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.

The threat of COVID-19 has affected millions of individuals financially across all parts of the country. In tourism-dependent communities like ours, the shutting down of bars and restaurants—while necessary—yield big blows to hospitality and tourism workers as we head into what would normally be a busy time here in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. While we’ve heard a lot of stories of hardship, we’ve also heard a lot of wonderful stories about neighbors helping one another. One company here locally, Native Sons, has started a ‘Support Our…

Schools in the Myrtle Beach area haven’t been in session for about two weeks now, and we’re starting to settle into a ‘homeschool’ routine that works for us. I’m home with a 5- and 2-year-old, along with a newborn, so hands-on crafts and learning aren’t possible at every single moment during the day. During times when I need to change diapers, prepare meals or just need a break, we’ve turned to some ‘virtual learning.’ The boys enjoy the change—i.e. not hearing mom talk for a while—and we’ve gotten to see some pretty neat things! We have a few…

Beginning in April, Brookgreen Gardens will be showcasing a new exhibit throughout the gardens. ‘Southern Light’ is an immersive experience in art and light, created by internationally-known artist Bruce Munro. Munro is bringing his spectacular large-scale light sculptures to the gardens from April 8 to September 12, 2020, and it will allow visitors to literally see the gardens in a completely new light. The exhibit will feature seven works of art in light and mixed media, each designed specifically for the natural garden rooms where they will…

Tickets for the first of the March Myrtle Beach history trolley tours are now on sale. This is the last of a three-month series that sold out every tour in both January and February. Locals and visitors alike have loved these local history tours that depart each Tuesday at 2 p.m. from in front of the Grand 14 Cinemas at The Market Common in Myrtle Beach—me included! Making a stop at the historic Pine Lakes Country Club, the Early Myrtle Beach & The War Years tour tells the city's origin story and what it was like during WWII with U-boat…

I’m often asked if Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is a good choice for spring break travelers. The answer is yes! Our area is a very popular spring break destination for families with school-aged children. While a few college-aged groups celebrating ‘first week’ may head our way, our spring break crowd typically has adult supervision. The spring break time frame in Myrtle Beach spans around 4-6 weeks, beginning before the Easter holiday and continuing for well after, as school districts’ holidays vary county by county and let out at different…

Are you spending St. Patrick’s Day weekend in the Myrtle Beach area? Lucky you! The Grand Strand boasts a ton of fun ways to celebrate the Irish holiday. From local parades and family festivals to green beer and delicious Irish fare, here are some of our picks on what to do St. Paddy’s weekend: North Myrtle Beach St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade ALERT – This event has been canceled. The 32nd Annual North Myrtle Beach St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade is always one of the biggest celebrations of the weekend. The annual, one-day event…

The 60th Annual Canadian-American Days Celebration (or Can-Am Days) will soon be underway here in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The nine-day celebration officially begins Saturday, March 14, and will continue through Sunday, March 22. During that time, the Myrtle Beach area will be welcoming Canadian and American visitors with a lineup of fun events, concerts and more all along the Grand Strand. One of the best things about this celebration every year is that most of the events are free and open to the public, including the popular concerts by…

Ring in 2020 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and you’ll have tons of events and activities to choose from come New Year’s Eve. From special adult-only celebrations to kid-friendly parties, there is enough happening along the Grand Strand to ensure it’s one of the busiest (and best!) nights of the year. Here are a few of our favorites: New Year’s Eve Fireworks Extravaganza at Broadway at the Beach Tuesday, December 31 Kick-off your New Year’s Eve celebrations with a free Fireworks Extravaganza over Lake Broadway at Broadway at the Beach. The…

Holiday Fun At The Great Christmas Light Show

Friday, December 6, 2019 9:00 AM by Nora Battle

One of the holiday events our family looks forward to most each year has to The Great Christmas Light Show in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The Great Christmas Light Show is a lighted celebration featuring over 2 million lights festively displayed along a 1.5-mile drive through the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex. The drive-through light show is open nightly now through December 30, 2019, except for Christmas Day, so there are plenty of opportunities to check it out! While the light show is magical at any age, it seems…

With outlet malls, local speciality boutiques, national retailers and more, the Myrtle Beach area is home to endless opportunities for great shopping year round. However, spending the Thanksgiving holiday along the Grand Strand has extra perks because it means visitors get to take advantage of some of the awesome Black Friday deals our stores have to offer. Many places even open on Thanksgiving Day, providing the steepest discounts to those wiling to brave crowds and early hours. We’ve rounded up a look at just some of the places to shop come…