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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Harborwalk Festival in Georgetown, SC

The annual Harborwalk Festival in Georgetown, South Carolina is a tradition begun in 1988 that brings a fun atmosphere to downtown Georgetown. Along Front Street after you turn off Highway 17 you will find booths with vendors who provide musical entertainment and various items to enjoy from carnival and regional lowcountry food, arts and crafts, to local business offerings. This day of fun also includes an antique car show, a boat show, and a fishing tournament.


The harborwalk is a boardwalk that parallels Front Street and runs behind the businesses along the Sampit River. Access is easy from the Intracoastal Waterway into Winyah Bay and to the Sampit. Georgetown Haborwalk Festival goers can dock alongside the harborwalk at the public piers or stay longer at slips at the local marinas. Visitors and residents alike can enjoy the peaceful waters and dine in local establishments. Before or after a great meal of local freshly caught seafood, festival goers can browse and buy unique souvenirs and merchandise in the area boutiques. Public boat ramp access and storage are readily available from Front Street and area activities include ghost tours, plantation tours, and architectural and historic tours.


Georgetown HarborWalk Festival

Location: Front Street, Georgetown, SC 29440

May 21, 2011, Saturday – 10 am to 6 pm

For more information on the Georgetown Haborwalk Festival, contact Peggy Wayne, event coordinator, for more information or to receive a vendor application: (843) 546-1511 phone  (843) 546-5116 fax


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What is Low Country Food?

Low country refers to coastal regions of South Carolina and Georgia. This area, as have many others, have developed their own cuisine that reflects food staples that are readily available and influenced by the cultures found in that area. Though easily lumped in with traditional “southern” cuisine, low country cuisine has a flavor all its own. Geography of the region has played a large factor in the development of various dishes. With access to the Atlantic Ocean and various estuaries seafood is a main ingredient. The marshlands throughout the Grand Strand and northern Georgia lead to rice becoming the popular grain of choice. Fish, shrimp, crabs, oysters and rice became mainstays of the local diet.

Cultures that influenced much of low country cuisine are: French (Huguenot and Catholic), African, German, Sephardic Jews, British, Caribbean and Native American. Indian and West Indie cultures also found their way into the foods of this region with the use of chutneys and curries in many dishes.

It is the combination of flavors and richness of the available ingredients that make the dishes seem lavish. Many of the settlers and slaves that came into the area brought seeds of their native lands with them, the sea captains that called the coast line home brought exotic plants and spices home. All of these things combined created this regional food.

Cooking methods of the region are quite simple. Many food items can be easily roasted, boiled or grilled. Soups and stews are probably the most common food types in the area. Inexpensive, nutritious and abundant. These meals could be made to feed large numbers of groups endlessly.

Common ingredients for the areas:

  • Quail
  • Duck
  • Turkey
  • Venison
  • Clams
  • Crabs
  • Oysters
  • Fresh water fish
  • Rice
  • Corn
  • Tomatoes
  • Okra
  • Potatoes (specifically sweet potatoes)
  • Native berries
  • Wild figs

Famous dishes from the area:

  • She-Crab Soup – made from female Atlantic Blue Crabs, crab roe, heavy cream, butter, sherry, mace and shallots.
  • Catfish Stew – made from catfish filets, crushed tomatoes, potatoes and onions.
  • Okra and tomato soup – fresh okra, tomatoes and other available meats (sausage predominantly) and vegetables. Okra was introduced by people from West Africa.
  • Frogmore Stew or Low Country Boil – Frogmore, South Carolina was the home of this stew wich is made from shellfish, corn on the cob, sausage and red potatoes.
  • Red Rice or Charleston Red Rice – Boiled rice, crushed tomato, hot sauce, bits of sausage.
  • Oyster Roasts – perhaps one of the most famous dishes and activities from the region. Large fire pits are built and coals are heated up. Fine mesh grates are placed over the hot coals. Large amounts of fresh oysters are piled on and covered with burlap sacks. They are served with shovels with are piled on to make shift tables.
  • Chicken bog – chicken, rice, celery and sausage are made in large pots. Perhaps most famous is the Loris Chicken bog.
  • Hopping John – a dish of field peas, rice, onions and bacon.

Things to Do: Tour Sandy Island in Pawleys Island

Sandy Island is to remain wild. Approximately 9,000 acres of pristine woodland along the South Carolina coast have been permanently protected thanks to the involvement of South Carolina’s Coastal Program and its partners. Sandy Island, considered by many to be the most important piece of land on the South Carolina coast due to its unique ecology and history, is one of the last natural areas along this State’s rapidly developing coastline. Until 1996, it was the largest privately owned freshwater island on the East Coast, about fifteen times the size of New York City’s famous Central Park. Rich in nature and culture, the forested bluffs and deep, cypress studded creeks typical of Sandy Island have changed little with the passage of centuries. Located between the Waccamaw and Great Pee Dee Rivers near Georgetown, South Carolina, this is a place rich in wildlife habitats, including tidal freshwater forested wetlands, emergent marsh along blackwater and alluvial rivers, and a coastal maritime sandhill community that includes several thousand acres of old-growth longleaf pine. In addition to eagles, osprey, bear, deer and turkey, a significant population live there. On March 8, 1997, Sandy Island was dedicated as a Public Trust Preserve. During the dedication ceremony, the Chairman of South Carolina’s Department of Transportation Commission said “Welcome to Forever” as a barred owl and a Cooper’s hawk were released as symbols of the island’s continuing natural state.
Mount Rena
Sandy Island is situated within the project boundary of the recently established Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge. The preserve is open to the public and has several boat landings and two nature trails for walking. The project is considered by many to be a model of how diverse public and private interests can form partnerships to protect significant natural resources within developing coastal landscapes of the federally endangered red-cockaded woodpecker that inhabits Sandy Island. About 120 people also call Sandy Island home. Many of them are descendants of slaves who worked the island’s rice plantations prior to the Civil War. In 1997, an archaeological survey identified 51 sites on the island, some dating back 10,000 years, to be considered for addition to the National Register for Historical Places. In 1989, a controversy ignited when a development plan proposed that a major arterial road and bridge be built that would split Sandy Island in half and connect it to the mainland, potentially opening the remote island up to logging and residential development. This proposal sparked partnership. The Service’s South Carolina Coastal Program, in collaboration with the Winyah Bay Focus Area Task Force (a cross-section of businesses, landowners, and agencies), identified the need to seek permanent protection of the property based on the unique natural resource values of Sandy Island.
Many interests then came together to make it happen. Other partners included the Federal Highway Agency, South Carolina Department of Transportation, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Marine Fisheries Service, SC Department of Health and Environmental Control, SC Department of Natural Resources, SC Coastal Conservation League, and The Nature Conservancy. These groups joined forces with many private landowners whose love of the island’s natural and cultural history was evident throughout the process. Funding for the purchase (fee-title acquisition) was obtained through a public/private partnership. South Carolina Coast Sandy Island’s diverse topography, revealed through infrared photography, creates a rich variety of wildlife habitats.

Golf Course Review: Arrowhead at Myrtle Beach

The only Ray Floyd signature golf course in the state of South Carolina, Arrowhead is located in the heart of Myrtle Beach. This 27 hole coastal masterpiece was created by the talented team of PGA touring professional Ray Floyd and renowned golf architect Tom Jackson. In 1998 Arrowhead was awarded the prestigious “South Carolina Golf Course of the Year” award.

Boasting three nines, “The Cypress”, “The Lakes” and “The Waterway”, each has its own distinctive flavor, from multiple elevation changes to breathtakingly beautiful wetlands; this golf facility showcases the natural beauty of Myrtle Beach. The golf course has been well crafted on a gorgeous tract of land that is bordered on one side by the scenic Intracoastal Waterway and on the other side by a dense forest of tall Carolina Pines.

Lush Bermuda grass fairways offer adequate landing areas while their subtle grassy mounds generate a little more roll. Fairway bunkers have been strategically placed and anxiously await any errant golf ball.

The somewhat large and slightly undulated Bentgrass greens are highly rated and are amongst some of the smoothest that Myrtle Beach has to offer.

The signature fifth hole on “The Waterway” nine is a 387 yard par 4 (back tees) that has been shaped and carved out alongside the Intracoastal Waterway and is simply stunning. It requires roughly 260 yards off the tee to carry the sand, careful not to hook it, as you will end up in the Intracoastal Waterway, if you push it right off the tee, you could end up OB. However hit this rolling fairway and you will be rewarded with a short iron into the green and the chance of a nice birdie or at worst a comfortable two putt par.

With four sets of tee boxes on each nine, Arrowhead caters to golfers of all skill levels, it is a golf course you will enjoy playing and want to play again.

Very conveniently located, Arrowhead is just five minutes from the Myrtle Beach Airport and only ten minutes from Broadway at the Beach.

Arrowhead  Country Club 1201 Burcale Rd  Myrtle Beach, SC  (843) 236-3243

Halloween at the Beach – Conway, Myrtle Beach, Murrells Inlet

It’s SCARY how many ghoulishly great family Halloween events there are in Myrtle Beach. Take the kids for tricks, treats, pumpkin carving, fireworks, hayrides, and more…

Broadway at the Beach Halloween Celebration – Oct. 30
Trick or Treating for the kids from 5pm-7pm on Saturday October 30, 2010. End a great night watching our Fireworks Spectacular over Lake Broadway!

Howl-O-Scream at McLean Park, North Myrtle Beach – Oct. 30
Bring the whole family for an evening of Halloween activities in Boo-tiful McLean Park. Enjoy hayrides, pumpkin painting, marshmallow roasting, trick-or-treating, inflatables & more. Everything is free.

Halloween Trick-or-Treating at The Market Common – Oct. 31
Sunday, Oct 31,2010 from 5:00PM – 7:00PM. Join DJ Batman in front of Grand 14 Cinema for dancing & fun! All of the stores will give out candy to costumed Trick-or-Treaters.

Terror Under The Bridge – Haunted Warehouse in Conway, SC – Oct. 27 – 31
Doors open at 7 pm $10 tickets.
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USA Today Highlights Coastal Carolina Real Estate

By Lynn Seldon - USA Today 9/18/2010

Here is a partial part of the article that relates to the Pawleys Island / Litchfield Beach / Myrtle Beach area:

The southern third of the Carolinas coast is the “low country.” It spans from Charleston to the Georgia border. Isle of Palms, Hilton Head, Kiawah and Spring Island are here. It has the ritziest real estate and a country club lifestyle with top-rated golf courses, elaborate tennis facilities and gated communities.

“We chose the coast of the Carolinas for all the typical reasons,” says Lynn Seldon, a resident of Oak Island, N.C. He’s a travel photojournalist who contributes to the likes of Southern Living magazine and has written more than a half-dozen guidebooks to the Southeast. “There’s the beach, the ocean, water sports like kayaking, lots of excellent golf and tennis, fishing, fresh seafood, and a wide variety of real estate options.

“From the Outer Banks down to the Low Country, there are so many options. The northern part of the Carolinas coastline is a longtime favorite for beach house rentals. Many who have rented there for years eventually buy in pursuit of the laid-back Outer Banks lifestyle,” he says.

“We chose the middle because it is a central location, and we love heading to historic Southport or Wilmington for the day. It also has affordable real estate options, lots of activities — including world-class golf — and unique places nearby like Bald Head Island and Myrtle Beach.

“The Low Country lifestyle is alive and well in historic Charleston, as well as traditional island destinations like Kiawah Island, Hilton Head Island and many others.”

Drew Butler, a real estate agent who covers the greater Hilton Head Island area of South Carolina, agrees.

“There is a lot of variety up and down the coast,” he says. “There are a handful of these little islands like Edisto, which is sleepier, between Hilton Head and Kiawah, Fripp Island in Beaufort, Bald Head, Pawleys Island near Myrtle Beach, and so on. There are a lot of options.”

Myrtle Beach is more dense and less expensive than Hilton Head, Butler says.

But, he says, values can be found all through the area, and buyers are taking advantage. He says sales volume in Hilton Head has jumped 33% year-to-date over this time last year, while prices are down 25% over the past 24 months. Hilton Head has weathered the economic storm better than much of the coast, where prices have come down even further, he says.

Like lifestyle and activity options, the price range of coastal Carolinas is vast and varied, from $100,000 condos to multi-million-dollar homes.

•Central: Greater Myrtle Beach, S.C., is the biggest destination near the border of the two Carolinas. It markets itself as the “Golf Capital of the World,” offering more than 100 courses and advertising bargain golf prices. The same applies to real estate. Some of the most affordable homes on the coast are here, though the offshore area, Pawleys Island, is pricier. Myrtle Beach is a vibrant resort with about 1,700 restaurants. About 400 hotels and motels can be found along a 60-mile stretch of coastal beaches here. Besides the golf, beaches and a variety of family actives are a major appeal. North Carolina’s section of the central zone is home to several smaller island options, including quiet and natural Oak Island and exclusive Bald Head Island, which is accessible only by ferry and is home to a high-end golf course community with lavish houses.

You can see the entire article HERE