MacKenzie Beach Pawleys Island, SC

Going south on Highway 17 from Litchfield Beach into Pawleys Island, just past Sam’s Corner and before the Fresh Market, on the left side of 17 off of Beach Road, there is a broken down building and a magnificent beach view just beyond.

Going south on Highway 17 from Litchfield Beach into Pawleys Island, just past Sam’s Corner and before the Fresh Market, on the left side of 17 off of Beach Road, there is a broken down building and a magnificent beach view just beyond. – See more at: http://life-in-pi.com/blog/436-pawleys-islands-very-own-secret-garden#sthash.Anq5pCan.dpuf
Going south on Highway 17 from Litchfield Beach into Pawleys Island, just past Sam’s Corner and before the Fresh Market, on the left side of 17 off of Beach Road, there is a broken down building and a magnificent beach view just beyond. – See more at: http://life-in-pi.com/blog/436-pawleys-islands-very-own-secret-garden#sthash.Anq5pCan.dpuf
Going south on Highway 17 from Litchfield Beach into Pawleys Island, just past Sam’s Corner and before the Fresh Market, on the left side of 17 off of Beach Road, there is a broken down building and a magnificent beach view just beyond. – See more at: http://life-in-pi.com/blog/436-pawleys-islands-very-own-secret-garden#sthash.Anq5pCan.dpuGoing south on Highway 17 from Litchfield Beach into Pawleys Island, just past Sam’s Corner and before the Fresh Market, on the left side of 17 off of Beach Road, there is a broken down building and a magnificent beach view just beyond.

The dilapidated motel is all that remains of one of the most popular black resorts of its time. The beach was named after Frank McKenzie, one of the resort’s founders. He and Pawleys Island native Lillan Pyatt acquired the land in 1934 and began developing shortly thereafter. McKenzie and Pyatt envisioned a place where blacks, without fear of racial discrimination, could visit the beach, enjoy great food, strong drinks and live music.

In the mid-1930’s, construction began on the causeway that would run across Midway Creek and connect the mainland to the south end of Litchfield Beach. Over the next few years, they would complete the causeway, while adding a pavilion and 15 cabins. Word spread quickly and by the late 1930’s, popular musicians such as Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker were playing there on a regular basis.

The resort continued to grow until 1954, when Hurricane Hazel destroyed the causeway, pavilion and most of the cabins. McKenzie dissolved his relationship with Pyatt and opened a small motel and bait shop on the mainland.

While the resort regained popularity, things were never the same. McKenzie sold the property due to financial hardship in the late 1960’s. The new owners closed the access to the beach and let the hotel fall into disrepair. Though uninhabited, there is a majestic beauty that surrounds the ruins and evokes a natural energy of years long passed.

McKenzie dissolved his relationship with Pyatt and opened a small motel and bait shop on the mainland. – See more at: http://life-in-pi.com/blog/436-pawleys-islands-very-own-secret-garden#sthash.Anq5pCan.dpuf
Going south on Highway 17 from Litchfield Beach into Pawleys Island, just past Sam’s Corner and before the Fresh Market, on the left side of 17 off of Beach Road, there is a broken down building and a magnificent beach view just beyond. – See more at: http://life-in-pi.com/blog/436-pawleys-islands-very-own-secret-garden#sthash.Anq5pCan.dpuf
Going south on Highway 17 from Litchfield Beach into Pawleys Island, just past Sam’s Corner and before the Fresh Market, on the left side of 17 off of Beach Road, there is a broken down building and a magnificent beach view just beyond. – See more at: http://life-in-pi.com/blog/436-pawleys-islands-very-own-secret-garden#sthash.Anq5pCan.dpuf

Photographs courtesy of Native Isle Photography & Graham Ladd Photography, Pawleys Island, South Carolina. 843-237-5805

 

 

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.

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Atalaya Arts & Craft Festival @ Huntington Beach State Park

Huntington Beach State Park will host the 37th Annual Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival Sept. 27-29, 2013, just a few miles from Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort.

The festival features more than 100 artists including potters, painters, glass artist, fabric artists and more. It also includes live music and food.

“It’s a really great weekend for our park,” said J.W. Weatherford, senior ranger at Huntington Beach State Park. “We have this wonderful castle which is a great historical resource. In addition to the art here at the festival, we have wonderful local food and local music, so come on out.”

The castle Weatherford mentioned is also known as Atalaya, which was built from 1931 to 1933. The Moorish revival-style building was the winter home of Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington, the namesakes of the park who are also responsible for the creation of Brookgreen Gardens. The name of the castle comes from the Spanish word for “watchtower,” for the square tower that stands tall over the 30-room building.

The couple last used the castle as a home in 1947, and the furnishings were removed after Mr. Huntington’s death in 1955. The grounds the Huntingtons owned were leased to the state of South Carolina for a park in 1960, and Atalaya was listed on the National Register for Historic Places in 1984.

Guided tours of Atalaya are available for a fee through the state park throughout the year, but the use of the castle for the art festival is a special event that locals and visitors to the region enjoy visiting year after year.

’We’re very inspired when we come here, it’s our favorite show of the year,” said Barbara Streeter, a glass artist from Conway. “The castle makes it different, this is just a beautiful place to be.”

As an FYI, event organizers warn that stroller and wheelchair access can be difficult “due to uneven surfaces, stairs, crowds and narrow hallways.”

If you go:
What: 38th Annual Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival
Where: Huntington Beach State Park’s Atalaya
When: Friday Sept. 27, noon to 6 p.m.; Saturday Sept. 28, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 29, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $6 daily, $10 for a multi-day pass

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Wine Tasting at Brookgreen Garden

Brookgreen GardensIs there a more beautiful site on the Grand Strand to enjoy wine and scenery? On Saturday, June 15 from 5:30 – 8 p.m.  Brookgreen Gardens invites you to enjoy a wine tasting in the beautiful Live Oak Allee. Attendees will enjoy samplings of 20 exceptional wines from ‘Down Under’ – Australia and New Zealand, accompanied with food pairings.

One of Brookgreen’s annual fund raisers, the wine tasting and silent auction provide a casual evening of enjoyment and whose proceeds help support the gardens all year. Tickets are $50 for members and $65 for guests which includes wine tastings, food pairings, live music, and a signature wine glass.

Tickets to this special wine tasting event are limited. Order tickets online or call 843-235-6016. Tickets are also for sale at the Lowcountry Center and the Admission Plaza. If you are looking for fun things to do in Myrtle Beach, with the lovely Live Oak Allee as a backdrop, the wines, hors d’oeuvres, live music and a silent auction with wine-related items, will make this event an evening to remember. The silent auction is once sponsored by The Friends of Brookgreen Gardens.

Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark, is located on US Highway 17 between Myrtle Beach and Pawleys Island and is open to the public from 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily. For more information call 843-235-6000.

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Coastal Uncorked Trio Dinner

Grand Strand locals and visitors to Myrtle Beach both love the Trio Dinner, a showcase of some of the best executive chefs in the region as they partner with culinary students at both the high school and college level.

Executive chefs from a dozen local restaurants will participate, including Myrtle Beach chefs Brad Daniels of Croissants, Tom Pennell of Ruth’s Chris and Casey Blake of Drunken Jack’s in Murrells Inlet.

This is the seventh year of the trio dinner, which serves to support and promote the Myrtle Beach hospitality industry and culinary profession as well as to give students real-world experience and guidance under the watchful eye of a professional executive chef. A portion of the proceeds from the event go to the Myrtle Beach Hospitality Association’s (MBHA) scholarship funds, with more than $20,000 has been raised for the MBHA’s programs since the program began.

The event will include a silent auction, with nearly an array of items up for auction, with the list so far including tickets to Alabama Theatre, tickets for a dinner cruise with Barefoot Princess Riverboat, golf packages, a vacuum cleaner, restaurant gift cards, home furniture and gift baskets. Entertainment will be provided by Coastal Carolina University’s Jazz After Hours and After Hours Combo bands.

For a fun evening filled with top-notch food that also has an educational component, check out the Trio Dinner Coastal Culinary Experience. It will be a tasty way to support the vibrant culinary scene on the Grand Strand.

If you go:
What: Coastal Uncorked Trio Dinner
Where: Sheraton Convention Center Hotel, 2101 N. Oak St., Myrtle Beach, S.C.
When: 6:30 p.m. April 22
Cost: Individual tickets start at $85; tables start at $600 for 8
Contact: 843-626-9668
Website: shop.coastaluncorked.com/trio-dinner

Litchfield by the Sea – Vacation Resort Near Myrtle Beach

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These photos are sure to get you in the mood to visit Litchfield by the Sea in Pawleys Island. Enjoy the benefits of this gated resort community.  Amenities include pools, private beach access, golf, tennis, crabbing, fishing, bike / jogging trails, on site Starbucks and more.

Far enough away to be out of the Myrtle Beach traffic but close enough to enjoy some of the offerings in Myrtle Beach.

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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.

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