Research from the U.S. Travel Association found 90 percent of Americans say paid time off helps them relax and 85 percent say it makes them happier, yet more than 40 percent did not use all their paid time off in 2014. According to Skift, southerners used the fewest vacation days of all.

Thankfully there’s still time to get away in 2015 and many southern cities – like Myrtle Beach, South Carolina – still boast gorgeous weather and warm ocean waters during the early fall months, but with the added benefit of thinning crowds and even more affordable accommodations. Here are a few more reasons why fall is my favorite time to call Myrtle Beach home:

Unique Events

There are a handful of events held in Myrtle Beach during the fall that are distinctly unique to the area. They include Coastal Uncorked, showcasing the very best food and drink of the area; the first-ever Grape Stomp at the newly opened Duplin Winery; the 11th annual Little River ShrimpFest; the Aynor Hoedown, a celebration of fall season; and the Loris Bog Off, a cooking competition featuring Lowcountry favorite the chicken bog.

Quiet Dinners

During September and October in Myrtle Beach, select area restaurants will offer incentives to diners who are willing to check their cell phones and smart phones at the door. Interested diners simply leave their phone with the restaurant’s hostess to receive a percentage discount off their bill, encouraging them to spend some uninterrupted time with fellow travelers in conversation at the table.

Relaxing Adventures

By the time the fall rolls around I am ready to relax, especially ahead of the upcoming holiday season. Myrtle Beach is home to countless relaxing amusements, like kayak tours along the scenic Waccamaw River, ocean cruises aboard a 44-foot yacht, and horseback riding on the beach, to name just a few. To celebrate the fall season we compiled 60 ways to relax and unwind across our 60 miles of coastline. You can see them all here.

Great Deals

One of the more enticing reasons to plan a vacation during the fall season is the incredible deals to be had at attractions, accommodations and even restaurants. Some of the impressive deals in Myrtle Beach include 60 percent off accommodation rates and three-course chef’s tasting meals for $30, among many other