Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Beyond
We spent a little over a week exploring Myrtle Beach, Georgetown and everything in between.
Jason’s brother Jacob drove down from Wilmington to hang out for a couple of days. We spent all of about 2 hours on the strip of Myrtle Beach and we couldn’t force ourselves to do anymore. It was just one giant tourist trap! There was nothing unique or special that we could find. Unless you count having every single Ripley’s attraction all within 5 blocks of each other as special. Although, I’m not going to lie… we did visit a couple of the Ripley’s for giggles and the Mirror Maze was a little trickier to navigate than we expected.
We started chatting up every local we came across and they weren’t exactly helpful. We got a lot of, “well, we go fishing”, “hang out on the fishin boat” and “we go to Murrells Inlet”. That was it. Seeing as we didn’t have a fishin boat, we did the one logical thing, we headed for Murrells Inlet.
Murrells Inlet is an old fishing village that is now party central. The wooden boardwalk is lined with restaurants and bars just waiting for us to take a seat. At first glance it looked a bit touristy but once we learned that you could drink on the boardwalk and drink from bar to bar, we knew we were going to fit right in. And yes, I said from bar to bar! We have never been anywhere that let us walk in with our drink from next door and not kick us out! There is free live music most days and the view isn’t bad either!
After scouring the visitor’s website we did find one thing that caught our attention. There was an old rice plantation that allowed tours and served Southern Style Tea. We are suckers for tea time! We jumped in our little car and headed for Georgetown. It’s about an hour drive from Myrtle Beach and well worth the trip. It’s a quaint little town lined with pretty houses, cute shops and local dives. But we are here for the Hopsewee Plantation and afternoon tea!
We love the mix of history, tea and being served on silver platters!
Back in Myrtle Beach we had a local sign business called Digital Arts help us out with some sweet new logos for the smart car and the RV. After calling several Fast Signs and other chains with no call backs and sad excuses for customer service we came across this small locally owned business. The guys showed us how to apply the stickers to the car and prep Jason for his solo application on the RV. The Company owner Scott was kind enough to hook us up with some killer pricing. If you need any graphics and you find yourself near Myrtle Beach make sure you give them a call and tell them you want The Wynns discount! ha. I’m sure he’ll hook you up too.
The application all seemed easy enough until he busted out a torch! Nothing better to make you a little nervous than a man torching your all plastic car.
Jason installed the stickers on the RV like a pro….and he seemed to have a little too much fun doing it.
We did get an excellent recommendation for lunch from the guys. If only there was a Mrs. Fish everywhere! This has been one of our favorite spots for fish and chips ever! A great Asian family owns and operates this little understated dive.
Super fresh fish that is hand battered right in front of you, a potato that is cut and dropped directly into the fryer and some homemade slaw and seafood gumbo…..my mouth is watering just telling you about it.
It was cheap, fresh, and tasty served with a smile. What more could you possibly want in this world! (there is a cool looking coffee shop/bar next door that we didn’t get to explore, if you visit, tell us how it is!)
All in all we enjoyed the beaches and the southern charm of the outlying areas. Myrtle Beach itself was fine; it was the boardwalk that was a turnoff for us. If you’re planning a visit there’s plenty of entertainment, but stay off the boardwalk if you want to see any local culture.
We stayed at the largest campground on the east coast and we can honestly say…our campground was freakin awesome!
If you’ve been to the Myrtle Beach area tell us what you think…we’re not sayin’ we’re experts or know-it-alls so please share 🙂