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Romantic Getaways in Charleston Mar 27

Charleston, South Carolina is probably our favorite place for a romantic getaway. However, we are a little biased because Charleston is the place where we were married. We actually got married under a large Spanish oak tree and had our reception on the beach. The greatest thing about going to Charleston for a romantic getaway is that it is one of the few places where you can spend a day chasing after history going back hundreds of years and go to the beach and just relax the next day. There are many reasons why we think Charleston is a terrific place for a romantic getaway.

On our past trip to Charleston, we actually travelled in to Myrtle Beach and made the two hour drive to Charleston. One of the downsides for a romantic getaway to Charleston is that it can be expensive to travel there. However, if you fly in to Myrtle Beach and drive to Charleston, you can cut your travel costs by up to 50%! In this case we got great air fares on Spirit Airlines and used Dollar Rental Car. We figured that we saved ourselves about $500 flying into Myrtle Beach and driving. The Myrtle Beach airport has most of the major airlines and rental car agencies to choose from.
Although we have stayed in hotels near downtown and in vacation homes on Folly Beach, we actually stayed with relatives this past time. Charleston is so romantic, even though we didn’t stay by ourselves; we had a wonderful romantic getaway. We visited with family but also made time to share some romantic moments with each other. We took several walks through downtown Charleston where we are always amazed by the beauty of its architecture. We immersed ourselves in the history of the city and also enjoyed watching the sailboats leave the harbor. It is truly a wonderful place.
We also found time most every day to at least visit Folly Beach. We did spend the majority of a couple of days in a County Park on Folly Beach, just taking in the Sun and listening to the waves. We also enjoyed romantic walks along Folly Beach where we conjured up memories of our wedding reception on the beach. We just never get tired of it.

Charleston has a lot of great places for shopping and eating in the downtown area. My wife and I enjoy visiting the market area where local vendors sell everything from souvenirs to food items. The market area is also the place to catch a romantic carriage ride through the downtown area or various walking tours.

We really enjoy the food in the downtown area. On this visit, we had lunch at Hyman’s Seafood which has terrific crab cakes and great seafood. They also profess that attitude is everything and have a lot of neat t-shirts and souvenirs that talk about it. Our other lunch in downtown was a Jim and Nick’s on King Street which has great southern food. It is a local chain throughout the southwest and we somehow always seem to make it their on a trip to Charleston. On another day, we enjoyed a few beers and some great pizza at the Southend Brewery near the Market.

My wife set aside one night for a very special romantic dinner. We chose to have our dinner at the Peninsula Grill in the downtown market area. The inside dining area looked very well decorated and romantic but we reserved a table in the outside courtyard because we thought it was even more romantic. The courtyard is decorated beautifully with palm trees and white lights. The service is excellent. They don’t rush you and only seemed to be around whenever you needed them, which is perfect for a romantic evening. The food is fantastic. They have everything from steak to seafood to pork with unique and very tasty preparations. My wife and I really liked the Berkshire Pork Chop. If you like pork chops, you have to try Berkshire pork; it has a wonderful texture and taste. For dessert, the Peninsula Grill has many things but they have won awards for their coconut cake. It is a huge slice (easily big enough for two) and is like no coconut cake you have ever tasted. From the romantic atmosphere to the outstanding service to their unique and delicious menu, the Peninsula Grill is a great option for dinner on your romantic getaway in Charleston.

Charleston is truly a great city that has a lot to offer. The blend of history and the beach and wonderful food and shopping options make it a special place with a little for everyone. The next time you are looking for a great romantic getaway, we suggest that you take a look at Charleston.

Romantic Getaways in Myrtle Beach Mar 12

I wanted to take my wife for a weekend romantic getaway for her birthday.  I wanted to take her somewhere she could see the ocean.  After some research, I decided to take my wife to Myrtle Beach for a romantic getaway.

We have traveled to South Carolina several times before and used the Myrtle Beach airport before because there are a few discount airlines that fly in and out of there which keeps prices down.  In this case, we used Spirit Airlines and got a really great deal.  Myrtle Beach has very reasonable airline prices and also has all of the major rental car companies next to the terminal.

There are several hotels and resorts along the ocean but I wanted to find one that had some good specials and was very nice.  We stayed at the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes which was just 5 minutes from the beach.  The Marina Inn has a variety of accommodations from studio rooms to four bedroom suites with kitchens.  Our suite had a fireplace, king bed, full kitchen, and a patio with a view of the Intercoastal waterway and a golf course.  The furniture and the bed were very comfortable.  The Marina Inn has a beautiful outdoor pool for getting some sun and an indoor pool and fitness center if you want to stay in shape.   I thought that the hotel and grounds were very nice and the customer service was excellent.

One of the reasons that we came to Myrtle Beach was to spend some time on the beach.  The beach is just 5 minutes away and the hotel provides shuttles to the beach throughout most of the year or you can drive yourself.  The Marina Inn has beach access right next to the Marriott and provides everything you need to relax at the beach from chairs, umbrellas, hammocks, and a cabana which has casual dining and restrooms and changing rooms.  We went in the off season when there wasn’t shuttle service but the advantage was that we had the beach to ourselves.  We spent the better part of the weekend just relaxing at the beach.

Myrtle Beach does have a lot to do.  Of course, many people go to Myrtle Beach for the golf.  You can’t go too far in Myrtle Beach without finding a golf course.  This would include miniature golf courses, executive courses, and of course some signature golf courses as well.  Myrtle Beach does have a lot of other things to do from dinner shows to small amusement parks to aquariums.

If you like to shop, Myrtle Beach has a lot of options from outlet malls to traditional malls and unique entertainment / shopping areas.  We went to Broadway at the Beach which has a wide variety of shopping, dining, nightlife, and entertainment options.  The complex has themed architecture areas around a 23 acre lake which houses fireworks shows.  We enjoyed eating Ben and Jerry’s ice cream while walking through the different shops.

There are a lot of different dining options in Myrtle Beach.  While we were there, we enjoyed some terrific chicken tenders from Zaxby’s as well as some terrific steaks from Ruth’s Chris Steak House.  We also had a terrific breakfast at the Waterscapes restaurant inside the Marina Inn.  We especially enjoyed their Banana’s Foster French Toast.  Since we were there for a long weekend we really didn’t get to experience all the dining options that Myrtle Beach had to offer but we did see a lot we would like to try the next time we are there.

My wife really liked her birthday romantic getaway to Myrtle Beach.  We were able to relax at the beach which was what she really wanted to do. However, the next time we go we may play some golf or do some of the great activities Myrtle Beach has to offer.  The next time you are looking for a romantic getaway along the ocean, don’t overlook Myrtle Beach!