South Carolina Travel App News

The latest South Carolina travel app co-authored by Liz and Charlie Mitchell, Hilton Head Essentials, is available in new version 1.3. It also is now published on its own website: Hilton Head Essentials. The guide includes 166 pages with 1150 photos in a showcase of coastal experience for visitors and locals. Unique insider recommendations feature where to stay, where to eat and shop plus the best of everything to see and do on Hilton Head Island and throughout surrounding cities, towns and islands including Beaufort, Bluffton, Port Royal, St. Helena and Hunting Island. Like it on Facebook to get more details or to connect with the authors and locals. 

The Mitchells’ travel app Myrtle Beach’s Best was released in new version 1.4 in December and published on its own website: Best of Myrtle Beach South Carolina. It includes 2000 original photos for more than 180 pages and features shopping, dining, entertainment and attractions plus gyms, day spas and much more for planning a visit or finding event schedules, directions and details. Like it on Facebook to get news or add suggestions.

These independent apps offer one-touch phone calls, web links and immediate access to YouTube reviews with complete information for direct links to reservations or daily specials. Google mapping and photos are available without an Internet connection. Consistent and reliable content is provided to enhance visitors’ trip planning and overall experience.

The Mitchells’ coastal apps are the first of their kind for these destinations including reviews and recommendations based on the authors’ experiences and availability of quality content. No advertising or sponsorships support the products. Both are compatible with Apple’s new iOS platform. The publisher Sutro Media currently has more than 300 apps for sale on iTunes and is considered a leading authority in the industry. Download each app from iTunes for $2.99 for iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch and expect a free automatic update periodically when new material becomes available.

Liz and Charlie Mitchell, 20-year residents of the South Carolina coast, have extensive writing and marketing experience and previously co-authored two guidebooks released by Tourist Town Guides®, and Charlie co-authored three issues of Insiders’ Guide to Golf in the Carolinas. These books are available in major bookstores or online:  Myrtle Beach – A Guide to South Carolina’s Grand Strand and Hilton Head – A Guide to the South Carolina Lowcountry. The authors appear on request for book signings or to speak about travel writing and the destinations they cover. Contact them via their website The Mitchell Group International.

Travel Writers to Speak at Sunset River Marketplace

Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash, NC continues its Fall schedule of Coffee With the Authors events on Oct. 6, from 10 to 11 a.m.  with travel writers Charlie and Liz Mitchell. The husband and wife team, who have lived in Myrtle Beach since 1992, will speak about the art of travel writing. They will sign books and discuss secrets they learned during research for their two recent books: Myrtle Beach: A Guide to South Carolina’s Grand Strand and Hilton Head: A Guide to the South Carolina Lowcountry, both of which are part of the Tourist Town guidebook series.

The couple will also discuss writing for an online media outlet.  They publish tales of travel adventures and recommendations on their own blog, International Show and Tell which includes Humanity, Community, Marvels and Milestones of special interest to them.

Liz writes the Brunswick Vacation Planning blog and several others that  highlight coastal happenings enticing visitors to the magical beauty of small towns and friendly people. Charlie co-authored three editions of Insiders Guide to Golf in the Carolinas reviewing all major golf courses and related destinations along the coastal area of North and South Carolina.

The Mitchells also will also be showcasing their new mobile travel apps for iPhone,  iPad and iPod touch (and coming soon to new platforms). The apps,  Myrtle Beach’s Best and Hilton Head Essentials, include hundreds of reviews and original photographs of area attractions, golf, restaurants, shopping, hotels and more.

Their real business, when they are not writing and photographing for their personal fun projects, is marketing and booking professional speakers and entertainers including training and coaching programs anywhere in the world, plus event planning and management.

The coffee/book signing at Sunset River Marketplace is free, but space is limited so reservations are required. Call 910-575-5999 or email

Sunset River Marketplace showcases work by approximately 200 North and South Carolina artists and houses some 10,000 square feet of oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, mixed media, art glass, pottery, sculpture, turned and carved wood and artisan-created jewelry. There are two onsite kilns used by students in the ongoing pottery classes offered by the gallery. A custom framing department is available. There are also classes in oil painting, watercolor, pastel and figure drawing.

For more information, call or visit Sunset River Marketplace is located at 10283 Beach Drive SW (Hwy. 179), Calabash, NC. Regular hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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