramblett Band with Stoll Vaughan... at the SxSE Music Feast, March 6th
~ Oak Ridge Boys... at the Alabama Theatre, March 6th
~ REO Speedwagon with Edwin McCain... at the House of Blues, March 12th
~ Kingston Trio... at the Alabama Theatre, March 13th
~ Ben Folds & a Piano... at the House of Blues, March 13th
~ George Thorogood & the Destroyers... at the House of Blues, March 19th
~ The Drifters, Coasters & Platters... at the Alabama Theatre, March 20th
~ Widespread Panic... at the House of Blues, March 25th - 27th

Other suggestions for a grand time include:
~ Myrtle Beach Pelicans FanFest... Our "A" Baseball Braves Affiliate pre-season FanFest, March 6th
~ Canadian-American Days Festival... March 13th - 21st
~ Forever Plaid... on stage at the Palace Theatre, Now through April 3rd
~ Saint Patrick's Day Festival & Parade... Main Street in North Myrtle Beach, March 13th
~ Easter Holiday/Spring Break... March 27th - April 10th

Century 21 Thomas has some excellent vacation specials for spring, too! For every two nights booked at our regular low off-season rates, you'll get one night FREE! See details online. Call 800-249-2100 or book it online anytime.

Myrtle Beach on the Golf Channel

New Show on the Golf Channel

Destination Golf, a brand new show on the Golf Channel, airs tonight at nine o'clock and will put the spotlight on a young, talented LPGA golfer Kristy McPherson. Kristy, a Conway, South Carolina native, will be featured with her "dream golf day" in Myrtle Beach. This half-hour show will tour golf courses in South Carolina and will have one segment specifically dedicated to Myrtle Beach's Grand Strand.

Be sure to tune in tonight at 9!

And, speaking of Myrtle Beach golf... Wren, Jim and Candace have some fantastic golf packages from Century 21 Thomas Beach Vacations. Try one of our spring multi-round packages with specially negotiated green fees. You'll be able to play some of the top championship courses and save BIG! Several of our special golf packages provide FREE REPLAYS that can be pre-booked. Some golf specials even include FREE breakfast and/or lunch at the course clubhouse grill.

Email our golf director today for a quote or to reserve your Myrtle Beach golf vacation. Or call us toll-free at 866-734-1433.

Best of Myrtle Beach (2/7 - 3/6)

Myrtle Beach Area Fun (February 7th - March 6th, 2010)

With the big blizzard pounding away from North Carolina to DC and above, it's cloudy and about 60 here at the beach today. Even though some rain is in today's forecast, at least we won't have to bundle up and get out the snow shovel. Century 21 Thomas Beach Vacations has some excellent rates for weekend escapes so give us a call, pack a bag and head to the beach! You can even s-t-r-e-t-c-h your weekend with our "3rd Night's FREE" offer.

And, as usual, there's plenty of fun stuff going on between North Myrtle Beach and Myrtle Beach. Some of our suggestions for the following few weeks include:

Broadway... at the Palace Theatre - now in performance, Steel Magnolias, through February 14th.
BI-LO Myrtle Beach Marathon - associated events February 11th - 14th, main race February 13th
Broadway... at the Palace Theatre - Forever Plaid, on stage February 23rd through April 3rd
Alice in Chains - in concert at the House of Blues, February 27th
The Randall Bramblett Band in concert at the Myrtle Beach Train Depot with special guest Stoll Vaughn - a SxSE Music Feast on March 6th

Tourism on the Forefront in 2010

Tourism Conference in Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach will host the 2010 SC Governor's Conference on Tourism & Travel this week. It kicks off Monday afternoon with Coastal Carolina University's Donald Shunk discussing "The Outlook for South Carolina's Economy and Tourism in 2010." SCPRT Director, Chad Prosser, and members of the department's team will present information about the state's new domestic leisure travel marketing program.

Other topics and presentations include "Demystifying Social Media", "Travel Trends & Online Travel Agents", "Developing South Carolina", and an update on the state of the golf travel industry. The conference runs today through Wednesday and will be held at the Myrtle Beach Marriott at Grande Dunes.

Several individuals from Century 21 Thomas Beach Vacations will be in attendance and hope to bring information back to help guide us to another successful season.

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.