Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Just a short drive south on Highway 17 from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is a peaceful fishing village called Murrells Inlet. Folks who visited this location many years ago probably remember it as a quiet little town. In the past few years, however, new neighborhoods have developed and generated tons of activity, and Highway 17 Bypass is a busy, major thoroughfare between Myrtle Beach and Charleston.
Turning off from the Bypass and venturing over to Highway Business 17 in Murrells Inlet will transport you to the small village existing in the memories of multitudes of past visitors. This short stretch of land featuring multiple restaurants and a fabulous gift shop, The Lazy Gator, is one hopping place during the busiest season running from June through August.
September is the perfect time to explore Murrells Inlet because the days are summertime warm, and the crowds of vacationers have significantly diminished.
Beside the Crazy Sister Marina and Wicked Tuna restaurant, the sightseer can walk along an outstretched pier and also stroll on the Marsh Walk, a walkway that is conveniently situated behind the restaurants. This area offers a lovely view of the marsh, waterways, wild life, boats, high rise hotels in the distance to the north, spacious beach homes of Garden City to the east and goats and peacocks coexisting on a small island behind Drunken Jack’s Restaurant.
During the tourist season, this part of town is packed with families seeking dining, music, kayaking, jet skiing, dolphin tours, bike rentals, private charters, pirate boat adventures, and the list goes on. Mid-September brings a quieter Marsh Walk with spectacular sunny views and a sense of serenity that the kids are back in school, and now the adults can finally take that relaxing saunter along the Marsh Walk.
I found the Marsh Walk to be so charming, I featured it in one of my inspirational novels, Never Say Perfect. (See http://www.awriterspresence.com)
And to think that we actually live in Murrells Inlet, where vacationers clamor to enjoy everything we love about it…an enormous blessing! Since I live in vacation land, my next few travel blog posts will introduce a variety of locations and attractions in the Grand Strand area of South Carolina, where the ocean meets the mysterious marshland.
See you soon with much more fun from the coast of South Carolina!
Mary Anne Benedetto
Author of Eyelash, 7 Easy Steps to Memoir Writing: Build a Priceless Legacy One Story at a Time!, Never Say Perfect and From Italy with Love & Limoncello