63A Lakeside Villa at Litchfield by the Sea REMODELED

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Enjoy the new amenities and a full interior remodel of 63A Lakesides Villas.  This two bedroom vacation rental at Litchfield by the Sea in Pawleys Island had the following improvements during the off season:

  • Full granite counter tops in the kitchen and both bathrooms
  • New cabinets and drawers in the kitchen and bathrooms
  • Full interior paint job in a soothing color pallet
  • Flat screen televisions in living room and both bedrooms
  • Brand new furniture throughout
  • High end luxury mattresses and bedding
  • All new accessories throughout
  • New patio furniture
  • New window coverings
  • New cookware, glasses, appliances, etc. for the kitchen

We invite you to enjoy our vacation rental.

CLICK HERE for rates, availability and more photos.

Attention snowbirds…. looking for a monthly rental in the off season, contact us for details.

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Seasonal Events at Hobcaw Barony

NORTH INLET BOAT TOUR
May 1, 2017 (Monday)
7:30 am – 12:00 pm
$125 / person, Limited to 4 persons
Enjoy a rare opportunity to travel as a group of six to  explore the creeks and islands of “the best understood estuary in the world.” Captain Paul Kenny and Foundation staff explain salt marsh ecology, international research and coastal history on a very special boat trip with a walk on North Island, where Lafayette landed in 1777. Departing from Hobcaw’s Clambank Landing, the boat meanders through serpentine creeks from the Inlet to Pumpkinseed Island, to Muddy Bay and back. Snacks, water and PFDs provided. Reservations are required, click here to register.
WORLD WAR II LIVING HISTORY DAY
May 20, 2017 (Saturday)
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
$10 / person, Unlimited, Car Caravan
Commemorate Armed Forces Day at Hobcaw Barony, remembering President Franklin Roosevelt’s 1944 visit. While war raged and D-Day was finalized FDR rested, guarded by Secret Service and all branches of the military. Join us at Hobcaw House to tour the house and grounds and meet World War II US Army re-enactors, led by guest speaker Mike Glazier. Interpretation focuses this day on the president’s month long stay, Belle’s Victory Garden, Georgetown’s municipal involvement and a world at war. Reservations are required, click here to register.
BARUCH ROUNDTABLE: LAFAYETTE ON HOBCAW BARONY’S SHORE
May 25, 2017 (Thursday)
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
$75 / person, Limited to 25 persons
The 19 year-old French soldier and aristocrat, Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette became convinced that the American Revolution reflected his own beliefs stating “My heart was dedicated.” Join us for an intimate dinner at Hobcaw House and a lively talk by guest lecturer, Dr. Eldred “Wink” Prince: historian, author and Coastal Carolina University professor. Lafayette crossed the Atlantic Ocean landing off course “on lonely North Island,” due east of Hobcaw Barony on June 13, 1777. After a two-day stay, Lafayette swore to conquer or die for the American cause. The circumstances of his arrival and welcome by SC militia member, Major Benjamin Huger have been told by generations; Dr. Prince will help us separate legend from fact.  Reservations are required, click here to register.
AARON BURR AND THE ELECTION OF 1800
June 7, 2017 (Wednesday)
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
$30 / person, Limited to 75 persons
Calling all South Carolina history buffs to attend our traditional “Summer Supper” at Kimbel Lodge at Hobcaw Barony to drink, eat BBQ and listen to Steve Griffith, Esquire. Formerly of Charlotte and now a resident of Columbia, he has lectured at and been published through SC Historical Society and the South Caroliniana Library Society. His lecture will focus on South Carolina’s pivotal role in the election of 1800 when presidential candidates included incumbent John Adams, South Carolinian Charles Cotesworth Pinckney (son of Eliza Lucas Pinckney of indigo fame),Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr whose daughter Theodosia married Joseph Alston one of their wedding gifts was Oryzantia Plantation at Hobcaw. The contested election results, the famous Burr-Hamilton duel in 1804, Theodosia’s disappearance at sea in 1812, Joseph’s election as South Carolina governor in 1812, and his death of a broken heart. Intrigue, drama and tangled history – politics as usual! (Photo credit Smithsonianmag.com) (Please BYOB should you wish to have an alcoholic beverage.) Reservations are required, click here to register.
Hike Hobcaw
WILD WEDNESDAY  SERIES – CHILDREN’S BEACH WALK
June 21, 2017 (Wednesday)

2:30 pm – 5:00 pm
$10 / person, Limited to 14 persons
Register your child (7-16) for a guided beach walk with Foundation staff and volunteers as we discuss barrier islands, maritime forests, tides and turtles. Traveling by bus through DeBordieu Colony to Hobcaw Beach, children disembark on the shore and may return with shells, fossils and “bio-facts.” Bring water, hat and sunscreen. Reservations are required, click here to register.
FAMILY TOUR OF HOBCAW BARONY
June 24, 2017 (Saturday)
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
$20 / person, Limited to 28 persons
Have you always hoped to bring your children on a bus tour but wondered if they would enjoy their time? This family tour hits the highlights of Hobcaw Barony’s ecology, history and research, but includes more interpretation on wildlife and the children who once lived, visited or worked on the plantation. Stories from Belle Baruch’s own childhood will help us understand her desire to preserve the land forever. Reservations are required, click here to register.

WILD WEDNESDAY  SERIES – ALLIGATOR BIRTHDAY
July 5, 2017 (Wednesday)

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
$10 / child
It’s Allie the alligator’s birthday! Come to the Hobcaw Barony Discovery Center to learn about these living dinosaurs and celebrate his birthday with cupcakes, juice and an alligator craft. Reservations are required, click here to register.
WILD WEDNESDAY  SERIES – GHOSTS FROM THE COAST
July 19, 2017 (Wednesday)

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
$10 / person, Limited 43 persons
From silly superstitions to scary stories, learn the Lowcountry legends of Alice and The Grey Man, plat-eyes and hags, but discover who created these stories and why they have lasted. Religion and discipline, along with cultural and geographic differences all have contributed. English, Irish and African traditions all brought beliefs to America and South Carolina is famous for its swamps, woods and unusual occurrences. This indoor storytelling program prepares kids of all ages for their own outdoor experiences. Reservations are required, click here to register.
COOL IT! HOW AIR-CONDITIONING REVOLUTIONIZED THE SOUTH
July 26, 2017 (Wednesday)
1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
$25 / person, Limited to 28 persons
Rice planters evacuated, northern duck hunters visited in the winter. How did the South change when air-conditioning was invented? Enjoy a 20th century history lesson as we explore the changes to South Carolina agriculture, industry, population and culture while enjoy a glass of sweet tea in the cool interior of Hobcaw House. Reservations are required, click here to register.
WILD WEDNESDAY  SERIES – SNAKE BIRTHDAY PARTY
August 2, 2017 (Wednesday)
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
$10 / child
Even our snakes have birthdays!  Come to the Hobcaw Barony Discovery Center to learn all about them and celebrate with cupcakes, juice and a take home craft. Reservations are required, click here to register.
ART AND SOUL, HOBCAW’S ART COLLECTION
August 16, 2017 (Wednesday)
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
$30 / person, Limited to 28
Celebrate Belle Baruch’s birthday at Hobcaw House by learning more about her art collection, the theft of a number of pieces, and their 2016 recovery and return. Original art by Aston Knight, Eugene Blocaille, F.M. Hollams, Rockwell Kent and “Allemany” (a recent mystery solved) is on view. Reproductions including those by Sir Alfred J. Munnings and Miguel Covarrubias tell stories of the Baruch family past. Highlights are shared from a past episode of  PBS’s Antiques Roadshow and a recent lecture at Charleston’s Gibbes Museum of Art by our executive director and a trustee. Art not usually on exhibit is included this day.  Reservations are required, click here to register.

TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE VIEWING
August 21, 2017 (Monday)

12:00 pm  – 4:30 pm, Limited to 28
$50 / person
August 21, 2017 offers a rare opportunity to view a TOTAL solar eclipse.  Join CCU adjunct teacher Ron Revere for a lecture about eclipses and what to expect.  The lecture begins promptly at noon then will travel by bus to Clambank landing to watch this event with supplied eclipse glasses.  Bring snacks, water and a folding chair if desired.  (Photo credit to NASA and LandBetweentheLakes.us) Reservations are required, click here to register.
 
CapN Rod (2)Cap’N Rod Boat Tours
Looking to visit Hobcaw Barony from a different perspective? Reserve your place on Cap’N Rod’s Boat Tours to arrive at Hobcaw Barony the way the Baruchs did before the bridges into Georgetown were built.  This seasonal program is offered Spring and Summer only. This three (3) hour tour cruises up Winyah Bay giving view to majestic oak trees and the abandoned rice fields of Hobcaw Barony.  The boat arrives at Hobcaw Barony pier where you disembark to enjoy a tour of Bernard Baruch’s winter hunting retreat. Reservations are required. $35/person.  Visit: http://www.lowcountrytours.com to make a reservation, or please call (843) 477-0287, or Click here to book a reservation through Cap’N Rod.
Boarding takes place behind the clock tower in Georgetown at 701 Front Street.
Dates Available:
April 19, 2017 (Wednesday) 2 pm – 5 pm
May 10, 2017 (Wednesday) 3 pm – 6 pm
May 17, 2017 (Wednesday) 2 pm – 5 pm
June 1, 2017 (Thursday) 2 pm – 5 pm
June 7, 2017 (Wednesday) 3 pm – 6 pm
June 15, 2017 (Thursday) 12 pm – 3 pm
June 21, 2017 (Wednesday) 2 pm – 5 pm
July 5, 2017 (Wednesday) 2 pm – 5 pm
July 13, 2017 (Thursday) 12 pm – 3 pm
July 20, 2017 (Tuesday) 3 pm – 6 pm
July 27, 2017 (Thursday) 11 am – 2 pm
August 2, 2017 (Wednesday) 2 pm – 5 pm
August 10, 2017 (Thursday) 11 am – 2 pm
August 17, 2017 (Thursday) 2 pm – 5 pm
August 30, 2017 (Wednesday) 2 pm – 5 pm

Hobcaw Barony Children’s Programs

Learn to throw Cast Neta Cast Net

April 14, 2017 (Friday)
1:30 p m – 4:00 pm
$20 / person
Boat season is here and if you have ever wondered how to throw a cast net, this is your chance!  Come to Hobcaw Barony and learn this fool-proof way of opening the net with ease after only a few practice casts. You will never miss the bait again and will be welcomed on the bow of any boat once you have mastered the art of the throw.  After practicing on land, participants will be taken to Clambank Creek to test their skills. Open for all ages. Bring your own cast net. Reservations are required, click here to make a reservation.

Cane Pole Fishing at Hobcaw Barony

April 19, 2017 (Wednesday)
10:30 am – 1:00 pm
$20 / person
Fish the old fashioned way! Catch and release fish at the ponds of Hobcaw Barony. Cane pole and bait provided for each participant. Please remember to bring sunscreen, water and snacks. Reservations are required, click here to make a reservation.

Wild Wednesday Series – Children’s Beach Walk

June 21, 2017 (Wednesday)
2:30 pm – 5:00 pm
$10 / person, Limited to 14 persons.

Register your child (7-16) for a guided beach walk with Foundation staff and volunteers as we discuss barrier islands, maritime forests, tides and turtles. Traveling by our bus through DeBordieu Colony to Hobcaw Beach, children disembark on the shore and may return with shells, fossils and “bio-facts.” Due to limited space, this program is only available for children. Children should be signed in at HBDC 15 minutes prior to commencement of program. Parents can pick up children from HBDC at 5 pm. Bring water, hat and sunscreen. (Exertion level: walking 2 hours) Reservations are required, click here to register.

 

 

Family Tour of Hobcaw Barony

June 24, 2017 (Saturday)
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
$20 / person, Limited to 28 persons.

Have you always hoped to bring your children on a bus tour but wondered if they would enjoy their time? This family tour hits the highlights of Hobcaw Barony’s ecology, history and research, but includes more interpretation on wildlife and the children who once lived, visited or worked on the plantation. Stories from Belle Baruch’s own childhood will help us understand her desire to preserve the land forever. Reservations are required, click here to register.


Wild Wednesday Series – Alligator Birthday

July 5, 2017 (Wednesday)
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
$10 / child

It’s Andy the alligator’s birthday! Come to the Hobcaw Barony Discovery Center to learn about these living dinosaurs and celebrate his birthday with cupcakes, juice and an alligator craft. Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult (free of charge). Reservations are required, click here to register.

Wild Wednesday Series – Ghosts From The Coast

July 19, 2017 (Wednesday)
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
$10 / person, Limited 43 persons.

From silly superstitions to scary stories, learn the Lowcountry legends of Alice and The Grey Man, plat-eyes and hags, but discover who created these stories and why they have lasted. Religion and discipline, along with cultural and geographic differences all have contributed. English, Irish and African traditions all brought beliefs to America and South Carolina is famous for its swamps, woods and unusual occurrences. This indoor storytelling program prepares kids of all ages for their own outdoor experiences. Reservations are required, click here to register.

COASTAL ECOLOGY CAMP DATES FOR SUMMER 2017
9:00 am – 12:30 pm
$125 per camper
Donor Pre-Registration begins February 27, 2017
Public Registration begins March 13, 2017

You can take the child out of the Lowcountry, but you can’t take the Lowcountry out of the child.  Hobcaw Barony offers 6 individual weeks of coastal ecology camp.  Parents can enjoy a half day break while their children have an awesome time learning about our local environments through various indoor/outdoor activities. Participants in Summer Ecology Camp gain access to places for crabbing, fishing, animal tracking and beach combing that are not open to the public.  Camp at Hobcaw Barony provides children an opportunity to learn in a truly undeveloped 16,000 acre environment where several different ecosystems are available for study.

Coastal Ecology Camps are 4 days every week and open ONLY to rising 2nd graders through to rising 5th graders.  Children experience a different environment each morning includes:

  • Forest ecology and animal tracking
  • Salt marsh and crabbing
  • Beach ecology and seining
  • Freshwater and pond fishing

Due to the popularity of this camp, participants are only allowed to participate in one session.

**Advance registration is required.**

Cancellation policy: Refunds only processed if notice of cancellation is given two weeks before start date of the registered camp.

Week 1 – June 6, 2017 (Tuesday) – June 9, 2017 (Friday), click here to register your camper.
Week 2 – June 13, 2017 (Tuesday) – June 16, 2017 (Friday), click here to register your camper.
Week 3 – June 20, 2017 (Tuesday) – June 23, 2017 (Friday), click here to register your camper.
Week 4 – June 27, 2017 (Tuesday) – June 30, 2017 (Friday), click here to register your camper.
Week 5 – July 3, 2017 (MONDAY) – July 7, 2017 (Friday) – No camp on July 4, click here to register your camper.
Week 6 –  July 11, 2017 (Tuesday) – July 14, 2017 (Friday), click here to register your camper.

Upon completion of registration, an email will be sent containing forms that need to be completed and returned to Richard Camlin within a week of receipt of the documents.

Teachers, looking for more information about our educational programs?  Click here.

Capt’n Rods Low Country Tours

Visit an unspoiled barrier island. Who knows what Mother Nature has in store? A lighthouse, eagles, dolphin, maybe even a turtle. You Plantationwill have one and a half hours to leisurely stroll an unspoiled beach, accessible only by boat. Peace and quiet galore! One of the most popular tours!

Step back in time with each Bend of the River, as you cruise past Rice Plantations – Cap’n Rod’s Lowcountry Tours enjoy the dark waters of the Pee Dee Lowcountry. View majestic Rice Plantations, trunk gates and slave cabins, moss-laden oaks, all the while enjoying Mother Nature at her finest.

Each of the  Tours offers a relaxing, enjoyable, and educational re-introduction to the History, Mystery, & Legends of lives and times past. You will discover hidden treasures, forgotten pleasures, and even a ghost story or two.

Have a minute? Please take a peek at the Photo Gallery. PatronsYou’ll see some of our favorite places.

The Tour Boat provides safe, comfortable cruising, with shaded deck seating and clean, modern restrooms. Snacks & soft drinks are available. All of the tours are Handicap Accessible.

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Top Things to Do Highway 17 Georgetown County

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If you’re visiting Georgetown for the first time, or just exploring all that the area has to offer, there is plenty to do and see along U.S. Highway 17, also known as Ocean Highway.

To that end, the Tidelands Magazine staff developed this list of 17 must-do stops along Highway 17. So take a drive along Highway 17 – and a few detours along the way – and experience everything Georgetown County and the South Strand has to offer. We begin in the most northern portion of the county and take you throughout our most Southern border. Some stops are along Highway 17, while others are short distances just off the highway but all are easily accessible.

1) Garden City Pier

Good old-fashioned beach fun awaits visitors at the Garden City Pier, located at 110 S. Waccamaw Drive in Murrells Inlet. Hand-scooped ice cream, skeeball, live bands and karaoke entices kids of all ages to Garden City’s go-to place for fun. The pier’s nearly 700-foot length tempts many to rent a rod and reel and give pier fishing a try; many young anglers catch their first shark from the rolling breakers below.

2) Belin Memorial United Methodist Church

Nestled in one of the most picturesque spots in Georgetown County, Belin Memorial United Methodist Church sits beneath majestic oaks on the waterfront in Murrells Inlet. Named for the Rev. James L. Belin, Methodist minister and benefactor to the entire Waccamaw Neck, Belin United Methodist Church was originally constructed in 1925 with materials salvaged from the dismantling of the Oatland Methodist Church near Pawleys Island. The current structure, located at 4182 Highway 17 Business, was re-built in 1991 to resemble the original church that sat on the exact same charismatic site.

3) Murrells Inlet & the MarshWalk

It’s known as the “Seafood Capital of South Carolina,” and it’s clear why from the dozens of famous restaurants along the equally famous MarshWalk. For more, turn to Page 16 for a feature story sure to whet your appetite.

4) Huntington Beach State Park

With more than 2,500 acres, there is so much to do and see at Huntington Beach State Park, which has its entrance right off Highway 17. The park features three miles of undeveloped beachfront. Nature trails and boardwalks wind through the park, leading guests through maritime forest and into a salt marsh. Known for its natural beauty, Huntington Beach State Park was the former winter home of sculptress Anna Hyatt and her husband, philanthropist Archer Huntington, who left the park, including one of South Carolina’s landmarks – Atalaya, the picturesque, Moorish-style winter home of the Huntington’s, and adjacent Brookgreen Gardens as their legacy. Revel in sea-breezes while camping, experience the finest surf fishing South Carolina has to offer and enjoy some of the top bird-watching on the East Coast while visiting Huntington Beach State Park.

5) Brookgreen Gardens

Brookgreen Gardens’ combination of art, history and zoo touches the heart and teaches the mind with new exhibits, programs and tours. Boat rides turn into history lessons, and a visit to the butterfly house becomes a lesson in conservation. Entrance is directly off Highway 17. For more, see our feature story on Page 8.

6) Litchfield Beach

Litchfield Beach is one of the longest most pristine stretches of beach along the Pawleys Island corridor of U.S. Highway 17. It is a favorite of dog lovers, being the only beach where dogs are allowed to run free, off their leashes every morning until 9 o’clock. The beach also attracts bikers who can peddle for miles past Huntington Beach State Park to a jetty, and even ride their bikes out to the tip of the jetty with the ocean on one side and the entance to Murrells Inlet on the other; a favorite dolphing watching spot for many. The beach is also a favorite location for fisherman, who cart their gear down to remote places along the beach to cast into the surf in hopes of bringing in flounder, red fish and other fish native to the coast. There are several routes from Highway 17 to the public beaches. Just look for the signs.

7) All Saints Church

All Saints Episcopal Church, 3560 Kings River Road in Pawleys Island, was one of the most significant Episcopal churches in the South Carolina Lowcountry in the 18th and 19th centuries. Its first congregation was formed in 1739, and the church has been located at the same site since its beginning. The church cemetery, established in the 1820s, is significant for the individuals buried there, many of whom were the leading public figures of antebellum Georgetown County. Containing noteworthy gravestone art from circa 1820 to circa 1900, the cemetery sits under a canopy of live oaks and is surrounded by a pierced brick fence with wrought iron gates. The majority of the monuments in the cemetery are simple slab steles sculpted in either marble or granite. But the graveyard also includes table-top tombs and sculptural monuments. Pawleys is full of ghost stories and All Saints Church is home to one of the most famous. The grave of Alice Flagg, a young daughter of a plantation owner with a forbidden love, rests in All Saint’s cemetery. Many rings have been placed there in honor of her. Legends and lore abound in this moss-draped live oak burial ground.

8) Historic Pawleys Island

Laced along three miles of oceanfront, the Pawleys Island Historic District is comprised of cottages dating back to the late 1700s through the mid-1800s. Many, built of Cyprus, have deep porches that were built to catch the breeze. Survivors of wind and time, these homes impart the island with its signature nickname, “arrogantly shabby.” Originally, the cottages were the summer haven of colonial rice plantation owners who brought their families to Pawleys Island to avoid malaria and fevers so prevalent in the interior of the state, Pawleys Island is one of the country’s oldest beach resorts. Again, easily accessible from Highway 17 via the north and south causeways – just look for the signs.

9) Hobcaw Barony

Walk the grounds once visited by Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt, visit the only, fully intact, slave village along the Grand Strand and enjoy unique ecology programs through hikes at the beach, marsh and forests on the grounds of Hobcaw Barony. A 17,500-acre research reserve, Hobcaw Barony is one of the few undeveloped tracts on the Waccamaw Neck. The property includes more than 37 historic buildings and structures representative of the eras of both 18th- and 19th-century rice cultivation and 20th-century winter retreats. Hobcaw Barony, located at 22 Barony Road in Georgetown, was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1994. Public access is limited to guided tours and programs.

10) Historic Front Street in Georgetown

Historic Front Street, located in downtown Georgetown, is a must-see destination for waterfront shopping, dining, boating, fishing, historic tours and ghost tours. Easily assessable by land or sea, a potpourri of family-owned shops and restaurants await those that venture down this tree-lined, riverfront thoroughfare. The Harborwalk, a charming boardwalk overlooking the Sampit River, is lined with cafés, galleries, antique shops and specialty stores. Follow the signs from Highway 17 after crossing into Georgetown. Several side streets lead directly to Front Street.

11) Rice Museum

This museum, with its iconic Clock Tower, located at 633 Front St. in Georgetown, is a prominent symbol of Georgetown County. Through dioramas, maps, artifacts and other exhibits, visitors to the Rice Museum are enlightened to the history of a society dependent on the rice crop. The Maritime Museum Gallery, located next door in the Kaminski Hardware building, displays the Browns Ferry Vessel, built in the early 1700s and sunk approximately 1730. Also located in the Kaminski Hardware building is the Prevost Gallery and the Museum Gift Shop. For information, call 843-546-7423 or visit www.ricemuseum.org.

12) Georgetown County Museum

Located at The History Center at 120 Broad St. in Georgetown, near the intersection with Front Street, this museum offers visitors a look at artifacts that represent 300 years of local history. Artifacts include a model of the Revolutionary War Brig “Fair American,” the first ship in the U.S. Navy, and a cypress dugout canoe found near Caledonia Plantation on the Waccamaw River. Also on display is the original letter from Gen. Francis Marion (the Swamp Fox) to Gen. Nathaneal Greene, dated July 30, 1782, confirming that he would return to Georgetown. For information, call 843-545-7020 or visit www.georgetowncountymuseum.com.

13) S.C. Maritime Museum

This museum at 729 Front St. in downtown Georgetown offers a glimpse into the rich maritime history of South Carolina and Georgetown with large photos, ship models and the actual Fresnel lens that was in the Georgetown Lighthouse at the mouth of Winyah Bay for more than a century. The Harbor Historical Association opened the museum in 2011. One of the most recent additions is a model of The Planter steamship, built by Dennis Cannady of Beaufort County. For information, call 843-520-0111 or visit scmaritimemuseum.org.

14) Kaminski House Museum

Located at 1003 Front St., the former home of Gov. Harold Kaminski was willed to the city by his wife, Julia Pyatt Kaminski, upon her death in 1972. The Kaminski House and the adjacent Stewart-Parker House are perched on a bluff overlooking the Sampit River and Georgetown Harbor. The Kaminski House lawn and gardens, as well as the Stewart-Parker House, can be rented for special events. For information, call 843-546-7706 or visit www.kaminskimuseum.org.

15) Gullah Museum

Tucked away at 123-6 King St., this museum celebrates the Gullah/Geechee culture of West African slaves who were skilled farmers. It offers guests a glimpse into the unique culture and history of the Gullah/Geechee people, who were taken from their homes in West Africa. Skilled farmers and laborers, Gullah slaves made planters rich by farming rice, indigo and cattle. Exhibits include traditional Gullah art such as story quilts, sweetgrass baskets and carved wooden walking sticks. It also has books about the Gullah language, historical photographs and documents. For information, call 843-527-1851 or visit www.gullahmuseumsc.com.

16) Hopsewee Plantation

Built circa 1740, some 40 years before the American Revolutionary War, Hopsewee Plantation was one of the South’s major rice plantations and the birthplace of Thomas Lynch Jr., one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Now a private residence, this National Historic Landmark—near Georgetown, located at 494 Hopsewee Road in Georgetown, is a must-see.

17) Hampton Plantation

Tucked away among live oaks and magnolias, Hampton Plantation State Historic Site, located at 1950 Rutledge Road in McClellanville, just outside Georgetown, is home to the remote, final remnants of a colonial-era rice plantation.

The plantation’s Georgian-style mansion and well-kept grounds serve as an interpretive site for the system of slavery that helped build such plantations in South Carolina into the greatest generators of wealth in early American history.

Top 10 Cultural Things to Do in Pawleys Island

The Grand Strand area of South Carolina offers a place to relax, enjoy the sun and beautiful beach, and to explore the history and culture of the Grand Strand region!  Here’s a Top 10 list of favorites places to visit:

Brookgreen Gardens

This 9,100-acre garden/museum preserve of native flora and fauna has over 1,400 statues by over 350 world sculptors throughout the park. Witness the natural beauty of the Grand Strand!

Hopsewee Plantation 

This National Historic Landmark was once a low country rice plantation. This beautiful stately home is South Carolina history before your very eyes! Hopsewee is located in Georgetown County.

The Market Common

For the connoisseur of shopping, Market Common is an aesthetically-pleasing specialty village.  Brick and tree-lined urban community within Myrtle Beach itself.  Enjoy its cultivated atmosphere of shopping for apparel, shoes, gifts and more!

The MarshWalk 

This quaint little fishing village on the south end serves up delicious seafood, cold drinks and live music nightly. Several bars and restaurants line the wooden marsh walk, offering both fine dining and laid-back bar atmosphere!

Broadway at the Beach 

Enjoy family fun as you stroll this shopping/entertainment complex which has a unique New England/Caribbean flavor. Shop for your favorite gifts and memorabilia of Myrtle Beach. Don’t miss the popular 100 or more specialty stores!

Brookgreen Gardens

Brookgreen Gardens is a sculpture garden and wildlife preserve, located just south of Murrells Inlet, in South Carolina. You will be amazed!

Huntington Beach State Park 

The 2,500 acres of Huntington Beach State Park hold a rich bounty of history and nature! Wildlife lovers, campers and beachgoers keep coming back for more!

The Bowery

Since 1944, The Bowery music hall has entertained millions with their southern flair. Open 7 days a week with cold drinks and live music, the famous Bowery is where the band “Alabama” got their start!

Hobcaw Barony

Located just north of Georgetown, SC, Hobcaw Barony is an internationally known center for research, education and conservation. Tour the property and see Hobcaw House, where Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt, and other leaders of the 20th century stayed.

Burroughs and Chapin Art Museum 

A fine art gallery, Burroughs and Chapin Art Museum, in Myrtle Beach, has 10 revolving exhibits yearly with a stationary gallery of local southern artists. Enjoy amazing paintings, sculpture, ceramics, photography exhibits and more!

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Driving Directions to Pawleys Island: Back Road Routes to Avoid Summer Saturday Traffic

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We want our guests to get their vacation off to a great start.  Thus, we offer this tip:  If you are arriving on Saturday in the summer, we suggest you find an alternate route. Generally, it is better to come to Georgetown than to come via Conway and Myrtle Beach to Litchfield. It is a few miles longer, but takes less time and hassle. If you are coming from Columbia, you can simply come via Sumter, Manning, Andrews, and Georgetown to Litchfield. If you are a little more adventurous, prefer a little better scenery, and have a navigator, you can try our preferred back road route which is written out below.

From Charlotte Airport / Interstate 77:

From the airport take 77 south into Columbia. Take 378 East towards Sumter for a little less than 30 minutes to 261 South at a light. 261 turns into 521 towards Georgetown. Before Andrews take 521 bypass around Andrews and into Georgetown which will take you to 17 N.

Hwy 17 N. takes you directly to Litchfield by the Sea on the right side.  As a point of reference, there is a traffic light where you turn right into Litchfield by the Sea.

Should be about 4 hour from Charlotte airport.

NOTE: Do not follow GPS if opting to use this route until you get onto Hwy 17 N.  Then it is safe to use the GPS.

Our VACATION RENTAL ( Lakeside Villa Cottage )is located just inside the main guarded entrace to Litchfield by the Sea.  If you go past the Starbucks sign on the right, you have gone too far.

 

Estimated Milage to Pawleys Island, SC

Departure City Miles Hours
Atlanta, GA
375
6
Baltimore, MD
506
8
Boston, MA
909
15
Charlotte, NC
225
4
Chattanooga, TN
494
8
Chicago, IL
965
15
Cincinnati, OH
674
11
Miami, FL
656
11
New York, NY
696
12
Nashville, TN
606
10
Philadelphia, PA
607
10
Pittsburgh, PA
648
11
Richmond, VA
350
6
Savannah, GA
180
3
Washington, DC
460
8

Traveler Reviews from VRBO

Posted here are reviews found on VRBO / Home Away from past guests that booked via those sources.  Given that VRBO / Home Away are now charging our guests “booking fees”, we decided to import these in case we no longer use the services of these travel booking services. We encourage our guests to book directly with us and save money.  See below.  And there are more HERE.

Nice experience. We’ll be back.

September 23, 2015
Our condo was very clean and freshly updated. There is also a salt water lake that has excellent fishing. Kids will have a wonderful time fishing for the abundant pinfish. There are plenty of flounder also. There are many really nice restaurants in the area.

Fabulous

September 18, 2015
This property was absolutely perfect!! We went with our 3 kids- 15,14,&11 and everyone loved it. The house was beautifully furnished and appointed. The beds were super comfortable. No check in necessary- just go to gate and the entry pass was with the guard. We plan to definitely return. We have vacationed in Hilton Head for 20 years but this was even better. Owners are super easy and communication was great. Thanks for a memorable weekend and we’ll be back.

As advertised. Nicely updated pad

September 11, 2015

Brett’s place was exactly as advertised. My wife, another couple and I enjoyed our time there, especially the large screened in porch. Brett was a great communicator and answered his phone immediately when I mistakenly thought we had a problem upon arrival. All was well, would be glad to rent again. Thanks.

Labor Day Fun

September 4, 2015

We have stayed at Litchfield by the Sea several times but never at Lakeside. It was a beautiful place and there was plenty of room for our whole family. We would love to stay again in the future and we would gladly recommend this to our friends.

Excellent!

July 18, 2015

Have stayed at several Lakeside villas over the past few years and this one has definitely been the best. The villa was furnished very nicely with all of the necessities. Well maintained and very comfortable. We did not have any problems during our stay. Brett was very responsive to our inquiry and in providing us with all of the information needed. The Lakeside community at Litchfield is very quite and relaxing and the villa is just a short walk to the pool and marsh and short drive to the beach and parking.

Wonderful Stay!

July 11, 2015

This was our first time staying at this particular villa in Lakeside and really enjoyed it! We have stayed in other Lakeside properties but this was the best experience yet. Brett was great from the very beginning of inquiring about the property until the end and answered any and all of our questions promptly. The villa was clean, decorated wonderfully to enhance your relaxation and easy to still get to the beach from. Having the keyless entry was such a plus. We will definitely return! Thanks Brett for sharing your villa with us as we had a memorable family vacation!

Amazing!

July 4, 2015

My husband and I stayed here for a week without our children! Before our arrival Brett answered all of my questions promptly and gave us lots of information. The condo was clean, spacious, and perfectly furnished. Although we had more room than we needed for just the 2 of us, there would have been plenty of room for another couple or our kids! Access to the condo was super easy and so convenient to be completely keyless/cardless at the beach. LBTS is a beautiful and well planned beach property, perfect for walking, running, riding bikes. We loved our stay and would highly recommend staying at Brett’s condo!

Another wonderful stay

June 6, 2015

This is my second year staying here. It is so comfortable and perfectly decorated for the beach. Brett and Cheri are great to deal with. The respond quickly with any questions or concerns you may have. I highly recommend renting this villa.

Better than Expected

April 30, 2015
Comfortable, classy casual decor, plenty of anemities, security-minded, close to everything! Info provided by owners was great And they were super responsive to any inquiries. No complaints!

Just as described

April 30, 2015

The villa was even better than we expected. We had seen photos, but they didn’t do it justice. Very welcome feel, classy and comfortable. The décor was very tasteful, loved the colors. Sitting on the porch was lovely. Although next to the access road, it was very private. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would stay there again. Dealing with the owners with questions, payment, etc. was also pleasant.

Delightful stay!

September 25, 2014

This VRBO villa at Litchfield By the Sea in Pawley’s Island was all as it was described. We loved the one story layout which had about 8 to 10 steps up to the front door. Everything was very clean and in working order. The beds were comfortable, and the linens and towels were good. The furnishings were bright and beachy and as described. We enjoyed sitting around the table on the screened porch with the overhead fan lending a cool breeze – great for breakfast or just drinks! There were great TVs in the living area and both bedrooms along with a supply of games for children. We especially enjoyed using the keyless entry on the covered front porch – No keys! Having a washer and dryer available was so helpful. We enjoyed going to the beach on the resort property which was just a short drive from the villa. The resort beach deck had some tables and chairs for use. Webster’s restaurant serves a wonderful buffet breakfast! LBTS has a security guard watching cars entering and making sure only resort owners/renters are able to enter the property, and the resort property is lovely and well maintained. Bi-Lo grocery store is directly across from the resort property as well as the Egg and I. The villa is delightful, and we had a wonderful, restful vacation! We recommend it highly!

Great vacation stay

August 10, 2014

We been visiting the Pawleys Island/Litchfield area annually for over 20 years, as we have family in there. This is the first time we have stayed someplace other than with family and being familiar with the Litchfield Resort, we were looking forward to the experience. We were not disappointed. The villa was beautifully decorated and had all the comforts of home. It was a great place to come back to after a busy day at the beach or other activities. Corresponding with Brett, the owner, was easy and pleasant. The only things I would mention is the parking situation. Each villa is supposed to have two dedicated parking spaces. We only needed one ourselves, but we found some of the villa residents were taking up 3-4, including one parking a golf cart in a space, meaning we weren’t able to use our actual designated spot next to the villa. It was a minor inconvenience, but worth mentioning. This is certainly not the fault of the homeowner; I don’t think Litchfield Resort enforced the rule. The other thing we found was that we initially weren’t “allowed” in the larger pool area with the kids’ area and lazy river because we didn’t rent through Litchfield itself. We were not made aware of this when we booked. Luckily, my brother and his family did have access, so we were let in as his guests. Although I did prefer the sedate pool in the Lakeside Villa area, we did have a child who liked the other pool. Overall, I would certainly look into staying here again next year.

End of summer vacation

August 16, 2013

This condo is very clean and nice. Appeared to have been remodeled recently. Granite counter tops in kitchen and bathroom were a nice touch.

Great Little Villa!

August 9, 2013
I was planning a trip for my family of 4 and found this property. When we arrived check in was a snap and our first impression of the resort was super! We had a wonderful time staying at this condo.Very clean,great decorated, well furnished and maintained. The kitchen has everything you need.We also loved the screened in porch after busy sunny day! The area is beautiful.Fantastic landscaping!Semi-private pool is just few steps away. The community is outstanding. The grounds and amenities are wonderful.Very peaceful location yet close to grocery & other attractions. Excellent grocery store (Piggly Wiggly) practically across the street . Brett, the owner, was very helpful and easy to communicate with .This is our new favorite place.We will strongly recommend this condo to all of our friends, and we hope to come back next year. P.S.We already booked it again for two weeks next summer 🙂

Awesome Lakeside Condo- Litchfield By the Sea

August 5, 2013

We returned home last evening after a great stay. The condo is very nice and comfortable, with all of the creature comforts of home. We had fun at the beautiful beach and pools. Thank you so much, we look forward to returning when our travels take us back to South Carolina.

Great Family Condo

July 16, 2013

We just loved the amenities at Litchfield by the Sea. Condo was beautiful & very comfortable for our family of four. The condo was very clean & looked just a the pictures appeared on the website. Brett was very quick in responding to inquiries, and very helpful. I love the entire gated community. We enjoyed the pool, taking early morning walks around the property & spending time at the beach. We would definitely recommend this property to others & hope to return with our family.

Perfect Long Weekend in Pawleys

June 12, 201

This was our 8th year doing a girls summer beach trip and this was by the far the best location. Pawleys Island is a great little beach town and Litchfield By The Sea is a perfect “subdivison” (for lack of better words). We loved the layout and design of the duplex- it was cute, beachy, clean and plenty of room for 4 ladies. We ate most of our meals in and found everything we needed available in the kitchen. There are TVs in the bedrooms and DVRs for watching movies, a great screened porch for relaxing or having a glass of wine when you come off of the beach. A pool just steps away (both times we were there there was only one other couple). We did end up driving to the beach- it only took a few minutes and was easier for us than carrying chairs, coolers, bags, etc. But there is plenty of parking and it was easy to just leave everything in the car overnight. I do think golf carts are available for rent and bikes can be rented across the street (by Piggly Wiggly) The location is perfect- Piggly Wiggly in walking distance for groceries, fresh shrimp and boiled peanuts being sold out of a truck a few miles away and so many great restaurants to choose from within a few miles. We couldn’t have asked for a better stay for our annual girls trip. Thanks so much!

Litchfield Vacation Fun

May 24, 2013

Unit was very clean and comfortable. The owner’s did a wonderful job decorating as well. It was exactly what it looked like in the pictures. Beds, bed linens and towels were all very comfortable. The unit was also quiet. It was the perfect place to stay on our Litchfield Beach trip. We love staying in Litchfield by the Sea, the amenities in the complex are really top notch. It is also very convenient to get to restaurants and grocery stores. We also love to visit the Huntington Beach State Park and Brookgreen Gardens, which are just a couple of miles a way.

Fantastic Find on Pawleys Island

February 25, 20

As my husband and I drove away from this Lakeside Villa at Litchfield-by-the-Sea on Pawleys Island, I couldn’t wait to share our find with anyone looking for a vacaton rental on Pawleys Island. As soon as we walked in the front door, we both started smiling:) The Villa is tastefully decorated, but not over decorated, extremely clean, the kitchen is well stocked and bedrooms are cozy and comfortable; this villa is located close to everything you would want on a beach and/or golf vacation. Brett was very helpful and friendly – putting us both at ease. We often rent from VRBO and Homeaway and have placed this villa at the top of our list. Oh and so much to do! First – the beach is a 10 minute walk with a first class beach club with rest rooms and plenty of beach chairs. The pool for the Lakeside Villa is right next door if you prefer a pool to the ocean. Starbuck’s, Webster’s Restaurant, the fitness center, indoor pool, bike rentals, Summerhouse pool with lazy river, and indoor and outdoor hot tubs are all a short walk. Second – the area is loaded with fabulous restaurants both on Pawleys Island and Murrells Inlet -there are too many to mention:) Dinner and cocktails on the large screened porch is a great option. Directly across from Lbts in the shopping plaza is a Piggly Wiggly for groceries, Eggs Up Grill, liquor store, and countless other small shops. “Lovely Nails” was a nice find for a vacation pedicure and manicure. Golf courses are abundant – both on Pawleys and the Myrtle Beach/Grand Strand area. Frank Theatres for movies, Brookgreen Gardens and Huntington State Park are all a short drive. We can’t think of one thing we didn’t like about this villa, but our favorite things were walking on the beach, watching the sunset at Murrells Inlet, golf, biking on the beach and bike paths and feeling at home in this villa. We recommend this Villa to anyone that will treat it with the respect it deserves! We have already booked our next stay:)

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