Posts from September 2012

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…

A Living Museum

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 3:00 AM by VisitMyrtleBeach SC

Brookgreen Gardens K.L. I’ve been hearing about Brookgreen Gardens’ beautiful scenery and interesting sculptures for months. With all the hype, I figured there was no way the Gardens could live up to my expectations. I couldn’t have been more wrong. From the moment you see this gorgeous gem from Highway 17, you are captivated by the grand sculpture at its entrance that just touches on the beauty that no doubt awaits. On your first step into the Gardens, you’ll find elegant tree-lined paths , colorful flowers, immaculately kept…

And the Trip Tuesday Winner is…

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 3:00 AM by VisitMyrtleBeach SC

Congratulations to Brandy Kelly for correctly guessing yesterday’s Trip Tuesday secret. The secret pictured was the Live Oak Allee at Brookgreen Gardens [link - http://bit.ly/NeXuCo ]. Brandy, please send an email to media@visitmyrtlebeach.com to book your 60 Secrets adventure!…

Trip Tuesday!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 3:00 AM by VisitMyrtleBeach SC

It’s that time again. Trip Tuesday is upon us. Just leave a comment below telling us which of the 60 secrets is pictured in the image below and, if you guess right, you’ll be entered to win a trip to gorgeous Myrtle Beach! Please either enter from a verified account or include your name with all entries. And remember to check our blog post tomorrow to see if you won. And here’s your hint: This centuries-old walk is tucked away in a South Strand gem. All entries must be received by 5:00 p.m. EST. A winner will be chosen and announced via this blog…

Myrtle Beach was once the largest producer of rice in the entire world. That’s a fact. It’s no wonder our area is so rich in history. But of course with history there always comes a little bit of haunting. As we look forward to Halloween next month, I think you’ll find this week’s secrets full of legends, legacies and lingering – of particular interest. What historic – or haunted – sites have you visited along the Strand?…

Prix Fix

Friday, September 7, 2012 3:00 AM by VisitMyrtleBeach SC

The Brentwood A Prix Fixe Menu to Be Desired K.M. Combine a native French chef with Carolina Coastal Cuisine, a world class wine list and a haunted 100-year-old house, and what do you get? That would be The Brentwood Restaurant and Wine Bistro in the northern-most Grand Strand city, Little River. This hidden gem boasts one-of-a-kind menu options, including a 3 course Prix Fixe menu that’ll leave you scratching your head in indecision. On a recent visit I had the filet; however the best was saved for last with the rich Fondant Au Chocolat for…