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Jul16

Whether you are a first-timer to the area or are a seasoned beach pro you are sure to know at least a little bit about the Myrtle Beach area. But, how well versed are you with Myrtle Beach trivia? Check out a few of these little known facts and brush up on your Myrtle Beach knowledge:

 

Fast Facts

  • Myrtle Beach got its name from the wax myrtle trees common to the area. The general Myrtle Beach area is often referred to as the “Grand Strand”.
  • The “Grand Strand” is comprised of a 60-mile stretch that runs from Little River, SC down to Georgetown, SC.
  • Myrtle Beach hosts over 15 million visitors each calendar year with June – August being the busiest months for travel.
  • Myrtle Beach averages an impressive 215 sunny days per year, making it one of the most popular east coast beach destinations.
  • Myrtle Beach’s population jumps from around 30,000 in the “off-season” to over 350,000 during the summer months.
  • The Myrtle Beach area is home to over 1,500 restaurants that serve up everything from Calabash style seafood and low country cuisine to fresh sushi and ethic offerings.
  • Myrtle Beach got its name from the wax myrtle trees common to the area.

 

Fun Facts

  • Myrtle Beach’s very first hotel was Seaside Inn, built in 1901 for only $3,813 total for materials and labor. The cost of staying was just $2 / night and included three meals.
  • Oceanfront lots were only $25 in 1905. Now, oceanfront lots can run well over $1 Million in some areas. Let’s throwback to those prices for a bit, shall we?
  • Shag, the official state dance of South Carolina, originally hails from the Ocean Drive section of North Myrtle Beach. It’s rumored that the “shag” evolved from locals in the 1940’s attempting to do the “jitterbug” but had a little too much to drink and it turned into a slower version with a bit more flare.
  • Sports Illustrated Magazine comes from humble beginnings. This popular sports publication started at the Pine Lakes International Country Club in 1953.
  • Well known Myrtle Beach natives include Vanna White from Wheel of Fortune, Shane Carruth, an award winning director, and Christopher Jones from Forrest Gump.
  • Kings Highway was actually an Indian trail long before European settlers arrived in the area. After colonization, the trail remained a popular route to travel between northern and southern cities.

 

Do you have any interesting Myrtle Beach facts to add? Let us know!

Jul01

It wouldn’t be a proper Independence Day celebration without getting your fill of classic American fare and you can rest assured that there are plenty of places in Myrtle Beach to satisfy your palette. Whether you are craving a thick, juicy burger or a perfectly charred steak, you can find a wide array of American classics around the beach – you just have to know where to look! Enjoy our roundup of the top spots to indulge in decadent American fare this July 4th and treat yourself during your beach vacation:

Burgers

Guests looking for the best burger at the beach won’t have to look any further than River City Café. With an extensive menu full of creative concoctions and several Grand Strand locations, you really don’t have an excuse not to try this bustling burger joint. In the mood to try something new? Try the “nacho crunch burger” which is topped with homemade guacamole, fresh jalapenos, pepper jack cheese, crunchy Doritos, and a spicy chipotle mayo. Or, stick with the tried and true with the “house cheeseburger”, seasoned and grilled to perfection and then dressed to order. With more than 20 signature burgers and the option to create your own, you are sure to satisfy whatever craving you have. Call (843) 448-1990 for the Myrtle Beach location closest to our resorts.

Steak

Succulent sizzling steaks can be found at several places in Myrtle Beach but the best chops around are found at Angelo’s Steak & Pasta. This family owned and operated eatery proudly boasts serving over 100,000 steaks a year, meaning they must be doing something right. The chef trips and seasons every chop himself, ensuring quality and optimal flavor. Guests can enjoy juicy cuts like ribeyes or more tender cuts like filets, and everything in between. Chop sizes range from 6oz up to 14oz, making it easy to find the perfect portion and all steaks are served on a sizzling plate to ensure that your steak stays warm through the last bite. The attention to detail and consistency set this steakhouse apart from the rest! Call (843) 626-2800 for more information.

Hotdogs

Hotdogs are a true American treat. Whether you enjoy a plain dog lightly grilled or you want it loaded with toppings, Peaches Corner is the place to go to satisfy your craving. Located near the boardwalk in the bustling downtown area of Myrtle Beach, Peaches Corner has been an area staple for over 75 years and shows no sign of slowing down! Enjoy a classic foot-long for only $3.99 or opt for one of their more creative concoctions like “the bruiser” which is a beer battered foot-long wrapped in bacon, fried, and topped with chili, cheese, and onions. Grab a dog (… or two… or three…) and then enjoy the sights and sounds of the scenic boardwalk area. Call (843) 448-7424 for more information.

Barbecue

The top contender for the area’s best barbecue was tough. Though there are several of places that slow smoke their meat and slather it with succulent sauce, no one does it quite like Little Pigs BBQ. This true southern style smokehouse has stood the test of time and has become an area staple for visitors and locals alike. The meats here are fall-off-the-bone tender and the sauces have been carefully crafted and handed down for generations. The menu here is simple, as it should be. Enjoy classics like pulled pork or chicken as a plate or as a sandwich or indulge in a half or full rack of their famous ribs. Little Pigs also has a convenient to-go menu, making feeding a crowd a breeze. Call (843) 692-9774 for more information.

Ice Cream

Find every ice cream variation you could ever dream of at Broadway at the Beach. This popular outdoor venue for attractions and dining is also home to a wide selection of decadent ice cream shops. If luscious mix-ins are your favorite then head to Cold Stone Creamery. This classic shop boasts a wide array of signature flavors and mix-ins, making the flavor combinations almost endless! Watch as the skilled staff mixes your ice cream with the mix-ins by hand on their signature cold stone slabs. Other tempting ice cream shops include Ben & Jerry’s for those in the mood for something extra decadent and Froyos for those in the mood for a health conscious choice.

May09

The beach and BBQ go hand in hand. There’s nothing quite like enjoying the warm, summer weather while indulging on grilled meats that have been smothered and covered every which way in finger-licking, homemade BBQ sauce. Summer is simple, and so is great BBQ. No need to over complicate things; just kick back and relax and enjoy down home cooking. Luckily for you, Myrtle Beach offers plenty of BBQ joints, you just need to know where to look – and that’s where we come in. Enjoy our list of the top BBQ at the beach and pencil one (or two… or three…) of these local gems into your vacation itinerary:

 

Little Pigs BBQ

With two locations in the Myrtle Beach area, you really don’t have a reason not to try this local favorite. Don’t let the humble interior fool you – the food here is easily the best among any cuisine you’ll find in the area. Their BBQ plates include options like a half or whole rack of their fall-off-the-bone tender baby back ribs, grilled chicken, chopped pork or chicken, sandwiches, and combo plates in case you can’t decide on just one. BBQ wouldn’t be complete without home-style sides and Little Pigs comes through with flying colors. Choose between an array of favorites like mac ‘n cheese, potato salad, slaw, hush puppies, and even a deep fried corn on the cob. Call (843) 692-9774 for the location nearest you.

 

Simply Southern Smokehouse

New to the area, this quaint eatery is quickly becoming a favorite among locals and visitors alike. This restaurant features a shabby chic “barn” feel inside to complete the country style buffet, served fresh daily. Don’t let the idea of a buffet scare you away, the meats here are smoked in house and the sauces and sides are made in house as well. Enjoy grilled chicken, pulled pork, ribs, and even a few low country staples like chicken bog and peach cobbler, in addition to savory sides like sweet potato casserole and campfire baked beans. Open daily for lunch and dinner, this restaurant even features a drive through, making it easy to get BBQ to-go. Call (843) 839-1913 for more information.

 

Big Daddy’s Roadhouse Grill

If you are seeking the absolute best ribs in town then look no farther than Bid Daddy’s Roadhouse Grill. Their loyal following can attest to the fact that their house smoked ribs are quite literally fall off the bone tender and the melt in your mouth sauce is just the icing on the cake. If you are in the mood for something different, try the Southwestern BBQ Chicken which is smothered in the house BBQ sauce then topped with cheddar jack cheese, crispy bacon, and onion straws and then baked to perfection. Big Daddy’s is the perfect place to take a group who can’t decide as they offer plenty of other selections in addition to their famous BBQ. Call (843) 234-3287 for more information.

 

Dickey’s BBQ

Another new buck in town, Dickey’s BBQ Pit offers a slight change of pace. Though they are technically a chain, don’t let that scare you away. They have perfected the art of BBQ and offer fast, friendly service and a spacious, up kept dining room that is ideal for families and groups. Their menu offers several options that many BBQ places don’t, like beef brisket, BBQ honey ham, smoked turkey breast, and even Polish sausage, in addition to traditional favorites like grilled chicken, ribs, and pulled pork. The side items are just as diverse as the meat selection and include options like waffle fries, fried okra, baked potato casserole, fried onion rings, and even a Caesar salad. Dickey’s also offers a few “family pack” options, ideal for feeding hungry groups. Call (843) 839-0209 for more information.

 

Damon’s Grill

This award winning eatery is a favorite not only because of the succulent cuisine but also because of the breathtaking oceanfront views! The menu here offers plenty of options and is sure to cater to even the pickiest palette. The lunch menu offers a popular “meat and three” option, in addition to several sandwiches and salads while the dinner menu offers any BBQ creation you could imagine. Try the one of the famous rib combos, like the ribs and shrimp, or the southern pulled pork sandwich. “Secret’s in the sauce” – or so I’ve heard – and theirs does not disappoint! But don’t worry – the non-BBQ crowd will have plenty of other succulent options to dig in to as well. Call (843) 626-8000 for more information.

Apr22

Pack your finest sombrero and get ready for a fiesta! Cinco De Mayo is right around the corner and those who are lucky enough to be in Myrtle Beach for this festive holiday will not find themselves short on places to celebrate. There will be lively celebrations all throughout the Grand Strand, you just have to know where to look – and that’s where we come in. We have compiled a list of our favorite Cinco De Mayo spots, all of which are close to our pristine Myrtle Beach properties. Check them out:

 

Bandito’s Mexican Cantila – Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

This oceanfront favorite is located along the recently renovated boardwalk, just a hop and a skip from several of our properties. Bandito’s Cantina offers a creative menu with a distinct south of the border flare and a spacious oceanfront deck that you won’t be able to resist. For Cinco Do Mayo, Bandito’s is offering several delectable food specials, live music throughout the day, and deals on the area’s best margaritas. Call (843) 808-9800 for more information.

 

Nacho Hippo – Market Common

Located within the scenic Market Common venue, Nacho Hippo offers a fresh, hip twist on traditional Mexican fare. Come create your own concoction, like a heaping plate of nachos or a signature taco plate, and then sip on $3 margaritas and $2 bud lights all weekend. There will be live music and food / drinks specials all weekend long. Call (843) 839-9770 for more information.

 

BurroFest at Burro Loco

Fiesta Del Burro Loco is the Cinco De Mayo headquarters each year – and it’s not hard to see why! The fun kicks off Saturday morning with the annual Stache Dash 5K and continues throughout the weekend with festive food and drink specials. The party really starts on Monday, with live entertainment from local favorites like PaperWork and Bullfrog throughout the day in addition to plenty of food and drink specials. Call (843) 626-1756 for more information.

 

Broadway at The Beach

The Cinco De Mayo fun kicks off on Sunday, May 4th at Broadway with the annual Carlos ‘N Charlie’s Fiesta 5K. The run begins promptly at 8:30am and will take runners throughout the complex and towards a decadent Mexican themed breakfast buffet awaiting runners at the finish. Restaurants throughout Broadway at The Beach, including the popular Senor Frogs club, will feature food / drink specials and live music throughout the weekend. Call (843) 712-1952 for more information.

Apr11

Looking for the perfect place to spend your Easter getaway?  With deals on hotels, restaurants, and more, Myrtle Beach is guaranteed to top of your list. Check out the top Easter events happening in the Myrtle Beach area and make your Easter weekend at the beach one to remember!

 

Post-Game Easter Egg Hunt – April 19th

Come on out to TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark on April 19th to watch Coastal Carolina University’s baseball team take on Presbyterian at 12pm. After watching the CCU Chanticleers, kids 12 and under will be invited down to the field for an Easter egg hunt. Tickets must be purchased for the game in order to take part in the post-game Easter egg hunt. Tickets are priced at $3 for kids and $7 for adults and can be purchased online from the Chanticleer Athletics Ticket Office.

 

Broadway at the Beach’s Easter Eggstreme – April 19th

On April 19th, Broadway at the Beach will be hosting Easter Eggstreme from 12pm to 4pm. Packed with family-fun entertainment, visitors will get the chance to meet and greet with the Easter Bunny, play games, win prizes, and take advantage of many more exciting activities. Admission is free and all ages are welcome.

 

32nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt at McLean Park – April 19th

Returning to North Myrtle Beach this year on April 19, the McLean Park Easter egg hunt will be an event the whole family can enjoy. Starting at 10am sharp, egg seekers will be divided into age groups and sent searching. There will also be a variety of other activities and refreshments available during and after the egg hunt. All those attending should dress to impress as the Easter Bunny is set to make an appearance, taking photos, and hand out candy. The admission to this event is free and open to the public.

 

House of Blues Gospel Brunch – April 20th

On April 20th, the House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach will host a Gospel brunch. From 9am to 2pm local talent will perform traditional and contemporary Gospel songs, while guests enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet. Prices range from $29 for adults and $15 for children (7-12); children under 7 are free.

Feb28

St. Patrick’s Day is a huge deal in Myrtle Beach as the area goes green and celebrates anything and everything Irish. If you are going to be in the Myrtle Beach area for this festive holiday and are wondering where to celebrate – we have got you covered! All of the MyrtleBeach-Resorts.Com properties are conveniently located close to all of the Myrtle Beach action. Check out what Myrtle Beach has to offer and make your plans now to celebrate in style:

 

Myrtle Beach Boardwalk Festival

The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk St. Patrick’s Day Festival is one of the area’s biggest and most exciting events. The festival kicks off at noon and will feature live music throughout the day. Elise Testone formerly from American Idol is headlining this event along with several other local and regional artists. The event will also feature plenty of food vendors, a designated children’s area, and the area’s largest Irish beer garden. This lively event will wrap up around midnight.

 

Broadway at The Beach Events

Get a head start on those St. Patrick’s calories by running the Tilted Kilt 5K. This race begins at 8:30 am and will wind around Broadway at The Beach. Participants are encouraged to dress to impress in their best Irish gear. After the race, runners are invited to enjoy a full Irish breakfast spread. That afternoon and evening, several restaurants at Broadway will feature live music and Irish food and drink specials. This is a great place to hang out sans-children if you are alone for the weekend.

 

Market Common Irish Festival

Looking for an event that will offer a little more elbow room? Head to  Market Common for a fun, family friendly festival. There will be plenty of Irish entertainment, Irish food, and the area’s best selection of traditional Irish beers. The younger tikes in the group will love the kiddy play area which will offer inflatables, face painting, games, and more! This event starts at 11 am and wraps up around 7 pm. While you are there, check out the restaurants and shops within Market Common.

Feb21

The Myrtle Beach area has long been known as one of the top family friendly destinations along the East Coast – and for good reason! The Grand Strand offers sandy shores, scenic sunrises, and a slew of attractions that are sure to keep you busy during your visit. Want to know the best places to find tons of family fun in one convenient location? Check out our roundup of the top places to find family attractions in Myrtle Beach:

 

Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

This newly renovated section of the downtown area of Myrtle Beach is quickly becoming a family favorite. Home to the famous Myrtle Beach SkyWheel, the Boardwalk offers a casual atmosphere with a diverse array of family friendly attractions and restaurants. In addition, the Boardwalk hosts a variety of events throughout the year, all free to the public. Popular events include the Hot Summer Nights promotion that takes place throughout the summer as well as Holiday Events like the St. Patrick’s Day Festival, all of which offer games, rides, entertainers, face painting, and so much more – meaning the kids are sure to have a blast!

 

Broadway at The Beach

Located in the heart of Myrtle Beach, this area staple is hard to miss. Broadway encompasses a wide array of family friendly attractions that are suitable for guests of all ages. Soak up the sun at Myrtle Waves Water Park or catch an afternoon baseball game at the Pelican’s Stadium. Push the limits at the NASCAPR SpeedPark or explore new heights with a helicopter tour of Myrtle Beach. If you get stuck with a rare rainy day at the beach, fret not, as Broadway also offers a large number of indoor attractions, like MagiQuest, WonderWorks, and The Big D Theater.

 

Barefoot Landing

Barefoot Landing, located just a few minutes up the road in North Myrtle Beach, offers a scenic outdoor atmosphere and tons of family fun. Take a ride on the Barefoot Carousel or take a sunset cruise aboard the Barefoot Princess Riverboat. Catch the area’s best live entertainment at The House of Blues or cuddle up with friendly tiger cubs at the TIGER Preservation Station. After an afternoon of adventure, refuel at one of the spectacular Waterfront restaurants.

Feb14

When you are looking to get out and enjoy Myrtle Beach for the afternoon, head to the popular Boardwalk area of Downtown to take advantage of all of the exciting attractions and the oceanfront scenery. The best part about the downtown area is that it is close to all of the MyrtleBeach-Resorts.com properties, so you won’t have to travel far, and it offers a diverse array of dining options, making it easy to refuel after a long day. Check out some of the top restaurants along the Boardwalk and check out a few during your stay in Myrtle Beach:

 

Banditos Restaurant & Cantina

Try a taste south of the border at Banditos Restaurant & Cantina. This oceanfront eatery boasts an eclectic menu full of Mexican favorites and an expansive outdoor eating area that is ideal for enjoying the Atlantic vistas. Start with an order of their addictive Seafood Spinach Dip and then indulge in one of their popular burrito, quesadilla, taco, or fajita offerings. Their menu also includes several succulent “signature dishes” like the macadamia crusted trout, mojo chicken, and fire cracker pasta. From the creative cocktails and cuisine and the oceanfront views, Banditos everything you need to refuel after a busy day downtown. Call (843) 808-9800 for more information.

 

LandShark Bar & Grill

Located on the popular newly renovated Myrtle Beach boardwalk, this casual Jimmy Buffet inspired restaurant is quickly becoming a boardwalk staple. The walk-off-the-beach atmosphere, diverse menu, and friendly service make LandShark a family favorite. Tackle your hunger with an order of the Chips & Queso or with their popular Peel & Eat Shrimp to start with and then dive in to one of their handmade burgers or a jumbo hot dog. Lighter fare, like sandwiches and salads are also available. At night, LandShark shifts into night mode with live music and drink specials. Call (843) 788-0001 for more information.

 

Pier House Restaurant

Unwind after a long day of beach bumming or attraction hopping at Pier House Restaurant. This eatery is located at the Second Avenue Pier and offers two unique dining options. Dine indoors for a slightly more formal atmosphere and a decadent menu that highlights local seafood. The indoor menu consists of items like Bacon Wrapped Shrimp, Calabash Crab Cakes, Broiled Scallops, and a wide array of fresh fish and steak offerings. There is also an Open Air Bar that offers a more casual atmosphere and lighter fare, like sandwiches, appetizers, and seafood baskets. Both dining areas, however, provide spectacular views of the coastline. Call (843) 445-7437 for more information.

 

Dirty Don’s Oyster Bar & Grill

Oysters aren’t the only thing cooking at this popular Boardwalk restaurant! Dirty Don’t Oyster Bar & Grill offers a wide array of cuisine, perfect for pleasing even the pickiest palettes. Get the crowd started with ad order of the Shrimp Fritters, Blackened Oysters, or Crispy Fried Pickles. For the main event, choose from a wide array of succulent Seafood Baskets, Homemade Burgers, or plenty of unique Oyster preparations. Dirty Don’s also features an extensive drink list for the adults. Call (843) 213-1632 for more information.

 

Dagwoods Deli

Sometimes you crave a hearty sandwich and Dagwood’s Deli is just the place to satisfy that craving! Located just a few steps from the busy Boardwalk area, Dagwood’s serves up the beach’s best deli food. Try their signature Dagwood’s Dipper or the Hail Mary for something with a local flare or try a Philly Cheesesteak or Meatball sub for something traditional. Additional offerings include hearty salads, sandwiches, burgers, and baskets. Be sure to stop by on a Wednesday to take advantage of “Free Cookie Day”! Call (843) 448-0100 for more information.

Jan17

Enjoy a day away from the crowds of Myrtle Beach and head south for day of relaxing fun in Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island. Enjoy the laid back pace and take in the quaint shops and local restaurants. A trip to the south end is the perfect way to escape the hustle and bustle of Myrtle Beach while still enjoying all of the seaside perks.

 

Murrells Inlet’s Marsh Walk

Enjoy the famous Inlet views while enjoying some of the area’s best seafood. The Marsh Walk is connected by a boardwalk right along the water making it easy to go from one place to another without ever getting back into your car. Most of the restaurants offer outdoor seating so you can take in the spectacular views and seaside breeze. The Marsh Walk is a great place to get drinks at night and enjoy live music. Popular spots include: Wicked Tuna, Wahoo’s Fish House, and Captain Dave’s Dockside Restaurant, but these are just a few of what the Marsh Walk has to offer.

While you’re enjoying the Marsh Walk head to Crazy Sister Marina where you can rent a boat or Jet Ski and have some fun in the water. Visitors can also paddle around in a kayak or paddleboat – a great way to enjoy a little friendly competition with the family. For something different, try your hand at catching dinner aboard the Inlet Princess where they offer inshore and offshore fishing. You can also go on a pirate ship cruise or a dolphin tour and see these majestic creatures in their natural habitat.

 

Brookgreen Gardens

Enjoy 15 square miles of the beautifully landscaped gardens that any nature enthusiast would love. Located south of Murrells Inlet, these gardens are decorated with handcrafted sculptures. While you’re there, visit the Lowcounty Zoo and see local animals in their habitats or step inside the Butterfly Gardens and see these amazing insets land right on you as you walk through.

 

Hammock Shops in Pawleys Island

Visit the Hammock Shops in Pawleys Island for a great local shopping experience. The Hammock Shops have been in business for over 75 years and welcome local artisans with their handcrafted clothes, accessories, and gourmet food items. The venue is famous for handcrafted hammocks as well. Shop in this unique setting and enjoy a relaxing afternoon.

 

Heading south is the perfect way to spend the day away from the crowds and fast pace of Myrtle Beach. Make the most out of your relaxing vacation in Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island.

Jan10

Barefoot Landing is the perfect place to come spend a day or even a few hours. There is plenty to see and do, from shops and boutiques to restaurants and entertainment. Located on the south end of North Myrtle Beach, Barefoot Landing is just a short drive away. Spend some time here, and your whole family will be entertained.

Enjoy great restaurants, many along the Intracoastal Waterway, at Barefoot Landing for any palette or budget. Enjoy great Mexican-American at Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina or a delicious burger from River City Café. For a more upscale experience, go to Greg Norman’s Australian Grill for delicious steaks. Flying Fish Market and Joe’s Crab Shack offer fresh seafood. There is even a California Pizza. These are just some of the great restaurant’s Barefoot Landing has to offer. With such a variety, you’ll find the perfect place for your family to eat.

Food isn’t the only great thing about Barefoot Landing. They have plenty of things to do to keep you and your family entertained. Ride the Barefoot Carousel, or cruise on the Waterway in Barefoot Princess boat. Get up close with alligators at Alligator Adventure or see tiger cubs at TIGERS Preservation Station. See a show at Alabama Theater or House of Blues. The options are endless.

The shops at Barefoot Landing are plentiful. You’ll find many different shops sprinkled throughout from everything to well-known retailers such as Francesca’s Collection and Chico’s to boutiques like Roxbury and Dixie Outfitters. They even have specialty shops such as Tumbler Bay and Carolina Vineyards Winery. Shop great accessories at Bou’ Tiki or Southern Pearls. You’ll find everything you need.

Barefoot Landing is the perfect place to keep everyone in your family entertained whether its for a few hours or all day. Shop, eat, and be entertained at Barefoot Landing. This is one destination you don’t want to miss when playing your vacation