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 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.

"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!!!




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. 

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