Thanks to the 1993 comedy film that shares the holiday’s name, actor and comedian Bill Murray has become nearly as synonymous with Groundhog Day as Punxsutawney Phil, the celebrated Pennsylvania rodent who most of us hope won’t see his shadow this February 2 — signaling (some say, at least) an early end to the year’s wintry weather. Also thanks to the “Groundhog Day” movie, the term “Groundhog Day” itself has come to represent a day or experience marked by a strong sense of déjà vu — like you’re living through something that’s already happened to you in the past.
So, in celebration of Groundhog Day 2019, consider this itinerary for a wonderful February day on the Grand Strand that’s undoubtedly worthy of repeating again and again — either over successive days in the Myrtle Beach area or with a return visit to the Grand Strand the following year:
A walk on the beach: Nothing says coastal getaway quite like a walk along the ocean’s the sandy shore, and with more than 60 miles of Atlantic coastline, the Grand Strand can certainly accommodate such a stroll. Further, for guests of The Cottages at North Beach Plantation in North Myrtle Beach, a particularly serene stretch of shoreline can be found just a short walk south of the resort property. Whether enjoying a short, leisurely stroll through the sands or a longer expedition down the beach, you’ll be glad you took in the area’s coastal atmosphere with a mind-clearing trek.
A swim in the pool: Another hallmark of a repetition-worthy beach vacation is spending some time lounging by the pool. And at The Cottages at North Beach Plantation, guests get access to a full 2.5 acres of oceanfront poolscape, where they have a range of options for taking in some fun in the sun. Take your vacation crew to the oceanfront to enjoy over 15 water features including indoor and outdoor swimming pools, oversized hot tubs, an indoor lazy river, private beach access, and the Grand Strand’s largest swim-up pool bar.
A visit to Cinzia Spa: To experience the ultimate in vacation relaxation and pampering, pay a visit to the resort’s on-site Cinzia Spa for your choice from a long list of massage varieties including Swedish massages, deep-tissue massages, aromatherapy massages or a hybrid of all three. Other mood-boosting options at the 17,000-square-foot well-being oasis include facials, body treatments, manicures and pedicures.
An afternoon on the Boardwalk: Anchored by a 1.2-mile wooden walkway that runs along the Atlantic Ocean’s coast from 14th Avenue North to 2nd Avenue North, the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk & Promenade features amazing ocean and downtown views at nearly every step along the way. It also offers an array of shopping, dining and entertainment options, all in the heart of downtown Myrtle Beach — so there’s plenty of fun on tap at this signature Grand Strand attraction for everyone!
Dinner and more at Broadway: A wildly popular Myrtle Beach shopping/dining/entertainment hot spot, the Broadway at the Beach complex features 75-plus stores and shops for those in need of some retail therapy, and it’s not hard to find whatever eats you might be craving with 40 restaurants, sweet shops, bakeries, etc. located right on-site. The complex is also home to more than 20 fun family attractions — among them the Hollywood Wax Museum, Ripley’s Aquarium, WonderWorks and Broadway Grand Prix.
After a day (or multiple awesome yet strangely similar days) on the Grand Strand, head back to your comfortable accommodations and wide-ranging amenities at The Cottages at North Beach Plantation to rest up for more Myrtle Beach fun. Book your Groundhog Day getaway today — and start planning some good times on the Carolina coast!