You may want to drop down to Myrtle Beach the weekend of May 13-14 and ride the trolley - if you can get a seat. It's something of a steal at $75 a person.
The glorified buses - like the tires-on-concrete Gold Rush that circles uptown Charlotte - were an unexpected success last year at the first Coastal Uncorked celebration. It works like this: You buy a wrist band, board the trolley and hop off at any of the various stops for food, drink and entertainment. To sample a different stop, just board the next trolley: Twelve to 16 trolleys will run continuously, revisiting each stop on the route every 10 to 20 minutes. The full loop is about 22 miles.
The inaugural Coastal Uncorked drew about 6,000 participants... many who weren't sure of the vehicles' purpose. Now they know, word is getting around, and organizers are thinking 15,000 will attend.
The 10 stops this year are themed. Eight hotels/resorts field and cater their own stop; there, food and drinks are free if you have a trolley wristband. At the other two - the Coastal Untapped Beer Tasting Event (on the Boardwalk, downtown) and the Coastal Uncorked Tasting & Gourmet Village (at Market Common) - only beer/drinks are free; food costs extra.
Remember that your $75 is good from noon to 5p.m. Friday (May 13) and Saturday (May 14).