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Spark Some Romance on Your Next Grand Strand Getaway

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We all know that few locales lend themselves to love more than the beach. And with a collection of romantic elements working together — like the soothing sound of the waves lapping on the shoreline, the cool seas breezes blowing through your hair, the sun rising over the blue ocean waters, and the feel of the soft beach sands between your toes — the Myrtle Beach area can offer you and your sweetheart an especially amorous setting for your romantic getaway.

When the two of you are ready to plan your next couple’s retreat, consider this great itinerary for a romantic day on the Grand Strand:

A morning stroll on the beach: With more than 60 miles of Atlantic Ocean coastline, the Grand Strand offers plenty of serene stretches of beach that are perfect for a barefoot, hand-in-hand lover’s walk along the sands as the sun rises over the water-filled horizon. And at The Cottages at North Beach Plantation, whose North Myrtle Beach location is tucked comfortably away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Myrtle Beach, a particularly peaceful stretch of shoreline can be found just a short walk south of the resort property.

A day exploring Atalaya Castle/Huntington Beach State Park: There’s plenty to discover at Atalaya Castle, a 30-room mansion at nearby Huntington Beach State Park that boasts amazing Atlantic Ocean views and was inspired by the architecture of the Spanish Andalusian coast. And for nature lovers, Huntington Beach State Park itself offers 2,500 acres of coastal preserve and large swaths of undeveloped beaches. To learn more about the circa-1930s castle and its history, visit atalayacastle.com, and visit southcarolinaparks.com to find out more about the state park.

Drinks at La Belle Amie Vineyard: This small, family-owned winery located on a 38-acre farm near the North Carolina state line in Little River produces 20-plus wine varieties ranging from reds and whites to dessert wines. Those looking to sample can try six different wines for a small, $6 fee, then purchase bottles to take home and enjoy or to give as gifts. The winery also regularly hosts live music and other events, such as its Wine Wednesdays, Throwback Thursdays and Wine Down Fridays. Learn more at labelleamie.com.

Dinner at 21 Main: Finish your romantic day with a meal at North Beach Plantation’s on-site 21 Main Prime Steakhouse, where the menu boasts an impressive lineup of USDA Prime and specialty cuts of meat and fresh seafood, all served in an elegant setting. Start your dinner with the Fried Calamari or Baked Brie, then move on to entrees such as the “88” Surf & Turf, which features an 8-ounce filet mignon and an 8-ounce lobster tail served with whipped potatoes and asparagus. Or treat yourself to the 
40-ounce USDA Prime Tomahawk Ribeye or the fresh Catch of the Day. A long list of other grilled, surf & turf, and raw bar options is also available.

After your romantic day out and about on the Grand Strand, head back to your comfortable accommodations and amazing amenities at The Cottages at North Beach Plantation to rest up for another day together in the Myrtle Beach area. Book your romantic vacation today — and get ready to make some great memories on the Carolina coast with your one and only!

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