Things to Do: Brookgreen Garden’s Night of a Thousand Candles

Great video of Brookgreee Garden’s Night of a Thousand Candles showing the set up process to the finished project.

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Litchfield Country Club – Conde Nast Rated Top 50

 

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Litchfield by the Sea Enhancement Project Update

The enhancement of the common areas of Litchfield by the Sea continue.  Shown here are some updated photos.  The project includes a new beach house, updated landscaping including fountains, repaved roads with new curbing, wooden walkways including a pier/dock and a new grand entrance.

Litchfield by the Sea is a great resort for families, couples, golfing buddies and snow birds.   If you need a great two bedroom Lakeside Villa, check out our website for a great place to stay.

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Photos: Litchfield by the Sea Improvements

Litchfield by the Sea is using this winter season to make some great looking improvements to the property.  If you have not heard about Litchfield by the Sea, you need to check it out.  The development offers a wide variety of vacation rental options including the popular Lakeside Villas.  This guard gated resort offers a wide array of amenities including private beach access, a variety of pools, on site restaurants, on site Starbucks, tennis courts, golfing options and more.  Miles of walking and bike trails are throughout this great piece of property.  Click for photos of the progress being made on the improvments:   LBTS project Jan 30

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7 Great Reasons to Visit the Grand Strand

What brings the majority of winter-weary tourists to the Grand Strand every spring? The promise of surf and sunshine, a 60-mile-long strip of sandy beachfront that stretches from Little River in the north to Georgetown in the south. But when you tire of the soothing crash of the waves, there are plenty of other diversions. Here are seven to get you started.

1. A Taste of Kitsch
If you’e craving old-fashioned boardwalk attractions, Myrtle Beach is the town for you.  Haunted houses, pancake houses and tacky T-shirt shops dot the downtown. Over 100 golf courses make this the “seaside golf capital of the world,” but its 50 mini-golf venues make it the mini-golf capital, too. And if these don’t satisfy your taste for the outlandish, try a well-worn Vegas-style show like the Carolina Opry, where you can indulge your passion for golden oldies hits and Bob Mackie–style glitter.

2. Shopping Galore
After golf, shopping may be most popular sport along the Grand Strand. Hit the outlet malls for deals or take a leisurely poke through the so-cute-it-hurts cluster of cottage boutiques called the Hammock Shops along Hwy. 17 in Pawleys Island. If you’re a quilter, stop off at Island Threads on your way back to town. Bring a friend (and a wheelbarrow) to help you cart home your buys, from flour-sack reproduction prints to batiks to sweet ginghams with a Southern sensibility.

3. Southern Comfort Food
If you go home hungry from this area, it’s your own fault. Not surprisingly, the Grand Strand is known for its seafood. She-crab soup, a rich, sherry-laced bisque made with blue crab meat and roe, is the local specialty. Plates heaped with shrimp and creamy grits are never hard to find. If sweets are your thing, drop into Landolfi’s Bakery on Hwy. 17 just before the turn-off to Pawleys Island. There’s an intimate café in the front and a small diner in the back that specializes in wood-oven pizza. An exhaustive selection of Italian confections crowd the display case, and none disappoint. Save room for a slice of Key lime pie – encased in a shell of dark chocolate, it’s a quasi-religious experience you don’t want to miss.

4. Live Oak Trees and Spanish Moss
Walking beneath these behemoths makes you feel like you’ve wandered onto the cover of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Hundreds of years old in some cases, live oak trees are the host for parasitic Spanish moss, which gives the trees their diaphanous, ghostly character. Check out gorgeous examples at Brookgreen Gardens and Litchfield Plantation, both in the town of Murrells Inlet.

5. Brookgreen Gardens
Located about 20 minutes southwest of Myrtle Beach in Murrells Inlet, this oasis of flora and fine art sprawls across more than 9,000 acres. The complex encompases sculpture gardens, a wildlife preserve and the local history museum. Established in 1931 on the site  of four former rice plantations, Brookgreen Gardens now boasts a collection of 1,200 pieces of sculpture dating back to the 19th century. More than 500 art works are nestled along walkways through gardens of breathtaking native vegetation.

6. Pawleys Island
Pawleys Island is where the locals hang out. Weathered clapboard cottages and inns crowd the narrow road that runs along the perimeter. Watch for waterfowl perched in rusty gold reeds among tin-roofed docks and soothe your nerves with a stroll along the beautiful rolling dunes.  This area offers great vacation rentals from waterfront condos, <a href=”http://www.beachandgolfgetaway.com”>Litchfield by the Sea</a> (including a private beach), cottages and large homes.

7. History at Every Turn
Drive 20 minutes northwest of Myrtle Beach to the quaint city of Conway for a taste of history along the Waccamaw River. The main street offers an old-fashioned strip of pretty little shops and cafés (drop into The Trestle for a plate of perfectly crunchy fried green tomatoes). During Canadian-American days in March, the Conway Historical Society offers a number of informative lectures. Historical walking tours start at the visitor centre and feature a walk through the political and social history of Conway with juicy tidbits of local dramas and family feuds, some that persist to this day.

Feel free to explore all of the ideas that we have posted on the blog from the obvious to the obscure.

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Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort Named to Tennis Magazine’s “Top 50 Tennis Resorts”

Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort has been named once again to Tennis Magazine’s “Top 50 Tennis Resorts” in the United States.

The most recent poll can be found in the November/December issue of the magazine. The biennial rankings have included the resort in each poll since 1992.

The 2010 tennis resort rankings are determined by the magazine’s editors, judge resorts by a number of courts, quality of instruction, clinics and game-matching, plus, lodging, spa availability and overall experience.

“We are very pleased to once again be mentioned among the Top 50 tennis resorts in the country,” said Kristen Prunier, director of tennis at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort. “Our award-winning staff has worked very hard to create a tennis program that is competitive with any other resort in the country. We have a passion for the game and for providing quality instruction for all of our guests.”

The Litchfield Racquet Club is the largest tennis complex in the Myrtle Beach area featuring 17 superbly maintained Har-Tru courts (clay), four of which are lighted.

The club is operated by a staff of USPTA/USPTR certified tennis professionals who are on hand for assistance and instruction, both private and group.  Daily round robins and “Stroke of the Day” clinics are available year round.

The club also offers a fully stocked pro shop with the latest in tennis equipment, as well as equipment repair and analysis.

In addition to the weekly programming, the racquet club is home to the nationally acclaimed Litchfield Tennis School.  The school has a broad curriculum that can be tailored to suit any player at any level. Three and four day tennis programs are available throughout the year.

Located 18 miles south of Myrtle Beach S.C. and 15 miles north of Georgetown, S.C., just off Hwy. 17, Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort features spacious, condominium units, villas, suites and fairway cottages with a choice of golf course, scenic ocean or poolside views.

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Celebrate 2011 Along the Grand Strand

Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament  | 6:00 PM. Enjoy the splendor, pageantry and romance that would have been yours as a royal guest centuries ago.  Two-hour live performance with utensil-free feast served by wenches/serfs – set inside of an 11th century style castle.  Located at 2904 Fantasy Way, Myrtle Beach, SC  29579, call for tickets 1-888-WE-JOUST or visit http://www.medievaltimes.com.
New Year’s Eve Celebration at Broadway at the Beach  | 6:00 PM. Start you evening with a tremendous fireworks display right over the Lake Broadway.  And when the fireworks are over the night will be just beginning.  Whether looking to ring in the New year with a raucous party or looking to keep it low profile with a romantic beach walk, Myrtle Beach will offer the atmosphere you’re looking for.  Broadway at the Beach is located at 1325 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach, SC  or visit http://www.broadwayatthebeach.com

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