Myrtle Beach International Aiport Upgrades & Improvements

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We are starting to see more visitors in the Grand Strand thanks to spring break and the snow up north. For those that are flying in and out of Myrtle Beach, they will soon be using the new 274,000-square-foot terminal at Myrtle Beach International Airport (myr), which is set to officially open on April 2.  We are all excited because it is almost three years in the making. Airport and city officials are hoping that it will attract major airlines.

So, what does it mean for you? There is a brand new kiosk system. Instead of waiting in line for the airline you are flying with, you can go to any available kiosk to check in, which means quicker check-in times.  Also, a brand-new luggage system is 98 percent hands-free and  luggage will get to the plane quicker and more efficiently. The screening process is also more intense, making flights safer.

There are also more  choices in places to eat.  Besides The Samuel Adams Brew House, Pizza Hut, Java Coast Coffee and Subway, you will also be able to dine at Nacho Hippo, Steak and Shake or Caribou Cafe.

So Myrtle Beach, will this make you want to fly more or will you still prefer to drive to your destination? After moving down from Philadelphia where you had to add an extra hour onto your trip just to park, the hometown feel of our airport and easy parking does encourage travelers to leave the car at the airport instead of the road.

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Air Travel Deal to Myrtle Beach

Air carrier, Vision Airlines, announced Thursday new, non-stop jet service to Myrtle Beach from seven locations, including Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Toledo, Ohio; Indianapolis, IN; Louisville, KY; Nashville, TN; and Springfield, IL/ Service will begin May 31st through Oct. 31st.

Fares to Myrtle Beach will start at $109 each way, including all taxes and fees.

In a statement from Vision Airlines, official said:

“We are excited to welcome Vision Airlines to MYR and we are confident that the markets that they’ve chosen will provide terrific opportunities for both Vision Airlines and our destination,” said Mike La Pier, director of airports, in the release. “It’s been our goal, along with the chamber and Golf Holiday, to continue to work to bring new visitors to our destination with increased air service. We are pleased to partner with Vision Air to introduce all that Myrtle Beach can offer to a new and much greater audience.”

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7 Great Reasons to Visit the Grand Strand

What brings the majority of winter-weary tourists to the Grand Strand every spring? The promise of surf and sunshine, a 60-mile-long strip of sandy beachfront that stretches from Little River in the north to Georgetown in the south. But when you tire of the soothing crash of the waves, there are plenty of other diversions. Here are seven to get you started.

1. A Taste of Kitsch
If you’e craving old-fashioned boardwalk attractions, Myrtle Beach is the town for you.  Haunted houses, pancake houses and tacky T-shirt shops dot the downtown. Over 100 golf courses make this the “seaside golf capital of the world,” but its 50 mini-golf venues make it the mini-golf capital, too. And if these don’t satisfy your taste for the outlandish, try a well-worn Vegas-style show like the Carolina Opry, where you can indulge your passion for golden oldies hits and Bob Mackie–style glitter.

2. Shopping Galore
After golf, shopping may be most popular sport along the Grand Strand. Hit the outlet malls for deals or take a leisurely poke through the so-cute-it-hurts cluster of cottage boutiques called the Hammock Shops along Hwy. 17 in Pawleys Island. If you’re a quilter, stop off at Island Threads on your way back to town. Bring a friend (and a wheelbarrow) to help you cart home your buys, from flour-sack reproduction prints to batiks to sweet ginghams with a Southern sensibility.

3. Southern Comfort Food
If you go home hungry from this area, it’s your own fault. Not surprisingly, the Grand Strand is known for its seafood. She-crab soup, a rich, sherry-laced bisque made with blue crab meat and roe, is the local specialty. Plates heaped with shrimp and creamy grits are never hard to find. If sweets are your thing, drop into Landolfi’s Bakery on Hwy. 17 just before the turn-off to Pawleys Island. There’s an intimate café in the front and a small diner in the back that specializes in wood-oven pizza. An exhaustive selection of Italian confections crowd the display case, and none disappoint. Save room for a slice of Key lime pie – encased in a shell of dark chocolate, it’s a quasi-religious experience you don’t want to miss.

4. Live Oak Trees and Spanish Moss
Walking beneath these behemoths makes you feel like you’ve wandered onto the cover of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Hundreds of years old in some cases, live oak trees are the host for parasitic Spanish moss, which gives the trees their diaphanous, ghostly character. Check out gorgeous examples at Brookgreen Gardens and Litchfield Plantation, both in the town of Murrells Inlet.

5. Brookgreen Gardens
Located about 20 minutes southwest of Myrtle Beach in Murrells Inlet, this oasis of flora and fine art sprawls across more than 9,000 acres. The complex encompases sculpture gardens, a wildlife preserve and the local history museum. Established in 1931 on the site  of four former rice plantations, Brookgreen Gardens now boasts a collection of 1,200 pieces of sculpture dating back to the 19th century. More than 500 art works are nestled along walkways through gardens of breathtaking native vegetation.

6. Pawleys Island
Pawleys Island is where the locals hang out. Weathered clapboard cottages and inns crowd the narrow road that runs along the perimeter. Watch for waterfowl perched in rusty gold reeds among tin-roofed docks and soothe your nerves with a stroll along the beautiful rolling dunes.  This area offers great vacation rentals from waterfront condos, <a href=”http://www.beachandgolfgetaway.com”>Litchfield by the Sea</a> (including a private beach), cottages and large homes.

7. History at Every Turn
Drive 20 minutes northwest of Myrtle Beach to the quaint city of Conway for a taste of history along the Waccamaw River. The main street offers an old-fashioned strip of pretty little shops and cafés (drop into The Trestle for a plate of perfectly crunchy fried green tomatoes). During Canadian-American days in March, the Conway Historical Society offers a number of informative lectures. Historical walking tours start at the visitor centre and feature a walk through the political and social history of Conway with juicy tidbits of local dramas and family feuds, some that persist to this day.

Feel free to explore all of the ideas that we have posted on the blog from the obvious to the obscure.

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Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort Named to Tennis Magazine’s “Top 50 Tennis Resorts”

Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort has been named once again to Tennis Magazine’s “Top 50 Tennis Resorts” in the United States.

The most recent poll can be found in the November/December issue of the magazine. The biennial rankings have included the resort in each poll since 1992.

The 2010 tennis resort rankings are determined by the magazine’s editors, judge resorts by a number of courts, quality of instruction, clinics and game-matching, plus, lodging, spa availability and overall experience.

“We are very pleased to once again be mentioned among the Top 50 tennis resorts in the country,” said Kristen Prunier, director of tennis at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort. “Our award-winning staff has worked very hard to create a tennis program that is competitive with any other resort in the country. We have a passion for the game and for providing quality instruction for all of our guests.”

The Litchfield Racquet Club is the largest tennis complex in the Myrtle Beach area featuring 17 superbly maintained Har-Tru courts (clay), four of which are lighted.

The club is operated by a staff of USPTA/USPTR certified tennis professionals who are on hand for assistance and instruction, both private and group.  Daily round robins and “Stroke of the Day” clinics are available year round.

The club also offers a fully stocked pro shop with the latest in tennis equipment, as well as equipment repair and analysis.

In addition to the weekly programming, the racquet club is home to the nationally acclaimed Litchfield Tennis School.  The school has a broad curriculum that can be tailored to suit any player at any level. Three and four day tennis programs are available throughout the year.

Located 18 miles south of Myrtle Beach S.C. and 15 miles north of Georgetown, S.C., just off Hwy. 17, Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort features spacious, condominium units, villas, suites and fairway cottages with a choice of golf course, scenic ocean or poolside views.

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Tip: Pawleys Island Beach Service

You don’t have to bring all of your beach gear with you.  Pawleys Island Beach Service can make your packing and planning a lot easier.  Get all of your beach supplies at reasonable prices at this unique beach shop that carries a wide variety of beach items and T-shirts plus rents and sells beach chairs, bikes, umbrellas, and kayaks.

Pawleys Island Beach Service
10570 Ocean Highway
Pawleys Island, SC
843-237-4666

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Spirit Airlines Expands Non-Stop Service From Myrtle Beach

Spirit Airlines will expand non-stop service to five new cities from Myrtle Beach, a company representative said today.

Beginning May 5, Spirit will begin seasonal service to Washington, D.C.; Plattsburgh, N.Y.; Niagara Falls, N.Y.; Latrobe, Pa.; and Charleston, W.Va.

Flights will be daily to Washington, D.C. Reagan National Airport, four times a week to Plattsburgh and Latrobe and three times a week to Charleston and Niagra Falls.

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Myrtle Beach International Airport

Myrtle Beach International Airport is under going expansion that will take the next two years to complete. It will be expanding from six gates to thirteen, there will be additional parking and the terminal will be renovating. The current status shows that the project is currently $16 million dollars under budget. The project is on schedule to date.

Despite having higher than national average landing fees Myrtle Beach International Airport is showing a steady increase in traffic. Considering that most of the nation’s air lines will not be adding anymore flights to their schedules the 30+% increase in enplanements is amazing.

Current airlines serving Myrtle Beach International Airport

  • Allegiant Air
  • Continental Air Lines
  • Delta
  • Myrtle Beach Direct Air
  • Northwest Airline
  • Spirit
  • US Airways
  • United Express
  • Myrtle Beach Aviation
  • Porter
  • American Eagle

American Eagle and Porter both offer non stop flights to major destinations.

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