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.

For those who haven’t heard: Cocktail Artist, a line of premium mixes and bar ingredients, is in search of America’s Best Home Bartender in a Cocktail Mix-Off competition taking place in sunny Myrtle Beach this fall. We couldn’t think of a more fitting partnership--especially considering how much better a cocktail tastes when looking at the ocean--and we’re excited to see which finalist is picked for the month of August! While we wait, we thought we’d make a list of some of our favorite spots to enjoy a waterfront cocktail. There is certainly…

Top Myrtle Beach Area Playgrounds

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 11:00 AM by Nora Battle

When traveling with children, parents quickly learn the value of a good playground. And thankfully we have tons to choose from in the Myrtle Beach area. From oceanfront playgrounds to shaded hidden gems to multi-acre park experiences, here is a list of some of our favorite area playgrounds: Savannah’s Playground 3600-3640 Emmens Ave, Myrtle Beach, SC This multi-acre playground is an enabling playground featuring all ADA-approved playground equipment and structures designed to provide children of all abilities the opportunity for social…

Earlier this week, we had the chance to check out the new location of Edventure Myrtle Beach, previously known as The South Carolina Children’s Museum, at The Market Common. It was awesome! The new space is 3,500 square feet of space and flight themed exhibits, and offers educational programming, field trips, birthday parties and more. Children learn through hands-on exhibits incorporating science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts with a definite focus on aviation. There is an interactive spaceship exhibit children can climb…

Summer Fun at The Market Common

Thursday, July 25, 2019 9:00 AM by Nora Battle

Last week, I took my eldest son (age 4) on a ‘date night’ for a special treat from one of his favorite spots, Peace Love and Little Donuts, located at The Market Common. After we enjoyed our donuts, we took a complimentary carriage ride around the tree-lined streets of The Market Common. He had a blast! Throughout the summer months, The Market Common provides these complimentary carriage rides on Tuesday nights from 6 to 9 p.m. Pick-up and drop-off is in front of Dolce Lusso Salon and Spa (3050 Howard Avenue) and rides last around six to seven…

I recently had a bad accident that left me handicapped for a few months. While it’s not the best time of year to be in a boot in sunny South Carolina, I’ve made the best of it in a lot of ways. For starters, it has given me the opportunity to get reacquainted with the handicapped-friendliness of our beach destination! For example, I had no idea that with a handicapped license tag, you may park for free in any public-operated parking meter. This includes much of the beach access parking you’ll find along the Grand Strand. For those of you who…

The Myrtle Beach area is home to a number of outstanding live entertainment theatres. From dinner shows with medieval knights or pirate ships to yearly Christmas specials and tribute artists, there is something for everyone visiting our shores. One of our longtime favorites is the much beloved Alabama Theatre, located at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Opened by country superstar group Alabama in 1993, The Alabama Theatre produces two large scale musical variety shows annually. From February through October, visitors…

Every night from June 1 through September 1, 2019, visitors to popular Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, will find a variety of family fun and live entertainment. The Great American Summer Nights entertainment series will host fire dancers, stilt walkers, character appearances, musical performances, fireworks shows and more throughout the summer season. We recently did a video tour around Broadway, and every time I’m there I’m reminded of why it is so beloved by our visitors. There are restaurants, attractions, and shops…

The small town of Aynor, South Carolina, lies about 30 miles inland from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and is celebrated locally for its friendly sense of community and its large annual Harvest Hoe-Down Festival. Aynor was incorporated as a town in 1913 and served as a hub for the production of turpentine, tobacco, and cotton in its heyday. The “Little Golden Town” still feels largely agricultural, hosting events like the Golden Town Market (with everything from fresh produce to homemade goods) from June 1 to August 31 on Main Street. If you’re…

One of my favorite day trips to recommend to Myrtle Beach area visitors is a drive in to Conway, South Carolina. Conway is a historic river town located just about 15 miles inland from downtown Myrtle Beach. Conway is the county seat for Horry County (the county that encompasses the majority of the Grand Strand) and is ripe with history and culture. Founded in 1732, many of the homes in downtown Conway are well over 100 years old. In addition to the architecture, the town’s other oldest residents are its beautiful live oak trees which decorate…

Long before Myrtle Beach was valued as a vacation destination for visitors, the towns slightly inland from the coast were the centers of activity in Horry County, South Carolina. The historic town of Loris began as a railroad town serving the lumber industry in the late 1880s, and is located just a short drive inland from the coast on the northern end of the Grand Strand. Not far from the North Carolina border, Loris offers a quintessential Southern experience for those enjoying small-town life and charm. And with a small Southern town comes…