Author: Jessica Kuhn

Bring Your Sweetheart to Pawleys Island for Valentine’s Day

Heart in Sand

Bring Your Sweetheart to Pawleys Island for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, and if for some strange reason you haven’t planned something special for you and your sweetheart, we have great news! Since Valentine’s Day is on a Friday this year, it’s the perfect time to plan a weekend vacation to Pawleys Island! So, what are some great ways to show your special someone how much they mean to you? While there are tons of great restaurants and attractions to visit when along the Grand Strand, here are some of our top recommendations for your Pawleys Island Valentine’s Day vacation.

The Hammock Shops and Village

The Hammock Shops and Village has been a beloved destination for Pawleys Island visitors for decades. Based around the Original Hammock Shop and open since 1938, you and your sweetheart can peruse local fashion and gifts in shops like Whitmire Fine Jewelry, The Isle Co., Alter Ego or Elegantz and twenty other fantastic boutiques. Couples can also grab a bite to eat at the Bisqit or Southern Comforts. Bisqit features a unique menu based around–you guessed it–fluffy buttermilk biscuits, with juicy burgers piled high on these southern staples. Signature choices include the Southeast (topped with country ham and pimento cheese), the House (topped with braised pork belly, onion rings and horseradish white cheddar) and the Breakfast Burger (blended pork sausage and beef patty topped with thick cut bacon, over-easy fried egg, American cheese and maple bacon aioli). Over at Southern Comforts, diners can choose from classic Southern comfort food favorites, all composed of the freshest local ingredients available. Featured dishes include buttermilk fried chicken, homemade meatloaf and slow-roasted bourbon pork. Southern Comforts also tempts diners with superb local seafood choices like their award-winning shrimp and grits, Apalachicola oysters and local grouper, served fried, grilled or blackened. A trip to the Hammock Shops and Village is sure to be a great way to spend an afternoon or evening during your Valentine’s Day vacation to Pawleys Island!

Atalaya Castle at Huntington Beach State Park

Within the grounds of Huntington Beach State Park resides Atalaya, one of the most historic and gorgeous landmarks along the entire Grand Strand. A tour of these tranquil grounds is a perfect romantic activity! The castle was the vision of Anna and Archer Huntington. Archer was a wealthy industrialist and Anna was a talented and passionate sculptor. Following Anna’s diagnosis of tuberculosis in 1927, the couple decided winters in South Carolina would be preferable to those in New York City and purchased property in Pawleys Island where Huntington Beach State Park and Brookgreen Gardens reside currently. The castle was built between 1931 and 1933, drawing inspiration from Moorish architecture and spanning 200 feet in width and length and housing 30 total rooms. Atalaya was bestowed the honor of being listed on the National Register of Historical Places in 1984. As guests tour the property they will feel transported back in time, strolling through the corridors and archways and touring the open courtyard area adorned with towering palmetto trees. Be sure to make a tour of Atalaya a part of your upcoming Pawleys Island Vacation!

Now that you’ve got a couple of great things to check out on your Valentine’s Day vacation to Pawleys Island, the last thing left is booking the perfect accommodations. The Litchfield Company provides you with just that, showcasing fantastic rental condos and suites at top Pawleys Island resorts like Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort, Pawleys Plantation Resort and True Blue Resort. Even better, with our specials you can save big on our already amazing rental rates! Make plans to visit Pawleys Island with your sweetie for an unforgettable Valentine’s Day weekend and book with the Litchfield Company today!

Four Ways to Relax and Unwind During Your Pawleys Island Vacation

Girl in Lazy River at Litchfield

Four Ways to Relax and Unwind During Your Pawleys Island Vacation

Although Pawleys Island offers tons of fun activities and thrilling excursions to try out during your South Strand vacation, the laid-back coastal destination is also the perfect spot to relax and unwind. At Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort, guests have plenty of ways to enjoy a tranquil and serene condo rental experience. If you’re hoping for a beach vacation that will bring you tranquility and peace of mind, try out our four following suggestions.

Yoga on the Beach

The Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort is located right along the coast, so whether you’re staying in an oceanfront condo or one of our nearby beach homes, you’ll have easy access to the sandy shores of the Atlantic. Make the short walk or drive to the beach, where you can enjoy a relaxing walk, or really tap into your sense of inner tranquility through meditation/yoga. We suggest yoga at sunrise for an extra special view of the watercolor hues of the Carolina sky. I don’t know about you, but “Namaste” at the beach!

Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort Pool Amenities

You’ll find two primary pools onsite at Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort in Pawleys Island. The outdoor pool amenities can be found at the Play Pool Plaza, which includes a mini waterpark, lazy river, and lounge deck. The outdoor pool area is the perfect place to bring a book and enjoy poolside relaxation while sunbathing. Guests also have access to the indoor pool and hot tub, located inside the Health Club. Be sure to visit the steam room or sauna before heading back to your condo as well.

Hit The Links

Whether you consider yourself a seasoned professional, or you’re looking to try the sport of golf for the first time, you’ll find that hitting the links is a great way to unwind during your beach vacation. The best part is that you won’t have to travel far away from the resort to do so. Our golf specialists are standing by to help build the perfect golf course recommendations based on your skill and preference. Grab some clubs and get ready for a relaxing day on the greens.

Happy Hour on The Deck

What better way is there to relax and unwind after a long day of vacation experiences than with a signature cocktail and live music? Guests can take part in Happy Hour from 4pm-7pm nightly at the Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort’s tiki bar, The Deck! Make sure you stop by on Friday and Saturday evenings from 5pm-8pm for live music from a variety of local entertainers. Catch up with your fellow travelers or just sit back and relax while enjoying our Lowcountry-themed drinks and small plates.

From strolling or meditating along the shore to lounging poolside to playing a round of golf, Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort has you covered for an idyllic, relaxing beach vacation. Leave your worries behind and start planning your next trip to the Hammock Coast today!

Fireworks Displays Along the Grand Strand

Fireworks

Fireworks Displays Along the Grand Strand

During your Pawleys Island vacation, you will enjoy plenty of great ways to spend your day. Whether it’s lounging along our pristine beaches, playing a round or two on our amazing golf courses or getting an adrenaline rush at an amusement park like Family Kingdom or Wild Water and Wheels, your trip is bound to be memorable. But as the day turns to night, the perfect way to wrap things up is watching the sky sparkle at one of the weekly fireworks displays around the Grand Strand. Check out some of these dazzling pyrotechnic displays during your upcoming trip to Pawleys Island.

Fireworks

Broadway at the Beach

Holding the crown as South Carolina’s most visited tourist attraction, there are lots of great reasons to visit Broadway at the Beach. Broadway is home to popular destinations like Ripley’s Aquarium, Hard Rock Cafe, Wonderworks and the Pavilion Nostalgia Park, as well as scores of unique shops and over a dozen fantastic restaurants. But if you only make one visit to Broadway at the Beach during your vacation, you can’t go wrong with visiting on Tuesday and sticking around for their huge fireworks show at 10 PM. Blasting off over Lake Broadway, this show features hundreds of huge mortar shots lighting up the sky with colorful showers of sparks.

Barefoot Landing

During your vacation you’ll definitely want to head to North Myrtle Beach and check out Barefoot Landing, a huge entertainment complex and home of the House of Blues and the Alabama Theatre. Barefoot Landing features plenty of great restaurants and dozens of specialty shops and boutiques, all situated amongst a beautiful saltwater inlet area and adjacent to the Intracoastal Waterway. Every Monday night during summer, Barefoot Landing hosts a world-class fireworks extravaganza. The show kicks off at 10 PM and you will be dazzled by the vibrant display that turns the sky into a kaleidoscope.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Baseball is just more fun at the beach, and you’ll definitely want to catch a Pelicans game while on your vacation. The Myrtle Beach Pelicans are the single-A minor league affiliate of the Chicago Cubs and have seen previous players like Brian McCann, Adam Wainwright, Jason Heyward and Joey Gallo graduate to MLB stardom. The Pelicans feature a great promotional schedule with themes like Elvis Night, Halloween Night and Woodstock ’99 Night, and throughout the rest of the season they will feature fourteen nights of post-game fireworks. A full list of dates for their firework show nights can be found on their website.

If you’ve already booked your Pawleys Island vacation, we’ll see you soon! If you haven’t, what are you waiting for? Let Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort provide you with amazing accommodations at our partner resorts. From cozy and modern villas at True Blue Resort and Pawleys Plantation Resort to modern oceanfront condos at our resort, we are sure to have the perfect spot for your Pawleys Island getaway.

Celebrate Creativity at the Brookgreen Art Festival

Brookgreen Fountain

Celebrate Creativity at the Brookgreen Art Festival

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 learning more about art in various mediums this festival is a must-see event!

Brookgreen Fountain

Since its opening in 1932 by founders Archer and Anna Huntington, the gardens have served as not only one of the finest botanical sanctuaries in the United States, but also a beacon of creativity with a huge sculpture collection boasting over 1400 figurative sculptures. In addition, Brookgreen Gardens promotes the arts heavily through things like demonstrations by sculptors-in-residence and weekly sculpture and drawing workshops. The Art Festival is a yearly celebration gathering artists from around the region and country to exhibit their creativity and skill in different mediums including paint, ink, and, of course, sculpture. There is never a bad time to visit Brookgreen Gardens, but the Art Festival is sure to be one of the best weekends of the year at the gardens!

In fact, since the Brookgreen Gardens Art Festival takes place over a weekend, why not plan a weekend vacation to Pawleys Island? After all, Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort is conveniently located just a few miles away from Brookgreen. Don’t miss out on all the fun and book your weekend trip to Pawleys Island today!
 

3 Unique Beach Games to Try on Your Pawleys Island Vacation

Beach Fun

3 Unique Beach Games to Try on Your Pawleys Island Vacation

There’s nothing like hitting the beach on a sunny day with some pals to enjoy some friendly competition. Luckily, on your Pawleys Island vacation you can enjoy some of the most pristine shoreline available along the east coast!

Outside of beach activity standards like frisbees and footballs, there are plenty of great beach game and gear options to enjoy on a sunny afternoon. Here are a few of the most popular and unique beach games for you to try during your next trip to Pawleys Island.

Beach Fun

Spikeball

Having garnered quite a following since being featured on Shark Tank, Spikeball is a fixture on many beaches all over the country. This fast-paced game involves two-on-two competition where players must spike a ball off of a provided hula-hoop size net sitting on the ground. Similar to volleyball, each team gets three hits to ricochet the Spikeball back off the net and force their opponent to answer their volley. The game allows for a 360-degree field of play with no boundaries, so rallies can get pretty wild! Several variations of Spikeball sets are available, from their sturdy tournament kits to their kid-friendly Rookie set with a larger net and ball.

BucketBall Beach Edition

If you’ve ever found yourself tailgating at a football game, you’ve likely seen rowdy groups of people tossing ping-pong balls into plastic cups filled with some sort of beverage. You might have even played a game or two. With Bucketball’s Beach Edition kit, you can enjoy a supersized version of that classic group game. The game is simple enough: toss your ball into the buckets across from you with the first team to make all six buckets the winner. Since the beach can be quite sandy, we wouldn’t recommend using beverages to fill your buckets, so some ocean water or sand should work nicely!

Murbles

For a classic game that can be played by those of any age or physical ability, you can’t go wrong with bocce! But sometimes the sand on the beach can make for a less-than-perfect playing surface. Thanks to Murbles, you can enjoy all the fun of bocce along the soft sandy shores of Pawleys Island! Made in the USA from recycled plastic, Murbles are slightly smaller and much lighter than traditional bocce balls. They also are not perfectly round, which adds an interesting element of unpredictability to your matches. And if you play a little too close to the waves, don’t worry because Murbles float!

With miles and miles of unspoiled beaches, there’s plenty of space to enjoy these fun beach games on your next Pawleys Island vacation! Be sure to check out the great spring booking specials available with the Litchfield Company to reserve your trip to Pawleys Island at an unbeatable price. Whether you’re looking for a cozy one bedroom golf course suite at Pawleys Plantation Resort or a deluxe six bedroom oceanfront beach house in Pawleys Island, we are sure to have the perfect vacation rental for your upcoming lowcountry getaway!

Packing Tips From the Pros

Packing

Packing Tips From the Pros

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.

Packing

Make a List, Check it Twice

Lists aren’t just for grocery shopping or finding out who’s naughty and nice. The first thing you should do before throwing a bunch of stuff in your luggage is make a list. Having your essentials down on paper and physically checking them off as you go is the foolproof way to make sure the first stop on your Pawleys Island vacation isn’t at Target or Walmart. And once you finish packing, give your list one last review to make sure you’ve got it all.

Know the Limits for Your Carry-on

The last thing anyone wants when they’re checking in for a flight is to find out that their carry-on is too large and must be checked. Limits on bag or suitcase dimensions are easily found on the websites of your airline and ensuring that your luggage isn’t oversize will eliminate the potential of extra luggage fees.

Ditch the Fold, Roll with the Changes

If you’re still folding your clothes when packing, be prepared to get to know your condo’s iron as you spend your trip fighting creases embedded into all your outfits. The way to go is rolling your clothes which results in less wrinkling. To step it up a notch and create more space in your suitcase or duffel bag, try enclosing your clothes in vacuum-sealed bags! This can greatly increase the amount of clothes you can fit in your bags which is a huge advantage if you’re traveling by plane.

Keep Things Fresh

Even if your clothes are recently washed, being packed into an enclosed small space for an extended amount of time can result in some not-so-great smelling shirts and pants. To alleviate this, try inserting a small bag of potpourri or a few dryer sheets between outfits to keep your clothes smelling like they just came out of the laundry!

Bag up those Bottles

Travel-size bottles for toiletries like shampoo, conditioner and lotion are very convenient–until something mashes them in the wrong way and suddenly your clothes are covered in Pantene. By bagging up those bottles in Ziplock-type freezer bags (heavier duty equals safer) you’ll make sure that an accident only results in an extra purchase rather than a day of laundry. For even greater security, use plastic wrap to seal the openings on your travel bottles then screw the lids shut.

Leave Room for Souvenirs

Pawleys Island has tons of great local shopping venues and you’re sure to find the perfect souvenir to remember your trip. And beyond Pawleys Island, the rest of the Myrtle Beach area offers tons of great shopping venues. Make sure you have room to bring these back with you, especially if you’re flying!

With these great packing tips, your Pawleys Island vacation is sure to get off to a fantastic start! If you haven’t planned your spring or summer trip to Pawleys Island, our amazing booking deals will ensure you get first-class accommodations at unbeatable rates. From modern two or three bedroom condos at True Blue Resort to deluxe oceanfront Pawleys Island beach houses at Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort, you’re sure to find the perfect accommodations with the Litchfield Company!