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Have you seen our new Park and Sports Complex?


One of the most exciting recent additions to the Myrtle Beach area is the new North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex. From several well-manicured baseball and softball fields to miles of beautiful nature trails, this 162 acre state-of-the-art complex has something to offer every resident and visitor in our area.  

Even Fido gets to play at this great park!  The complex houses "Waggin Tails Dog Parks".  One park for large dogs and the other for the smaller guys.  For the young at heart, there are three playgrounds, six picnic shelters and a 2,000 seat amphitheater.  There is a 10 acre meadow that holds a 25 acre stocked lake for fishing/water related activities and at least 3 miles of walking/biking trails.







The sports complex can easily impress the biggest sports fans in the area.  It offers 8 regulation soccer/lacrosse fields/football fields, 4 regulation youth baseball/collegiate softball fields, 2 regulation highschool/collegiate baseball fields all complete with misting fans in each dugout, umpire/official rooms, 8 batting tunnels, and 6 picnic shelters-each big enough for the whole team!

Personally, my favorite was the walking trails. My American Eskimo, Teddy Bear and I enjoyed at least 2 miles of the peaceful nature trails and the meadow.  However, my wide-eyed, 12 year old son was in awe of the perfect green grass and clay diamond baseball fields.  And of course, he couldn't leave without trying out the batting cages!  He rated two thumbs up!!

To schedule a tournament, event or learn more about the sports complex click here.

So whether you're visiting or a local, take a day to check out this awesome new complex!  I promise you, it's worth the trip!

If you're coming to watch a travel ball tournament or other event, don't forget Retreat Myrtle Beach has a wide variety of options to suite your stay.  Come see us at the beach!




Halloween Scene 2015

Halloween Fun begins way before October 31st here at the beach!  Check out some fun ways to celebrate this Halloween season on the Grand Strand......

Fright Nights On The Boardwalk - Every Friday and Saturday night beginning at dusk, from October 3rd - November 1st, 2015.

The Haunted Forest - Broadway Grand Prix.  Experience 25 minutes of sheer terror and the ultimate adventure at the Haunted Forest. Located at 1820 21st Avenue North, Myrtle Beach

Trick or Treat at the Harley Shop at the Beach - North Myrtle Beach Harley Dealership 9am-6pm, October 31st

Outbreak:  Dread the Undead - Hollywood Wax Museum - opens at 9 am, October 31st.

Ripley's Boo-Quarium - Ripley's Aquarium 1pm - 6pm, October 31st.

Trick or Treat at Broadway at the Beach 4:30-6:30pm, October 31st

Howl-O-Scream - North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex, 5pm - 8pm, October 31st

Halloween at The Market Commons - 5pm-7pm, October 31st

Trick or Treat at Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach 5pm-7pm, October 31st

SOS Fall Migration

Shagging On The Boulevard in September!  Join us for SOS Fall Migration.......the biggest adult party on the strand!

So many historical events and people have made the Grand Strand famous and memorable, but the most prominent in the 20th century history has got to be the dance called the Carolina Shag.  Right up the road in Carolina Beach, NC is where historians say the term “Carolina Shag” was coined, but it was Myrtle Beach SC that put the dance in the history books.  Generations of people have ventured to this shagging capital to create their own carefree memories.

For ten days during September (18th - 27th) the Society of Stranders (SOS) are hosting an annual event on Ocean Drive right in front of the OD Arcade and Lounge.  Many of the local bars and clubs like Fat Harolds and Ducks
Beach Club participate hosting event.  Don't miss out on the best part......FUN SUNDAY AND FUN MONDAY! For two days live music will be featured on Ocean Drive with great acts like “The Official Blues Brothers Revue” and “Too Much Sylvia” will take the main-stage.There is no admission charge! How great is that? Two fun filled days. Dozens of great musicians. Thousands of people & more excitement than you can imagine.

To make the most of your Fun Sunday & Fun Monday experience come prepared. Make sure you have a chair, a hat, and clothes appropriate for the weather. We'll be outside all day, so don't forget your sunblock. Please do not bring umbrellas as they present a danger to others in a big crowd & block the view of other guests.

Health benefits of the beach!

Apart from the sheer joy of taking a break and enjoying it's beauty, the beach offers many amazing health benefits!

Salt Water - everyone knows salt water is healing.  Swimming in salt water is great for your skin, helps heal cuts & scrapes, and does wonders for your joints and muscles.  For added pampering, sit by the water and gently rub wet sand onto hands, legs, and feet before swimming.  Just like being at the Spa, it's a natural exfoliant!

Exercise your Senses - sit back and rejuvenate! Think about all five senses. Take a few minutes to think about each sense and breath in the calm that it brings.  Smell the ocean's healthy air!  Sea air is charged with negative ions.  These negative ions accelerate our ability to absorb oxygen and help balance levels of seratonin (our "feel good, happy hormone").

Taste the salt air....feel the warm sand beneath your feet and walk into the cool ocean water. Touch and see the beauty around you!  The view of the vast ocean, white sand, and the colorful sea shells that decorate the sea shore.

Hear the calming waves and rush of the ocean water. Research shows the sound of ocean waves alters our own brain waves and lulls us gently into a relaxed state.

Feel Better Instantly - By taking a little time to enjoy the beach, your body responds within moments and begins lowering Cortisol levels.  Cortisol levels rise with stress and can be very harmful to our health over time (ever wonder why you get fat just around your belly despite dieting? or crave sugar?)  Taking every opportunity to lower stress, thus lowering our Cortisol, will benefit our body greatly.

So heal your body from the inside and outside by enjoying a beautiful, long day at the beach!  See you there!


Fourth of July at the Beach

Celebrate Independance Day Beach Style this year!

Catch a Youth Baseball Nationals game at Market Common Grand Park in Myrtle Beach anytime between now and July 9th.  Schedule and details at

View an awe-inspiring Military Flyover on the 4th of July that will stretch the entire length of South Carolina's Coast starting at Cherry Grove at 1pm.  Participants on the shore will be encouraged to salute the flyover by wearing and waving Red, White, and Blue and to capture themselves "Saluting" the Flyover and our Armed Forces in images and videos.

But no matter which corner of the beach you find yourself, you can enjoy an amazing display of fireworks to top off your festivities. 

Here's a list for some of this years local displays & events:

North Myrtle Beach

  • Barefoot Landing, 4898 Hwy 17 S., NMB.  Fireworks begin at 10:15pm Saturday, July 4th, 2015 over the lake at Barefoot Landing
  • Cherry Grove Pier, 3500 N. Ocean Blvd., NMB.  Fireworks begin around 9-9:15pm, Saturday, July 4th, 2015

Myrtle Beach

  • Hot Summer Nights Celebration @ Second Avenue Pier, 110 N. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach.  Beginning at 10pm on Saturday, July 4th, 2015.  View from along the beach or the beautiful Boardwalk!
  • Broadway at the Beach, US 17 Bypass, Myrtle Beach.  Fireworks start at 10pm on Saturday, July 4th, 2015 over Lake Broadway.
  • Field, 1251 21st Ave. N., Myrtle Beach.  The Myrtle Beach Pelicans will celebrate Independence Day with post-game fireworks on Thursday, July 2nd and Friday, July 3rd, 2015

Surfside Beach

  • Surfside Beach 4th of July Celebration at Surfside Pier, Ocean Blvd. Fireworks and Live entertainment from 6 to 10pm Saturday, July 4th, 2015.

Murrells Inlet

  • Murrells Inlet 4th of July Boat Parade and fireworks display take place at the Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk and Veterans Pier.  Parade begins at 10am on Saturday, July 4th, 2015, from Garden City Point.  The Parade runs along the Marshwalk and down the inlet to the Hot Fish Club.  Fireworks begin at 10pm at the end of Veterans Pier and can be seen from anywhere along the Marshwalk as well as down the marsh shoreline at Belin United Methodist Church and Hot Fish Club.


  • The City of Georgetown will host its Annual 4th of July Fireworks and Kaminski House Concert with Indigo Choral Society beginning at 7pm and fireworks display at 9pm on Saturday, July 4th, 2015.  Light up Winyah Bay Fireworks (East Bay Park and Harborwalk)

Summer's here! Look at what's going on!

Kick off your summer with one or all of these activities around the beach. Go grab your friends, family, and flip flops and head to the water. Nothing beats gettin' your sunshine on at the beach!

June 1, 2015 thru August 29, 2015 - Summerfest at Barefoot Landing

June kicks off Barefoot Landings annual Summerfest! Entertainment includes a new line up of local musicians, as well as some returning favorites.  Nick Pike will return with his unique juggling, comedy and unicycling every Monday, Tuesday and Saturday at 7pm and 8pm. Sundays host a variety of Children's story Princesses from 6pm til 9pm and Super Heros on other nights.  Don't forget Barefoot Landings Monday night fireworks every week begining at 10:15pm. Entertainment schedule here

June 5-7th, 2015 - Carolina Country Music Festival

This 3 day event will host 35 of the industry's biggest stars, including national recording artists:  Eric Church, Lady Antebellum, Big & Rich, Hunter Hayes, Rascal Flatts, Cole Swindell, Colt Ford, Brooke Eden, Georgia Satellites, David Nail, Rodney Atkins, Kellie Pickler, Corey Smith, Rainey Qualley, Davisson Brothers Band, The Marshall Tucker Band, Sam Hunt, Outshyne, Ricky Young, Brian Davis, Mo Pitney, Dee Jay Silver and John King. Tickets on sale now at  Stay all weekend and enjoy multi-day discount tickets and great lodging deals at

June 13, 2015 - Salt Air Jam

Shag City USA and 94.9 The Surf presents North Myrtle Beach's first ever Beach Music Festival at North Myrtle Beach Sports Complex.  This years show features:  Jim Quick and Coastline, The Embers featuring Craig Woolard, The Entertainers, Steve Owens and Summertime! For ticket info, check out  Come enjoy some awesome music and help fight and cure Cyctic Fibrosis!

June 13, 2015 - Firefighters Foundation 5K

The South Carolina State Firefighter's Foundation and North Greenville Fitness and Cardiac Rehab are hosting the 3rd Annual Firefighters Foundation 5K.  The 5K will be held at the scenic Grand Park lake in Market Commons (Farrow Parkway).  The City of Myrtle Beach Fire Department will have firefighting vehicles on display for viewing during the event. Event costs $20, which includes a Firefighters Foundation 5K t-shirt for all participants.  For registration or more information, check out

June 19, 2015 thru July 9, 2015 - Youth Baseball Nationals

The Youth Baseball Nationals is the premier youth baseball travel tournament in the nation!  A week-long tournament for 9U, 10U, 11U, 12U, 13U, 14U and 15U baseball teams played on the turf fields of beautiful Grand Park at The Market Common in Myrtle Beach. Enjoy a week of baseball and beach fun in the sun!  To register a team or get tickets for your family, check out

Dressing Downton at Biltmore

Want an exciting Spring day trip?  America's largest home on beautiful Biltmore Estate is showcasing more than 45 costumes from the popular PBS Masterpiece show, Downton Abbey.  Biltmore House bears a striking resemblance to Highclere Castle (where the series was filmed) making it easy for guests to imagine how the Vanderbilts and their employees lived a century ago.  This charming event will go thru May 25th, 2015 at the main house estate.

“The day-to-day running of Biltmore House was surprisingly similar to that of Downton Abbey,” said Ellen Rickman, Director of Museum Services. “Just like Downton has Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes, Biltmore had its own cast of fascinating characters. Displaying these fabulous costumes from the show gives us an unparalleled opportunity to delve into Biltmore’s stories.”

This exhibit is included with your estate admission to the Biltmore Hous located in scenic Ashville, North Carolina.  

To complete your visit, be sure to visit the Biltmore Estate Winery while you are there!  This year marks their 30th Anniversary and they have plenty to celebrate. Join the tour and enjoy wine tastings of many Biltmore Estate wines.  Details here....

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