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 long Thanksgiving holiday weekend is the perfect time of year for a family reunion or getaway at The Beach! The Myrtle Beach area takes entertaining our holiday visitors seriously, and there is plenty going on around turkey day this year. Below we’ve included a round-up of events happening Thanksgiving week in Myrtle Beach, along with a list of just some (because there are countless!) restaurants offering special Thanksgiving menus and buffets. There is no shame in skipping the kitchen this Thanksgiving—especially when so many fantastic…

As a longtime Myrtle Beach local, I’ve enjoyed the perks of not just growing up along our coast, but raising my children here as well. We’re lucky that most summers entail a sort of ‘staycation’ for us and a chance to experience this beautiful destination as a visitor. And over the years I’ve had the chance to make note of the things every member of our family seems to enjoy. Since the Myrtle Beach area is blessed with mostly mild weather and a lot of sunshine, our three children spend most of their free time outdoors and on-the-go, and a lot…

Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon Weekend Approaches

Friday, October 15, 2021 4:00 PM by Nora Battle

Runners flock from all over the country to participate in the Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon race weekend - and there's no surprise why! 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. (we might be a little biased!) The Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon event weekend kicks off with the Coastal 5k and Doggie Dash will take place Saturday, October 16, at…

It’s no secret October is my favorite month here along the Grand Strand. The high summer temps have started to drop—making long days outdoors with small children more enjoyable—and the month is packed full of fun fall activities, including many Halloween events! Costumed little ones and trick-or-treating make Halloween oh-so-fun, but it can sometimes be tricky for those with children who scare easily. We have celebrated many Halloweens here in Myrtle Beach and rounded up a list of our favorite 'fright-free’ events for kiddos who want to skip…

October is one of my favorite months of the year here in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. It must be some other people’s favorite as well, because the month is full of fun, outdoor festivals made even more enjoyable by the warm (but not hot) temperatures and decreased humidity. One festival I generally like to catch each fall is the Little River ShrimpFest. While the festival is celebrating their 16th year along the historic Little River waterfront, you hear about it somewhat less often than the huge Little River Blue Crab Festival. Unlike Blue…

While we celebrate coffee every single day at my house, it turns out that September 29 officially marks National Coffee Day! As a mom of three kids ages 5 and under, I consume my fair share of caffeine. Thankfully, the Myrtle Beach area is home to a number of great coffee shops throughout its 60 miles. In honor of National Coffee Day, I’ve put together a list of some of our favorite places to grab a morning (or afternoon) coffee: Croissants Bistro & Bakery Croissants has two locations along the Grand Strand (3751 Robert M Grissom Parkway,…

South Carolina’s Largest Garage Sale is Back

Friday, September 24, 2021 10:00 AM by Nora Battle

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is well known as a premier shopping destination. The area is home to two Tanger Outlets, indoor and outdoor shopping malls, a variety of specialty boutiques and nationally-known brands and stores. But come Saturday, September 25, 2021, the focus will be on bargain hunting at South Carolina’s Largest Garage Sale—a fun, annual event held at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center (2101 North Oak Street, Myrtle Beach). The sale lasts from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Exhibit Hall of the convention center and draws thousands…

This past week, temperatures cooled some, making it perfect weather for a long walk. While a stroll on the beach will always top our list of favorite vacation activities, there are so many other wonderful places along the Grand Strand to explore on foot. We have put together a list of some of our favorite outdoor walking trails below: The Market Common Just a few blocks from the beach, The Market Common is a wealth of recreation, including walking, biking and fitness trails, as well as playgrounds. A fitness trail with workout equipment is…

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…