Author: Chloe Ketterer

Valentine’s at Litchfield: How to Play Your Escape

Valentine’s at Litchfield: How to Play Your Escape

It’s time for that annual test of affections. Valentine’s Day will be here before we know it, and getting something on the books now is a great idea. It’s a snap when you start with plans to go to Litchfield.

Romance can bloom anywhere, but when you’re in a place you both love, imagine the possibilities.

No need to hire a skywriter to plaster your intentions for all to see. Don’t round up a mariachi band or buy a thousand rose petals and 10,000 candles. Get a nice weekend together in Litchfield and that’ll say it all.

Fun Facts About Valentine’s Day

 

  • According to legend, a fellow named Valentine wrote the first Valentine from prison. They locked him up for trying to help Christians escape prison in Rome. He signed a letter, “From your Valentine,” and the rest was history.
  • English poet Geoffrey Chaucer’s poem in the 1300s first equated Valentine’s Day with love.
  • A woman in Massachusetts sold the first mass-produced Valentine’s Day cards in 1847.

Great Restaurants for Valentine’s Day

A romantic dinner doesn’t have to be candlelight and formalwear. Try these Murrells Inlet favorites for a Myrtle Beach-style date. Call ahead to see if you need a reservation.

WICKED TUNA WATERFRONT DINING @ MURRELLS INLET

With great food and service in such a beautiful location, you can focus your attention on BAE. Take your sweetie on the waterfront for Wicked Shrimp, Ahi Tuna Steak, or Filet Oscar.

GO TO WICKED TUNA

COSTA COASTAL KITCHEN & BAR

It’s cozy and casual, serving authentic Italian cuisine and seafood favorites. Their scallops are heavenly, and you’ll find an array of unforgettable desserts. 

GO TO COSTA COASTAL

INLET CRAB HOUSE & RAW BAR

This is the spot for Caribbean and southern seafood, for a colorful yet unhurried evening. Indulge in a seafood experience in which neither of you will walk away hungry.

GO TO THE CRAB HOUSE

Sunset on the Inlet

A great saltmarsh sunset is like your wingman (or woman) when it comes to creating ambiance. Murrells Inlet has no shortage of spots to take in the scenery. Here are a few favorites.

MURRELLS INLET WATERFRONT

Walk on the Marshwalk amid a range of charismatic restaurants and eateries. The estuary is a scenic location on its own … a visit at sunset is magical.

GO TO THE MARSHWALK

MURRELLS INLET SUNSET CRUISE

Unwind on an hour tour of the saltwater marsh estuary. You’ll see wildlife, historic homes, and the star of the show: An inlet sunset.

GO ON THE CRUISE

ANYWHERE YOU ARE

When you’re in the Litchfield area, anywhere is a great place to take in the sunset. Along Long Bay, at Huntington Beach State Park, share it with that special someone.

CHECK SUNSET TIMES ON THE INLET

Find the Best Dessert in Town

Share something sweet with someone sweet. A box of chocolates is fine; a fine dessert is divine. Here’s where to find the best.

TWISTERS SOFT SERVE

This awesome takeout ice cream parlor is open all year round. You’re in for a delicious treat, whether it’s soft-serve, a specialty sundae, or a tornado.

GO TO TWISTERS

FROYOZ

Fill your cup or waffle cone and to your liking at Froyoz. Try All-Natural Coconut Milk yogurt, Banana Flambe gelato, Cherry custard, and more.

GO TO FROYOZ

THE OLE FASHION ICE CREAM PARLOR

Go with a banana split or other favorites that feature generous scoops of yummy ice cream. It’s a popular spot because the word gets out when it comes to dessert this incredible.

TO GO THE PARLOR

Litchfield Inn Accommodation Example

Escape to Litchfield Inn for Valentine’s Day

Steal away to a superior location for a romantic holiday. A friendly staff and spacious room await you, with astounding views included. Be sure to check for specials at this beautiful property, and book that romantic getaway today.

GO TO LITCHFIELD INN

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Valentine’s at Brookgreen Gardens: Romance in the Gardens

Valentine’s at Brookgreen Gardens: Romance in the Gardens

This year for Valentine’s Day, carve out time for a special renewal. Brookgreen Gardens is hosting Romance in the Gardens on Feb. 14. Participants will renew their vows with their better half in the picturesque gardens.

It’ll be a nondenominational ceremony at the Brookgreen Creek landing. And a beautiful reception at Leonard Pavilion.

Couples receive a personalized certificate of renewal, plus a professional photograph. Celebrate after the ceremony with a southern cake reception and champagne. This event is not a wedding ceremony, but a renewal for married couples.

More details:

  • All activities will be socially distanced.
  • Each couple will also receive a box of goodies.
  • Brides get a miniature flower bouquet; grooms, a boutonniere.
  • Cost: $40 for member couples, $50 for non-members.

GET TICKETS

https://www.brookgreen.org/events/romance-gardens

About Brookgreen Gardens

Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington founded Brookgreen Gardens in 1931. It’s become a cultural center, a wealth of art and history. It’s a rare destination to earn accreditation from such prestigious associations:

  • American Alliance of Museums
  • Association of Zoos and Aquariums
  • National Register of Historic Places

Guests can explore the gardens and sculptures on their own, or in tour groups. The grounds also include a zoo, cafe, and gift shop.

Litchfield Inn Is Perfect for a Just-You-Two Retreat

The right location, a friendly staff, and a fully-appointed room. Litchfield Inn is ideal for your weekend together. Enjoy stunning ocean views together, as well as dinner at renowned Austin’s Ocean One, on-site. Peruse rooms and villas available, and plan your romantic getaway today.

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When you’re coming to vacation in Litchfield, you can expect a peaceful, relaxing scenery. But, if you’re feeling adventurous with a taste for some excitement, Myrtle Beach (and some delicious restaurants) are only a 30 minute drive away. When it comes to taking a day trip up to the Grand Strand, you can expect a fantastic social scene and numerous attractions to make the drive worthwhile!

That fondue joint for special occasions. That new health food spot with an awesome atmosphere. That chic seafood restaurant with a killer happy hour — and Sunday brunch.

For the new year, how about a new adventure?

Why You Should Try New Restaurants

Three delicious reasons:

  1. Cultural Appreciation: Your trip has time for favorites (a Fried Seafood Platter at a popular Myrtle Beach restaurant?). Plan a meal for each trip to try a cuisine new to you.
  2. Diversified Diet. Expand your horizons with dining experiences you’ve heard of but haven’t tried. You might have ingredients you’ve never tasted, and find a few new favorites.
  3. Chance to Relax. Some places might have live music or a patio you’ve never been to. You’ll discover fun new things to do on the Grand Strand, and make some new friends, too.

5 Myrtle Beach Restaurants to Try in the New Year

1. Big Mike's Soul Food

One trip and this soul food legend might make its way to your must-visit list for each Grand Strand visit. It’s known for down-home southern cuisines like your meemaw’s (we won’t tell) and preposterous portions. (They cater, too, if you ever have an event down here to feed folks!)

Our favorites

  • Collard Green Dip
  • Chicken Sausage Gumbo
  • Seafood Basket
  • Fried Fish Sandwich
  • Shrimp and Grits
  • Cheesecake

2. Simply Southern Smokehouse

For an all-you-can-eat barbecue, point the family wagon straight toward this place. Belly up to a bountiful buffet, a great value, and enjoy a laid-back, welcoming atmosphere. Look out for the talented singing busboys, too.

Our favorites

  • Fried Pork Chops
  • Sausage and onions
  • Pulled Pork Barbecue
  • Chicken and Dumplings
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Banana Pudding

3. Cafe Old Vienna

This eatery features Austrian and German cuisine, a beer garden, and live music. Enjoy the patio and a menu that satisfies the most discerning critics. The cafe serves an early and late menu. Both are outstanding.

Our favorites

  • Cordon Blue Sandwich
  • Weiss-wurst
  • Fitness Salad
  • Pork Schnitzel
  • Sausage Sampler Platter
  • Hirter Pilsner on tap

4. Mr. Fish Seafood Restaurant

There MUST be a seafood joint on the list, and what better one than a market with a HUGE selection? The skilled staff here makes a difference with preparation and presentation. And the specials are superb. Pop over to the seafood market to bring home fish to prepare in your condo.

Our favorites:

  • Boom Boom Shrimp
  • Crab Mac & Cheese
  • Haddock Platter
  • Black & Bleu Tuna Sandwich
  • Steamed Oysters & Clams
  • Rainbow Roll

5. Aspen Grille

Pack nice clothes for this classy dining experience, especially on jazz nights. What took you so long to experience the ambiance, indulgence, and service here? Expect USDA Prime steaks, global wines, outstanding cocktails, and more at Aspen Grille.

Our favorites:

  • Maryland Style Crab Cake
  • Organic Field Greens Salad
  • Center Cut Filet Mignon
  • Grilled Asparagus
  • Panko Crusted NC Mountain Trout

Stay Right on the Beach at Litchfield Inn

Another place you want to try if you haven’t: Litchfield Inn. See how quality accommodations and attentive staff make this a place you’ll want to return to every time. Learn more about Litchfield Inn and book your next stay today.

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6 Shops for Christmas Gifts in Pawleys Island

6 Shops for Christmas Gifts in Pawleys Island

We all hope supply issues are a temporary hiccup, right? Let 2021 be the year you simplify gift-giving. Why not go to the gifts and pick them out yourself?

Why not do that in a place you love to be anyway — Pawleys Island?

It’s a perfect excuse for a winter getaway to the Litchfield Inn, only a short drive to a ton of amazing shops in Pawley’s Island! Here are five shops that you’ll not want to miss to wrap up your shopping in Grand Strand style. Bring your walking shoes.

Why Shop Locally This Christmas?

Your patronage can help small businesses stay open and flourish into the new year. Many small businesses source locally or create the products themselves. And a hand-picked gift can be much more personal when you give it!

6 Places in Pawleys Island to Shop for Christmas

1. The Original Hammock Shop

Tops on the list: A hand-woven hammock from one of the most chill places ever! See Marvin create one of these coastal treasures, as he spins tales of the region’s history. His fine craftsmanship will deliver that Pawleys Island vibe for years to come.

2. Carolina Gourmet of Pawleys Island

It’s amazing they fit this variety of items in a little shop, especially of the tasty variety. Their locally-made mixes for cake, grits, soups, and more make wonderful stocking stuffers. Pick up jams, sauces, coffee beans, cookbooks and kitchen supplies, and more.

3. Pawleys Island Mercantile

This place at The Hammock Shops has everything you’re looking for, at a great value. It’s a general store with clothing, home goods, jewelry, and more for everyone you’re shopping for. Ownership and staff are welcoming and a huge help if you need it to choose your gifts.

4. Elegantz, Inc.

Stylish dressers in your life will love getting distinctive wear that exudes the spirit of the S.C. coast. They receive new items daily, which also include art and jewelry. Be sure to visit their sister store, Pawleys Island Shoes, too.)

5. Lemon Drops Apparel & Gifts

When you visit this fantastic shop, you might get superlative service  — from one of the owners! You’ll find a wide selection of American-made, cotton clothing. It’s perfect for replicating that Pawleys Island aura anywhere. You’ll love the vibrant and quirky brands they carry.

6. As for Me and My House

It’s such a pretty store for Christian home decor, and it takes its atmosphere to another level for the holidays. They carry uncommon items you’ll find a refreshing change of pace. Find gifts for baby, bed, bath, kitchen, living room, and more.

Book a Nice Room at Litchfield Inn

Retire from a day full of retail therapy in a beautiful beachfront room, at a great value. Enjoy an afternoon poolside, with kiddie and adult pools on site. Plan your next group outing in Litchfield, a short drive from Pawley’s Island.  Browse the inn and book your stay today.

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5 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays in Litchfield and Pawleys Island

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5 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays in Litchfield and Pawleys Island

We suspect you knew what you were doing when you scheduled a holiday getaway to Litchfield Beach.

The offseason is great in Litchfield and Pawleys Island. Many travelers wait for this time of year to escape winter’s throes and find some serenity on the marsh walk. That doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to do.

What’s So Great About Litchfield?

Isolated from the hubbub of Myrtle Beach, Litchfield is a favorite escape from the beach. The area has a rich history of hauntings and innovation. (The rope hammock and pimento cheese have their roots here.) It’s a laid-back location for waterfront scenery, tremendous food, and friendly folks.

What to Do for the Holidays in Pawleys Island and Litchfield

1. See Night of a Thousand Candles

Majestic year-round, Brookgreen Gardens takes on a lovely luster for the holidays. Imagine sculptures and intricate gardens illuminated with 3,000 hand-lit candles. See why Travel+Leisure magazine considers this the state’s best Christmas lights.

Try this: If this event is your first visit to Brookgreen, come again after the holidays. It’s a gem of the Lowcountry.

2. Holiday Shop at The Original Hammock Shop

It’s a symbol of the region — the Pawleys Island hammock, circa 1938. Peruse the largest inventory of riverboat captain Joshua John Ward’s leisure invention. Bring home a bit of that island pace, and grab a couple more for holiday gifts.

Try this:  If you’re there while Melvin is weaving, stop and watch. It’s a rare glimpse at an artisan practicing an incredible craft.

3. Take a Winter Walk On the Beach

There are plenty of places to get in your steps, but the beach might be No. 1. The wind’s stiffer, the waves angrier in cool weather, but the crowds are also sparser. Embrace that feeling that you have such an iconic location all to yourself, if only for a moment.

Try this: Wear a waterproof jacket. If you do get wet out there, you definitely also want to stay dry.

4. Enjoy an Intracoastal Waterway Sunset at Gulfstream Cafe

Tasty cuisine, nightly show at sundown — what more could you ask for at dinner? It’s a nice balance of laid-back atmosphere and a next-level menu. It’s THE spot for southern cuisine and local seafood. You’re in for a treat!

Try this: Time your visit for the Early Evening Menu. It includes Steamed Peel-and-Eat Shrimp, Southern Fried Seafood, and more.

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5. Go Ice Skating

In Myrtle Beach? Yes! Through Jan. 2, head to Burroughs & Chapin Pavilion by the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. It’s the first year for this event, on a covered, outdoor rink. It’ll have a holiday feel, with lights and other themed touches.

Try this: Not a seasoned skater? Choose figure-skating skates rather than hockey skates. They have a longer blade for better stability.

Get a Great Room (And Value) At Litchfield Inn

Come stay by the sea and close to Brookgreen Gardens, at Litchfield Inn. It’s an amazing place to return to year after year, season after season. Subscribe to the Litchfield Inn website for updates and specials. Then, book your next stay today.

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Your Guide to Night of a Thousand Candles 2021

Your guide to Night of a Thousand Candles 2021

There’s an event this holiday season sure to lift your spirits. Night of a Thousand Candles will open on Nov. 30, a spectacle display you’re not going to want to miss. This marvelous display of gardens and sculptures comes alive in a whole new light.

It’s a scene of lights and food and fellowship that travelers come to take part in every year.

If there’s a way to go over the top with taste, Brookgreen Gardens does it. The grounds shine in the light of 2,800 hand-lit candles and more sparkling lights. Holiday lights and art meld into an incredible experience.

What is Brookgreen Gardens?

It’s a cultural center in Murrells Inlet, founded in 1931. Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington wanted to put sculptures and landscaping on display. By tour or your own wanderings, explore exhibitions year-round at Brookgreen Gardens.

How Long will Night of a Thousand Candles Run?

The exhibit opens Friday, Nov. 26, and the last show will be Sunday, Jan. 2. Hours are 4-9 p.m. each day, generally every Thursday through Sunday. Brookgreen Gardens will host a preview benefit on Nov. 20, 6-8 p.m.

What’s Special About the Preview Benefit?

It’s raising funds for programs that reach hundreds of families and students. Through generosity, Brookgreen can teach about the area’s arts, environment, and history. 

The Gardens make limited preview tickets available. Admission includes beverages and hors d’oeuvres.

Join us at 6:30 p.m. nightly for Lighting of the Trees at the Leonard Pavilion. Note: There are no refunds. Brookgreen Gardens will consider unused tickets as a donation to fund initiatives.

How Can We Enjoy the Display?

Guests can walk garden pathways and enjoy cider, cocoa, and wine. Carolers will fill the air in this traditional celebration of the season. This night has earned a prestigious Travel+Leisure Magazine designation. The magazine named this event “Best Christmas Lights in South Carolina.”

Wheelchairs and strollers are welcome. Need a scooter or wheelchair? We recommend these suppliers.

What if We Get Hungry?

We’ve had food available in the past. Plans for food trucks are still in the works for 2021, but Brookgreen’s onsite options will be open:

THE OLD KITCHEN | Head to the center of the sculpture garden for beverages, small bites, and soup.

BROOKGREEN BEVERAGE STATIONS | Stop by for beer, homemade hot cocoa, hot cider, and wine.

INLET AFFAIRS | We encourage reservations for indoor seated dining. Brookgreen will hold tables for 15 minutes before offering them to the next party. Call 843-235-6030 for reservations.

What if it Rains?

The show will go on! Bring an umbrella if rain is in the forecast. Candles won’t be lit, but the many other lights in the display will be in full effect.

You’re in for a Super Stay at Litchfield Inn

For a clean, well-appointed room and friendly staff, Litchfield Inn is the choice. Stay steps from the beach and enjoy excellent meals with onsite dining. See photos of how beautiful it is to stay at Litchfield Inn, and book your stay today.

It’s a scene of lights and food and fellowship that travelers come to take part in every year.

If there’s a way to go over the top with taste, Brookgreen Gardens does it. The grounds shine in the light of 2,800 hand-lit candles and more sparkling lights. Holiday lights and art meld into an incredible experience.

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