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Conway, SC: Guide to Small Historic Coastal Town Near the Grand Strand
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rive down Highway 501 as it passes through Conway and you'd never think of turning toward the center of town. Why would you? It resembles every small town in the South, and a casual glance doesn't reveal the undiscovered jewel that's only a couple of blocks away.

The visitors who do venture off the beaten path are rewarded for their efforts. A recent summer day found a California couple walking down Conway's Main Street.

They had discovered the town's shopping and dining charms during a previous trip, and had returned to venture out on the Historical Trail Tour. Those two fairly bubbled over with enthusiasm for past experiences and were eager for more.

George and Jo McFarlane are very active retirees who enjoy the lifestyle of Myrtle Trace, their retirement community. He's from Canada, and she moved from Washington, D.C. The two found one another and make the most of their time here. "I like the small town atmosphere," says Mrs. McFarlane, who is an avid golfer. The retirement community has lots of activities for the couple and they enjoy living between Conway and Myrtle Beach.

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hoices in the small town include shopping, browsing for antiques, historical self-guided tours, and nature walks that identify the live oak trees that have sheltered some of America's most prestigious citizens.

Reserve time for Bodega, a kitchen, gift, and specialty foods shop which would fit perfectly in one of Atlanta's upscale malls, or on King Street in Charleston SC.

Nearby are more gems, from Park Smith, "a rivertown boutique" that showcases the skill of its clothing buyers in its varied fabrics and designs, to River City Accents, which offers a thousand gift items with a bent toward nostalgia. Down the street are antique shops, including Welch Antiques, where owner Louie Welch has become one of Conway's staunchest advocates. He grew up in nearby (and much more famous) Myrtle Beach, but now, after several years in this very different world, he tells all who'll listen that he just wouldn't live anywhere else!

In fact, part-time residents of the beachfront communities who vacation here to escape harsh winters up north often drive an hour or more to spend the day in Conway. Likewise, lifelong residents of nearby towns also are discovering that a day in Conway is filled with pleasant surprises. In recent years, both adults and schoolchildren have found much of interest here, including a trip on the riverboat, Kingston Lady. Everyone who's tried it agrees that it's a fun-filled way to spend a couple of hours and learn what makes the Waccamaw River unique.

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Captain Dick Davis expertly pilots his spacious craft down the river, providing breathtaking views of pristine forests, blue and gray heron, and the occasional lazy alligator. The setting is breezy and relaxing, perfect to escape the heat of a Southern summer day. In fact, the river is inviting all year long, and each season offers something different to see as the boat glides through the black water.

Back along the town's lovely Riverwalk, visitors can sit and watch smaller craft navigate the twists and turns of the Waccamaw. The more adventurous can rent canoes or pontoon boats from the Marina and enjoy a personal tour of the river.

When it's lunchtime, walk back along Main Street in search of a restaurant and you'll realize that this is a community with an abundance of talented chefs. There's not an ordinary meal to be found.

Tired shoppers can rest and refresh at a number of delightful eateries starting with 410 Main, whose French-trained chef and Conway native, Faison Cushman, brought her considerable skills home and now serves to a packed house. Everything is fresh, nothing is fried and the menu changes daily according to what's available. The emphasis is on homemade, with liberal doses of herbs and gourmet ingredients, and the day's menus reflect the chef's attention to detail and her knowledge of how to combine flavors and textures.

Down the street is The Trestle Bakery Cafe, another gem which was one of the first businesses to help revitalize the area. Justifiably famous for its updated Southern classics, owner Kendall Elvis has decorated the cafe to be as pleasing as the food. It's so good people drive from miles around to enjoy the distinctive chicken salad, oriental shrimp salad, and daily specials. This homemade fare is nothing like the mass production found in so many restaurants. The desserts are varied and delicious, but personal experience demands a strong recommendation for the coconut cream pie!

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History and nature buffs will find there's much more to Conway than great shopping and unique food. A stroll through the Horry County Museum will find exhibits of life from a bygone era, and an up close and personal look at the famous black bears that still live among the nearby live oaks.

Those oaks have been so beloved by Conway citizens that Southern ladies have guarded them with shotguns raised when necessary, and now, the city enforces a tree ordinance that protects its oldest citizens. More effective than speed bumps are the majestic old trees found in the middle of streets, standing like 300 year-old sentinels to oversee their surroundings.

The Conway Historical Trail identifies dozens of historic, beautiful buildings and homes to be admired from a self-guided walking tour, and visitors will find that many of these dwellings are home to third or fourth generation family members who are tireless in caring for them. Another self-guided tour, A Guide to Some of Our Oldest Citizens - The Live Oaks of Conway, South Carolina, highlights some of Conway's most memorable trees. These self-guided tours are designed to instruct or amuse, and are easily accessible to most visitors with a little time to spare.

For those who want to extend their Conway adventure, stay in one of the family motels, or The Cypress Inn, which provides a perfect getaway within walking distance of the marina, Riverwalk and downtown. It's one of only a few Inns awarded four diamonds by the American Automobile Association's travel guide for the Carolinas and Georgia, and it offers a relaxing experience for all who venture there.

At the end of the day, dining choices range from a wide variety of national restaurants on the outskirts of town to the more unique restaurants in the Historical District. At the Rivertown Bistro, the unpretentious building gives way to a casual elegance, where tables are filled and the food has been praised by writers throughout the Southeast. Darren Smith is the self-taught chef who demonstrates nightly that some people just have inborn culinary talent, and his wife, Cyndi, keeps the dining room operating smoothly. The food is more than a cut above, with unusual combinations of fresh ingredients. Case in point: tempura fried okra under a healthy slab of grilled wahoo, smothered in shrimp basil sauce. Result? Perfection!

Desserts are just as extraordinary, and the lemon white chocolate sorbet with strawberries is a strong candidate for the international dessert hall of fame!

Down the street, the Side-Wheeler offers optional dining on the deck, with a great view of the marvelous Riverwalk beside the Waccamaw River. Co-owner Michael McLaurin works his magic in the kitchen. Specials often combine fruits with seafood, and a visitor from Ohio pronounced the lobster-crab cakes not to be missed! Other specials include pecan-encrusted salmon with praline cream sauce and grilled duck breast with apple-raisin brandy sauce.

There's more of course, but personal discovery is part of the joy of exploration. There's no doubt about it: Conway is a delightful surprise and still not yet well-known by mass tourism. That will change, but until then, take advantage of all it offers -- as often as you can.

 

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