Things to Do in Pawleys Island



These “arrogantly shabby” beaches have been welcoming folks since the 1700’s when the Plantation owners would move their families, livestock and workers over to the island to escape the mosquitoes. Renowned for its surf, the Litchfield  Beaches and Pawleys Island offer miles of private, unspoiled, pristine coastline.  Just a few miles south of the busy, tourist area of Myrtle Beach – families enjoy more laid back, timeless vacation activities like crabbing off the dock, shelling, biking, canoeing and kayaking through the salt marsh. Fish from the surf, the pier or the marsh bridges. And if award winning golf is more your scene, then you’ve found the perfect spot! Within a few miles of one another you’ll find some of the nation’s most awarded golf courses by top golf publications like Golf Digest and Golf Magazine.


While you’re visiting Litchfield Beach and Pawleys Island don’t miss:


1. A spa day at Stox & Company.


2. Dinner at Chive Blossom, Websters, Bistro 217, Nosh, Rozs, Quigleys Pint and Plate, and Sanfords Smokehouse, Pawleys Island Tavern, Island Bar & Grill, Island Deli, Franks, Grouchos Deli, Hanser House Seafood.


3. Slow down a few minutes and see the Historic homes and sites on Pawleys Island, including the Sea View Inn and the old Pawleys Island Chapel.


4. Take home unique treasures and gifts found at White Harvest, The Hammock Shops, the Sweetgrass Shops and the Shops at Christopher’s.


5. Take home a piece of unique art from Gray Man Gallery, Cheryl Newby Gallery, The Litchfield Exchange (art mall) or one of the many galleries found in Pawleys Island that feature one of kind treasures from local artists.


6. Visit the Hammock Shops and see for yourself the creation of an Original Pawleys Island Rope Hammock.


7. Litchfield Racquet Club is one of the many fine amenities at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort, and was voted a “Top 50″ club in the U.S. by Tennis Magazine. 17 Har-Tru courts, 3 lighted for night play, allow players of all levels to come out for a match or join in scheduled round robins, clinics.


8. Stop in at Surf the Earth – The Island’s only complete Surf Shop offering Surfboards and Kayaks sales and rentals. Also available, surf lessons, kayak tours and free local delivery on rentals.


9. Great events, such as the Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art in September and October each year, and the Pawleys Pavilion Reunion held Mother’s Day weekend each May.


10. Nature Watching – Litchfield Beach and Pawleys Island have several secluded spots, ideal for nature watchers including historic trails, tidal creeks and salt marshes.



Things to Do: Brookgreen Gardens Cool Summer Evening Programs

Just north of our Lakeside Villa at Litchfield by the Sea on  HWY 17, in Murrells Inlet, SC, is one of this area’s greatest attractions…….. Brookgreen Gardens.brookgreen boat

The Cool Summer Evenings program at Brookgreen offers a  perfect time to visit the after a day at the beach. Concerts, Kids Programs, and dinner at the Pavilion Restaurant can all be enjoyed in the cool of the evening.

On Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays you can go to Brookgreen for dinner and stay for the show when Brookgreen is open until 9 p.m. with live entertainment and cruises down the creeks.



Entertainment and programs are included in garden admission. Creek cruises are $7 in addition to garden admission.

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5 Things You Must Do at Huntington Beach State Park

On your next trip to Huntington Beach, make sure you print and take along this list of the 5 Things You Must Do at the park!

1.  Walk “the square”, a two-mile loop made by walking from the south beach access across to the causeway to Terrapin Drive, then down the historic straight road and back to south beach.  View wildlife along the way.

2.  Take a self-guided audio tour or docent-led tour of Atalaya, a National Historic Landmark.  The picturesque, Moorish-style home was the winter retreat of renowned 20th-century sculptor, Anna Hyatt Huntington and her husband, philanthropist and Spanish scholar, Archer Huntington.

3.  Visit the Education Center to pet a stingray or horseshoe crab in the touch tank, see a baby alligator or diamondback terrapin up close, or learn about the variety of threatened and endangered species that inhabit the park.

4.  Explore everything the 3 miles of pristine, wide open beach has to offer like swimming or running, fishing, or just relaxing with a book.

5.  Take in a Coastal Exploration program with a naturalist to experience more of our abundant wildlife or learn a new hobby such as kayaking, beachcombing or birding.

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.


Things to Do: Tour Sandy Island in Pawleys Island

Sandy Island is to remain wild. Approximately 9,000 acres of pristine woodland along the South Carolina coast have been permanently protected thanks to the involvement of South Carolina’s Coastal Program and its partners. Sandy Island, considered by many to be the most important piece of land on the South Carolina coast due to its unique ecology and history, is one of the last natural areas along this State’s rapidly developing coastline. Until 1996, it was the largest privately owned freshwater island on the East Coast, about fifteen times the size of New York City’s famous Central Park. Rich in nature and culture, the forested bluffs and deep, cypress studded creeks typical of Sandy Island have changed little with the passage of centuries. Located between the Waccamaw and Great Pee Dee Rivers near Georgetown, South Carolina, this is a place rich in wildlife habitats, including tidal freshwater forested wetlands, emergent marsh along blackwater and alluvial rivers, and a coastal maritime sandhill community that includes several thousand acres of old-growth longleaf pine. In addition to eagles, osprey, bear, deer and turkey, a significant population live there. On March 8, 1997, Sandy Island was dedicated as a Public Trust Preserve. During the dedication ceremony, the Chairman of South Carolina’s Department of Transportation Commission said “Welcome to Forever” as a barred owl and a Cooper’s hawk were released as symbols of the island’s continuing natural state.
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Sandy Island is situated within the project boundary of the recently established Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge. The preserve is open to the public and has several boat landings and two nature trails for walking. The project is considered by many to be a model of how diverse public and private interests can form partnerships to protect significant natural resources within developing coastal landscapes of the federally endangered red-cockaded woodpecker that inhabits Sandy Island. About 120 people also call Sandy Island home. Many of them are descendants of slaves who worked the island’s rice plantations prior to the Civil War. In 1997, an archaeological survey identified 51 sites on the island, some dating back 10,000 years, to be considered for addition to the National Register for Historical Places. In 1989, a controversy ignited when a development plan proposed that a major arterial road and bridge be built that would split Sandy Island in half and connect it to the mainland, potentially opening the remote island up to logging and residential development. This proposal sparked partnership. The Service’s South Carolina Coastal Program, in collaboration with the Winyah Bay Focus Area Task Force (a cross-section of businesses, landowners, and agencies), identified the need to seek permanent protection of the property based on the unique natural resource values of Sandy Island.
Many interests then came together to make it happen. Other partners included the Federal Highway Agency, South Carolina Department of Transportation, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Marine Fisheries Service, SC Department of Health and Environmental Control, SC Department of Natural Resources, SC Coastal Conservation League, and The Nature Conservancy. These groups joined forces with many private landowners whose love of the island’s natural and cultural history was evident throughout the process. Funding for the purchase (fee-title acquisition) was obtained through a public/private partnership. South Carolina Coast Sandy Island’s diverse topography, revealed through infrared photography, creates a rich variety of wildlife habitats.

Things to Do: Plantation River Tours in Murrells Inlet

Located in Murrells Inlet SC, just a few miles south of Myrtle Beach, Plantation River Tours offers comfortable, relaxing boat tours along the beautiful Waccamaw, Black, and Great Pee Dee rivers.
The Waccamaw Lady departs from Wacca Wache Marina.

Sightseeing Cruise
A two-hour river cruise along the historic Waccamaw River and plantations. Along the ride you will see rice plantations, trunk gates, slave cabins, moss-laden oak trees, alligators, eagles and osprey. Your narrator will be a local historian, educating you on the history, mystery and legends of the Rice Plantations.

Plantations along the cruise include:
  • Arundel PlantationArundel Plantation – This plantation received its name from Arundel Castle, seat of the Duke of Norfolk located on the Arun River, Sussex, England.
  • Chicora Wood Plantation – Elizabeth Alston, RFW Allston’s daughter, acquired Chicora Wood after her mother’s death in 1896.
  • Exchange Plantation – Owned by David McDowell in 1822. May be named because he got it in exchange for another piece of property.
  • Hasty Point Plantation – Tradition says the plantation was named when General Francis Marion made a hurried escape from the British during the American Revolution.
  • Squirrel Creek Plantation – The house that stands today is the second house built, the first house burned between 1827 – 1841. The SC Department of Natural Resources now manages this area.
  • Willbrook Plantation – The Tucker family was the original owner. Jesse Metcalf, 1936; then sold to the Hunter family; and then to the Litchfield-by-the-Sea Partnership Inc.
Call 843-651-2994 for current trip times.
Tickets can be purchased at Wacca Wache Marina. Adults: $30.00; Youth (6-16): $15.00.
Visa, MasterCard, and Discover credit cards are accepted.

For Reservations & Scheduling
Call 843-651-2994