Hurricane Preparedness and What You Should Know

 
Hurricane Preparedness and What You Should Know
Hurricane season begins on May 1st and lasts through November 30th. As with every hurricane, what you know and how to prepare could be a lifesaver. With Hurricane Irma expected to touch landfall this weekend, there is no better time to review what’s involved in hurricane preparedness.
 

How to Prepare

During a watch, prepare your home and evacuation plan in case a warning is issued. During a warning, carefully follow the directions of local officials in your area, and immediately leave if they advise it. In the event of an extreme wind warning/advisory, which means that extreme sustained winds of 115 mph or greater are expected to begin within an hour, immediately take shelter in the interior portion of a well-built structure.
 

Forecasts and Predictions

Predicting the path of a storm can be challenging at best. The storm’s size and path can directly influence what sort of wind patterns guide, enhance or hinder its growth. Forecasters have computers that take large amounts of data and predict where the storm will go and can usually calculate 2-3 days out fairly accurately. Generally the forecast track or path is given with the average consensus of these models.
 

Terminology

Following are some terms you should understand during this time:
~ Hurricane Watch: Hurricane conditions are possible in the area. Watches are issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical storm force winds.
~ Hurricane Warning: Hurricane conditions are expected in the area. Warnings are issued 36 hours in advance of tropical storm force winds.
~ Hurricane Eye: A clear, sometimes well-defined center of the storm with calmer conditions.
~ Eye Wall: Surrounding the eye, contains some of the most severe weather of the storm with the highest wind speed and largest precipitation.
~ Rain Bands: Produce severe weather conditions such as heavy rain, wind and tornadoes.
~ Storm Surge: An often underestimated and deadly result of ocean water swelling as a result of a storm that reaches landfall. Can cause flooding along the coast and sometimes areas further inland.
 

For More Information

The National Hurricane Center has the most up-to-date information on hurricane developments, forecasts and weather alerts, discussions analyzing the data and more.http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/
 
 
 

Where To Watch The Eclipse In Myrtle Beach

 
Where To Watch The Eclipse In Myrtle Beach

With the solar eclipse fast approaching have you chosen the perfect coastal spot where you will go to experience it? There are lots of places around Myrtle Beach that have special events set up for the day – Monday, August 21 – so be sure to pick your spot soon! Experience the first total solar eclipse visible from coast to coast since 1918! At 2:45 p.m., the sun will disappear! Don’t miss it1

Brookgreen Gardens Solar Eclipse Festival
1931 Brookgreen Dr, Murrells Inlet 29576
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Brookgreen Gardens is celebrating the Great American Eclipse with a special ticketed event on Monday, August 21. On eclipse day, the Gardens will close to the general public, but gates will open for ticket-holders at 10 a.m., with the festival activities beginning at noon.

Admission is limited for this special eclipse experience and tickets are available online at www.brookgreen.org. Featuring music by Oracle Blue, free eclipse glasses, live streaming of NASA’s coverage of the eclipse as it crosses the USA, and live streaming coverage of the aviary in the Lowcountry Zoo. Brookgreen’s Creative Education Department will host special eclipse-related crafts, and information and activities for our youngsters. Fee: non-members: $20 for adults, $15 children up to 12 years.

 

Myrtle Beach State Park Solar Eclipse Party
4401 South Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach 29575
11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Myrtle Beach State Park will be holding an Eclipse Party on August 21 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Bring a dish to share and something to grill. This event is family-friendly, open to the public and free to attend (park admission will be required). Donations are gladly accepted to cover the cost of the shelter and glasses, as well as help fund future events. Eclipse glasses will be available, but they will be first come first served. Fee: cost of park admission (free for members)

 

Eclipse Day at The Marshwalk in Murrells Inlet
4025 Highway 17, Murrells Inlet 29576
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Join us for Eclipse Day where the moon will cover almost the entire sun for 2 minutes, 40 seconds starting at 2:46 p.m. Partial view begins at 1:15 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Bring your own Eclipse Glasses.

 

Lights Out on the Marshwalk
Creek Ratz of Murrells Inlet
4065 Highway 17 Business, Murrells Inlet 29576

We have our first Solar Eclipse event on August 21 on the Marshwalk! Come down to Creek Ratz and experience the event. Glasses are provided so you can watch the whole thing. It starts at 1 p.m. and ends around 5 p.m. Free to attend. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

 
 
 

Things To Do If It Rains On Your Vacation

 
When it rains on vacation
Don’t get discouraged if you’re on that much-deserved vacation to the beach and the forecast calls for rain. Most rain around these parts doesn’t last all day so just wait it out. But if you do get that gray and rainy day that seemingly lasts forever there are still plenty of things to do that don’t involve staying indoors curled up in front of the TV! On the other hand, if that’s what you really want to do, we can’t think of any better place to do it than in our Myrtle Beach vacation rentals!

With the 25 suggestions below you’ll have plenty of choices for things to do.

1. Take a drive down the coast and visit the specialty shops along Hwy 17.
2. Visit Atlantic Stage and watch a theatre production in North Myrtle Beach.
3. Play miniature golf indoors at Molten Mountain Indoor Miniature Golf.
4. When was the last time you took the family bowling!
5. Spend the day shopping at one of the enclosed malls at Coastal Grand Mall, Inlet Square, or Myrtle Beach Mall, then hang around for a leisurely dinner.
6. Go see “One. The show” at Alabama Theatre.
7. Take in a movie at The Grand 14 in Market Common.
8. Rent some fishing gear at the Garden City Pier and see if fish really do bite better in the rain.
9. Visit Ripley’s Aquarium and spend hours.
10. Power walk through one of the local malls for exercise.
11. Check out the awesome gaming center, MagiQuest, at 1185 Celebrity Circle Myrtle Beach.
12. Drive to nearby Calabash, North Carolina, and experience first hand what Calabash seafood is all about.
13. Take the kids to WonderWorks, an indoor amusement park for the mind with over 100 interactive exhibits.
14. Spend some time in the Garden City Pavilion Arcade.
15. Take in your first IMAX 3D theatre at AMC Broadway 17 in Myrtle Beach.
16. Visit Ripley’s Believe It or Not, 901 North Ocean Boulevard Myrtle Beach
17. Check out Crocodile Rocks – a dueling piano bar in Myrtle Beach – and wear your dancing shoes.
18. Drive to Little River, SC, and hop aboard the casino boats.
19. Check out the Nightmare Haunted House, 1001 N. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach.
20. Get your pictures taken at Wild West Old Time Photos, 918 N. Ocean Blvd.
21. Stop by the House of Blues, 4060 US Hwy. 17 S at Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach.
22. Visit the South Carolina Hall of Fame at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center
23. Check out Wheels of Yesteryear, an impressive collection of vintage automobiles at 413 Hospitality Lane, Myrtle Beach.
23. Take a ride on the Barefoot Princess Riverboat boarding at 4932 Hwy 17 S., North Myrtle Beach.
24. Take the kids to the Children’s Museum of SC at 2501 N. Kings Hwy., Myrtle Beach.
25. And if there’s no threat of lightning, go take a walk on the beach with your umbrella and look for shells!

With so much to do in the Grand Strand area, you’ll never come up short, even when it’s raining.
 
 
 

Where to Take Dad Out for Dinner on Father’s Day

This Father’s Day arrives on Sunday, June 18. If you haven’t made any specific plans (or even if you have) we suggest taking your Dad out for dinner in one of the many area restaurants. Keep in mind that treating dad on his day means that you pay for the meal, not him.

Restaurants around the Grand Strand are offering special brunches, lunches and dinners for all the dads and granddads to enjoy with their families. Following are just a few of them.

Angelo’s Steak & Pasta offers an Italian buffet and individual pasta dinners as well as steak, veal, and chicken. Opening at 12 p.m. on Father’s Day. Call (843) 626-2800 for reservations.

Dead Dog Saloon offers an all-you-can-eat Sunday Brunch from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Menu items include French toast, biscuits & gravy, breakfast meats, eggs Benedict and much more. Reservations (843) 651-0664.

Seafood House Calabash Buffet – Another seafood buffet that dad will love is Seafood House in Surfside Beach. In addition to a buffet of crab legs, oysters, scallops and shrimp, dad will enjoy the entertainment at Seafood House. While he feasts he will be entertained by pirates firing cannons and mermaids swimming in the 10,000 gallon pool. For reservations, please call 843-712-2939.

Bovine’s – Dad will love the wood-fired steaks, seafood and brick oven pizza at Bovine’s. Bovine’s opens at 4 p.m. For reservations call (843) 651-2888.

Castano’s Italian Steakhouse at Barefoot Landing invites dads to enjoy a special meal. Every dad will receive a free bread pudding dessert with purchase of an entree. Reservations are recommended by calling (843) 361-2000.

Chestnut Hill Restaurant will offer a Father’s Day brunch from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Reservations are suggested by calling (843) 449-3984.

Sam Snead’s Oak Grill & Tavern will celebrate Father’s Day with a special menu in addition to the regular dinner menu. Make reservations by calling 843-903-3150.

Drunken Jack’s Restaurant and Lounge is a Myrtle Beach restaurant located in Murrells Inlet that serves fresh, local seafood and steaks for lunch and dinner at the MarshWalk.

All of us at Myrtle Beach Vacation Rentals Inc. would like to wish all the dads, soon-to-be-dads and granddads a very Happy Father’s Day!

 

Memorial Day Festivities in Myrtle Beach

In recognition of those whose lives were lost while serving our country in the military, there are a large assortment of various Memorial Day festivities taking place in and around Myrtle Beach. All are open to the public and free of charge.

If you’re planning on being in the area and are looking for accommodations check out our Myrtle Beach condo rentals that we have to offer. These condos are spacious, well-furnished and beautifully decorated. With fully equipped kitchens and a variety of awesome amenities you’ll have all the comforts of home plus much more.

 

The Military Appreciation Days Parade returns to the site of the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, now known as The Market Common. The parade steps off at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 27, and travels Howard Avenue and Farrow Parkway. This year’s parade promises to be one of the biggest and best ever! After the parade, join the Family Picnic on the Pavilion Site, complete with activities, military exhibits, music and more.

Family Picnic (exhibits, live music and more) – 12:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 27, at Valor Memorial Garden in The Market Common. The picnic is free. Meet Grand Marshal Alek Skarlatos and hear the Andrew Thielen Big Band live on stage at the picnic, immediately after the parade! 

 

Memorial Day Veterans March – 9:00 a.m., Monday, May 29. In honor of Memorial Day and in concert with the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association, a Veterans March on Ocean Boulevard will travel from 16th Ave. N. to Ninth Ave. N.

Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony – 11:00 a.m., Monday, May 29, Myrtle Beach Convention Center Plaza.  The event is sponsored by the Military Appreciation Committee and the City of Myrtle Beach. The public is invited to attend.

Memorial Day Tribute Film – 2 p.m. on Monday, May 29 at Grand 14 Cinemas, The Market Common.

Wishing everyone a safe and respectful Memorial Day celebration.

 

 

 

Don’t Miss the World Famous Blue Crab Festival

 

It’s at this time of the year that everyone in the area looks forward to the world famous Blue Crab Festival taking place in Little River, South Carolina. This 36th Annual World Famous Blue Crab Festival is held on the Waterfront in Little River on May 20 and 21, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and should not be missed!

Don't Miss the World Famous Blue Crab Festival

The Blue Crab Festival is one of the largest festivals in the Southeast with attendance of more than 50,000 people. This year’s festival will feature more than 300 fine arts and crafts vendors, specialty food vendors, outstanding entertainment and a phenomenal children’s area.

The readers of the Sun News have awarded the Blue Crab Festival the “Best Annual Event/Festival on the Grand Strand” for the past six consecutive years. The festival is one of the leading events in the area that you won’t want to miss whether you live here or are on vacation. The event is open to the public. It provides attendees with a large variety of excellent vendors, entertainment, food and fellowship.

Don't Miss the World Famous Blue Crab Festival

Blue crabs and other fresh, local seafood are available for purchase from local restaurants within the festival. The purpose of the festival is to support and showcase the fabulous atmosphere of the local Little River Community, North Myrtle Beach and the entire Grand Strand area of coastal South Carolina.

Admission tickets are $4 for a 1-day advance ticket, $5 for a 1-day general admission. Children 12 and under admitted free of charge. Advance tickets are available at Little River Chamber of CommerceNorth Myrtle Beach Chamber of CommerceCresCom Bank – Little River BranchCCNB – All Branches, and First Palmetto Bank – Little River.

No dogs or other pets are allowed at the festival with the exception of service animals. For more information, please call (843) 249-6604.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Don’t Miss the Taste of The Market Common Restaurants

 

Once a year a tasty event comes along that shouldn’t be missed. This event is Taste of The Market Common and is held on May 6, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For those staying in our Myrtle Beach Vacation Rentals you’ll be in close proximity to all that’s happening at Market Common!
 
Join us to stroll from restaurant to restaurant, sample delectable selections, and enjoy all of the festivities at Taste of The Market Common. Restaurants will serve an array of appetizers, entrees and desserts just outside their front entrances.
 
Buy your $1 food tickets in front of Grand 14 Cinema and then go experience as many of the offerings as you would like until you’ve had your fill!
 
As well as good eats there will also be carriage rides, bouncy houses, games and face-painting for the children. Dance to a DJ’s music to complete the day of food and fun that can only be experienced at Taste of The Market Common this time of year.
 
If you’re new to the area or just visiting, The Market Common can be found at 4017 Deville Street in Myrtle Beach. The Market Common, Myrtle Beach offers a unique lifestyle experience for all visitors with a true urban village community. The Market Common is where fine living is at its best with shopping, dining, entertainment and even the beach all just steps away.
 

Easter Vacation Rentals in Myrtle Beach

The first day of Spring arrives on March 20 so it won’t be long before Easter is right behind it. Easter Sunday is April 16 so if you’re planning on spending it in Myrtle Beach you’ll need to get your holiday vacation rental reserved soon. We have plenty to show you at Myrtle Beach Vacation Rentals, so many in fact, that is how we earned our name and you can count on us to have the finest accommodations in the area.

There are plenty of events taking place around the area this year for Easter. All churches have Easter services and many offer sunrise services on Easter Sunday.

On Saturday, April 8, 2017 the Family Easter Fest & Egg Hunt will take place from 8:30 a.m. until noon at Trinity Church, 3000 North King’s Hwy., Myrtle Beach. There will be egg hunts for different age groups games, crafts, and inflatables. Families will travel the path Jesus journeyed. They’ll taste the Passover meal, visit Barabbas in his jail cell, hear a Roman’s soldier’s remorse, and join in other powerful experiences. This is an event you won’t want to miss! Sign up for your family journey today. Bring your baskets and your family and join us.

Easter Egg Hunt at Thompson Farm

The 5th annual Easter Egg Hunt at Thompson Farm will be held April 8 beginning at 10 a.m. with a brunch with the Easter Bunny. Brunch includes baked ham, bacon, grits, cheddar biscuits, fresh fruit, coffee, juice and milk. Seating is limited in Bucksville Hall so come early.

A Giant Easter Egg Hunt will follow brunch at 12 noon with more than 10,000 eggs hidden throughout the farm. Eggs will be stuffed with candy and prizes and each child is guaranteed an egg. One Golden Egg will be hidden for a special prize. The egg hunt will be divided by age group. Other activities during the day include Pappy’s Play Area, hay wagon rides and two animal feedings.

The cost is $19 for ages 14 and up; $17 for ages 9 to 13; $12 for ages 3 to 8 and free for ages 2 and under. Call ahead for reservations. Join in on just the egg hunt and farm fun for $9/person.

Join Champion Autism Network for a Sensory Friendly Easter Egg Hunt on April 15, 2017. This event will take place at 10 a.m. at Passive Park in Surfside Beach. Passive Park is located on the corner of Surfside Drive and Willow Drive, next to the Surfside Library.

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at Brass Tap  Enjoy Breakfast with the Easter Bunny from at 9 to 11 a.m. at The Brass Tap on March 25. To make reservations, call The Brass Tap at 843-945-1747. Cost is $10 per person (free for ages 3 and under) and includes coffee, soft drinks, juice or milk. Tax and gratuity are not included. The Brass Tap is located at 3090 Deville St., Myrtle Beach.

Kids Eat Free Breakfast with the Easter Bunny! Join the Easter Bunny and his friends from Heroes 4 Hire for an exciting morning of food and fun. Appearances will be made at Blue Bistro and Grand Central Station on select mornings during the month of April. Get your picture taken with your favorite characters! Children 10 and under can eat free breakfast with paid adult breakfast purchase. April 5, 7, 12 & 15 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at Blue Bistro. April 6, 8, 13 & 15 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at Grand Central Station Restaurant.

There will be a free Egg-citing Easter Egg Hunt on Friday, April 14 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon at Lost Mine Miniature Golf, Myrtle Beach, and from 2-3:30 p.m. at Bay Watch Resort, North Myrtle Beach. Take part in a fun and frantic egg hunt suitable for all ages with the Easter Bunny in attendance! There will be fun activities like face painting, cookie decorating, balloon animals, mix-your-own jelly bean station and fun games and music, too!

Wishing you and your family a very Happy Easter whether you spend it here in coastal South Carolina or where you call home.

 

Where to Find Spring Break Vacation Rentals in Myrtle Beach

It’s not too early to make your plans for this year’s Spring Break getaway. At Myrtle Beach Vacation Rentals we have many one, two and three bedroom rentals in Myrtle Beach available during Spring Break that we’re sure would suit your needs. Whether you’re traveling solo or with a group of friends, we have the perfect vacation rentals to accommodate you.

Where to Find Spring Break Vacation Rentals in Myrtle Beach

A Place at the Beach V is located along Shore Drive and provides you with phenomenal views of the ocean. Imagine yourself reclining beside the pool in a lounge chair and just relaxing. You’ve earned it! Our gorgeous two bedroom condos have all new appliances, glass tile, and granite countertops in the kitchen. The new furniture throughout and updated bathrooms are sure to delight you. With two bedrooms and two baths, up to six people can be comfortable staying here. Amenities include an outdoor swimming pool, grilling area, washer/dryer facilities in the building, and free Wi-Fi. And the best part — when you stay here you’ll be conveniently located super close to major attractions, unlimited dining, golf, shopping and so much more.
 
Where to Find Spring Break Vacation Rentals in Myrtle Beach

Brighton Towers can provide you with three bedroom and three bath properties in the ever-popular Kingston Plantation. These spacious accommodations in Brighton Towers provide an unparalleled oceanfront experience you won’t soon forget. Over the top amenities include multiple pools and hot tub, walking/biking trails, full service restaurants including Starbucks, and a large sports and fitness center that includes an indoor pool, tennis courts, and racquetball courts for an extra fee purchased through Kingston Plantation. This is perfect for golf lovers too, having you close to many nearby courses. This centrally located Spring Break hot spot is just minutes to the Grand Strands Restaurant Row.
 
When it comes to finding the perfect place in Myrtle Beach to stay during your Spring Break take a look at what we have at Myrtle Beach Vacation Rentals. You won’t be disappointed by what you find.

 

 

 

Restaurant Week: The 11 Tastiest Days of the Year

If you’re staying at any of our off-season vacation rentals you will be able to experience the 11 tastiest days of the year right here in Myrtle Beach. Between January 12-22, 2017, you can treat yourself to special restaurant meals and some super deals on found at this time of the year.

restaurant week
The following restaurants in the Grand Strand region are just some that are a part of the 2017 edition of Restaurant Week South Carolina. This is an 11-day celebration that includes many restaurants offering special discounts, promotions, new menu items and a whole lot more.

Some of the Participating Restaurants include:

21 Main at North Beach
719 N. Beach Blvd, North Myrtle Beach, SC
Reservations
Aspen Grille
5101 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, SC
Reservations
Brentwood Restaurant & Wine Bistro
4269 Luck Ave., Little River, SC
Reservations

Cafe Amalfi
10000 Beach Club Drive, Myrtle Beach, SC
Reservations

Castano’s Italian Steakhouse
4926 Highway 17 South, North Myrtle Beach, SC
Reservations

Croissants Bistro and Bakery
3751 Robert M Grissom Parkway, Myrtle Beach, SC
Reservations

Ducatis Pizzeria & Trattoria
960 Cipriana Drive, Myrtle Beach, SC
Reservations

Landry’s Seafood
1312 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach, SC
Reservations

The Parson’s Table
4305 McCorsley Avenue, Little River, SC
Reservations

Ruth’s Chris Steak House – Myrtle Beach
8211 Marina Parkway, Myrtle Beach, SC
Reservations

Sam Snead’s Oak Grill and Tavern
1004 Glenforest Road, Myrtle Beach, SC
Reservations

Vintage Twelve
9800 Queensway Blvd., Myrtle Beach, SC
Reservations

WaterScapes Restaurant at the Marina Inn
8121 Amalfi Place, Myrtle Beach, SC
Reservations