Off The Strip: Our Weekend On The Other Side of Myrtle Beach

If you live anywhere in North or South Carolina than you know that many people head to Myrtle Beach for a quick beach getaway. There are two main sides to Myrtle Beach. This is comprised of the main area located near the strip. It is here you will find all the main attractions, restaurants, shops and so much more. Major events usually take place on this side of town as well.

This past weekend on a whim my family and I headed to North Myrtle Beach—located just about 22 minutes from the main side of MB. While I love the main area of activities, sometimes when I head to the beach I want fewer crowds and a bit more quiet. If that is what you are seeking North MB is the place to be. On this visit, we stayed at The Prince Resort At Cherry Grove. And, on our prior visit just two weeks before we stayed at “The Avista Resort” at the recommendation of the “Mom Files” blog.

One of my biggest pet peeves is older hotels and sometimes I find lodging bear water tends to be older or a bit more worn down looking to the harshness of the salt water. So when looking for a hotel I was looking for affordable, newer and quiet. Both times my searches led me to North MB and the above-mentioned resorts. For less than $158+ tax a night I was given updated two bedroom resort condos on the beach. The pricing was shocking to me considering basic oceanfront rooms at some of the better hotels on the other side of MB were going for $288 and up. Our particular stay at The Prince Resort: Cherry Grove was the best since we scored a corner oceanfront suite with windows and balcony doors that went from the living room into the master bedroom. The bonus was that our room overlooked the 985 foot Cherry Point Pier where we watched people enjoy dining and fishing.

At night the best beach activity is walking along the beach and using your phone light to find seashells that were washed up on shore. Of course my kids thought the idea was corny at first, but look who had a ton of shells in her hand?


The first night we were eager to enjoy the beach and views, but the next morning we had our heart set on eating at Johnny D’s Waffles and Bakery. It was voted “Best Waffle” by the Food Network and of course, we had to find out how true that was. I’m a researcher so I already knew we would wait minimum 20 minutes for a table. However, Johnny D’s moves quickly and before we knew it they were texting us to let us know our table was ready. Automatic points were scored as everyone was friendly and bonus points for the manager literally going to every table to ask how patrons visits were going.

Since they were voted “Best Waffle in SC” we had to put them to the test. We ordered their highly recommended Red Velvet Waffle and CinnaRoll Waffle. Both were super fluffy with just the right amount of sweetness. They were indeed some of the best waffles I head. They were not heavy and dense!

Red velvet cake batter waffle, drizzled with cream cheese icing & topped with cinnamon sugar & butter

Cinnamon sauce swirled right into the waffle, drizzled with cream cheese icing, topped with cinnamon sugar & butter.

And my daughter had a very simple yet tasty chicken and waffles.

I also kept hearing about their tender brisket so I had to try their Brisket Skillet which is their “house braised BBQ brisket, served overtop seasoned home fries, with house pickled jalapeños, baby bells mushrooms, topped with smoked Gouda cheese & 2 eggs over medium.” The brisket was super tender and they gave you a good amount of it. I’m not a runny eggs person, but I am sure you can ask for them to just fry the entire egg. Either way, it didn’t ruin the meal for me. There are lots of potatoes so you certainly are full afterwards. It was so good and a bit spicy. The price was just right as none of our items were over $11.


After we ate we felt like we needed to walk some of our fullness off so we headed down to the strip. We had done the Hollywood Museum of Wax before so we headed on over to Ripley’s Odditorium. It’s filled with a bunch of fun facts and weird exhibits. Pricing is about $20 per person and frankly, I feel like it’s a lot of money for this particular place, but the family memories and pictures will make it worth it.

Other cool places to visit are the Ripley’s Aquarium and there an assortment of attractions and entertainment at Broadway At The Beach. Once we were done we took in the beautiful sunny day, ran into zombies, ate some old fashion soft serve, walked some more and headed home.


Easy, inexpensive, beach weekends are the best.


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