Mary and familyEditor's Note:  This entry is submitted by guest blogger Mary McPherson, who visited the Myrtle Beach area with her husband, son and daughter in March 2013. She is from Ontario, Canada.

 We knew the beach here would be gorgeous and we knew the sunshine would help clear the winter cobwebs from our heads but we did not expect the incredible warmth and generosity of spirit from everyone we met.

Southern hospitality is alive and well in Myrtle Beach. From the minute we checked into our hotel for our March break vacation, to the minute we left, we were amazed by the warmth and kindness of the people here.  Sincere, genuine kindness... hospitality like we had never experienced. Amazing.  

From the tour operator who arranged an extra dolphin cruise to accommodate the schedule of us visiting Canadians, to the kind young man at the NASCAR Speedway who made a batch of popcorn especially for my son 10 minutes before the park was scheduled to close, to the woman in the beach shop who spent a good half hour helping my daughter find a Myrtle Beach jacket in just the right shade of purple. Everywhere we went people were incredibly helpful, nice and sincere about their pleasure to meet us. 

We Canadians pride ourselves on our kindness and courtesy but we could all learn a thing or two about hospitality from the people here in Myrtle Beach. This is something I could get used to.