There are many more things to do in Myrtle Beach than just sunbathe at the beach or by the pool. The following activities are all local favorites and chances are - you won't see them advertised all over town. However, you will have a great time and can brag to all of your friends about how you had all the insider's info on your trip to the beach!
Vereen Gardens, deeded to the Horry County Historical Commission by Jackson Vereen, is home to a variety of wildlife, as well as the historic Vereen Family cemetery, which pre-dates the Revolutionary War. Hiking trails line the park and the scenic marshes. Also, one of the last few unpaved stretches of King's Highway goes through Vereen Memorial Gardens. For more information, please
Myrtle Beach is well-known for its infatuation with miniature golf, so it's only fitting that the area is host to one of the most prestigious comepetitions in the country. Taking place each October, is the Master's National Tournament Pro Mini Golf Championship - the national championship for mini golf. Golfers from all over the country compete for cash and prizes. The course has one-of-a-kind landscaping and a volcano that erupts every twenty minutes. Along with the volcano, you are surrounded by the serene souund of the waterfalls with music from Jimmy Buffet!
La Belle Amie Vineyard is open to the public and hosts many popular festivals throughout the year. Vineyard guests are invited to the wine tasting room to sample their private label wines and a variety of specialty sauces, dressings, mustards and more. The vineyard is part of an old tobacco plantation that has been owned by the Bellamy family since the 1800s. Vineyard specials include Wine Wednesday, Wine Down Friday, or Super Wine Saturday. For more information about La Belle Amie and a schedule of events, please
Island Song Charters will take you on a sailing adventure where you will get to experience the beautiful Intracoastal Waterway, setting sail in the calm and protected waters of the Little River Inlet, then continuing your voyage into the Atlantic Ocean. Take a turn at the helm - steering the boat or just sit back and relax. Each charter is private and depending on your adventure, can accomodate up to six guests. Complimentary chips, crackers, sodas, bottled waters, and ice are available. Or you may bring your own food, beverages and adult beverages. For more information about Island Song Charters, please
6. L.W. Paul Living History Farm (Conway)
Visitors to the L. W. Paul Living History Farm will have the opportunity to sample the everyday life of farm living in Horry County between 1900 and 1955. Guests on this working farm can observe and participate in activities that would have been commonplace on traditional family farms. Plowing with mules, making lye soap, grinding grits, blacksmithing, curing meat, preserving vegetables, milking cows, and harvesting crops are only a few hands-on activities that the farm offers. Events at the farm change with the seasons. Please click here
for more information. 5. Visit the Sea Lions at Pirate's Voyage (Myrtle Beach)
Located just outside the Pirate's Voyage Theater, there is an area where you can get up close and personal with the show's stars - the sea lions - and watch them splash around - for free. You may even find yourself making reservations to see them perform in one of their nightly shows. Depending on the time of the year, you may also be able to visit some of the show's other star animals in pens closeby. Click here
for more information about Pirates Voyage and to Purchase Tickets. 4. Tour New South Brewery (Myrtle Beach)
It doesn't get much more hidden than this local gem - just a stones throw from downtown Myrtle Beach. There's plenty of local bars and restaurants that serve their excellent brews - including its Nut Brown Ale, Dark Star Porter, and popular White Ale. But to get a full taste of what New South Brewery is about, why not take a brewery tour? New South offers tours and tastings on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:30 pm. Stay after your tour and drink a few pints on premise and get some growlers filled to bring back to your room. Click here
for more information about New South Brewery 3. Learn How to Shag (North Myrtle Beach)
The Shag is the official state dance of South Carolina. Combined with the region's Carolina Beach Music, it has created a culture all its own - with thousands of shaggers visiting the area each year. Though you may not realize it, Main Street in North Myrtle Beach serves as the epicenter of this culture worldwide. Boasting a number of bars, dance clubs, and other businesses who cater to the crowds who love that laid-back shagger lifestyle. Perhaps the most well known of these clubs is Fat Harolds Beach Club, where you can take shag lessons twice a week. For more information, click here
. 2. Sleep with the Sharks at Ripley's Aquarium (Myrtle Beach)
Do sharks sleep? Find out for yourself at Ripley's Aquarium!
You can count sharks instead of sheep while drifting off to sleep as you spend the night in Ripley's Aquarium Dangerous Reef Tunnel. Unlock the mysteries of the aquarium at night through learning activities that are designed for all ages to enjoy. Enjoy a fun-filled night including a dive show, behind the scenes tour and creature feature scavenger hunt. After you are exhausted from all of these fun activities, drift off to sleep while the sharks keep a watchful eye on you. Other sleepovers such as Midnight Mermaids and Night at The Aquarium are also available. For more information about Sleeping With the Sharks, please click here
. 1. Brookgreen Gardens (Murrells Inlet)
Brookgreen Gardens used to be a true "hidden gem" of the Grand Strand, but the word has gotten out about this local treasure. Luckily, there is so much to do that you can find a new "best-kept" secret each time you visit. Enjoy a stroll through America's Largest outdoor sculpture garden, visit wildlife in the Lowcountry Zoo, or experience the season change during Harvest Home Weekend - and that's just a small part of the fun to be had! For more information about Brookgreen Gardens, please click here
. Myrtle Beach Pelicans News
Back in September, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans announced that they are changing their franchise affiliation - they are now the farm team for the Chicago Cubs!
The Pelicans were affiliated with the Texas Rangers from 2010-2014. Before then, they were associated with the Atlanta Braves. The Cubs organization is excited about the new arrangement, as well as getting the chance to enjoy our wonderful and mild Carolina weather.
According to Pelicans General Manager and Vice President, Andy Milovich, "The Chicago Cubs present an incredible partnership in every aspect. The Cubs strengthen the Pelican's brand in a way that few, if any other major league franchise could. Cubs fans can now visit their furture stars in one of the most iconic vacation destination spots in the US. For more information about the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, please click here
. From The Golf Desk
The Myrtle Beach golf industry is making changes in order to provide its golfers with the best rates possible. In past years, our rates have been what is known as static rates. These rates would be valid for specific date ranges and would not change. This is no longer the case for many area courses. The new rates will be constantly changing. As the courses fill up, the more expensive a round of golf will be.
Because of this, we recommend that you book your golf between 3 and 5 months in advance. With these varying rates, we will be able to hold your prices for no more than 14 days - so getting information out to your groups quickly will be very important. We recommend that when you are booking a package, booking all of the tee times as well - to ensure that everyone is getting the same low rate.
The spring rates are out and now we have two golf management groups giving away gift cards when you play 4 or more of their courses. One group has even upped the gift card to $150 per golfer, for playing at least 5 of their courses - and the card is even valid for same day replays. Winter Golf Deal
Stay 4 Nights and 4 play rounds at Legend's Heathland, Legend's Moorland, Legend's Parkland and Oyster Bay for under $300 per golfer. Package includes: breakfast, lunch, 2 beers each day, plus a prime rib dinner at Just off Main at the Avista Resort. For more information or to book this package please call 1-800-682-5699 ext. 5522
Alissa Wells | Breakfast Room Hostess
Wells! Alissa is one of our breakfast room hostesses and she has been a part of our SeaSide family for the past three months. She has lived in the Myrtle Beach area for eight years.
Alissa enjoys spending time with her family. She has two loving parents and a sister. Her hobbies include singing and dancing. Alissa always says that she tries to "live life to the fullest".
"We enjoy having Alissa as a part of our SeaSide team! She is a very hard worker and she always has a big smile on her frace. She always goes out of her way to help guests," says Marvis Livingston, manager at SeaSide.
Guest Comments "Room was amazing with amazing views. Hotel was very easy to get to and was centrally located. I can't tell you enough how much we enjoyed this hotel. Oh, and the staff was so friendly and helpful. Maintenance was extremely prompt (we needed lightbulbs replaced)" Karen S. (Greensboro, NC) via TripAdvisor Click here to read more Guest Comments
Fun in the Sun
Sometimes when folks go on vacation, the salt air goes to their heads. This would definitely never happen to a SeaSide guest: Guest:
Hi, yeah, um. How do I get the microwave in the room working? Hotel:
Sorry, Mrs. [Name], but we don't have any microwaves in the room. Guest:
Yes, you do. It's on the 2nd shelf of the closet, has a digital screen and my frozen pizza in it, but it won't start. Hotel:
Ma'am, is this microwave black and with a thick steel door? Guest:
That is not a microwave, but the in-room safe, Mrs. [Name]. Guest:
"Oh!" *Obviously Embarrassed*
That explains why there was a power outlet on the inside...Thank You *click*
Monthly Recipe - Iced Pumpkin Cookies
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup of butter softened
- 1 1/2 cups white sugar
- 1 cup of canned pumpkin puree
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups confectioners' sugar
- 3 tablespoons milk
- 1 tablespoon melted butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, and salt; set aside.
- In a medium bowl, cream together the 1/2 cup of butter and white sugar. Add pumpkin, egg, 1 teaspoon vanilla to butter mixture and meat until creamy. Mix in dry ingredients. Drop on cookie sheet by tablespoonfuls; flatten slightly.
- Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven. Cool cookies, then drizzle glaze with fork.
- To make glaze: Combine confectioners' sugar, milk, 1 tablespoon melted butter, and 1 teaspoon vanilla, add milk as needed to acheive drizzing consistentcy.