Valentine’s Day is just two more days away. However, before Valentine’s Day, there is one more special holiday that we need to celebrate!
February 13th is National Galentine’s Day! On this most beloved of holidays, we take time to celebrate those special gal pals who fill our lives with love, laughs, and non-stop fun. And there is no better way to celebrate your best gal pals than with a fun-filled Grand Strand girls trip!
Home to an endless array of thrilling attractions, boutique shopping, gourmet dining, and an unbeatable nightlife, the Grand Strand is the perfect destination for your next girlfriend getaway! Whether you are planning a last getaway for the bride-to-be or just need to reconnect with your best girlfriends, the Grand Strand has something for everyone!
Here’s a list of a few of our favorite activities for you and your gal pals to try during your next Grand Strand girls trip!
Hit the Beach
Ok, this one’s a little obvious but no less valid. After all, you can’t have a girlfriend beach getaway and not go to the beach!
Staying up in North Myrtle Beach? Then head on over to the charming community of Cherry Grove. Consistently voted as one of South Carolina’s Best Beach’s, the natural beauty of Cherry Grove Beach is matched only by the quaint small-town charm of the surrounding community.
Looking for something a little more secluded? Then head south to Murrells Inlet and checkout Huntington Beach State Park. Boasting three pristine miles of unspoiled beach as well as numerous scenic hiking trails through the surrounding wetlands, Huntington Beach State Park is Heaven on Earth for any true-blue nature lover.
Shop till You Drop
Find yourself in need of a little retail therapy? Not to worry, we’ve got you covered! With over 300 stores to choose from, including numerous outlet malls and boutique shopping centers, you and your besties will be able to score hot deals on countless name-brand items.
Experience one of the most enjoyable shopping sprees of your life at Broadway at the Beach. Home to trendy restaurants, countless entertainment venues, and seventy-eight shops and boutiques, Broadway at the Beach is an entertainment haven for tourists and locals alike. Spend the evening strolling around the 350-acre complex enjoying unique storefronts you won’t find anywhere else along with a host of nationally recognized brands, including Del Sol, Ron Jon Surf Shop, and Victoria’s Secret.
Upscale shopping more to your taste? Then be sure to check out The Market Common. Visitors can spend a fun-filled day with their family, playing at the 810 Billiards & Bowling, watching movies at the Grand 14 Cinema, or strolling through any of the community’s high-end shops. From Pottery Barn to White House Black Market, The Market Common has something for everyone!
Laidback shopping more your style? Then Barefoot Landing is a must! Home to the award-winning Alabama Theater, a wide array of unique souvenir shops, and waterfront restaurants, Barefoot Landing is the hangout hub of North Myrtle Beach.
No matter what you and your girlfriends are looking for, we guarantee that you’ll be able to find it in a Grand Strand shopping center!
Wining and Dining
What could be better than beaching or shopping? How about enjoying some of the best food and drinks South Carolina has to offer!
With everything from tantalizing tacos (we recommend Taco Mundo Cantina Y Kitchen), incredible ice cream parlors (you’ve got to try Melt in Ocean Drive), and fresh-caught seafood (way too many great options for us to recommend just one), the Grand Strand is a foodie’s paradise!
Whether you’re an adventurous eater who’s always looking for something new to try, or you’re more of a fries and chicken-nuggets girl, we’ve got you and your girlfriends covered.
Does the hustle and bustle of everyday life have your wheels spinning? Schedule a relaxing spa for you and your besties! Enjoy a relaxing massage as you lose yourself in the lulling melody of waves crashing in the background. Catch up with your friends over mani-pedis and mimosas.
The Grand Strand is home to plenty of spas that can accommodate groups for a day of pampering at the beach.
Are you and your friends looking to explore your creative sides during your Galentine’s Day getaway? Then be sure to check out any of the Grand Strand’s endless litany of arts and craft attractions!
Situated near the legendary Barefoot Landing, the Board and Brush Creative Studio is a DIY wood sign workshop. Choose from one of over 400 different designs of wooden décor, ranging in style from farmhouse-classic and inspirational pieces to on-trend, beachy, everything in between. Under the watchful gaze of a wood-working master, learn the techniques needed to create a custom piece of wooden art, including sanding, staining, stenciling, and waxing.
Further south, in the historic resort town of Pawley’s Island, you’ll also find the Island Art Gallery. This dreamy shop and gallery displaying stunning works of art by local talent. The quaint gallery features hundreds of pieces by over 25 owner and member artists, many of which are inspired by the island’s bounty of serene, natural beauty. In addition to the countless works of art, the Island Art Gallery also offers regular classes and workshops led by in-house artists for painting, jewelry-making, and much more!
Dance the Night Away
Looking to let loose and shake what your mama gave ya? Well, you’re in luck! The Grand Strand is home to an endless array of thrilling dance clubs, each specializing in various dance styles.
Whether you are a honkey tonk girl looking to strut her stuff to some of the country’s greatest hits—check out The Bowery—or your just looking to dance the night away just steps from the beach—Ocean Annie’s Beach Bar at Sands Ocean Club is the place for you—the Grand Strand is a dancer’s paradise.
However, for those of you looking for a uniquely Grand Strand dance experience, be sure to visit one of the area’s many Shag clubs. A direct descendant of the Jitterbug, the Carolina Shag, originated in North Myrtle Beach during the 30s and 40s.
While many clubs specialize in this iconic dance, one of the best places is the OD Arcade and Pavilion. Situated across the street from the Grand Strand’s 60-mile stretch of beach, OD Arcade and Lounge has been a favorite nightlife spot for visitors and locals alike for generations. Every night, the enormous dance floor at OD Arcade and Lounge comes alive as dancers of all ages and skill levels strut their stuff and show off their best shag moves. Whether you are a novice or a life-long shagger, a good time will be had by all at the OD Arcade and Pavilion.
Save on Your Girlfriends Getaway with Elliott Realty
Ready to get your girls together for an unforgettable Grand Strand getaway? Save more on your next Grand Strand getaway with Elliott Realty’s Girlfriends Weekend Getaway Special!
Bring your girls group to the beach between March and May, and book a three-day, two-night stay in a three-bedroom oceanfront condo for only $225! In addition to accommodations, you will also receive complimentary linen and departure cleaning as our gift to you.
We’ll “sea” you soon!