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.

Last weekend we caught a wonderful ‘Pops in the Park’ performance by the Long Bay Symphony at Marina Park at Grande Dunes. Beyond the perfect weather and setting (Marina Park is situated along the waterway), the music was phenomenal. The Long Bay Symphony is the Myrtle Beach area’s professional orchestra and while they usually perform at the Myrtle Beach High School Music and Arts Center, they can be heard at other special events and locations throughout the year. I’ve talked to many visitors and new residents to the area who are often…

I’ve participated in two cooking classes at Horry-Georgetown Technical College’s beautiful International Culinary Institute over the past couple months and had so much fun learning new dishes-or new takes on old dishes to try at home. The fairly new International Culinary Institute (ICI) is striking in appearance but somewhat tucked away near The Market Common in Myrtle Beach, and I’m going to go ahead and call it a hidden gem for visitors to the Myrtle Beach area. Their continuing education culinary courses are open to the public, usually take…

One of the newest events we’ve heard about over the past couple months is the upcoming Myrtle Beach 1000 Lights Water Lantern Festival. While we’ve never attended a water lantern festival, we make it a point to go to Brookgreen Gardens Night of a Thousand Candles every year and know how magical thousands of lights are at night. This unique event will begin at 5:30 p.m. on April 13 at 1011 Crabtree Lane in The Market Common . The event is ticketed and each ticket holder will be given one lantern to release into the pond next to Grand Park. The…

The Masters Golf Tournament will be taking over the scenic Murrells Inlet MarshWalk again this year, with the opportunity to putt your way through the MarshWalk Masters on April 13, 2019. Attendees are encouraged to ‘dress to impress’ in their best golfing attire, and prizes will be awarded to both winners of the golf tournament and the best-dressed attendee. Pre-registration is now open for the event, and the first 100 participants who pre-register are guaranteed an event shirt (limited sizes available) for pickup at registration. Each round…

Spring has sprung here in the Myrtle Beach area, and one of the things we’re most looking forward to this month is our visit with the Easter Bunny and the many Easter egg hunts I’m sure we’ll attend. There are TONS of opportunities to both visit with the Easter Bunny and hunt for eggs over the next few weeks. Here are just 10 events we think are worth checking out: Visit the Easter Bunny at Coastal Grand Mall Saturday, March 30 through Saturday, April 20 Bunny Hours are Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. 2000…

The 2nd Annual Myrtle Beach Jeep Jam, a three-day festival featuring an obstacle course, car show, live music, raffles, and over 75 vendors and food trucks, heads to the Myrtle Beach area this weekend. Last year’s inaugural Jeep Jam drew over 600 jeeps and event organizers are anticipating that this year’s event will be even larger! Just a block from the ocean near downtown Myrtle Beach, one of the biggest draws of the festival is the off-road obstacle course that takes multiple days to construct. Here, Jeep owners are able to take their Jeeps…

Earlier this month, Lucy Buffett’s LuLu’s at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach opened its Beach Arcade and Mountain of Youth ropes course… taking their already family-fun atmosphere to a whole new level (literally)! The Mountain of Youth features a bright color scheme that fits with the fun exterior of Lucy Buffett’s adjacent restaurant. So after a climb on the tropical, 48-foot-tall ropes course, participants can head next door for some of the restaurant’s incredible Gulf seafood. While I haven’t been able to do the ropes course yet…

When we heard Broadway Grand Prix opened their doors a little early this year, we were so excited! As the mom of two boys who love anything with wheels, it’s one of our favorite spots. Centrally located in Myrtle Beach just across from Broadway at the Beach , Broadway Grand Prix is the perfect spot to spend a sunny spring afternoon. This awesome racing attraction is home to seven Go-Kart tracks, a rock wall, an 18-hole mini golf course, the Sky Coaster, the Grand Prix arcade and a large snack bar. My four-year-old and I spent a LOT of time on…

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Myrtle Beach!

Thursday, March 14, 2019 11:00 AM by Nora Battle

St. Patrick’s Day in Myrtle Beach: Where to Celebrate in 2019 If you’re lucky enough to be spending St. Patrick’s Day weekend in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, here’s a list of some of our favorite places to celebrate the lucky holiday: North Myrtle Beach St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade The 31st Annual North Myrtle Beach St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade is bound to be a huge event. It always is! The annual, one-day event features a large parade beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 16, followed by the festival lasting from 11 a.m. to…

No one does ‘family friendly’ quite like the Town of Surfside Beach , which is why we always look forward to any of the events they host throughout the year. Surfside Beach features two miles of pristine oceanfront and has 36 access points to its popular beach. It has an awesome public library that regularly hosts kid-related activities, great playground areas, and a larger park that is home to a seasonal farmers market with live music. This coming Friday and Saturday, March 8 and 9, 2019, the Town of Surfside Beach will be holding its 10th…