Vacation Rental Upgrades – Litchfield by the Sea

Here is a teaser photo —  our off season upgrades include granite counter tops in the kitchen and both bathrooms.  We stripped the wall paper and added a fresh updated paint scheme throughout the interior.  We will be adding bead board cabinet doors and drawers.  We have added new bedding, shower curtains, flat screen televisions, Sur La Table cookware.  And more upgrades are on the way before the “season” – book a reservation now.

63A Lakeside Villas at Litchfield by the Sea in Pawleys Island – Visit our website ( need to update the photos) www.BeachAndGolfGetaway.com

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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.

Review: Litchfield by the Sea

Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort, on the Waccamaw Golf Trail, is one the largest resort complexes on South Carolina’s Grand Strand. The resort sprawls across more than4,500 acres of prime, beachfront property. Amenities include some seven miles of private beach and vast tracts of unspoiled salt marshes and natural wetlands. The full-service resort caters to guests from golfers to wedding parties to corporate conventions. Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort accommodations, include a variety of suites, condos, and cottages. Many of the units have lake, ocean, and marshland views. Furnishings are typical resort. For golfers, the resort provides access to all 11 golf courses on the Waccamaw Golf Trail, and to almost 100 more in the greater Myrtle beach area.

Facilities:

A Restaurant; bar; four pools (2 indoor); three 18-hole golf courses; 17 tennis courts; fitness center; health spa; Jacuzzi; sauna; business center; salon; massage; babysitting; laundry service; dry cleaning; nonsmoking rooms; rooms for those w/limited mobility.

The Waccamaw Golf Trail: The Myrtle Beach Grand Strand boasts a collection of the most awarded courses in the Carolinas, including three of “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses”, six 4.5-Star courses, one of Golf For Women’s “Top 25 in America” and one of only three 5-Star courses in the entire Southeastern U.S. This collection of golf courses is known locally as the Waccamaw Golf Trail: Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort is located right at its center. As a guest of the resort, you’ll enjoy preferred tee times and access to all 12 courses.

Tennis Facilities: Litchfield Beach & Golf boasts of one of the finest tennis facilities on the east coast. The Litchfield Racquet Club has been highlighted in numerous tennis publications and has been hailed as one to the Top 50 Resorts in the country by Tennis Magazine. The largest tennis complex in the area, the Litchfield Racquet Club, features 17 Har-Tru courts (clay), 3 of which are lighted. The club is run by a staff of USPTA/USPTR certified tennis professionals who offer assistance and instruction, both private and group.

Michelle Elizabeth’s Day Spa: Located on the courtyard, next door to Sea Oats Gift Shop, Michelle Elizabeth’s is a full-service salon & spa offering a full range of massage treatments, facials, body treatments, hair & nail services. The spa is open Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday from 10am-6pm. Thursday from 10am-8pm and Saturday from 10am-4pm.

Webster’s Lowcountry Grill: Open daily for Breakfast & Dinner, Webster’s offers a full breakfast buffet from 6am-10am (open until 11am on Sunday). Dinner is served from 5pm-9pm, with the Tavern menu available until 10pm. From fresh baked pizza, to ribeye steaks and fresh seafood, Webster’s offers a great variety of menu choices.

Pool & Play Plaza: Located behind the Hotel Suites, the Pool & Play Plaza is available to all resort guests. Featuring a lazy river, water deck island & two hot tubs.

Beachside Health & Fitness: Located just off of the courtyard, Beachside Health & Fitness is our full service Health Club. Relax in our heated indoor pool & hot tub, steam room or sauna. Work up a sweat in our cardio and weight rooms. Play a game of racquetball in our regulation-size court, or enjoy the pool table & ping pong in the game room.

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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 CarolinaCouplesGolf.com