Carolina Country Music Fest in Myrtle Beach this Summer!

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Like country music?  Pack your boots and cowboy hat because you’ll find the best country artists this June at the Myrtle Beach Carolina Country Music Fest! Mark you calendar for  June 8th through the 11th and enjoy four days of sun, music and fun!

Following two successful years, this will be the third year in a row that the music festival will be kicking up its boots in the sand.

The 2017 Carolina Country Music Fest promises  to be even bigger and better than last year! With the cool ocean breezes in the background, The festival takes place in the heart of Myrtle Beach beside  Myrtle Beach Boardwalk.

Headliners – Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldeen & Darius Rucker!

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There have already been three amazing headliners announced including award-winning artists Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, and South Carolina’s own Darius Rucker. Other chart-topping artists that have been released include Big & Rich, Billy Currington, Lee Brice, Kip Moore, Granger Smith, Jordan Davis, Jordan Rager, Kevin Mac, Dee Jay Silver and Luke Combs. On March 8th the festival announced females that will grace the 2017 Carolina Country Music Fest stages including Gretchen Wilson aka ‘Redneck Woman’, up and coming female trio Runaway June, Morgan Myles, Laura Jenkins, Kennedy Fitzsimmons. So far this lineup is jam-packed with talented musicians – and the more artists that are released, the faster the tickets are sure to sell!

SCENES FROM 2016 CAROLINA COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL

There are Four Levels of Passes available for Purchase….

  • 3-Day Super VIP

Premier experience at CCMP Separate platform level viewing area with full bar, exclusive VIP entrance, an air conditioned catering tent with seating, private bathrooms. Price is inclusive of food and drinks.

  • 3-Day VIP

Exclusive roped section directly stage front with private VIP cash bars food tents and private bathrooms

  • 3-Day General Admission
  • Single ticket for McDonald’s Thursday Night Kick-off Concert

Come a day early on Thursday June 8th, McDonald’s is sponsoring a festival kick-off concert featuring Montgomery Gentry and Brett Young. This is sure to be a fun concert and the perfect way to commence a weekend full of exciting country music!

Book Your Tickets  & Hotel Reservations Now!

It’s never too early to start purchasing tickets and making accommodation plans. Marina Inn at Grande Dunes is located only 7 miles from the festival – close enough to fun but away from the highly congested areas of Myrtle Beach. A full service, four diamond resort offering a variety of accommodations for your party with everything from hotel rooms to two or three bedroom suites. All rooms offer private balconies with views of the Intracoastal Waterway or marina. During down times from the Carolina Country Music Festival,  make plans to dine at our award-winning restaurant WaterScapes open for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Take a break & have a cocktail out by our outdoor pool & pool bar serving casual dining and drinks.  You don’t want to miss out on huge savings when you book with us early!

Get ready for a weekend packed full of sun, sand and country music at the 2017 Carolina Country Music Fest! Make sure to purchase your tickets and start making accommodation plans soon.  You’re sure to leave Myrtle Beach that weekend with memories of new friends and some new favorite country songs!

 

Where will You Be Spending Your Family Easter Break?

Marina Inn at Grande Dunes Easter Weekend Activities

The weather is warming up, flowers are beginning to bloom and we are getting spring fever here at the Marina Inn! And with  spring comes Easter. The Marina Inn at Grande Dunes is planning for another family fun filled Myrtle Beach Easter Package!  It’s an  Easter Weekend package full of activities that the entire family will enjoy the weekend of April 14-16th.


Get ready for an Easter Weekend filled with Pastels, Candy and Fun!

Saturday, April 13

The Easter Bunny arrives early at the Marina Inn delivering an Easter Basket filled with Easter candy and activities for each child upon arrival. Keep the basket handy because your little one will need it on Sunday for the Easter Egg Hunt!

The weekend will be filled with activities to entertain the entire family! Pack your imagination and creativity because all day Saturday our staff will be providing all of the necessary materials and leading several Easter Activities planned starting with Easter crafts at 10:00 am. That afternoon at 2:00 pm we will supply the cookies & accessories for Easter Cookie Decorating.  The afternoon activity at 4:00 will be Easter egg Dying.  Of course, you can forgo the Easter activities and hit the Marina Inn Secluded Beach! Available from 9:00am-4:00pm, our service provides transportation, chairs, towels, umbrellas, facilities, changing rooms, shower and snack bar with light dining, beer & wine for purchase. Or relax by our Outdoor Heated Pool or two Jacuzzis. The Outdoor Poolbar will be open from 11:00am-6:00pm for casual dining and your favorite drinks. Don’t forget to ask about the Drink of the Day!


Sunday, April 14

Your kids will be surprised Sunday morning to wake up to an Easter Basket delivery from the Easter Bunny filled with goodies and activities. After emptying those baskets; put them to good use  later that morning at the Grande Lawn at 10:00am to meet the Easter Bunny himself! At 10:30, get ready to gather up some more goodie filled eggs at the annual Marina Inn Easter Egg Hunt on the Grande Lawn and more hang  out time with the Easter Bunny.   The excitement of Easter morning  will build your appetite for the Marina Inn annual Easter Brunch in the Nautilus Ballroom.

Easter Brunch in the Nautilus Ballroom

This extravagant Easter Brunch will have breakfast brunch favorites such as omelets, waffles, sausage, bacon and fruit. Before the traditional Easter feast; make sure you try our Chilled Seafood Display featuring oysters on the half shell, crab claws and chilled shrimp cocktail. Then move on to traditional Easter Brunch favorites such as carved honey ham and carved roasted leg of lamb accompanied by a large selection of salads, a variety of vegetables, grilled salmon, steak and  more! Make room for dessert featuring assorted cakes, cookies and fruit. The kids will have their own Kids Menu with chicken tenders, cheese pizza, fruit and more.    Reservations accepted from 11:00 am to 2:30 pm. The Easter Bunny will still be around so don’t forget to grab him for some Easter pictures!


What’s Included in the Package?

The Easter Package at Marina Inn starts at $586* and includes

  • Accommodations in the Grande Guest Room  featuring one King Bed or 2 Queen Beds
  • Easter Activities on Saturday
  • Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday
  • Sunday Easter Brunch
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Two Bedroom Suite Living Room

Although the package price is based on two adults and two children in a grande guest room, final cost will be determined based on the total number of people.  Larger Suites are also available for an additional cost so bring the entire family!  All rooms feature large travertine tile bathrooms with separate showers. The 2/3 bedroom suites feature separate living room & each bedroom with its own bathroom. Enjoy waking up and starting your day with a cup of coffee on the private balcony featuring a variety of views either overlooking the Grande Dunes Golf Course or the Grande Dunes Marina. So go ahead and invite the whole family to enjoy the Easter holiday at the beach!

This package is sure to book up quick so reserve your room with us today for a fun-filled Easter weekend in Myrtle Beach!

*Package price of $586 is based on two adults & two children and includes accommodations in a grande guest room with a choice one one king bed or two queen beds. Larger accommodations available at an additional rate. Price requires a two night minimum and includes all taxes and fees. Final price is determined by total number of guests.

Easter Weekend at Marina Inn at Grande Dunes

Busy Myrtle Beach Weekend March 3 -5

Along with the unseasonably warm weather that the Myrtle Beach area has experienced this winter, along comes several events to keep anyone busy this weekend!

MYRTLE BEACH MARATHON

The largest event, the Myrtle Beach Marathon will be taking place this weekend. In addition to the grueling full and half marathon, you can participate in the Marathon Relay, Grande Dunes 5k and Family Fun Run. But if you don’t plan on partaking in this event.  CLICK HERE for full event details.

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Myrtle Beach Marathon this Weekend

 

40TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ACC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

The 40th anniversary of the ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament will be held this weekend at the HTC Center at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC. Conway is just a 20-30 minute drive. The tournament will feature 15 league teams with games through the weekend with the final championship game played on Sunday, March 5th. This is their 40th anniversary so there will be some extra celebration going on. Tickets start at $7.00 per person. Visit the ACC website for more information.

WATCH THE LIVE FEED

 

14th Annual Palmetto Regional First Robotics Competition at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center

If you are interested in science and technology or have children that are; this the place to be on Friday and Saturday at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center this weekend. This is an intense three-day competition showcasing robots developed by high school teams from all across the United States as well as internationally.

This is an interactive competition among the teams and shows students that fields in technology that involve science, math, engineering and invention are actually fun and interesting!

The competition shows students that the technological fields hold many opportunities and that the basic concepts of science, math, engineering, and invention are exciting and interesting.

Admission is free so don’t miss this exciting and interactive event!

FIRST FRIDAY ARTWALK MYRTLE BEACH

For the art lovers in town,  attend the “First Friday Artwalk” in downtown Myrtle Beach supporting local businesses and creative entrepreneurs for an evening of fun and entertainment this Friday from 4:00-8:00 pm. Nurture downtown Myrtle Beach’s

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Visit  local art galleries and local restaurants to see what has evolved since your last visit.

Don’t forget to check the The Marina Inn at Grande Dunes website for the best upcoming offers for spring and summer. Coming soon, our popular Easter Package that includes guest room, kids activities and our Sunday Easter Brunch. This package sells out every year so subscribe to this blog or like us on Facebook to get notified first!

Luxury Honeymoon in Myrtle Beach

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Myrtle Beach is well known for an abundance of activities but it also has a soft romantic side for your honeymoon in Myrtle Beach!  Between the amazing attractions, assortment of restaurants and yes, the beach – it’s the perfect spot to escape to  after saying “I do”! Myrtle Beach is centrally located and easy to get to if your are flying into Myrtle Beach International Airport or driving.

Where to Stay?

After your big day, we have you covered!  Treat yourself to a honeymoon of luxury and reserve a suite at one of the top 5 star resorts in Myrtle Beach – Marina Inn at Grande Dunes. Our resort is highly coveted as the best romantic experience in Myrtle Beach. We are a resort that spares no expense when it comes to making sure you have a first-class stay. Our guest rooms and suites are large and luxurious with private balcony with views from every room. You will not want to leave your room! But if you do, we are located on the beautiful Intracoastal Waterway and feature amazing amenities including: a private beach, our location beside Myrtle Beach Water Sports for easy access to rent jet skis or a pontoon boat (March – October), outdoor pool with infinity edge entry, indoor pool and fitness center, tennis, spa the Grande Dunes Resort Golf Course is located onsite.

You can reserve only a room or suite but if you are interested in going all out and making your honeymoon special, we offer two romantic honeymoon packages available to choose from:

Grande Honeymoon Experience

This is the more extravagant of the two packages and includes everything you need to start your next chapter as a couple in Myrtle Beach.

  • Accommodation of choice of the most luxurious room – these include suites that have private balconies with stunning views of the Intracoastal Waterway. You’ll feel pampered as you relax in our complimentary soft cotton bathrobes and sleep like royalty on our Egyptian cotton bed linens and down pillows. Ask for the “Studio Suite Deluxe” that feature Jacuzzi tubs. Book early because these suites go quickly!
  • On arrival night, enjoy a chilled bottle of Domaine Ste. Michelle sparkling wine and an assortment of chocolates along with an exquisite Gilchrist & Soames Spa basket full of luxurious products to pamper yourselves throughout your stay.
  • On your second night, two decadent chocolate martinis will be delivered to your guest room
  • Choose which night to experience a romantic three-course dinner for two at our award winning restaurant WaterScapes.
  • Also choose which day or night to relax with a one-hour “Couples Hot Stone Massage” in the privacy of your guest room – so you can be pampered without having to even leave your suite.
  • Every morning,  enjoy breakfast in bed delivered to your room

 

Classic Myrtle Beach Honeymoon Experience

If you want to cover just the basics, try our no frills “classic”honeymoon package

  • Accommodation of choice of the most luxurious room – these include suites that have private balconies with stunning views of the Intracoastal Waterway. You’ll feel pampered as you relax in our complimentary soft cotton bathrobes and sleep like royalty on our Egyptian cotton bed linens and down pillows. Our “Studio Suite Deluxe” feature Jacuzzi tubs – adding that extra romance to your experience.
  • On arrival night, enjoy a chilled bottle of Domaine Ste. Michelle sparkling wine and an assortment of chocolates
  • Start each morning with a full delicious breakfast in our award-winning restaurant WaterScapes Restaurant.
  • Choose which night to experience a three-course dinner for two at our award winning restaurant WaterScapes Restaurant. 

There’s  Life Outside of the Resort!

Should you get antsy lounging by the pool or our private beach,  there are plenty of activities to entertain yourselves along the Grand Strand while spending some quality time together.

Wine Tasting

Want to spend an afternoon sampling wine? Duplin Winery is located right up the road and features tastings Monday-Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm. You’ll learn about the family history of the winery and see the bottling process in action. Once you find a Muscadine wine you enjoy – there is a beautiful outdoor patio to sip and relax with your sweetheart. Make sure to grab a bottle or two for a souvenir to enjoy when your honeymoon is over.

Beer Sampling

If you prefer beer rather than wine, you can check out Myrtle Beach’s only microbrewery – New South Brewing.

Courtesy of New South Brewery

Located in the heart of Myrtle Beach, this brewery is passionate about their craft beer and they offer tours so you can get a behind-the-scenes look at the brewing process and sample up to 5 of their beers. It is such a small brewery that you’ll get the opportunity to see first-hand how they hand-package every six-pack. Once your tour is complete, stick around and enjoy some of their delicious craft beer on tap. And you can even fill up a growler of your favorite beer for a tasty souvenir.

Brookgreen Gardens

Brookgreen Gardens is a romantic place to explore. You can wander and meander through the gardens full of blooming seasonal flowers and admire all the handcrafted sculptures.

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Beautiful Live Oak Ailee at Brookgreen Gardens

Brookgreen Gardens is known for having one of the largest collections of American figurative sculptures in the country. There are over 1,400 pieces crafted by 350 different artists. You can also visit the onsite zoo and, if you’re honeymooning in the summer months, be sure to check out the Butterfly House – a magical exhibit where hundreds of butterflies flutter through the air.

 Surfing, Paddleboarding, Kayaking….

If you’re newlyweds that are looking for activities with a little more excitement – you can try taking a surf or paddle boarding lesson. And if you want to get above the surf and soar above the waves, try out parasailing. Try Jack’s Surf Lessons & Board Rentals – located close by in Myrtle Beach they offer surfing lessons, board rentals, Stand Up Paddleboarding and kayaking.   Or for a  laid back afternoon in Murrells Inlet, you can rent kayaks or Stand Up Paddleboards  and experience the beauty of the marsh up close and personal.

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Courtesy of Jack’s Paddleboarding in Myrtle Beach, SC

Seafood Dining in Myrtle Beach!

Myrtle Beach is home to some of the best restaurants and amazing seafood. To experience an award-winning dining experience at one of the Top 5 Lowcountry Restaurants in the state, you won’t even have to leave the property. WaterScapes Restaurant is well known for its intimate dining atmosphere with  cuisine prepared by award-winning Chef Corbett Rourk. Specializing in seafood and steaks, try the latest seafood selection such as diver scallops or shrimp and grits or a grilled filet or char grilled ribeye.

Just a few steps from our door is the nationally known Ruth Chris Steakhouse. They feature aged beef and top-quality ingredients with their a-la-carte style menu.

For a unique, upscale  local dining experience, check out Collector’s Café – an art gallery/restaurant. You’ll enjoy delicious cuisine among amazing pieces of art. Featuring beautiful paintings, stunning photography and amazing sculptures – all of which are for sale. The owners, Tom & Craig are among the artists. You will probably see one or both of them there!

Just around the corner in the same building as Collector’s Cafe is Fire & Smoke Gastropub. Local owner & Chef Tyler Rice has created an amazing, versatile menu that you won’t find anywhere else in Myrtle Beach using a wood-fired grill and hot an cold smoker for beef, lamb and pork. Try small or large plate servings.

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Romantic Fire & Smoke Gastropub in Myrtle Beach, SC

Just across the street from these two restaurants, a fun place to grab an after dinner drink or some tapas is the intimate Boom Boom Wine Room. Try their “wall of wine” where you purchase a hotel-style keycard, that you load with money – your “key” to purchasing wine. There is a various assortment of wines to choose from – both red and white – and you can either select a sip, sample, or pour. There is usually live music and it is a great atmosphere to sample some new wine and enjoy each other’s company.

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Pour your own Wine Selection at the eclectic Boom Boom Wine Room

If you’re looking for a classic, local  seafood restaurant, you’ll have to try the Sea Captain’s House. It’s the perfect place for breakfast, lunch or dinner. On Sundays they even feature an award-winning brunch. Not only is the food they serve outstanding – but they’re located right on the ocean in a historic house– so the views while you dine are amazing.

Your Honeymoon Starts Here!

As you can see, Myrtle Beach has so much to offer newlyweds and is an amazing place to spend time together for your Special Honeymoon at the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes! We invite you to book one of our luxurious honeymoon packages for an unforgettable memory!

What Can Kids to Do in Myrtle Beach in Winter? LOTS!

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Myrtle Beach is known as one of the top vacation destinations in the summer but don’t forget the advantages of the off season because even during the winter months, there are plenty of indoor activities and attractions for you and your family to enjoy along the Grand Strand. Plus – when you book with Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, you can take advantage of our winter rates and save up to 40%!

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So bring the entire family on your next Myrtle Beach vacation and visit these interactive attractions for some indoor family fun!

“Escape” to  Riddles Escape Room Myrtle Beach! 

Are you ready to get your adrenaline pumping as you and your family race against the clock? Located just 5 minutes north of the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes – The Riddles Escape Room has created six “Escape Experiences” to solve….

Grand Strand Hotel Escape • Space Station Escape • Marooned Five Island Escape • Game of Phones • House of Cars •  Claustrophobia

The ultimate goal is to escape by deciphering various riddles and cracking clues hidden throughout the room. This is a challenge the whole family can enjoy and  as you must work together as a team to complete the task. Some clues are obvious, whereas others build on one another. The catch? You only have 60 minutes to solve the puzzle and escape.  Oh the stress!

More Than Just a Bowling Alley at 710

If you’re looking for an active overall family friendly fun venue to spend the afternoon or evening, 710 Bowling Alley has it all. Located just 20 minutes north of the Marina Inn, this unique venue has a multitude of activities for the entire family!

  • For bowlers, here are 14 standard lanes with leather couches and each are full service – so you don’t even have to stop your game to order food or drinks.
  • Try out one of six boutique lanes that feature XTreme LED lighting.

There’s more than bowling here. They have activities and games galore!

Darts • Bocce Ball •  Ping-Pong • Pool • Shuffleboard • Skee Ball  • Foosball       Air Hockey • Corn Hole • Traditional Board Games

710 has a full service bar and has put a unique spin on pub food with a menu that features Beef Brisket, Coconut Shrimp, Shrimp & Grits, Flatbread Pizza, and Mahi Mahi Tacos – and much more.

Ripley’s Aquarium in Myrtle Beach

Still one of the most popular attractions in Myrtle Beach – Experience a day underwater without even having to get wet! Ripley’s Aquarium is home to all types of aquatic life with numerous exhibits to see and explore.

Located at Broadway at the Beach, this facility is not only an attraction but also practices sea life rescue and release like the success story of “Magnolia” the Loggerhead Turtle….

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Magnolia the Loggerhead Turtle
  • Visit the Indo-Pacific Coral Reef Adventure at Rainbow Rock and watch one of the dive shows where you will witness divers feeding exotics such as Triggerfish,  Blue Tang, Clownfish and more.  You may  even see Mermaids! Watch as the Mermaids gracefully flip and glide underwater.
  •  If you want to interact with the aquatic life, make sure to stop by the Discovery Center where you can experience hands on learning by touching a horseshoe crab or pet a slippery sting ray.
  • The Living Gallery has true works of colorful art  in the form of living species such as octopus, anemones and  sea dragons.
  • One of the most exciting exhibits is the Dangerous Reef. A moving path guides you through a winding glass tunnel where you get the best views of the variety of sea life with several different species of fish,  a giant green sea turtle, giant stingrays, and huge sharks! You might find yourself holding your breath as a large shark glides overhead as you get a glimpse of his razor sharp teeth!
  • New for this season –  you can experience the Dangerous Reef by Glass Bottom Boat where your tour guide will educate you on this home to over 8,500 aquatic animals including large sand tiger sharks, nurse sharks, sawfish, and much more. And you might even get a glimpse of the resident sea turtle – Gabby – through the glass as she glides underneath the boat.

 WonderWorks Indoor Science Museum & Ropes Course

When you’re driving down Highway 17, a particular upside building might’ve caught your eye. No, it wasn’t capsized during a bad storm; it’s actually WonderWorks – an indoor interactive attraction featuring over 100 hands experiences that engages the mind and imagination. Jump right in and explore the Six WonderZones..

  • Natural Disasters – turn yourself into a human lighting rod
  • Physical Challenge – challenge yourself to peddle as fast as you can and see if you can generate enough power to spin in a 360-degree revolution
  • Light & Sound – every move you make translates into a vibrant array of colors
  • Space Discovery – experience landing a space shuttle
  • Imagination Lab – create designs with a giant Lite-Brite
  • Far Out Art Gallery – you might think your brain is playing tricks on you with the riddles and illusions hidden in the hallways of peculiar artwork

But that’s not all.  Sit back in the XD Theater 6D Extreme Motion simulated thrill ride or take in a  game of Combat Laser Tag. Once all these are completed, you can climb to new heights with the Spacewalk Challenge – a 3 story, glow-in-the-dark ropes course. Nothing is ordinary in Wonderworks!

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Indoor Ropes Challenge at Wonderworks Myrtle Beach

Rockin’ Jump  Ultimate Trampoline Park

This is a place where you can really let the kids get active and soar as they bounce on trampolines, flip and dive into pools full of foam cubes, and much more! More than just trampolines, there are seven different stations including

  • X-Beam – use a padded lance to try to knock your opponent off the beam
  • Open/Ultimate Jump area  – tons of room to bounce around freely, do flips and literally bounce off the walls
  • Dodgeball Area – taking the game to another level – the balls aren’t the only thing bouncing around during this competition
  • Slam Dunk Zone – use the trampoline launch pad to make the ultimate slam-dunk
  • Ninja Challenge Course – try your skills in this challenging course that includes trapeze walking, tube swinging, swinging across rings, hanging discs, padded logs – and ends with an wobbly bridge
  • Stunt Bag – feel like a movie star performing your own stunts as you flip, bounce and fly around the stunt bag area
  • Vertical Ops – this climbing wall lets you test your strength as you climb a tricky vertical rock wall

Don’t let the winter months pass by without experiencing some or all of these adventures. But hurry, spring will be here before you know it along with higher room rates! So if you’re ready to escape to the beach with your family this winter and save up to 40% off – Book our Advance Purchase Offer.

Looking for Valentine’s Day Romance in Myrtle Beach?

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Romance Package at Marina Inn

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, it reminds us how important it is to spend time with our loved one and is the perfect opportunity to consider a romantic getaway to one of the southeast’s top romantic locations – Myrtle Beach, SC.

The Marina Inn at Grande Dunes located on the northeast coast of Myrtle Beach is a renowned location for couples seeking a romantic getaway Check availability of our Studio Deluxe Suite. This intimate, secluded suite features a king size bed facing cozy fireplace. This suite also features a luxurious marble Jacuzzi; perfect for relaxing after a day of exploring the Myrtle Beach area. Then enjoy a glass of wine on the spacious, private balcony overlooking the serenity of the golf course and waterway. These suites are in high demand so early reservations are encouraged!

In honor of Valentine’s Day, take advantage of our relaxing Bed & Breakfast Package for your romantic weekend escape. You can begin each morning with breakfast in your cozy bed or enjoy your meal sitting on the balcony overlooking the stunning Intracoastal Waterway. Wherever you choose to dine in your suite, you can enjoy any item off the extensive breakfast menu from WaterScapes Restaurant.

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In Room Spa Services at Marina Inn

After breakfast, you still won’t have to leave your room with our “In Room Massage” service.  Your massage therapists will arrive directly to your suite for a calming side by side “Couples Massage” while you both share in the relaxation of a therapeutic massage.

Once you’ve spent the morning indulging in breakfast in bed and getting pampered, you can spend the rest of the day doing nothing but lounging around the suite in your cotton bath robes.  If you decide to venture outside of the Grande Dunes Resort, there are plenty of romantic activities to entertain yourselves in the afternoon.

Traveling just 5 miles north or the  Marina Inn, spend some time meandering through the boutique shops at Barefoot Landing.  Make sure you stop in to Duplin Winery and sign up for a tasting that’s available from 11 am to 5 pm Monday-Saturday. You will learn all about the Duplin family history  as well as watch the bottling process as you and your sweetheart enjoy sipping on the delicious flavors of  Muscadine wine. Muscadine grapes are native to the Carolinas and offer a unique flavor not found anywhere else. Browse the unique retail store and be sure to purchase a bottle or two to take home.

Right across the street from Barefoot Landing is a perfect spot to grab a quick bite to eat for lunch. One of the newest dining experiences is Nacho Hippo. Don’t expect to find the ordinary taco fare at this open air cantina! They are known for their funky “hip” taco selections such as the  “Kamikaze” that includes seared tuna, lettuce, seaweed salad, wasabi jalapeno mayo and Japanese pepper blend. Or the “Thai One On” – spicy red curry chicken, spring roll slaw, toasted coconut and Thai peanut sauce – just to name a few. They also serve up a “hip” nacho selection piled high with toppings, definitely a large enough portion to split between the two of you. Don’t count out their beverage selections…be sure to try one of their spicy jalapeno margaritas!

For an afternoon adventure, travel south about 30 minutes to Murrells Inlet, SC. The weather is usually mild this time of year so you can enjoy some salty air breezes on the Murrells Inlet Marshwalk. This ½ mile wooden boardwalk meanders along a natural saltwater estuary. Watch the local fishing boats come in with their latest catch and stay camera ready for the chance to snap a glimpse of a blue heron catching his lunch, pelicans flying by or other unique sea life along the walk. Complete your visit with an afternoon cocktail or fresh seafood snack  at one of the many quaint restaurants that line the boardwalk.

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Valentines Day Menu

WaterScapes at Marina Inn!

Once you’ve finished exploring for the day, you’ll want to wind down back to the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes over a romantic dinner for two at WaterScapes Restaurant. If you are vacationing over Valentines Day, Chef Corbett Rourk has created a succulent five-course Valentine’s Day Menu available from 5:30-9:30pm.  WaterScapes offers a secluded, romantic atmosphere in a relaxed setting. It’s the perfect way to end the day with your loved one – dining over a delicious meal and an amazing bottle of wine  in a cozy atmosphere.

So if you’re ready to escape to Myrtle Beach and book your romantic Weekend Getaway with us at Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, click here for more information on the Bed & Breakfast Package.

 

Myrtle Beach Marathon March 2 – 4, 2017

When you’re visiting the Grand Strand the first weekend in March, you might notice a lot more running shoes being worn rather than flip-flops. That’s because Myrtle Beach is hosting the 20th Anniversary Myrtle Beach Marathon. The event runs from March 2nd through 4th, 2017 and includes a Full Marathon, Half Marathon, Marathon Relay, Grande Dunes 5K and Family Fun Run. The Myrtle Beach Marathon always draws a large crowd, so if you’re planning on participating, it’s best to get a jump-start on planning your weekend. And when you book your stay at Marina Inn Grande Dunes, you can turn your “racecation” into a vacation!

Marathon Events at the Grande Dunes Marina

Two events will take place at the Grande Dunes Marina which is just steps from the Marina Inn. The Grande Dunes Marina is the location for the Myrtle Beach Marathon Kick-Off party on Friday, March 3rd from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm to get participants pumped up and excited for the big run. There will be live beach music, a pre-race pasta dinner, and fireworks to kick-off the exciting weekend! The Grande Dunes 5K will also take place on Friday, March 5th at 7 pm. If you’re participating in either of these events you are in the best location when you book your weekend with us. You will be steps away from the race and you won’t have to worry about finding transportation back to your room.

Please note: Please contact the Myrtle Beach Marathon directly for questions regarding any of the above listed events. Thank you.

Grande Dunes Marina

Accommodations at Marina Inn

One of the main reasons to book your marathon weekend stay at the Marina Inn is its location. You can wake up with a peace of mind on race day knowing you are just steps away from the Grande Dunes 5K and the  Kick Off Party and only 6 miles away from the starting line of the Myrtle Beach Half Marathon and full Marathon.

Getting a good night sleep is very important before a race. Marina Inn at Grande Dunes features some of the most luxurious and spacious rooms and suites in Myrtle Beach. Are you planning race weekend for two? We have one-bedroom units that are the perfect size for you and your loved one with amazing views of the Intracoastal Waterway. Or are you escaping to the beach with your running group or participating in the Family Fun Run? We offer spacious two and three bedroom condos that come fully equipped with a kitchen, spacious living room, separate bathrooms for each room and private balconies. Imagine winding down after the race, sipping wine on the balcony while watching boats pass by.  WiFi included in all areas of the hotel.

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Winding Pathways at Marina Inn

The Myrtle Beach Marathon and the Myrtle Beach Half Marathon take place on Saturday morning, leaving you plenty of time in the afternoon to enjoy some of the exciting attractions Myrtle Beach has to offer. We are centrally located to some amazing restaurants and area attractions like the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, Broadway at the Beach and Barefoot Landing. If you’re hoping to catch a show while you’re in town, we are located across the street from The Carolina Opry and Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show. And of course there’s always the beach to enjoy as well!

Exceptional Amenities at Marina Inn

When you stay at Marina Inn at Grande Dunes you can escape the hustle and bustle of Myrtle Beach on the luxurious Grande Dunes Resort and relax in the solitude of of indoor and outdoor pools and fitness center.  Relax your sore muscles in the Jacuzzi or soak in the steamy sauna after the marathon. A unique feature of the hotel to take full advantage of after exerting yourself in a marathon is our in room spa services. You won’t even have to leave your room to get pampered!

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In-Room Spa Service

Is there a golfer in the group that’s not participating in the Myrtle Beach Marathon? The Grande Dunes Resort Golf Course is located right next door to the Marina Inn. Enjoy a round with stunning views alongside of the Intracoastal Waterway.

If you’re searching for an award-winning dining experience – you don’t even need to step foot out of the hotel. WaterScapes Restaurant is located on the premises for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Chef Corbett Rourk combines classic French style with a southern American twist. If you are staying more than one evening with us, Ruths Chris Steakhouse is located just outside our door.

Save up to 35% with Spring Special Offer at Marina Inn!

So if you’re ready to plan your marathon weekend or a future vacation with Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, you can save big if you book with us today. We are featuring a Spring Special Offer that can save you up to 35% when you reserve your room with us now. Give us a call today at 877-913-1333 or book your reservation direct for more information to take advantage of this special offer. And don’t forget to pack your running shoes!

 

Luxury Golf Package in Myrtle Beach

Honors Myrtle Beach Golf Package at Marina Inn

Myrtle Beach is a world-renowned golf destination with over 80 top-rated golf courses located along the Grand Strand. Between the pristine courses and the year-round mild weather, Myrtle Beach the perfect place to escape and play a few rounds any time of year. Marina Inn Grande Dunes is featuring the Honors Golf Package in Myrtle Beach, a unique, luxury golf package for those that want to play the top rated courses in Myrtle Beach.

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Marina Inn at Grande Dunes

The Honors Golf Package includes….

  • Accommodations for four or more nights at the centrally located Marina Inn at Grande Dunes
  • Seven rounds of golf at Myrtle Beach’s highest rated golf courses
  • Full breakfast each morning in WaterScapes at the Marina Inn
  • Daily lunch at the golf course of play
  • Two full service dinners at WaterScapes at the Marina Inn

Accommodations

Marina Inn Grande Dunes features some of the most luxurious and spacious rooms and suites in Myrtle Beach. For an extended getaway with your golf friends, you won’t be cramped into a small unit. We have spacious two and three bedroom condos that feature  fully furnished kitchens, spacious living room with dining table for gathering or playing cards with your buddies, separate bathrooms for each room and private balconies. WiFi is included in all areas of the hotel. Off the course, take time to relax in our outdoor/indoor pool, jacuzzi, or weight room and fitness center There’s nothing like winding down in the hot sauna or taking a few laps in the pool after spending an afternoon on the golf course.

Meals

Wake up every morning to a delicious, full breakfast at WaterScapes at Marina Inn. Whether you’re in the mood for a hearty Lowcountry Omelet or something sweet like the Bananas Foster French Toast, there is an assortment of breakfast items to choose from. This is the perfect place to fuel you up before heading out to a day on the links.

When you  build up an appetite after finishing up the front nine, lunch will be provided to you at the golf course you’re playing at that day.

After you’ve wrapped up a full day on the course, for two of the evenings you can relax and enjoy dinner prepared by Chef Corbett Rourk at WaterScapes at Marina Inn. Choose from Shrimp & Grits, Filet Mignon, Seared Salmon, Berkshire Pork Chop and much more. From steak to seafood, there’s something to satisfy everyone’s palate.  This restaurant is conveniently located on the property so you won’t even have to worry about transportation.

Top Golf Courses

This luxury golf package combines your choice of play on up to eight of Golf Digest’sTop 100” ranked Myrtle Beach golf courses. You will have the opportunity to play seven rounds on any of the following courses:

Just behind the Marina Inn is the Grande Dunes Resort Course.  This popular course was named “National Golf Course of the Year” by National Golf Owners Association of America, this beautifully designed Roger Rulewich course is par-72. Its location on the higher bluff creates stunning views of the Intracoastal Waterway. In fact, seven of the holes are played alongside the Intracoastal Waterway.

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Resort Course at Grande Dunes

The highly sought after  Caledonia Golf & Fish Club is surrounded by  live oak trees and built on a former rice plantation in Pawley’s Island. Caledonia is a spectacular course known for its “18 signature holes”. In 2016 it ranked #29 in GOLF Magazine‘s “Top 100 You Can Play” and is continuously ranked on the Golf Digest list as “America’s 100 Greatest Public courses”.

The Dunes Golf & Beach Club is the premier private country club in Myrtle Beach. Through the Honors Golf Package you will have access to play this private Robert Trent Jones designed course in 1948. This remarkable course has been ranked as a “Top 100 Golf Course” in major magazines and hosted many major events including PGA Tours, Senior PGA Tours, and much more.

Barefoot Resort’s: Dye, Fazio or Love has been named the 2017 IAGTO North America Golf Resort and was the home of the Golf Channel’s  “Big Break” Myrtle Beach. These three courses located at Barefoot Landing were designed by some of the biggest names in golf – Davis Love III, Tom Fazio and Pete Dye. The goals behind their unique designs were not only to create courses that were visually stunning but also entertaining to play as well.

Located in Pawley’s Island, True Blue Golf Plantation has been rated among Golf Digest’s “Top 100 Public Courses in America”. Mike Strantz, the creator of the Caledonia Golf and Fish Club, designed the beautiful layout of this course as well. Between its location on an old rice and indigo plantation surrounded by nature and immaculate winding greens create quite the serene setting in which to play.

Between the impeccable fairways and intricate layout, Tidewater Golf Club is one of the top challenging courses to play in North Myrtle Beach. Positioned right by the Cherry Grove Inlet, you’ll experience stunning views of the marsh and its wildlife along this award-winning course.

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Tidewater Golf Course

The Grand Strand is home to some of the most esteemed and awarded golf courses in America. The Marina Inn Honors Golf Package is like no other golf package offered in the area. It not only provides you with luxurious accommodations and top-notch dining, but also gives you the opportunity to play some of the most prestigious and stunning courses in Myrtle Beach. Click Here for more information on booking an unforgettable golf experience.

Myrtle Beach Comedy Clubs

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Myrtle Beach has a Sense of Humor!

Between top-notch restaurants and exciting attractions, Myrtle Beach has plenty of opportunities to create a wonderful date night for you and your loved one. But if you’re looking for something fun, engaging, and a little outside the box, we recommend an evening at one of our local “Myrtle Beach Comedy Clubs”!

Comedy Cabana

Located less than a mile north of the Marina Inn; the Comedy Cabana is one of the Grand Strand’s most reputable and longest running comedy clubs in Myrtle Beach. Bringing big names from Comedy Central, HBO, SHOWTIME and much more, Comedy Cabana is Myrtle Beach’s  5-Star comedy club. You’ll spend the evening being entertained and laughing along with some of the most well known comedians in the industry like Josh Blue, Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling,  Basile, JJ Walker and more!  Featuring three famous comedians weekly, you can find the full schedule here. Reservations are recommended for top acts and the venue is smoke free.

Spanky Brown performing at Comedy Cabana in February….


Carolina Improv

This is not your regular comedy show. At Carolina Improv, no two shows are ever the same. Putting their own spin on the show “Whose Line is it Anyway?” – this unscripted comedy show consists of a group of performers using their wit and creativity to act out various skits. These short skits are woven together to create an entertaining show full of laughs for date night or you can bring the entire family. And don’t expect to sit back in silence the entire time, as crowd participation and interaction is encouraged and at times, essential to the success of the show. Improv means the performance is unrehearsed and off-the-cuff, so at certain points in the show audience members are asked to shout out random things such as occupations, song titles, and other random topics that are used to create the scenario that will be acted out. Bring lots of imagination to this comedy show! Carolina Improv is located just 10 minutes north of the Marina Inn  in the “Uptown Theater” inside the Myrtle Beach Mall.  More information and a full show schedule. All ages are welcome. Beer & wine is available for purchase at the show.

 


Carolina Comedy Club

Right in the heart of one of Myrtle Beach’s largest entertainment destinations, Broadway at the Beach, is the home of the newest comedy attraction – the Carolina Comedy Club. Comedians that have appeared on The Tonight Show, Comedy Central, HBO, such as the Comedians of Chelsea Lately, Pauly Shore, Gallagher and much more have graced the stage at this comedy club. In addition to what’s happening on-stage, there is casual dining and an extensive cocktail menu at the Back Stage Bar and Grill. So grab some appetizers and a cold drink and enjoy an evening full of laughter. For a full schedule of upcoming shows click here.

When you book your stay the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, you’ll be close by all three of Myrtle Beach’s premiere comedy clubs. And after your evening of amusement, you’ll be able to come back and relax at one of our luxurious rooms or suites. Be sure to check out our Winter Special Offer so you can save up to 25% on your stay from now through February 28, 2017.

So whether you choose to be entertained by a famous stand-up comedian or join in the fun at an improv show, the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes is the perfect resort for a weekend of romance, dining and comedy.