Story by By Stacy Solomon
It seems that, almost everywhere I stroll with my dog, Einstein, I am bombarded by Myrtle Beach vacationers who stop us to share that they miss their pets, opting to leave “Rover” boarded at home instead of taking him along to share rewarding and fun life experiences. Golfers and their families may have searched online and found the best courses to play in Myrtle Beach for their spring vacation, but they don’t know what to do with “Rover” once they arrive at The Grand Strand. With dogs of all types spotted enthusiastically trotting alongside their “people”, and with a plethora of dog parks throughout the City, locals know that Myrtle Beach definitely welcomes pets! Sure, there are rules that we all have to follow so, as long as you do, you will find that the Grand Strand will offer a great stay-and-play experience for both you and “Rover”.
Here are seven Myrtle Beach pet-friendly places and spaces to try after golf for a tail-wagging good time:
1.Places to Stay- There are so many hotels that welcome pets of all sizes that it would take this entire article to wean them out. Suffice it to say that there are hotels, motels and inns to fit every budget, centrally located for golf and which accommodate from small to large dogs. Where do you bring an 85-pound German Shepherd? When we made the permanent move from New York City, we were warmly greeted at Red Roof Inn near the Market Common. Breakfast is served (in-season) as well as hot beverages throughout the night, and Red Roof is also a very short walk to the beach. Doubletree by Hilton is oceanfront and, although I have not stayed there, I can say that, when we brought Einstein to the patio area, he was welcomed. Sniff around at BringFido.com for more Myrtle Beach dog-friendly hotel options.
2.The Beach – after golf, it’s probably one of the main reasons you chose to move to MB or to vacation here, and your pet will love digging trenches in the sand (much more fun than digging a ball out of a fried egg lie) - just don’t let him drink the water! Read the Myrtle Beach Pet Policy for bringing your dog to the beach.
3.The Market Common - is a great place to take a stroll with your dog after eighteen holes riding in a golf cart and you will meet other like-minded, friendly, pet-loving people. Grand Park (and its one mile lake) is a prime spot for “Fluffy” to sniff, bark and romp. If you visit, you may even spot Einstein riding through the neighborhood on the back of our golf cart (he rates Market Common a full four paws!)
4.Dog Parks - From South and North Barc Parcs to the North Myrtle Beach Sports Complex, the Grand Strand loves when your pets are happy and exercised! For those people who want to let their dogs loose to frolic, these parks have it all, from a lake to sectioned-off areas for big and small dogs.
5.Restaurants - If you don’t mind a stare-down with your dog as you bite into a chicken wing, there are restaurants which welcome well-behaved pets on their terraces. Several hot spots on the boardwalk (Tiki Bar and Landshark Bar & Grill) and within the Market Common complex (Gordon Biersch and King Street Grill) are pet-friendly but, during the season, call before bringing along your Pekinese or Great Dane.
6.Barefoot Landing - Looking to window shop with the family or grab a bite or maybe even spot a Tiger? Bring along your best bud to this outdoor venue on the north end of Myrtle Beach and watch boats as they sail along the Intracoastal Waterway while sipping on a brew and listening to live music.
7. Doggie Day Care - You can still play plenty of golf, or take time out with the family and leave your dog for organized day-play-time. Places such as Camp Bow Wow have live web cams so that you can watch your dog as he frolics with like-minded friends while you putt for par.
So, before you drop your pet off to board with a “sorry, Einstein, not this time…” as he gives you those soulful eyes, consider taking him along on your journey - the time together will make for a happier pup and a bowlful of memories!
As pet policies may change, please contact the store or restaurant you plan to visit with your pet before you go.
Where in the Myrtle Beach area do you love to take your dog? Feel free to add to this list in the comments section below!
Stacy Solomon is a full-time Myrtle Beach resident and writer of the popular Golf for Beginners blog. Stacy, and her husband Barry, can be spotted around and about Myrtle Beach with their German Shepherd, Einstein, who is about to celebrate his seventh birthday.