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A Thousand Candles for a Thousand Smiles

Besides the miles of beaches and the ocean blue, one of the prettiest destinations in Myrtle Beach is the Brookgreen Gardens, with acres of beautiful flowers, a zoo full of animals and tours to help you navigate everything there is to take in. Along with these scenes and attractions, and as the weather becomes chillier and you hear Christmas carols on the radio, Brookgreen has a special way of putting people in the Christmas spirit.

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Walk Through a Forest of Christmas Joy … Among the Fish!

As the werewolves and jack-o’-lanterns go away and the leaves have all fallen from the trees, it’s only a matter of time before the Christmas specials start filling the TV schedule and jolly holiday tunes are blasted from radio stations. So you’ll need to find the perfect display to subtly put you in the Christmas spirit.

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Five Reasons to Book Your 2017 Vacation Plans at North Beach Plantation

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:

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A Destination for Outdoor Recreation in North Myrtle Beach

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.

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Myrtle Beach Flea Market Tips and Tricks

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.

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Little River ShrimpFest Serves Up Jumbo-Sized Fun

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.

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Myrtle Beach International Airport Offers Great Flights, Amazing Location and Quick Service

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.

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Check Out the New Tavern in Town — American Tap House

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.

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Opa! Another Great Reason to Visit Myrtle Beach in the Fall

To many locals, fall is considered the best time of year at the beach. We have the most wonderful weather of all four seasons, less traffic, fewer visitors and, of course, the festivals! If you haven’t had the chance to enjoy one of our many fall festivals, then the very first thing you need to know is which is the must-attend festival — and that is the St. John’s Greek Festival. This year, the festival will run from Sept. 29 through Oct. 2. You must make plans to attend — you won’t be sorry, and you will likely be starting a great new tradition!

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CCU Football Offers Another Reason to Visit the Grand Strand in the Fall

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.

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Good Times Are in the Air at Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art

The historic town of Pawleys Island might be old, small and slow-paced, but it knows how to throw one heck of a party. The highlight of the "arrogantly shabby" resort town's social calendar — the Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art — is right around the corner, coinciding with the start of the fall season and the perfect time to visit, from Sept. 24 through Oct. 15.

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Enjoy Your Labor Day Weekend With North Beach Plantation and the Coastal Uncorked Festival

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.

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Myrtle Beach Fall 2016 Events

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.

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Touring the Pools of North Beach Plantation

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.

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Take a Day Trip Back in Time to Historic Georgetown

Guests at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort have so many wonderful options for on-site entertainment that they could spend their entire vacation without leaving the property. But for those who wish to explore the beautiful Lowcountry scenery that surrounds Litchfield Beach, there are even more exciting opportunities, including a unique chance to travel back in time.

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Autumn Is the Prime Time to Fall in Love With Litchfield Beach

Millions of visitors spend their summer vacations on the Grand Strand every year, but the savviest of travelers love to come in the fall. Whether it's the smaller crowds, the milder temperatures or the scenic beauty of the South Carolina Lowcountry in the fall, repeat guests have fallen in love with an autumn retreat to Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort and the south side of the Strand.

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5 Easy-Access Golf Courses for North Beach Plantation Guests

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:

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Top 5 Places for Sushi Near Litchfield Beach

The seafood scene on the South Strand is one of the best on the East Coast. From the waterfront restaurants along the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk to the "arrogantly shabby" seafood shacks of Pawleys Island, guests at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort are surrounded by can't-miss, fresh-catch options. But for those who prefer their seafood on the rare side, as in tasty sushi and sashimi, you need to know where to go. Here the top five places to find great sushi near Litchfield Beach:

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Myrtle Beach: A Great Place to Spend Labor Day Weekend

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!

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Find Your Inner Peace at Stox & Co.

Everyone wants to cram as much fun as possible into their summer beach vacation, but it's also important to experience a little rest and relaxation. Rather than returning home more tired than before you left on your trip, be sure to set aside some much-deserved "me time" at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort's Stox & Co. Spa to rejuvenate your body, mind and soul.

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Jump, Bounce and Climb at Myrtle Beach’s First Trampoline Park

Myrtle Beach is famous for its wealth of fun-in-the-sun activities, such as parasailing, surfing, golf and beachcombing. But what about when it rains, or when it’s just too hot to play outdoors? Thanks to the recent opening of Rockin’ Jump, Myrtle Beach’s first trampoline park, we’ve got you covered — literally.

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Make Waves at Shark Wake Park

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.

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Five Local Golf Courses Litchfield Guests Should Play

There are lots of good reasons to stay at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort — including the luxurious Lowcountry location, the world-class amenities, and the 600 scenic acres of woodlands, wetlands and white-sand beaches. But perhaps none are bigger than the abundance of award-winning golf courses within a short distance of the resort, giving guests a long list of opportunities.

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Top Five Myrtle Beach Golf Courses Where Kids Play Free

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.

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Experience a Moveable Feast at the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk

There are so many great restaurants located along the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk that it's hard to choose just one — so don't. Instead of enjoying a four-course meal at one of the dozen or so establishments connected by the wooden waterfront walkway, take a page out of Ernest Hemingway's memoir "A Moveable Feast" and have one course each at four different restaurants. Take the short stroll on the MarshWalk and stop in for a few small tastes of what the "Seafood Capital of South Carolina" has to offer.

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The 5 Best Places for Oysters in Myrtle Beach

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!

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Finding the Quietest Beach Spots on the Grand Strand

It's no secret that July is a great time to visit Myrtle Beach. That's why so many people choose to visit this time of year. While there's something to be said for joining the crowds on the beach — like making new friends over a game of cornhole or watching the kids join in on building a sand castle — sometimes you need an escape from the masses on your own secluded stretch of beach. They are a bit hard to come by in the peak of the season, so the price of privacy may be an admission fee to an oceanfront park or a long hike through the sand.

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Protect Your Skin While Having Fun in the Myrtle Beach Sun

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.

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Five Great Beach Getaways and Nature Retreats on the South Strand

Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort is a peaceful retreat in its own right, with 600 acres of white-sand beaches, golf and tennis facilities, swimming pools and a spa, and hiking and biking trails where you can always find some relaxation and tranquility.

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Three Myrtle Beach Cruise Options That Are Sure to Please

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:

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Pursue Offshore Adventure During Your Grand Strand Vacation

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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Ripley’s Aquarium

If you need a little break from the beach but still want to experience life under the sea, make a point to visit Ripley’s Aquarium in Myrtle Beach. Located in the Broadway at the Beach shopping and dining district, this attraction offers fascinating daily exhibits, unforgettable behind-the-scenes experiences, and live shows.

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How to Make the Most of Your Litchfield Beach Vacation

There is a simple formula for having a great vacation experience on the Grand Strand: Play hard, sleep hard, eat hard and shop hard. Do those four things, with lots of rest and relaxation in between, and you will take home plenty of vacation memories. Do those same things at the best places on the Grand Strand, and you're sure to make the most of your getaway.

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The Claw House Restaurant Adds Unique Flavor to Grand Strand Dining Scene

With more than 1,700 restaurants serving millions of annual visitors to the Grand Strand, it's difficult for an upstart eatery to offer something truly unique. But The Claw House, the latest addition to the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk, has done just that by pursuing a fresh concept amid a sea of other waterfront restaurants in the Seafood Capital of South Carolina.

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Alabama Theatre Reflects Rich Musical History of Myrtle Beach

The Alabama Theatre at Barefoot Landing has been entertaining thousands of fans for more than two decades, but the story behind the popular musical and theatrical venue is even more deeply rooted in the Grand Strand sand, all the way back to the early 1970s.

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North Beach Plantation Named Hall of Fame Award Winner

Known as the “world’s largest travel site,” TripAdvisor is a website that lets people share their travel experiences and rate restaurants, flights, hotels, services and more from around the globe. The better the reviews a business gets on TripAdvisor, the better chance it will get new customers.

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Hope and History in North Myrtle Beach this Summer

Looking to gain some historic knowledge during your exciting vacation on the Grand Strand? Founded in 2013, the North Myrtle Beach Historical Museum is proud to present the exhibit, which celebrates the life and legacy of Bob Hope and examines his entire life.

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The Best BBQ Spots in Myrtle Beach

South Carolina is known for its amazing BBQ, and the Fourth of July is the perfect time to enjoy this all-American meal. After a long day of swimming in the pool or relaxing on the beach at The Strand, you’re sure to be hungry — so here’s a list of a few of the area’s most delicious BBQ joints.

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Celebrating the Fourth of July on the South Strand

For those looking to celebrate the Fourth of July on the south end of the Grand Strand, Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort offers a front-row seat right in the middle of the holiday action — which ranges from parades of boats and vehicles to fireworks over the ocean. Here are five fun ways to celebrate America’s 240th birthday while staying in the lap of luxury at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort:

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Fill Your July 4th with Fireworks and Fun at North Beach Plantation

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.

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Cast Your Day Away Fishing Under the Carolina Sun

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.

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Myrtle Beach Flea Markets Offer Bargains, Variety

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.

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Top 5 Ways to Stay Cool This Summer at Litchfield Beach

As the summer temperatures rise on the Grand Strand, so does the demand for cool entertainment options. Locals and visitors alike seek relief under the shade of a sprawling live oak tree or in the cool waters of the Atlantic Ocean, and guests at Litchfield Beach & Golf Club can hit the indoor and outdoor pools on our oceanfront deck to take a quick dip. But there are lots of other alternatives that aren't quite so obvious.

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Catch your own Seafood Feast at these Hot Spots for Fishing on the South Strand

The South Strand is famous for its award-winning seafood restaurants, but the freshest catches are located just off the shore. The Atlantic Ocean and the surrounding tidal creeks and inlets are teeming with a wide variety of fish species, as well as shrimp, oysters, blue crabs and more. Visiting anglers can cut out the middle-man restaurants and go straight to the source by catching and cooking their own seafood feast.

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North Beach Surrounded by a Shopper’s Paradise

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:

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Top 5 Seafood Restaurants South of Myrtle Beach

Guests at Litchfield Beach Golf & Resort are fortunate that they don't have to leave the premises to enjoy excellent seafood. The on-site Webster's Lowcountry Grill serves a nice selection of steaks and seafood so you can enjoy surf and turf without the hassle of going out for dinner. But if you want to take your taste buds on a tour of the local seafood scene in nearby Murrells Inlet, Pawleys Island and Litchfield Beach, you don’t have to go very far or look very hard.

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Five Must Have Things to Pack for your Summer vacation at Litchfield Beach

Packing for your family vacation can be so stressful that you need a longer getaway to recover from it. Relax and remember to pack light. The beauty of staying at Litchfield Beach Golf & Resort is you don't need to bring much to have a great vacation experience. The resort has so many amenities that you really don't have to leave the premises to have a good time, and even the surrounding area is very laid back and come-as-you-are casual. But there are a handful of things you should remember to bring.

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Five Great Places for Live Music on the South Strand

Folks can enjoy some wonderful sounds during their stay at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort - the waves crashing on the beach, the sea breeze blowing through the live oak trees, and best of all, the chirping of birds and cheering for birdies on our on-site golf course. But for those with an ear for music, you don't have to travel far to find the sweet sounds of live acts on local stages.

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Top Five Ways to Celebrate Father’s Day with Dad

You may know him as Dad, but deep down there's still a little kid inside just crying for an excuse to play. Father's Day is the perfect time to show him some love and excitement, and Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort is the ideal place to show him a great time.

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Enjoy Cool Summer Evenings at Brookgreen Gardens

Who needs Hot Summer Nights when you can enjoy Cool Summer Evenings at Brookgreen Gardens? The oldest and largest botanical sculpture garden on the East Coast keeps its gates open late during the long days of summer to give visitors the chance to explore the 9,000-acre compound under cooler conditions while enjoying concerts, boat rides, dinner and activities for kids.

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LEGO Exhibit Comes to Brookgreen Gardens

While Brookgreen Gardens in nearby Murrells Inlet offers fun activities for the whole family, convincing some youngsters to spend a full day at the botanical sculpture garden might be a challenge. But with the addition of the LEGO Bricks Exhibit to Brookgreen Gardens' summer lineup, the little ones will be lining up to see and build statues with the popular toy blocks. Now through Sept. 5, Brookgreen Gardens is hosting the touring exhibit "Nature Connects: Art With LEGO Bricks" in its Native Wildlife Zoo area. Featuring 12 amazing sculptures built entirely with LEGOs by artist and children's book author Sean Kenney, this display allows kids to get up close and pose for photos with colorful statues of peacocks, flowers and other natural landscapes.

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Play Trivia Six Nights a Week on the Grand Strand

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.

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North Beach: the Perfect Place for Weddings, Receptions

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.

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Stay With Us While You Enjoy the Carolina Country Music Festival

More than 50,000 fans are expected to flock to downtown Myrtle Beach for the Second Annual Carolina Country Music Festival, and thousands more will be on the Grand Strand for summer vacation on the first weekend of June. But you can enjoy all the great country music acts while also escaping the big crowds in Myrtle Beach by staying at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort.

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Five Great Day Trips Within an Hour’s Drive of North Beach

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:

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Celebrate Mayfest on Main in North Myrtle Beach

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.

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Top 5 Seafood Restaurants Near North Beach Plantation

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:

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Celebrate the Carolina Country Music Festival at North Beach Plantation

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.

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Five Great Ways to Spend Rainy Days on the Grand Strand

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:

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Experience a Memorable Easter Holiday in North Myrtle Beach

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:

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Five Places to Enjoy Craft Beer on the South Strand

Beer has undergone a major revolution in recent years. Once represented by only handful of national brands, the beer industry’s top has been popped, blown wide open by the exploding popularity of craft beers and microbreweries. For beer-lovers with adventurous taste buds, it's now easier than ever to sample a wide variety of ales, ciders, stouts and wheat beers from around the world.

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Planning the Perfect Event at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort

Make your special occasion extra special by holding it at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort, the ultimate venue for a memorable and successful event. Located in the beautiful Lowcountry of coastal South Carolina, Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort provides the perfect setting for a wide range of gatherings.

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Spend a Warm Weekend Getaway at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort

The calendar may say it's still winter, but the thermometer is singing a different tune. As we enter the home stretch to spring, the Grand Strand is already experiencing some unseasonably warm spells that are perfect for a weekend getaway. You don't have to wait for spring break or summer vacation to experience some fun in the sun at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort.

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Top 10 Boutiques on the South Strand

To remember your memorable vacation on the Grand Strand, you may want to pick up a keepsake or two, or maybe even take home gifts to folks back home to share in the experience. Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort is surrounded by shopping opportunities at local boutiques where you can discover one-of-a-kind gifts unlike many of the cookie-cutter outlets. From clothing and accessories to unique works of art and curio, you can unearth some real gems and find some real bargains at some of our South Strand neighborhood shops. Here are 10 of our favorites:

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Luxury Golf for the Luxury Myrtle Beach Vacation

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:

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Top 5 Reasons to Stay on the South Strand

The Grand Strand is a 60-mile stretch of Carolina coastline that serves as America's playground. But within those 60 miles is a diverse landscape where visitors can find exactly what they are looking for in a vacation destination.

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Top 5 Sports Bars to Watch March Madness on the South Strand

Spring fever isn't the only ailment that brings guests to Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort this time of year. March Madness also sweeps through the South Strand, and college basketball fans have plenty of options for watching the all the tournament action. Running from March 15 to the championship game on April 4, March Madness is at its maddest at these five local spots:

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Paint the Town Green at the North Myrtle Beach St. Patricks’ Day Parade and Festival

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.

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Five Fun Things to do in the Wintertime on the South Strand

The Grand Strand is famous for its summer fun in the sun, but the wintertime offers its own treasures to be discovered regardless of the weather. Litchfield Beach provides guests with numerous on-site options for indoor fun, but the property is located close to a lot of excellent entertainment opportunities. Here are five of our favorites in the Pawleys Island area of the South Strand:

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Five Must-Do Things on the South Strand

There's something special about the south side of the Grand Strand, and there's really no place else on earth quite like it. Few places along the East Coast offer the unique combination of beautiful beaches, Lowcountry wetlands and woodlands, rich history and Southern hospitality within a 30-mile radius of Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort, so it would be a shame not to see some of the highlights. Here's our list of five places you really should visit during your South Strand vacation:

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Top 5 Restaurants in Pawleys Island

For guests at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort who love great food and good times, we have good news, and even better news. The good news is you don't even have to leave the resort to enjoy excellent fine-dining at the on-site Webster's Lowcountry Grill & Bar. The even better news is you don't have to travel very far to find other outstanding restaurants in the area.

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Top Three Golf Courses Close to Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort

One of the best reasons to stay and play at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort is the easy accessibility to award-winning golf. With the adjoining Litchfield Country Club providing preferred rounds to guests, you don't have to leave the property to enjoy championship golf at its best. But if you do, some of the top courses in the Carolinas are only a short drive away.

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Horseback Riding is a Great Way to Spend a Day in North Myrtle Beach

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.

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Myrtle Beach a Hot Spot for Sports Tourism, Facilities

In 2004, Sports Illustrated named Myrtle Beach the Sports Capital of South Carolina, and not just because the magazine was founded at our famed Pine Lakes International Country Club 50 years earlier. The foremost authority in American sports knew what millions of visitors have discovered: Myrtle Beach is a great vacation destination as well as a hot spot for sports. With more than 80 golf courses located within a 60-mile radius of the Grand Strand, and with a 60-mile stretch of white-sand beaches and beautiful Atlantic Ocean in our back yard, the Myrtle Beach area is well known for its golf and watersports opportunities. But fewer know about the abundance of ball fields, sports courts, bike trails and ballparks.

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Where to Find Healthy and Tasty Super Bowl Party Eats and Treats

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:

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The Carolina Opry Comes Alive with New “Thunder and Light” Show

What do you get when you cross the foot-stomping showmanship of popular dance troop All That with the high-tech lasers featured on major concert tours? Then take a little bit of magic and a whole lot of breath-taking action and put them all under one roof? Technically speaking, the answer is "Thunder and Light", the latest show to take the stage and thrill audiences at Myrtle Beach’s Carolina Opry. The Calvin Gilmore production is drawing rave reviews since debuting this season and crowds are taking notice. But the easy answer to the trick question is entertainment for every non-stop moment of the showcase.

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22nd Annual Quilt Gala Blankets the Grand Strand

The Grand Strand is more commonly associated with beach blankets and towels than traditional Southern quilts. But, perfect for the winter season, the Myrtle Beach area becomes home of the popular Quilt Gala on the last weekend of February. Held Friday and Saturday, Feb. 26-27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., this event attracts a large crowd of quilt-makers and enthusiasts to see these homemade and handmade blankets on display. Much like the Horry County Museum that hosts the 22nd annual event, the Quilt Gala also has a new location and an expanded lineup to bring more folks into the historic fold.

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Top 5 Limo, Taxi and Shuttle Services on the Grand Strand

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.

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Style at North Beach Plantation

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:

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Palmetto Distillery Brings Moonshine to Sun Fun Capital of Myrtle Beach

It's funny how things change over time. Just as the finest whiskeys mellow with age, so do laws and social attitudes. The same moonshine that was illegal to make and distribute generations ago can now be legally purchased at your local liquor store. Visitors to Myrtle Beach can even buy a Mason jar of South Carolina's finest shine at the new Palmetto Distillery. Located on the south side of Myrtle Beach near the Market Common shopping district, Palmetto Distillery is the first legal moonshine maker and distributor in South Carolina and one of the oldest family outfits of making homemade spirits. The new 3,000 square foot facility serves as a moonshine museum paying tribute to the Southern heritage of the founding family.

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Plan Your Family Reunion at North Beach Plantation

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.

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Carolina Master Chorale is Music to Myrtle Beach’s Ears

The Grand Strand is known for its critically acclaimed live theaters and award-winning music venues. Popular concert spots like the House of Blues and The Palace Theatre, and off-Broadway-style theatres like The Carolina Opry and Alabama Theatre bring entertainment to the masses in Myrtle Beach, playing to packed houses of locals and visitors alike. But some of the best musical performances on the Grand Strand go off with little fanfare and aren't even on the radar screens of many music-lovers. That's because the Carolina Master Chorale, a non-profit group of local singers and musicians, don't often receive the red-carpet treatment or attract the neon-lite attention of a commercial enterprise. But for people who appreciate the purity and power of an acappella performance over the glitz and glamour of a professional production, the Carolina Master Chorale is a diamond in the rough amid a sea of high-profile acts.

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Boating, Fishing, Hunting Highlight Grand Strand Boat Show & Sportsman’s Expo

Virtually all the major boating and fishing events in the Myrtle Beach area take place on the water, such as the Atlantic Ocean to the east and the Intracoastal Waterway to the west. But perhaps the biggest aquatic and angling gatherings of the year are held on dry land at the Grand Strand Boat Show & Sportsman Expo at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center on Jan. 8-10. Featuring three days of all things related to boating, fishing and hunting, the Grand Strand Boat Show & Sportsman Expo is the highlight event of the year for all kinds of outdoorsmen and outdoorswomen. Featuring hundreds of boats, motors and extras for sailing the high seas and the Lowcountry lakes and rivers, as well as countless numbers of fishing and hunting related items, the Myrtle Beach Convention Center lets patrons see it all under one roof and in the outdoor parking lot.

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710 Offers the Four B’s - Burgers, Bocce, Beers and Bowling - and More

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.

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Five Ways to Bring the Holidays With You to North Beach Plantation

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:

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Top Places to Watch the NFL Playoffs in Myrtle Beach

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:

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Christmas Mass Schedules for the Grand Strand

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:

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Christmas Cheers! The Best Holiday Drinks on the Beach

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.

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Top Christmas Light Displays in Myrtle Beach

Most people come to Myrtle Beach in search of one light - the sun, and lots of it. But during the wintertime and holiday season, the beauty of the Grand Strand comes alive in the glow of Christmas lights at various spots along the 60-mile stretch of coast. From Pawleys Island to the Carolina border, the Grand Strand is aglow with brightly colored lights and holiday festivities. Here are a few of our favorite Christmas light displays and where you can find them in the Myrtle Beach area:

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Start Planning Your Spring and Summer Retreat to North Beach Plantation

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:

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Make North Beach Plantation Your Winter Retreat

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:

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Spend a Splendid Holiday Season in Myrtle Beach

The Grand Strand is magically transformed into a warmer version of a winter wonderland at Christmas time, and The Strand Resort is your holiday home away from home to see and attend all the great events, festivals and shows Myrtle Beach has to offer. Spend all day and night taking in the holiday sights and sounds, then head back to The Strand and relax before doing it all over again. Here’s a list of some of the fun holiday activities on tap this season:

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Celebrate the Holiday Season at North Beach Plantation

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:

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Nights of a Thousand Candles Brings Holiday Spirit to Brookgreen Gardens

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.

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Experience a Dickens Christmas Tradition in Myrtle Beach

The Grand Strand goes all out for the holidays with dozens of parades, light displays and theatrical performances. But there's one tradition that stands out above the rest - the Dickens Christmas Show & Festivals - which hosts its 34th annual installment on Nov. 12-15. Held at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, which is only a short walk from The Strand Resort, the event features a 100,000 square foot Christmas village filled with decorations, shopping venues and entertainment for the whole family. Based on the timeless holiday classic “A Christmas Carol”, this award-winning, Victorian-themed celebration attracts thousands of visitors to the main exhibition hall to get into the holiday spirit.

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Myrtle Beach Turns on Welcome Sign in Wake of South Carolina Flooding

The historic flooding that hit the state of South Carolina in the first week of October still wasn’t enough to stop the good times from rolling in Myrtle Beach and at The Strand Resort. While record amounts of rainfall caused major flooding across the Palmetto State, the Grand Strand and The Strand Resort came out of the storm in great shape. Just days after parts of the Palmetto State experienced as much as 2 feet of rain in the first week of October, Myrtle Beach was back open for business. "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."

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North Myrtle Beach Open for Business in Aftermath of South Carolina Flooding

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."

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Wedding Showcase the Perfect Place to Plan Your Grand Strand Wedding

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.

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Fall is Prime Time for Bird-Watching on the Grand Strand

Seagulls are the most commonly spotted birds in Myrtle Beach during the summer season, and the winter months attract a completely different type of snowbird to the Grand Strand. But in the time between, this 60-mile stretch of Carolina coastline is a major layover site for some of the most rare migratory birds in North America making their way south. For guests at The Strand who are bird enthusiasts or even those who have an appreciation for the beauty of nature, the Grand Strand offers some of the best places on the Eastern Coast to spot a wide range of our fine-feathered friends. Watch these colorful creatures flock to scenic landscapes in the pristine wetlands and maritime woodlands of the Carolina coast.

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Sleep With the Sharks at Ripley’s Aquarium in Myrtle Beach

Don't get us wrong. The Strand's friendly staff would love for you to be our guests and spend every night of your Myrtle Beach vacation in our luxurious resort. But we would certainly understand if you decide to check out this unique overnight opportunity at Ripley's Aquarium with the "Sleep with the Sharks" event. The 85,000 square foot facility, which features 1.2 million gallons of water, is home to all kinds of aquatic sea life on display at the Broadway at the Beach Complex. Ripley's Aquarium recently added this sleepover activity to its lineup, giving guests the rare opportunity to sleep with the fishes - not like in the mobster movies, but more like a cross between the classic films "Jaws" and "Night at the Museum.

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North Beach Surrounded by a Shopper’s Paradise

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:

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Celebrate Mayfest on Main in North Myrtle Beach

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.

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Five Great Ways to Spend Rainy Days on the Grand Strand

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:

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Experience a Memorable Easter Holiday in North Myrtle Beach

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:

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Luxury Golf for the Luxury Myrtle Beach Vacation

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:

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Paint the Town Green at the North Myrtle Beach St. Patricks’ Day Parade and Festival

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.

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Horseback Riding is a Great Way to Spend a Day in North Myrtle Beach

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.

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Where to Find Healthy and Tasty Super Bowl Party Eats and Treats

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:

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Top 5 Limo, Taxi and Shuttle Services on the Grand Strand

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.

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Style at North Beach Plantation

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:

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Plan Your Family Reunion at North Beach Plantation

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.

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710 Offers the Four B’s - Burgers, Bocce, Beers and Bowling - and More

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.

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Top Places to Watch the NFL Playoffs in Myrtle Beach

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:

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Start Planning Your Spring and Summer Retreat to North Beach Plantation

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:

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Make North Beach Plantation Your Winter Retreat

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:

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Celebrate the Holiday Season at North Beach Plantation

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:

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Nights of a Thousand Candles Brings Holiday Spirit to Brookgreen Gardens

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.

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North Myrtle Beach Open for Business in Aftermath of South Carolina Flooding

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."

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Wedding Showcase the Perfect Place to Plan Your Grand Strand Wedding

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.

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Duplin Winery Brings Taste of the Carolinas to Barefoot Landing

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.

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Top 5 Reasons North Beach is the Best Resort for a Romantic Getaway

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:

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Take the Family to Play Par-3 Golf in Myrtle Beach

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:

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Top 5 Things to do Outdoors with Kids 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:

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Top 5 Beach-Casual Places to Grab Lunch on Grand Strand

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:

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North Beach Provides Front-Row Seat to Fall Festivals

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.

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Top 4 Reasons to Stay at North Beach Plantation

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:

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Experience the Thrill of Skydiving in North Myrtle 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.

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Celebrate Every Night of the Week at Barefoot Landing’s Summerfest

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:

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Plan the Perfect Family Reunion at the Beach at North Beach Cottages

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.

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Go Scuba Diving in North Myrtle Beach

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.

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Top 5 Breakfast Places in North Myrtle Beach

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:

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Top 5 Oceanfront Restaurants and Bars in North Myrtle Beach

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:

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Five Great Day-Trips From North Myrtle Beach

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:

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Five Reasons North Beach Plantation is the Top Place to Stay on the Grand Strand

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:

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21 Main Serves Some Amazing Cuisine, Tough Decisions

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:

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Top 5 Reasons to Stay on Property at North Beach Plantation

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:

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A Relaxing Mother’s Day Weekend 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.

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Why Staying at The Bridge Should be on Your Bucket List

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.

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Top Places for a Low-Key Night Out in North Myrtle Beach

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.

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A Six Package of Shopping Opportunities in North Myrtle Beach

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:

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Celebrate the Start of the Summer Season at Mayfest on Main Festival

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.

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Four Tips for Holding Your Wedding at North Beach Plantation

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.

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Top 5 Golf Courses you Haven’t Heard of on the North Strand

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:

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Top 5 Fine Dining Restaurants in North Myrtle Beach

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:

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in North Myrtle Beach

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.

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Carolina Opry Offers Wide Range of Entertainment in Myrtle Beach

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.

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T.I.G.E.R.S. Preserve Brings Wilds of Africa to Myrtle Beach

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."

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5 Rainy Day Activities in North Myrtle Beach

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:

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5 Things North Beach Plantation has that Other Resorts Don’t

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:

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Planning the Perfect Valentine’s Day Date in North Myrtle Beach

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:

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Top 5 Indoor Activities in North Myrtle Beach

So what if it's cold and rainy outside. There's still plenty of fun to be hand indoors in North Myrtle Beach, where there are as many things to do under the roof as there is under the sun. That's especially true for visitors staying at North Beach Plantation. If the weather dictates an indoor play date and you don't feel like leaving the resort property, make it a spa date at the on-site Cinzia Spa for a relaxing ritual treatment or a romantic couple’s massage. Enjoy a delicious meal at 21 Main, get in a workout at the state-of-the-art fitness center, or take a dip in the heated indoor pool. But if you prefer to use the cold and rain as an opportunity to try some indoor activities in North Myrtle Beach, you're in luck. Nearby Barefoot Landing and downtown Ocean Drive are home to several entertainment options. Here are the top five places to stay warm and dry and have a good time in North Myrtle Beach:

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Top 5 Places to Watch the Super Bowl in North Myrtle Beach

Are you ready for some football? Not just any kind of football, but the biggest football game of the season and the most popular sporting event of the year – Super Bowl XLIX. Although we still don’t know which two teams will be making the trip to Glendale, Arizona for the Feb. 1 affair, we do know that millions of Americans and billions around the world will tune in to see the showcase, even if it’s just for the commercials and the halftime show.

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Top 5 Reasons for Staying at The Bridge

Special occasions call for special treatment, and there’s no place more special than North Beach Plantation’s new penthouse venue, The Bridge. Featuring beautiful modern décor, seven bedrooms and baths, a state-of-the-art kitchen and a long list of amenities, The Bridge is the perfect place to make your affair perfect. Here are five ideal uses for staying at the ultimate party spot:

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Top 5 Restaurants for Valentine’s Day Dinner in Myrtle Beach

Valentine’s Day can be a tricky one when it comes to buying gifts for loved ones. Flowers and candy can be classy or cliché, but trying to find something unique runs the risk of being inappropriate for the holiday. Finding just the right present for just the right person that sends just the right message can make it a tough call. But there are at least two sure-fire gifts that can’t go wrong. With Valentine’s Day falling on a Saturday in 2015, it’s the perfect time for a romantic weekend getaway to North Beach Plantation. Enjoy a stroll on the secluded beaches, watch the waves roll in from your private balcony, and get a couples’ massage at the on-site Cinzia Spa. It’s an ideal weekend for any couple and won’t that will be remembered for years to come.

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Shagging, stomping and stamping on the Grand Strand

Who says the winter time is the offseason on the Grand Strand? For three straight weekends in the dead of winter, the Myrtle Beach area will host a trio of unique and long-running events that promises something for everyone. Sure, the weather can be iffy in January and February, but these indoor events will keep you warm and active until spring rolls around. While there’s plenty to do and see on the North Beach Plantation property, like a relaxing day at the Cinzia Spa or a hearty feast at 21 Main, you can also check out the pageantry of the 40th Annual Carolina Square and Round Dance Convention in Myrtle Beach, the 32nd Annual Shag Dancing Championship Preliminaries in North Myrtle Beach, or the 23rd Annual Myrtle Beach Stamp & Postcard Show for a fun way to shake off the winter time blues. Here's a look at all three upcoming events:

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Frequently Asked Questions at North Beach Plantation

Come read up on some frequently asked questions regarding our resort policies, procedures, and offerings.

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Top 5 Places to Ring in the New Year in North Myrtle Beach

Americans love to ring in the New Year in their own unique ways. In New York City’s Time Square, they drop a big ball. In Atlanta’s it’s a giant peach. And Las Vegas puts on a pyrotechnics display that makes the strip look tame. Although North Myrtle Beach has no tradition of dropping or blowing up things to signal the start of a new calendar, it does carry on the rites of having a good time Grand Strand style – with live music, dancing, food and fireworks. Say goodbye to 2014 and hello to 2015 with a smile on your face at one of these five North Myrtle Beach hot spots:

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North Myrtle Beach New Year

If you're going to be in North Myrtle Beach for the New Year, you can chose from a number of events and activities where you can raise a glass and toast the beginning of 2015. Plenty of parties will be taking place in bars and restaurants all over town -- and even more in Myrtle Beach just to the south -- but if you want to stay local, you are still sure to find a great event right in North Myrtle Beach. Here are a few special events we thought you'd want to know about:

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North Beach Plantation Has It All

Imagine a Grand Strand vacation filled with four-diamond accommodations, excellent fine dining, a full-service spa and an award-winning swim-up bar. Now imagine enjoying all these things and more at one location – North Beach Plantation in North Myrtle Beach. There’s no imagining required at this magical resort, although it does have a too-good-to-be-true feel. As you cross over the causeway and see the twin towers high above the 60-acre oceanfront property, you realize you have arrived someplace special. Situated on an island separated from the mainland by tidal creeks, North Beach Plantation keeps the pleasant surprises coming once you get over your breathe-taking arrival. It all starts with the first-class accommodations, which range from condo-style units in the 18-story towers to beach cottages and houses with up to five bedrooms. A three-time recipient of AAA's exclusive Four Diamond rating, North Beach Plantation offers luxury accommodations with private balconies overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, fully equipped kitchens, modern fixtures and furnishings. Houses, condos and cottages feature a mixture of features, including patio decks with hot tubs, barbecue grills and hammocks.

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Alabama Theatre Brings Holiday Spirit to Grand Strand

If you're having a hard time getting into the holiday spirit, the Alabama Theatre is serving up heaping helpings with its annual production of "The South's Grandest Christmas" show. For guests at North Beach Plantation, holiday cheer is only a short distance away. Located at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach, the Alabama Theatre has made a name for itself with this traditional Christmas showcase. Highlighting the wonders of a country Christmas below the Mason/Dixon line, this award-winning performance has been known to put a smile on the faces of even the biggest scrooges in the audience.

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Michigan Couple Discover Love, Luxury at North Beach Plantation

It's safe to say that Dr. Chris Quinn has a true love affair with North Beach Plantation - in more ways than one. Not only did he and his wife, Jenna, fall in love with the elegant North Myrtle Beach resort the first time they visited, they also subsequently held their wedding at North Beach, and recently returned to celebrate their first year together at their favorite place on the planet. "I brought my then-girlfriend, Jenna, there for the first time and it was just perfect," recalled Chris. "Just driving down the road and crossing the bridge that leads to the towers is so fantastic. You can tell you are arriving someplace special. We absolutely fell in love with it."

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Top 10 Places for Thanksgiving Dinner in Myrtle Beach

Everyone loves a homemade Thanksgiving feast … except the ones who have to spend all week preparing it and the rest of the weekend cleaning and recovering from it. That’s one of the reasons families have begun turning to a holiday meal at a nice restaurant in recent years. Show up, sit down, chow down, and stagger back home for a long, relaxing nap. No cooking, no cleaning, no problems.That trend is particularly true of parties who take advantage of the holiday for a mini-vacation in North Myrtle Beach. With so much to see and do, and without all the cooking comforts of home, guests have started celebrating Thanksgiving dinner at a fine-dining establishment or a country-cooking hot spot for maximum convenience and excellent cuisine.

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North Myrtle Beach has Couples Covered for Every Occasion

North Myrtle Beach is a popular place for a couples retreat, in part because of the wide selection of activities available for parties of two. While there's plenty of things to see and do for families, golfers and large groups, North Myrtle Beach is especially suited for couples looking to spend some quality time together, no matter how you define "quality time." From romantic dancing and dining hot spots to outdoor activities designed for making memories, you'll find it all in North Myrtle Beach. Here's a list of suggestions for couples looking to have a special getaway you will remember for years to come:

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North Myrtle Beach From A to Z

A is for Alligator Adventure, a zoological park at Barefoot Landing with thousands of gators, crocs, reptiles and other unusual critters. B is for Barefoot Landing, the entertainment, dining and shopping capital of North Myrtle beach. C is for Calabash-style seafood, made famous by the city just north of the Carolina border but available at seafood buffets throughout North Myrtle Beach. D is for Dancing, a popular pastime in North Myrtle Beach. In fact, South Carolina's state dance, the shag, was popularized in the clubs of Ocean Drive in the 1950s and ‘60s.

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Coastal North Town Center Brings More Shopping to North Strand

For years, visitors and residents on the north end of the Grand Strand have been largely left out of the retail-shopping center boom. With the Barefoot Landing, Broadway at the Beach and Market Common mega-plexes to the south, along with Coastal Grand Mall, Myrtle Beach Mall and two Tanger Outlets, those living and staying in the downtown North Myrtle Beach and Little River areas have had long drives to get some serious retail therapy. But that is changing with the recent opening of the new Coastal North Town Center, a 368,000-square-foot retail district featuring dozens of national and regional outlets - some of them making their debuts on the Grand Strand. With stores like the Hobby Lobby and Publix grocery store, which have no other locations on the 60-mile stretch of the Grand Strand, Coastal North Town Center may be giving residents and visitors on the south side of the Strand good reasons to make the drive to North Myrtle Beach.

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See Reptiles and More at Alligator Adventure

Guests at North Beach Plantation might be horrified to learn that there are hundreds of alligators, snakes and other rare reptiles within short distance of the exclusive North Myrtle Beach resort. Fear not; they are confined to the 15-acre property at Alligator Adventure, just across Highway 17 at Barefoot Landing. And while you don't have to worry about encountering one of the man-eating crocodiles in the wild, Alligator Adventure gives visitors the next best thing: the chance to get up close and personal with the ancient creatures.Featuring various species of alligators, crocodiles, venomous snakes and other rare reptiles, Alligator Adventure is most popular for the animals that take top billing on the marquee - gators, and lots of them. From the popular American alligator to the endangered Albino alligator, this wildlife refuge is literally wall to wall with gators.

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Sweet Sounds and Seafood on Tap at Little River Shrimp & Jazz Festival

The Little River Shrimp & Jazz Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary in October, and the two-day party filled with live concerts and fresh seafood has already become a popular tradition on the Grand Strand. Thousands pack the downtown streets and fishing docks of the historic Little River Waterfront to celebrate two of the town's biggest treasures - seafood and music. The first part of the "Shrimp & Jazz" honorees is obvious. The peak of the fall shrimp season brings boatloads of shrimp to the docks and dining rooms of Little River's many seafood restaurants. Also known for producing large quantities of fresh catch of the day fish and blue crabs by the bushels, Little River features all kinds of seafood at this festival.

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Top Five Restaurants for your Anniversary Dinner in North Myrtle Beach

North Myrtle Beach has always been a great place to hold a beach wedding, so it's no surprise that it has also become a popular place to celebrate a wedding anniversary. Because North Myrtle Beach has fewer restrictions on beach weddings than some surrounding cities on the Grand Strand, it has become a hot spot for couples to exchange their vows with the Atlantic Ocean serving as the perfect backdrop. Many of those couples return to year after year to revisit the site of their special day, and to add some new memories to their marriage. Another draw to North Myrtle Beach is the abundance of romantic accommodations and restaurants. Guests at North Beach Plantation know there's no finer place on the Strand for a romantic retreat, and they don't have to go very far to find the ideal restaurant for a memorable anniversary dinner to mark the occasion. Here is a list of the top five places to enjoy an anniversary dinner in North Myrtle Beach:

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Top 5 Things You Wish You Had Packed for your Fall Vacation

The Grand Strand welcomes millions of visitors to its sandy shores every summer, but the crowds drop off significantly after Labor Day and gradually throughout the months that end with "ber". That's a shame, because any local will tell you that fall is the best time to be in North Myrtle Beach. Smaller crowds, lower humidity, empty beaches and no-waiting restaurants are just a few of the fringe benefits of booking your Grand Strand vacation in the fall.

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Make a Trip to the Border Towns of Calabash and Little River

On the northern end of the Grand Strand resides "A Tale of Two Cities" with a twist. It's always the best of times at the Carolina border towns of Calabash and Little River. Located just 20 miles north of Myrtle Beach, these two tiny fishing villages sit just across the state line and the Intracoastal Waterway from one another. Although both are famous for their seafood restaurant, marinas, golf courses and laid-back lifestyles, each has its own distinct flavor and rich history that make them hidden gems in the far corners of their respective states.

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Top 10 Reasons to Stay at The Bridge

If you’re one who settles for less than the best, this may not be the place or top 10 list for you. But if you have an appreciation for the finer things in life, The Bridge at North Beach Plantation is the best penthouse in town. Here are the top 10 reasons to spend your Myrtle Beach getaway at The Bridge.

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North Myrtle Beach Throws Big Parties in Summer, Fall

If you’re looking for a good time during the final days of summer and early days of fall, look no farther than North Myrtle Beach. From free concerts and movies to dance and heritage festivals, North Myrtle Beach has a full calendar of fun set for August, September and beyond. Here are five you don’t want to miss.

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Top 5 Golf Courses to Play While Staying at North Beach

While enjoying your stay at North Beach Plantation, be sure to swing on by some of the area's top golf courses. With more than 100 championship golf courses along the Grand Strand, North Myrtle Beach plays host to some of the best. Here's a list of the top five places to play golf on the North Strand:

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North Beach Plantation Offers Ultimate Penthouse Experience

North Beach Plantation has created the ultimate oceanfront penthouse for those with an appreciation for the finer things in life. Officially known as "The Bridge," this 5,500-square-foot condo sits high above the Atlantic Ocean like a luxury nest. Spanning the space between the top floors of the Jasmine and Indigo towers, The Bridge serves as the most coveted piece of real estate on the Grand Strand market at one of its few Four-Diamond resorts. Featuring seven bedrooms, including a master's suite fit for a king and queen, 7 1/2 spacious baths with granite countertops and a Jacuzzi tub, and a long list of amenities you won't find anywhere else on the Strand, The Bridge is the new place to stay for special occasions.

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USA Today Ranks North Beach Plantation No. 1

USA Today and 10Best.com confirmed what guests of the North Beach Plantation have known all along; you can’t beat it for the ultimate vacation experience on the Grand Strand. The popular newspaper and web site selected North Beach Plantation as the No. 1 Luxury Hotel in the Myrtle Beach area in a recent article. The story cited the resort for its Four-Diamond Rating from AAA, as well as its “upscale accommodations and first-class amenities.”

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Relax in the Lap of Luxury at the Cinzia Spa in North Myrtle Beach

There's no more relaxing place to stay on the Grand Strand than North Beach Plantation, and there's no more relaxing place in North Beach Plantation than the Cinzia Spa. Located on the 7.5-acre "island", this secluded, luxury North Myrtle Beach resort is home to the full-service Cinzia Spa, which offers a wide range of treatments as well as a modernly furnished and fully outfitted fitness center to help you make the most of your vacation.

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North Beach Plantation To Open Ultimate Accommodation

It’s luxury unlike anything we’ve seen on the Grand Strand. And it’s coming in July. North Beach Plantation is soon unveiling its newest and cushiest accommodation, “The Bridge” at North Beach.. This expansive penthouse joins the resort’s two towers (hence the name) and has been coined “floating oceanfront elegance” by its owner and developer of North Beach Towers. It may be the largest, most luxurious resort stay on the Southeast coast.

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What’s Close to North Beach Plantation?

North Beach Plantation in North Myrtle Beach offers so many first-class amenities that there’s really no need to leave the property. But if you do decide to venture out, you don’t have to go very far to find great food, fun and attractions. Here’s a list of places to visit within walking distance of North Beach Plantation.

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Where to Stay At North Beach Plantation

One of the many perks of choosing North Beach Plantation for your Grand Stand stay is there truly is no bad room. Not even close. With that said, newcomers often benefit from a little help in choosing accommodations for vacation; which tower to choose? Suites or houses? One bedroom or more? North Beach’s Denise Clarke, the front desk manager, expertly guided us through the selection process.

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Upcoming Events at North Beach Plantation

We have some good news for y’all headed to North Beach Plantation this summer: You picked the right place to stay on the Grand Strand. The luxury oceanfront resort is planning the return of some popular events — with a twist — as well as introducing some new perks that will no doubt be popular ones.

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North Beach Plantation Kids Club Is Parents’ Dream

We love our kids more than anything, we do. But sometimes… well, we need a break. Even if it is just for 15 minutes. North Beach Plantation resort, thankfully, delights kids and parents alike with its Kids Club, a daily diversion that occupies the little ones and gives mom and dad a breather. Club supervisor Allison McCarthy said the resort offers five or six activities a day for the children staying at the resort, comprising crafts, games and other fun. Once a week they will showcase a magician or an animal show, bringing in live reptiles and other creepy crawlies at which kids can marvel.

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Visiting North Beach Plantation With a Large Group: What to Expect

North Beach Plantation is a popular destination for groups, and no wonder! Between the amazing cottages at North Beach, where you can enjoy all the comforts of a private residence by the sea with luxury style and some extra amenities and the high end oceanfront towers, you’re sure to find something that’s perfect for a long and relaxing group vacation. That’s true whether you’re coming to North Myrtle Beach for a wedding, a family reunion or with a traveling sports team.

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North Beach Plantation Wins TripAdvisor’s 2013 Certificate of Excellence

North Beach Plantation is currently rated the number one hotel in North Myrtle Beach on TripAdvisor in the top 10 percent of businesses worldwide on TripAdvisor. The award is only presented to resorts that consistently earn outstanding reviews on the site from travelers.

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21 Main Prime Steakhouse and Sushi Bar Now Open

Top North Myrtle Beach Hotel According To TripAdvisor Adds New Prime Steakhouse To List Of Exquisite Guest Amenities

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North Beach Plantation Swim-up Pool Bar Ranks Among World’s Best on TripAdvisor.com

Myrtle Beach’s Top Hotel Has #6 Pool Bar In World, #1 In United States

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The Cottages at North Beach Plantation Now Available For Family Vacations

New 60-Acre Development Offers Wide Array Of Accommodation Styles Myrtle Beach, S.C.—Representatives of Brittain Resort Management announced that The Cottages at North Beach Plantation are now open and ready for vacation bookings. They are the latest addition to a wide range of Four Diamond luxury vacation accommodations by the acclaimed North Beach Plantation, located in North Myrtle Beach.

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North Beach Surrounded by a Shopper’s Paradise

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:

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Celebrate Mayfest on Main in North Myrtle Beach

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.

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Five Great Ways to Spend Rainy Days on the Grand Strand

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:

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Experience a Memorable Easter Holiday in North Myrtle Beach

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:

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Luxury Golf for the Luxury Myrtle Beach Vacation

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:

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Paint the Town Green at the North Myrtle Beach St. Patricks’ Day Parade and Festival

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.

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Horseback Riding is a Great Way to Spend a Day in North Myrtle Beach

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.

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Style at North Beach Plantation

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:

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Plan Your Family Reunion at North Beach Plantation

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.

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710 Offers the Four B’s - Burgers, Bocce, Beers and Bowling - and More

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.

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Top Places to Watch the NFL Playoffs in Myrtle Beach

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:

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Start Planning Your Spring and Summer Retreat to North Beach Plantation

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:

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Make North Beach Plantation Your Winter Retreat

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:

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Celebrate the Holiday Season at North Beach Plantation

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:

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Nights of a Thousand Candles Brings Holiday Spirit to Brookgreen Gardens

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.

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North Myrtle Beach Open for Business in Aftermath of South Carolina Flooding

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."

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Wedding Showcase the Perfect Place to Plan Your Grand Strand Wedding

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.

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North Beach Guests Can “Go Ape” at Local Zipline, Ropes Course

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.

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Duplin Winery Brings Taste of the Carolinas to Barefoot Landing

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.

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Top 5 Reasons North Beach is the Best Resort for a Romantic Getaway

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:

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Take the Family to Play Par-3 Golf in Myrtle Beach

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:

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Top 5 Things to do Outdoors with Kids 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:

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Top 5 Beach-Casual Places to Grab Lunch on Grand Strand

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:

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North Beach Provides Front-Row Seat to Fall Festivals

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.

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Top 4 Reasons to Stay at North Beach Plantation

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:

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Experience the Thrill of Skydiving in North Myrtle 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.

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Celebrate Every Night of the Week at Barefoot Landing’s Summerfest

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:

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Plan the Perfect Family Reunion at the Beach at North Beach Cottages

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.

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Go Scuba Diving in North Myrtle Beach

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.

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Top 5 Breakfast Places in North Myrtle Beach

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:

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Top 5 Oceanfront Restaurants and Bars in North Myrtle Beach

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:

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Five Great Day-Trips From North Myrtle Beach

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:

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Five Reasons North Beach Plantation is the Top Place to Stay on the Grand Strand

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:

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21 Main Serves Some Amazing Cuisine, Tough Decisions

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:

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Top 5 Reasons to Stay on Property at North Beach Plantation

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:

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A Relaxing Mother’s Day Weekend 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.

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Why Staying at The Bridge Should be on Your Bucket List

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.

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Top Places for a Low-Key Night Out in North Myrtle Beach

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.

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A Six Package of Shopping Opportunities in North Myrtle Beach

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:

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Celebrate the Start of the Summer Season at Mayfest on Main Festival

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.

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Four Tips for Holding Your Wedding at North Beach Plantation

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.

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Top 5 Golf Courses you Haven’t Heard of on the North Strand

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:

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Top 5 Fine Dining Restaurants in North Myrtle Beach

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:

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in North Myrtle Beach

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.

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Carolina Opry Offers Wide Range of Entertainment in Myrtle Beach

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.

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T.I.G.E.R.S. Preserve Brings Wilds of Africa to Myrtle Beach

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."

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5 Rainy Day Activities in North Myrtle Beach

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:

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5 Things North Beach Plantation has that Other Resorts Don’t

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:

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Planning the Perfect Valentine’s Day Date in North Myrtle Beach

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:

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Top 5 Indoor Activities in North Myrtle Beach

So what if it's cold and rainy outside. There's still plenty of fun to be hand indoors in North Myrtle Beach, where there are as many things to do under the roof as there is under the sun. That's especially true for visitors staying at North Beach Plantation. If the weather dictates an indoor play date and you don't feel like leaving the resort property, make it a spa date at the on-site Cinzia Spa for a relaxing ritual treatment or a romantic couple’s massage. Enjoy a delicious meal at 21 Main, get in a workout at the state-of-the-art fitness center, or take a dip in the heated indoor pool. But if you prefer to use the cold and rain as an opportunity to try some indoor activities in North Myrtle Beach, you're in luck. Nearby Barefoot Landing and downtown Ocean Drive are home to several entertainment options. Here are the top five places to stay warm and dry and have a good time in North Myrtle Beach:

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Top 5 Places to Watch the Super Bowl in North Myrtle Beach

Are you ready for some football? Not just any kind of football, but the biggest football game of the season and the most popular sporting event of the year – Super Bowl XLIX. Although we still don’t know which two teams will be making the trip to Glendale, Arizona for the Feb. 1 affair, we do know that millions of Americans and billions around the world will tune in to see the showcase, even if it’s just for the commercials and the halftime show.

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Top 5 Reasons for Staying at The Bridge

Special occasions call for special treatment, and there’s no place more special than North Beach Plantation’s new penthouse venue, The Bridge. Featuring beautiful modern décor, seven bedrooms and baths, a state-of-the-art kitchen and a long list of amenities, The Bridge is the perfect place to make your affair perfect. Here are five ideal uses for staying at the ultimate party spot:

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Top 5 Restaurants for Valentine’s Day Dinner in Myrtle Beach

Valentine’s Day can be a tricky one when it comes to buying gifts for loved ones. Flowers and candy can be classy or cliché, but trying to find something unique runs the risk of being inappropriate for the holiday. Finding just the right present for just the right person that sends just the right message can make it a tough call. But there are at least two sure-fire gifts that can’t go wrong. With Valentine’s Day falling on a Saturday in 2015, it’s the perfect time for a romantic weekend getaway to North Beach Plantation. Enjoy a stroll on the secluded beaches, watch the waves roll in from your private balcony, and get a couples’ massage at the on-site Cinzia Spa. It’s an ideal weekend for any couple and won’t that will be remembered for years to come.

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Shagging, stomping and stamping on the Grand Strand

Who says the winter time is the offseason on the Grand Strand? For three straight weekends in the dead of winter, the Myrtle Beach area will host a trio of unique and long-running events that promises something for everyone. Sure, the weather can be iffy in January and February, but these indoor events will keep you warm and active until spring rolls around. While there’s plenty to do and see on the North Beach Plantation property, like a relaxing day at the Cinzia Spa or a hearty feast at 21 Main, you can also check out the pageantry of the 40th Annual Carolina Square and Round Dance Convention in Myrtle Beach, the 32nd Annual Shag Dancing Championship Preliminaries in North Myrtle Beach, or the 23rd Annual Myrtle Beach Stamp & Postcard Show for a fun way to shake off the winter time blues. Here's a look at all three upcoming events:

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Frequently Asked Questions at North Beach Plantation

Come read up on some frequently asked questions regarding our resort policies, procedures, and offerings.

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Top 5 Places to Ring in the New Year in North Myrtle Beach

Americans love to ring in the New Year in their own unique ways. In New York City’s Time Square, they drop a big ball. In Atlanta’s it’s a giant peach. And Las Vegas puts on a pyrotechnics display that makes the strip look tame. Although North Myrtle Beach has no tradition of dropping or blowing up things to signal the start of a new calendar, it does carry on the rites of having a good time Grand Strand style – with live music, dancing, food and fireworks. Say goodbye to 2014 and hello to 2015 with a smile on your face at one of these five North Myrtle Beach hot spots:

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North Myrtle Beach New Year

If you're going to be in North Myrtle Beach for the New Year, you can chose from a number of events and activities where you can raise a glass and toast the beginning of 2015. Plenty of parties will be taking place in bars and restaurants all over town -- and even more in Myrtle Beach just to the south -- but if you want to stay local, you are still sure to find a great event right in North Myrtle Beach. Here are a few special events we thought you'd want to know about:

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North Beach Plantation Has It All

Imagine a Grand Strand vacation filled with four-diamond accommodations, excellent fine dining, a full-service spa and an award-winning swim-up bar. Now imagine enjoying all these things and more at one location – North Beach Plantation in North Myrtle Beach. There’s no imagining required at this magical resort, although it does have a too-good-to-be-true feel. As you cross over the causeway and see the twin towers high above the 60-acre oceanfront property, you realize you have arrived someplace special. Situated on an island separated from the mainland by tidal creeks, North Beach Plantation keeps the pleasant surprises coming once you get over your breathe-taking arrival. It all starts with the first-class accommodations, which range from condo-style units in the 18-story towers to beach cottages and houses with up to five bedrooms. A three-time recipient of AAA's exclusive Four Diamond rating, North Beach Plantation offers luxury accommodations with private balconies overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, fully equipped kitchens, modern fixtures and furnishings. Houses, condos and cottages feature a mixture of features, including patio decks with hot tubs, barbecue grills and hammocks.

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Alabama Theatre Brings Holiday Spirit to Grand Strand

If you're having a hard time getting into the holiday spirit, the Alabama Theatre is serving up heaping helpings with its annual production of "The South's Grandest Christmas" show. For guests at North Beach Plantation, holiday cheer is only a short distance away. Located at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach, the Alabama Theatre has made a name for itself with this traditional Christmas showcase. Highlighting the wonders of a country Christmas below the Mason/Dixon line, this award-winning performance has been known to put a smile on the faces of even the biggest scrooges in the audience.

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Michigan Couple Discover Love, Luxury at North Beach Plantation

It's safe to say that Dr. Chris Quinn has a true love affair with North Beach Plantation - in more ways than one. Not only did he and his wife, Jenna, fall in love with the elegant North Myrtle Beach resort the first time they visited, they also subsequently held their wedding at North Beach, and recently returned to celebrate their first year together at their favorite place on the planet. "I brought my then-girlfriend, Jenna, there for the first time and it was just perfect," recalled Chris. "Just driving down the road and crossing the bridge that leads to the towers is so fantastic. You can tell you are arriving someplace special. We absolutely fell in love with it."

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Top 10 Places for Thanksgiving Dinner in Myrtle Beach

Everyone loves a homemade Thanksgiving feast … except the ones who have to spend all week preparing it and the rest of the weekend cleaning and recovering from it. That’s one of the reasons families have begun turning to a holiday meal at a nice restaurant in recent years. Show up, sit down, chow down, and stagger back home for a long, relaxing nap. No cooking, no cleaning, no problems.That trend is particularly true of parties who take advantage of the holiday for a mini-vacation in North Myrtle Beach. With so much to see and do, and without all the cooking comforts of home, guests have started celebrating Thanksgiving dinner at a fine-dining establishment or a country-cooking hot spot for maximum convenience and excellent cuisine.

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North Myrtle Beach has Couples Covered for Every Occasion

North Myrtle Beach is a popular place for a couples retreat, in part because of the wide selection of activities available for parties of two. While there's plenty of things to see and do for families, golfers and large groups, North Myrtle Beach is especially suited for couples looking to spend some quality time together, no matter how you define "quality time." From romantic dancing and dining hot spots to outdoor activities designed for making memories, you'll find it all in North Myrtle Beach. Here's a list of suggestions for couples looking to have a special getaway you will remember for years to come:

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North Myrtle Beach From A to Z

A is for Alligator Adventure, a zoological park at Barefoot Landing with thousands of gators, crocs, reptiles and other unusual critters. B is for Barefoot Landing, the entertainment, dining and shopping capital of North Myrtle beach. C is for Calabash-style seafood, made famous by the city just north of the Carolina border but available at seafood buffets throughout North Myrtle Beach. D is for Dancing, a popular pastime in North Myrtle Beach. In fact, South Carolina's state dance, the shag, was popularized in the clubs of Ocean Drive in the 1950s and ‘60s.

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Coastal North Town Center Brings More Shopping to North Strand

For years, visitors and residents on the north end of the Grand Strand have been largely left out of the retail-shopping center boom. With the Barefoot Landing, Broadway at the Beach and Market Common mega-plexes to the south, along with Coastal Grand Mall, Myrtle Beach Mall and two Tanger Outlets, those living and staying in the downtown North Myrtle Beach and Little River areas have had long drives to get some serious retail therapy. But that is changing with the recent opening of the new Coastal North Town Center, a 368,000-square-foot retail district featuring dozens of national and regional outlets - some of them making their debuts on the Grand Strand. With stores like the Hobby Lobby and Publix grocery store, which have no other locations on the 60-mile stretch of the Grand Strand, Coastal North Town Center may be giving residents and visitors on the south side of the Strand good reasons to make the drive to North Myrtle Beach.

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See Reptiles and More at Alligator Adventure

Guests at North Beach Plantation might be horrified to learn that there are hundreds of alligators, snakes and other rare reptiles within short distance of the exclusive North Myrtle Beach resort. Fear not; they are confined to the 15-acre property at Alligator Adventure, just across Highway 17 at Barefoot Landing. And while you don't have to worry about encountering one of the man-eating crocodiles in the wild, Alligator Adventure gives visitors the next best thing: the chance to get up close and personal with the ancient creatures.Featuring various species of alligators, crocodiles, venomous snakes and other rare reptiles, Alligator Adventure is most popular for the animals that take top billing on the marquee - gators, and lots of them. From the popular American alligator to the endangered Albino alligator, this wildlife refuge is literally wall to wall with gators.

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Sweet Sounds and Seafood on Tap at Little River Shrimp & Jazz Festival

The Little River Shrimp & Jazz Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary in October, and the two-day party filled with live concerts and fresh seafood has already become a popular tradition on the Grand Strand. Thousands pack the downtown streets and fishing docks of the historic Little River Waterfront to celebrate two of the town's biggest treasures - seafood and music. The first part of the "Shrimp & Jazz" honorees is obvious. The peak of the fall shrimp season brings boatloads of shrimp to the docks and dining rooms of Little River's many seafood restaurants. Also known for producing large quantities of fresh catch of the day fish and blue crabs by the bushels, Little River features all kinds of seafood at this festival.

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Top Five Restaurants for your Anniversary Dinner in North Myrtle Beach

North Myrtle Beach has always been a great place to hold a beach wedding, so it's no surprise that it has also become a popular place to celebrate a wedding anniversary. Because North Myrtle Beach has fewer restrictions on beach weddings than some surrounding cities on the Grand Strand, it has become a hot spot for couples to exchange their vows with the Atlantic Ocean serving as the perfect backdrop. Many of those couples return to year after year to revisit the site of their special day, and to add some new memories to their marriage. Another draw to North Myrtle Beach is the abundance of romantic accommodations and restaurants. Guests at North Beach Plantation know there's no finer place on the Strand for a romantic retreat, and they don't have to go very far to find the ideal restaurant for a memorable anniversary dinner to mark the occasion. Here is a list of the top five places to enjoy an anniversary dinner in North Myrtle Beach:

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Top 5 Things You Wish You Had Packed for your Fall Vacation

The Grand Strand welcomes millions of visitors to its sandy shores every summer, but the crowds drop off significantly after Labor Day and gradually throughout the months that end with "ber". That's a shame, because any local will tell you that fall is the best time to be in North Myrtle Beach. Smaller crowds, lower humidity, empty beaches and no-waiting restaurants are just a few of the fringe benefits of booking your Grand Strand vacation in the fall.

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Make a Trip to the Border Towns of Calabash and Little River

On the northern end of the Grand Strand resides "A Tale of Two Cities" with a twist. It's always the best of times at the Carolina border towns of Calabash and Little River. Located just 20 miles north of Myrtle Beach, these two tiny fishing villages sit just across the state line and the Intracoastal Waterway from one another. Although both are famous for their seafood restaurant, marinas, golf courses and laid-back lifestyles, each has its own distinct flavor and rich history that make them hidden gems in the far corners of their respective states.

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Top 10 Reasons to Stay at The Bridge

If you’re one who settles for less than the best, this may not be the place or top 10 list for you. But if you have an appreciation for the finer things in life, The Bridge at North Beach Plantation is the best penthouse in town. Here are the top 10 reasons to spend your Myrtle Beach getaway at The Bridge.

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North Myrtle Beach Throws Big Parties in Summer, Fall

If you’re looking for a good time during the final days of summer and early days of fall, look no farther than North Myrtle Beach. From free concerts and movies to dance and heritage festivals, North Myrtle Beach has a full calendar of fun set for August, September and beyond. Here are five you don’t want to miss.

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There’s More to Calabash than Seafood

Mention the word "Calabash" around Myrtle Beach and you're sure to see mouths start to water. That's because most vacationers know Calabash as a style of seafood, not the fishing village with the same name. Located just north of the Carolina border, about a 20-minute drive from Myrtle Beach, the tiny town of Calabash, NC, is famous for the lightly battered and deep-fried shrimp, fish, oysters and clams that come from the local waters and docks where the Intracoastal Waterway and Atlantic Ocean intersect.

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Top 5 Golf Courses to Play While Staying at North Beach

While enjoying your stay at North Beach Plantation, be sure to swing on by some of the area's top golf courses. With more than 100 championship golf courses along the Grand Strand, North Myrtle Beach plays host to some of the best. Here's a list of the top five places to play golf on the North Strand:

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North Beach Plantation Offers Ultimate Penthouse Experience

North Beach Plantation has created the ultimate oceanfront penthouse for those with an appreciation for the finer things in life. Officially known as "The Bridge," this 5,500-square-foot condo sits high above the Atlantic Ocean like a luxury nest. Spanning the space between the top floors of the Jasmine and Indigo towers, The Bridge serves as the most coveted piece of real estate on the Grand Strand market at one of its few Four-Diamond resorts. Featuring seven bedrooms, including a master's suite fit for a king and queen, 7 1/2 spacious baths with granite countertops and a Jacuzzi tub, and a long list of amenities you won't find anywhere else on the Strand, The Bridge is the new place to stay for special occasions.

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USA Today Ranks North Beach Plantation No. 1

USA Today and 10Best.com confirmed what guests of the North Beach Plantation have known all along; you can’t beat it for the ultimate vacation experience on the Grand Strand. The popular newspaper and web site selected North Beach Plantation as the No. 1 Luxury Hotel in the Myrtle Beach area in a recent article. The story cited the resort for its Four-Diamond Rating from AAA, as well as its “upscale accommodations and first-class amenities.”

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Relax in the Lap of Luxury at the Cinzia Spa in North Myrtle Beach

There's no more relaxing place to stay on the Grand Strand than North Beach Plantation, and there's no more relaxing place in North Beach Plantation than the Cinzia Spa. Located on the 7.5-acre "island", this secluded, luxury North Myrtle Beach resort is home to the full-service Cinzia Spa, which offers a wide range of treatments as well as a modernly furnished and fully outfitted fitness center to help you make the most of your vacation.

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North Beach Plantation To Open Ultimate Accommodation

It’s luxury unlike anything we’ve seen on the Grand Strand. And it’s coming in July. North Beach Plantation is soon unveiling its newest and cushiest accommodation, “The Bridge” at North Beach.. This expansive penthouse joins the resort’s two towers (hence the name) and has been coined “floating oceanfront elegance” by its owner and developer of North Beach Towers. It may be the largest, most luxurious resort stay on the Southeast coast.

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What’s Close to North Beach Plantation?

North Beach Plantation in North Myrtle Beach offers so many first-class amenities that there’s really no need to leave the property. But if you do decide to venture out, you don’t have to go very far to find great food, fun and attractions. Here’s a list of places to visit within walking distance of North Beach Plantation.

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Where to Stay At North Beach Plantation

One of the many perks of choosing North Beach Plantation for your Grand Stand stay is there truly is no bad room. Not even close. With that said, newcomers often benefit from a little help in choosing accommodations for vacation; which tower to choose? Suites or houses? One bedroom or more? North Beach’s Denise Clarke, the front desk manager, expertly guided us through the selection process.

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Upcoming Events at North Beach Plantation

We have some good news for y’all headed to North Beach Plantation this summer: You picked the right place to stay on the Grand Strand. The luxury oceanfront resort is planning the return of some popular events — with a twist — as well as introducing some new perks that will no doubt be popular ones.

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North Beach Plantation Kids Club Is Parents’ Dream

We love our kids more than anything, we do. But sometimes… well, we need a break. Even if it is just for 15 minutes. North Beach Plantation resort, thankfully, delights kids and parents alike with its Kids Club, a daily diversion that occupies the little ones and gives mom and dad a breather. Club supervisor Allison McCarthy said the resort offers five or six activities a day for the children staying at the resort, comprising crafts, games and other fun. Once a week they will showcase a magician or an animal show, bringing in live reptiles and other creepy crawlies at which kids can marvel.

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Visiting North Beach Plantation With a Large Group: What to Expect

North Beach Plantation is a popular destination for groups, and no wonder! Between the amazing cottages at North Beach, where you can enjoy all the comforts of a private residence by the sea with luxury style and some extra amenities and the high end oceanfront towers, you’re sure to find something that’s perfect for a long and relaxing group vacation. That’s true whether you’re coming to North Myrtle Beach for a wedding, a family reunion or with a traveling sports team.

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North Beach Plantation Wins TripAdvisor’s 2013 Certificate of Excellence

North Beach Plantation is currently rated the number one hotel in North Myrtle Beach on TripAdvisor in the top 10 percent of businesses worldwide on TripAdvisor. The award is only presented to resorts that consistently earn outstanding reviews on the site from travelers.

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Celebrate Mayfest on Main in North Myrtle Beach

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.

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Five Great Ways to Spend Rainy Days on the Grand Strand

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:

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Experience a Memorable Easter Holiday in North Myrtle Beach

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:

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Paint the Town Green at the North Myrtle Beach St. Patricks’ Day Parade and Festival

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.

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Horseback Riding is a Great Way to Spend a Day in North Myrtle Beach

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.

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Style at North Beach Plantation

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:

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710 Offers the Four B’s - Burgers, Bocce, Beers and Bowling - and More

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.

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Experience the Thrill of Skydiving in North Myrtle 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.

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Top Places for a Low-Key Night Out in North Myrtle Beach

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.

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Carolina Opry Offers Wide Range of Entertainment in Myrtle Beach

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.

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T.I.G.E.R.S. Preserve Brings Wilds of Africa to Myrtle Beach

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."

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5 Rainy Day Activities in North Myrtle Beach

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:

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5 Things North Beach Plantation has that Other Resorts Don’t

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:

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Planning the Perfect Valentine’s Day Date in North Myrtle Beach

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:

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North Myrtle Beach New Year

If you're going to be in North Myrtle Beach for the New Year, you can chose from a number of events and activities where you can raise a glass and toast the beginning of 2015. Plenty of parties will be taking place in bars and restaurants all over town -- and even more in Myrtle Beach just to the south -- but if you want to stay local, you are still sure to find a great event right in North Myrtle Beach. Here are a few special events we thought you'd want to know about:

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Alabama Theatre Brings Holiday Spirit to Grand Strand

If you're having a hard time getting into the holiday spirit, the Alabama Theatre is serving up heaping helpings with its annual production of "The South's Grandest Christmas" show. For guests at North Beach Plantation, holiday cheer is only a short distance away. Located at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach, the Alabama Theatre has made a name for itself with this traditional Christmas showcase. Highlighting the wonders of a country Christmas below the Mason/Dixon line, this award-winning performance has been known to put a smile on the faces of even the biggest scrooges in the audience.

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North Myrtle Beach has Couples Covered for Every Occasion

North Myrtle Beach is a popular place for a couples retreat, in part because of the wide selection of activities available for parties of two. While there's plenty of things to see and do for families, golfers and large groups, North Myrtle Beach is especially suited for couples looking to spend some quality time together, no matter how you define "quality time." From romantic dancing and dining hot spots to outdoor activities designed for making memories, you'll find it all in North Myrtle Beach. Here's a list of suggestions for couples looking to have a special getaway you will remember for years to come:

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North Myrtle Beach From A to Z

A is for Alligator Adventure, a zoological park at Barefoot Landing with thousands of gators, crocs, reptiles and other unusual critters. B is for Barefoot Landing, the entertainment, dining and shopping capital of North Myrtle beach. C is for Calabash-style seafood, made famous by the city just north of the Carolina border but available at seafood buffets throughout North Myrtle Beach. D is for Dancing, a popular pastime in North Myrtle Beach. In fact, South Carolina's state dance, the shag, was popularized in the clubs of Ocean Drive in the 1950s and ‘60s.

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See Reptiles and More at Alligator Adventure

Guests at North Beach Plantation might be horrified to learn that there are hundreds of alligators, snakes and other rare reptiles within short distance of the exclusive North Myrtle Beach resort. Fear not; they are confined to the 15-acre property at Alligator Adventure, just across Highway 17 at Barefoot Landing. And while you don't have to worry about encountering one of the man-eating crocodiles in the wild, Alligator Adventure gives visitors the next best thing: the chance to get up close and personal with the ancient creatures.Featuring various species of alligators, crocodiles, venomous snakes and other rare reptiles, Alligator Adventure is most popular for the animals that take top billing on the marquee - gators, and lots of them. From the popular American alligator to the endangered Albino alligator, this wildlife refuge is literally wall to wall with gators.

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North Myrtle Beach Throws Big Parties in Summer, Fall

If you’re looking for a good time during the final days of summer and early days of fall, look no farther than North Myrtle Beach. From free concerts and movies to dance and heritage festivals, North Myrtle Beach has a full calendar of fun set for August, September and beyond. Here are five you don’t want to miss.

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What’s Close to North Beach Plantation?

North Beach Plantation in North Myrtle Beach offers so many first-class amenities that there’s really no need to leave the property. But if you do decide to venture out, you don’t have to go very far to find great food, fun and attractions. Here’s a list of places to visit within walking distance of North Beach Plantation.

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Where to Find Healthy and Tasty Super Bowl Party Eats and Treats

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:

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Style at North Beach Plantation

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:

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Top Places to Watch the NFL Playoffs in Myrtle Beach

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:

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Top 5 Beach-Casual Places to Grab Lunch on Grand Strand

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:

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Top 5 Breakfast Places in North Myrtle Beach

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:

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Top 5 Oceanfront Restaurants and Bars in North Myrtle Beach

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:

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21 Main Serves Some Amazing Cuisine, Tough Decisions

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:

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Top 5 Reasons to Stay on Property at North Beach Plantation

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:

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Top 5 Fine Dining Restaurants in North Myrtle Beach

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:

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5 Rainy Day Activities in North Myrtle Beach

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:

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5 Things North Beach Plantation has that Other Resorts Don’t

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:

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Planning the Perfect Valentine’s Day Date in North Myrtle Beach

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:

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Top 5 Restaurants for Valentine’s Day Dinner in Myrtle Beach

Valentine’s Day can be a tricky one when it comes to buying gifts for loved ones. Flowers and candy can be classy or cliché, but trying to find something unique runs the risk of being inappropriate for the holiday. Finding just the right present for just the right person that sends just the right message can make it a tough call. But there are at least two sure-fire gifts that can’t go wrong. With Valentine’s Day falling on a Saturday in 2015, it’s the perfect time for a romantic weekend getaway to North Beach Plantation. Enjoy a stroll on the secluded beaches, watch the waves roll in from your private balcony, and get a couples’ massage at the on-site Cinzia Spa. It’s an ideal weekend for any couple and won’t that will be remembered for years to come.

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Top 5 Places to Ring in the New Year in North Myrtle Beach

Americans love to ring in the New Year in their own unique ways. In New York City’s Time Square, they drop a big ball. In Atlanta’s it’s a giant peach. And Las Vegas puts on a pyrotechnics display that makes the strip look tame. Although North Myrtle Beach has no tradition of dropping or blowing up things to signal the start of a new calendar, it does carry on the rites of having a good time Grand Strand style – with live music, dancing, food and fireworks. Say goodbye to 2014 and hello to 2015 with a smile on your face at one of these five North Myrtle Beach hot spots:

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North Myrtle Beach has Couples Covered for Every Occasion

North Myrtle Beach is a popular place for a couples retreat, in part because of the wide selection of activities available for parties of two. While there's plenty of things to see and do for families, golfers and large groups, North Myrtle Beach is especially suited for couples looking to spend some quality time together, no matter how you define "quality time." From romantic dancing and dining hot spots to outdoor activities designed for making memories, you'll find it all in North Myrtle Beach. Here's a list of suggestions for couples looking to have a special getaway you will remember for years to come:

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North Myrtle Beach From A to Z

A is for Alligator Adventure, a zoological park at Barefoot Landing with thousands of gators, crocs, reptiles and other unusual critters. B is for Barefoot Landing, the entertainment, dining and shopping capital of North Myrtle beach. C is for Calabash-style seafood, made famous by the city just north of the Carolina border but available at seafood buffets throughout North Myrtle Beach. D is for Dancing, a popular pastime in North Myrtle Beach. In fact, South Carolina's state dance, the shag, was popularized in the clubs of Ocean Drive in the 1950s and ‘60s.

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Top Five Restaurants for your Anniversary Dinner in North Myrtle Beach

North Myrtle Beach has always been a great place to hold a beach wedding, so it's no surprise that it has also become a popular place to celebrate a wedding anniversary. Because North Myrtle Beach has fewer restrictions on beach weddings than some surrounding cities on the Grand Strand, it has become a hot spot for couples to exchange their vows with the Atlantic Ocean serving as the perfect backdrop. Many of those couples return to year after year to revisit the site of their special day, and to add some new memories to their marriage. Another draw to North Myrtle Beach is the abundance of romantic accommodations and restaurants. Guests at North Beach Plantation know there's no finer place on the Strand for a romantic retreat, and they don't have to go very far to find the ideal restaurant for a memorable anniversary dinner to mark the occasion. Here is a list of the top five places to enjoy an anniversary dinner in North Myrtle Beach:

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What’s Close to North Beach Plantation?

North Beach Plantation in North Myrtle Beach offers so many first-class amenities that there’s really no need to leave the property. But if you do decide to venture out, you don’t have to go very far to find great food, fun and attractions. Here’s a list of places to visit within walking distance of North Beach Plantation.

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Top 5 Reasons to Stay on Property at North Beach Plantation

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:

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A Six Package of Shopping Opportunities in North Myrtle Beach

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:

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5 Rainy Day Activities in North Myrtle Beach

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:

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5 Things North Beach Plantation has that Other Resorts Don’t

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:

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Planning the Perfect Valentine’s Day Date in North Myrtle Beach

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:

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North Myrtle Beach From A to Z

A is for Alligator Adventure, a zoological park at Barefoot Landing with thousands of gators, crocs, reptiles and other unusual critters. B is for Barefoot Landing, the entertainment, dining and shopping capital of North Myrtle beach. C is for Calabash-style seafood, made famous by the city just north of the Carolina border but available at seafood buffets throughout North Myrtle Beach. D is for Dancing, a popular pastime in North Myrtle Beach. In fact, South Carolina's state dance, the shag, was popularized in the clubs of Ocean Drive in the 1950s and ‘60s.

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Coastal North Town Center Brings More Shopping to North Strand

For years, visitors and residents on the north end of the Grand Strand have been largely left out of the retail-shopping center boom. With the Barefoot Landing, Broadway at the Beach and Market Common mega-plexes to the south, along with Coastal Grand Mall, Myrtle Beach Mall and two Tanger Outlets, those living and staying in the downtown North Myrtle Beach and Little River areas have had long drives to get some serious retail therapy. But that is changing with the recent opening of the new Coastal North Town Center, a 368,000-square-foot retail district featuring dozens of national and regional outlets - some of them making their debuts on the Grand Strand. With stores like the Hobby Lobby and Publix grocery store, which have no other locations on the 60-mile stretch of the Grand Strand, Coastal North Town Center may be giving residents and visitors on the south side of the Strand good reasons to make the drive to North Myrtle Beach.

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What’s Close to North Beach Plantation?

North Beach Plantation in North Myrtle Beach offers so many first-class amenities that there’s really no need to leave the property. But if you do decide to venture out, you don’t have to go very far to find great food, fun and attractions. Here’s a list of places to visit within walking distance of North Beach Plantation.

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Celebrate Mayfest on Main in North Myrtle Beach

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.

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Paint the Town Green at the North Myrtle Beach St. Patricks’ Day Parade and Festival

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.

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Wedding Showcase the Perfect Place to Plan Your Grand Strand Wedding

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.

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North Beach Provides Front-Row Seat to Fall Festivals

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.

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Top 5 Reasons to Stay on Property at North Beach Plantation

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:

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Celebrate the Start of the Summer Season at Mayfest on Main Festival

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.

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Four Tips for Holding Your Wedding at North Beach Plantation

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.

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in North Myrtle Beach

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.

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5 Things North Beach Plantation has that Other Resorts Don’t

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:

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Planning the Perfect Valentine’s Day Date in North Myrtle Beach

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:

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Shagging, stomping and stamping on the Grand Strand

Who says the winter time is the offseason on the Grand Strand? For three straight weekends in the dead of winter, the Myrtle Beach area will host a trio of unique and long-running events that promises something for everyone. Sure, the weather can be iffy in January and February, but these indoor events will keep you warm and active until spring rolls around. While there’s plenty to do and see on the North Beach Plantation property, like a relaxing day at the Cinzia Spa or a hearty feast at 21 Main, you can also check out the pageantry of the 40th Annual Carolina Square and Round Dance Convention in Myrtle Beach, the 32nd Annual Shag Dancing Championship Preliminaries in North Myrtle Beach, or the 23rd Annual Myrtle Beach Stamp & Postcard Show for a fun way to shake off the winter time blues. Here's a look at all three upcoming events:

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Top 5 Places to Ring in the New Year in North Myrtle Beach

Americans love to ring in the New Year in their own unique ways. In New York City’s Time Square, they drop a big ball. In Atlanta’s it’s a giant peach. And Las Vegas puts on a pyrotechnics display that makes the strip look tame. Although North Myrtle Beach has no tradition of dropping or blowing up things to signal the start of a new calendar, it does carry on the rites of having a good time Grand Strand style – with live music, dancing, food and fireworks. Say goodbye to 2014 and hello to 2015 with a smile on your face at one of these five North Myrtle Beach hot spots:

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North Myrtle Beach New Year

If you're going to be in North Myrtle Beach for the New Year, you can chose from a number of events and activities where you can raise a glass and toast the beginning of 2015. Plenty of parties will be taking place in bars and restaurants all over town -- and even more in Myrtle Beach just to the south -- but if you want to stay local, you are still sure to find a great event right in North Myrtle Beach. Here are a few special events we thought you'd want to know about:

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North Myrtle Beach has Couples Covered for Every Occasion

North Myrtle Beach is a popular place for a couples retreat, in part because of the wide selection of activities available for parties of two. While there's plenty of things to see and do for families, golfers and large groups, North Myrtle Beach is especially suited for couples looking to spend some quality time together, no matter how you define "quality time." From romantic dancing and dining hot spots to outdoor activities designed for making memories, you'll find it all in North Myrtle Beach. Here's a list of suggestions for couples looking to have a special getaway you will remember for years to come:

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North Myrtle Beach From A to Z

A is for Alligator Adventure, a zoological park at Barefoot Landing with thousands of gators, crocs, reptiles and other unusual critters. B is for Barefoot Landing, the entertainment, dining and shopping capital of North Myrtle beach. C is for Calabash-style seafood, made famous by the city just north of the Carolina border but available at seafood buffets throughout North Myrtle Beach. D is for Dancing, a popular pastime in North Myrtle Beach. In fact, South Carolina's state dance, the shag, was popularized in the clubs of Ocean Drive in the 1950s and ‘60s.

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Sweet Sounds and Seafood on Tap at Little River Shrimp & Jazz Festival

The Little River Shrimp & Jazz Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary in October, and the two-day party filled with live concerts and fresh seafood has already become a popular tradition on the Grand Strand. Thousands pack the downtown streets and fishing docks of the historic Little River Waterfront to celebrate two of the town's biggest treasures - seafood and music. The first part of the "Shrimp & Jazz" honorees is obvious. The peak of the fall shrimp season brings boatloads of shrimp to the docks and dining rooms of Little River's many seafood restaurants. Also known for producing large quantities of fresh catch of the day fish and blue crabs by the bushels, Little River features all kinds of seafood at this festival.

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North Myrtle Beach Throws Big Parties in Summer, Fall

If you’re looking for a good time during the final days of summer and early days of fall, look no farther than North Myrtle Beach. From free concerts and movies to dance and heritage festivals, North Myrtle Beach has a full calendar of fun set for August, September and beyond. Here are five you don’t want to miss.

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Upcoming Events at North Beach Plantation

We have some good news for y’all headed to North Beach Plantation this summer: You picked the right place to stay on the Grand Strand. The luxury oceanfront resort is planning the return of some popular events — with a twist — as well as introducing some new perks that will no doubt be popular ones.

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Luxury Golf for the Luxury Myrtle Beach Vacation

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:

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Take the Family to Play Par-3 Golf in Myrtle Beach

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:

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Top 5 Golf Courses you Haven’t Heard of on the North Strand

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:

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North Myrtle Beach From A to Z

A is for Alligator Adventure, a zoological park at Barefoot Landing with thousands of gators, crocs, reptiles and other unusual critters. B is for Barefoot Landing, the entertainment, dining and shopping capital of North Myrtle beach. C is for Calabash-style seafood, made famous by the city just north of the Carolina border but available at seafood buffets throughout North Myrtle Beach. D is for Dancing, a popular pastime in North Myrtle Beach. In fact, South Carolina's state dance, the shag, was popularized in the clubs of Ocean Drive in the 1950s and ‘60s.

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Top 5 Golf Courses to Play While Staying at North Beach

While enjoying your stay at North Beach Plantation, be sure to swing on by some of the area's top golf courses. With more than 100 championship golf courses along the Grand Strand, North Myrtle Beach plays host to some of the best. Here's a list of the top five places to play golf on the North Strand:

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