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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!

Packing Tips From the Pros

Packing

Packing Tips From the Pros

Everyone loves taking a vacation to Pawleys Island. After all, with as hard as we all work in our everyday lives, everyone deserves to take a relaxing trip to this lowcountry paradise! But packing up all your belongings for your getaway can be a drag. You show up in your condo, unzip your suitcase only to find all your beach clothes are wrinkled beyond comprehension. Or, even worse, you forget an essential and now have to spend valuable vacation time shopping for things you already own.

Here are some great tips to ensure that packing for your trip is a breeze and that your Pawleys Island vacation doesn’t hit any snags when you arrive.

Packing

Make a List, Check it Twice

Lists aren’t just for grocery shopping or finding out who’s naughty and nice. The first thing you should do before throwing a bunch of stuff in your luggage is make a list. Having your essentials down on paper and physically checking them off as you go is the foolproof way to make sure the first stop on your Pawleys Island vacation isn’t at Target or Walmart. And once you finish packing, give your list one last review to make sure you’ve got it all.

Know the Limits for Your Carry-on

The last thing anyone wants when they’re checking in for a flight is to find out that their carry-on is too large and must be checked. Limits on bag or suitcase dimensions are easily found on the websites of your airline and ensuring that your luggage isn’t oversize will eliminate the potential of extra luggage fees.

Ditch the Fold, Roll with the Changes

If you’re still folding your clothes when packing, be prepared to get to know your condo’s iron as you spend your trip fighting creases embedded into all your outfits. The way to go is rolling your clothes which results in less wrinkling. To step it up a notch and create more space in your suitcase or duffel bag, try enclosing your clothes in vacuum-sealed bags! This can greatly increase the amount of clothes you can fit in your bags which is a huge advantage if you’re traveling by plane.

Keep Things Fresh

Even if your clothes are recently washed, being packed into an enclosed small space for an extended amount of time can result in some not-so-great smelling shirts and pants. To alleviate this, try inserting a small bag of potpourri or a few dryer sheets between outfits to keep your clothes smelling like they just came out of the laundry!

Bag up those Bottles

Travel-size bottles for toiletries like shampoo, conditioner and lotion are very convenient–until something mashes them in the wrong way and suddenly your clothes are covered in Pantene. By bagging up those bottles in Ziplock-type freezer bags (heavier duty equals safer) you’ll make sure that an accident only results in an extra purchase rather than a day of laundry. For even greater security, use plastic wrap to seal the openings on your travel bottles then screw the lids shut.

Leave Room for Souvenirs

Pawleys Island has tons of great local shopping venues and you’re sure to find the perfect souvenir to remember your trip. And beyond Pawleys Island, the rest of the Myrtle Beach area offers tons of great shopping venues. Make sure you have room to bring these back with you, especially if you’re flying!

With these great packing tips, your Pawleys Island vacation is sure to get off to a fantastic start! If you haven’t planned your spring or summer trip to Pawleys Island, our amazing booking deals will ensure you get first-class accommodations at unbeatable rates. From modern two or three bedroom condos at True Blue Resort to deluxe oceanfront Pawleys Island beach houses at Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort, you’re sure to find the perfect accommodations with the Litchfield Company!
 

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!

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.

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.