Myrtle Beach at Quiet Time

After spring break but before Biker week, Myrtle Beach.


Fairfield SeaWatch Plantation

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by PlumChum9 on August 4, 2007

This was a timeshare swap so I'm not certain of the pricing. We were looking for a short flight, low cost, relaxing vacation. It was truly a short flight from Charlotte airport. We got used to the common question "Are you golfers?" Sadly, no, but we were intent on getting in some miniature golf during our stay. Car rental was a breeze and finding our place was stress free. Just about everything you need in Myrtle Beach is on or off of one road. I had the fortune to book a place right in the midst of Restaurant Row. Every conceivable restaurant was minutes away. A Super Wal-Mart was one mile away and made the trip even more affordable. Our suite was on the 9th floor, the place had plenty of parking.

Our view was of a very large campground next door, another condo tower and of course the beach. We could see all the way up the curve of the beach into NC. Even though we were in the newest tower, our condo looked well used. It was very clean, everything was working, but it looked worn. The beds were very comfortable and the kitchen well equipped. There was a good size bathroom with sink, tub, and shower and also a separate bathroom, with sink and large mirror, separated by a door. Our balcony was comfortable for two but would have held four, with jockeying. Our view overlooked the four pools, the walkway to the beach. The full moon rose right in front of us making for beautiful reflections on the water. Sunrises were spectacular and we were able to experience the sunset colors, while the actual sunset was on the around the corner.

We made the mistake of signing up for a '15 minute' update of timeshare features. It turned into a 2 hour high pressure sales pitch of which we didn't feel bad turning down. The gift certificate we received for our ordeal paid for a wonderful meal at the Greg Norman Restaurant. We had an unusually warm week, so the locals told us. Maybe because it was a breather week, coming off of spring break but before biker weeks, waitstaff and people in general were in a talkative, unhurried mood.

We really had a nice time and found Myrtle Beach affordable and easy to get around. We don't feel a need to return as we'd rather go to Orlando. It was basically Orlando without Disney or Universal. The funny thing is that for us, Orlando would have been a direct flight, were this had a plane change.

Wyndham Seawatch Plantation
151 Seawatch Drive
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, 29572
(843) 692-9311

Greg Normans Australian Grille

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by PlumChum9 on August 18, 2007

We received a gift certificate to dinner at Greg Normans. It was a 10 minute drive from where we stayed so it made for a nice fine dining experience. We arrived late afternoon, before the dinner crowd so we didn't need reservations. We ate inside, though there was a good size deck overlooking the dock area. I had seafood and my partner had steak. Both were prepared to perfection. The fish was very fresh and the beef was very tender and properly cooked. The waitstaff were excellent and attentive. The decor had an Australian turn of the century safari feel to it. The wine list was extensive, naturally featuring Australian wines. We normally would not have gone to this restaurant but were very pleased we didn't miss the experience.
Greg Normans Australian Grille
4930 Highway 17 South
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, 29582
(843) 361-0000

Hard Rock Café

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by PlumChum9 on August 18, 2007

Again, we went during a quiet week so it was thrilling that we were seated immediately and except for about 1/2 dozen other patrons, had the place to ourselves. It made it less intrusive walking around the tables, taking pictures. The building is quite remarkable as a replica of a pyramid. It made you definitely forget you was in South Carolina. So far, it's the best Hard Rock we've been to. Again, we're talking burger and shakes but the waiter was a cinema student, waiting for his big break. We wished him well, asked for his autograph on our doggie bag and took away another guaranteed good experience of the Hard Rock.
Hard Rock Cafe/Broadway at the Beach
1322 Celebrity Circle
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, 29577
(843) 946-0007

House of Blues

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by PlumChum9 on August 18, 2007

I have to say we only went for the breakfast brunch that was advertised to be popular. We were surprised that when we got there, it was filled with mostly middle aged people, so we were in our element. Mary heartily greeted us at the door and we could have been at the airport and heard her. She's a mainstay of the place and I'm sure she can be heard over any band or sonic jet in the area.

The buffet set up was very small. We had to ask where it was. There was an omelet station right on the bar and in a small seating area, was bacon, sausage, fresh fruit, small waffles, real maple syrup (didn't they know what that costs!!!??), toast, and bagel station. It was all very good and we would definitely go to another House of Blues location for Breakfast Brunch if they offered it.

House of Blues
4640 Highway 17 South
North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, 29582
(843) 272-3000

Le Grande Cirque

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by PlumChum9 on August 18, 2007

This was perfect for the only rainy day of the week. We went to an afternoon matinee and sat in the first row. These performers were fantastic, acrobatic and talented. I would call it "Cirque de Soleil" lite. It was a lot of fun and being up close just added to the drama of their feats.
Le Grande Cirque
Palace Theatre, 1420 Celebrity Circle
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, 29577
(843) 448-9224

Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by PlumChum9 on August 18, 2007

I had booked this ahead of time and got the Premium package. It allowed us to 'fast lane' into where we got our pictures taken, register, get our crowns, and ultimately which color knight we would be cheering on. We took the $2 'Weapons of Torture' tour which was all of 30' long. It was still worth it, good time killer and conversation piece. There was some theatre going on the in souvenir shop/waiting area that also kept us occupied. Having premium seating also meant we were received free colored banners and first row seating and guaranteed good viewing. The food was very good (garlic bread, vegetable soup, chicken, spare rib, baked potato, dessert, and beverage), servers were in character and served quickly, with the food arriving hot. The portions were generous and we definitely didn't leave hungry. If you've seen the Dixie Stampede or Arabian Nights, it's the same indoor horse arena with spectacular costumes, horses, stories and above all, horsemen. This being a franchise, with several through out the country, we often talked about going, so it made for a nice evening.
Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament
2904 Fantasy Way
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, 29579
(800) 436-4386

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