Myrtle Beach is a destination that has a lot to offer! From a girls getaway trip to bachelorette parties and visiting the more low-key Murrell’s Inlet – there is so much to do.
This trip was hosted by Visit Myrtle Beach. I was not compensated for my time. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
*both hands raise in the air*
A few weeks ago my friend Andrea and I went to Myrtle Beach for a long weekend girls getaway.
If you’re anything like me, you may think of Myrtle Beach as a family destination where mini golf and go carts are a-plenty. Not that there’s anything wrong with those things… but for a girls getaway that wasn’t really the scene we were looking for.
Myrtle Beach is a destination with a lot to offer – from their boardwalk scene, the casual and chill Murrell’s Inlet MarshWalk, Duplin Winery, and of course just hanging out on the beach!
We also went in mid-September, which is at the tailend of their busy season. And BONUS – weather was amazing. Warm days and cooler nights!
Things to do in Myrtle Beach for a Girls Getaway
Salt Marsh Kayaking
Can’t say I’ve ever kayaked in a marsh before! Growing up in Michigan our kayak trips are usually on the river, an inland lake or one of the Great Lakes.
I love kayaking though and this was a great experience with BlackRiver Outdoors – our guides even told us some (comical) myths involving mermaids and pirates.
You can also rent kayaks and other water adventure activities at Murrell’s Inlet.
The boardwalk makes for a great spot to get some ice cream, tour the fun shops and of course, hit up the beach. There are little public parking lots close by as well.
As touristy as it gets but totally worth it! Amazing views of Myrtle Beach. Plus, who doesn’t love a good modern ferris wheel selfie?
Book tickets here.
The weekend we were in town, Barefoot Landing had their 4th annual Grape Stomp with live music as part of their SeptemberFest.
I got my stomp on and competed against another fellow Midwestern girl – she won.
Tickets were $25 and included the stomp experience, commemorative wine tumbler and a bottle of Duplin wine.
A walk around Brookgreen gardens was quite magical.
You can book tickets online, and then they’re good for 7 consecutive days, which means you can take your time walking around and/or come back another day.
They also have fun little events, and a zoo area for kids.
Our last day we went down to Murrel’s Inlet which is this awesome, low-key area. The MarshWalk has a variety of water front restaurants, live music, and the Huntington Beach State Park is nearby as well.
It’s a great place to spend the afternoon if want a little break from the hustle and bustle of the downtown Myrtle Beach area.
Best Foodie Spots in Myrtle Beach
- Bay Naturals Healthy Market & Kitchen – Some great vegan options, smoothies, and they serve organic breakfast on Saturday and Sunday.
- Cafe Gelato – We didn’t get a chance to eat here but I noticed it as we were driving by and their food menu looks pretty good!
- Crossiants Bakery & Bistro – We didn’t get a chance to eat here either (not enough time!) but it looked so cute and it’s the same owners as Hook & Barrell (more on that below), so highly recommend checking out their breakfast/lunch spot. And they have a legit coffee menu.
Lunch & Dinner
The Wicked Tuna – They have two locations, their original locaiton in Murrell’s Inlet where their boats go right out and catch. And one at the 2nd Pier, which we walked down to from the Skywheel boardwalk area.
We started with their hummus plate which was delightful, then I got their classic Ahi Tuna (couldn’t resist) and Andrea got a burger.
Hook & Barrel – This place might have been our favorite spot. Not only was the ambiance unique their restaurant is sustainable, blah blahc.
Aspen Grill – A little more upscale but really delicious. We ate here our first night. I had crab cakes (it’s hard to get great ones in Michigan) which were amazing, and Andrea had the steak which she said was also delish.
Dishes are based on traditional Southern cuisine, with Chef Martin’s own personal twist. The menu changes seasonally and offers simple, but flavorful dishes with ingredients sourced from the best local suppliers.
Drunken Jack’s – This was our lunch spot before heading out on Sunday. Had a large menu with lots to choose from and something for everyone. Views were lovely here – a huge patio with a panoramic view of Goat Island (yes, with actual goats on it!) and the sparkling waters of the Inlet.
Have you been to Myrtle Beach lately?
Anything I missed?
Where are your favorite spots?
What kinds of activities do you like to do on a girls getaway trip?
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