Photos: Litchfield by the Sea Improvements

Litchfield by the Sea is using this winter season to make some great looking improvements to the property.  If you have not heard about Litchfield by the Sea, you need to check it out.  The development offers a wide variety of vacation rental options including the popular Lakeside Villas.  This guard gated resort offers a wide array of amenities including private beach access, a variety of pools, on site restaurants, on site Starbucks, tennis courts, golfing options and more.  Miles of walking and bike trails are throughout this great piece of property.  Click for photos of the progress being made on the improvments:   LBTS project Jan 30


Things to Do at Pawleys Island: Guided Tours

Carolina Safari Jeep Tours
Pick Up at Most Resorts,Myrtle Beach
(843) 497 – 5330
Get Wild about Wildlive!  Travel to exciting ecosystems:  the salt marsh, cypress swamp & fresh water.  See the egret, great blue heron, american bald eagle, osprey, wood stork & ibis.

Coastal Exploration
Huntington Beach State Park,Pawleys Island
(843) 237 – 4440
This series will give you  the opportunity to explore the mysteries of the Carolina coast as park naturalists lead you into the fascinating worlds of wildlife, ecology and history.  You can study the diverse ecology of a salt marsh, get an up-close look at an american alligator, use a seine net to collect some of the unusual sea creatures that inhabit the Atlantic Ocean or tour the Huntington’s castle, Atalaya.

Dolphin Watch
Capt. Dicks,Murrells Inlet
(843) 651 – 3676
The dolphin watch goes aboard the “OSPREY” a high-speed rigid aluminum inflatable vessel well suited for dolphin watching. Tour emphasizes the ecology, wildlife, and beauty of the coast. The cruise host will talk to you about dolphins in the wild and explain the search methods while looking for other things such as Osprey, Egrets, Herons, and Eagles. Remember, this is a fun and adventure trip on the ocean for all ages, so sunscreen and sunglasses are a good idea. You could get wet from the wave spray so dress comfortably.

Island Shelling Adventure
Capt. Dick’s,Murrells Inlet
(843) 651 – 3676
This is a one of a kind adventure to your own private palm covered beach. Enjoy a thrilling ride down the beautiful South Carolina coast to a pristine undeveloped beach. Then hop on our unique kayaks to take a short paddle to the beach for shell collecting, beach combing, or just kick’n back. Approximately 4 ½ hours with refreshments and all equipment included. NO OTHER TOUR GOES WHERE WE DO!

Lowcountry Plantation Tours
711 Front Street,Georgetown
(843) 477 – 0287
Plantation River Tours, Lighthouse & Shell Island Tour, & Ghost Story & Harbor Tours.

Ocean Sightseeing
Capt. Dick’s,Murrells Inlet
(843) 651 – 3676
Departing from historic Murrells Inlet, passing through the tranquil natural beauty of a saltwater marsh, out into the majestic Atlantic Ocean. You will cruise up the shoreline of the Grand Strand, seeing the Myrtle Beach skyline from the ocean, watching the sunset at sea – returning with the sights of the lights from the shore. A memorable event for the entire family. Experience the extraordinary view of the grand strand from the ocean, it’s piers, hotels, beach homes, and pavilions, from the decks of our modern cruise vessels. Departing from Murrells Inlet, “The Seafood Capital of South Carolina.” Wave to all the Strand’s visitors as you pass them by on your way to a glorious sunset at sea! Approximately 2 Hours.

Old South Carriage Tours
2 Anson Street in The Market,Charleston
(843) 723 – 9712
Tour the historic streets of Downtown Charleston by horse drawn carriage!

Saltwater Marsh Explorer
Capt. Dick’s,McClellanville
(866) 557 – 3474
DISCOVER the amazing collection of plants, animals, birds and marine life that make up the best example in nature of a complete Ecosystem. Not an artificial environment like a zoo or aquarium, this is the real thing. Our discover tour is interactive. Various nets and dredges are employed to retrieve specimens from beneath the water. Specimens go into onboard touch-tanks where they can be seen, observed and when appropriate touched and held. All living specimens are returned to the water. There’s also a fishing demonstration and a beach walk along a barrier island not accessible by car. An added bonus- not every trip, but frequently we encounter bottle nosed dolphins (FLIPPER) on our tours, a real treat. All Explorer vessels are rest room equipped.

SpiritLine Harbor Tour
205 King Street, Suite 204,Charleston
(843) 722 – 2628
Come discover the history, beauty and fun of cruising Charleston Harbor…perfect whether you’re a history buff, or just want to enjoy the water!

Tours of Hobcaw Barony
Hobcaw Barony,Georgetown
(843) 546 – 4623
This three hour van tour requires little walking but includes highlights of Hobcaw’s history. Once eleven plantations, the property was bought in 1905-07 by Bernard Baruch, native South Carolinian and Wall Street financier. At this winter retreat he and other millionaires hunted ducks, deer and wild turkeys throughout the 17,500 acres. The van stops for a tour inside his 1930 mansion that played host to politicians, generals and newspapermen as well as Winston Churchill and President Franklin Roosevelt.

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A Reason to Visit Pawleys Island: Rejuvination

It’s another weekend, and you and your significant other are looking at each other and thinking…what should we do? How about a nice romantic weekend to Pawleys Island, South Carolina? Pawleys Island, which is situated in what is called the Hammock Coast in South Carolina, has been an idyllic place for those seeking refuge from the worries and cares of everyday life. Even though Pawleys Island is only 20 miles south of Myrtle Beach, it is truly a world apart. Once you drive across the causeway onto the island, it’s like stepping back in time.

Miles of white, sandy beaches for walking and collecting seashells, ocean and creeks for fishing and swimming, gentle breezes for sailing and napping in rope hammocks after lunch, and at the end of each day, glorious sunsets. The area surrounding Pawleys Island is a mecca for golfers, with dozens of world-class golf courses close by. Dining abounds as well, ranging from family-oriented to quaint bistros gourmet dining.

Today, with a mix of centuries-old beach-front cottages and modern resort-style accommodations, the places to stay are limitless. Our recommendation for that romantic couples getaway is The Litchfield by the Sea. The Litchfield by the Sea offers a quiet setting in a gated community with a variety of lodging options. We recommend Lakeside Villas. The Litchfield resort offers an onsite Starbucks, restaurants, a lazy river ppol, private beach access, tennis courts and more.

Now that the accommodations have been taken care of, where to eat and what to do? If the beach or golf are not your thing, there are several activities you can enjoy that will fill your days. Brookgreen Gardens is a National Historic Landmark with the most significant collection of 19th and 20th century figurative sculpture exhibited among 2,000 species of plants by artists such as Frederic Remington, Daniel Chester French and Mrs. Huntington. Developed in the 1930s by Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington on the site of four colonial rice plantations, native animals and birds can be seen in a wildlife park, and special guided nature cruises and kayak trips wind through the tidal creeks and abandoned rice fields for a closer peek at the area’s history and wildlife.

Located in the heart of Georgetown’s Historic District, visit the Kaminski House and The Georgetown County Museum. The Kaminski House was built about 1769, and contains an outstanding collection of American and English antiques from the 18th and 19th centuries. The Georgetown County Museum displays more than 300 years of history and culture in the third oldest city in South Carolina. Then, stop in the The Gullah O’oman Shop, owned by Bunny and Andrew Rodrigues, and shop for some of the best of the low country’s crafts: Gullah collectibles, story quilts, lectures & seminars on Gullah history and culture, sweet grass baskets, dolls, wood carvings, black collectibles & memorabilia, art, antiques, African artifacts, books. historical papers & documents, tours, genealogical research.

In Pawleys Island, you’ll find dining in quaint restaurants and bistros surrounded by centuries-old Live Oaks as memorable as it is delicious. At The Mayor’s House Restaurant, you can dine on creative southern dishes, ribs, steaks, seafood, table side desserts and listen to live blues on Friday & Saturday. For something a little more casual, stop by Roz’s Rice Mill Cafe for the freshest of ingredients in soups, salads and sandwiches, country shrimp salad, Chutney chicken salad, black bean and artichoke cakes and crab cakes. And there is always the local favorite, Pawleys Island Tavern (aka The PIT), home of shrimp, beer and blues!

Whether you go by plane, train or automobile, a couples weekend to Pawley’s Island in South Carolina will revive and rejuvenate the soul and the mind.

Pawleys Island Music Festival and Wine Tasting

The Pawleys Island Music Festival is being held September 21 – October 3rd.   You can get tickets and more info HERE.

Private Wine Tasting
Date / Time: Thursday, September 23, 2010 @ 6:30 pm
Location: The Carriage House at Litchfield Plantation
Ticket price: $250
Call 843-626-8911 for more information 

The Friends of the Pawleys Island Wine Gala held their inaugural Private Tasting of exquisite wines in 2009. These wines were rare, limited productions of select wines donated by local wine enthusiasts, distributors and wine purveyors. The tasting was limited to 16 guests.

As requested by many who attended last year, we have enlarged the tasting to 24 guests for 2010. Please let us know if you are interested in participating in this special event this year. Tickets are $250 per person and INCLUDES admission to the Pawleys Island Wine Gala held on Friday evening, September 24th.

Pawleys Island Wine Gala
Date / Time: Friday, September 24, 2010 @ 7:00 pm
Location: Litchfield Plantation (Under the big tent)
Ticket price: $85 (Prior to Sept. 1)
$75 for Members and Sponsors (Prior to Sept. 1)
$100 (Beginning Sept. 1)

You are cordially invited to…
the 11th Annual Wine Gala of 2010.

The Wine Gala is a benefit for The Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art.

Join us as we sample wines from over 80 renowned wineries and enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres, prepared by the talented, award winning Chef Robert Beuth. Wines will be available for purchase at prices well below retail during this special event. Live entertainment will be provided by U “N” I, a five piece group who specialize in the sounds of jazz, swing and blues, as well as beach music classics and their own contemporary smooth jazz originals. One of the highlights of the evening is the Silent Auction. This year’s Auction will feature original hand painted and decorated boxes, donated by local artists and designers as well as gourmet dinners, weekend packages and original artwork by local artists. A complimentary Dessert Tasting prepared by Croissants Bistro and Bakery and sponsored by Litchfield Plantation will wrap up the evening. Be sure to get your tickets early, because we expect to sell out this event.

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Why you should vacation at Litchfield Beach / Pawley’s Island

Litchfield Beach, SC is found about fifteen minutes from central Myrtle Beach, SC. Myrtle Beach, SC pulls millions of visitors a year who come for the beach, golfing, shopping and lots of the other local activities.

Litchfield Beach is found in Pawleys Island, SC. The area is gorgeous, with low density development ; the natural environment has been saved. Pawleys Island has some extraordinary first class golfing courses. Lots of the golfing courses were build on old plantation and you can still see remains of plenty of the old rice plantations.

As far as value of your Pawleys Island holiday, there are only a few resorts in the area with the 2 preferred being Litchfield by the Sea and Litchfield Inn. Litchfield by the Sea has great conveniences together with an on-site restaurant , Starbucks and spa simply to name a couple. Many travelers coming to the area hire one of the beach holiday houses TIP click here . The most important and is the standard of holiday you get when you visit the area.

Pawleys Island has some of the finest eateries TIP click here in the south and you do not have to battle the busy crowds in the summertime solely to get a great meal. The beaches are also more isolated. Due to the locale of Litchfield By The Sea you’ve got to be a guest at the resort to be ready to use the beach there, so you just about have a personal beach. As far as cost, vacationing in Pawleys Island is not too much different that Myrtle Beach. Just like Myrtle Beach there are some off the beach lower cost options. However Pawleys Island has kept a low density policy on building so in the property boom the area didn’t have any new high rises built sea front. Pawleys Island beaches have been so isolated sea turtles have selected the white wonderful beaches to lay their eggs.

Lots of the neighbors have been extraordinarily protecting over these sites where sea turtle nests have been typically found. While there are several reason you need to holiday in the Myrtle Beach
area, the choice is clear if you’d like a quality relaxed vacation , away from all of serious traffic areas but close enough to enjoy unending options of fun, Come to Litchfield Beach in Pawleys Island, SC.

Litchfield to Host Carolina Couples Classic

The 14th annual Carolina Couples Classic, the premier couples’ golf tournament in South Carolina, will be held October 7-10, 2010, in historic Litchfield Beach.

The Carolina Couples Classic attracts couples from across the country to compete for gifts and prizes.

Over the previous 13 years of the tournament, more than 750 couples have participated representing states such as Georgia, Indiana, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

In addition to the two-person team competition, this year’s event again includes an Intra-Club Competition with additional prizes for the teams representing the winning golf club.

“The Carolina Couples Classic is the premier couples golf event in the Carolinas,” said Jim Woodring, vice president of golf operations for the Myrtle Beach National Company. “Many couples mark the Classic dates on their calendar every year and come for the competition, the great golf and to reconnect with longtime friends they’ve made at prior Carolina Couples Classics. We’re looking forward to the biggest weekend in Classic history this year.”

The entry fee without lodging for the 2010 Carolina Couples Classic is $595 per couple and includes one round of golf on both Willbrook Plantation and Wachesaw Plantation East, a welcome reception and cocktail party on Thursday night, lunch on Friday and Saturday, Saturday night’s awards party, a welcome gift at registration and tournament prizes.

Willbrook Plantation was recently ranked 31st by Golf Digest as one of “America’s Top 50 Courses for Women.” The course was designed by Dan Maples who has often called the course “one of my best.” Wachesaw Plantation East is a Clyde Johnson designed course with a Scottish flair and was highlighted on national television for the LPGA Kathy Ireland/Greens Competition Classic.

The weekend will also include a Fall Demo Day, an annual tradition at the Carolina Couples Classic on Friday, October 8th at the Litchfield Country Club driving range.

The event offers Carolina Classic participants the opportunity to test the latest in golf equipment technology from manufacturers including Callaway, Nike, Ping, Taylor Made and more.

Carolina Couples participants will receive complimentary club fitting and substantial discounts on all golf purchases.

To register, golfers should call 1-888-714-5935, or visit