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If you have never experienced the taste of sweet southern Muscadines, you are in for a treat. This spring, Duplin Winery will be opening a tasting center right here in our backyard of North Myrtle Beach. Duplin Winery has been making wine from the native Muscadine grapes for over 40 years. Duplin Winery is a family owned business located in the sleepy town of Rose Hill, NC. Don’t let their small town roots fool you; Duplin is currently the largest winery in the South. Duplin Winery entertains over 90,000 visitors annually with wine tastings and tours of their production facilities. The new tasting center will be located near Barefoot Landing adjacent to Alligator Adventure.
Muscadine Grapes are indigenous to the southeast, with a growing region extending from Virginia to Florida, and west to the Mississippi. Duplin Winery reintroduced Muscadine wines into the market in 1976 and hasn’t looked back. The wines capture the sweet fruitiness of the grape and taste like the fruit fresh off the vine. Duplin Winery has the honor of producing the top selling wines in North Carolina. Add a trip to Duplin Winery to learn more about their award winning wines. Your North Myrtle Beach vacation will be more memorable with a glass or two of the cool, sweet, and easy wine. For additional information, visit their website: www.DuplinWinery.com.
Great news for Market Common lovers. Tupelo Honey Cafe have recently announced plans to open in early 2015. The Asheville, NC based restaurant prides itself on made-from-scratch mountain south cuisine. Executive chef, Brian Sonoskus, will bring his creative vision to Howard Avenue and we all cannot wait to try his unique spins on shrimp and grits and cajun skillet catfish.
This will be the 9th restaurant for Tupelo Honey Cafe that residents and recurring visitors to the beach will surely enjoy. The restaurant will be an impressive 8,000 square feet and will have approximately 270 seats with outdoor seating and a bar. While maintaining the integrity of the dishes, Tupelo Honey Cafe will certainly reflect a beachy feel to mesh with the aesthetic.
The Market Common opened in 2008 and has continued to grow immensely. Resting on a former Air Force Base, this residential and commercial combination lifestyle brings a different twist to beach living. With shops, a movie theater, lots of dining, a fantastic park and residential living all in one centralized area, the beauty of Market Common is that one can enjoy the access of so much within their living quarters.
2014 marked an amazing year for the Market Common area. With the addition of several new businesses and plans for several more, this ever-expanding community is poised for a fantastic future. And the recent completion of an addition on-ramp has eased the flow of traffic considerably. Below is a list of new stores and restaurants that opened this year in Market Common.
Co. Sushi – Vietnamese inspired sushi restaurant. With a full sushi menu along with several traditional Vietnamese dishes, this modern restaurant perfectly accentuates Market Common’s vibe.
Crepe Creation Cafe – Who doesn’t love crepes? With savory, sweet and everything in between, this unique cafe uses the freshest ingredients to create hand made crepes for you.
Coastal Urge – A clothing store to match your outdoor lifestyle, Coastal Urge has a wide selection of outdoor apparel, shoes, swimwear and childrens’ wear. Coastal Urge also has the latest in coastal gear such as paddle boards, bicycles and surfing equipment.
For more information about the Market Common and its shops, check them out here.
The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk is quickly becoming a staple along the Grand Strand. Already dubbed a success, this wonderful 1.2 mile walkway grants visitors with fantastic ocean views all while immersed within the Myrtle Beach strip. From beachwear stores, to plenty of restaurant choices, you’ll find a little bit of everything along the Boardwalk. We have compiled a list of businesses that you will find as you walk the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk.
Pier 14 Restaurant & Lounge – Located at the northernmost point of the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, Pier 14 offers delectable seafood with a spectacular view. Dine on fresh tuna and shrimp or try some of their amazing steaks cooked to order. Pier 14 also offers a full pier complete with fishing areas, a gift shop and majestic, romantic views. Pro tip: Gentleman, sleeved shirts are required after 4:30 PM for dinner service.
Myrtle Beach Skywheel – One of the area’s biggest attractions, the Myrtle Beach Skywheel has quickly become one of the staple landmarks on the boardwalk. Standing 187 feet tall, this Ferris wheel can be seen from several miles away. The Skywheel is the second tallest extant Ferris wheel in North America.
LandShark Bar & Grill – Adjacent to the Skywheel, this contemporary restaurant and bar offers your favorite dishes with a twist. With plenty of LandShark on tap, try some chicken wings with a variety of sauces. Or try one of their award winning burgers. All of this with the amazing SkyWheel and ocean as your backdrop.
Mo Moon’s Beachside Burgers & Beer – One of the premier oceanfront hangouts on the entire Grand Strand, Mo Moon’s is a Myrtle Beach quintessential must visit. With appetizers such as jalapeno Pimento cheese dip and mouth-watering burgers, Mo Moon’s continues to be a local and tourist favorite.+
Gay Dolphin Gift Cove – Of all the classic beachwear stores you will inevitably witness while in Myrtle Beach, the Gay Dolphin Gift Cove remains the staple. Family owned and operated since 1946, this 26,000 square foot landmark is the largest gift shop on the east coast. Souvenirs galore, explore this metropolis of treasures while at the beach.
Abraham’s Gyros – Authentic Greek spot for all things gyro, Abraham’s Gyros will not let you down. Not to mention great pizza and delicious falafels, this boardwalk treat is a delightful surprise when thinking about lunch.
Iggy’s Italian Ices – Nothing says summer like Iggy’s Italian Ice! One of a kind charismatic staff members serving homemade banana splits, root beer floats, ice cream and of course, Italian Ices will satisfy any sweet tooth craving.
Fun Plaza - Relive the skee ball days of yonder as you teach your kids what games without a screen were once like. This family centered arcade has all of your favorite games with plenty of prizes to win bragging rights over. If you’re looking for a fun time that the whole family will enjoy, stop on in to Fun Plaza.
Dirty Don’s Oyster Bar & Grill – An all around entertaining time, Dirty Don’s is not your grandmother’s oyster bar. With colorful characters and amazing seafood pots, come experience some good southern hospitality and good eats!
Oceanfront Bar & Grill – The largest outdoor seating along the boardwalk, Oceanfront Bar and Grill exudes the tradition of boardwalk bars. A friendly and relaxed atmosphere all around as well as live music, daily, pull up a seat and enjoy people watching and a delicious meal.
Plyler Park – An amazing open air park rests alongside the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. A one block distance of unobstructed ocean view makes this a truly unique aspect of any boardwalk in the country. With manicured grass, stop and marvel in the beautiful landscape you are enjoying here at the beach! Plyler Park in the summer has nightly activities including free concerts in the park as well as kids’ carnivals and special performances.
8th Ave Tiki Bar & Grill – Coconut shrimp, Hawaiian burgers, great happy hour with over 100 beers to choose from, the 8th Ave Tiki Bar does it right. Stop in for a quick libation or chill and hang out with the friendly staff and locals.
Sweet Frog – A frozen treat hits the spot on a hot day at the beach. Fortunately, Sweet Frog is on the boardwalk to save the day. Combining traditional and zanny yogurt flavors, Sweet Frog then offers dessert lovers with a litany of buffet choices. Load up with your favorite candy bar crumbles or fresh fruit and whip cream, the possibilities are insane.
2nd Ave Pier Restaurant & Bar – The southern point of the Boardwalk marks the beginning of a great time at the 2nd Ave Pier. Count your blessings as you admire the vast landscape of the Atlantic from a three story vantage point. Grab a drink on the rooftop bar or enjoy on the second floor, this unique bar and restaurant is the perfect end to walk on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk.
There are plans underway to expand the Boardwalk due to its tremendous success. Keep checking back for updates.
One of the newest and most alluring additions to the Myrtle Beach Grand Strand is the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. Open all year, this 1.2 mile long walkway, stretches from 14th Avenue North to the 2nd Avenue North Pier. Lined with restaurants, bars and shops, it has truly revitalized the heart of Myrtle Beach. The boardwalk itself is a raised wooden deck design and is roughly 8′ wide. Lots of careful planning went into the aesthetic of the Boardwalk. Natural palms and beach grass seedings can be found throughout the entire length of the walkway. A must see, the Boardwalk has been consistently ranked in the top 3 for boardwalks in the United States by several publications.
Fortunately, those vacationing at The Sandy Beach Oceanfront Resort, the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk is only 4 blocks north. With the Family Kingdom directly south of the resort, and the Boardwalk just a short walk away, the central location of this resort makes it the ideal vacation resort. During the summer months (May-September) you can find a free concert in the park known as “Hot Summer Nights.” Vacationers enjoy a scenic oceanfront walk without having to get their socks and shoes sandy as well as those with wheelchairs find it much easier to maneuver. With weekly fireworks off of the 2nd Avenue Pier, it’s easy to see why many people choose a hotel with such close proximity to the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk.
There are a few regulations that everyone should know:
1. Dogs are not permitted on The Boardwalk or beaches from May 1st through Labor Day from 11:00am through 5:00am the next day.
2. Bicycles are not permitted on The Boardwalk from May 1st through Labor Day from 11:00am through 5:00am the next day.
3. No skateboards, rollerblades, roller-skates, Segways, golf carts, or private vehicles
4. No glass bottles or other glass containers
5. No overnight camping
Vacations are about making memories and when you go out to enjoy the nightlife around Myrtle Beach you’ll be making memories then, too. There are plenty of affordable shows and nightlife in Myrtle Beach and the surrounding areas. Whether you’re listening to live music or dancing under the stars, this is your vacation so be sure to let your hair down and have a good time!
Myrtle Waves Water Park With over 20 acres of park, Myrtle Waves Water Park combines swerves, curves and shoots from every direction imaginable. Every Wednesday in the summer is Movie Night for the whole family this summer. Dive in at 4 p.m., shows begin at dusk. $11.99 each plus tax for all heights and ages. Plus popcorn is only $1. Movie Night is weather permitting and features below are subject to change without notice.
The House of Blues at 4649 Highway 17 S in North Myrtle Beach, has live concerts each week. Every Tuesday night you can check out The Comedy Zone. On Sunday mornings come take part in a Gospel Brunch that includes local talent performing traditional and contemporary Gospel music selected by legendary gospel producer and artist, Kirk Franklin. Before and during the show you can treat yourself to an amazing all-you-can-eat buffet featuring breakfast favorites plus tender carving stations, southern specialties and mouth-watering desserts.
Uptown Theater in Myrtle Beach Mall, 10177 N. Kings Hwy., Myrtle Beach is showing “Improve: The Musical” at 7:30 p.m. on July 1. This is a musical improve comedy based on audience suggestions.
Uptown Theatre was voted #1 Comedy Club in Myrtle Beach.
Celebrity Square at Broadway at the Beach on Robert Grissom Highway, Myrtle Beach, is made up of 14 different clubs allowing you to walk from one to another and sample each. Why not begin with frozen drinks at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville or Fat Tuesday, then go out dancing at Club Boca, Revolutions and Malibu’s. Enjoy the laughs at Crocodile Rocks, where the comedians/pianists tickle the ivory keys and funny bones. Broadway Louie’s, a sports bar with wall-to-wall big screen TVs and video games will thrill sports and games enthusiasts. All this in just one party block.
If you’re looking to go Shagging then check out Fat Harold’s Beach Club along Main Street in North Myrtle Beach. This is world-renowned Beach music club known as one of the best shag bars in the Myrtle Beach area. DJs, live music from the best Carolina Beach music bands and lots and lots of folks doing the Shag, the official state dance of South Carolina. Hours: Sun.-Tues. 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., Wed.-Sat. 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
If you want centrally located accommodations that will be perfect for memory-making, give us a call at Sandy Beach Oceanfront Resort, 800-844-6534 today!
"I have been to Myrtle a lot, this hotel was great!! The staff was very courteous and attentive. The room was clean and spacious, BEAUTIFUL view of the beach. "
Matt | NC
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If you have never experienced the taste of sweet southern Muscadines, you are in for a treat. This spring, Duplin Winery will be opening a tasting center right here in our backyard of North Myrtle Beach. Duplin Winery has been making wine from the native Muscadine grapes for over 40 years. Duplin Winery is a… Read More »