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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.

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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.

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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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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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