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We know that you can’t wait for your next vacation to Pawleys Island. After all, this coastal Carolina paradise has some of the most breathtaking beaches along the eastern seaboard. And if you’re travelling with some little ones, we all know that it can’t hurt to have some fun games and activities lined up for them during your day at the beach. And remember, there’s no age limit on having fun, so here are a few great beach games to enjoy on your next Pawleys Island vacation. Musical TowelsWe’ve all played musical chairs, so you can probably see where this one is going, but there’s sure to be fun times (and hilarious video) when you combine good music with family competition.... Read More
Brookgreen Gardens is always a fantastic destination to check out on your vacation to Pawleys Island, but an upcoming exhibit gives even more reason to visit. From April 8th to September 12th, Brookgreen will showcase the works of Bruce Munro in the Southern Light exhibit, a spectacular array of mixed media works that will visually dazzle guests as they peruse the amazing creations on display.Bruce Munro, a dual British/Australian citizen, is an internationally-acclaimed artist known for his gorgeous multimedia creations that utilize light in unique ways. Munro’s most famous work is Field of Light displays.... Read More
Myrtle Beach and muscle cars: they go together like peanut butter and jelly. There’s just something iconic about cruising down Ocean Boulevard in a classic American automobile. And as spring gets closer and closer, convertible weather is right around the corner. This March, the premier car enthusiast event returns to the Grand Strand as the Run to the Sun Car Show commemorates its 31st year.With over three decades of history in Myrtle Beach, this show is sponsored by the Pee Dee Street Rodders club, a group of classic car enthusiasts that organize an amazing three-day schedule packed with shows, demos and vendor events that are sure to be a car lover’s dream.... Read More
It's always a great time to enjoy a weekend trip to Myrtle Beach. March is right around the corner and each day the weather is getting a little warmer. Even better, St. Patrick's Day falls on Sunday, March 17th this year, giving you the perfect excuse to pack your bags, book a great Myrtle Beach condo with Beach Vacations and come join us for fun and festivities celebrating all things Irish all weekend long. Myrtle Beach will host plenty of great St. Patrick's Day celebrations, so reserve your Myrtle Beach vacation rental today and check out some of these awesome options during your getaway. And don't forget to wear green or you might get pinched.... Read More
Summer along the Grand Strand is now in full swing, and this weekend the Carolina Country Music Fest takes place, drawing tens of thousands of festival goers to watch three days of country music's biggest stars. But the music scene along the Grand Strand doesn't stop there, and even better, many of the concerts around Myrtle Beach are absolutely free to enjoy. From North Myrtle Beach to Murrells Inlet, no matter where you are along the Grand Strand, you'll have plenty of great ways to enjoy live music on your summer vacation. Be sure to check out some of these rockin' concerts on your upcoming Myrtle Beach vacation.... Read More
With June upon us and summer getting into full swing, you're probably eagerly anticipating your trip to Pawleys Island. What's that? You haven't planned your summer vacation to Pawleys yet? Well, with as busy as our lives can get we can't blame you, but that's exactly why you need to make time for a relaxing getaway to our lowcountry slice of paradise. You deserve a break from those everyday stresses and with weeks and weeks of sunny skies on the horizon now is the perfect time to escape to Pawleys Island. On top of this, while on your getaway you can experience one of the Grand Strand's premier nightly summer events at nearby Brookgreen Gardens.... Read More
There are plenty of scenic beaches and great landmarks to visit during your Pawleys Island vacation. From the Murrells Inlet Marshwalk to Brookgreen Gardens to all the attractions of nearby Myrtle Beach, you're sure to have a packed itinerary. But no matter what you've got planned be sure to fit in some time to explore Atalaya, one of the most unique and beautiful landmarks along the Grand Strand. Situated in Huntington Beach State Park, Atalaya was dreamt up by Archer M. Huntington and Anna Huntington. Archer was a wealthy industrialist who had an intense love for the arts and his wife Anna was a talented and acclaimed sculptor.... Read More
A vacation to Pawleys Island is a great way to unwind and escape our everyday stresses. But in addition to clearing our mind, there are plenty of great ways to enjoy the arts, with the most well-known being Brookgreen Gardens. Brookgreen Gardens is home to one of the country's largest sculpture collections and also features a rotating collection of exhibits by local, national and international artists year-round. Each year on the first weekend in June, Brookgreen Gardens hosts their annual Art Festival, and for art lovers and those interested in the learning more about art in various mediums this festival is a must-see event.... Read More
There's nothing like a Pawleys Island vacation to melt your stress away and enjoy a laid back getaway from the everyday hustle that we all deal with. From lounging on some of the most beautiful beaches on the east coast, dining on fresh local seafood at an oceanfront restaurant or enjoying world-class golf, there are a ton of ways to spend your leisure time during your trip to Pawleys Island. And if you consider yourself a shopaholic, there are lots of great local shops and venues to snag the perfect souvenir to remember your Pawleys Island vacation by. Here are some of the best spots to peruse for deals on your upcoming trip to Pawleys Island.... Read More
With four-championship quality golf courses designed by some of the biggest names in the sport, Barefoot Resort is one of the finest destinations that anyone could choose for their Myrtle Beach golf vacation. This Grand Strand jewel showcases the unique coastal landscape among the area courses and offers first-class accommodations within the multiple neighborhoods of the resort. From modern two or three bedroom golf course condos to deluxe four bedroom villas on the waterway at the Yacht Club and North Tower, a Myrtle Beach golf vacation at Barefoot Resort is sure to meet and surpass your golf group's expectations.... Read More
Let's face it: to turn a phrase made famous by Reese's, there's no wrong way to enjoy a Pawleys Island vacation. But there are always ways to make your already fantastic vacation even better. From finding ways to curb sand that sneaks its way everywhere to quick and easy cures for getting too much sun, there are some great hacks out there to make your trip to Pawley Island even more enjoyable. Here are few amazing tricks to get the maximum enjoyment out of your upcoming Pawleys Island vacation.rnrnApple cider vinegar for sunburnrnYou'll always want to layer up with sunscreen when you take a trip to the beach, but if you still wind up with some sunburn, a spray bottle of apple cider vinegar diluted with water offers a quick and inexpensive way to take the sting out.... Read More
Myrtle Beach and the surrounding areas of the Grand Strand offer dozens of great spring festivals each year. One of the most popular festivals will return for its 13th year as Mayfest On Main takes place in North Myrtle Beach on Saturday, May 18th. If you're thinking about making a weekend trip to Myrtle Beach in May, this is sure to be a great event to enjoy during your vacation. Mayfest On Main has been a favorite spring festival for Grand Strand visitors and locals alike. Year after year, Mayfest On Main celebrates the return of warm, sunny weather with a fantastic assortment of live music and food and craft vendors, always happening on the Saturday before Mother's Day.... Read More
You have the wedding gown, you have your guest list, and you have your fabulous wedding venue in Pawleys Island. Now it's time to determine the menu for your special day at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort. While our catering team takes pride in being able to create the customizable menu that you prefer, here, we'll be focusing on our special themed buffets that you can choose from to make your wedding day complete. Read ahead to discover our six deliciously-themed buffets and find out how you can get started planning your dream wedding at Litchfield. All dinner buffets include rolls with butter, water, coffee, and iced tea.... Read More
Everyone loves taking a vacation to Pawleys Island. After all, with as hard as we all work in our everyday lives, everyone deserves to take a relaxing trip to this lowcountry paradise. But packing up all your belongings for your getaway can be a drag. You show up in your condo, unzip your suitcase only to find all your beach clothes are wrinkled beyond comprehension. Or, even worse, you forget an essential and now have to spend valuable vacation time shopping for things you already own. Here are some great tips to ensure that packing for your trip is a breeze and that your Pawleys Island vacation doesn't hit any snags when you arrive.... Read More
Stop us if you've heard this before, but Myrtle Beach can get quite hot during the spring and summer months. And after a long round (or two) of golf along the Grand Strand, you and your fellow golfers may have worked up quite a thirst. Luckily, there are a multitude of places to quench your thirst during your Myrtle Beach golf vacation. If you're a fan of craft beer or microbrews, here are a few of the best options around Myrtle Beach for ordering some frosty suds. American Tap House Located right in the heart of Broadway at the Beach, American Tap House is one of the premier destinations for lovers of craft beer.... Read More
If you're like thousands of other fun-loving travelers, the warm spring weather probably has you dreaming of a trip to Myrtle Beach. After all, who doesn't love miles and miles of beautiful beaches, non-stop entertainment, nearly endless shopping and dining options, all within a few minutes of your condo? It's no wonder why scores of travelers make a Myrtle Beach vacation a yearly tradition, and now with the Vacation for Life contest by Brittain Resorts and Beach Vacations, you can ensure that tradition continues for life, and best of all, for free. Just imagine being able to plan a free trip to Myrtle Beach each year for the rest of your life, and all it takes is one entry into the contest.... Read More
The Blessing of the Inlet has been an annual lowcountry tradition for over two decades, and this year looks to continue that tradition with faith, family-friendly fun, food and entertainment. With so many local residents relying on our coastal resources, the Blessing of the Inlet is a yearly service that celebrates faith and wishes good fortune upon the region. If you've never attended this favorite event of locals and visitors alike, plan a trip to Pawleys Island today and see why the celebration has become such a beloved annual event in the lowcountry area. This year's Blessing of the Inlet will take place on Saturday, May 5th from 9 AM to 3 PM at the Belin Memorial United Methodist Church in nearby Murrells Inlet.... Read More
We're now a full week into March and for you and many travelers like yourself, your spring break vacation to Myrtle Beach is right around the corner. And with so many fantastic entertainment options to choose from along the Grand Strand, your Myrtle Beach spring break trip is sure to be non-stop fun from start to finish. In fact, the hardest part can sometimes be choosing which activities to enjoy during your getaway. What a great problem to have. Here are a few of our favorite spots for family fun in Myrtle Beach.WonderWorksEntertaining Broadway at the Beach guests for nearly ten years, WonderWorks is filled with over 100 exciting and hair-raising exhibits and amusements that will delight and educate guests of all ages.... Read More
The South Carolina coastal region around Pawleys Island features a beautiful and diverse ecosystem that is truly unique. Even without venturing into less developed or populated areas, you're likely to see majestic cranes expertly spearing fish in area ponds or even alligators patrolling marshes and inlets. But by exploring further out, you will be rewarded by witnessing the unspoiled beauty of this intricate ecosystem. On your next vacation to Pawleys Island, slow things down and learn about the nature behind this special area with a trip to Georgetown to the Hobcaw Barony Discovery Center. Centered around a large plantation, Hobcaw Barony was one of 10 coastal baronies (estates ran by barons of the British empire) established by King George I in 1718.... Read More
There's nothing like owning a vacation property in Myrtle Beach or the surrounding Grand Strand. Scores of travelers return to this special coastal paradise year after year for relaxation, recreation and non-stop beach fun. But when you're not staying in your Myrtle Beach condo or beach house, why let it sit unused when it can be a fantastic source of passive income? Thousands of potential Grand Strand travelers are looking to rent properties just like your Myrtle Beach condo or beach house, and Beach Vacations is the perfect partner to help you rent your property. Here are a few of the benefits and services Beach Vacations provides our rental partners.... Read More
You have the engagement ring, and now you need the perfect venue to bring your dream wedding to life. Whether you're a local resident or considering a destination wedding, Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort in Pawleys Island, South Carolina is the ideal setting for your upcoming nuptials. Read ahead to discover everything you need to know about planning your Lowcountry wedding. Location Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort is situated perfectly along the South Carolina coast in tranquil Pawleys Island. With warm summers and mild winters, its location in the coastal Carolina Lowcountry allows for outdoor events all year long.... Read More
After a long day on the golf course, you and your fellow golfers are likely to have worked up a ferocious appetite. Luckily, there are plenty of great restaurants to enjoy during your Myrtle Beach golf vacation. And to satiate that hunger, there's nothing like a perfectly-seared steak to satisfy. During your next golf trip to Myrtle Beach be sure to visit some of the following fantastic steakhouses available around the Grand Strand. New York Prime Praised by raters on OpenTable (4.8/5 rating) as well as publications like Golf Magazine, New York Prime has been one of the most renowned steakhouses in Myrtle Beach for over 20 years.... Read More
If you're fortunate enough to own a vacation condo or beach house in Pawleys Island, you're in possession of some of the most relaxing square footage available along the entire east coast. But unfortunately, sometimes you have to say goodbye and leave your beloved property behind when you return home. Instead of leaving your property unused, why not turn it into a source of passive income? The Litchfield Company has over 40 years experience in rental property management of beach houses and condos in Pawleys Island and has earned the trust of hundreds of satisfied partner owners. So what can The Litchfield Company offer to you and your property? Here are the top four reasons to allow The Litchfield Company to represent your Pawleys Island condo or beach house.... Read More
It's always important to book great accommodations for your upcoming Myrtle Beach vacation, and that's exactly what you get when you reserve with the fantastic Myrtle Beach condos available at Myrtlewood Villas. But outside your condo's front door and around the grounds of Myrtlewood you and your guests have access to plenty of amenities to enjoy on your trip to Myrtle Beach. Explore the Myrtlewood Villas resort and take advantage of these great property amenities during your Myrtle Beach getaway. Indoor Pool Facility Myrtle Beach is known for a warm and sunny climate from spring to fall. But sometimes, believe it or not, the weather doesn't cooperate and it might be too cool or rainy for a dip in an outdoor pool.... Read More
One of the best parts of spending your vacation in the convenience of a beach resort is that you don't even have to leave the premises to experience a complete and fulfilling getaway. From playing and lounging on the sand at the beach to exercising in the on-site workout facilities to renting bikes and enjoying swimming pools and more, vacation is just easier at a resort. Taking this convenience one step further, Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort also has on-site food and beverage options, including Starbucks, The Deck Tiki Bar, and our newly-renovated restaurant, Coastal Dish Lowcountry Dining. Coastal Dish can be found in the same place as our previous restaurant, Webster's, and has undergone construction and design updates, as well as a reboot of the dinner menu.... Read More
Whether you're in town for a girls' weekend or a romantic getaway with your significant other, there's always a great time to be had when you go out for Drinks and Dessert. Read ahead to discover a few of our favorite spots in Myrtle Beach where the beverages are strong and the sweets are indulgent. Strong Waters Craft Cocktails Strong Waters Craft Cocktails & Kitchen is one of the best places in Myrtle Beach to go for wide-ranging, unique adult drinks, and their dessert menu is impressive too. Their drinks are broken down into 5 categories- Day Drinking, featuring selections like Hair of the Dog and Summer Breeze; Light and Interesting, with drinks like Honeysuckle Mule and Lavender Field; Crisp and Boozy, including heartier drinks like Beam & Hops and Smoking' Oldie; From the Barrel, with offerings like Manhattan and Boulevardier; and finally a wide category of Bourbons and wines.... Read More
Be forewarned: during your Pawleys Island vacation, you may experience levels of relaxation that could have you wanting to never leave this special lowcountry paradise. That's a pretty good problem to have, but we'd recommend taking a short drive south to discover historic Georgetown, SC. This charming town is the third-oldest community in South Carolina and offers a great way to spend a day on your trip to Pawleys Island. With history dating back to the 17th century, Georgetown was officially incorporated in 1729 and flourished as a hub for indigo and rice cultivation. By the mid 1800s, the Georgetown area accounted for half of the rice grown in the US.... Read More
Why do bees have sticky hair? Because they use honeycombs. OK, you may not have laughed at that, but luckily for you there are plenty of fantastic live comedy venues for you to enjoy during your Myrtle Beach vacation. No matter what style of comedy you enjoy, your trip to Myrtle Beach is sure to be filled with laughter when you visit one of these great entertainment venues. Comedy Cabana Myrtle Beach's longest-operating comedy club can be found along restaurant row on the north end of Myrtle Beach at the Comedy Cabana. The Comedy Cabana has been open for over 22 years and has hosted renowned comics to its stage including Lewis Black, Jackie Martling, Rich Vos and a slew of other hilarious comedians.... Read More
The new year is here, and many of us have set a goal of being healthier in 2018. Don't use vacation as an excuse to forego your new healthy eating goals- there are plenty of places in the Myrtle Beach area that offer vitamin-filled and nutrient-rich meals that everyone in your group will love. Read ahead to explore our four favorite healthy food spots along the Grand Strand.4 Healthy Food Spots To Keep Your New Year's Resolutions Going StrongBay NaturalsLocated near 76th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach, Bay Naturals doubles as a health market and organic kitchen, so not only can you find a nutritiously prepared meal there, but you can also shop for natural products like soaps, supplements, and much more.... Read More
While Myrtle Beach is great for couples all year long, you can step things up a notch when you book your next beach escape around Valentine's Day. Bring your favorite person or closest friends for a simply lovely time along the Grand Strand. Here are our tips for experiencing Myrtle Beach's romantic side. Sunrise Get up early during your romantic getaway to Myrtle Beach to experience a beautiful sunrise coming up over the Atlantic Ocean's horizon. There's nothing like an East Coast sunrise to get your day started off on a romantic note. Fun Activity There are lots of fun attractions for couples to enjoy in Myrtle Beach.... Read More
It may be overwhelming when you discover that there are literally hundreds of shopping spots and destinations along the Grand Strand. From specialty shops to boutiques to malls and outlets, there is definitely something for everyone who visits this fabulous coastal area. If you're looking to knock out some bargain shopping during your stay, check out the following destinations before you make the trek home. Hudson's Surfside Flea Market Travel down to Surfside Beach just south of Myrtle Beach to experience affordable shopping at Hudson's Flea Market. With over 430 vendor spaces, there's no guarantee of exactly what you might find while browsing this economical shopping destination.... Read More
Looking for something unique and totally Myrtle Beach during your next beach vacation? Stop by any of these specialty shops for the perfect souvenir to take home. From t-shirts to home decor to cherished keepsakes, you will love the items these shops have to offer. Gay Dolphin The Gay Dolphin Gift Cove is a time-tested treasure found along Ocean Boulevard in downtown Myrtle Beach. Located between the Burroughs and Chapin Pavilion grounds and the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel, you'll find this multi-level souvenir shop to be filled to the brim with everything from practical jokes to personalized keychains to large decorative pieces to sea shells of every size, shape, and color.... Read More
The holiday season brings with it a sense of joy and anticipation like no other, but sometimes planning out gifts for your loved ones can be stressful. While we may not be experts on all gifts, we know a thing or two when it comes to taking a beach vacation. That's why we've compiled a list of the Top 10 Gifts for the Beach Traveler in your life. Beach Umbrella In recent years, the city of Myrtle Beach has prohibited the use of beach tents between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Help the beach lover on your list stay cool in the shade with a beach umbrella. Umbrellas measuring up to 7.5 feet in diameter are allowed on the beach throughout the year, as long as they are in line or behind the established umbrella line.... Read More
A souvenir is a keepsake item that serves as a reminder for your wonderful time spent on vacation. When you travel to Myrtle Beach, you're sure to find the memory-holding souvenir that is perfect for you, so that you can bring home a little piece of the beach. Here are our Top 10 Souvenirs to Take Home From Your Myrtle Beach Vacation: Pressed Penny For the cost of a few coins, create your own Myrtle Beach souvenir when you find one of the many Penny Press machines scattered throughout the Grand Strand. You can currently make your own penny souvenir at any of the following locations: Pirates Voyage, Original Benjamin's, Alligator Adventure, Gay Dolphin, Peaches Corner, Broadway at the Beach- Dragon's Lair Mini-Golf and Visitor's Center.... Read More
A Winter day in Myrtle Beach may mean something a little different than a Winter day in your hometown, since this coastal city rarely gets snow and typically maintains mild temperatures throughout the season. If you're looking to make a spontaneous getaway to Myrtle Beach to escape the icy conditions where you live, then come visit the always-exciting Grand Strand. While you may still need to wear your coat, scarf, and gloves while out and about, we know you can thoroughly enjoy your Winter vacation to the fullest. Read ahead for our suggestions on spending the perfect Winter day in Myrtle Beach.... Read More
If you're tired of shopping and spending time indoors, don't worry. When you vacation in the Pawleys Island and Litchfield Beach areas, you're sure to be within reach of a phenomenal outdoor excursion. With a variety of inlets, rivers, lakes, and of course the Atlantic Ocean nearby, the outdoor adventurer will love all of the options available during your next beach escape. Visit Surf the Earth in Pawleys Island, South Carolina for all of your Lowcountry outdoor needs. Not only does this local shop offer up retail items like t-shirts and hats, but Surf the Earth also features a variety of equipment rentals, as well as thrilling tours of the area.... Read More
Though it may seem that costs are higher than ever when it comes to just about everything, you can still have a fantastic time on your Myrtle Beach vacation without breaking the bank. Aside from spending plenty of time on the beach and in the ocean, there are lots of fun attractions in the area that you can do for less than $10. Here are 5 of our favorites: Ripley's Mirror Maze on Ocean Boulevard There's so much to do on Ocean Boulevard in the heart of Myrtle Beach, and the Ripley's Mirror Maze is one attraction that you can do for just $9.99. This dazzling experience features over 100 mirrors with LED lights and digital sound, leaving you with a totally unique experience every time.... Read More
While Myrtle Beach may be known as a shopping, dining, and golfing destination, visitors can also enjoy plenty of live music when vacationing along the Grand Strand. Whether you're interested in showing off your singing chops at a karaoke bar, busting a move to the latest hits, or discovering a new favorite band, you'll find it all at the live music venues of Myrtle Beach. Crocodile Rocks This one-of-a-kind live music venue at Broadway at the Beach promises guests a totally unique experience every time they visit. The dueling pianists at Crocodile Rocks are always ready to perform the audience's requests, from songs of the 1950s all the way to current top 40.... Read More
What better way is there to wind down after a long day at the beach or on the town than by enjoying live performances from some of the best local talent around? We've pooled together some of the best venues for Live Music in the area, so plan ahead and check out some of these fabulous Litchfield Beach area hotspots. The MarshWalk The MarshWalk is a 1/2 mile stretch of shopping and dining establishments that hug the inlet, giving visitors an outstanding view of the natural beauty of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. Throughout the Summer, you'll find live music nightly at a majority of the restaurants along the MarshWalk, and conveniently, many of them feature bands or live-shows year-round as well.... Read More
Each year, families and friends gather together to give thanks and show appreciation for all of the wonderful things in their lives. The Thanksgiving holiday in America has become synonymous with turkey, football, and shopping, and during your stay in Myrtle Beach, you can experience it all. As you give thanks and celebrate this special holiday, take time to explore some of Myrtle Beach's greatest restaurants offering up Thanksgiving feasts that may leave you too full for Black Friday shopping. Webster's Lowcountry Grill and Tavern Experience a Lowcountry Thanksgiving like no other when you dine at Webster's Lowcountry Grill and Tavern, located in Pawleys Island at the Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort.... Read More
There's no greater time to hit the links than in the Fall. The kids are back in school, so it's the perfect time for a getaway with the buddies, and family destinations like Myrtle Beach see less traffic and crowds. With mild, comfortable temperatures, generally great weather, lower prices, and beautiful outdoor scenic views, there is no question that few experiences can rival an Autumn golf vacation. Here are our Top 5 reasons to book your Myrtle Beach golf getaway in the Fall: Weather Enduring 18 holes outdoors can definitely be a struggle during the Summer in the Myrtle Beach area. With humidity at its peak and temperatures high, it's not out of the question that a Summer golf trip might mean sweating through temps in the upper 90s.... Read More
There's something very special about the Fall season- whether it's the arrival of Pumpkin Spice Lattes, the changing colors of the leaves, or the slight chill in the air, Myrtle Beach in Autumn is truly something amazing to behold. If you are looking to spend your vacation along the Grand Strand at a time when prices are lower, the beach is less crowded, and traffic is much more manageable, then be sure to reserve your Fall beach escape today. Here are our Top 5 suggestions for enjoying your Autumn vacation in Myrtle Beach. Enjoy the Great Outdoors at Area State Parks While Myrtle Beach may be known for its shopping, dining, and entertainment options, there is no escaping the natural beauty of our beach town.... Read More
With the winding down of the summer months and the onset of the fall season, it is time to get ready for one of Autumn's most beloved traditions: festival season. From street fairs to riverfront fests, we have you covered when it comes to Fall festivals along the Grand Strand. One of the most beloved festivals from around the area comes back for its 13th year of celebration. The ShrimpFest will take place on October 14 and 15 on the historic Little River waterfront. Visitors to the north end of the Strand can take part in this two-day event that is sure to please seafood and music lovers alike.... Read More
Huntington Beach State Park is one of the Grand Strand's most beautiful and historic coastal parks. Originally owned by aristocrat Archer Huntington and his sculptor wife Anna Hyatt Huntington, the area was leased to the state in 1960 for use as a state park, and it was made aNational Historic Landmark in 1984. Since then, Huntington Beach State Park has become well-known for its quiet and picturesque sandy beaches, bird population, and of course, its lovely castle, Atalaya. Atalaya was the winter home of Archer and Anna Huntington, and it was designed by Archer,who was heavily influenced by architectural styles from the Spanish Andalusian coastal region.... Read More
As the Summer season winds down in Myrtle Beach, locals and visitors alike look forward to all of the hustle, bustle, and excitement of another festive holiday season at the beach. If you've planned your late Fall beach escape for the second week in November, then you have to experience the immersive events to be found at the 36th Annual Dickens Christmas Show and Festivals. Taking place at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, from November 9-12, this event is sure to bring out the inner child in us all. The Dickens Show and Festivals get started on Thursday, November 9, 2017 from 9 am. to 6 pm.... Read More
While many may prefer vacationing along the Grand Strand during the hot summer months, there are plenty of reasons for an Autumn beach escape to be a part of your Fall plans. Not only are temperatures much more bearable and comfortable, but many festivals and events arrive on the scene throughout the area. Between the beauty of the changing leaves, the much more manageable traffic, and the cozy atmosphere that surrounds us, Myrtle Beach and its surrounding areas are truly magical during the Autumn season. Celebrate everything you love about Fall by visiting the Brookgreen Gardens Harvest Home Festival, which takes place this year on October 7-8.... Read More
October is arguably one of the best times to spend your vacation in Myrtle Beach. Temperatures are in decline, bringing in fewer and fewer hot and humid days; leaves are developing beautiful hues of red, yellow, and orange; traffic becomes more manageable, and the Grand Strand hosts a bevy of exciting Fall Festivals. If you're traveling into the area during the weekend of October 13-14, be sure to stop by Market Common for its annual Oktoberfest celebration. Of course, the first thing that comes to mind when you hear Oktoberfest is beer, but at Myrtle Beach's celebration, there are a wide variety of events and activities for the entire family.... Read More
Even though the thrilling Summer season is drawing to a close, the excitement of Fall is just around the corner. One of the best reasons to fall in love with Autumn is the multitude of festivals that are hosted in Myrtle Beach and the surrounding areas during this time. One of the Grand Strand's most beloved late-Summer/Early Fall festivals, Coastal Uncorked, returns from September 1-3 for its 7th year. Coastal Uncorked will be hosted in the parking lot behind the Pavilion Park Central at Broadway at the Beach. This Labor Day Weekend event kicks off on Friday, September 1, from 6pm to 9pm, when you can experience Chocolate Under the Moon- A Moonshine Mixology.... Read More
Labor Day Weekend is quickly approaching, but you still have time to reserve your next beach getaway in one of our lovely condo rentals or beach homes. And with so many fun things to do in the area, your hardest decision might be narrowing your activities down. Labor Day is almost always synonymous with cook-outs and firing up the BBQ grill, so make sure you are prepared for a grilling good time. Most of our properties include BBQ grill areas, which can typically be found near the outdoor pool. However, if your resort does not have its own grilling locations, we recommend spending the day at Myrtle Beach State Park, where you can take advantage of picnic areas and plenty of charcoal grills.... Read More
Get ready for hot wheels and revved up engines, as the 2017 Mustang Week festivities get underway in Myrtle Beach from September 4-10. All of the fun gets started on Tuesday, September 5, at Broadway at the Beach, where participants can gather for the annual Meet'n Greet from 1 pm. to 6 pm. This informal get-together is open to all Ford-powered Mustang and SVT drivers, so stop by and say hello. On the same day, you can visit the Myrtle Beach Speedway from 10 am. To 1 pm., and from 2 pm. to 5 pm. for BFGoodrich Autocross Driving School. On Wednesday, September 6, make your way back to the Myrtle Beach Speedway and BFGoodrich Track for more fun and excitement.... Read More
Back for another year of fantastic food and music, the Beach, Boogie, and BBQ Festival celebrates its 12th annual event on September 1 and 2, 2017 at the Market Common in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. This late summer festival is the perfect way to maximize the foodie fun of your beach vacation. An Official BBQ Championship of South Carolina, the Beach, Boogie, and BBQ Festival awards upwards of $8,600 in cash and prizes to more than 25 competing teams of BBQ aficionados. Teams battle it out for points to find out whose BBQ will reign supreme. All of the fun starts on Friday, September 1 at 6pm, when participants will converge for the finger-licking good Wing Competition and Tasting.... Read More
Back for another year of fantastic food and music, the Beach, Boogie, and BBQ Festival celebrates its 12th annual event on September 1 and 2, 2017 at the Market Common in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. This late summer festival is the perfect way to maximize the foodie fun of your beach vacation. An Official BBQ Championship of South Carolina, the Beach, Boogie, and BBQ Festival awards upwards of $8,600 in cash and prizes to more than 25 competing teams of BBQ aficionados. Teams battle it out for points to find out whose BBQ will reign supreme. All of the fun starts on Friday, September 1 at 6pm, when participants will converge for the finger-licking good Wing Competition and Tasting.... Read More
It is a commonly-known fact that vacation is the perfect time to indulge. Especially in the warmer months and the Summer, nothing beats the sweet satisfaction of a cold treat. From Pawleys Island to North Myrtle Beach, we have you covered for all of the top Ice Cream spots along the Grand Strand. Here are a few of our favorites that we know you will enjoy. Meyer's Ice Cream Parlor, Surfside Beach You are sure to find something for everyone when you visit Meyer's Ice Cream Parlor, located off of Highway 17 Business near Myrtle Beach Resort and Surfside Beach. The exterior of the parlor features old-fashioned neon signs, advertising some of their specialty items like sundaes and homemade waffle cones.... Read More
There's nothing like a hot and humid Summer day in Myrtle Beach to have you begging for some relief. If you're looking to enjoy your vacation time outside, then try out one of the Grand Strand's thrilling water parks, and stay cool all Summer long. Myrtle Waves- Myrtle Beach, SC The towering slides of Myrtle Waves have long dotted the skyline along Highway 17 in Myrtle Beach. Located near Broadway at the Beach, this park has been cherished by locals and visitors for more than 3 decades. You'll find all types of thrills at Myrtle Waves, from tube slides to raft rides to family favorites. Hint: Go to Myrtle Waves midweek for Wednesday Movie nights, where the park plays a family favorite each week.... Read More
Every July 4th, Americans from around the country gather with family and friends to celebrate one of the nation's oldest federal holidays. Now in our 241st year of freedom from British rule, the 4th of July has come to be synonymous with barbecuing, visiting the beach, picnicking, and of course, admiring the beautiful colors of high-flying fireworks. If you're visiting Myrtle Beach during July 4th, you're in for a treat. Here are our suggestions for the best places to view fireworks in Myrtle Beach on the Fourth of July: Murrells Inlet MarshWalk Make your way to the waterfront in Murrells Inlet and find a comfortable spot while you await the 10pm fireworks show that will light up the night sky over the majestic MarshWalk.... Read More
From Murrells Inlet to North Myrtle Beach, there will be many incredible Independence Day celebrations taking place along the Grand Strand in 2017. Here are a few of our suggestions for your 4th of July Myrtle Beach vacation: Salute From the Shore Although Independence Day has come to be known as a fun-filled, joyous occasion, it is appropriate that, on this day of freedom, we pay tribute to those Americans who did not make it home to celebrate July 4th, or who may be overseas now. When you vacation in Myrtle Beach over this national holiday, you can honor the troops by taking part in the area's Salute From the Shore.... Read More
Myrtle Beach and its surrounding areas along the Grand Strand have been known for the last few decades as both family-friendly vacation destinations, as well as beach escapes for golf enthusiasts. With dozens of courses, you will never run out of golfing options during your Myrtle Beach vacation rental experience. Aside from playing host to daily tee-times and practice rounds, however, the area often hosts many golf tournaments and events. This July 19-22, get ready for the National Father & Son Team Classic, which pits teams of dads and their kids against other teams, as they take on some of the most beloved courses in the area.... Read More
It's time for your next Myrtle Beach vacation. You have your condo reserved, you have your packing lists made, but have you taken the time to see what's going on along the Grand Strand? Here are our top picks for early June happenings taking place this Summer. June 2-3: Sun Fun Festival The Sun Fun Festival started in 1951 and ran until 2011 before returning in 2016. This year, the festival runs from June 2-3, with events taking place along Ocean Boulevard near the Boardwalk and Plyler Park. The fun begins on Friday, June 2, when professional sculptors, the Sand Lovers, begin perfecting their craft along the shore of Myrtle Beach.... Read More
There's nothing like Summertime in Myrtle Beach. This year, you can enjoy a range of activities and events every night from June through August and into September at many of the most exciting areas along the Grand Strand. From North Myrtle Beach to Pawleys Island, check out these family-friendly attractions all Summer long. Make your North Myrtle Beach vacation rental experience extra special by visiting the Barefoot Landing shopping district off of Highway 17 this season from June 1-September 2. From 7pm - 10pm each night, get ready for amazing, family-friendly entertainment that lasts all summer long.... Read More
Sure, vacation usually means relaxing by the pool, indulging in delicious dinners, and enjoying escaping from the everyday stresses of life, but when you stay in the Pawleys Island area near Myrtle Beach, there are plenty of experiences that will keep you active while enjoying your much-needed vacation. If you're looking to burn some calories while having fun in Myrtle Beach, check out our Top Ways to Stay Active during your Grand Strand condo rental vacation.Walking / Running / BeachcombingWhen you take a vacation to the beach, one of the most alluring parts of the trip is being near the ocean.... Read More
There's no need to alter your eating habits when you travel to Myrtle Beach for vacation. With literally thousands of restaurants to choose form during your stay, there are plenty of dining options that offer healthy meals that won't affect the scale. Check out our Top 5 Healthy Dining Spots in the Myrtle Beach area.Bay NaturalsLocated at 7611 North Kings Highway, Bay Naturals is known as Myrtle Beach's "Original" healthy market. Shop here for a range of natural products, including food and cooking items, household cleaners, and person hygiene supplies. In the back of the store, you'll find a kitchen, where workers serves up healthy breakfast, lunch, and dinner options.... Read More
One of the most majestic parts of vacationing near the beach is being able to see the sunrise over the horizon, as it unleashes its colors upon the morning sky. And although it doesn't set over the ocean, the sunrise is something truly special to behold as well. In Myrtle Beach, there are plenty of places to take advantage of this picturesque view. Here are our Top 5 Places to Watch the sunrise or sunset in the Myrtle Beach area.2nd Avenue and Cherry Grove Piers (Sunrise)Get there early and let the beautiful sights take your breath away. The 2nd Avenue Pier is located at 110 North Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach and opens every morning at 7 a.... Read More
Myrtle Beach is known for its amazing golf courses, fabulous shopping experiences, scrumptious dining establishments, and of course, its sandy beaches, but it's also gained notoriety due to the wide selection of entertainment options that are fun for the entire family. Voted one of the top family destinations in the country year after year, these 5 shows provide the perfect entertainment for everyone in your group. During your next Myrtle Beach vacation rental experience, make sure you visit at least one of these action-packed extravaganzas.Pirates VoyageAvast, mateys. At Dolly Parton's Pirates Voyage, you'll experience the wonder and spectacle of dancing and high-flying pirates, the beauty of magical mermaids, and the deliciousness of a feast fit for a Captain.... Read More
The significance of a great breakfast cannot be overestimated. It's the most important meal of the day, and in the Myrtle Beach area, there are hundreds of restaurants that offer up A.M. fare. In central Myrtle Beach, the city hosts many independent breakfast spots, so skip the chain, and check one out. Here are our Top 5 Breakfast Spots in Myrtle Beach :Johnny D's Wafles and Bakery Located right in the heart of Myrtle Beach, Johnny D's Waffles and Bakery receives 5 star reviews again and again from its dedicated following of breakfast connoisseurs. Open from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., this restaurant offers up breakfast and lunch specials, as well as an on-site bakery.... Read More
You'll have no trouble finding your most important meal of the day during your vacation rental experience. With hundreds of breakfast restaurants to choose from, you and your group are sure to find exactly what you're looking for in A.M. fare. In North Myrtle Beach, there are many independent breakfast spots, so skip the chain, and check one of these out. Here are our Top 5 Breakfast Spots in North Myrtle Beach :Krave Bagel Bistro If your perfect breakfast includes bagels, sandwiches, and pastries, then Krave Bagel and Bistro is the place for you. Made fresh every morning, Krave offers up 17 different options for their delicious bagels.... Read More
The power of a great breakfast can never be overstated. It's the most important meal of the day, and in the Myrtle Beach area, there are hundreds of restaurants that offer up A.M. fare. Along the South Strand, cities like Pawleys Island and Murrells Inlet have come to host many independent breakfast spots, so skip the chain, and check one out. Here are our Top 5 Breakfast Spots in Pawleys Island / Murrells Inlet :BisQit Nestled in a cozy corner of the Pawleys Island Hammock Shops, BisQit is an eclectic eatery that boasts of its unique sandwich and burger creations. However, it's not all about lunch and dinner at this Lowcountry dining establishment, as their breakfast selections are enough to put your taste buds into a frenzy.... Read More
Everyone loves the normal view of Myrtle Beach, whether you're looking out at the horizon from your Myrtle Beach vacation rental balcony, cruising slowly along exciting Ocean Boulevard, or just peacefully strolling down the sandy shore. However, for those looking to see the beach city from a somewhat unusual perspective, there are many different avenues to see Myrtle Beach in a different light. Here are our Top 5 Unusual Ways to See Myrtle Beach:5. Express Watersports: Ocean Sightseeing and Dolphin Watch CruiseAquariums are amazing, but seeing marine life up close and personal in its natural habitat is priceless.... Read More
Myrtle Beach is kicking off festival season early in 2017, as the Horry County Fair returns for its second year starting April 7 and going through April 16. Hosted at the Myrtle Beach Speedpark, the event drew thousands in its inaugural year and proved to be a local success. If you miss the smell of funnel cakes, the roar of carnival rides, and the joy of all things fair-related, then you definitely will not want to miss out on the Horry County Fair.The Horry County Fair will feature all of the time-tested standbys that we cherish: carnival games like ring toss, tragically delicious foods like elephant ears, gyros, and the outstanding fried Oreo, and brightly-lit rides that make us question exactly how gravity works.... Read More
From now until May 1, hundreds of baseball and softball teams from around the United States will embark on an epic Spring Training adventure with the Ripken Experience of Myrtle Beach. Both high school and NCAA teams have the opportunity to take advantage of the week-long sessions, and the number of teams taking part in this spring training event has risen from just 33 in the 2007 inaugural season to more than 400 today. Spring Training will be held at the state-of-the-art Ripken Experience Myrtle Beach Complex, which features nine, lighted artificial turf fields, including four 90-foot diamonds and five baseball & softball fields with designs mirroring iconic and notorious professional ballparks from around the country.... Read More
Forty days before the culmination of Easter, those looking for a day of complete indulgence find revelry in the celebration of Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday. Mardi Gras historically and culturally represents the last day before the fast of Lent, in which many give up one or several of their own personal vices. This celebration has become secular in recent times, with people from all different backgrounds taking part in this day and night of eating, drinking, and having a great time. This year, Murrells Inlet welcomes Mardi Gras to its lively MarshWalk, where local businesses will serve up fantastic specials, while visitors experience this traditionally French holiday.... Read More
Few attractions can rival the thrill and excitement of beach-side amusement parks. Luckily for Bali Bay Resort guests, two of Myrtle Beach's best seaside attractions are right next door. Make the most of your Myrtle Beach vacation rental by spending time at Family Kingdom and Splashes Waterpark. Located just across the street from Bali Bay, Family Kingdom is the city's only ocean view amusement park. The park first opened in 1966, and for more than fifty years, it has continued to serve up tons of fun to locals and visitors alike. With more than 38 thrilling rides, there is truly something for everyone.... Read More
One of the most incredible ways to see the beauty and love around us is by experiencing the nature that surrounds us. This Valentine's Day, make a romantic visit to the Hammock Coast, where you can stroll through Huntington Beach State Park and its very own castle, sip tea in the gardens at Brookgreen, and finish the day with a special dinner for two. If you're looking for a unique way to spend your Valentine's Day, then come to the South Strand and see what we have in store.First, get your romantic day started by visiting Huntington Beach State Park, located just south of Murrells Inlet and off of Highway 17.... Read More
Valentine's Day brings with it the atmosphere and thrill of romance, and in North Myrtle Beach, there are plenty of ways to make this day extra special for you and your loved one. Since the holiday of love falls on a Tuesday in 2017, many locations around the Grand Strand have set aside Saturday, February 11 as the unofficial start of festivities. Get your Valentine's Day weekend off to a great start with a visit to La Belle Amie Vineyards in Little River, South Carolina, just a few miles north of North Myrtle Beach, where the vineyard will be hosting a special Valentine's Bonfire on Saturday, February 11 from 12 p.... Read More
If you're still not sure how to spend your New Year's Eve in North Myrtle Beach, then look no further. We have you covered for some of the most exciting events of the entire year, as we welcome in a brand new 2017. House of BluesMusic fans can spend New Year's Eve at North Myrtle Beach's infamous House of Blues, which will have a special live performance by Corey Smith at 8 p.m. Enjoy the entertainment of the folk-singer-songwriter before Tru Sol takes the stage to deliver an amazing countdown to 2017. House of Blues Myrtle Beach's New Year's Eve Dinner & Dance will officially start at 7 p.m. and will include a four-course meal and entertainment throughout the evening.... Read More
At the end of each summer in the North Myrtle Beach area, the crowds grow smaller, and the temperatures grow cooler. While everyone loves the excitement of the summer months, it is the winter that makes the beach city a cozy place for relaxation and rest. Even though the weather tends to get cooler from December to March, winter temperatures in North Myrtle Beach are very mild, and days are most frequently filled with crisp, blue skies. A walk on the beach is definitely not out of the question during your winter stay, so bring your sandals along. There's no better way to escape the snow and bitter cold of your hometown than by spending the winter months in beautiful North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.... Read More
Legends in Concert Holiday Show If you long to see some of the music industry's greatest entertainers of all time performing in one venue, then check out Legends of Concert in Myrtle Beach. From now until December 21, experience the sounds of the holidays with performances from outstanding tribute artists portraying Elvis, the Blues Brothers, Dolly Parton, Nat King Cole, and Bobby Darin. This can't-miss show features elaborate theatrical sets, magnificent costumes, and stunning special effects. Avoid a "Blue Christmas" by checking out the Legends in Concert Holiday Show.4. Christmas at Pirates VoyageGo on a journey with Captain Scrooge, as he searches for the meaning of Christmas.... Read More
What do Dolly Parton, mermaids, and pirates have in common? You can see them all when you visit the exciting dinner and show attraction Pirates Voyage in Myrtle Beach.Join Captain Blackbeard and his crew of miscreants for a swash-buckling matinee or evening adventure, where you and your family will be whisked into the Seven Seas. Blackbeard and his quartermaster, Calico Jack, are on a quest to recover lost treasure- whether under the sea, on land, or up in the air.Before the feature show begins, browse through the Pirate Village gift shop and lounge, where you will enjoy the sights and sounds of the pre-show pirate performers, who tell tales of adventure and fun through song and dance.... Read More
It’s a tradition almost as hotly anticipated as vacation itself (we said almost).Unfolding the beach chair, digging your toes in the sand, and devouring a new book.While there’s a time and place for “War and Peace,” we know the best reads to get are page-turners — think easy laughs, mystery and scandal, and, yes, maybe a bodice-ripper or two. We’ve found recommendations from popular magazines and websites for some of the best beach reads for 2015. Ten, to be exact, and we gave precedence to those set in the south, on the beach, or with some Carolina ties.And for your convenience, we recommend finding these in paperback where possible.... Read More
The Beach House: Transform your home into a beach-themed house with gifts and souvenirs from this Pawleys Island shop. Artwork of actual scenes from the local coast, seashells, and housewear items make this a must-stop for folks who fall in love with the Lowcountry.* Carolina Gourmet: Take home a taste of the Carolina coast at this popular spot for foodies. Featuring hard-to-find items outside the Lowcountry, such as stone-ground grits, crab and shrimp boils and native jams and jellies, Carolina Gourmet is a great place for culinary artists to shop.* The Freckled Frog: The little ones will love this shop designed with them in mind.... Read More
The seafood scene on the South Strand is one of the best on the East Coast. From the waterfront restaurants along the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk to the 'arrogantly shabby' seafood shacks of Pawleys Island, guests at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort are surrounded by can't-miss, fresh-catch options. But for those who prefer their seafood on the rare side, as in tasty sushi and sashimi, you need to know where to go. Here the top five places to find great sushi near Litchfield Beach:* Cera Sushi: Recently opened at the Hammocks Shops Village in Pawleys Island, this new-age Asian eatery specializes in sushi.... Read More
Myrtle Beach, the geographic and entertainment center of the Strand, is for those who like non-stop excitement and entertainment. The North Strand, which extends from North Myrtle Beach past the North Carolina state line, is a hot spot for boaters (because of the accessibility to the Intracoastal Waterway) and shaggers (for folks who love to do the state dance). And the South Strand, which includes Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort, is for those who prefer a more relaxing vacation.Located between Garden City Beach and Pawleys Island, the South Strand has a laid-back, Lowcountry atmosphere that's perfect for taking it easy.... Read More
Guests at Litchfield Beach Golf & Resort are fortunate that they don't have to leave the premises to enjoy excellent seafood. The on-site Webster's Lowcountry Grill serves a nice selection of steaks and seafood so you can enjoy surf and turf without the hassle of going out for dinner. But if you want to take your taste buds on a tour of the local seafood scene in nearby Murrells Inlet, Pawleys Island and Litchfield Beach, you don’t have to go very far or look very hard. Here are five of our favorite seafood places in the neighborhood:* Frank's: This highly acclaimed restaurant is actually two eateries in one - Frank's Restaurant and Frank's Out Back.... Read More
Whether you are doing something special for your own dad or the father of your children, you will find a wealth of opportunities on and around the Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort property. Book him a tee time at the adjoining Litchfield Country Club, treat him to a delicious meal at the on-site Webster's Lowcountry Grill, or let him spend a relaxing day at the beach and oceanfront pool deck. But for dads who prefer a little adventure, venture off the resort premises to one of these five fun activities sure to put a smile on their faces for Father's Day:* Brunch/Dinner: All dads love to eat, and the Hammock Coast area that surrounds Litchfield Beach is a bounty of seafood restaurants and country cooking cafes to satisfy the heartiest of appetites.... Read More
Enough cannot be said about the inspirational essence of art. The creativity and expression utilized by the artist's hand is truly something special to behold. If you're looking to get a taste of culture and fine art during your Myrtle Beach Vacation, look no further than the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum at 3100 South Ocean Boulevard. Dedicated to being one of the finest visual art museums in South Carolina, the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum features four distinct collections of art. The museum's first gift of art came by way of the Waccamaw Arts and Crafts Guild, and this collection has been on display since 1997, with some of the pieces dating back to the 1960s and 70s.... Read More
There are few places across the globe that can lay claim to being the birthplace of a particular pop culture innovation. The Grand Strand holds bragging rights when it comes to dance, as it is the birthplace of the world-famous dance known as the Shag. Developed in the 1940s, the Shag provided a fun and rebellious escape from the day-to-day monotonies of life in coastal South Carolina. During this time period, teens and young adults fled to the beachfront clubs and lounges in order to listen and dance to rhythm and blues music, which at the time was considered largely inappropriate due to its romantic themes and sultry tunes.... Read More
This Labor Day weekend, spare some time out of your vacation to experience one of Myrtle Beach's signature hospitality and tourism events. From September 2 to 4, visit Broadway at the Beach's Welcome Center and Pavilion Park Central and find yourself immersed in one of the best and most inventive food and beverage extravaganzas featured along the Grand Strand. For its seventh year, Coastal Uncorked Food, Wine, Beer, and Spirits Festival will give visitors the chance to sample and vote on original concoctions, take part in various beer and wine tastings, and indulge in decadent desserts. The fun gets started on Friday, September 2, from 6-9pm.... Read More
If you're looking to take your vacation to the next level and experience the adventure and thrillsof the waters of the Myrtle Beach area, then be sure to check out Island AdventureWatersports. Located off of Dick Pond Road, in the Socastee area of the Grand Strand, IslandAdventure offers up an array of opportunities for visitors.Island Adventure features a diverse group of watercraft, including jet skis, pontoon boats,kayaks, and paddleboards. Jet skis are rented out by the hour and each rental includes allinstruction, safety equipment and gas. Their Yamaha jet skis can comfortably seat up to threeriders, and if you have a large group, Island Adventure offers up guided 2 hour tours, which caninclude up to 10 jet skis.... Read More
Take a glimpse back into the annals of history by visiting the colonial Kaminski House duringyour next vacation on the Grand Strand. Located only ten miles from beautiful Pawleys Island,the Kaminski House can be found in historic Georgetown, South Carolina, where it has stoodsince the year 1769.Before it was the Kaminski House, the home and land on which it sits belonged to the once-proclaimed "King of Georgetown," Paul Trapier, who was one of the leading merchants in SouthCarolina at that time. Trapier was born to French Huguenots who had settled in the FrenchSantee region of South Carolina, and he became wealthy after opening several general andtrade stores throughout the colony.... Read More
If you think you've seen it all when it comes to Grand Strand shopping, think again. The Hammock ShopsVillage in Pawleys Island, South Carolina provides a relaxing shopping experience that is far from typicalof today's mega malls and outlet shopping excursions. If you are looking for something different, thatoffers you the latest in shopping at your own pace, The Hammock Shops Village is especially for you.Established more than seventy-five years ago in 1938 and situated along the southern Grand Strand, TheHammock Shops Village began with just one building that focused on the art of hammock-making.... Read More
Some days we’re up for a challenge, a feat, a triumph of will.And some days we just want to have a good time.For those days, we love to recommend the Litchfield Country Club to visiting Lowcountry golfers for its scenic environs, forgiving design and, this time of year, steeply discounted prices.And don’t let the name fool you — this is not the snooty, too-exclusive country club experience with which you might be familiar. All are welcome, and all are treated wonderfully by the knowledgeable and helpful staff.The course prides itself on catering to the “well-rounded” player who perhaps doesn’t boast John Daly-esque long drives.... Read More
Oooh la la, zee love, zee romance, zee passion … zee Valentine’s Day.OK, we’ll can the bad French accent for a minute in order to relay to you some legitimate good news about spending February 14 in the South Strand: it’s fun, it’s gorgeous, and it’s not at all cheesy. So whether you’re a “Gimme a dozen red roses and keep ‘em coming” kind of person or more of a homebody, we’ve got some great ways to feel the love — morning, noon and (wink, wink) nightA.M.: We hope you’re (ahem) sleeping in…Late A.M.: Rise and shine, love birds.... Read More
It’s no wonder that the South Strand destination that plays host to a famously popular art and music festival every year also lays claim to some fabulous galleries in which we can view and buy art.But contrary to its stuffy reputation, art buying, especially here in Pawleys Island and Litchfield, can be a fun and affordable way to broaden your mind, beautify your home, and bank away a vacation’s worth of memories.Not in the market to buy? You can count on that southern hospitality to avoid any awkward no-thanks-I’m-just-looking exchanges with curators. Gallery owners and employees down here are happy to have you, regardless if you walk out with a purchase or not.... Read More
Millions of visitors spend their summer vacations on the Grand Strand every year, but the savviest of travelers love to come in the fall. Whether it's the smaller crowds, the milder temperatures or the scenic beauty of the South Carolina Lowcountry in the fall, repeat guests have fallen in love with an autumn retreat to Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort and the south side of the Strand.Although there are numerous year-round reasons to stay at Litchfield Beach, including the 600-acre oceanfront property's first-class accommodations, world-class amenities and Southern hospitality, fall presents its own unique set of opportunities for a picture-perfect getaway.... Read More
It’s not Christmastime until the first carols are sung, right? Nearby Myrtle Beach has some of the best holiday shows in the country at which we find the joy of the season crooned out by incredible talent. Grab a loved one or two, put on your holiday best, and get ready to smile. Grinches and Scrooges need not apply.When staying at Litchfield Beach and Golf, a number of fabulous Christmas performances are just a hop, skip and a sleigh ride away up Route 17. Here’s an overview of some of the best.1) The Palace Theatre: We have to begin with the quintessential Christmas experience –“The Nutcracker.... Read More
You know it as soon as you darken the doorstep.This place is NOT kid friendly.The breakable stemware. The hushed tones. The glares from patrons and staff.So what’s a hungry family to do?Lucky for our littlest visitors, we in the South Strand love you, and we have loads of great spots where not only kiddos are welcome, but mom and dad will be pleased as well. Here are a few of our faves just minutes from Litchfield Beach & Golf.1) Pawleys Island Tavern: While we can’t think of many parents who delight in taking their children to a tavern per se, during the daylight hours this is less watering hole and more casual haunt.... Read More
The way we remember is changing. And that includes the way we remember our vacations.When we were kids, we’d buy a postcard, scribble in our journal, snap a photograph on film, or just tuck a memory away in our minds, brushing the dust away on cold and grey days to try and feel the light of the South Strand summer sun again.Now we Insta this, tweet that. Post a status, post a blog. We’re exchanging memory for megapixels, and feel that somehow that’s enough.But it’s not.The haziest memories come alive when we smell that one flower, or hear that particular song; hold that seashell in our hands; or glance at the memento on our shelf.... Read More
Mom wants sushi. Dad wants shrimp and grits. Kids want the burgers-dogs-chicken finger trifecta.And you’re not making three stops.Lucky you, dear visitor, since the South Strand seems to know what you’re up against. We’re listing five of our favorite local restaurants that have a little bit of everything to please all palates.Here’s where to start, all within a short drive of your stay at Litchfield Beach & Golf.1) Frank’s and Frank’s Outback: We — and just about every other one of their patrons —love this spot for celebrations and splurges, and rest assured, you really can get any number of delicious eats from their three menus.... Read More
It was the venerable Homer Simpson who once said, “You can’t make friends with salad.”And with that, a chorus of carnivores cheered in unison.While we do love salad (sorry, Homer), you just can’t beat a great steak, and lucky for us, the communities south of Myrtle Beach have some beautiful and beefy options. Here are five best bests in Pawleys Island, Murrells Inlet and Litchfield.1) Frank’s Restaurant and Bar: Of all the incredible places to grab a steak on the Grand Strand, this is arguably the best —insofar as it is actually a steakhouse, er, chophouse. In addition to an extensive restaurant menu in which one can procure anything from braised Colorado lamb to pan fried quail, Frank’s offers a special chophouse menu for the purists.... Read More
It’s not that we’re fishing for compliments, really.But there are some things the South Strand does very well, and inshore and offshore adventures are among them.While staying at Litchfield Beach & Golf, you’re within casting distance of some fun, knowledgeable and reputable charter companies to take you out, hook you up, and reel your catch in for an incredibly memorable outing. This is an especially great option if you’re chipping in with a couple of other adults to defray costs. Flounder, black drum, red drum, sea trout, tarpon and more (and maybe even a shark — eek.... Read More
Ask any outdoorsy types and they’ll tell you: food always tastes better out in the fresh air.Even indoorsy types would be inclined to agree. Or, at the very least, if they’re fresh air-adjacent.The South Strand gets this. Be it ocean, inlet, garden or, let’s face it, people watching, our restaurants know how to showcase those fabulous views better than anybody.So here you have it, the five best restaurants (in no particular order) near Litchfield Beach & Golf with a view to remember.1) Austin’s Ocean One: As if the food weren’t enough of a draw, Austin’s ensures every seat in the house has a spectacular Atlantic view.... Read More
When summering in the South Strand, indulging in an ice-cold treat is an obligation, really. Think about it: 90-degree heat, intense humidity, days spent in the sun — that ice cream becomes mandatory. We’ve assembled a list of some of our favorite local spots to get a frozen snack— both for kids and grown-ups — within minutes of your accommodations at Litchfield Beach & Golf.Brain freezes sold separately.1) Paradice: This is, naturally, your first line of defense. A traditional ice cream shop in every sense, Paradice serves dozens of flavors of ice cream, frozen yogurt, floats, hurricanes, shaved ices, smoothies, frappes and malts.... Read More
What is it about warm weather that makes us go margarita crazy? Is it the refreshingly tart citrus flavors? That salted rim harkening to the ocean and its sea air? The festive, celebratory feeling that drinking one inspires?Oh, who are we kidding. It’s the tequila.Like many other classic cocktails, margaritas are having a moment. Beverage directors and libation specialists (they’re not bartenders anymore, mind you) have gotten creative, using specialty tequilas, agave syrups and homemade infusions and add-ins to elevate the old standby to new levels of boutique craftiness. These concoctions are a fun way to experiment with new flavors, but sometimes the simple elements of lime, sugar, tequila and salt are all we need — and want — in a margarita.... Read More
Your vacation is precious.It happens but once a year so every detail has to be right. You plan and plan and plan some more, organizing every last minute of your time away.Then you become exhausted and decide to leave all that stuff to the pros.So you book a tour.Lucky are the visitors to the South Strand, for tour options are plentiful, affordable, diverse and just plain fun. And if you’re traveling with a group? They’re a cinch to arrange. Here are some that we love — all close by and convenient to Litchfield Beach & Golf.Black River Outdoors: Get a taste of the delicate and beautiful ecosystem upon which Pawleys Island and Litchfield are situated in a relaxing, educational and beginner-friendly kayak tour.... Read More
Ahhhh, wine.You delicious little minx, you.You pick us up when we’re down, set a romantic mood, and celebrate with us in times of triumph.(Sometimes you can really kick our butts, however we’re not going to worry about that here.)It only makes sense that South Stranders — adapt at living the good life in an idyllic environment — also love to kick back with an aromatic, tasty glass (or two) of vino.Where to get wined and dined near your stay at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort? Here are our three top picks:1) Perrone’s: This Mediterranean staple is within, um, stumbling distance of Litchfield Beach & Golf, making it a great spot for a post-beach (or golf) tipple and, eventually, dinner.... Read More
One of the most magical sights on the South Strand is but a few steps away.Brookgreen Gardens’ Nights of a Thousand Candles is back this year, and visiting the expansive garden grounds by twinkling lights is a must-do when staying at Litchfield Beach & Golf. Well, anywhere really, but you’re so close right now that it would be a shame not to.But this weekend — December 18, 19 and 20 — is the last to enjoy the “Nights.” However, those in town after Christmas will delight in an extension of sorts. On December 31 come for the Stroll By Candlelight on New Year’s Eve event.... Read More
What happens when the True North meets the Deep South?Eight days of springy, beach-y, good neighborly fun, that’s what.The 54th Annual Can-Am Days Festival returns to Myrtle Beach March 14-22, and promises all the fun, beauty and hospitality the Grand Strand is known for. Not to be overlooked, all activities are easily accessed from the idyllic (and slightly quieter) perch of the Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort.Why Can-Am (short for Canadian-American)? Well, any non-southerner can attest what March is like due north of us — cold, bleak, and seemingly endless. Down here? Well, it’s warm, sunny and downright delightful and we want you all to see it.... Read More
There are those of us who love a good rom-com, prefer the door locks double-bolted, and like to keep talk of spirits either at the bar or church on Sunday.Then there are those who go on the Conway Ghost Walk.It’s spooky, it’s spine-tingling, but mostly it’s just pretty, interesting, and a great taste of some Lowcountry history.Conway, a short jaunt down Route 17 from Myrtle Beach is a historic touchstone in the Grand Strand, with a charming, revitalized downtown. You’ll find restaurants, shops, a picturesque river walk — and, of course, the Conway Ghost Walk: Spirits of the Lowcountry (Conway Ghost Walks) and its hair-raising tales of hauntings.... Read More
Yes, we’re supposed to relax on vacation.But at the expense of our well-earned physiques?Good news, folks, we can have it both ways — that is, take a load off without putting a load on.How?Be realistic. Don’t expect to spend hours intensely exercising if that’s just not in the cards. Instead, think maintenance, healthful choices, and unexpected calorie burns. Here’s what you need to do, and it’s all within minutes of your accommodations at Litchfield Beach & Golf.1) 10,000 Steps: We’ve all heard that this is the sort of fitness gold standard, the minimum number of steps we need to take a day to stay on a healthy track.... Read More
There are a lot of things we South Strand-ers consider major sources of pride.There are the pristine beaches, the world-famous Lowcountry cuisine, the fascinating history, the gorgeous inlet.And then there’s Brookgreen Gardens.This is one of the biggest attractions in the Myrtle Beach area for a reason; the sprawling grounds are jaw-droopingly gorgeous and always a delight for the senses. It’s all-ages fun, it’s educational, it’s ever changing, but it’s also a relaxing and leisurely outing. And that’s a hard combination to come by.Oh, and the best part? It’s a stone’s throw from your stay at Litchfield Beach & Golf.... Read More
Located just a short drive north of Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort, Brookgreen Gardens puts on the Cool Summer Evenings program beginning June 8 and running through Aug. 5. Held every Wednesday and Friday night, the gardens stay open until 9 p.m. so you can enjoy the scenery with sunset servings as a beautiful backdrop on the former rice plantation. The additional two hours are prime hours for beating the heat and soaking in all the art and nature Brookgreen Gardens has to offer.As the temperature starts to drop and the sun sinks behind the palmetto and live oak trees, the gardens come alive with the sounds of music.... Read More
There are so many great restaurants located along the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk that it's hard to choose just one — so don't.Instead of enjoying a four-course meal at one of the dozen or so establishments connected by the wooden waterfront walkway, take a page out of Ernest Hemingway's memoir 'A Moveable Feast' and have one course each at four different restaurants. Take the short stroll on the MarshWalk and stop in for a few small tastes of what the 'Seafood Capital of South Carolina' has to offer.Since Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort guests have proven they have great taste by staying at the ultimate Lowcountry vacation property, we've compiled a list of their popular choices for which restaurants do each course best.... Read More
Tucked far away from the development of the Grand Strand is Hobcaw Barony, a 16,000-acre former rice and indigo plantation that has been transformed into a nature preserve and education center.Located in Georgetown County, about 30 miles south of Myrtle Beach, this scenic stretch of South Carolina coastline includes all the ecological diversity of the Lowcountry, including swamps, salt marshes, wetlands and woodlands. It also preserves the history of this 18th century plantation, including antebellum homes and slave quarters that have been preserved for historical reflection.Previously owned by a collection of some of America’s wealthiest families, and such famous guests as US President Franklin Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and former Boston Red Sox slugger Ted Williams visited the area for relaxation and duck hunting during the first half of the 20th century.... Read More
With the leaves beginning to turn from green to beautiful shades of yellow, orange, and red, it is clear that Fall is right around the corner. Embrace the cooler temperatures and lovely natural scenes with a visit to Brookgreen Gardens in Pawleys Island for one of its autumnal celebrations in 2016.The new season kicks off on October 1, when the gardens bring Fall to life on the South Strand with the 2016 Harvest Home Weekend Festival. This festival is a celebration for all, so bring your entire family for two fun-filled days that are sure to wash those post-Summer blues away. The activities commence on Saturday, and both days feature schedules that begin at 9:30 a.... Read More
Folks can enjoy some wonderful sounds during their stay at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort - the waves crashing on the beach, the sea breeze blowing through the live oak trees, and best of all, the chirping of birds and cheering for birdies on our on-site golf course. But for those with an ear for music, you don't have to travel far to find the sweet sounds of live acts on local stages. Here are five of our guests' favorite places to catch live music within a short drive of Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort:* Brookgreen Gardens: Who needs Hot Summer Nights when you can enjoy Cool Summer Evenings at Brookgreen Gardens.... Read More
You may have heard of a pub crawl, but a visit to the Murrells Inlet, just south of Myrtle Beach, is more like a scenic seafood stroll.Located along a wooden walkway that borders the inlet, the Marsh Walk gives visitors that chance to take a leisurely jaunt from restaurant to restaurant, each offering their own unique Lowcountry dishes and atmosphere. The one thing they share in common: They all serve fresh local seafood that you can watch being unloaded on the nearby docks. Try to hit them all, but make sure not to miss these five eateries:Dead Dog Saloon: This long-running favorite burned to the ground earlier this year, but a new and improved Dead Dog emerged from the ashes.... Read More
Packing for your family vacation can be so stressful that you need a longer getaway to recover from it. Relax and remember to pack light. The beauty of staying at Litchfield Beach Golf & Resort is you don't need to bring much to have a great vacation experience. The resort has so many amenities that you really don't have to leave the premises to have a good time, and even the surrounding area is very laid back and come-as-you-are casual. But there are a handful of things you should remember to bring. Here's a list of five often overlooked items by our guests that you should make sure are in your suitcase:* Beach blanket: You've been daydreaming about lying on the beach but in reality the sand can be hot and sticky without a layer of protection in between.... Read More
There are the suggestions.The hints.The if-you-have-time ideas for what to do on your Pawleys Island vacation.Then there are the stop-everything, don’t-leave-without-‘ems, your-life-is-not-complete-unless-you-do-this itinerary.So here you have it, folks, the five absolute-must things to do in the South Strand while you stay at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort.1) Huntington Beach State Park: Any beach will do, really, but the pristine stretch of sand and surf that is Huntington State Park is a peaceful reminder of what the South Carolina coast looked like before, well, we showed up.... Read More
Beer has undergone a major revolution in recent years. Once represented by only handful of national brands, the beer industry’s top has been popped, blown wide open by the exploding popularity of craft beers and microbreweries. For beer-lovers with adventurous taste buds, it's now easier than ever to sample a wide variety of ales, ciders, stouts and wheat beers from around the world.The craft-beer craze has reached our little corner of the South Carolina coast, with several small bars and restaurants adding hard-to-find craft beers to their lineups. For those who love to explore (both new places and new flavors), here are five local Litchfield area hot spots where you can relax and enjoy a cold one while taking your taste buds into new territory:* Island Bar & Grill: This place is a Pawleys Island institution and one of the best local watering holes to wet your whistle with a craft beer or two.... Read More
It’s the most wonderful time of the year…… and when you take the likelihood of frigid winter temperatures and travel-snarling snowstorms out of the equation, it’s positively sublime. Ahh, South Carolina.We love the holidays in Pawleys, Murrells and Litchfield, and it’s not just because of the mild clime. Here are some best bets for getting into the spirit of the season down here south of Myrtle Beach.Nights of a Thousand Candles: Somehow, in some way, Brookgreen Gardens manages to out-beautify itself around the holidays. The world-famous expanse of flora and statuary becomes bedecked in light with the help of over 5,000 hand-lit candles and more sparkling lights.... Read More
When the first explorers trudged through the pristine marsh waters of the South Strand to settle the territory, they gazed out across the land and said:“This is where I shall plant my rice. This is where I shall dock my vessel.”“This is where I shall play my golf.”Or so we imagine.The links are as woven into the fabric of the Myrtle Beach area as shrimp and grits and riding the surf. It’s about the biggest attraction we’ve got down here, second to, you know, that big ocean thing. Heck, it’s so big it’s even in our name: Litchfield Beach & Golf.... Read More
Many guests at the Litchfield Beach Resort take a short trip north to Myrtle Beach for a full day of attractions, shopping and dining. But for an equally enjoyable but completely different experience, take the short drive south to the historic port city of Georgetown and the lovely Lowcountry scenery.Located at the headwaters of the Black and Sampit Rivers and Intracoastal Waterway, Georgetown is the third oldest port in the nation. The combination of history and seafaring are still evident along the downtown district’s Harborwalk, where locals and tourists stroll from shop to café while fishing boats sail in and out of Winyah Bay.... Read More
If there’s one thing worse than heading out on that great (as in big, vast — not wonderful) new year’s pledge known as the “I’m Getting Healthy Once and For All” routine, it’s being reminded of ways in which we can get healthy once and for all.Enough already. Can we please have the eggnog and cheese plates back?Sigh.But when getting back into the wellness frame of mind is delicious, fun, fascinating and rewarding, it’s a little easier to swallow. And when so many of these options are right outside your door near the Litchfield Beach & Golf resort, it’s even better.... Read More
It’s happening.The calendar date has been circled. The kids are with a sitter. You’re both ready to be together… alone.Your anniversary has arrived — how are you celebrating?The Grand Strand is chock full of festive, romantic outings and restaurants that will stoke that marital fire — or just take the edge off the nuttiness of family life — that are easy to access and easier to love. The following is a day to remember.Morning: We can’t think of many things more awe-inspiring, peaceful and romantic than watching the sunrise over the ocean. Set the alarm and sneak out before dawn’s early light with travel mugs of coffee in hand.... Read More
There is a simple formula for having a great vacation experience on the Grand Strand: Play hard, sleep hard, eat hard and shop hard. Do those four things, with lots of rest and relaxation in between, and you will take home plenty of vacation memories. Do those same things at the best places on the Grand Strand, and you're sure to make the most of your getaway.By staying at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort, you've already found the ultimate spot for maximizing your vacation time. In fact, guests can accomplish everything on their to-do list without leaving the property. Located on 600 scenic oceanfront acres, Litchfield Beach offers visitors the opportunity to play golf, play tennis, enjoy swimming and other activities, stay in comfortable accommodations in a tranquil environment, dine at Webster's Lowcountry Grill, and shop and unwind at Stox & Co.... Read More
We love a hot summer day as much as the next person, but we also know that sometimes hot is just too hot.So, take a look at this list if you’re headed to Litchfield Beach for some hot summer fun. It’ll help you keep your cool so you can enjoy your vacation.• Stay hydratedSome of the effects we think of when we think of being overheated are actually the effects of dehydration. Make sure that you and your kids drink plenty of water. Put each family member’s name on a bottle to help you monitor who’s drinking enough and who needs to take a break and take a few sips.... Read More
The Litchfield in Pawley’s Island is one of the Myrtle Beach area’s most sought after accommodations, catering to avid golfers, event planners and anyone who is looking for a bit of a quieter stay among its 600 acres. Visitors love it for its access to the sprawling, gorgeous Brookgreen Gardens, on-site restaurants and spa, as well as the resort’s ridiculously fun pool and lazy river. Anyone seeking a more low key location away from the bustle of downtown will like it here, and will like it even more when all the planned improvements are made.Elizabeth Parnell, sales and marketing coordinator for The Litchfield, outlined the changes coming to the resort:  -In the next few weeks, the lobby will be getting a complete decor overhaul, complete with new paint, furniture and updated restrooms.... Read More
Who doesn’t adore a parade? Never mind. Don’t tell us. We don’t want to know.We just love them too much.Whether it’s a small town affair anchored by the high school marching band or a big to-do with gymnasts and fire trucks and a hailstorm of candy, municipalities and neighborhoods all around the South Strand throw their own brand of patriotic festivities. Regardless of where you wind up, bring a chair, wear your red, white and blue, and prepare for uniquely Southern Independence Day fun.Pawleys Island Parade: Just minutes from Litchfield Beach & Golf is where you’ll find this longstanding charmer.... Read More
It can’t possibly be… is it?The end of summer?.?Labor Day weekend is a most bittersweet time — while the carefree, warm whims of the fairest months will be missed, it will be nice to get the kids back in school. And give your air conditioner a break. And kick off pumpkin latte season.But we all have that nagging feeling of “Did I really take advantage of this season?” Why not check a few things off that list on Labor Day weekend while in Litchfield Beach — one of the most gorgeous, low-key and memorable spots on the Grand Strand.Here’s how:Item No.... Read More
The South Strand relishes its “endless summer” vibe.But the kids still have to go back to school, you know what we mean?Spending Labor Day weekend at Litchfield Beach & Golf means you get one last summertime hurrah — one last lazy beach day, one last over-the-top ice cream cone, one last sunset over the inlet.We get the importance of this ritualistic changing of the seasonal guard, even if the warm weather does tend to linger a little longer here.We’ve got some great things to do here over Labor Day weekend — away from the teeming crowds of some of the bigger, more obvious attractions — to stretch out those last fun days of the best time of year.... Read More
While many Grand Strand vacationers want to stay close to all the popular attractions and neon-lit shops and restaurants, others prefer a relaxing getaway in a more laid-back atmosphere.Those are the visitors who choose to stay at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort, a 600-acre vacation oasis located on the coastal South Carolina Lowcountry. And once they find it, they never stay anywhere else.That’s the case of recent and regular guest Karen Gorman, who enjoys getting away from it all at Litchfield Golf & Beach Resort. She and husband Kevin live in the Lake Norman area, just outside of Charlotte, NC.... Read More
Now, we’re not ones to say, “I told you so,” but we do love when something we adore is discovered and loved by others, too.So is the case with Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort in Pawleys Island. The sprawling, idyllic destination was named one of the 10 most luxurious and exclusive resorts in the Grand Strand by USA Today’s 10best.com.Here are a few reasons it made 10best.com’s (and our) list:Setting: Litchfield is a bit off the beaten path, making it a little more bucolic, a little less hustle-and-bustle than some of the popular spots downtown. The resort comprises 600 beautiful acres, and guests can choose to stay oceanside, golf course-adjacent, by lakes and more.... Read More
Longtime visitors to Litchfield and Pawley’s Island have likely visited the Hammock Shops many times, and perhaps eaten at one point at the now-defunct Roz’s Rice Mill Café, which was housed in a mid-1800s-era building that once served as a post office.  But the former Roz’s has a new identity as a biscuit, burger and shake shack that’s capital-Q quirky (in the best possible sense).BisQit is owned by the Mike Benson and Josh Quigley, the same team who created Quigley’s Pint and Plate, another of our favorite newer restaurants in Pawleys Island. BisQit's menu is built on innovative takes on southern-style pub food.... Read More
You know we love Myrtle Beach.Like, love.But we also enjoy getting out a little, venturing off the beaten path, reveling in some quieter corners of the Grand Strand.Which is why we really love Pawleys Island.But what to do? Where to start? And how do we get there?Easy. Follow us.Pawleys Island lies off the Highway 17 corridor that links Myrtle Beach to Charleston, making it a snap to get from one spot to the other and everything in between. Murrells Inlet is just to the north, as are popular Brookgreen Gardens and Huntington Beach State Park. Just to the west the links-lovers among you will find a golfers paradise.... Read More
While, yes, the beach and golf and sunshine play a big, big part in the decision to visit the Grand Strand, the fact that we also happen to be home to some of the freshest, most incredible seafood in the country ought to weigh in, too.With the abundance of grouper, flounder, drum, trout, mackerel and more packing our waters, not to mention shrimp and inlet oysters, coastal Carolina has a lot to boast. And don’t we reap the benefits.We like to venture down Route 17 in the Pawleys/Murrells corridor to hit some phenomenal but off-the-beaten-path options. Here are seven — out of MANY — of our faves, in no particular order:1) Bliss (Murrells Inlet): This award-winning local favorite doesn’t fib — their seafood is blissful.... Read More
Myrtle Beach gets all of the glory, but the hidden gem of the South Carolina shoreline is Pawleys Island. It’s only about twenty miles south of Myrtle Beach, but to those in the know, it feels like an entirely different world. The Island is more laid back and less crowded–the kind of place where you can stop to appreciate a beautiful sunset, and Pawleys has plenty of those to spare. But that’s not all it has. Check out more of the many reasons to visit this seaside escape:Dining: Bistro 217 is known for its fusion of Southern flavors, brought to life by a chef who learned from the masters–his mother and grandmother.... Read More
Diners at Webster's in Litchfield often have a hard time choosing between the many unique dishes on the menu.But ask executive chef Sean Thomas for a recommendation and he may send you back to the basics.'I just love our shrimp and grits,' said Thomas, the magician in the kitchen who created the menu. 'What can I say? I am crazy for the classics.'And who wouldn't be? By using the freshest local shrimp and ingredients he can get his hands on, Thomas doesn't have to work much magic to make this dish a hit, but he does anyway.The shrimp is half the battle, and Webster's goes straight to the local docks to ensure high quality and freshness.... Read More
We all know what she’s going to say.“Oh, you don’t have to get me anything for Mother’s Day.”Typical humble, selfless mom, right? But come on. Of course we have to do something.In addition to the perfectly thoughtful gift (we’ll leave that one up to you), a day of pampering and fun for mom is a must-do, and lucky for visitors to the Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort, there are some seriously great options within minutes of accommodations on Sunday, May 10.Read on for some of the best ways to honor mom… yes, daytime drinks are involved.1) Go with the flow: Treat mom to a little morning zen with an 8 a.... Read More
Cead Mile Failte…… to the South Strand, y’all.They say that everybody’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. We say that everyone is welcome here at the beach. Put those two things together and we’ve got the makings for one seriously fun holiday.St. Paddy’s Day 2015 falls on a Tuesday – a serious bummer if you plan on, um, seriously partying. In addition, Pawleys Island doesn’t host a parade or any formal event, so if you love the idea of green beer and bagpipes, head to North Myrtle Beach on March 14 for their fun annual event.Looking to stay a little closer to your home away from home at Litchfield Beach & Golf? Still want to get your slainte on?Throw on your finest green wear and see what’s in store.... Read More
More than 50,000 fans are expected to flock to downtown Myrtle Beach for the Second Annual Carolina Country Music Festival, and thousands more will be on the Grand Strand for summer vacation on the first weekend of June. But you can enjoy all the great country music acts while also escaping the big crowds in Myrtle Beach by staying at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort.Located 20 miles south of Myrtle Beach, Litchfield Beach gives country music fans a relaxing retreat after a loud and rowdy day at the Carolina Country MusicFest. Guests can commute to the shuttle lot and experience a full day and night of live music on the oceanfront before heading back to the luxury accommodations and first-class amenities of Litchfield Beach.... Read More
We often forget that the United States is not that old — few cities even crest the two-century mark.Here in the Grand Strand, things sometimes seem especially young. We’ve got new hotels, new restaurants and new attractions that seem to pop up daily.Then we head a little south, to quaint Georgetown, S.C., and get a dose of what life was like so very long ago.When you head to Georgetown — a seaside community halfway between Myrtle Beach and Charleston — the best way to dip into its historic significance is through the fun and informative Swamp Fox Tours Company.... Read More
They call it “mall exhaustion.”We are all familiar — when shopping till we drop turns into frustration, fatigue, and eventually flopping out on one of those chairs in the middle of a store while our partner combs the sale racks… again. Bad Muzak, heavy perfume smells, and too many people all add up to swearing off shopping entirely.Beleaguered retail-phobes of the world take heart. There is hope.And it comes in the form of the Hammock Shops Village in Pawleys Island.This delightful destination is the anti-mall, with about 20 small, one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants in clapboard cottages dotted among meandering paths, pines, porches and flowers.... Read More
They come for the beach, the sea air and the relaxing pools. But many of our guests also come because they love a good workout in the sunshine, whether that’s a round of seaside golf or the opportunity to play tennis either at one of the resort’s seven first-come, first-served hard courts or at one of the best racquet clubs in the region, the Litchfield Racquet Club. The Racquet Club is located about a mile from the lodging areas of the resort, but it’s worth the trek to take advantage of the 17 clay Har-Tru courts, three of which are lighted for night play. The daily fee to play on the courts is $12.... Read More
Squeeeeeaaaaaaaall...OMG. You’re engaged? Congratulations. It’s so exciting, we literally can’t even.Well, OK, we can.We have to.This South Strand summer wedding isn't going to plan itself.With a sparkling ring on that finger and a lifetime with your beloved to look forward to, it’s easy to forget that wedding planning is hard work. But it can be fun, too, as long as you get organized, stay calm, and plan ahead — and remember that a summer wedding in the Myrtle Beach area is as beautiful as they come.1)The date: Conventional advice says to set a date at least a year out, and we agree.... Read More
Brookgreen Gardens: Located just a few miles north in Murrells Inlet is one of the prettiest spots on the Strand. Built on a former rice and indigo plantation, this 9,100-acre property is home to the oldest and largest botanical garden on the East Coast. Trails wind through a myriad of plants, flowers and trees that are accompanied by breath-taking statues and structures. Guests can explore the gardens, visit the tea room and restaurant, experience native culture at the Gullah Cultural Arts Center, and see alligators, otters and birds of prey at the Lowcountry Zoo. Boat rides and plantation tours are also available at an additional charge.... Read More
It’s hard to describe Brookgreen Gardens if you’ve never been there. Picture a vast garden filled with lush flowers, dotted with ancient, moss-strewn oaks. Now drop in majestic sculptures of larger-than-life horses, ancient gods, and music playing nymphs. Add in some playful water features, and leisurely paths where you can wander at your own pace. Do you hear the songbirds? And don’t forget to stop by the butterfly house, alight with thousands of species of colorful winged insects. There is really so much to see at Brookgreen Gardens, and so many constantly changing events and programs, that many visitors to the area return year after year—or even many times a year when they visit Myrtle Beach.... Read More
There is no more sublime tradition for a kid than Halloween trick-or-treating. A spooky costume, glowing jack-o-lanterns, and the candy…Oh, the candy.Myrtle Beach has a treasure trove of sugary stops, in addition to your standard neighborhood, um, haunts. While counties and cities have their own official trick-or-treat start and stop times, area businesses and attractions take part, too.Here are some best bets.Broadway at the Beach: We love this idea of combining Halloween tradition with some additional fun. Dressed-up kids can hit up stores for treats, and perhaps pause for a little dinner at one of the many Broadway restaurants.... Read More
Sure, walking is great. We love it. We do it all the time. It’s the best way to get from point A to point B.But sometimes we just really don’t feel like it, you know? Or we get that need for speed… or at least that need for a little pep, zip and/or zoom.So, we rent.Along with the great network of walking / running / biking trails on the grounds of Litchfield Beach & Golf, our location, climate and the many great attractions that surround us make a scooter, moped or other such low-key mechanized transport ideal. Not only does it get you around quickly, it’s so very fun.... Read More
Stachybotrys chartarum, Cladosporium, Aspergillus: scary sounding words, and the scientific terms for mold that can grow in buildings. A stubborn problem in many structures, black mold poses significant health and property issues and can be a headache to take on. Here are some important facts from the Center for Disease Control:Molds are extremely common in buildings and have a tendency to grow anywhere where there is moisture.Large infestations are often detected by smell or sight, but often occur in areas that may be concealed from open view.Mold can enter a structure in many ways, like open doorways, windows and ventilation systems.... Read More
Myrtle Beach is a beautiful area and while it may be known for amusement parks and man-made attractions, there's plenty of fun to be had among nature. The next time you're vacationing in Myrtle Beach, be sure to try some of these fun nature-based activities:Pier FishingMyrtle Beach and the surrounding Grand Strand offer several area piers that are perfect for a full day of fishing fun. In North Myrtle Beach there's the Cherry Grove Pier, where a world record 1780 lb. Tiger Shark was once caught. Myrtle Beach is home to four different piers: the Apache Pier (the longest wooden fishing pier on the east coast), 14th Avenue Pier (featuring a restaurant with views out over the water), Second Avenue Pier (just south of the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk ) and Springmaid Pier (voted best pier for fishing by the Myrtle Beach Herald).... Read More
We all know about the man-made attractions of the Grand Strand, like Broadway at the Beach, the Boardwalk and Barefoot Landing, and we all know that those are great places to have fun. But, did you know that there are plenty of pristine and unspoiled areas to enjoy all the natural beauty of the South Carolina coast? Here are a few great suggestions to relax and take in the picturesque scenes this remarkable area has to offer.Myrtle Beach State Park: Located just off the shoreline in southern Myrtle Beach, the lush forests of the Myrtle Beach State Park provide a great retreat from the bustling tourist areas.... Read More
It's a well-known fact that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. In fact, a recent survey involving four participants, 75% responded that their days went better with a great meal in the morning. We're not sure how scientifically accurate those results are, but three out of four can't be wrong, right?And hey, you're on vacation. Skip the grapefruit or granola and splurge. Here are some of the best places around Myrtle Beach to indulge in some delicious morning treats.Dino's House of PancakesNorth Myrtle Beach visitors have raved about Dino's for years, and you can't miss their retro 50's style sign at 2120 Highway 17 South.... Read More
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