Just north of the city of Myrtle Beach in coastal South Carolina, North Myrtle Beach has grown from a tranquil farming region into a prized leisure destination. Way back in 1737, landowner William Gause built a tavern that became a welcome stop for vacationers and others traveling along Kings Highway, a route stretching from Boston to Charleston. Today, this sunny, friendly beach town is a popular endpoint all on its own.
While this all-season locale has plenty to offer regardless of the calendar month, summer is a wonderful time to explore, with outdoor activities such as golf, kayaking, hiking and paddleboarding available. Nature lovers can organize a trek through the 1,000-acre Waites Island, one of the state’s undeveloped barrier islands. Accessible via horseback, the island is a haven for wildlife, including osprey, blue heron and bald eagles — along with occasional bottlenose dolphins found frolicking in the waters. You can kayak on your own, or enjoy a tour in a glass-bottom kayak.
The Music on Main weekly summer concert series fills the town with tunes every Thursday evening, June to September. If you can’t listen without dancing, that’s okay: You can learn the steps to the Shag, the state’s official dance during a lesson at Fat Harold’s Beach Club, before joining the locals in a nightly shag-down on Main Street.
Hungry? Relax over a meal of area specialties on the Barefoot Queen Intercoastal Riverboat Dinner Cruise while enjoying onboard entertainment. Or, make a reservation for dinner at Midtown Bistro. The chef here created a menu featuring Italian fare, steaks and seafood, along with Southern greats including grilled chicken and shrimp, Lowcountry sauté, sausage and peppers, and stuffed banana peppers.
Be sure to fit in time for a round beneath the sunny blue sky: North Myrtle Beach’s spot on The Grand Strand has earned the title of Golf Capital of the World, with more than 80 championship golf courses like Eagle Nest Golf Club, Beachwood Golf Club and Azalea Sands Golf Club.
There is something magical about sipping a glass of local wine while watching the sun slip into the Aegean Sea as the afterglow tinges traditional, white-washed Cycladic houses with glorious shades of rose, purple and gold. Ancient Greeks believed Helios, the Sun God, caused sunsets by driving his fiery chariot into the sea. Standing at water’s edge in Mykonos, watching the sky slowly turn from purple to inky black, you almost believe it.
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I hadn’t even made it to my first cup of coffee when I got an early phone call from my sister, who lives two time zones away. “OMG, Kristy, Patsy Cline came on twice while I was driving the kids to school today,” she laughed. “You know what that means, right?” We both gasped and then instantly began singing the lyrics to “La Bamba,” an inside joke we’d shared since our family’s Alaskan cruise decades ago when we, unintentionally, won the ship’s karaoke contest among a sea of Patsy Cline tributes.
Located in the heart of Houston’s Theatre District, the recently renovated Lancaster Hotel originally opened in 1926. The classic interior with an abundance of natural light floods the two-story lobby. A shimmering chandelier and elegant marble floors juxtapose nicely with the contemporary art displayed on the salon staircase wall.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
The Woodward Geneva and Swiss International Air Lines recently launched a new collaboration to transport passengers to the counter of Michelin-starred restaurant L’Atelier Robuchon. As part of the SWISS Taste of Switzerland inflight culinary program, the partnership provides Business and first-class travelers on SWISS long-haul flights departing from Geneva and Zürich carefully curated menus inspired by the restaurant.
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Midway Atoll is the end of the Hawai‘ian Islands, literally. This is the ultimate fate of these low, sandy islets ringing a lagoon: Eventually these last remnants of a once large volcanic island will sink beneath the waves, completing a story that began 1,500 miles away. Midway, though not easy to get to, occasionally features in cruise itineraries. Holland America Line’s Westerdam offers a rare chance to glimpse the remotest of all the Hawai‘ian Islands with a scheduled stop in October 2024. You can still see the relics of the famous World War II battle here as well as a million nesting albatrosses and other seabirds.