Spend the Year’s Biggest Shopping Weekend Bagging Some Bargains on the Grand Strand

For the most serious of shoppers (and the most devoted of bargain hunters), the year’s favorite holidays may not include the usual choices of Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year’s, but instead a famed shoppers’ weekend that lands early in the holiday-season mix — a long weekend that’s known for its ample opportunities to snag some big bargains. And for visitors to the Grand Strand during these shopping holidays — known as Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday — the Carolina coast offers plenty of great destinations for both having some beach-fueled fun and grabbing some amazing deals.

If you’re looking for a getaway destination over the long Thanksgiving weekend where you can take in some family-friendly recreation and get some holiday shopping done, consider these shopping opportunities found in the Myrtle Beach area:

Big Box Stores: Often, the biggest of Black Friday deals can be found at the biggest of stores. And on the Grand Strand, all the big names — including Wal-Mart (10+ area stores), Target (two area stores), Best Buy, Costco, Sam’s Club and more — can be found within easy driving distance of the heart of Myrtle Beach. To really throw some fun into the mix, head for the area in Myrtle Beach between Broadway at the Beach and Coastal Grand Mall. Here, all of the stores mentioned above can be found within easy drives of one another, and the added entertainment/attractions of Broadway at the Beach and Coastal Grand Mall are nearby, too.

Outlets/Malls: For those who enjoy outlet and mall shopping, the Grand Strand offers plenty of options in this department, too. One of the area’s top retail destinations — Tanger Outlets — offers a pair of sprawling locations in the Myrtle Beach area, each featuring more than 75 stores. Find a long list of giant national retail names — as well as an array of mom-and-pop boutique shops — at the Highway 501 outlet center and the Highway 17 outlet center. Elsewhere, Myrtle Beach’s Coastal Grand Mall is the second-largest shopping mall in the entire state of South Carolina. Among the 170-plus specialty stores found here are an array of prominent national retailers such as Sears, Belk, JCPenney, Dillard’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Old Navy and H&M. A range of smaller specialty shops offers shoes, fashions, books, electronics and more, and the food court boasts plentiful and diverse dining options.

Small Businesses: For truly unique and one-of-a-kind gifts, small businesses are often the shopper’s best bet. And thanks to Small Business Saturday — held annually on the Saturday after Thanksgiving — they get their own special day, too. Good destinations for shopping mom-and-pop shops on the Grand Strand include Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach, Broadway at the Beach and The Market Common in Myrtle Beach, and The Hammock Shops Village in Pawleys Island.

Cyber Monday Sales: On the Grand Strand, the saving doesn’t stop when the big “retail weekend” winds down. On Cyber Monday, keep an eye on The Cottages at North Beach Plantation’s Exclusive Offers Page for some amazing offers on comfortable, near-the-beach lodging during your next Grand Strand vacation!

After spending the days of your long weekend doing some Grand Strand deal-grabbing, head back to The Cottages at North Beach Plantation to relax in your comfortable accommodations and enjoy the resort’s wide-ranging, on-property amenities. Book your North Myrtle Beach vacation today — and get ready to track down some deals and some good times on the Grand Strand.