Local July 4th Events You Won’t Want to Miss

Independence Day will be here before we know it and there are plenty of local July 4th events taking place from where you’re staying at the Grand Strand Resort in North Myrtle Beach to Georgetown SC that you won’t want to miss. If you know of others, feel free to add them in the comments section below otherwise we hope to see you at one of these!

Local July 4th Events You Won't Want to Miss

The ever-popular Garden City Golf Cart Parade takes place at 2 p.m. on July 4, 2016. The parade begins at Calhoun Drive and proceeds to Woodland Avenue. The lineup starts behind Willard’s Fireworks at 1:00 p.m. For information about being in the parade or if you have questions call (843) 340-5835.


Our area Salute From the Shore VII will be throughout the Myrtle Beach coastal area starting at 1 p.m. on July 4. The focal point of Salute from the Shore has always been highlighted with a flyover of military aircraft and has evolved to include patriotic volunteer pilots of privately-owned vintage military aircraft with veterans and active duty military aboard. This year’s annual tribute will have a flyover of vintage military aircraft and F-16s from the SC Air National Guard’s 169th Fighter Wing at McEntire Joint National Guard Base. The Flyover starts at 1 p.m. in Cherry Grove and concludes over the May River Sandbar in Bluffton, SC around 1:30 p.m.

The popular Murrells Inlet 4th of July Boat Parade takes place annually and begins at Garden City Point in Murrells Inlet on July 2 starting at 5 p.m. This year marks the 33rd boat parade that has been held in Murrells Inlet on Independence Day. Call 652-4236 for more information.

Sunday Celebration Concerts are held every Sunday from 7-10 p.m. from June 26 until July 31, 2016 in Plyler Park, 1000 North Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach. Each concert is anticipated to draw as many as 1,000 attendees or more. These free concerts are open to the public and are sponsored by Ground Zero. Don’t forget to bring a chair or blanket to sit on.


Independence Day at Barefoot Landing will be celebrated with a 4th of July fireworks show at 10:15 p.m. Location: 4898 Hwy 17 South, North Myrtle Beach.

Experience the magic of fireworks right on the beach! Thanks to the Oceanfront Merchants Association, Second Avenue Pier in Myrtle Beach is proud to host fireworks on July 4. As the southernmost point of the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, Second Avenue Pier is only a short stroll from Plyler Park, where free concerts are held throughout the summer months. Location: 110 N. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach. For more information, call 843-445-7437.

Where to Rent Bicycles in North Myrtle Beach

Where to Rent Bicycles in North Myrtle Beach
With the summer season on the radar it won’t be long before the kids are out of school and insisting the family goes off on the annual vacation to North Myrtle Beach. The kids will burn a ton of energy at the beach both on the sandy beachfront as well as playing in the surf. For even more fun be sure your family checks out the available bicycle rentals in North Myrtle Beach and the surrounding areas. It’s a great addition to any family summer vacation.

Here’s a list of the most popular places to rent bikes around the area. Most places that rent bikes also rent a number of other sports related items to enhance your vacation at the beach.

North Strand Beach Services
803 28th Ave S, North Myrtle Beach, SC
Phone: (843) 272-3259
Equipment rentals for your vacation. Bikes, Beach and Crib rentals.

Bike Doctor of the Carolinas
315 Sea Mountain Hwy, Cherry Grove, North Myrtle Beach, SC
Phone: (843) 249-8152
An established bicycle repair/rental shop since the 1990s. Skilled mechanic for your bike needs and bicycle items located in the other half of Sandal Land.

Bodacious Bob’s Bike Rentals & Tours
Little River, SC
Phone: (843) 241-2731
Adult and children’s bikes, trikes, tagalongs, enclosed pull behind stroller, and helmets. Rentals by the day or the week. Guided and self-guided tours available.

Atlantic Water Sports
730 Main Street, North Myrtle Beach, SC
Phone: (843) 272-2420 or (243) 222-CAPT
The only place to rent Funcycles (recumbent bikes) in North Myrtle Beach.

Pedego Electric Bikes of Myrtle Beach
3080 DeVille St., The Market Common, Myrtle Beach, SC
Phone: (843) 602-6941
Offering electric bike sales, rentals, tours, service and amazing accessories. But most of all — fun!

Mom’s Day Out In North Myrtle Beach

With Mother’s Day fast approaching on Sunday, May 8, your time is running out to come up with Mother’s Day ideas on how to show the Mom in your life just how special she is. Whether it’s your mother, grandmother, your children’s mother or a mother-soon-to-be, the following ideas are sure to please any lady lucky enough to be the gift recipient.

Mom's Day Out In North Myrtle Beach
1. Spa Day
Exclusively Yours Day Spa & Salon is sure to please with their customized treatments for body, skin, hair, and nails. Located at 3310 Highway 17 South, North Myrtle Beach. 843-362-8080

Adam & Eve Day Spa offers a full range of packages as well as mani/pedis, facials, waxing/scrubs, massages and more. Located at 1029 Hwy 17S, North Myrtle Beach. 843-361-8888

Melindas Day Spa And Salon providing high quality spa services that include massage therapy, holistic spa treatments, medi spa treatments, bridal packages, skin care, hair care, mani/pedis, and more. Located in North Myrtle Beach Plaza, 505 Highway 17 North, North Myrtle Beach. 843-663-1307

2. Wine Tastings
Carolina Vineyards Winery produces dry, semi-dry, medium and sweet wines from many state grown fruits. Their tasting room is open 7 days a week starting at 10 a.m. Located at 4922 Hwy. 17 South, North Myrtle Beach. 843-361-9181

Duplin Winery is open Monday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Music in the Courtyard. Wine tastings. Gift baskets. Gift cards. Located at 4650 Hwy. 17 S., North Myrtle Beach. 800-774-9634

La Belle Amie Vineyard is open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Home of Twisted Sisters wines. Wine tastings. Special music events. Gift shop. Located at 1120 St. Joseph Road, Little River, SC.

3. Brunch/Lunch/Dinner
Many local restaurants will be offering special Mother’s Day brunches, lunches or dinners. Here are just a few:
Atlantis Restaurant, 2305 N. Ocean Blvd., North Myrtle Beach. 843-249-0412

Hoskins Restaurant, 405 Main Street, North Myrtle Beach. 843-249-2014

The Brentwood Restaurant, 4269 Luck Ave., Little River, SC. 843-249-2601

21 Main at North Beach, 719 N. Beach Blvd., North Myrtle Beach. 843-315-3000

4. Shopping
Barefoot Landing, 4898 Hwy. 17 S., North Myrtle Beach. 843-272-8349

Coastal North Town Center, Hwy 17 at 14th Ave. N., North Myrtle Beach.

Tanger Outlet Mall, 4635 Factory Stores Blvd., Myrtle Beach. 843-236-5100 or 866-665-8677

5. Adventure
Go Ape Treetop Adventure Course, 200 Cypress Lake Drive, North Myrtle Beach. 800-971-8271 South Carolina’s first Zip Line and Treetop Adventure course.

Barefoot Princess Riverboat, Barefoot Landing Marina, North Myrtle Beach. 843-272-2140. Tour and dinner riverboat on the Intracoastal Waterway.

Great Escapes Kayak Expeditions, 241 Main St, North Myrtle Beach. 843-241-4588. Guided kayak and paddleboard tours, rentals of kayaks and paddleboards.

No matter how you decide to spend Mother’s Day, know that all of us at Grand Strand Resorts, Inc., wish everyone a Happy Mother’s Day weekend!

St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade

28th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade
Whether you’re Irish or just want to pretend like you are, you won’t want to miss any of the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day events taking place around North Myrtle Beach SC and the surrounding area. Come stay with us at the Grand Strand Resorts, Inc. and you’ll feel as lucky as an Irishman in a field of four leaf clovers!

The City of North Myrtle Beach’s own 28th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2016 along Main Street. This one-day event brings approximately 30,000 to celebrate being Irish and welcome the coming of spring. Plus it’s rain or shine! A parade starts the day out at 9:00 a.m., followed by three stages of live music and a children’s area that provides rides and amusements from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Approximately 150 vendors will display their crafts, services, information, products, or serve a variety of treats all along Main Street. Free admission and free parking to all!

Here’s the rundown of entertainment available:

Community Stage
(Main Street & Oak Drive)
11:00 AM until 4:00 PM

11 AM: MB Regional Pipes and Drums
11:15 AM: Triple Toe Cloggers
11:45 AM: Parade Awards
12:15 PM: Myrtle Beach Regional Pipe and Drums
12:45 PM: Coastal Pipes and Drums
1:30 PM: Ocean Drive Elementary School Chorus
2:15 PM – 4 PM: Folk ‘Em

Main Stage
(Near Flynn’s Irish Tavern)
11 AM until 4 PM

11 AM: Band on the Rum
11:45 AM: Coastal Pipes and Drums
12 PM: Band on the Rum
12:45 PM: Wake District Pipes and Drums
1 PM: Tan and Sober Gentleman
2:15 PM: Leprechaun Contest
2:30 PM: Shepard’s Pie Eating Contest
2:45 PM – 4 PM: Tan and Sober Gentleman

Green Stage
(Near Duffy’s Seafood Shack)
11 AM until 4 PM

11 AM: Retrograde
1:45 PM – 4 PM: Chocolate Chip and Company

Best Places To Go Bowling in North Myrtle Beach

When was the last time you picked up a bowling ball and sent it spinning down an ally? Whether you’re a competitive bowler or a casual one, your North Myrtle Beach bowling experience should be one to remember. We’re providing you with the best places to go bowling in North Myrtle Beach so when you stay at Grand Strand Resorts you won’t have far to travel to find some great fun!

Bowling in North Myrtle Beach
710 North Myrtle Beach
1105 Highway 17 S North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
Phone: (843) 663 -2695
Hours: Mon-Thurs 3 p.m.-12 a.m., Friday 3 p.m.-2 a.m., Saturday 12 p.m.-2 a.m., Sunday 12 p.m.-12 a.m.
Website: http://www.710bowling.com/

Offering 14 standard lanes, 6 boutique lanes, billiards, bocce courts, table tennis, shuffleboard tables, air hockey and an onsite pub.


Little River Lanes
300 Bowling Ln, Little River, SC 29566
Phone: (843) 249-0055
Hours: Mon-Thurs 9 a.m.-11 p.m., Fri-Sat 9 a.m.-12 a.m., Sun 9 a.m.-10 p.m.
Website: https://www.facebook.com/littleriverlanes


Planet Fun Center
349 Whiteville Road, Shallotte, NC 28459
Phone: (910) 755-2FUN
Hours: Sun-Thurs 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-2 a.m.
Website: http://www.planetfuncenter.com/

Just a short 25 minute drive north. Offering 32 lanes of bowling, a 2-story laser tag arena, bumper car arena, redemption arcade, bounce house, bowling Pro Shop, and the unique Starz Grille family restaurant.


Myrtle Beach Bowl
101 Philip Gray Dr, Myrtle Beach, SC 29579
Phone: (843) 236-1020
Hours: Mon & Wed 1 p.m.-Midnight, Tues & Thurs 9 a.m.-Midnight, Wed 1 p.m.-Midnight, Fri 1 p.m.-1 a.m., Sat. Noon-1 a.m., Sun. Noon-10 p.m.
Website: http://myrtlebeachbowl.com/

Offering weekly specials, free Winterfest for kids, Bowlopolis birthday parties, Glow-n-Bowl, weekly leagues for kids and adults, group packages, and more.



We Have Holiday Accommodations for Your Out-of-Town Guests

It’s that time of year when it’s natural to want to be with family for the holidays. For many people though they simply don’t have a big enough home to accommodate their visitors. That doesn’t have to be a problem because at Grand Strand Resorts we have holiday accommodations that offer plenty of room no matter how many are coming. If you prefer, you can rent a larger place from us and do all of your entertaining right here. Either way it’s a super way that will accommodate everyone.

You can count on any of our resorts to be a special treat for visitors for the duration of their stay. Our luxury rentals come with nicer amenities than you would have at home to offer them. Features like swimming pools, Jacuzzi’s, hot tubs, balconies with phenomenal views, and the beautiful furnishings including super comfortable beds are things any guest would surely love.

Nights of a Thousand Candles

Take your visitors out and around in the community to check out the holiday events going on while they’re here. Brookgreen Garden’s most popular event is in Murrells Inlet — Nights of a Thousand Candles. It’s a holiday tradition that many people look forward to every year. The last nights of the display are December 17-20 from 3 to 10 p.m. Over 5,00 candles and thousands of lights sparkle from Live Oak trees and illuminate garden paths as musicians perform, carolers sing and visitors experience the enchantment. Call Brookgreen Gardens at 843-235-6000 or 800-849-1931 for more information.

New Year's Eve at Brookgreen Gardens

Brookgreen Gardens will open the sculpture garden for a special New Year’s Eve “Garden by Candlelight” Pre-Party from 6-9 p.m. on December 31, 2015. Enjoy a stroll around the gardens beautifully lit up by candles and holiday lights while listening to the strolling musicians. Light refreshments will be available. Space is limited for the event and advance tickets are required. Light refreshments will be available for purchase. Tickets are available for $20 for non-members and $15 for members. Buy tickets online or call (843) 235-6016.

When you’re ready to book the accommodations for your guests arriving over the holidays just give Grand Strand Resorts just give us a call toll free at 800-367-6515. We’re wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!



Where to Dine on Thanksgiving in North Myrtle Beach

With so many fabulous restaurants around North Myrtle Beach we’re having a tough time trying to decide where to dine on Thanksgiving this year. Sometimes we stay home and cook a traditional holiday meal and it’s truly a most lavish spread. But we don’t do that every year, which is probably why it’s so special when we do. This year we’re going out to a local restaurant in North Myrtle Beach. If you’re vacationing in the area you may also be looking for a restaurant close by where you can get a Thanksgiving dinner that includes everything right down to the green and black olives.

Happy Thanksgiving from Grand Strand Resorts

We’ll share a list of restaurants in North Myrtle Beach that we know will be serving dinner on Thursday, November 26. Why not treat yourself to a special meal out this year and let someone else do the cooking? Maybe we’ll see you there! Have a very Happy Thanksgiving 2015!

21 Main at North Beach
719 N Beach Blvd, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582; (843) 315-3000
Opens at 4 p.m. for Thanksgiving Day

Castano’s Italian Steakhouse
4926 Hwy 17 S, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582; (843) 361-2000
Open from 12-8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day

Greg Norman’s Australian Grille
4930 Hwy 17 South, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582; (843) 361-0000
Thanksgiving Dinner beginning at 12 noon.

House of Blues
4640 Hwy 17 S., North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582; (843) 913–3746
Thanksgiving Buffet from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

98 Hwy 17, North Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582; (843) 249-1134
Serving 4-8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day

Midtown Bistro
2004 Hwy 17 S #3, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582; (843) 427-4720
Serving 12-7 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day

Preston’s Seafood & Country Buffet
4530 Hwy 17 South, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582; (8430 272-3338
Opens at 11:30 a.m. for serving Thanksgiving dinner

3607 Hwy 17, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582; (843) 272-1051
Serving until 7 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day

SeaBlue Restaurant & Wine Bar
503 Hwy 17 N, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582; (843) 249-8800
Open from 2- 7 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day

Dining in the Most Haunted Restaurants in Myrtle Beach

This Halloween plan on having a spooky good time when you dine in one of the haunted restaurants in Myrtle Beach. With so many activities going on in the area, get out early so you can enjoy a tasty meal and get your night started off right!

Whether you’re attending the Adult’s Costume Party on the Marshwalk or you’re taking the kids out for some safe trick or treating at Broadway at the Beach, The Market Common, or Barefoot Landing, there’s plenty to do and see in the area for a night of spooky good fun!
Haunted Restaurant #1 – The Bowery

Dining in the Most Haunted Restaurants in Myrtle Beach

Located at 110 9th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach you’ll find The Bowery right on the boardwalk in downtown Myrtle Beach. This honky-tonk country music bar has a rich history going back to 1944 that includes beachfront fun, beer, delicious appetizers, and live music. But here’s the spooky part — The Bowery boasts a legendary story of a man called “Barman Joe.” Legend has it that Barman Joe died in his barstool at The Bowery and turned cold and blue before he sprang up in his seat, coming back to life to finish off the drinks that he ordered. Some claim to still hear good ol’ Barman Joe singing while at bar.


Haunted Restaurant #2 – The Brentwood Restaurant & Wine Bistro

Dining in the Most Haunted Restaurants in Myrtle Beach

Celebrated for the fine dining and unique atmosphere, you’ll find The Brentwood Restaurant at 4269 Luck Avenue, Little River, SC. It’s housed inside a Victorian home that was built in 1910, and at one point was used as a bed and breakfast for fisherman. It eventually closed in the 1980’s, but then reopened as a fine-dining restaurant. The Brentwood hosts not just regular customers, but customers of the paranormal kind too. Those who work at the Brentwood have reported strange experiences so often that the owners contacted the paranormal investigation team, P.I.T. Crew to stay the night at the Brentwood and investigate. After their stay, the team reported a large amount of activity (the most they’ve ever experienced, they said) especially in the kitchen and bar areas. Some of the activity that the P.I.T. Crew encountered included objects moving unexplainably, cameras being drained of power, loud noises, shadowy apparitions, and more.


Haunted Restaurant #3 – Dead Dog Saloon

Dining in the Most Haunted Restaurants in Myrtle Beach

Murrells Inlet SC is where you’ll find the Dead Dog Saloon — a favorite for locals and visitors looking for a fun-filled place to hang out. Located on the Marshwalk at 4079 US 17 Business, this is a great place to kick back and watch a game, have dinner with your family, or enjoy sitting on the deck with friends. The restaurant was named after a dog named Dudley, who is said to haunt the restaurant now. Though there aren’t really any documented reports of a haunting, Dudley has sure become a myth among those who work at the Dead Dog Saloon as well as those who spend time there.  Next time you’re there and you hear your hushpuppies bark, you may not be going crazy, but it may just be Dudley telling you he is hungry from the other side.


Unbeatable Deals on Off-Season Monthly Rentals

When it comes to winter it seems everyone just wants to get through it pretty much anyway they can. We realize that living in South Carolina makes winter a whole lot easier than it is in the northern and mid-Atlantic states. That’s why we’re going to tell you about some unbeatable condo deals on our condominiums in North Myrtle Beach SC. You’ll find the weather here to be far more kind to you when you come coastal no matter long you stay!

Unbeatable Deals on Off-Season Monthly Rentals

15% off Fall Vacations

If you act now, you can get 15% off any stay of 3 to 14 nights through the end of December on a select assortment of condos. What that means is you can really treat your family this year and spend Thanksgiving and/or Christmas at the beach! We think that would be the best present ever!!

Our off-season winter rentals in North Myrtle Beach are both luxurious and affordable accommodations that you’re sure to love! Image spending part or all of your winter in our own private condominium that has a superbly equipped kitchen and spacious living and sleeping areas. The gorgeous coastal views alone will have you glad you came! Every day you’re’ here you’ll be able to enjoy them right from your own private balcony.

Unbeatable Deals on Off-Season Monthly Rentals

The condominiums we have come in a wide assortment of sizes and price points. From oceanfront penthouses to 1 bedroom condos, our affordable winter condo rental rates in North Myrtle Beach, SC ensure ideal satisfaction over and above any other monthly rental in the area. We think you’ll love it here. In fact, we know you will!

Unbeatable Deals on Off-Season Monthly Rentals

No matter how many are traveling in your group, we’re sure to have the perfect size accommodations for a month-long stay or longer this winter. Make your reservations today by calling our Grand Strand Resort reservation specialists at 800-367-6515.







North Myrtle Beach vs Myrtle Beach

You really can’t go wrong when choosing a Coastal South Carolina location to spend that much-needed vacation time away. Many people are drawn to Myrtle Beach just based on being so familiar with the name. But did you know that North Myrtle Beach is a separate city in itself, that’s close by and offers so much more?

It’s worth your time to take a closer look before making your vacation plans. At Grand Strand Resorts we have hundreds of reasons that are sure to convince you why North Myrtle Beach is far superior to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Here are just the obvious ones.

Myrtle Beach is Crowded!

Why Choose North Myrtle Beach Over Myrtle Beach
North Myrtle Beach is less crowded and overall calmer than Myrtle Beach. It’s more suited to those that want to get away and unwind.

Our Beaches Are Family-Friendly

Why Choose North Myrtle Beach Over Myrtle Beach
North Myrtle Beach is incredibly family-friendly. Why go somewhere that you have to worry about losing the kids. Stay with us and experience the difference a family-friendly beach can make.

We Can Save You Money

Why Choose North Myrtle Beach Over Myrtle Beach
Save money when you stay with Grand Strand Resorts. Our oceanfront rooms are typically less expensive than what they’ll change in Myrtle Beach.

We’ll Give You Space to Spread Out!

Why Choose North Myrtle Beach Over Myrtle Beach
When it comes to spreading out on the beach you’ll appreciate how much wider yet more secluded the beaches are in North Myrtle Beach.

Our Water is Cleaner

Why Choose North Myrtle Beach Over Myrtle Beach
It’s a fact! Our ocean water is just an overall better quality than nearby beaches according to the federal government’s S.C. Beach Access & Water Quality Guide.

No High Rise Buildings Here

Why Choose North Myrtle Beach Over Myrtle Beach
Just look around! You’ll immediately notice the lack of tall high rise buildings around North Myrtle Beach that populate the beachfront further south. Come visit us where the view is accessible from all of our vacation rentals.