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Unique Boutiques for Holiday Shopping in Pawleys Island

Unique Boutiques for Holiday Shopping in Pawleys Island

We all know the joy of receiving that perfect holiday gift, but the feeling of giving a special someone an awesome gift can be just as rewarding! Luckily for you, while you’re on your Christmas getaway to Pawleys Island, there are lots of fantastic shops and boutiques where you can peruse and snag the ideal gift for a loved one. Here are a few of the best spots to check out for Christmas shopping in Pawleys Island and the surrounding Grand Strand area.

Hammock Shops Welcome Sign

The Original Hammock Shop

With a history dating back to its creation in 1938 by riverboat captain Joshua John Ward, the Pawleys Island hammock is one of the most iconic crafts found along the South Carolina coast. For the biggest selection of these relaxing fixtures, you have to visit the Original Hammock Shop, fittingly found in the Hammock Shops Village along US Highway 17. From their classic cotton hammocks to durable and extra-large Duracord hammocks, visitors are sure to find the perfect one for their relaxation needs. And if you don’t happen to have a couple of trees ideal for setting up a hammock, the Original Hammock Shop offers wooden or steel stands. Additionally, a variety of accessories like pillows, wheel kits, and drink holders are also available for purchase.

Carolina Gourmet

Also found in the Hammock Shops Village, Carolina Gourmet offers a tremendous sampling of delicious wares and beautiful gift baskets that are sure to delight! Carolina Gourmet features unique local gifts like handmade pottery, cookbooks, and tempting delicacies like jams, jellies, salsas, and gourmet Lowcountry treats and sweets. One of the most popular choices for a gift is their “Memories of Pawleys” gift basket, jam-packed with Lowcountry delights like she-crab soup mix, praline pecans, saltwater taffy, garlic cheese grits, and much more!

Lazy Gator

Situated along the Murrells Inlet Marshwalk, the Lazy Gator offers an eclectic array of gifts with local flair. No matter what you’re looking for, the Lazy Gator is sure to have something that will be the perfect gift for your special someone. Featured clothing and accessory brands available at the Lazy Gator include Vera Bradley, Southern Fried Cotton, Salt Life, and Simply Southern. A wide variety of Tervis cups and tumblers are available, as well as tons of great home décor including wall hangings, rugs, and garden flags. The Lazy Gator also features great food gifts like homemade fudge, preserves, and BBQ sauces. If you’re looking for a gift for a child, the Lazy Gator offers a wide variety of handcrafted toys and unique stuffed animals that are sure to put a smile on their face.


With these great shops and much more available in the Pawleys Island area, you’re sure to find an amazing assortment of gift options during your vacation. If you haven’t made plans on a holiday vacation to Pawleys Island, don’t miss out on all the great shopping, dining, and holiday celebrations going on around the area! The Litchfield Company offers you premier accommodations at Pawleys Island resorts like Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort, Pawleys Plantation Resort, and True Blue Resort. Check out our specials page today to learn how affordable and easy it can be to book a holiday vacation to Pawleys Island!

Eat Fresh, Eat Local: Grand Strand Farmers Markets

Fruits and vegetables at a farmer's market

Eat Fresh, Eat Local: Grand Strand Farmers Markets

One of the best parts of a Pawleys Island vacation is the immense amount of fantastic restaurants around the area to delight your taste buds. Every appetite can be satisfied along the Grand Strand, no matter if you’re craving tacos, sushi, pizza, steak, burgers or fresh local seafood. But sometimes, instead of venturing out, it’s nice to spend a night in and enjoy a family dinner consisting of fresh, local ingredients. Fortunately, there are numerous farmers markets that are available in Pawleys Island and the surrounding Grand Strand area. Here are a few of the area’s best farmers markets to try out on your next vacation to Pawleys Island.

Fruits and vegetables at a farmer's market

Lee’s Farmers Market

Found at 4883 Highway 17 Bypass North in Murrells Inlet, Lee’s Farmers Market has long been one of the favorite destinations along the Grand Strand for a huge selection of fresh fruit, vegetables and local seafood. In addition, Lee’s Farmers Market showcases an amazing deli with a large assortment of European cheeses, smoked deli meats and USDA steaks and chops. The founders of Lee’s Farmers Market hail from New Jersey, and bring some of that classic Jersey and New York flavor with fresh baked bread brought in from New Jersey and deli meat delivered straight from the Carnegie Deli in New York City! So, whether you’re looking for a piled-high corned beef on rye or fresh caught seafood, Lee’s Farmers Market will have exactly what you’re looking for!

Farmers Market at Market Common

The Market Common has garnered a reputation for being one of the top dining and shopping venues along the Grand Strand. On top of that, Market Common is a regular host to tons of great craft fairs, including their own farmers market which takes place each Wednesday and Saturday from May 24th through September 28th. Each Wednesday and Saturday from 10 AM to 3 PM, local produce vendors will be set up along Deville Street to offer farm fresh fruits and vegetables perfect for snacking on during your Myrtle Beach vacation. The Farmers Market at Market Common also hosts vendors offering baked goods and handmade crafts for unique souvenirs to bring home.

Surfside Beach Farmers Market

Situated a short drive north from Pawleys Island, the Surfside Beach Farmers Market offers Grand Strand visitors a tremendous assortment of local fruits and veggies each Tuesday through October 27th from 10 AM to 3 PM. Located on the corner of Surfside Drive and Willow Drive North, this gathering regularly features 20+ vendors with fares including produce, organic coffee, fresh baked pies, artisan soaps, handmade jewelry and much more. With such a varied offering of food and craft items, you’re sure to find whatever it is you’re looking for and more with a visit to the Surfside Beach Farmers Market.

Now that you have the lowdown on some of the best farmers markets around the Grand Strand, you’ll know where to get the freshest ingredients during your vacation to Pawleys Island. And if for some reason you haven’t made plans to visit Pawleys Island soon, there’s no better time to book than now! The Litchfield Company offers Pawleys Island travelers with premier accommodations at fabulous lowcountry resorts like Pawleys Plantation Resort, True Blue Resort and Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort. Visit our specials page to learn how quick, easy and affordable booking your Pawleys Island getaway can be!

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!

Shop ‘Til You Drop on Your Pawleys Island Vacation

Shop 'Til You Drop on Your Pawleys Island Vacation

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.

The Hammock Shops Village

With a history dating back to the 1930s, the Hammock Shops Village features over two dozen unique shops all centered around–surprise!–the original Hammock Shop. In addition to their selection of handmade rope hammocks, the Hammock Shop also offers homemade fudge and unique arts and crafts for the home and garden. Fashion fans can browse coastal garb at clothiers like Haute Hanger and Pawleys Island Wear as well as fine and fashion jewelry at Elegantz, Details by Three Sisters and Whitmire Fine Jewelry. Kids and kids-at-heart are sure to love the amazing toy and game selection offered by the Freckled Frog. Also, a great selection of niche shops like Isle of Candles, Christmas Mouse and High Country Olive Oil offer something for every shopper.

Pawleys Island Outdoors

Looking to prep for some fishing or just to get the essential gear for a day at the beach? You’ll find it all at Pawleys Island Outdoors! Conveniently located on Ocean Highway across from the Caledonia and True Blue golf courses, Pawleys Island Outdoors has been the go-to spot for outdoor enthusiasts since opening in 2006. Inside the shop, you will find every essential piece of freshwater and saltwater fishing gear including rods and reels, lures, line, outerwear and live or frozen bait. Pawleys Island Outdoors is also an authorized dealer for the most popular outdoor items and accessories like Yeti coolers, Guy Harvey shirts, GoPro cameras and Costa Del Mar sunglasses. They also operate a sister shop nearby that offers rentals for bike and kayaks as well as beach essentials like chairs and umbrellas.

Litchfield Books

If you’re the type that prefers enjoying a good book while lounging on the beach, make Litchfield Books your first stop on your Pawleys Island vacation! Litchfield Books is an independent book shop that has been a locals’ favorite for years, providing all the top New York Times bestsellers, literary classics and a rich selection of works from local writers. Whether you’re looking for a pulse-pounding mystery, a light-hearted memoir or a historic account of lowcountry life, Litchfield Books will have the perfect page-turner for your vacation. The shop also carries a large variety of commemorative gift items and greeting cards for special occasions. Litchfield Books has also earned a large following for their weekly Moveable Feast luncheon series that invites local and nationally-renown authors to discuss their works with readers, with past guests including Harlan Coben, Pat Conroy, Cokie Roberts and David Baldacci. Enjoy the same friendly atmosphere and great selection of literature that locals have come to love and visit Litchfield Books during your trip to Pawleys Island.

Beyond the Pawleys Island area, the rest of the Grand Strand offers other great shopping venues like the Market Common and two Tanger Outlet Centers. But if you haven’t planned your Pawleys Island vacation yet, there’s no better time than now! The most popular weeks of summer are reserving fast, so be sure to check out The Litchfield Company’s great deals at Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort, Pawleys Plantation Resort or True Blue Resort. From cozy one bedroom golf course suites to deluxe six bedroom Pawleys Island beach houses, we’ve got the perfect accommodations at the best price for your upcoming trip to Pawleys Island!
 

Top 10 Boutiques on the South Strand

Hammock Shops Welcome Sign

Top 10 Boutiques on the South Strand

#1: 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.

Hammock Shops Welcome Sign

#2: 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.

#3: The Freckled Frog

The little ones will love this shop designed with them in mind. Find children’s books, toys and games, clothing and accessories, jewelry and craft projects. This is one store at the Hammock Shops where you won’t have to drag the kids.

#4: Hudson's Flea Market

OK, so this old-school flea market isn’t exactly a boutique, but you can find some unique items you won’t see at any of the other local shops. Featuring a wide selection of just about everything, you are sure to find something you want or need at Hudson’s.

#5: Inlet Square Mall

This recently renovated and expanded mall is just a few miles north in Murrells Inlet and has an array of popular anchor stores, national chains and locally owned and operated boutiques where you can enjoy a mixed shopping experience.

#6: The Lazy Gator

Located in nearby Murrells Inlet, this local boutique is stocked with great gift ideas. From apparel and accessories to paintings and souvenirs, The Lazy Gator is a great place to pick up that something special for that special someone.

#7: Market Common

This urban-style shopping district is about a 15-mile drive from the resort but well worth the trip for those looking for some serious retail therapy. Featuring a variety of national chains and mom-and-pop shops, Market Common has about six city blocks of stores to choose from.

#8: The Original Hammock Shop

This is the place that started it all for Pawleys Island’s chief export – the rope hammock. This shop has been hand-making the unique Lowcountry hammocks since the 1930s, and now also sells souvenirs, jewelry, fudge and other odds and ends.

#9: Pawleys Island Wear

 Fashion-minded ladies can pick up some authentic Lowcountry fashions to wear on vacation and take home for a fresh look. In operation at the Hammock Shops for nearly 30 years, Pawleys Island Wear carries a wide variety of apparel and accessories.

#10: Stox & Co.

Guests at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort don’t even have to leave the property to discover a classic boutique with upscale apparel, accessories, gifts and more. Stox & Co. also has a full-service spa so you can spoil yourself in more ways than one.

Relax at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort

After a long day and night of shopping, head back to your vacation home away from home at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort for a little rest and relaxation. It’s just one more reason to spend your vacation with us.