Best U.S. Resort Towns to Visit this Summer

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Myrtle Beach, SC Makes the Top of the List

(BPT) – Summer is here, which means it’s time for an annual vacation for many families. Since most Americans plan to travel within the U.S., Expedia.com has picked the best small towns and coastal cities to inspire your vacation planning. America’s historic resort towns, along with thousands of miles of beautiful coastlines, offer great destinations for you and your family this summer.

Towns like Ocean City, Gatlinburg and Myrtle Beach are great places to visit with friends and family. They are all within driving distance of major cities, and who doesn’t love a road trip? They offer budget-friendly accommodations, warm weather, beaches and fun activities. And when travelers book on a site like Expedia, vacation dreams quickly become reality through their selection of affordable airfare, hotels, vacation rentals and amazing discounts.

Ready to hit the road? Here are some of America’s best small towns and coastal cities to visit on vacation.

Myrtle Beach: Enjoy sand and sun on South Carolina’s beaches, then hit the nightlife in one of America’s most picturesque beach towns. Stay at the luxurious Marina Inn at Grande Dunes.

Destin: This Florida town is surrounded by water, with ample opportunities for whale watching and recreation. The Henderson, a Salamander Beach and Spa Resort, is a family-friendly resort with two pools and full-service spa.

Virginia Beach: This Virginia town offers rich history and pristine beaches, listed as having the longest pleasure beach in the world. The Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront is a gorgeous beachfront property with excellent accommodations.

Gatlinburg: Surrounded by Tennessee’s Great Smokey Mountains, Gatlinburg offers unparalleled wilderness activities near several major cities. For adventurous hiking and river rafting, there’s no better place. The Margaritaville Resort provides an equally exciting place to stay.

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Save up to 40% Off our Suites now through August 31, 2019 at the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes!

Spacious Condos in Myrtle Beach

Spacious Condos in Myrtle Beach

Is it time for your family to take the vacation of your dreams? We think so! Myrtle Beach has everything you need for the perfect summer getaway. When you stay with us at the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, a four-diamond resort, your family can experience a luxury visit while nearby all of the Grand Strand’s top attractions. We are consistently rated in the Top 5 out of over 200 resorts in Myrtle Beach because we assure only the best for you and your family.

Myrtle Beach Summer Package

From now until August 31st, you can save up to 40% when you book your summer vacation to Myrtle Beach! Here’s a little insider tip; if you choose to stay anytime from Sunday – Thursday you’ll receive an even better discount. Our rates begin at $155 per night and will vary depending on the room your family is needing.

During your stay, enjoy all that the resort has to offer such as indoor and outdoor pools, a convenient pool bar, jacuzzis, onsite award-winning restaurants, golf courses, tennis courts, walking and jogging trails and so much more! We are the only resort in the area that offers a private beach location for our guests. Don’t worry about packing all the heavy beach supplies though; we provide chairs, towels, umbrellas, facilities, showers and even offer snacks, beer & wine.

Luxurious Suites

Wake up like royalty in our spacious deluxe suites at Marina Inn! Each of our room accommodations offer a stunning private balcony view and are ideal for any type of trip. Whether it’s a family vacation, girls getaway, or golf trip our gorgeous rooms are exactly what you’re looking for. Choose from a variety of room types like the Grande Guest Room Suite with options of one, two, or three bedrooms.

Kick it up a notch and book our highly coveted four bedroom Penthouse Suite. With 360 views of the marina and featured amenities such as a fireplace in the master bedroom and a Jetted Whirlpool Bath Jacuzzi tub, you may never want to leave your luxurious room! (we don’t blame you!) That’s why we have a fully furnished kitchen, bar, and dining table inside the suite. Simply pop open your favorite bottle of wine and relax in the most spacious suite in Myrtle Beach.

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Kids Eat FREE All Summer Long!

At our onsite restaurant, WaterScapes, kids under 12 eat for free all summer long! WaterScapes is a luxurious place to enjoy a handcrafted meal with your family. Our signature dishes include Diver Scallops, Filet Mignon, and Shrimp & Grits! Our very own Chef Astraikis has added his own flavorful creations to our menu such as Chili Shrimp, Coconut Clams, Seafood Paella, and Moroccan Chicken! WaterScapes also serves a delicious breakfast so you can enjoy a family meal anytime during your stay.

Summer is on the way and time is running out to book your Myrtle Beach vacation. Our guests are able to experience the best Myrtle Beach has to offer. Book with Marina Inn at Grande Dunes to take advantage of our summer sale package going on now! See you at the beach!

FREE Things to Do This Summer in Myrtle Beach

The sun is shining and the beach is calling your name! Is there anything better than a summer getaway to Myrtle Beach? Well, finding free things to do definitely comes close. When you stay at Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, a four-diamond resort, you’re conveniently located nearby the greatest spots to make memories in Myrtle Beach. We’ve listed our favorite events and activities that you and your family can enjoy for FREE!

Beach

It might just be the BEST free activity we can offer along the Grand Strand! Did you know that as a guest at Marina Inn, you receive access to our exclusive private beach? Plus you’ll even have access to a free shuttle to drop you off and pick you up at the end of the day. Chairs, towels, umbrellas and everything you need for the perfect beach day is located at our cabana. After building up an appetite from splashing around in the surf and building sandcastles, we have food and cold drinks available – as well as a place to take a break from the sun. So don’t worry about a thing and head to the beach for some unforgettable family memories!

Fireworks

In Myrtle Beach, there’s so much to see and do that will leave you speechless but nothing is quite as mesmerizing as a firework show on a summer night. There are plenty of places you can catch a free firework show this summer along the Grand Strand including:

Barefoot Landing – Mondays 10 p.m., 4th of July 10 p.m.

Broadway at the Beach – Tuesdays 10 p.m. through August, Fridays 10 p.m. June 21st – August 16th, 4th of July 10 p.m.

2nd Ave Pier –  Wednesdays 10 p.m.

Farmers Markets

Popping up all over Myrtle Beach, our Farmers Markets are filled with fresh and local produce to enjoy during your visit. In addition to colorful fruits and veggies, local artisans are showcasing their homemade crafts and artwork just for you! Did we mention there’s also live music to enjoy while you stroll through the booths? Head to Barefoot Landing, Little River or The Market Common for a terrific way to spend an afternoon!

Barefoot Landing – Fridays 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Little River – Thursdays 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The Market Common – Wednesdays 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Hot Summer Nights

Every night this summer, you can experience the thrill of the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk during their nightly entertainment. Hot Summer Nights last all summer long and all events are completely free! From 8 p.m. – 11 p.m., spend a night out with the family enjoying the live music and street performers as you venture around the boardwalk in downtown Myrtle Beach.

Barefoot Landing

Just minutes up the road from Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, Barefoot Landing is a one-stop shop for all things shopping, dining, and entertainment! This summer, Barefoot Landing will be hosting live music at the Dockside Village Amphitheater and offering live entertainment nightly. Before the show starts, plan a dinner at one of their various restaurants or just walk around the lake and enjoy the view. Plus a free firework show amazes visitors each Monday night at 10 p.m.!

The Market Common

A popular shopping district with upscale boutiques and a handful of restaurants, The Market Common has what you need for the whole family this summer! They offer free carriage rides with live horses throughout the summer which would make an average date night transform into a fairytale. Grab a beach chair and a blanket for their Movies Under the Stars where they show your favorite movies out on the lawn for your family to enjoy. The Market Common also offers free live entertainment with Concerts on the Green throughout the summer. The options for free, fun, family activities are endless!

Summer is on the way and time is running out to book your Myrtle Beach vacation. Our guests are able to experience the best FREE activities Myrtle Beach has to offer. Book with Marina Inn at Grande Dunes to take advantage of our summer sale package going on now! See you at the beach!

Top Family Attractions in Myrtle Beach

It’s almost summertime in Myrtle Beach and there’s so much to see and do along the Grand Strand. When you stay with Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, a four-diamond resort, you’re nearby all the hottest attractions our area has to offer.

Beach

The BEST attraction in Myrtle Beach…the beach of course! When you stay with Marina Inn, you’ll have access to our private beach. Just hop aboard the shuttle with your family and everything you need is waiting for you! We have towels, chairs, snacks, and drinks available at our private beach access. All you need to bring is your swimsuit and sunscreen!

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Broadway at the Beach

Located in the heart of downtown Myrtle Beach, Broadway at the Beach is a one-stop shop for all things dining and entertainment. With recent additions including new thrill rides at Pavilion Park and a Simpson’s 4D Movie Theater and Kwik-E-Mart, your family will have a blast exploring and enjoying all Broadway at the Beach has to offer. When hunger strikes, there are plenty of restaurants to choose from to satisfy any appetite.

Shark Wake Park

Get ready to shred! At Shark Wake Park in North Myrtle Beach, you can experience riding a zipline while wakeboarding through the lake. Learn new tricks and tips and maybe even catch some air! Shark Wake Park also has an inflatable Aqua Park with large water inflatables for everyone to play on in the water. Just minutes down the road from Marina Inn, beat the heat at Shark Wake Park!

Barefoot Landing

Time to shop til you drop! Barefoot Landing is located in North Myrtle Beach and offers unique shopping and dining experiences. If you’re in the mood for a fiesta, head to Taco Mundo! A waterfront restaurant where you can indulge in authentic tacos and fresh margaritas after a day filled with shopping. Barefoot Landing also features live music and entertainment nightly throughout the summer so make sure to bring the whole family and make some memories!

Myrtle Waves Waterpark

Calling all thrill seekers! Myrtle Waves Waterpark is South Carolina’s largest waterpark and has tons of water attractions for your family to enjoy. From towering tube slides to a surfing simulator, there’s something for everyone to do. While visiting this summer, be sure to check their schedule for Summer Movie Nights to catch a film while floating around in the wave pool!

Summer is on the way and time is running out to book your Myrtle Beach vacation. Our guests are able to experience the best Myrtle Beach has to offer. Book with Marina Inn at Grande Dunes to take advantage of our summer sale package going on now! See you at the beach!

 

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!

Easter Package at Marina Inn

Are you dreaming of a spring beach getaway? A premier luxury resort, Marina Inn at Grande Dunes is looking forward to hosting our annual Easter weekend events for families visiting Myrtle Beach. We’ll be hosting the best activities for both kids and adults and offering a full brunch on Easter Sunday.

Book Now for Savings!

Available Easter Weekend, April 19th – April 21st, our Easter Package rates begin at $250 per night and include a fun-filled holiday getaway in sunny Myrtle Beach. Hop aboard the beach shuttle to spend the day soaking up the sun on our private beach to start off the weekend. Beach Service will be available April 19th – April 21st from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Live in luxury this spring in our Grande Guest Room, Studio, or Mediterranean Club Suite. We have a variety of rooms perfect for a couple or a family of up to four. Bring the whole family along and stay in our two and three bedroom suites. Each bedroom has it’s own spacious, private bathroom, large kitchen, living room space, and balcony overlooking the beautiful marina and Intracoastal Waterway.

And don’t worry about the kids – we’ve got plenty of exciting activities to keep the whole family entertained!

Our Easter Package includes:

  • Spacious, grande guest room with (2) queen beds
  • Sunday Easter Brunch for (2) adults & (2) children ages 12 & under
  • Easter basket delivery to your room for each child
  • Easter weekend activities including Easter egg dying & Easter cookie decorating
  • Easter egg hunt on Easter Sunday at 10:30 am
  • Full beach service from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Make your spring break dreams come true and book an extended stay to enjoy all the Grand Strand area has to offer! Not to mention, more time spent at the beach!

Easter Sunday Brunch Menu

Hosted in our elegant Nautilus Ballroom, our Easter Brunch will be held on Sunday, April 21st with seatings from 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. We will have live music as entertainment and full bar selections will be available!

Choose from a wide variety of delicious handcrafted food such as omelets, Belgian waffles, and even a smoothie station. Fresh Seafood choices include oysters, chilled shrimp cocktail, and wood smoked salmon with cream cheese, capers, red onions, chopped eggs and bagel crisp. Treat yourself to a selection of carved Herb Crusted Dijon Prime Rib or Beef and Garlic Rosemary Spring Leg of Lamb. And of course, wash everything down with a freshly squeezed mimosa!

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Spring Activities

For even more fun, head down the street to Barefoot Landing and experience live animal shows at Alligator Adventure! If you feel more like relaxing check out Riptydz oceanfront restaurant downtown and the Skywheel to see incredible views of the Myrtle Beach coastline. In the spring, the Grand Strand area has mild warm temperatures, perfect for all things outdoors!

Our Easter Package at the AAA four-diamond resort Marina Inn at Grande Dunes is the perfect way to kick off spring in Myrtle Beach! Book now to take advantage of our Spring Sale.

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! 

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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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!