Friday Finds – 9 Fun Weekend Events in Myrtle Beach!



Happy Friday! The weekend has finally arrived and we are sure you are ready to explore all that Myrtle Beach has to offer. This weekend (April 12 – April 14, 2019)  there are a lot of events happening at the Grand Strand. Below is a list of 9 ideas for your unforgettable vacation experience:

  1. Participate in the 1000 Lights Water Lantern Festival happening at The Market Common Saturday at 5:30 PM.
  2. See Edwin McCain perform live at Banditos Cantina on the Myrtle Beach Boulevard Friday (tonight) starting at 9PM.
  3. Sing “Happy Together” with The Midtown Men from Jersey Boys at the Alabama Theatre on Saturday night at 7PM. Be sure to book reservation online prior to event!
  4. Bring the kiddos along and visit Ripley’s Aquarium Sensory Friendly event located at Broadway at the Beach all day Saturday.
  5. Taste a sweet & savory southern style brunch with Rory John Zak at Tin Roof on Sunday at 12PM.
  6. Explore the art culture happening around the Grand Strand at the Spring Art in Common Arts & Crafts Show in Valor Park at The Market Common happening Saturday and Sunday.
  7. Hop on over to the Barefoot Bunny Hop at Barefoot Landing on Saturday from 11AM – 1 PM!
  8. Tee up (or should we say putt up!) at Marshwalk Masters Tournament on the Marshwalk in Murrells Inlet on Sunday starting at 3PM.
  9. Jam out with Chase Rice, America’s famous country singer at The House of Blues Saturday night! Doors open at 7PM.

We hope you enjoy your Myrtle Beach vacation rental and stay.
Have a fantastic weekend from Palmetto Vacation Rentals!
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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 – The Simpsons “Kwik-E-Mart”

The Simpsons have come to real life! Welcome to the first ever created “Kwik-E-Mart,” a popular and new convenience store seen on The Simpsons show to hit the Grand Strand last August.

Located right at Myrtle Beach’s popular tourist attraction, Broadway at the Beach, Kwik-E-Mart has attracted Simpson fans from all around the country wanting a taste of the famous Lard Lad Donuts and Heat-Lamp Hot Dogs.

This is the first ever Kwik-E-Mart to open! The popular convenience store has hinted that this is the first of many to open around the United States in the coming years.

After opening last August, Kwik-E-Mart has become an iconic place for every Simpson fan wanting to slurp the famous Squishee Slushies and purchase Simpson memorabilia. There is also many delicious Simpson inspired treats and unique sitcom souvenirs all around the Kwik-E-Mart too. What more could you ask for on your next Myrtle Beach vacation?

There is also The Aztec Theatre, a unique 4-D Simpsons movie experience that is set to open in the next few months. The theatre is conveniently located next door to the Kwik-E-Mart-perfect to gather up some snacks before entering! To follow news regarding the opening of the theatre, be sure to sign up for their updates on the website link below.

On your next Myrtle Beach vacation, be sure to step on into the land where Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie rule and donuts are the key to happy living.


Kwik-E-Mart
Broadway at the Beach
1119 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
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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 – Lucy Buffett’s Lulu’s


Several weeks ago, Jason and I were live on Facebook celebrating Margarita Day at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, located at Broadway at the Beach. It only seemed fitting to try out Jimmy Buffett’s little sisters new dining and entertainment spot in Barefoot Landing.
Welcome to Lucy Buffett’s Lulu’s; a place where food, family, and fun all connect!


A vibrant gift shop, huge beach bar, and array of indoor and outdoor seating surrounded us as made our way into the 17,000 brightly colored restaurant. As true vacationers that Jason and I are, we decided to take the outside area overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway for a fantastic view.

The gulf coast inspired menu is host to many delicious burgers, shareable appetizers, and fresh seafood. There is also a variety of sandwiches, salads, and delectable sweets such as the key lime pie!
Many recipes were inspired by Lucy Buffett’s Alabama Gulf Shores upbringing.


After lunch, Jason and I made our way around the rest of Lulu’s property. Namly to Lulu’s Beach Arcade which opened up less than a month ago! Skee-Ball, Grand Piano Keys, and Super Shots Basketball are just a few of the arcade games we were able to play. The arcade is great for children and adults.


Besides the lively arcade and delicious restaurant, there is also a large sandy beach area on the property.
Come enjoy drinks, listen to live music, and soak in the Myrtle Beach rays.
If you would like something more active, gather up a team and play a round of sand volleyball or climb the three foot story ropes course.

Lucy Buffett’s Lulu’s in North Myrtle Beach connects food, family, and fun into one truly incredible experience! Lulu’s is a fantastic choice to unwind and kick back into the island lifestyle on your next Myrtle Beach vacation with Palmetto Vacation Rentals.



Lucy Buffett’s Lulu’s
Barefoot Landing
4954 Hwy 17 S, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582

Lulu’s has live free music every night from 5 to 9 pm. There is also an upcoming Easter Egg Dash on April 21st at 2pm.

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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 – Run to the Sun Car Show, Myrtle Beach


“The boys are back in town, the boys are back in town!” Anyone else remember this 1976 top hit song by the Irish Hard Rock Band, Thin Lizzy? Even though I was not born in that memorable era, my mind kept replaying that song as Jason and I attended the Run to the Sun Car Show yesterday at the Old Myrtle Beach Square Mall by the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.

Instead of the boys are back in town, let us change it to souped up corvettes, 1950s Hudson Hornets, and sleek red 1932 Ford Model B antiques. We had an awesome time exploring the 3,000+ vintage automobiles, trucks, and car part vendors. As Jason graciously put it, “It was if all my favorite matchbox cars were real and in one place.” His favorite was the sleek and black 1970s Dodge Challenger. Mine on the other hand was Elvis Presley’s Famous 1950s Pink Cadillac.

Do not worry that you missed out-the fun is only beginning. Today and tomorrow, the Pee Dee Street Rodders are back at it! The show location is at the Old Myrtle Square Mall located between 21st & 29th Ave. on Kings Highway. It is free entry for all nonparticipants and held between 8:00 AM-5:00 PM on both days. Not only will you be able go back in time as you explore renovated Volkswagen buses and exclusive Plymouth Superbirds, but you will have time to interact with the car owners themselves and enjoy delicious barbecue.


Run to the Sun Car Show is truly for everyone! Believe me, I know little to nothing about measuring torque, turbochargers, and engine displacement. Jason on the other hand knew almost every car model we passed by and a vast array of car lingo. Be ready to be enthralled by everything that the show has to offer!

There will be over $10,000 given away in prizes throughout the three day events. Also the proceeds from the Run to the Sun Car Show will go towards Children’s Miracle Network, Horry County Benevolent Fund, and Grand Strand Miracle League.  Last year alone they donated $97,000.00!


Now that the basics are covered, get ready to engage the clutch, turn on the engine, release the handbrake, and shift into the appropriate gear. Or you can just turn on your car and go into drive mode if you have an automatic automobile!


It’s time to ride into the Run to the Sun Car Show!


Run to the Sun Car Show Details:
Dates: Thursday, March 21, 2019- Saturday, March 23, 2019
Times: 8:00 AM-5:00 PM

Location: Former Myrtle Beach Square Mall (2501 N. Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577)

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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 – It’s Sugar! Myrtle Beach

It’s Sugar is a must stop on your next Myrtle Beach Vacation!

If you are looking to experience child-like euphoria on your next Myrtle Beach vacation, be sure to check out one of the most unique shops on the Grand Strand! Located at Broadway at the Beach and Barefoot Landing, It’s Sugar will have you landed right in the middle of sweet’s heaven.

Jason and I were able to visit It’s Sugar at Broadway at the Beach this past Wednesday during a mid-day snack break. Immediately upon entering, we felt like we had just entered into candy paradise! Huge boxes of Nerds, giant five pound edible gummy bears, and a large jelly bean wall were just a few of the items we first noticed. To say Jason and I were excited is an understatement!

Jellybean Heaven!

Everywhere we turned, we would be met with more and more captivating and colorful candy. Ranging from travel size sour patch kids candy perfect for the afternoon goody to giant one pound reese’s cups to share with the family, the options were endless. Believe me, Jason and I were ready to devour the chocolate malt balls and oversized rice krispy treats right there in the store. But through self-control, we were able to continue our adventure through candyland.

It’s Sugar also offers a variety of gifts perfect for their customers to surprise their loved ones with! Going with the theme of It’s Sugar “the bigger, the better”, we found gigantic cuddly stuffed bears, emoji pillows, and candy boxes sets. Along with that, their were traditional size candies such as M&M’s and Lollipop’s that you can take back to your vacation rental. It’s Sugar truly has something for everyone. The store is designed to bring out the child in every adult.

Even the locals love it!

It’s Sugar was originally founded in 2006 by Jeff Rubin in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Since then, It’s Sugar has expanded to over 100 locations throughout the country. This place is taking the candy retail industry to the next level.

Be sure to taste and relish in all the sugar you love on your next vacation to It’s Sugar in Myrtle Beach and be sure to book your stay with Palmetto Vacation Rentals. Your taste buds will be shouting a big thank you!

Alison Lashower, Marketing Associate

Originally from New York, Alison 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 – The Uncommon Chocolatier

The highest quality of ingredients and flavors!

Welcome to our first installment of Palmetto Vacation Rentals “FRIDAY FINDS”. Each week we’ll be visiting local businesses and attractions, bringing visitors to the Grand Strand a taste of new places to visit and focusing on attractions that are off the beaten path.

This week we visited “The Uncommon Chocolatier” a brand new fudgery located in the heart of The Market Common in Myrtle Beach. Made from the finest ingredients, The Uncommon Chocolatier offers a variety of handmade fudge, chocolates, and gift items.

Fudge is a staple of Myrtle Beach shops, restaurants, and markets. For half a century, travelers have been able to find fudge at mom and pop stores all along the Grand Strand. Usually only offering Chocolate and a few other flavors to eager travelers, the fudge presence here is as ubiquitous (and drab) as saltwater taffy, hermit crabs, and $99 cent shark tooth necklaces. But, No longer! Today, Alison and myself have discovered a culinary pleasure that would make Gordon Ramsay silent with content.

Originating in Pittsburgh, The Uncommon Chocolatier was started by Christine Falvo. Christine was inspired by her mother, Teresa and now has a third generation of fudge makers in her granddaughter, Elle, whom we spoke with this afternoon.

With over 35 varieties of fudge, chocolate-dipped fruit, and even specialty items, such as chocolate footballs, you can easily spend a whole day sampling and debating which is your favorite. Good luck, though – they are ALL fantastic! Some of the most amazing taste combinations and textures can be had such as: Crème Brule, raspberry cheesecake, cherry bourbon, chocolate strawberry, birthday cake, bananas foster, peanut butter, mint chocolate, red velvet, and “Unicorn Poo” (Cotton Candy – it’s delicious, I swear!).

The décor of the establishment is classic and inviting and is only rivaled by the breathtakingly artistic designs and textures of the main attraction – the fudge. Great care is taken by their artisans Elle and Brittany as you’ll find candy, nuts, and other delectable toppings that make it almost too pretty to eat – ALMOST!

The next time you are near The Market Common, take time to stop in and sample this very unique delight on the Grand Strand. You’ll be glad you did!

You can find the Uncommon Chocolatier at 3351 Reed Street in the Market Common. Be sure to like and follow them on Facebook under “The Uncommon Chocolatier”.

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.

Top Free (or close to it!) Things to Do in Myrtle Beach

Top Free (or close to it!) Things to Do in Myrtle Beach

By

Jason Coker

Myrtle Beach in South Carolina is renowned as a vacation spot that the entire family can enjoy, but it can get expensive when you factor in entertainment for everyone. When you’re on a family vacation, you need to get the most out of the money you’re spending. This is the reason why we have come up with a list of free things you can do at Myrtle Beach. These include the following options:

Gorgeous, Serene, Unspoiled – Huntington Beach State Par

·        Check out the Beach

Of course! The beach is the main reason why you have decided to visit! With over 60 miles of gorgeous, pristine white sand it’s no surprise why Myrtle Beach is one of the top destinations on the entire East Coast. Not only is the beach fantastic in front of your vacation rental, there’s also miles of unspoiled and undeveloped oceanfront located right down the road at Huntington Beach State Park. At Huntington Beach State Park, there’s tons of wildlife such as water fowl, otters, sea turtles, and especially alligators! You’ll be able to take a stroll through the live oaks and pines as you make your way to Atalaya Castle, a 1930’s Moorish-style castle with exceptional views. There is also camping, picnic areas, and perfectly located across from the gorgeous Brookgreen Gardens. Check it out here: https://southcarolinaparks.com/huntington-beach

Vereen Memorial Gardens is the perfect place to unwind

·        Parks

Myrtle Beach has a lot of great parks nearby that are beautiful and provide you with the ideal spot to relax during the day. The low country is known for beautiful rivers, lakes, ponds and live oaks. You’ll be able to escape the hustle and bustle of tourists looking for entertainment as you watch the wind lazily play with the hanging Spanish moss. There are dozens of parks with playgrounds and picnic areas where you can sit and let the kids have fun during the day. You can check out Grand Park or Valor Park, where you can stroll around the lakes and have fun on the playgrounds. Many parks on the Grand Strand can be reserved for family and group events and are quite inexpensive.

There is also the Vereen Memorial Historical Gardens that have more than 100 acres of amazing vegetation and wildlife for you to explore. Here, there’s plenty of shaded paths to explore amongst the live oaks and there’s plenty of opportunities to spot deer, raccoon, and possum tracks on the sand. Ask a local how you can do some crabbing or simply relax on the shell beach along the waterway and marsh. There’s family swing sets that overlook the marsh as well as a picnic area. Vereen Gardens is also very pet friendly, so be sure to bring fido! https://scgreatoutdoors.com/park-vereengardens.html

Savannah’s Playground: For All Children

Also, be sure to check out Savannah’s Playground located in the Market Commons. Savannah’s Playground is free and open to any one, the playground is named after Savannah Thompson, a Myrtle Beach native with Williams Syndrome who is actively involved in the Grand Strand community. It’s proudly the Southeast’s first “Enabling Playground” where all equipment is ADA approved and children of all needs can socially interact and have a great time. It’s a multi-acre park that is perfect for a great day of inexpensive entertainment and fun. Being in the heart of the Market Commons, it’s a great place to play, relax and then get lunch, dinner, or a movie. Check it out here: http://savannahsplayground.org/

The Carolina Country Music Festival is one of many throughout the year on the Grand Strand.

·        Festivals

Myrtle Beach plays host to various annual parades and festivals throughout the year and you can take part in any festival during various seasons. The summer months bring about the MayFest that has nightly celebrations on the Boardwalk. During spring, you can check out the St. Patrick’s Day street parties and the Canadian-American Days Festival. The Carolina Country Music Festival is one of the South’s biggest music events. Fall brings several Oktoberfest events, a Greek Festival, the Endless Summer Festival, and more. Winter is also a great time for car shows, Holiday Events, Food Festivals, and Sports. https://www.visitmyrtlebeach.com/things-to-do/events/festivals/

One of the best ways to find out inexpensive and free things to do is to ask your vacation experts at Palmetto Vacation Rentals! We can let you know what’s going on in the Grand Strand no matter what you like to do. See you soon!

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.

Different Ways to Explore Myrtle Beach

There are a lot of different activities that you can enjoy in Myrtle Beach, along with a host of different ways to spend your time over there. Most people assume that you can do only so much at Myrtle Beach. There are unaware of the hidden wonders and activities you can enjoy at this destination. There is so much to do and explore in Myrtle Beach, and we have highlighted some of the ways you can check out this amazing place below:
1. Savor the local wine culture
The typical vineyards in the United States grow grapes like Pinot Grigio, Merlot, and Chardonnay. However, in Southern California, you can get to savor Muscadine, with over 300 different varieties on offer. Visiting the La Belle Amie Vineyard in Myrtle Beach will allow you to experience and savor the local wine culture in Myrtle Beach easily.

2. Learn a new water sport
There are various water sports that you can choose to enjoy in Myrtle Beach, and it doesn’t even matter if you don’t know any. Picking up a new water sport to learn is the best thing you can do over here. It will be fun without taking a lot of effort on your part. You can take surfing lessons, try wakeboarding, or even visit Shark Wake Park where you can do tricks on your board.

3. Visit Brookgreen Gardens
If you’re a nature lover, then you must visit Brookgreen Gardens where you can wander through lovely live oaks, gorgeous gardens and inspiring sculptures.

Indoor Fun Activities to Enjoy at Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach has a milder winter than the ones people tend to experience in the North, but in the month of January, temperatures can tend to drop in the 50s! However, as we are already in January and heading towards February, it is the best time to explore the best indoor activities that you can enjoy at Myrtle Beach. We have compiled a list of our favorites that you can enjoy on any rainy day or when the weather is too uncomfortable for outdoor activities on your vacation.

So, let’s check out two of our most favorite indoor places to visit and enjoy in at Myrtle Beach:

1. Myrtle Beach Art Museum
The Myrtle Beach Art Museum, also known as the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum is Myrtle Beach’s premier art museum. It has 11 galleries that can be viewed all year round, with numerous incredible displays of national, regional and local artists on display. The best thing about this museum is that it is free to visit, since there is no admission fee. They also host different family and community days, talks, workshops, and various classes throughout the year.

2. 810 Billiards and Bowling
810 Billiards and Bowling is another great indoor entertainment place, where you have 14 standard bowling lanes, 6 billiard tables, 6 boutique lanes, corn hole, board games, darts, and foosball. It has a sports bar on-site along with a full menu and is a whole lot of fun on any day.

3. Rockin’ Jump
You can also have a grand time with your kids at the Rockin’ Jump Ultimate Trampoline Park. This destination features a huge trampoline jump area, trampoline dodgeball arena, trampoline basketball arena, a ninja course, a climbing wall, and a trampoline stunt bag for folks of all ages. There is also a snack bar and comfortable seating arrangements for everyone.

What to wear to the Beach in Winter?

Winters on the beach are especially chilly and the weather at Myrtle Beach is no different. However this doesn’t stop vacationers from enjoying their time at the beach. The easy availability of vacation rentals at Myrtle Beach is one of the prime reasons why people love thronging the Grand Strand.
Most of the people that visit the beach in winters are unaware of what to pack and wear. As a result, they end up catching a cold. This is especially troublesome with children. So it is fitting to provide some tips in this regard:
 Stay as covered as possible
Take a quick peek at what the weather is like at Myrtle Beach before you begin the journey. Usually it is advisable to wear capris or full length trousers that you can easily fold from the ankles up. You don’t want those bottoms getting soaked in the cold sand and making you unwell. Use tight tops with a sweater to protect against the cold breeze.
 Protection against the sun
While we all love sunbathing in the summers but the cold weather is different. The sand and water reflect sunlight more aggressively causing sunburns. Make sure you use ample amounts sunscreen and wear shady hats to protect against the sun’s violent rays.
 Bikinis are not absolutely out of the question
You might think it is absurd to wear a bikini to the beach in winters. It might not be the case. Myrtle Beach can at times offer sunlight that counters the cold breeze and makes the weather suitable for an outing in a bikini.