The Carolinas: From North to South
Day three came with an early start. After a quick breakfast at the hotel, we took a carriage tour of downtown Wilmington. We had no idea the town has 230 blocks of protected historical area and the houses are being carefully renovated to bring back the vintage, charming atmosphere. It was like taking a tour back in time!
After a quick coffee stop, we were back on the road for a two-hour drive towards our second state, South Carolina. Our first stop was Myrtle Beach’s 96 kilometers of sandy beaches and exciting attractions. First up: mini golf! At The Hawaiian Rumble Mini Golf, we saw people of all ages playing on their unique court. It even has a volcano that blows fire every 20 minutes! We played several rounds and enjoyed the quirky souvenirs we found in the gift shop. We obviously walked away with some awesome treasures!
Exhilarated from our mini golf adventure, we were ready for more action, and that’s exactly what we found at Fat Harold’s Beach Club. Part bar, part diner, part dance school, Fat Harold’s is truly a unique place. We made our way to the rear dance floor and met Mandy, who taught us the state’s official dance: the Shag. We cranked the beach music on their jukebox and had a blast learning some great steps. Obviously, our Brazilian friends taught Mandy a few of their samba moves.
We were ready for lunch, so we headed to The Original Benjamin’s Calabash Seafood, which is decorated with tons of miniature boats, each one better than the last. They even have a boat master who builds all the miniatures in their basement shop. Al the employees were incredibly kind and a great example of Southern hospitality. The owner and her daughter prepared a feast of hushpuppies, shrimp, oysters and tomato pie for us. Definitely one of our favorite lunches of the entire trip!
After lunch, we walked down to the 1.9-kilometer Oceanfront Boardwalk and Promenade. That’s when we saw the impressive Sky Wheel, the country’s second-tallest Ferris wheel. The amazing structure is surrounded by shops, dining, and—of course—the beautiful beach.
As the day was coming to an end, we made our way to the Dead Dog Saloon for dinner. Talk about an original place! Named after the way the owner’s dog slept, the restaurant has a main wall where patrons can display pictures of their dogs. The saloon sits right next to the water, and we loved listening to live country music on their back porch.
After a great meal, we were ready for bed. Our home for the night was Pawleys Plantation Golf and Country Club, a beautiful property sitting among 200-year-old moss-draped oaks. We all agreed it’s a great place for the perfect getaway. Ready for bed, we couldn’t help but anticipate what our fourth day would bring.