Category: Holiday

Nights of a Thousand Candles Returns to Brookgreen Gardens

Nights of a Thousand Candles Returns to Brookgreen Gardens

Spring, summer, fall or winter, it’s always a great time for a vacation to Pawleys Island! And with the holidays around the corner, one of the most beloved holiday celebrations makes its return to Brookgreen Gardens. Nights of a Thousand Candles has delighted tens of thousands of visitors for years, and this season is sure to carry on that tradition.

If you think Brookgreen Gardens is magnificent during the day, Nights of a Thousand Candles puts a sparkling new spin on the beautiful botanical and sculpture displays around the grounds. As you enter the gardens, you will be bathed in the warm glow of thousands of hand-lit candles, suspended above and around guests and floating atop reflecting ponds. Travel+Leisure magazine has praised Nights of a Thousand Candles as the “Best Christmas Lights in South Carolina,” and it will quickly become evident why so many people make this special celebration a holiday tradition. As you stroll along the walkways of the gardens, the sounds of carolers and bell ringers will fill the air with Christmas cheer, and if a chill is in the air feel free to warm up with a piping hot cup of cocoa or cider.

Nights of a Thousand Candles also offers several dining options within the event grounds. Inside the Leonard Pavilion, Inlet Affairs will be serving up fresh, classic Lowcountry favorites. Austin’s Garden Galley and Let’s Ride BBQ will also be on-site, and guests can select from small bites at the Old Kitchen in the heart of the sculpture garden. Drinks including beer, wine and Brookgreen’s homemade hot cocoa are available at several beverage stations around the gardens.

This year Brookgreen Gardens has added 12 nights to the schedule, with the event running from November 27th through January 3rd. On most weeks Nights of a Thousand Candles takes place from 4:00PM to 9:00PM on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. During select weeks, the festival will run five nights, from Wednesday through Sunday nights. Tickets to Nights of a Thousand Candles must be pre-purchased, so don’t miss on your chance to be part of one of the east coast’s grandest holiday celebrations!

Nights of a Thousand Candles is certainly a fantastic reason to make a weekend vacation to Pawleys Island, so be sure to check out the amazing properties available at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort and book a stay in just a few clicks! From modern two and three bedroom golf course villas at True Blue Resort and Pawleys Plantation Resort to oceanfront condos at Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort, we have the perfect accommodations for your holiday vacation to Pawleys Island.

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!

Turkey and Dressing Tastes Even Better at the Beach!

Family sitting at table around Thanksgiving dinner

Turkey and Dressing Tastes Even Better at the Beach!

Look, we get it. You might only think about taking a Pawleys Island vacation in spring or summer. After all, the beach and a summer vacation go together like peanut butter and jelly. But did you know that the average high temperature for the Grand Strand in November is still 67 degrees? So while it might not be the time to take a dip in the ocean (without a wetsuit at least), it’s still plenty warm enough to enjoy a walk on the beach or a couple of rounds of golf at some stellar Pawleys Island area courses like True Blue, Caledonia or Pawleys Plantation. And with Thanksgiving right around the corner, why not consider a multi-family vacation to Pawleys Island? Here are some tips to make it happen.

Family sitting at table around Thanksgiving dinner

Step One: Book Your Accommodations

Of course, everything starts by reserving the perfect accommodations, and the Litchfield Company offers several great combinations that are sure to be fantastic for you and your family. Our modern condos at Heron Marsh showcase three bedroom, two bathroom layouts with variable bedding arrangements, full kitchens and contemporary decoration. Grandma and Grandpa can relax and enjoy the gorgeous views overlooking saltwater marshes while the kids can stream all their favorite shows via complimentary WiFi, so everyone will be happy! Or, if a golf course view is preferable, you can always reserve the three bedroom villas at nearby True Blue Resort or our huge four bedroom villas at Pawleys Plantation Resort.

Step Two: Plan Your Thanksgiving Dinner

Pawleys Island offers plenty of convenience with three different grocery stores only a short drive from our partner resorts. Lowe’s Foods, Publix and Fresh Market are all only a few minutes away and all three of these establishments offer the freshest meat and produce selections, with Fresh Market in particular featuring a large selection of locally-sourced selections. And just because it’s Thanksgiving doesn’t mean that your dinner has to be all about turkey! You can have a deluxe smorgasboard provided by Get Carried Away and dine on lowcountry favorites like shrimp and grits, hashbrown potato casserole or a huge lowcountry boil teeming with local shrimp, sausage, potatoes, corn and zesty seasonings.

Step Three: Have Fun While You’re Here!

Outside of the big meal, there will still be plenty of great attractions to enjoy during your stay! Golfers can challenge their game at any of the 80+ Grand Strand area courses, with almost all available within a 30-minute drive from Pawleys Island. Need to get some Christmas shopping done? From the Hammock Shops Village in Pawleys Island to Myrtle Beach destinations like Coastal Grand Mall and Tanger Outlets, you’re guaranteed to find the perfect gifts and big time Black Friday deals for your friends and loved ones. And with plenty of great live entertainment options like Pirates Voyage, Legends: In Concert and the Alabama Theatre, your vacation will be filled with plenty of fun and excitement!

See? With three easy steps you’ve enjoyed an amazing Thanksgiving trip to Pawleys Island! But before you create lifelong memories you need to visit the accommodations section of The Litchfield Company website to find the ideal Pawleys Island condo for your getaway. All it takes is a few minutes to book your vacation to Pawleys Island, so visit the website today and come see us for a coastal Carolina Thanksgiving!

Enjoy Easter Weekend in Pawleys Island

Little boy and girl holding Easter eggs

Enjoy Easter Weekend in Pawleys Island

We’re only a couple of weeks from Easter and with each passing day the weather gets a little bit warmer and sunnier. And with many getting a long weekend off of work or school to celebrate Easter, it’s a perfect time to plan a weekend trip to Pawleys Island! The Litchfield Company offers you tremendous Pawleys Island vacation rentals at our three partner resorts: Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort, Pawleys Plantation Resort and True Blue Resort. Make plans for an Easter trip to Pawleys Island today and enjoy beautiful accommodations and lots of Easter family fun!

Little boy and girl holding Easter eggs

Families can attend multiple Easter egg hunts and celebrations around the Pawleys Island area. Just up the road from our partner resorts, the Hammock Shops Village will host an Easter egg hunt. In addition to the search for those coveted eggs, kids are sure to enjoy face painting, balloon shaping and even meeting the Easter bunny!

Or if you’re headed towards Georgetown, guests can enjoy the Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Parade at the Kaminski House Museum. The parade will stroll down the boardwalk area and the egg hunt will commence within Rainey Park and along the lawn of Kaminski House.

And just in case you have morning plans and can’t make either of these fun Easter events, the town of Surfside Beach will host an Easter egg hunt and kids fair. Surfside Beach also will host a sensory-friendly Easter egg hunt.

The following day, guests are invited to enjoy an Easter Sunday buffet at Coastal Dish Lowcountry Dining, located along the courtyard near the front desk and Starbucks at Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort. We recommend calling ahead of time to reserve your table in advance as the tempting menu is likely to draw a large crowd. Diners will be treated to an all-you-can-eat buffet featuring many classic and local favorites. The service should provide friends and family with a great opportunity to bond and share a special moment during their Pawleys Island vacation.

Easter may be right around the corner, but there’s still time to plan a weekend trip to Pawleys Island with the properties of the Litchfield Company!

Whether it’s a huge Pawleys Island beach house within Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort or a cozy suite along the golf course at Pawleys Plantation Resort, we’ve got your perfect accommodations at the best prices around. Book your Pawleys Island vacation rental today and enjoy your Easter along the beautiful South Carolina coast!

Have a Romantic Time This Valentine’s Day in Pawleys Island

Have a Romantic Time This Valentine's Day in Pawleys Island

The lowcountry paradise of Pawleys Island is the perfect spot for a romantic Valentine’s Day getaway! Not only can you enjoy the first-class accommodations along the south strand, but you can treat your special someone to a memorable day and night out as well. On your upcoming Valentine’s Day vacation to Pawleys Island, check out these great attractions to make the trip unforgettable!

Brookgreen Gardens

A stroll through Brookgreen Gardens, one of the premier botanical gardens along the east coast, is sure to make for a romantic afternoon. Walk amongst centuries-old live oaks cascading with Spanish moss and view their world-class sculpture collection. Brookgreen Gardens also features wildlife exhibits with animals native to the lowcountry like red foxes, bald eagles and river otters.

Horse Statue at Brookgreen Gardens

The Hammock Shops and Village

Find the perfect gift for your Valentine at the Hammock Shops and Village in Pawleys Island! Open since 1938 and based around the original Hammock Shop, you and your sweetheart can peruse local fashion and gifts in shops like Whitmire Fine Jewelry, Haute Hanger or Elegantz along with over two dozen other great boutiques. Be sure to grab a bite to eat at Bisqit, where you’ll discover an amazing fusion of traditional Southern cuisine with amazing burger and sandwich combinations, all on fluffy buttermilk biscuits of course!

Hammock Shops Welcome Sign

Chive Blossom

Valentine’s Day wouldn’t be complete without a romantic dinner, and Chive Blossom is ideal for a special night out! Combining influences from Southern, French, Mediterranean and Asian cuisines, Chive Blossom features a vibrant menu sure to delight your taste buds. Start your meal off with temptations like duck confit or pan-seared scallops then move on to splendid main course options like their 8-ounce barrel-cut filet, jumbo lump crab cakes or pork shank osobucco. Chive Blossom also offers nearly 200 wine options and their knowledgeable staff can help pair the perfect wine to your meal.

As you can see, a Valentine’s Day vacation to Pawleys Island is the perfect way to treat your loved one to a romantic getaway! Make sure to book your Valentine’s getaway soon, so you can enjoy the romantic allure of Litchfield Beach!
 

Top 5 Ways to Celebrate Fathers Day with Dad

Father and Sons on the Beach

Top Five Ways to Celebrate Fathers Day with Dad

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:

Father and Sons on the Beach

#1: Brunch or 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. At the Murrells Inlet Marshwalk, several waterfront restaurants are offering Father’s Day specials, such as an all-you-can-eat brunch at the Dead Dog Saloon or a surf-and-turf dinner special at Bovines/Wahoos. More fine dining establishments like Frank’s in Pawleys Island, Litchfield Fish House in Litchfield Beach, The Claw House in Murrells Inlet and Gulfstream Cafe in Garden City Beach are sure to serve your father a feast fit for a king.

#2: Fishing

Most dads will use any excuse to go fishing, and our guests are surrounded by nice opportunities to wet a line. Ports in nearby Murrells Inlet and Winyah Bay in Georgetown offer full- and half-day fishing trips in the Atlantic Ocean, and other outfitters take anglers to the unique fishing grounds around the Waccamaw Neck. Landlubbers can go fishing off the jetty at Huntington Beach State Park, or at nearby fishing piers in Garden City Beach and Surfside Beach. Surf fishing off the coast of the Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort is also permitted away from swimmers.

#3: Golf

Dad will love you for giving the gift of golf, especially at the award-winning courses in the Lowcountry. Located in the heart of the Waccamaw Golf Trail, Litchfield Beach guests can play several top-rated layouts, including Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, True Blue Golf Links, The River Club, Wachesaw Plantation, Willbrook Plantation and many more. Perhaps putt-putt golf is more your speed, and there are several courses on the South Strand at Mutiny Bay and Gilligan’s Island Funland. For a more relaxing day of golf, find a nice place to watch the final round of the US Open, which takes place on Father’s Day.

#4: Racing

Dads with a need for speed can find plenty of options for putting the pedal to the metal for Father’s Day. Myrtle Beach Speedway holds a special night of racing on Saturday evening, and the track also hosts the Richard Petty Driving Experience so dad can get behind the wheel of a real NASCAR racing machine. Local go-kart tracks also offer a fun way for some friendly Father’s Day competition.

#5: Waterpark

or dads who are still kids at heart, a trip to the waterpark goes a long way on Father’s Day. Check out Wild Water & Wheels in Garden City Beach for a day of waterslides, speed chutes, lazy rivers and a wave pool. In addition to a dozen water attractions, fathers can also spend their special day by racing go-karts, riding the bumper boats or playing video games in the arcade.

Spend Father's Day at Litchfield!

After a fun-filled Father’s Day on the South Strand, bring dad back to Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort for a relaxing evening. It’s the perfect way to make your dad feel like a king on Father’s Day.