Holiday Happenings at The Market Common

With the holidays approaching there’s plenty to do around the area if you’re looking for local activities. The holiday happenings at The Market Common in Myrtle Beach that take place from now through Christmas are especially worth mentioning. Definitely be sure to go visit the area and take advantage of the following events.

 

Holiday Happenings at The Market Common

Many seasonal craft vendors, live greenery and super fresh food will make up this year’s festive Holiday Bazaar on Howard Avenue. The bazaar is held from noon to 4 p.m. every Saturday through Nov. 19.

 

Holiday Happenings at The Market Common

You can enjoy live Music in the Streets with these extra special sounds of the season every Saturday from 2-5 p.m. through Dec. 19. The following musicians will be performing in the gazebos on Howard and Reed Avenues at the Market Common:

November 14: Super Reggae Man and Justin Jordan Duo
November 21: Prettier Than Matt and Shaun Brown
November 28: Tim Peterman and Charles Freeman
December 5: Shaun Brown and Tim Peterman
December 12: Sweet Sweet and Prettier Than Matt
December 19: Matt Parker and the Deacons and Alex Austin

 

Holiday Happenings at The Market Common

The Market Common will host their annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Saturday November 21 from 6-8 p.m. in front of the Grand 14 Cinema. Mike the Magician will amaze everyone with his slight of hand. Santa will surprise everyone with his magical arrival! Come enjoy the street entertainment, balloon art, and your favorite mascots. Stick around after the show for a special meet and greet opportunity with Santa himself!

 

Holiday Happenings at The Market Common

Complimentary Carriage Rides can be had from 3-6 p.m. on Nov. 15, 21, 29 and Dec. 6, 13, 20, 21, 22, and 23 with pick up and drop off in front of Dolce Lusso Salon. If you’ve never taken a horse drawn carriage ride it’s something to be experienced! Taking one at this time of the year with the Common decorated for the holidays makes it extra special indeed!

Spending Halloween in Myrtle Beach

If you’ll be spending Halloween in Myrtle Beach SC this year there’s some things to keep in mind. This is the time of year for ghosts and goblins to be out and about and as you’ll discover, they’re right here in Myrtle Beach, too! Children will be out trick-or-treating and we caution you to be careful when you’re driving around.

Happy Halloween
Children going trick-or-treating should dress in bright colors and have reflective tape added to their costumes to ensure their safety. Wearing a headlamp and/or carrying a flashlight is a good idea, too. Remember the phrase – Safety in Numbers! It’s a fact that children traveling in groups are far safer than going out alone or with just one other.

 

If your family is staying in any of our Myrtle Beach Seaside Resorts during this time, we encourage you to dress the kids up and take them out. There are plenty of events going on in the local area that you won’t have to go door-to-door at the homes of people you don’t know. Not far from our Myrtle Beach condos are the following places where special events are being held for the kids.

Children in Halloween costumes

Halloween Trick or Treating at Broadway at the Beach will be held Saturday, October 31 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Broadway at the Beach will host trick-or-treating around the complex in a fun and safe environment. Bring your children, dressed up in costumes, for special treats at participating stores and shops.

Happy Halloween

Trick or Treating at Barefoot Landing will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 31. The Ghouls and Goblins will be out this October! Dress up and come get your Halloween spirit on as princesses, witches and all your favorite characters take over Barefoot and don’t forget the Candy! Happy Trick or Treat!

Halloween on the Marshwalk
Annual Halloween on the Marshwalk will be on October 31, beginning at 5 p.m. at the Murrells Inlet Marshwalk. Join us at 5:00 p.m. for trick-or-treating and the Children’s Costume Contest. Judging will be at the Pirate Statue behind Drunken Jack’s Restaurant at 6:00 p.m. The adult fun begins at 8 p.m. with an Adult Costume Contest. Win cash and prizes with over $2,000 to be given out for the best costumes!

Wishing you and your family a safe and fun-filled Halloween 2015!

Recent Weather Devastates South Carolina

We’d be hard pressed to find anyone that wasn’t aware of the devastating turn of events that recently struck South Carolina due to weather. It would seem that Mother Nature herself has the state in her crosshairs as the rainfall amounts continue to exceed earlier records.

 

“The flooding is unprecedented and historical,” said Dr. Marshall Shepherd, a meteorologist and director of the atmospheric sciences program at the University of Georgia

 

Photo Credit: The Sun News
Photo Credit: The Sun News

 

Inland, as well, the catastrophic flooding continues. Many areas around the state capitol of Columbia are still executing rescue efforts. With the ground thoroughly saturated, additional rain just adds insult to injury as trees topple over and landscapes wash away. Swift-water rescue teams continue to pluck hundreds of residents from stranded cars and flooded homes all over the state.

 

Photo Credit: The Sun News
Photo Credit: The Sun News

 

This past weekend the rain continued here in Myrtle Beach with several roads flooding out in the area. Please be hyper-aware when driving around the Grand Strand and pay strict attention to barriers set up. Do not drive around barriers as they indicate a washout or other hazardous road condition.

 

The following roads were affected by Saturday’s flooding:

• Friendfield Road at Francis Marion Road in Florence
• US 501 at Academy Drive- Horry County
• Thurgood Marshall Hwy at SC521
• Kings Road at Plantation Lake Road-Horry County
• North Ocean Blvd from 19th Ave N to 12th Ave N South Bound

 

South Carolina’s Governor Nikki Haley declared a state of emergency Thursday evening in advance of any potential impacts from flooding. President Barack Obama also declared a state of emergency and ordered federal aid to help the recovery in South Carolina.

 

Photo Credit: The Sun News
Photo Credit: The Sun News

 

“This is different than a hurricane because it is water, it is slow moving and it is sitting. We can’t just move the water out,” said Haley at a news conference.

 

Where the recent storm brought 24-hour rainfall totals estimated to occur once per 1,000 years in a few places, rainfall amounts this past weekend were more ordinary by South Carolina standards. Total daily rainfall amounts on Saturday averaged between 1-2 inches in most of the flood-ravaged areas. However, a few locations saw somewhat higher amounts, due to more robust thunderstorms that developed.

 

Only a few lingering light showers remained near the immediate coast on Sunday.

 

Local Festivals Are A Sure Sign of Autumn

It’s not too hard to tell that Autumn is fast approaching. You’ve only to look around at the thinning crowds on the beach, temperatures falling back into the delightful 80s and many local festivals cropping up, to convince you the next season is nearly here. Vacationers and locals alike look forward to the return of the following local festivals taking place each year. Stop by any or all of them while you’re vacationing with us at Myrtle Beach Seaside Resorts and you’ll surely see why!

 

These Local Festivals Are a Sure Sign of Autumn
St. John’s Greek Festival
This Greek festival is a four day event is sponsored by a held in the Fellowship Hall at St. John’s Orthodox Church of Myrtle Beach, 3301 33rd Ave., Ext. N, Myrtle Beach. The festival lasts from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day Thursday, Sept. 24 through Sunday, Sept. 27.

 

These Local Festivals Are a Sure Sign of Autumn
Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art
This annual festival features musical performances and art throughout the town of Pawleys Island from Friday, Sept. 25 through Sunday, Sept. 27. A wide assortment of events make up this festival of music and art including Chalk Under the Oaks, Food & Wine Gala, musical performances and more. Many free events and others with varying ticket prices.

 

These Local Festivals Are a Sure Sign of Autumn
Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival
You can’t come to Myrtle Beach this time of the year and not attend the Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival. This annual event is held at the Huntington Beach State Park in Murrells Inlet. Beginning Friday, Sept. 25 at noon it runs until 6 p.m. On Saturday, Sept. 26, the event is held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. And on Sunday, Sept. 27, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival features over 100 of the finest artisans and provides aesthetic beauty against a background of natural beauty. Enjoy fine art, quality crafts and food, along with the offerings of several of the area’s finest musicians. Daily festival admission fee is $8 for adults. A multi-day pass is available for $10. Visitors 15 years old and younger are admitted free with an adult. Admission to the park during the festival is also free. Free festival admission to Park Passport Plus holders, and three guests. No dogs or other pets are permitted at the festival.

 

These Local Festivals Are a Sure Sign of Autumn
Irish Italian International Festival
This year come out to the 12th Annual Irish Italian International Festival being held at 421 Main St., in North Myrtle Beach. This is a free event taking place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26. The event will be held rain or shine. This one-day event is fun for the whole family and includes food, live music, street performers, vendors, dance groups and plenty more. There will be a contest for best entree, best dessert and best decorated. One of the favorites of the day is the spaghetti-eating contest! This festival is free for the whole family!

Society of Stranders Fall Shag Dance Migration

If you’re local to the Carolina’s you’ve likely heard of shag dancing but if you’re a vacationer it may be new to you. The Carolina Shag is a partner dance and, around these parts, it’s mostly done to beach music. You can see a tutorial on How to Shag Dance on the wikiHow.com website if you’re curious. You’ll want to learn the dance because the Society of Stranders Fall Shag Migration (also known as SOS Fall Migration) is starting this weekend!

Society of Stranders Fall Shag Migration

10-Day Shagging Event
This yearly shag dancing event runs from Friday, Sept. 18 through Sunday, Sept. 27 and is held from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day. It draws shag dancers from all over the country. On the first Sunday and Monday of the event there is a block party with live music to shag to, food and vendors. Throughout the rest of the meet, shagging will take place at various lounges where dancers can mingle, meet and have fun!

 

Shag Event Venues
This 10-day period offers the largest adult dance party on the Eastern coastline, held at the famous SOS lounges in the area. The SOS lounges include Fat Harold’s, Ducks, Duck’s II, the OD Arcade, the Pirate’s Cove and the clubs at the OD Beach & Golf Resort.

Society of Stranders Fall Shag Migration

Tea Parties for Shaggers
Many member clubs in the area will schedule “tea parties” in the local lounges as well as the lounges themselves announcing special parties during the 10 day period. Popular bands show up along Main Street playing crowd favorites. Shag dance instructors will offer classes to the masses who wish to improve their skill or increase their moves.

Society of Stranders Fall Shag Migration

Don’t Miss Fun Sunday & Fun Monday
On the first Sunday and only Monday of the Fall Migration everyone meets in the street for two of the biggest block parties ever. On Fun Sunday the party is in the street beside the OD Arcade. Some of the best names in beach and shag music will help you rock the day away with a few thousand of your closest friends. Don’t worry if you can’t get enough fun in one day, because on Monday it happens all over again. For Fun Monday Main Street will be packed from OD to Hillside with every smooth dancing fun lovin’ friend we can find. There will be great music, dancing in the street, and fun galore. We will also have merchandise vendors, food and drink vendors, and displays set up by the SOS sponsors.

 

How to Shag Dance
The basic step in Shag is a six-count, eight-step pattern danced in a slot. The rhythm is similar to six-count Swing in that it is triple step, triple step, rock step. It’s counted as one-and-two, three-and-four, five, six. There are a total of eight shag dance steps.

Where to Rent Kayaks in Myrtle Beach

If you want to explore the area by boat then paddling a kayak is a great way to do it. This is a popular water sport that just about anyone can do. It’s peaceful and it’s relaxing yet you can get a gentle upper body workout at the same time. Yes, it’s exercise as well as fun! If you’ve experienced calm water kayaking and white water kayaking you will find that ocean kayaking is a combination of the two. When you’re looking for where to rent kayaks look no further than this blog post!
 
Renting a kayak and heading out for an afternoon is a great way to explore the local rivers and other waterways. If the big ocean is more than you want to tackle, at least initially, then check out the Intracoastal Waterway and the local rivers. There’s a lot of exploring you can do and if you enjoy nature, be sure to keep an eye out for wildlife that might be lounging along the shoreline.
 
Following are a few local businesses where you can rent kayaks and other gear during your Myrtle Beach vacation. Stop in and take a look at what they have available.
 
Where to Rent Kayaks in Myrtle Beach
Downwind Sails Watersports
2915 South Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach ~ 843-448-7245
Downwind Sails offers single and double ocean kayak rentals by the hour. No prior experience is required for this activity, but come prepared to get wet! We will provide you with life jackets and state of the art paddles that will help you enjoy your workout while relaxing on vacation!
 
Where to Rent Kayaks in Myrtle Beach
Island Adventure Watersports
5843 Dick Pond Road, Myrtle Beach ~ 843-650-7003
Kayak Rentals are a fun and relaxing way to spend some time outdoors and is easy enough for all skill levels. Our experienced staff will provide all necessary instruction as you prepare for your outing. We have tandem kayaks and single kayaks available. Since we are located in the calm waters of the Intracoastal Waterway, the paddling experience is rather inviting and lots of fun! Call us to begin planning your water adventure! Myrtle Beach, SC offers some of the best scenic kayaking around.
 
Where to Rent Kayaks in Myrtle Beach
Great Escapes Kayak Expeditions
241 Main St., North Myrtle Beach ~ 843-241-4588
Rent a kayak for a few hours or the whole day and take you and your family or friends on an adventure. We rent both single and tandem sit-in kayaks. Explore the beautiful Cherry Grove salt water creeks. Paddle out to the private Waites Island and spend the day relaxing. Enjoy the solitude and serenity that only kayaking can provide. We also offer guided kayak tours to Waites Island, the Waccamaw River and Cherry Grove Marsh among other places in the Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach area of the Grand Strand.

 

6 Ways to Enjoy a Beach Vacation with Your Baby

The first time you head out on a beach vacation with your baby will be a new experience. Few experiences in life can compare to taking your child to a familiar and much-loved place and seeing it through their eyes. Babies are pretty happy no matter where they go as long as you’re there with them. But more than anything else it’s critical to maintain the sleep/eat/play schedule they’re used to at home. Traveling with a baby requires you to be insightful, creative, resourceful and resilient.

 

Think about every detail of your trip before you ever leave home. Try not to squeeze too many things into too short a time or you’ll be stressed. And we all know a stressed parent equals a stressed baby.

 

6 Ways to Enjoy a Beach Vacation with Your Baby

 

1. Plan Ahead. Try to schedule your airline flights during your baby’s normal napping time. Walk and play with the baby during extended periods of time at the airport. Remember, the more energy exerted in the airport will be less exerted in the confines of an airplane.

 

2. Keep to a Schedule. During your vacation try very hard to maintain the schedule you have at home. That includes the time you wake up and go to sleep, when you eat meals, and when various nap times are. Vacationing with baby is not the time to enjoy a night life.

 

6 Ways to Enjoy a Beach Vacation with Your Baby

 

3. Ask First. Find out before even making your reservations if the place where you’re staying provides sleeping arrangements for babies. Ask the car rental agency if they provide car seats and have the right size.

 

4. Stay Calm. Don’t stress out while getting ready for your trip because babies have an uncanny knack for sensing that in you and then will be on edge too.

 

6 Ways to Enjoy a Beach Vacation with Your Baby

 

5. Less is Better. With babies the rule really is “Just Do Less.” Don’t over stimulate a baby. Make sure they take their naps in a quiet and comfortable space. Afternoon naps improve the chances of a quality evening so consider taking a nap when the baby does.

 

6. Use Sunscreen. It’s important to shield babies from the sun. Don’t plan on a tent or canopy because some beaches simply don’t allow them. Bring hats and light weight clothing for your baby and children. Apply sunscreen to all areas of skin. Read the label and reapply as required.

 

When you’re planning that Myrtle Beach vacation with your baby, you’ll want easy access to the beach. Our large assortment of oceanfront vacation rentals will have everything you require for a comfortable stay with the family. Check us out online. We know you’ll like what you see.

Where to Find Free Movies, Concerts and Fireworks Displays

    There are some things vacationers to Myrtle Beach just come to expect when they arrive here year after year. When you’re traveling with a family it’s important to choose wisely when it comes to entertainment and other activities. Costs of these outings as well as meals can add up pretty fast. When you stay in any of our Myrtle Beach Seaside Resorts you’ll be in close proximity to the following free events and activities that the kids will love!

Where to Find Free Movies, Concerts and Fireworks Displays

Movies Under the Stars at The Market Common
Enjoy free movies at Valor Park every Friday from 9-11 p.m. throughout the summer. It’s a fun way to treat your family yet at no expense! Plus all you need is a blanket or chair and some snacks! Following are the upcoming shows through the end of summer:

July 24: How the Grinch Stole Christmas
August 7: Up
August 14: Finding Nemo
August 21: An American Tail
August 28: Beetlejuice
Where to Find Free Movies, Concerts and Fireworks Displays
Hot Summer Nights at the Boardwalk
There’s plenty going on at The Boardwalk located oceanfront in Myrtle Beach every night, all summer long. Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 8-11 p.m. at the I Love Sugar Stage at Plyler Park the free Oceanfront Concert Series takes place. There will be an assortment of rock, country, jazz and pop artists performing. Boardwalk Elvis and other talented performers will stroll through the crowds performing as they go every Friday and Sunday from 8-10 p.m. in Plyler Park. You won’t want to miss the free Fireworks Show taking place on Wednesdays at 10:30 p.m.

Where to Find Free Movies, Concerts and Fireworks Displays

Summer Nights at Broadway at the Beach
Come celebrate the sounds and sights of summer at Broadway at the Beach with free nightly entertainment! From face painters to musical performers, our summer entertainment brings fun as you shop, dine and explore every night of the week. Don’t miss Princess Saturday, Superhero Sundays and free Fireworks Displays at 10 p.m. every Tuesday and Friday night!

Top 10 Things To Do In Myrtle Beach When It Rains

When you’re planning that much-needed vacation to the beach the last thing you want is for it to be raining. But there are plenty of things to do in Myrtle Beach — even when it’s raining out — so it’s not a wash out. From the indoor amenities that come with all of our Myrtle Beach vacation rentals to the list we’ve provided below of the top 10 things to do in Myrtle Beach when it rains, you’ll have lots of choices. The best part is that they’re all just a short distance from where you’ll be staying.

 

Top 10 Things To Do When It Rains In Myrtle Beach

1. Take the day and drive along the coast, stopping to visit all the specialty shops along the way.
2. Spend the day shopping at one of our three enclosed malls at Coastal Grand Mall, Inlet Square Mall, or Myrtle Beach Mall, then stay for a leisurely dinner.
3. Take the family bowling!
4. Go to an indoor movie theatre.
5. Visit Ripley’s Aquarium in Myrtle Beach
6. Check out what very well could be the best gaming center your family has ever experienced — MagiQuest, at 1185 Celebrity Circle Myrtle Beach.
7. Drive to Calabash and experience first hand what Calabash Seafood is all about.
8. Take the kids to WonderWorks, an indoor amusement park for the mind with over 100 interactive exhibits.
9. Take in a live performance at Palace Theatre, The Carolina Opry or Legends in Concert.
10. Visit Ripley’s Believe It or Not, 901 North Ocean Boulevard Myrtle Beach. Experience five unique attractions that include Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odditorium, Ripley’s Aquarium, a 5D Moving Theatre, the bone-chilling Haunted Adventure, and the Marvelous Mirror Maze.

 

With so many things to experience around Myrtle Beach, you’ll never come up short on fun things to do with the family, even when it’s raining.

 

 

Best Places to Celebrate July 4th

There are plenty of local events happening to celebrate Independence Day this year and if you’re in the area you’ll want to be a part of as many of them as you can. This holiday on 4th of July includes barbecues, parades and plenty of fireworks up and down the coastline. When you stay in any one of our Myrtle Beach Seaside Resorts you’ll be in a prime spot to watch the fireworks in Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach. For the best seat in town though, go to the beachfront and you’ll likely see even more – up and down the coast. As far as the eye can see – everyone will be celebrating Independence Day.

Best Places to Celebrate July 4th

Salute from the Shore

The 6th annual Salute from the Shore military flyover at 1 p.m. on July 4 is not to be missed. A flight of two F-16s from the 20th Fighter Wing based at Shaw Air Force Base will cover the entire coast, circling Patriot’s Point in Charleston before concluding their run south of Hilton Head. We are honored to have these professionals from Shaw supporting us again this year!

Murrells Inlet July 4th Patriotic Boat Parade

The 32nd annual boat parade will take place in Murrells Inlet starting at 12 noon. Entrants will compete to win the prize for the most patriotic and best decorated boat. The crowds will be able to participate and vote on the patriotic décor by round of applause and cheers. Whoever has the loudest cheers will be awarded the winner.

Best Places to Celebrate July 4th

Surfside Beach July 4th Celebration

The residents of Surfside Beach know how to celebrate Independence Day in a big way so don’t miss their annual 4th of July celebration! It’s being held from 6-10 p.m. at the Surfside Pier, 115 Highway 17 North, Surfside Beach, and is open to the public.

Pawleys Island July 4th Parade

The 48th annual Pawleys Island 4th of July parade will be held from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Visitors and locals alike enter in the parade and travel through the Island in anything that becomes a makeshift float — be it a boat, car, or flatbed truck! All are decorated in true red, white, and blue in true patriotic fashion. The Pawleys Island parade is a fun, family tradition not to be missed.

Best Places to Celebrate July 4th

Local Firework Displays

Firework displays to celebrate the 4th of July holiday are all around the Grand Strand area. Here’s the schedule for those being held around Cherry Grove south to Murrells Inlet:

Barefoot Landing – 10 p.m. at 4898 Hwy 17 S, North Myrtle Beach
Cherry Grove Pier – 9 p.m. at 3500 N. Ocean Blvd., North Myrtle Beach
Broadway at the Beach – 10 p.m. at 1325 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach
2nd Avenue Pier – 10 p.m. at 110 North Ocean Blvd. Myrtle Beach
Murrells Inlet Marshwalk – 10 p.m. at 4123 US-17 Bus., Murrells Inlet

All of us at Myrtle Beach Seaside Resorts would like to wish everyone a happy and safe Independence Day celebration this year!