Historic Taste of Georgetown Tour Offers Flavorful Trip to Lowcountry

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Looking to spice up your Myrtle Beach vacation experience with some distinctive South Carolina flavor? Take your taste buds for a culinary tour through the historic port city of Georgetown.

Located only 30 miles south of Compass Cove Oceanfront Resort, Georgetown has a rich past that is deeply rooted in food. Once the world's largest exporter of rice, Georgetown's Winyah Bay continues to serve as a major fishing port where shrimp, crabs and other seafood are brought to market. The local restaurants on the waterfront district have a front-row seat for freshness.

Compass Cove Oceanfront Resort highly recommends the Taste of Historic Georgetown Tour, which allows guests to stroll through the historic streets of Georgetown while sampling the city's Southern heritage at four different restaurants and cafes. See the sites and sample the diverse flavors of the South Carolina Lowcountry in a roving feast with a side of history and culture.

The 30-mile trip seems like going 300 years back in time to the downtown district, which features antebellum structures and ancient live oak trees along the famed Georgetown Harborwalk. The tour will make stops at popular restaurants for each course, which are specifically designed to highlight the unique flavors of the region, from Gullah recipes to Southern comfort classics.

Try popular local dishes like shrimp and grits, chicken bog and she-crab soup, just to name a few, as a prelude to the main course, often involving the fresh catch of the day from Winyah Bay. But be sure to save some room for dessert, which features sweet treats served at sidewalk cafes. The tour costs $69 per person for ages 10 and over, and takes approximately 2 1/2 hours.

Departing at 11 a.m. every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, the Taste of Historic Georgetown Tour also gives patrons a living history tour. Visit The Rice Museum, the Gullah Museum or the South Carolina Maritime Museum to learn about the area's colorful past. The tour also features the famed Kaminski House overlooking Winyah Bay, and the historic William Doyle Morgan House.

Carolina Food Tours also offers other culinary-themed caravans in and around Georgetown. Here's a list of some of the specialty tours available:

* Classy Culinary Tour of Pawleys Island: One of the nation's oldest beach resort villages if famous for its small-town charm and Southern hospitality, and this tour allows patrons to experience the good life in Pawleys Island. Beginning and ending at the acclaimed Frank's Restaurant, this 3-hour tour visits some upscale eateries for award-winning cuisine. The tour is held Thursdays beginning at 6 p.m. The cost is $109 per person and is for ages 18 and over.

* Marsh Walk Afternoon Food Tour: Visit the tiny fishing village of Murrells Inlet, which is nicknamed the “Seafood Capital of South Carolina” for good reason. This 2 1/2-hour tour travels down the famed Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk, where fishing boats tie off at the docks just steps from a dozen seafood restaurants overlooking the waterfront. This tour hits some of the best places for coastal cuisine on the Eastern Seaboard. The cost is $75 per person for ages 10 and up.

* Singles Night/Girls Night Out Tour: Get the party started with one of these unique tours through Murrells Inlet. Friday evenings feature Singles Night for eligible bachelors and bachelorettes to mix and mingle at the restaurants and bars along the Marsh Walk. For the ladies, Girls Night Out is the perfect way to celebrate with live music, cold drinks, and good friends. Both tours are for ages 18 and over and the cost is $75 per person.

After the tour, return to your cozy room at Compass Cove Oceanfront Resort and recover from the mobile meal. To book a tour or for more information, visit www.carolinafoodtours.com.