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Valentine’s Day is almost here! Time to make some special plans to celebrate the day with your sweetheart in North Myrtle Beach! North Beach Plantation is the ideal place to enjoy a romantic getaway with the one you love, and the Grand Strand offers some fantastic options to help you plan the perfect day for your Valentine. A candlelit meal at a table for two is the classic Valentine’s date, and the Grand Strand can definitely accommodate that plan! Book a spot at North Beach Plantation’s own 21 Main Prime Steakhouse, and you can count on an elegant and delicious experience that will please even the most demanding palate. And if you choose to venture out on the town, you won’t be disappointed. Whatever type or flavor of food you prefer, you can find it in Myrtle Beach! A romantic dinner in a fine restaurant isn’t the only way to spend your Valentine’s Day, however. There are special events celebrating the day of love all over the Grand Strand.
Whether you vacation at North Beach Plantation as a twosome or with the whole family, planning a night out just for you and your sweetie adds a touch of romance to your getaway. The Myrtle Beach area offers a stunning array of restaurants and entertainment venues to tempt you, but where should you go for a truly special evening when you want everything to go right?
The Grand Strand is known for its beautiful beaches and huge variety of golf courses, but surf, sun and golfing are not the only attractions for guests at North Beach Plantation. The Myrtle Beach area also offers a fantastic array of restaurants for casual diners and connoisseurs of cuisine alike. Whatever type of food you’re looking for, you can surely find a Grand Strand restaurant that caters to your craving. If seeking out new and unique dining experiences is one of the highlights of your vacation, here are five restaurant suggestions that just might pique your interest!
The winter cold has set in, and it’s a long time until your next vacation. You need something fabulous to look forward to, a light at the end of the winter tunnel. You need to plan a trip to the Grand Strand and North Beach Plantation for the Carolina Country Music Fest!
Grand Strand vacationers are already familiar with the enticements of the sunny beaches, fabulous golf courses, good food and many entertainment options that await them during their stay at North Beach Plantation. However, one local attraction recently celebrated the grand opening of a wonderful new facility that will quickly become a favorite destination for vacation entertainment: Savannah’s Playground.
Myrtle Beach is promising another exciting year of some great new attractions. Here are a few new things to expect on your next Myrtle Beach vacation for 2017.
While any time of year is a good time to visit North Beach Plantation in North Myrtle Beach, activity planning can be especially important in the winter months, when you can’t always depend on the weather and the beach to cooperate with outdoor plans. If the weather is looking a little gloomy during your stay (or even if it isn’t!), you might want to check out one of Myrtle Beach’s newest attractions - The Track Family Recreation Center, where you can find indoor and outdoor fun for the whole family.
The holiday season is squarely upon us, and many of us are busy with holiday parties and events, not to mention trying to get all of our holiday shopping done, too! As the cold of winter descends, spring vacations and golf courses in the warm South Carolina sun may seem worlds away - but there are some good reasons to book your Grand Strand golf vacation at North Beach Plantation right now.
New Year’s Eve is a time for celebrating one year drawing to a close while a new one is just beginning. As 2016 comes to an end, Myrtle Beach will be hopping with all sorts of good times, and guests at North Beach Plantation can choose from among plenty of options for ringing in 2017. Here are five top picks for places to spend your New Year’s Eve in Myrtle Beach!
Guests at North Beach Plantation can avoid the headache of heading to the mall for their holiday shopping. Myrtle Beach has gifts galore at Barefoot Landing. Barefoot Landing is a premier waterfront shopping, dining and entertainment destination in North Myrtle Beach, located right on the beautiful Intracoastal Waterway. It features national retail stores, local boutiques and a wide array of restaurants to choose from. There’s also entertainment and fun for all ages, including special events throughout the year.
Once the Thanksgiving feast is over and you’ve had your fill of leftover turkey and football on the couch, you may be looking to get out and do something different. If you’re spending your holiday at North Beach Plantation, then Myrtle Beach has the perfect answer for your Saturday-after-Thanksgiving doldrums - the Intracoastal Christmas Regatta!
The winter holidays are a wonderful time to gather with family and friends and share good times in the luxurious comfort of North Myrtle Beach’s North Beach Plantation. If you are looking for an area event to kindle your holiday spirit during your stay on the Grand Strand, the Nights of a Thousand Candles event at Brookgreen Gardens is an absolute must-see.
The holidays are here, and a new year will be here before you know it. Winter will start nipping at your nose and your toes, and soon you will be longing for an escape to some sunshine on the South Carolina seashore and the luxurious accommodations at North Beach Plantation. So why wait for the inevitable when you can save yourself lots of money, time and wintertime blues by booking your next vacation early? Here are five reasons to make your plans to visit us at North Beach Plantation:
The summer has passed. For a while now, we’ve all been settling back into our busy fall schedules, packed with school, activities and work commitments, and the winter still stretches out ahead. Next summer might seem like a distant prospect now, but it’s never too early to book your North Beach Plantation vacation! Here are five good reasons to make your spring and summer vacation plans in Myrtle Beach today:
The holiday season is just around the corner, and it’s not too early to start thinking about your plans for this year’s Thanksgiving feast! If your family is planning a Turkey Day trip to the Grand Strand, you’ll be in for a treat with a stay at North Beach Plantation - where you can relax and enjoy the holiday stress-free by reserving your spot at a local Myrtle Beach restaurant. Let someone else worry about getting the turkey perfectly cooked and washing up all the pots and pans afterward with a reservation at one of these open-for-the-holiday hot spots.
For a fun evening of games and good food with family and friends, 710 Bowling is a favorite among Grand Strand locals and vacationers alike. And, as a guest at North Beach Plantation, you are within a 10-minute drive of the entertainment hot spot.
The North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex is a beautiful multi-use facility that is home to a range of different events throughout the year, from concerts to athletic tournaments. The complex has eight regulation soccer fields, four regulation youth baseball/collegiate softball fields and two high school/collegiate baseball fields that can be converted to youth baseball/collegiate softball fields based on demand, as well as batting cages and a 25-acre lake for outdoor boating and water activities.
Flea markets can be a fun way to take advantage of the beautiful fall weather while grabbing some great deals on hard-to-find treasures. To help guests at North Beach Plantation to work the Myrtle Beach flea markets like a pro, we’ve put together the following tips.
The summer season may be over, but there is still plenty of fall fun to be had for guests at North Beach Plantation. Are you already missing all the fresh seafood and the coastal atmosphere? The Little River ShrimpFest is an event that definitely makes it worth coming out to the coast for the weekend. Now in its 12th year, the annual event’s 2016 edition is scheduled for the weekend of October 8 and 9, and it is a fantastic gathering.
Being on vacation is fantastic, but sometimes getting to your vacation destination can be a real headache. For guests at North Beach Plantation, however, flying in and out of the newly renovated Myrtle Beach International Airport is now much easier and more convenient.
There is a great new option for guests at North Beach Plantation who are planning to head into Myrtle Beach for a meal or drinks on the town. American Tap House is open for business! Having celebrated its official grand opening celebration in early September, American Tap House is looking forward to becoming a staple part of the Myrtle Beach foodie culture. The new business styles itself as a gastropub, serving excellent food and offering a huge selection of craft beers to go with it.
We’ve got spirit, yes we do — it’s football season at CCU! That’s right, Coastal Carolina University is warming up for another season on the field, and if you’re going to be at North Beach Plantation over the weekend this fall, you might want to take in a game.
Labor Day Weekend is almost here! It’s the last big weekend of the summer season, and there is no better way to bid summer farewell than by coming down to North Beach Plantation and enjoying the weekend festivities around Myrtle Beach.
With the summer season coming to an end and the weather finally cooling down, things are just starting to heat up in Myrtle Beach. There are so many great reasons to visit North Beach Plantation in the fall.
North Beach Plantation offers luxurious amenities across the board for the pleasure and enjoyment of guests, and there is no better illustration of this than a tour of all the different swimming pools that are part of the resort.
If you’re hoping to get in a round (or five) of golf during your stay at North Beach Plantation, you’re in luck! In Myrtle Beach, golfers of every skill level can find a course that’s fun to play. Here are five amazing choices for a day on the links, all within four miles of the resort:
The summer is coming to a close, and whether you pass its final days sunning on the beach or partying the night away, Labor Day Weekend is the perfect time for a beach vacation. There is no better way to say goodbye to one season and welcome the next than by enjoying the beautiful accommodations at North Beach Plantation in North Myrtle Beach!
The Grand Strand’s newest attraction is a must-do for adventure-seeking vacationers. Located only a short drive from North Beach Plantation, Greg Norman Jr.’s Shark Wake Park is a cable wakeboarding park — the first full-size cable water sports park in South Carolina, in fact.
In the age of cellphones, the internet and social media, finding a fun way to connect with your children can be a tricky proposition. But one of the most popular generational bridges also happens to be one of Myrtle Beach's specialties — golf.
Delicious, fresh seafood meals are one of the delights of a seaside vacation. When it comes to satisfying their seafood craving, guests at North Beach Plantation can suit nearly any taste. The resort itself offers a variety of options, from the casual pool grill and swim-up bar to the elegance of an evening at 21 Main Prime Steak House. If you’re feeling more adventurous, there are restaurants of every description enticing you into the town of Myrtle Beach. Making a selection from among so many delectable options can be difficult, but if you’re looking for the best oysters in town, here is a short list to make the decision a little easier!
Whether you’re looking forward to making a splash in the water, playing tennis with friends or just relaxing with a good book, your vacation at North Beach Plantation offers an opportunity to spend time outdoors enjoying the resort’s beautiful beaches and outdoor activities. With so much to do and see outside, it’s important to protect your skin from excessive sun exposure so you don’t get sidelined from the fun with a painful sunburn.
The Grand Strand offers many ways to get out onto the beautiful area waters — and its proximity to these waters is one of the many reasons people love to vacation at North Beach Plantation. Resort guests can enjoy a picturesque trip down the Intracoastal Waterway, a Las Vegas-style gambling cruise on the Atlantic Ocean or a romantic sunset cruise in the calm waters of Murrells Inlet without having to travel far. Here is a sampling of three of the most popular cruises the Grand Strand has to offer:
When visiting North Myrtle Beach, it’s a no-brainer that you’re going to want to spend some time building massive sand castles, lying on the beach with a cool drink and swimming in the surf. But the possibilities for adventure in and around the water certainly don’t end there. There are plenty of other ways to explore South Carolina’s beautiful coastline and the waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
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With fireworks and family-friendly festivities planned throughout the Grand Strand, there are few better places to celebrate our nation’s independence this Fourth of July than in beautiful North Myrtle Beach.
With so many creeks, inlets, ponds, lakes and rivers — not to mention the Atlantic Ocean — located in the Myrtle Beach area, one of the biggest challenges fishing enthusiasts face here is deciding just where to cast a line. The angling-related questions most frequently asked by North Beach Plantation guests revolve around how can they fish out in the Atlantic and which area piers offer fishing passes. Here, we offer a few suggestions related to these questions, as well as some important information to help ensure you have an amazing fishing excursion while visiting Myrtle Beach.
Even the most extravagant of spenders like to find deals, and the flea markets in the Myrtle Beach area are just the place to strike it rich. If you’re looking for massive savings, then come on down and save. Here’s the scoop on some of the top flea markets within a short drive of North Beach Plantation.
Guests at North Beach Plantation have virtually everything they need on the resort premises — the beach, a spacious oceanfront pool deck, fine dining at 21 Main and a full-service pampering palace in the Cinzia Spa. Besides going sightseeing to explore all the great things the Grand Strand has to offer, the only real reason to leave the property is to go on a shopping spree. The good news is you don't have to travel very far to find some of the best shopping on the Strand, and you can cover a lot of ground in one retail therapy session. With shopping options surrounding North Beach in every direction but that of the Atlantic Ocean, it's close and convenient to hit a wide variety of retail centers in the neighborhood. Here are five of our favorites:
Pop quiz: Which North Myrtle Beach resort is a multiyear recipient of AAA's Four Diamond Award, has the No. 1-rated swim-up bar in the U.S. on a spacious oceanfront pool deck, and offers luxurious oceanfront accommodations and amenities like the on-site 21 Main Prime Steakhouse & Sushi Bar and the full-service Cinzia Spa? If you said North Beach Plantation, you are correct. Now that you’ve discovered the best place to stay for your North Myrtle Beach vacation and proven yourself a quiz whiz, it's time to test your knowledge with a fun-filled night of trivia at one of the many local restaurants and bars that host Team Trivia. Put your heads together with friends and family members, and put all that useless information to work for a fun night out. Many bars offer trivia contests during the happy hour or early evenings, so it's a great way to start out a night on the town. Compete against other teams for prizes, and you might even make a few new friends over some good-natured competition. The Grand Strand offers chances to play trivia six nights a week, with many of the host venues a short distance from North Beach. Here's a schedule of Team Trivia events in the area.
Your wedding should be perfect, so why not hold it at North Beach Plantation, the perfect place for weddings on the Grand Strand? Located on a 7.5-acre "island" in North Myrtle Beach, this AAA Four Diamond Award-winning resort provides the ideal setting, facilities, resources, accommodations and amenities you need to host the wedding and reception of your dreams. North Beach's charm and suitability as a top wedding destination becomes evident as you arrive on the property and cross the bridge over the tidal creek that separates the resort from the mainland. You quickly realize you are entering a different world, one where luxury and elegance abound and the beauty of the oceanfront serves as a scenic backdrop for your special day.
One of the best things about staying at North Beach Plantation is that you can enjoy your entire vacation without ever leaving the resort. Featuring first-class accommodations and amenities — like our spacious oceanfront pool deck and award-winning swim-up bar, fine dining at 21 Main and a full-service spa and salon at Cinzia Spa — North Beach is really among the best places to be on the Grand Strand. But guests who love to go exploring — even beyond all the great attractions, shopping, dining and nightlife the Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach areas have to offer — are still in the right place. Within a 60-mile radius of North Beach, you’ll find some unique locations that seem a world away from mainstream Myrtle Beach. Here are five of our top recommendations for day-trip destinations:
If the official start of spring is called the vernal equinox and the first day of summer is known as the summer solstice, what do you call the day midway between those two meteorological events? The sumnal solstinox? The vermer equistice? The locals and visitors to North Myrtle Beach have a much better name for it — Mayfest on Main. With the 11th annual celebration set for Saturday, May 7 — exactly midway between the official starts of spring and summer — Mayfest on Main signals the unofficial start of the most fun and sunny days in downtown North Myrtle Beach with a big one-day blowout.
Guests at North Beach Plantation are conveniently located amid a sea of excellent Grand Strand seafood restaurants, including the area’s best place for surf and turf only steps away from your room. Like North Beach Plantation, 21 Main Prime Steakhouse and Sushi Bar is a multi-year winner of AAA's exclusive Four Diamond Award, so there's no need to leave the premises to find the highest quality in town. Serving in-house-aged prime steaks, creative sushi rolls and fresh-catch specials in an elegant fine-dining environment, 21 Main attracts surf and turf lovers from all over the Grand Strand — so you owe it to yourself to at least once feast at 21 Main. But for those who want to take their taste buds on a tour, you don't have to travel far to find some great seafood. From Restaurant Row to the Little River Inlet, and from seafood shacks and all-you-can-eat buffets to upscale eateries and sushi bars, North Beach Plantation is literally surrounded by outstanding seafood restaurants. Here are five of our favorites:
North Beach Plantation guests prefer the finer things in life, like staying at the best resort on the Grand Strand and attending the concert event of the year at the Second Annual Carolina Country Music Festival in downtown Myrtle Beach. And if you think things can't get much finer than that, you can also win two free tickets to the show, courtesy of North Beach. The inaugural Carolina Country Music Festival brought more than 50,000 fans to the Myrtle Beach downtown district to see some of the biggest names in country music last year. Back by popular demand, the encore performance is scheduled for June 10-12 on the 18-acre site that was once home to the historic Myrtle Beach Pavilion and continues the tradition with a lineup that includes Country Music Association award-winning acts like Tim McGraw, Keith Urban and Florida Georgia Line — and those are just the headliners. Other acts include Cole Swindell, Jake Owen, A Thousand Horses, Kelsea Ballerini, Michael Ray, Maren Morris, Chris Lane, Kane Brown, Joe Nichols, Chase Bryant, Lauren Jenkins and more artists to be announced.
People come to the Grand Strand for fun in the sun, but there are also plenty of good times to be had when the weather doesn't cooperate. Guests at North Beach Plantation can stay on the resort and enjoy a wide range of indoor activities, like the indoor pool and lazy river and the on-site Cinzia Spa. But for those who prefer to go off property and explore all the great indoor activities the Myrtle Beach area has to offer, here's a list of our favorite rainy-day pastimes on the Strand:
The true flavor of the Grand Strand, at least in literal terms, is a little salty with a slight hint of sand. But add some local grapes and native fruits to the mix, let it ferment, and the taste of the Carolina coast comes alive in an abundance of unique wines. When it comes to making wine, the Grand Strand is a well-kept secret of award-winning vintages and labels. Guests at North Beach Plantation are fortunate to be staying in the area's de facto wine country. Located just outside the gates of North Beach are two wineries, and three operating vineyards are just a short drive away along the Carolina border. Here's a look at the highlights you can hit during your own personal wine tasting tour of the north end of the Grand Strand:
Enjoy the best of both worlds by spending the Easter holiday at North Beach Plantation in North Myrtle Beach, where you can continue the familiar traditions from back at home while also experiencing the adventures of something new and different on your vacation. It all adds up to a memorable Easter retreat at the Grand Strand's finest resort and nicest neighborhood. Relax in the lap of luxury at the AAA Four Diamond award-winning North Beach Plantation, where world-class accommodations and amenities make it tempting to spend your entire visit on our beautiful 7.5 acre property. But with so many family festivities and Easter events taking place only a short distance away from the resort, guests can also find fun of all kinds and for all ages. Whether you are looking for some familiar holiday events or something completely different, North Beach Plantation and North Myrtle Beach have you covered. Here are some of the memory-making ways to spend the Easter holiday at North Beach:
A vacation spent at North Beach Plantation means only one thing – a luxury getaway through and through. From the amenities provided at North Beach, to the exclusive coastal beachfront, there is nothing that could supplement a luxury vacation on the Grand Strand than a round at one of the premier golf courses only accessible to guests. For the golf-portion of your vacation, look to these three elite courses and facilities, just minutes away, as a place to start:
St. Patrick's Day comes early this year in North Myrtle Beach, but the celebration is right on time. Despite falling five days before the actual holiday, the North Myrtle Beach St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival features great family fun and good times for grown-ups unlike many of the same-day festivities held on the Grand Strand and throughout the Carolinas. Commemorating its 28th anniversary, the March 12 North Myrtle Beach St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival is a time-honored tradition as well as a rite of spring on the Strand. An estimated 30,000 revelers are expected to join in the free festivities, which run all day Saturday and are followed by plenty of all-night after parties in the Horseshoe district.
The North Myrtle Beach area that surrounds North Beach Plantation offers scenic views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway, but there are a few places you can't get to on foot and are best reached on hoof. And there is no better vista of the beaches, wetlands and woodlands of North Myrtle Beach than from high in the saddle aboard a horse. Offering private beach rides, waterway trail tours, and even pony rides for the little ones, Inlet Point Plantation in North Myrtle Beach provides highly trained horses and professionally guided tours of the property and the surrounding trails. Everyone from beginners to experienced pros can find the adventure to meet their comfort level at Inlet Point.
Super Bowl parties have become as much about food and drinks as the game itself. During a three-hour football game and endless commercials, Americans consume insane amounts of the least healthy food on the planet, washed down by mass quantities of beer and soda. Ironic that a celebration that revolves around an athletic event has become a display of gluttony on greasy, cheesy foods. It doesn't have to be that way, especially with the explosion in healthy dining options that have sprung up on the Grand Strand in recent years. Go out to a restaurant or bar that offers less traditional yet more nutritional dishes, or enjoy the big game on-site in your room or cottage at North Beach Plantation. You don't have to serve pizza, hot dogs and chicken wings to throw a proper Super Bowl party. Check out these restaurants and stores for a healthy and tasty Super Bowl feast:
Guests at North Beach Plantation rarely want to leave the property. With elegant oceanfront accommodations, award-winning amenities and on-site luxuries like Cinzia Spa and 21 Main Steakhouse and Sushi, everything you need for a wonderful vacation experience is only steps away from your door. Some guests spend their entire stay on the beach or on the premises. But for those who want to go out and about to experience all the great things the Grand Strand has to offer, the best way to travel is in first class. Leave the driving to the professionals while you relax and enjoy your vacation.
Your loved one deserves the best for Valentine's Day, and the best happens to be on the North Beach Plantation property. Located on 7 1/2 acres of prime oceanfront property in North Myrtle Beach, this AAA Four-Diamond Award-winning resort provides the perfect setting for a romantic Valentine's Day weekend without ever having to leave the North Beach premises. Sure, you could stay at a different hotel, drive to a fancy restaurant, drive to a spa, and drive just about anywhere to find romance. But by staying at North Beach, you have all those features right here at North Beach Plantation. Let our friendly and helpful staff at North Beach attend to your every need and leave your car parked for the weekend for a hassle-free Valentine's Day date that allows you and your loved one to focus on each other, not the details. Imagine this Valentine's weekend dream date and make it a reality by reserving your romantic retreat to North Beach today:
Getting the extended family together for a nice dinner or holiday gathering can be difficult enough, but trying to bring the whole crew together for a family reunion/beach vacation can be a scheduling nightmare. But one easy way to make sure your entire family will go to great lengths to attend this family reunion is by holding it at North Beach Plantation. Located on the North Myrtle Beach oceanfront, this 7.5-acre resort features a wide selection of accommodations and world-class amenities to host a successful and memorable family reunion. As a multi-year winner of AAA's prestigious Four Diamond Award, North Beach provides a luxurious setting for any vacation or celebration, but especially for family reunions.
The dreaded 7-10 split is the second shot no bowler wants to see, unless you happen to be talking about the new 710 entertainment complex. After a massive renovation project to the old North Myrtle Beach Lanes, the new and improved venue offers a lot more than bowling, such as a full service restaurant and bar, and a high tech arcade and game room. This isn't your father's bowling alley. In fact, unless you are a millennial, it's probably not the kind of bowling alley you are accustomed to either. But places like 710 represent the future of entertainment by providing multiple activities under one roof. In addition to bowling, guests can play bocce, billiards, darts, Foosball, ping pong, shuffleboard and more. And after working up a hearty appetite, enjoy a great meal and drinks beyond the traditional bowling alley fare.
There's no place like home for the holidays, but there's no place like North Beach Plantation either. Guests can experience the best of both worlds by booking a vacation getaway over the holidays and bringing a small slice of home with them to give your oceanfront room a familiar feel. Here are five ways to bring the holidays with you for your Grand Strand getaway:
This is always an exciting time of year for football fans as the NFL Playoffs and college football bowl games get under way, but never has the Grand Strand been this fired up for some pigskin. Not only is the home team, the Carolina Panthers, making a run for the best record and No. 1 playoff seed, but in-state school and No. 1-ranked Clemson is going for its first national championship since 1981. Needless to say, local folks will be out in force to support their home teams. That's just one more reason to go out and enjoy all the action with fellow football fans. No matter what team you cheer for, you will not be alone as you venture out to area sports bars and watering holes to root for your favorite team. Because the Myrtle Beach area is home to vacationers and transplants from all over the country, all teams are well represented with a loyal fan base. Go out to some of these sports bars, join in the fun and get ready for some football:
Just because you decide to take a vacation to the Grand Strand for the Christmas holidays doesn't mean you have to miss out on your religious traditions from back home. Offering churches of all denominations along the 60-mile stretch of Carolina coastline, the Myrtle Beach area is particularly well represented by Catholicism with a number of local Catholic churches holding special services and Christmas mass. Here's a schedule of holiday events for five nearby Catholic churches:
The holidays are about more than the sights, sounds and smells. Yes the Christmas lights, holiday carols and the aroma of gingerbread cookies fresh from the oven are all familiar holiday rites that excite the senses, so why not enjoy some liquid refreshments to add to the spirit of the season? North Beach guests don't have to go very far to find the ultimate in holiday-themed drinks. In addition to the on-site poolside cafe and 21 Main Steakhouse and Sushi Bar, which serve outstanding food to go with tasty beverages, North Beach is surrounded by great places to have a refreshing drink after a hectic day of shopping or a fun night out on the town. For starters, walk into any bar on the Grand Strand and order up one of these holiday treats: The Christmas Cookie (a blend of Bailey's, Kahlua and Peppermint Schnapps) that tastes surprisingly like a Girl Scout Thin Mint; or the Peppermint Stick (White Creme de Cocao and Peppermint Schnapps) that just tastes like Christmas. For folks with fruitier taste buds, spice up some hot apple cider with a shot of bourbon, rum or even some Fireball, and stir it with a cinnamon stick for a little extra kick. Of course, Christmastime and wintertime are great for hot drinks, especially coffees and cordials. Starbucks offers seasonal specials that include Carmel Brulee Latte, Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha, Gingerbread and Egg Nog Lattes and the popular Peppermint Mocha Frappuccino. The nearby Boardwalk Coffee House, Canoli’s Café, Fresh Brewed Coffee House and Second Cup also serve non-alcoholic seasonal favorites, such as Pumpkin Spiced Lattes and Candy Cane Cappuccino.
If you can't make it through one more month of wintry weather, there is some light at the tunnel. And that beacon of light is actually a sunny spring and summer day at North Beach Plantation in North Myrtle Beach, the most exclusive resort on the Grand Strand. But if you want to pamper yourself in the ultimate lap of luxury, you need to plan ahead. Here are our top five reasons you should book your spring and summer getaway to North Beach Plantation today:
Snowbirds flying south for the winter won't find a better place to land than the Grand Strand and North Beach Plantation. Located in the heart of the 60-mile stretch of Carolina coastline, this AAA Four-Diamond resort provides a luxurious nest for escaping colder climates and enjoying a relaxing vacation experience you can only get at North Beach Plantation. Featuring elegantly decorated accommodations with private oceanfront balconies, a spacious indoor and outdoor pool deck, and first-class amenities like the on-site 21 Main restaurant and Cinzia Spa, North Beach Plantation offers an upscale oceanfront paradise for peace and tranquility in the offseason. But with lots of winter events going on around the Grand Strand, it's hard not to go exploring for fun. Here's our list of things to do while you are in the area this winter:
Any time of year is a great time for a relaxing vacation getaway to North Beach Plantation, but the holiday season is extra special thanks to the abundance of special events, festivals and shows taking place around Christmas. North Beach guests can catch a Christmas show at the nearby Alabama Theatre, watch a boat parade down the Intracoastal Waterway, and visit a local winery - all within a short drive of the resort. Here's a full list of fun things to do on the Grand Strand for the holidays:
The Grand Strand has some pretty unique holiday traditions, like a Christmas boat parade down the Intracoastal Waterway, a New Year's Day "Polar Plunge" dip in the chilly Atlantic Ocean, and nautical-themed Christmas decorations like anchors and seashells. But none compare to the beauty of "Nights of a Thousand Candles" celebration at Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet. Located on a former rice and indigo plantation about 20 miles south of Myrtle Beach, this 9,000-acre botanical sculpture garden is the largest and oldest on the East Coast. Brookgreen Gardens is open year-round for art and nature lovers, but for nine nights every December it is transformed into a winter wonderland with 5,500 hand-lit candles illuminating the gardens. Held this year on Dec. 3-5, 10-12 and 17-19, Nights of a Thousand Candles attracts large crowds of visitors and locals who enjoy the rare chance to see the gardens at night. Flameless candles line the walkways, and more lights hang from the ancient live oak trees and the approximately 1,400 sculptures that are on display in this scenic Lowcountry setting.
North Beach Plantation and the city of North Myrtle Beach are welcoming visitors with open arms in the wake of the heavy flooding that hit parts of the Palmetto State earlier this month. The recent, record rainfall and resulting flooding caused destruction throughout South Carolina, but the Grand Strand area escaped the brunt of the devastation. While some coastal communities saw as much as 2 feet of rain in the first week of October, North Myrtle Beach had some issues in the northern section of town around Cherry Grove Beach and Little River sections, while the southern section around Barefoot Landing and North Beach Plantation, as well as the central Grand Strand, avoided the serious issues in other areas of the state. "We are fortunate our beaches are up and running and ready for visitors," Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Brad Dean said just days after the storm stopped and the floodwaters subsided. "Anyone who has visited the Myrtle Beach area knows our fall weather is typically gorgeous and sunny. We look forward to welcoming folks back to the beach."
It's never too early to start planning your beach wedding. In fact, it's never too early to start planning the planning of your beach wedding. So before you set the date and location for your big day, consider holding an elegant wedding at the Grand Strand's top resort in North Beach Plantation, and make a planning trip to Myrtle Beach for the Jan. 31 Wedding Showcase. Held at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, this annual event features all the most respected professionals and businesses in the local and regional wedding industry. From florist and photographers to dressmakers and DJs, prospective brides and grooms can assemble their wedding dream team by attending this event. Interview exhibitors and gather information from vendors so you can make informed decisions about who to hire and how to ensure that every aspect of your wedding experience is exactly the way you want it.
Visitors come to North Beach Plantation to relax and enjoy the comfortable oceanfront accommodations, the first-class amenities and the AAA Four Diamond Award service that all adds up to a luxurious vacation. But for those guests who want to inject some extreme sports adrenaline into their Grand Strand getaway, a new and exciting attraction is only a few trees away. Go Ape Treetop Adventure opened last year at the new North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex, just a few miles inland of the North Beach property. Featuring a series of ziplines and a 40-obstacle ropes course, Go Ape gives adventurous souls the opportunity to play Tarzan for a day by swinging through the trees, working your way through challenging obstacles and soaring over the open waters of the park's 50-acre natural lake.
Guests at North Beach Plantation don't have to travel very far to experience the fruity flavors of the Carolinas' finest wines. Duplin Winery, the largest winery in the South, has opened an outpost in North Myrtle Beach at the popular Barefoot Landing complex, which is just across Highway 17 from North Beach. Located beside the House of Blues and Alligator Adventure, the new Duplin Winery location opened in the summer of 2015 and has been packing people into the 15,000 square foot facility for wine tastings, a cafe and bar, and wine-making tours that carry visitors through every stage of the process. Duplin Winery even played host to the inaugural Grape Stomp Festival in which contestants added new meaning to the term Barefoot Landing by competing in a grape-smashing contest in giant oak barrels using only their feet.
Every happy couple has their own story about plans for a romantic getaway gone horribly wrong. Whether it's lost luggage at the airport, the lack of a babysitter for a nice night out to dinner, or a nightmare problem with a hotel, even bad dates turn into funny stories over time. But you don't have to worry about having one of those bittersweet moments if you spend your romantic retreat at North Beach Plantation in North Myrtle Beach. As a multi-year recipient of AAA's prestigious Four Diamond Award, you can rest assured you and your loved one will have an experience that will be remembered for much better reasons. Here are five reasons why North Beach is the top resort on the Grand Strand for couples to enjoy a relaxing and romantic stay:
With nearly 80 championship golf courses within a 60-mile radius, Myrtle Beach is deserving of the nickname "GolfTown USA". Golfers from all over the nation and world come to the Grand Strand just to chase the little white ball, and the fall golf season can be one of the busiest times of year to try to book a tee time. But for casual golfers with families in tow, there's an affordable alternative to let the entire family take a swing at the game while also experiencing a little taste of Myrtle Beach golf. Rather than wasting everyone's time by taking beginners to a busy course with serious golfers, why not take your crew out for a round or two at a local Par-3, a driving range, or even miniature golf? Here are some of the best places for families to sample a small slice of golf on the Grand Strand:
Teaching your children the wonders of the great outdoors can be tricky in the cell phone and video game era. You want them to have the same nature-rich experiences you had as a child but they seem more interested in texting friends and listening to their era buds. A Grand Strand vacation may be just the trick to igniting your kids’ interest in the great outdoors. With so many fun activities for the whole family, you can enjoy being outside with your little ones and make some lasting vacation memories. Here are five fun things to do with kids in the Myrtle Beach area:
The Jimmy Buffett hit song "Cheeseburger In Paradise" strikes a chord with Parrotheads and all types of beachgoers who have ever experienced that special kind of hunger that comes from a day in the sun, surf and sand. A healthy snack might hold off the hunger pangs for a little while, but eventually your body wants something meaty, cheesy and greasy. North Beach Plantation guests have a nice refuge from the heat at the award-winning swim up pool bar. Named the No. 1 swim-up bar in America by Trip Advisor, this cozy little aquatic cafe serves frozen drinks and light fare for a refreshing fill-up. But if you find yourself out and about and get the urge for a beach-casual dive that is walking distance from the ocean, check out these five hot spots for lunch:
If the primary reason you go on vacation is to relax, then North Beach Plantation has the perfect place for you. The on-site Cinzia Spa provides a wide selection of services so you can spend the day unwinding your mind and body without having to leave the resort property. Based in a 3,000 square foot facility on the North Beach premises in North Myrtle Beach, Cinzia Spa offers a variety of body treatments, international rituals, massages and fitness classes. Special day packages are available for guests looking for the ultimate full-service spa experience. Spoil yourself with the assortment of salon treatments available, such as facials and skin care or manicures and pedicures. Skin treatments include Cinzia's Signature European mask and peel, the Diamond Microdermabrasion and the new Advanced Resurfacing Stem Cell package. Enhancements, like the Glycolic Peel and Collagen Mask, along with waxing procedures, are also available. Try the Almond or Tropical Citrus mani/pedi treatment for healthy skin and nails, and receive a French polish to make your fingernails and toenails look fabulous.
Some say Labor Day weekend marks the end of the summer tourism season. But on the Grand Strand and at North Beach Plantation, we say it signals the start of the fall festival season - a time of cooler temperatures, smaller crowds and lots of fun events to attend. Located a short drive to the downtown districts of Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach, the two hottest spots for fall festivals, North Beach Plantation is the perfect place for your autumn getaway. Relax at the Four Diamond resort or head out to events that celebrate local food, music, culture and arts, as well as international-themed festivals.
We've narrowed our list of the top reasons to stay at North Beach Plantation to five, but all you really need to know is the number four - as in AAA's prestigious Four Diamond rating. North Beach Plantation has become a mainstay on the travel club's annual citation for excellence, and the honor is well deserved. In addition to the Four Diamonds, here are the top five reasons to spend your next vacation at North Beach:
You've heard the old expression "Why would anyone want to jump out of a perfectly good airplane?" It's funny line, but you will never hear those words come from the lips of someone who has been skydiving. For them, the answer is easy: Just for the thrill of it.Skydiving is one of the most popular adventure sports for many reasons, whether it's the adrenaline rush of taking the first step out the window or the incredible feel of freefalling, skydiving provides the ultimate experience for those with enough nerve to try it. Fortunately for guests at North Beach Plantation, you don't have to travel very far to experience the top skydiving outfitter on the Grand Strand. Located at the North Myrtle Beach Airport just 2 miles south of the resort, Myrtle Beach Skydiving can have you can be suited it and soaring through the sky in a matter of hours.
You can't blame North Beach Plantation guests for wanting to spend a quiet night at the resort. After all, with all the on-site luxury accommodations and award-winning amenities, such as 21 Main Steakhouse and Sushi Bar, pools and swim-up bar and Cinzia Spa, it's understandable to relax at the finest resort on the Grand Strand. However, you can't use the excuse that you can't find anything to do. There are great attractions, dining, shopping and nightlife all over the Strand, and one of the most popular gathering spots is just down the street from North Beach at Barefoot Landing. In addition to the Alabama Theatre, the House of Blues, and dozens of restaurants and shops, Barefoot Landing also provides free family entertainment throughout the summer months. The complex hosts its annual Summerfest event, which features something for the whole family every night of the week through August. Among the festivities are a boardwalk parade led by roving entertainers like stilt-walkers, magicians, clowns, and even jugglers on unicycles and more. Here's the daily breakdown of Summerfest's events:
The Myrtle Beach area has received numerous awards proclaiming it America's best "family beach," but that title means more than a one-week retreat for the parents and children. The Grand Strand is a great destination for extended families to reunite and reconnect. And there's no better place to host a more uniquely relaxing and entertaining family reunion than The Cottages at North Beach Plantation. Offering a wide selection of luxury cottages of varying styles, sizes and floor plans, North Beach provides the perfect setting for families to stay together and play together on the 60-acre seaside resort. The Cottages of North Beach feature two-, three-, and four-bedroom layouts with an equivalent number of baths and additional living space that can accommodate up to 12. Families of varying sizes can spend quality time under the same roof with plenty of space for privacy, and larger families can reserve cottages in the same neighborhood.
Millions of visitors flock to the coast to catch concerts on the beach, but the best shows in town are actually on the banks of the Intracoastal Waterway at the Boathouse in Myrtle Beach. Located just below the Highway 501 Bridge, this restaurant/bar transforms into the biggest outdoor show during summer Sunday afternoons.Billed as having “The Best Backyard in Myrtle Beach,” the Boathouse knows how to throw a party. An outdoor stage attracts some big names in the music industry, from national touring artists to local and regional favorites. Hundreds arrive at the Boathouse by land and water to enjoy the festive atmosphere as boaters tie up at the docks and swimsuit-clad patrons take a dip in the Waterway or soak up some sun and live music on the lawn. Best of all, the shows are free. The 2015 lineup features bands you might expect to pay a steep price for tickets or cover charge to see. The annual highlight is JerryFest, a tribute to the life and music of late and beloved Grateful Dead member Jerry Garcia, which will be held on Aug. 9 to celebrate his birthday. The shows are held every Sunday through Sept. 6, although more shows may be added in the early fall. Here’s a look at this year’s schedule:
You've seen the awe-inspiring views of the Atlantic Ocean while standing in the white sand of North Myrtle Beach or sitting on your private balcony at North Beach Plantation. But there's a lot more beauty beneath the ocean's surface just waiting to be explored. Of all the watersports options you can try during your North Myrtle Beach vacation, only scuba diving takes you to the depths of the sea to discover an amazing underwater world. Take private lessons in a training pool before making your big splash in the ocean. Whether you are an experienced diver or a newcomer to the sport, Coastal Scuba in North Myrtle Beach is the place to go to on the Grand Strand for training, certification and trips to the most amazing shipwrecks and artificial reefs off the Carolinas coast.
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially when you are on vacation. Before spending a summer day on the beach or the golf course you need a lot of energy, so fuel up on a fat stack of pancakes, a fluffy omelet filled with tasty ingredients, fresh fruits or a hot breakfast sandwich. North Beach Plantation guests are in luck as the surrounding area is lined with breakfast places and pancake houses where you can load up on a hearty and healthy breakfast. You might as well make it something tasty, and these five breakfast spots will leave you happy and ready to tackle another day in paradise:
There’s something special about dining out or having a few drinks while looking out over the ocean. The smell of the salt air, sound of the crashing waves, a feel of the ocean breeze heighten the senses for a cold beer or frozen drink, or a nice surf-and-turf spread. North Myrtle Beach has an excellent selection of both restaurants and bars on the oceanfront. Here are five hot spots where you can feed your body and unwind your mind:
North Beach Plantation has so many great amenities on site and so many top attractions in the North Myrtle Beach neighborhood that a trip to a different city may be the farthest thing on your mind. But if you are looking to get away for a day during your vacation, here are five hot spots that are well worth the drive:
There are a million reasons to spend your Grand Strand vacation at North Beach Plantation, but we can only pick five. It's not an easy list to narrow down, especially for guests who enjoy the finer things in life. You don't get to be a multi-year AAA Four-Diamond Resort without doing something right. Scratch that - without doing EVERYTHING right. North Beach is one of those rare gems that covers all the bases and cuts no corners. From the moment you arrive at the oceanfront property, you will experience luxury at every turn. Here are five reasons to stay at North Beach Plantation for the ultimate Grand Strand vacation experience:
The only problem with dining at a restaurant like 21 Main is deciding what to order. With so many award-winning options on one menu, you've got some tough decisions to make. The good news is it's hard to go wrong. 21 Main offers some of the best cuisine on the Grand Strand, and its extensive menu and wine list are delicious from A (as in Appetizers) to Z (as in Zinfandel). Here are a few recommendations for 21 Main’s most popular dishes to help you through every course:
North Myrtle Beach is famous for its miles white-sand beaches, rows of seafood restaurants and retail shops, and shag dancing to the sweet sounds of beach music. In fact, all kinds of music – from the country and gospel sounds of the Alabama Theatre to the rhythm and blues of the House of Blues – give guests and locals a reason to move their feet to the beat in North Myrtle Beach. In keeping with its knack for reputation for great music, North Myrtle Beach hosts two free summer concert series that attract folks from all walks of life to shake a leg on the outdoor dance floor. The Hot Summer Nights Concert Series kicks off the 2015 season in downtown North Myrtle Beach on Thursday, May 14, while the Sounds of Summer Concert Series cranks it up on Friday, May 15, at the new North Myrtle Beach Recreation & Sports Complex. The dual concert lineup offers music-lovers the opportunity to hear some great local and regional bands and enjoy the great outdoors.
North Beach Plantation, a Four-Diamond full-service resort in North Myrtle Beach, offers so many first-class amenities, guests can spend their entire vacations on the property without missing out. Here are five reasons to spend a week in the lap of luxury at North Beach:
Who kept you fed and warm when you were a baby, taught you how to crawl and walk when you were a toddler, bandaged and kissed your boo boos when you were a kid, and taught you right from wrong as a teenager? Dear ol' mom, for most, and she continues to love and support you as an adult. Here's your chance to pay her back, at least in part, with a perfect Mother's Day weekend at North Beach Plantation. Located in North Myrtle Beach near Barefoot Landing, this is the ideal location for showing mom how much you love her and appreciate all she has done for you in the past. Start with a luxury oceanfront suite in the twin towers with all the creature comforts of home. Mom can sit outside on the private balcony and enjoy the fabulous view of the Atlantic Ocean and the surrounding expanse of beaches. Elegantly decorated and fully furnished, mom can relax in the lap of luxury like she deserves.
In case you didn't see the 2007 blockbuster "The Bucket List," the two lead characters, played by Jack Nicklaus and Morgan Freeman, spend their final days doing all the things they had wanted to do before kicking the proverbial bucket, hence the title. The movie made people reconsider the way they live their lives, a reminder to pursue your dreams and soak up every experience. Whether it's an adventurous activity you've always wanted to try or a more relaxing way to treat yourself, the whole concept is about living life to the fullest. In that spirit, North Beach Plantation offers a rare and rewarding opportunity to put a check mark on your bucket list. Take a week out of your busy life to spoil yourself like a VIP and wrap yourself in the ultimate luxury vacation experience at The Bridge, the most impressive accommodations on the entire Grand Strand.
Everyone knows about Myrtle Beach's most popular attractions. After all, the big-name entertainment venues and shopping centers are more visible, and thereby more heavily attended than some of the more laid-back areas of the Grand Strand. Finding a low-key environment during the peak summer months can be tough with so many tourists in town, but most tend to follow the neon lights like moths to a flame at popular hot spots like Barefoot Landing, Broadway at the Beach, Market Common and the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk - all great places when crowds and traffic are light. Otherwise, a night out needs to be close and not crowded and relaxed.
Among the many things guests’ love about staying at North Beach Plantation is the abundance of on-site amenities. You can hit the beach or pool deck within steps of the towers, get in a workout or have a massage at the Cinzia Spa, and have a drink at the swim-up bar or an excellent dinner at 21 Main - all without leaving the property. Shopping is one of the few activities that require leaving the premises, but North Beach Plantation is conveniently located near several major shopping centers, malls and outlets in the North Myrtle Beach area. So get your shopping shoes on (or go shopping for new ones) at these six hot spots for bargain hunters in North Myrtle Beach:
While the official beginning of summer is still a month away, the Grand Strand can't wait to get the party started. That's why the 10th Annual Mayfest on Main Festival in downtown North Myrtle Beach marks the unofficial start of the season. Held on Saturday, May 9, in the oceanfront section of Ocean Drive, this all-day street party puts everyone in the mood for summer with great live music and dancing in the streets. Food and drink booths, arts and crafts vendors and a Kids Zone area for the little ones to play are among the many activities of the day. The fun gets started at 10 a.m. on the community stage in McLean Park, which will play host to performances by local youth and civic groups from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. But the headline acts will put on musical performances on the main stage in the Horseshoe section of Ocean Drive, which sits at the intersection of Main Street. With the scenic Atlantic Ocean serving as the backdrop, the main stage will host live music from noon to 6 p.m.
There’s something magical about a beach wedding, and there’s no place more magical to hold one than North Beach Plantation. Located on a scenic “island” in North Myrtle Beach, our upscale resort is separated from the mainland by a tidal creek that gives North Beach an even greater feeling of isolation and seclusion. Include first-class accommodations and amenities to the already beautiful setting and you’ve got yourself the ideal backdrop for tying the knot. Not only does North Beach provide the perfect setting for your ceremony, but our wedding experts are also on hand to make sure everything goes on without a hitch. From the flowers and photos to the cake and the catering, North Beach has a team of on-site experts and reliable outside vendors who can make sure that your wedding goes smoothly.
With more than 100 golf courses within a 60-mile radius of the Grand Strand, even longtime local golfers can’t play them all. In fact, there are many Myrtle Beach area golf courses you may not even know exist unless you know where to look. On the North Strand, for example, there are many layouts that are tucked away off the main roads and built upon former farms that now grow birdies and eagles instead of tobacco and cotton. If you are looking for a real golf adventure around the Carolina border, keep your eyes open for these hidden gems. You are sure to have a good time even if you’re not on top of your golf game:
Fine dining is never far away for guests at North Beach Plantation. With Restaurant Row to the south, Ocean Drive to the north, and Barefoot Landing just across the street, visitors have lots of options for upscale dining in the neighborhood. Here’s a list of the top five fine-dining establishments in the North Myrtle Beach area:
You don’t have to be Irish to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, and you don’t have to wait to until March 17 to get into the holiday spirit. In fact, guests at North Myrtle Beach have plenty of options for green-filled gatherings within a short distance of the resort, including the biggest St. Patrick’s Day party on the Grand Strand.
The Carolina Opry, the largest country music theater on the East Coast, has a secret. With apologies to Donnie & Marie Osmond, it's a little bit country and a little bit rock n' roll. That may be a different image than most vacationers have about the traditionally country/western venue. Founded by country music star and former Grand Ole Opry performer Calvin Gilmore, the Carolina Opry was originally based in Surfside Beach and boasted an all-country lineup, as did the Dixie Jubilee that Gilmore opened in North Myrtle Beach a few years later. The sellout crowds at both venues led him to open his current and largest theater to date in 1993. The 2,200-seat location near Myrtle Beach's famed Restaurant Row shares a scenic and convenient location with Dolly Parton’s Pirates Voyage theater at the northern junction of Highway 17 Business and Bypass.
The national ad campaign “Be Together, Not the Same” has gone viral for its humorous and touching video clips showing animals of different species playing and cuddling together. Four of the featured performers hail from right here on the Grand Strand at the T.I.G.E.R.S. Preservation Station and Myrtle Beach Safari. If you haven’t seen the commercial, which was unveiled during the Super Bowl, it’s worth Googling. The 18-second mark shows Suryia the orangutan playfully chasing Roscoe the blue-tick hound, followed by Bella the black lab diving into the Intracoastal Waterway from the back of Bubbles the elephant. The ad closes with Roscoe standing beside Suryia, who performs a flawless Nestea plunge onto the lawn at T.I.G.E.R.S, which stands for "The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species."
North Beach Plantation guests have the best amenities on the Grand Strand when the sun is shining - secluded beaches, plenty of pools and the best swim-up bar in the nation. But on those rainy and cloudy days, it's a good time to get out and explore the best that North Myrtle Beach has to offer, or at least the indoor attractions. While no one wants to see a rainy day on their vacation, here are five fun and dry places to visit:
If you think all oceanfront resorts are the same, you haven't stayed at North Beach Plantation. Not only is it one of the few resorts on the Grand Strand to earn AAA's prestigious Four Diamond rating for multiple years running, but North Beach also boasts many amenities that you won't find at any other resort. Here are the top five:
Planning the perfect Valentine's Day Date is easy if you're staying at North Beach Plantation, where you can have a romantic couples retreat without leaving the resort. Spend the day with a relaxing couples massage at The Cinzia Spa, enjoy a romantic dinner at 21 Main, and retire to your elegantly decorated room with an ocean view. It's the ideal Valentine's Day experience without the headaches of battling the crowds. But if you do want to venture off the property to add to your Valentine's Day weekend, there are several events and activities you can add to your perfect date. Here's a list of things to do on the Grand Strand to complete your Valentine's Day celebration: