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Brookgreen Gardens is one of America’s premier gardens and a must-see for anyone vacationing on the Grand Strand. This Award-winning attraction was founded in 1931 and features botanical gardens, sculpture gardens, a lowcountry zoo, and thousands of acres of history. If you’re planning a visit this summer, here are few of the many upcoming programs being offered at the gardens.

Brookgreen Art Festival

June 1-2, 2019

9:30AM-4:30PM

This annual two-day event kicks off the summer season at the gardens. The Brookgreen Art Festival provides and opportunity for visitors to talk with local artists and authors, and it showcases the fine art and craftsmanship being produced regionally and throughout the nation. There will be media demonstrations by the featured artists on display, and works will be available for purchase. For a list of booths and artists attending, click here. An Art Walk through the Brookgreen Labrinth will also be held on Saturday, June 1 from 1:30-2PM.

Summer Solstice Walk

June 21, 2019

11AM-12:30PM

If you miss the Art Walk on June 1, you’ll have another opportunity to welcome summer with a group labyrinth walk on June 21. The sun will reach its highest position of the year and share its light as guests walk through the beautiful, natural setting together.

Emerging Stars in American Sculpture and Six Masters

Now through July 28, 2018

Emerging Stars in American Sculpture can be seen in the garden’s Noble Gallery and features select works from sculptors that have participated in National Sculpture Society Modeling Competitions. Additional works can be seen in the Jenniwein Gallery, including the Six Masters exhibit showcasing works by Sculptors in Residence of the Gardens from 2017-2019.

Brookgreen Summer Music Festival

Every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday

June 19-August 10

7PM-9PM

Bring a chair, grab a spot on the Azalea Concert Field, and enjoy live music under the oaks at the Brookgreen Summer Music Festival. Evening concerts will be held Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights this summer from 7-9PM. The lineup includes regional favorites like Tru Sol, The Sea Cruz band, The Paul Grimshaw Band, and The Fourclosures. Click here for the full schedule. Concerts are free with garden admission and refreshments will be available for purchase.

This is just a sampling of the many summer happenings at Brookgreen Gardens. Others include the Gullah Geechee Program, the Dirt N’ Details Lecture Series, and more. For a complete list of seasonal events, click here. Then, contact Vacation Rentals of North Myrtle Beach and take advantage of our vacation deals!

The sea, the sun, and the Grand Strand! Vacation Rentals of North Myrtle Beach, LLC, is a premier, full-service, licensed property management company in North Myrtle Beach, SC. Whether you are booking a reservation for your vacation or entrusting us with the management of your property, our professionally trained staff will ensure that all the details of renting the property are handled in a pleasant, stress-free manner. Call us today at 888-488-8588!

 Myrtle Beach Barefoot Resort, a division of Vacation Rentals of North Myrtle Beach, is just a hop skip and jump away from the beach and beautiful Barefoot Landing, and was built with golf in mind with four of the most amazing golf courses in the area. When planning your vacation getaway, Myrtle Beach Barefoot Resort will help you make the most of your visit to the Grand Strand. Call us today at 800-548-9904!

Spring is an exciting time of year on the Grand Strand, as we build up to the much-anticipated summer season with a slew of special events. Here are seven of our favorite ways to get the party started!

Monday After The Masters

April 13-15, 2019

What started out as a small get together to raise money for charity in 1994, has evolved into one of the top Celebrity Pro-Ams in the country. Thanks to the commitment of Hootie & the Blowfish, the MAM has generated millions of dollars for children’s educational programs and the South Carolina junior golf program.
Darius, Dean, Mark and Soni remain true to their philanthropic roots in hosting this one-of-a-kind event.

4th Annual Horry County Fair

April 19-28, 2019

Featuring local entertainment, unique vendors, thrilling rides and games, and your favorite carnival fare, this good old county fair is ten days of fun for the entire family! Taking place at the Myrtle Beach Speedway, highlights include character meet and greets, a petting zoo, NASCAR racing, and pig racing, too!

37th Annual North Myrtle Beach Easter Egg Hunt

April 20, 2019

Spring wouldn’t be quite complete without an egg hunt! Once again, the Easter Bunny will make a special visit to McLean Park in North Myrtle Beach to hand out candy and to pose for photos. The egg hunt begins at 10AM sharp, and is divided into areas by age, with more fun to follow.

14th Annual Myrtle Beach International Film Fest

April 23-27, 2019

We’ve been told the Myrtle Beach International Film Fest might just be the best film line up in the World! “Making art accessible for all,” MBIFF welcomes filmmakers and film enthusiasts to this annual event that features networking, forums, food, red carpet interviews, and movie magic — all against the beautiful backdrop of the Market Common in sunny Myrtle Beach.

SOS Spring Safari

April 25-May 4, 2019

Each year at the end of April, shaggers from all along the east coast head to the Grand Strand (the birthplace of shag) for the ten-day SOS Spring Safari. Expect dance parties to pop up at local lounges along Main Street and Ocean Drive, with live music and instructors offering lessons to the masses. This wild event culminates in a parade that brings locals and visitors out for an afternoon of fun and laughter.

14th Annual Mayfest on Main

May 11, 2019

This one-day, rain or shine event draws a large crowd looking to celebrate May and the beginning of summer. Along Main Street, visitors will find crafters, food vendors, and a community stage featuring live music and performances. Don’t forget your beach chairs! There will also be a special area just for kids.

38th Annual Blue Crab Festival

May 18-19, 2019

The World Famous Blue Crab Festival is one of the largest and most popular festivals in the Southeast. Bring your family and friends to the Historic Little River Waterfront for fresh local seafood, scenic views, live beach music, and unique souvenirs. A kids’ zone will offer a variety of entertainment and activities.

Contact Vacation Rentals of North Myrtle Beach today, and take advantage of our vacation deals — so you don’t miss out on all the fun!

The sea, the sun, and the Grand Strand! Vacation Rentals of North Myrtle Beach, LLC, is a premier, full-service, licensed property management company in North Myrtle Beach, SC. Whether you are booking a reservation for your vacation or entrusting us with the management of your property, our professionally trained staff will ensure that all the details of renting the property are handled in a pleasant, stress-free manner. Call us today at 888-488-8588!

Myrtle Beach Barefoot Resort, a division of Vacation Rentals of North Myrtle Beach, is just a hop skip and jump away from the beach and beautiful Barefoot Landing, and was built with golf in mind with four of the most amazing golf courses in the area. When planning your vacation getaway, Myrtle Beach Barefoot Resort will help you make the most of your visit to the Grand Strand. Call us today at 800-548-9904!

Have you heard the good news? No, it’s not the recent discovery that the best cure for a cough may actually be chocolate — although that’s pretty amazing too. However, it does have to do with your health. We’re talking about the other big news that’s been trending this week: taking a trip with your girlfriends is good for your health, according to science. And with Galentine’s Day this month, there’s no better time to hit the beach with your BFFs. Here are just a few reasons to plan a Grand Strand Girl’s Weekend today, according to our favorite magazine, Southern Living.

Friendship might just be the key to a longer life. Studies have shown close friendships can extend life expectancy by lowering our risk of heart disease and stress, and even helping us to better tolerate pain.

Friendships make us happier people. Hanging out with friends can increase the body’s production of oxytocin, the feel-good hormone that boosts happiness, trust, and generosity, according to recent research.

Friendships are like the Fountain of Youth. A recent study at Harvard on the health benefits of strong relationships has shown a lack of friendship can lead to cognitive decline as we age, and even premature death, due to an increased risk of depression and dementia.

If you’ve been putting off that much-needed getaway, it’s time to pack your bags and give Vacation Rentals of North Myrtle Beach a call! And in case you need an excuse to take a minibreak, you can tell your boss and your family that it’s good for your health. Check out this featured property for your stay.

Waipani E13: This updated 2BR/2BA condo is located on the 2nd floor of Building E and is right across the street from the beach and Ocean Drive. There is a queen bed in the master bedroom, two twins in the 2nd bedroom, and a sleeper sofa in the living room with a flat screen TV. The kitchen has everything you need and has been updated with all stainless steel appliances. The unit has new flooring in the living room and is very comfortable. There is a great screened in porch so you can relax and enjoy the ocean breeze.

Waipani has one of the best pools in the area. You will love relaxing by the pool and the beach is right across the street if you want to take a dip in the ocean. Waipani is located in the Ocean Drive section of North Myrtle Beach, so you can easily walk to Main Street to enjoy the Shag clubs or one of the restaurants located nearby. This property has a washer/dryer in the unit and also has free Wi-Fi. Waipani E13 is a non-smoking condo and no pets or motorcycles are allowed. This unit has a 3 night minimum in the off season and weekly in summer.

The sea, the sun, and the Grand Strand! Vacation Rentals of North Myrtle Beach, LLC, is a premier, full-service, licensed property management company in North Myrtle Beach, SC. Whether you are booking a reservation for your vacation or entrusting us with the management of your property, our professionally trained staff will ensure that all the details of renting the property are handled in a pleasant, stress-free manner. Call us today at 888-488-8588!

Myrtle Beach Barefoot Resort, a division of Vacation Rentals of North Myrtle Beach, is just a hop skip and jump away from the beach and beautiful Barefoot Landing, and was built with golf in mind with four of the most amazing golf courses in the area. When planning your vacation getaway, Myrtle Beach Barefoot Resort will help you make the most of your visit to the Grand Strand. Call us today at 800-548-9904!

 

Everyone knows the Myrtle Beach area has some of the best live entertainment around. The Alabama Theatre, Palace Theatre, Pirates Voyage, Legends in Concert, and The Carolina Opry all call the Grand Strand their home. But there is more to discover if you dig a little deeper. The Myrtle Beach area has a thriving theatre scene with musicals and drama that continues to delight audiences each year. This season will bring some well know and loved shows like Oklahoma, Evita, Hello Dolly, Twelve Angry Men, and On The Razzle, plus innovative contemporary works like Two Rooms, Big Love, and Really Really. Check out these four amazing places to catch a fantastic live show and enjoy the cultural side of the Myrtle Beach area during your stay.

CCU Department of Theater

Coastal Carolina University made headlines this year when the Chanticleers won the College World Series. But did you know the University is also home to the most comprehensive undergraduate theatre program in South Carolina? CCU Department of Theatre trains exceptionally talented students in Theatre Performance, Musical Theater, and Design and Technical Theater. They offer a varied season to the public, including at least six productions, a dance concert, and a variety of other top-notch performances.

The upcoming 2016-2017 season starts with the acclaimed off-Broadway hit Really, Really, and concludes with Oklahoma, one of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most beloved musicals. Other performances include On The Razzle, Three Sisters, And The World Goes Round, and Big Love. Shows take place at the Edwards Theatre on campus, and at the 79th Avenue Theatre at the Myrtle Beach Higher Education Center. Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office.

Atlantic Stage

Atlantic Stage currently occupies a temporary location inside Myrtle Beach Mall between Victoria’s Secret and Bath and Bodyworks, with a new, permanent location under construction on the other side of Bath and Bodyworks.  This interim space seats approximately 70 guests in a flexible, black box configuration. Seating arrangements vary from show to show in order to meet the demands of each production.

Atlantic Stage was formed in 2008 by a group of theatre artists working at Coastal Carolina University and regionally, and has an ensemble of professional resident artists who provide enlightening, entertaining productions that range from classical to contemporary. The 2016-2017 season will feature six shows, including Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, K2, ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas, and the world premiere of A Thing With Feathers, amongst others. Both individual tickets and season subscription packages are available.

Theatre of the Republic

Theatre of the Republic has been a part of the Myrtle Beach area theatre scene for the past 47 years. Located in historic Downtown Conway, they offer a traditional musical season and the new TORS’s Actors Playhouse with a non-musical season. It is considered one of the best community theatres in the region, with shows performed by local talent.

The 2016-2017 season includes five musicals, including Hello Dolly, Ghost, Pricilla Queen of the Desert, and Evita. Non-musicals include Ripcord, Twelve Angry Men, and three more selections. Ticket information and the complete schedule of dates can be found on their website. Theatre of the Republic also features the Coastal Youth Theatre.

Stage Left Theatre Company

Stage Left Theatre Company is the newest community theater company in Myrtle Beach, specializing in an intimate theater experience. Located at the Market Common, a 114-acre entertainment, shopping and dining center located on the southern end of Myrtle Beach, Stage Left’s 2016-2017 season features well known works such as Steel Magnolias, It’s a Wonderful Life, and The Odd Couple.

About UsThe sea, the sun, and the Grand Strand! Vacation Rentals of North Myrtle Beach, LLC, is a premier, full-service, licensed property management company in North Myrtle Beach, SC. Whether you are booking a reservation for your vacation or entrusting us with the management of your property, our professionally trained staff will ensure that all the details of renting the property are handled in a pleasant, stress-free manner. Call us today at 888-488-8588!

Myrtle Beach Barefoot Resort, a division of Vacation Rentals of North Myrtle Beach, is just a hop skip and jump away from the beach and beautiful Barefoot Landing, and was built with golf in mind with four of the most amazing golf courses in the area. When planning your vacation getaway, Myrtle Beach Barefoot Resort will help you make the most of your visit to the Grand Strand. Call us today at 800-548-9904!

 

The weather is warming up along the southern coast and Myrtle Beach has plenty to offer to keep you and your family busy this season. Music-lovers will enjoy the free concerts that take place on Main Street in North Myrtle Beach, while motorcycle enthusiasts will continue to travel many miles to enjoy one of the largest motorcycle events on the east coast. Comic book and television lovers will enjoy the XCON World Comic Convention and Show, which brings several great celebrities to the area every year. Read more to find out about these great happenings occurring this May in the Myrtle Beach area!

Music on Main and The Sounds of Summer
May 19th – October 6th, 2016

Main Street in North Myrtle Beach offers free, family-friendly concerts all summer long! Bring a beach chair or blanket, and your entire crew, for a different free concert every Thursday evening beginning May 19th and running until October 6th. Concerts begin at approximately 7PM and run until 9PM, unless otherwise stated on the event schedule. Great local bands such as Atwater (country/dance/pop) or The Embers (a beach/soul/R&B) will be kicking off the evening.

Still want more live music? The 3rd Friday of every month features great local bands at the Sounds of Summer Concert Series, presented by North Myrtle Beach Parks and Recreation. This family-friendly event takes place at the Sandhills Bank Amphitheater at the North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex in Little River. Come out from 7PM to 9PM and enjoy some tunes!

Bike Week
May 13th – 22nd, 2016

Come out for a ride and enjoy the coast of the Grand Strand at Myrtle Beach Bike Week. Known as The Carolinas’ largest motorcycle event, restaurants, local business, theaters and area attractions welcome all motorcycles and all motorcycle enthusiasts to the Myrtle Beach area for Bike Week. Tour the coastline of the Grand Strand, meet old friends and make new friends along the way at this fantastic riding event!

XCON World 9 Comic Convention and Show
May 20th – 22nd

If comic books, television shows, and celebrities are more your thing, then you will love the XCON World Comic Convention and Show that takes place in Myrtle Beach every year! A variety of outstanding celebrity guests, writers, celebrities, and personalities will be there. Immerse yourself in “role-playing,” enjoy a variety of games, and so much more! New this year is the Cosplay-Maggedon Costume Contest, which will feature over $10,000 in cash and prizes.

This three-day event attracts over 7,000 people annually. Some of the 2016 celebrity guests signed up to attend include Brian Krause (“Charmed”), Michael Copon (“One Tree Hill”), Cody Saintgnue (“Teen Wolf), Don Teems (“The Walking Dead”), Gregory French (“The Walking Dead”), Jeremy Ambler (“The Walking Dead”), and veteran X-Con attendees Jeffrey Breslauer (“Superboy”, “Police Academy 5”), C. Martin Croker (“Space Ghost – Coast to Coast”) and Bob Camp (“Ren & Stimpy”). Additional guests will be announced. Advanced tickets are still available for XCON World 9, and prices start at $23.00.

There is something for everyone in the Myrtle Beach area! Contact Vacation Rentals of North Myrtle Beach to get started on your vacation planning today!

Check out these Featured Properties:

Windy Hill Dunes #1404

This beautiful 3-bedroom oceanfront condo is located in the Windy Hill section of North Myrtle Beach. This wonderful complex has an oceanfront pool, lazy river, kiddie pool, exercise room and hot tub for your enjoyment. Relax by the pool or walk to the ocean and enjoy the surf. Sit out on the oceanfront balcony and enjoy the morning sunrises or evening sunsets. There is a new king size bed in the Master Suite, a queen bed in the 2nd bedroom and two brand new queen beds in the 3rd bedroom. The kitchen is fully stocked with plenty of seating, and a new stainless steel dishwasher has been installed for the 2016 season.

Yacht Club Villas #3-102

Barefoot Resort Yacht Club Villa #3-102 is a beautifully decorated, spacious, ground floor condo located in a luxurious high-rise building overlooking the scenic Intracoastal Waterway. The master bedroom suite has two queen beds and large bathroom with a spacious garden tub. There is also a roll-in shower for handicapped accessibility. The 2nd bedroom has two queen beds and a large bathroom as well. The kitchen is fully stocked, and has granite countertops with a breakfast bar that also overlooks the living and dining areas. Sit on the oversized balcony and watch the boats go by on the Intracoastal Waterway, or enjoy the fireworks show at Barefoot Landing in the summer. Barefoot Resort has the largest pool in South Carolina and it is located right beside the Yacht Club Villas. The beach is less than 3 minutes away and there is free beach parking & beach access all along Ocean Blvd.

River Crossings #622

Barefoot Resort River Crossing #622 is a two-bedroom, two-bath, spacious, second floor walk up condominium in an ideal neighborhood. This well maintained condo sleeps 6 guests. The master bedroom offers 2 full beds and will be replaced with a king bed in August of 2016. Two twins are situated in the second bedroom. The kitchen is fully stocked and it has a washer/dryer as well. This nicely decorated condo has everything you need to enjoy your vacation, including a picnic area with grills and a large pool to enjoy. Barefoot Resort also has a shuttle in the summer that takes you to the beach access in the Windy Hill area.

Save 15% off on these properties when you book by May 31st for summer rentals, and mention this article!

About UsThe sea, the sun, and the Grand Strand! Vacation Rentals of North Myrtle Beach, LLC, is a premier, full-service, licensed property management company in North Myrtle Beach, SC. Whether you are booking a reservation for your vacation or entrusting us with the management of your property, our professionally trained staff will ensure that all the details of renting the property are handled in a pleasant, stress-free manner. Call us today at 888-488-8588!

Myrtle Beach Barefoot Resort, a division of Vacation Rentals of North Myrtle Beach, is just a hop skip and jump away from the beach and beautiful Barefoot Landing, and was built with golf in mind with four of the most amazing golf courses in the area. When planning your vacation getaway, Myrtle Beach Barefoot Resort will help you make the most of your visit to the Grand Strand. Call us today at 800-548-9904!

 

 

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With only a few more weeks left of school, it’s time to start planning that summer family vacation! And what better place to take the kids than sunny Myrtle Beach?

Myrtle Beach was recently named one of USA Today’s Top Ten Best Kid-Friendly Destinations thanks to a reader’s poll, nabbing the #3 spot! “Affordable and family-friendly, Myrtle Beach has something for all ages: beach, boardwalk, mini golf (plus real golf for dad), water parks and kid-centric museums,” says USA Today. “A complete family destination for all ages!”

And they’re not the only ones singing the praises of the Myrtle Beach area. Last year, to celebrate the re-launch of Which Way USA (a state-by-state adventure through the United States), Highlights Magazine polled kids who ranked Myrtle Beach #3 on their Top Ten List of Most Desired Vacation Destinations.

This past March, Family Fun Magazine named Myrtle Beach in their Top 10 list of Tourist Towns in the USA, as part of their third annual Travel Awards. The winning locations represent the best family-friendly vacation spots nationwide as chosen by more than 2,000 families across the country. And Huntington Beach State Park, minutes south of Myrtle Beach, was also recognized as one of the Top 10 State Parks in the country.

With all these accolades and with so much to see and do on the Grand Strand how can you resist? Your kids will be so excited for the trip, you will surely hear them saying, “Are we there yet?” the entire drive!

Pack away those winter boots and slip on some flip-flops — we’ll see you soon! And visit our blog next week to learn about our Top 10 Tips for Visiting the Beach with Kids!

Check out these kid-friendly accommodations from Vacation Rentals of North Myrtle Beach:

Ocean Creek
Ocean Creek H7 – North Tower is located right across the street from Barefoot Landing, on the ocean in Myrtle Beach. This condo in Ocean Creek Plantation is comfortable, spacious and perfect for vacationing families. There are new flat screen televisions in the living room and all the bedrooms, free Wi-Fi, a fully stocked kitchen, several indoor and outdoor pools, a volleyball court, tennis center, playground, putting green and more. With an oceanfront view, you will want to sit on the balcony and just relax, or visit restaurants, shopping, and attractions nearby.

Beach Cove Resorts
Beach Cove Resort is the perfect family vacation getaway! Located on the ocean in the Windy Hill section of North Myrtle Beach, minutes from the restaurants and attractions at Barefoot Landing, this tropical oceanfront resort has everything you need. Indoor/outdoor pools, an arcade room, gift shop and coffee bar are just a few of the amenities that you can enjoy. Beach Cove #1623 and Beach Cove Unit 421 have been completely refurbished and are waiting for you. Perfect for smaller families, these one-bedroom oceanfront suites each have a full kitchen, two queen size beds and a sleeper sofa. The building has free Wi-Fi, free parking, and laundry facilities available.

About UsThe sea, the sun, and the Grand Strand! Vacation Rentals of North Myrtle Beach, LLC, is a premier, full-service, licensed property management company in North Myrtle Beach, SC. Whether you are booking a reservation for your vacation or entrusting us with the management of your property, our professionally trained staff will ensure that all the details of renting the property are handled in a pleasant, stress-free manner. Call us today at 888-488-8588!