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The Lachicotte Select Blog Page is your connection to the Grand Strand. Here you can keep up with all that's going on at The Lachicotte Company and surrounding area in Pawleys Island,SC. Check out the list of category's below or use the custom search feature to search our archive for a specific word or phrase.
This month, Myrtle Beach welcomes back the Wedding Showcase, the Grand Strand's premier wedding exhibition, on Saturday January 26, 2019. From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., prepare to be amazed by all of the glitz and glamour of this bridal event. Whether you're a local bride or a bride who is planning a destination wedding on the beach, the Wedding Showcase has you covered for everything wedding.The Wedding Showcase will be hosted at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, where vendors set up exhibits and booths designed to offer you the latest and best in wedding gear. One of the most essential aspects of the wedding is the bridal party's attire, and the Wedding Showcase will have all of the industry's best in fashion, from wedding gowns and bridesmaid dresses to mother of the groom and father of the bride apparel.... Read More
Although Pawleys Island offers tons of fun activities and thrilling excursions to try out during your South Strand vacation, the laid-back coastal destination is also the perfect spot to relax and unwind. At Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort, guests have plenty of ways to enjoy a tranquil and serene condo rental experience. If you're hoping for a beach vacation that will bring you tranquility and peace of mind, try out our four following suggestions. 1. Yoga on the BeachThe Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort is located right along the coast, so whether you're staying in an oceanfront condo or one of our nearby beach homes, you'll have easy access to the sandy shores of the Atlantic.... Read More
With June upon us and summer getting into full swing, you're probably eagerly anticipating your trip to Pawleys Island. What's that? You haven't planned your summer vacation to Pawleys yet? Well, with as busy as our lives can get we can't blame you, but that's exactly why you need to make time for a relaxing getaway to our lowcountry slice of paradise. You deserve a break from those everyday stresses and with weeks and weeks of sunny skies on the horizon now is the perfect time to escape to Pawleys Island. On top of this, while on your getaway you can experience one of the Grand Strand's premier nightly summer events at nearby Brookgreen Gardens.... Read More
Pawleys Island is situated within the lowcountry coastal region of South Carolina and some of the most beautiful landscapes along the east coast. From shady wooded regions featuring canopies of coastal pines and live oaks to tranquil inlets and saltwater marshes, you have to experience all the beautiful nature trails available during your vacation to Pawleys Island. Whether you travel on foot or by bike, there are numerous scenic trails for your enjoyment around the southern Grand Strand area and here are a few that you won't want to miss during your next trip to Pawleys Island. ... Read More
A vacation to Pawleys Island is a great way to unwind and escape our everyday stresses. But in addition to clearing our mind, there are plenty of great ways to enjoy the arts, with the most well-known being Brookgreen Gardens. Brookgreen Gardens is home to one of the country's largest sculpture collections and also features a rotating collection of exhibits by local, national and international artists year-round. Each year on the first weekend in June, Brookgreen Gardens hosts their annual Art Festival, and for art lovers and those interested in the learning more about art in various mediums this festival is a must-see event.... Read More
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.... Read More
With over 80 golf courses available along the Grand Strand, it's no wonder why the Myrtle Beach area is known as the Golf Capital of the World. And with many of the area's best courses situated around Pawleys Island, there's no shortage of world-class links to test your game and delight golfers of all skill levels. If you're planning on playing a round or two during your upcoming vacation to Pawleys Island, don't miss the challenging layout presented by the course at True Blue. Perennially named one of the top golf courses along the Grand Strand and featured on Golf Magazine's 2017 "Top 100 Courses You Can Play" list, True Blue has wowed golfers since its opening back in February 1998.... Read More
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.... Read More
Stop us if you've heard this before, but Myrtle Beach can get quite hot during the spring and summer months. And after a long round (or two) of golf along the Grand Strand, you and your fellow golfers may have worked up quite a thirst. Luckily, there are a multitude of places to quench your thirst during your Myrtle Beach golf vacation. If you're a fan of craft beer or microbrews, here are a few of the best options around Myrtle Beach for ordering some frosty suds. American Tap House Located right in the heart of Broadway at the Beach, American Tap House is one of the premier destinations for lovers of craft beer.... Read More
With the weather warming up, golf in full swing and so many great spring events slated for the Pawleys Island area, it's the perfect time to plan a trip to Pawleys Island. If you're looking for first-class accommodations, Litchfield Beach and Golf offers guests everything you could be looking for, from modern one bedroom oceanfront Pawleys Island condos to deluxe six bedroom oceanfront beach houses. And now when you stay with Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort, you can enjoy mouth-watering breakfast and dinner options at Coastal Dish, the on-site restaurant of the resort. Officially open for the 2018 season, Coastal Dish is sure to satisfy any diner's appetite with a tremendous selection of tantalizing dishes every morning and evening.... Read More
The Blessing of the Inlet has been an annual lowcountry tradition for over two decades, and this year looks to continue that tradition with faith, family-friendly fun, food and entertainment. With so many local residents relying on our coastal resources, the Blessing of the Inlet is a yearly service that celebrates faith and wishes good fortune upon the region. If you've never attended this favorite event of locals and visitors alike, plan a trip to Pawleys Island today and see why the celebration has become such a beloved annual event in the lowcountry area. This year's Blessing of the Inlet will take place on Saturday, May 5th from 9 AM to 3 PM at the Belin Memorial United Methodist Church in nearby Murrells Inlet.... Read More
During daylight hours on your Myrtle Beach golf vacation, it's all about hitting the links. But when the sun goes down, unless you've got night vision goggles, glow-in-the-dark golf balls and floodlights on your golf cart, you'll need to find some activities to fill out your getaway itinerary. Luckily, Myrtle Beach offers a ton of great live entertainment choices to enjoy on your golf trip. Here are some of the best entertainment spots to visit during your golf vacation to Myrtle Beach. House of Blues If you're enjoying your golf vacation with a stay at Barefoot Resort, you're right around the corner from Barefoot Landing, home of the House of Blues.... Read More
During your vacation to Pawleys Island, you will enjoy a wealth of fantastic dining options around the area. No matter if your idea of a perfect meal is Mahi Mahi, a bacon cheeseburger, rack of lamb or anything in between, the dozens of world-class restaurants dotting the Pawleys Island area will delight your taste buds and ensure your appetite is completely satisfied. And with the Tastes at Pawleys culinary festival, now you can sample the area's top restaurants in one sitting. Celebrating its 10th year in 2018, the Tastes at Pawleys event takes place on April 29th at the Precious Blood of Christ Church in Pawleys Island.... Read More
When you think of the Grand Strand, there are plenty of things that come to mind, but one of the most famous exports of the Myrtle Beach area has been the shag. No, not the carpet, the iconic dance that took the area by storm beginning back in the late 1930s and still holds a special place in the hearts of Grand Strand locals and guests alike. No matter if you're a seasoned veteran or a newbie to the dance, during your upcoming vacation to Pawleys Island, take a quick drive to Georgetown and check out the 12th Annual Shag Festival, taking place on April 21, 2018. If you're not familiar with the shag and its history along the Grand Strand, here's a quick primer for you.... Read More
With hundreds of great restaurants to choose from around the Grand Strand, there's no shortage of fantastic dining options on your vacation to Myrtle Beach. Around almost any corner you're likely to find whatever taste you're craving, whether it's fresh seafood, steak, sushi, pizza or BBQ. But while ordering that perfect meal is great, it's even better when you can enjoy it while taking in a beautiful view of the beach. During your Myrtle Beach vacation, be sure to plan on a first-class oceanfront dining experience at one (or more) of these fantastic Grand Strand restaurants. Pier 14 Restaurant and Lounge Nestled on the end of Pier 14 just a couple of blocks north of the iconic Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, Pier 14 Restaurant and Lounge serves up one of the Grand Strand's best ocean views complimentary with every meal.... Read More
We're only a couple of weeks away from April, and that means one thing: baseball is right around the corner. Dozens of major leaguers have made their way to the big leagues after a stop in Myrtle Beach, and with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans' 2018 season kicking off on April 5, you're likely to see some future MLB stars take the field. Make sure you don't miss out on all the action during your vacation to Myrtle Beach. Since 1999, the Pelicans have drawn thousands of fans to catch the game's biggest up-and-coming stars as they begin their journey to making a Major League Baseball team. Until 2010 the Pelicans were the Class A Advanced team for the Atlanta Braves.... Read More
The South Carolina coastal region around Pawleys Island features a beautiful and diverse ecosystem that is truly unique. Even without venturing into less developed or populated areas, you're likely to see majestic cranes expertly spearing fish in area ponds or even alligators patrolling marshes and inlets. But by exploring further out, you will be rewarded by witnessing the unspoiled beauty of this intricate ecosystem. On your next vacation to Pawleys Island, slow things down and learn about the nature behind this special area with a trip to Georgetown to the Hobcaw Barony Discovery Center. Centered around a large plantation, Hobcaw Barony was one of 10 coastal baronies (estates ran by barons of the British empire) established by King George I in 1718.... Read More
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. 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.... Read More
Whether you're in town for a girls' weekend or a romantic getaway with your significant other, there's always a great time to be had when you go out for Drinks and Dessert. Read ahead to discover a few of our favorite spots in Myrtle Beach where the beverages are strong and the sweets are indulgent. Strong Waters Craft Cocktails Strong Waters Craft Cocktails & Kitchen is one of the best places in Myrtle Beach to go for wide-ranging, unique adult drinks, and their dessert menu is impressive too. Their drinks are broken down into 5 categories- Day Drinking, featuring selections like Hair of the Dog and Summer Breeze; Light and Interesting, with drinks like Honeysuckle Mule and Lavender Field; Crisp and Boozy, including heartier drinks like Beam & Hops and Smoking' Oldie; From the Barrel, with offerings like Manhattan and Boulevardier; and finally a wide category of Bourbons and wines.... Read More
Be forewarned: during your Pawleys Island vacation, you may experience levels of relaxation that could have you wanting to never leave this special lowcountry paradise. That's a pretty good problem to have, but we'd recommend taking a short drive south to discover historic Georgetown, SC. This charming town is the third-oldest community in South Carolina and offers a great way to spend a day on your trip to Pawleys Island. With history dating back to the 17th century, Georgetown was officially incorporated in 1729 and flourished as a hub for indigo and rice cultivation. By the mid 1800s, the Georgetown area accounted for half of the rice grown in the US.... Read More
If you're planning a vacation to Myrtle Beach, you're sure to enjoy a nearly limitless array of recreation and entertainment choices. One of the best ways to enjoy the beautiful Myrtle Beach coast is by taking advantage of the many pier fishing and offshore charter fishing excursions available along the Grand Strand. No matter if you're a novice or experienced angler, you'll be able to enjoy the sparkling Atlantic Ocean and experience the excitement of landing a big catch during your trip to Myrtle Beach. Check out some of these fantastic fishing opportunities to enjoy on your Grand Strand vacation.... Read More
Sure, everyone knows about popular hotspots in Myrtle Beach like Broadway at the Beach and the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, but there are plenty of fantastic venues to enjoy beautiful natural habitats and native wildlife while on your Myrtle Beach vacation too. On your next trip to Myrtle Beach be sure to check out some of these lush parks, gardens and nature experiences that are available along the Grand Strand. Waccamaw River Tours Just inland from the Myrtle Beach coast, the wetlands of the Waccamaw River are home to an intricate ecosystem that teems with unique plant and animal life. Waccamaw River Tours offer boat trips through this scenic landscape, offering travelers a chance to witness native species like heron, egrets, osprey and alligators.... Read More
We're all riding out these winter months just dreaming of warm sunny days that seem so far off, but make sure not to daydream too much and miss out on booking your spring break vacation to Myrtle Beach. After all, Myrtle Beach is one of the most popular spring break destinations on the east coast, and you don't want your fellow breakers reserving the perfect condo in Myrtle Beach before you do. Beach Vacations has a huge catalog of Myrtle Beach vacation rentals that will delight you and your guests, and while there are a ton of great entertainment options to enjoy during your spring break, here a few highlights that you won't want to miss.... Read More
A vacation to Pawleys Island is always a fantastic way to kick back, relax and enjoy a lowcountry paradise, but if you're interested in seeing the sights and sounds of nearby Charleston, all it takes is an hour drive. On your next Pawleys Island vacation, why not take a day trip to one of the east coast's most charming places? Here are a few great attractions to enjoy during a day trip to Charleston. Fort Sumter National Monument Built as part of an American defense system following the War of 1812, Fort Sumter is best known as the site of the first shots fired in the American Civil War. After a ferry ride into the Charleston Harbor, history buffs can explore the facility and see the original cannons installed in the fort.... Read More
The new year is here, and many of us have set a goal of being healthier in 2018. Don't use vacation as an excuse to forego your new healthy eating goals- there are plenty of places in the Myrtle Beach area that offer vitamin-filled and nutrient-rich meals that everyone in your group will love. Read ahead to explore our four favorite healthy food spots along the Grand Strand.4 Healthy Food Spots To Keep Your New Year's Resolutions Going StrongBay NaturalsLocated near 76th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach, Bay Naturals doubles as a health market and organic kitchen, so not only can you find a nutritiously prepared meal there, but you can also shop for natural products like soaps, supplements, and much more.... Read More
Each year, millions of people from across the United States and around the world gather together to watch two teams in their battle to see who will be the next Super Bowl Champion of the NFL. This year on Sunday, February 4, 2018, you can experience Super Bowl LII at a variety of establishments scattered throughout the Pawleys Island area, and if you're spending the weekend at one of our fabulous Litchfield Beach vacation rentals, you can even enjoy the big game from the privacy and comfort of your own living room. Check out our list of the Top 5 Sports Bars of the Grand Strand to figure out where you should be on Super Bowl Sunday 2018.... Read More
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.... Read More
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.... Read More
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. 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.... Read More
Brookgreen Gardens: The spring flowers may not yet be in full bloom, but beauty abounds year-round at Brookgreen Gardens. Featuring more than 9,000 acres of scenic Lowcountry landscapes and beautiful works of art, Brookgreen Gardens is the largest and oldest botanical sculpture garden on the East Coast. Although the winter weather might make it hard to see it all on a chilly day, admission is good for one full week so you can pick and choose warmer times to visit. The winter calendar includes tours of the old Oaks Plantation site, slave quarters, graveyards and the rice fields. Indoor activities include the Butterfly House, Children's Discovery Room, restaurant, tea room and souvenir shop.... Read More
Since 1984, the World Amateur Handicap Championship has seen thousands of golfers compete in Myrtle Beach for the enviable title of best amateur golfer in the world. This year, golf enthusiasts from all 50 states and more than 25 countries will come together for several days from August 28 to September 1, in celebration of this sport and the comraderie and competitions it brings along with it. Myrtle Beach's World Amateur Tournament is the largest of its kind, and it has seen the appearance of many celebrities throughout the years, including Major League Baseball stars Roger Clemens and Tony Womack, LPGA champion Annika Sorenstam, NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon, and CBS Sports and Golf Channel Commentator, David Feherty.... Read More
Huntington Beach State Park is one of the Grand Strand's most beautiful and historic coastal parks. Originally owned by aristocrat Archer Huntington and his sculptor wife Anna Hyatt Huntington, the area was leased to the state in 1960 for use as a state park, and it was made aNational Historic Landmark in 1984. Since then, Huntington Beach State Park has become well-known for its quiet and picturesque sandy beaches, bird population, and of course, its lovely castle, Atalaya. Atalaya was the winter home of Archer and Anna Huntington, and it was designed by Archer,who was heavily influenced by architectural styles from the Spanish Andalusian coastal region.... Read More
As the Summer season winds down in Myrtle Beach, locals and visitors alike look forward to all of the hustle, bustle, and excitement of another festive holiday season at the beach. If you've planned your late Fall beach escape for the second week in November, then you have to experience the immersive events to be found at the 36th Annual Dickens Christmas Show and Festivals. Taking place at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, from November 9-12, this event is sure to bring out the inner child in us all. The Dickens Show and Festivals get started on Thursday, November 9, 2017 from 9 am. to 6 pm.... Read More
In recent years, the Myrtle Beach downtown area has seen the revitalization and development of many exciting additions and events. The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, which opened in May 2010, stretches more than a mile along the heart of the coast, from 14th Avenue to the 2nd Avenue Pier, and hosts many new festivals and entertainment events throughout the year. This Fall, on October 6 and 7, the Myrtle Beach Seafood Festival returns for its 2nd year, and you can experience it all in downtown Myrtle Beach on the Boardwalk. Get ready for two days of food and fun whenever you spend some time at the Myrtle Beach Seafood Festival.... Read More
October is arguably one of the best times to spend your vacation in Myrtle Beach. Temperatures are in decline, bringing in fewer and fewer hot and humid days; leaves are developing beautiful hues of red, yellow, and orange; traffic becomes more manageable, and the Grand Strand hosts a bevy of exciting Fall Festivals. If you're traveling into the area during the weekend of October 13-14, be sure to stop by Market Common for its annual Oktoberfest celebration. Of course, the first thing that comes to mind when you hear Oktoberfest is beer, but at Myrtle Beach's celebration, there are a wide variety of events and activities for the entire family.... Read More
Even though the thrilling Summer season is drawing to a close, the excitement of Fall is just around the corner. One of the best reasons to fall in love with Autumn is the multitude of festivals that are hosted in Myrtle Beach and the surrounding areas during this time. One of the Grand Strand's most beloved late-Summer/Early Fall festivals, Coastal Uncorked, returns from September 1-3 for its 7th year. Coastal Uncorked will be hosted in the parking lot behind the Pavilion Park Central at Broadway at the Beach. This Labor Day Weekend event kicks off on Friday, September 1, from 6pm to 9pm, when you can experience Chocolate Under the Moon- A Moonshine Mixology.... Read More
Back for another year of fantastic food and music, the Beach, Boogie, and BBQ Festival celebrates its 12th annual event on September 1 and 2, 2017 at the Market Common in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. This late summer festival is the perfect way to maximize the foodie fun of your beach vacation. An Official BBQ Championship of South Carolina, the Beach, Boogie, and BBQ Festival awards upwards of $8,600 in cash and prizes to more than 25 competing teams of BBQ aficionados. Teams battle it out for points to find out whose BBQ will reign supreme. All of the fun starts on Friday, September 1 at 6pm, when participants will converge for the finger-licking good Wing Competition and Tasting.... Read More
With so many things to do and see during your Myrtle Beach vacation, it's difficult to narrow down exactly what to do. Especially when traveling with school-aged children, you may be on the lookout for something to keep those brains engaged during Summer vacation. One way to experience the beach with an educational twist is by taking your family to Myrtle Beach State Park for a variety of fun Summer programs that will provide new and interesting knowledge for all. Throughout the Summer until August 26, the State Park puts on its Summer Program, and most of these programs are free with paid admission to the park ($5 for adults, $3.... Read More
There's nothing like a hot and humid Summer day in Myrtle Beach to have you begging for some relief. If you're looking to enjoy your vacation time outside, then try out one of the Grand Strand's thrilling water parks, and stay cool all Summer long. Myrtle Waves- Myrtle Beach, SC The towering slides of Myrtle Waves have long dotted the skyline along Highway 17 in Myrtle Beach. Located near Broadway at the Beach, this park has been cherished by locals and visitors for more than 3 decades. You'll find all types of thrills at Myrtle Waves, from tube slides to raft rides to family favorites. Hint: Go to Myrtle Waves midweek for Wednesday Movie nights, where the park plays a family favorite each week.... Read More
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.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.... Read More
Myrtle Beach is known for its amazing golf courses, fabulous shopping experiences, scrumptious dining establishments, and of course, its sandy beaches, but it's also gained notoriety due to the wide selection of entertainment options that are fun for the entire family. Voted one of the top family destinations in the country year after year, these 5 shows provide the perfect entertainment for everyone in your group. During your next Myrtle Beach vacation rental experience, make sure you visit at least one of these action-packed extravaganzas.Pirates VoyageAvast, mateys. At Dolly Parton's Pirates Voyage, you'll experience the wonder and spectacle of dancing and high-flying pirates, the beauty of magical mermaids, and the deliciousness of a feast fit for a Captain.... Read More
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.... Read More
Spring has sprung, and with warmer temperatures, more sunshine, and rainy afternoons, the season sets the stage for an epic emergence of all of Spring's most vivid colors. There's no better place to discover and immerse yourself in the colors, smells, and feeling of Spring than at Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. Brookgreen Gardens is a sculpture garden and wildlife preserve that was built on the grounds of four former rice plantations. The Gardens boast that their collection of American figurative sculptures is the largest and most comprehensive in the United States, and this sprawling assortment of sculptures include over 1,400 works by more than 350 artists from the early nineteenth century to the present.... Read More
The Murrells Inlet MarshWalk is home to numerous restaurants and business establishments that present the best in local cuisine and culture along the Grand Strand. Home to many festivals and events, the MarshWalk is one of the most exciting mingling points in the area. Since the region is also very well-known for its premiere golf clubs and courses, it is only fitting that the MarshWalk annually hosts the MarshWalk Masters, where participants come together for a little bit of sport, food, drink, and comradery.... Read More
Everyone loves the normal view of Myrtle Beach, whether you're looking out at the horizon from your Myrtle Beach vacation rental balcony, cruising slowly along exciting Ocean Boulevard, or just peacefully strolling down the sandy shore. However, for those looking to see the beach city from a somewhat unusual perspective, there are many different avenues to see Myrtle Beach in a different light. Here are our Top 5 Unusual Ways to See Myrtle Beach:5. Express Watersports: Ocean Sightseeing and Dolphin Watch CruiseAquariums are amazing, but seeing marine life up close and personal in its natural habitat is priceless.... Read More
South Carolina native and Coastal Carolina University alum Dustin Johnson has made waves in the professional golf world for years and has recently risen to prominence as the No. 1 golfer in the world after top showings at Riviera and the Mexico Championship. Though he is the top player on the world stage today, his history with the Grand Strand has served as a foundational stepping stone of his golf experience. Johnson grew up in the state capital of Columbia, where he led his Dutch High School golf team before signing with the Coastal Carolina University Chanticleers in 2003. During his tenure at CCU, Johnson earned honors such as Big South Player of the Year ('05, '06, and '07) and First Team All-American, and he helped lead the team to a fifth place finish at the NCAA championships his senior year.... Read More
Myrtle Beach is kicking off festival season early in 2017, as the Horry County Fair returns for its second year starting April 7 and going through April 16. Hosted at the Myrtle Beach Speedpark, the event drew thousands in its inaugural year and proved to be a local success. If you miss the smell of funnel cakes, the roar of carnival rides, and the joy of all things fair-related, then you definitely will not want to miss out on the Horry County Fair.The Horry County Fair will feature all of the time-tested standbys that we cherish: carnival games like ring toss, tragically delicious foods like elephant ears, gyros, and the outstanding fried Oreo, and brightly-lit rides that make us question exactly how gravity works.... Read More
From now until May 1, hundreds of baseball and softball teams from around the United States will embark on an epic Spring Training adventure with the Ripken Experience of Myrtle Beach. Both high school and NCAA teams have the opportunity to take advantage of the week-long sessions, and the number of teams taking part in this spring training event has risen from just 33 in the 2007 inaugural season to more than 400 today. Spring Training will be held at the state-of-the-art Ripken Experience Myrtle Beach Complex, which features nine, lighted artificial turf fields, including four 90-foot diamonds and five baseball & softball fields with designs mirroring iconic and notorious professional ballparks from around the country.... Read More
Forty days before the culmination of Easter, those looking for a day of complete indulgence find revelry in the celebration of Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday. Mardi Gras historically and culturally represents the last day before the fast of Lent, in which many give up one or several of their own personal vices. This celebration has become secular in recent times, with people from all different backgrounds taking part in this day and night of eating, drinking, and having a great time. This year, Murrells Inlet welcomes Mardi Gras to its lively MarshWalk, where local businesses will serve up fantastic specials, while visitors experience this traditionally French holiday.... Read More
Georgetown, South Carolina, one of the oldest cities in the southeastern United States, has a history, rich in culture and elegance, as it once embodied genteel southern society in the manner it was before the Civil War. This was thanks primarily to the highly-lucrative rice and indigo plantations that were scattered throughout the area. In fact, between the 1700 and 1800s, Georgetown County was considered the wealthiest county in the nation. Many of the plantation homes that existed during the 18th and 19th Centuries have been carefully preserved and still remain in tact along the rivers that meander throughout the locale.... Read More
Few attractions can rival the thrill and excitement of beach-side amusement parks. Luckily for Bali Bay Resort guests, two of Myrtle Beach's best seaside attractions are right next door. Make the most of your Myrtle Beach vacation rental by spending time at Family Kingdom and Splashes Waterpark. Located just across the street from Bali Bay, Family Kingdom is the city's only ocean view amusement park. The park first opened in 1966, and for more than fifty years, it has continued to serve up tons of fun to locals and visitors alike. With more than 38 thrilling rides, there is truly something for everyone.... Read More
Some of the most striking geographical features in the Georgetown County area are the network of inlet marshes that meander inland along the coast. On the northern tip of the county, the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk offers up the unrivaled beauty of the sights and sounds of nature. Murrells Inlet is a quaint fishing town, well-known for its seafood and for its historic popularity with pirates, including Blackbeard, centuries ago. The MarshWalk in this quiet town is home to several local businesses and some of the best restaurants and bars in the area. It has become a haven for festivals, as it hosts several throughout the year, including the 4th of July and Christmas Boat Parades.... Read More
Annual Intracoastal Christmas Regatta Boat Parade in Little RiverOn November 26, the Little River Inlet will come alive with the beauty of Christmas. In its 32nd year, the Boat Parade will showcase decorated boats, as they travel along the inlet. Each participant (as well as viewers) is encouraged to donate new, unwrapped toys for local children who may be in need this holiday season. This maritime parade will begin at 5 p.m. in Little River and make its way to the Dock Holidays Marina, so find a great viewing spot and enjoy the Intracoastal Boat Parade.North Myrtle Beach Christmas ParadeNorth Myrtle Beach will kick off the Christmas season with its parade, which takes place on December 3 at 5:20 p.... Read More
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:* Cera Sushi: Recently opened at the Hammocks Shops Village in Pawleys Island, this new-age Asian eatery specializes in sushi.... Read More
Litchfield Beach and neighboring Pawleys Island are considered hot spot for great South Carolina country cooking and Lowcountry cuisine. Using fresh local ingredients, including seafood plucked from nearby waters and homegrown produce, these coastal communities are famous for serving food so good that folks drive from miles around for lunch and dinner.If you want to try other area restaurants, you're staying in the right place. Here are the top five restaurants in Litchfield Beach and Pawleys Island, and all of them are within a five-mile drive of your vacation home away from home:* BisQit: Don't let the name fool you.... Read More
Guests at Litchfield Beach Golf & Resort are fortunate that they don't have to leave the premises to enjoy excellent seafood. The on-site Webster's Lowcountry Grill serves a nice selection of steaks and seafood so you can enjoy surf and turf without the hassle of going out for dinner. But if you want to take your taste buds on a tour of the local seafood scene in nearby Murrells Inlet, Pawleys Island and Litchfield Beach, you don’t have to go very far or look very hard. Here are five of our favorite seafood places in the neighborhood:* Frank's: This highly acclaimed restaurant is actually two eateries in one - Frank's Restaurant and Frank's Out Back.... Read More
Spring fever isn't the only ailment that brings guests to Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort this time of year. March Madness also sweeps through the South Strand, and college basketball fans have plenty of options for watching the all the tournament action. Running from March 15 to the championship game on April 4, March Madness is at its maddest at these five local spots:* Carolina Tavern: This isn't your typical sports bar. Perhaps because of its mellow Murrells Inlet location, this place is more laid back than fired up. But for fans who truly want to watch the games and just shout drunken cheers for your team, Carolina Tavern is a great place to enjoy the games without all the usual sports-bar distractions.... Read More
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:* 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.... Read More
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:* Brunch/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.... Read More
As part of the historic Waccamaw Golf Trail, Litchfield and the surrounding towns of Pawleys Island, Murrells Inlet and Georgetown are home to several classic Lowcountry layouts. Utilizing the diverse terrain of maritime forests, swamps and salt marshes, neighboring courses look like scenes from the cover of golf magazines - and many are. Sporting four-plus ratings from national publications like Golf Digest and Golf Magazine, here are our top three links near Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort:* Caledonia Golf & Fish Club: Your arrival at this former rice plantation is well worth the short trip to Pawleys Island.... Read More
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.* 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.* The Freckled Frog: The little ones will love this shop designed with them in mind.... Read More
A long weekend is the perfect reason to take a short trip to the Grand Strand this Columbus Day. Beginning on Friday, October 7, there are so many things to experience all throughout the area, from Little River down to Murrells Inlet. Take advantage of the lower, autumn temperatures, as well as the lighter crowds and visit us during Columbus Day Weekend. One of the most beloved festivals from around the area comes back for its 12th year of celebration. The Shrimp and Jazz Festival will take place on October 8th and 9th on the historic Little River waterfront. Visitors to the north end of the Strand can take part in this two-day event that is sure to please seafood and music lovers alike.... Read More
Autumn is the prime season for football, sweaters, and local festivals, most of which celebrate a special aspect of a community's distinct cultural or societal influences. Now in its 24th year, the St. John's Greek Festival of Myrtle Beach will continue to impress with its vibrant celebration of Greek culture at its finest. Honoring all of the glory of Greek culture, cuisine, and family fun, the festival is appropriate for visitors of all ages. The festival takes place from Thursday, September 29 to Sunday, October 2, at the St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church of Myrtle Beach. If you find yourself dreaming of exotic foods, live performances, and festival street vendors, then don't miss your chance to take in the sights and sounds of the Greek Festival.... Read More
While the thrill of Summer is on the way out, the allure of Autumn is just around the corner. Myrtle Beach keeps the excitement going this Fall on the Boardwalk with Shaggin'-n-September and the inaugural Myrtle Beach Seafood Festival. These are two experience you definitely won't want to miss. It all gets started this September, when on Saturdays, the Boardwalk area of downtown Myrtle Beach will become alive with beach music and dance enthusiasts. Make your way to Plyler Park for all of the fun honoring the dance known as the Shag. Beginning in the 1940s, the Shag provided a fun and rebellious escape from the day-to-day uniformities of life in coastal South Carolina.... Read More
Myrtle Beach is known for many things, some of which include the Grand Strand's beautiful golf courses, divine dining, and endless shopping experiences. However, beyond those delightful segments of Myrtle Beach, the city is also home to many award-winning dinner and theatre shows. One of the most popular and spectacular stage performance locales along the Grand Strand is The Palace Theatre, located off of Highway 17, adjacent to Broadway at the Beach. Housed in a gorgeous, rotunda-styled building, with sky-high columns and an inviting stairway entrance, The Palace Theatre was voted 2014 WINNER for Best Live Entertainment Theater by Carolina Forest Readers Choice Awards.... Read More
Since 1984, the World Amateur Handicap Championship has seen thousands of golfers compete in Myrtle Beach for the enviable title of best amateur golfer in the world. This year, golf enthusiasts from all 50 states and more than 25 countries will come together for several days from August 29 to September 2, in celebration of this sport and the comraderie and competitions it brings along with it. Myrtle Beach's World Amateur Tournament is the largest of its kind, and it has seen the appearance of many celebrities throughout the years, including Major League Baseball stars Roger Clemens and Tony Womack, LPGA champion Annika Sorenstam, NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon, and CBS Sports and Golf Channel Commentator, David Feherty.... Read More
There's nothing like an exciting stage production to finish off a hot day spent experiencing thewonders and sights of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. One of Myrtle Beach's most visited andcelebrated stage attractions is Calvin Gilmore's Carolina Opry, located accessibly off of Highway17 in Myrtle Beach.Gilmore had always been a fan of music, having started his career as an aspiring singer/song-writer in Nashville, Tennessee. However, when his own professional singing career faltered, hebrought his idea for a musical variety show to Myrtle Beach in 1986. Since then, the CarolinaOpry has been the home to thousands of performance that have continually impressed localsand visitors alike with the caliber of entertainers who have graced the stage.... Read More
If you think you've seen it all when it comes to Grand Strand shopping, think again. The Hammock ShopsVillage in Pawleys Island, South Carolina provides a relaxing shopping experience that is far from typicalof today's mega malls and outlet shopping excursions. If you are looking for something different, thatoffers you the latest in shopping at your own pace, The Hammock Shops Village is especially for you.Established more than seventy-five years ago in 1938 and situated along the southern Grand Strand, TheHammock Shops Village began with just one building that focused on the art of hammock-making.... Read More
It’s one of the biggest events of the year in the South Strand, and this is an extra-special 25th year.Celebrate the Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art at — where else? — Litchfield Beach & Golf. We offer the widest array of accommodations at great prices, all within minutes of the action.This year’s festival kicks off on Friday, September 25, and heads well into October with an exciting lineup of music, art, food, wine and more.What’s in store for the quarter-century celebration of this favorite for both locals and visitors? Take a look.Third Annual Seaside Palette: This is not, we repeat not, like watching paint dry.... Read More
It’s no wonder that the South Strand destination that plays host to a famously popular art and music festival every year also lays claim to some fabulous galleries in which we can view and buy art.But contrary to its stuffy reputation, art buying, especially here in Pawleys Island and Litchfield, can be a fun and affordable way to broaden your mind, beautify your home, and bank away a vacation’s worth of memories.Not in the market to buy? You can count on that southern hospitality to avoid any awkward no-thanks-I’m-just-looking exchanges with curators. Gallery owners and employees down here are happy to have you, regardless if you walk out with a purchase or not.... Read More
Millions of visitors spend their summer vacations on the Grand Strand every year, but the savviest of travelers love to come in the fall. Whether it's the smaller crowds, the milder temperatures or the scenic beauty of the South Carolina Lowcountry in the fall, repeat guests have fallen in love with an autumn retreat to Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort and the south side of the Strand.Although there are numerous year-round reasons to stay at Litchfield Beach, including the 600-acre oceanfront property's first-class accommodations, world-class amenities and Southern hospitality, fall presents its own unique set of opportunities for a picture-perfect getaway.... Read More
The way we remember is changing. And that includes the way we remember our vacations.When we were kids, we’d buy a postcard, scribble in our journal, snap a photograph on film, or just tuck a memory away in our minds, brushing the dust away on cold and grey days to try and feel the light of the South Strand summer sun again.Now we Insta this, tweet that. Post a status, post a blog. We’re exchanging memory for megapixels, and feel that somehow that’s enough.But it’s not.The haziest memories come alive when we smell that one flower, or hear that particular song; hold that seashell in our hands; or glance at the memento on our shelf.... Read More
Mom wants sushi. Dad wants shrimp and grits. Kids want the burgers-dogs-chicken finger trifecta.And you’re not making three stops.Lucky you, dear visitor, since the South Strand seems to know what you’re up against. We’re listing five of our favorite local restaurants that have a little bit of everything to please all palates.Here’s where to start, all within a short drive of your stay at Litchfield Beach & Golf.1) Frank’s and Frank’s Outback: We — and just about every other one of their patrons —love this spot for celebrations and splurges, and rest assured, you really can get any number of delicious eats from their three menus.... Read More
Thanksgiving dinner is as heralded as meals get.Unless you don’t like to cook.Or are visiting from out of town.Then Thanksgiving dinner is a bummer, a drag, something you’d prefer not to think about.Ah, but not on the Grand Strand. Don’t forget that southerners are all about hospitality, so when many cities shutter their restaurants on this holiday, we keep doors wide open. While there are considerably fewer restaurants open here in the Litchfield/Pawleys Island area than in, say, greater Myrtle Beach, the ones that are open are so very yummy. And we’re talking about strictly turkey-gravy-stuffing fare here.... Read More
It was the venerable Homer Simpson who once said, “You can’t make friends with salad.”And with that, a chorus of carnivores cheered in unison.While we do love salad (sorry, Homer), you just can’t beat a great steak, and lucky for us, the communities south of Myrtle Beach have some beautiful and beefy options. Here are five best bests in Pawleys Island, Murrells Inlet and Litchfield.1) Frank’s Restaurant and Bar: Of all the incredible places to grab a steak on the Grand Strand, this is arguably the best —insofar as it is actually a steakhouse, er, chophouse. In addition to an extensive restaurant menu in which one can procure anything from braised Colorado lamb to pan fried quail, Frank’s offers a special chophouse menu for the purists.... Read More
It’s not that we’re fishing for compliments, really.But there are some things the South Strand does very well, and inshore and offshore adventures are among them.While staying at Litchfield Beach & Golf, you’re within casting distance of some fun, knowledgeable and reputable charter companies to take you out, hook you up, and reel your catch in for an incredibly memorable outing. This is an especially great option if you’re chipping in with a couple of other adults to defray costs. Flounder, black drum, red drum, sea trout, tarpon and more (and maybe even a shark — eek.... Read More
When summering in the South Strand, indulging in an ice-cold treat is an obligation, really. Think about it: 90-degree heat, intense humidity, days spent in the sun — that ice cream becomes mandatory. We’ve assembled a list of some of our favorite local spots to get a frozen snack— both for kids and grown-ups — within minutes of your accommodations at Litchfield Beach & Golf.Brain freezes sold separately.1) Paradice: This is, naturally, your first line of defense. A traditional ice cream shop in every sense, Paradice serves dozens of flavors of ice cream, frozen yogurt, floats, hurricanes, shaved ices, smoothies, frappes and malts.... Read More
What is it about warm weather that makes us go margarita crazy? Is it the refreshingly tart citrus flavors? That salted rim harkening to the ocean and its sea air? The festive, celebratory feeling that drinking one inspires?Oh, who are we kidding. It’s the tequila.Like many other classic cocktails, margaritas are having a moment. Beverage directors and libation specialists (they’re not bartenders anymore, mind you) have gotten creative, using specialty tequilas, agave syrups and homemade infusions and add-ins to elevate the old standby to new levels of boutique craftiness. These concoctions are a fun way to experiment with new flavors, but sometimes the simple elements of lime, sugar, tequila and salt are all we need — and want — in a margarita.... Read More
Ahhhh, wine.You delicious little minx, you.You pick us up when we’re down, set a romantic mood, and celebrate with us in times of triumph.(Sometimes you can really kick our butts, however we’re not going to worry about that here.)It only makes sense that South Stranders — adapt at living the good life in an idyllic environment — also love to kick back with an aromatic, tasty glass (or two) of vino.Where to get wined and dined near your stay at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort? Here are our three top picks:1) Perrone’s: This Mediterranean staple is within, um, stumbling distance of Litchfield Beach & Golf, making it a great spot for a post-beach (or golf) tipple and, eventually, dinner.... Read More
One of the most magical sights on the South Strand is but a few steps away.Brookgreen Gardens’ Nights of a Thousand Candles is back this year, and visiting the expansive garden grounds by twinkling lights is a must-do when staying at Litchfield Beach & Golf. Well, anywhere really, but you’re so close right now that it would be a shame not to.But this weekend — December 18, 19 and 20 — is the last to enjoy the “Nights.” However, those in town after Christmas will delight in an extension of sorts. On December 31 come for the Stroll By Candlelight on New Year’s Eve event.... Read More
The South Strand is famous for its award-winning seafood restaurants, but the freshest catches are located just off the shore. The Atlantic Ocean and the surrounding tidal creeks and inlets are teeming with a wide variety of fish species, as well as shrimp, oysters, blue crabs and more. Visiting anglers can cut out the middle-man restaurants and go straight to the source by catching and cooking their own seafood feast. Here are five of the best places to hook a big one for dinner:* Charter Boats: The best way to catch the biggest fish is to go where they live - way offshore near the Gulfstream.... Read More
Saturday, July 2* 33rd Annual Murrells Inlet Fourth of July Boat Parade: You've seen your share of parades on dry land, but this unique floating procession is unlike any other. Dozens of vessels, ranging from luxury yachts to small fishing boats, get decked out in their most patriotic colors and line up for a cruise through Murrells Inlet. Visitors line the banks and cheer as the flotilla makes its way around the inlet and passengers wave to bystanders. The parade starts at Garden City Point at 5 p.m. and can be viewed from the Veterans Pier, Crazy Sister Marina and boat ramps along the waterfront.... Read More
Yes, we’re supposed to relax on vacation.But at the expense of our well-earned physiques?Good news, folks, we can have it both ways — that is, take a load off without putting a load on.How?Be realistic. Don’t expect to spend hours intensely exercising if that’s just not in the cards. Instead, think maintenance, healthful choices, and unexpected calorie burns. Here’s what you need to do, and it’s all within minutes of your accommodations at Litchfield Beach & Golf.1) 10,000 Steps: We’ve all heard that this is the sort of fitness gold standard, the minimum number of steps we need to take a day to stay on a healthy track.... Read More
There are a lot of things we South Strand-ers consider major sources of pride.There are the pristine beaches, the world-famous Lowcountry cuisine, the fascinating history, the gorgeous inlet.And then there’s Brookgreen Gardens.This is one of the biggest attractions in the Myrtle Beach area for a reason; the sprawling grounds are jaw-droopingly gorgeous and always a delight for the senses. It’s all-ages fun, it’s educational, it’s ever changing, but it’s also a relaxing and leisurely outing. And that’s a hard combination to come by.Oh, and the best part? It’s a stone’s throw from your stay at Litchfield Beach & Golf.... Read More
Located just a short drive north of Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort, Brookgreen Gardens puts on the Cool Summer Evenings program beginning June 8 and running through Aug. 5. Held every Wednesday and Friday night, the gardens stay open until 9 p.m. so you can enjoy the scenery with sunset servings as a beautiful backdrop on the former rice plantation. The additional two hours are prime hours for beating the heat and soaking in all the art and nature Brookgreen Gardens has to offer.As the temperature starts to drop and the sun sinks behind the palmetto and live oak trees, the gardens come alive with the sounds of music.... Read More
The small South Strand towns of Litchfield Beach and Pawleys Island are known for their beautiful undeveloped beaches, delicious seafood restaurants and hammocks shops. But now that their best-kept secrets are out, their biggest claims to fame just might be golf.It all starts at the Litchfield Beach & Golf Club, a 600-acre property that features world-class accommodations, amenities and, of course, golf. With the resort adjoining the Litchfield Country Club, guests have access to one of the top courses on the Grand Strand within a short golf cart ride. Guests can rise and shine with a hearty breakfast at the resort, zip over to the golf course for 18 holes or more, then return for a relaxing dip in the pool or hot tub and a nap in your comfortable accommodations.... Read More
Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort is a peaceful retreat in its own right, with 600 acres of white-sand beaches, golf and tennis facilities, swimming pools and a spa, and hiking and biking trails where you can always find some relaxation and tranquility.But to really escape to a secluded stretch of beach or an isolated spot amid the woodlands and wetlands, you have to know a few secret and not-so-secret locales on the south end of the Grand Strand. Located in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, here are five beautiful places that are off the beaten path — or at least big enough to get lost — where you can disappear for a day:* Brookgreen Gardens: Located just two miles north of Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort, this 9,100-acre botanical sculpture garden is the oldest and largest on the East Coast.... Read More
Folks can enjoy some wonderful sounds during their stay at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort - the waves crashing on the beach, the sea breeze blowing through the live oak trees, and best of all, the chirping of birds and cheering for birdies on our on-site golf course. But for those with an ear for music, you don't have to travel far to find the sweet sounds of live acts on local stages. Here are five of our guests' favorite places to catch live music within a short drive of Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort:* Brookgreen Gardens: Who needs Hot Summer Nights when you can enjoy Cool Summer Evenings at Brookgreen Gardens.... Read More
You may have heard of a pub crawl, but a visit to the Murrells Inlet, just south of Myrtle Beach, is more like a scenic seafood stroll.Located along a wooden walkway that borders the inlet, the Marsh Walk gives visitors that chance to take a leisurely jaunt from restaurant to restaurant, each offering their own unique Lowcountry dishes and atmosphere. The one thing they share in common: They all serve fresh local seafood that you can watch being unloaded on the nearby docks. Try to hit them all, but make sure not to miss these five eateries:Dead Dog Saloon: This long-running favorite burned to the ground earlier this year, but a new and improved Dead Dog emerged from the ashes.... Read More
There are lots of good reasons to stay at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort — including the luxurious Lowcountry location, the world-class amenities, and the 600 scenic acres of woodlands, wetlands and white-sand beaches. But perhaps none are bigger than the abundance of award-winning golf courses within a short distance of the resort, giving guests a long list of opportunities.With more than 80 golf courses within a 60-mile radius of Myrtle Beach, Grand Strand visitors have plenty of options for golf. But the vast majority of top-rated layouts are located on the South Strand, from Murrells Inlet down to Georgetown.... Read More
There are the suggestions.The hints.The if-you-have-time ideas for what to do on your Pawleys Island vacation.Then there are the stop-everything, don’t-leave-without-‘ems, your-life-is-not-complete-unless-you-do-this itinerary.So here you have it, folks, the five absolute-must things to do in the South Strand while you stay at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort.1) Huntington Beach State Park: Any beach will do, really, but the pristine stretch of sand and surf that is Huntington State Park is a peaceful reminder of what the South Carolina coast looked like before, well, we showed up.... Read More
Beer has undergone a major revolution in recent years. Once represented by only handful of national brands, the beer industry’s top has been popped, blown wide open by the exploding popularity of craft beers and microbreweries. For beer-lovers with adventurous taste buds, it's now easier than ever to sample a wide variety of ales, ciders, stouts and wheat beers from around the world.The craft-beer craze has reached our little corner of the South Carolina coast, with several small bars and restaurants adding hard-to-find craft beers to their lineups. For those who love to explore (both new places and new flavors), here are five local Litchfield area hot spots where you can relax and enjoy a cold one while taking your taste buds into new territory:* Island Bar & Grill: This place is a Pawleys Island institution and one of the best local watering holes to wet your whistle with a craft beer or two.... Read More
In real estate, it’s the big question.Rent or buy?When talking South Strand vacations, there is no question.Rent, rent, rent.Whether it’s too big and bulky to bring from home or so out-of-this-world wild that you’d never own it in the first place, vacation rental accessories can elevate your trip to a convenient and affordable “Best Ever” status.What are the best items to rent when you’re staying at Litchfield Beach & Golf? Our takes.1) Kayak: Ever tried to gate-check a kayak? Yeah, us neither. Even if you have one of your own, leave it at home and rent one when you arrive.... Read More
The historic town of Pawleys Island might be old, small and slow-paced, but it knows how to throw one heck of a party. The highlight of the 'arrogantly shabby' resort town's social calendar — the Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art — is right around the corner, coinciding with the start of the fall season and the perfect time to visit, from Sept. 24 through Oct. 15.The three-week festival is loaded with events that feature local artists and their works, national artists and their music, and the best of Lowcountry food and spirits. The events are held at some of the most scenic settings on the South Carolina coast.... Read More
Many guests at the Litchfield Beach Resort take a short trip north to Myrtle Beach for a full day of attractions, shopping and dining. But for an equally enjoyable but completely different experience, take the short drive south to the historic port city of Georgetown and the lovely Lowcountry scenery.Located at the headwaters of the Black and Sampit Rivers and Intracoastal Waterway, Georgetown is the third oldest port in the nation. The combination of history and seafaring are still evident along the downtown district’s Harborwalk, where locals and tourists stroll from shop to café while fishing boats sail in and out of Winyah Bay.... Read More
Who doesn’t adore a parade? Never mind. Don’t tell us. We don’t want to know.We just love them too much.Whether it’s a small town affair anchored by the high school marching band or a big to-do with gymnasts and fire trucks and a hailstorm of candy, municipalities and neighborhoods all around the South Strand throw their own brand of patriotic festivities. Regardless of where you wind up, bring a chair, wear your red, white and blue, and prepare for uniquely Southern Independence Day fun.Pawleys Island Parade: Just minutes from Litchfield Beach & Golf is where you’ll find this longstanding charmer.... Read More
It can’t possibly be… is it?The end of summer?.?Labor Day weekend is a most bittersweet time — while the carefree, warm whims of the fairest months will be missed, it will be nice to get the kids back in school. And give your air conditioner a break. And kick off pumpkin latte season.But we all have that nagging feeling of “Did I really take advantage of this season?” Why not check a few things off that list on Labor Day weekend while in Litchfield Beach — one of the most gorgeous, low-key and memorable spots on the Grand Strand.Here’s how:Item No.... Read More
Now, we’re not ones to say, “I told you so,” but we do love when something we adore is discovered and loved by others, too.So is the case with Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort in Pawleys Island. The sprawling, idyllic destination was named one of the 10 most luxurious and exclusive resorts in the Grand Strand by USA Today’s 10best.com.Here are a few reasons it made 10best.com’s (and our) list:Setting: Litchfield is a bit off the beaten path, making it a little more bucolic, a little less hustle-and-bustle than some of the popular spots downtown. The resort comprises 600 beautiful acres, and guests can choose to stay oceanside, golf course-adjacent, by lakes and more.... Read More
A leisurely stroll or cycle on a scenic path is one of those pleasures of life that is undeniable —it’s a little exercise, a little beauty, a lot of enjoyment.The Grand Strand has a lot of great trails that are both accessible and approachable, meaning you’re not going to be ascending a mountain or zigzagging through a rocky forest (although, you can if you want).Here are some Myrtle Beach trails best bets, and if you’re heading out on bicycle, don’t forget riding appropriate clothing, and most importantly, your helmet.Swamp Fox Passage / Palmetto Trail: Throw the bike on the car rack (or simply lace up your sneakers) and head south on Route 17 to hit the 42 miles of Swamp Fox Passage.... Read More
You know we love Myrtle Beach.Like, love.But we also enjoy getting out a little, venturing off the beaten path, reveling in some quieter corners of the Grand Strand.Which is why we really love Pawleys Island.But what to do? Where to start? And how do we get there?Easy. Follow us.Pawleys Island lies off the Highway 17 corridor that links Myrtle Beach to Charleston, making it a snap to get from one spot to the other and everything in between. Murrells Inlet is just to the north, as are popular Brookgreen Gardens and Huntington Beach State Park. Just to the west the links-lovers among you will find a golfers paradise.... Read More
While, yes, the beach and golf and sunshine play a big, big part in the decision to visit the Grand Strand, the fact that we also happen to be home to some of the freshest, most incredible seafood in the country ought to weigh in, too.With the abundance of grouper, flounder, drum, trout, mackerel and more packing our waters, not to mention shrimp and inlet oysters, coastal Carolina has a lot to boast. And don’t we reap the benefits.We like to venture down Route 17 in the Pawleys/Murrells corridor to hit some phenomenal but off-the-beaten-path options. Here are seven — out of MANY — of our faves, in no particular order:1) Bliss (Murrells Inlet): This award-winning local favorite doesn’t fib — their seafood is blissful.... Read More
Myrtle Beach gets all of the glory, but the hidden gem of the South Carolina shoreline is Pawleys Island. It’s only about twenty miles south of Myrtle Beach, but to those in the know, it feels like an entirely different world. The Island is more laid back and less crowded–the kind of place where you can stop to appreciate a beautiful sunset, and Pawleys has plenty of those to spare. But that’s not all it has. Check out more of the many reasons to visit this seaside escape:Dining: Bistro 217 is known for its fusion of Southern flavors, brought to life by a chef who learned from the masters–his mother and grandmother.... Read More
Diners at Webster's in Litchfield often have a hard time choosing between the many unique dishes on the menu.But ask executive chef Sean Thomas for a recommendation and he may send you back to the basics.'I just love our shrimp and grits,' said Thomas, the magician in the kitchen who created the menu. 'What can I say? I am crazy for the classics.'And who wouldn't be? By using the freshest local shrimp and ingredients he can get his hands on, Thomas doesn't have to work much magic to make this dish a hit, but he does anyway.The shrimp is half the battle, and Webster's goes straight to the local docks to ensure high quality and freshness.... Read More
Offering discounted offseason rates and last-minute specials, Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort provides the perfect winter retreat to help you shake the cold-weather blues. Offering luxurious accommodations, an indoor pool and other amenities, Litchfield Beach gives guests plenty to do on those chillier times, and even more outdoor activities for those sunny days.Litchfield Beach is making it easier and more affordable than ever to take a weekend break during the final stage of winter. Guests who arrive any Friday for a two-day stay between February 19 and March 18 can save up to 40 percent off our regular rates.... Read More
We all know what she’s going to say.“Oh, you don’t have to get me anything for Mother’s Day.”Typical humble, selfless mom, right? But come on. Of course we have to do something.In addition to the perfectly thoughtful gift (we’ll leave that one up to you), a day of pampering and fun for mom is a must-do, and lucky for visitors to the Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort, there are some seriously great options within minutes of accommodations on Sunday, May 10.Read on for some of the best ways to honor mom… yes, daytime drinks are involved.1) Go with the flow: Treat mom to a little morning zen with an 8 a.... Read More
Cead Mile Failte…… to the South Strand, y’all.They say that everybody’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. We say that everyone is welcome here at the beach. Put those two things together and we’ve got the makings for one seriously fun holiday.St. Paddy’s Day 2015 falls on a Tuesday – a serious bummer if you plan on, um, seriously partying. In addition, Pawleys Island doesn’t host a parade or any formal event, so if you love the idea of green beer and bagpipes, head to North Myrtle Beach on March 14 for their fun annual event.Looking to stay a little closer to your home away from home at Litchfield Beach & Golf? Still want to get your slainte on?Throw on your finest green wear and see what’s in store.... Read More
We often forget that the United States is not that old — few cities even crest the two-century mark.Here in the Grand Strand, things sometimes seem especially young. We’ve got new hotels, new restaurants and new attractions that seem to pop up daily.Then we head a little south, to quaint Georgetown, S.C., and get a dose of what life was like so very long ago.When you head to Georgetown — a seaside community halfway between Myrtle Beach and Charleston — the best way to dip into its historic significance is through the fun and informative Swamp Fox Tours Company.... Read More
They call it “mall exhaustion.”We are all familiar — when shopping till we drop turns into frustration, fatigue, and eventually flopping out on one of those chairs in the middle of a store while our partner combs the sale racks… again. Bad Muzak, heavy perfume smells, and too many people all add up to swearing off shopping entirely.Beleaguered retail-phobes of the world take heart. There is hope.And it comes in the form of the Hammock Shops Village in Pawleys Island.This delightful destination is the anti-mall, with about 20 small, one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants in clapboard cottages dotted among meandering paths, pines, porches and flowers.... Read More
Guests at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort have so many wonderful options for on-site entertainment that they could spend their entire vacation without leaving the property. But for those who wish to explore the beautiful Lowcountry scenery that surrounds Litchfield Beach, there are even more exciting opportunities, including a unique chance to travel back in time.No time machine is necessary, only a vehicle to make the short drive to the historic port city of Georgetown. In only a few minutes, you will feel like you have been teleported back to the pre-Revolutionary War period and a time when rice was king.... Read More
For the majority of the continental United States, winter is “Why Do I Live Here?” season. However, not in Myrtle Beach, where the fair weather and infrequent snowfalls make it a delight to reside in year round.With that said, we locals adore autumn and recommend it over winter for visitors looking to escape the encroaching cold. Here’s why.1) Weather: Fall is a joy in Myrtle Beach, with average September highs in the 80s and October’s at the near ideal mid-70s mark. Even November, rounding the corner toward winter, tops out in the mid-60s, making those cozy sweaters useful, but not essential.... Read More
Think about it: we’re taking stock of the summer season, reaping the bounty of our fields, and taking a breather from some oppressive heat. However, you know that pit-of-the-stomach uneasy feeling folks experience, where even the most beautiful fall is just a precursor to some brutal winter weather? Yeah, we don’t get that here.It’s all good, all the time.Anyway, Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort fits you right in the center of all the action — be it a harvest, art, wine, music or food festival — with great off-season rates on accommodations and packages that will leave you with a little more cash in your pocket to splurge for that pumpkin spice latte.... Read More
Squeeeeeaaaaaaaall...OMG. You’re engaged? Congratulations. It’s so exciting, we literally can’t even.Well, OK, we can.We have to.This South Strand summer wedding isn't going to plan itself.With a sparkling ring on that finger and a lifetime with your beloved to look forward to, it’s easy to forget that wedding planning is hard work. But it can be fun, too, as long as you get organized, stay calm, and plan ahead — and remember that a summer wedding in the Myrtle Beach area is as beautiful as they come.1)The date: Conventional advice says to set a date at least a year out, and we agree.... Read More
From 1951 to 2011, Myrtle Beach's Sun Fun Festival, the longest-running event in the city's history, brought unforgettable experiences and entertainment to locals and vacationers for decades. The event marked the traditional start of the summer season but was placed on pause after the 2011 season. Now, after a five-year hiatus, the 2016 Sun Fun Festival returns and will take place from June 3-5 in the heart of downtown Myrtle Beach. Featuring swingin' beach music, competitive games, and a parade, the event is sure to entertain repeat visitors and newcomers alike. The fun begins on June 3, and will include live performances by the Swinging Medallions, The Legendary Motown Revue, and The Castaways.... Read More
Visit the Farmers Market at the Market Common throughout the summer for a variety of fresh and savory items, including locally-grown produce, baked goods, and other hand-crafted products. Beginning on June 4, and continuing until September 24, the Farmers Market will be available every Saturday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Located on Deville Street in the Market Common shopping and dining district, the Farmers Market is your chance to taste the real flavors of the Myrtle Beach area through the freshest and tastiest produce brought to you directly from the farm. There's no need to wonder about the origin of your fruits and vegetables because the Farmer's Market allows you to interact with and get to know the local producers in person.... Read More
Join The Boathouse every Sunday for their summer concert series. From main stream bands to local favorites the Boathouse has it all. Located just down the road from the River Oaks golf resort the Boathouse is conveniently located just off Hwy 501 on the waterway. The stage sits right over the water making this a perfect location to bring your boat and anchor while enjoying good friends and great tunes. Below you will find the remaining concerts to be played or visit the Boathouse website for a complete list of bands & menu.   • Dangermuffin    07/20/2014  • Natty Vibes    07/27/2014  • Little Texas    08/03/2014  • Jerry Fest    08/10/2014  • Tru Sol    08/17/2014  • Ballyhoo.... Read More
We all know about the man-made attractions of the Grand Strand, like Broadway at the Beach, the Boardwalk and Barefoot Landing, and we all know that those are great places to have fun. But, did you know that there are plenty of pristine and unspoiled areas to enjoy all the natural beauty of the South Carolina coast? Here are a few great suggestions to relax and take in the picturesque scenes this remarkable area has to offer.Myrtle Beach State Park: Located just off the shoreline in southern Myrtle Beach, the lush forests of the Myrtle Beach State Park provide a great retreat from the bustling tourist areas.... Read More
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