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Monday, March 30, 2009

Myrtle Beach State Park "Park Palooza"

This is the time of year when festivals abound in the Myrtle Beach area, and this weekend is no exception. The second annual "Park Palooza" at the Myrtle Beach State Park kicks off at 10:00 on Saturday, and promises tons of fun for all ages (and at a great price!)
The festival will feature over 20 events, courses and exhibits, ranging from how-to seminars on throwing cast nets and fly fishing to sea turtle education to geocaching. Kids will love interacting with some of the weirdest creatures in the ocean in the "Spineless Wonders" exhibit, as well as collecting their own wildlife from the State Park's pier. A complete schedule for the day's activities can be seen here.
Located just a few minutes north of Garden City and Surfside Beaches, the 312-acre Myrtle Beach State Park is home to one of South Carolina's last stands of easily accessible oceanfront maritime forest as well as a public fishing pier and hiking trails. The main gate is just south of the entrance to the Market Common on Highway 17 South.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

2009 Myrtle Beach Sun Fun Festival lineup announced

For the second straight year, the main events of the Myrtle Beach area's official kick-off to summer will be held at the Market Common complex, located on the south end of Myrtle Beach (and close to Garden City and Surfside Beaches!) The 2009 Sun Fun Festival will seek to top last year's huge success, when record crowds of over 40,000 enjoyed fun, food and non-stop entertainment.

Beginning on Friday, June 5 and continuing through the night of June 6, festivalgoers will be able to enjoy free live entertainment, including a festival-ending concert by Geffen recording artists Lifehouse on Saturday night. This year's celebrity guests include Jason Earles ("Jackson" of Hannah Montana,) Blake Lewis (American Idol Season 6 runner up) and Robert Newman ("Joshua Lewis" of Guiding Light.) The hugely popular Kids Zone area will return, and Jet Ski demonstrations will be held on the Grand Park lake throughout the weekend. In addition, other events will be held throughout the area from Thursday, June 4 through Sunday, June 8. All in all, the weekend promises to hold something for everyone.

Dunes Realty News Interview

We were recently visited by our local ABC affiliate (WPDE) for comments on the state of the economy and, more specifically, the vacation rental industry. While I think the Academy Awards are safe for now, here's a link to the interview:





Story By Graeme Moore


Posted on Tuesday, March 10, 2009 at 12:34 a.m.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Myrtle Beach's Hard Rock Park to re-open by Memorial Day

One of the Myrtle Beach area's most eagerly-followed stories in recent months has been the status of the (former?) Hard Rock Park. The Park opened in 2008 to great fanfare, but a slower than normal economy and some questionable decisions on behalf of management led to the bankruptcy of the original ownership group by the end of the year. The sale of the property has been finalized, and the ownership group seems to be doing all the right things... they've begun re-staffing, and have announced plans to be open by Memorial Day.

Two of the major criticisms of the park in its inaugural season were that the admission was too high and that there weren't enough activities and rides for small children. Most who visited (myself included) were impressed with the quality of construction and the high production values of the shows and rides, but without enough attractions for kids, it was going to have a tough time at any price. The new owners have promised to address these issues, and have announced an adult ticket price in the $30 range (significantly less than the $50-for-all-ages price last year.) We don't yet know the extent of the kid-friendly redesign, nor do we know if the Hard Rock name will remain (there are apparently ongoing negotiations in that regard,) but we'll keep you up to date as we hear the news.

With or without the park, there is certainly no shortage of things to do in the Myrtle Beach area, but we're wishing the park's new owners lots of success in the hopes that they'll add to that list.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Myrtle Beach Bike Week... on or off?

Of all the questions I am regularly asked, the topic of the May Bike Rallies seems to be near the top of everyone's list this year. While there is no shortage of opinions to be heard on the topic, I'll try to just present the facts here and keep you updated on new developments as they occur.

For many years, the month of May in Myrtle Beach has been synonymous with bikers. Two major rallies have been held in the area during the month, and the first (“Harley week” or “bike week”) in particular has become a fixture in the Garden City and Surfside Beach area.

While the economic impact of the rallies is substantial, a growing number of local residents have begun to put a large amount of political pressure on the area’s elected officials in order to curb what they view as unacceptable levels of noise, congestion and bad behavior. In fact, the City of Myrtle Beach has enacted several pieces of legislation aimed at ending the rallies, including a local helmet law, a more stringent noise ordinance and severe limits on vendors and other public gatherings. While none of our rental properties fall within the city limits of Myrtle Beach, the enforcement of these laws can certainly have an impact on our guests should they decide to visit Myrtle Beach proper.

Here at Dunes, we have always welcomed both bikers and non-bikers, and we will continue to do so as long as we are able. Our staff should be able to update you on the most recent developments, and I’ll try to do so here whenever new information becomes available. In the meantime, we are proceeding as if the rally is still in the works, and look forward to seeing you whenever you choose to visit.

Welcome to Dunes Realty's new Myrtle Beach area blog!

Howdy, folks, and welcome to the new and improved Dunes Realty Vacation Rental blog! Here you'll find a wealth of valuable information on the Myrtle Beach area; information that will help you plan and enjoy your family's best vacation ever. My name is Ryan Swaim, and I'm the General Manager here at Dunes Realty. I've spent (nearly) my entire life in and around Myrtle Beach, particularly in the South Strand communities of Garden City Beach and Surfside Beach, and have an insider's perspective on the area that you might not gain elsewhere. I'll do my best to not only fill you in on the latest news and goings-on in the area, but also to provide handy tips on how to make the most of your vacation. Please feel free to leave any questions and comments, and I'll do what I can to get you the best answer. Thanks, and we look forward to seeing all of you at the beach this summer!

Myrtle Beach State Park "Park Palooza"

Monday, March 30, 2009

This is the time of year when festivals abound in the Myrtle Beach area, and this weekend is no exception. The second annual "Park Palooza" at the Myrtle Beach State Park kicks off at 10:00 on Saturday, and promises tons of fun for all ages (and at a great price!)
The festival will feature over 20 events, courses and exhibits, ranging from how-to seminars on throwing cast nets and fly fishing to sea turtle education to geocaching. Kids will love interacting with some of the weirdest creatures in the ocean in the "Spineless Wonders" exhibit, as well as collecting their own wildlife from the State Park's pier. A complete schedule for the day's activities can be seen here.
Located just a few minutes north of Garden City and Surfside Beaches, the 312-acre Myrtle Beach State Park is home to one of South Carolina's last stands of easily accessible oceanfront maritime forest as well as a public fishing pier and hiking trails. The main gate is just south of the entrance to the Market Common on Highway 17 South.

2009 Myrtle Beach Sun Fun Festival lineup announced

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

For the second straight year, the main events of the Myrtle Beach area's official kick-off to summer will be held at the Market Common complex, located on the south end of Myrtle Beach (and close to Garden City and Surfside Beaches!) The 2009 Sun Fun Festival will seek to top last year's huge success, when record crowds of over 40,000 enjoyed fun, food and non-stop entertainment.

Beginning on Friday, June 5 and continuing through the night of June 6, festivalgoers will be able to enjoy free live entertainment, including a festival-ending concert by Geffen recording artists Lifehouse on Saturday night. This year's celebrity guests include Jason Earles ("Jackson" of Hannah Montana,) Blake Lewis (American Idol Season 6 runner up) and Robert Newman ("Joshua Lewis" of Guiding Light.) The hugely popular Kids Zone area will return, and Jet Ski demonstrations will be held on the Grand Park lake throughout the weekend. In addition, other events will be held throughout the area from Thursday, June 4 through Sunday, June 8. All in all, the weekend promises to hold something for everyone.

Dunes Realty News Interview

We were recently visited by our local ABC affiliate (WPDE) for comments on the state of the economy and, more specifically, the vacation rental industry. While I think the Academy Awards are safe for now, here's a link to the interview:





Story By Graeme Moore


Posted on Tuesday, March 10, 2009 at 12:34 a.m.

Myrtle Beach's Hard Rock Park to re-open by Memorial Day

Monday, March 9, 2009

One of the Myrtle Beach area's most eagerly-followed stories in recent months has been the status of the (former?) Hard Rock Park. The Park opened in 2008 to great fanfare, but a slower than normal economy and some questionable decisions on behalf of management led to the bankruptcy of the original ownership group by the end of the year. The sale of the property has been finalized, and the ownership group seems to be doing all the right things... they've begun re-staffing, and have announced plans to be open by Memorial Day.

Two of the major criticisms of the park in its inaugural season were that the admission was too high and that there weren't enough activities and rides for small children. Most who visited (myself included) were impressed with the quality of construction and the high production values of the shows and rides, but without enough attractions for kids, it was going to have a tough time at any price. The new owners have promised to address these issues, and have announced an adult ticket price in the $30 range (significantly less than the $50-for-all-ages price last year.) We don't yet know the extent of the kid-friendly redesign, nor do we know if the Hard Rock name will remain (there are apparently ongoing negotiations in that regard,) but we'll keep you up to date as we hear the news.

With or without the park, there is certainly no shortage of things to do in the Myrtle Beach area, but we're wishing the park's new owners lots of success in the hopes that they'll add to that list.

Myrtle Beach Bike Week... on or off?

Friday, March 6, 2009

Of all the questions I am regularly asked, the topic of the May Bike Rallies seems to be near the top of everyone's list this year. While there is no shortage of opinions to be heard on the topic, I'll try to just present the facts here and keep you updated on new developments as they occur.

For many years, the month of May in Myrtle Beach has been synonymous with bikers. Two major rallies have been held in the area during the month, and the first (“Harley week” or “bike week”) in particular has become a fixture in the Garden City and Surfside Beach area.

While the economic impact of the rallies is substantial, a growing number of local residents have begun to put a large amount of political pressure on the area’s elected officials in order to curb what they view as unacceptable levels of noise, congestion and bad behavior. In fact, the City of Myrtle Beach has enacted several pieces of legislation aimed at ending the rallies, including a local helmet law, a more stringent noise ordinance and severe limits on vendors and other public gatherings. While none of our rental properties fall within the city limits of Myrtle Beach, the enforcement of these laws can certainly have an impact on our guests should they decide to visit Myrtle Beach proper.

Here at Dunes, we have always welcomed both bikers and non-bikers, and we will continue to do so as long as we are able. Our staff should be able to update you on the most recent developments, and I’ll try to do so here whenever new information becomes available. In the meantime, we are proceeding as if the rally is still in the works, and look forward to seeing you whenever you choose to visit.

Welcome to Dunes Realty's new Myrtle Beach area blog!

Howdy, folks, and welcome to the new and improved Dunes Realty Vacation Rental blog! Here you'll find a wealth of valuable information on the Myrtle Beach area; information that will help you plan and enjoy your family's best vacation ever. My name is Ryan Swaim, and I'm the General Manager here at Dunes Realty. I've spent (nearly) my entire life in and around Myrtle Beach, particularly in the South Strand communities of Garden City Beach and Surfside Beach, and have an insider's perspective on the area that you might not gain elsewhere. I'll do my best to not only fill you in on the latest news and goings-on in the area, but also to provide handy tips on how to make the most of your vacation. Please feel free to leave any questions and comments, and I'll do what I can to get you the best answer. Thanks, and we look forward to seeing all of you at the beach this summer!