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You probably already know that the Grand Strand is one the most popular vacation destinations on the East Coast, thanks to 60 miles of beautiful beaches, world-class golf, and some of the best shopping, dining, and attractions around. But you may be surprised to learn that this area is also rich in American history, dating all the way back to the days when South Carolina was one of the original 13 colonies. And there is no better place to learn about the history of your favorite vacation destination than by visiting the Horry County Museum.

Horry County is located in the northeast corner of South Carolina. It is the largest county in state, and includes North Myrtle Beach and Myrtle Beach, as well as surrounding areas. The county seat is located in the heart of downtown Conway — along with the Horry County Museum, which is housed in the historic Burroughs School building. Built in 1905, the building still has its original hardwood flooring, and serves an artifact itself! Admission to the museum is free to the public, but donations are accepted. Guided gallery tours are available every Wednesday at 2PM, excluding holidays.

Here are just a few of the exhibits:

The ‘Tanked’ Aquarium

When you first enter the building, you will find the ‘Tanked’ Aquarium. Beautifully designed and located in the center of the spiral staircase, it was featured on the Animal Planet show, Tanked. This living natural history exhibit holds 4400 gallons of water, and a variety of freshwater fish that are native to local rivers and lakes. Be sure to stay for a feeding, but don’t stand too close or you may get splashed!

Natural History

In addition to the aquarium, visitors will learn about the animals found along the Grand Strand, including the American Black Bear, American Alligator, and various birds of prey.

Military

Horry County was named for Revolutionary War Captain Peter Horry. There are multiple military exhibits to explore, including artifacts from the Revolutionary War and the Civil War.

Native Americans

The first residents of Horry County were here centuries before Europeans set foot in South Carolina. Learn more about their customs, tools, and daily life, including a Native American house constructed from local materials using the waddle and daub method.

Horry County Beaches

The Grand Strand beaches are in important part of the region’s history. From the Pavilion and other early attractions, to historic bathing suits and the start of the Shag, the Beach Gallery is sure to delight locals and vacationers alike.

Textiles

The Textiles exhibit changes throughout the year, and showcases garments, early sewing machines and washing machines, and a loom. The museum also holds an annual Quilt Gala each February, and places ribbon winning quilts on display.

There is much more to see, including a Photography Gallery, and much more to experience! In addition to the Horry County Museum, there is also the L.W. Paul Living History Farm that replicates what life was like on a “one horse family farm” in Horry County from 1900-1955. Visitors will have the opportunity to sample everyday farm life from this era, through demonstrations and free guided tours.

Contact Vacation Rentals of North Myrtle Beach today, and start planning a historic vacation the whole family will remember. But first, check out this featured property.

Myrtlewood Villas #201: This spacious, tastefully decorated 3 bedroom/2 bath condo in Myrtle Beach sleeps up to 8 and is close to everything. Off the beaten path in the MyrtleWood Community, located right off the 17 Bypass, the unit is tucked far enough away in peacefulness that you almost forget you are in the center of most major attractions! Just a few miles from the oceanfront, you can drive and park in one of the many beach accesses.

There is a queen bed in the master suite, a queen bed in the 2nd bedroom, and 2 twin beds in the 3rd bedroom. There’s also a fully equipped kitchen with a separate dining area, living room, and a balcony overlooking the pool with a retractable shade system. There is also a grilling area for your use.

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!

 

Got the Winter Blues? If the chilly weather has you going to Carolina in your mind, contact Vacation Rentals of North Myrtle Beach today to start planning your 2019 Grand Strand Vacation! In the meantime, here are 20 inspirational quotes to start the New Year with sunny outlook:

  1. In my mind, I’m going to Carolina, I’m going to Carolina in my mind. — James Taylor
  2. If there is a heaven for me, I’m sure there is a beach attached to it. — Jimmy Buffett
  3. You don’t have to be rich to travel well. – Eugene Fodor
  4. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch, we are going back from whence we came. – John F. Kennedy
  5. The Sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever. – Jacques Cousteau
  6. I could never stay long enough on the shore; the tang of the untainted, fresh, and free sea air was like a cool, quieting thought. – Helen Keller
  7. On the beach, you can live in bliss. – Dennis Wilson
  8. Once you have travelled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey. — Pat Conroy
  9. A beach and warm weather is all I really need. — Rob Gronkowski
  10. I got lost in the rhythm of the waves of the ocean. Lost in the sunset too. — Darius Rucker
  11. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. — Mark Twain
  12. For whatever we lose (like a you or a me) it’s always ourselves we find in the sea. – E.E. Cummings
  13. To Travel is to Live. – Hans Christian Andersen
  14. He enjoys true leisure who has time to improve his soul’s estate. – Henry David Thoreau
  15. Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us. —Maya Angelou
  16. Live life with no excuses, travel with no regret. – Oscar Wilde
  17. I feel born again when I get out of the ocean. – Beyoncé Knowles
  18. Keep your face always toward the sunshine and the shadows will fall behind you. — Walt Whitman
  19. Not all those who wander are lost. — J.R.R Tolkein
  20. Take only memories, leave only footprints. – Chief Seattle

Happy New Year from Vacation Rentals of North Myrtle Beach!

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!

 

2019 is almost here, and there’s no better place to spend New Year’s Eve than on the Grand Strand! Whether it’s a midnight champagne toast at Gregg Norman’s, taking in a show at the Comedy Cabana, or live music at the Hard Rock Café New Year’s Eve Bash, there is no lack of grown-up fun. But this year, why not grab the kids and plan some family-friendly festivities? If ringing in the New Year with your little ones sounds delightful, here are four fun options.

LuLu’s Noon Year’s Eve

Lulu’s at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach is planning a fun filled New Year’s Eve party for kids and adults alike, and it may just become your favorite new holiday tradition! Recently opened this past spring, LuLu’s is all about celebrating food, family and fun, with an incredible waterfront view. Their New Year’s Eve party will feature crafts, kid-safe fireworks, a sand castle building contest, face painting, balloon animals, and a huge beach ball drop (we’re talking hundreds of beach balls) when the clock strikes NOON! Perfect for little ones who need to get to bed on time.

Fireworks Extravaganza at Broadway at the Beach

Sponsored by Helicopter Adventures, this Fireworks Extravaganza starts at 8PM on New Year’s Eve at Broadway at the Beach in the heart of Myrtle Beach. Known for their spectacular fireworks displays, this year’s event is sure to wow kids of all ages, and their parents, too!

New Year’s Eve Fireworks Spectacular at Barefoot Landing

Not to be outdone, families vacationing in North Myrtle Beach will be treated to an evening of fireworks at beautiful Barefoot Landing starting at 7PM. Visit Lulu’s for the noon countdown, take a break, and come back in the evening for a fantastic show!

A Southern Times Square in Valor Park

Why should New York have all the fun? This much-anticipated annual celebration, near the Market Common in Myrtle Beach, recreates the magic of Times Square with a Southern twist. Starting at 9PM, enjoy food, drinks, inflatables and games for the kids, live musical performances by the Painted Man Band, and a ball drop and fireworks display at midnight.

For a great, family-friendly place to stay during your holiday visit, contact us today. Happy New Year from Vacation Rentals of North Myrtle Beach!

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!

 

If the weather outside is frightful, the Grand Strand is delightful! Becoming a Snowbird after your retirement is a big decision, but if a warmer climate, world-class golf and attractions, and miles of beautiful beaches sound like Heaven to you, it may just be the best decision of your life. Here are the seven benefits of being a Snowbird on the Grand Strand.

  • Myrtle Beach was recently named one of “America’s 100 Best Places to Retire,” by Where To Retire magazine, the authority on retirement relocation.
  • According to Healthline, spending more time in the sun improves your mood by boosting serotonin levels, and as the major source of vitamin D, the sun’s rays also help you build stronger bones.
  • Being by the ocean is good for your health, too! According to Everyday Health, the saltwater in the ocean has anti-aging properties and can help to preserve the elasticity of your skin.
  • Reducing your stress level is also key to staying young and healthy, and there’s nothing more relaxing than a day at the beach — whether you’re reading a book, taking a walk on the sand, collecting seashells, or simply breathing in the salty air.
  • Myrtle Beach is known as the Golf Capital of the World, with over 100 amazing courses created by the likes of Arnold Palmer, Robert Trent Jones, Jack Nicklaus, and Greg Norman. Gregg Norman also has a wonderful waterfront restaurant at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach.
  • Speaking of restaurants, the Grand Strand is famous for fresh seafood. You’ll find a huge variety of delicious options ranging from the finest dining establishments to tasty boardwalk fare.
  • Your retirement is a time to have fun and experience everything life has to offer. There is so much to do and see on the Grand Strand, including spectacular shows at the Carolina Opry and Alabama Theatre, live music at the House of Blues, culture at the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum and area theatres, and a wealth of other unique attractions. You could even take shag dancing lessons!

So, what are you waiting for? Contact Vacation Rentals of North Myrtle Beach to learn about our short-term rentals for Snowbirds, and become a Snowbird on the Grand Strand today!

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!

Menopause The Musical®, the groundbreaking celebration of women who are on the brink of, in the middle of, or have survived The Change, is coming to the Myrtle Beach area in January, 2016! This hilarious hit show focuses on four women who must adjust to life after age 40 by embracing each other and the road ahead. Set in the lingerie department of Bloomingdales, these women meet and form a unique bond with one another (and the audience), over hot flashes, wrinkles, mood swings, chocolate cravings, memory loss, weight gain, and so much more.

This laughter-filled 90-minute production gets audience members out of their seats and singing along to parodies of 25 classic pop songs from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. Clever titles in the musical comedy include My Thighs, Stayin’ Awake/Night Sweatin’ and Puff, My God I’m Dragging.

The show’s Off-Broadway success has sparked a national tour, with a stop at The Legends In Concert Theater in Myrtle Beach. There will be seven performances, running January 20th through the 24th, 2016. Menopause The Musical® is brought to you by GFour Productions, winners of 54 Drama Desk and 44 Tony Awards. Tickets are currently on sale, and can be purchased at legendsinconcert.com or by calling the box office at 800-960-7469. Group discounts for 10+ are also available by calling 800-955-3436.

Property Spotlight: Harbourgate Marina #200  

Harbourgate Marina is a premium waterfront resort offering guests spacious suites in a picturesque North Myrtle Beach location. Situated on the Intracoastal Waterway, Harbourgate Marina is an ideal location for watersports enthusiasts. The resort features a full-service marina with boat slips for rent. There is also a pool overlooking the waterway and a harbor store, as well as dining and nightlife at Filet’s Steak & Seafood Restaurant and Tiki Bar. Harbourgate Marina #200 is a spacious 3BR/2BA condo, equipped with a king-size bed in the master bedroom, 2 full-size beds in the 2nd bedroom, and 1 queen-size bed in the 3rd bedroom. This condo offers new ceramic tile floors in main living areas and new granite counter tops in the bathrooms. This is a non-smoking condo and is motorcycle friendly! Christmas Special: Mention this article in December and receive 20% off for a Christmas stay at Harbourgate Marina #200 (if available). Book now before it’s too late, and enjoy the holidays at Harbourgate Marina in beautiful North Myrtle Beach!

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!

St Patty's Day in North Myrtle Beach

 

For the lucky ones who get to spend St. Patrick’s Day on the Grand Strand, there is a wealth of fun to be had. With numerous St. Patty’s Day events happening in the Myrtle Beach area this month, your friends stuck in the winter cold up north will be green with envy. It’s true; the end of the rainbow is here, in sunny South Carolina!

27th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival

Downtown North Myrtle Beach

March 14, 2015

9AM

If green is your favorite color, the 27th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade is just what you’re looking for! Come down to Main Street bright and early to celebrate this Irish tradition and help welcome spring. The parade begins at 9AM, and then the fun continues with two stages of live music. Bring the whole family, so the kids can enjoy rides and amusements from 11AM until 4PM. To top off your Irish luck, 150 vendors will line Main Street displaying crafts, products, services and a variety of treats to delight all ages.

Myrtle Beach Boardwalk St. Patrick’s Day Festival

800 N. Ocean Blvd.

March 14-15

Noon-11PM

If the downtown activities aren’t enough to satisfy your need for Irish traditions, the 2015 World Famous Myrtle Beach Boardwalk St. Patrick’s Day Celebration certainly will. Prepare for three city blocks worth of free entertainment including several live bands, an authentically Irish beer garden, food vendors and a kids’ carnival. Watch for leprechauns as you explore a petting zoo, camel and pony rides, and bouncy houses. If the carnival doesn’t sound like your type of fun, slow down and stroll the sidewalk sales at area businesses. All activities are free to enter so get there early!

6th Annual Irish Festival

Valor Park, the Market Common

March 14

11AM-7PM

If you prefer an alternative place to get yourself pinched for not wearing green, check out the Market Common, a Myrtle Beach treasure featuring shopping, dining, and entertainment. Now an annual tradition, children of all ages will enjoy live music and vendor opportunities to shop from local artists and businesses. Authentic Irish food and beer will be available for all lovers of everything green. Come bring the family to the Market Common for 6th Annual Irish Festival, where there is something fun for everyone!

March on down to Myrtle Beach this March and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on the Grand Strand! And why not stay for the fun Easter events happening this spring as well! From Egg Hunts at our beautiful local parks, the “Easter Eggstreme” event at Broadway at the Beach, and Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at Ripley’s Aquarium and The Hard Rock Café at Broadway at the Beach, it’s sure to be a hopping good time!

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 to find out more about our services at 888-488-8588!