Myrtle Beach Spring Bike Rally 2014

This spring we celebrate the 75th anniversary of the nation’s fourth oldest biker rally, the original Myrtle Beach bike rally. The Rally started in May 1940 when North Carolina bikers rode to Myrtle Beach to drag race with South Carolina bikers. This year is set to be a record breaker. The events include two rallies spread over three weekends:

  • Harley-Davidson Rally: May 9-18, 2014, with events scattered across the Grand Strand from North Myrtle Beach to Murrells Inlet;
  • Atlantic Beach Bikefest: takes place over Memorial Day weekend May 23-26, 2014, with the largest concentration of the traffic focused on the Atlantic Beach area.

The main dealership, Myrtle Beach Harley-Davidson, located at 4710 S. Kings Hwy. in Myrtle Beach, hosts it’s annual “Crusin’ The Coast” Spring Bike Rally between May 12-18.
Click here for a detailed list of Myrtle Beach Spring Bile Rallies events and locations.

Harley Davidson

This year marks more than just a record participation. For the first time the riding crowd is younger, with guys that are 20-21 years old hanging out with biker-veterans in their 70s. Another remarkable aspect: bikers are no longer taking Hwy 31 to ride from Murrells Inlet to North Myrtle Beach, venturing their Harleys directly through Myrtle Beach instead. Their presence in the heart of Myrtle Beach delights many business owners, and they are happy to welcome them into their stores.

Bike Rally Popular Locations

Here are a few major venues for the Harley Davidson Rally, hosting some of the most important events of the rally:

Bikers Myrtle Beach
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Weather Forecast

On average, the month of May is characterized by rising daily high temperatures, with daily highs increasing from 76°F to 82°F over the course of the month, exceeding 89°F or dropping below 69°F only one day in ten (source:
weather forecast bike week

Atlantic Beach Bikefest

This year marks the 34th annual Atlantic Beach Bike Fest weekend. The Memorial Day Rally started in 1980 by the Flaming Knight Riders motorcycle club. Although the majority of attendees at Atlantic Beach Bike Week are African Americans, this is an event for any race, type of bike, and whether you ride or not.

In an effort to ease the traffic and avoid traffic congestion, the North Myrtle Beach Public Works Department usually puts up traffic barricades along the east side of Hwy 17, from 27th Avenue South to 37th Avenue South.

There are tons of parties and events throughout the 5 day weekend. The hotels are jam packed full of revelers and you can smell the BBQ grilling. Each year is different and many people spend their entire year waiting for this event, anxious to attend the multitude of concerts, parties, contests,and fashion shows.

Click here for comprehensive information on the official site of the Atlantic Beach Bikefest.

Atlantic Beach Bikefest

Military Appreciation Month In Myrtle Beach

Fallen but not forgotten

May has been National Military Appreciation Month since 1999. Through this celebration our nation has been given the opportunity to publicly demonstrate appreciation for the sacrifices and successes made by the wonderful past and present service members.

There is probably no better month than May to dedicate to the noble task of expressing appreciation for the Military. The month is marked by many special days selected to celebrate or commemorate specific military achievements:
  • Loyalty Day - May 1, was established in 1921 and it was set aside for the reaffirmation of loyalty to the United States and for the recognition of the heritage of American freedom;
  • Victory in Europe (VE) Day  - celebrated on May 8th, 1945 to mark Germany's unconditional surrender of its armed forces, thus marking the end of World War II in Europe;
  • Military Spouse Appreciation Day - established in 1984 and celebrated on the Friday before Mother's Day (on May 8 this year), recognizes the profound importance of spouse commitment to the readiness and well-being of military members;
  • Armed Forces Day - celebrated on the third Saturday in May (May 17 this year), was created in 1949 to honor Americans serving in the five U.S. military branches – the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Coast Guard – following the consolidation of the military services in the U.S. Department of Defense;
  • Memorial Day - observed on the last Monday of May (on May 26 this year), commemorates all men and women who have died in military service for the United States.
We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.
By Moina Michael, 1915

Each year on Memorial Day, the White House Commission on Remembrance promotes one minute of silence at 3 p.m. local time to honor the military's fallen comrades and to pay tribute to the sacrifices by the nation's service members and veterans.

Proper Flag Etiquette
The Proper Flag Etiquette For Memorial Day

Our flag is a source of pride and inspiration and it deserves a certain amount of respect. On Memorial Day, the flag is flown at half-staff only until noon. The proper way to hoist a flag to half-staff is to draw it all the way to the top of the pole and then lower it to half-staff. Some people like to display flags 24 hours a day, year round.  Flag etiquette states that the flag, if displayed at night, should be properly illuminated and taken in during foul weather.

Military Appreciation Days in Myrtle Beach

Many local restaurants and attractions are offering discounts and specials to active military, veterans and their families. Myrtle Beach hosted a half scale replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall dedicated to the 58,000 men and women killed or missing in that conflict. The replica was stationed at the Crabtree Memorial Gymnasium at Market Commons.

People are welcome Saturday, May 24 to attend the 5k Run/Walk on Ocean Boulevard from Plyler Park, at Mr. Joe White Avenue, and including the boardwalk. The event is free for active military, reserves, and veterans; $20 fee for civilians. There will be a Family Picnic the same Saturday, complete with activities for the kids, military exhibits and live music, and the Andrew Thielen Big Band free concert.

The most important event of the day is the Myrtle Beach Memorial Day Parade with Marine and Navy veteran and former talk show host Montel Williams as Grand Marshal of the parade.

The final event of the month is the Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 26, 2014 at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center Plaza on Oak Street at 21st Avenue North.  For more details and a full list of events, specials, and discounts visit or call (843) 918-1014.

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Have a Memorable Mother's Day In Myrtle Beach

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Mother’s Day so it's the perfect time to have a special celebration with your mom! 100 years ago President Woodrow Wilson signed the proclamation to declare Mother's Day a national holiday. Mother's Day is a day of joy and recognition of the most selfless love, passion and dedication. Mothers are the superheroes, with the most challenging and the most rewarding job in the world.

Mother's Day requires a remarkable way to celebrate her. Take this chance to give back to the woman who gave so much to you. Take a few days off the daily routine and bring her to the Myrtle Beach area. There are so many activities to choose from and it's easy to find the ones that mom will love. Take her shopping, dancing or treat her to brunch. When it comes to mom, the sky is the limit!

Stroll on the Beach at Cherry Grove

Start the day with a stroll on the beach in Cherry Grove. What could be more relaxing than a barefoot walk along a sandy beach? Then check the historic Cherry Grove fishing pier and enjoy the amazing view of the ocean and the beach with all the beach homes and tall resorts stretching to the horizon.
Cherry Grove Pier

Dolphin Watch Boat Rides

Dolphin watch tours are very popular and offer gratifying memories. Dolphin watch tours are the best way to truly experience the natural wonder of these wild sea creatures as you glide along the Grand Strand's beaches. Be sure to bring your camera! It is always a good idea to make reservations 24 hours in advance! Visit this page for a comprehensive list of companies offering dolphin watch tours.
Myrtle Beach Dolphin Watch Tours

Mother’s Day Spa

A day at the spa is a perfect Mother's Day gift for the mom who needs relaxation or pampering. A glass of champagne prior to the spa treatment is definitely not a bad idea. Many of these places offer specials or discounts for Mother's Day. You also can check out these places in North Myrtle Beach.
Myrtle Beach Mother's Day Spa


The shows played in the theaters across the Grand Strand are a wonderful complement for a special day at the beach. Indulge your mom with any of the multitude of shows, music, dance, comedy, dinner theater, or celebrity concerts. Here is a list of the Myrtle Beach area venues, including live theater, dinner shows, variety shows, concert halls, and movie theaters.
Myrtle Beach - Carolina Opry - All That Show

Go on a Shopping Spree

If there’s one thing Myrtle Beach area does not lack, it’s the opportunity to shop 'til you drop. With amazing designer stores, shopping centers and outlet malls, this is a true shopper’s paradise. Keep these tips in mind if you want to find the perfect Mother’s Day present: keep it fun, keep it useful, show your love.
  • North Myrtle Beach Main Street - the pedestrian-friendly Main Street is the perfect canvas for a Mother's Day special shopping experience in locally-owned, independent businesses.
North Myrtle Beach Main Street
  •  Barefoot Landing - located in North Myrtle Beach, it is one of the Grand Strand’s most famous shopping and entertainment complexes.
  • Myrtle Beach Mall - it is home to bath and body shops, department stores, jewelers, home stores and many more. It’s a great spot if your mom needs a little retail therapy.
  • Broadway at the Beach - it is home to some of the best shopping, dining and attractions. There's even a mini golf course, movie theater and sprawling lake on the grounds.
Broadway at the Beach Shopping Center
  • Coastal Grand Mall - offers more than 100 stores, national chains, as well as countless local shops. The food court and movie theater are great additions to this shopping venue.
  • Tanger Outlets - there are two convenient Tanger Outlets locations, off Highway 501 heading into town and one on Highway 17. Each outlet center holds over 100 brand name outlets with some of the best deals and steals on the Grand Strand.
  • The Market Commons - it is one of Myrtle Beach’s newest shopping centers with a unique village setting.
Myrtle Beach - The Market Commons

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What's Happening in December on the Grand Strand?

December Calendar of Events:

Don't let the cooler weather keep you from enjoying some of the exciting events scheduled for December.  There's plenty to see and do on the Grand Strand without hibernating through the winter.

While some of the events are Christmas related, there are also non-holiday celebrations for visitors and locals alike.  Here are the five hot events scheduled for one of the chilliest months.

December 6, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.: Springmaid Beach Winter Arts and Crafts Festival: Looking for that truly unique Christmas gift that won't show up somewhere else under the tree?  Check out the one-of-a-kind pieces at this 27th annual event, which attracts artists and craftsmen from all over the East Coast to shop their wares on the south end of Myrtle Beach.

December 6-21, 3-10 p.m., Nights of a Thousand Candles: One of the most beautiful and scenic spots on the Strand gets a holiday makeover for a fortnight in December. Brookgreen Gardens goes all out to decorate the grounds, fountains and statues with more than 5,000 hand-lit candles and tree lights.  it's well worth the drive to the South Strand.

December 14, Noon, North-South-All-Star Football Game:  Are you ready for some football? Not the kind you can watch on TV, but the real outdoor experience of watching some of the top players from the state compete.  See the future college stars of tomorrow at the Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium in Myrtle Beach.

December 15, 1 p.m. , Harley Shop at the Beach Toy Run: Rev up your bike and cruise the coast for a cause at this inaugural event, which will feature a convoy of motorcycles riding from Harley Shop at the Beach on the South Strand to Captain Poo's in North Myrtle Beach. The event raises funds for various local children's charities and provides Christmas gifts for kids.

December 26 -31, Beach Ball Classic: Known as the "Nation's Finest High School Holiday Basketball Tournament," the Beach Ball brings in the most talented young stars in the nation to put on a showcase for fans and college scouts.  NBA stars such as Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett have played on the floor at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center for five days of high-flying hoops.

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!