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Find Romance at Brookgreen Gardens for Valentine’s Day

Find Romance at Brookgreen Gardens for Valentine’s Day

Looking for something sweet for you and your main squeeze this Valentine’s Day in Litchfield? You can renew your wedding vows at the beautiful Brookgreen Gardens. Romance in the Gardens will take place in two sessions on Monday, Feb. 14.

Married couples will convene for a sweet ceremony. Tickets are $40 for members, $50 for non-members for this nondenominational ceremony. Vow renewals will take place at the boat landing at Brookgreen Creek. 

A reception will follow at Leonard Pavilion.

What Can We Expect at Romance in the Gardens?

To keep groups smaller, the gardens will host couples in two groups, 1-3 p.m., and 4-6 p.m. Participants will receive a personalized certificate and professional photograph. Enjoy champagne and a southern cake reception after, as well as boxes of goodies for each pairing. 

Note: This event is intended for married couples only.

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Fun Facts About Valentine’s Day

  • Roman Pope Gelasius declared Feb. 14 to be Valentine’s Day, but it wasn’t equated with romance until the Middle Ages. The English and French believed birds began their mating season on Feb. 14.
  • Necco began stamping red messages on its candy hearts after the Civil War ended. These enduring candies are favorites today.
  • Thousands send letters for Juliet, of the tragedy “Romeo and Juliet,” to Verona, Italy, for Valentine’s Day. The Juliet Club answers each letter from the city host the Shakespearean work.

Other Romantic Things to Do for Valentine’s Day in Myrtle Beach

Romantic Dinner at Perrone’s Restaurant

Right on Pawleys Island, experience a global menu with unique craft cocktails in a delightful setting. Enjoy the best steak you’ve ever tasted and a wonderful menu with a Mediterranean take. They serve local seafood and offer an extensive and impressive wine list.

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Take a Tour of Hobcaw Barony

See the beautiful landscape of the 16,000 acres of peninsula land called Waccamaw Neck. Learn about this pristine Lowcountry land, preserved from development for posterity. Tours are by appointment only, but definitely worth the visit!

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Kayak with Express Watersports in Murrells Inlet

Take a tour or venture out on your own into the Murrells Inlet tidal marsh. You’re in for a beautiful experience either way, with a knowledgeable staff leading you or setting you out. This outfit also offers dolphin-watching and sunset tours, too.

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A Day on the Marshwalk

You could make a date of a day here. Share House Oysters at The Clawhouse. Enjoy drink specials and Inlet Egg Rolls for happy hour at Dead Dog Saloon. Settle in for live music and Ahi Poke at Wahoo’s Fish House. And visit vendors along the Marshwalk in between.

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Steal Away to Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort

How about a beautiful room, a 10-minute walk from the beach? You’ll find clean, spacious accommodations and competitive rates. Check out our blog for even more fun ideas, and book your romantic stay today.

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Holiday Fun Around Pawleys Island

Holiday Fun Around Pawleys Island

Spring, summer, fall or winter, it’s always a great time for a vacation to Pawleys Island! With mild temperatures, tons of great golf, fantastic shopping and delicious dining choices, you’ll have plenty to keep you occupied during your trip. With the Holiday season right around the corner, here are some can’t-miss shops and events to check out during your holiday getaway to Pawleys Island!

Nights of a Thousand Candles at Brookgreen Gardens

Be sure to attend the Nights of a Thousand Candles celebration at Brookgreen Gardens, one of the area’s most beloved holiday gatherings. Brookgreen Gardens is already an immaculate place to visit during the day, but during the Christmas season the gardens are bathed in the glow of thousands of hand-lit candles illuminating the exhibits and sculptures around the area. Guests can stroll through the gorgeous displays while sipping hot cocoa and listening to the sounds of carolers and bellringers. This is truly one of the best ways to get you and your friends and family into the holiday spirit! The festival takes place from 4 PM to 9 PM on Thursday through Sunday from November 26th through January 2nd. Advance tickets are recommended and are available for purchase through the Brookgreen Gardens website.

BrookGreen Gardens Nights of A Thousand Candles

7th Annual Santa Crawl at the Murrells Inlet Marshwalk

For one of the biggest Santa-centric celebrations along the Carolina coast, head to the Murrells Inlet Marshwalk on Saturday, December 11th for their 7th annual Santa Crawl. The festivities kick off at 5 PM, with area restaurants like Wahoo’s, Hot Fish Club and Drunken Jack’s serving up tempting dinner specials and a variety of holiday-themed cocktails. Guests are encouraged to dress up in their best Santa-themed attire, but elves, snowmen and even Grinches are also welcome at the event! Secret Santas will be roaming the Marshwalk taking notes on the best-dressed participants and the most festive will win big at the prize ceremony at 9:30 PM.

Festival of Trees at the Hammock Shops Village

The Hammock Shops Village is home to numerous unique shops and boutiques, and from November 22nd to December 5th they will be hosting their annual Festival of Trees celebration. All throughout the area, beautiful tabletop trees will be displayed and available to bid on during an auction lasting the two weeks of the festival. The fun culminates with a Christmas tree lighting ceremony on December 5th at 6 PM, complete with train rides for little ones and appearances by Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus!

Christmas Mouse at Hammock Shops Village

While you visit the Hammock Shops Village during the Festival of Trees celebration, you have to make a stop at the Christmas Mouse! Home to a spectacular inventory of Christmas décor, ornaments and collectibles, the Christmas Mouse is the perfect place to find new and exciting goodies to bring joy to your holiday festivities.

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With so many festivities to enjoy, a holiday vacation to Pawleys Island is sure to impress! The Litchfield Company offers tremendous accommodations that will delight guests. From our modern golf villas at True Blue and Pawleys Plantation to oceanfront condos at Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort, your dream holiday getaway to Pawleys Island is just a few clicks away! View our properties today and plan your Holiday vacation to Pawleys Island.

5 Reasons to Host Your Wedding at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort

5 Reasons to Host Your Wedding at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort

You have the engagement ring, and now you need the perfect venue to bring your dream wedding to life. Whether you’re a local resident or considering a destination wedding, Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort in Pawleys Island, South Carolina is the ideal setting for your upcoming nuptials. Read ahead to discover everything you need to know about planning your Lowcountry wedding.

1.) Location

Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort is situated perfectly along the South Carolina coast in tranquil Pawleys Island. With warm summers and mild winters, its location in the coastal Carolina Lowcountry allows for outdoor events all year long. Whether you’re planning a hot June wedding or a cool, Fall event, Pawleys Island is geographically ideal for your upcoming nuptials. Best of all, you’ll be close to the excitement of the Pawleys Island, Garden City, and Myrtle Beach areas.

2.) One- Stop Services

When you plan your wedding with Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort, we can handle a wide-range of services in one streamlined package. That means you won’t have to worry about organizing meetings, deliveries, and deadlines, and you can instead focus on the things that matter most on your wedding day- your celebration and loved ones! From a variety of catering options to audio visual rentals to facilities and attendant services, we have the venue, knowledge and experience needed to help you plan your dream wedding.

3.) Natural Surroundings

The Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort is located along the beautiful Atlantic Ocean coastline, giving your wedding a setting that exudes the beauty of nature. With plenty of Palmetto Trees and local plants and flowers, your destination wedding will have a naturally chic and romantic atmosphere.

4.) On- Site Accommodations

Another great perk of celebrating your wedding at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort is that you and your guests can reserve accommodations at our variety of stunning vacation rentals. From our cozy 1-bedroom suites at Bridgewater to sprawling 4-bedroom Charleston-style homes, we have the perfect accommodations for everyone in your group! Keep your friends and family together throughout your wedding events by reserving a group block of units with Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort.

5.) Resort Amenities

When you plan your wedding at Litchfield, you and your guests who stay on-site will have access to the fabulous amenities of the resort, which include indoor and outdoor pools, award-winning golf, Beachside Health & Fitness, and on-site dining establishments like Coastal Dish Lowcountry Dining and The Deck Tiki Bar.

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Determining the site of your wedding is one of the most important aspects of planning your big day, and at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort, we are committed to providing the care and expertise you expect to give you the wedding celebration that you have always wanted.

For more information and specific options for weddings at Litchfield, visit our website or contact our catering office directly at 843-235-5591, toll-free at 800-845-1897 ext. 5591, or email [email protected]

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!

Best Beach Gadgets for Your Pawleys Island Vacation

Cell Phone Case

Best Beach Gadgets For Your Pawleys Island Vacation

We’re sure that you’re excited for your upcoming Pawleys Island vacation, and while you might have the basics for a day at the beach, there are plenty of great beach gadgets out there to take your beach-going experience to a whole new level! From games to tech stuff and everything in between, here are some top picks to make your day at the beaches of Pawleys Island even better than you expected.

Cell Phone Case

Lopie Sand-Proof Blanket

Sand is great…unless it is covering your beach towel and sticking to you as you work on your tan. Luckily, the Lopie sand-proof blanket provides enough space for you and your family to stretch out on a one-of-a-kind mesh material that easily rids itself of sand and water. That’s right! If one of your little ones happens to spill their juice the liquid easily slips through leaving the blanket dry. The Lopie sand-proof blanket is available in two sizes (79” x 79” or 79” x 59”) and also features loops at each corner for easy anchoring.

4Patriots Power Cell Solar-Powered Power Bank

There is never a shortage of sunlight on the beaches of Pawleys Island. However, sometimes there can be a shortage of battery power for your smartphone or portable speaker. With the 4Patriots Power Cell solar-powered power bank, you’ll never run low on a charge for your electronic devices! This mighty power pack weighs less than 7 ounces, has a healthy 8.000 mAh capacity and offers 2 USB ports to provide a charge to multiple devices. At only $29.95, the 4Patriots Power Cell is also TSA-compliant, so don’t worry about packing it in your luggage if you’re flying in for your vacation.

Nuwa IPX7 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

Every great day at the beach needs a soundtrack, and with the Nuwa IPX7 Bluetooth speaker, your day will be filled with great tunes and peace of mind. The peace of mind comes from the IPX7’s rugged construction that is waterproof, dust-proof, shock-proof and floats to prevent any possible tragedies if the speaker finds itself in the surf. The speaker features crystal-clear sound and a great wireless range of up to 40 meters.

GoSports Portable Cornhole Boards

More often than not, a day at the beach includes some friendly competition, and with the GoSports portable cornhole boards, you and your family or friends can enjoy hours of fun and compete for bragging rights. These high-quality boards include 8 beanbags and are both tough and lightweight, with PVC frames and a total weight of less than 10 pounds. Setup takes less than a minute, so fun competition is literally ready to go at a minute’s notice! The set also includes a carrying case for easy transport to and from the beach.

Hammacher Schlemmer Multi-Person Sun Shelter

After an hour or so on the sunny Pawleys Island shore, you’re sure to enjoy a break from the heat, and the Hammacher Schlemmer multi-person Sun Shelter is one of the best options out there. This lightweight yet durable shelter can accommodate up to six people and is composed of high-quality polyurethane coated polyester that offers UPF 50+ protection. The Sun Shelter also features mesh windows that will allow refreshing breezes to flow through and cool you and your guests. The Sun Shelter is easy to set up in just a few minutes and includes carrying case and stakes.

With these handy beach gadgets, your Pawleys Island vacation experience is sure to be unforgettable! And when you book your accommodations with the Litchfield Company, your getaway is guaranteed to be even better than you could imagine! Our sterling Pawleys Island condos at resorts like True Blue Resort, Pawleys Plantation Resort and Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort are the finest available. Check out our specials page to plan your next Pawleys Island vacation at the best rates around!

Sunset balcony view of ocean from Bridgewater

Fun Beach Games For Your Next Pawleys Island Vacation

Family on Beach

Fun Beach Games For Your Next Pawleys Island Vacation

We know that you can’t wait for your next vacation to Pawleys Island! After all, this coastal Carolina paradise has some of the most breathtaking beaches along the eastern seaboard! And if you’re travelling with some little ones, we all know that it can’t hurt to have some fun games and activities lined up for them during your day at the beach. And remember, there’s no age limit on having fun, so here are a few great beach games to enjoy on your next Pawleys Island vacation. 

Family on Beach

Musical Towels

We’ve all played musical chairs, so you can probably see where this one is going, but there’s sure to be fun times (and hilarious video) when you combine good music with family competition. Simply lay out your beach towels, have someone spin your favorite beach jams on their smartphone or speaker and when the music stops, the last person not on a towel is eliminated. Since everyone is on sand, the game will get a unique spin, with players trying to find their footing and making acrobatic dives to try to stay in the match.

Scavenger Hunts

A scavenger hunt along the beach is a fantastic way to occupy the attention spans of kids, challenging them to locate and document various things they might spot along the coast. The list can be as long or short as you wish, and things on it can range from pelicans to Frisbees to someone wearing a yellow swimsuit doing the Macarena. OK, you may not want to get that specific, or if you’re really trying to pose a challenge, have at it! You can also make it a collector’s scavenger hunt by having contestants gather various color seashells, pebbles, driftwood or other beach findings.

Sand Pictionary

We all know kids love to doodle, and what could be more fun than drawing on the beach with the sand as your canvas? For a fun beach-themed version of the classic game Pictionary, simply jot down a bunch of different drawing ideas on scraps of paper and toss them in a hat. Ideas can be anything you like, but since you’re on the beach you can’t go wrong with sea-centric figures like dolphins, surfers and sailboats. The first drawer chosen grabs a topic and will have a minute to create a picture while the others in the game will try to correctly guess what it is. If the picture is guessed, the drawer can grab another topic and keep going until time is up. The drawer gets one point for each picture that the group guesses correctly, and play rotates after each person’s turn. In between rounds of splashing in the surf, this is sure to be a great way to pass the time while on the beach!

We’re sure that these activities are sure to be a hit during your beach days on your upcoming vacation to Pawleys Island. And if for some reason you haven’t made plans for a Pawleys Island vacation, what are you waiting for? Summer is here and The Litchfield Company is here to help you book fantastic vacation accommodations at leading Pawleys Island resorts like Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort, Pawleys Plantation and True Blue Resort. Head over to our accommodations page and book your next vacation to Pawleys Island in just a few clicks!

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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!

Shop ‘Til You Drop on Your Pawleys Island Vacation

Shop 'Til You Drop on Your Pawleys Island Vacation

There’s nothing like a Pawleys Island vacation to melt your stress away and enjoy a laid back getaway from the everyday hustle that we all deal with. From lounging on some of the most beautiful beaches on the east coast, dining on fresh local seafood at an oceanfront restaurant or enjoying world-class golf, there are a ton of ways to spend your leisure time during your trip to Pawleys Island.

And if you consider yourself a shopaholic, there are lots of great local shops and venues to snag the perfect souvenir to remember your Pawleys Island vacation by! Here are some of the best spots to peruse for deals on your upcoming trip to Pawleys Island.

The Hammock Shops Village

With a history dating back to the 1930s, the Hammock Shops Village features over two dozen unique shops all centered around–surprise!–the original Hammock Shop. In addition to their selection of handmade rope hammocks, the Hammock Shop also offers homemade fudge and unique arts and crafts for the home and garden. Fashion fans can browse coastal garb at clothiers like Haute Hanger and Pawleys Island Wear as well as fine and fashion jewelry at Elegantz, Details by Three Sisters and Whitmire Fine Jewelry. Kids and kids-at-heart are sure to love the amazing toy and game selection offered by the Freckled Frog. Also, a great selection of niche shops like Isle of Candles, Christmas Mouse and High Country Olive Oil offer something for every shopper.

Pawleys Island Outdoors

Looking to prep for some fishing or just to get the essential gear for a day at the beach? You’ll find it all at Pawleys Island Outdoors! Conveniently located on Ocean Highway across from the Caledonia and True Blue golf courses, Pawleys Island Outdoors has been the go-to spot for outdoor enthusiasts since opening in 2006. Inside the shop, you will find every essential piece of freshwater and saltwater fishing gear including rods and reels, lures, line, outerwear and live or frozen bait. Pawleys Island Outdoors is also an authorized dealer for the most popular outdoor items and accessories like Yeti coolers, Guy Harvey shirts, GoPro cameras and Costa Del Mar sunglasses. They also operate a sister shop nearby that offers rentals for bike and kayaks as well as beach essentials like chairs and umbrellas.

Litchfield Books

If you’re the type that prefers enjoying a good book while lounging on the beach, make Litchfield Books your first stop on your Pawleys Island vacation! Litchfield Books is an independent book shop that has been a locals’ favorite for years, providing all the top New York Times bestsellers, literary classics and a rich selection of works from local writers. Whether you’re looking for a pulse-pounding mystery, a light-hearted memoir or a historic account of lowcountry life, Litchfield Books will have the perfect page-turner for your vacation. The shop also carries a large variety of commemorative gift items and greeting cards for special occasions. Litchfield Books has also earned a large following for their weekly Moveable Feast luncheon series that invites local and nationally-renown authors to discuss their works with readers, with past guests including Harlan Coben, Pat Conroy, Cokie Roberts and David Baldacci. Enjoy the same friendly atmosphere and great selection of literature that locals have come to love and visit Litchfield Books during your trip to Pawleys Island.

Beyond the Pawleys Island area, the rest of the Grand Strand offers other great shopping venues like the Market Common and two Tanger Outlet Centers. But if you haven’t planned your Pawleys Island vacation yet, there’s no better time than now! The most popular weeks of summer are reserving fast, so be sure to check out The Litchfield Company’s great deals at Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort, Pawleys Plantation Resort or True Blue Resort. From cozy one bedroom golf course suites to deluxe six bedroom Pawleys Island beach houses, we’ve got the perfect accommodations at the best price for your upcoming trip to Pawleys Island!
 

Next Level Beach Hacks for your Pawleys Island Vacation

Family on a beach towel on sand

Next Level Beach Hacks for Your Pawleys Island Vacation

Let’s face it: to turn a phrase made famous by Reese’s, there’s no wrong way to enjoy a Pawleys Island vacation. But there are always ways to make your already fantastic vacation even better! From finding ways to curb sand that sneaks its way everywhere to quick and easy cures for getting too much sun, there are some great hacks out there to make your trip to Pawley Island even more enjoyable. Here are few amazing tricks to get the maximum enjoyment out of your upcoming Pawleys Island vacation.

Family on a beach towel on sand

Apple Cider Vinegar For Sunburn

You’ll always want to layer up with sunscreen when you take a trip to the beach, but if you still wind up with some sunburn, a spray bottle of apple cider vinegar diluted with water offers a quick and inexpensive way to take the sting out. The nutrients in apple cider vinegar replenish those needed by sunburned skin and aid in the healing process.

Ziploc Bags Are Your Friend

From sand to saltwater, there are some pesky elements at the beach that can be troublesome to your belongings, especially items like smartphones and sunglasses. A small investment in a few Ziploc bags can help ensure these items don’t get scratched or waterlogged while on the beach.

Baby Powder: Sand's Worst Nightmare

Speaking of sand getting everywhere, while everyone loves going to the beach we usually don’t like to take too much sand back with when we leave. The solution? Baby powder! Just a little sprinkle on those parts of your body that sand is sticking to will have those sticky grains sliding right off like magic!

Keep the Kids Happy and Entertained

It’s a simple equation: happy kids at the beach equal happy parents at the beach. And there are plenty of great tricks and hacks to keep your kids safe and entertained during your day at the beach. For example, if your kids are a little too young to venture out into the ocean, bring along a plastic shower curtain, dig a hole in the sand with them, use the shower curtain as a pool liner and fill the hole with water for a makeshift kiddie pool! Kids need to cool off? The night before your trip fill up water balloons and freeze them. Bring them with you and after they thaw out it will make for a fun way to beat the heat. And when it’s time for a refreshing beverage, frozen Capri Sun pouches are sure to hit the spot!

With these great beach tips and tricks, your upcoming Pawleys Island vacation is sure to be an amazing time! And if for some reason you haven’t planned a summer trip to Pawleys Island there’s still time to take advantage of our summer booking deals to reserve an amazing Pawleys Island beach house or condo for you and your guests. Check out our fantastic partner properties at Pawleys Plantation Resort, True Blue Resort and Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort and make plans to visit Pawleys Island this summer!

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!