Friday, June 1, 2012

Vacation Recap-Reviews and Cost Breakdown

Unlike my other vacation recap-this post will not be picture heavy. Sowwy!

Let's get started, shall we?

LODGING

Red Roof Inn, Asheville NC
Grade-B+


We were able to leave Saturday afternoon and drive about halfway down so we didn't have to make the 12 hour trek in the middle of the night. The only thing I didn't like about this hotel was it had outdoor access to your room. I effing hate that. It scares me actually. But it was close to a Dunkin Donuts and that's good enough for me.

Coral Reef, Myrtle Beach, SC
Grade-A

Love love LOVED this hotel! We got the "Oceanfront Deluxe Room". It had two beds, two dressers, a good sized balcony, and a kitchen area complete with a fridge, stove, and cabinets. Yes, please. It also came furnished with dishes, silverware, pots and pans. Some people apparently cook on vacation? Hah. Not me!

It was literally right on the beach! Parking was all across the street..which sort of sucked, but they had plenty of parking-including a parking garage so we never had to worry about finding a spot.

There was a restaurant attached to the hotel but we never ate there so I'm not sure how that was.

The hotel was very clean-every day our room was cleaned and I had no complaints. And we had hot water every time we took a shower unlike last year. BONUS!

ENTERTAINMENT

Combo-Harbor and Carriage Tours, Charleston, SC
Grade-A+

Harbor Tour: Left right on time. Very informative. Had a parking lot attached to where you were going that was free so that was helpful. The boat had a little snack bar and everything on board which was nice because it was about an hour and a half long. The guides were great and informative. There were two guides at all times and when one was talking the other was going around answering questions and taking pictures for you.

Carriage Tour: Amazing! Loved our guide. He was funny and knowledgeable. We got to see all kinds of things from the oldest church in Charleston to dolphins (!!) to Bill Murray's house. :)


Ghostwalk & Graveyard Tour, Charleston, SC
Grade-C

Our guide was more interested in giving history lessons than telling stories. She told a few of them here and there but they were in passing. I can think of two she went in depth about...maybe three. I was excited to see the graveyard part and thought that was be fun and exciting. She basically showed us why people put things on their stones and said,"Oh and this guy supposedly paces the grave yard at night. People say that's why the stones are sunk here." That was it. Ooookay. Not to mention, she seemed kind of rude. Another tour guide said hi to her and asked how she was and her tone when she spoke back to him made her seem very rude and unkind. And if I heard the term, "You're walking on the dead all the time" one more time...I was going to pull my hair out.

Pelican's Game
Grade-B+


Loved the stadium! It was nice and clean. The only thing I didn't like about it was the lack of food choices. I need some food if I'm gonna be pleasurable to be around! ;)

Ripley's Aquarium
Grade-B+


We've seen it before and we loved it then. The only reason we went back this year was for the dinosaur exhibit..which was really just one small room. Nothing fancy. Still fun though! I can't stand it when they always have people trying to get you to buy pictures. No thanks!

Alligator Adventure
Grade-B


It was fun and something new for us to do. The food and drinks there were DIRT CHEAP. And they had Cheerwine in the fountain. Yes sir! It was fairly small though...I expected it to be bigger than it actually was.


FOOD

Ultimate California Pizza, Myrtle Beach, SC
Grade-B+


Little pricey, but the food was very good!

Pace's Pizza Balls, Charleston, SC
Grade-A


Jon found this place online. It was AMAZING!!! Oh it was so good. I ate every thing on my plate-so did Jon.

Wild Wing Cafe, Charleston, SC
Grade-A

I got the pulled pork sandwich and Jon got wings. We loved both of them! I love a good BBQ sandwich though and really does it get better than Carolina BBQ? I think not!

Dockside, Wrightsville Beach, NC
Grade-B


We didn't want to eat outside because it had been raining so we ate in their upstairs room...which would have been nice if it wasn't for the flies. Gross. I got the club sandwich which was great and Jon got a burger. So good!

Sharkey's, Myrtle Beach, SC
Grade-C, at best

Jon and I both got the burgers. $6 Burger special. But you had to add $1.00 for cheese. My burger was so small..I took off about half the bun. And the fries were so peppery I couldn't hardly eat them.

Outback, Myrtle Beach, SC
Grade-B+

We had a gift card here so we wanted to use it on vacation. We both got drinks that were delicious! Our steaks were amazing. The only reason it didn't get an A from me is because when we ordered desert-I ordered the Key Lime Pie. It didn't say any where in the description that the crust was made with nuts. I can't eat nuts. I'm allergic. And I wanted some key lime pie dammit! ;)

Fire Island Grill, Myrtle Beach, SC
Grade-B


We went to lunch there at around 2:30 and the place was dead yet it took FOREVER to get our food. I got the fish sandwich which was amazing. Jon got the burger which he said was "alright". They were both served on pretzel rolls. Good for my fish-not sure if the burger was good on that or not. Jon just said the burger was "bland".

Hungry Howie's, Myrtle Beach, SC
Grade-B+

We've always wanted to try HH but there isn't one close to us at home. We got the butter cheese crust and Howie bread. We had a coupon for both of them for $10 but they didn't honor the coupon. It wasn't even really a coupon it was a deal they were running. It was only $2.50 more but still. The pizza was really good but I expected the crust to be a little more distinctive.



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(These aren't exact just estimations.)

Rental Car-$267.00
Hotel-$78.00 (Asheville)
Hotel-$467.00 (MB)
Gas- $245.00
Entertainment-$300.00
Food-$200.00 (including the food we brought from home)
Souvenirs- $70.00

GRAND TOTAL-$1,627.00


Not bad for a week's vacation in my book!!

2 comments:

♥ Shar said...

Aw, we stayed at the Crown Reef on our vaca. Glad you guys had a great time!!!

xo-Shar

Maria said...

that's an awesome deal for everything you packed into the week. wow...you rock, girlfriend! that's my kinda vacation!
i'm so glad you had fun <3
maria