The Best Places to Stop While Traveling From Ohio to North Myrtle Beach

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Driving through the golden fields of the Midwest en route to the Atlantic coastline can be daunting. Kids fighting, endless potty breaks, and fast food stops make for a longer trip than it needs to be. Let us help make your trip a little easier. Follow us down Interstate 74 for all of the best places to stop while traveling from Ohio to North Myrtle Beach. Once you arrive at your final destination, be sure to download our exclusive Vacation Guide for access to all of North Myrtle Beach’s fantastic restaurants and exciting attractions!

6 Best Stops for Your Road Trip From Ohio to North Myrtle Beach

Who says 10 hours in the car has to be miserable? We’ve done the research and compiled a list of everything you must see on your way south to Myrtle Beach. Start your trip off on the right foot by following our guide!

Clay Center—Charleston, West Virginia

After you cross over the Ohio state line into West Virginia, you arrive in Charleston. Be sure to check out Clay Center, which is in the heart of this capital city. You’ll find something for everyone to enjoy. The Juliet Art Museum is another great stop. It hosts an impressive permanent collection along with revolving, traveling collections ensuring that visitors never get bored.

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The Avampato Discovery Museum fully immerses kids of all ages in 12,000 square feet of hands-on exploration. Experience the art of producing music at The Maier Foundation Music Studio or get their wiggles out on the towering climbing structure. If you can easily access a change of clothes for the kiddos, be sure to hit the splash park outside! Then enjoy a peaceful ride as your tired kids doze off once you hit the highway.

Fort Chiswell Animal Park—Max Meadows, Virginia

Fort Chiswell Animal Park is not your typical zoo. The park gets your family up close and personal with all of their furry friends. Climb aboard the safari bus and let your kids hand-feed camels, zebras, buffalo, and so much more. Throw the kids on your shoulders and give them a giraffe encounter they will remember. Fort Chiswell is the perfect quick stop on your long road trip.  They are open from April until the end of November, so be sure to check out their hours of operation before heading there.

Southwest Virginia Farmers Market—Hillsville, Virginia

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The Southwest Virginia Farmers Market is one of the largest in the state. The market is open seven days a week and offers the freshest Virginia produce along with unique jams, jellies, honey, and crafts. Curb the inevitable road trip snack cravings with healthy choices from the market. Kids will love being able to walk through and choose their own snack pack for the ride!

Speaking of snacks: be sure to save room for one of the South’s iconic roadside boiled peanuts stands. Even if they don’t satisfy your tastebuds, striking up a conversation with one of the generational stand owners is an opportunity you won’t want to pass up.

Riverside Park—Mt. Airy, North Carolina

The last place you want to be when the sun is shining is trapped inside the confines of your car. Stop off at Riverside Park in Mt. Airy and enjoy a day at the park. The paved walking trail parallels the river for a peacefully scenic walk. Explore local vendors such as Scoops Ice Cream & Such and enjoy treats along the way. End the trip with a stop at the newly constructed playground before hopping back on the road.

Cin Cin Burger Bar—Winston-Salem, North Carolina

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With fair prices and just enough creativity to entertain parents and kids alike, Cin Cin Burger Bar is the ideal dinner stop in Winston-Salem. The speakeasy vibe offers trendy drink selections and artfully-crafted appetizers, while the family-friendly atmosphere boasts creamy milkshakes and hearty burgers. Cin Cins ensures that your belly is satisfied the rest of the way to the beach.

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Ten hours is a long time to be in the car, regardless of how you spin it. When you finally arrive in North Myrtle Beach, you’ll be aching to kick up your feet at your private beach oasis. Stay at one of our oceanfront, pet-friendly condos or spread out in a whole house big enough for the entire family.

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Shells You Can Find on Your Next Vacation to North Myrtle Beach

Shells You Can Find on Your Next Vacation to North Myrtle Beach

Do you and your family like to take walks on the beach looking for shells to take home? If you do, then we want to share with you some of the shells you can find in North Myrtle Beach. Staying in one of our Oceanfront vacation rentals will allow you and your family to be close to the shoreline. Let’s look below at what shells you can find while you are on vacation here in North Myrtle Beach.

Lettered Olive

Shells You Can Find on Your Next Vacation to North Myrtle Beach

The Lettered Olive happens to be the state shell for South Carolina since 1984. This is a standard shell that you will find on the South Carolina Coastline and is one that you will want to see more of. Known for its smooth, shiny, and cylinder shape along with Its unusual brown markings is a beautiful shell that you will want to continue to add to your collection!

Whelk Shells

Whelk shells are found a lot on the east coast, but they are often located here on the shoreline of North Myrtle Beach. These shells are often confused as being a conch shell by many, but don’t let that stop you from adding to your collection. Whelk shells are beautiful, and you will often find them with a spiral pattern on the outside of the shell. These do come in different sizes, so don’t be discouraged if you happen to find a small one compared to a larger one on your trip.

Cockle Shells

Shells You Can Find on Your Next Vacation to North Myrtle Beach

Cockle shells are found on many beaches around the United States and will be easy to distinguish. These shells look a lot like a scallop, but they have a heart like shape to them, unlike a scallop. Cockle shells come in a variety of colors and sizes and are one to collect. You can use them with arts & craft projects, place them in a jar with a candle in the middle, or let the kids use them to decorate their sandcastles.

Coquina Clam Shells

The Coquina Clamshells are many that you will find along the shore and are often one of the most common shells found at the beach. Many children love to see these shells while at the beach and collect them. They are small clamshells that are around an inch long, and they are found in several different colors. These shells are often found alive by the water burrowing themselves in the sand.

Jingle Shells

Jingle shells are often found along the Atlantic coast and are known as clams or oysters. Often, you’ll find them with a very iridescent color shell, and their outside is shiny. Many children find them on the beach and will use them on the sandcastles they may build each summer.

Sand Dollars

Have you ever found a sand dollar while searching for shells along the shoreline? You may have found pieces of them more often than the whole one, but we promise you can find them in the area too. While you can go out and purchase them from local beach gift shops, finding some of your own is more fun and adventure. We will say they are very fragile, so if you find one, be careful with it.  

Many other shells can be found in North Myrtle Beach, such as Pen Shells, Banded Tulips, and Atlantic Moon Snail Shells. Staying in one of our Oceanfront vacation rentals will allow you and your family to enjoy the beach to collect shells. We can’t wait to hear all about the shells you found while on vacation here in North Myrtle Beach!

Spend the Holiday’s in North Myrtle Beach this Year

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It’s hard to believe that in just a few short days, it will be Christmas, and at the stroke of midnight, it will be time to get ready for the holidays. Now is the time to start planning and booking your vacation to spend the holidays in North Myrtle Beach. Staying in one of our many Holiday vacation rentals will allow you and your family to stay close to the fun. Let’s look below at why you need to spend the holidays with us here on the Grand Strand.

Bring the Whole Family

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One of the main concerns that we often hear about having family over during the holidays is not having the space for everyone. But when you stay in one of our North Myrtle Beach vacation rentals, you’ll be able not to have to worry about it. We offer homes that can sleep from 2 people to up to 25 people. And don’t worry about not having enough bathrooms as many of our homes come with plenty for no one to fight over them. This year focus on spending time with the family making new memories in your vacation rental by baking and cooking with each other this holiday season!

Holiday Shows

Another great reason why you should spend the holidays in North Myrtle Beach is the holiday shows. If you’re looking for a little classic holiday cheer, then head on over to The Carolina Opry as you’ll be able to see their “The Christmas Show of the South.” This year they will have a few new faces and entertainment that you won’t want to miss. We wanted to share a few other honorable mentions with you: Medieval Times, the Alabama Theatre & Pirate’s Voyage. No matter who is vacationing with you, getting to spend time together this holiday season is what it’s about.

Fun Events this Holiday Season

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As we all get ready for the holidays, we know that heading to a few events with the family can be fun. This year, you’ll be able to enjoy a few classic events that are happening in the area that we had to tell you about. One big event that you won’t want to miss is the Great Christmas Light Show happening over at the North Myrtle Beach Parks & Sports Complex that will end on December 30, 2022 from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm. They have added several new displays, lights and more excitement to the lineup this year. Think of the fun that you’ll have with the family as you sip on some hot chocolate and walk through Santas Village.

While there are so many other things that you could be doing this holiday season, we wanted to share a few with you. If you haven’t booked your holiday vacation rental, give us a call today to get it booked. We can’t wait to see you and your family as you celebrate the holidays together this year!

Spend Thanksgiving in North Myrtle Beach this Year

Have you and your family ever dreamt of going out of town for Thanksgiving but have never done it before? If the answer is yes, allow us to share why you should spend Thanksgiving in North Myrtle Beach this year. Staying in one of our North Myrtle Beach vacation rentals will allow the whole family to join in the excitement. Let’s look below at just a few reasons why you should spend Thanksgiving this year in North Myrtle Beach.

Perfect for the Whole Family

One of the best things about staying in one of our North Myrtle Beach vacation rentals is we have something forever family. No matter your family’s size, we have vacation rentals that will accommodate your whole group, from homes that will sleep 8 to homes that sleep up to 20 people. All of our vacation rentals do provide a full kitchen so that you can cook Thanksgiving Day dinner like you would at home. You will feel like you’re at home in our vacation rentals, but you’ll be at the beach instead.

Eat Out

We understand that you will be on vacation and may not feel like cooking Thanksgiving Day dinner this year. Instead of worrying about cleaning the kitchen after you’ve slaved all day making dinner, why not enjoy someone else cooking. Many restaurants in the North Myrtle Beach area will be open on Thanksgiving Day for you to want. Some of them are House of Blues, Chestnut Hill, Captain George’s Seafood Buffet and Margaritaville. For many of them, you may have to make a reservation but be sure to check out each one to see if you need to call before you arrive.

Shopping

Another great reason to come to North Myrtle Beach this Thanksgiving Day is Black Friday! This is the best time to go to the beach and be able to find some great deals. Who doesn’t love going to the store to get a gift or two at a reasonable price? We know that some of the stores will not be open on Thanksgiving Day, but that only gives you more time to spend with your family. Head on over to Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach or Tanger Outlets in Myrtle Beach for some shopping on Black Friday for some great deals!

While there are many other reasons why you need to vacation in North Myrtle Beach this Thanksgiving Day, we wanted to share these with you. If you haven’t booked your next vacation to stay with us in one of our North Myrtle Beach vacation rentals, now is the time. We hope that you and your family can come to experience the beach this Thanksgiving!

3 October Events You Don’t Want to Miss in North Myrtle Beach

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Do you have a family vacation planned to North Myrtle Beach in October? If you do, let us share three events you don’t want to miss. Staying in one of our North Myrtle Beach vacation rentals will keep your family close to the fun. Look below at those three events happening here on the Grand Strand.

Cruisin’ the Beach Car Show

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The Cruisin’, the Beach Car Show, is perfect for everyone in the family to attend. Starting on Thursday, October 6th, at Broadway at the Beach, your family can check out some amazing-looking cars. This event is free to attend and runs through Saturday, October 8th, from 8:00 am until 6:00 pm. You can purchase car parts, clothing, food, and more. Think of the fun the whole family will have as you check out classic, muscle, vintage, and even modern cars together.

31st Annual Greek Festival

Another great event this October is the 31st Annual Greek Festival. Happening over at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, your family can get a taste of the Greek Heritage. This event starts on Thursday, October 13th, and runs through Sunday, October 16th, from 11:00 am until 9:00 pm. Some of the food you’ll be able to purchase and try are Gyros, Greek Chicken, Greek Salad, Spanakopita, and more. Admission to the event is $2 per person and free for kids 10 & under. The Greek Festival is something you’ll never forget and will want to visit every fall!

17th Annual Little River ShrimpFest

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Join in on the 17th Annual Little River ShrimpFest happening on Saturday, October 8th, and Sunday, October 9th. This event will be happening from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm along the History Little River Waterfront. Some items you’ll be able to experience are live music, balloon artists, delicious fresh local seafood, and much more. There are no pets allowed except for service animals. Be sure to check out the different arts and crafts vendors that will be there for you to bring home a gift or two for someone.

Many other events are happening on the Grand Strand this October, but we wanted to share these with you. If you haven’t booked your next stay with us in one of our North Myrtle Beach vacation rentals. We can’t wait to hear which event was your family’s favorite!

Book Your Fall Vacation to North Myrtle Beach Today

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Are you and your family looking to escape to the North Myrtle Beach area this fall? If the answer is yes, then allow us to tell you about why vacationing on the Grand Strand the best in the fall is. Staying in one of our North Myrtle Beach vacation rentals will keep you and your family close to the action. Let’s look below at why the beach during the fall months is the best.

Weather

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One of the best things about vacationing to North Myrtle Beach during the fall is the weather. While September may be a little toasty for many, in October and November, the temperature turns cooler. You may not be able to swim in the ocean in November. You can still enjoy the sun and sand on the beach. There may be a few times that you’ll experience a little rain and storms, but you’ll be able to enjoy your vacation rental.

Fewer Crowds

Another reason for vacationing in the area is that there are typically fewer crowds. This is a big thing for families with young kids as they won’t feel as overwhelmed. You’ll be able to go to a restaurant and not have a long wait compared to the summer months. Some of the stores may not all be open as they are in the summer, but you’ll feel like you’re a local. This can be a big thing for many families during the “off-season” as they love to vacation this way every year.

Enjoy your Vacation Rental

One of the best reasons for staying in one of our North Myrtle Beach vacation rentals is getting to enjoy it. With the many different options that you have to choose from, the fall months are some of the best times to visit. Bring a few of your families games with you and play them in the rental. Plan a movie night and pop up a few bags of popcorn to snack on during the movie. There are so many ways that you can enjoy your vacation rental this fall together as a family!

While there are many other reasons why you should book your fall vacation today, these are the few we wanted to share with you. If you’re ready to experience North Myrtle Beach this fall, give us a call today. We hope to see you and your family as you get to enjoy the Grand Strand this fall!

3 Best Spots to Grab Breakfast in Myrtle Beach

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Do you have a vacation planned to Myrtle Beach soon, and you’re looking for some great breakfast spots? Look no further as we at Seaside Vacations would love to share those with you. Staying in one of our North Myrtle Beach vacation rentals will keep your family close to these food joints. Let’s look below at the three best spots in Myrtle Beach to grab breakfast.

Blueberry’s Grill

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Blueberry’s Grill is a great place to sit with the family one morning and have a filling breakfast. They are open from 6:00 am until 3:00 pm, and you’ll find some of the best food there. You’ll find items on the menu: Sweet Potato Pancakes, Banana Fosters French Toast, Pancakes, Blueberry Muffin & Eggs, Sandwiches, and more. Another local favorite you can’t miss is their Blueberry Hushpuppies, and can we say “Yum!” They have dedicated their passion and creativity to make some delicious food using blueberries. Give them a try on your next trip to Myrtle Beach at one of their two locations.

Hot Stacks Café

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Another great location to grab breakfast on the beach is at Hot Stacks Café. This restaurant’s breakfast menu is pretty impressive and may have you visiting more than once on your vacation. You’ll find items on the menu: Pancake Stack, Greek-Cado Roll, Trash-Hash Bowl, Cowboy Scramble Bowl, Omelets, French Toast, and more. We promise that you will want to continue to come here on more than one occasion on your next vacation to the area!

Krave Bagel

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If you’re looking for some great NY Style Bagels, look no further. Head over to Krave Bagel in Myrtle Beach, where you can find a wide variety of bagels. You’ll find options on the menu are Plain, Everything, Salt, Onion, Garlic, Pumpernickel, and more. Grab a bagel with cream cheese, peanut butter, and jelly, along with their bagel sandwiches. What a great way to start your morning out by going that morning, picking up some breakfast, and eating it in your vacation rental with the family.

There are so many other options in the Myrtle Beach area, but we wanted to share these with you. If you haven’t booked your next stay with us in one of our North Myrtle Beach vacation rentals, now’s the time. We can’t wait to hear which restaurant was your favorite on your next vacation!

3 Best Nightlife Options in Myrtle Beach in 2022

Do you like to do fun things when you go on vacation at night, but you’re unsure where it lies in Myrtle Beach? Have no fear as we can tell you where to head this summer on the Grand Strand for some nightlife action. Staying in one of our North Myrtle Beach vacation rentals will allow you and your family to explore the area a little more. Let’s look below at where you can head this summer for our picks of the three best nightlife options in the area.

Broadway at the Beach

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Broadway at the Beach has become quite the nightlife scene for many who visit Myrtle Beach any time of the year. Whether you are a family vacationing together looking for some family-friendly entertainment to the adults going out and having fun, there is something for everyone. You’ll find that they have the Great American Summer Nights, Balloon Art, Fireworks, and more for the family during the summer months. And for adults, you’ll find some live music at Bar Louie, Karaoke, and more to enjoy. Think of the new memories you’ll make by experiencing the nightlife at Broadway at the Beach in 2022.

Barefoot Landing

Barefoot Landing is another excellent location to find some family fun nightlife. During the summer months, you’ll be able to see things for the whole family, including their SummerFest, Fireworks, live music from different artists, and more. Not only is their nightlife there, but you’ll also be able to do a little shopping while you’re there. Don’t forget that there is always LuLu’s Beach Arcade & Ropes Course, Alligator Adventure, and more for the kids!

Shows Galore

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If you’re more into sitting down for a nice dinner and some entertainment, we suggest doing a show in the area. Pirates Voyage is a great place to start for the family if you want to become a pirate. Medieval Times is another dinner show that we suggest, and you can even cheer on your favorite knight. Both have amazing dinners and can cater to your dietary needs. We promise you that both shows are something you won’t want to miss on your next trip to the area.

There are many other fun options, such as bars, restaurants, and more, but we wanted to share these with you. If you haven’t booked your next vacation to North Myrtle Beach, give us a call today. We can’t wait to hear what you did in the area on your next family vacation!

Summer is Full of Fun & Music on the Grand Strand

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It’s hard to believe that summer will be here before you know it. Once Memorial Day weekend comes is when most kids will be getting out of school for the summer. Staying with us in one of our North Myrtle Beach vacation rentals will keep you and your family close to the fun. Let’s peek at what fun musical acts will be happening on the Grand Strand this summer.

Carolina Country Music Fest 2022

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Do you enjoy listening to country music and have always wanted to see some of the top country artists in the country? If you answered yes, then allow us to share with you the Carolina Country Music Fest! This is a four-day long event that will begin on Thursday, June 9th, and will end on Sunday, June 12th.  Some of the artists that you’ll be able to see perform are Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Gabby Barrett, Deana Carter, and more. They also have several different options to choose from for tickets including a 3-day pass, 4-day pass, Military & First Responder tickets, and more. While the Super VIP & VIP passes are sold out, there are still plenty of tickets available.  Don’t miss this amazing festival to enjoy some great songs and dance a little too with the family!

Alabama Theatre

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If you’re not going to be in the area for the Carolina Country Music Fest don’t worry. On Saturday, June 25th from 7:00 – 9:00 pm you can see Home Free over at The Alabama Theatre. Tickets start at $34.95 to see one of the country’s “a cappella groups” in the area. On July 2nd starting at 7:00 pm you will be able to see one of South Carolina’s native singers, Josh Turner. Tickets for Josh Turner start around $49.95 so you can listen and sing along to some of his classic songs.

There are many other fun music opportunities in the area this summer, we wanted to share the above with you. Hurry and book your North Myrtle Beach vacation rental as we are about 90% sold out for the summer. We can’t wait to hear how you go to enjoy the music in the air with the family!

Spend Easter in North Myrtle Beach this Year

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It’s hard to believe that it’s almost time for Easter and Spring Break. If you’re headed to the North Myrtle Beach area, you’re lucky with some fun events. Staying with us in one of our North Myrtle Beach vacation rentals, you’ll be able to enjoy some of the local events. Let’s look below at why you should spend Easter in North Myrtle Beach this year.

40th Annual North Myrtle Beach Easter Egg Hunt

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If you have never experienced the beach for Easter, you’ve been missing out on this event. This year the North Myrtle Beach area celebrates its 40th Easter Egg Hunt at McLean Park. On Saturday, April 16th beginning at 10:00 am, your kids will get to embark on an adventure to collect as many eggs as they can be based on their ages. Admission to this event is free, but they ask that you arrive a little before 10:00 am to guarantee a parking space. After the Easter Egg hunt, your kids will be able to visit with the Easter Bunny and friends. Think of the fun they will have to collect all those eggs.   

Barefoot Bunny Hop

Another fun event that you will have to check out on your Easter vacation is the Barefoot Bunny Hop. This event is happening at Barefoot Landing on Saturday, April 9th, from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm. Here you and your kids can enjoy some music and a fun dance party, participate in their Easter Egg Hunt, meet the Easter Bunny, etc. After participating in this fun event, do a little shopping at one of the many shops and grab a quick bite to eat, too. Don’t forget to bring your child’s Easter Egg Basket as they will want to put the eggs into their basket.

Painting with the Family

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If you’re looking for something a little out of the usual compared to other Easter activities, why not sign up for a painting class with the family. On Saturday, April 16th, Painting with a Twist is hosting a kid-friendly class where they can paint a classic icon from a movie. This event does cost $29 per person and starts at noon and ends at 1:30 pm. Think of the memories you’ll have from your vacation by bringing home the completed painting to showcase in your home.

This Easter, many other fun things are happening in the North Myrtle Beach area; we wanted to share these with you. If you still haven’t booked your North Myrtle Beach vacation rental for a holiday, give us a shout today. We look forward to hearing how you are spending your vacation with us.

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