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:
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:
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: 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:
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:
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:

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




Mega Golf Management Merger

The two largest golf course ownership and management companies on the Grand Strand are merging, creating one of the 15 largest course management companies in the nation and a juggernaut in the area golf market.

Burroughs & Chapin Golf Management and Myrtle Beach National Company have signed a letter of intent to combine their golf assets and become equal partners in a new company that has yet to be named.

Myrtle Beach National currently owns 10 of the 14 courses it manages, while B&C Golf Management, a subsidiary of Burroughs & Chapin Company Inc., owns five of the 10 courses it manages.

  • Myrtlewood PineHills

    Myrtlewood Palmetto

    Pine Lakes Country Club

    Grande Dunes Resort Course

    Members Club at Grande Dunes (private)


    Tidewater Plantation & Golf

    River Hills Golf & Country Club

    Arcadian Shores Golf Club

    Farmstead Golf Links

    Meadowlands Golf Club


    Owned and managed

    MBN King’s North

    MBN Southcreek

    MBN West

    Aberdeen Country Club

    Long Bay Club

    Waterway Hills Golf Club

    River Club

    Litchfield Country Club

    Willbrook Plantation

    Pawleys Plantation


    Blackmoor Golf Club

    Wild Wing Plantation

    Tradition Club

    Wachesaw Plantation East

“We believe with the strength of this new venture that represents the best of both companies, it will give us some growth opportunities and give us a greater opportunity to get the message out about the golf offerings Myrtle Beach has,” said Jim Apple, B&C president and chief executive officer.

MBN Chief Executive Officer Matthew Brittain said due diligence still has to be done and the merger may not be consummated for “a couple months.”

Though both companies own other entities in the golf industry, including hotels and golf package companies, the merger only involves courses.



Brookgreen Gardens: Coastal Living Magazines Top 10 Gardens

Coastal Living Magazine listed Brookgreen Gardens in Pawleys Island as on of the Top 10 Public Gardens.

Brookgreen Gardens

Courtesy of Brookgreen Gardens , By Steve Millburg

About Brookgreen Gardens:

Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington founded Brookgreen in 1931, stitching together 9,127 acres of former rice plantations stretching from the Waccamaw River to the Atlantic Ocean. Anna was a sculptor, and during the Depression the Huntingtons became patrons to many struggling artists. Today, the gardens harbor 2,000 species of plants, a wide variety of birds and animals, and an astonishing 550 outdoor sculptures.

Link to the article HERE

Contact Brookgreen Gardens: 800/849-1931 or

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The Beaches at Pawleys Island & Litchfield Beach

Area Beaches


One of the remaining pristine public beaches uncluttered by high rises and unspoiled by overcrowding and commercialism, Pawleys Island, South Carolina is a longtime favorite to locals and out-of-state visitors alike.

The beaches at Pawleys Island in South Carolina are situated on the Atlantic Ocean between Charleston and Myrtle Beach. There are two causeways that access the beach: one located at the north end of the island between Highway 17 North, otherwise known as Ocean Highway, and across from Waverly Road; the other causeway is south of the island from Highway 17 North and veers off to the right at the traffic light before the Food Lion Shopping Center on to South Causeway Road.

Once on the island, beach goers can go north or south and find beach access along the oceanfront. There is limited public parking on the island and visitors who are not staying on the island need to beware of frequent ticketing of vehicles not utilizing parking locations. There are limited public restroom facilities at the south end of the island only. The best beach access is from one of our rentals homes either oceanfront or off ocean.

Since the island of Pawleys Island itself has no commercial properties, visitors can venture across the causeways to Pawleys Island mainland to find restaurants, gas stations, grocery stores, boutiques, beach services, boating and fishing equipment and services, and many other retail establishments that offer anything one might need for their beach experience.



Go north on Ocean Highway from Pawleys Island and you’ll enter the area known as Litchfield. There are three distinct areas of this community: South Litchfield, Litchfield by the Sea, and North Litchfield. South Litchfield is accessed from the south portion of the island along Litchfield Drive. Once on the island, there are beach access points between various homes. The parking is also very limited. The solution? Stay at one of the various vacation rentals at Litchfield by the Sea such as  63A Lakeside Villas. Litchfield by the Sea offers plenty of parking, amenities and PRIVATE BEACH ACCESS.

Things to Do: Literary Feasts

The Moveable Feasts are literary legend in the Myrtle Beach area: For $25 you get lunch at an esteemed local restaurant surrounded by literature lovers with a presentation by a published author.



Moveable Feasts are always on Fridays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by book signings at 2 p.m. at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island.


The Feast each Friday is prepared for the number of guests confirmed the Wednesday prior, so please pay two weeks in advance.  No refunds or rolling credit can be given for cancellations after the Wednesday prior to the feast. They assign seats at each of the luncheons. If you wish to be seated with a group or friend or if you have food allergies or are vegetarian, please let them know when you make your reservation.

For reservations, call (843) 235-9600 or  visit


Dec. 10 ~ William W. Starr (Whiskey, Kilts and the Loch Ness Monster: Traveling through Scotland with Boswell and Johnson) at Ocean One

A celebration of Scottish life and spirited endorsement of the unexpected discoveries to be made through good travel and good literature. A memoir of a twenty-first-century literary pilgrimage to retrace the famous eighteenth-century Scottish journey of James Boswell and Samuel Johnson, two of the most celebrated writers of their day. An accomplished journalist and aficionado of fine literature, William W. Starr enlivens this crisply written travelogue with a playful wit, an enthusiasm for all things Scottish, the boon and burden of American sensibility, and an ardent appreciation for Boswell and Johnson ~ who make frequent cameos throughout these ramblings.

*Dec. 17 ~ Philip Powell (Holiday Piano Concert) at Bove, $35

With talent and touch comparable to any concert pianist on the national circuit, our own keyboard magician closes the 12th season of the Moveable Feast with a moving concert featuring the works of Chopin and Schumann.

*Monday, Dec. 20 ~ Sarah Kelly (Jazz Girl) at Applewood’s, $15

An intimate glimpse into the childhood of American jazz icon, Mary Lou Williams who, as a toddler, could sit at a piano and play any melody she heard. By the time she was six years old, “the little piano girl” helped support her family by playing at parties. Feeling shunned because of being much darker than her family members, and prone to “visions,” Mary endured jeers and taunts from white children. When she played her music, others listened and admired her for her talent.

Dec. 24 & Dec. 31 ~ No Moveable Feast!

Jan. 7 ~ Ken Burger (Sister Santee) at Inlet Affairs

“Ken Burger has done it again! Our favorite newspaper columnist uses words like a surgeon’s scalpel to peel the skin off his native state, that asylum we all know as South Carolina, exposing its haunted history and some infamously flawed people who crawl out of his mangy imagination. His second novel, Sister Santee, creates a perfect Palmetto State storm where changing times and racial realities torture every poor soul caught in the Sturm and Drang of the state’s self-imposed and natural disasters. So fasten your seatbelt, you’re in for a bumpy ride. Just like his first novel, Swallow Savannah, you won’t be able to put this one down.” ~ Pat Conroy

Jan. 14 ~ Lisa Genova (Left Neglected) at Pawleys Plantation

For starters, Lisa Genova graduated valedictorian from Bates College with a degree in Biopsychology, holds a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Harvard University, is a Meisner-trained actress, and delivered the 2008 winner of the Bronte Award with her runaway bestseller (originally self-published) Still Alice. In her new book, Left Neglected, Sarah Nickerson is a high-powered working mom with too much on her plate and too little time. One day, racing to work and trying to make a phone call, she looks away from the road for a second too long. In the blink of an eye, all the rapidly moving parts of her over-scheduled life come to a screeching halt. A traumatic brain injury completely erases the left side of her world. As she struggles to recover, she discovers she must embrace a simpler life, and in so doing begins to heal the things she’s left neglected in herself, her family, and the world around her. “The Universe gives Sarah Nickerson an unmistakable wake-up call in the form of a traumatic brain injury and a bizarre condition called Left Neglect. In her journey of recovery, she not only learns to pay attention to everything her mind wants her to ignore, she learns to pay attention to her heart’s true desires. This is a story about learning to live simpler and deeper, about paying attention to and nourishing what matters, about healing and becoming whole.”~ Lisa Genova

Jan. 21 ~ Beth Hoffman (Saving CeeCee Honeycutt) at Debordieu Clubhouse

In her New York Times bestselling debut novel, the author weaves together humor and heartbreak with lyrical prose, eccentric characters, and vivid descriptions. In 2004, after a life-threatening illness interrupted her successful and demanding interior design career in Cincinnati, her childhood dream of writing resurfaced. On the words of a complete stranger, she “realigned her energies” and sat down at her computer, finishing “CeeCee” four years later.

Jan. 28 ~ Susan Hasler (Intelligence, A Novel of the CIA) at Carefree Catering

Hasler charts the day-to-day efforts of a team of counterterrorist analysts … in a strong debut that puts most other thriller authors with similar backgrounds in the intelligence field to shame. A smart, blackhearted comedy that is hilarious, heartbreaking and terrifying.

Feb. 4 ~ Lou Dischler (My Only Sunshine) at Ocean One

A former inventor and senior scientist with an international manufacturing business, Lou Dischler made a stand one day, refused to wear the safety glasses, resigned and dedicated himself to writing fiction. Cajun by birth, he now makes his home in Spartanburg, SC. His first novel, My Only Sunshine, follows nine-year-old Charlie Boone, his gravel-eating younger brother Jute, his bank-robbing uncle Dan and girlfriend, and his Memaw and Papaw through their misadventures in this hilarious Cajun comedy set in Red Church, Louisiana, at the height of the Cuban missile crisis.

Feb. 11 ~ Ann Ipock (Life is Short, I Wish I Was Taller) at DeBordieu Beach Club

Ann Ipock has established a reputation for dishing about all that’s holy and hilarious down South, and her new book carries on the tradition. From women’s cowlicks to men’s “BMS,” it’ll make you want to sit a spell right away. Get your copy today ~ and when your husband says, “Is that new?” say, “This old thing? Why, I’ve been reading Ann forever.”

Feb. 18 ~ Nicole Seitz (Inheritance of Beauty) at Bove

Beauty, like truth, is enduring. But only one can set you free. Maggie Black came of age in the lush, fragrant lowcountry of South Carolina, spending her days with her beloved brother and the boy she would grow up to marry. But when a stranger arrived one summer, Maggie couldn’t imagine the evil he would bring with him. And though she escaped with her life, the ramifications of that fateful summer would alter all of their lives forever. Now, some eighty years later, Maggie and her husband George are spending their remaining days in a nursing home, helpless as age slowly robs Maggie of her ability to communicate. When a mysterious package arrives, followed closely by a stranger whose identity haunts them, Maggie and George are hemmed in by a history they’d rather forget. As the truth reveals itself, George knows he must face the past and its lifetime of repercussions. It’s the only way to free himself and his precious wife ~ if it’s not too late. The Inheritance of Beauty is a rich and enchanting story about age and beauty, about the blessings and curses of each, and how true beauty endures for a lifetime.

Feb. 25 ~ Brian Hicks (Toward the Setting Sun: John Ross, The Cherokees and the Trail of Tears)

at Inlet Affairs

The forced removal of the Cherokee Indians from their homelands in Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina has troubled the conscience of many historians and writers. Thomas Jefferson wanted to remove the Cherokees from Georgia as early as 1802, but the final push that forced nearly all the Cherokees to live west of the Mississippi River came during the presidency of Andrew Jackson. This tragic chronicle has numerous complex subplots that require a talented storyteller such as Brian Hicks. His absorbing narrative focuses on two important Cherokee families ~ the Rosses and the Ridges. John Ross, the elected principal chief of the Cherokees, persistently opposed removal only to be betrayed by his political mentor, Major Ridge and his mentor’s son, John Ridge.


Thanksgiving at Pawleys Island / Murrells Inlet

Whether you want a traditional Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings at a restaurant in Pawleys Island, or you want to pick up a Thanksgiving meal, or you want a non-traditional Thanksgiving meal, we’ve got you covered.  Local chefs and restaurateurs are planning fantastic feasts for all tastes and lifestyles.

Here are some examples:

Austin’s Ocean One, One Norris Dr., at The Litchfield Inn, Pawleys Island,  235-8700

Thanksgiving Menu: From 1-7 p.m., Chef Bill Austin and Annette Austin are offering a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with a breathtaking oceanfront view for $27 ages 12 and older or $14 ages 11 and younger. The meal includes Butter and Herb-Basted Roast Turkey with Roasted Shallot and Turkey Gravy, Buttermilk Whipped Potatoes, Country Sausage, Sage and Cornbread Stuffing, fresh Cranberry Relish, Candied Sweet Potatoes, and Sesame Baby Beans with Red Peppers. A limited version of the regular menu will also be available.

Bello Cibo Deli, 115 Willbrook Blvd., by Piggly Wiggly in the Litchfield Market Village Square Plaza, Pawleys Island,  (843) 237-4333

Thanksgiving Menu: Through Nov. 20, you can order the Bello Cibo Heat and Eat Thanksgiving Dinner. For $75, the meal serves 6-8 and includes 4 pounds of sliced turkey, 2.5 pounds Garlic Mashed Potatoes, a 12-ounce Green Bean Casserole, 16 ounces Cranberry Sauce, 1 pound Cornbread Stuffing and 16 ounces Natural Turkey Gravy.

Brookgreen Gardens, 1931 Brookgreen Gardens Dr. Murrells Inlet (843) 235-6000

Thanksgiving Menu: The Pavilion Restaurant and the Courtyard Café will be closed, but the Old Kitchen will be open from 10-a.m. to 4 p.m. with a special meal of an Open-faced Turkey Sandwich with Dried Cranberry Dressing and Creamy Apple Carrot Slaw for $7. Other menu items will also be available, along with Pumpkin Pie and hot soups.



Gourmet Food & Wine To Go At Perrone’s Market

A life’s passion for food & wine led to the creation of Perrone’s Market.

Chef Steven Perrone and his wife Eileen work together to bring the concept of Perrone’s to life.

At Perrone’s, their concept is a simple one: to take the hassle out of preparing dinner.

They know with today’s fast paced, hectic lifestyle, finding time for cooking can be a problem, and take-out options can be pretty limited.  They prepare fresh foods from scratch everyday.  They use only the best ingredients in theirrecipes: Virgin olive oil, real butter, whole milk cheeses, fresh herbs, as well as their own rubs and marinades.

Perrone’s  foods are sold by the piece or by the pound, so you can custom create your own meal to eat at their table or yours. Reheat instructions are given for all out food, so there is no guesswork.

To compliment our food they have selected an eclectic variety of wines and hand-crafted beers to be enjoyed on or off premise.  Sit and relax while you try their featured wines, which are always available both by the glass and by the bottle.  Perrone’s has a Cruvinet wine temperature control system that will allow customers to enjoy single glasses of many types of wine – even Champagne. In the middle of the restaurant, with a dozen high-back bar stools around its custom-made wood bar top built by local artisan Andy Perry, who also built a 10- to 12-person community table and installed maple on some of the walls.

And don’t forget – Grazing is encouraged at Perrones!
You can compliment your wine with a loaf of their crusty, fresh-baked bread, artisan cheeses, cured sausage,  homemade dips, spreads, or pates or any of the small plate appetizers that they offer.

Perrone’s Market    13302 Ocean Highway  Pawleys Island, SC 29585  (843) 450-9967.

10 a.m. to midnight Mondays through Saturdays. Sundays are reserved for private parties for 75-125 guests

UPDATE 9/14/11 – Read more about Perrone’s HERE