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.

With Memorial Day weekend just around the corner, I’ve been thinking about all the outdoor grilling that will be taking place. But Memorial Day weekend meals in South Carolina often go a step beyond just hamburgers and hotdogs. It’s a holiday often marked with plenty of barbecue! While I can’t say barbecue is the official cuisine of South Carolina, perhaps it should be. Many state officials even say that our state is the original birthplace of barbecue, dating back to early settlement of the Spanish on Parris Island who smoked swine with an…

Here in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, we consider Memorial Day weekend the official start to summer. Our public schools here locally have dismissed for summer break earlier in the week, the temperatures are solidly in the 80s, and we’re ready for beach picnics and time out on the water. If you’re lucky enough to be headed into town this weekend, you might want to check out one (or more!) of the below: Military Appreciation Days Parade and Family Picnic Saturday, May 26, 2018 Myrtle Beach celebrates Military Appreciation Days during the month of…

Asher Theatre Opens in Myrtle Beach

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 9:00 AM by Nora Battle

One of the newest attractions to the Myrtle Beach area is the Asher Theatre, located off of Highway 501 in the old Waccamaw Pottery outlet. Myrtle Beach has long been known as a destination for world-class live entertainment, and the Asher Theatre is adding a number of awesome acts to the area’s overall live performance lineup. The Asher Theatre began its season in April 2018 with renowned performer James Stephens III, “The Man of a Thousand Voices.” Stephens has been featured on HBO, Showtime, The Tonight Show and many other national TV…

37th Annual Blue Crab Festival This Weekend!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 12:00 PM by Nora Battle

Held along the historic Little River waterfront, the ‘World Famous’ Blue Crab Festival is one of the largest festivals held along the Grand Strand each year. What started as a small gathering along the banks of the Intracoastal Waterway is now a premier festival that is projected to draw over 50,000 attendees to the area this weekend. The festival features live music; a kids zone; and around 300 arts, crafts, specialty food and business vendors. Beyond festival food, music and vendors, attendees also have the opportunity to enjoy amazing local…

The 13th Annual Mayfest on Main Festival will be held this Saturday, May 12, 2018 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. This much-loved event takes place each year on Main Street in North Myrtle Beach, and draws around 15,000 people out to celebrate the beginning of summer. Along Main Street, around 100 vendors will display crafts and serve food, while a dedicated kid’s area can help keep children entertained. The main draw for us each year, however, is the live music. The city of North Myrtle Beach has an awesome stage located where Main Street runs into…

Myrtle Beach Mother’s Day Event Round-Up

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 11:00 AM by Nora Battle

If you’re lucky enough to be celebrating Mother’s Day week or weekend in the Myrtle Beach area, you’ve probably already given your mom a pretty good gift. Beyond family time at the beach, here is a list of some of the fun things going on this week to celebrate moms. Mother's Day Event at Socastee Library Wednesday, May 9, 2018 4 to 5 p.m. Stop by the library before Mother’s Day weekend to decorate a flower pot for your mother or grandmother. All ages are welcome at this free event, and no registration is required. For more information, call…

Even if we weren’t there at the time, many longtime visitors are likely familiar with images of the small beach town Myrtle Beach once was. It’s amazing how much has changed over the years. In 2016, Myrtle Beach hosted a record 18.6 million visitors. There are approximately 157,000 rooms to rent during peak season, 1,800 full service restaurants, 2.7 million rounds of golf played annually and 7 live theaters with seating for 7,500. One thing that has stayed remarkably the same, though: our industry’s unique emphasis on welcoming visitors from…

The popular Diva Half Marathon and 5k event are set to take place this weekend in North Myrtle Beach. Last year’s event drew nearly 4,500 runners from across the United States. While I can’t imagine many people would register for a half marathon last minute, I know several people who decide do a 5k just days before the event. That said, registration is still available online here ( www.runlikeadiva.com ) until midnight on Thursday, May 3. I’ve never actually run in this event, but I have attended a few years… which should say something about just…

We take Cinco de Mayo seriously in Myrtle Beach. Partly because margaritas and coronas taste better in the South Carolina sunshine and partly because we just love a good fiesta. While one of the more popular annual events, “Burro Fest,” won’t take place this year (the Mexican restaurant that hosts the event is closed for renovations), Broadway at the Beach has announced they’ll be having a party big enough for everyone. The day’s festivities are set to begin with a 5k race at 8:30 a.m. at Senor Frog’s at Broadway at the Beach. Race packet pick…

Wings Over Myrtle Beach Air Show

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 11:00 AM by Nora Battle

The Blue Angels are returning to the Myrtle Beach area this weekend for the Wings Over Myrtle Beach Air Show at Myrtle Beach International Airport! The Blue Angel Flight Demonstration Squadron hasn’t performed in the area in ten years and the city is expecting a pretty big turnout. I’ve never attended an airshow, so I’ve had lots to learn as we plan to head out this Saturday. The air show events will happen on April 28 and 29 and feature performances by the Blue Angels, ASAF F-16 Viper Demo Team, USSOCOM Para-Commandos Parachute Jump Team,…