In between Murrells Inlet and Surfside Beach, there is a small town named Garden City Beach. Garden City Beach is the perfect spot to catch a wave, stroll the pier, and drink a delicious iced coffee while you stick your toes in the sand. For two years, Garden City Coffee Grounds has provided beachgoers with their caffeine rush and a freshly baked pastry.
The cool beach breeze and the crisp salt air are the perfect atmosphere to sit back, relax, and drink your morning coffee. They offer a variety of drinks including their famous Garden City white chocolate mocha with caramel, chai tea, or a classic cappuccino. Enjoy a fresh scone with your drink or choose from their breakfast and lunch menu. You can’t go wrong with a breakfast croissant or chicken salad sandwich.
Located at 117A Atlantic Ave in Garden City it is within walking distance of the pier and the beach. Open from 7:30 am to 4 pm for the summer it is perfect for early birds and catching that afternoon pick me up. If you are in the mood to enjoy breakfast or lunch on the beach, call ahead and pick your order up on the go.
On the walls, you can see how high the water rose during Hurricane Hugo and other storms of the past. Most recently, Hurricane Florence struck in 2018, but a few feet of water will not dampen the spirit of shop owner Matthew Hutton. Moving from Pittsburgh to Garden City was a dream come true for Hutton when he was given the opportunity to open his own coffee shop.
Hutton and his family grew up coming to Garden City and wanted to make life a vacation all year long. “Locals and visitors always come in with a smile on their face and are ready to just enjoy their day,” says Hutton. No drink is off- limits, and they are happy to cater to your taste with fresh gourmet coffee beans. Make sure to visit Garden City Coffee Shop all year long and appreciate your local businesses.
Tigers, an elephant, wolves, chimpanzees, and lions. All of these animals have one thing in common, they live in Myrtle Beach. They aren’t part of a zoo or a circus but a wildlife conservation program that Doc Antle began in 1983.
The animals that live on the preserve serve as animal ambassadors to over three million visitors each year. They serve as examples of the current environmental issues that these animals face. Instead of an animal on a postcard, Myrtle Beach Safari allows you to interact with the real thing.
So how exactly do you get to visit with these animals? It isn’t just an invite only experience. Anyone can go and they treat everyone on the tour as if they are VIP. No personal cameras are allowed but for an extra fee you can receive hundreds of candid pictures. For three hours you are transported to your own little paradise filled with animals you can only see in Africa or Thailand.
T.I.G.E.R.S (The Institute for Greatly Endangered and Rare Species) provides funding to on the ground international wildlife conservation programs that work to prevent the poaching and destruction of these precious animals. An example of that is providing funding to prevent the poaching of chimpanzees. In some countries, chimpanzee meat has become known as a delicacy and it is now a requirement to have mankind defend them.
Myrtle Beach Safari is a lifestyle and not just a hobby for the handlers who live there. These animals are their family and you can feel the connection as soon as you meet the first tiger cub.
For the second year in a row I was able to volunteer with the Grand Strand Miracle League. It was a beautiful Saturday to enjoy a game of baseball and to know that everyone was there for the same thing, fun.
Volunteering with the Miracle League reminds me not to take life so seriously. Every day is a gift and we should stop and relish the little moments in life. By the end of the day I was smiling so much my face hurt.
Adults and kids with special needs are no different from you and I. They want to feel a connection with someone and to be cared about. One of the biggest obstacles is how society perceives a person with special needs. Spend some time with them and you will experience genuine happiness and to not take yourself so seriously.
When was the last time you broke out into dance while Michael Jackson was playing? Have you cheered on a friend and given them a high five lately? Did you tell a stranger you like their sweater and watch them smile?
Life is a lot more meaningful when we are selfless and open our hearts to others.