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With so many great things to do in Myrtle Beach, it can be tough to choose what you and your family should do. Should you hit the beach or check out a water park? Should you go to a show or try the latest attraction? Should you have seafood or pizza?

Myrtle Beach vacations are filled with these types of tough decisions that can make or break your trip, so don’t wait until your family is at each other’s throats to choose who gets to pick the day’s activities.

Instead, just ask us and get great advice on Myrtle Beach’s best spots today!

If you’re stuck on what to do, simply contact one of our staff members or drop a line to one of the local experts who we’ve partnered with and we’ll do our best to get back to you right away with the answers you’re looking for. You can also visit the FAQ or Contact Us page for more help.

GoToMyrtleBeach.com Staff

ToddGarvinTodd Garvin

Expertise in: Golf, Mini Golf, Accommodations, Restaurants, Local News & Sports

Todd is a native of Catlettsburg, Ky., and has lived in Myrtle Beach since 2007. He has been visiting the Grand Strand on vacation or golf trips since he was 9 months old.

Before moving to the Grand Strand, Todd went 10 straight years with at least one golf trip to Myrtle Beach, so if you’re looking for ideas on golf packages, courses to play or even some after-round fun near your course, he can help. He’s also played nearly every miniature golf course on the Grand Strand.

Todd loves to eat and is always happy to help families find affordable, fun or even exquisite places to enjoy a meal. He can help you find a hidden gem to enjoy both sunny and rainy days.

Before launching GoToMyrtleBeach.com, Todd served as the Online Editor and Sports Editor and Universal Desk Chief for the area’s only daily newspaper, The Sun News, and has a solid knowledge of local news and sporting events.

His hobbies include fishing, photography and spending time with his wife, dogs and grandson.

If you have a question for Todd, drop him a line here.

IMG_7667Josh Bell

Expertise in: Local beaches, Things to do in Myrtle Beach, Photography, Accommodations, Restaurants, Local News & Sports

Josh is a native of Rushville, IN, but has lived all over the country in Colorado Springs CO, Los Angeles CA, Savannah GA and Myrtle Beach.

While living here Josh made it a priority to see and do everything, so if you have questions about the Grand Strand, chances are Josh has the answers.

Before joining GoToMyrtleBeach.com, Josh was a sports journalist for the area’s only daily newspaper, The Sun News, and has a solid knowledge of local news and sporting events.

His hobbies include photography and video, exploring, writing, watching movies, and quoting Ghostbusters.

If you have a question for Josh, drop him a line here.

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Alan Blondin

Expertise in: Golf, other local, regional and national sports; area nightlife

Alan Blondin has been the golf writer at The Sun News, Myrtle Beach’s only daily newspaper, since 2000 and has covered a variety of sports at the newspaper since 1993.

After graduating at the top of his class in Northeastern University’s School of Journalism in 1992, the Maine native (aka Maniac) covered golf and other sports in the Boston area and Victoria, Texas, before finding his way to Myrtle Beach.

Over the past two decades Alan has played all of Myrtle Beach’s 100-plus golf courses, most of them several times. He writes a weekly golf notes column that runs in Tuesday’s editions of The Sun News and a monthly golf course review involving a foursome that includes three different readers each month.

When he’s not rooting out golf stories you might find him hitting a golf shot off a tree root, if he’s not at the beach, boating or fishing in the warmer months.

Have a question for Alan? Drop him a line here.

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Jake Gervin

Expertise in: Bicycling

Jake is a native of California and has lived in Myrtle Beach since July 2012. He also lived here for a year in 2010-2011.

Jake’s journey has brought him from Salinas, Calif., to Palm Springs, Calif., to Shreveport, La., to Ithaca, N.Y., to Visalia, Calif., to San Antonio, Texas, to Myrtle Beach, to Des Moines, Iowa, and back to the beach.

Jake is an avid cyclist and finds the Grand Strand to have the best cycling community of all the places he has lived. There are parks, paths and even certain routes that will please even the most avid cyclist.

Local rides vary in pace and distance, so if you are a cyclist, the Myrtle Beach area has a ride for you. Check out the local rides at http://www.myrtlebeachcycling.com/

Jake’s hobbie include cycling, playing with his two dogs, listening to music and going to movies.

Have a question for Jake? Drop him a line here.

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Gregg Holshouser

Expertise in: Fishing, Outdoors

Gregg Holshouser is an avid fisherman and the outdoors writer for The Sun News, the Myrtle Beach area’s only daily newspaper.

Gregg is close with many of the area’s piers and fisherman, as he writes the weekly fishing report for the newspaper.

Gregg is a native South Carolinian and a 1984 graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Journalism. He has 15 years of experience as an outdoors writer between the Northwest Florida Daily News in Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., and The Sun News.

When not on some body of water looking for dinner, Gregg is the president of Custom Outdoor Furniture & Restrapping in Garden City Beach. Check out their inventory customoutdoorfurniture.com.

Have a question for Gregg? Drop him a line here.

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Lauren Joseph

Expertise in: Georgetown County, Pawleys Island, Murrells Inlet, Recreation, Golf, Outdoors

Lauren is a rare and endangered species around these parts – a native South Carolinian. She can’t remember her first visit to the beach, because she was just a few months old.  

She came home to Pawleys Island after college and hasn’t left Georgetown County since.  Now she lives in the city of Georgetown with her  husband, also a native, so their history in the area runs deep.  If she doesn’t know the answer to your question, she probably knows someone who does.

She works with the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce as Tourism Marketing Director.  The website she maintains, hammockcoastsc.com, has more information on the “south end” of the Grand Strand – aka The Hammock Coast.

Lauren just took up golf, and if it doesn’t kill her, wants to play all the courses on the Waccamaw Golf Trail. She also loves kayaking, dining out, good books, cold drinks and dancing “The Shag” with her hubs.

Have a question for Lauren? Drop her a line here.

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Leslie Menich

Expertise in: Wedding planning and design

Leslie is one of the top wedding planners on the Grand Strand, with specialization in planning, design style and coordination.

She is the owner of Memorable Moments, and is married to Jeremy Menich.

Leslie prides herself on the knowledge she can provide those looking to get married in the Myrtle Beach area,  from the places where they can save, the vendors they can trust, the unique ideas they can use, and more to help them customize their day, their way.

Leslie can help a bride-to-be in creating a wedding paired with her needs, personality, style, and vision. She, like her company, is passionate and takes pride in the final product exceeding her clients’ expectations.

There is true thrill and excitement in helping plan someone’s special moment and watching it turn into a lasting memory from start to finish.

Have a question for Leslie? Drop her a line here.

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