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									Spectacular
                                           Myrtle Beach


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                                                                                                                                                       By Melissa Harrison


                                               yrtle Beach conjures           businessman from Conway, SC, recognized         the House of Blues, The Carolina Opry and
                                               images as far as the           the area’s vast development potential. After    other music venues promise some the best
                                               imagination can span.          purchasing an unfathomed 80,000 acres           concerts around. At night, nightclubs, discos
                             For area baby boomers, this southern icon        of coastline, he designated the land “New       and beach clubs keep the city’s heartbeat
                             evokes a sense of youthful nostalgia –           Town.” He swiftly built a railroad to make      alive. Outlet malls, boutiques and specialty
                             summer nights along the boardwalk, beach         what was once a remote and distant beach        shops offer excellent finds during the day.
                             music, southern gentleman and those              easily accessible, and tourism began to             For vacationers looking for a little action,
                             “sweet Carolina girls.” For vacationers,         grow by leaps and bounds. Burroughs’ wife       the possibilities are endless. Myrtle Beach
                             visions of world-renowned 18-hole golf           is actually responsible for the city’s modern   is home to more than 120 golf courses,
                             courses, sporty race tracks, family water        moniker. She hosted, and won, a contest to      many of which are crowned the nation’s
                             parks, mouth watering seafood, shopping          rename the town, which took on the title of a   most elite. Deep-sea fishing, racetracks,
                             and live entertainment stir just about every     native shrub growing wildly along the coast     miniature golf, and water parks thrill adults
                             pleasure-seeking sensibility. And then, there    – the waxy Myrtle tree.                         and children alike, and the famous Myrtle
                             are the sandy beaches and miles of Atlantic          In the 1920s, the grand Ocean Forest        Beach Pavilion is fun for the whole family.
                             coastline. This boom town’s rich history         Hotel, along with the present Pine Lakes        Located on Ocean Boulevard in the heart
                             and diverse culture have given it a national     International Country Club (the area’s first     of Myrtle Beach, the Pavilion is the oldest
                             reputation as one of the hottest travel          golf club and birthplace of the magazine        theme park in the area. Its expansive growth
                             destinations around. But just where did the      Sports Illustrated), made its debut in the      in recent decades has made it a mecca
                             phenomenon of Myrtle Beach begin?                community’s new upscale resort, Arcady.         of entertainment. Touted as an “11-acre
                                Well before the theatres, miniature           Myrtle Beach became the place to “be and        playground by the sea,” The Myrtle Beach
                             golf, historic cruises, and world-famous         be seen” among affluent society. While           Pavilion features more than 40 spectacular
                             amusement parks, Myrtle Beach was no             Hurricane Hazel devastated much of the          rides, including the Hurricane Category 5,
                             more than a quiet coastal fishing village.        Grand Strand in 1954, the tourist town          the biggest roller coaster in South Carolina.
                             The Waccamaaw and Winyah Indians are             quickly bounced back, as newer hotels,          The Attic, the Grand Strand’s only “under
                             the first known inhabitants of the area.          homes and attractions quickly emerged           21” nightclub, is housed within the Pavilion,
                             Naming it “Chicora,” they settled amidst the     along the strip. The popularity of Myrtle       as are restaurants, shopping and more!
                             natural beauty of rolling dunes, shady oaks,     Beach carried on well into the 1960s when
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                             rich soil and clear waters. By the 1800s, this   beach music became a permanent fixture in
                             idyllic setting was under attack by pirates      the coast’s cultural identity.
                             such as the infamous “Blackbeard” who lay            Today, the sixty miles of coastline         Myrtle Beach Area Chamber
                             claim to the swells of the Atlantic and its      showcase just about every diversion             of Commerce and Visitor Center
                             peaceful shore. Legend has it that even the      imaginable. The area boasts more than           www.VisitMyBeach.com
                             loot of “Captain Kidd” himself is still buried   1,700 restaurants, many offering fresh          (843) 626-7444
                             somewhere near Murrells Inlet, SC.               seafood served in the famous Calabash or
                                Eventually, the captains of the sea gave      Murrells-Inlet style. Performances at Dolly
                             way to captains of real estate who swept         Parton’s Dixie Stampede Dinner & Show and
                             up the much of South Carolina’s coast.           the Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament
                             F. G. Burroughs, a visionary and shrewd          entertain audiences year after year, while

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