Grab your honey and head for Myrtle Beach for some great off-season fun!
Some people think of Myrtle Beach primarily as a summer beach or golf destination, but there’s plenty to do off-season along the Grand Strand.
Accommodations: Get some great winter rates at Marriott’s Resort & Spa at Grand Dunes. Enjoy an oceanfront/view room or a 2-bedroom villa. Walk on an uncrowded beach, have a drink in the bar with an ocean view, or indulge at their Hibiscus Spa with a winter special of two mini spa services (facial, manicure, pedicure or massage) for just $85.
(1)The Brentwood Restaurant & Wine Bistro (Little River, SC) Featuring “Low Country French Cuisine,” this unique restaurant is located in a quaint Victorian home built in 1910. With several fireplaces and private dining rooms this is the place for a great romantic dinner! The staff will gladly share stories about how the house is haunted!
Select from the Chef’s 7-course Tasting Menu, a 4-course “Prix Fixe,” or the La Carte dinner menu. I selected the Cote De Beuf (Cadillac of Steaks) while my husband had a daily special of Beef Wellington. The Brentwood also boasts a huge wine selection. In fact, several rooms are totally wallpapered with wine corks! Chef Eric Masson, who holds three culinary degrees, won first place in the 201 1 Coastal Uncorked Iron Chef competition.
(2) Croissants Bistro & Bakery
One of Myrtle Beach’s favorite spots for breakfast, lunch, brunch or dinner Croissants Restaurant & Bistro on Grissom Parkway won’t disappoint. My husband and I had dinner there recently, experiencing Chef Bradley Daniels’ special creations.
My husband had the Scallops and Ahi Tuna with Wasabi Mashed Potatoes, while I enjoyed their signature dish of Shrimp & Grits, topped with a black BBQ sauce (secret ingredients include Guinness, coke and dark molasses sauce). And with a bakery right on the premise, desserts are an experience in their own right.
Entertainment: (1) Walk arm in arm on the 1.2 mile boardwalk in the heart of Myrtle Beach. Then soar high above the Atlantic Ocean in the 20-story high SkyWheel. Act like a teen at the arcade, enjoying a game of skeeball or air hockey.
(2) Head to Broadway at the Beach, an all-in-one entertainment complex surrounding Lake Broadway. Divided into four areas–a New England Fishing Village, a Caribbean Village, Heroes Harbor, and a Charleston Boardwalk, the complex offers unique shops, eateries and entertainment.
(3) Take in a live show at one of several theaters located in Myrtle Beach including Carolina Opry, the Palace Theater, or Legends in Concert.
Whatever you select to do on your romantic getaway, you’ll definitely enjoy the lack of crowds and a more peaceful Myrtle Beach!