So what if it's cold and rainy outside. There's still plenty of fun to be hand indoors in North Myrtle Beach, where there are as many things to do under the roof as there is under the sun. That's especially true for visitors staying at North Beach Plantation.
If the weather dictates an indoor play date and you don't feel like leaving the resort property, make it a spa date at the on-site Cinzia Spa for a relaxing ritual treatment or a romantic couple’s massage. Enjoy a delicious meal at 21 Main, get in a workout at the state-of-the-art fitness center, or take a dip in the heated indoor pool.
But if you prefer to use the cold and rain as an opportunity to try some indoor activities in North Myrtle Beach, you're in luck. Nearby Barefoot Landing and downtown Ocean Drive are home to several entertainment options. Here are the top five places to stay warm and dry and have a good time in North Myrtle Beach:
* Alabama Theatre: Named for the country music super group that got its start on the Grand Strand, the Alabama Theatre features off-Broadway-style productions and national touring acts on the stage. The long-running show “One” continues to draw rave reviews, and special concerts such as upcoming tributes to Patsy Cline and Elvis Pressley are on the lineup. Enjoy dinner and a show by hitting one of Barefoot Landing's many restaurants before the curtain opens, and grab a nightcap after the show at Bully's Pub.
* Coastal Town North: This brand new shopping center on the north end of town offers more than 20 shops in a covered outdoor setting, but you are more likely to spend most of your time shopping indoors at this diverse collection of national chains and local mom-and-pop shops. Several outlets, such as Hobby Lobby and Publix, are the first of their kind on the entire Grand Strand, and other chains, like Dick's Sporting Goods, are “superstores” that offer more features than their regular franchises.
* Fat Harold's: Shag away those wintertime blues at one of the many dance and beach music clubs on Ocean Drive, but Fat Harold's is the place where shaggers gather to cut a rug no matter the weather. Featuring live music on select nights and some of the area's top DJs spinning old classics, Fat Harold's is usually rocking seven nights a week, particularly during the SOS (Society of Stranders) quarterly gatherings. Don't know how to do the state dance of South Carolina? Don't worry; there are always locals on hand willing to teach a stranger how to shag.
* House of Blues: Catch a concert at the House of Blues, where the music and scene are always hot no matter what the thermometer says outside. Featuring national and regional touring musical acts in the main concert hall and the Crossroads Bar, the HOB also offers. To make it a dinner and a show date, feast on the HOB's famed Southern cuisine, such as Memphis -style ribs and fried catfish, then request special seating for early admission into the concert hall. Upcoming shows in February include kongos, Rusted Root, The Wailers and Styx, and special events like the Murder Mystery Dinner Theater offer good times indoors.
* Myrtle Beach Mall: Shop till you drop at this spacious mall in Briarcliff Acres, not all the way in Myrtle Beach, as the name infers. Located about a mile south of North Beach Plantation, the Myrtle Beach Mall offers large anchor stores and smaller shops and boutiques. Check out the broad selection of hunting and finishing goods at Bass Pro Shop’s Outdoor World or hit the food court for some quick quality grub. Visitors can catch a movie at the on-site theater as well.