Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Weary after a long week of work and a bad cold; the first sight of the ocean at Myrtle Beach was an instant mood-changer. In the off-season in September, the 15 mile beach had few tourists and locals gazing at the blue skies and feeling the ocean waves against their feet.

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Lying on little beach chairs all day, feeling the warm sand under my feet, watching magical sun-sets every evening, rushing back into our hotel’s hot-tub when the temperatures dropped at night and making both silly and serious conversations with strangers; this birthday weekend was just what the doctor ordered. Great food with a touch of Southern Hospitality was just icing on the cake (look for restaurant recommendations below!)

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PK recommends:

1. Aspen Grille (http://www.aspen-grille.com/) : Perfect for special occasions! The fresh Carolina cuisine reflected in the menu, extensive cocktail selections (skinny cocktails with agave nectar too!) and the impeccable service makes this place a winner. The ambiance of the restaurant is fancy but not pretentious;  have a fun evening and make sure you save room for dessert!

2. JimmyZ Original Hibachi (http://www.jimmyzhibachi.com/): You know you have a winner when the place is swarming with locals and tourists as well!  JimmyZ  is a small place with a few indoor tables and cheery yellow chairs set-up outside. While I had misgivings about this little place; the high reviews were justified when we got our food. Extremely flavorful and delicious, this place has a drive-by as well to order and pick up food.

3. Wet Whistle Bar at The Hilton Myrtle Beach resort (http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/south-carolina/hilton-myrtle-beach-resort-MYRBHHH/dining/index.html): If you are a guest at the Hilton Myrtle Beach resort or not; this is a great place to grab a drink with unbelievable ocean views! Also recommend the Cafe Amalfi at the Hilton, while the lunch menu didn’t have us impressed; the dinner selections are delicious and the panoramic views of the ocean through large glass windows is a definite plus!