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Romantic things to do in Myrtle Beach

Romantic Things to do in Myrtle Beach

With Valentine’s day right around the corner, you are likely starting to think of what you and your sweet thing will do for the holiday. If you happen to find yourself in Myrtle Beach for Valentine’s Day, you will find yourself with an overwhelming amount of choices for things to do! As someone who has had the pleasure of spending four Valentine’s Day here, I have had some good experiences and some bad ones!

So, I am going to let you guys in on my favorite Romantic Places in Myrtle Beach!

Brookgreen Gardens:

Open on Valentine’s Day: Yes

Reservations: N/A

Price: $$

One of my favorite places in Myrtle Beach is Brookgreen Gardens! From long walks through sculpture gardens, to dining in the small café they have, I can never seem to get enough of this beautiful place. Also, make sure that your phone is charged because you will likely want to take a ton of pictures, seriously I never leave with less than 100 photos. I can’t help but think that this place might get a little crowded should the weather be nice, however, the gardens are so large, it will feel like you are alone. You can also have picnics here, you know if it is warm enough to sit outside.

The Library:

Open on Valentine’s Day: Yes

Reservations: Yes; Recommended

Price: $$

This is also one of my favorite places in the Grand Strand! Every time I walk in I feel like I am walking back in time. If you are looking for a fine dining experience, this would be the restaurant for you! All of the servers are amazing and know the menu in and out, they can even help you pair your meal with the right drink! I am not sure if the Library will have a set menu on Valentine’s Day, but I will let you know as soon as I find out.

SeaBlue Restaurant and Wine Bar:

Open on Valentine’s Day: Yes

Reservations: Yes; Recommended

Price: $$$

SeaBlue takes fine dining to a new level in the Grand Strand. From the atmosphere to the dining staff, SeaBlue is fine dining! I have never ordered something from here that I didn’t like, and the wait staff is great at helping you decided if you are stuck! The menu is a mix of American cuisines with some French elements. My favorite thing to order here is the 14 oz. Bone-In Filet. I have never been here on Valentine’s Day, but I could see it getting busy, so if you want to make this your Valentine’s Dinner spot, I highly recommend making a reservation.

Downtown Conway:

I think that a lot of people forget about little ole Downtown Conway, but it shouldn’t be overlooked if you are looking for a romantic evening. Complete with shops, restaurants, and entertainment, you are sure to find something to do for Valentine’s Day.

My first thought for a romantic night out was to go get a bite to eat from Rivertown Bistro or Bonfire Taqueria and then head over to the Theatre of the Republic to watch a play. However, TOR is closed on Valentine’s Day, so that plan has been nixed. TOR will be open, ‘Love Letters’ on Feb. 15, so if you wanted to do a belated Valentine’s date, you certainly could.

Rivertown Bistro:

Open on Valentine’s Day: Yes

Reservations: Yes; Recommended

Price: $$

Rivertown Bistro is a sort of hidden gem in Conway. With a seafood-heavy menu, this is definitely a good place to go if you enjoy fish. My favorite thing about Rivertown, is they offer a lot of things that you cannot get anywhere else in the Grand Strand, or at least that I know of. My go-to meal here is the Duck Confit melt with Bacon – seriously out of this world!

Bonfire Taqueria :

Open on Valentine’s Day: Yes

Reservations: Yes; Recommended

Price: $$

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Conway’s and I think the Grand Strands only Gastropub is Bonfire Taqueria. If you are wondering what a gastropub is, it is a pub that also serves high-quality food. Bonfire Taqueria definitely meets those requirements! If you are looking for a more laid back and relaxed Valentine’s Day meal, this place is for you. From tacos to plates, to fish, there is sure to be something for even the pickiest of eaters. They also have 10 beers on tap, some of which are from local areas.

Brentwood Restaurant and Wine Bistro:

Open on Valentine’s Day: Yes

Reservations: Yes; Required

Phone Number: 843-249-2601

Price: $$$

Brentwood Restaurant is always a good place for a date night, but the ambiance on Valentine’s Day is something else. Brentwood does have a set menu for Valentine’s Day and it will be the only menu available. The set menu comes with an appetizer from a choice of 4, entrees from a choice of 5, and dessert for two. I am so happy to see that my favorite Entrées is on the menu for Valentine’s Day and that is there, ‘Dry Age Angus Ribeye,’ – it comes wrapped in bacon, it is love on a plate! Brentwood is sure to be a popular place on Valentine’s day, so be sure to get your reservations in now!

Aspen Grille:

Open on Valentines: Yes

Reservations: Yes; Recommended

Price:  $$

Another Fine Dining option for you to choose from. Aspen Grille brings simple dishes like shrimp and grits to the next level! Their menu is seafood-heavy, however, they do have steak and chicken dishes. The wait staff is some of the best in the Grand Strand. I have only dined here once, so I cannot offer that much insight, I would definingly dine here again. I ordered the lamb rack, and it was probably the best lamb I have ever had!

Aspen Grille also offers the widest selection of vegetarian and vegan options on this list 🙂

Malibu of Surfside:

Open on Valentine’s Day: Yes

Reservations: Yes; Required

Price: $$

I saved the best for last! I know I already have a few favorites in this list, but this one tops them all. Malibu of Surfside is a small, Italian restaurant only a few blocks from the beach. The food is prepared the same way as it would be in Italy and has never disappointed. They usually have a set menu for Valentine’s Day, however, if need something subsisted, they are usually more than happy to help you out.  I could go on and on about this place, the atmosphere is that of a small Italian family-owned restaurant, the wait staff goes above and beyond, you cannot go wrong with Malibu of Surfside. But, you will need a reservation, don’t say you weren’t warned! I know I got mine in.


Five Things to do in Myrtle Beach during the Christmas Season

Visiting Myrtle Beach for the Holidays or living local looking for some holiday fun?

Carolina Bulletin is here to help you find the perfect holiday fun for your family, by sharing a few of our favorite Grand Strand holiday activities!

Myrtle Beach has tons of Holiday events during the month of December – fun for all ages! From Christmas at Broadway, Christmas at Pirates, Night of Thousand Candles, holiday musicals, and much more, there is surely something for everyone to enjoy.

Brookgreen Gardens Nights of Thousand Candles

Address: 1931 BROOKGREEN DRIVE, MURRELLS INLET, SC 29576

Times: Thursday-Sunday 3 p.m. – 10 p.m. until December 21st

Cost: Members – Adult $20 / Child $12

Non-Members – Adult $25 / Child $15

Every year, around the beginning of December, Brookgreen Gardens transforms into a magical light garden and presents the Brookgreen Gardens Nights of Thousand Candles. Complete with more than 2,500 hand-lit candles and hung string lights, the gardens create a whimsical experience, sure to awe everyone. 

Perfect for all ages, you will not want to miss this festival of lights! 

 

Theatre of the Republic  – Christmas Musical

Address: 335 Main Street Conway South Carolina 29526

Dates & Times:  Click here

Cost: $28

Nestled in the heart of Downtown Conway, the Local Theatre of the Republic offers a one of a kind Christmas Musical. This show brings “Buddy the Elf” and The Grinch together in a journey to save each other and Christmas.

A good twist on two-holiday classics, sure to get a laugh out of everyone. Even your stubborn uncle!

 

 

 

 

The Market Common Christmas

Address: 4017 Deville St, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Date and Times: All December long!

Cost: Varies

The Market Common transforms into a tiny little Christmas town every year during the month of December. Complete with carriage rides, Santa photo-ops, and a Christmas tree lighting – market commons has something to offer for everyone. Below are a few events taking place throughout The Market Common:

 

December 13, 2-6 pm – Professional photos with Santa @ Hannah Ruth Photography

December 14, 9-11 am, Breakfast with Santa @ Tupelo Honey

12-4 pm, Holiday Bazaar at The Market Common

12-2 pm, Taco with Santa @ Nacho Hippo

December 15, 3-6 pm, Free Holiday Carriage Rides

December 17, 6-8, Free Photo-Op with Santa for Kids and Pets

North Myrtle Beach Light Show

Address: 150 Citizens Circle Little River, South Carolina 29566

Date and Times: Light Show – open nightly starting on Nov. 25 – Dec. 30 

(Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas)

Santa’s Village – Open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday only from November 29 – December 15.

Opens Nightly December 19-30 (closed Christmas Day)

Always open 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. 

Cost: 1-15 guests / $15 per vehicle 

16-30 guests / $30 per vehicle 

31+ guests / $60 vehicle

The Great Christmas Light Show in North Myrtle Beach is the perfect activity for cool holiday nights. Pile everyone in the car and head over to the North Myrtle Beach Sports Complex and drive along  a 1.5-mile-long holiday light show.

Starting on Sunday, Nov. 29, Santa’s village will open at the Light show. Santa’s Village offers a petting zoo, Santa Express Train, hot cocoa, a holiday maze, and more! Santa’s village is not open every night until Dec. 19, 2019, below are the times for Santa’s Village.

 

Santa Crawl on Marsh Walk

Address: 4017 Deville St, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Date: Dec. 21, 2019

Time: 5 p.m.

Cost: Varies

Looking for a more adult event, the Marsh Walk Santa Crawl might be for you. Dress up as Santa and go to the Marsh Walk for an evening of bar hopping. This year, each restaurant on the boardwalk will be featuring a special Tito’s holiday drink.

Don’t want to dress up as Santa? That’s okay too! Dress up as anything that puts you in the holiday mood – an Elf, a reindeer, the Grinch, a snowman, you could even be a tree. For those who choose to dress up, you can enter into the, “most spirited outfits” contest.

 


7 Holiday Events in Raleigh You Don’t Want to Miss!

Are you looking for the best holiday events to take the family to in Raleigh? This time every year, families everywhere head out to find the best Christmas Light Shows and other holiday events to surprise their kids and get into the holiday spirit. Some go in search of the best hot cocoa or tastiest smores while others are on the lookout for the most outrageous light shows on display. 

Raleigh NC and the surrounding area offer some great options so the next time you’re in town over the holidays, be sure to check Carolina Bulletin to find out where to go.

Lake Myra Christmas Lights 

Address: 10 S. Cypress St, Wendell, NC

Start/Stop Dates: November 27th to Tuesday, December 31st, 2019

Times: Sunday-Thursday- 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

            Friday and Saturday- 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Santa: Santa will be there Saturdays 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Cost: Admission is free, but donations are accepted

Lake Myra Christmas Light Show

Lake Myra Christmas Lights is one of the most popular holiday destinations for locals and features almost a quarter of a million lights dancing in a synchronized show to holiday music. The entire town is “charged up” and the holiday spirit is everywhere. 

The Lake Myra Christmas Light Show started back in 2002 by Don Williams who wanted to do something unique and different for people to enjoy. He was among the first in the country to start using technology to manage his lightshow and each year put on a truly amazing display. Over the next couple of years more and more people got involved and soon their entire community was “lit”.  People were coming from over 150 miles away just to view this spectacular community. What started out as a fun little holiday light show began to attract thousands of people every year. 

In 2011, they realized the show was too much for their community so they partnered with the town of Wendell, NC to host what has now become a tradition for many Carolinians. 

Piper Lights

Address: 5725 Fixit Shop Road in Wake Forest, NC

Start/Stop Dates: November 29, 2019 through January 2, 2020

Times: Sunday-Thursday- 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

            Friday and Saturday- 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Cost: Admission is free, but donations are accepted

Santa: Santa will be in the candy shop daily from 6:30-9pm Sunday through Thursday and Friday and Saturday from 6:30-10 pm except Christmas Eve. PETS WELCOME!

Piper Lights is a local, family-run Christmas light display in Wake Forest, NC. It began with a tiny manger scene 30 years ago and now features 7 acres of lights designed to spread joy and the Christmas spirit to all. This is a drive-through light display with a free train ride through the lights, an old-fashioned candy store, and Santa.

You begin by driving through the lights then you’re free to park and ride the free Santa train. You can visit with Santa and enjoy a hot beverage at an old-fashioned candy store with old-fashioned candy, popcorn, hot chocolate, cider, T-Shirts, scarves and local holiday crafts. Please note that the candy-store is cash only.  

Pullen Park’s Holiday Express

Address: 520 Ashe Avenue Raleigh, NC

Start/Stop Dates: December 4-8/December 11-15

Times: 4pm-9pm on event nights

Cost: Admission is $12.25

Santa: Santa will be available via virtual queue

Pullen Park’s Holiday Express

Pullen Park’s Holiday Express is a Raleigh tradition. One both children and adults alike enjoy every year. Pullen Park is festively decorated with thousands of lights and transformed into a holiday wonderland where you can enjoy the holiday lights and displays, a train ride, sledding down a snow-covered hill, unlimited carousel rides, crafts and a visit with Santa.

Pullen Place Cafe will be open for food purchases including delicious hot chocolate, apple cider, and dinner options! You can also pre-purchase the Limited Edition Pullen Park Ornaments at the time of your ticket order. This year’s ornament is the Carousel Tiger! A portion of the proceeds go to benefit Crabtree Rotary Foundation and supporting Rotary charities.

40th Annual Cary Jaycees Christmas Parade 

Address: Starts at East Chatham Street and Ward Street and proceeds along Chatham Street, turning left on Academy Street and ending at Cary Arts Center.

Start/Stop Dates: December 14

Times: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Cost: Free

 40th Annual Cary Jaycees Christmas Parade

The 40th Annual Cary Jaycees Christmas Parade is another long-standing tradition for locals and offers families an opportunity to celebrate the holiday season with local organizations, community leaders, and the Cary Jaycees!

The parade will feature over 60 floats, bands, and performers and will be led this year by long-time local resident and volunteer, Kay Struffolino. Afterwards, head to the Hilton Garden for the Cary Annual Christmas Party.

Durham Holiday Parade and Fun Fest

Address: Downtown Main Street and Fun Fest held on Blackwell Street between Morehead Avenue and West Lakewood Avenue

Start/Stop Dates: December 14

Times: 10 a.m-4 p.m.

Cost: Free

Santa: Santa will be at the Fun Fest

Durham Holiday Parade and Fun Fest

This years Durham Holiday Parade and Fun Fest will feature floats, mascots, hometown bands, drill teams, schools and community groups, and, of course, Santa. The Parade Marshal is Shelly A. Green, the immediate past president and CEO of Discovery Durham. The Fun Fest is immediately following the parade and features independent Durham retailers and craft producers and their products. 

Fun Fest activities include:

  • Peppermint Plunge – Snow sledding for children and adults (sleds will be provided, please do not bring a sled) + two snow play areas
  • North Pole – Santa Claus Meet & Greet
  • Frosty Family Fun
  • Community Care Corner – Decorate holiday cards for homebound individuals in our community
  • Vendors – Local businesses will be giving out information as well as selling arts & crafts, etc.

Upcycled Holiday Market & 2nd Friday ArtWalk

Address:​ 306 W Franklin St, Ste G​Chapel Hill, NC

Start/Stop Dates: December 13

Times: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Cost: Free

Upcycled Holiday Market & 2nd Friday ArtWalk

Need to get some shopping done? Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill offers plenty of unique shopping experiences, but one in particular really shines. The Upcycled Holiday Market features local artisans selling sustainable art and unique gifts, special holiday drinks + food, sustainable holiday displays, a raffle and spin wheel for a cause, and more festive fun.  

Blue Dogwood is the first public market in North Carolina to focus on locally-produced products.  The indoor year-round market features small, local food businesses who might otherwise find it cost prohibitive to open a retail space.  Blue Dogwood maximizes the number of food vendors to spread out costs, increase foot traffic, bring a more diverse community to our customers, and create a more viable business opportunity for small businesses.

Bonus: The holiday market is during Chapel Hill’s 2nd Friday ArtWalk. Take this opportunity to view some of the areas most amazing artists and pick up a one-of-a-kind gift for someone special. 

Theatre In the Park: A Christmas Carol

Address: 2 E South St, Raleigh, NC

Start/Stop Dates: Wed 12/11 at 7pm, Saturday 12/14 at 7pm and Sunday 12/15 at 2pm. Thurs 12/12 at 7pm, Friday 12/13 at 7pm, and Saturday 12/14 at 2pm

Times: 7 p.m..

Cost: $37.15-$86.15 each based on seating

Santa: No, but a few ghosts…

Theatre In the Park: A Christmas Carol

A Christmas classic, A Christmas Carol was written by Charles Dickens in 1843 and illustrated by John Leech. The story, as if you didn’t know, recounts the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, an elderly miser who is visited by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. After their visits, Scrooge is transformed into a kinder, gentler man.

According to Ticketmaster, this version of A Christmas Carol is a musical comedy adaptation of the Dickens classic. The show has been performed annually since 1974 and has been named one of the “Top 20 Events in the Southeast.” Cited as “one of the most successful shows in North Carolina theatre history”.


8 Ways to Stay Active This Spring and Summer in Coastal SC

 

By now, just about everyone is ready to get out of the winter rut. The weather is warming up and it’s about time we started working on those beach bodies. If you’re like me, the problem isn’t just figuring out how to start getting more active again, but how to stay interested in being active throughout the warmer seasons.

Have fun while staying active! South Carolina offers some really cool experiences that you may have missed in the past, but this year, you don’t have to worry about missing out. Whether you’re looking for intense exercise or just some light morning or evening activity to get you started, hopefully you’ll find what you’re looking for!

 

There’s something for everyone!

For the light activity seekers…

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1. Sculptured Oak Trail & Yaupon Trail

I lumped these two together because they are both located in Myrtle Beach State Park. Sculptured Oak Trail is .5 miles long, and Yaupon Trail is .4 miles. However, if you want to make your walk a little longer, you can do both! There is a parking area that you can walk across to get to each trail from the other. Both lead to the beach, so you can relax with a beautiful view after your walk (or run)! **Admission to Myrtle Beach State Park is $5 for adults, $3 for kids ages 6-15, free for kids under 5.**

For the family…

2. McLean Park

Dogs need exercise, too! Besides, let’s face it…when your dog knows you’re going for a run without them, it’s the ultimate betrayal. McLean Park is kid AND dog friendly, offering 2 playgrounds and a .5 mile paved walking path with a fitness trail and tennis courts so you can still get a workout in! It’s fun for the whole family! You can even make a day out of it and bring a picnic and sit in the gazebo.

For those who want a variety…

3. Hunting Island State Park

Hunting Island State Park is home to 10 different trails! Odds are, even if you’ve been there before, you haven’t hiked/biked all of them. Ranging from .2 miles to 2.3 miles, you can get as much out of it as you want to! The trails are closed during the winter months, but once they are open, you can enjoy the forests and marshes that coastal South Carolina has to offer. You can also visit the lighthouse, marsh, or docks to get a fantastic sunset view. **Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for kids 6-15, and free for kids under 5. Lighthouse admission is $2 per person.**

For the water enthusiasts…

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4. Kayak, Paddleboard, and Crabbing Rentals

When you’re near the salt marsh creeks in Pawley’s Island or Litchfield Beach, how are you not tempted to go kayaking?! Kayaking has to be one of my favorite spring/summer pastimes… and Pawley’s Kayaks offers a one stop shop for your water sport materials. They have rentals available for crabbing, canoeing, kayaking, surfing, and paddleboarding…even cornhole to complete your day on the beach! Check out their website for more info on the prices and rental packages. http://www.pawleyskayaks.com/

For the bikers…

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5. Bike the Neck

The Waccamaw Neck Bikeway spans 12 (paved) miles total and runs parallel to US 17, starting at Murrell’s Inlet and ending in Pawley’s Island. The ride takes you through a slew of pines, oaks, and wetlands. Looking for a shorter ride? There is a spot around the 3 mile mark where you can loop around and complete a 6 mile total ride around the western border of the park.

For the long distance runners…

Course Map from: bridgerun.com

 

6. Cooper River Bridge Race

The Cooper River Bridge Race is an annual 10k that is open to anyone! Whether you want to run, jog, walk, or if you’re in a wheelchair, they have opportunities for you to participate.  This year’s

race is held on April 7th of 2018, starts at 8 a.m. and spans from Mt. Pleasant to downtown Charleston.  To participate costs as low as $35 is you get the tickets early, but can go as high as $55 when the date gets closer, so it’s definitely better to get the tickets sooner rather than later. You can still register today by clicking the link!

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For those looking for a cause to make your workout worth it…

7. Run for the Children 5k

Run for the Children is held in Murrell’s Inlet on April 14th, 2018 and starts at 8:30 a.m.  at the Garden City Chapel.  It is open to all age groups and abilities, hosting 10 different age groups from under 10 years old to 80 years and older!  If you’re the type of person who needs a reason to work out, this is the work out you’re looking for.  The Run for the Children 5k benefits the Children’s Home Ministry and the funds raised contribute to hosting children’s homes at the GCC retreat and treating the children to local activities. Registration is anywhere from $20-$30 depending on when you decide to sign up.  Register today by clicking the link!  https://localraces.com/events/murrells-inlet-sc/run-for-the-children-5k

Finally, For those looking to de-stress and strengthen…

8. Folly Beach Yoga

Are you the type of person who likes (or needs) to strengthen and relax at the same time? If you love the beach, you’ll love beach yoga.  Folly Beach Island Yoga offers classes, group,and private yoga sessions all in the refreshing company of the morning sun and the soothing waves.  Passes are $12 for an hour long session.  Some friendly suggestions..be sure to remember sunscreen and LOTS of water.  It gets pretty hot out there! If you are a yoga enthusiast and haven’t tried beach yoga, I would highly recommend it.  Get passes and check out their available schedules here:  http://follybeachislandyoga.com/class-schedule/follly-beach-yoga-class-weekends-things-to-do/beach-yoga