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The Most Romantic Valentine Dining Spots in Pawleys Island

Couple holding hands having a romantic dinner date.

The Most Romantic Valentine Dining Spots in Pawleys Island

Home to some of the finest beaches along the east coast, charming shopping venues and great location just a short drive from all the excitement of Myrtle Beach, Pawleys Island is always a perfect choice for a weekend vacation. Fortunately, Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday this year, so why not plan on surprising that special someone in your life with a romantic weekend vacation to the Litchfield area? Here are some of the finest dining spots to spoil your sweetheart during your Valentine’s Day getaway to Pawleys Island.

The Chive Blossom

The Chive Blossom is consistently one of the highest-rated restaurants in Pawleys Island, blending French, Mediterranean, Asian and Southern cuisines into truly special dishes that are some of the finest you can enjoy along the entire Grand Strand. The restaurant itself is a delightful space that features an inviting indoor dining space and a beautiful outdoor courtyard wrapped in lush Lowcountry flora. Co-owners and co-chefs Trina and P.K. Renault have cultivated an eclectic menu that is inspired by the couple’s extensive experience in some of the finest restaurants along the coast and around the country. Start things off with unique appetizers like shrimp-stuffed Medjool dates, pan-seared duck breast or Trina’s famous she-crab soup. Signature entrees include blackened pork porterhouse with black-eyed peas and collard greens and jumbo lump crab cakes with smashed Yukon potatoes and grilled asparagus. The Chive Blossom also offers a lengthy wine list and fantastic seasonal cocktails that are sure to put a bow on a perfect evening. 

Fried Seafood

Gio’s Italian Kitchen

After immigrating to the US from Albania in 2003, brothers Klodjan and Renato Hoxha and sister Eri Hoxha set upon a culinary journey that culminated in the opening of Gio’s Italian Kitchen in 2017. Since then, the restaurant has delighted diners with spectacular Italian cuisine that is sure to be some of the finest and freshest you will have ever enjoyed. The decor of Gio’s Italian Kitchen features exposed brick and rustic wood walls that exude a classic ambience and set the tone for a cozy dinner date. As you peruse their menu, you can begin your meal with enticing starters like prosciutto and melon, cozze posillipo (PEI mussels served in spicy tomato sauce) and calamari served with spicy tomato aioli and red pepper and olive tapenade. All your traditional Italian favorites like chicken or veal parmigiana, spaghetti Bolognese and fettuccine alfredo are offered, as well as signature dishes like spaghetti de tornola (shrimp, scallops and lobster claw meat served over spaghetti with lightly spicy marinara) and paglia el fieno (scallopini chicken and prosciutto served over linguine with cream sauce). 

Fried Calamari

Frank’s Outback

Frank’s Restaurant has been a favorite of Pawleys Island locals and visitors alike, and their sequel, Frank’s Outback has an interesting story. Situated in what was formerly the owner’s mother’s house, Frank’s Outback opened in 1992 as a small, cozy lunch spot, but after much demand from guests began to offer dinner as well. With seating for 45 guests inside and up to 100 on their beautiful (and heated) outdoor area, Frank’s offers an intimate atmosphere for a romantic dinner date. Guests actually walk through the open kitchen area on their way to the dining area! Some of their trademark appetizers include fried okra with red pepper dipping sauce, pepper seared tuna nachos with crispy wontons, avocado and cream cheese, sauteed Caribbean conch and flash fried goat cheese fritters. After that, a wide variety of tantalizing entrees are sure to satisfy, with options including soy and sweet chili marinated salmon and oven roasted rack of New Zealand lamb. Frank’s Outback also offers amazing wood-fired pizzas, ranging from classics like margherita to more exotic options like a Mediterranean lamb pizza with arugula, parmesan, and goat cheese. An extensive wine list with well over 100 varieties from all over the world and a full-service bar ensure that you’ll have the perfect drink to pair with your meal. 

Penne Pasta with Sauce

These are only a few of numerous great dining spots for your Valentine’s dinner in Pawleys Island, so be sure to make plans today for a romantic weekend vacation today! The Litchfield Company offers fantastic accommodations at some of the most popular Pawleys Island resorts, including Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort, True Blue Resort and Pawleys Plantation. Visit our specials page today and plan your Valentine’s Day vacation to Pawleys Island in just a few minutes!

Litchfield Beach Travel Info

Litchfield Oyster Catcher Overview

Litchfield Beach Travel Info

With 2020 in the past, we’re excited to begin planning vacations to Litchfield Beach in 2021. We want to update you on what to expect as we continue to take extra precautions to ensure you have the safest getaway possible. From travel info and safety tips to open attractions, here is some important area information to review as you begin booking your upcoming vacation to Litchfield Beach:

Litchfield Beach Travel Info:

  • The travel ban has been lifted in 2020 – There are no restrictions in Litchfield limiting visitors travel in and out of the area
  • All beach accesses are open and will remain open – Guests are encouraged to be safe and socially distance
  • Masks are required only in public indoor areas – To keep patrons safe, face coverings are required when indoors in public areas
  • Area restaurants are open – Dining is available and all restaurants are following CDC protocols/recommendations and practicing social distancing
  • Area attractions are open – Visitors are encouraged to practice social distancing and wear a face covering when necessary when visiting area attractions
  • At Litchfield, the Bridgewater, Summerhouse, and Indoor Pool Complex are open. Community pools remain closed. – Guests are encouraged to practice social distancing when enjoying pools around the property.
  • Coastal Dish is open for breakfast – It is still a buffet, but for safety reasons, items are plated for guests by an employee.
  • The Deck will be open Spring, Summer, and Fall seasons – Guests are encouraged to practice social distancing when dining.
Litchfield at Sunrise

Tips for Traveling Safely in 2021

Unfortunately, the coronavirus isn’t going to go away overnight, but there are still ways to plan a getaway to Litchfield Beach safely. Here are some tips on how to remain safe and healthy while traveling:

  • Less pit stops the better – If planning on traveling on the road, pack food and drinks to make fewer stops.
  • Hand sanitizer – Make sure to bring along a hand sanitizer to keep on you throughout your trip. The best kind to use is at least 60% alcohol.
  • Face coverings/social distancing – Bring along face coverings to wear in public indoor areas and practice social distancing. It’s suggested to keep at least 6 feet of space between another person.
  • Disinfect – While housekeeping thoroughly cleans every room before a guest check-in, the CDC recommends disinfecting and cleaning all highly touched surfaces such as remotes, door handles, light switches, etc. upon arrival
  • Ventilation – Keep ceiling fans turned on to ensure a constant circulation of air.
  • Feel sick, stay home – The best advice we can give any guest is to not travel if he/she is experiencing any symptoms of coronavirus.
Washing Hands

Area Attractions that are Open

Outdoor activities are encouraged during coronavirus because of open-air and ease of social distancing. While the beach will remain open, there are a few other attractions to add to your itinerary that are open for business:

  • Brookgreen Gardens – Visitors are invited to meander through picturesque sculpture gardens of the beautiful Brookgreen Gardens.
  • Hammock Shops – Down the road from Litchfield Beach is the Hammock Shops Village, a collection of 22 stores and 2 restaurants. This outdoor shopping plaza offers the opportunity to sip and sample wine at the Coastal Wine Boutique, discover your next holiday ornament at The Christmas Mouse, or purchase a classic hammock that’s perfect for relaxing at the Original Hammock Shop. No matter where you shop, you’re sure to find a few one of a kind souvenirs.
  • Huntington Beach State Park – Did you know Myrtle Beach has a castle? If you’ve never checked out Huntington Beach State Park, you’ll want to add it to your list of must-see attractions. Home to Atalaya Castle, the once winter home of Archer Huntington and his wife Anne, this state park offers bird watching, nature trails to explore, and much more.
Brookgreen Gardens Fighting Stallions

If you have any additional questions, we are here to help. We’re excited to help you plan your next safe getaway to Litchfield Beach and we offer a variety of accommodations to fit any size group and budget. Look forward to seeing you in 2021!

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!

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.

Explore the Lowcountry on your Pawleys Island Fall Vacation

Explore the Lowcountry on your Pawleys Island Fall Vacation

Everyone knows Pawleys Island is a fantastic spring and summer vacation destination, but the fall brings mild temperatures that are perfect for exploring this beautiful Lowcountry paradise! From strolls along the most beautiful beaches in South Carolina to amazing nature trails, there are lots of fantastic opportunities to enjoy Pawleys Island during an autumn getaway. Here are some great ideas to check out on your fall vacation to Pawleys Island

Bird Watching at Huntington Beach State Park

Just north of Pawleys Island, Murrells Inlet is home to Huntington Beach State Park, a pristine reserve that becomes one of the east coast’s premier bird watching destinations each fall. The months between August and May are the peak times for bird watching at Huntington Beach State Park, and birds commonly seen include egrets, razorbills, ibis and ospreys. During fall and leading into winter, guests can visit Mullet Pond and watch a variety of ducks including mallards and harlequin ducks, possibly even spotting a rare Fulvous-Whistling duck. Bald eagles have also been known to nest in the tall trees near the causeway adjacent to Mullet Pond One of the best spots in the park to view birds is near the jetty, a 1.3 mile walk from the front of the park back to the shoreline. Best visited within a couple hours of high tide, watchers can expect to see brown pelicans, great cormorants and purple sandpipers. The great bird watching opportunities along with the gorgeous landscape of Huntington Beach State Park make a visit the perfect way to spend an afternoon during your vacation.

Brookgreen Gardens

With a storied history and some of the most beautifully-manicured grounds of any botanical garden in the southeast, Brookgreen Gardens is a marvelous place to visit and let your worries melt away. Within the majestic confines of Brookgreen Gardens, visitors will stroll amongst centuries-old live oaks, pristine floral displays and one of the premier sculpture collections in the country. The grounds of Brookgreen Gardens span over 9,000 acres and during fall unique plant species like spider lilies and swamp sunflowers are in full bloom. In addition to exploring the botanical and sculpture displays, guests can also visit Brookgreen’s Lowcountry Zoo to witness native animal species such as whitetail deer, red foxes, river otters, alligators and several other lowcountry species. For a truly unforgettable experience, make sure to visit the Whispering Wings Butterfly Experience, a charming indoor garden area teeming with fluttering species like Painted Lady, Giant Swallowtail and Zebra Longwing, often utilizing smiling patrons as a makeshift perch. 

Walkway through large trees

Georgetown Harborwalk

Less than a 20-minute drive from Pawleys Island lies the historic town of Georgetown, founded in 1729 and the third-oldest town in South Carolina. At the heart of this charming municipality is the Harborwalk, a four-block long stretch of shops, restaurants, and museums. There are also plenty of spots to view the beautiful waterfront views and ships both docked and passing up and down the waterway. During an afternoon or early evening stroll, walkers can pop in and grab a great lunch or dinner at area restaurants like Alfresco Bistro, Big Tuna Raw Bar and Graham’s Landing on Front. If you just need to grab a cup of coffee, be sure to check out the Purr & Pour Cafe, a one-of-a-kind spot serving coffee, tea, beer, wine, light fare, and desserts. There are also a variety of unique shops and boutiques like Augustus & Carolina Fine Home Furnishings, The Harbor Shop and Indigo Mercantile. Visitors are also able to learn all about the history of Georgetown and the nautical history of South Carolina at museums including the South Carolina Maritime Museum, the Georgetown County Museum and the Rice Museum. 

Harborwalk in Georgetown South Carolina

With all these great spots to explore and learn about the Lowcountry, fall is a great time to make plans for a Pawleys Island vacation! The Litchfield Company offers travelers an amazing assortment of accommodations at premier Pawleys Island resorts like True Blue Resort, Pawleys Plantation and Litchfield Beach and Golf. Visit our accommodations page to learn all about the amazing properties you can book for your next Pawleys Island vacation!

Best Beach Gadgets for Your Pawleys Island Vacation

Cell Phone Case

Best Beach Gadgets For Your Pawleys Island Vacation

We’re sure that you’re excited for your upcoming Pawleys Island vacation, and while you might have the basics for a day at the beach, there are plenty of great beach gadgets out there to take your beach-going experience to a whole new level! From games to tech stuff and everything in between, here are some top picks to make your day at the beaches of Pawleys Island even better than you expected.

Cell Phone Case

Lopie Sand-Proof Blanket

Sand is great…unless it is covering your beach towel and sticking to you as you work on your tan. Luckily, the Lopie sand-proof blanket provides enough space for you and your family to stretch out on a one-of-a-kind mesh material that easily rids itself of sand and water. That’s right! If one of your little ones happens to spill their juice the liquid easily slips through leaving the blanket dry. The Lopie sand-proof blanket is available in two sizes (79” x 79” or 79” x 59”) and also features loops at each corner for easy anchoring.

4Patriots Power Cell Solar-Powered Power Bank

There is never a shortage of sunlight on the beaches of Pawleys Island. However, sometimes there can be a shortage of battery power for your smartphone or portable speaker. With the 4Patriots Power Cell solar-powered power bank, you’ll never run low on a charge for your electronic devices! This mighty power pack weighs less than 7 ounces, has a healthy 8.000 mAh capacity and offers 2 USB ports to provide a charge to multiple devices. At only $29.95, the 4Patriots Power Cell is also TSA-compliant, so don’t worry about packing it in your luggage if you’re flying in for your vacation.

Nuwa IPX7 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

Every great day at the beach needs a soundtrack, and with the Nuwa IPX7 Bluetooth speaker, your day will be filled with great tunes and peace of mind. The peace of mind comes from the IPX7’s rugged construction that is waterproof, dust-proof, shock-proof and floats to prevent any possible tragedies if the speaker finds itself in the surf. The speaker features crystal-clear sound and a great wireless range of up to 40 meters.

GoSports Portable Cornhole Boards

More often than not, a day at the beach includes some friendly competition, and with the GoSports portable cornhole boards, you and your family or friends can enjoy hours of fun and compete for bragging rights. These high-quality boards include 8 beanbags and are both tough and lightweight, with PVC frames and a total weight of less than 10 pounds. Setup takes less than a minute, so fun competition is literally ready to go at a minute’s notice! The set also includes a carrying case for easy transport to and from the beach.

Hammacher Schlemmer Multi-Person Sun Shelter

After an hour or so on the sunny Pawleys Island shore, you’re sure to enjoy a break from the heat, and the Hammacher Schlemmer multi-person Sun Shelter is one of the best options out there. This lightweight yet durable shelter can accommodate up to six people and is composed of high-quality polyurethane coated polyester that offers UPF 50+ protection. The Sun Shelter also features mesh windows that will allow refreshing breezes to flow through and cool you and your guests. The Sun Shelter is easy to set up in just a few minutes and includes carrying case and stakes.

With these handy beach gadgets, your Pawleys Island vacation experience is sure to be unforgettable! And when you book your accommodations with the Litchfield Company, your getaway is guaranteed to be even better than you could imagine! Our sterling Pawleys Island condos at resorts like True Blue Resort, Pawleys Plantation Resort and Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort are the finest available. Check out our specials page to plan your next Pawleys Island vacation at the best rates around!

Sunset balcony view of ocean from Bridgewater

Fun Beach Games For Your Next Pawleys Island Vacation

Family on Beach

Fun Beach Games For Your Next Pawleys Island Vacation

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. 

Family on Beach

Musical Towels

We’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. Simply lay out your beach towels, have someone spin your favorite beach jams on their smartphone or speaker and when the music stops, the last person not on a towel is eliminated. Since everyone is on sand, the game will get a unique spin, with players trying to find their footing and making acrobatic dives to try to stay in the match.

Scavenger Hunts

A scavenger hunt along the beach is a fantastic way to occupy the attention spans of kids, challenging them to locate and document various things they might spot along the coast. The list can be as long or short as you wish, and things on it can range from pelicans to Frisbees to someone wearing a yellow swimsuit doing the Macarena. OK, you may not want to get that specific, or if you’re really trying to pose a challenge, have at it! You can also make it a collector’s scavenger hunt by having contestants gather various color seashells, pebbles, driftwood or other beach findings.

Sand Pictionary

We all know kids love to doodle, and what could be more fun than drawing on the beach with the sand as your canvas? For a fun beach-themed version of the classic game Pictionary, simply jot down a bunch of different drawing ideas on scraps of paper and toss them in a hat. Ideas can be anything you like, but since you’re on the beach you can’t go wrong with sea-centric figures like dolphins, surfers and sailboats. The first drawer chosen grabs a topic and will have a minute to create a picture while the others in the game will try to correctly guess what it is. If the picture is guessed, the drawer can grab another topic and keep going until time is up. The drawer gets one point for each picture that the group guesses correctly, and play rotates after each person’s turn. In between rounds of splashing in the surf, this is sure to be a great way to pass the time while on the beach!

We’re sure that these activities are sure to be a hit during your beach days on your upcoming vacation to Pawleys Island. And if for some reason you haven’t made plans for a Pawleys Island vacation, what are you waiting for? Summer is here and The Litchfield Company is here to help you book fantastic vacation accommodations at leading Pawleys Island resorts like Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort, Pawleys Plantation and True Blue Resort. Head over to our accommodations page and book your next vacation to Pawleys Island in just a few clicks!

Oceanfront King Bedroom at Litchfield

The Litchfield Company Adds Beach Houses to Vacation Rental Inventory with Merger

The Litchfield Company Adds Beach Houses to Vacation Rental Inventory with Merger

At the threshold of a brand new decade, The Litchfield Company Real Estate and The Lachicotte Company/Christie’s International/NAI Commercial Real Estate announced a merger sure to propel these two powerhouse companies into the stratosphere of coastal real estate sales and rentals.

The integration of two of the longest-standing and most reputable real estate/rental companies on the Waccamaw Neck has already spurred an atmosphere of excitement for an industry that has spawned phenomenal success to both companies, but what will it mean going forward?

The linking of these two powerhouse companies will now comprise approximately 160 agents with sales of more than $300M in 2019 and the largest vacation rental company in the area with over 700 vacation and annual rental properties.

“The merger with The Lachicotte Company is a natural fit, given our similarities in culture and the progressive delivery of full-service real estate sales and rentals,” said Vice President and Broker-in-Charge of The Litchfield Company, William B. Davis, Jr. He adds, “The combined strength of The Litchfield Company and The Lachicotte Company will bolster our ability to deliver ever-higher quality real estate and vacation rental services to our clients and customers.”

The rental arm of The Litchfield Company, Litchfield Beach Vacation Rentals, will now incorporate the Lachicotte portfolio of beach vacation home rentals in Pawleys Island, the Litchfield beaches, and Debordieu Colony. “This merger is great news for guests and rental property owners from both companies. The combined reach of our company databases and marketing platforms will exponentially increase options for our guests as well as exposure and potential revenue for our owners,”  Bill Baldree, Managing Partner of The Litchfield Company Vacation Rentals, explains.

The Litchfield Company recognizes the importance and value of the Lachicotte legacy in the area and plans to continue the name, as well as the two existing affiliations of CHRISTIE’S International Real Estate and NAI-Commercial. Lachicotte Broker-in-Charge, Kathy Besse notes, “The values that The Litchfield Company operates under align so well with our professionals at Lachicotte. We have unique chemistry in our office with amazing agents and staff, as does The Litchfield Company—we are excited to be combining these two powerful teams.”

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!