Under an hour’s drive from just about everywhere in Myrtle Beach (depending on traffic), Georgetown’s historic district is a doable day-trip option for those needing an escape from the hustle and bustle of the Grand Strand summer.
Dating back to at least the mid-1700’s, the street names, lot numbers, and many original homes are still intact in this waterfront neighborhood.
In addition to the old stuff, plenty of newer developments have been added to the area, such as restaurants, shops, museums, and marinas.
Eatery options include the award-winning fine-dining Rice Paddy Restaurant, the Lowcountry mainstay Lands End Restaurant, the casual and delicious Front Street Deli, and seafood specialist River Room.
Whether you’re in the market for something or you just like looking into windows, the Harborwalk has plenty of merchants including antiques, art galleries, book stores, trendy clothing boutiques, home furnishing stores, farmer’s markets full of fresh shrimp and produce, and more.
And with so much history having taken place in Georgetown, there are several museums in the area that are eager to educate visitors. Check out the Rice Museum, South Carolina Maritime Museum, The Gullah Museum, or the Georgetown County Museum.
So for the history buffs, culinary adventurers, shoppers, and maritime enthusiasts, Georgetown’s Harborwalk is a great place to spend a day or night or both.
My husband and I and my brother and sister-in-law were there last year in April. We had flown in from Texas to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary and to meet several of our 5th cousins for the very first time in Georgetown where they lived and where my 5th great grandfather first settled in the early 1700's. We had dinner at the Riverfront Restaurant on Front Street and then after dinner had a walk on the boardwalk looking at all of the boats and lined up in dock. We also visited several of the cute boutiques including a bookstore where I picked up a copy of the book, Swamp Fox. Then our cousins, took us on a walking tour of the downtown while pointing out all of the many historical buildings and the history of them. Then we drove down some of the streets looking at all of the beautiful old homes and tree lined avenues! We were staying in Mt. Pleasant but I am so glad we made time to drive up to beautiful and historic Georgetown!
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