"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.

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. 

First Five People Win! But Hurry!

We have a brand new property joining our rental program and the 1st five reservations we receive for Surfwatch I 305 win a FREE Sun Lover’s Package! The Sun Lover’s Package is use of 2 beach chairs and an umbrella.

 

Surfwatch I 305 New Rental Property in SC

 

Surfwatch I 305 is a two bedroom oceanfront condo located at 911 S. Ocean Blvd. in Surfside Beach that comfortably accommodates up to six people. This is a third floor unit providing awesome views from the private balcony, Internet access, washer/dryer, TV and DVD, dishwasher and an elevator. The resort also provides an outdoor swimming pool.

 

24th Annual Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art

 

If you’ll be here in early October be sure to check out the 24th Annual Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art taking place October 2-12 at The Reserve Golf Club of Pawleys Island. The Manhattan Transfer headlines the event. The schedule is as follows: September 27 5th Annual Chalk Walk, Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival, Huntington Beach State Park October 2, 15th Annual Pawleys Island Wine Gala October 3,The Manhattan Transfer October 4, The Rodney Mack Philadelphia Big Brass October 5,North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble October 8, Ken Kavigne, “The Road to Carnegie Hall” October 9, Annie Moses Band October 19, Swingle Singers October 11, The Bronx Wanderers October 12 Sunday Seaside Showcase.

The Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art is a 501(c)(3) which features two weeks of cultural entertainment and musical performances including a Wine Gala that serves as the event’s primary fundraiser. For more information on the Festival, including a complete schedule of this year’s entertainment along with sponsorship opportunities, visit them online at www.pawleysmusic.com or call 843-626-8911.
 

Why You Should Rent A Beach Home For Your Wedding

Whether you’re planning beachside wedding, looking for a honeymoon destination, or just want a fun place to stay for your bachelor/bachelorette weekend, our South Carolina beach rental homes are the perfect venue to help you make some lasting memories!


image via Flickr / Carlos Mendoza Lima

 

If you’ve ever tried to make hotel reservations for a large group of people before, you know it can be quite a hassle. Save yourself the trouble of trying to book a block of rooms and consider renting one of our spacious beach rentals instead! Our rentals range from 2 bedrooms to 10+ bedrooms large enough to sleep 28 people. So, no matter how many people you’re trying to accommodate, we can help you find the perfect rental!

Consider some of the benefits of renting a beach home rather than a hotel room:

  • Privacy – no noisy neighbors!
  • Plenty of space to spread out - Having separate bedrooms, multiple bathrooms, and spacious living spaces give you the feeling of a home away from home!
  • A full kitchen—a large fridge is what you need to keep a wedding cake cool!
  • Everyone is close so you can bond and make memories
  • Everyone can share the price of the home, rather than pay for individual hotel rooms

We have beach rentals available in Surfside Beach, Myrtle Beach, and Garden City Beach, so no matter where your venue is or where your reception is taking place, we can help you find a centrally located home. Plus, prime wedding season happens to fall during the beach off-season, so it’s easy to find a great deal for your special event. No matter when (or where) you’re trying to book, we have deals & specials going on all year long on select properties, so be sure to contact one of our vacation experts, or browse the specials page on our website! 

 

Surfside Beach Festivals You Won't Want to Miss

With the official arrival of autumn today, September 23, our thoughts turn to spectacular weather and the many festivals taking place up and down the coast. If you’re coming to the area to enjoy some of the splendid golf that can be experienced at this time of the year, come to Surfside Beach and check out the following events taking place in October.

The 30th Annual Surfside Beach Family Festival takes place on Saturday, October 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Surfside Drive. This is a 1-day festival featuring arts and crafts, lots of food booths, live entertainment, music by local bands, theatre demonstrations, local talent, a petting zoo and plenty of things for children including inflatable rides. All events and booths are set up on Surfside Drive, which is blocked off from all traffic for the day.

 

50th Anniversary Celebration of Surfside Beach

 

From Melody Lane to 17th Avenue North, the Town of Surfside Beach is unique among the area’s beach communities. This is not only a popular vacation destination but also the home to more than 4,000 residents. This “Family Beach” has a laid back, child-friendly atmosphere and is a quiet haven for all who come to visit. Centrally located to area tourist attractions, vacationers to the area return year after year to the Town of Surfside Beach for the perfect mixture of fun and relaxation.

On behalf of the 50th Anniversary of Surfside Beach, events continue through October with an old fashioned drive-in movie to be shown at dusk (5:30 p.m.) on Friday, October 10 at the Yaupon Parking Lot. The public is invited to attend.

 

Oyster Roast

 

On Saturday, October 11 the popular All-You-Can-Eat Oyster Roast will be held from 12 noon to 6 p.m. on Surfside Drive. Come out and enjoy the jazz music, blue grass music, barbecue, food galore and a car show. You may pre-purchase tickets for $30.00 each through October 3, 2014. Price at the door is $40.00. Contact Debbie Ellis at 843.913.6359 or at dellis@surfsidebeach.org. Act now, quantities are limited.

If you're planning on visiting the area next month and need accommodations give us a call or check us out online. If you don’t see what you want on our website please just give us a call and we’ll see how we can help. Surfside Realty can be reached by calling 843-238-3435 or toll-free at 800-833-8231.

 

 

10 Things To Do in Myrtle Beach

When you think about a beach vacation, you probably imagine hours laying under the hot sun, swimming in the blue water, or building sandcastles on the shore, which are all awesome ways to spend a vacation.  But Myrtle Beach has so much more to offer than just the beach! So whether it’s rain, sunburn, or boredom keeping you off of the beach, there’s plenty to do during your stay in Myrtle Beach!

  1. Myrtle Beach Safari
    Perfect for kids and adults of all ages, The Myrtle Beach Safari lets you experience what it would be like to go on an African Safari without ever leaving the state!
  2. Brookgreen Gardens
    Touring the sculpture garden and wildlife preserve that is Brookgreen Gardens is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. Don’t forget your camera, because you’ll definitely want to take lots of pictures!
  3. Myrtle Beach Pelicans
    Myrtle Beach’s own minor league baseball team is the farm team for the Texas Rangers. TicketReturn.com field is also very family friendly and features innovative and unique concessions like the Monster Dog, a ½ pound hot dog with 15 toppings!
  4. Golf
    The Myrtle Beach area is home to over 90 public and semi-private golf courses that are ready and waiting for you to get your golf on. The hardest decision you’ll have to make is choosing which one to tee off at!
  5. Mini Golf
    No trip to Myrtle Beach is complete without a round of mini golf with the family! There are tons of courses to choose from, with different themes and obstacles that are sure to enthrall everyone in your family.
  6. The Market Common
    The Market Common is known for being one of the best places to shop and dine in the area. But they also feature a number of free events throughout the year, like the Farmers Market, live music concerts, and “Movies Under The Stars,” to name a few!
  7. Magiquest
    The perfect place for kids and adults to unleash their inner nerd, letting their imagination run wild. When you first arrive, you’re given a magic wand and clues for completing quests. It’s a very popular attraction, so try to avoid going on rainy days if you don’t like crowds.
  8. Franklin G. Burroughs - Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum
    If you’re a fan of contemporary visual art, then you’ll definitely enjoy perusing the 10 galleries featuring local southern artists at the Franklin G. Burroughs - Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum. Best of all, admission is free! 
  9. Myrtle Beach Sky Wheel
    As long as you’re not afraid of heights, the Myrtle Beach Sky Wheel is a great attraction for the whole family, offering beautiful views of the beach and the surrounding area on the boardwalk. 
  10. Medieval Times
    This one is kind of cheesy, but we admit it’s our guilty pleasure. Who doesn’t love the chance to eat a giant turkey leg and beat on the table with a mug to cheer on your favorite knight! It’s like a real-life Game of Thrones (but without all the violence and adult content). 

What are your favorite Myrtle Beach attractions? Contact us today to start planning your Myrtle Beach vacation!

 

Save Big Over Labor Day at Coral Cove

If you’re planning a visit to coastal South Carolina soon but don’t have a lot to spend, check out Coral Cove at 109 N. Oak Drive, Surfside Beach SC. This home has a super special going on now through the end of September. Make a new reservation for any available week in August or September and receive a whopping $300 off the advertised rate! That’s a whole lot of change to put back in your pocket.

 

Coral Cove Specials

 

 

Coral Cove is a picturesque 2 story, 4 bedroom and 3.5 bath that will accommodate up to 14 guests. It’s the best place to rally all the friends or family for a Labor Day end-of-summer last escape. Located in family friendly Surfside Beach it’s a short walk to the beach — where we know you’ll want to be as much as possible.

The weather is awesome at this time of year and the water is still warm. It’s a beautiful location where you can walk for miles along the beach in search of that special and unique seashell to keep as a reminder of your special time away.

 

Save Big Over Labor Day at Coral Cove

 

 

This home offers privacy galore! Enjoy the private pool you won’t be sharing with anyone, an outside shower, covered porches and parking underneath the house. Additional amenities include internet access, DVD, TV, washer/dryer, dishwasher, A/C and ceiling fans.

Unlike other resorts we include departure maid service in all of our beach vacation rental rates. Full linen packages are available for rental or you can bring your own from home. We have an assortment of other equipment available for rent that includes a gas grill, charcoal grill, baby items, beach chairs, umbrellas, bikes for adults and kids, boogie boards and 4-seat golf carts.

We want you to have everything you could possibly need for a fabulous vacation no matter when you plan on arriving. If you’re in need of something you don’t see listed on our website please just give us a call and we’ll see how we can help. Surfside Realty can be reached by calling 843-238-3435 or toll-free at 800-833-8231.

5-Ingredient Beach Recipes

 When you're on vacation, it's easy to spend hundreds of dollars alone on food. $10 for lunch here, $20 for dinner there... it adds up quickly. One way to save money on vacation is to rent a beach home with a full kitchen and bring groceries with you to last the whole week. Avoid spending lots of money on groceries by trying these easy and delicious 5-ingredient recipes, and focus on what really matters: enjoying the beach!

Appetizers

What You Need: Avocado, onion, lime, garlic, tomatoes, salt & pepper
Total Recipe Time: 10 minutes.
 
Buffalo Chicken Dip
What You Need: Cream cheese, ranch dressing, chicken, hot sauce, cheddar cheese
Total Recipe Time: 35 minutes.
 

Main Dishes

BBQ-Stuffed Baked Potato
What You Need: Potatoes, BBQ of your choice, sour cream, green onions, cheddar cheese
Total Recipe Time: 35 minutes.?

Parmesan Crusted Tilapia
What You Need: Tilapia, parmesan cheese, paprika, parsley, lemon
Total Recipe Time: 10 minutes.??

Side Dishes

Classic Baked Macaroni & Cheese
What You Need: Elbow macaroni, cheddar cheese, milk, butter, flour, salt & pepper
Total Recipe Time: 45 minutes.??

Honey Dijon Brussels Sprouts
What You Need: Brussels sprouts, honey, dijon, butter, dill weed & onion powder
Total Recipe Time: 15 minutes.

Desserts

Peach Cobbler
What You Need: Peaches, sugar, self-rising flour, butter, milk
Total Recipe Time: 1 hour

Chocolate Mousse Pie
What You Need:
Milk chocolate, mini marshmallows, milk, whipping cream, pie shell
Total Recipe Time: 3.5 hours

No matter what recipe you decide to whip up, we hope you enjoy your vacation!

 

5 Things To Pack For Your Beach Vacation

When it comes to packing for a beach vacation, most people know to back the basics--bathing suit, sunscreen, flip flops, check--but that's not where your packing list should end! Here's our list of the 5 things you should pack if you're staying in a beach rental.

1. Household Necessities
Although we provide basic kitchenware, like plates and utensils, it's important to remember that you'll need to bring your own food, including spices and herbs. Many of our houses also come with washer / dryers and dishwashers, so you'll also want to bring detergent, dish soap, sponges, paper towels, toilet paper, and trashbags.

2. Linens
We offer linen packages with every booking, but if you elect not to purchase a linen package, then you'll need to remember to bring your own sheets and bath towels.

3. Beach Gear
Just like you would for any beach vacation, you'll want to bring things to make your time spent on the beach more comfortable. This could include beach chairs, umbrellas, towels, beach games, shovels, buckets, books, and a waterproof camera, among others!

4. In-Home Entertainment
Although Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach, and Garden City Beach offer countless opportunities for entertainment, you might want to spend part of your vacation by staying in instead of going out. Keep yourself entertained with books, board games, DVDs, and arts & crafts supplies that will beat the occasional bouts of boredom.

5. An Extra Bag
It's inevitable that after any vacation, you're going to end up with some souvenirs. Be sure to bring an extra bag to carry all of your vacation purchases in, be they t-shirts, seashells, or your own arts & crafts projects! 

When you're ready to book your Myrtle Beach vacation, contact one of our vacation specialists!

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