July 6, 2009

Myrtle Beach and All It's Splendors

Due to a busy travel schedule, its been awhile- but have no worries- I am back to fill you in on my wonderful Summer! I had a wonderful time in South Carolina! As soon as we arrived we threw on our suits and hit the beach! We soon found that our Emerald Coast beaches at home were far superior to South Carolina's Atlantic Coast :) But we had fun none the less! The highlight of our trip was definitely the relaxing afternoons by the pool, our wonderful dinners, and time spent shopping at the lovely Tanger Outlets (great summer deals!). Kaitlyn and I had plenty of fun at the pool, we ended up teaching a couple 4-yr. old boys how to do cannon balls- "candyballs" as they called them :) Another great thing about beach vacations is the opportunity to throw on a Summer dress and head out for a sunset dinner! We did a great deal of research on eateries, as we had been told that Myrtle Beach had become very "touristy," and being beach natives we know that usually means less than average service and/or food. We read that Murrell's Inlet, a thirty minute drive from North Myrtle Beach hosted some wonderful restaurants. There were each nicely located on a strip of the wharf, easily walkable for an evening stroll! The first place we chose was called 'Bovine's' and it was delicious! They specialize in wood-fired meals and great seafood (and they have a great spot right on the water too). I ordered a Shrimp/Sausage and Cheese Grits meal and ate every last bite of it. They also have a great house peppercorn dressing. In fact, they were featured in Southern Living magazine and we definitely recommend it to any of you traveling there. It is worth the drive and the moderate price! Because we were so pleased with their service and food, we decided to visit a sister restaurant of theirs named 'Umi,' an Asian inspired restaurant. It was dead inside, but the food and the service was wonderful! It is a beautiful and very romantic restaurant, we were very surprised to find it empty, but we received plenty of personal attention :) We also treated ourselves to Maggie Moo's Ice Cream one evening (always worth the calories), I love the Red Velvet flavor! needless to say, South Carolina treated us well and I am glad to have had the opportunity to go for a short vacation with my mother and a good friend. I've included a few pictures of our trip for your enjoyment.

Kaitlyn and I on the beach after dinner!

Kaitlyn showing off her great Ann Taylor finds from the Tanger Outlets.

North Myrtle Beach at sunset.

Kaitlyn and I soaking up the South Carolina sun!