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Travelers may think Myrtle Beach is only a summer destination, but the fun doesn’t stop in September. This famous vacation hot spot in South Carolina, and the second fastest growing metropolitan area in the United States, offers plenty even as the temperatures drop and the holidays roll in. Check out these events and attractions that can’t be experienced at any other time of the year.
Gather together in peace and harmony at this family-friendly event at the Myrtle Beach Speedway in October. Enjoy live music and circus performers, bohemian shopping from local vendors, a vintage car show, DIY tie-dye events, kids activities, food trucks and a beer garden. All ages are welcome, and kids under 10 get in free.
If music with a Southern twist is more your style, head to the Myrtle Beach Convention Center on Thanksgiving weekend to catch the annual South Carolina State Bluegrass Festival. The three-day event features all-day performances from top bluegrass musicians.
The 16th annual Oyster Roast in November offers all-you-can-eat oysters along with other food and drinks, making this the ideal event for seafood lovers. Guests are encouraged to grab their own oyster knives and head to Wicked Tuna in Murrells Inlet for the celebration.
Though Myrtle Beach won’t look like your typical winter wonderland, it’s still a great place to be during the holidays. One of the most popular attractions of the season is The Carolina Opry Christmas Special, also known as “The Christmas Show of the South,” which takes place every November and December at The Carolina Opry Theater.
The production features a cast of more than 35 performers in festive costumes singing and dancing to classic Christmas songs. The theater lobby itself also becomes an attraction as Christmas trees, wreaths and a 30-foot lobby tree with 25,000 lights are put on display.
In addition, Club Members can explore a huge collection of holiday goodies at the award-winning Dickens Christmas Show & Festivals. The four-day event in November brings hundreds of vendors to the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, where gifts, jewelry, food, festive decor, arts and crafts, and other Christmas-themed items are available. The event features several Christmas exhibits, such as the Festival of Trees, a collection of 50 uniquely decorated Christmas trees that are sold at silent auction for charity.
Every December, the 9,100-acre Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet is turned into a glowing spectacle during the Nights of a Thousand Candles event, as more than 4,000 hand-lit candles and countless more sparkling lights are illuminated throughout the park. Guests can walk the garden’s paths from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. each day of the event (taking place throughout the first three weeks of December) to see the lights, and enjoy festive treats and live musical performances.
While you’re there, admire Brookgreen’s collection of more than 2,000 sculptures displayed at the Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington Sculpture Garden or visit the Lowcountry Zoo, also at Brookgreen.
Members can stay at the brand-new Ocean Enclave by Hilton Grand Vacations Club. The oceanfront resort along the Grand Strand places guests near beautiful beaches, active nightlife spots, high-end shopping and dozens of golf courses.
To get the scoop on exactly what Members can expect at this new resort, eClub Traveler caught up with Erik J., general manager of Ocean Enclave and HGV’s senior director of area operations in South Carolina.
A look inside a suite at Ocean Enclave by Hilton Grand Vacations Club. © 2019 Hilton Grand Vacations Inc.
How does Ocean Enclave look now that it’s complete?
“The building makes a statement—it’s the tallest building on Myrtle Beach, so it definitely stands out.”
What are you excited about with the property?
“Upon arrival to the property, you will immediately be swept away by an amazing ocean view from the porte-cochere, which also overlooks the beautiful pool bar, Rendez-view. I’m also excited about Ocean Enclave’s expanded food and beverage menu.
“The pool deck is definitely a must-see. It’s got two spas, a seasonal indoor enclosed pool and an expansive outdoor pool. On the second floor overlooking the pool and the ocean, we will have eight cabanas. And out on the pool deck, there are going to be a couple of fire pits.
“Finally, the boardwalk has been expanded and now goes all the way up to the property. This will allow Members and guests to have a nice walk down the ocean to different venues.”
What’s your favorite feature of the property?
“As soon as you get into one of the units, it’s just relaxing. Each of the units were designed to offer a relaxed, oceanfront, low-country and elegant feel.”
What’s your top seasonal activity?
“Golf. Golf. Golf. I love to play golf, and fall is the perfect time of year to do it. It’s not too hot or too cold —it’s just perfect. We have a great amenity package at all Myrtle Beach properties that gives discounts at local golf courses.”
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