Five Spots We Love To Get a Cocktail in Myrtle Beach

It’s 5 o’clock and you’re ready to take your crew to a fun location. Here are a few spots we love to get a cocktail in Myrtle Beach:

If you want to rub elbows with locals, try Collectors Cafe. You’ll be surrounded by works of art on the walls and on your plate. We suggest the Basil Lemon Drop Martini or the Farmer’s Daughter for a cool start to your evening. The black bean cakes and sauteed calamari, scallops and shrimp are perfect noshes for a happy hour.

For the beer lover, Gorden Biersch at Market Common is a must. You can build your own flight of 6 or a get a “full pour” which is enough for two people. They have great hand-tossed pizzas and nachos for sharing, too.

For those who love to sit out on the water with the breeze in their hair, Wicked Tuna in Murrells Inlet is for you. Its sprawling deck can accompany big parties and their menu offers lots of options from fried seafood to Asian-inspired fare like Ahi tuna sashimi. If you love red wine, we suggest trying the Wild Horse Unbridled Pinot Noir ($55/bottle) and if you like white, we love the fruity and light taste of the Acrobat Pinot Gris ($34/bottle).

Art Burger Sushi Bar might seem like a strange name and combination, but you won’t be sorry you visited. We love the liquid nitrogen drinks (they’re all the rage) and they even have edible cocktails! Did we mention they also have ocean views? Hey, they haven’t gotten 4.5 stars on Yelp for no reason!

If casual is more your style, don’t miss the Atlas Tap House. They offer craft brews and bourbon drinks. Plus, if you get hungry, you can grab some barbeque. We suggest having the Two Hearted Ale, which is brewed in Michigan. And if you want to go local, try the White Ale from New South Brewing in Myrtle Beach!

 

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Things You Should Know About Beach Safety

 

Swimming in the ocean is one of the main reasons many people visit coastal South Carolina every year. If you’re not aware of the dangers of swimming in the ocean, you can put yourself (and others) at risk. Read our top safety tips below and remember, when in doubt, don’t go out!
 
Things You Should Know About Beach Safety
 

  • Do Not Swim Alone– No matter how good of a swimmer you are, it’s always safer to swim in groups.
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  • Know Your Limits– If you know you’re not a strong swimmer, avoid getting in the water when wind, currents, rip tides and waves are high. Watch other swimmers enter and exit the water for at least a few minutes to know what to expect. Set your expectations realistically on how well you can swim without the aid of floatation devices and never go out farther than you can swim back.
     
    Things You Should Know About Ocean Safety
     

  • Ask a Lifeguard– Choose beaches that have lifeguard stations, and don’t be afraid to ask them about conditions. Hazardous conditions could include dangerous shore breaks, strong currents, high surf, shark sightings, jellyfish, man-o-war, and dangerous rip tides.
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  • Be Cautious– Rip tides can drag even the strongest swimmer out into deep water. Rip currents can be recognized by a sandy discoloration and smooth water between breaking waves. Since rip tides are in proportion to the frequency and size of the waves, the larger the waves, the stronger the rip currents will be. If you find yourself caught in a rip tide, swim parallel to the shore, slowly working your way back at an angle. Do not panic and do not be afraid to signal for help.
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Things You Should Know About Ocean Safety
 

  • Be Aware– Just because the water looks calm doesn’t always mean it is. Waves come in sets, so be aware of the tidal cycles and possible marine life around you when entering the water. Avoid swimming at night, wearing shiny jewelry and do not swim in areas that are being fished.
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  • Have a Plan– Always have an entry and an exit plan from the water. Remember where you got in and try to follow a similar path. If a large wave is approaching and you don’t have time to get out of the way, try to dive beneath it or keep your body as low as possible until it passes over you.
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  • Follow the Basics– Wear sunscreen, bring appropriate footwear when visiting beaches, and avoid alcohol and drugs when swimming in the ocean. Never leave children unattended. Leave before everyone is burned and you’ll be able to come back another day.
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Follow these guidelines and you’ll have a safe and happy time at the beach! All of us at Seaside Rentals wish you and your family a very happy Summer 2017!

 

Golf Capital of America – Myrtle Beach, SC

Do you enjoy playing challenging, water-lined golf courses like a pro? Perhaps you prefer to relax and enjoy a breezy day on the greens with family or friends? With hundreds of award-winning golf courses to choose from, Myrtle Beach, SC has options for golfers of all skill levels.

A few of our recommended golf courses to consider while visiting Myrtle Beach:

Pine Lakes – The Grandaddy

Myrtle Beach’s very first golf course! Originally built upon natural dunes less than a half mile from the ocean in 1927, the course was recently renovated to ensure it’s in prime condition to be experienced by golfers from across the globe. Be sure to visit the Pine Lakes Country Club while you’re there which exhibits the Grands Strand’s deep-rooted history through its graceful Southern architecture.

Barefoot Landing Dye Course

This is for those of you ready to put your handicaps to the test! Recognized as one of Myrtle Beach’s most difficult golf courses, this is a par 72 with a course rating of 75.3. Barefoot Landing Dye Course is also one of the top tournament courses in the region.  

International Club

This Murrells Inlet golf course is for players of all skill levels that are looking for a fantastic deal. The International Club offers nothing sub-par of a premium Myrtle Beach golf experience without the premium greens fees. Be sure to check out their daily specials for veterans, locals, and various other groups and organizations.

Myrtle Beach National West Course

Just starting out? Perhaps you looking for a course to enjoy with the kids. Myrtle Beach National is one of Myrtle Beach’s most popular golf establishments and, according to Golf Digest, the West Course boasts a 4.5-star design. The West Course is shorter in comparison at 6,114 yards which makes it ideal for a quick 18-holes or a day with the family.

Still unsure where to go? Contact us through the guest portal and we’ll help you decide which course is best suited for you. Otherwise, happy golfing!

36th Annual World Famous Blue Crab Festival

 

The 36th Annual World Famous Blue Crab Festival will take place on Saturday and Sunday, May 20-21, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. If you’re looking for things to do at the beach don’t miss this great event where you can bring your whole family and gather with friends. You’ll have your choice of fresh, local seafood from a waterfront restaurant or get your festival food fix. Enjoy scenic views, live entertainment, and shop for a unique souvenir or gift from a crafter. A children’s area will be set up to offer a variety of entertainment and activities.

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

The Blue Crab Festival has been awarded The Best Annual Event/Festival on the Grand Strand by readers of the The Sun News. General gate admission is $4 advance day ticket or $5 per day at the gate. Children 12 and under admitted free. The event is held at 4460 Mineola Ave, Little River SC. For more information, call (843) 249-6604. Sorry, no pets allowed with the exception of working service animals.

The purpose of this festival is and will continue to be, one that supports and showcases the fabulous atmosphere of the local Little River Community, North Myrtle Beach and the entire Grand Strand area.

We hope to see you there!

 

 

Why Spend Memorial Day Weekend 2017 in a Myrtle Beach Vacation Rental

What better way to spend the Memorial Day Weekend than at the beach? Each year, families and friends flock to the coast to do just that. Haven’t quite settled on plans yet? You still have some time!

Memorial Day falls this year on Monday, May 29th. With the three-day weekend, people typically make it into a mini-vacation. This particular holiday includes certain traditions, such as backyard barbecues, that are truly best carried out in a home. When you book your stay in a vacation rental, you get to have a vacation that feels like home.

Renting a vacation home allows you to stay put.

When you have a three-story oceanfront home rented out for the weekend, why would you ever have to leave? There’s something especially rejuvenating about going on vacation and truly not worrying about doing anything but simply relaxing.

The beach is in your backyard.

Even if your rental unit is not quite oceanfront, you will likely still be a short walk or golf cart ride away. There’s nothing better than not having to pack up the car to head to the beach.

All of the amenities you miss when staying at a hotel.

Community areas to spend quality time with your family, more than one bathroom, the list could go on. The biggest perk of renting a vacation home during your Memorial Day Weekend trip is the use of a kitchen! Memorial Day at the beach simply doesn’t feel the same when you have to dine out at a restaurant instead of grill out in your backyard.

There’s still plenty of time to book your Memorial Day Weekend with friends, family or just the two of you. See our list of available rentals to find your vacation that feels like home.

2017 Kid-friendly Summer Events in Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach is always filled with fun activities, especially during the summer months.  However, it can be tricky determining which events your kids will enjoy most.

Here are our top picks for kid-friendly summer events in Myrtle Beach:

Mayfest on Main Festival – May 13

The Mayfest on Main Festival features music, arts, crafts and food that will entice every member of the family. Parents can rest easy knowing their kids will be thoroughly entertained by the festival’s kid-friendly area.

Bonus: the event is free!

World Famous Blue Crab Festival – May 20 & 21

The World Famous Blue Crab Festival offers a day full of good food and fun for the whole family. For the past six years, it’s been ranked one of the best events/festivals along the Grand Strand. Kids will enjoy an area fully dedicated to kid-friendly crafts and activities.

Bonus: kids under 13 are free, while the cost of entrance for those 13 and up is only $5.

Movies Under The Stars

Every Friday night in June, July and August, The Market Common hosts a kid-friendly movie under the stars. The event offers the perfect opportunity to enjoy the fresh coastal air and spend time together as a family. You can view the full lineup of movies here.

Bonus: the event is free!

Sounds of Summer

Sounds of Summer is held at the North Myrtle Beach Parks & Sports Complex and is held June 16th, July 21st, August 18 and September 15. The event boasts family-friendly music and a night of family time under the stars.

Bonus: the event is free!

Top Activities in Myrtle Beach for Thrill Seekers

For some, a vacation needs to be the perfect combination of relaxing and thrilling. Likely, you’re aware of the many reasons Myrtle Beach offers a relaxing vacation, but did you know it’s also the perfect spot to catch some major thrills?

Here are some top activities in Myrtle Beach for thrill seekers:

  1. Broadway Grand Prix’s Sky Coaster

The Broadway Grand Prix Sky Coaster rests 100ft up in the air and flings thrill seekers quickly through the sky. And, luckily, if you just can’t get enough of it, you can purchase the “Biggest Wristband” ticket package and receive unlimited flights on the Sky Coaster.

View operating hours and ticket prices here.

  1. Parasailing

There’s nothing more thrilling than speeding through the sky attached to a boat! It’s also an exciting way to view Myrtle Beach.

  1. Myrtle Waves Water Park

Though it’s possible to have a relaxing day at the water park, Myrtle Waves’ boasts some water slides that will leave any thrill seeker entertained! You can view their rides and get tickets to the park here.

  1. Myrtle Beach Thrill Rides

Myrtle Beach Thrill Rides is located in Downtown Myrtle Beach and offers three exciting rides: The Skycraper, The Sling Shot and The Air Strike. All three are guaranteed to satisfy the thrill lover in your family!

Pro tip: continuously check their site for discounts. Here is their current discount.

  1. Helicopter Adventures

Helicopter Adventures offers a chance to view Myrtle Beach from up to 40 miles in the air satisfying even the most daring thrill seekers. With an amazing views of the area, it’s a thrilling adventure you’ll always remember.

Learn more about their hours of operation and pricing here.

  1. Ziplines

Add some thrills to your vacation by zipping through the air at high speed! Choose to zipline at Soar & Explore located at Broadway at the Beach and soar 50 feet over a scenic lake or choose to zipline at Go Ape Zip Line & Treetop Adventure and soar through the trees! Either course is sure to be thrilling.

Contact Seaside Rentals to plan your beach vacation today!

Seven Places to Get Craft Beer in Myrtle Beach

The Grand Strand is full of amazing local eats and to no surprise, it’s also full of some amazing places to grab a craft brew. So, when the sun is beaming down, the weather is heating up and it’s time to sip on a cold brew, here are seven of our favorite places to get craft beer in Myrtle Beach:

New South Brewing

1109 Campbell Street, Myrtle Beach, SC 20577
New South Brewing in downtown Myrtle Beach has a delectable selection of “the beer from here” that includes a line-up of in-demand, year-round ales. Try the Dirty Myrtle double IPA and Waccamaw Red Ale.

Liberty Brewery & Grill 

1321 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Liberty Brewery & Grill located in Broadway at the Beach is always a go-to for not only outstanding food, but in-house brewed beer as well. Coming up in April, the release of the yet to be named double IPA. With 44lbs of Citra hops going into this big IPA, this one is calling out to all hop heads and citrus lovers alike!

Bumstead’s Pub

400 Mister Joe White Avenue, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Bumstead’s Pub feels exactly as it should with its old style pub aesthetic and the plethora of cold craft brew to go with it. Try the Helles Lager and Rouge Dead Guy Ale. Or the other 150 beers they have.

Atlas Tap House – 1004 Chester Street, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Known for having the unusual. Atlas Tap House where the craft beer crowd goes to try something exciting, fresh and new. This is the spot to load up on your sour ale fix, your big IPA fix, or any style you could possibly want. Enjoy your brew on the back deck and play some games or relax and smell the ocean breeze.

Island Bar & Grill Surfside

2272 Glenns Bay Road, Myrtle Beach, SC 29575
Hidden away in a strip mall off 17 bypass on the south side of the Grand Strand, live music and good times aren’t all that’s to be had at Island Bar & Grill in Surfside. This a locals spot that has something for everyone, keeps the craft beer flowing, and makes the beer nerds happy. Try the new Hi-Red IPA.

Grumpy Monk

4545 HWY 501, Myrtle Beach, SC 29579
Visiting this spot is like visiting a treasure trove full of North and South Carolina breweries. Expect to find big hitters here as well like Sierra Nevada and their new Hoppy Peach IPA, which is perfect for those just getting acquainted with, and those already in love with, the IPA style.

Hurricane Maggie’s

7710 North Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
Situated on the north side of Myrtle Beach, this two-story locals hole-in-the-wall features a cozy feel, wonderful live local music, a tap list that will simply blow you away. The tap list changes so frequently that each visit is an entirely new set of surprises.

What are your favorite places to get a craft beer in Myrtle Beach?

Where the Easter Bunny Will be Dining This Easter

Where the Easter Bunny Will be Dining This Easter
 
If this is the year you’re bringing the family on an Easter vacation to the beach, someone is sure to want to visit with the Easter Bunny while they’re here. We can tell you about the following eight places where the Easter bunny will be dining this Easter (and it’s not just lettuce!) that provide excellent photo opportunities as well.

Dates vary by location. It’s a great treat for kids of all ages (even the big ones though they won’t admit it!). With an assortment of locations and price points we’re sure you’ll be able to find one that suits your family. Please call ahead to make your reservations!

The Brass Tap – Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
3090 Deville St. Myrtle Beach
9:00 am – 11:00 am on March 25, 2017
Cost: $10 per person (ages 3 and under eat free)
Call: (843) 945-1747
Website

Travinia Italian Kitchen – Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
4011 Deville St – Market Common, Myrtle Beach
9:00 am – 11:00 am on April 1, 2017
Cost: Cost is $10 per person
Call: (843) 233-8500
Website

Tupelo Honey Café – Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
3042 Howard Ave, Myrtle Beach
9:00 am – 11:00 am on April 8, 2017
Cost: $10 per person (complementary for ages 3 and under)
Call: (843) 315-3780
Website

Brunch & Easter Egg Hunt with the Easter Bunny
Thompson Farm, 1625 Bucksville Dr., Conway
Limited seating from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm on April 8, 2017
Cost: Ages 14 & up $19 +tax, Ages 9-13 $17 +tax, Ages 3-8 $12 +tax, Ages 2 and under: free with paid adult. Egg hunt & farm activities only is $9
Call: (843) 236-1400
Website

Lunch with the Easter Bunny at HCPR North Strand Rec Center
120 Hwy 57S, Little River
11:00 am – 1:00 pm on April 8, 2017
Cost: $5
Call: (843) 915-5331
Website

Rockin’ with the Easter Bunny
Hard Rock Café Myrtle Beach, 1318 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach
9:00 am – 11:00 am on April 15, 2017
Cost: $13.95 Per Person (Children 2 and Younger Free with a Paying Adult)
Call: (843) 946-0007
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Breakfast at Gordon Biersch with the Easter Bunny
Gordon Biersch Myrtle Beach, 3060 Howard Ave, Myrtle Beach
9:00 am – 11:00 am on April 15, 2017
Cost: Cost is $10 per person (free for ages 3 and under)
Call: (843) 839-0249
Website

Brunch with the Easter Bunny at the Children’s Museum
Children’s Museum of South Carolina, 2204 N Oak St, Myrtle Beach
10:00 am – 11:30 am on April 15, 2017
Cost: Varies.
Call: (843) 946-9469
Website

 

5 Free Activities in Myrtle Beach

 

Every year hundreds of families flock to Myrtle Beach to enjoy some sun, sand and fun. Unfortunately, it can quickly become an expensive endeavor which is why we’ve compiled a few of our favorite free activities in Myrtle Beach.

Beaches

The beaches are one of the main reasons travelers flock to Myrtle Beach, so it’s a good thing it’s free! And though it may be one of the most obvious free activities, one not-so-obvious aspect is visiting all of the beaches in the area, not just Myrtle Beach. Surrounding places like Surfside Beach, Garden City Beach, Sunset Beach or Murrells Inlet. Each beach provides a different atmosphere and is the perfect free activity.

 

Murrells Inlet Marshwalk

The Murrells Inlet Marshwalk offers an amazing view of the marsh and is the perfect place to set off on a kayaking or paddle board adventure. Not only is strolling along the Marshwalk free, there are also many free events hosted there throughout the year so be sure to check their calendar of events frequently.

 

The Pier at Garden City

The Pier at Garden City is the perfect place to enjoy the warm ocean breeze and watch the waves roll in. For a small cost, you can also enjoy a meal at the pier’s cafe or play some games at the nearby arcade, making for a perfect afternoon outing.

 

Broadway at the Beach

Filled with shops, dining, entertainment and attractions, Broadway at the Beach is free to stroll and see the sights. During most weeks, you can catch live music at the area restaurants and during summer months be sure to check out their Summer Nights event series. You can learn more about their events here.

 

Downtown Myrtle Beach

Downtown Myrtle Beach is just steps from the beach and full of shops and entertainment. Your family will thoroughly enjoy walking through the local dive stores and interacting with families from all over the country. In the summer months, look out for free festivals and concerts.

What are your favorite free activities in Myrtle Beach?