Mother’s Day Getaway at Marina Inn

It’s officially May and do you know what that means? (Besides flowers, of course) Mother’s Day is around the corner! Make this one extra special and treat your mom to a luxurious experience at the four-diamond resort, Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, in Myrtle Beach.

From May 10th – May 12th, take advantage of our Mother’s Day package. This package is based on two adults and two children, but can be easily adjusted to accommodate a larger group. Relax and lounge by the infinity pool or hop aboard the shuttle to our private beach; exclusive for Marina Inn guests! For more activities, check out Myrtle Beach Watersports in the marina for pontoon boat and jet ski rentals. End the day with Happy Hour at Reflections before venturing to our on-site restaurant, WaterScapes, which is the perfect spot for a delicious dinner on the waterfront. Whatever Mom is looking for, we have it all right here at Marina Inn at Grande Dunes!

This exclusive Mother’s Day Package includes:

  • Luxurious room accommodations for one night in a grande guest room for two adults & two children
  • Mother’s Day Brunch for two adults and two children in WaterScapes Restaurant
  • Fresh flower bouquet delivered to room on arrival

And just because Mom deserves the BEST, consider adding on these luxurious offers:

Mother’s Day Brunch

Marina Inn at Grande Dunes is excited to host a Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday, May 12th with seatings from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Our spread will include brunch favorites such as shrimp and grits with tasso ham, tomatoes, and green onion as well as roasted pork tenderloin with mushrooms and leek ragu. At our Carving Station, we will be serving juicy roasted beef tenderloin with horseradish sauce and demi glaze. Living by the beach, we have access to the freshest seafood! On our seafood display, we will be offering oysters on the half shell, poached shrimp, and a display of smoked salmon. Breakfast classics such as eggs, bacon, and home fries will also be available, as well as salad and a variety of fresh, colorful fruit. And don’t forget to satisfy your sweet tooth with our Grande Dessert Station!

Things To Do With Mom in Myrtle Beach

Marina Inn at Grande Dunes is centrally located in Myrtle Beach and close to all of the best shopping and attractions the Grand Strand has to offer! Head to Barefoot Landing for specialty shopping at local boutiques and stop for some coffee at Cafe de Paris right next to Tara Grinna. Duplin Winery, located right next to Barefoot Landing, offers wine tastings and sells their signature sweet muscadine wine by the bottle that Mom is sure to love to take home as a souvenir!

What are you waiting for? Treat your mom to an extra special day and book with us now to give Mom the best Mother’s Day experience in beautiful Myrtle Beach!

Meet our Executive Chef Robert Astraikis at the Marina Inn

Marina Inn at Grande Dunes in Myrtle Beach is excited to welcome a new member to our stellar team. We’re happy to have a new Executive Chef, Robert Astraikis, creating masterpieces and bringing a whole new flavor to the kitchen in our award-winning on-site restaurant, WaterScapes.

Chef Astraikis is originally from New York and has spent most of his career polishing his skills in areas of southeast North Carolina. Chef Astraikis says his inspiration for cooking comes from his mother. With a natural flair and passion for all things food, he graduated from the Culinary Institue of America in New York. Chef Astraikis is bringing in bold flavors and highlighting Southern European cuisine in the new dishes for our onsite restaurant, WaterScapes. In order for our guests to familiarize themselves with our new Executive Chef, we had him answer a few personal questions such as details on his cooking style and what ingredients are a must have in his kitchen.

 

Q: With all of this experience, what is your cooking style and your favorite cuisine?

“I love cooking mostly Italian food and fresh seafood. The flavors of Southern Europe, South America, and Asia are my favorite overall with cilantro, garlic and chili peppers being my ‘go to’ flavors.”

Q: Who influenced you to become a chef?

“My mom is a great cook and I learned to love cooking from her.”

Q: Tell us about your cooking style and how you evolved into this style:

“Italian/Southern European with a love of Indian and Hispanic flavors.”

Q: What are the top five ingredients that you must have in the kitchen at all times?

“Chili peppers, garlic, cilantro, extra virgin olive oil, fresh thyme”

Q: What is your own personal favorite meal to prepare?

“Chicken Tikka Masala”

With over 27 years of experience, we are incredibly excited to welcome Chef Astraikis to our team at WaterScapes Restaurant! He has already created brand new menu items for both the WaterScapes dinner menu and Reflections Cafe Happy Hour menu.

 

WaterScapes Restaurant:

Our dinner menu at WaterScapes Restaurant is making some room for new creations by Chef Astraikis! But don’t worry, you can still order your favorite WaterScapes classics like Diver Scallops, Filet Mignon, and Shrimp & Grits. Chef Astraikis’ signature style of cooking highlights Southern European cuisine featuring Indian and Hispanic influences. This combination of flavor and pizazz is just one of the reasons Marina Inn at Grande Dunes is thrilled to have Chef Astraikis as the head of our team at WaterScapes.

Some of the new dishes include Chili Shrimp, Coconut Clams, Seafood Paella, Moroccan Chicken, and so much more! If you happen to have food allergies or diet restrictions, we offer a variety of vegetarian and gluten-free menu items for you to choose from. And for those with a sweet tooth, finish your meal the right way with a decadent treat! Choose from items like our rich Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake and a delicious Honey Lavender Creme Brulee.

Reflections Cafe:

After spending the day exploring Myrtle Beach, come check out our brand new menu at Reflections Cafe. Reflections Cafe is open for Happy Hour on Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Some of the yummy new menu items include a Pork Milanese and a Short Rib Ragu that will pair perfectly with any style cocktail. Happy Hour also includes reduced prices on beer, wine, house brand drinks, and select appetizer plates. Take your appetizers and cocktail outside and enjoy spectacular views of the Intracoastal Waterway. Talk about the perfect way to unwind!

When you book your next vacation to Myrtle Beach with the award-winning 4-star resort Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, check out our specials page to see what kind of deals we’re offering. And make sure to visit WaterScapes Restaurant for a truly rewarding culinary experience from Chef Astraikis and his team!

How to Get the Best Savings in Myrtle Beach While Avoiding the Crowds

Most people tend to splurge their savings when it comes to vacations but this summer, get more for your money by planning with these tips in mind.

Plan Your Trip Before/After the Summer Rush

One way to miss the crowds is visiting the first two weeks of June or the last two weeks of August. At this point in June, Memorial Day Weekend traffic has cleared out and in August this is the last chance before the rush of Labor Day Weekend.

By choosing to visit Myrtle Beach in the middle of the week, (rather than weekends), you’ll find cheaper rates and fewer crowds! Plan to visit between Sunday and Thursday so you can skip the crowds who visit on the weekends.

Eat Locally

When searching for that perfect spot to grab lunch or dinner, plan to visit local restaurants rather than the chains that tend to be more crowded. Some great local options include: Sea Captain’s House, Croissants, and Soho are all near the beach and restaurants along the Marshwalk offer fresh seafood and views of the inlet! There are also plenty of yummy options close to The Marina Inn: Anchor Café, Blueberry Café, Ultimate California Game Zone, Ducatis Pizzeria, and River City Café.

If you feel like staying onsite, you can enjoy a meal at our award-winning restaurant, WaterScapes, with a picture-perfect sunset backdrop. Plus take advantage of our “Kids Eat Free” program – where kids eat free all summer long!

Beaches

As a guest at Marina Inn, a private beach access is available and travel is covered with a complimentary shuttle. Not only do you not have to worry about paying for parking, but you don’t have to haul around a chair or cooler. Chairs, umbrellas, and towels are waiting for you and a snack shack is onsite with food and beverages available for purchase. You can enjoy the natural landscape of the beach free from high rise hotels and noisy attractions. Our private beach allows you to reach ultimate relaxation with all the convenient amenities.

Skip the Beach!

In the chance you see some rainy weather or just feel like staying out of the sun for the day, head to the Market Common for movies, lunch, and great shopping. The local mall and outlet shops will likely be crowded with tourists coming off the beach.

Stone Theaters in Market Common has special deals every week! Discount Tuesdays allow you to receive $5 tickets and $5 popcorn and soda specials. If you feel like catching an early show later in the week, they offer $5 tickets for the first showing of any movie on Sundays! There are fewer crowds at the theater when you go early and the variety of restaurants nearby allow you to easily grab a quick lunch or ice cream from Cold Stone Creamery in Market Common after the movie.

Kids Attractions

There are plenty of activities the kids will enjoy when you beat the heat and skip the beach. WonderWorks is a quirky funhouse filled with puzzles and games to keep your family entertained all day! The Hollywood Wax Museum is also a great way to spend some time before lunch or dinner. Or take a trip under the sea at Ripley’s Aquarium. All three attractions are located around Broadway at the Beach – which is only a short drive from Marina Inn. And there are plenty of restaurants and shopping nearby to choose from.

Summer Special Package

We’re offering great rates when you book your summer vacation during our Summer Sale! Book your Myrtle Beach getaway anytime from June 1st through August 31st and you’ll save up to 35% on your stay. And for even hotter discounts – travel Sunday through Thursday! Click here to book now.

Plan your next vacation at Marina Inn at Grande Dunes and follow these tips to save like a pro so you can relax without blowing through your savings!

What Are You Doing for Valentines Day?

Book Your Myrtle Beach Valentine’s Day Package!

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and love is in the air along the Grand Strand! Before stocking up on heart shaped boxes of chocolate or picking out just the right card, why not switch things up this year and plan an enchanting getaway to Myrtle Beach? From waking up to a relaxing view of the waterway to the romantic candlelit dinner at WaterScapes Restaurant, we have plenty of amenities at Marina Inn at Grande Dunes to make your Valentine’s Day trip memorable!

Valentine’s Package starts at $262 per couple

Package includes accommodations in a luxurious grande guest room for one night and a (5) course dinner for two and the best part about it is that this package has flexible availability. You can book this package for one night at the package rate and extend for more days at the best available rate anytime from February 9 – 17, 2018. Upgrade to one of our suites at an additional charge.

Package Includes Room and Dinner for Two

When you stay the Marina Inn and book with our Valentine’s Day Package, you’re guaranteed to enjoy an intimate mini-vacation with your sweetheart. During your stay, you will have the to opportunity to enjoy luxurious accomodations for two and wake up to outstanding views while siping coffee as you watch the boats sail by on your private balcony. Choose from a  variety of accommodations for two from the Grande King Guest Room,  Studio KingMediterranean Club Suite   or the romantic Studio Deluxe.

Add a Couples Massage 

Image courtesy of Celestial Massage

Book our in-room spa service “Couples Massage” so you can both be pampered by our talented massage therapists to ease your tension into tranquility.   Book a 60  or a 90 minute massage.

Package Includes 5-Course Dinner at WaterScapes!

Once you’re done getting pampered, our Valentine’s Packages includes a  decadent five-course dinner at WaterScapes, our on premise, award winning restaurant.

The romantic ambiance of WaterScapes paired with their fresh, localy sourced cuisine is the perfect way to wind down your evening and enjoy the company of your sweetheart. Choose from the tasty New York Strip Steak or Chilean Sea Bass. And we offer a variety of wines to select from that pair perfectly with each of the courses.

 There are plenty of activities around the Grand Strand where you can soak up the quality time with your loved one. If you’re looking for a more relaxed and wine-filled way celebrate with your sweetheart, visit a couple of area winerys that specialize in muscadine wine from the native muscadine grape. Take part in a wine tour at Duplin Winery.

At Duplin Winery, you can sip on ten different types of wine with your beloved while you snack on homemade gourmet crackers and homemade dip. After you’ve polished off your samples, you order a full glass of your favorite wine and sit back and relax on the porch in a rocking chair or listen to live music. Another wonderful place to enjoy sipping on wine is at La Belle Amie Vineyard .

This vineyard is part of a former tobacco plantation and has been owned by the Bellamy family since the 1800’s. On Valentine’s Day  they will have live afternoon music or plan to be there on February 17 for the Valentine Bonfire Event. 

Treat your significant other to a little more than a heart-shaped box of chocolates this year with a mini-vacation to Myrtle Beach. With luxurious accommodations and fine dining, the Marina Inn is the perfect place to celebrate your special relationship.

Book our Valentine’s Day Package  today and treat your loved one to a memorable weekend in Myrtle Beach!

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.