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Why I Love Living on the Grand Strand

by Kate Visser
Posted: July 09, 2012 by Deborah Hensel

There are lots of things I love about living in the Myrtle Beach area, but I have some favorites.  I’ll share with you, but not in any order because they are all favorites!  First of all I must admit that I’m a gardener, so obviously I love having flowers Sweet smelling GardeniaI could never grow up north.  I love having a colorful garden all year round.  There’s nothing better than curling up on my porch bed swing on a lazy afternoon to admire my garden with the manicured golf course fairway in the background!  No, I can’t take credit for the condition of the golf course, but Wachesaw East does an excellent job of keeping it pristine for the golfers who come from all over the world to play golf at the many courses along the Grand Strand.  (lucky me… it’s like a great big lawn that I don’t have to mow)!  Another favorite is living in Murrells Inlet, right between the ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway!  I love to wander down to the marina on the ICW for lunch at the restaurant where my friends and I catch up on life and watch the world go by.  It’s great fun to see the yachts heading south for the winter, and making their voyage back up North in the spring!  Some of those boats are unbelievable.  The ICW is not a dug out ditch in this area, but rather a beautiful natural river (the Waccamaw).  There is almost always an egret, eagle, or osprey soaring above the tidal water.  Another favorite has to be Huntington State Park with its picture perfect beach!  Three miles of undisturbed oceanfront.  I love to walk along the beach or read a good book with the soothing sound of waves rolling ashore. It’s so peaceful, and to think I get to be there anytime I want! I’ve discovered that winter is the very best time for shelling, but I’ve found some great sand dollars throughout the year.  The world-renowned Brookgreen Gardens is a, “do not miss” in Murrells Inlet.  It’s the famous outdoor sculpture garden (and so much more), given to Anna Hyatt Huntington by her husband many years ago.  There’s always something going on at Brookgreen.  Great outdoor concerts in the summer, and there’s just nothing like Nights of a Thousand Candles in December!  How can I tell you about favorites without mentioning the Marsh Walk and all the great restaurants that line that walkway!  Murrells Inlet is of course, the South Carolina seafood capital of the world…. I’d be hard put to call one restaurant my favorite.  I enjoy meeting up with friends at Bubba’s Love Shack for lunch, and to sit in the rocking chairs overlooking the Inlet.  When I’m in the mood for absolutely superb dining and service, it’s off to Bliss.  And, when I’m longing for a quiet evening alone or with friends on my patio, I stop by one of the great fresh fish markets and pick up something scrumptious to have on the grill.  My latest discovery is Hog Snapper.  You have to get past the name.  It’s a really tasty fish!  My friends, my neighborhood, and my home are truly favorites also.  I have to pinch myself to make sure it’s all real sometimes.  There is a wonderful pool and beautiful landscaping along the walking trail in our gated community.  And the sun shines here… A LOT!  Leaving the cold dreary north and high taxes behind for this magnificent southern lifestyle has been such a great decision!  Real Estate prices have dropped so much and cost of living is so reasonable!

And, perhaps best of all…. my family loves to come to the beach!  Guaranteed visits! I don’t need to go anywhere on vacation.  I’m on vacation right here at home!  I love living at the beach!

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