Saturday, October 27, 2012

Rainy Day Vacations in North Myrtle Beach

Folks love North Myrtle Beach’s warm, sunny weather and wide sandy beaches. In fact, millions of tourists pass through the area every summer for one main reason – to relax and play on the beach while enjoying the warm water, gentle waves, and refreshing ocean breeze. But what are you going to do if the weather takes a turn for the worse? If you stay in an oceanfront condo and expect the weather to be beautiful throughout each of your vacation days, you may be extremely disappointed when that thunderstorm rolls in off the sea. It’s a good idea to be prepared for this and have a back-up list of activities to make the most of a day indoors.

Since you are staying in one of Ocean Drive Beach Rentals’ excellent properties, you can take advantage of on-site amenities. Most oceanfront condos include access to indoor pools and hot tubs, so you can play in the water no matter what’s happening outside. The Avista Resort even has an indoor lazy river to cruise around in! Your condo will likely feature big, flat panel TVs and DVD players so you can watch cable television or put on a rented DVD and pop some microwave popcorn. The Tilghman Resort features a DVD rental kiosk in the lobby so you don’t even have to leave the building. Some may find it peaceful to prop up a chair in front of the ocean view and settle in with a book and internet radio streaming from your laptop. Bring a deck of cards and a board game so your family can enjoy some quality time together while staying entertained.

A rainy day could be your prime opportunity to explore some of Myrtle Beach’s famous attractions. Stop by our rental office to get your discounted tickets to WonderWorks and Ripley’s Aquarium. The Aquarium is very popular and a great option for kids. You can stay as long as you like and tour the whole facility, featuring sharks, rays, tropical fish, and other amazing creatures. They even have daily shows and special exhibitions! Ripley’s also has a museum, 3D theater, haunted house, and mirror maze down by the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. You can get a combo pass good for the aquarium and one of Ripley’s other activities, saving you about $15 per ticket. The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and Broadway at the Beach are great places to walk around, shop, and eat. You won’t find their unique restaurants anywhere else!

There are plenty of other activities in the surrounding area to take advantage of. The USS North Carolina is on display and open for tours just north of the state line. This huge battleship is a fascinating adventure and a great way to spend a day without killing your wallet. Grab a South Carolina Visitor’s Guide from the Chamber of Commerce for other great ideas. There’s no need to let a storm ruin your vacation. It might just be the best part of it!

By Brandon Moss of Ocean Drive Beach Rentals

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Now Selling Tickets to The Carolina Opry

At Ocean Drive Beach Rentals, we pride ourselves on offering the best vacation rentals at truly unbeatable prices. But another pledge we make to our valued guests involves bringing the best of the Myrtle Beach area together and offering great deals and discounts under one program, our Endless Fun Club. This club is easy to join – just rent one of our properties! While you’re enjoying your vacation, stop by one of the participating EFC businesses for automatic savings. All you have to do is show your rental keys with an Ocean Drive Beach Rentals logo.

We are happy to announce the latest addition to the Endless Fun Club, The Carolina Opry. This is perhaps the most famous venue in South Carolina, and offers a variety of fun shows to thrill and entertain your whole family. With exceptional live music including huge hits and old favorites, hilarious comedy sketches, light displays and mesmerizing dancers, The Carolina Opry is the hottest live show in town. You’ll definitely want to make this fantastic 2-hour variety show a part of your North Myrtle Beach vacation. They even have two additional shows happening throughout the week: Good Vibrations takes you back to the Good Ol’ Days with classic rock, Motown, and beach music. There is also a light show featuring laser displays set to psychedelic music.

True to our commitment to provide excellent savings through the Endless Fun Club, we are offering discounted tickets through our rental office. You’ll save $3 per ticket just by purchasing through Ocean Drive Beach Rentals. The more you buy, the more you save! Also, The Carolina Opry offers special pricing for children and students. If you have time for two shows while you’re here, buy all your tickets at once to save even more; Good Vibrations tickets cost less if you bundle them with tickets to the Carolina Opry.

While there is plenty to keep you busy on your Grand Strand vacation, you’ll never forget the experience of The Carolina Opry. The beautiful theater has been a mainstay in South Carolina tourism for years, and folks find themselves coming back year after year, summer after summer. If you happen to be in town during the holiday season, check out the Opry’s Christmas Special. It’s a grand event that the locals look forward to every year. When you call us to make your plans for vacation, ask about The Carolina Opry. We can even book your seats for you!

By Brandon Moss of Ocean Drive Beach Rentals

Saturday, October 13, 2012

South Carolina Casino Cruises

Chances are if you find yourself in North Myrtle Beach on a long-awaited vacation, you already feel pretty lucky. After all, you’re in one of the most beautiful and fun destinations on the American coast! For those that like to bet on their luck and enjoy casino gaming, you may be disappointed to find that there is no casino anywhere in the state of South Carolina. But wait! Just north of Myrtle Beach, there are boats that head out into the Atlantic Ocean, away from gaming laws, and open up the slots, tables, and roulette wheels!

Vegas-style action cruises around the Carolina coast daily on the Aquasino, operated by SunCruz Casino. Leaving from Little River, SC, this huge cruiser has room for 600 passengers and offers a thrilling 5 hour cruise featuring fine dining, drinks, great ocean views, and of course the heart-pounding action of your favorite classic casino games like blackjack, poker, roulette, slots, and craps.

Also departing from Little River is the Big M Casino. This ship offers cruises every day except Monday, and features an assortment of table games, slots, video poker, and a grand buffet. Plan plenty of time for this experience, as the Big M cruise is also 5 hours on weekdays, and 6 hours on weekends. They also feature nightly cruises so you can eat, drink, and play long into the night.

Each cruise charges an admission fee, but it’s a small price to pay for the experience. Many tourists pay much more on a simple boat ride on other boats. Why not have a little fun while you’re out on the ocean? These trips are perfect for those staying all winter in an Ocean Drive Beach Rentals condo, or an adult-only night while you’re here on family vacation. Leave the kids with a babysitter and enjoy yourself with a tasty dinner, some drinks, and exciting gaming action!

By Brandon Moss of Ocean Drive Beach Rentals

Saturday, October 6, 2012

North Myrtle Beach has the Best Fall Festivals

After the vacationers head home at the end of summer and schools are back in session, you’d expect a tourist town like North Myrtle Beach to keep a low profile until summer comes around again. The truth is that the Grand Strand stays alive and kicking with the best fall festivals and events in the Carolinas. Some of these festivals have been around for years and keep the locals looking forward to autumn. Everyone is welcome to join the fun of these offseason activities, and we welcome anyone looking for a great weekend adventure or a full scale vacation to come down and get involved.

If you are lucky enough to be staying in North Myrtle Beach this fall, don’t make the beach the only thing on your to-do list. Fall Bike Week is going on right now, and sounds of pipes and burnouts fill the streets of Myrtle Beach. Most of the activity happens in Myrtle Beach and Murrell’s Inlet’s biker bars and clubs, but plenty of Harleys and other motorcycles can be seen cruising Ocean Blvd and Highway 17 up in North Myrtle. If you like live music and lots of cold beer, don’t miss Oktoberfest on Ocean Blvd in Myrtle Beach, by the Boardwalk. It’s a party of epic proportions, happening October 6th starting at noon. A family-friendly alternative to Oktoberfest happens down in Surfside Beach, where the Surfside Beach Family Festival offers fun for kids and parents alike. Also on October 6th, this festival will feature a petting zoo, dunking booth, face painting, inflatables, rides, games, and vendor booths.

The annual Taste of the Town will be at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center on October 9th. Ever popular with locals, this event showcases one of the best parts of the Myrtle Beach area: the food. Dozens of restaurants participate with vendor booths, offering samples of gourmet food and beverage. Kids’ activities and music are great additions to the celebration of local dining. Also celebrating a special type of food is Little River, with their Little River Shrimpfest. This quaint little town north of Myrtle Beach is the perfect spot to sample various shrimp dishes and hear local bands perform. Kids’ activities and arts & crafts vendors will be available as well. This event is too big for one day, so it will be held on October 13th and 14th. Other food festivals include the Chili cook-off at Crazy Sister Marina in Murrell’s Inlet on October 14th, Myrtle Beach Wine Fest on October 20th at Market Common’s Valor Park, and the Loris Bog-Off Festival in downtown Loris, SC. Chicken bog is a traditional South Carolina dish and will be featured.

Ocean Drive Beach Rentals will participate in the Endless Summer Festival on Main St in North Myrtle Beach on October 27th. This street festival will feature vendor booths, local seafood and crafts, and live music. Come by and say hello as we celebrate our happy little beach town! Finally, The SC State Bluegrass Festival will take place at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center November 22 – 24. The state’s best musicians will come together and delight listeners with southern-flavored bluegrass and country music. If you are interested in one of these events, call us for more info. We’ll even take care of the accommodations if you’re from out of town!

By Brandon Moss of Ocean Drive Beach Rentals