5 Romantic Ways to Spend a Grand Strand Date Night (or Day)

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When couples head to the Atlantic’s coast, it’s only natural that there’s a spark of romance in the air. After all, few things support an amorous atmosphere more than soft beach sands, cool ocean breezes, the soothing sounds of crashing waves and the sun rising over blue ocean waters.

Of course, the Grand Strand has an ample supply of all of these things, along with plenty of great attractions and activities to share with your one and only when you’re looking to ignite a little romance. Next time you and your sweetheart are enjoying a stay at North Beach Plantation and planning a date in the Myrtle Beach area, consider these five romantic ways to spend some time together on our lovely stretch of the South Carolina coast:

Spend a day at Brookgreen Gardens: Found on the Strand’s southern end in Murrells Inlet, this 9,100-acre sculpture garden and wildlife preserve is a prime destination for lovers of nature and art. Featuring several lush and expansive botanical gardens, each with its own unique theme, the property also houses 2,000-plus artworks by more than 400 artists, making it home to the nation’s most comprehensive collection of American figurative sculpture. To plan a visit with your sweetheart, visit brookgreen.org.

Grab dinner at 21 Main: For a romantic dinner date, head to North Beach Plantation’s on-property 21 Main Prime Steakhouse, where USDA Prime and specialty cuts of meat share the menu with an array of fresh seafood, all served up in an elegant setting. Start your meal with a Fried Calamari or Baked Brie appetizer, then move on to delicious entrees such as the Certified Angus Filet Mignon or the Coldwater Lobster Tail. A long list of grilled, surf & turf, and raw bar options is also available.

Or settle in for some romance: Boasting a number of room layouts that offer fully equipped kitchens, North Beach Plantation gives its guests the option of staying in for the night and cooking their own romantic meal — and enjoying it with their own private oceanfront view. Looking to really set the mood? Round out the romantic vibe with a beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers from Flowers by Richard and an assortment of delectable chocolates from Kilwins.

Catch a concert at the House of Blues: If you and your sweetheart are ready to rock, this juke joint-themed live-music venue at nearby Barefoot Landing — a shopping/dining/entertainment complex located just a mile inland from the resort — can support the cause with regularly scheduled national touring acts playing its indoor stage, plus regional acts playing its outdoor deck during the warmer months. Artists set to steal the show here in 2019 include Eagles, Mary J Blige and Queen tribute acts in January; Whiskey Myers, Russell Dickerson & Carly Pearce, Walk the Moon, Tesla and Dylan Scott in February; and Dropkick Murphys, Walker Hayes, Buckethead and The Marshall Tucker Band in March. Check out the full lineup at houseofblues.com.

Take your love to new heights: For some romantic views from high above the heart of downtown Myrtle Beach, take a lovers’ ride on the iconic Myrtle Beach SkyWheel. From inside one of the 187-foot-tall Ferris wheel’s 42 climate-controlled, glass-enclosed gondolas, you’ll get a bird’s-eye view of the coastline, the Boardwalk, the ocean and downtown Myrtle Beach. And, while the gondolas have room for up to six, you can rest assured that strangers won’t spoil the romance — a private flight is guaranteed for all boarding parties. Once you’re back at ground level, take a stroll along the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, where you can also grab a snack to enjoy with your oceanfront views.

After your romantic Grand Strand outing, head back to the comfortable accommodations and amazing amenities at North Beach Plantation to get ready for another day spend exploring the Myrtle Beach area together. Book your romantic retreat today — and start looking forward to making some lifelong memories with your true love on the Carolina coast!