Since last week was our anniversary of three years, (Read, Happy 3 Years!) we decided to do a nice family vacation and get away for a while. Both of us working and living in the same house day after day is wonderful, but can be a lot so we figured before things get hectic during the holiday season we would head out of town for a little while just to relax together as a family.
We ended up bringing Xavier with us. We like to believe that our anniversary is really when we started our family. We made a pledge to forever be together no matter what comes a long and Xavier is now part of our family. Although I cannot say I will always feel this way. I'm sure for our ten year anniversary I would much rather have a vacation with just Nick in the Caribbean somewhere like we did for our honeymoon.
We decided on Myrtle Beach, SC because we had gone there before a few times with my sister and her family plus it is only about an hour and a half from our house. So it was nice to eat breakfast at home pack the car, eat some lunch and head out to vacation and after a little while we were there and ready to play. It was nice not to lose a whole day of your vacation driving or flying. Plus, since we had been there before we knew pretty much our way around. However, this was our first official vacation completely by ourselves. We usually go visit relatives and stay with them but this time it was just the three of us exploring.
We ended up staying at the Ocean Reef Resort in Myrtle Beach, SC. We had stayed there before and liked it and they offered great out of season prices, plus they have a ton of amenities and they are right on the beach. We were able to get a king size bedroom suite with ocean front views. It was breathtaking. The rooms are nice because they have a fridge, stove, microwave, sink and washer and dryer so it's like a mini condo on the beach. Which definitely comes in handy when you have children.
We ate at some great places including a burger joint in walking distance from the hotel, Captain George's Seafood Restaurant and Horst Gausthaus, a German restaurant. Even though it was much colder then normal for this time of year, it was still sunny. We were able to walk on the beach and collect shells and stones. We played in their pool area. They had a lazy river and a toddler splashing area as well as a regular pool that Xavier loved swimming in every night.
We even hung out on the lounge chairs outside in the garden over looking the ocean one morning. One of my favorite places to visit was Barefoot Landing, they have some really neat shops there and we were able to give Xavier his first carousel ride! I was very excited. Probably more then Xavier but he did seem to enjoy it!
We also stopped and visited The Ripley's Believe it or Not museum. Xavier did not enjoy it much as he was in the stroller, but Nick and I liked it and down the street from it was a nice playground by the library that we took Xavier to afterwards and he worked out all his energy at the playground.
Having a suite was nice because we could put Xavier in one room and we slept in another which helps because Xavier talks in his sleep which leads us to checking on him constantly. So at night when it was quiet we would sit on our balcony over looking the ocean and talk. It was like a second honeymoon with our kid and it was exactly what we needed.
The Ocean Reef Resort in Myrtle Beach, SC is a place I would highly recommend you visit. They offer a wide variety of rooms at reasonable prices. They are located directly on the beach and have a ton of fun water slides and things for children. (seasonal hours vary for the water park, though we were there in the off season and thought there was still plenty to do). The staff is very friendly and the resort is extremely clean. In fact my sister pointed out to me that they have "no encounters on record" for bed bugs from the bed bug registry. Something many southern beach hotels get a lot of is bed bugs you have to be careful when traveling not to get them into your items and things to bring them home with you. There are not many hotels in Myrtle Beach, SC that are NOT on the bed bug registry.
I would have to say the only draw backs were that there is no dishwasher in the rooms and the maid service do not do dishes so you are on your own for dishes. Even just a coffee mug. Which I did find a little annoying. Plus, they could use some new upgrades, televisions were box televisions. The furniture was big and bulky and took up a lot of room when instead newer more modern furniture would streamline the rooms better and give you more space. All in all for the price it was far superior than we expected and we will definitely be returning.
See also my post Mini Vacation Time about when we went here last year!
If you are interested about learning more about the Ocean Reef Resort in Myrtle Beach, SC check out their website or pay them a visit!
Ocean Reef Resort
7100 N. Ocean Blvd.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
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