Attraction Spotlight: Hollywood Wax Museum

Fun For All Ages in Myrtle Beach at Hollywood Wax Museum

The Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center is a landmark in Myrtle Beach and a highlight of Broadway at the Beach.  At the intersection of Highway 17 Bypass and 21st Avenue, you’ll find the Best Value at the Beach with their All Access Pass which includes three attractions for one ticket price and free parking.  That’s where you’ll spot the Great Ape of Myrtle Beach climbing the building!

Come Play with the Stars! At the Hollywood Wax Museum, you can get into the action and take pictures with your favorite stars while getting to know all about them as an A-list pal. Along your journey, you’ll also have the chance to peak into the Prop Vault, dance with the stars, tiptoe through a laser maze, find out what type of villain you’d be, and more.

Dread the Undead. Outbreak is a thrill-a-second haunted walk-through infested with zombies. You’ll find yourself in a biotech lab at a time when a gone-wrong experiment has turned test subjects into throngs of the undead. The challenge? Rid the world of Alpha Strain, or, at least, make it out alive (and screaming)! Check out the video!

Are you The Chosen One?  Find out at Hannah’s Maze of Mirrors, where you’re transported into a modern-day fairy tale to work your way through a mirror maze and rescue Princess Hannah of Savannah. You’ll discover 288 potential turns among hundreds of mirrored walls and archways and some areas where you see infinite reflections in every direction. Click for video!

Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center is open late! So enjoy your time at the beach and by our fabulous pools, then head on over for some gargantuan fun! To learn more about Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center, visit http://www.hollywoodwaxmyrtlebeach.com.

Grande Shores Continues Property Improvements

The winter months are a busy time of year for the Grande Shores engineering department. A substantial number of property improvements are underway, and many have been completed, as we prepare for our busiest months of the year.

Property Improvements at Grande Shores

Upgrades include new tile and paint in areas needing it, as well as replacements of doors and trim.

“We have a great crew of people who do really nice work for us so we can offer our guests the very best possible accommodations,” says General Manager Debbie Braden. “We are excited to show these improvements to our guests.”

Property Improvements at Grande Shores

Other improvements include a revamped fitness center. “We wanted to bring a fresh look to the fitness center,” she said. New walls, upgraded lighting, a new 50 inch television, and inspiring wall stencils make for a more inviting space. “There is no need to stop your fitness routine while vacationing, unless you just want to,” she said.

When your making plans for where to spend your vacation this year, take a close look at what we have to offer at Grande Shores in Myrtle Beach. We know you’ll like what we have to offer!

Give Snow the Boot and Come Visit Us in Toasty Warm Myrtle Beach

When you’ve had enough of the cold and snow up north and you’re ready to experience somewhere quite a bit warmer, come visit us in coastal South Carolina. We have plenty of toasty warm Myrtle Beach vacation rentals available that are guaranteed to take the “ouch” factor out of winter for you while helping you to thaw out.

Give Snow the Boot and Come Visit Us in Toasty Warm Myrtle Beach

Frigid temperatures have arrived this year in the northern and western states and with it a fair amount of snow. How many times in the past have you said to nobody in particular “Enough is enough already!” and wanted winter to end. Empower yourself and when you’ve had enough of it, hop on a plane and head to where the temperatures are kinder and the sun always shines – Myrtle Beach South Carolina!

Our Myrtle Beach vacation rentals are popular with those who return to the area year after year. The luckiest ones of all are the “snowbirds” that spend the winter months with us. They long ago decided they didn’t need to endure another winter, not when coming here and staying in a rental was so inexpensive during these off-season months. As the leading source of vacation rentals in the Grand Strand area, we have a good selection of resorts and hotels.

Give Snow the Boot and Come Visit Us in Toasty Warm Myrtle Beach

When you escape the snow you’ll appreciate the variety of amenities that can be found at our vacation rentals. Things such as indoor and outdoor pools, hot tubs, Jacuzzis, private balconies, Lazy Rivers, numerous entertainment centers with large TVs and DVD players, maid service, designer furnishings, and lots more.

Check our Specials page and you’ll discover huge discounts weekly rates during these winter months. When you’re ready to book your winter rental give us a call at 1-855-707-4712. We look forward to assisting you with your next vacation getaway no matter what time of the year it is!

Join Us for Thanksgiving Dinner at Grande Shores

If you’re still undecided about where to enjoy your Thanksgiving dinner this year why not join us at  Grande Shores Ocean Resort in Myrtle Beach SC. Come for dinner and stay for the weekend! You’ll be thrilled to discover how relaxing and rejuvenating your Thanksgiving holiday can be.
 
Join Us for Thanksgiving Dinner at Grande Shores

With our own Shoreline Café serving Thanksgiving dinner from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The delectable plated dinner features Roasted Breast of Turkey, Cornbread Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Cranberry Sauce, Green Bean Casserole, and your choice of Pumpkin Pie or Pecan Pie.
 
BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL
The 48th Annual South Carolina Bluegrass Festival is being held at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center on Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 24-26, 2017 from noon to 10:30 p.m. The family-friendly event will feature performances from Dailey & Vincent, The Little Boy and Lizzy Show, The Gibson Brothers, The Farm Hands, Bass Mountain Boys, Reno & Harrell and so many more. Location: 2102 N. Oak Street, Myrtle Beach, SC.
 
Festival of Trees in Myrtle BeachRipley’s Aquarium Festival of Trees will feature more than 75 beautifully decorated and themed Christmas trees this year. There’s one tree for each of the 50 states — from a Mardi Gras tree with masks and beads to a Las Vegas-style tree with a feather headdress. Show starts on Saturday, November 4 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. The South Carolina tree is over 18 feet tall and features sea shells, magnolias, golf balls plus Clemson and USC representation! Don’t miss the free scavenger hunt that tests your knowledge about each state’s tree.
 
South's Grandest Christmas Show in SCCelebrate the holidays in Myrtle Beach with the Alabama Theatre’s award winning production, The South’s Grandest Christmas Show. This year’s Christmas extravaganza brings an incredible combination of talent, scenery and special effects to the Grand Strand to produce a spectacular new holiday musical experience sure to put you in the season’s spirit. For more info call (843) 272-1111. Location: 4750 Hwy 17 South, North Myrtle Beach.
 
Holidays on the Boardwalk Holidays on the Boardwalk will begin Saturday, November 25 and run through New Years Day. This is a family friendly event featuring entertainment, an outdoor movie, Santa and Mrs. Clause, camel rides, polar express train rides, inflatable and games for the kids.  For more info call (704) 604-7868.

Everyone at Grande Shores Ocean Resort would like to wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving holiday!

 

 

Planning Your Myrtle Beach Golf Vacation Now

You can have the time of your life this fall if you make your golf vacation plans to Myrtle Beach now at Grande Shores instead of waiting. Autumn is the most beautiful time of year around coastal South Carolina. The temperature has cooled off and the humidity is finally gone. You’ll enjoy the beautiful colored foliage around our Grand Strand golf courses. Plus everyone is just so darned happy to be back on the greens again!
 
Planning Your Myrtle Beach Golf Vacation Now
 
Our Grande Shores Golf Packages can give you discounts on your room and golf course rates. Your designated group leader will get discounts of there are 12 or more stay and play golfers with you. Plus large discounts for mid-week play and early a.m. and late p.m. rounds. Pre-set packages including gift cards, replays, lunch or you can customize your package with the Captain’s Choice!
 
Planning Your Golf Vacation Now
 
With over 80 courses to choose from you are sure to get a package that will meet your needs! An example of those packages include the PGA 6 Round $200 Gift Card, the Legend’s Buy 4 Rounds Get 1 Free, and the Captain’s Choice Package starting at just $26! Read more about the available packages here…
 
You can easily request a quote by following this link to fill out a quote request form and our Golf Director will respond to within 48 Hours.
 
 

Book Your Winter Getaway to Grande Shores Now

With the end of summer not too far off it’s only natural to think about the months ahead. Now is the time of year when you should be booking your accommodations for that winter getaway. We have some super special deals on winter rentals that you’re going to find irresistible!

Book Your Winter Getaway to Grande Shores Now

Take advantage of our amazing off-season rates on Grande Shores winter rentals. For many people, the change of season causes people’s thoughts turn to where they’re going to escape to for those long winter months. Get away from it all for less in one of the spacious and well-appointed rentals we have available. Spend your days walking the beachfront and golfing or bring a lounge chair and a book you’ve been meaning to read. It’s a great way to spend those long winter months with out any snow shoveling involved!

Book Your Winter Getaway to Grande Shores Now

When you choose to stay with us at Grande Shores you’ll have everything you need (and more!) to turn the winter blues into the fun time you’ve always dreamed of escaping to. We have monthly winter rates starting as low as $558 during December and January.

Come enjoy the beauty of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, in the winter and see why so many people come back year after year and call this their home away from home.

If you have any questions about our winter rentals be sure to give us a call at 1-855-707-4712. We look forward to having you join us this winter!

 

 

Memorial Day Festivities You Won’t Want to Miss

Memorial Day Festivities You Won't Want to Miss

With Memorial Day weekend fast approaching it’s not too soon to make your plans for the holiday. There are plenty of activities taking place in the surrounding Grand Strand area and beyond. We have plenty of availability in our condos and hotel rooms at Grande Shores but resorts up and down the coast are filling up fast. Of all the Myrtle Beach resorts in this area, you’ll find ours to be one of the most luxurious places to stay. Enjoy your weekend and be safe!

Brookgreen Gardens 5K and 1K – Join us on Sunday, May 28 for the 4th annual  5K and 1 mile race at Brookgreen Gardens. This is one of the area’s most popular races. Brookgreen Gardens is on the National Historic Registry and one of the most scenic locations in the Southeast. It’s one of the few evening races in the Myrtle Beach area, beginning at 6 p.m. Entries are limited to 500 participants.

Ocean Boulevard Memorial Day Parade – This popular parade begins at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 26.  The parade starts from 27th Avenue North and travels south to 9th Avenue North, with great views all along the route! National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos is the 2017 Grand Marshal for the Military Appreciation Days parade.

7th Annual Dirty Myrtle Mud Run will be held on May 27, 2017 at Waterbridge, Carolina Forest. Races start at 9 a.m. California Dreaming will be providing food at the finish line. Mud Run Course is approximately 3 miles for adults and 1 mile for children.

Memorial Day Festivities You Won't Want to Miss

Red, White and Blue Salute to VeteransBrookgreen Gardens transforms into a salute to veterans with flags placed throughout the gardens denoting sculptures created by veterans as well as patriotic sculptures.  Brookgreen Gardens combines nature and art for a one-of-a-kind experience at the beach.  Admission prices are $16 for adults 13-64; $14 for seniors 65+; $8 for children 4-12; free for children 3 and under.   

Military Appreciation Days Parade — Myrtle Beach celebrates Military Appreciation Days during the month of May with a full schedule of activities. U.S. hero Alex Skarlatos will be the Grand Marshal for the parade beginning at 10:30 a.m. The Parade returns to the site of the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, now known as The Market Common.  The parade steps off at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 27, and travels Howard Avenue and Farrow Parkway. We expect this year’s parade to be one of the biggest and best ever!

Surfside Beach Memorial Day Golf Cart Parade – Takes place at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 28, 2017 beginning at 16the Avenue North and travels south on Ocean Blvd. to Melody Lane. Call 843-650-9548 for more information.

Surfside Beach Memorial Day Cookout will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Sunday, May 28 at Passive Park, Surfside Beach. The public is invited to attend this free event. Live music will be performed by Sea Cruz. Sponsored by the Town of Surfside Beach. For more information call 843-650-9548,

Memorial Day Service – There will be a Memorial Day Service from 2:30-3:30 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial in Surfside Beach on Monday, May 29, 2017.

The 2nd Annual Horry County Fair is Coming Soon!

Horry County State FairIf you’re spending Spring Break at the beach, don’t miss the Horry County Fair being held April 7-16, 2017. This is the second year for this fun filled event that takes place at the Myrtle Beach Speedway. Special events are being held each day. Click through to Horry County Fair to see what is scheduled and when. Fair admission tickets are Adults $5, Military $3, Seniors 65+ $3, Age 12 yrs. & up $5, Age 5-11 yrs $3, and kids 4 & under get in free!
 
Enjoy the Horry County Fair rides from Strates Amusements, eat Fair Food, play games, shop the fair vendors and most of all have fun! The Horry County Fair is hosted by Myrtle Beach Speedway, located at 455 Hospitality Lane, Myrtle Beach, SC 29579 right off Highway 501, directly beside the Tanger Outlet Mall. This is 10 days of fair fun that you won’t find anywhere else!
 
Don't Miss the 2nd Annual Horry County FairLooking for some bragging opportunities? Then book an experience of a lifetime and drive a real NASCAR race car or pace car or just do a ride along.
 
There’s daily entertainment on the Free Entertainment Stage to include bands, comedy shows, robotics, dancing, the beauty pagent, live music and more!
 
Don't Miss the 2nd Annual Horry County FairAlways a delight at any fair are the Robinson’s Racing Pigs and Paddling Porkers. They swim and race so prepare to squeal with excitement as you enjoy the free show.
 
You can take camel and pony rides in the Petting Zoo. Or enjoy petting a zebra, llama, sheep, miniature donkey, and more!
 
Hope to see you there!
 
 

Don’t Miss the St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival

The 29th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade will take place in North Myrtle Beach on Main Street Saturday, March 11, 2017. This one-day, rain or shine event has approximately 30,000 people that come to celebrate the Irish as well as to welcome the coming of spring.

Don't Miss the St. Patrick's Day Parade & FestivalA parade begins on Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m., followed by three stages of live music and a children’s area with rides and amusements from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. There will be approximately 150 vendors displaying their crafts, services, information, products, and to serve a variety of treats along Main Street.

Admission to this event is free and there will be plenty of free parking as well. Grab the family, bring some beach chairs, and come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and the beginning of Spring!

Parade & Festival Contests

Show off your love of all things Irish by competing in the 29th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival Leprechaun Contest. Entries are judged on originality, creativity, appearance, enthusiasm and energy.

Register at the Main Stage @ Flynn’s Irish Tavern before 2:00 p.m. Pre-registration is also avilable at the Festival Information booth (corner of Hillside Drive and Main Street) before 1:30 p.m. Meet at the stairs of the Main Stage on festival site at 2:00 p.m. Contest begins at 2:15 p.m.

Enter into the Shepherd’s Pie Eating Contest at this year’s festival on Saturday, March 11th, 2017. First to clear their plate (without using their hands) wins bragging rights and a stylish plaque designed by Coastal Engravers.

Register at the Main Stage at Flynn’s Irish Tavern before 2:00 p.m. Pre-registration is also available at the festival information booth (corner of Hillside Drive and Main Street) before 1:30 p.m. Meet at the stairs of the Main Stage on festival site at 2:15 p.m. Contest begins at 2:30 p.m.

Parade & Festival Parking

Spectators gathering to watch the parade should be in place by 8:20 a.m. Main Street will close to vehicular traffic promptly at 8:30 a.m. The parade will begin at 8:50 a.m.

Ocean Boulevard will be open to vehicular traffic until 8:30 a.m. and is expected to reopen around 11:30 a.m., immediately following the parade. Main Street from Ash Street to Ocean Blvd. will remain closed after the parade and become the festival area.

On-site Public Parking
Open Grass Lot between Barefoot Church and BB&T: 601 Main Street, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582

McLean Park: 93 Oak Drive, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582

Grass lot on the corner of 2nd Avenue North and Ocean Blvd.; 200 N. Ocean Blvd., North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582

Off-site Parking/Pick-ups
Buses will run continuously from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Coming from Little River on Hwy 17:
Ocean Drive Elementary School – 901 11th Avenue North, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
Corner of 8th Avenue North & Ocean Blvd.
Corner of 12th Avenue North & Ocean Blvd.
Corner of 14th Avenue North & Ocean Blvd.
Corner of 17th Avenue North & Ocean Blvd.

Coming from Hwy 31 via Robert Edge Parkway:
Ocean Drive Elementary School- 901 11th Avenue North, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582

*Buses provided are not wheelchair accessible. Please use the provided Handicap parking areas for wheelchair accessible parking.

Handicap Parking
Open Grass Lot between Barefoot Church and BB&T: 601 Main Street, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582

The Origins of Valentine’s Day

Originally designated a formal Saints Day, Valentine’s Day was observed by the Catholic Church on behalf of St. Valentine, the patron saint of romantic causes. Valentine’s Day is very popular across the world and while once celebrated just by couples it has evolved to now include children, friends and families.

The Origins of Valentine's Day

St. Valentine was a priest who performed secret marriages during the 3rd century. During this time hundreds of thousands of men were enlisted in the Roman Army under the Emperor Claudis II. These soldiers were pressured to remain single as this was believed to ensure their allegiance to the Army. The priest helped couples to marry in secret.
 
The priest was subsequently imprisoned and eventually he was executed. It was said that while in prison he gave the jailers daughter, a blind girl, back her sight. He sent her a note that read “From Your Valentine”. This is thought to have been the origins of one of the most popular Valentine’s Day ideas — the Valentine’s card.
 
Today, many people celebrate the holiday in what has turned into the one day of the year to show people you like, love, or sometimes just secretly admire them. Red roses top the list for a romantic Valentine’s Day gift idea, followed up with a romantic dinner either out or at home. Cards continue to be a tried and true way to share your feelings from small children at school through and including seniors.
 
If you’re looking for something different to do this year why not plan a weekend away with your valentine to somewhere coastal. Make a reservation to stay at any one of our Grande Shores condo and hotel rentals and spend an entire weekend living in luxury.
 
Treat your partner to your undivided time and attention by having the weekend be just about you and your Valentine. All of our condo rentals will provide you with what you need to begin each day with a leisurely breakfast for two, a walk on the beach and a visit to the spa for some relaxation time together. Finish off the day with a romantic candlelit dinner in an area restaurant followed by a live theatre show. We’re pretty sure Valentine’s Day just doesn’t get any better than this! Come see for yourself!