Enjoy Paradise: North Myrtle Beach & Myrtle Beach Blog
BIRDIE YOUR NEXT MYRTLE BEACH VACATION
Myrtle Beach is one of the top vacation destinations in world. Vacationers come from all over to enjoy the blue water and sandy beaches. But on the other side of that beautiful sea of blue is a sea of green. Yes, my friends, it’s golf season. Myrtle Beach, often touted as the Golf Capital of the World, boasts over 150 golf courses, many of which were created by some of the most respected designers in the industry.
Courses are located throughout the area and also right in town amongst the restaurants and stores, and many enjoy stunning lake, waterway, and marsh views. If convenience is important to you, be sure to and see which courses are located near your vacation rental. You’ll be amazed that more often than not there are multiple options minutes away. This will come in handy for those times when you have early dinner plans but want to squeeze in 9 or 18 holes.
There is an incredible variety of courses no matter your taste or skill level. From the scrubby desert-like Dye Course and award-winning waterfront Grande Dunes to the one-of-a-kind International World Tour and classic favorites, there is truly something to excite every golfer. It is a great idea to decide on what type of golf courses interest you most and plan your outings accordingly. Whether be the most unique courses, most acclaimed, most budget-friendly, or most centrally located, discussing this with your group before your vacation may save lots of headaches.
Another way to make the most out of your Myrtle Beach golf experience is to take advantage of the package deals and booking apps currently available. There are one-time purchase membership passes such as the Myrtle Beach Golf Passport and Friends of the Glens that give you discounts to a group of golf courses. Additionally, new mobile apps make finding discounts and booking tee times easier than ever before. While on the road or in the plane, download a few and see what offers are running during your stay.
Whatever your choice or however long your vacation in Myrtle Beach, reading the landscape and doing some research before your trip can help you drive the green and save time and money.
WHY THERE IS ONLY ONE MYRTLE BEACH
I have lived and vacationed in Myrtle Beach all my life. I’ve traveled quite a bit, and there is something about Myrtle Beach that makes you come back again and again. Indeed, there is no other town in the U.S. named Myrtle Beach, and fittingly so, because Myrtle Beach is definitely unlike any other.
Golf. Beach. Beauty. Food. Shopping. Entertainment. What more can you ask for? Myrtle Beach is the town where you can play golf every day and putt putt every night and get a good couple months in before having to repeat any one. There are probably more restaurants than full time residents. And, wow, all the shows. From the Jersey Boys to Ron White to Myrtle Beach sure does bring a great mix.
The activities here are endless. Because of the waterway and ocean in such close proximity to each other (within just 1 mile!), travelers have the opportunity to enjoy everything from fresh water fishing to parasailing. Want to sail into the sunset? Rent a pontoon boat, charter a deep sea fishing boat, take a dolphin tour, or try your luck on the gambling boat. There is truly something for everyone. Adrenaline junkies will rejoice at the sight of jet ski rentals zipping up and down the Intracoastal and the hydro ‘fly-boarders’ hovering 10 feet over the water. Meanwhile, fishermen will be in heaven with the multiple piers, inlets, and shore fishing options available.
Landlubbers can enjoy world class golfing, concerts and shows, fantastic shopping, water parks, and more. Looking for some excitement all in one place? The iconic Myrtle Beach Boardwalk offers zip-lining, the famous SkyWheel, and the ‘slingshot’ ride for those feeling adventurous. With dozens of restaurants, bars, and boutique shops buzzing, it is great fun year round.
Myrtle Beach is home to some, a well loved second home for many, and somehow has a place in just about everyone’s heart. Indeed, it’s no wonder there is only one Myrtle Beach.
THE NEW MYRTLE BEACH - ENDLESS ENTERTAINMENT
Myrtle Beach is quite the hot spot these days, and the town’s enjoying an entirely new wave of exciting attractions and entertainment options. While the days of Jimmy Buffett showing up at Margaritville were certainly memorable, the town has taken its entertainment to the next level. Locals and tourists alike are welcoming the town’s music revival with open arms.
While the well-established House of Blues continues to bring great artists to the area, there are a now a number of concert series throughout town to enjoy. Beginning over the last few summers, these series are gaining great traction, much to the town’s excitement and are adding a new layer to the music scene. Music on Main is held every Thursday evening on Main Street where the road is closed off and transformed into a concert venue. Sponsored by the parks and recreation department, vendors and restaurants offer their goods, with the beautiful Atlantic in the backdrop and great local artists.
Perhaps the most famous addition to the music scene is the Carolina Music Festival, which attracted some of the most famous names in country to the shores of Myrtle Beach, including Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, and Florida Georgia Line. Sold out well in advance, the concert attracted over 80,000 during the three-day event held down at the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk.
Many of the restaurants in town naturally have live music nightly and on weekends, and schedules for live music in the area can be found online. La Belle Amie vineyard, Myrtle’s local winery, hosts Saturday concerts and bonfires year-round as well. There they have wine tastings and a variety of live music ranging from Blues & Jazz to Country. Finally, special events such as Monday after the Masters with Hootie and the Blowfish bring together music and charity and are often the locals’ favorite events.
With the exciting growth Myrtle Beach is experiencing, it is no surprise the music scene is evolving in step. We will cherish our Jimmy Buffett, enjoy our Hootie, and keep an eye on the horizon for what’s next to come.
SWEET BEACH TIPS FOR THE PERFECT GIRLS GETAWAY
Everyone looks forward to that sweet escape to the shores of Myrtle Beach, and when hardworking women need a break, a girl’s getaway weekend is certainly in order. Here is a great weekend itinerary sure to leave you rejuvenated, relaxed, reconnected.
After you arrive and get settled, anyone up for a pre-dinner drink or appetizer can check out the Boom Boom Wine Room, a wine sampling and tapas bar that is an experience itself. It is almost like a Chuck-E-Cheese for adults, with wine instead of children’s games, a great substitution in our opinion. Upon arrival you purchase a wine card with a certain amount of credit on it. You then use this card to select wine samples, half glasses, and full glasses at your convenience.
With the vino finito, round up the girls, remember to put on your dancing shoes, and head to Midtown Bistro for some of the best Italian in town. With fresh caught specials (the owner goes spearfishing!), it is a casual upscale restaurant with live piano player, local artwork, and delicious appetizers and entrees.
Continue the evening on nearby Main Street, which has a cluster of beach clubs and bars, many with live music and always with a good crowd.
In the morning, hit the beach for some sun and sand or schedule a massage at the indulgent Cinzia Spa. Once thoroughly relaxed and revived, head to Tanger Outlets on Highway 17 for some of the best shopping in town. They have a great selection of stores and is conveniently located right in the heart of town.
With the retail therapy complete, salsa down the street to Nacho Hippo Cantina Maximo for lunch. With a funky vibe, festive atmosphere, and the best nachos in town, it’s a great place to kick back. Throw in bartender Beach Kenny serving up their signature “hip” margarita and “Big Apple” Mojito cocktails, and it will surely be a fun afternoon.
For the evening, dinner outside overlooking the marsh inlet at Joe’s Bar & Grill is a must. With one of the best menus in town, and ringside seats for sunset over the inlet, the restaurant is a treat for all the senses.
Catch some last rays of sun, check out, and enjoy a quick farewell breakfast at Eggs Up Grille or famous California Dreaming salad before heading home.
OUTSIDE IS IN PART 1. Top Casual Outdoor Dining Picks for Your Next Myrtle Beach Vacation
NACHO HIPPO MEXICAN CANTINA
Right off Highway 17 near Barefoot Landing, this centrally located hotspot offers a festive vibe and island style atmosphere. With the best nachos in town and house specialty signature cocktails, Nacho Hippo is a great choice for both lunch and dinner. With a funky twist on a classic cuisine, you can enjoy eclectic dishes sure to delight the senses. And if that’s not enough, the bartender “Beach Kenny” will surely keep a smile on your face. Visit Nacho Hippo and you’ll be saying gracias before you know it!
SECOND AVENUE PIER
Located in the center of the famous Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, this conveniently located restaurant is new and here to impress. The south-beach style seating is perfect for lounging or enjoying light fare with friends. With house specials such as fried green tomatoes and ice-cold cocktails, you’ll love floating over the beach and watching the waves roll in.
RIVER CITY CAFE
With one location on the waterway in Barefoot Landing and one poolside and oceanfront at Sands Ocean Club in Myrtle Beach, you’ll have your choice of watching the boats go by or the waves roll in.
Craving crab legs? This new hotspot has fast become a local’s favorite and offers a great variety of casual fare including delicious crab legs, seafood, wings, sandwiches, and sushi. With indoor and outdoor seating, Boardwalk Billy’s has a laid-back, welcoming vibe. Add in a great bar, friendly staff, and a happening happy hour, Boardwalk Billy’s delivers on all fronts. Even better, it is nestled down on the waterway right on the marina in North Myrtle Beach, with guests enjoying beautiful sunsets and views of the marina.
OUTSIDE IS IN: PART 2. This Season’s Hottest Dinner Restaurants for Alfresco Dining
Dinner date, family reunion? This first-class restaurant is among the best restaurants in town with an atmosphere that can’t be beat. Arrive early enjoy a glass of their famous cabernet-merlot blend at the sleek and chic inside bar before making your way outside for dinner on the waterfront. Every table features a great view the sun setting over the marina. With tiki torches and live music in the background, you will be thanking yourself time and time again for making this hotspot your dinner choice.
JOE'S BAR & GRILL
A must for every Myrtle Beach vacation. Located in the heart of town, right on the ocean inlet, Joe’s offers diners the opportunity to enjoy their meal inside or alfresco on the outdoor deck. Nicknamed “Raccoon Cove” for the resident raccoons playing about, you can enjoy the wood fireplace in winter or cool breeze in summer. With food that can’t be beat, uh-hem crab cakes and steak au poivre, your biggest worry will be deciding which is better, the food or the atmosphere.
This trendy see-and-be-seen spot has a new rooftop deck and lounge. Channeling a metropolitan vibe, Soho offers excellent sushi and hibachi entrees. A great spot for a late dinner, the restaurant morphs into a lounge as the night goes on. The rooftop lounge is perfect for those wishing to dine alfresco, especially since Soho is located right in town.
SHAG: THE SOUTHERN SWING DANCE
Venture out to Main Street on a Saturday Night and you will certainly find a happy crowd dancing the night away. The dance though, is not two-step or swing, but instead it is the state dance of South Carolina, the Shag. Born from the roots of the jitterbug and lindy-hop, the shag originated along the southeastern coast.
Danced to oldies, the style of music is commonly referred to as “beach music”. It gained this name because in the civil rights era, the music of “colored” singing groups was banned on the radio. The only place it could be heard was at the beach clubs along the coast, and thus the name “beach music” was born.
While the dance gained traction and thrived in the 80’s, it has experienced a changing of the guard as of late, with a new wave of young talent and fresh blood flooding the dance scene. The energy and skill level is unmatched; indeed, they spin, hop, and drop to lightning fast records and silky smooth soul tunes with grace and ease. The National Shag Dance Championship is held annually in North Myrtle Beach, while numerous smaller contest and weekend events fill the calendar year-round.
So, on your next Myrtle Beach vacation, grab your dancing shoes, head to Main Street and immerse yourself in the swing dance of the south, the shag. |