New Dining Options in Pawleys Island

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New restaurants in Pawleys Island and Litchfield this spring run the gamut from comfort food to fine dining to sushi to casual with spice and sweets.

Anne Hardee and Adam Kirby, co-owners of Bistro 217, will open Rustic Table on Tuesday in the former Island Café and Deli at the Island Shops. The late Russell Hardee started there in 1988, and the family closed the restaurant for remodeling this winter.

The interior space has been opened up, making more room for wooden tables and chairs and a larger L-shaped bar. The community table in front — it seats 14 — was made by Joe Chandler of Murrells Inlet from 800-year-old cypress dredged from a river. Designers used reclaimed barn wood on the interior walls as wainscoting.

Chef Kirby said the menu will be Southern foods he learned to cook from his mother and grandmother with a little of his own flair. “Everywhere you go,” he said, “food is popped out of a box. I wanted to get back to the basics of cooking.” Rustic Table will offer local seafood in addition to barbecue, fried chicken, meatloaf and steak. Vegetables will come from local farmers, Kirby said. On Saturdays and Sundays, Rustic Table will serve brunch from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., offering the norm, blueberry pancakes and eggs Benedict, to the sublime, Kirby Goes Bananas, caramelized bananas on French toast. There’s also country fried steak and eggs and smoked salmon on the menu.

In addition to brunch, the restaurant will be open Tuesdays through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for lunch and Tuesdays through Sundays from 5 to 10 p.m. for supper. The menu and hours are posted at rustictable.com. Make reservations by calling 843-314-0164. Kristi Pieterse will be the manager.

Boll Weevil Café | Julie Ford is bringing a concept she discovered in Augusta, Ga., to the former Mayor’s House in Litchfield Village. Boll Weevil Café and Sweetery offers an eclectic dinner menu ranging from shrimp and grits to a gumbo with Cajun sauce to jambalaya. Soups, salads, sandwiches and appetizers range from an original tomato apple soup, to the Boll Weevil Salad featuring grilled sirloin steak on a spring mix, to a Curious Georges’ sandwich of turkey topped with spinach dip and provolone cheese to appetizers fried green tomatoes and black bean quesadillas. There is one burger on the sandwich menu, a bison burger with pimento cheese, and luncheon entrees include tacos with pork or blackened fish and a pasta creole in a spicy alfredo sauce. Suppliers will include Millgrove Farms of Georgetown, an organic vegetable grower.

Ford confessed she did not cook during the first eight years of marriage to her husband, Mike, except for mac and cheese, peanut butter sandwiches and the occasional hamburger. She admitted to a certain reverse logic of starting to cook after having children — three in all, ages 9, 7 and 4.

She discovered Boll Weevil Café and Sweetery when the family moved from Colorado to Augusta, Ga., and found owner George Harrison’s dishes and big chocolate cakes irresistible. Even after the Fords left Augusta, Julie drove back for the cake.

Mike Ford took a job with Georgetown Hospital System — living in North Litchfield was the deciding factor over a job offer in Charlotte and a few others, Julie says.

An entrepreneur at heart, she bought the rights to Boll Weevil’s recipes and concepts, and the owner came from Augusta to Litchfield to train the cooks and bakers.

The Boll Weevil Café layout retained the former Mayor’s House bar in back. Space inside the front door was organized into a bakery display — cakes are sold from the cases by the slice or whole with a day’s notice as well as fresh bread. Around the corner is a bright, airy dining room with wooden tables and chairs. Ford was delighted to find original wooden floors under the restaurant’s old carpet and even used the Mayor’s House sign as a base for her new lettering. The owner says there will be tables and chairs on the front porch when the weather turns warmer.

Boll Weevil Café and Sweetery will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. six days a week. It will open on Sundays from April to October and move its closing time to 10 p.m. Order at 843-314-0680.

Sabella’s Italian | Arthur and Tracey Sabella are bringing New York-style fine dining to Litchfield Village with Sabella’s Italian Restaurant and Bar in the former JD’s Steakhouse.

The husband and wife have been in the restaurant business for 35 years. They met in Manhattan when Arthur’s family ran a restaurant named Casabella and Tracey’s uncle ran a pastry shop, La Bella Farrows, on opposite sides of Mulberry Street in Little Italy. They have had restaurants in Manhattan and Long Island, perfecting a menu of regional Italian dishes, featuring the butter and cream of the north and the olive oil and garlic of the south, Tuscany and Rome, Arthur said.

There are familiar dishes on the Sabella’s menu. Veal chops, braised short ribs and a New York Strip all feature an Italian twist like a Parmesan-infused potato for instance. Patrons won’t find the “chicken Parm” of typical Italian restaurants, Tracey said. Sabella’s features nine pastas. The Sabellas say they have spent their first month here clearing up a misconception among some patrons that they are a reconstituted LaBella’s, an Italian restaurant on Highway 17 that closed. Only the names are similar, she said.

Hours are Monday-Thursday, 4 to 9 p.m. and Friday-Saturday, 4 p.m. to late night. Make reservations at 843-235-4020 or get more information at sabellasitalian.com.

New York Pizza |Brothers Max and Armond Alou have opened New York Pizza Kitchen and Sweet Cups Pawleys Island Creamery at Pawleys Market in the two spaces north of Lowe’s Foods.

New York Pizza features a hand-tossed “king crust” with all fresh ingredients baked in a brick oven, according to Max Alou. Pizzas are sold whole and by the slice. The restaurant also offers 14 hoagies, stromboli, calzone, pasta, burgers and salads for dining in or take-out. Order at 843-353-2160.

Sweet Cups features 10 flavors of frozen yogurt and 16 flavors of ice cream with 36 toppings. It has three flavors of gelato and offers coffee, cappuccino, mochaccino and espresso.

The Alou brothers have run restaurants in Myrtle Beach for 15 years and been in business 27 years overall.

The pizza parlor is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. with plans for later summer hours. The ice cream shop is open seven days a week from 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Divine Dining Group | will open three restaurants in one this month at the former site of Nosh in the Hammock Shops. Plans call for the Pawleys Pavilion Bar and Cafe on the covered deck with Cera Sushi and Pawleys Prime, a steak and seafood restaurant, inside.

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Golf in Pawleys Island

Pawleys Island is the yin to Myrtle Beach’s yang.

Myrtle Beach offers a more raucous scene and easy access to everything the area has to offer. In contrast, Pawleys Island is a much more understated experience, relying on casual charm and the virtues of a quiet evening.

Willbrook is an outstanding golf course in Pawleys IslandThe appeal of Pawleys Island’s laid back vibe is enhanced significantly by several of America’s best golf courses being located within a Dustin Johnson drive of one another.

Pawleys was ranked one of America’s best golf islands, and the area’s on-course offerings are anchored by Caledonia and True Blue, both ranked among Golf Magazine’s Top 100 You Can Play, Heritage Club and Pawleys Plantation. Pawleys is home to some of the best Myrtle Beach golf courses.

Both Mike Strantz designs, True Blue and Caledonia offer completely different yet equally compelling designs. Caledonia, No. 24 among the Top 100 You Can Play, is a masterful design that is impeccably maintained – think of playing golf in a botanical garden. The soaring live oak trees draped in Spanish moss provided an ideal canvas for Strantz to carve his masterpiece.

True Blue is a modern design with expansive fairways framed by waste bunkers and mammoth greens. It’s a terrific course that is certainly worthy of being ranked the 77th best public course in America.

Many golfers will argue that Heritage is the area’s best course – it has been ranked as high as No. 33 on Golf Digest’s list of America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses – and it’s a position that is easy to defend. Playing on property that oozes lowcountry South Carolina charm, Heritage is a beautiful design.

Pawleys Plantation is a Jack Nicklaus design that is as beautiful as it is challenging. Four of the final nine holes play along a saltwater marsh that separates Pawleys Island from the mainland. The 13th hole, a devilishly short par 3, is one of area’s most recognizable one-shotters

While those four courses attract the majority of the national attention, they are hardly alone in their quality. Founders Club, with waste bunkers framing every fairway, is one of the area’s most creative designs. The course quietly but comfortably took its place among some of the nation’s best courses upon its 2008 opening.

Willbrook, Litchfield Country Club, River Club and Tradition Club, located in the Litchfield Beach section of Pawleys Island, are big part of what makes the area so special. The quartet flies under the proverbial radar but provide an outstanding golf experience.

Litchfield is an old-school design, featuring tree-lined fairways, an abundance of doglegs, and, by modern standards, smallish greens. If you value classic golf course architecture, it’s a must-play.

Ironically, River Club doesn’t play along a river, but there is ample water on this beauty. The 14th, an island green par 3, and 18th, a great risk-reward par 5, have been ranked among Myrtle Beach’s top 100 holes and form the backbone of an outstanding track.

Tradition Club, as the name suggests, is a tip of the cap to the game’s classic parkland designs. But don’t in anyway confuse tradition with boring or ordinary. Architect Ron Garl crafted a course that pays homage to the game’s roots while also including a little excitement, primarily in the form of a pair of island greens, the par 4 seventh and par 3 15th.

Willbrook is one of the area’s most underrated courses. The live oak trees and lowcountry property combined with the work of Dan Maples make Willbrook an outstanding round of golf. If you have the opportunity to play it, do so and thank me later.

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4th of July Along the Grand Strand

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Here is a partial list of things to do during the 4th of July Holiday:

July 4th

Celebration with the Indigo Choral Society at Kaminski House Museumin Georgetown at 7pm. Don’t forget to bring your chair!

Fireworks at Barefoot Landing at 10:15 pm.

Cherry Grove Pier Fireworksat 9:30 pm.

Murrells Inlet Annual Boat ParadeThe theme is
“Saluting our Founding Fathers” with a patriotic boat parade at 5pm. Fireworks begin at 10pm!

Pawleys Island Annual Parade10am-11pm – Come celebrate island style!

Myrtle Beach Hot Summer Nights Fireworks at 2nd Ave. Pier at dark.

Fireworks at Broadway at the Beach 10pm

Surfside Beach July 4th Celebration – 6pm -10pm

July 5th

Independence Music Blast at La Belle Amie Vineyards – 12pm-5pm – Bring your chair for all day music, BBQ, and wine tastings!

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

 

 

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
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Things to Do: Taste of Murrells Inlet

The 2nd Annual Taste of the Inlet, a fundraiser for Murrells Inlet 2020, is being held at Inlet Square Mall on Sunday, January 26, 2014 (no football that day!) from 6:15 pm – 9:00 pm.  Doors open at 6:15 pm.  Enter the Mall via the Books-a-Million entrance.

Savor the flavors from our fine Murrells Inlet and Garden City Beach restaurants and chefs who will be showcasing their signature dishes, as they serve up a delicious feast of hors d’oeuvres, tapas and heavy appetizers.

Event admission tickets cost $8 in advance ($12 at the door).  Beverage and taste tickets will be priced separately, and sold at the event.  Food and dessert tastes will range $2 – $4.  Beverages will include beer, wine, coffee and soft drinks.  Be sure to purchase your tickets early so you don’t miss out!

How to Purchase Advance Admission Tickets

CLICK HERE  to purchase tickets online.

Call 843-357-2007 to order over the phone.

Online or phone orders can be mailed (thru 1/18) or held in will call

Stop by the MI2020 office at 4124-B Highway 17 Business (next to Uncle Tito’s)

Starting January 13, 2014, tickets are also available (cash or check only) at

Booty’s in Murrells Inlet

Conway National Bank in Murrells Inlet

Jay’s Hallmark at Inlet Square Mall

Lee’s Inlet Apothecary in Murrells Inlet

Be sure to purchase your tickets early so you don’t miss out on this fun and casual evening of dining with the best restaurants on the beach … all while supporting a great community non-profit organization.

Proceeds benefit Murrells Inlet 2020, a 501c3 non-profit grass-roots community organization,focused on commmunity reviatlization and preservation of the creek.

THANK YOU to our restaurants and businsses for your generous support of our wonderful community and your shared commitment to our mission of making the Inlet a nice place to live, work and visit:

Bliss, Bovine’s Carolina Tavern, Cracker Barrel, Crooked Floor Tavern, Flo’s Place, Frank Theatres CineBowl & Grille, Graham’s Landing, Hot Fish Club, Icons Sports and Spirits, Inlet Crab House, K-Rae’s Waterway Bar & Grill, Lee’s Inlet Kitchen, Murrells Inlet Smokehouse, Nalu’s, On the Half Shell, Salt Creek Cafe, Shell Crackers Grill & Oyster Roast, Twelve, Wahoo’s Fish House

Desserts by

Costco, Fuzzy Peach, Lazy Gator

Beverages by

Costco, Copa di Vino, Landshark Lager, New South Brewing, Pepsi Cola Bottling & The Allstate Ronnie Gasque Insurance Agency

Winter: Things to Do in Pawleys Island

Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort is a popular place for snow birds to take refuge for the winter. Not only is the beach gorgeous in wintertime, but you don’t have to fight the crowds while you enjoy some of your favorite attractions in Litchfield and Pawleys Island.

 

Wondering what to do while you’re here over the winter? We’ve got plenty of ideas! Here are a few of our favorites:

 

•    Go shopping!

 

There is plenty of great shopping to be found in Litchfield and Pawleys Island. We tend to start at the Hammock Shops—you can wander for hours and never get bored, and you can pick up much more than just a rope hammock. There are also quirky and unique boutiques, and if you get hungry, great restaurants. And don’t forget to stop at Litchfield Books, one of the only independently owned bookstores on the Grand Strand!

 

•    Explore culinary delights.

 

One of our favorite afternoon pastimes is simply to head over to Fresh Market and wander. We’re always inspired to do something different for dinner by the unusual ingredients and treats. Sometimes we’ll just come back with an unusual cheese to nibble on with wine on another laid back Litchfield evening.

 

•    Visit Brookgreen.

 

Brookgreen Gardens is absolutely lovely in the winter. You may have to wear some extra layers, but it’s worth it to catch Brookgreen by candlelight during Nights of a Thousand Candles, which will be held this year on Dec. 5-7, 12-14, and 19-21. But even if you don’t make that event, Brookgreen is still a great place to visit. The camellias begin blooming in December, and of you visit later in the season, you may also be able to catch some of the early spring flowers, such as daphne (which can bloom as early as January), daffodils, dogwoods, azaleas and even tulips.

 

 

These are just a few of our favorite ideas, and we haven’t even started with exploring farther afield to Murrells Inlet, Garden City or Georgetown. Really, when you visit Litchfield Beach in winter, it’s up to you—you can do as much, or as little as you’d like!

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