Seven Reasons Why You Should Spend Thanksgiving in Myrtle Beach | Palmetto Vacation Rentals

It is nearing the end of November and you know what that means! Thanksgiving is approaching – bring out the turkey, green bean casserole, and pecan pie. For many, Thanksgiving is a time to gather with your family and friends. With schools off and offices closed, that long-awaited weekend you have been looking for is about to arrive.

How about you change it up this year? Instead of staying home – pack up your family, your friends, or your significant other and head on down to Myrtle Beach!

Why come to The Grand Strand this Thanksgiving? We here at Palmetto Vacation Rentals are going to give you SEVEN reasons why:

  1. Memories, Memories, Memories – One of a Kind! Looking to make lasting memories with your friends or family this Thanksgiving? If you are anything like me – some of the best memories I remember from my childhood were on family vacations! Before moving to Myrtle Beach, our family would visit the Grand Strand at Thanksgiving time to escape the snow in New York, spend quality time together, and enjoy all that the area had to offer. Children are off school, and you most likely have an extra day off from work that will enable you to enjoy that much-needed long weekend. How awesome would it be to take a vacation with your loved ones this holiday and do something different?

  2. New Experiences – Did you say Bluegrass Festival? Shout out to anyone who enjoys bluegrass music – this upcoming Thanksgiving weekend the Myrtle Beach Convention Center will be holding the 50th Anniversary South Carolina State Bluegrass Festival! Beginning on Thursday, November 28th and running until Saturday, November 30th, this family festival will be featuring the Sons of the South, The Crown Brothers, Carolina Blue + 38 more popular bluegrass artists. Never listened to any bluegrass music? This festival will be the perfect opportunity to expand your music palate! Tickets beginning at $22/daily general admission. Click to see schedule and more information.

  3. Activities with the Community: Participate in the 13th Annual Myrtle Beach Turkey Trot. Join over a thousand local and visiting runners this turkey day at the Grande Park at The Market Common. There will be multiple races available for anyone interested in participating – 5k, 8k, One Mile, and Tot Trot race for kids. Thanksgiving does not just have to be all about the food! Get your running shoes on and sprint your way to victory this Thanksgiving. Click here for details.

  4. Skip the Cooking, Dine Out in Style this Thanksgiving! Myrtle Beach is notoriously known for its delicious and award-winning restaurants throughout the area. With over 1,600 restaurants – there is something here for everyone to enjoy. For Thanksgiving, many places along the beach will be hosting Thanksgiving Specials! For those who do not enjoy cooking or just want a break this holiday – come taste your favorite Thanksgiving dishes without the cooking hassle. Below are several restaurants that are hosting Thanksgiving specials this holiday: Hook & Barrel | Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen | Carolina Roadhouse| Original Benjamins| House of Blues
    Don’t see anything you like? Call our office at 888-808-2788 anytime for more restaurant ideas!

  5. 34th Annual Intracoastal Christmas Regatta Boat Parade. Watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has always been part of my family’s traditions for Thanksgiving. Why not just watch a parade on television this Thanksgiving but witness one (boat style!) on your vacation while in Myrtle Beach. Come watch the annual Intercoastal Christmas Regatta Saturday, November 30, 2019 from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM. This event is hosted by Yachts for Tots of North Myrtle Beach/Little River – a nonprofit organization dedicated to meeting the needs of the children in Horry County who are unable to get full assistance from traditional agencies in the area.  For locations of where the parade can be seen click here.

  6. Shop Until You Drop – Black Friday Style. Myrtle Beach is one of the top places to shop along the East Coast! The Market Common, Broadway at the Beach and Barefoot Landing are just a few of the top shopping destinations in the area.  There are also two Tanger Outlets featuring over 100+ brand name stores such as Under Armor and New York & Company perfect for your shopping needs. In addition to the outside shopping areas, The Coastal Grand Mall, located right by the Myrtle Beach International Airport is also the second largest mall in the state. You will not be disappointed with the fantastic deals and available places to shop this Black Friday!

  7. Christmas is in the Air! Get ready to enjoy Myrtle Beach’s holiday entertainment on your next vacation.  If you are not a fan of anything revolving around Christmas before December begins than this point is not for you. But for those of you that have been listening to Michael Bublé Christmas album on repeat, shopping at Hobby Lobby, or watching any Christmas Hallmark movies – than Myrtle Beach is the place for you to come to this holiday season. Witness world champion ice skaters perform to popular holiday tunes on Christmas on Ice. Enjoy the Carolina Opry Christmas Special featuring over 35 Christmas trees and award-winning vocalists! Feast your way through a Myrtle Beach’s popular Christmas at the Pirates Voyage. The options are endless here on The Grand Strand!

If you got excited for at least one of the seven reasons as to why you should come to Myrtle Beach this Thanksgiving, then you should heavily consider making that trip down (or up!) to South Carolina’s top beach and tourism spot.

Why wait?

We would love to help you find the best vacation rental suitable for your needs this Thanksgiving. For your convenience, Palmetto Vacation Rentals is running a special just for you – details are below.


Thanksgiving Special: “Show Me the Turkey”
Must Stay Between: November 27, 2019 – December 1, 2019 (3 night minimum)
Deal: Free Turkey (or $25 Gift Card!) + 30% OFF Vacation Rental
CALL IN SPECIAL ONLY!
Must book before November 25th, 2019 to receive Thanksgiving Special.


Have a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration this year. We are so excited to see you soon!



Originally from New York, Alison Lashower moved to the Myrtle Beach area with her family twelve years ago. Gamecock at heart, she graduated from the University of South Carolina with a marketing and entrepreneurship degree in May of 2017. When Alison is not spending time taking photographs around the Myrtle Beach area, you can find her writing, dancing, or on some type of adventure. Fun fact, she just spent this past year living abroad in Cape Town, South Africa!

Fresh Fall Recipes | Palmetto Vacation Rentals

Here at Palmetto Vacation Rentals we hosted a fall contest during the month of September. Homeowners at each one of our properties sent in delicious recipes that they enjoy making during the autumn season.

Congratulations to the homeowners of Magnolia Pointe 301-4890!
The winning owners received a Fall Harvest Basket full of goodies.

Thank you for those that shared your favorite fall recipe…we have included some below for you to enjoy as well! Many of these recipes were adopted from various online outlets – links are below.


Sweet Baby Ray’s Chili

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 pounds ground beef
1 cup chopped Spanish onion
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 cups bell peppers, diced (red and
green)
2 tablespoons ground cumin
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 14-oz. can diced tomatoes with
juice
1 cup SBR Original Barbecue
Sauce
1 cup beef broth
1 can black beans, rinsed
1 can red kidney beans, rinsed
1 can white kidney beans, rinsed 
  • Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add ground beef and brown. Add onions, garlic, and peppers and saute until onions are translucent.
  • Add salt, pepper, cumin, and chili powder and stir.
  • Add tomatoes, SBR Original BBQ Sauce and beef broth, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour. Add beans and adjust seasoning. Garnish with shredded cheddar cheese and scallions.

Recipe from Game Day Sweet Baby Rays


Homemade Chicken and Dumplings

4 tablespoons butter divided
2 carrots diced small
2 stalks celery plus their
leaves diced
1 onion diced
1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 
divided
4 cups chicken stock/broth
1 cup whole milk divided
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves or
1/2 teaspoon dried, plus more for garnish
2 cups cooked diced or shredded
chicken
extra salt and pepper
  • Saute the carrots, celery, and onions in 2 tablespoons of the butter in a large pot over medium high heat until browned and soft (about 3 minutes).
  • Add 1/4 cup flour, stir to coat.
  • Add chicken broth (4 cups) and bring to a boil.
  • Turn the heat down to simmer and add 1/2 cup milk and the chicken. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Meanwhile, to make the dumplings, mix together the remaining 1 cup of flour, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon baking powder, and 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves. Stir in the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter, melted, until flour mixture is crumbly looking. Add the remaining 1/2 cup of milk and stir until JUST combined. Do NOT over mix, or your dumplings may be dense.
  • Add spoonfuls of the dumpling mixture to the simmering pot- I recommend using a small cookie scooper (or tablespoon)
  • Cover and simmer on low for 15 minutes, or until dumplings are fluffy, cooked, and float to the top. No peeking!
  • Serve garnished with extra fresh thyme and fresh ground pepper, if desired

Recipe from Bowl of Delicious


Pumpkin Bread (*contains pecans)

3 cups Unbleached All-purpose
Flour
2 teaspoons Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
1/2 teaspoon Baking
Powder
1-1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
3/4 teaspoons Ginger
1/2 teaspoon Cloves

1/4 teaspoon Freshly
Grated Nutmeg
1/2 cup Lightly Packed
Light Brown Sugar
2/3 cups Vegetable Oil
3 Eggs
1 cup Canned Pumpkin Puree
1 cup Mashed Ripe Banana
1 cup Chopped Pecans
(optional)
  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease two loaf pans, (8×4 or 9×5).
  • Whisk flour, baking soda, salt, baking powder, and spices together. In another bowl, beat sugars, oil, and eggs until combined. Add pumpkin and banana; mix well. Stir in flour mixture.
  • Fold in pecans. Divide batter evenly between pans.
  • Bake for 45–60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs. If the tops are browning more than you’d like, tent with foil towards the end of baking.
  • Cool in pans for 5 minutes. Run a knife around the edge and pop out of pans. Cool on a wire cooling rack.
  • Serve warm or at room temperature. Wrap bread in foil to store.

Recipe from The Pioneer Woman


Apple Pie Cider

1/2 gallon apple cider
1/2 gallon apple juice   
24 packets Sweet ‘N Low
sweetener  
6 cinnamon sticks
Pinch of Nutmeg
*Optional: 1 750 bottle
Captain
Morgan Spiked Rum

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  • Stir together apple cider, apple juice, Sweet ‘N Low, cinnamon and nutmeg in a large pot. Bring to a boil; simmer gently for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool completely. Serve with a cinnamon stick in each glass.

(*For the spiked version, add rum to the cooled cider mixture*)R

Recipe from Eat Move Make


Let us know if you make any of these recipes! We would enjoy hearing about your experience here at Palmetto.

Favorites of Fall in Myrtle Beach |Palmetto Vacation Rentals Staff Edition

We have finally walked into the month of October here in Myrtle Beach! For those of you that may be counting, we have only 82 days left until Christmas. But before we skip too far ahead, we decided here at Palmetto Vacation Rentals to find out what our staff is most excited about this fall.

Read on to see the responses from several of our incredible staff members who are very excited for this new season. Who knows – maybe you will find some terrific ideas for your next Myrtle Beach vacation here on the coast of South Carolina!


“The Myrtle Beach Seafood Festival!” I love the local seafood here in Myrtle Beach and can’t wait to try new foods from local vendors.
Date: November 1st – November 2nd, 2019
Location: 10th Avenue North, Downtown Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

Melanie, Director of Operations


“Definitely BooFest at Barefoot Landing on October 26th, 2019. They have a pet costume contest there every year! I can dress up my pup Otis.”
Date: October 26th, 2019
Location: Barefoot Landing

Ashley, Reservations Manager


“I’m traditional – I can’t wait to go trick or treating with my children on the 31st. Also, on October 20th my son Nate is turning 11 and we are throwing him an awesome party to celebrate him!

Kelly, Housekeeping and Maintenance Manager


“I am counting down the days until the Myrtle Beach Greek Festival! I have gone to this festival every year since high school and can’t wait to dance and enjoy some amazing spanakopita.”
Date: October 17th – October 20th, 2019
Location: St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church

Alison, Marketing Coordinator


“‘Halloween on the MarshWalk!‘ I usually do not get dressed up, but I love going down to the area and seeing all the costumes and festivities.”
Date: October 31st, 2019
Location: Murrells Inlet Marshwalk

Brittney, Front Desk Associate


So what event are you most excited about?! Be sure to tag Palmetto Vacation Rentals at these fun festivities this fall. Have a wonderful month ahead!

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Originally from New York, Alison Lashower moved to the Myrtle Beach area with her family twelve years ago. Gamecock at heart, she graduated from the University of South Carolina with a marketing and entrepreneurship degree in May of 2017. When Alison is not spending time taking photographs around the Myrtle Beach area, you can find her writing, dancing, or on some type of adventure. Fun fact, she just spent this past year living abroad in Cape Town, South Africa! 

Friday Finds – Myrtle Beach SkyWheel

This past Thursday, Jason and I had the privilege to ride on the famous 200 feet tall Myrtle Beach SkyWheel centered right on the Myrtle Beach Boulevard & Boardwalk! This iconic attraction came to the area in 2011 and has been a top spot for tourists and locals alike over the past eight years. Sitting in our very own privately enclosed “gondola” that allows for heating and cooling, Jason and I were able to witness firsthand the beautiful views that Myrtle Beach has to offer. While on the SkyWheel, we were able to interview Rachel Beckerman – Myrtle Beach’s SkyWheel Marketing & Brand Manager!


What is the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel known for?

We really are the first of our kind to be on the East Coast! There are other wheels that are larger all around the world, but we are the trendsetters for this type of wheel in this area. We pride ourselves on being a “SkyWheel.” Not a Ferris Wheel, not an Observation Wheel – a SkyWheel. What that means is that we hold ourselves to a higher standard than any other amusement park. We have a brand that we stand by based on safety and outstanding guest service. Every morning our maintenance staff checks every single gondola and goes through many different procedures to ensure that our guests will have a safe and memorable experience on the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel!

What is your favorite part of the job?

Okay, well my favorite part of the job would have to be playing “hooky” and coming out here to work in a mobile office so that I can enjoy the beautiful view. Fortunately, my job encourages me to come out here and get pictures of the view to promote this gorgeous beachfront attraction. You truly do not get such a clear view of the area than in this 200 feet securely enclosed gondola!

What would you tell someone who has already been on the SkyWheel?

We get that question quite often! It is a unique experience every single time you ride. Day of the year – a winter ride is going to be different from a summer ride because of what you are going to see out there! A day ride is going to be completely different from a night ride because during the day you are not going to see the nightlife – the lights and action. Christmas, my gosh to see Myrtle Beach lit up at Christmas is incredible. Halloween is another one that is so fun to see. No matter what time of the year you are coming to Myrtle Beach, the SkyWheel ride experience is going to be different!

What would you tell someone who fears heights?

That is another question we hear quite often – everyone looks at it from the ground and it appears a lot bigger. What I tell people is that once you get up here and see this view, heights do not even matter! You do not even realize you are moving or that you are so high up because you are so captivated by the gorgeous Grand Strand.

The gondolas can fit anywhere from two to six guests! Be sure to check out their social media outlets and website for upcoming specials & fun events. The Myrtle Beach SkyWheel does offer annual passes and VIP packages too. Tickets can be bought online or on location.


Myrtle Beach SkyWheel Information:

Location: 1110 North Ocean Boulevard, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Hours:
Open Daily (besides Thanksgiving & Christmas Day!)
Currently for Fall: 11 AM – 10 PM (weekdays) / 11 PM (weekends)
In season: 11 AM – 12 AM (midnight)

Vary based on season – call ticket office at 843-839-9200 to check.

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Jason and I had a fantastic time on the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel. Jason overcame his fear of heights and I was able to admire how truly beautiful Myrtle Beach is. 
Be on the lookout for a contest Palmetto Vacation Rentals will be hosting for FREE Myrtle Beach SkyWheel tickets!


Originally from New York, Alison Lashower moved to the Myrtle Beach area with her family twelve years ago. Gamecock at heart, she graduated from the University of South Carolina with a marketing and entrepreneurship degree in May of 2017. When Alison is not spending time taking photographs around the Myrtle Beach area, you can find her writing, dancing, or on some type of adventure. Fun fact, she just spent this past year living abroad in Cape Town, South Africa!

Jumping into Fall Here at the Beach | Palmetto Vacation Rentals

Happy Almost Fall to You All!
Let the countdown begin until we are officially in fall here in Myrtle Beach. Fall will begin this upcoming Monday, September 23, 2019 – less than three days away! What an exciting season we have coming up! The weather at the beach has been slowly cooling off to the mid-seventies – making it perfect for walks on the beach, golf tournaments and many outdoor festivities.

Listed below are several different events happening throughout the next two months on the Grand Strand! We hope that you are able to join in on the fun on your next Myrtle Beach vacation!


Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival
Huntington Beach State Park
Friday, September 27, 2019 – Sunday, September 29, 2019
Friday: 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM / Saturday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Admission: $10 adults  (free for visitors 15 and younger)


16th Annual Irish-Italian International Festival
Main Street, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
Saturday, September 28, 2019 
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM


Myrtle Beach Bike Week Fall Rally
Various Locations (check schedule on website)
Monday, September 30, 2019 – Sunday, October 6, 2019


Myrtle Beach Oktoberfest
The Market Common (4017 Deville St., Myrtle Beach, SC)
Friday, October 11, 2019 – Saturday, October 12, 2019
Friday: 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Saturday: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM


28th Annual St. John’s Greek Festival
301 33rd Ave. Ext. N., Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Thursday, October 17, 2019 – Sunday, October 20, 2019
Opens 11:00 AM Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Noon on Sunday


Be sure to send us your FALL FESTIVAL “FOTOS!” We would love to feature you on our social media sites! Email us at
info@palmettovacationrentals.com with a brief description/photo or message us with that information on our Facebook.

We hope you have a wonderful fall season here in Myrtle Beach. Call us today at (888) 808-2788 to hear all about our special rates for your next Myrtle Beach vacation rental!


Originally from New York, Alison Lashower moved to the Myrtle Beach area with her family twelve years ago. Gamecock at heart, she graduated from the University of South Carolina with a marketing and entrepreneurship degree in May of 2017. When Alison is not spending time taking photographs around the Myrtle Beach area, you can find her writing, dancing, or on some type of adventure. Fun fact, she just spent this past year living abroad in Cape Town, South Africa!

Myrtle Beach in the Fall

Ahhhh……Fall.

Fall in Myrtle Beach is truly a special time. Often overlooked due to the “Summer Vacation” tradition and the excitement of warm weather in the Spring, Fall is a great time to experience the Grand Strand in a more relaxed and comfortable environment.

Here are 5 reasons why you should book your Myrtle Beach Fall Trip:

Outdoor Dining with no Humidity? Yes, Please!
  1. Cooler Temperatures

If you’ve ever been to Myrtle Beach in the late Spring or Summer, you’ve noticed one constant – HUMIDITY! Not only does this completely WRECK hairstyles, humidity hangs over everything making it tough to relax if you’re not directly oceanfront. Walking around Barefoot or Broadway in the evening means that you better put deodorant on……everywhere. In the Fall you’ll enjoy perfect temps with very low humidity. Think 72-75 degrees, sunny, and a nice refreshing breeze……ahhhhh…. Myrtle Beach weather in the fall makes that morning cup of coffee taste better, the stroll around your resort a quality jaunt, and dinner outside one of the terrific restaurants here the perfect experience.

Barefoot Landing, Broadway at the Beach, The Market Common, and Tanger Outlets are PERFECT in the Fall!
  • Fewer Crowds

Those that have visited Myrtle Beach in the Summer – especially the week of July 4th, know of the bumper to bumper traffic, long lines for restaurants, and lots of sweaty tourists crammed into specialty shops with no idea what they’re looking for. Let’s not even mention Wal-Mart on a Summer Saturday! In the Fall, you’ll feel like the beach belongs to YOU! There’s no more rushing around, you can take your time, and not have to worry about missing your turn because folks are reading the “Free Shark Tooth Necklace” sign instead of moving along. With the kids in school and many families focused on sports, school, and extra curriculars, there’s no better time to come. Great attractions, like The Duplin Winery become havens for low stress and the perfect place to release tension. You’ll feel like you’re on a true vacation! You’ll be able to forget about planning times to eat, shop, and golf and you can take on the day as it unfolds. Nice!

You’ll feel like you own the course!
  • Golf’s Second Season

One of the best things about Spring in Myrtle Beach is the opening of Golf Season. During this time, thousands of golfers descend upon the Grand Strand to get a break from the cold and get their fairway fix. Spring, however, can be a fickle partner weather-wise. You may get those 75-degree days or it may be 40! During the Fall, the temps are very consistent, and you’ll get more warm days that cool. There’s fewer travelers, so booking tee times or simply visiting your course of choice is a breeze. Also – the quintessential Golf Trip is IDEAL for the Fall due to restaurants that cater to sports fans. Baseball playoffs, College Football, NFL, NHL, and UFC all get rolling in Fall. Special Brews can be enjoyed nearly anywhere, and you’ll certainly find places that give special deals to golf groups.

Food, Fun, Friends. Festivals in the Fall are Fantastic!
  • Special Events and Festivals

Myrtle Beach doesn’t really need special events during the Summer, as the beach itself is the main attraction. During the Fall however, travelers can experience unique flavors, art, music, and culture at one of the many fall festivals. There’s Mustang Week, The Little River Shrimp Festival, Endless Summer Festival, Irish/Italian Festival, Oktoberfest, The Greek Festival, Hippie Fest, Halloween Events, and more. Each year, more and more are added as Myrtle Beach is becoming a year-round destination. These events are great opportunities to not only unwind, but to do early Christmas shopping, meet locals, and try new things. I LOVE THE FALL!

Ask for deals! You’ll save a ton in the Fall!
  • Lower Rates

This one is a no-brainer, but rates are a LOT higher in the Summer months! The Fall brings with it lower rates and special deals. Ask for deals wherever you go including accommodations, restaurants, attractions, and services. There are usually special promotions going on everywhere and all you have to do is ask. Your dollar goes farther in the Fall, for sure! Call 888-808-2788 to find out more!

There you have it! Are you ready to hit the beach this Fall? Can you taste the pumpkins spice (unless you hate pumpkins spice, of course!)? Are you ready to relax and recharge for a quick getaway? Let’s go!

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Jason Coker is originally from the metropolis of Burlington, NC and is passionate about vacation rentals. Having served on the front lines of a premier vacation rental company, Jason has a great understanding of all aspects of this fantastic industry. An aficionado of music, sports, and all things geeky, Jason spends his free time performing music, grilling out, and relaxing with his son, daughter, and lovely wife, Amy. And – He LOVES the Fall in Myrtle Beach!

Friday Finds – Bar Louie

Bar Louie’s, known for its tasty chef-inspired grub, craft cocktails, and urban atmosphere has made its way over to the Grand Strand!

Opening less than a month ago at Broadway at the Beach, Bar Louie’s has been making headway in both the day out and nightlife realms of Myrtle Beach. Featuring over 20 taps of local and regional beers, shareable flatbreads, classic burgers, and even braised short rib – you will find yourself in an endless supply of flavorful food and drinks being offered at this new hotspot. Not only is Bar Louie’s serving the Strand for lunch, happy hour, dinner, and night outs – but it is also open for brunch on the weekends! Bottomless mimosas, caramelized banana French toast, and “impossible” breakfast tacos perfect for meat lovers are just a few of the items you will find on your weekend adventure to Bar Louie’s.

There has been a misconception among locals and tourists that Bar Louie’s is the same as its former occupant Broadway Louie’s Sports Karaoke Grill. While similar in name, these two places have affiliation to each other! Bar Louie’s is a major restaurant franchise with over 140 locations across the country in places such as Miami, Los Angeles, and Chicago. The establishment is known as “the nation’s hottest gastrobar!”

When Jason and I were able to visit Bar Louie’s this past Wednesday at Broadway at the Beach, we were met with several friendly faces at the entryway. Throughout our entire time at Bar Louie’s, we were very impressed by the welcoming staff who intentionally went out of their way to greet us. The employees genuinely enjoyed being there and everyone could see it.  

As I walked into Bar Louie’s, I was surprised at the how spacious and open the floor plan was! Knowing what the place originally looked like before the transition, I expected it to have a much darker and tighter feel than it did. A variety of seating is provided on the first and second floors – fit for any occasion. A huge wrap around bar, large tables, and comfortable couches filled the roomy place.

One thing you will not find at this hub are hostesses. Bar Louie’s is notorious for its laid-back atmosphere where “you can seat yourself and be yourself.” You can say goodbye to being rushed in and out of your seat during your time there. This place seeks to be a place where people can come enjoy and unwind at for however long they see fit. 

Because Jason and I went during our lunch break, we were able to try several foods from their $8 Lunch Special Menu! Items such as Boneless Buttermilk Marinated Boneless Wings, Oven Roasted Turkey Club Sandwich with Fries, and Charred Lemon Caesar Salad filled the menu. We asked our helpful server Brandy what options were most popular among the lunch crpws. She suggested The Blue Wedge Salad and Louie’s Choice Cheeseburger with Fries. We also made sure to try their avocado chicken tortilla soup!

To be honest, this might have been the most aesthetically pleasing salad I have ever had! Not only was The Blue Wedge Salad Instagram picture worthy, but also extremely delectable. Between the crumbled blue cheese, Applewood smoked bacon, cherry tomatoes, and pickled onions resting upon the iceberg lettuce – I was amazed at how delicious this combination worked together. Jason could not get enough of the chicken tortilla soup! In his words, he described it was “bold and flavorful – with just the perfect amount of avocado and tortilla strips!”

After our meal, we were able to get a personal tour of the place! On top of the ample amount of seating, we also got to discover other areas within the restaurant specifically for special events. Looking to host a fundraiser, birthday, or office party? Bar Louie’s has two available spaces in their facilities to host groups of 20 or more! Think about how fun it would be to have a space to accommodate your next exciting event. For more info on their private party menu, be sure to give them a call at 854-854-8544 or inquire online!

Bar Louie’s has many upcoming and exciting events as well. To stay updated, follow them on their social media pages listed below to receive updates from this new hotspot. On your next Myrtle Beach vacation be sure to come experience this welcoming and enjoyable local restaurant and bar – it is well worth it!


Bar Louie
Location: 1318 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Phone: 854 -854-8544
Hours: Monday – Friday: 11 AM – 2 AM // Saturday – Sunday: 10 AM – 2 AM
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Originally from New York, Alison Lashower moved to the Myrtle Beach area with her family twelve years ago. Gamecock at heart, she graduated from the University of South Carolina with a marketing and entrepreneurship degree in May of 2017. When Alison is not spending time taking photographs around the Myrtle Beach area, you can find her writing, dancing, or on some type of adventure. Fun fact, she just spent this past year living abroad in Cape Town, South Africa! 

7 Reasons Why You Should Visit Myrtle Beach After the Summer Ends

Myrtle Beach – known for its spacious beaches, lively family attractions, delicious restaurants, and countless golf courses – will be closing shortly.  With the summer season ending and children going back to school, what is the point in visiting this popular summer vacation spot anyways? Will not everything be shutting down?

In response to the statement above that Myrtle Beach will be closing shortly, it is completely false! The area is no doubt less populated with visitors compared to June, July, and August months. Fortunately, many attractions and restaurants will remain open in the fall and winter months. So why should you visit Myrtle Beach anytime other than in the summer months? Here are 7 reasons why!


1.       Many Myrtle Beach attractions will remain OPEN!

Myrtle Beach is known for its wide variety of attractions and entertainment fit for any age.  While hours may vary at the different locations, many of the popular spots such as Broadway at the Beach and the Myrtle Beach Boulevard & Boardwalk will remain open! Ripley’s Aquarium, Wonderworks, and the Hollywood Wax Museum are a few ideas we encourage you to add to your vacation bucket list as well. 


2.       There are fantastic festivals and events coming up in Myrtle Beach during the fall and winter seasons.

In September there will be the 18th Annual Mustang Week and Aynor Harvest Hoedown. October will be nothing short of fun with the popular Myrtle Beach Bike Week Fall Rally and Myrtle Beach Oktoberfest being held at The Market Common! And that’s not all – in November there will be the 50th Annual South Carolina Bluegrass Festival and Dickens Christmas Show. For a complete list of upcoming events, be sure to check out Palmetto Vacation Rentals “Calendar of Events” page under Area Guide.


3.       Less crowds equals less chaos.


How awesome would it be to skip the lines and long wait times?  With less people rushing onto the beach, dining at your favorite restaurant, or driving around the Myrtle Beach area, you will have a lot more space and time to enjoy the things that you love! Let’s face it – sometimes crowds can be pretty overwhelming – especially on vacation. 


4.       Outstanding rates and available rentals being offered!

In the fall and winter months here in Myrtle Beach, you will find that rates at any condo vacation rental company are much lower compared to the summer season. Why not take advantage of the great deals being offered during the “off-season?” We here at Palmetto have a ton of fantastic deals to extend to you during these upcoming months. 


5.       Fall weather (and winter too) in Myrtle Beach is prime.

Compared to the summer months with temperatures reaching up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit with added in afternoon showers, fall at the beach is perfect. Temperatures range between 62 to 75 during the fall season. In the wintertime, the average is around 57 to 61 degrees. This weather is great for walking on the beach or exploring the many festivals being held! Beat the humidity and soak in the Myrtle Beach rays during our off-season prime weather months. 


6.       You can escape to the beach for more than a week!

To anyone looking to flee from the winter cold, Myrtle Beach is a great spot for all our snowbirds. We offer several long-term rentals ranging from one month to a year at a discounted rate! Think about waking up every morning to the Myrtle Beach sands and relaxing in your spacious home away from home rental.


7.       Myrtle Beach is very easy to get to.

Many visitors dread the journey it takes to get to their vacation destination. Compared to spots such as Orlando, New York City, and Los Angeles – Myrtle Beach is an easy and convenient location to drive and fly into. The Myrtle Beach International Airport offers travelers incredible deals during the fall and winter months! Skip the crowds and traffic during the summer and head on down to the beach.


Ready to come vacation in Myrtle Beach now? We here at Palmetto Vacation Rentals would love to help you! Give us a call at (888) 808-2788 or book directly online for your next getaway.  The Myrtle Beach sands are calling. We will see you soon!


Originally from New York, Alison Lashower moved to the Myrtle Beach area with her family twelve years ago. Gamecock at heart, she graduated from the University of South Carolina with a marketing and entrepreneurship degree in May of 2017. When Alison is not spending time taking photographs around the Myrtle Beach area, you can find her writing, dancing, or on some type of adventure. Fun fact, she just spent this past year living abroad in Cape Town, South Africa! 

Friday Finds – Pho Claire Vietnamese Noodle House

Friday Finds – Pho Claire Vietnamese Noodle House

“Bringing the best customer service through the freshest ingredients to the full bowl of Spirit – each soul, each person – one at a time”

This past Thursday the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce offered local businesses the unique opportunity to look behind the scenes at Pho Claire Vietnamese Noodle House. Located on 38th Avenue North, Pho Claire has brought a new flavor to the Grand Strand area through its fresh and healthy Vietnamese styled menu items. After opening the doors this past February, many locals and guests alike are discovering the art and taste of one-of-a-kind pho.

One may wonder what “pho” actually is. According to Sophia, Pho Claire’s owner, many are clueless about this popular Vietnamese noodle broth soup that is currently being consumed all around the world. In fact, many of us even struggle to pronounce “pho” correctly. Pronounced as “fuh,” pho at its rawest form consists of broth (usually beef or chicken), banh pho noodles (flat rice noodles), fresh herbs, and thinly sliced beef or chicken. Pho can also come in vegetarian form as well!  The process to make pho can last anytime between six to twelve hours! On top of tasting delicious, pho is also known for its amazing health benefits.

The idea to start Pho Claire sprang up with Sophia and her husband several years ago after moving to Myrtle Beach from New Jersey ten years. Sophia and her restaurant manager Tony are both originally from Vietnam. Sophia and her husband wanted Myrtle Beach to experience a true and authentic Vietnamese cuisine. With so many various dishes in different parts of Vietnam, Sophia aspired to create a menu that would encompass popular items throughout the land.

Open every day from 11 AM – 10 PM, Pho Claire offers customers a unique dining experience perfect for lunch, happy hour, and dinner. Besides pho, Pho Claire offers customizable Vietnamese sandwiches and noodle bowls, healthy salads, flavorful spring rolls + more! In addition to the delicious food menu, there are also Vietnamese inspired bubble teas, Vietnamese coffee, and fresh smoothies.

The behind the scenes tour consisted of a presentation and tasting hosted by Pho Claire. In the presentation, Jason and Alison were able to hear about the history, vision, and details of the delicious Vietnamese noodle house. After the presentation, the tasting began! Vietnamese salad, small Vietnamese “sandwiches,” wonton soup, and watermelon were a part of the delectable experience.

The words spoken from our marketing guru Jason were “I could eat this all day!” In my opinion there were several qualities from the tasting that reminded me of my time a few months ago in Thailand. While Thailand mainly had spicy items, the options from the Vietnamese Noodle House offered guests a more neutral and fresh palate. I found the food to be energizing! Jason and I agreed to Pho Claire Vietnamese Noodle House being on our top lunch places to visit in the future.

Are you ready to experience a fresh, delicious, and unique dining experience? Pho Claire is the place you need to come take a taste at! They have been open for less than six months and are making serious headway in the Grand Strand area. Whether you are a tourist visiting the area or local looking to expand your taste buds, Pho Claire Vietnamese Noodle House needs to be added to your restaurant bucket list!


Pho Claire Vietnamese Noodle House:
Website | Facebook
1201 38th Avenue North, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Hours: Monday-Sunday 11 AM – 10 PM



Originally from New York, Alison Lashower moved to the Myrtle Beach area with her family twelve years ago. Gamecock at heart, she graduated from the University of South Carolina with a marketing and entrepreneurship degree in May of 2017. When Alison is not spending time taking photographs around the Myrtle Beach area, you can find her writing, dancing, or on some type of adventure. Fun fact, she just spent this past year living abroad in Cape Town, South Africa! 

Pavilion Amusement Park: A First Hand Experience 2019 | Myrtle Beach

If you enjoy amusement park rides, come on over to the Pavilion Amusement Park located at Broadway at the Beach on your next Myrtle Beach vacation! Yesterday Jason and I decided to head over to the Pavilion Amusement Park to see what all the hype was about at this this popular Myrtle Beach hotspot for locals and tourists alike. Rides such as “The Beast,” “American Swing,” and “The Rocket” intrigued our curious kids at heart personalities!

When we arrived at Broadway at the Beach, we were amazed at the variety of rides being offered to people of all ages. The Pavilion Amusement Park was divided into three different areas at Broadway at the Beach: East Park, Central Park, West Park.

East Park: Are you a fan of classic amusement park rides?

East Park has a fabulous array of original rides from the historic Pavilion and new additional rides. The Pavilion – originally located at the Myrtle Beach Ocean Boulevard officially opened in 1948 and was host to over 40 + popular rides.  After being closed in 2006, several of the popular rides from the historic landmark such as the Famous Carousel and Pirate Ship were transferred to Broadway at the Beach. East Park offers rides for all ages!

Central Park: If you are a thrill seeker, this is the area to come to!

Central Park is the area that Jason and I went to! Located right next to the Broadway at the Beach Guest Services and Tsunami Surf Shop, Central Park is easily spotted through it’s 80 foot tall slide and other exhilarating rides. The ride that we were able to go on was the American Swing. Recently added to the Pavilion Amusement Park, the American Swing is the closest sled ride you will be able to take in our sunny and hot Myrtle Beach. Up to two riders can get into one of the twenty sled cars.


Jason and I decided to take our own cars during this exciting ride to get the full experience. This ride is not for the faint of heart! In less than seconds, Jason and I found ourselves with our hands in the air screaming as we circled around the American Swing in our hanging sleds. We had a blast and thoroughly enjoyed the full eight minute experience!

As a side note, the American Swing is one of the lesser adrenaline pumping rides compared to many others in Central Park. If you are looking for a serious thrill ride, my suggestion is to try the Speed XXL! With speeds of over 50 mph and heights reaching up to 130 feet with rotating seats. This ride will have you bouncing out of your seat – literally.

West Park: Calling all the kiddos!

Over at West Park near the popular Myrtle Beach Wonderworks is where you will find the best rides for your little ones. Popular rides such as the Myrtle Turtle kids coaster, Mini Teacups, and Broadway 360 Observation Wheel have become family favorites over the years. The rides being offered at West Park also have less restriction on heights and age!

Photo by WPDE News: Myrtle Beach Observation Wheel

An extra bonus to the Pavilion Amusement Park– during the summer season at Broadway at the Beach, there is a beautiful firework show happening at 10 PM every Tuesday and Friday! Come eat, play, and enjoy all at Broadway at the Beach this summer.

For a detailed list of the park rides, park hours, and pricing click here!

Let us know what you think about the Pavilion Amusement Park! Send in your pictures and get a chance to be featured all over our Palmetto Vacation Rentals social media pages. We hope you have a fantastic Myrtle Beach vacation!


Originally from New York, Alison Lashower moved to the Myrtle Beach area with her family twelve years ago. Gamecock at heart, she graduated from the University of South Carolina with a marketing and entrepreneurship degree in May of 2017. When Alison is not spending time taking photographs around the Myrtle Beach area, you can find her writing, dancing, or on some type of adventure. Fun fact, she just spent this past year living abroad in Cape Town, South Africa!