Fifteen miles south of America’s most popular golfing destination is a little village that time seems to have forgotten – Murrells Inlet. Where people are the way they’re supposed to be. I moved to Murrells Inlet seven years ago from Los Angeles. I was looking for peace, contentment, and a place where the government doesn’t tell me what to eat, what to think, and what to do. I found it here in this beautiful little fishing village in South Carolina. Murrells Inlet is located on a beautiful 60-mile stretch of gorgeous white-sand beach in South Carolina called the Grand Strand. The Inlet is where pirates used to hide. Now, it’s one of the most beautiful, natural and peaceful villages in the U.S. The best thing about Murrells Inlet is the people.The locals (as opposed to the vacationing northerners, referred to as Snowbirds) are not concerned with fancy cars, designer labels or popular trends. They are just as they appear. Many of the men wear baseball caps, drink beer and drive pick-up trucks. Many of the women are married and spend their time taking care of their families. Wednesdays are reserved for Bible classes.
If that’s not your cup of tea, you might be more comfortable in one of the many former plantations that have been converted to gated communities. Million dollar homes with all the amenities are sprinkled throughout the area, peopled by the increasing number of northerners who are relocating out of the cities. Just south of Murrells Inlet, Pawleys Island is where a lot of snowbirds now call home. They have imported their own culture, so visitors to the area can choose to hob-nob with the beautiful people or hang-out with the locals.
World class entertainment is offered just up the coast in Myrtle Beach. The House of Blues, Carolina Opry, and Dixie Stampede are just a few of the venues. There are also plenty of water slides, museums, miniature golf, and other tourist attractions for those looking for a little excitement.
This is the view from my kayak as I paddle across the Inlet to Garden City Beach
Nancy Morgan is a columnist and news editor for conservative news site RightBias.com
She lives in South Carolina