Driving To Myrtle Beach Is Half the Fun!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 – by OVR Staff
For most of us, vacation is a coveted time, so we don’t want to be sitting around wasting precious time in airports and layovers in other cities. Even sitting on an airplane feels like a big chore these days! Just getting through security detail is enough to make you want to forget the whole thing and just stay home. But if you live within a reasonable driving distance of Myrtle Beach, SC, you can actually be in control of your travel time and have some fun getting here! Why not start your vacation fun the moment you pull out of your driveway? Here are some tips to get you started making your drive time seem like fly-time!

Most of us remember the good old days when car trips to our vacation destination were half the fun! No matter where you are driving from, your trip to Myrtle Beach, SC can be a fun one. Did you know that there is no interstate that comes directly into Myrtle Beach? This means that you have the opportunity to explore some off-the-beaten-path secondary roads on your way to your Myrtle Beach vacation! My family does this a lot and you’ll be amazed what you can find by either using a Google search of interesting stops along the back roads or just using a map to see what the small towns might have to offer along the way. The south is a fabulous place to take a car trip because you can find all sorts of roadside vendors, produce stands, basket weavers and other wares along the way. You can even find some of the most local, fresh seafood anywhere right on the side of the road with a local vendor selling right out of the back of their truck. Talk about fresh caught! It was just caught moments earlier and you could be eating or sampling it within minutes!

Another great reason to drive to Myrtle Beach is having a car while you’re here. Why rent a car and go to all that expense when you could just have your own car? You’ll find that it’s worth it to enjoy the drive in and have the freedom that your car will provide. Parking in town is not bad and there is almost always somewhere to park close to the ocean or other attractions in town. This is a town built for car travelers! Take a day and drive to the nearby towns of Georgetown, Wilmington, Charleston, or the local seafood towns of Murrells Inlet or Calabash, NC. You won’t be sorry!

Myrtle Beach has high runway landing taxes, so the airlines that do service our area have to charge higher prices. Flying into Myrtle Beach can be a rather expensive trip for many, so again, driving is a great idea! If you’re a golfer, this means not having to pay for extra baggage checks for your golf clubs. You can be in charge of your own transportation and go at your own pace. Isn’t that what vacation is all about? So, take your vacation to the off-road discoveries and enjoy your experience on the road. After all, isn’t getting here half the fun?? Call us today at Oceanfront Vacations and let us get you the perfect condo or house once you’re here—you’re just one call away from the perfect vacation! Drive on in or call us today!

Myrtle Beach’s Secret Season

Monday, August 19, 2013 – by OVR Staff
Myrtle Beach’s Secret Season
I’ve lived in Myrtle Beach for 23 years now, and I can tell you, it’s an addictive place. There’s something about living in one of America’s most wonderful tourist towns that is still captivating all these years later. The interesting thing about our tourist industry is that we have a different kind of tourist for each of our “seasons.” When most people think of Myrtle Beach, they are flooded with images of summer vacations, walks on the boardwalk, or hours spent at the iconic Pavilion Amusement Park. Of course, the summer months in Myrtle Beach bring tons of memories to all those who have spent summers here, and we as locals share those memories. I always loved driving downtown with my windows down and listening to all the squeals and screams on the roller coasters or water rides at The Pavilion. And I loved driving by all the miniature golf courses, watching families just enjoy one another in the warm sea air.

But back in the day, the sidewalks pretty much rolled up after Labor Day. Everything went dark, shops closed up, and only the chain restaurants stayed open all year. However, nowadays the fall season holds a special kind of magic all its own. Some people call it our “off season” but we prefer to call it our “secret season.” It’s the special time of year when most of the crowds have cleared out to return to school and jobs, but Myrtle Beach remains a magical place during the fall months….here’s a few reasons why!

•The congested crowds and traffic have died down
•The weather is much more comfortable
•The area attractions are seriously discounted
•Beachfront condos and hotels are much, much cheaper!
•Walks on the beach will produce amazing sea shells
•You can enjoy those walks along the surf with the beach almost all to yourself!
•Taking a stroll down the length of our new Boardwalk will let you see the beauty of National Geographic’s #3 Boardwalk in the country! It’s much easier to enjoy when the crowds are gone.
•We are number 7 in U.S. vacation destinations that are most affordable, among the top ten U.S. beaches, 2nd only to Disney World in most visited destination for family vacations in the U.S.
•In 2011, we were even ranked the #1 best beach in America by TripAdvisor!
•Enjoying the amazing shopping Myrtle Beach has to offer, without the heat and crowds normally associated with our most popular shopping complexes.

Finally, don’t forget the golfers in your life! Myrtle Beach has over 150 golf courses, many of which are designed by PGA winners. Come during the fall months and get some fantastic golf in, beautiful weather and then wine and dine by night in some of Myrtle Beach’s most fabulous restaurants.
Our “secret season” is almost here. Call us today at Oceanfront Vacations and book your trip today and come enjoy our favorite time of year with us!

What You Might Not Know About Sunscreen

Saturday, August 24, 2013 – by OVR Staff
We all know that adequate sunshine is necessary to maintain a healthy life. I have actually lived in the arctic region of the world and watched first hand how the lack of sunshine for months out of the year can cause depression, a rise in addictive behaviors such as alcoholism, as well as a deficiency in some major essential vitamins. Let’s face it—we were made for sunlight and we thrive with adequate sunshine. That’s why millions of people all over the world are constantly bathing and basking in the sun, yet not really considering what too much sun might be doing. Too much of a good thing in this case can lead to skin cancer and heat stroke. All it takes is one bad burn to set you on the path for serious skin damage.

Don’t take chances with your skin! Get to know how to properly buy and use sunscreen. It’s more than just a vogue cream that gets added to your makeup or skin care products. Contrary to popular belief, you can still catch some serious rays while wearing good sunscreen. It’s all about the right product for your particular skin.
I have seen so many friends and family come to Myrtle Beach and have their entire vacation completely ruined by an agonizing sunburn. You have no idea how debilitating a bad burn can be unless you’ve had one. It can cause painful water blisters, peeling, and even scarring that can take months to heal. You have to remember that a sunburn is just that—a burn. Sometimes first or second-degree burns, and sometimes even third degree burns.
Make sure you understand how to buy sunscreen! For instance, did you know that the SPF number on the bottle doesn’t have anything to do with how strong the sunscreen is, but rather how long you can leave it on before needing to apply more? It’s true. Take the amount of time you can usually stay out before burning, then multiply that number times the SPF and you’ll get a rough idea of the number of minutes you can be out in the sun protected effectively. Don’t save big bottles of unused sunscreen—they lose their effectiveness over time and chances are if you have sunscreen more than a year old, it is not as effective as it needs to be. Throw it out and start fresh!

Don’t take chances with your skin! No matter what your complexion is, you still need protection from the sun. Our society has made it vogue to sit and bake for hours in the sun. Nowadays, people are seeing the truth and it’s becoming much more accepted and “en vogue” to stay out of the sun and work to maintain a porcelain complexion. It’s no secret that overexposure to the sun causes premature aging and wrinkles, so why go there if you don’t have to? Keep fresh sunscreen in your cabinet at all times, and don’t forget to apply it in areas easily forgotten, such as tops of feet, behind arms and ears and nose. Remember to start applying sunscreen at least 30 minutes before you go out so that it can soak in properly.
No excuses—never mess around with your sunscreen! It could literally save your life. At the very least, you’ll look a whole lot younger as a result of having used it along with a healthy diet. Don’t let your vacation be ruined this year—use at least an SPF 15 and make sure you apply it often if you’re in the water. Stay protected and enjoy your Myrtle Beach vacation!

September In Myrtle Beach

Monday, September 2, 2013 – by OVR Staff
Well, summer is officially over now and that means our peak tourist season is also over. But it does NOT mean that the fun in Myrtle Beach is over! If you didn’t make it to the beach this summer, why not come now? Here are a few great reasons why the latecomers get the best deal!

Smaller Crowds! Fewer people on the beach means more sand and tranquility for you to enjoy. It also means you can make a last minute trip to the beach without needing advance reservations. There are amazing deals and discounts on oceanfront condos and houses after Labor Day!

The area attractions are still open, but not nearly as crowded. Places you’d normally have to stand in line for will now be easy to enjoy without all the waiting! If you love going on the rides of the Pavilion Nostalgia Park, you’ll be able to ride them over and over with little wait time. Talk about a deal!

Great Weather! Dog Days of summer have finally passed and the some cooler air is finally here. Our weather during the fall season here in Myrtle Beach is absolutely amazing. Still very warm and sunny during the days, but a little cooler and more pleasant at night. Perfect for evening walks on the beach! Also, the cool early mornings are the best time for finding a treasure trove of seashells.

Why not come to Myrtle Beach for a fall vacation? We have your perfect condo or house and now that the crowds have disappeared, a few steps are all you’ll have to take to find your perfect piece of beach to enjoy. Give us a call today for some great deals and come see why we love the beach in September!

Our Top Ten List For Fall Events In Myrtle Beach

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 – by OVR Staff
For most of us here in Myrtle Beach, fall is our favorite time of year. Not only does it mean a welcome relief from the heat and humidity, but the changing of the seasons ushers in all the amazing activities along the Grand Strand that only happen during the autumn months. You don’t have to be a local to enjoy these events, so why not come to Myrtle Beach and take advantage of this amazing weather and fall events and festivals! Here are just a few to whet your appetite:

1.Check out the Sounds of Summer concerts. The next one will be September 20, 2013 and will be held in McLean Park in North Myrtle Beach.

2.Surfrider Lip-Rippin’ Chilympics. This is a chili cook-off like no other! October 13, 2013 in the parking lot of Wicked Tuna.

3.One of our favorites—The Greek Festival at St. Johns Greek Orthodox church in Myrtle Beach. Get amazing food and entertainment outdoors from 11am to 9pm September 26, 2013.

4.The 34th Annual Harvest Hoedown Festival in Aynor. This is pure fall fun! Happening on September 21, 2013 in downtown Aynor, just about 30 minutes from Myrtle Beach!

5.Check out the Classic Ford Car Show at Broadway at the Beach on October 5, 2013. 9am till 4pm.

6.September 19-21, 2013 marks the 40th Annual South Atlantic Shrine Festival. Come downtown Myrtle Beach to experience a true fall festival!

7.Need a little culture? How about visiting the Burroughs and Chapin Art Museum for the Celebration of Gullah Culture. It is held on September 22, 2013 from 1-4pm.

8.If you can’t get enough seafood, The Little River ShrimpFest is just for you! On the waterfront in Little River October 13, 2013.

9.Autumn Big Band Blast is a great way to enjoy music and wine! Check it out on October 5, 2013 at La Belle Amie Vineyard in Little River.

10.Brookgreen Gardens Brew at the Zoo. If you love a good beer, then this event is for you! Come taste regional and national crafted beers and enjoy the surrounding beauty of Brookgreen Gardens! September 28, 2013 from 5:30-8:30.

This is just our top ten list. There is much more happening here on the Grand Strand, so be sure to get in on the fall action! For more information on these and many other activities and events, visit
http://www.visitmyrtlebeach.com/things-to-do/events/. Don’t forget to Call us here at Oceanfront Vacations for your perfect get-away condo!

Renew Your Spirit With the Quiet Side of Myrtle Beach

Sunday, September 22, 2013 – by OVR Staff
It’s hard to believe, but as I was strolling through our local home and garden center this week looking for plants, I noticed the workers clearing shelves and making room for…wait for it…CHRISTMAS TREES. It seems to get earlier every year! I mean the Halloween candy wasn’t even out a full 24 hours yet! While I love Christmas, it does seem a bit premature to start putting decorations out in the middle of September. But, I guess it goes to show you the crazed consumer culture we live in! Which got me to thinking about the many people who come to visit Myrtle Beach in the fall….

There’s definitely tons to do here in Myrtle Beach even after the summer passes. But did you know that this crazy bustling tourist town also offers quaint beauty and tranquil escape? It really is possible here to reconnect with nature and discover the natural beauty of the area. Here are just a few things you can do that don’t involve thousands of other tourists, noisy rides and games, or busy retail outlets.

Go Hiking. That’s right. You can hike here at Myrtle Beach State Park. There are lots of hiking trails with tons of natural wildlife and plants to observe along the way. It’s 300 acres of quiet beauty and campgrounds, should you want to just park here and not leave!

Reconnect With Nature. Huntington Beach State Park is just a few minutes south of Myrtle Beach and there you can enjoy the private stretch of beach, a freshwater lagoon, salt marshes and even a beautiful boardwalk from which to observe the wildlife. It even has one of the few original coastal forests remaining on the Grand Strand. Worth your time for sure!

Go Green at Brookgreen Gardens! You just can’t beat this place for tranquil beauty and serene nature. If beauty is what you’re after, then come renew your spirit among the 2000 plant species, wildlife, and beautiful sculptures. There are also many events where you can go enjoy music and art while you’re there.

Get Your Golf On! Myrtle Beach is famous for its many dozens of golf courses, many of which were designed by PGA players. You can’t go wrong with getting out your clubs and enjoying a quiet day to think, enjoy beautiful weather and the company of good friends while you golf, all on some of the most spectacular courses anywhere!

Take Morning Walks On The Beach. Let’s face it—there’s nothing more beautiful here than waking up to a gorgeous sunrise over the ocean! Why not get out before the city wakes up and just enjoy a quiet stroll on the beach while the sun rises. It’s truly a reward worth getting up for! As a bonus, the seashells, starfish and sand dollars are at their best early in the morning.

If you’re ready for some time off to unwind, call us today at Oceanfront Vacations and let us help you get the most peaceful place to stay to go with your quiet and peaceful vacation! Prices are amazing right now, so come on down—the water’s still fine!

Fall Fabulousness In Myrtle Beach

Monday, October 14, 2013 – by OVR Staff
One of our favorite times of the year is definitely fall! Even though Myrtle Beach is known for summer, vacations and tourists, we have plenty of fall activities that will bring out your inner child! Believe it or not, we turn into a big fall festival around here….

October is that fantastic time of year where harvesting happens, pumpkin patches show up everywhere and fall festivals begin. If you are fortunate enough to be in Myrtle Beach vacationing during this beautiful “secret season,” there is lots to do that will get you in the mood for fall!

Go visit one of our local farms. One of our favorite is Indigo Farms, located on the extreme north end of the Grand Strand. Here, you will get to enjoy the beautiful harvest of fall crops, go on a hay ride, go out in the field to do some picking yourself, and of course enjoy our produce market. There will be lots of things to taste and all the things you could ever need to improve your garden. Whether you want to pick out the perfect pumpkin from our pumpkin patch, or buy some of the many homemade jams, preserves and pies. Indigo Farms equals FUN and YUM!! A trip to Indigo Farms will not complete without a bonfire and hayride, but you do need a reservation for that. So grab your kiddos and head on up to Indigo Farms! For a schedule of events, visit their website at: http://www.indigofarmsmarket.com/

Check out Brookgreen Gardens while you’re here too. They have some amazing fall events and offer some of the most beautiful gardens anywhere. I feel smarter and more cultured simply by showing up at Brookgreen Gardens. You will too! They can be found on the south end of the beach near Pawleys Island and at: http://www.brookgreen.org/

There are lots of churches in our area that provide fantastic pumpkin patches and activities for the whole family. If arts and crafts fairs are your thing, then you will have fun at any of the dozens of events around Myrtle Beach this fall! Check out an up-to-date list of events and activities at: http://www.visitmyrtlebeach.com/things-to-do/events/

Come enjoy the fall season in Myrtle Beach with us. You’ll leave refreshed, cultured, and perhaps a few pounds heavier than when you arrived from all the yummy food! Ok, we won’t say anything about that….

Safe Halloween Fun In Myrtle Beach

Monday, October 28, 2013 – by OVR Staff
The beach is fun all year around, and Halloween is no exception to this rule! If you’re here with us in Myrtle Beach and looking for fun things to do with the kids, you won’t be disappointed. There are tons of places and activities to take your little ghosts and goblins to dress up and collect some candy in a safe, family-fun environment. Instead of going door-to-door in neighborhoods you may not know, why not head out on the town for some spook-tacular fun! Here’s a list of some of our favorites for Halloween Night:

The Market Common. Go get some great dinner at one of the many restaurants and from 5-7pm, your kids can make the rounds to the stores and collect all the loot they can hold!

Broadway At The Beach from 4:30-6:30 pm. A fantastic option for little kids, you don’t have to think about traffic and they can go store to store and collect treats for their bags. Go to Hard Rock Cafe and the kids eat free! Parents will enjoy a night of fun and the kids will love dressing up and showing off their costumes.

Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. 5-7pm. Free candy bags for the kids, free carousel rides and a fun environment to enjoy dinner and fun!

Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk 5-6pm. This is one of our favorite places for adults and kids alike. Prizes for best costumes and the kids can go collect all their treats before the adult party starts. You can’t go wrong with a Marsh Walk dinner on Halloween Night. It’s a party!

Tanger Outlets 6-8pm. Dress up and walk around looking for the Halloween decals in store windows to see which stores are passing out candy for the kids. It’s a safe and fun way to get some extra loot in those bags!

There’s lots to do in Myrtle Beach and Halloween is no exception. Come on out and call us here at Oceanfront Vacations for the perfect place to stay!

The Perfect Apple Pie

Friday, November 1, 2013 – by OVR Staff
Fall is time for harvest all across the country and it’s no different here in Myrtle Beach. Around here, you can find produce stands and farms all across the region and locals and tourists alike love to stop and take advantage of the freshest fruits and vegetables and nuts available! It’s always great cooking and eating what is in season, both for economical reasons, as well as nutrition benefits. Foods that don’t have to travel far to get to your table are the best foods to eat with the highest amount of vitamins and minerals! You might not think of Myrtle Beach as an agricultural mecca, but you’d be surprised to learn how many farms and produce markets there are around our area! Whether you want to pick the crop yourself or stop and buy your produce in baskets or bushels, you should definitely make this fun activity part of your experience here in Myrtle Beach.

So that brings us to one of my favorite things to do each fall—make apple pies. I’m sure I make a few dozen of them by the time Christmas rolls around and I love them because they are soooo yummy and easy to make. Apples are in plentiful supply right now and so I find lots of ways to cook with them. Even if you’re staying in a condo, you can make the best apple pie ever and eat like a king while you’re visiting Myrtle Beach! Consider spending Thanksgiving here in Myrtle Beach with your family. Many people love renting a beach house that can comfortably hold everyone and just hang out and enjoy the holiday with all the comforts of home. Our own family did that one year, and it’s one of the best Thanksgivings any of us can remember!

Enjoy the bounty of what nature has to offer this fall season and don’t forget to stop by your local market and get some fantastic apples for this super easy pie. I promise you, it won’t be around for long!

Super Easy Apple Pie

5-6 Granny Smith or other good baking apples
¼ cup sugar or Splenda
¼ cup brown sugar
2-3 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon cloves or allspice
•You can also use 2 teaspoons of apple pie spice rather than the individual spices.
½ cup chopped walnuts or pecans
2-3 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 box of prepared piecrusts. There are two in each box. You’ll need one for the top and one for the bottom. Don’t get generic—they fall apart!

Spread one pie crust in your pan and get the second one ready to place on top of the filling mixture.

Chop the apples in cubes. You can also slice them thinly if you like. If you desire, you can peel them, but I like the skin on mine. Place the apples in a big bowl and add all the other ingredients and toss well. Let it sit till the sugars, spices and lemon juice create a saucy type of consistency. Toss again and poor the mixture in your prepared pie shell. Top with the other pie dough and crimp the edges to seal. Make a few little cuts in the middle of the piecrust on top to allow steam to escape. If you feel like being fancy, you can add some egg wash and sprinkle a little sugar on top for a shiny finish. Bake at 375 for about 45-60 minutes or until it’s bubbly and the crust is golden brown. Happy eating from all of us here at Oceanfront Vacations!

Spending the Holidays In Myrtle Beach

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 – by OVR Staff
If you’ve never enjoyed a vacation in Myrtle Beach during the holiday season, then you don’t know what you’re missing! We have lots of fun going on all year round, but there’s something special in the air during the holiday season. Thanksgiving is just around the corner and it’s not too late to bring the family and rent a beach house to enjoy your Thanksgiving break. With discounts happening late in the booking season, you can get in on some great last minute deals! Several years ago, my family gathered in a beach house to celebrate Thanksgiving together and it was one of the best family gatherings I can ever remember. The cost is so much lower this way too, because everybody can chip in.

If you’re wondering what’s going on in Myrtle Beach this holiday season, here are just a few things to whet your appetite:

The Holiday Spirits Festival. This is held on the Saturday following Thanksgiving and is a wonderful way to bring in the Christmas spirit. You will get to enjoy great arts and crafts vendors, big band music and great food. You should also take advantage of the beautiful vineyard tours at La Belle Amie Vineyard. You can sample their ciders, mulled wine and other holiday goodies. They also have some prizes, outdoor cooking going on lots of other things, so grab yourself a lawn chair and enjoy the day at La Belle Amie Vineyards.

Check out the Winter Arts and Crafts Show at Springmaid Beach Resort. This is a fun tradition here at the beach and a great way to do some Christmas shopping. This year’s show is November 29-December 1.

Catch a Christmas show at The Carolina Opry. Their shows run for two months from November 1-January 4, so you have lots of time to go take this spectacular Christmas production in! By far, the best the beach has to offer.

These are just a few of the things you can enjoy while spending a holiday vacation with us here in Myrtle Beach, SC! We hope you’ll get in on the fun and book your condo rental or beach house today. Call us or go online to book now!