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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!

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!

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!
 

Enjoy Easter Weekend in Pawleys Island

Little boy and girl holding Easter eggs

Enjoy Easter Weekend in Pawleys Island

We’re only a couple of weeks from Easter and with each passing day the weather gets a little bit warmer and sunnier. And with many getting a long weekend off of work or school to celebrate Easter, it’s a perfect time to plan a weekend trip to Pawleys Island! The Litchfield Company offers you tremendous Pawleys Island vacation rentals at our three partner resorts: Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort, Pawleys Plantation Resort and True Blue Resort. Make plans for an Easter trip to Pawleys Island today and enjoy beautiful accommodations and lots of Easter family fun!

Little boy and girl holding Easter eggs

Families can attend multiple Easter egg hunts and celebrations around the Pawleys Island area. Just up the road from our partner resorts, the Hammock Shops Village will host an Easter egg hunt. In addition to the search for those coveted eggs, kids are sure to enjoy face painting, balloon shaping and even meeting the Easter bunny!

Or if you’re headed towards Georgetown, guests can enjoy the Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Parade at the Kaminski House Museum. The parade will stroll down the boardwalk area and the egg hunt will commence within Rainey Park and along the lawn of Kaminski House.

And just in case you have morning plans and can’t make either of these fun Easter events, the town of Surfside Beach will host an Easter egg hunt and kids fair. Surfside Beach also will host a sensory-friendly Easter egg hunt.

The following day, guests are invited to enjoy an Easter Sunday buffet at Coastal Dish Lowcountry Dining, located along the courtyard near the front desk and Starbucks at Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort. We recommend calling ahead of time to reserve your table in advance as the tempting menu is likely to draw a large crowd. Diners will be treated to an all-you-can-eat buffet featuring many classic and local favorites. The service should provide friends and family with a great opportunity to bond and share a special moment during their Pawleys Island vacation.

Easter may be right around the corner, but there’s still time to plan a weekend trip to Pawleys Island with the properties of the Litchfield Company!

Whether it’s a huge Pawleys Island beach house within Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort or a cozy suite along the golf course at Pawleys Plantation Resort, we’ve got your perfect accommodations at the best prices around. Book your Pawleys Island vacation rental today and enjoy your Easter along the beautiful South Carolina coast!

Learn About Lowcountry Nature at the Hobcaw Barony Discovery Center

Lowcountry home at Hobcaw Barony in Georgetown

Learn About Lowcountry Nature at the Hobcaw Barony Discovery Center

The South Carolina coastal region around Pawleys Island features a beautiful and diverse ecosystem that is truly unique. Even without venturing into less developed or populated areas, you’re likely to see majestic cranes expertly spearing fish in area ponds or even alligators patrolling marshes and inlets.

But by exploring further out, you will be rewarded by witnessing the unspoiled beauty of this intricate ecosystem. On your next vacation to Pawleys Island, slow things down and learn about the nature behind this special area with a trip to Georgetown to the Hobcaw Barony Discovery Center.

Centered around a large plantation, Hobcaw Barony was one of 10 coastal baronies (estates ran by barons of the British empire) established by King George I in 1718. The name Hobcaw was bestowed on the area by local Waccamaw tribes, meaning “between the waters” as the 16,000 acres of the estate is nestled between the Winyah Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.

The rich soil and abundance of wetlands made the area ideal for rice and indigo cultivation, and by the mid-19th century the estate was one of the most productive plantations in the region. Following the Civil War rice production continued and many emancipated slaves remained on the plantations in the area. Large-scale production was replaced by subsistence farming, with some of the slave villages of Hobcaw remaining populated by estate workers until World War II.

Lowcountry home at Hobcaw Barony in Georgetown

In 1905, Bernard Mannes Baruch, a thriving Wall Street stockbroker, purchased the estate and during his ownership the grounds were frequented by high-powered friends like Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill. Bernard’s eldest daughter, Belle, was an avid outdoor enthusiast who enjoyed hunting, horseback riding and hiking throughout the estate grounds. She loved the area so much that beginning in 1936 she began purchasing the land from her father, becoming the sole owner in 1956.

Following Belle’s death in 1964, her will instructed for the grounds to be left as an outdoor laboratory for the coastal plains to be researched and studied in an undisturbed environment.

Today, the estate grounds serve as vital research grounds for the higher learning institutions of South Carolina. The lush landscape of the Waccamaw peninsula that Hobcaw Barony sits on offers the perfect situation for learning and researching lowcountry wildlife and ecosystems. Both Clemson University and the University of South Carolina have permanent research centers established that aim to better understand the management of coastal and wetland resources.

If you’re a lover of nature, you are sure to be delighted by a tour of the grounds of Hobcaw Barony. The estate is open Monday to Saturday for tours beginning at 10 AM. Advance reservations are highly recommended for the tours. Guests will enjoy transport by bus throughout the sprawling property, with stops at the grounds of Northfield Plantation, the North Inlet salt marsh, Friendfield Village and the main floor of the Hobcaw house.

Tours are recommended for those 8 years of age and up and the cost is $20 per person. In addition to the standard tour, Hobcaw Barony hosts Behind the Scenes tours that go more in-depth to additional areas of the estate, hikes to the area beaches, excursions exploring the cemeteries of the estate and much more!

Hobcaw Barony provides a truly unique look at South Carolina’s colonial past and the present of an unspoiled lowcountry ecosystem. On your next Pawleys Island vacation, a short drive to Georgetown is all it takes to explore this natural paradise. Be sure to check out our amazing deals on Pawleys Island vacation rentals at resorts like True Blue Resort, Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort or Pawleys Plantation Resort and make plans for your beach vacation today!

Enjoy a Day Trip to Historic Georgetown

Harborwalk in Georgetown South Carolina

Enjoy a Day Trip to Historic Georgetown

Be forewarned: during your Pawleys Island vacation, you may experience levels of relaxation that could have you wanting to never leave this special lowcountry paradise! That’s a pretty good problem to have, but we’d recommend taking a short drive south to discover historic Georgetown, SC. This charming town is the third-oldest community in South Carolina and offers a great way to spend a day on your trip to Pawleys Island.

With history dating back to the 17th century, Georgetown was officially incorporated in 1729 and flourished as a hub for indigo and rice cultivation. By the mid 1800s, the Georgetown area accounted for half of the rice grown in the US. Today, the town’s economy is largely based on heritage tourism, as the town’s charm and history have attracted visitors to spend time relaxing and exploring this picturesque waterfront community.

Harborwalk in Georgetown South Carolina

History lovers are sure to be delighted by Georgetown, as there are over fifty sites around the town listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including plantations, public buildings and churches. As you traverse the historic district, you will notice an abundance of plaques detailing historic sites and buildings, telling a story about the town that stretches back over three centuries. Sprawling live oaks line the streets of many of the town’s oldest neighborhoods, providing a lush canopy and cool shade from the sun during those hot South Carolina afternoons. Georgetown also offers several fantastic museums to enjoy, including the South Carolina Maritime Museum, the Gullah Museum and the Georgetown County History Museum. There are also lots of great tour options to view and learn about the area, including boat tours, walking history tours and even ghost tours!

Georgetown also offers fantastic local shopping and dining opportunities during your day trip. The waterfront area along Front Street is host to an assortment of shops and boutiques. Those in search of antiques or local arts and crafts will have their pick of amazing treasures available at places like Emma Marie’s Antiques Shoppe, Outlaws Art Gallery or the Georgetown Art Gallery. Fashionistas can peruse men’s and women’s lowcountry style in shops like The Sly Fox, Muddy Bay Outfitters and Black Mingo. Georgetown is renowned for an abundance of fine furniture and home decor stores, and a visit to shops like Bienvenue Home Decor, the Whimsy Roost or Augustus & Carolina are sure to entice shoppers.

All that shopping and exploring will surely work up an appetite, and Georgetown offers no shortage of places to get your fill! Fresh local seafood is the specialty here, with The River Room Restaurant, Harborside Seafood and Italian and Old Fish House Restaurant providing delectable dishes and fantastic waterfront views. There are plenty of other places to enjoy if seafood isn’t your thing, with spots like Moe’s Original Bar B Que, Seven Hundred Modern Grill and Bar or Buzz’s Roost serving up BBQ, burgers, pizzas and lowcountry specialties that will tantalize your taste buds. Be sure to save room for dessert and try Harvest Moon Ice Cream or Sweetie’s Chocolates to satisfy your sweet tooth!

With so much to do, it’s obvious why a day trip to Georgetown is a must during your trip to Pawleys Island! Be sure to browse our amazing catalog of Pawleys Island vacation rentals at Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort, True Blue Resort and Pawleys Plantation Resort to book your lowcountry getaway today. Don’t miss out on our unbeatable booking specials to enjoy your Pawleys Island vacation at the best price around!

Outdoor Excursions in Pawleys Island

Family kayaking on the marsh

Outdoor Excursions in Pawleys Island

If you’re tired of shopping and spending time indoors, don’t worry! When you vacation in the Pawleys Island and Litchfield Beach areas, you’re sure to be within reach of a phenomenal outdoor excursion. With a variety of inlets, rivers, lakes, and of course the Atlantic Ocean nearby, the outdoor adventurer will love all of the options available during your next beach escape!

Visit Surf the Earth in Pawleys Island, South Carolina for all of your Lowcountry outdoor needs! Not only does this local shop offer up retail items like t-shirts and hats, but Surf the Earth also features a variety of equipment rentals, as well as thrilling tours of the area. Take your pick from paddle boards, kayaks, surfboards, bodyboards, and skimboards if you’re looking to rent by the day.

Family kayaking on the marsh

If you’re not quite ready to tame the waves on your own, check out Surf the Earth’s various surf education opportunities. The shop offers 2-hour surf lessons on mornings from 9am to 11am. Lessons take place near 2nd Street in Pawleys Island, but special locations can be arranged in advance. The shop also offers 3-day and 5-day kids’ surf camps, where kids of all ages can learn about water safety, rip currents, wind strength and direction, surfing fundamentals, surf conditions, and much more.

Beyond board rentals and surf lessons, Surf the Earth also offers guests the chance to explore the area through their exciting eco-tours. Current offerings include Sunset/Moon Rise Tours through the Pawleys Island inlets and salt marsh, Early morning kayak and paddle board tours of the salt marsh, and afternoon paddle board tours of the area. See a new side of Pawleys Island whenever you reserve a splendid eco-tour with Surf the Earth Surf Shop.

If biking is more your speed, take advantage of the bike rentals offered by Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort, and then head over to Bike the Neck! The Waccamaw Neck Bikeway is a 12-mile paved stretch that parallels U.S. Highway 17 from Murrells Inlet to Huntington Beach State Park. Rated as being an “Easy” trail by SCtrails.com, this bikeway is the perfect way to have a great time exercising while seeing the beautiful natural landscape of the region. Finish off your trek by stopping by Huntington Beach State Park, where you can visit its timeless castle, Atalaya, stroll on the pristine beaches of the park, explore the nature trails in the park, or even get in some birding!

Family riding bikes at Litchfield
From walking the trails at Huntington Beach State Park to learning how to Surf, you’ll never run out of outdoor adventures when you bring your next beach vacation to Litchfield Beach. Plan ahead and make the most of your exciting getaway!