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Eat Fresh, Eat Local: Grand Strand Farmers Markets

Fruits and vegetables at a farmer's market

Eat Fresh, Eat Local: Grand Strand Farmers Markets

One of the best parts of a Pawleys Island vacation is the immense amount of fantastic restaurants around the area to delight your taste buds. Every appetite can be satisfied along the Grand Strand, no matter if you’re craving tacos, sushi, pizza, steak, burgers or fresh local seafood. But sometimes, instead of venturing out, it’s nice to spend a night in and enjoy a family dinner consisting of fresh, local ingredients. Fortunately, there are numerous farmers markets that are available in Pawleys Island and the surrounding Grand Strand area. Here are a few of the area’s best farmers markets to try out on your next vacation to Pawleys Island.

Fruits and vegetables at a farmer's market

Lee’s Farmers Market

Found at 4883 Highway 17 Bypass North in Murrells Inlet, Lee’s Farmers Market has long been one of the favorite destinations along the Grand Strand for a huge selection of fresh fruit, vegetables and local seafood. In addition, Lee’s Farmers Market showcases an amazing deli with a large assortment of European cheeses, smoked deli meats and USDA steaks and chops. The founders of Lee’s Farmers Market hail from New Jersey, and bring some of that classic Jersey and New York flavor with fresh baked bread brought in from New Jersey and deli meat delivered straight from the Carnegie Deli in New York City! So, whether you’re looking for a piled-high corned beef on rye or fresh caught seafood, Lee’s Farmers Market will have exactly what you’re looking for!

Farmers Market at Market Common

The Market Common has garnered a reputation for being one of the top dining and shopping venues along the Grand Strand. On top of that, Market Common is a regular host to tons of great craft fairs, including their own farmers market which takes place each Wednesday and Saturday from May 24th through September 28th. Each Wednesday and Saturday from 10 AM to 3 PM, local produce vendors will be set up along Deville Street to offer farm fresh fruits and vegetables perfect for snacking on during your Myrtle Beach vacation. The Farmers Market at Market Common also hosts vendors offering baked goods and handmade crafts for unique souvenirs to bring home.

Surfside Beach Farmers Market

Situated a short drive north from Pawleys Island, the Surfside Beach Farmers Market offers Grand Strand visitors a tremendous assortment of local fruits and veggies each Tuesday through October 27th from 10 AM to 3 PM. Located on the corner of Surfside Drive and Willow Drive North, this gathering regularly features 20+ vendors with fares including produce, organic coffee, fresh baked pies, artisan soaps, handmade jewelry and much more. With such a varied offering of food and craft items, you’re sure to find whatever it is you’re looking for and more with a visit to the Surfside Beach Farmers Market.

Now that you have the lowdown on some of the best farmers markets around the Grand Strand, you’ll know where to get the freshest ingredients during your vacation to Pawleys Island. And if for some reason you haven’t made plans to visit Pawleys Island soon, there’s no better time to book than now! The Litchfield Company offers Pawleys Island travelers with premier accommodations at fabulous lowcountry resorts like Pawleys Plantation Resort, True Blue Resort and Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort. Visit our specials page to learn how quick, easy and affordable booking your Pawleys Island getaway can be!

Top 5 Brunch Spots on the South Strand

Outside of the salt water creek cafe

Top 5 Brunch Spots on the South Strand

Salt Water Creek Cafe

Located at 4660 Highway 17 Bypass in Murrells Inlet, Salt Water Creek Cafe offers up an impressive brunch menu on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am – 2pm. Get your mid-morning / early-afternoon off to a great start when you sample one of the Cafe’s range of fancy Eggs Benedicts, including Filet Mignon, Surf and Turf, Crab Cake, Shrimp, and Smoked Salmon. Salt Water Creek also serves up tasty Omelets like the Lox, Chives and Cream Cheese Omelet, served with a grit cake and topped with Creek gravy. You can also find delicious standbys like fluffy eggs, pancakes, bacon, and ham. Your taste buds will dance with delight when you give Salt Water Creek Cafe a try on your next Litchfield Beach vacation.

Outside of the salt water creek cafe

Gulfstream Cafe

When you sleep late but wake up with breakfast on your mind, the best solution is brunch! When you travel to the Litchfield Beach area, you are within close proximity to hundreds of dining establishments, each with their own style and presentation. If you’re looking for the best brunch spots on the Hammock Coast, in the Pawleys Island and Murrells Inlet areas, then try out one or all of the following local hotspots:

Enjoy your brunch from the picturesque Gulfstream Cafe whenever you visit Garden City during your next beach getaway. With stunning views of the inlet, you may want to stick around for lunch and dinner too! When it comes to brunch, Gulfstream offers up a buffet spread, featuring all of your favorite brunch classics, including fresh fruits, eggs, grits, hash browns, pancakes, and more. Visit the Bloody Mary bar and Omelet Station for customizable additions. Get there at 10:30 and ask for a seat with a view!

Rustic Table

Providing diners with a family-friendly environment and Southern foods made from scratch, Rustic Table is now serving brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Featuring an impressive menu, brunch focuses on the savory, but there are numerous mouth-watering sweets and desserts to try as well. Keep an eye out for delicious morning specials like Shrimp ‘n’ Gritz, Corned Beef Hash ‘n’ Eggs, and Blueberry Pancakes. You also might want to go for the “Comfy,” which features chicken breast served open faced on a homemade biscuit, with creamy sausage gravy and fries. Your stomach will thank you!

BisQit

Nestled in a cozy corner of the Pawleys Island Hammock Shops, BisQit is an eclectic eatery that boasts of its unique sandwich and burger creations. However, it’s not all about lunch and dinner at this Lowcountry dining establishment, as their breakfast selections are enough to put your taste buds into a frenzy! Check out “The Usual” classics like BisQits and Gravy with bacon crumbles, pancakes with bacon or sausage, or healthier options like house-made granola or seasonal fresh fruit.

Charlie's Studio Cafe

For an artsy, eclectic feel, stop by Charlie’s Studio Cafe, where the decor is beautiful and the customer service is outstanding. The breakfast menu here is two pages of traditional and delicious favorites. First, Charlie’s offers a few different styles of Omelet, like Denver and Western. They also serve a variety of breakfast wraps and bagels, for those looking for something a little lighter. On the sweet side, Charlie’s has Belgian Waffles, Pancakes (plain or with fruit), and French Toast. Bacon, sausage, and egg add-ons are available, so make it a balanced meal! If you’re looking for something a little more substantial, try the Farm House Breakfast, featuring a fried pork chop, home-fries or grits, and a biscuit. Better yet, get a sampling of sweet and savory with The Starving Artist breakfast, which consists of 2 eggs, bacon or sausage, home-fries or grits, French toast or biscuits and gravy or 3 pancakes. Under no circumstances should you leave Charlie’s still hungry!
 

Top 5 Live Music Venues Along the Hammock Coast

View of The Deck Bar at Litchfield

Top 5 Live Music Venues Along the Hammock Coast

What better way is there to wind down after a long day at the beach or on the town than by enjoying live performances from some of the best local talent around? We’ve pooled together some of the best venues for Live Music in the area, so plan ahead and check out some of these fabulous Litchfield Beach area hotspots!

View of The Deck Bar at Litchfield

The MarshWalk

The MarshWalk is a 1/2 mile stretch of shopping and dining establishments that hug the inlet, giving visitors an outstanding view of the natural beauty of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. Throughout the Summer, you’ll find live music nightly at a majority of the restaurants along the MarshWalk, and conveniently, many of them feature bands or live-shows year-round as well. There is never a cover charge, so enjoy the music without breaking the bank! Check out Bubba’s Love Shack, Bovine’s, and Dead Dog Saloon for plenty of live entertainment options as you stroll the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk.

The Deck at Litchfield

The Deck Tiki Bar at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort features fabulous Happy Hour deals and offerings, as well as Live outdoor performances on Friday and Saturday nights. Visitors will enjoy Lowcountry appetizers and small plates, in addition to The Deck’s specialty cocktails, including Litchfield Sunrise, Pawleys Punch, and our refreshing Shark Bite! This venue is perfect for winding down outside and enjoying the sights and sounds of Litchfield Beach. Ideal for your next Litchfield beach escape, you won’t even have to leave the resort to experience a relaxing evening of live music during your stay.

Island Bar & Grill

Located just by the Hammock Shops Village in Pawleys Island, visit Island Bar & Grill for plenty of live entertainment to take your beach vacation up a notch! This full-service restaurant offers up friendly customer service and outstanding food selections. The outside patio is known to host performances throughout the year, so visit their event calendar regularly to stay on top of all upcoming entertainment. For an evening that is laid-back and filled with great food and great music, visit Island Bar & Grill during your Litchfield Beach stay.

Hot Fish Club

The history of the Hot Fish Club dates back to the late 1700s, when the planters of All Saints Parish founded a social club that was dedicated to gourmet foods, strong drinks, and festive times. Though it has since been relocated away from the shifting shores of Huntington Beach, visitors can find the Hot Fish Club off of Highway 17 Business in Murrells Inlet. Still a place for lively gatherings, this establishment features live performances from a variety of musical acts throughout the year. If you’re looking for Live Music in a historic setting, be sure to visit this outstanding Lowcountry restaurant and club.

Pawleys Island Tavern

Take your beach vacation off the beaten path when you visit Pawleys Island Tavern, a local favorite tucked away in the woods behind the Island Shops. Affectionately known by regulars as the PIT, Pawleys Island Tavern combines the eclectic feel of an old-timey juke joint with laid-back feel of a creekside seafood hut. The PIT features live music on the weekends, as well as a wide-range of events and performances throughout the year. Stop by for live entertainment on Thursdays and Sundays from 8pm to midnight and on Fridays and Saturdays from 9pm to 1am.

Make it a total beach experience when you discover all of the best Pawleys Island, Murrells Inlet, and Litchfield Beach hotspots for live music. Relax and unwind after a long day, and enjoy the sights, sounds, and atmosphere of this lovely Lowcountry destination.
 

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 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.