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Discover the Bike Trails at Litchfield Beach

Man and woman riding bikes on bridge over marsh

Discover the Bike Trails at Litchfield Beach

Imagine waking up to a bright, sunny morning and walking outside to breathe in the clear, crisp air. Fortunately, on a day that’s too nice to stay indoors, the bike trails in Pawleys Island and Murrells Inlet offer up a picturesque excursion for your Hammock Coast vacation. The Waccamaw Neck Bikeway is the perfect activity to take advantage of all year long.

Man and woman riding bikes on bridge over marsh

Paralleling the coast and Highway 17, the bikeway is a part of the developing East Coast Greenway, a 3,000-mile stretch of trails that runs from Calais, Maine to Key West, Florida. Be on the lookout for this twelve-mile stretch of flat, paved trails, which provide you with a pathway from Litchfield to south of Murrells Inlet. The bikeway takes riders into Huntington Beach State Park, where you’re sure to see the beauty of nature. For the small price of admission, access to the park will give you the chance to view the salt marsh and freshwater lagoon and potentially observe more than 300 species of birds.

There are plenty of places to park, while you venture into the Waccamaw Neck Bikeway. Some of the best public parking spots include the following locations: Morse Park Landing in Murrells Inlet, Huntington Beach State Park (admission fee to the park is $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 6 to 15), the north parking lot at the Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort, the Piggly Wiggly and Bi-Lo grocery stores in the Litchfield community, and the Food Lion at the South Causeway.

When you need a break from the complexities that clutter your daily routine, give the Waccamaw Neck Bikeway a chance. Explore these natural scenes and see the wonders that surround us each and every day. Whether you’re walking, jogging, or biking, the bike trails near Litchfield Beach are sure to impress!

Top Beach Games for Tweens and Teens

Teens playing beach volleyball

Top Beach Games for Tweens and Teens

While some of us may be satisfied with nothing more than a towel and a stretch of beach for lying in the sand, there may be members of your family who are looking for a little bit more entertainment while they hang at the beach. And if you’re traveling to the beach with teens and tweens, it’s best to keep them occupied, rather than have to listen to complaints about boredom … this is a vacation, after all!

So here are a few of our favorite beach games for tweens and teens. They’re not guaranteed to keep them from being bored, these are teenagers we’re talking about, but we’re fairly confident that between the waves and the games, you’ll all be in for a good time:

Teens playing beach volleyball

Bocce Ball

Bocce ball is one of our favorite Italian-inspired pastimes! You can pick up a set that can be played both at home on the lawn and on the beach. You split up into teams if you have a larger group, or if there are only a few each person plays solo. A small jack/ball is thrown first, and then each subsequent player tries to throw his or her ball as close to the jack as possible. Sand provides an element of unpredictability that’s fun, and so does the idea of using your ball to knock another player’s ball out for the way for a win!

Burying Contests

If you have a few teenagers, a burying contest can be fun. They can split up into teams and bury a person, or find two sticks of the same height, stand them up in the sand, and have a contest burying the two.

Beach Olympics

You set the course! Some of the best competitions for the beach are disc toss and long jump, but don’t be afraid to add in your own favorites, like limbo!

Beach Dodgeball

If you have enough space on the beach to spread out, Dodgeball is a super fun game that’s well suited to a day at the beach. Divide your group into two and place them across the “court” from each other (you may have to mark out your court in the sand). Of course, if the beach is crowded, this may not be the best choice.

Sand Sculpting

You can either break into two teams and have them compete against one another, having an impartial mom or dad be judge, or all collaborate on one mega-sculpture. The choice is yours!

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.

Top 5 Ways to Stay Cool This Summer at Litchfield Beach

Morning sunrise over the ocean waves

Top 5 Ways to Stay Cool This Summer at Litchfield Beach

As the summer temperatures rise on the Grand Strand, so does the demand for cool entertainment options. Locals and visitors alike seek relief under the shade of a sprawling live oak tree or in the cool waters of the Atlantic Ocean, and guests at Litchfield Beach & Golf Club can hit the indoor and outdoor pools on our oceanfront deck to take a quick dip. But there are lots of other alternatives that aren’t quite so obvious. Here’s a look at five of our favorite hot spots for staying cool:

Morning sunrise over the ocean waves

#1: Murrells Inlet Marshwalk

The weather is always a little bit cooler right along the coast, and this waterfront walkway leads to some of the coolest places on the South Strand. With more than a dozen seafood shacks and watering holes easily accessible from the wooden boardwalk, visitors can dine inside or find a shady spot in the sea breeze outdoors to enjoy a cold drink, listen to live music, and simply kick back in a lounge chair or hammock and watch the fishing boats return from a day at sea while the sun sets to the west.

#2: Parasailing

Looking for a little adventure during your vacation? A parasailing voyage not only provides some exciting thrills, but also some satisfying chills to lower your body temperature on a hot summer day. Sailing out of the nearby Crazy Sisters Marina, several outfitters offer parasailing trips that lift you high in the sky to soar like a seagull high above the ocean waves. Your driver can even drop you down for a dip in the cool water or launch you higher into the sky. Other watersports offered by local outfitters include Banana Boat rides, jet-ski rentals, kayak and paddleboarding tours and more.

#3: Wild, Water, & Wheels

This Garden City Beach waterpark offers lots of thrills and chills for folks looking to beat the heat and boredom. Featuring more than a dozen water slides, speed chutes and flumes that range from easy to off the chain, Wild Water & Wheels is a great place for families with diverse tastes. Let the youngsters experience the thrills of tackling some of the more challenging slides and rides while the little ones splash and play on the aquatic playgrounds. Meanwhile, adults can relax in the wave pool, lazy river or hot tubs and watch the kids have a blast. Go-kart racing, putt-putt golf, bumper boats and an arcade are also on the property, and the ‘Live After Five’ Friday afternoon parties are legendary, with half-priced admission after 5 p.m. and live music playing poolside.

#4: Frank's Theatre & Bowling

This Inlet Square Mall complex has something for the whole family, and we’re not just talking about the air conditioning. Part movie theater, part restaurant, part bowling alley and part arcade, Frank’s gives visitors lots of entertainment options under one roof. Catch a movie while enjoying a surf-and-turf feast and a cold beer; rent some shoes and knock down some pins at the modern bowling alley; or enjoy some friendly competition on the billiards tables or the latest high-tech video games. Win or lose, at least you will stay cool.

#5: Brookgreen Gardens

This nearby botanical sculpture garden has plenty of shady spots where you can take a break from the summer heat, but the highlight of the season is Brookgreen Gardens’ ‘Cool Summer Evenings’ program. Held each week, Cool Summer Evenings see the gardens’ gate stay open later. Live music is played on the main stage under the stars, refreshments and dinner are offered at the Pavilion Restaurant, and boat rides tour the surrounding inlets through the old rice fields of this former working plantation.

Litchfield Beach guests have lot of options for beating the heat this summer. Whether it’s the thrills and chills of watersports or a waterpark or a relaxing rest in the sea breeze on the waterfront, you’re sure to have a cool summer vacation at Litchfield Beach.

 

A Leisurely 18 at Litchfield Country Club

Fairway and Green at Litchfield Country Club

A Leisurely 18 at Litchfield Country Club

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.

Fairway and Green at Litchfield Country Club

The course prides itself on catering to the “well-rounded” player who perhaps doesn’t boast John Daly-esque long drives. However, the original Willard Byrd design is not going to let you completely off the hook with its bends and doglegs that force players to strategize and work through second shots and tees. It measures less than 6,700 yards from the back tees, which the country club contends makes the course popular with women and seniors — but we’ll go a step further and say that’s good for anyone still working on that power drive.

While we’re not talking about Pebble Beach-levels of mind-boggling challenges here, there are rumblings about unassuming-looking Hole 17 and the hoops you may have to jump through to get out of this one with the your score intact. Take stock of the water on both sides, and the perilously placed sand that can throw a curve in your game. Just when you think you’re walking out of there with a personal best, this one might put you through the ringer.

This is a great spot for out-of-towners who want a side of history with their back nine. The exquisitely maintained course was built on the site of an old rice plantation and is surrounded by mature live oaks and palmettos, dotted with ponds and bridges, and featuring some gentle sloping for both added challenge as well as eye candy. Opened in 1966, it’s the oldest course in the Pawleys Island area. It was once named one of the World’s 50 Best courses by Condé Nast Traveler.

The fall and winter are fabulous times to golf Litchfield for not only the cooler temps, but the much hotter prices. Expect to pay up to 75 percent less than you would in the peak travel months, making coming back again and again oh-so feasible. Weekends understandably see a slightly higher rate, but still one half of what we find in the summer.

Traveling with some non-golfers? Litchfield Country Club also offers excellent tennis facilities. Clay courts, some of which are lighted, are a fabulous spot to play some round robins or take a quick lesson, offered year round by certified and talented staffers.

Even better, Litchfield Country Club is a mere mile-and-a-half from Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort and can be reached by car in five minutes. After exiting Country Club Drive, head south on Route 17 for less than a mile. Litchfield Country Club will be on your right.

Ever played Litchfield Country Club? What did you think?

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.