Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremonies

Holiday Tree Lighting CeremoniesWhether you're in town staying in one of our Grand Strand vacation rentals or you live in the area, make sure the following area tree lighting ceremonies and parades are on your list of things to do and places to go. The holiday season is underway and it's a good time of year to come to coastal South Carolina and stay in one of our Grand Strand vacation rentals. Here are some events you won't want to miss.

Christmas Tree Lighting at Surfside Beach
Thursday, December 1, 2011
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Christmas Tree Lighting in Surfside Beach on Thursday, December 1 at 7:00 p.m. at Surfside Beach Town Hall.

North Myrtle Beach Christmas Tree Lighting
Friday, December 2, 2011, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

The North Myrtle Beach Christmas Tree will be officially lit at McLean Park. The park will be transformed into a brilliant holiday scene with luminaries, decorations and the spirit of Christmas. The ceremony will begin at 6:00 p.m. and include holiday songs and entertainment by local dance groups. Once the tree has been lit, the children are invited to visit with Santa and receive a free bag of candy while the entertainment continues! The North Strand Optimist Club will serve complimentary hot chocolate and refreshments. Bring the entire family for a fun Christmas celebration.

Myrtle Beach Tree Lighting Ceremony
Sunday, December 11, 2011 at 6:30 p.m.

The Myrtle Beach tree lighting celebration will take place at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center with appearances by Santa, live entertainment, and other fun and festive holiday activities.

Ripley's Aquarium Festival of Trees
Now through December 31, 2011

Ripley's Aquarium of Myrtle Beach is hosting its Annual Festival of Trees from November 1st until December 31. More than 50 trees will be on display throughout the aquarium and adorned in unique ornaments, representing the great diversity of the United States.
 

Super Specials on Grand Strand Condos

Are you looking for last minute deals on coastal South Carolina rentals? Whether you’re looking in Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach, Garden City Beach, or the surrounding areas, we have Grand Strand condos that are at super special rates and are sure to suit your needs perfectly.

Don’t settle for a hotel or B&B when you can have an entire condo complete with all the amenities you could possibly want. We have oceanfront, ocean view, 2nd and 3rd row Grand Strand condos that you will just love! We’re sure of it.

Just check out this special we have going on. Hurry! Time is running out!

Grand Strand condosReceive 15% off any available week in 2011 on this 2nd floor unit. This beautiful rental has hardwood floors, elevator, non-smoking, 2 TVs, 1 DVD, 1 VCR, washer/dryer, dishwasher, central heat and air, private balcony and a shared pool. There are 2 bedrooms with 1 queen and 2 singles. A queen sofa bed is in the living room. Departure maid service is included in all rental rates. Properties do not have linens! Linen packages are available for rental. Linen orders will be delivered and picked up from your property. Your online reservation will default to complete linen package, however, you may choose to bring your own or add other linens at the time you make your reservation. Other vacation equipment rentals are also available. No cancelations or changes to order less than 48 hours prior to arrival. Sales tax will be added. Special applies to new reservations only.


 

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Grand Strand house rentalsWith Thanksgiving around the corner it’s not too late to find Grand Strand house rentals large enough to put up your whole family while you’re here. Maybe you’ve all decided to get together and have a Thanksgiving vacation in South Carolina this year? Fabulous! We have plenty of Grand Strand house rentals large enough to hold all of you.
 
Here’s some holiday related events worth mentioning. Beginning with the much needed Surfside Beach Turkey Trot taking place from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 2011. The Grand Strand’s best and largest Turkey Trot will start and finish at the Surfside Pier in Surfside Beach, SC with a great view of the ocean. The event will feature a 10K, 5K, 1 mile and a free Kid’s Tot Trot. Staying in Grand Strand house rentals you’ll be near where the race begins.
 
South Carolina State Bluegrass Festival
Thursday, November 24, 2011

Held at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center from Noon until 10:00 p.m. The Bluegrass Music Festival in an enjoyable family-friendly atmosphere.
 
Market Common 4th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony
Friday, November 25, 2011, 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The Market Common will celebrate the holiday season in Myrtle Beach with the 4th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony featuring an appearance by Santa, live entertainment, complimentary canapes, Hot Chocolate and more in Valor Park!
 

Most Incredible Eateries on the Grand Strand

Most Incredible Eateries on the Grand StrandOur Myrtle Beach condo rentals and the areas more than 1,800 dining establishments are just a couple of the biggest reasons people keep returning to Myrtle Beach for their vacations. Here you will find some of the best restaurants in the Southeast. The large selection of establishments allows you to try something new every day. With so many restaurants just out the door of our Myrtle Beach condo rentals and all along the Grand Strand, there is something available to satisfy everyone's taste. Dining here is an unforgettable experience with restaurants to suit everyone's palette.

The Myrtle Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau offers a list of the area's most incredible eateries — from mouthwatering seafood and steaks to scrumptious pastries and coffee. You can find seafood and Low Country cooking including broiled and fried seafood, seasoned vegetables, and plenty more. Sample an international feast of Japanese, Italian, Chinese, Thai, steak, and Greek delights. Whether you want soul food or seafood, it can be found on the Grand Strand. On the South end of the strand in Surfside Beach is Crabby Mike's which features a 100+ item seafood buffet complete with Alaskan king crab legs when in season. There are also a multitude of cook-to-order seafood restaurants in the area.

You can locate where to dine by geographical area, such as Murrells Inlet, North Myrtle Beach, Broadway at the Beach, Surfside Beach, Little River, and other coastal areas of the Grand Strand. All of these locations offer casual and fine dining at it best and are within a short drive of our Myrtle Beach condo rentals.

 

8th Annual Murrells Inlet Oyster Roast

Myrtle Beach house rentalsWhen it comes to Myrtle Beach house rentals, Brasington is the perfect location to get away from it all! This beautiful property accommodates up to 10 and is in the private community of Long Bay Estates located at the southern end of Myrtle Beach on South Ocean Blvd. This tastefully decorated 3 bedroom home is loaded with great amenities. There are 2 TVs with HBO, 2 VCRs, 2 DVDs, 2 stereos. 1 bedroom with 2 double beds on first floor and 2 bedrooms on second floor, one with 1 king and the other with 1 double and 1 single bed. Two bathrooms – 1 upstairs and 1 downstairs. Best of all is the great upstairs Florida room that opens out to the sundeck with an amazing ocean view. Stroll across the street for a day on the beach. Upon your return rinse off at the convenient outside shower and relax on the large front porch. Brasington is definitely one of our finer Myrtle Beach house rentals.
 
Myrtle Beach house rentalsDon’t miss the 8th Annual Murrells Inlet Oyster Roast on Saturday, November 19, 2011 from 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Oyster-eaters belly up to the tables for an all-you-can-eat afternoon feast of steamed oysters. All-you-can-eat oyster tickets cost $30 each advance. Advance tickets are available through November 17. Ticket sales will be limited, so make your plans and purchase your tickets early. On November 18 and 19 (while supplies last) tickets will cost $35 each. Oysters will be served 11:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. A menu of other food items (burgers, dogs, chowder and more), beer and soda are separately priced. Free admission to the event. Entertainment. Event is rain or shine. Bring an oyster knife or buy one at the roast. Call 843-357-2007 for more information.  
 

Kicking Off the Holidays

If you’ll be in the area looking at Myrtle Beach winter rentals be sure to take in some of the area’s special events that are being held to kick off the holidays. Our Myrtle Beach winter rentals are available in just about any size you require for a family of 1 to 12 or more. Give us a call at Surfside Realty and talk to us about what you're looking for and when you'd like to arrive.
 
Myrtle Beach winter rentalsBarefoot "Lighting of the Landing" and Santa's Arrival
Friday, November 18, 2011 from 7-9 p.m.

Come join us for the start of our holiday season at Barefoot Landing. Santa will arrive on the Barefoot Princess on the Waterway, then he’ll visit as we get ready to light the big Christmas tree. The will be many fun activities at this holiday themed event.
 
Broadway at the Beach 17th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting
Saturday, November 19, 2011

Join us as we usher in the holiday season at Broadway at the Beach with live entertainment, mascot appearances and other special surprises which will all lead up to the grand finale, the lighting of the Holiday Tree. Fireworks will follow at 8 p.m.
 
Myrtle Beach winter rentalsTurkey Trot
Sunday, November 20, 2011 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.

“A fun walk for a cause” the Turkey Trot is a program, designed by the Horry County Parks and Recreation, directed towards raising funds for existing and future programs pertaining to Special Needs and Disabilities. Also, a great opportunity for people to experience the living history of farming in Horry County. Location: L.W. Paul Living History Farm
 

The History of Veterans Day

Garden City Beach winter rentalsVeterans Day, formerly known as Armistice Day, was originally set as a U.S. legal holiday to honor the end of World War I, which officially took place on November 11, 1918. In legislation that was passed in 1938, November 11 was "dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as 'Armistice Day.'" As such, this new legal holiday honored World War I veterans.

In 1954, after having been through both World War II and the Korean War, the 83rd U.S. Congress — at the urging of the veterans service organizations — amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word "Armistice" and inserting the word "Veterans." With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, Nov. 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

In 1968, the Uniforms Holiday Bill ensured three-day weekends for federal employees by celebrating four national holidays on Mondays: Washington's Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Columbus Day. Under this bill, Veterans Day was moved to the last Monday of October. Many states did not agree with this decision and continued to celebrate the holiday on its original date. The first Veterans Day under the new law was observed with much confusion on Oct. 25, 1971.

Finally on September 20, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed a law that returned the annual observance of Veterans Day to its original date of Nov. 11, beginning in 1978. Since then, the Veterans Day holiday has been observed on Nov. 11. [Shared from military.com]

Those of us at Surfside Realty would like to thank all veterans across the country for their selfless service to our country. If you're planning a trip to coastal South Carolina and you’re looking for Garden City winter rentals give us a call and we'll show you the Garden City winter rentals we have available.
 

Escaping the Cold of Winter

Surfside Beach winter rentalsSurfside Beach, South Carolina, is an ideal vacation destination for anyone looking to escape the cold of winter and retreat to a warmer and sunnier locale. Vacationers will find an abundance of recreational activities and sandy beaches to fill their time with when they arrive here. Come stay in our Surfside Beach winter rentals when you need relief from the cold and let the warm South Carolina sun wash over you as you relax on a pristine beach or by a heated pool.

If you are searching for a quiet place to kick back in South Carolina our Surfside Beach winter rentals are exactly what you’re looking for. The wide, flat, and expansive beaches right outside your door are perfect for setting up a beach chair and soaking up some sun or walking for miles along the beach. The beach is perfect for beach combing and shelling or simply soaking in the breathtaking views.

South Carolina is the perfect place for a get-away-from-the-cold vacation. When searching for the right accommodations for your trip, look at the many Surfside Beach winter rentals that we have available. You can stay as close to or as far from the beach as you’d like. No matter what your reason for retreating to South Carolina, you can truly get away from it all and keep warm here when you stay in a cozy vacation rental.

Your Exceptional Vacation Home

Surfside Beach vacation homes

 

If you're planning some time away to Coastal South Carolina we currently have many exceptional Surfside Beach vacation homes in a wide range of great prices. We have houses as grand as the Atlantic Ocean and  located on the oceanfront or with an ocean view in Surfside Beach, South Carolina.

Whether you're planning a corporate getaway, family reunion or get-together with friends, the Surfside Beach vacation homes we have can easily accommodate your group no matter what size it is. Handicap elevators are available in some of our Surfside Beach vacation homes for your convenience.

We have some vacation homes that are pet friendly and others are not. Be sure to ask about this before reserving your vacation home. Other features can include private oceanfront pools, high speed internet access, stereo system, x-box and wii games, washer and dryers, dishwashers, exterior gas grill, crib, and outside shower. There’s often a private walkway to the beach and great ocean views from oceanfront covered porches and sundecks.

Surfside Beach is perfect for you if you're looking for a peaceful South Carolina vacation without the chaos and noise of the larger resort areas. Just minutes south of Myrtle Beach where there's endless entertainment and activities, it provides the peace of mind you've been looking for. You’ll be happy to learn there is something for everyone here and Surfside Realty is ready to find you that special place.

Have a Safe Halloween!

Grand Strand rentalsNow that Halloween is here please be extra careful when you’re driving around. Many children and their parents still go door-to-door trick or treating and with costumes on, their field of vision isn’t always what it should be. It’s up to drivers to stay alert and watch for these trick or treaters whose focus is usually on the next house.

An alternative for those wanting a safer environment for their children is to go Halloween Trick or Treating at Barefoot Landing. From 5-7 p.m. on Monday, October 31, dress the kids up and bring them out to enjoy the sights, sounds, and safety of trick or treating at Barefoot Landing. Bring the family to shop, eat and enjoy!

There’s also Halloween on the Marshwalk – an annual Murrells Inlet tradition. Children are invited to trick-or-treat along the Marshwalk from 5-6 p.m. The Children's Costume Contest winners will be announced at 6 p.m. Later in the evening, the adult fun begins, as the costumed marauders prowl the Marshwalk. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes. Inquire at any of the Marshwalk restaurants.

The Grand Strand rentals you get from Surfside Realty will have you close to all the area has to offer and at a price you can afford.

We have more than 100 golf courses along a 60-mile long coastal strip, 1,800+ restaurants, endless beaches, shopping complexes, amusement parks, and live entertainment theaters. So you’ll always have something to entertain yourself with when you stay in these Grand Strand rentals.
 

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