Top Five Things to Do at the Beach in the Winter
Winter may be here and it may be jacket weather, but this is still a wonderful time to visit Myrtle Beach and Grande Shores. There are so many things to do this time of the year and the crowds are basically non-existent. 5. A walk on the beach
The winter months are a wonderful time to go for a nice long walk on the beach. Nothing beats the peace and quiet of Myrtle Beach this time of the year. Sometimes you can walk for miles and only see a handful of other beach walkers. You don’t have to worry about weaving in and out of the sunbathers and beachgoers as you would during the busy summer months. The only sounds you will hear are the waves crashing and the seagulls chirping. It is also interesting to note that you can find some beautiful shells on the beach during the winter. We recommend searching for shells after a storm blows through. The wind and the rain stirs up shells that you normally would not see otherwise. 4. Enjoy a meal out
Enjoying a good meal with your family and friends is one of the most amazing things to do in Myrtle Beach during these winter months. Many of our restaurants are not seasonal and stay open all year round. There are nearly 1,500 restaurants for you to choose from. Myrtle Beach has something to offer every palate. You can find everything from familiar fast food and chain restaurants, to gourmet continental cuisine.
Many of the restaurants in Myrtle and North Myrtle Beach have been open for many years and have an air of tradition about them. Some of our surrounding areas also have delicious eateries. Venture north and try the dishes found in restaurants in Calabash and Sunset Beach, NC, and in Little River, SC. You could also travel south to Murrells Inlet, which has quickly become the seafood capital of South Carolina. You can find food from many nations and countries along the Grand Strand. Another plus for visiting our restaurants during the winter months is the wait times! With the exception of Valentines Day, don't expect to have to wait too long to be seated for your meal. 3. Shop 'til you drop
Shop those winter blues away! Myrtle Beach has a wide variety of first class shopping malls, shopping centers, specialty shops, and factory outlets. We even have bargain beachwear stores at nearly every corner.
Our biggest shopping mall is Coastal Grand Mall in Myrtle Beach. It has something for everyone - including Belk, Dillards, Abercrombie and Fitch, Best Buy, and PetSmart. You can also find several delicious restaurants including Abuelo’s, Red Robin, Sticky Fingers, Cracker Barrel, Chipotle, and Logan's Texas Roadhouse.
The Market Common is one of our newest and more high-end shopping centers. It includes unique shops such as Pottery Barn, Williams Sonoma, White House Black Market, Anthropologie, and the Lazy Gator. The Market Common’s dining experience includes restaurants such as King Street Grill, Ultimate California Pizza, Divine Prime, Nacho Hippo, Gordon Biersch, and P.F. Chang's China Bistro.
Myrtle Beach is known for its factory outlets. Our biggest factory outlet complex is Tanger Outlets. Tanger has two locations in our area - one on Highway 501 between Conway and Myrtle Beach and the second at the north end of Myrtle Beach. Tanger has stores such as J Crew, Coach, NineWest, BCBG Max Azria, Banana Republic and Brooks Brothers.
You can also find a beachwear store on nearly every corner in Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach. You can literally find anything that you need for a day on the beach in one of these stores. They are the best places to find a souvenir from your winter getaway to Myrtle Beach. 2. Play a round of golf
Everyone who knows anything about Myrtle Beach knows that it is a mecca for golfers. Winter can be a great time for golf! Many courses stay fairly empty during the winter and receive mainly local play. You can book your tee times through our golf department by calling 866-593-6369.
1. Catch a show
There are so many shows in the Myrtle Beach area that it can be hard to choose which one to see. We have such a variety of shows. You can find anything from traditional stage shows such
as the Alabama Theatre and the Carolina Opry to dinner shows such as Pirates Voyage and Medieval Times. Myrtle Beach even has a tribute show called Legends in Concert where you can see impersonators singing and performing as Elvis, Michael Jackson, and even Tina Turner!
We also have a new show to this area. It is a hypnosis show known as ‘A Wild Hypnosis Show’. This show is a hoot. Members of the audience actually become the stars of the show as they get hypnotized by the hosts and engage in some silly and risque behavior. With any of these shows, you will surely go home with lasting memories of your winter getaway to Myrtle Beach.
Employee Spotlight Michelle Hampton | Housekeeping
The featured employee for Winter 2014 is Michelle Hampton, who works in our wonderful housekeeping department. She has been a part of our Grande shores team since 2000. She started in a housekeeping position and was quickly promoted to supervisor.
Michelle has two sons and a daughter. Her children keep her very busy. “I am very happy and proud of my children.” says Michelle, “They are my daily motivation to be the best at my job that I can be.” She enjoys spending her days off from work with her kids.
“I always enjoy seeing Michelle when I am walking through the hotel because she makes me feel good just being around her. Michelle brings so much talent to our company. We are very fortunate to have her as a part of our Grande Shores family.” says Debbie Braden, General Manager at Grande Shores.