17 OCT 2012: Google the term ’60 ways’ and funny up pops the old Paul Simon song title: “Fifty ways to leave your lover.” Now I don’t know if the legendary singer ever roamed the sixty miles of Myrtle Beach aka The Grand Strand to get his 50 ways fix, but if he didn’t he sure should. There’s plenty of inspiration to find there.

Recently the gusty winds we’ve been having around T.O. blew in a warm southerly contingent from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. There was Kimberly Miles, public relations rep, restaurant owner/executive chef Curry Martin of Aspen Grille, along with some other colleagues who dished out some reasons why this east coast stretch deserves some serious thought for vacation planning especially this fall.

Now the Grand Strand spanning from Little River to Pawleys Island is usually top of mind for many Canadians during the mass winter road trip exodus but with direct air from Porter Airlines, this escape hatch has become even easier to access.

And now thanks to a new first-of-its-kind fall campaign dubbed “Sixty Miles in 60 Days” clients will get a chance to sample 60 more days of summer-like gorgeous weather, warm ocean waters, less crowded attractions and even more affordable accommodations.

Kimberly notes the campaign addresses 60 little-known attractions, fun finds and interesting facts that linger along the area’s 60 miles of coastline, and this trivia has all been assembled into a fun online pin-to-win contest you can enter via Pinterest www.pinterest.com/mymyrtlebeach.

Simply create a pin board titled “Myrtle Beach Dream Vacation,” pinning at least eight attractions from the 60 secrets to your board and add the hashtag #MYRDreamVacation to each.

These entrants will automatically enter to win a 3-night, 4-day trip, complete with accommodations, a restaurant gift card and admission to attractions. The grand prize winner will receive admission to at least eight of their pinned secrets.

Check www.visitmyrtlebeach.com/60days for the area’s 60 secrets.

Now are you ready for some fun facts courtesy from the Myrtle Beach Area CVB?

⋅ Tee off at "The Granddaddy" Pine Lakes Country Club. It’s revered as only the oldest golf course on the Grand Strand but is also the birthplace of Sports Illustrated.

⋅ Hawaiian Rumble Mini Golf is home to the Master's National Tournament Pro Mini Golf Championship.

⋅ Enjoy a classic hot dog or burger at Myrtle Beach's oldest eatery, Peaches' Corner.

⋅ Try your favorite celeb's ice cream at The Original Painters Homemade Ice Cream. There’s the Vanna Banana sundae named after the TV game show star Vanna White from Wheel of Fortune.

⋅ Boat tour over to Sandy Island for gorgeously preserved ecology tours and a first-hand look at Gullah culture.

Surfside Beach was the first in the area to build an "All Children's Park."

For trip planning, Myrtle Beach has 60-themed packages and deals to fit anyone’s interest. Picture family affair-type vacations, couples and romance, and even girlfriend or golf getaways.

“These deals will bring a ‘second summer’ vacation to the Grand Strand within reach,” says Kimberly with a smile.

Note: Each Friday during the 60 Days campaign a pin-to-win winner will be chosen with the grand prize winner selected at the close of the campaign on October 31. See the official contest rules at www.visitmyrtlebeach.com/60days.

Porter Airlines direct fall service to Myrtle Beach has two weekly flights on Thursdays and Sundays that are available now until November 25, 2012. This is Porter’s second year of fall service. Watch for the winter schedule which resumes on Feb. 14, 2013 until May 20, 2013. www.flyporter.com

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Ilona Kauremszky

A regular contributor to Travel Industry Today, Ilona is a prize winning journalist whose writing pursuits have taken her around the globe.

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