Tranquil Four-Star Resort with Two Championship Golf Courses
Situated along the Intracoastal Waterway, the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes presents a fountain-and-palm-tree façade typical of Myrtle Beach's many resorts. But beyond the unassuming exterior, you’ll find a homey experience that begins in the lobby, where you’ll check in at one of two old-fashioned wooden desks. A concierge is on hand to book tee times at the onsite championship golf courses or give tips on the family-friendly activities close to the inn, from shopping along the boardwalk to attending a live music show.
In each of the 450-square-foot Grande guest rooms, a sliding door reveals a terrace where padded wicker chairs offer a spot to soak in views of the waterway or marina. The room's lavish bathrooms are stocked with Vive bath products and diamond-encrusted rubber duckies.
Take advantage of year-round golfing by hitting the links at the resort's two courses. The Grande Dunes Resort Club was named National Course of the Year in 2009 by the National Golf Course Owners Association. The nearby Grande Dunes Members Club cuts through a pine forest and goes past glistening lakes in its design from PGA Hall of Famer Nick Price and architect Craig Schreiner.
At Waterscapes restaurant, Chef Robbie Nicolaisen selects fresh-caught seafood for entrees ranging from crispy oysters to black bass. The upscale eatery supports local farmers and surprises dinner guests with unexpected postmeal treats—freshly spun tufts of pink cotton candy.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina: Shopping and Amusement along the Atlantic Coast
Myrtle Beach is the crown jewel of South Carolina's Grand Strand, a 60-mile stretch of white, sandy beaches along the Atlantic seaboard that draws surfers, fishers, and kayakers. The city was named one of the best vacation spots in the United States for a family by USA Today, in part because of its wooden boardwalk, which stretches for more than a mile and buzzes with carnival games and amusement-park rides. Hop into the SkyWheel Ferris wheel’s glass-floored gondolas, surrounded by more than a million LED lights, for a panoramic view of the city below.
Less than 20 miles south of Myrtle Beach, the tiny fishing village of Murrells Inlet provides a tranquil contrast to the boardwalk's hustle and bustle. At Brookgreen Gardens, more than 1,400 original sculptures stand amid sprawling floral gardens and massive, moss-covered oak trees that have been around for centuries. Murrells Inlet is also home to the Tom Fazio–designed TPC Myrtle Beach golf course, one of more than 100 courses in the area that helped Myrtle Beach earn its title as the seaside golf capital of the world.
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