Kudzu Bakery Pawleys Island, SC

What started out as a small bakery on Georgetown’s Front Street has turned into an all-out market with three locations around the Grand Strand.

In addition to delicious baked goods like pies, cookies, cakes, breakfast pastries, and fresh bread, Kudzu offers pretty much everything you could need to throw a top-rate dinner party, including entrées, appetizers, sauces, wine, starches, cheeses, vegetables, and even utensils.

They also prepare each item so that it appears homemade, as opposed to the cookie-cutter method that you might find at the big box stores. And if it isn’t made on-site, Kudzu’s owners and staff have tasted the product to make sure they’re offering high-quality, great-tasting items.

The current bread schedule features daily Buttermilk White Bread, Honey Whole Wheat, and French Bread, and fresh Cinnamon Raisin Bread is available on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

And with an ever-evolving, seasonal selection of goods, locals and tourists find themselves returning again and again to see what’s new at Kudzu.

Kudzu Bakery 221 Willbrook Blvd, Pawleys Island, 29585 • (843) 235-8560

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Got Fish? Fishing Charters Along The Grand Strand

It’s not that we’re fishing for compliments, really.

But there are some things the South Strand does very well, and inshore and offshore adventures are among them.

While staying at your vacation rental at Litchfield by the Sea in Pawleys Island you’re within casting distance of some fun, knowledgeable and reputable charter companies to take you out, hook you up, and reel your catch in for an incredibly memorable outing. This is an especially great option if you’re chipping in with a couple of other adults to defray costs. Flounder, black drum, red drum, sea trout, tarpon and more (and maybe even a shark — eek!) will be swimming right below your feet while experienced guides walk you through the basics, all the way up to advanced technique. They know all the best spots and the tried-and-true tricks, so all you have to do is show up. And have fun.

Who to try in or near the South Strand? Read on.

Carolina Guide Service: Customization is the key to Carolina Guide Service’s operation, which will work with you to find the best spot to get the fish of choice for your outing. Locations vary but most fishing is done in calm, shallow water and always with land in sight — and with a USCG-certified captain helming your vessel. They provide everything — from rods and tackle to an ice-filled cooler — but you’re in charge of smart sun gear and your own food and drink. They’ll pick you up at one of several area ramps, depending on tides and weather, and prices start at $400 for a four-hour trip. They’re great with kids and have excellent specialized local fishing knowledge. They are based in Pawleys Island.

Barrier Island Guide Service: We love this fully licensed and certified crew if you’re trying to please a variety of folks: some may be more into the fishing, others a little less so. You’ll get it all with Barrier Island, whose trips may also include shelling, birding, dolphin watching, island hopping and lighthouse visiting. This will always go over well with the kids, as does the captain’s patience with learning little ones … and larger first-timers, too. Four-hour fishing trips start at $350 (for two anglers), and the eco-tours go for the same price (for four boaters). Large groups can be accommodated for additional fees. As is the case with most area charters, these folks know their stuff and are committed to ensuring you have a fantastic experience. They are also based in Pawleys Island.

Critter Gitter Fishing Charters: Care to venture a little farther out to sea? Based in nearby Georgetown, the creatively named Critter Gitter outfit is primed and ready to take you to the gorgeous Gulf Stream, more than 50 miles from shore. There the more elusive dolphin, tuna and billfish are swimming under the big, radar-equipped boat you’ll call home for the day. This option affords some luxury, given their new Wellcraft 330 Coastal is outfitted with a bathroom and an air-conditioned salon area. Off-shore adventures are full-day affairs, but half-day inshore trips and bottom fishing excursions are also available. You bring food, drink and personal items, and they’ll take care of the rest. Prices and scheduling upon request, so contact licensed and certified Captain Max here.

Other recommended spots include:

Try Inshore Xtreme for fishing with a side of local love. Take a traditional fishing charter or instead spend a day boating to and from Charleston. Rates are competitive and staff is wonderful, with kids especially.

Georgetown Charters is beloved for successful outings, friendly service and diverse fishing options — think jetty, inshore, near shore or flats. They also have a number of different fishing vessels to further customize your trip.

Back Road Routes to Pawleys Island, SC

Back Road Routes to Avoid Summer Saturday Traffic

Over the years we have noticed that some of our summer guests arrive late, grumpy, exhausted, and exasperated by the traffic jams in and around Conway, SC. 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.

These are very precise measured directions.

If on I-20 in Columbia, take it east to mile marker 81. Exit right onto Road 53. The exit number is 82.

At the stop sign at the top of the exit ramp, turn right. In two-tenths of a mile, you will come to a dead end with a stop sign. Turn left. Go about a half mile and “Screaming Eagle Road” will fork off to the right. Take the right fork. Set your odometer and go about 8 miles on “Screaming Eagle Road” to a dead end. Turn right. This is McCord’s Ferry Road. Set odometer and go 8.5 miles.

Go under to overpass and immediately turn left, east on Highway 76. Set odometer. Go about 18 miles. Just past a stop light there is a sign saying “Florence-Conway.” Yield here to oncoming traffic, and take a left. Set your odometer and go 15.3 miles.

Turn right onto 527 (there is an old station on your left at the place where you turn right). This is the road to Kingstree. Set odometer and go to Kingstree, to the stoplight. It is about 26 miles. You will cross over I-95 before getting to Kingstree.

At the stoplight go straight across. You are on Academy Street. Go two blocks and the street veers almost 90 degrees to the right. Stay on Academy. Go to the second stop light and turn left onto Main Street. Set odometer and go 9.8 miles on Main Street, which becomes Highway 261.

If it is raining, be very careful after Kingstree. There may be some standing water in some spots.

After 9.8 miles there is a fork in the road. Take the right fork, toward Nesmith, and set your odometer. (Remember what Yogi Berra said. “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”) Go about 16 miles and there is a stop sign. Go straight across and you are on Highway 51, which leads to Georgetown.

At Georgetown take Highway 17 North to Litchfield Beach, about 14 miles. (HINT: Upon entering Georgetown, you can save a minute or two by turning left – about a 45 degree turn at the Scotchman convenience store. This road goes by Georgetown Hospital and is a shortcut to Highway 17. At the traffic light on 17 you’ll be taking a left and that will be Highway 17, headed north.)

Bypass of Conway & Myrtle Beach from I-95

  • Exit from I-95 at Dillon and follow Rt. 301 to Latta, than 501 and Marion Bypass.
  • Take 41 A (41 A on map but sign says 41 ALT) and follow it to Rt. 41 at Centenary.
  • Follow Rt. 41 south about 33.36 miles to Rhems.
  • From Rhems take Rt. 51 about 19.45 miles to Georgetown.
  • From Georgetown take Highway 17 north to Litchfield Beach. (HINT: Upon entering Georgetown, you can save a minute or two by turning left – about a 45 degree turn at the Scotchman convenience store. This road goes by Georgetown Hospital and is a shortcut to Highway 17. At the traffic light on 17 you’ll be taking a left and that will be Highway 17, headed north.) It may seem like you have gone a ling way out of your way, but it is just a little over 15 miles difference coming this way instead of going through Conway and Myrtle Beach.

Estimated Mileage 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

Georgetown Wooden Boat Show October 19, 2013

wooden boat showThe Wooden Boat Show is a terrific event held every fall in Georgetown, SC.  Check out the website www.WoodenBoatShow.com for all of the details including photos and videos from past years.

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4th of July Events Murrells Inlet to Georgetown

Fourth of July events

• 10 a.m. — The annual Fourth of July Parade will take place on Pawleys Island. Trophies will be presented for the best floats.

• Between 1 and 2 p.m. — Salute from the Shore — Vintage military aircraft will fly over South Carolina beaches.

Beachgoers are asked to display red, white and blue during the flyover and are encouraged to take pictures and video of themselves saluting our armed forces and their families.

Share pictures and stories online at “Salute from the Shore” on Facebook and show our troops how much we appreciate their service. For more information, visit salutefromtheshore.org.

• 5 p.m. — The Murrells Inlet Fourth of July Boat Parade will follow a route from Garden City Point over to the Marsh Walk and down along the Murrells Inlet coast line to Morse Park Landing.  The best viewing areas include Marlin Quay Marina, the Marsh Walk and Belin Methodist Church.

Boats can register for $5 with the committee boat on parade day starting at 4 p.m. For questions, contact Lee Hewitt at 843-652-4236.

• 6 p.m. — The Third Annual Pawleys Island Fourth of July Evening Celebration will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. inside the Precious Blood Parish Life Center, 1633 Waverly Road. This community-wide evening celebration will be a salute to our nation and our military in song and remembrances.

The celebration, sponsored by Knights of Columbus Council 11028 and Assembly 3272, features the Pawleys Island Concert Band along with singing and speakers. Admission is free. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

• 7 p.m. — Indgo Choral Society will present its 17th annual free Fourth of July Concert on the lawn of the Kaminski House Museum in Georgeown.

Fireworks

• 9:30 p.m. — Georgetown City Fire Department will present its annual fireworks display from East Bay Park. The display can be seen best from the Harborwalk or other areas along the Sampit River.

• 10 p.m. — Murrells Inlet 2020 will present its annual fireworks show over the Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk. Restaurants along the Marsh Walk will have live music throughout the night

Plantation Tours in Georgetown, SC

On March 22 &23, 2013 , just south of Pawleys Island, some of the most beautiful, historic plantation homes and churches in the Georgetown, South Carolina area will be graciously shared with the Episcopal Church Women of Prince George, Winyah Parish, and will be open for ticket holders between 9:30am– 5pm.

The Sixty-Sixth Annual Plantation Tour offers a different group of pre-Revolutionary and antebellum  homes in downtown Georgetown, on area plantations and even some churches each day. Visitors are invited to the Winyah Indigo Society Hall for tea each afternoon. In the Prince George Parish Hall, home baked goods, original framed art from local artists, books from the Georgetown Historical Society, and the church’s award winning cookbook, PLANTATION TOURS AND TASTES, will be available for sale.

Histories and maps showing the routes for the day are provided with tickets.  Hosts and hostess will be on hand to answer questions concerning the houses that are open. Visitors provide their own transportation.  Only cars and vans are allowed on the tours because of the many low-hanging oak limbs and soft roadbeds.  (no buses)

All Visitors are requested to wear low heeled shoes for their own comfort, as well, as for the protection of the old floors and rugs. You are also reminded that no photographs may be taken inside homes.

For ticket information, visit the website: http://www.pgwinyah.org/

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Romantic Dinner Suggestions

Waterfront-Dining

There’s no shortage of great restaurants on the Grand Strand, but what’s the best spot for a romantic dinner?

Whether you’re planning a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner, anniversary celebration or perfect date-night, venture to the south end of Myrtle Beach (Surfside Beach, Murrells Inlet, Pawleys Island, Georgetown) and you’ll find some restaurants perfect for a romantic dinner for two.

Chosen for cuisine, ambiance and setting, all of the restaurants included are perfect for a special occasion with that special someone.

Austin’s Ocean One
1 County Road S-22-303, Pawleys Island, SC 29585
Phone: (843) 235-8700

What could be more romantic than oceanfront dining on beautiful Litchfield Beach? Austin’s Ocean One not only provides the ultimate moonlit setting, it offers outstanding contemporary American cuisine featuring local seafood and hand cut steaks and is highly regarded as one of the best restaurants on the Strand. The sophisticated main course offerings, extensive wine list and sweet endings will send you home happy!

Bistro 217
10707 Ocean Highway Suite D, Pawleys Island, SC 29585
Phone: (843) 235-8217

Located in Pawleys Island, just south of the Hammock Shops, Bistro 217 blends upscale dining with a unique and intimate atmosphere. Whether you dine inside or in their charming courtyard, your expectations will be more than fulfilled. Don’t miss their famous jalapeno bisque and incredible fried okra to put you in the mood for fresh locally inspired cuisine. It is the perfect atmosphere for a romantic candle lit dinner promising delicious entrees, beautiful wines and tempting desserts guaranteed to sweep your date off their feet!

Bliss Restaurant and Lounge
4606 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
Phone: (843) 282-6737

Bliss Restaurant is that sweet spot in Murrells Inlet where locals find a quiet romantic setting off the tourist path. There is no marsh front, no stampede of visitors…just an inviting and charming destination offering cuisine that aims to please.  You will find that fine dining experience you want especially for a romantic holiday like Valentines Day.

Frank’s Restaurant and Frank’s Outback
10434 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island, SC 29585
Phone: (843) 237-3030

In Pawley’s Island, Frank’s Restaurant has long been the place to dine on that very special occasion…but not to leave out Frank’s Outback, with its warm and inviting outdoor space where guests get to dine in a garden setting under a canopy of trees. Whichever you choose, you will be indulged with award winning cuisine, outstanding wines, attentive wait staff and a romantic setting that will make the evening a night to remember.

Nosh
10880 Ocean Hwy | Pawleys Island, SC 29585
Phone: (843) 314-9014

If you’re looking for an elegant dining experience in a beautiful romantic setting look no further than Nosh Restaurant, which is tucked under the live Oaks of the famous Hammock Shops in the heart of Pawleys Island. White linen tablecloths, rustic brick walls, and a warm inviting fireplace are only upstaged by the creativity of the artful cuisine this restaurant offers.

Rice Paddy Restaurant
732 Front Street, Georgetown, SC 29440
(843) 546-2021

The Rice Paddy is consistently a number one favorite restaurant especially for that romantic dinner experience.  Originally an old bank building, the centerpiece is the vault, where an exceptional wine selection awaits you.  Great ambience, warm hospitality combined with remarkable Lowcountry cuisine makes for a very special outing in this inviting historic setting in Georgetown.

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