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 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!

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!

3 Things You Can Do in North Myrtle Beach this Spring

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Spring is just around the corner, which only means that warmer temps are coming. It’s also a great time to visit North Myrtle Beach with the family. Staying in one of our North Myrtle Beach vacation rentals will have you close to the fun. Let’s look below at three things you can do in the area this spring.

Barefoot Landing

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If you’ve never been to Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach, you are missing out on so much. It’s one of the top attractions for the area for many visitors, and we have to agree with them. You can check out live entertainment at House of Blues or take a tour at Crooked Hammock Brewery for the adults. For the kids, they have a few more fun options such as the carousel, LuLu’s Beach Arcade & Ropes Course to Alligator Adventure. Plus, you’ll be able to grab a bite to eat and do a little shopping.

North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex

Another great place to check out on your next trip this spring is the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex. If the kids need to get a little energy out of their system, the playground is where it’s at. You can also bike, walk, hike a trail or even play a little sport. They also have during the season different events that happen, so be on the lookout for what is happening there.

Beach It

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The final thing you and your family can do this spring spends the day or week at the beach. Coming to North Myrtle Beach while the rest of the kids are in school can be a great way to recharge and enjoy the low crowds. Once summer comes, you’ll find that you’ll have a harder chance of getting that perfect spot on the beach as you listen to the kids play in the background without the crowds. Think of the new memories you’ll make on your trip this spring.

While there are many other things that you can do this spring here in North Myrtle Beach, we wanted to share these. If you are still on the hunt for your next adventure to the area and need a North Myrtle Beach vacation rental, give us a call. We can’t wait to see you this spring with your family.

3 Fun Things to Do in North Myrtle Beach

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Does your family love to visit North Myrtle Beach every year, but you’re not sure what to do in the area? Allow us to share with you three fun things that you can do in the area that you will want you to do for years to come. Staying in one of our North Myrtle Beach vacation rentals will allow you and your family to be close to the fun. Let’s look below at what those three fun things to do are in the area.

Ropes Course

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One thing that has become very popular over the past few years is ropes courses. These are good for the younger ones in the family and the older teens. There are several places along the Grand Strand where your family can head to check out the courses. If you’re looking to stay near your vacation rental in North Myrtle Beach, then head over to LuLu’s Beach Arcade at Barefoot Landing. This is a good place for the whole family to enjoy a little time together. While the next two aren’t in North Myrtle Beach, we still wanted to share them with you, Myrtle Beach Zipline Adventures and Radical Ropes Adventure Park. All these rope courses will challenge you to get through the course without any help and have a good time!

 Break Out Fun

Another fun thing that the whole family can get into is trying their hand at Break Out Myrtle Beach Escape Room. This has become a trendy thing to do around the country, and it’s a great thing to do on a rainy day. Decide on a day to do the escape room and work together as a team to find your way out. There are many times that you must try and do along with a few rooms but working together is the way to go. From tweens to teens, the older kids will love this adventure, and it is something that they can do with their friends. Think of the memories you’ll make on this fun outing together on your next vacation.

Shopping

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For many vacationing to North Myrtle Beach means that they get to do a little shopping too. There are two outlet malls in the area that are a must-visit on your next trip. Whether you’re getting the kids ready for school or looking for a good deal, there is something for everyone here. There are outlet malls, but there are malls, Barefoot Landing, and Broadway at the Beach. Both Broadway at the Beach and Barefoot Landing offers many different events during the year, too, so be sure to check those out.

While there is an unlimited amount of things to do in the area, we wanted to share these with you. If you haven’t booked your next trip to stay at one of our North Myrtle Beach vacation rentals, give us a call. We hope to see you soon and hear about what you did on your trip!

Explore North Myrtle Beach this Summer

It’s hard to believe that summer is almost here on the coast of North Carolina. With schools coming to an end for the school year, families are flocking to North Myrtle Beach this summer. Staying in one of our North Myrtle Beach vacation rentals will keep your family close to the fun and action. Let’s look below at what you and your family can do on your summer vacation to the area.

Shark Wake Park

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Do you have someone in the family who loves to spend all their time on the water during the summer? If the answer is yes, allow us to share Shark Wake Park with you, located in Little River. One of the best things about this park is that there are two different attractions that your family can enjoy. For families who love a challenge, then check out their obstacle island where it’s a large island with multiple obstacles to do. The other option to choose is Cable Park which allows you to do anything pulled behind a boat. Shark Wake Park is a perfect option for spending the day out on the water and still have a great time laughing with the family!

Did Someone Say Mini Golf?

For many families, coming to the beach means it’s time for that family-friendly mini-golf game or two. Mini Golf has become a staple for most when they go on any family vacation. Who doesn’t love a friendly round of mini-golf? Allow the littles to join in on the fun as you introduce them to mini-golf this year. There are many different mini-golf courses to choose from here in North Myrtle Beach. We can’t wait to hear about who the reigning champ is this year on your summer vacation.

While many other fun activities can be done here in North Myrtle Beach, we wanted to share these with you. If you haven’t booked your summer vacation to stay in one of our North Myrtle Beach vacation rentals, now is the time. We hope to see you and your family this summer as you sit back and relax together!

Spend Spring Break in North Myrtle Beach this Year

Can you believe that the year is already flying by so quickly? It’s hard to believe that Spring Break will be here before you know it, and now is the time to start planning for it. Staying with us in one of our North Myrtle Beach vacation rentals will keep you and your family close to the fun. Let’s look below at where you and the family can go to enjoy Spring Break this year together.

Fishing with the Family

Have you and your family ever been fishing while you’re on vacation in North Myrtle Beach? If you haven’t, then allow us to share with you a great place to cast a line at. Head on over to the Cherry Grove Fishing Pier located in North Myrtle Beach for the day. They have a full-service tackle shop where you can get bait, rent fishing rods, get your fishing license for the day and even grab some gifts.  Some of the best memories for many family members have been made while they are all fishing out on the pier!

Fun on the Water

Another great thing that you can do with the family has some fun on the water. Rent a jet ski for a half-hour, hour, and 2 hours while you explore the Intracoastal Waterway or the ocean. Take a dolphin tour on a jet ski or rent that pontoon boat for the day.  Some other fun things you can do while on the open water is try your hand at paddleboarding or using the kid’s boogie board to catch a few waves. For many families spending time together on the open water is just as relaxing as spending it on the beach.

Shop & Eat

Whenever you come to North Myrtle Beach during any time of the year, you will be able to find plenty of places to eat at and shop at. Head on over to Barefoot Landing or one of the outlet malls, stock up on summer clothes for the kids, or grab yourself a pair of new flip-flops. After you’ve had a day of shopping, stop and enjoy some of the delicious food available in the area. No matter what you’re looking for, there is something for everyone in the family to enjoy on your spring break trip!

While there are many other things that your family can do this spring break, we wanted to share these with you. If you haven’t booked your spring break trip to stay in one of our North Myrtle Beach vacation rentals, now is the time. We can’t wait to see you and your family as you explore the area this spring break vacation.

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