SeaGlass Tower™ in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. One of my favorite places and I get to come back again. If you have read any of my other blogs about Myrtle Beach, you will know I am in love with this town and beach. I like everything about the area.
The very wide beaches, the long beach that seems to go on for 60 miles or so, and all there is to do and see. I will confess that this town also has some of the best restaurants and food you will find. Shockingly compared to most resort town the meals out are more affordable, and the food is better.
SeaGlass Tower™ is a Bluegreen resort location. This means that everything here should be a cut above. I have never been let down by Bluegreen, and I enjoy their mindset about travel experiences.
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Day One: Arrival at SeaGlass Tower™ in Myrtle Beach
As I just wrote that title I felt like I should be shouting it out like a sports announcer and end with “baby” yes, that means I am excited to be back in Myrtle Beach and to be checking out another Bluegreen Resort.
When I checked into my room, I was blown away. Other resorts have great windows and even balconies. But this room had floor-to-ceiling windows facing the strip, and more facing the ocean. That was impressive,, and it made this feel like a very expensive suite in Vegas and not a room in a beach town. It was very neat.
The resort has all the amenities you look for:
- Cable TV
- Coffee Maker
- DVD Player
- Ice Maker
- Iron/Ironing Board
Then the resort itself offers all of these options.
- BBQ Grills
- Business Center/Fax
- On-Site Security
- Indoor Pool
- Hot Tub
- Internet Access
- Kid’s Activities
- Laundry Facilities
After getting situated, I did my normal tour around the resort. This one had the pools, fitness center, and direct beach access. I was in a one-bedroom deluxe room that was 505 square feet. It seemed larger because of the clever kitchen and living room layout and design.
Note however, the rooms are smaller than other resorts. I think it is the price you pay for the tremendous views. Given the size of the tower and the location, it would have been difficult to design larger rooms on this site. One thing I noticed you did not have in the room was a washer and dryer. They are on site and available, just not in the room. I have gotten used to those and being able to wash a bathing suit in the room is a nice option. Here though you can certainly hang them up just as I would have before I started traveling resort style.
If views are your thing, this may be the resort for you. I could see someone coming here and just not leaving the room much. The views are that impressive.
After my tour, it was time to hit one of my favorite restaurants. I have been looking forward to going back to Ciao for my money since it is one of the best Italian restaurants on the east coast. The staff are great, and the food is better.
After dinner tonight, I was in the mood for a show. A great thing that I do not write enough about with Myrtle Beach is the shows. There are many theaters in the area with great live music and shows. If you count the dinner theaters, I think that are 10. Tonight, I was going to Legends in Concert this is a fun series of tribute performances of true legends of music.
The show is about two hours and they do a 15-minute intermission in between the two large sets. The same show is in many other cities like Vegas and Branson MO, so they have their performances, music, and act down. It is a very fun show. Showtime started at 7:30 PM so you go in before sundown in the summer and come out in the dark of night around 10 PM, which is kind of neat.
The show would likely be good for mature kids who could enjoy the music. It would then allow the parents or grandparents to talk about the legend performers with their kids, which would be fun.
Day Two at SeaGlass Tower™
I have done this trick a few times and forgotten to close the curtains or shades somewhere I was staying. I think I do it often because of the desire to get up and going. Today however was supposed to be cloudy, so I was going to sleep in some. Well, the weatherman was wrong, it was sunny. With the floor-to-ceiling windows, I woke feeling like I must have somehow landed on the sun. It was not hot, just very bright.
How bright was it?
So bright that I felt I could see the light through the back of my head. Not funny, but true.
After my natural wake-up call, it was time for some breakfast. I was tempted to go to one of my go-to places like Magnolia’s on 26th, but instead, I went somewhere new and closer. Hot Stacks pancake house is very close,, so I thought I would give it a try.
You know when one thing leads your menu, and you have stayed in business for years it should be great right. Well, Hot Stacks delivered their pancakes are great. For less than $12 you get 3 large pancakes, 2 eggs, and bacon, sausage, or links. I had that and a large OJ and I was good to go.
After the breakfast, it was off to Ripley’s Believe it or not. I went to the first one of these here on vacation with my grandfather in the 70s. Back when they had a TV show and everything. Ripley’s has several things in Myrtle Beach today, I would be going to one of their Museum like locations. They also have a water park and a mirror maze in town.
Ripley’s is really for kids. But I am a sucker for Nostalgia. Anything that can take me a step back in time to my childhood gets an upvote from me. If you have kids or grandkids with you on the trip (especially boys) this is the spot for them. I say especially boys because of the things like the shrunken heads, and the entire feel of Ripley’s. It is a place that hits the imagination of boys (and girls) from say 4-14 or so head-on.
The tickets for kids are half the cost of adults. So, if you want to save a little, have one parent or grandparent who is either into it all or can fake it go on with the kids. Adult tickets to the Odditorium are $20 and kids $9.99.
After Ripley’s, I wanted to ride the Skywheel again this trip. It is a fast ride and not too expensive unless you go VIP style. VIP sets you back $50 a person so but it is neat to do one with someone special. You go around for two cycles each are about 10 minutes each, then you also have the time of loading and unloading the other passengers in between sessions. This means about 30 minutes or so in your gondola when you do the VIP. The VIP gondola is cool too, with leather seats and a see-through floor. The Skywheel even has proposal packages, which just goes to prove I am not the only sappy touristy thing-loving person left in the world. That makes me feel better.
A few hours later I had been chilling on the beach, and it was getting close to dinner time. Being a sucker for all things touristy, I decided to go to one of the Pirate Dinner Shows.
The menu is served here in four courses.
Four-Course Pirate Feast
- Voyager Creamy Vegetable Soup
- Buccaneer Bread
- Half O’ Roasted Cackler (Chicken)
- Captain’s BBQ Pork
- Cob O’ Buttery
- Pirate Herb-basted Potato
- Apple O’ Me Eye Pie
- Unlimited Coca-Cola®, tea or coffee
- Delicious Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, Vegan and Dairy Free meals are available upon request.
The food at these locations is not legendary. But it is good, and the show is fun. I miss having more dinner shows available these days. I like the idea of eating with a show.
In my area, there used to be a dinner theater that offered a play and a nice buffet-style dinner before the play. I had a few fun dates back then, and it is a shame more like it is not available these days. Live performances are just more fun and enjoyable than all of our virtual entertainment these days.
The doors to the seating open up about 30 minutes before showtime. I would recommend you get in a little early for easy seating and to help things go smoothly.
In Myrtle Beach, there is also a Medieval Times show which has jousting and live sword fights as well. The meals and options here are more varied, and they also have a full bar to order from.
After the dinner show, I was full and all funned out for the moment. Back to the resort and that room with the killer view for a few drinks on the balcony.
Often on these trips I do not have a full day three in the plans. But I had booked 3 nights instead of two, so I was planning on continuing my dinner and show plan later today. I guess that was the theme of this trip, but I was having such fun doing it I did not want to stop.
Turns out where I wanted to go tonight was “fully booked” so knowing the power of the Concierge I dropped by their desk to see if they could work some magic. Boom next thing you know I had a seat at the table literally. Tonight, I was going to go somewhere I felt I would love but had not been before in Myrtle Beach: the Polynesian Fire Dinner Show. I love all things Polynesian, so I knew this should be a blast.
Now I had that sorted, I had a full day to spend doing whatever the heck I wanted to. I started back on the beach for some time, playing in the water and sand. Few things are better than the warm salt water of the ocean on a hot summer day. These days now at 50 I do not last as long out there as I would have years ago, but I love it all the same.
After two hours or so my mind said play on, and my body said go nap. So napping won out. Especially since I could do it on my balcony for a while with the ocean sounds below me. It was a little rough today, with the wind brining in the waves at a steady pace. But the sound was great, and the wind kept you cool even though it was in the 80s.
Drifting off to sleep was easy, getting up after not remembering to put on more sunscreen after getting out of the water, was less enjoyable. You know those showers you take where you feel your skin like pins and needles. I came out of the shower looking a bit like a cooked lobster. It was a rookie mistake.
I fought back with a spray I got from a nearby store. Some kind of pump aloe vera. Then I chained into my best Hawaiian shirt for the dinner. When I say best, I mean nice but in the tacky way that Hawaiian shirts so especially are.
Check out the buffet main items:
Huli Huli Chicken
Island Style Sweet Potato
Macaroni Salad Dessert
The music was great, and the performers seemed to have great energy and spirit. One of the worst things to see at something like this is a performer who you can tell just is not into it. These guys and gals seemed to really be having fun and enjoying working with the crowd.
Once the meal and show were over, I was sunburned, tired from the beach, and ready to head back to the resort. I had a great time and patted myself very softly on my burnt back about my choice to do three shows on this trip and two dinner shows.
Come check out this amazing beach for yourself and see the amazing shows, just remember to travel resort style with TZort.