Best of Myrtle Beach (September 2010)

Myrtle Beach Area Fun for September

Summer's Over? ...Not a chance!

We've taken a vote at the beach and decided to officially extend Summer through September. So, don't pack away your bikini, sandals and tee shirts just yet. The weather is still wonderful, the warm surf is still perfect for swimming, and there's plenty to do at the beach. Plus, we're making it easier for you to stretch your weekend fun with our Vacation Special... FREE SUNDAYS! That's right - reserve Friday & Saturday at our regular low off-season rates and get Sunday (or Thursday) FREE.

When you get here you'll find lots of fun events. Some staff suggestions for September include:

35th Annual Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival September 24th - 26th at Huntington Beach State Park... with fine art, quality crafts, low-country food specialties, and more.

Pawleys Island Wine Gala on the 24th - sampling wines from 80 renowned wineries and delicious hors d'oeuvres. Live entertainment, a silent auction and a complimentary dessert tasting are other highlights of this popular event.

and exciting concerts, too!

Fantastic Guest Performances & Concerts at the Alabama Theatre - featuring Ray Stevens on the 11th, Patty Loveless on the 18th and The Drifters, Coasters & Platters on the 25th.

An evening at the House of Blues with The Black Crowes the 14th.

A dynamite concert at the historic Myrtle Beach Train Depot on the 25th with The Last Waltz Ensemble performing the music of Bob Dylan and The Band. The intimate setting for this South by Southeast Music Feast accommodates only a few hundred so reservations are suggested.

"Pushing the Limits" with bassist extraordinaire Steve Bailey, jazz guitar virtuoso Mike Stern, and Aquarium Rescue Unit's drummer/percussionist Jeff Sipe... at CCU's Wheelwright Auditorium on the 28th.

The 20th Anniversary Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art - featuring jazz vocalist Steve March Torme on the 25th, bluesman Cool John Ferguson on the 26th, award-winning guitarist Marco Sartor on the 30th, swing music by stride pianist Judy Carmichael on October 1st, and the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra the 2nd.

Best of Myrtle Beach (August 2010)

Myrtle Beach Area Fun for August

July zipped right on by and August seems to be in a rush, too. There's still loads of fun to be found at the Beach - from North Myrtle Beach to Myrtle's south end. A nice day trip to Georgetown or even Charleston isn't a bad idea either. If you and your family haven't taken a summer vacation yet, this is a wonderful time. Rates for the latter half of August are much lower than July, the crowds are smaller, it's still summer and the weather is grand! Although availability is very limited for the last two weeks of summer, I'm sure our reservations staff can find a home or condo to suit your needs. Call us today and come see us soon.

Some suggestions for fun when you get here include:

~ Broadway at the Palace Theatre... with late morning performances of Narnia on stage and evening performances of The Great American Trailer Park Musical.

~ Rockin' Concerts at the House of Blues... with Umphrey's McGee on the 12th and the Avett Brothers for three evenings the 19th - 21st.

~ Hot Shows at the Alabama Theatre... with Kenny Rogers on the 13th and the Temptations & Four Tops on the 20th.

~ An Intimate Evening of Blues... with Kevin Gordon at the historic Myrtle Beach Train Depot on the 14th - a South by Southeast Music Feast.

~ Summerfest at Barefoot Landing... shop, stroll and enjoy the daily parades on the promenade with live animals, fireworks, musicians, jugglers, clowns and more.

~ Sounds of Summer... North Myrtle Beach's concert series featuring the band Spare Change performing top 40 at McLean Park. This is a FREE Family Friendly Event.

Check out our popular Events Calendar & Beach Fun Forecast for details.

Fall Golf Vacations in North Myrtle Beach

Fall Golf Vacation Preview

Autumn is fast approaching and you won’t believe the amazing golf vacation packages we’re offering. It’s a fantastic time of year to come to North Myrtle Beach – wonderful weather with daily temps reaching an average 84 in September and a cooler 76 in October. Sunny days, beach breezes and wide open fairways… get the picture?

Golfers absolutely rave about the accommodations we have available for their groups. They’ve discovered our alternative to a cramped hotel room is much better. Stretch out in a spacious oceanfront condo, luxury villa or private beach house instead. Foursomes find that our three bedroom condos are just the ticket – four separate beds and plenty of room. Larger groups with multiple foursomes have a blast in our big six, seven and eight bedroom villas. Features often include private pools, hot tubs, grills for group cookouts, wide-screen TVs, and game rooms where you can enjoy a friendly game – foosball, pool, air hockey, and more.

And don’t forget the golf!

Choose from dozens of 1st class championship golf courses designed by the best architects, including Pete Dye, Robert Trent Jones, Tim Cate, Dan Maples, Clyde Johnston, Robert White and Tom Fazio. Enjoy a memorable round on signature courses by Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Davis Love III, Greg Norman, Gary Player, Raymond Floyd and others.

We have multi-round specials from the B&C Group that include their “big dogs” – Grande Dunes AND Tidewater – at reduced rates. Multi-round specials at the National Group include top-ranked King’s North, TPC/Myrtle Beach, and Long Bay at huge discounts… and with a free round. Some of our other outstanding deals for this fall include lots of FREE golf. We even have some packages with FREE food & drinks! Check out these packages.

Barefoot Resort
Book 3 and Get a 4th Round FREE

Myrtle Beach National Group
Book 3 and Get 2 Rounds FREE

Sea Trail Resort
Book All 3 Courses and Get 3 FREE Replays

Glens Group’s Ultimate Package
Book 3 Courses and Get 5 FREE Rounds

Classic Group’s Fall Freeplay
Book 3 Courses and Get FREE Replays

Legends Group… Play 3 or more Rounds & Save $$$
and rounds include breakfast, lunch, and two cold beers – FREE

Crow Creek…
Rates include lunch and two cold drafts – FREE

Call Wren, Jim or Candace – our golf vacation specialists today and get the ball rolling on your best beach golf trip ever.

Best of Myrtle Beach (7/16 - 7/31)

Myrtle Beach Area Fun (July 16th - 31st, 2010)

HOT... SUMMER... FUN! It's been a fantastic summer here in North Myrtle Beach - lots of sunshine, warm surf, wide beaches full of smiling faces and laughing children. We were on the beach in Windy Hill Sunday with our grands, Archer & Oscar, and had a blast watching them play in the tidal pools and frolic in the surf. Their beach fun was capped off with a frozen slushy from Maggie, our favorite push-cart vendor... a pink slushy for Archer and a blue one for Oscar, naturally.

If your family hasn't yet made it here for a beach holiday this summer, we'd really like you to come over for some fun in the sun. I'm sure we still have a few oceanfront and off-ocean homes & condos available that will suit your needs - and at rates that won't bust the budget. Call us today at 866-249-2100 and let's make it happen!

Some of the fun stuff on the calendar for the rest of July includes:

~ Concerts & Shows at the Alabama Theatre... with that silky baritone voice of Josh Turner on the 16th, the Drifters, Coasters & Platters on the 23rd, and Jim Gaffigan on the 31st.

~ Concerts at the House of Blues... featuring Jamey Johnson the 25th, Ke$ha on the 29th, and Cyndi Lauper on the 31st.

~ Broadway at the Palace Theatre... with Alice in Wonderland wrapping up on the 17th, The Great American Trailer Park Musical continuing its successful run, and Narnia opening on the 19th. See show times online. Lots of fun for everyone!

~ Cool Summer Evenings at Brookgreen Gardens... with cruises down the creeks at 5:30 & 6:30, the Lowcountry Zoo open 'til 7 pm with the new otter exhibit, wonderful new lighting in the gardens, live entertainment and tasty southern summer suppers.

~ Roller Coasters, Waterslides, Carousels and More... at Family Kingdom Amusement Park, the O.D. Pavilion & Amusement Park, Myrtle Waves, NASCAR SpeedPark, and Broadway at the Beach's Pavilion Nostalgia Park.

A great summer beach holiday requires ICE CREAM. We suggest a stop at Painters Homemade Original in North Myrtle Beach. It's been here forever... best ice cream sandwiches I ever had!

Fireworks, Fun, Festivals & the Fourth at Myrtle Beach

Independence Day Celebrations in Myrtle Beach (2010)

Join us as we celebrate Independence Day along South Carolina's Grand Strand... from Pawley's Island & Murrell's Inlet to Myrtle Beach & North Myrtle Beach.

18th Annual North Myrtle Beach Fireworks Spectacular
Located at the Cherry Grove Pier, 34th Avenue North. Fireworks begin at 9:00 pm. Bring your beach chair and refreshments and watch the fantastic show.

Surfside Beach Fireworks at the Pier
Local entertainment from 6pm to 9pm, food & beverage concessions. Free watermelon & ice cream while they last! Inflatable bounce & slide house for kids. Fireworks begin at 9:30 pm.

14th Annual Battleship Blast
Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington, Riverfront celebration 5pm to 9:30pm. Street fair, music by the 440th US Army National Guard Band. Huge fireworks display.

Market Commons Celebration
Inaugural Independence Day 8K and Freedom 5K Runs. Italian-American Festival. Fireworks at Valor Park beginning at 9:00 pm.

Broadway at the Beach's Star-Spangled Spectacular
July 3rd - 5th with fireworks shows at 10pm Saturday and Sunday. Face painting, balloon animals, dancers, contests, live music. Special concert with Pat Benatar (ticket required).

Hot Summer Nights at Plyler Park
Street performers, acrobats, jugglers and more. Concert by rock band Quarterfly. Myrtle Beach fireworks show off 2nd Avenue Pier beginning at 9:30 pm.

Murrell's Inlet Annual 4th of July Boat Parade & Fireworks Show
Boat parade with awards for "Best in Show" begins at 1:00 pm and fireworks start at 10:00 pm off Veterans Pier.

Baseball & Fireworks!
Myrtle Beach Pelicans vs Salem Red Sox at BB&T Coastal Field. First pitch is at 6:05 pm with a dynamite fireworks show after the game. Free mini-flags to the 1st 2,000 fans.

Salute from the Shore
Beginning at 1:30 pm, a massive USAF C-17 transport plane will make a low-altitude run over the entire South Carolina coast.

Best of Myrtle Beach (6/26 - 7/10)

Myrtle Beach Area Fun (June 26th - July 10th, 2010)

It seems like it was May just a few days ago and now July is right around the corner. If you haven't booked your summer beach vacation yet, it's time to make it happen. Most July weeks are already approaching 100% occupancy but there are still some very nice vacation rental homes, villas and condos available. There are even a few dynamite deals to take advantage of...with savings of up to $500 on your week's stay. Give us a call toll-free at 866-249-2100 today and let's get you set for your family's summer beach holiday.

Come on down to North Myrtle Beach and like the song goes, "We'll have Fun, Fun, Fun." There's major fun happening daily so don't miss out. Some of our recommendations include:

~ Broadway at the Palace Theatre, featuring "Alice in Wonderland" on stage with morning and matinee shows and "The Great American Trailer Park Musical" on stage in the evenings. The classic tale by Lewis Carroll of young Alice's adventures in Wonderland is perfect for the young and young at heart. Adults will really enjoy the Off Broadway musical as it celebrates the culture of Armadillo Acres and the drama of life in the double-wides of Florida. See details and show times online.

~ Concerts at the House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach's Barefoot Landing - Center stage will be Ted Nugent on the 26th, the "Bruce in the USA" tribute show the 1st, Corey Smith the 2nd, and Adam Lambert the 3rd. See details online.

~ Hot Summer Nights! ... at Plyler Park in Myrtle Beach. FREE Family Fun nightly with concerts Tuesdays & Saturdays, Jugglers & Acrobats Sundays, a Kids' Carnival Mondays, Fireworks on Wednesdays, Bagpipes and Dixieland Thursdays & Fridays. See details online.

~ Music on Main! Join us at the Main Street Horseshoe in North Myrtle Beach for more FREE Family Fun on July 1st as the city's outdoor concert and festival series continues. The Kelly Bell Band will be belting out their own brand of funk, soul, and rhythm & blues. See details online.

~ Fireworks on the Fourth... Celebrate Independence Day at the beach. Grab your lounge chair and head to the beach in Cherry Grove for the huge annual North Myrtle Beach fireworks show - from 9:30 to 10:30 pm. It's always one of the biggest and best pyrotechnic displays on the beach.

~ Roller Coasters, Ferris Wheels, Bumper Cars and more... Enjoy family fun under the star at the various amusement parks on the strand. The O.D. Pavilion & Amusement Park's old-time charm will please the kids and bring back pleasant memories on the 60's. Be sure to check out the Myrtle Beach Mall's Family Fun Park while you're here - NEW for this summer. Kid's and adults will enjoy the Nostalgia Park rides within Broadway at the Beach. For all-out thrills, head down to Family Kingdom Amusement Park where you'll find the Swamp Fox roller coaster and the largest Ferris Wheel in South Carolina.

~ Waterslides & Lazy Rivers... There's no better way to cool off on a hot summer day than to get WET while having a blast! Try Myrtle Waves Water Park across from Broadway at the Beach - 20 acres of swerves, curves, waves and chutes with more than a million gallons of water. Entry fee covers all 30+ rides & attractions for a full day of cool, wet fun. See more online.

View our full Calendar of Events and the Beach Fun Forecast online for much more information.

Myrtle Beach Fun on a Budget

A night at the Ballpark...

just wouldn't be complete without a jumbo hot dog all the way, a bag of boiled peanuts, and a nice cold brew. Last night the Myrtle Beach Pelicans jousted the Potomac Nationals for twelve innings and managed to outlast the Nats for a 7-6 victory. The Pelicans are the Atlanta Braves' Class "A" team, have a strong local following, and are always fun to root for. A long list of current big league stars have worn the Pelican blues - Brian McCann, Jeff Francoeur, and rookie phenom Jayson Heyward just to name a few. I wonder who of this year's team will make it to the show.

It's great that our Boys of Summer prevailed last night but the real treat was just enjoying a pleasant evening out at the ball park with my wife Wrynn and some good friends from Atlanta. If you haven't been to a Pelicans game, you're missing a good time. The best seats will have you at field level right behind home plate - and they're only twelve bucks! (A bit of history for you... the seats are originals from the old Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta.)

Trying to take in as much as possible on our friends' last night at the beach, we left the game after five fun innings and headed to Broadway at the Beach to let Matt, our young companion, have some fun on the rides at the Pavilion Nostalgia Park. Taking a turn on the Giant Swing or the speedy Caterpillar is an excellent way to generate a welcome breeze on a warm evening. BTW... if you ride the Caterpillar, I suggest sitting in the inside position. That way you can be the Squisher instead of the Squishee - although getting squished wasn't all that bad.

Broadway at the Beach's boardwalk is perfect for evening strolls and is surrounded by shops of all kinds. There's a super schedule of events for the summer with concerts, fireworks and more. AND the events are family-friendly and FREE! Last night's event was one of their Sprite under the Stars concert series with Gogglez Pizano treating the crowd with popular rock & roll.

Come on down to Myrtle Beach soon and see how much fun you and your family can fit into your visit. You'll be amazed at how much there is to do.