First proposed in 1985 by a Michigan 9-year-old (whom we’ve never met, but whose style we definitely like), National Relaxation Day has become a social media sensation that’s been promoted by the likes of BBC Earth, the U.S. Army and the Mental Health Foundation. And this year — marking some of the rare good news to be found so far in 2020 — the pseudo-holiday’s August 15 date falls on a Saturday, making it a perfect opportunity for a late-summer beach getaway.
Consider these eight restful and restorative ways to spend your Relaxation Day unwinding on the Grand Strand at Dayton House Resort this year:
Do sunrise yoga on the beach — Where better than the beach to break out your best Mountain Pose, Downward Dog, Warrior II, Tree Pose, Cobra and more? Thanks to the coastline’s soft sands, you won’t even need your yoga mat — just dress in workout clothes you don’t mind getting a little sandy. And watching the sun peek over the horizon to a chorus of crashing waves and seagulls is sure to lend a relaxing vibe to your top-of-the-morning workout.
Watch the sunrise with friends and family — If you’d rather skip the workout and get straight to taking in the coastal sights (perhaps even with a steaming cup of coffee in hand), there are few better ways to start the day in Myrtle Beach than by watching the sun rise over the water-filled horizon. And when you stay in an oceanfront room at Dayton House Resort, you won’t have to go far to take in the sun’s climb into the skies over the Atlantic Ocean — your roomy balcony is the perfect spot for talking it all in.
Float through the lazy river — Among the many water attractions found on-site at Dayton House Resort, the oceanfront lazy river might be the most calming. (Though the trio of on-property hot tubs might run a close second.) So grab an inner tube, kick back in the current, and feel the sun on your face and cool water on your toes as you make the relaxing rounds.
Relax by the pool with a tropical drink — Dayton House Resort is home to an array of pools — including an oceanfront zero-entry pool and a set of indoor pools — all equipped with loungers that are perfect for poolside relaxation. To kick the easy feeling up a notch, swing by the Yella Umbrella Poolside Bar & Grill and grab a frozen concoction of choice to sip on while you kick back poolside.
Spend some time on the beach — Of course, with the Atlantic Ocean right in your backyard, no trip to Myrtle Beach would be complete without spending some time in the oceanfront sands. So be sure to spread out a beach towel, slap on some sunscreen, crack open a good book, and while a few hours (or more) away while soaking up the sun’s warm rays oceanside. When the temps start to climb, of course, you can hop in the Atlantic’s blue waters to cool down a bit.
Wet a line — With 60-plus miles of Atlantic Ocean coastline, not to mention a wealth of area lakes, rivers and marshes, the Grand Strand is loaded with opportunities to do some fishing. And of course, getting out into nature and away from the crowds is a great way to shed the stresses of the daily routine — whether you do it from a boat, from a pier or from the shore.
Play a round — Another area where the Grand Strand shines is in its abundance of golf courses. In fact, there are nearly 100 courses in the Myrtle Beach area, some of them among the nation’s most celebrated. And taking to the links, of course, can be a great way to relax and enjoy the outdoors — just be sure to take it especially easy during this round (and avoid letting your slice or hook lead you to forget the ultimate goal of National Relaxation Day).
Take a hike— Finally, there are few better ways to relax and connect with nature than to simply tale a walk through some beautiful outdoor surroundings — and the Grand Strand offers plenty of pretty places to do just that. Among them, Myrtle Beach State Park is home to 300-plus coastal acres (mostly maritime forest) located right along the Atlantic coastline, plus a mile of undeveloped beaches. The park also boasts a pair of easy-to-navigate nature trails that are great for escaping the daily grind — the .5-mile Sculptured Oak Trail and the .4-mile Yaupon Trail.
Ready to start planning your next relaxing — and socially distanced — Grand Strand vacation? Visit the Dayton House Resort website today to book a restful and restorative stay on the Myrtle Beach oceanfront! With our luxurious oceanfront accommodations and wide-ranging amenities, we’ve got everything you’ll need to take a load off on the calming Carolina coast!