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Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for our families, the blessings we’ve received, caring friends, amazing communities, and all the gifts of life we have. The arrival of Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday season for many people. Shopping begins in earnest the following day, holiday lights are strung and turned on, Christmas parades and ceremonies begin. If you want to be part of the exciting festivities and light up your life over the holidays, check out the following events taking place in the local area. If you’re looking for holiday accommodations for yourself or your family, give us a call at Sandy Beach Oceanfront Resort and we can assist you.
Barefoot Landing’s annual holiday ceremony, The Lighting of the Landing, will take place on Saturday, November 19 beginning at 6:00 pm with fireworks to follow at 7:00 pm. This popular annual event will feature a visit from Santa, along with holiday music from The Alabama Theatre and other local groups and individuals.
The Market Common’s Annual Tree Lighting event will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Saturday, November 19 at Reed Street and DeVille Street. There will be a trackless train for the children on Deville as well as a balloon artist, face painter, carnival games and inflatables on Reed. The stage events begin with Ruckus Drumline in front of the Grand 14, followed by Beach Brass Quintet and Santa! Vocal Edition choral group will close out the evening with holiday music.
The Surfside Beach Christmas Tree Lighting will take place on Thursday, December 1, from 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm at the Surfside Beach Town Hall.
Join Santa and his friends at the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex at the Sandhills Bank Amphitheater in the McLeod Seacoast Meadow (150 Citizens Circle, Little River, SC 29566) for Lighting of the City Christmas Tree on Friday, Dec. 2 beginning at 6:00 pm. Activities, entertainment and refreshments are available for children of all ages. A great start to your holiday season!
Broadway at the Beach will hold its A Very Broadway Christmas on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 11:00 am in front of Ripley’s Aquarium then head on over to the Center Court for live entertainment and fun for the whole family from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm. The Christmas tree lighting at will take place at 6 pm followed by a fireworks show at 8:00 pm.
Ripley’s Aquarium will be kicking off the holiday season just the right way, with its Festival of Trees beginning now through December 30. Come see trees decorated for every state and more!
The Great Christmas Light Show at the North Myrtle Beach Parks and Sports Complex runs from November 25 – December and is a park-wide celebration that captures the true spirit of the season! The drive through light show will feature over 1.7 million lights festively displayed along a 1.5 mile drive through the Complex. Over 400 magical light displays, some up to 70 feet tall, have been custom made for the show. Visitors will experience 14 enchanting animated figures and holiday scenes where the lights will come to life. Afterwards park your car and visit Santa’s Village where you can enjoy hot chocolate and s’mores, get an up close look at the lights on the Santa Express Train Ride, ice skate, experience the Go Ape lighted tree top adventure, and meet Santa!
Nights of a Thousand Candles at Brookgreen Gardens is held the weekends of December 1-3, 8-10, and 15-18. Experience the gardens coming to life amid the soft glow of more than 5,500 hand-lit candles and countless sparkling lights from 3-10 p.m. An 80-foot-tall fir tree decorated with 70,000 lights will be lighted in ceremonial fashion at 5:45 p.m. each night. An outdoor glass sculpture exhibit will be on display in Anne’s Garden. Created by Conway Glass, guests will see the garden beautifully decorated with new hand-blown glass flowers and trees. Walk the paths with a warm cup of cider, hear the sounds of hand bells ringing, carolers singing, and celebrate the season with family and friends.
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Sandy Beach Oceanfront Resort!
Autumn is such a beautiful time of year around Myrtle Beach with the colorful golden foliage and cooler temperatures combined with soft, ocean breezes beckoning to you to come out and play. There are lots of Autumn and Halloween events in Myrtle Beach that take place only at this time of the year so don’t miss them! Following are the most popular things to see and do during the month of October.
The House of Blues in Myrtle Beach presents Dr. Scream’s Scream Park nightly at 6:30 p.m. from Wednesday, October 19 through Monday, October 31.
Family Fun With Tricks and Treats at Myrtle Beach Convention Center. Monday, October 24 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
BooFest Kids and Pets Costume Contest at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach. Monday, October 24 from 12 to 4 p.m.
Celebrity Square Costume Contest and Party at Broadway at the Beach. Monday, October 24 starting at 8 p.m.
Ripley’s Boo-Quarium at Ripley’s Aquarium in Myrtle Beach. Monday, October 31 from 1 to 6 p.m.
Trick-or-Treating at Broadway at the Beach. Monday, October 31 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Howl-O-Scream at North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex. Monday, October 31 from 5 – 8 p.m.
Halloween at The Market Common. Monday, October 31 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Trick-or-Treating at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach, SC. Monday, October 31 from 5 to 7 p.m.
This is a great time of year to explore the coastal area of South Carolina by kayak. This popular water sport is one that more and more people are trying and finding out how much fun it can be. It’s very peaceful and relaxing yet you can get a gentle upper body workout at the same time. If you’ve experienced calm water kayaking and white water kayaking you will find that ocean kayaking is a combination of the two. When you’re looking for where to rent kayaks in Myrtle Beach, check out any one of the following businesses where you will be set up with a rental and either go out on your own or sign up for a guided tour.
Paddling a kayak is a great way to explore the local rivers, channels and other waterways. If the big ocean is more than you want to tackle, at least initially, check out the Intracoastal Waterway. There’s a lot of exploring you can do and if you enjoy nature be sure to keep an eye out for what might be hanging around on the banks and along the water’s edge.
Downwind Sails Watersports
2915 South Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach
Downwind Sails offers single and double ocean kayak rentals by the hour. No prior experience is required for this activity, but come prepared to get wet! You will be provided with life jackets and state of the art paddles that will help you enjoy your workout while relaxing on vacation! If this is your first time kayaking, you’re going to love it!
Island Adventure Watersports
5843 Dick Pond Road, Myrtle Beach
Paddling a kayak is a fun and relaxing way to spend some time outdoors and is easy enough for all skill levels. The experienced staff at Island Adventure Watersports will provide all necessary instruction as you prepare for your outing. We have tandem kayaks and single kayaks available. Since we are located in the calm waters of the Intracoastal Waterway, the paddling experience is rather inviting and lots of fun! Call them to plan your water adventure this summer or fall!
Great Escapes Kayak Expeditions
241 Main St., North Myrtle Beach
Rent a kayak for a few hours or the whole day and take you and your family or friends on an adventure. Both single and tandem sit-in kayaks are available for rental. Explore the beautiful Cherry Grove salt water creeks. Paddle out to the private Waites Island and spend the day relaxing. Enjoy the solitude and serenity that only kayaking can provide. Guided kayak tours to Waites Island, the Waccamaw River and Cherry Grove Marsh among other places area available in the Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach area of the Grand Strand.
If you’re headed to Myrtle Beach SC for vacation you’ll want to stay with us at Sandy Beach Oceanfront Resort. We can give you the best accommodations along the beachfront offering phenomenal views. Golf lovers will appreciate the six great golf courses that are close to our resort. You won’t have to travel far to spend a day on the greens then dine at one of over a thousand restaurants in the area. You’re going to love it here!
The traditional, classic design-style, 6771-yard course at Whispering Pines is conveniently located a half mile from oceanfront Myrtle Beach. Tree-lined fairways, carefully placed lakes, and undulating greens await with above average slope and handicap ratings. You’re sure to enjoy the combination of challenge and beauty, carved out of 200 acres of towering pines and mature hardwoods by designers Finger, Dye, and Spahn. Come to Whispering Pines at 900 Harellson Blvd., Myrtle Beach, where you can take advantage of affordable rates, convenient location, outstanding service, and challenging Myrtle Beach golf.
Arrowhead Country Club is a premier championship 27-hole golf complex located at 1201 Burcale Rd., Myrtle Beach. Bermuda fairways and MiniVerde Bermuda grass, encompass this masterpiece along the scenic Intracoastal Waterway created by the team of Ray Floyd and Tom Jackson. Arrowhead features three unique 9-hole tracks: The Waterway, The Cypress and The Lakes. Each 9-hole layout is unique and features uncommon elevations, hardwood wetlands and the most impeccably manicured holes in the area.
Carved from 800 pristine acres stretching along the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway River Oaks Golf Plantation provides an exceptional opportunity for golfers of all abilities to improve their game. This course was awarded the “2015 Myrtle Beach Area Golf Course of the Year” award by the Myrtle Beach Area Golf Course Owners Association. The Plantation features 27 exciting holes designed by Gene Hamm and Tom Jackson, as well as a public driving range. Three 9-holes are here to challenge the visiting golfers, each named for animals found in their natural habitats when the course was developed – Fox, Otter and Bear. Take your pick or play all three!
Known as the Granddaddy among all the Myrtle Beach courses, Pine Lakes Country Club has been a favorite of golfers since 1927. The graceful Southern architecture of the Clubhouse symbolizes the deeply rooted history and tradition of the Grand Strand. Pine Lakes was built upon natural dunes less than a half mile from the ocean and feature numerous freshwater lakes and rolling fairways. Designed by architect Robert White, the first president of the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) of America and a co-founder of the American Society of Golf Course Architects, Pine Lakes has surpassed its initial glory after a complete restoration. The back nine reflects White’s original design and the front nine was renovated to enhance the elegant experience golfers come to expect from the Pine Lakes Country Club.
Located at 4900 National Dr, Myrtle Beach, the three courses at Myrtle Beach National represent the best of the best with the signature designs of Arnold Palmer displayed on each of the 54 challenging holes.
The West Course challenge golfers of all abilities with a classic Arnold Palmer design, ranked 4.5 stars in 2010 by Golf Digest’s “Places to Play”. Prepare yourself for a professional challenge from the back tees as the numerous doglegs, fairway bunkers and natural hazards come into play.
King’s North made its way onto Golf Digest’s prestigious list of “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses in 2004″ and Golf Digest’s “Places to Play” has awarded it 4.5 stars ever since!
SouthCreek is an Arnold Palmer signature design and the favorite among its members. With just 6,400 yards from the back tees, this course challenges the accuracy of golfers rather than distance.
Grande Dunes Resort Club is an 18-hole course that was named the “National Golf Course of the Year” in 2009 by the National Golf Course Owners Association of America. The spectacular layout by the Roger Rulewich Group, is positioned on a high bluff offering up a spectacular view of the Intracoastal Waterway, Grande Dunes Marina and the four-diamond resort, Marina Inn at Grande Dunes. This golf course itself is known for its superior links-style design, offering expansive Bermuda grass fairways with subtle undulations onto large, modestly contoured greens that feature brand-new Champion Bermuda. You’ll find Grande Dunes at 8700 Golf Village Lane, Myrtle Beach.
If there’s one thing that unites every vacation itinerary, it’s food. Whether your idea of a vacation is relaxing on the beach or in a cozy mountain lodge, the dining choices you make while on the trip can make or break the whole experience. It’s ironic that this is the case, because the majority of vacationers completely forget to make dining plans before they leave. That’s why we decided to create this list of the best places to get food within walking distance of the Sandy Beach Resort. If you’re staying at the resort (or even in the general area), you can’t go wrong with any of the following dining suggestions.
First on our list is Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, located along Farrow Parkway in Myrtle Beach. This South Carolina staple was opened 20 years ago, with the unique intention of following the German Purity Law. This means that Gordon Biersch uses only the highest-quality Weyermann Malt from Bamberg, Germany and authentic Bavarian Hersbrucker hops and filtered water. The restaurant itself serves traditional bar food, with a high-class twist. A good example is their “Beer-Battered Fish Sliders”, a delicious take on a bar-food classic.
Our next restaurant suggestion for those in the Sandy Beach Resort area is The Bowery, located on 9th Avenue in North Myrtle Beach. This country-music mecca opened in 1944, and it’s live music stage has been played by country music’s best and brightest ever since. In fact, the band Alabama, who were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005, had their start as the Bowery’s house band from 1973-1980 and still play there many times a year. Speaking of accolades, a waiter for The Bowery named Scuba Osborne is in the Guinness Book of World Records for carrying 34 mugs of beer without a tray. The restaurant itself serves delicious traditional style bar food, like “Tammy’s Grilled Bologna Sandwich”.
Third on our list is the delightfully authentic Villa Romana Italian Restaurant, located along S Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach SC. This restaurant originally opened in 1985, and has been serving up savory traditional Italian cuisine ever since. The recipes for the four-to-five course dinners at Villa Romana are mainly family recipes passed down through the generations from the famous Italian chef Mamma Lucia. Villa Romana’s italian cuisine, combined with it’s traditional statues, chandeliers, columns, and a centerpiece fountain will truly transport you to the heart of Italy (all within walking distance of Sandy Beach Resort).
Pier House Restaurant
The second to last restaurant on our list is the famous Pier House Restaurant, located on the 2nd Avenue pier on North Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach. The pier itself has been in existence since 1936, even though it’s been destroyed and rebuilt three times due to hurricanes Hazel, David, and Hugo. Because of the restaurant’s location on the pier, you’ll have unrivaled views of the Atlantic Ocean from any seat. On the menu you’ll find beach-themed breakfast, salads, sandwiches, and steaks. An example is their “Wahoo” breakfast omelet, with andouille sausage, shrimp, peppers, onions, tomatoes, and pepper jack cheese.
Captain Benjamin’s Calabash Seafood
Last but certainly not least on our list of the top places to get food around Sandy Beach Resort is Captain Benjamin’s Calabash Seafood, located on S Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach. This truly Carolinian style of cooking is defined by lightly-breaded seafood with large portions – and nobody does it like Captain Benjamin. The restaurant opened it’s doors back in 1988, and has been a treasured part of Myrtle Beach dining ever since.
In case none of these restaurants are enough to wet your tastebuds, here are a few honorable mentions:
Mexican Restaurant & Cantina
I Love Sugar
Candy super-store perfect for your kids or inner child.
Landshark Bar & Grill
Traditional American cuisine with a coastal twist.
Classic diner food, complete with nostalgia-inducing root-beer floats.
"I have been staying at Sandy Beach for several years now. The rooms have always been nice and clean. Very comfortable. The pools and spas are great as well. The staff has always been very friendly, and willing to help with any problem you might have. I wont go anywhere else."
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Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for our families, the blessings we’ve received, caring friends, amazing communities, and all the gifts of life we have. The arrival of Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday season for many people. Shopping begins in earnest the following day, holiday lights are strung and turned on, Christmas parades and ceremonies… Read More »