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MOON SHADOW ECLIPSE CELEBRATION

Posted on 2017-08-16 17:08:42

There is buzz all around concerning the upcoming eclipse on Monday, August 21. From national coverage to local news, there is much publicity of this upcoming event in our solar system. Tourists and families are coming into town and others are preparing for the grand phenomenon which will take place in our area around 2:45 PM. So where will you be when the sun & moon cross paths and darkness covers us during the day? A suggestion might be the historic HOPSEWEE PLANTATION which will be hosting MOON SHADOW OVER HOPSEWEE ECLIPSE CELEBRATION from 10:30 AM 'til 4:30 PM. This is a viewing party featuring dancing, live music, a live feed from NASA, drinks, food, classes, & tours. HOPSEWEE PLANTATION is located just ten (10) miles from the center of the path of totality. It is approximately thirty (30) miles from Myrtle Beach. Food & Drinks will be available for purchase. Tickets for Sweetgrass Basket classes will be available as well as tours of the plantation. Comfortable shoes, bug spray, and sunscreen are recommended wear. Visitors should bring a lawn chair or blanket. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Eclipse viewing glasses are included with admission. Sweetgrass Basket Classes are $30 and Plantation Tours are $10. The address is 494 Hopsewee Road in Georgetown, SC 29440. For more information, call (843) 546-7891. No matter where you are, be prepared!

2017 SOUTH CAROLINA TAX FREE WEEKEND

Posted on 2017-07-31 20:27:04

Well, it is almost time again for that special shopping weekend! The "TAX-FREE WEEKEND" is coming-up August 4 thru August 6, 2017. First and foremost, you should know what is covered. Tax-free items are intended to coincide with parents annual Back-to-School shopping efforts. Items included are CLOTHING, ACCESSORIES, FOOTWEAR, SCHOOL SUPPLIES, COMPUTERS, & COMPUTER EQUIPMENT. This 2017 Sales Tax Holiday is very popular so you should learn how to make the most of it. Besides knowing the items included, you should use practical common sense to shop around for comparative prices. Outlet Shopping is massive but sometimes your local stores may have very good selections, less crowds, and great prices. So advice to shoppers is to plan ahead. You should know what you want or need.....and do not deviate just because you find other appealing deals. This is the sensible way to shop, save money, and have some fun! Afterall, it is not long until school begins.

MY FAVORITE THINGS

Posted on 2017-06-27 17:52:26

Oh my goodness, summer is in full-swing in Myrtle Beach! There are so many things to do that sometimes it is difficult to decide what you would like to do today. Here are a few things that are considered to be "favorites" by everyone throughout the entire summer! There's SUMMER NIGHTS at BROADWAY at the BEACH which runs thru September 3 and includes free "family-friendly" activities & live entertainment. HOT SUMMER NIGHTS at PLYLER PARK on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk takes place each night and includes some of the best live entertainment anywhere on the Grand Strand. Farther north, there is SUMMERFEST at BAREFOOT LANDING which is 7-10 pm daily thru September 2. It includes brass-band & jazz music, face-painting, fireworks, and special performance artists from America's Got Talent. To the south, there's COOL SUMMER EVENINGS at BROOKGREEN GARDENS with live entertainment & kids' activities on every Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday evenings. Experience Brookgreen Gardens at twilight and performances are included in garden admission. The list of favorites will be highlighted with a trip to the Market Commons Farmer's Market featuring fresh home-grown produce and local seafood every Saturday thru September 3. These are just a few things to keep your vacation very busy but sure to leave some beach time in your schedule, too!

CAROLINA COUNTRY MUSIC FEST 2017

Posted on 2017-05-31 20:53:45

It's almost time for the East Coast's largest 4-day outdoor country music festival. The 3RD ANNUAL CAROLINA COUNTRY MUSIC FEST will take place on June 8-11, 2017 on the former site of the Myrtle Beach Pavilion. The location is 812 North Ocean Blvd. in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The industry's biggest stars and national recording artists will be performing. This year, there will be more than 30 artists with headliners including Kenny Chesney, Jason Alden, Darius Rucker, & Montgomery Gentry. There are more great artists such as Billy Cunningham, Big & Rich, Chris Young, Lee Brice and many more! "Cashless Wristbands" will be available this year to pay for all onsite expenses. Attendees can also use cash or credit cards if preferred. Use of the new cashless wristbands is intended to improve on long-waiting lines from earlier years. Parking and continuous shuttle service to the event is available from the Myrtle Beach City Lot on the corner of 2400 North Oak Street. Daily parking passes or a 4-day parking pass will be on sale. For more information, go to CarolinaCountryMusicFest.com or call 877-435-9849. It's the talk of the town and everyone is ready for this great event of the year!

THE BLACK PEARL

Posted on 2017-05-22 17:01:04

In the next few days, THE BLACK PEARL CULTURAL HERITAGE & BIKE FESTIVAL celebration begins. This Memorial Weekend event will be attended by thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts. The dates are Friday, May 26 thru Monday, May 29 2017. If you are local or will be visiting the area, there is comprehensive information that everyone needs to know. Points that you need to check on are as follows: 1. THE TRAFFIC LOOP runs on Friday, Saturday & Sunday nights during the hours of 10:pm thru 2:00 AM....... 2. THE ATLANTIC BEACH CHUTE is another traffic control device with a dedicated lane into Atlantic Beach which keeps traffic moving and not backing up on Restaurant Row.........3. WEATHER FORECASTS should be checked frequently due to many outdoor events and cruising. Go to weather.com for updates.....4. RULES & MORE RULES...there are many rules in Horry County and Myrtle Beach regarding operation of motorcycles, proper dress, obscene bumper stickers & decals, and more. Check on these so you are not fined........5. WHERE'S THE PARTY?.....Atlantic Beach is where most of the events are happening. So whether you are a newcomer or an annual event-goer, there is a Paradise Party Compound where it all is happening in Atlantic Beach. Plan ahead, stay safe, and have a fun weekend!

MILITARY APPRECIATION DAYS 2017

Posted on 2017-05-10 17:45:33

Myrtle Beach's MILITARY APPRECIATION DAYS is a month-long celebration of our military men and women. The city celebrates annually with a jam-packed schedule. Events begin in early May and go through the end of month. The celebration includes a MILITARY APPRECIATION DAYS' PARADE to be held on Saturday, May 27 on Farrow Parkway at Grand Park. The parade & picnic have been redirected this year to The Market Common. The parade Grand Marshall is Alek Skarlatos. After the parade, there will be the Big Family Picnic, various exhibits, and a live performance by Andrew Thielen Big Band. Other event highlights during the month include Myrtle Beach Pelicans Military Appreciation Baseball Game.....MOAA Grand Strand Golf Tournament.....Military Appreciation Days Dinner & Dance.....Memorial Day March.....and much more! For more detailed information, go to www.militaryappreciation days.com.

A "SPRING SAFARI"

Posted on 2017-04-25 16:10:48

Each April, thousands of shaggers flock to the Grand Strand for the annual SOCIETY OF SHAGGERS (SOS) SPRING SAFARI. Dancers take to the floors in such well-known establishments as FAT HAROLD'S BEACH CLUB, DUCK'S BEACH CLUB, OD PAVILLION, SPANISH GALLEON , and many more. This is an annual ten-day dance party with shag dancing and club activities all-over North Myrtle Beach. Shag Clubs from across the Carolinas, surrounding states and East Coast, come together to enjoy popular beach music bands, DJ's, and ongoing live entertainment each day. There is a parade highlight held on the second Saturday of SPRING SAFARI and Shag Clubs compete in these four major categories: "BEST SHAG TROOP"....."BEST CLUB VEHICLE" ..... "MOST ORIGINAL THEME".... and "BEST SHAG THEME". The 2017 parade will be held on Saturday, April 29 at 1:00 PM starting on Main Street in North Myrtle Beach. 2017 SPRING SAFARI dates are April 21 thru April 30. For more information on SOS SPRING SAFARI as well as other shag events, go to www.shagdance.com.

A COUNTY FAIR AT THE BEACH

Posted on 2017-04-03 18:48:48

It is time for the second annual HORRY COUNTY FAIR and it will be held again at MYRTLE BEACH SPEEDWAY over the dates of April 7- 16, 2017. This is located at 455 Hospitality Lane across from Tanger Outlets, off Hwy. 501. This is approximately three (3) miles west of Myrtle Beach and just after passing S.C. Hwy. 31. Whether you are local or just visiting the area, what a fun time for all! Attractions will include daily entertainment on stage plus Robinson's Racing Pigs & Paddling Porkers. There is a also a petting zoo and both are free to see with daily admission fee. Rides are not included with admission but some discounts may apply. Admission Fee is $5 (ages 12 & older) $3 (ages 5-11.... 65 & older...anyone with military ID) and FREE (ages 4 & under). There will special THEME DAYS which include "$2 Monday Fun-Day" on April 10 for all ages plus $10 wristbands for unlimited rides AND "Senior Citizen Day" on April 12 with free admission all day for those who are 65 years & older. What a great way for all ages to have some old-fashioned fun! For more details, call (843) 236-0500 or go to www.myrtlebeachspeedway.com/hcfair/.

GOOD-BYE MATTHEW

Posted on 2017-03-28 16:54:00

In early October 2016, HURRICANE MATTHEW was responsible for many lost lives and damage estimated in billions of dollars. The savage storm tore through Haiti and went up the Eastern US Coastline and surrounding areas. Although much of the devastation in the Carolinas has been addressed , there are still locations where HURRICANE MATTHEW left permanent marks of destruction. Areas heaviest hit with flooding are still not ready for families to return home. Well, the World Meteorologic Organization has just released their 2017 list of tropical cyclone names and they have officially retired "MATTHEW" because of the deadly impacts it made in 2016. Also retired is "OTTO" because of its extreme nature. "MATTHEW" is being replaced with "MARTIN" and "OTTO" is switched to "OWEN". These are just names to some folks but to others they are symbols of nature's worst storms in recorded history. This rotation list for tropical cyclones encompasses areas of the Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico, North Atlantic Ocean, & Eastern North Pacific Ocean. So say good-bye to MATTHEW but don't forget the new season officially returns in June!

20th YEAR....MYRTLE BEACH MARATHON

Posted on 2017-03-01 17:46:00

MYRTLE BEACH MARATHON is an annual tradition attracting thousands of people from all over the country. The course is described as " fast, flat and beautiful". Ripley's Aquarium is the sponsor for "Neon Night 5K" and a "Fun Run" on Friday evening, March 3. The MYRTLE BEACH MARATHHON and HALF-MARATHON will take place on the morning of Saturday, March 4. Instead of a February event, the marathon dates are March 2-4, 2017. The course has seen tweeks over the years but the lack of hills and our beautiful scenery on Ocean Blvd. have remained staples of what makes the race a fun, fast trip! The course begins near Broadway at the Beach, just north of the intersection at 21st Avenue North & Bob Grissom Parkway. It departs up Grissom Parkway and down Mr. Joe White Avenue before heading south on Kings Hwy. toward the Myrtle Beach International Airport. There's a quick turn into The Market Common and this gives spectators a fun place to watch the halfway point. Upon exiting, the route turns into Ocean Blvd. where runners spend their longest stretch going through the heart of downtown....past The Skywheel. From this point, Half-Marathoners peel off while full distance runners continue through the "Golden Mile" and the "Cabana District". Runners continue with a quick trip by Grand Dunes and back down Kings Hwy. and over to Grissom Parkway. The finish line stops at Myrtle Beach Pelicans field. So whether you are a participant or here to watch the event, it is going to be a great time and the weather is cooperating with sunny skies, no rain and daytime temperatures in the 50's & 60's!

CELEBRATING SOUTHERN FOOD DAY

Posted on 2017-01-18 18:17:02

When you live in The Carolinas, every day is SOUTHERN FOOD DAY! However, there has been a declaration by www.foodimentary.com and southern food now has a special day all of its own. The day of celebration is Jan. 22 and all sorts of delicious foods will be recognized because of heritage. What actually makes a food fall into the category of "southern"....well, it began with how well it grew in the south. You can start with raw items such as collard greens, cabbage, okra, sweet potatoes, pecans & peanuts.... and then the list crosses with cooked foods such as fried chicken, ham biscuits, bacon, chicken bog, BBQ, Lemon Meringue Pie, Coconut Cake, and many more desserts. Don't forget that corn was not only a cooked vegetable but it was also processed for cornbread and grits. Plus, there's a variety of peas and beans which need to be shelled and then cooked, dried, or frozen for future consumption. Most Southerners have their own family recipes and preparation techniques. These can vary throughout different regions or areas in the South. We hope you will honor NATIONAL SOUTHERN FOOD DAY on Sunday, January 22 and go back to the basics of good Southern living. It started in the kitchen and still remains there for many. And remember....there are different ways to prepare those collard greens....but the true secret is not to overcook them!

MYRTLE BEACH RESTAURANT WEEK 2017

Posted on 2017-01-11 17:51:43

Why not be very good to yourself in January? Dine in style at some of the area's top restaurants for a fraction of the regular meal cost. RESTAURANT WEEK MYRTLE BEACH takes place January 12-22, 2017 at several establishments along the coast. You can enjoy fine to casual dining at participating locations. These restaurants will feature special menu items, promotions, & discounts. Diners can sample new restaurants or dine at the old favorites while tasting exceptional dishes at great value. This event is a reminder that Myrtle Beach is a culinary destination with top chefs, farm-to-table dining, wonderful wine, and many more delights to discover and explore. RESTAURANT WEEK MYRTLE BEACH is part of RESTAURANT WEEK SOUTH CAROLINA. It is an exciting (10) ten days showcasing our culinary scene throughout the state as well as locally and regionally. Food lovers should look for these participating area restaurants: 21 Main at North Myrtle Beach, Aspen Grille, Brentwood Restaurant & Wine Bistro, Café Amalfi, Castano's Italian Steakhouse, Croissants Bistro & Bakery, Ducatis Pizzeria & Trattoria, Landry's Seafood, Parson's Table, Ruth's Chris Steak House, Sam Snead's Oak Grill and Tavern, Vintage Twelve, and Waterscapes Restaurant.

OLD MAN WINTER

Posted on 2017-01-06 19:02:56

Crews around the Carolinas have been getting ready all week for the possibility of wintry weather over the upcoming weekend. And yes, there will be some winter weather conditions hitting areas across South Carolina & North Carolina. So whether you are traveling or just staying at home, be aware of the overall conditions and how it can affect you. The latest weather reports for the Grand Strand indicate that we should be prepared for heavy rain with frigid temperatures. Fortunately, we should be spared from snow, ice, & freezing rain. So if you are planning to build snowmen or snow angels, it may have to wait until you can travel west for any snow accumulation. OLD MAN WINTER rarely knocks on our door so we must wait and see if he really stops by. Stay prepared.....have a good weekend, and dream about those warm spring days on the Intracoastal Waterway!

YACHTS FOR TOTS

Posted on 2016-11-15 19:23:52

The 32nd annual INTERCOASTAL CHRISTMAS REGATTA will be held on Saturday, November 26, 2016 starting at 5:00 PM. This North Myrtle Beach Boat Parade helps Children of Horry County to have a Merry Christmas as the curtain rises on a spectacular maritime parade. Otherwise known as "YACHTS FOR TOTS", this event will make dreams come true for some less fortunate area children. All who attend are encouraged to bring donations of new unwrapped toys or monetary gifts. The goal of "YACHTS FOR TOTS" is to make certain not a single child goes without a present to open on Christmas morning. Additionally, donations of pet food and kitty litter will be accepted for the Humane Society. So the Little River Inlet will be the festive location for this grand parade of competing boats and what a way to kick-off your Holiday Season! For more information, contact Harbourgate Marina at (843) 249-8888 or go to www.christmasregatta.com.

THIS WORTHY CAUSE WILL SHOW YOUR SUPPORT

Posted on 2016-10-20 15:37:30

Almost everyone will be touched by Breast Cancer in their lifetime. It effects families, friends, neighbors and co-workers in devastating ways. We can now give thanks for the awareness that is available to detect this cancer early and ultimately save lives from the disease. There is an upcoming inaugural event which will be held on Saturday, November 5 2016 at Clarion Hotel & Conference Center in Myrtle Beach. It is known as DESTINATION CURE FASHION SHOW FOR JACQUELINE ELIZABETH RODGERS FOUNDATION. It will begin at 6:00 PM and tickets are available in advance or at the door. Cost is $20.00 per person. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to www.destinationcure.com or call (757) 275-6907. There are many events which support breast cancer research and this inaugural fashion show will be added to the recognized ones in the Grand Strand Area. Come to the Fashion Show....bring your friends....and have a terrific evening! You will be fighting Breast Cancer and showing recognition to Jacqueline Elizabeth Rodgers who lost her life to this deadly disease.

IT'S SHOWTIME AT THE BEACH!

Posted on 2016-10-19 19:01:17

In Myrtle Beach, it is showtime around the calendar. Each season is adorned with entertainment shows that display musical highlights throughout the year. Talent is superb, costumes are dazzling, theatres are festive and entertainment shows set a mood to celebrate the season. The largest theatre spectacles take place during Christmas otherwise defined as the period commencing the beginning of November thru early January. Ticket sales have been ongoing all year and theater casts have been preparing for weeks. Find out what is available and make your show arrangements now. Many folks take advantage of the Thanksgiving Holiday to visit Myrtle Beach for Christmas Shopping & Shows. It is a great combination for families, friends, church groups, and folks of all ages. Take in one of the many shows such as The Carolina Opry, Alabama Theatre, Legends in Concert, The Palace Theater, Medieval Times, Pirates Voyage & more! For more information, go online and visit local information websites such as www.VisitMyrtleBeach.com and www.MyrtleBeach.com. It will become a tradition you look forward to year after year!

A BELOVED EVENT in MYRTLE BEACH

Posted on 2016-09-26 19:38:45

ST. JOHN'S GREEK FESTIVAL will be held over the weekend of September 29 thru October 2, 2016. It is located on the campus of St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church at 3301-- 33rd Avenue North in Myrtle Beach. It opens daily at 11:00 AM and 12:00 Noon on Sunday. It is a celebration of Greek culture, cuisine, & family fun. This will be the 24th annual event. There will be live music, entertainment, inflatables, crafts and vendors. Locals and visitors will indulge on delicious Greek foods which include spanakopita, gyros, baklava, cookies, salads, pastries, & much more. The weather forecast appears to be good with cooler temperatures and sunny skies.. What a way to enjoy a fall weekend in Myrtle Beach!

COASTAL UNCORKED

Posted on 2016-08-04 20:08:31

COASTAL UNCORKED FOOD, BEER, & SPIRITS FESTIVAL is a premier event in Myrtle Beach. It has enjoyed treating visitors and locals to the best food, wine, spirits, arts, & entertainment since 2009. The goal is to make the culinary scene unique along the Grand Strand. This is very important since Myrtle Beach is home to more than 1700 dining establishments. It will be held September 2 thru September 4, 2016 which means this will be a special adventure over the Labor Day Weekend! Events will take place in the Parking Lot behind Pavilion Park Central near the Welcome Center on the 21st Avenue side of Broadway at the Beach. It will kick-off with "Chocolate Under the Moon"...a challenge where bartenders compete for the "Best Moonshine Cocktail". There will be dessert samplings and entertainment. On Saturday, September 3, it moves to "Brews'n'The Beach" highlighting craft beers and there will be samples of rare specialty beers from around the country. Also, there will be a vast variety of delicious foods served by area vendors and music fills the the air in this lively outdoor setting. Finally, the festival closes on Sunday, September 4 with the popular Wine-Tasting Tent. There will be samplings of various wines from vineyards around the country. For more information, follow Coastal Uncorked on Twitter.

THE MUSTANGS ARE HERE!

Posted on 2016-07-21 18:03:35

Yes, MYRTLE BEACH MUSTANG WEEK is underway and there's only three days left in the 2016 event which runs July 18-24. It is a celebration of Ford's most famous sports car. The event has grown into a gathering of hundreds of owners and thousands of enthusiasts who visit Myrtle Beach during the summer to sport around in their trophy cars. Activities run thru July 23 with remaining events at Myrtle Beach Mall, Myrtle Beach Speedway, and Darlington Dragway. This is the 13th year for MYRTLE BEACH MUSTANG WEEK and there will be many more in future years. The final day has Cruise-In at Myrtle Beach Mall from 10AM 'til 6PM and Car Show Awards will be presented at 3PM on Saturday. For more information, go to www.mustangweek.com. Clarion Myrtle Beach always enjoys Mustang Week 'cause they look so good parked by the waterway!

RED, WHITE & BLUE

Posted on 2016-07-07 20:03:56

When you hear mention of "RED, WHITE, & BLUE", it is a patriotic symbol for freedom, strength, & courage through the national flag. The Fourth of July is a national celebration honoring the birthdate of Independence Day. Through the centuries, the United States has risen to be the World's Leader. We are envied by other countries who have never experienced significant freedoms which are integral parts of our everyday living. So what do the flag colors really mean? Well, RED is for Courage...WHITE is for Purity...and BLUE is for Loyalty. The colors are characteristic of innocence, valour, vigilance, perseverance, justice and leadership. Stars are a symbol of heaven while stripes symbolize light rays emanating from the sun. The RED, WHITE & BLUE flies high this week as Americans celebrate with pride!

AMUSEMENT RIDES ARE STILL HERE!

Posted on 2016-06-15 19:38:10

Visitors to the Grand Strand are inquisitive about amusements and various park rides. Yes, they are still here and better than they used to be! Some of the favorites include FAMILY KINGDOM AMUSEMENT PARK with the legendary "Swamp Fox" Roller Coaster. Along with a large variety of amusement rides, there is "Splashes" Oceanfront Waterpark. There's bumper cars, arcades, games, coasters, and lots of kids' action at FAMILY KINGDOM which has been serving the area for more than (35) years. At BROADWAY AMUSEMENT RIDES, many of the original Myrtle Beach Pavilion rides have been relocated to Broadway at the beach. This gives an upscale backdrop along with the addition of dining, entertainment & shopping. MYRTLE BEACH SKYWHEEL is down on the Boardwalk and it is a premier view to the entire Grand Strand. There's also MYRTLE BEACH THRILL RIDES which includes the SKYSCRAPER and SLING SHOT. In North Myrtle Beach, you will find the old but new OCEAN DRIVE PAVILION AMUSEMENT PARK offering a large variety of rides for all ages in a nostalgic setting right on the beach at the famous "Horseshoe". And guess what....the list goes on! Be certain to check-out amusements when you & your family visit because they are still here....in more places... and simply better than ever!

IT'S BACK....a GREAT SUMMER KICK-OFF!

Posted on 2016-06-02 16:11:33

The SUN FUN FESTIVAL is back this week after a five-year hiatus. Organizers hope it will bring nostalgia back into Myrtle Beach. Many locals and tourists still moan the 2006 loss of the former Myrtle Beach Pavilion Amusement Park. Later in 2011, the SUN FUN FESTIVAL was also lost. It was originally designed in 1951 to attract tourists to an otherwise slow weekend at the beginning of summer. Since these losses, there has been considerably less interaction between hoteliers, businesses, locals, & visitors along the oceanfront and Ocean Boulevard. In an effort to revive the event, The Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce recruited help from local businesses to step-up and sponsor the SUN FUN FESTIVAL. The position of the chamber transitioned into an event promoter instead of being an event producer. Thus, a group came together headed by owners of The Gay Dolphin and they are making full use of the Sun Fun brand. Locals are hopeful it will have a positive economic impact on the first weekend in June producing increased traffic to downtown Myrtle Beach. The schedule runs June 4, 5, & 6 at Plyer Park near the Boardwalk at Joe White Avenue and North Ocean Boulevard. There will be a Sun Fun King & Queen, parade, parachute demonstrations, and concerts with bands such as The Entertainers, The Swingin' Medallions, Too Much Sylvia, The Castaways, and more!. Maurice Williams from The Zodiacs will serve as Grand Marshall. It is free and more information is available at (843) 448-6550 or www.sunfunmb.com.

A MONTH of SPECIAL APPRECIATION

Posted on 2016-05-17 19:45:36

Myrtle Beach celebrates MILITARY APPRECIATION DAYS during the month of May with a full schedule of activities. US Army Veteran, Noah Galloway, is the 2016 Grand Marshall for the MILITARY APPRECIATION DAYS PARADE on Saturday, May 28. Sergeant Galloway was a career soldier until he experienced a life-changing injury during an attack in Iraq. Just three (3) months into his second tour of duty, he sustained injuries causing the loss of an arm and leg. With strength and determination, he has overcome the losses and become a personal trainer and motivational speaker. He has climbed so far as to capture third place in ABC'S Dancing with the Stars. As Grand Marshall, Noah Galloway will lead the gallant parade at Myrtle Beach Market Common commencing at 10:30 AM. There are other highlighted events during the month including a Dinner & Dance, Golf Tournament, Family Picnic, Pelicans Baseball Game, Remembrance Ceremony, Memorial Day March & more!. For more information, go to www.militaryappreciationdays.com.

BLUE CRABS and SO MUCH MORE!

Posted on 2016-05-10 16:07:53

Here's a reminder that it is time for the WORLD FAMOUS BLUE CRAB FESTIVAL. The 35th Annual Event will be held on May 14-15, 2016. The purpose is to showcase the fabulous atmosphere of the Little River Community in North Myrtle Beach and the entire Grand Strand Area. Attendance is expected to be more than 50,000 and there will be over 300 vendors. There will be live outdoor music with headliners such as The Embers and Jim Quick & Coastline Band. Blue crabs and other fresh seafood will be available for purchase from local restaurants. This event just gets better from year-to-year and word-of-mouth advertising has helped promote its' success and popularity. Locals and visitors are excited so put it on your weekend calendar. For more information, call (843) 249-6604.

IT IS TIME FOR SPRING BIKERS!

Posted on 2016-05-03 16:16:33

Well, the roar of bikes is just around the corner! May 2016 is the month for two (2) incredible bike rallies along the Grand Strand. Each one brings approximately 350,000 visitors to the area. MYRTLE BEACH BIKE WEEK will be held May 13-22. This event is known as the Spring Rally for Harley Bikers. There will also be a Fall Rally for Harley Bikers in October but with a much smaller attendance. There is the ATLANTIC BIKE WEEK , also known as Black Bike Week, which will be held over the Memorial Day Weekend on May 27-30. During ATLANTIC BIKE WEEK, there is a traffic loop which helps flow around the city. This 23-mile loop goes into effect 10PM thru 2AM on Friday, Saturday, & Sunday evenings in order to prevent gridlock. There are special events set-up for both rallies including ride-alongs, tours, parties, cook-outs, concerts, & more. Many restaurants, bars, & night clubs have special offers and attractions for bikers. There are rules which everyone should know regarding parking, helmets, and noise ordinances. All are intended to promote safety and encourage organized events for both attendees and residents. For more details, go to the City of Myrtle Beach website.

THE LINE-UP IS GROWING

Posted on 2016-04-13 19:48:38

In case you have not heard, the second annual CAROLINA COUNTRY MUSIC FEST is scheduled for June 9-12, 2016. What a great success it was for the first year and the line-up for 2016 is growing with less than two months to go. Headliners are Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, and Florida Georgia Line. The latest addition to the line-up are Outshyne, The Davisson Brothers Band, Chase Rice and Brett Young. Other artists already announced are Kelsey Ballerini, Cole Swindell, Jake Owen, Joe Nichols, A Thousand Horses, Michael Ray, Chase Bryant, Lauren Jenkins, Maren Morris, Chris Lane, Kane Brown, and Gary Allen. The festival will be on the former Pavilion site in downtown Myrtle Beach and country music stars will perform on an oceanfront stage. Tickets can be purchased thru www.ccmf.com. There will be 3-day discounted general admission tickets available while supplies last. Get ready for some of the latest and greatest hits in country music performed by a beautiful Atlantic Ocean backdrop. What a weekend and what a way to kick-off a star-spangled summer!

IS IT TRUE?

Posted on 2016-04-11 20:26:54

Yes, there is ongoing discussion within Myrtle Beach City Council to temporarily close Ocean Boulevard between 8th Avenue North and Joe White Avenue. The experiment will likely have planned closures that occur during Hot Summer Nights' events between 4pm thru 1am. This effort is done in order to increase foot traffic for boulevard area businesses. Some merchants are skeptical while others are willing to entertain the idea in hopes of bringing a significant influx of tourists to the area. A similar idea was proposed in 2014 but it did not gain any popularity. Since then, the discussion has surfaced again due to successes in Charleston and North Myrtle Beach. It is now being reviewed and will probably be limited to one summer night weekly but only as an experiment to see how tourists and merchants react to the plan. The ultimate goal is to improve business along Ocean Boulevard....not drive it away.

THE BIRDS ARE BACK!

Posted on 2016-04-05 18:09:01

Running April Thru September, the 2016 Season will be the 18th for the MYRTLE BEACH PELICANS now in the Class A--Advanced affiliate of The Chicago Cubs. The 2016 Season offers locals and visitors a great chance to take-in a game at PELICANS BALLPARK at TicketReturn.com Field. The stadium features a number of great amenities including a craft beer garden, a beach area filled with sand, and much more. There's lots of kid's stuff including inflatables, games, playground, and a wiffle ball court which has been renovated to look like Wrigley Field in Chicago. Promotionally, fans will see the return of $2sday Brewsdays with $2.00 craft beers, Thirsty Thursday with $1.00 draft beers, Weiner Wednesdays with BOGO hot dogs, and finally Saturdays Locals' Appreciation with special discounts for locals. Come and celebrate the summer holidays.... enjoy firework displays....and have fun-time with your family & friends. For more information and a full 2016 schedule, visit MyrtleBeachPelicans.com or call (843) 918-6000.

MYRTLE BEACH SPEEDWAY

Posted on 2016-03-21 19:44:54

There's action-packed racing on the historical MYRTLE BEACH SPEEDWAY throughout the 2016 season. This year's schedule started in late February and goes through late November. Weekly racing has never been so exciting or action-packed on this Beast of the Beach...1/2 mile oval asphalt track. Racing includes NASCAR Whelan Series, Charger Series, Vintage, Super Trucks, and Mini Series. Short track racing at Myrtle Beach Speedway is complemented throughout the year with other activities including the Horry County Fair, NASCAR Sanctioned Races, Monster Jam, NOPI National Car Shows, Mustang Day, Wheels of Destruction, and country music performances. The original speedway was named "Rambi Raceway" and it continues to offer great fun for all ages. It is attractive for families, groups, and individuals who have a passion for car racing. There is calendar of events including specific dates, times, and ticket costs at www.myrtlebeachspeedway.com or simply call (843) 236-0500 for information. Guests of Clarion Hotel Myrtle Beach have an added advantage since all speedway events are just minutes from the track!

LUCK of the MARSHWALK

Posted on 2016-03-15 17:35:51

Each year, there are St. Patrick's Day activities from North to South along the coastal Grand Strand. The fun generates excitement for all ages as we move into spring. If you want to do something with a different Irish-themed flair, go to LUCK of the MARSHWALK located at 4025 Hwy. 17 in Murrells Inlet. On Thursday, March 17, the Irish activity begins at 5:00 PM. A Secret Leprechaun will find his way to the celebration. Everyone should wear their finest & greenest costume for chances to win over $1500 in cash & prizes. Winners are not chosen by judges because it is all based on "Luck". Participants make their way up & down the Marshwalk collecting colored coins from every restaurant/bar. Each coin is numbered....just like a raffle. For prizes, there is a bucket where corresponding numbers can possible be drawn. "Secret Leprechauns" will be scattered about giving out secret coins to those who have the best, brightest, greenest and most creative Irish outfit. Basically, the more awesome your costume is then you will collect more coins and enhance your chances of scoring one of the (30) prizes. Costume & Coin Collecting will take place from 5:00 PM 'til 9:30 PM. Participants must collect at least one colored coin from every Marshwalk restaurant/bar. Plus, the secret coins will be handed-out so there are many lucky ways to win. Enjoy it all including music & dining plus experience the "Luck of the Irish" at the Marshwalk of Murrells Inlet!

SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY WELCOMES CANADIANS

Posted on 2016-02-29 19:42:13

The 55th Annual CANADIAN AMERICAN DAYS FESTIVAL will be held March 12-20, 2016 in a various locations along the Grand Strand. Thousands of friends from the North flock to our beautiful beaches for a bevy of events including concerts, golf tournaments, special attractions & more. In commemoration of this milestone anniversary, a number of activities will be on tap to celebrate our wonderful Canadian & Snowbird visitors. CAN-AM DAYS showcase Southern Hospitality at its finest. In addition to special events in Myrtle Beach, Conway, and North Myrtle Beach, discount coupons are available thru April 30, '16. These coupons include special discounts for area attractions, entertainment, dining, and golf. As we welcome our Canadian neighbors to the Grand Strand, they will only need to present their valid Canadian ID's at participating locations. You know spring has arrived in Myrtle Beach when we greet our Canadian guests and now the tradition has been around for 55 successful years. For more information including specific activities, events, & discounts, go to www.VisitMyrtleBeach.com, and www.MyrtleBeach.com.

MYRTLE BEACH MARATHON 2016

Posted on 2016-02-15 18:27:28

Hey....there's a new date! It's March 3-5, 2016 for the 19th Annual MYRTLE BEACH MARATHON. There is also a new expo location with 100,000 square feet at MYRTLE BEACH SPORTS CENTER. It's better than ever and only a few weeks away. The schedule runs as follows: THURSDAY,MARCH 3...Runner's Expo (5:30 PM)-----FRIDAY, MARCH 4...Runner's Expo (11 AM)....Ripley's Aquarium Family Fun Run (5:30 PM)....Bojangles 5K (7PM)------SATURDAY, MARCH 5....Wheelchair & Crank Chair (6:15 AM)....Dasani Half Marathon (6:30 AM)....Full Marathon (6:30 AM)....Awards (9:30 AM & 10:30 AM)....House of Blues Post Race Party (5-7 PM). It's more than a race because it is a weekend full of festivities. With a fast course that wraps its way along the awe-inspiring Atlantic Ocean, you'll find your way through the famous Million Dollar Mile. This is a perfect course to get friends and family involved. There is still time to register before March 1. All runners are looking forward to good weather as we enter the last days of our cold weather season. Local area businesses welcome this huge event back to the beach from year-to-year. Don't miss MYRTLE BEACH MARATHON 2016!

A NEW THEATER IN MYRTLE BEACH

Posted on 2016-02-09 18:37:01

Over the past three (3) decades, entertainment theatres have become very popular along the Grand Strand. Some have become Myrtle Beach's most successful attractions while others were less popular and became short-lived venues. A new theater has joined the mix and it is known as GTS THEATRE. It is located at 1220 Port Drive..... next door to JAMMIN' LEATHER off Bypass 17 on Hwy. 501. It started well with positive customer reviews and good ratings on Trip Advisor. There will be (4) shows during 2016 starting with MOTOR CITY MUSICAL. This is a journey into Motown with so much talent from the '60's and '70's. This musical cabaret begins February 2016 and features artists from the iconic era such as Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Aretha Franklin, The Four Tops & more! In May, VAUDEVILLE THE SHOW recreates Burlesque Variety which is a lost theatrical art with dazzling fresh style. It has been away for decades and has a cast of dancers that take you back to the 1920's. The show is complimented with magicians, singers, & comedians. VAUDEVILLE THE SHOW celebrates music and traditions of yesteryear with a variety of entertainers. REDNECK CHRISTMAS will be a new area highlight in November/December 2016. It is not your typical Christmas Show....but it is done "redneck style". Highlights include "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" and "Grandpa Got Run Over by a John Deere". It's great fun for all ages. Finally, GTS THEATRE hosts WILD 4 HYPNOSIS with (2) shows during specified dates. There is a "Family" version and another for "Adults". It stars a comedy duo that has performed across the country and gained much-deserved recognition during the years. Contact GTS Box Office for more information & tickets.

SUPER BOWL 50

Posted on 2016-02-03 17:20:00

SUPER BOWL 50 is the upcoming American Football Game that will be highly watched as the champion of the National Football League is determined. It will be held at the home of San Francisco 49er's new stadium known as LEVI'S STADIUM which is located in Santa Clara, California. Kick-off begins at 3:30 PM (PST) or 6:30 PM (ET) on Sunday, February 7,2016. The final competition is between National Football League Conference Champion CAROLINA PANTHERS and the American Football Conference Champion DENVER BRONCOS. So what should one expect in this 50th Edition of the SUPER BOWL? It is rumored that national TV ads will be more conservative......tickets will be the widest selection ever offered... and Lady Gaga will perform the National Anthem. Bottom Line.....it is going to be one heck of an exciting game with MVP Frontrunner Cam Newton for the CAROLINA PANTHERS facing Peyton Manning for DENVER BRONCOS. At present, CAROLINA PANTHERS are favored by 5.5 points with just 4 days to go. Alternate sources also favor Cam Newton and the Carolina offense to win by 14 points. No one really knows who will take home 2015 honors, but the result should be hugely reflective on quarterback play. There is a lot to be said for both teams but the Panthers are highly supported in North Carolina and South Carolina. Don't forget game-time 'cause we all will be watching........GO PANTHERS!

WEATHER IN THE SOUTHEAST

Posted on 2016-01-07 20:15:36

Whether you're looking for long-range weather predictions or simply the daily forecast, there have been lots of abnormal conditions across the country in the past months. Although the Southeast was spared from hurricane destruction during the 2015 season, it did suffer severely from historic flooding that hit record-high levels and continues to cause devastating problems for many areas. The Fall 2015 experienced above average temperatures with Christmas Day highs near 80 degrees and only dropping a few degrees at night. Now that 2016 has arrived, temperatures have cooled into normal ranges but what is ahead thru March and how will the Southeast be affected by EL Nino? Answers are unpredictable but forecasters seem to think more rain is coming along with cooler than normal temperatures.....possible ice, gusty winds, unsettled conditions and a late spring. Despite these scientific predictions from experts with modern technologies, THE FARMER'S ALMANAC might be a reliable source to consider. One must keep checking and be weather smart because El Nino will likely affect everyone. Both temperatures and rainfall have been the strongest on record in (18) years so stay prepared.....only El Nino knows!

GREAT GIFT IDEAS

Posted on 2015-12-18 17:57:34

With Christmas Day rapidly approaching, you are probably looking for last-minute gift ideas and good deals. Don't let year-long admission deals pass you by at some of the most sought-after attractions along the Grand Strand as well as in the state. Some favorites locally are Alligator Adventure and Ripley's Aquarium. There's also Myrtle Beach SkyWheel, Wild Water & Wheels, and Myrtle Waves. Mini-Golf passes are quite popular and at least (5) different locations are offering annual options. The beautiful & historic Brookgreen Gardens offers annual memberships which are available for individuals as well as families. There are (47) State Parks in the South Carolina system and several options are available for access into specific parks which includes historical, coastal, and inland locations. If you are looking for more educational attractions , there's Riverbanks Zoo, Fort Fisher, & N.C. Aquariums. And finally, just ask your favorite entertainment spots if they have an annual plan and you will almost always get a positive answer with lots of savings. Santa's work is ongoing and these great gift ideas come in handy for stockings or wrapped under the tree!

ANOTHER NEW NAME IS COMING!

Posted on 2015-12-10 20:11:10

As the Grand Strand Area continues to grow, so do new business names around town especially those with regional/national backgrounds. The latest name to be added to the list is PANERA BREAD which plans to open its first bakery café in the Myrtle Beach Area in a new building to be constructed next to Starbucks Coffee on U.S. Hwy. 501 in Carolina Forest Commons. Plans for the business were submitted in October 2015 and are expected to receive final approval in the very near future. It's unclear at this time as to when the restaurant will open. PANERA BREAD has become a popular social hangout much like Starbucks, where patrons are just likely to be working on their laptop computers and munching cranberry orange muffins while others file through for a breakfast bacon, egg & cheese ciabatta or a bowl of turkey chili. The company has built a tremendous reputation for using high-quality ingredients shunning artificial trans fat and MSG. They also serve antibiotic-free meats and vegetarian-fed chicken. This new location in Carolina Forest Commons is only minutes from Clarion Hotel & Conference Center. Clarion guests will be able to take advantage of this popular eatery while vacationing on the waterway!

FESTIVAL OF TREES

Posted on 2015-12-07 19:46:27

The Grand Strand hosts many events celebrating the beloved Christmas Season. One of the continued favorites each year takes place within Broadway at the Beach. It is RIPLEY'S AQUARIUM FESTIVAL OF TREES featuring beautifully decorated and themed Christmas Trees. There is one tree for each of the fifty (50) states. Creativity is wide-spread with ideas such as a Mardi Gras tree with masks & beads to a Las Vegas-style tree with a feather head-dress. The South Carolina tree is over 18 feet tall and features seashells, magnolias, golf balls, plus representations of Clemson and USC. In addition to the many themed trees, there is a scavenger hunt that tests your knowledge about each state's tree. This is the largest tree display in South Carolina. It opened on November 6 and will be open through December 31. This holiday attraction is great for kids, adults, families, schools, & groups. The FESTIVAL OF TREES is also highlighted with the educational sights & sounds from Ripley's Aquarium. For more information, go to www.ripleyaquariums.com/myrtlebeach or call 800-734-8888 or (843) 916-0888.

2015 HOLIDAY TRADITION & MARKETPLACE

Posted on 2015-11-09 18:09:27

Over November 12-15, it will be time for the 34th Annual DICKENS CHRISTMAS SHOW & FESTIVALS. This is a unique national award-winning event comprised of a multitude of shopping & entertainment options for individuals and groups alike. The cornerstone of the event is a Victorian Holiday Marketplace held in the 100,000 square foot exhibit hall of the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. Against a Victorian Holiday background, there are hundreds of period-clad vendors hawking everything from jewelry, gifts, toys, arts, crafts, gourmet foods, holiday décor and much more! Other highlights include Strolling Musicians, Tea Leaf Readers, Shadow Box Displays, Punch & Judy Shows, Festivals of Trees & Wreaths, Santa Claus thru the Ages, and Festival of the Worlds. It is a holiday experience that is worth your time, taste & budget. You can make it a day's excursion or a long weekend getaway. It sure is a perfect way to kick-off the Holiday Season and thousands will be attending. For more information or tickets, go to www.dickenschristmasshow.com or call (843)-448-9483. For hotel reservations, come over to Clarion Myrtle Beach where it is an approximate ten-minute drive to the show.

HALLOWEEN GOBLINS, GHOSTS & GHOULS!

Posted on 2015-10-12 19:08:41

If you are planning to be in Myrtle Beach over Halloween Weekend, here are some favorite choices you may want to consider. There's SPOOKQUARIUM which is a sleepover at Ripley's Aquarium with crafts, snacks, scavenger hunting, and a haunted aquarium walk. All takes place starting at 8PM on Halloween until 8AM on November 1. Cost is $29.00 per person and it includes breakfast. BROADWAY AT THE BEACH will host Trick-or-Treating from 4:30-6:30 PM to all kids with costumes. On the South Strand, MYRTLE BEACH MARKET COMMON will be giving out candy and FREE Carriage Rides to all costumed Trick-or-Treaters from 5PM-7PM. Going back to the North End, 2001 Night Club will host their annual COSTUME SPECTACULAR with $1000 cash prize for the Best Costume. There will be other prizes & entertainment in the nightclub during the evening. At BAREFOOT LANDING, kids can Trick-or-Treat around the unique shops & restaurants from 5pm-7pm. And finally, the CITY OF NORTH MYRTLE BEACH is hosting HOWL-O-SCREAM for all ages at the NMB Park & Sports Complex. This includes hayrides, pumpkin painting, marshmellow roasting, and Trick-or-Treating for only $5.00 per carload. There are many more exciting events all along the Grand Strand including Murrells Inlet and Conway so pick your favorites. All Goblins, Ghosts & Ghouls should have a safe but scary-fun night and be sure to look for "spirits" wherever you go!

RESCHEDULE YOUR CALENDAR

Posted on 2015-10-07 16:15:14

The 2015 TASTE OF THE TOWN is rescheduled for Thursday, November 5. due to recent weather conditions in South Carolina. This is the 31st annual event hosted by St. Andrew Catholic School. The location is the Myrtle Beach Convention Center located on the corner of 21st Avenue North and Oak Street. This is an exciting culinary event which annually attracts hundreds of locals as well as visitors to sample a vast variety of foods, wines, & desserts from many local competitors. Nearly fifty (50) restaurants compete for BEST ENTREE, BEST DESSERT, PEOPLES' CHOICE, and several other accolades during the evening. Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door. Tasting tickets are good for samples from participating restaurants and in the Beer & Wine Garden. For more information, go to www.totmb.com or call (843) 448-6062. It is definitely an occasion worth waiting on in Myrtle Beach!

AROUND TOWN for LABOR DAY WEEKEND!

Posted on 2015-08-31 17:54:39

Whether you are local or just visiting, there are special events around town for the upcoming Labor Day Weekend. The 10th Annual BEACH, BOOGIE, & BBQ will be held at The Market Common. Festivities will take place from 6-10 PM Friday, and Noon 'til 10PM on Saturday. Among the highlights will be barbeque competitors and other food for sale vendors. There is also live entertainment on both days and activities for the kids. Closer to downtown is the 5th Annual COASTAL UNCORKED FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL. Moving to Labor Day Weekend is new for this event and it will be feature local food, wine, beer, and live music in Celebrity Square at Broadway at the Beach. On Friday, there will be a new event called "Chocolate Under the Moon" and it highlights a variety of desserts and moonshine mixology competition. Saturday brings back "Brews & the Beach" which is a craft beer festival. And finally, there is the "Great Wine Tasting Tent" on Sunday which includes wine samples and a selection of hors d'oeuvres. What a great weekend we have coming up in just a few days. Everyone should make plans to attend these events. Guests staying at Clarion Hotel Myrtle Beach will have easy access to both festival locations. Let's get the weekend started!

THANKS FOR 20 YEARS!

Posted on 2015-08-17 16:54:30

This week calls for a celebration. On August 20, BROADWAY at the BEACH will turn 20 years old. From 4-6 PM, there is a "Thank You Party" planned in Center Court. There's FREE Face-Painting, Kid's Karaoke, Spinning the Prize Wheel, and the Special Birthday Bonus where BROADWAY at the BEACH will be giving a ticket to ride one FREE amusement at Pavilion Park to the first 200 guests. Come and celebrate this huge attraction which has been a central point of interest in Myrtle Beach. BROADWAY at the BEACH has brought many smiles, highlights, and good times to vacationers & locals over the past two (2) decades. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to this winning attraction! You just keep getting better over the years!

HOT SUMMER NIGHTS 2015

Posted on 2015-07-27 19:41:03

Summer 2015 is rapidly passing and HOT SUMMER NIGHTS AT PLYER PARK ON MYRTLE BEACH BOARDWALK is a hotspot. It is enjoyed by families & summer vacationers of all ages. Everyone will be entertained with new events each night which are FREE! There's the BOARDWALK KIDS' CARNIVAL on Mondays with bands, bounce-houses, face painters, artists, stilt walkers, balloon artists, and tons of exciting activities. The "I LOVE SUGAR" STAGE in Plyler Park will be hosting bands on Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Saturdays at 8:00 PM. On Wednesdays, there's more live music and the biggest FIREWORKS' DISPLAY on the beach at Second Avenue Pier. The famous "BOARDWALK ELVIS" performs on Fridays & Saturdays along with other noted acts. When you visit the Boardwalk, stop by the scenic Myrtle Beach Skywheel or dine at one of the fabulous restaurants along the beachfront. For more information, go to www.MyrtleBeachDowntown.com or www.MyrtleBeach.com. See you on the Boardwalk during these HOT SUMMER NIGHTS!

THE ART MUSEUM OF MYRTLE BEACH

Posted on 2015-07-06 19:31:28

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina has been graced with cultural beauty through THE ART MUSEUM which is dedicated to being one of the finest visual arts museums in the Carolinas. THE MUSEUM first opened to the public in June 1997 but was conceived thirteen (13) years earlier by a small group of Myrtle Beach visionaries which consisted of artists, art patrons, business leaders, cultural enthusiasts, and private citizens. The building dates to 1924 when it was built by textile industry leader, Eugene Cannon, in the Cabana Section of Myrtle Beach. It was sold to Col. Elliot White Springs for use by his family and Executives from Springs Industries. At that time, the building was re-christened as SPRINGMAID VILLA. In 1975, the Villa changed hands again and was slated for demolition. A campaign by several noted locals was made to save SPRINGMAID VILLA. Finally, arrangements were secured to move the 150-ton structure. It was loaded and taken to a new home eight (8) miles south to undeveloped property owned by Myrtle Beach Farms Company, precursor to Burroughs & Chapin Company. A corporation was formed along with a new non-profit Board of Trustees who were charged with converting and later managing the public Art Museum. After long efforts, doors to THE MUSEUM opened in 1997. In recognition for the land donation, it was re-named for the Founders of Myrtle Beach Farms and became FRANKLIN G. BURROUGHS---SIMEON B. CHAPIN ART MUSEUM. Through unique exhibitions and interactive & creative programs, THE ART MUSEUM now serves residents and visitors of all ages. The facility consists of ten total galleries on first & second floors along with an Art Studio & Workshop, Library, Reception Room with grand piano, and covered Tea Porch with breathtaking ocean views. It is located at 3100 South Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach, SC. For more information, call (843) 238-2510 or e-mail info@MyrtleBeachArtMuseum.org.

STARS & STRIPES!

Posted on 2015-06-25 16:47:44

Our beloved Independence Day is just around the corner. It is a significant holiday and it allows celebrations under the beautiful summer skies! There is a large variety of activities for families, visitors, & locals to enjoy in Myrtle Beach Area. Many July 4th events are held annually and folks plan their holiday around these glittering highlights. Despite the long list of things to do along the Grand Strand, here are some favorites you may want to consider. Early morning begins at The Market Commons with a 7AM Independence Day 8K/5k Run. At 1PM, there is the Sixth Annual Salute from the Shore Flyover along the Myrtle Beach shoreline. From 2-5PM, you'll find the popular "Cupcake Eating Contest" hosted by Croissants Bistro & Bakery. As the day goes by, you can enjoy music & food at the Surfside Beach Celebration from 6-10PM on the fabulous Surfside Beach Pier. Be sure to get back to Myrtle Beach for the spectacular Fireworks Displays at Broadway at the Beach and Second Avenue Pier. Both locations begin at 10PM so the skies will be sparkling. If you are planning to be in the North Myrtle Beach Area that evening, the spot for fireworks will be Barefoot Landing at 10:15 PM. No matter what you do, the choices are many. For more suggestions, go to www.myrtlebeach.com or www.visitmyrtlebeach.com. Our July 4th Holiday holds significant meaning in this country so get out and celebrate the freedom of STARS & STRIPES!

NOTHING COULD BE FINER

Posted on 2015-06-22 19:25:35

The Carolinas are blessed with rich farmlands and are great providers of fresh produce. Even along the coastal areas, there is a seasonal presence of fruits & vegetables so anyone can purchase local home-grown items. Outdoor markets and produce stands are gently scattered throughout the Grand Strand and they always seem to have a steady flow of customers. Some locations reign as favorites because of their popularity for freshness and unique qualities. In Myrtle Beach, there's MYRTLE'S MARKET in the heart of town on the corner of Joe White Avenue and Oak Street. Myrtle Beach Market Commons boasts FARMER'S MARKET ON DEVILLE STREET while farther south, there is LEE'S FARMERS MARKET in Murrells Inlet. All of these are known for their varieties of fruits, vegetables, baked goods, jams & jellies, flowers & plants, hand-made crafts, and even fresh seafood. If you are traveling north, there are two (2) famous landmark locations. Both have 5-star ratings and receive hundreds of visitors each day. The first is INDIGO FARMS which is just north of Little River, S.C. Secondly, HOLDEN BROTHERS FARM MARKET is near the exit into Ocean Isle Beach and west of Shallotte, N.C. In addition to their home-grown produce. these farms are also recognized for allowing "hand-picking" of seasonal items such as strawberries and tomatoes. My goodness, there is no wonder the Carolinas are known for good food!

SUMMER NIGHTS at BROADWAY at the BEACH

Posted on 2015-06-15 17:11:09

Celebrate the sights & sounds of summer at Broadway at the Beach. There's nightly entertainment through the summer months and it is a highlight for both tourists and locals. From face painters to musical performers, summer entertainment brings fun to all ages as you shop, dine, & explore all throughout Broadway at the Beach. Weekend specialties include "Princess Saturdays" and "Super-Hero Sundays". This magic begins at 6:00 PM and it's a fun time for photos as you stroll through the streets of Broadway. Every Tuesday, there's a "Fireworks Extravaganza Show" at 10:00 PM and each Thursday thru Sunday there is a variety of live music. Be sure to check online at www.BroadwayattheBeach.com for monthly and daily events. There are so many summer highlights awaiting you and it is another reason to visit Myrtle Beach. Summer Nights are definitely alive at Broadway at the Beach!

COOL SUMMER EVENINGS

Posted on 2015-06-04 19:20:03

Experiencing Brookgreen Gardens at summer dusk is all about the beautiful South! Enjoy early twilight hours during "COOL SUMMER EVENINGS" starting on June 10, 2015. It will be held on each Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday through August 7 starting at 7:00 PM. Brookgreen Gardens will have live entertainment and kids activities. Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair so you can relax as the sun goes down and watch the stars come alive. Performances are included with garden admission and The Pavilion Restaurant will offer dinner until 7:30 PM. Desserts & beverages will be for sale at the Courtyard Café and you can add a Creek Cruise to your general admission fee. Enjoy our "COOL SUMMER EVENINGS" as we know them in the South. It's a great way to unwind after a day at the beach. For more information on activities at Brookgreen Gardens, go to www.brookgreen.org.

KICK-OFF CONCERT

Posted on 2015-05-27 20:03:54

Yes, you have been hearing about the upcoming CAROLINA COUNTRY MUSIC FEST, a beachfront music concert in Myrtle Beach, SC. This is a reminder of the "KICK-OFF" EVENT on Thursday evening, June 4. Sam Hunt, a University of Alabama at Birmingham football star turned singer will be the evening's feature headliner. He took the country music world by storm and has been penning hits for stars including Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, and Billy Currington. His writing talents earned a 2015 Grammy Award Nomination. Other "KICK-OFF" HIGHLIGHTS include Early Ray, Darrell Harwood, and Dee Jay Silver. CAROLINA COUNTRY MUSIC FEST is such an exciting way to begin Summer 2015. It will be held on the former site of the Myrtle Beach Pavilion over June 4, 5, 6, &7. Tickets are now on sale at www.ccmf.com. Wow, Myrtle Beach has so much to offer everyone!

MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY

Posted on 2015-05-20 17:17:52

The Memorial Day Weekend officially kicks off summer season in Myrtle Beach. It is a time for sun, fun, and excitement along the Grand Strand. The weekend will be busy with many visitors to the area. A highlight will be the Atlantic Beach Memorial Day Weekend Bikefest. Guests will see new changes to Ocean Boulevard as well as Kings Highway. These improvements have been made to address traffic management and pedestrian safety. If you are planning to be in the city, you are encouraged to review details by going online at www.cityofmyrtlebeach.com/bikefest.html. Drive safely and be careful to follow the new traffic guidelines. . These are implemented to enhance safety for everyone. Have a wonderful holiday and remember our Veterans who have served this Country so well!

34th ANNUAL BLUE CRAB FESTIVAL

Posted on 2015-05-13 15:44:28

Hey, it's time again for the famous Blue Crab Festival which will be held on May 16 & 17, 2015. The purpose of this event continues to be support for the local Little River Community in North Myrtle Beach. It combines the fabulous & scenic outdoor atmosphere while showcasing local seafood from the Grand Strand Area. The location will be the Waterfront in Little River from 9:00 AM 'til 6:00 PM on both days. It is one of the largest festivals in the Southeast and attendance is expected at more than 50,000. The festival features over 200 fine arts & crafts vendors along with live entertainment, specialty food vendors and children's area. This event continues to be a premier attraction in May while it promotes excellent foods, vendors, entertainment, and fellowship. Blue Crabs and other fresh seafood are available for purchase. For general information, call 843-249-6604 or visit www.bluecrabfestival.org.

BUSY DAYS AHEAD!

Posted on 2015-05-06 20:47:39

Both locals and visitors are aware of the BUSY DAYS AHEAD as we move through May into June along the Grand Strand. Coming very soon will be (3) major events which are MYRTLE BEACH BIKE WEEK (May 8-17)....BLACK BIKE WEEK (May 22-25)....CAROLINA COUNTRY MUSIC FEST (June 4-7). There have been ongoing press updates, coordination & awareness meetings, and combined community efforts to strategize for these events which run during mid-May into early June. With the anticipated increase of traffic & visitors, leaders from the city, county, and state have been very pro-active in creating plans. For general questions, go to www.cityofmyrtlebeach.com. For activities, there are various websites such as www.myrtlebeach.com and www.visitmyrtlebeach.com. Be prepared for crowds, longer wait lines, and some extra noise as you enter into summer season along the Grand Strand. It's a terrific time for fun and entertainment and local officials are focused on insuring safety for everyone. Be sure to mark your calendars because there are BUSY DAYS AHEAD!

CAROLINA COUNTRY MUSIC FEST

Posted on 2015-04-16 15:17:23

It's a talked about event and is referred to as "CCMF". It is going to be four (4) days of top country performances on the former Myrtle Beach Pavilion property. WOW....the line-up is extensive and it will begin with Sam Hunt as headliner for the kick-off event on June 4. Other top names include Kellie Pickler, Cory Pickler, Lady Antebellum, The Marshall Tucker Band, Rascal Flatts, Colt Ford, Big & Rich, Hunter Hayes, Georgia Satellites, Brook Eden, Rodney Atkins, David Nail, Cole Swindell, Rainey Qualley, and the Davisson Brothers Band. In total, there will be (35)thirty-five national, regional, & local acts. Official festivities begin at 6:00 PM and go until 10:00 PM on Thursday,June 4. Performances continue on Friday thru Sunday, June 5, 6, & 7. For a complete schedule, festival details, and ticket information, visit www.carolinacountrymusicfest.com. "CCMF" is going to be a huge hit among country music fans. Everybody is talking about it so get tickets now and start the countdown to the CAROLINA COUNTRY MUSIC FEST!

SUMMERTIME for FIDO

Posted on 2015-04-14 20:28:20

The summer season is now approaching and there are always questions about taking FIDO to one of his favorite places....the BEACH! Effective May 1 thru Labor Day, dogs are allowed on the beach before 10:00 AM and after 5:00 PM. On the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, dogs are allowed only between 5:00 AM and 10:00 AM during the same date period. At ALL times, dogs must be on a leash and you must pick-up and dispose of any waste. Summer laws may vary annually so it is recommended to check for new policies each year. And, DO NOT leave FIDO in the car even with the windows cracked. This becomes a heated oven and can be a deadly situation for humans and pets alike. Treat your dog with love and care and FIDO will prove to be man's best friend!

ARTSY....PARKSY!

Posted on 2015-03-30 17:38:10

Stroll through ART IN THE PARK each year at the two-day events presented by Waccamaw Arts & Crafts Guild. There are two designated locations which include Chapin Park in downtown Myrtle Beach and Valor Park in Myrtle Beach Market Common. Each weekend event includes artful creations displayed by more than (40) forty exhibitors. Among these include jewelry makers, woodwork, glass art, photos, paintings, and many other imaginative crafts. The first date in 2015 is April 11-12 at Chapin Park followed by June 27-28, October 10-11, & November 7-8. At Myrtle Beach Market Common, dates include April 18-19 and November 14-15. So come alone or bring your friends and family...enjoy the outdoors, mingle with artists, and find some outstanding treasures that are reflective of the area. For more information, go to artsyparksy.com or call (843) 446-3830. Hours are 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM in both locations. Experience the 43RD ANNUAL ART IN THE PARK. It is fun for visitors and locals alike.

HERE COMES THE EASTER BUNNY

Posted on 2015-03-25 18:45:55

For kids, Easter means a visit with the big rabbit himself.....yes, THE EASTER BUNNY! It is confirmed that the Easter Bunny will be stopping all throughout Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach this year. On Saturday, April 4, families can head to key locations such as Ripley's Aquarium and Hard Rock Café where early morning breakfast events will be taking place with the big bunny. Also scheduled for Broadway at the Beach is a Free Egg Hunt at Wonderworks beginning at 8:00 AM. At 10:00 AM, there will be another Grand Egg Hunt with Ms. Blossom in North Myrtle Beach at McLean Park. From there, Easter activities will continue throughout the day and many families will find themselves back at Broadway at the Beach for dinner followed by the evening Fireworks Extravaganza which begins at 9:00 PM. WOW, this is a busy time for the EASTER BUNNY so kids are encouraged to bring their baskets and wear their favorite spring outfits in case of photo opportunities. Many restaurants have plans for Easter Brunch on Sunday, April 5 so be sure to check around and find your preferred location. Who knows.....the EASTER BUNNY may be there also!

RUN TO THE SUN

Posted on 2015-03-09 20:41:24

Pee Dee Street Rodders is a club in the Pee Dee Area of South Carolina which was created to enjoy the hobby of American Classic Cars & Trucks. The main focus of the event is to have fun with the classic car hobby while helping communities within the state. The event is known as "RUN TO THE SUN" and March 2015 will mark the 27th Annual Show. Attendees arrive in Myrtle Beach on Thursday, March 19 thru Saturday, March 21 for three (3) days of fun, sun, cruising, and enjoying the beautiful cars on display. Along with the enjoyment of the hobby, "RUN TO THE SUN" makes annual contributions to National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Children's Miracle Network at McLeod Children's Hospital, the Horry County Sheriff's Department Benevolent Fund, and the Grand Strand Miracle League. This event is co-hosted by the City of Myrtle Beach and it is a wonderful March Weekend for car enthusiasts to enjoy the largest independent car show on the East Coast. For more information, view their website at www.PeeDeeStreetRodders.com. Hotel Headquarters and event registration take place at Clarion Hotel & Conference Center at 101 Fantasy Harbour Blvd. The show is held on the grounds of the former Myrtle Square Mall near the center of Myrtle Beach.

" THE LUCK OF THE IRISH"

Posted on 2015-03-02 18:05:49

SAINT PATRICK'S DAY or the Feast of Saint Patrick is a cultural & religious celebration occurring annually on March 17 which is the death date of the patron saint of Ireland or "SAINT PATRICK". It was made official in the early seventeenth century and is observed within the Catholic Church, Lutheran Church, Eastern Orthodox Church, and Anglican Communion. The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland as well as celebrating Irish heritage & culture in general. It is customary to wear shamrocks and green clothing or accessories. Wearing the color green has grown through the centuries and remains symbolic of the day. In the United States, it is not a legal holiday but celebrations are widely recognized throughout every region in our country because of Irish and Irish-American cultures. We have prominent displays of green color, eating of traditional Irish foods, drinking of Irish brews, religious observances, and parades. In the Grand Strand Area, there will be Irish events starting in Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach on Saturday, March 14 and running through Tuesday, March 17. From live music & entertainment... to a parade..... to food vendors....plus special kids activities....there are numerous events throughout the area. On the waterway, Clarion Myrtle Beach is preparing a special "Traditional Irish Dinner". There will be green draft beer, Irish Whiskey, and other specials on the evening of March 17, 2015. Celebrate this old Irish tradition with us and experience "THE LUCK OF THE IRISH!"

MYRTLE BEACH MARATHON

Posted on 2015-02-11 18:03:55

It is hard to believe another year has passed so quickly and we are now approaching the 18th Annual MYRTLEBEACH.COM MYRTLE BEACH MARATHON and it allied events. The dates for 2015 events are February 12 thru February 14. The excitement of the weekend begins with the Runner's Expo Thursday at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. Friday's events include the Neon Night 5K and the Ripley's Aquarium One-Mile Family Fun Run. Saturday morning will see thousands take to the streets for the MYRTLE BEACH.COM MARATHON, Dasani Half-Marathon, and the hugely popular WPDE Team Relay. After the running, walking, and wheeling though the city is complete, the House of Blues will host a Free Celebration Party in the early evening. The MYRTLE BEACH MARATHON has helped raise more than $2,600,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and been able to donate thousands more in funds to Coastal South Carolina Red Cross, Horry County Schools, and numerous other local charity groups. Many thanks go to the volunteer-run event and their many supporters!

THE DINOSAURS ARE COMING!

Posted on 2015-01-28 18:30:23

Yes, "DINOSAURS--THE EXHIBITION" is moving into Broadway at the Beach. It will open in March 2015 between Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville and Ripley's Aquarium. The location will be in a building which is estimated at 8000 square feet. The $1million attraction will have (25) animatronic dinosaurs that move and roar including the signature piece which is twenty (20) foot-tall and twenty-five (25) foot long Tyrannosaurus Rex. In addition to the figures in "Dinosaur Walk", there will be a soft-play area where kids can crawl over dinosaurs, and a sandpit where kids can dig for dinosaur bones. It will be a dinosaur experience and not just something to view. The exhibit will open March 16 and run through August 2015. For more information, go to www.dinosaursmb.com. This attraction will be a highlight as Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach celebrates their 20th anniversary.

851 BROADWAY STREET

Posted on 2015-01-19 17:23:00

It was built in 1937 and restored in 2004. The MYRTLE BEACH TRAIN DEPOT is a location of much history and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The original ribbon cutting was on May 6, 1937 which was one (1) year before Myrtle Beach officially became a town. Atlantic Coastline Railroad and The Chapin Company jointly built The Depot to provide a much needed transportation link between the mainland and the beach. When built, the structure was enhanced with some Mediterranean features reflective of architecture in the day. For three (3) decades, it served as an activity hub with travelers and boxcars full of supplies and building materials. In 1967, The Depot was sold and offices and warehouses were built around it. The view of The Depot was blocked and it was basically forgotten. After many years of uncertainty, The Depot escaped demolition and was finally restored. It sits in the heart of Myrtle Beach and is an active link to the past. Today, the MYRTLE BEACH TRAIN DEPOT is a public facility which hosts meetings, receptions, and gatherings. It boasts exposed wood tresses, plank flooring, brick walls, and sliding freight doors. For more information about the restoration, call 843-918-1050. For event rental, call 843-918-4906. The past lives through the MYRTLE BEACH TRAIN DEPOT located at 851 Broadway Street.

2015 SOUTH CAROLINA RESTAURANT WEEK

Posted on 2015-01-07 17:32:36

REMEMBER the DATES! January 8 thru January 18, 2015 is SOUTH CAROLINA RESTAURANT WEEK for hundreds of participating restaurants. It's eleven (11) days of celebrating the wonderful cuisine within our state. From fine to casual dining, the participating restaurants will feature special menu items, promotions & discounts. Diners can sample newer restaurants, dine at old favorites, and taste a variety of exceptional dishes prepared by chefs at a great value for customers. Visit RestaurantWeekSouthCarolina.com and view participating establishments in your area and around the state. Menus, maps, links, telephone numbers, and online reservation information is provided as you navigate online for delicious food. This is a unique dining experience loaded with great value and it is a highlight among South Carolina activities in January. Pass the word to your friends and enjoy!

A CELEBRATION to RING-IN 2015!

Posted on 2014-12-15 19:04:25

As Christmas rolls around, so does the beginning of a New Year. There is an array of party venues around the Grand Strand offering special dinners and party packages so sometimes it is difficult to select the one which is best for you. CLARION HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTER in Myrtle Beach might be the right choice on this special night. The hotel will once again host a large NEW YEAR'S EVE CELEBRATION on the waterway. The evening consists of a Holiday Feast with your favorite appetizers, heavy hors d'oeuvres, desserts and midnight champagne. The bar opens at 6:30 PM followed by an expanded variety of foods starting with appetizers at 7:00 PM. From that point, heavy hors d'oeuvres including carved meats will be served at 8:30 PM and will be followed by a large variety of desserts at 9:30 PM. Music will be supplied by Gary Kyle and there's plenty of time for dancing and socializing throughout the evening. Call Clarion Myrtle Beach at (843) 236-1000 for package information & reservations. The most popular party plan includes overnight accommodations, breakfast & late check-out so party-goers will not have to worry about driving home. Other folks prefer a "party only package" and these tickets are available also. The New Year is fast approaching .......so call today and spend a delightful evening on the Intracoastal Waterway!

ICE at the BEACH

Posted on 2014-11-21 17:42:46

It's a first and new highlight for Myrtle Beach. There is now an indoor public ice skating rink at Myrtle Beach Mall. The rink is approximately 1600 square feet and it is located in the Cinema Court area of Myrtle Beach Mall directly in front of Carmike 12 Theaters. Tickets are available for $10 per person which covers a 2-hour period on all natural ice as well as skates. The Grand Opening of "ICE at the BEACH" was held on November 14, 2014. Special attendance included professional ice skaters, an ice hockey exhibition by current and former Coastal Carolina University ice hockey players and an appearance by an ice skating princess. To date, "ICE at the BEACH" has been well-received by both adults and children. It is an extremely attractive venue for the upcoming Holiday Season. According to Management at Myrtle Beach Mall, this is the beginning of several exciting plans to generate more business to the mall within the coming year.

NIGHTS of a THOUSAND CANDLES

Posted on 2014-11-07 18:56:48

See the famous Brookgreen Gardens come to life amid the soft glow of more than 5500 candles. This year will be the 15th year for the Holiday Season event known as NIGHTS of a THOUSAND CANDLES with hand-lit candles and sparkling lights. Dates for the 2014 event are December 4-6, December 11-13, and December 18-20 from 3pm 'til 10pm. You can walk the paths with a warm cup of cider, hear the sounds of hand-bells & carolers, and celebrate the sounds of the Christmas Season. NIGHTS of a THOUSAND CANDLES continues to delight guests with lighting displays and entertainment. This year's most exciting new feature is an 80 ft. tall China Fir Tree decorated with 60,000 lights. It is located in the arboretum and is lighted each night in ceremonial fashion. Other highlights include The Peppermint Forest in the Children's Garden, the Ice Garden on the Lower Left-Wing Garden, and the addition of a Garden by Candlelight. Whether it is from the past or new for this year, guests look forward to returning to this beautiful Holiday event at Brookgreen Gardens. For more details, visit brookgreen.org or call (843)235-6000 or 800-849-1931. You may also e-mail to info@brookgreen.org.

A HOLIDAY TRADITION

Posted on 2014-10-29 15:56:07

THE DICKENS CHRISTMAS SHOW & FESTIVALS will be held on November 13-16, 2014 at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. This will be the 33rd annual event which was inspired by Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol". This premier holiday event attracts more than 15,000 attendees from the southeast to a unique Art, Craft, & Gift Show in Myrtle Beach. THE DICKENS CHRISTMAS SHOW & FESTIVALS is a national award-winning event comprised of shopping and entertainment. It appeals to individuals and groups alike with the Victorian Holiday background. Vendors include jewelry, gifts, toys, arts, crafts, gourmet foods, and much more in a holiday décor theme. There are tree displays, wreaths, strolling Victorian musicians, holiday displays from around the world, Historic Santas through the ages, and a real live Santa Claus. It's the perfect way to kick-off your Christmas Season while getting a head-start on your holiday shopping. For more info, go to info@dickenschristmasshow.com or call (843) 448-9483. Make your plans now to attend. For guests staying at Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, the Myrtle Beach Convention Center is approximately (10) minutes away. Everyone will enjoy this Victorian event and experience the delights of yesteryear!

IT'S TIME TO TASTE

Posted on 2014-10-16 17:11:44

The 30th Annual TASTE OF THE TOWN is being hosted by St. Andrews Catholic Church on Tuesday, October 21, 2014. The location is the Myrtle Beach Convention Center from 4:00 pm until 10:00 pm. Each year, this exciting culinary event brings hundreds of locals and visitors together for an exciting evening of sampling delight and live music. There is a vast variety of food, wine, and dessert from approximately fifty (50) competing restaurants. Awards are presented for "Best Entree", "Best Dessert", "Peoples Choice", and several other categories. Admission tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door. Food tasting tickets are for sale at the door and are good for samples from the participating restaurants as well as the Beer & Wine Garden. TASTE OF THE TOWN has become known as "The Grand Strand's Premier Culinary Social Event". It sets a high standard among other area food events during the year. The evening is fun and the food is great. Your attendance helps support St. Andrews Catholic Church.

A NOSTALGIC TRIP to the BEACH

Posted on 2014-09-29 18:07:25

There's general excitement and a fast-pace for fun in Myrtle Beach. So, why not experience a different afternoon or day at the beach? A trip to MYRTLE BEACH STATE PARK can be a visit to the past with original beauty of the South Carolina coastline. One can experience a natural habitat with ocean breezes while relaxing, sunning, hiking or fishing in a beautiful undeveloped coastal area. It is simply wonderful for an outdoor picnic and grilling. The park is open all year although hours may vary seasonally. There are 350 campsites which are surrounded by a maritime forest with towering pine trees which create shaded areas. Some folks are just day visitors while others chose to stay onsite by camping or renting a beach cabin. The beach is wide with white sand which is typical of South Carolina. There is much room to roam the beachfront without heavy crowds. A fishing pier splits the park's beachfront into (2) areas. On both sides of the pier, there are parking areas at the back of the dunes. MYRTLE BEACH STATE PARK makes it a reality for enjoying a quiet day on the beach and have easy access to restrooms and open-air showers. These are connected by paths between the dunes and parking areas. There are flat hiking trails which wander through the entire park including the beach boardwalk. More things to do include pier fishing, picnicking, nature programs for all ages, and kid's playgrounds. Horseback riding is permitted but horses may not remain overnight. Pets are allowed in the park but must remain on leash and abide to municipal restrictions. The park entrance is located at 4401 South Kings Hwy. in Myrtle Beach. For more information, call (843) 238-5825. MYRTLE BEACH STATE PARK is a true natural setting along the Grand Strand.

2014 ST. JOHN'S GREEK FESTIVAL

Posted on 2014-09-12 19:47:48

The event is fun for the entire family and this year will mark the 23rd annual festival. There are inflatables, live performances, music, craft & vendor exhibits, tours of the beautiful church, and tons of great foods including spanakopita, gyros, baklava, and Greek goodies! It is located at St. John The Baptist Greek Orthodox Church along Hwy. 17 Bypass between 29th Avenue North and 38th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach. Mark your calendars for September 25 thru September 28 with the opening time at 12:00 Noon daily. Come prepared to enjoy the festival....enjoy the many foods..... and meet some of the nicest folks in town. September is such a wonderful month in Myrtle Beach!

BEACH, BOOGIE, & BBQ!

Posted on 2014-08-25 19:44:20

Labor Day Weekend has become the traditional date for a 2-day celebration known as BEACH, BOOGIE, & BARBEQUE FESTIVAL in Myrtle Beach. This year will mark the 9th annual event for lots of this family-friendly fun and good food. New for 2014 is Burgers'n'Brews, the Myrtle Beach Car Club Cruise-in, Cornhole Competition, Kids Q Competition, and BBQ & Sauce Sampling Tent. Other events include Wing-Eating Competition and Fireworks. The location is Grand Park at the Myrtle Beach Market Common. Activities begin at 12:00 Noon on Friday, August 29 and Saturday, August 30. Live entertainment with popular area bands will be on the Main Stage. There will also be arts, crafts, food festival vendors, beer & wine garden, and kids activities. In total, there will be (35) competing cook teams this year. Get ready for a big holiday weekend in Myrtle Beach and be sure to boogie over to The Market Common. In addition, you will also find shopping venues, movie theatres, specialty shops, and fine dining. This is all located just minutes away from Clarion Hotel Myrtle Beach.

THE ENCHANTED FOREST

Posted on 2014-08-15 16:54:34

Brookgreen Gardens is a National Historic Landmark with themed gardens and figurative sculptures in an outdoor setting. The expansive gardens were founded in 1931 and today offers events, festivals, and exhibits throughout the year. A highlight through October 2014 is the "ENCHANTED STORYBOOK FOREST" which features several playhouses with storybook themes and the setting is a magical forest. Each playhouse is designed and created by local architects and organizations. Included are Cinderella's Castle, a Dr.Seuss themed house, the Crooked Man's House, Hanzel & Gretel's Gingerbread House, Rapunzel's Tower, the Little Old Lady Who Lived in a Shoe, Snow White & the Seven Dwarves, and wattle fencing. The "ENCHANTED STORYBOOK FOREST" is loved by all ages and it takes you back in time to fairy tales from the past. Brookgreen Gardens is a must-see landmark reflecting the natural beauty of South Carolina's low-country and wildlife. It is located just south of Murrells Inlet and is an approximate (25) minute drive for guests staying at Clarion Hotel & Conference Center. In order to experience the outstanding beauty, one must see it in-person.

MOVING ON THE FAST TRACKS!

Posted on 2014-07-30 18:54:30

In May 2014, the former NASCAR Speed Park reopened as a resurrected form of the popular Grand Prix Parks that closed along the Grand Strand in early 2000s. The updated attraction is located off US 17 Bypass near 21st Avenue North in Myrtle Beach and is now known as BROADWAY GRAND PRIX. It currently features unique go-kart tracks among which are High Bank Oval Track, Fast Track, Family Track, Speed Racer, Junior Racer, & Slick Track. There are Kids' rides which include Carosel, Kiddie Speedway, Rock Climbing Wall, Sky Wheels, Tootie Train, Tot Rides, Slick Spin, Sky Coaster, Pro Tow, and an Arcade. There's also Mini-Golf and The Batting Cage to complete the many things to do. BROADWAY GRAND PRIX is billing itself as the "Ultimate Family Race Park". It is available for group events such as birthday parties, family get-togethers, & corporate events. Special discounts are available to groups of 15 or more persons. So speed on over to this popular attraction and bring the entire family. There is something fun for all skill levels. BROADWAY GRAND PRIX is centrally located in Myrtle Beach and is approximately (8) minutes from Clarion Hotel Myrtle Beach. Let's get moving on those fast tracks right now!

A "BEAST" ATTRACTION in MYRTLE BEACH

Posted on 2014-07-16 15:48:47

It began over twenty (20) years ago through affection for exotic and domestic animals. Today, it is a private collection of animals in a delightful zoological farm near Myrtle Beach. It is located within 500 acres of private, carefully preserved and wooded property. There are winding trails and shade trees where the Waccamaw River, Intracoastal Waterway, and Socastee Creek join. WACCATEE ZOO is a breeding ground for many species of migratory birds. There are thousands of egrets or heron standing together while herds of buffalo and zebra roam the grassland. There are big cats like leopard, lion, cougar, and tiger. Always fun is Chico the Chimp who watches his own TV. It's an environment loved by children and respected by adults. WACCATEE ZOO is unique because it is nature themed and it is not a concrete jungle. There are over 100 species of animals on-site and it is a place where people can share the joy of nature's sounds. For more information including directions and hours, call (843) 650-8500 or visit www.waccateezoo.com. Groups are welcome but will need advance reservations. For visitors staying at Clarion Hotel Myrtle Beach, the drive distance is just 15-20 minutes from the hotel. This "Beast" attraction is educational and great family fun when vacationing in Myrtle Beach!

SHOP....DINE.....EXPERIENCE SUMMER EVENTS!

Posted on 2014-07-10 18:01:56

Myrtle Beach is known for white sandy beaches and championship golf courses. There is also a wide array of shopping & dining venues. A well-known choice is THE MARKET COMMON with a beautifully-designed village setting of shops and outdoor gathering locations. You'll find celebrated names in retail... to ice cream & pizza... to one-of-a kind restaurants. Summer Events include MUSIC ON THE GREEN which is held on Thursday evenings from 7-10 pm with live bands in Valor Park. There's MUSIC IN THE STREETS on Wednesday evenings with live music in the gazebos and a face painter for kids. Try MOVIES UNDER THE STARS at 9PM on Fridays and be sure to bring your lawn chair. There's HORSE & CARRIAGE RIDES everyday from 6-9pm and they are complimentary! Finally, there's the DEVILLE STREET FARMER'S MARKET on Saturday mornings from 10AM-2PM with locally-grown produce, handmade items, & fresh seafood. The Myrtle Beach Market Common offers much more but everyone should experience their Summer Events. It will be time well-spent!

SALUTE FROM THE SHORE

Posted on 2014-07-01 16:35:51

For the past five (5) years, a group from Columbia has organized a flyover of military aircraft along the South Carolina coast from the North Carolina border to the Georgia state line. The crowds on the beach are urged to display American Flags and wave & cheer as a video is made from the ground and from the air. All is posted on the internet as a salute and thank you to active military both deployed and stateside. Because of budget cuts, the 20th Fighter Wing at Shaw Air Force Base declined from flyovers with F-16's which were used previously. However, they are being replaced with vintage military aircraft and the owners will fly their own planes along the coast as a replacement. Many will carry Veterans ranging from WWII to Afghanistan. The route will be shortened to start at Myrtle Beach and fly to Hilton Head which is approximately 300 miles. There will be 3-4 planes in Myrtle Beach....3-4 planes in Charleston....and 3-4 planes in Hilton Head. This way the major length of the coastline is covered. SALUTE OUR SOLDIERS FROM THE SHORE on July 4 starting around 1:00 PM in Myrtle Beach. This is special recognition on a special day acknowledging our freedom!

BROADWAY SUMMER NIGHTS

Posted on 2014-06-17 18:53:14

The area's largest entertainment, shopping, dining & nightlife complex is Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach. Their 4th annual COCA-COLA SUMMER NIGHTS ENTERTAINMENT SERIES runs June 2 through August 31, 2014. You'll find strolling entertainers, living statues, face painters, and firework displays throughout the entire summer. Highlights include.....Mr. Nigel, a musical entertainer, on Tuesdays & Fridays from 6-8pm. There's Bryan Dangerous with interactive comedy juggling on Sundays, Mondays, & Wednesdays at 7pm & 9pm. Free Kids Face Painting takes place on Tuesdays & Fridays from 6-8pm, and there's singer/songwriter Maddie Hunt performing live at 7pm & 8pm on Tuesdays & Thursdays. Finally, an all-time favorite is Fireworks over Lake Broadway which is held every Tuesday at 10pm plus Fridays are added June 20 thru August 15. So plan some summer vacation time for Broadway at the Beach. From shopping to dining & entertainment....to evenings of fun and nightlife, there's something for all ages!

FOOD, WINE, & SPIRITS

Posted on 2014-05-14 16:25:11

COASTAL UNCORKED Food, Wine, & Spirits Festival is a seven-day celebration in Myrtle Beach which is scheduled during June 2-June 8, 2014. This is the 4th annual event and it is a time for some grape stomping fun and sampling of delicious cuisines and beverages. Some of this year's highlights include BREWS'N'THE BOULEVARD Myrtle Beach Craft Festival on June 6 and the GRAND TASTING TENT EVENT with the famous Myrtle Beach Tasting Trolleys on June 7. There will be plenty of music as well as outstanding foods prepared by talented chefs. The main stage offers food demonstrations and there's a GOURMET VILLAGE set-up with artisanal jams, flavored olive oils, and gourmet baked foods. Events will be highlighted in the Boardwalk area centered around Plyler Park just off Ocean Blvd. and at the end of 10th Avenue North near Myrtle Beach SkyWheel. Special events include Specialty Wine, Spirits & Beer Dinners, Culinary Village, and Tasting Tents with live music. For more information on COASTAL UNCORKED Food, Wine, & Spirits Festival or to purchase tickets, email mbaha@mbhospitality.org or visit CoastalUncorked.com.

33 YEARS & COUNTING!

Posted on 2014-05-06 18:31:29

It's a unique two-day outdoor celebration in May known as the annual Blue Crab Festival. This event supports and showcases the fabulous but quaint ....beautiful and breathtaking atmosphere of the Little River Community in North Myrtle Beach and the entire Grand Strand Area. More than 50,000 visitors & locals are expected in attendance during May 17-18, 2014. There will be over 200 Fine Arts & Craft Vendors, Specialty Food Vendors, live entertainment, and a large children's play area. Hours of operation will be 9am-6pm on Saturday and Sunday. Advance ticket sales are $3.00 per person and $5.00 for gate admission. Two-day tickets may also be purchased. Dogs or pets are not permitted except for service animals. Entertainment highlight will be Craig Woolard & The Embers. For more information, go to www.bluecrabfestival.org or call (843) 249-6004. This celebration ranks among the best in South Carolina and is popular with all ages. No matter where you are staying or live along the Grand Strand, this visit to Little River will become an annual calendar event. It's 33 Years Old & Counting!

Welcome Bikers

Posted on 2014-04-22 19:02:24

Each year, the Grand Strand Area serves as the gathering location for motorcycle enthusiasts from across the country. Despite some agenda changes in more recent years, these avid bikers continue to flock to the coast of South Carolina for days of organized activities in May and October. Their planned events and vendor exhibitions have headquarter locations in the South Strand and North Strand areas as well as points West of Hwy. 501. The crowds consist heavily of out-of-town visitors and they are complimented by participation from locals as well. The first event is Spring Bike Rally and it is also known as "Harley Bike Week". The dates are May 9-18, 2014. There are motorcycle activities, poker runs, organized rides along the coast, bike shows, and competitive games. Later in the month, the Atlantic Beach Bikefest is held on May 23-26, 2014. This is Memorial Day Weekend which is the traditional date for "Black Bikers Week". Many of their activities are hosted in North Myrtle Beach and include concerts, meet'n'greet receptions, cruising the strip, cook-outs, and themed events catering to sports bikes. Finally, the Fall Bike Rally is scheduled for the first week in October. It is themed similar to the Spring Bike Rally but attendance is smaller and events take place for approximately 4-5 days. All three rallies are planned during great weather periods at the beach which also make ideal times for motorcycle riding. No matter which event you attend, there's always a huge welcome from Clarion Hotel Myrtle Beach which sits atop the Intercoastal Waterway at Hwy. 501. This means the hotel is outside city limits but it is centrally located and convenient to all major shopping, dining, and entertainment venues. . Bikers enjoy the hearty breakfast buffet , comfortable accommodations, and ample parking at the hotel. It is close to the action but in a quiet waterfront setting. Bikers know what they want and this "bike-friendly" hotel is definitely a good fit!

Easter "Eggstreme" Saturday

Posted on 2014-04-08 18:42:53

If you are visiting Myrtle Beach over the Easter Holiday, here's an event that is so loaded with family fun. Take the kids over to Broadway at the Beach on Saturday, April 19 for their Easter "Eggstreme" which runs ongoing from 12 Noon thru 4PM. The famous Mr. Easter Bunny will be there in person to meet and greet everyone. There are various outdoor games and fun prizes planned for Center Court. All ages are welcome and everyone is certain to enjoy an afternoon of "Eggstreme" laughter, smiles, and fun. While you are there, set aside some extra time for dining, shopping, and other popular attractions or amusements. The evening will be complete with a Fireworks Show over Lake Broadway which begins at 9PM. Be sure to check other scheduled Easter activities which will be happening at Broadway at the Beach on Saturday, April 19. Spring is definitely in the air and Easter makes it special in Myrtle Beach!

HAVE YOU HEARD?

Posted on 2014-03-18 11:23:33

The Hollywood Wax Museum is planned to open in Myrtle Beach during Summer 2014. The location is at the intersection of Hwy. 17 and 21st Avenue North near Broadway at the Beach. This will be the only wax museum in the country devoted to celebrity figures from the world of Hollywood Stars. The two-story museum will bring visitors close to famous people in show business and allow folks to have fun photo opportunities and a chance to “Come Play with the Stars!” Updates regarding the opening will be posted on their website, www.hollywoodwaxmuseum.com. Keep checking for details. This new museum will be fun for tourists and local visitors.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATIONS….

Posted on 2014-03-06 13:06:26

Upcoming celebrations honoring St. Patrick’s Day will be taking place in Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Starting at noon until midnight on Saturday, March 15, there will be Free Live Concerts on Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach between 8th Avenue and 9th Avenue North. Additionally, there will authentic Irish foods and beverages, games, a Kidz’ Zone, and contests throughout the day. This celebration is sponsored by local businesses and is open to everyone. Also on March 15, the City of North Myrtle Beach will host their 26th Annual Event beginning at 9:00 AM with a parade down Main Street followed by a St. Patrick’s Festival from 11:00 AM until 4:00 PM with various events and activities along the city streets. On Monday, March 17, 2014, St. Patrick's Day will be observed along the Grand Strand in many business establishments. Highlights will be restaurants and night spots located in Broadway at the Beach, Barefoot Landing and The Market Common. On the Intercoastal Waterway, Clarion Hotel Myrtle Beach has Happy Hour 4-7 PM with $1.50 Drafts, $3 House Drinks, and $4 Margaritas. There will be Corned Beef and Reuben Specials all evening. So, come and celebrate in Irish Spirit along the waterway in 101 West. It’s the luckiest spot you’ll find for good food, cold brew, and great friends!

MYRTLE BEACH ENTERTAINMENT SHOWS

Posted on 2014-02-19 12:12:22

At the Grand Strand, there are many reasons to spend an evening at the theater. These well-known attractions make Myrtle Beach a premier entertainment destination. Groups and individuals both enjoy the quality and variety that has been available since 1986 whenever Calvin Gilmore and The Carolina Opry pioneered the theater book into the area. These spectacular shows include live theater, dinner shows, variety shows, concerts and holiday performances. Here is a current summary of what you can expect: 1. The Carolina Opry 2. Good Vibrations 3. Pirates Voyage Dinner Show 4. Palace Theatre 5. Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament 6. Legends in Concert 7. Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament 8. Big Laughs Theatre. All of these shows await you on your next trip to Myrtle Beach! There's something for all ages no matter the time of year.

Myrtle Beach Marathon

Posted on 2014-02-11 16:44:57

Myrtle Beach Marathon is celebrating the 17th annual event on February 15, 2014. It has become more than a race and is a weekend of various festivities for runner, families, and businesses. The official title sponsor for 2014 is Myrtlebeach.com and it is a great fit with the marathon. Weekend events begin on Thursday, February 13 with a "Runner's Expo". On Friday February 14, the Expo continues followed by a late afternoon Ripley's Family Run and 5K "Neon Night". On Saturday, February 15, the Myrtle Beach Marathon begins at 6:30 AM along with a Half Marathon & Marathon Relay. During the evening, there is a Post-Race Party scheduled at House of Blues. Other local venues in the area have special promotions planned in recognition of the race. For more detailed information on all activities and registration visit www.mbmarathon.com. On behalf of Clarion Hotel & Conference center, we send our best wishes to all who are involved in this area event!

Celebrate on Valentine's Day

Posted on 2014-02-06 16:12:37

Saint Valentine's Day, known to us as Valentine's Day, is observed on February 14 each year. It is a romantic holiday celebrated in many countries around the world even though it is a working day. It is associated with romantic love and expressed with symbols such as flowers, candy, cards, & jewelry. In our society, it is also appropriate to observe the evening with romantic dining, dancing, champagne, and wine. Myrtle Beach is a great destination for the observance of Valentine's Day with many dining, entertainment, and lodging establishments. Various restaurants types are available along the Grand Strand area pending your food preferences. An established name is Clarion Hotel & Conference Center located on the Intercoastal Waterway. For Valentine's 2014, there is an evening event known as "Steppin' Out" in their 101 West Restaurant & Lounge. You can dine overlooking the beautiful waterway as well as their indoor garden pool. The intimate lounge is inviting with music for dancing while the restaurant serves Valentine's dinner specials from $10.95--$12.95. 101 West is offering a selection of $4.99 appetizers and $3.00 drink specials during "Steppin' Out". Happy Hour begins at 4pm and entertainment is 6:30-10:30pm. If you will be staying over, Clarion Hotel offers a $69.99 rate for king room accommodations, breakfast buffet, and late checkout. Remember Valentine's Day and Clarion Hotel Myrtle Beach...a romantic way to celebrate the occasion!

'Tis The Season!

Posted on 2013-10-18 13:04:38

The Holiday Season is always an exciting time of year! Myrtle Beach is a popular destination in November and December with great shopping venues, entertainment shows, various dining options, and special holiday attractions. Many folks journey to the area during these months while others spend Thanksgiving at the beach as their way to kick off the holiday season. Social groups and church outings come to enjoy the mild climate along festive activities. Clarion Hotel & Conference Center has made planning much easier with their "HOLIDAY SHOPPING & SHOWS". This 2-night package (starting at $145 per person) includes accommodations with breakfast, discount shopping coupons, welcome cookies, and admissions to The Carolina Opry Christmas Special and Christmas at Pirates Voyage. Guests will experience the "Christmas Show of the South" and dine during an evening of fun, feast & adventure. Additional nights and shows may be added to customize your package. For groups of 20 or more, special pricing is available. So, 'Tis the Season for Shopping, Shows, and a trip to Myrtle Beach! Clarion Hotel & Conference Center makes it easy for you to enjoy the holidays! Call 843 236-1000 for reservations or more information.

Nature's Beauty in Coastal South Carolina

Posted on 2013-08-16 14:13:07

Brookgreen GardensBrookgreen Gardens is a national historic landmark throughout the southeast United States and remains a favorite among tourists as well as locals. The former rice plantations play host to the largest outdoor collection of American sculpture art in the world. There is a nature center and low-country zoo within the gardens. The gorgeous looks of nature leave a lifetime impression on all who see it and experience the magnificence of the marshland and unique cultural heritage. The astounding seasonal beauty charms every visitor while the display of outdoor sculpture art enhances the overall experience . In addition to their annual schedule, a holiday event known as "A Night of 1000 Candles" now highlights dates in December. Brookgreen Gardens is a must-see for everyone no matter which season.

Enjoy Our Myrtle Beach Hotel Specials

Posted on 2013-07-26 09:40:37

Myrtle Beach Hotel SpecialsIf you are planning a vacation soon, you will probably be searching through Myrtle Beach hotel specials looking for the right offer to suit your needs. Well, your search is now easy with the Cozy Vacation Deals at Clarion Hotel Myrtle Beach. Enjoy spacious waterfront doubles and king rooms in a beautiful, relaxed setting only minutes away from the busy hustle of Myrtle Beach. Clarion Hotel offers the right amenities and personal touches needed for a fantastic vacation. They also offer attractive seasonal room deals with FREE Southern-style breakfast buffet included daily. No matter which season, be sure to ask about Promo Code "DEAL" and you will receive the best available discounted rate during any of the four seasons. Rates start as low as $89 during peak periods and $59 in spring & summer months. In addition to the great room rates, there are ongoing dining promotions in Clarion's 101 West, a waterfront restaurant and lounge. Guests can enjoy a variety of homemade pizzas on Wednesdays with prices reduced to 50% off. On Friday evenings, Steak 'n 'Ale leads in popularity while Tuesdays and Thursdays focus on half-price appetizers. Summer months are highlighted with a large selection of "Chill-Out" beverages for kids and adults and there is a complimentary , old-fashioned Ice Cream Social on Friday afternoons. Myrtle Beach hotel specials may vary but Clarion Hotel Myrtle Beach will always rank among the available favorites. The hotel is widely recognized for comfort, picturesque views of the Intercoastal Waterway, an experienced and longtime staff, on-site recreational amenities including water sports, and guest satisfaction. To check-out their seasonal specials, go to ClarionHotelMyrtleBeach.com or call toll-free 800-847-2707. The "DEALS" may vary by season or day of the week but they are always special!

The Perfect Wedding Packages in Myrtle Beach

Posted on 2013-07-22 09:05:32

The perfect wedding is a dream come true for most couples. It is a time for lasting memories and reflections of happiness. Clarion Hotel Myrtle Beach has been recognized by hundreds of brides over recent years for their outstanding detail to wedding packages in Myrtle Beach SC. Their quiet, waterfront location and facilities are ideal for weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, dances, bridesmaid events, and more. Among their wedding specialties are indoor & outdoor functions, customized wedding packages, theme coordination & decor, wedding menus, bridal suites, guest accommodations, and on-site amenities that include picturesque views of the beautiful Intercoastal Waterway. Clarion Hotel Myrtle Beach maintains a well-trained staff to coordinate and service any event. With years of experience in this specialty area, they will help make wedding dreams really come true. Weddings may vary in size from small up to 350 persons. Every event is treated with the same courtesies and exceptional services no matter their size. The unique recommendations and various suggestions are only part of the personal services offered. Clarion Hotel always extends expertise and professional assistance where important decisions are required. The bride and groom will receive complimentary bridal suite accommodations with the Clarion Hotel when booking their wedding packages in Myrtle Beach. Their spacious one-bedroom Executive Suites are furnished with a king-size plantation rice-bed and have a living room area, wet-bar, and two (2) waterfront balconies. What a great place to relax after the festivities or entertain family members and special guests. So when looking for wedding packages in Myrtle Beach, S.C., let Clarion Hotel Myrtle Beach be part of your special day. You simply say "I Will" and enjoy the perfect wedding!

Looking for a smoke-free hotel in Myrtle Beach?

Posted on 2013-07-18 14:04:35

Smoke Free Hotel in Myrtle BeachChoosing a smoke-free hotel in Myrtle Beach is an important vacation choice for many travelers. The reasons are obvious but especially as it relates to health and comfort benefits. Non-smoking accommodations and smoke-free public areas are major contributors to an environment of less nicotine exposure, less polluted surfaces, and cleaner fabrics in blankets, upholstery, and draperies. Clarion Hotel Myrtle Beach is a smoke-free facility and takes pride in the delivery of their resort product. Being a smoke-free establishment has become an enhancement for leisure vacationers, business travelers, and meeting attendees. It effects all age groups as well. At Clarion Myrtle Beach, there are designated outdoor areas on the ground level where smoking is permitted. However, it is restrictive within the entire building including balconies unless the balcony door is closed tightly to protect accommodations.. There has been an ongoing controversy throughout the hospitality industry about the effectiveness of a smoke-free facility in a resort area. It becomes the responsibility of the employees to help monitor smokeless policies onsite. Consequently, Clarion Hotel Myrtle Beach finds that it does not harm their business but it creates a better environment promoting good health. Thus, there is not a decline in customers as feared by some area business including hotels, restaurants, attractions, and bars. As for second-hand smoke, it has been proven to cause cancer. This term refers to smoke from the burning end of a cigarette and smokes exhales by smokers. Once again, a strong health issue is being addressed and it is an advantage to be a smoke-free hotel in Myrtle Beach. Through proper training, the Clarion Staff is very effective in presenting a smokeless facility to their guests. The "Comfy Rooms" and "Cozy Vacations" promoted by Clarion Hotel Myrtle Beach have been supported by their ability to be smoke-free.

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