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A Guide to Your Girls’ Getaway Weekend in Myrtle Beach

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For the ultimate girls’ getaway destination, you need a little bit of everything: some nightlife in case you want to go out on the town, but also some peace and quiet for real relaxation. This is a vacation, after all.

That’s why Myrtle Beach is the go-to location for girls’ weekends. It’s got live music, wineries, spas, and, of course, miles of sand. Here’s how to have the ultimate girls’ getaway weekend in Myrtle Beach.

Day 1, Evening/Night

Arrive to Myrtle Beach hungry—you’re going to want room for fresh-from-the-boat seafood. Start off south of town at Drunken Jack’s, where waterfront dining means the views are just as good as the food cooked up by the 2015 South Carolina Chef of the Year. Another option, north of the city, is The Brentwood. Here, French and low-country fusion food is served in a Victorian home.

Once you’ve stuffed yourself silly, head to The Chemist for the area’s best cocktails before moseying over to Fat Harolds Beach Club. Instead of sand, you’ll find the state’s official dance: the shag. DJs start playing at 7:00 p.m. nightly. Go on a Tuesday for free lessons.

Day 2, Morning

Get a leisurely start to the second day of your girls’ getaway weekend in Myrtle Beach at the open-air Hudson’s Surfside Flea Market. A mix of useful and quirky objects from hundreds of vendors vie for your attention, but it’s fun too just look, too. For more traditional shopping, there are many retail areas in greater Myrtle Beach, including The Market Commons and outlet stores. Don’t forget to score free coupons before pounding pavement.

Shopping complete, head to the beach to relax. Surfside Beach is a good option after visiting Hudson’s, or find a stretch of undeveloped sand at Myrtle Beach State Park after your visit to The Market Common.

Day 2, Afternoon

When you’ve had your fill of Vitamin D, get out of the sun and head to Conway Glass to get your craft on. Browse the shop’s hand-blown wares or take a class of your own. Create utilitarian objects like bowls or paperweights, or more decorative pieces like ornaments or flowers. During the summer, opt for a less-warm sweet grass basket weaving workshop at Hopsewee Plantation. You’ll learn from Vera Manigault, an eighth-generation weaver renowned for her art.

If crafts aren’t your thing, Duplin Winery, the oldest and largest winery and vineyard in North Carolina, has a location in North Myrtle Beach that lets you watch the bottling process and, of course, try some wine. For $10, you can sample up to 10 wines (with crackers and dip to keep your stomach happy). You get to keep your glass and have a full serving of your favorite wine.  The winery specializes in wines made from Muscadine grapes that thrive in the area.

For beer lovers, New South Brewing microbrewery offers tours in the off season (non-summer months) and pours drafts year round, like its White Ale and IPA. Seasonal specials rotate, but include its Dark Star Porter.

Day 2, Night

Kick off the evening with happy hour at Rockefellers, where raw or steamed oysters are $0.55, house liquor is $3, and wine is $3.50. Shellfish season is May to October in Myrtle Beach, and Rockefellers raw bar delivers. For surf and turf action, head to Thoroughbreds Chophouse and Seafood Grille for the best of land and sea, or pay a visit to Big Mike’s Soul Food for downhome cooking.

Stomach full, make your way to The Bowery for live music. Prefer your music more classical? Check the Long Bay Symphony schedule for tickets to the area’s professional orchestra.

Day 3, Morning

Start your morning at Shanti Yoga ($15 for a walk-in class) or at one of the area’s spas for a manicure, pedicure, or massage—with a glass of Champagne, naturally. The Awakening Spa offers mineral baths, while the Cinzia Spa gives you access to spa amenities like a saltwater whirlpool and Turkish hammam. Feeling ultra-zen, you’re ready to tackle the rest of your girls’ getaway weekend in Myrtle Beach.

Day 3, Afternoon

Head to the 9,100-acre Brookgreen Gardens. A National Historic Landmark that was once four separate rice plantations, the gardens are now filled with the plants and animals that call South Carolina Low-country their home. It’s also home to the country’s first public sculpture garden. A number of tours are available daily, though you can explore the gardens, zoo, and trails on your own, too. The $16 ticket covers everything, but you can pay extra for things like a boat ride and a visit to the butterfly house.

If you’ve tired flora and fauna, the gardens abut Huntington Beach State Park and Atalaya Castle, located across Route 17.

Day 3, Evening

End your girls’ getaway weekend in Myrtle Beach with cherry on top of the ice cream sundae. Painter’s Homemade Ice Cream has a sundae named after famed Myrtle Beach native Vanna White. But the institution that’s been around since the 1950s is also is known to serve up its creations to other celebrities, including Eric Clapton. Two locations—one in North Myrtle Beach and one in Murrells Inlet—make it easy to indulge anywhere you go.

Extra Time

If you’ve planned an extra-long girls’ getaway weekend in Myrtle Beach, consider a riverboat cruise. Barefoot Princess Riverboat offers sightseeing as well as sunset cruises with dinner down the Intracoastal Waterway.

Of course, there’s always more shopping. Pawleys Island’s Hammock Shops Village is home to more than 20 stores housed in cottages, including the famous hammock shop. Another visitor favorite is Barefoot Landing, located along the Intracoastal Waterway and a 27-acre lake.

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