Restaurant critics, neighborhood regulars, and first time visitors always agree about Island Bar And Grill: the atmosphere is great, the food is superb, and the service is outstanding. The restaurant offers a casual atmosphere that is perfect for dining with friends, co-workers, and family members. The creative menu feature
Parched mouths no longer need to wait for the bartender to pour a frosty brew from behind the bar at The Carolina Tavern. Instead, patrons just need to reach out a hand to pour their own beer straight from the table?s personal tap. Of course, it's not all self-serve. The bar still serves plenty of libations, and the kitchen refuels patrons with ribs, wings, burgers, and fries smothered in cheese. Large TVs hang high up on the walls and smaller screens sit right above tables in booths, creating the perfect environment for watching hours of sports. And on select nights, guests can swap sports-watching for games of bingo, trivia, or freeze tag.
Proudly touting itself as "arrogantly shabby," Pawleys Island charms visitors with its unpretentious barefoot style and rich history. Twelve residences in the historic district date back to the late 1700s, recalling an era when Pawleys Island was inhabited by rice planters who owned plantations on nearby rivers. Close by, shoppers can peruse a cluster of 20 specialty stores and restaurants known as The Hammock Shops, which date back to 1938. Surrounded by gardens teeming with moss-draped tall oaks, azaleas, and camellias, a bevy of hammocks, rockers, and benches provides a place to pause and slip into a siesta.Nearby Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, named one of America's 100 Greatest Public Courses by Golf Digest in 2007–2008, was built on a site of an erstwhile working southern rice plantation. An antebellum-style clubhouse anchors the property, which is dotted with centuries-old live oaks and abandoned pelican speakeasies. North of the hotel, the 9,100-acre Brookgreen Gardens burst with verdant beauty and an impeccably manicured outdoor sculpture garden founded in 1931. Travelers can peruse the cultivated grounds solo or embark on a docent-led tour covering a portion of the 1,400 works by more than 350 sculptors. Within the gardens' Lowcountry Zoo, visitors can glimpse native animals such as alligators, bald eagles, river otters, and red foxes.
Myrtle Beach stretches for more than 60 miles along South Carolina's coast. In 2010, the resort city broke ground on a $6.5 million project to build an old-style boardwalk. Anchored by the 20-story SkyWheel Ferris wheel, the raised, wooden boardwalk links sidewalk cafés, carnival rides, and eclectic boutiques throughout Myrtle Beach's bustling downtown. Outside the city's epicenter and a 35-minute drive from the hotel, the historical fishing village of Murrell's Inlet draws kayakers to its scenic backwaters. A sculpture garden, zoo, and scores of moss-draped oaks stretch across 9,000 picturesque acres at the nearby Brookgreen Gardens.