The Grand Strand: A Perfect Vacation Destination for Romantics, Relaxers and Foodies Alike

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With its long list of attractions of both the natural and man-made varieties – ranging from the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway to parks, theaters, museums, thrill rides and restaurants of most every type – the Grand Strand truly has something for everyone. It’s why people of all stripes come from far and wide to vacation in the Myrtle Beach area, many of them returning year after year.

Today, let’s look at three types of vacationers – romantics, relaxers and foodies – and consider just a few of the reasons each can find something right up their alley on the Grand Strand:

Romantics: Start your day with a sunrise stroll on the beach – which should be easy enough, considering that the soft sands and breaking waves of the Carolina coast are within easy walking distance of your room at the resort. Later, you and your special someone can harness the ocean breezes together with a sailing lesson at Myrtle Beach Sailing School. (For couples with some time on their hands and a desire to develop an in-depth sailing knowledge, consider one of MBSS’s The Cruising Couple programs.) Once you’re back ashore, head for 21 Main Prime Steakhouse, located right on the North Beach Plantation property. This repeat cuisine-contest winner offers a menu focused on 28-day dry-aged meats, fresh seafood and sushi in an elegant setting.

Relaxers: Few things are more relaxing than reading a good book or magazine on the beach, and the stretch of soft, white sands right behind our resort was practically made for literary lounging. For those seeking a little retail therapy, a range of national chains and locally owned boutique shops awaits just across North Kings Highway at the Barefoot Landing shopping/dining/entertainment complex, and the nearby Tanger Outlets features an array of factory outlet stores and mom-and-pop shops. And to really crank up the relaxation level, treat yourself to a massage, facial or similar indulgence at the resort’s on-site Cinzia Spa.

Foodies: The delicious dishes start early on the Grand Strand, with breakfast (or sleep in a bit and grab brunch) at Croissants Bistro & Bakery, a local favorite since 1995. There’s one located on North Kings Highway about 6.5 miles south of the resort, and the delicious ways to start your day here include an array of crepes, benedicts and other specialties such as Bananas Foster French Toast and Shrimp & Grits. For a great lunch option, head to Lucy Buffett’s LuLu’s at Barefoot Landing. Set to open in summer 2018, the restaurant serves up signature items like the top-selling Crab Melt and the “Pa-Menna” Cheeseburger in a fun and lively atmosphere that includes live music nightly, an arcade, a ropes-climbing course, a large beach area and “LuLu’s Shag Beach Bar.” For dinner, check out the aforementioned 21 Main Prime Steakhouse, which is so close to your room that you could reach it without even having to start up the car. For dessert, Hook & Barrel – located about 6.5 miles south of the resort, offers tasty treats like the Chocolate Chip Cookie Skillet, the Chocolate Tower and Bananas Profiteroles.

No matter what type of vacationer you are, you can enjoy a getaway at your home away from home on the Grand Strand by booking a stay at North Beach Plantation today. With our long list of comfortable accommodations and extensive amenities, you and your vacation crew are sure to find just what you’re looking for in the Myrtle Beach area.