Local Restaurants & Shopping Areas
- there are many more, but we've not personally experienced them yet -

NOTE: By "local," we generally mean within just a very few miles/few minutes of the Villa (Cherry Grove, Ocean Drive & Little River).

(more than 2000 along the Grand Strand, all competing for your business)

CLOSEST Restaurants (less than a mile away) are:

The Shack (really, really low cost dinner specials) on your left as you turn onto Sea Mountain Hwy from Hill St. (on the way to Cherry Grove Beach). Food is OK/nothing to brag about, but the specials are really CHEAP, so lots of teens and large families eat there - GO EARLY! They also have quick take out - if you call ahead. 1128 Sea Mountain Hwy (at Hill St.), Cherry Grove Beach, SC, 29582 (843) 663-3636 (Phone)

Captain Poos Bar & Grilll -- on the road toward Myrtle Beach is this water front place close to the US17 - ICWW overpass. They say the food is "pretty good" (during Bike Week it becomes a biker's bar). 2203 Little River Neck Road North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582, (843) 249-7881

Pam's Oyster Bar. Just past Poos., the ICWW Overpass and just across Sea Mt. Hwy. (still on the way to MB) on the left is this almost new, little place the locals absolutely swear by (busy happy-hour there). We plan to try it the next time we are in town. 2100 Old Hwy 17, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582 - (843) 249-0222

A Few of Our Favorites
* Waterfront restaurants of the Little River Fishing Fleet. All are good, but we're especially impressed with:

* Crab Catchers -4474 Water Front Ave, Little River, South Carolina 29566, (843) 280-2025
(right off the boats, Calabash style, with great ICWW and marsh views from the deck -- always crowded, so go early)
* Patios Tiki Bar and Grill - 4495 Mineola Ave, Little River, SC 29566 -- Pub food with a view -- go for lunch when it's not crowded (parking is an issue) and the ICWW views are great.

* Clark's Seafood and Chop House -720 Hwy 17 N, Little River, SC 29566, (843) 399-8888 -- One of our favorites for great food and a beautiful marina view, but pricy unless you get their specials. Great for foodies.

* Snooky's in Cricket Cove Marina -- 4495 Baker St, Little River, (843) 249-5252. Large portions, fair prices, great ICWW views, but you have to climb long sets of steps to get up there. Hard to find, but good for a looong evening with friends in a small, neighborhood bar scene.

- The View from Crab Catchers -
See Tidewater Plantation in the background / other side of ICWW.
* E. Noodles & Company - 110 Highway 17 S, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582, (843) 663-1628 - - low cost, healthy food; yes, it's a chain, but run independently with a great cook. Try it you'll like it. It hides in a strip mall across the street (West side) from Bonefish Grill -- always busy, but not really crowded (a local's favorite).

* Bonefish Grill - 103 Highway 17 S, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582, (843) 280-6638 -- Yes, it is a chain, but at this one, it's also food done right.

* Hoskins Restaurant ,405 Main St, Ocean Drive Beach, SC, (843) 249-2014 -- Get there early, especially for dinner -- lines are long after 5:00 pm (when they open). Probably the "best deal" on the Grand Strand. Very good, low cost food and family owned/operated there for many, many years.

* For something quick, and a bit quirky, try: Boulineau's IGA Food Market - 212 Sea Mountain Hwy, Cherry Grove, SC 29566, (843) 249-3556 -- Very large deli/buffet, with a wide range of fresh food, in this grocery store by the sea. (while you're there, don't miss the big upstairs area -- for some vacation shopping.)

OK, enough for now, but we'll keep adding to this list as we find the good stuff and the time to update this section (see "critics area" below).


Soon, we will begin reviewing our personal experiences at the "notable" places we patronize -- (run-of-the-mill/commonly known, franchise joints will not be reviewed). If you, as one of our guests, care to have your say, too, please send us your experiences via our contact page (or send e-mail address and we will contact you for the review).

For enterprises offering truly outstanding experiences, we will attempt to negotiate additional incentives (discounts, etc.) for you to patronize them as well (info on these will be found in the Villa's "Welcome" book when you arrive).

AREA SHOPPING (its spread out, but it's "world class")

About a mile after turning right (South) from the gates at Tidewater, Little River Neck Road road becomes the entrance to US Hwy 17 South - toward Myrtle Beach, Within one mile, you will find a Walmart, Home Depot, Lowes, Office Depot, Office Max, and numerous other national chain stores and many smaller specialty retail outlets.
Then there's:
* Big Lots, Belk, Roses, Harbor Freight and many more in the same area
* A LARGE, flea market style shoping center, featuring local artisians, antuque shops etc. is all under one roof there, too.
* And, this list just goes on. and on and on -- so we'll stop now.

Grocery Shopping is also very close, and plentiful, with:

* Bolineaus IGA right at the ocean on Sea Mountain Highway in Cherry Grove Beach (pass by every time you go to the beach)
* Bi-Lo and Kroger on the corner of Main Street (Ocean Drive Beach) and US Hwy 17
* WalMart Super Center on the left just past Main street
* Food Lion, Harriss Teeter, Baja and others appear as you go south on US Hwy 17 in North Myrtle Beach, A couple miles further down the line on US Hwy 17 are:

Barefoot Landing a large area of boutique shopping, restaurants and entertainment. You've just gotta stop and explore this place for yourself -- its top notch and soooo entertaining in many respects.

Myrtle Beach Mall (situated between Barefoot Landing and Restaurant Row) is anchored by Belk, JC Penny, and Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World and also features Islamorada Fish Co. and 12 stadium-seating movie theaters.

Tanger Outlets: North Myrtle Beach which offers more than 400 brand name factory stores.

Down in Myrtle Beach (about 15 miles away) the shoopping really get serious with:
Coastal Grand Mall which offering more than 100 stores like, Ulta, Dick's Sporting Goods, Caché, Bed Bath & Beyond, Old Navy, Jos A. Banks, etc.

Around that Coastal Grand Mall are many, many other retail stores (loads of furniture, dry goods, specialty stores and the like).

Another fantastic Tanger Outlets is found near that mall on Hwy 501 (couple miles toward Conway, away from the Ocean).

This area is really is a foodies and shoppers heaven.

Fabulous Day Trips

Going North from Cherry Grove:
You can get on US Hwy 17 going North by crossing the ICWW and into Little River then into North Carolina toward Calabash (world famous seafood), Sunset Beach, Shallotte, Oak Island, Wrightsville Beach and Wilmington, NC (~55 miles) with all of their considerable charms.
Going South from Cherry Grove:
You will go through the most amazing beach front communities, including the City of Myrtle Beach. The grand Strand continues on southward for almost 60 miles through many highly explorable areas (including the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, Broadway on the Beach, Barefood Landing, BrookGreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, Pawleys Island, etc., etc., etc.).

Just past the end of all this one finds the city of Georgetown, an old seaport and manufacturing town worthy of a visit in its own right. So far, whenever we've ventured that far, we've always succomed to the siren's lure that is Charleston, SC and continue the extra hour (~60 miles), through georgeous costal wetlands, to visit that beautiful old antebellum seaport. There we find all the history, activities and warm southern charm that one could possibly imagine.
Going West from Cherry Grove:
Although the largest communities to the West (Columbia, SC or Raleigh, NC are about 3 hours away) there are a number of quite interesting spots to visit. One example is the lovely, spanish moss covered town of Marion, SC adopted home of General Francis Marion, a.k.a. the Swamp Fox, who bedeviled the British in the South East with gurialla tactics (grandfather of the US Army Rangers) during the Revoloutianry war.
Going East from Cherry Grove:
Boardered by the Atlantic Ocean, venturing vary far to the East, requires water transportation (of which there is plenty here). Local fishing fleets go out daily to the Gulf Stream to bring in heavy catches for local restaurants while others allow sportsman to puruse world class game fish. If gambling is your thing, several spectacular Casino boats leave from local Little River docks to take customers out beyond the territorial limits of the USA where gambling is not phrohibited.

So, let's see, this Villa sits in the middle of world class Golf facilities, world class Beaches, world class Restaurants, world class Entertainment, world class Shopping, world class fishing and world class tourist destinations. Yep! That sums up to be a pretty desirable vacation spot, unlike any other we can think of -- how about you? To make your reservations start here.