Traveler Reviews from VRBO

Posted here are reviews found on VRBO / Home Away from past guests that booked via those sources.  Given that VRBO / Home Away are now charging our guests “booking fees”, we decided to import these in case we no longer use the services of these travel booking services. We encourage our guests to book directly with us and save money.  See below.  And there are more HERE.

Nice experience. We’ll be back.

September 23, 2015
Our condo was very clean and freshly updated. There is also a salt water lake that has excellent fishing. Kids will have a wonderful time fishing for the abundant pinfish. There are plenty of flounder also. There are many really nice restaurants in the area.

Fabulous

September 18, 2015
This property was absolutely perfect!! We went with our 3 kids- 15,14,&11 and everyone loved it. The house was beautifully furnished and appointed. The beds were super comfortable. No check in necessary- just go to gate and the entry pass was with the guard. We plan to definitely return. We have vacationed in Hilton Head for 20 years but this was even better. Owners are super easy and communication was great. Thanks for a memorable weekend and we’ll be back.

As advertised. Nicely updated pad

September 11, 2015

Brett’s place was exactly as advertised. My wife, another couple and I enjoyed our time there, especially the large screened in porch. Brett was a great communicator and answered his phone immediately when I mistakenly thought we had a problem upon arrival. All was well, would be glad to rent again. Thanks.

Labor Day Fun

September 4, 2015

We have stayed at Litchfield by the Sea several times but never at Lakeside. It was a beautiful place and there was plenty of room for our whole family. We would love to stay again in the future and we would gladly recommend this to our friends.

Excellent!

July 18, 2015

Have stayed at several Lakeside villas over the past few years and this one has definitely been the best. The villa was furnished very nicely with all of the necessities. Well maintained and very comfortable. We did not have any problems during our stay. Brett was very responsive to our inquiry and in providing us with all of the information needed. The Lakeside community at Litchfield is very quite and relaxing and the villa is just a short walk to the pool and marsh and short drive to the beach and parking.

Wonderful Stay!

July 11, 2015

This was our first time staying at this particular villa in Lakeside and really enjoyed it! We have stayed in other Lakeside properties but this was the best experience yet. Brett was great from the very beginning of inquiring about the property until the end and answered any and all of our questions promptly. The villa was clean, decorated wonderfully to enhance your relaxation and easy to still get to the beach from. Having the keyless entry was such a plus. We will definitely return! Thanks Brett for sharing your villa with us as we had a memorable family vacation!

Amazing!

July 4, 2015

My husband and I stayed here for a week without our children! Before our arrival Brett answered all of my questions promptly and gave us lots of information. The condo was clean, spacious, and perfectly furnished. Although we had more room than we needed for just the 2 of us, there would have been plenty of room for another couple or our kids! Access to the condo was super easy and so convenient to be completely keyless/cardless at the beach. LBTS is a beautiful and well planned beach property, perfect for walking, running, riding bikes. We loved our stay and would highly recommend staying at Brett’s condo!

Another wonderful stay

June 6, 2015

This is my second year staying here. It is so comfortable and perfectly decorated for the beach. Brett and Cheri are great to deal with. The respond quickly with any questions or concerns you may have. I highly recommend renting this villa.

Better than Expected

April 30, 2015
Comfortable, classy casual decor, plenty of anemities, security-minded, close to everything! Info provided by owners was great And they were super responsive to any inquiries. No complaints!

Just as described

April 30, 2015

The villa was even better than we expected. We had seen photos, but they didn’t do it justice. Very welcome feel, classy and comfortable. The décor was very tasteful, loved the colors. Sitting on the porch was lovely. Although next to the access road, it was very private. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would stay there again. Dealing with the owners with questions, payment, etc. was also pleasant.

Delightful stay!

September 25, 2014

This VRBO villa at Litchfield By the Sea in Pawley’s Island was all as it was described. We loved the one story layout which had about 8 to 10 steps up to the front door. Everything was very clean and in working order. The beds were comfortable, and the linens and towels were good. The furnishings were bright and beachy and as described. We enjoyed sitting around the table on the screened porch with the overhead fan lending a cool breeze – great for breakfast or just drinks! There were great TVs in the living area and both bedrooms along with a supply of games for children. We especially enjoyed using the keyless entry on the covered front porch – No keys! Having a washer and dryer available was so helpful. We enjoyed going to the beach on the resort property which was just a short drive from the villa. The resort beach deck had some tables and chairs for use. Webster’s restaurant serves a wonderful buffet breakfast! LBTS has a security guard watching cars entering and making sure only resort owners/renters are able to enter the property, and the resort property is lovely and well maintained. Bi-Lo grocery store is directly across from the resort property as well as the Egg and I. The villa is delightful, and we had a wonderful, restful vacation! We recommend it highly!

Great vacation stay

August 10, 2014

We been visiting the Pawleys Island/Litchfield area annually for over 20 years, as we have family in there. This is the first time we have stayed someplace other than with family and being familiar with the Litchfield Resort, we were looking forward to the experience. We were not disappointed. The villa was beautifully decorated and had all the comforts of home. It was a great place to come back to after a busy day at the beach or other activities. Corresponding with Brett, the owner, was easy and pleasant. The only things I would mention is the parking situation. Each villa is supposed to have two dedicated parking spaces. We only needed one ourselves, but we found some of the villa residents were taking up 3-4, including one parking a golf cart in a space, meaning we weren’t able to use our actual designated spot next to the villa. It was a minor inconvenience, but worth mentioning. This is certainly not the fault of the homeowner; I don’t think Litchfield Resort enforced the rule. The other thing we found was that we initially weren’t “allowed” in the larger pool area with the kids’ area and lazy river because we didn’t rent through Litchfield itself. We were not made aware of this when we booked. Luckily, my brother and his family did have access, so we were let in as his guests. Although I did prefer the sedate pool in the Lakeside Villa area, we did have a child who liked the other pool. Overall, I would certainly look into staying here again next year.

End of summer vacation

August 16, 2013

This condo is very clean and nice. Appeared to have been remodeled recently. Granite counter tops in kitchen and bathroom were a nice touch.

Great Little Villa!

August 9, 2013
I was planning a trip for my family of 4 and found this property. When we arrived check in was a snap and our first impression of the resort was super! We had a wonderful time staying at this condo.Very clean,great decorated, well furnished and maintained. The kitchen has everything you need.We also loved the screened in porch after busy sunny day! The area is beautiful.Fantastic landscaping!Semi-private pool is just few steps away. The community is outstanding. The grounds and amenities are wonderful.Very peaceful location yet close to grocery & other attractions. Excellent grocery store (Piggly Wiggly) practically across the street . Brett, the owner, was very helpful and easy to communicate with .This is our new favorite place.We will strongly recommend this condo to all of our friends, and we hope to come back next year. P.S.We already booked it again for two weeks next summer 🙂

Awesome Lakeside Condo- Litchfield By the Sea

August 5, 2013

We returned home last evening after a great stay. The condo is very nice and comfortable, with all of the creature comforts of home. We had fun at the beautiful beach and pools. Thank you so much, we look forward to returning when our travels take us back to South Carolina.

Great Family Condo

July 16, 2013

We just loved the amenities at Litchfield by the Sea. Condo was beautiful & very comfortable for our family of four. The condo was very clean & looked just a the pictures appeared on the website. Brett was very quick in responding to inquiries, and very helpful. I love the entire gated community. We enjoyed the pool, taking early morning walks around the property & spending time at the beach. We would definitely recommend this property to others & hope to return with our family.

Perfect Long Weekend in Pawleys

June 12, 201

This was our 8th year doing a girls summer beach trip and this was by the far the best location. Pawleys Island is a great little beach town and Litchfield By The Sea is a perfect “subdivison” (for lack of better words). We loved the layout and design of the duplex- it was cute, beachy, clean and plenty of room for 4 ladies. We ate most of our meals in and found everything we needed available in the kitchen. There are TVs in the bedrooms and DVRs for watching movies, a great screened porch for relaxing or having a glass of wine when you come off of the beach. A pool just steps away (both times we were there there was only one other couple). We did end up driving to the beach- it only took a few minutes and was easier for us than carrying chairs, coolers, bags, etc. But there is plenty of parking and it was easy to just leave everything in the car overnight. I do think golf carts are available for rent and bikes can be rented across the street (by Piggly Wiggly) The location is perfect- Piggly Wiggly in walking distance for groceries, fresh shrimp and boiled peanuts being sold out of a truck a few miles away and so many great restaurants to choose from within a few miles. We couldn’t have asked for a better stay for our annual girls trip. Thanks so much!

Litchfield Vacation Fun

May 24, 2013

Unit was very clean and comfortable. The owner’s did a wonderful job decorating as well. It was exactly what it looked like in the pictures. Beds, bed linens and towels were all very comfortable. The unit was also quiet. It was the perfect place to stay on our Litchfield Beach trip. We love staying in Litchfield by the Sea, the amenities in the complex are really top notch. It is also very convenient to get to restaurants and grocery stores. We also love to visit the Huntington Beach State Park and Brookgreen Gardens, which are just a couple of miles a way.

Fantastic Find on Pawleys Island

February 25, 20

As my husband and I drove away from this Lakeside Villa at Litchfield-by-the-Sea on Pawleys Island, I couldn’t wait to share our find with anyone looking for a vacaton rental on Pawleys Island. As soon as we walked in the front door, we both started smiling:) The Villa is tastefully decorated, but not over decorated, extremely clean, the kitchen is well stocked and bedrooms are cozy and comfortable; this villa is located close to everything you would want on a beach and/or golf vacation. Brett was very helpful and friendly – putting us both at ease. We often rent from VRBO and Homeaway and have placed this villa at the top of our list. Oh and so much to do! First – the beach is a 10 minute walk with a first class beach club with rest rooms and plenty of beach chairs. The pool for the Lakeside Villa is right next door if you prefer a pool to the ocean. Starbuck’s, Webster’s Restaurant, the fitness center, indoor pool, bike rentals, Summerhouse pool with lazy river, and indoor and outdoor hot tubs are all a short walk. Second – the area is loaded with fabulous restaurants both on Pawleys Island and Murrells Inlet -there are too many to mention:) Dinner and cocktails on the large screened porch is a great option. Directly across from Lbts in the shopping plaza is a Piggly Wiggly for groceries, Eggs Up Grill, liquor store, and countless other small shops. “Lovely Nails” was a nice find for a vacation pedicure and manicure. Golf courses are abundant – both on Pawleys and the Myrtle Beach/Grand Strand area. Frank Theatres for movies, Brookgreen Gardens and Huntington State Park are all a short drive. We can’t think of one thing we didn’t like about this villa, but our favorite things were walking on the beach, watching the sunset at Murrells Inlet, golf, biking on the beach and bike paths and feeling at home in this villa. We recommend this Villa to anyone that will treat it with the respect it deserves! We have already booked our next stay:)

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Reasons to Visit Pawleys Island in the Spring

Pawleys Island is beautiful during any time of the year, but there’s just something extra magical about the

spring. Spring in Pawleys Island brings warmer weather, lush foliage, higher water temperatures, and more visitors.

Thinking about visiting Pawleys Island in the spring? Here’s a list of reasons why to visit Pawleys Island in the springtime:

Weather

While Pawleys Island tends to experience a mild winter, the springtime brings even warmer temperatures. The average air temperatures for the spring months are as follows:

  • March: 56°F
  • April: 63°F
  • May: 71°F
  • June: 79°F

Scenery

Along with warmer temperatures, the spring brings greener surroundings and blooming flowers. This is a great time to hang out at the beach as well as visit places like Huntington Beach State Park, Brookgreen Gardens, Hobcaw Barony, These attractions present visitors with beautiful natural surroundings such as marshes, rice fields, animals, beaches, gardens, and more!

Shopping

Of course, one of the main attractions in Pawleys Island is the famous Hammock Shops Village. Visitors will enjoy perusing the specialty shops here, as well as checking out and testing out a true original Pawleys Island rope hammock. Those shopping at the Hammock Shops will also love the natural setting, complete with oaks and azaleas. There are also dining options here, so if you get hungry after shopping all day, try out a delicious restaurant like bisQit, Pawleys Prime, Cerra Sushi, and more.

Outdoor Activities

Because Pawleys Island sees warmer temperatures in the spring, that makes it a great time to participate in some outdoor activities. While visiting Pawleys Island in the spring, be sure to check out some of the following activities in addition to visiting Brookgreen Gardens, Hobcaw Barony, the beach, and Huntington Beach State Park:

  • Black Rivers Outdoor Center: Black River Outdoors Center provides guided kayak tours in the Pawleys Island area. These kayak tours are guided through marshes, swamps, creeks, and rivers. In addition, Black Rivers Outdoor Center also provides eco-tours that are guided by experienced naturalists.
  • Blue Wave Adventures Dolphin Tour: Go for an adventure of a lifetime with Blue Wave Adventures Dolphin Tour. These scenic guided tours take place out on the ocean where you will see dolphins in their natural environment. Blue Wave Adventures also offers a Pirate Island Adventure trip where guests will see Drunken Jack Island firsthand.
  • Fishing Charters: Relax and spend the day fishing with a fishing charter in Pawleys Island. The following fishing charters can help you find the perfect spot where the fish are biting:
  1. Carolina Guide Service
  2. Inshore Xtreme Fishing Charter
  3. Tide Drifter Charters, L.L.C.
  • Surfing: Surf the Earth in Pawleys Island offers rentals, tours, lessons, and camps for those who want to learn how to surf. They also offer paddleboard, kayak, and bike rentals.
  • Boat Tours: Be sure to check out Rover Boat Tours, which hosts a three to four-hour eco-tourism excursion in the Inlet.

Events

Warm weather means more people are willing to come out of their houses and spend time outside. The spring is the perfect time for Pawleys Island events. Each month, different events take place in Pawleys Island, and springtime events include exhibits at Brookgreen Gardens, Diggin’It Spring Garden Festival, and much more.

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Got Wine?

wine

At the end of a day on the beach, shopping or the links, it’s time to slow down and relax.  How about a glass of wine?  Here are a few suggestions close to our Lakeside Villa at Litchfield by the Sea in Pawleys Island, SC

1) Perrone’s: This Mediterranean staple is nearly next door to Litchfield By the Sea, making it a great spot for a late afternoon happy hour and, eventually, dinner. The wine list isn’t one of those books with pages and pages of head-spinning options; instead it’s compact but excellently honed — a perfectly crafted short story as opposed to a rambling novel. We like that their wine menu includes tasting notes, so we have a primer of what to expect. Wines hail from all the important regions and are priced for every level of affordability. If you want to shell out a few more bucks —and it really is just a few more —opt for a glass from their reserve list. These wines are kept in temperature and humidity-controlled environs to slow degradation, so wines that were previously considered too rare or expensive are available to taste. Do note that the three-ounce pours start at $15, but it’s a small price to pay to try the likes of a Domaine Grand Veneer Chateauneuf du Pape. Each wine on the list provides the ideal accompaniment to Perrone’s locally sourced and inventive cuisine as well as their sophisticated but friendly ethos.
2) Austin’s Ocean One: Beloved in the South Strand for their delicious food and stunning sea views, it’s also home to a fantastic wine list. We’ve got lots to choose from among their globe-spanning selections at a number of price points. Riesling from Mosel, Chianti from Tuscany, Shiraz from Vale, Sauternes from Bordeaux — and just about everything in between. A large selection of wines are available by the glass and go as low as $5.50 per pour, but if you’re in a bottle mood, you’re in luck. And if you’ve got deep pockets, you’ll be in hog heaven. High rollers might not bat an eye at the Joseph Phelps Insignia meritage for just about $300, but those of us closer to earth can still get a great bottle of Rainer Ridge merlot and more for under $30. We love getting a smattering of small plates (Bahamian Lobster Skewers anyone?) and sipping a perfectly matched wine alongside them.
3) Bistro 217: This is, like, the quintessential cozy anniversary and celebration spot, so it’s no wonder they stock more-than-a-handful of sparkling wines and champagne. Brunch begs for a mimosa (at the bargain price of $5), but they also can offer you a bottle of ’02 Dom Perignon. Brace yourself for a hefty bill, though, as that bottle will run you close to two hundred bucks. However, if it’s a party of two, who can realistically finish an entire 750mL of bubbly without getting a little too, um, tipsy? We love the idea of splitting a split, and for $8 the Chandon Brut is more than adequate. After you toast your marriage / new job / kids moving out of the house and so forth, travel north on their wine list to find some fun and fabulous wines by the glass or bottle. We like the way they’ve arranged their varietals: some fall under the traditional titles (“chardonnay,”“cabernet sauvignon”) while many wind up under blanket terms such as “friendly reds”or “fresh and fun.”These are good barometers of what’s headed your way, as a glass of Pine Ridge Chenin/Viognier blend is both as fresh and fun as it gets. And paired with Fried Green Tomatoes and Oysters? Wow. Watch as the zippy citrus and clean mouthful cut right through the bleu cheese and bacon cream sauce, as well as elevating oysters  to an explosively flavorful level.

There are many other spots to check out, but we like these finds because they’re so easy to get to from Litchfield by the Sea.

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

Huntington Beach State Park to host Atalaya Fall Festival and Haunted Castle

Atalaya Fall Festival and Haunted Castle will be held at Huntington Beach State Park. This is a photo taken inside the courtyard of Atalaya. FILE PHOTO

 The name has changed, but the activities will remain the same Oct. 23 and 24 when Huntington Beach State Park and Atalaya open their doors for the annual haunted houses.

Cartoons will be shown during festival hours, 6 to 9 p.m. This year’s event features an expanded crafts area, good for people of all ages, a photo booth, “head-in-the-hole” photo opportunities and face painting for the younger set.

There will, as always, be ghost stories by the fire, weather permitting, scheduled each half hour.

In addition to the s’mores and popcorn, mainstays of past events, guests this year may purchase food from vendors.

While park and castle entry fees have been waived, there is an admission charge – $10 for adults, $7 for those 6 to 15. Those 5 and younger are admitted free.

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Pawleys Island Restaurants

When someone mentions Pawleys Island, many things might come to mind – scenic marshes, uncrowded beaches, hammocks, “arrogantly shabby” cottages, the laid-back atmosphere, and a thriving culinary scene, to name a few.

Whether you’re looking for the best creations the Lowcountry has to offer or something from a completely different continent, Pawleys Island is home to an impressive collection of restaurants.

Here’s a look at some of the Island’s standout eateries.

Frank’s and Frank’s Outback

10434 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island • (843) 237-3030

This upscale eatery has been revered as the gold standard of Lowcountry dining for years, and patrons have two options for seating – in the elegant dining room or “out back” on the smartly-appointed patio. Wherever you decide to sit, you’ll find a menu that’s packed with creative items from beginning to end. Highlights include Fried Goat Cheese Medallions with tomato fondue, Deep-Fried Deviled Eggs with bacon and jalapeno, Prosciutto-Wrapped Scallops on a bacon and cheddar grits cake, Wild Mushroom Ravioli with asparagus, prosciutto, and brown butter, Cornmeal-Encrusted Grouper over stone ground grits, Duck Two Ways in a red wine demi over a fried grit cake, or the 20oz Dry Aged Bone-In Ribeye from their Chophouse Menu. The selection is similar Outback, with the addition of Wood-Fired Pizzas like the Short Rib, Roasted Pablano Peppers, and Provolone, the Mediterranean Lamb (arugula, parmesan, goat cheese, whole wheat dough), the Margherite, and the Pizza Alla American (sausage, pepperoni, peppers, mushrooms, onions, mozzarella).

Eggs Up Grill

115 County Rd S-22-362, Pawleys Island • (843) 237-7313

These egg-centric breakfast and lunch joints are popping up all over the place, and for good reason – you’d be hard-pressed to find a better selection of breakfast and lunch items. Born in Pawleys Island in 1986, there are now 13 franchises in South Carolina and Georgia serving Omelet, Pancakes, Waffles, French Toast, Breakfast Sandwiches, Benedicts, Burgers, Melts, Wraps, Salads, and more. Depending when you stop in, there might be a short wait for a table. But that’s a good sign, and it’s worth it.

Pawleys Island Tavern

10635 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island • (843) 237-8465

Known to locals as “PIT,” this rustic Lowcountry tavern bills itself as the home of shrimp, beer, and blues and is a popular weekend spot for those interested in live music. As for the fare, the menu offers highlights like the Daily Fresh Catch (blackened, grilled, fried, or broiled), Fried Seafood Platter, Blackened Mahi over Crawfish Grits, Ribeye Steak, the House Special Pizza, Psycho Burger (pimento cheese, chili, bacon, jalapenos, onions, slaw, over-easy egg, hot sauce), Conch Fritters, and a daily selection of homemade desserts. Seating options at PIT include a dollar bill and license plate-decorated dining room, or the Oak-shaded tables out front. Bands play inside and out, depending on the weather, so check out the schedule and pick a good band if you want to enjoy some live music while you eat.

Perrone’s Restaurant & Bar

13302 Ocean Hwy, Pawleys Island • (843) 235-9193

As with many upscale establishments, a couple of different experiences are available at Perrone’s. Guests can enjoy a multiple-course meal at a table in the fashionable dining room, or take a seat at the bar and have some bites from the selection of tapas. One look at the menu and you’ll be instantly aware of how much effort goes into each dish. The third page lists the purveyors and which ingredients they receive from each, and on page four the restaurants “sous-vide” style (vacuum-sealed, warm water bath, tender results) of preparation is detailed. Dinner menu highlights include Spicy Calamari and Shrimp Bruschetta, Mussels Fra Diavolo, Spicy Spaghetti with Crab, and a 14oz New York Strip, while selections from the list of Tapas includes Chipotle Hummus, Brie and Fruit, Charcuterie and Pate Plates, Crispy Pig Ears, and Lionfish Crudo.

Indo Thai, Sushi, and Hibachi

47A DaGullah Way, Pawleys Island • (843) 314-3543

As one of the most popular Pan-Asian restaurants in the area, Indo has established itself as a great place to find a wide variety of consistently-prepared Japanese, Thai, Indonesian, Singaporean, and Korean dishes. Standouts include the Tom Yum Seafood Soup, Thai Spring Roll, Pad Thai, Massaman Curry, Sushi options like the Thunderstorm Roll (crab, cream cheese, cucumber, masago, spicy mussels) and Sea Witch Roll (soft shell crab, spicy tuna, asparagus, cucumber), Sizzling Duck, and Salmon La Bamba.

Bistro 217

10707 Ocean Hwy, Pawleys Island • (843) 235-8217

This contemporary Lowcountry Bistro specializes in Seafood, Steaks, Pasta, and Desserts, and guests have the option of taking a seat at a wrought-iron table in the courtyard, or at any number of banquettes and booths indoors. The dinner selections includes options like Fried Green Tomatoes & Oysters with bleu cheese and bacon-cream sauce, curry-seared Tuna Napoleon with an avocado salad and wontons, Veal Piccata, Braised Short Rib, and Paella of shrimp, chorizo, chicken, mussels, artichoke, and saffron rice. Also, a little room should be saved for a Warm White Chocolate Bread Pudding, Apple Crisp with vanilla bean ice cream, Crème Brulee, or Classic Tiramisu.

Habanero’s

11151 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island • 1-866-679-2514

Named after the spicy chili pepper from south of the border, fans of Mexican food can enjoy the flavors on the tiki deck, at one of the two bars, or in the dining room. The menu includes some things that you won’t find anywhere else in Pawleys, including Beef Tongue Tacos with rice, beans, cilantro, and onion, Molcajete (chicken, chorizo, shrimp, steak, onions, peppers, cactus, cheese, rice, beans, guacamole!), Lunch Specials starting at $3.75, Happy Hour Margaritas for $2.75, and Sopapillas with cinnamon and honey for dessert. They also offer all of the standard Mexican-American fare for those looking for a chips, salsa, and burrito fix.

Rustic Table

10683 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island • (843) 314-0164

Utilizing several of the area’s farms and fisheries, this new addition to the Island’s culinary community offers guests upscale, made-from-scratch Southern classics. Choose from starters like Popcorn Gator or Crispy Fried Chicken Livers, entrees such as the Fried Pork Chop, Country Fried Steak, or Trout Almondine, or signature items like The “Comfy,” a fried chicken breast served open-faced on a biscuit with creamy sausage gravy and fries.

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.