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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

My Favorite Vacation Spot...#summerfun


My Favorite Vacation Spot....

Summer is for vacations and beaches. Today I’m introducing you to my favorite vacation spot—Garden City, South Carolina. I started visiting Garden City in 1984 and went every year for over ten years. My children grew up on the beach, making friends and creating lifelong memories.


Garden City isn’t a city in its own right because it doesn’t have a mayor or city council. Garden City Beach is located directly south of Surfside Beach (and about 10 miles south of Myrtle Beach) and ends on a peninsula at the mouth of Murrells Inlet. In some places, it is only a strip of beach houses on the ocean and more houses on the marshy inlet.

Garden City is best known for the Garden City Pier, which has been recognized as “Best Pier” for six years. The pier is approximately 668 ft. long with a rain shelter at the end of the pier which includes a bar, nightly live music, and dancing during the summer months. Garden City is also home to the original Sam’s Corner that is famous for its hot dogs. There’s also an old fashioned arcade next to Sam’s. My children loved playing skee-ball or “Wack-a-mole”.  We’d wrack up the tickets and walk away with a handful of trinkets and huge smiles on our faces.

Garden City is also near some of the most delicious restaurants. Two of my favorites are Drunken Jacks which overlooks the inlet and Lee’s Inlet Kitchen. You can’t go wrong with anything on their menus, although the hushpuppies with honey butter is my personal favorite! Order two baskets and you won’t be sorry! When we sit at Drunken Jack’s we are able to see the ships in the marsh as well as the goats that inhabit the small island nearby. 

Check out this video about Drunken Jack's: http://youtu.be/p50DnpB0W1Y



Because of my love of this vacation spot, I set my second Wilder Sister novella in Garden City.

Can a summer fling last a lifetime? Stacey Wilder escapes to the beach for a much needed vacation and meets a woman who tempts her passion. But Stacey hid her desires growing up because small town Catholic girls don’t fall in love with other women. 

Mandy Kenzie is a Southern girl who also dealt with discrimination growing up over her choice of lovers.  When she meets Stacey, sparks fly and passion ignites. But will their beach fling become a forever match or just a vacation affair?

Can Stacey and Mandy make their long distance relationship work? Or will they let the prejudices of their upbringing ruin their chance at happiness?

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Thank you for stopping by and taking a tour of my favorite vacation spot! Be sure to share your favorite place to visit or your favorite beach! After all, we all are looking for some new fun places to visit or add to our bucket list! 

Melissa Keir

37 comments:

Rose Anderson said...

Nice post, Melissa. Growing up in Chicago, a favorite pastime was building sandcastles and mini Stonehenges on Lake Michigan's sand beaches. And finding wave-polished beach glass is always fun.

Melissa Keir said...

I love the beach glass I found along Lake Erie's shores. I even made them into some pretty jewelry!

Just a couple of weeks ago, I was on Lake Michigan up at the tip. It was so peaceful and I loved hearing the waves. I can imagine how wonderful your trips were.

Victoria Adams said...

I don't know where my favourite location would be other than it'd involve sand and water - oh and plenty of sunshine.
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Molly Daniels said...

I would love to visit South Carolina one day!

My best vacations were either in St. Pete, Florida or Estes Park, Colorado. I also want to go back to Hannibal, Missouri one day.

Maris said...

I used to love going to South Haven, Michigan for my summer get away, but now that I live here, I guess I'd have to say Traverse City, MI. Like you did with your book, Melissa, I've used South Haven in my mysteries, either setting scenes there or at least mentioning the town.

Melissa Keir said...

Maris, I've been to South Haven. It's a beautiful place. I'd love to go back again. My husband and I are staying at almost all the Michigan State Parks.

Victoria, I agree about sun and sand. The water just is so soothing.

Molly, you should. It is great for families too. I would love to visit Missouri. I haven't been there yet. :)

Daryl Devore said...

My favourite spot involves palm trees, sun and sand. Grand Cayman was a fabulous place.
But if I can't get there then Wrightsville Beach, NC close to where my daughter now lives is a fun beach.
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Diane Burton said...

My favorite spot is Mackinaw City. There's a little park to the east of the bridge where I enjoy just sitting and looking at the mighty span between the 2 peninsulas.

Melissa Keir said...

I love that part Diane. We were there two weeks ago. You should try the park just over the bridge on the west. It's got some beautiful views of the bridge too!

There are some tropical islands I'd love to try Daryl but Wrightsville Beach is pretty. Have you ever been to Wilmington, North Carolina? They have a great aquarium near the beach.

Tina Donahue said...

One year, my husband and I drove from Southern Cali to Key West for our vacation. Very cool. :)

Melissa Keir said...

Tina, that sounds like a wonderful trip. I imagine you saw so much of the country! I'm jealous!

Cara Marsi said...

Melissa, Garden City sounds so beautiful. I've been to Kiawah Island, SC, and Charleston, and loved them both. I live near the Jersey Shore and the Delaware beaches and grew up going to the beach. Met my husband at the Jersey Shore. Now, my favorite vacation spot is Arizona, followed by Nevada.I love the Southwest.

Brenda said...

Wow, sounds beautiful.
I'm not sure where my fav vacation spot would be--lol, I have to go on a few vacations first, then make my choice.

Andrea Cooper said...

What a great vacation idea :) Our favorite vacation spot, I've never been to and we're saving up for three years.

Since we have two small kids, we're hoping for a Disney cruise. And in three years our daughter will be almost 5 and our son 8 - good ages I think for that trip.

Adele Downs said...

Great pics. Lovely post, Melissa. I love the beach and can understand why you enjoy your favorite spot. It's still got that small town feel.

My family's favorite quiet beach got "discovered" a few years ago and the outlet stores moved in. The crowds and traffic have destroyed the town's beauty and peacefulness and we're heartbroken over the loss. I hope your favorite beach doesn't change.

Best--Adele

Paris said...

South Carolina looks beautiful! Think I'll add it to my bucket list:)

Melissa Keir said...

My husband, Cara lived in NJ for a while. I'd love to go see it. I also want to see how the beaches there are.

Charleston is so pretty too. There's so much history in South Carolina.

Melissa Keir said...

Brenda, make sure you take time to enjoy yourself. Vacations are important for recharging. I hope you get to take one soon!

Melissa Keir said...

Andrea... the Disney Cruise sounds like a wonderful time. Even I still think about that for myself! You are right about the kids' ages. They will love it! I hope you'll share when you do go!

Melissa Keir said...

Thanks Paris. I do love the more laid back style of Garden City. It's close enough to Myrtle Beach for the sights but more of a family place.

Melissa Keir said...

Adele, I know that Garden City has changed but I think that with Myrtle Beach being close by, that's where the big changes have been. It doesn't hurt that Garden City is pretty much a peninsula and filled with homes. There isn't any place for businesses. :)

jean hart stewart said...

Sounds like a perfect vacation spot to me. No wonder your characters like it too!

Melissa Keir said...

Thanks Jean. I'd live there if I could :)

D'Ann said...

Wow! What a neat place. I can see why you'd love it to death.

Melissa Keir said...

Did you see how empty the beach was? D'Ann, that's the best part. We have a beautiful beach without all the tourists and crowds. :)

Jennifer Lowery Kamptner said...

We just had some family move to South Carolina-definitely gonna have to check this out! Looks beautiful!

Melissa Keir said...

Oh Jennifer, you should certainly check it out! It's a family place, although you might want to diet before you go... The food is yummy!

Ella Quinn - Romance Novelist said...

My mother used to live in Emerald Isle in NC and we'd visit her a few times in the summer. I really don't have one particular spot I can call a favorite. It sort of depends on what I'm feeling up for. Tweeted.

Toni Kelly said...

My favorite vacation was Sardegna which I've only been to once as it is far and fairly expensive. But I thought it the most beautiful place. I love your cover and it makes me want to go to the beach right now!

Melissa Keir said...

Thank you Toni. I've never heard of Sardegna. I'm going to have to look it up! :) I wish I was at the beach right now too. There's also something about vacation because you are away from the daily grind!

Melissa Keir said...

Thank you Ella for stopping by! You already live in paradise! I can't wait to hear about your sailing trip and all that you get to do with that! Congrats on your latest contract!

Liza O'Connor said...

New Zealand. It has everything you can ask for all into two small islands, so you can do whatever you on the same day you want to do it.

Annie said...

Hi Melissa,
You didn't say how you discovered Garden City? Small world, my favorite vacation beach is just a little south of yours--Pawleys Island (home of the famous Hammock Shops) and Litchfield Beach. My children grew up going there every summer and even at the Christmas holidays once in a while. My parents retired there in 1987. I have an uncle and aunt who live in Surfside. I'm actually booking a flight to head that way in August, though it will now be bittersweet, with my mother 's death last fall, things have changed. We are selling her condo. It makes me so sad. We will have to have a chat about the area sometime. (Lee's was one of the first restaurants I went to year's ago--yes, the hush puppies are to die for.) Annie

Melissa Keir said...

Liza, New Zealand is a dream vacation. I even heard that there aren't any bugs there!

Melissa Keir said...

Annie,
I actually spent my honeymoon in 84 in Garden City. I know Pawley's Island (always visiting the Hammock Shops and Tyler's restaurant each visit). I'm very familiar with the area. We even had to evacuate the year Hugo hit. We were there the week before he crashed ashore and then I saw the rebuilding the year after. My former in laws still go to the area each year for the winter and I had wanted to go this July with my children because they hadn't been back to Garden City in years. But they are busy with school. I'm sorry about your mom. It is bittersweet when you have to let go of loved ones. Thanks for stopping by!

Amber Skyze said...

My favorite vacation spot is anywhere there's sand, sun and beautiful water.

Melissa Keir said...

I hear you Amber! I do love the beach with the waves and the breeze. :)

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