Saturday, October 30, 2010

Winter Blues at the Beach...Think Again!

Long gone are the days filled with sand, sun, and surf but that doesn't mean that all is lost at the beach. Winter allows the locals to come back out to play and has attracted many "snowbirds" looking to escape those long cold nights and shoveling snow on a daily basis.

North Myrtle Beach still has plenty to offer when the temperatures cool down. Even though it may not be bathing suit attire, you will still find people enjoying the sun at the beach while reading a book, fishing, or just enjoying the peaceful scenery. In addition to the beach, Brookgreen Gardens offers many events focusing on the holiday season, including the ever popular Night of a Thousand Candles. This annual event has been listed as one of the Top 20 events in December by the Southeastern Tourism Society.

If, as far as you go with nature is looking out of your oceanfront condo, no need to worry - the Myrtle Beach area has many varieties of live theater to choose from. For the holidays, choose from Christmas on Ice at the Palace Theatre, The Christmas Show at the Alabama Theater, or The Carolina Opry Christmas Show. These venues also offer a variety of other shows. If theatrical plays are more your style, be sure to check out the Theatre of the Republic in historic Conway, South Carolina. Their season starts in the fall and offers a wide variety of plays to choose from each year.

Off-season also brings the multitude of restaurants a much different crowd. Say goodbye to the crowds and lines; head on in to your favorite local establishment or try something new! You're sure to find something you will fall in love with in the more than 1,000 restaurants along the Grand Strand, within a short drive from your North Myrtle Beach vacation rental.

While these are some great ideas to start with, make sure you get out and explore. You will be amazed at how much more there is to see when you can slow it down and take your time! Get rid of those winter blues and call Ocean Drive Beach Rentals to plan your vacation.

Written By: Holly Wharry, Ocean Drive Beach Rentals

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Ocean Drive Pavilion and Amusement Park

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I recently had the opportunity to visit the Ocean Drive Pavilion and Amusement Park along Ocean Drive. The amusement park is conveniently located at the horseshoe, at the intersection of Ocean Drive and Main Street. It's the only oceanfront amusement park in North Myrtle Beach, and one of the few still left in the area.

I would definitely recommend the OD Pavilion to vacationing families. The park attracts families from all over. Rides include a ferris wheel, giant swing, carousel, tilt-a-whirl, Flying Bob, and the popular tea cup ride. Younger crowds seem to enjoy the arcade, super slide, and bumper cars. In typical carnival fashion, the smell of cotton candy, carmel apples, and funnel cakes fill the air.

Free parking and admission make the Pavilion budget-friendly for everyone. Just pay as you go for ride tickets. Whether you're five years' old or seventy-five, the Ocean Drive Pavilion and Amusement Park is the place to be when you're at the beach!

Written By: Kristen Leonard - Ocean Drive Beach Rentals

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Excitement of Ocean Drive

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Ocean Drive, known for its contribution to beach music and the Shag, is the center of excitement in North Myrtle Beach. This two mile strip of the Grand Strand plays host to many specialty shops, live entertainment, and beach side bars. Several condos and beach homes dot the oceanfront and serve as a prime vacation spot to visitors. With mild year-round temperatures, OD presents the perfect atmosphere for popular festivals.

North Myrtle Beach takes claim as being the birthplace for the Shag, a beach boy-style dance which incorporates techniques from the jitterbug and swing dancing. The Shag is still very much alive here, and we have plenty to show for it. It is a common sight to see expert Shaggers show off their fancy footwork and smooth moves every weekend, if not every night, along Ocean Drive and the intersecting Main Street. Society of Stranders (SOS) takes over the famous beach bars for week-long celebrations every April and September. You may want to get involved if you love beach music.

Along with Fat Harold’s Beach Bar and Duck’s, which are shagging hotspots, there are several options for energetic nightlife and live entertainment along Ocean Drive. Spanish Galleon, beside the Ocean Drive Beach & Golf Resort, hosts a young, hip dance crowd late night to the early morning hours. OD Pavilion is North Myrtle Beach’s only oceanfront amusement park. The Pavilion features family-friendly rides, carnival-style games, and refreshments.

Thinking about visiting Ocean Drive on your next North Myrtle Beach vacation? Leave all of your planning up to Ocean Drive Beach Rentals. They feature beautiful vacation rentals up, down, and all around the Ocean Drive section suited for all budgets, big or small.

Written By: Jake Foutz - Director of Marketing, Ocean Drive Beach Rentals

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Endless Summer Festival in North Myrtle Beach - October 30th

We beach people don't want the warm, summer-like weather to leave us, but we know that the cooler months lie just around the corner. It only makes sense that we close out October in style. North Myrtle Beach's own Endless Summer Festival is just a couple weeks away!

Thousands of people, locals and vacationers alike, are expected to show up at this year's event. The Endless Summer Festival will only last from 10:00 - 4:00 pm on Saturday, October 30th. It takes place down Main Street, right off Ocean Drive in North Myrtle Beach. There will be plenty of things to keep the family busy during those hours.

If you like beach music, than this is the place to be during the last weekend of October. Popular bands, Sea Cruz and The Extraordinaires, are going to be putting on great performances. The live entertainment will begin at 11:30 am, at the well-known Horseshoe. Enjoy plenty of great food, arts and crafts, and a children's play area. Don't forget the classic car show, for all of you car buffs. A beach volleyball tournament will be held both Saturday and Sunday.

Ocean Drive Beach Rentals of North Myrtle Beach will be participating in the festival. We'll have a bright and colorful display, and a couple staff members to greet visitors. Stop by, say hi, and grab free stuff while at the event. If you need a place to stay during the weekend, week, or even month, you can count on us for having the best available properties at the most reasonable prices.

Written By: Jake Foutz - Director of Marketing, Ocean Drive Beach Rentals

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Event poster compliments of the North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Flynn's Irish Tavern in North Myrtle Beach

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There is a hidden gem located at 421 Main Street in the Ocean Drive section of North Myrtle Beach. Just a short walk from the wide sandy beaches and excellent accommodations of Ocean Drive, Flynn's Irish Tavern is a must visit for great food and drinks. Flynn's is the locals' favorite bar to enjoy a perfectly poured pint after a day on the beach or a round of golf. Visitors to North Myrtle Beach are always welcomed at Flynn's. You'll feel right at home when you walk through the front door.

Marty and Jane Flynn are the proud owners of Flynn's. The authentic old country atmosphere of the tavern comes from Marty's place of birth, County Roscommon, Ireland. Adorning the walls are memorabilia depicting the old country and sport's legends. The tavern is housed in the old North Myrtle Beach jail. The jail cells are still there and tours are given upon request. Flynn's hosts a seasonal Beer Garden, which is always a great time, and allows guests to enjoy the wonderful weather for which the Grand Strand is known for. Of course, the front porch is always open for your relaxation.

The menu features authentic Irish fare, steaks, fresh seafood and sandwiches. There are nightly specials ranging from traditional corned beef and cabbage to the best prime rib on the beach. Over 40 different kinds of whiskey adorn the back wall behind the bar. Flynn's Tavern opens its doors at 4:00 in the afternoon Mondays - Saturdays. Happy hour runs from 4:00 - 7:00 daily, and live music is played in the bar on Friday and Saturday nights starting at 7:00. On your next trip to North Myrtle Beach, make sure you visit Flynn's. Stop in, say hello, and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and warm hospitality that only Flynn's Irish Tavern can provide.

Written By: David Haynes, Ocean Drive Beach Rentals

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Saturday, October 2, 2010

Oktoberfest Comes To Myrtle Beach

Reason # 10,001 why you should visit North Myrtle Beach in the fall...OKTOBERFEST! The second annual German celebration returns to downtown Ocean Boulevard; with over 10,000 people expected to attend the one day fall festival. As of today, the Weather Channel is predicting sunny skies and highs in the upper 70's. It doesn't get any better than that for an October afternoon.

Oktoberfest 2010 will feature authentic German food, unique international beers not normally found in area bars, and wine. Popular area bands are scheduled to perform the entire day. There will be a Bratwurst Eating Contest, children's play area, street performers, and fireworks. The Channelheimer Oompah Band will compliment the German atmosphere with an entertaining show. This is the place to be if you're visiting the Grand Strand next weekend. Sample the culture of Germany and have a great time.

Some of the Ocean Drive Beach Rentals staff will be at Oktoberfest. We'll be posting pictures on our Facebook page to show how much fun it was. Make a weekend reservation in one of our properties and stay a couple days. Experience North Myrtle Beach in the off-season while the water is still warm!

Written By: Jake Foutz - Director of Marketing, Ocean Drive Beach Rentals