Things To Know About Hurricane Preparedness

 Things To Know About Hurricane PreparednessMany vacationers don?t know that hurricane season for the southeast coastal region lasts from May through November. With Hurricane Irma making landfall as early as this weekend, there are important things you should know about hurricane preparedness.A hurricane is a lot more than just a whole lot of wind. For instance, the ocean?s storm surge may extend beyond the immediate coastal areas. Hurricanes also bring high winds, tornadoes, heavy rains, and flooding to inland regions. It?s important to know how to prepare for this ahead of time.Before the StormIf you live or are visiting along the coast, plan an evacuation route. Stay tuned to your local television and radio stations (104.1 and 106.5 for Grand Strand area) for emergency evacuation information. Learn safe routes inland. If you are on vacation in the area talk to the hotel or resort management about their storm procedures. During the StormStay tuned to your local television and radio stations for emergency information. Keep a battery-operated, solar-powered or hand-crank-operated radio or television for use during power outages. Stay inside a well-constructed building away from windows and doors, even if they are covered. Go to an interior first-floor room, closet, or under the stairs and stay alert. Tornadoes are often spawned during hurricanes. If the ?eye? of the storm passes over your area, be aware that severe conditions will return with winds from the other direction in a very short time. Limit your non-emergency phone calls. Keep calls brief to minimize network congestion. Wait at least 10 seconds before redialing a call. For non-emergencies, try text messaging from your mobile device. Once the storm passes, be patient. You will most likely not be able to return home right away.SheltersEmergency shelters will be opened if a hurricane approaches South Carolina. Before heading to a public shelter, first consider staying with family and friends or in a hotel out of the evacuated area. If those options are unavailable, the American Red Cross will provide a safe place to stay when you have no other place to go. Cots and blankets will only be provided in the public shelter after hurricane conditions subside. Although food may be provided, specialty items for infants and individuals on restricted diets may not be available.Stay ConnectedDuring a major disaster, there will be a lot of information available online at various sites. Some information will be accurate while other sources can be misleading. Check your local town or county?s website or verified social media channels to find resources such as advisories on shelters, routes, detours and road closures, ways to return home and storm clean-up information.You can use social media from your mobile device to post your status to let family and friends know you are safe. In addition to Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and others, you can use resources such as the American Red Cross?s Safe and Well Program . After the StormIf you have evacuated, some areas may be inaccessible even after the official evacuation order is rescinded. Return only after local authorities advise it is safe to do so. Keep tuned to your local radio and TV stations and monitor social media for recovery information. Take the following precautions after the storm:

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If you have any questions or concerns about the hurricane policies at Seaside Rentals please don't hesitate to contact us. 

Best Places to Catch the Game in Myrtle Beach

Cooler weather and falling leaves can only mean one thing in the South. Football season is here! While we want you to enjoy your vacation at the beach, we completely understand you can't miss your favorite team as they battle it out on the gridiron. Here are some of the best places for you to catch the game in Myrtle Beach!

Broadway Louies (1318 Celebrity Circle)

With over 40 TV's and an all new 70ft SportsTron video wall, Broadway Louie's is a local favorite for sports enthusiasts. You'll feel like you're in the front row of your favorite game as you chow down on everything from artisan pizzas to sweet and spicy wings to hot oven subs. A state of the art arcade will keep the kids occupied while you watch the game, and the best karaoke in Myrtle Beach is held nightly.

The Boathouse Waterway Bar and Grill (201 Fantasy Harbour Blvd)

Known as "the best backyard in Myrtle Beach," we aren't sure you'll be able to focus on the game with the gorgeous view at the Boathouse Waterway Bar and Grill. Shrimp baskets, burgers, and the best pork ribeye in town will keep you fueled during the game. And don't forget to come back on Sunday for the free Sunday Concert Series. It's open to all ages before 8pm, when it becomes 21+ only.

King Street Grille (3040 Howard Ave)

King Street Grille is an upscale bar perfect for watching the game after a day spent shopping in Market Common. Enjoy the famous made-from-scratch Chicken Chesapeake Sandwich on the outdoor patio or indulge in some of their daily drink specials. There are many reasons King Street Grille was voted "Best of the Beach" and being a great place to catch some football is one of them.

Rent a House made for Gameday

We offer many houses that would be perfect for gameday, but our favorite has to be The RegentSea. Enjoy the game only steps away from the ocean in this beautiful home that's large enough for 26 of your closest friends. Not sure what to do during halftime? This home features an oceanfront gameroom and a private pool and hot tub. Whether your team wins or loses, we can guarantee renting this home will be a touchdown.

Fall Festivals in the Myrtle Beach area

Say goodbye to hot summer nights and hello to cooler temperatures, falling leaves, and a variety of festivals for both locals and visitors to Surfside Beach this fall. From cars to art to food, there's an event for everyone to enjoy during this beautiful time of the year.

1. Myrtle Beach Mustang Week (September 5-10)

The 16th Annual Myrtle Beach Mustang Week brings thousands of Mustang enthusiasts to the Myrtle Beach area. Start the week with a Meet-N-Greet at Broadway at the Beach and continue the fun with a Burnout Contest at the Myrtle Beach Speedway. Attendees will enjoy free admission to all events.

2. The 42nd Annual Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival (September 22-24)

Join more than 100 artisans at Huntington State Park for the Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival. Enjoy shopping for local arts and crafts while taking in the park's natural beauty. Local musicians will be playing in the courtyard each day. Food and drinks will also be available for purchase. Daily festival admission for adults is $10, and visitors 15 and under are admitted free.

3. St. John's Greek Festival (September 28 - October 1)

St. John's Greek Festival is one of the area's most popular fall events. Enjoy baklava, spanakopita, and Gyros while listening to authentic Greek music. The festival starts at 11am each day, so it's perfect for a family lunch. Tours of the church will be offered, and there will be inflatables and craft vendors set up for you to enjoy. Traditional Greek beer and wine will also be available.

4. Irish Italian Festival (September 30)

The City of North Myrtle Beach is hosting the 14th Annual Irish Italian Festival on Main Street. This festival will feature delicious food, live entertainment, and a variety of arts and crafts vendors. Enjoy two stages of music and dance groups as we celebrate these two cultures. There will also be a children's area full of inflatables and rides. If you're feeling up to the challenge, you can even enter a spaghetti eating contest. Festival admission and parking is free.

5. Myrtle Beach Seafood Festival (October 6 - 7)

The Second Annual Myrtle Beach Seafood Festival will be held on Ocean Boulevard. Enjoy delicious seafood, family friendly activities, and a corn hole tournament. There will be a beer and wine garden as well as live music.

6. Art in the Park (October 7 - 8)

The Waccamaw Arts and Craft Guild will hold the October Art in the Park in Chapin Park at 1400 N. Kings Hwy. Join artists from all over the country as they display a variety of artwork in different mediums. Can't make the October market? The next Art in the Park will be in Valor Park November 11 - 12 at Market Common.

3 Surfside Beach Vacation Rental Specials this Fall

Looking to escape the hum-drum monotony this fall? We've got three houses you'll love that all have specials for this fall. Check out these awesome Surfside Beach vacation rentals for yourself:

Islander D2

This second row condo sleeps five and has a shared swimming pool and great porch for listening to those beautiful ocean waves. If you book during September or October, you'll save 20%. There are still plenty of dates left!

Angler Villas 4 - Changes in Attitude

When you book this four bed, 4.5 bath second row home for any remaining week in 2017, you'll receive a $50 gift card with your reservation.

Rosalia Del Mar'e

This spacious home sleeps 18 and you can save 10% on any reservation for September and October. Every week in October is still available!

Four of the Best Breakfast Spots In Myrtle Beach

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially when your day is going to be spent on the beach. Kick off your vacation morning right with a delicious breakfast at one of our favorite Myrtle Beach breakfast spots:

Blueberry?s Grill

It?s hard to beat breakfast all day, especially on vacation. Many Myrtle Beach vacationers have added Blueberry?s Grill to their list of required stops during their time here. From sweet to savory plates, their vast breakfast menu provides enough options for your family to try something new every day of your vacation.They even offer some incredible adult morning beverages to really get you in the vacation mood. Open from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day of the week, even late risers can try out Blueberry Grill?s delicious breakfast. See the breakfast menu here.

Eggs Up Grill

Eggs Up Grill has been serving up breakfast and lunch to the South Carolina and Georgia area since 1986 and have five locations between Garden City up to North Myrtle Beach. If you?re looking to grab a quick breakfast before hitting the beach or picking up a take-out breakfast for the entire family, Eggs Up Grill has an extensive menu that everyone will love. Whether you want steak and eggs or a belgium waffle, you?ll leave with a happy stomach and plenty of energy for a day of beach activities. They even offer heart healthy and gluten free breakfast options. See the breakfast menu for Eggs Up Grill here.

Sea Captain?s House

How about a side of oceanfront view with your cheesesteak omelet or blueberry pancakes? Located in the heart of Myrtle Beach, Sea Captain?s House is a local favorite for residents and vacationers alike. They offer breakfast dishes that will satisfy the palettes of adults and children both from 7 to 10:30 a.m. every day of the week. If you can?t decide what you want for breakfast, they even offer a breakfast buffet complete with an omelet station and fresh fruit bar. See the breakfast menu here.

Benjamin?s Bakery & Cafe

Don?t want a sit down breakfast? Benjamin?s Bakery & Cafe is the perfect option for anyone looking to grab a quick breakfast snack on the go. They offer made from scratch bagels, breakfast sandwiches, coffee, smoothies and more. Myrtle Beach residents and visitors love the friendly service and reasonable prices this Surfside Beach bakery provides. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a cinnamon roll or opt for a full burrito to fill your stomach. Open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Benjamin?s Bakery & Cafe makes a great early morning or mid-day stop for vacationers or locals. See their menu here.What?s your favorite breakfast spot in Myrtle Beach? Share it with us on Facebook!

Upcoming Concerts in Myrtle Beach Fall 2017

Are you a huge fan of music? Why not take your vacation (or staycation) to the next level by attending one of these amazing concerts in the Myrtle Beach area this fall? All of these venues are a short drive away from our rentals in Surfside Beach and Garden City Beach:

Phillip Phillips - August 29, 2017 This American Idol alum has made a name on his jam-band style and pop sound. If you love Dave Matthews Band and Mumford & Sons, you will like him.

The Eli Young Band - September 3, 2017 House of Blues The Eli Young Band is a country band with a singer/songwriter at the helm. You're sure to love their boot-stomping anthems as well as the slower ballads. A great date night idea for Labor Day Weekend!

Clint Black - October 14, 2017 Alabama Theatre This Country music crooner was well-loved in the 1990s and is sure to play his classics like "Nothing but the Headlights," "Second Wind," "Killin' Time" and "Like the Rain."

John Pardi - November 4, 2017 House of Blues This country up-and-comer is best known for his hits "Missin' You Crazy" and "Up All Night." His current album single is "Head Over Boots" and has been doing well on the country charts. A great idea for girls or boys night out!

4 Tips On Unplugging From Work On Your Vacation

Sometimes maintaining a work-life balance feels more like trying to juggle while riding a unicycle. Between raising children, fighting for that new promotion and trying to keep some semblance of social life, we?re desperately in need of a good beach vacation. However, many adults find it difficult to fully disconnect from the office, even while they lounge on the beach. To get the most out of your next Myrtle Beach vacation, follow these four tips on unplugging from work:

Prepare beforehand

Your vacation may be marked on the calendar, but that doesn?t mean your coworkers will remember you?ll be gone. The week before you leave, be sure to reinform everyone you work with on a regular basis that you won?t be reachable. This gives them ample time to come to you with anything that needs to get done before your trip. The day before you leave, set up your out of office email reply, stating that you won?t be able to respond until your return date. It?s your responsibility to make sure all your work is done before you leave, but it?s your coworkers responsibility to manage without you while you work on your suntan.

Schedule a time to check emails

Some people may not have the luxury of leaving their work completely unattended while on vacation. If this is you, set yourself a schedule of when you will check your email each day. Check in each morning before you and your family head out and again each evening before dinner. If absolutely necessary, give your coworkers a phone number to reach you at if there is an emergency. You?ll still be up-to-date on the happenings in your office while still enjoying the rest of your day with your family.

Turn off notifications

If your phone is buzzing at you every time you?re copied in an email, you?ll never be able to fully relax. Go into your settings and disable notifications for your work related apps. If you don?t trust yourself not to check for updates, create a folder on your home screen with work apps titled ?do not open.? Remind yourself you?ll get online later in the evening to check in and don?t need to use your phone for anything but picture taking on the beach.

Remember, you deserve a vacation

Everyone deserves a break from their hard work every once in awhile. We become accustomed to balancing so many responsibilities that we often feel guilty when we stop to take time for ourselves. However, remember that you need time to relax and enjoy yourself in order to be the best coworker, parent and friend possible. The most important part of truly disconnecting from work while on vacation is acknowledging that you deserve a break. So, sit back and enjoy the sun, sand and waves with your loved ones, courtesy of Seaside Rentals.

Watching the Solar Eclipse From on the Water

Watching the Solar Eclipse From on the WaterOn Monday, August 21, there will be a Total Solar Eclipse where the moon will cover almost the entire sun for 2 minutes, 40 seconds, putting us into darkness. The eclipse begins with a partial view at 1:15 and proceeds into a total eclipse starting at 2:46 p.m. If you want a great unobstructed view of the eclipse the best place to find that is on the water. Whether you go out with an organized tour group or rent a kayak and venture out on your own, don't forget your eclipse glasses and be safe!If you?ll be staying with us at Seaside Rentals you?ll have easy access to some of the following places where you can rent a kayak or sign up for an organized tour for the day of the eclipse.Total Solar Eclipse Kayak Tour is being offered by Black River Outdoors at Harris Landing, Murrells Inlet. Come experience the Total Solar Eclipse and raise money to help rebuild the Huntington Beach State Park Nature Center that burned down last year. Join us as we paddle through the beautiful Santee River. There will be experts on hand to teach you all the fascinating facts about a solar eclipse. Everyone will have chance to get out on a sandbar to take a rest between paddling.Although the solar eclipse is the star of the show, you may also be able to experience native wildlife including wading herons, egrets, alligators, snakes, etc. The total eclipse is known to cause interesting behavior in animals, so you never know what you might see! The tour is guided and is suitable for all levels of experience. First time paddlers are welcome! Price is  $100 per person; $75 of the ticket price goes towards the fund to build the exhibits at the Huntington Beach State Park Nature Center. For more information call (843) 546-4840.Rover Tours, located at 735 Front St in Georgetown, is offering a special extended Total Eclipse Cruise departing at 11:30 a.m. and returning at 5:30 p.m. The eclipse will begin on North Island at 1:18 p.m. Totality starts at 2:47 p.m. for a duration of 2 minutes 33 seconds, with the eclipse ending at 4:10 p.m. Mean low tide on the beach will be at 2:20 p.m. Includes a t-shirt or cap, glasses, goodie bag, and a flashlight. All seats are $100.00 each. For more information, call (843) 546-8822.Kayaking The following local business offer kayak rentals and kayak tours. Please contact them if you are interested in taking a guided tour during the time of the solar eclipse.Kokopelli Surf CampOffering free delivery of kayak rentals right to your door. Make reservations on their website or by calling 843-340-9565Myrtle Beach Paddle Board & Kayak Adventures870 Frontage Rd E, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577Paddle board and kayak rentals. Free delivery. Call (843) 833-3345 for more information or to make reservations.Great Escapes Kayak Expeditions413 53rd Ave N, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582Canoe & kayak tour agency in North Myrtle Beach. Call (843) 241-4588 for more information or to make reservations.Island Adventure Watersports5843 Dick Pond Rd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29588Water sports equipment rental service in Socastee, SC. Call (843) 650-7003 for more information or to make reservations.With so many options to choose from there?s no reason you wouldn?t be able to experience the solar eclipse from the water. Give any of the above businesses a call for more specific information about the day of the solar eclipse. 

Hot Deals On Our Remaining Summer Weeks

 At Seaside Rentals we have some super hot deals on Garden City vacation rentals and Surfside Beach vacation rentals for the remaining available summer weeks. There is no better time than right now to get the lowest in-season price available on these beautiful properties. Hurry! You won?t want to miss these!

What you can expect

A vacation to the coastal area of South Carolina provides white sandy beaches, stately live oaks draped in Spanish moss, plenty of creeks and canals perfect for kayaking, crabbing, or fishing. You?ll enjoy the large assortment of restaurants ranging from five-star cuisine to quaint local seafood shacks. Come let our super friendly natives show you first-hand why this area gets in your heart and mind and stays there forever.

The Hot Deals

Hot Deals on Remaining Summer WeeksAngler Villas 2105 Crab Drive, Garden City4 BR, 4.5 BA House w/pool, Sleeps 10Book week of August 26 and receive 20% off! Hot Deals on Remaining Summer Weeks321B Portofino III321B South Ocean Blvd, Surfside Beach4 BR, 4 BA House w/pool, Sleeps 14Book a new weekly reservation and receive 25% off plus free linens! Hot Deals on Remaining Summer Weeks313B Portofino III313B South Ocean Blvd, Surfside Beach4 BR, 4 BA House w/pool, Sleeps 14Book a new weekly reservation and receive 25% off plus free linens! Hot Deals on Remaining Summer WeeksSalty Daze333 Calhoun Drive, Garden City4 BR, 3.5 BA House w/pool, Sleeps 10Book a new August 2017 week and you?ll receive 30% off! Hot Deals on Remaining Summer WeeksSea Dreams510 South Ocean Blvd, Surfside Beach10 BR, 6 BA House w/pool; Sleeps 28Book the week of August 12 and you receive 20% off! Hot Deals on Remaining Summer WeeksIt?s a Stone Harbor15 Oak Drive North, Surfside Beach4 BR, 4.5 BA House w/pool; Sleeps 14Book the week of August 5 and receive 20% off, free linens, and a $25 Visa gift card. Book the week of August 26 and extend your stay through Monday at no additional cost plus get 15% off and free linens! There are plenty more properties with Seaside Rentals offering hot deals through the rest of the summer and into the fall. Check out our Vacation Specials page on our website.   

The Ultimate Surfside Beach Vacation Playlist

Is there anything better than kicking back in the sunshine with a beer in your hand? We've created a playlist that will be perfect for your vacation with us--or if you're just in the office wishing you were on vacation. These songs will make you feel like you're lounging at the pool, grilling out or playing Spyderball on the beach even when you're not:

Good Time - Alan Jackson

Beachin' - Jake Owen

Knee Deep - Zac Brown Band

Dancin', Shaggin' on the Boulevard - Alabama

Fishin' in the Dark - Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Summertime - Kenny Chesney

Seventeen - Tim McGraw

Escape (The Pina Colada Song) - Rupert Holmes

Ready Set Roll - Chase Rice

Watermelon Crawl - Tracy Byrd

Boat Drinks - Jimmy Buffett

Jammin' - Bob Marley

Long, Hot Summer - Keith Urban

Banana Pancakes - Jack Johnson

Download the full playlist from Spotify and get to rockin'! And if you have suggestions for additions, share them with us on our Facebook page!