Tag - Beyond the Beach

Just a short drive west of the Intracoastal Waterway from Myrtle Beach is the master-planned community of Carolina Forest. This is a relatively new community that is booming with new construction, primarily residential, but you’ll also find some terrific restaurants, recreation centers, shopping and golf courses. Located between Myrtle Beach and Conway, you can easily access Carolina Forest off the 501 or from Robert Grissom where it turns into International Drive. Nearly half of this 25 square-mile area has been set aside for conservation, and…

The Myrtle Beach area, commonly called the Grand Strand by locals, is comprised of 60 miles of coastline and a number of quaint neighborhoods and communities that each offer something unique to the larger seaside destination. On the northern end of our coast is Little River, South Carolina, the oldest town along the greater Grand Strand. Little River is a picturesque fishing village about 20 miles north of busier Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and both residents and visitors seem to love its slower pace and peaceful setting. The town is…

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…

This past Valentine’s Day--instead of our usual fancy dinner out--my husband and I took a couple’s pottery class at the recently opened Lineta Pritchard Pottery Studio. The pottery studio is located downstairs at the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach (it’s a lot easier just to call it the Myrtle Beach Art Museum) and offers a combination of different classes for all levels of experience. We took the class with two other couples, and we were all beginners. It was such a fun change of pace from a normal date night,…

There is so much I have always loved about living in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Now that I have two young children of my own, I’ve had the chance to rediscover the area through their eyes. Some of the things I loved as a child, like Brookgreen Gardens and the state parks, are places they love as well. But there is so much more to explore today! Here is a round-up of ten favorites: Huntington Beach State Park and Myrtle Beach State Park I’ll start with one of my favorites (or two, rather). Huntington Beach State Park and Myrtle Beach State…

Beyond the Beach: Tour Hopsewee Plantation

Friday, February 15, 2019 10:00 AM by Nora Battle

Hopsewee Plantation-while just about 30 miles south of central Myrtle Beach-feels worlds away. This National Historic Landmark was built about 40 years before the American Revolutionary War, and is the birthplace of Thomas Lynch, Jr., one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. This private residence is open from January 30 through December 15 in 2018, Tuesday through Saturday, with tours on the hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This historically significant local landmark is by far one of my favorite places to take visiting friends and…