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Top 5 Places for Dance Lessons in Myrtle Beach

Top 5 Places for Dance Lessons in Myrtle Beach Nothing beats a night out on the town of dancing with your favorite dance partner. One problem: You’ve got two left feet and the rhythm of a rodeo bull. Never fear, a long list of dance classes and lessons are offered on the Grand Strand to help get you on the floor and moving like a seasoned pro. Whether you want a more formal setting and top-notch instruction or you prefer to work it out on the dance floor with an experienced partner, here are five places where you can learn how to cut a rug:
 

Top 5 Places for Fine Dining in Myrtle Beach

Top 5 Places for Fine Dining in Myrtle Beach Guests at Island Vista Resort don't have to travel very far to find some of the best fine dining on the Grand Strand. In fact, just go to the elevator and press G. That's where you will find the Cypress Room, Island Vista's on-site restaurant with excellent food to match the oceanfront view. This elegantly decorated restaurant specializes in fresh local seafood and Lowcountry cuisine that will melt in your mouth. Island Vista guests also can enjoy a great breakfast at the Cypress Room, and when you order your lunch at the poolside bar, the tasty treats come from the same kitchen. But evenings are when the Cypress Room shines with nightly specials and a nice happy hour. However, if you insist on going out for a night of fine dining, there are several top choices within a short drive. With Restaurant Row just to the north and Broadway at the Beach and downtown Myrtle Beach to the south, there are lots of upscale establishments with great menus and venues. Here are the top five places for fine dining in Myrtle Beach:
 

Long Bay Symphony a Harmonic Choice for Island Vista Resort Guests

Long Bay Symphony a Harmonic Choice for Island Vista Resort Guests Why go out for a pricy dinner and show at one of the local restaurant/theaters when you can put together your own combination just a short distance from Island Vista Resort? After a nice dinner at the on-site Cypress Room, one of the top restaurants in town, it's just a couple of miles to the Myrtle Beach Music and Arts Center to catch the Long Bay Symphony, a collection of local musicians who put on truly magical performances. The local orchestra plays throughout the year round at the Myrtle Beach High School venue, which is only a couple of miles away from Island Vista Resort. Guests can take a short cab ride to experience an evening of live classical and contemporary music.
 

Houses of Worship Abound in Myrtle Beach

Houses of Worship Abound in Myrtle Beach Just because you are taking a vacation from work or school doesn’t mean you have to take a vacation away from church, especially for those visiting the Grand Strand. The 60-mile stretch of coastline and the inland areas are filled with houses of worship for virtually every religion and denomination, and many make it easy for vacationers to attend by offering everything from beachfront services to come-as-you-are dress codes. Such is the case for the Barefoot Church in North Myrtle Beach, one of the many non-denominational churches that have boomed in recent years. The casual atmosphere and laid-back attitude have struck a chord in the community with both locals and visitors. Featuring contemporary services that include live music and lively sermons, Barefoot Church appeals to less traditional churchgoers, and more traditional ones looking for a relaxed environment.
 

The Only Vacation Checklist You Need for a Great Week in Myrtle Beach

The Only Vacation Checklist You Need for a Great Week in Myrtle Beach So much to do and see, so little time. That's about the only complaint you hear from folks following an exciting week in Myrtle Beach. No matter how many fun things you find time to do, there are always many more you couldn't squeeze into your trip. That's why we've put together a list of the most important things you should do during your visit to the Grand Strand. Just consider it your "sand bucket list" of the top five ways to spend five days and nights, plus another day to recover from all the fun:
 

North Carolina Winery Opening New Store on Grand Strand

North Carolina Winery Opening New Store on Grand Strand Like a fine wine, Barefoot Landing is also getting better with time. After celebrating its 20th year of business, the North Myrtle Beach entertainment, shopping and dining complex is getting a new neighbor from North Carolina in the form of Duplin Winery. The 40-year-old winery, located just north of Wilmington in the tiny town of Rose Hill, is expanding its operations to the Myrtle Beach area to gain name recognition with the Grand Strand's tourism market. The 15,000 square foot facility is being built between the House of Blues and Alligator Adventure and is expected to open in the spring of 2015. The Duplin Winery expansion project plans to give visitors a behind the scenes look at the wine-making business, from the smashing of grapes to the bottling of wines to the tasting of the final product. Guests will take tours of the facility and participate in the process until the final and most fun step - sampling the many varieties of wines.
 

Top 5 Steakhouses in Myrtle Beach

Top 5 Steakhouses in Myrtle Beach The Myrtle Beach restaurant scene may be best known for its fresh, local seafood, but those who prefer "land food" don't have to look very far to find excellent steaks and chops. And if you enjoy a nice surf-and-turf dinner, you've come to the right place. The Grand Strand, the 60-mile stretch of coastline that surrounds Myrtle Beach, is lined with great steakhouses, but there are a handful that stand out above the rest. Here are the top five places on the Grand Strand to get a juicy, delicious steak:
 

Cypress Room Serves Four-Course Feast for Thanksgiving

Cypress Room Serves Four-Course Feast for Thanksgiving There's nothing like Thanksgiving dinner at home, especially if you make Island Vista Resort your home away from home for the holidays, and let the on-site Cypress Room be your kitchen. Enjoy a four-course Thanksgiving feast fit for a king and stretch out for a nap in your king-sized suite while someone else does the dishes. Now that's a good reason to be thankful. Families, couples and groups have been flocking to Island Vista for generations to celebrate the holiday with a little rest and relaxing at the beach and to experience one of the best Thanksgiving dinners in Myrtle Beach at the oceanfront Cypress Room.
 

Cypress Room Staff Gives Island Vista Local Flavor

Cypress Room Staff Gives Island Vista Local Flavor When the Cypress Room menu boasts about its use of excellent local ingredients, it's not just talking about the food. In fact, the chef and staff at the family owned and operated Island Vista Resort's on-site restaurant also bring a local flavor to the table, with several employees serving the same roles and guests for several decades. "I was born and bred here in Myrtle Beach and I've been working for (the Chapman family) since 1973," said server and guest favorite Phillip Cooper, "so I've seen three generations of families. It's always great to see the same faces come back every year." Cooper has had many jobs over his 40-plus-year career, but only one employer. He worked in the kitchen and dining room at the historic Chesterfield Inn until its closure before moving to the old Sea Island Resort, which was leveled to make way for the new Island Vista. During construction, Cooper personally crafted the rich woodwork that lines the walls and ceilings of the Cypress Room, where he also serves as a fixture to repeat guests.
 

Celebrate Veterans Day in Myrtle Beach

Celebrate Veterans Day in Myrtle Beach The Grand Strand has a long, proud history of honoring America's military service men and women. The former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base hosted thousands of troops between World War II and its closure in 1994, and holidays like Memorial Day and Veterans Day are greeted with parades and other celebrations, giving military members a great place to relax and enjoy the freedoms they helped our nation preserve. Such is the case for Veterans Day 2014, which falls on Tuesday, Nov. 11, but will be observed Monday and throughout the week on the Grand Strand. Numerous events and festivities are scheduled for the holiday that was founded to commemorate the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I but is today a tribute to all those who served. If you are planning to be in Myrtle Beach this Veteran's Day, you can celebrate the day by honoring veterans at a variety of special, planned events that are taking place in the area. Here's three Veterans Day events on the Grand Strand:
 

Top 5 Must-Do Events in Myrtle Beach This Fall and Winter

Top 5 Must-Do Events in Myrtle Beach This Fall and Winter The summer may be over in Myrtle Beach, but not the party. In fact, fall is the peak of the social season on the Grand Strand, when cooler temperatures and smaller crowds are all the more reason to throw a shindig. Here are five dates to circle on the remainder of your 2014 calendar, and five events and festivals this fall you don't want to miss:
 

Grownups get in the Halloween Spirit in Myrtle Beach

Grownups get in the Halloween Spirit in Myrtle Beach Halloween is all about the kids, with complimentary candy and cute costumes around every corner for the occasion. But there's also room for the more mature set, or at least adults who still act and feel like kids themselves, to enjoy the spooky holiday. And since Myrtle Beach is already a bit of a playground for the young and the young at heart, it only makes sense that Halloween is a major play date for all ages. For those who enjoy dressing up and cutting loose for the festive affair, we have plenty of places to celebrate Halloween with kindred spirits, along with some adult spirits. Here are five parties you don't want to miss in Myrtle Beach this Halloween:
 

Art in the Park Offers Manmade and Natural Beauty

Art in the Park Offers Manmade and Natural Beauty Experience manmade and natural beauty in one unique setting at the 42nd annual Art in the Park series, which is held at Chapin Park in downtown Myrtle Beach on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 11-12. Hosted by the Waccamaw Arts Guild, Art in the Park provides a great opportunity for local, regional and national artists to shop their wares in the scenic setting of Chapin Park, which is located behind the Chapin Memorial Library at the corner of Kings Highway and 16th Avenue North. Stroll along the sidewalks of Chapin Park and explore the booths set up by some of the finest artists and craftsmen in the business. Shop around for paintings, glasswork, pottery, jewelry, photography and other hand-crafted pieces that you won't find anywhere else. Talk to the artists who made them for added insight into your one of a kind piece.
 

Take a Stroll on the Scary Side at Conway Ghost Tour

Take a Stroll on the Scary Side at Conway Ghost Tour Forget about the phony haunted houses that pop up around Halloween every year. If you want real spine-tingling chills that are rooted in haunted history, be sure to check out the Oct. 23-25 Conway Ghost Tour in the Horry County seat's downtown district. Draped in Southern charm and Spanish moss hanging from the ancient live oak trees that line the city streets, Conway comes across as a traditional South Carolina town by day. But at night, when the street lights cast dark shadows and some of the city's dirty secrets are shared with visitors, Conway can be downright scary.
 

The Top Five Theaters in Myrtle Beach

The Top Five Theaters in Myrtle Beach Myrtle Beach may be way, way off-Broadway, like 500 miles away from the bright lights of the Big Apple. But the Grand Strand can hold its own when it comes to live theater. From musicals and theatrical showcases to off-Broadway plays and live concert performances, the arts and theater scene in Myrtle Beach is surprisingly strong for a relatively small town. Of course, some have their own Southern spin and other border on Las Vegas bizarre, but there's enough to go around to keep people of all theatrical tastes entertained. Here's a list of the top five places to take in live theater in the Myrtle Beach area.
 

Grand Strand’s Top 5 Places for Wine

Grand Strand’s Top 5 Places for Wine Wine is many things to many people, but perhaps famed author Ernest Hemingway said it best: “Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.” Like Hemingway, the Grand Strand also has a great appreciation for wine, and several places to enjoy the experience. From a pair of classic vineyards along the state line to trendy new wine boutiques in Myrtle Beach, wines are celebrated, swirled, sniffed, sipped and tasted all over the Grand Strand, Here are the top five places on the Strand to enjoy he experience.
 

Top 5 Places for Sushi in Myrtle Beach

Top 5 Places for Sushi in Myrtle Beach Myrtle Beach is famous for its seafood restaurants, which is understandable given its close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. But when it comes to tastes from the Pacific, especially the quality of seafood that is required to create great sushi, visitors have fewer options. But never fear, sushi-lovers; The Grand Strand has some outstanding Japanese and Asian fusion restaurants where you can get your fix for raw fish. Here are the top five sushi establishments in the Myrtle Beach area.
 

Historic Pine Lakes Golf Just a Short Driver Away from Island Vista

Historic Pine Lakes Golf Just a Short Driver Away from Island Vista Before Myrtle Beach was known as the “Golf Capital of the World,” and before there were more than 100 golf courses on the Grand Strand, there was Pine Lakes International Country Club, the first golf course – and still one of the best – in the Myrtle Beach area. Affectionately nicknamed “The Granddaddy” for its role as the course that started it all for Myrtle Beach as a premiere golf destination, Pine Lakes opened in 1927 as part of the old Ocean Forest Hotel property. The Ocean Forest, which was located just a couple of blocks south of Island Vista, has long since been torn down, but the golf course remains and contains a great deal of the area’s history.
 

Island Vista the Ideal Retreat for Anniversaries

Island Vista the Ideal Retreat for Anniversaries If you are looking to celebrate an anniversary or some other romantic occasion, you've come to the right place. Not only does Myrtle Beach’s Island Vista Resort offer luxurious accommodations and amenities for the perfect couples retreat, but it's also located near Restaurant Row and some of the finest fine-dining establishments in Myrtle Beach, along with other activities sure to make your getaway a memorable and romantic one.
 

The Beach: Know Before You Go!

The Beach: Know Before You Go! The Beach: Know Before You Go! North Myrtle Beach is a beautiful beach to visit any time of year, but there are some rules, regulations and tips that you should know before you pack-up the family and head down to your sandy post.
 

Myrtle Beach’s Freshest Markets

Myrtle Beach’s Freshest Markets Ok, we absolutely love the explosive popularity that farmers markets and other specialized retailers, such as fishmongers, are enjoying these days. Fresh, local and delicious? Sort of perfect, right? Lucky for us, Myrtle Beach is firmly entrenched in the movement and hosts markets all over town featuring the best Lowcountry farmers have to offer — in addition to those established vendors that feature the best seafood of the area. Even for out-of-towners, a quick trip for a bag of peaches or corn for the grill will delight you; and if you have a big kitchen in your hotel in which to spread out, get some fish, steaks, sausages, cheeses and more.
 

Island Vista ranks top in USA Today

Island Vista ranks top in USA Today Island Vista Resort has been named among the Top 10 luxury hotels in Myrtle Beach, according to a recent travel ranking. As one of the few family-owned resorts on the Grand Strand to have earned a AAA Four-Diamond rating, Island Vista certainly deserves the honor. With its motto of "barefoot luxury," Island Vista offers the best in casual relaxation paired with world-class amenities and accommodations.
 

The Cypress Room—Fine dining at Island Vista Resort

The Cypress Room—Fine dining at Island Vista Resort A sophisticated menu and old-fashioned Southern charm are the hallmarks of The Cypress Room Restaurant at Island Vista Resort. Service French-inspired new American cuisine, The Cypress Room is the elegant on-resort restaurant with reasonable prices and a casual, friendly feel that represents the best of low-country dining. Cypress panels harvested from local trees line the ceiling and walls, giving this lovely restaurant its name, but it's the floor-to-ceiling windows facing the sea that will knock your socks off -- the ocean view can't be beat, unless you choose patio seating so close you can hear the waves break while you enjoy your meal.
 

Island Vista has hot summer entertainment!

Island Vista has hot summer entertainment! We know you're going to have a great time at Island Vista Resort in Myrtle Beach. Between the gorgeous beach, fun pools, great restaurants and full-service resort amenities, how could you not? But we're going to make your vacation even better with a fabulous entertainment lineup all summer long.
 

What Surrounds Island Vista?

What Surrounds Island Vista? One of the biggest parts of Island Vista Resort’s appeal is its isolation. As the only oceanfront hotel for nearly a mile in either direction, Island Vista provides a secluded stretch of beach for those looking to get away from the bright lights and loud sounds of downtown Myrtle Beach for some tranquil relaxation. Fortunately, Island Vista offers quality accommodation and amenities that make it hard to leave the resort. With an indoor/outdoor waterpark, poolside entertainment and the award-winning Cypress Room restaurant, who would want to leave? But if you do, there’s a lot of charm and history in the surrounding Ocean Forest neighborhood, one of the oldest and most prestigious on the Grand Strand. Here are some of the highlights that are within hiking, biking or walking distance of Island Vista.
 

Top 5 Must-Pack Beach Items

Top 5 Must-Pack Beach Items You've been planning for months, looking forward to a fabulous beach vacation. You've planned your itinerary, booked a great hotel and you're ready to relax on the warm sand of Myrtle Beach. Don't let a few easily overlooked items put a damper on your trip -- look over this checklist of items that can be easy to overlook, but can make the difference between a great vacation and the best vacation. Top 5 must-bring beach vacation items.
 

Island Vista offers Sun & Fun Bonus

Island Vista offers Sun & Fun Bonus Let's be honest, you are not going to run out of fun activities at Island Vista Resort. Situated on one of the most stunning stretches of beach in Myrtle Beach, Island Vista offers endless beach relaxation and activities. Not to mention the incredible pool complex (indoor and outdoor pools, lazy river, kids splash area, jacuzzi, waterfall...). Children's activities. Fabulous dining. Fitness. Massage. Nearby golf. The list goes on.
 

Kids Club Has Tons of Fun at Island Vista

Kids Club Has Tons of Fun at Island Vista Kids love Island Vista Resort for many reasons. The beach, the pool, family fun, great summer weather -- can it get much better? Yes it can! Say hello to the Kids Club, Island Vista's complete schedule of fun and supervised activities for kids age 5-12.
 

Top Three Breakfast Restaurants in Myrtle Beach

Top Three Breakfast Restaurants in Myrtle Beach One of our favorite things about being on vacation is the change to really enjoy the activities we’re always in too much of a hurry to appreciate in our daily grind. That’s why we love breakfast on vacation—when we’re home, it’s so often a bite to go on the way out the door, but when you’re on vacation it’s a chance to enjoy delicious food and conversation and set out our plan for the day … even when that plan consists of a whole lot of nothing. Here are our picks for three of the top breakfasts in Myrtle Beach, in no particular order.
 

A Myrtle Beach Dining Alternative: The Fresh Market

A Myrtle Beach Dining Alternative: The Fresh Market If you’re in Myrtle Beach for any amount of time you quickly realize the dining options are just about endless. There are so many choices—and sometimes it seems like there’s no possible way to get everyone to agree one place for every snack and meal.
 

5 Myrtle Beach Hidden Gems

5 Myrtle Beach Hidden Gems If you’ve been to Myrtle Beach before, you likely know all about the big attractions. You’ve been to the beach, you’ve done Broadway at the Beach, and you’ve done some shopping at the Tanger Outlets. But there are plenty more places you may not have had the opportunity to check out, some hidden gems tucked into less-explored parts of town. Here are some insights into a few of our favorites:
 

Taking Your Grandkids to Myrtle Beach: Must-Do Activities

Taking Your Grandkids to Myrtle Beach: Must-Do Activities Nothing against our kids, the grandkids are just more fun to spoil! If you’re lucky enough to have your grandkids on hand to spoil rotten on a trip to Myrtle Beach, here are a few of our favorite activities that grandparents and grandkids can do together.
 

A meal with a view: Enjoy The Cypress Room’s tasty meals at Island Vista Resort

A meal with a view: Enjoy The Cypress Room’s tasty meals at Island Vista Resort One of the beauties of staying at Island Vista Resort is that while you are here, you really never have to leave our grounds. All the fun and entertainment you need is right here onsite. We even serve top-notch breakfast and dinner at The Cypress Room—and every meal comes with a perfect oceanfront view, framed by generous floor-to-ceiling windows!
 

Tips to make flying with children less stressful

Tips to make flying with children less stressful We know there’s no magic pill that makes traveling with kids a snap—trust us, if there was such a thing, it would come with every Ocean Reef Resort reservation! But we do hope this lists helps you plan for a smoother trip next time you fly to Myrtle Beach with kids.
 

The View: Top Five Places to Enjoy the Sunsets in Myrtle Beach

The View: Top Five Places to Enjoy the Sunsets in Myrtle Beach We don’t know where the magic comes from exactly, but it’s a well-established truth that Myrtle Beach has some of the best sunsets you’ll ever experience. The locations to watch the breathtaking setting are countless … but we couldn’t help consulting some locals and pulling together a list of native favorites. Here are our top 5 best locations to view the sunset in Myrtle Beach.
 

Banditos adds Latin flavor, food and fun to Ocean Boulevard

Banditos adds Latin flavor, food and fun to Ocean Boulevard From the earthy and elegant décor to the refined and rustic food, Banditos Restaurant & Cantina On The Boardwalk is a Myrtle Beach Mexican restaurant distinctively different yet pleasingly familiar. Located at 1410 N. Ocean Blvd. in Myrtle Beach, Banditos, which seats 268, debuted to the public Monday, Aug 6 and revealed an ambience that is festive, homey and hip.
 

Southern Drink Recipe of the Month: Summer Peach Tea Punch

Southern Drink Recipe of the Month: Summer Peach Tea Punch Try this recipe for a sweet, but refreshing punch on your next vacation.
 

Take a spin when you are in the Myrtle Beach Area.

Take a spin when you are in the Myrtle Beach Area. In this article there are a list of suggested bicycle trails and paths that wind along the Grand Strand. If you are looking to bike the beach, a paved road or in a state park there are several options here in the Grand Strand area.
 

Family Kingdom Amusement park in Myrtle Beach, SC

Family Kingdom Amusement park in Myrtle Beach, SC Family Kingdom Amusement Park has the perfect location for those who are staying at the beach since the park resides in the center of Myrtle Beach, just across from the ocean, and its a name locals and tourists have come to know as a true main attraction in Myrtle Beach, with rides for kids and adults to enjoy.
 

Carlos and Charlie’s a great new edition to the restaurants here at Broadway at the Beach.

Carlos and Charlie’s a great new edition to the restaurants here at Broadway at the Beach. Long a favorite of travelers to major tourist destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean, Carlos’n Charlie’s has moved north of the border, bringing its unique combination of food and fun to Broadway at the Beach. Now visitors to the South Carolina coast can find out for themselves why a visit to Carlos’n Charlie’s is unforgettable!
 

Top 5 Places for Dance Lessons in Myrtle Beach

Top 5 Places for Dance Lessons in Myrtle Beach Nothing beats a night out on the town of dancing with your favorite dance partner. One problem: You’ve got two left feet and the rhythm of a rodeo bull. Never fear, a long list of dance classes and lessons are offered on the Grand Strand to help get you on the floor and moving like a seasoned pro. Whether you want a more formal setting and top-notch instruction or you prefer to work it out on the dance floor with an experienced partner, here are five places where you can learn how to cut a rug:
 

Top 5 Places for Fine Dining in Myrtle Beach

Top 5 Places for Fine Dining in Myrtle Beach Guests at Island Vista Resort don't have to travel very far to find some of the best fine dining on the Grand Strand. In fact, just go to the elevator and press G. That's where you will find the Cypress Room, Island Vista's on-site restaurant with excellent food to match the oceanfront view. This elegantly decorated restaurant specializes in fresh local seafood and Lowcountry cuisine that will melt in your mouth. Island Vista guests also can enjoy a great breakfast at the Cypress Room, and when you order your lunch at the poolside bar, the tasty treats come from the same kitchen. But evenings are when the Cypress Room shines with nightly specials and a nice happy hour. However, if you insist on going out for a night of fine dining, there are several top choices within a short drive. With Restaurant Row just to the north and Broadway at the Beach and downtown Myrtle Beach to the south, there are lots of upscale establishments with great menus and venues. Here are the top five places for fine dining in Myrtle Beach:
 

Long Bay Symphony a Harmonic Choice for Island Vista Resort Guests

Long Bay Symphony a Harmonic Choice for Island Vista Resort Guests Why go out for a pricy dinner and show at one of the local restaurant/theaters when you can put together your own combination just a short distance from Island Vista Resort? After a nice dinner at the on-site Cypress Room, one of the top restaurants in town, it's just a couple of miles to the Myrtle Beach Music and Arts Center to catch the Long Bay Symphony, a collection of local musicians who put on truly magical performances. The local orchestra plays throughout the year round at the Myrtle Beach High School venue, which is only a couple of miles away from Island Vista Resort. Guests can take a short cab ride to experience an evening of live classical and contemporary music.
 

Houses of Worship Abound in Myrtle Beach

Houses of Worship Abound in Myrtle Beach Just because you are taking a vacation from work or school doesn’t mean you have to take a vacation away from church, especially for those visiting the Grand Strand. The 60-mile stretch of coastline and the inland areas are filled with houses of worship for virtually every religion and denomination, and many make it easy for vacationers to attend by offering everything from beachfront services to come-as-you-are dress codes. Such is the case for the Barefoot Church in North Myrtle Beach, one of the many non-denominational churches that have boomed in recent years. The casual atmosphere and laid-back attitude have struck a chord in the community with both locals and visitors. Featuring contemporary services that include live music and lively sermons, Barefoot Church appeals to less traditional churchgoers, and more traditional ones looking for a relaxed environment.
 

The Only Vacation Checklist You Need for a Great Week in Myrtle Beach

The Only Vacation Checklist You Need for a Great Week in Myrtle Beach So much to do and see, so little time. That's about the only complaint you hear from folks following an exciting week in Myrtle Beach. No matter how many fun things you find time to do, there are always many more you couldn't squeeze into your trip. That's why we've put together a list of the most important things you should do during your visit to the Grand Strand. Just consider it your "sand bucket list" of the top five ways to spend five days and nights, plus another day to recover from all the fun:
 

North Carolina Winery Opening New Store on Grand Strand

North Carolina Winery Opening New Store on Grand Strand Like a fine wine, Barefoot Landing is also getting better with time. After celebrating its 20th year of business, the North Myrtle Beach entertainment, shopping and dining complex is getting a new neighbor from North Carolina in the form of Duplin Winery. The 40-year-old winery, located just north of Wilmington in the tiny town of Rose Hill, is expanding its operations to the Myrtle Beach area to gain name recognition with the Grand Strand's tourism market. The 15,000 square foot facility is being built between the House of Blues and Alligator Adventure and is expected to open in the spring of 2015. The Duplin Winery expansion project plans to give visitors a behind the scenes look at the wine-making business, from the smashing of grapes to the bottling of wines to the tasting of the final product. Guests will take tours of the facility and participate in the process until the final and most fun step - sampling the many varieties of wines.
 

Top 5 Steakhouses in Myrtle Beach

Top 5 Steakhouses in Myrtle Beach The Myrtle Beach restaurant scene may be best known for its fresh, local seafood, but those who prefer "land food" don't have to look very far to find excellent steaks and chops. And if you enjoy a nice surf-and-turf dinner, you've come to the right place. The Grand Strand, the 60-mile stretch of coastline that surrounds Myrtle Beach, is lined with great steakhouses, but there are a handful that stand out above the rest. Here are the top five places on the Grand Strand to get a juicy, delicious steak:
 

Cypress Room Serves Four-Course Feast for Thanksgiving

Cypress Room Serves Four-Course Feast for Thanksgiving There's nothing like Thanksgiving dinner at home, especially if you make Island Vista Resort your home away from home for the holidays, and let the on-site Cypress Room be your kitchen. Enjoy a four-course Thanksgiving feast fit for a king and stretch out for a nap in your king-sized suite while someone else does the dishes. Now that's a good reason to be thankful. Families, couples and groups have been flocking to Island Vista for generations to celebrate the holiday with a little rest and relaxing at the beach and to experience one of the best Thanksgiving dinners in Myrtle Beach at the oceanfront Cypress Room.
 

Cypress Room Staff Gives Island Vista Local Flavor

Cypress Room Staff Gives Island Vista Local Flavor When the Cypress Room menu boasts about its use of excellent local ingredients, it's not just talking about the food. In fact, the chef and staff at the family owned and operated Island Vista Resort's on-site restaurant also bring a local flavor to the table, with several employees serving the same roles and guests for several decades. "I was born and bred here in Myrtle Beach and I've been working for (the Chapman family) since 1973," said server and guest favorite Phillip Cooper, "so I've seen three generations of families. It's always great to see the same faces come back every year." Cooper has had many jobs over his 40-plus-year career, but only one employer. He worked in the kitchen and dining room at the historic Chesterfield Inn until its closure before moving to the old Sea Island Resort, which was leveled to make way for the new Island Vista. During construction, Cooper personally crafted the rich woodwork that lines the walls and ceilings of the Cypress Room, where he also serves as a fixture to repeat guests.
 

Celebrate Veterans Day in Myrtle Beach

Celebrate Veterans Day in Myrtle Beach The Grand Strand has a long, proud history of honoring America's military service men and women. The former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base hosted thousands of troops between World War II and its closure in 1994, and holidays like Memorial Day and Veterans Day are greeted with parades and other celebrations, giving military members a great place to relax and enjoy the freedoms they helped our nation preserve. Such is the case for Veterans Day 2014, which falls on Tuesday, Nov. 11, but will be observed Monday and throughout the week on the Grand Strand. Numerous events and festivities are scheduled for the holiday that was founded to commemorate the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I but is today a tribute to all those who served. If you are planning to be in Myrtle Beach this Veteran's Day, you can celebrate the day by honoring veterans at a variety of special, planned events that are taking place in the area. Here's three Veterans Day events on the Grand Strand:
 

Top 5 Must-Do Events in Myrtle Beach This Fall and Winter

Top 5 Must-Do Events in Myrtle Beach This Fall and Winter The summer may be over in Myrtle Beach, but not the party. In fact, fall is the peak of the social season on the Grand Strand, when cooler temperatures and smaller crowds are all the more reason to throw a shindig. Here are five dates to circle on the remainder of your 2014 calendar, and five events and festivals this fall you don't want to miss:
 

Grownups get in the Halloween Spirit in Myrtle Beach

Grownups get in the Halloween Spirit in Myrtle Beach Halloween is all about the kids, with complimentary candy and cute costumes around every corner for the occasion. But there's also room for the more mature set, or at least adults who still act and feel like kids themselves, to enjoy the spooky holiday. And since Myrtle Beach is already a bit of a playground for the young and the young at heart, it only makes sense that Halloween is a major play date for all ages. For those who enjoy dressing up and cutting loose for the festive affair, we have plenty of places to celebrate Halloween with kindred spirits, along with some adult spirits. Here are five parties you don't want to miss in Myrtle Beach this Halloween:
 

Art in the Park Offers Manmade and Natural Beauty

Art in the Park Offers Manmade and Natural Beauty Experience manmade and natural beauty in one unique setting at the 42nd annual Art in the Park series, which is held at Chapin Park in downtown Myrtle Beach on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 11-12. Hosted by the Waccamaw Arts Guild, Art in the Park provides a great opportunity for local, regional and national artists to shop their wares in the scenic setting of Chapin Park, which is located behind the Chapin Memorial Library at the corner of Kings Highway and 16th Avenue North. Stroll along the sidewalks of Chapin Park and explore the booths set up by some of the finest artists and craftsmen in the business. Shop around for paintings, glasswork, pottery, jewelry, photography and other hand-crafted pieces that you won't find anywhere else. Talk to the artists who made them for added insight into your one of a kind piece.
 

Take a Stroll on the Scary Side at Conway Ghost Tour

Take a Stroll on the Scary Side at Conway Ghost Tour Forget about the phony haunted houses that pop up around Halloween every year. If you want real spine-tingling chills that are rooted in haunted history, be sure to check out the Oct. 23-25 Conway Ghost Tour in the Horry County seat's downtown district. Draped in Southern charm and Spanish moss hanging from the ancient live oak trees that line the city streets, Conway comes across as a traditional South Carolina town by day. But at night, when the street lights cast dark shadows and some of the city's dirty secrets are shared with visitors, Conway can be downright scary.
 

The Top Five Theaters in Myrtle Beach

The Top Five Theaters in Myrtle Beach Myrtle Beach may be way, way off-Broadway, like 500 miles away from the bright lights of the Big Apple. But the Grand Strand can hold its own when it comes to live theater. From musicals and theatrical showcases to off-Broadway plays and live concert performances, the arts and theater scene in Myrtle Beach is surprisingly strong for a relatively small town. Of course, some have their own Southern spin and other border on Las Vegas bizarre, but there's enough to go around to keep people of all theatrical tastes entertained. Here's a list of the top five places to take in live theater in the Myrtle Beach area.
 

Grand Strand’s Top 5 Places for Wine

Grand Strand’s Top 5 Places for Wine Wine is many things to many people, but perhaps famed author Ernest Hemingway said it best: “Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.” Like Hemingway, the Grand Strand also has a great appreciation for wine, and several places to enjoy the experience. From a pair of classic vineyards along the state line to trendy new wine boutiques in Myrtle Beach, wines are celebrated, swirled, sniffed, sipped and tasted all over the Grand Strand, Here are the top five places on the Strand to enjoy he experience.
 

Top 5 Places for Sushi in Myrtle Beach

Top 5 Places for Sushi in Myrtle Beach Myrtle Beach is famous for its seafood restaurants, which is understandable given its close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. But when it comes to tastes from the Pacific, especially the quality of seafood that is required to create great sushi, visitors have fewer options. But never fear, sushi-lovers; The Grand Strand has some outstanding Japanese and Asian fusion restaurants where you can get your fix for raw fish. Here are the top five sushi establishments in the Myrtle Beach area.
 

Historic Pine Lakes Golf Just a Short Driver Away from Island Vista

Historic Pine Lakes Golf Just a Short Driver Away from Island Vista Before Myrtle Beach was known as the “Golf Capital of the World,” and before there were more than 100 golf courses on the Grand Strand, there was Pine Lakes International Country Club, the first golf course – and still one of the best – in the Myrtle Beach area. Affectionately nicknamed “The Granddaddy” for its role as the course that started it all for Myrtle Beach as a premiere golf destination, Pine Lakes opened in 1927 as part of the old Ocean Forest Hotel property. The Ocean Forest, which was located just a couple of blocks south of Island Vista, has long since been torn down, but the golf course remains and contains a great deal of the area’s history.
 

Island Vista the Ideal Retreat for Anniversaries

Island Vista the Ideal Retreat for Anniversaries If you are looking to celebrate an anniversary or some other romantic occasion, you've come to the right place. Not only does Myrtle Beach’s Island Vista Resort offer luxurious accommodations and amenities for the perfect couples retreat, but it's also located near Restaurant Row and some of the finest fine-dining establishments in Myrtle Beach, along with other activities sure to make your getaway a memorable and romantic one.
 

Myrtle Beach’s Freshest Markets

Myrtle Beach’s Freshest Markets Ok, we absolutely love the explosive popularity that farmers markets and other specialized retailers, such as fishmongers, are enjoying these days. Fresh, local and delicious? Sort of perfect, right? Lucky for us, Myrtle Beach is firmly entrenched in the movement and hosts markets all over town featuring the best Lowcountry farmers have to offer — in addition to those established vendors that feature the best seafood of the area. Even for out-of-towners, a quick trip for a bag of peaches or corn for the grill will delight you; and if you have a big kitchen in your hotel in which to spread out, get some fish, steaks, sausages, cheeses and more.
 

Island Vista ranks top in USA Today

Island Vista ranks top in USA Today Island Vista Resort has been named among the Top 10 luxury hotels in Myrtle Beach, according to a recent travel ranking. As one of the few family-owned resorts on the Grand Strand to have earned a AAA Four-Diamond rating, Island Vista certainly deserves the honor. With its motto of "barefoot luxury," Island Vista offers the best in casual relaxation paired with world-class amenities and accommodations.
 

The Cypress Room—Fine dining at Island Vista Resort

The Cypress Room—Fine dining at Island Vista Resort A sophisticated menu and old-fashioned Southern charm are the hallmarks of The Cypress Room Restaurant at Island Vista Resort. Service French-inspired new American cuisine, The Cypress Room is the elegant on-resort restaurant with reasonable prices and a casual, friendly feel that represents the best of low-country dining. Cypress panels harvested from local trees line the ceiling and walls, giving this lovely restaurant its name, but it's the floor-to-ceiling windows facing the sea that will knock your socks off -- the ocean view can't be beat, unless you choose patio seating so close you can hear the waves break while you enjoy your meal.
 

Island Vista has hot summer entertainment!

Island Vista has hot summer entertainment! We know you're going to have a great time at Island Vista Resort in Myrtle Beach. Between the gorgeous beach, fun pools, great restaurants and full-service resort amenities, how could you not? But we're going to make your vacation even better with a fabulous entertainment lineup all summer long.
 

What Surrounds Island Vista?

What Surrounds Island Vista? One of the biggest parts of Island Vista Resort’s appeal is its isolation. As the only oceanfront hotel for nearly a mile in either direction, Island Vista provides a secluded stretch of beach for those looking to get away from the bright lights and loud sounds of downtown Myrtle Beach for some tranquil relaxation. Fortunately, Island Vista offers quality accommodation and amenities that make it hard to leave the resort. With an indoor/outdoor waterpark, poolside entertainment and the award-winning Cypress Room restaurant, who would want to leave? But if you do, there’s a lot of charm and history in the surrounding Ocean Forest neighborhood, one of the oldest and most prestigious on the Grand Strand. Here are some of the highlights that are within hiking, biking or walking distance of Island Vista.
 

Top 5 Must-Pack Beach Items

Top 5 Must-Pack Beach Items You've been planning for months, looking forward to a fabulous beach vacation. You've planned your itinerary, booked a great hotel and you're ready to relax on the warm sand of Myrtle Beach. Don't let a few easily overlooked items put a damper on your trip -- look over this checklist of items that can be easy to overlook, but can make the difference between a great vacation and the best vacation. Top 5 must-bring beach vacation items.
 

Island Vista offers Sun & Fun Bonus

Island Vista offers Sun & Fun Bonus Let's be honest, you are not going to run out of fun activities at Island Vista Resort. Situated on one of the most stunning stretches of beach in Myrtle Beach, Island Vista offers endless beach relaxation and activities. Not to mention the incredible pool complex (indoor and outdoor pools, lazy river, kids splash area, jacuzzi, waterfall...). Children's activities. Fabulous dining. Fitness. Massage. Nearby golf. The list goes on.
 

Kids Club Has Tons of Fun at Island Vista

Kids Club Has Tons of Fun at Island Vista Kids love Island Vista Resort for many reasons. The beach, the pool, family fun, great summer weather -- can it get much better? Yes it can! Say hello to the Kids Club, Island Vista's complete schedule of fun and supervised activities for kids age 5-12.
 

Top Three Breakfast Restaurants in Myrtle Beach

Top Three Breakfast Restaurants in Myrtle Beach One of our favorite things about being on vacation is the change to really enjoy the activities we’re always in too much of a hurry to appreciate in our daily grind. That’s why we love breakfast on vacation—when we’re home, it’s so often a bite to go on the way out the door, but when you’re on vacation it’s a chance to enjoy delicious food and conversation and set out our plan for the day … even when that plan consists of a whole lot of nothing. Here are our picks for three of the top breakfasts in Myrtle Beach, in no particular order.
 

A Myrtle Beach Dining Alternative: The Fresh Market

A Myrtle Beach Dining Alternative: The Fresh Market If you’re in Myrtle Beach for any amount of time you quickly realize the dining options are just about endless. There are so many choices—and sometimes it seems like there’s no possible way to get everyone to agree one place for every snack and meal.
 

5 Myrtle Beach Hidden Gems

5 Myrtle Beach Hidden Gems If you’ve been to Myrtle Beach before, you likely know all about the big attractions. You’ve been to the beach, you’ve done Broadway at the Beach, and you’ve done some shopping at the Tanger Outlets. But there are plenty more places you may not have had the opportunity to check out, some hidden gems tucked into less-explored parts of town. Here are some insights into a few of our favorites:
 

Taking Your Grandkids to Myrtle Beach: Must-Do Activities

Taking Your Grandkids to Myrtle Beach: Must-Do Activities Nothing against our kids, the grandkids are just more fun to spoil! If you’re lucky enough to have your grandkids on hand to spoil rotten on a trip to Myrtle Beach, here are a few of our favorite activities that grandparents and grandkids can do together.
 

A meal with a view: Enjoy The Cypress Room’s tasty meals at Island Vista Resort

A meal with a view: Enjoy The Cypress Room’s tasty meals at Island Vista Resort One of the beauties of staying at Island Vista Resort is that while you are here, you really never have to leave our grounds. All the fun and entertainment you need is right here onsite. We even serve top-notch breakfast and dinner at The Cypress Room—and every meal comes with a perfect oceanfront view, framed by generous floor-to-ceiling windows!
 

Tips to make flying with children less stressful

Tips to make flying with children less stressful We know there’s no magic pill that makes traveling with kids a snap—trust us, if there was such a thing, it would come with every Ocean Reef Resort reservation! But we do hope this lists helps you plan for a smoother trip next time you fly to Myrtle Beach with kids.
 

The View: Top Five Places to Enjoy the Sunsets in Myrtle Beach

The View: Top Five Places to Enjoy the Sunsets in Myrtle Beach We don’t know where the magic comes from exactly, but it’s a well-established truth that Myrtle Beach has some of the best sunsets you’ll ever experience. The locations to watch the breathtaking setting are countless … but we couldn’t help consulting some locals and pulling together a list of native favorites. Here are our top 5 best locations to view the sunset in Myrtle Beach.
 

Top 5 Places for Dance Lessons in Myrtle Beach

Top 5 Places for Dance Lessons in Myrtle Beach Nothing beats a night out on the town of dancing with your favorite dance partner. One problem: You’ve got two left feet and the rhythm of a rodeo bull. Never fear, a long list of dance classes and lessons are offered on the Grand Strand to help get you on the floor and moving like a seasoned pro. Whether you want a more formal setting and top-notch instruction or you prefer to work it out on the dance floor with an experienced partner, here are five places where you can learn how to cut a rug:
 

Top 5 Places for Fine Dining in Myrtle Beach

Top 5 Places for Fine Dining in Myrtle Beach Guests at Island Vista Resort don't have to travel very far to find some of the best fine dining on the Grand Strand. In fact, just go to the elevator and press G. That's where you will find the Cypress Room, Island Vista's on-site restaurant with excellent food to match the oceanfront view. This elegantly decorated restaurant specializes in fresh local seafood and Lowcountry cuisine that will melt in your mouth. Island Vista guests also can enjoy a great breakfast at the Cypress Room, and when you order your lunch at the poolside bar, the tasty treats come from the same kitchen. But evenings are when the Cypress Room shines with nightly specials and a nice happy hour. However, if you insist on going out for a night of fine dining, there are several top choices within a short drive. With Restaurant Row just to the north and Broadway at the Beach and downtown Myrtle Beach to the south, there are lots of upscale establishments with great menus and venues. Here are the top five places for fine dining in Myrtle Beach:
 

Long Bay Symphony a Harmonic Choice for Island Vista Resort Guests

Long Bay Symphony a Harmonic Choice for Island Vista Resort Guests Why go out for a pricy dinner and show at one of the local restaurant/theaters when you can put together your own combination just a short distance from Island Vista Resort? After a nice dinner at the on-site Cypress Room, one of the top restaurants in town, it's just a couple of miles to the Myrtle Beach Music and Arts Center to catch the Long Bay Symphony, a collection of local musicians who put on truly magical performances. The local orchestra plays throughout the year round at the Myrtle Beach High School venue, which is only a couple of miles away from Island Vista Resort. Guests can take a short cab ride to experience an evening of live classical and contemporary music.
 

Houses of Worship Abound in Myrtle Beach

Houses of Worship Abound in Myrtle Beach Just because you are taking a vacation from work or school doesn’t mean you have to take a vacation away from church, especially for those visiting the Grand Strand. The 60-mile stretch of coastline and the inland areas are filled with houses of worship for virtually every religion and denomination, and many make it easy for vacationers to attend by offering everything from beachfront services to come-as-you-are dress codes. Such is the case for the Barefoot Church in North Myrtle Beach, one of the many non-denominational churches that have boomed in recent years. The casual atmosphere and laid-back attitude have struck a chord in the community with both locals and visitors. Featuring contemporary services that include live music and lively sermons, Barefoot Church appeals to less traditional churchgoers, and more traditional ones looking for a relaxed environment.
 

The Only Vacation Checklist You Need for a Great Week in Myrtle Beach

The Only Vacation Checklist You Need for a Great Week in Myrtle Beach So much to do and see, so little time. That's about the only complaint you hear from folks following an exciting week in Myrtle Beach. No matter how many fun things you find time to do, there are always many more you couldn't squeeze into your trip. That's why we've put together a list of the most important things you should do during your visit to the Grand Strand. Just consider it your "sand bucket list" of the top five ways to spend five days and nights, plus another day to recover from all the fun:
 

North Carolina Winery Opening New Store on Grand Strand

North Carolina Winery Opening New Store on Grand Strand Like a fine wine, Barefoot Landing is also getting better with time. After celebrating its 20th year of business, the North Myrtle Beach entertainment, shopping and dining complex is getting a new neighbor from North Carolina in the form of Duplin Winery. The 40-year-old winery, located just north of Wilmington in the tiny town of Rose Hill, is expanding its operations to the Myrtle Beach area to gain name recognition with the Grand Strand's tourism market. The 15,000 square foot facility is being built between the House of Blues and Alligator Adventure and is expected to open in the spring of 2015. The Duplin Winery expansion project plans to give visitors a behind the scenes look at the wine-making business, from the smashing of grapes to the bottling of wines to the tasting of the final product. Guests will take tours of the facility and participate in the process until the final and most fun step - sampling the many varieties of wines.
 

Top 5 Steakhouses in Myrtle Beach

Top 5 Steakhouses in Myrtle Beach The Myrtle Beach restaurant scene may be best known for its fresh, local seafood, but those who prefer "land food" don't have to look very far to find excellent steaks and chops. And if you enjoy a nice surf-and-turf dinner, you've come to the right place. The Grand Strand, the 60-mile stretch of coastline that surrounds Myrtle Beach, is lined with great steakhouses, but there are a handful that stand out above the rest. Here are the top five places on the Grand Strand to get a juicy, delicious steak:
 

Cypress Room Serves Four-Course Feast for Thanksgiving

Cypress Room Serves Four-Course Feast for Thanksgiving There's nothing like Thanksgiving dinner at home, especially if you make Island Vista Resort your home away from home for the holidays, and let the on-site Cypress Room be your kitchen. Enjoy a four-course Thanksgiving feast fit for a king and stretch out for a nap in your king-sized suite while someone else does the dishes. Now that's a good reason to be thankful. Families, couples and groups have been flocking to Island Vista for generations to celebrate the holiday with a little rest and relaxing at the beach and to experience one of the best Thanksgiving dinners in Myrtle Beach at the oceanfront Cypress Room.
 

Cypress Room Staff Gives Island Vista Local Flavor

Cypress Room Staff Gives Island Vista Local Flavor When the Cypress Room menu boasts about its use of excellent local ingredients, it's not just talking about the food. In fact, the chef and staff at the family owned and operated Island Vista Resort's on-site restaurant also bring a local flavor to the table, with several employees serving the same roles and guests for several decades. "I was born and bred here in Myrtle Beach and I've been working for (the Chapman family) since 1973," said server and guest favorite Phillip Cooper, "so I've seen three generations of families. It's always great to see the same faces come back every year." Cooper has had many jobs over his 40-plus-year career, but only one employer. He worked in the kitchen and dining room at the historic Chesterfield Inn until its closure before moving to the old Sea Island Resort, which was leveled to make way for the new Island Vista. During construction, Cooper personally crafted the rich woodwork that lines the walls and ceilings of the Cypress Room, where he also serves as a fixture to repeat guests.
 

Celebrate Veterans Day in Myrtle Beach

Celebrate Veterans Day in Myrtle Beach The Grand Strand has a long, proud history of honoring America's military service men and women. The former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base hosted thousands of troops between World War II and its closure in 1994, and holidays like Memorial Day and Veterans Day are greeted with parades and other celebrations, giving military members a great place to relax and enjoy the freedoms they helped our nation preserve. Such is the case for Veterans Day 2014, which falls on Tuesday, Nov. 11, but will be observed Monday and throughout the week on the Grand Strand. Numerous events and festivities are scheduled for the holiday that was founded to commemorate the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I but is today a tribute to all those who served. If you are planning to be in Myrtle Beach this Veteran's Day, you can celebrate the day by honoring veterans at a variety of special, planned events that are taking place in the area. Here's three Veterans Day events on the Grand Strand:
 

Top 5 Must-Do Events in Myrtle Beach This Fall and Winter

Top 5 Must-Do Events in Myrtle Beach This Fall and Winter The summer may be over in Myrtle Beach, but not the party. In fact, fall is the peak of the social season on the Grand Strand, when cooler temperatures and smaller crowds are all the more reason to throw a shindig. Here are five dates to circle on the remainder of your 2014 calendar, and five events and festivals this fall you don't want to miss:
 

Grownups get in the Halloween Spirit in Myrtle Beach

Grownups get in the Halloween Spirit in Myrtle Beach Halloween is all about the kids, with complimentary candy and cute costumes around every corner for the occasion. But there's also room for the more mature set, or at least adults who still act and feel like kids themselves, to enjoy the spooky holiday. And since Myrtle Beach is already a bit of a playground for the young and the young at heart, it only makes sense that Halloween is a major play date for all ages. For those who enjoy dressing up and cutting loose for the festive affair, we have plenty of places to celebrate Halloween with kindred spirits, along with some adult spirits. Here are five parties you don't want to miss in Myrtle Beach this Halloween:
 

Art in the Park Offers Manmade and Natural Beauty

Art in the Park Offers Manmade and Natural Beauty Experience manmade and natural beauty in one unique setting at the 42nd annual Art in the Park series, which is held at Chapin Park in downtown Myrtle Beach on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 11-12. Hosted by the Waccamaw Arts Guild, Art in the Park provides a great opportunity for local, regional and national artists to shop their wares in the scenic setting of Chapin Park, which is located behind the Chapin Memorial Library at the corner of Kings Highway and 16th Avenue North. Stroll along the sidewalks of Chapin Park and explore the booths set up by some of the finest artists and craftsmen in the business. Shop around for paintings, glasswork, pottery, jewelry, photography and other hand-crafted pieces that you won't find anywhere else. Talk to the artists who made them for added insight into your one of a kind piece.
 

Take a Stroll on the Scary Side at Conway Ghost Tour

Take a Stroll on the Scary Side at Conway Ghost Tour Forget about the phony haunted houses that pop up around Halloween every year. If you want real spine-tingling chills that are rooted in haunted history, be sure to check out the Oct. 23-25 Conway Ghost Tour in the Horry County seat's downtown district. Draped in Southern charm and Spanish moss hanging from the ancient live oak trees that line the city streets, Conway comes across as a traditional South Carolina town by day. But at night, when the street lights cast dark shadows and some of the city's dirty secrets are shared with visitors, Conway can be downright scary.
 

The Top Five Theaters in Myrtle Beach

The Top Five Theaters in Myrtle Beach Myrtle Beach may be way, way off-Broadway, like 500 miles away from the bright lights of the Big Apple. But the Grand Strand can hold its own when it comes to live theater. From musicals and theatrical showcases to off-Broadway plays and live concert performances, the arts and theater scene in Myrtle Beach is surprisingly strong for a relatively small town. Of course, some have their own Southern spin and other border on Las Vegas bizarre, but there's enough to go around to keep people of all theatrical tastes entertained. Here's a list of the top five places to take in live theater in the Myrtle Beach area.
 

Grand Strand’s Top 5 Places for Wine

Grand Strand’s Top 5 Places for Wine Wine is many things to many people, but perhaps famed author Ernest Hemingway said it best: “Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.” Like Hemingway, the Grand Strand also has a great appreciation for wine, and several places to enjoy the experience. From a pair of classic vineyards along the state line to trendy new wine boutiques in Myrtle Beach, wines are celebrated, swirled, sniffed, sipped and tasted all over the Grand Strand, Here are the top five places on the Strand to enjoy he experience.
 

Top 5 Places for Sushi in Myrtle Beach

Top 5 Places for Sushi in Myrtle Beach Myrtle Beach is famous for its seafood restaurants, which is understandable given its close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. But when it comes to tastes from the Pacific, especially the quality of seafood that is required to create great sushi, visitors have fewer options. But never fear, sushi-lovers; The Grand Strand has some outstanding Japanese and Asian fusion restaurants where you can get your fix for raw fish. Here are the top five sushi establishments in the Myrtle Beach area.
 

Historic Pine Lakes Golf Just a Short Driver Away from Island Vista

Historic Pine Lakes Golf Just a Short Driver Away from Island Vista Before Myrtle Beach was known as the “Golf Capital of the World,” and before there were more than 100 golf courses on the Grand Strand, there was Pine Lakes International Country Club, the first golf course – and still one of the best – in the Myrtle Beach area. Affectionately nicknamed “The Granddaddy” for its role as the course that started it all for Myrtle Beach as a premiere golf destination, Pine Lakes opened in 1927 as part of the old Ocean Forest Hotel property. The Ocean Forest, which was located just a couple of blocks south of Island Vista, has long since been torn down, but the golf course remains and contains a great deal of the area’s history.
 

Island Vista the Ideal Retreat for Anniversaries

Island Vista the Ideal Retreat for Anniversaries If you are looking to celebrate an anniversary or some other romantic occasion, you've come to the right place. Not only does Myrtle Beach’s Island Vista Resort offer luxurious accommodations and amenities for the perfect couples retreat, but it's also located near Restaurant Row and some of the finest fine-dining establishments in Myrtle Beach, along with other activities sure to make your getaway a memorable and romantic one.
 

The Beach: Know Before You Go!

The Beach: Know Before You Go! The Beach: Know Before You Go! North Myrtle Beach is a beautiful beach to visit any time of year, but there are some rules, regulations and tips that you should know before you pack-up the family and head down to your sandy post.
 

Myrtle Beach’s Freshest Markets

Myrtle Beach’s Freshest Markets Ok, we absolutely love the explosive popularity that farmers markets and other specialized retailers, such as fishmongers, are enjoying these days. Fresh, local and delicious? Sort of perfect, right? Lucky for us, Myrtle Beach is firmly entrenched in the movement and hosts markets all over town featuring the best Lowcountry farmers have to offer — in addition to those established vendors that feature the best seafood of the area. Even for out-of-towners, a quick trip for a bag of peaches or corn for the grill will delight you; and if you have a big kitchen in your hotel in which to spread out, get some fish, steaks, sausages, cheeses and more.
 

Island Vista ranks top in USA Today

Island Vista ranks top in USA Today Island Vista Resort has been named among the Top 10 luxury hotels in Myrtle Beach, according to a recent travel ranking. As one of the few family-owned resorts on the Grand Strand to have earned a AAA Four-Diamond rating, Island Vista certainly deserves the honor. With its motto of "barefoot luxury," Island Vista offers the best in casual relaxation paired with world-class amenities and accommodations.
 

The Cypress Room—Fine dining at Island Vista Resort

The Cypress Room—Fine dining at Island Vista Resort A sophisticated menu and old-fashioned Southern charm are the hallmarks of The Cypress Room Restaurant at Island Vista Resort. Service French-inspired new American cuisine, The Cypress Room is the elegant on-resort restaurant with reasonable prices and a casual, friendly feel that represents the best of low-country dining. Cypress panels harvested from local trees line the ceiling and walls, giving this lovely restaurant its name, but it's the floor-to-ceiling windows facing the sea that will knock your socks off -- the ocean view can't be beat, unless you choose patio seating so close you can hear the waves break while you enjoy your meal.
 

Island Vista has hot summer entertainment!

Island Vista has hot summer entertainment! We know you're going to have a great time at Island Vista Resort in Myrtle Beach. Between the gorgeous beach, fun pools, great restaurants and full-service resort amenities, how could you not? But we're going to make your vacation even better with a fabulous entertainment lineup all summer long.
 

What Surrounds Island Vista?

What Surrounds Island Vista? One of the biggest parts of Island Vista Resort’s appeal is its isolation. As the only oceanfront hotel for nearly a mile in either direction, Island Vista provides a secluded stretch of beach for those looking to get away from the bright lights and loud sounds of downtown Myrtle Beach for some tranquil relaxation. Fortunately, Island Vista offers quality accommodation and amenities that make it hard to leave the resort. With an indoor/outdoor waterpark, poolside entertainment and the award-winning Cypress Room restaurant, who would want to leave? But if you do, there’s a lot of charm and history in the surrounding Ocean Forest neighborhood, one of the oldest and most prestigious on the Grand Strand. Here are some of the highlights that are within hiking, biking or walking distance of Island Vista.
 

Top 5 Must-Pack Beach Items

Top 5 Must-Pack Beach Items You've been planning for months, looking forward to a fabulous beach vacation. You've planned your itinerary, booked a great hotel and you're ready to relax on the warm sand of Myrtle Beach. Don't let a few easily overlooked items put a damper on your trip -- look over this checklist of items that can be easy to overlook, but can make the difference between a great vacation and the best vacation. Top 5 must-bring beach vacation items.
 

Island Vista offers Sun & Fun Bonus

Island Vista offers Sun & Fun Bonus Let's be honest, you are not going to run out of fun activities at Island Vista Resort. Situated on one of the most stunning stretches of beach in Myrtle Beach, Island Vista offers endless beach relaxation and activities. Not to mention the incredible pool complex (indoor and outdoor pools, lazy river, kids splash area, jacuzzi, waterfall...). Children's activities. Fabulous dining. Fitness. Massage. Nearby golf. The list goes on.
 

Kids Club Has Tons of Fun at Island Vista

Kids Club Has Tons of Fun at Island Vista Kids love Island Vista Resort for many reasons. The beach, the pool, family fun, great summer weather -- can it get much better? Yes it can! Say hello to the Kids Club, Island Vista's complete schedule of fun and supervised activities for kids age 5-12.
 

Top Three Breakfast Restaurants in Myrtle Beach

Top Three Breakfast Restaurants in Myrtle Beach One of our favorite things about being on vacation is the change to really enjoy the activities we’re always in too much of a hurry to appreciate in our daily grind. That’s why we love breakfast on vacation—when we’re home, it’s so often a bite to go on the way out the door, but when you’re on vacation it’s a chance to enjoy delicious food and conversation and set out our plan for the day … even when that plan consists of a whole lot of nothing. Here are our picks for three of the top breakfasts in Myrtle Beach, in no particular order.
 

A Myrtle Beach Dining Alternative: The Fresh Market

A Myrtle Beach Dining Alternative: The Fresh Market If you’re in Myrtle Beach for any amount of time you quickly realize the dining options are just about endless. There are so many choices—and sometimes it seems like there’s no possible way to get everyone to agree one place for every snack and meal.
 

5 Myrtle Beach Hidden Gems

5 Myrtle Beach Hidden Gems If you’ve been to Myrtle Beach before, you likely know all about the big attractions. You’ve been to the beach, you’ve done Broadway at the Beach, and you’ve done some shopping at the Tanger Outlets. But there are plenty more places you may not have had the opportunity to check out, some hidden gems tucked into less-explored parts of town. Here are some insights into a few of our favorites:
 

Taking Your Grandkids to Myrtle Beach: Must-Do Activities

Taking Your Grandkids to Myrtle Beach: Must-Do Activities Nothing against our kids, the grandkids are just more fun to spoil! If you’re lucky enough to have your grandkids on hand to spoil rotten on a trip to Myrtle Beach, here are a few of our favorite activities that grandparents and grandkids can do together.
 

Tips to make flying with children less stressful

Tips to make flying with children less stressful We know there’s no magic pill that makes traveling with kids a snap—trust us, if there was such a thing, it would come with every Ocean Reef Resort reservation! But we do hope this lists helps you plan for a smoother trip next time you fly to Myrtle Beach with kids.
 

The View: Top Five Places to Enjoy the Sunsets in Myrtle Beach

The View: Top Five Places to Enjoy the Sunsets in Myrtle Beach We don’t know where the magic comes from exactly, but it’s a well-established truth that Myrtle Beach has some of the best sunsets you’ll ever experience. The locations to watch the breathtaking setting are countless … but we couldn’t help consulting some locals and pulling together a list of native favorites. Here are our top 5 best locations to view the sunset in Myrtle Beach.
 

Southern Drink Recipe of the Month: Summer Peach Tea Punch

Southern Drink Recipe of the Month: Summer Peach Tea Punch Try this recipe for a sweet, but refreshing punch on your next vacation.
 

Take a spin when you are in the Myrtle Beach Area.

Take a spin when you are in the Myrtle Beach Area. In this article there are a list of suggested bicycle trails and paths that wind along the Grand Strand. If you are looking to bike the beach, a paved road or in a state park there are several options here in the Grand Strand area.
 

Celebrate Veterans Day in Myrtle Beach

Celebrate Veterans Day in Myrtle Beach The Grand Strand has a long, proud history of honoring America's military service men and women. The former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base hosted thousands of troops between World War II and its closure in 1994, and holidays like Memorial Day and Veterans Day are greeted with parades and other celebrations, giving military members a great place to relax and enjoy the freedoms they helped our nation preserve. Such is the case for Veterans Day 2014, which falls on Tuesday, Nov. 11, but will be observed Monday and throughout the week on the Grand Strand. Numerous events and festivities are scheduled for the holiday that was founded to commemorate the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I but is today a tribute to all those who served. If you are planning to be in Myrtle Beach this Veteran's Day, you can celebrate the day by honoring veterans at a variety of special, planned events that are taking place in the area. Here's three Veterans Day events on the Grand Strand:
 

Top 5 Must-Do Events in Myrtle Beach This Fall and Winter

Top 5 Must-Do Events in Myrtle Beach This Fall and Winter The summer may be over in Myrtle Beach, but not the party. In fact, fall is the peak of the social season on the Grand Strand, when cooler temperatures and smaller crowds are all the more reason to throw a shindig. Here are five dates to circle on the remainder of your 2014 calendar, and five events and festivals this fall you don't want to miss:
 

Grownups get in the Halloween Spirit in Myrtle Beach

Grownups get in the Halloween Spirit in Myrtle Beach Halloween is all about the kids, with complimentary candy and cute costumes around every corner for the occasion. But there's also room for the more mature set, or at least adults who still act and feel like kids themselves, to enjoy the spooky holiday. And since Myrtle Beach is already a bit of a playground for the young and the young at heart, it only makes sense that Halloween is a major play date for all ages. For those who enjoy dressing up and cutting loose for the festive affair, we have plenty of places to celebrate Halloween with kindred spirits, along with some adult spirits. Here are five parties you don't want to miss in Myrtle Beach this Halloween:
 

The Top Five Theaters in Myrtle Beach

The Top Five Theaters in Myrtle Beach Myrtle Beach may be way, way off-Broadway, like 500 miles away from the bright lights of the Big Apple. But the Grand Strand can hold its own when it comes to live theater. From musicals and theatrical showcases to off-Broadway plays and live concert performances, the arts and theater scene in Myrtle Beach is surprisingly strong for a relatively small town. Of course, some have their own Southern spin and other border on Las Vegas bizarre, but there's enough to go around to keep people of all theatrical tastes entertained. Here's a list of the top five places to take in live theater in the Myrtle Beach area.
 

Island Vista the Ideal Retreat for Anniversaries

Island Vista the Ideal Retreat for Anniversaries If you are looking to celebrate an anniversary or some other romantic occasion, you've come to the right place. Not only does Myrtle Beach’s Island Vista Resort offer luxurious accommodations and amenities for the perfect couples retreat, but it's also located near Restaurant Row and some of the finest fine-dining establishments in Myrtle Beach, along with other activities sure to make your getaway a memorable and romantic one.
 

What Surrounds Island Vista?

What Surrounds Island Vista? One of the biggest parts of Island Vista Resort’s appeal is its isolation. As the only oceanfront hotel for nearly a mile in either direction, Island Vista provides a secluded stretch of beach for those looking to get away from the bright lights and loud sounds of downtown Myrtle Beach for some tranquil relaxation. Fortunately, Island Vista offers quality accommodation and amenities that make it hard to leave the resort. With an indoor/outdoor waterpark, poolside entertainment and the award-winning Cypress Room restaurant, who would want to leave? But if you do, there’s a lot of charm and history in the surrounding Ocean Forest neighborhood, one of the oldest and most prestigious on the Grand Strand. Here are some of the highlights that are within hiking, biking or walking distance of Island Vista.
 

Taking Your Grandkids to Myrtle Beach: Must-Do Activities

Taking Your Grandkids to Myrtle Beach: Must-Do Activities Nothing against our kids, the grandkids are just more fun to spoil! If you’re lucky enough to have your grandkids on hand to spoil rotten on a trip to Myrtle Beach, here are a few of our favorite activities that grandparents and grandkids can do together.
 

Family Kingdom Amusement park in Myrtle Beach, SC

Family Kingdom Amusement park in Myrtle Beach, SC Family Kingdom Amusement Park has the perfect location for those who are staying at the beach since the park resides in the center of Myrtle Beach, just across from the ocean, and its a name locals and tourists have come to know as a true main attraction in Myrtle Beach, with rides for kids and adults to enjoy.
 

Top 5 Places for Fine Dining in Myrtle Beach

Top 5 Places for Fine Dining in Myrtle Beach Guests at Island Vista Resort don't have to travel very far to find some of the best fine dining on the Grand Strand. In fact, just go to the elevator and press G. That's where you will find the Cypress Room, Island Vista's on-site restaurant with excellent food to match the oceanfront view. This elegantly decorated restaurant specializes in fresh local seafood and Lowcountry cuisine that will melt in your mouth. Island Vista guests also can enjoy a great breakfast at the Cypress Room, and when you order your lunch at the poolside bar, the tasty treats come from the same kitchen. But evenings are when the Cypress Room shines with nightly specials and a nice happy hour. However, if you insist on going out for a night of fine dining, there are several top choices within a short drive. With Restaurant Row just to the north and Broadway at the Beach and downtown Myrtle Beach to the south, there are lots of upscale establishments with great menus and venues. Here are the top five places for fine dining in Myrtle Beach:
 

Cypress Room Serves Four-Course Feast for Thanksgiving

Cypress Room Serves Four-Course Feast for Thanksgiving There's nothing like Thanksgiving dinner at home, especially if you make Island Vista Resort your home away from home for the holidays, and let the on-site Cypress Room be your kitchen. Enjoy a four-course Thanksgiving feast fit for a king and stretch out for a nap in your king-sized suite while someone else does the dishes. Now that's a good reason to be thankful. Families, couples and groups have been flocking to Island Vista for generations to celebrate the holiday with a little rest and relaxing at the beach and to experience one of the best Thanksgiving dinners in Myrtle Beach at the oceanfront Cypress Room.
 

Top 5 Must-Do Events in Myrtle Beach This Fall and Winter

Top 5 Must-Do Events in Myrtle Beach This Fall and Winter The summer may be over in Myrtle Beach, but not the party. In fact, fall is the peak of the social season on the Grand Strand, when cooler temperatures and smaller crowds are all the more reason to throw a shindig. Here are five dates to circle on the remainder of your 2014 calendar, and five events and festivals this fall you don't want to miss:
 

Top 5 Places for Sushi in Myrtle Beach

Top 5 Places for Sushi in Myrtle Beach Myrtle Beach is famous for its seafood restaurants, which is understandable given its close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. But when it comes to tastes from the Pacific, especially the quality of seafood that is required to create great sushi, visitors have fewer options. But never fear, sushi-lovers; The Grand Strand has some outstanding Japanese and Asian fusion restaurants where you can get your fix for raw fish. Here are the top five sushi establishments in the Myrtle Beach area.
 

Island Vista the Ideal Retreat for Anniversaries

Island Vista the Ideal Retreat for Anniversaries If you are looking to celebrate an anniversary or some other romantic occasion, you've come to the right place. Not only does Myrtle Beach’s Island Vista Resort offer luxurious accommodations and amenities for the perfect couples retreat, but it's also located near Restaurant Row and some of the finest fine-dining establishments in Myrtle Beach, along with other activities sure to make your getaway a memorable and romantic one.
 

The Cypress Room—Fine dining at Island Vista Resort

The Cypress Room—Fine dining at Island Vista Resort A sophisticated menu and old-fashioned Southern charm are the hallmarks of The Cypress Room Restaurant at Island Vista Resort. Service French-inspired new American cuisine, The Cypress Room is the elegant on-resort restaurant with reasonable prices and a casual, friendly feel that represents the best of low-country dining. Cypress panels harvested from local trees line the ceiling and walls, giving this lovely restaurant its name, but it's the floor-to-ceiling windows facing the sea that will knock your socks off -- the ocean view can't be beat, unless you choose patio seating so close you can hear the waves break while you enjoy your meal.
 

What Surrounds Island Vista?

What Surrounds Island Vista? One of the biggest parts of Island Vista Resort’s appeal is its isolation. As the only oceanfront hotel for nearly a mile in either direction, Island Vista provides a secluded stretch of beach for those looking to get away from the bright lights and loud sounds of downtown Myrtle Beach for some tranquil relaxation. Fortunately, Island Vista offers quality accommodation and amenities that make it hard to leave the resort. With an indoor/outdoor waterpark, poolside entertainment and the award-winning Cypress Room restaurant, who would want to leave? But if you do, there’s a lot of charm and history in the surrounding Ocean Forest neighborhood, one of the oldest and most prestigious on the Grand Strand. Here are some of the highlights that are within hiking, biking or walking distance of Island Vista.
 

Top Three Breakfast Restaurants in Myrtle Beach

Top Three Breakfast Restaurants in Myrtle Beach One of our favorite things about being on vacation is the change to really enjoy the activities we’re always in too much of a hurry to appreciate in our daily grind. That’s why we love breakfast on vacation—when we’re home, it’s so often a bite to go on the way out the door, but when you’re on vacation it’s a chance to enjoy delicious food and conversation and set out our plan for the day … even when that plan consists of a whole lot of nothing. Here are our picks for three of the top breakfasts in Myrtle Beach, in no particular order.
 

A Myrtle Beach Dining Alternative: The Fresh Market

A Myrtle Beach Dining Alternative: The Fresh Market If you’re in Myrtle Beach for any amount of time you quickly realize the dining options are just about endless. There are so many choices—and sometimes it seems like there’s no possible way to get everyone to agree one place for every snack and meal.
 

Banditos adds Latin flavor, food and fun to Ocean Boulevard

Banditos adds Latin flavor, food and fun to Ocean Boulevard From the earthy and elegant décor to the refined and rustic food, Banditos Restaurant & Cantina On The Boardwalk is a Myrtle Beach Mexican restaurant distinctively different yet pleasingly familiar. Located at 1410 N. Ocean Blvd. in Myrtle Beach, Banditos, which seats 268, debuted to the public Monday, Aug 6 and revealed an ambience that is festive, homey and hip.
 

Carlos and Charlie’s a great new edition to the restaurants here at Broadway at the Beach.

Carlos and Charlie’s a great new edition to the restaurants here at Broadway at the Beach. Long a favorite of travelers to major tourist destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean, Carlos’n Charlie’s has moved north of the border, bringing its unique combination of food and fun to Broadway at the Beach. Now visitors to the South Carolina coast can find out for themselves why a visit to Carlos’n Charlie’s is unforgettable!
 

What Surrounds Island Vista?

What Surrounds Island Vista? One of the biggest parts of Island Vista Resort’s appeal is its isolation. As the only oceanfront hotel for nearly a mile in either direction, Island Vista provides a secluded stretch of beach for those looking to get away from the bright lights and loud sounds of downtown Myrtle Beach for some tranquil relaxation. Fortunately, Island Vista offers quality accommodation and amenities that make it hard to leave the resort. With an indoor/outdoor waterpark, poolside entertainment and the award-winning Cypress Room restaurant, who would want to leave? But if you do, there’s a lot of charm and history in the surrounding Ocean Forest neighborhood, one of the oldest and most prestigious on the Grand Strand. Here are some of the highlights that are within hiking, biking or walking distance of Island Vista.
 

Top 5 Places for Dance Lessons in Myrtle Beach

Top 5 Places for Dance Lessons in Myrtle Beach Nothing beats a night out on the town of dancing with your favorite dance partner. One problem: You’ve got two left feet and the rhythm of a rodeo bull. Never fear, a long list of dance classes and lessons are offered on the Grand Strand to help get you on the floor and moving like a seasoned pro. Whether you want a more formal setting and top-notch instruction or you prefer to work it out on the dance floor with an experienced partner, here are five places where you can learn how to cut a rug:
 

Long Bay Symphony a Harmonic Choice for Island Vista Resort Guests

Long Bay Symphony a Harmonic Choice for Island Vista Resort Guests Why go out for a pricy dinner and show at one of the local restaurant/theaters when you can put together your own combination just a short distance from Island Vista Resort? After a nice dinner at the on-site Cypress Room, one of the top restaurants in town, it's just a couple of miles to the Myrtle Beach Music and Arts Center to catch the Long Bay Symphony, a collection of local musicians who put on truly magical performances. The local orchestra plays throughout the year round at the Myrtle Beach High School venue, which is only a couple of miles away from Island Vista Resort. Guests can take a short cab ride to experience an evening of live classical and contemporary music.
 

North Carolina Winery Opening New Store on Grand Strand

North Carolina Winery Opening New Store on Grand Strand Like a fine wine, Barefoot Landing is also getting better with time. After celebrating its 20th year of business, the North Myrtle Beach entertainment, shopping and dining complex is getting a new neighbor from North Carolina in the form of Duplin Winery. The 40-year-old winery, located just north of Wilmington in the tiny town of Rose Hill, is expanding its operations to the Myrtle Beach area to gain name recognition with the Grand Strand's tourism market. The 15,000 square foot facility is being built between the House of Blues and Alligator Adventure and is expected to open in the spring of 2015. The Duplin Winery expansion project plans to give visitors a behind the scenes look at the wine-making business, from the smashing of grapes to the bottling of wines to the tasting of the final product. Guests will take tours of the facility and participate in the process until the final and most fun step - sampling the many varieties of wines.
 

Celebrate Veterans Day in Myrtle Beach

Celebrate Veterans Day in Myrtle Beach The Grand Strand has a long, proud history of honoring America's military service men and women. The former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base hosted thousands of troops between World War II and its closure in 1994, and holidays like Memorial Day and Veterans Day are greeted with parades and other celebrations, giving military members a great place to relax and enjoy the freedoms they helped our nation preserve. Such is the case for Veterans Day 2014, which falls on Tuesday, Nov. 11, but will be observed Monday and throughout the week on the Grand Strand. Numerous events and festivities are scheduled for the holiday that was founded to commemorate the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I but is today a tribute to all those who served. If you are planning to be in Myrtle Beach this Veteran's Day, you can celebrate the day by honoring veterans at a variety of special, planned events that are taking place in the area. Here's three Veterans Day events on the Grand Strand:
 

Top 5 Must-Do Events in Myrtle Beach This Fall and Winter

Top 5 Must-Do Events in Myrtle Beach This Fall and Winter The summer may be over in Myrtle Beach, but not the party. In fact, fall is the peak of the social season on the Grand Strand, when cooler temperatures and smaller crowds are all the more reason to throw a shindig. Here are five dates to circle on the remainder of your 2014 calendar, and five events and festivals this fall you don't want to miss:
 

Grownups get in the Halloween Spirit in Myrtle Beach

Grownups get in the Halloween Spirit in Myrtle Beach Halloween is all about the kids, with complimentary candy and cute costumes around every corner for the occasion. But there's also room for the more mature set, or at least adults who still act and feel like kids themselves, to enjoy the spooky holiday. And since Myrtle Beach is already a bit of a playground for the young and the young at heart, it only makes sense that Halloween is a major play date for all ages. For those who enjoy dressing up and cutting loose for the festive affair, we have plenty of places to celebrate Halloween with kindred spirits, along with some adult spirits. Here are five parties you don't want to miss in Myrtle Beach this Halloween:
 

Art in the Park Offers Manmade and Natural Beauty

Art in the Park Offers Manmade and Natural Beauty Experience manmade and natural beauty in one unique setting at the 42nd annual Art in the Park series, which is held at Chapin Park in downtown Myrtle Beach on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 11-12. Hosted by the Waccamaw Arts Guild, Art in the Park provides a great opportunity for local, regional and national artists to shop their wares in the scenic setting of Chapin Park, which is located behind the Chapin Memorial Library at the corner of Kings Highway and 16th Avenue North. Stroll along the sidewalks of Chapin Park and explore the booths set up by some of the finest artists and craftsmen in the business. Shop around for paintings, glasswork, pottery, jewelry, photography and other hand-crafted pieces that you won't find anywhere else. Talk to the artists who made them for added insight into your one of a kind piece.
 

Take a Stroll on the Scary Side at Conway Ghost Tour

Take a Stroll on the Scary Side at Conway Ghost Tour Forget about the phony haunted houses that pop up around Halloween every year. If you want real spine-tingling chills that are rooted in haunted history, be sure to check out the Oct. 23-25 Conway Ghost Tour in the Horry County seat's downtown district. Draped in Southern charm and Spanish moss hanging from the ancient live oak trees that line the city streets, Conway comes across as a traditional South Carolina town by day. But at night, when the street lights cast dark shadows and some of the city's dirty secrets are shared with visitors, Conway can be downright scary.
 

The Top Five Theaters in Myrtle Beach

The Top Five Theaters in Myrtle Beach Myrtle Beach may be way, way off-Broadway, like 500 miles away from the bright lights of the Big Apple. But the Grand Strand can hold its own when it comes to live theater. From musicals and theatrical showcases to off-Broadway plays and live concert performances, the arts and theater scene in Myrtle Beach is surprisingly strong for a relatively small town. Of course, some have their own Southern spin and other border on Las Vegas bizarre, but there's enough to go around to keep people of all theatrical tastes entertained. Here's a list of the top five places to take in live theater in the Myrtle Beach area.
 

Historic Pine Lakes Golf Just a Short Driver Away from Island Vista

Historic Pine Lakes Golf Just a Short Driver Away from Island Vista Before Myrtle Beach was known as the “Golf Capital of the World,” and before there were more than 100 golf courses on the Grand Strand, there was Pine Lakes International Country Club, the first golf course – and still one of the best – in the Myrtle Beach area. Affectionately nicknamed “The Granddaddy” for its role as the course that started it all for Myrtle Beach as a premiere golf destination, Pine Lakes opened in 1927 as part of the old Ocean Forest Hotel property. The Ocean Forest, which was located just a couple of blocks south of Island Vista, has long since been torn down, but the golf course remains and contains a great deal of the area’s history.
 

Best Non-Chain Restaurants in Myrtle Beach

Best Non-Chain Restaurants in Myrtle Beach If you’re the kind of traveler who looks for a one-of-a-kind restaurant experience when you travel, read on: We’re sharing the top picks for non-chain, totally unique dining experiences in Myrtle Beach.
 

Head Up to Taste of the Coast in North Myrtle Beach May 3

Head Up to Taste of the Coast in North Myrtle Beach May 3 Looking for a fun and festive family event for your trip to the beach in early May? Check out the Taste of the Coast in North Myrtle Beach, one of our favorite annual events that will be held this year on May 3.
 

4 Favorite Things to Do at the Beach in Winter

4 Favorite Things to Do at the Beach in Winter Winter’s a great time to be at the beach. You may not be able to bake yourself in the hot summer sun, but what you get instead is plenty of peace and serenity, as well as just as much fun. Here are our favorite things to do in Myrtle Beach in the winter:
 

What to Pack for Your Next Trip to Myrtle Beach: Don’t Forget Your Swimsuit!

What to Pack for Your Next Trip to Myrtle Beach: Don’t Forget Your Swimsuit! Picture this: A bright blue sky and crisp air, and you, walking along the beach. There’s hardly anyone in sight, so you listen to the waves, hear the cry of sea gulls, and breathe deeply, feeling at peace. A winter trip to the beach can make this dream come true, and Island Vista is standing by to welcome you!
 

Winter Means It Is Time to Freshen Up at Island Vista Resort

Winter Means It Is Time to Freshen Up at Island Vista Resort Wintertime is a perfect time to recharge and refresh. You can do that by planning your new year and making resolutions to do better in the coming year, and we do that by taking the time during the slower months to freshen up our property. Island Vista Resort in Myrtle Beach is all about luxury, and we know that if our property is anything less than perfectly clean and well-maintained, it can take away from your perfect vacation experience. That’s why if you visit in the winter, you may see some of us with paint cans, steam cleaners and other tools of the freshening trade.
 

Flock of Parrot Heads Headed to La Belle Amie Vineyard Feb. 22

Flock of Parrot Heads Headed to La Belle Amie Vineyard Feb. 22 Looking for something different to do on your late winter trip to Myrtle Beach? If you’ll be around Feb. 22, we recommend you grab your favorite Hawaiian shirt and head to La Belle Amie Vineyard in Little River! If you’ve never been to this lovely locale, you’re in for a treat.
 

Myrtle Beach Pelicans Baseball helps put Myrtle Beach in the swing of things

Myrtle Beach Pelicans Baseball helps put Myrtle Beach in the swing of things Myrtle Beach got its game when “The Birds” landed in 1999. That was when the Myrtle Beach Pelicans baseball team made their debut in the city.
 

Enjoy Thanksgiving at the Beach – and Dinner at the Cypress Room

Enjoy Thanksgiving at the Beach – and Dinner at the Cypress Room Why not invite your favorite family members to join you in a long weekend at Island Vista Resort in Myrtle Beach? Best yet, we’ll take care of dinner. This year, we’ll be serving a delicious Thanksgiving dinner in the Cypress Room, a casually elegant Oceanview dining spot that’s right onsite at Island Vista. Our chef, Michael McKinnon, will be preparing a fresh new menu featuring his signature New American style cuisine using only the freshest ingredients.
 

Broadway at the Beach presents the Holiday Tree Lighting

Broadway at the Beach presents the Holiday Tree Lighting Saturday, November 23 - 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Watch the illumination of the grand Christmas tree at Broadway and enjoy dance performances and live music from the Palace Theatre, Legends in Concert and the Carolina Forest Performing Arts Academy.
 

Adrenaline Adventures offers unique fun for pleasure seekers

Adrenaline Adventures offers unique fun for pleasure seekers The thrills never go away at Adrenaline Adventures. Here is where adventurers become true daredevils for the sake of unparalleled excitement meant to give them an adrenaline rush.
 

Eat Food from 50+ Myrtle Beach Restaurants at Taste of the Town Oct. 22

Eat Food from 50+ Myrtle Beach Restaurants at Taste of the Town Oct. 22 Every fall since 1984, some of the best restaurants in Myrtle Beach have collected and shared samples of their favorite dishes—and they’ve done it all for a good cause! This year, the Taste of the Town, a fundraiser for St. Andrew Catholic Church, will be held Oct. 22 from 4 to 10 p.m. at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.
 

Where Vacation and Fitness Meet: The Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon Oct. 19-20

Where Vacation and Fitness Meet: The Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon Oct. 19-20 While laying around by the pool and on the beach certainly has its merit, so does the idea of staying fit while you’re on vacation. In fact, a trip to the beach can be an excellent time to enjoy some outdoor activities—especially if you participate in a fun event like the Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon Oct. 19-20, 2013.
 

Things to do with kids in Myrtle Beach: Island Vista Kids Club!

Things to do with kids in Myrtle Beach: Island Vista Kids Club! Looking for things to do with kids in Myrtle Beach that won’t break the bank? Check out the Island Vista Kids Club! Monday and Wednesday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., there are fun activities kids younger than 12 can participate in.
 

Carolina Opry in Myrtle Beach is an entertaining escape for Island Vista Resort’s guests

Carolina Opry in Myrtle Beach is an entertaining escape for Island Vista Resort’s guests You are at one of the finest hotels on the Grand Strand, the Island Vista Resort, where luxury greets you. From the amenities to the food, good taste abounds.
 

Island Vista offering free, daily entertainment for the summer!

Island Vista offering free, daily entertainment for the summer! The best playground in the world is right outside the back door at Island Vista Resort—the beach! But this Myrtle Beach resort is also offering extra entertainment to spice up your vacation, all without having to leave our resort grounds.
 

Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Museum in Myrtle Beach Celebrates 15 years

Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Museum in Myrtle Beach Celebrates 15 years Museum’s Anniversary Celebration Showcases the Heart of Art Art embraces all people, but all people don’t embrace art. During the 15th anniversary of the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum, the people pumping life into the events celebrating the occasion hope to make art irresistible and lovable to folks not feeling its purpose, promise, passion and power.
 

Broadway At The Beach - Coca-Cola Summer Nights Concert Series

Broadway At The Beach - Coca-Cola Summer Nights Concert Series Coca-Cola Summer Nights at Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach, SC, Offers Free Nightly Entertainment Through Early September 2012.
 

Island Vista Resort Kids Club Activities for Summer 2012

Island Vista Resort Kids Club Activities for Summer 2012 There are so many activities to choose from for your daily fun here at Island Vista Resort. Check them out and start planning today.
 

Calendar of Events for Island Vista Resort Summer 2012

Calendar of Events for Island Vista Resort Summer 2012 Check out all of the awesome things happening during the summer 2012 months of June, July and August at the Island Vista Resort.
 

Runners get ready for the 5th Annual Myrtle Beach Turkey Trot 2011

Runners get ready for the 5th Annual Myrtle Beach Turkey Trot 2011 November 24 @ 8:00 AM Please join the fun event Thanksgiving morning. They have a 8k, 5k, 1 mile and the Tot Trot.
 
 
 

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