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A weekly column by Sharon Eagles McCants filled with relevant news, tips and suggestions to make the best of your vacation stay.

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9 Easy Ways to Save on Your Next Hotel Stay

Planning your next beach vacation? Chances are rates for 2015 will go up at bit when the New Year arrives. According to Sherman Travel Blog’s website, the good news is that there are still a few tried-and-true ways to lower the costs. Stay longer. Particularly during slower seasons, hotels…

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Myrtle Beach, Conway place among Top 10 Places to Retire in S.C.

Movoto Real Estate has listed Myrtle Beach and Conway among the best places to retire in South Carolina.  Coming in only three spots under the No. 1 city of Hilton Head, Myrtle Beach made the list because MOVOTO.com states in its blog, “Myrtle Beach is, of course, one of South Carolina’s…

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Grand Strand Lodgers earn AAA Four Diamond Rating

It's that time of year again when AAA of the Carolinas announces its rating evaluations.  Annually, a number of restaurant owners and  hotel owners  submit themselves to be evaluated against AAA's standards in order to obtain favorable diamond ratings. According to its web site, AAA inspects…

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Warm Up … Start Planning Now

Now that winter’s chill has a firm grip on the weather, a great way to warm up a bit is to think of sun, sand and surf. Planning an oceanfront vacation is just what’s needed to cure the winter doldrums. Book your Myrtle Beach vacation now and get the best deals offered.  Whether you’re…

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Celebrating the New Year in Myrtle Beach? Be Safe, Book a Room

How are you ringing in the New Year? We’re celebrating it in a grand old fashion manner at my house. We're going to buy some fireworks and a bottle of champagne.  Around 9 p.m., we'll pop a few of the firecrackers and blast off a few roman candles while the champagne chills. When the clock…

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Turkey Struttin’ Trivia

I bet you didn’t know that according to the National Turkey Federation, 88% of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving Day. Wow, that’s a lot of turkey! Enjoy these fun facts on America’s day to eat and give thanks: The average weight of a Thanksgiving turkey is about 16 pounds. Though…

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Win a July 4th Myrtle Beach Dream Vacation

Who says you can’t get something for nothing? Whoever it was hasn’t spoken with the folks at Myrtlebeachsouthcarolina.com. Here’s why: from now until Dec. 2, 2013, you’re invited to enter the Myrtlebeachsouthcarolina.com July 4th Vacation Giveaway. And, when they say, “giveaway,” they…

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It’s a Great Time to Visit

Thinking about taking a mini vacation? Why not? The weather is cooperating with sunny days and cool evenings; gas prices are trickling down; fall festivals are in full effect; and hotels are offering great fall rates. All the planets seem to have aligned and it’s a perfect time to visit Myrtle…

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Welcome Back Ol’ Friends

Soon the summer sun's scorching rays will be replaced with autumn’s warm beams of sunshine as summer yields to fall's inevitable appearance. Cooling brisk winds will awaken the day and golden sunsets will put the day to rest. It’s time to say goodbye to summer and hello to autumn. And, it's…

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Don’t Panic … There’s Plenty of Time for an Oceanfront Vacation

Think your vacation-opportunity window is about to close? Don't panic, there's plenty of time to take a much-need summer vacation. Summer's not officially over until September 21, so you've got a month to soak up some rays, take in a live show, visit area attractions and shop 'til you drop. Not to…

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Fall into Vacation Savings

The start of school is somewhat of a signal that summer's end is nearing. For those of us who have worked in the hotel industry, it also signals the start of staff reduction. There isn't a need for a full shift of reservationist, front desk personnel, housekeepers and maintenance when the number of…

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The Ripken Experience Myrtle Beach Celebrates America’s Favorite Pasttime

Baseball's Youth Learn the Ripken Way Watch top-notched baseball at historic ballparks like Griffith Field, Navin Field or The Polo Grounds right here in Myrtle Beach. Thanks to the designers of The Ripken Experience these state-of-the-art replicas of America's most celebrated baseball fields…

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Vacationer’s To-Do List

Summer is fast approaching. The summer vacation you planned is but a few weeks away.  So, it is time to get your house in order before you hit the road. If you’re like me, regardless of how much time ahead I had  planned for a trip, I found myself running around trying to think of and do all…

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Go ahead, Ask ’em

Currently, almost every hotel or motel in Myrtle Beach is offering special incentives to lure potential guests to its front desk to check-in. Internet, magazine, email and television ads promote the deals with "must-have"  urgency. Deals that offer free nights or free tickets to area attractions…

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Abiding Village Needs Your Help

Christ United Methodist Church is playing the most expensive game of beat the clock it has ever played. Three weeks from now, on Mother's Day, the church wants to hand over $10 million to the owners of Freestyle Music Park to purchase the property which is worth around $150 to $180 million. What a…

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Gettin’ Ready for Summer

It's time to get ready for summer. I  mean it's time for a pedicure, manicure, eyebrow arch and a fresh new haircut. Getting all dolled up for summertime is an ages-old tradition for my friends and me. When we were younger, we spent hours looking in the pages of  Ebony or Jet looking for any…

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Exceptional Service Deserves a Tip

Tipping is always subjective. First, the dilemma of should you or shouldn't you has to be answered. And, then, if you do decide to tip, how much should you tip? I tip for exceptional service. When I realize that someone goes beyond the realm of duty, I make it a point to say, thank you, with a…

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ID: Don’t Leave Home Without It

You've been coming to Myrtle Beach for years and it feels like everyone there know you. You eat at the same restaurants, attend the same shows, frequent the same bars and stay at the same hotel  ... you feel you're a member of the family. While many businesses in Myrtle Beach strive to make you…

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A Matter of Privacy

A word of advice ... if you want someone to be able to have access to your reservation information, add them to your reservation. Often, a married couple will assume that the spouse has automatic access to the other spouse's reservation. That is simply not the case. By law, only the person…

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Need 10 Rooms or More?

Here’s a few tips to making the most of your group reservation: Plan your group vacation as far out from your arrival date as possible. By booking so far in advance that will insure that you have the number of rooms needed. Also, the chances are better that the rooms will be in close proximity…

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The Best Advice for Booking Hotel Rooms

The cost of hotel accommodations typically consumes a large portion of any travel budget. Understanding hotel booking strategies can help save a good bit of money. Of course, hotel rates fluctuate depending on a wide variety of factors, so landing the cheapest deals is not always an exact science.…

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Enjoy Nights of a Thousand Candles at Brookgreen Gardens

Brookgreen Gardens' two indoor exhibits will be on display daily starting Friday, Nov. 28 to  Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015. Exhibits are free with garden admission. Beginning with the Rainey Sculpture Pavilion, it's a joy of the holiday season in seeing how the horticulture and sculpture departments…

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Off-season Vacation Tips

A Family Affair Off season in Myrtle Beach is the perfect setting for fun family reconnecting. The vast stretches of empty shoreline, the crashing of the waves, the long walks in the refreshing ocean breezes, all the seashells you can carry and the serene natural beauty—this picturesque scene…

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Holiday Stress? Try AHA’s Top 5 Tips for a Heart-Healthy Holiday Season

Send the Grinch packing this holiday season! He’s a mean one, alright. If the Grinch has stolen your healthy holiday, check out these tips from Richard Stein, professor of medicine and cardiology at the New York University School of Medicine in New York City and a spokesman for the American…

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Low Gas Prices Ushers in Holiday Visitors

Almost 90 percent of South Carolinians traveling this Thanksgiving will be on the roads, and will be enjoying the lowest gas prices in five years, according to AAA Carolinas. Of the estimated 656,000 South Carolina residents expected to travel more than 50 miles from home this Thanksgiving…

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Barefoot Landing presents The Lighting of the Landing and Toys for Tots

On Friday, November 21 from 7 to 9 p.m., Barefoot Landing will be celebrating Christmas in grand fashion. Starting at 7 p.m., fireworks will herald the arrival of Santa, who will light the landing and greet children. Also, during The Lighting of the Landing, there will be caroling, music and…

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Have a “Dickens” of a Holiday Vacation in Myrtle Beach

Make it a holiday tradition … attend the 33rd annual Dickens Christmas Show & Festivals! Join more than 15,000 attendees as they stroll through the festive villages of the area’s premiere Christmas Show. Jammed-packed with exhibits, vendors and festivals, it takes more than one day to…

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Thanksgiving by the Sea

It wasn’t until I worked in reservations at one the area’s most popular resorts that I realized that folks really do spend Thanksgiving at the beach.  At first, the concept seemed a bit farfetched. I mean, who wouldn’t want to welcome family and friends into their homes to enjoy a meal fit…

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Fishing the Strand Equals Good Times

This time of year brings on an appetite for the area’s most popular delicacies … fresh seafood. Visit any seafood market and there will be a line of folk who want freshly caught spots, drum or croaker fish along with oysters and blue crabs. By the same token, visit any of the fishing piers…

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Fall, Fashion and Food

Fall’s air is fresh, clean, and it puts me in a good mood to start fresh: a new wardrobe, a new diet and a new attitude. Gladly, I’m in the right place to take advantage of fall’s offerings as Myrtle Beach is an ideal place to enjoy fall, food and fashion. The weather averages in the…

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Myrtle Beach … Come See It for Yourself

Sometimes I feel like I’m preaching to the choir when it comes to talking about how special Myrtle Beach is for vacationers. I mean it’s not that often that I run into someone who has not visited the sandy shores of the east coast’s Grand Strand. Millions of vacationers have found that Myrtle…

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South Carolina Senior Week to Celebrate Seniors

Who ever said that age has its privileges was right especially if you live in South Carolina. Starting January 8, 2015, the state of South Carolina will officially host Senior Week.  So, if you’re 55 and older, during South Carolina Senior Week, expect to be able to enjoy a host of discounts at…

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A Room by Any Other Name

Hotel rooms are classified by the number of beds in them, the size and the amenities that they offer, and their rates vary accordingly. There are four  basic room categories for a hotel in Myrtle Beach: the standard, the efficiency, the suite and the condo. Standard Room A standard room is…

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The Best Time to Book a Hotel Room

Spring, summer, winter or fall … when’s the best time to book a hotel room? Considering the cost of hotel accommodations typically consumes a large portion of any travel budget, the answer to that question could make or break a vacation budget.  Most times, hotel rates fluctuate with the…

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Dancin’ at the Beach

The beach music group, The Fantastic Shakers, summed it all up in its chart-topping Beach Music hit, Myrtle Beach Days: get the notion and head to the ocean!  A shagger's favorite, this ditty ranks No. 9 on the Top 100 Greatest Beach Music Songs chart, ranked by Top 100s Radio. Its catchy refrain,…

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You Are Here

Playing in the ocean surf is sure a lot of fun. But, when you’re all tagged out and you need to take a break, you discover that you’re a good distance from where you started. Your beach chairs, towels, and cooler are a hike back up the beach. Mixed among sunbathers, children playing, and other…

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Wild and Amazing

Looking for wild places to visit while in Myrtle Beach? Try these three enthralling places that are sure to amaze. From lions, tigers and bears to snakes, alligators and bats, the Alligator Adventure, Brookgreen Garden Zoo and the Waccatee Zoo are wild and wonderful place to get up-close and…

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Smile for the Camera

Where’s the most perfect place to take a photo in Myrtle Beach? Depending on the time and weather, the choices are endless. And, with popularity of "selfies," anywhere and anytime is possible. At dawn, when the sun begins to creep up over the ocean, the oceanfront makes a beautiful background.…

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Rainy-day Fun at the Beach

It’s raining while you’re on your much-anticipated beach vacation. But, don’t let tears of angels dampen your spirits or your plans for having a good time. I know beach trips are supposed to be about sun, sand and waves along with fun times and relaxation. But, there are times when Mother…

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Enjoy a huge delicious dining experience at the Giant Crab

Those who know me well know that I love seafood. It’s a running joke amongst family and friends that if it comes from the ocean. I’ll eat it.  So, it’s no surprise that I enjoy seafood buffets. In fact, friends will call and ask for my recommendations. I guess it’s because they know that…

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