Beyond the Beach: Tour Hopsewee Plantation

Friday, February 15, 2019 10:00 AM by Nora Battle

Hopsewee Plantation -while just about 30 miles south of central Myrtle Beach-feels worlds away. This National Historic Landmark was built about 40 years before the American Revolutionary War, and is the birthplace of Thomas Lynch, Jr., one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. This private residence is open from January 30 through December 15 in 2018, Tuesday through Saturday, with tours on the hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This historically significant local landmark is by far one of my favorite places to take visiting friends and…

Rockin’ Tots at Rockin’ Jump Trampoline Park

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 4:00 PM by Nora Battle

Rockin Jump is the Myrtle Beach area’s first indoor trampoline park and home to large open jump spaces, a challenge course, a vertical ops wall, dodgeball, a foam pit, rock wall and more. It’s great any time of year, but it’s an especially awesome attraction for times of year when it’s cooler and you don’t necessarily want to be outside. While I’ve visited Rockin’ Jump Trampoline Park in Myrtle Beach on several occasions, this past weekend was the first time I’ve actually taken my two kids. I’ve taken tours and gone with adults as part of a…

Get Ready for Galentine’s Day!

Monday, February 11, 2019 2:00 PM by Nora Battle

A gal-pal getaway in Myrtle Beach is the perfect way to celebrate! First thing’s first: what the heck is “Galentine’s Day,” anyway? Well, it’s a pseudo-holiday created by fictional TV character Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation. This “holiday” started in 2010 on an episode appropriately called “Galentine’s Day,” in which Leslie gathered her girlfriends on February 13 to celebrate friendship and brunch with waffles. According to Amy Poehler’s character, it’s “ladies celebrating ladies.” This celebration of female friends has evolved from the…

Whether you’re celebrating with a significant other or a group of friends, the Myrtle Beach area is an ideal spot to spend Valentine’s Day. And since this year’s holiday falls on a Thursday, I’d say the perfect gift for the one you love would be a long weekend away at the beach! There are tons of last-minute accommodations deals to be found, and plenty of special happenings all along the Grand Strand. To start, you’ll probably need dinner reservations at one of our romantic restaurants. Some of our favorites that are hosting special Valentine’s…

The first month of 2019 is flying by. I’m seeing friends declutter their homes and organize their living spaces following both New Year’s resolutions and the advice of Marie Kondo in her new Netflix show, Tidying Up. Seeing all the material possessions friends and family members are clearing out (yours truly included!) has me thinking about the importance we place on our things, and whether they really bring meaning and value to our lives. Most psychology experts agree that experiences, and not things, are what ultimately add value to our…

As Valentine’s Day approaches, we are feeling the love here in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Last weekend, we enjoyed a date night out without children and ate a fantastic meal at Hook and Barrel. Of course, I’m ready to start planning our next date but I’m thinking of making an entire day (or weekend staycation) of it instead! Here are some of my suggestions on how to create the perfect romantic day in Myrtle Beach: Find the perfect place to stay A weekend getaway to the Myrtle Beach area can be filled with live entertainment, fantastic…

The Secret to Maximizing Your Vacation Time This Year National Plan for Vacation Day is January 29! “So much to do, so little time.” While the phrase may sound like it perfectly describes our lives, research shows there actually is time. Americans universally say that vacation days are important to them, yet an unbelievable 52 percent of workers aren’t using their hard-earned vacation time. Project: Time Off research found that workers are taking nearly a full week less of vacation than we did in 2000, resulting in a stockpile of 705 million…

Top 10 Romantic Things To Do in Myrtle Beach

Friday, January 18, 2019 5:00 PM by Nora Battle

My mother-in-law has agreed to keep my boys overnight this weekend, so my husband and I are planning a long overdue date night! As I was making plans for our Saturday night out, I started thinking about all the romantic things there are to do in the Myrtle Beach area. From long beach walks to dinner out together, there is so much for couples to enjoy along the beautiful Grand Strand. Here is a quick list of a few of my favorite romantic things to do: Enchanted Sailing Charters Enchantress is the largest chartered sailboat in the Myrtle Beach…

CubeSmart Self Storage blog recently surveyed over one thousand Americans and asked them where they would like to move to this year. Their list of nineteen top locations included Myrtle Beach, South Carolina! Respondents cited low cost of living, the beautiful oceanfront location, and loads of perks and amenities as reasons why they’d move to this family-friendly section of the Atlantic coastline. The “sense of community” wasn’t lost on this group, either. Not only is Myrtle Beach a great place to raise a family, it’s a perfect location for…

Celebrate MLK Day Weekend in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 5:00 PM by Nora Battle

Sometimes a quick trip to the beach is exactly what’s needed to cure the mid-winter blues. And Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday weekend is a great time to visit Myrtle Beach, South Carolina! Not only can visitors find a ton of fantastic winter lodging and accommodations deals, our beaches are less crowded this time of year, and there is still plenty to do! Perhaps the biggest event of the long holiday weekend is the 13th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day Parade that takes place along Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach on Monday, January…