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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!

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 5 Places for Sushi Near Litchfield Beach

Sushi Roll Up Close

Top 5 Places for Sushi Near Litchfield Beach

The seafood scene on the South Strand is one of the best on the East Coast. From the waterfront restaurants along the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk to the ‘arrogantly shabby’ seafood shacks of Pawleys Island, guests at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort are surrounded by can’t-miss, fresh-catch options. But for those who prefer their seafood on the rare side, as in tasty sushi and sashimi, you need to know where to go. Here the top five places to find great sushi near Litchfield Beach:

Sushi Roll Up Close

#1: Cera Sushi

Located at the Hammocks Shops Village in Pawleys Island, this new-age Asian eatery specializes in sushi. Based on the creations of Chef Saito, Cera Sushi features a full menu of rolls and plates that incorporate fresh local ingredients, including the Spicy Blue (lump crab meat, cucumber and spicy mayo) and the Usuzukuri (fresh, locally caught fish in citrus ponzu). The house pressed-sushi special Pawleys Prime Specialty features a unique combination of tuna, salmon, yellowtail and spicy tuna. Enjoy the modern decor indoors or sit on the outdoor deck and catch live music at the Porch at Prime.

#2: Indo Thai

This Pawleys Island Pan-Asian bistro boasts one of the most unique sushi menus on the Strand. Owned and operated by Indonesian-born chef Laura Smith, this Indo Thai specializes in sushi and dishes from the far reaches of the Far East, including Thailand, Korea, Vietnam and, of course, Indonesia. Indo Thai literally serves sushi by the boatload, as patrons can choose from a variety of rolls to be served in a large, wooden model boat. The Dancing Shrimp Roll features tuna, avocado and crab with shrimp on top, while the Sea Witch Roll includes soft shell crab, spicy tuna, asparagus and cucumber. Non-sushi fans can order entrees like the house special Thai curries or Pad Thai.

#3: Shiki

This new Japanese sushi bar offers great food and a great atmosphere, with a large aquarium filling the fireplace and cozy furnishings serving as ‘tables’ for large parties. For a summertime treat, try the Pink Lady Roll with shrimp and tuna topped with cream cheese and a strawberry sauce, or any of the other artistic rolls on the menu. Shiki also offers traditional Japanese dishes and a wide selection of beer and sake.

#4: Wahoo's Fish House

Located on the north end of the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk, this upscale seafood restaurant serves the best sushi on the waterfront. Innovative creations include the Wahoo Chicken Roll with blackened chicken, cucumber, teriyaki and wasabi ranch sauce, while the Surf and Turf Roll includes Seared beef tenderloin, lobster, asparagus, scallions, and black and red caviar on top. Throw in a raw bar with tasty local oysters, shrimp and more, a full menu of seafood favorites, an extensive wine list and an outdoor waterfront deck with live music, and you’ve got one of the most popular spots on the MarshWalk.

#5: Wicked Tuna

Located on the opposite end of the MarshWalk at the Crazy Sister Marina, this restaurant’s stilted structure overlooks Murrells Inlet and the many boats moored in the harbor. Many of those same boats deliver seafood directly to the docks, and Wicked Tuna incorporates local ingredients into many of its rolls, such as the house special Wicked Tuna Roll with tempura shrimp and spicy tuna. The Lobster Roll is another favorite among lobster lovers, and the expansive menu offers more traditional seafood dishes. Wicked Tuna has one of the best combinations of food and views on the Strand.

Stay at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort!

After a nice night out for fresh sushi, come back to Litchfield Beach and let the sea of flavors settle in your stomach. Or, for those who prefer wood-fired food to raw, check out the on-site Webster’s Lowcountry Grill for some land food and drinks. Whether you prefer surf or turf, you are sure to find excellent option for both when you stay at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort.