There's something about a beach vacation that sends a green-light signal your sweet tooth. Whether it's the heat of a day at the beach or childhood memories that make you crave an ice cream cone or a funnel cake, the appeal of sweet treats are part of the experience. Guests at Bay View on the Boardwalk don't have to travel very far to find some of the sweetest specialty desserts in town. Here are five of our guests' favorite nearby places to satisfy their cravings for sweet treats while they're in town:
* Croissants Bistro & Bakery: This award-winning restaurant doubles as a bakery, but local dessert lovers would argue that the opposite is the case. Offering a wide selection of pastries and pies, Croissants is best known for its specialty cakes, including personalized celebration cakes for birthdays and weddings, and even a cake replicating Wrigley Field to commemorate the Chicago Cubs' long-awaited World Series title in 2016. You don't have to special order a cake to pick up a sweet classic like the Triple Chocolate Cake, Key Lime Pie and many more.
* Kirk's 1890 Ice Cream Parlor: Back before the explosion of frozen yogurt shops with a gazillion toppings, there were the old-timey ice cream parlors with hand-drawn scoops piled high on cones, as well as malts, milkshakes and sundaes. Kirk's remembers those days, and now it's one of the few places where you can still find a good, old-fashioned banana split. Topped with ice cream, chocolate syrup, whipped cream and a cherry, this tasty treat will take you on a frozen stroll down memory lane. Kirk's has two locations in Myrtle Beach, both with a traditional decor and a mix of new and old video games.
* Melting Pot: This national chain of fondue restaurants is so famous for its sweets that some couples stop off at The Melting Pot for a dessert and coffee nightcap even after going elsewhere for dinner. The hard part is picking your favorite dessert option, since they all involve dipping a variety of treats into a hot and gooey crock of melted chocolate. The Flaming Turtle with milk chocolate and pecans is a house favorite, but S'mores, nuts, cake pieces, marshmallows and fresh fruit are among the many tantalizing options.
* Peaches Corner: Take a short stroll down the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and get a great taste of the Grand Strand in more ways than one. This downtown institution has been serving burgers and fries to beachgoers for nearly 80 years, but the most popular menu choice is Peaches Corner's hand-scooped milkshakes. Made before your very eyes in an old-school malt shop setting, the milkshakes are thick enough to withstand the heat if you want to get one to go, or you can belly up to the counter to savor the flavor and atmosphere.
* Sea Captain's House: This oceanfront cottage was converted into a seafood restaurant more than 60 years ago, and it remains one of Myrtle Beach's top culinary establishments. The desserts at the Sea Captain's House are almost as legendary as their famous seafood platters, especially the Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie. With so many visitors from all over the country, there's a bit of a language barrier over whether to say “puh-con” or “pee-can,” but everyone agrees this version is one of the tastiest they've ever tried. The addition of chocolate and a touch of bourbon make this dessert extra special.
After treating yourself to a sweet specialty dessert, spoil yourself with a return to your home at the beach at Bay View on the Boardwalk. With clean, comfortable accommodations, first-class amenities and easy access to the beach, Ocean Boulevard and the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, it’s the sweetest place to stay on the downtown oceanfront.