If you follow Carolina Bulletin on social media, chances are you’ve seen some spectacular shots showcasing the natural beauty of the Carolinas in your feed. And no, these are not stock images: They all form part of the portfolio of our illustrious photography intern, Brooke Ruhoff.
But who is the talented lady behind the lens? What stokes the fire of her creativity? Read on and allow us to introduce you.
How it started:
For Ms. Ruhoff, her love for the art of picture taking began at an early age. “I first became interested in photography when I did a photography summer camp in middle school.”, the auteur explains. “I found it was something I really enjoyed, and I continued gaining experience in high school taking photos for yearbook.”
As can be expected, one of Ms. Ruhoff’s favorite forms of the art is that of nature photography. She enjoys macro photography in particular, as it allows her to shine a light on all aspects of the natural beauty that surrounds us that may otherwise go unnoticed by the average person: The way sunlight passes through each individual leaf of a tree, the individual striations found on a log…
“I enjoy macro photography and being able to put the focus on otherwise unnoticed things in nature.”
The artist’s inspiration:
While Ms. Ruhoff doesn’t need to travel far to find subjects (she often finds inspiration in the woods behind her house), her tenure with CB has allowed her to capture a variety of fascinating locales in the area. “Recently, I took photographs at Ninety Six National Historic Site, and it was a fun experience to showcase the unique history that took place there.”, she says.
Pro tips from the expert:
Regarding her process, Ms. Ruhoff emphasizes the importance of planning and research for getting flawless shots every time. “Generally, my process involves finding a location and researching what’s there that I want to photograph.”, the artist explains. “I like to have a plan of everything I want to photograph ahead of time so I don’t miss anything, while still being flexible to get extra photos of unexpected things I find there.” Moreover, she advises anyone wishing to step up their photography game to analyze the composition before shooting, since that is an aspect that is very difficult to alter after the fact.
“A good composition is the base for a good photograph. To create an interesting composition, it is generally important to have a focal point in mind and always experiment with positioning it.”
In regard to editing, Ms. Ruhoff highlights the importance of understanding the intention behind a photo, and altering it accordingly. “For artistic photos, I find it is okay to alter it more since it is supposed to be an artistic piece and doesn’t have to be realistic.”, she says. “For photos that highlight a specific location, I like to make minor adjustments to them that enhance and emphasize the focal point in the picture. If she has a large amount of snaps to edit, her software of choice is Lightroom, while she prefers to use Photoshop to edit smaller shoots.
And that, dear reader, is the secret behind the photographic magic here at Carolina Bulletin. We feel honored to have Ms. Ruhoff as part of our team, and her talent will surely take her very far.
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Written by Pauline Casiño
With 2020 and 2021 being quite a challenge to us and our families, Easter time should still feel as lively and special as it always has. No matter what, nothing is better than spending precious time with our families during such a warm occasion. So, wondering where to put all of your eggs into this Easter while following necessary safety guidelines? That would be no other than the Grand Strand! With all the fun activities and great food, there is no reason to miss out on what the Grand Strand has to offer this Easter. Check it out!
2021 Eggstravaganza at Brookgreen Gardens
When: Saturday, April 3, 2021 – 9:30AM to 11:00AM and Saturday, April 3, 2021 – 12:30PM to 2:00PM Where: Lowcountry Zoo and Storybook Forest at the Brookgreen Gardens 1931 Brookgreen Garden Dr, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576 Cost: Members only, $20 per child
The Brookgreen Gardens will be hosting a fun Easter adventure for families, dedicated to children ages 12 and under. Every child must carry a basket as the adventure will take them around the Enchanted Storybook Forest and the Lowcountry Zoo, where they will be in search for eggs and countless of goodies. Families will also enjoy many surprises along the way, featuring Barnyard characters and live animal sightings! And no worries for the hungry folks because à la carte food items will be available at the Enchanted Storybook Forest during both time frames. Though this is a members only activity, grabbing a membership in Brookgreen Gardens is so easy and absolutely worth it! Adult members can access this event for free and the $20 fee is only applied to every child (12 and under) a member brings. Now, grab your cameras and get ready to capture fun and memorable moments this Easter at the Brookgreen Gardens!
Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach
When: Saturday, April 3, 2021 – 8AM to 10AM Where: Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach 1110 Celebrity Cir, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577 Cost: Adult (12+ yr) $39.99, Child (6-11yr) $29.99, Child (3-5yr) $14
Nothing can beat the joy of children during Easter time and the festivities that come with the occasion. Though we are limited with our options this year, the Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach has a found a way to spread some joy this Easter season. Come join them for their Breakfast with the Easter Bunny event this Saturday, April 3rd from 8AM to 10AM! The event includes perks such as admission to the Aquarium before opening to the public, mermaid meet-and-greet, delicious breakfast bites, and many more! Purchase your tickets online at https://ticketsmb.ripleyaquariums.com/myrtle/ ItemList.aspx.
** Ripley’s has put in place preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 but cannot guarantee that any visitor will not become infected with COVID-19. Proceed with caution and it is recommended to follow COVID-19 protocol to reduce any risk of contracting COVID-19. **
Easter Dinner at the Brentwood Restaurant and Wine Bistro
When: Sunday, April 4, 2021 Where: The Brentwood Restaurant and Wine Bistro 4269 State Rd S-26-852, Little River, SC 29566 Cost: $31.95 per person, $9.95 kids 10 & under (tax and tips not included)
Easter this year will be so different from the years past, but it doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate it with a great dinner like you always have! Don’t worry about cooking meals for many and join The Brentwood Restaurant and Wine Bistro for their annual Easter dinner this April 4th! Enjoy fresh, locally sourced dishes with a French twist, and feel safe as social distancing guidelines will be put in place indoors and outdoors. Take out options are also available if you’d like to enjoy your meal at the comfort of your own home. Pre-order for take out by April 2nd and orders will be available for pick up on April 4th from 11AM to 2PM. Dinner reservations are recommended! Call 843-249-2601 or visit their website at https://www.thebrentwoodrestaurant.com to RSVP as seating is limited.
If you’re anything like me (a 90’s baby), chances are that you spent a lot of your early childhood watching the Nick Jr. programming block on Nickelodeon. While there was a plethora of classic T.V. viewing that came from that block (Franklin, Blue’s Clues, Little Bear…), without a doubt, the show that had the most immaculate vibes was Gullah Gullah Island. With its colorful sets, musical interludes, and a lovable polliwog called Binyah Binyah, the series was both fun and refreshing, especially considering its positive representation of a close, stable, and functional African-American family.
While the show’s eponymous island may be fictional, the Gullah people of the title are very real and very much alive today. For those not in the know, the Gullah (also known as Geechee) are a group of African-Americans in South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida who descend from enslaved Africans from the “Rice Coast”, which includes modern-day Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Liberia. While the exact origins of the terms “Gullah” are unknown, it may derive from “Angola”, which is where the ancestors of many of the Gullah are believed to have come from. Likewise, while the exact meaning of “Geechee” is also uncertain, it may come from the name of the Kissi people from West Africa.
The other day, I had the pleasure and privilege to learn more about this often-overlooked group of Black Americans with a seminar hosted by Brookgreen Gardens. Led by Mr. Ron Daise, who (fun fact!) portrayed the father on Gullah Gullah Island, the seminar delved into two aspects of the musicology of the Gullah Geechee people: pitch and rhythm.
As is the case with all African-American dialects, the distinct pitch of the Geechee has its roots in the sounds of their enslaved African ancestors, particularly the “spirituals” they sang. Also known as “sorrow songs”, spirituals are a genre of music that is, as the name implies, religiously-themed. Oftentimes, the performers would relate their conditions under slavery to biblical characters who received freedom through faith in God, expressing hope for an everlasting peace and rest. These sorrow songs take numerous stylistic elements from folk music found throughout West Africa, including a prominent use of the pentatonic scale, call-and-response structure, and the polyrhythmic, percussive beating of drums. Slave masters feared that such music revealed pagan idolatry, and thus often banned its performance. Nevertheless, enslaved Africans continued to perform their music in secret, holding “community sing” events that still take place in the Gullah community to this day.
It’s an unfortunate fact that, for many years, the Geechee dialect was often viewed as low-class and illegitimate. In truth, however, it’s anything but! Its rhythm and musicality are similar to those of Jamaican patois, Krio of Sierra Leone, and many other languages found throughout the African diaspora, taking different linguistic elements from various countries. Furthermore, while there is no official orthography for Gullah, owing to its having been only an oral language for centuries, various attempts have been made to transcribe the language. Indeed, there’s even been a translation of The Bible into the Geechee tongue, called The Nyew Testament!
Sadly, my time spent with Mr. Daise was far too short: I felt as though he had barely scratched the surface with sharing his fascinating heritage. Thankfully, there is more to come, because Part Two of this “Musicology” series will be held in the spring and summer months! If you’re like me, and you want to discover even more about the Geechee, be on the lookout for registration information to appear on the Brookgreen Gardens website soon!
As the cold winter months begin to come to an end, we are all in need of a reset as the seasons prepare to change. Now with Spring quickly approaching us, what’s better than finally getting out to enjoy that springtime weather that we missed so much? Now is the time to allow the warming temperatures to bring you, your family, and friends together outside to enjoy what our wonderful community has to offer. All of these events will be following safe guidelines to keep you protected. Check out these enjoyable events that will make your March experience a great start to the spring.
St. Paddy’s Day Party
Address:OD Arcade & Lounge – 100 S Ocean Blvd, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582 When: SATURDAY, MARCH 13, 2021 AT 10 AM – 11 PM Cost: Free
Come out to a local favorite and join us for our annual St. Paddy’s Day Party . The day will be filled with fun filled activities, games, and live entertainment. Make sure you don’t miss out on the limited edition hat release and of course the one and only Jameson Girls during the day! They will also be hosting premiere live music featuring David Parker The Piano Man (11am-Until) and Miracle Max and the Pet Monsters (6pm-10pm). Wear your best St. Paddy’s outfit and get ready to feel the luck of the Irish. Social distancing and mask are encouraged.
Being one of the most famous attractions in Myrtle Beach, Ripley’s Aquarium stands out to be a family favorite. Why not step into Spring with an adventure that you’ll never forget. Ripley’s will have you and your family on your toes as you explore it’s various activities and exhibits. This event is being put on by the Champion Autism Network. House lights up, music and sound effects down, and noise canceling headphones are available upon request. Come out and enjoy a day with the community. Make sure to visit the CAN table in the lobby for a special Selfie Scavenger Hunt. Face masks and social distancing is required for all guests over the age of 6.
*Please note: to provide you with a safe and comfortable experience some elements of the aquarium like the Glass Bottom Boat, Touch Tanks, and Interactives are currently closed for your safety. We appreciate your patience as we work towards reopening these experience.
Coastal Youth Theatre Arts School presents: Peter Pan Jr.
Address:Theatre of the Republic – 331 Main St. Conway, SC 29526 When: Starts March 15, 2021 (Monday/Wednesday 4:30-6:30 & Saturdays from 10-12.) Performance Dates: April 30, May 1-2/7/8/9, 2021 Cost: $365
We all know the story about Peter Pan, but if you don’t, here is the perfect time for you to find out! Peter Pan is one of the most popular family shows of all time, and it’s coming to you right here in Conway! As Spring approaches us, the kids in our community will naturally start to become more active. Therefore, Peter Pan Jr. is the perfect opportunity to get them more involved, and you a little more “Me-time”. The fun begins here on March 15th! Make sure you secure your spot today, as classes are filling up very fast! For you don’t want to miss out on this awe-inspiring experience. Register through their website at www.thetor.biz
*Please Note: Due to Covid-19 a properly worn face covering is required to enter. To maintain social-distancing, parties larger than 4 may be divided. Doors open 30 minutes prior to show. You must wear your face covering until seated and anytime you are not in your seat. Your patient participation is greatly appreciated.
Easter Dinner at The Brentwood Restaurant & Wine Bistro
Address: 4269 Luck Ave Little River, SC 29566 When: Sunday, February 4, 2021 at 11am to 7pm Cost: Prices Vary, See Menu.
The Brentwood Wine Bistro is a local French restaurant that offers some of the most unique, fine-dining experiences in the heart of Little River. And with Easter fast approaching us and it being different once again this year. Skip the hassle of making Easter Dinner and join The Brentwood Restaurant & Wine Bistro for their annual Easter Dinner. With the special social distancing guidelines in place, you and your family can enjoy and celebrate a lovely dinner. Reservations are recommended! Please Call 843-249-2601 and visit their website thebrentwoodrestaurant.com to reserve you and your family’s spot today.
Spring Equinox Walk on the Labyrinth
Address:Brookgreen Gardens, 1931 Brookgreen Dr, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576 When: Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 11:30 AM Cost: Free with Garden Admission
Named by TripAdvisor as One of the Top Ten Public Gardens in the US and one of the Myrtle Beach area’s most dearly loved attractions, Brookgreen Gardens is one you don’t want to miss! And as we celebrate the arrival of Spring in the natural beauty of the Brookgreen Gardens outdoor labyrinth. Enjoy a reflective walk to the sounds of birds and the warmth of the earth’s re-awakening. They are particularly excited to re-start group walks after the long year just past. Masks are encouraged but not required. Due to the terrain, closed-toe shoes are highly recommended. Walk will be cancelled if it is raining or if there is significant rain or flooding immediately prior to the event. Included with Garden admission.
Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, and you do not have plans yet? Check out these three activities! There is something for the entire family, married couples, and the young ladies and their fathers. All of these places have a safe and strict protocol to keep you and your loved ones safe on this extra special day.
Celebrate Romance in the Gardens by renewing your wedding vows on Valentine’s Day! Each bride will receive a miniature bouquet of flowers and each groom will receive a boutonniere. The ceremony will be held at the boat landing at Brookgreen Creek, followed by a reception at the Leonard Pavilion. A “socially distanced” Southern Cake reception will take place after the ceremony and champagne will be served along with each couple receiving an individual box of goodies. Each couple will receive a personalized certificate and professional photograph of this amazing event.
There will be two ceremonies limited to 20 couples each. The first ceremony will begin at 1:00 p.m., and the second ceremony will begin at 4:00 p.m.
Address: 4269 State Rd S-26-852, Little River, SC 29566
When: February 13-14, 2021 4 pm-9 pm
Cost: Four Course “Prix Fixe” Menu $65
Chef’s Wine Selection $25
To reserve a spot, call 843-249-2601
Impress your date suppress your hunger by stopping at The Brentwood Restaurant & Wine Bistro this Valentine’s Day! The Brentwood Wine Bistro is a French restaurant that offers a unique, fine-dining experience in the heart of Little River. All dinners are available for dine in or carry out. Seating will be limited so, call 843-249-2601 to reserve your spot!
** Please note, tables are 8 feet apart and proper sanitization steps are taken between all seatings. The Brentwood staff keeps a daily staff temperature log & their staff is trained to strictly follow all safety protocols.
Fall is in full affect. The temperature outside is slowly dropping, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. There are many activities you can enjoy along the Grand Strand this fall, for Halloween activities to Thanksgiving gatherings. There is always something to do to enjoy every season. Here are some events happening this Fall at some of your favorite places.
Address: 100 S Ocean Blvd, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
Date: October 31st
Costume Contest (must be 21+):
1st Place- $500
2nd Place- $300
3rd Place- $200
$25 Gift Card for Scariest, Sexiest, Best Couple and Best Group
OD Arcade & Lounge is having a costume party with MAD Karaoke featuring a Costume Contest (participants must be 21+) with cash prizes. Food and drink specials all night. OD Arcade & Lounge is a restaurant, arcade, and bar all in one! They have live bands, karaoke shag dance events, the latest in state of the art games, billiards, our awesome dance floor, DJ lineup & more.
One of the Top 10 Most Haunted Restaurants in the U.S. (Answers.com) The Brentwood Restaurant has an interesting history. They have pieced together much information about the house an it former tenants. Some say there are two ghost, or more. The storytellers will guide you through the house, its history and its sightings. The tour also includes and three course dinner starting with the Maison Brentwood Salad with your choice of beef short ribs, salmon bearnaise, Chicken Brentwood, and shrimp chardonnay for your choice in entrée. Chocolate fondant or key lime pie for dessert. Dinner starts at 7 and the tour comes after, the tour is 45 minutes long.
Thanksgiving Dinner at the Brentwood Restaurant Wine and Bistro
Address: 4269 Luck Ave, Little River, SC 29566
Date & Time: November 26th 11am-8pm (accepting reservations)
Children 10 and up- $12.95
Children 3 and under-Free
Thanksgiving dinner at The Brentwood is served family style. The meal include Brentwood Salad, oven roasted turkey, hickory smoked ham, southern cornbread stuffing, homemade mash potatoes, maple glazed sweet potatoes, seasonal sautéed vegetables, cranberry sauce, and apple tart or pumpkin pie. The whole family can enjoy this meal there or at home if you pre order family take out by Monday, November 23rd.
Children of all ages are welcome to take an “Imagination Walk” through the gardens. Children may wear their favorite costume and trick or treat along the way, treats are individually packaged and offered throughout the walk. They may also pick up a scavenger hunt map this is free with garden admission.
In order to get a count for the meals, ticket sales for each weekend will cut off on Fridayat noon.
This beautiful fall evening begins with a dinner a served buffet of She Crab or Vegetable Soup, Steamed Oysters, Frogmore Stew, Green Beans, Cole Slaw, Rolls, and Iced Tea. A Fettuccine Vegetable Primavera is included on the buffet as a vegetarian option. A cash wine and beer bar will be available Then wander through Bruce Munro’s exquisite Field of Light. Your ticket includes admission and your meal. The VIP package includes 2 admission tickets, Lowcountry Supper Buffet with reserved seating in the Leonard Pavilion, 2 glasses of wine, Premier parking, and Bruce Munro’s book, Light book which features photos from the Brookgreen exhibit, photos from his exhibits around the world, and the artist’s inspiration for his work.
SCDHEC and CDC guidelines will be followed and they highly recommend guest to wear a mask.
Brew at the Zoo is a fall favorite. This year the event will be held in Bruce Munro’s expansive work of art, The Field of Light. There will be a live performance by The Paul Grimshaw Band. Three food trucks will be on site for guests to choose from. Rain date is November 8. All your purchases make a difference and help support Brookgreen Gardens a 501(c)(3) non-profit. CDC guidelines will still be followed for the safety of guest and staff. Masks are highly recommended.
More than 2,700 hand-lit candles and countless sparkling lights. Walk through the garden pathways with a warm cup of cider, cocoa, or wine. Listen to the sounds of holiday music, carolers singing with your friends and family.
They have added 12 additional nights to this annual event for safety, social distancing, and crowd control. They will have half the amount of tickets available each night compared to previous years.
A unique painting class at Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach. Led by a painting instructor, everything is provided to create your very own work of art. Relax and enjoy a glass of wine as you create your own marine-themed painting. Your ticket includes Admission to the Aquarium, One free drink ticket, Appetizers, and Art supplies. This event takes place in the Penguin Playhouse viewing area. Penguins will not be present.
Tired of cooking your own meals? Lucky for you the Grand Strand has the best places to eat! The global pandemic has been a burden in all of our lives but thankfully restaurants are back in business and adding a little ease to our days. All of the restaurants below are taking action to ensure the safety and satisfaction of their customers.
The Brentwood Restaurant & Wine Bistro is a historic Victorian home that was built in 1910. Chef Eric Masson, a French native who graduated from Ferrandi Culinary School with honors in 1993, owns and runs The Brentwood Restaurant & Wine Bistro. The Brentwood has five private dining rooms with two bars, five fireplaces and a selection of wines. The restaurant invites their guest to enjoy their unique Low Country cuisine with a French culinary influence. Some menu options include their Braised Beef Short Ribs served with Potato Mousseline, Sautéed Vegetables & Natural Braising Jus or their Beelers Pork Ossobuco served with braised vegetables mirepoix, potato Mousseline, Toma Tomato Concassée & Roasted garlic. They also offer vegetarian friendly and vegan options.
The Brentwood restaurant is now open Tuesday through Saturday 4-9p.m. for inside dining, outside dining and curbside take out. For guaranteed seating call 843-249-2601 for reservations or you can order online at www.opentable.com. To order Takeout, Curbside & delivery call in your order after 2p.m. from 4-7 p.m.
The Brentwood restaurant is doing everything they can to ensure the safety of their customers. All of their tables are 8 feet apart, they are taking proper steps to sanitize in-between each seating and their staff is being trained to follow specific protocols. All employees are wearing masks and are continuing to get their temperature taken daily. The Brentwood Restaurant & Wine Bistro cannot serve customers who are showing symptoms of illness. Customers will be asked to follow safety protocols to ensure the well-being of all.
The SeaBlue Restaurant and Wine Bar
Address: 501 Hwy 17 N, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
The SeaBlue Restaurant and Wine Bar is owned by Chef Kenneth Norcutt, who bought the restaurant in 2008. His goal was to give locals and visitors and unforgettable experience. SeaBlue Restaurant was awarded #1 Restaurant in the Country in 2014 by Open Table. SeaBlue Restaurant, has a modernized luxurious look with a unique blue and green lighting, that is very relaxing. Come join the SeaBlue Restaurant where guest can enjoy a contemporary American cuisine rooted in classic French cooking technique. They use fresh seafood and meats mixed with various sides. Some menu options include their Jumbo Lump Crab cake with Brussel sprouts slaw and classic remoulade or their crispy fried lobster cake with brown butter, hot sauce, and herb aioli.
The SeaBlue Restaurant and Wine Bar is now open, check their Facebook at the link above for daily hours. Make a reservation for inside dining, outdoor dining or curbside pickup. You must call (843)249-8800 for reservations or you can order online at opentable.com.
The SeaBlue Restaurant and Wine Bar are following certain safety guidelines to be sure of the safety of their staff and customers. They are sanitizing all surfaces between seating’s. Making sure to deep clean every day and get clean menus for every new customer. Sanitizer or wipes is provided for customers. There is limited number of seated diners and distancing must be maintained in common areas. Tables are spread out and any sick staff is prohibited in the workspace.
The Bagel Factory
Address: 1620 Farrow Parkway Unit A7, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
The Bagel Factory has five locations in the Grand Strand and they have been serving the best bagels for over 10 years. The Bagel Factory serves breakfast and lunch with over 17 different bagels and 10 spreads to choose from! For breakfast they serve omelets, pancakes, french toast, breakfast wraps and more. For lunch, they serve sandwiches, wraps, paninis, quesadillas, and others. The Bagel Factory is quick, convenient, and simply delicious!
The Bagel Factory is now open Monday-Sunday 7-2p.m. for inside dining, curbside pickup and Delivery.
The Library Restaurant
Address: 6613 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29572
The Library Restaurant is perfect for fine dining. It is a relaxing atmosphere with dim lights great for special occasions. Come visit the Library Restaurant for local cuisine, seafood, steakhouse, gluten free options, and vegetarian friendly. A few of their most popular dishes are their Filet Mignon served with Parisian mushroom sauce, Shrimp Scampi served with angel hair pasta and sun-dried tomato, and lastly their creamed spinach. They also have a bar/ lounge where guest can enjoy beer, cocktails, wine and more.
The Library restaurant is now open Tuesday through Saturday 5-10p.m. for tableside dining. You must call and make a reservation to get a table.
The Library restaurant is ensuring the safety of their customers. Social distancing is required and proper sanitation is being taken.
Address: 224 7th Avenue South, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29577
The OD Arcade & Lounge is a favorite hangout spot for locals and visitors. You can get a drink and dine inside or dine outside at their café. The OD
Arcade & Lounge is going to ensure you a great night out you can enjoy the live bands, karaoke, shag dance events, the latest in the state of the arts and games, billiards, the dance floor and more. They have a wide variety of food such as wings, burgers and dogs, steak, salads, sandwiches and more. You can also order domestic, craft, or imported beer. Come join the OD Arcade & Lounge and check out their amazing happy hour deals.
The OD Arcade & Lounge is now open Monday through Sunday 11a.m.-2a.m. for inside dining, outside dining, and takeout. You must call and order for takeout.
Summer is here! Although we are going through a global pandemic, places are beginning to open back up. Many of these place have plans in place to ensure the safety of there visitors. Regardless if you are visiting or live nearby, here are three family friendly and safe activities to do this summer in the Grand Strand.
*Tickets may be purchased online or in person and are valid for 7 consecutive days after purchase.
Brookgreen Garden is one of American premier gardens and also a National Historic Landmark. Brookgreen offers tours and exhibits for all ages from beautiful botanical gardens to American sculptures to the low country zoo. It also feature the Bruce Munro exhibit, “Southern Light Show” The exhibit features seven works of art in light and mixed media in order for visitors to see the garden in a “new light”.
Children can enjoy the freedom of the outdoors in the beautiful gardens. They also have the Children’s Discovery Room, where they have interactive stations for children 4-12 to create projects they can take home and they also learn about the history of the garden. Also the Children’s Nature & Sensory Trail is where children can learn information about the garden through sensory stations “Creative Physical Activity,” and “Unstructured Play” stations that reflect the nature and history of Brookgreen Gardens. There is also the popular Enchanted Storybook Forest, where each playhouse is based on a children’s storybook.
Brookgreen gardens is an outside area where you can keep a safe distance from people. Face mask are mandatory, when you are inside buildings. Also remember to wash your hands and sanitize. It is recommended that you do not bother the wild life, you do not swim in any of the bodies of water, and that you wear closed toe shoes. Also, bring the necessary sunscreen and bug repellent with you.
*Reservations may be made on website, Facebook, or by phone.
CaVRn is a veteran owned and operated business. It is the Ultimate Virtual Reality Experience. They host parties, team building experiences, and corporate events. CaVRn also offers educational programs and 360 degree video production.
CaVRn has over 50 kid friendly games from race car games to escape room to carnival games. Virtual reality games (VR) can be either single or multiplayer. One of their most popular single player games is Fruit Ninja. Fortnite is one of their most popular multiplayer VR games along with Creed and others. It is also kid friendly for kids 7 and up, children must be accompanied by an adult and have a signed waiver. This is to ensure the safety of your children while the family enjoys a night out.
During COVID-19 pandemic they are only accepting reservations that can be booked via website, Facebook, or phone call. They will also be cleaning and sanitizing every 30 minutes between reservations. Also temperatures will be checked at the door.
Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach
Address: 1110 Celebrity Cir, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Hours: Sunday- Saturday 9am-8pm
Cost: Adult- $34.99
Child (3-5)- $12.99
*Tickets may be purchased online or in person.
Ripley’s Aquarium is a big tourist attraction at Myrtle Beach. It has two levels of numerous sea creatures to explore and experience, from jelly fish to stingrays. There are also lots of fun activities for kids of all ages to enjoy. Ripley’s also has live shows that feature mermaids and dive tours through the exhibits.
Ripley’s is an indoor activity and has reduced capacity due to COVID-19. There are sanitation stations available throughout the building and PPE is worn by all employees. A mask must be worn at all times and if you do not have one, one will be provided for you. Also, some of the exhibits and activities are temporarily not available, like Glass Bottom Boat, Touch Tank and other interactives.
On the other hand the Penguin Playhouse is still open, which is one of the biggest attractions for kids. It is also the largest exhibit in Ripley’s, at 5,500 square feet. It includes 8 new tanks with new species of fish and also two new classrooms. This exhibit allows visitors to crawl through a tunnel and enjoy the penguin habitat. They can also stop by the penguin nursery and see baby penguins. This new attractions is fun for everyone!
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!
Open on Valentine’s Day: Yes
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.
Open on Valentine’s Day: Yes
Reservations: Yes; Recommended
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
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.
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.
Open on Valentine’s Day: Yes
Reservations: Yes; Recommended
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
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
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!
Open on Valentines: Yes
Reservations: Yes; Recommended
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
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.