Nick and I headed back out to Myrtle Beach with friends to enjoy the highly anticipated Bike Week held every year throughout Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach. Bikers come from all over NC, SC, and the county to participate in the major bike fest. Everyone from outlaw bikers to the modern white collar MD biker to those who come without bikes (no you don’t have to have a bike to participate) enjoy the display of these beautifies and have a great time.
Nick and I headed back over to the House of the Blues for Full Throttle Fest. The event was held with the Full Throttle Saloon cast that can be seen on TRU TV’s show of the same name and included Angie..Mike..Jesse..the Flaunt Girls..and the scantily clad bartenders. There were smaller concerts and even a video being filmed by the band Jackyl and special guest Darrel from Run DMC. The event ended with a concert by Jackyl at the House of the Blues. And the reason Nick and I were in town.
But we did take the time to enjoy some other activities besides being faux bikers for the weekend. We took a helicopter ride with Helicopter Adventures. The ride was pleasant, but hardly worth the $80 we paid for less than 10 minutes we spent in the helicopter.
Before we left we headed out to spend some time at the actual beach. We headed towards the boardwalk and enjoyed some time on the amazing Sky Wheel which gives you a bird’s eye view of the magnificent grand strand. Then we headed out to Pier 14 where visitors can gain access to the pier which goes out over the ocean and gives you magnificent views of the beach.
While here we had dinner once again at the House of the Blues and was even surprised by our guest server..Jesse James Dupree.
Nick was craving some pizza, so we tried the highly recommend Kings Pizza located near our hotel and it did turn out to be a pretty good pie.
While in the grand strand area we headed over to New York Pizza before we spent time enjoying the views of magnificent Myrtle Beach while safely tucked inside the glass gondolas of the Sky Wheel.
Before checking into our room, we stopped by Broadway at the Beach and enjoyed some fun and awesome dining at Carols N Charlie’s.
As you might guess, because it is always my first one....go to the official visitors website. Just simply go to www.visitmyrtlebeach.com. They have all kinds of info on all there is to do in the Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach area. You can also get a hard copy of their visitor’s guide which is what I still love.
As you are driving in to the area you will start noticing visitors center where you can get something to drink and get discounted tickets. Just be careful because as you might guess, these are often places that will give you free or very cheap attraction tickets but you have to tour a time share place. But there are lots of people who will sit aside an hour or so for free tickets!
Pretty much from spring until Labor Day, advanced reservations are highly suggested. During the summer holidays, you pretty much better have reservations made months in advanced. Also believe it or not, around Christmas the place tends to fill up since they have a number of holiday events going on. Myrtle Beach is a major spring break destination. April includes the food and wine festival as well as the SOS (Society of Shaggers) Spring Fling. May is a busy month with the start of the summer holiday season and before that, bikers from all over come for bike week. There are 2 bike weeks with the first being right before Memorial Day and the Black Bike Week being the following week.
Speaking of SOS..shagging is a official dance of both Myrtle Beach and South Carolina and is performed to beach music. Also official music of the grand strand and South Carolina. Want to try it? It is rather easy but many of the clubs offer free shagging lessons during the day.
Take the time to venture out beyond Myrtle Beach. Georgetown is about 30 minutes away and where you can find the luscious Brookgreen Gardens, historical houses, and boat trips.
Have a smart phone? Then Myrtle Beach has an app for you. And it’s free!
Myrtle Beach is a food lover’s delight. You will find everything from pizza to seafood here and N. Kings Highway is even known as restaurant row where you will find plenty of seafood buffets.
Just about every hotel lobby is chocked full of brochures and discount booklets. Make sure you pick up several which offer up all kinds of savings.
For golf fans, this is a major golf destination. You will find greens all over the place and attached to resorts. If you prefer to chase the little white ball through a windmill, this is also the place to find miniature golf as well.
Myrtle Beach has its own airport (MYR). You can go to www.flymyrtlebeach.com for more information. Once here you really need a car to get around. You can rent one from the airport.
Or what about renting a Harley? Yep you too can be a biker for the week or weekend. Just check the visitor’s website for more information.
Speaking of bikes, this is a big destination for bikers..and as you might guess especially during bike week. Please be mindful of bikes when stopping or turning. Nick and I were in Myrtle Beach this year for bike week and our friends were involved in an accident on their bikes. And while we were at the hospital there were 8 more accidents!
You should know that despite what everyone thinks, the rule on bike helmets is that you are supposed to follow your own states rule. But SC does not enforce headgear and it is generally accepted at the beach no matter where you are from. But do you really think if your head hits the pavement without one, that you will be OK?
Again I suggest joining AAA. They are great if you need a tow. They also have some really great hotel rates for members. And you can show your card and save at places such as the aquarium and the Hard Rock.
When putting in address in your GPS….always check the city. There is a difference between Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach. When I used to work at OnStar I had a lot of confused people show up at the wrong place because there were looking for an address in North Myrtle Beach but put in Myrtle Beach, or vice versa.