5 Things to Love About Surfside Beach

Surfside Realty has been a part of this wonderful little beach town since 1962. That’s over 50 years’ worth of planning summer vacations, building relationships with tourists and locals alike, and making beach memories. We’re as much of a part of Surfside as the pier is! We wanted to take a minute and share with you our top 5 things we love about Surfside Beach.
 
  1. There’s Always Something Happening.
    Surfside Beach has lots of festivals and events all year round. From the Surfside BBQ festival to the SB Pet Festival, there’s always something going on that’s sure to help you build lasting memories!
  2. It’s Easy To Make A Splash
    From renting a house with a pool to lazy days on the beach (tents are still allowed!) to sliding down the Dark Hole at Wild Water & Wheels, you’ll definitely want to bring your bathing suit. Water is definitely king in Surfside Beach!
  3. It Tastes As Good As It Looks
    There are more delicious restaurants on Surfside Beach than one can even count! Whether you’re in the mood for Japanese, seafood, or a juicy cheeseburger, Surfside Beach has what it takes to satisfy any appetite!
  4. Fun For Kids (And Adults) Of All Ages
    It’s easy to pass the time in Surfside Beach because there’s so much to see and do! Visit one of the many parks, like the All Children’s Park, eat ice cream as you stroll along the Surfside Beach Pier, or spend the afternoon up in the air parasailing. No matter what the adventure, Surfside Beach is ready!
  5. Living Here Feels Like A Vacation
    Whether you’re here for a week or a year, Surfside Beach is the kind of place that makes you feel like you’re always on vacation. And isn’t that something that everyone would like to do?
Don’t take our word for it, come experience Surfside Beach for yourself. Contact one of our Surfside Beach vacation experts to start planning your summer beach vacation today!

Don't Miss Taste of the MarshWalk This Weekend

This weekend is when the 2nd Annual Taste of the Marshwalk is taking place along the Marshwalk in Murrells Inlet. Why not come out and experience some of the most tasty dishes the area has to offer at thisevent from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, February 7-8.

 

Don't Miss Taste of the MarshWalk This Weekend

 

Local chef’s from seven award-winning area restaurants will be offering some of their favorite dishes as samples for $3-$5. Come enjoy the local artisans, crafters, live music, and kids activities all along the MarshWalk during the event. Last year was a blast and had super attendance. This year will probably be even better now that word is out!

Samples will include small dish tasting of the area’s freshest seafood as well as non-seafood items for the land lovers, too. Enjoy tasty dishes like seared scallops, low country boil, shrimp & grits, crawfish, pulled pork, smoked salmon, BBQ, sushi, trigger fish tacos, and more.

 

Don't Miss Taste of the MarshWalk This Weekend

 

Here's just some of what you can expect to try...

Dockside:
Shrimp & Grits, Red Beans & Rice w/ Sausage
Drunken Jacks:
Seared Sea Scallop over Crab Risotto with Micro Greens, Hushpuppies & honey butter
Dead Dog:
Low County Boil * BBQ Ribs * Pulled Pork * Smoked Gouda Mac & Cheese
Bovines:
Marinated Beef Kabobs (Sirloin Tips Char-grilled with peppers, onions, and cherry tomatoes) * Local Seafood Gumbo
Wahoo’s:
Trigger Fish Tacos with Mango BBQ glaze, Shredded Red Cabbage, Avocado Puree & Queso Oaxala * Smoked Salmon Cakes with Lemon Crème Fraiche & Dill Charred Scallion Oil * Fried Shrimp
Wicked Tuna:
Chef Selection of Sushi Rolls * Local Creole Catch with Cheddar Grits
Creek Ratz:
Mahi Tacos * Gator Bites * Oysters on the Half Shell

There will be live music that will include popular local bands such as Randy McQuay, Ronnie O’Briant, Sweet Sweet, The Matt Parker Duo, Fret Buzz, Julio Navarro, Ed Torres, and more. Local artists, jewelry designers, crafters, wood carvers, and unique clothing items, will be featured among the many vendors present. There will be bounce houses, face painting, temporary tattoos, and crabbing demos for the children.

If you’d like more information or have questions please call 843-497-3450.

The Best Winter Beach Recipes

One of the biggest advantages to renting a beach house for your vacation instead of staying in a hotel is that you get a full kitchen to cook in (and can therefore save some money on going out to eat every night). In order to avoid having to buy a bunch of groceries that will just end up going to waste at the end of your vacation, we've come up with these recipes that use all the same basic ingredients and can be thrown together really quickly and easily!

Ingredients You’ll Use:

  1. Proteins: Chicken, Salmon, White Fish, black beans
  2. Vegetables: Broccoli, tomatoes, onions, cucumber, lemons
  3. Basics: olive oil, salt and pepper, Cornmeal, flour, butter, chicken broth, garlic
  4. Carbs: Tortillas, Rice, sweet potatoes
  5. Dairy: Cheddar Cheese, Parmesan, sour cream
  6. Condiments: Mustard, BBQ sauce, mayonnaise, salsa

Meal #1: Cornmeal Crusted Chicken Nuggets with Parmesan Broccoli – Cut chicken breasts into chunks and then toss in cornmeal & season with salt and pepper. Pan fry in olive oil for 6-8 minutes. While chicken is cooking, steam broccoli in boiling water for 3 minutes. Top broccoli with parmesan cheese. Serve nuggets with mustard for dipping and broccoli on the side.

Meal #2: White Fish Tacos with Spanish Rice – Saute ¼ cup of chopped onion & 1 clove of minced garlic in olive oil in a pot. Add 1.5 cups of rice, 2 cups of chicken broth and 1 can of chunky salsa and simmer for 20 minutes or until liquid is gone. While rice is simmering, season fish with salt and pepper and then grill or pan fry until flaky. Microwave tortillas for 10 seconds until soft. Add some fish to each tortilla and top with a little mayonnaise, tomatoes, chopped onion, sour cream and any other veggies you desire. Serve with Spanish rice.

Meal #3: Grilled Chicken with Cucumber Salad – Let chicken marinate over night in mixture of olive oil, garlic, and lemon zest, salt and pepper, and for 6-8 minutes per side or until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Mix together juice from a lemon, salt, pepper, and olive oil. Thinly slice cucumber and onion and dice a tomato and add to the lemon-olive oil mixture and let sit for 10 minutes. Serve chicken with BBQ sauce and cucumber salad.  

Meal #4: Mustard Crusted Salmon with Mashed Sweet Potatoes – Peel and chop sweet potatoes and boil for 20 minutes. While sweet potatoes are boiling, mix equal parts mustard and sour cream, with 1 tsp of lemon juice. Season salmon with salt and pepper and coat thoroughly with mustard mixture and roast salmon in oven for 10-12 minutes. Once sweet potatoes are soft, mash and add sour cream, salt, and pepper and serve with Salmon.

Meal #5: Chicken and Broccoli Sauté with Rice – Boil 1.5 cups of chicken broth and add 1 cup of rice and simmer for 20 minutes until all liquid is gone. While rice is cooking, add olive oil to a pan and sauté diced onions, broccoli, and chicken breast cubes. Cook over medium-high heat for 10 minutes or until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Remove pan from heat and add diced tomatoes and stir. Serve chicken and vegetables over rice.

Meal #6: Loaded Quesadillas with Sweet Potato Chips – Thinly slice sweet potatoes and toss in olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 375 degrees for 10 minutes, flip, and then cook for another 10 minutes. While potatoes are cooking, melt ½ tbsp of butter in a pan and place a tortilla in the center of the pan over medium heat. Layer with cheese, chicken, black beans, tomatoes, onions, more cheese, and a second quesadilla. Cook until the bottom tortilla starts to brown and then carefully flip over so that the second side browns and the cheese melts thoroughly. Cut into quarters and serve with sour cream.

What are your favorite easy recipes for cooking at the beach? Leave your suggestions in the comments! 

Making Plans for That Great Summer Vacation

 

If you’ve begun the process of planning a trip to the beach for the upcoming summer consider staying in one of our Surfside Beach SC vacation rentals. When you stay in a vacation home you’re afforded lots of extra space, your own kitchen, and plenty of privacy – things you won’t get from a hotel. You can rent a vacation property for just your family or gather a group of friends together and rent a larger house to share. We have many homes with a large number of bedrooms. Share the cooking and childcare responsibilities but most importantly of all — share the cost of the rental.

 

Making Plans for That Great Summer Vacation

 

You should always do plenty of online research before you choose your vacation rental. Read the testimonials from previous guests and learn what they have had to say about their stay. Look at all of the photos provided of the rental you’re considering. And of great importance – build your itinerary far in advance of leaving home. It’s easier to research the area and what there is to do during the time you’ll be there right from your own living room.

 

Making Plans for That Great Summer Vacation

 

No matter where you decide to stay, be sure to ask plenty of questions before you make your reservations. If you’re traveling with an infant or small child, ask about the baby equipment some units may supply. Ask about furnishings as well as extra features like dishwasher, washer/dryer, etc., that may be important to you. Be sure you know the distance of your vacation home to the beach, if you’re unclear look the address up using Google Earth for a live real-time image.

We’re happy to answer any questions our guests may have about any of our rental properties. We have a wealth of information on our website at Surfside Realty but if you still have questions you can reach us by phone toll free at 800-833-8231.

 

Attraction Spotlight: Surfside Beach Pier

One of the most iconic attractions in Surfside Beach is the Surfside Pier, which has been a mainstay of visitors and residents of Surfside Beach since 1953. The pier is a great place for families and fishers to visit during their time at the beach as it offers some pretty breathtaking views of the water and the beach.

Here are 5 Facts about Surfside Pier you might not know:

  1. The pier has been rebuilt about 3 times since then, and it’s currently about 830 feet long.
  2. The Pier has a tackle shop, gift shop, and ice cream parlor located in it and is open to walkers and fishers.
  3. You can get a great meal at the Surf Diner one the pier for some of the best waterfront dining on Surfside Beach!
  4. Residents and homeowners in Surfside Beach get free access to the pier with proper identification. Visitors get daily walking access to the pier for just $1.
  5. The coast for float fishing is $12.50 per person daily for non-residents and $6.25 per person per day for residents; the price for bottom fishing is $9 per person per day for non-residents and $4.50 per person per day for residents.

Our guests have said that some of their fondest vacation memories from Surfside Beach have happened either on the pier or using the pier as a backdrop. So when you’re planning your Surfside Beach vacation, be sure to include the pier on your list of “Places To See!” 

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.
 

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