You take one step out the door and get hit in the face with a blast of cold air. You spend your mornings scraping ice off your windshield while waiting for your vehicle to warm up. It’s dark on the way to and from work, and then you come home and do it all over again the next day for a few months. If these symptoms of the wintertime blues sound painfully familiar, you are a prime candidate for a vacation break in Myrtle Beach at Compass Cove Resort.
Located on the oceanfront of America’s No. 1 family vacation destination, Compass Cove Resort specializes in hosting visitors from colder climates and welcomes thousands to our shores each offseason. Although summertime comes to mind when most folks think of Myrtle Beach, the winter months have become a popular time for snowbirds to migrate away from the ice and snow to find some sun and sand, in a milder environment.
Compass Cove has become a favorite landing spot for winter visitors, and for good reason. Offering clean and comfortable oceanfront accommodations, a long list of amenities that include an indoor waterpark and pool deck, and welcoming Southern hospitality, Compass Cove provides the perfect place to warm up and unwind. And for those sunny days, there are lots of entertainment options during the offseason. Here are a few of our favorites:
- The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, which is just a short stroll down the beach or Ocean Boulevard from Compass Cove, is a 1.3-mile wooden walkway that stretches through the downtown district on the oceanfront. Guests can walk to all the great attractions, dining, nightlife and shopping along the Boardwalk, including such highlights as the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel, Plyler Park and Second Avenue Pier. The Boardwalk is decked out for the holidays and offers live music, tree lightings and more events.
- Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet offers year-round beauty. Although many species of plants and flowers are not in bloom, the beautiful live oak trees and sculptures are well worth the price of admission, which is good for seven days so you can return on the warmer days of the week. The winter also sees the start of the Oaks Plantation tours, featuring a glimpse at life on the former rice plantation. If you are here during the holidays, the Nights of a Thousand Candles festival (Dec. 6-19) is one of the best Christmas displays in the Southeast.
- Broadway at the Beach has lots of things going on all winter – but without the big crowds. This multi-purpose complex offers great shopping, dining and nightlife, but the attractions are the best places to heat up the fun. Visit Ripley’s Aquarium, WonderWorks, and Hollywood Wax Museum on cooler days, or have outdoor fun at Broadway Grand Prix, Pavilion Nostalgia Park or Dragon’s Lair putt-putt golf course. Broadway also goes all out for the holidays with tree lighting ceremonies and Santa photos.
- La Belle Amie Vineyard in Little River doesn’t let a little thing like the weather stop a good party. Offering vineyard tours and wine-tasting sessions daily, La Belle Amie really heats things up on Saturday with bonfire parties. Enjoy a glass of wine and relax by the fire with live music and good cheer. It all starts Dec. 26 with the annual Christmas caroling party, followed by a series of parties through January.
- The 35th Annual Beach Ball Classic comes to the Myrtle Beach Convention Center Dec. 26-31, featuring the top high school basketball teams and the top players from all over the country. See the hoops stars of tomorrow compete for the title, as well as slam-dunk and 3-point shooting contests.
If you could use a break from the cold and some fun in the sun, make your plans to come to Myrtle Beach and stay at Compass Cove Resort today and prepare to thaw out and have fun at our oceanfront resort and town.