Restaurant Week SC 2018 in Myrtle Beach!

Myrtle Beach Restaurants featured during 2018 SC Restaurant Week!

The holidays are over but the fun never ends in Myrtle Beach!  Enjoy some local cuisine from some of the best local restaurants along the Grand Strand at an amazing value! South Carolina Restaurant Week, an eleven-day event that runs from January 11-21 that gives Myrtle Beach area restaurants a chance to showcase their specialty dishes at an amazing value.  Participating restaurants highlight certain popular menu items, giving guests that have never dined with them a taste of what they’re missing out on. It’s also a way for loyal customers to get a special deal at some of their favorite places to eat in Myrtle Beach.

Marina Inn at Grande Dunes is centrally located to several restaurants that are participating in this year’s event. In fact, you won’t even have to leave the property to enjoy a romantic meal on the water. WaterScapes Restaurant at Marina Inn Grande Dunes is an award-winning restaurant that prides itself on making the best of seasonal fare. Offering a casually elegant dining atmosphere with spectacular views of the Grande Dunes marina, WaterScapes delivers delicious entrees using only the freshest ingredients. For Restaurant Week, Chef Corbett Rourk and the WaterScapes culinary team have created a three course prix fixe  menu with a choice of one item per course for just $35.00++ per person . Depending on what you’re in the mood for, it might be hard to decide between the spicy Jerk Chicken Breast with truffle potato puree and the Seared Salmon over kale with green lentil salsa. SEE FULL MENU!

Conveniently located just a short walk from the main entrance of the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes is Ruth Chris Steakhouse. Ruth Chris serves top quality steak and seafood in a refined environment. This fine dining restaurant is offering a three-course prix fixe menu, as well as special deals on some of their delectable side dishes. Now is the time to splurge for an appetizer.

Ducati’s Pizzeria & Trattoria, known for their Italian cuisine and mouth-watering pizza, is located right across the street from Marina Inn at Grande Dunes. This little restaurant with a quaint Italian café atmosphere packs a lot of authentic flavor into their dishes. Ducati’s has designed a three-course prix fixe menu, giving you the option of choosing one item per course. It might be hard to pick just one – especially when one of the dessert options is homemade Limoncello Cake!

The newest restaurant in the group is Hook & Barrel. The award winning chef of Croissants Bistro and Bakery opened Hook & Barrell this summer with an eclectic menu. Hook & Barrell is within a five minute drive of the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes.

There are other top-notch restaurants participating in this tasty event located all along the Grand Strand. These restaurants include the French inspired menu at Brentwood Restaurant & Wine Bistro in Little River, The Parson’s Table – also in Little River, Aspen Grille, Angelo’s Steak and Pasta and much more!

Boasting some of the top restaurants in the Southeast, from upscale to casual dining, this is your opportunity to sample some of the best fare that Myrtle Beach has to offer. So whether you’re a seafood enthusiast, steak lover or crave Italian – there is something to satisfy everyone’s palate.

While dining at WaterScapes Restaurant; make it a staycation at the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes so that you can try out all of the participating restaurants then enjoy a relaxing evening in one of our luxurious rooms or suites. Check out our Winter Special Offers now!

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Marina Inn at Grande Dunes in Myrtle Beach

Click Here for a full list of participating restaurants as well as up-to-date promotions and menus and be sure to pack an appetite and  share your dining experiences during restaurant week with #rwsc.

Best New Year’s Eve Party in Myrtle Beach!

New Year’s Eve at Marina Inn – An Annual Tradition!

Say farewell to 2017 and celebrate the upcoming New Year in style at Marina Inn at Grande Dunes! Book our  New Year’s Eve Package and ring in 2018 with luxurious accommodations and a unique party experience. You won’t even have to leave the premise or worry about driving when you reserveon our our luxurious guest rooms or suites.

Along with your luxurious accommodations, Our New Year’s Eve Gala includes

Lavish one hour Reception at 7:30pm………..Partake in mini crab cakes with remoulade sauce, cajun fried oysters with horseradish sauce and cripsy bacon wrapped quail.

Followed by Delicious 4 Course Dinner at 8:30pm……….Seated in the beautiful Nautilus Ballroom –  This  is a culinary adventure created by our Executive Chef Corbett Rourk and his team!

Begin with poached lobster truffle roulade, asparagus, pickled mushrooms, fennel puree, and a salad with orange vanilla vinaigrette.

As you finish up the first course and move on to the second, you can enjoy champagne and grape terrine, petite greens, sun dried tomato puree, and roasted golden beets with white balsamic vinaigrette.

The third course includes prime filet mignon, braised veal, oxtail epigram, fondant potato and red wine, parsnip puree, pearl onion confit, and truffle jus.

         Hopefully you’ve saved room for dessert! Satisfy your               sweet tooth with a decadent chocolate mousse cake                 topped with raspberry and chocolate sauce.

Following your amazing dinner is a night full of dancing and live music performed by the Top 40 Band N’Tranze.

N’Tranze is more than just a party band and is a group of focussed technicians and top-notch entertainers. They specialize in R&B, beach music, motown, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s as well as the current hits of today! N’Tranze will have you rocking and dancing the night away as you enjoy the premium spirits and wide selection of wines available for sipping and toasting during the duration of the evening.

And at midnight, bring in the New Year with party favors, a champagne toast and a grande balloon drop!

After you’ve partied the night away and are ready to relax, you can head back to your Grande Guest Room. This oversized guest room features either 1 king bed or 2 queen beds. Enjoy a quiet toast on your private balcony or unwind in the relaxing shower complete with a rainshower head. You can end the night by crawling into bed and snuggling up as you say hello to another year.

Before you begin making your list of New Year’s Resolutions, reserve your room at Marina Inn at Grande Dunes for an unforgettable New Year’s Eve experience in Myrtle Beach!

 

Best Holiday Light Shows in Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach Holiday Light Shows

Christmas is right around the corner and it’s time to get in the holiday spirit! Come spend some time this holiday season at Marina Inn at Grande Dunes. There are plenty of spectacular Christmas shows to watch such as tree lightings, holiday shopping and of course plenty of twinkling Christmas lights to see. Marina Inn is in close proximity to all the holiday happenings, so you can simply throw on your favorite Christmas sweater and grab a mug of hot chocolate as you venture out to enjoy all these holiday festivities in Myrtle Beach.


Most Drivable Holiday Light Show

From now –  December 31st, you can take part in the “Great Christmas Light Show” in North Myrtle Beach. Over 2 million lights will be displayed throughout a 1.5 mile stretch in the North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex. Over 500 festive light displays, with some measuring up to 55 feet tall, have been custom made for this magical light show. Guests can enjoy a new feature of the show this year as a section of lights come alive to synchronized music. Once you’re done driving through the display, you can visit Santa’s Village and see Santa himself and enjoy roasting a S’more or two. Be sure to check out Go Ape, where the normal ropes course has been transformed into a magical world of christmas lights or you can even go tubing down Santa’s giant inflatable slide!

Hours & Admission

  • The Great Christmas Light Show – Drive Through Experience will be open November 24 – December 31 (Closed on Christmas Day December 25)
  • Gates open 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
  • Santa’s Village will be open Friday and Saturday only from November 24 – December 9.
  • Admission is priced per vehicle: 1-15 guests: $15 per vehicle; 16-30 guests: $30 per vehicle; 31+ guests: $60 per vehicle

Most Highly Sought After Holiday Light Event

Courtesy of Brookgreen Gardens

Brookgreen Gardens will transform under 5,000 handlit candles and countless lights for the annual Nights of a Thousand Candles event. You can enjoy exploring the gardens with friends and family along the lit path while sipping a cup of cider and singing along to holiday music. At 5:45 pm, the 85-foot-tall fir tree, decorated with over 100 thousand lights, will be lit in a ceremonial fashion. Nights of a Thousand Candles will be running from December 1-2, 7-9, and 14-17.  Due to the popularity of this event; admission must be purchased in advance online.  Pricing: Adults=$20.00; Child=$12; Children under 3: Free. Click Here to purchase tickets.


Most Unique Music &  Light Show

Courtesy of Calvin Gilmore Productions

The Carolina Opry Theatre in Myrtle Beach is well known for their annual Christmas Show but a little known, but just as engaging is LIGHT – Holiday Show.  This unique presentation includes stunning lasers coreographed to holiday tunes. Its hard to explain how they achieve this but lets just say the combination of color & movement from the lasers combined with holiday music is a one of a kind holiday experience!  All seats are general admisson and is it affordably priced at $15.02 for adults; $12.00 for children ages 3-16. Beer & wine is available for purchase at this event.  Check Here for days and times as they vary throughout December.


Dining & Drinking Under Holiday Lights

If you love visiting the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk, there are several holiday event happenings to attend.  You’ll be amazed as it lights up under the glow of thousands of twinkling lights for the Marshwalk Wonderland of Lights. Watch the magical holiday display, featuring holiday music synced to  lights. The Murrells Inlet MarshWalk has transformed into a winter wonderland for the upcoming holidays. This event is taking place Monday – Saturday nights from 7:00-11:00pm. Check their Facebook page for more details. If you can make it on December 9 or December 16 – partake in the Merry Marshwalk Christmas! From 10am to 5pm, with local businesses and artists will line the MarshWalk. Don’t forget to to meet Santa from 12:00-2:00pm.

And then finally, the Murrells Inlet Marshwalk Santa Crawl happening on December 16 from 5:00-10:00pm is for adults only where you will enjoy Tito’s Vodka holiday drinks from each participating restaurant and a variety of dining from seafood to pizza! Win cash and prizes in the  “The Best Santa Attire “Contest. Winners of the contest will be announced at 10:00pm. So don’t be a Grinch and make sure to stop by and enjoy dining along the many restaurants along the walk or endulge in some holiday cheer!


Holiday Lights on the Ocean

A visit to Myrtle Beach would not be complete without a visit to, well, the beach! Visit “Holidays on the Boardwalk” and take a stroll  boardwalk will be lit with 10,000 holiday lights. There’s also activities for the kids such as holiday train rides, live entertainment, face painting, pictures with Santa and more!


There are plenty of festive happenings around Myrtle Beach during the holiday season. Make plans to reserve your stay at Marina Inn at Grande Dunes and enjoy the magic of the holidays with family and friends with one of our Holiday Packages like our Holiday Shopping Package now – December 28 that includes

  • Accommodations in a grande guest room
  • $50 Visa gift card
  • Rates start at $154++ per night

Best Value Holiday Packages at Marina Inn!

Spend the Most Favorite Time of the Year with Top Holiday Packages at  Marina Inn at Grande Dunes in Myrtle Beach, SC

Get in the holiday spirit this year at Marina Inn at Grande Dunes! Celebrate the holidays in style with a vacation here in Myrtle Beach with one of our many holiday packages. Whether you’re looking for a Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year’s Vacation  we’ve got you covered with these special packages and more!

Myrtle Beach has plenty of shopping so get a head start on your holiday list and take advantage of all the shopping centers in Myrtle Beach! When you vacation with us between November 1st and November 28th and your Holiday Shopping Package will include

  • 1- night accommodations in a luxurious grande guest room
  •  $50 Visa Gift Card per night to kick off your holiday shopping!

You can shop til you drop at either of the Tanger Outlets in Myrtle Beach, Broadway at the Beach, and Barefoot Landing. Myrtle Beach is home to both big name brands as well as locally owned stores with unique specialty items.

While you’re planning out the ultimate shopping trip, make sure to check out some of the locally owned businesses Myrtle Beach has to offer. Lazy Gator, which has a location in both Murrells Inlet and the Market Common, carries designer name gifts, decor, and accessories. They also feature work from local artists as well as fresh homemade fudge and candy! If you’re looking to revamp your entire wardrobe, check out Ivy & Leo in the Market Common. They offer you the latest trends without the guilt of a high price tag. If you’re making a stop at Broadway, make sure to check out stores like the Tinder Box, Southern Connection, Savannah Bee Company and Palmetto Paradise for unique and a few tasty gifts to bring back home!


If you’re looking to get into the real spirit of Christmas in this year, visit Myrtle Beach November 2nd through December 28th and take advantage of the Carolina Opry Christmas Show Package! With over 35 Christmas trees, twinkling lights, ornaments galore, and a spectacular holiday show – even the Grinch of your family will find themselves in the holiday spirit! The Carolina Opry Christmas Show features some of the nation’s most talented vocalists, musicians and comedians. Your Carolina Opry Christmas Show Package includes

  • 2 nights accommodations in a grande guest room
  • 2 regular admission tickets for this must see, unforgettable holiday experience that’s right across the way from Marina Inn at Grande Dunes.

 

Skip the hassle of cleaning the house and cooking Thanksgiving dinner this year and let us take care of all of that for you. Bring the entire family down to Myrtle Beach between November 22nd and 26th and take advantage of our popular Thanksgiving Celebration Package. We will be hosting our traditional holiday feast where you can grab a plate or two of some of your Thanksgiving favorites, such as carved turkey, mashed potatoes, and sweet potato casserole at our annual Thanksgiving Day Buffet. Package includes

  • (2) night’s accommodations in a luxurious grande guest room
  • Thanksgiving Day Brunch for (2) adults
    Add additional adults for $39++ & children 4-12 $15++ 3 and under are FREE

When you’re ready to burn off all of those extra calories, make sure to get out and explore Myrtle Beach. Take in the view from above at the SkyWheel or stroll along the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk.


Say farewell to 2017 and welcome 2018 in style with our annual New Years Eve Gala Package! This fun filled package is available on New Years Eve and includes

Our annual New Years Eve Gala is one of the most popular events in town year after year! Enjoy a luxurious New Year’s Party here in Myrtle Beach with

  • Lavish one-hour reception
  • Exceptional 4 course New Years Eve Dinner
  • All beverages
  • Live entertainment from the local band NTranze
  • Balloon drop & party favors at midnight!

See New Years Eve Menu

Additional nights of December 29 & 30 may be added to the New Years Eve package reservation at the rate of $99++ per night.

At Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, the holidays have never been so exciting….

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Marina Inn at Grande Dunes

All of our offers are based on a grande guest room. These luxurious rooms include a one king or two-queen beds and a private balcony with views of either the Waterway and Golf Course or the Pool/Marina. Take all the pressure off of yourself and the hassle out of the holiday season by escaping to Myrtle Beach and booking your stay at Marina Inn. Larger suite accommodations are available at an addtional rate.

5 Frightfully Fun Happenings on Halloween Weekend in Myrtle Beach

Looking for Halloween Fun or Halloween Fright – Myrtle Beach has it all!

Ghosts, pumpkins, zombies take over the streets of Myrtle Beach during the month of October. When you book your stay at Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, you’re close to all the frightful happenings taking place around the Grand Strand. Whether you’re looking for family friendly events or a spooky night with friends, here are some activities to check out while you’re in town.

FRIGHTENINGLY FUN ACTIVITIES AT GRANDE DUNES

Ghosts on the Coast Halloween Celebration celebrates its first year at Grande Dunes! Conveniently located on the Grande Dunes Resort – a short walk from the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes.  From 5:00-9:00pm at the Grande Dunes Marina –  dress up in your favorite costume and partake in all of the spooky fun activites with street performers, carnival games, lighted boat displays and cuisine for purchase from local food truck vendors. Then take a spooky cruise down the ICW on a pirate ship with times availalbe every :30 from 5:30-9:30pm.  Sign up for the costume contest with entires for children, youth & adults. Then,  don’t forget your chairs/blankets for live music featuring on of SC’s top bands Sea Cruz at 7:00pm pm tje Grande Dunes new Music & Event Lawn.

Admission is open to the public and free! Donations are being accepted to support the American Red Cross disaster relief efforts with Grande Dunes properties matching donations collected at the event.

 


FRIGHTENING HAUNTED ATTRACTION!

For those who are fans of Terror Under the Bridge, this is your last chance to enjoy the haunted house. After 10 plus years of scaring the people of Myrtle Beach, this will be its last blowout. Voted as one of the best-haunted attractions in the Grand Strand, this haunted house takes scaring to another level!  Located just 20 minutes south of the Marina Inn in the Fantasy Harbor area, Terror Under the Bridge will be taking place at X Sports Mall on October 20-22nd and 25-31st. Cost is $14 per person from 7 pm to 11 pm.


FAMILY FUN ON THE FARM

On Friday,  October 27th, Thompson Farms will be hosting their third annual Spooktacular Halloween Bash. This family friendly event features a corn maze, a kid’s drive in movie night, fire pit, inflatables, and tons of candy! Warm up by the fire pit with a cup of hot cider while you roast s’mores with the kids. Admission to the Spooktacular Halloween Bash is included in your Friday Night Admission of $9.00 + tax per person. Thompson Farms is located in Conway, SC off of Hwy. 701 which is about a 45 minute drive from Marina Inn at Grande Dunes.

 

 


FRIENDS  COSTUME PARTY!

Then on Saturday, October 28th, the most competitive and creative adult Halloween contest in town is at Broadway at the Beach ! If you want to compete for the best costume in Myrtle Beach, their  annual Halloween Bash on  the Avenue starts with live music featuring DJ Rich beginning at 7 pm.  Later that evening their costume contest offers generous cash prizes for first, second, and third place winners. Free admission to all of the clubs at Broadway at the Beach for those wearing a costume. Broadway at the Beach is a short 20 minute drive south of the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes.


FURRY FRIENDS  COSTUME CONTEST

On Saturday, October 28th from noon to 4:00pm, our furry friend get to participate too! Dress up the kids and pets in their favorite costumes at Boofest! at Barefoot Landing. There will be costume contests for children and pets, carousel rides, face painting, a petting zoo, corn hole and more! Admission is Free! Barfoot Landing is just a 10 minute drive north of the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes.


FRIGHTFUL FAMILY FUN & HAUNTED CASTLE

Have you ever been in a real haunted castle? If not, here is your chance to explore the rumored to be haunted “Atalaya Castle” at night on Friday, October 27 & Saturday, October 28 from 6:00-9:00pm for the Atalaya Fall Festival & Haunted Castle.

There are different attractions to accommodate younger children to adults.

Experience (2) separate haunted house attractions

  • “Not so scary maze” of creepy rooms
  • “Haunted Castle” for the ones seeking a frightening experience

Little ones dont have to worry about the ghouls. There will be carnival games, crafts, spooky cartoons, smores, bonfire and more!

Admission is $10 for adults; $7 for children & Free for children 5 & under.

Located inside the Huntington Beach State Park off of Hwy. 17 Business in Murrells Inlet, SC – a 30 minute drive south from the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes.


FAVORITE HALLOWEEN EVENT

On Halloween night,  the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk will have something for everyone beginning at 5:00pm for “Trick or Treating” for the kids.  There will be a children’s costume contest at 6pm with prizes awarded for the most creative, best group, funniest, and scariest. Then send the kids to bed because as the moon rises, things will get very spooky along the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk Adult costume contest will begin at 7 pm with prizes being awarded for best duo/group, people’s choice, best individual, big and bulky, Murrells Inlet themed, and honorable mention. Then party with the Ghouls into the evening for a frightening good time!

With the seemingly unlimited events for Halloween, Myrtle Beach is the place to be to celebrate. With a wide variety of options, there’s something for every age group. Whether you’re just wanting to show off your killer costume & win losts of cash and prizes or collect as much candy as possible, Myrtle Beach has you covered this Halloween.

Save up to 35% when you book your Fall Getaway at the  Marina Inn at Grande Dunes! We are centrally located to all of the most popular Halloween Happenings!

Everyone’s Talking About It-Solar Eclipse 2017

Great American Solar Eclipse 2017  in Myrtle Beach, SC on August 21, 2017!

*Estimated times:

  • Begins at  1:18 P.M.
  • Maximum eclipse viewing at 2:47 for approx. 1:45 minutes
  • Ends  at 4:09pm

Everyone is getting excited about this once in a lifetime historic event! This  is the first US contiguous, coast to coast total solar eclipse in nearly 100 years, for those that were around this area in the early 1970’s;  Myrtle Beach experienced a total solar eclipse.

FOLLOW THE PATH ON THIS NASA VIDEO…….

Although scientifically speaking, the total solar eclipse will not be visible in Myrtle Beach so scientifically, Myrtle Beach will experience a partial eclipse.  However, visibly about 99.4% of the moon will cover the sun that is described as…

……at it’s darkest point it should look like nighttime by the light of a full moon.

A unique feature is that we have the rare opportunity to see the sun’s plasma aura or “coronas”. I know what you’re thinking…no its not the same as Corona or Corona Light but we here at the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes will have plenty of Corona on hand if you want to experience two Coronas at once!

The Sun’s Corona is most easily seen during a Solar Eclipse

All kidding aside, you could seriously damage your eyes from the concentrated solar rays so please follow these proper safety precautions from NASA to make sure you do not damage your eyes.

Also, be wary of fake eclipse glasses! Check this site to check your glasses to make sure they are not fake.

HOW TO TAKE SOLAR ECLIPSE PICTURES WITH YOUR SMARTPHONE? YES THERE IS AN APP FOR THAT!

If you are like most, we use our smartphones to photograph everything  and this event will be no different. However, photographing an eclipse is not that easy, even with professional photo equipment. But for those iphone camera warriors that refuse to take no for an answer, of course there is an app for that!

If you dont want to go the app route –  here are some tips to make the best of your eclipse photos from your smartphone! Good Luck!

Here at the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, located just a few minutes from the beach and directly on the waterway, will not only provide a fantastic view for this once in a lifetime event, but also a great way to spend your entire weekend!

Since we not located in a high traffic location, you can view the eclipse event on the grande lawn overlooking the waterway or catch some rays before it goes dark with Eclipse Drink Specials at our outdoor pool.

Lots of Big Sky Space to view the Eclipse!

If you want to view the eclipse on Myrtle Beach’s best  beach – the  Marina Inn’s secluded beach is the perfect spot. Following a short five minute shuttle ride,  you can enjoy included beach services such as chairs, towels & umbrellas along with a food and beverage service that includes a light menu and beer and wine during this memorable solar eclipse event.

After the excitment of the solar eclipse is over, there is still lots of fun activites for the entire family. If you’re looking for an exciting and unique way to experience the water then you’ll want to check out Myrtle Beach Watersports located directly at the Grande Dunes Marina for your convenience, you can have your pick of private jet-ski rentals, jet-ski dolphin watch tours, pontoon boat rentals, and a backwater adventure, which will take you to places only accessible by water!

MYRTLE BEACH WATERSPORTS LOCATED BESIDE THE MARINA INN AT THE GRANDE DUNES MARINA

You don’t have to leave to experience the best dining in Myrtle Beach at WaterScapes. Conveniently located inside the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes that is home to some of the finest dining in the Myrtle Beach area serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner with focus on southern classics adding a French twist. WaterScapes is family friendly with our Kids Eat Free program! Head Chef Corbett Rourk has over 25 years of culinary experience preparing  favorites such as shrimp and grits, char grilled ribeye, and pan seared scallops. Kids have their own Kids menu with all of their favorites.

Rooms are booking fast! Visit our website for the latest special offers and don’t miss one of the best spots to view the 2017 Solar Eclipse Across America!

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