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!
 

When There’s No Room at the Inn, Come Stay With Us

We love this time of year! Everywhere you look there are beautiful decorations stung up for the holiday, lots and lots of local events to take part in, and the joy of the season just seems to be with everyone! All of us at Grande Shores would like to wish you and your family a very blessed and merry Christmas!
 
When There's No Room at the Inn, Come Stay With UsIf you have guests arriving from out of town but don’t have enough beds to handle them all just give us a call and we’ll put them up in one of our Myrtle Beach holiday rentals. Our comfortable accommodations come nicely furnished and beautifully decorated with kitchens containing all they’d need for holiday meal prep. To be honest, we don’t think they’ll mind at all that you didn’t have room for them at your house.
 
Many people come to the area and want to be near the beach. Many of our Myrtle Beach rentals are oceanfront providing phenomenal views of up and down the coastline. Your guests will enjoy strolling the waterfront each day, looking for shells while feeling the rejuvenating effects that can only be found right here at the beach.
 


Nights of a Thousand Candles
is definitely worth seeing if you have never been to Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet or if you have visitors coming over the holiday that you want to impress. 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. An 80-foot-tall fir tree decorated with 70,000 lights will be lighted in ceremonial fashion at 5:45 p.m. every night. See the gardens come to life amid the soft glow of 5,500 handlit candles and sparkling lights from 3-10 p.m. on Dec. 15-18.
 
Christmas performance by the Pawleys Island Concert Band under the direction of Carson Turner. Dec. 13, 7 p.m., Pawleys Island Community Church. Free
 
The annual Lighting of the Menorah will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 24 – the first night of Hanukkah – in Valor Memorial Garden at The Market Common, with Rabbi David Weissman.
 

Thanksgiving Dinner and Great Accommodations, Too!

If you’re ready to treat yourself to something special this year, come stay with us at Grande Shores Ocean Resort in Myrtle Beach SC and experience a new and different holiday! You will discover that spending your Thanksgiving with us will both relax and rejuvenate you and that’s a great way to start the holiday season off. With our own Shoreline Café serving Thanksgiving dinner, we promise you won’t have to lift a finger in the kitchen!

Happy Thanksgiving Day from Grande Shores

The 47th Annual South Carolina Bluegrass Festival is being held at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center on Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 24-26, 2016 from noon to 10 p.m. and features a wide variety of bluegrass performances.

 
Festival of Trees in Myrtle BeachRipley’s Aquarium Festival of Trees has over 50 trees uniquely decorated to represent a state from great United States. This event runs from Nov. 1 through Dec. 31, 2016 at 1110 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach.

 
Carolina Opry Christmas ShowDon’t miss the Carolina Opry Christmas Special at Calvin Gilmore Theatre, 8901 North Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, from November 1 through January 1. The theater is transformed into a winter wonderland where the magic of the season comes alive. The Carolina Opry Christmas Special is a dazzling, sentimental musical celebration of America’s best loved holiday. Dubbed “Father Christmas” by McClatchy papers, Calvin Gilmore produces and directs the show with his usual award-winning flair for production. For more info call (843) 913-4000.

 
South's Grandest Christmas Show in SCCome celebrate the holidays with the Alabama Theatre’s award winning production, The South’s Grandest Christmas Show from 7:30-10 p.m. being held from November 1 through December 31. This is a family tradition on the Grand Strand with visitors and locals returning year after year. Featured in this year’s show will be comedian Ricky Mokel who puts a new twist on the Christmas season. 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 the Friday after Thanksgiving 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. The Lighting of the Boardwalk will take place on Friday, November 25, 2016, with Santa arriving at 6:00 pm. Every Saturday in December there will be activities from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, December 18, 2016 at 5 p.m. everyone is invited to join in on the annual Community Candlelight Caroling which begins with a scavenger hunt and ends with free cookies and hot chocolate. For more info call (704) 604-7868.

 

All of us at Grande Shores Ocean Resort wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving holiday!

 

Don’t Miss These Autumn Events Around Myrtle Beach

The month of October is a beautiful time to explore the area around Myrtle Beach in South Carolina. The ocean water is still warm enough for swimming, the air is way less than scorching hot, and the crowds have long ago returned home. There’s some mighty fine golf to be had as well as a large assortment of local happenings taking place around the Grand Strand and beyond. When you stay with us at Grande Shores Ocean Resort you’ll be in close proximity to plenty of fun-filled Autumn events around Myrtle Beach so don’t miss out!
 
Don't Miss These Autumn Events Around Myrtle BeachThis Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the CRG Home Harvest Festival will take place at the Myrtle Beach Pelicans Ballpark at 1251 21st Ave N, Myrtle Beach. The festival features pumpkin giveaways, lots of food, sweet fall treats from local chefs, inflatables for the kids, face painting, pumpkin painting, petting zoo, pony rides and more! There will be live music by NTRANZE, Maddie Hunt, and Sweet Sweet Dispatch. Free admission. Donations will be accepted for the Children’s Museum of South Carolina to support their initiatives to bring increased outreach programs for education and those with special needs.
 

Don't Miss These Autumn Events Around Myrtle Beach
Photo of The Lettermen posed circa 1961. Left to right: Jim Pike, Tony Butala and Bob Engermann. (Photo by GAB Archive/Redferns)
A performance by The Lettermen at Alabama Theatre will be a night of memories and great music that will have you swooning! The performances is from 7-10 p.m. on October 22, 2016. Don’t miss it!
 
Don't Miss These Autumn Events Around Myrtle BeachAt a time of so much political unease, treat yourself to hearing the Carolina Master Chorale: Songs for a Better World on one of two nights. The Carolina Master Chorale joins guest artists and speakers from the Boys & Girls Club of the Grand Strand, performing music of hope, peace, and justice to benefit the BGCBS. There are two performances as follows: Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. at Trinity Church, 30000 N. Kings Hwy., Myrtle Beach, and Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 706 14th Ave. S., North Myrtle Beach.
 
Don't Miss These Autumn Events Around Myrtle BeachThe 28th Annual Pawleys Island Arts and Craft Festival will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on October 28 and 29, 2016 rain or shine. This year’s festival will have over 60 vendors offering a wide variety of items for sale. There will be a Women’s Club Café, Women’s Club Craft table, baked goods, and food-to-go. There will also be a gently-used book sale and Silent Auction, which will have unique handcrafted items by talented artisans. This free event is sponsored by the Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Women’s Club, 1633 Waverly Road, Pawleys Island. Proceeds from this event will benefit worthwhile causes in and around the Low Country community.
 
 

Take Advantage of These Special Discounts at Grande Shores This Fall

This is a beautiful time of year to visit coastal South Carolina. Autumn provides us with beautiful colors of foliage, temperatures that are finally cooling off, and less crowds in the area than during the summer. If you haven’t managed to get your vacation in yet this year, consider coming now when you can enjoy yourself at a more leisurely pace and take advantage of vacation rentals offering special discounts at Grande Shores for:
    ~ Educators
    ~ Law Enforcement
    ~ Military
    ~ Seniors

We also offer discounts for AAA, AARP, CAA, Prepaid stays, and weekly stays. Our wide range of Myrtle Beach condos and hotel will provide you with your choice of price, size, and amenities for where you want to stay.

 
Take Advantage of These Special Discounts at Grande Shores This Fall
Come at this time of year and you’ll experience a vacation unlike at any other time of the year. The soft golden sands along the Atlantic Ocean merge with the calm and comfort of the temperate climate to provide a relaxed and serene environment. Enjoy the phenomenal views of the coastline and play some year round golf. Your days here can be filled with as much activity as you’d like and at night you can enjoy the nightlife in Myrtle Beach. Make this the year you discover for yourself why this area is known as one of America’s top travel destinations.

 

Take Advantage of These Special Discounts at Grande Shores This Fall

This weather is excellent game time as it brings cooler temps, less crowded conditions, and beautiful foliage around the courses. The two best reasons for playing throughout fall and winter are weather and price. The exciting aspect of playing golf this time of year is that no two days are alike; one day will be all sunny, and the next day sharp winds off the ocean make golfers wear a jacket. It is conditions like these that have inspired Arnold Palmer, Pete Dye, and Rees Jones to design courses here, using geography and weather as part of their artistry.

 

If you want to take advantage on any of our special discounts on our Myrtle Beach condos and hotel, take a look at what we have on our website and book your stay soon! We look forward to having you join us this autumn.

Hotels For The Carolina Country Music Festival 2016

The 2016 Carolina Country Music Festival

The Carolina Country Music Festival is one of Myrtle Beach’s most popular annual events. This 3-day outdoor music festival is held along the Myrtle Beach Coast, from Ocean Blvd to the Boardwalk. With over 30 + artist performing at this year’s festival, attendees will have plenty of live acts to choose from.

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This year’s line-up includes grammy award winning artists Tim McGraw & Keith Urban. Also performing at this year’s event, Florida Georgia Line, Cole Swindell, Jake Owen, A Thousand Horses, Michael Ray & many more.

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If you are looking for lodging during the festival check out our oceanfront accommodations. We offer a wide variety of hotel rooms and condos that can accommodate your needs. We also offer group rates for larger parties.

Festival Hours

Thursday, June 9, 2016 || 6 – 11 pm
Friday, June 10, 2016 || 1 pm -11 pm
Saturday, June 11, 2016 || 1 pm – 11 pm
Sunday, June 12, 2016 || 1 pm – 11 pm

What You Can Bring

Your friends
Your phones
Sunscreen
Small purses and backpacks
Blankets
Festival flags without metal or wood poles

Parking For The Event

There are several public parking garages and lots available close to the festival site. Please note: The festival does not manage the parking downtown. There is public, handicapped parking on the lot located on 9th Avenue.

Buy Tickets

For more information and ticket sales check out www.carolinacountrymusicfest.com