Friday Finds – The Uncommon Chocolatier

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Welcome to our first installment of Palmetto Vacation Rentals “FRIDAY FINDS”. Each week we’ll be visiting local businesses and attractions, bringing visitors to the Grand Strand a taste of new places to visit and focusing on attractions that are off the beaten path.

This week we visited “The Uncommon Chocolatier” a brand new fudgery located in the heart of The Market Common in Myrtle Beach. Made from the finest ingredients, The Uncommon Chocolatier offers a variety of handmade fudge, chocolates, and gift items.

Fudge is a staple of Myrtle Beach shops, restaurants, and markets. For half a century, travelers have been able to find fudge at mom and pop stores all along the Grand Strand. Usually only offering Chocolate and a few other flavors to eager travelers, the fudge presence here is as ubiquitous (and drab) as saltwater taffy, hermit crabs, and $99 cent shark tooth necklaces. But, No longer! Today, Alison and myself have discovered a culinary pleasure that would make Gordon Ramsay silent with content.

Originating in Pittsburgh, The Uncommon Chocolatier was started by Christine Falvo. Christine was inspired by her mother, Teresa and now has a third generation of fudge makers in her granddaughter, Elle, whom we spoke with this afternoon.

With over 35 varieties of fudge, chocolate-dipped fruit, and even specialty items, such as chocolate footballs, you can easily spend a whole day sampling and debating which is your favorite. Good luck, though – they are ALL fantastic! Some of the most amazing taste combinations and textures can be had such as: Crème Brule, raspberry cheesecake, cherry bourbon, chocolate strawberry, birthday cake, bananas foster, peanut butter, mint chocolate, red velvet, and “Unicorn Poo” (Cotton Candy – it’s delicious, I swear!).

The décor of the establishment is classic and inviting and is only rivaled by the breathtakingly artistic designs and textures of the main attraction – the fudge. Great care is taken by their artisans Elle and Brittany as you’ll find candy, nuts, and other delectable toppings that make it almost too pretty to eat – ALMOST!

The next time you are near The Market Common, take time to stop in and sample this very unique delight on the Grand Strand. You’ll be glad you did!

You can find the Uncommon Chocolatier at 3351 Reed Street in the Market Common. Be sure to like and follow them on Facebook under “The Uncommon Chocolatier”.

Jason Coker is originally from the metropolis of Burlington, NC and is passionate about vacation rentals. Having served on the front lines of a premier vacation rental company, Jason has a great understanding of all aspects of this fantastic industry. An aficionado of music, sports, and all things geeky, Jason spends his free time performing music, grilling out, and relaxing with his son, daughter, and lovely wife, Amy.

Top Free (or close to it!) Things to Do in Myrtle Beach

Top Free (or close to it!) Things to Do in Myrtle Beach

By

Jason Coker

Myrtle Beach in South Carolina is renowned as a vacation spot that the entire family can enjoy, but it can get expensive when you factor in entertainment for everyone. When you’re on a family vacation, you need to get the most out of the money you’re spending. This is the reason why we have come up with a list of free things you can do at Myrtle Beach. These include the following options:

Gorgeous, Serene, Unspoiled – Huntington Beach State Par

·        Check out the Beach

Of course! The beach is the main reason why you have decided to visit! With over 60 miles of gorgeous, pristine white sand it’s no surprise why Myrtle Beach is one of the top destinations on the entire East Coast. Not only is the beach fantastic in front of your vacation rental, there’s also miles of unspoiled and undeveloped oceanfront located right down the road at Huntington Beach State Park. At Huntington Beach State Park, there’s tons of wildlife such as water fowl, otters, sea turtles, and especially alligators! You’ll be able to take a stroll through the live oaks and pines as you make your way to Atalaya Castle, a 1930’s Moorish-style castle with exceptional views. There is also camping, picnic areas, and perfectly located across from the gorgeous Brookgreen Gardens. Check it out here: https://southcarolinaparks.com/huntington-beach

Vereen Memorial Gardens is the perfect place to unwind

·        Parks

Myrtle Beach has a lot of great parks nearby that are beautiful and provide you with the ideal spot to relax during the day. The low country is known for beautiful rivers, lakes, ponds and live oaks. You’ll be able to escape the hustle and bustle of tourists looking for entertainment as you watch the wind lazily play with the hanging Spanish moss. There are dozens of parks with playgrounds and picnic areas where you can sit and let the kids have fun during the day. You can check out Grand Park or Valor Park, where you can stroll around the lakes and have fun on the playgrounds. Many parks on the Grand Strand can be reserved for family and group events and are quite inexpensive.

There is also the Vereen Memorial Historical Gardens that have more than 100 acres of amazing vegetation and wildlife for you to explore. Here, there’s plenty of shaded paths to explore amongst the live oaks and there’s plenty of opportunities to spot deer, raccoon, and possum tracks on the sand. Ask a local how you can do some crabbing or simply relax on the shell beach along the waterway and marsh. There’s family swing sets that overlook the marsh as well as a picnic area. Vereen Gardens is also very pet friendly, so be sure to bring fido! https://scgreatoutdoors.com/park-vereengardens.html

Savannah’s Playground: For All Children

Also, be sure to check out Savannah’s Playground located in the Market Commons. Savannah’s Playground is free and open to any one, the playground is named after Savannah Thompson, a Myrtle Beach native with Williams Syndrome who is actively involved in the Grand Strand community. It’s proudly the Southeast’s first “Enabling Playground” where all equipment is ADA approved and children of all needs can socially interact and have a great time. It’s a multi-acre park that is perfect for a great day of inexpensive entertainment and fun. Being in the heart of the Market Commons, it’s a great place to play, relax and then get lunch, dinner, or a movie. Check it out here: http://savannahsplayground.org/

The Carolina Country Music Festival is one of many throughout the year on the Grand Strand.

·        Festivals

Myrtle Beach plays host to various annual parades and festivals throughout the year and you can take part in any festival during various seasons. The summer months bring about the MayFest that has nightly celebrations on the Boardwalk. During spring, you can check out the St. Patrick’s Day street parties and the Canadian-American Days Festival. The Carolina Country Music Festival is one of the South’s biggest music events. Fall brings several Oktoberfest events, a Greek Festival, the Endless Summer Festival, and more. Winter is also a great time for car shows, Holiday Events, Food Festivals, and Sports. https://www.visitmyrtlebeach.com/things-to-do/events/festivals/

One of the best ways to find out inexpensive and free things to do is to ask your vacation experts at Palmetto Vacation Rentals! We can let you know what’s going on in the Grand Strand no matter what you like to do. See you soon!

Jason Coker is originally from the metropolis of Burlington, NC and is passionate about vacation rentals. Having served on the front lines of a premier vacation rental company, Jason has a great understanding of all aspects of this fantastic industry. An aficionado of music, sports, and all things geeky, Jason spends his free time performing music, grilling out, and relaxing with his son, daughter, and lovely wife, Amy.

Different Ways to Explore Myrtle Beach

There are a lot of different activities that you can enjoy in Myrtle Beach, along with a host of different ways to spend your time over there. Most people assume that you can do only so much at Myrtle Beach. There are unaware of the hidden wonders and activities you can enjoy at this destination. There is so much to do and explore in Myrtle Beach, and we have highlighted some of the ways you can check out this amazing place below:
1. Savor the local wine culture
The typical vineyards in the United States grow grapes like Pinot Grigio, Merlot, and Chardonnay. However, in Southern California, you can get to savor Muscadine, with over 300 different varieties on offer. Visiting the La Belle Amie Vineyard in Myrtle Beach will allow you to experience and savor the local wine culture in Myrtle Beach easily.

2. Learn a new water sport
There are various water sports that you can choose to enjoy in Myrtle Beach, and it doesn’t even matter if you don’t know any. Picking up a new water sport to learn is the best thing you can do over here. It will be fun without taking a lot of effort on your part. You can take surfing lessons, try wakeboarding, or even visit Shark Wake Park where you can do tricks on your board.

3. Visit Brookgreen Gardens
If you’re a nature lover, then you must visit Brookgreen Gardens where you can wander through lovely live oaks, gorgeous gardens and inspiring sculptures.

Indoor Fun Activities to Enjoy at Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach has a milder winter than the ones people tend to experience in the North, but in the month of January, temperatures can tend to drop in the 50s! However, as we are already in January and heading towards February, it is the best time to explore the best indoor activities that you can enjoy at Myrtle Beach. We have compiled a list of our favorites that you can enjoy on any rainy day or when the weather is too uncomfortable for outdoor activities on your vacation.

So, let’s check out two of our most favorite indoor places to visit and enjoy in at Myrtle Beach:

1. Myrtle Beach Art Museum
The Myrtle Beach Art Museum, also known as the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum is Myrtle Beach’s premier art museum. It has 11 galleries that can be viewed all year round, with numerous incredible displays of national, regional and local artists on display. The best thing about this museum is that it is free to visit, since there is no admission fee. They also host different family and community days, talks, workshops, and various classes throughout the year.

2. 810 Billiards and Bowling
810 Billiards and Bowling is another great indoor entertainment place, where you have 14 standard bowling lanes, 6 billiard tables, 6 boutique lanes, corn hole, board games, darts, and foosball. It has a sports bar on-site along with a full menu and is a whole lot of fun on any day.

3. Rockin’ Jump
You can also have a grand time with your kids at the Rockin’ Jump Ultimate Trampoline Park. This destination features a huge trampoline jump area, trampoline dodgeball arena, trampoline basketball arena, a ninja course, a climbing wall, and a trampoline stunt bag for folks of all ages. There is also a snack bar and comfortable seating arrangements for everyone.

What to wear to the Beach in Winter?

Winters on the beach are especially chilly and the weather at Myrtle Beach is no different. However this doesn’t stop vacationers from enjoying their time at the beach. The easy availability of vacation rentals at Myrtle Beach is one of the prime reasons why people love thronging the Grand Strand.
Most of the people that visit the beach in winters are unaware of what to pack and wear. As a result, they end up catching a cold. This is especially troublesome with children. So it is fitting to provide some tips in this regard:
 Stay as covered as possible
Take a quick peek at what the weather is like at Myrtle Beach before you begin the journey. Usually it is advisable to wear capris or full length trousers that you can easily fold from the ankles up. You don’t want those bottoms getting soaked in the cold sand and making you unwell. Use tight tops with a sweater to protect against the cold breeze.
 Protection against the sun
While we all love sunbathing in the summers but the cold weather is different. The sand and water reflect sunlight more aggressively causing sunburns. Make sure you use ample amounts sunscreen and wear shady hats to protect against the sun’s violent rays.
 Bikinis are not absolutely out of the question
You might think it is absurd to wear a bikini to the beach in winters. It might not be the case. Myrtle Beach can at times offer sunlight that counters the cold breeze and makes the weather suitable for an outing in a bikini.

Upcoming Events at Myrtle Beach

It’s December; the month full of happiness and celebrations. Myrtle Beach is bustling with activities all year round and the final month of the year is no different. Our vacation rentals at Myrtle Beach remain as readily available as ever. So, if you’re planning a winter vacation at the Grand Strand, here’s what you need to mark your calendars for:
1. New Year’s Eve Casino Cruise
Set sail on the Big M Casino and celebrate New Year’s Eve gaming on the water. At just $75 per head, things are not that expensive and the chances of walking away with substantial winnings always remain strong. What better way than to win a jackpot to begin the New Year.
2. New Year’s Eve stroll under the Lights
For just $20 walk the Brookgreen and sculpture gardens specially lit with thousands of candles and Christmas lights while listening to some of the most soothing tunes available. Light refreshments will also be served but that view of the illuminated gardens will be a sight to cherish on its own.
3. The South’s Grandest Christmas Show
Taking place on the 23rd of December at the Alabama Theatre, The South’s Grandest Christmas Show will be a glistening combination of music, drama and celebrations unlike you’ve ever witnessed before. Comedian Ricky Morel will lighten up the stage with a hilarious performance and based on reviews it promises to be an amazing night that you won’t regret at all.

Spend a Girl’s Vacation this Winter at Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach remains a hub for all kinds of recreational activities throughout the year. Even when the weather turns chilly, you can gather your girlfriends and head down to the beach and have a ball. Vacation rentals at Myrtle Beach remain easily available making the trip affordable, enjoyable and comfortable. Whether it is for a weekend or a full week, there is no way you and your friends will get bored.

Here is a roundup of the few interesting things you can do at Myrtle Beach with your girls:
1. Some of the finest restaurants
Whether you are looking for a meal on the pier with a view of the sunset in your background or just looking to have a cozy dine-in experience, Myrtle Beach offers pretty much everything one could expect at a seaside venue. Drunken Jack’s is an amazing choice for waterfront dining and The Brentwood is another option for French cuisine. There are a variety of other options that you can also try depending on the consensus of the group.
2. Shopping
Every girl’s fantasy is to head out into the malls and go on a shopping spree. Myrtle Beach will make you feel spoiled for choices in this regard. From the Hudson’s Surfside Flea Market to the Market Commons or the numerous traditional malls lining the Myrtle Beach area, you can shop till you drop with your girlfriends.
3. Wine tasting
An amazing activity in the winter to head down to the numerous wineries located at different sites in Myrtle Beach. Duplin Winery and New South Brewing are just a few options to try here.

Why Visit Myrtle Beach in the Winters

A beach in winters might sound like a bad idea to some, but we’re here to show you why it isn’t. You might not be able to swim in the beach or spend time lying on its cool sand, but that shouldn’t limit the activities you can still do during your winter vacation at Myrtle Beach. With a majority of vacation rentals at Myrtle Beach still easily accessible, it is still a great spot to spend some family time.
Here are a few reasons to visit Myrtle Beach this winter:
1. A peace lovers paradise
Not many people come down to Myrtle Beach during the winters making it considerably less crowded. As a result, the place becomes a heaven for anyone looking to spend some quiet, peaceful time strolling along the beach, riding bikes on the numerous pathways or simply sit on a pier taking in the mesmerizing views overlooking the ocean.
2. Numerous discounts and offers
The winter months bring the most attractive packages and discounts from some of the leading vacation rental providers in Myrtle Beach. A holiday down at this amazing place therefore becomes not just fun but also extremely affordable. From restaurants to a number of entertainment related attractions, all open their doors for vacationers with a variety of discounts.
3. The ideal time to play golf
With smaller crowds, the golf courses are less packed and there is a better opportunity to get involved in the action. It is more comfortable and enjoyable to indulge in the sport of casual golfing, ideally with a group of friends, on the numerous courses that occupy Myrtle Beach.

Why Kids Love Myrtle Beach

Kids are known to appreciate any place that doesn’t let them have a dull moment. Also, catering to kids requirements for fun is quite different as compared to doing the same for adults. Children’s definition of ‘fun’ is quite specific. However, with white sand beaches that stretch for more than 60 miles and vacation rentals at Myrtle Beach, you can easily take your kids on a vacation they’ll never forget.

Here is a list of places and activities that kids love at Myrtle Beach:

The Family Kingdom
One the largest and most famous amusement park in Myrtle Beach is a paradise for children. With more than 30 rides to keep them occupied, kids love this place dearly. But if your kid is scared of the fast faced adventure rides, the Splashes Water Park is just across Oceans Boulevard and there is nothing children enjoy more than water.

Ripley’s Aquarium
Ripley’s has a number of attractions in Myrtle Beach but the aquarium is one of the most famous. This is mainly because kids can relate to the place through their books and animated movies like ‘Finding Nemo.’ The Aquarium houses hundreds of different marine species which you can see or even get close to by petting horseshoe crabs and stingrays.

Rockin’ Jump
The indoor trampoline park is the answer to your worries if you want your children to have fun but within a closed environment. The park offers activities like the Open Jump Arena, Jousting Pit, and the American Ninja Warrior obstacle course. Rockin’ Jump also has a cafe where parents can relax while they keep an eye on the kids via CCTV.

The Quest for the Best Burgers in Myrtle Beach

When it comes to food, Myrtle Beach has it all. Catering to people of all tastes, the Grand Strand is lined with some amazing eateries that serve mouth watering delicacies from all origins. However, it is possible that someone might be in search for a specific menu so, Myrtle Beach does everything not to disappoint them either. The abundance of diverse cuisines and easy availability of vacation rentals at Myrtle Beach mean that you’re missing out on a great vacation if you haven’t been here already.

Given below is a list of the most amazing burger joints at Myrtle Beach:

Peaches Corner
Started in 1937, this casual eatery is one of the most vintage places to eat at Myrtle Beach. Although it has been around for the so long, the food has lost none of its charm. Some of their notable offerings include the Burger Basket, Bacon Cheeseburger and the Peaches burger.

Burger Fi
It is a nationwide chain that has its outlet at the Surfside Beach Area. Serving some delicious and succulent burgers, the eatery has made a name for itself in the arena. Their notable selections include the CEO Burger, the Breakfast All Day Burger and the Conflicted Burger.

Beach House Bar and Grill
The eatery sits right where the name states, at the Beach House. They are famous for serving a wide variety of absolutely amazing burgers like the Big Cheese, Chili Cheeseburger and the Philly Cheese Steak Burger.