I was sleeping on Myrtle Beach—figuratively, at first, and then literally. And we loved it!
Well, I wasn’t too keen on the timing of this scheduled trip; the week of Christmas eve…we drove back up from our little vacay on Christmas Eve. The timing was the main issue for me. The destination was a drag too. I didn’t want to go to Myrtle Beach South Carolina because in my mind it was a tired ole beach town with murky brown beaches and old people.
I was wrong!!
Myrtle beach ended up being one of the most memorable vacations we’ve had yet. The weather was PERFECT, in the near 70s, the week we went. We stayed at a 2 bedroom villa (a villa!) at the Sheraton, compliments of Ev’s boss—as a end of year bonus—and the girls we’re amazing the entire ride there!
Our road trip was fun too! It was about a five-hour drive from where we live and we left very early in the morning. We had planned to leave before dawn but both of us were too tired after an evening of last-minute to-do items to get up any earlier than 7am. We hit the road by 8am and arrived at about 4pm. The pit stops, gas refills and potty breaks stretched out our arrival time, but we got there nonetheless.
I made sure I had all kinds of coloring books, activity crafts, stuffed animals, puzzles, the iPad (with games and videos pre-downloaded) and SNACKS! This helped a lot. Ollie snacked her way all the way down to South Carolina. I wasn’t complaining. No fussy babies for me! Our snacks were mainly fresh fruit, dried fruit, veggie chips, and yummy sandwiches. Who wants to be bloated in a bathing suit? So I stuck with the healthy snacks.
The beach was peaceful and quiet and tranquil. It wasn’t Caribbean blue, but it was beautiful with soft brown sand. Like I said, the weather was beautiful so I really got to see the town without throngs of people. There were big restaurants, little ones, water parks, and theme parks spaced widely apart, and attractively mixed in with tiny, colorful, beach town homes. The Sheraton was very nice, our room was amazing. The girls had their own room, each with a fluffy luxurious queen sized bed. We had a kitchen, a porch that overlooked a duck-filled pond. The girls liked that. The master suit was on point, that’s all I’ll say. There was a living room and a dining area so there was enough room for the kids to run around when we found ourselves inside.
Most of the time we were at the pristine sandbox and play ground. Every morning the girls looked forward to a warm sunny walk across the property to the white sandy play area.
The town was a nice mix between a tropical island and a southern city. The restaurants we saw were mainly chain, which is good and predictable, but Ev and I prefer hole-in-the-wall local joints when we travel. They usually have the best food ever. I brought good ol’ oatmeal for our breakfasts (the kids love the stuff), fruit, and we picked up lunch at a local Chinese buffet. Variety for everyone. And there’s always rice—you can never go wrong with rice.
We made it to a few attractions too, compliments of the hotel staff (we had to sit through one of those boring timeshare presentations to get free tickets to shows and restaurants—but it was well worth it). We saw a drive thru Christmas light show, walked the hotel-ridden pier topped with a ferris wheel and county-fair-like setups, but the highlight of our trip was Ripley’s Aquarium. It’s a little aquarium with a big impact. We all enjoyed seeing the different fish, sharks, and other sea animals from different angles and perspectives. Like through the escalator drawn tunnel, where we spotted giant sea turtles, sharks and stingrays!