Monday, June 28, 2010

Great Vacation! - Too Bad It Had To End!

We just came back from a week in Myrtle Beach, SC. What a beautiful place! Unfortunately, it was too hot to get out and do anything. It has been between 90 and 100 degrees all day every day for quite some time now. It was so relaxing to just get to spend some downtime, though. My husband usually has to get up early to go to work, so he has to try to go to bed early. But for the week of vacation, we stay up until midnight or 1 am, and sleep until 10 or 11 am. The kids are night-owls, too, so they enjoy it. And the best part is, with the heat, we couldn't get out during the day, especially with the kids, so we just stayed in the resort or went sightseeing somewhere cool, until about 6 or 7 in the evening, when we ventured out to the beach a couple of nights. One night, a friend of mine came down to take some pictures of us at the beach - they turned out GORGEOUS, despite our 3 year old who wouldn't look at the camera, and our 1 year old who cried when we tried to get her to stand in the sand! When you take 600 pictures, you're bound to get something good! Our favorite place to go in Myrtle Beach is Ripley's Aquarium. Our son loves to see the fish, and our daughter is growing into that same love. We always try to hit some of the local restaurants that we don't get to enjoy when we are at home. My general rule for vacation is that we can't eat anywhere that we could eat at home - we did break that rule a couple times for a cheap lunch at Sam's Club or breakfast at McDonald's, but overall, I don't like to do it.

Our resort was so nice. We stayed at Barefoot Resort, in the Ironwood community. They are privately owned, and the owners rent them out for short term. We got a great deal, through Endless Vacation Rentals. We only spent $680 for the whole week (Saturday through Saturday - 7 nights)! We stayed in a 2 bedroom condo, with full kitchen and 2 baths. In case you are interested in how you can save that much on your next vacation - not just to Myrtle Beach, they have resorts all over the country and all over the world - check out If you use the code SB72497650, you can get 10% off their already ridiculously low prices. There is a section on that website for last minute vacations, where you can get a whole week for $399, and sometimes even less. So don't pay $150 / night for a hotel room when you can get a condo with some privacy and amenities for even less! Enjoy your next vacation.

We have decided that we prefer to vacation in late August or September, when the ocean is still warm, but the weather is starting to cool off. There were so many amenities that we did not get to take advantage of, just because of the heat. But . . . If you're willing to suffer in the heat, go ahead and vacation in the next few weeks - check out to see how much you can save by Vacationing In Luxury!

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