Dreaming of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

The sun is trying to peak out from behind the clouds but that pesky wind and rain has been persistent.  Mr. Sun is not having much luck.  The temperatures have warmed up a little bit but are showing no signs of creeping any higher.  I know I have no room to complain about temperatures that range from the 20s to the 40s but we live on the Gulf Coast.  We just are not accustomed to temperatures like that for more than a few weeks at a time.  Our houses aren’t insulated for that freezing weather, our coats are not heavy enough, and we can’t find the darn mittens and scarves in the closet.  Don’t even get me started on my shoes.  My poor flip flops are aquiring a very tall layer of dust as I constantly rotate the only two pairs of closed toed shoes I own.

This is why I am dreaming of my spring break trip already even though it is still two months away (and may still very well be cold where we are going!).  We will be packing up the car and making the eleven hour drive to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  Not only will I be able to check off #3 (putting our toes back in the Atlantic Ocean) on my 33 Things to Do the Year I Turn 33 list, but I am excited to explore a part of the South that I have not been able to explore yet.

Courtesy of alan2onion at Flickr.com

Courtesy of alan2onion at Flickr.com

South Carolina makes me think of sprawling porches, rocking chairs and all the sweet tea you can drink.  It makes me think of BBQ sandwiches, boardwalks with carnival rides and ice cream shops, and collecting seashells on the beach as the sun rises.

We will be visiting Holiday Inn Vacation Club’s South Beach Resort courtesy of the Holiday Inn Vacation Club.  I am looking forward to taking advantage of what the resort as to offer including their pools and that beautiful boardwalk out to the beach.  I can’t wait to see my children’s reaction when they walk out on the that sand and see how different it is from our powdery white beach.  I am excited for the car ride because much of the ride will be a route we have never taken before. 

But most importantly?  I am looking forward to the three days of family time…you know…that Forced Family Fun?!

Have you been to Myrtle Beach?  Do you have any suggestions for us?  We want to hear about your favorite restaurants and activities!

Stop by Mother of all Trips to see what everyone else is dreaming about today!


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    Jen, you and your family will love Myrtle Beach! When we go, we love to visit Ripley’s Aquarium. I’ve been to a lot of aquariums in the South, and Ripley’s is always my favorite. We also love to eat, and a personal favorite is The Sea Captain’s House. Overlooking the Atlantic, it can be a bit pricey, but it’s some of the best seafood (and view!) we’ve found in Myrtle Beach. Have a great trip! I look forward to reading about it when you return.

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    I haven’t been there – can’t wait to read about it! Hopefully it will warm up for you. 🙂

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    No wonder you are looking forward to this trip, I would be! I’ll be in interested in reading your tips about how to survive an 11 hour car journey!

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    Karon-Thanks so much for the recommendations! I am excited to add another aquarium to our list. We love visiting aquariums!
    Mara-We hope so too! And you know I will write all about it!
    Anna-Hoping we will be fine in the car. 11 hours isn’t too terrible…we have done 15 hours before and that is when they were younger. Luckily they are a little older and will entertain themselves or each other!

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    You are going to have a great time! My kids enjoyed the Ripley’s Aquarium, but they did find it a little small. Both my girls *love* MagiQuest, but I think your kids are younger, so they might not like it as much? We took a drive down to Pawley’s Island. Brookgreen Gardens is probably worth checking out — I haven’t been, but it was recommended to me. Myrtle Beach State Park and Huntington Beach State Park are worth checking out. I think a one day pass covered entrance fees to both.


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