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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!

Enjoy Nature and Craft Beer at Brew at the Zoo in Brookgreen Gardens

Woman pouring cider into a sample glass

Enjoy Nature and Craft Beer at Brew at the Zoo in Brookgreen Gardens

While summer may be winding down, there are still plenty of great reasons to plan a vacation to Pawleys Island. One such event is sure to be the Brew at the Zoo celebration at Brookgreen Gardens. There’s never a bad time to visit the gorgeous surroundings of Brookgreen Gardens, but with this event, you can enjoy this special sanctuary and get your fill of great live music, delicious food and, of course, a fantastic assortment of local and national craft beers!

Woman pouring cider into a sample glass

The Brew at the Zoo event has been a favorite fall gathering for the past decade and this year will continue that tradition, attracting hundreds to the lowcountry zoo portion of Brookgreen Gardens. This area of the park houses natural wildlife displays of species native to the coastal Carolina region. As you enjoy the event you can stroll the area and check out whitetail deer, red foxes, bald eagles, alligators, river otters and herons. During your time at Brookgreen you will have your pick from over 35 different craft beers, ranging from light and fruity to dark and robust. Guests can also enjoy a large selection of wines and food trucks at the event. In the past, Lowes Foods, Gordon Biersch and New South Brewery, and EZ Cheezy Food Truck all served up delicious snacks and dinner options. As well, visitors can will get to experience The Paul Grimshaw Band as they fill the warm evening air with classic rock sounds. Tickets for this festival are sure to sell out fast. Each year, tickets cost $40 each for Brookgreen Garden members and $45 for the general public. Brookgreen Gardens realizes the importance of designated drivers and offers them discounted tickets for only $25.

With great live entertainment and amazing food and drink selection, this years Brew at the Zoo is sure to be the best one yet. Be sure to not miss out and plan a weekend trip to Pawleys Island today! The Litchfield Company offers the best selection of Pawleys Island condos and beach houses for your upcoming lowcountry getaway. And with amazing deals year- round, you can book an unforgettable vacation to Pawleys Island at an unbeatable price!

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!
 

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.