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.

There is so much I have always loved about living in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Now that I have two young children of my own, I’ve had the chance to rediscover the area through their eyes. Some of the things I loved as a child, like Brookgreen Gardens and the state parks, are places they love as well. But there is so much more to explore today! Here is a round-up of ten favorites: Huntington Beach State Park and Myrtle Beach State Park I’ll start with one of my favorites (or two, rather). Huntington Beach State Park and Myrtle Beach State…

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…

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…

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…

Here in Myrtle Beach, we enjoy a much milder winter than many experience further North. Even in January, we’ll see temperatures in the 60s on occasion! But as we head into January and February, it’s a good time to explore some of the great indoor activities the Myrtle Beach area has to offer. This quick list of favorites also doubles as good rainy day activities if you see a cloudy forecast while on vacation. Ripley’s Aquarium Probably one of the more well-known and popular indoors attractions in our area, there is a lot to love about Ripley’s…