TIP: Shop for Groceries Online at Piggly Wiggly

Your vacation time is valuable.  One thing to make the most out of your vacation is to shop for your groceries online at the Piggly Wiggly.  They will be ready when you get to Pawleys Island.

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115 Willbrook Blvd Suite Y, Pawleys Island, SC, 29585
Phone: (843) 235-9434

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Sunday: 6:30 AM – 11:00 PM
Monday: 6:30 AM – 11:00 PM
Tuesday: 6:30 AM – 11:00 PM
Wednesday: 6:30 AM – 11:00 PM
Thursday: 6:30 AM – 11:00 PM
Friday: 6:30 AM – 11:00 PM
Saturday: 6:30 AM – 11:00 PM
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Restaurant Review: Twelve

Twelve was created with a specific goal in mind – to have their guests feel as though they are dining at a good friend’s home. With an eclectic mix of furnishings, warm inviting colors and soft glowing candlelight, they have achieved that goal! Attention to details and friendly, caring service makes Twelve the place to go, whether just stopping in for dinner or celebrating a special occasion! Twelve’s full service bar offers specialty cocktails and a wine list carefully put together to offer you a great selection at reasonable prices by the glass or bottle. Their menu features classics like Shrimp Scampi, made with extra large jumbo shrimp, Surf and Turf, Grilled Salmon and Chicken Piccata along with some old time favorites done with our own special twist! Be sure to try their Up Town Mac and Cheese, Gourmet Meatloaf, and Chicken Pot Pie with an Herbed Bread Stuffing crust! And bring your appetite because you won’t want to miss our homemade desserts like Cheesecake Lollipops, Key Lime Pie with a Ginger Snap crust, and even a special take on a PB and J Sandwich!

Check the website for specials including wine dinners

2520 Hwy. 17 Bus., Murrells Inlet, SC, 29576
(843) 651-3222
TIPAre you a golfer?Are you a member of the Grand Strand Golf Association?

Well, if so then you’re welcome at Twelve!

GSGA Members visiting Twelve receive a 20% discount on all items (Excluding Alcohol)

Just present a valid GSGA membership card!

UPDATE 10/31/12 – NEW OWNERS AT TWELVE – read more HERE

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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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What is Low Country Food?

Low country refers to coastal regions of South Carolina and Georgia. This area, as have many others, have developed their own cuisine that reflects food staples that are readily available and influenced by the cultures found in that area. Though easily lumped in with traditional “southern” cuisine, low country cuisine has a flavor all its own. Geography of the region has played a large factor in the development of various dishes. With access to the Atlantic Ocean and various estuaries seafood is a main ingredient. The marshlands throughout the Grand Strand and northern Georgia lead to rice becoming the popular grain of choice. Fish, shrimp, crabs, oysters and rice became mainstays of the local diet.

Cultures that influenced much of low country cuisine are: French (Huguenot and Catholic), African, German, Sephardic Jews, British, Caribbean and Native American. Indian and West Indie cultures also found their way into the foods of this region with the use of chutneys and curries in many dishes.

It is the combination of flavors and richness of the available ingredients that make the dishes seem lavish. Many of the settlers and slaves that came into the area brought seeds of their native lands with them, the sea captains that called the coast line home brought exotic plants and spices home. All of these things combined created this regional food.

Cooking methods of the region are quite simple. Many food items can be easily roasted, boiled or grilled. Soups and stews are probably the most common food types in the area. Inexpensive, nutritious and abundant. These meals could be made to feed large numbers of groups endlessly.

Common ingredients for the areas:

  • Quail
  • Duck
  • Turkey
  • Venison
  • Clams
  • Crabs
  • Oysters
  • Fresh water fish
  • Rice
  • Corn
  • Tomatoes
  • Okra
  • Potatoes (specifically sweet potatoes)
  • Native berries
  • Wild figs

Famous dishes from the area:

  • She-Crab Soup – made from female Atlantic Blue Crabs, crab roe, heavy cream, butter, sherry, mace and shallots.
  • Catfish Stew – made from catfish filets, crushed tomatoes, potatoes and onions.
  • Okra and tomato soup – fresh okra, tomatoes and other available meats (sausage predominantly) and vegetables. Okra was introduced by people from West Africa.
  • Frogmore Stew or Low Country Boil – Frogmore, South Carolina was the home of this stew wich is made from shellfish, corn on the cob, sausage and red potatoes.
  • Red Rice or Charleston Red Rice – Boiled rice, crushed tomato, hot sauce, bits of sausage.
  • Oyster Roasts – perhaps one of the most famous dishes and activities from the region. Large fire pits are built and coals are heated up. Fine mesh grates are placed over the hot coals. Large amounts of fresh oysters are piled on and covered with burlap sacks. They are served with shovels with are piled on to make shift tables.
  • Chicken bog – chicken, rice, celery and sausage are made in large pots. Perhaps most famous is the Loris Chicken bog.
  • Hopping John – a dish of field peas, rice, onions and bacon.

Tip: Pawleys Island Beach Service

You don’t have to bring all of your beach gear with you.  Pawleys Island Beach Service can make your packing and planning a lot easier.  Get all of your beach supplies at reasonable prices at this unique beach shop that carries a wide variety of beach items and T-shirts plus rents and sells beach chairs, bikes, umbrellas, and kayaks.

Pawleys Island Beach Service
10570 Ocean Highway
Pawleys Island, SC
843-237-4666

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Restaurant Review – Salt Water Creek Cafe Murrells Inlet

Salt Waer Creek Café, located in Murrell’s Inlet, is stunning.  A live oak tree shades the brick patio which features clothed tables and flickering candles.  Inside is casually upscale with coastal blue and antique white walls with brick floors.  Black and white beach themed photographs accent the walls.

The owners, Keith and Wendy Wolff, have much restaurant experience in all phases of the business, from serving and prepping to manager, bartender, cook and whatever other roles running a restaurant entails.

Keith used to be a managing partner at Gulf Stream Cafe in Garden City Beach, and that’s where he met the three cooks now in the Salt Water Creek kitchen.

In March 2008 the Wolffs opened Salt Water Cafe, and their popularity was immediate. In January 2010 they had to change the restaurant’s name to Salt Water Creek Cafe due to a trademark issue with a California restaurant chain called Salt Water Grille.

The Wolffs and their staff have mastered the art of having a little something for everyone without creating a monster-size menu that’s too big to digest. It’s part diner, part Lowcountry specialties, part innovation.

It’s Thanksgiving every day at Salt Water Creek, because they have a Turkey and Stuffing Sandwich served with cranberry sauce.

Click HERE for the menus

TIP: If you want to dine early, between 4 and 6 p.m., many of the regular menu items are serves in slightly smaller portions for lower prices.

Open for lunch and dinner daily – 11 am – 9 pm
Brunch: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays

Salt Water Creek Café 4660 U.S. 17 Bypass, Murrells Inlet  (843) 357-2433