The Grand Strand, where ocean meets action and fun, fun, fun

What caught our eye?
Myrtle Beach and Murrell's Inlet form the perfect pair when it comes to a family friendly vacation that's big on action and natural beauty.
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The Grand Strand, where ocean meets action and fun, fun, fun

While Hurricane Irma may have put the brakes on our West Palm Beach, FL adventure it didn't stop us from paying a visit to one of my favorite beach towns: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. 

With a homebase at the Ellington Wachesaw Villas the highlight of our Editorial Team visit was The Carolina Opry, Brookgreen Gardens, Captain Hooks Adventure Golf and Medieval Times

Plus of course, plenty of time watching the waves at the unbeatable Huntington Beach State Park. And with Myrtle Beach so close to so many major cities (for us Canadian the trip is a mere 14 hours south).[

And while Myrtle Beach wasn't in our original plans we certainly did take full advantage of our unscheduled stop. If you're on the eastern seaboard and looking for a vacation that's got an unbeatable beach, great entertainment and fantastic fun, this may be exactly what you're looking for.

Sharon Ricci, Editor-in-Chief

The Quick 411

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Myrtle Beach is famous for doing things in a BIG way. Big shows on big stages. Big, wide beaches. Big golf. Big wheels. Big Big Big.

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Myrtle Beach is famous for doing things in a BIG way. Big shows on big stages. Big, wide beaches. Big golf. Big wheels. Big Big Big.

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For our Homebase: Ellington Wachesaw Villas
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For our Art and Garden Fix: Brookgreen Gardens
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For Family Fun: Captain Hooks Adventure Golf
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For an unforgettable Night Out: Medieval Times
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For Getting our Groove On: Time Warp at The Carolina Opry
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Myrtle Beach does mini-golf in a very big way! Our Editor's favorite course? Captain Hooks Adventure Golf. Chosen for it's unbelieveable elevations, Neverland theme and exceptional fun quotient! Our Editor and intern team racked up a few hole-in-ones and loved the Pirate Ship backdrop and dramatic caves.
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When it comes to world class stages, Myrtle Beach has more than its fair share. While our Editor visited many Shows while in The Grand Strand one of the most memorable was her visit to Medieval Times. Highlights? The beauty and grace of the horses as they bowed and danced, the colorful parade of Knights and of course, the loud cheering and jeering that makes Medieval Times a perenniel favorite.
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There are few gardens that have captured our Editor's heart more than Brookgreen Gardens in Murrell's Inlet. This world celebrated garden is only a few miles from all the loud action of Myrtle Beach but you'll feel like you're in a whole other dimension. Walk down the famous Live Oak Alley and listen for the voices from centuries past. Marvel in sculptures that feel so natural in the garden you'll swear they emerged from the soil instead of from an artist's hand. While at the Garden, the team enjoyed a lively session centered around the colorful and often untold story of the Gullah Geechee.
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Being so close to one of the most beautiful beaches in the USA puts a skip in your step but what really got our Editorial team moving was (almost) front row seats at the Carolina Opry for Time Warp. With the most famous tunes from the 60's, 70's and 80's performed by talented musicians it didn't take long for the audience to start rocking in their chairs! With the glamour and glitz of the Carolina Opry as the backdrop our team's night at Time Warp was a highlight of the week.
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Homebase: Ellington Wachesaw Villas These villas are tucked up in Murrell's Inlet and close to everything. The team unwound in their two bedroom villa complete with every amenity they could ask for. It was the perfect launch pad for a week of touring and tasting!

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