When my brother announced that he was getting married in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, I was super excited. Who wouldn’t love another reason to visit the beach? Then he told us that the wedding was happening on a Tuesday. A Tuesday? Who gets married on a Tuesday? Regardless of the day, I planned my trip to the South. Given my lack of available vacation days, it was going to be a quick trip. I booked my flight using my husband’s extra Delta miles (thanks, hubs!) and was off for 2 days of sun, sand and a beach wedding.
I arrived the airport in the early evening and was ready to get to the condo I’d be sharing with my mom, sister and a friend. It would be like a slumber party every night! It’s safe to say that the kitsch factor is alive and well in Myrtle Beach. Theme restaurants like Planet Hollywood (I didn’t know those still existed!) and family-friendly entertainment venues lined the main road from the airport. We were headed to North Myrtle Beach, which was thankfully a little removed from the hustle and bustle of the main part of town. The Wyndham Ocean Boulevard was exactly what we needed. It had two beds, a kitchen, washer & dryer and a separate living room with a sofa bed, which I quickly claimed. An oceanfront balcony overlooking the water wasn’t too shabby either. The beach was a short jaunt from the hotel’s entrance, right over the sand dunes. I love the dunes and tall grass that are unique to the coastal Carolinas. So pretty! Days were spent lounging by the beach, with trips to local restaurants for fresh seafood. When in Rome, right? The whole town was full of vacationers enjoying the beach life. I settled in and took advantage of the opportunity to relax poolside and by the ocean for a few days.
The wedding was the next day and was right on the beach. A little rain and a lot of wind didn’t stop the late afternoon ceremony from going off without a hitch. It was short and sweet, with the ocean serving as a beautiful backdrop. Dinner was held at Martini restaurant in North Myrtle Beach. The atmosphere was classy and mello, with a live jazz musician. The menu was great. As their name would imply, the huge selection of martinis was impressive. I went with a blueberry lemon drop and a cajun dirty martini, which had a spicy kick. Both unique and so good! Beyond the drinks, the food and service were amazing.
Next morning rolled around, and it was time to take off for the airport. Even though the trip was only two days, it was great seeing friends and family, and everyone had a blast at the destination wedding!