Recently, I went on a vacation alone.
That words scares a lot of travelers, especially women.
I read and researched best tactics for safety, made a very clear schedule, checked in with friends regularly, and had all of my reservations sorted before leaving. I decided to go somewhere that I had been hundreds of times: Myrtle Beach, SC. November is the off season on the coast, and one of my favorite times to visit.
I have to say, though it was pretty lowkey and very familiar, this trip was the best of my life.
It started off rocky, with the GPS on my phone refusing to load, and going a different way down than I was used to, I had to flounder around in the twilight, fighting frustration and the thoughts of “maybe this is a bad idea, going alone…”
I finally found my route, after about 3 hours of driving through unwelcoming areas and big stretches of road with very few cars, and I met my darling young cousin at my favorite restaurant: The PIT, in Pawley’s Island, south of MB.
The PIT has amazing character, and thousands of other people agree with me, as you can tell from the dollar’s stapled to the walls, littered with signatures and hearts and doodles. I suggest starting out with the Pimento cheese, and following it with a PIT burger. It’s my favorite meal in the entire world, and the live music/people watching add to the experience.
Knowing that I was arriving at my hotel after dark, I had already called ahead, and when I arrived there was no problem at check in. I stayed at the clean, affordable, and conveniently located Bayview at Boardwalk. Part of my overall plan was to stay in a place where I could walk everywhere I wanted to go. My only hesitance with this hotel was its parking deck. It was well secured and I wasn’t worried leaving my car there for several days, but it was a block away, and walking back from it at night made me nervous. Luckily, the hotel provides a transit service to and from the deck to the hotel, and the kind and helpful security guard made sure that I unloaded my stuff, checked in, and was back safe and sound.
I had a deluxe, ocean front king room, and everything was clean and up to date. The view was priceless, and they’re constantly running specials!
Another selling point for me: There was a Starbucks in the lobby.
Yes, predictable, I know, but when you can stay in your jammies and still get your Egg Nog Latte and eat your blueberry muffin on the beach, you know that you’re in my kinda place. I woke up for the sunrise, got my coffee and had an amazing breakfast on the beach. This trip was 100% for me, and I was going to do my favorite things.
After enjoying God’s amazing sunrise, I got dressed and started off down the boardwalk. They aren’t faking it when they say that its “Bayview AT Boardwalk”.
A slow, picture-filled 15 minute walk down the newly built (read about its history and what the upgrades have been here) boardwalk leads you right into the thick of the action.
And what’s the first thing I do?
As much as I love Starbucks, there is something to be said about local ‘joe shops. And this boardwalk gem is my absolute favorite in the world: Boardwalk Coffeehouse.
The ladies inside are incredible nice, and their coffee-making skills are absolutely next level. I had the white “Mocha Lisa” and had to stop myself from chugging it.
When I showed up to the shops, I quickly noticed that I was mostly alone, and that was in part due to the time (9am), the season, and….the lack of power? The electric went out on the entire block, so instead of walking back to the room and waiting around, I went exploring on the pier and surrounding areas.
I talked to strangers, took pictures, and wrote a few stories while sitting on the dock. I made friends with this fisherman (though we didn’t talk, I could tell we were friends).
After the power switched back on, I decided a mid-morning snack of the best fries on the coast was 100% necessary.
Doused in vinegar, dipped in ketchup, they were incredible. I shared them with a one legged man on a bike named Cliff. After our snack, I walked around boardwalk for a bit, popping in and out of shops, and people watching.
I went to the Fun Plaza Arcade and played quite a bit of Skeeball and Galaga (and not to brag, but I had the high score for the day….)
I decided to try something I could never get other people to do: Myrtle Beach Skywheel. For $13, it didn’t disappoint. The views were great, the cars were comfortable, and overall, it was very relaxing.
From the skywheel, I saw the perfect next stop: Moe Moon’s. The fish tacos were delicious, and the people watching from the outside seating was supreme! I even saw a guy interviewing people for a TV show!
After hours and hours of exploring and people watching, I decided it was time to head back to the hotel. It had been warm and sunny all day, and sticking to family tradition, I jumped into the ocean (in the very very very cold ocean). I was absolutely exhausted, so I ordered out Hungry Howies later for dinner and spent the evening watching movies from the free movie rentals in the hotel.
The rest of the trip, I indulged in too much coffee, great food, and a few more adventures. Later into it, I met up with my friend and her family, and we shopped at Broadway at the Beach, played Captain Hook mini-golf, enjoyed a great dinner at the Liberty, and I introduced the fam to Krispy Kreme.
I look forward to my next solo trip, and my next trip back to Myrtle Beach. If you’re looking for a fun, fast-paced, and tasty trip, I would definitely suggest this getaway!
Thanks for reading, and keep an eye out for my next state post!
For all of your trip planning needs, I highly recommend the Go to Myrtle Beach website! They have the best collection of information on the places to stay, play, shop, and best of all, eat!