For generations Thanksgiving Day meant gathering at home with family and friends while feasting on turkey and pumpkin pie. But a trend toward turning the four-day weekend into a mini-vacation brings a growing number of visitors to Myrtle Beach to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday in a new way.
With offseason rates making it affordable to stay on the oceanfront and enjoy the Bay View Resort's comfortable accommodations and excellent amenities, many families make this downtown resort their home away from home for the holidays. For starters, you can relax in your room and watch football just like back at home, or get out and about and experience the uncrowded beaches and attractions.
Best of all, you don't have to worry about all the long hours and hard work that comes with cooking and cleaning Thanksgiving dinner. You can go out for dinner and let someone else worry about not overcooking the turkey. But since you are making a non-traditional Thanksgiving trip to the beach, why not go all out and have a non-traditional Thanksgiving feast at one of these local restaurants:
Art Burger Sushi Bar: The name sort of says it all at this hip new hot spot on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. Located just a few blocks away from Bay View, guests can stroll down the oceanfront and enjoy a non-traditional feast of hamburgers and sushi. The diverse menu makes sure that everyone in your party can find something they like, and you can't go wrong. The burgers and sushi are outstanding so order both for a true holiday feast. Cap it off with a frozen drink or ice cream from the liquid nitrogen machine.
Bennett's Calabash Seafood Buffet: Surely the first pilgrims had more to eat at the first Thanksgiving than turkey and corn. In fact, historians agree that there was plenty of seafood on the table, so this all-you-can-eat buffet might not be that non-traditional after all. Either way, the concept is the same – eat until you can't breathe, then go for dessert. This buffet can make sure you don't go home hungry, even if you have shrimp instead of turkey. Bennett's also has a carving station and lots of veggies for those who prefer to go the more traditional route.
P.F. Chang's: Remember the movie “A Christmas Story” when the neighbors' dogs eat the family turkey and they are forced to go to the only place open for the holiday – a Chinese restaurant? Well, different holiday but same concept for those with a taste of Asian for the holidays. This Market Common chain offers a wide selection of Asian cuisine, including sushi, pad thai and other favorites. This is a great place to enjoy an elegant environment for a family feast or a romantic couples retreat.
Peaches Corner: Burgers, fries, hot dogs and milkshakes might seem like a non-traditional Thanksgiving meal, but it is a very traditional Myrtle Beach meal. Peaches Corner in the heart of the downtown district has been a staple of vacationers' diets for more than 75 years. Serving juicy burgers and dogs smothered in chili, onions, slaw and mustard are the house favorites, and folks love to cap it off with a scoop of ice cream and a stroll down the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk.
The Melting Pot: OK, so you might have to prepare your own meal, but you will actually enjoy this cooking experience. This national chain of fondue restaurants allows patrons to simmer their food at the table in kettles of boiling broth and melted cheese. Dessert is the highlight, allowing patrons to dip fruit and pastries in hot chocolate. The experience is as fun as it is tasty.
You have lots of options for dining in Myrtle Beach, but there’s only one obvious choice for a place to stay. Bay View Resort is your home away from home this Thanksgiving and any time of year you decide to visit the Grand Strand.