by Emily Smith
February is the perfect time to show your significant other just how important they are to you. In our neck of the woods alone there are plenty of ways to do just that. Plus, being in such a central neighborhood of the Grand Strand means you can rely on the whole area to plan a great excursion.
Downtown Conway kicks the month off with their annual Chocolate Walk, inviting fans of the candy to explore downtown while enjoying the work of local chocolatiers— amateur and professional alike. Indulge your senses from 11am-3pm on Saturday, February 1.
On both ends of Carolina Forest, popular restaurants like The Grumpy Monk, King Kong Sushi, and The Sneaky Beagle offer delicious and casual options for date nights. Brunch is also a tasty alternative for a meal together, with places such as The Famous Toastery, even the aforementioned Sneaky Beagle, offering perfect ways to begin a romantic day.
Outside of the Forest, elegant options await for a more intimate setting, from Pawleys Island to Little River. Nearby, The Library remains a popular romantic night out. Located on U.S. 17 Business in Myrtle Beach, this restaurant is fine dining complete with tableside service. Reservations at The Library are a necessity on Valentine’s Day.
In Pawleys Island, Frank’s and Frank’s Outback has both fancy and relaxed options to best suit your date. Perrone’s Restaurant or Caffe Piccolo provide some classic Mediterranean romance. On the southern end, a day in Brookgreen Gardens and an evening at any one of these restaurants will be a sure hit with your partner.
In North Myrtle Beach, La Belle Amie Vineyard is a lovely idea for wine lovers but has something for everyone to enjoy. From there, it’s only a quick drive to numerous charming and elegant restaurants, including 21 Main or Seablue Restaurant and Wine Bar.
A little further north into Little River, Vereen Memorial Historical Gardens is a beautiful park on the Intracoastal Waterway and is ideal for enjoying the beauty of nature, plus a great option for a free activity.
Just down the road, The Brentwood Restaurant and Wine Bistro offers a dive into French cuisine with regular events, making a Valentine’s date convenient even if it isn’t on the fourteenth.
For plans specific to Valentine’s Day, it is important to call in advance and make reservations as needed. This will include any event held by the Carolina Forest Recreation Center.
No matter what kind of date you and yours prefer, there is something in the Grand Strand to make your time together memorable.