November Holiday Events on the Grand Strand

November Holiday Events

The holiday season comes early on the Grand Strand, where Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day are like one big six-week festival.  From Christmas tree lighting to parades, the North Myrtle Beach area gets in the holiday spirit like nowhere else.  Join in the following festivities:

November 14 -17, Myrtle Beach Convention Center: Don't miss the 32nd Annual Dickens Christmas Show & Festival, featuring a wide range of arts and crafts, decorations and other exhibits, ushering in the holiday season at this four-day event.

November 15, Barefoot Landing, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m: See Santa arrive in true Myrtle Beach style - with a free fireworks show, carousel rides and the annual Lighting of the Landing. Christmas lights fill the complex and the fireworks light up the sky as the Jolly Ol' Elf touches down on the Grand Strand and touches off the holiday season.

November 23, Broadway at the Beach, 6 p.m: The 19th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting at Broadway is one of the highlights of the holiday season on the Strand, featuring live musical, dance and choral performances leading up to the flipping of the switch.  For those who prefer a daytime activity, the Jingle Bells Walk/Run will be held at 8 a.m., as participants dress in their favorite Christmas costumes and parade around the complex.

November 29, Market Commons, 6 p.m.: The 6th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at Market Common's Valor Park is a spectacular event for the whole family.  Bring a blanket and see the lights come on at the park while enjoying hot chocolate and holiday cheer.

November 30, Intracoastal Waterway, 5-7 p.m.: Celebrate the holidays in the Grand Strand at the 29th Annual Intracoastal Christmas Regatta Boat Parade, which features dozens of watercraft ranging from large yachts to tin fishing vessels all decked out in Christmas lights and decor. Spectators find spots all along the waterway to get a good view of the flotilla, which begins on the Little River waterfront and winds its way to Dock Holiday's Marina.

So book your holiday vacation in North Myrtle Beach!  There's lots to do this holiday season!

Reasons to Take a Fall Golf Trip to the Grand Strand

Reasons to Take a Fall Golf Trip to the Grand Strand

Fall is a great time for a North Myrtle Beach golf vacation.  The heat and humidity we all know in the summer has subsided and evening temperatures typically drop into the low 60's creating the perfect weather to play a little golf!

A North Myrtle Beach golf vacation in October and November is the perfect way to say goodbye to the season at a time of year when temperatures are beginning to get a little too cool for our golfers in the northeast!

What are some of the advantages of taking a golf vacation when fall arrives?

1.) While spring is the busiest season on the Grand Strand, it's hard to beat the aforementioned weather.  Given that daylight savings time doesn't end until November 2nd, there is plenty of daylight to get in 36 holes.

2.) The value of a North Myrtle Beach golf trip is always strong, but it's at its best in the fall!
Don't just take us for our word for it.  Golf Digest recently featured a group of golf packages from other leading destinations.  Compare the value in Orlando, Scottsdale, Kohler and others to what you get on the Grand Strand, it's not even close.  No destination can match ours and that advantage is magnified in the fall.

3.) Course conditions are ideal, especially for the area's remaining layouts that feature bentgrass greens, which thrive in the cooler temperatures.  Most area layouts have converted to the new strands of Bermuda and they are in pristine condition as well.  Course conditions will be as good as they are all year.

The Grand Strand, with it's subtropical climate, is fortunate to be a 12-month a year destination, but it's hard to find a better time to be here than in the fall.

Check out some of our Signature Packages here:
Glens Group Ultimate Golf Package
East Coast's North Four
Best of Myrtle Beach
Big Cats 4

Call one of our expert Golf Directors today and book the perfect fall golf vacation in North Myrtle Beach.  866-714-1667

Content Provided By: Chris King - Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday and Thomas Golf Vacations

Fall is the Best Time in North Myrtle Beach!

Fall is absolutely the best time at the beach!

The Grand Strand is famous for its summertime fun, from water parks to fireworks, the summer season has it all.  But the best-kept secret among locals and visitors in the know is that fall is the best time to visit the beach.  The crowds are low, the traffic is light and the weather is warm (not humid). Schools are back in session so fewer families and more couples and groups tend to gravitate toward Myrtle Beach in the autumn.

The beach seems deserted in September, October and November compared to the crowds of June, July and August.
Visitors can stake out their own stretch of beach and truly relax in the 70 to 80-degree sun.  One of the few places that actually pick up in the autumn months are the 100 plus golf courses on the Grand Strand.  The fall golf season sees groups invade from all over the country and even the world to play golf in a setting where the challenge of the golf course is the only thing that makes them sweat.  Check out some of our great fall golf packages now.

The fishing also picks up in the fall as large schools pass off the Grand Strands' shores en route to warmer waters.  Whether surf fishing, pier fishing or deep-sea fishing, the fall months are the best time to land a big one.  Although the crowds may be lighter, there's still plenty to do and see in the off season.  The restaurants, shops and attractions you are accustomed to standing in line for during the summer are magically wide open.

So book your trip and pack your bags for the fall - the best time of the year at the beach!

Here's a peak into one of our great units that has your name written all over it this fall!

September Events at the Beach

What's going on in North Myrtle Beach in September?

We've decided to extend summer; it's too much fun to be over! Come visit the Beach this September... you'll have a grand time.

Music on Main - Sounds of Summer
FREE Family-Friendly Events
Head on down to the Horseshoe and McLean Park for good times and live music. This North Myrtle Beach concert series features some of the top local and regional acts from all music genres including country, rock, and beach music. Shows run from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
September Performers Include:
9/5 - Six Styles at the Main Street Stage
9/12 - Hip Pocket at the Horseshoe
9/19 - The Attractions at the Horseshoe
9/20 - The Fantastic Shakers at McLean Park

Movies at McLean Park
Free Family-Friendly Events
Bring your chairs, blanket and picnic with family and friends to this free showing of the movie "Brave" rated PG. Enjoy a movie under the stars at beautiful, serene McLean Park.
9/13 - Movie starts at 7:40 p.m.

SOS Fall Migration
September 13th - 22nd - The center of attention for the 10 days of the biggest adult party on the East Coast is Main Street, North Myrtle Beach and its famous beach music clubs. SOS hot spots include Fat Harold's, Ducks, Ducks II, the OD Arcade, Pirate's Cove and the clubs at the OD Beach & Golf Resort.

Listen to popular bands along Main Street playing crowd favorites. Shag Dance instructors will offer classes to the masses who are seeking to improve their skills or increase their repertoire of moves.
(Fall Band/DJ Schedule coming soon)

September is a HOT Month for Celebrity Concerts at Barefoot Landing's House of Blues and Alabama Theatre in North Myrtle Beach. Enjoy performances by Trace Adkins, Oak Ridge Boys, Engelbert Humperdinck, Clint Black, The Drifters, Platters, Coasters, and more.

Fall golf specials with Thomas Beach Vacations include Multi-Round Specials with FREE rounds, Meals, Drinks and Merchandise. Let our experienced golf directors handle the details so you can enjoy the golf.

So make North Myrtle Beach, SC your next stop! Check out all our great beach vacation deals and specials. We hope to see you at the beach soon!

What's Going on in August at the Beach?

August Events in North Myrtle Beach and Myrtle Beach
Check these fun events out!

Craftsmen's Summer Arts & Craft Show: On August 2-4, some of the top artists and craftsmen in the country descend on the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. Displaying a wide range of artworks and curios, the huge show allows visitors to shop for some unique and original items. The show is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Adults $8, children $1, with tickets good for all three days.

Music on Main: Head on down to the Horseshoe Thursday nights for good times and live music. This FREE family-friendly concert series features some of the top local and regional acts from all music genres including country, rock, and beach music. Shows run from 7 to 9 p.m.

Here's the lineup for August:
August 1: The Tim Clark Band, Variety Band from Myrtle Beach
August 8: Carolina Soul Band from Lewisville, NC
August 15: Gary Lowder & Smokin' Hot, Blues/Soul Band
August 22: Craig Woolard Beach Band from Washington, NC
August 29: Dickens, Variety Party Band from Greensboro, NC

Movies at McLean: On Fright night, August 9, catch a movie under the stars at McLean Park in North Myrtle Beach. This month's featured film is "Here Comes the Boom" rated PG. This martial arts comedy, starring Kevin James, is entertaining for the whole family. FREE admission and the movie will begin about 15 minutes after sunset. Bring chairs or blanket and a picnic. Snacks and drinks are available.
Sounds of Summer: McLean Park hosts these FREE Friday night family-friendly concerts featuring local and regional acts. The featured act August 16 will be the Pam Taylor Band, a popular Carolina based blues band. Shows start at 7 p.m.

Summerfest at Barefoot Landing: Celebrate Barefoot Landing's 25th Anniversary all summer long with special events planned for every night. Mondays are fireworks nights with a spectacular pyrotechnic display over Lake Broadway beginning at 10:15 p.m. Wednesday evenings feature a roaming parade starting at 7 p.m. along the Boardwalk with musicians and street performers. Other nights you'll see jugglers, musicians, stilt-walkers and more.

Labor Day Weekend Festival: The unofficial end to summer gets started on Saturday, August 31, on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. The BPL Band (rhythm and blues) gets the party started at 8 p.m. on the Plyler Park stage with a free concert. Plus, a fireworks show will launch at the 2nd Avenue Pier beginning at 10:15 p.m. FREE family-friendly festivities run throughout the three-day weekend.

Top 5 North Myrtle Beach Sports Bars

Looking to catch the big game during your stay in North Myrtle Beach?  Here are our top five spots bars for fun, food, and all the sports action:

BackYard Sports Bar & Grill: Overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway, Back Yard's patio features corn-hole boards and inside you'll find pool, video games, multiple TV's and a juke box.  Plus, you can enjoy great bar food and some of the cheapest and coldest draft beer on the beach.

Bully's Pub: This Barefoot Landing sports bar is the perfect place to take a break from a busy vacation.  Pool, darts and video games are surrounded by TV screens, and the outdoor patio deck overlooks Barefoot Lake.  Bully's has $2 draft beers everyday and great wings!

Oscar's Food & Spirits: This hot spot is the headquarters for
Pittsburgh Steelers fans - locals, visitors and transplants.  In fact, regulars help paint the bar black and gold after their last Super Bowl victory.  You'll fund an excellent menu that goes beyond traditional bar food and a fun atmosphere.

Overtime Sports Cafe: The O.T. is the place to be for the hard-core fans wanting to catch all the sports action.  Excitement abounds with more than 150 TV's, including a 12-foot video wall and three 10-foot projection screens. The menu is extensive and the beer is ice cold.

Wild Wing Cafe: Take a timeout from a long day at Barefoot Landing and take a walk on the wild side.  Their extensive menu has more than  35 flavors of chicken wings, including the red-hod Bravehearts and plenty of cold beer to put out the fire.  The Wild Wing Cafe occasionally feature live bands on weekends too!

So pick a spot and come on down!  We look forward to seeing you soon in North Myrtle Beach!

Written By: Terry Massey

Top Fishing Piers in North Myrtle Beach

Fishing Piers in North Myrtle Beach

Whether you want to take a stroll over the ocean or cast a fishing line, nothing beats a day or night on a fishing pier.

Fortunately, North Myrtle Beach has piers on either side of town - the Apache Pier in the Arcadia area just south of Windy Hill and the Cherry Grove Fishing Pier just north of downtown North Myrtle Beach - and both are worth a visit.

Apache Pier
Measuring more than 1,200 feet, the Apache Pier is the longest on the Grand Strand and one of the longest all-wooden piers on the East Coast.  A covered patio area rests about midway down the pier, giving non-fishermen a place to chill out and enjoy the ocean breeze.  You'll find a café and bar with occasional live music.
Cherry Grove Pier

Cherry Grove Fishing Pier was built in the 1950's and is just shy of 1,000 feet. It features a bait and tackle shop, and a gift shop. The Boardwalk Beach Café is a great place to grab a bite to eat and enjoy an ice-cold drink on a hot summer day. It offers a full food and bar menu and you won't find many better views on the Grand Strand.

Fishing is the main draw for both piers and both have reputations for record catches, including a 98-pound tarpon in Cherry Grove.  Mackerel, sea trout, bluefish, pompano, red drum, sheephead, spot and whiting are among the popular catches.  All gear is available for rental and fishing tips are free.

So come on to North Myrtle Beach and get your fish on!  Check out all our great specials and reserve your beach vacation today!

Written By: Terry Massey