A Very Beachy Christmas

There are few better ways to spend the holidays than at the beach with your family, making sand angels, and opening presents as the waves crash upon the shore. Sometimes, however, it’s not always possible for you to actually make it to the beach for the holidays. But that doesn’t mean you can’t bring a little bit of the beach to your home! Here are some of our favorite tips for beaching up your holiday celebrations:
 
Make Beach-Themed Food. Get fancy by scouring Pinterest for creative beach food ideas like sand dollar cinnamon sugar cookies, “starfish” sandwiches, or fish bowl punch. Or, fall back on old standards like crab dip, popcorn shrimp, or fish and chips. Channel the beach as you’re cooking and it’s easier than you think to bring a little bit of the beach to your dining room table! 
 
Beach Ornaments. Go the easy route and buy beach-themed ornaments from your local Hallmark store or try your hand at some DIY Christmas ornaments. Start simple by spray painting seashells and hanging them from the tree, or get a little more complicated and create a seashell garland for the tree made out of twine and starfish! Either way, you’re sure to feel more festive!
 
Calypso Christmas Music. By the time Christmas rolls around, you’ve probably heard enough Mariah Carey and Andy Williams to last you for the next 8 months. Mix up your Christmas tunes by perusing the “Calypso Christmas” section on Amazon. It’s hard not to feel relaxed as you’re curled up next to the fire, listening to “Joy To The World” played on steel drums.  
 
Seashell Centerpiece. Put your creativity and DIY skills to use by creating your own Christmas-themed seashell centerpiece! Fill jars with sand and seashells, or peruse Pinterest for other fun ideas, like this one made from ornaments, seashells, and pearls that’s sure to be the talk of the holiday table for years to come!
 

Want to actually make it to the beach this holiday season? We’ve got a few vacation rentals that are ready and waiting for you! Contact us to learn more. And don’t worry, we won’t tell Santa where you’ve gone! 

Christmas Tree Contest

 We're still recovering from our Thanksgiving Turkey hangover, but that doesn't mean we can't also be excited to get into the holiday spirit with a Christmas Contest!

Our favorite part of the holidays has to be seeing all the Christmas trees on display. Some of our favorite memories have been around the Christmas tree--decorating it as a child, sitting around it opening Christmas presents on Christmas morning, making memories with our children while stringing up lights or making ornaments. To celebrate the wonder that is the Christmas tree, we're hosting a Christmas Tree contest on our Facebook page

To enter, all you need to do is submit a photo of your Christmas tree to our Facebook page by 12/22 and encourage your friends and family to submit their photos as well by sharing our contest photo. Everyone* who submits a photo of their tree will be entered into a drawing drawn by Santa Claus himself on 12/23! The winner will receive a $50 Visa gift card, just in time for the holidays! You'll receive one entry for your photo submission and an additional entry for sharing our contest photo! Submit your photo now! 

*Only one photo submission per person will be considered, so make it your best!* 

The Great Turkey Search

We at Surfside Realty pride ourselves on rewarding our loyal guests who vacation with us year after year. With the busy holiday shopping season coming up, we thought we'd try and ease your load by offering you a chance to win $50! Introducing the "Great Turkey Search!" Here's how it works.

  1. Somewhere on our website, we've hidden a picture of a turkey (like the one in the photo above).
  2. When you find the turkey, his name will be written above him. Leave a comment with his name on our Facebook page by 11:59 on 11/23.
  3. On 11/24, we'll put the names of everyone who correctly guessed the turkey's name into a bowl and randomly select 1 winner.
  4. That person wins $50! 

Consider this our holiday gift to you! Start clicking around our website to get started.

Good luck & happy holidays!

Thanking Our Veterans

Living in the "Land of the Free" has many perks; perks that we sometimes take for granted. While it can be easy to think of Veteran's Day as just another day of sales at the mall, it's really so much more than that. Our servicemen and women sacrifice so much so that we can enjoy all of the freedoms have (like those sales at the mall!) 

That's why we were so happy to be able to partner with the Steve Harvey Show and VisitMyrtleBeach.com to give this military family an all-expenses paid vacation at the beach! Click below to watch the video (but we recommend having some tissues ready!)

?On Veteran's Day, it's important to remember all those who've served in the military to keep our country free and beautiful! ?If you know a veteran, be sure to thank them today (and every day!)

 

 

Property Highlight: A Rollman Retreat

For October our property highlight is focused on A Rollman Retreat located at 298B South Underwood Drive in Garden City Beach, South Carolina. It’s an ideal 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath home for anyone that wants to be close to the water and an easy walk into town where you’ll have restaurants, groceries, shopping, entertainment and more. Stay here and you’ll be just 70 yards (210 feet!) from the beachfront. It doesn't get much better than that!
 
Property Highlight: A Rollman RetreatYou’ll appreciate the hardwood floors this home provides, especially if you’re constantly battling with allergies. Carpeting wreaks havoc with many people that have allergies, we know. The additional features that this home provides include a Jacuzzi tub, 5 flat screen TVs, DVD, wireless Internet, washer/dryer, lots of baby gear and departure maid service. You'll be responsible for providing your own linens or you can rent them.

This home is tastefully decorated, has ceiling fans and central air and heat. There’s a laundry room so you can pack less when you’re staying here. Relaxing views of the ocean can be enjoyed from two covered front porches. There is also a covered rear porch that overlooks an inlet. There is simply no lack of fabulous views from anywhere in this home!

Property Highlight: A Rollman RetreatDuring the off-season you can rent this home for a month long stay or longer. Be sure to check the availability calendar on the page to see what dates are open for your arrival. Then make your reservations easily online.
 
With so much to do in this area, you’re sure to enjoy your stay here. More than 1,800+ restaurants in the area range from casual to fine dining. Go out and explore the local popular hot spots like Brookgreen Gardens, Huntington Beach State Park, and the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. Looking for nighttime entertainment? Check out the Alabama Theatre, The Palace Theatre, Carolina Opry, or Pirates Voyage for a good time. With all the shopping opportunities the area affords you’ll want to visit Market Common, Barefoot Landing and Broadway at the Beach as well as the numerous specialty shops and outdoor malls all near where you’ll be staying in Garden City Beach, SC.
 

How to Choose the Right Winter Rental in South Carolina

If you?re thinking about spending the long cold winter months somewhere that the weather is more temperate this year, where the temperatures allow for year round golf and long walks on the beach, why not come to coastal South Carolina and spend the winter.  At Seaside Rentals we have a large assortment of single family homes in Surfside Beach and Garden City Beach that will afford you all the comforts of home plus a whole lot more. This area of the South Carolina coastline is not as crowded as it is further north in Myrtle Beach and beyond. It?s a quieter, more family-friendly place to stay. It?s a toasty location to spend those long winter months!How to leave your home in the winterHow to Leave Your HomeFor those who have never left their home for an extended period of time to spend the winter in a warmer environment, it?s easier than you may think.

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  3. You can rent a bedroom or the entire home out, fully furnished, to someone for a short stay or on a temporary basis. The want ads in the local newspapers and on Craig?s List are full of people looking. Be sure to check potential tenants out well.
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  7. You can leave your home empty. Turn the heat down low, the water off and unplug the appliances. Put some lights on a timer and arrange to have someone come by, perhaps a family member or neighbor, to check on the home periodically. You?ll need to arrange to have someone do snow removal for you while you?re away as well. And don't forget to forward your mail and newspaper!
Winter Rentals in South CarolinaWhere to Spend the WinterYou don?t have to drive the whole way to Florida to spend the winter months anymore. There are other closer places that should be considered and plenty of reasons why.
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  5. Coming to SC for the winter will save you tons of gas and time over going as far south as Florida.
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  7. Our Surfside Beach and Garden City Beach winter rentals will cost you less and come with awesome amenities that you?re sure to enjoy.
Surfside Beach SC Winter RentalsSurfside Beach Winter RentalsOur Surfside Beach winter rentals are an assortment of professionally decorated single family homes. They feature splendid amenities like porches and balconies with amazing views, multiple TVs and DVD players, wireless Internet access to keep in touch with family and friends, and well equipped kitchens for preparing any or all of your meals. There are also washer/dryers, exterior showers, swimming pools (sometimes with optional heat), hot tubs, Jacuzzis and plenty of parking. You?ll be comfortable in our Surfside Beach winter rentals and have everything you need for a longer term stay through the winter months.There are many things to do year round in the Surfside Beach area, including local events. Be sure to play mini golf or the championship golf courses. There?s lots of shopping available in specialty beach shops, and inside and outside shopping malls. Enjoy lunch or dinner at over 1,800+ restaurants in the area.Winter Rentals in Garden City BeachGarden City Beach Winter RentalsOur many Garden City Beach winter rentals will provide you with all the comforts of home in fully furnished 4-8 bedroom properties. Escaping the cold and snow of the north makes perfect sense and this is an ideal place to escape to. Availability is great and our rates are lower during the off-season. A large assortment of properties include oceanfront, ocean view, inlet view and some just a short walk to the ocean. We have pet friendly rentals and rentals with boat ramps and docks. Amenities include swimming pools (heated or not), Internet access, fully equipped kitchens, DVD/VCR players and washer/dryers.There are lots of things to do year round in the Garden City area, including playing on the many championship golf courses, shopping in any of the numerous specialty beach shops and shopping malls, playing mini golf or taking in Imax movies.Things to do during the winter in SCThings To Do Around Coastal SCNo matter where you stay you?ll be close to a vast number of local events taking place in the area. There?s never a shortage of things to do here.1. Be sure to visit the Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet. This seaside community is also known as the ?Seafood Capital of South Carolina? so it?s worth stopping off to have dinner while you?re in the area.2. Have some laughs at Big Laughs Theatre, 2696 Beaver Run Blvd., Surfside Beach. Choose from Mild Family Show ? a rock ?n roll comedy hypnosis show, Wild & Crazy Adult Comedy Hypnosis Show, or the Fusion Hypnosis Show.3. Group Dance Lessons at Let?s Dance Studio, 5221 N. Kings Hwy., Myrtle Beach. Come out and learn Ballroom, Salsa, Bachata, Shag, Swing, Tango and more taught in groups. No partner necessary!4. Take in an exciting football game at Coastal Carolina University in nearby Conway, SC. This is the perfect time of the year for it!Whether this is your first time spending winter away from home and you?re planning a trip for just a month to try it out, for three months as most of the ?snowbirds? do, or you want to spend the entire winter from November through April, we?re sure to be able to provide you with the perfect winter rental for your stay. Call us at 866-252-9930 if we can help you with your reservations or answer any questions you may have. 

"Fight Like a Girl" Photo Contest

Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness month in the US, Surfside Realty would like to do our part to give hope to those suffering with this terrible disease that impacts 1 out of every 8 women. We wanted to highlight one of these magnificent women, Rena Holmes, and tell you a little about her story. 

I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in December of 2010. I had a double mastectomy in January of 2011. I struggled for several months with complications but my faith, family and friends brought me through.  My doctor was confident that my cancer would not return. In April of 2013, I was again diagnosed with Breast Cancer. The cancer had come back more aggressive than before, I subsequently went through a second mastectomy,and lymph node dissection. Then followed chemotherapy and radiation starting in may of 2013. My chemotherapy ended recently in August of 2014. I continue to have complications from the surgeries, radiation and scar tissue. But,  again my faith and trust in my Lord and Savior and extremely supportive family and friends have allowed me to continue to push forward. I am so grateful for each day and so looking forward to being a part of the "pink out" contest hosted by Surfside Realty in honor or Breast Cancer Awareness month!!  Let's do this!!!  Can't wait to see you all dressed in PINK!!!  I would like to take this opportunity also to thank the family of Surfside Realty for continuously supporting me through my fight....I love you, everyone!!!

 

~Rena

 

To show our support for the thousands of women out there who've gone through the same or similar experiences as Rena, we're going to do a "Fight Like a Girl" photo contest. To participate, you need to submit your own "Pink Out" pictures, either as an individual, a group, a family, a business or any other combination you can think of. Rena will pick her favorite photos and the 1st place winner will receive a $100 Visa gift card! 2nd & 3rd prize will receive a Surfside Realty beach towel & koozie set. You can submit photos below, on Facebook, or on Twitter using the hashtag #Pink4Rena to win! Contest ends 10/31/14 at 11:59 pm.

Top 5 Reasons To Celebrate The Holidays At The Beach

xmas12 While it doesn't seem real, 2014 is almost over. The holiday season is fast approaching and that means getting all the family together.  Calls will be placed; messages will be posted trying to choose which "lucky" family member's home to invade. A lively debate will ensue and pretty soon someone is calling aunt Lisa's chicken salad, "dry." The truth is, nobody particularly enjoys the stresses that come with the holidays.1. No Snow - Imagine waking up on Christmas morning. A fresh coat snow has fallen overnight. The world is a beautiful white wash. Now remember that you have to drive 20 minutes over to grandma's house. Who is going to shovel? Are you prepared for yet another year of shoveling just to leave the house? If you've ever lived where it snows annually then you know that the beauty of fresh snow lasts for a mere moment while the cold, poor road conditions and not so sunny disposition can last all winter. Did we mention the cold? December is freezing north of Virginia. [caption id="attachment_308" align="aligncenter" width="650"]xmas4 Defrost is your best friend[/caption] Now imagine waking up on Christmas morning.  The sound of crashing waves are echoing off the walls because you chose to leave the door open last night. Oh yeah, and you got the big room.  The best present one can receive is the ability to make everlasting memories  with family. A close second is not having to shovel snow. This holiday season, why not try a new spin on the scenery? A beach house on Christmas morning sure sounds nice. [caption id="attachment_314" align="aligncenter" width="650"]xmas9 Bonus: No shovels needed[/caption] 2. Less Crowded - Summertime and the beach go hand in hand. A time to beat the summer heat by scrambling to find parking, jockeying for a spot on the sand and listening to someone else's blaring radio. Fortunately, this is not true during the rest of the year. With the sun still gleaming and ocean still roaring,  larger crowds and noise pollution are all but eliminated.  You are free to listen to the sea as it was intended to be heard. During the offseason, far more fully intact shells and sand dollars can be found while combing the area beaches. [caption id="attachment_310" align="aligncenter" width="650"]xmas7 Peace on earth[/caption] 3. More Affordable - If there was ever a time to  celebrate in an oceanfront home for less, this would be that time. Vacation rentals are designed with families in mind to accommodate larger parties. Beat the peak season prices and still get the entire family experience at the beach this year. Discounts, specials and reduced holiday rates are rampant so don't be afraid to call and ask about any additional offers. [caption id="attachment_307" align="aligncenter" width="650"] Reduced rates, not views[/caption] 4. Not Your House - Family in your house is great, right? Just until about hour 14 and you realize housework just tripled this week.  A vacation home not only gets your family out of your place but maybe, just maybe, you'll get to enjoy yourself too. Nevermind dirtying your own house this year. Tell everyone, "See you all at the beach." [caption id="attachment_312" align="aligncenter" width="650"] Same recipes, different kitchen[/caption] 5. Family Experience - What an amazing time the holidays are. A chance for aunts, grandparents and newborns to all share life moments with one another. How great would it be to watch the little ones run on the sand? These are memories and moments meant to be experienced and shared for a lifetime.  How about a family Christmas photo with everyone and the beach as the backdrop? Now that would make a great Christmas card for next year! [caption id="attachment_315" align="aligncenter" width="650"]go for the gold Need we say more?[/caption] December marks the end of 2014. Another year has passed; another tide has turned. Did you make time for a vacation  Don't fret. You can still finish the year strong with a walk on the beach.

For Boredom, We Have the Solution

Believe it or not, coming to the beach to relax is not everyone’s idea of a good time. You don’t have to have HDD to get restless and bored at the beach. It can happen to any of us! Some people just want to stay busy and need a constant stream of activities available to them. We can help with that. We have the solution for boredom and restlessness! If there’s one thing you can count on, it’s that if you follow these suggestions you’re sure to be having a good time!
 
30th Annual Taste of the Town in Myrtle Beach SC
 
Going on right now is the 30th Annual Taste of the Town. A popular culinary event that provides samples of a variety of food, wine, and desserts from its many competitors. Takes place from 4-10 p.m. on October 21 at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. Nearly 50 restaurants compete for Best Entree, Best Dessert, People's Choice and several other accolades during the event. Attendees can buy $6 admission tickets at the door. Children 14 and under are admitted free. Tasting tickets ($1) are purchased at the event and are good for samples from participating restaurants as well as in the beer and wine garden. Convention Center parking is $3 per car. Alternate parking is available at the site of the former Myrtle Square Mall, across from the Myrtle Beach Convention Center (adjacent to Oak Street).
 
Endless Summer Festival in North Myrtle Beach
 
The annual Endless Summer Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 25 at Main Street in North Myrtle Beach. Free concerts will begin at noon and feature The Sea Cruz Band, The Marsha Morgan Band, and Gary Lowder & Smokin' Hot. Bring a beach chair or a blanket and definitely bring your dancing shoes! There will be arts and crafts vendors, plenty of great food and fun activities for the kids. Sponsored by the City of North Myrtle Beach.
 
Conway Ghost Walk: Spirits of the Lowcountry
 
Every year one of the most popular Halloween events in the area is the Conway Ghost Walk: Spirits of the Lowcountry. This storytelling festival revolves around around the historic town of Conway and is enjoyed by kids and adults alike. Storytellers share spooky tales about the town and take you on a 60-minute tour around Conway. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for children 12 and under. Reservations are recommended or tickets can be purchased at the Conway Visitor Center. Tours starts at the box office every 10 minutes.
 
Family Fun with Tricks and Treats
 
Grand Strand Kids' Directory invites everyone out to the Myrtle Beach Convention Center for a day of Family Fun with Tricks and Treats from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 25. Dress up your little ones for a fun, safe trick-or-treating experience. Stick around for the inflatables, a costume contest, balloon art, face painting, arts and crafts and more. Local vendors will be on hand to show off their information and your family can take home goody bags. Admission is free to all!
 
All of us at Surfside Realty wish all of you a safe and fun filled Halloween celebration this year!
 

Bachelorette Party Ideas in Myrtle Beach

 Myrtle Beach is a unique city in that no matter what stage of life you're in, it offers plenty of activities to keep you busy! Whether you're hosting your bachelorette party or just wanting to do a "Girls-Only" trip, the entertainment options are virtually limitless! Spend the day lounging in the sun on the beach, but once the sun goes down, that’s when the festivities begin! Here are a few of our favorite places to visit that aren’t too far from our Surfside Beach vacation rentals:

Murrells Inlet:

Start with dinner at Graham’s Landing for delicious fresh oysters and a killer waterfront view or Wicked Tuna for fresh sushi and Asian-inspired fare. After dinner, take a stroll on the boardwalk and create your own “pub crawl” by stopping at the different little bars along the way. Grab your dancing shoes and get ready to party it up til the wee hours of the morning at the outdoor bar and live music at Hot Fish Club, great view and frozen drinks at Bubba's Love Shack, or upscale cocktails and tiki bar at Wahoo’s!

Myrtle Beach:

When it comes to dinner in Myrtle Beach, there are hundreds of options to choose from. We recommend the prime rib or the crab cakes at Flamingo Grill, or the filet mignon at New York Prime if you’re feeling fancy. For dessert, splurge on some chocolate fondue at the Melting Pot. After dessert, take a short drive to Skywheel Myrtle Beach and take a night ride (they’re open til 11). Then, grab a taxi to Broadway at the Beach and dance it up at Revolutions or Malibu Surf Bar, or take in the dueling pianos at Crocodile Rocks. If you’re a night owl, try Club There on 8th Ave, as they stay open so you can get your dancing on until 6:00 am!

What are some of your favorite places in the Myrtle Beach area for celebrating with your girls? Leave your comments below.