Friday, January 28, 2011

Conway Chocolate Walk!

Snowbird friends,

I wanted to share an event that is going on Feb. 12th in Conway, The Conway Chocolate Walk! The historic town of Conway is taking reservations on line for the walk which starts at 11:00 and ends at 3:00. There are over 20 shops and restaurants participating in the chocolate walk and the cost is only $8.00 a person. Be sure and take a "doggie bag" with you to bring home the extras!!
For those snowbirds who have never been to Conway, I definitely recommend the short drive out to one of the most beautiful towns in the Myrtle Beach area. Conway has a beautiful park with a riverwalk that runs along the Waccamaw River and a great downtown area that is home to unique shops and fantastic restaurants-my favorite is Rivertown Bistro! And be sure to stop in The Trestle for a loaf of homemade sourdough bread to take home with you!
Thank you for choosing Southern Coast Vacations as your Myrtle Beach winter rental headquarters.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

What better way to spend Valentine's Day...than with a bunch of SHARKS!!!

Hello Myrtle Beach Snowbirds!

Snowbird friends, imagine this; you and your loved one enjoying a romantic dimly lit dinner while Sand Tiger Sharks, Manta Rays and giant fish surround you swimming the night away! Sounds pretty amazing- so we thought you Myrtle Beach Snowbirds might enjoy spending your Valentine's Day in the Ripley's Aquarium "Tunnel of Love."

The "Tunnel of Love" is situated inside a 340 foot acrylic tunnel that will literally bring you face to face with some beautiful and even frightening species of fish, sharks and turtles! Tables will be set up inside the tunnel for Valentine's Day awaiting those lucky enough to score reservations-as they do have a limited # of tables available. The cost is $75 per couple and includes an open bar, menu, souvenir rose, tax, gratuity and admission to the aquarium- not a bad deal considering the $18 per person price tag that allows general admission only to the aquarium!

So Myrtle Beach Snowbirds, you are here on the beautiful coast to experience all of the wonders that define the Myrtle Beach area-why not spend Valentine's Day face to face with some of Nature's most intriguing creatures? Call Ripley's Aquarium today to make your reservation! Check out their website for more information on the aquarium and it's phenomenal exhibits.

Have an amazing Valentine's Day Snowbird Friends!
Sarah Hodgson
Southern Coast Vacations

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

"Freezin' For a Reason"--Will YOU take the plunge?

Hello Myrtle Beach Snowbirds!

If you are out and about on February 5th you will have to take a trip to Springmaid Pier in Myrtle Beach to watch some VERY brave "plungers" taking a dip in the icy Atlantic Ocean! Who would participate in such a crazy event- well Myrtle Beach Snowbirds, they are expecting a turn out of around 700 people! These 700 brave individuals are "freezin' for a reason" as the money raised from this event will benefit the Special Olympics organization in South Carolina.

Myrtle Beach Snowbirds, are you up for taking the plunge? If you are brave enough to battle the chilly Atlantic you can register online- if you think the cold might be a little more than you can stand, at least go and watch the hundreds of people all freezin' for a GREAT reason and raising around $100,000!!!

This year's event starts at 11AM with the "early plunge". After that- the fun begins with a costume contest parade, food vendors, relay races and at 2PM the "big plunge"! So clear your calendars for February 5th Snowbirds and partake in an annual Myrtle Beach gathering for a great cause! Whether you are "plunging" or participating in the warmer activities, "Freezin for a Reason" is an event that will entertain all ages-hope to see you there- but don't count on me being in the water!
For more information check out the website, it even has tips to make the freezing plunge a little more tolerable!

Sarah Hodgson

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Myrtle Beach Winter Rental Property of the Week!

Snowbird friends,

Still shoveling snow and sliding around on the icy roads? It's not too late to be on your beach chair for the month of March in Myrtle Beach!! I have a beautiful 2 bedroom 2 bath oceanfront condo available at Crescent Beach Villas for only $1300.00 including all sales taxes, departure clean, and fees! The condo has all of the comforts of home with a fully equipped kitchen, washer/dryer, wireless internet, and a wonderful screened in porch which overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. For more details send me an e-mail or give me a call during business hours.
Thank you for choosing Southern Coast Vacations as your Myrtle Beach winter rental headquarters.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Valentine's Day is right around the corner- Are you ready?

Hello Snowbird Friends!

Valentine's Day is upon us again- and we at Southern Coast Vacations want to make sure that all you Myrtle Beach Snowbirds are prepared! My husband and I had a wonderful dining experience at a fantastic restaurant about 3 months ago called Aspen Grille in Myrtle Beach. I have to share this restaurant with you Snowbirds as it was truly phenomenal and they are offering Valentine's Day Special sure to "WOW" your special someone! Little River Florist is offering a free box of chocolates with any Valentine's day arrangement over $35.00--So here you go Snowbirds, Valentine's Day in a nutshell, from us at Southern Coast to you, our Myrtle Beach Snowbird friends!

Aspen Grille (located in the heart of Myrtle Beach at 52nd avenue) is a chef driven restaurant specializing in fresh market seafood and prime steaks-with a Carolina twist! They offer simple but delicious food from the best local suppliers. The dining room is filled with original artwork from local artists and is dimly lit to set "the mood!" While you wait on your delicious entree browse the dining room admiring the artwork all while swaying to live music played by some of the best local artists in the Myrtle Beach area!

For Valentine's Day they are offering a special 4-course menu (priced at $80.00 per couple) that starts you off with delicious Oysters Rockefeller and finishes your meal with Chocolate Creme' Brule! The service is outstanding, so this restaurant is sure to please you Myrtle Beach Snowbirds-locals you will enjoy it as well! You can view the full menu and reservation information at
Don't forget to start the evening off with a beautiful arrangement from Little River Florist. (the complimentary box of chocolates is a nice touch) You can contact the florist at
Happy Valentine's Day Snowbird friends! I hope you all enjoy an unforgettable evening!

A sincere thanks to our Snowbird Friends for making us your choice for Snowbird Rentals in the Grand Strand!

Southern Coast Vacations

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

A Winter Oyster Roast!

Snowbird friends,

Are you a Myrtle Beach snowbird who loves oysters and live music? If so, you won't want to miss out on The Market Common Winter Oyster Roast this Saturday, January 22nd! Myrtle Beach's largest oyster roast will be held at Valor Park in The Market Commons from 11:00-5:30. The Paul Grimshaw Band and Mystic Vibrations will be the entertainment to this free event. Oysters will be sold by the bucket, you may bring your own oyster knife or buy one for $5.00. For more details visit
Thank you for choosing Southern Coast Vacations as your Myrtle Beach winter rental headquarters.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Hey Snowbird Friends!

Now that we have all thawed out from our "snow" days here on the Grand Strand, we are looking at a much nicer AND warmer weekend here on the Myrtle Beach coast! Saturday and Sunday the high's will be into the 50's-so break out a jacket and enjoy some a castle! I mean, who doesn't enjoy a leisurely stroll through a castle? Snowbirds, schedule yourself a few hours to enjoy this activity- it is sure to be an unforgettable experience and don't forget your camera!

The Atalaya Castle at Hutington Beach State Park is not only a National Historic Landmark, the castle was built by Archer Milton Huntington architect and husband of sculptress Anna Hyatt Huntington as a Winter home and Art studio. Archer modeled the couple's home in the style of the "Moorish" architecture of the Spanish Mediterranean coast. Construction began on the home the Winter of 1930 and took many years to complete as there was never a detailed plan for the building of this massive home. Mr Huntington, wanting to provide work opportunities for local residents during the Great Depression insisted that only local labor be utilized in the home's construction.

This amazing castle's living areas consist of 30 rooms-everything from a 40 foot tower to a studio with a 25 foot skylight! After Mr. Huntington's death in 1955 the furnishings were transported to their home in New York. Lucky for you Snowbirds, the castle still stands on the beautiful coastline and is available for you to tour!

Snowbirds, you can take the "Audio Tour" and wear a set of headphones that will navigate you around the castle, or just take the 45 minute walking tour. The admission is $4.00 and the hours you can tour the home are from 9-5 Monday through Sunday. This is sure to be a very interesting tour, allowing you to just browse at your own pace while viewing the sculptures still in the home and admiring the sorrounding oceanfront. For more information on this castle check out

If you get the chance to travel to Murrell's Inlet, be sure to view this amazing castle! Take some pictures while you are there for us, we would love to see and hear what you think about this treasured landmark!

Have a wonderful weekend Myrtle Beach Snowbirds!
Sarah Hodgson

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

A Meet and Greet just for you Myrtle Beach Snowbirds!

Hello Snowbirds!

Coming to Myrtle Beach to escape the cold and snow has been a tradition for years upon years in Myrtle Beach. One of the best things about being a Snowbird (besides being on such a beautiful beach, in an oceanfront property, with not a care in the world!) is meeting new people and making memories with strangers and neighbors that quickly turn into life-long friends!

The North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce is holding an event just for Snowbirds on Valentine's day, Feb 14th from 2-4 called "We love our Snowbirds reception". This is basically a "meet and greet" for Snowbirds to mingle with others that share the same common interest...Myrtle Beach!

As a way of saying thank you, every year the chamber hosts a "We Love Our Snowbirds Reception" on or before Valentines Day. The reception will include door prizes, giveaways and refreshments. So why not get out and meet other Snowbirds? I am sure you will meet people that you would have never met if it wasn't for this meet and greet! Free food, new people- and all sharing a common bond over the "love" for Myrtle Beach that only a true Snowbird can possess. Check out the site for more details.,com_events/Itemid,29/task,view_detail/agid,359/year,2011/month,02/day,14/

This event will be held at Barefoot Community Church, 701 Main Street in North Myrtle Beach!
I hope that some of you Snowbirds can make it to the event- I am sure you will make plenty of new friends and you can share your Snowbird secrets with each other! You might hear about a restaurant you have never heard of and "VOILA" you have a new favorite spot!

Happy Snowbirding Snowbirds!
Sarah Hodgson

Myrtle Beach Winter Rental Property of the Week!

Snowbird Friends,

A great oceanfront winter rental property just became available for February and March!!! Bayview 1106 is a 2 bedroom 2 bath oceanfront luxury condo that rents for $1000.00 a month plus a one time fee of $180.00! This condo has everything you need:
Wireless Internet! Fully Equipped Kitchen! Washer/Dryer!
On-site Parking Garage! Fitness Room! Indoor Hot Tub!
Indoor Swimming Pool! Starbucks!
So if you are sitting in your house waiting to be plowed out by the snowtruck, why not come on down to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and look at the beautiful ocean instead!!
Thank you for choosing Southern Coast Vacations as your Myrtle Beach winter headquarters.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Any Shaggin' Snow Bird Friends out there?

Hello Myrtle Beach Snowbirds!!!

Attention all Shaggin' Snowbird Friends: SOS (Socitey of Stranders) is hosting their annual Mid-Winter Fling January 13-17. So it's time to get out of your beautiful oceanfront Winter Rental and put on your Shaggin' shoes!!! For any Snowbird not familiar with the SOS Shag "craze"-let me fill you in...

Shaggers from across the nation gather in North Myrtle Beach for various competitions, events workshops, and anything Shag related! There are a variety of ages at all events-some even catering to the younger crowd such as Junior SOS competitions. All SOS events have a few key components; lots of music, tons of fun people, dancing in the streets (Main street in North Myrtle Beach particularly) workshops-they even have a "Shagging for Dummies" class! SOS events are truly one of a kind and anyone any age, dancing or just watching are sure to be entertained!

This years Mid-Winter Fling will be from January 13-17. The celebration kicks off January 12 at 8 PM with some good Southern food at Fat Harolds in North Myrtle Beach (truly a "landmark" for ALL Shaggers!) Several live bands will perform including The Craig Woolard Band, Sea Cruz and Castaways.

So Myrtle Beach Snowbirds, if you are tired of the cold weather and want to dance, (or learn to dance) make new friends and just have a good time head to North Myrtle Beach. Don't forget to bring your SOS membership card to gain entry into the best Shag clubs. Don't have one? Well go to to get one- or just wait and pick one up when you arrive! Snowbirds this is an event you won't want to miss! Hope you all get top enjoy what has come to be the official state dance of South Carolina!

Enjoy Snowbirds!
Sarah Hodgson

Southern Coast Golf News!!

Snowbird Friends,

Southern Coast Vacations is partnering with Golf Packages of the Carolinas to provide Myrtle Beach golfers lodging/golf packages at excellent deals! For those snowbirds who are wintering with us, you can be a part of this as well as Golf Packages of the Carolinas offers golf packages without lodging! Simply give Golf Packages of the Carolinas a call and let them know that you are a guest with Southern Coast Vacations who just needs to book tee times-they will do the rest!

Thank you for choosing Southern Coast Vacations as your Myrtle Beach winter rental headquarters,

Saturday, January 8, 2011

History Lesson for Myrtle Beach Snowbirds!

Snowbird Friends,

For those Myrtle Beach Snowbirds who love history be sure and check out the Winter Cemetery Tours at Brookgreen Gardens!

"Silent Cities, a winter event for Brookgreen Gardens, will be open Sunday at noon and will run through March 3. The garden invites visitors to explore some of its cemeteries and hear about the historical burial customs of European and African origins.
Silent Cities is a two-hour excursion and tickets are $15 in addition to garden admission and must be purchased at Keepsakes at least ten minutes before departure. Reservations are suggested, please call (843) 235-6042.
Garden admission for adults ages 13 to 64 is $12, $10 for seniors 65 and older and $6 for children from ages 4 to 12 and is good for seven days." courtesy of Sun News

Thank you for choosing Southern Coast Vacations as your Myrtle Beach winter rental headquarters

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Power foods to boost your immunity!

Hello Snowbird Friends!

So, you are here on the beautiful Grand Strand enjoying your Myrtle Beach Winter Rental, but you can't seem to get rid of the sniffles? Well, eat a few "power-foods" a very simple solution to make a difference in your health and immunity! Simply enjoying a sweet potato or a little yogurt with granola can actually boost your immunity-easy enough huh Snowbirds? The end result you ask- Less sneezing into your sleeve and more enjoying your Myrtle Beach Winter Rental!

So stop scrubbing your hands raw and using Purell until you have no moisture left in your body- simply eat a few "power-foods" and get that immunity up and running!

First "power-food"... Yogurt!
Probiotics (the live active cultures) found in yogurt, are a healthy bacteria that keep the stomach and intestinal tract free of disease-causing germs. Although they're available in supplement form, a study from the University of Vienna in Austria found that a daily 7-ounce dose of yogurt was just as effective in boosting immunity as popping your daily vitamins! Any and all yogurts with a Live and Active Cultures seal contain beneficial bugs, but Stonyfield Farm is the only U.S. brand that contains the specific strain of cultures that make a significant difference in your immunity!

Second "power-food"...Oats and Barley!
These yummy grains contain beta-glucan, a type of fiber with antimicrobial and antioxidant capabilities more potent than echinacea! Oats and Barley in the right amount boost immunity, speed up wound healing, and may help antibiotics work better.
Your optimal dose: At least one in your three daily servings of whole grains.

Third "power-food"...Fish!
Selenium is plentiful in shellfish such as oysters, lobsters, crabs, and clams. It helps white blood cells produce the necessary proteins to help clear flu viruses out of the body. Salmon, mackerel, and herring are rich in omega-3 fats, which reduce inflammation, increasing airflow and protecting lungs from colds and respiratory infections.
Your optimal dose: Two servings a week.

So snowbird friends, tonight while you are out grabbing a bite to eat- order fish, or maybe enjoy some mushrooms-all the while making your immune system stronger and allowing you to enjoy your stay in the Grand Strand quite a bit more! We all know that having a cold on vacation is the worst! There are many more "super foods" in the article listed below.
So please Myrtle Beach Snowbirds have a fantastic stay with us here on the beautiful SC coast and stay healthy without even realizing that the food you eat everyday will help you walk the path to a great vacation- without the sniffles that is!

Happy New Year to you all!
Sarah Hodgson

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Hello Snowbird Friends!

Hope you are all enjoying your Winter getaway with us on the beautiful coast here in Myrtle Beach! Have dinner plans set for your stay? Well Snowbirds, you might need to do some "re-arranging" to enjoy great food at discounted pricing!

For the second year in a row Myrtle Beach is participating in the statewide event known as "Restaurant Week" allowing locals and Snowbirds alike to enjoy 9 days worth of dining on good ol' South Carolina cuisine for a little less pocket change!

The dates for this year's "Restaurant Week" are January 14-22. To enjoy the discounts check the website below to see all participating restaurants. Come Restaurants require reservations and some you just get to go and enjoy-no advance notice needed! So whether it is spur of the moment or a special occasion Restaurant Week in the Grand Strand is sure to make any Snowbird happy- not to mention making your wallett a little happier, and heavier as well!

Happy dining to all you Myrtle Beach Snowbirds!

Snowbirds Get A Workout!

Snowbird Friends,

For those snowbirds looking for some places to work out, check out the list of Myrtle Beach/North Myrtle Beach recreation/fitness centers that The Sun News published in their Kicks section on Friday.

Myrtle Beach recreation centers. Info for Pepper Geddings at 918-2280, Crabtree Gym at 918-2355.

Volleyball | 1-3 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at Crabtree Memorial Gymnasium, and Tuesdays and Thursdays at Pepper Geddings.

Pickleball | 1-3 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, all at Crabtree Gym; and 9 a.m.-noon Mondays and Wednesdays, and for beginners, 10 a.m.-noon Fridays, at Pepper Geddings.

Tennis | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at Tennis Center; 918-2440.

North Myrtle Beach Aquatic & Fitness Center, 1100 Second Ave. S., across from city hall; 281-3737 or

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