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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!
 

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.
 

Best Ways to Watch the Sunrise and Sunset Along the Grand Strand

Sunrise over the ocean waves

Best Ways to Watch the Sunrise and Sunset Along the Grand Strand

One of the most majestic parts of vacationing near the beach is being able to see the sunrise over the horizon, as it unleashes its colors upon the morning sky. And although it doesn’t set over the ocean, the sunrise is something truly special to behold as well. In Myrtle Beach, there are plenty of places to take advantage of this picturesque view. Here are our Top 5 Places to Watch the sunrise or sunset in the Myrtle Beach area.

Sunrise over the ocean waves

2nd Avenue and Cherry Grove Piers (Sunrise)

Get there early and let the beautiful sights take your breath away! The 2nd Avenue Pier is located at 110 North Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach and opens every morning at 7 a.m. Situated on the South side of the Boardwalk, 2nd Avenue Pier offers up fishing, dining, and sightseeing for visitors. You’ll be out on the ocean as you watch the sunrise from this fabulous locale.

If you’re on the North end of the Grand Strand, head up to Cherry Grove Pier for a lovely morning with the sun. This pier opens to the public at 6 a.m., so you’ll have plenty of time to get your cameras and breakfast picnic ready before the sun comes up!

Your Balcony (Sunrise)

What’s better than waking up and having a morning coffee from your own private balcony, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean? In the comfort and privacy of your own Myrtle Beach condo rental, you can experience the glorious South Carolina sunrise as it shimmers over the water and up higher above the horizon. Keep your eyes peeled for fins popping out of the waves, as guests sometimes report seeing dolphins frolicking in the early morning. Enjoy the sunrise in relaxed seclusion when you watch it from your balcony.

Myrtle Beach Boardwalk (Both!)

If you’re visiting Myrtle Beach on vacation, it’s very likely that you will visit the Boardwalk area at some point during your stay. Located in the heart of Downtown Myrtle Beach, this area has been known for decades as a hotspot for tourists and locals alike. With its thoughtful landscaping, scattered Palmetto Trees, and open view of the coast, the Boardwalk area is perfect for early morning sunrises or even sunsets. The sky’s hues will melt before your eyes, as you start off or end your beach day.

Murrels Inlet (Sunset)

For an outstanding view of nature like no other, stop by the Murrels Inlet MarshWalk before sunset when you’re on the South end of the Grand Strand. The stretch of shopping and dining establishments scattered along this route have a beautiful backdrop of the most vivid pinks, oranges, and purples that you can find anywhere. The reflections on the inlet waters make for a romantic and charming end to a hot, summer day in Murrels Inlet.

The SkyWheel (Sunset)

The SkyWheel is one of Myrtle Beach’s premier oceanfront attractions, and it offers the perfect viewing location for the Atlantic Ocean. Since it doesn’t open until 11 a.m., you won’t be able to view the sunrise aboard this enormous ferris wheel, but it stays open late, making it the perfect place to experience the sunset. Climb aboard as you’re taken 187 feet into the air on one of the SkyWheel’s special “flights.” You can see for miles down the coast when you take part in this thrilling adventure. Make it even more special when you partake in a flight around sunset and see how the colors of the beach come to life.

Make sure you are able to witness one of Myrtle Beach’s gorgeous sunrises or sunsets during your beach vacation. Maybe you can make the day EXTRA special by experiencing both! 

Top 5 Breakfast Spots in Pawleys Island

Breakfast buffet with bacon ., sausage, and eggs

Top 5 Breakfast Spots in Pawleys Island

The power of a great breakfast can never be overstated. It’s the most important meal of the day, and in the Myrtle Beach area, there are hundreds of restaurants that offer up A.M. fare. Along the South Strand, cities like Pawleys Island and Murrells Inlet have come to host many independent breakfast spots, so skip the chain, and check one out!

Here are our Top 5 Breakfast Spots in Pawleys Island / Murrells Inlet :

Breakfast buffet with bacon ., sausage, and eggs

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.

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!

Applewood House of Pancakes

If you’re looking for a wide variety but want to avoid breaking the bank, then you definitely need to visit Applewood House of Pancakes in the Litchfield area. Made to order with the freshest ingredients, you can get anything from fruit to seafood at this breakfast and brunch hotspot. Try a traditional breakfast of two eggs with two slices of Applewood bacon or sausage, grits or home fries, and toast or a biscuit.

Applewood’s range of omelets is truly inspiring. From Awesome Amy’s Shrimp Omelet to the Grand Strand Omelet, there’s surely an omelet for everyone. This review can’t end without referencing the wide variety of the restaurant’s namesake breakfast item: pancakes. With 15 different kinds of pancakes, you can decide between traditional choices like Buttermilk or Chocolate Chip, or go with something a little more unusual like Applewood Pancakes (filled with trail mix, topped with warm cinnamon apple compote and served with whipped cream!) or Hawaiian Pancakes (topped with pineapple compote, coconuts, whipped cream and a cherry).

But wait, there’s more! You can’t visit Applewood House of Pancakes without trying their Crab Cakes Benedict! They also have a menu section for lighter fare and healthy choices. Everyone will love Applewood House of Pancakes!

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!

Coastal Dish Lowcountry Dining

When you can’t decide what you want, but your hunger is ravenous, it’s best to have breakfast at a place with a wide and hefty selection. At Coastal Dish Lowcountry Dining, stop by between 6 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. to partake in a breakfast buffet that will knock your socks off. Enjoy an array of hot selections including made-to-order eggs and omelets, as well as traditional breakfast foods like bacon, sausage, and grits. You can also indulge in the buffet’s assortment of yogurt and pastries or select seasonal fresh fruit or cereal. All breakfast meals are served with juice or coffee. Feel free to make multiple trips to the buffet, as you satisfy your morning hunger! This all-you-care-to-enjoy breakfast is affordable too! For the best a.m. buffet in Pawleys Island, check out Litchfield on-site, Coastal Dish Lowcountry Dining.

Top 5 Advantages of Staying on the South Strand

Drone of Litchfield Beach

Top 5 Advantages of Staying on the South Strand

What we refer to as the Grand Strand includes dozens of miles along the East Coast of South Carolina, jutting inward a few miles throughout the region. This area is filled with thrilling attractions, superb dining establishments, and plenty of golf courses for impeccable play. Although the hustle and bustle of downtown Myrtle Beach may be perfect for some visitors, there’s nothing like the beauty and tranquility of our Myrtle Beach vacation rentals along the South Strand.

Also known as the Hammock Coast, the Southern portion of the Grand Strand includes the areas of Murrells Inlet, Pawleys Island, and Georgetown, which can be found just miles south of Myrtle Beach. There are countless advantages of selecting this area as your vacation destination, and here are our Top 5:

Drone of Litchfield Beach

#1: Fewer Crowds and Less Traffic

Sometimes you want to be in the middle of all of the chaos and action, but at other times, not so much. The South Strand gives you the perfect combination of privacy and relaxation, with less crowded beaches. The family-friendly atmosphere of Pawleys Island and Murrells Inlet are perfect for groups looking for an easygoing and laidback trip. If you’re longing for quiet days on the beach, our South Strand vacation rentals are the perfect option.

As well, nothing is more frustrating than wasting most of your precious vacation time in traffic. While certain areas of Myrtle Beach may create nothing but headaches when it comes to navigating the area, the Litchfield /Pawleys Island / Murrells Inlet areas rely on one main highway (HWY 17) and a myriad of smaller, easy-to-access roads and streets. You’ll find it much quicker simpler to get around the South Strand.

#2: Sightseeing and Natural Beauty

Tired of looking at paved parking lots and hotel construction zones? When you stay in one of our South end vacation rentals, you’ll be surrounded by the natural beauty of the coast. Check out the MarshWalk, where you can gaze out over the inlets, as the sun rises over the horizon. Or make the extremely short trip to Huntington Beach State Park or Brookgreen Gardens to take in the sights and sounds of native coastal South Carolina animals, plants, and majestic sceneries. Spend a day roaming the castle ground at Atalaya, or go on a bike ride along the nature trails that pepper the coast. You won’t be disappointed in the natural beauty of the South Strand.

#3: Golf

There are more than 80 golf courses within a 60-mile radius of Myrtle Beach, but the vast majority of the top-rated layouts are located on the South Strand. The Waccamaw Golf Trail, a series of courses from Murrells Inlet to Georgetown, includes some of the most acclaimed layouts in the Carolinas. Award-winning courses like Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, True Blue Plantation, The Tradition, Pawleys Plantation, The River Club, TPC of Myrtle Beach and Willbrook Plantation are among the best courses on the coast, and our guests are only a short drive away from them all.

#4: Dining

There are more than 1,700 restaurants on the Grand Strand, and some of the best are located on the south side. From the ‘Seafood Capital of South Carolina’ in Murrells Inlet to artistic culinary centers in Pawleys Island, South Strand guests have a wide selection to choose from. The Murrells Inlet Marshwalk offers a dozen excellent restaurants along the waterfront, and Pawleys Island and Litchfield Beach have such award-winning hot spots as BisQit, the Chive Blossom, Frank’s, Nosh, Pawleys Island Bar & Grill and, of course, Coastal Dish Lowcountry Dining on the Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort property.

#5: History

The city of Myrtle Beach is only about 80 years old, becoming a popular vacation destination in the 1950s. Settlement of the South Strand, however, dates back to the early 1700s, when rice and indigo plantations lined the coast and the area served as a Colonial era retreat for the wealthy. Our guests are in close proximity to some amazing remnants from that period, including plantation homes and grounds at Hobcaw Barony and Hopsewee Plantation and old churches and beach homes in Georgetown and Pawleys Island.

Of course, we and our guests believe that staying and playing at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort is the main reason to vacation on the South Strand. Our wide variety of first-class accommodations, outstanding amenities like golf, tennis, cycling and swimming, and on-site restaurant and spa make Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort the perfect place for you to spend your next vacation getaway!

 

Top Beach Games for Tweens and Teens

Teens playing beach volleyball

Top Beach Games for Tweens and Teens

While some of us may be satisfied with nothing more than a towel and a stretch of beach for lying in the sand, there may be members of your family who are looking for a little bit more entertainment while they hang at the beach. And if you’re traveling to the beach with teens and tweens, it’s best to keep them occupied, rather than have to listen to complaints about boredom … this is a vacation, after all!

So here are a few of our favorite beach games for tweens and teens. They’re not guaranteed to keep them from being bored, these are teenagers we’re talking about, but we’re fairly confident that between the waves and the games, you’ll all be in for a good time:

Teens playing beach volleyball

Bocce Ball

Bocce ball is one of our favorite Italian-inspired pastimes! You can pick up a set that can be played both at home on the lawn and on the beach. You split up into teams if you have a larger group, or if there are only a few each person plays solo. A small jack/ball is thrown first, and then each subsequent player tries to throw his or her ball as close to the jack as possible. Sand provides an element of unpredictability that’s fun, and so does the idea of using your ball to knock another player’s ball out for the way for a win!

Burying Contests

If you have a few teenagers, a burying contest can be fun. They can split up into teams and bury a person, or find two sticks of the same height, stand them up in the sand, and have a contest burying the two.

Beach Olympics

You set the course! Some of the best competitions for the beach are disc toss and long jump, but don’t be afraid to add in your own favorites, like limbo!

Beach Dodgeball

If you have enough space on the beach to spread out, Dodgeball is a super fun game that’s well suited to a day at the beach. Divide your group into two and place them across the “court” from each other (you may have to mark out your court in the sand). Of course, if the beach is crowded, this may not be the best choice.

Sand Sculpting

You can either break into two teams and have them compete against one another, having an impartial mom or dad be judge, or all collaborate on one mega-sculpture. The choice is yours!

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.

Top 5 Ways to Stay Cool This Summer at Litchfield Beach

Morning sunrise over the ocean waves

Top 5 Ways to Stay Cool This Summer at Litchfield Beach

As the summer temperatures rise on the Grand Strand, so does the demand for cool entertainment options. Locals and visitors alike seek relief under the shade of a sprawling live oak tree or in the cool waters of the Atlantic Ocean, and guests at Litchfield Beach & Golf Club can hit the indoor and outdoor pools on our oceanfront deck to take a quick dip. But there are lots of other alternatives that aren’t quite so obvious. Here’s a look at five of our favorite hot spots for staying cool:

Morning sunrise over the ocean waves

#1: Murrells Inlet Marshwalk

The weather is always a little bit cooler right along the coast, and this waterfront walkway leads to some of the coolest places on the South Strand. With more than a dozen seafood shacks and watering holes easily accessible from the wooden boardwalk, visitors can dine inside or find a shady spot in the sea breeze outdoors to enjoy a cold drink, listen to live music, and simply kick back in a lounge chair or hammock and watch the fishing boats return from a day at sea while the sun sets to the west.

#2: Parasailing

Looking for a little adventure during your vacation? A parasailing voyage not only provides some exciting thrills, but also some satisfying chills to lower your body temperature on a hot summer day. Sailing out of the nearby Crazy Sisters Marina, several outfitters offer parasailing trips that lift you high in the sky to soar like a seagull high above the ocean waves. Your driver can even drop you down for a dip in the cool water or launch you higher into the sky. Other watersports offered by local outfitters include Banana Boat rides, jet-ski rentals, kayak and paddleboarding tours and more.

#3: Wild, Water, & Wheels

This Garden City Beach waterpark offers lots of thrills and chills for folks looking to beat the heat and boredom. Featuring more than a dozen water slides, speed chutes and flumes that range from easy to off the chain, Wild Water & Wheels is a great place for families with diverse tastes. Let the youngsters experience the thrills of tackling some of the more challenging slides and rides while the little ones splash and play on the aquatic playgrounds. Meanwhile, adults can relax in the wave pool, lazy river or hot tubs and watch the kids have a blast. Go-kart racing, putt-putt golf, bumper boats and an arcade are also on the property, and the ‘Live After Five’ Friday afternoon parties are legendary, with half-priced admission after 5 p.m. and live music playing poolside.

#4: Frank's Theatre & Bowling

This Inlet Square Mall complex has something for the whole family, and we’re not just talking about the air conditioning. Part movie theater, part restaurant, part bowling alley and part arcade, Frank’s gives visitors lots of entertainment options under one roof. Catch a movie while enjoying a surf-and-turf feast and a cold beer; rent some shoes and knock down some pins at the modern bowling alley; or enjoy some friendly competition on the billiards tables or the latest high-tech video games. Win or lose, at least you will stay cool.

#5: Brookgreen Gardens

This nearby botanical sculpture garden has plenty of shady spots where you can take a break from the summer heat, but the highlight of the season is Brookgreen Gardens’ ‘Cool Summer Evenings’ program. Held each week, Cool Summer Evenings see the gardens’ gate stay open later. Live music is played on the main stage under the stars, refreshments and dinner are offered at the Pavilion Restaurant, and boat rides tour the surrounding inlets through the old rice fields of this former working plantation.

Litchfield Beach guests have lot of options for beating the heat this summer. Whether it’s the thrills and chills of watersports or a waterpark or a relaxing rest in the sea breeze on the waterfront, you’re sure to have a cool summer vacation at Litchfield Beach.