Travel Tips

By: Festiva Getaways

August 31, 2018

Labor Day - Don't Let the Calendar Tell You Summer is Over

For many people, Labor Day is the end of summer. They pack up all of their summer gear, put away all of their white clothes, and settle in for the cooler months. The calendar will even tell you that there’s only three more weeks of summer. But, in actuality, there’s plenty more summer left this year if you know where to look. And by “look”, we mean travel.

Florida regularly thumbs its nose at the calendar and keeps the sun going long after Labor Day. September is still a prime month for beach-going and theme park hopping. And the best part is that both see their number of visitors thin during September.

For theme park enthusiasts, that means shorter lines, which in turn means more time for riding rather than standing. There’s also the bonus that Universal Orlando and Walt Disney World start their annual Halloween Parties in September, which means you can check those out also with smaller crowds than there will be come October.

And, of course, the beaches of Florida are open year round, and there’s still plenty of sun shining to make any day a good day to lay on the sand. There will be fewer bodies to step over to get to the water, and the amazing restaurants that serve fresh seafood will still gladly fill you belly with delectable delights.

It’s simply too early to give up on all of the summer fun when you can still seek it out – so long as you know where to look. (Remember what we said about “looking”? We kinda brought it full circle right there.)

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By: Festiva Getaways

August 24, 2018

10-ish Reasons to Visit Myrtle Beach this Fall

Fun at the beach doesn’t have to end just because Summer does. Fall in Myrtle Beach is filled with events for foodies, race fans, and culture lovers. Wherever your passions lead you, there’s an event brewing off the waters of Myrtle Beach to entice you to go on a weekend getaway to the shores of the Atlantic Ocean.

Gearheads have so much to look forward to, with several events geared (ugh, I hate myself for that pun) towards them. Starting right after Labor Day, Mustang Week, a celebration of Ford’s most famous sports car, has grown into a gathering of hundreds of owners and enthusiasts who visit the area each year for one of the biggest car show events in Myrtle Beach. The lineup of activities for each annual gathering includes meet and greets, cruise-ins, car shows, awards ceremonies, drag nights and more.

Then, come September 15th there’s the Night of Champions Race featuring Twin Races by NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Models. If you’re a NASCAR fan, you know exactly what that meant, and you’re excited. If you’re not, just move on to the next paragraph.

Music lovers can check out the weekly free concert series, Music on the Main, that’s been going every Thursday night at 7:00 since May and continues through September. Bring your own beach chair to experience the many restaurants of Main St., listen to live music, shop, and dance til’ you drop.

Gospel lovers should visit Myrtle beach the weekend of September 7th to experience Waves of Praise, a three-day festival that features local, regional and national gospel groups and performers such as Tina Campbell and JJ Hairston & Youthfull Praise.

In mid-October, visitors can look forward to Oktoberfest, the 10th annual celebration of beer. Well, it might be about Irish culture, too, but primarily people enjoy the beer. There will be other fun activities, like booths, lots of food, and bouncy inflatables for the kids --- but it’s the beer that’s the thing.

And, of course, there are traditional fall festivals like the Harvest Home Festival, Brookgreen Gardens’ annual fall festival, is filled with outdoor activities the whole family will enjoy. There will be favorite activities such as scarecrow building, pumpkin painting, hayrides, live entertainment, and so much more.

Foodies will enjoy the many flavor-centric festivals such as the Myrtle Beach Seafood Festival the weekend of October 6th or the Little River Shimpfest the weekend of October 13th. Both festivals feature lots of fresh seafood plucked directly from the waves of the Atlantic, booths, games, and fun things for kids to do.

October also brings Taste of the Town, which is an actual fundraiser for a local school, St. Andrew Catholic School, but is such a long running event in the town it’s something locals and visitors look forward to every year. Taste of the Town features many of the Grand Strand’s Finest Restaurants, culinary awards, live entertainment, silent auction, and is poised as the most highly anticipated food festivals.

The annual St. John’s Greek Festival, a celebration of Greek culture, cuisine and family fun, is one of the most beloved Myrtle Beach events of the fall. This year’s 26th annual event will take place Thursday, Sept. 27 through Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018.

Planning a visit to Myrtle Beach this fall on any given weekend guarantees amazing activities or events to enjoy. And, of course, there’s always the beach since weather stays nice all the way into the Holiday season. All you have to do is book a trip and enjoy.

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By: Festiva Getaways

August 17, 2018

HHN 28 Update – Halloween 4 Maze Revealed

Another week, another unveiling of Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights next haunted attraction. And for this week, they’re rolling out the Boogeyman.

Film audiences were introduced to Michael Myers in the immortal 1978 horror classic, John Carpenter’s Halloween. In that movie, he was called the boogeyman, but in the credits he’s referred to simply as the Shape. However, if you know what’s good for you, don’t call him anything: just run when you see him, although he’ll probably still catch up with you by walking slowly because, you know, Michael Myers.

For this year’s annual Halloween event, the wizards at Universal are taking inspiration from the original film’s 10 years later sequel, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers. The 1988 movie followed the titular antagonist, who has it out for any and all family members, as he escaped from his prison transfer after discovering little sister Laurie Strode, who died in a car crash, had a daughter named Jamie Lloyd and travels back to Haddonfield in an attempt to kill her.

HHN 28 victims – er, guests, if you want to be technical – will follow Myers as he escapes the mental hospital and wages terror on the poor citizens of Haddonfield, all set to John Carpenter’s class themes (yes, he directed the original movie and created the terrifying musical score, he’s that awesome). The maze will include horrifying scares by Myers in his classic featureless white mask and navy jumpsuit, with victims guests dodging his bloody knife at every turn.

Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights, which we are ridiculously excited about, runs selected nights from mid-September through Halloween. The popular event, now in its 28th year, lets guests become victims inside their favorite horror stories. Multiple movie-quality mazes based on iconic horror television shows and films come to life season after season. The streets of Universal Orlando are transformed into highly-themed scare zones where menacing scare-actors lunge from every darkened corner.

To attend the event, you’ll need to buy a separate event ticket, since the event is not part of regular, daily park admission. The Universal Orlando theme park closes to regular guests in the late afternoon, and reopens that evening for the event. Now is certainly the time to start thinking about booking your trip to the area if you want to face down pure evil in the face of the boogeyman himself, Michael Myers!

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By: Festiva Getaways

August 10, 2018

Fall is Almost Here! Time to Rejoice (that the heat will be gone soon)!

The late Summer heat got you down? And by ‘down’ we mean melting at even the thought of stepping a toe outside the safety of your air-conditioned home, or course. If so, that means you’re probably already looking ahead to fall. After all, there’s football (Yay!), school (Boo!), and fall festivals and events (Yay-yay-yay!). Oh, and there’s the granddaddy of fall fun and frivolity, Halloween! So, what fun things lie around the corner when the weather cools and the leaves turn the color of sunset?

If you happen to find yourself in Orlando for some reason, there will be plenty of extra-special Halloween fun at its major theme parks. First and foremost, there’s Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights, which we are ridiculously excited about, and runs selected nights from mid-September through Halloween. There’s also Mickey’s Not So Spooky Halloween Party, running mid-August through Halloween, which is perfect for small kids and their families. Universal’s event certainly caters to the PG-13 crowd, if not older, and do it very well. Disney has the littlest ones in their hearts, and do what they do equally as well.

There are some “reality based” scares to be had on one of the many ghost tours of Charleston. Whichever you choose, you’ll spend a few hours following a master storyteller through town, reveling the group with the haunted history of the town and the many, many historical figures who may just still be walking its streets with you…

If Halloween is not your thing, then there’s still lots of fun to be had. For instance, Myrtle Beach has several festivals that will put you in that fall feeling without ghosts and ghouls trying to frighten you. There’s the 42nd Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival, the annual St. John’s Greek Festival, and the 15th annual Irish Italian Festival – all in Late September. And come early October, you can experience the Myrtle Beach Seafood Festival.

Let’s not forget that for bike enthusiasts, on October 18-21, Daytona Beach hosts Biketoberfest, where Bikers, motorcycle enthusiasts and curious travel seekers will enjoy beautiful fall weather, live music and the thrill of watching the pros compete in Daytona International Speedway's motorcycle races.

Doesn’t that all sound amazing? Is it enough to make you forget the heat outside and drift your thoughts out to the buoy of hope that is autumn?  And, as always, you can book a weekend trip to enjoy any of these special events by visiting our Vacations Page.

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By: Festiva Getaways

August 3, 2018

Halloween Horror Nights Update: Stranger Things Maze

As promised, we are keeping you up-to-date on the latest announcements regarding this year’s Universal Halloween Horror Nights. And, if you’re like us here at Festiva Getaways, your year practically revolves around this amazing event. So, what more do the wizards at Universal have in store for us?

First, if you're unfamiliar with the annual spooky event that takes place at the Universal Orlando theme parks, you basically get a chance to enter the worlds of some of your favorite horror movies and TV shows with some movie-quality mazes and haunted houses. And the streets of each coast’s event are transformed into highly-themed scare zones where menacing scare-actors lunge from every darkened corner.

Now, it had been previously announced that Netflix’s phenomenon TV show, Stranger Things, would have a huge presence, and now we know more about the actual attraction at the event that will be based on the show. Inspired by season one of the series, the Stranger Things maze will come to life at Universal Orlando Resort beginning Friday, September.

The parallel universe, known as the Upside Down that terrorized the small town of Hawkins, Indiana will bring the chittering, predatory Demogorgon to Halloween Horror Nights to stalk unwitting guests as they encounter iconic scenes, characters, and environments from the mesmerizing series. From the menacing Hawkins National Laboratory, under the U.S. Department of Energy, to the Byers home adorned with an erratic display of flashing Christmas lights and the eerie Upside Down woods oozing a shower of floating orb-like spores, the chilling new mazes will offer surprising twists and unexpected turns around every corner.

As they release more information about the event, we will post about it here. Vacation packages for Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights will be available soon, so keep your eyes peeled for your chance to experience the best Halloween themed event in the country!

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