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PostPosted: Sat Jan 23, 2016 6:51 pm 
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Hi! First time visiting in the South. From Plymouth, MA. In North Myrtle Beach condo for a few months.
Been here less than a week but getting to find my way around. I stay away from Cape Cod in the summer, and have a feeling the same rule might apply here. Am I wrong? I hate traffic, having worked in Boston many years.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 23, 2016 10:48 pm 
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Summer can be busy in MB. I like that kind of stuff, but if you don't like traffic and more crowded activities, June and July is not the time to be there. We enjoy the summer months, but do change our activity times (such as eating early) to avoid some of the crowds. We stay on the south end of the Grand Strand, so I can't help you a whole lot on what to do in the area. I'm sure you will enjoy your stay. Have fun.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2016 10:24 am 
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You're here at the right time if you hate traffic. Summer time gets very busy hwy 17 gets really busy at certain times. What part of NMB are you in?


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2016 10:34 am 
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Check out La Belle Amie Winery website for music fests. They have one at the end of February and two in March. Take a lawn chair but if you don't have one they have folding chairs available. They have a few vendors and food booths. They serve beer and wine and have great entertainment. A nice way to spend an afternoon. We never miss it when the weather cooperates :)

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2016 10:53 am 
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Thanks for joining our group of Myrtle Beach fans!

Hope you will continue to enjoy your stay. Sorry it i so dang cold, but you are probably better acclimated to it than we are,

Here's my long list of things to do:
http://www.funbeaches.com/to_do.html

And a list of current coupons to save money when you go out to eat:
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2016 3:24 pm 
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Thanks for the warm welcome guys! This morning I attended the 10 o'clock service at Our Lady Star of the Sea and prayed for a Pat's win this afternoon. Then, just to be sure, went to the gospel sing along at House of Blues.
Initial impressions: drivers here are very courteous, you love your miniature golf and pancake houses, you buy a new car every month judging by the number of auto dealer commercials on TV. I haven't heard any southern accents, or maybe I don't know what a southern accent sounds like. I'll keep listening. Maybe I have to visit Georgia or Alabama?

Anyhow, again thanks for the welcome! :cheerleader:


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2016 6:00 pm 
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Welcome! I hope you enjoy your stay...lucky you to stay a few months! I am sure you will be able to keep busy! Off season is a great time to be in Myrtle!

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2016 9:59 pm 
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Quote: I haven't heard any southern accents….

They are out there, and I’m surprised you have not heard any yet!
Try this and see how much Southern slag you know:

http://www.surveee.org/southernslangs.html


My result? “You should be proud of yourself. You know all the meanings for the terms. You still must be using them these days? Congrats again. Make yourself some iced tea and have a good rest of the day.”

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2016 8:16 am 
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Tomplyma wrote:
This morning I attended the 10 o'clock service at Our Lady Star of the Sea and prayed for a Pat's win this afternoon. Then, just to be sure, went to the gospel sing along at House of Blues. I haven't heard any southern accents, or maybe I don't know what a southern accent sounds like. I'll keep listening.


WELCOME!! Love Our Lady Star of the Sea. It is our home church when we are down there. Yes, the NMB area is very busy June, July and August. Traffic after 5 pm on those months can be a bit daunting :wink: but it's a really fun summer destination.

As for southern accents I am equally surprised you haven't heard any! Eat at the Shack in Cherry Grove for some real southern cooking (NOT heart healthy) and some really sincere southern hospitality with authentic accents thrown in for good measure!! Here is their youtube commercial...just click the link

https://youtu.be/ArusTqUJjaI

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2016 10:18 am 
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Sorry your Pats prayers weren't answered.... tough loss.

If you want to visit in the summer, try late August. The SC schools end their summer break way earlier than most of New England (and many other states), so the crowds thin out the last 2 weeks and it's still summer weather (i.e. HOT).

Welcome to the forum, look forward to hearing your adventures !

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2016 10:41 am 
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Thanks for the tip. I've put the Shack on list of places to visit. But not today. Today I'm in mourning. My Pat's got beat by Denver :cry: First priority in the draft is a new left tackle, before Brady gets killed.
Then a decent running back. Right now they are way too one dimensional . But, as we've learned to say in Boston with the Red Sox over the years "Wait till next year.
Oh, least I forget - Tom (my name)
ply (Plymouth)
ma (Massachusetts)

Enjoy the day. Back home I'm told we have ten inches of snow on the driveway!


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2016 7:37 am 
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Ventured a little further south today. Took Business route 17 to the beginning of Ocean Blvd. don't think I've ever seen so many huge condo buildings! Very impressive. Drove south to where Business 17 and Bypass 17 meet. Headed back north on Bypass 17. Stopped and spent an hour or so at The Christmas Mouse. Ended my trip at the Super Bi-Lo in NMB pick up groceries for the week. The whole trip, but especially along Business 17, I kept thinking what must this be like in the summer. How much added time would this same drive take in June, July or August?
One other observation: there seem to be no zoneing bylaws regulating the size or placement of roadway signage.
Final observation for today: I've become quite interested in the history of the Shag and intend to visit Ocean Drive very shortly to learn more. Brings back memories of my youth hanging on the boardwalk at Scarborough Beach in Rhode Island. I'll bet some of the same music was playing.

Have a great day folks!


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2016 8:31 am 
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Tomplyma wrote:
Final observation for today: I've become quite interested in the history of the Shag and intend to visit Ocean Drive very shortly to learn more. Brings back memories of my youth hanging on the boardwalk at Scarborough Beach in Rhode Island. I'll bet some of the same music was playing.

Have a great day folks!


If you like beach music (Shag) you can stream it live on this station http://949thesurf.com/ broadcasted right out of North Myrtle!

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2016 9:22 am 
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Tom, thanks for giving us a real name.

I like the way you are attempting to figure things out. As far road signage, the city of Myrtle Beach is strict. When you drove south, then again north, you passed through (possibly the city of North Myrtle Beach) Horry county (where the city of myrtle Beach is located.) You also went through the municipality of Garden City Beach (where you can park free under the pier and also walk the pier for free) the independent city of Surfside, a city into itself, run by…well, I won’t get into that here… and you left Horry County, then entered into Georgetown County as you went further south to Murrells Inlet and Pawleys island.

Here are some laws. Google for more specific information:
http://www.funbeaches.com/Laws-Grand-Strand.html

Difference between North Myrtle Beach and Myrtle Beach:
http://www.funbeaches.com/difference.html

Shag:
If you search this forum for the word ’shag’ you will find some references, especially in (username) Bill’s trip reports.

Here’s one of the links:
viewtopic.php?f=58&t=14932

Get your Free shag lessons at Fat Harold’s (web page is slow to load)
http://www.fatharolds.com/

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2016 1:13 pm 
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So yesterday I tried getting to Surfside not via Rt 17 but by using Rt 31. Gaining more confidence finding my way around every day. Back in NMB discovered a few little places I really like. One was a bagel shop on the left side of Rt 17 heading north called Kraves. I have to stay away from their sesame with strawberry cream cheese bagel. Yum!! Then, not too far from them is a small bakery called the Crum Bun. They had 4 huge Danish on sale for $5. I also picked a few of these signature Crum Buns.
Had a half of one last night with a mug of cocoa while watching Mad Dogs on Netflix. I can't watch network TV anymore since subscribing to Netflix. Can't sit through the commercials. Just watch regular TV for news and sports.
The weather is turning out a little better today than I expected. Might take a ride to the MB Visitor Center and the South Carolina visitor center on 17. I'm staying at one of the Windy Hill condos. A beautiful condo unit on top floor overlooking the beach.
Have a nice day.
Tom


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