Murrells Inlet - God's Little Secret|
August 23, 2010
Fifteen miles south of America's most popular golfing destination is a little village
time seems to have forgotten - Murrells Inlet. Where people are the way they're supposed
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
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.
In this neck of the woods, what you see is what you get. More often than not, it's
a smile, as the locals are naturally friendly, even to snowbirds. Most adults are
married, with 25-year plus wedding anniversaries the norm, not the exception. People
aren't shy about praying over their meals and Sundays are for church going.
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.
Murrells Inlet is the place to dine. Dozens of small restaurants are lined
up along the Inlet, most serving oysters from their own beds located 100 yards away.
With a working fishing fleet, fresh seafood and smiles are served to visitors from
Myrtle Beach to Pawley's Island.
There is something for everyone in Murrells Inlet. Fishermen have a choice of the
Inlet, the ocean, or the intracoastal waterway. Golfers have a choice of over 100
courses. Campers have a choice of several campsites right on the beach, next to
beautiful state parks.
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
If you've ever watched Father Knows Best or Leave It to Beaver,
you should have some idea of everyday life in Murrells Inlet. Laid-back is the first
adjective that comes to mind. People here aren't in any rush. Political correctness
is just a word, practiced only in the gated communities. Vigorous debate is welcome
and conservatives don't have to go stand in a corner for voicing opinions. And when
residents say "Have a good day," they, by golly, mean it.
If you are looking to leave the rat race, there is no better place to relocate.
If you want to reconnect with people, nature and God, this is the place for you. My decision
to relocate from Los Angeles to Murrells Inlet was one of the best decisions of
my life. My priorities have changed, as has my faith in human nature. I have found
peace and contentment in this beautiful seaside village. And you can, too.
Nancy Morgan is a columnist and news editor for conservative
She lives in South Carolina
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