Myrtle Beach is known as a family town, but there are also plenty of places for couples to enjoy. Hidden among the many water parks and amusement rides are some special places for couples to have a good time together and make a romantic connection.
Guests at the Paradise Resort already have the options of a late-night stroll along the beach or a cuddle session on their private oceanfront balcony. But for those who want to get out and explore the Grand Strand, romantic date opportunities abound. Here's a list of five places to take the one you love for some quality alone time:
* Brookgreen Gardens: Love is in the air at this beautiful botanical garden, or is that pollen? Both, most likely, as the shrubs and flowers are blooming and the birds and bees are in flight this time of year. That makes springtime the perfect time to visit the largest and oldest sculpture garden on the East Coast. See native plants explode into a spectrum of colors around the amazing works of art, providing a harmonious setting for art and nature to co-exist. Other sites on the 9,000-acre property include a tea room and café, the Gullah Cultural Center and the Lowcountry Zoo. With so many things to see and do, Brookgreen is an ideal place for a daytime date, and the town of Murrells Inlet is filled with nice seafood restaurants for a meal and nightcap.
* La Belle Amie Vineyard: There is a lot more than wine at this Little River winery, which offers several couples-friendly events throughout the year. La Belle Amie offers tours and tastings all day, every day, except for Sundays, and biweekly festivals are held on the property. Colder days feature bonfires to keep festival goers warm, and the wine-tasting room is a great place to sample the wines that are made on-site. Wine Wednesdays offer half-price tastings and discounts on wine purchases.
* Myrtle Beach SkyWheel: One wouldn't think a popular place like this downtown district centerpiece attraction would be conducive to a romantic date, but once you get off the ground and rise 190 feet above the crowds, it's just you, your loved one and a beautiful view of the Atlantic Ocean and the Myrtle Beach area. Private gondolas are available for couples wanting to ride alone, and prospective grooms have found this to be a great place to pop the question for a memorable moment in a romantic setting.
* The Melting Pot: This fashionable fondue restaurant is more like a fun date than just a meal. Featuring kettles that attach to the center of the table, couples can cook their own meals in a variety of broths and sauces for a unique taste and experience. The highlight is dessert, when a dipping pot of melted chocolate allows guests to use a mix of fruits and pastries for dredging and, if things are going well, feeding one another while playing footsies under the table.
* Wine and Design: You and your date can get in touch with your inner-artists at this Myrtle Beach gallery, which lets amateurs paint like pros, or at least have fun trying. Wine and Design allows visitors to bring their own wine and take part in a laid-back art lesson. All the paints and canvases are provided, and patrons get to take home their masterpieces as a keepsake. Wine and Design also offers classes for those looking to take the hobby more seriously, but it’s also perfect for couples just looking to have a good time and try something different.
(Photo Location: Brookgreen Gardens)