We started our trip on Friday afternoon arriving in Wheaton, Illinois around 7:00 p.m. We spent the night with our children and said our goodbye's to Jackson (our cat) the next morning. For those wondering how Jackson did without us for ten days: very well. In fact, he didn't even seem to care when we showed up to pick him up. I think he enjoyed living with our kids for ten days and did not miss us at all. Little stinker!
The next day we only had to drive six hours to Richmond, KY. When we arrived at our hotel, we had plenty of time to shop, eat a leisurely dinner, and get plenty of rest before the long drive the next day.
The next morning we woke up around 5:30 a.m. because we wanted to get to Myrtle Beach as soon as possible so we could enjoy Sunday evening there. It was a nine hour drive, and we got there around 5:30 ET.
When we arrived at our hotel in Myrtle Beach, the first thing I noticed when I walked through the hotel lobby was the ocean. The winds were so strong, they felt hurricane force to me, and they produced large waves.
We stayed at the Hampton Inn and Suites which is listed as the Number 1 hotel in Myrtle Beach on Trip Advisor and Number 2 on The Travel Channel. It is an absolutely gorgeous hotel located right on the beach. The beach theme decor in all the rooms of the hotel is so stunning. They offer free parking, free breakfast, multiple indoor and outdoor heated pools, a spa, and much, much more.
When we first got there, we just walked around the grounds of this stunning hotel checking out all it's amenities. In the picture below I'm standing on one of their many decks outside the commons area overlooking all their pools and the ocean.
When we were in Myrtle Beach it was still the off-season, plus it was a Sunday night, so it was pretty quiet. At first we thought we might have the whole place to ourselves, but more guests arrived later and breakfast was pretty full the next morning.
They had two lazy river pools and two children pools. There was an adult pool outside, and several more inside plus a jacuzzi. And the best part was, all the pools were heated quite warm so even though the weather wasn't really hot when we were there, we could still enjoy the pools.
The breakfast area was GORGEOUS! I could decorate my house like this I loved it so much! Every morning it was a joy to sit in this room and eat breakfast and gaze out at the ocean. There were huge picture windows facing the ocean. And yes, the breakfast was wonderful every morning.
As I stated previously, the entire hotel was decorated in a sea-side theme with lots of ship lap paneling, beachy colors, shell decorations, and nautical prints. I LOVED this seating area with the seashell mirror, the coral reef print chair, and even a seashell centerpiece.
Being Christians, my husband and I couldn't help notice all the Christian crosses scattered about the hotel. There was one made of driftwood and also this one made of shells. We later discovered a sign that explained that told the history of the hotel and how the owners dedicated the hotel and it's guests to the Lord. We thought it was more than a coincidence that we surprisingly ended up at a hotel owned by Christians. They even had a Sunday Morning Service and a Wednesday Night Bible Study in the hotel. How cool is that?
After we explored the hotel, we went to the car to get our bags and check out our room. I was so excited when I opened the door and saw our beautiful ocean front view!
The room was a little small, but it was so cozy and had everything we needed. We loved the nautical decor. The bathroom was also quite spacious, I only wished it had some counter space to put my toiletry bag on. I ended up having to set my bag on the floor, and it was a pain for me to bend down every time I needed something out of the bag.
The chair in our room had this cute seashell print.
After spending all day in the car, my husband was anxious to walk so we headed outside to check out the beach.
This is the view of our hotel as seen from the beach.
After a brief walk on the beach, we headed down the street to check out the town. Our hotel was about 1.2 miles from the boardwalk, but there was still plenty of other restaurants and activities within walking distance like the Family Kingdom Amusement Park and Splashes Ocean Front Water Park.
I also read a lot of reviews about Myrtle Beach being too touristy. My thoughts on that is that all beach towns are touristy: it is typical for a beach town to be filled with lots of hotels and attractions. If you don't like touristy, don't go to a beach town and pick a state park instead. There are two state parks in Myrtle Beach which are very natural and peaceful. We went to both and I will share our visit to those parks in a later blog post.
If you walk down the streets of Myrtle Beach you will see lots and lots of hotels (some new, some vintage), amusement rides, mini-golf, restaurants, and gift shops. The Landmark was one of my favorite hotels on Myrtle Beach. I just loved the color and the sky walk.
We walked so far our first night that even though I wore very supportive sandals, my feet and hips were aching! We walked all the way to Pier 14 Restaurant and the very start of the boardwalk, then we decided it was time to find a place to eat dinner.
This is the beginning of the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. It eventually becomes a wooden boardwalk when you get closer to the historic section of town, but it starts as a concrete boardwalk.
After dinner we went back to our hotel and spent some time in the outdoor jacuzzi. It felt so good soaking in that hot water after a long drive and a long walk. I love outdoor jacuzzis! It feels wonderful when there is a little chill in the air!
Next week I'll share our first full day in Myrtle Beach, which was a rainy day so we went to a upscale shopping center called The Market Commons.
Have a Great Day! Amy
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