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In the mood for some live music, delicious food, and wine tasting? Wine Wednesdays at La Belle Amie Vineyard in Little River, South Carolina has what you crave! Home of Twisted Sisters wines, the Vineyard creates fun and unique wines such as “Island Mama: Shake Those Pineapples,” a red blend, and “Sweet Carolina Girl,” a chilled sweet white wine. Wine by the glass or bottle is available all day from 10AM-5PM, with plenty of seating available under the cabanas and pavilion. Admission is free (sorry, no pets or outside beverages allowed). Grab a friend (or a few) and indulge in some necessary “me” time with half-priced wine tastings on Wine Wednesday — $2.75 includes tasting, tax, and a wine glass!

La Belle Amie Vineyard is part of a former tobacco plantation that has been owned by the Bellamy family since the 1800s. La Belle Amie, meaning “the beautiful friend,” is the European origin of the family name. Vicki, whose family has a long history of winemaking, currently runs the vineyard. Vicki’s ancestors from the south of France passed down their winemaking skills to Uncle Gifford, who makes the wine from “the old grapevines,” also known as the vines from four large vine arbors. Two of these arbors are over 100 years old and the other two are about 80 years old! The grapes from these vines are also used to make the grape preserves sold at the shop.

Uncle Gifford famously used a wooden barrel to make wine for friends and family. Visitors can still see the barrel on display in front of the shop, as well as an antique spinning wheel used to make cloth from cotton grown on the farm. Gifford passed away at the age of 83 in 1993. The Vineyard’s sweet red muscadine wine, “Gifford’s Red,” was named in his honor.

After Gifford passed, his niece Vicki came up with the idea of La Belle Amie Vineyard. By 1995 she arranged for the clearing of the fields, and soon planted Vineyard #1. In the spring of 1996, Vineyard #2 was trellised and planted, but then came a series of devastating hurricanes from 1996 to 1999. With help from friends and family, the Vineyard eventually recovered, and continues to thrive as a top destination in the Grand Strand area!

La Belle Amie Vineyard also hosts a variety of festivals and events throughout the year, including the upcoming New Year’s Bonfire. Wine tastings are offered Monday through Saturday from 10AM-5:30PM. Guests are invited into the wine tasting room to sample private label wines, as well as a variety of foods that include specialty sauces, dressings, and more! For $3, you can sample any six wines of your choice, and for $2 more you can keep the wine glass!

The vineyard’s gift shop features a nice selection of wine accessories and unique gifts. After shopping, you can relax on the front porch in one of the rocking chairs, have a glass of wine, and enjoy the peaceful beauty of the farm. Then bring a bottle or two back to your rental property near the beach to enjoy later. Now that’s what we call a vacation!

Property Spotlight: Tilghman Shores D9

Tilghman Shores D9 is the perfect location for your beach vacation. This comfortable two-bedroom condo is located on the 3rd floor of a quiet, family-friendly community in North Myrtle Beach. This condo has a queen bed and a twin in the master bedroom with a private bathroom. It also has balcony access from the master bedroom. The second bedroom has 2 twin beds and the living room has a sleeper sofa. The kitchen is fully stocked so you can enjoy your meals at your leisure. If you need to do laundry, there is a stackable washer/dryer in the kitchen. The screened porch has beautiful views of the lake and you can even watch the golfers hit their balls from the Surf Club! The community pool and hot tub are just across the way so you can go for an evening swim or take the kids to play in the pool. Tilghman Shores D9 is only a short walk to the beach, and is close to shopping, restaurants and more. Winter Special: Stay 2 nights get one night free for Tilghman Shores when you 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!

 

The Grand Strand is a wonderful place to visit, not just in the summer but any time of year! Here are our top six reasons to FALL in love with the Myrtle Beach area.

#1 The Weather: You can still get in a few good beach days and golf (without the crowds) thanks to the beautiful autumn weather in SC!

#2 The Shopping: Between Barefoot Landing and Broadway at the Beach alone, you’ll find some of the most unique stores anywhere! Plus there are all the other shopping destinations and specialty shops that dot the shores of the Grand Strand, including two Tanger Outlet locations in the Myrtle Beach area!

#3 The Arts: The 40th Annual Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 25-27, 2015 at Huntington Beach State Park, just a few minutes south of Myrtle Beach. This year’s festival will feature more than 100 of the finest artisans, quality crafts, delectable food, and live music from several of the area’s best musicians, all with the natural beauty of Atalaya as a backdrop

#4 The Horseback Riding: Whether it’s a private island beach ride or a shaded waterway trail ride, Inlet Point Plantation in North Myrtle Beach offers horse rentals and riding for every kind of enthusiast! The Trip Advisor Popularity Index recently named it #1 of 43 attractions in North Myrtle Beach, and rides are offered year round.

#5 The Kayak Tours: The Grand Strand is more than beautiful beaches. Just a fifteen-minute drive from downtown Myrtle Beach is the Waccamaw River, a beautiful black water river with towering cypress trees draped in Spanish Moss. Black River Outdoors Center offers two, four and six hour Guided Kayak EcoTours to a wide range of locations up and down the Grand Strand!

#6 The Bargain: You can get a good rate on a rental in the off-season and enjoy all the attractions the area has to offer (again without the crowds)!

Check out these featured properties from Vacation Rentals of North Myrtle Beach:

The Retreat #2214

Barefoot Resort welcomes a brand new community – The Retreat at Barefoot Resort and Golf! The Retreat #2214 is located in the Town Center portion of the resort near the North Tower and the largest pool in South Carolina. Barefoot Landing is just across the water, and you are within walking distance to the marina, restaurants, golf and just a short drive to the beach. 

This beautifully appointed 3BR/2.5BA home has just been built and offers a queen bed in the master bedroom with a spacious tiled shower. There are two double beds in the second bedroom and two double beds in the third bedroom. There is a shared bathroom on the 2nd floor and a half bath on the first floor. The kitchen is fully stocked with everything you need to cook and has beautiful granite countertops. There is a full size washer and dryer and flat screen televisions throughout this lovely home. The property is across the street from the planned community pool, which will be done this spring. The home also has a one-car garage for your use, and a small backyard with a screened-in porch. 

This is the perfect location for golfers, families or couples looking for a fall getaway. Use the resort shuttle to go to the oceanfront cabana during the day or to Barefoot Landing. This townhome is non-smoking, no pets or motorcycles are allowed. 
 Fall Special: Stay 5 nights get 2 Nights Free in this property when you mention our blog!

Crescent Keyes #1211

This 2BR/2BA ocean view condo is located in the Crescent Beach section of North Myrtle Beach, and has an amazing view from the balcony. The building is right on the ocean with easy access to the beach. This condo is well maintained and has beautiful quality furniture in every room, perfect for your fall family vacation. It sleeps up to eight people with a king bed in the Master bedroom, a full and bunk bed in the 2nd bedroom and a sleeper sofa in the Living room. The kitchen has granite countertops and is fully stocked for your meals. The condo is equipped with a brand new washer/dryer. Every room has a flat screen TV and the building has free Wi-FI throughout. This resort has indoor and outdoor pools, lazy rivers, several hot tubs, an exercise room and a large community area. Crescent Keyes in North Myrtle Beach is located near restaurants, shopping, attractions and more. This elevator building has plenty of parking in the garage. No motorcycles, no pets or trailers allowed. Minimum 3-night stay. Fall Special: Save 20% off Fall Rentals on this unit when you mention our blog!

Myrtle Beach Villas II #405A

Located in the heart of Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach Villas is a secure building that is just a walk across Ocean Blvd for easy access to the beach and area attractions. This deluxe, spacious 4BR/3BA fully furnished condo sleeps 10 comfortably with 1 king, 2 queens, 2 twin beds and a trundle bed for children. The open kitchen has granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. It is fully stocked to enjoy all your meals. Flat screen TV’s with DVD’s are in all bedrooms and living room. Wi-Fi is included for your convenience. The large balcony includes seating and a breakfast table overlooking the lazy river, 2 hot tubs and kiddie fun pool, and has ocean views. 

There is also a new grill and picnic area across from pool, and the elevator makes it convenient for luggage. Being on the corner of the fourth floor affords privacy and great views. This property is non-smoking and no pets are allowed. It is motorcycle friendly. Must have parking passes and only 2 vehicles allowed. Fall Special: Save 25% off with free linens on this unit when you mention our blog!

About Us

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!

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Photo courtesy of Wendy Rambach, Grape Distributor

Picture this. Miles of lush green land sprouting bold, sun-kissed grape vines as far as the eye can see are being tended with loving-care by generations of family farmers…. No this isn’t California; it’s South Carolina!

South Carolina is home to unique grapes that thrive in the summer heat of the region. In fact, the muscadine grape has been used in fine wines dating back to the 16th century. These large, colorful globes of fruit have a thick skin and are ripe for wine making. Muscadine grapes are purple or black, and are often used in sweet wines. Bronze or gold muscadine grapes are called scuppernongs.

Photo courtesy of Wendy Rambach, Grape Distributor

Photo courtesy of Wendy Rambach, Grape Distributor

Muscadines are considered by many to be the healthiest and best grapes for winemaking. They contain six times the resveratrol and 40 percent more antioxidants than other grape varieties. Muscadines are also used in jellies, jams, sauces, pies, syrups, and juices.

When visiting the Myrtle Beach area, why not sample some wines made with the fruits of this great region? Relax and enjoy a taste of the south!

Carolina Vineyards

Carolina Vineyards, located in North Myrtle Beach, has been producing traditional South Carolina style wine — from South Carolina grown fruits — for over 23 years. With five acres of vineyards, Carolina Vineyards produces a number of dry wines, along with semi-dry, medium, and sweet varieties. All of their wines are available for tasting at their winery in Barefoot Landing, located along the south entrance near the carousel. Carolina Vineyard wines can also be found at their sister winery, Boardwalk Winery, at Broadway at the Beach, in Myrtle Beach.

La Belle Amie Vineyard

La Belle Amie Vineyard is located in Little River, South Carolina, not far from the Myrtle Beach area. Nestled amongst lush pine and oak trees, this tobacco plantation turned winery is a relaxing, exquisite place to enjoy a glass or two. The vineyard is also home to a number of music festivals throughout the year. Stop by for wine tastings every Monday through Saturday and enjoy everything from sweet whites to dry reds. The vineyard’s Twisted Sister line of wines includes 17 varieties with creative names like Southern Gentlemen and Bikini Blush. You can also find gourmet items and wine accessories in their gift shop.

Duplin Winery

Photo courtesy of Wendy Rambach, Grape Distributor

Photo courtesy of Wendy Rambach, Grape Distributor

Award-winning Duplin Winery of Rose Hill, North Carolina is expanding into North Myrtle Beach. Their new bottling and sampling facility is set to open between Barefoot Landing and Alligator Adventure. This new location will showcase Duplin’s wines in a 15,000 square foot tasting room, and wine lovers can even participate in the bottling process. Duplin get’s its muscadine grapes from farms owned by 60 families in North Carolina and South Carolina, and have more than 42 different labels of wine including Carolina Red, Sweet Muscadine, Scuppernog Blush, and Magnolia.

 

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!