Vacation tips

The Top Ten Things I Always Do On My Beach Vacation


My husband and I returned earlier this week from a two-week vacation! Oh, how blessed we were to spend both of those weeks at the beach.  This time of year is our favorite time to go because

  • It’s not as crowded
  • It’s not as hot

The first part of our vacation was spent at North Myrtle Beach.  We are blessed to be able to enjoy staying at the Wyndham there.  It’s so clean and it’s right on the beach!

I thought I’d share with you today the things I always do when we vacation at the ocean that makes it the best vacation (in my book)!

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Our North Myrtle Beach Favorites

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As you may have read, my husband and I were on vacation last week.  We love the North Myrtle Beach area because it’s relatively quiet (especially in late April!).  They’ve added lots of great shopping and restaurants in that area, too, making it one of our favorite places to retreat!  Today I am sharing some of our favorite places and activities when we’re there!

Walking/Running on the beach.

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We love to get up early and walk/run while the sun rises.  It’s invigorating, it’s beautiful and it’s fun!  Time together strolling later in the day is also fun.  Hand in hand, we stop for a look at the pier or a beautiful shell, or to watch the parasailors do their thing.  It’s just so relaxing to walk the shoreline!

Enjoying an ocean front room.

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We spend lots of time on the balcony.  I had my quiet time out there each morning.  We ate our meals out there.  The door is kept open so we can hear the beach any time we’re in the room!  Being ocean-front is like living ON the beach without the sand!

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Eating at Fun restaurants.

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There’s a breakfast place we love – Golden Griddle.  It’s so inexpensive, but the food is great.  I always order from the kids menu and it’s plenty of food for the morning!  There’s always a line out the door, letting you know it’s really good (and worth waiting for!)

We also make sure we eat at Sea Captain’s House.  Their hush puppies alone make it worth the visit!  We had salmon fixed with a Southern twist and it was delicious!  We always share a meal and both of us are filled!!  The view from the window is spectacular!

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Another favorite place not pictured is California Pizza.  The pizza is great, but we also love the atmosphere of sitting in their open air restaurant and enjoying the sights and sounds around us!

Time together!

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What’s better than not feeling in a hurry to get to the next thing?  Time together at the beach is great for our marriage, even as empty-nesters!

The sky!

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These pictures are totally unfiltered.  Every day the view is different and beautiful, pointing to an Awesome Creator!

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We’re home and back into ministry and our daily routines, but how fun it is to look back at our pictures and remember our time away.

How good the Lord is that we vacation at the beach and come home to the mountains! We are indeed blessed!


Where do you love going on vacation?  What do you do to refresh yourself?

Thanks for stopping in to see our vacation favorites!

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Freshen Up Friday


Now that it’s just us two Empty-nesters going on vacation, we eat out a little more frequently than we did when we had a family of four, but we still have strategies we use to keep food costs down. If you’re planning a trip this summer I trust these tips will help you, too.

*Before you go, bake up a loaf (or two) of banana bread or something similar, and have it for breakfast each morning with fresh fruit.

*Take your own coffee and cream with you if you’re staying at a place that has a coffee maker in the room. This will save a bundle!

*Take snack bars with you for mid-morning or afternoon hunger pains.

*Check the local grocery store for ice cream deals to avoid spending a fortune at an ice cream stand. We got a pint of Mayfield ice cream for $1 at Kroger this week and it served us several desserts! How fun would it be for a family (even the size of the Duggers’s!) to each get to chose their own pint?! We have the blessing of having a freezer at our condo, but if you don’t have access to one, you could buy cones and serve up scoops at a very low cost!

*Our strategy at meals is to split an entree. There is ALWAYS more than enough food for one person.  This is also helpful for the waistline! Eating your main meal at lunch is also cheaper.

*I would advise moms to fill their bag with special little treats the kids might not get on a normal day at home. Pull out a juice bag when the afternoon (or the wait at that great restaurant) is getting a little too long for your child. An individual bag of Goldfish crackers to go with it might just save your sanity on what you had hoped would be the “perfect day.” Be prepared before you go!

*Check websites for ice cream places and restaurants before you go. Many establishments run specials. Starbucks has BOGO frappes this week from 3-5. Baskin Robbins was also doing a BOGO deal. It never hurts to check!

*Pick up a free coupon book for the area – you find them at tourist areas and rest stops. They often have valuable savings on food or attractions, like putt-putt.

I hope these little ideas refresh your wallet, and your time away!

What do you do to save money on food expenses while on vacation?

Stay refreshed,