Carolina Country Music Fest

Come For The Beach Come For The Country

The Carolina Country Music Fest has become a staple addition to early summer in Myrtle Beach. The inaugural event took place in 2015 and featured bands young and old. From Marshal Tucker Band and Rascal Flatts, to Lady Antebellum and Cole Swindell. Attendance for the festival has steadily increased over the following years, and the acts have continued to pile on to one of the largest Country Music Festivals held on the east coast.

2018 CCMF Line Up

The 2018 Carolina Country Music Fest will be the biggest yet, and feature more of country music fan’s favorite bands than ever before. The lineup includes:

Toby Keith, Zac Brown Band, Luke Bryan, Cole Swindell, Brett Eldredge, TBA, Tracy Lawrence, Old Dominion, Brett Young, Deana Carter, Kane Brown, Chris Lane, Dylan Scott, Michael Ray, Colt Ford, Russell Dickerson, Jon Langston, Runaway June, Morgan Wallen, Devin Dawson, James Barker Band, Tim Montana, Muscadine Bloodline, Stephanie Quayle, Kasey Tyndall, Davisson Brothers, Yesterday’s Wine, Lewis Brice, Warrick McZeke, Josh Phillips, Dee Jay Silver, Kennedy Fitzsimmons, Jimmie Allen

Learn more about who’s playing, details on the dates, ticket information, and more over on the Carolina Country Music Fest website.

Burn Some Rubber And Get Here

If you’re on fence, but love country music come stay with us. We’re just down the street from the festival, and a shuttle to the event will be about 5 minutes. We’re at a great location to enjoy the beach and attend the shows.

Head over to Reservations to select a room type that’s right for you or even call us, we’re happy to help book your accommodations.

 

 

Great American Eclipse in Myrtle Beach

 

The August Solar Eclipse

August 21st, 2017 is a special day this year as the Great American Eclipse will pass from coast to coast of the United States. The hype is pretty big for this celestial event, and especially for those who live in the path of what’s called totality. So we just wanted to point out some fun findings we came across while learning about the upcoming solar eclipse. It turns out we’re super close to the path of totality.

This particular eclipse will take a path cutting across the continental U.S. from Oregon to South Carolina.

The Path of Totality

Sandy Beach Resort happens to be super close to this path of totality. Check out this fun article from Vox.com that helps determine what the eclipse will look like from the resort.

Our zip code is 29577 and states that we’ll see upwards of 99.4% of coverage of the moon in front of the sun. That’s pretty darn close to complete totality! Try it for yourself. Here’s the vox.com article.

That means if you drive a few miles south of the resort you’re right in the middle of the eclipse action, and if you’re too lazy to move from your poolside lounge chair at 1:30, then you’re pretty good too.

Just make sure you use special glasses, not regular sunglasses, to view the event. And make sure it’s somewhere special like our resort. There’s plenty of reasons to be at the beach this August. With great weather (for the beach), less crowds, and a upcoming total solar eclipse we know it’ll be a special end to summer.

5 Best Places to Get Food Within Walking Distance of Sandy Beach Resort

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.

Gordon Biersch

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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.

The Bowery

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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”.

Villa Romana

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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

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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

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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:

Banditos

Mexican Restaurant & Cantina
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I Love Sugar

Candy super-store perfect for your kids or inner child.
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Landshark Bar & Grill

Traditional American cuisine with a coastal twist.
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Peaches Corner

Classic diner food, complete with nostalgia-inducing root-beer floats.
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Duplin Winery Comes to North Myrtle Beach

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If you have never experienced the taste of sweet southern Muscadines, you are in for a treat.  This spring, Duplin Winery will be opening a tasting center right here in our backyard of North Myrtle Beach.  Duplin Winery has been making wine from the native Muscadine grapes for over 40 years.  Duplin Winery is a family owned business located in the sleepy town of Rose Hill, NC.  Don’t let their small town roots fool you; Duplin is currently the largest winery in the South.  Duplin Winery entertains over 90,000 visitors annually with wine tastings and tours of their production facilities.  The new tasting center will be located near Barefoot Landing adjacent to Alligator Adventure.

DSC_1975Muscadine Grapes are indigenous to the southeast, with a growing region extending from Virginia to Florida, and west to the Mississippi.  Duplin Winery reintroduced Muscadine wines into the market in 1976 and hasn’t looked back.  The wines capture the sweet fruitiness of the grape and taste like the fruit fresh off the vine.  Duplin Winery has the honor of producing the top selling wines in North Carolina.  Add a trip to Duplin Winery to learn more about their award winning wines.  Your North Myrtle Beach vacation will be more memorable with a glass or two of the cool, sweet, and easy wine.  For additional information, visit their website: www.DuplinWinery.com.

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Myrtle Beach Hotel Near Boardwalk

One of the newest and most alluring additions to the Myrtle Beach Grand Strand is the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. Open all year, this 1.2 mile long walkway, stretches from 14th Avenue North to the 2nd Avenue North Pier. Lined with restaurants, bars and shops, it has truly revitalized the heart of Myrtle Beach. The boardwalk itself is a raised wooden deck design and is roughly 8′ wide. Lots of careful planning went into the aesthetic of the Boardwalk. Natural palms and beach grass seedings can be found throughout the entire length of the walkway. A must see, the Boardwalk has been consistently ranked in the top 3 for boardwalks in the United States by several publications.

 

Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

Fortunately, those vacationing at The Sandy Beach Oceanfront Resort, the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk is only 4 blocks north. With the Family Kingdom directly south of the resort, and the Boardwalk just a short walk away, the central location of this resort makes it the ideal vacation resort. During the summer months (May-September) you can find a free concert in the park known as “Hot Summer Nights.” Vacationers enjoy a scenic oceanfront walk without having to get their socks and shoes sandy as well as those with wheelchairs find it much easier to maneuver. With weekly fireworks off of the 2nd Avenue Pier, it’s easy to see why many people choose a hotel with such close proximity to the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk.

Myrtle Beach Boardwalk Sign

 

There are a few regulations that everyone should know:

1. Dogs are not permitted on The Boardwalk or beaches from May 1st through Labor Day from 11:00am through 5:00am the next day.
2. Bicycles are not permitted on The Boardwalk from May 1st through Labor Day from 11:00am through 5:00am the next day.
3. No skateboards, rollerblades, roller-skates, Segways, golf carts, or private vehicles
4. No glass bottles or other glass containers
5. No overnight camping