Hurricane Florence Update at Marina Inn at Grande Dunes

Thank you for the patience and support during the storm the past week! Hurricane Florence was predicted to hit our coast as a Category 4 storm and thankfully it weakened and we were spared from any damage. The mandatory evacuation for our area was lifted and we are happy to be back in operation!

The Myrtle Beach area is in excellent condition and we are looking forward to seeing everyone back on the beach. After a rough week for the Carolinas, we hope to see families and friends enjoying a getaway filled with quality time and good memories! The weather is warm and there is still plenty of fun to be had this fall around the Grand Strand. For the remainder of September, take advantage of our special offers to spend some much deserved time relaxing with your loved ones!

We wanted to update our guests on travel and road closures due to the continued flooding happening further inland. If you’re driving to Myrtle Beach by car, please be sure to check the roads and map out a route before you begin traveling. Utilize these websites below for current information on our state roads and various detours you may need to take.

https://scdot.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=f89dbb607181411b86e999ed2897fb21

https://www.511sc.org/  

Use your smartphone and download the Waze app to view closures in real time!

https://www.waze.com/

 

Multi-Purpose Meeting Spaces at Marina Inn

Bring your team to Myrtle Beach and stay with us at Marina Inn at Grande Dunes for an ideal retreat! With va variety of meeting spaces to choose from and plenty of attractions along the Grand Strand, you’ll find everything you’re looking for here.

Type of Meeting Spaces

The Marina Inn at Grande Dunes offers several versatile options for your indoor or outdoor event accommodating meetings or events up to 700 guests! Below we’ve listed the various functional spaces we have on site for Myrtle Beach locals and visitors alike! 

Nautilus Ballroom  

Our 5,100 square foot Nautilus Ballroom offers an elevated and luxurious atmosphere for your event! Accommodating up to 240 people for a classroom style meeting, Up to 480 people for a theater-style meeting, Up to 700 for a standing reception, Will break out into five sections to accommodate smaller events, may be paired with the Pre-Function area for larger events.

Pre-Function

Whether paired with the elegant Nautilus Ballroom or the Loggia and Grande Lawn, this versatile space is 4,700 square feet and offers several options with breathtaking views of the Grande Lawn & Golf Course. Combined with the Nautilus Ballroom, this space is large enough for events with up to 700 people. When combined with the outdoor Loggia/Grande Lawn, this space will accommodate for a reception of up to 700 people. On its own, the Pre-Function space is large enough for a meal event for up to 170 people. This space will also accommodate up to 27 exhibit tables. 

Outdoor Loggia

This outdoor, but completely covered venue may be paired with an event in the spacious Pre-Function area or the outdoor Grande Lawn for casual or elegant events. On its own, the Loggia will accommodate up to 60 people for a reception and up to 50 people for a seated meal event.

Grande Lawn

Offering 10,150 square feet of flexible outdoor space with charming, all natural views of the waterway and the golf course, this space is ideal for special celebrations in Myrtle Beach! The Grande Lawn can be combined with the Loggia to add a partially covered space, which is perfect for any event ranging from cookouts to oyster roasts. This space may also be tented and becomes a proper space for elegant wedding ceremonies or receptions of up to 400 people. 

Sand Dollar Boardroom

Truly private and unique, the Sand Dollar Boardroom is 600 square feet and offers a distinct environment with relaxing views. The Sand Dollar Boardroom is a perfect fit for intimate meetings of up to 12 people.

Coral Room

Perfect for a breakout or small meeting, the Coral Room is 600 square feet and offers outstanding views of the golf course! The Coral Room can accommodate up to 50 people theatre style, up to 36 people in a banquet setting, and reception style for up to 65.

Triton Room

This space is an additional option for a breakout or small meeting with 500 square feet and relaxing views of the Grande Lawn & golf course. The Triton Room will accommodate up to 45 people theatre style, up to 30 in a banquet, and 50 people reception style.

Private Dining Room

Located off of our signature restaurant Waterscapes, this intimate room is a relaxing alternative from the formal meeting spaces. For a relaxing combination of indoor/outdoor space, utilize the attached patio! The Private Dining Room will accommodate receptions and meal events of up to 30 people.

Big Break Room

An additional option for a breakout or small meeting that is 250 square feet with relaxing views of the Grande Lawn & golf course. The Big Break Room will accommodate up to 25 members of your team.

Compass Pad

A completely outdoor space with panoramic views of the marina and golf course that is perfect for a small wedding ceremony or reception of up to 50 people.

Team Building in Myrtle Beach

In Myrtle Beach, there are plenty of attractions nearby to keep you and your team engaged and active. From trampoline parks to escape rooms, we’ve listed some great ones in the area that can accommodate large groups.

Rockin’ Jump

Ropes Course

Dave and Busters

Escape Rooms

Restaurants

When you stay with Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, you’re only minutes away from the best restaurants in Myrtle Beach that accommodate large parties. Experience southern hospitality and quality bonding time with your team members. Treat your company with the yummiest food along the Grand Strand!

Flying Fish

Umberto’s

Joe’s Bar & Grill

21 Main

Bonefish

Tupelo Honey

Brass Tap

Next time you’re planning a special getaway for your company or team, book with Marina Inn at Grande Dunes and experience the thrills of Myrtle Beach!

60 More Days of Summer at Marina Inn

Summer is coming to an end but there is still so much to look forward to when you choose to stay with Marina Inn at Grande Dunes! This fall, Marina Inn at Grande Dunes is part of the ‘60 More Days of Summer’ promotion, that runs throughout September and October. This promotion is aimed at showcasing all the things to do while the crowds fade away but while the weather is still warm. Click here to find out more details about this special promotion.

During this time, take advantage of our Fall Family Takeover Package. You don’t want to miss out on up to 30% off the best rates on luxurious waterfront accommodations!

Our Fall Family Takeover Package includes:

  • 3 luxurious nights in a Grande guest room with two queen beds
  • Pirates Voyage Dinner Spectacular Show for 2 adults and 2 children
    • Enjoy dinner and a show at Pirates Voyage where the thrill of the acrobats flying through the air and the yummy meal will have you cheering for more!
  • WaterScapes Fine Dining Breakfast each morning for 2 adults and 2 children
    • Fill up on a Low Country Omelet, Bananas Foster French Toast, Belgian Waffle and so much more!
  • Kid’s Party Bucket for each child on arrival!

Located along the Intracoastal Waterway, Marina Inn at Grande Dunes is a luxurious 4 diamond resort that’s close to all of Myrtle Beach’s best family attractions. While at the resort, enjoy splashing around with the kids in the zero entry pool. You can also take advantage of our complimentary shuttle rides to our private beach to experience the lovely fall weather in the south! Our full-service beach amenities are available every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through the end of September.

When you visit Myrtle Beach in the fall, you’ll enjoy less traffic on the roads and more chances for fun at the most incredible attractions along the Grand Strand! Rockin’ Jump is a giant trampoline park and perfect for those cooler days the whole family can enjoy together! Avoid the lines of summertime and visit the local Children’s Museum and discover all the wildlife under the sea Ripley’s Aquarium.

With less of the summer crowds; your family can experience more fun during your Myrtle Beach fall getaway. Dare to try new restaurants, activities, and visit local fall festivals in the Grand Strand area! When it comes to kid-friendly restaurants that serve up the yummiest dishes, we love WaterScapes, our on-site restaurant! Check out LuLu’s at Barefoot Landing, a colorful new spot where kids can play beach volleyball in the sand and build castles while waiting for the food to arrive. Ultimate California Pizza Game Zone has the ‘Best of the Beach’ pizza and an arcade inside full of interactive games so the kids can earn enough tickets to take home a prize! Each restaurant is only minutes away when you stay with Marina Inn.

 

 

Take advantage of all the fun activities the summer has to offer without all the crowds and reserve your room with Marina Inn at Grande Dunes for your family’s fall getaway! Book your Fall Family Takeover Package today!

Golf Courses to Play in Myrtle Beach this Fall

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina has long been known as the golf capital of the world; which isn’t surprising with our proximity to the ocean and beautiful weather year round! When you choose to stay with Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, a luxury 4 diamond resort in Myrtle Beach, you’re just a short drive away from some of the best courses along the Grand Strand!

Grande Dunes Resort Course

With 7 out of the stylish 18 holes that play along the Intracoastal Waterway, the Grande Dunes Resort Course is quite unique to the Grand Strand! No wonder PGA Magazine said it is “one of the great golf clubs in the world”. This is our on-site course so by staying with Marina Inn at Grande Dunes you won’t have to travel far to play a luxurious round of golf!

Barefoot Golf Resort

The 4 courses at Barefoot Golf Resort are named after 4 hall of fame players. Norman, Love, Fazio, and Dye. Each course with its own quirks and characteristics; just like the players! This resort was named as the 2017 North America Golf Resort of the Year and it doesn’t take an expert to see why. The relaxation you’ll feel while playing the course is what will keep you coming back time and time again!

Dunes Club

Located right next to the ocean, (literally in the dunes!), the Dunes Club courses are sure to satisfy any golf lover’s dreams. While playing the course you’ll come up on hole 13, dubbed ‘Waterloo’ and well-known around the world for being the signature hole of the course! Experience a match with the sunshine on your face and the warm breeze blowing through as you play for a true Myrtle Beach golf game.  

Pine Lakes

A local’s favorite, Pine Lakes course keeps a loyal following coming back year round! Known as the first golf course of Myrtle Beach, the Grandaddy course has been restored to and makes all the other courses green with envy. It’s no surprise this country club’s classic features and rich history keeps seasoned golfers coming back every year!

Once the cool breeze begins to blow through, pack your clubs and plan your visit to Myrtle Beach for the perfect time of year to play a round at each course! It’s not too late to book with our Ultimate Summer Sale offered now through August 31! Book today to get the best deals and begin making memories with your family in Myrtle Beach! 

State Parks to Visit in Myrtle Beach

Summer isn’t over in Myrtle Beach just quite yet! There’s still plenty of time to enjoy the great outdoors at one of our South Carolina State Parks. When you stay with Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, a luxury 4 diamond resort in Myrtle Beach, not only is the view of the Intracoastal Waterway breathtaking, but you’re just a short drive from the parks and their natural beauty!

Myrtle Beach State Park

There’s always something going on at Myrtle Beach State Park! Choose between exploring the nature trails or learning about the local flora and fauna in the Lowcountry.

September 5th – 26th: Plethora of Plants

Every Wednesday in September you can learn about the plants that grow in the park, for ages 10 and up!

September 6th – 27th: What Wildlife Will A-Pier?

Every Thursday in September, kids 5 and up can observe wildlife from the pier while learning unique facts and history on the local animals!

September 6th – 27th: Backyard Bird ID

Every Thursday in September, kids 8 and up can spend time feeding some of the common birds along the Grand Strand!

September 14th – 28th: Reptile Rap

Every Friday in September, kids ages 5 and up can learn more about reptiles and their importance to our local ecosystem!

September 15th: Beach Sweep

Help keep our beaches beautiful by participating in the beach sweep! Appropriate for all ages.

September 29th: Take a Kid Fishing

Sign up for the experience of a lifetime while learning how to fish! A variety of awards will be given out to participants and fishing gear will be provided to those who need them. 

November 17th: Live Birds of Prey in Flight!

Learn more about how these birds hunt their prey and fly above the trees at this live demonstration!

 

Huntington Beach State Park

Just a short drive south of downtown Myrtle Beach, Huntington Beach State Park is known for the historic Atalaya Castle; which is often a venue for weddings and other special occasions.

September 28th – 30th: 43rd Annual Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival

Featuring more than 100 of the finest local artisans, the Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival provides aesthetic beauty against a backdrop of natural beauty. Enjoy fine art, quality crafts, and food, along with live music performances from local musicians!

October 13th -14th: Palmetto Campout

Never been tent camping? Learn how with a park ranger! Campers will be provided with a list of food items to bring and only a limited number of tents are available to borrow.

October 26th – 27th: Atalaya Fall Festival & Haunted Castle

Experience an evening of frightfully fun family entertainment! At the Atalaya Fall Festival & Haunted Castle, you and your family can enjoy two haunted houses, carnival games, spooky movies, a bonfire and more!

November 10th – 11th: Atalaya Sleepover

Spend the night at Atalaya, and enjoy everything from spooky ghost stories to stunning nature hikes! Dinner and breakfast will be included and only a limited number of tents are available to borrow.

And it’s not too late to take advantage of the Ultimate Summer Experience Sale happening now through August 31st. You can save up to 35% off your final summer getaway.  We hope to see you soon! 

Must See List at The MarshWalk in Murrells Inlet

When you stay with Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, a luxury 4 diamond resort in Myrtle Beach, you’re just a short drive from the beautiful MarshWalk in Murrells Inlet! The MarshWalk features various dining options with a view of the water and live music from local performers every night! Locals enjoy coming down to this area for a relaxing night away from the action of downtown Myrtle Beach and fresh seafood. While there are many things to brighten your night during your visit to the MarshWalk, we’ve listed what you can’t miss!

Goat Island

Although you aren’t allowed on the island, (goats only!) you can view the goats from various spots on the boardwalk. The goats were originally placed on the island during the summer months to help with undergrowth and have since become beloved and admired by visitors and locals alike! You won’t want to miss seeing Goat Island during your visit to the MarshWalk!

Dead Dog Saloon

A great spot for families, Dead Dog Saloon offers a menu with all the classics that everyone will love.  Seafood steam pots, burgers, and tacos, oh my! You won’t be able to resist the pairing of fresh seafood with incredible live entertainment. Dead Dog Saloon also serves breakfast every morning so you can fuel up before a boat day along the inlet!

Wicked Tuna

A yummy spot for delectable sushi, Wicked Tuna also has a unique addition to the fresh seafood. The Tuna Shak is a bar outside the restaurant where visitors can order food and drinks while enjoying the view of the marsh. The Tuna Shak is also where live performers play every night, so grab a drink and a front row seat for a perfect summer night!

Bubba’s Love Shack

Bubba’s Love Shack is a local favorite for great drinks and even better live music for the coolest atmosphere along the MarshWalk. Outside of Bubba’s you’ll find patio tables and colorful rocking chairs to soak up the summer night air and the warm breeze from the inlet.

BrewBoat

Hop aboard the best place to watch the sunset over the inlet while enjoying a cold one with friends! BrewBoat is a pedal-powered party boat where you can bring your own beverages to sip on while exploring the inlet.

Pirate Ship Adventure

If you’re looking for an interactive adventure that the kids will go crazy for, the Pirate Ship at Murrells Inlet is it! The kids will receive pirate names and gear to board to ship and then the show begins. While battling pirates on the inlet, this giant pirate ship is the perfect adventure for your little treasure hunters!

It’s not too late to book a summer getaway to Myrtle Beach with our Ultimate Summer Sale offered now through August 31! Book today to get the best deals and begin making memories with your family in Myrtle Beach!

Your Myrtle Beach Summer Bucket List!

As summer is fading to fall, don’t wait to book that final summer vacation to Marina Inn. Located right on the waterfront, Marina Inn is centrally located to all the exciting adventures, outdoor shopping, and award-winning dining Myrtle Beach has to offer. Wanting to make the most of your summer getaway? You’ll need a guide to have the best vacation ever. Make sure to check off these items before the cool weather comes and the kids head back to school!

Beach

It may be a bit obvious, but hitting the beach is a must while on the Grand Strand! When you stay with Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, you have access to our secluded, private beach! You won’t have to worry about chairs, umbrellas, towels, or snacks because they are all complimentary. All you have to do is hop on our shuttle to the beach and soak up the sunshine!

Insta-worthy food/view

The only way to truly give everyone back home vacation envy is by posting a picture of a yummy meal. Visit Ruth’s Chris on site at Marina Inn at Grande Dunes to snap a photo of a juicy steak dinner with elegant wine paired along with it! Or order a ‘fresh catch of the day’ from our onsite restaurant, WaterScapes, to showcase a meal full of fresh seafood.

Sunrise on the beach

Here on the East Coast, the sun rises right over the ocean. During your stay, be sure to set the alarm clock a little early because the view of the sun rising from the beach is an experience you won’t want to miss!

Baseball game

If your idea of a perfect summer night is spent at the field with a jumbo hot dog and singing along to “Take me out to the ball game”, Myrtle Beach has exactly what you need! The Myrtle Beach Pelicans play throughout the summer and the activities and competitions during the game will keep the whole family entertained and cheering through the last inning!

Experience dinner with a show

Choose from a variety of entertainment during your stay in Myrtle Beach and even enjoy a show while eating dinner! Watch pirates battle and perform acrobatics aboard a ship at Pirate’s Voyage or watch as knights battle on horseback at Medieval Times. Either show is great for the whole family and will have you cheering from your seats!

Sparklers on the beach

There’s just something magical about a sparkling summer night near the ocean! Take advantage of those low prices on sparklers after 4th of July and bring a pack with you to the beach at sunset.

Arcade games on the boulevard

There’s plenty of options for a fun night on the boulevard, but what is a beach vacation without some classic arcade games? Head down to the boulevard for some fun and then take a ride on the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel to see the beach during golden hour as the sun sets.

Ride a Jet Ski

Be bold and try something new during your visit to Myrtle Beach! Myrtle Beach Watersports is located on site at Marina Inn at Grande Dunes and gives you access to boats, jet skis, and more! Take a spin on a jet ski and take in the incredible view of the waterway for a summer memory full of adventure!

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Jetski Rentals

When you choose to stay with Marina Inn at Grande Dunes during your stay in Myrtle Beach, you’re just minutes away from all the top attractions along the Grand Strand. And it’s not too late to take advantage of the Ultimate Summer Experience Sale happening now through August 31st. You can save up to 35% off your final summer getaway. Summer is far from over in Myrtle Beach!

Five Family Friendly Live Music Venues in Myrtle Beach

When in Myrtle Beach for your summer vacation, you want to experience all the sights, tastes, and yes, even the sounds! There’s nothing quite like enjoying a beautiful waterfront view while listening to local musicians set the mood with their songs. When you’ve booked your stay at Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, make sure to check out these five hot spots located within a short drive from Marina Inn, that are sure to make you swoon!

MarshWalk

The MarshWalk in Murrells Inlet is a Myrtle Beach locals’ favorite spot to get away from the hustle and bustle of the beach to relax and unwind. With multiple bars and restaurants, the MarshWalk is filled with a variety of atmospheres – each featuring their own live music each night! Grab dinner and a drink from one spot then stroll along to the next bar to check out the other musicians performing.

LuLu’s

One of the newest live music spots in Myrtle Beach, LuLu’s prides itself on having a family friendly atmosphere with great food and even better views of the water. Located at Barefoot Landing, a restaurant that’s a product of Jimmy Buffett’s little sister, Lulu Buffett, has got to have some amazing musical performers coming through the doors. After dinner, you can stroll along the boardwalk at Barefoot Landing and take in the beautiful views!

Tin Roof

A brand new spot located in downtown Myrtle Beach, Tin Roof brings all of your favorites together in one place. With live music every night and a unique drink menu, it’s always a new experience at this bar! The casual atmosphere and local community feel of Tin Roof, allows visitors to mingle with the musicians. This is the perfect spot for a fun night out in downtown!

Riptydz

Located next to the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel with perfect oceanfront views, Riptydz is a casual spot the whole family will love with a spectacular view of the water! Their giant menu that’s as big as their fishbowl cocktails, features a little bit of everything. Plus they have live music in the restaurant as well as a DJ on the rooftop bar, where you can dance the night away!

Boathouse

The Boathouse is located right on the Intracoastal Waterway and is a hidden gem, tucked away from the flashy tourist attractions. On Sundays in the summertime, The Boathouse features music from local to mainstream artists for a special Sunday Funday! Whether you enjoy it on foot or by boat, with a view of the waterway and a great band – you’ll sure to have the ideal summer night here!

Take advantage of Marina Inn’s Ultimate Summer Experience Sale from now until August 31, 2018. You can save up to 35% off your suite for a vacation that’s fun for the whole family. And by choosing to stay at Marina Inn at Grande Dunes for your summer getaway, you’re choosing to be minutes away from all the best live music venues in Myrtle Beach. Click here to take advantage of our sizzling summer sale going on now!

Shopping Tips for Tax Free Weekend in Myrtle Beach

Tax-Free Weekend in South Carolina is coming up quickly! We are less than a month away from the biggest shopping period to prepare for back to school season. Anyone who has wandered into the mall madness unprepared before understands you always need a well thought out plan. We’ve got the best tips to help you get the most bang for your buck this Tax-Free season!

From August 3rd – August 5th, South Carolina exempts back-to-school items from the 6% sales tax and any local taxes.

 

The main idea of Tax-Free Weekend is to purchase school supplies for when the kids head back to school in the fall. Items considered tax free will include, clothing, shoes, book bags, computers, etc. Basically anything you would need for school. (Some home goods and dorm items are included in the list as well!)  Click here for a full list of what items are included in Tax-Free Weekend in South Carolina. 

Begin by mapping out where you want to shop. There are plenty of options for shopping to choose from along the Grand Strand! By planning ahead, you can reduce the stress of shopping for the fall necessities you’re searching for. 

Head out to the mall early! By going early, you’ll beat the crowds and get the best selection of products before they begin flying off the shelves. You’re also likely to get a great parking spot!

Keep an organized list of what items are exempt from the sales tax. You can mark or circle the items that you want to purchase to make it a breeze while shopping. Print out or write down the list of items you can get for the best possible price during the weekend!

Stay organized and stay focused, there are so many ways to make the most of your shopping during one of the busiest retail weekends of the year!

When you choose to stay with Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, you’re close to all the attractions in Myrtle Beach. Shopping attractions include the Coastal Grand Mall, Market Common, Tanger Outlets, and many more!

Kayak and Canoe Adventures in Myrtle Beach

Skip out on the crowded tourist destinations in Myrtle Beach and try our something unique! Between kayaks and canoes in saltwater and freshwater, there’s always somewhere new to explore along the Grand Strand! We’ve gathered the best places to adventure through the waters of Myrtle Beach on a kayak with. 

Kokopelli Surf Camp – Kayak Tours and Rentals

With the professionals at Kokopelli Surf Camp, you can experience the beauty of the Grand Strand with a guided kayak tour. These tours take you through the scenic salt marshes in the low country. The shorter guided tours are perfect for families or newcomers to this adventurous activity. 

Glass Bottom Kayak Tours

Glass Bottom Kayak Tours is a must-see attraction in Myrtle Beach. Include the whole family and explore the local wildlife. Myrtle Beach locals love the guided kayak tour through the Waccamaw River! You can choose to experience a tour during the day or beat the heat and head out on a twilight tour for beautiful colors on the water.

J & L Kayaks

Located in North Myrtle Beach, J & L Kayaks have a special Kayak Crabbing Tour that takes you through the Cherry Grove bay and heads toward Hog Inlet. After exploring the island and learning about the area’s local wildlife you can begin crabbing. This tour is perfect for families and any crabs you catch that are larger than 5 inches are yours to take home with you! 

Great Escapes Kayak Expeditions

With Great Escapes Kayak Expeditions, you’ll have an unforgettable experience to share with family and friends about your adventure in Myrtle Beach. Choose between saltwater and freshwater tours to see the beauty of the Grand Strand! If you’ve been in a kayak a time or two and are familiar with the basics, Great Escapes offers unguided tours so you can rent a kayak and explore freely!

 

Take a break from the beach or the pool and choose an adventure the whole family will surely love! When you stay with the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, you’re close to all of the attractions and thrills in Myrtle Beach.