CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - If you think a vacation along the Grand Strand means going to the beach, you're missing out. There's a beautiful place to stay in Conway right on the Riverwalk.
The Cypress Inn is a unique little bed and breakfast where the pace is just a little slower than the rest of the world.
"It's a different experience. People like to come just to sit on the front porch and look out or walk the Riverwalk or go in to town," says inn keeper Hugh Archer.
The inn is close to the best attractions historical downtown Conway has to offer.
Art galleries, the theatre, shopping, antique malls, and great restaurants are just minutes away.
And if you want to pick up the pace a little, you can play tennis or spend the day exploring the Waccamaw River.
"The funny thing is about a lot of people, they go to Myrtle Beach. The only thing they know about Conway is 501, and they don't want anything to do with 501 anymore after they've gotten to the beach," explains Archer. "They're ready to stay. So getting them down to historical downtown Conway...when they come through here, they didn't even know it was here."
That's what the city had in mind when the inn was built a little more than 15 years ago when the downtown revitalization started. The Cypress Inn plays a big part in getting visitors to explore more of what downtown Conway has to offer. But the inn isn't just for travelers.
"Twenty percent of our business is local people just getting away for the night. They'll come stay at the inn, eat at the Rivertown Bistro or Crady's or some place. Just to have a night out...get away from the kids," smiles Archer.
And any given Saturday you will find local brides taking advantage of the inn's beautiful facilities and scenic view of the river.
"It's more of a inside/outside thing...We tent the patio. We put chairs out there, tables out there.," Archer details.
So maybe you're planning a little stay-cation or a big event like a wedding. Don't forget about the Cypress Inn on the river in Conway.