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A Tour of Myrtle Beach Through Cocktails and Wine

One of the most surprising things about my recent trip to Myrtle Beach was how amazing their food and drink scene was! I must have gained three pounds in three days, eating and drinking until my little heart was content. So join me, as I take you through a tour of Myrtle Beach through cocktails and wine (food too!).

La Belle Amie Winery

One of my favorite stops was La Belle Amie Winery (1120 Saint Joseph Road
Little River, SC 29566)
. Winery owner, Vicki, left corporate America to make use of her family's land, so she built a winery! You're able to taste six wines for $3, including the winery's signature brand, Twisted Sisters Wine. They host events every weekend during the summer and many people come there for celebrations. My favorite wines were 'Bitchin' Babes' and 'Bikini Blush,' but they have several red, white, and blush wines to choose from.

Photo Credit: La Belle Amie Vineyard

Photo Credit: La Belle Amie Vineyard

While their wines are not distributed, it's nice to get outside of the city and a visit is well worth the 30 minute from Myrtle Beach.

The Chemist

If you're into mixing gastronomy and food, The Chemist (300 9th Ave N, Myrtle Beach, SC) is the place for you. Here, I tried the Flux Capacitor. A mix of St. Germaine, Tito's Vodka, lemon juice, blackberry simple syrup, muddled mint leaves and soda to top, this cocktail was delicious and not overpowering.

Photo Credit: The Chemist

Photo Credit: The Chemist

All of their food and cocktails are creatively named to go along with the theme of the restaurant, which I think is pure genius. Where else is your drink served in a beaker and your waitress wearing a lab coat? 

Foodie Tip: Try their Sweet Potato Tots (accompanied by delicious bacon maple dip) or Bondfire Shrimp. Yum, yum, yum!

Art Burger Sushi

Another gastronomic gem, Art Burger Sushi (706 N Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577) was an unexpected favorite. With its unassuming exterior, they had so many food and drink selections to choose from that you'd think the restaurant was twice the size. I typically don't like restaurants that offer several kinds of foods, but Art Burger Sushi proved me wrong.

I opted to have my cocktail nitrogen-ated (is that a word?) and instead of sipping it slowly like the lady I am, I was able to eat it like a slushy. And while I didn't think this would be my cup of tea (or vodka, rather), it turned out to be the perfect way to enjoy a cocktail on a hot day.

Photo Credit: Art Burger Sushi Bar

Photo Credit: Art Burger Sushi Bar

Foodie Tip: Their Specialty Rolls were delicious, and of course, you must try a burger when you're there. I also ate the blue cheese sweet potato fries, which I still think about to this day.

Tupelo Honey Cafe

I loved everything about the Tupelo Honey Cafe (3042 Howard Ave, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577). From the atmosphere, location, food and cocktails, everything about this southern gem was delicious. I started my meal with the Thai Basil Mojito because let's face it, you can never go wrong with a mojito.  When you go, be sure to sit outside and enjoy the restaurant's great location at Market Commons amongst other restaurants and shops.

Foodie Tip: Try the Southern Burrata Bruschetta and Tupelo Farm Fresh Burger. 

Croissants Bakery and Bistro

If ever I'm back in Myrtle Beach and in need of a delicious breakfast, brunch or pastry, I'm heading to Croissants (3751 Robert M. Grissom Pkwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577). They have plenty of brunch cocktails to choose from like sangrias or mimosas.  The owner, Heidi Vukov, has a cookbook titled 'Bonjour, Y'all!' and it has several of the restaurant's food and drink recipes. 

Photo Credit: Croissants Bakery and Bistro

Photo Credit: Croissants Bakery and Bistro

Foodie Tip: Try their gluten-free, chocolate mousse cake. It's so delectable and you can eat it (semi) guilt-free!

Waterscapes Restaurant

Looking for a fancy dinner before you head home? Waterscapes Restaurant at the Marina Inn (8121 Amalfi Pl, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572) is a great choice.  While they don't have an extensive cocktail menu, they have a great wine menu.

Foodie Tip: I had the Jamaican Jerk Chicken and it was absolutely delightful. I'd definitely order it again.

Honorable Mentions: 

I didn't get a chance to try these places, but word on the street is that their food and drink menus are worth checking out:

As you can see, Myrtle Beach's culinary scene has so much to offer. I highly suggest stepping out of your comfort zone when visiting. I look forward to going back and trying more amazing cuisine and cocktails.

And I'm not just saying that because this post was sponsored by the Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce/CVB. All opinions are absolutely my own.

5 Reasons Myrtle Beach is Worth a Visit

My family vacationed in Myrtle Beach during the summers when I was growing up. We'd pack up the minivans and cars and drive seven to eight hours from Baltimore to Myrtle Beach, being sure to stop at South of the Border along the way. I always associated Myrtle Beach with my family vacations, so it never crossed my mind as a place for me to escape to...until recently. 

I flew an hour (yes, one hour) from BWI to Myrtle Beach International on Spirit (which actually wasn't as bad as people make it seem) and embarked on a nostalgic weekend to reclaim my childhood, or so I thought.

It didn't appear that much has changed in the beachfront town when I arrived.  Miniature golfing, pancake houses, and swimwear stores lined the main highway.  Motorcycles abounded since I went during the infamous 'Bike Week,' when people come from all over the country to meet up with fellow motorcycle lovers. However, as I began to do more exploring, it became clear that Myrtle Beach had more to offer than what I remembered.

1. The food and drinks are to die for.

From the time I landed, to the time I headed to the airport to go home, I was stuffed with delicious food and drinks.  Seriously, every meal I ate was better than the last. And this was hard to do since every meal was full of southern delight and deliciousness.

Pork ribs, fried cheese and roasted brussel sprouts from  Tupelo Honey Cafe

Pork ribs, fried cheese and roasted brussel sprouts from Tupelo Honey Cafe

2. There are plenty of activities for singles or families.

For children and teenagers (and children at heart), there are several places for miniature golfing, golf karting, and zip lining, along with arcades, haunted houses and a plethora of other activities along the main beachfront 'strip.'  But vacation isn't fun if parents can't get in on the action. There are plenty of restaurants, bars, clubs and even wine bars for adults to have a time.

Of course they have water activities like parasailing and jet skiing (check out Ocean Watersports), but there aren't many places where you can take a helicopter ride along the coast. Flying along the coastline with Helicopter Adventures and seeing Myrtle Beach from a different perspective was definitely a new and fun experience. And I loved their fleet of red helicopters. So chic.

3. It's a short drive or plane ride away.

As I mentioned earlier, my family used to make the drive from Baltimore each summer. However, with inexpensive fares from Spirit and other airlines, Myrtle Beach is just an hour plane ride from the Washington, D.C. area.  That's perfect for a quick weekend trip.

4. It's low-key and charming.

Have you ever traveled to a city and you can tell the people are pretentious, unwelcoming, and you can't relax because you're too busy worried how people are looking at you? Well, Myrtle Beach is the exact opposite. The city has a relaxing feel and everyone was there to just have a good time. Each person I spoke with was super friendly and accommodating. It was a great reminder how much friendlier people can be in the south.

5. The beach is clean and family-friendly.

I have been to several beaches around the world and I must say, Myrtle Beach is impressive. There was hardly any discarded trash and the sand was soft to the touch. This is a serious matter for me, as I have standards that a beach must meet.  Seriously.  But Myrtle Beach met them all with its relatively clear water along the shore and soft sand.  I suggest heading to the north end of the beach; it may be less crowded. (Inquire within for the rest of my requirements.)

While I have amazing memories of Myrtle Beach as a child, it was a great experience looking at the city from an adult's point of view. If you're looking for a weekend or week-long getaway, Myrtle Beach has tons of options for everyone.

And I'm not just saying that because this post was sponsored by the Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce/CVB. All opinions are absolutely my own.