Author: Nora Battle

As a lifelong South Carolinian and nearly lifelong Grand Strand resident, Nora Battle knows there is lots to love about the Myrtle Beach area. She is a full-time stay-at-home mom to two boys, ages 3 and 6 months, and a part time travel contributor for Visit Myrtle Beach. She’s passionate about all things Myrtle Beach, and knowledgeable about what makes the destination such a smart choice for families. Nora especially enjoys dining out, bargain hunting, and spending time outdoors adventuring with her children, husband (also a Grand Strand native) and her two dogs.

Each Black History Month, we’re offered the opportunity to further our understanding of the Black American experience. February provides a dedicated time to look back on our past, and recognize the immense struggles and contributions of all African Americans. Here in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, our history is as complex and unique as many other parts of the nation, and this month we’d like to shine a spotlight on one particularly significant bit of local Black history — Charlie’s Place. Charlie’s Place was a popular African American…

We were thrilled when we learned that Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, was included multiple times in “Golfweek’s Best of 2021: Top 200 Resort Golf Courses in the U.S.” annual roundup. As a world-class golf destination home to 90 golf courses, we know we have a lot to offer golfers visiting our shores... but it’s nice to feel recognized for those fantastic offerings! In fact, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, has more golf courses ranked on this list than any other destination in America. Of the nine resort courses recognized on the list, three were…

We’re looking forward to celebrating our loved ones more than ever this Valentine’s Day. While the pandemic continues to affect many aspects of our lives, there are still so many ways to say, "I love you.” From socially-distanced dinners out to cozy evenings with an oceanfront view, here are a few of our suggestions on how to make the most of Valentine’s Day weekend 2021 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina: Book the right accommodations A weekend getaway to the Myrtle Beach area can be full of romance. Surprise your loved one with an overnight trip…

We are a few days into one of my favorite weeks of the year in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Not only is it my youngest child’s birthday and wedding anniversary, but it is also South Carolina’s Restaurant Week!! Restaurant Week—which is actually 11 days long—gives foodies the chance to dine out for amazing values at a number of participating restaurants throughout our state. Myrtle Beach area restaurants participating range from casual to fine dining, offering a wide variety of menu items and price points. But all in all, everyone is sure to…

The end of 2020 is around the corner and many of us are ready to celebrate the New Year more than ever before. However, parties and gatherings may look a little different this year for a few reasons—namely masking and social distancing requirements and a statewide ban on alcohol sales after 11 p.m. due to Covid-19. But Myrtle Beach area businesses have still managed to come up with some fun and creative events for those wanting to celebrate the arrival of 2021. Here are some of our favorites: New Year’s Eve at the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk…

It’s hard to excuse not having your shopping done if you’re able to visit the Myrtle Beach area in December. From Broadway at the Beach and Barefoot Landing to Tanger Outlets and Coastal Grand Mall, the Grand Strand is home to a wide variety of shopping opportunities packed with seasonal deals this time of year. Ensure you're on the ‘nice’ list by checking off any last-minute gift purchases at some of our favorite places to shop this Christmas season! If you’re looking for a sentimental souvenir, check out the downtown Myrtle Beach boardwalk…

It’s not Christmas at the beach without a visit to a live performance at one of our award-winning theaters! 2020 has been extra hard on live theaters everywhere, and the Myrtle Beach area was no exception. But thankfully, most live performance venues are open again with new safety measures in place. Wherever you go, you’ll experience reduced capacity, masking, extra sanitation and cleaning, social distancing and PLENTY of Christmas cheer. Here are a few of our favorite shows come the holiday season: The Christmas Show of the South The…

Visitors to Ripley’s Aquarium in Myrtle Beach are in for a treat come the holidays. For the entire month of December, the aquarium’s ‘Festival of Trees’ is included along with regular general admission. Ripley’s Aquarium staff have decked the halls with over 55 decorated Christmas trees reprinting every state in the United States and more. The entire aquarium has been transformed into a winter wonderland with lights, bows, and trees that my family loves, especially when set against the backdrop of colorful aquatic galleries. The 85,000 square…

A seasonal souvenir to remind you of Christmas at the beach should be on everyone’s wish list! We locals love the holiday season in the Myrtle Beach area… so much so that visitors will find several stores dedicated to Christmas shopping and decorating year-round. From the north end of the Grand Strand inland to further south in Pawleys Island, here are a few of our favorite spots to pick up a Christmas ornament to remind you of your vacation: Christmas Mouse This year-round Christmas store has eight locations total and three of them are in the…

An annual holiday photo with Santa Claus is a tradition our family loves. And while photos with Santa are bound to look fairly different in 2020, local businesses have gotten creative to make it happen safely for visitors and the big man in red. You may see Santa behind plexiglass, in a mask, or positioned a little further from you than normal… but we’re looking at it as an opportunity to remember a different sort of year. Below is a round-up of just some of the places you’ll find Santa making the rounds: Grand 14 Theater at The Market Common…