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.

Myrtle Beach Area Halloween Round-up

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 8:00 AM by Nora Battle

Halloween season along the Grand Strand is full of fun (and frightening!) events. While Myrtle Beach is already home to a few year-round haunted houses and tours, like Ripley’s Haunted Adventure and Nightmare Haunted House’s ‘Zombie Zone, ’ the area also boasts a packed fall lineup of Halloween events and celebrations. We’ve included several of them below: Tuesday, October 23, 2018 The Great Pumpkin Hunt HCPR Socastee Recreation Park 2830 Oak Street Conway, 29526 6 to 8 p.m. Join in for a night of family fun at the Great Pumpkin Hunt, where…

Conway Ghost Walk is Frightful Fun

Thursday, October 18, 2018 9:00 AM by Nora Battle

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays in the Myrtle Beach area. Perhaps it’s because South Carolina weather in October is so perfect one can’t help but feel festive with the change of season. Or perhaps it’s because there is so much to do this time of year. There are plenty of fall festivals and outdoor events throughout the month, and one of my favorites is the Conway Ghost Walk. The Conway Ghost Walk is presented by Conway Downtown Alive and takes place in the historic rivertown, about 12 miles inland from Myrtle Beach. This weekend,…

Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon Weekend Approaches

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 9:00 AM by Nora Battle

Runners flock from all over the country to participate in the Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon race weekend, and I’ve never once been surprised when they all show up in town. The surfing themed half marathon is popular for many reasons. The course is scenic, flat and fast, the October weather in the Myrtle Beach area is as perfect as it gets, and all of the events take place in one of America’s favorite beach destinations. (I’m a little biased in favor of that last point.) The Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon kicks off Friday, October 19, 2018, with the…

This coming weekend, October 19 and 20, packs a lot of exciting events in the Myrtle Beach area. From the Loris Bog-Off in northern Horry County to the 29th Annual Wooden Boat Show on the southern end of the Grand Strand in Georgetown, South Carolina… there is a lot going on. The Georgetown Wooden Boat show is always held on the third weekend in October and features one of the Southeast’s best wooden boat exhibits. More than 140 classic wooden boats are displayed both on land and in water, and the festival features everything from knot tying…

39th Annual Loris Bog-Off Festival This Weekend

Monday, October 15, 2018 10:00 AM by Nora Battle

Longtime visitors to the Palmetto State have probably heard of chicken bog--a southern comfort food generally prepared with chicken, sausage, rice, and varying spices. Aside from South Carolina barbecue (and Grand Strand shrimp and grits), chicken bog may be one of our state’s greatest culinary contributions. Here locally, we celebrate this beloved dish annually during the Loris Bog-Off Festival. What began as a chicken bog cooking contest in 1980 has evolved into one of our community’s largest and most well-attended fall festivals. Throughout…

October is one of my favorite times of year in the Myrtle Beach area for so many reasons. The weather is agreeable (goodbye summer humidity), the beaches less crowded, and the Grand Strand knows how to host a killer Oktoberfest event. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the annual Myrtle Beach Oktoberfest event, scheduled for this Friday, October 12, 2018, and Saturday, October 13, 2018, at Grand Park at The Market Common. This is definitely one of the area’s larger festivals as it features over 50 vendors, kids activities and inflatables,…

Here along the Grand Strand, we’re no strangers to a good food festival. Depending on the season, you can find anything from Italian festivals to seafood festivals to food truck festivals and more. One of the longest-running food festivals in the area, however, is the annual Taste of the Town event. It features the opportunity to sample fare from some of the Myrtle Beach area’s finest restaurants, tapas style. This popular fall food festival is actually a fundraiser for St. Andrew Catholic School, and attendees are bound to see many locals…

Barefoot Landing Hosts BFF Shop and Stroll

Thursday, September 6, 2018 9:00 AM by Nora Battle

The first Tuesday of every month through the end of this year, Barefoot Landing is hosting a fun ‘BFF Shop and Stroll’ Event from 4 to 7 p.m. I was excited to learn about this as I’ve been spending a good bit of time at Barefoot Landing lately. The addition of new restaurants like Lucy Buffett’s Lulu’s, Taco Mundo and Blueberry’s Grill, combined with the overall outdoor renovations the complex has undergone make it the perfect place to spend a Saturday. Or a Tuesday! The once-a-month BFF Shop and Stroll encourages visitors to bring a friend to…

Paddle the Creeks of the North Inlet

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 9:00 AM by Nora Battle

One of the most magical areas of the Grand Strand can be found south of central Myrtle Beach in the North Inlet-Winyah Bay Reserve. The reserve encompasses over 18,000 acres of tidal marshes and wetlands and around 12,000 acres are part of the greater Hobcaw Barony property, a tract of historic and protected land on the Waccamaw Neck. Nature enthusiasts and avid kayakers love this unique area for its rich flora, fauna, and history. And on September 5, a naturalist-guided tour will take paddlers through the creeks of the North Inlet. The North…

Brookgreen Gardens has made 2018 such a fun year for locals and visitors to the Grand Strand. They are just wrapping up their first-ever Summer Lights show and have a full fall schedule of special events and activities. Earlier this month, they debuted the National Sculpture Society 85th Annual Awards Exhibition, and they are the only venue that will host this one of a kind exhibit. The National Sculpture Society is the oldest professional organization of sculptors in America, so I can see how Brookgreen is the perfect place to display this…