Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Labor Day Beach Weekend.

Donny and I spent our Labor Day weekend at Myrtle Beach, and it was GREAT!  Donny got off of work earlier than expected on Friday, so we were able to hit the road and get down there in the mid-afternoon.  I was so excited to see the ocean and put my feet in the sand and water!
It was almost dinnertime when we got there, so we didn't spend too much time at the beach before heading to Barefoot Landing, an outdoor shopping/dining center in North Myrtle Beach.  We ended up eating at a restaurant called Umberto's Pittsburgh Italian Trattoria.  I've walked by this place a dozen times in my life but never eaten there.  As we stood outside the door looking at the menu, a couple walked by and told us they've been eating there for 28 years and that it was delicious.  So, in we went.  And boy were they right!  I got the lobster ravioli with jumbo shrimp.  It was AMAZING.  The sauce in this dish was so good that I wanted to drink it with a straw.  We will absolutely be going back here!
After dinner, we walked through the shops (and I bought a beach hat since I had forgotten to get one at home...) and just wandered around for a while.  We came across quite a bit of wildlife-- they had camel rides and a tiger exhibit.  You could even get your picture taken holding a baby tiger!

Saturday, I woke up early and made my way to the beach while Donny continued to sleep and relax in the room.  (I always wake up ridiculously early while on vacation, but I try not to make Donny keep up with me.)  I love getting to the beach early and having some peace and quiet with the waves before the masses arrive.
After lunch, I moved up to the pool, which turned out to be a bad move.  There was a family reunion group there that day that had taken over the pavilion right beside the pool and they had super loud music and dancing for a while before it transitioned over to bad karaoke.  Even my headphones and iPod were no match.  After spending the morning on the beach with me, Donny went up to the room after lunch to watch football, and he could hear their music loud and clear from our 5th floor condo.  Thank goodness that my book (Bed of Roses-- #2 in Nora Roberts' Bride Quartet) was so good to keep me somewhat distracted.
That evening, we went to our final baseball game of the year to see the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.  It was my 10th stadium and Donny's 11th.  The Pelicans have a special mascot-- Deuce!  He was such a sweet dog, wandering through the gift shop and finally just lying down.  He lives a family throughout the year, but is technically owned by the team.

Sunday, I was once again up early and on the beach with my book!  Since I had finished Bed of Roses the day before (and the first book in the Bride Quartet immediately before that), I switched to Michael Connelly's The Scarecrow for the day.  And since we had gotten an umbrella the night before, I now had some shade to sit under, which was so wonderful.  Sunday was much less crowded than Saturday had been-- both at the beach and at the pool, where I spent the late afternoon finishing up my book before dinner.  It was a beautifully relaxing day.
We had dinner at Cheeseburger in Paradise before heading to Broadway at the Beach for a while.
One of the stores at Broadway had this Luke's Diner shirt!!  I almost got it, but they didn't have anything but an XXL.  Sad.
I love the It'Sugar store.  They have all sorts of cool candy stuff-- the largest gummy bear, the largest box of nerds, etc...  Plus a TON of retro candies.  For example, I don't remember the last time I saw candy cigarettes.  I grew up with these, but haven't seen them in forever.  I'm shocked actually that they're still being made!
I really wanted these Jewel Jelly Bellies, but I wasn't about to pay $4 for a 1/4 lb.  Aren't they pretty, though??
I love the little nerd.  :)
After we finished up at Broadway, we went to play some putt-putt!  We weren't the only ones with this idea, as the place was PACKED.  But Donny and I had a blast.
Monday morning, we woke up even earlier than I had been to go watch the sunrise on the beach.  It was so beautiful even with the clouds.  We spent a little while in the ocean and hanging out on the beach before heading back to the room to pack and leave.
The smartest decision we made on this trip was to leave early.  I typically leave around lunch and get stuck in some horrid traffic on the way home.  But we got left the hotel, went to eat breakfast, and were on the road by 9:15am.  And it took us less than 4 hours to get home, which meant that I still had most of my Labor Day to relax at home!  It was glorious.  I took a nap, watched the Yankee game and some of the US Open while Donny finished his book and watched The Wire.  The perfect ending to a wonderful weekend.


  1. Sounds like a fabulous weekend. I've only been to Myrtle Beach once and I would love to go back!

  2. looks like so much fun!! I have never been to Myrtle Beach but would love to go!

  3. I have always wanted to go to Myrtle Beach. Looks like you guys had a blast. I love that y'all went to a baseball game on vacay :) Deuce is so cute!

  4. You and your baseball stadiums ;). I'm glad you had a great Labor Day weekend soaking up the sun on the beach :). I'm super jealous, I've not been to the beach in years!

  5. This sounds like such a great weekend! I have been dreaming of putting my feet in some sand for months now, but it just hasn't happened. Glad to see your pics though!

  6. Less than 4 hours to get home from the beach is IMPRESSIVE!!! We got stuck in the most ridiculous traffic ever when we went to the beach this year. We won't be traveling on Saturday ever again. (At least not to the beach. =P) And I'm definitely saving the name of that restaurant for next summer's trip. I love Barefoot Landing. :)

    Sounds like you guys had a great weekend! I would have LOVED to be at the beach. :)

  7. Looks like big fun. I am impressed you didn't read the 3rd in the trilogy right away - I usually can't wait when it comes to something like that :).