Secluded Oceanfront Hotel Minutes from Myrtle Beach
The waves of the Atlantic lap up on white sandy shores as gently sloping sand dunes crest lazily above the horizon. This quiet stretch of beach lies just steps from The Oceanfront Litchfield Inn and within a short drive from the bright lights of Myrtle Beach. In the reception area, wicker furniture cloaked in seashell-patterned cushions invites a rest during check-in.
A private balcony with an ocean view appends each oceanfront Tower room, where overnighters can repose or flirt with passing seagulls, and private screened-in porches abut oceanfront Dunes rooms. Guests can flop onto king, queen, or double beds and frolic through the airy rooms, each appointed individually with tropical accents and a beachy palette that evokes summer even in middle of January. In the mornings, a continental breakfast awaits, squelching hunger with make-your-own waffles, bagels, danishes, cereal, muffins, juice, coffee, and seasonal fruit.
Neighboring the two outdoor pools, Austin's Cabana Café and Beach Bar serves casual fare and beverages for lunch and dinner six days a week. For an upscale dining affair, the chic Ocean One restaurant proffers stunning views of the Atlantic and a menu featuring seafood and hand-cut steaks. Diners can consult the staff sommelier before choosing a glass of vino from the copious wine list and noshing on a 6-ounce grilled filet mignon with shrimp or a panko- and herb-crusted local flounder prepared by executive chef Bill Austin.
Pawleys Island: Historical and Laid-Back Beach Town
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 the wealthy owners of nearby rice plantations. Close by, shoppers can peruse a cluster of more than 20 specialty stores and restaurants known as The Hammock Shops, which date back to 1938. Surrounded by gardens teeming with moss-draped oaks and azaleas, a bevy of hammocks and rockers 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 for 2007–2008, was built on a site of a former rice plantation. An antebellum-style clubhouse anchors the property, which is dotted with centuries-old live oaks and abandoned pelican speakeasies.