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:
Decorations: Familiar holiday sights like special Christmas decorations or the tiny tabletop Christmas tree are the perfect things to bring along on your Grand Strand vacation to make you feel right at home. Pack a small tree or pick up a cheap one at the nearby big-box stores or shopping centers, and bring ornaments from home to personalize it. String some lights on the railing of your private oceanfront balcony to share the Christmas spirit with fellow guests.
Family Dinner: The traditional family feast is a big part of celebrating Christmas, and now you can enjoy it without all the cooking and cleaning. Enjoy a formal family dinner at the on-site 21 Main restaurant and prepare for an amazing dinner you can't get back home. Dry-aged prime cuts of beef, fresh seafood dishes and creative sushi rolls highlight a diverse menu, or go for the holiday specials throughout the month of December. Order from the extensive wine list or have a holiday-themed cocktail at the bar for a nightcap. For those looking to dine off the property, nearby Barefoot Landing is home to a wide variety of restaurants.
Game/Movie Night: A rainy or chilly night (sorry, we don't do snowy and sub-zero temperatures) is the ideal time to stay in for the night and continue a family tradition of some fun and friendly competition. Pack a few family favorites like Monopoly, Scrabble, Yahtzee or Clue, or just bring along a deck of cards for a game of Rummy, Spades or Go Fish. Not up for the challenge? Make it a family movie night instead by checking out a few holiday classics, pop some popcorn and snuggle up on the sofa for a relaxing evening just like back at home.
Spoil Yourself: Christmas can be a stressful time of year, even when you are on vacation. You want to bring a piece of the holidays from home but not all the stress, so drop them off at the Cinzia Spa for a relaxing way to get into the spirit of the season. Guests can work off some stress in exercise classes, such as Yoga, Pilates and CrossFit instruction, or go for a rejuvenating massage or ritual therapy session. Call it your Christmas gift to yourself and enjoy a carefree holiday season.
Traditions: Every family or couple has certain Christmas rituals that make the holidays complete. Aside from ice skating or building snowmen, there's a good chance you can do the same on the Grand Strand. Like driving around looking at Christmas lights? Check out lights displays at the North Myrtle Beach Sports and Recreation Complex, or cruise through the nearby Briarcliffe Acres neighborhood and see some awesome private lawn displays. How about pictures with Santa? The Bass Pro Shop at nearby Myrtle Beach Mall lets visitors sit on the big man's lap and whisper Christmas wishes in his ear. Keep an old family tradition or start some new ones on the Grand Strand.
Don't get homesick during the holidays; make North Beach your family vacation home away from home this Christmas.