Trip Tuesday!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 3:00 AM by VisitMyrtleBeach SC

Tell us which one of the 60 Secrets are pictured below for a chance to win a trip to Myrtle Beach! Leave your comment by 5:00 p.m. EST with your name included, or just enter from a verified account. And remember to check our blog post tomorrow to see if you won. Hint: This Amen Corner look-alike is a favorite on this Myrtle Beach golf course. A winner will be chosen and announced by noon EST tomorrow.…

This Week’s Theme: Classic Grand Strand

Monday, September 24, 2012 3:00 AM by VisitMyrtleBeach SC

The City of Myrtle Beach was established nearly 75 years ago. With all that time – many decades of which were spent as a top family beach destination – there are bound to be some great, classic destinations the area has become known for. We’re capturing a few of those with this week’s theme, but hopefully telling you something you don’t know about each of them or something you maybe overlooked. Tell us your classic go-to… where do you visit with every trip?…

Bog Balls - A New Southern Delicacy

Friday, September 21, 2012 3:00 AM by VisitMyrtleBeach SC

Socastee Station K.M. They’re called Bog Balls. Yeah, I know what you’re thinking. What the heck is that? Let me help you decipher this Grand Strand delicacy. Chicken Bog is a native dish to the area with roots in the Gullah Geechee culture , the culture born in the Lowcountry among former African slaves dating back to the 17 th century. Its tasty ingredients traditionally include chicken, rice, sausage, peppers, onions and other spices. Like its more popular Shrimp and Grits counterpart, everyone makes it different. In…

A “Spirited” Dining Experience

Thursday, September 20, 2012 3:00 AM by VisitMyrtleBeach SC

The Brentwood K.M. I admit that I’m not really a ghost person. I believe in spirits but have never actually seen anything of the paranormal variety. So I’ve always been intrigued by the rumors about the haunted happenings at The Brentwood . In recent years, the restaurant has been studied by several “Ghost Hunters” and been certified as haunted. For a time the Victorian house was used as a bed and breakfast by the family who owned it and, rumor has it, a few visitors may have outstayed their welcome. I was alerted to the…

And the Trip Tuesday Winner is…

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 3:00 AM by VisitMyrtleBeach SC

Congratulations to Erika for correctly guessing yesterday’s Trip Tuesday secret. The secret pictured was a Friendfield Village house at Hobcaw Barony Plantation . Erika, please send an email to media@visitmyrtlebeach.com to book your 60 Secrets adventure!…

Not Your Average Plantation Tour

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 3:00 AM by VisitMyrtleBeach SC

Hobcaw Barony M.G. What historical figure would you most like to meet and why? After my trip to Hobcaw Barony , I have a new answer to that question. Hobcaw Barony, also known as Bellefield Plantation, is the site of a 17,500-acre wildlife refuge and research reserve. Once made up of fourteen rice plantations, the land is rich with history . To put it in perspective, the property is larger than the entire island of Manhattan! Located on the Waccamaw Neck, it gets its name from the Native American word “hobcaw,” meaning between the…

Trip Tuesday!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 3:00 AM by VisitMyrtleBeach SC

Tell us which one of the 60 Secrets are pictured below for a chance to win a trip to Myrtle Beach! Leave your comment by 5:00 p.m. EST with your name included, or just enter from a verified account. And remember to check our blog post tomorrow to see if you won. Hint: This tiny structure once housed an entire family. A winner will be chosen and announced by noon EST tomorrow.…

My favorite part of a vacation is all the fun stories and memories you come home telling. With so much to explore along the Grand Strand’s 60 miles of coastline, you’re certain to come home with at least a handful of great stories to tell. But of course some attractions naturally lend themselves to a great tale – because they are surprisingly different or adventurous in nature. That is the theme of this week’s posts. Look out for some good advice for a great story. What fun stories of your vacation can you share?…

Plantation River Tours

Friday, September 14, 2012 3:00 AM by VisitMyrtleBeach SC

The Scarlett O’Hara Feel of the Grand Strand K.M. The states below the Mason Dixon line were once known for their rich culture of hoop skirts and large-columned plantations and streets with gentleman who opened doors for ladies. Sadly, many of the large Gone with the Wind -like plantations over the years have been torn down or are in disrepair. Though there is a little secret: many plantations that have been converted to private residences can still be viewed by boat. That’s where I was recently: glimpsing of the…

Tours of Sandy Island

Thursday, September 13, 2012 3:00 AM by VisitMyrtleBeach SC

An ever-changing cultural landmark K.M. Just minutes from Myrtle Beach lays a tucked-away island where the past, present and future collide. Being a history buff, I’ve been intrigued by Sandy Island for a while: where access is only by boat and descendents of former African slaves who worked on local rice plantations still reside. So I reached out to Captain Rodney, a native of the island, who offers tours to the public. It all started with a pontoon boat ride, where Captain Rodney explained the history of the Africans who…